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|15 weeks 2 days ago||Coupla More||
In addition to MGoBlog and TTB, I read the GBMWolverine Forum. The Mods can be a little crotchety and some of the regulars are annoying, but it's content. I don't tend to read anything else on that site.
Also, during the Harbaugh - It's Happening era, there was this rumor that Brian referred to as coming from the "Edge of the Internet." I tracked it down to this place:
It looks to be a closed group. I couldn't figure out how to create an account so I could post but I'm special that way (the "short bus" kind of Special),
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Podcast Addict||
Used to use Podkicker. Switched to Podcast Addict. I don't remember why I switched but Podcast Addict is great.
|32 weeks 17 hours ago||Somebody give Eric Turner some love||
ET was a phenomenal player of that era too. He overlapped with GG for one season I think (1984). Went pro after his junior year after getting some bad advice. (I met him at a party that year and he told me he KNEW he was going first round. He went in the second.) I also got the impression he wasn't much of a fan of Coach Frieder.
I think we have to blame some of Gary Grant's under-performing in the tourney on coaching. Frieder always seemed intimidated and kind of clueless. Great recruiter but not a great bench coach. Never made it past the 2nd round of the tourney in his career. We were stacked in 83-84 and had to go to the NIT. No one I knew was sad to see him go. I credit our tourney win in 89 less to Steve Fisher than to Bo firing Frieder.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||Pablo Solares||
Who? The Mexican Indoor Mile record holder.
OK, it wasn't me, it was my son, a college middle distance runner. He was home on winter break his freshman year and wanted to test his speed before Indoor season started so he entered an open race at the New Balance Armory. My son is a D3 runner who's PR is like 4:25. This guy who no one had ever heard of took off like he was shot out of a cannon. There was a small crowd there - mostly recreational runners and they laughed at this fool who was going to burn out before he'd done 200 meters. He didn't. As the race went on we started to realize something special was happening. The guy lapped most of the the field (in an 8 lap race) and ended up running 3:56:86. I've seen other sub 4:00 miles before but not in a race like this.
|42 weeks 21 hours ago||Dr. Mark Rosentraub||
was "Professor Needs a Raise." He's in the School of Kinesiology. He's ID'ed in this post by Ace from 2013:
Caution: Contains optimistic statements about Da'Shawn Hand
Here's Rosentraub's page at umich.edu
|44 weeks 4 days ago||Downtown LA Running Group||
There's a Downtown LA Running Group who seem to get together fairly frequently. Check out their FB: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DTLARunning
Hope this helps.
|46 weeks 23 hours ago||Substance Free?||
Two years ago, my niece mistakenly selected "Substance Free" housing believing it just meant non-smoking. (Not a careful reader.) She was expecting to be placed on North but ended up in Markley and thinks that may have been the reason, although it may have just been luck of the draw. A quick Googling reveals that 28% of the dorms fit this designation. It may be possible to research where that 28% is. If the majority is on Central Campus, it ought to increase your son's odds of getting placed there, if he wants to go that way. Just a thought.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||Goodbye, Jim. We’ll miss you.||
Sad. I’ve been a huge fan of Harrison’s work since the mid-80s when I started reading him after meeting his daughter Jamie at U of M. One of my idiot friends dated her for a while – I think mostly because of her – at the time semi-famous – father. (Interestingly – or not – I think she was roommates at the time with Bill Laimbeer’s sister Lee.)
Harrison may have been a Sparty but I don’t think he had any particular fondness for the place. Of MSU, he said, “They had some good faculty, that’s all I cared about. If you can make your own little world inside the bigger world, you’ll survive.”*
If you’ve never read Jim Harrison, you should. His style is beautiful, manly, life-affirming sad, funny and a hell of a lot of fun. He frequently based his protagonists on himself and in fiction as in life he/they had a huge appetite for food, booze, sex and just about everything. I’m often reminded of one of my favorite quotations: “Only in the midwest is overeating still considered an act of heroism.”
As mentioned elsewhere in this thread, his non-fiction was as much fun as his fiction. Here’s a sample passage from The Raw and the Cooked: Adventures of a Roving Gourmand. Here after a food binge he forced upon daughter Jamie, he relates it to a feast he shared with Orson Welles.
…I respected my daughter’s tears, albeit tardily, having been brought to a similar condition by Orson Welles over a number of successive meals at Ma Maison, the last of which he “designed” and called me at dawn with the tentative menu as if he had just written the Ninth Symphony. We ate a half-pound of beluga with a bottle of Stolichnaya, a salmon in sorrel sauce, sweetbreads en croûte, a miniature leg of lamb (the whole thing) with five wines, desserts, cheeses, ports. I stumbled to the toilet for a bit of nose powder, a vice I’ve abandoned, and rested my head in a greasy faint against the tiled walls. Welles told me to avoid the hatcheck girls as they always prefer musicians. That piece of wisdom was all that Warner Brothers got for picking up the tab. Later John Huston told me that he and Welles were always trying to stick each other with the tab and once faked simultaneous heart attacks at a restaurant in Paris. In many respects, Welles was the successor to the Great Curnonsky, Prince of the Gourmands. This thought occurred to me as I braced my boots against the rocker panel to haul the great director from his limousine.
|48 weeks 1 day ago||Stanford has 36 Varsity Sports||
20 for women, 16 for men (sailing is co-ed and appears to count for both). Michigan has 27. My understanding is that a school can score points for performance in any varsity sport. Having more sports is a significant advantage.
|51 weeks 6 days ago||Congratulations||
I logged in just so I could downvote you.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Too many distractions!||
I was supposed to spend today worrying about Rashan Gary.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Going to hoops||
Have to miss the hockey.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Heard it was a "Hagerup-type" misdeed||
If you know what I mean. If not, read Endzone.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Simple Solution||
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Some offers, nowhere great||
Sub-MAC level. Interest but no offers from bigger schools.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Confirmed sorry to say||
|1 year 20 weeks ago||I am so with you||
I can just envision Brian and Ace sitting in the "Chevy Make the Choice Studio," gritting their teeth and making the choice to not hang up on the guy. It speaks to what nice guys they must be that they can endure it.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Presented for your approval||
Comparison of preseason and postseason rankings for last year.
This site conducts the same comparison every year going back to 1989.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||It's a bit confusing||
Here's his page from the Weber State roster.
He got his bachelor's degree in Australia and came to Weber State to pursue a masters. They listed him as a junior - assuming that was last season but I don't know.
It's unclear (to me at least) when his eligibility clock started but I would think it would have been when he started at an American school. Maybe I'm wrong but maybe if there's some reason this guy wants to stay in college for most of his twenties it's conceivable that he could have some eligility remaining after the upcoming season.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||I don't know but...||
I'm not sure how often high school players transfer schools but I don't think it's uncommon. I know Devin Gardner transferred from Detroit Jesuit to Inkster. It's common enough that most states have rules about it.
Anyway, I was intrigued by this McLane Carter kid and did a little digging. Apparently his dad lives in Salado TX, where Carter played previously. His mom lives in Gilmer where he transferred so there doesn’t appear to be anything overly sketchy about the transfer.
Carter appears to have some good bloodlines. His half-brother is GJ Kinne, a former standout QU at Tulsa who’s on the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad after originally signing as an undrafted free agent with the Jets in 2012. Kinne was a three star in high school who also transferred to Gilmer for his senior year after playing previously in Canton, TX where his father was the coach. Crazily, Kinne’s father (who doesn’t appear to be Carter’s father) was shot by the father of one of his players in 2005. The dad didn’t like the way coach Kinne was using his son. They take their football seriously in Texas.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||This is Ohio we're talking about||
Obviously his sister.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Brooklyn Techical High School||
Or so I was told. I have no idea if it's really true. Brooklyn Tech is one of New York City's "Specialized High Schools" -- ie, one of the top public schools In the city. Their campus is just a couple of blocks from the Barclays Center. I have no idea how the arrangement was made to have them sit in for the basketball pep band. I'm glad they were there, but yeah, they didn't sound so great from where I was sitting.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||It's only a matter of time||
before the Dave Brandon "Downfall" (aka Hitler movie) parody video comes out. If anyone feels inspired, here's the official Downfall parody generator. Have it it.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||We're so screwed||
I can't see anybody that any of us want coming to Michigan with Brandon still the AD. He's toxic and I don't see that getting better. Brandon's buyout is multi-million dollars. If he's fired for cause, the university doesn't have to pay it, but firing him for cause invites a lawsuit that I doubt they want to get involved in. If there's a smoking gun proving Brandon's malfeasance and incomptence, the buyout could probably be negotiated down, but we're still talking about what? A million? 1.5? It's hard to see them shelling out that kind of money while also having to pay Hoke's buyout. So we're fucked until 2016. Unless... Kickstarter to pay Brandon's buyout. Who's in?
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Went to the Men's Soccer Game agains Columbia||
Last Saturday. I discovered that we're not very good at soccer. We lost 3-0 and didn't look able to assert ourselve against a high pressing team. I had never seen them play before and had high hopes. Our recruiting has been great (number 2 class in the country last year) but with the exception of the keeper, Evan Louro, the freshmen who played were pretty undersized. Ahinga Selemani was named Big Ten Preseason Freshman of the Year and started at forward, but he's only 5-8, 170 lbs, and was manhandled. He looked frustrated and out of his element. Billy Stevens was active as a central defender and mostly acquitted himself OK (with the exception of one of the Columbia goals where he looked to get beaten), but he's only 5'9, 165. I admit that I don't know a lot about the college game but we looked pretty poor in just about every area of the game.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||No like All Day IPA||
I had my first All Day IPA last week (also in NYC - Brooklyn actually - Gowanus Yacht Club on Smith Street) and was really disappointed. I though it was really unbalanced and thin. Like drinking grapefruit juice mixed with pine. I don't feel it's representative of what those geniuses at Founders can do. I've had other "sessionable' IPAs (specifically recall Lagunitas DayTime) and have felt similarly disappointed. I don't know enough about brewing to understand why it's difficult to make a beer that's low in ABV, hoppy and still balanced but this seems to be the case. To each his own, of course, but I think I'm done with Session IPAs.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Hyman Roth - Godfather Part II||
"When I heard it, I wasn't angry; I knew Moe, I knew he was head-strong, talking loud, saying stupid things. So when he turned up dead, I let it go. And I said to myself, this is the business we've chosen; I didn't ask who gave the order, because it had nothing to do with business."
"I'm going in to take a nap. When I wake, if the money's on the table, I'll know I have a partner. If it isn't, I'll know I don't."
|2 years 41 weeks ago||I've known plenty of||
I've known plenty of fraternity guys who didn't drink (or didn't drink to excess) too, but this study suggests that there's a definite correlation between Greek membership and excessive drinking.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||I question the accuracy||
I question the accuracy of those numbers. My son applied to UW-Madison for fall of 2014 and at an admitted student event they told us that they'd received over 30,000 applicants this year. Their numbers for 2012 were about that (29,504 http://www.wisc.edu/about/facts/).
By the way, I wouldn't let him go there.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||World B Pelekoudas||
Aka Dan Pelekoudas, aka "Frieder's son." 1980-84.