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08/20/2018 - 4:50am For those special games when…

For those special games when you want to feel pretty.

08/17/2018 - 4:11am Or do they go full Brandon…

Or do they go full Brandon and announce it by email at 1:00 am?

08/17/2018 - 4:09am I used to work in the…

I used to work in the college of nursing at a Michigan university. One of the instructors - a smart, tough woman with 20+ years of nursing experience who'd seen it all - told me she wouldn't go anywhere near peds oncology or ICU. She could handle ER, surgery, oncology, or whatever else without flinching - but the seriously ill kids, especially the ones who you knew weren't going to make it, tore her up too much. I've heard similar stories from other nurses.

I've got a soft spot for all nurses, but peds nurses are a special breed. You got balls, and that's meant in the most complimentary way possible. Salute.

OP, ask yourself: what would make your friend happy? (And yes, I know - "happy" is a relative term.) Would it be having you show up, even thought he'd told you not to? Or would he be pissed that you'd defied his wishes? The problem with giving advice is that none of us know your friend. Only you do. So, knowing him - what would he REALLY want you to do?

And I'm really sorry, because I've lost too many people to this disease. And fuck cancer.

08/16/2018 - 4:10pm The rhythm of the chosen…

The rhythm of the chosen words is a big part of what turns language into music.

That, plus descriptions like "the fine art of knowing whose snot needs to be arranged in a spray pattern and at what angle."


08/10/2018 - 4:47am I've broken seven bones in…

I've broken seven bones in my hands over the years, and I'm always surprised at how medieval the treatment is (provided the Middle Ages had lidocaine, of course). The doctor stuck me with the needle half a dozen times, waited until I could feel nothing, and then said,
"Hold on to the table" while he pulled the fifth metacarpal back into place (and my shoulder almost from its socket). If he'd given me a shot of whiskey and a bullet to bite on, it would have been fitting.

Here's wishing Castleton a complete and speedy recovery, and no problems with scar tissue.

08/09/2018 - 5:20am OP just proved the old adage…

OP just proved the old adage: Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.

08/09/2018 - 5:06am Thanks for this. I was just…

Thanks for this. I was just thinking that Tybow sounds like the name of an obscure GoT character that gets offed in a really gory manner.

08/07/2018 - 8:48pm I am Spartacus!

I am Spartacus!

08/06/2018 - 3:10pm Welcome to Michigan, son…

Welcome to Michigan, son. Camp Sanderson and high-protein meals await.

08/04/2018 - 5:35am To use a phrase that's been…

To use a phrase that's been used many times whenever somebody dicks around with a classic design:

Stop trying to paint a mustache on the Mona Lisa.

08/03/2018 - 2:47pm Thank you. I hadn't heard…

Thank you. I hadn't heard that one in years.

08/02/2018 - 6:48pm Head Breakfast Coach?


Head Breakfast Coach?

I think that's fitting, considering his reputation is toast.

08/02/2018 - 7:09am Here's a pertinent question:…

Here's a pertinent question: Why would we care?

Seriously, why? There are people who will hate UM no matter what the circumstance. I have a friend who's a STAEE grad, and of course, she loathes Michigan. I once told her that she'd hate UM even if they went unbeaten, unscored upon, won the National Championship, used the season's revenue to feed the poor, went overseas and defeated ISIS, and then sang the National Anthem from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on the 4th of July. She didn't deny it.

So since this is and will be their attitude anyway, why bother thinking about it? Take the win. How they'd chose to deal with it is their problem. It shouldn't be ours.

08/02/2018 - 5:02am My favorite line in this…

My favorite line in this pile of hypothetical horseshit is this one:

"I think fucking not."


Yeah, buddy - I'd say that's pretty obvious.

07/31/2018 - 3:37pm I dunno ... a good…

I dunno ... a good contractor's broom, medium bristles, good for all surfaces and built to last?

I could go for that.

07/31/2018 - 4:37am How about if we encourage…

How about if we encourage Jemele Hill to pursue a career more in keeping with her abilities? The drive-thru window at Wendy's comes to mind.

07/26/2018 - 5:30am Where can I contribute to…

Where can I contribute to this?

And where can I submit a list of people to get flamed?

07/26/2018 - 5:19am My point count hasn't…

My point count hasn't changed since 3.0 went into effect, in spite of having made several comments and gotten upvoted (and presumably, downvoted.) As I'm technologically inept, I don't know if it's my fault, the site's fault, or if I'm stuck in a time loop.

As a critic of the new site, I have to be fair: Yes, the gray background does look better than the previous white-on-white version.

07/20/2018 - 4:10am This one actually makes…

This one actually makes sense. After all, neither of them could mount an effective defense.

07/20/2018 - 4:02am While not a celebrity in the…

While not a celebrity in the usual sense, law school grads should remember the late Supreme Court Justice Byron (Whizzer) White. An All-American halfback for Colorado, White was runner-up for the 1937 Heisman Trophy, was drafted 4th overall in 1938 by Pittsburgh, and led the league in rushing in 1938 and 1940 (while playing for the Lions).

07/19/2018 - 5:47am Good God. This is the…

Good God. This is the football equivalent of putting a mustache on the Mona Lisa.

This falls under former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart's famous definition of obscenity: "I know it when I see it."

07/17/2018 - 7:41am A grasshopper walks into a…

A grasshopper walks into a bar. The bartender tells him, "Hey, we've got a drink named after you."

The grasshopper replies, "You've got a drink named Steve?"

07/16/2018 - 3:58pm Had to upvote this, because…

Had to upvote this, because it reminded me of a great story by Steve Rushin, who used to write for SI. He told of playing golf in Ireland, and hearing the caddy say, "Yer too farty."

Rushin said: "This means you're either 240 yards from the flag, or you're excessively flatulent. Unless you're my brother Bob, in which case you're both."

07/16/2018 - 10:41am In my family, Dad jokes (aka…

In my family, Dad jokes (aka Bad jokes) are an art form, especially if you tell one in a place where laughter isn't encouraged (church, funeral home, classroom, etc.)

My late uncle had a joke for everything. Once in church he whispered to my 8-year-old sister, "Confucius say, 'He who farts in church sits alone in his own pew.'" Mom couldn't figure out why her youngest daughter was giggling so hard.

My sister is now a 44-year-old mother of three, and she still giggles like an 8-year-old if I even say "Confucius say ..."

07/16/2018 - 4:22am Q. How do you catch a tame…

Q. How do you catch a tame iguana?

A: The tame way.

07/15/2018 - 9:53am Had to throw you an upvote…

Had to throw you an upvote for Benny Hill. Not that he was one of the best characters on TV, nor was he particularly inventive. Many of his jokes had a layer of dust on them ("She's wearing so much perfume that if she stands still, she leaves a puddle.") But gag after gag, the man seemed like he was enjoying himself so much that it was hard not to laugh.

Plus, the girls ("Hill's Angels") didn't hurt.

07/14/2018 - 6:40am While doing some late-night…

While doing some late-night channel flipping a couple of weeks ago, I came across him in an episode of "The Rat Patrol" under his real name, Hans Gudegast. He popped up in a lot of episodes of "Combat," too.

And my girlfriend would approve of your grandmother's taste. She's had a crush on Eric Braeden for years. She was heartbroken when he didn't survive in "Titanic."

07/14/2018 - 6:27am I would add two:

Radar O…

I would add two:

Radar O'Reilly - Gary Burghoff might have been the best actor on that show. Once he made the decision to leave, not only was Radar gone, but Klinger got out of the dresses (where he was hilarious) and into the clerk's job. It made him less funny.

Reverend Jim (Taxi) - So many great moments, but none more so than "What does a yellow light mean?"

07/12/2018 - 5:55am Or Bolivar of Broken Dreams.

Or Bolivar of Broken Dreams.

07/10/2018 - 4:37am This might be the one big…

This might be the one big game I can watch with the girlfriend. She thinks I get way too loud/upset/profane during UM games, and is always scolding me that the neighbors can hear me.

But she HATES Notre Dame - hates them with a passion that she usually reserves for animal abusers and the people at NBC who canceled "Timeless." So she may be willing to watch the game next to me on the couch, both holding a pillow to our mouths to muffle our screams of "That wasn't holding, you stupid mbprfkr!"

Quality time - it's so important to any relationship.

07/10/2018 - 4:24am Got you covered.

Got you covered.

07/09/2018 - 7:41am Right now there's no point.

Right now there's no point.

True - but when has that ever stopped people from posting?

07/09/2018 - 5:27am Oh, just wait.

Oh, just wait.

07/03/2018 - 9:04am Wasn't it? I'm not a soccer…

Wasn't it? I'm not a soccer fan, but I couldn't stop watching it. It was one of those games where I didn't want either team to lose. And I felt so damn bad for Japan's goalkeeper - he made those back-to-back fantastic saves in the second half, only to get beat on a goal where Belgium's attack was so perfect that he didn't have a prayer. Terrific game.

07/03/2018 - 7:08am This is where I have to say …

This is where I have to say "pump the brakes." Yes, it's jarring to see a political screed on a sports blog that has long held "No Politics!" as one of its guidelines. (I once received an email warning that I would be banned, when all I did was reply with a couple of humorous words to someone else's political post. So people who are saying "hypocritical" certainly have a point.)

But three things:

1. As has been said dozens of times, it's Brian's blog, and he can do what he wants with it. If I don't like what I'm reading, I am free to exit, delete the link, and never bother with it again. No one is holding a gun to my head and making me click on MGoBlog.

2. This is the one time that I can remember any kind of lengthy political post by any mod. Maybe there have been others that I don't remember, but this is the only one I recall.

3. The overwhelming number of posts deal with Michigan sports: football, basketball, hockey, recruiting for those sports and others, and in-depth dissections of each game by people who know what they're talking about. The reviews of each recruit, and the UFRs after each game, are especially illuminating. I've learned more about the intricacies of football here than I have anywhere else.

So while I might prefer than political posts not be here, to say that one is "ruining the site" is a gross overstatement. In basketball terms, this site is often a triple-double. One turnover doesn't ruin it.

07/02/2018 - 6:10pm That's a lie—by an order of…

That's a lie—by an order of magnitude—hidden in the pages of the Observer in the hope that it'll scare someone into voting for him.

Manufacturing fear in order to use it as a campaign tactic? What a rotten thing to do. Sure hope no candidate tries to do this at the national level. That could be disastrous.

07/02/2018 - 6:01pm I believe the correct plural…

I believe the correct plural of dingus is dingi, just like the plural of cactus is cacti.

Strangely enough, both are forms of an annoying prick.

07/02/2018 - 5:59pm I was expecting fatter, less…

I was expecting fatter, less hair, more jowls - the kind of face you put under a Stetson hat in a 70's movie.

07/02/2018 - 11:48am A little late, but ... Happy…

A little late, but ... Happy Canada Day to the country which has an excellent national anthem, which hit Juno Beach at the same time we were hitting Omaha and Utah, and which gave us both Gordie Howe AND Steve Yzerman.

You guys rock.

07/01/2018 - 12:05pm I am what I am, and what I…

I am what I am, and what I am needs no excuses ...

(It's probably not every day you'll see lyrics from "La Cage aux Folles" on this blog.)

06/27/2018 - 10:31am Is it possible to have too…

Is it possible to have too many happy little trees in your world? I think not.

06/27/2018 - 4:51am After being a fan for almost…

After being a fan for almost five decades, I've learned to only watch the games at home, and by myself. Never ever in public.

At those stressful moments during a game, I tend to blurt comments that are not appreciated by the world at large. Things like "That spot was wrong!" and "Where the hell is the flag?" and "Will you please take that stupid Pepcat package and shove it up your ass! Everybody knows who's getting the ball! It's not fooling anybody!"

Only I say them with much more volume and vehemence and vulgarity. And they tend to frown on that at Buffalo Wild Wings.

06/23/2018 - 5:20am Proceed.


06/22/2018 - 6:32pm In summary: It's not so much…

In summary: It's not so much the message people can't stand - it's the messenger.

And you know he's reading all these posts and just eating it up, right? He's getting exactly what he wants - attention. And if he has to become MGoBlog's Dick-in-Residence to get it, it's a small price to pay.

06/22/2018 - 10:58am Thank you. I posted earlier…

Thank you. I posted earlier about having this problem, but I obviously didn't go far enough into this thread to see this response. My bad.

06/22/2018 - 8:32am Sorry if this isn't the…

Sorry if this isn't the right place for this, but I didn't know where else to go.

I've noticed that my point total hasn't changed, even though I've posted a couple of responses to other threads. I tried clearing my cache, but that did nothing. I checked this thread for answers, but the only "point problems" I've seen were from people who weren't able to post, even though they had the required number of points.

Is there a new system in place, where you don't get points for responding? Or is this some other problem?

Any answers/guidance would be much appreciated.

06/21/2018 - 4:45pm PBR is never OK, neither for…

PBR is never OK, neither for the taste nor the irony..

06/18/2018 - 5:40pm I wasn't in favor when I…

I wasn't in favor when I first heard about it, but this might just change my mind: Very solid, traditional look, without the bells & whistles - no junking it up with unnecessary designs. Like others have mentioned, an aerial view would be very helpful. But from this angle, it looks pretty good.

06/13/2018 - 12:13pm My take as well. I used to…

My take as well. I used to check it at least a half-dozen times a day. Since the switch, I know there have been days when I haven't checked at all.

I never understood what was so wrong with the previous version, and why so many were clammering for an MGoBlog 2.0. To be honest, this is probably due to my low level of technical understanding. I'm sure that there are valid reasons for the change, and they are simply beyond my scope.

Maybe it is better. Or maybe it's just different. Maybe the change is an improvement, or maybe it's the blog equivalent of New Coke. Maybe people will prefer it, or maybe they won't.

That's a lot of "maybes." But I liked the old one, and read it and participated in the discussions much more often. There was no "maybe" in that.

06/07/2018 - 4:23pm As a Flint native, I thank…

As a Flint native, I thank you, sir. I have spent the last 30 years in the Detroit are trying to convince these people that those things they've been eating are chili dogs, dammit!