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|1 year 34 weeks ago||If you don't like the prices,||
If you don't like the prices, ticket policies, or the experience of going to a game, then don't go.
If enough people stop buying tickets, the prices will go down.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Not that surprising...||
Very few people want to relocate to Detroit (or even Michigan for that matter) from out of state. For the young people from the area that do want to stay in the greater Detroit area, there aren't enough jobs to keep them. It's a shrinking city.
When I finished graduate school, I looked for jobs in Detroit and Michigan and there weren't any jobs in my specific field of choice. Years later, I got job offers to come back, with less growth opportunity and at significantly lower pay. I didn't seriously consider moving back at all.
The place where I ultimately settled and bought a home (out of state) has extremely good public schools, public transportation, parks, libraries, etc. Bottom line: you want to have a city that attracts people that are happy to pay high property taxes.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Who cares?||
They'll charge what they charge and you can pay or find a more suitable alternative. For me, the costs for live attendance are already way above what I am willing to pay. I have a flat sceen at home, with better seats, food, drink, etc. And, to be honest, the more I hear about the concussion stuff...makes me want to spend more time on my other hobbies anyway.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||McGary||
McGary's game reminds me a lot of Vlade Divac.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Red flags||
Red flags in general...
1. Western Union
2. Any form of wire transfers
3. Can't accept normal payments/use normal sites (PayPal, StubHub, etc.)
4. Sends you check for wrong amount and has a plan for you to fix it. Normal people tear up a first check when they make an error -- not send it on with a set of instructions
5. Ask for a refund before their original check clears. Make sure to check with your bank as it may actually take a long time for a check to clear (way longer than you'd think)
6. Doing business with people with whom you are unfamiliar, will never see or hear from again, or have no way of reporting to the authorities
It sounds somewhat narrow-minded, but there is something to be said for only dealing with companies you trust and that have excellent customer service.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Life long Jayhawk basketball fan perspective||
I've been a Jayhawk basketball fan my whole life, or at least as early as I could dribble a basketball. I remember watching Danny and the Miracles, all of those underperforming Roy Williams teams, and all of the Bill Self teams. From my estimation, talent-wise this KU team is somewhere in the top 5 out of all of those teams, but sometimes they don't show up to games (as evidenced by some of their baffling losses this season). At their best, I think this KU team can beat anybody. McLemore is the best looking player I've seen at KU since Paul Pierce. But KU is also very beatable, as they sometimes have turnover meltdowns and go cold on offense.
As a double Michigan grad/alum, I'll be rooting for Michigan this Friday, but I would set the line at favoring Kansas by three. I think the two best teams in the whole NCAA tournament are Kansas and Indiana, but Michigan can certainly beat either of them.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||The NCAA knows that...||
OSU caught Tressel before he got the chance to fire Gordon Gee and start running the whole school. So give credit where credit is due.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Good luck||
Any test that lasts a couple days is no fun, but you'll get through it.
The important thing to remember is that you have studied for this thing full-time for more than a month and more studying would probably be counter-productive.
|4 years 8 weeks ago||Sad population trend||
It's unfortunate that Michigan is losing population, but at least for me it didn't make sense to stay there after graduation. There were jobs to be had, but nothing in the particular specialty that I was interested.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Webber||
Webber seems like a nice guy. Nice guys make mistakes too, and he has already been put through the ringer for it.
As a Michigan alum, I have always tried be a good person and to represent myself in a positive light, but no one has any expectations of me. Webber had so much talent that everyone had sky-is-the-limit expectations of him.
I'm not sure that he was prepared for all of those expectations, and just being himself at the same time. Lots of child prodigies burn out under less pressure than Webber had.
I was a little bit disappointed for him (not for me) that his pro career didn't turn out better because he was on some bad teams early in his career and had some bad luck later in his career, but that's life. Lots of great players get stuck on bad teams or get unfortunate injuries.
I don't get the whole "hating" athletes meme. This is just their job. Would you have the same outrage if an engineering student was receiving improper and excessive financial aid? Being a fan doesn't entitle you to weigh their souls in your hands.
I get that there was some collateral damage to the Michigan basketball program because of the Ed Martin scandal, but do you really think that's how the athletes planned it? It's really easy to blame people because the train came off the tracks, and after the fact, it's pretty obvious that a bunch of things never should have happened (and, yes, it really should not have ever happened), but I'm cynical and just assume that this sort of thing happens all of the time in major college sports. Only when Yahoo! or the FBI gets involved does anyone actually find out about it.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Does mgoblog provide CLE credit?||
|4 years 18 weeks ago||education needs more funding||
Education needs more funding -- not less.
UM will be fine either way, but I would be surprised if UM went private.
It is truly sad that the cost of an undergraduate education continues to skyrocket (not unique to UM).
|4 years 18 weeks ago||knocking out the private loans is key||
The way Sopwith describes paring down the loans is the way to do it. Knocking out the higher interest private loans is the key.
|4 years 18 weeks ago||but to be fair...||
Even with patent prep. & pros., there is still the difficulty of having the right technical/scientific background. Many lawyers do not have the necessary technical/scientific background to sit for the patent bar. There is also a strong preference in patent for candidates with additional degrees (Ph.D. or M.S.).
|4 years 18 weeks ago||Re: law school||
No matter what kind of school you attend, you do need to have a realistic plan for what you are going to do afterwards and how you are going to meet your financial obligations, whatever they may be. Even then, having a few back-up plans is smart. A lot of people don't realize that legal jobs are scarce and that "having a law degree" by itself doesn't make you a marketable commodity.
I was on a plane a couple months ago talking to someone that works for a state bar association (in a Big Ten state) and they told me that only about 40% of their law graduates have legally related jobs six months after graduation. That's a sobering statistic.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||I need to grow a beard||
I need to grow a beard and wander the streets of San Diego drinking milk from the carton.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||My guess was bacon||
Every loss is better with some bacon.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Pryor Sadtire||
Now on sale at...
|4 years 20 weeks ago||He did have a sweet haircut||
And "GERG" was fun to say. So there's that.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Pryor satire always makes me laugh||
Win, lose, or draw, I always find Pryor satire amusing.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||If Dee prefers Alabama...||
I wish the guy luck. I have never been tempted to spend several years in Alabama. It's his choice.
I would be surprised if DB to has the whims of any high school prospect/commit as included in his priorities.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||Oops -- not Dave Brandon||
I wrote the above before I read Brian's post about how he isn't interested in opinion/speculation on the subject, unless I am actually Dave Brandon (which I am not). Sorry.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||I would keep RR||
I would keep RR for at least another year, and I have five reasons:
1. I'm still not sure if RR can succeed at Michigan -- when I'm not sure about something, I don't make changes. There is still a good chance he can succeed at Michigan. Yes, I just said that and didn't combust in flames.
2. If Michigan is JH's dream job, it will still be his dream job in another year or two. If it's not his dream job, then Michigan is just another stepping stone to the NFL and it doesn't matter.
3. College football games, week to week, are decided by a lot of random occurences (fluke plays, injuries, etc.). I still believe that Alabama and Boise St. are two of the best teams in college football, even though neither will be in BCS bowl games. Michigan is better than 7-5, in my opinion. The Big 10 was stacked this year.
4. Being a die-hard Michigan fan means enduring bad years too. If a bad year is 7-5, I can take it.
5. Giving a guy four years as head coach is a fair shake. I'd rather set precedent in giving a head football coach at least 4 years before canning him. If JH ends up being the next coach, I'd want to give him at least 4 years too.
|4 years 26 weeks ago||603||
603 (605 if 603 is taken)
|4 years 28 weeks ago||I blame RR||
I blame RR a little bit for not fusing adamantium to the skeletons of our players, especially those in the defensive secondary.
I blame RR for not dressing up Troy Palamalu and Ed Reed in Michigan jerseys, and making them play defense for us under a false identity.
I blame RR for not growing a handlebar mustache and learning to speak in a British or Australian accent.
I blame RR for cold weather.
|4 years 29 weeks ago||Whenever I think Penn State||
I think of Mario Manningham in the endzone with time expiring.
Also...McGloin may be a Wrangler jeans-wearing gunslinger, but the PSU O-Line is not good. Very few QBs have the ability to be good and remain healthy with a bad O-Line.
I predict Denard gets 200+ (10+ yards/carry) on the ground and 200+ in the air. The only thing that prevents this is if Michigan intentionally limits his carries (in which I predict 100+ yards running and 270+ in the air for Denard).
Finally, in a reverse jinx, I predict that Sparty wins at Iowa by a final score of 7-0 on a trick play called, "Jail break!" Too soon?
|4 years 29 weeks ago||Hmmm...||
Do I think the ND head coach and AD should be fired for poor decision-making that may or may not have contributed to a student's death? Hmmm...
It's remarkably stupid that someone didn't think that maybe 50+ mph winds are terrible conditions to video something way up in the air. That's more than a minor brain fart.
It's remarkably stupid that ND didn't appear to have a better policy and training regarding scissor lifts. What other machines are they using without proper safety training? Further, what if there had been additional bystanders in the way. If the scissor lift had landed on 12 people and killed 7, what then?
On the flip side, I don't expect administrators and coaches to be able to do everything at once and know the OSHA operating standards for every apparatus on the field or in the gym.
In the final analysis, I guess it depends how tolerant you are of stupidity and if you think that you could accurately identify the candidate(s) that would have averted the tragedy before it happened. Yeah, I'd rather have Jim Tressel than Brian Kelly as a head coach, but so would everybody else.
|4 years 30 weeks ago||I'll add one to "Worry if..."||
"Worry if she sends you a text that says, 'I just spent a lot of money - hehe.'"
|4 years 30 weeks ago||I am more curious||
I am more curious about what he THOUGHT he was disagreeing with. You know, what case decided 10-15 years ago that he disliked.
|4 years 30 weeks ago||So Much Information||
I realize that historical court cases are "fair questions" for a debate, and not to make excuses for Runyan . . . but there's a ton of information that people just forget or can't remember when put on the spot. I wish more people would just say, "I can't recall that case right now." or "I would have to brush up on my history before I answer that question."