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08/03/2012 - 1:27pm Same here on the West Coast. 

Same here on the West Coast.  Back home in MI we used to play Euchre tournaments all the time for big money.  Once I moved out here, everyone looked at me like I was crazy when i wanted to play.  I have also found the Euchre can sometimes be a rather difficult game to explain to people.  It's almost as if it's ingrained in your blood if you were born there.

06/13/2012 - 7:29pm I am confused.  There is one

I am confused.  There is one picture of the other side of those gold pants that has the initials.  Is it just me or does it look like there is a giant phallic-looking object coming out of the pants?  It may just be the end of a long work day but it seriously caught me off guard.

05/22/2012 - 1:37pm I just have a hard time

I just have a hard time justfying a lot of the extra cost of the area.  Go to the bar, pay 7-10 bucks for a mixed drink and 5-8 dollars for a beer.  That's a long way from some of the bars i used to go to back home where it was 3 dollar wells and 2.50 20 oz beers all day every day.  Fuel, groceries, and many other necessary items are also inflated.  Now true, recruits don't have to deal with those types of things, but still, it's not an easy route.

Then again, when i was 17 years old if you had told me, "hey, you can live here where it's 80 degrees year round and all the girls look like models" i would have probably overlooked a lot of wrongs as well.

05/22/2012 - 12:19pm The weather is hard to

The weather is hard to beat...take that as a fact from a Michigander who moved out here a couple years ago.  However, the one thing I have never understood is how USC covers up the fact that the neighborhoods directly bordering campus are pretty crappy.  I mean, sure there are probably bad areas around any large University Campus to some extent, but it's really not that nice.  I would much rather hang around and explore the areas around AA than USC any day.

Plus, anyone who has visited downtown LA or Hollywood can tell you that it's nothing near what most people think it is.  Much dirtier, much less sexy than the mind would have you believe.  Just my two cents on a Tuesday morning.

04/18/2012 - 12:11pm Depends on the manner of

Depends on the manner of intake.  Sure, smoking a joint would be more or less like a cigarette (actually probably more tar) and would have adverse effects.  However, using a vaporizer that actually cools the smoke and mixes it with water vapor would have much less of an effect. 

Of course, if you wanted zero lung guilt and all of the high, they could always go with edibles, which would just be like eating a brownie or a sucker.

04/18/2012 - 12:04pm Very valid argument.....

I think the main thing to be worried about here is the munchies though.  As bad as having a player suspended is, putting on all the bad weight due to late night runs for Funions, Cheetos, and Doritos would be the real dowside to weed use

04/16/2012 - 10:01am I kinda messed myself....

...when I saw that.  I was about half way up with my friends at the show when it popped up, an we all weren't sure whether to cheer or take a knee to have a memorial.  It was definitely a creative way to pay tribute and to set their show apart from the other acts during a somewhat disappointing line up for Coachella's standards.

02/24/2012 - 1:09pm Same here.  Been reading the

Same here.  Been reading the blog for probably a year and a half or so, but really only post once and a while when something comes up that i feel i can actually add some decent commentary to.  I do check the blog pretty much once an hour every day, on the hour, for the entire 12-15 hour work day.

02/21/2012 - 4:44pm I have noticed the same thing

I have noticed the same thing with some of my teenage nephews and nieces.  I know that I use a computer and phone more than i should, but they are just silly how dependant they are with it.  I tried to make them turn off their devices as well, and they about shit themselves with fear!

I sometimes like to detach from the electronic world.  I generally leave my phone on silent on the weekends, try and only look at it once or twice the entire time.  Or go on a hike to somewhere that gets zero service.  Nice to be away from it sometimes.

02/21/2012 - 4:41pm I completely agree for

I completely agree for personal travel, and believe me I always go that route first.

However, there are sadly not too many flights out of Burbank that go to the UK, which was the case not the other day.  That is the curse of having to go on last minute overseas trips!

02/21/2012 - 4:17pm True, but it generally tends

True, but it generally tends to be more expensive to fly BUR to GRR than it does to fly from LAX to say MDW or ORD.  I end up getting sent on work stuff last minute, so that is why i end up there a lot more often. 

Not at all saying I hate living here, just a change that takes some time to get used to i guess.

02/21/2012 - 4:14pm 2 cents

I am over 21 and I agree that both are in the wrong here, as in my opinion the correct way to handle it would have been to discuss these types of grievances (sp?) behind closed doors.  My Dad always used to say that you praise in public and discipline in private, and I believe that's a good way to go about it.  A lesson can be taught and learned without needing to shout, use violence, or punish severely.

However, I think had he even tossed the computer in the trash or even hit it with a hammer, the reaction would not have been as bad as him using a gun.  While I don't agree with his tactics, I understand why he did it as I have grown up with guns all my life.  My dad did the same thing to some of my stuff actually, got the 16 gauge out and blasted away at a couple of playboys he found under my bed.  For us, guns were tools and were used as such, even sometimes for a satirical demonstration such as this. 

I see why he used the gun, and I really think he should probably have thought about the broad reach of his audience.  Show that clip in certain locations, and you will get a bunch of laughing and back slapping for a job well done.  Show it in a different area, and you have the cops on the way.

In the end however, I could definitely see where his daughter got her attitude from.  I personally would have made mine work for the money to install the upgrades on the laptop instead of giving them to her, would have made her appreciate the whole thing more anyway.

02/21/2012 - 4:00pm Live here for a while.....

Once you actually move to Cali, you will understand a little better why it is disliked. 

For me growing up over on the west side of Michigan on the farm, this place is about the most backwards place I have ever seen, and i have been out here for a couple of years now!

Probably has a lot to do with everything being expensive, everyone being somewhat fake, and having to deal with a lot of commuter/traffic issues that you wouldn't normally see.

Just the other day it took me three hours to get from LAX to Pasadena, which is only about 25 miles or so away.  Very frustrating.

12/02/2011 - 4:37pm Correction.....

We are actually 2-1 in the whites, and 0-1 in the away bumble-bee explosion uniforms.

10/25/2011 - 6:02pm I was thinki about that the

I was thinki about that the other day as well. Not sure if he has hands or not, but he would be one heck of a corner fade target in the red zone with his height and speed. Could be a really cool wrinkle to add.

10/25/2011 - 5:18pm I do agree with you on that

I do agree with you on that note, maybe I took the hockey analogy a little to literally.  I think we will see fight out of the boys yet though.  Just like when you first get hassled by the bullies at school, you learn to adapt and how to beat them the next time.

10/25/2011 - 2:18pm I say good for him.  Anyone

I say good for him.  Anyone would need time to begin righting that ship.  Let a good guy who has passion for the game go out and try and make it happen.  I will certainly pull for them to win more and more every year (excluding all contests agains Michigan)

10/25/2011 - 2:16pm Bravo on the Les Miles

Bravo on the Les Miles comparison for Zooker.  That made me laugh out loud in the middle of my meeting.

10/25/2011 - 2:13pm I think if we wanted to

I think if we wanted to "fight back" we should have done it by beating them soundly in the game of football.  Sure a push here and shove there don't hurt too much and might express dominance, but where's the line drawn?  Fighting is a part of the game of hockey and is allowed to a certain degree, but it is not in football and back in the days of Sir Charles and Mr. Ray, they may have jaw jacked and tried to phycically dominate guys, but most importantly, they beat their opponents at the game of football.

However, I do agree that some of the play calling could have been better, and we did get pusehd around and beat up quite a bit.  The fact that this is THE GAME from Sparty's persepctive means their always going to give us their best, and we need to rise to that calling ourselves in years to come, which I believe we will do.

We have recruited some very solid players along the line this year, and with Pipkins committing as the highly ranked stud DT (although I would have liked to see another DT commit myself), we will be in a great position to win those physical battles for years to come.  I feel your pain man, but trust me, the pendulum is going to swing back to our side very soon.

10/25/2011 - 1:58pm I love how that article also

I love how that article also says how Kelly insisted the getting a BCS berth was, "never the main goal" and that the dangling of that carrot was just a sound byte. Love to see the back tracking going on to justify less than stellar coaching and performance.

10/24/2011 - 3:45pm Some interesting information

Some interesting information below on the histroy and usage of the free kick in NFL situations compliments of Wikipedia.  Looks like it hasn't been overly successful but has been used a few times.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_catch_kick

10/24/2011 - 3:06pm I agree with above.  Onward

I agree with above.  Onward and upward for us.  I think that Michigan is actually in an interesting situation as we have been humbled in a lot of different ways over the last 4 years or so.  The Horror, the entire 08 season, Toledo, continued losses to tsio and MSU.  These are things that we hadn't necesssarily experienced before.  However, now that we have, I think we have a chance to remain more level headed and also more aware of how to never take anything for granted.  You can be sure that those Seniors out there don't want their last season to end that way, and many of them have learned through those items above as well.  I have a great feeling they are going to turn up the intensity to a whole new level and bring us some amazing memories in the weeks to come.  GO BLUE!!!

10/24/2011 - 2:53pm I actually for the most part

I actually for the most part agree with you.  I can sleep in, wake up and make a more hearty breakfast than the "grab something and run out the door" weekday version, and then sit down at the coffee table with a huge mug of coffee and enjoy my weekly "Breakfast with the Wolverines".

10/24/2011 - 1:07pm Russian 5

I have one of each of the Russian 5, but i definitely wear my Konstantinov jersey the most.  Vlad the Impaler will live on forever in my heart as one of the most dominant men to ever wear the colors

10/24/2011 - 1:05pm Damn right, I have to pour

Damn right, I have to pour beer on my Cheerios just to make sure i get the day started with the most important meal and pregaming all in one.

10/14/2011 - 1:53pm I am with youo there indeed. 

I am with youo there indeed.  This year's ND game saw me open a fresh pack for kickoff and saw the last one get polished off after my run around my house to celebrate the win.  I actually spent most of the second half watching the game through my living room windows as the GF refused to bend and let me smoke inside one time.

10/13/2011 - 11:08am I knew him a bit back in high

I knew him a bit back in high school when I was a senior and he was a Freshman, and he is an overall good guy.  He just sometimes thinks he is a little more wise than he really is.

 

My prediction for Kirk for Saturday.....PAIN.

10/13/2011 - 11:01am I can assure you it is.  I

I can assure you it is.  I love Michigan and the winter season, but there's something to be said for 70 degrees in January as well.

08/23/2011 - 6:38pm Martin

Are my eyes playing tricks on me, or is that Martin at the top of the picture with no hand on the ground?

08/05/2011 - 4:35pm Juuussst a bit

Juuussst a bit outside.....check about one page back on the board, title something along the lines of "Kinda OT".....

08/04/2011 - 2:42pm Just Wait Till November....

I'll take a finger pointing, jolly, portly, gold pooping recruiting master over an Affliction T-Shirt wearing douche-nozzle any day of the week.

07/29/2011 - 6:23pm I Hear You

I grew up in Hudsonville and Holland Christian was just starting to play varsity football around  the same time my highschool started their program as well (Unity Christian).  I graduated before he was in HS, but I can remember taking in a game that he played in and being pretty impressed already way back then.

07/29/2011 - 10:25am Martinez vs Robinson

That should decide the outcome of the game.  No snaps, runs, or passes, just Martinez vs Robinson....goal line to goal line.

07/28/2011 - 5:22pm In the Books....

That's true.  However, I personally still have far too many painful memories of the 8th year, despite the fifth of Jamesons coursing through my veins,

07/28/2011 - 2:28pm Drinking Game

Can't wait for the season to get underway so i can take a shot every time Hoke uses the word Tremendous!  Going to make for some oustanding afternoons of college football

07/27/2011 - 7:14pm Agreed, nonetheless starting

Agreed, nonetheless starting the slow clap amidst the crickets......

07/27/2011 - 11:03am Air Shows Rock

Ever since moving to the west side of the country and transitioning to the aerospace industry vs the auto industry, i have been hooked on airshows as well.  The air show at Miramar (sp?) is awesome, and always draws some amazing crowds and demonstrations.  Gotta love the old Mustangs and Dauntlesses, they were the workhorses of WW2.

It's amazing to see those old planes, state of the art technology for their day, and then watch the F35 and F22's take to the skys and realize how far fighter/bomber technology has come in the last half a century.

07/27/2011 - 10:00am Same Here

Grew up just West of GR, but was cheering for Maize and Blue since I could walk.  Had a damn good paying internship and couldn't risk losing it to try and move over to AA, so ended up going to and graduating from Hope College.

Every year, would spend most every last penny i had on tickets in the nose bleeds of the Big House to see every home game rain or shine.  Even went on a few road trips to see away games.  I hope to some day move back home and do my Masters at U of M to get the real experience, but i will always bleed maize and blue (and orange and blue, go dutchmen!)

06/30/2011 - 10:20am You may think it is awful to

You may think it is awful to watch, but i am pretty sure the other 2 or 3 Billion people that watch soccer and love it would have to disagree with you.  Read the title, if you're not interested, don't click it.  That simple.

06/22/2011 - 10:30am I was at the Dodgers/Tigers

I was at the Dodgers/Tigers game last night and it was pretty tought to watch.  I agree with a lot of your points, but I also think that the 2006 team (or was it 2005) that went to the world series wasn't necessarily a team that looked World Series bound from the get go.

We haven't even hit the All Star break yet, and in my opinion teams really don't start pushing hard until after that happens, so i think as long as we keep pace with Cleveland for now and work towards a big push, we should be ok.

One thing that has always frustrated me about the Tigers as of late is Leyland (Sp?).  If you look at his career record, you pretty much get what the Tigers have had the last few years....inconsisten .500 baseball.  I love the guy to death, but i sometimes sense a little lack of energy/creativity/drive from him.  I am starting to persoanlly move towards the opinion that maybe it's time for some fresh blood at the helm of this team.  Just my two cents.

06/08/2011 - 1:40pm Their athletic department

Their athletic department doesn't have any shoes to fill, TPeezy sold them all because he needed that cash!  AMIRITE???!!!?

06/08/2011 - 1:35pm Yes, Burbank is probably

Yes, Burbank is probably 20-30 minutes from the Rose Bowl depending on traffic.  I will be taking the 5-7 minute  bike ride from my apartment down to the Rose Bowl to watch the Wolverines take on whomever.  Who wants to pregame?

05/20/2011 - 1:47pm I think you always have to

I think you always have to take talent, because good competition will breed better performance.  If a player knows that a couple of miscues lands him on the bench, he will keep the intensity and focus high.

I believe a former Michigan running back had mentioned that the staff always told him that every year they were going to try and recruit the best running back in the country, and that he would always have to work to keep his spot as the number 1 back. 

05/18/2011 - 10:28am That's how it has to be when

That's how it has to be when you need that extra little push over the edge

05/18/2011 - 10:26am With that pointer finger he

With that pointer finger he can change young men's lives, and put a hole through a 3" steel plate FWIW....that is one hell of an appendage

05/18/2011 - 10:22am Or a combination of molotov

Or a combination of molotov cocktail, baseball bat, and chainsaw....at least, when i go zombie slaughtering that's what i like to bring with me.

05/17/2011 - 4:14pm I don't think taking three

I don't think taking three DB's (or two CB's and a S/CB type person) is a bad idea, seems to be one of the positions you can never have too much depth at.  Considering where we currently are at that position, i wouldn't mind sacrificing on OL to take another DB at all.

05/17/2011 - 4:08pm Hoke, Mattison, and Funk have

Hoke, Mattison, and Funk have done such a great job recruiting that someday there will have to be some building named after all three of them at the same time for their greatness.

I am thinking something along the lines of the Honktison Center of Excellence....or some similar juxtaposition of their names.

05/17/2011 - 1:48pm I think getting more pressure

I think getting more pressure on the QB definitely will help out the TO margain, and hopefully Mattison is getting the guys up front ready for that task.  I honestly can barely remember what it feels like to jump up and cheer for a sack by a Michigan defensive lineman/linebacker.  It's been far too long.

05/17/2011 - 11:40am Like how he continues to

Like how he continues to punish his man long after the play is over and the runner is down.  Hopefully he has that just mean enough streak to hate whoever he is blocking, and does it without attracting any laundary in the process.  He would definitely be another great addition to the road graders that we are looking to pick up.