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Seth April 5th, 2013 at 4:04 PM

On Monday I tweeted there would be some interesting Meta announcements on here. The first: indie HTTV shall return, depending on how that looks----------------------->

The second is we're finally having an in-person event that's not in the middle of July:


On Mount Blogmore the beards are made of bacon

When? The Michigan Spring Game event will be at 12:30 at Michigan Stadium. Whenever that's over, wander your way over to R.U.B. We'll be wandering at the same pace so probably won't really be underway until an hour or so after the game ends.

Where? Make your way to R.U.B. BBQ Pub at that corner (State & Packard) that was the Packard Pub, or the Artisan Bistro, or the Southside Grill, or the Atlanta Bread Company, or the Delta Restaurant, or Espresso Royale, or somebody's farm, depending on when you were last in Ann Arbor.

Who? You know, the guys. Brian Cook. Ace Anbender. Heiko Yang after Borges says he can leave the presser. Eric Upchurch. A two-time All-American defensive back. Tacopants. That tubby yutz with a beard…

Wait, you said… Marlin Jackson will be there to join our Q&A session, and will also talk a little about his Fight for Life Foundation, which sponsors programs to give kids some of logo2_03the opportunities that Marlin himself didn't have in Sharon, Pa. I'll let him explain:

I had to fight against never knowing my father, having a drug addicted mother, being neglected, moving from home to home, and not having any positive role models.  I had to fight for my life, the life that I wanted, the life that was just above the horizon of the ghetto that I could not see. The more I experienced beyond the confines of my childhood, the more I became encouraged to fight for all that is right and just in the world. My hope is to give kids who grow up as I did a fighting chance to make it in the world and to let them know that their environment does not have to dictate who they are in a negative way.

Some of the programs he runs are Field of Dreams, which provides incentives for kids to "gain yards" through scholastic achievement and community service; Seal the Deal football camps; and R.A.P. which uses music and the arts to help kids stabilize their lives.

How? This was all made possible thanks to Jared of Sports Power Weekends, who's so good at putting stuff together he does it for a living (he's the guy who organizes those logohotel+bus+ticket+tailgate+tshirt trips to away games). Jared will be there for you to thank in person, or if you want to sign up for his packages. At the moment he's planning trips to Iowa on 11/23, Northwestern on 11/16, and for out-of-towners, some  in-Ann Arbor programs for Notre Dame and Michigan State.

Need help with this? Yeah. We're going to have some computers set up so we can liveblog the event for those who can't be in Ann Arbor, and kinda help us field questions and whatnot. Moderators: that's the ticket! We need mods. Live mods. Mod mods.


Cost? No cover or anything. We'll order when we get there and split the bill, though a few people offered to get some rounds. If you feel especially privileged to be there and want to put money somewhere, Marlin's Foundation has a Kickstarter-like system of donation levels via paypal.

Why R.U.B. The consensus was that we like beer and ribs. A lought.

RSVP? In the comments I guess. Just trying to get an estimate within +/-15 to give Omar, who's kindly letting us use his place.

Wait no Dear Diary? Where's my Moment of Zen?

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April 5th, 2013 at 4:12 PM ^

Because when I logged on and edited a comment, a rotating ad for this was appearing on the side, splashing faces, and when I submitted, it was gone and I couldn't get back to it....and I was wondering "how do I get the information now?"  

No patience.

Edit: Forgot to RSVP.  I'll be at the Spring Game, duh, and I've been looking for an excuse to get over to RUBs to try it. So glad to have BBQ in Ann Arbor proper.  And the money I was going to spend bringing any beers to any tailgate can be spent there. Wife works till 8 pm anyway. 

Though we've all just dissed the Lacrosse team.

The Shredder

April 5th, 2013 at 4:24 PM ^

I'll be doing a Q&A on MS paint Theory and what that means to current day society at the Stadium Blvd Mcdonalds. David Underwood will also be there.. trying out the new chicken wraps. 


April 5th, 2013 at 4:27 PM ^

Where? Make your way to R.U.B. BBQ Pub at that corner (State & Packard) that was the Packard Pub, or the Artisan Bistro, or the Southside Grill, or the Atlanta Bread Company, or the Delta Restaurant, or Espresso Royale, or somebody's farm, depending on when you were last in Ann Arbor.

Or the arcade.

An Angelo's Addict

April 5th, 2013 at 5:15 PM ^

If I was there I would be there to ask one question. Is Ace Anbender his real name? Because I always imagined Ace's really name was Robert, or John, and "Ace" is his mgocelebrity name. It just flows too perfectly


April 5th, 2013 at 7:13 PM ^

I'm the guy that works with Marlin and his Fight For Life Foundation. I'll be there.


Also to anyone kind enough to donate. FFLF is a 501 (c) 3 non profit so donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. yay!


April 5th, 2013 at 7:26 PM ^

I know my daughter would love to attend with me. I'm not sure that we can get away with missing her wedding reception, though.


April 5th, 2013 at 10:12 PM ^

There's one of these just down the road from Comerica Park.  I was in there a couple times in 2012, it was a solid establishment.

However, I don't think they served subs, so I can't vouch for if this event will be crazy.


April 5th, 2013 at 11:52 PM ^


We need mods. Live mods. Mod mods.

I'll send Dr. Jimmy and Mr. Jim.  And the Bell Boy. And the Punk and the Godfather.

(The Who's "Quadrophenia" might be the best album of all time.)

Michael From TC

April 6th, 2013 at 3:26 AM ^

If I wasnt working I would be there.


Unfortunately I give my boss weekends in non-football months so that I can get them off during the season. I havent run into issues really until John Beilein arrived on campus. Not that it is a bad thing, I just miss some of the best games live and have to watch them on torrent.


April 6th, 2013 at 2:54 PM ^


Me and my MGoGirlfriend will surely be there. I'm all about supporting Bo (NTB) and his foundation endeavors. He was one of the first people that I ever met at Michigan during Orientation at South Quad in 2001--and I got to follow his career up close and in person, as I was one of Big Jon's boys. 
I was there that Sunday night after we lost to ND in 2004 when he gave that epic, impassioned speech in a team-only meeting out on the old outdoor field after practice. I will never, ever forget that--and his passion for Michigan. I'll look forward to telling Marlin that.

The Big Ten Championship rings that he and I both have from 2003 bear the message in my Subject line. Those words define the spirit of Michigan (and not only in football): The Team.
See you guys at the RUB--unless it's changed to another business by next week!