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06/06/2018 - 9:16pm Ok I will get used to this. 

Ok I will get used to this. 

06/06/2018 - 9:15pm Ok I will get used to this. 

Ok I will get used to this. 

06/06/2018 - 9:15pm Ok I will get used to this. 

Ok I will get used to this. 

05/11/2018 - 8:38am Toledo and Blue

I have lived here for over 40 years. There are lots of great UM fans here and of course the OSU fans are the same everywhere.  Need I say more.

I agree with dUMchick77 that the Metroparks are great with two new ones just up and going one onthe river downtown and another in the Marshes east of twon which are getting international attendtion from the birders for the species they see every May and October during migration as the birds rest up there before taking on Lake Erie. There are a variety of rare environmental layers in Nw Ohio that are unique such as the Oak Openings park that is only and hour south of A2. The metroparks levy always passes and they do great things with our tax dollars.

The Zoo is rated one of the best of its size in the counntry and well worth the trip to Toledo if you have kids.  Hippos and Polar bears and Gorillas and Orangs right next to you through glass. 

The Art Museum is great and most beautiful buildings for 200 miles around. The glass art has its own glass builing situated in a park across the street from the Greek style main Museum building.  Well wortth the trip and admission is free due to the Libbey family and others. 

Mud Hens and Wallets are as good as minor leage experience gets and there are some of the best high schools in Ohio and the country in Ottawa Hills and Sylvania. You can buy a mansion in Ottawa Hills for what it costs for a normal house in Byrnes Park area.  Downtown is now a much more active and interesting place lately with businesses moving back, lots of good restaurants and bars and brew pubs popping up and the music scene and art scene are there and very much alive and growing.  It is a fairly very progressive city with a good activist crowd around environmental issues. The health care is pretty good and very rarely do I need to send cases up to A2,Detroit or Cleveland.  It is still a city with poverty and crime in some areas and the diffence between the rich and poor is palpable,

All that said what I like best about being here is that A2 is only 50 minutes away and I can have it all.

05/11/2018 - 8:38am Toledo and Blue

I have lived here for over 40 years. There are lots of great UM fans here and of course the OSU fans are the same everywhere.  Need I say more.

I agree with dUMchick77 that the Metroparks are great with two new ones just up and going one onthe river downtown and another in the Marshes east of twon which are getting international attendtion from the birders for the species they see every May and October during migration as the birds rest up there before taking on Lake Erie. There are a variety of rare environmental layers in Nw Ohio that are unique such as the Oak Openings park that is only and hour south of A2. The metroparks levy always passes and they do great things with our tax dollars.

The Zoo is rated one of the best of its size in the counntry and well worth the trip to Toledo if you have kids.  Hippos and Polar bears and Gorillas and Orangs right next to you through glass. 

The Art Museum is great and most beautiful buildings for 200 miles around. The glass art has its own glass builing situated in a park across the street from the Greek style main Museum building.  Well wortth the trip and admission is free due to the Libbey family and others. 

Mud Hens and Wallets are as good as minor leage experience gets and there are some of the best high schools in Ohio and the country in Ottawa Hills and Sylvania. You can buy a mansion in Ottawa Hills for what it costs for a normal house in Byrnes Park area.  Downtown is now a much more active and interesting place lately with businesses moving back, lots of good restaurants and bars and brew pubs popping up and the music scene and art scene are there and very much alive and growing.  It is a fairly very progressive city with a good activist crowd around environmental issues. The health care is pretty good and very rarely do I need to send cases up to A2,Detroit or Cleveland.  It is still a city with poverty and crime in some areas and the diffence between the rich and poor is palpable,

All that said what I like best about being here is that A2 is only 50 minutes away and I can have it all.

04/20/2018 - 8:50pm Miles and MAAR

Great read and great to listen to Miles at the same time.  Thanks Ace and a very special thanks to MAAR.  When he made that basket over Bamba I backed up and watched it about 5 times in slow mo.  Some one needs to do the physics analysis on that one. Impossible but there it is. We should all try to do more imbedded music that fits to read along with our posts.  

04/05/2018 - 6:30pm Not what I said

"On the other hand we couldn't hit an open three and that was probably our doom not the refs." This is what I said and I warned you that it was a rant.  You did not have to read it.  The Brunson story is true as my son posted to confirm.  Every word above can be confirmed by watching the game on replay.  I wrote it mostly as therapy for my frustration. This team far exceeded all expectations and I really wanted them to be champions out of appreciation for a great season. 

04/05/2018 - 6:30pm Not what I said

"On the other hand we couldn't hit an open three and that was probably our doom not the refs." This is what I said and I warned you that it was a rant.  You did not have to read it.  The Brunson story is true as my son posted to confirm.  Every word above can be confirmed by watching the game on replay.  I wrote it mostly as therapy for my frustration. This team far exceeded all expectations and I really wanted them to be champions out of appreciation for a great season. 

03/05/2018 - 9:58pm 2 years ago I posted this about Zavier

Subject -I will finally be glad to root for this guy

post- He and his Lima Senior team beat my home town team in the playoffs (Lorain,Ohio) and my adopted hometown teams multiple times (St. Francis, St. John's, Whitmer and Toledo Central Catholic, and Clay) he had a total of 13 wins against these teams this year. He is the real deal. He can score but he is unselfish. From the point, he makes everyone on the floor better (italics added). I do not think he will cut into Walton's PT much.  He will cut out Dakich if either Rak or Walton get into foul trouble or need a break or if we need to match up small. 

Yes I am very glad to finally be able to root for this guy.

02/14/2018 - 5:36pm Yep Bending the old knees helps

I see the same problem with Simpson at the line. He needs to deliberately bend his knees a couple time before he shoots and the extra push he will get on the ball will keep him from bricking on the front of the rim on the first free throw and then overcompensating on the next by shooting harder with his arms.  I am 68 years old and still play ball and shoot 80% from the line in my over 35 league.  Both these guys need to deliberately bend their knees a couple times before they shoot.  They couldn't do worse.

02/14/2018 - 5:36pm Yep Bending the old knees helps

I see the same problem with Simpson at the line. He needs to deliberately bend his knees a couple time before he shoots and the extra push he will get on the ball will keep him from bricking on the front of the rim on the first free throw and then overcompensating on the next by shooting harder with his arms.  I am 68 years old and still play ball and shoot 80% from the line in my over 35 league.  Both these guys need to deliberately bend their knees a couple times before they shoot.  They couldn't do worse.

01/19/2018 - 8:06pm So far this year

we have the fewest free throw attempts in BIg play and the second lowest % made. 

Under Beilein, we do not play well when the refs let people hack, grab and play D with hands on.  We do not seem to guage the permissiveness of the refs very well or adjust to what they are allowing very well in these kinds of games.

12/27/2017 - 4:40pm My personal experience re raccoons

They are high functioning varmints. (I also just learned from spell check that there is an "n" in the word "varmints". Never too old to learn something while goofing off cruising MgoBlog.)  . 

12/27/2017 - 4:33pm But what about his most controversial subject?

Thin crust or thick?

08/26/2017 - 12:51pm Ashamed of my ignorance-

I looked up Father Richard.  Wow.  He truly was the first Michigan Man. I would suggest others read his biography here to appreciate this part of our Heritage- Allez Bleu!

http://blogs.detroitnews.com/history/1997/07/19/father-gabriel-richard-…

 

08/15/2017 - 9:11am The man can follow blocks

on the screen passes and made some excellents cuts off of them on his senior tape.  I did not see much "pile driver" stuff myself  If he can block the blirtzers, he will see the field.  I might add that having a young man with a great work ethic and a great personality will make a difference in team chemistry by setting a great example.  They will play hard for each other as much as they play hard for themselves.  

08/01/2017 - 8:29pm It's all your fault, it's all your fault ,

that I can't wait for part deux.

07/11/2017 - 8:51pm Plus ca change plus la meme chose

Great exucution has always been the key to success in football. If everyone excutes their assignment the way any offensive play is is drawn up then every play would go for a touchdown.  

05/27/2017 - 12:52pm My first encounter with the word gesamtkuntswerk- Thanks!

It is not every day that a 67 year old with three degrees and 40 years of practice and teaching learns a new word.  This is very creative thinking that is not surprising coming from a music major.

I certainly see the connection between music as a performing art and sports as a performing art.  Those athletes that might want to be in sports management/business adminstration, coaching/teaching, sports journalism/creative writing, sports training/medicine or even public health in the areas of exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle or safety and injury prevention could seek a major in Sportsology with cross training in one or more of the above mentioned allied fields.  

U of M loves interdepartmental work as a rule and I would not be surprised if some faculty in those other areas would want to get together to create an interdisciplinary major out of sports related aspects of these different fields.  Such a major could be unique and might event be attractive to recruits in many different sports.

04/25/2017 - 8:41pm Agree with compartment syndtrome

Just speculating but I agree the story fits with a torn artery and severe bleeding into the calf muscle which is surrounded by a tough coating, the fascia, and this put pressure into the calf compressing all the other tissues robbing them of blood flow. The bleeding had to be contolled and the tough coating (fascia) of the calf muscle had to be split open and left open to relieve the pressure. Then only after all the swelling went down, they could close the fascia and skin. This might take several weeks before they could safely close things up.  He might have needed a skin graft to help close the gaping wound needed to relieve the pressure and restore circulation. Once this compartment syndrome crisis was over and normal healing could take place, eventually they could close the fasciotomy.  Only then could they consider reparing the torn ligaments and injured cartilage of the knee.  The sequence of events could easily take 38 days.  He still might have a full recovery of the torn knee ligaments and be able to play again much like other athletes who have "simply" torn the ligaments.  

03/20/2017 - 9:16pm As a player tough losses stick with you.

I still have bad vibes from some high school football losses from 50 years ago and a ton of YMCA basketball league playoff losses from the past three decades.  One trial learning under duress goes deep into the brain.  I missed the second of a one and one at the end of a game that made it go into overtime 20 years ago and still practice free throws every time I shoot around in a gym with that pain in mind even though I will never shoot another meaningful free throw the rest of my life.

03/20/2017 - 8:43pm Mr. Scott I need more power!

I am sorry Kirk but Mgoscottie is gi'ing all she's got sir.  Any more and the dilithium crystals are likley to blow.

03/20/2017 - 8:38pm This was laugh out loud funny, informative and entertaining.

At risk of Brian getting a big head, I would suggest that he should see if any other sports mag wants to hire you to write stuff like this for them regularly. Send it to ESPN the mag or SI. I read both of those mags and this is way better than anything they put in their magazines. Or I can just enjoy it for free here and say thank you every time you post.  Thank you.

01/15/2017 - 9:46am Big conference stats on steals, blocks and rebounds by opponents

The B1G stat site shows us with higher steals per game and equal blocks and rebounds athough it appears we give up more offenive rebounds than we should (and that meets the eye test as well).  We also are shooting more free throws per game by a considerable margin. Maybe it is the intensity of defense.  Seems like we never are as handsy as our opponents who seem to get way with grabbing and moving picks, over the back, etc. more than we do.  

I have played a lot of basketball, one of the things you do in every game is try to figure out what the refs are going to let you get away with on the floor.  We rarely seem to test those limits but then maybe that is why we are shooting way more free throws than our opponenets this year.  

To the point, I think we have closed out pretty well on a lots of made threes where I thought to myself how the hell did that guy get that shot off let alone have it go in.  Just my feeling having watched us play a lot. So my gut tells me it is luck as much as bad D on the 3s.

01/05/2017 - 5:44pm Yes Hudson is the real deal

I am down here in Toledo where he is from and he was dominant and was NW Ohio defensive POY I think. 

12/21/2016 - 11:32pm Do not forget my homie James Hudson is the real deal.

Only 17 years old and he is already 6'5" 280 pounds and athletic. He is a consensus 4* and  # 13 SDE in the nation and played for state chmpionships in Ohio against great competition. I think he can contribute early and will be very good in the years to come.  Paea is an early enrollee and will get Mattisonized for a few extra months before next season. 

08/17/2016 - 9:39pm Mattison

Listening to Mattison talk about his players makes me want to play again and I am 66!  Who wouldn't want to play their tail off for him.  Clearly his attitude and expectations are infectious even for me. I am really looking forward to watching these guys play.

08/02/2016 - 10:07pm more neck sharpies

Pleeeeease!

08/02/2016 - 10:05pm who is your number one on the y banana?

the fullback the fullback the fullback the fullback the fullback the fullback.the f'' ingfullback

05/09/2016 - 6:55pm It was the best yet

There is no question that overall this was the best UM coaches clinic among the seven I have attended.  Each of the others had at least one or two excellent sessions but none was as solid top to bottom as this one.  

04/03/2016 - 7:05pm Yep

I reread my notes and see that Ileft out some punctuation but yes he was saying you may not be able to make yourself smarter but you can outwork the other guys.

03/17/2016 - 4:00pm Academics in their conferences

UM and Baylor are both ranked second in their conferences per US News if you believe that stuff.  It is a hihgly selective school by Texas standards. 

03/17/2016 - 3:31pm I will be glad to finally root for this guy

He and his Lima Senior team beat my home town team in the playoffs (Lorain,Ohio) and my adopted hometown teams multiple times (St. Francis, St. John's, Whitmer and Toledo Central Catholic, and Clay) he had a total of 13 wins against these teams this year. He is the real deal. He can score but he is unselfish. From the point, he makes everyone on the floor better. I do not think he will cut into Walton's PT much.  He will cut out Dakich if either Rak or Walton get into foul trouble or need a break or if we need to match up small.  

01/23/2016 - 10:54pm Donnal

I agree he has really improved and contributed.  His line in the B1G is really very good.  Over 12 points per game, nearly 7 rebounds and over 1 block per game.  How many would have said he would perform this way in the B1G after seeing him earlier in the season. 

11/15/2015 - 4:50pm This morning I watched the defense in slow mo.

I have not felt that there was anywhere as much blatant holding against us in most of the games so far this year.  But yesterday I just kept seeing it over and over.  I thoujght maybe I was over reacting to the close game.  Nope.  There was blatant holding on almost every running play. In regular speed, the D line got push on their O line most of the time and then "some how" they could not get off the blocks to tackle the ball carrier. In the slo mo I could see the O line them grabbing and tackling them on most of these plays. I am not sure how tight the refs are supposed to call these types of plays.  If what Indiana did was ok, then we are not holding enough. 

10/05/2015 - 12:09am Our special teams coach is pretty special.

Baxters Bio at MGoBlue is worth a read.  He has been an assistant head coach at Fresno State and USC and has been coaching special teams for many years and has been very successful. At the UM coaches clinic this year he gave a lecture about his philosophy and implied that Harbaugh fully supported him.  He wants certain body types for different roles on his special teams. He points out as mentioned that the special teams play about 20% plays and that he therefore wants them to have 20% of the practice time devoted to this part of the game.  He is also known for helping palyers to be successful academically.  My guess is that if he tells Harbaugh he needs certain players for special teams he will get them.  

06/01/2015 - 3:53pm Aye there's the rub..

Morons are too stupid to know they are morons.

05/11/2015 - 6:36pm Best avatar ever for this subject?

The NFL once again proves beyond unreasonable doubt that it has sh** for brains.  This man's avatar proves to me finally and beyond unreasonable doubt (which is what Brady and the Pats received) that bears sh** in the woods...unless it was photoshopped!  There must be a connection to Chicago in this somewhere. Bull sh** + Bear sh** NFL bullsh**?  Damn internet can't trust anything anymore. Grrrr

03/23/2015 - 5:40pm yes

The added issue here is the lock in of grades after the 7th semester so there is no opportunity to retake courses after that to raise the GPA. 

03/04/2015 - 11:40pm defense has been great as well

In 7 games against ranked teams we have only allowed 18 runs. Not too shabby.

03/01/2015 - 4:07pm Please

Apply for the Browns GM job.

03/01/2015 - 4:05pm Yep ...and

his brother was worse.

03/01/2015 - 4:05pm Yep ...and

his brother was worse.

03/01/2015 - 3:58pm No way am I a F***eye

Momma was UM. Poppa was UM.  Going to U of M games since age 7. Older Bro was UM Younger Bro was UM and I went to Cornell because at 5'11" and 180 lbs I was not going to play LB or strong safety at UM.  Must say I wasn't good enough to play at Cornell either after ripping up my L knee as a sophomore. I did grow up close to Cleveland and my dad also had Browns tickets when I was a kid and I still have my pro afilliations there though I suffer along with my freinds who are Lions fans as well. 

02/08/2015 - 12:24pm gift free throws will kill us

Indiana consistently gets more free throws at home than most other B1G teams.  I did the stats last year and it is no a random event..  

02/02/2015 - 12:38pm As a long suffering Browns fan I went sick when they picked him.

Browns could have had Teddy Bridgewater (sigh).

02/02/2015 - 11:34am Benny Friedman

He is in the NFL Hall of Fame fer god's sake.  Thanks Andrew.

01/31/2015 - 12:20pm Similar absurd word games for smart people (OT?)

The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again invited readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding,  subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.


Here are the winners:
1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.

2. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole.

3. Intaxicaton: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realise it was your money to start with.

4. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

5. Bozone ( n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

6. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.

7. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high

8. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

9. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

10. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

11. Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.

12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

13. Glibido: All talk and no action.

14. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

15. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.

16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

17. Caterpallor ( n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you're eating.


The Washington Post has also published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words.

And the winners are:   

1. Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs.

2. Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.

3. Abdicate, v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

4. esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.

5. Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent.

6. Negligent, adj. Absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.

7. Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp.

8. Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.

9. Flatulence, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a steamroller.

10. Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding hairline.

11. Testicle, n. A humorous question on an exam.

12. Rectitude, n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.

13. Pokemon, n. A Rastafarian proctologist.

14. Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.

15. Frisbeetarianism, n. The belief that, after death, the soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.

16. Circumvent, n. An opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.

01/21/2015 - 10:09pm The best 3P% for an active Michigan player belongs to ....

 Max Bielfeldt at .389.   Caris was better but now not active.

11/21/2014 - 9:48pm ps

Gonna cheer me some Devin as loud as I can and try and get him a standing O.