Iowa game weekend - Advice for visitors

Iowa game weekend - Advice for visitors

Submitted by eth2 on October 12th, 2016 at 11:24 AM

As part of an annual Michigan football road trip with friends, we are traveling to Iowa City for the game weekend in November. Have a hotel already, but am looking for recommendations from the MGoBlog community on things to do and places worth checking out, e.g., good breakfast spots, other restaurants, good beer bars / breweries, sports bars, pre-game related events, etc.

Many thanks in advance. Go Blue!



Advice on parking at driving range (not golf course)?

Advice on parking at driving range (not golf course)?

Submitted by Bleedin9Blue on September 15th, 2016 at 7:05 PM

So I'm not usually one to tailgate, but this week for Colorado my brother-in-law has decided to change up the usual schedule.  Thus, we're going to the driving range (not the golf course) to do some tailgating.  I'm looking for any advice that people have for the driving range - specifically when we'd actually need to arrive in order to ensure ourselves a decent spot.


It opens at 7:00 but I don't know when people will actually start arriving considering it's a 3:30 game.


I'm used to walking around the areas east of the stadium so I'm not even sure how filled up the driving range gets or what the atmosphere is like.  We'll have the grill going along with a TV for the noon games but other than that it'll be fairly low-key for us.  So, even if you've got no advice, feel free to tell me what the driving range either sucks or is awesome.


Thanks for the input.

OT: Cocktail Versatility Advice

OT: Cocktail Versatility Advice

Submitted by JeepinBen on May 13th, 2016 at 12:09 PM

TL;DR - What's your most versatile mixer/ingredient?

Full story: The wife and I are headed to a "Stock the Bar" couples shower this weekend and I'm more of a "beer & wine" guy than a liquor drinker. As is the groom-to-be (we're good friends). He mentioned that part of what he's excited for with the Stock the Bar thing is getting more things to use when hosting, the ability to make cocktails when entertaining, etc. I plan to buy a bottle of Koval Whiskey (not sure what kind yet) as it's local and fancy enough, but I was hoping to get a couple of ingredients/etc. to go with it. Do I do a fancy bottle of simple syrup and some bitters? Or are there better suggestions out there?

Wife Day Advice for the Unmarried Reader

Wife Day Advice for the Unmarried Reader

Submitted by 707oxford on September 28th, 2012 at 2:11 PM

I celebrated my 10 year anniversary with my awesome wife this year, and we just had our second child 3 weeks ago.  As a man who is up to his neck in family obligations every day - not just Wife Day - I feel the need to render some advice for tomorrow's bye to those who have yet to enter this chapter of their lives.  You will find no "/s" tag here; I'm seriously...

First, sleep in.  When you wake up to the glorious mid-day sun across your bed, go right back to sleep.  Can't sleep any longer?  Just lay there and do nothing until you're hungry.  

Once hungry, go to the fridge and pull out something that no self-respecting human being would eat for breakfast/lunch.  See that left over piece of chocolate cake?  It needs a side of kettle chips.

Bring your meal to the couch and see how the noon games - which at this hour should now be in full swing - are going.  "But Michigan is not playing today!"  Stop right there and listen to yourself.  There is football on.  College football.  The Saturdays where you actually have the time to watch a full slate of games that does not include your primary rooting interest are numbered, and this is one of them.  It expires no matter how you choose to fill your day, so embrace it.  Enjoy it.

Now it’s time for the 3:30 games.  Hopefully by now you're realizing just how good you have it.  Things are only about to get better as now you are guaranteed to watch either Sparty or Ohio lose.  Any other week you probably take in at least part of their games in hopes to revel in some sweet schadenfreude.  Well today's your lucky day because one way or another, it's happening.

Hungry again?  Fight the urge to cook something.  You have a device within arm's reach that you can speak into and people will bring you food.  I suppose it doesn't really matter what you order, but again I would highly recommend anything that you will undoubtedly enjoy now, and likely regret later.  

By the time your food arrives, you should be ensconced in session three of today's games.  You may be thinking that this is an awful lot of football to watch, especially with Michigan absent from the schedule.  If so, I ask that you think back two months to when you would have done anything to see a live football game...let alone a conference game with division race implications.  Bonus: rumor has it that both 'Sconsin and the Huskers will be wearing awful unis.  Laugh at their Wow Experience.  Laze with peace of mind that it isn't our team playing dress-up this week.

As the games come to a close, start drinking (if you haven't already, which of course you have).  Libation of choice should be something that makes you happy, or better yet occasionally leads to adventure and/or trouble.  The night is young - go out, stay out, and don’t come back until the next morning after a sunrise breakfast at some greasy diner before sleeping through the NFL games and easing into next week.

If this advice strikes you as lazy, gluttonous, overindulgent, or all of the above, you're absolutely right. There are certain things in life that you are able to enjoy now, but will be superseded by other priorities in future years - be it quality time with the kids, a memorable afternoon with your loving wife, or simply avoiding "that look" from the mrs. any time you sleep more than her, eat too much of anything unhealthy, turn on your third game in the same day, etc.

Don't get me wrong - these priorities (the first two, anyway) are awesome in their own right and more than justifiably replace (most) football games when the time comes.  But for you, single reader, Wife Day is still on the horizon.  This is your time.  As I said, it expires no matter how you choose to spend it.  So embrace it.  Enjoy it.


I have to go change a diaper.

Etiquette of Fans Communicating With Recruits

Etiquette of Fans Communicating With Recruits

Submitted by Caesar on January 15th, 2012 at 1:59 PM

My Specific Situation

There is a Michigan recruit who I might have the opportunity to meet. I'm wondering how weird it would be to talk to his kid about why I love the University of Michigan. I wear a Michigan hat a bunch, so it's possible that my thoughts would not be unsolicited.

Some context: I am a MAN (graduated from college). I would not usually talk to this kid. I have no inappropriate interest in children. I don't plan on trying to bribe him or anything like that.

General Considerations

1. Is it okay to seek out recruits and encourage them to come to Michigan? (If it depends, please say on what it depends.)

2. Is it okay to talk to recruits and encourage them to come to Michigan? (If it depends, please say on what it depends)

3. Is it okay to follow recruits through their social media accounts? (If it depends, please say on what it depends.)

4. Is it okay to communicate with recruits through their social media accounts? (If it depends, please say on what it depends.)

Just for the record, of the above, I've only done #3 through twitter. I don't think it's creepy to watch a Michigan recruit play football, so going to the kid's games isn't listed.

OT- Dog Allergies

OT- Dog Allergies

Submitted by BiSB on March 29th, 2011 at 1:34 PM

This is Gus:

Gus is a nearly 2-year-old American Bulldog. He enjoys walks, playing at the park, and food. Lately, he also enjoys severe allergic reactions caused by unknown stimuli:

It has happened twice now, both within the last week.  His face swells like a balloon, and he develops a serious hives on his legs and neck.  A shot of antihistimines at the vet has solved the problem both times, but that's a rather expensive trip to take regularly. 

I have no idea what is causing these reactions, but it doesn't seem to be food.  The vet seems to think it might be spider bites, but we haven't seen any spiders around the house.  Have any MGoDog owners experienced anything similar?  Any advice?  Preferably advice that does not involve anal glands?

OT- Seeking Advice from Dog Owners

OT- Seeking Advice from Dog Owners

Submitted by BiSB on August 9th, 2010 at 9:54 AM

This weekend my wife and I picked a second dog.  We already had a year-old American Bulldog, and the new one is another bulldog puppy.  However, the two are off to a bit of a rough start.  Our older dog, Gus, has always been extremely gentle with other dogs, including puppies.  He's been playing with her, and has generally tolerated her presence.  However, he has already growled at her several times, and has been extremely protective of his food.

My question to the MGoCommunity is: have you tried to introduce new dogs to your homes, and do you have any suggestions? Is this a situation where they just need to work things out amongst themselves, or are there any ways to ease the transition?

(P.S. I missed the last few days; Bouje, what the hell did you do?)

OT - Workout advice

OT - Workout advice

Submitted by MaizeNBlue on April 14th, 2010 at 1:12 AM

So, on week days I try to run and lift during the same hour each day. Usually, I run 3-4 miles, which I'm pretty used to running. Lately I've been trying to add significant upper body strength and I was wondering if it was better to run before lifting, or vice versa. I Google-searched some results, but most of them were mixed 50-50.

I have noticed that when I lift first, I'm capable of lifting better and I can run just as well when tired (logically). The problem is, I don't want to lose everything I gain lifting if I decide to run afterwards. It'd also be very preferable if both could be done in the same workout. Any advice would be much appreciated!

EDIT: the main reason I decided to post this here is because I know there are a couple Kinese people out there who probably know better than random internet Joe