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07/21/2018 - 11:56am Received an e-mail with a…

Received an e-mail with a link to download again, which I did, and the fix was in place.  Thanks!

07/21/2018 - 11:49am What'll be the delivery…

What'll be the delivery mechanism for the fix ... just download again?

I'm amazed the PDF is only 16MB.  The PDF has a bunch of photos, and they're all pretty high quality (low loss) photos.  So count me impressed.  And grateful -- I'm on satellite internet (middle of nowhere West Virginia) and I have a 25GB/month limit.

07/18/2018 - 2:49pm At Virginia games they sing…

At Virginia games they sing Auld Lang Syne after each touchdown, which are rare.  I don't think that's their official fight song, but it appears to be what they favor to "show spirit."  I went to one game there, and after a TD the stadium went into that dreary tune.  Awful disconnect between the excitement of a TD and that melody.

07/18/2018 - 2:30pm I had to look this up --…

I had to look this up -- Brad Salem is the QB coach at MSU, and has been in that role for six seasons now (Cook and now Lewerke).  What I can't tell is this: how much of the combined success is Salem, how much is the talent of the QBs, and how much is something else?  Any ideas?

07/16/2018 - 5:30pm one food that you would eat…

one food that you would eat for every meal, for the rest of your life

For me, it would probably be pizza.  Good Chinese or Thai food would come in a close second.  

I've had standard meat/potatoes thing for a week or so straight and grew very tired of it.  But pizza, for whatever reason, is great day after day.

07/12/2018 - 7:34pm What struck me about that…

What struck me about that map is how little of the country ND claims.  I'm sure if that map was interactive with a "decades" slide control, you'd see the ND area shrink every decade from the 60's.  They're not really a "national" team any more.

06/29/2018 - 2:42pm "I’m a 22 year old old man …

"I’m a 22 year old old man ... Everything was better in the past."

You are well on your way to becoming a curmudgeonly old man.  Start practicing now: "Get off my lawn!" :-)

06/21/2018 - 11:01am Genuinely curious -- I…

Genuinely curious -- I thought coaches and players couldn't interact in the off season.  Is there an exception for social functions like these?  

06/16/2018 - 7:51am The lack of an app a…

The lack of an app a contributing factor?

06/06/2018 - 4:38pm I think it's just that too…

I think it's just that too many people wrote too many things in Comic Sans, and people grew sick of it.  Eventually it became a fad to deride it.  I'm a bit of a font geek, and while I can see its use for certain things (a very narrow set of things), seeing it on a resume, or a business letter, or a promotional brochure tells me the author thought it would be cute.  Or something.

04/18/2018 - 12:18pm Recruiting Philosophy

His response to the question about his recruiting philosophy -- that he treats each recruit as he would his younger brother; that he builds and maintains relationships with them regardless of whether they commit -- is heartwarming.  I love to read stuff like that.

04/09/2018 - 4:33pm Payday

Payday bars are my "emergency travel food."  I carry a few in my backback when I'm flying places on business.  More than once I've lived off my Payday bars as I sat on tarmacs waiting for hours (and hours!) to take off.

04/09/2018 - 4:31pm Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate Krackel.  I see those in a candy jar and I'm on it.

Worst candy experience -- a stale Bit-O-Honey candy.  Damn thing was so brittle it broke into razor-sharp pieces in my mouth.  I didn't realize that at first.  Then I tasted blood.  I had shredded the insides of my cheek with that thing.  Never again.  Off my list.

03/29/2018 - 10:38pm Other QBs?

All the buzz is about Patterson, but what's the word on Peters and McCaffrey?

Is Peters showing signs of his time last year sinking in and him growing from it?

Is McCaffrey still on a good improvement line?

03/26/2018 - 2:35pm Oliver Martin

I'm looking forward to seeing him on the field.  

02/23/2018 - 10:42pm Reporting from Tucson

The talk around town this weekend is going to be gloomy ...

The departure of Rodriguez was met with a shrug.  But basketball is a whole different thing here in Tucson.

02/01/2018 - 2:01pm Deer Hunter, Cal

Left the longest-lasting impression: Deer Hunter.

I saw that once shortly after release (1978), and vowed never to see it again.  To this day I have images from that film invade my thoughts.

Left me the most depressed: Cal.

The plot is depressing, and he whole movie was filmed so it was either dark or dreary rain for every scene.  It was a well done movie, but profoundly sad. 

01/28/2018 - 9:57pm 1968 Tigers

I just turned 9 years old in October of 1968.

I remember the night they clinched the series.  Cars driving up and down 7 mile road near where I lived, honking their horns.  It was a terrific thing.

01/13/2018 - 11:48am Oh my ... that video brought

Oh my ... that video brought back a flood of memories.  Keith Jackson was the best.

01/12/2018 - 2:40pm I was on a tuna trip off the

I was on a tuna trip off the coast of New Jersey some 20+ years ago, and I'd caught a 85 pound yellowfin (tuna put up a hell of a fight ... it took me 45 minutes to get him in).  After the deckhands had quartered out my fish, the carcass had several pounds of perfectly good meat left on it.  Someone broke out some wasabi.  We feasted.  It was fantastic.

01/12/2018 - 8:55am I did that as a kid in

I did that as a kid in Howell.  But in my case it was a dirt road covered in ice.  My skate blade caught a stone sticking up through the ice.  Epic face plant followed. :-)

01/04/2018 - 4:29pm Yeah, yeah.

Yeah, yeah. :-)

#impliedmeaning

01/04/2018 - 3:17pm I'd love anything that

I'd love anything that resulted in fewer 2nd and 8 ...

01/04/2018 - 2:08pm Martin

I wonder why Oliver Martin red-shirted?  Was it for development purposes, or because they had enough WRs that it didn't make sense to burn the RS needlessly?

The impression I got from the recruiting posts on him was that Martin was one of those squirrely receiver dudes that just gets open.  I like squirrely receiver dudes that get open. We could have used that this year.

01/03/2018 - 8:51pm Simple Game

Nuke LaLoosh: "A good friend of mine used to say, 'This is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.' Think about that for a while."

I love that movie.  I saw a game in the original Durham Bulls park. It was awesome.

01/03/2018 - 12:11pm 6:13

My best time ever was 6:13.  That was 40 years ago.  I'm not sniffing that pace any more.

01/02/2018 - 7:56pm Hope springs eternal ... when

Hope springs eternal ... when spring practice rolls around we'll all be back, throwing our two cents into the conversation, and this blog will lead the way with reports and content.  

One never truly gives up on Michigan football.  I've got 44 years of it under my belt.  I'm coming back, despite swearing up a blue storm I was done with it after yesterday's game. :-)

01/02/2018 - 11:19am Go and eat at Arby's ...

Go and eat at Arby's ... their turkey reuben is pretty darn good!

01/01/2018 - 10:57pm The thought of an all-SEC

The thought of an all-SEC championship discourages me.  Go Clemson!

01/01/2018 - 8:49pm What coach pays attention to

What coach pays attention to the WRs?

Is that coach competent?

01/01/2018 - 10:47am Away Uniforms

Does Michigan ever wear the home blues for a bowl game?  I'm trying to recall when I last saw that.  It seems they always wear the away whites.  Is that Michigan's choice to do so?

01/01/2018 - 10:45am I don't like the way this

I don't like the way this Smoothitron fellow thinks ... :-)

12/29/2017 - 12:38pm I remember watching that

I remember watching that game.

In a lot of ways it was fairly sad to see.  I think Hayes knew his days were over.  If memory serves, Clemson that day was beating OSU with speed at the edge, and OSU had no answer.  The "three yards and a cloud of dust" thing just didn't work when the other team wouldn't play the same game.

The early days of the "10 Year War" really were special.  TV broadcasts of college football games were rare -- one per Saturday -- and the Michigan-OSU game was always the featured game of the week.  The whole country tuned in.  The 71, 72, 73, 74 games were epic battles.

12/23/2017 - 5:06pm Booker's

On my 40th birthday -- 18 years ago now -- me and two friends emptied a bottle of Booker's.  

Yow.  Powerful stuff.

12/23/2017 - 5:03pm Knob Creek

Knob Creek

Booker's -- if they like strong bourbon (128 proof unfiltered ... but really good)

Blanton's

Woodfood Reserve

12/21/2017 - 1:28pm NFL and non-hyped HS players

Harbaugh: "NFL’s full of ‘em."

I found this article (link) that provides a breakdown of colleges represented on the 2017 opening day active rosters.  LSU led with 51; Michigan was 10th with 35.  

There's 284 colleges represented, and 2,237 players.  Once you get past the top 100 schools you're deep into smaller, lesser-known places.  Presumably these would have been players not highly recruited in high school.  From position #101 - #284 there are 377 players, or 17% of the total NFL active roster at that time.

So yeah, the NFL has a good representation of players not hyped in HS.

12/20/2017 - 9:33am Mattison

This.  Of all the coaches, Mattison has most earned the "trust the coaches" badge.  He's a DL genius.  Look at the string of DL dudes we've had since he arrived.  Think about Chase Winovich, who bounced around until he landed under Mattison.  

Mattison is going to shape Welschof into a fine young man, and an excellent DL.

12/19/2017 - 11:43am Ole Miss

My sense is Ole Miss is trying to weather this storm and get to the other side.  Based on the options -- support, oppose, neutral, no comment -- my guess is they will express neutrality or no comment.  Then it's in the hands of the NCAA.

I can't begin to guess what those bureaucrats will do.

12/18/2017 - 5:38pm Kelly at UCLA

If he does really well there, it's going to be interesting which program is affected most.

Southern California has a lot of talent; with UCLA and USC consuming the best, who stands to lose out not getting the talent?  Stanford, Oregon, the Arizona schools?

12/17/2017 - 7:56pm Toby Gerhart

Oh please, let it be so!  He was awesome at Stanford.

12/16/2017 - 6:38pm Pad Level

Last fall I was in central West Virginia, and I attended a HS game between Braxton County and Lewis County.  Braxton is the county I live in when I'm in WV.  Prior to the game I got to walk by both teams, and the Lewis linemen were huge compared to Braxton.  I thought, "Uh oh, this is going to be a long night."

Nope.  The Lewis County linemen, despite their height and size advantage, had poor technique.  The Braxton defensive line was able to get under the pads of the Lewis linemen time and again.  Stood 'em up, allowing the linemen and the linebackers to break up the plays.  Braxton won the game.

Which makes me wonder ... is there such a thing as "too tall" for OT?  At 6'9" he has reach, no doubt.  But can he bend enough to avoid losing leverage?

12/16/2017 - 11:06am Games Today

http://www.ncaa.com/scoreboard/football/fbs

I go there for schedule and scores ... I find it's a far more user-friendly interface than ESPN.com.

1:00 ET -- Troy vs North Texas

2:30 ET -- Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State

3:30 ET -- Boise State vs. Oregon

4:30 ET -- Marshall vs. Colorado State

8:00 ET -- Middle Tennessee vs. Arkansas State

12/16/2017 - 11:02am Opening Weekend

My personal favorite is the Sat/Sun of that opening weekend.  The field is whittled down to 32, and everyone is scrapping to get into the Sweet 16.  The lesser bubble teams are usually gone by this time, and what remains produces some great basketball.

12/12/2017 - 7:25pm Boise State

I went into the Boise State stadium on a non-game day a few years ago. Down on the blue turf and everything!

12/12/2017 - 5:26pm Plans for a Nebraska Trip?

I'm in Omaha right now.  Business trip.  Sitting next to a Husker fan here.

Everyone in Nebraska is a Husker fan.  Everyone.

My short bucket list of P5 stadiums I'd love to go to, in no order:

  • Nebraska (rabid fans)
  • Washington (beautiful setting)
  • LSU (night game, rabid fans, etc.)

Are you planning a trip to Lincoln for a Nebraska game?

12/12/2017 - 4:41pm Big 12

What role do defensive players have in the Big 12? :-)

12/05/2017 - 3:21pm By the time you're arguing

By the time you're arguing about who the 8th team is, you're already so far down the real quality chart it doesn't matter past that.  So the answer is: 8.

To the extent possible, make selection deterministic.  Eliminate the damn closed-door committee thing.  

Conference champions are in; lose your conference championship and you're at the mercy of the formula for any wildcard process that is in place to allow non-P5 programs in.

12/05/2017 - 8:33am Nebraska

I always had a soft spot for Nebraska.  I recall the Oklahoma / Nebraska games from the 1970s and I always leaned Nebraska.  I hope this hire does well for them.

12/04/2017 - 10:41am Harbaugh

You know what I take away from this press conference?  I picked up a sense of playful excitement in Harbaugh.  I think that means he's put the season behind him and he's turning his focus to the future.  That's a great thing in a leader.  

Looking forward to this bowl game.  Should be a good game.

12/04/2017 - 10:39am Eight is Enough

Eight would be enough to field a set of teams to yield the "best" team for a given year.

We don't need to drill down to the 13th, 14th and 15th ranked teams. 

Now, if the objective is to create more games for more revenue, then sure ... 16.  But if the objective is to field a playoff where the result would indicate the best team in the country, eight would do it.