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|1 week 3 days ago||Hallelujah Brian. I have||
Hallelujah Brian. I have made this point over the years to anyone who will listen. Music School is a perfectly apt comparison. I saw it first hand with my roommate at Michigan who, as the winner of a national viola competition, was recruited from the State of Washington come to "play" at Michigan. You can get a B+ for playing the viola, bassoon or oboe and get college credit to boot...and you know what my roommate the violaist did when he was done practicing? He played in games....errrr concerts.... in front of appluading crowds. How is playing high level sports any different? If anything, football in particular is arguably MORE difficult than music school when you consider the constellation of disciplines which it incorporates: nutrition, physical training, physical therapy, etc. The film study sessions and the intricacies of learning offensive playbooks are extremely taxing. I see little to no difference. Have them get 1/2 of their college credits in sports and the other half in other academic disciplines.
|39 weeks 21 hours ago||Popcorn||
Best part about it? The video was appropriately sponsored by Orville Reddenbacher popcorn. Pull up a chair and enjoy.
|50 weeks 6 days ago||Gallon HAS to be on the First Team||
Were the referees who "confirmed" Devin's fumble also responsible for determining which receiver should be on the 1st Team? Even the media, who is usually more attuned to statistics, missed it. The tale of the tape is compelling and difficult to conclude otherwise. JEREMY GALLON: 80 receptions/1284 yards/16.05 ypc/9 TDs; ABBREDERIS: 73 receptions/1051 yards/14.3ypc/7 TDs. Even Cody Latimer from Indiana had a better season statistically than Abbrederis. In addition, can any receiver in contention claim those type of numbers and stand a mere 5"8? And set the Big Ten All-Time receiving records for a game? I just don't get it. This one was a clear mistake, by all measures. And somewhere Paul Williams's ode to the vertically challenged plays....
|1 year 11 weeks ago||I'm going to suggest fasting Friday night||
and then just eating as much chicken as you can anywhere and everywhere in A2 Saturday night. Just sayin'.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Most Important of all.....||
The last 9 Champions all had BLUE as one of their main colors: UConn, North Carolina, Florida, Florida, Kansas, North Carolina, Duke, UConn, Kentucky and........
|2 years 27 weeks ago||The Ascension||
On this of all days, Brian posts a clip of a guy talking about being lifted to the heavens. Love it. MGoKarma.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||The Kick Catch||
Never forget that in the waning seconds of the 1997 Nebraska / Missouri game, Nebraska was poised to lose before the Nebraska receiver kicked an incomplete pass into the air only to be grabbed miraculously by another Nebraska player for a touchdown. Ball game. One of the luckiest, fortuitous plays you'll ever see in football. The play is a close call as to whether the kick catch is legal---it hinges on the intent of the player who kicks the ball. The officials concluded that it was difficult to conclude whether the player intentionally kicked it, so the play, the touchdown and Nebraska's undefeated season stood.
Michigan had no such close call/controversial victory and this half of an asterisk, if you will, should have factored into the final poll. A win, is a win, is a win, but a win delivered by sheer happenstance and an arguably correct officiating call on the last play? That should have diminished Nebraska's season to a slight extent in the eyes of subjective voters.
*If I remember correctly, I also believe Mr. Paterno voted Nebraska higher than UM in his final Coaches Poll ballot and then I believe he professed confusion about the issue after the fact.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Tops the list in two categories?||
What about the all-important third category? Best Performance in a Comedy Short by an 18-year old Defensive tackle Wearing a Stetson Hat.
Also, can Mr. Brandon please see to it that Ondre's version of "This is Michigan" is worked into the Jumbotron pre-game hype video?
|3 years 7 weeks ago||The 2 QB Formation Nickname?||
I humbly suggest: PYP.....as in, Pick Your Poison.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Dennis Talbott really has an||
Dennis Talbott really has an eye for photographic moments.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||I don't know about pre-gaming with Pat.....||
but how about post-gaming with signonsandiego.com which has a most delicious banner ad for "The Rocky Horror Show" above an article on how despondent Rocky Long's SDSU troops were in the wake of Saturday's loss.
San Diego State wide receiver Colin Lockett (24) makes a 16-yard touchdown reception in SDSU's 28-7 loss. — AP
Saturday’s loss at Michigan apparently felt like a hard punch to the gut for the San Diego State football team.
In the locker room after the game, many players were practically inconsolable. They were in such bad shape emotionally that head coach Rocky Long even decided to make them unavailable for questions from the media afterward. Normally, win or lose, Aztec players dutifully talk about their performance with reporters.
“They were very emotional after the game, depressed, disappointed, upset, however you want to say,” said Long, whose team dropped to 3-1 after Saturday’s 28-7 defeat. “It was a very emotional locker room after the game and not in a good sense.”
|3 years 20 weeks ago||What, no Happy Easter?||
I love Chip Kelly’s little note to street agent guy that sounded eerily similar to Tres’ e-mail sign-off to Cicero? All that was missing was a "Happy Easter" blast. Hilarious.
“Will, I really appreciate your help in getting Trovon, Dontae, and the whole crew here this past weekend. We’ll work on getting Lache out here soon too! Thanks for orchestrating everything and all your help with these guys. I hope you enjoyed the game … Go Ducks! – Chip Kelly”
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Oh the congruity||
I guess the lesson here for everyone is that you should never trust a college program whose mascot rhymes with “sucks.” Bucks, Ducks….same difference.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Dirty Hokey...a cop on the edge.||
“In all the confusion, I know what you must be thinking, ‘Did he flip 5 Ohio kids to Michigan or was it 6?’ To tell you the truth, I’m not sure myself. But considering that this is a .357 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world that could blow your head clear off, you gotta ask yourself, ‘Do I feel lucky Bri’onte Dunn?’ Well, do you punk?”
|3 years 23 weeks ago||What he should have said....||
"I say sorry to all the meth-addicted strippers and Natty Lite swilling toothless jethroes at Hineygate and all the Buckeye memorabilia dealers across the country," Pryor said. "I never meant to hurt anybody directly or indirectly with my balloon animal act at Talbott’s kid’s birthday party and I am truly a sorry sack of sh_t."
“And to Kirk Herbstreit, when I asked ‘Did he ever beat Michigan?’, well, I’m sorry about that, because when the NCAA is done with this whole mess here, there won’t even be any record that I actually played against Michigan. So, he’s got that one over on me. Sorry.”
|3 years 29 weeks ago||I believe George W. Bush once||
I believe George W. Bush once read a book to schoolchildren titled "The Pet Goat."
Just an observation.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||The knowledge, the knowledge, the knowledge||
The thing that occurred to me after reading this is that IF you take stock in what the NCAA has said recently on two of the highest profile issues they’ve confronted (Cam Newton and Tattoogate) is that in both instances, the NCAA made a HUGE deal about lack of knowledge being the main mitigating factor. “Sure Cammy Cam can play for the crystal because there is no proof that he knew Pappa was passing the collection plate” and “Sure the Buckeye 5 can play in the Sugar because OSU didn’t know about it beforehand and/or the players didn’t know it was impermissible because they lacked the proper compliance training.” In Tres’ case, we now know that HE KNEW. He admitted….errrr his e-mails finally forced him to admit that he knew and at THREE crucial junctures, his knowledge didn’t deter him from going forward.
Seriously, if the NCAA actually believes in what it’s been saying--that knowledge of the wrongdoing is the key factor--then while OSU may have thought that the NCAA “Can’t touch this” at its presser, to me, it’s looking like it’s HAMMER TIME. Hey OOOOOOOOOO! Besides, unlike in Cammy’s case, OSU/Tres used the supposed lack of knowledge not just as a shield to hide behind, but as a sword to get more—namely getting the NCAA to cut it a break on the Sugar Bowl. NCAA was flat out used by a guy trying to trade on his Pat Boone rep and they are going to be PISSED.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||What Hoke Should Have Said...||
Hoke: Do you like apples?
Drew: Uh, yeah, I guess.
Hoke: (thrusting his fist toward him) Well, this is a National Championship ring. How ya like them apples?
|3 years 48 weeks ago||Scandal Name||
Can we call this the Ink for Ink Scandal? Yes, I think we can.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Recruiting Mess? Nothing to see here.||
This can't be true. David Brandon specifically told Angelique C. that recruiting was not a mess.
|4 years 1 week ago||Steve Burns||
I had some brief contact with M's soccer coach and founder Steve Burns back when he was captaining/spearheading the UM Soccer Club back in the late 80's. Can't say enough about what he's been able to do to bring his dream for a program to fruition with blood, sweat, guts and unwavering persistence. It's quite a story. I don't think the guy gets nearly enough recognition. It's one thing to be a good coach. Quite another to craft a DI program out of clay and now see it succeed. Kudos to him and the whole squad. Too legit to quit. Go Blue!
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Desmond VC Sighting||
Many moons ago, my friend Rob saw a young fella reading something at the VC magazine rack, went up to him and said to him: "Hey, you're Desmond Howard. Dude, you're awesome." No. 21 was a virtually unknown freshman at the time but Rob, who followed recruiting well before Rivals, et al was the force that it is, knew who he was and glossed him appropriately. Fresh-faced Desmond responded: "That's right, but call me 'Magic.' That's my nickname."
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Unfortunately, the NCAA cited||
Unfortunately, the NCAA cited Greg Robinson for failure to promote an atmosphere of competence.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||In these type of last minute||
In these type of last minute situations, I recommend the Country Inn & Suites in Dundee, just south of Sh-Ann Gri L-Arbor on 23. You'll get a room in a pinch. Nothing fancy, but nice, clean accomodations, free breakfast, reasonable rates, a modest pool, Cabelas is across the way as well as an Applebees. It's a 20 minute ride to A2 when you wake up Saturday morning.
I stayed there with my 2 boys and a buddy last year when 4 shiny Notre Dame ducats fell into my hands a week before. It was great. After that iconic game, we drove back to Dundee, swam a victory lap in the pool and then went across the street to Applebees to drink cold ones and watch the Buckeyes lose to SC. Good times. Scratch that---one of the best days of my life.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Recruits and UM Pro Bowlers||
Watching Devin G competing in the UA game all by his Wolverine lonesome self against top recruits who were committing to Florida, FSU and Bama et al got me thinking. Aren't UM players faring pretty well in the Pros? Similarly aren't Big Ten pro guys doing pretty well compared to players from other conferences? Yet conventional wisdom is that Florida, Texas and USC are where you need to go if you want to be a great pro player right? Eh....let's look at the Pro Bowl numbers. Granted, the college game is a much different game than the pro game, but when recruiting, all of you would readily concede, kids respond to what your former players are doing in the NFL. They do. (Mentioning that your players marry Brazilian Supermodels doesn't hurt either.) Working with that approach, the SEC cannot say it dominates the top of the pro ranks when looking at the Pro Bowl rosters.
The best conference represented in the Pro Bowl? Strangely, the ACC with 15 guys. The ACC as you know, is consistently ranked as the worst or second to worst BCS Conference, yet they dominate the Pros.
7 of those 15 ACC guys went to The U. SEVEN. One School. Crazy. No other school had anything close to that.
What school in the State of Indiana has the most players? IU has 1, Purdon't has 1 and nobody from Notre Dame.
The school placing the second most players? The University of Michigan with 4 guys: Woodson--your likely NFL Defensive POY, Steve Hutchinson, Brady and J. Long. (LaMar Woodley--who finished 3rd in the league with sacks, Leon Hall and Dhani Jones arguably should have made the cut too according to a number of reputable commentators.) USC, Florida, Texas, Notre Dame and Ohio State COMBINED have as many players as Michigan (4) in the Pro Bowl! Think about that.
The very interesting breakdown, (excluding kickers and punters):
ACC-15 (Miami with 7)
Should I forward this e-mail to RR as he goes head to head with Florida, ND, Ohio State, Texas and USC in the days leading up to National Signing Day?
|5 years 10 weeks ago||Bill Martin is a Prescient Outkast Fan||
I can't escape a certain album title when trying to square off the mixed emotions of embracing/being resigned to the notion of piped in RAWK music into hallowed Michigan Stadium and the incredible fun of watching this year's squad of kids running around like 4.4/40 maniacs confident beyond their years. That album is of course:
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
|5 years 10 weeks ago||Or, with a tip of the hat to the MGo prefix....||
we could go with Super-MMNO-fecta
|5 years 10 weeks ago||Super-MMON-fecta||
I offer that such a weekend of four-cornered success be deemed "Super-MMON-fecta." M for UM, M for MSU, O for OSU and N for the Domers. I would also offer that we were one factor shy of not only having each of our 3 rivals lose, but lose to underdogs along with UM winning as a dog. CMU and UM were dogs that won. If USC had been an underdog, that would have been the Super-MMONDog-fecta....akin to a Royal Flush whereas the Super-MMON-fecta is a straight flush.
|5 years 23 weeks ago||I should never have doubted.||
I should never have doubted. I suspected that this was a deliberate mistake. Thanks for the MGoEducation.
|5 years 23 weeks ago||Brian: A preemptive apology||
A preemptive apology for the nitpick, but shouldn't this recurring title read "Unverified Veracity" as opposed to "Voracity". Unverified Voracity sounds like an unfounded claim about Gabe Watson's cafeteria exploits. I just wouldn't want you to miss this vocab question on the THE Ohio State High School Graduation Test. We can't run the risk of you being ruled ineligible this year. We need you man.
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