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Comment 6 hours ago

Yes, Michigan is recognized as the all-time leader in wins and has a higher winning percentage than any other program. No doubt helped by 62 wins by 1929 against powerhouses Albion (17), Case (26), Mt. Union (7), Oberlin (9) and Ohio Northern (3). Those five schools compiled a 1-62-1 record against the Wolverines. That certainly boosts Michigan’s all-time winning percentage.

It’s also important to note that Notre Dame learned how to build a football team from TTUN in the prehistoric days. TTUN rewarded them by winning the first eight games. When ND beat them for the first time in 1909, TTUN called them cheaters and refused to play them again until 1942. 

Comment 16 hours ago

In their entire history, TTUN has never lost a game unless there was cheating. Whether it was the refs or the other team, losses = cheating. It’s a perfect fit for the coaches, players and fan base of the only school to ever get voted out of the Western Conference / Big Ten for ... cheating. 

Comment 23 Mar 2019

I would bet that’s true. Tressel has the security code to the WHAC set to 4-1-1-4 after we lost to Florida. It makes you want to fight through and remove the bad taste in your mouth. Great motivation. 

Comment 23 Mar 2019

Is 62-39 on there for real?  Normally they make every excuse in the book and conclude that they didn’t really lose to us - refs, uh....well, refs. Is there at least an asterisk by the score?

Comment 20 Mar 2019

This is absolutely where I am. I get 6% cash back on groceries I would otherwise be buying for 0% cask back. I pay $95 per year and get several hundred dollars in cash back to me for using that particular card. Same with the Target debit card that gets me a 5% discount, or the Amazon card that gets me a 5% discount, both at no annual fee. Using any other card (or cash), I buy the same goods and services but would get nothing back. It’s free money, period. 

Comment 17 Mar 2019

Fort Sumter has a ton of history, of course, being the first conflict in the Civil War (or War of Northern Agression). It’s about a 25 minute ferry ride out there, and you’ll get a great history lesson on the way. Once there, it’s underwhelming. It is small, took three decades to build and three days to turn to rubble. It’s never been fully restored. The ride back is a 25 minute tourist infomercial. Not worth the time, IMO. Go to a plantation like Middleton or visit Patriot’s Point instead. 

Comment 17 Mar 2019

Ok, then you’re in the heart of it all.  The College of Charleston is right there by Marion Square, where you are staying. Head over to the heart of campus (it’s a small campus - a five minute walk from your hotel) and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Great backdrop for pictures. I also recommend taking one of the carriage rides early in your stay, because you’ll learn a lot about the history and probably find a couple places you’ll want to go back and explore. The routes are set, but you don’t know which one you’ll take until you get going. No worries - they’re all good and give you a good taste of Charleston. You pick them up over by the market. 

If you’re in Charleston on the second Sunday, Lower King St is shut down to allow foot traffic, performers, tables in the streets outside restaurants and is a pretty good time. Upper King has developed quite a bit and has some newer restaurants like The Ordinary (raw bar) and Indaco (Italian), Halls Chophouse, Basil (Thai) and McIntosh. One thing to note about restaurants - there have been several times where we’ve heard good things about a restaurant, looked at the menu and have been underwhelmed by the offerings. But when the food comes out, it is significantly better tasting and unique than what we saw on the menu. Coast was like this for us, but there have been several others.

And don’t think you have to spend a lot for a great meal. FIG is phenomenal, from the food to the quality of the wait staff to the wine selection. But when the bill comes, it always feels like a bit of a letdown - not because it empties your wallet, but because it’s 20-30% higher than other really good places. We recommend FIG to visitors, but there’s just too much competition around here for places to stay if they’re not really good, regardless of price point. 

Comment 17 Mar 2019

Jack’s Cosmic Dogs?  Highly, highly recommended. Jack went to William & Mary and played football for both Marv Levy and Lou Holtz. 

Comment 16 Mar 2019

Two key questions :  when are you going and where are you staying. We live in Mt Pleasnt, and spent many of our first few years “discovering” Mt Pleasant for 6 months, and then “discovering” downtown Charleston for the next six months. Lather, rinse, repeat. As many have mentioned, there are a number of great restaurants in both locations. Someone mentioned Lewis Barbecue, which is the best barbecue around, although there are other great barbecue places here. If you go, walk a block over to Revelrey brewing or drive a couple of blocks to Edmund’s Oast, and you catch some of the best beers in town. Plenty of other local breweries in various parts of town - where you go will depend on where you stay. As for restaurants, Hanks, Fig, Tavern & Table, Coast, Husk are all great. Sesame Burgers, Five Loaves, Mustard Seed, etc. are places you need to hit up. Kaminsky’s on Market Street is the best dessert you’ll find, but wherever you stay, you’ll have at least a half dozen great restaurants within walking distance. Darius Rucker lives over off Coleman Blvd in Mt Pleasnt, and Ive seen him a handful of times in Mozzo deli, which is worth going to whether you are looking for him or not. Another fun evening is watching the sun go down while walking on Sullivan’s Island, then heading over to Poe’s for burgers and great craft beer, or Home Team bbq, or Mex 1 for unique style tacos or Obstinate Daughter. 

There are so many things to do, and so many “must hit” places, but it’ll depend on where you stay. 

Comment 13 Mar 2019

Hmmmm. Interesting comment about listening to the last song first. I often have the impression that the last song is disassociated with the rest of the album, as opposed to be a tight way to wrap up the ideas on an album. They also leave me wishing there was a secret third side - one that carries on the feel of the last song.  In some ways, they carry on the tradition of the “hidden songs” that were added to CDs once they overtook vinyl as the dominant format. 

Anyway, Musicforthemorningafter was terrific, and great write up on the Radiohead disc.

Comment 10 Mar 2019

They must’ve been impressive. I would put that ‘05 team up against anyone at the end of the season. Troy’s suspension likely cost us the Texas game, and who knows what could’ve happened with the PSU game. I still think that loss at PSU was a game changer in multiple ways. First, we got rid of jerseys that could be grabbed by the fistful by offensive linemen and went with the tight fitting jerseys. More importantly, I think that was the game that changed Troy. He went from gunslinger to student, preparing himself much better from that point on. Still, I would’ve liked to have seen that 2005 team battle Urban’s 2006 Gators. They were fearless and hungry. 

Comment 10 Mar 2019

A train wreck that can’t protect QBs, whether they have mobility or not. Unless he’s just sick of winter, I don’t get this one. 

Comment 03 Mar 2019

You make some good points. Maybe all the stuff we see isn’t real and all the stuff we have no evidence of really is the way it is. It’s convincing. Either way, I’m all for the excuses, the hypotheticals and the woulda-coulda-shouldas if it continues to produce the same results we’ve seen for the past two decades. Hail to the guys who are doing everything they are supposed to be doing, even though it’s difficult to see when the lights come on. 

Comment 03 Mar 2019

It’s a comment from his high school years. A guy hired specifically to bring him and his mama to Ann Arbor was singing praises about his work ethic during recruitment. Either they’re all blowing sunshine.  Or maybe Mattison, Brown and Partridge are bad at evaluating work ethic.

As for Martin, he was far more consistent at manhandling double teams than Hurst was.  We even played Hurst straight up last year and contained him just fine. But you’re taking the comparison as Hurst not being a special player instead of Martin being a guy you absolutely had to factor for on every single play, but I can’t speculate as to why.  Either way, Gary was neither of those guys. 

Comment 03 Mar 2019

We are two time defending B1G champions and we’re left out of the ESPN Holiday Invitational Tournament both times. I think expectations are to win the B1G and beat TTUN, but anything else is entirely out of our control. If those are the expectations, I think they’re realistic. 

Comment 03 Mar 2019

April of 2017 was just after his Freshman season, shortly before the team went to Italy to prepare for the 2017 season. That work ethic comment was hopeful, but we’ve seen two additional seasons with very little progress. So if a coach or someone like Sam Webb (or some other insider) tells us Gary is working hard and I,proving by leaps and bounds, it doesn’t carry nearly as much weight as the results on the field. And results aren’t stats. Mike Martin used to occupy two blockers on pretty much every play. He was far more disruptive than Hurst, but he didn’t rack up personal tons of personal stats. But he certainly produced and made everyone around him better.

Heres a quote from TTUN’s LB coach, who seems to know Rashan in high school. He mentions work ethic too, and playing at a top level on every play. That’s not true, either. 

“There’s certain players that just have something. It’s a work ethic on the field and in the classroom, it’s a love for the game where they have a bounce in their step every time they hit the field. I’ve so far gotten to ... coach two of those guys. One of them’s Jabrill (Peppers), one of them’s Rashan. They just have it. Have something, and every single play they play 110 m.p.h.

“I expect huge things out of Rashan, and he expects that of himself. It’s not going to be just on the field, it’s going to be in the community at the school.”

Comment 03 Mar 2019

Big Daddy went #1 overall, but was viewed as still being somewhat raw. In his case, it was because he could use his strength and quickness to get into the backfield quickly, and didn’t have to rely on technique to be disruptive and dominate. Gary doesn’t show any of that. Plenty of guys have bursts of highlight reel plays - BB Landers is a good example - without being a high first round pick. There’s not a lot of indication that he’ll ever put in the work.