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01/12/2019 - 5:14pm Good Times, Bad Times…

Good Times, Bad Times... over 50 years, you know I've had my share.

Sorry, just had to be said.

11/06/2018 - 5:02pm I CAN JUSTIFY IT!

I was at…


I was at that 1987 game. In the second quarter, after we scored the FG to go up 10-7, we were celebrating when some IU idiot tossed an empty liquor bottle down the stands. It hit the Michigan fan next to me, broke in half, and the jagged half-bottle hit me in the head.

Both of us had to go down the First Aid as we were bleeding heavily. We heard Indiana score in the Q3 drive to go up 14-10 on the radio in the first aid room. Eventually they decided we need to go to the hospital and we got taken by an IU cop who had 6-8 empty beer cans in the front seat. I was getting woozy and my buddy asked him to put on the siren to get there faster and all he said was "Gotta move with the traffic son".

We lost the game. Me and the guy next to me got multiple stitches and a head bandage and I spent the rest of the night getting razzed by IU fans making fun of my injury.

I haven't forgotten it and have been very happy to watch every victory over IU since. It's my own personal "revenge tour".

09/02/2018 - 12:13am 77-31 is seeming like good…

77-31 is seeming like good defense to me after what I just saw.

08/20/2018 - 2:05pm Great opinion post. I whole…

Great opinion post. I whole-heartedly agree except that I'm not convinced "realized the mistake he made by hiring a brick-dumb yelly guy who'd never really been his own man". I certainly hope that's the case, but it's hard to identify that when Durkin left for a HC job. Would be a lot easier sell if it had been more of a lateral move.

08/15/2018 - 8:22pm Story is unlikely to go away…

Story is unlikely to go away. I expect reporters will be talking to lots of former players at Michigan and Florida about his style.... would find it possible (if not likely) that  unflattering anecdotes about his time at Michigan make the news. Harbaugh’s no comment may work for now but will become untenable if something ugly comes out.

05/23/2018 - 3:21pm Who needs Pitbull?

I'm voting for Freekbass, so they can find someone even MORE annoying to flack their crappy soda. Plus it gives the excuse to make fun of Notre Dame again.

05/13/2018 - 2:15pm Steak and Fine Bordeaux

Got a huge bone-in, dry-aged sirloin for my wife along with a 2000 Chateau Leoville Poyferre that I've been holding since 2006.

03/15/2018 - 12:08am Crootin?

Are we talking about RECRUITIN? Not a game, not even a practice... Recruiting!

02/17/2018 - 7:37pm There are Curling pros...

My sister lives in Calgary and when we vist with her husband's parents, they can break down all the professional curlers. It's defnitely a conversation where I won't have much to add!

That said, I don't think can really make a full-time living on it I don't think, based on the purse sizes of $5-125K (CDN) I see over at

02/07/2018 - 10:05pm Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

... the regular bottling, not the special selection.

A “top 20 class” kind of wine

02/02/2018 - 1:12pm And Gus' Pizza for a year or two

Back in the mid-1980's, Gus's Pizza also operated a delivery operation out of there.

$5.99 for a very greasy 16 inch pizza and 2 quart sized sodas. 

Good times.

11/15/2017 - 4:04pm I used TTR Data Recovery

I used these guys a few years ago after a fatal crash:

Was expensive ($700-iish mentioned above sounds about right) but they got the job done except one file affected by a physical crash on the media.

I tend to keep anything important on multiple drives in addition to backups nowdays. Storage is now cheap but quality has gone downhill along with it IMHO.

10/16/2017 - 12:58pm Be different

This old guy says you should try Citadelle.

09/27/2017 - 5:57pm Per MGoBoard Maryland lower bowl seats higher up are better

I recently purchased 50 yard line seats (paid $185/each for what it's worth) and reviewed some older Maryland ticket threads on MGoNBoard and confirmed my memory that the lower bowl seats near the field are to be avoided.. which is why they're cheaper.

Specific references below - Mr. Yost says he used to work in the Athletic Department there so he was particularly helpful:


Never: They're typically referencing the seats behind the benches/lower rows that are near the sidelines. Field is fairly high relative the lower row seats.

Mr Yost: They've since lowered the field and installed the turf which helps...but the slope of the first 10 or rows is such that is still hard to see down the left and right sides --- especially if someone is standing. If you're at Byrd...don't sit low.


Mr Yost:  recommend sitting at the top of the lower section or bottom of the 2nd tier if you can find seats.

SpikeFan2016: As mentioned, lowest 10 rows in the lower bowl are relatively obstructed


09/19/2017 - 8:53am So a fan is worth nothing?

I can agree with about half of what you said there, but this idea that the fan should have no expectations or responsibility seems questionable.

Michigan has a 100+ year tradition of the fans being heavily into the game and providing both support and criticism. Obviously, we're obviously on the outside looking in and our opinon is generally uninformed, but it's absurd to claim we aren't involved in any way, shape or form... if we're not, why are there 100,000+ people there every week. Would the team play the same if it was empty?

Complaining about the team is as old as the fan base itself.... let the fans be fans.

09/12/2017 - 8:13pm Did they throw enough to have that many picks back then?

That stats aren't available but it would be interesting to know... my guess would be that few teams threw the ball enough to have two pick sixes in a game. For the first few years after the forward pass was legalized in 1906, an incomplete pass resulted in a turnover... and even after that changed, my understanding was that there was a lot of coaches that looked down on the concept and thought it was something dangerous to do. 

That said, if Woody's Buckeyes could throw 6 interceptions playing Michigan back in 1969, maybe the belief that nobody threw the ball the "old days' is a crock.

08/02/2017 - 12:05am Totally agree

Still wearing a lot of Adidas because nothing's available in the big sizes.

Help the middle aged paunch people out!

07/25/2017 - 4:35pm The Michigan-Ohio State reference in that ESPN article...

That ESPN arcticle included the line:

As one SEC power broker puts it: "It makes Ohio State-Michigan and Auburn-Alabama look like Sunday school."

That's what caught my eye when I read it.

02/12/2017 - 7:31pm Douche Stars

Reminds me of the dude who called the marshal at the golf course on me today to complain about my slow play even as I was walking off the green as they walked up to their approach shot... the marshal came up and said "those guys back there are assholes but I'm coming up here just to show I did somehting".

12/31/2016 - 12:53pm All Time Great can't easily be judged so soon

I could be wrong. We'll see - but we won't be able to see until 20-30 years down the road. All I'm saying is the number of "All Time Greats" at Michigan is pretty low compared to the "great players" who've played at Michigan.



12/31/2016 - 10:36am Agreed...

Fair or not, the players considered all time greats at Michigan are those whose teams won Big 10 Championships. Jabrill has been a great player, but the teams he's been a member of haven't finished better than third in the B10 East and has won a single Citrus Bowl.

Denard Robinson suffers similarly, with his teams finishing second in the East twice and winning a Sugar Bowl.... though in his case, he owns a number of offensive individual school and BIg 10 records.

This isn't to take anything away from either of them, but as the years fade, I don't believe either will be spoken of in the sense of the Michigan "all time greats" as things stand now... though Jabrill could return and change that!

11/20/2016 - 7:53am Blame the producers

During a 0-0 game, the last thing anyone warching wants is a lengthy interview regardings subjects that have nothign to do with the game at hand. We're there to watch the game - and nothing about that segement had anything to do with it.

Absurd choice by the producers, though I'd agree the announcers and Les Miles himself made it worse.

10/19/2016 - 11:29am Agreed - and his historical book, Stagg vs Yost

Agree that Natural Enemies is great, as is his book on the early days:

Stagg vs. Yost: The Birth of Cutthroat Football by John Kryk.

If you like reading about the old days of college football, I also enjoyed:

The Opening Kickoff: The Tumultuous Birth of a Football Nation by Dave Revsine



10/08/2016 - 11:06pm Maroons Hold Michigan and Harmon, 85-0

This amused me to review:

Is Jabrill the new Harmon?

05/05/2016 - 11:00am May he RIP in Michigan Football's Valhalla

along with Yost, Bo, Ufer, and the rest of the gang.

May they bring us power from the afterlife for some improbable victory sometime in the future.

I can imagine Ufer looking down on it and saying something like "Jim Harbaugh is looking up into footballs' Valhalla and sauing 'Thank you Howard King, thank you Howard King for that one.'"


04/30/2016 - 6:46am 1986 was the last year for coolers in stadium

1986 was my freshman year so I was there.

Last year you could bring small coolers into the stadium. They didn't check what was in them so you could easily bring 6-8 beers per person.

Different times.

04/08/2016 - 5:43am Little fish in a big pond

First semester freshman year I took 3rd semester Calculus Honors. Nothing but proofs, graded on a curve. I recall a test where 27/100 was the high score.

Quickly learned that I wasn't the big fish in the High School pond anymore... And that I was out of my league math-wise.

Hard class but a great life lesson... Became a Philosophy major instead.

01/27/2016 - 4:21pm My one piece of advice

Go out often during months 1-6. At that age, they don't care where they are so you can do waht you want. After 6 months, they begin having opinions on what they want and make them known.

My oldest daughter decided she didn't like Napa Valley wineries.

11/07/2015 - 9:45am I'm 47..

So I remember most of those years.

liked them better, in fact!

10/21/2015 - 3:33pm The recordings I'm talking

The recordings I'm talking about are

Ufer Of Michigan Football 1969-1976

Ufer Of Michigan Football 1977-1980 Bo's Run for the Roses

They also came out on cassette with some slightly different title.

They're shorter clips than the original radio broadcasts and in some cases have been edited - something I only found out when the more recent Ufer CD's came out.... but they have JP McCarthy as a narrator taking you through them and that adds a certain extra charm with introductions like "I'm JP McCarthy and I'll be taking you down a memory lane through a historical time in Ann Arbor Michigan. Since Bo Schembechler came to Ann Arbor in 1969, never has more attention been paid to the Maize and Blue... (etc.)"

Great stuff!

10/21/2015 - 1:44pm HTR quote reminds me of "fickle finger of football fate"

That HTR quote reminded me of some secrtion on one of the old Ufer records covering the 1970's, there's a part where it is said:

"The fickle finger of football fate works in mysterious ways"

Can't rememeber whether Ufer said it or whether it's part of the JP McCarthy introducting a Ufer clip... but it fits the scenario.

10/17/2015 - 7:36pm The unfairness of life

has driven us to unbearable depths of despair.

10/17/2015 - 7:34pm Ufer would say...

NOOO!!!! NOOO!!! NOO!!!


And now I just hurt in every ounce of my body!

10/17/2015 - 5:21pm Pretty sure I saw Dantonio...

Putting money in one of the red's back pockets!

10/07/2015 - 2:43pm "Best graduation rate" shows things ain't what they used to be

This new measure as to what's "best" kind-of irritates me.

Michigan used to be considered a great school because it was so easy to NOT graduate. Large numbers of incoming students would fail out and/or transfer elsewhere... either because it was too hard or because they couldn't figure out how to manage themselves in the unstructured environment (i.e. too much partying, not enough studying).

I graduated in 1990 and we figured out that of the 60 guys who were on our "Honors" hall in Mary Markley in 1986, over 25 of them had failed out and/or transferred... quite a few of them being friends of mine who went on to success at other schools.

Personally, I loved this part of the Michigan experience. It was a Darwinian but I felt it prepared you well for the "real world" - you're on your own kid, figure it out - sink or swim. It was one of the big things my Mom stressed to me when I went off to school - as it had been that way when she went in the 1960's. She used to remind various Ivy-league parents that Michigan might be easier to get in, but it was a lot harder to get out.

Now that these college rankings "ding" the school for such behavior so the school has clearly been managing the trend upwards. The four year graduation rate quoted in that US World article is 76%.... it was 69% in 1999 (the oldest data I can find in a quick Google search) and I'm pretty sure it was lower before that.

I suppose the other thing driving this is the absurd cost of tuititon nowadays - people probably deserve to get there money's worth and it's a pretty expensive "lesson" if you fail out.... but I still like thinking of Michigan as a place where it was hard to graduate - and I have to have some suspicion that standards get lowered somewhere along the way to help drive higher rates and keep the "business model" of high tuition in place.

Anyway, that's my "old guy" rant for the day.

05/07/2015 - 1:57pm It's been so long since I visited Mecca

Since I graduated in 1990, I'd always tailgated at the "Victory Lane" Self-service car wash at the corner of Stimson and State Street.... but that just shows how long it's been since I've been to a game in person because my understanding is that place has been gone for years.

02/11/2015 - 2:14pm Feel the Freekbass

This proposal sounds like this wonderful example of what happens when you do this:

Sorry, I'm at work and couldn't remember the embed details... but I was surprised Brian didn't include this in the writeup because it's the first thing I thought of.

09/22/2014 - 7:37pm I was thinking you were going to suggest

that Brady Hoke leave to coach the Washington Redskins.

08/22/2014 - 2:45pm Why Did I draft this guy in my Fantasy Football draft?

He dropped to the late second round in my draft so I convinced myself it would be "value" to pick him... even though I didn't have much faith in him.

When I got the news and texted my friend, he had but one thing to say to me:

"Sparty gotta Spart"

08/22/2014 - 2:43pm Of course!

I'm old enough to have gone to the games when you could bring your own cooler in with your own refreshments. Seems to me you may have seen a few more fights in the student section back then, but overall I don't see any problem with it. There has always been people drinking in the stadium... and I've almost always been one of them!

That said, I don't see it happening.

08/12/2014 - 9:47pm Pretty sure I've hit 0.11 a lot of times in my life...

...but I never sucker punched anyone.

Getting locked up for life in jail is "ruining your life". Getting kicked out Michigan for it is "learning a lesson".

08/12/2014 - 9:45pm I make distinctions in "dumb mistakes"

Brian Griese drunkenly pissing in the alley of a bar and throwing a chair through the window is "a mistake"

Sucker punching some unaware dude and breaking his jaw is beyond "a mistake" i'm willing to have a lot of empathy for.

08/02/2014 - 10:13am And Scott Driesbach threw the pass!

This game gets my vote... living in Virignia, it was a great Monday to go to work.

06/02/2014 - 10:33am I'm shocked!

And I expected Urban to "respect" us!


03/23/2014 - 12:50am Catch like this in the fall!

'Nuff said

01/23/2014 - 10:18pm One question...


12/19/2013 - 3:01pm When do they move on to the "big money"

If you see what they're paying for naming rights on stadiums, what would they pay for naming rights on the actual school itself?

"ACME Brand's University of <insert state here>" 


"University of <insert state>, brought to you by ACME Brand"

12/19/2013 - 2:57pm True.. depends on context

Wasn't clear to me that the context of the statement applied only to recruits, but yes... and nowdays, the sports culture is so different that I think academics is probably secondary to many (if not most) recruits.

12/18/2013 - 5:10pm "School to go to" may be overstating things a bit

In those days, Michigan State certainly had the stronger atheletic program... but for academics, Michigan will still the "school to go to", at least in most fields.

I think academics is still the driver for most students deciding the "school to go to", and it was probably even more so back then.

Of course. both my parents were students in those times.

12/06/2013 - 3:51pm I have neither the time or the knowledge

to post much useful commentary, but I have always found there are plenty of people on this blog who do. Anything Brian is doing to reduce the amount of crap that one has to wade through to get to the "good" comments is something I endorse wholeheartedly.

As far as the blog being "about what it feels like to be a Michigan fan", there's a lot less we can do to control that. It's been a tough year, and I suspect some portion of the noise is related to that.