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12/06/2018 - 10:36pm I lived next door to…

I lived next door to Fingerle on the corner of S Fifth and Madison my final year of undergrad. I wonder if the university will try to obtain that apartment building as well depending on what they have in mind. Considering they'll pretty much almost everything on that stretch of S Fifth between Madison and Hill now (Fingerle plus Coliseum) coupled with Elbel Field on the other side of Hill, a sports facility makes sense based on the footprint.

08/19/2018 - 3:40pm If Chick Hernandez is…

If Chick Hernandez is reporting this, there's got to be some legitimacy to it. He did say things will be happening in the next two weeks which is a way to cover himself in case there's a change in plan...but this report is coming from a DC sportscaster who's a DC-area native and just left NBC Sports Washington (formerly Comcast SportsNet) after working there for 17 years.

07/06/2018 - 9:09am I'm spending the summer in…

I'm spending the summer in the Armenian Quarter in Jerusalem and the second week I was here, my friend's grandfather grilled up the most delicious chicken wings I ever had. They were fine with a dry rub and not greasy/fatty at all (he refused to reveal his spices but he did admit they were rubbed on the meat for a while). I've discovered over time sometimes just a dry rub on wings with less sauce and grilled is the way to go. It's healthier and tastier than one would initially think. 

05/03/2018 - 11:02am Ugh

I'm feeling bad for my brother right now. He's starting his residency at DMC in July and I have to wonder if he's going to have second thoughts going there not necessarily based on the Wayne State news but what Tenet's doing to the DMC system. 

12/22/2017 - 1:20am One of the best

When I think NBC Sports, I think first of Dick Enberg. Especially when the network had the Orange Bowl, Pre-SNF NFL, Wimbledon, and baseball. Also, he's a Michigan native--his family had a grocery store in Mount Clemens and he graduated from Central Michigan. I'll personally always remember him calling the Lions-Jets 1997 game where Barry Sanders hits 2,000 rushing yards for the season (ironically the game took place 20 years ago yesterday).

 

 

11/27/2017 - 10:58pm Ahh...Tony's Diner. I

Ahh...Tony's Diner. I remember going as a kid and there was about a 30-minute line to be seated (this was well over 20 years so I have no idea what it's like now). 

As for Frankenmuth, my parents take out-of-town family and friends up there to see Bronners and buy the random Armenian Christmas ornament they have in stock. I'd probably do the same thing and take an out-of-town friend up there just to take a look around and eat at Zehnders.

09/12/2017 - 1:41pm He played at Western with his

He played at Western with his brother.

08/24/2017 - 1:36pm I was an usher, or more

I was an usher, or more specifically a "Guest Services Agent," at the Palace during the summers of 2000 and 2001 and the majority of people I worked with were great. Sometimes they had to be hardasses during concerts though with people sneaking into sections they weren't supposed to be, smoking in the arena, blocking the aisles dancing, and similar stuff like that. The two toughest concerts I worked there were Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes, the Up in Smoke Tour with Snoop Dogg/Eminem/Ice Cube...fun, but crowd control was a challenge. Same employees obviously worked at Pine Knob (Ozzfest was always difficult and working it was a mandatory event).

But the Pistons memories are the best...all the playoff games I attended from 2002 to 2005 will stand out the most, especially Game 3 of the 2004 Finals.

08/20/2017 - 5:01pm The King of Comedy

My Art of Flim class watched The King of Comedy during the Fall 2001 semester...highly recommended. Jerry Lewis + Robert Deniro directed by Martin Scorsese. Sidenote: His last film came out last year called Max Rose. He also popularized the use of video assist systems during filmmaking.

 

08/09/2017 - 2:29pm I had to Google to see why

I had to Google to see why this was trending/notable and I guess it has to do with the silly excited expressions being mistaken for another kind of, umm, "excitement." That combined with player names Shaq Vann and Brogan Roback and it's a recipe of snickers and laughs.

Reddit thread
MLive article

08/09/2017 - 11:25am Ditto

At least I know now who the other MGoArmenians are on this blog...

08/08/2017 - 3:10pm Those refs' names bring back

Those refs' names bring back some memories.

Wilkins was absolutely putrid. I lost my voice a few times at games yelling at some of his missed calls or ticky-tack stuff. Piotrowski was alright IIRC. I also didn't understand the Shegos love either, but I didn't realize they were brothers. The games I saw a Shegos officiate the calls seemed to favor the opposition.

08/03/2017 - 6:31pm The Horror was the fall from

The Horror was the fall from the cliff (a fall that lasted until Harbaugh was hired if you ask me...even with the MSU game ending) but I would say everything bottomed out with the Minnesota/Shane Morris/Dave Brandon Concussion debacle. That was unacceptable, awful, embarrassing and unprofessional on how it was handled. 

08/02/2017 - 9:48am Ara and Bo were close. Bo,

Ara and Bo were close. Bo, who served as Ara's assistant at Northwestern said the coaching job Ara did during NW's winless 1957 season was the best he had seen because he kept the team focused and united. RIP to the best Armenian-American football coach that lived.

07/20/2017 - 8:31pm Awful news

Crawling and Hybrid Theory came out during my freshman year at Michigan and I had a feeling the bad was going to hit it big. Sure enough, I couldn't stop listening to Meteora when that came out in 2003.

Also saw the band perform at Ozzfest in 2001 at Pine Knob...wish I had seen them again since because I'm not sure how the band recovers from this (especially since they were supposed to start a tour this month).

07/17/2017 - 1:13am Great clip

Also: Landau was great as Matt Damon's law professor/mentor in Rounders. Even in his last few roles, he was still a great actor (Remember with Christopher Plummer was chilling).

06/14/2017 - 11:57pm Sports: Desmond Howard, John

Sports: Desmond Howard, John Beilein, and Dikembe Mutombo 

Journalism tier: Bob Ley, sportswriter William Nack 

Religious people: Cardinal Timothy Dolan

Politicians: Former Argentina President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (when she was president), US House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ed Royce, Carl Levin, Debbie Stabenow.

And finally: Clarence B. Jones, who was Martin Luther King Jr.'s lawyer and advisor, who helped draft the first part of the "I Have a Dream" speech. 

06/09/2017 - 1:08am Yep

The only two memories of Johnny Sears I have are his App State debacle and his awful play when he and the backups came in vs Ball State in 2006 (He was burned on the Cardinals 54-yard TD bomb). Ball State clawed back to the point that Carr had to send out the starters again to make sure the game was won.

05/23/2017 - 10:45am Sad day

 

Roger Moore was the first James Bond I knew with Octopussy being the first of the series' films that I watched. I guess as a kid I preferred him over Connery and even Dalton, but he just played the role differently with his style and the way he was comfortable doing it, and to me is fine. 

And yes, he was also The Saint...but he was also Beau Maverick in Maverick (taking over for James Garner when he left the show), and one of The Persuaders with Tony Curtis.

 

05/18/2017 - 12:09pm Listening to it now on

Listening to it now on Spotify. I hadn't heard it before, but wow...you're right. Amazing.

05/18/2017 - 11:00am This news floored me this

This news floored me this morning. I loved his work with Audioslave and he was also the first American-born musician to compose/sing a James Bond theme song for Casino Royale. His latest composition was the theme song to The Promise (which was in and out of theaters fairly quickly a month ago).

05/15/2017 - 1:41am Exactly. IMHO, Luc Robitaille

Exactly. IMHO, Luc Robitaille is the hero of the movie because his last-second goal forces OT, delaying the mayhem. I guess the only saving grace of the film is that those were the actual hockey players playing, from Tony Amonte and Chris Chelios to Ken Wregget and Robitaille.

05/15/2017 - 12:52am Sudden Death

To me, Powers Boothe will always be the bad guy in Sudden Death whose motive for wanting to blow up the old Igloo in Pittsburgh (because the VP was visiting for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final) I still don't understand 22 years later.

 

05/13/2017 - 1:07am Sports: 1984 for the Tigers

Sports: 1984 for the Tigers World Series.

Non-Sports: 1994.

04/26/2017 - 10:47am Unfortunately it's happening

Pierre LeBrun just got laid off too

 

04/11/2017 - 12:25am 2008 Frozen Four

A lot of the usual suspects already posted above, so to be different I'd say Frozen Four 2008 in Denver vs. Notre Dame, where we were the overall No. 1 seed in the tournament and ND was the underdog as the No. 4 team in the West region. We got smoked out of the gate down 3-0 after the first period, but crawled back to tie the game, only to go down a goal again before forcing OT. I really thought we'd win that game once we got into OT, but we lost 5-4. I had to witness a ND vs. BC championship game live which was ehh for me and my friend from BU.

 

 

03/17/2017 - 4:58pm Was at Michigan match day today

My brother matched his first year doing surgery in Ann Arbor and then he'll do diagnostic radiology at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State.

02/26/2017 - 4:15pm Amen.

02/26/2017 - 4:06pm Loved the original People's

Loved the original People's Court with Wapner...especially the theme song. One of the best.

01/30/2017 - 1:42pm Additional fun fact: The

Additional fun fact: The field at Wien Stadium where Columbia plays is named after Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Interesting his pro team is in the upper echelon of the NFL, yet his alma mater where his name graces the field is awful.

01/30/2017 - 1:38pm Ditto

Speaking also as a graduate of both schools, he definitely made the right call. Columbia football is...bad:

3-7 in 2016
2-8 in 2015
0-10 in 2014
0-10 in 2013

And of course there's The Streak (0-44 between 1983 and 1988).

 

01/25/2017 - 3:28pm Laura Petrie

Laura Petrie was the best

01/25/2017 - 12:26pm The link I posted discussed

The link I posted discussed it: He was in the middle of contract negotiations that had turned tenuous and CBS Sports had new leadership. They canned him with a couple months left on his contract but still let him call the title game (awkward...). 

01/25/2017 - 11:54am That riveting Georgia vs.

That riveting Georgia vs. Kentucky SEC basketball showdown at Rupp Arena. ESPN is trying to spin it as he's going to end his career where he called the classic Villanova-Georgetown 1985 title game (Yes, it was in Lexington). 

Should also note: CBS canned him on the eve of the 1990 NCAA national championship game (UNLV-Duke) on April 1 and everyone thought it was a joke because it was April Fools (only it wasn't). Looks like that was over a contract dispute plus new CBS Sports management. Link

01/23/2017 - 5:10pm BTB/Tio's

Senior year was spent getting food from either BTB (burritos or quesadillas) or Tio's (chicken nachos with the hottest sauce they had every time). I haven't had BTB since I visited for the 2009 Spring Game, but what I think makes those burritos great is the hot sauce. I hope they haven't changed the recipe, but that was quality heat. Panchero's was OK.

Also: Jerusalem Garden was the go-to spot for my Middle Eastern food fix.

12/30/2016 - 12:18am Bert Blew it.

12/28/2016 - 9:22pm Todd Fisher lost his sister

In a span of 24-plus hours, Todd Fisher lost his sister and mother and Billie Lourd lost her mother and grandmother. No one deserves to go through such an emotional gauntlet. Just awful. 

12/13/2016 - 10:49pm Also a TV theme composer

Really liked watching Growing Pains as a kid. RIP Dr. Jason Seaver.

Not only was he an actor, but also composed a couple of popular TV themes from back in the day for Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life. He also composed theme songs for a variety of 1970s game shows, including the original theme for Wheel of Fortune that lasted from 1975-83.

 

12/09/2016 - 6:09pm I remember reading the Freep

I remember reading the Freep and Detroit News were offering buyouts to everyone in the newsroom to meet 2017 budgets. Such a mess.

Being a former journalist, I have friends and family that keep asking me, "don't you want to work at the Freep or Detroit News? You'd be back local and close to family and could do journalism." I then politely try to explain how the business of journalism (and the media for that matter) has been in a downward spiral for the past decade and remind them that I had to take three weeks of furloughs over a two-year period at USA TODAY (not to mention see plenty of good editors and writers lose their jobs unceremoniously because of budget cuts around this time of year).

12/08/2016 - 4:09pm I remember being in awe when

I remember being in awe when he went back up in space in 1998, 36 years after his being the first American to orbit the Earth. Definitely an American hero and legend...Godspeed, John Glenn.

12/03/2016 - 3:02pm The Orange Bowl is the Orange

The Orange Bowl is the Orange Bowl. I don't understand the crying over a Dec. 30 bowl (it's a NYD game that's getting bumped because of a combo of the current system and the way the calendar is at the end of 2016/start of 2017 with New Year's Day falling on a Sunday). It's still in the top tier of bowl games.

Also: Playing Florida State would be intriguing even if it's not a playoff game. We haven't played the Seminoles since 1991 when Amp Lee left a wake of destruction at Michigan Stadium. We won the first meeting in 1986.

That all said, a Virginia Tech win would be nice tonight to give ourselves some hope of playing for a shot at the national championship. If that doesn't happen, bring on Jimbo & Co. 

12/01/2016 - 3:43pm More from ESPN

 

A former Indiana player's father told ESPN on Thursday that his son suffered a concussion in practice shortly before the 2015 season and was rushed back to workouts, causing his symptoms to intensify.

 

"He was out about a week and they started a normal concussion regiment, in which he was allowed to work out for about 20 minutes and gradually increase it," the former player's father said. "But after he worked out for 20 minutes, they had him run about six miles. After that, my son was feeling fine. But when he went home, he started throwing up and his symptoms went haywire."

 

Link to the story.

11/30/2016 - 3:03pm I actually do interact with

I actually do interact with these people both in person and electronically (facebook, emails, texts, calls, etc)...so yes, they are actual friends.

11/30/2016 - 2:37pm Out of the approximately 5

Out of the approximately 5 Buckeye friends that I have, only one commented and said that we played really well. I know that was a sincere comment since that person's not one of the stereotypical nuts that loves rubbing it in (one of those 5 Ohio State friends, unfortunately, is and I've had to unfollow him because it got to the point that he had no life outside of rubbing in the Ohio State factor even when it had nothing to do with whatever we would be talking about). 

 

11/28/2016 - 10:29pm From a sports perspective

From a sports perspective this year, Saturday was the bitterest of disappointments.

From a life perspective, this year also has been a disappointment. The job I moved to NYC for in August ended up being a disaster with a psycho boss who threw me under the bus not even two months there (nothing performance related) and unless I can find a full-time gig within the next month, back to Michigan I come; the end of a relationship for non-legitimate reasons along with the ex's expectation to stay close friends after the breakup; all the notable deaths; other things.

11/23/2016 - 6:28am Waiting to board a flight to

Waiting to board a flight to Detroit to spend time with the family. Going to the Turkey Trot and Lions game. Watching The Game at the parents house on Saturday.

11/21/2016 - 2:31pm Marcus Knight was one of

Marcus Knight was one of those players who I've wondered for a while what he was up to. Good to see him doing well and earning this opportunity. 

11/17/2016 - 9:15am Bill Bonds & Bo from '86

As fiery as Bo was, he could also be revealing and gracious like in this 1986 TV interview with Bill Bonds (who as you can guess from my avatar had the right allegiances).

 

11/16/2016 - 2:22pm I'm guessing treatment was something like this

 

I'm guessing treatment was something like this

 

via GIPHY

11/05/2016 - 8:43pm I was telling people at the

I was telling people at the bar I watched the game at in Brooklyn that if it weren't for the dual threat QBs these days that get multiple hundred-yard games in rushing and passing, Speight would be getting some sort of Heisman talk. Low and behold, Harbaugh says Speight should perhaps be under consideration for the Heisman.