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02/02/2018 - 1:32pm Bravo

I’m sorry for what happened to you. Bravo to your parents for believing you. And bravo to you for your perseverance and for sharing your perspective.

06/22/2017 - 10:52pm Can't argue with a taste test

And with wine (and all booze), the truth is that you like what you like, critics and scores and prices be damned.

Sounds like it wasa fun trip!

06/22/2017 - 5:01pm Two whites for the summer

Our "house wines" for the summer are the Peju Sauvignon Blanc and the Lone Madrone Chenin Blanc.  I don't have the bottles in front of me, but I believe they're both 2015.  

I haven't really found a go-to red lately.  Went through a big 2014 Thistle Ridge Pinot Noir from New Zealand phase earlier in the year but that well ran dry. Before that it was the 2009 Cristom Pinot Noir from Oregon.  But that's long gone, too.

06/22/2017 - 4:54pm 2010 Brunello >> 2011 Brunello

There are exceptions of course, but on balance 2010 is a much better vintage for Brunello than 2011.  I'll hang up now and take my insults off the air.  

02/21/2017 - 11:15am "Merciless?" "Eviscerates?"

That was neither merciless nor an evisceration.

05/13/2016 - 4:32pm It's a multi-decade trend!

It's a multi-decade trend!

05/13/2016 - 4:31pm I have not

To be fair, I have not tried Koval's four grain.  Just their standard whiskey.


For my 40th birthday, my wife threw me a surprise party where all of our friends showed up with a bottle of whiskey to open and share.  By almost unanimous popular acclaim, Koval was on the bottom.  I keep the bottle around becuase I like to have a supply of bad whiskey to pour for people, so they can contrast it against the good stuff.

05/13/2016 - 12:31pm Standards:


Angostura Bitters

Dry Vermouth

Sweet Vermouth

Agave Syrup


Trendier things:


Flavored bitters (orange, chocolate, spicy, etc)


Last piece of advice: DO NOT BUY KOVAL WHISKEY.  It's gross.  Just trust me.  Don't.  Get a bottle of Jefferson Reserve.  Or the Four Roses small batch (the curved, sorta heart-shaped bottle.  Or (a little more pricey) a bottle of High West Rendezvous Rye.  Or Rowan's Creek (if you can't find it... it's not expensive, just not sure if it's available everywhere).  


Do.  Not.  Buy.  Koval.  Whiskey.  It's gross.


03/09/2016 - 11:04pm WHAT IS BEST IN WRITING?!*

When it comes to writing, it's ultimately best to find your voice as a writer and then consistently develop that voice. Like it or not, a reference to Bayesian statistical analysis is absolutely consistent with Brian's voice on this blog. It's the main reason this blog is unique and highly successful.

(* - You have to think this in a "masters of war, from the East" in Conan the Barbarian kind of a way. Unless you read out loud, then you have to say it out loud that way.)

01/29/2016 - 1:01pm Birth of a new MGoTerm?

Am I crazy or is "That shocked me and shook my mind" just about the greatest quote of this recruiting cycle?  Especially when you combine it with his hair!  How have none of you kids with your straight bill hats and your hope the future not made a meme with that photo of Nick Eubanks and "HE SHOOK MY MIND!" in block letters underneath?


I'd like to propose that the term "mind shake" replace "puncher's chance" when describing UM's chances of flipping an otherwise committed (or heavily leaning) recruit on a weekend visit.  As in, "(PROSPECT) is committed to Tennessee, but if he makes it to Ann Arbor for an official visit there's a chance for mind shaking."  (Or "... a chance for the Harbaugh mind shake.")  Recruits could also be on "shake watch," a particularly out-of-nowhere flip could be a "mindquake", etc. 

09/03/2015 - 12:03pm Dusty in here

Good Lord, those last three sentences before picture of the M GO BLUE banner made me cry. 


I'm not kidding.  They actually made me cry.

03/18/2015 - 1:52am Wrong, sir.

Brian is absolutely a writer. He's a good one. Sometimes, he's even an inspired one. Your assertion to the contrary says much more about you than it does about Brian's writing.

03/18/2015 - 1:44am Test


08/20/2014 - 2:04am Doesn't always happen

But if I watch the "... the team, the team, THE TEAM!" speech at the right time, I'll 100% tear up.

04/21/2014 - 12:50pm This is about as revealing as...

... a new defensive coordinator saying he plans to make the team "more aggressive."  It's only one half step away from meaninglessness coach-speak like "toughness" and "physicalness" and such.  "Chemistry issues" have little to do with why last season was so disappointing.  The biggest reason, by far, that last year was so dismal was plainly shown by the scouting report on Taylor Lewan that Brian linked to on the blog last week -- the one that quickly moved from a scouting report on Lewan to an evisceration of Michigan's overall offensive scheme.  Coach Hoke has already made the only move he can to attempt to address that problem.  Everything else is just window dressing.   


Granted, window dressing is all we have during the off season.  I don't mean to denigrate overanalysis in general, but only on this particular point.

06/06/2013 - 1:42am Great stuff

And fantastic idea to stop to speak to Laura Hoke.  Thanks for typing this up.  

05/19/2013 - 12:41am Your friend either has no idea what he's talking about...

... or you misunderstood him.  


There is a distilling region of Scotland known as the Lowlands, which produces whiskeys that some people call "Lowland Ladies" because they are lighter and easier to drink than almost any other type of scotch.  Conversely, the Laphroaig distillery, which is located on the sland of Islay, produces incredibly full-bodied, peaty, oily, almost medicinal whiskeys.  There is simply no way anyone who knows anything about scotch would ever say "Laphroaig is for ladies."  


Speaking of Laphroaig, although I have a bottle of Quarter Cask on my shelf (and I absolutely love it) I'm celebrating World Whiskey day with High West Rendezvous Rye poured over a really big ice cube.

04/19/2013 - 2:47am Whoops

Whoops, meant to reply to OP

04/04/2013 - 2:17am Chris Webber aside..

... that letter was downright creepy.  I can almost guarantee you that it's disconcertingly similar to fanmail Webber received when he was at the height of his playing days.  Honestly, how many variations of the following letter do you think Chris Webber has received:


Dear Chris Webber,


I've loved you for decades.  No one undestands you the way I do, because I also went through (RANDOM EXPERIENCE THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING).  Look at how I altered my appearance to look more like you!  Please pay attention to me.




Fan Who Spends Way Too Much Time Thinking About You And Has Clearly Lost Perspective


That this guy is an Associate Professor is only slightly less embarrassing for the University than the Ed Martin scandal.

03/31/2013 - 11:49am Treyus Ex Machina

This.  This is the name.  Put it on the board.

03/21/2013 - 11:53pm Dude. Awesome.

You win the Deep Woods Off Player of the Game award for typing this up.  Bravo and thank you.

03/17/2013 - 12:30pm Useless guesses

1) Fact.


2) As someone else said, "Who the hell else is it gonna be?"


3) Fact: Kalis and Braden, who will start over Chris Bryant, which will cause much muttering and chin-pulling and scrutinizing on the part of the MGoPriestly class.


4) Fiction.  I expect the Spring Game to be an homage to the Stately Offenses of Yore.


5) Fiction. 


6) Fiction, but he will get heavy rotation.


7) Fact.


8) Fiction.  Lost in the discussion of Desmond Morgan's height and weight vs. the ideal MLB measurables is what Brian discovered in many a UFR last season.  When Desmond Morgan hits you, you stop.


9) Fact.  Because of blind hope.


10) Fact.  Gulp.


02/26/2013 - 11:33am Ugh...

"Interesting to note that former DL coach Montgomery is not even mentioned."


Seriously?  The man leaves UM for a job with 1) higher pay and 2) more responsibility and now we're all going to act like girls with too much makeup and too little clothing, dancing drunkenly at Ricks RIGHT IN JERRY'S FACE so he KNOWS that we're totally OVER him.  

The fact that you, OP, mentioned Jerry Montgomery is a lot more revealing than the fact that the article you linked to didn't mention him.  Get over it.  Don't be that drunk girl at Rick's.  

02/25/2013 - 1:03am My two cents...

... for Unsolicited Advice Fest 2013 is as follows:


1) I think a great many people are conflating their feelings about Brian's writing with the results of the 2012 football season.  This is a UM sports blog, and that means it's a UM Football blog.  Having listened to Gary Grant, Roy Tarpley, Antoine Joubert, et al on the radio in my bedroom as a kid I'm as happy as anyone about the Great Basketball Renaissance.  But the Michigan Athletics brand begins and ends with the helmet.  Them's the brakes.

Getting pancaked in the season opener really took the wind out of the football season's sails.  After that, Denard's performance and injuries prevented any kind of consistent momentum.  It would have been one thing to see a senior Denard Robinson put a flawed team on his back and heroically carry them to an 8-5 record while shredding the individual record books in the process.  Instead, we got the Notre Dame game.  And the relief of breaking the losing streak to Michigan State was followed by... the Nebraska game.  Feel the excitement!

2) A message for Brian.  I'm just going to put this out there.  If you like it, you can take it.  If you don't, you can send it right back:  Don't listen to one f-ing word anyone on here has to say about your writing.  Not one.  You created something from nothing.  This entire blog sprung from your head like Athena.  So in the words of Mr. Earlie Johnson, aka the Hugh Hefner of Muskegon (we all saw that column, right?), just "do what you do," man.  Just do what you do.  

02/25/2013 - 12:22am This

However, I would argue that what you describe isn't the "other point."  It's the main point.  


02/09/2013 - 11:19am Totally agree

Both Ty Isaac and Leon McQuay-- and their parents -- had plenty of time and resources to discern which college was right for them.  If they were as dilligent as they claimed to be, there should be nothing particularly surprising about this move.  In fact, as Steve Lorenz put it on Twitter last night, Lane Kiffin firing his OC two days after Signing Day is "the most USC thing ever."  The fable of the Scorpion and the Frog has appeared in multiple cultures on multiple continents for literally thousands of years.  These recruits and their parents have only themselves to blame if haven't gotten the memo by now,


02/01/2013 - 12:21am Totally agree...

... re: your point about the Fab 5 being a better collection of talent while the current group might be a better team - especially when you factor in the respective coaches.

Take a look at each group's top three players - Webber/Rose/Howard vs. Burke/Hardaway/Robinson. Really hard to argue that the latter group is more talented. But after that, I'd take Stauskas/Morgan/McGary and the rest over King/Jackson/Voskuhl and company.

And Coach B vs. Coach F? Um... not even close.

01/31/2013 - 6:41pm Nothing against Trey Burke...

... but did you ever see Chris Webber play in college?

11/30/2012 - 6:23pm "Bunch protectors"

I remeber reading an SI article where Bo mentioned that the trainers had to create special pads called "Bunch protectors" because Jarrod Bunch kept hurting people during blocking drills.  So JB gets the nod.


And now I realize that I can't edit/complete my original post.  SoullessHack, Jr #2 strikes again.


11/30/2012 - 5:08pm I'm going to date myself, here


... but most of these players will be from my personal "Golden Era" of Michigan football, which does not necessarily correspond to success on the field as much as it reflects a time in my life when I was old enough to understand and watch football, but still young enough that these players seemed like 20-foot tall diamond-crusted demi-gods.  Not all of them.  But most.
Coach- Bo.
QB- Jim Harbaugh
RB- Jamie Morris
FB- Jarrod Bunch
WR- Anthony Carter
WR- Desmond Howard
TE- Paul Jokisch (Yes, Paul Jokisch.  Because I can neither describe nor explain the joy Paul Jokisch receptions gave me as a youngster.  They didn't come often, but they always seemed to come on 3rd and 8, and they always seemed to be for 15+ yards.)
TE- Derrick Walker
T- Greg Skrepenak (er, legal "troubles" aside)
T- Jake Long
G- Steve Hutchinson
G- Mark Hammerstein
C- David Molk
DE- James Hall
DL- Mark Messner
LB- Andy Moeller
CB- Leon Hall
CB- Charles Woodsen
S- Tripp Welbourne
Crap.  SoullessHack, Jr #2 just woke up.  More later.


11/23/2012 - 5:13pm Stauskas!

Holy crap!

11/22/2012 - 12:07pm That 1986 Minnesota game

Still breaks my heart to this day. It was my first experience dealing with a shocking, out-of-nowhere upset of my favorite sports team, and my 11-year-old brain just couldn't comprehend what was going on.

Why does that guy for Minnesota keep running for 1st downs on 3rd-and-long? Why can't they just TACKLE him?! This isn't supposed to be happening!

Ugh. I can still hear Howard King saying, "Ricky Foggie the ball carrier..." (which seems like such an odd phrase today, but somehow our never struck me as odd back then).

11/21/2012 - 11:40pm Stauskas being inserted for D?

After TB's first free throw to put Mich up 58-62. Interesting, given that the CW is that his defense is preventing him from starting.

10/10/2012 - 11:37pm Amazing

My God -- it's full of stars!

09/10/2012 - 11:45pm Two things

1) Blockquoted in MGoBlog = the highlight of my career. I'm not joking.

2) SoullessHack Jr is definitely a kicker. But probably not for three hours. Probably.

09/10/2012 - 1:38pm Similar feelings to Brian

I felt the same thing you did, Brian, though for different reasons. Work, life, having kids and the crushing Alabama defeat left me feeling the exactly the way you described.

I was on my couch, not in the stadium (get off my back, I'm 2500 miles away). I was wearing my t-shirt. My two year old son was beside me, cheering gamely for "Deenarr WOB-inson!" as the team stood on the sidelines before kickoff. (SoullessHack, Jr. refers to both #16 and the entire team as Denard Robinson... although any non-Denard player is "the guy.") It was nice. Nice. Not the gut-churning excitement I've felt every other year. But it was nice. I guess.

Then Denard made the MLB miss. I counted three steps straight upfield and said, calmly, "They're not going to get him. SoullessHack, Jr., though, jumped up on the couch and started screaming, "DENARR WOBINSON DENARR WOBINSON! RUNNING! RUN RUN RUN!" When they cut to the cheering crowd, SHJr took his cue began to clap and jump up and down.


Yeah, the defense probably stinks. The OL will be a continuing source of mysterious disappointment all season long. Borges will have to cobble together an offense from a grab bag of nonsense like freshmen TEs, converted QBs and that flea flicker play from Tecmo Super Bowl. But there's worse things than watching SHJr watch Denarr Wobinson will run so fast wiff the footbawl.

08/27/2012 - 1:41pm Arrrgh

Stupid phone.

Breaks are after "money," and "breaking."

08/27/2012 - 1:39pm Seconded

I was also very confused by this.

08/27/2012 - 1:34pm Haiku

Great sea of money
Proud Tide rolls before breaking
Muppets, friend, muppets

08/27/2012 - 1:25pm Nice work

The "shoelaces in the wind" gets my vote for best haiku as of 10:24 am Pacific time.

08/24/2012 - 10:37pm Chris Bryant

IMO, the most revealing part of the Borges video is when he's asked about the injury to Chris Bryant. Paraphrased question: Does Chris Bryant's injury make you worry even more about OL depth? Paraphrases answer: Not really.

Sounds like Burzynski and Kalis would be the next two guards off the bench -- even before Bryant's injury.

07/20/2012 - 10:05pm High West Rendezvous Rye

One ice cube.

07/13/2012 - 10:48pm Ardbeg

Couple drops of water.

06/30/2012 - 6:18pm HA

You've obviously never spent significant time around actresses.

06/11/2012 - 12:13am Excellent advice

Real quick, though: When SHOULD someone "spout" their ignorance, if not "when (they) don't know what they're f-ing talking about"? Isn't that the only time one is able to spout one's ignorance?

06/09/2012 - 1:36pm It's not a terrible movie

But it's not very good either.

From a 10,000 ft perspective, it's hard to believe that this was the project that enticed Ridley Scott to make his triumphant return to science fiction. Unlike "Alien" and "Blade Runner" there's nothing particularly groundbreaking or original about "Prometheus." Unlike the two former titles, no one's going to be mentioning "Prometheus" in twenty years, or even twenty months.

The whole thing is just kind of lazy. The kind of thought and effort that produced the famous "Truckers in Space" production design of "Alien" and the cramped, sweaty, claustrophobic dystopia of "Blade Runner" are nowhere to be found in "Prometheus." "Sweeping cinematography" is not all that impressive in the age of computers. There's a difference between the shots of wide-open Middle Eastern deserts and 3,000 actual human extras on horses and camels in "Lawrence of Arabia" and the same old helicopter shots of mountains and waterfalls that "Prometheus" starts with.

That kind of laziness extends throughout the movie. Somehow the following counts as a "scene":

"Hello. My name is Bob."

"Listen, Bob! I'm here to make money! Not talk to people!"

As if making money and talking to people are mutually exclusive. They're not. But that exchange makes for quick dialogue that sounds argumentative, and drama is about conflict, so hey, look at that! We just made drama!

No. You didn't.

Also, Biff from "Back To The Future II" makes an appearance. So it's more like a sequel to "Back To The Future" than a prequel to "Alien." Apparently Biff used that sports almanac to found a huge terraforming corporation.

05/11/2012 - 10:41pm Drinking coffee

Watching a man dressed like Evel Knievel throw flour in the face of a bald man wearing clown pants.

04/27/2012 - 4:52pm Sitting in a chair

Thinking about how I'll still be sitting in the same chair nine hours from now, only then we'll be outside so I will be cold.

Also thinking about how early my two-year-old will wake up tomorrow morning.

Not my best week.

04/03/2012 - 4:51pm Guh

Here's my question: How much weed do you have to smoke before you get arrested for it? I don't smoke, myself, but as Joan Wilder said, "I went to college," which means I've known a great number of people who do. Moreover, I've known a fair number of people who smoke a LOT of weed. And yet... I've never known anyone who has been arrested for possession.

I guess that's why I get so judgmental when I read about incidents like this. Maybe I'm wrong, but don't you have to be either phenomenally stupid or phenomenally high to get arrested for smoking weed? Even in Alabama?

03/21/2012 - 3:19pm Whoa

This seems like kind of a big deal.