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07/13/2018 - 9:30am Too bad the Iroqouis couldn…

Too bad the Iroqouis couldn't hold on. They held a lead into the 2nd half but ran out of gas. The jetlag really caught up to them and the depth of Team USA was too much (USA's defense was also pretty great). Seemed like Jackson got some good minutes though. I'll be rooting for them going forward though. 

07/12/2018 - 11:57am I played against the…

I played against the Iroquois nationals once and I've never been hit so hard in my entire life. Dude hit me with a heavy slash on the arm and followed through with a solid body check. My whole arm went dead and I was like 'damn'.

07/12/2018 - 10:19am I always forget that Jeremy…

I always forget that Jeremy Thompson, former Syracuse great, is also one of the Thompson brothers. Unreal.

Had no idea Kyle Jackson was part Iroquois. Knew he was Canadian but didn't know he could qualify for the Iroquois. Pretty cool - glad Michigan has that kind of connection to the game's origins and traditions. 

 

07/12/2018 - 9:45am Whoa I didn't even see the…

Whoa I didn't even see the Hitler post. I don't even want to know what that one was about. My guess was that the OP was turned off by some of the board posts that were university-related but also had political elements (the Raymond Kethledge and Jim Jordan/Ohio State posts) and people might have gotten a bit carried away. I definitely mixed up a little in those comment threads.

My theory is that I don't want to see it on here either but, if I see something that is wrong or uncalled for, I'll call it out using facts and logic. Also, I will always do it as politely as possible. In the past I never would have done that, but these days I feel its increasingly necessary to speak up. 

07/12/2018 - 9:25am I love the Thompson family…

I love the Thompson family. So fun to watch. Lacrosse needs more dudes like them!

07/04/2018 - 10:50am Jim Jordan is a disgrace. He…

Jim Jordan is a disgrace. He's made a fool out of himself in the House for years now. Of course he would deny this: he couldn't even bring himself to say that the president tells lies:

http://www.newsweek.com/gop-lawmaker-jim-jordan-donald-trump-never-lied-889057

What an embarassment. Of course he would be a Buckeye.

07/04/2018 - 10:43am For real, it's scary how…

For real, it's scary how pervasive it is.  I get all fired up about the PSU/MSU/OSU scandals but I had a bad feeling Michigan will have a bad case like this soon, and almost every other school out there. 

07/04/2018 - 10:40am Wake up, man, please. Donald…

Wake up, man, please. Donald Trump started his campaign attacking the "other". He attacks anyone and everyone who dares speak out against him, no matter how miniscule the insult. And he has no problem meeting with fascist dictators (Duterte, for example just to name one). I wouldn't say we're in fascist territory yet but he has fascist tendencies and that is scary.

If you think Hillary is corrupt just please open up any newspaper or turn on any channel (that is not Fox News) and just see the egregious corruption this administration perpetrates on this country everyday. If it doesn't disturb you, it should. Also Hillary Clinton is an employed woman living in upstate New York. The IRS was a non-scandal blown up by the conservative media apparatus and the DOJ/FBI did a real bang up job working against Trump to hand him the election.

I said it on here the other day.  I don't criticize the president because he is Republican, I criticize him because of his abhorrent behavior.  That should alarm anyone, regardless of party.

07/04/2018 - 10:24am YEEEEAHHHHH.  GOD BLESS…

YEEEEAHHHHH.  GOD BLESS AMERICA!!! Go Blue!

07/03/2018 - 9:33am https://thinkprogress.org…

https://thinkprogress.org/pence-you-bet-we-want-obama-s-policies-to-fail-852cb91c96df/

I guess you did sleep through 8 years of the Obama presidency. That's now-Vice President Mike Pence wishing for Obama's policies to fail in a crucial time in recent American history.

Might want to check this one out, too. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/01/strict-obstructionist/308344/  

Still don't understand what Obama did to deserve this type of treatment.

And guess what? I'm one of those "Americans" who is critical of this president, not because he's a Republican, but because he's a liar who can't take responsibility for his own actions. His behavior is vile and disgusting and he is irredeemably corrupt. And it's likely he conspired with a foreign power for help during the election and it's also likely he obstructed justice to cover up that fact.

Don't call me a fake American when I have my reasons- extremely good ones - for being critical of the president. Maybe you should be more critical as well. I, and there are millions like me, who look at the facts and make our judgments/decisions based on what we see in front of us. Please don't dismiss us as being less American than anyone else. We love this country just as much as you do.

07/02/2018 - 4:51pm But he did lose the popular…

But he did lose the popular vote. And he could be indicted/impeached. Those statements are true. That doesn't make me delusional. I like to think I crafted a coherent argument supported by facts, using McConnell's logic of course. It should still apply now that the tables are turned, right?

I'm advocating for the Dems to play some hardball here and there's nothing wrong with that. McConnell played that card in 2016. Fine, Dems can play it now, too.

Even if they wanted to appoint John freaking Beilein to the Supreme Court I would say 'Hell no' (although I love Beilein so I might have to think about that one for a second).  

07/02/2018 - 10:34am Except that this is the most…

Except that this is the most controversial Supreme Court pick in our lifetime. 

Trump already got to pick Gorsuch because McConnell bent the rules and broke the norms of the Senate in a nakedly partisan power grab.

Now, he can appoint another justice for a lifetime? Hell no.  If we were to apply McConnell's same logic and precedent to this situation then there's NO WAY any nominee deserves any vote, hearing, or ANYTHING from the Democrats. 

Scalia died in February in the last year of a democratically elected (won popular vote twice) president in his second term while Kennedy announced his retirement in June with critical midterms just months away. Trump (who lost the popular vote by 3m+ votes) is currently under federal criminal investigation by the special counsel. The special counsel's report could come out in a matter of days and be full of indictments.  Not to mention, the Republicans could get stomped in the midterm elections in November and lose their majority and the president could be impeached in January. It's insane to think that he should get to appoint another justice to the Court for a lifetime.  But of course McConnell and Trump would move now to steal yet another Supreme Court pick.

I don't care if this guy went to Michigan. He doesn't belong on the court. Sorry I had to get that in before this gets shut down. 

07/02/2018 - 10:23am No vote. No hearings…

No vote. No hearings. Nothing.

07/01/2018 - 3:02pm I texted one of my buddies…

I texted one of my buddies that this was the epitome of "center holds it, holds it".  

You nailed it.

07/01/2018 - 2:59pm Weird side comment/complaint…

Weird side comment/complaint: Does soccer grammar bother anybody else besides me?  Why, when referring to soccer teams only and specifically, do people change the verb tense modifying the singular/plural?  This drives me freaking crazy. Especially when Americans do it. I know it's something you hear from British broadcasters but in American sports grammar, shouldn't it be wrong? I've been watching on Telemundo but I heard some of the Fox announcers say this and it drove me up a wall.

For example, why do soccer people say "Spain are out of the World Cup"? Or "Russia are going to the next round"? That's wrong, isn't it?  In this case we're essentially talking about "Team Spain" and "Team Russia", and "team" is the key word here. It means we're referring to a singular entity. While the team is made up of multiple individuals, the noun is singular so it should be "Spain is out of the World Cup" and "Russia is going on to the next round."

Conversely, it would be of course, correct to say "the Spanish/Russians are out of the World Cup" because we are modifying plurals.  But why is the reverse not incorrect?  We would never say "Michigan are a good team" or "Michigan are going to the NCAA tournament". Am I off-base about this? I feel like I'm taking crazy pills. Maybe I shouldn't let it bother me and stop being such an English major grammar-nag.

07/01/2018 - 2:27pm The first 4 minutes and 12…

The first 4 minutes and 12 seconds of Croatia and Denmark was more entertaining then the entire 120 minutes + penalties of Russia and Spain.

But seriously, f*** Spain. They didn't deserve to win. They have all these superstar players - superior to the Russians at every position - but no one played hard. They didn't want to win, so they lost. There was no effort to show me they actually wanted to score to win the game. They scored in the first 7 minutes and then seemingly were content with holding the lead to kill the clock. When Russia tied the game, it seemed like they had no problem going into overtime and a shootout. Someone should have told them that passes don't count for shit and you only get points if you actually score by putting the ball in the goal.

They usually bore me to death but this was the worst I've ever seen them. F*** 'em, I'm glad they're out.  

06/29/2018 - 10:59am In fact, there used to be a…

In fact, there used to be a greater degree of harmony in our politics compared to now. It flares up from time to time, but even in recent history, the parties were much more similar and there was less animosity between them. Bipartisanship might be a thing of the past but its not something that has never existed in our history.

06/29/2018 - 10:54am If the parties turn you off…

If the parties turn you off then vote for whichever candidate you want. We don't have a parliamentary system in which voters essentially vote for the party instead of individuals. There's nothing stopping you from voting for candidates from varying parties across the ballot next election. If you like what the person has to say and he/she is qualified, vote for them. 

And just because you have opinions that are all over the spectrum doesn't mean that the parties' platforms don't encompass a wide range of beliefs for most people. I have a number of varied opinions that are not in any party's orthodoxy but I identify strongly with one party. And that doesn't make me a tribalist. In fact, I frequently disagree with my party and I am not afraid to speak up about it (alternatively - not speaking up or putting up with behavior that is counter to my party's professed values, would in fact make me a tribalist). Political identity is a complex and nuanced thing. You should look closer. 

06/29/2018 - 10:04am Yes - but check it out and…

Yes - but check it out and give it a chance. There is very little partisan jabbing and it is very heavy on policy. It might not be your set of issues, but its interesting to see how Abdul thinks and what informs his policies.  He's a pretty impressive guy and this interview is a very level-headed, fact-heavy discussion. Worth a listen. Or don't listen to it. But if you do, do so with an open mind.

06/29/2018 - 9:48am I get your concern but one…

I get your concern but one interview with a candidate for elected office, particularly one with ties to Michigan athletics, isn't going to sink mgoblog. I just started listening now and it doesn't really seem like blindly promotional partisan hackery. This is more policy than politics. 

Full Disclosure: I know Abdul and I played with him and I am likely to contribute to his campaign in the near future. He is BRILLIANT and incredibly capable. And that's all anyone should look for in a candidate, party labels be damned. If I was still a Michigan resident I would vote for him and probably volunteer for his campaign. So, yes, I am a bit biased but I still think its not a big deal.

 I know that will probably bother some people and I know a lot of mgoreaders would prefer no politics. But, in the interest of fairness, I would also be in favor of bringing in any and all other candidates for a similar discussion. I understand Abdul got a platform here that others did not. Let's hear from 'em all!

Another disclaimer: I eat, sleep, drink and breathe politics and its my field so I get excited about stuff like this.

06/28/2018 - 1:55pm For real, it's June, not…

For real, it's June, not much to talk about. And there has been plenty of recruiting stuff up here lately.

06/28/2018 - 12:45pm Croatia has impressed me the…

Croatia has impressed me the most and is really flying under the radar.

06/28/2018 - 10:21am Agree with your last comment…

Agree with your last comment.  Also - I would add that Mexico got rocked yesterday and if South Korea hadn't pulled a major upset, they would be going home. Similarly, Brazil hasn't looked like Brazil - certainly not vintage Brazil. So I wouldn't be that scared of playing them. To tell you the truth I think England and Belgium have been two of the best teams in the World Cup so far.

06/28/2018 - 9:54am Did anyone ask Herm Edwards…

Did anyone ask Herm Edwards what he thinks?

06/26/2018 - 11:06pm Yes - exercise is super…

Yes - exercise is super-important. I always keep up some exercise and do a few different things a week. I was stressed as hell today and we had a rare low-humidity, cool summer day here in DC and I went for a run. I found it so much easier and I ran like the goddamn wind. Knocked the stress out of me for the evening until I got a freaking annoying email just moments ago. But, it helped out a lot.

06/26/2018 - 9:44pm Creative outlets can also be…

Creative outlets can also be helpful.  Its hard to get in the frame of mind for it but I like to write and it has relaxed me at times.  My buddy likes to jam on the guitar a little, always says that calms him down.

06/26/2018 - 9:27pm You do the right things, my…

You do the right things, my man. I would also suggest meditation (I'm sure someone has mentioned it already). Sit cross-legged on the floor back straight, get into some rhythmic breathing and try to clear your mind. Every thought that comes to you, just bat it away.  I do this now when I can't sleep and it works like a charm - I conk out immediately. 

One might even argue that golf is a form of meditation (I fully believe this). Don't take it seriously and just enjoy being out there and hititng the ball and the challenge of the game.  After a round, I usually feel like a weight has been lifted. I might quit though cuz I think its making me anti-social.

And I would say if you're feeling stressed, you should cut back on booze. I feel like it builds up depressants in your system and prevents you from getting good sleep. Overall it makes me more nervous and stressed. I'm preparing to dry out hard for the next few weeks.  I'm going through some shit right now myself so I'm trying to be healthy and I think that's helping me keep my head above water, working for now.

06/26/2018 - 4:32pm Someone should tell those…

Someone should tell those kids not to go to Notre Dame because they might get KILLED BY MICHIGAN.

06/20/2018 - 12:57pm Agree 100%. Always watched…

Agree 100%. Always watched games on Telemundo, much more fun. Although I did like the British guys they brought over a few years ago for the English broadcasts on ABC/ESPN.  

Is it JP Dellacamera the American announcer who pronounces every foreign name with some phony accent/ flourish? I can't stand that for some reason. I always feel like he actually ends up mispronouncing them anyway.

06/20/2018 - 12:44pm I'm a huge Lalas fan and he…

I'm a huge Lalas fan and he's probably my all-time favorite US player but yes, on TV he comes off as a smarmy jerk. 

I don't mind his spicy takes on the US team though.

06/20/2018 - 11:59am So...Saudi Arabia beats…

So...Saudi Arabia beats Uruguay today and Egypt beats Saudi Arabia in the next game and Uruguay loses to Russia.  Is that how Eqypt can advance? That's crazy, I thought they were already mathematically eliminated.

06/20/2018 - 10:09am Yeah man, they were snake…

Yeah man, they were snake-bit. An own-goal in the 90th+ minute gave them the L against Iran and now they couldn't score vs. Portugal despite countless chances.  they really controlled the game. I definitely feel for them. 

But, I also think they got a little too cute and sometimes passed up shots or riskier plays to make the fancy, controlled pass. At the same time,they also missed the open man a handful of times and they also missed opportunities to push it and run. Interesting but frustrating team to watch.

06/20/2018 - 9:20am Can't believe its only been…

Can't believe its only been 7 days! Love it!!

06/19/2018 - 10:33am With the exception of Mexico…

With the exception of Mexico's huge win, the Central and South American teams haven't been doing so hot - Panama got blown out, Argentina and Brazil tied, Colombia, Peru and Costa Rica all lost.  

I was disappointed in Nigeria but I'll pull for them to get out of the group.  Definitely pulling for Egypt today.  I'd like to see more South/central American, African and Asian teams in it when they expand it next time!

06/15/2018 - 11:41am That late goal was brutal. I…

That late goal was brutal. I was really pulling for Egypt and that was a pretty fun and interesting game.  They would've been in good shape if they pulled out the tie but I'm interested to see how they do with Salah in the line up.  

I can't stand Uruguay for some reason. Every player is ugly as hell and Suarez is one dirty m-fer.

06/15/2018 - 11:35am LI!! I'm not a big golf…

LI!! I'm not a big golf watcher (but I play a lot) but I love it when they have these tournaments at Shinnecock Hills or Bethpage, brings out my Long Island pride.

06/15/2018 - 10:01am Yep - couldn't have said it…

Yep - couldn't have said it better myself. Thanks, Teach!

I would say France had awesome teams in that period too - Zidane, Henry, Barthez, Vieira, Petit, Thuram, Trezeguet, Ribery and others. They won it in 98 and came damn close in 06 (albeit while crapping out in 02 and 10)

The Germans in that period were phenomenal as well - Klose, Podolski, Schweinsteiger, Osul, Lahm, Mertesacker, Neuer and I thought they were the best team in the tournament in '02, '06, '10. They couldn't win it all but came close - finals in 02, semis in 06 and 10. Finally got their due last time.  

Italians, Spain and Brazil had good teams too, but of course they won too!

06/14/2018 - 5:40pm Yeah but they never fucked…

Yeah but they never fucked with our elections before. And don't get me wrong, I have nothing against your average work-a-day Russian, my beef is with the small group of oligarchs that control the whole country.

06/14/2018 - 4:56pm Whoa, pretty cool stuff…

Whoa, pretty cool stuff. John Beilein rules, he's an amazing dude. Comes from a family of American heroes!

06/14/2018 - 4:01pm Those England squads from…

Those England squads from 1998 onwards were amazing yet terrible. It's hard to believe they had so little to show for that much talent.  At some point during that timeframe (even in 2014 Rooney & Gerrard were on the roster) all of these players were on at least one WC team and several of them were on multiple:

David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen, Alan Shearer, Teddy Sheringham, Joe Cole, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Theo Walcott, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, John Terry. Even had other solid players like Carrick, Wright-Phillips, Defoe and plenty of others.  I mean, they ran into Brazil in '02 who eventually won it, but that's an amazing group of players that hardly did anything in the World Cup. 

06/14/2018 - 3:00pm I was bummed about the USA…

I was bummed about the USA not being in it and equal parts distracted/bored at work and psyched for the World Cup.  It's a tricky year and a very weird field in the World Cup. But I figure this could generate some discussion. Wanted to see how other fans are approaching it.

06/12/2018 - 1:24pm Drinking beers after a rugby…

Drinking beers after a rugby match is an amazing feeling and experience.  Beer never tastes more delicious...

06/12/2018 - 9:34am Join the rugby team. Those…

Join the rugby team. Those dudes are top blokes, they know how to party and they're a really inclusive group.  My best friends from U of M today were from my days on the rugby team (some of 'em are nuts). 

Its dangerous of course and while they accept beginners with a range of experience and athletic ability it can be pretty demanding.  They party hard so be warned if that's not your thing. But we also had a bunch of dudes who were stone cold sober non-drinkers so there's room for everybody (even those guys had some screws loose).  Women's team seemed like a good community too.

Good luck and welcome to U of M.

06/11/2018 - 2:39pm Its worth it alone just for…

Its worth it alone just for Cooper's descriptions of the pristine and largely untouched Hudson River Valley and upstate New York. His use of language and his powers of description is gorgeous. Also Magua is an amazing character in the book.  

06/11/2018 - 2:34pm I started doing that as well…

I started doing that as well a few years ago, especially because a lot of those classics are free on the Kindle (I don't have them now though because all my kindles break no matter what). 

But - I'm really glad I read Moby Dick - I loved it and thought it was amazing. Gatsby is also worth it. I somehow didn't read those in school but I'm glad I read them now.  I even re-read Animal Farm, Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451 and a true masterpiece - The Dubliners.  

Also - hugely important, especially for the world we live in today - 1984.  Read it for the first time two years ago for the first time. Totally worth it. 

06/11/2018 - 2:25pm RIP Wolfe and Roth. Two…

RIP Wolfe and Roth. Two American masters!

06/11/2018 - 2:24pm Dracula is one of the…

Dracula is one of the greatest works in English-language literature.  I'm not even kidding. Incredibly well-written and TERRIFYING.  I had to read it with all the lights on in the entire house - and that's when I was a grown-ass man. Masterpiece of horror. Would love to see a movie version that stays true to the book as much as possible.

06/11/2018 - 2:19pm You guys wanna read a good…

You guys wanna read a good one about Ol' Uncle Vlad, check out Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Stole Russia? by Karen Dawisha an incredibly brave writer and professor (she recently died - thankfully of natural causes). Pretty dry and reads like an intelligence dossier but holy smokes there is some stuff in there. Highly recommend. 

06/07/2018 - 1:51pm You forgot something: FUCK…

You forgot something: FUCK RUSSIA.

06/04/2018 - 9:42am Me too, I'm rootin for that

Me too, I'm rootin for that shoulder to heal real quick.  

Would also love to see someone score a goal vs Russia run to the midfield line and find whatever box Putin is sitting in and give him the finger.