|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 http://www.worldcurl.com/schedule.php?et=21
|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.
|11/15/2017 - 4:04pm||I used TTR Data Recovery||
I used these guys a few years ago after a fatal crash: https://www.ttrdatarecovery.com
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.
|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
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.)"
|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!!!
NOOOO... NOOOO.... NOOOO...
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!||
|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.
|11/10/2013 - 12:48am||Drank a couple bottles of Robert Biale Zinfandel with my wife||
At this point I'm 45 years old and well into my "high class" drinking years. In fact, I just got back from Sydney, Australia last night so I didn't start drinking until AFTER the game and after the kids were asleep:
Both wines direct from the winery and held in my cellar:
2011 Robert Biale Zinfandel, Napa Valley, Black Chicken ($42)
Nose of berries, oak and some waxy notes. Rustic raspberry, earth, and a load of pepper and oak on the palate. Oak layers flow into complex melange of tannins and a raspberry tang. 91 points now but this will improve when the oak calms down a bit in a couple years.
2010 Robert Biale Zinfandel, Napa Valley, Aldo's Vineyard ($75)
Light red fruit and balsa nose. Black cherry and pomegranate fruit with a lot of complex brush, earth , and rustic flavors The tannins here are gentle and caressing layers. Elongated and vaguely more Bordeaux like on the finish. Not a normal full throttle Biale but I stilll like it. 90 points.
Both wines were excellent but they don't assuage the pain that whatever I watched today reminded me of Michigan Football about the same as most of the football I've since 2008. We've traded in terrible defense for terrible offeense. I love the platitudes of Brady Hoke but this season seems to show the results leave something to be desired.
Michigan fans may have impossible standards but we do know something about footballl and today's coaching performance indicates some serious problems.
|09/30/2013 - 12:46pm||Looking forward to it...||
My parents went to a screening last night put on by the University of Michigan Club of NH in Concord. Billy Taylor was there and spoke after the screening... they said it was a great documentary and "you can't miss it!".
Given there are few things on TV besides Michigan games that they'd say that about, I'm looking forward to it.
|06/06/2013 - 1:41am||This kind of content is what makes MGOBLOG great||
Thanks for posting...for those of us who can't make these kind of events (I'm in Ireland now), this is the kind of insight and information we get that we'd never find out from anywhere else... unveified voracity indeed!
|05/22/2013 - 11:54am||1990 - We had a good one!||
|05/09/2013 - 4:41pm||Link to the HTML Primer doesn't work||
Link in the "How can I bold stuff, insert images, embed videos, etc?" FAQ above no longer works. In trying to find it, I noticed a bunchof old articles in the forums noting it was gone... but it's still here.
In my opinion, a link to the "META: Embed Refresher Course" article here would be helpful. I found an older one which ranked higher in my Google search but didn't work as it pre-dated the current software.