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07/16/2018 - 12:12pm That will always be the lazy…

That will always be the lazy answer, anyway. Croatia was in the final with a population of five million people. Soccer can succeed here, yet youth participation is, in fact, down (as widely reported during the last week). Soccer here is a sport for the well-to-do, and even our shrinking middle class struggles to pay for it. It's about making the game attractive, and US soccer is associated with elitism, alas, in much the way tennis is. I say this as the father of a talented fourteen-year-old daughter who will play college soccer and adores the game. The people who took it upon themselves to sell the game in this country have failed. They're making money off of the game and I'm not sure they care.

07/12/2018 - 7:44am Someone misspelled "oblivion…

Someone misspelled "oblivion." 

07/03/2018 - 6:04am A degree of ambivalence has…

A degree of ambivalence has often shown itself around politics here, which is cool. But if you're going to reiterate that the place won't be about politics and then do politics, you probably should fess up to a change in policy, and address/thrash through the implications. And let us know whether you are looking for something truly dialogical or just want to preach at us every now and then. 

For me, this editorial could use its own--perhaps equally long--backgrounder in the issues it describes; some of it's pretty short-handy. But having lived in a number of college towns, and in San Francisco, I have to say that much of liberal America is living out these tensions, mired in the many contradictions they have aroused. 

06/08/2018 - 12:50am Going to be in Portugal and…

Going to be in Portugal and Spain during the entirety of the tournament, and am hoping that both teams advance through the early stages to keep the excitement at fever pitch in bars and on the streets. Look forward to sharing it all with my daughter, a soccer-mad follower of the US women's team and NWSL who has recently warmed to the men's game.

06/01/2018 - 9:35pm don't think

that you do

06/01/2018 - 8:24pm Maybe if somebody asks

you go for the fun of it, with an open mind, even entertain the prospect. How weird. 

P.S. Has UM Hoops ever gotten the scoop on a big UM basketball story? Still nothing up over there. Just not sure they've ever established an inside channel.  

05/30/2018 - 11:36pm Happy to let everyone be as optimistic as they like, but

the truth is that we're in the toughest division in college football and can be very, very good and still not beat OSU, PSU, or even Wisconsin. Can have the best coaches or perfectly great coaches and not beat them. And slide further in the player sweepstakes. 

Michigan has a very, very tough road--not to being a good team--but to succeeding on the terms fans have set up for it.

05/29/2018 - 10:21pm So much of our thinking is oriented to the NBA, but

I don't feel we recognize that if a player loves hoop and wants to make that his metier then going off and just making tens or 100s of thousands doing it--wherever in the world--full time, developing, doing what one loves, the clock round--instead of the millions that a dazzled public THINKS they should be making--may be a perfectly great decision for some players. 

05/27/2018 - 6:31pm Truly stupid posts like this

should be mercilessly ridiculed and their authors cyber-bullied and pilloried. If their actual selves can be found they should be hounded from their communities and jobs. 

05/25/2018 - 6:00pm for god's sake don't go berserk

when Michigan scores a TD. I worry that my daughter may still be a little gunshy from me erupting at odd points in Michigan games; still hoping I didn't damage her hearing or psyche. Required her mother to bring her back from the terror several times before I learned NOT to watch games with her. 

05/24/2018 - 2:19pm Not a snowball's chance in hell he wins there. Would

raise season ticket sales for a minute and he could cash out after two years. Give him his out in EL and enable MSU to ignore some of the harder questions. 

05/24/2018 - 2:16pm up to a point,

then they kill you for it.


05/22/2018 - 3:06pm i am getting

a lot out of mine

05/20/2018 - 3:28pm Jeebus buddy, if you're going to put forward such

ridiculous positions, at least use words and stuff. It's like your brain took a crap and forgot to wipe!

05/19/2018 - 10:03pm these vague, self-righteous comments

don't pass muster, WD. Everybody's pissed that we lose to OSU so they assert that the game isn't getting enough attention. It's sillypants. Give us a list of practical measures that giving it enough attention might imply, then let's see which ones are worth a crap, and then let's see if Harbaugh is attending to them. In this meantime. . . sound and fury signifying zip. 

05/17/2018 - 3:36pm 74 myself--I thought

I recognized you, but my god you have deteriorated.

05/17/2018 - 3:34pm my god is this not


05/17/2018 - 12:43am Trying to put a dent in

the seven thousand hours of community service the court is going to assign him. . . as a proactive measure, kind of like self-penalizing and skipping a bowl.

05/16/2018 - 8:06pm Let's

keep his awful a** that way. 

05/16/2018 - 2:05pm This times a thousand:

"There’s been a lot of complaining, some justified, that his offense is too 'complicated,' a sort of false slider that someone wishing to find fault can turn to because it’s hard to argue without diagrams and such."

Now explain the bowl game to me, though. All things being equal I have no problem with the rest of the season, but we looked like chihuahua sh*t in the bowl, and I'm still feeling the sting down here in SEC land. 

05/16/2018 - 1:56pm Politely

disagree. Ridiculous fan expectatations aside, with Speight under center last year would have been a great season. 

05/16/2018 - 1:33pm We were already getting those from Izzo

during the regular season. Then he shut down and refused any more comment. 

05/15/2018 - 10:08am Disagree strongly. Had a much better time

in Berlin. Much more great art there, and fun to be had! A place reckoning with the past, and making the future. I am of Bavarian descent and found Munich. . . a little scary. Maybe an outsider can more innocently suck that stuff down, not sure. 

05/15/2018 - 12:07am Yoinking CDs for a year-long trip away; today I ripped,

listening/half-listening as I went, to: St. Vincent; a Gil Evans and Miles Davis best-of CD that was uninspired; Harold Land; The Stylistics; the Congos; the Impressions; covers of songs from the Beach Boys Pet Sounds; the Oxford American Kentucky tribute; Frank Sinatra w. the Red Norvo Quintet; The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill; and a bunch of CDs from the Florida Folklife collection. 

05/14/2018 - 9:21pm Think you must be kidding. Berlin is one of the hippest cities

in the world, a new global Silicon Valley now emerging there. Hipsters from around the world flock. Munich is very staid--good for tourists looking for a certain idea of (Bavarian) Germanness. I was not so taken, though I loved the cities along the Danube. It wasn't until I got there that I could see what people mean when they say how relaxed Bavarians are in comparison to people in the north. . . 

05/14/2018 - 9:18pm The English Garden is really nice. Took my kid there

so she could kick around a soccer ball for a while as we drove from France to Denmark two summers ago. They have a wave machine in the river and you can watch people surf there, which is kind of a kick. The New Town Hall (Rathaus) is impressive, and you can stop and have a drink or some food in its cafeteria, carry them into the courtyard if you like. (Now you're making me remember that I left my camera there and spent a tense fifteen minutes until I found it!) The square and pedestrian area around town hall, the Marienplatz, is famous and beautiful and full of shops, which my wife and daughter liked. 

The highlight for me was a wildly tasty lunch at the Augustiner Beer Hall (they have three venues--the one closest to Marienplatz and the Altstadt is called Zum Augustiner). Food, beer, absolutely amazing art nouveau decor--that'll give you all the German you can handle! If you go buy yourself a beer glass or Stein with their logo on it. . . 

05/13/2018 - 6:21pm No, although I hear that Meyer's such a wiener

that he needed a map! 

05/13/2018 - 12:51pm Literally! Now he's in Italy; now he's France;

now he's in the South, winning over recruits. Whoops! Was that him drinking your milkshake?

05/11/2018 - 5:27pm I feel sorry for him, and they ran into a team that had

suddenly figured a number of things out--a perfect storm. They did look like they had quit on Casey in the final game, but I might have quit on Casey, too. The Raptors came out competitive for ten minutes, then Cleveland jumped into a higher gear. 

Make no mistake, what Cleveland has done so far is impressive as hell. 

05/11/2018 - 3:46pm So tempted. . .

to text something along these lines to my bro-in-law, an earnest Kansas grad and season ticket holder.

05/11/2018 - 3:13pm yay

just yay!

Michigan basketball = happiness for years to come. 

05/10/2018 - 11:45am I am a die-hard feminist, and strong believer that most women

who make accusations do so for good reason. I have been as angry about the MSU story as anyone. But there's no way that Patricia should be fired for this--there's no evidence he did anything WRONG. 

What should the steps be in a case like this? I'd suggest something like this: 

1. Assess the gravity of the charges. What's he really accused of?

2. Interview him. If for some reason he confesses to something awful, let him go. Who thinks this is going to happen? 

3. Be honest and admit that necessary diligence was lacking with the hire--not that Patricia shouldn't have been hired, but certainly that the accusation and proceeding should have been uncovered. 

4. Get on with business. Obviously with an eye out to any future trouble. The guy would understand that he was on a pretty short string. 

Lots of people do regrettable things and work to get better. The legal process has already taken its course.

05/08/2018 - 11:14am No one is unroastable,

as that outfit proves. There's enough braid on that thing to ornament every yachting cap in Bahia Mar. 

05/06/2018 - 12:15pm This is what makes him better than MJ in my book,

and I am a 60-year-old man who hung on MJ's every shot. Some of Lebron's passes last night were as unreal as his game-winner. MJ was such a primadonna compared to the equable Lebron. 

05/05/2018 - 11:48pm I dunno.

I feel like the whole thing could have snowballed on him. I'm not convinced it's a huge problem. But hey--that's what summer is for, to get better.

05/05/2018 - 3:54pm Would be fun to compile the all-time record

in every single sport they play between us and OSU, or MSU. 

05/05/2018 - 11:33am Strongly dislike Draymond but

I respect him. It's so rare to feel that combination nowadays. There's a serious intellect there that cannot be denied, that keeps me listening. 

As compared, say, to Chaz Barkley. Who cannot go full meatball and roll away fast enough. 

05/04/2018 - 2:11pm Thanks; will give it a read. Just don't see how this equates

with the biggest serial rape case in US history, though, or why you would want to suggest some equivalence. Unavailing at best, likely to draw scorn at worst. 

Also: I am fascinated that the Freep has done nothing of this lavish kind with the MSU stories. I guess their readership really might tilt to MSU fans and grads? Puzzling. . . 

05/03/2018 - 11:16pm This guy has got to be very very disturbed,

no? Or maybe that's obvious. . . 

05/03/2018 - 10:20pm Do you think it's about luring

better QBs to Columbus?

05/03/2018 - 2:09pm I'd see you one and raise you, cuz'

the cumulative effect of this spate of articles has been dispiriting, at least to me, something of a portrait in ineptitude.  I'm trying not to let it color my hopes for the future, because all of the pieces are there for success. But M fans have been telling themselves that for some time, too. 

05/03/2018 - 12:32pm We should take him

just for the pleasure of having him run up the final score at the end of our game with them. 

05/03/2018 - 10:54am wow

this is a great damn thread

05/03/2018 - 10:51am Talk about putting a crack

in the cosmic egg!

05/03/2018 - 9:44am I clicked on this thread to ask

if I should really be excited about beating EMU. . . and came away delighted with all the great historic tidbits assembled here. Thanks.  

05/02/2018 - 2:32pm Well, you certainly pray to fail fast. But--cutting through

the extremely perplexing degree of serious FAIL--do we have it right now? Do those of you looking closely believe that this takes care of it? In retrospect that call-out from Dantonio is. . . embarrassing.

05/02/2018 - 11:54am to be fair I think they saw

his histrionic early displays played over and over on ESPN and came away with superficial--and negative--impressions. Those of us watching intently knew there was plenty more. And let's face it: Michigan's a liberal place, he's a person who--rightly--questions everything and bucks trends. But there's time to rectify first impressions, and to win. 

05/01/2018 - 5:53pm and how is the article entitled "Post Spring Practice, etc."

with almost zero commentary about how the teams looked in spring practices?

05/01/2018 - 10:59am For me the takeaway isn't so much his foibles or ability--

both are already established parts of his game. It's that he has experience, and has shown real poise, on the big stage. That's gonna be good for a win or two by itself. 

That's the first and last time I root for Ole Miss in anything!

05/01/2018 - 10:07am Don't

make me cry.