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11/25/2018 - 7:38pm In emphasizing recruiting…

In emphasizing recruiting with a goal to beat Michigan, Tressel and Meyer are smart enough to realize that preparing for Michigan should easily prepare their teams to beat most other teams. We need a coach who looks at this rivalry this way. If we hate Ohio State, obsess with beating them, recruit players who want to beat them, and finally figure out that puzzle, the other teams on the schedule would have to be as good as Ohio State or better to even compete, and that'll hardly ever be the case.

11/06/2018 - 12:01pm That's a sneaky one...

Had…

That's a sneaky one...

Had to log in just to tap that up-thumb.

10/04/2018 - 4:37pm He committed an armed…

He committed an armed robbery in which nobody died, thankfully...and then he died. This is perspective: He could've lived, been punished, learned, grown, and then been a better person in the years that follow than he was at the moment when he committed the crime. This summer, my twenty-three-year-old nephew was shot down after having gone down the wrong path. He had a five-year-old son. Nobody could say what he'd be like as a forty-five-year-old man. He could've become one of those people you see who's had someone invest in them and believe in them, the ones that end up running inner city community centers or creating after-school programs to help steer kids away from where he'd been. I'm just saying that perspective operates in more than one way, and young knuckleheads sometimes--many times--become different men as they grow older.

10/04/2018 - 3:49pm I hope he shines and gets to…

I hope he shines and gets to where he wants to be. He's one of my favorites: "Cool as the 'Ice Man' poster before it'd start wrinklin'."

08/09/2018 - 11:40am I'm an adjunct at the…

I'm an adjunct at the University of South Carolina Upstate. One class per semester gets me about $2500 to teach twenty-one students on average. I'm only paid for ten hours a week, but the preparation, actual teaching, office hours, wrestling with the essays of students who arrived at the college level under-taught and under-prepared by my K-12 counterparts (who are so much better at what they do than I am, you say) runs me up over twenty hours, because I give a damn. I want my students to be able to excel in life, first, and then class, so I love them through the teaching. I love them through thoughtful criticism, through recommendations for the writing center and for jobs and graduate schools (because they definitely return to ask for kind words on their behalf), and sometimes through failure. As an adjunct on a full-time level, I'd only hope to get to $20000 a year, but I'd have to work a hundred hours a week to get there. At USC Upstate, an assistant professor can get me about $40000 at the start and not much more than that in the following years. We're not paid as well as you think, and certainly not as well as the professors at Michigan are, and they're not Scrooge McDucking it, either, for the most part. Most of us also don't teach for the money and prestige, because we typically don't receive that. I work with a bunch of low-level award winners and learned from a bunch of low-level award winners when I went to graduate school at Clemson. We research because we want to know, we write because we want to document what we've found, and we teach because we want the future of the world to carry the baton.

Go Blue.

05/29/2017 - 10:49pm ...

That was the Washington Wizards, bro...

01/22/2017 - 10:33am ...

That's annoying? Alrighty...

01/21/2017 - 9:00pm ...

I like Irvin the most when he's aggressive and looking for his shot. He's a scorer. When the ball goes in and he's smiling, he seems to be more willing to do the other things that help the team, but when the ball's not falling through the net, he often disappears from the game completely, like the game at South Carolina earlier this year. The one thing I hate about Irvin's shot is that it's slow to leave his hands. He's had jumpers blocked more than anybody who gets his kind of elevation on a shot ever should.

01/21/2017 - 8:48pm Because I Don't Know...

...I'll go ahead and ask. Why do so many people in this community dislike Wolverine Devotee?

12/09/2016 - 2:52pm ...

He said B1G East. Iowa's in the West. We all had one East loss...

11/27/2016 - 12:01pm ...

No. I'm wrong. WAY wrong...

11/27/2016 - 11:59am ???

Don't we have to go back to Columbus again next year because of some weird scheduling? Don't we also go to East Lansing and South Bend, as well?

11/24/2016 - 4:58pm ...

If a team adjusts to their strengths to shield their weaknesses while exposing their opponents' weaknesses in order to win, are they "not really good"? They played ball in a way that allowed them to keep us out of the paint and they ran out to block two of our outside attempts (one was an iffy foul on Walton) and contested the three-point line. That's a sound plan against Michigan, I'd say, which, in turn, shows that at least right now, they're a good, undefeated team. I don't know how they'll end up when the season's done, but to say they're "not really good" because they beat up on us and we're salty is an uninformed take. Also, is this not the equivalent of Harbaugh's Iowa game two weeks ago or his Utah game last year? Beilein's a good coach. He's won about as much as Harbaugh has in college and is considered as much a guru in coaching as his football counterpart. He'll do his thing this year and we won't even be thinking about South Carolina anymore.

11/13/2016 - 12:09am +++

I believe reality has been torn to pitiful little slivers by ravenous dream beavers and the new backdrop of life is either a kaleidoscope in which all the moving colors represent loss and grief or this entire week is a test of my personal will to get over the "Chiefest of Calamities," a terrible head cold and this unfathomable defeat and take the necessary steps to find positivity in a time of tarnished silver linings. I think I'll go kiss the + ends of all the loose batteries I can find now. Maybe it'll help. If not, there's always Tropical Punch Kool Aid.

Go Blue. +++

11/12/2016 - 11:46pm Playcalling...

A run up the middle with the end zone at your heels with a plodder taking the handoff at a point when he'd only run for 6 yards on 4 carries, or something like that. Jake Butt is *usually* the surest bet in that situation, but...we were at Iowa, so nothing that normally makes sense makes any damned sense.

11/12/2016 - 11:46pm Playcalling...

A run up the middle with the end zone at your heels with a plodder taking the handoff at a point when he'd only run for 6 yards on 4 carries, or something like that. Jake Butt is *usually* the surest bet in that situation, but...we were at Iowa, so nothing that normally makes sense makes any damned sense.

11/12/2016 - 11:39pm ...

Iowa only has a bruising defense against Michigan...

11/12/2016 - 11:39pm ...

Iowa only has a bruising defense against Michigan...

11/12/2016 - 11:35pm ...

Rather not have lost at all, especially not this way...

06/22/2016 - 5:16pm Aesop Rock...

...Impossible Kid. This emcee seems like he'll never run out of incredible things to say.

06/05/2016 - 2:35am I agree...

...that Sugar Ray Robinson is certainly the best boxer ever from a record and skillset standpoint, but he didn't transcend the sport the way Ali did. Ali is a household name...from Louisville to some small town in Lithuania.

08/16/2015 - 7:01pm ...

DMX...buying a TV in the Best Buy off of Woodruff Road in Greenville, South Carolina...and "Lord Tariq" (from Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz) in the same Best Buy, on the same day, working at a counter in the Electronics section. DMX has been a resident of the area (Greer) for a few years now, and everybody knows because of a couple of incidents involving him, but Lord Tariq was a shock. One of my friends who worked there directed me to him. When I stepped to him with the "Are you who I think you are" face, he said, "I know, I know--life is hard sometimes. I'm good. Can I help you?" I shook his hand, wished him good luck, and walked out.

I don't think I'll ever go up to a formerly famous person (even if he was mostly 'hood-famous) again.

08/02/2015 - 12:27pm ...

We love Where the Wild Things Are around here, but this two-year-old wants to sleep with the lights on afterwards...

07/14/2015 - 4:32pm Late to the Parade...

Woodson is alpha, Hart is beta, and my very honorable third is Trey'Nard Burkinson, the chimera that feasted on Jayhawks and Irishmen from very long distances...

07/09/2015 - 4:33pm ...

I picked the one that's most similar to the color of the Block M at the top-left of the MGo App, at least to my eyes; it's just above "official maize."

05/19/2015 - 4:08pm 1985...

My mom moved us to east Detroit to live with my aunt and cousins to recover from eviction in Ohio. When Christmas came, my aunt bought me a Detroit Lions tee-shirt and my two-years-older brother a Michigan Wolverines tee-shirt. I saw "Wolverines" and thought "Logan," who was my favorite X-Man, so I cried until my brother traded shirts with me. I realized it was a football shirt, so I asked my aunt what the Michigan Wolverines were. She told me I would get big enough and play football there one day, and I was hooked. I was six. That maize and blue stuck...

05/05/2015 - 5:16pm ...

I'm late to your Mayweather party, but I'd say James Toney's shoulder roll was brilliant, as well; but he was more willing to throw than Mayweather, hence the nickname, "Lights Out." Bernard Hopkins has a really nice shoulder dip he does that allows him to avoid jabs and fire back with one of those head-first hook-jab things he does.

Because this is football-centric blog, I'd argue that watching these three fighters, especially Mayweather, is like watching football teams with pedestrian offenses coupled with stingy defenses... The 2000 Baltimore Ravens come to mind...

05/05/2015 - 5:03pm ...

Deontay Wilder is a young, athletic, 6'7" Alabama kid who knocks out nobodies, but can probably give Klitschko a good run for his money because he, too, knocks out nobodies. Klitschko hasn't had a decent challenge since...Sam Peter, right? Peter was strong as an ox, but we should never mistake him for any kind of elite boxer...

05/05/2015 - 4:57pm ...

I think Kirkland has a really good shot against Canelo. The guy sees blood before it even comes through the skin. I'll be all in the TV for that one...

For people who say boxing is boring, especially based on Mayweather and Klitschko fights, perhaps more aggressive technicians, like Andre Ward (when he's active), Terrance Crawford, or even this new incarnation of jab-first, body-hook-second Miguel Cotto, can shine a different light on boxing. If you like brawls, skip the big names and go for Lucas Mathysse, James Kirkland, Kid Chocolate, Gennady Golovkin, Segei Kovalev, or anyone who makes HBO's Gatti List. I assume that if Manny would've knocked Mayweather out in the twelfth round after losing the whole fight the same way it went on Saturday, the whole world would've been talking about how scintillating boxing is...

05/02/2015 - 5:26am ...

My two-year-old son pronounces his name like "Mack Beef-elk." That's awesome...

05/01/2015 - 6:47pm ...

Mayweather is nearly untouchable when he's smothered. Boxers he's beaten, including Hatton, Guerrero, and Alvarez, cite the raised shoulder they can't get past and the elbows they get hit with when they get close to him. He has the most trouble with punches that loop around his guard, as he was almost demolished by wide punches from a decent distance from Shane Mosley, Zab Judah, and DeMarcus Corley. If Pacquiao tries to smother Mayweather, he'll get all the shoulders and elbows he can eat. Additionally, this is one of the few fights Mayweather's had in which he'll be the naturally bigger man. The place where people underestimate Pacquiao is foot and hand speed. I don't think Mayweather is much faster, from a physical standpoint; I think he's a faster thinker, though, and that's what'll carry him in this one, I'd say.

Mayweather by decision...

04/10/2015 - 3:50pm ...

That is hilarious. I'm glad I stuck around to see that.

04/05/2015 - 2:20pm ...

I wonder about that, too. How the hell does that work?

04/05/2015 - 12:13pm ...

I know it's been said a few times since the thread started last night, but, for Harrison and many, many black people, "Fuck that n****" simply means "Fuck that dude...man...basketball player...college student...bane in my existence...versatile big man..." Harrison wasn't being racist towards Kaminsky. He let his "home" self out in public, which wouldn't have been as big a deal if the N-word wasn't a part of his "home" vocabulary.

I hate the word. I have an older and younger brother who both use the word today. I stopped using it around the time I turned nineteen when I decided how stupid I sounded calling my family, friends and peers something that's historically one of the worst things someone can be called. I understand every use of the word. I've used it every way it can be used, except the way it's been racially used against me, so I fully comprehend what Harrison said, as do most of the MGoBloggers posting above me. I don't condone it, and even Harrison knew better, because he mumbled it. It wasn't a good look...

I say we shouldn't be so concerned with what he meant. We know what he was saying. We shouldn't be mad that he gets to use it, but somebody like Frank Kaminsky can't in a response, and if he uses a white slur to refer to Harrison in return, he'd be fanning the wrong flames. We should be upset at the word, itself, but even then, there's nothing to be done about it. It's here to stay. However, if we become less outraged at its use, it'll surely become less outrageous. That's how you get something to drop out of the human record, or at least sink to a lower part of it.

04/05/2015 - 11:34am ...

The problem with what you said initially is that you started with "Black people..." when you maybe should've started with "Many black people..." or "Often, black people..." You seem to have been attacked because you used a generalization, which is actually where racism thrives.

04/04/2015 - 4:07pm ...

You're hard on the guy, but I agree that on-target balls should be receptions "most of the time," despite the velocity of the throw. Dump passes should not be bullets, but intermediate routes of ten or fifteen yards, I'd say a bullet is fine.

The receivers'll get used to his passes eventually...or they'll be receiving passes from somebody else...

03/24/2015 - 9:59pm ...

Well, DeVeon DaMichael Smith from the September in Ohio arrest isn't our guy, but our guy certainly seems to have gotten into a little bit of something, according to the Twittersphere. Dog-gone, man...

03/24/2015 - 9:49pm ...

I don't think that's our DeVeon DaMichael Smith...

02/28/2015 - 12:19pm Max Beef-elk...

Max Beef-elk should play more... He's stronger and more knowledgeable about the game than Doyle. He hasn't gotten abused as bad as we thought he would this year, and he's nifty around the basket. When he grabs a rebound, nobody can take it from him. He's got that Morgan-like bear claw grip...

02/26/2015 - 7:39pm ...

Gosh! This looks like sheep shit all mashed together...

02/26/2015 - 7:04pm ...

X-Alias: Lucosi

Point of Origin: Middletown, Ohio (As a kid, I lived next door to Cris Carter in some project apartments. My uncle was professional boxer, Wilbert "Vampire" Johnson. Said uncle didn't care much for Cris.)

Superpower: Uncanny ability to add a "S" in front of my words to make swords with which to face walls of opposing villains and wage war

Favorite Danger Room Activities as a New Mutant: Basketball, boxing and football

Current Diversions: Writing short fiction and rhymes, sampling vinyl and making beats, developing a driveway jumpshot (can't dunk no mo'), playing X-Box and wrestling with my progeny, Michigan football and basketball, Oakland Raiders, New York Knicks

Training Grounds: USC Upstate (Bachelor's in Creative Writing), Clemson (Master's in English)

As a Civilian: Adjunct English Instructor and shipping coordinator

Nice to "meet" y'all...

02/26/2015 - 6:49pm ...

That's a good one...

02/25/2015 - 10:55pm ...

The new offensive coordinator at Clemson has been a Morris understudy for the past few years. The word is that he'd been shadowing Morris like a kid does a parent on Career Day. With Watson healthy and the tall, fast wide receivers they've got, and with their record at Death Valley, I don't think the Irish'll come out of there with a win.

02/25/2015 - 11:08am ...

Rap is fascinating because the artists, even the worst ones, rhyme so much (oftentimes, they use false rhymes) in English, which is a very rhyme-poor language compared to something like Italian or Spanish.

02/25/2015 - 11:01am ?

Aesop Rock is corny as fuck? Why? His beats are quirky and you can't bounce to them, sure, but he's corny, as far as his rhymes? If he's corny, who's not, in your opinion?

02/25/2015 - 10:56am ...

I'm with you, good sir!

02/24/2015 - 9:39pm ...

He has this "Get off my grass" quality when he's in full battle armor (khax, Michigan sweatshirt and Bo cap).

02/22/2015 - 3:20pm ...

He's got so much playground in his game! Love it!

02/21/2015 - 9:10pm ...

I concur. Good show, my man.

02/21/2015 - 8:45pm ...

Isn't Clowney's guaranteed rookie contract over $22 million for four or five years with $14 million in bonuses? That's a pretty hefty amount to give a guy who hadn't done a thing in the league yet.