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02/22/2018 - 11:30am Not a rivalry?

While the Canadian WNT has owned the Olympics, the overall record between the two teams is more even. The US WNT has won seven of the last eight world champtionships and was ranked No. 1 in the world heading into this Olympics.

To say it isn't a rivaly doesn't really make sense. Pretty sure all the players and coaches on both teams would disagree. 

09/13/2017 - 11:39am To be fair

To be fair to Alabama, the responses are as incredulous and mocking as here.

So there's that, I guess. 


08/02/2017 - 1:56pm That's a very good guess

Agree on your tip of iceberg estimate.

Estimate on the chances of him suffering any consequences because of it?

Maybe 3-4% and that's IF the school is serious about looking into it. 

06/02/2017 - 2:03pm Electric

The Cult's Electric is on my Top 10 albums list. 

06/02/2017 - 9:20am Drafts

Trader Jack was also shrewd in the draft.

Zeke was a no-brainer. But Dumars and Rodman were both from small-time programs. Not exactly unknowns, but definitely not sure-fire picks at the time. 


06/02/2017 - 9:16am Yes, but . . .

That was a bit of a shock but . . . 

They still repeated as champions the following year. 


05/05/2017 - 12:05pm Unanimous verdict, all her counts upheld

The jurors who heard the facts of the case were unanimous on ALL of her claims in a civil case. 

This isn't always true but it makes two things highly likely -- either the university was guilty of what she accused them of or the university presented a very poor court defense. Given the legal resources of the university, I'm inclined toward the former. 




05/03/2017 - 1:18pm Keep digging that hole deeper

This isn't about you or what you would do (which, unless you've been attacked like she has been, you cannot possibly know.)

05/03/2017 - 12:41pm Knee-jerk

You read those letters and the description that came to your mind was "knee-jerk?"

I don't see those letters being about catharsis or publicly shaming and humilating. It's about holding people in positions of power accountable. 

"If it were me" is a really condescending thing to say to the victim of a sex crime, especially one who spoke up and was not believed.


02/21/2017 - 1:26pm Godspeed

Having worked on a large website relaunch, I know what you're up against.

Thank you and godspeed.


02/14/2017 - 4:17pm Oh, it'll mushroom

You have criminal probes, lawsuits, and a commissioned investigation all going at once. Each of those will subpoena emails and documents that wind up in the public record. Add to that anything journalists dig up from FOIA or whistleblowers.

Even if nothing turns out to be Hollis' fault per se, I can't see trustees not demanding someone in the administration fall on the sword. 


02/14/2017 - 11:28am Kale futures

I"m sure he has someone buying Kale futures to hedge the market.


02/13/2017 - 4:28pm I see

Thanks. Sure looks that way. Quick googling showed that it's a misdemeanor in Mich. with a light penalty. The civil liability seems like it would be worse. 

I'm also starting to wonder about Mark Hollis' job security. Not saying any of this reaches his level or is even expressly his fault (as far as I know), but if I'm an MSU trustee I might need someone to fall on their sword.



02/13/2017 - 4:04pm This is probably just the start

There are a lot of state and federal resources being brought to bear. Trust me, they WILL get to the bottom of this.

Question for MgoLawyers: According to civil court docs Klages dismissed complains of abuse from girls, possibly told them to not speak about it. Would Klages be a mandatory reporter according to the law? Should she be worried about a criminal case? 

I've seen how investigations like this go and government attorneys are not afraid to liberally fling charges at people to get what they want. 




01/23/2017 - 5:43pm <-- Dances on your lawn

... with cleats.



01/23/2017 - 5:06pm Belly Deli

Not sure what category this would be in, but I'm addicted to the Pork Belly Bun (and to a lesser extent the Bulgogi Bun) at Belly Deli.

Spicy Pork Sammy ain't bad, either. 

01/18/2017 - 3:36pm It's really easy to be blocked by Henson

I made an innocuous comment in a reply to one of his Tweets. Didn't think anything of it until a couple of hours later somebody quoted one of his Tweets and I couldn't see it. Yep, blocked.

First and only time.

That said, I don't completely doubt what he wrote here. I don't completely trust it, either.





12/22/2016 - 5:29pm It's more than a "mistake"

Grabbing someone's butt without their consent is more than a "mistake." It's a premeditated act that shows you feel entitled to violate someone's autonomy and molest them when you please. Being drunk is no excuse. 

And, yes, I can say I never, not once, grabbed somebody's ass without their permission. I don't see this as a very high bar for behavior. 




10/04/2016 - 11:47am But what about the citrus crop?

How will this affect the weather and crops in the orange-producing states? You have a report on this, yes?



10/03/2016 - 1:30pm Yes, it was

I had a very good view/angle on that from my seat and I was actually kind of shocked at the spot. 


If it were a close game I would have . . . oh. 

02/11/2016 - 2:50pm Dodgeball

I went to elementary school in the late 70s and even then -- the pre-seatbelt, pre-bike helmet era -- headshots were illegal in dodgeball.

Although it just got you eliminated from that round, not sent to the school psychologist (which we didn't have.)


08/21/2015 - 12:09pm Toys r Us

Wonder if anyone on the Board of Directors for Toys r Us will read this? 

12/18/2014 - 12:27pm You beat me to it.

You beat me to it, my kraut-mick friend. 

12/18/2014 - 12:26pm Moss is, in fact, Jewish

Moss is often obnoxious, but I'm not sure you're aware he is, in in fact, Jewish. Which would make it pretty hard from him to be an anti-Semite.

Any jibes he makes come from a member of the tribe. 

09/30/2014 - 2:31pm Jane Coaston's column

I thought Jane Coaston's column was moving and powerful.


07/17/2014 - 9:01pm Brandon job security

Makes me wonder if DB should be a little concerned.

The new prez has no investment in him. First Regents meeting with the new prez, DB fireworks plan gets shot down, and between the lines statements by a couple of regents seem to express frustration with the overall direction of the AD.

Or is this me projecting?

08/29/2013 - 2:12pm Yes!



07/31/2013 - 1:39pm Pagers

Well, you can still bring pagers(!) in, so there's that.


05/30/2013 - 12:12pm How about Omaha 8?

I'll play you some Omaha 8, the high-low version. 

04/01/2013 - 12:29pm I'll take Rivers in Egypt

I'll take Rivers in Egypt for $500, Alex.


03/22/2013 - 11:52am I'm the most june man in all the Russias

01/23/2013 - 2:51pm Pretty much

As I recall, the prosecutor came out and said there was no evidence Ray was involved in the murder and dropped the murder charges based on that.

BUT, he did lie to police investigating a murder, which is obstruction of justice, and they certainly had the evidence to make that stick. Lewis then agreed to the plea -- he admitted he lied to the police and told the court what he knew about that night. I think his lawyer made a big mistake downplaying the significance of what Lewis did. If I recall properly, he said it was something akin to a speeding ticket, or something similarly minor.

That was dumb. Obstructing justice, espeically in a murder case, is a pretty serious crime. Having said that, I think Lewis should be in the Hall of Fame. The prosecutors and the judge were fine with the plea and you can't deny his greatness on the field.


10/01/2012 - 4:29pm Snyder and Sharp

Is that Snyder and Sharp to Hoke's immediate right?

A-list seats, or Seats of Shame, like having to sit in the first row right by the teacher?



05/17/2012 - 2:32pm As to whom you may check . . .

You may check the puck carrier, or the player who just had the puck ("finishing your check.") If two players are skating for the puck and both make body (not stick or hand) contact while neither has an advantage, that's considered a fair collision. If a player has a clear advantage to a loose puck and is impeded by the opposing player, that's interference.



04/27/2012 - 4:09pm Well . . . bye


EDIT: Sorry for lack of embed! Messed it up.

01/25/2012 - 3:42pm Hmm

The Victors is clear No. 1.


After that I always liked (just as songs, mind you!) Notre Dame's and "On Wisconsin." Pretty catchy.


My high school fight song was an original composition and was upbeat and catchy. Better than most college songs I hear.

01/24/2012 - 1:44pm Dantonio from an eyewitness

I spoke to a H.S. varsity FB coach who was there. I asked him what happened and if the media was making a bigger deal out of it than it was.

Not even close, he said. Dantonio "is an asshole," said this coach. He said Dantonio came in unprepared, seemingly unaware of what the purpose of the panel was. Either that or he mailed it in. Meanwhile, Hecklinski was very prepared, actually talked about recruiting and had a Powerpoint presentation. Dantonio was sitting there fuming and finally couldn't take it anymore, got up and bullied an assistant. An assistant coach, even from a rival program, isn't going to take on a head coach. You might need a job from him someday.

That's the amusing (for us) part. The slightly bad news is that he doesn't think this will really affect MSU recruiting in a negative way. Most coaches already know Dantonio is a tad abrasive. So it's not new to them.

This is from a H.S. coach who rarely sends players to Big Ten universities, so he has no real ties to either U-M or MSU.


11/14/2011 - 1:38pm The Illini Highlight clip

The game highlight clip from the Illini POV is positively North Korean. No mention of the score whatsoever at any point.

Whomever put that together should work here:


11/09/2011 - 5:48pm Couple of things:

You're leaving out some important context:


First, your argument boils down to "Paterno followed the chain of command. He trusted the AD and VP to do their jobs. How was he to know they weren't doing their job?"

It doesn't matter the level of detail that McQueary went into. Paterno, by his own testimony, admitted it was an illegal sexual act against a minor.

A long time went by and Sandusky keeps showing up on campus with minors. Meanwhile, this disturbing sexual act witnessed by a third party is unresolved. It becomes clear that the AD and VP are not doing their jobs.

The violation of a minor happened in a facility where Paterno was in charge. That's his program, his facility. He's the head coach. He had reasonable suspicion that a sexual crime against a minor occurred and resonable suspicion that the AD and VP were not following up.

I'm sorry, chain of command is not an excuse. There was a sexual predator in his facility, using his facility for illegal sex acts against minors. Paterno had information and belief that this was the case. Months and years went by with no action.

Had he asked the AD and VP and been brushed off, he should have contacted the police himself. Chain of command be dammed. If his so-called superiors asked him to not say anything, he should have ignored them. He was in a much more secure position than they. If my boss asked me to be quiet about something of that nature, I wouldn't care what happened with my freaking job. I'd be too worried I was letting a sexual predator run amok.

If he was too senile to understand the gravity of what he was told, then he doesn't deserve to be there one more day.

And I don't even know what you mean by "they may have had a witness, but no victim." It's not PSU's job to find the victim before reporting it to police. A witness saw a crime occur. That's enough. If the police had been contacted in a timely manner, the witness would have been found. That's what police do.


11/09/2011 - 3:56pm I respectfully disagree

We have enough facts to know he failed a moral and ethical test.

According to his own testimony, somebody he knew and trusted (McQueary)* was an eyewitness to a violent crime involving a child. He had past knowledge of an allegation of sexual abuse in 1998 where no charges were filed. Then, in 2002, an independent eyewitness who was not the victim (something the police didn't have in 1998) tells him of an even more serious incident that happened in his facility.

It doesn't matter if McQueary told him the details or not. He had an eyewitness describe an illegal sexual act against a minor. So he notifies the AD but no charges come about. Sandusky continues to bring minors to the athletic campus.

These facts are not in dispute. Paterno had a moral obligation to follow up and make sure such things didn't happen again. He did not. That is a fireable offense, in my opinion.

What we don't know is why he never followed up. But when kids are being violated, the "why" doesn't really matter, does it?

So, to your statement: "Should Paterno have called police? Maybe. Maybe not." Based on what he testified he knew -- yes. He should have. No question in my mind.

*(I take as fact that Paterno trusted McQueary because he was promoted after this incident. If Paterno thought he was lying, no way would he have kept him around. That's serious slander.)

11/03/2011 - 3:42pm IF true

IF true, I wonder if BR was expecting Mario to get suspended an entire game. I can see MHSAA seeing it for what it is, knowing they have to do something since it was brought to their attention, and kind of sticking it to BR by suspending him for just a half. (There, we punished him. Happy?)

Now Herrington gets to use this as a motivational tactic for his entire team (I doubt he'll pass on the opportunity, whether BR was behind this or not) and Mario gets unleashed on some poor sap in the 2nd half.

If that scenario is true, not well played by BR, in my opinion. Pure speculation, I know. But the timing does lend itself to such thoughts.

My view of Brother Rice sportsdom is quite low anyway, as their fans were complete jackasses at the state hockey championship game earlier this year, where *ahem* my alma mater beat them to take the state title.

11/01/2011 - 12:08pm Word

The Michigan fans sitting behind me and in front of me (it's always different people) this week were, not to put too fine a point on it, idiots.


You get that in EVERY fan base, ours included. What sets the Michigan FB fans apart are the high-level outliers. This blog -- high quality and high numbers -- kind of shows that.  At least, that's what I keep telling myself.


But, man, when the cement heads are sitting next to you and you have no escape, it does grind the nerves.


10/31/2011 - 10:27am You avatar

Your avatar has prevented me from reading any of your posts from beginning to end, good as they may be.

Having said that, don't you dare change it.


10/26/2011 - 5:59pm Pad level!



10/21/2011 - 11:26am Bonus points

for using "inconceivable" in the headline. But in this case, I think that word means what he thinks it means..

09/29/2011 - 9:08am Band Directors/conductors

You don't really need them except for the beginning and the end. You need a guy to go "OK, everybody . . . start!" and then "OK . . big finish. . . NOW!" And that's about it. The middle is just for show.


Great post, Blue.


09/27/2011 - 1:44pm Condolences to the family

Both the MichiganMB  family and especially the young man's family. I have two (younger) children and I can't imagine how painful it would be to lose one. Kids are not supposed to die before their parents.


08/25/2011 - 11:09am Wow, that speed!

 Those guys really ran fast back then. I don't see what all the fuss is about Denard.


08/12/2011 - 9:12am I don't know about you guys . . .

But I could listen to Greg Mattison all day.

I know, a little "eeeeeee." Still.

08/05/2011 - 9:01am EMU game this year

. . . and I had to think about whether I would go to the wedding or the game. It's my wife's side, but she's an alum and understands Michgan football. Since I like kid getting married and it's EMU, I figured what the heck. It also gives my season ticket partner a chance to take his wife to a game.

And, for the record, my wife and I got married in May. I know a wedding planner and she tells me that October is the most popular month for weddings in Michigan. That's criminal. What the HELL is wrong with May, June and July? I know July this year was unbearably hot, but it's not usually that bad.