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|1 week 16 hours ago||Riddler?||
No, it's my proctologist. Nobody quite expects the purple-gloved inquisition. Even the 'blast shield' eyewear matches. "Say, do you really need to use the whole fist, Doc?" -Fletch
|1 week 18 hours ago||Obi-Sean||
Kenobi. Not short, not tall but he can cut an opposing player down to size PDQ. Unless they impose the ridiculous notion of a light sabre ban. Like that will happen.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Diction||
It's how folks from Massachusetts pronounce "South Park." Also may refer to a left-handed thrower.
|1 week 22 hours ago||Bad Math||
Consider Recent Pac-12 football Champions
The numbers are conference football titles within the past ten years including crowns shared. Only a handful of Pac-12 programs have a shot at the title and within this subset certain programs should expect more titles than even the other dominant programs. So extrapolating to the B1G and Michigan, I will expect that we should win, at a minimum, ten unshared conference titles within any given ten-year period.
|1 week 23 hours ago||tOSU Scrimmage||
They haz cheerleaders. The $5 underwrites their Spring Break and tanning course credits. So they aren't obligated to sell their memorabilia at the tattoo parlor.
|1 week 23 hours ago||Paging Dr. White||
Where was the good doctor and his diagnostic talent last year, you know, when the patient was still viable and could benefit? Spot-on analysis. Time for new medicine.
|1 week 2 days ago||Yes Indeed||
The little 'slash/gun' symbols are erupting like mushrooms here this Spring. Equally interesting though are those establishments that are posting communications they are unwilling to comply with the un-Constitutional, temporary 'regulations.' Such places are where I steer folks to patronize. And now I can only take clients to BYOB establishments - I tell them why and also my reasons why the temporary condition will not persist. The overseas guys almost invariably are onboard with where this logically is headed. So ...
|1 week 2 days ago||The Anecdote ('cause why not)||
I Carry Concealed. I live and work in downtown Chicago. Say 'hello' to my daily carry:
.45 Gold Dot hollow points
A round in the pipe always
Why do I carry? A similarly-situated patent lawyer got blown away in his office by a kook inventor. My greatest worry is forgetfulness going to court.
Perhaps we've met in person and you overlooked my paperweight. Good. No joke and the next OT, I look forward to it.
My right, my decision (PITA that it is, and especially here it IS a PITA/nighmare generator),.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The Skywriting Is On The Wall||
A new theme park, WolverineLand, with free Dominos for the kiddies. And a giant foam mascot has been adopted. Stadium expansion will seat 200,000 with only a slight price increase.
|3 weeks 23 hours ago||What Raoul Said Below||
Under its FAQs the race website lists estimated peak obstruction times. Be mindful those represent mere projections and there is an after-party, so I expect there will be pockets of obstruction until after 4 p.m. as runners attempt to flee the scene of their crime/achievement (depends on your perspective).
Bergs, I haven't been training since 2009 but I have finished 40+ full marathons and dropped from another dozen or so, for example, the Chicago Marathon half-way point coincides with my home almost perfectly and in recent years that's as far as I have bothered. Still undecided how far to take this one but it should be fun.
Good luck, drivers and busybodies.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||What The Fuss||
What is all this fuss I hear about a NLRB decision on a "Michigan Union"? It's terrible! Why, if this continues then pretty soon the next thing they're going to demand is a Michigan League!
- Emily Litella
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Middle-age Perspective||
I have just returned from my seventh continent - Antarctica - from onboard a Russian surveillance ship. I stared down a curious Minke whale from a zodiac at 10 ft, recorded the expedition's snuff video of a leopard seal killing and de-skinning a penguin up close and personal, ran a marathon between the Russian and Chinese bases, got cornered by aggressive seals, had pengies trample over me as I lay down and they crapped all over me, climbed an Antarctic mountain during 80 mph winds with whiteouts among crevices, shredded a zodiac's prop on uncharted rocks leaving us drifting, and much much moar.
To return to this, well, nothing surprises me now. Zip.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||You Would Put Borges||
In a basketball tank top and shorts then run him up and down the court until he sweat profusely? Even Mrs. Borges turns off the light switch at night I bet. No. Harris would not approve.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||We've Survived A Decade||
Of mediocre play. The event is scripted to mediocrity, including the marching band and RAWK. We have become gentrified and generic.
Michigan-level stadium experience is available on-demand all over the world and via smartphone virtually. Aside from cheering the beloved Wolverines of my alma mater and letting the players know I root for them directly, and perhaps attempting nostalgia although it's very different experience today, there is modest reason to bother showing up in person at the stadium.
Confluence of factors, none boding well for expansion to 150k seats as once envisioned. I wouldn't be surprised to see actual stadium attendance decline to 90k within the next decade unless several elements change. Then again I'm a trained cynic. And disappointed.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Mucho Appreciado||
But is every U. student eligible to join UMCU, or, only those students who are employed by the U. can qualify to become members? I am a former member - I used to microprogram the time-shared VAX for ISR economists and therefore got paid as a true employee of the U. earning more than my GSA's. (If UMCU hasn't swiped it already, I probably still have had a positive balance there for several decades.) I seem to recall the U. withholding a portion of my earnings for FICA and SS. My original question was directed to how scholarship football and other revenue-producing student athletes are or are not eligible for UMCU automatically. Do they work for the U./athletic department for tax purposes? Again, thanxks for the response, I am genuinely curious.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Well A 7-6 Record Is Gawdawful Brightline||
De facto inactivity and uneconomical performance adjudged by historical Michigan football standards. The interior line in particular should refund their scholarships for 2013 if it is "fairness" they are seeking by unionizing. Or was the performance decline caused by poor management and thus a different result should obtain?
No matter. The courts will primarily look to how the U./athletic department actually treated student-athletes for taxation purposes as a class of purported employees/independent contractors/students. I anticipate this will prove to be just like any other student-on-scholarship situation, in which instance the players union pig is not going to fly.
Say, does somebody know whether or not the football players are automatically eligible to join the university employee credit union?
It's swell to see Funk urge the linemen to move in a forward direction. Certainly that element was missing last season.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||re Funk||
Funk gained another year thanks to Hoke and circumstance. Time will tell.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Ich Bin Ein Berliner!||
Michigan uber alles. Jetzt, wo ist das root-bier halle?
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Solar Car Racing||
If you poll Michigan engineers, and there are plenty. Solar has a danger factor and it's gender neutral. They play away in Australia, too, which is a nice place to tailgate.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Allow Me To Guess||
He wants to manage a hedge fund ultimately.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||IH||
Theta Theta 80-something. That is all. Well, except for phone-scam and 10,000 other quasi-"criminal" acts.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||A Travesty!||
The Front always came through for us when The Frat needed 20 emergency kegs for After Hours and Blue Blazer parties. I used to bump into my elective history prof there (brilliant man and adored despite being a ball/curve-breaker and apparent alcoholic) when he was collecting Friday's vodka bottle and I was buying for my underage bro's. Even as a kid visiting far away A^2 I had noted the colorful activities and charades that emanated from The Front. A part of me has died with this loss.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Consider Tax Treatment||
Because the courts will give heavy weight re how schools treat their student-athletes under tax code requirements. You can be sure medical residents and compensated student medical researchers are taxed like employees. Are scholarship athletes taxed like employees? FICA withheld? Is tax treatment consistent among revenue-generating sports and revenue-neutral or -losing sports? Are student-athletes taxed on the medical services they receive? The tax factor on its own might be sufficient to decide appropriate status, not necessarily NLRB but since this is make or break time for student-athletes and universities the ultimate tribunal will be the court system and the courts almost always emphasize tax treatment in their decisions.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||The Union Question||
0.02: student medical interns are generating professional revenue subject to a somewhat lesser degree of responsibility but at the ultimate level of their chosen vocations. The vast majority of student-athletes will never generate a single penny at the ultimate level of their athletic vocations. Student-athletes are not required to participate in sports in order to remain a student whereas student medical interns typically are required to serve residency/apprenticeship under supervision. Historically, accepting the role of student-athlete represents a choice and not an obligation. These athletes are not required to attend college in order to play professionally, and they are not required to serve as athletes in order to attend university - the role was extra-curricular. Compensation is therefore a privilege for student-athletes and, in fact, at many institutions of higher learning athletes are not compensated. My personal, admittedly unelaborated, viewpoint is that the "student-athlete" distinction will quash unionization by college players. No harm in trying, though.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Gag Reflex||
Perhaps the U. gagged itself into a legal corner on public statements as a reciprocal inducement for Gibbons to bow out quietly and accept a similar cosa nostra-type silencio on his part. Even disclosure that such an agreement exists, if true, might be forbidden unless subpoenaed and sealed. I dunno.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Insert||
Student body tryouts this spring. All 6'8 300+lb ambulatory students previously overlooked by the Athletic Dept, regionals and jucos are welcome. There will be free punch and pie following the tryouts.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Whoa||
The Levert and Stauskas photos should be tagged respectively Dong Punch and Little Tickle. Are these taught techniques? If so, I will support unionization because ... obviously.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Welcome Obi Wan Nussobi||
This our newest entry in the MGoWiktionary. Delete "may the Borges be with you."
|14 weeks 1 day ago||No||
But the premise is flawed. The only thing "forced" here is the imposition of modern analytic tools and business processes I believe Brandon brought with him to manage the football program and athletic department.
Brandon is continually evaluating staff and the coaching marketplace. Nussmeier and other prospects are assessed and tracked, directly else by retained headhunters/talent management consultants. It's tantamount to corporate hiring and succession planning.
Borges likely knew 2/3 through the 2013 season that Brandon and University representatives were considering and communicating with coaching prospects who might fill Borges' position if the circumstances warranted. (Nussmeier, Brandon, Hoke, Borges and Saban may have known this deal would be done, with the finer points to be worked out, back in mid-December, which may have been the earliest Nussmeier communicated his decision in strict confidence.) I doubt Borges was surprised given the performance of the offense during the final 1/3 and the potential availability of Nussmeier and others we will never know about.
Fort Schembechler is a very different enterprise under Brandon's leadership irrespective of the nostalgia it capitalizes upon. Hoke and Borges could hardly protest the performance analysis processes they each accepted when they signed on for executive-scale compensation packages. Nobody's hand got forced; there are only continually emerging opportunities for improving performance of the entity and its subunits.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Thank You, Stephen M. Ross!||
Muy appreciado, Steve-o, for your recent $100 million gift to the athletic department.
Of course, Nussmeier's pricetag is likely to complicate our search for a university president. How to explain being paid less as top dog than one of the jocks and a mere "coordinator" at that? We need an economist.