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07/07/2010 - 12:17am We started playing the piece

We started playing the piece during my senior season (08). We did not record it that year, and if I'm not mistaken, it was not recorded this past year either. Honestly, we may never see an official recording of this, as it is so short that it's more of a chant and less of a song. If there is an official recording, it will probably be when the next MMB retail CD drops, probably in at least a year or two.

05/31/2010 - 12:54am I'm not "pro Freep" by any

I'm not "pro Freep" by any means (I have never read the paper or the site regularly, to be honest), but I get the feeling that the quoted block you're pulling from Brian isn't so much a rule for this site as it is Brian's opinion on how a Michigan fan should be acting towards that paper right now. There's no "must" language; he says "should." There's no rule in this board's terms of service, as far as I know. I think you're reading something that isn't actually there when you try to take that quote and read it as if it's a rule for this message board. Though Brian has expressed his disdain for the Freep and generating any revenue from them, it's just his opinion, it doesn't seem to be an actual and explicit rule, until he makes it one.

That being said, what chitown is saying has always been a personal pet peeve of mine about this message board in general, going beyond just the arguments over the Freep. I've seen way too many potentially interesting discussions shut down before they could even get going because posters decided to turn the thread into a joke, start debates about the source of a link, or admonish the original poster for redundancy no matter how long ago the most recent post on the topic popped up. I guess that's the price you pay for having a pos/neg system where everyone thinks they're a mod, and that seems to reward posters more for cracking jokes than it does for generating quality content.

02/28/2010 - 5:25pm Yeah, Nash is a sick scoring

Yeah, Nash is a sick scoring talent. The two big criticisms of him are that he's a bit of a defensive liability, and he's a big time puck hog. A few years ago, when he tied for the Rocket Richard trophy, I'm pretty sure he had single digit assists, and his plus/minus numbers over his career have been awful, regardless of the talent level on the rest of his line.

That being said, he's one of the scariest players in the NHL when he's got the puck on his stick. I wouldn't be so quick to put his overall game on the same level as say, Ovechkin, Iginla, Malkin, etc., because he's got some pretty significant flaws that are being masked by this sick team Canada lineup, but the guy's a stud, and he's certainly one of the NHL's best.

02/14/2010 - 3:54pm If I'm not mistaken, Canada

If I'm not mistaken, Canada and the U.S. are the only two countries that have had any kind of women's hockey program for any more than 15 years.

I guess you can say this has caused some monstrous parity issues... Almost any game that is Canada or U.S. v. country X is probably going to have a score kind of like that.

Russia puts up a fight every once in awhile, but by and large, the competition is a bit of a joke.

02/08/2010 - 8:08pm I just mentioned him in one

I just mentioned him in one of the other threads and I agree 100%. Best in the econ department by MILES, and probably the best prof I had. In sharp contrast to Kuhn (ugh, see other thread...), he never loses sight of the fact that econ is a social science, not a purely mathematical discipline.

02/08/2010 - 7:28pm This was my thought the

This was my thought the second I saw this thread. The biggest problem for me with this class is that I've always been more into the applied real world and policy aspects of econ. I'm pretty sure Kuhn didn't touch real world implications once in that class, and I'm certain that the guy doesn't realize that economics is more than just drawing curves and doing math problems. I took a few more Econ classes with some pretty dry and detached course material and professors, but this one takes the cake, easy.

I'm glad I took a couple classes with Adams before I graduated to get the bad taste out of my mouth and make me feel ok about my choice of major...

01/17/2010 - 1:54pm I understand the history at

I understand the history at the Joe and all, but that place is a hole. They either need to do some extreme renovations, or they need a new home. All the articles I've seen on the monetary situation suggest that it'd be significantly cheaper to build a new arena than it would be to do the necessary updates to the Joe to bring it up to date. To me, a short stay at the Palace would be a great sign, as it signals that the new arena that they need is coming.

I've worked at the Palace during the summer for quite a few years. Last summer, one of my managers mentioned to me that a few groups of players for the Wings had come through to tour the facilities on separate occasions. It sounds like a temporary stay (and that's all it sounds like it would be, temporary while a new arena is built) at the Palace is a very real possibility for the Wings, and there's more than mere speculation to support that possibility.

10/27/2009 - 4:37pm Agreed. Some of the

Agreed. Some of the criticisms of the band I've seen on this blog and its messages board over the last few months are disgusting.

This blog would be much better served by sticking to what made it great, quality sports coverage. At this point, the continued shots at the band are not accomplishing anything aside from exposing ignorance and stirring up unnecessary e-fights.

I come to this site for quality sports discussion, not to see a bunch of ignorant parties throw around their opinions on something they have little to no knowledge about, and I'm sick of seeing that happen with the band. I'm sure I'm not the only one.

08/18/2009 - 7:15pm Agreed.
And to add, not only

Agreed.

And to add, not only what has he done since then, but what did he do before the Steve Moore Incident? Yes, he was a physical big man who put lots of pucks in the net, but aside from that single incident, he has never had a reputation for being a goon or a locker room cancer.

I'm 100% in favor of this move. About 1.5 mil is a solid amount to give him, considering that his ceiling is potentially very high given what he's done in the past.

With the one year deals they're signing these players to, I think the Wings front office knows a significant chunk of salary is going to come off the books next year. Bert, Eaves and Williams are all stop-gap acquisitions.

08/01/2009 - 3:44pm What jeffro says is correct,

What jeffro says is correct, it is the average salary of the contract that counts against the cap.

From what I understand, in the eyes of the league the difference between Hossa's contract and the Zetterberg/Franzen contracts is the degree to which they work against the spirit of the salary cap rule. Hossa makes 7.9 million per year for the first seven years of his new contract. Because of the rules of the collective bargaining agreement, a player's salary cannot drop by more than a certain percentage from one year to another in a contract. So after those first 7 years, Hossa's salary drops to 4 million in year 8, then to one million and less in the subsequent years, where he earns about 3.5 million total over the last 4 years of his contract.

Basically what that means is that Chicago's front office juiced the CBA rules for all they could to get Hossa in at that high 7.9 million salary for as long as possible, then tack on extremely low salaried garbage years to bring the average down to only 5.23 million. In all likelihood, Hossa will retire at the end of those high salaried years or shortly after, leaving both the Blackhawks and Hossa with a sweet deal, a high salary for him, and a low cap hit for them. Because the contract is signed before he turns 35, the rest of his contract is wiped from their cap hit and the Blackhawks have no further obligations after he retires.

The other thing that makes it kind of fishy is that the contract goes until he's 42, making the intention of those low salary garbage years all the more obvious. Compared to Zetterberg and Franzen, both of those have contracts that end when they are 40, which isn't quite as suspicious. Combine that with the fact that their salaries drop much more gradually than Hossa's without the steep sudden declines, and their contracts fall into a little bit more of a grey area.

Wow, that was a lot longer than I thought it'd be. Basically the point is, yes, we all know why Zetterberg and Franzen's contracts were designed the way they were, but the intent isn't as blatantly obvious as Hossa's, so the Wings are unlikely to face trouble for those two contracts.

07/16/2009 - 11:20pm Hey guys,
I'm Spam2mapS at

Hey guys,

I'm Spam2mapS at OS, I edited all those sounds and put them up. Nice to see some other OS users on here.

Enjoy! I know they make the game much more immersive. Definitely one of the better features EA has added in recent years.