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- 4 years 51 weeks
|4 days 17 hours ago||Coach of The (Real) Ohio||
Bill Murray pops up in all sorts of unexpected places but I had no idea he was coaching basketball at The (Real) Ohio University.
|5 days 21 hours ago||change?!!!||
I'm a grown-ass adult, a rebel who can handle anything life throws my way. But changing something I'm comfortable with?! That's stupid and who thought of this stupid idea and stupid people are what's ruining American and stupid stupid stupid stupid!
What? Oh. Still working? Okay. I knew it would get sorted out. No worries, man. I'm chill.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Helping Beilein||
I'm happy to help Coach Beilein do his job. I anticipate he'll call me any day now to tell him which players to recruit. I'm also available after games to point out he was right to do the things that worked, and that he shouldn't have done the things that didn't work.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Thank you||
Just that. Thank you.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||changing & feeding||
Change diapers not for credit but because it's your job as a dad. Plus, as others have pointed out, it's more time with your baby.
Obviously you can't do half the feeding BUT you can share the work a little at night by getting your baby when she cries and bring her to your wife. A side benefit: you're as quick or quicker to hear your child at night as your wife. And that continues: years later, I'd still hear some sound from my kids at night, while my wife slept through it.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||get the manual P.S.||
Last night I posted a joke about getting the operating manual, a joke based on the shock of getting home that first night and realizing, despite being really good with kids generally, we didn't have a clue. It turns out we knew more than we thought, and so will you.
I'm posting again because I notice you asked for advice, and MGoDads offered advice, but I missed a crucial point and I don't see anyone else offering it either.
Ask your wife what she wants.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Key point: get the manual||
Be sure to ask the hospital for the operator's manual. You absolutely need to pick that up, or else . . .
Tip #1: Focus on her and then the baby, and you'll do fine.
Tip #2: Ignore the wusses who HOPE babies come from storks, don't worry about where you look, and remember Tip #1.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||100 points||
I think I'm going to aim for 100 points, then retire from commenting, and maybe people will think it's 100%.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I turned around one day . . .||
I moved a lot as a kid, no interest in college sports, got into Michigan, attended the games. So I don't know exactly I became a fan. I turned around one day and there I was, a Michigan fan.
It happened somewhere in the middle of these memories:
• Attendance was sparse enough, that on Band Day, the stadium could hold full high school bands from around the state, who filled the field with the Michigan Band at halftime.
• Frosh were always obvious on Saturday nights, as our faces were sunburned from the late afternoon sun shining on us in the north end zone.
• During the VERY cold & VERY wet game when Ron Johnson set Michigan's single game rushing record, I felt courageous as one of the few who stuck it out, then I left at halftime. (Thanks, LB, for reminding me of the date, Nov. 19, 1968.)
• Senior year, waiting overnight in a group with Carl Grapentine, getting 50-yard seats 2/3 of the way up. I think at the MSU game, the governor sat across the aisle from us.
• Rose Bowl: loss. After graduation, another Rose Bowl: loss. I'm sorry. I won't attend the Rose Bowl again.
• My conscientious objector application denied, the Army was a shock to my system and Michigan games helped me through. (The Army did teach me that Ohio has good people, that not everyone from the state is like the tOSU fans I encountered in Ann Arbor.)
• Teaching at UM-Flint and living in Ann Arbor, I took my sons to the '95 Virginia game. Sweet introduction.
• Living in New York, vacationing in Michigan, deciding to stop for the first game of the season, could only get a room in a hotel full of App State fans. The morning of the game, they were humble, almost apologetic. Less so later.
But as we know, we like to win but losses don't change things.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Wagner speaks||
As one poster noted, Wagner speaks English very well — a fact anyone could pick up from an interview, unless determined to smear and ignore the facts. I've been impressed at this German-born and -educated young man's facility with English, including slinging slang, all with a very light accent.
Beyond the inaccuracy of this specific attack, the Post writer (sic) might venture to Queens, home to 130 (?) languages, to be reminded what other posters have pointed out, that many people with less command of the language manage to communicate and succeed.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||musicals||
Dang. Using a musical as a reference? You do know children will listen, right?
|5 weeks 3 days ago||condolences||
I'm so sorry. Prayers for her, for your daughters and for you.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||poem crowd sourcing||
"Hypocritical" seems redundant, considering the douche canoe in question. Fortunately, the poem scans better without that word. Viz.,
Water is wet
The sky is blue
A douche canoe.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Mark Donnal||
I'd like to give a shout out to Donnal, and his fortitude in keeping a level head, being a part of the team, contributing when he can, and ignoring the insults tossed by writers, commenters, and trolls.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||120 Sports on Beilein||
Embed this I can't, but in the Louisville Courier Journal sports section, and the second video in the article "Cards Disappointed To Be Sunk," you can find Tim Doyle and Jordan Cornet of 120 Sports lavishing praise on Michigan and Coach Beilein.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||why sports||
One of the reasons humans like sports is that they offer certainty in a world that doesn't offer much certainty. We know a player has a lingering injury, we know the ball took a weird bounce, we know refs are humans and make mistakes, we know the coach took a chance that didn't work out. We also know that rival fans are not subhuman cretins. (It was a shock to my system when I joined the Army, to find my best friends were great guys from Ohio, after encountering tOSU fans who invaded Ann Arbor every two years.) Rationally we know that, like life, sports has too many factors involved to draw ultimate conclusions from the results of a simple game. Ultimately, it IS only a game.
However, we invest ourselves in a team, a school, because of our feelings, so it's not entirely possible to avoid the accompanying feelings that can overwhelm rational thought. A game has a winner and a loser, so we FEEL that if WE (aka, the team we root for) win, all's right with the world. On the other hand, losses by our team (not so much "we" anymore) makes us FEEL it's because — whatever our latest theory — players have gotten lazy or cocky or don't care about fundamentals or aren't blue-collar workers like US when WE played defense on our high school team. Or they didn't WANT IT ENOUGH!
Or we lose because refs are incompetent or out to get us.
Or we lose and FEEL our coach is an idiot. A few more losses, he's not even OUR coach any more but the placeholder till we can hire the latest hot coach from Southwestern Northeast State.
But, despite final scores & winners & losers, time teaches us that sports are as uncertain as life, and it's the process that matters. As parents and workers, we try to do things the right way, deal with our mistakes and others' mistakes, and move on, hoping still to keep doing it the right way. That's the same process in sports.
John Beilin, as a coach, as a leader of young men, as a teacher, does it the right way. And, without knowing the young men who wear "Michigan" on their jerseys, I believe that they do it the right way too, thanks to their parents, thanks to their — our? — coaches, sometimes maybe thanks to the same teachers we had, and thanks to their character.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||judged on your pants||
Judged at your interview in part on your selection of pants, khakis are acceptable
|8 weeks 4 days ago||different jobs||
ski resort bus boy
Farmer Peet factory worker (meat packing company later owned by Denny McClain)
city parks worker (mainly mowing)
volunteer - UM Tutorial Project
forest fire fighter in the Cascades
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Fs4pBaPvPJ||
Is there a movement afoot to get coaches' feet off the court? I'm guessing TV likes the added drama of coaches calling attention to themselves, hey-look-at-me-coaching style. Nevertheless, shouldn't basketball coaches be required to stay within touching distance of their chairs?
Playing on the fabled 4th Street court in NYC, no one would allow a non-player to stand on the court. That jerk would get run over —
Oh. Never mind.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||The "tOSU"||
Note "Ohio" on the the jersey of "The OSU" — aka "tOSU." Hoke wasn't mocking when he called them "Ohio," he was respecting what they call themselves.
|16 weeks 21 hours ago||Another Levert sighting||
Every Sunday, the New York Times profiles an interesting New Yorker. This week, it's Caris:
|34 weeks 5 days ago||O Canada||
"O Canada" is also efficient. You can sing the entire thing by simply repeating the words "O Canada." Though you can repeat the start of any song to the end, in this case the last "O Canada" ends on the last note.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Swish||
So how does this scoring stuff work? I posted (my first post) what I thought was pretty darn good joke, suggesting a split that ends up with the 10-member Big Ten, circa 2000. Good or not, I thought it was an extreme enough "suggestion" that the joke would be obvious, without needing to be explained. (I dislike explaining jokes. Kinda kills the humor.)
For that joke, I get 2 points. The person who didn't get that it was a joke, and helpfully explained that my "suggestion" would mean lopsided divisions of 10 and 4 also gets 2 points. The next person, hinting at the joke, gets 2 points.
So as long as you write something you get 2 points?
(Note: Explaining the Subject heading joke, "swish," is the word occasionally used when a basketball goes through the net without touching the rim, resulting in a score of 2 points.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Big Eye?||
I like the eye configuration but suggest a few tweaks. The inner eye (of the soul? the soulful?) has seven schools. That's an uneven number. So we might add Minnesota to the mix, for an even eight.
However Minnesota has a natural rivalry with Iowa. (Or unnatural rivalry: who knows what they do with Floyd of Rosedale through those long winter storms?) So I suppose we should add Iowa too.
Unfortunately that gets us back to an uneven number. I notice that Wisconsin is between the original seven and the newly added pair, so perhaps we can include the Badgers.
Now we're at an even ten.
That only leaves the question of what to call this big grouping.