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05/07/2018 - 6:40am For those with a historical bend

“Baseball Fever: Early Baseball in Michigan” by Peter Morris AND was published by the University of Michigan Press. Talks about the development of the game in the mid 1800’s and how it spread throughout the state.

11/13/2017 - 5:20pm Casual soccer fan here...

I vaguely pay attention to soccer during the league seasons, but come World Cup time I'm all in rooting on the U.S. and Italy. When the U.S. was eliminated I was disappointed, but for me that meant I could cheer on Italy without tempering my enthusiasm due to the U.S. inclusion. With Italy and the U.S. out of it I truly don't think I'll watch the World Cup with the same level of excitement. Truly disappointing.

09/06/2017 - 2:35pm Saw the same Sunday. Thought

Saw the same Sunday. Thought about adding him but figured we'd be good with Peters and add a freshman QB the first year, so I added Stueber instead.

09/06/2017 - 2:15pm That sounds interesting. It's

That sounds interesting. It's been more than a decade since I played someone decent in this game. My 13 year old son is on the PS3 significantly more than I am, but we'll look for you when we're on. Unoriginally, my screen name is nofunforfu.

09/06/2017 - 2:02pm Appreciate the updates. My

Appreciate the updates. My son and I just downloaded the rosters Sunday and it looks like some changes have been made since then. One thing we went through and updated a bit was some of the speed ratings and I'm curious if there's a scale you use for that? We bumped a few of the skill position guys up as well as Rashan who I believe was at a 79 speed. We tried to offset that with decreasing other ratings to get the players at about the same overall rating they were per the file.

Definitely appreciate your work on this. This was something I did in my younger days with just Michigan but it's nice having all the teams refreshed.

12/24/2016 - 9:32pm Maybe a bit of a downer here,

Maybe a bit of a downer here, but here goes.

My dad is in the U of M cardio center again, being admitted yesterday with an elevated heart rate. He has had 2 heart surgeries since July and spent Thanksgiving in the hospital recovering from the second. Thankfully his heart rate went back to normal early this morning and all other vitals appear normal.

I know spending Christmas at home was something he was looking forward to and unfortunately that won't happen. So tonight I want Santa to bring my dad good health and good spirits. The family will be driving to AA tomorrow to celebrate with him, and a good day with him would be great.

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03/28/2016 - 12:26pm Looks like a good athlete for

Looks like a good athlete for his size.

Probably my favorite thing to see on his highlight video is the aggressiveness when tackling. He is not catching guys and dragging them down but attacking and running through the guy. Looks like a good pick up!

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01/17/2016 - 11:20pm Love McDoom's film. He's got

Love McDoom's film. He's got speed we lack on offense currently (excluding Chesson) and among our recruits, especially if Enis leaves. Wouldn't mind seeing Stewart join the fold offensively as well.

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10/28/2015 - 6:31am They update them pretty

They update them pretty regularly. Just go check out the ncaa 15-16 roster string and there will be a last updated date on there. I downloaded one just before the MSU game and it was pretty accurate other than Bolden being the highest rated guy on the team!

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09/20/2015 - 8:30am With projected points it

With projected points it seems like a non-ppr league, so I'd roll with Coleman and D.Williams. Don't trust Gordon or Cooper to get a TD today.

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07/23/2015 - 6:47pm 1. Michigan football2.

1. Michigan football
2. Tigers
3. Lions
4. Red Wings
6. Michigan Basketball

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07/17/2015 - 11:53pm So a kid I would

So a kid I would try to finish up my bowling league quickly Saturday mornings so I could be home to watch the newest X-men episode. Watched a lot of TGIF with my parents and enjoyed Family Matters, Step by Step, etc. Are You Afraid of the Dark was a must see. Batman/Superman cartoons, Animaniacs, Wishbone, GUTS, Scooby Doo, Salute your Shorts, Pinky and the Brain...

By the time I reached 14 or so, the unequivocal favorite was X-Files.

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07/17/2015 - 11:37pm My wife laughs at me for

My wife laughs at me for this, but my sister and I loved Wishbone. Actually just started finding episodes online and am watching those with my 3-year old daughter to break the never-ending string of Daniel Tigers Neighborhood she likes to watch.

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07/17/2015 - 11:34pm Fox afternoons were fantastic

Fox afternoons were fantastic in the early 2000's. I was in college at the time and the 4pm-6pm slot in w.michigan was something like family guy/Simpsons/That 70's show/Family Guy. Unlike the rest of the day when people were spread out, everyone was packed near the TV's in the cafeteria from 4-6.

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06/22/2015 - 12:32pm Like most I'm excited for

Like most I'm excited for Vic...but McKeon is a close second and, if this was a "Who out of this group will be a star?" I'd probably go with McKeon full out. He's already 6'5'' 230 and displays really good speed and great balance for a TE. Playing in Massachusettes I think keeps him under-rated, but I anticipate him getting to campus at around 245lbs and potentially seeing quality time as a true freshman if Butt leaves or redshirting and vying with Bunting in 2017.

05/11/2015 - 11:28am We did two years ago. Wasn't

We did two years ago. Wasn't able to work out a date last year or this one. They're a pretty busy club and get a lot of requests for games, but we've discussed making something work next season. Really nice group of guys though and they have a nice home field.

05/11/2015 - 11:10am Vintage base ball

Play baseball according to the rules of the 1860's. Might have seen Chris Rock recently poke fun at it, but it is a fun way to play the game and crate a "Living History" show for spectators. Been playing for six years, entering the third season with a club I started in W. Michigan. 

05/09/2015 - 10:30am Done this a bit.....started

Done this a bit.....started as a teacher, spent a few years as a journalist and now work in finance. If I had to change, again, it'd probably try to do something as an astronomer. I always enjoyed studying space.

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04/25/2015 - 9:13pm A few for me...

A few for me...


Football (College and NFL) and hockey have always been sports I could watch regardless of teams. Over the last decade I've developed an increased interest in soccer and, since I didn't grow up watching a particular club, I enjoy watching almost any soccer from any league.

Baseball has always been my first love and I would gladly drop anything I am doing to play, but if it is not the Tigers (or maybe Cubs/Braves) I have trouble sitting through a game for more than an inning or two.

04/01/2015 - 1:34pm If true I think the "floor"

If true I think the "floor" is 8 wins. Given the overall talent on the team and the believed improvement courtesy of the coaching staff I would be disappointed with 8 but think itis possible (L's to Utah, MSU, Penn St. and OSU). Rudock's add, though, makes me feel better about the chances of hitting 10 wins.

03/14/2015 - 7:59pm Holyfield

I'd love to have Holyfield join the class. He runs hard, has good moves and great speed. He's #1 on my RB wish list.

01/13/2015 - 10:13am RB and WR

I want to see what Isaac can do at the RB spot as I see him as the starter for next season. I also want to see if Green can grow into the power back he looks like he could be - and will need to be to run in the offense Harbaugh has run in the past.

At WR, I want to see if Canteen/Harris/Ways can make a splash opposite Darboh, as I don't see Norfleet or Chesson being that #2 guy.

01/02/2015 - 1:27am I had the same mindset. Sure

I had the same mindset. Sure made for a difficult explanation to my son, though: "Dad, I thought we are NEVER supposed to root for Ohio State to win???"

11/12/2014 - 12:09pm most of the magazines

Had that ranking. Marquise Walker was the #2 WR I believe.

11/03/2014 - 6:03pm FWIW

Haven't been to many games recently, but the lack of rock music was noticeable to me.

09/15/2014 - 4:51pm Agreed

I don't mind the occasional 3:30 start or night game, but I miss the noon starts for most Michigan games.

08/08/2014 - 9:26pm Disappointed

As someone mentioned above, Michigan's tradition isn't some random collection of memories but the "whole package." The uniform, the helmet, The Victors...this is what makes Michigan, "Michigan". How the home uniform looks is not a marketing opportunity but an identification of the school and team. If every nationally televised game game is just another opportunity to show a new uniform and "market" the team to a new group of high school recruits, all they will know are these special uniforms. Maybe I'm old and cranky at 31, but just give me our traditional home blues and with the band playing "The Victors" in the background and I'm good.

07/31/2014 - 9:34am 1995 Virgina game

I saw the beginning of this game and heard the end on the radio as Mercury Hayes caught a touchdown in the corner of the endzone for the win. I was in middle school and my friends and I played football all the time in our street. After that game we had a play called "Mercury Hayes" where we would run a post-corner and try to catch the ball just before falling over the curb and onto the grass. Exciting radio call, great play and great way to end the game. Plus, we relived that moment hundreds of times on the street so I'll never forget it.

01/07/2014 - 12:37pm Vintage Base Ball

We just got a club started last summer in Kalamazoo and finally have the funds to order our uniforms. The order should be placed by next week and we should have them by April. I'll be working on some more fundraising as well and getting our equipment ready for year #2.

Plus no football means more weekend time for grad school homework.

01/01/2014 - 3:11pm I mentioned this in Brian's column yesterday but I

I mentioned this in Brian's column yesterday but I think next year's WR corp is the best group since 2007. I think we'll see more PT from the 2014 group largely bc of Canteen and Harris enrolling early. Canteen potentially splitting time with Jones at the slot and Harris should see more PT than York/Dukes bc of his superior athleticism.

I might actually be more excited about the group next year if York or Dukes plays over Harris as this should mean that one is more advanced than expected. Either way, I love the size of the whole WR group and think the increased size will pay dividends.

12/31/2013 - 8:47pm I can admit to maybe being

I can admit to maybe being overly optimistic, but I think the potential is there. Next year's WR group is the most talented group since 2007 and while you can't be sure there is a Mario Manningham in the bunch, it's not unrealistic for there to be a Jason Avant (earlier time, I know) or Adrian Arrington. What I like is the fact that there should be greater competition next year for the receiver spots, especially with Harris and Canteen enrolling in the spring.

While we have to rely on hype and recruiting rankings for most of the WR's, it's not like we are replacing several hugely impactful players. Gallon will be tough to replace, but an improved Funchess, Chesson and the return of Darboh should help as passes are spread out more among the receivers. And I don't think it is crazy to think that Dukes/York/Jones/Harris/Canteen/Ways can provide at least two contributors equal to what Dileo and Jackson/Reynolds provided this past year (26 receptions 314 yds 2 tds).

12/31/2013 - 2:46pm I had something longer typed

I had something longer typed out, but it got lost in the nether regions of the internet. Here is the abridged version:

I am quite optimistic about the offense next season, largely because of the WR depth. Michigan will have more talent at WR next year than they have had since 2007. I look for Funchess/Darboh/Chesson/Harris to be the top 4 WR's and to perform admirably, with a potential quality player coming from York/Dukes/Jones/Canteen/Ways.

Borges will be under heavy pressure to perform so he either A) can run the ball next season making the offense much more effective or B) knows he can't run early in the year and goes to a heavy passing attack to save his job. This has been successful when they have turned to it in the last 1 1/2 years and should be even more so with the WR corp Michigan will have next year.

12/19/2013 - 2:20pm how will coaches use him though?

From the get go I assume he's in on nickel packages and probably returning punts. But the coaches showed no creativity this season to get the ball in the hands of Norfleet - a special player in space w/o a position. I truly wonder how they can/will gameplan him in on offense based on the Norfleet experience, especially considering that Pepper's - unlike Norfleet - will be learning the defense as well.

10/18/2013 - 7:52pm Bright side...

Although the insertion of two brand new Olinemen in the middle of the year is not good, could this signal that Borges will abandon the power run scheme for more spread? Both Bryant and Kalis have not proven up to the task on the stretch plays run so far - and clearly not in the power run game either - so the insertion of lighter, more agile players would make sense if we see more spread looks and runs. 

With that said, I reserve the right to change my mind if Borges runs MANBALL to start the game tomorrow.

04/23/2012 - 11:33pm Barring new testimony, you

Barring new testimony, you have to feel bad for him. To proceed to trial you would imagine the prosecutor would have some evidence of a physical assault or direct life-threatening verbal threats from Furman towards the victim, but if what the witnesses testified is what actually happened you know all spring he had to be thinking "I'm missing spring ball for THIS?"

12/17/2011 - 7:39pm I liked his acceleration, but

I liked his acceleration, but what I liked most from the video is the fact that the 5'9'' kid ran hard, didn't always bounce outside and seemed to always want to move forward. On many of the inside runs he did a good job of staying behind his pads and getting everything he could out of the hole that was there. Very little start, stop, bounce and outrun everyone to the sidelines. 

11/22/2011 - 9:00am In the same blog entry I was

In the same blog entry I was a little surprised to see the mention that scouts considered Hardaway Jr. a "marginal pro prospect." Apparently through just a few games now that sentiment has grown to thought of him as a "potential late first-round pick."

Regardless of their current belief, I hope we don't have to worry about that for at least one more season.

10/15/2011 - 2:25pm Six times inside the MSU

Six times inside the MSU forty-yard line, 7 points to show for it. There's the difference so far.

09/09/2011 - 1:18pm Looking at the set up there

Looking at the set up there are certainly other blitz packages GM can throw off of this similar look. One that jumps right out is instead of sending Gordon off the corner and sprinting Herron out, drop Gordon at the snap and loop both Demens and Herron at the RG. Lots of possible options. Hopefully we see this same package and variations off of the WMU blitzes in this game.

09/02/2011 - 12:29pm One of the things I'm most

One of the things I'm most interested in seeing tomorrow is the play and positioning of the cornerbacks. Either because of poor talent or a bad system (likely both) CB's last year played so far off the line of scrimmage they were off the TV screen sometimes. I want to see if they are still 8-10 yards off the LOS. If so, I'll be concerned. If they play within 4-5 yards to the LOS I'll feel better knowing quick hit passes are not as likely and that Mattison obviously feels somewhat confident that our CB's can handle playing that close.

08/31/2011 - 8:42pm I'm not sure I'd put them up

I'm not sure I'd put them up against ANY group, although off the top of my head I have problems naming any other WR in the B1G then McNutt with Iowa. On their own I 'like' the WR's we have, but the lack of size does concern me. I put my trust in Borges to roll Denard out of the pocket or have him throw from the shotgun, but dropping back from under center with shorter (other than Hemingway) WR's is concerning. Their lack of size also presents a problem from the LOS. Given room off of the line to get going I think our wide outs could be fine getting to their spots, but any physical contact could present a problem if they can't fight through the contact and keep their timing.


With that said, from what I've heard I trust that 6 foot Roundtree and Odams/Gallon won't have plays called as if they are 6 ft 2. We'll see Saturday how they've prepared around the collective height issue.

04/20/2011 - 7:17am .


04/20/2011 - 7:14am Most of my experiences would

Most of my experiences would be from attending Tigers games, as I've only been to a handful of Wings/Pistons/Wolverines/Lions games.

Just to give my number 1, it would easily be Verlander's no-hitter. It was the first Tigers game for my then 3-year old son, and we weren't even supposed to be at that game. I had bought tickets to attend the 2nd or 3rd home game of the year, but it was cancelled because of cold weather and wind. Needing 7 tickets for the parents/siblings/wife/son, I couldn't get the seats I wanted for any weekend games in June, so I chose the Tuesday Brewers game b/c we were flying out of town already Wednesday morning.

I still remember to this day how angry my wife was when she returned in the 7th inning from some time at the ferris wheel with our son and, not being a baseball fan herself, had no idea why people were standing and cheering so much. She kept asking "What's going on? Why won't you just tell me!" I was deathly afraid that her or my sister would figure out what was going on in the top of the 9th and say it out loud.

A great atmosphere, a great story to tell my son when he's a little older, and I still get a little chuckle thinking about how angry the wife was when the game was over and I could finally clue her in on the no-hitter.

04/15/2011 - 7:28pm Should have been more

Should have been more specific. PokerStars has locked out US-based players, the others haven't done so yet AFAIK. The big one, obviously, is Full Tilt while AP has a much smaller base of players.

But I'm assuming if PokerStars has locked out players, Full Tilt will follow along. Or, which I would like more, is PokerStars opening it back up if Full Tilt continues to allow US players to play.

04/15/2011 - 6:03pm I love me some online poker

I love me some online poker and am discouraged by this news. But if it eventually leads to legalized online poker and an easier time receiving cash outs without the worry of when the next crack down will be, I'll take it. It just needs to start happening quickly.

04/12/2011 - 9:29pm I really liked the old

I really liked the old uniforms and helmet design, but right now I'm indifferent to the new maroon and white unis. Hate the black one's though. I just hope that on the random nights when I find an ASU/Wazzu game on late, they aren't wearing the blacks. I'd like to say I would turn the game off to protest the black uniforms, but that would be a lie...

03/26/2011 - 2:18pm Ryskamp.

He's a good kid as


He's a good kid as well as being a good basketball player.

03/20/2011 - 7:42pm Well, Kalkaska lost All-State

Well, Kalkaska lost All-State guard Travis Schuba this year to Madonna University and didn't have anyone to replace him. Certainly a rebuilding year for them in the LMC.

As a former sports editor for the Kalkaska paper, I felt it my duty to stand up for them...

03/03/2011 - 3:31pm lol

These dunks were a


These dunks were a little less forceful and I'm sure there wasn't as much of a posterization factor. But they were impressive, and expected.

03/03/2011 - 3:21pm I don't rememer the whole

I don't rememer the whole story, but he is adopted. On a side note, I played in a few pickup games against him when he was a sophomore. Got dunked over a few times. He had some ups, even at that young age.