|05/09/2018 - 9:41am||I'm sure it's a combination||
I'm sure it's a combination of things. There's the long-term trend of people becoming less interested in attending the actual game because of all the factors already enumated like increasing costs, every game now being on television, HDTVs, etc. The honeymoon phase where everyone got excited about Harbaugh has largely worn off, and finally the less than stellar lineup this year.
|05/02/2018 - 12:07pm||Summer plans include||
Summer plans include flyfishing up in northwest Montana, primarily the North Fork of the Flathead river but I'm sure I'll do some on the Middle and South forks as well.
Have a few days in Yellowstone planned after Labor day, and while it won't be the main reason to be there (hiking), I'll buy the Yellowstone license and definitely wet a line a few times.
|04/25/2018 - 12:27pm||Mine are both pretty common||
Mine are both pretty common ones... I spend summers outside Glacier Nat'l Park in Montana so that'd be my choice. It definitely is getting more and more crowded in the summer however, so I also escape to trails in the adjoining Flathead national forest which has almost as much beauty and about 1/100 of the people. I've also spent a lot of time in Yellowstone and love that area for its geology.
|04/02/2018 - 9:37am||Michigan doesn't have to beat||
Michigan doesn't have to beat them in a best of seven series, they just have to win tonight and anything can happen in a single game. Can't wait for those kids to get the opportunity. Go Blue!
|03/30/2018 - 9:18am||Spring tradition across the||
Spring tradition across the landscape of college football. "We're so much more committed / in better shape / focused than we were last year." Rinse, repeat, year after year.
|03/29/2018 - 10:59am||Come watch the final four||
Come watch the final four with the central Florida alumni club. (U of M Club of Central Florida if you need to search for it on facebook). We'll probably have a frozen four watch party too.
|03/29/2018 - 9:56am||I bought during the fall one||
I bought during the fall one and love the gear I got. As mentioned the blue came out purple but the company sent replacements.
|01/08/2018 - 9:23am||Pretty much my reaction||
Pretty much my reaction too.
But to be fair, it's a sports board and if every perceived slight or joke didn't receive its own post for everyone to show their outrage this place would be pretty dead for about 8 months a year.
|12/30/2017 - 1:02pm||Yeah, I think this is one of||
Yeah, I think this is one of those things that provides bragging rights for about a week. I'd be really surprised if even a double digit percentage of posters in this thread could name the conference that won the Bowl Challenge in any of the last 5 years without looking it up or guessing.
|11/26/2017 - 7:34pm||I didn't see that coming. I||
I didn't see that coming. I hope everyone is right about this being because Peters and McCaffrey are looking amazing but I'm a little worried. When Speight played the cupcakes last year he looked like a Heisman contender. When Peters played his first three cupcakes he definitely wasn't at that level.
Best of luck to Wilton and thanks for all he did at UM. Definitel a class act.
|11/24/2017 - 7:58pm||It's going to be a long||
It's going to be a long afternoon.
OSU - 34
UM - 10
|11/07/2017 - 2:56pm||No new vehicle for awhile,||
No new vehicle for awhile, I've only got 90k on my 2011 Silverado and I don't plan on replacing it until it's well over 200k but I WILL be getting new tires for it tomorrow. I managed to get those 90,000 miles out of the original set even with quite a bit of riding logging roads in Montana. So of course rather than get the same ones I'm going to splurge on a nice set of Michelins.
|10/23/2017 - 8:43am||The truth is the Michigan||
The truth is the Michigan fanbase is pretty much like every other fanbase in the country. It wasn't long ago that this blog and most of the commenters on it mercilessly made fun of Penn State fans who thought the Big Ten office had some sort of officiating conspiracy against them. Now Michigan is losing a few games and suddenly the fanbase has decided that the conspiracy is against us.
A week ago when our defense was #1 in the country no one was complaining about a lack of holds. Throw in a bad loss suddenly there's some sort of league office wide conspiracy to hurt Michigan's chances of winning games.
They got beat by a clearly better team. On to the next game.
|10/20/2017 - 3:06pm||Yeah, as much as I want||
Yeah, as much as I want Michigan to win, I just can't see it happening unless a lot of fluky things goes our way. Plus you look at that line and as Corso would often say, 'somebody knows something.' I think it's a 26-16 or 24-14 type of loss.
|10/06/2017 - 4:14pm||I'm thinking an ugly 20-10||
I'm thinking an ugly 20-10 type game. I just don't see JOK having a big game in the rain and 10-20 mph winds against MSU. Go Blue.
|09/26/2017 - 12:16pm||[quote]...we haven't seen how||
[quote]...we haven't seen how O'Korn will stand up against the kinds of things Speight's been through...[/quote]
This is the thing I'm worried about. JOK showed some magician like escape skills a few times in this game. I hope that's something he can replicate, but I think the more likely scenario is that he got lucky to escape from most of those on Saturday, and those instances turn into sacks or ill-advised throws as he's going down against better defenses.
|07/08/2017 - 6:37pm||Good read.
My junior year I
My junior year I rented a house with some friends at 720 Arch Street. Before one of the Michigan home games this guy came up and asked if he could check out the place he had lived in when he was a student. After showing him through the house for a few minutes I noticed his hand and realized it was Jim Abbott. I got everyone in our house together and we all took a picture on the front steps. This was pre-cell phone days. The next day my camera had disappeared, probably a friend of a roommate's friend or something. I have no clue if they ever developed the film but that one still burns to this day.
|06/08/2017 - 9:39am||Spending the summer (all of||
Spending the summer (all of it) in northwest Montana near Glacier National Park. One of the benefits of being able to work remotely.
|05/17/2017 - 2:29pm||Regarding your question, the||
Regarding your question, the answer is yes. After decades of cars getting safer and fatalities decreasing, they have increased in the past few years. The cars are still getting safer, so you can probably guess the primary culprit.
|05/16/2017 - 9:38am||I'd say it's people who can't||
I'd say it's people who can't / won't maintain a consistent speed (assuming normal traffic conditions). You know the ones who are doing 5 below the speed limit so you go to pass them and then they speed up to 75, leaving you as the guy not passing in the left lane. So you slow down to get back behind them assuming they've decided to speed up and then they slow back down to 68 or something. Damn near every vehicle has cruise control today, use it.
And texting / using their phones while driving.
|04/18/2017 - 12:01pm||Probably a new Silverado in||
Probably a new Silverado in 2025 or later. Bought one new in 2011 and it's been great so I plan to drive it until it falls apart. As cool as a lot of the new cars look and sound, I enjoy having no car payment.
|03/02/2017 - 9:36am||Yeah, I think this is one of||
Yeah, I think this is one of those selective memory things sports fans in general have. With emotional attachment comes the idea that if our team loses, it was a freak/miracle play, but when it goes our way it was because our player came up big and we had the better team anyway. In reality, these things all average out, for all of the ones we feel like Michigan should have won if not for a miracle play there are the ones like you mention with Burke that were basically miracle plays in our favor.
|12/07/2016 - 2:18pm||I spent a few years in Miami||
I spent a few years in Miami for law school and while it's been awhile I recommend some of the following.
- Matheson Hammock Park is a palm-tree ringed sandy lagoon where I spent a lot of time studying. It's on the bay side so don't expect crystal-clear blue water, but a very quiet and relaxing place compared to South Beach.
- Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens are just past Matheson Hammock.
- Grab a bite at the Pinecrest Wayside Market while you're down towards Matheson Hammock or Fairchild.
- The other beaches I went to most often were out on Key Biscayne (Crandon Park, Bill Braggs State Park, Virginia Key). Each has a different flavor and are less crazy than South Beach.
- I'm no foodie, so I'll leave that to others, but I had a lot of great meals in little Havana along Calle Ocho (8th Street) including Versailles of course.
|12/07/2016 - 1:44pm||As mentioned your best bet is||
As mentioned your best bet is to just park in one of the stadium lots. There's nothing there similar to the golfcourse tailgating in Ann Arbor or the Grove at Ole Miss or anything like that. Pretty basic parking lot tailgating. Lot #2 (one of the orange lots) is probably the easiest in/out lot off the turnpike.
|12/04/2016 - 3:22pm||Does anyone know which side||
Does anyone know which side is going to be the Michigan side? Trying to get tickets and I can't get them through mgoblue.com yet but they're available on ticketmaster.
Thanks in advance!
|11/09/2016 - 9:40am||Agree completely, but as you||
Agree completely, but as you can see from most of the comments, we're getting so good at the "DISRESPEKT!!!" complaining.
Michigan's looked great, but they haven't played a team with a pulse on the road yet. The team will get their chances over the next month and I think they'll do great. Win those and it's on to the playoffs!
|11/07/2016 - 6:04pm||Seems about right. OSU is||
Seems about right. OSU is talented but they've been sporadic. Michigan has been blowing out people but the only road games have been Rutgers, which doesn't really count, and a reeling MSU team at noon.
Close enough that it's basically a coin-flip which is what I see when they match up.
|10/11/2016 - 12:06pm||Definitely decreased. I||
Definitely decreased. I never miss watching or at least listening to a Michigan football game live, but the losses don't stay with me like they used to.
As for other sports I can completely take or leave them. When I was younger I'd watch college football all day long, watch the NFL all day long, watch weekday games, watch college and NBA games, you name it, but as I've gotten older I've moved towards watching less and less things on television. 37, single with no kids, so it wasn't a matter of having kids and having to focus on them but I'm generally on a computer anyway, so I'd rather spend my evening and weekends outside and being active rather than spending more hours staring at a screen.
|08/23/2016 - 10:01pm||Reggie Bush.
I'm also too
I'm also too young to have had a chance to watch Barry Sanders, otherwise I bet he'd be at or near the top.
|06/20/2016 - 9:51am||Watching both teams play||
Watching both teams play hero-ball in the 4th quarter was frustrating to watch after a year in which top NBA teams seem to have figured out that passing and cutting is more effective. Happy for Lebron and glad to see a game 7 that came down to the final seconds.
|05/30/2016 - 9:26pm||Awesome for them!
Awesome for them!
It does seem like it's time to step up the level of competition however. For someone more knowledgeable than me... with the Athletic Department raking in money hand over fist, couldn't they just make rowing a varsity sport (greater funding, travel expenses born by the AD rather than the club members) but without scholarships or just a very minimal level of scholarships? Or does making it varsity require a significant number of scholarships be created? I get the title IX issue, but giving say, 3 rowing scholarships and adding 3 scholarships to women's sports seems like a drop in the bucket to the AD financial picture.
I'd rather see the program competing with the big boys and being mediocre instead of beating up on the little sisters of the poor. (Yes I know how incredibly hard they work, but 8 straight national championships is a pretty clear indication that the talent levels are not well matched)
|05/24/2016 - 12:45pm||I remember being in Ann Arbor||
I remember being in Ann Arbor for the 2003 outage but I had a basement apartment so it stayed cool temperatuer-wise.
The longest I've ever been without was 10 days following hurricane Wilma.
|05/04/2016 - 11:50am||Relative to income, I don't||
Relative to income, I don't think their dumb mistakes are all that different than the dumb mistakes ordinary people make with money. The only difference is that for NFL players, the income typically dries up after 3-5 years, while for ordinary people they can keep working to make the payments on their stupidity.
After all, a 300k car for a rookie making 500k is no different than someone making 50k buying a 30k car (both are DUMB). Timeshares, whole life insurance, vacations they can't afford. Stupidity with money is rampant at all income levels.
|05/03/2016 - 4:09pm||Exactly. A kid who hasn't||
Exactly. A kid who hasn't developed as expected, transferring somewhere else so he can play more is a non-event at any program. We can't force a kid who wants to go somewhere else for more minutes to stay here because he provides a few minutes of rest for the starters.
Of course the 'Blame Beilein for everything' crowd will claim it's proof he's ruining the program.
|03/23/2016 - 8:52am||Agreed, it's hypocritical to||
Agreed, it's hypocritical to be all "Yeah Harbaugh!!" when he responds but be all "What a low class loser!" when someone from OSU responds.
It's good for the rivalry, the fans eat it up and both Harbaugh and Elliot probably grabbed a bunch of extra Twtter followers to build their 'brands'. Hard to get upset by this.
|03/16/2016 - 8:41am||The citrus groves usually||
The citrus groves usually flower here in central Florida between early and mid-March. I know we don't exactly have 'winter' but the blooms coincide with calendar spring and it's the sweetest smell you can imagine.
|02/24/2016 - 2:01pm||Clark Howard||
|02/19/2016 - 3:18pm||While I like to think||
While I like to think Michigan is cleaner than most, it definitely does happen. I have friends with enough connection to the auto dealership field in SE Michigan that they have told me all schools have boosters who provide benefits up to and including vehicles. They're huge M fans and alums so they wouldn't have any reason to badmouth Michigan.
College athletics is dirty, I just choose to believe we're playing in the slightly less deep end of the cesspool.
|02/10/2016 - 12:36pm||Agreed, we'd be complaining||
Agreed, we'd be complaining if one of our targets went to another school and then their mom or coach was hired there. However, since Michigan is doing it we'll defend it as completely on the up and up no matter appearances.
|01/26/2016 - 11:10am||Not that my opinion counts||
Not that my opinion counts for anything but...
I think it's shady. My dad taught me back in high school you don't ask a girl out three months before a dance and then ditch her if a cuter girl says yes a week before. It's juvenile and for a guy who talks about toughness and being a man as much as Harbaugh does, he and his staff should be straight with these kids rather than losing their number like some teenager would. I keep seeing people who say that they assume Harbaugh is a straight-shooter, and we don't know all the facts but there's a hell of a lot of smoke dating all the way back to Stanford indicating he's going to keep doing this ghosting thing of disappearing on recruits when he finds someone better. He's a great football coach, but he's kind of a dick to some people. We knew this going in.
My bigger worry is that when the coach sets a shady example it rubs off on everyone around the program. Michigan has boosters happy to buy recruits just as any dirty SEC program does, but our leadership has shown that's not the way Michigan does things. If leadership now shows that we want to win at all costs, our bagmen will see that and start coming out of the shadows.
|01/19/2016 - 12:12pm||Agree completely. I think as||
Agree completely. I think as a whole we're no different than any other fanbase out there. Meaning we're a completely hypocritical batch who will gladly justify anything our team does and furrow our brows when another team does it. We knew Harbaugh could be kind of a dick, he tweets definitely-not-cryptic messages like he's some bitter teenager while talking about acting like a man, but he's our juvenile, maniacial, (and most importantly), successful football coach so we're all good with it.
Swenson isn't the only commit that Michigan has mysteriously stopped returning calls for this year. It's apparently the way Harbaugh and co. have decided they're going to do things for better or for worse. I wish it wasn't done this way, gotta suck for the kids.
|01/19/2016 - 11:04am||The other thread discussing||
The other thread discussing potential Offensive Tackle recruiting changes makes it pretty clear that Michigan has done the 'ghosting' thing with Swenson because they feel he hasn't improved much since his initial committment and they feel they can get a better player instead.
|01/07/2016 - 2:19pm||Thanks, that makes sense. So||
Thanks, that makes sense where the school generates the official offer letters, faxes them out that morning and then the kids sign and fax them back.
I've never liked the 'just stop answering or returning their calls' approach but I suppose that's modern recruiting.
|01/07/2016 - 1:56pm||I've always wondered what||
I've always wondered what would happen if a recruit who hasn't heard from a particular staff in weeks/months (since I assume Michigan isn't the only staff that accidentally loses a kids number when they think they can get someone better) just faxed in their LOI on signing day anyway.
|01/03/2016 - 7:34pm||Very cool to hear.
Very cool to hear.
Even aside from the win, my Citrus Bowl experience was great. I only noticed 'piped-in' music once, and only noticed one goofy game-type thing on the screens between plays. Granted, I was sitting near the Michigan band, but it felt like an old-time game with the band playing nearly every chance they had between plays or during timeouts. I don't see a lot of other Citrus Bowl impressions here but I'd be curious if anyone else felt the same way.
|12/23/2015 - 11:14am||Yes I agree completely, it's||
Yes I agree completely, it's a crazy, but in hindsight probably inevitable result because of the way the rules are set up, to end up with players only facilities like this.
To be fair, most of MGoBlog is pretty rational, but I do see a few comments that Clemson is way over the top and preposterous. I'd guess that if you polled normal people on the street they'd be even more upset with such spending. I'm just saying that schools which sit at the 90th or 95th percentile (and I would assume MIchigan is somewhere up there) are just as much a part of the problem as the school at the 99th percentile like Clemson. It's a broken system and we're all part of it. That said, I'll be at the game on the 1st so it doesn't bother me enough to vote with my wallet. If Clemson wants to do this, I say go for it, it's their money and until the rules of the system change this is probably a smart way to spend it.
|12/23/2015 - 10:17am||While it sure seems over the||
While it sure seems over the top, I bet 90% of the colleges across the country could look at Michigan's facilities and say that what our players get (in terms of facilities) is over the top. Wasn't it just recently that Jameis Winston was talking about how great Michigan's facilities were compared with Florida State?
It's kinda like the middle class family that looks at what the upper-middle spends its money on and thinks they're being ridiculous. The upper-middle looks on what the upper class spends its money on and thinks they're being ridiculous. And the upper class looks on the wealthy or super wealthy and thinks they're being ridiculous. We seem to have an inherent bias that our (Michigan's) level of spending is a good happy medium, but what Clemson is doing is over the top.
|12/18/2015 - 12:22pm||If you're spending that much||
If you're spending that much time maintaining your house/pool/acreage then it sounds like your property owns you rather than the other way around. Not how I would describe my life or choose to live it.
It was just my two cents for the OP, it works for me, no judgment towards anyone else intended.
|12/18/2015 - 11:23am||Good advice.
I'm probably one
I'm probably one of the rare people that changed without marriage or kids triggering it. In my late teens and early 20s I could spend all day Saturday watching college football, all Sunday watching NFL football or NASCAR, basically any sporting event that was on. Then I moved somewhere warm, found I enjoyed spending my Sundays outside instead of in front of a television watching other people do things and it's been a steady progression from there. Now it's Michigan games, The Walking Dead and nothing else. I just don't watch TV.
A good friend once described me as such, "You'd rather be in the game of life than watching it from the 50 yard line." I had never thought of it that way until she said it, but it made me really question the value of sitting in front of a screen watching other people do things, as opposed to going out and living life myself.
Hope your daughter and son-in-law are able to make things work.
|12/07/2015 - 9:46am||Yeah this game has defensive||
Yeah this game has defensive stalemate written all over it to me.