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04/06/2018 - 5:58pm Big Bad John

That Engler sure is cleaning house -- exactly in the manner I expected him to.

03/18/2018 - 8:15am Customary

Wife (upstairs) was awakened by my yell, thought "something's wrong," and then thought "they must have won." Two sleeping cats downstairs barely twitched a whisker. They're used to me yelling at the TV by now. 

02/16/2018 - 1:49pm Teflon

Both coaches could run over somebody in the middle of Grand River Avenue without consequence from that board or that fanbase. 

01/30/2018 - 10:05am "Independent" counsel

If you want a truly independent probe, get someone from outside the state of Michigan, with no ties whatsoever to MSU or the Grand Rapids good old boys club. Granted, Schuette wants to be governor worse than we want to beat Ohio State, and that going soft on this would give Gretchen Wittmer a club with which to cudgel him. But the first rule of those in power -- CYA and protect your cronies -- is always paramount. 

01/01/2018 - 5:16pm Finding the right words

Here's what I want JH to say:

"Starting immediately I will no loonger podcast. I will no longer tweet. I will no longer appear on sports talk radio. I will do no more book deals. I will do no more motivational speaking. I will quit being a celebrity and devote my attention -- occupationally -- on being a football coach. I have noticed this approach seems to work fairly well for the coaches at our rival schools."

09/12/2017 - 11:35am Best man

I'm pretty impressed with all the Harbaughs. But my favorite is Papa Jack. What a mensch!

08/09/2017 - 4:28pm Fearsome Foursome

Any truth to the rumor that these four blokes in the poster are known to their teammates as "the Knuckle Children"?

 

01/06/2017 - 3:19pm Coming soon to Stadium Drive

The big money boys in town had ponied up a pile of dough to keep Fleck here. Beauregard hinted that this money could still be on the table. But I don't think it would be for anybody but a big name, and I don't think Hoke is big enough. Might there be enough to lure the Hatter to Kalamazoo? He's already on record as saying his next job doesn't necessarily have to be at a Power 5 school. 

 

12/09/2016 - 5:31pm Description

JH demonstrates the classic shit-eating grin. Dantonio is beginning to master the Wayne Woodrow Hayes scowl. 

10/21/2016 - 10:39am From one to another

Very sad to hear this news. Though I rarely agreed with Drew, he was a colleague in the sense of being in journalism (my field since 1981) and a columnist (something I still get to do despite being kicked upstairs to management). As a columnist, he succeeded in the one essential task of that particular craft: he got you to read him. Prayers and condolences to his family, friends and co-workers.

10/10/2016 - 7:31pm Name that D

Anything except the Brownshirts. 

Actually, I've been on a Beatles jag lately. Therefore: The Blue Meanies. 

04/22/2016 - 3:30pm Powerless trio

These guys were before the days of most of you, but there was a truly abysmal 70s trio called Sir Lord Baltimore. When they played the Fillmore, Bill Graham's reaction to them was, "Pus! Pus! Pus!" And he was right. 

03/31/2016 - 6:56am Real world

In the real employment world (especially in the skilled trades), there are non-compete clauses. My company has one and we just used it to keep one of our people from going to a competitor. That person still has the right to take his skills to any other company in our field. But damned if we were going to just let him go to the enemy. JB's first duty is to the program and the mission. Spike is a grownup -- he'll find a good place to land. 

03/29/2016 - 6:40pm U.P. fiction

"True North" and "Return to Earth" are marvelous. 

03/18/2016 - 5:06pm Didn't happen

A certain Sparty at work has been woofing about his team being in the tournament longer than my team. Reminds me of a story told by wrestler Paul Orndorff. The boys were riding from one town to the next and Tony Atlas said he could whip Mr. Wonderful. They got out of the car. Cue in Orndorff: "He said he could beat my ass. Didn't happen. Left him laying by the side of the road." Prone and bleeding. Just like our friends from EL.

03/08/2016 - 5:28pm Jimi

Tire tracks all across your shorts, I can see you've had your fun. (Gad, these things are horrible). 

02/18/2016 - 10:40am For a good time

Possible description of someone seeking a date on the Bama website: "My idea of a good time on a first date is to go out with you under the moonlight and poison some trees."

02/09/2016 - 2:34pm Territories

What is this, the old territory system of pro wrestling? They need to think of ways to outcompete and outthink Harbaugh. But instead, they will adopt their throwback position of badmouthing and throwing around wheelbarrows full of cash , er.... incentives. 

02/03/2016 - 1:29pm SSN

Sookie sookie now!!!

01/26/2016 - 7:56pm Two for the 80s

"Everybody Wants To Rule the World" -- Tears for Fears

"Earn Enough For Us" -- XTC

01/07/2016 - 4:07pm Against my better judgment ...

..I'm looking to see what the sage and seer, soothsayer and sage Tim Kawakami is reporting on this. The latest two names are Hue Jackson and/or Chip Kelly. At least in this case, we actually know those two gentlemen prefer the pro game. But I remember the warning of a real sage: "be not deceived. "

01/02/2016 - 8:19pm A wrong guess

You guessed incorrectly. I've been aware of the "historic attitude" for decades, but choose not to participate in that aspect of Sparty-bashing (the Moo U. and all of that). I won't bite the hands that feed. 

01/02/2016 - 1:11pm It gets old

Iowans (and Wisconsinites and people from here in SW Michigan) get tired of the mockery of people who earn their living in agriculture. I've heard it way too much over the years: "rubes, bumpkins, hillbillies, dumb farmers," almost always from Chicago suburbanites. We smile, seethe, and keep producing food to nourish the ingrates in hopes they'll learn some manners.

12/17/2015 - 4:48pm Inspiration

That SI cover gaffe will rouse Dantonio and his Spartans to kick the crap out of that evil Mick Saban. 

12/11/2015 - 10:36am Big Easy Brady

Hope he gets this gig. But he'd better stay away from those waist-expanding beignets. Gumbo, however, is mandatory. And also jambalaya in moderation. And ham po-boys from Mama's. 

12/03/2015 - 2:27pm The key sentence

"Endzone" is fine work and should be a text in sports management and business classes. There's one sentence that stood out among all the others: It's JUB's observation that Brandon "understood us and them but never understood we." 

11/30/2015 - 10:47am Another opening closed

Not that he would have been considered for this job, but I'm on Brady Hoke watch and thus far have not seen his name associated with any job opening at all, much less from a Power 5 school. Will he end up in Greg Schiano limboland? Anybody heard any buzz about The Clapper?

11/25/2015 - 9:24am Versatility unknown to mankind

Is there anybody else you know of who can bust a nut, sing a fight song and lead the Lord's Prayer in the same night? That, by God, is how champions behave. 

11/23/2015 - 3:35pm Grounded in faith

I know Chad's family is grounded in faith. That doesn't make this easy at all, and at times like this my theology feels very inadequate. But in the end, it's a source of strength. Plus, I believe Chad got quite a welcoming reception. I can almost envision Bo with a football saying, "Hey kid, want to play catch?"

11/23/2015 - 10:50am Choices

Looks like ol' Brady will have a lot of open jobs to explorre. The question is how many suitors will he have?

11/21/2015 - 3:43pm Unfathomable

I'll only comment on one of the penalties: the "illegal blcok below the waist," which was delivered in the side at about region of the kidneys. Right in front of two or three zebras. Is it eyesight? Is it lack of judgment? The sheer consistency and pervasiveness of the incompetence begs for attention in the off-season. Meanwhile, I wait with bated breath to see which crew shows up in A2 next Saturday.

 

11/12/2015 - 10:16am Fuzzy memories

Every time I see "bad gateway" it reminds me of some smoky old pool rooms I should have avoided. 

11/11/2015 - 11:17am Prayers

Praying for the family and for the day when all of us on this dirt clod floating in space can quit fighting each other and gang up on cancer instead. 

 

11/10/2015 - 2:46pm Insufficient evidence

I cannot answer this question without access to the complete list of fake 40 times.

11/09/2015 - 10:07am Old school paranoia

I have a case of old school, Schembechlerian paranoia about this game. I always toook Bo to heart when he would say things like, "You'd better watch out for Navy" or "You'd better not take Northwestern lightly." The good thing is that JH heard Bo say all these things too and will have them white hot and ready. 

11/07/2015 - 9:08pm Comical

These jokers couldn't referee a game of Calvinball.

11/07/2015 - 5:38pm Coaching strategy

They'll just have to prepare the team to play with the knowledge that the zebras are incompetent (at best) or venal (at worst). They are masquerading as being competent, and they're doing so with intent to deceive. 

10/30/2015 - 9:30am Scheduling

I'm surprised he had time for a TV interview on Fire 'em Friday.

10/19/2015 - 7:38pm Double good

Love this highlight reel for two reasons: Vic and the fact that the long TD was thrown to my nephew, #9, Justin Moore. And yes, Norco is a horse town to the point that the buttons you press to change the traffic signals are tall enough to push while on horseback.  

10/19/2015 - 12:40pm The right word

I've made my living writing and editing for a long time. And one of my favorite things to do is find the perfect word. You found it when describing the Sparty slappies: "juggalos." The Insane Farm Posse has had its last hurrah. 

10/19/2015 - 9:30am Anticipation

My last act of "what if" will be to read Brian's post today. Then I'm done. FFFF on Minnesota will be a welcome sight. It's Gopher season (not duck season or wabbit season). 

10/16/2015 - 11:23am The location doesn't matter

Whether it's East Lansing or Ann Arbor, the Magic statue or the Bo statue, my wish in each case is arrest, prosecute and jail the guilty parties. Or do we want to descend to the level of that goober Alabama fan who poisoned the Auburn trees? 

10/15/2015 - 5:14pm Present or past?

Was that a current or former coach?. Because that soundds exactly like something Ron Zook would say.

09/04/2015 - 11:24am Glass half full

There was a lot to like ... and don't forget how good Utah is. If it's true that a football team learns more between games one and two than at any other time, we should be okay. Now JH really knows what he has and will get to work. And Jourdan Lewis ... that there is a football player.

08/05/2015 - 11:14am Name recognition

I hope MSU coach Mike Cornholio will get over this terrible terrible mistake by ESPN.

08/04/2015 - 6:04pm Fissures

There's certainly disconnect between Al's "we want to win this year" comment and last week's fire sale. So how was the fire sale conducted without the consent of Mr. I.? Is there a sharp difference of opinion between father and children? I'd say if they win the series against KC, they could make some moves to shore up the bullpen by trolling the waiver wire. Edwin Jackson and Clayton Richard don't make me droool, but my God, they'd be better than Sean Greene.

 

07/15/2015 - 10:21am Adam's rib

I wonder how much searching would be needed to find a Rittenberg tweet blasting somebody for not being authentic. A platform+short memories+somebody who would bitch at a cloud=Twitter gold. 

07/13/2015 - 11:29am Bill is back!

THBBFT!

07/09/2015 - 11:27am Technology

As long as Hackett keeps doing what he's doing, I don't give a damn if he straps a sundial to his wrist. 

06/12/2015 - 7:29am Scouting report

I have asked for a scouting report on Victor. My nephew is a starting WR/kick returner on that Norco team.