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07/11/2018 - 7:59am I learned to enjoy NASCAR…

I learned to enjoy NASCAR with my father-in-law, who was a big fan.  NASCAR the past few decades is a lot more entertaining because all of the races are close and come down to the last lap.  Back in the 1970s it was less competitive with people like Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough winning races by lapping the field.

Thanks for posting this, Elno.  It gave me a chance to look at a number of other things you posted on your blog, which I didn't know existed.  Enjoyed your Ironworking post and will read others when I get the time.

06/05/2018 - 9:31pm I reloaded the site several…

I reloaded the site several times this morning thinking that this couldn't actually be the site's redesign.  That it took a number of years for that.

What in the world were the designers thinking?  That the readership was a bunch of gerbils with ADD?

There were no links to comment, or get to diaries or the board.  No community interaction, the development of which was the primary goal for the blog at its inception.  And this was beta tested?

But the blog is functional and more responsive than previously, and all of the archives have been transferred over (which seems to be a primary goal) now to a platform that can be add new features.

I guess that web design and maintenance is a much more difficult endeavor than I ever thought.  

05/21/2018 - 10:48am I hope that this is truly and

I hope that this is truly and finally the road to recovery and good health.

Godspeed, Ace.

04/21/2018 - 10:16am In 1987 my parentts were

in their early 60's, and they were absolutely miserable. Hell, I was miserable. IIRC, it was in the 20's, mostly cloudy and windy (the previous year's game the weather was in the 60's in Columbus).

My younger brother and I ran to get the car while my parents waited at the stadium gate. Running, I couldn't feel my feet hit the ground and was almost sure I would fall.

I went to a number of games from 1979-1990, and the '86 and '87 OSU games stand out the most of all of them.

04/20/2018 - 11:45am I was at both the

1986 game at OSU (Harbaugh guarantee win) and the game in Ann Arbor the following year with my parents and younger brother. I was a grad student at Michigan and my younger brother undergrad at OSU.

As stated above, Earl Bruce's firing by the president (or board) was announced the previous week and OSU's athletic director, Rick Bay, resigned immediately in protest. Bay was very well regarded and quickly hired by Minnesota.

My parents traveled from New Jersey and stayed in a hotel in Plymouth (the closest I could get for them) my brother up from Columbus stayed with me in my apartment.

The morning of the game my brother and I drove out to Plymouth to pick up our parents. Outside, there were about 6 OSU buses with all kinds of cheerleaders and band members around. This was where they were all staying. While waiting for my mother in the lobby, we saw Rick Bay being interviewed in an adjacent area (I don't recall if it was Musburger or someone else conducting it) to be broadcast during the game.

Down the hall walks Bruce with his assistant coaches to exit the front doors. Just inside, his wife and daughter were waiting for him, and they had a very heat-felt tearful goodbye. Since Michigan's season was mediocre, I turned to my brother and said that I almost wouldn't mind much Michigan losing this game.

The weather at the game was the coldest I ever attended. Michigan played decently the first half, OSU didn't. My parents were miserable and I had absolutely no feeling in my legs and feet. We left at half time in order to catch the rest of the game in the warmth of my apartment. By the time we got there and I got everyone a beverage of choice, Michigan had lost their half time lead and was on their way to a loss.

It was the least disappointed I have ever seen Bo after a loss.

04/17/2018 - 9:00am Shows how much I know.

All I could figure was that he had a beef with Grant Newsome.

04/17/2018 - 8:58am Always really liked Harry Anderson

He did a special, probably 25 years ago, where he did magic tricks interlaced with comedy. Saw it once, and it was really good.

04/03/2018 - 2:43pm This was a hugely successful

and entertaining season.

Way surpasses all reasonable expectations.

Michigan found itself a defensive coach. Lets hope they can keep him for another few seasons, and groom a successor to him to boot. Everyone, including Beilein, learned a lot from him.

The shooting was probably one of the worse ever coached by Beilein. I think that is a result of the misfit nature of the team, and will fix itself next season.

03/29/2018 - 10:31am The problem with having a

The problem with having a system designed to crown the best team as champion necessitates that it would also be the most boring system ever.

Nobody would argue that any of the 4-16 seeds going into the tournament is the best team in the NCAAs. All of the 3-seeds could be eliminated as well.

The most memorable teams in history aren't one of the many UCLA teams of the 1970's or 1980's, or UNLV, etc.

People remember and point to NC State's run in 1983. Villanova in 1986. Or even Michigan in 1989. Nobody would argue these teams were the best in their conference, let alone in the NCAA.

The NCAA tournament is great for the very reason that every team has a chance. Your team CAN win it, despite not being as good as Duke, Kansas, etc. Build a system where the best team wins every game, and you have to most boring playoff ever.

Like Brian says, the NCAA basketball tournament gets it pretty right. Hockey on the other hand might be perceived as too chaotic. I don't know if that is because about 3 times more players are involved in the game, the randomness of the bounces of the puck, or, more likely, the unbalanced impact 1 player, the goalie, can have on the game. College hockey's playoff system seems to be much more of a mismatch.

03/26/2018 - 12:31pm So is Jays' kid going to

have to call Jim's kid, who will only be 1 year older, uncle?

03/18/2018 - 9:44am I'm guessing

that you don't look like Mark Harmon.

03/07/2018 - 8:24pm JFC you guys

Come on, she's old enough to be my daughter.

03/06/2018 - 8:52pm I actually only see pros and

I actually only see pros and no cons:

1. Michigan just played 4 games in 4 days. 3 days off would not be ideal

2. Michigan's 1st round opponent shouldn't be a threat and the team will get back into their playing groove. The 2nd roud opponent will only have 1 day to prepare for Beilein's team - a really tough task given that either possible team will be hard pressed to make it to that game.

3. Beilein has a chance to install a few new wrinkles that will not be needed for the 1st weekend but can be used as a surprise for the 2nd weekend.

In short, the team may not be all that sharp for the first game, but that shouldn't matter, and thus everything else is up-side

03/06/2018 - 6:32pm What is really important

and why all of this works is the fact that Zavier Simpson can drive to the basket and finish.

His evolution the past year has been incredible, and has opened up so much else (just like a deadly shooter like Stauskas can open up other things).

Right now he is almost as good at getting to the basket as Trey Burke was.

This team is going to be a really tough out.

03/02/2018 - 6:59am Well don't leave us hanging...

how was it?

You guys had to pool some money to challenge one to actually drink it. There's almost always "that guy" in every idiot group of friends.  Like Spaulding from Caddy Shack.

02/27/2018 - 10:49am Geographically,

I never really liked Rutgers in the Big Ten (and I'm originally from New Jersey).

But everyone in the conference can't all win; somebody has to lose games too.

So, it just as well be Rutgers, they're good at it.

02/14/2018 - 5:29pm Doubt there

are many on this blog that recognize that (or any other for that matter) parody of a Jimmy Buffett song.

02/10/2018 - 4:59pm Well,

glad you clearly aren't being inflammatory.

LSA is invaluable on this blog. You aren't.

If LSA has any fault, its being too tolerant of certain posters that have accumulated so many of the precious MGoBlog points.

02/05/2018 - 3:48pm I was wondering what the

first of the 2 NFL games you watch per year.

One (but not the other) of the conference championship games? Doesn't make sense.

The Pro Bowl? Nah, NOBODY watches the pro bowl.

Dying for football and thus the Hall of Fame game in the summer? That really doesn't qualify as football.

Then I realized it has to be the Lion's Thanksgiving day game.

01/30/2018 - 7:05pm I dunno

do you think it will take a hit?

01/30/2018 - 10:30am This was my immediate thoughts

The football team had 16 (reported) cases for a roughly 100 player roster, or a "rate" (obviously this does not count the number of years and players coming or going) of 16%. Izzo had 4 (reported) player instances for a 15 player roster, or a "rate" > 25%.

So the argument can easily be made that Izzo's performance is worse than Dantonio's.

But both are and have been really bad in controlling and dealing with this.

01/26/2018 - 10:53am By my math,

Ryan's record was 40-23-16, not 40-17-16 (I don't think you included the 6 losses from his last season).

01/22/2018 - 3:17pm I do.

They called it The Hash Bash.

01/21/2018 - 2:59pm Sure he could

Lois Lane didn't call him the man of steel for nothing, you know.

01/21/2018 - 1:50pm I've seen this movie!

It didn't work out too well for the people that went on the camping trip.

01/19/2018 - 12:43pm I don't think the current

cramped 4 game run ending with Rutgers this Sunday is all due to the NY tournament thing.

Each team tends to play 1 game during the week and 1 game during the weekend. After Rutgers on Sunday, Michigan plays at Purdue (Thursday), Northwestern (Monday - consider this the weekend game) and Minnesota (Saturday).

Thus, in the coming 2 weeks Michigan has a 3-game stretch where they would normally would play 4 games. I think that skipped game was inserted in during this 4-game stretch. The Maryland or Nebraska game probably should have been in between Northwestern and Minnesota.

So I really don't think this current cramped schedule is due to the BTT being moved up.

01/16/2018 - 6:44pm e-mail Seth or Brian

How the hell else are we supposed to get back black for MGoPoints?

MGoPoints and cash are pretty much interchangeable at a 1:1 rate. That is what the beveled guilt button is for.

But every once in the while MGoBlog has a sale and you would get a better rate. I think the next one is President's Day, when everyone else has their white sales. Wait until then, save a little bit of cash and for a few thousand bucks and your points will be golden (well, back in the black, anyway).

01/13/2018 - 2:49pm Beilein's teams often

peak later than this. Maybe they haven't peaked yet... If not, then they have the ability to beat anyone.

This team had a really good week; too bad that the refs stole a chance for them to beat Purdue.

01/13/2018 - 10:46am He was definitely my all-time

He was definitely my all-time favorite announcer for college football, and might be for any sport.

He was smart about the game, genuine, entertaining and energetic without being over-exuberant. Hasn't been one like him since.

01/11/2018 - 3:29pm Well, you just made my day.

I'm 56 years old and after reading your posts I now realize, despite all my other troubles, I'm fucking Quantas.

01/09/2018 - 2:04pm Godspeed, Ace.

Godspeed, Ace.

01/02/2018 - 7:12pm No

I'm pretty sure you have to complain about basketball in this thread.

01/02/2018 - 4:47pm Brian is a Michigan fan first

Brian is a Michigan fan first and foremost. He isn't a professional writer that happens to write for a given team, but a fan that made a profession out of his fandom and abilities.

The best example I can come up with is recaps like the above, and the absence of UFS after late season losses. When questioned, he has responded "what is the point." But when Michigan actually beats OSU or wins their bowl game, he always does the UFR (at least I can't think of an exception).

With this whatever OP, I just think it is him dealing with a loss he really didn't see coming. Apathetic "whatevers" is the worse thing a sports program can suffer, and I am sure he knows it. If his concern was really in regards to the assholes, he probably would have written a "knock it off assholes" post like he has in the past.

It probably doubly hurts him because I would guess that the blog traffic and book/preview issue sales are higher when the team(s) do well. So there may be an added financial pinch he feels with every loss.

Great Best and Worse column again, as usual. You seem put so much time and effort into them. You are a terrific writer and I will miss them again in the offseason.

01/02/2018 - 1:46pm I dunno,

that game kind of reminds me of an enema that proceeds OK but is still pretty uncomfortable for the first 3/4 but then goes horribly wrong and devolves into a real shit show.

Or yeah, 2005... I can see that too.

01/02/2018 - 12:50pm Phew

For a second there I thought that Michigan played so bad that Notre Dame already kicked our ass in the coming September game.

01/02/2018 - 12:06pm A blog devoted to a team

that has indifferent/apathetic fans doesn't have any future either.

Brian has had a number of great posts in the wake of defeat. This wasn't one of them.

01/02/2018 - 10:56am My thoughts

1. Somehow this OP seems similar to the comments by some of the players regarding the fans. Fans are great and invaluable to every single sports team in the history of sports. Without their support there is no team or no sport. They are great when your team is winning. But yeah, when your losing... yeesh. But that is part of the cost of doing business and everyone knows it. Guess it is the same thing when running a sports blog.

2. While I would much prefer Michigan to winning like Alabama (something we haven't had to worry about for a couple of decades), Michigan's situation is much more interesting to contemplate.

What exactly is wrong?

Is it youth? Many other teams are just as young or younger, have equal or less success in recruiting, but don't seem to have the problems Michigan is having.

Is it a void at 1 or 2 positions, particularly QB? The problem there is Michigan looked just OK at best with Speight, and worse or much worse with O'Korn and Peters. Michigan looked pretty good with Rudock, but still lost to OSU and didn't really look like a Big Ten championship team.

Is it the position coaches? Are they not up to the task, despite the success they have had in the past that warranted Harbaugh hiring them?

Is it recruiting? Is Michigan failing to recruit well enough? Many other teams, particularly MSU and now Central Florida, seem to do very well with much less. Or is that just cherry-picking a few examples?

Is the pro offensive scheme too complicated for 18-22 year olds who have limited maturity, limited experience and limited time to study the various complexities as opposed to their professional counterparts? Does this also manifest itself on the field as hesitancy and a lack of aggression as the players have to think too much about assignments and not act instinctively?

Or is it something else, or a combination of some of the above?

The defense isn't perfect, but has been as good as I can remember any Michigan defense since the 1970s. With just a very good defense the past 3 years, Michigan probably has at least 1 more loss per year, and maybe even 2 per year.

01/01/2018 - 9:59pm You must not have (a) watched

You must not have (a) watched any of the games this season, including the bowl shit show and (b) not have looked at next year's schedule.

Do you consider any game that Michigan is favored in as auto-wins, yet consider any game that Michigan is an underdog as 50:50?

Michigan is looking square at another 8-4 season. 10-2 is at probably the 5 percentile range.

01/01/2018 - 9:02pm In the movie

Bull Durham having moldy shower shoes when you are winning you're eccentric, but when you're not you're a slob.

So when you win, you are cute, amusing, etc., and when you lose, you're just a stooge.

01/01/2018 - 8:24pm But this was also said

after Bo's numerous bowl losses as well.

I don't know whether it is an SOP thing across college football or a Michigan program thing, though.

There was absolutely nothing new. It was almost like watching Michgian in the 1970s, but with a worse OL. How many times did Peter's throw short to the right, short side of the field? Like almost all of the time.

01/01/2018 - 3:52pm The coaching staff had

2 weeks to prepare a game plan for MSU and shit the bed.

They had 4+ weeks for this abomination of a game plan.

01/01/2018 - 3:47pm Combine that

with a complete lack of any running game, and yeah, you get that.

12/29/2017 - 5:15pm Yeah, but

Nebraska was actually pretty damn good that year too.

But the Missouri thing should have been the difference there.

12/29/2017 - 3:12pm I definitely didn't like the BCS

1 vs. 2. Thought it stunk and was worse than the traditional bowl tie-ins.

The 4 team playoff is better, but I think it is both inevitable and necessary that it goes to 8 teams.

12/29/2017 - 1:57pm Artis Gilmore was one hell

of a good player. Jacksonville made it to the NCAAs in '71 and 73 as well.

12/20/2017 - 9:27am I am not sure I totally

understand this new signing period.

But, wouldn't it be reasonable to assume that anyone who is verbally committed to a team but doesn't sign during this early period should be regarded as a light commit for NSD in February?

12/19/2017 - 9:13pm How much

do you think you could get for it in an auction?

12/19/2017 - 8:51pm Yeah, I have never

posted in either. I think I only looked at them once or twice.

Just curious and taking a totally wild guess, were your parents grad students at UM in the late '80's/very early '90's?

12/18/2017 - 10:47pm I suspect that

pos-bang threads allow these users to accumulate points fairly quickly.

Essentially, pos-bang threads actually bypass the purpose of points system and thread limits, etc. In actuality, they are counter-productive to the whole purpose of why the points system was instituted.

12/18/2017 - 9:26pm I missed

the donation letter photograph. Without getting into specifics, given things he has posted about himself, I find this... unexpected.

I don't post a lot but the multiple accounts thing has been going on for a long time, has been pretty much nailed down on 2 occasions by different people, and pretty strongly suspected on a number of other occasions, including today.

I don't wish him ill; he has great enthusiasm for the program and the university, but I wish he didn't take some things (MGoPoints, posters with contrary opinions, etc.) seriously. Nothing here is really worth getting worked up about.