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01/06/2019 - 9:49pm So I've been a UCLA Season… So I've been a UCLA Season Ticket holder for 15 years now. Why do I go when the product is so bad? I live 8 miles from the Rose Bowl, it's easy to get to Old Town Pasedena and then down to the RB, I need some close up front College FB and the Coliseum (for USC) is more difficult to get too, and going to the game with either my son (now 24) and previously daughter (who is 26 and now living in Texas) has always been a good outing for us all. The Rose Bowl has been upgraded with well over 250 Million in upgrades since 15 years ago and it is a good stadium to visit and for College FB games. UCLA has been hampered by limitations in coaching salaries (mostly Assistant coaches) for many years so whether you have good players or not without the best coaches most notably Assistants it's difficult to compete. This is self perpetuating in not getting high level recruits and such. If an Assistant coach who might get say 500k has the choice of UCLA or any Midwest or Texas or South school for the same salary they take something outside of Taxifornia. Housing costs, freeway travel finding a place for school for your kids it all makes the UCLA salary even if they paid 750k for that 500k job non tenable. UCLA outside of spurts just does not seem good at FB, maybe Kelly does it maybe not. UCLA makes the claim of most College National Championships at something around 120 but only one in FB, most are in Volleyball, tennis, swimming, diving etc etc. With the RB about 30 miles east of campus and school usually not in session till after 9/24 each year (usually 4 games into a season) student attendance and therefore backing of the FB team is small. That coupled with so much else to do in SoCal does not light the fire for College FB like say Ann Arbor, College Station etc etc. Those dynamics and most notably having to drive LA Freeways to the RB just does not make UCLA FB very attractive for most fans. UCLA and the RB continue to attempt to make the RB experience better and better and they are succeeding but that is limited to a large extent by all that is against good consistent FB at the RB. UCLA academic standards even if softened for athletics work against what you might see in the SEC or Big 12. Stanford, CAL and USC have some of the same issues mentioned above with the private two schools having distinct advantages because of their private non state school basis. Playing games late in comparison to the Eastern Time zone works against the PAC 12 in all they do, in who sees games, who judges games, the poll voters etc. That's what I see and you just have to live here to really understand all the dynamics.
12/19/2018 - 10:47pm Wasn't the apostrophe… Wasn't the apostrophe invented by someone from The OSU and therefore inherently evil
11/25/2018 - 10:47am So maybe I can work on… So maybe I can work on context in my words. Any college FB team would be trilled with 3 of 4 seasons with 10 wins but we are Michigan and it seems can't be thrilled. Is Jim Harbaugh an elite college coach; probably just great a smidge below Saban and Meyer. Why is that? Obviously big wins, championships, titles. So is Michigan back to an elite program? Probably a smidge below as a Great program able to make the top ten. Remember what Jim started with, the years of darkness and experimentation before while other programs built dynasties with elite fast and big players and adjusted to passing dominance. Has Jim made mistakes yes but one was not his hire of Don Brown. Even the great Don Brown (against elite talent) cannot squeeze greatness out of less than elite players. My son and I watched the first half in the fan zone of the arose Bowl and it was obvious that 1) Ohio State had the faster offensive players, 2) it did not matter what Brown came up with his players could not keep up, 3) Chase and Gary were not at 100% and Ohio State knew it, 4) the offensive scheme of running straight was not going to work, 5) running outside worked sometimes with Evans but he while fast is too small with not enough horses behind him, and 6) Shea is a good maybe great QB but not elite and did not have the protection he needed. It was an embarrassing loss and a new OC who can nurture passing talent is needed, fast tall Safeties and Corners are needed along with faster LBs. Injuries hurt the team even thru the wins against lesser opponents so lack of depth showed. I then went into the Rose Bowl and saw Wilton Speight throw for 466 in a losing effort. Is Speight better than Shea I doubt it why can he throw like Haskins? Could it be he had better OC coaching even with a far less superior team of receivers and line than Michigan. It sure appears so.
11/20/2018 - 2:23pm I believe Urban to USC makes…

I believe Urban to USC makes more sense for him and for USC.  He removes himself from a situation that is obviously uncomfortable and where he has burned out but again (which he seems to do every 5-6 years) and it allows him to reboot once again.  USC will pay the freight (big time) and Urban will be back in the West in the PAC 12, a conference that really needs someone like him to go with Chip Kelly at UCLA.   It just seems too convenient for it NOT to happen.

11/13/2018 - 9:47pm I was 22 in my Senior year… I was 22 in my Senior year and sitting way up around 30 yard line. That remains my most endearing football memory. I do not remember much of that evening as my roommates and I with many friends consumed mass quantities of various adult beverages as did many thousands roaming the streets and bars of the city.
10/31/2018 - 11:01pm How does the AD and all… How does the AD and all members of the board of Regents survive this? They don't the only way the stench can possibly be bleached away is if they started over from the top down. They need to reboot the whole school and heads have to roll. It's the only way to dig the school out of the hole they dug. A whole lot of people forgot the first rule of holes, "when in one stop digging"
10/28/2018 - 12:43am I used to be Love the NBA in…

I used to be Love the NBA in the 60s, 70s and 80s, other than MJ into early 00s I can't stand it now.  Probably more of an image thing with me, selfish entitled millionaires who believe they speak for the people when they do not.  I miss the days of Bird, Magic, Kareem, Dr. J, etc.  I loath and actually hate some of the players now most notably King James.   I just won't watch.

10/28/2018 - 12:37am I was there my Senior Year…

I was there my Senior Year one of the Last games I would see in the Big House.  It is embedded in my memory and tattooed on my eyeballs.

10/21/2018 - 12:26pm My son and I were at the…

My son and I were at the Rose Bowl for the game last night.   Wilton looked good.  After some rustiness he managed the UCLA offense quite well.  His passes got better and if his receivers were better there would be more yards and catches than seen.  Wilton brings some maturity to the UCLA offense along with some consistency.  His teammates were all over him about how good he was.  Let's hope Kelly lets him start.   But actually that was not the best part of the game, watching the Dodger game live on the Rose Bowl big screen pre game was the best part.

10/02/2018 - 10:13pm I have definitive proof that…

I have definitive proof that like Judge Kavanaugh the Baumster was naked with three nurses and there is absolute truth behind both his and the Judges nakedness.  In each case it happened a few minutes after birth, they both should be banished to a mountain top in Nepal to contemplate such sinful behavior.

09/17/2018 - 9:21pm Just seems like as noted it…

Just seems like as noted it's a money move.  At the Rose Bowl for UCLA games we can take in unopened water bottles and we have been for years.  Open it take a hit and you can't take it in.Finish it and we use it to drink and douse ourselves if it's too hot.

09/17/2018 - 9:14pm Been to both UCLA games as I…

Been to both UCLA games as I do have season tickets.  UCLA offense looked at least stable with Wilton running the show but that lasted less than 2 quarters.  DTR was thrown into the fray and the O Line and his inexperience work against him and still do.  Some flashes but he needs more experience and UCLA needs a run game which they are still attempting to find as no one back is stepping up.

09/11/2018 - 11:06pm This day always hits me…

This day always hits me strangely.   I was in a German corn field East of Rostock watching erection of a wind farm.  I had driven 3 hours from Western Denmark caught a ferry and it was around 1pm in the afternoon.   The farm owners son came over to me and said I should go to my hotel as something was happening with the World Trade Center and planes.  Went to check into the Hotel, images everywhere on the TVs.   I am the only Westerner there, the Hotel was so nice, they asked what I needed.  I said do you have a Restaurant, wine and Internet access.  They gave me a key to the business office and ended up coming my meals my whole stay.  Worked out at the wind farm thru Friday drove back to Copenhagen caught the first authorized flight to North America Saturday to Toronto.  Caught a Sunday flight to Calgary and ended up taking the first flight authorized to land at LAX on Monday morning.  5 guys on the flight in, LAX was easily quiet.  Strange thing the company I worked for forgot I was in Germany thought I was in Denmark but could not find me on that Tuesday.  They called my wife in LA asking do you know where Roger is.   She cussed them out in Chinese and said what do you mean you don't know where he is, I just talked to him in Germany.   It was an earie awkward type feeling being out of the country and the ride back was so quiet.   Watching everything from afar was strange.

09/11/2018 - 10:51pm I will claim to be a cocker…

I will claim to be a cocker spaniel for ease of discussion.   I've followed these type of hearings across the colleges of this country.   The press always seems to report facts that slant the bias to the victim either in the due process or the arbitrators decision.   Almost appears and the 6th seems to infer that indeed the proceedings were and are slanted towards the victims story and any potential to cross exam from the guy is automatically outlawed.  Just seems unfair for the many reasons everyone has stated.

09/04/2018 - 2:55pm So there I am in the…

So there I am in the Rosebowl, first row 10 yard line watching UCLA vs Cincinnati, Speight goes out (he walks by us looks like a concussion but its not) and I am checking the M score on my cell phone, down 21-0 quick.    Not again I say, watch the D adjust and hold them, what will the M offense do.   I get slightly excited back and forth M driving, then stopping, then D adjusting at Half (as usual) and holding ND to just 3 in 2nd half.    But phone says M offense back and forth, a kickoff return (good) but wheres the Offense, seems sporatic (seem to remember watching phone last year at Rosebowl a number of times same scenario, same result) and then a sack ball stripped, same to remember something similar last year.   M Go Blog and social and other media go crazy, M O looked sloppy, line can't block (when haven't we heard that before), D gets burned early but eventually adjusts at half (when haven't we heard that before), the sky is falling (when haven't we heard that before).      Then again, I watch a fairly good UCLA D (very good DBs and Safeties) and a Freshman QB filling in for a stable QB go a bit nervous and leave the Rosebowl with another loss.   But at least I was not watching the M vs ND game on NBC and getting personally in the face disappointed.    Now the questions here and there, the O line looked bad, what to do?    The D got juiced early but recovered, how to get them adjusted quicker?   The Coaching was inconsistent, what to do?    Back to the sky is falling and I just don't know.     

08/31/2018 - 6:20am This will definitely be…

This will definitely be interesting.  I too will be at the Rose Bowl tomorrow as at least one other indicated.  Will report observations.

08/21/2018 - 8:28pm That is an amazing…

That is an amazing transformation for just 15lbs weight gain.  If as we suspect most players have improved like this, the explosiveness of this team will be something else.

08/07/2018 - 11:37pm No lies from anyone, you all…

No lies from anyone, you all must be mistaken, I have it from a reliable source it's all Trumps fault, the Urban is flawless, sinless and omnipresent.  After all the Ohio State Truth overwhelms all truth, but seriously it is a Trumps fault.

08/01/2018 - 8:40pm Couldn't happen to a better…

Couldn't happen to a better guy.  What you want to bet his wife says she never told him, she just forgot.  She will issue a tearful apology and he will be back riding a white horse in like nothing ever happened.

07/16/2018 - 9:50pm That would be juicy tender…

That would be juicy tender veal Marsala

07/02/2018 - 3:03pm I live in the heart of…

I live in the heart of Southern Taxifornia;  Arcadia, Taxifornia.

Pros:  Weather on January 1st is usually in the 70s-80s, 

           Snow is where God really meant it to be in the Mountains

           Wifey of 36 years likes that we live in the Heart of Arcasia (she's Chinese)

           Good and Fresh Sushi is readily available

           I live 8 miles from the Rose Bowl and FB Games are easy to get to

           Talented skilled workers shine above the lazy typically millenial crowds

Cons:  I live in the Socialist State of Taxifornia; nuff said

           Illegal Aliens are valued and treasured above all others

           Traffic is horrendous pretty much all the time

           Housing and gasoline costs are very high and continue upward

           Lebron has now moved to Southern Taxifornia and I hate him

           Our Politicians have not met a Tax they did not like and keep thinking of more

           No one likes the folks from the fly over zone unless you are from there yourself

           The media and fruits and nuts can't understand why anyone voted for Trump

           Politicians believe they've solved the Homeless problem even though the numbers are up

           The most pressing issue according to the leftist politicians is "global warming"

 

 

07/01/2018 - 11:34pm I live in SoCal but am not a…

I live in SoCal but am not a Lakers Fan and I absolutely Hate Lebron,,always enjoyed that selfish egotistical losing.   It will be interesting to see the one man show in LA not get out of the 2nd round.

05/25/2018 - 3:49pm Parents

My wife and I became parents at age 37 (we are the same age) with the adoption of a girl who was 15 months old in 1994.    Our 2nd via adoption came to us 19 months later a boy of 13 months.  Both came to us from China.   Advice, spend more time with your children than the people you pay to spend time with them.    Actively carve out time (Saturdays were our big days) and do anything with your child(ren) together.   When you are out with them, you develop a building relationship showing them the world, we always said there were people to see, places to go and things to do.     Mine are now 25 and 23 and our 25 year old just got married last November.   We are all still close talking and face timing multiple times a week.   Our 25 year old still turns to us for advice (as does her 25 year old Husband who also was adopted from China) and we happily give them options for consideration (that's advice from parents to 20 somethings).    My 23 year old son is still at home finishing college and we still hang out all the time, this year is our 14th straight year with Football Season tickets at the Rosebowl for UCLA games.    Taking the type of approach that we did has made our now adult children closer to us and it is so refreshing to be able to compare our relationship to others who did not adopt our approach.  Think positive and forward.  Being a Father has been the most rewarding Job (that's not a real job) I've ever had.

05/10/2018 - 10:02pm MJ vs LBJ

MJ all the way, a much better player all around and a better team mate and team player. MJ was cocky and confident but no where near the ass hat that LBJ is. And by the way I'd take Magic and Bird before LBJ. Both much better team players. Can't wait to see the Cavs and LBJ go down again.

04/30/2018 - 8:32pm Rose Bowl

Attended both 2005 and 2007 with my son. Best Stadiums Old Tiger Stadium Summer of 77 attended 30 games, Old Yankee Stadium. I've had Season Tickets to UCLA FB with this year being the 15th. The Rose Bowl has changed with a huge upgrade a few years ago so the experience is a bit more modern. The parking does suck so best bet in and out are shuttles to and from Old Town Pasadena. Best experience at Rose Bowl watching 42 the Jackie Robinson story while sitting on the 25 yard line on a Mid Augustt Saturday night watching the movie on the North Screen at Sunset with my son and 3000 other UCLA season ticket holders.

04/12/2018 - 8:38pm Speight to UCLA

Well should be interesting since Kelly likes to run. Since I need that up front college experience and do not live in Michigan but 8 miles from the Rose Bowl I got my UCLA fb season tickets yesterday, 14th year.

03/26/2018 - 3:38pm Moo "Pedafile" U 500 million

Their should be no funds from the People of the State of Michigan.  All funds should come from their Endowment or from Alumni fund raising to cover their sins.   They let this go for so long I have no simpathy for them.  May they burn to ashes for such treatment of all those young girls.

03/19/2018 - 11:05pm Thursday Game Getting to Staples

I live in Arcadia 11 miles from Staples, can't make the Game Thursday but have a travel recommendation. Take the Gold Line Train to Union Station Transfer to the Red Line go 3 stops take the Blue Line one stop to Staples Center and reverse afterwards. Choose any Gold Line (off the 210 Freeway ) Station East of Sierra Madre Villa (including that station) park for free buy a tap card and it should only cost you 1.75 to 2.25 plus 1 dollar one time for a tap card each way. Leave from said station at least two hours before game time you should get to Staples one hour or so before the game. You will bypass the hell of LA traffic on any freeway ( the 10, 110, 710, 405, 101 or the 5) and save on parking. If you have not been into LA on any evening driving you will thank me for avoiding that true hell of an experience.

01/29/2018 - 10:21pm Forbes Ranking

I've seen the summary before and it sort of bugs me that is says Madonna was a Michigan Grad. She dropped out of U of M and moved to NYC in the 77/78 school year timeframe. I do remember meeting here Spring 77 at a party on North Campus she was sitting on the floor consuming a beer, her name was distinctive something one does not forget and she had the most Noticeable eye brows.

01/27/2018 - 12:35pm Seat Donation Non Deductability

So not living in Michigan I don't have Michigan season tickets but I do live 7 miles from the Rose Bowl here in beautiful Southern Taxifornia. That said to fill my up front college football experience need (regardless of the teams results) I've had season tickets to UCLA football for 14 years. I pay 339 each seat (2 seats for my son and I) on the west side 15 yard line down low. The "seat fee" which funds the Wooden Athletic Fund is 200/seat which was previously 80% deductible as your Big Blue seat fees were. Will this make me change; no it's a fee (probably should not have been deductible anyway) and it gets me some extras (summer movie night on the grass of Rose Bowl, UCLA bobble heads, various pins, some free tickets to various non UCLA FB sports etc) and in reality it's a small fee to sit where I am and enjoy up front college football. If I was paying 1600/seat fee for 50 yd line seats (which is the going rate) and I was not über rich I might be switching seat zones.

09/03/2017 - 11:43pm UCLA and Chosen Rosen

So my son and I are in our UCLA season ticket seats for this game (gotta have some up front action you know). At halftime and at 44 to 10 everyone in our section is saying will Mora be fired tonight or in the morning. Now I have to ask if A&M will fire their coach for letting the game get away, cause they did let it get away.

02/05/2017 - 10:30pm 51 Super Bowl Champs

DEFLATE THAT COMMISSIONER

09/17/2016 - 11:28am UCLA SoCal and Michigan

Growing up in Michigan during the 60s and 70s and Graduating from U of M in 80, I always looked at those in Southern California as a bunch of fruits and nuts. Having now lived 11 miles from Downtown LA for 15 years I have not changed my opinion on that. I would not live anywhere else other than maybe Hawaii now. While I miss the falls I do not miss the snow. Out here the snow is where God meant it to be in the mountains should one wish to partake of all its pleasure. It is great to wake up on New Years Day each year to see a blue sky and 72 degrees. I've been a UCLA season ticket holder for 14 years now and seen basically a so so team much of the time including this year. The players always seem so timid and not well disciplined, which I blame on the coaching staff. But I need that upfront in person college football experience and I will not go to the colesium to see USC, The Rose Bowl and Old Town Pasedena is a true pleasure in the fall.

09/11/2016 - 10:40pm Where were you

That Tuesday Morning I left the West Coast of Denmark in my rental car at 5AM. I drove south and East and caught a ferry across the Baltic Sea to Rostock Germany. I was heading towards a Wind Turbine Construction site just east of Rostock. I arrived at the site around 1pm. About 215PM someone came over and said a plane had just crashed into the WTC, then he said a 2nd one. The suggestion was made to go to my Hotel which I did. I checked into the hotel, the replays were on all TVs, the desk personnel were so kind making sure I had everything I needed. I said did you have Internet (yes they did in the business center), did they have a restaurant and wine, yes on both parts. I promptly called my family in Los Angeles and found out what was going on. Dinner was comped fro me that night by the restaurant staff. My company lost me for 3 days ( they forgot where i was during all the chaos). I stayed in Rostock until Friday driving back to Copenhagen. I got out on a flight to Toronto on Saturday, stayed the night, flew to Calgary and got the first flight landing into a reopened LAX on a plane full of 5 people. It was a surreal experience being in Europe at that time watching the events checking online. That experience burns in my mind as where I was closely to being in 1st grade Nov 23, 1963 and the teachers telling us President Kennedy was dead.

08/23/2016 - 10:56pm Greatest College Player Watced

For Michigan it would be Anthony Carter in person. Outside of Michigan and the best gutty performance making him in my mind the Greatest was Archie Manning playing and running with a broken arm, Late 1970 and the Gator Bowl 1/2/71. I have not seen anyone play so gutty, so well with such an injury in my many viewing years.

07/18/2016 - 10:17pm What Other Teams

I follow UCLA football because I live 8 miles from the Rosebowl and need that upfront in stadium experience. This year marks the 13th year as a Season Ticket Holder for my son and I.. Last Saturday night was season ticket holder appreciation night. 2000 or so tickets holders and my son and I watching 42 the Jackie Robinson movie on the big screen of the Rosebowl while sitting on the 30 yard line, a 3/4 moon in the southwest sky, free popcorn, beer available and tours and players around before the movie. It was a very nice night in the Rosebowl.

07/06/2016 - 10:39pm Fidrych and the Summer of 76

That was a hell of a summer, I was 19, just finished Freshman Year. I was at home at back in New Buffalo, MI. I had a job building houses (awesome tan), a car and a girl friend. Drinking age was 18 in MI at that time, it was the Bicentennial Year and Fidrych was a sensation. A congruence of events and a time I don't think has been repeated. WLS out of Chicago rockin the summer away and again Fidrych. He gave a boost to baseball that was sorely needed. Flash forward Summer of 78 I was working on campus washing windows and cleaning up dorms for the summer during the day. At night a few of us would regularly drive up to the Old Tiger Stadium and spend 2 dollars to sit in the bleachers with the homeless and drunks. We easily hit 35 games that summer. Memories an old guy can appreciate.

04/26/2016 - 9:33pm First Album You Ever Bought with Your Own Money

The Runaways , Cherry Bomb, 1976, those girls were so hot

09/20/2015 - 8:59pm BYU Point Spread

My son and I were up close at the Night Game at the Rose Bowl last night. BYU frustrated UCLA not so much their Defense which did in reality fluster Chose Rosen, but BYUs offense which seemed to at will have the short pass open all night. Realistically UCLAs defense took a hit when one of their leading LBs was booted for what all saw as a fake leading with his helmet that just hit grass and no man. UCLAs d picked it up a bit in the 4th but it was the running game that won it for the Bruins, 296 yards running 219 by Paul Perkins, BYU can be run against and Michigan has a good enough O line and backs to take advantage of that maybe not as successful as UCLA but clearly enough to win if the D stops the short pass.

07/20/2015 - 6:49pm Worst Sporting Venue Ever Attended

Old Tiger Stadium, Summer of 1977, Center Field Bleachers, $2 to get in, $1.00 large beers, hundreds of Homeless bums throwing up and throwing beer at Ron Leflore.     Wrigley Field, April 1, 1973, skipped school to go to Opening Day with HS Buds, 25 degrees, 20 foot snow drifts outside Stadium, 30 Mph winds, Cubs as usual sucked but at least they served us beer and did not ask for ID.

07/07/2015 - 9:37pm CFB Hate

Of course

Ohio 100% triple pure evil

Notre Dame 100% double pure evil

Little Brother 100 % just pure evil

I would actually rate ND as more evil grew up 40 miles from there, hated them for all the ref biased BB and football games in the 60s and early 70s. Loved it so much that after ND BB defeated UCLA BB at home John Wooden said don't worry we will get them back and they did destroying ND BB in the Tournament. So many memories of pay back to the evil ones. My Son and daughter think I'm a bit nuts when I talk about the evil ones and I usually throw in the Red Sox in the same discussion cause they are also evil.

07/05/2015 - 3:47pm Burgers at Redamaks in New Buffalo

Yes, Redamaks are good I grew up in New Buffalo, worked at Redamaks in 73-74 cooking up those Burgers. Next best thing is Inn-N-Out which is what I had for Lunch on the 4th with my Son and Daughter, and then later lots of Different Asian food at Santa Anita Race Track at the 626 Nightmarket.

05/28/2015 - 6:19pm Season Tickets Single or Odd Availability

What they do at the Rose Bowl for UCLA season tickets is NOT allow one to buy tickets and leave a single open seat next to where you buy. For example if there are 3 seats in line you can buy 1 or 3 but not 2. This applies for new season ticket holders or seat swaps for existing season ticket holders. They have been doing this for a number of years. Interesting this year is the first year one has to pay a tiered premium price for seats. It's actually a donation membership tio the Wooden Athletic Fund. It used to be a set 380 dollar fee whether one had one or two or more season tickets, it's now a tiered price per ticket ranging from 100 to 1600 per ticket depending on location in the stadium, me thinks they saw what the likes of Big Blue and others were doing and decided to adopt a similar arrangement

05/24/2015 - 4:41pm Most Extreme Experience

December 11, 1995, Guangzhou, China. My Chinese (from Taiwan) wife and I had just been handed our second adopted child (a son) 6 days earlier in Changsha, Hunan. Older daughter (2+ years old adopted in May 1994) was with us. Son decides to start holding his breath turning not blue but black and passing out not once but multiple times. Physician on trip from USA with us says no problem 25% of children do this, he is doing this because he is frustrated but wakes up each time calm and always surprisingly hungry. While that might be a bit anxious and nervous making that was not the trouble. Dear wife starts freaking out, feels she can't take care of him,why didn't they say he had this problem, what are we going to do, we have to give him back.... She was not consoled, time to dig down deep find a way a solution. Step one have physician on trip evaluate our son; she says he appears to have been a premature child hence the lack of muscle tone other than stomach muscles from crying and was an excessive drooler. Dr. Says he must be a tough one to have survived 13 months from birth in an orphanage in one of the poorer regions. Step two local Physician review at local clinic nearby (needed to finalize visa for USA entry). Chinese Dr. Looks at him, my Chinese wife talking away in Mandarin insisting on extra tests beyond the normal. All tests point again to a child of premature birth with low muscle tone but otherwise healthy. He had this look in his eyes I was not going to give him back. Wife still nervous but less so, big sis ok has someone to play with. Step three get on phone with wife's older sister in Taiwan, 2 hours and 450 U.S. Dollars later wife is calmer we can keep him but wife's older sister will meet us in Hong Kong in a few days for face to face review. Step four meet SIL in Hong Kong, son takes to SIL well plays with her glasses laughs at her, wife is getting warmer to son, though still nervous. Spring forward to today, son is 20 just finishing 2nd year in local community college, he volunteers at church with the young kids, does audio visual, works with Youth Group, has four close girl friends he hangs with, is the most social and confident young man and very close to mom. We all joke about those few days in Dec of 95 in China and my wife readily admits she wanted to give him back. With a lot of help I talked her down from the cliff showed he he was meant for us and that we could handle him. An extreme time maybe but one certainly filled with emotion. I put my Engineers solution skills to the extreme test that month and it paid off.

05/08/2015 - 9:53pm Fav College Football Stadium

I will have to also agree the Rose Bowl is it especially after the recent upgrades. Been a UCLA season ticket holder for 12 years now cause I live here in Southern Taxifornia and need that upfront Big time College experience and it easy to get to in Pasadena.

04/24/2015 - 4:42pm Harbaugh and Exposure

Coach seems to be putting a hurt (in a good way) on all College Football, shaking them up, moving off the certain path and being authentic, honest and certainly creative.    One can only trust this will extend to play on the field.  Go Jim Go, keep it up.

04/22/2015 - 4:11pm Jim Harbaugh Latest Comments

Boy I just can't feel that Coach Harbaugh is in the right place at the right time for Big Blue Football.    He's too intense for Pro Football players more suited for college.   He says football is the last bastion for men, he says Chris Kyle is an American Hero and American Sniper is a good movie and it you don't agree with me, I don't care.   A man's man telling it as he see's it and one who does not care about Political correctness.  One can't help but believe the team is pysched up about this guy and the recruits looking at UofM take notice.

 

Keep it up coach we need more men who will speak it as it is.

03/10/2015 - 9:44pm What you do, car and social media

Electrical Engineer (Power) 20 years Commercial Nuclear Now 15 years Wind
2009 Honda Civic Hybrid with 299,525 miles
Hell no, never cared about social status just the Love of my Wife and Children

01/23/2015 - 10:14pm Bubba Paris

I remember Bubba well from my time at Michigan when he was there. A bull of a football lineman, the largest human being I have ever run into personally. Iii remember standing in line one day at the book store and all of a sudden all the light was blocked out, I turned around and there he was and he knew right away what had happened,started laughing and said sorry bro and I started laughing also. I very nice man all around.

01/22/2015 - 9:59pm Free tuition et al

One of my sons HS friends mother works for USC Medical Center as a Physician. Her son had he been accepted at USC would have gone Tuition free. He however was accepted to and choose to go to Baylor where he attends Tuition free because of reciprocal arrangements between such private schools as USC and Baylor for children of each respective schools employees.