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|1 week 2 days ago||This is why Bo is so revered||
He knew the time to go, had a good succession plan in place that had qualified coaches and established a program identity / core values and never distracted from The Team. This is why I will always talk about Bo in only the most reverential terms, and most younger Michigan fans today will not understand why Bo was held this way "since he, you know, never won a national title".
|1 week 5 days ago||But hey!||
That's when population control will oh so hip, and you'll have to get a license to have children, but then you'll also probably have to prove you're genetically worthy to have kids. SO don't worry, all the less qualified folks will just be bred out so that only the truly worthy people will be able to propagate. And then since there'll be less people, think of the less resources we'll use, so then we can arrest global warming, and we won't ever have to leave our house because the Googazonber.com corporation will bring me everything I need via robot drone and I won't have to deal with *people*, 'cause I mean who likes waiting in line with smelly people, or people that don't have the exact same opinion I do on everything from morality to dress to hair style to....
The dismissive attitude so many people have nowadays toward the erosion of personal freedom and individual responsibility is really scary, all under the name of progress/safety/ease of life. Life is hard, life has tragedy,but through all that there's great pride and personal fulfillment available by overcoming these things.
|1 week 5 days ago||You mean like Demolition Man?||
I'm growing more convinced I'm going to end up like Dennis Leary's character, eating rat cheeseburgers and purposefully maintaining a '79 El Camino in an underground cabal.
|1 week 5 days ago||Everybody laughs at the line||
but Judge Smails had it right, "The world needs ditch diggers too"
I know no politics, but I thought this was a point that Charles Krauthammer brought out on a Fox News show about 6-8 months that really stuck with me, basically a lot of our political elite talk about "new economies" and getting more "green jobs" like computer programmers at google and what not.. but not everybody is capable of the high tech jobs or working finance at Goldman Sachs. That's not denegrating their work or value- you can have respect and pride in a manual labor job. That's what made the auto industry great IMO, sure it was tough manual labor on the line and it didn't take a lot of "skill" to turn a wrench, but you were building something and took pride in the end product. Culturally, we have over time de-valued the worth and "pride of ownership" in labor intensive fields, but there's value and moral good-i-tude in keeping productive and working hard. That translates into a society that then can overcome the really big challenges like financial hardship and wars and such. Unfortunately, you build in a mentality that everything's hard and we need automation to do some aspect of everything in our life, and then what? How does the human respond? I'm not saying we need to go back to a 1940's level of industrial technology, but the constant drive to automate everything is I think robbing humanity of some key maturation and resiliency aspects,and almost creating a permanent underclass of drones.
But of course, automated cars theoretically can save lives, so "won't someone think about the CHILDREN???"
|1 week 5 days ago||I badgered the MGoBlog staff||
a couple years ago and managed to get a 'Space Bitches Space" in 24 month size. It is on kid #2 and will be saved for kid #3. We also sport the toddler sized Worst State Ever shirt and Cue the Muppets shirt. Works for both boys and girls.
|1 week 5 days ago||Two items||
1) M-den has onesies for boys that are light blue and have a silk screened maize n blue tie with a block M on it. Got it for my son and avoided having to dress him in crappy Baby Gap formal wear for months when we'd go to church or a party or something.
2) A kids M book. You're going to be reading to him at night for a long time, and while the writing style of Jim Brandstatter is good to put dad to sleep, not so much for baby moving into toddler. I always liked the "Michigan 101" board book at M-Den and other places on campus. It's got pages dedicated to different things abotu campus (including a page on the sports teams) and then the back two pages are the complete words (include preambles) to both The Victors and Maize and Blue. Great lullabys even if you suck at singing. And you'll sing, trust me.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Add'l aspect to Weather Channel's downturn||
When they got into their spat with Direct TV, DirecTV went out and put "Weather Nation" on their network instead. Very no-frills weather forecasting and conditions channel and no superfluous / politically themed programming like Weather Channel was venturing into. When Weather Channel finally made their peace with DirecTV, Weather Nation had gained enough market share that people simply didn't worry about watching Weather Channel anymore. I know in our house, our smartphones are source #1 for weather, but then after that is local Dayton digital broadcast weather HD station, then Weather Nation. Weather Channel doesn't even register for me anymore.
The analogy for ESPN for me would be that if someone like FoxSports 1 focused on just presenting the sports (both live content of major leagues and news-based recap shows), they'd take away market share from the STEPHEN A. SMITH led ESPN. But FS1 has gone down the "we're going to be ENTERTAINING" road, and as such have already probably passed the point of no return.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||RIP||
Dusty Rhodes. Miss you big guy.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Bailey||
especially when she had the glasses at her desk thing going on.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Great situation for Nik||
He'll get plenty of minutes at the 2, there's a black hole of gravitational mass down low in Okafor/Noel/Embiid to suck down defenders and get space to shoot, 'Ish' is a servicable distributor, and Nik's defensive liabilities can be mitigated by the wealth of big men downlow to be rim protectors. Will he be an All-star? probably not, but if he's going to be a servicable pro, he'll be in the right situation to showcase it the next couple year. Plus have you seen the Atlantic division??? I'm not sold on Toronto as a world-destroying "new NBA" team, the Knicks and Nets are going to be waterboard-torture bad, and Boston still has minimal talent (but double + coaching). I could actually see Philly making a run at finishing 2nd in the division next year. Now with Stauskas and the big-men, I'd love to see the Sixers get a veteran penetrate-but-pass-first point guard like Professor Andre Miller or, gulp, the Sixers actually using some of those stockpiled assets to get Ty Lawson from Denver.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||No||
Troy Athens '96. Always a .500 team except for an occasional blip every 3 to 4 years where we'd win 7 and come within a game of winning the league, and then lose to Troy High. My senior year, we thought we had a chance with a strong senior class and a junior QB who was groomed to be a golden boy since he was in 7th grade, and we had a run, but didn't go very far (I think we lost in the 1st rd of the state playoffs by a lot).
On the other hand we were a "futbol" powerhouse, and that was what most of us who didn't play football did, tailgate for soccer. (I was a varsity baseball only guy)
|5 weeks 4 days ago||But but but||
Bill Nye, noted science expert, said there's "no way" that the footballs could deflate on their own without the Patriots cheating!
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Babcock hire best thing for Hyman||
Hyman's exactly the kind of player Babcock will love. Gritty forward with skill, can play wing or center.. I bet Hyman's getting Draper-like 3rd line minutes next year on the big club.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Battle or No Battle||
So our Bball roster for next year is (apologies for using 80's era position names):
PG- Walton, Albrecht
SG- Battle, MAAR
SF- Levert, Dawkins, Dun Robinson
PF- Irvin, Chapman / Wilson / Wagner
C- Doyle / Donnel / Wilson
PG- Walton, Albrecht
SG- Levert, MAAR / incoming FR?
SF- Irvin, Dawkins, Dun Robinson
PF- Chapman / Wagner / Wilson
C- Doyle / Donnel / Wilson
Is this even remotely accurate?
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Monroe would be appealing||
for Phil Jackson as he seems to me to fit the Bill Cartwright mold of a center Phil likes. If SVG is sold on Jackson over Jennings, then get value for Jennings now.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Never forget||
|6 weeks 2 days ago||The worst part is||
we still might be the conference favorite at this point. Minnesota needs to find a replacement for Wilcox and the defense depth they lost, PSU is still building talent, MSU is a tire fire besides goalie, Wiscy's going to be extremely young with a new goalie, and Ohio St is Ohio St. Welcome to the CHA circa 1999!
|6 weeks 2 days ago||We're going to be in the same boat as last year||
We'll have a winning record, both OOC and within B1G play, but with the lack of OOC strength and the B1G likely to be down again this year, the conference will be a 1 bid league with the tourney champ getting the bid. If we had a stronger OOC schedule with maybe 1-2 less wins, we might be in a better position for an at-large, but in reality without a stronger B1G, we're going to be 1-bid conference territory for a while.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Yes but||
I think his swing changes the last 5 years were an *attempt* to protect his right knee without actually doing anything to protect it, and subsequently putting more stress on his back which is manifesting itself now. I think Foley was a huge mistake, and his current "coach" is more of a yes man than anything else. I really believe if he went back to Harmon honestly and not because he thought it was the right PR move, Harmon could help him get back to a natural motion that fits with his body-- that's always the least stressful swing is letting your body tell you what it can do instead of forcing your limbs to do something their not naturally inclined to do. Now what that may look like at the end of the day is a Tiger who will not be able to drive 300+ yds with ultra stiff shaft steel irons, and that may not fit the persona of what Tiger wants to be-- the ultimate golf alpha dog-- but as is pointed out below, the delta in swing yardage is so small nowadays relatively, it's more important to play target golf and be solid around the greens and putting. With Tiger's natural talent, I still think he could be today a Nick Faldo in his prime type of player, but I don't think his ego will allow it.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||This||
It's similar to why McGwire took the PED's. It wasn't necessarily that he was intentionally bulking up, but with his original frame, the PED's helped him recover from injuries and build muscle mass to cover up for degredation in his tendons. I'm guessing that if its true that Tiger took PED's, it was as much to cover up for injuries as it was to build muscle mass. Although based on some of the stories I read as well, Ol' Eldrick had a mighty big chip on his shoulder that he wanted to be considered as much of an athlete as the team sports guys; "getting big" might have been the process his fulfilled that mental checkmark.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Yes. This.||
This is why Butch Harmon is such a good golf coach. I've been reading a bunch of Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, etc the past 5 years and pretty much everybody is in agreement that Harmon's "methods" basically involve taking your natural swings and then tweaking it. Contrast that to Sean Foley and others who want to completely remake your swing in their mold of what a good golf swing should look like. I've read and listened to lots of interviews that what Butch did with Tiger was just to take his God given talent and refine it a little, take the hitches out, etc. It's when Tiger started getting too smart for his own good and started believing in every new technique / training regimine / psuedo-scientific advance that his and Harmon's relationship fell out.
I personally think there's a huge hubris factor as well-- he never recovered from the divorce / scandal psychologically and his continued internal denial that he really didn't do anything wrong has rotted his karma to the core. He needs a full on Hollywood movie like bottoming out / reawakening of himself to really recapture his natural talent. He is the real life Roy Hobbs. I'm only disappointed that I think he's going to find that around age 50, and he'll put together one Nicklaus in '86 like tournament, but it'll be too late to really challenge Jack's record.
For the amateur golfers out there, this relates to you in the best possible way. If you want to really improve your golf game, find a coach that doesn't say he has to remake your swing. Most times, golfers can get improvement to the point where they'e shooting below bogey golf (breaking 90, threatening 80 which means at that pointyou can play pretty much any course and have fun) just by tweaking your natural motion. A coach that's willing to work with you instead of remake you in his image is more invested in your improvement than building his own ego.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I can't believe I'm writing this but||
Dear God, why Penn St on the last weekend? WHY???? I can't take more heartbreak late in the season.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Correct||
We say in our place that an air gapped network is only as secure as the guy who thinks its no problem to plug his iPod into the USB port cause its easier than buying an extra charging block.
There are lots of cyber attack vectors. This particular breach was one of the more nefarious ones.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||When I visited moscow||
On official us govt business a number of years ago, I used to leave the TV in my hotel room on the "free" porn preview channel when I left. (Yes there is such a thing in upsacle Russian hotels) I figured if the Soviets were going to surveil my room, I'd leave them with something interesting to watch.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||You sir have nailed it||
Imagine in a classic LeCarre type novel if the bad guy spy had the financial records of every employee in targeted agencies, who worked in what weapons program office, budgetary office, etc. You now have increased your success percentage of recruiting assets by an innumerable amount because you as the recruiter now know who makes how much money, who's got significant debt, who's been divorced mulitple times, who had psychological evuations, what criminal history exists, etc. These are things that in a classical sense takes months to develop on a single individual. Now you have that type of data in a sortable format for every federal employee, available at however fast your database software runs.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Remember that whole||
"The intelligence community didn't connect the dots" line? Even the increased risk of being identified as a spy will reduce the desire to conduct collection opportunities in a nation with human sources and reduce the opportunities for overt collection opportunities through the delay / decline to issue visas, permits, etc. Less information means less data means less dots, to relate to my statement at the front of this post.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||This is probably the most serious data security breach||
From a national security perspective since Snowden. There are a lot of protected identities at risk now within federal service, and I'm telling my guys in my building to basically consider that they now exist in a database in potentially adversarial nation(s) with enough detail to be detained as a spy upon entry. And I work in an overt national security entity. I'm worried about guys who have kept their affiliation with national security as a contractor, researcher, academic, etc secret.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Engage Fred Jackson Hype Machine||
He's Antonio Gates with Jake Long's blocking ability! He's Tony Gonzalez with a mean streak! He's JJ Watt with Randy Moss's hands!
|7 weeks 2 days ago||There's a lot of opporunities||
for debt forgiveness programs in Department of Defense civilian jobs, especially for engineers. It's a good career, you help your country, and after your repaymenrt service time (typically less than 10 total) you have an excellent resume to go get a higher paying contractor job. And these are civilian jobs not uniformed military.
For one example that benefits folks going into the intelligence career field, see the Pat Robertson Intelligence Scholars Program.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Dusty was one of the modern day wrestling legends||
He was one of the big regional stars that was able to catapult to national level status when the territory model was basically killed by WWF and the consolidation of the NWA into the WCW. Dusty had legendary long standing feuds against Ric Flair and the Four Horsemen in the NWA / WCW era, and then even when purposefullly given a horrible gimmick by VInce McMahon during his late career WWF run became a fan favorite in that organization. In addition to using excessive Southern "common man" slang in his promos, dancing in the ring, extreme showmanship with all his moves, and being one of the first southern promoters to really push African American wrestlers, Dusty was most famous for popularizing the "Dusty Finish". This was when as the lead booker and wrestler in his NWA territory, if Dusty didn't have the title and was scheduled in the main event against a heel champ, the heel champ would win by disqualification, thereby extending the feud for another show, keeping Dusty believable as a babyface contender, and putting more heat on the heel. More recent fans to wrestling will know Dusty as father to Dustin Runnels (aka "Golddust") and Cody Rhodes (aka "Stardust"), but its important to know that Dusty was one of the giants in the 1970's / 80's wrestling scene and if you went into the South, was basically as popular as Hulk Hogan.
Some wrestling historians have commented that The Rock's inital "People's Champion" shtick in the WWE was inspired by Dusty Rhodes's character in that The Rock was essentially the evil mirror universe version of Dusty.