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05/20/2018 - 10:28pm “Empire of the Sun”.

“Empire of the Sun”.

05/11/2018 - 5:57pm I don’t even get mad

about jackleg posts like this anymore.

05/11/2018 - 5:56pm Or you could look at it

...as the NHL could have sent the Phoenix Coyotes back up there instead, as that franchise was in arguably worse shape than the Thrashers at the time. But no, Bettman had a hard-on for that franchise and always has.

The NHL’s due diligence when scoping out the Atlanta Spirit (who bought the team from Ted Turner) was laughable. Once the check cleared they stopped caring altogether. Quite a few of us are still bitter about it.

05/11/2018 - 5:45pm Cheveldayoff.

He’s a great GM who has won consistently everywhere he’s been (including Winnipeg now). He won a lot in Chicago during their affiliation with the Thrashers, too. But winning was always his number one priority, and helping NHL contracted players develop was barely an afterthought, which came to bite his coach John Anderson in the ass when he accepted a promotion to coach the Thrashers after his run of success in Chicago.

Don Waddell was sufficiently responsible, as well...he was great at drafting players who were very good at the AHL level but for whatever reason were not able to take it up another notch to the big league. You don’t see that with teams like Pittsburgh, who are always able to get players from their AHL affiliate to play at a high level when called up. Detroit gets good output from its K-Zoo call-ups regularly, too...because they’re ready to play. The guys on the Wolves played like they couldn’t wait to get back to Chicago when they got called up to Atlanta.

If you’re a Wolves fan it was a great affiliation...Chevy ran the team the way he wanted, Waddell was seemingly happy to let him do it, and the ownership didn’t give a damn because all they were interested in was owning the arena and the Hawks. The Thrashers weren’t even a stepchild, they were just afterbirth.

05/11/2018 - 7:13am Can’t stand the Jets.

Everything that went wrong for them here in Atlanta has gone right for them in WPG.

In Atlanta they had the shittiest ownership, shittiest uniforms, shittiest AHL affiliation, shittiest lack of Michigan players, and just overall the shittiest luck of any team in the NHL.

Now all of that has done a 180 and it’s no fun at all...they are four wins over an expansion team from playing for the Stanley Cup.

04/07/2018 - 7:49pm Didn’t watch any of it.

Living through that shitstorm of a year once was bad enough.

04/06/2018 - 12:45am 60 fucking minutes.

Not 59:54.8. 60. Fucking. Minutes.

If you lose in OT, you lose in OT. Seen that before. But to lose on the last rush of the game when ND had been handing you OT ever since the tying goal is just ridiculous.

I don’t care if this team wasn’t expected to do much...they had a chance to do something incredible, something that the teams that had TJ and Jed and Andy Cogs and JMFJ and Kevin Porter and Chad Kolarik and Tiny Jesus and Carl Hagelin and any number of the “one-and-done” studs who were good enough to play in the NHL before they could buy a drink who left Red out to dry by leaving for the big check before they could glue a championship caliber team together in Ann Arbor were able to do.

But no, it’s about looking to the future and talking about how Mel’s first year squad gelled mid season and made a run to the Frozen Four only to get gutted by the goddamned Irish (again).

60. Fucking. Minutes.

Shit, I’m out.

04/05/2018 - 8:23pm In all fairness

Probably 85% of their student body/fanbase probably aren’t even aware they’ve got a hockey team.

02/20/2018 - 7:42pm Does this mean

...that posting photos of drunk nude McElwain humping the shark is now verboten?

02/14/2018 - 2:10pm She is quite a handful

...and then some.

02/13/2018 - 7:32pm Glad the NHL is out

...the “Miracle On Ice” doesn’t happen with millionaires wearing the USA colors.

Hell, especially at the rate our players shat the bed...five tourneys and finished on the medal stand only twice? Not worth it.

02/10/2018 - 10:57pm Sam McGuffie?

...THAT Sam McGuffie?

Wow.

01/14/2018 - 10:17am 1977

Rick Leach was a junior and we beat Ohio State FOR THE SECOND TIME IN TWO YEARS.

01/14/2018 - 10:10am Why?

Why would the Lions want as a head coach a defensive coordinator whose recipe for success appears to be equal parts making sure that Tom Brady is still playing for his team while waiting for the opposing team to do something stupid in a critical situation?

01/02/2018 - 6:28pm Would upvote x 5000 if I could.

Every year I tell myself that I’ve reset my expectations for this team based on everything they’ve shown themselves to be over the past (insert period of time relevant to the point when you realized that dread is felt equally in anticipation of the next campaign), and every year I’m back yelling at the TV when they tease me by playing well and leading in games they’re favored to lose by 10 before they get high enough for the sun to melt their (helmets’) wings and send them crashing back to Earth, or in the case of yesterday’s bowl game just fall apart completely with the game seemingly well in hand.

It’s not that they lose...Bo’s teams lost. Rick Leach was an all-time quarterback at this school and set a record that will never be matched by losing four consecutive New Year’s Day bowl games.

These days it’s the WAYS they’re finding to lose that make me lose my cool. They can’t just get pounded like they did against Washington in the 1992 Rose Bowl or get a phantom touchdown called against them as against USC in 1979. The losses against FSU last year and Carolina this year simply defy what any reasonable person should expect and give what should’ve been at least a moderately satisfying resolution to an otherwise mildly disappointing season a punch-to-the-nuts level degree of anguish wondering why the hell I do this to myself EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR. when I know who this team is and I know what following them will bring and yet I still do it anyway, the definition of insanity be damned.

01/02/2018 - 6:01pm In a run-oriented offense.

That’s incredible.

01/02/2018 - 4:02pm When Saban retires

Dabo will be on the first flight to Tuscaloosa quicker than you can say “Denard Robinson”.

01/02/2018 - 2:27pm If it makes you feel any better...

College football post-1997 being what it is, there’s no guarantee that you’d get that Rose Bowl trip even if this program DOES turn it all around and compete for the (somewhat still) “mythical national championship”.

The year UM goes 13-0 (gotta win that Notorious B1G Championship game in Indy, after all), the NC2A might schedule the playoffs in Dallas and Atlanta with the championship to be played in Phoenix. Hell, a trip to the Rose Bowl during a year like that might be as much of a consolation as a trip to the Outback Bowl was this year.

I absolutely despise what college football has become. The more “modern” it gets, the more old fashioned I feel (and the further behind Michigan’s program falls).

Somehow it feels right that we have a running back who shares the name of the actor who plays Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe...we are all “out of time”.

01/02/2018 - 3:11am I had a feeling we were gonna lose

...the minute Wisconsin beat Miami and everyone started talking about the Big Ten has yet to lose a bowl game this year with only Michigan left to play.

I mean, how much more of a “THIS IS MICHIGAN” moment could you get?

01/01/2018 - 4:58pm My assessment, also.

I’ve been watching Michigan lose bowl games on New Year’s Day for over forty years and I’ve NEVER seen a UM team quit like this. I mean, this team showed absolutely no heart at all.

12/09/2017 - 6:43pm Army

...has now beaten Navy more times this Century than Michigan has beaten Ohio State.

THAT...is seriously fucked up.

12/31/2016 - 10:33pm Michigan outscored

Ohio State and Clemson COMBINED in their game last night.

That is all.

12/30/2016 - 11:23pm 1st and goal...

...get the field goal unit ready.

12/09/2016 - 6:22am EBay, bruh

...nothing like the real thing.

http://m.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=michigan+jersey&isNewKw=1&_sacat=5011…

12/04/2016 - 3:14pm Been to two in Atlanta

Went to the Peach Bowl on New Year's Eve in 1985 when the game was played at Atlanta Fulton County stadium, an outdoor multi-purpose facility that you don't see much of anymore. Weather was cold and rainy and Illinois came from ahead to lose to Army. It was a great game. I'd recommend attending any game involving a service academy. Seeing the old guys in their great coats with the "USMA CLASS OF ____" armbands was cool...great way to connect with history in a way you don't get to see every day.

Second time was the same game, only it was called the Chick Fil-A Bowl and it was New Year's Eve 2008 (I think) between Georgia Tech, who always suck when they get to "stay home" to play in that bowl and LSU, who weren't as "damn strong" as they were the previous year. Game was played in the comfort of the Georgia Dome (it was windy and cold outside) and it sucked basically for every reason the 1985 game was good.

11/12/2016 - 11:43am Fewer defections

...to Canadian junior leagues and fewer players leaving early to the pro leagues. The players enrolled in the smaller schools tend to stay together for longer and thus are able to better gel as on-ice units rather than having to get used to new linemates/pairing partners each season.

And goaltending. Michigan hasn't had consistent talent for a prolonged period of time since Al Montoya was in school.

This is the difference between Michigan hockey in the 1990's and now; Red still recruits as well as ever, but a player with the abilities of Brendan Morrison is far less likely to stay at school for his full eligibility before leaving early. Look at the guys who have left after two (or even one) years and think of how much better Michigan would have fared with those guys playing into their senior years.

08/15/2016 - 11:18pm Bo Jackson?

Right conference, wrong school.

Herschel Walker.

07/02/2016 - 7:09pm Aw, come on...

...that flick is LOOOOOOOADED with tear jerking moments. At the beginning, when little dude holds his dad's helmet after he was killed by n the fire, the ambulance ride "home", the entire funeral scene...honestly, Ron Howard had is all the moment he chose to cast Kurt Russell as the older brother.

07/02/2016 - 11:52am "Empire of the Sun"

This scene:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lJ1wE7Fx9a8

06/03/2016 - 10:35pm Empire of the Sun.

Empire of the Sun.

09/03/2015 - 7:41pm Hey, I'm 8 years old

...and freshman QB Ricky Leach is starting in the Orange Bowl for the first college football game I ever saw.

Daaaaang, those helmets are KEWL. Who are those guys?

08/18/2015 - 10:08pm Old Firm?

Disnae exist anymore. Rangers FC went into insolvency in 2012.

08/18/2015 - 2:29pm Tough call.

Rick Leach because your childhood heroes are always the best ones.

Denard Robinson because watching him play made me feel like I was 9 years old again.

08/16/2015 - 10:24am Dig it.

But then I liked the all-white bumblebee unis in the trash tornado game against STAEE in 2011, too.

07/02/2015 - 11:43am One player per decade?

Those Wings teams from the mid-'90's/early-00's were so loaded that half of the players worthy would be dead by the time their time came.

Fedorov was the best all-around player the Wings have had since Gordie based on physical skills alone. I know, Stevie Y fanboiz just had an aneurysm, but Fedorov could skate like the wind, had a slap shot timed at over 100 mph, was an offensive force just as the neutral zone trap choked the life out of the game, and was so indispensable as a two-way forward that the left wing lock was practically created for him.

Then there's that whole "Dude, can you play defense for a few shifts? We're trying to win a Cup but we're pretty thin at the position" thing. Bowman swore that Fedorov would've made it to the HOF at D if he spent his career at the position.

Yes, yes, yes, a thousand times, yes, retire 91. It belonged to the best overall player Russia ever lost to the NHL (remember, dude had to defect back in the day) and even at the end of his career in the NHL he was still showing guys like Ovechkin and Semin how the game is correctly played.

06/29/2015 - 8:36pm Help me out with this

...if it's wrong for white folks to dress and make themselves up to look like black folks (and it is), why is it okay for white folks to dress and make themselves up to look like Native Americans? This happens at the University of Illinois with Chief Illiniwek, too.

01/24/2015 - 9:06pm Almost a shame

...that the home-and-home with the Teasips won't happen until well after he's graduated.

01/23/2015 - 10:27pm Yup...

...he's got a 1985 National Championship ring. His contribution that year was breaking his leg against Miami (yes, THAT Miami) and clearing the way for Jamelle Holieway to take over at quarterback and restore the Sooners to triple-option Wishbone glory.

01/03/2015 - 6:25pm I'm good with 'em.

If the guy who gave the "The Team, The Team, The Team" speech could reconcile their use, I have no problem with it.

12/30/2014 - 1:54pm So am I

Great day.

12/29/2014 - 6:30am Yep.

I was 12 when Leach graduated and I felt the same way watching him play. Jimmy had better seats than me, though.

One of the best pictures on the history of the program...never gets old.

12/28/2014 - 1:40pm Would upvote this

...if I wasn't using the app.

12/15/2014 - 2:08pm Not red.

Cardinal.

12/15/2014 - 1:28pm Mora the Younger

...I don't know. I still have reasonably fresh memories of his time here as the head coach of the Falcons...he had enough flake-out moments to give me pause over the idea of his coaching another team I like.

The irony of all ironies for M fans in the Atlanta area would be for Arthur Blank to poach Harbaugh (Mike Smith really is Brady Hoke at the NFL level) and for Jim Mora to end up in Ann Arbor.

I would probably need to resign my registration on this site if that happened.

12/14/2014 - 7:40pm No.

He is still one of the best quarterbacks the school has ever had. If he doesn't end up back at Ann Arbor I'll be disappointed, sure, but any success he has will always be linked to his time at Michigan and will always reflect well on the University.

12/09/2014 - 4:08pm Good luck to him

...may he represent his University well.

12/08/2014 - 8:38pm How did he START

7-3?

College football teams haven't played ten games in a season since the '70's?

12/08/2014 - 2:42pm Misread as

"Big Ten taking over concession protocols" and anticipated a thread about beer sales at games. Now I haz a sober sad.

12/08/2014 - 12:45pm Wishing him well

...would indicate a desire to see him succeed.

Having watched his teams get progressively worse over the last four years at a traditionally strong program losing its grip on its perch in a conference that has been weakening annually for the last ten years would suggest that the chances of any success he could possibly attain lie not in taking a job with a solidly mediocre program in the lower tiers of a superior conference like the PAC 12.

I wish him success, but he ain't gonna have it there.

12/08/2014 - 12:32pm Bless their hearts.

Bless their hearts.