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11/30/2018 - 11:28pm I can't believe I stopped…

I can't believe I stopped watching.  Only watch NFL these days for M alumni, and didn't see either 97 or 27 on the field. Checked the current depth chart. Could've sworn Jourdan wasn't listed in the secondary, but first on kick returns. Injury report said Taco didn't play last week and was questionable for this. 

Moral of the story: Internet research is not always trustworthy.  (Or some anti-Michigan hacker invaded the depth chart.)  [Or I can't read.]

EDIT: Checked the depth chart on CBS Sports. Jourdan is #2 left cornerback.

11/29/2018 - 8:13am Tossing back frozen grapes…

Tossing back frozen grapes. I take my vineyard product straight. 

11/28/2018 - 11:34pm That was very pleasant.  

That was very pleasant.  

11/18/2018 - 4:38pm I also choose to believe…

I also choose to believe that despite his twitter handle Wino, he is fully capable of soberly determining his readiness to play.  (His companion handle Vich confirms.)  (Or so I choose to believe.)

11/17/2018 - 3:33pm You guys are brilliant.  [I…

You guys are brilliant.  No necessity for constructing a proof. I'll trust my belief system.

11/14/2018 - 4:59pm More info in the NYTimes,…

More info in the NYTimes, and a link to the previous article that has the pix of his fellow players in tears on the sidelines and shocked/supportive tweets from other players.


11/12/2018 - 11:33pm Can't answer your question,…

Can't answer your question, but had the late news on (in NYC) and the promo for sports after the break was... bad news for Caris.  With a shot of him on his back holding his hands over his head.

I figured I'd turn to MGoBlog to commiserate, knowing you'd all know.  Crushing.

Last season a friend got Nets tix on poster day. Going through the turnstile I asked the poster-lady who was on it. "Not Caris?," I said. "No thanks."  She answered "Yeah, everybody loves Caris."  And she was talking about Nets fans, Brooklynites, even before he started showing what he could do.

Sports report back. Describing Caris as a future all-star.  Shots of people with heads in their hands, some look like they're weeping.  They're not Caris, they're his fans and teammates.  

11/11/2018 - 9:03am   This is the ad image that…

  This is the ad image that was posted next to this brilliant column.  Feel free to draw your own conclusions.  

10/25/2018 - 5:22pm On one wonderful blizzard…

On one wonderful blizzard day in NYC several years ago, a friend from Atlanta put on some skis and schussed all the way down Broadway from the West 100s to Wall Street. No competing traffic by then. 

10/24/2018 - 1:30pm Nothing wrong with playing…

Nothing wrong with playing like a man among boys.

Reminds me of Caris. I look forward to watching him developing as well.

EDIT:  Didn't refresh to see your post above me.  But obviously, I second your opinion.

10/21/2018 - 12:59am It's California.

It's California.

10/21/2018 - 12:53am 137 E. 13th is an Italian…

137 E. 13th is an Italian restaurant, but 167 E. 13th looks like it's a loading dock entrance.  At least that's true in NYC.  According to Google maps. The decimal point is just to throw us off.

10/19/2018 - 10:42pm The Brooklyn campus…

The Brooklyn campus overcoming (M)adison Square.  Great game even for non-Michigan fans, but nirvana for the faithful.  Listened on the radio, and one play call had all three names.  

10/19/2018 - 10:37pm Give the kid a break.  They…

Give the kid a break.  They were posted a minute apart.  How could OP know about the other one until he'd finished typing?

10/19/2018 - 9:27pm Listening tonight to the…

Listening tonight to the Timmy/Trey/Caris show.  All three active, at one point all three names for the same play. Feel like it's a Michigan game, but it's an M win either way.

UPDATE:  M's Brooklyn campus put the Madison Square contingent away in the final second with Caris's game-winning shot.  (I think both he and Hardaway had 29 points, but don't quote me.)  EDIT: Caris 28. 

10/17/2018 - 4:48pm Did I hear correctly on WCBS…

Did I hear correctly on WCBS late news that Burke & Hardaway are both on the Knicks' starting five?

EDIT: seems to concur.

10/17/2018 - 1:55pm Someone very close to me…

Someone very close to me taught English as a Second Language at UofM while a grad student, and one memorable summer had 7 or 8 members of the Iranian Navy in her class, engineers who were sent here for their English before being sent to various colleges in the states to study. (She always said she got to know what was going on in the world by who showed up in her class.) Will save the story of when they came to visit us in our nearby small town, blew out their tires on the freeway and had to spend the night on our living room floor. This was in the time of the Shah, so we always wondered what had happened to them afterwards. 

10/14/2018 - 10:56am And a shout-out to the…

And a shout-out to the photographers!  I studied that miraculously captured shot by Bryan Fuller for some time, trying to figure out if it was a foul to have that mysterious gremlin with the mini-B&W-winged helmet helping out over Higdon's right shoulder... Oh. It was a glove. I know well-trained dancers who couldn't have lived through that pose. 

10/06/2018 - 10:58pm We weren't even able to…

I edited out my quasi-comedic rant about the non-broadcast of the Watson interception after reading the above post, assuming the full play was in the post above that.  But I still don't see the actual interception.  Fortunately the official highlights at have the missing footage with the full play.  [Was feeling bad for Watson's family if they couldn't make the game to see his big moment and were suffering at home with some of the rest of us.]

10/04/2018 - 2:11pm Bravo! 

Just last week I…


Just last week I again brought you up with my fellow-sufferer buddy, who'd asked if I could check with my doctor-sister about finding an advocate in an issue (I think dealing with insurance companies withholding or limiting drugs that actually help). Fortunately all was straightened out without needing the advocate (the friend's current doctor is knowledgeable and sympathetic, unlike previous ones, and knows she's using the medications appropriately). 

It's not my sister's field, but she's a curious doc and couldn't help going "down the black hole" [i.e., once she got started she couldn't stop] doing research on the current state of research, the growing number of active NIH research grants, etc., and thinking of former colleagues/med. school classmates (one pain specialist, the other a rheumatologist) who might have been able to help guide her. 

So glad you can represent the actual sufferers, as the skeptical scientists are finally recognizing that it is, in fact, not "all in your head." 

Would love to be there.  Too bad the subway doesn't go to Ann Arbor.


08/19/2018 - 5:45pm Correction:  Checking the…

Correction:  Checking the competition videos, Kevin Penev IS wearing blue & maize.  [How do you edit an original post?]  I was thinking of another video I found of him competing earlier in the year, wearing something uncomfortably red and gray, but with maize-wearing Golder watching approvingly.

08/17/2018 - 8:04pm Giants: Patrick Omameh #70…

Giants: Patrick Omameh #70 at LG 

Lions: Jake Rudock (just going in as I type) #14*, Graham Glasgow #60 (LG, but may be out with injury)

*correction from previously giving him Glasgow's #60; obviously distracted by hearing Jake's name.  


08/13/2018 - 1:03pm Unless the shoes have the…

Unless the shoes have the name on them as well as the number, the sellers could easily pretend they're Mason Cole's, who's already starting as a center in the NFL. 

08/13/2018 - 12:57pm Just this weekend when I was…

Just this weekend when I was checking the status of where M alumni in the NFL are currently listed, I saw that Rawls is now with the Jets. The "news" note for Rawls on what I think was the CBSSports roster link, suggested he was only there while someone else was injured & didn't think he'd get much playing time later, mentioning that he had a great first year at Seattle but showed very little his next two years, and seemed to imply his limited playing time wasn't just because of injuries. I'm at work and can't get the exact quote, so who knows. 

08/11/2018 - 11:32am Understandable confusion. …

Understandable confusion.  New story to me, so read this article, but right below it on the ESPN website is what must be the article previously posted here. This one must be an update, containing a lot of the same language with the background information, but with a lot more about the fallout.

07/29/2018 - 7:07pm Interesting.  Here I was…

Interesting.  Here I was dreading the new website design because I assumed it would follow the pattern of most website revisions, which I assumed were designed for mobile use: way too much white space, everything spread out and requiring constant cursoring, making it way too difficult to find things with ease... And here it is.  (Along with pale, muted fonts.)  So you're telling me it's NOT designed for phones AND hard to navigate?  So what's the rationale?  


Luddite who reads on computer screens and loves lots of text per square inch and clear, simple menus/links, and didn't want to complain because Luddite.

07/11/2018 - 11:29am Remember, this is the guy…

Remember, this is the guy who tried to bring a snowball home to Florida from his recruiting trip.  Musn't question his attraction to the exotic.

06/12/2018 - 1:29pm Got it yesterday at work,…

Got it yesterday at work, knew I'd typed my beloved (and rememberable) password correctly, changed browsers, same thing. But of course that made the statement true: two failed login attempts is too many. Two more failed attempts at home (at night and this morning). 

But lo, back at work, and no problem.

Best of luck in the de-glitching.

05/03/2018 - 11:13pm Not a parent, but I've been a daughter of two

So I can imagine what you're going through. Perhaps I'm fortunate that I didn't read this thread until late this evening and got to your good news 2/3 of the way down. Continued good wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

04/28/2018 - 1:08pm Mo was listed as #1 undrafted on ABC's list until now...

Just looked up to see he's been moved down to #4 after an hour. So the guys who moved ahead of him weren't yet drafted but somehow became better bets? Maybe because they figure he should have been drafted earlier and since he hasn't been...


04/05/2018 - 10:43pm Guess I tuned in just in time.

That was fun.

03/22/2018 - 3:52pm Legend of Poole


But even as the legend of Poole grew on the court, he knew his celebration would be short-lived. It was already early Sunday morning, and he had a paper and a presentation to complete for a class in Greek mythology.

“It’s due Monday,” Poole said. “Got to grind and knock it out.”

We come to play school. 

Among other things.

03/18/2018 - 2:51pm Metaphoric High-Five

2 arms, 2 legs and... Oh, all the rest.  Or maybe 5 scores counting in each event.  OK, a bit of a stretch.  Of course they also do that very well.

03/12/2018 - 4:58pm I'm not a doctor, but I played one at the Word Processor

(Yes, that long ago.)  Worked for the Neurology Dept. in "a major NYC research hospital," and I remember a review paper by the Chief of the Pain Service about alternative treatments for pain. What I remember [besides a negative of appraisal of the use of controlled drugs because their addictive qualities outweighed their benefits compared to other available modalities] was mention of acupuncture, with research beginning to explore why it seemed to help some people. The placebo effect? Possibly something about release of endorphins? 

So I was curious about the current state of research.  Here's the summary paragraph at the NIH website:

What the Science Says About the Effectiveness of Acupuncture

Results from a number of studies suggest that acupuncture may help ease types of pain that are often chronic such as low-back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis/knee pain. It also may help reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraine headaches. Therefore, acupuncture appears to be a reasonable option for people with chronic pain to consider. However, clinical practice guidelines are inconsistent in recommendations about acupuncture. The effects of acupuncture on the brain and body and how best to measure them are only beginning to be understood. Current evidence suggests that many factors—like expectation and belief—that are unrelated to acupuncture needling may play important roles in the beneficial effects of acupuncture on pain.

Full article:


03/03/2018 - 7:00pm Running backs coach?

Hmm. Now I'm going to have to revise my based-upon-absolutely-nothing conspiracy theories of why Wheatley left.

03/03/2018 - 1:23pm After what he's gone through and what he's given...

Hard to think positively, but better to know than not to know, and it's his hard work & dedication that put him in the position of finding out now, when whatever it is can be taken care of. We're all pulling for you, Mo!

03/02/2018 - 2:37pm Hmm... My computer said 2:33 just as I read this...

Now 2:34 and the audio hasn't started yet.  (  The ad played a while ago...  And the graphic has been showing "The event is starting..."  for many minutes... (Keeping up their elipses...)

03/02/2018 - 2:00pm May my lunch be metaphoric

Cafeteria side is mixed veggies.  Includes corn on the cob, but sliced into pieces.

02/28/2018 - 10:51pm True. Also tix are sold for a 2-game "session"

And most won't go to both games. So there will be empty seats even in the high-demand games. Picked up my ticket at StubHub this evening and they actually had a young human who was happy to listen to my problems with their website last night. He said I wasn't alone, and it wasn't my browser (I tried two). Said the site was running unusually slowly because of the high ticket demand. Lots of Michigan fans/alumni in the NYC area, and I for one am thrilled I get to see this group live.

But I can certainly understand the oddness and inconvenience for most of the fan base.


02/27/2018 - 1:17pm Considering he tore one of those biceps and continued

competing (I think even in the event when he tore it), and was known for his incredibly high energy/enthusiasm whether injured or not, it's understandable the entertainment world might come calling. 

02/21/2018 - 11:14pm Was just about to forward him the Trib article

Will now add your greeting.

Mentioned in the article:

A premiere of the new performance edition at the Metropolitan Opera in New York is planned for the 2019-20 season, with the critical edition several years in the offing.

One of his Music School buddies plays contrabassoon at the Met. (Not that I know if there's a contra part in the score...)

02/11/2018 - 12:53pm Adding a Men's Gym Update

First, thanks, WD for giving this full report on the women.  Losing Olivia Karas last week was a major blow, collapsing near the end of what seemed like a perfect floor routine with a ruptured Achilles tendon.  (She was 2017 Big Ten Champion on the event.) But this week she was seen rooting her teammates on from her wheelchair, heavily wrapped leg extended. Thought I'd use this opp. to catch up on the men's team, off this week in preparation for next week's national Winter Cup event, the watch-meet for naming the US senior & junior teams.

The men have had to deal with a slew of major injuries, but the injured are gradually working their way back and the highly ranked freshmen are stepping up, enough so that after starting the season #7, they've already upset Ohio State (last year's #2) and suprising (defending and current) #1 Oklahoma the week before by leading for the first few events before falling (literally) on both bar events, M is now #3 nationally and #1 in the Big Ten.  (Against OSU they stayed on both bars. Convincingly.)

The men have had to deal with a spate of major injuries to many of their top performers over the last couple years, but the injured are starting to make it back, and back into form, only to have 2-time NCAA vault champion Anthony McCallum go down last week in his first routine.  Fortunately, like the women, they have highly ranked freshmen who are getting a chance to step up. In only his second meet, freshman (and Michigan native) Jacob Moore won NCAA & B1G freshman of the week, setting the season's highest floor score in the NCAA so far this season. (Nice to read that fellow freshman, #1 recruit Cameron Bock, is known for his skill on bars.) 

02/06/2018 - 12:06am Wolverine on wolverine.

The TV play-by-play.  Or something to that effect.

01/26/2018 - 8:30pm Heard his name on the late news

Looked up and he was making a highlight shot. The bright lights didn't bother him at all.

01/22/2018 - 1:21pm Work computer blocks twitter links

High-security settings on the computers block all social-networking sites. (Fortunately I can still sneak in this here site, anti-social as it can sometimes be.)

01/16/2018 - 2:07pm Newspapers cut back on copy editors

and the speed for getting things on line makes things like this much more common. Yes, typos even in the NY Times!  I feel for the writers. And blog posters. 

01/16/2018 - 1:57pm It's a very common mistake

Both effect and affect can be verbs as well as nouns.  And both as verbs and nouns they mean different things, but related things, which adds to the confusion. 

Autocorrect can probably screw up one's intent, but I think most of us who know the difference still have to stop and think about it before we effect a boo-boo. Still shouldn't affect your appreciation of the article's subject matter. [Did I do that right?]

01/16/2018 - 1:42pm It's actually nice to know you DIDN'T know the history

Encouraging to think that what was once such a good, specific, and complimentary word for someone who was able to put words together spontaneously and cogently (assuming intelligence, but something more) could re-enter normal usage. It was always meant to be a compliment, but its "code word" usage turned that around, implying an element of surprise. 

It would probably say something about the growth of our society if we could use it again as a good old-fashioned expression of admiration.

01/16/2018 - 1:06pm But you can teach it and coach it

Whether or not he gets back on the game field, he's already been such a positive mentor, and having him dressed on the sideline and ready to go if needed has got to be good for the team as a whole. 

01/15/2018 - 12:21am Just heard on the local NYC sports report

They implied that he turned down the Giants. Sportscaster lead-in something about spurning a three-time Super Bowl winner for Detroit. According to them, he’s good friends with somebody at the Lions. [Sorry, wasn’t taking notes, so not sure who.]