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09/30/2017 - 11:07am Is There Now An...

AMQBHG? Iowa running backs may appreciate the company.

09/22/2017 - 2:00pm I Distinctly Remember that Mike Hart Column...

...from 24 Sep 2007.  Man, Brian is such a good writer.  There were so many things that got me hooked on this blog, maybe back as early as 2004(?), but among the many things I've always valued about this site is the quality of his writing.  The UFRs and analysis are outstanding (especially given prior to MGoBlog I was mostly dependent upon the Freep or ESPN for any real Michigan football stories) but things like this column, and the non-haiku "dewey" goodbye to Denard are required reading for any Michigan fan.  If you haven't already go back and read that 24 Sep game column and consider yourself fortunate.

08/24/2017 - 7:58pm Love it Here...

...and you will too. Moved here in 97 but just moved back after 5 years overseas. Advice you're getting on this thread is consistent and correct. Good luck!

01/20/2017 - 3:44pm Makes Plays

Makes Plays

12/22/2016 - 2:21pm Shhhh!

Don't blow it for us!

10/16/2016 - 4:27am Over two seasons but...

Football Armageddon
The Horror

..thankfully followed by a palette-cleanser against ND. Doing this from memory so may not be correct.

10/08/2016 - 8:43am Phrasing?


10/08/2016 - 6:34am Gameday!

In Paris so it's a 1AM kickoff. Worth it for Rutgers? Yes - cherishing every game with this D.

09/27/2016 - 9:23am 2005

"The Year of Infinite Pain"

09/03/2016 - 7:15am I Prefer the Next UM-CU Last Second Hail Mary...

...the one in the next game, at Boulder, that was tipped and Colorado ALMOST got before falling to the ground.

Sad trumpet. ☹

08/29/2016 - 6:02pm That scene is classic...

"I'm a macaroni!"

08/26/2016 - 2:41am 2nd Down Too?

I think he threw on second down as well...

07/03/2016 - 3:36pm No Worries...

...I thought I spoke French, but I don't understand what that means.

11/13/2015 - 5:27pm Living in Paris now... the 8th by the Place de l'Alma. They're saying a trentaine (30-ish) dead now on France Info radio, including hostages at the Bataclan, where I was last night(!) at the St. Germain concert. Too soon and too close for jokes - thoughts are with the victims.

11/11/2015 - 1:23pm Excellent that the OSU student..

...was gaining valuable experience for his future career, doing the exact same thing.

11/07/2015 - 7:53pm Tropic...!

11/05/2015 - 4:41am ...and you can just hover over them with your cursor

and the definitions will appear.

10/05/2015 - 4:04pm ACRV

I was fortunate to be in that senior design class in 1990 as well, hands down the best class I took in undergrad - Prof. Buning was just outstanding. I was on point for the thermal tiles and with 95% confidence I can say there was a 60% chance that the crew would not have burned up on re-entry.

10/03/2015 - 4:35pm BTN Has It...

...on their schedule, and I just paid $20 for a month of BTN2Go International so I'll be pissed if they aren't broadcasting it.

08/26/2015 - 4:34pm Cool Story Bro

That guy, Dave Arnold, you may also remember as the one who intercepted a pass against ND in the 4th quarter to seal the win there the following season. I roomed blind as a freshman his sophomore year and landed him as my roommate in South Quad (7316 Thronson - woo!). We could not have been more different, and he could not have been nicer, to me and everyone in the hall. Bumped into him at Art Fair 6-7 years after graduation and he seemed to be doing well - believe he played for Hamilton in the CFL.

12/28/2014 - 4:33pm Uh...




11/11/2014 - 4:24pm I did my best to downvote all of your whiny comments...

...please let me know if I missed any of them (or, God forbid, if you have taken to heart any of the quality feedback you have received here).

10/21/2014 - 1:57pm Didn't Get an Account for Years...

...but was a daily lurker. What hooked me, and drives my return each day, is Brian's writing. His appreciation piece on Mike Hart, with the photo of him with big Penn State dudes on top of him and the ball an angstom over the goal line, happened when things suddenly got very dusty in the room. His "haiku" of Denard, with the dewey breeze, even gave my wife chills and she doesn't even care about football.

09/27/2014 - 1:32pm You Mean...


09/22/2014 - 3:38pm That is Why...

...Brian labeled 2005 "The Year of Infinite Pain." We were so innocent then.

03/19/2014 - 5:46pm Agreed

Especially when saying, "To hell with Notre Dame (Not That Notre Dame)!"

03/19/2014 - 1:12pm Not Much to Add Here

...but I will anyway.  First reply has all of your necessary information, but FYI The Great Candadian is on the left (south) bank of the Seine, just a couple hundred yards west/downriver of Notre Dame (NTND).  If you're taking the metro your stop is St. Michel - Notre Dame.  No official plans to meet up for a game yet but Matt will likely get something organized, if not for Saturday then definitely in later weeks should the Gods allow.

01/10/2014 - 11:18am Cut him some slack...

he JUST got here from Alabama.

12/20/2013 - 2:12pm / Shakes Fist

/ Shakes again, with meaning this time

12/20/2013 - 10:29am Advice

My advice to him from my 21st is to stay away from Atomic Fireballs.  Actually, that's just plain good advice regardless.

Have a great time tonight!

12/16/2013 - 4:59pm H-Bomb?

How is it possible that we are a good 30 minutes past the first comment and no-one has posted the H-Bomb picture?  Is jhackney even alive anymore?

12/13/2013 - 10:42am 4:42PM Here!

Woo-Hoo 24-hour pos-bangs!

12/06/2013 - 4:30pm Ditto

Been lurking daily, DAILY I SAY, since before The Year of Infinite Pain. Stayed for the UFRs, got sucked in by Brian's writing (first by that thing about the photo of Mike Hart with 4 PSU defenders on him and the ball one inch over the goal line, more recently by the Denard senior day "haiku" that still gives me chills when I read it). Good riddance to the complainers - I love this site.

11/01/2013 - 5:18pm Plan B

Wi-Fi can be found in Paris but it's not terribly common. Ross (B-school) alums meet at The Great Canadian bar, about 200m downstream of Notre Dame (NTND) on the left bank in the 6th to watch the game if you're looking for some like-minded company. Matt runs the club. Reminder that the game starts at 8:30 PM locally as France switched to standard time last weekend.

Regardless it's a great city so I hope you and your wife enjoy your time here.

10/18/2013 - 6:03pm There Too

My ~7th grade self was there, thanks to neighbors who didn't want to see M play a bad team in a bad year during bad weather. Didn't make it to the field as my best friend landed on his knees in the row in front of us after jumping up for the touchdown. Heard the replay of Ufer's call on the way home. At that age it just does not get any better than that.

09/28/2013 - 3:46pm Kinda OT - Just saw Paris St. Germain....

...dismantle Toulouse at Parc des Princes tonight. Wouldn't be surprised if one of the Premier League teams crossed paths with them in the Champions League.

09/26/2013 - 5:19pm Fewer Bitchy Posters?

Yes please!

09/25/2013 - 12:37pm Comments



08/20/2013 - 8:34am /Drops Mic

Wow - good stuff!

07/23/2013 - 10:42pm It's All Good

As you can tell from my profile I rarely post even though I'm on this site several times a day even in the off-season.  But I live in Paris now and have for the past 1 1/2 years, just next to the Crazy Horse near the Place d"Alma in the 8th arrondissement, so this is a rare occasion where I feel I can actually add something of value to the conversation.

And that is... it's all good.  Not knowing where you'll be you should just walk around a bit and drop into a cafe or brassarie that looks good.  The thing about these places is that they all have very similar menus (i.e. most brassaries serve the same ~7 main dishes, and if they didn't they'd be restaurants and not brassaries).  Location, convenience and atmosphere should be the determining factors.  If you're looking for a nice restaurant, or want a modern/asian/Brittany/olde tyme/etc. flavor on a traditional brassarie or cafe because you've lived in Paris for 1 1/2 years and are bored then that's a different and longer story.  But if you're there for three days in and out of meetings then the important thing is just that you go to one that looks good and enjoy the food and experience.

That said, I can agree with most of the above.  Deux Magots is definitely touristy, but is traditional (waiters wear black and white), not more exensive than any cafe in a nice part of Paris and it's on a nice square with good people watching.  Some friends south of us rave about Cafe du Metro, but only becaue that place is like Cheers to them.  Since you'll probably be near the Eiffel Tower at some point, the Cafe de la Tour just east of the tower is nice.  Closer to my apartment is Chez Francis, which is a cafe/restaurant.  Too pricey for dinner, and the service is awful since it caters to the tourists coming off of the Bateau Mouches river cruises, but the view of the Eiffel Tower from there is fantastic (and if you didn't already know the tower sparkles for 5 mins at the top of each hour after dark until 1AM).  The cafe gourmand there is 9 Euros and gets you a shot of expresso an three mini-desserts so if you're in the area you could do worse.

Also, understand that waiting tables in France is a profession, not a part-time job like in the states.  The waiters are there to engage as equals, not to be your friend.  This comes across as rude to Americans (and there are some truly rude waiters) but understand it for what it is.  Also, it's considered rude for the waiter to hand you your bill (the implication is that they are rushing you out of their cafe to turn tables more quickly) so understand that you will have to ask for your bill - your waiter is not just ignoring you.

Final point on the coffee.  Back in the day when Ann Arbor was the only city in the state where you could get espresso, French coffee seemed like the best thing on earth to me.  Now that Starbucks are everywhere in the states and I've gotten used to how I like my espresso, I find the French espessso to be a bit lighter and slightly more sour than I'd prefer.  It's still good, but don't expect it to knock your socks offl

Hope you enjoy your time in Paris.  I love the city and even its inhabitants.  And for Pete's sake when you're there as an Ameican please dress well, learn hello/goodbye/please/thankyou and understand it's polite to say bonjour whenever you enter someplace and au revoir when you leave.  Hope you have a good experience.



12/12/2012 - 3:52am According to America's Finest News Source...

...not well.  Not well at all...,30602/

06/25/2012 - 4:44pm Re: Bill Gates: Google Founder

"Was it over when the... Germans bombed Pearl Harbor!?"


Sorry JeepinBen, longtime follower of your comments but can't let that slide especially given your tagline.



06/25/2012 - 2:34am Woo-Hoo! First double-post!

It's so easy!

06/25/2012 - 2:33am Think my tagline is most appropriate riiiiigggghhhhtttt....

06/24/2012 - 10:07am MM Inquiry

FWIW this advertisement has always bothered me, not only for the obvious reason but also because it seems to be such a dumb marketing decision.  In the Age of The Interwebs it seems stupid to think that this would remain a "local" ad, and given the economic demographics of the respective alumni bases it wouldn't seem to make economic sense as well.  And MM prides itself as a KY whiskey so why get involved in any MI/OH rivalry?

In any case I've sent out a respectful inquiry to MM to see if there was any follow-up to this ad.  I know, should probably just drop this but I"m curious to see what the customer service folks will have to say about this.  If it's anything interesting I'll post it here and the next time I see that ad on the blog; otherwise I'll let it drop for good.

06/04/2012 - 9:01am Has Cullen Christian...

...announced yet?

03/28/2012 - 12:31pm Hagerup!

Now up by 22 votes!

03/15/2012 - 5:40pm Notre Dame Should...

...Never Forget.

12/10/2011 - 1:55am Simpsons...

reference from mid-90s.  Homer is looking for a peanut, finds a $20 and is sad because it isn't  a peanut, until his brain explains that money can be exchanged for goods and services.

11/23/2011 - 12:59am Sent from my Windows Phone

I have a Samsung Focus as well and couldn't be happier with it. There are now 40k apps for Windows Phone, and while that's still much less than Apple or Android there aren't any apps I feel that I'm really missing. MGoBlog would be nice, but I just have the home page pinned to my start page, as folks would do with an app anyway. No way MS is dropping this operating system - Nokia is betting its company on it and the "Metro" interface is what you'll be seeing in the next version of Windows. My wife is dropping her iPhone 3 for the new version of the Focus that just came out a couple of weeks ago. Hope you hang onto you Focus and enjoy the new 7.5 features that were just distributed (free) and the next updates as well.