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|15 weeks 11 hours ago||I Vote Taxpayers Party for MSU Board||
I keep hoping that they will win all the seats and vote MSU out of existence to save taxpayer money.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||I thought the NHL leaders are smart . . . .||
You obviously haven't followed the NHL in a LOOONNNGGG time.
Just another horrible decision in a long list of horrible decision.
If the team ever makes the playoffs, I bet the ice will be fantastic in April, May, and June.
|47 weeks 4 days ago||Going through this now||
Our school offers IB and AP. Our overachiever daughter starts high school next year. She choose AP over IB because she felt it gave her more options/variety in classes. She didn't think that the IB program would allow her time to take some of the electives she eventually wants to take.
Her not quite as motivated siblings never considered IB as an option. I guess we will find out in 3 1/2 years whether it was the correct choice.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||I think Connor edges Morrison slightly||
Started following M Hockey during the Morrison era. Made few games at Yost but went to all of the games at the Joe. Had season tickets from 2002 until a couple years ago.
The Morrison teams were just top to bottom ridiculous. It felt like they scored more short handed goals than they allowed power play goals. They were loaded and while Morrison was the best player on the team the margin between him and the other forwards didn't appear that hudge. Heck: John Madden may be the best defensive player to ever play for Michigan.
Drawing comparisons to Red Wings players:
Comrie, Cammaleri, Hensick were more like Datsyuk. Stickhandling wizards who are everywhere and score and set up players.
Connor strikes me as a a forward version of Lidstrom in many ways. Always in the right spot offensively seemingly without effort. Where Lidstrom would somehow make what looked like the other team's dangerous possession disappear without heroic effort on his part. Connor has this way of turning what appear to non-threatening situations into goals.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Charter Schools Hurt Public Schools||
We live in the Plymouth Canton school district and charter schools are popping up like weeds. They have definitely hurt the district.
I disagree with Natalie. The charter schools control the narrative in Lansing not the public schools. In the most recent budget many of the charter schools in our district received substantially higher increases in their per student funding than Plymouth Canton.
If it was truly about school district performance, there would be fewer charter schools in Plymouth Canton as Plymouth Canton is routinely one of the highest rated districts in the state. Or maybe it is about performance because most of the charter schools have scholar, or achievement or similar word in their names.
School funding is broken in Michigan. As a result of Headlee and Proposal A, rather than local control a districts funding is almost entirely determined in Lansing rather than locally. A local community has essentially no power to raise taxes to improve schools. Unfortunately, Lansing has shown a willingness to divert money from schools to support other causes rather than cut those areas or raise taxes (or forgo a tax cut).
|4 years 10 weeks ago||This past year was breaking point for us for football||
Now that the kids are playing travel soccer and hockey saw the writing on the wall that would miss too many games and probably not be able to sell the tickets.
So far we have kept our season hockey tickets because it took us forever to get 4 seats together. With no NHL it has been easier to get rid of the tickets we can't use this year.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Akron has an advantage, Michigan can't replicate||
When we faced Akron in the NCAA a couple of years ago I asked a friend who is very active in club soccer. He explained that Akron and some other small schools effectively have more scholarships to offer than some of the larger schools.
He explained that soccer gives out a lot of partial scholarshipsbut as a non-revenue sport if a kid receives an academic scholarship that scholarship does not count against your teams scholarship allotment.
Where Akron has an advantage is that Akron is a school that allows out-of-state kids who reach a certain high school grade point to pay in-state tuition. If we assume that in-state tuition is 50% of out of state tuition (I don't know what it really is but I picked 50% to make the math easy), then if an out-of-state recruit qualifies for in-state tuition, Akron can award the kid a 100% tuition scholarship that only counts as a 50% scholarship for NCAA purposes.
Michigan can do the same, but unless the kid is a National Merit Scholar there is not much chance that there will be an academic scholarship.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Price points are 18 and 28 a ticket.||
Each Red Wings Season ticket holder is allowed to buy two tickets to the Winter Classic per season ticket. To do that, you also have to buy 1 GLI ticket per Winter Classic ticket.
If they screw over Leafs fans the same way, there won't be many GLI tickets available through the box office, but a ton available online.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||JMFJ||
|5 years 7 weeks ago||Great Game, Great Win, but Clare as MVP?||
I was at the game tonight. Great game, great win, but whoever decides MVP needs new medication.
How can Clare be the MVP over Palmisano? Dislike FYS as much as the next guy, but only reason State was in championship game and note blown out was Palmisano. He made over 40 saves each night.
Although Clare had the game winner, its not like he stood out otherwise over the weekend.
|5 years 11 weeks ago||I looked at it again||
it is only slightly better. We currently play Nashville/Columbus 6 times per year (feels more like 12) and Minn 4 times per year. Under the new system we will play Nashville/Columbus and Minn 5 1/2 times per year (6 one year, 5 the next).
The advantage now is getting to see each of the east coast teams (Toronto, Montreal, Boston and the Rangers, in particular) at the Joe once per year.
|5 years 11 weeks ago||As a season ticket holder||
anything that reduces the number of Columbus, Minnesota and Nashville tickets I have to try and peddle each year is a good thing.
Would prefer to be out east, but this is better than the current situation.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||
we (ok me) make the kids wait until old enough to hold it until halftime. they no the rules no bathroom until halftime (or between periods if it is hockey)
|5 years 40 weeks ago||top 3||
1) Seeing Michigan's last second win vs ND in 2009 with son (age 7).
2) Stopping at truck stop in Ohio for bathroom break and having kids remind me, 'Dad don't buy anything we only poop and pee in Ohio."
3) Upon finding out that their teacher went to Michigan State, deciding on their own to end every single page of their assignment books (the book the teacher checks every morning to see that we checked their homework) with "Go Blue" written in Blue and Yellow highlighter.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||One way it may not be a complete fiasco||
He could potentially improve MSUs recruiting. From other sources (o.k hockey message boards), he coached for Honeybaked. If that is true, then he probably has strong connections to the Honeybaked coaches and maybe the other AAA coaches in the area (possibly even Midwest).
OK, I kept a straight face as long as possible. This has fiasco written all over it.
|5 years 49 weeks ago||1996-97||
They were just ridiculous. I remember thinking almost everytime they got a penalty, "oh good, here comes a shorthand goal."
|6 years 11 weeks ago||crooked tree||
Maybe upgrading to Johnny Walker green later in the night.
|6 years 13 weeks ago||Bloody Beer/25th anniversary/crooked tree||
Gonna start with a bottle of either Short's Bloody Beer or Bell's 25th Anniversary Ale and then I will open the tap on some Crooked Tree.
|6 years 20 weeks ago||Sort of. I saw it on DVR delay and knew the result.||
But, watching the game, my thought was that this game could have been Illinois all over again.
Turn over at the 1 and then the other team drives the length of the field and scores. The difference is our offense this year was able to respond and the defense was able to keep fighting. The defense wasn't pretty. It was sort of like the portion of the Rocky movies where Rocky is getting clubbed but refuses to stay down. (Note: unlike Rocky II - IV, the defense never knocked IU out, more like Rocky I, just hung on until the bitter end and refused to be knocked out). Last year, in the Illinois game, it seemed like the wheels came off on both offense and defense after the stop on the 1.
|6 years 20 weeks ago||I watched the game on tape delay, without the anxiety of live||
From my friend's texts, I expected a horrific defensive performance. I was mildly surprised. I thought there were some positives (again keep in mind my base line expectation -- horrible).
With one exception, we kept the ball in front of us and were able to swarm and tackle. In other words, we didn't break (much). We weren't gashed for huge plays.
I think Chappel is a better passer than we thought. I will wait for UFR, but my impression was that lots of times we had decent coverage and Chappel put the ball in a pretty small window. Question is, what other passers in the B10 will be able to make that many passes that consistently. My thoughts are perhaps Cousins and Stanzi. Also, Pryor, but in part because I expect OSU's receivers to be able to get more open than IU's did.
Taking into consideration IU was using a short passing game, we got okay pressure.
Seemed like when we brought 4, there were more gaps in the defense.
While we still missed tackles, it seemed like we were tackling harder and attacking the ball carrier rather than letting the ball carrier run into (over ) us.
I think this defense has a chance to be slightly below average (rather than horrible), which may be good enough for most of the season.
|6 years 23 weeks ago||3 choices for tonight||
Currently on Tap in the Kegerator:
A) Arcardia Whitsun
B) Dragonmead's Juggernaut
Also, picked up a growler from Arbor Brewing of Hop Town Brown
|6 years 23 weeks ago||Allen Jefferson||
Dating myself somewhat, but I recall several articles in which Bo said that Allen Jefferson was the fastest player on the team. I believe he overlapped with Tony Boles,
He could never stay healthly and it turned out that his career was cut short by some sort of tumor or bone growth in his leg that required surgery.
|6 years 25 weeks ago||Congratulations||
Definitely, the happiest days have been on the birth of a child. The pictures from those days are some of the few where I am actually smiling.
|6 years 25 weeks ago||I was at the DEC meeting||
I was not in a position to take notes, so these are solely from memory.
At least he was honest about the money. They have a $105 million budget and a long list of capital needs for all of the sports. He characterized the impact of bringing in Nebraska and the need for divisions, etc. as negotiations. He indicated he viewed a couple of things as non-negotiable, Michigan v OSU as happening every year, Mich/MSU happening every year, and Mich/OSU to have the chance as being for conference championship.
UM/Bama game. Officially he had not comment other than the aforesaid willing to play other name schools every few years. From his tone, UM/Bama is clearly in the works.
Night games. Michigan has played at night 33 times. Always on the road. Always to a packed house and raucous crowd. Time for Michigan to do that to someone else. UM/Notre Dame 2011 will be a night game. (My opinion, judging from tone, there will be more night games in the future, maybe not every year, but there will be more.)
Rich Rod. Supports the coach. Basing on a number of wins is oversimplification. A little harder to parse then some other comments, but seems likely that RR is the coach next year
|6 years 25 weeks ago||Unlike the others, I do not recommend Jolly Pumpkin||
I think they have the best food out of the brewpubs in town, but I am not a fan of their beer. Others obviously disagree. Sacred Cow is a solid IPA. If you want something really special, look for Crooked Tree from Dark Horse or Short's Huma Lupa Licious. Last time I checked both were on tap at the Arena. (Note: the Arena's food is standard pub fare.)
|6 years 27 weeks ago||Just bought a new keg for the kegerator||
Looks like it won't last the night.
Why do I even get up in the morning?
|6 years 29 weeks ago||wish I came here first before responding||
I didn;t include dancing band director.
My first choice had to be move the speakers. From our seats they block the view of the scoreboard.
|6 years 29 weeks ago||If you want to see the game||
wait until the kid is older and can hold it until halftime (or the whole game if your seats are like mine and you can't make it out and back at games other than Baby Seal U).
Check the weather. Son's first game was the brutal Northwestern game where is was 37 degrees and raining. Took him 2 years to want to go back.
Our kids know that dad has two rules at sporting events:
1) Bathroom/food breaks only occur at breaks long enough to make it there and back.
2) We never leave early. (Although we did leave the Northwestern game early, even hot chocolate could not rejuvenate son that day).
|6 years 31 weeks ago||Also bring a designated driver||
Great event. But there is no way you should drive afterwards.
|6 years 35 weeks ago||Bell's dIPA||
They came out with one in the Fall called The Oracle, but it definitely fell in to the super rare category. Most stores only received a single case of it. When it was gone it was gone.
As for summer beers, I've been running Oberon and Crooked Tree from Dark Horse Brewery in the kegerator this summer.
When the Crooked Tree is gone, I will probably rotate in Huma Lupa Liscious.