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10/18/2017 - 10:34am I saw them in Toledo at the zoo amphitheater

Most of Windsor had made the trip. One of my favorite shows of all time. I heard them first after college and found the music to be infectious.  Day for Night and Fully Completely became the soundtracks to my daily commute. He will be missed. As soon as I saw the post, Fifty Mission Cap started playing in my head.

09/29/2017 - 11:04am You mean

leaving out a comma.

09/22/2017 - 1:04pm When I wear Michigan gear "out of town."

I get two comments:

1. "Go Blue!"

2. "We are Penn State!"

The first is obvsly, but I never hear a word from Buckeyes or anyone else, really. However, Penn State fans cannot stop themselves.

05/27/2017 - 3:42pm Brandon's problem

is that he understands only one football system. Harbaugh understands all football systems. And he has invented more football systems than Brandon understands.

03/01/2017 - 10:23am I agree entirely on the safety course

I wish all of the people looking at their phones that nearly killed me had also taken one. Sold my bike 3 years ago when I felt the close calls had gone way up.

01/18/2017 - 10:13am Chris Spielman tells the story repeatedly

He grew up watching Ohio State but Bo convinced him that he wanted to play for Michigan.  Spielman's dad told him he was a traitor and had to play for the Buckeyes, so he did.

10/30/2016 - 12:51pm I won't neg you for your opinion, but I will disagree with you.

Harbaugh conducts himself completely differently from Dantonio.  His attitude snarking at a football player who was still a kid (at my age and his age, they all are), pride yadda yadda, where's the threat, those who stayed are champions, where are the wolverines, and on and on, tells you exactly why he went for two.  And Peppers ran it right up his . . .  his . . . where he thinks tent stakes go.

10/27/2016 - 5:08pm I loved

"concrete example"

10/26/2016 - 12:27pm It is hard to say whether

our offense is modern or not.  It is either a throw-back or the most modern offense there is.  5 tight-end sets indicate it is certainly unique.  Personally, I think it is the most modern offense there is, perfecting old pro offense characteristics.

10/23/2016 - 11:26am What bothers me

is the certainty by Finebaum and the other analysts that once OSU beats Michigan, they are right back in the playoffs.  Are my maize and blue glasses so thick that I see an a very efficient and diverse offense with a ton of weapons and the best Michigan defense I have ever witnessed, but the smart people on TV see something less?


I do have to give it to the B1G network analysts as the exception who finally see Michigan's defense as the best in the country except for possibly Alabama.


I watched a very beatable OSU squad the last several weeks with which we match up very well.

09/11/2016 - 10:22am you nailed it

It was a deafening roar in the '70's because your car key was metal (no plastic top because no security chip) and you didn't have all of those discount tags in the way.  And everything had a key.  It was like a set of jailer's keys!

09/11/2016 - 9:34am I noticed that PFF

does not seem to use the "hardest hitter" statistic in its analysis. It did keep track of the "ran scared from a perfectly good pocket into defenders" category. I wonder how that figured into Scott Frosts We Tough matrix?

09/10/2016 - 8:53pm Thank god you guys showed up

I thought I had spent the afternoon at the wrong stadium watching the wrong team.

08/04/2016 - 2:01pm I thought I knew the answer, but

go ask RelevantBlue.  I am sure he has some awshucks response that it should be Nobody!, but if you look at those damn Buckeys, . . . well, curse them!

06/22/2016 - 10:46am Walter Brennan

was the icing on that cake.  All around good cast, if not a bit unusual.

06/14/2016 - 5:38pm I heed your warning, but I have over 80,000 on my 2007 XKR

and it runs like the day I drove it off the dealer's lot.  No major repairs, but the minor ones are outrageously expensive (pretensioner for the seatbelt $740 was the most recent), and regular maintenance is expensive (tires are special order, oil changes are almost $200 and brakes require complete replacement each time).  Despite all that, I cannot make myself replace it with something newer.  Best car I have driven, and it is from the days Ford owned Jaguar and took a hand in designing the engines and more.  I think Ford's ownership influenced quality later in that relationship, even if the X-type is unforgivable.  It is also the most unique looking car I have ever driven.  I plan on driving it until it quits and then replacing the engine until I expire or the aluminum body oxidizes.  I am a Ford guy and also currently drive an F150, which I love for different reasons.  I have had Explorers and Expeditions and Escorts and Mustangs and even a Mercury mini van, not to mention a bunch of rental cars to compare to. 

Worst car = first car. 1980 Ford Fiesta.  Electrical problems.  Transmission problems.  Clutch problems.  But at least it was underpowered and uncomfortable.

Almost bought a new Mustang this spring just to be able to run through the gears again.  Paddle shifters overriding an automatic is nowhere near as satisfying.

05/08/2016 - 2:03pm Given the litigation,

I am betting a lawyer for the University either wrote or edited most of it. Your comment still applies and the letter is no less disappointing.

04/11/2016 - 8:51pm Then he must have great


03/25/2016 - 5:26pm But the odds certainly go up

if you add Tannerite.

03/09/2016 - 2:51pm If he were to mispronounce your name,

you would feel compelled to change it.

When the odds are 50/50, he has an 80% chance of success.

Presidents take his birthday off.

He is . . .

the Most Interesting Man in the World.

Stay thirsty, my friends.

03/04/2016 - 11:10am Born in the Soo but live with the trolls now

Over 7,000 troops stationed there in WWII, anti-aircraft batteries, anti-torpedo nets, civil defense formed.  The Army Corps of Engineers still has a presence there.  Every once in a while people bring up how important it is to national defense when we can rely only on our own industry to build our arsenal.  You can't buy steel from China to make weapons to fight China, for example.  I don't understand why people keep missing the point that even if we had the excess truck and train capacity, we would have all the trucks and trains sitting at the steel mills waiting until we built a means to get the taconite and coal from the trucks and trains to the furnaces.  

30 years ago Congress authorized construction of a new lock replacing 2 of the small, unused locks.  Construction started, funding stopped and only relatively small amounts have been approved from time to time.  Coffer dams and drilling started and stopped just a few years back and now we are at the cost-benefit analysis stage again.  Oh, well.  Ther is a water main break in America every 2 minutes on average.  I drive under bridges with plywood structures to deflect and delay concrete falling on me.  This is just one more problem for politicians to ignore.

02/18/2016 - 5:40pm Is the consumer angle true?

Did anyone buy the iPhone primarily because of its encryption capabilities? Or did they buy it for its cutting edge coolness factor? Or because everyone was buying it? I have a Samsung Galaxy (something something) and cannot tell you what kind of privacy protections it has other than I have to type in my password a hundred times a day because my employer requires me to. I am responsible for who I call and what pictures I take and the messages I send. I have never thought for a moment that Samsung owed me a duty to protect my privacy.

01/08/2016 - 5:37pm I would tune in

Actually just having him there, I might tune in just to see if they pan to him right after the Supreme Court.

01/08/2016 - 5:07pm I don't think it matters who invited him

You know he and the Prez are going to catch each others eye and give the "Hey, what's up?" head nod at the same time.  Maybe one of them will wink.  Watch for it.

11/10/2015 - 4:31pm Kind of you to say

Originally from the other end of the lake - the Soo.  Boatheads can tell each other at a distance.

11/10/2015 - 3:34pm There are a lot of hatch clamps and I had to dog them all

I haven't been aboard a freighter since 1983, but we only skipped dogging them all down in the summer (also left hatch covers off on sunny days while underway to dry the hold after cleaning it to switch from taconite, ore or coal to grain).  Any iffy weather and late in the year, we were water tight.

On the freeboard issue, you could only run deep on the lower lakes.  Rock Cut and other stretches of the St. Mary's River, as well as relative lake levels (but we were in the long high water cycle that lasted until a few years ago) constrained how deep you could load.  If you were running stone or pellets from Stoneport, Presque Isle or Escanaba and heading to Inland or US Steel or Burns Harbor at the bottom of Lake Michigan, you were constrained only by the Coast Guard regulations on how deep you could load.  Well, physics would eventually constrain you.

11/10/2015 - 3:23pm I believe that the Coast Guard report

gave 3 theories: rogue wave, lost hatch cover and grounding.  At least that is what I remember from reading a book on the sinking 30+ years ago.  Author Frederick Stonehouse leaned toward the ship striking bottom on Caribou Island Shoal.  Captain of the Arthur M. Anderson always maintained that his radar track of the Fitzgerald showed it passing closer to the shoal than he would have cared to have been.  Canadian surveys later showed that the shoal extends miles further from the island than the charts indicated.

I graduated from the Great Lakes Maritime Academy before attending U of M. I sailed on 5 different freighters in the early 80's, and LORAN C was on all of the ships, and we learned it was the wave of the future at the academy.  Sat Nav turned it into the Betamax of navigational aids.

As far as sinkings in the 50's - 70's, the only big ships lost that I remember were the Carl D. Bradley, Daniel J. Morrell, Cedarville, Nordmeer and the Fitzgerald.  At least one of them was attributed to brittle steel (carbon content?) and another one started the rivets v. welded seams discussion.

11/05/2015 - 10:19am Same school colors though.

That has to count for something.

10/22/2015 - 3:34pm To riff on a comment from Sam Webb in the week before the game

Spartan fans are like a hobo who found a lottery ticket who is now indignant that we aren't congratulating him on finally having made something of himself.

10/12/2015 - 2:38pm Thanks for the explanation.

Now my enthusiasm has dropped to a level previously known to mankind.

09/08/2015 - 3:51pm sometimes a starship

is just a starship.

08/26/2015 - 11:07am Fuque Borges

How 'bout now?

04/22/2015 - 9:20am We may be living in

the most interesting times for Michigan football ever.  Given the state of the game, the status of our rivals and The Most Interesting Coach in the World, I cannot wait to watch college football history unfold.

02/11/2015 - 12:56pm There is a segment of the business community

to which this appeals, but it is way smaller than he thinks it is.

02/11/2015 - 11:57am You nailed it.

I see it went right to the finance committee after bypassing the Is It A Good Idea? Committee. I predict 10 years from now, we will all still be singing The Victors, this song will be long forgotten and Adam will still be trying to get back into show business one way or the other.

12/30/2014 - 6:31pm Who is John Denison?

And why does Jim Hackett love him so?

12/22/2014 - 8:35pm I looked at the RCMB today,

and they are either praying hard that Harbaugh doesn't come so they can feast on our misery or saying Harbaugh is overrated and they can't wait to see the look on his face when he gets crushed by Dantonio.  It is a weird, disturbed place they nest in.

12/22/2014 - 4:59pm I found his information to be so specific

it had a calming effect on my soul.  itshappening.gif

12/22/2014 - 2:32pm the hastily called chat

by Tony from the Edge of the Internet just before noon declared white smoke and had oddly specific facts such as Ross being conferenced in on the call with Hackett and the agent to say he would help cover assistant coach salaries. Brian, is he connected or a lunatic?

12/21/2014 - 12:27pm Best viewed

with my Netscape browser.

12/20/2014 - 12:19pm Preach on, brother.

God help the gooners if he finds a new girlfriend before the end of the season. He is the primary reason they can still make the top 4.

12/19/2014 - 12:49am Actually, on a current events test

Those who got their information from NPR were best informed, then CNN, then MSNBC, then people who purposely avoided the news, then Fox. The review of false statements per hour showed Fox to be the worst followed by MSNBC.

12/07/2014 - 8:47pm I agree with what you say for the majority

but maybe he is different because he not only quarterbacked his college team for a coaching legend but also grew up around the program because his dad coached for that same legend. His motives might not be typical because his background and influences are so different from the typical NFL coach. Maybe he wants to win the Super bowl or maybe he wants to be held in the same esteem as Schembechler, Crisler and Yost.

10/31/2014 - 5:49pm Lucky Les

Every time Michigan hires a football coach, Les gets a raise.

10/23/2014 - 5:27pm And Notre Dame at 7-13 in 2004-2013 against its rivals

3-7 against USC and 4-6 against Michigan.  Unless, Purdue is the real rival and not U-M.

09/23/2014 - 9:27am He will be

"moving on to pursue new, exciting and challenging opportunities."

09/15/2014 - 9:51pm So, back when he was blowing off the question

by calling everything a "boo boo," that was somehow better or more informative and less d-baggish?  It was endearing back when he was still in the honeymoon period and not answering the valid question.  Now that we are past that point, he is a d-bag.  I don't think Hoke has changed, but the fan base's response to him has.

09/11/2014 - 3:43pm That was Ted Cassidy

He played Lurch in the Addams Family TV series.  I always thought that was Richard Kiel, too. 

08/31/2014 - 6:23pm I forget. Did OSU recruit De'veon?

Oh, wait.  Now I remember.  Typical 11W commentary.

08/27/2014 - 2:58pm Of course,

I would trade a couple of spots down in the US News rankings to beat MSU at EL this year.