Tuesday, March 31, 2009
An Ohio man has been charged with drunken driving after crashing his motorized bar stool. On March 4th, Police responded to a report of a crash in Newark (30 miles east of Columbus). They found a man with injuries who had wrecked a bar stool powered by a deconstructed lawn mower. He was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated after he told an officer at the hospital that he had consumed 15 beers. Apparently the bar stool can go up to 38 mph.
Anticipating his upcoming move to a new city following the NFL draft next month, former Buckeye offensive lineman Alex Boone immediately ordered an extra large version of the stool.
I think it is also important to point out T9 and I are tied in 17th place. I have one team in the final four (UNC) and T9 has none. Because I picked the Tarheels to lose in the semis -- neither one of us has any hope of any more points. I have only ever had brothers... so I guess if I had to "kiss my sister" -- T9 would be the most logical and obvious choice.
I am also currently ahead of my son, but he has UConn winning it all -- so he just might overtake me. And yes... Big Ass Hammm is eating my dust.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Thanks to our very own ohio_guy for pointing out this incredible image of Sparty basketball coach Tom Izzo. There really was no other choice than to host a Detroit / Final Four caption contest once we saw it. There are 64 Spawn Points on the line for the winning entry, as decided by T9.
My entry: Damnit Magic !!! I said get off of the court. Your time is up.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Bemidji State 5
Notre Dame 1
For those of you that don't know: Bemidji State University is a 5,000 student school in Northern Minnesota, about half-way between Minneapolis and Winnipeg. Notre Dame is a 12,000 student school located on the snow swept plains of Indiana.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I am not just talking about the hockey team. I am suggesting we drop the yellow jersey from all sports. Baseball, yes. Softball, yes. Basketball, yes. Volleyball, yes. Our jersey colors should be Blue and White. Period. I know many of you will argue with me, but I have thought this through. I am right:
1) Yellow is a great trim color. You only need to look as far as the Pittsburgh Pirates to see what can happen to a team that thinks that yellow is OK as a primary color. Pretty soon you are wearing all kinds of combinations and everyone is making fun of you -- and you don't win anything for 30 years.
2) Yellow was a "bitchin" touch in 1992. The 1990's are a thing of the past. Next thing you know we are going to start seeing people with big hair and colorful lycra.
3) The yellow jersey is a bike race thing. It works for Lance Armstrong in France. It does not work for Michigan in Ann Arbor.
4) Although I think the Hockey team had them first, most people associate the yellow jersey with the FabFive and the Michigan Basketballl team. Next time you are walking into Crisler Arena, take a look up in the rafters and tell me how well that turned out.
5) Someone needs to put a stop to this before Adidas gives Rich Rodriguez any new ideas for the football team. Yes, that is Pat White. Yes, I photoshopped a winged helmet onto him. Yes, I would love to have someone like him playing QB for us. Just not the yellow jersey.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Air Force 2
Season over. Done. Finished. See you next year.
Note to self: Next time you want to type something to the effect of "Michigan should win this game" please remember the college sports gods are not Michigan friendly and they will find every way possible to make you wish you had attended Kalamazoo College instead.
Appy State, Toldeo, Air Force. Ouch.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Now he has added TV Host to his resume. The Travel Channel is lauching a new show : Dhani Tackles the Globe. Dhani has been able to merge two of his greatest passions, travel and sports. He travels the world exploring the ways in which traditional sports help to define culture. I have added to my TIVO list and look forward to watching it.
I don't really care for the term "Renaissance Man" -- but if anyone has earned that moniker in today's world, Dhani has.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Us youngin's remember Mr. Kell from his days announcing Tigers games with Al Kaline and Ernie Harwell until his retirement in 1996 after 37 years.
More seasoned veterans will remember him as an amazing 3rd baseman who made it to the Hall of Fame in 1983. He batted .306 with 2,054 hits during his career, winning the American League batting title in 1949 for the Detroit Tigers hitting .3429. He beat out Ted Williams by .0002 percentage points. He was an All-Star 10 times during his career.
ESPN.com has a really nice piece about him.
I tried to find a youtubes of one of his broadcasts, but no luck.... anyone???
We will square off against the Air Force Academy Falcons in the opening round on Friday (3/27) at 3PM. The game will be on ESPNU.
If we win on Friday, we will play either Yale or Vermont on Saturday for a spot in the NCAA Frozen Four.
This is college hockey, so anything can happen -- but I will be shocked if we don't leave Bridgeport with our ticket punched to Washington DC.
Monday, March 23, 2009
- Oklahoma's Blake Griffin is getting alot of national attention along with some scorn of Michigan fans for his antics during the NCAA 2nd round game. I hope those same people that loathed Blake's "gun show" thought Desmond's "heisman pose" was just as uncouth. I don't get worked up over college kids having fun and doing silly things.
- Griffin is predicted as the overall #1 pick in the NBA draft. I will agree he is an exciting and explosive college player, but comparing him at this point to Shaq is premature. Instead, I would call him the next Corliss Williamson.
- Bad news: The Michigan Hockey team gave up 4 goals in the 3rd period, blowing a 2 goal lead to lose to Notre Dame in the CCHA finals. Good news: The Michigan Hockey team made it to their 19th straight NCAA tourney and will play Air Force on Friday as the #1 seed in the Eastern Region.
- Michigan senior wrestler Steve Luke won the NCAA championship on saturday. He became the 14th different wolverine grappler to bring home the NCAA title. Ohio State blew a big lead on the last day and finished second in the team standings to Iowa.
- After getting swept at Arizona a few weekends ago, Michigan's Baseball team has won 4 in a row. Their game with Eastern this week has been moved up because of a prediction of bad weather. Shocking.
- Just a reminder for my friend T9: my birthday is in late April. Instead of a softball, I think I would like to have Maggie Viefhaus sign my bald head.
- Spring practice has started and the spring football game is quickly approaching. A scheduling mistake on my part has forced me to make a change in plans. Sorry, but there will be no Spawn get-together this year. I failed to connect Easter weekend with the spring game weekend. My wife did not fail to remember Easter. She wins.
- The Ann Arbor News is closing up shop. Queue the munchkins...
Sunday, March 22, 2009
In case you did not know, Clearwater is the home of the original Hooters. There are now more than 435 Hooters throughout 46 states. They also operates in 26 countries, including China. Hooters also has a casino in Las Vegas, in the building that was the Hotel San Remo.
Another interesting note, Hooters female employees are required to sign that they "acknowledge and affirm" the following:
1) My job duties require I wear the designated Hooters Girl uniform.
2) My job duties require that I interact with and entertain the customers.
3) The Hooters concept is based on female sex appeal and the work environment is one in which joking and sexual innuendo based on female sex appeal is commonplace.
4) I do not find my job duties, uniform requirements, or work environment to be offensive, intimidating, hostile, or unwelcome.
So there you have it...
If you are ever hungry want want some good food, don't ever go to Hooters. However, if you are thirsty and want to spend some time looking at future brain surgeons in tight t-shirts, orange running shorts (and of course panty hose) - this is your place.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Kissing your biceps after you beat up on a guy half your size??? Yeah--you're something special.
You can tell a lot about a person by the way they act during a game and I am unimpressed with his "sportsmanship". Those CBS announcers need to wipe the jizz off their face too......
I didn't have any delusions about Michigan's chances tonight, but I at least would like to watch (and listen to) a game that is fun and exciting. The announcers are just ruining it for me. And 4 Michigan players with 3 fouls while only 1 Oky player has 3???? Really????
The record attendance for a spring event goes to Alabama in 2007--estimated at 92,138. Rich Rod wants to break the record. Really? 100 K for the Spring Game?? I must be getting really old.......
More details await at mgoblue.com
I can't help myself:
Don't worry guys, at least the Buckeye wrestling team is doing well.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thanks to the expert from Mayo Clinic for the details.....
Carpenter, PC, Performance-enhancing drugs in sport. Endocrinol Metab Clin N Am 36 (2007) 481–495
There are a variety of drugs that are employed to enhance performance. Some might consider Red Bull a performance enhancer. Others may take a zillion multivitamins and protein shakes. Basically it's ANY type of substance that someone takes to gain a competitive advantage. aka ERGOGENIC AIDES (chocolate milk anyone???)
But---most often people really mean illegal substances or banned substances that people try to utilize (and hide) basically to cheat the system. Tony Mandarich just shared with Rick Telander (rhymes with teabagger?? sorry couldn't resist) and the world about his gerry-rigged rubber duckie attached to his dickie in order to store 'clean' urine during his playing days.....
And there you have evidence of the value of a Michigan State education......but I digress.
The anabolic streroids are chemical derivatives of testosterone. They act by increasing protein synthesis within cells, specifically muscle cells. And because they are derivatives of testosterone, they also virilize--meaning they inhance male characteristics like hair growth, voice changes. But counter-intuitively all the excess hormone actually suppresses the body's natural production of testosterone so the testes shrink up and sperm production is impaired.
So, why do we really care? I mean cheating has been around for eons, right?? Many have said if ya ain't cheatin' ya ain't tryin'.
Well...here's the problem with anabolic steroids. Ready??
- Psychological dependence/abuse
- Testicular atrophy aka shrinkage
- Decreased sperm counts
- 'Roid rage
- Boobage (gynecomastia)
- Prostatic hypertrophy
- Cholesterol alteration and risk for heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Dilation of the heart
- Blood clots
- Growth restriction in young kids
The other thing that athletes don't realize is that when you stop, you really atrophy and you don't rebound from all of the other damage that you've done to your heart or your testes/ovaries. Meaning you can make yourself infertile.
And here is a random weird co-inky-dink.
Anyone else notice that Madonna got REALLY really 'buff' all of a sudden. Kind of around the same time she and A-Rod were Kabbalahing together.
Things that make you go hmmmmm.
What about non-steroid enhancers? or non-banned substances???
If you go over to the GNC website you'll find all sorts of potions and powders that people completely swear by. None of which have been vetted by the FDA by the by. I'm convinced that GNC is the champion Snake Oil Sales group ever!! But--tell the truth. How many of you all buy them and use them???
And---are enhancements bad if you just want to look buff/cut? I mean if you aren't cheating why not try to look good or boost your workout success a bit???? Maybe it's just a matter of degree???
I'm not suggesting that Dreamy Tom uses anabolic steroids AT ALL. But he sure has heck did something to go from the combine to the commercial.
So, everyone wants an edge, and 'supplements' seem to be the way to get it. To me it's the continuum from healthy nutrition to vitamin supplements to nutritional enhancements to medications/substances to flat out cheating. It seems inconsistent to feign huge outrage about professional athletes doping when almost every college sports program has strength and conditioning coaches.....Seriously, why is gatorade ok but GNC muscle building stuff isn't????????
(aside from the obvious fact that most of those nutritional supplements GNC sells get "excreted" in either liquid or solid form, making it a pretty silly 'investment'.......)
Is a lot of the enhancing really about vanity (consider weight lifters) rather than performance?
The vanity piece will be the topic of upcoming SSF's.....so stay tuned!!!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Andy Katz from ESPN had the opportunity to go to the White House and go thru the big guy's picks.
And The President has his own entry on ESPN's tournament challenge.
Wish we could have gotten him on board The Spawn's bracket challenge!!!!
Here is a shot I took of the start of the Team USA dogpile after they shocked the Puerto Ricans with 3 runs in the bottom of the ninth. With the win, we advance to the semi-finals of the World Baseball Classic.
For those of you that do not follow baseball, from left to right David Wright (NY Mets), Kevin Youkilis (Boston Red Sox), Derek Jeter (NY Yankees), Mike Schmidt (USA coach and Phillies hall of famer), and Shane Victorino (Philadelphia Phillies). To put this celebration into perspective, image a scene in which an Ohio State, Michigan, Florida, and LSU player all jump on to each other after winning a game.
Final game tonight for seeding in the final round. USA vs Venezuela.
Monday, March 16, 2009
The 28th Michigan Miss Basketball was awarded today to 18 year old Jenny Ryan from Nouvel Catholic Central in Saginaw. Jenny has captained her team to 93-10 record over the past four years including a pair of Class C state championships and an Associated Press Class C player of the year award.
Ryan, is also her class president and carries a 4.3 grade-point average as the No. 2-rated student. She scored 1,405 career points with 4.3 steals per game over the four years. As a senior, she averaged nearly 17 points per game with 4.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds.
And she's coming to Michigan.
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Sunday, March 15, 2009
I took a ton of pictures, but I had to share this shot of one of my all-time favorite ballplayers Mike Schmidt. He now the 3rd base coach for Team USA.
After watching the Venezuelan World Baseball Classic game yesterday I decided that there must be something in the genetic pool that enables so many beautiful women to come from one place. Here is a great example of what I am talking about: 2008 Miss Universe, Dayana Mendoza.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Watching a baseball game involving any team from the Caribbean is a dramatically different experience than your standard baseball game. The music, dancing, drums, and general merry making reminds me of a college football game. I guess it doesn't hurt when your team is beating the living crap out of a team of supposed all-stars.
Friday, March 13, 2009
I am headed to Miami for the World Baseball Classic games with my son. I will share some photos (and video) throughout the week. T9 has the wheel.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
For those of you that watched or participated in the infamous buckeye sticker war of 2009... I am pleased to announce that after a couple of weeks of secret negotiation -- peace has been restored to the Michigan Blog Universe.
I did this without consulting with my friend and blogging partner T9, but I know she will understand my sincere desire to make love, not war.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Once upon a time, I had an awesome baseball card collection. I used the crappy ones in the spokes of my banana seat Schwinn to sound cool.
BUT this would have been the COOLEST of all
3-D baseball cards!!!
CHECK THIS OUT !!!!
This month Stetson will launch All American, a new fragrance for men pimped by former Michigan QB Tom Brady. I don't want to burst any one's bubble here, but Tom Brady was never an All American. I guess Drew Henson "Owen Sixteen" Lions scent is not selling that well. I am kinda looking forward to the new video game promised on the site. Could be a fun new Spawn Contest ?
The woody aromatic scent features notes of cedar leaf, guava, ginger, black suede, sage, nutmeg, fern water, amber wood, vetiver, patchouli and musk. I have to admit I have never heard of the two linked scents before I started this post. According to the Boston Herald, Tom Brady's Dad wore Stetson Cologne. Brady has been a spokesman for the product for several years.
Gisele's new husband commented : "I want everybody to go out and buy this fragrance and hopefully they can get some dates...Sexiness is whether you’re comfortable in your own skin...The sexiest people are always those who are the most confident...." When asked where where, is the sexiest spot for a woman to dab on her perfume? “Any place where my nose is next to . . . like the ear”
And oh yes, you are welcome T9 and Catie. I feel so dirty.
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Looking back on it 20+ years later, this play is not that big of deal. Bo Jackson was an incredible running back and Bosworth really didn't have much of a angle or chance to keep him out of the endzone. But none-the-less, here it is.
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Sources state that THE BOZ was initially pulled over by LAPD officers for not having a license plate on his motorcycle. The cops smelled alcohol, and he failed the breath test.
I don't know. I may be a little too old fashioned, but in my mind there is no logical reason in the world to explain why a 43 year old man is driving an unlicensed Harley down Hollywood Boulevard at 3AM in the morning. It is not like he was going to pick up a hooker on his bike and get any action.
Bosworth is the only two-time Butkus Award winner in college football history. In 1987 he became one of the first famous athletes to be linked to steriod use, he was suspended for the Sooners' 1987 Orange Bowl game. This motorcycle incident will likely be regulated as the second most famous Harley experience The Boz is remembered for...
The first, of course, has to be the classic motocycle taking down the helicopter in the 1991 action film: Stone Cold.
Friday, March 06, 2009
Tailback Michael Shaw will miss spring practices after undergoing sports hernia surgery and linebacker Jonas Mouton will be absent because of shoulder surgery. Both will be hampered by missing spring practice.
Shaw, a sophomore, played in 10 games as a freshman, but spent last fall battling an assortment of injuries, limiting him to just 42 carries for 215 yards. His role with the team was expected to increase with the transfer of Sam McGuffie to Rice. But he must wait until fall to make an impression.
Mouton, who will be a senior this fall, played in all 12 games last year and was Michigan's second-leading tackler with 76, including 6 1/2 for loss. But he will be missing the chance at early practice with new defensive coordinator Greg Robinson.
U-M also announced the spring scrimmage, which will be played April 11 at Michigan Stadium, will begin at noon.