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09/17/2018 - 5:44pm Did anyone else get the "fan…

Did anyone else get the "fan experience" survey from UM this weekend?  I know I got one because of season tickets, but if you did, you may want to mention some of your frustrations in the feedback.  Not saying it will change anything, but nothing will change for sure if people in charge aren't hearing it.

09/17/2018 - 4:11pm I will cop to recency bias…

I will cop to recency bias and say Akron was the previous leader. I also didn't have to take my son on four bathroom runs during Akron  But Akron is definitely in the running. 

09/17/2018 - 12:30pm Also, Jake "Mad-Eye" Moody…

Also, Jake "Mad-Eye" Moody is doing great work on kickoffs, considering that the NCAA eliminated the James "Doug" Foug special of dropping them on the 1-yard line with the new fair catch pseudo touchback.

09/17/2018 - 10:35am This was really well done…

This was really well done and very informative.  Great read on a Monday morning.

09/13/2018 - 7:16pm They did say they moved the…

They did say they moved the kickoff up two hours to get BC out ahead of the hurricane.

Also, they had a "random" BC fan read the Monday Night Football promo, which turned out to be MNF's Joe Tessitore, the father of BC's kicker.  For a Thursday night game, it was dumb fun.

09/12/2018 - 9:19am Fun fact: SMU likes to claim…

Fun fact: SMU likes to claim that this game was what inspired then-Ford VP Lee Iacocca to name his company's new sports car "The Mustang"

From their game notes this week:
Legend has it that when Ford Motor Company was preparing to introduce the sports car that would gain fame as the Mustang, it was considering other names such as Cougar, Bronco, Cheetah and Colt.

But during the 1963 football season, SMU took an undersized but quick team to Ann Arbor to play a massive Michigan Wolverine squad. Michigan gained the early advantage but had to fight off the feisty Ponies for a 27-16 win.

After the game, Ford's Lee Iacocca entered the SMU locker room and addressed the disappointed Mustangs. "Today," Iacocca said, "After watching the SMU Mustangs play with such flair, we reached a decision. We will call our new car the Mustang. Because it will be light, like your team. It will be quick,
 like your team. And it will be sporty, like your team."

Ford's new car got its name, and the rest, as they say, is history.    

Yeah, that may not be true.

09/07/2018 - 8:14am Yep, he also does UCLA…

Yep, he also does UCLA football and basketball, which is not a bad gig at all.

09/06/2018 - 7:01pm I miss Josh Lewin, because,…

I miss Josh Lewin, because, in addition to being good at his job, he would also slip in Simpsons references during the game that would utterly confuse Gibby.

09/06/2018 - 6:59pm You can try to do a Paul…

You can try to do a Paul Woods impression, but it's nigh on impossible because that perfect cadence is so difficult to actually replicate in your speech even if you can hear it in your head.  But I always feel like Paul adds tremendous insight with the right amount of energy.

08/31/2018 - 7:57pm UGP has an amazing…

UGP has an amazing lightweight navy quarter zip sweater with a simple block M on the chest which I bought today for my birthday and it's one of the best decisions I have made in a while  

08/28/2018 - 8:36pm While it is correct for the…

While it is correct for the mid-1970s look that Harbaugh grew up with, I really would like them to return to the sleeve striping of the Northwestern Stripe of the 1980s, aka the Schembechler Stripes (ignore AC's stripe-free tearaway in the photo)

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08/23/2018 - 11:15am Thank you for sharing this,…

Thank you for sharing this, it's a great insight into one of the real treasures of the University and shows how employing experts for things like this can really make a difference.

08/21/2018 - 10:31pm I rediscovered some obscure…

I rediscovered some obscure-semi-obscure U2 tracks this summer thanks to The U2 Experience on SiriusXM (Disappearing Act, Wire, Hawkmoon 269, Zooropa)

The Killers' new album ~Wonderful, Wonderful~ is not _as strong_ as some of the previous albums, or Brandon Flowers first solo album, ~Flamingo~, but "Some Kind of Love", "Rut", and "Life to Come" are all very good.

08/17/2018 - 10:26am Got mine in Milan, MI…

Got mine in Milan, MI yesterday, much to my delight, and even more to my son's delight (he liked using the face emoji scale to understand how good our opponents' O and D will be this year.)

08/09/2018 - 1:47pm You know it's a good cameo…

You know it's a good cameo when you know in your heart that this is EXACTLY what would happen in the real situation.

I'm also stealing "It's totally different mechanics."

08/08/2018 - 9:34am If you have a thing that you…

If you have a thing that you only do once a year (example, something related to your holiday decorations), put it in a Google Calendar as a repeating event and you essentially are leaving future you helpful tips.

This is also good for remembering to buy salt for my water softener and changing my insoles in my shoes  

08/04/2018 - 11:18am Several unrelated points,…

Several unrelated points, yet still related to the post:
1). The college-age Dave Wannstedt did not have the stache, which was shocking to me:
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2). Part of what made the Minnesota night game extra miserable last year was the fact that, if it had been a noon game, it was gloriously perfect football weather, cool, but not too cool, cloudy, and a slight breeze.  Instead, fans attending the game had to wait out a storm in Crisler before we could even get into the game, which started an hour late, and then sat through weather that threatened to have the skies open up again.  For the fan at home, yeah, no big deal.  For the people in attendance, it was a suboptimal experience.

08/02/2018 - 11:18am Keep fighting for better…

Keep fighting for better days, good sir.  I look forward to your return.  Until then, focus on you.

08/01/2018 - 9:02pm That is an important note…

That is an important note and I thank you for sharing it.

08/01/2018 - 8:11pm Let me acknowledge that this…

Let me acknowledge that this is wholly not your point, but given the fact that he has kept the diverse, heavily alpha, and moderately insane core group of Muppets together for nigh on forty years, Kermit the Frog is a hell of a model of a CEO coach.

Plus, I want to see Gonzo coach special teams.

08/01/2018 - 8:06pm One thing and again,…

One thing and again, MGoLegalMinds can help me out here, but I wonder if there isn't a bit of ex post facto on this.  If this clause was not in previous contracts, but is in it now, then it would only apply to things he learned about after the contract was signed, correct?

07/28/2018 - 11:17am Wholly correct.
It also…

Wholly correct.
It also makes up for the fact that Michigan did NOT play them from 2010-2015.

I believe I saw something (which may have just been speculation) that Michigan is slotted to get Minnesota as its parity partner in the next six-year cycle, but this could be disrupted by an end to the nine conference games thesis.

07/27/2018 - 1:28pm Having just been to the…

Having just been to the College Football Hall of Fame (on purpose for the trip, but accidentally during SEC Media Days, specifically the day Saban was there...woo boy) I can say that Centennial Olympic Park right across the way is a very easy, straight-forward set up between the HoF and MB Stadium.  Yes, they have a standard setup for Notre Dame, but if you're going to do a couple of days worth of setup for the long weekend of the CFB opener, I can see it being Atlanta for that.

But as you said, ND would not surprise me either.

07/27/2018 - 1:11pm As a MGoBlogger of a certain…

As a MGoBlogger of a certain age, it makes me very happy to see the Tony Boles love. He was the first Michigan running back I remember just being in awe of as a player.

Also, shout out to underrated #9 receivers, since #9 is the official number of Michigan hockey greatness.

07/13/2018 - 11:34am Bambi bringing the good news!

Bambi bringing the good news!

07/09/2018 - 10:42pm If there is any B1G coach…

If there is any B1G coach who, in his youth, would have built a Potemkin village in his neighborhood to get more ice cream, it's definitely Coach Harbaugh.

Second Place: Fleck.

07/04/2018 - 6:41pm I feel like I've been here…

I feel like I've been here forever, and before, but I don't remember what brought me here.  Which is OK, because it's not the years, it's the mileage.

07/02/2018 - 2:59pm All of the Scotty jokes I'm…

All of the Scotty jokes I'm formulating right now, especially since he's from Aberdeen!! 

06/30/2018 - 12:51pm I don't know if I need this,…

I don't know if I need this, but dang thing is good work.

06/22/2018 - 11:04pm Additionally, if you listen…

Additionally, if you listen to the Beatles Channel on SiriusXM, there's an interstitial where Paul talks about how his house in Liverpool is now a museum and he kept threatening to go on the tour as a regular customer, but he was worried what would happen, so this seems like a good way around that.

06/22/2018 - 10:37pm Paul McCartney has been one…

Paul McCartney has been one of the most famous people in the world for 50 years and he still genuinely seems like he likes people.

Also, the "Let It Be" story does that to people.

Also, this showed me just how good Dana Carvey's Paul McCartney impression is, because he has Paul's subtle mannerisms nailed.

06/18/2018 - 5:43pm Great catch.  They put the…

Great catch.  They put the yard numbers into the Victors font as well.

06/11/2018 - 7:45am I have read almost all of…

I have read almost all of Larson's work and he has yet to disappoint me.  Dead Wake, about the Lusitania, is also tremendous.

06/11/2018 - 7:45am I have read almost all of…

I have read almost all of Larson's work and he has yet to disappoint me.  Dead Wake, about the Lusitania, is also tremendous.

06/07/2018 - 2:11pm Iron Man 2 is far better…

Iron Man 2 is far better than people are willing to give it credit for being.

06/06/2018 - 1:12pm Is Charles Matthews the…

Is Charles Matthews the Jimmy Chitwood of this analogy?

06/06/2018 - 1:00pm Mulch Madness for all! …

Mulch Madness for all!  Bring your own pitchfork.  You should still have one in the garage from the Hoke Years.

06/06/2018 - 11:44am Wow.  He looks like someone…

Wow.  He looks like someone who wants to solve his problems with aggression.

05/31/2018 - 10:04am That poor goose

All he was trying to do was leave Detroit to fly south back to his native Canada.

05/29/2018 - 7:23pm Hooray!

We're not dead!

Sincerely, the now artisinal, small batch Hoover Street Rag.

05/23/2018 - 10:58am Funny enough

It wasn't Mount Karma, it is over 2500 days on the board without really ever posting, but it counts for a 5 star along with furious link clicking.

05/23/2018 - 9:47am Wow...

I somehow got myself up to a three star, so I hope I can continue to be useful.

05/22/2018 - 2:56pm Seth

"Pitch a Don Brown Buddy Cop Movie" is a future TWO."

I have a long memory, I will remember this was promised.  Please make sure it happens.  It's a long summer.

05/14/2018 - 1:10pm Interesting side note

Michigan State becomes the 14th and final Big Ten University to use the Common App next fall.  This means that they could have even higher levels of application than they did this year since it's one less step than previous to apply there.

Also, this is one of the leading reasons Michigan's app pool has swelled during the last decade, especially among out of state students, its now much easier to take a flier on Michigan than previously.

05/11/2018 - 7:52am If nothing else...

I like that Harbaugh has clearly been thinking about this (or delegated someone to think about this and report back to him) and he understands that it's not as simple as pay the players (the tax implications.)  I also would like to think I would feel the same about this if any other coach had discussed this issue in this manner.

05/03/2018 - 7:02am It is my understanding.

That in the new 14 team East-West, Indiana and Purdue is a protected rivalry, so they will always play.  Then they went down the list and gave each school a six-year "always play" rotation, which allows them to then do a three year set of two schools, one home, one away.  Then in years 4-6, they invert it, same rotation, one away, one home.  At the end of the six year period, they will reassess and assign new dance partners.  Do not be surprised if Michigan gets Nebraska as its new always play partner when this set is done.

05/02/2018 - 9:45pm Small thing I miss.

Back when Josh Lewin was the Tigers pxp, he would slip in at least one good Simpsons reference per game, much to Gibby's utter confusion and consternation.

04/30/2018 - 9:59pm Utah 2014

So, in addition to being soaked...

The short form, I tried to use my credit card to pay at the gate, it couldn't read the card, so I took the ticket.  When I got back to Liberty Square, soaked as I was, I took my keys and wallet out, set my keys on the top of the pay machine, paid, forgot where I put my keys, had a genuinely nice parking attendant do what he could to help us find them, swore in a way that would have made Malcolm Tucker proud, then, as I was ready to call a cab to take us back to my friend's car at the Plymouth Road park and ride, walked back down to the lobby to find my keys sitting on the top of the machine, go back to the car, and find out that we had to pay extra to leave because our grace period expired.  The lesson, as always, parking sucks.

04/30/2018 - 9:55pm Wait

There are words to Varsity besides Varsity? That's all I ever sing, like it's Mahna Mahna.

04/30/2018 - 6:15pm Paw Paw

Paw Paw is just about halfway between Ann Arbor and Evanston while driving 94.  Thus the Paw Paw Big Boy became the restaurant of choice for both the Michigan and Northwestern quiz bowl teams while attending events at the other's campus.