this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
|3 days 11 hours ago||This is why Bo is so revered||
He knew the time to go, had a good succession plan in place that had qualified coaches and established a program identity / core values and never distracted from The Team. This is why I will always talk about Bo in only the most reverential terms, and most younger Michigan fans today will not understand why Bo was held this way "since he, you know, never won a national title".
|6 days 11 hours ago||But hey!||
That's when population control will oh so hip, and you'll have to get a license to have children, but then you'll also probably have to prove you're genetically worthy to have kids. SO don't worry, all the less qualified folks will just be bred out so that only the truly worthy people will be able to propagate. And then since there'll be less people, think of the less resources we'll use, so then we can arrest global warming, and we won't ever have to leave our house because the Googazonber.com corporation will bring me everything I need via robot drone and I won't have to deal with *people*, 'cause I mean who likes waiting in line with smelly people, or people that don't have the exact same opinion I do on everything from morality to dress to hair style to....
The dismissive attitude so many people have nowadays toward the erosion of personal freedom and individual responsibility is really scary, all under the name of progress/safety/ease of life. Life is hard, life has tragedy,but through all that there's great pride and personal fulfillment available by overcoming these things.
|6 days 11 hours ago||You mean like Demolition Man?||
I'm growing more convinced I'm going to end up like Dennis Leary's character, eating rat cheeseburgers and purposefully maintaining a '79 El Camino in an underground cabal.
|6 days 12 hours ago||Everybody laughs at the line||
but Judge Smails had it right, "The world needs ditch diggers too"
I know no politics, but I thought this was a point that Charles Krauthammer brought out on a Fox News show about 6-8 months that really stuck with me, basically a lot of our political elite talk about "new economies" and getting more "green jobs" like computer programmers at google and what not.. but not everybody is capable of the high tech jobs or working finance at Goldman Sachs. That's not denegrating their work or value- you can have respect and pride in a manual labor job. That's what made the auto industry great IMO, sure it was tough manual labor on the line and it didn't take a lot of "skill" to turn a wrench, but you were building something and took pride in the end product. Culturally, we have over time de-valued the worth and "pride of ownership" in labor intensive fields, but there's value and moral good-i-tude in keeping productive and working hard. That translates into a society that then can overcome the really big challenges like financial hardship and wars and such. Unfortunately, you build in a mentality that everything's hard and we need automation to do some aspect of everything in our life, and then what? How does the human respond? I'm not saying we need to go back to a 1940's level of industrial technology, but the constant drive to automate everything is I think robbing humanity of some key maturation and resiliency aspects,and almost creating a permanent underclass of drones.
But of course, automated cars theoretically can save lives, so "won't someone think about the CHILDREN???"
|1 week 9 hours ago||I badgered the MGoBlog staff||
a couple years ago and managed to get a 'Space Bitches Space" in 24 month size. It is on kid #2 and will be saved for kid #3. We also sport the toddler sized Worst State Ever shirt and Cue the Muppets shirt. Works for both boys and girls.
|1 week 9 hours ago||Two items||
1) M-den has onesies for boys that are light blue and have a silk screened maize n blue tie with a block M on it. Got it for my son and avoided having to dress him in crappy Baby Gap formal wear for months when we'd go to church or a party or something.
2) A kids M book. You're going to be reading to him at night for a long time, and while the writing style of Jim Brandstatter is good to put dad to sleep, not so much for baby moving into toddler. I always liked the "Michigan 101" board book at M-Den and other places on campus. It's got pages dedicated to different things abotu campus (including a page on the sports teams) and then the back two pages are the complete words (include preambles) to both The Victors and Maize and Blue. Great lullabys even if you suck at singing. And you'll sing, trust me.
|1 week 6 days ago||Add'l aspect to Weather Channel's downturn||
When they got into their spat with Direct TV, DirecTV went out and put "Weather Nation" on their network instead. Very no-frills weather forecasting and conditions channel and no superfluous / politically themed programming like Weather Channel was venturing into. When Weather Channel finally made their peace with DirecTV, Weather Nation had gained enough market share that people simply didn't worry about watching Weather Channel anymore. I know in our house, our smartphones are source #1 for weather, but then after that is local Dayton digital broadcast weather HD station, then Weather Nation. Weather Channel doesn't even register for me anymore.
The analogy for ESPN for me would be that if someone like FoxSports 1 focused on just presenting the sports (both live content of major leagues and news-based recap shows), they'd take away market share from the STEPHEN A. SMITH led ESPN. But FS1 has gone down the "we're going to be ENTERTAINING" road, and as such have already probably passed the point of no return.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||RIP||
Dusty Rhodes. Miss you big guy.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Bailey||
especially when she had the glasses at her desk thing going on.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Great situation for Nik||
He'll get plenty of minutes at the 2, there's a black hole of gravitational mass down low in Okafor/Noel/Embiid to suck down defenders and get space to shoot, 'Ish' is a servicable distributor, and Nik's defensive liabilities can be mitigated by the wealth of big men downlow to be rim protectors. Will he be an All-star? probably not, but if he's going to be a servicable pro, he'll be in the right situation to showcase it the next couple year. Plus have you seen the Atlantic division??? I'm not sold on Toronto as a world-destroying "new NBA" team, the Knicks and Nets are going to be waterboard-torture bad, and Boston still has minimal talent (but double + coaching). I could actually see Philly making a run at finishing 2nd in the division next year. Now with Stauskas and the big-men, I'd love to see the Sixers get a veteran penetrate-but-pass-first point guard like Professor Andre Miller or, gulp, the Sixers actually using some of those stockpiled assets to get Ty Lawson from Denver.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||No||
Troy Athens '96. Always a .500 team except for an occasional blip every 3 to 4 years where we'd win 7 and come within a game of winning the league, and then lose to Troy High. My senior year, we thought we had a chance with a strong senior class and a junior QB who was groomed to be a golden boy since he was in 7th grade, and we had a run, but didn't go very far (I think we lost in the 1st rd of the state playoffs by a lot).
On the other hand we were a "futbol" powerhouse, and that was what most of us who didn't play football did, tailgate for soccer. (I was a varsity baseball only guy)
|4 weeks 5 days ago||But but but||
Bill Nye, noted science expert, said there's "no way" that the footballs could deflate on their own without the Patriots cheating!
|5 weeks 6 hours ago||Babcock hire best thing for Hyman||
Hyman's exactly the kind of player Babcock will love. Gritty forward with skill, can play wing or center.. I bet Hyman's getting Draper-like 3rd line minutes next year on the big club.
|5 weeks 6 hours ago||Battle or No Battle||
So our Bball roster for next year is (apologies for using 80's era position names):
PG- Walton, Albrecht
SG- Battle, MAAR
SF- Levert, Dawkins, Dun Robinson
PF- Irvin, Chapman / Wilson / Wagner
C- Doyle / Donnel / Wilson
PG- Walton, Albrecht
SG- Levert, MAAR / incoming FR?
SF- Irvin, Dawkins, Dun Robinson
PF- Chapman / Wagner / Wilson
C- Doyle / Donnel / Wilson
Is this even remotely accurate?
|5 weeks 8 hours ago||Monroe would be appealing||
for Phil Jackson as he seems to me to fit the Bill Cartwright mold of a center Phil likes. If SVG is sold on Jackson over Jennings, then get value for Jennings now.
|5 weeks 9 hours ago||Never forget||
|5 weeks 3 days ago||The worst part is||
we still might be the conference favorite at this point. Minnesota needs to find a replacement for Wilcox and the defense depth they lost, PSU is still building talent, MSU is a tire fire besides goalie, Wiscy's going to be extremely young with a new goalie, and Ohio St is Ohio St. Welcome to the CHA circa 1999!
|5 weeks 3 days ago||We're going to be in the same boat as last year||
We'll have a winning record, both OOC and within B1G play, but with the lack of OOC strength and the B1G likely to be down again this year, the conference will be a 1 bid league with the tourney champ getting the bid. If we had a stronger OOC schedule with maybe 1-2 less wins, we might be in a better position for an at-large, but in reality without a stronger B1G, we're going to be 1-bid conference territory for a while.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Yes but||
I think his swing changes the last 5 years were an *attempt* to protect his right knee without actually doing anything to protect it, and subsequently putting more stress on his back which is manifesting itself now. I think Foley was a huge mistake, and his current "coach" is more of a yes man than anything else. I really believe if he went back to Harmon honestly and not because he thought it was the right PR move, Harmon could help him get back to a natural motion that fits with his body-- that's always the least stressful swing is letting your body tell you what it can do instead of forcing your limbs to do something their not naturally inclined to do. Now what that may look like at the end of the day is a Tiger who will not be able to drive 300+ yds with ultra stiff shaft steel irons, and that may not fit the persona of what Tiger wants to be-- the ultimate golf alpha dog-- but as is pointed out below, the delta in swing yardage is so small nowadays relatively, it's more important to play target golf and be solid around the greens and putting. With Tiger's natural talent, I still think he could be today a Nick Faldo in his prime type of player, but I don't think his ego will allow it.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||This||
It's similar to why McGwire took the PED's. It wasn't necessarily that he was intentionally bulking up, but with his original frame, the PED's helped him recover from injuries and build muscle mass to cover up for degredation in his tendons. I'm guessing that if its true that Tiger took PED's, it was as much to cover up for injuries as it was to build muscle mass. Although based on some of the stories I read as well, Ol' Eldrick had a mighty big chip on his shoulder that he wanted to be considered as much of an athlete as the team sports guys; "getting big" might have been the process his fulfilled that mental checkmark.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Yes. This.||
This is why Butch Harmon is such a good golf coach. I've been reading a bunch of Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, etc the past 5 years and pretty much everybody is in agreement that Harmon's "methods" basically involve taking your natural swings and then tweaking it. Contrast that to Sean Foley and others who want to completely remake your swing in their mold of what a good golf swing should look like. I've read and listened to lots of interviews that what Butch did with Tiger was just to take his God given talent and refine it a little, take the hitches out, etc. It's when Tiger started getting too smart for his own good and started believing in every new technique / training regimine / psuedo-scientific advance that his and Harmon's relationship fell out.
I personally think there's a huge hubris factor as well-- he never recovered from the divorce / scandal psychologically and his continued internal denial that he really didn't do anything wrong has rotted his karma to the core. He needs a full on Hollywood movie like bottoming out / reawakening of himself to really recapture his natural talent. He is the real life Roy Hobbs. I'm only disappointed that I think he's going to find that around age 50, and he'll put together one Nicklaus in '86 like tournament, but it'll be too late to really challenge Jack's record.
For the amateur golfers out there, this relates to you in the best possible way. If you want to really improve your golf game, find a coach that doesn't say he has to remake your swing. Most times, golfers can get improvement to the point where they'e shooting below bogey golf (breaking 90, threatening 80 which means at that pointyou can play pretty much any course and have fun) just by tweaking your natural motion. A coach that's willing to work with you instead of remake you in his image is more invested in your improvement than building his own ego.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I can't believe I'm writing this but||
Dear God, why Penn St on the last weekend? WHY???? I can't take more heartbreak late in the season.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Correct||
We say in our place that an air gapped network is only as secure as the guy who thinks its no problem to plug his iPod into the USB port cause its easier than buying an extra charging block.
There are lots of cyber attack vectors. This particular breach was one of the more nefarious ones.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||When I visited moscow||
On official us govt business a number of years ago, I used to leave the TV in my hotel room on the "free" porn preview channel when I left. (Yes there is such a thing in upsacle Russian hotels) I figured if the Soviets were going to surveil my room, I'd leave them with something interesting to watch.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||You sir have nailed it||
Imagine in a classic LeCarre type novel if the bad guy spy had the financial records of every employee in targeted agencies, who worked in what weapons program office, budgetary office, etc. You now have increased your success percentage of recruiting assets by an innumerable amount because you as the recruiter now know who makes how much money, who's got significant debt, who's been divorced mulitple times, who had psychological evuations, what criminal history exists, etc. These are things that in a classical sense takes months to develop on a single individual. Now you have that type of data in a sortable format for every federal employee, available at however fast your database software runs.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Remember that whole||
"The intelligence community didn't connect the dots" line? Even the increased risk of being identified as a spy will reduce the desire to conduct collection opportunities in a nation with human sources and reduce the opportunities for overt collection opportunities through the delay / decline to issue visas, permits, etc. Less information means less data means less dots, to relate to my statement at the front of this post.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||This is probably the most serious data security breach||
From a national security perspective since Snowden. There are a lot of protected identities at risk now within federal service, and I'm telling my guys in my building to basically consider that they now exist in a database in potentially adversarial nation(s) with enough detail to be detained as a spy upon entry. And I work in an overt national security entity. I'm worried about guys who have kept their affiliation with national security as a contractor, researcher, academic, etc secret.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Engage Fred Jackson Hype Machine||
He's Antonio Gates with Jake Long's blocking ability! He's Tony Gonzalez with a mean streak! He's JJ Watt with Randy Moss's hands!
|6 weeks 4 days ago||There's a lot of opporunities||
for debt forgiveness programs in Department of Defense civilian jobs, especially for engineers. It's a good career, you help your country, and after your repaymenrt service time (typically less than 10 total) you have an excellent resume to go get a higher paying contractor job. And these are civilian jobs not uniformed military.
For one example that benefits folks going into the intelligence career field, see the Pat Robertson Intelligence Scholars Program.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Dusty was one of the modern day wrestling legends||
He was one of the big regional stars that was able to catapult to national level status when the territory model was basically killed by WWF and the consolidation of the NWA into the WCW. Dusty had legendary long standing feuds against Ric Flair and the Four Horsemen in the NWA / WCW era, and then even when purposefullly given a horrible gimmick by VInce McMahon during his late career WWF run became a fan favorite in that organization. In addition to using excessive Southern "common man" slang in his promos, dancing in the ring, extreme showmanship with all his moves, and being one of the first southern promoters to really push African American wrestlers, Dusty was most famous for popularizing the "Dusty Finish". This was when as the lead booker and wrestler in his NWA territory, if Dusty didn't have the title and was scheduled in the main event against a heel champ, the heel champ would win by disqualification, thereby extending the feud for another show, keeping Dusty believable as a babyface contender, and putting more heat on the heel. More recent fans to wrestling will know Dusty as father to Dustin Runnels (aka "Golddust") and Cody Rhodes (aka "Stardust"), but its important to know that Dusty was one of the giants in the 1970's / 80's wrestling scene and if you went into the South, was basically as popular as Hulk Hogan.
Some wrestling historians have commented that The Rock's inital "People's Champion" shtick in the WWE was inspired by Dusty Rhodes's character in that The Rock was essentially the evil mirror universe version of Dusty.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Reducing the outliers||
As Harbaugh has increased the profile of these lesser known camps, more scouts will come out to see the players from the recruiting services, more evaluations will be done, and I'm guessing a more balanced view of player ratings will eventually be the outcome. The end result may be that the All-conference UCF or TCU player that was a 2-star last year becasue there was limited tape and camp evaluation on him now will get bumped to 3-star and the "surprise" factor will be lessened when these guys actually perform at a college level. I guess what I'm saying is that the potential for "hidden gems" will be lessened as the guys who would've been considered hidden, aren't so much any more.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||You think so?||
I'm pretty sure Mike Babcock isn't going to change it much; I mean he has to keep the recruiting area pretty open concept, right?
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Real question||
Could he be the first Red Wings coach to be scientifically proven to suck more than a funnel, sieve, vacuum, and blackhole?
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Actually||
Monday through Friday the house was great and it performed execeptionally well. It was just those unforeseen probelms on Saturdays when the gas pilot wouldn't light, the lights would occasionally flicker, and the air conditioner was overloaded and caused a penalty on the circuit breaker panel that caused the house to be sub-optimal.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I will volunteer||
to be live in caretaker of the MGoEstate.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||It's actually not north A2||
It's right by Stonebridge Golf Course / Travis Pointe CC. I'm actually surprised he was on the Stonebridge side and NOT in Travis Pointe.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Huh||
I'm in the market for a house in the Ann Arbor / Saline area. I'll have to see if he'll take my bid of $300k.
|7 weeks 7 hours ago||Defending Daniel Howes||
I've read Howes for years and usually he's spot-on on business analysis, so this may be a case of a fluff interview for ratings sake. Usually though he's very skeptical of the CEO without a results history or metrics to point to-- see his series of op-eds on Cerberus's management of Chrysler, Rick Wagner's tenure at GM, or his accurate portrayal of Mullaly's time at Ford. His take on Brandon while skipping over the Michigan debacle just doesn't seem right. He's a better writer than this usually, and by Brian's ripping him, it make it obvious Brian hasn't read Howes's previous work either. Confused on both parts.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Eh, I disagree slightly||
While Cable shows have benefitted from the lack of typical self censorship found on network shows, I find that many so-called "groundbreaking" cable shows are nly groundbreaking because they tend for the cheap thrill and titilation, and an overliance on "shock" value. It's kind of like comparing horror movies now with all the special effects to (good) horror movies from the past that had to suck you in with long game story telling and character development. Some newer shows accomplish that, some fail horribly. Also, I want TV to be entertaining, not just tell me how depressing the world was/is and enrapture itself in always gray morality.
In all seriousness, that's why Magnum PI as an entire series was really a great TV show. The setting of Hawaii was the hook for the casual viewer, but a lot of the best episodes dealt fairly maturely and fairly with some of the pressing issues of the day such as Post-Vietnam reculturement for our vets, ramifications of war on society, intercultural relations, etc. Sure there were the throwaway episodes with funny guest stars, farcical plots, or the like, but go watch episodes like the plane crash one, the one where Thomas has to figure out whether his Vietnam bride is still alive, or the one where Rick almost goes sniper, and there's excellent drama wrapped up in a digestible format. And its not reliant on tits, on screen sex, flesh eating zombies, graphic prison beat downs, and excessive use of the 7 words banned on network TV.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I also considered||
Thunder in Paradise
Simon & Simon
but thought I'd keep it to only 5.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Ernest Borgnine was a pansy||
There I said it.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Apparently||
I'm the only one who owned a television prior to 2005:
1. The A-Team
3. Cagney & Lacey
4. Trapper John, MD
5. Mangum PI
|7 weeks 3 days ago||From what I heard from relatives who were student managers||
during '69 and the early 70's, yes, yes Bo would. The first heartattack kind of killed that jazz afterwards though.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Neither would Saban||
It'd be like watching Spud Webb play man defense against Patrick Ewing. Just embarassing.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||This is our coach||
40+ year old guy playing press coverage against 18 year old studs, shirtless, in AL heat, while wearing full length khakis.
I love this man.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I mean I understand the khaki obsession by Jim||
but does he realise that Walmart sells khaki shorts as well? Or if he's going to true old school Bo, why not just rock the 80's era Bike coaches shorts?? It's 84 f*g degrees in Indianapolis today.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||FIFA||
We're so corrupt, even the Swiss think we're hiding too much money!
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I like the Men in Blazers suggestion||
Add lyrics to the FIFA theme song, "Let's embezzle the money, Get apartments for all of our cats"
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Shouldn't it be||
|8 weeks 9 hours ago||Co-signed||
If there was ever a team to just go full Washington Senators and never recover, FYS Hockey would be my choice. Is HIldebrand leaving also or is he sticking around for his senior season?
Now if we can just put together a full season of effort....
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Ethnicity is big for us||
So wife and I decided that boy's would have Polish names and girls would have Irish names. Worked out so far.... Can't wait for Little Stosh to be added!
|8 weeks 4 days ago||This ^^^||
and I'm not even sure it's going to be SEC-on-SEC violence (even though that will certainly, most definately occur). I think it's more SEC-on-PAC12 and SEC-on-ACC violence to be scheduled. The point about where the talent is can not be lost on SEC coaches... hosting a camp in Grand Rapids ain't going to get them as much as mid-level SEC teams like Tennessee, South Carolina, and Kentucky hosting camps in Los Angeles, San Diego, and the like. The one exception would be SEC teams hosting camps in Tex A&M's backyard, but then is it really hurting Tex A&M or UTexas?
To me the real question is: to paraphrase, is the SEC in an uneviable position, in that they have to win all the battles with recruits in their geographic area or are they the side in the recruiting wars that only has to get lucky once outside of their area?
|8 weeks 5 days ago||sounds like||
Either a) hr person was following strict union rules on salary hiring practices, or b) was incompetent. Either way, a bad hr department is a sign of management who doesn't take the little things seriously, like hiring good people and retaining them, so consider yourself lucky.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||former officer in daytons alumni club||
The official alumni club of Dayton is fairly active (its not a Chicago club by any means), but they usually host 2-3 game watching parties. For other bars outside of the official game watching party, I'd suggest finding a group of friends and hitting up a local place that isn't broadcasting buckeye love. I'd suggest 5th street brewpub (my Michigan Broomball team hit that regularly in the winter season).
|8 weeks 6 days ago||If he continues this play||
forget GR next year, he could be playing 3rd line minutes on the big club. Guess he's proving he's making the right decision in leaving.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Correct||
And since scholarships are still (for the most part) a yr-by-yr award, theoretically, Hibbits could get a scholarship right before the school year starts once rosters are fully known and then not have one the next year. Such is the life of a preferred walk-on-- your coach can tell you if a schollie opens up, they'll give it to you / consider you, but they're under no obligation to continue to do that. Most guys who get preferred walk-on status understand the deal and make due-- but usually expect to be on scholarship for at least 1 or 2 years during their 4-5 years on campus.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Um||
Does Hutch have some anger issues she needs to work out? Looks like she's giving the pinata the full "PC Load Letter" treatment.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||OK, I'll play the Feud||
Even with the non-binding LOI, the school has some assurance because:
a) with the non-binding part on the student's side, the school has to be pretty damn sure they want him, thereby reducing some of the loopholes for oversigning; i.e. they can't send out 100+ "committable offers"
b) the recruit can't take visits to other schools (and take unlimited visits to the signed school), decreasing the chance of snake oil flips. If the student does take another official visit to a different school, then the original school is off the hook of the LOI.
c) If the socialization on the students part is to realize that once they sign the LOI, they're locked in, that will reduce by 42% the amount of drama queen signing day hat ceremonies. There still will be some, but right now the default is to have drama because it's allowed. By having the LOI's, then there's downward social pressure to NOT extend the recruiting process when it doesn't need to be for 60-70% of the recruits. Hence Paul Johnson's "the students will call their (the coaches') bluff if there's an offer extended".
|9 weeks 6 days ago||hands down||
It's Katmandu. High energy silver bullet band, seger at his raspy greatness, and the song's just fun to sing in the car, or on a snowmobile, or speeding on a boat. Plus the trumpet hook is addicting.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||two options I recommend||
1) if money really isn't an issue, then with your family head to traverse city area. Sleeping bear dunes, TC beaches and lots of nice parks / play areas for the kiddos. If you golf and like adult beverages, there's multiple quality microbrews, wineries, and good restaurants in TC.
2) if you want a little more laid back, my family's vacation spot has been up in the alpena / presque isle / Rogers city area. Alpenas the big town and has restaurants, boat charters, multiple putt putt courses and cheesy amusement parks (go karts, arcades, etc). Both inland lakes in the area, Long Lake and Grand Lake are perfectly fine to swim and watersport in summer without much fear of freezing your area off. Usually the south end of grand lake becomes a nice place to park a boat and let your kids swim on the sand bars and share a beer with a fellow boater. There's nice golf in the area (Rogers City CC is public and highly underrated, especially the back nine which is a hilly links course). This area doesn't have the modern polish of TC but has everything you need for a good northern Michigan vacation. Its also about 60-90 min away from Mackinaw Island meaning you can do a day trip or an overnight on the island without a problem. Alpena has some modern hotel chains but you can also google search for on lake rentals at grand lake and long lake that may come with a boat rental. big downside of Alpena area is you either fly into Alpena at inconvenient times through DTW, or you fly into Detroit / Flint / Bay City-Midland and drive the 3-4 hours north. You go to TC, you fly right into TC airport from a number of hubs and fly out.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Time for IU to utilize their Biology department||
and start that Bobby Knight cloning project STAT. Amazing that since Knight left, Indiana can't find a decent HC to make them an annual contender for the NCAA tournament, much less the conference or Sweet 16. Just think what Beilein would do with that program in the middle of the richest jumpshooting geographical area in the nation.. Scratch that, no, don't EVER think of Belein anyplace except in Ann Arbor.
To quote Bugs Bunny, "Tom Crean, what a maroon!"
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Thankfully||
I've been running a resistance cell in Dayton since '02. Looking forward to linking up with the main force soon.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Wormholes||
I always liked Carl Sagan's explanation which was to take a piece of paper, ask you to imagine yourself as a worm crawling on that paper so you only have knowledge on N-1 dimensions around you. To get to the other side of the paper, you could crawl all the way across, or if you had enough energy to bend the paper and then poke a hole through to the other side (Sagan did this with a straw), the worm could crawl through the straw and reach the point on the other side in much less time than if he crawled all the way across the unfolded paper. He then went on to explain that there are multiple ways to cause that hole (You could quickly poke a straw through, you could slowly add force to a singluar point over a period of time, you could rub away the paper on a small spot with friction forces, etc) or to bend the paper. The trick for humanity, is to figure out which one makes the most sense.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Is The Flash involved?||
And if so, Barry Allen, or Wally West?
|10 weeks 4 days ago||If NCG is going to a northern city||
It'll go to either Indianapolis or Detroit. World class indoor stadiums, proven track record of hosting a Super Bowl, and in the middle of B1G country which is football saavy. Detroit's rep for big events has gone immeasurably up since the Super Bowl, Final Four, and Frozen Four. Plus the NCAA isn't *as* image concious as the NFL in terms of celebrity pandering to SEXY locales, so as long as there's sufficient hotel rooms (there are), an infrastructure in place (there is), an energized local fan base to provide the volunteer and entertainment services (check), and a sufficient corporate base to draw sponsorship moneys from, both Detroit and Indy are strong contenders. I'd put Indy ahead of Detroit right now since some of Detroit's entertainment draw is tied to casinos (not the image the NCAA wants of the starting QB photo'd playing $100 hands of blackjack at the Greektown Casino two nights before the big game), Indy's in the NCAA HQ's backyard, and Indy would probably be seen as slightly more neutral ground than Detroit for some southern schools. Detroit's more football centric, has more people, is more associated with big time collegiate football (both Mich & MSU), has hosted a bowl game, and isn't associated with the Final Four rotation that Indy is. Plus even in the current economic climate, Detroit Auto probably still has more sponsorship dollars than Eli Lilly and whatever else is in Indy.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||fyi||
I've been told commercial ppv locations (I.e. bars) are being charged $25 per person x fire capacity.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||football evolution||
I'm always interested in how football evolves, sometimes in circles. The 46 was created as a counter to the power run offenses of the late 70s/early 80s. Ditka basically hires ryan to run the 46 to beat the Cowboys, Giants, and Vermeil era Eagles. Now as the spread is evolving back toward power running concepts, the 46 may see a resurgence, especially since the best way to beat a 46 is with a highly accurate qb who can hit wr's on crossing/slant routes in stride (aka the west coast offense). Up to now, the spread offenses have relied a lot of non complicated passing trees that count on numerical mismatches down the field. If D's are going to start countering power running spreads with 46-esque fronts and techniques, it'll be interesting to see if the next innovation on the offensive side will be to create hybrid spread/west coast offenses or go to the other extreme to beat the 46, mouse Davis run n shoot style offenses!
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Cut It Out||
I'm just waiting for the very special episode where Uncle Joey meets his illegitimate son born of his one night stand with Alanis Morrisette.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Spoiler Alert||
In the season 1 finale of Star Wars Rebels, the crew of the Ghost successfully (albeit inadvertantly) caused the star destroyer of one Grand Moff Tarkin to crash into a planet, although it was mustafar, and there's a distinct lack of desert scapes on mustafar.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||I was very hesitant when Disney purchased the franchise||
but with Star Wars Rebels and these two trailers, I'm more encouraged than ever that Disney Star Wars is going to be as magical for the next generation of kids as the original trilogy was for me.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Annnndddd||
my productivity just crashed into negative imaginary numbers for the rest of the day.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||This is the big difference||
between having a TV- network dictate to you what the sport coverage should be and the sport dictating to the network how to cover the event. The Masters leadership purposefully keeps a lid on the amount of content so as to keep some of the mystique still involved. It's a marketing strategy that works for the people that own the event, and that's the only thing that matters. If the Masters leadership was into maximizing revenue, then they'd do more. As it is, they have different optimization variables, no more, no less complicated than that.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||if Fred Jackson were still recruiting||
Would Matt Falcon have finished the Kessel Run in under 5 parsecs?
"He's like a faster Chewbacca but with less hair. Shiftiness like a young Yoda in a cave fight. Probably the best pure talent I've seen since midichlorians were being counted"
|15 weeks 5 days ago||physics you say?||
Don't give a shit. I'm Han muthafuckin Solo. I make my own rules.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||I want the||
#20 "M. FALCON" jersey. Might be the most underground nerd jersey of all time.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||"but Mr Simpson,||
Polls recently taken say that 35% of the people would vote for you and 62% say that you would eat your own toenails if they were covered in BBQ sauce. How do you respond? " - kent brockman
"Aw Kent, statistics can be made up to prove whatever you want... 60% of the American people know that" - homer j Simpson.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Correct||
"Medical hardship" is an appeal to the NCAA where the school basically says the player is so injured / incapacitated from athletic activity that he can't play the sport anymore. The player has to agree to this. The benefits are that the student gets to stay on paid scholarship to complete his degree program, and the school gets to take that scholarship number off their active roster (i.e. "freeing up" a scholarship). However, the student basically gives up any claims to playing NCAA sports from that point forward.
Some of the scandal out of the SEC usage of this have been related to claims that the players weren't fully informed that they couldn't transfer or retain eligibility after accepting the "medical", or that their medical conditions weren't bad enough to warrant a medical hardship.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||What were the others?||
I was was geeked to try Mercury, and I was so disappointed, I never followed up with what styles the next planets were trying to go for. Granted I'm not a Belgian fan, so if that theme continued, then I would probably not like any of them.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Would it make sense at all||
to just redshirt him next year, and have a fully healthy 5-yr Sr Spike in 2016?? Theoretically we'll have Walton and maybe Levert back, MAAR off the bench, and maybe even Jaylen Brown. Especially if Spike's going to miss all his off season conditioning, how much would he contribute in that scenario? I can't remember if we have a PG in the 2016 class yet.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||BTW- I am really disappointed||
that EDSBS doesn't have a front page memorium up by now. I mean Jeebus, Dukes of Hazard I'm pretty sure formed the ethical basis for 95% of their reader base (and bag men).
|15 weeks 6 days ago||White socks, black shoes||
and an appropriate shade of GawdDamn Maize pants. That's progress.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||That's||
CONGRESSMAN Ben "Cooter" Jones to you, sir.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||All I have to say is||
May you find your place at rest amongst great lawmen of the South to include:
Sheriff Buford T Justice
The Bear (from BJ and The Bear)
I'm a gonna leave work today and just for grins in Ol' Rosco's honor, take the Old Miller Road back home instead of the interstate. Sure it's dirt, poorly marked, has trees within 2 feet of the driving surface, and the bridge hasn't been fixed in 15 years. Let's see if the Ford Focus can finally make that jump.
"Just a Good Ol' Boy... never meanin' no harm... someday the Mountain might get 'em but the Law never will"
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Additional comparison for Peppers||
In his prime Troy Polamalu. Line up damn near the LOS, but fast enough to track back into deep coverage at the snap. Plenty of inexperienced QB's this year will be tricked up by counting 8 in the box only to have Peppers drop in coverage after the snap and steal a pass. That type of versatility by a safety, including what Rod Woodson brought to the Steelers when he dropped from CB to S, is what can make a defense transformative.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||I still think Wormley||
is going to blow up Alan Branch style this year. He was hurt for the Spring Game yes?
|16 weeks 3 hours ago||why is||
John Goodman from the ZZ Top biopic driving our band truck?
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Telling||
that a formal association of the former players hadn't existed yet, in this modern social media age. I can understand during Bo's era or even Moeller to Carr not having a formal association, but after the RR transition, the Hoke transition, and the letter campaign last year vs. Brandon, I would have thought somebody would have brought the players back together by now. Harbaugh seems at ease with "new media" and networking in the modern age, so anything to bring more cohesion to the former player base and utilizing them as a combined resource is a plus.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||This is why||
if there's a Jeebus in heaven, the NCAA will follow through with the hockey committee chairman's suggestion to go to 1st and 2nd round tourney games to be at the home rink of the higher seed, preferably with 2 out of 3. I'm all for craziness in national tournaments to make them fun, but there has to be some reward and balance maintained for rewarding an entire season's work over a miracle 1-weekend run (as in our beloved B1G tournament). Tilting the odds in favor of the higher seed with a home game I think is a good balance.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||I'm not surprised or disappointed||
Copp to me was a disappointment. I didn't think his two way play was as strong as his reputation, and the teams inability to close the door on many games this year in the third period I put on the captain for not setting the example. His PP point play was middling at best... Basically I didn't think he was that great this year. If you want to make this an indictment of Red, I'm ok with that, but the players also have not been playing up to their potential on an individual executing his job level.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Nike maize||
Looks like the color on my shiny 90s era script Michigan hockey jersey. Hurry back, 'K?
|17 weeks 4 days ago||soooo||
hello Chris Wormley, starting DE?
|18 weeks 2 days ago||bracketology update||
Obviously we have to win to be in, but there's a good shot Minnesota already has an at large locked in. They win, they're on the cusp of a 2 seed. They lose they're a 4 seed at large. Looking at the PWR, seems I was right in that if we had gone 3-1 down the stretch instead of 1-3, we're probably looking at an at large bid regardless of BtT final result. Uggghhh. Win or die indeed tonight.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Go get a club fitting||
It doesn't have to be at a hoity-toity place either. Golfsmith stores have the video gear / simulation facilities, a big enough selection, and typically knowledgable enough pros to make sure you get fit with the set that best suits your needs. I went there for a driver fitting last year, and I came out with a clearance-sale driver from last year's model set that the pro adjusted for me in the store 'cause I hit it the best based on my mechanics. The guy could have easily pushed me into a more expensive club since he knew I was coming in without a budget, but his focus was on matching my swing to the club and making sure the simulation metrics confirmed it. He probably lost out on a couple hundred dollars more in sales on me personally, but because of his help and honesty, I've probably directed 6-7 others to his store and they've made out increased numbers of sales.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||The biggest change I'd be in favor of||
would be the 1st and 2nd rd NCAA tourney round to be best of 3 at the higher seeds arena. Advantage to the higher seed for a better season, takes some of the 30-sided die roll aspect of today's tournament away (if you can win 2 road games in 3 days, you're a better team), and would be unbelievably fun atmospheres. Could you imagine the noise if say this year's Michigan team got in as a four seed, went to Boston University, and forced a Game 3 in their bandbox? Or if Minnesota got in and had to travel to Mankato?? That's like Stanley Cup levels of excitement dripping from rafters of venues that are inherently loud!
|18 weeks 3 days ago||I don't get the OSU objection||
They have two hockey arenas in the same city within 10 minutes of each other (Blue Jackets's arena), and frankly they still have other facilities on campus and in Columbus that can host wrestling / basketball games for the HS State Championship. Understood about CBJ's arena maybe laready booked for NHL games or concerts, but lets be honest, it's not like we have to worry about OSU HOSTING any games, amirite? Hell with the crowd OSU usually gets for hockey, they could move a potential hockey series to one of the three hockey arenas in Dayton and they'd probably draw just as much.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Is it bad that||
I think I want to hire this guy for my organization?
|18 weeks 6 days ago||This also kind of was the point||
of the Thanksgiving weekend tournaments Wisconsin or Minnesota would host with other B1G teams. When it was just Wis, Minn, Mich, Mich St, and OSU, it would be 4 out of the 5 in this mini-tournament (Ohio St usually wasn't invited unless someone wanted to dish out a good ass kicking). If the B1G didn't go all in on a new conference, I would've liked a 2-3 weekend tournament like the Bean Pot in Boston for just B1G teams and then you have a "Renfrew Cup" or some nonesense that becomes the traveling trophy for B1G Hockey. You could broadcast it on BTN and rotate the sites that host weekend 1 and weekend 2 between MSP and Detroit.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||No on UNO and UMD||
UNO fits better in a grouping with those smaller Colorado schools anyway, and there is no way in bloody hell that Big Minnesota lets UMD in. If we're going to let in adjunct members for hockey, I'd rather it be for new programs than poaching existing ones.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Normally I agree with Erik of Dayton||
But this year, I can not. Wisconsin is a fun team to watch, and you know it must be killing Bo Ryan inside to have a team that talented play fun basketball and not have to bludgeon teams to death with a final score in the 40's to 50's. Next year when Wisconsin returns to traditional Wisconsin basketball, maybe my ire for them will grow, but this year, I want Kaminsky to win the whole.damn. thing. (Transitive Polish Pride Property) Beat Kentucky too while they're at it.
State will always be on the hate list because of Izzo theatrics.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||I like the concept of the B1G||
I hate the execution so far with the shitty scheduling, poor TV coverage (WHY IS EVERY GAME NOT ON BTN LIVE-- YOU HAVE 3 ALTERNATE CHANNELS FROM FOOTBALL SEASON YOU MORONS!), and a bad playoff system. I also like to think that if Michigan had been good along with Wisconsin at least, the season would be a lot more entertaining.
That being said, I do miss the visits from those wacky Yoopers from Northern Michigan in their wanna-be North Stars jerseys and their roster full of casting cuts from "Slap Shot", as well as the bi-yearly "I'm sooo going to stay up this weekend and listen to the Alaska-Fairbanks series on the radio" talks I'd convince myself were going to happen. Not to mention that when we did play State, it seemed like a bigger game in the CCHA than in the B1G.
On the expansion issue, I think Nebraska would be a perfect fit for hockey in the B1G for all the reasons mentined above. I also think that Northwestern could / would totally support it from a fan perspective. I'd love as a Michigan fan to know that we could schedule a winter weekend trip to Chicago for the Northwestern series where we take the train in, stay downtown, and then go watch hockey at a Northwestern rink while going back downtown after the game. I'm always amazed that for all the *perceived* big money grads out of Northwestern, they haven't had that one notable alum who bankrolls some athletic campus improvements.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Married in 2005 at the League||
We sent invitations to Lloyd, Red, and President Bush. Lloyd and Red sent back RSVP cards with "not attending" checked, but we did get a response card back from the Bushes declining to attend with what appeared to be a hand written note that said "Sorry! Best wishes- Laura". Wife-y still has it in the wedding album.
|19 weeks 5 hours ago||I'm going to do something unpopular||
and put a lot of blame on Andrew Copp. Doesn't seem to have a good sense of how to be a 2-way forward, and on this team, the Captain should lead by example. Copp's inattention to defensive detail is a shortfall that I think leaked onto the rest of the team. After 3/4 of the way through the season, there should have been an attention turned to "once we get a lead, we're going to sacrifice our left leg and mother's pearls to make sure we don't give up any odd man rushes and no rebound touches an opposition stick". You got a sieve for a goalie, then you make damn sure he knows his only job is make himself as big as humanly possible in the goal itself and clear the initial shot. Instead we get sloppy positioning, inability to properly close down rebound lanes, etc etc.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Fine I'll say it today||
Christian Laettner is a whiny bitch.
There now go make a documentary about how you're offended by me. I only charge 2% of the total gate.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||When was the last time||
humans listened to anyone?
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Mars||
If we're talking about two questions:
1) Where can look most efficiently for evidence of exterrestrial life? Mars wins becasue of proximity not only to Earth, but to the Sun which provides Mars with a fighting chance of having environmental characteristics at least within reason to how we understand organisms to develop on Earth.
2) For chance at establishing a next permanent human presence? Mars again. Closest to Earth, has at least some in situ resources we know are useful, and the climate is the least extreme, meaning we have to spend less engineering resources in making a habitat, you know, habitable. Unless you have a highly reliable mechanical system that turn all that planetary thermal source into energy equal to what you get out of pasive solar on Mars, the outer moons don't stand a chance.
Now if you're talking about chance for current day exterrestrial organisms? Europa since it has heat, water, and a dynamic environment (meaning things get swirled around by the heat source) encouraging natural mixing of chemical compounds that would be necessary for life sustaining substances.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||See my signature line||
I guess I now know who the dastardly culprit was...
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Additional note||
I was lured into re-reading the 10-yr anniversary of the Molly game via the link in the article. That's a 30 for 30 that needs to be made:
"What if I told you that the taunts of a cheerleader inspired one of the greatest hockey games of all time? What if I told you that 25 feet of difference in dressing room location reversed the course of history? What if I told you a singular hit broke not only a hockey stick in half, but the will of a prohbitive national champion favorite? What if I told you this all happened in an old barn, in the middle of Michigan, that almost collapsed from the sound generated by the souls within, inspired by a humanitarian who attacked a dog? ESPN brings you "The Molly Game" a 30 for 30 produced by Jeff Daniels."
|19 weeks 5 days ago||I'll go Yost but older||
Brendan Morrison's senior night was good, but his final game at Yost was better, a great experience. Here he was the unquestioned star of the team who had forgone the chance to go pro after winning the national title as a junior to come BACK TO SCHOOL (remember those days, Red?) and try and win two titles in a row. The team was stacked, Morrison was on his way to the Hobey, and there was this sense of inevitability about this being dynasty level stuff happening. He was the team captain, the sure fire NHL star, the ideal of Red Berenson hockey, and everybody that knew him considered him just a real fine dude. For the smaller but arguably more dedicated hockey fan base at that time, his last game was like watching your big brother get ready to go off to college or the military while you were at home finishing high school. And the thing was, it wasn't just Morrison- you also had short handed goal scoring machine John Madden and Marty Friggin Turco. We didn't just beat people that year, we blew the shit out of them. Every game against Sparty was a bloody battle by two Top 5 teams-- both with skill mind you. The formal senior night was kind of a downer, we tied Lake St 4-4, but in those days when the first round of the CCHA was a home series at the higher seed, Michigan came in as the prohibitive favorite on a collision course with Sparty in the conferencefinal and we beat the living hell out of Alaska Fairbanks, 8-1 on Friday night, then 11-0 on Saturday night. That 11-0 game was everything you could have wanted from Old Yost. The students were into it, the team was scoring goals left and right, chants had to be restarted immediately after finishing, and the after the game, the senior class did the usual cirlce at center ice with a stick salute, but then proceeded to skate to the student section and were shaking hands and signing things like they were the Beatles. It was glorious. How that team lost to BU in the semis of the NCAA's I'll never reconcile as long as I live.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Secondary benefit||
If the B1G tourney ran as you suggested, there would be more of a chance for "bonus point" RPI victories to be picked up by bubble teams in those semi and final round best of 3 series which would increase our chances of multiple B1G teams in the NCAA tourney as at-large teams. In normal years. Which this year is not. (sad face)
|20 weeks 59 min ago||this is my suggestion||
Start with buying the Sam Adams seasonal 12 pack. There's enough variety and if you get all 4-5 12 pks over the year you'll be exposed to a pretty good sampling of the different types of beer. Make notes ad to which ones you liked / didn't like. Then you have a sense as to what styles you want to explore more of. Take a trip to a good beer store that you can make your own 6 pks of and every 1-2 weeks get 6 different bottles of the same style to start to figure out the differences. After 6-12 months, you'll now be able to explore the entire craft beer world.
|20 weeks 3 hours ago||goes back to the comment||
From bordon gerenson in my diary. When there was the hogan - hunwick switch, the guys on the team banded together and played like dogs in clearing the puck and being responsible defensively. Why that hasn't happened after the Minnesota sweep/Ohio state loss/Michigan state loss/Penn st loss on Friday night is baffling to me. Where the hell is the desperation to just say fuck it, I'm going to make damn sure there isn't a rebound, scoring be damned. At this point its beyond coaching x&o's. Its the coaching staff instilling the desire in the players AND the players taking it on themselves to execute. Lack of coaching and lack of player leadership.
|20 weeks 6 hours ago||The weird thing is||
Red has shown he's not against coaching defense to win. When Hunwick got the nod, we basically went from a fly by the seat of your pants outfit to a two way backchecking "form a f*g wall" unit with great results. Granted that was the last year with Pearson, so maybe that is the thing. Interesting that up at Tech, Pearson is also employing Bill Muckalt and Steve Shields as assistants....
|20 weeks 7 hours ago||You have to account for||
the one year we get the title stolen away from us in the worst officiated title game in history, and the second when our entire team gets selected for the World Juniors and we choose not to compete the rest of the season.
|20 weeks 7 hours ago||I would hope the last month||
would have solidified any doubt he had in his mind either way. Since 30 Jan, we've had 5 weeks of meaningful games, and we've had disappointment in 4 of them-- the notable exception being a sweep of a historically bad Wisconsin team in which both games were in doubt going into the 3rd period. We flip any of those weekends and we're sitting with a B1G title, and a likely at-large bid going into this weekend instead of the morass we find ourselves in. Add to that the no-shows against Tech, BC, and BU, and almost all games against top competition this year we've been outcoached. That should be enough of a sign. I hope he gets a chariot ride and is allowed to die in battle (metaphorically) in the NCAA's, but frankly he probably won't get to and that's partially his fault.
|20 weeks 8 hours ago||I would have no qualms about Babcock||
My worry would be that he'd be a shorter term option (would we get 3 years?) than Pearson, and Mel's window for a return may be closed. Babcock would be much like Red in the 80's & 90's... able to leverage his contacts with pro coaches and players (including familial ones) to get the high end talent with an understanding the coach knows how to get your kid to the pros. Babcock is techincally savvy, has good instincts on players in game, and knows how to teach a system to younger players.
Mel's my top choice, but Babcock would be 1A if you could get him to commit to 4+ years.
|20 weeks 8 hours ago||I'll gladly take the 30 for 30||
"imagine if the winningest coach in your programs history comes to the realisation of his own mortality, only for his biggest group of underachievers to transform into his biggest group of overachievers. Watch the 30 for 30, When Wolverines Decide to Die, the Story of the 2015 NCAA Hockey National Champions"
|20 weeks 8 hours ago||I'm hoping||
For a pro wrestling like swerve where we get in the tourney as a 4 seed to play Michigan Tech in the first round game. Right before faceoff, Mel Pearson mysteriously isn't behind the bench for the Huskies. He walks out from the locker room, and as he reaches out to pat his captain on the back, he grabs the hockey stick, hits the captain in the back of the legs, and rips off his suit coat to reveal a Michigan shirt underneath, with Red just smiling and nodding behind his bench, then breaking into an EVIL LAUGH. Like it was the plan all along. Cue nWo music. 10 year reign of terror commences with Michigan winning 8 titles.
I mean that's what's going to happen right? Right? Hold me, Tiny Jesus.
|20 weeks 9 hours ago||Yeah||
hence my comment about testicular fortitude. Penn St was reeling, and we let them off the hook. With everything on the line, we play probably our worst weekend of the season. Not setting up much hope for things to get righted.
|20 weeks 9 hours ago||For those who didn't get the reference in the title|
|20 weeks 9 hours ago||That's the rumor||
on the edge of the internet. That Chip Kelly's recent trades and non-signings and modest Sanchez contract were to position themselves to make a deal for Kaepernick, a swerve to what most people were thinking which was to mortgage the house to get Mariota. I wait to see what happens.
|20 weeks 9 hours ago||Amazing note||
Lesnar and Shelton Benjamin were on the same team in Minnesota. The only NCAA wrestling match I ever went to as a student was Brock's last appearance in Ann Arbor. My buddy who was a big HS wrestler told me I just had to go see this guy. I honestly thought Lesnar was a WWE guy there scouting or something. He was and is to this day the singularly most impressive specimen of human flesh I've ever seen in person.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||two items||
Seems to be my usual now...
1- well that bump in my diary I talked about happened at about the worst possible time. We're at defcon 1 for at large bid hopes. Basically its win out the regular season, win a semi in the btt and pray. Otherwise its tourney champs or bust.
2- I was thinking about this and really, has red been able to recover since Montoya left a year early I terms if goaltending?? Just seems like since señor save went adios with a year remaining we never have been able to recruit that 3-4 yr goaltender red built his legacy on. Shawn hunwick yes, but he was a lucky get who was supposed to go to like Albion or something. We lose montoya, whiff on Gibson, and things have never been the same.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||I miss||
The Black and Blue Burger at the old Good Time Charlies (c. 1996-2000). Burger patty covered in cracked peppercorns, melted blue cheese, bacon, a peppercorn ranch sauce, sprinkle of green onions and lettuce/tomato to boot. The best burger I've ever had anywhere anytime. And now it's gone.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Slight disagreement||
I don't think it's "Sweep or Die". Sweep this weekend and we put ourselves in position to absorb a bump (a singular bump, but a bump nonetheless) in the remaining season. Split this series and realistically the road gets tougher, but it's still manageable. We get swept, then yeah, it's time to break out the soundtrack from Titanic.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||The broadcast on that was funny||
The Wisconsin announcers thought for sure that since the review was taking so long, it was going to go Michigan's way. Boy were they surprised.
|21 weeks 6 hours ago||That's kind of the interesting thing to me||
If we come out of the next two weeks 3-1 with a B1G regular season title, does this count as a "good" season? Or if we go 2-2 and then win the B1G tourney in despiration mode and be the ONLY B1G team in the tourney, does that count as a good season b/c we made the tourney? There's just a lot of screwiness this year. I mean we're feasibly looking at a year in which Hockey East and the B1G may get 4 bids... in total between the conferences. Yeesh. I'm kind of the mindset this year of an English soccer fan. Collect the trophies, no matter what they are, and call it a day.
|21 weeks 7 hours ago||Unverified optimism on Wormley||
I'm also hoping that with the multiple fronts, Wormley ends up being an inside / outside switcher depending on the front and murderous pass rusher.
|21 weeks 23 hours ago||pure insurance move||
I take that this means franzen is basically out and zetterberg is questionable. Overall, no harm on the price for him IMHO.
|21 weeks 23 hours ago||probably not three b1g teams||
If the scenario plays out as you say, the only way I could see three b1g teams would be for us and Minnesota to win out in the regular season giving both of us the top two seeds and putting both of us in around 13th say for the b1g tourney. Then let's say for arguments sake the higher pwr team is Minnesota as it is now. If we win our semi final and Minnesota loses its (vs who is irrelevant-- any other b1g team is in the mid 20s or lower by this point in pwr), then you have Minnesota who'll get docked maybe 1 or 2 slots (leaving them in say 14th pwr), and then we lose in the final we get knocked let's say one slot down from 13 to tied for 14th, then the b1g champ gets slot #16, the aha champ (robert morris, usafa, whoever) gets slot #15, and then you're looking at slot #14 being the last at large team, which is between us and Minnesota. Plus you'd have to have no other upsets in the conference tourneys with a champ outside the top 18 in pwr (if a Cinderella came from pwr slot 18-15, it wouldn't matter much because likely they'd have knocked off a team from their own conference on the bubble sending them out of at large consideration). So I guess if both Mich and Minn were higher than say 13 in pwr going into the tourney, then maybe one could absorb a semi loss and the other a finals loss (especially if it was a surging Penn st who uses a late season push to get into the top 20 pwr and now allows us to get those bonus points for a top 20 win) and still get two at larges in the tourney.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||two items||
1- being in 15 slot now basically means my scenario from weeks diary for an at large bid is still in play. Sweep PSU then even a split with sparty followed by a bit finals appearance (preferably against Minnesota) gets us at 12-14 in pwr and that's an at large bid
2- the only conference I'm worries about realistically a with stealing bids, is, ironically the big ten. Anybody besides us or the gophers wins the conference that likely goes the at large bid the #2 team in the conference is hoping for. The traditional bid stealers are really not relevant this year- american hockeys only going to get one team no matter what (their strongest team, robert morris, is in the 20s in pwr), and the ecac and wcha both have 3+ teams in the mix for at larges so it'd take a HUGE Cinderella to win it all. With the revamped conferences that's less likely than in the past since a Cinderella run is going to have to go through a much more difficult gauntlet.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||two items||
1. We are going to be in good shape for the stretch run toward a at large bid position. These two wins today put us on a trajectory that a sweep of penn st ans sparty with a win in our first btt game will probably put us in at worst the 14 slot in pwr. Hope for st cloud st, Yale and Harvard to lose tonight.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||I always thought it was Thatcher quoting Churchill||
but since I can't find that on the internet, I concede your argument.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Just to be clear||
I'm OK with Harbaugh being so focused on being a football coach that he doesn't know the difference between New Years and Christmas (at least based on his quote)-- we hired a football coach, not a theologian. (OTOH, man, is he really that singularly focused?) Just be prepared when he says something that might not be as "socially acceptable" as some at Michigan want all officials to be....
|21 weeks 5 days ago||To paraphrase Winston Churchill||
Hail and Unite is a great thing, until you run out of other people's money.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||I trust Magnus's abilities to read minds||
I heard he was tested for it at Langley back in '78.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Um ok||
"I’ve said this before but a lot people think January 1st is the start of the new year, and those that believe in Christianity and espouse Catholicism believe that correlates with the birth of Christ but we in football treat the first day of spring practice as the new year."
Soooo we know Harbaugh won't be running for Pope then... :)
|21 weeks 6 days ago||I think phrase you're looking for is||
See: Vince Wilfork
|21 weeks 6 days ago||INtriguing to me||
- Ty Issac at 240 suggests to me he's ready to challenge for starting everydown back
- AJ Williams is now a TE in name only. He'll be the power TE in 2-TE sets (as if we didn't now this already)
- Chris Wormley at 300 gives me goosebumps. Like Alan Branch shaped goosebumps.
- Ben Braden at 331 is scary to me (not in a good way). Don't we need some mobility out of him? GGlasgow losing 10 lbs and becoming a pulling ball of death is scary (in a good way)
- Alex Malzone? 6'2" 218 lbs. Jim Harbaugh playing days? 6'3" 215 lbs. Just saying.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Add to the optimism||
St Cloud St a number of slots ahead of us have a 2 game series against NoDak this week, then a two game series against Denver the following week. That's a possible 4 game losing streak for a team that would be really beneficial to us if they start dropping. Probably the biggest hurdle from my vantage point looking at the PWR, RPI and upcoming games is Yale. I think we can pass Harvard, UM-L, and Vermont by natural inertia via winning out the regular season, but Yale might be tricky to bypass. Which is why I'm going to have StatTracker up for that SCS v NoDak series... SCS gets swept, it's Oh Doctor a race to the end. We could have Yale move up to 14 and then us in the precarious 15 slot. To quote Princess Leia, "It ain't over yet"
|21 weeks 6 days ago||@ 25dodgebros||
Wow. You're a Debbie Downer. You do realize that in 2011 we were a Tiny Jesus miracle save from winning the whole thing, and 2012 we were in the tourney for a 20th consecutive season and as a 1-seed right? Sure the last two seasons have been bad and some warts have been exposed in the program foundation, but (A) it's not like we're going on a 10 year streak of futility, (B) an above average goaltender probably has us on the edge of the Top 10 in RPI, and (C) a 6-7 game win streak (which we've already done this year against similar competition to what we're going to be facing) gets us in? Lighten up Francis, and look back longer than if you were a sophomore in college this year. Plus, have you watched college hockey the last 10 years? The depth is across the board better in every conference- longtime doormats like the ECAC have risen up to be national powerhouses. It's not the 90s where all you ahd to be was Michigan with high powered recruiting classes and guarantee yourself a 2 seed at minimum. College hockey is harder now overall than it was 10 years ago, and Michigan's (relative) struggles the past two years have proven that out.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Psychologically yes||
but RPI wise, no. The BU game is probably the one that affects us the most, with Ferris 2nd, and UNH 3rd. You don't lose bonus points for bad losses compared to good ones, but you gain bonus points for good wins.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Don't give up on that Penn St bonus yet||
A PSU sweep this week and a strong finish by them outside of a weekend sweep and a loss in the BTT to us still could keep them in the Top 20. Teams ahead of them are going to get bombed in the next couple weeks, and we need is for them to finish in the Top 20 RPI at the end of the season. Damn it would be nice to have a 3rd place game for them to pick up one more win before the season ends.
It's funny, you flip either that Ferris St or BU game we lost earlier this year, each by one goal, and we're probably sitting on the bubble line instead of jumping multiple teams.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||One minor correction||
the phrase is "plausible deniability". You need to watch more X-Files. :)
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks||
I'm going to imagine things are going to be really volatile through this weekend, and then we'll have a pretty clear picture of how things stand going into the Penn St weekend series.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||On a depressing note||
(as if we didn't have enough of those lately).... anybody watch John Gibson goaltend for the Ducks last night? :(
|22 weeks 7 hours ago||I'm of the same mind||
I don't think this team can clamp down on defense and win a 1-0 / 2-1 game right now, but I wanted to add some perspective away from the "SWEEP OR DIE" and "FIRERED.COM" mentalitiy I saw on the message boards after the games this weekend. In all honesty, if Wiscy and Michigan St are competent teams in out-of-conference this year, we're probably talking about can we stil get a 2 or 3 seed instead of can we still get in the tourney. The weakness of the conference overall is a anchor like no other we've seen in contemporary Michigan hockey history.
|22 weeks 9 hours ago||So we're at 85 now?||
Or 86? I've lost track and if you count the Glasgows and Kerridge and whoever else.
Good luck and God speed Mr Bellomy.
|22 weeks 9 hours ago||I am 100% in favor||
of tickets being lowered in anyway for any students to try and encourage more students to come and be a part of the football community.
|22 weeks 9 hours ago||Spiketrotters you say?||
|22 weeks 1 day ago||as an at large||
Probably. We'd need to win all seven remaining and probably beat Penn st or Minnesota in a b1g tourney game, and then we're still probably hoping Yale, Harvard, and /or Vermont piss their pants with losing streaks and an early conference tourney loss. Stranger things have happened but this team isn't showing the testicular fortitude to have me give them benefit of doubt. It'd probably b1g tourney or bust at this point.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Additionally||
for Brackeology reasons, as long as majority chalk holds in the major conference tourneys (American Hockey can go f itself) realistically we're battling Yale, Harvard, and Vermont for the last at-large seed. Yale and Harvard have a great chance to cannibalize themselves in the last weeks of the ECAC race, and Vermont probably needs a big run in the Hockey East tourney to pick up some RPI points. We finish strong in 1st or 2nd place in the B1G and make the BTT final, we're probably in.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Ground can be made up quick in PWR||
Yale, Harvard, and Providence (3 non-B1G teams ahaed of us in PWR right now) have difficult weekends. Yale's got two road games against ranked Qunnipiac and unranked Princeton, Harvard has a three set this weekend with conference roadies against ranked St Lawrence and unranked Clarkson, but then also has a Beanpot game against BC on Monday.Providence has a home-and-home against UMass. I could easily see Yale dropping both, Harvard dropping all three and Providence splitting, giving us a chance to make up some ground if we can sweep. Vermont is tied with us in PWR and they've got a fairly light weekend with a pair against Merrimack. Minnesota and Penn St are playing in a swap weekend. Gophers sweep, they probably have the inside track to the regular season title and possibly an at-large spot. A split and everybody resets (maybe Michigan and Minnesota get one spot closer in PWR due to a Minnesota drop) for next weekend's pressure cooker. A Penn St sweep at home with a sweep by us probably means a Chinese fire drill in the PWR standings with B1G teams as Michigan would probaly move ahead of Minnesota and Penn St would take Michigan's buble spot with Minnesota behind them. I'm still holding out hope that a 7-1 or 8-0 finish to the regualr season with a B1G tourney finalist showing means we get an at-large 4 seed.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Little known fact||
If you have kids and they like shrimp, go to Olive Garden. The kids meal shrimp plate is massive and cheap.
THE MORE YOU KNOW
|22 weeks 3 days ago||So if it's truly "uniquely LA"||
Concourses will be mishmashed all around the stadium and weave to God knows where with too little room, the hot dogs will be $10-15 depending on if you want all organic grass fed humanely killed beef, or a vegan fair trade Boca Dog from the in-house Whole Foods. Suites will have real grass seating areas watered by the leftover spillage from cokes in the bleacher seating, and you'll have to take a 30-yr mortgage out to pay for season tickets. But HEY! Steve Martin, Iggy Azalea, and some guy who playeda Stormtrooper in ALL THREE ORIGINAL TRILOGIES(!!) will be in the same stadium as you! Cue Randy Newman!
*Music* I loooovvee LA!
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Grey Cup!||
Gray Cup? No, Coupe Grey.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Yep||
Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, QPR, Crystal Palace, and West Ham currently. I forget but I think there's one or two others that are either in the next division down or were in the Premier League within the last 10 years.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||I'd be down with a MLB / NHL model||
with a slight tweak (for the other sports too). All HS players are eligible and if a team drafts you, you can either sign with them immediately or wait 2-3 years. HOWEVER, the pro team that drafts you then becomes responsible for paying your cost of attendance in order to keep your draft rights. If they don't like the school you chose or you're not developing as they'd hope, then they can drop the financial assistance and the school then has to guarantee the remainder of your eligibility. Basicaly, the pro team gets your draft rights and if you're good enough right away, there's no barrier to you playing right away (Kobe, Garnett, LeBron, etc). If the pro team has a logjam at your position for 1-2 years, they can "stash you away" in college for a couple years (much like how the NHL used to use the European leagues). If you develop fast, you're eligible to play in 2 years in the pros at which point the proteam has sunk $50-100k in you (cheaper than a D-league deal), your college has benefitted from 2 years of activity, and you've had 2 years to build a "brand" for yourself. If you're a slow developing player, the proteam gets a mature player for the cost of $100-200k or is a sunk cost if they player doesn't develop at which point the player has a chance to prove his worth to someone else and the proteam is off the hook for way less than the cost of a Corleone Young contract.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Exactly||
It's not like Blue vs Green or Red vs. Orange. Red v Blue are two distinct very discernable colors. Add the gray pants v maize pants and the radically different helmet designs, and you have a recipe for gloriousness :)
|22 weeks 6 days ago||XXOO||
Love you little guy. Please come back. Save us Tiny Jesus.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||I wasn't talking about the crowd||
the actual team is going to goon it up as much as humanly (and even then some) possible. They're going to take from the Stan Van Gundy playbook and "Form a F*g Wall" at the blue line and dare us to try and execute a successful dump and chase or force the referees to call obstruction penalties. It's going to be messy like an Ohio State spelling bee.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||I still think we have a shot as an at-large||
If we can go 7-1 or 8-0 in the home stretch, and then get to the finals of the BTT, I think we can absorb a loss in the finals and sneak in as a 4 seed. Those two games against Penn St are absolutely crucial because of the road win bonus possible. You gotta know though, that Sparty's gonna Spart like they've never Sparted before that last weekend, especially the Friday night game. If Michigan's on a six game win streak going into the last weekend, that Friday night game at Munn is going to be like watching the real life verion of the Syracuse Bulldogs from Slap Shot. They may even bring back Corey Tropp to guest star as Ogie Oglethorpe.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||I can make a mean||
loaf of sunflower bread, and poppy seed roll.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||Is it||
Lobster Week at Ashley's already?
|22 weeks 6 days ago||PIcked mine up yesterday||
on the way back from a Northern Michigan vacation to my home in Ohio. Hit up Busch's on Plymouth & Green Rd-- got a 12 pk of traditional flavors (lemon, raspberry, custard, apple) and then a 4 pk of each of the "gourmet" flavors-- maple bacon, smores, and salted caramel. Brought 'em into work and gone in 60 seconds. Lots of Detroit / Chicago / Cleveland ex-pats here in Dayton.
Going to finish off my night the right way with some homemade paprikas that are in the crockpot right now, some fried kiszka, a couple farmer cheese pierogi, and wash it all down with a 4 - 6 pk of Zywiec.
WHOOOO STOLE THE KISZKA?
|23 weeks 1 day ago||7-1 we're in||
Pairwise in the 10-20 range is still going to be really volatile with all the wcha teams in the mix. 7-1 gets us the b1g title and we make it to the finals at the Joe we're sitting at a solid 3 seed. Unfortunately I think we're probably going to go 6-2 which then probably means a mandatory finals appearance in the BTT, with a loss to either Minnesota or Penn st in the finals so they don't steal our bid. I'm more worries about our goaltending than anything else. We can't afford to go "hot hand" b/c that implies somebody screwed up the game before. Red needs to find a magic button to get competency for 8 games.
|24 weeks 4 hours ago||I read the book after I saw the movie||
b/c I wanted to see if the book really was as insano as the movie. I usually like some moral certitude in my mysteries, and the book provided nothing of that. Outside of that, the only character that comes off any where near sympathetic is Affleck's sister.
The movie is just... yeesh. I would not wish (SPOILER ALERT) what happened to Doogie Howser on any man / woman / child / OSU recruit (too soon?). That was just wrong and the movie captured it in all the nasty gory detail it could. Then when Amy comes home, that's just one cold-hearted chick.
|24 weeks 4 hours ago||This is basically an M Night Shamalamadingdong flick now||
And we'll find out in two months that all along that Jayru is Kaiser Soze in the Red Lodge with Tom Cruise's cell phone camera.
|24 weeks 4 hours ago||SPOILER ALERT!||
Seriously, my wife took me to that movie for our anniversary date night this year. Afterwards I asked if she was trying to tell me something, she just giggled. I slept in a separate room for two nights. That film is three f*d up hours of revenge porn.
|24 weeks 5 hours ago||In related news||
I'm working out in a "Gallifrey Tech" shirt.
Obvs I'm going to be a Time Lord.
|24 weeks 5 hours ago||This is basically like||
The Horror MVP transferring to RichRod's WVU for one more year, isn't it?
|24 weeks 5 hours ago||I was expecting||
these to be leftover deflategate rants from displeased Seahawks fans...
|24 weeks 5 hours ago||For example of Private v Public bias||
Just check out USNWR's grad school rankings in 2015.
|24 weeks 5 hours ago||The pillars of California's financial plight||
were built long before the relatively minor silicon valley downturn in the late 90's / early 2000's. The wealth increase from Google alone has basically made up the losses from the dot.com balloon bursting.
|24 weeks 5 hours ago||Well it's kind of a self fulfilling prophecy||
When Shapiro and Duderstadt made the move to more insulate the university from the ups and downs of state funding via capital campaigns and endowment growth, they were SO successful that Michigan legislatures took notice. When push came to shove in the budget battles of the 90's and 2000's and the State was in generally bad financial shape, the university could realistically absorb the hit in state funding b/c they had the endowment,they had the donations, and they had the economics to support the tuition increases. What has happened since then is an ugly self-licking ice cream cone like vortex of bad analogies:
- State needs to save money
- State reduces money to Michigan
- Michigan absorbs the hit intially
- Michigan raises tuition and fundraising
- Michigan recoups the financial hit while maintaining deisrablilty
- State sees Michigan can absbors financial hit and book keeps that for the next time
- Rinse, repeat.
At this point, unless Michigan is forced via Regents action (Michigan legislature has no power really at this point, b/c they are by constitution not supposed to intrude on University business and the only power they have is via the pocketbook, of which there is little they contribute on an annual basis) or voluntarily (HA!) decide to cut or hold tuition reductions, OR has a massive downturn in donations / endowment, they're not going to get more state money without demonstrable loss in educational quality. U of M can't afford to play that bluff because then their rankings / prestige / ability to lure in research dollars will be affected. So it's a giant Cold War standoff where each side plays defense until a significant stimulus occurs on either side to really change the calculus.
So in the end, the policies that Michigan enacted to isolate themselves from fluctations in state funding in the 80's / 90's have been realised in a way that basically guarantees Michigan will not get significant funding from the State, until such point the State feels the University is no longer providing sufficient value to the State (which is not going to happen if the State's investment is minimal). I'm no game theoretician, but that seems to me to be some pretty f*d up Prisoners Dilemma.
|24 weeks 5 hours ago||Jimminy Christmas||
Are you bat shit *WORD REDACTED PER FRIENDLY LANGUAGE POLICY*?
Based on Diag Squirrel's comments, I hereby dissociate myself from his point donations, much like a Congressman returning campaign contributions from a convicted pedophile.
|24 weeks 6 hours ago||More importantly||
What about Roquan Smith? We're what, one day away from his proposed 1 wk delay, right?
|24 weeks 6 hours ago||Fine with reminding people to not use offensive language||
but "illegal alien"? That's a factual term. So instead I need to say "undocumented non-citizen without legal authority to establish long term residency via official citizenship"?
alien: a resident born in or belonging to another country who has not acquired citizenship by naturalization.
illegal: contrary or forbidden by statute
You want to remind people to not use derogatory, racially or ethinically motivated speech on campus? Fine go ahead. Start a public shame campaign to bastardize terminology used correctly in the process of a political debate? I have an issue. Provide greater stigmatism to the use of n****r, "dumb Polock", cracker, camel jockey, and loads of other loaded terms. But "crazy", "insane" and "illegal alien"? CUMONG, man. This is the creep some of us are worried about. When the language gets hi-jacked to meet political ends, that's some Ministry of Truth shit right there.
And also, is it OK if LGBT groups use the word "gay" (I mean it's the G in LGBT) or are there going to be exceptions added to the bottom of the posters identifying which groups are allowed to use which words at which times and in which contexts? What about when a group of students from Detroit get together and criticize each others dress as being "way the hell too ghetto" (I've been in this conversation)? Is that acceptable?
While the intention is nice, the effect is a polarized, tensioned populace instead of a more civil and respectful one, because no one knows which word is next to be considered offensive and by whom. And when we lose the language, we lose the fundamental weapon in the fight against tyrrany. And tyrrany is a real thing that needs to have steadfast watch over. This is why I'm passionate about this, and this is why I worry about this.
Also, I hope Patsy Cline, Gnarls Barkley, Van Morrison, Beyonce (both upbeat mid-2000's version and into BDSM soundtracks version) receive a stern talking to or protests when / if they show up on campus for a concert.
|24 weeks 8 hours ago||Thread got deleted from a couple days ago||
but if Chatman was playing even close to his projected role, we'd be at least 2 games better, probably 3-4. I'm not going ot give up on him, but his disappointing play so far has to be analyzed fairly as a major cause of the team's issues.
|24 weeks 10 hours ago||Well yes||
I mean SOMEONE had to come up with the concept of a "continental breakfast" to offer as a perk...
Cue Key & Peele...
|24 weeks 10 hours ago||If I remember my "History of the UM" course||
this was brought up during a discussion and the professor at the time said a legal analysis of that proposal done in the mid-90's determined that since the University was listed in the Michigan constitution as a state created entity, it would require a constitutional amendment disbanding the Board of Regents as well as dissolving the University charter. This would then open the university up to a huge legal challenge as to what lands they actually own in Ann Arbor (and a MASSIVE property tax bill almost immediately), potentially lawsuits by aggrieved students on perceived "misconduct" by the UM Public Safety department, and dissolution of faculty / staff union contracts since the signatory agent would be no more, potentially exposing a lot of employees to danger on their compensation including retirement. Not to mention that at the time there was a lot of confusion as to how the UM Health System would be treated in that situation. Overall, while it probably sounds awesome to say "F the State! Let's go private!", the benefits the U gets from being an agent of the State of Michigan even without significant cash funding is probably too great to overcome.
|24 weeks 10 hours ago||Not commenting on the political aspect||
but I always thought an interesting aspect to the U of California / AffAction debate is that after the Proposition got passed prohibiting race as factor in admissions, minority finishing rates for 4-yr degrees actually went up since many minorities who were underqualified for the top tier schools for whatever reason you want to argue (UCLA, Cal Berkeley, etc) got admitted instead to the second tier schools (UCSB, UCSC, UCSD, etc), and actually finished the degree programs. Also, Asian ethnic proportion at the top tier schools skyrocketed.
|24 weeks 11 hours ago||Couple thoughts||
1- One of the reasons Michigan punched above its weight economically for so long was that many of its graduates from its fine public institution in Ann Arbor stayed in the state after graduation to work in the manufacturing / mining / industrial finance sectors. From the 1900s through the end of the 1960s, Detroit and Michigan were "boom" areas in the nation because of the auto industry, industrial refining capacity (agricultural processing and trade processing with Canada), and the fact it was a pretty nice damn place to live with a reasonably laid out metropolitan areas and the lure of "up north" / Great Lakes for recreation. Even those big money grads from out of state who left Michigan after graduation still contributed mightily to the state by vacationing in Michigan (Chicagoans who frequented the Lake Michigan side most prominently).
2- In state kids have an emotional attachment to stay in the local area and thereby use that skill set built in Michigan to build up the local economy, which in turn help(ed) the university by building the state tax base that used to reflect back in state funding. Shapiro's work (see previous comment) when he was a professor proved true about diversifying the financial base of the university to weather economic cycles and hence state funding, but by relying on more OOS for the financial base, you lose the emotional and regional connections which make Michigan, Michigan, not Long Island West or Eastern Chicago or Detachment Beijing. A state university has to have a fundamental mission to improve the state its located in, or else it will lose the popular support for the university.
3- one of the reasons the University developed so fast into the educational powerhouse it became while being in such a backwoods location as rural Michigan was its embrace of a pragamatic career driven educational model (The German or Humboltian method) as opposed to a classical recitation / English-Latin model. That's why professional type programs such as the hard sciences, law, engineering, medicine, dentistry, education (teaching), and even military science formed such a basis of the Unviersity's growth. That philosophical basis is what made Michigan unique from its oft comapred Ivy competition and a major factor in why we sucked in so many successful OOS in the past-- we weren't just a landing pad for the societal elite, we were focused on making you productive members of society in a highly competitive atmosphere. I fear the more prevailing trend is that Michigan is becoming a stopping place for InSt, OOS and international students on their way to becoming "socially acceptable" (but not necessarily productive) members of society. "Sure you're $80k in debt and you can't find a job in your career field for more than $35k / yr, but you have a Michigan degree in comparitive studies X, and you were so involved in Social Cause Y, that people should respect you."
4- Diversity... Michigan as a state is pretty damn diverse with ethnic populations from multiple areas in Europe (we're not all "white guys"), the Middle East, African Americans, and now even Asians as Asian industrial companies set up shop in Michigan as political buffers to "buy American" reactionism have taken root and 2nd/3rd generation implants are maturing and indigenous-izing (forgive the word creation). I'm always amazed in the "problems" our university leadership claim they have in developing a "diverse" student body per their current definitions of ethnicity / racial status.. if they just focused on harvesting the geographic diversity from the in-state population instead of admitting whatever OOS metric they use to do this, I think our campus would be pretty reflective of society in general and *shockingly* would look pretty "diverse" in the current vernacular as well. I've always been in favor of the "Top X students from every HS in Michigan are admitted" type policy for that reason- you get the diversity in the population and you also get top performers as well, which is supposed to be basis of our excellence.
5- International students: I'm troubled by the "more kids from China than from any singular state" in the student population trend cited in the thread. I understand those who want to argue about exporting our culture to the international students to take back, but I think that's not what's happening in most cases. I think there's a national security aspect to this that I don't like (sorry for my primal tribalism), I don't like that our admissions / administration / research faculty are essentially letting themselves get bought by the lure of foreign money, and I'm not sure I buy into the cultural exchange benfit argument as my experience has been that international students tend to self-segregate themselves with other students from their country-- especially PRC students where fear of political retribution in the home country is high.
Lots of thoughts, I'm sure lots that people will disagree with.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||1000% agree||
And not just for the score on the board (I was there, I loved that game). I also like the simplicity of Wrigley Field, but I'm now 37 and getting crustier, so whatever.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Not buying it||
Sam needs to build some cred with me again... IMO he's drained all the benefit of doubt points through the coaching search and this year's recruiting period.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||I knows it rainbows and lollipops||
and unicorn farts, but I still would rather have Weber than Higdon b/c of the whole clean up your own backyard aspect to recruting. If they're about equal, I'd rather have the in-state kid than the out of state one, and in this case, I think Weber's better, but not by that much.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Pretty good||
Starter, All-Pac 12 caliber, can play either CB or S. Would provide us some real flexibility with Peppers and the rest of our DB's.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Actually||
According to his Stanford bio, former 4* high profile recruit who got hurt his freshman year.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||This would be welcome||
Potential starter / cover nickle back at position of need where recruits are lacking.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Dare I say||
Welker-esque even if not racially correct according to the NFL Standards of Comparisons Via Skin Color?
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Agreed ^^^||
I'd consider any team not between 85 and 90 after signing day to not be doing their job. You're going to have unexpected early draft entries, behavioral dismissals, transfers, injuries, academic issues and what not between now and start of fall practice. Having a little cushion is OK. It's the teams that are still at 90 one week away from Fall practice that's a problem. A scholarship athlete figures out after spring ball that he's not going to play, he has the summer to transfer and he shows up for Fall classes / practice and gets a chance either immediately or in one year. With the way scouting has exploded in the NFL, just being from a 1-AA or D2 school is not the death sentence on pro possibilities it once was. I'm 100% against the SEC way of business which is to have over 100 kids on scholarship after signing day, using Spring practice as an extended try-out, then cutting kids a week before fall term starts (looking at you LSU and Alabama).
|25 weeks 7 hours ago||Cereal fail||
Count me in the Crispix Nation. Corn on one side, Rice on the other side, and the gaps in the cereal matrix are scientifically optimized to trap just the right amount of milk so that the cereal doesn't get soggy right away. Add in some plain Cheerios to act as a base layer and prevent oversaturation and BINGO! You have your perfect bowl of cereal.
Please don't send me to Bolivia. They don't have Crispix there.
|25 weeks 11 hours ago||One bad thing||
I guess they're going to have to go in and reshoot that scene in "Ted 2" that was featured in the trailer to "THREE time Super Bowl MVP"
|26 weeks 3 days ago||MIssed opportunity AND beginning of end||
Drafting Darko killed the transition from a post-Ben Wallace team to a consistent contender for antoher 5-10 years. If we get any of the other big men in that draft, we transition Wallace out, don't have to sign a broken down C-Webb, and we probably keep contending with a #2 pick/Tayshawn/Chauncey core. We don't make the Chanucey for Iverson trade, we don't make the Gordon / Charlie V signings, and we're probably attractive enough to go get a quality free agent to replace Rip and / or Rasheed.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||I hate you future||
The only thing change brings us is a less reliable handheld phone and worse Doctor Who's.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||And the hobos||
Wolverines live are nasty nasty creatures with an insatiable appetite. On the other hand, campus would also likely see a 20% decrease in mutant supervillian related hijinx.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Paging mvictors, Paging Dr Mvictors|
|26 weeks 6 days ago||I don't think its that dire||
I still think there's going to be some regression in PWR/RPI in the next couple weeks as all those WCHA and NCHC teams stacked in the RPI start playing each other more. I think as long as Michigan stays in the Top 2 in the conference and gets to the conference final in the tourney game, the rest will take care of itself as the other conferences will start to eat themselves, the RPI will normalize somewhat and we'll come in at a 3 or 4 seed in the tourney. Last week's Bracketology on USCHO.com had us as a 4 seed in Providence against Harvard. Me likey those odds.
Again, random randomness in hockey tourneys could kill dreams, but I think we're in decent shape all things considered at this point. As I said in a comment on Michigan hockey last week, Michigan needs to basically split against Minnesota the rest of the year, run it up on the bottom 3 in the B1G (OSU, Wiscy, MSU), and if we can take 4 of 6 points or better at Penn St in March, we'll be in.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Agreed||
I'm coming back to the U as a faculty member in the fall and with two kids (and a third on the way), housing is about 15% cheaper for the same sqft/yardage than in Ann Arbor, taxes are cheaper, and the schools are equal if not better. Saline for me. Plus I always dug the Celtic Festival and Mac's Acadian when I was at UM.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||But but but||
Talking head former mediocre SEC LB said on TV last night that Oregon lost because "their offense just isn't suited to scoring in the red zone"
Oregon, 44th in nation in red zone efficiency, 86%, RZ TD's = 52
Ohio St, 48th, 85%, RZ TD's 53
Michigan, 20th, 89%....
We're #1! We're #1!
|27 weeks 6 days ago||The sharks will start||
eating their young in the NCHC and WCHA so if we can dominate the bottom 4 in the B1G and basically split with Minnesota the rest of the year (and not flameout in the conference tourney), the rest of the pack will come back to us and we should get in as a 3 or 4 seed when tourney time comes. The top of the Pairwise is VERY WCHA heavy right now, so as wheat separates from chaff, there'll be enough wiggle room to get 2 B1G teams in, especially if the B1G tourney winner is different from the regular season conference winner. We want to beat Penn St every time from now on, but them have them kick the shit out of MSU, OSU and Wiscy. We need 3 bubble quality teams in the B1G to give us a shot at 2 bids.