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|2 weeks 3 days ago||My two cents...||
I've been a member for five and a half years, and an unregistered lurker for probably another solid two before then. I'm not active on the boards as a poster, as evidenced by my lowly 160ish points, but I check the site at least ten times a day to see if there is any new front page content and read the latest board posts.
I don't ever anticipate starting a new topic because, frankly, I don't see myself as having anything post worthy and been here more than long enough to know the common sense threshold. However, if I were to suddenly have a flash of insight that I felt was worth sharing, I certainly feel my almost 7.5 years around this place make me a far better judge of whether to actually post or not than someone who just joined and engaged in POSBang threads to rack up 500 points in a few weeks.
So if there are changes, I recommend they be an "or" set of rules: 500 posts or a year on the board. That gives someone who wants to engage immediately a chance to learn by experience, hopefully earning a measure of post-worthy decision making on the path to 500. Alternatively, a poster who has been lurking on the boards for a year witnessing common decorum and learning the written/unwritten rules of post making through observation should have enough sense that if he or she suddenly deems a thought thread worthy the benefit of the doubt should be granted.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||I think it's 3 Top-10||
I think it's 3 Top-10 matchups:
1) Michigan - Wisconsin
Going to be a good weekend. No time overlap between the games either.
|37 weeks 2 days ago||Not understanding why the||
Not understanding why the whole thread was pulled. The offending posts should have been deleted, and maybe some action taken against those posters, but are we supposed to live with out head in the sand about our rivals? If they do something good, something actually historic, we can't have enough respect to say a simple "good job" and then strive to top it with our own draft classes in the upcoming years?
|37 weeks 2 days ago||Not sure about all the hate...||
Not sure why there's so much hate on this thread being posted. It was an objective analysis of our rival, and showing just how much talent Meyer pulled in AND coached up. Unlike Dantonio, Meyer has to have our respect. Not saying to be afraid and cower in fear about this, because Harbaugh!, but have to give props and acknowledge credit where it's due.
|49 weeks 5 days ago||Smoking a cheesecake with||
Smoking a cheesecake with cherry wood right now so it can rest and chill until after dinner. Then will switch wood over to mesquite and load up the smoker with a couple turkey breasts that are currently brining, some sausages, and quartered pears topped with Gouda and wrapped in bacon. Finally, will be sous vide-ing some ribeyes to then quickly seat and round out the meats. Sides are simple with some mashed potatoes and creamed corn. Next to the 4th of July, this is my favorite cookout (and this year will probably be even better because it's 70 and sunny down here today, and by July it'll be in the 100s).
|1 year 18 hours ago||Raiders||
But the Raiders are supposed to be moving to the San Antonio-Austin area and then "The Raiders are still in play" thing would be great for us down here! Damn you Hackett!!!!
/s - in case it wasn't extremely obvious.
PS: If the statue is built, it needs to be modeled off of the picture of him in the chair at the town hall style meeting.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||To All Defending Him...||
In case it isn't obvious from the username, I'm local to where this incident happened and have heard from friends (third and fourth hand, but fairly consistent) about how everything progressed:
1) He was at Pat O'Brien's getting drunk (as one does there) about 1:30;
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Sarcasm: a form of wit that||
Sarcasm: a form of wit that is lost on many.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Beans?!?||
There are no beans in chili! The second you add beans it becomes a thick spiced beef stew, not chili.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Zero||
I quit smoking cold turkey about a month ago, and part of that package was giving up alcohol because it was my biggest trigger for nicotine craving, which combined with a lowering of inhibition means (as has occurred previous times) relapse. Prior to that it was 2-3 nights a week of a glass of wine or nice stout with dinner, with about once a month full bore, back to college days drinking.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||ESPN accidentally called him||
ESPN accidentally called him that once, and it's become a way to jab at him and his "disrespekt" claims.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||He just brought up the||
He just brought up the shutout streak again!
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Take care of the football||
The defense and special teams are enough to secure a victory for Michigan so long as they aren't put into terrible situations by the offense on turnovers. RBs need to hold onto the ball even if it means getting down and not picking up that extra yard, and Rudock needs to be smart with his decision making. The corners for NW are very good and will take full advantage of bad passes. Throwing it away on 3rd down and letting O'Neill and the defense do their thing is infinitely more preferable than forcing a bad throw and turning it over.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Here in San Antonio, BTN||
Here in San Antonio, BTN GameFinder is showing UM-MD as the noon game on BTN and NW getting bumped to BTN2GO (since we don't have alternates on Time Warner). Won't be moving to ESPN since it's still contractually a BTN game and doubt Fox will give it up to rival owned ESPN.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Scheduling||
From the article regarding the Notre Dame series being rescheduled: "Hackett was unavailable for further comment after the fireside chat, but Chrissi Rawak (one of Hackett’s aides who handles external relations) and Svoboda, the department’s associate athletic director for media relations, confirmed no phone calls have been made [regarding Notre Dame]. Michigan does not have an open date on its schedule until 2018."
From Smidgens' notes form the meeting: "Hackett mentioned Harbaugh was calling about scheduling, for 2018 and later I guess?"
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Defensive Starters||
Loved leaving the defensive starters in the game to get the shutout. While there was a risk of injury, those guys deserved to blank the scoreboard, and couldn't hurt with Gary taking in the game.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Always check Snopes||
Whenever stories like this "break", it's best to always check in with Snopes like others here have done. Every month seems some fake news site puts out a blurb about a canceled/ended TV show with a dedicated following (Firefly, Sopranos, etc.) and fans eat it up without checking the veracity.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Hitting iPhone 6 with latest||
Hitting iPhone 6 with latest iOS now. Going to games, and even Uber app once.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Texas v. Oklahoma||
While some of the circumstances have recently changed, I love the Red River Shootout. Texas and Oklahoma, neutral site in Dallas halfway between the schools. Stadium half in Longhorn burnt orange, half in Sooner red. Texas State Fair deep frying everything imaginable outside.
Plus I've always loved the similarities between Texas and Michigan. Great academic schools, traditional powers in football (now #1 and #2 all time most wins) and also Olympic sports, an in-state rival with a recent superiority complex, main rival from neighboring state that starts with an O. And Austin and Ann Arbor are both great cities,
|1 year 24 weeks ago||UMHS Involvement||
It was sent to the marketing department, not the staff. It seems to be that the leadership is expecting some story about OSU or MSU to break, and they do not want someone from marketing to run to Twitter and post something that could cause backlash. Even though it's UMHS, their social media accounts will still reflect on the school, and a comment, even if meant as snarky or funny, could easily come off as insensitive.
Would be curious if other marketing departments of the University and related entities received a similar email.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Yes. Hackett called around to||
Yes. Hackett called around to ask opinions from other D1 athletic directors, and one of those he called gave Hackett the candid and professional advice that Michigan is one of the biggest brands in all of sports and he should proceed accordingly.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||There's a lot of Cowherd||
There's a lot of Cowherd hate in the 11W threads on this topic as well. It's not all just "scUM" and other juvenile bashing of Harbaugh's performance in the interview (though a lot of it is).
|1 year 29 weeks ago||ESPN Response||
I'll give ESPN some credit. On the SportsCenter Facebook post regarding this, the headline is, "Harbaugh not amused with Colin Cowherd's questions." When scrolling through the newsfeed, that comes off like Cowherd was the no talent interviewer and Harbaugh was pulling a Pop/Belicheck response to lazy interviewing.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Solution||
First off, mine are all mixed-breed/mutt rescue dogs these days. There is a need for them to find a home, they tend to have less genetic health issues than pure breds, and you usually get to skip all the house training. So if you're going to get a dog, I highly recommend getting one from a shelter. The volunteers will usually know the personalities and can tell you who will be a good fit.
Second, don't get a dog because you like the breed (or the majority breed if it's a mix), get one that fits your lifestyle. If you're going to be gone at work all day and don't have a dog door for unfettered inside/outside running, probably not the best idea to get a high energy, working dog like a Siberian Husky or Australian Cattle Dog. People tend to fall in love with breeds, but then behavioral issues start because the dogs aren't wired to sit home alone for 8-10 hours with nothing to occupy them. If you're active in the evenings and on weekends, then a Lab or German Shepherd are great. Otherwise if you like to lounge around and not go on nightly long walks, hounds and, surprisingly, Great Danes are perfect.
Lastly, it's far easier to own two dogs than one. Sure the food and vet bills are doubled, but that is outweighed by the fact that there is always another dog around to keep each other occupied, and they get reinforced socialization without having to go to a dog park or doggy day care as often.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||My experience||
As a practicing attorney, I tried to dissuade my younger brother from law school (especially because he went to a degree factory) and actively campaigned against going to law school to all my friends that brought the idea up.
Law is, more than almost any other profession these days, based on who you know. Doesn't matter where you graduate (so long as you can pass the Bar); if one of your parents is partner in a huge firm and you've grown up around high powered lawyers at parties all your life, a good family friend runs a boutique firm that could use another young associate, or prior to law school you've built up a network in the legal world, then the odds of getting a good paying job out of law school are better than if you graduate in the top 5% of your class.
I was extremely lucky because I had some amazing connections, and even then, a bunch of pieces had to fall into place. I work in south Texas which, as I was graduating, hit an oil boom and I happened to be naturally adept at that area of law. In addition, the cost of living is extremely low which helps offset the massive student loan debt. I make a very respectable salary for a young lawyer, and it's still going to take me another 5+ years on an extremely aggressive plan to get debt free. After that happens, I am not certain I'll stay in the legal world for all the reasons mentioned by others above.
Back in 2006 I had a choice as a junior in undergrad of taking an adminstrative support job for a little company called Rackspace (now a billion dollar company and consistently in the top half of the Forbes Top 100 Best Places to Work list) that was just getting into managed web hosting and some newfangled "cloud computing" thing, or an internship for a U.S. Congressman. I chose the latter, and that is the path that led to law school. It wasn't a complete waste because I met some of the best people in the world through that job, in law school, and through professional association after, but I would definitely go back and change my choice if I had it to do over.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Vehicle||
2: 2014 Ford Fusion
3: Nope, no pressure.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Whoops||
This was supposed to be a reply to the discussion above on whether relaying the paywalled information was violating some standard.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Facts are not protected||
TL;DR - the reporting of the fact is perfectly fine, legally and ethically, so long as it is just the transmittal of the fact and not analysis or creative content.
In Feist Publications, Inc. v. Rural Tel. Service Co., 499 U.S. 340 (1991) the U.S. Supreme Court sets out the standard pretty well:
"The Copyright Act of 1976 and its predecessor, the Copyright Act of 1909, leave no doubt that originality is the touchstone of copyright protection in directories and other fact-based works. The 1976 Act explains that copyright extends to "original works of authorship," 17 U.S.C. 102(a), and that there can be no copyright in facts, 102(b). A compilation is not copyrightable per se, but is copyrightable only if its facts have been "selected, coordinated, or arranged in such a way that the resulting work as a whole constitutes an original work of authorship." 101 (emphasis added). Thus, the statute envisions that some ways of selecting, coordinating, and arranging data are not sufficiently original to trigger copyright protection. Even a compilation that is copyrightable receives only limited protection, for the copyright does not extend to facts contained in the compilation. 103(b). Lower courts that adopted a "sweat of the brow" or "industrious collection" test - which extended a compilation's copyright protection beyond selection and arrangement to the facts themselves - misconstrued the 1909 Act and eschewed the fundamental axiom of copyright law that no one may copyright facts or ideas."
Without the ability to copyright, there is no legal protection to the dissemination of such facts. However, as I have discussions with clients on a fairly regular basis, just because it's not illegal and you have the ability to do something, does not mean it makes sense to do so in practical application. As has been stated above, the recruiting media world is fairly small, and angering connections is not a wise course of action.
So here, it is my personal opinion that reporting Costello is potentially not coming is perfectly acceptable so long as the information is limited to that singular fact.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Hmmmm||
Is it because we have the former coach at Stanford who made that school a desireable destination for football players?
No wait, is it because we have a coach who was previously a high level College and NFL quarterback who knows what it takes to be successful at both and has a track record of imparting that greatness to those he coaches?
Or, um, #3 - HARBAUGH!
(One of those guesses has to be right!)
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Welcome!||
Definitely wishing him the very best since he'll be playing at the AlamoDome which is only about a quarter mile from my office, so will definitely have a few opportunities to go see him on Saturdays without even having to pay for parking. Hard to believe UTSA is only in its fourth year of existence as a football program, and people down here are still stoked to finally have a hometown team (though most are still Longhorns/Aggie fans).