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04/02/2018 - 5:23pm What a terrific post

  Seth, what a thoughtful and well-written piece.  I love the analogy and feel the exact same way.  Regardless of what happens tonight, a tip of the cap to the team for the journey they have given us this year.  

09/24/2017 - 12:48pm The President Is the Government

 So by urging employers to fire/suspend their employees if they choose to exercise their free speech rights, that sounds like governmental limitation to me, or at the very least an attempt to limit speech.


09/21/2017 - 6:59pm Like Garth in Anchorman...

09/14/2017 - 7:20pm My first UM Game

 I was a freshman and it was my first ever game.  I had such lousy seats, all I saw was his feet go up in the end zone and I had to wait to see if he caught it based on the reaction of the crowd.  One of my most happy and enduring sports memories ever.  Also, I'm old... 

08/24/2017 - 12:51pm Live on the Eastside

  I agree that if you are working in Bellevue, then living on the Eastside will make your life easier, since traffic in Seattle is atrocious.  Like, serious Hulk Smash road rage bad, and its not getting any better.  With that, living in Issaquah, or Snoqualmie are solid areas.  Seattle is terrific and the Pacific NW rules for all kinds of outdoor activities.  Good luck!

06/22/2017 - 3:36pm Delille Cellars Four Flags

  Great Washington winery making awesome Bourdeaux-style Reds.

06/22/2017 - 3:34pm H Upmann Robusto

  Love Upmanns--very smooth and the Robusto is a good, accessible size.

05/15/2014 - 3:40pm Yale Van Dyne

  But if not him, then Tom Harmon with Denard a close second.

01/20/2014 - 1:45pm A very talented NFL player with a WWE-size personality

View image on Twitter

01/14/2014 - 5:43pm Is He Related To Erin Moran?

Is he related to Erin Moran, America's Sweetheart from Happy Days?!!

01/03/2014 - 7:02pm No, because of these animals

And also, because Buckeye tears are delicious.

12/31/2013 - 5:02pm I was simply

I was simply channeling my inner mgobleu...and a Happy New Year to you my eskimo/hive mind brother.

12/31/2013 - 4:17pm For a few reasons

Speaking for myself, I dislike Dantonio for a few reasons.  Firstly, and viscerally, he has acted like a Galactically Huge Ass Hat for the past few years.  From his "where's the threat" comments to his actions at the HS Football event when he was a D-bag to Coach Heck, his words and deeds have been, at best, disrespectful towards the University, its players, and the coaches. 

I think more rationally, my dislike stems from a little bit of jealousy, as he has done much more, with a lot less, over the past few years.  He has shown to be a defensive mastermind as well as a highly accomplished recruiter, eschewing star rankings and focusing more on developing players.

With that said, he has seemed to soften a bit over the past year or so.  When MSU players were tweeting nonsense during the Alabama fiasco last year, he came down on them publicly.  After we (finally) beat them, he was relatively gracious and joked that he was glad that he wouldn't have to face Denard again.  And this year, after the beatdown, he even voiced a bit of support for Hoke in the wake of the "fire Hoke" firestorm that was to come.  I think he secretly loves every minute of our struggles, but he has tapered his comments a little, at leat publicly.

So, in short, he's a great coach and a douche nozzle all rolled into one grumpy looking package.

09/17/2013 - 7:37pm Seattle coverage

I took at look at Xfinity/Comcast's online schedule in Seattle and it looks like it is the Texas game.  I hope that will change, but if not, does anyone know of any "unofficial" streaming sites that are good?  I'm living in corporate housing and am stuck with basic cable, so my options are limited.

06/20/2013 - 11:44am A guy walks into the doctor's office...

with a duck on his head.  The doctor asks "What happened?"  The duck says, "It started out with a bump on my ass."

03/26/2013 - 10:34am Met Ty Law in the Bahamas

It was many years ago, when had just joined the NFL and before he had made a name for himself as a pro.  I'm not sure why I recognized him, but I did, and I walked up and introduced myself as a UM alum.  He was so happy to be recognized, and could not have been nicer.  We chatted for a few minutes, I wished him luck, and went on my way.  Very cool experience.

Conversely, I met Desmond Howard when he was elected to the Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame.  He hung around to chat with people after the event, and while he was as nice as can be, I was a blithering fanboy...I was a freshman at UM during his Heisman campaign.

11/15/2012 - 2:47pm Walter Smith Was Awesome

If I recall, his leg was all messed up and despite that, he was stalking Coach Moeller on the sidelines and constantly asking to get in the game.  I think it was against Wisconsin.  Moeller got him in for one screen pass, the Wisconsin guys (to their credit), played extremely soft coverage, and when he caught the ball, the crowd went nuts.  That was a great Michigan memory. 

09/11/2012 - 1:55pm ND because...

D'Antonio is a galactically huge ass hat.

07/28/2012 - 5:06pm The Name of the Wind- the Kingkiller Chronicles

By Patrick Rothfuss. Just fantastic stuff. The follow up is Wise Man's Fear

05/21/2012 - 11:50am My problems with Pam Ward

1) Her voice is deeper than mine

2) She had an Adam's apple the size of a grapefruit

3) She had hands as big as Andre the Giant

4) Despite this, I was strangely attacted to her


5) She couldn't get through a game without at least a dozen screw ups.

Other than that...she was OK by me.

02/05/2012 - 11:48am Not in the App Store anymore either

  I thought the app crashed, so I deleted it and tried to re-install it from the App Store, but it's not available there anymore.  I imagine it will be available again when it's updated?

11/26/2011 - 10:55pm Braxton Miller is Terrific

And he seems like a good kid.  Ohio's O-Line played very well.  We had problems getting to the QB and defending the edge.  As much as I wanted to be a classy winning fan, 7 years of living in Cleveland and putting up with Ohio nonsense made me say some things to Ohio fans fleeing the stadium that I'm not proud of...

11/26/2011 - 10:26pm I Live In Cleveland

  And I've always prided myself on being a gracious Michigan fan, even when losing and especially for the past 7 years when I've consistently had it rubbed in my face from "fans" who have trouble spelling  O-S-U.  Today, at the game, when Denard took that last knee, those 7 years of abuse just erupted ot of me and I was kind of a dick to the OSU fans running out of the stadium.  I'm not proud of it, but it felt great to exorcise some demons.  I can go back to being a gracious fan again, and a winner for a change...

10/27/2011 - 3:38pm A Top Hand and a Monocle

Always funny.  Not sure why, just funny.

10/05/2011 - 10:36am Sorry to Hijack--but still relevant

I apologize, I don't have enough points for a new thread, but figured this was as good a place as any for this...

Apparently, Gordon Gee's bowtie is tied just a but too tight, he actually has just said that OSU is the "poster child" for compliance!

08/26/2011 - 3:29pm The Catch

It was my first home game as a Freshman in '91 and I had never seen anything like that atmosphere in my entire life.  I was sitting in the student section in the end sone, and when Grbac launched that ball, all I could see from my seat was Desmond's feet go out when he streched to grab it.  I couldn't tell if he caught it or not, until everyone went nuts...

08/01/2011 - 11:31pm Boise State and Navy

Boise because I love the Smurf Turf and how a school with zero "tradition" has quickly established itself as a national force through great coaching and execution.  And Navy, because I was an Naval Officer and love everything that the Middies (and the Black Knights and Falcons) stand for as students, players, and future leaders.

07/29/2011 - 12:30pm Hoke's First Interaction with Ohio (State) Player

Sorry I don't have enough points to post this as an original thread, but since it's marginally on-topic, here is a funny story about Hoke's first encounter with Ohio C Mike Brewster:

"A handshake between rivals: It started with a swat. As Ohio State center Mike Brewster walked past first-year Michigan coach Brady Hoke, Hoke reached out and patted Brewster on the backside. Brewster spun and hands were extended, the Wolverine-Buckeye introduction made.

"Brady Hoke," the coach said with a smile." 

07/13/2011 - 1:07pm OSU's Branding Is Maybe Not So Good in Comparison 


06/02/2011 - 11:37am The familiar Pryor excuse

""I am not doing anything wrong," she said. "I mean, I have a job, I work all the time. My son's had a car since he was 18-year-old. What's the difference? Everybody has a car. It doesn't matter to me. My son is what matters to me. I wish everybody would understand that." (emphasis added) 

I guess the "Everybody has it/does it" excuse is embedded in the Pryor family DNA...

04/15/2011 - 1:41pm Embarassing, but True

I grew up in Brooklyn, NY, so I had no connection whatsoever with the school.  However, I liked professional wrestling, and also liked the Steiner Brothers.  They used to come down to the ring wearing their Varsity jackets to "The Victors" and I thought that was cool.  That was actually the first time UM was ever on my radar (and the first UM shirt I ever had--the Steiner Brothers in front of a big Block M).  Fast forward to my junior/senior years in HS, when I started getting a bit more serious and started to like Government and History as subjects. One of my brother's friends graduated from UM and told me how good the Poli Sci program was.  I applied, somehow got in, and made one of the best decisions of my life.

12/30/2010 - 4:14pm Threadjack is Correct--Denard's Heisman Photo in WSJ as well

Denard's ND Heisman pose photo was indeed included as one of WSJ's best sports photos of 2010--it's the 4th picture down:

11/22/2010 - 4:49pm I will be there

I'm looking forward to meeting him and shaking his pimp hand in person to test both its strength and apparently delightful texture.

11/22/2010 - 2:09pm The first UM shirt I ever bought

Was a cheesy drawing of the Steiner Brothers with a big block M in the background.  I got it at an NWA event when I was 15 or 16.  If I recall, their entrance music was actually The Victors.  I like to tell people that I went to UM because of the great Poli Sci program and the sports, but really, it was the Steiner brothers...

11/04/2010 - 4:32pm Even the Findings Downplayed the Original Story

An interesting quote from the findings (from

"But the committee wrote that "though serious," the overage was "far less extensive than originally reported and that no student-athletes were substantially harmed."

It's interesting that there is a split in the headlines that are reporting this story.  Some play to the positive, like "NCAA rules in favor of Michigan, Rodriguez"; other (guess who) lead off with "Michigan to get Third Year of Probation."  It's really quite amazing...

11/02/2010 - 11:08am Youth doesn't seem to be a problem on offense

While we are playing a lot of true freshman and underclassmen on Defense, our offense is also fairly young and seems to be doing just fine.  Can there be that much of a pure talent disparity on the defensive side of the ball?

10/12/2010 - 11:40am Still #1 in SI Poll

Obviously we should take it with a grain of salt, but Denard still leads the Heisman race as far as SI is concerned:

09/27/2010 - 4:16pm Oh, and you can also...

You can also be President of the United States.

07/23/2010 - 10:41am Movies are Critical

For the MD bar exam, I went out with my friends to see a movie before the MBE (Lethal Weapon 4) and then again before the essay part (There's Something About Mary--yes, I'm old).  The best thing to do is shut your brain off for a little bit.  I honestly think that relaxing a little before each test night is critical to sucess.

Also, echoing many of the comments above, DO NOT, under any circumstances, talk or compare answers to anyone during breaks or afterwards.  That is a recipe for disaster.

And, as a parable, don't be the person who was sitting across from my buddy--There was about 15 minutes left in the essay part, and the girl across from him got up and went to the bathroom.  With a minute left, she got back, put a big "X" through a page and a half of her essay answer and started writing anew.  Then, they called time.  Probably not the best bar strategy.

Just keep your answers simple and follow pure IRAC analysis for each question.  Good luck!

06/24/2010 - 4:55pm SyFy Movie Titles

Since a lot of Syfy "original" movies are just bad rehashes of real Hollywood films, comedian Patrice O'Neal did a great bit on the Opie & Anthony show riffing on how the channel could remake and rename certain movies to avoid any intellectual property issues.  Some examples were: Jurassic Park="Dinosaur Forest"; Terminator= "Robot Killer From the Future"; Predator= "Space Jungle Hunter"; Back to the Future= "Time Car"; and my favorite, Iron Man= "Steel Dude"

05/20/2010 - 10:16am Todd Collins

  I had a few poli sci classes with Todd Collins and we studied together and hung out every now and again.  Not only was he very cool and down to earth, but he was REALLY smart..  He never got much credit for being an excellent student-athlete, but he was quite sharp.  Also a damn good QB, who is still playing a solid back-up role in the NFL.

05/16/2010 - 9:17pm Amazing Voice, Better Performer

I've seen Dio twice (both times with Yngwie Malmsteen opening for him) and he was so good live.  His love and passion for his music, and more importantly, his fans, was sp palpable when he was onstage.

04/30/2010 - 11:54am Is it wrong...

that I can't get the friggin' song out of my head?  I watched the video in abject horror and yet the chorus has not left my brain since.  Is Freekbass in fact an evil genius, posing as a sad version of a white, untalented, Bootsy Collins??

04/09/2010 - 10:56am The Todd Harris Follow-Up Interview

I also loved the follow-up interview with Todd Harris during the Rose Bowl pre-game that year. Lloyd had taken a little flak for the incident, and it was the first time the two had appeared on camera together since the OSU game. Todd Harris began interviewing him, and Lloyd, with that all-knowing half-smile of his, interrupted him and said (very warmly, with a full understanding of the situation) "Happy New Year, Todd." It was classic.

04/04/2010 - 7:16pm As an executive recruiter...

That is a pretty minor fee for a major search. I work at a comparable search firm and $75k is usually considered a minimum fee in the industry for any search, much less one of this magnitude. Even with the "bonus" paid, UM got a really good deal for the search. Of course, it's also fantastic publicity for Spencer Stuart...

03/28/2010 - 11:47am Just got one last week

It's very cool, except for one major caveat. I had to return my first one the next day, as everyone I spoke to said the sound quality n my end was crap. The Verizon store gave me a new one, which was better, but not great, so I had to fidget with some programming options, and now it sounds great. It appears to be a fairly widespread problem with the Droid, so make sure you try it out thoroughly before you leave the store. See this thread for more info:

Once I made those changes, things have been terrific so far. The battery life is not wonderful, but it's OK considering how powerful the device is. Good luck!

02/14/2010 - 12:58pm Baby Gifts

As an alum living in Cleveland, and one to wear my Maize & Blue proudly on my sleeve, some friends and family decided to have a little "fun" when we had our daughter 9 months ago. My wife's cousin, who lives near Columbus and is in grad school there, got her an OSU baby outfit. She didn't mean anything malicious by it, but it really annoyed me. Even my OSU alum friends thought that was crappy. We are going to donate it, so it doesn't go to waste. On the other hand, a co-worker got my daughter an OSU pacifier. When I opened the gift and looked at my co-worker quizically, she said that we shouldn't have any problems with the gift, because to us it should simply mean "OSU Sucks".

02/12/2010 - 1:15pm Marian Wright Edelmen

From the Children's Defense Fund. The only thing I really remember is her singling out Juwan Howard for his accomplishment in graduating. I myself did not get any props.

01/02/2010 - 9:18am Main Street

There are a ton of good choices on Main Street. Palio's and Middle Kingdom are both pretty good, family-friendly restaurants with enough ambiance to be client and child appropriate.

12/28/2009 - 11:46am D5000

I am also a novice, with a few classes under my belt, and I just moved up from a film DSR to a D5000 over the holidays. I'm very happy with it. It's pretty sophisticated, and has a bit of a learning curve with the various advanced controls, but it can just as easily be used as a pre-programmed point-and-shoot with a little more creative control. I recommend a good third party guide (David Busch's Guide is great) along with the camera.

I can't foresee myself using much video, and Live View is nice, but the tilt screen is cool and prices are pretty reasonable if you shop around a bit.