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|11 hours 53 min ago||I had 5 concussions & I'd prefer he not||
My son is only 3 and a half right now, so any football playing is way down the line, but personally I would prefer he not play football, hockey or lacrosse. I played football and lacrosse in high school and in 4 football seasons and 6 lacrosse seasons (3 indoor winter leagues, 3 regular school spring seasons) I was on the receiving end of 5 concussions. 15 years later I still get migraines and if I sneeze too hard I see stars & my vision goes blurry (two of the concussions were to the back of my head, where the optic controls of the brain are). I also had a noticeable decrease in my ability to focus, concentrate, and think, and I have memory problems as well. I scored a 1450 on the SAT I took before my last 3 concussions (back when it was out of 1600), and my score dropped by well over a hundred points on a retake afterwards.
I won't tell my son he can't play those sports, but I won't be encouraging him to do so either. Plus, my wife is a foot shorter than me (4'10" to my 5'11") so odds are he wont be big enough for football anyways. We plan to steer him towards baseball, soccer, and swimming.
|5 days 12 hours ago||This past Saturday 7/25||
Aside from the obvious (acceptance to UM, graduation from UM, wedding day, birth of son) highlights of my life, I had a pretty awesome day this past Saturday 7/25, one of the best days in my recent memory. We were at the Cubs vs Phillies game at Wrigley, and we had some killer seats (10th row behind the Cubs dugout). In the bottom of the 3rd, Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta was at the plate, and on a swing and a miss, let go of the bat on his swing and it flew into the stands. It bounced up the aisle, fortunately not hitting anyone, and came to rest at my feet. They wouldn't let me keep it because the bat wasn't broken (had it been broken it would've been mine) but instead they gave me a signed Arrieta baseball and a game used ball from that game. It turns out the game-used ball is now a part of history, as the Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels threw a no-hitter. So, it was sad to see a Cubs loss, but it was an awesome game to have watched and I got two great souveniers. After the game I had a date night with the wife, so all in all it was an awesome day. My only regret is not DVRing the game, because I was probably on TV when this all went down. The Arrieta ball is now in my autograph collection, right next to my signed by Harbaugh Bears hat.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||We always contended||
I went to Stevenson High School (the one in Lincolnshire, IL, not the one in MI), graduated way back in 2000. We made the playoffs every year I was there, including reaching the final 4 my Freshman year. Unless the streak was snapped after I left, we've made the playoffs for something like 30 straight seasons now. In 2014 they finally won state, for the first time in history. They also won men's basketball in the 2014-15 season as well, behind star Jalen Brunson, who sadly chose to go to Villanova over Michigan (he did have an offer from us).
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Heroes?||
Really? Season 1 was great but man the last 2 seasons were terrible.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||2 top fives||
Because I don't think its fair to compare a show that's still running to one that hasn't wrapped yet, as we don't know how it will go. One user earlier had Heroes in his top 5, (the first responder actually) and that show would've been if it stopped after season 1. Instead it got way crappy by the end.
Top 5 still airing - if you aren't watching these, shame on you!:
5. True Detective
4. Walking Dead
3. The Americans
2. Orphan Black
1. Game of Thrones
Top 5 completed (sadly I still have to watch Mad Men, the Wire, & Breaking Bad so this is subject to revision some day):
5. NYPD Blue
4. Veronica Mars
2. Battlestar Galactica
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Reminds me||
of the old Rivalry Week commercial on ESPN.
My wife is a UM alum just like me, so this thankfully is not an issue for me.
|14 weeks 11 hours ago||Hope Manny wins||
My wife & in-laws are Filipinos, so I'll be heading over to my father in law's house for a party for the fight, just like every Pacquiao fight. I hope Manny whoops him althought I'm not optimistic. There's 6 fights on the undercard though, so at least for that $100 we're getting 7 matches so its not too bad. Plus, there'll be a food spread like this
mmmm Filipino food.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||here's some good ones||
A clickbait article with screencaps of 40 good ones, some of which we've already covered here. Turns out the flamingos one has a 3rd one, "Flamingos for Sale".
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Lots of revivals lately||
Netflix is doing a Full House sequel called Fuller House, Fox is bringing back The X-Files, and now this. It seems that reboots and sequels aren't just limited to films anymore.
At least of those 3, I'm looking forward to Muppets and X-Files, so 2 out of 3 ain't bad.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Fake pregnancy||
3 years ago my son was just about 3 and a half months old, so we took a picture of him holding up his own ultrasound photo and said that we'd had an oops and were pregnant again. It fooled quite a few of our friends at first.
|20 weeks 4 hours ago||Yes||
For hazing that time I believe
|20 weeks 4 hours ago||Not exclusive||
SAM started as a Jewish frat but has non-Jewish members often. Even if that were not the case, private organizations can include or exclude whoever they want. Case in point: country clubs like Augusta with women, the Boy Scouts with homosexuals, etc. I'm not saying it's right, but courts side w/ the private organizations.
|20 weeks 8 hours ago||Long story short||
We were there but folded in spring 2002 (my soph year) as we couldn't get enough bodies to get a house to replace the one that burned down a couple years prior (which was not our fault it was during the summer when it was vacant). They recolonized in 2004 or 2005 and bought the house they have now.
|20 weeks 8 hours ago||Agree completely||
As a former SAM, that was the prevailing opinion of the alumni contacted about this incident. The brothers on campus brought this upon themselves. There were many emails (which I will NOT be posting here this time) that expressed disappointment in the current SAM brothers but not surprise, given that any names given would also wind up in the hands of the police. I had always called for those responsible for this to be booted out of SAM, and now thanks to their circling of the wagons, they are all getting the boot. But SAM will be back at UM, some day.
|20 weeks 9 hours ago||No||
National SAM is basically going along with the UM's punishment, ending the fraternity on campus for the next four years. UM is too big of a school with too large of a Jewish population for SAM to stay away for long. They'll probably try again, especially as an alumni corporation owns the SAM house. They'll probably rent it to another house for the next few years, and then recolonize in 4-5 years.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Implied threats cross the line||
Free speech is fine, even if it is bad speech. As much as I hate the Westboro Baptist a-holes, they have the right to spew their vile crap. When it crosses the lines into threats of violence, such as hanging people from trees, then no, it is not ok and becomes something that creates a hostile learning environment. So, if a left wing group on campus was saying they were going to protest about something right wing, then no, that doesn't create a hostile environment for right wing students. If those left wing students state they are going to hang right wing people from trees, or beat them, or kill them, or whatever, then it crosses the line into hostile territory and out the door they go.
Let's take race out of this. Let's pretend the SAE song instead of being about hanging N****rs from trees, lets say the song was about spiking women's drinks and raping them when they passed out. They'd still be deservedly tossed off campus for that, because they are again implying actions of violence and creating a hostile learning environment.
|21 weeks 7 hours ago||Hostile learning environment||
OU President Boren's statement on the expulsions explicitly states that the actions by SAE led to a hostile learning environment on the campus & that was grounds for expulsion. That's not a bad bar to set. If a student group at UM called for hanging n****rs in trees just like the SAE song said, I'd expect UM to do the same. Any other comparable hate speech should also be grounds for expulsion at any school.
|21 weeks 9 hours ago||To answer the OP's SAM questions||
You had mentioned in the original post that you were wondering as to the outcome of the SAM incident at Treetops. Here is the latest that the situation stands at right now (much of this was covered on the board previously a few weeks ago when the penalty was announced):
The university has given the fraternity the death penalty, effectively, by barring it from campus for 4 years minimum, and they'd have to apply to be reinstated in the future. The current brothers can appeal this decision, but it does not seem likely they will do so. It is perceived that UM gave them the death penalty because UM SAM has circled the wagons and is refusing to name names, probably out of fear those brothers would face criminal or civil prosecution. In the decision given by the UM dean that issued the punishment, she repeatedly pointed out that no individuals responsible for the damages have been named to either the MI state police or to UM by SAM. So, by circling the wagons, they effectively have killed the fraternity, preferring to all go down with the ship. SAM national has not pulled UM SAM's charter, meaning they can live in the house for the remainder of the school year. The corporation that owns the SAM house (it's owned by alumni and rented to the current bros) will not be renting it next year to the current brothers at the present time.
I am personally very disappointed in the current incarnation of SAM, especially in the "leadership" they have currently in their house. If they were truly leaders, this wouldn't have happened in the first place.
|21 weeks 9 hours ago||How free speech works||
Since there seem to be many comments in here about whether or not the expulsion would be a violation of their free speech rights, here's a friendly reminder about the first amendment. It protects you from government prosecution. That's it. While you can argue that a public university may be a government organization and their discipline would violate the 1st amendment, open racism is most likely a violation of the school's honor code, allowing for the expulsion. Or in this case, OU's president thinks they're assholes and is showing them the door. I applaud President Boren for his swift action on this.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||For the record||
from a former SAM, here's the timeline.
In the mid 90s we got kicked off campus for something before my time. In 1999 they recolonized the frat, but they lost their house when it burned down during the summer when no one was living there. We didnt burn down our house and the insurance adjusters never solved what caused it to happen (or if they did, I was never told). In fall of 2000 I was a pledge in the house-less house, signing up to join under promises from national that they were going to buy us a house.
They tried to build the frat back up to the size where national would spring for a new house, but national wouldn't front the $ without us getting enough guys. we couldn't get enough guys to pledge in 2001 without a house, and we couldn't get a house without enough guys to pledge. In 2002 the house folded after spring semester. In 2004 national SAM recolonized and bought the new kids a house right away, having learned from their mistake with us, which enabled them to get enough bodies since people would actually pledge the frat again.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Wow, harsh||
As a former UM SAM, I've weighed in on the other threads on this incident. I was always calling for punishment (you can check my comments history) because I felt that the brothers responsible for the damages should be kicked out of the frat, and made to pay back the damages. I didn't think they should boot the whole house though, that seemed excessive. As long as those directly responsible were punished, at least. This punishment is quite harsh IMO. I wonder if the U felt the whole house was responsible and there were not enough good apples worth salvaging after booting all the bad ones, so they just booted the whole bunch?
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Split household||
My wife sees white and gold. My son & I see blue and black.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||Several of them, including M00N||
I was at M00N live and in person last year in Evanston, which was awful and boring as hell. If it wasn't for the booze I had before the game giving me a nice happy buzz, it would've been the worst thing ever.
The year before that, I was again at Michigan @ Northwestern. While the ending of the game became known for Gibbons' last second field goal scramble, sending it to OT, up until that point it was 9-6 in one of the worst games I'd ever seen in my life. In hindsight, it was just setting me up for the awfulness that was M00N.
In 2009, I was at Michigan @ Illinois when we failed on 1st and goal from the 2, and proceeded to throw away the rest of that season. I was in the 2nd row on the Michigan side of the field, and you could just see the spirit in the players die and their shoulders slump when Illinois marched it 99 yards to score on the ensuing drive.
I was also at Michigan @ Northwestern in 1996 when we lost on a last second field goal.
Maybe I just need to stop seeing Michigan whenever they come to Illinois.
|24 weeks 15 hours ago||Great bakery in Morton Grove IL||
My boss brought in Paczkis from Maier's Bakery in Morton Grove IL. She brought all sorts (banana, apple cinnamon, strawberry, raspberry, nutella), and I am having a banana (with real banana pieces) and custard one right now, it is seriously incredible. The nutella ones are killer too. So, if you are looking for a place in the northern burbs of Chicago, that's a pretty good one. Line was over 45 minutes long though per my boss, and they close at 330.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Agreed||
I thought speed racer was fun- a live action cartoon
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Slightly OT||
Also slightly late to the party, this was up yesterday.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Charles Barkley||
He was a funny host for an athlete too. His sketch where he was beating up Barney while playing hoops was a classic.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks!||
I'm glad to help out and share my views, given that I am in the position of actually having been a SAM at UM. I'd like to think I've been just as vocal (see my posts in the other threads on this) as many on here, as I am deeply embarrased by these guys giving both my frat and my school a bad name.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Back in my day||
(A decade ago, I graduated in Dec 2003), SAM was actually mostly midwest guys. The largest population was from Chicago, followed by Detroit, and then NY/NJ. The East Coast bro guys went into Zeta Beta Tau instead of SAM. But I have heard from friends and fellow alums that have encountered the current crop of SAMs at homecomings and such that they are Jersey Shore douchebros. I wouldn't have joined SAM with its current membership today.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Might be a cousin||
but I don't recall ever meeting a Don Cohodes. My dad would've been involved in SAM at that time frame, but he didn't go to UM, he went to UI-Chicago. But I agree with you this current crop of SAMs should be suspended for a time, and their antics were way worse than anything you or I did as SAMs.