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|1 day 7 hours ago||An Englishman, a Scotsman,||
An Englishman, a Scotsman, and an Irishman are each sitting at a bar, with a full pint each. A fly comes and lands in each one's beer.
The Englishman calls the bartender over and asks for another beer, this one's dirty.
The Scotsman scoops the fly out, tosses it aside, shrugs and continues drinking.
The Irishman carefully picks up the fly by the wings, holds it at eye level, and yells, "Spit it out, you bastard, spit it out!"
|2 days 14 hours ago||For a marketing genius, he||
|2 days 15 hours ago||Michigan football is damn||
Michigan football is damn near meaningless without the Ohio game. It's as if the Indianapolis Motor Speedway said "it's too expensive to host the Indy 500, let's hold it every other year and fill in the gap with more NASCAR races and we'll bring in the 24 Hours of LeMons and a couple dirt track races."
This isn't just losing track of tradition, it's losing track of the whole purpose of the program.
|3 days 5 hours ago||I would be all in favor of||
I would be all in favor of whatever efforts it took to revive those profiles. They were a lot of fun to read.
|3 days 9 hours ago||I get to root for both the||
I get to root for both the best defensive coach and the best offensive coach in basketball. I fucking love college hoops.
P.S. and both are basically the awesomest individuals and stand-up gentlemen in the whole sport too. I really fucking love college hoops.
|3 days 16 hours ago||As a glutton for punishment,||
I think this will be a very easy read, that is, not punishing at all. Because it all comes out right in the end. The RR book was excellent and fascinating but I was really, really pulling for RR to succeed here, it didn't happen, and the book was full of optimism that was tough to take because you knew it didn't end well. This one will be way easier to digest.
Put another way, the good guys lose in Three and Out, but the bad guy loses in Endzone.
|3 days 18 hours ago||a "Dame" fan -- read, NOT AN||
You say that like it's a bad thing.
|3 days 18 hours ago||I have this green fleece.||
I have this green fleece. Whenever I wear it my brother reacts in semi-mock horror about the color green. I always tell him I refuse to let some stinky little rival school take full ownership of, or ruin, an entire perfectly good color.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Yes.||
|6 days 17 hours ago||I bet that happens more often||
I bet that happens more often than we realize, it's just, the B1G isn't going to run to the media every time they screw up, and the schools aren't going to broadcast it every time the B1G gives them a mea culpa because they'll probably get fewer mea culpas that way. When the media makes a stink over something, the conference might then say something more publicly, but this one obviously got lost in much bigger hoopla.
|6 days 17 hours ago||I want book.||
I want book.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Yay our fourth stringers that||
Yay our fourth stringers that won't make the team are better than your fourth stringers that won't make the team.
|1 week 20 hours ago||Not convinced it's actually||
Not convinced it's actually black....likely more like a dark matte gray.
|1 week 1 day ago||NASCAR-wise, practically||
NASCAR-wise, almost anyone not in a Toyota.
|1 week 1 day ago||For the life of me I can't||
For the life of me I can't understand why anyone would root for one particular player over another, barring some incredible extenuating circumstances. "Rudock failed in the past" is an especially lousy reason.
|1 week 2 days ago||Another vote for this one.||
Another vote for this one. But don't stop in the '90s, it goes through to at least 2002.
|1 week 2 days ago||Let's just go with a top five||
Let's just go with a top five in more or less any order: Denard, Woodson, Desmond, Hart, and Tyronthony-Chris Wheathomperry.
|1 week 2 days ago||You mean California looked||
You mean California looked awesome in Grosse Pointe Blank.
|1 week 3 days ago||Not every veteran, only those||
Not every veteran, only those who put in 20 years or more, and there's certainly no evidence veterans ever did any bargaining for it.
|1 week 3 days ago||If we start talking about||
If we start talking about "fair market value" then the incredibly vast majority of college athletes are going to have to start paying for the privilege. The number of college athletes who are compensated below a level commensurate with the money they generate, it pales in comparison to the athletes compensated far above that.
|1 week 3 days ago||Yes, yes, on some occasions.||
Yes, yes, on some occasions.
|1 week 4 days ago||Way to live up to your end of||
Way to live up to your end of the bargain.
|1 week 4 days ago||Very random: Muhsin Muhammad,||
Very random: Muhsin Muhammad, WR for MSU and the Panthers, sat across from me at some airport terminal one time. I wouldn't have known him from Adam except he had in tow some family members and a biggish entourage of small children, all running around in Carolina Panthers #87 jerseys and calling the biggest member of the family "Uncle Moose."
|1 week 5 days ago||Find someone's style that you||
You'd be wasting your time simply copying someone else's style. If there's a format you like and a style you like, try it on for size, but don't spend much time fitting your content to it. Fit style to content, not the other way round. If you're gonna do something the same as someone else, you'll have to do it better. When I started my own blog there were two other bloggers where I looked at their stuff and said, "hey, I could write like that." As it turns out I couldn't, but it didn't mean I couldn't do something worth doing anyway.
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||Rousey. To see if I could||
Rousey. To see if I could last longer than that dumb Brazilian gal.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The first thought that came||
The first thought that came to my mind, exactly.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I am not at all with Smith on||
I am not at all with Smith on this one. He's a complete and total dickhead and deserved to get punched. He charged a much lower-paid teammate $600 to appear at camp, welshed on it, and didn't pay the money back. If the funeral conflicted with camp then that's a good reason to skip, otherwise, I'm not buying it - what did he do, stay home and observe a widow's mourning period? And either way pay the goddamn money back and when the guy asks you to, don't shove a finger in his face. Fuck Smith.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Oddly, never been to a||
Oddly, never been to a Michigan bowl game.
Been to one UVA bowl game, where the stadium personnel in Charlotte sent someone aaaallll the way to the top row to scold me for standing on top of the last seat row to take pictures of the city over top of the stadium wall. Won the game, though. Held Larry Fitzgerald to one catch for like eight yards, if I recall right.
Been to three Purdue games (my brother is a Boilermaker), one in Orlando as payback for him coming to the UVA game, and where he got to experience firsthand what shitheads Maryland fans are. Two others because, hey, Motor City Bowl.
And then went to the Motor City Bowl last year too, which is now the Quick Lane Bowl, on account of my Lions seats got called as the winning seats to score four free tickets to the bowl game. OK, cool, I'll go watch UNC and Rutgers. Should I root for the school that hands out fake diplomas or the school that has no business in the Big Ten? Not an easy call.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I have not had the terrible||
I have not had the terrible experience with Comcast that others have had.
My folks have Uverse and that's not bad either.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||You deserve it for picking a||
You deserve it for picking a guy who's famous basically for one book which was loaded down with narcissistic self-indulgent nonsense.
Mark Twain did the "adolescent self-discovery novel" seventy years before Catcher in the Rye and managed to do it while taking on issues quite a bit deeper than whether prep school is too phony for self-believed deep thinkers. And Twain was a hell of a lot more prolific, too.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I'd love to have a classic||
I'd love to have a classic old muscle car, or something racy and fast, which is why I plan on keeping my '06 Mustang as long as I can.
But for the Woodward Dream Cruise? Gotta have something that you can drop the top. And there's not a hell of a lot of driving or getting anywhere at that event. So it might be fun to let people admire your GTO or Cuda or what have you, but it's not going to get actually driven much. For the Cruise, I'd want something huge, boaty, comfy, and slow.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Maybe we're too shaped by||
Maybe we're too shaped by media impressions, but rich guys pissing their money away sure seems a lot more common than not. Personally I'm impressed by a rich guy who doesn't need to live a flashy lifestyle, driving to the club every night in their Bentley and furs and bling making it rain on all the strippers. Johnny Manziel gets way more pub than Ryan Broyles, which is stupid.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||We gotta add Reggie Cleveland||
We gotta add Reggie Cleveland All-Star to this guy's list of honors.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Most of the country lives on||
Uh, your point?
He's clearly not doing it to show solidarity with poor people. He's doing it to provide himself and his family a reasonably comfortable lifestyle while saving as much as he can for the future, with the foreknowledge that NFL careers are short and very little is guaranteed. Sounds like his spate of injuries gave him a big dose of perspective. How that fails to garner respect is beyond me.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Jameis Winston has||
Jameis Winston has donkeybrains but enough work ethic to succeed. Tate was more than talented enough to succeed in college football. Anyone who watches a single year of college football has seen successful quarterbacks with less talent.
Tate could've beaten Denard for the job. He could've. He was better at throwing the ball, which is what QBs do, and good enough at running to work in RR's system. He just got outworked beyond belief by Denard, nay, by just about literally everyone in college football. Placeholder schmaceholder, he was absolutely a legitimate contender until it became patently obvious he wasn't real interested in the grunt work.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Alright. This doesn't make||
Alright. This doesn't make much sense. But after chewing on this a bit, here's my working theory. Mike Ilitch is an old-ass man and has been in win-now mode for years, because he wants to see a championship before he shuffles off. It's kind of an open secret that things like the Prince Fielder signing were not DD's idea, it was Mr. I pulling that particular string. DD had to work hard to convince him that selling, not buying, was the right move at this deadline, and it was probably like pulling teeth because the thing that keeps Ilitch going is a pennant race.
With the deadline gone, DD was still preaching patience. I mean, now that the system has added guys like Norris and Fulmer, they need to see how this looks. I bet DD told Ilitch that this offseason was not a good time to try and sign a new fantasy team, that 2016 was going to have to be a year to test the waters and see how this new chemistry set works. Ilitch is damn near 90 and doesn't want to hear it. He wants to win NOW. DD says patience. Ilitch says NOW. They argue. Ilitch says if you want to be part of a rebuilding project go somewhere else. DD says, ok, fine. End of story.
That's my guess. Al Avila is probably going to make an absolutely ridiculous FA signing this winter, because Ilitch is getting beyond desperate. Avila's never been a GM in his own right and he's not about to fuck this up for himself by ever mentioning the word "patience" to his boss.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Unlikely. The mere presence||
The mere presence of a single uncompetitive team makes that point null.
The B1G can probably join the Big East as the next level, maybe win a natty or two in the next ten years, but has much farther than you think to knock off the ACC.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Whoa there. Travis Fryman||
Whoa there. Travis Fryman was awesome. Fryman was of a totally different Tigers era than the doldrums. That was the "score will be 10-8, win or lose" heyday, which was kind of fun.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||There are some UVA fans||
There are some UVA fans disappointed to have missed out on this guy. Part of it is that STAB is almost literally UVA's backyard.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||It's not even about 2003.||
It's not even about 2003. I'm grateful to have a Tigers team that isn't the Randy Smith era of the late '90s. That was a totally directionless franchise with no plan and no ambition and no capability of doing anything but spinning its wheels. It was a lost decade. DD had the franchise in position every year, which is all I ever ask - the rest is just up to execution.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||There has GOT to be more to||
There has GOT to be more to this story.
I don't think it's because he was selling at the deadline. DD wouldn't have done that without the boss's permission.
It's not good news at all and there seriously must be some behind-the-scenes stuff that we'll never know about. You don't just up and fire a GM over one rebuilding season. More than losing DD, who completely turned the franchise around, I fear some internal dysfunction.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Helped get my dad's 26-foot||
Helped get my dad's 26-foot Albemarle from Ocean City, MD back to Michigan. It looks like this on a trailer:
You quickly learn that 100 miles of fuel remaining = 50 miles of fuel remaining, that your new 0-60 time is about ten minutes, and to choose restaurants and gas stations based on trailer-friendliness. In other words, hello truck stops. Never been so happy to see Breezewood, PA.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Few things are lamer than||
Few things are lamer than orchestrating "cool moments" for the sake of cameras.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||You say that like it's a bad||
You say that like it's a bad thing. If it's English it's automatically classy.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||It's a shame that guy||
It's a shame that guy wouldn't know a meter if it smacked him in the face. Funny the way they are. Downright hysterical if they had any rhythmic structure whatsoever.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I have to go here and throw||
I have to go here and throw in a plug for my favorite Dr. Seuss - the incredibly, vastly underrated And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street.
|4 weeks 16 hours ago||I have it on good authority||
I have it on good authority that it was not you who were late for anything. It was instead a Mr. W. Rabbit.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||You're saying the NFL was||
You're saying the NFL was offered a spreadsheet conveniently put together by Brady's agents, on which they'd have to take the agents' word it was complete and accurate, and in order to find out what was on Brady's cell phone, they could instead track down multiple other cell phones and check off items on the spreadsheet? And that's a perfectly reasonable alternative to just spending 10 minutes scrolling through Brady's phone?
Sorry, defending that approach is a stretch beyond stretches. All this fuck-Goodell outrage pretty much ignores the fact that Brady basically just broke into the Watergate hotel.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I hate your idea of suing||
I hate your idea of suing because I don't want to sit here for three years watching some godawful lawsuit wend its way through the courts while ESPN breathlessly reports on every stupid motion and argument and filing in existence. I just upvoted for the Few Good Men reference.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Yes, they can, but from the||
Yes, they can, but from the phone company, which would probably never give them up short of anything but a legal subpoena. To the NFL, they're as unrecoverable as if I called up AT&T and said, hey, give me so-and-so's stored-up text messages.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Today in Awkwardly Worded||
Today in Awkwardly Worded Headlines: it's good to know Tuskegee has finally gotten out from the oppressive shadow that is Dennis Norfleet.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Nay to Vanderbilt. Doesn't||
Nay to Vanderbilt. Doesn't pass the saltwater test. Close but no cigar, they're closer to Mobile Bay than to Lake Michigan. If you're closer to salt water than to a Great Lake, no Big Ten for you. That rule if actually enacted would've saved the Big Ten a lot of trouble.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Where have you been the last||
Where have you been the last 60 or 70 years?
|4 weeks 6 days ago||How did we get this far into||
How did we get this far into the discussion and not mention the impact of Dave Brandon Junior on this whole thing? Sounds to me like Saban to Texas could've been done quite easily until Patterson pissed off his agent.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||My all-time favorite band,||
My all-time favorite band, playing one of their very best songs:
|5 weeks 6 days ago||And in most cases that's a||
And in most cases that's a good thing. Here, maybe not, I just really like the very chill vibe of the studio version, but Billy Preston is killing it anyway and the whole band is as '70s as '70s can be, so hey.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||TMNT while it was on, then||
TMNT while it was on, then Animaniacs. Definitely some Animaniacs.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I like the non-live version||
I like the non-live version of this song better than live, it's a bit more laid-back, but the OP said live, so I'll be obliging.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I like this game. It's a||
I like this game. It's a great deal more memorable than pretty much any other game that year. Hell of a lot more interesting than your basic run of the mill 24-10 win.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||There's an xkcd for||
There's an xkcd for that:
|5 weeks 6 days ago||If you like the Garcia page,||
If you like the Garcia page, also read up on Operation Mincemeat. In general the whole story of intelligence during WWII is fascinating. The Brits absolutely ran circles around the Germans throughout the whole war.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki||
Read and learn, everyone.
|6 weeks 6 hours ago||Fking grammar Nazis.||
Fking grammar Nazis.
|6 weeks 18 hours ago||Amazon's a retail company||
Amazon's a retail company like any other retail company. Which means they hype up sales to try and generate, you know, sales. Probably 100 years ago Sears or Montgomery Ward or Hudson's would have these big posters up advertising a sale and people would walk out going, "I say, old bean, that was a dilly of a letdown." Why anyone expects Amazon to be magically different because it's an Internet company and start selling $50 TVs is beyond me.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||The change from calling it||
The change from calling it Big Jim's is a really recent development, so I don't know all that much about it.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Nobody from UVA ever said UVA||
Nobody from UVA ever said UVA had the "largest mall in the country." Just the only one that's a World Heritage Site.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||The interesting thing to me||
The interesting thing to me about the Craig Ross blurb is this:
Ross said he wished Franklin and Leach threw the ball more (and better) - which is basically RR's offense. Thus the highly ironic and idiotic nature of whatever boogeymen were out there during the RR era, pining for the good old days. Ever since Bo left, the offense we've run that bears the absolute least resemblance to Bo's offense..... is Lloyd Carr's!
Lloyd's model was to find a bazooka statue and have him either give to the RB or shoot off rockets. I figure this is partly because Harbaugh showed what could be done with a QB with passing skills, and that combined with that being the direction the world was moving anyway, convinced Bo's successors to go find strong-armed QBs. Thus, Grbac, Navarre, Henne, etc. Bo's offense would've had little use for John Navarre; RR would never have recruited him.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I gotta admit....Pluto is a||
I gotta admit....Pluto is a cool-looking ball of rock. I did kinda think maybe it could be re-planetized. But putting Pluto back in the planet category is kind of like adding Rutgers to the Big Ten. Sure, Scarlet Knights is a cool nickname, and Rutgers was great back in the day....way back in the day. But they don't bring anything and they mess up the symmetry and if you think Rutgers is worthy of being in the Big Ten then why not dozens of other programs?
Besides, neat as Pluto looks, there are some moons in this solar system that look way cooler. If that's the only criterion I propose Callisto as a planet. It hasn't managed to get rid of Jupiter from its orbit around the sun, but I don't know how you could turn down a giant floating disco ball.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Grounds grounds grounds||
Grounds grounds grounds grounds grounds. It's not a campus. Or, it's a campus that's called grounds.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||May I humbly suggest you take||
May I humbly suggest you take an hour or two and walk around the UVA grounds. It really is worth the experience. I don't think they'd be doing tours in the summer, but you never know. Also, Monticello isn't the only presidential mansion in the area; someone mentioned Montpelier which is maybe 30 minutes away, and Ash Lawn-Highland is the house of James Monroe and right next door to Monticello. Actually there are two former houses belonging to Monroe in the area; one is smack in the middle of the UVA grounds.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not letting Brandon off||
I'm not letting Brandon off the hook for hiring a coach that required an expensive firing. He made the choice and he signed the contracts.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||And yet Dave Brandon left||
And yet Dave Brandon left behind a deficit.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Yep....Martin is actually one||
Yep....Martin is actually one of the hardy souls racing the Supermac, a once-a-decade-or-so race from Chicago to Port Huron (or vice versa, depending.) Over 500 miles, and then Stripes will turn around and do the regular Port Huron race.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||If everything comes to||
If everything comes to fruition - never a safe assumption but things do seem to be rolling - the whole thing will work out brilliantly, I think. That's a huge empty space separating Midtown and downtown. The project as designed would be a huge, huge link, not to mention bringing very badly needed residential development to an area absolutely screaming for it. I don't know about the JLA site development, it sounded like a lot of wishful thinking, but it'd be great if they actually did build a 30-story skyscraper there, especially if that too was part residential.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Let's be clear: The new Wings||
Let's be clear: The new Wings arena isn't being financed with public money in the same sense these other stadiums generally are.
I outlined this in another thread, but the "public portion" of the Wings arena is Downtown Development Authority money. DDA money is required by state law to be spent on economic development downtown. The DDA is financed by property taxes - but only that portion of property tax above the property's assessment prior to inclusion in the DDA.
In other words, a parcel's taxable value before inclusion was X, when it was included it became X+Y, and Y is taken by the DDA to support downtown economic development - which again, by state law, is the only allowable purpose. X continues to go to the city for police and streetlights and whatever. This is why the DDA is called quasi-public. It's basically a homeowner's association for downtown businesses. And the DDA, by the way, will own the arena.
This is a far cry different from the usual public funding mechanisms. The DDA exists precisely to fund things like this. And Oliver is not being honest by not noting the difference.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Frankly, in the case of this||
Frankly, in the case of this project, people who hate public funding of stadiums should be cheering the new Wings arena up and down the block. The bonds issued to pay for this thing are being paid back by the Ilitches and the DDA - NOT "Detroit taxpayers" which seems to be what fronts all the headlines. The Downtown Development Authority is more akin to a homeowners' association than anything, except its members are downtown businesses, and it's them who will pick up half the tab. It is most emphatically not being paid for by city residents.
The DDA is funded by property taxes paid by downtown businesses, but only that portion of property tax above and beyond the value that the property would be assessed at if it wasn't in the DDA. And since state law requires that money go to economic development in the area, the arena is a more than logical use of the funds. Oh, and the DDA will own the arena, not the Ilitches.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Old proverb-like substance||
Old proverb-like substance says you can have a product three ways: good, fast, or cheap, but you can only get two of the three. Little Caesar's is the only pizza place where you can get fast and cheap. I don't care if it's not gourmet. It's still a hell of a deal.
|7 weeks 14 hours ago||"The 2015 gloves are out" -||
"The 2015 gloves are out" - pretty sure this is exactly the point where uniform obsession jumps all of the sharks.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||1) they'll do no such thing||
1) they'll do no such thing because they don't want to spend all the money duplicating the process of setting up all the various infrastructures, rules, championships, and so on. And because breaking from the NCAA would cost a ton of money as it would essentially destroy the basketball tournament. The value of March Madness is 1+1=2 where one part is the power 5 and the other part is everyone else. The value of two separate tournaments would be 1+1=1.5. That supposedly more lucrative football setup will be canceled out by all those other costs, and in case you haven't noticed, college presidents and ADs are fairly risk-averse.
2) those college presidents and ADs don't even give one tenth of a shit if the system organizes into cute little patterns. Zero fucks are given. All they care about is what's best for their institution. Even if the NCAA falls apart and something new is formed, all the motivations and decisions processes will be precisely the same as before. And they're not going to force a total rearrangement of all their relationships and institutions to satisfy some pretty little organized system that somebody wants.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Buried somewhere in my stuff||
Buried somewhere in my stuff is a logo-ed bottle opener that plays the fight song when you open a bottle that my cousin gave to me. That'd actually be a very cool knick-knack if my cousin weren't an Ohio State fan.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||No it won't. It's just||
No it won't. It's just another completely meaningless masturbatory exercise in a very long list of adorable little ideas that will never happen because they require order and harmony to result from an inherently chaotic system.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||All that for just $70,000 -||
All that for just $70,000 - or six figures if you go all out. Also, the cheaper Model S's only have about 200 miles range, and electric car range is always given as a maximum. All kinds of factors can lower it; you might be looking at more like 150 miles. Even if you could charge it in five minutes like filling a gas tank, that would be an aggravatingly short distance on a road trip. You have to really shell out if you want something closer to 300 miles. And Tesla has yet to turn a profit that isn't propped up by carbon credits, so really, those are some moderately subsidized prices.
Also - and I'm not an engineer, so this might be totally off the reservation - but it seems to me the instant torque would be rotten for towing heavy things. For the same reason you'll squeal your tires if you slam on the gas pedal at a stoplight: too much torque all at once moving against something too heavy. Instant torque trying to haul something heavier than maybe a light rental trailer - that would probably squeal the tires too, until they finally grip and the whole mass lurches forward.
Teslas are a good start on the way, but they're not there yet. Actually, if there's one thing I hate about them it's the huge touchscreen. Cars shouldn't have them. Personally I dislike voice commands for several reasons, and with regular buttons you can get familiar with them and find them by feel. With a touchscreen no matter how long you've had the car you have to take your eyes off the road to operate it.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||It's really amazing what||
It's really amazing what happens when a highly competent journalist interviews a highly competent subject.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not going electric until||
I'm not going electric until they have all the capabilities of a gas car. That means they need to have similar range and be able to restore that range in the same amount of time it takes to fill up. They also need to cost about the same and perform about as well in the snow. The Volt and similar plug-in hybrids are the only ones I see that meet these demands, except for the price and the general lack of cargo space.
Electric evangelists like to talk about the average commute and so on but they usually live in California without any seasons. The average commute is a hell of a lot different from summer to winter. And they forget that people (smartly) buy cars for their maximum needs rather than their average needs. If you need to tow a boat twice a year, say, a car that fits your average need is a waste of time.
P.S. the alphabet soup of vehicles in your post is probably the single worst trend of the past 20 or so years. BMW and Mercedes and the like have been doing that for decades, but it's really Lexus that made people think it's not luxury if it's not alphanumeric mumbo-jumbo. Therefore screw Lexus. Lincoln ditching MKS for a return to the Continental is one of my favorite new things ever. Give me a Continental or an Eldorado over MKS or CT6 any day.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||The M's on the undershirts||
I wish this part were more universally acknowledged. "The players like them" is one of the most overused arguments in history. Players liking uniformzz is not proof that players unanimously like uniformzz, it's proof of a monumental sampling bias.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Maryland 60% OSU 45% MSU||
It adds up to 200%, as it should.
It's also based on "who would I rather see lose in games between them?" If it were more like "who would I want my teams to beat the most" I'd have to reshuffle.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||It's not about trying to||
It's not about trying to stop. It's about if one or more wheels hit a slippery patch, which they will. The more wheels you have delivering power to a grippy part of the road, the better you'll do. If your front wheels hit the ice, you still have the rear wheels moving the car - and not coincidentally, off the ice. With traction control the car can then take all the power off the front wheels, and then off the rear wheels when they cross the icy patch. In a front-wheel drive car you have nothing.
In the kind of road you get during a heavy snow - not yet plowed, but with ruts where the traffic has been - the road has slippery patches and good patches, and AWD with traction control is going to keep the car way, way straighter and safer than 2WD.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I got 0% financing when I||
I got 0% financing when I bought my Escape, so I'm slightly above-water on the Blue Book value for a trade in and quite a bit above-water for a private sale. I've been thinking of continuing to pay it down and keeping my eye out for another 0% financing deal if I can find one, and using the difference on a down payment to upgrade to an MKC.
Problem is that the Escape is the top trim-level and the bells and whistles that I like (the kick-tailgate is absolute genius) don't come on the lower trim levels on the Lincoln. And we wonder why we can't sell any. I'd have to jack it all the way up to at least $45,000 if I want a Lincoln with the kick-tailgate. Which I do because it's handy as hell.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||It's at Breslin, so, he's||
It's at Breslin, so, he's probably only like the 330th ugliest thing in the photo. Including the building.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||If the possibility exists||
If the possibility exists that somebody might call a particular uniform "sickkkkkk" then I don't want to see it, ever.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||- Best round of golf is about||
- Best round of golf is about a 112 on what must be the easiest course in the whole Midwest.
- I play like shit. Oh, rules. I don't do gimmes or mulligans. I'd only be kidding myself.
|8 weeks 15 hours ago||I always felt the best way to||
I always felt the best way to handle 16 would've been to keep it out of circulation until his last teammate retired. Other than that I'm not sure there's a not-awkward way to put it back in circulation, and permanent retirement doesn't seem quite right either.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I believe that would look||
I believe that would look like someone jerked off into a pile of elephant shit.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||True. I actually Google||
True. I actually Google Earthed that a bit ago and they're closer to Baltimore harbor than to Lake Erie by about twelve or fifteen miles. I'm willing to give them a waiver basically for being on the western side of the mountains. But, I also wouldn't bat an eye if we traded them to the ACC for someone more midwestern. Maybe Pitt. Then everyone who gives a shit about markets can still have their markets.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Yes, which makes Maryland now||
Yes, which makes Maryland now and forever not a real Big Ten school. Rutgers too.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Still don't want Oklahoma and||
Still don't want Oklahoma and Texas. This is not a game of collect 'em all. You don't win for having the coolest schools in your conference. Texas acts like hegemonic assholes. I don't know why any conference would want to invite the school that destroyed the Big 12 as well as the Pac-16 before it even left the ground. They'll come in acting like their shit don't stink and nobody will want to live with them.
Nothing against Oklahoma per se, I suppose, but you're not a Big Ten school if you're closer to saltwater than to a Great Lake.
I agree with the first one-third of your post. The rest, no.
|9 weeks 6 hours ago||Because Buzz City is a fake||
Because Buzz City is a fake nickname that nobody has ever used and Motor City predates the Pistons.
|9 weeks 19 hours ago||Offseason schmoffseason.||
Offseason schmoffseason. First off it only started about 11:30 last night as far as I'm concerned. Second....it's summer in Michigan. Time to go out and enjoy a life that doesn't revolve around football. I feel sorry for anyone who calls these the doldrums.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||It's not mutually exclusive||
It's not mutually exclusive to acknowledge that Lloyd was both a highly successful coach that won a national championship, and a bit of a dinosaur who left the program in sore need of an overhaul.
It is, however, massively dickish to define him by the latter at the expense of the former.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Fuck that. Golden Girls is||
Fuck that. Golden Girls is great. Anyone who can't appreciate sassy old ladies isn't much of a man. Betty White didn't make a triumphant return to celebrity status because of her work on the Mary Tyler Moore show.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||"The Knicks wouldn't do this||
"The Knicks wouldn't do this because it is stupid" is not a real thing.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||No...no, it really isn't.||
No...no, it really isn't. You play it like the Wings were the only ones in the league who were spending. Colorado spent, Dallas spent, St. Louis spent, Philly spent, New Jersey spent. Congratulations and all for being smart enough to take Kane first overall and Toews third overall, but when your stars are grossly underpaid it's easy to build a team around them. They only just started making what they're worth last summer.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||You must be joking. Anyone||
You must be joking.
Anyone who's not mentally sharp is going to bat .150, period. You can't hit if you're not paying attention and if you think you can just flip the paying attention switch when you need to, you're nuts. Fielders aren't just standing there. Baseball players are taught, every new batter, to re-assess in their mind what they're going to do with the ball. "If it's a single in front of me I'll do this, if it's a double to the corner I do that, if it's a short fly ball I do something else." There's a reason relievers have a reputation for being a little crazy: because if you're wound up too tight in a role where you're constantly getting up and down and never know when you'll play, you'll be a wreck.
And if you would be cool going to work for 27 weeks with an average of one day off a week and some weeks none at all, and jetting all over the country to do it, more power to you.
"Baseball isn't mentally taxing" is extremely ignorant.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Yes....and rifle shooting is||
Yes....and rifle shooting is an NCAA sport too.
|11 weeks 22 hours ago||What....North? No zings||
What....North? No zings without ID, son, or a well-placed zing is mere trollery.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||By beating North, no less :)||
By beating North, no less :)
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Think we had this thread||
Think we had this thread not too long ago, but I'll bite again. This is not my 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser, but it's exactly like it. Got it as a graduation present in 2000 - my folks used the money I freed up for them by getting my college paid for by ROTC.
Pros: Insanely good gas mileage for a car of that weight and displacement. (Generally about 25-26 mpg, could top 30 under just the right conditions.) Has roof rack. Hauls enormous amounts of stuff and is therefore perfect for trucking my worldly possessions back and forth the 10-11 hour drive to school. Capable as well of hauling a sofa on the roof. Incredibly durable wagonbeast - only ever had to put about $30 worth of repairs under the hood. (The serpentine belt tensioner seized up and took the belt with it.) Seats folded very flat to maximize storage. Comfy cloth seats.
Cons: Vintage 1984 interior design. (Exterior, too, but I still kinda like it.) Had obnoxious dashboard vibration at exactly the freeway speed I like to travel. Really heavy gas pedal canceled out a lot of the pickup you should get with a 3.8L V6. Utterly stupid location of battery terminals made it incredibly difficult to jump/offer a jump. Handled like a warehouse.
Verdict: BEST FIRST CAR. One of my greatest regrets in life is not getting a picture of the car stuffed to the gills, roof rack piled high, and two bikes on a bike rack in the back - the result of driving myself and a buddy back home from school with both our stuff. That car was a trooper. Plus even though it wasn't much good on freeway entrance ramps, it was surprisingly excellent accelerating from 60 and up, the better to pass people on two-lane highways. And had I ever gotten in a crash I have little doubt I'd've been solidly protected.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Bullshit. I don't see even||
Bullshit. I don't see even one single sub.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Rather than bolstering the||
Pity, because that rule has been doing such a great fucking job of that, up til now.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||I don't see why your opinion||
Because acting like they're not happening just because you don't care about them is stupid.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Also the super regionals of||
Also the super regionals of the college baseball tournament, and the only day where all eight series are guaranteed to be playing.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||There's a fair chance your||
There's a fair chance your Grandpa and mine crossed paths. My Grandpa spent the war in Texas in the Army, training medics for the European theater.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, that quote is just||
Yeah, that quote is just nothing but inoffensive fluff. In fact that's pretty much the whole interview. The equivalent of a guy sitting at his locker saying "we just try to give 110%, take it one day at a time, hopefully things go our way." I see nothing to get worked up about.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Calling womyn "female" is a||
Calling womyn "female" is a common microaggression borne of a misogynistic cis-gendered paradigm that ignores the role of self-identified genderqueer identification in fulfilling modern sex roles and escaping the limiting factors of white Euro-male dominance in society.
Or something, I guess.
|12 weeks 5 hours ago||Here's a twist on the||
Here's a twist on the question, too: I was about nine, ten when Desmond was playing. That's the perfect age to watch the really amazing players. Wide-eyed wonder hardly begins to describe it. I sort of wish I'd been ten years old to watch Denard play.
|12 weeks 5 hours ago||Anthony Carter jumps right to||
Anthony Carter jumps right to mind. There've been so many really good receivers, but AC was really the original. He was doing things nobody had really done at Michigan before. That's why Desmond, Charles, Denard were so fun, too. AC was really the first electric receiver Michigan had. Among the first the country ever saw, really.
|12 weeks 16 hours ago||They crootin' errbody up in||
They crootin' errbody up in here.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Grand Rapids was still in the||
Grand Rapids was still in the AHL playoffs. They were eliminated yesterday. Not going to announce it while he's still coaching them.....bad form.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Of course they're dead for a||
Of course they're dead for a reason. Oldsmobile really lost its position in the marketplace. So did Pontiac. Doesn't mean it wouldn't be fun to have them back anyway.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||I remember seeing the new GTO||
I remember seeing the new GTO for the first time at the auto show, and it had come with a fair amount of hype, and my heart sank just a bit because my first impression was "aw man, it looks like a Civic."
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Pontiac for sure, and the||
Pontiac for sure, and the first thing we're doing is bringing these things back to life:
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Besides, Russian soccer is at||
Like hell they are. They're decent enough to not embarrass themselves at major competitions and that's about it. Whoopee, they tied South Korea and Algeria at the 2014 WC. That doesn't say "major world power."
|13 weeks 14 hours ago||Practical limits. Even if||
Practical limits. Even if Hugh Freeze would sign 100 players a year if he could, the thing is he can't. At some point you run out of useless players to
And players know who else is in their class. The more you have, the harder it'll be to convince them there's room for one more. Yes, even SEC coaches have limits, even if they act like they don't.
|13 weeks 15 hours ago||Agreed. Even SEC coaches||
Agreed. Even SEC coaches have a limit to how many they can sign. It's not like they're all going to glom 10 Midwestern recruits onto their already bloated classes. If they replace a southern recruit with a Midwestern recruit, I guess we'll just take that southern recruit and put some of that ESS EEE SEE SPPEEEEEED on our teams and they can have the plodding scrawny wastrels they seem to think Midwesterners all are.
|13 weeks 18 hours ago||Not gonna pass judgment until||
Not gonna pass judgment until something more official comes out, but some basic principles here:
No piping is always better than piping.
Maize outlines on the numbers look way better than no maize outlines on the numbers.
The best away jerseys ever were the Tom Brady-era ones. God those were sharp.
If the tradeoff for losing all the godawful stupid piping is having no maize outlines on the numbers, I'll take it all day every day.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Our Justice Department has||
FIFA is always chest-puffing about how soccer transcends sport and is so incredibly meaningful in real-life ways to real-life people. They don't get to weasel out with "it's just a game" now.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Hockey's also different||
Hockey's also different because of the structure of the sport. College lacrosse gets 100% of the best lacrosse players and they always stay for all four years. Genuine hockey stars that go to college and play out their eligibility are very rare. The lesser talent pool and increased turnover increases parity. Probably more so than the nature of the on-ice game, because when I say parity I'm mainly referring to how things play out year over year.
That's really what drives the parity (or lack thereof) in lacrosse: the much slower roster turnover and the continual parade of elite talent to the same schools. In hockey schools like Union or Quinnipiac can and do win the national title. Quinnipiac hasn't even been D-I that long. In lacrosse, Quinnipiac doesn't even have the remotest prayer. The Final Four and final eight might get jumbled a bit, but it won't be the Quinnipiacs of the world. It'll be the teams that can buy their way into the club.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||I think the idea is that the||
I think the idea is that the extra field-level seating allows these people to move between the tunnel and actually watching the game.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||I don't think there's any||
I don't think there's any real parity in college lacrosse. One year's competition doesn't really define that. One of those "upsets" was a Hopkins win, which can't possibly be used to argue for parity. Ohio State is a huge-budget school. Albany I'll grant you, but let's see what happens when they lose Lyle Thompson. Colgate was the shit too, when they had Peter Baum, but now they're just as meh as ever.
There might've been 11 or 12 teams with a legit chance to win it all if we stretch the hell out of the definition of legit. That's not parity though, because mostly it's the same 11 or 12 every year. All that's really happened is a few new teams have cracked open the door, consisting pretty much of huge-budget schools or schools that hired a coaching legend.
Take a look at hockey if you want to see parity. Parity is Providence winning it all as a regional four seed. Parity is the large parade of different schools in the Frozen Four every year and the very diverse, almost random, distribution of seeds. Parity is powerhouse Wisconsin winning like three games all year. This year in lacrosse the Final Four was three of the same four teams it was last year. The only parity in lacrosse is among the same elite club of teams which sort of ebb and flow among themselves; the effort required to break down that door is enormous.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Should be no reason to neg||
Should be no reason to neg this post and people who do should be ashamed. Every single veteran you ask will point to someone who had it worse. Today is for those who had it the worst.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||I don't see a justification||
Yeah, but, that's literally what happened. Some quotes from the Wainstein report:
So, uh, yes, basically what happened is these fraudulent classes existed, and the athletic department got wind of it and used them to keep athletes eligible. If the NCAA believes even one word of what they say about how important studies are and the mission and blah blah blah, they will leave nothing but a smoking crater in Chapel Hill to make sure other schools think twice about this kind of thing.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||If only his book cover didn't||
If only his book cover didn't look like a For Dummies book.
|14 weeks 6 hours ago||Cool bro, congrats for||
Cool bro, congrats for winning the hardcorest fan competition. We're all so proud of you right now.
|14 weeks 6 hours ago||I honestly cannot figure out||
I honestly cannot figure out how you got to be so get-off-my-lawny about the stadium and so dazzle-eyed enthusiastic about uniformz.
|14 weeks 11 hours ago||I don't think there need be||
I don't think there need be such a gloomy prediction about the future of football attendance at Michigan. Students are one issue, but I bet you they come back with lower prices and a team worth getting out of bed for. But the season ticket waiting list didn't dwindle away like attendance at a lot of places. It went poof almost overnight because Dave Brandon. That's a very pinpointable reason. It won't reappear overnight, but when you consider that the waiting list and attendance survived the recession, things should look a lot better in coming years, evenutally getting more like they had been pre-Brandon.
Long-term, like, 20 years, I think expansion should stay on the table. And given the choice between having the traditional bowl shape and the biggest stadium in the country, I'd choose the latter.
|14 weeks 19 hours ago||True, and forced roster||
True, and forced roster turnover gives Michigan a lot better timetable, too.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||You rarely see coaches at the||
Dunno if it's all that rare. It just happened on December 30.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I'm not gonna argue at all in||
I'm not gonna argue at all in favor of freshman ineligibility, but, devil's advocate-style here, freshmen would still be training for their chosen career. They're lifting and practicing and doing literally everything but playing in the game itself. It'd hardly be a ban on training. To use your analogy it'd be more like if the computer science program sent people to programming competitions but only starting with the 200-level classes, while the 100-level classes were reserved for building up the fundamentals.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Man, just looking at the||
Man, just looking at the video before hitting play I could already hear "I'm George Kell along with Al Kaline," and....yup. I really like Mario and Rod but those two were absolutely sparkling on the air.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||The stat I saw said about 95%||
The stat I saw said about 95% of FGs from that distance are made.
I happen to really like this, by the way. There were 8 missed PATs last year. A 95% conversion rate would mean 62 missed PATs, almost eight times as many. Assuming it only happens once per game, that would mean about a quarter of NFL games see a missed PAT. That's very significant. It could alter a lot of strategy. A 21-17 game is coached very differently from a 20-17 game. I think the 95% rate is just about the sweet spot where it'll still be just automatic enough that 7 points is a safe assumption, but it's still worth watching to find out.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Both football and lax have||
Both football and lax have offseason practice sessions during the other's season.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||I read this headline as "Guy||
I read this headline as "Guy going to play quarterback at ND gets call from Jim Harbaugh and switches to lacrosse."
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Born and raised.||
Born and raised.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||There is no more five second||
Eh, I think that was the case one-third of the time, and the other two-thirds it was the ballhandler forgetting or not noticing that the ref was counting down.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||I doubt it. It's not like||
I doubt it. It's not like the system requires 32 seconds of passing before you shoot or else it won't work.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah, that's the idea, but||
Yeah, that's the idea, but the likelihood is that you'll just see rugged, bogged-down basketball from the starters instead. Backups foul a ton because they're not likely to foul out so they go in with instructions to play really physical. If the starters are less likely to foul out, they'll just play more physical themselves.
KenPom did an analysis of a couple conferences that experimented with six fouls about 25 years ago. In the two years where they had six fouls, fouls per game spiked. When they went back to five, fouls per game went immediately back to normal.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||The NCAA will implement the||
That's because you're not an ACC fan. Those of us who are, will be rubbing our hands together with glee at the idea that someone on Duke or Carolina might actually foul out now.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Pffft. If you can't get off||
Pffft. If you can't get off a shot against the UVA defense in 35 seconds, how will you get one off in 30 seconds? Can't see it hurting.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Nautica. If we have a wine||
Nautica. If we have a wine and cheese football crowd, that should do wonders for apparel sales.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Connor Hellebuyck sure looks||
Connor Hellebuyck sure looks like a future star. He ended up with better stats for the tourney than Pekka Rinne even with Rinne's record-breaking shutout streak. The US might have some gold in the future if he continues to be in net.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Indeed, Nike has no history||
Indeed, Nike has no history at all of doing incredibly stupid things with uniforms.
|15 weeks 19 hours ago||I got a few since I'm the||
I got a few since I'm the kinda guy who's not really good enough or athletic enough - short and slowish is a bad combination - to be the star of any team I play on in any sport, but I am good enough to not look like a fool and occasionally pull off a hero play.
Let's go with basketball. I have the worst handle you've ever seen and I'm 5'7", so it's not my best sport. One day though, my friend Hooch and I were at the gym going one-on-one and horsing around, when eight other dudes roll up. These guys are all 6-foot, minimum, and look like they spend every waking moment on a court, and yes, I'll just say it, Hooch and I were the only white guys. They ask us if we want to go full court, five on five. Hooch was deceptively good at basketball and half these guys can dunk so here I am just as far out of my league as I've ever been in my life.
Good thing I can shoot a little. This particular day though, I couldn't miss. Could. Not. Miss. One of those rare in the zone days where I feel like I'm throwing stones in the ocean. I wasn't exactly the first offensive option on my team, or the second or third or fourth, but I knocked down a shot or two and they started finding me on the perimeter more often. Then I kept on not missing. I'm playing alright defense and on offense I'm just running to the most open spot I can find and hitting every jumper ever. Finally I'm open one more time for a catch and shoot outside the arc and as soon as I catch the ball I hear this panicked - I mean really panicked, like you would sound if you saw, say, me, being the only one between LeBron and the game-7-winning bucket - voice from across the court go, "Don't let 'im shoot!" Then of course it goes in again and the same voice goes, "god damn it man" and there's a string of curse words aimed at my defender for wandering more than three inches from where I was standing.
Never got to shoot again the rest of the day.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Well I don't care about the||
Well I don't care about the hate-spewing going on, I like it. Heck of a lot of work to do something like that and some of them turned out really well. Interesting series IME even if the Michigan-as-Ohio set looks more like Wisconsin. And yes, I'd be interested in seeing the green version and I don't care if it's "blasphemy." College football is supposed to be fun. This is fun.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||I can't see how that's||
I can't see how that's possibly safe. I've seen runners jogging down the middle of a traffic lane - and facing away from traffic, mind - because the sidewalk and curb had snow and ice on them. Could their fitness routine not be put on hold for one day for the roads to clear? If you're wondering why bike and running nerds have a bad name, that's why.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||What is the point? So you||
What is the point? So you don't have to go all the way around the circle to go one street to the right?
|15 weeks 1 day ago||I was going to post this||
I was going to post this article but the ranking number kept changing and I kept losing track of it.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Agree and you'd think people||
Agree and you'd think people in Michigan more than anyone else would get it when it comes to the subject of intersections that seem confusing at first but in fact improve traffic flow in large and noticeable ways.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Division winners only would||
Division winners only would be great, but with three division winners it's nigh-impossible to do. Maybe if they expanded to another team in each league and had four divisions each like the NFL does.
At any rate, to me the complaints made sense, that the division winners didn't get enough of an advantage. Too many wild cards in the WS was a valid complaint, I think. I just think of it as, the wild cards aren't actually in the playoffs yet until they win their way in one more time, and then the wild card gets the disadvantage of starting their rotation with their #2 pitcher. The only team really "hosed" by it is the first wild card. The second wild card would never even have gotten to pull the lever. Anyway, it remains to be seen in practice if it's that much of a disadvantage. Last year we had another all-WC Series.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||The home-field advantage||
The home-field advantage prize for winning the ASG is dumb, but it has roots in an even dumber overreaction. Because a game ended in a tie, everyone acted like that was some colossal travesty, and MLB decided to "fix" it. The game is nothing but the single most glorified exhibition in sports, who the fuck cares if it ended in a tie? Why people thought that was bad, I have no idea. Who gives a shit? The only thing that matters about ASGs is if they're memorable, and that one certainly qualified.
Second, the play-in game is supposed to put the wild cards at a disadvantage. That's the whole point. And doing so is a good idea.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||We have a new record for||
We have a new record for get-off-my-lawniest comment ever in the history of MGoBlog.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Maybe if they'd chosen a name||
Maybe if they'd chosen a name that didn't sound like industrial-strength laundry detergent.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Definitely. A couple||
Definitely. A couple instances does not make anything the "new normal." The normal is still for players to be offered as sophomores, juniors, and sometimes as seniors.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Exactly. IME it's not so||
Exactly. IME it's not so much about deflating balls per se, it's the fact that it's not the first time the Patriots have been caught deliberately and obviously breaking rules. They're a cheater organization and deserve no sympathy. They're the Alabama of the NFL with maybe even more annoying fans and the only reason anyone here (besides actual Pats fans) puts forth an ounce of defense for them is Tom Brady. I mean, there is a ridiculous amount of inconsistency in the general attitude that SEC teams should be nuked for their cheating ways while the Pats should get off easy because "everyone does it."
And Brady's suspension for me only rises to the level of outrage because of things like Ray Rice and the attempted two-gamer. That said, having screwed that one up doesn't mean the league must always and forever come down lightly on any kind of punishment in the future.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||How did we get this far||
How did we get this far without nominating Isiah Thomas, who drove a fifty-year-old basketball league into bankruptcy and oblivion within two years of purchasing it?
|15 weeks 3 days ago||I race sailboats. It's a||
I race sailboats. It's a blast. An average week during the summer has me racing three days a week and there's three different boats I regularly crew for. And not only do I race locally but once or twice a year I fly to Connecticut to race with folks I used to race with when I lived in Rhode Island.
The water is the place to be in the summer. Sailing is both relaxing and very competitive. Plus there are parties. Lots and lots of parties, especially around Mackinac week where you get to feel like a bigshot because of all the parties going on and the hundreds of people who turn out to watch the boats leave for the start. It's great because it doesn't take an ounce of talent to get into in some way and not a ton of money if it's not your boat. But it does take a fair amount of learning, and it's fun to have knowledge and a high comfort level with something that some people consider a cross between a Goldberg machine and a wild bronco.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||"Refuse" to get bullpen||
"Refuse" to get bullpen help?
You mean signing Joe Nathan, Joba Chamberlain, and Tom Gorzelanny, and trading for Ian Krol and Joakim Soria doesn't count?
Say what you will about the methods. Personally I'd be happy if we never again signed another over-35, $10 million closer. But saying Dombrowski "refuses to get bullpen help" is just ignorant blather.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||So, I would argue that easy||
So, I would argue that easy access to the Southfield is a bug, not a feature. When I was taking classes at UDM and working in Dearborn, it would take about 15 minutes to go the three-ish miles up the Southfield to 96. Then, if you happen to live out Plymouth / Canton / Northville way, I understand the 96/275 interchange is a holy terror.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||I live in Grosse Pointe Park||
I live in Grosse Pointe Park and work in Dearborn. Some hopefully helpful notes:
- The commute is about 25-30 minutes without traffic, 30-35 with. It's longer in the afternoon than the morning by about five minutes. 94 is a pain in the ass and occasionally a huge pain in the ass, but there are lots of alternate routes that help limit my commute to no more than 40 minutes if traffic is really nasty on the freeway.
- You can find a house for around $200K. The selection would be more limited than if you were looking for one around $500K, but they're there. In general, proximity to the border with Detroit depresses a home's value and you should be able to find something with some patience.
- Excellent schools. Crime is basically limited to petty thefts. Things like bikes and power tools have a habit of occasionally making their way into Detroit. It's not exactly rampant, though.
- GP sorta has a few downtown spots. Each of the Pointes except the Shores has a little bit of a downtown, and there are nice restaurants and bars to be found although not so many that you don't want to go out and around, too. But fortunately we're only about 15 minutes from downtown Detroit.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||The phone-loving people are||
The phone-loving people are godless communists. I can read, process, and delete an email in like five to ten seconds. And if it's important I have a searchable, file-able record of what's been said. It takes way longer to dial the voicemail and listen to a message all the way through because people refuse to get to the point. I can't search for it later, either, if I want to keep it I have to listen through all the other saved voice mails til I get to the one I want. Voice mail is a waste of my time. Email all the way.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Only thing that stopped me||
Only thing that stopped me from eating cuy in Peru was "hmm, the cuy is 60 soles and everything else is 10-12. I'll wait til another place where it's cheaper." It never was. Alpaca steak is great stuff, though.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||If so, probably on Webex most||
If so, probably on Webex most likely, as I'm in Dearborn and not Livonia.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Have you been to Paris? If||
Have you been to Paris? If not, here's some random advice for your first day. Drop your crap off and get situated, and then first thing you do, head for the Arc de Triomphe. It's not the tallest thing in Paris. But it has the best view. You're not lofted way above Paris - you're in it and yet above it. It feels like being in the whole city at the same time. It's on the far west side of the historic and interesting part of the city so you can stand on one side and see just about literally every landmark in the city. That was my first impression of the city and since Paris is easily among the absolute most famous cities in the world, it was breathtaking.
By the way, you might've been planning on this already, but don't rent your car until you leave Paris. Traffic actually isn't that bad, but I'll be damned if I ever saw where anyone parked. The Metro takes you anywhere you need to go.
Where you're staying, take a look through booking sites like Orbitz. I stayed at a place called the Hotel Eden Montmartre - nice little place, learned later that it was one of the few hotels in Paris that provides Kleenex - and booking through Orbitz got me a deal where breakfast was free. This was important because ordinarily it would've been 7 euros per person per day. Look for stuff like that to save a little money. The room itself was awfully reasonable for Paris.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Age?||
Occupation? I work in finance at FoMoCo. At the moment, on prototype transmissions.
Location? GP Park
Alum? I turned Michigan down once, and they turned me down once, so we're even.
Most MICHIGAN thing you've ever done? - I got made fun of when I first got to school in Virginia for saying I was going to "Teeter's."
|16 weeks 1 day ago||I only have a few days, and||
I only have a few days, and Venice is harder to get to than Rome and doesn't have as many Vatican Cities as Rome does.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||There's lots of reasons to go||
There's lots of reasons to go to Pattaya besides hookers. There's also massages, go-go shows, "beer bars," cabarets, "karaoke", and other institutions which no doubt have absolutely nothing to do with prostitution.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Growing up, our extended||
Growing up, our extended family took several trips to Ocean Isle. Nice beach. About midway between Wilmington and Myrtle Beach so you can take day trips to do things like see the battleship and be back in plenty of time for dinner and evening beach time.
Dumb story bro: last year my boss told me she was going there for vacation, and I was like, "oh, good idea, your kids will like the waterpark if they get bored with the beach." She didn't know there was a waterpark, so we looked on the map. No waterpark. They tore the damn thing down :(
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Going to Italy this summer||
Going to Italy this summer for a wedding. My cousin decided on a destination wedding, so off we go. The wedding is in some Tuscan town somewhere, so my own plans are to hit Rome and Florence before coming back.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Don't worry about the age of||
Don't worry about the age of the boat. Someone else beat me to saying it above, but if the engine and hull are both in good shape, which can be determined with a survey which should be done regardless of whether you're buying a year-old boat or 60-year-old boat, age is nothing. Boats don't take the beating cars do, and freshwater boats can last a ridiculously long time. No salt, no potholes, and diesel engines are notorious for their ability to take a beating.
If you like a boat and the price, have the survey done and if it checks out, the phrase "age is just a number" was never more apt.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||I agree, anything at all||
I agree, anything at all above about 27 feet and you're looking at a major, major investment to trailer it around. Your average F-150, Silverado, Tundra, etc. isn't going to haul anything bigger. You'd be surprised how damn big a 25-foot boat looks on a trailer.
I wouldn't limit your search locally. Deals can be had by looking out on the East Coast. It will cost in the neighborhood of $1500-2000 to have it delivered from there to Michigan, so factor that into the price, but it's worth looking to see what you can find.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Besides the student loan||
Besides the student loan issue, I'm disappointed the article didn't mention the proliferation of shiny palaces on campuses. Dorms, dining halls, classrooms - every building is starting to be gold-plated. The author provided one figure to back up his claim: a four-fold rise in the number of administrators. Well, tuition has gone up much more than four-fold. Probably the only expense that has kept pace with the tuition hikes is capital and building expenditures. There's the culprit.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Most of those analyses that||
Most of those analyses that say School X lost money on the bowl game completely neglect to mention the bowl game's actual payout; they just ask the school how much they spent on travel and compare it to the bowl's travel allotment.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Admittedly the jealousy thing||
Admittedly the jealousy thing is outta line and as much an amateur psychology troll as everything white pony is saying. I figure, since he's already pegged me as snobby and arrogant and has no intention to change that opinion, I might as well play it up all the way. And I have no idea how big or small his dick is.
That said, you know as much as anyone how long and bizarre the "douchey" rant was, and if you combine that with these other posts, I have no problems calling him baselessly judgmental. He has no idea who I am or what I did or who I knew in high school, but he's got no problems coming to irrevocable conclusions anyway.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, OK. I actually had -||
Yeah, OK. I actually had - have - no problem hanging out with most people, because most people aren't jealous and judgmental dickheads like you. Tell me, what exactly is it that makes you "cool people and a good friend"? The raging envy, or the immediate leap to judgment about people you've never met? It's not like you've proven yourself to be the kind of person people like.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Right, this from the same||
Right, this from the same life's loser who got turned down from U-M and the resulting feeling of inadequacy and small dicked-ness caused him to go on an unhinged rant about how U-M students were all arrogant whiny rich kids in a post entitled "douchey MGoBlog users." Did your amateur psychology work out that totally idiotic and off-based conclusion about me all by yourself, or did you need help from someone who was smart enough to get into Michigan?
|16 weeks 3 days ago||I would add something to||
I would add something to this: Starting in sixth grade I was on a double-advanced track in math with a whole class of about 30 students. In eighth grade, which I think was Algebra 2, most of the class slammed into the wall. Hard. A small handful of us stayed on the double-advanced track and the rest dropped back to single-advanced. I don't think it's inconceivable that a particular class just struggles with a particular subject all of a sudden.
That said - geometry is rarely anyone's tripping point. Most math walls seem to be in the really abstract stuff. Geometry is probably the least abstract math class anyone will take in middle or high school.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||I dunno about that. I||
I dunno about that. I definitely don't mean to come out and say a kid should be ashamed of himself for dropping down to the "regular" class. But a lot of smart kids won't want to consider that as an option. The original question was "what motivated you in high school?" and for me the answer (besides the various carrots and sticks laid down by my parents) was hanging out with smart people and not wanting to fall behind. If your friends are all in honors and AP or IB classes, then you'll probably want to be as well. It sounds like the frustration here comes partly from not wanting to admit defeat, as it were, by dropping down a level.
Plus, in a regular class there might be the opposite problem. Instead of the teacher focusing on the top of the class, they're likely to focus on the bottom. If the real issue is that you just do. not. get. it. - that's helpful. If the real issue is quality of instruction, it's not going to do the least bit of good.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Opinion: The fact that he's||
Opinion: The fact that he's demoralized by getting lousy grades is a good sign. Much easier fix than not caring at all. Getting used to having to exert more effort to succeed in school, that takes quite a bit of time. It did for me.
Does the school maintain a list of student math tutors? Learning geometry from an upperclassman who did well on the subject could be very helpful, even if it's just because it's coming from a different voice. Also, do a little homework on the math teachers at the school. Sometimes a particular teacher-student combo just straight-up doesn't work.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||When you list a bunch of||
When you list a bunch of songs that I think are just actual good songs and not guilty ashamed-of-myself pleasures, it makes me wonder whether I'm the screwed-up one, or you are.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Sounds like someone got run||
Sounds like someone got run over by the waaaahmbulance. You've been here five weeks and have bitched about the same thing I don't even know how many times. This is how the blog has been for years. Get over it.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Livin' La Vida Loca is||
Livin' La Vida Loca is actually pretty fun.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||That's not quite what it||
That's not quite what it looks like. First off it's several years old. Second, from what I've read, it's more of a weird motivational tactic where the Attention NFL Scouts sign would stay there and the coaches would post a list of players who missed a class or were late for a workout or something during the week. The list is much newer looking and hastily typed up. I don't think it actually means "La'El Collins is such a selfish waste of oxygen that Les Miles actually thinks you shouldn't draft him."
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Why on earth was the Ramirez||
Why on earth was the Ramirez trade stupid? That was a GREAT move. Get an extra fifth rounder, move back just five spots, and get the best OG in the draft as well as a guy who has tons of starting experience and can play anywhere inside the tackles. Why on earth was that a dumb move???
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, I don't get the hate.||
Yeah, I don't get the hate. Considering Rob Sims is an overpaid putz, moving back in the first round and getting the best OG in the draft is a great move. And Manny Ramirez is a great insurance policy for anywhere on the interior O-line. People demanded a DT but OG was just as big a need.
And anyone who complains wasting a second-round pick on Titus Young and his character issues has no right to bitch about the first two picks here. By all accounts Tomlinson and Abdullah are as high on the character scale as it gets. I don't think RB is a position of much need but it's not like we're stacked, either. This is a solid draft. It's not flashy, but I like it so far.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||1. Malcom Brown 2. Laken||
That's a great plan except that all the guys you listed were gone by the time the Lions picked, except for Malcom Brown. Tomlinson would never have fallen to the Lions' 2nd round pick.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||OK, Lions. 11 picks left||
OK, Lions. 11 picks left before yours. If La'El Collins is still there at your pick, he better not be there after.
P.S. Would also be happy with Grady Jarrett.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||I'd be annoyed about a||
I'd be annoyed about a running back, but pretty much all the guys I wanted out of that pick went off the board already.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Eh, I like Corey Fuller as a||
Eh, I like Corey Fuller as a 3rd WR, and with the three pass-catching TEs they have, that still counts as the weapons they need. Bell and Riddick make two RBs...unless you were going to take Gurley or Gordon, I can't say I'd be big on taking a guy who wouldn't bring much extra to the table.
CB, DT, DE are more pressing needs, and I wouldn't argue against another OL - an insurance-policy OT would be a very solid investment unless you really, really like Cornelius Lucas.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Nice to meet you, Mr. Millen.||
Nice to meet you, Mr. Millen.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||If the Lions take any kind of||
If the Lions take any kind of player who handles the ball before the fifth round I will be most upset.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||FIFA sucks because there is||
FIFA sucks because there is no oversight. As long as there's no oversight and billions of dollars moving around, it is going to suck. The major pro leagues in the US don't suck because there are laws governing their conduct and because at their core they're essentially a club of 30 or so rich guys whose gravy train relies on mostly upstanding conduct. And even then they look for ways to boost the output of that gravy train even if it makes their product worse.
Of course FIFA can improve. And I can get elected president of the US, technically speaking, once I reach the required age. Now, ask yourself, who is going to make FIFA improve? Who holds their gravy train by the balls to make it happen? Of course the NCAA is better than FIFA - it too is governed by the laws of the US. FIFA is governed by no laws but its own.