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05/17/2018 - 12:40pm Rose Bowl

I've been to many college football stadiums. 

Favorite is the Rose Bowl.  Been to three Rose Bowls when Michigan played and saw Michigan come from 9 down with two minutes to go to beat UCLA in a regular season game that involved the successful recovery of a perfectly executed onside kick.  We had been doing some major tailgating before the game assuming that this being a college football game, our drinking would be on hiatus for 3-4 hours.  One of my group leaves to use the bathroom and comes back with three beers!! I guess the Rose Bowl was the exception.  Of course, me and my other buddy also had to buy rounds so now, with Michigan losing the whole time and us sitting in the UCLA section, matters devolved quickly.  We were being harassed, insulted, etc. the whole game until those glorious last two minutes and boy, we gave it back to them and more.  They just sulked back to their Southern California lifestyle and we celebrated our brains out. (what little was left of them)

Notre Dame is beautiful with the stadium styled after Michigan Stadium and you can see Touchdown Jesus and the Dome.  Fans are really nice there.  My favorite memory was this one game where the ND fans around us told us the whole game that they hoped it didn't come down to a FG attempt because their FG kicker sucked and of course, it did come down to a FG attempt and of course, he missed it and everyone around me is, see, we told you so. 

Least favorite is MSU.  I like the atmosphere in East Lansing outside of the stadium, have good Spartan friends that I tailgate and go to the game with and I've been to probably 15 games when we played, most of which we won.  However, the stadium itself is a dump.  Difficult to get around in, long lines for bathrooms, concessions and the fans inside the stadium are assholes.

Camp Randall is a fun place to go to a game.  And Cal's stadium is nice. 

Ohio Stadium is a nice venue but we all know how toxic the atmosphere is there.  I attended the Harbaugh guaranteed victory game there!!  Boy, that was fun!

05/17/2018 - 12:21pm Thanks WD!

WD, thanks for continuing to provide coverage for "minor" sports at U-M.  And you folks that continue to downvote WD every time he posts, GROW UP!!

05/17/2018 - 12:16pm 100% agree

I was at that OSU game. Tressel (and 110,000 other folks) realized that hurt Henne and Michigan's offense were not going to be moving the ball so he basically dialed everything down and made sure all his team did was not turn the ball over. He knew Michigan would not score enough to win.

Same thing happened vs MSU last year. Once Dantonio had the lead and the weather got atrocious, he went into a shell and was only concerned about not turning the ball over.  He didn't care if MSU went 3 and out the rest of the game.  He was going to not turn it over and count on Michigan not being able to take the lead. 

Our coaches ran the ball successfully in the second half and got a couple of first downs and inexplicably started throwing again, resulting in turnovers.  Yes, JOK was terrible but given the weather conditions and with MSU not moving the ball, I thought we should run the ball, play field position, kick a couple field goals and win the game.  But, in the monsoon, our coaches thought we should throw it.  Go figure.

 

05/14/2018 - 4:36pm Should U-M become a private university?

According to the stats provided by rschreiber91 (thanks for the research!), future U-M classes will be 50/50 in/out state, not 60/40, as I had recalled reading.

I assume my recollection of only 8% of monies coming from state taxpayers is correct since no one corrected me. 

SO... my next question to all of you is if we are getting all this out of state tuition and we only get a small percentage from taxpayers, why not make U-M a private university?  What are the pros/cons of U-M being a private rather than a public university?

Your thoughts are welcome.  And, BTW, thanks for an intelligent, reasoned discussion of this topic with facts sprinkled with anecdotal information.  The Michigan Difference!

05/03/2018 - 11:35am Your apology should be to the Who

Eight Miles High by the Byrds is the song you were referencing but there is nothing in that song that says Miles and Miles...

Miles and Miles and Miles and Miles and Miles is from I Can See For Miles by the Who.  Which, btw, was NOT about drugs but about jealousy.  Kind of a Mr. Brightside for the 60's.

I could never figure out why Mr. Brightside is such a popular song.  It is catchy but the lyrics and theme are a major downer.  A guy thinking about his girl cheating on him.  Who needs that aggravation?  But the students seem to like it.  They sing along every game!

 

 

05/01/2018 - 2:43pm Del Rio

We used to go there for burritos & tequila. We could walk in with unopened bottles of beer & they would put them in the fridge for us until we were ready to leave. Which usually were many hours from then.

05/01/2018 - 11:20am That was Bo's fault

For being stubborn and continuing to kick off to the Rocket. We were screaming from our seats, don't kick it to him!!  I guess Bo didn't hear us.

05/01/2018 - 11:14am 1987 IU game

I went to the game with two IU buddies and our respective spouses.  They graduated from IU the same year I graduated from MIchigan (1976). The year we played them in the national championship. 

These guys were old Ft. Wayne high school buddies so we had started the weekend partying all night in Ft. Wayne.  Fun factoid for us partiers back then:  Indiana did not go on daylight savings time and their bars were open until 3 am, which was 4 am back home.  An extra two hours of partying!  As usual for us in Ft. Wayne, we started hitting all the bars on Columbia St and then, closed the night at O'Sullivan's.  Great town, Ft. Wayne.

One of my IU buddies worked as a banker and his boss had a private plane.  We all squeezed into this small plane and flew from Ft. Wayne to Bloomington for the game.  RIght into the teeth of the storm you mentioned.  I'm surprised we survived though the pilot was calm, excellent and did his best under the circumstances.  Two of the spouses, including mine, lost their lunch on the way there.

Then, we lose.  The only loss to Indiana in football since 1967, still up to now.  So one loss in 50 years and I was there!  The only consolation was I never saw my two buddies happier.  They are great guys and took a lot of shit from me for many years.  They never let me forget that one win to this day!!

04/23/2018 - 1:38pm "Illogical" decisions

Not sure how it came out as illogic, that is poor grammar.  Who knows?

04/23/2018 - 1:35pm Perspective

Putting some things into perspective:

I just googled 2016 top QB recruits.  First thing that came up was 247 Sports.  Shea Patterson was #1 but Brandon Peters was #6.  So, we will be OK even if Patterson is ineligible for this year.

Nobody really knows what the NCAA is going to do.  That is the truth.  Please don't tell me what his lawyer predicted.  That is his lawyer's job.  I am a lawyer and we advocate zealously for our clients.  If he said anything else, I would be surprised.  And, I am glad some of the other "experts" have predicted he will be eligible but they have no idea either.  Their predictions over the years have not been in the area of predicting NCAA eligibility decisions.  And unfortunately, reviewing all the evidence and making a logical argument in favor of eligiliby is also no guarantee.  The NCAA is infamous for making illogical decisions that have no relationship whatsoever to the facts presented before them.

Also, last year's passing debacle was historic.  You have to go back to the mid-1970's when I was a student at U-M to find a season where we threw for less TD's.  And I remember those offenses well.  Passing was a complete afterthought.  Did you know we beat OSU 22-0 in 1976 when Ricky Leach was 0 for 6 passing?  You can look it up.  We don't run that type of offense now which makes last season's debacle historic in nature. 

Blame can be spread everywhere you look.  Mediocre QB play.  Poor WR play. Mediocre offInsive line play. Inexperience.  Coaching. 

Hopefully, many of these factors improve immensely this year and show that last year was a fluke.  These WR's were highly touted prospects.  As were our QB's.  And Jim Harbaugh didn't forget how to coach all of a sudden.  His record speaks for itself.

My perspective is that we shouldn't assume that Patterson is going to be eligible but if he isn't, we will be OK.  The offensive line is actually the most important factor in determining how our offense performs.  Block and run the football effectively and you will be amazed how much better the passing game is.

As brutal as our schedule appears, we are better than Notre Dame and MSU and will beat them both on the road.  Wisconsin is beatable in the BIg House as is PSU without Barkley and Nebraska is a mediocre team.  It all points to Columbus, as it often does.  Which is exactly how we like it!!

GO BLUE!!

 

04/19/2018 - 2:23am Can't get here soon enough!

Watched BTN special on 1997 team last night. No big expectations coming into the year. Coming off 4 straight four loss seasons. Lost to SEC team in bowl game. Toughest schedule in the country. People questioning our coach. Strength was defense. Offense was question mark, especially offensive line.

Sound familiar? 

I sense a big season ahead! GO BLUE!!

04/19/2018 - 2:04am Irony of Ironies

Engler was brought in to help lessen MSU liability. Everything that has taken place since he took over has significantly increased their liability. They would have been better off hiring no one.

This is no longer a matter of preserving the reputation of MSU. There is a realistic possibility they don't financially survive.

Penn State took immediate action. They appointed a well respected truly independent investigator. They worked on resolving the cases ASAP. And they still ended up paying out $59.7 M to 26 victims. (NY Times 10/28/13) That's $2.3 M per victim.

MSU has done the exact opposite.  

MSU's actions have turned these cases into larger dollars per case. And there are at least 250 plaintiffs currently. 

Do the math. If they end up paying the same as PSU, that's $575 M. I would argue these cases have higher value. And there may be more potential plaintiffs down the road.

A total payment of $650-800 M is not far fetched. Plus attorney fees for their defense team.

Does a billion dollars sound crazy? Not really. I think that the university may not survive.

Hopefully, the Dean, the gymnastics coach, the AD, & the President all end up in prison. It happened at PSU & this is worse. The end is near. And they absolutely deserve all of this and more.

04/17/2018 - 4:07pm #1 should have been retired for AC

There have only been two three time consensus All Americans in Michigan football history:

Bennie Oosterbaan and Anthony Carter.

No one should have worn the #1 after Carter.  It should have been retired.

Still my favorite Michigan player ever!! 

 

04/17/2018 - 3:51pm Ufer the best!

My dad was blind..  He was a big sports fan and listened to all Lions, Tigers and Michigan football games. 

He said Ufer was the best at describing the game to him.  I always thought was the highest compliment for a play by play announcer.

04/15/2018 - 8:12pm LOLZ

62. That's old enough! Class of 1976.

Best time ever to attend Michigan. Drinking age was 18 & $5 fine for pot during my whole 4 years! Tuition was $330 a semester my freshman year. Football & hoops were incredible! 38-0-2 in regular season against all teams except OSU . 0-3-1 vs Buckeyes. Hoops in national championship game my senior year. Many great concerts in AA for peanuts .Saw Allman Bros give 3 hours plus concert at Crisler for $4!!

 

04/15/2018 - 7:59pm NOW I CAN SAY

17 IN A ROW, BABY!!

IT'S GREAT TO BE A MICHIGAN WOLVERINE!!

 

04/15/2018 - 7:26pm 6-2 Michigan bottom 7

Maryland has to book. No inning can start after 7:45. Only 19 minutes to go!

04/15/2018 - 7:20pm Nevermind

Just call me Emily Littell

I forgot it's 9 innings .Showing my age!

 

 

 

 

 

 

04/15/2018 - 7:19pm 17 IN A ROW!!

BABY!!!

IT'S GREAT TO BE A MICHIGAN WOLVERINE!!

04/15/2018 - 7:15pm No

And I believe I answered you on my football thread where I was unjustly severely downvoted by insecure posters. 

NBD. Can never chat enough about Harry Chiti!

04/15/2018 - 7:10pm It's funny you say that

I thought the announcers were kind of pro-turtle but I thought it was just me.

Second bone head base running play of the game. Looking like the Tigers. 

04/15/2018 - 7:01pm Nice!

And I thought he was just a good handler of pitchers!

5-2 Michigan. Top 6. Two outs.

04/15/2018 - 6:21pm Going for 17 in a row!

4-1. Great sac bunt! Lost art. 

Second and third. One out

04/15/2018 - 5:54pm Hilarious!

Followed by You Light Up My Life!

04/15/2018 - 5:48pm 1-0 turtles

HR

 

04/15/2018 - 5:45pm Watching right now on BTN

We just had bases loaded with one out & failed to score. :(

During the delay, BTN showed top 10 weather games in B1G history! Michigan was in 7 of the 10 games!

I attended two. The first game of the Hoke era vs WMU where the game was stopped and never restarted. And my first visit to East Lansing my sophomore year in 1973. We beat them 31-0 in a monsoon! I was 18, which was the drinking age then. Needless to say, we stayed the whole game & felt no pain!

Remember, koklaw?

04/15/2018 - 5:36pm How do we find out the results?

I voted a week ago. Are the polls closed?

04/15/2018 - 5:05pm Be kind to your elders!

You young whipper snapper!

Your post cracked me up!

 "Cripes?" Yooper, eh?

04/15/2018 - 4:56pm Yes, user name is for Harry Chiti

Though I'm not that poster.  Actually, I have never posted on any blog other than this one. God knows why I post on this one! Lol

I have three Harry Chiti baseball cards.  Tigers, Cubs & Kansas City A's. The comment on all three is the same. "A good handler of pitchers." Priceless. Can't make this shit up.

So, the Reader's Digest version of 227 replies is we should be optimistic because of a player who is waiting on the NCAA to decide whether he will even be allowed to play. And this is the  NCAA that these same bloggers repeatedly maintain is incompetent, corrupt, and anti-Michigan. 

Got it! I feel much better now!

Now, to celebrate my first ever onslaught of downvotes, a Xanax washed down with a New Holland Mad Hatter chased by a double shot of El Tesoro!! 

LIFE IS GOOD! IT'S GREAT TO BE A MICHIGAN WOLVERINE!!

 

04/14/2018 - 10:35pm Don't misunderstand me

I'm always optimistic going into every year.  I guess I had erased that game from my memory & was taken aback by the overall mediocrity at all levels. I just needed some reassurance & thanks. I just hope we all have realistic expectations.  This could be the best Harbaugh team yet & with our ridiculous schedule, still lose 2-3 games.

I will be at every game in Section 2 & at the Wolverine Little House before & after! Can't wait! GO BLUE!!

04/03/2018 - 4:57pm The Masked Marauders

When I see that FauxMo's obviously tongue-in-cheek post is taken literally by readers and downvoted, it reminds me of the Masked Marauders LP.  Rolling Stone did a review of an album entitled The Masked Marauders back in 1969.  It claimed to be a double album featuring a supergroup of Dylan, Beatles, Stones, etc.  Any reader with half a brain could figure out that it was totally fictitious and not meant to be taken literally. (think The Onion)

However, of course, many readers did think it was real and commented on it as such.  This happens on this board all the time.  It amazes me how many people lack the ability to discern sarcasm, tongue-in-cheek comments.  Everything is taken so seriously and so literally. 

I upvoted FauxMo.  I love how he tweaks the non-critical readers in this community.  It is all in fun and so enjoyable.

04/03/2018 - 10:56am And the refrigerator I am trying to sell you

Is the same one I sold to my grandma.

04/03/2018 - 12:34am Thanks M hoops!

So many wonderful memories!

I just watched post game pressers with MAAR, Moe & Coach B. No excuses, gave credit to Nova. Class all the way!

Moe will be back. He's being projected as a mid round second round pick. Great recruiting class. Livers, Poole,Teske will all be older & improved. 

Purdue, MSU, OSU, PSU all lose first team All B1G players. Excellent chance for another B1G championship & deep NCAA tournament run.

BANG ME, BABY!! IT'S GREAT TO BE A MICHIGAN WOLVERINE!! GO BLUE!!

04/02/2018 - 1:25pm Life and work among the Spartans

I am having the best day at work.  I am surrounded by MSU alums.  Between us being in the NC game and the latest garbage spewing from EL, there is a beautiful, calming, triumphant SILENCE that is enveloping me.

And, since I don't have any court hearings today, I can dress casual.  So, of course, I am wearing a tasteful Blue sweater with a gorgeous maize block M on the chest, over a maize polo and Harbaugh khakis.  I don't need to say a word.  I know I am aggravating the shit out of all these Spartans just sitting here!

Ah, life is wonderful.  GO BLUE!!

03/28/2018 - 12:29pm Could be worse

They could refer to us as Little Blue.

03/26/2018 - 4:18pm I'm with Brian of Ohio

Who is the lovely avatar?

03/26/2018 - 4:16pm Best crucifixion joke

Jesus: Peter..uh, uh, I can  .....uh,

Peter: Lord, what is it?

Jesus: Peter, Peter, come closer, I can...uh, uh...

Peter:  Lord, Lord, what is it?

Jesus: Peter, I can see your house from here.

03/26/2018 - 11:44am Praying for Sister Jean

That she is alive and well and attending the game on Saturday.

I was at Long Beach Arena the last time we played a Loyola team in the NCAA.  Inspired by the loss of their best player, Hank Gathers, they posted a 149-115 shellacking on our defending NCAA champions, still the highest scoring NCAA tournament game ever.  Bo Kimble was shooting left handed free throws in memory of Gathers.  Loyola Marymount couldn't miss.  Sean Higgins, a sophomore, just stayed home in SoCal and never returned to Ann Arbor and Michigan, he went pro.

So we don't need Sister Jean to cross the pearly gates before Saturday and inspire this Loyola team.  98 year old Jean, I am praying for you.  Stay healthy and we will be happy to see you courtside on Saturday night in San Antonio.

 

03/25/2018 - 6:54pm I'M GOING TO PARTY

LIKE IT'S 1993!!

03/23/2018 - 2:48am 7 x 7

First 7 threes were by 7 different players!

03/23/2018 - 2:30am Thanks Ace!

Glad to see you're healthy and writing. 

So great to have both offense and defense clicking. In the past, if our offense was subpar, it was game, set, match. Now, as we proved in the first two games, we can win when the offense isn't up to snuff. And the great thing about an elite defense (who thought we could ever describe our defense as elite?) is it is a constant. Our defense never takes the night off 

And we can score in a variety of ways. Up tempo fast break. Half court methodical.  Drive to the bucket. Bury the three. And everyone is given the freedom to shoot.  The #9 guy is inserted into the game and first opportunity he gets, he fires up a 3.  Misses, so he drains the next one.  Coach B lets them fire away.  They don't have to look over to the bench & worry about being pulled.

Just a fun team to watch!  GO BLUE!!

03/20/2018 - 12:59pm Walton in college

Smoked pot before every game.  He was so wired before games he needed it to calm him down.  Wooden knew and was okay with it.  Got this from Walton's autobiography, which is actually not a bad read.  Jabbar's first autobiography is also a good read.  Both books have interesting takes on the Wooden legend.

And if you really want a "taste" of inner city hoops in NYC in the 1960's, including playing against the then Lew Alcindor, read Jim Carroll's The Basketball Diaries.  Warning: It is only a little bit about basketball.  Carroll wrote it as a teenager and became an instant underground legend.  He later released the song People Who Died.

That's it for book and album reviews today!! Back to my "day job!"

 

03/20/2018 - 12:45pm Day Job??

What day job?  I don't have a day job.  I work for the government.

And next time you decide to dabble in verse, send it to me so I can edit it.  That was wayyyyy too long!!

MM

03/20/2018 - 12:42pm CHIP-U-WAH!

Everyone in my family except for me went to Central.  I also attended MPHS for three years so I was watching this last night!!  Great victory for the Chippewas!!  Blew the Buckeyes right off the court!

One of my best memories (and KOK Law can confirm the veracity of this tidbit):  CMU played the Spartans at noon before the famous Desmond Howard game vs Notre Dame at 3:30 in 1991.

Because I am a CMU fan, I wore a CMU t-shirt (September game and it was warm) to the tailgate.  After CMU upset the Spartans, I wore it all day and got numerous high fives all around Michigan Stadium  (I did have my M hat on though!)  One of the greatest college football days ever!!

03/20/2018 - 12:28pm Love me some Neutral Milk Hotel

In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is a classic.  I was always too chicken to try acid so I figure this album is the next best thing.

Will play the CD (old school) in my car Thursday on the way to work.  That will get me inspired for the game!

Go to listening on the way to football games:  Is This It? by the Strokes.

"two headed boyyyyy!"

03/19/2018 - 4:52pm KOK LAW A POET?

I met KOK Law our freshman year

When the women were scarce but not the beer

The drinking age was then 18 indeed

And only a $5 fine for enjoying some weed

Ah KOK I remember him well in 1972

From the putrid smell when he took off his shoe

And his booming voice (which is still the loudest around)

And from stepping over him passed out on the ground

Now he's sober and straighter than straight

And he's even lost all of that weight

Many good M years have passed in the balance

But who knew among his many talents

Was that of a poet and lyricist too

And to that I say, KOK, GO BLUE!!

HChiti aka Morocco Mole Class of 1976

 

03/19/2018 - 4:52pm KOK LAW A POET?

I met KOK Law our freshman year

When the women were scarce but not the beer

The drinking age was then 18 indeed

And only a $5 fine for enjoying some weed

Ah KOK I remember him well in 1972

From the putrid smell when he took off his shoe

And his booming voice (which is still the loudest around)

And from stepping over him passed out on the ground

Now he's sober and straighter than straight

And he's even lost all of that weight

Many good M years have passed in the balance

But who knew among his many talents

Was that of a poet and lyricist too

And to that I say, KOK, GO BLUE!!

HChiti aka Morocco Mole Class of 1976

 

03/11/2018 - 7:31pm Reason MSC is in Detroit

At first glance, it makes no sense. Michigan 6-4 vs NCAA teams. MSC 2-4.  Four of those six wins on the road or neutral. Both of the MSC wins were at home. Plus, our two double digit wins in East Lansing & Brooklyn vs the Aggies.

I thought about this and the reasons are obvious:

1. The only way MSC can get to the second week is to play basically two home games. 

2. Izzo or Bridges may be indicted this week & one of the conditions of bail will be not allowed to leave the state!

 

02/24/2018 - 6:10pm BTN

Most games are replayed on BTN. 

Attended game today! No fearing of the turtle today! Good Michigan representation in the arena .

02/24/2018 - 6:10pm BTN

Most games are replayed on BTN. 

Attended game today! No fearing of the turtle today! Good Michigan representation in the arena .