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|1 day 13 hours ago||Very True||
I've written below about an ordeal that kept me up for 124 hours with no sleep while engaged in settlement negotiations of complex litigation. I was actively involved in drafting and revising settlement documents after we'd reached agreement on the settlement details. Never before and never since would I experience the intense stress that focusing on those details required.
This happened about ten years ago, and I'm now in the Medicare generation, so the experience probably took a few months or years off my life.
Long after the fact, my client called to thank me for having caught some drafting errors that the other side had made. In hindsight, I'd have to say that I got very lucky.
There's no substitute for a good night's sleep,
|1 day 14 hours ago||124 Hours -- I Don't Recommend It||
TL:DR Version: Litigation isn't always what they show in films and on TV.
Compared to the ordeals that military service members face during wartime, my experience was nothing. but it gave me greater respect for military service members and the stresses that they face every day when stationed in combat areas.
No sleep from 5:00 AM Monday through 9:00 AM Saturday. All for trial preparations and round-the-clock settlement negotiations of complex litigation that was supposed to start trial on Monday at 10:00 AM, but that lasted more than five days in settlement negotiations.
Lawyers met with the judge right before trial was scheduled to start, and after listening to brief discussions of the parties’ respective positions, the judge said, “This case should be settled. Go out to the jury room and get that settlement done.”
When the court building closed for the day, we went to one of the lawyer’s offices and continued to negotiate though the night. My partner told me to handle the negotiations without him, so he just had to make token appearances whenever we returned to court each day. The only breaks we got were to allow everyone to go home, shower, change clothes and get back to court.
I was the only lawyer whose home was an hour's drive from the city where the trial was being held. Because I never expected that we'd be engaged in round-the-clock negotiations, and couldn't predict each morning when or whether we'd get the case settled that day, I made the mistake of not arranging to get a hotel room in the city that week. Most of the lawyers on the other side of the case were from out of state, so they had hotel rooms to return to every night to get some sleep befoe we had to be back in court that day.
This went on until a settlement agreement was signed as the sun was coming up on Saturday morning. I went back to my office and took a three-hour nap before driving home. I'm very lucky that I stayed awake while driving home.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Opponents Would Have A Song for Introducing North Dakota's Team||
Imagine having this song playing on a loop during North Dakota's pre-game skate and warmups.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Not Many Superstar Players Become Superstar Coaches||
I'm somewhat ambivalent about this rumor of Klinsmann leaving the USMNT after five years at the helm.
It’s rare in professional sports for superstar players to become superstar coaches. Jürgen Klinsmann might be one of those superstar players who’s never become a superstar coach, despite having had some admirable successes. I just don't know whether there's a superstar coach or anyone much better than him in line to head up the USMNT program.
Credit to him for trying to elevate the USMNT to a position where it would be considered among the top ten national teams in the world. It just hasn’t happened; there’s no evidence that it will be happening anytime soon. But since 1993, the USMNT has been ranked among the top 25 teams in the world 17 times. The problem for Klinsmann is that since he took over the USMNT in July 2011, the USMNT has finished in the top 25 only once, in 2013 when it reached 14 in FIFA rankings. LINK
Credit to him for identifying some young players with dual citizenship who have grown up in other countries or who were born to immigrant parents who came from countries where soccer was the top sport, and who’ve had better training, and encouraging those players to join the USMNT.
Maybe having a national team that can be among the world’s top 20 clubs (if not the top 10), when there are so many alternative sports options available to youth in the United States, is about the best that we reasonably can expect. How many children in other nations are being encouraged to play the kind of football that most Americans watch? Or to play the slowly-dying, slow-paced game that not too long ago was thought to be America’s Pastime? Or to lace up some skates and shoot pucks on frozen ponds in winter? Or, as more American kids are discovering, to pick up a lacrosse stick and fire a ball against a concrete wall in some local schoolyard? Or to just sit in front of a computer or 60-inch, flat-panel TV while exercising nothing more than their thumbs while playing video games?
I’ve been following international soccer since I played the sport in high school when Lyndon Johnson was President of the United States and 18-year olds couldn’t vote. For me, I’m fairly satisfied that the USMNT has been qualifying for World Cup competitions in every cycle since 1990. The USMNT was absent from World Cup competition from 1954 through 1986. It either didn’t enter or didn’t qualify for the biennial CONCACAF Gold Cup from 1963 to 1981, but since it first entered the Gold Cup compeition in 1985, the USMNT has finished first or second ten times, while missing the championship game just five times. For me, that's progress. It's just not the USWNT program.
|1 week 2 days ago||Might Be Besler at Left Back; Johnson at Right Back||
|1 week 2 days ago||England Had Subs! And It WAS Crazy!||
Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge came on at the half and scored the goals for England, giving Joe Hart and Roy Hodgson more time to breathe.
|1 week 4 days ago||"Let's Freak Out" -- Will Do|
|1 week 5 days ago||Soccer Enthusiast Here||
Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla, I respect your opinion and I don’t consider you a “meathead” for not caring about soccer. No one who cares about the University of Michigan Wolverines sports can be considered a "meathead. Far from it.
There are numerous soccer blogs I regularly read, so if Brian Cook weren’t writing about professional soccer, I wouldn’t be annoyed. But I read and appreciate his comments about professional soccer because it’s a sport that I’ve followed since I was playing high school soccer in the 1960s. I was going to North American Soccer League matches in Fenway Park in 1968. I remember when Kyle Rote, Jr. was considered to be one of the top, up-andcoming American-born soccer players when he hadn't yet fully concentrated on soccer. By 1973, he was the NASL's Rookie of the Year. I saw Pelé play for the New York Cosmos at Yankee Stadium.
Off-topic threads on this blog about music, films, TV shows and human-interest stories like Vincent Smith’s #eating project and #ChadTough, among others, are fine with me.
I couldn’t care less about the Detroit Lions, the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Pistons and just about every one of the Detroit/Michigan-centric threads that don’t seem very relevant to someone like me who never has lived in Michigan or attended the University of Michigan. The only reason I have a small interest in the Detroit Tigers is because I know someone who’s playing for them. But I don’t complain about those threads. I just don’t read them.
MGoBlog is one blog that I read frequently because I’m the parent of a Double Wolverine and was indoctrinated into the Michigan Family during a Parents’ Orientation that ran concurrently with my child’s Freshman Orientation – long before I ever knew about MGoBlog. My rooting interest is focused on the University of Michigan’s sports programs, and this blog is the best place I know of for information about Wolverine sports.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||More Northern New Jersey Media Coverage||
From The Record of North Jersey and NJ.com
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Are Any of These Way-Too-Early ESPN Predictions Worth Reading?||
In recent years, the credibility of all of these media-generated, way-too-early, pre-season guesses about the teams projected to be the best in the country have been undermined by the facts that (a) few of them are based on any detailed review of the teams, and (b) none of them can safely predict the impact of incoming freshmen and transfers or injuries to key players.
The typical MGoBlog reader knows substantially more about Michigan’s prospects for the 2016 season than any national media member. If I really wanted to know more about the prospects for this coming season for Alabama or Clemson or Ohio State or Michigan State or any of the other teams on Michigan’s schedule for this season, I’d read what their dedicated bloggers and the local media who regularly follow those teams are saying.
While it's always great to see outsiders predicting a great season for any Michigan team, I have a feeling that the moderators of MGoBlog will be providing me with far more accurate information about Michigan Football's 2016 prospects.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||By The Best Way to Travel . . . The HARBUS||
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Sadly, Phife Dawg "Kicked It" on March 22||
As part of the Medicare Generation, there are times when I feel like my musical tastes may be stuck in the sixties. But I also realize that the times they are a changin'.
Before hearing Can I Kick It by A Tribe Called Quest a few years ago, I didn't like much of rap and hip-hop music; but I'm slowly coming around to appreciating that genre, especially after hearing that song and others from their 1991 album The Low End Theory and watching Straight Outta Compton and listening to the soundtrack from that film, as well as being introduced to songs from that genre by MGoBloggers who offer suggestions when off-topic, music threads pop up on the board.
Phife Dawg a.k.a "The Five Foot Assassin" (Malik Izaak Taylor) was a talented artist whose problems with diabetes cut his life too short.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The "Next Level Football Camp" in NJ on June 8 Could Get Crazy||
Looking forward to learning how JOHN HARBAUGH’s presence at the Paramus Catholic Next Level Football Camp (because technically it’s NOT the University of Michigan Football Program’s Satellite Camp, despite the growing relationship between Paramus Catholic and Michigan) on June 8 will (a) cause an autograph frenzy and (b) impact JIM HARBAUGH’s relationship with the NCAA.
There’s an article today in one of the northern New Jersey newspapers about the Paramus Catholic Next Level Football Camp and, more specifically, Paramus Catholic’s Drew Singleton, considered the top rising senior in New Jersey, an Honor Roll student and a Michigan prospect. It mentions that in college he “wants to study business or finance with a concentration in property management.” Anyone know of a top university with a highly rated business school that might have a special connection to a real estate developer who happens to own an NFL team?
In addition to having 800 campers from eleven states and the District of Columbia (CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, MD, NH, NJ, NY, MA, PA, and VA), this camp will have New York area media coverage. I expect that it's going to be "crazy." (And there might even be subs. Maybe someone will bring along some of The Soprano heroes (in northern New Jersey, they still call subs hero sandwiches) from A Family Affair in Fair Lawn, the town next to Paramus, and about a six-minute drive from Paramus Catholic High School. The Soprano heroes/subs come highly recommended. LINK)
|2 weeks 5 days ago||FREAK OUT!!!! . . . Will Do|
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Some Perspective||
While taking the glass-half-empty approach might make fans of the University of Michigan’s sports programs believe that the sky is falling, a more optimistic view might be one in which some solace can be taken from the general accomplishments of the university’s athletes in many sports, even though national championships have been hard to come by in recent years.
The Learfield Directors’ Cup points standings measure the relative successes of intercollegiate athletics programs. In the final winter season standings, Michigan ranked third behind perennial champion Stanford and Michigan’s arch-nemesis, Ohio State. Considering that four of the top five and six of the top 15 schools in the standings are from the Big Ten, Michigan’s place in the standings is very impressive.
It may be true that the men’s and women’s basketball and lacrosse programs, as well as the hockey and baseball programs may need major talent upgrades, if new Athletic Director Warde Manuel wants to see Michigan overtake Ohio State and challenge Stanford for the lead in the Learfield Directors’ Cup points standings. But this should be a time to celebrate the Michigan athletes’ accomplishments, instead of dwelling on the negatives.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||SaigonBlue, Did You Play in This Game?|
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Upvote for "Orphan Black" and The "Seestras"||
SPOILER ALERT: For those who haven't seen BBC America's Orphan Black, don't click on the link or the embed below and read no further.
BBC America's Orphan Black is one of the strangest science fiction shows I can recall seeing; and I've been watching TV shows since the mid-1950s.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||And The Less Memorable Costanza-Kruger Effect|
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks for The Compliments||
Thanks for the compliments, father fisch. I'm a Scrabble fan, too. I'm also a T-shirt fan, a Warren Zevon fan, and happy to discover that a T-shirt with this logo is available for purchase. LINK
|3 weeks 4 days ago||"Ho. Lee. Fuk." -- I Knew His Cousin from Soho||
This one time in London, I was walkin' through the streets of Soho in the rain, lookin' for his place. Got a big dish of beef chow mein there. . . . Sadly, I never got to meet his tailor. . . . Aaahoo!
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Top 13% in NCAA Division One RPI Is "Average?"||
True, Michigan started the season playing at an .800 pace (20-5 record) that would've been very tough to sustain even for the elite teams in the nation, and they finished the season playing as poorly as almost any team could've played, at a .182 pace (2-9 record, with five of the losses coming against the best team in the conference and both victories coming by just one run.)
While they were exactly "average" over their last 32 games (16-16 record), admittedly, their 5-10 record against four of the conference's top teams (Ohio State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Michigan State) was lousy.
But overall, they finished with an RPI of 38, ranking them among the top 13% of the 300 Division One NCAA baseball teams. LINK Their winning percentage of .6316 was the 56th highest in the nation, placing them in the top 19% of all Division One teams. Even their poor strength of schedule ranking (99) would've placed them among the top third of all Division One teams.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Some Others Leaving the Team||
Other key contributors who will be gone from this year’s team will be pitcher Evan Hill who started for three of his four seasons and got the save in the only Michigan win during the Big Ten Tournament; two-year starting outfielder Cody Bruder, this season’s leading hitter who joined the Wolverines as a JUCO transfer; and starting outfielder Matt Ramsay who transferred to Michigan this season after playing three seasons at Wofford College and was the team’s fourth-leading hitter before he was injured and had to miss the final ten games.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||That's What I Get for Not Having Read the Books||
Thanks for the information. Obviously, my continuity error meter needs some serious readjustment.
Out of curiosity, based on the books, how old was Jamie Lannister when he killed "The Mad King?" and how old is he supposed to be in this current season? Or does age not mean very much in Westeros?
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Too Many Favorites to List Only One||
I judge my favorite films as those that I’ll often watch to the end whenever I come across them while channel surfing. For war films, those include (in alphabetical order): Apocalypse Now, Black Hawk Down, Full Metal Jacket, Glory, Inglourious Basterds, M*A*S*H, Restrepo, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List, Spartacus, The Alamo (1960 version), The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Deer Hunter, The Hurt Locker, The Longest Day, War Horse, Zero Dark Thirty and Zulu.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Continuity Error?||
Look at Jamie Lannister in that gif, and then look at Jamie Lannister from season one.
If the show's creators went to the trouble to recreate the scene in which Jamie Lannister kills "Mad King" Aerys Targaryen and becomes "The Kingslayer," couldn't they given Nikolaj Coster-Waldau a wig for that scene to approximate his hairstyle from season one?
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Usually Depends on When Bracket Projections Are Posted||
I've posted below to include a link a projection made this morning (May 30). Some of the earlier projections, such as the May 24 projection from Baseball America, couldn't account for bid stealers that have won conference tournaments and other teams like Michigan that might've needed to have better performances in their conference tournaments, in order to make the field of 64.
It's likely that those early projections that included Michigan in the field of 64, and even had them as a two seed, were made with the expectations that a team with the best RPI in its conference and among the top 40 in the nation would play well enough down the stretch to deserve selection for the final field.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Projections Posted This Morning||
SPOILER ALERT: Here's a bracket out this morning that has only two Big Ten teams in the field: tournament champion Ohio State (a two seed in Louisville's region) and regular season champion Minnesota (a three seed in the region hosted by Miami of Coral Gables.)
There's a podcast discussing the projected field. LINK The Big Ten discussion starts at about 26:26 into the podcast. SPOILER ALERT: They conclude that Michigan's terrible finish will keep the Wolverines out of the field.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||As with Basketball, Michigan's on the NCAA Bubble Watch||
Keeping Michigan out of the NCAA Baseball Tournament field could be based on how poorly they’ve played (a) down the stretch – worse than any other Big Ten team in recent weeks, and (b) against the RPI top 100 teams.
No Big Ten team other than Michigan had fewer than three wins over its final ten games. Both of Michigan’s victories during that time were one-run wins. Six of the eight losses were by at least three runs.
Minnesota finished 13-9 against the RPI top 100; Nebraska finished 11-12 against the RPI top 100; Michigan finished 10-16 against the RPI top 100.
However . . . although Minnesota, the Big Ten’s regular season champion, and Nebraska, the Big Ten’s regular season runner-up finished ahead of fifth-place Michigan in the conference standings, Michigan beat Nebraska handily three times in Ann Arbor (albeit, six weeks ago) and beat Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament, and finished with a higher RPI than either of those teams, thanks to a 20-5 start to the season. Consideration also might be given to the fact that five of Michigan's losses in its final ten games were to Big Ten Tournament champion Ohio State.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Maybe the 20-5 Start to the Season Makes A Difference||
Despite (a) finishing 16-16 in their last 32 games, (b) going 2-9 down the stretch (including five losses to Ohio State in that span, (c) having a 10-16 record against teams in the top 100 of the RPI rankings and (d) having the worst finish to the season of any Big Ten team (as the only Big Ten team with fewer than three wins in its final ten games), after starting the season with a 20-5 record, Michigan still has the best RPI of any Big Ten team at 37. LINK
Only fifteen of Michigan’s 36 wins were against teams with winning records. Six of those wins came in February, and four of them were against Canisius that finished 32-27.
Blogger Warren Nolan still has Michigan among the 64 teams to be selected for the NCAA tournament, as one of the last four in the field, along with Minnesota, Oregon State and Southeastern Louisiana. He makes Michigan the third seed in a region hosted by Southern Mississippi, with Wake Forest as the two seed and Southeast Missouri State as the four seed. LINK
If red-hot Iowa (unbeaten in the Big Ten Tournament; winners of eight of their last nine with seven of those wins coming against teams with winning records) comes back to beat Ohio State to win the Big Ten championship, then it might be that only Iowa and Ohio State wiould make the NCAA field from the Big Ten, but the Wolverines still would be on the bubble.