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Comment 28 Jul 2015

Was thinking this sounded a lot like my experience before I saw who wrote it, heh.  Well put. The business of life is weaving meaning into happenstance, and sometimes caring about a bunch of guys running around on grass is the best practice there is.

Comment 02 Dec 2014

It doesn't matter how good the medical staff is unless the culture changes.  I'm torn between helpless sorrow for the family and friends of this young man and anger that such a wasteful death occurred when there was so much that could have been done if there had been adequate communication and solid priorities.  I hope there is some serious outreach and education going on.  Nobody needs blame.  We do need action.  The stupid thing is that most concussions can be recovered from well unless you go out and reinjure the brain while it's trying to heal, and that's what happens.  And concussions themselves can influence decision-making and ability to rationally think through the big picture so it can't all be on the kid.  Even if they didn't, they're very young men who rely heavily on the approval of others.  We need to recognize and reward decisions that lead to long-term ability rather than conflating toughness with willingness to play no matter what. 

But without practical solutions, mostly the anger just serves to distract from the sadness.  This is unbelievable.  It shouldn't have happened.  I'm so sorry for everyone involved.

Comment 20 Nov 2013

And now 11w is literally exactly like my family's discussions of OSU football.  Makes me feel like home.

Comment 28 Aug 2013

The Grim Reaper standing in the Black Death display in the history tunnel did it for me!

Comment 24 Mar 2013

Yeah, I just know these feelings too well to enjoy them.  If they had been higher ranked, or if these people had been jerks, or if they were being jerks now, that'd be different.  But as is, I just feel for them.  Almost everybody ends their season with a loss, and it's always painful, especially when it's so close.

Comment 09 Jan 2013

Apropos of nothing, I'm glad you're still around, Year2!  Your commentary has been great and I hope you continue to drop by. 

Comment 25 Oct 2012

Thanks for putting this feature together.  11W's writers model the kind of intelligent and respectful attitude towards its opponents that it expects to see in its commenters, and the resulting enthusiastic/civil conversations in the comments here are one of my favorite parts of the site. 

Also, yes, this game is terrifying. 

Comment 16 Jul 2012

Yeah, the Michigan commentors here are so generally classy that I was not at all prepared for that-- turns out MGoBlog is more like the Mirror Universe than a sister site.  And to be fair, even the commentors there seemed to be calling out some of the more pointless vitriol.  Now to read through the 11w archives to recover.  No place like home. 

Comment 21 Nov 2011

Not nearly enough.

Comment 19 Nov 2011

Here's what I'm worried about (that I opened an account to ask).  Am I remembering this right--didn't Meyer stop coaching at Florida because the pressure was too high and it was taking too much time away from his family?  I can't see that sort of thing being better for him here.  I've-- very grudgingly-- started to feel better about the possibility of him coming here because of the 11W commentariat, but I don't want a situation where he comes and leaves and the whirlwind starts all over again.