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06/14/2018 - 8:13pm Thank  you for the method…

Thank  you for the method for confirming my activity.  I can finally rest, er, work on getting a second star.

06/12/2018 - 9:55pm Great nominees mentioned…

Great nominees mentioned above

Daniel Day Lewis

Denzel Washington

Philip Seymour Hoffman  << fantastic range, always good

Rod Steiger is an underrated name from the 50s 60s (comedy, musicals, dramas (wins Kevin Bacon award)

Elizabeth Taylor, Humphrey Bogart, Spencer Tracy (Captains Courageous, listen to DVD while driving, the script was written when radio stories were strong.  CGI what??)

06/06/2018 - 8:51pm Awesome reference to earlier…

Awesome reference to earlier events.

06/05/2018 - 8:10pm Unimpressive Leinenkugel's…

Unimpressive Leinenkugel's Grapefruit Shandy.  Cheers

06/03/2018 - 8:59pm John Beilein's Idea Machine Is Churning

I want JB to stay however I am sure he is having fun imaging the play calls in the NBA  the potential permutations to get to a win.

06/03/2018 - 7:33pm However, it is fun to say McDooooooooom

Like many of us, I assume, I have  been hoping  that McDoom's demonstrated pass catching  ability jumps to a much higher level.  He did make some good catches last year.  I have to wonder if that lack of production is on him or on the QBs.  Its not like anyone else has had a great career in the meantime to show him up.

06/01/2018 - 8:43pm Nice Group of Dudes

For us older guys
CB - Ty Law / Charles Woodson

Just for fun - Flanker/Wingback - Ralph Clayton (the poet)

06/01/2018 - 8:40pm Mike Martin

Mike Martin sure made Hoke look good.

06/01/2018 - 12:59pm What is the worst loss suffered by a Heisman winner?

Sure, we go undefeated and beat MSU by 24, maybe 24-0, and Brian LeWerke wins the Heisman.   I wonder if Michigan can best MSU by something like 45-0 and LeWerke could still win the Heisman.

I really don't care unless Shea Patterson or any other Wolverine is also in New York in December.

Go BLUE

Wishing everyone a weekend that exceeds all positive expectations.

06/01/2018 - 7:52am What he said

Carry on

05/31/2018 - 9:27pm That Game Made Manti Teo's Season

I think Teo was credited with three picks.  One pass hit him right in his chest.  One was tipped up in the air for anyone to grab.  Nope, not a good game.

05/31/2018 - 5:02am Just Tuned In

Score tied at 1-1 at the end of 3.  Just saw Ohtani get Victor Martinez to pop out.  Impressive ball placement and ball movement.  I have never seen anyone pitch that way (until now).

05/29/2018 - 7:41pm Rudy Was Scammed

Rudy sold the use of his name, via the selling of one of his legal business consulting/motivational entities.  There was a proper contract insisting on proper legal behavior by which the purchasing partner did not abide.  The scam artist used Rudy's name to suck in others and then ran off with the money. 

Rudy demonstrated an ability to work hard.  He is not a strong legal or business professional.

He paid back all the money he received to the victims (at least that was the court approved agreement.)

I still like the movie (with its many flaws and fictional moments.) 

Dan Devine reported that if anyone dared turn in their uniform to him that they would never see it again.  And of course, he does what he can to get every senior walk-on onto the field during a game.

05/29/2018 - 11:42am Funny - But On Target

I am amused, and you are correct, that it has been so long.  The Knicks were quite the powerhouse when I was dribbling and shooting in the driveway as a wee tyke.  One more reason I have no desire to ever see Thomas in the Piston front office.

05/28/2018 - 6:38pm I hail those who served

I find them all so humble.  I had a drink yesterday with a man that served in the Pacific during WWII.

I had an uncle that told me he was just a private and an orderly in a field hospital.  I found out later he parachuted into Normandy the night before D-Day to setup a field hospital.

05/26/2018 - 9:27am The Great Escape

The Steve McQueen character was Churchill's American nephew.  After the war, he stayed and tracked down some of the Nazi officers.

05/26/2018 - 8:04am Darkest Hour before or after Dunkirk

Darkest Hour is an excellent movie to pair with Dunkirk.  (And now I have to check out Atonement)

I also watched Schindler's List and then the Pianist back-to-back

05/26/2018 - 7:55am Great Start - plus Battleground and Battle of the Bulge

I wasn't sure how i was going to answer but I had to open the thread and contribute.  

Great start with

Patton

Fury

Midway

American Sniper

My thoughts, watched with my dad many years ago

Battleground

Battle of the Bulge

The Gallant Hours (Jimmy Cagney as Adm Bull Halsey).

To Hell and Back (Medal of Honor winner, Audie Murphy)

Maybe Merrill's Maurauders or Operation Burma

 

05/25/2018 - 9:56pm Read to your child, Read some more

Read whatever books they have to read in school.  It will be great.

Don't give them anything unless they ask for it.  When stuff just shows up they tend to not appreciate it.

Talk about dating and sex and marriage as completely as possible in age appropriate ways

Don't dare them to play hide and seek at the hardware store just to keep them busy and quiet.  It may be embarassingly hard to find them.

05/24/2018 - 9:38pm Dropped passes, oh my

I remember a few of those dropped passes but geez.  Does anyone have some insight as to whether or not our new wide receivers coach(es) are certain to fix this?  I suspect that with more experience the drops become completions.

05/23/2018 - 7:34pm I agree - GM Marketing Is Traditionally Bad

Not since "The heartbeat of America, today's Chevrolet" has GM entertained.  It is as if the Buick team never heard of the catastophe of "It's not you father's Oldsmobile."

So what the hell is it if it isn't your father's Oldsmobile?  If it doesn't look like a Buick then what the hell is it?

05/23/2018 - 1:35pm It was reported that the server was an MSU student

I thought it was reported in one news source, and repeated in others, iirc, that the server was an MSU student, the drinks white or black russians, they were all doubles, and there were seven of them (14 regular drinks.)

It is no excuse however.  One should know when one has had enough even if the drinks are excessively strong.  (Except unless you are in high school and some college guy thought it would be funny to get the high school kid drunk.  Just sayin' for a friend.)

I thought Gary looked good with the Lions.

05/23/2018 - 1:20pm Shonte People's Fires Automatic Weapon in Parking Lot

Yeah, there were some questionable incidents.  I am pretty sure Shonte People's was arrested for firing an automatic weapon from his balcony at someone he thought was trying to steel his car.

I think that was the same time that U of M formed their own police department so Ann Arbor police were in a weakened position to bring things to the coach before they went public.

05/23/2018 - 1:05pm Henne's Shoulder was Injured

Henne had his shoulder stiched after the OSU game.  When Henne can throw, that team was unstoppable.  I often wonder if his shoulder was bothering him as early as the Appalachia State game.  Others were injured but got healthy after OSU.

05/20/2018 - 8:16pm Nice suggestions

Each of those movies got me thinking about life choices and our ability to make life choices.  Charly and The Swimmer are rarely mentioned anymore but made a stir in their day.

05/20/2018 - 7:37pm Kudos for the Billy "White Shoes" Johnson Comment

Geez, it has been a few years.  Right there with Elmo Wright

05/20/2018 - 7:35pm Dye Your Hair To Irritate People

I colored my hair prior to a family vacation just to make my older brother look much older than me.  My younger brother noted that in one family picture I am standing on my toes during the group photo.

05/20/2018 - 7:28pm Each Play Counts As One Play

I distinctly remember that play and I was on track for a heart attack.  But the throw was rushed due to the great and and almighty Michigan defensive front (especially that one guy coached by Hoke.)  On the other hand, if that play was in the first quarter few would remember it.

There are dozens of "lucky" plays in any given game.

05/20/2018 - 7:00pm Agree but I was framing 2011

Hey, no problem giving Dantonio and MSU proper respect.  That Big10 championship game was one of beauty if you are an MSU fan.  

Major point is that Buckeyes limped though most of that season but was some how able field their best team against Michigan.  Some people are ignorant and think MSU's victory at Columbus was more significant than Michigan's victory at home but MSU basically played the OSU JV team.

05/20/2018 - 6:43pm A Man For All Seasons

A Man For All Seasons - It gave me an upset stomach.  For what are you willing to die and how will it affect your family?  (Group with Becket and Lion in Winter.)

The Pianist /  Schindler's List - see them back-to-back and you will be more thankful that you are alive.

Breaking Away - Great coming of age movie with most things a little different.  Oscar winner for best screen play.

I support most every answer above.  Honorable mention - The Guns of Navarone, The Great Escape, The Great Gatsby, Picture Perfect, High Noon, and absolutely Shawshank Redemption.  Possibly Stand By Me.  

05/19/2018 - 10:29pm Devier Posey Played Against M - OSU's most complete 2011 rsoster

MSU among others racked up victories against OSU while Pryor, Posey, Heron, Adams were suspended for the first 5 games of  the season.  Posey was out for other reasons for more games but came back for the Michigan game and two others.

I get a little miffed when Spartan fans mention Dantonio's first victory 10-7 over an OSU team missing four starters and I think a few others (Whiting, Thomas).

So Michigan probably played against the strongest roster OSU was able to field that year.

05/18/2018 - 9:52pm Still Looking for Stroh's Perserverance IPA

Eating Zingerman's bread of the month (Jewish Rye).

I am looking forward to trying Stroh's Perserverance as I love Founder's All Day IPA and their Centennial IPA. and even New Belgium Ranger IPA even though I once said I don't get what anyone likes about IPA.

05/17/2018 - 12:46pm I think Carr dropped the handoff

DeBord did not do well at CMU and was followed by more successful people at CMU so we can cross DeBord off the Michigan HC candidate list.  He hasn't shown anything since to suggest otherwise.

English was relatively new to the coaching tree (maybe.)  Two years as DC.  He did well with depth his first year and not so well with younger players the next.  I dearly wish RR kept English on staff but probably couldn't pay him in the allowed budget.  I would have been fine with English as head coach but it would have been a strong move.  The collapse at EMU doesn't help his legacy.

I think Miles from LSU looked pretty good at the time.

In a nutshell - Carr really didn't have someone in place that looked like a typical heir apparent at a top flight program.

05/16/2018 - 9:56pm Strong Move

I did not have the nerve to post but I had a similar idea.  I am so glad we have Coach Harbaugh but I do think that Dantonio deserves a lot of credit for recruiting 2 and 3 star players that he can bring along and develop in 5 or 6 years.

Urban's record speaks for itself.

05/16/2018 - 9:46pm At least 3 recruited by Carr

Don't forget that Carr recruited the linemen for RR's first recruiting class.

05/16/2018 - 9:34pm Good One

It was painful to see Henson play and share time with Brady.  I love upper classman leadership.  

Syracuse - Henson's two biggest plays are pass hitting the Syracuse DB in the hands but ball gets tipped to Wolverine for a 1st down and a 5 yard toss on a screen play for 40+ yards.

MSU - Henson sack -7, sack -7, sack -7 while Brady dump to RB as 3rd choice for +1, +2, and +1.  After a Henson sack, an MSU fan yells out - "Welcome to the Big 10, Drew."

Yep, unpopular idea.

Right there with bring back the halo.

05/16/2018 - 9:21pm Even In Context, I Cannot Comprehend

I am sorry but even in  the context of this topic I cannot comprehend what it is that you are trying to communicate.

05/16/2018 - 9:08pm Denard played better when Molk was healthy

Oddly enough, and others have noted, Denard Robinson and Rich Rod have excellent records with Molk healthy and in the line-up.  Molk and Robinson had trouble with injuries.

The Sugar Bowl was the ugliest win I have ever seen by any team but if Molk hadn't torn his achilles it may have been much prettier.

05/16/2018 - 8:37pm O-Line -- La La La La La

I cannot handle any more O-line misery.. That is all.

05/16/2018 - 1:09pm Bark in the Park was also a success

The Tigers are making it interesting for sure.

On a family note, Bark in the Park was a huge success on Monday (5/14).  The weather was terrific (80 degree high, no rain.)  The humane society organized a bring-your-dog event and populated close to four sections in the upper deck.  Attendence was really low so the Tiger franchise didn't lose any revenue to give up hundreds of seats for dogs.

AND the Tigers broke their losing streak to the Indians.

05/13/2018 - 6:47pm Enjoy Each Mother's Day

I wish each of you the very best day known to mankind.  You only get so many of them.

05/13/2018 - 6:37pm I just finished an Oberon

My guests prefer it but it is not near the top of my list

 

05/13/2018 - 4:10pm Special Causes

Offense was at one if not two standard deviations worse than the average Big 10 team last  year.  That, to me as a statistician, indicates a special identifiable cause which I hope Coach Harbaugh has corrected.  I don't know if the cause is corrected but it seems very likely that the offense will be (almost has to be) much better.

I believe that Tressel and Dantonio have won with less than  5-star talent.  I think that  a few 5-stars sprinkled in between 3 or 4 star 5th year seniors goes a long way toward good thinigs.

We will find out in September.

05/13/2018 - 3:27pm It is always easy to ask question and disect the past

Does anyone care if DiNardo knows who is calling the plays?  That is hardly the measure of a great offense.  Boy Oklahoma has a great offense because DiNardo knows who is calling the plays.

Outback bowl was not a well oiled machine.  Depending on what you count, 40 or 60% of the desired offensive line was not playing.  Does anyone think that foretells a well executed game plan?

Harbaugh may have made some mistakes but "all over the map" isn't an insightful statement.

That Iowa punter with the acting calls still burns my marshmallows;

05/11/2018 - 9:53pm Bang

One and all

05/03/2018 - 1:46pm It Doesn't Add Up

As a bright M grad that has had 5 heart procedures in the the last five years . . .

I know nothing about this case or athletic heart conditions.

I don't think any scout or GM does either.

I see no scenario where Mo is likely to suffer more on the field than off.  If he played well for the last few years then I expect him to play well and safely for the next few years and I hope he crushes the opposition into oblivion.

I suspect that the NFL medical team likes to protect their opinions, procedures, and findings and don't like being shown up or challenged and made a big stink behind closed doors.

05/02/2018 - 8:12pm Woodson - don't run and don't throw his way

I was most amazed when I found out that not only couldn't they throw to Woodson's side of the field but it didn't work our very well to run to his side either.  His run support was underrated.  

They tried to play Peppers at corner and safety and he couldn't handle the coverage.  Maybe in time for Peppers but Woodson could cover on day one.

05/02/2018 - 8:00pm Bart Starr, Len Dawson, Roger Staubach

Kenny Stabler?  I am so old the likes of Humpries and Hobert never occurred to me.

05/02/2018 - 7:44pm hyperbole

eom

05/02/2018 - 6:52pm Gibby

Gibby asks the Arizona pitcher if he is  ready to come out.  The pitcher says yes.  In the post-game interview the pitcher says he was ready to stay in and didn't know why Gibby took him out . Priceless story.

I thought it was the medication that slows him down but everyone else is saying it is a symptom of the desease.

The man is an inspiration.  He values hard work and preparation.  I am in as long as he wants to stick around.

Opening Day - 1980 - With a bunch of seniors, we caravaned in from Ann Arbor. Rookie Gibby misreads every fly ball.  Runs in.  Runs out.  Catches balls and once falls down in outfield.  It was hilarious but he found a way to catch every ball.  I haven't laughed at the former Spartan since.