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12/01/2018 - 6:47am Absolutely the only American…

Absolutely the only American citizen of a certain age that "can't remember" where he was when Kennedy was killed.

The world is a better place.

10/30/2018 - 6:50am https://www.youtube.com…


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Stjij7WGCgE

I'd rather be shuffling.

You might still want to coach up your plant foot when starting your drive forward ... inside or outside drive foot might help establish a preferred angle, but you'd have to sit there and watch it some before you'd know.

If you're not flipping your hips and then running, crossing your feet is always a bad thing.

This is true of any sport at any time.

But, what do I know?

08/07/2018 - 2:23pm Tim Davis wore #56 as a…

Tim Davis wore #56 as a Middle Guard/Nose Tackle, pick your favorite term from 72-75. He was a helluva defensive lineman and All-Conference as a Senior at maybe 210 lbs. 

Don Warner is a tremendous story, but it was Timmy Davis who got the starts over Warner in 73. And yes, the legend has it that Warner got every start his Senior year. Bentley has Davis with 7 starts as a sophomore to Warner's 4. What Warner accomplished at Michigan was incredible, but #56 was the better player.

08/02/2018 - 2:10pm Good for you on that values…

Good for you on that values thing. I'd like to point out here that it's very likely that you aren't running a national athletic or entertainment brand.

We've seen it over and over and over, and we will continue to see it for the rest of our lives and no amount of pontificating is going to change it. When some douche get's too cocky and certain that he/she/it is invincible, the weight of their indiscretions will topple them, while the ones with their eye on the ball will skate, likely tisking all the way to the fundraiser ... just as long as they win.

Consider Harvey Weinstein, whose behavior was so egregious that people made jokes about it at award shows ... for fucking decades. All those good Hollywood folks who are so quick to cluck about whatever is the indiscretion du jour had absolutely nothing to say, excepting maybe Brad Pitt who went to the source and made threats, but never let the sun shine on the issue. Not on my wallet said hundreds, if not thousands of fine socially conscious people.

Wanna fix it? Stop thinking Meier, Dantonio, Simon or anybody in that position has the stones to step up. Create a position with the authority to fire over athletic department or even administration objections, then give that person a long term contract that pays big come hell or high water. 

Until then, talk is cheap. The problem here is that it's only when it's your livelihood on the chopping block is that it gets real.

08/02/2018 - 12:42pm Yeah, except it ain't his…

Yeah, except it ain't his job to know. His job is to win football games. Argue till you're blue in the face that it should be his job to know, but it ain't and likely never will be.

Al Davis defined the job of head coach in big time athletics to perfection, "Just win baby."

All that other stuff is window dressing.

Urban's problem is that he did know even tho he likely didn't want to, and then he went out and got caught lying about it. 

The morals here are ... of course ... don't find out stuff you don't want to know, and if you do, don't get caught lying about it. When they should be, if you do find out stuff you don't want to know, wince and then handle it, and absolutely don't lie about it.

 

07/29/2018 - 5:20pm I'll be honest here and say…

I'll be honest here and say that mostly I don't give a rat's rear end about local Ann Arbor politics and haven't since Perry Bullard. Having said that, I came in for the soccer game Saturday, and for the first time in many years had occasion to cruise the neighborhoods from Tappan school up Packard and then up Seventh to Miller.

The neighborhoods looks really good at least when compared to my memory. Cambridge Court is still a slum, but it's at least no worse than it was when I lived there. Some of the streets between Main and Seventh are positively shiny. Downtown was jam packed with not your typical game day veteran Wolverine crowd and as such double hard to get around driving, but you could park at both Library Lane and at Ashley.

Having spent my professional life doing Real Estate, I know that this has far more to do with people wanting to maintain their property and investment, along with the ability to borrow and service debt or the presence of a stream of income sufficient for that purpose than it has to do with any government entity either elected, or Monday thru Friday.  BUT ... at least the local government types aren't fucking things up. Or at least they're not fucking things up to the extent that local government is fucking things up elsewhere.

Just sayin'.

As an aside, I saw a girl in a red sundress kind of a thing and some ear buds boogying hard down Stadium, heading toward Ypsi around 7 or so. Then I caught her again balleting up Main Street toward downtown at about 9:30. It was an impressive display of endurance and some really good dancing. Has anybody seen this girl shaking it around town. I was kind of hoping that she was a thing. If she is, she's a way upgrade over Shakey Jake.

07/27/2018 - 2:38pm Rona Kramer alone puts 87 at…

Rona Kramer alone puts 87 at the top as far as far as I'm concerned. He was the definition of "a man among boys" on a football field ... and then on the basketball court.

Leroy Hoard's blue uni is my all time favorite Michigan football uniform.

07/17/2018 - 5:40pm No.

But the site has…

No.

But the site has definitely taken step backwards when it comes to being useable, although multiple people have told me that it's an upgrade for mobile use. I don't hit it on my phone.

07/16/2018 - 11:10am Well recognized, sir.

Well recognized, sir.

07/16/2018 - 10:06am Here's a difference when it…

Here's a difference when it comes to soccer. Very few dad's that know the game. Club football is largely run by dads, as is little league baseball. Club basketball, particularly at the elite level is a different animal all together, particularly at the highest levels where clubs get support from sponsors and are able to recruit and extend financial support for the best players.

A very high percentage of soccer coaches are earning the majority of their living at soccer. They aren't getting rich at it and they ain't giving it back. I think volleyball runs about the same way, but I'm not sure.

In your particular case, $1,600 is peanuts, probably just represents the costs of "club and coaching" and doesn't even begin to scratch the surface when you consider the cost of indoor practice facilities field costs and tournaments. All my kid's played club soccer at the highest level they were capable of. Every team we were part of had some kids playing at reduced fees and of course every team has it's mooches who typically club hopped every other year or so because they had run up a bill they had no intention of paying.

Our National team's problems when it comes to our available athletic talent have far more to do with alternatives. Kids here have beau coup sports to chose from if they want to play a sport. We chose soccer for my kids because of genetics, my wife is short, and I can't jump. 

Development is an issue in the sense that there is no real American style of play. The Olympic Development Program at the high school level is about chasing wins as opposed to developing players. This is also more true than not at the club level, despite the fact that club owners and coaches will all deny that allegation. Buy em a drink though and they'll all tell you that if you don't win, your best kids move to a different club. Or at the ODP level if you don't kick ass at regionals most years, they just move on to a different guy. So what happens is that if a guy has a stud kid that you can't handle, they'll play long ball to him in the hope that he catches you one on on, drives over your isolated defender and gets his shot. Guys who don't have the stud kid claim to be coaching the right way, but if you see them with multiple teams, the truth mostly comes out. There are some clubs that want to possess, but they are few and far between.

Soccer is still very much nascent and rising, steadily and mightily. I like Twellman ok, but his little rant is mostly empty platitudes. He want's the gig at the top of US soccer and is campaigning for it. Our recent problems are mostly about crap coaches making dumbass personnel decisions that were followed by dumbass strategic and tactical decisions. 

06/22/2018 - 9:09am Depending on one’s…

Depending on one’s definition of winning, Schiano won at Rutgers. He did it in great part by “building a wall around New Jersey” and securing most of a consistantly solid high school football program   for Rutgers, year after year. If somebody from Rutgers ever wakes up and actually thinks about rebuilding that program, they’re gonna go looking for a great recruiter, that has connections in state in order to re-apply that plan. Worry about that one if you’re looking for a new worry for today.

Indiana has no shot. They were fun for a minute, but haven’t been good since John Pont and the “cardiac kids.”

06/20/2018 - 7:33pm He has the occasional…

He has the occasional interesting insight into the human condition.

But he repeats whole sentences two, three and occasionally four times during the course of a monologue. I have heard him repeat an entire paragraph on occasion. I find that to be tedious. 

He has only two topics, LeBron’s greatness and where will LeBron take his greatness next. I find that to be even more tedious than the other thing.

I try twice a week. Pretty quick I go back to Art and Gator.

06/20/2018 - 7:38am As has been well established…

As has been well established around here, all 40 times are fake.

Having said that, the kid can run. Here's the link to his Track page.

https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/Athlete.aspx?AID=8562820#!/L0

06/16/2018 - 8:49pm "A Spain man will coach…

"A Spain man will coach Spain!" Luis (Bo) Rubiales

06/09/2018 - 8:35pm I disagree. Justify just…

I disagree. Justify just made them look weak. He just took the lead against the early speed and nullified it with a nice first quarter, backed the pace down a notch, waited for the stretch runners and then broke them in the last quarter.

That's pretty much the definition of tactical speed in horse racing.

You might have heard Mike Smith immediately after the race when asked about the horse being an "old soul" say that the horse was so quiet in the gate that he was afraid he wouldn't break, but when the gate opened he took off like he was running 440 yards at Ruidoso. That's a reference to the All American Futurity, a straight 440 yard sprint championship for Quarter Horses. What he was telling you is that the big horse took that lead because he was the early speed.

He then kept it because he was the late speed as well.

06/09/2018 - 7:02pm The big horse just blew…

The big horse just blew their doors off. We got to see greatness today.

06/02/2018 - 8:28am David Ruffin

Or Uncle Eddie Levert.
The youngest Roanboy says Freddie Mercury.

05/27/2018 - 7:53pm By all means, hold our troops in your highest esteem.

But never mistake the cabal of lying, civilian, pond scum, regardles of political affiliation that sends them into harm's way year after year after year after year after ... for the patriots that they fashion themselves to be.

Wanna do something good for the people serving so honorably in our military? Eschew virtue signalling and get to work getting their asses home from the shit holes our pissant excuse for a government keeps sending them into.

05/27/2018 - 8:51am The Big Red One

You want the expanded 2004 version at 158 minutes, although the original 113 minute version cut by Universal after Samuael Fuller's first cut came in at four hours is a fine picture in it's own right. The recut version I believe won something at Cannes some years after Fuller's death. He died pissed off about the original version.

Starring Lee Marvin at the height of his powers, along with Robert Carradine and Mark Hamill among others. 

Semi biographical account of Samuel Fuller's experiences serving with the First Infantry Division in Africa, Sicily, Omaha Beach and France during WW2. Fuller was the real deal having earned the Silver Star, Bronze Star and a Purple Heart during his service. He was present at the libertion of the Falkenau concentration camp.

 

05/25/2018 - 7:19am PA is a Michigan tradition

Wangler to Carter vs Indiana was off Play Action because Bo didn't have a straight dropback pass in the offense.

05/23/2018 - 11:11am This is news

And appropriately reported as well, as much as one might choose to hate the Freep and want to attend the auction at which it is liquidated for pennies on the dollar, followed immediately by the personal possessions of certain bankrupt ... financially, we already know about the intellectual and moral bankruptcies ... members of their former sports department who are then left destitute and find themselves homeless and living in a Starbucks.

But I digress.

If you read the piece, whatsisname had used up his eligibility, making him a convenient target of a program desperate to look like they are doing the right thing, despite what the universal you might think. I suspect that discovery will tell the truth here when questions about notification/service are answered

05/19/2018 - 8:40pm Justify looked pretty strong again

He went the better part of a mile looking Good Magic in the eye and then left when it was time. The Field at the Belmont will mostly have not run today and will be fresh for mile and a half race. That’ll be a test, but so far Justify looks big and strong to me. Throw in what looks like some very nice tactical speed. He might be a great one.

05/19/2018 - 8:31pm Thanks for posting this

I was at a bar in Seattle and had no sound.

05/16/2018 - 7:37am They still don't fly.

You asked.

05/15/2018 - 8:16am Etta James

Tell Mama. Recorded at Fame Studios with the Swampers. The title track kicks ass.

Some Northern Soul classics .....

Misery by the Dynamics, a tune that was famously just flat out ripped off by Pete Townshend pre Who.

Your Time is My Time, Bob and Earl.

I Spy For The FBI by Jamo Thomas and The Party Boys Orchestra

Turning My Heartbeat Up by MVPs.

And Charlie Musselwhite's lastest record ... I think ... I Had Trouble, maybe my favorite Charlie Musselwhite.

All of it hook laden soul and blues.

05/14/2018 - 6:54am The notion

that sparty was going to get hurt in enrollment was always nonsensical wishfulthinking. Like every BIG school, sparty has many more applicants than spots. They might have lost a handful of applicants ... maybe. I doubt even that the overall quality of their class ha declined even by a tiny percentage. 

The fact remains that none of them could get into Mixhigan anyway.

Especially the in state kids, which is a damnable shame really, but that's a different conversation.

 

05/07/2018 - 2:42pm What a clown show

the Pistons have been under SVG leadership.

Takes me back to my younger days, buying nose bleed seats at Cobo and then walking down with 8 mins left in the first quarter because nobody was coming.

Days of Butch Komives, Otto Moore, Erwin Mueller, Stan Love. The Pistons traded Ray Scott for Rudy LaRusso, Rudy retired within 5 seconds of being told he was going to Detroit. He never played a minute in the NBA again.

That was basketball in those days. Not good basketball, mind you. Just basketball.

05/07/2018 - 2:16pm What a clown show

the Pistons have been under SVG leadership.

Takes me back to my younger days, buying nose bleed seats at Cobo and then walking down with 8 mins left in the first quarter because nobody was coming.

Days of Butch Komives, Otto Moore, Erwin Mueller, Stan Love. The Pistons traded Ray Scott for Rudy LaRusso, Rudy retired within 5 seconds of being told he was going to Detroit. He never played a minute in the NBA again.

That was basketball in those days. Not good basketball, mind you. Just basketball.

05/03/2018 - 5:18pm I met Bo twice

It was just a spectacular Ann Arbor day, the first or second week of May, probably 1975. The flowering trees were riotous. I had a big, stout, yellow labrador retriever that was better known around campus than I was. I'd sit on the railroad bridge at the back of the Arb and throw rocks into the water. The dog would swim in place back and forth chasing the plunks.  We did this every day.

There was an almost straight up path from Nichols Road/Drive ... whatever. That ended behind the guard rail off to the river side kind of in front of the Peoni Garden and by the small gated parking lot on East Hospital Drive right before it planes down to the river. I'd take that path back on most days, prefering to get the uphill part of the walk home done in one hard drive uphill rather than the long winding uphill walk that was the only alternative.

So the dog and I go blasting up the hill, The dog beats me to the top having cheated by jumping the start. We come out into this tiny clearing and there stands Bo Fucking Schembechler on the sidewalk with a big happy grin on his face, sniffing the air, and busy being glad he was alive for a spring day in Ann Arbor. I have no idea what he was doing there as I didn't have the stones to ask.

Well, the dog loved everyone but was soaking wet and muddy. He goes trotting in Bo's direction. I'm not sure Bo liked dogs, as he get's mildly severe while eyeing the dog and then me. I whistled and the dog turns on a dime and comes back to me. I'm apologizing at 90 words a minute like I'm about to be running steps till I puke. Bo says,"You sure have that dog trained son." "Yes sir, all it takes is time." Bo liked that answer. I watch him size me up in about a sixth of a second and he says, Are you here for spring term?"

 "Yes sir, I'll be here all summer."

"Are you from Ann Arbor?"

"No Sir."

"Why didn't you go home?"

"I got sick and lost a term and I'm trying to get caught up."

But then, I did something that I never do, something that completely violates my nature. I volunteer information. "Besides, the old man and I are at war. All that happens when I go home is a fight."

And of course, I got the speech. That speech is a treasure to me, even though it was completely generic and predictable.

By the end of it, I'm all Yes sir and No sir, but he's made me so comfortable with him that I get cocky. "You need to throw it to your tight end more, Bo." Then I come to my senses and get real scared. Bo just laughs like hell and says, "Everybody's a football coach." and then dismisses me ever so kindly. I didn't find out until many years later that Bo could be messed with.

Flash forward some number of years to the Bust. I get free tickets because a friend of mine's brother got sick with the flu. I get into a long line of guys waiting for a word with Bo. When I get there, I say, "Bo, you probably don't remember me but ..."

"Of course I remember you son. How's that big dog of yours?"

"Well, he's old and slow. My dad stole him from me. We partnered up flipping houses."

Bo Schembechler smiled at me like he was proud of me, slapped me on the shoulder and says, "Good man!"

As trite and stupid as this will read, I have seriously and conciously attempted to live my life, do business and raise my family in a fashion that would cause Bo ... among a couple others to be sure, but Bo Schembechler for damn sure ... to remain proud of me.

What a treasure he was to a whole generation of us, football players or not.

05/02/2018 - 6:44pm Is the RC still in East Quad?

Is there still an RC?

05/01/2018 - 7:17am Agreed

You want Indiana to be good at basketball. That helps everybody.

04/22/2018 - 4:40pm Hard not to like that guy.

That is all.

04/17/2018 - 8:24am I would put Beilein at the top of the heap ...

for the entire profession, at least at the college level.

My friends are expecting this comment, so I'm gonna go there again. Orr was up there too. I find it to be incredibly interesting to hear Beilein say that he pulled action from "the old Johny Orr offense."

04/12/2018 - 8:54pm Disagree on Mackinac Island

Definately stay on the island if you can and can afford it. It becomes a whole different world after the last ferry leaves. Stay out late, hit the restaurants and then the bars, sleep late. It's best after Labor day. We usually stay two or three nights. Drive home hungover. My wife and I like the Metevier, but all the B&Bs down that row are very nice. Not cheap, but worth the money.

04/12/2018 - 8:30pm The Locks are still there and as awesome as ever.

Stay at The Plaza Motor Motel, it's immaculate and way reasonable, even by UP standards. Dinner at Carl's at the west end of town on the locks ... it approaches fine dining, at least when it comes to the menu. It's a nice, warm room as well. Drink at Antlers at the other end of town. 

04/02/2018 - 5:39pm Whatever is on a favorite

See above.

04/02/2018 - 6:29am By all means, hang the banners.

Don't invite the lying piece of shit that is chris webber.

04/01/2018 - 7:02am CJ Baird

Gets a block to go with his three.

Kid gets it done at both ends of the floor.

03/31/2018 - 8:51am Screw the Oxygen

Two quarter pounders with cheese, a large order of fries and a shake.

You're already abusing your body ... go for it.

03/30/2018 - 6:55am Joe Johnson

Is absolutely in the conversation, if the conversation has to do with elite point defenders.

He was built to play D, with loooooong arms and legs, hardly any torso. He was ridiculous quick. I'd go with iverson quick, but then you'd roll your eyes. So ... almost Iverson quick ... ish.

Johnson get's overlooked because he was in an ensemble and was not a great scorer. But of the points he did get, lots of them were off steals on which he would just pick guys clean and be gone to the hoop before they even really got turned around.

He absolutely ruined guys taking charges. They'd get so frustrated with Johson beating them to the spot, they'd just quit and start looking around for help. Then, it would usually go to Grote's guy, which was no good either.

Ricky Green was a stud defender too, although he was less commtted to it than was Johnson. Green had a lot more to do at the other end.

Orr's teams, particularly when they had Dutcher were very much committed to D.

03/26/2018 - 3:55pm Ain't happening

Engler is negotiating.

Step #1, install terror over an outrageous, never in a million years gonna happen result.

Soon come, approximated Engler quote, "While my heart goes out to the victims, the State of Michigan can not afford the burden of losing this great resource that is Michigan State University."

You know the rest.

From one of the older playbooks in human history.

03/23/2018 - 6:32am The difference between Beilein and Izzo's coaching on display

Tom Izzo's five star recruits can't make a three in a big game. John Beilein's student manager buries his.

03/20/2018 - 6:18am Sparty pounded Syracuse on the boards.

Like somebody around here says every once in a while about football, any system properly run can work. But, I wouldn't get too knocked out about the 2-3 as a thing.

Syracuse vs Sparty was an impressive example of each teams approach to basketball. Izzo's committment to rebounding and physical play at the expense of other offensive skills, against a long, flying around on a string defense that gives up back side rebounds, but not a lot of great looks.

Sparty pulled down 29 offensive boards, 50+ total. Syracuse didn't get a body on Tillman all day, or anybody else for that matter.

I don't think Syracuse wins that game against a team less determined to choke at the end.

Giggle.

03/20/2018 - 6:12am On the talent thing

I'm not sure Syracuse gets the great talent all that frequently, depending on how you evaluate "talent", I guess.

They get long athletes to be sure, but I don't think they get a lot of guys with outstanding offensive skills. I believe that's a negative feature of Boeheim's fealty to the 2-3. Kids that can score the ball know what they will be spending their time on in practice at Syracuse and go elsewhere.

03/19/2018 - 6:21am Yeah but ...

who knew he was packing a slingshot?

03/17/2018 - 6:46am I do think you have to put this one up there.

As this was a total beat down of an ass kicking.

03/17/2018 - 6:43am Upset upsets Man O War at the Sanford August 13, 1919.

The very event that introduced a brand new definition for the word upset. As an aside, Man O War's jock, Johhny Loftus is widely believed to have been "got to" on this ride, an issue with horse racing at the time. Likely still if anybody cared about horse racing anymore.

 

03/13/2018 - 1:40pm Every time someone asks about two bigs.

In my mind, I go straight to Artis Gilmour at 7'2" and Pembrook Burroughs at 7'0" of the Jacksonville University Dolphins, who went 27-2, averaging 99.9 points per game and lost to UCLA ... of course ... in the National Championship finals.

I'm not sure there's ever been anybody quite like them.

03/13/2018 - 8:24am Is it George's birthday or something?

Wondering.

03/09/2018 - 4:24pm Nicely done

That is all.