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06/27/2018 - 4:19pm Germany is a team in…

Germany is a team in transition, and I agree with other posters questioning why old guys like Khedira and Ozil were on the team at all, let alone why they were starters.

06/22/2018 - 5:32pm Yeah, how in hell wasn't…

Yeah, how in hell wasn't that double mugging of Mitrovic called, or at least referred to a VAR ruling, like it was when Iceland missed the PK? In my opinion, the Swiss, with their dirty grab and knock down defensive style, have benefited from laissez faire reffing in both of their games.

06/21/2018 - 8:21pm Yeah, the Croatian midfield…

Yeah, the Croatian midfield controlled that game! I agree it's the best midfield in the World Cup so far. It's a treat watching Rakitic and Modric playing on the same side!

06/18/2018 - 3:50pm England looks like Tottenham…

England looks like Tottenham on an off day against a relegation club!

06/08/2018 - 8:25pm Up to this point in the…

Up to this point in the thread, I don't think anyone said anything for or against the possible existence of far more advanced species at some other time. But, the fossil record on this planet, along with the genetic information passed from species to species over geologic time, doesn't show any such thing. Instead, we see life slowly evolving and becoming more sophisticated over time in the fossil record, culminating in the breakout success of our own species, humans (homo sapiens), thanks to having crossed a threshold of increased brain size and brain stem wiring (about 60,000 years ago) that gave us a level of consciousness and cognitive reasoning to dominate all species competing with us for survival. Count me in the camp on this thread of people who have concluded that the mind-boggling distances between stars within our own Milky Way galaxy (which has a billion stars), let alone across the whole universe (which has tens of billions of galaxies) is why we haven't been in contact with any other intelligent life. My favorite winter constellation is Orion, and I was looking at its giant red star Betelgeuse a few months ago, realizing that the light hitting my eye at that second was emitted by that star in the year AD1466.

06/08/2018 - 6:26pm Nah, Tesla should be…

Nah, Tesla should be profitable by the end of the year or first quarter 2019, given that they are now producing 3,500 Model 3's per week and will have sustained production of 5,000-6,000 per week by mid-summer. Wall Street is seeing those numbers as well, given the stock price is up 15% this week, and shorts are getting destroyed. My main info source is  

05/31/2018 - 7:29pm Update

I heard today that Pochettino signed an extension with Spurs last week, which hopefully means Spurs would get a huge windfall from a buyout clause should he jump to RM.

05/31/2018 - 1:30pm Goes Out A Champion

Love the guy, his style of play, his unique skillset, his passion on the pitch; and also the way he has been a calm, circumspect coach on the sidelines for Real. Yes, his warrior mentality got the best of him when he head-butted the clutching, taunting Materazzi, but I'm not sure I wouldn't have done the same thing given the same circumstances (but how ironic that he coached the same style of player - Ramos - on the way to three CL championships).

And now he chooses to go out a winner - brilliant!  I just hope RM don't succeed in poaching Ponchettino from Spurs!

05/26/2018 - 4:34pm Bugger All

Should be 1-1 here at 90', but in these games RM always finds ways to win.

05/26/2018 - 3:22pm Fcuk Sergio Ramos

Fucking thug just destroyed the quality of the game, and didn't even get a yellow card.

05/26/2018 - 2:35pm God I Miss Rebecca Lowe

So painful watching the most boorish soccer analysts in the world!

05/26/2018 - 12:12pm Sigh

Pool is the clear underdog, but damn that would be a glorious party if they can somehow defy gravity and pull this off. I know excessive nationalism is a bad thing, but if they win, all of England will go crazy having slayed big bad RM.

Having said that, I have to give credit where it's due to Zidane who was trying to save his own job just five months ago. And as much as I hate the thuggish defensive tactics of Ramos and Casamiro, I admire the attacking skills and instincts of Marcelo on the left.  

05/21/2018 - 1:19am Favs

War movies: Master and Commander, Glory, Gallipoli

Murder/Intrigue movies: Blood Simple, North By Northwest

Survival movies: The Martian, Shackleton, The Revenant, Deliverance

Westerns: Open Range, Missouri Breaks

05/18/2018 - 12:03am Easy Now

We beat zero teams with a winning record last season...horrific for a Harbaugh coached team, no putting lipstick on that pig. I'm taking a "wait and see" approach this year.

05/17/2018 - 4:47pm Agree

Gunners who? 

Spurs are now the Kings of London, and with the new stadium and its associated uptick in revenues, the quality of transfers and play on the pitch will continue to improve. If Spurs can hold on to Kane, Ericson, and a few other key players for the next several years, their perennial place in the Top Four is all but assured. 

05/10/2018 - 7:40pm Hillbilly Elegy

Yeah, read "Hillbilly Elegy" by J.D. Vance, a non-fiction NYT best seller from a few years ago to understand the demographics and culture of the Cincinnati area.

05/05/2018 - 12:37pm Been Watching Him For Years Here In Socal

He simply has never lived up to his reputation from his Cardinals career, not even close. In terms of impact year after year, if Mike Trout is a ten, Albert Pujols has been a five or six tops. Very few memorable moments for the Angels driving in the winning run, walk-off homer, etc...rarely a game changer like Trout. More apt to be the guy hitting into the double play. 

05/03/2018 - 12:51pm Agree 100%

I grew up in metro Detroit and attended my share of Tiger games, including memories of seeing Denny McClain and Mickey Lolich pitch at Tiger Stadium in '68, etc., etc. But by far the best pitching performance I ever saw live - and I witnessed a no-hitter in 2012 (Jered Weaver) - was Nolan Ryan pitching a two-hitter at Tiger Stadium when he was with the Angels, which then was a below average team. Our seats that day were in the lower deck by first base, about half way up, so we had a good view of Ryan's craft. I've never seen a pitching performance before or after where the hitters - to a man - were clearly intimidated to be standing in the batter's box. Of course, the two reasons for that were Ryan's 100+ mph fastball combined with his sketchy control. I recall one Tiger batter ducking as a 100 mph fastball sailed over his head. That guy struck out a few pitches later. Utter domination.        

05/02/2018 - 4:56pm No

I'm blaming him for either striking out or grounding out to short with runners in scoring position for the last seven years straight.

05/02/2018 - 4:24pm Albert Pujols

Dude sucked the life out of the Angels for the last seven years, including destroying their financial structure with his huge contract. He arrived at age 31, and apparently left his steroids and/or HGH behind, because he hasn't done a damn thing remotely similar to his prior career in St. Louis. Now, as he approaches 3000 career hits, his Angels career is forgotten and he's a God again in the eyes of the national sports media...but not to long-suffering Angels fans.

04/30/2018 - 7:02pm Four

Two Michigan games:

 - 1981 (win over Washington/ Don James)

 - 1987 (loss to ASU - Jim Harbaugh was our QB) 

Two other Rose Bowls, where I manned a beer stand for Mission Viejo HS Band Boosters, where, after beer sales shut down at halftime, we could sneak into the stadium and find seats:

 - 2002 (Nebraska destroyed by Miami in the NC. My beer stand was in the middle of Nebraska fandom. They got down big early, and drank beer like I've never seen until we pulled the plug).

 - 2003 (Oklahoma beat Washington State... boring!)

04/27/2018 - 6:19pm Re: Support Troops

Goes without saying, but don't forget the all-black Tuskegee Airmen, superb fighter pilots who flew escort cover for bombing raids over Europe.

04/20/2018 - 3:31pm Underwhelming?

Without Lacazette and Aubameyang, exactly who would be scoring for Gunners? I'm a Spurs fan, and I would kill to have Aubameyang playing on Spurs front line, replacing Dele Alli. It's not Aubameyang's fault Arsenal's midfield can't generate a buildup to properly feed their finishers.

04/20/2018 - 3:19pm Old Soul

Great tribute, Ace. Mo brought an old soul wisdom to the game along with an unflappable spirit of determination...a quiet but strong leader. Gonna be missed.

04/18/2018 - 7:29pm First Up

Looking forward to our speedy, hungry defense laying waste to Notre Dame's offense, especially now that their best OL have moved on. Now if we can just score some points!

04/11/2018 - 10:23pm Quincy Mine

Once the world's deepest mine, the Quincy Mine tour is super cool, from seeing the massive pulley system and man-car in the shaft house (along with a huge piece of native copper displayed there), to the underground mine, accessed by a ride via a cog railroad car ride down the hill to the mine's adit (horizontal tunnel); and then the tour accesses the mine adit via a mine rail car, which takes you to a stunningly cavernous excavated room. For about $25/person, this tour is a must-do in the Copper Country.    

03/29/2018 - 1:01pm Role Model Coach

Coach Beilein gets well deserved recognition (finally!) for the great job he continues to do with the basketball program. But his work in the community is also very significant and much appreciated by the many families and organizations he has touched. My younger brother was severely brain damaged at birth from an RH factor blood incompatibility with my mom, and he currently lives out his adult life at St. Louis Center, a few miles west of Chelsea on old US-12. John Beilein has been a huge help with fundraising for St. Louis Center on several occasions. I love that man!

03/27/2018 - 6:57pm Perpetual Limbo

Can't we just move on with the guys on scholarship?  All other B1G schools seem capable of doing just that.

03/22/2018 - 5:03pm UM Alums OC

We'll be watching at Buffalo Wild Wings in Irvine (I-5 & Culver).

03/07/2018 - 8:01pm NY State Assembly

Hamilton served in the NY State Assembly in 1787, that's how he was named as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia that year.


03/07/2018 - 5:43pm Re: Too Political

Well, uh, Hamilton was a politician, so....  (???)

03/05/2018 - 6:19pm Ying and Yang

And yet our much higher profile football team finishes out of the Top 25. 

So goes the trends of the two teams. Hoops, with its relatively low/moderate rated recruits, goes through the season like a big crescendo, getting better as it goes and peaking when it counts the most; whereas our football team starts with highly rated recruits, huge hype, beats a bunch of teams with losing records; and then hits the November Wall, with hopes dashed and expectations unfulfilled.

02/09/2018 - 11:14pm Strange Times

The economy is strong, but the market is extremely volatile, and cryptocurrencies are in a category that is beyond volatile, not sure a word has been 'coined' for it yet. 

I'm someone who absolutely hates having to micro-manage retirement funds, so now that I'm ten months away from retirement I'm very happy to report that my wife and I are grandfathered-in to old fashioned pensions + social security + our retirement funds (401K, 403B) + 35 years of CA home equity...we'll be fine, but if everything goes to shit we'll move in with one of our adult kids!

01/26/2018 - 7:57pm How Nixonian

"I am not a crook!"

01/26/2018 - 2:52pm Good For Us

IIRC, looking back through the Hoke and Harbaugh tenures, our leadership has been consistently tough but fair on allegations of felony-level infractions by our players. Players suspended pending the results of investigations and court proceedings, followed by immediate dismissal if they were found to be true. We have been handling it correctly, all the while knowing that many of our competitors' administrations were busy sweeping their garbage under the rug.

01/04/2018 - 6:23pm No and Yes

Not necessarily if he was a non-management staff member similar to Melissa because of the possibility of a perceived threat to his employment or well being if he were to report the behavior. But Yes if he was considered "management" because of his higher level of responsibility as a manager to protect employees from harassment or other abuses.  

01/02/2018 - 12:18pm Laughed Uncontrollably

It was weird, when the ball clanked off of DPJ's face mask and one-hopped into the arms of the South Carolina player, my instant response was to start laughing uncontrollably... and that continued unabated for about a minute. I have to admit, it was cathartic ("providing psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotions").

12/11/2017 - 6:47pm Gotta Believe

No insider information, but I can't see committing to Michigan now, before a UCLA visit, unless Jarrett is sure that's where he wants to go. Besides, it's not like he hasn't been to UCLA before... he lives sixty miles away. And I'm sure by now he got some "what's it like/ what to expect" intel from Crawford, another South Orange County recruit.

12/06/2017 - 11:18am QB Depth

When Milton and Doyle arrive, we'll arguably have the best composite QB talent we've had since '97. Yes, two of those will be true freshman, but if necessary, a true freshman can play and has played well in many instances in the B1G, including for Michigan. I'm thinking of Chad Henne, and what about Grbac? Didn't he also play well as a true freshman?

Anyway, going back to 1997, imagine if we were doing the grad transfer free agency stuff back then... a middling incoming freshman guy like Tom Brady would never have had a chance.

12/05/2017 - 10:51pm Well There Goes QB Recruiting and Team Morale

What's wrong with Peters or McCaffrey? 

Peters showed he was clearly the best QB in the Spring game. Then, Speight went down in the Purdue game and rather than bringing in Peters, O'Korn was inserted and helped lead the team to victory. That performance apparently cemented his starting status, because the team and fans then suffered through his deer-in-the-headlights performances against Sparty and Penn State. But loyal fans blamed his lack of situational awareness and poise on the offensive line...seriously?

Then when Peters finally got a chance to start, he excelled to the tune of three wins (against crappy teams) and was consistently leading drives against Wisconsin until he got knocked out of the game (yes, the offensive line gets credit for that). But the point remains that he is a damn talented quarterback who deserves the chance to continue to lead the team. Or McCaffrey, who, according to all rave reviews by the insiders, is at least an equally talented and poised next man up. 

So rather than give the guys we recruited the chance they deserve and have earned, we will pass them over for another in the growing list of grad transfers. I absolutely detest this strategy, no matter how great the next grad transfer may be. Forget meritocracy. Forget the concept of the student athlete. We're playing the free agent game now going forward, and I don't like it.

12/04/2017 - 3:17pm Setting A Bad Precedent

I agree, I think bringing in any grad transfer now when we have great QB talent waiting to play stinks

Going forward, why would any QB recruit pick Michigan over other schools? Because Michigan is signaling to them that no matter how awesome you are, we're going to keep looking at grad transfers which, by the way, have a very good chance of bumping you even if you put in your time for two years on the bench. Why likely? Because the grad transfer will always come in with more experience in live games, like Rudock and O'Korn. Just imagine recruiting against any of the big name coaches in the midwest region, they will all be pointing to Michigan reneging on its recruiting promises, however overstated they may be.

I totally understand going after a grad transfer if the cupboard is bare, like it was when we nabbed Rudock, but right now is a totally different case, and it's a dangerous one for the reputation of our program. Peters immediately showed his talent both in the Spring game and when he was finally given a chance in a real game. There's no reason to believe McCaffrey won't do the same when given the chance. So why would we consider to do something that will absolutely hurt our QB recruiting going forward? If our pattern is to go after grad recruits every year, then projecting backwards, a middling recruit guy like Tom Brady would never have seen the field for us.

And how is Michigan a "meritocracy" again? The minute Peters finally got a chance this year, we all saw how much more talented, composed, and situationally aware he was than O'Korn. The biggest failure of our coaches this year was denying Peters playing time as soon as Speight got hurt. I don't care if O'Korn performed well enough to beat Purdue, Peters still should have been the first man up in that game. Just imagine if we would have had a more experienced Peters available against Michigan State and Penn State, where O'Korn's panicking, deer-in-the-headlights lack of composure never gave us a chance to win. We would have had a better chance to win those games with Peters, of that I am convinced. I'm tired of all the experts here making excuses like, "Oh, there's no way a red shirt freshman could handle that kind of pressure!". Really? Have you looked around the B1G at all? How about the performance of the inexperienced Iowa kid against Ohio State? How about the inexperienced Ohio State kid who replaced Barrett against us? And on and on... 

12/01/2017 - 6:17pm Chile Sucked in the Qualifiers

They were thoroughly outclassed 3-0 at home by non-qualifier Paraguay in their must-win game on August 31., just to cite one of their hugely disappointing showings. It's an aging team, full of good players, but most of whom are past their prime.

11/26/2017 - 6:51pm Re: Grad Transfers

Grad transfers are a good idea when the cupboard is bare, like when we nabbed Rudock for a very good year. But we no longer have that situation, we're well stocked with excellent talent that needs to see the field to fully develop. I just hope they don't bring in a grad transfer with promises of getting to compete for the starting job. In our situation going forward, a grad transfer should have expectations of leading the taxi squad or only getting plugged in if Peters and/or McCaffrey are unable to go. We saw how Peters' presence on the field completely changed our chances to win games; and this needs to continue to be tapped into.

11/23/2017 - 5:28pm Defense Needs to Score

If I'm being honest with myself, we're looking at six to ten points max out of either O'Korn or fill-in-the-blank. One or two scoring drives before we get shut down. So we need at least one pick six if we hope to win a low scoring defensive struggle.

11/18/2017 - 6:30pm Teams Find A Way

We were sunk by Wisconsin converting three third-and-very-long (more than ten yards) plays in the most critical moments of the third quarter. Good on them as my stomach churns just rethinking those missed opportunities to make them punt.

11/18/2017 - 3:33pm JOKE

Just run up the white flag of surrender with JOK in there.

11/18/2017 - 3:12pm McKeon

was so shocked JOK hit him in stride he forgot to catch it.

11/18/2017 - 2:55pm Same Old JOK

Locks onto one receiver and throws a bad ball.  At least he's consistent...SMFH

11/18/2017 - 2:49pm WTF

WTF happened to our great defense those last two drives?  C'mon Don Brown, they're attacking the edge and we're still playing to stuff it up the middle!

11/18/2017 - 1:54pm How In Hell

....can these B1G refs be so fucking inept?  And they're doing it without prejudice, they're blowing calls for both teams!