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07/24/2018 - 4:35pm Good Bye Cruel World!

Good Bye Cruel World!

07/21/2018 - 7:56am For those interested:  7:30…

For those interested:  7:30 p.m. tonight at Riverbank Stadium at Huron High School

07/20/2018 - 3:00pm Bring a wig and wear it. …

Bring a wig and wear it.  You'll be grateful not to have all the crap and sand in your hair.  You won't be able to talk a shower.

07/18/2018 - 7:54am Professor Thom's, a main…

Professor Thom's, a main Michigan bar in NYC, rented a number of buses to take people to the game two years ago.  There was tailgating before the game too.  I would consider reaching out to Pete Levin, one of the owners, and asking if he is going to do the same thing this year.  You might enjoy connecting with a bunch of Michigan fans when going to the game.

Some notes on the game two years ago:  The trip back felt long.  Looking it up on the map now, the stadium isn't what I would consider close to New York.  It's about an hour from the City, but you hit the tunnel traffic to get into Manhattan and that can be tedious.

I thought the storm and the blowout was great because you could walk to the first row behind the Michigan bench.  That was unique and due to the circumstances, but it was fun.

If you are driving to NYC, and not trying to connect with alumni groups, I'd think about staying in the Sunset Park / Bay Ridge area  (Southern Brooklyn). There is off-street parking and the traffic would not be as bad.  You would be going across Staten Island to get to Brooklyn, not through the tunnel.  Check out the Best Western Gregory Hotel.

Finally, I'd be surprised if it was an economic trip ticket-wise and in other ways.  It's still New York and it is expensive, and it's not the greatest game in the world.  I'd opt to go to the Northwestern game first if I were down for traveling. 

07/11/2018 - 3:06pm I couldn't find the docket…

I couldn't find the docket for this case.  I did find the lawyer's facebook page:

Two hours ago, he wrote:  "I feel like William Wallace when he and his ragtag army was facing down the cream of the English army and boomm here rides in the pride of the Scottish heavy calvery. Charge!!!"

07/11/2018 - 2:58pm Here is the court's docket: …

Here is the court's docket:  LINK

07/04/2018 - 12:09pm Well, this one wasn't…

Well, this one wasn't landshark, but yes I agree.  The point was that Lorne Michaels was arguing with the writer who had fought for 35 years.  The writer got his way on his specific vision of the skit because the event was so star studded that Steven Spielberg was right there to sign off on it.  

07/04/2018 - 11:36am Do you mean "Gods and…

Do you mean "Gods and Generals?"

07/04/2018 - 11:31am Solid choice

Solid choice

07/04/2018 - 10:41am Team Chaos -- a team made up…

Team Chaos -- a team made up of players whose main team was eliminated but they still want to play.

07/04/2018 - 9:15am Took a chance and watched it…

Took a chance and watched it.  It was worth my 3 minutes.  

06/30/2018 - 8:16pm Guttenberg for inventing…

Guttenberg for inventing movable type and the printing press.

06/03/2018 - 8:54pm The Godfather

"That's all right. These things gotta happen every five years or so, ten years. Helps to get rid of the bad blood. Been ten years since the last one. You know, you gotta stop them at the beginning. Like they should have stopped Hitler at Munich, they should never let him get away with that, they was just asking for trouble."

06/03/2018 - 8:07pm youtube

A few people have put the movie, Green Street Hooligans, on youtube.  No one has ever taken it down, so it is there if you want to watch it.

05/22/2018 - 7:13pm Moeller

Moeller was solid those two years.  I could never figure out why the team did so well in 1997 except:   (1) Charles Woodson met his potential, and (2) Brian Griese suprassed what we thought was his potential.  I mean, who thought Griese was going to be All-Big Ten that year?  And to loop back to Woodson, he was a once in a generation player. 

The years before we were 9-3, 10-2, 9-0-3, 8-4, 8-4, 9-4, 8-4.  The four losses every year were painful except that we always upset Ohio State even when they were undefeated.

It also seems like the front lines on both sides were very solid, and Marcus Ray stepped it up a notch also.

Conclusion:  Yes, we still win if Moeller is coach.  The team was built in the model of a Michigan team back then, and many players stepped it up.  Players win games.  We also had a little luck, which one needs.  In 2016, that luck means the referree makes the right call and we go to the playoffs.  Who knows what happens then?

05/20/2018 - 12:48pm bargain

Yes, we have come to bargain -- with the appropriate homage to Dr. Strange.

05/18/2018 - 3:08pm I'm in

I'm in.  It'd be cool to see their stadium that way

05/17/2018 - 7:24pm why

Why not?  I haven't either, but I have looked a bunch at their stuff.  I just never dig it.  Honest question:  What is Nike not doing well?

05/17/2018 - 11:07am Old Trafford

Old Trafford for Manchester United.  It really was something to see that pitch.  You could sense the history. It opened in February 1910.  A lof of games on the same plot of land.

05/17/2018 - 11:04am meh

Here are the other teams that have been featured: the Ravens (2001), Cowboys (2002, 2008), Chiefs (2007), Bengals (2009, 2013), Jets (2010), Dolphins (2012), Falcons (2014), Texans (2015) and Rams (2016).

05/13/2018 - 6:30pm Bluey

Bluey -- upvoted.  I disagree with the article but appreciate you posting it.  180 replies and counting.  On an otherwise sleepy Sunday, you gave us something to talk about.

05/13/2018 - 4:19pm Maize_Nation:  Thanks for the

Maize_Nation:  Thanks for the response.  I took out the question since I wasn't really getting responses.  I may check out reddit.  

05/13/2018 - 2:46pm thanks

When you pick the right topic and people who know chime in, you get a great list.  MGoCrowdsourcing

05/13/2018 - 1:47pm Note

Note:  users are saying you have to start here (not at the link I have above);

Click on the part that says "Links Explored" and then start exploring those links.

05/13/2018 - 1:42pm thanks

Thanks -- I moved it down to fiction with a parenthetical.

Does semrush or ahrefs underestimate or overestimate or both?

05/13/2018 - 1:08pm update

I think you have to update your stars or karma on the left. go to the page where you vote and look for the buttons that say update. also, while I jumped to four stars for links I'm still at one star overall. probably take a few rounds to get a second star

05/13/2018 - 12:36pm seems easy

It seems easy to take pot shots at Harbaugh given last year's record and it certainly gets the clicks from pro- and anti-Michigan folks.  All over the map could also be a good thing:  it means he is harder to plan against.  But, whatever, people are going to keep writing these things unti we have an outstanding season.

05/13/2018 - 12:04pm users

For those interested, Michigan now has 1021 users for a total of 1342 stars.  Ohio State has 596 users for 895 stars. It seems like Michigan is gaining steam however, as more users join.

 I read this:  "If you simply explore all 20 links from the map page and then update your rating, you’ll jump right up to 3 stars!"

Here is a link to the 20 links:

05/13/2018 - 11:55am team chaos

Am I wrong that Team Chaos has to be the odds on favorite to win? 

05/13/2018 - 11:39am Agreed

Agreed -- I finally signed up this morning, and it is way more interesting than I thought it would be.  Any advice on how to increase my star rating is appreciated.

05/13/2018 - 8:48am Gave you an upvote for the

Gave you an upvote for the effort....Keep it up, my man.

05/10/2018 - 8:41pm Nashville

I dig Nashville, and I think it is great that they have a good hockey team given the town.  But it is hard for me not to want Winnipeg to win given how small the town is (705,000+).

With that said, the Pancake Pantry is pretty awesome:

I'm happy with either team winning.

05/07/2018 - 10:29am best hotel

If it were a regular weekend, what is the best place to stay?  The Otesaga?

05/06/2018 - 7:56pm lawsuit

Somewhat related, I saw that Chad Harbach was sued for copyright infringement over the book:

05/06/2018 - 7:43pm movie

I didn't know You Gotta Have Wa was the basis of the Tom Selleck movie "Mr. Baseball"


05/06/2018 - 6:38pm Japan Times

Japan Times agrees:

"Robert Whiting’s baseball classic, “You Gotta Have Wa,” (updated in 2009) remains the definitive text on Japanese culture seen through the lens of sport. Whiting has an engaging style, his research is exhaustive and his first-hand knowledge has ensured this book is just as entertaining now as it was when it was first published in 1989.

Examining the Japanese ideal of wa (harmony) through baseball, Whiting’s book is a must-read for anyone interested in Japan — even if you don’t know the difference between a balk and a base hit."…

05/06/2018 - 6:06pm thanks


05/06/2018 - 5:59pm Berenstain?

It might be hard for me to read that book because I read it as The Berenstein Bears (not The Berenstain Bears with an -ain at the end).  Just one of those things....

05/06/2018 - 5:56pm starting pitcher

I agree that watching a great starting pitcher makes it fun.  I'm digging the Angels but the games start a bit late.  Ohtani has been amazing.

05/06/2018 - 5:54pm Boys of Summer

Two people above listed it, but I appreciate you highlighting it as well!

05/06/2018 - 5:10pm Beat the Streak

I've been playing Beat the Streak a bit this year

05/06/2018 - 5:09pm You Gotta

Quick search:  You Gotta Have Wa Paperback by Robert Whiting (Author)

05/06/2018 - 5:08pm Men at Work

George Will's Men at Work is definitely on my radar

05/01/2018 - 11:26am mulitplying

I was seriously waiting to see if Hugh Freeze would mulitple 60 minutes by 60 seconds.  He stuttered a little and instead said "make every second count."  Come on, man!  You have 3600 seconds!

04/30/2018 - 10:45pm restraint

Here is a clip from the brief:  "Petitioners sued under Section 2 of the Sherman Act, alleging two alternative antitrust counts. Count I alleged that the Rooftop Businesses were part of one broad market with Wrigley Field and the Cubs, as Respondents themselves have asserted in the past, while Count II alleged that the Rooftop Market is distinct from Wrigley Field and the Cubs. Amended Count II clarified that it was directed only against Ricketts and not the Cubs, as the Cubs were not and would not be the owner of any Rooftop Businesses. Which of the two alternative market definitions is correct is a fact question."

If you have trouble sleeping, you can read the rest here.

04/30/2018 - 10:35pm North Korea

What I take away from that article is "North Korea actually did qualify for the World Cup in 1966 and 2010, losing 2-1 to Brazil, 7-0 to Portugal and 3-0 to the Ivory Coast in South Africa."

Quick research about 1966 showed:  "Group 4, however, provided the biggest upset when North Korea beat Italy 1–0 at Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough and finished above them, thus earning qualification to the next round along with the Soviet Union. This was the first time that a nation from outside Europe or the Americas had progressed from the first stage of a World Cup: the next would be Morocco in 1986."

North Korea beat Italy?  Sheesh.

04/30/2018 - 10:29pm WD

which WD asked about in 2011 -- a video of the game is embedded in that post.  

04/30/2018 - 10:25pm modification

I'd support a modification of this akin to what Bill Simmons suggests for the NBA:

In the NBA:  after reg. season ends, 14 playoff seeds are locked, then we have a 16-team single elimination tournament for the last 2 seeds.

That's fine with me for baseball.  Would be fun to watch.

04/30/2018 - 10:23pm relegation

Would you support some form of relegation instead?  I agree that many teams don't have a chance and it does make part of the season (or at least the games) boring.

04/30/2018 - 10:21pm less NBA games

Less NBA games is definitely something I could get behind, as well as a mid-summer tournament (LINK)