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03/24/2016 - 12:51pm Charlotte's Web, toward the

Charlotte's Web, toward the end. Not sure if my daughter could tell I was losing it while reading it to her, but goodness did that book move me.

03/18/2016 - 12:31pm If you compare the numbers on

If you compare the numbers on Stauskas's freshmen season with Robinson's current one, they're pretty darn similar. Regardless of how this year ends up, that portends good things for next year.

02/23/2016 - 12:30pm Word usages I hate: (1)

Word usages I hate: (1) disrupt for anything other than the creation of an actual noisy disturbance, and (2) curate for anything other than the organization of a literal museum exhibition/collection. Also get off my lawn.

02/02/2016 - 3:22pm I read IJ in 2014. I still

I read IJ in 2014. I still struggle to collect my thoughts on it. It's not easy and parts of it are infuriating. I found it deeply moving. There are passages, lots of them, that are as well written as anything in the English language. I found it hard to get attached to the characters, but once I was I had a lot of trouble letting them go. I think it may be one of the five best pieces of fiction I've ever read. I think it has a plot but I'm still not quite sure. Sections of it are compelling enough that your heart will start racing, much less that you won't want to put it down. Other sections of it are like a peacock strutting its stuff for no apparent reason whatsoever. I understand why some people hate this book. I love it so much, though.

02/01/2016 - 1:20pm Belting out "The Victors"

Belting out "The Victors" with a bunch of complete strangers in the tunnel on the way out of the Rose Bowl on January 1, 1998.

01/29/2016 - 11:26am If I am ever 1/3 as good at

If I am ever 1/3 as good at anything as Jim Hackett has been at this, well, I will have been extraordinarily good at something. Writing coherent MGOposts will not be that thing.

12/22/2015 - 11:42am Get well soon! Now excuse me

Get well soon! Now excuse me for a second while I try to come up with a wildly off-topic, inappopriate discussion thread to take advantage of your absence. (Seriously, though: get better).

11/23/2015 - 4:04pm Condolences. I cannot even

Condolences. I cannot even begin to imagine.

11/18/2015 - 3:52pm I love this line: "It's a

I love this line: "It's a game with really neat young people and a ball that's not round, and that's what creates the drama."

11/03/2015 - 4:50pm I have a feeling the

I have a feeling the committee is going to find itself smitten with the B12 teams.

1. Baylor

2. LSU

3. TCU

4. OSU

5. Clemson

6. Alabama

11/02/2015 - 3:21pm That release was aimed pretty

That release was aimed pretty squarely at keeping Peppers in the recruiting fold, IIRC.

10/30/2015 - 1:41pm Right. And as an aside, I'm

Right. And as an aside, I'm hearing we still have a shot at RoJo FWIW.

10/16/2015 - 3:41pm Man.

Man. #SmoothitronforNobelGifPrize.

09/15/2015 - 3:24pm If ever there were a time for

If ever there were a time for deployment of "SMDH", this is such a time.

09/03/2015 - 2:21pm My first reaction after

My first reaction after reading, before (I swear) reading the tag at the top, was "this is actually happening."

08/18/2015 - 2:56pm Woodson by a mile. He was the

Woodson by a mile. He was the most dynamic athlete I've ever seen in person.

04/30/2015 - 3:19pm Boston, MA.

Boston, MA.

04/07/2015 - 4:16pm I was wondering what the heck

I was wondering what the heck the rule is there. We know that if you land on top of another player you're not down. But does landing on the in-bounds portion of a player who is half out-of-bounds mean that you're out-of-bounds too? This is a burning question, I tell you.

03/17/2015 - 1:40pm This may have been mentioned

This may have been mentioned elsewhere and so I apologize in advance for stealing anyone's thunder, but has there been any consideration to changing the name of this feature to "MAILBAUGH"? I'll show myself out.

02/27/2015 - 12:45pm That show was indeed

That show was indeed excellent and for some reason scared the living crap out of me as a tyke. RIP

01/20/2015 - 2:41pm Okay Ace I ran the image

Okay Ace I ran the image search and was immediately traumatized by the actual, physical mascot guy. But then I realized that his haunting grimace is a function of having to make sure that the person in the nightmare-inducing suit can actually see where said person is going.  So (like all things) when you factor in the practicalities, it's not that bad.

01/05/2015 - 10:35pm I second TomVH. His reporting

I second TomVH. His reporting was and continues to be very, very solid. And the "Hold me TomVH" meme was always good for a chuckle.

12/19/2014 - 2:50pm He looks a little
Bit like

He looks a little

Bit like Lloyd Christmas, for sure,

But he wins and wins

12/18/2014 - 1:27pm WHOA. Congratulations, you

WHOA. Congratulations, you would be very proud of yourself if you were an actual human being and not some sort of automated script. However, if you do have an in with JH and you can gently nudge him I would be forever in your debt.

12/16/2014 - 2:41pm The Bill Walsh photograph

The Bill Walsh photograph kind of reminds me of Faux Pelini's twitter avatar. Also I wonder what piece of critical information in my brain has been displaced by my knowledge of Faux Pelini's twitter avatar. 

12/12/2014 - 2:30pm I'd like to congratulate

I'd like to congratulate Hunter Lochmann on winning the 2014 Annual David Brandon False Dichotomy Award. Tell me where I should ship your box of bees!

12/11/2014 - 1:31pm Fair question. I guess

Fair question. I guess because it feels a bit to me like our initial instinct is to hope the guy assigns a higher priority to Michigan football than he does to the well-being of his family. Don't get me wrong: I don't think anyone here would straight-facedly express that view. But the combination of our obsessive fandom and the continuation of this process appears at times to affect our ability to think with anything other than our lizard brains.  

12/11/2014 - 1:01pm I read comments like this and

I read comments like this and I nod along and then I realize (again) that we're losing all sense of proportion not to mention our freaking minds.

12/10/2014 - 2:39pm Your "reason" and "logic"

Your "reason" and "logic" have no place here, friend. I'd respond at greater length but I have to go make a sacrificial offering to the college-football-coaching-change gods.

12/06/2014 - 11:31am Get well soon, Ace.

Get well soon, Ace.

12/04/2014 - 1:24pm Those tribute clips got me to

Those tribute clips got me to thinking: does Harbaugh have any eligibility left? Would he consider coming back to play QB instead of to coach? Or both?

12/02/2014 - 11:24am I think I would settle for

I think I would settle for "good" or even "not bad".

11/10/2014 - 2:20pm I mercifully missed that last

I mercifully missed that last Gardner INT because I was unloading the dishwasher or some such thing. Thank goodness I was unloading the dishwasher. I <3 dishwasher.

10/31/2014 - 4:53pm What I'm finding  tiresome in

What I'm finding  tiresome in some of the more national commentary is this idea that if the football team were 7-1 or 8-0, nobody would have been calling for Brandon (or Hoke) to go. That's a bad argument. Our football team is bad because our (thankfully former) AD and (probably future former) head football coach just haven't been all that good at their jobs. Letting people who aren't good at their jobs go is kind of how the world works, for better or worse. Even at the top of the food chain.

10/30/2014 - 1:54pm Brian, after reading this I

Brian, after reading this I want to make sure that you're aware of the "BRAT" diet, which is what one is supposed to observe after tossing one's cookies. "B"ananas, "R"ice, "A"pples & "T"oast. Stick with that for a few hours and you should be good to go.

10/06/2014 - 3:19pm OK I'll say it if nobody else

OK I'll say it if nobody else is going to: HOLD ME, TOMVH.

09/25/2014 - 5:07pm Brian, if there's blood

Brian, if there's blood trickling from the corners of your eyes, which I think is a real possibility after the amount of time you had to spend watching this shit show, please go to the hospital. Also crying is a totally acceptable and even cathartic reaction to things that make you irretrievably bummed out. Just FYI.

09/25/2014 - 11:38am There's logic to what you're

There's logic to what you're saying, but I think the leash needs to be pretty short. I'll admit that my thinking is colored by the fact that I'll be pretty disappointed if the coaches start Morris on Saturday. DG has been shaky, to be sure. But I think he gives the team a better chance to win than SM. SM hasn't exactly blown us away with his in-game performances, even against lesser competition.

09/17/2014 - 2:15pm Goodell is getting taxed on

Goodell is getting taxed on his stupidly high salary, a lot of it at the highest marginal tax rates. So there are taxes being paid. And expenses related to palatial offices are deductible even in the for-profit context. There are so, so many reasons to criticize the league. This isn't one of them.

09/17/2014 - 1:02pm I'm both left-leaning and not

I'm both left-leaning and not a fan of the NFL as an organization. The league is dysfunctional, hypocrtical, and opposed to accountability on just about every conceivable issue. But I think this tax exempt argument is baloney. League-level revenue (for stuff like licensing etc.) gets passed through to the teams, which are not tax exempt, and the players, who pay (or should pay) income taxes. Goodell gets his (exorbitant, preposterous) salary and he pays taxes on that. There's taxation happening here. It's just not happening at the level where there isn't actual taxable income.  

09/09/2014 - 12:09pm They get credit for no blood

They get credit for no blood spatter. NU set the patriotic-uniform-bar rather low.

08/29/2014 - 6:42pm "Elsewhere" = why I've been

"Elsewhere" = why I've been reading this blog more closely than just about anything else for the last seven bizarre-assed years. So, so good. 

08/08/2014 - 2:00pm The real question for Adidas,

The real question for Adidas, though, is how it's going to look when it's ripped to shreds on a routine tackle.

08/06/2014 - 12:05pm September 3, 1994

Boston College at Michigan. First play of the game was a 74-yard BC TD reception. It was an appropriately searing introduction to twenty years of deranged fandom. We went on to win, but still.

02/18/2014 - 3:25pm "From Westbrook to Brust: 20

"From Westbrook to Brust: 20 Years of Heart-Rending, Last-Second Losses"

11/22/2013 - 4:21pm Great idea

I think this is an absolutely fantastic idea, though I wonder how Woodson's '97 UFR numbers would look since teams mostly tried to stay the hell away from him (and with good reason).  I also think you might mean "retrospective".  

11/14/2013 - 9:32am Plural!

Per Ace's tweet yesterday evening, it was TUBES plural.

11/13/2013 - 5:06pm TUBES

I'm fairly confident that the tubes, both of them, were on at the very beginning of the ABC broadcast and then we didn't see them again. Whether this is on the director or the cameramen should probably be debated in the diaries.  

11/11/2013 - 9:36am Could be four and five
Could

Could be four and five

Could also be eight and one

Blocking is hard, man

10/07/2013 - 3:30pm This is America and the First

This is America and the First Amendment protects your ability to spend time crafting whatever wrong-headed written expression catches your fancy. But I'd have thought that after hanging around here for two and a half years (at least), you'd realize that posting a critical comment about a post in which Brian expresses misgivings about things that bother him would be at least a small-ish waste of your time.  Nobody makes you read Brian's stuff. Nobody makes you pay for it. If you want blind boosterism of the football program and the gameday experience with no self-reflection or critical analysis, I'd respectfully suggest that you're in the wrong place.