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|17 hours 18 min ago||First time seeing Denard apart from football games or TV||
A few friends and I were walking down the stairs to the South Quad basement and who do we see but Denard standing in the hallway, talking with a girl who I presume was his crush/girlfriend. This was early fall 2010 when he had just taken campus by storm. He was sort of facing away from us so we weren't sure at first and instinctively paused to stare for a few seconds. His ladyfriend was facing us though and sort of glanced at us for a sec with a come on guys look on her face. At that point Denard turns around and in spite of the situation he's still got that trademark smile on his face. So one of my friends just blurts out "Hey...!" and Denard responds, still smiling, with a "Heyy..." and then we all just sheepishly scurry through the door into the basement common area to give them their privacy...
Might not call it my favorite memory but it's one that has stuck with me. Maybe because it was just so weird to see him in a non-football capacity, with no football buddies around him, doing things a regular student living in the dorms would do... And of course also because it proved that Denard is almost literally incapable of not smiling.
|1 day 31 min ago||ND is the tops in terms of||
Literally laughed out loud for that one.
|1 day 37 min ago||Will he get academic scholarships?||
It does depend in part on what field of study he's interested in. But if he's in-state it's hard to argue there's a better deal than U-M unless it's any Ivy or Ivy-equilalent (e.g. Stanford). If he's as competitive as you indicate, Michigan will want to keep him from leaving home and may even offer him a full-ride. I know people who have been accepted early into Michigan and then received a full-ride scholarship offer quite late in the game (I think even as late as April but don't quote me on that), so you may have to talk with people from the University to see what the timeline is like.
|5 days 13 min ago||What? I didn't even get a chance to buckle up!||
So good to see a hello post finally though.
|6 days 13 hours ago||I don't speak for everyone, but my answer is "not at all"||
"Walmart Wolverine" term is a stupid, derogatory term the Sparties made up to offend people from Michigan's slightly larger in-state fanbase and much larger national fanbase over the last several decades. It is a popular insult because it is alliterative.
I am currently a grad student at Michigan, and also went to undergrad here. Everyone in my immediate family of college age or older has attended Michigan. I would not say that I nor any of my family look down upon people who are Michigan fans but did not go to Michigan. Being from southeast Michigan I have many friends who did not attend Michigan but are huge U-M fans. I think it's great - it's a way to connect with them even if we didn't go to the same school.
I should mention that no one in my parents' families had ever attended Michigan before they did, yet they both grew up as big Michigan fans. Both are from southeast Michigan, so obviously location played a part, but the point is that college sports in the U.S. transcend direct academic connections. Maybe one day you will attend here or your children will. But as long as you hold true to your loyalties as a fan I don't think it really matters.
As I said the term is just stupid and its usage is akin to internet trolling. I have attended Michigan vs. MSU games at Spartan Stadium as a U-M student and been called a "Walmart Wolverine" by their oblivious annoying fans.
Long story short don't let it get to you, and Go Blue!
|1 week 18 hours ago||Well it worked for the Russians||
But for a bunch of frat guys? Not so much.
|1 week 18 hours ago||You weren't convinced||
by the previous reports of "$50,000 of damage" ? Thought it might just be a few vases turned over? I guess if they were like, really nice vases... Or maybe a chandelier or two...
|1 week 18 hours ago||Cuz it ain't a party||
Until ceiling tiles are raining down the hallways...
|1 week 18 hours ago||I know all frats are different||
and their traits are dependent on the people in them. But this is still what I would call "perpetuating the stereotype."
|1 week 1 day ago||That's a good question actually||
When did they measure them the second time exactly?
|1 week 1 day ago||According to the rules...||
"The balls are required be inflated between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch and weigh between 14 and 15 ounces."
And according to Twitter, "NFL has found that 11 of the Patriots footballs used in Sunday’s AFC title game were under-inflated by 2 lbs each, per league sources."
So a 2 PSI decrease is quite a bit. The temperature at game time was in the mid to upper 40s although the wind chill could have potentially played a factor as well. If the original test was in the ref's locker room in the upper 70s you would expect at maximum there would be a decrease of ~1 PSI...
|1 week 1 day ago||There is a 0.00% chance they play again||
That I can say for sure. I'm guessing at the most, a big fine + probation + staff suspensions next year. At the least, nothing.
|1 week 1 day ago||Odds are low? Screw you!||
You are clearly not a true believer in Bielein.
|1 week 3 days ago||Because what's dead wrong?||
The company providing the treatment, Stemedica, is currently conning hundreds of desperate patients and their families claiming to have a miracle treatment that is not scientifically sound. Stem cell therapies can work, but there is no way Gordie Howe got better due to his treatment.
This is not a stem cell issue. This is a "greedy pharmaceutical company robbing people blind" issue. Look up "Stanislaw Burzynski" if you want another example.
|1 week 3 days ago||You're misunderstanding my posts...||
It's unethical because it likely doesn't work, yet it's being pitched as a miracle cure. Desperate people are paying tens of thousands for this treatment yet there is no proof that it's effective. Look up "Stanislaw Burzynski" if you want another example of a case like this.
There is a reason drug companies must run controlled, double-blinded clinical trials to prove a drugs efficacy before they can sell it. A lot of it is to prevent crooks from coming up with psuedoscientific therapies and swindling the public into believing they work. That's why this clinic is in Mexico: to evade the FDA.
Stem cell research in the U.S. has not been under threat for many years now. In the early 2000s a few states passed laws to inhibit it, but currently it's only prohibited in backwater places like Arkansas. And the NIH funds it just like any other cutting edge therapy, as it has all along.
|1 week 3 days ago||This story isn't about a "taboo" on stem cell research||
There is plenty of stem cell research going on in the US and Japan right now. Could support for it be improved? Sure. I work in biotechnology and it's clear that there are problems associated with funding and unscientific nutjobs trying to hold back good research. But the major thing holding back stem cell therapies is not anti-abortion zealots, it's lack of efficacy and clinical safety (which is the major obstacle for almost all cutting edge therapies).
Someone correct me if I'm wrong on this, but from working in the biomedical community it's my understanding that the whole "stem cell debate" that flared up in the early 2000s is mostly irrelevant at this point. The research institutions and clinics where all the best research is done are located in states that have virtually no restrictions on the use of embryonic stem cells (California's constitution actually stipulates that restrictions are illegal). They were banned in Michigan for a little bit but Proposal 2 in 2008 overturned that and the University of Michigan is free to use embryonic stem cells for biomedical research.
Another reason these therapies are highly regulated is that they're dangerous. There's a chapter in a book called "When Science Goes Wrong" about an Olympic runner named Max Truex who suffered from Parkinson's and went to China to receive a controversial treatment involving fetal stem cell implants. In the end, the treatment likely killed him. The FDA isn't anti-scientific, they're just careful.
|1 week 3 days ago||In the statement he released||
All Murray Howe really says is that his dad had a seemingly miraculous improvement, and that he thought the people he interacted with from Stemedica didn't seem particularly devious.
I don't doubt Gordie Howe's improvement. What I do doubt is that it was due to the stem cell injections he received. Murray Howe admits in his statement that he is a clinical radiologist, not a stem cell researcher, and that he doesn't make any claims as to the physiological mechanisms underlying his dad's recovery. I don't blame him for seeking out this treatment regimen under the circumstances. He and his family were desparate and Stemedica was willing to "help." But it's obvious that the reason they didn't even charge the Howes for the treatment is that having a high-profile figure like Gordie Howe as a patient is huge from a funding perspective. Claiming that a well-known celebrity benefited from their therapy is certainly going to catch the attention of investors.
But the truth is, Gordie Howe is just one patient, and absolutely no conclusions can be drawn solely from his experience. In the articles I cited, you'll see that well-regarded stem cell researchers in the US are skeptical of Stemedica and the clinic in Mexico. In fact, the doctors at the clinic who treated Howe weren't even stem cell clinicians. Yet another reason why this business looks quite shady.
|1 week 3 days ago||Because it's unethical||
And not because it utilizes stem cells. In fact, the type of stem cells used in this therapy are NOT embryonic stem cells and thus it has no conneciton whatsoever to the abortion issue.
The reason it's unethical is because it gives desparate people false hope and causes them to be robbed blind, for tens of thousands or more. For a therapy that doesn't work and borders on pseudoscience. The only reason the clinic operates in Mexico is so that they can evade US Federal regulations.
Not sure why I'm getting negged for exposing a crooked medical enterprise for what it is.
|1 week 3 days ago||The therepy is licensed from a company called Stemedica||
which happens to be an extremely shady medical corporation. These articles shed some light on the situation:
I'm as happy as anyone to hear about Gordie Howe's amazing recovery, but the crooks who run Stemedica don't deserve the positive attention they're getting from this story.
EDIT: Whoever is negging me please demonstrate where I went wrong. I work in biotechnology and would love for this to be true but all I see is a bunch of thieves evading US regulations to prey on desparate patients and their families.
|1 week 3 days ago||The real reason he went to Mexico||
Is most likely that there are major doubts in the stem cell research community as to the efficacy of the treatment. There is plenty of amazing stem cell research being done here in the US and also in Japan. Just this past year a major group at Harvard reported huge steps towards a stem cell therapy for Type I diabetes.
The fact that Gordie Howe is doing better is incredible and I couldn't be happier for him and his family, but it is not due to the stem cell treatment he received. Gordie Howe's condition was largely the after-effects of a stroke. Are we to believe that stem cells injected into his spinal cord healed his brain in a matter of 8 hours?
|1 week 4 days ago||If it's anything||
It's what it was originally. Someone who is 100% wholly committed to Michigan and not to another job or program.
|1 week 5 days ago||Sadly they're really not going to care||
Top level recruits don't even consider the possibility that they'd ever need a policy like this. They no doubt envision themselves earning their scholarship 10x over every year. A guy like Saban would spin it so as to argue that all the inferior players are mooching off of all the elite guys.
|1 week 5 days ago||I'd say 4-5 is generous||
That would definitely need to be coupled with a few marquee wins, e.g. against Wisconsin, Maryland, or some other team that ends up near the top of the B1G in the end (perhaps MSU, OSU, Indiana). I.e. if they go 8-5 the rest of the way but have no victories against ranked B1G teams they have no chance. Even 9-4 and one marquee win would be cutting it close. If they manage to beat NW and Rutgers these next two games, the Wisconsin game will be enormous and could get them back in the picture if they pull it out.
|1 week 6 days ago||Yes! And it's great.|
|2 weeks 2 days ago||You have got to be shitting me||
As much as he disliked Hoke even Brian was on the wagon after a while. Look up Brian's recap of the 2011 Nebraska game. Look up the post about "Hoke's philosophical ceiling." look up the summer 2012 thread about the Big Ten's coaching rankings. Hoke's assistant from San Diego State (now the hc) was quoted as saying that he was sure Hoke would win a national championship at Michigan (this was after the 2011 San Diego State game) in the next four years and everyone here ate it up with a spoon
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Considering there were plenty of people||
Who unabashedly asserted that Hoke was destined to win a national championship, I'm guessing there will be a few people here who think Harbaugh might..
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Your assertion is just wrong||
Auburn won the rushing battle last year and yet lost in the championship game. There are 1 million more counterexamples.
The fact that all four teams in the playoff this year run a decidedly spread style offense speaks for itself. Not only that but there are plenty of teams like Oklahoma State and Texas A&M that run a passing spread that have had rampant success of late.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||What exactly is the fallacy you are referencing?||
What the hell does "the trenches dictate the game regardless of style of offense run" mean? Yes, when you have a player who runs for 250 yards you're typically going to win. But did you watch the Pats game this last Saturday? What'd they have, like 14 rushing yards? And they won. Because Brady and their passing game.
Or does your "trenches dictate the game" assertion only work in college football...?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Yes, when the best spread coach in the game||
wins his 3rd national championship at age 50, the first thing I think is "wow the spread is such a gimmick it's all about manball in the trenches"
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Is anyone honestly surprised this happened?||
It's like people didn't recognize the Sugar Bowl was the real NCG.