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05/25/2018 - 8:31pm .....

05/22/2018 - 7:20pm Jeebus.

Returned from walkabout for this thread and stuff about Hunter Johnson.

Returning to walkabout.

Season can't start soon enough.

05/06/2018 - 8:05pm Jeebus.

This would be my nominee for Worst Thread of the Year.

Concern Troll City.

Topics covered:

a) All your elite Michigan based recruits are not belong to us

b) That's bad. Very bad.

c) 2018! 2018! Michigan needs to win this year! This year, dammit!

d) Top Ten class now but later...

e) Harbaugh is not meeting recruiting expectations

The early signing date is almost 8 months away. Long time out.

Gonna go back on a walkabout, again.

05/06/2018 - 7:54pm @Ziff72


04/29/2018 - 10:08pm Chair Backs

Expand the end zones up and introduce seating the rest of the sports universe has known for years.

04/16/2018 - 10:19pm Kwity Paye

He would approve.

04/16/2018 - 10:16pm McElwain...

Well, he's ours now.

04/12/2018 - 7:37pm This is not a big deal at all.

If a CHL player doesn't play minor league hockey or make it to the NHL they can certainly attend university in Canada (excellent schools exist in the hinterland, btw and the last number of national champions in Canada pretty much loaded up with former CHL players). CHL has a scholarship program for this purpose (but also usable for community college, trade school, firefighting schoo/EMS etc.). 

You can play junior hockey in the NAHL, USHL or EJHL but these are not close to the level of major junior CHL in Canada (and a bit of the north US).

Pretty interesting Gare Joyce article on changes in CHL culture over time (Joyce not known to be a CHL slappy, btw).


04/12/2018 - 12:44pm Not surprised a bit.

I follow London Knights hockey and they are an excellent organization with a lot of resources. They also play in a great arena that feels like a mini 9000 seat NHL rink and is professionally run. They pretty much sell out every game and have been regulars, largely, in the OHL playoffs for years and certainly over-represented in the Memorial Cup. If the young man is academically inclined there is an excellent university in London as well.

It is what it is; the Hunter family in London has made the Knights into a problem for any team whose player they draft.

04/11/2018 - 12:45pm Damn.

I guess those Sparty brahs on the internet were right. They can brag about how they outdrew Michigan at their spring game.

Props to them.

04/10/2018 - 2:35pm Um....

Is there an /s involved here?

Maybe you were being /s and it went over my head. If so, moving along.

04/10/2018 - 2:04pm Blashill...

A few years back the general tone here was that Babcock didn't matter, that Blashill would be better with the young players etc.

So now they resign Blashill and extend Holland. Yzerman is never coming back, either.

Man, times change.

04/09/2018 - 8:31pm Heh.

"What's your deal' NCAA

04/09/2018 - 6:57pm Meh.

Racist, obstructionist cheaters oppose legitimate transfer to great school by talented quarterback.

Guess they really want that refund.

04/09/2018 - 6:55pm Attending

Based on the number of responses this thread alone will exceed the Sparty spring game attendance

04/09/2018 - 6:50pm Hmmmmmm

I'm sure all records conveniently being destroyed as we speak

04/09/2018 - 6:49pm MSU gonna get got

The WWL will pursue MSU to the end of time after all the FOIA and Engler publicly criticizing their credibility and giving the the fake news treatment.

This is the beginning not the end.

04/09/2018 - 6:44pm @corundum

Reporting sexual assault in East Lansing hasn't exactly worked out for a great many at MSU.

A culture of Lothario seducers and litterers, it seems.

04/09/2018 - 9:32am Well... cannot deny the impacts of stretching though.


04/06/2018 - 11:49pm Don't see it so much a sides

Sparty keeps doing wrong things, wrongly covering them up and wrongly blaming victims, their advocates and anyone including the WWL who shines a light on that.

I find it ironic, pathetic and sad that Sparty parses ESPN on content accuracy but gives their administration a pass on document destruction and obfuscation.

04/06/2018 - 9:42pm Heh.

World Wide Leader with the middle finger to Sparty in this paragraph...

On Wednesday, Outside the Lines asked Guerrant whether Engler had any comment about whether he believes Washington is still owed an apology and whether he had anything to say regarding the alleged victim. Guerrant said Thursday that she had not had a chance to speak with Engler.

04/04/2018 - 3:48pm Hmmmmmm...

If I was the parent of the victim I'd be relatively pissed off. 

Is this the end of it and these idiots are going to be on the next season of Last Chance U or are they staring down some sort of civil action etc.?


04/02/2018 - 1:36pm Yep.

04/02/2018 - 1:32pm Big if...

Just wait for the civil litigations to start leaking.

I don't expect the Denhollander family to sit idly and quiet nor many of the other gymnastics victims.

How long before civil suits arise from either the Title IX content, Corley/Vance, this current situation?

Death from 1000 cuts for MSU.

HBO series in 2022.


04/02/2018 - 11:59am "they knew this wasn't going away"


I expect everyone at MSU thought it would just go away just as, historically, everything else had just gone away under Hollis/LSA and the BoT watch.

Nerd Rage beatings?

Glenn Winston?


LJ Scott drinking and driving (but only like 7 times)

Demetrius Cooper interacting with parking officials

Chris Rucker

The list goes on  and on...

It used to go away. Then they pissed on ESPN. Pride/Fall, something, something....

04/02/2018 - 11:17am Jeebus

I work for a university. None of this stuff would be hard to access. 

I find "another set of withheld records pertaining to his employment" pretty interesting.

MSU's fight/deny everything policy against ESPN, who has all the time, money and lawyers in the world for this stuff is mind boggling (bottling in blog parlance).

04/02/2018 - 11:13am Heh.

He's taken a lot of bullets though.

He's here to support the survivors.

04/02/2018 - 11:12am Here's the thing...

MSU gave the middle finger to ESPN and publicly questioned their credibility by essentially giving them the "fake news" credibility and empowering their fanbase to put voice to the same. Twitter is a gong show in this regard. 

Naturally, ESPN, who has waged a years long information war with MSU is going to be a) pissed off about that and b) pissed off about having their credibility challenged. The World Wide  Leader has plenty of resources and all the time in the world, it would seem, to put out monthly reports on all things MSU or bi-monthly or more often as the news cycle allows.

The fallout of Nassar is just beginning. These lies exposed. ESPN probably has more. You're more comes out the protections that Izzo once had a MSU diminish. The loss of Hollis probably hurts both he and Dantonio in that way as well.

03/31/2018 - 11:52pm Michigan All F'n Day

This isn't 90s Tarkanian UNLV...this is the same team that was handled by St. John's, Creighton and Butler. They are hardly unbeatable.

They have not faced a defense like Michigan.

Bad Boys style defensive lockdown win with Jay Wright apoplectic and their shooters frustrated.

03/31/2018 - 2:55am Hmmm...

North Philly is certainly a unique learning environment. Temple is a great school; its environment prepared me for many things and the culture of the place was amazing.

03/30/2018 - 3:30pm Villanova...

As a Temple alum I cannot stand Villanova, their beautiful Main Line suburban campus or their greasy and debateably ethical coach Jay Wright. I mostly dislike Villanova and their 46-42 lead in the Big 5 rivalry in Philly.


03/25/2018 - 1:06pm @WolvinLA2

Agreed. This sounds way too Sparty "football was invented in 2008" from the OP...

03/25/2018 - 1:24am #obviously

I don't really get the whole diminishing of that earlier era is the issue.

Of course, I think everyone is looking forward to the Final 4.

03/25/2018 - 1:18am This is revisionist and apologist bs.

Glad the team won tonight and everyone si happy.

Chris doesn't need to apologize and the legacy of the Fab 5 is cultural, social and long term both at U of M and societally. The Fab 5 transcended basketball and made a remarkable impact in the 90's influencing how teams dressed, how fans dressed but, moreso, they enabled an enthusiasm about basketball, about Michigan and about being young that I haven't seen since (of course, I got older). This includes the current team.

I was at Crisler during that time and I have never felt that same energy. Proud of the current team but the sanctions on the Fab 5 and self-righteous flagellation of a segment of the fanbase in terms of apologism is ridiculous. 

Hang the banners. Celebrate the Fab 5.

Celebrate the current team, also.

03/25/2018 - 1:04am Go Blue.

03/22/2018 - 9:35pm Upvoted


03/14/2018 - 7:28pm Re Jim Brown

*All* the old guys I know speak of Jim Brown in a reverential manner. Greatest ever, then Payton, then Barry.

Coolest thing I learned was that not only is he in football HOF but also the lacrosse HOF.

There are levels and I think b/c the Browns have been horrible over years and because Brown is old/remembered often as an activist/advisor/occasional actor that his legacy as the most dominant player of his era (arguably any era) is too easily forgotten.

03/08/2018 - 4:39pm Well played.

03/08/2018 - 12:31pm Well....

Epic high quality triple post...

03/08/2018 - 12:31pm Well....

Double post...

03/08/2018 - 12:30pm Well....

Maybe they did, or maybe they were unconcerned by the fake tough guy swagger after they handled them with ease at Breslin...

03/07/2018 - 8:22pm (No subject)

02/26/2018 - 5:07pm Probably a season or two.

Depends on your team, as well. If your whole team is new then yeah, it's gonna be a while unless you start watching a lot of curling on tv or streaming the Brier and world championships etc. if you have an experienced skip/vice they can mentor a fair bit.

I've been playing about 35 years (you can start quite young in Canada) and I played front end (lead/second) for most of my first decade in the game. Back then there was no four rock rule so you could just peel everything. We won a ton of games 2-1 and if you were a hitter in the 80s and could control big weight you were a killer. 

Modern era, you're looking at free guard zone and next year five rock rule (which is going to be a challlenge for teams, in my opinion) and designed to generate offense. As a beginner, you are definitely going to find random in scoring (it's hard to make your shots do what you want let along strategize). I'd advise a) working on all your shots and focus on a consistent release; b) if you can access some coaching for that do so (makes it way easier); c) stream as much curling as you can and watch how the team with the hammer tries to build the end and what the opponent tries to do. 

Lastly, you could try practicing some strategy.

Also bunch of good curling apps.


02/26/2018 - 4:47pm Hmmmmm...

Golf/Curling usually a thing. Bowling added is a concept.

I once played an event in Eastern Ontario and I went into the club and got a drink and sat by the glass to clock the ice. I looked down to the far end and they had two giant signs on the wall above the sponsors. The first said "If" and the second "I'd" which is the sum of the two sentences in every curling shot analysis by the glass when discussing other teams.

02/26/2018 - 4:38pm Hmmm...

I've played in Ferndale but not for quite a long time (like fifteen years) and it was a large event over the holidays (cashspiel) where you would win money on a per game basis leading to a final where you could win more etc. Played a bunch of top American teams at the time. At that event, at least, they had a lot of really inexpensive adult beverages. They also, amazingly, had Canadian satellite TV (in order to get all the major curling events). Good times.

In Canada they generally do the instruction at the start of the year or middle of the year. They have tons of qualified coaches at every club and are, generally, quite happy to see you. Roseland is nice but I've played there in events and yeah, you do kind of get that vibe.


02/26/2018 - 11:37am Funny.

If you have curled at a high level it's always entertaining to see other athletes try it out. 

The interesting thing about curling is that within a few months pretty much anyone can become adept enough to make some shots. What you see on tv, however, the kind of control needed to make draws to the button within inches or double/triple takeouts with a specific roll. That's years in the making. 

Strategy is a whole other discussion. 

Really good times, however. 

Fun Fact: Curling is the only sport that requires you to buy a drink for your opponent following the game and similarly requires them to reciprocate. At my club, if this rule is not followed, you'd get the boot.

Additionally: Plainfield's two sheet curling club is pretty damn cool. Very infrequent in Canada that you see anything smaller than a 4 sheet and quite often a six or eight. 


02/25/2018 - 10:36pm This.

A lot of Scotch wisdom in the thread.

i think though, even more than single v. blend or the concept of no "Best" there is the question of why you're drinking that particular Scotch and it speaks a fair bit to application. 

As an example, if you like Scotch with cubes (OP runs his bourbon this way) I'd avoid watering single like Laphroaig or Aberfeldy where you want that complexity evident.

Similarly, if you are having a cigar you are blunting your tastebuds a fair bit (I know this as I like a cigar with the scotch, a lot). As such, a slightly more down market blend (Johnny Black perhaps) might meet your needs.

As an aside, I'll make a couple recommendations for the OP and one non-scotch that drinks like scotch. 

a. very inexpensive: Grant's Sherry Cask. This is a surprisingly complex little scotch and very cost efficient. Very nice with a cigar and enjoys a tailgate. Approachable, easy drinking.

b. inexpensive: McClelland's Single Malt Islay. It's owned by Morrison Bowmore (Glen Garrioch, Bowmore, Auchentoshan fame). Easy go to daily if you're looking.

c. Medium: Aberfeldy. Complex as hell. Runs a bit hot but super enjoyable.

d. Upper Middle: Deanston. Moving up a bit in cost. Awesome value, IMO. Fruity, complex, interesting, heavy nose and stays on the palate all day it seems.

e. High End: Johnnie Walker Blue. This is an expertly crafted blend. Complex and delicious. I like single but JWB is great. 

f. Non Scotch but Enjoy like Scotch: Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye. Just a really interesting rye. World Whiskey of the Year 2016 and deservedly so. Inexpensive. Complex. Drinks easy with a few cubes. 


02/25/2018 - 12:06pm 2014 as well...

Maybe you just blocked that one out?

Our randoms leaving with a bronze, fair enough. Best on best we have two full teams we could field and win.

02/25/2018 - 1:57am Easy Fella

They also have the only American born male who can win a medal.

Our randoms are at least leaving with a bronze.

02/25/2018 - 1:24am Awful

German defensive zone there terrible