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06/18/2017 - 7:37pm I don't

OSU is by far the most reviled rival. However, I think the impression of the MSU hate is created by proximity. Those of us in Michigan are far more likely to hear about the MSU games than OSU. The other factor is the fact that MSU fans I know spend a lot of time telling me about the activities at Michigan - which is why to this day "little brother" really fits the fan base since they are always looking to see what Michigan is doing and trying to one-up.

Fun anecdote - when a student, following the '96 game I was told by a Sparty that they were our #1 rival. The crestfallen look on his face when it was pointed out that we may be *their* #1, they were closer to #3 (OSU and ND) was fantastic.

03/28/2017 - 12:35pm 1974 Corvette

1974 Corvette - brown. It wasn't fast, it handled poorly, developed a myriad of vacuum issues and had a bad carb when I bought it. Lesson learned is I needed to know WAY more about auto repair than I did then as I thought I could just fix it all myself.

10/18/2016 - 2:29pm My feeling around the

My feeling around the possibility of 2 B1G teams going to the CFP revolve around Michigan winning in Columbus and OSU keeping it close (and getting help from Washington and/or Clemson/Louisville losing). That would be the way in for OSU, but I feel like even with what will likely be the top defense in the country we are left out if we lose.

Once we have a better recent history of winning (which is where OSU and Alabama are getting the benefit of the doubt) - we might be able to get away with dropping a game then - so 2-3 more years of winning 10+ and we are likely in the conversation with 1 loss (even if we aren't conference champions).

09/20/2016 - 12:02pm I was there too (sophomore

I was there too (sophomore year) - I remember the arena being incredibly loud and everyone not in Michigan gear being very much for Colorado College (Vermont, BU and Colorado College).

09/12/2016 - 12:33pm I agree 100% with this. From

I agree 100% with this. From a "fairness" perspective, the outcome was right. What immediately came to mind for me was the Wisconsin/PSU game where Bielma repeatedly committed penalties on a kickoff at the end of the game to run clock because PSU couldn't decline the penalty and put the ball in the hands of the offense.

08/02/2016 - 12:12pm Back to body-on-frame for me

Currently have a '16 Forester (leased in September '15) and once I get into the 3rd year of the lease my plan is to get an end of the year deal on a '17 F-150 crew cab short box and drive that until the wheels are about to fall off.

06/14/2016 - 8:45pm My thought is if it's called

My thought is if it's called on the field, it's 15-yards. Full stop. The only call made in the booth is ejection or not. If you are flagged for targeting it's like the unsportsmanlike rules where 2 and you are out.

Let the booth do a yellow/red card system if no flag is thrown.

05/16/2016 - 12:29pm Sam Sword and Clint Copenhaver

My junior year we played against both Sword (in conference) and Copenhaver (OOC). Lost to both, but I vividly remember Sam being a man among boys for both teams at Arthur Hill Stadium.

04/26/2016 - 7:35pm Same here. 4th grade. Picked

Same here. 4th grade. Picked it because of Walk This Way, but that was a fantastic album. Ended up buying it on CD in the early 00's.

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04/12/2016 - 1:32pm 1986 Buick Grand National

Hands down - it was my dad's, and the EEPROM controlling the turbo had been replaced with a tuned one drawing an extra 2-4 pounds of boost from the turbo. It was neck snapping. Driving that at 16 was crazy.

As far as my own, a 1974 Corvette, fun and good at the top end, but didn't have the crazy accelleration that the Buick had.

03/23/2013 - 2:18pm Keep playing this level of

Keep playing this level of defense and Atlanta is looking promising!

03/20/2013 - 12:15pm I may be in the minority on

I may be in the minority on this - but the scholarships are significant outlays by the University (read: Athletic Department) especially for out of state athletes, since the AD is paying the University listed tuition rate.

I think there is a happy medium between the "pay the athletes" and "the education is their payment", and it ties in with the suggestion of creating a trust for each athlete - deduct the cost of the scholarship from the specific athlete's trust. If they complete their 4 years eligibility and graduate, they get the surplus, and if there is a negative balance the trust is closed and there is no loss passed to the athlete. This would include changing merchandising rules to allow the names of the actual player to be sold on the jersey, with them getting a percentage of the revenue (not profit - revenue). Players not on scholarship can leverage the balance in their trust to help pay tuition.

I think this requires two things though: mandatory 4(5) year scholarships, and a means to track transfers. The 4/5-year scholarship thing I feel is and always has been something that should be required, and it would help address some of the over signing issues and also protects athletes that may be highly hyped, but not pan out as well as those that may not be hyped but become popular or elite (Kovacs).

The transfer issue is trickier - personally I think it needs to become more of a "professional" model where if player X wants to transfer from Michigan to Kentucky, they can do so, but Kentucky has to pay any negative balance in the player's trust, and any positive balance transfers with the athlete. Also - remove the 1-year wait on playing for the new school. This will absolutely discourage transfers of players, which has 2 effects (what in my mind are benefits): playing time transfers are unlikely to happen as only the elite athlete will have a positive balance in their trust; 5th year grad transfers become an expensive proposition for unproven athletes.

10/28/2011 - 1:27pm 685

The D holds strong most of the day.

10/09/2011 - 6:47pm Personally, I don't hate Sparty...

I hate the Sparty fans.

In and of itself the university and their student athletes are not terrible individuals (save the actual and should be felons - ahem, Winston).

Their fans on the otherhand are absolutely insufferable.  My observation living in Saginaw, MI is that outside of Ann Arbor and sections of Metro Detroit, there is a largely 2:1 fan count for Sparty, and they find the most offensive and obnoxious way about them.  Every Sparty I know has been asking what kind of taunting we will be throwing their way when we win (they seem to have little faith this year) - and my response has been "none - the focus is on beating Ohio and winning the B1G" - which irks them to no end.  It's clear that by continuing to show indifference toward them will be the best way to not only drive them nuts, but to continue to foster the sensation that they are little brother.