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|11 weeks 2 days ago||May he RIP in Michigan Football's Valhalla||
along with Yost, Bo, Ufer, and the rest of the gang.
May they bring us power from the afterlife for some improbable victory sometime in the future.
I can imagine Ufer looking down on it and saying something like "Jim Harbaugh is looking up into footballs' Valhalla and sauing 'Thank you Howard King, thank you Howard King for that one.'"
|12 weeks 7 hours ago||1986 was the last year for coolers in stadium||
1986 was my freshman year so I was there.
Last year you could bring small coolers into the stadium. They didn't check what was in them so you could easily bring 6-8 beers per person.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Little fish in a big pond||
First semester freshman year I took 3rd semester Calculus Honors. Nothing but proofs, graded on a curve. I recall a test where 27/100 was the high score.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||My one piece of advice||
Go out often during months 1-6. At that age, they don't care where they are so you can do waht you want. After 6 months, they begin having opinions on what they want and make them known.
My oldest daughter decided she didn't like Napa Valley wineries.
|37 weeks 3 hours ago||I'm 47..||
So I remember most of those years.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||The recordings I'm talking||
The recordings I'm talking about are
They also came out on cassette with some slightly different title.
They're shorter clips than the original radio broadcasts and in some cases have been edited - something I only found out when the more recent Ufer CD's came out.... but they have JP McCarthy as a narrator taking you through them and that adds a certain extra charm with introductions like "I'm JP McCarthy and I'll be taking you down a memory lane through a historical time in Ann Arbor Michigan. Since Bo Schembechler came to Ann Arbor in 1969, never has more attention been paid to the Maize and Blue... (etc.)"
|39 weeks 3 days ago||HTR quote reminds me of "fickle finger of football fate"||
That HTR quote reminded me of some secrtion on one of the old Ufer records covering the 1970's, there's a part where it is said:
"The fickle finger of football fate works in mysterious ways"
Can't rememeber whether Ufer said it or whether it's part of the JP McCarthy introducting a Ufer clip... but it fits the scenario.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||The unfairness of life||
has driven us to unbearable depths of despair.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||Ufer would say...||
NOOO!!!! NOOO!!! NOO!!!
NOOOO... NOOOO.... NOOOO...
And now I just hurt in every ounce of my body!
|39 weeks 6 days ago||Pretty sure I saw Dantonio...||
Putting money in one of the red's back pockets!
|41 weeks 2 days ago||"Best graduation rate" shows things ain't what they used to be||
This new measure as to what's "best" kind-of irritates me.
Michigan used to be considered a great school because it was so easy to NOT graduate. Large numbers of incoming students would fail out and/or transfer elsewhere... either because it was too hard or because they couldn't figure out how to manage themselves in the unstructured environment (i.e. too much partying, not enough studying).
I graduated in 1990 and we figured out that of the 60 guys who were on our "Honors" hall in Mary Markley in 1986, over 25 of them had failed out and/or transferred... quite a few of them being friends of mine who went on to success at other schools.
Personally, I loved this part of the Michigan experience. It was a Darwinian but I felt it prepared you well for the "real world" - you're on your own kid, figure it out - sink or swim. It was one of the big things my Mom stressed to me when I went off to school - as it had been that way when she went in the 1960's. She used to remind various Ivy-league parents that Michigan might be easier to get in, but it was a lot harder to get out.
Now that these college rankings "ding" the school for such behavior so the school has clearly been managing the trend upwards. The four year graduation rate quoted in that US World article is 76%.... it was 69% in 1999 (the oldest data I can find in a quick Google search) and I'm pretty sure it was lower before that.
I suppose the other thing driving this is the absurd cost of tuititon nowadays - people probably deserve to get there money's worth and it's a pretty expensive "lesson" if you fail out.... but I still like thinking of Michigan as a place where it was hard to graduate - and I have to have some suspicion that standards get lowered somewhere along the way to help drive higher rates and keep the "business model" of high tuition in place.
Anyway, that's my "old guy" rant for the day.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||It's been so long since I visited Mecca||
Since I graduated in 1990, I'd always tailgated at the "Victory Lane" Self-service car wash at the corner of Stimson and State Street.... but that just shows how long it's been since I've been to a game in person because my understanding is that place has been gone for years.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Feel the Freekbass||
This proposal sounds like this wonderful example of what happens when you do this:
Sorry, I'm at work and couldn't remember the embed details... but I was surprised Brian didn't include this in the writeup because it's the first thing I thought of.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||I was thinking you were going to suggest||
that Brady Hoke leave to coach the Washington Redskins.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Why Did I draft this guy in my Fantasy Football draft?||
He dropped to the late second round in my draft so I convinced myself it would be "value" to pick him... even though I didn't have much faith in him.
When I got the news and texted my friend, he had but one thing to say to me:
"Sparty gotta Spart"
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Of course!||
I'm old enough to have gone to the games when you could bring your own cooler in with your own refreshments. Seems to me you may have seen a few more fights in the student section back then, but overall I don't see any problem with it. There has always been people drinking in the stadium... and I've almost always been one of them!
That said, I don't see it happening.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Pretty sure I've hit 0.11 a lot of times in my life...||
...but I never sucker punched anyone.
Getting locked up for life in jail is "ruining your life". Getting kicked out Michigan for it is "learning a lesson".
|1 year 49 weeks ago||I make distinctions in "dumb mistakes"||
Brian Griese drunkenly pissing in the alley of a bar and throwing a chair through the window is "a mistake"
Sucker punching some unaware dude and breaking his jaw is beyond "a mistake" i'm willing to have a lot of empathy for.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||And Scott Driesbach threw the pass!||
This game gets my vote... living in Virignia, it was a great Monday to go to work.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||I'm shocked!||
And I expected Urban to "respect" us!
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Catch like this in the fall!||
|2 years 25 weeks ago||One question...||
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Lockett Coverage?||
In the first half, Consistently going with man to man on their best receiver while playing 10 to 15 yards off the line was a bit puzzling.
|2 years 30 weeks ago||When do they move on to the "big money"||
If you see what they're paying for naming rights on stadiums, what would they pay for naming rights on the actual school itself?
"ACME Brand's University of <insert state here>"
"University of <insert state>, brought to you by ACME Brand"
|2 years 30 weeks ago||True.. depends on context||
Wasn't clear to me that the context of the statement applied only to recruits, but yes... and nowdays, the sports culture is so different that I think academics is probably secondary to many (if not most) recruits.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||"School to go to" may be overstating things a bit||
In those days, Michigan State certainly had the stronger atheletic program... but for academics, Michigan will still the "school to go to", at least in most fields.
I think academics is still the driver for most students deciding the "school to go to", and it was probably even more so back then.
Of course. both my parents were students in those times.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||I have neither the time or the knowledge||
to post much useful commentary, but I have always found there are plenty of people on this blog who do. Anything Brian is doing to reduce the amount of crap that one has to wade through to get to the "good" comments is something I endorse wholeheartedly.
As far as the blog being "about what it feels like to be a Michigan fan", there's a lot less we can do to control that. It's been a tough year, and I suspect some portion of the noise is related to that.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Drank a couple bottles of Robert Biale Zinfandel with my wife||
At this point I'm 45 years old and well into my "high class" drinking years. In fact, I just got back from Sydney, Australia last night so I didn't start drinking until AFTER the game and after the kids were asleep:
Both wines direct from the winery and held in my cellar:
2011 Robert Biale Zinfandel, Napa Valley, Black Chicken ($42)
Nose of berries, oak and some waxy notes. Rustic raspberry, earth, and a load of pepper and oak on the palate. Oak layers flow into complex melange of tannins and a raspberry tang. 91 points now but this will improve when the oak calms down a bit in a couple years.
2010 Robert Biale Zinfandel, Napa Valley, Aldo's Vineyard ($75)
Light red fruit and balsa nose. Black cherry and pomegranate fruit with a lot of complex brush, earth , and rustic flavors The tannins here are gentle and caressing layers. Elongated and vaguely more Bordeaux like on the finish. Not a normal full throttle Biale but I stilll like it. 90 points.
Both wines were excellent but they don't assuage the pain that whatever I watched today reminded me of Michigan Football about the same as most of the football I've since 2008. We've traded in terrible defense for terrible offeense. I love the platitudes of Brady Hoke but this season seems to show the results leave something to be desired.
Michigan fans may have impossible standards but we do know something about footballl and today's coaching performance indicates some serious problems.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Truly Painful||
Sorry for lack of anything coherent to say.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Looking forward to it...||
My parents went to a screening last night put on by the University of Michigan Club of NH in Concord. Billy Taylor was there and spoke after the screening... they said it was a great documentary and "you can't miss it!".
Given there are few things on TV besides Michigan games that they'd say that about, I'm looking forward to it.