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04/02/2018 - 11:48am Toenails

I'm joining Z for toenail sub.


03/03/2018 - 10:02am Mixed results

The 9-year-old is the youngest of eight children.  About half don't care about spectator sports.  My oldest did care . . . enough to root against whoever I was rooting for (until about age 16).  The 9-year-old seemed to clue in quicker than most, and was quick to adopt my rooting interests (to the point that he boos whenever he sees an Ohio license plate).  Perhaps I got better at training them as I aged.

12/06/2017 - 11:53am Good point

I should've looked at the stats before making the statement.


12/06/2017 - 11:37am Fair and balanced

Thanks for the link.  Brian' take was, as usual, snarky but clear and perceptive.  Money quote:


"Most years Peyton Manning would have been a slam dunk. He'd be a more deserving winner than 80% of the guys who actually got the trophy. But he had the misfortune to run up against the only compelling (primarily) defensive player in the history of the award."

12/06/2017 - 11:30am Agree

I was thrilled whn Woodson won it, and I believe that he deserved it.  But we don't need to minimize Peyton's accomplishments.  In most years, Manning would have won it.  You can't compare across eras, etc., but look at the three top candidates this year.  Would any of them deserve the Heisman over Peyton Manning?


11/30/2017 - 12:58pm Wait . . .

Mo Hurst can't be that great.  Look at the lack of holding calls against him.



11/29/2017 - 10:36am Having a son applying to colleges now . . .

I don't think that you mean "influences".  It is a parent's job to coach, advise, and help a son or daughter discern an important decision like this (which is what I would consider influence).

If you mean "dictates" then I agree completely.


11/28/2017 - 2:54pm Preacher Mike

That is all.

11/27/2017 - 10:34am Tee Martin looking more likely

One of the prominent Vol blogs has Tee Martin on the top of their new board:…

The main knock is lack of experience.  He certainly wouldn't have been a first choice, but they are pretty far down the list now.  The advantages of Tee Martin: it would be a "bold" choice from the "possible up-and-comer" standpoint, but a "safe" choice for the fanbase - he led the team to a national championship as QB, and some has some capital to begin.


11/16/2017 - 9:52am Chryst hold fort

Chryst hold fort after

Bielema flees to Arkansas

Might boomerang back

11/16/2017 - 9:49am 'Ware the badger

They may look real cute

Beating up on the woeful West

Beware the badger

10/05/2017 - 3:16pm Don't exaggerate

There are TWO books.  It's just that one hasn't been colored yet.


12/22/2016 - 1:14pm Thanks

I was just coming over to the site for the "Hello" post and was wondering why there wasn't any info.  Thanks for posting.


12/08/2016 - 4:55pm HEY!

You're stealing my line.

12/06/2016 - 2:58pm Necessary Quote

"Time flies like the arrow.  Fruit flies like the banana".

Groucho Marx.

10/24/2016 - 11:51am Sad Kwity

Yup, this is a Sad Kwity

(Sorry, couldn't resist)


Image result for sad kitty


08/26/2016 - 10:42pm Actually had undertones of Hamlet

OK guys, stay with me here, because Strange Brew was actually a retelling of Hamlet:

  • The main character's father is secretly murdered by his brother.
  • The brother then marries the main character's mother.
  • The main character is informed of the murder by the father's dead ghost ("nice special effects, eh?")
  • The main character's "significant other" goes insane.
  • Elsinore brewery - Hamlet's castle was Elsinore castle.

I also watched the movie about 100 times in the 80's.  OK, it's not high art, but there is more to the movie than meet's the eye.


08/11/2016 - 1:43pm Look at Community College

I had one child start college last year and another starting in a few weeks.  Both are attending community college.  They are both bright (32 ACT) but even with scholarships, it is expensive to go to a four-year school.  The state of Tennessee (where I live) started a program last year where virtually any HS graduate can go to CC for free for two years.  But even if you don't have that available to you, Community Colleges are much cheaper than universities, and the quality of education is not very different for the basic undergraduate courses.

When I went to UM (30 years ago), there was a stigma against Community Colleges - the only reason that you would go is if you couldn't get into a state school.  That has changed radically over the last few years.  I say this as a former engineering professor in a state school - lots of young people, even those who could easily get scholarships for state schools, are starting in community college.  If you choose your teachers carefully, the education is as good - and possibly better - than a research university, where faculty are primarily focussed on gradute students, research $$$, and publications.

Much more could be said (about carefully choosing classes / teachers, making sure credits transfer, etc.) but I mainly want to stress the point that you should consider CC.  The cost / benefit ratio is very favorable compared to a university.

04/07/2016 - 10:49pm Lot's of engineers around here

Surprised by how many engineers (and ME's at that) are blogging.

My lowest grades as an undergrad were in the two classes that I ended up teaching most as a graduate TA - MSE 250 and ME 210.

As an undergrad, MSE 250 was tough if you didn't have a good TA.  The class required a lot of rote memorization and pattern identification, as well as understanding a lot of equations - kind of like combining the worst parts of Art History and Calculus.

As a graduate, it was probably a PhD level course in Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos.  Fun class, but tough.  The professor who taught it (Steve Shaw) was only at UM for a few years before returning to MSU.


04/07/2016 - 6:18pm Rocks for Jocks

Back in the 80's there was a series of 2 credit courses in geology (or anthropology) affectionately known as "Rocks for Jocks".  The most popular was actualy titled, "Dinosaurs and Other Failures".  I doubt that it's offered anymore.

I did hear from a girl in my dorm that "Sleeping is a dancers homework" so I always thought that the dance classes would be pleasant.  I was an engineering student, so sleep wasn't something that I was very acquainted with.


04/06/2016 - 5:22pm Insult properly


04/06/2016 - 4:45pm Gramma don't make mistakes

Gramma don't make mistakes . . .

03/21/2016 - 2:47pm Agree, and yet

I agree with all those who are saying that it is premature to call us a "national power" in terms of football results - that takes regular success over years.  But it is indisputable that Harbaugh is making a splash wherever he goes, doing new, creative things, and getting media exposure (and thus recruiting exposure) that is novel.  There is a "vibe" about the program that is resonating nationally, to the point that it will be a surprise if they are not competing for national titles over the next five years.


03/16/2016 - 4:58pm Fair comment

Lloyd was not pushed out.  But IIRC, there was substantial discontent among the fanbase (over a decade since the national championship, loss to App. St., poor bowl record, etc.)  I recall lots of excitement about getting someone new in and turning the page.  I don't recall any handwringing (as there was when Bo retired - I was a student at the time).

03/16/2016 - 3:19pm Beilein =/= Harbaugh

Beilein is not the once-in-a-lifetime, Harbaugh type of coach.

Beilein = Lloyd Carr (without the crabby grandpa vibe)

He is very good, sometimes maddeningly frustrating, wish we could be more consistently better type of coach.  But we have seen what happens when you push out Lloyd Carr for a sexy hire.

I would be happy to get Phil Jackson if he's calling Manuel for the job.  Otherwise, we could do A LOT worse.


03/16/2016 - 11:10am Legal versus moral

The problem here, I think, is that there are two different contexts that we use the terms, "guilty" and "innocent".


"Guilty" and "innocent", as legal terms, describe what happens in the criminal courtroom.  However, we also use these terms to make moral judgements ("what actually happened" when we have some idea of it).  A person could be reasonably declared "not guilty" in court - thus legally "innocent" but still be a dispicable human being who committed double murder, and morally guilty of the crime.


03/14/2016 - 4:10pm TY

Thank you.  I guess we'll find out about the matchup tonight.

03/14/2016 - 2:16pm Women's b-ball this year

As long as we're on a Women's b-ball thread - there hasn't been much news about the team on the MGoBoard this year.  Does anyone know whether they are expected to make the ladies NIT?


03/11/2016 - 5:15pm I thought Cincy had it

at 3OT with a 3 point lead and 0.8s left.

03/11/2016 - 5:12pm This can only end

with a 4-point play.

03/11/2016 - 9:54am TY Double-D

TY Double-D


03/11/2016 - 9:40am Michigan shirt make Draymond Green fall apart

Don't have enough points to start a thread - but this is pretty funny - Draymond loses all compusure when he sees a Michigan shirt.


02/09/2016 - 12:32pm You forgot

You forgot:

Something something Mattison

11/04/2015 - 2:55pm Add a Sparty loss to Penn St.

Add a Sparty loss to Penn St. to make the jump over them to be more legit.


10/23/2015 - 10:49am I was in the former East

I was in the former East Germany not long ago.  The Burger King was the only restaurant open on Sunday.  I didn't notice anything labeled by weight ("Quarter Pounder" or "Eighth Kilo").  There was a Curry Burger, though.

10/23/2015 - 9:18am This surprised me from

This surprised me from Beilein:

  • “Mo’s exceptional,” Beilein said. “I know I’ve said that in the past with some guys, and once you got past the addition and the subtraction, they sort of stopped. I don’t see any stopping Mo’s learning curve right now. …

Starting to get excited about what's coming in basketball season.  I know that Wagner probably won't get many minutes this year (and may RS), but the future is looking good.


10/22/2015 - 2:19pm <Sigh>

I've been saying this for 30 years.  Once they had the greatest running back in the NFL.  Now they have the greatest WR.  They are perpetually "a few pieces away".

There was that one playoff win against the Cowboys . . . in the last 50 years.

10/22/2015 - 1:04pm Harbaugh tenure

On the question of how long Harbaugh will stay - I think that he is classy enough, and he cares about Michigan enough, that he won't leave until he knows that the program is stable, and will be in good hands. Plus, he is likely to develop enough of a coaching tree that we will have a long list of top-notch talent to consider.

10/21/2015 - 1:07pm I hope that you're right.

I hope that you're right.  Usually, in TV, any publicity is good publicity.

To anyone reading this thread - DO NOT GOOGLE HER!

10/21/2015 - 12:42pm Except that we are talking

Except that we are talking about her = mission accomplished

10/19/2015 - 7:26pm Explain if not apologize

I don't know if the BIG needs to apologize, but they do need to explain, so that the coaches (and the athletes) know what to do to avoid getting tossed from a game.  What could Bolden have done to have prevented getting the penalty?  If there is something, that needs to be explained so that other athletes can be taught.  If there is nothing that he could have done, that also needs to be explained, so that the players are not panicing trying to figure out what to do when they are getting thrown onto a quarterback.

And, by the way, if there is nothing that he could have done, then there should be an apology.  It changes nothing, but when you screw up royally, it is good form to own up to it.

Just sayin'

03/24/2014 - 2:13pm NTMSU

Please note, MSU = Mississippi State.

03/24/2014 - 2:11pm One more point in Michigan's favor

Not only does Beilein have a week to prepare - Cuonzo Martin doesn't have tournament experience.  I don't think that he's a bad coach - played under Gene Keady and has a tough defense, low tournover, fundamentals first mentality.  But experience coaching in the big dance counts for something. 

03/24/2014 - 12:11pm One correction

The football team won the national championship the year after Manning left.  They should've played for the national championship in 2001.  They have been dismal of late, but this overstates it.

On the tournament game - we should win, but I have watched UT basketball this year, and they are streaky.  If Barton starts hitting threes, and Maymon get OR's and putbacks (Stokes is certain to get 12/10), we could be in trouble.

I still expect that we will win this game, but I also expect it to be a battle.

03/24/2014 - 11:54am They talked about Bruce Pearl

I live in Knoxville.  After 2011, all of the talk was about the team being demoralized because of the Bruce Pearl recruiting violations.  Then they mourned his firing because he is well loved here.

When Pearl took the Auburn job, the local sports talk shows could barely function.


11/16/2013 - 11:13am Very broken

I don't understand

neg 3 9 3 6 4 1

Mods don't like haiku.

11/16/2013 - 11:09am Beat Ohio

Still one chance to save

A disappointing season:

Be Urban's first loss.

11/16/2013 - 11:02am Hoke Haiku

Year one gave great hope

But still it could be much worse

Can you say "Kiffin"?

11/16/2013 - 11:00am Delete haiku

Haikus are silly

But none so much as this one

Mods please delete me.

08/07/2013 - 10:23pm Heard on Cleveland radio

Heard from the Cleveland announcer before Cabrera's last at-bat:

"Miguel Cabrera is in scoring position every time he comes to the plate".