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|2 weeks 15 hours ago||Douche Stars||
Reminds me of the dude who called the marshal at the golf course on me today to complain about my slow play even as I was walking off the green as they walked up to their approach shot... the marshal came up and said "those guys back there are assholes but I'm coming up here just to show I did somehting".
|8 weeks 1 day ago||All Time Great can't easily be judged so soon||
I could be wrong. We'll see - but we won't be able to see until 20-30 years down the road. All I'm saying is the number of "All Time Greats" at Michigan is pretty low compared to the "great players" who've played at Michigan.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Agreed...||
Fair or not, the players considered all time greats at Michigan are those whose teams won Big 10 Championships. Jabrill has been a great player, but the teams he's been a member of haven't finished better than third in the B10 East and has won a single Citrus Bowl.
Denard Robinson suffers similarly, with his teams finishing second in the East twice and winning a Sugar Bowl.... though in his case, he owns a number of offensive individual school and BIg 10 records.
This isn't to take anything away from either of them, but as the years fade, I don't believe either will be spoken of in the sense of the Michigan "all time greats" as things stand now... though Jabrill could return and change that!
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Blame the producers||
During a 0-0 game, the last thing anyone warching wants is a lengthy interview regardings subjects that have nothign to do with the game at hand. We're there to watch the game - and nothing about that segement had anything to do with it.
Absurd choice by the producers, though I'd agree the announcers and Les Miles himself made it worse.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Fiasco||
the only word that fits.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed - and his historical book, Stagg vs Yost||
Agree that Natural Enemies is great, as is his book on the early days:
Stagg vs. Yost: The Birth of Cutthroat Football by John Kryk.
If you like reading about the old days of college football, I also enjoyed:
The Opening Kickoff: The Tumultuous Birth of a Football Nation by Dave Revsine
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Maroons Hold Michigan and Harmon, 85-0||
This amused me to review:
Is Jabrill the new Harmon?
|42 weeks 4 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.'"
|43 weeks 2 days 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.
|46 weeks 3 days 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.
|1 year 4 weeks 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.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||I'm 47..||
So I remember most of those years.
|1 year 18 weeks 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.)"
|1 year 18 weeks 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.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||The unfairness of life||
has driven us to unbearable depths of despair.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Ufer would say...||
NOOO!!!! NOOO!!! NOO!!!
NOOOO... NOOOO.... NOOOO...
And now I just hurt in every ounce of my body!
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Pretty sure I saw Dantonio...||
Putting money in one of the red's back pockets!
|1 year 20 weeks 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 42 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.
|2 years 2 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.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||I was thinking you were going to suggest||
that Brady Hoke leave to coach the Washington Redskins.
|2 years 27 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"
|2 years 27 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.
|2 years 28 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".
|2 years 28 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.
|2 years 30 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 38 weeks ago||I'm shocked!||
And I expected Urban to "respect" us!
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Catch like this in the fall!||
|3 years 5 weeks ago||One question...||
|3 years 8 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.