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06/02/2018 - 4:23pm David Ruffin

is an excellent choice.

06/02/2018 - 3:18pm Male: Carl Wilson, Justin Hayward

and Marvin Gaye.


Female: Loreena McKennit, Dionne Warwick and Sara Brightman

06/01/2018 - 8:48am "rich Corinthian leather"

Had to love it, and what better spokesman than Khan!

05/28/2018 - 9:55am We had a good track record against the SEC in general

and Florida specifically. We beat Florida who had many of the same players the following year. Chad Henne wouldn't have put on 25 pounds of fat between The Game and playing Florida like Troy Smith did. 

05/28/2018 - 9:06am 2006 OSU -In addition to the reasons mentioned above

It was a day after Bo died- I felt like we just had to win that one, then we didn't. And we WOULD have beaten Florida.

05/21/2018 - 1:24pm I thought that Passion of the Christ

was very well done and captured the feeling of the time (at least as I imagine it to have been). An interesting companion piece which was controversial but I think brilliant is The Last Temptation of Christ. It enphasized the duality of Jesus and the struggle between his human side and his divine side- which doesn't ever seem to have been depicted before.

I think if those devout Christians (I do not consider myself to be devout) who abhorred the film gave it more thought they would find it to be intensely religious. Willem Dafoe was amazing in playing a Jesus who had to overcome his doubts. Harvey Keitel (who is almost always good) was great as Judas in an unconventtional  take as one who was frustrated with Jesus because he was wanting a revolutionary figure to help rebel against Rome in a more typical rebel manner (violent overthrow).

05/21/2018 - 1:06pm Con air-

Put the bunny back in the box.

05/21/2018 - 1:00pm delete duplicate


05/21/2018 - 9:43am Fan of Many of those listed above- my list

 On the Waterfront (1954)

The acting is so strong- all of them: Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger, Karl Malden, Lee J Cobb. The B & W cinematography  perfectly captures the grittiness of the NY docks. The sonundtrack enhances the mood  without being showy, and the thems of redemption is an important one.


The Razor's Edge (1946)

The original from the 1940's with Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, Anne Baxter, John Payne and Herbert Marshall. Very philosphical and the story of a very good man (Larry Darrell) struggling to give meaning to his life. Love Bill Murray's work in general. His remake (1984) did not work but I respect him all the more for the fact that this was one of his favorites.

The Wild Bunch (1969)

powerful, beautiful, and horrifying, I appreciate it a little more on each re-watching. The opening scene with the children and the scorpion is fantastic as well as the famous ending as the Bunch go to collect Angel, and everything in between. William Holden had a great body of work, but he was never better. Ernest Borgnine, Warren Oates, Robert Ryan, all superb.


Honorable mention because I want to include 

Sunrise 1927 (silent)

I was aware of the movie for years but had resisted watching it because reading plot summaries of it did not appeal, but I'm glad I took the plunge. great example of how powerfully one can act and display emotions with one's eyes and expressions and body language alone.


There are so many more great ones ......


05/21/2018 - 9:18am kudos for listing Out of The Past

A great film noir.  Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer are all great in it.

05/20/2018 - 10:35am The Belmont is quirky-

both the surface (known as Big Sandy) and the distance 1.5 miles on the dirt, a distance rarely run in North America (turf races at that distance are more common).

Being gassed at the end of 1 3/16 miles does not necessarily mean that 1.5 miles will be tougher. It is all about pace. Not surprisingly the Belmont is usually run at a slower pace. Let's say you go through the half at 47.5 seconds in the Derby or Preakness (this year's Derby was actually 45 seconds and change. If you go through the half in the Belmont at say 49 seconds the horses are far less gassed. A rule of thumb is that each second equals 5 lengths for a thoroughbred. So if you go a second and a half slower- that is 15 lengths!

Usually the horse with the highest "cruising speed" wins the Belmont if they are fit and take to the surface. I'd give Justify a 50-50 chance subject to who decided to enter the race in opposition.

05/10/2018 - 6:53pm Defense- Jordan was all NBA defensive first team

in 9 of his 13 seasons with the Bulls (9 of 15 if you include the second comeback with Washington) Lebron has been all NBA first team defense in 5 of his 15 seasons. 

05/10/2018 - 12:42pm MJ was a significantly better defensive player than Lebron.

Given his sublime offense- that important part of the equation is often overlooked. Lebron's gift is his physical superiority, not many players hang in very well against him when he is coming down the lane.The guy I would like to have seem matched up against though they played different positions was Wilt. The Wilt in his prime, not the guy who most remember from his last 5 or 6 years ( though he was still incerdibly effective) but the leaner, faster version of him through most of the 60s.

05/06/2018 - 7:09pm I have read (and enjoyed) most of the above-

I will suggest Robert Creamer's biography of Babe Ruth. The guy was such a "larger than life" fascinating character. 

04/29/2018 - 12:05pm No- let others glorify the number in their own way.

I don't think the lack of a degree had anything to do with it. The great Cazzie Russell never got his degree.

04/12/2018 - 8:39am Nick will always have that Minnesota game-

hopefully he has preserved a copy of it to watch and show his grandkids.

04/02/2018 - 11:43pm The assumption has always been that is it for Mo

We don't have a scholarship without maneuvering or a defection if he stays. I assume Beilein would make that happen, but I don't think it will come to that.

04/02/2018 - 10:33pm Where is Jeff Gillooly when you need him

re Divicenzo- just kidding.

04/02/2018 - 6:47pm Not sure who made the poorer choice of college

Jackson or Bamba.

04/02/2018 - 2:11pm They started 13-23 from 3

and ended 18-40, so in the second half they were 5-17, when Kansas decided to guard it a bit, that's something, isn't it?

04/01/2018 - 9:48am I mistakenly flipped to the Loyola team cast

-after a couple of minutes I was thinking- gee the Michigan guys are really going out of their way to NOT be biased, what's wrong with them- an interview with Jerry Harkness? Then I changed back to TBS at the precise time the tide turned in our favor so I never did make it to the Michigan channel. Now, what to do on Monday?

03/29/2018 - 8:20pm Most successful Mich running back in NFL

I''d probably have Wheatley and Hoard higher, and maybe Ron Johnson.

03/28/2018 - 1:05pm Great listen-

highly recommend- thanks for putting this together. Go Blue!

03/28/2018 - 9:35am Re: Brian Griese "multiple pro starts"

Is underselling him just a bit, he made the pro bowl one season.

03/26/2018 - 8:58pm Unless you have an overwhelming talent advantage

there are always trade-offs. We trade offensive rebounding in order to prevent/limit transition opportunities for the opponent. Given how much more efficient most teams are in transition compared to the half-court, it is a good trade-off.

03/25/2018 - 10:42am "My guess was that it's because he wanted it pronounced "Zavier"

That is exactly the reason I heard from Matt Shepherd at the beginning of the season.

03/24/2018 - 11:46pm Think he has been pure class

just watched the post-game presser and my respect for him grew.

03/22/2018 - 10:12am Some sort of Ring/Hall of Honor

would give recognition to our all time greats but I'm not in favor of rretiring any numbers. I love watching to see if promising players can live up to the best of those who have gone before wearing a given number. Many won't, some will approach and some may even match it, but seeing that number our there on Saturdays is the best tribute IMO.

03/18/2018 - 5:30pm January, February, Izzo -hahaha

Couldn't beat the last at large team to make the tourney with 2 alleged lottery picks.

03/16/2018 - 8:05pm No one can whine

quite as well as the Angry Midget.

03/16/2018 - 4:44pm I wouldn't necessarily

write Pudue off. Harms is pretty good- it will be tougher  for him to have to carry a starter's load but he does many of things Haas does.

03/16/2018 - 12:38pm Key to the game-Stay out of the penalty box Z

I mean stay out of foul trouble. Simmons was very helpful with his drives in the first half, but defensively it is no comparison and Brooks is probably not as good as Simmons on D. Eli's one basket di come at a good time though.

03/16/2018 - 12:29pm The announcers were annoying

It took Nessler about 5 minutes to realize that Simmons was in for Simpson. I did not hear any comments/analyis about Z only playing 4 minutes in the first half or the possible connection between his avaliability in the second half and the Montana offense grinding to a near complete halt.

03/13/2018 - 7:39pm If you submitted brackets thru

CBS Sports or ESPN you can always revise them.

03/12/2018 - 7:14pm Picking the NIT is always difficult

Not unlike some bowl games the trick is to figure out who wants to be there and who doesn't and if those who do want to be there may be able to overcome a talent disparity. At least they have set brackets now, it seemed like they used to decide games in the rounds after the first on the spur of the moment and it was never clear who wa going to get home court.

03/12/2018 - 11:53am For those arguing against ANY recency bias-

how would you treat a team that has injuries to one or more significant players? Let's say a team like Oklahoma dropped signicantly because Trae Young was hurt and  he would not be coming back for the tourney but their record was exactly the same as now? Would you treat that differently. If so, why? If you would then would you not be basing it on their (reduced) chances as opposed to their season long perfomance?

What if he were playing but with an injury that reduced his effectiveness?

03/10/2018 - 1:47pm Loyola Marymount

We got into playing their game- poor coaching on our part. 30 second clock? that Loyola-Marymount team would have been fine with a 10 second clock (total).


Their head coach was Paul Westhead whom Magic Johnson got fired from the Lakers.

03/10/2018 - 10:48am I still fear Virginia more than anyone

because stifling defense is tough to overcome. Think they are closer to vintage Wisconsin than any Purdue teams.

03/10/2018 - 10:21am Not assuming a 3 seed yet

given that sveral yokels still have us as a 4 seed.

03/08/2018 - 5:17pm Pioneer is $20 for football

For football I like to park downtown and walk to the games. Then walk back and grab a brew and a burger. 

03/08/2018 - 4:27pm I park at Pioneer for Basketball

easy in- easy out- $10.

03/08/2018 - 9:54am The key to beating them

is to have a defender harass the h--- out of Winston, as Z did. If a team has a player capbable of that, they are very vulnerable.

03/07/2018 - 8:40am Nothing will ever match that first Vietnam era draft numbers

show for suspense and import for those of us impacted.

03/06/2018 - 9:01am Winston's lateral quickness is not close

to Simpson's. Maybe part of Winston's defensive shortcoming is lack of desire/effort but Z has a big edge in quickness.

03/05/2018 - 2:11pm "and got smoked on the road at Nebraska."

Nebraska was what- 15-1 at home with only a close loss to Kansas? They were a very, very good home team. MSU avoided playing there just as they avoided playing at Crisler and Mackey.

03/05/2018 - 1:59pm Re:MSU floor slapping

Think we scored consecutive 3s after they did that on sat.

03/05/2018 - 1:40pm Are you kidding? By Duncan Robinson

successfully scoring at least 6 points in each game, he assured that we would win the tournament.

03/05/2018 - 12:01pm Agree- Virginia is the toughest team

style-wise for us IMO. Their defense is suffocating.

03/04/2018 - 10:03am His is a fantastic story

Even though contemporary John Landy was arguably the better runner, Bannister broke the barrier which was once thought impossible, giving others the confidence to follow up. I have a framed news article reprint memorializing the feat.

03/04/2018 - 8:52am Another great write-up

Appreciate the Hockey coverage!