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|1 week 2 hours ago||P.A.T.||
Pretty close, Bando.
The problem wasn't drainage, but how the grass was grown.
When the field was lowered, and grass installed, we all celebrated. Marching on the old astroturf was *brutal* on my knees and must have been brutal for the players as well. The lack of give and the tendency to "grab" a shoe is what caused so many ACL injuries. So many teams went to grass fields.
Michigan went with a new innovation called Prescription Athletic Turf (which I think was developed at Purdue). The idea was to build a large vacuum drainage system under the field, put a perforated grid over it, add in sand, layer on fill dirt and grow the grass. If it rained, the pumps could be turned on and the rain would literally be sucked through the field. To make the grass grow and root properly, though, required a very specific regimen.
The person in charge of the field, though, was (I believe) from the turf management program at PSU. They had a particular way of growing grass that they believed in which was at odds with how P.A.T. needed to be grown to be effective with the vacuum system.
The net result was years of an AWFUL playing surface. At first, the P.A.T. just came up in clumps. Several times over the first couple of years, the field was completely re-sodded to no effect. Then they abandoned the use of the advanced drainage system, added in regular fill in place of the sand, and tried to grow a regular grass field. This worked better, but wasn't perfect either.
Ultimately, in 2003, the idea of a grass field was abandoned. By then, Field Turf had come into vogue. This is the current surface, and the surface used by many football programs today. It consists of long strands of synthetic turf held up and in place by adding in tiny rubber pebbles (which are made from ground up used tires). It is a surface that gives like grass with the ease of maintenance associated with a synthetic surface.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Doesn't Go All that Far||
Pro athlete money is fantastic, but a rookie contract isn't enough to set you up for life.
League minimum is roughly half a million each year, which translates to $300K after taxes. Figuring a minimum of $75K a year in expenses leaves $225K, or $675K over three years if the player is very careful about their spending. That's certainly nothing to scoff at, but isn't enough to sustain a comfortable lifestyle for the next 50 years.
If you can earn 3% after tax on your money (to keep it very safe) that's less than $30K a year for the next 50 years. And I guarantee in 2066 $30K won't buy what it does now.
|3 weeks 18 hours ago||Losing Touch?||
How does this not have an "OMG Shirtless!" tag???
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Three I Haven't Seen Yet||
I say f--- you Jobu! I do it myself. -- Major League (Actually, a ton from Major League, none of which have shown up... Like: "How's your wife and my kids?" or Ricky at the bar: "Check")
What we do in life echoes in eternity. -- Gladiator
Funny, I thought the world is what we make it. -- Contact
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Incentives||
I've been asking this question for more than a decade. The fact is, until incentives for administrators are somehow changed, this won't happen. As it is, the incentives are all in place to INCREASE costs -- they get bigger budgets, better offices, nicer facilities, etc., etc. It is messed up. But they have a product (the diploma) that is virtually a job requirement and, therefore, one for which people will pay a lot.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||So Many Good Points||
I agree with your thinking. School is largely unattainable for many.
My eldest daughter will actually be entering Northwestern as a freshman in the fall. (I told her it was basically the Michigan of Chicago, so it was OK... :) Plus, more opportunities to root against MSU and OSU.) I am very curious to see how this all plays out. We are in a good financial situation, so I suspect this will not mean much different for us.
The key, however, is that we are at a point where the value of a traditional college education might not be worth what it costs. EXCEPT for the fact that it is still the box that must be checked for many, many jobs (or for graduate school). And for those that can't afford it, there is an immense debt burden.
My hope is that the best students get their first choice of school and can find a way to attend that school without building up a mountain of debt. Not graduating with a "college degree mortgage" is a much better result for these kids.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Lode Runner||
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Nit-picking...||
Hockey and basketball are different in this regard, with basketball being much closer to football. If the shot is off before the buzzer it counts if it goes in. In hockey, the puck has to be all the way in the goal before the horn.
Regardless, I like football the way it is. Just because of that play, I wouldn't want it to change. We wouldn't have won the Northwestern FG game...
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Math||
Not exactly sure about the payoff, but the idea of installing all those FT surfaces is that over time the lower maintenance pays off. If there were a reason to remove them before they were "paid for" that would be rough. In addition, you then have to put something else in AND potentially maintain it (if it is grass).
|13 weeks 4 days ago||More people would be there if||
More people would be there if it wasn't a 9pm tip. /getoffmylawn
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|19 weeks 3 days ago||????||
What are they going to do? Quit the B1G? What did Michigan do? Hint: rolled over and took it...
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Not Sure...||
Not sure how to make sense of this.
I don't know if these messages in any way might help how the Carr family is feeling, but in case they do, I too offer my deepest condolences.
So terrible to think about losing a child and the promise of that life being taken away. I really, really wish there weren't sick children and I hope the Carr family knows how many sympathize with their pain.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Not Sure I Agree||
My son plays on a U11 travel team. They are decent...not really competitive with the best U11 teams.
Headers are routine on his team and in the Michigan league he plays in (WSSL - Western Suburban Soccer League). He had his first header for a goal this past spring as a U10. It is not uncommon to see balls headed into the air followed by another header.
I am concerned about the long term effect of headers, especially if he continues to play soccer and continues to progress in the sport. There is a lot of emphasis on playing the ball in the air, especially on set pieces (i.e. direct or indirect kicks and corner kicks). And it only gets more intense as they get older.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Formation||
Good write-up. Thanks for doing it!
To be strictly accurate, I think Ruddock was off the line of scrimmage. In the formation shown, there are 8 on the LOS with Ruddock covering-up Darboh. That would be both an illegal formation and make Darboh inelligible.
7 and exactly 7 on the LOS, 4 and exactly 4 in the backfield on every play or it is illegal.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Hanlon's Razor and a Question||
So for all the "corruption" theorists out there, I submit Hanlon's Razor -- Never attribute to malice that which can adequately be explained by incompetence. I don't think they're out to get us.
Here's my question, though: If a targeting personal foul is a reviewable play which can be overturned by the booth, why aren't *possible* targets plays that the booth can call down for a stoppage of play (like all other reviewable plays)?
Not sure anything would be different for us since the incompetence is only magnified when you get to the replay officials, but still, In the absence of a call, there's no possibility for a booth review to happen.
Shouldn't the refs then always err on the side of throwing the flag and allowing the play to be reviewed? The official was RIGHT THERE.
This highlights two of the big differences between the pros and college. In the pros, the refs performance is reviewed every week. In addition, if something like a bogus targeting penalty is called, the league can overturn any suspension.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||The Wolverine||
Coman Publishing's "The Wolverine" used to have a lot of this info available in its weekly preview. I would typically print out the depth charts for both teams, our full numerical roster, and their statistical summary.
This year they have changed things up and they offer those exact 4 pages as a downloadable .pdf file. I print pages 1 and 3 on the front and back of one sheet and pages 2 and 4 on the front and back of a second sheet.
I'm not sure about access to the file. It used to be a download where you had to put in an account number and password. Now it just seems to be a link:
I really don't know what their rules are about accessing that link.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||Peppers Speed||
The other thing about the return that amazes me when re-watching it is that after Peppers makes a big block to free the corner, he turns on the jets and gets right back up behind Chesson ensuring any other players trying to take angles at him can't get there.
Strictly speaking, Peppers has already done his job on the play. He just decides he's not going to be satisfied with that. It is representative of how so many players on this team are playing right now.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Media Blackout||
Lots of good suggestions here. It gets harder and harder all the time. For me, knowing anything about the game before watching it is really disappointing. Lots of people just don't get that mindset, but to each their own.
I think your best bet is the suggestion to use the student radio broadcast link mentioned above. The key is finding something that won't have the score in the title or the linked page.
Another option depends on your resources at home. I don't know what options are available for different cable providers or Dish/DTV. For my TiVo, I can record the game then download the game to an iDevice or Android to watch later. You could then conceivably listen to the TV broadcast while driving. More and more cable operators are allowing you to do the same thing.
But, like I said, the big challenge is not hearing the outcome. Depending on where you are, this could be harder or easier. In the state of Michigan, or anywere between Chicago and Michigan you're going to have a really hard time. ProTip: Don't wear a Michigan shirt or hat on the way home. I've had games spoiled at gas stations and one time by a TSA guy in an airport. Steer clear of news broadcasts and remember to turn off MGoBlog notifications on all your devices where you have the App installed.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||MMB and One More||
1990 Rose Bowl -- MMB Reserve...sat at home. Seethed at being a freshman and BS flags on fake punts.
1991 Gator Bowl -- MMB 100% pure OL Awesome; worst record for a team that had a shot at a national championship
1992 Rose Bowl -- MMB Steve Entman. Yikes.
1993 Rose Bowl -- MMB Washington REDEMPTION!!!
2013 Outback Bowl -- Went with my wife and 3 kids; one of our best vacations ever. My son was sobbing after the loss...
As others have stated, there's nothing like a Rose Bowl. I wonder if Michigan will ever get to play in one again?
|39 weeks 4 days ago||I Truly Hope They Go||
I truly hope they can figure it out. But it isn't like deciding Thursday to go Up North this weekend.
Lots of logistical issues, not the least of which is where the hell do you PUT 275 people for the night? Before the MMB shows up, there's a shortage of hotel rooms in Happy Valley. If history is a guide they will make it a night game which means either accommodations or driving home all night. Also, depending on game time, they probably have to go the night before -- same problem. The easy part is the 6 busses, load truck, and figuring out a show to perform (you can do one of your home shows...).
Regardless of the logistics, it is a funding issue. The athletic department hasn't seen fit to pay for many more trips in the past. Hopefully this changes.
|39 weeks 4 days ago||BIOYA||
What happens on the Glock Bus, STAYS on the Glock bus.
|39 weeks 4 days ago||Injuries||
As a freshman reserve, I once got inserted on a Friday. Basically in situations like that, back then, you have the person next to you not playing, but literally shouting at you stuff like, "turn RIGHT in 4, 3, 2, 1, GO!" The shadow system as described above makes a lot of sense. We were not that advanced!
Cool story, bro:
The Friday before the OSU game my sophomore year (1990), playing pickup basketball before marching band practice, I rolled my ankle pretty bad. By the next morning, it was so swollen, I couldn't tie my shoelaces on that foot.
One aircast, a couple rolls of tape, and about a dozen advil later, I still marched. Probably not a smart choice -- but it was OSU.
|39 weeks 4 days ago||Practice and Experience||
It takes a lot to learn what to evaluate, but you learn it. I'm not sure how it is done now, but when I was a rank leader, we picked the players in our rank to be challenged each week. Being that close to it, you know. As others have said, the challenge process and "earning" your spot in the block is a big deal. It parallels sports teams in some respects.
As a freshman, I was a reserve for the first game. From that point on I marched in either a pregame, a halftime, or both for the rest of the season. I was challenged every week. After what I thought was a pretty good track record, I was HEARTBROKEN to not make the bowl trip as a freshman. (I see now that they wanted to reward upperclassmen, but it was hard to see at the time.) After the first game my sophomore year, I was challenged. Then, never again that season. By my junior year I was a rank leader.
As Bando has stated, for many, they just aren't physically ready for it. The summers between my Fr/So, So/Jr, and Jr/Sr years, I worked out. A LOT. For the most part, I was running 3 miles in under 20 minutes and THEN lifting. 4X a week. That was because of how grueling my Freshman year was.
Your comment "most kids play just fine" doesn't really capture it, either. You're talking about people who were among the top handful at their high school. I really don't think I appreciated how exceptional a group of musicians it was (is) until long after I was gone.
And for the most part, it isn't music majors. Only a small percentage of the MMB is music majors. If I recall, less than 10%. But still, exceptional musicians.
Realize that all those kids are memorizing the music for a new show each week and the moves to go with it at the same time they are full time students. It is a stunningly accomplished and capable group that puts on the show each week.
|1 year 1 week ago||Hate Columbus||
I agree with you.
When I was in the Michigan Marching Band, we had a femaie band member get punched (hard) in the face by a drunk fan.
The only reason I would ever go back to Columbus would be if one of my kids went to OSU. And if they did, they would be doing it to spite me, so things would be frosty enough that I wouldn't plan on going back to get them after I dropped them off.
I've been to a number of other teams' stadiums and MSU is downright pleasurable compared to the s#!^hole that is the snakepit and Ohio Stadium.
|1 year 1 week ago||Yeah...||
Fandom endurance badge was the worst weather. There was a sleet/ice game in 1991 against Purdue that was almost as bad as the 5-0 game a few years later.
Appalachian State was bad becuase, like happend with Colorado, you knew we'd hear about it forever.
For a study in contrasts, we had about the best tailgating/gameday experience on the road EVER when we went to Nebraska a few years ago. Then Denard's elbow got hurt, Nebraska started running up and down the field, and we learned just how risky the DG to WR decision turned out to be.
But being at that Colorado game... I had recently graduated and was on business in Chicago. A buddy working there asked if I wanted a ride to AA Friday night. I called in a favor and got tickets -- about 25 rows up, right on the 50 yard line. Best tickets you could imagine.
When the ball was tipped and caught, the stadium just fell silent. It was eerie. And of course so, so disappointing. Just an awful athletic day.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||My Experience||
I have a BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan, an MBA in Finance/Strategy/Operations from Carnegie-Mellon, and have earned the CFA designation.
Lots of very good points already made, and I agree with a lot -- especially those talking about the cost of an EMBA and how many do it because they are sponsored by their employer.
As many have said, the education is only a part of it. A lot has to do with how you learn, the experience you're trying to have, and the resources you have available.
When I got my MBA, I wanted the full-time experience. It is different than an executive program or a more tradtional nights and weekends program at a less-well-known school. In my case, it also facilitated a switch from engineering to a finance career -- which I wanted. If the primary thing you're looking for is the knowledge, then look at a smaller school or just learning a lot online. The books are the same, the material is the same.
Also as indicated, the CFA curriculum is among the most demanding anywhere. It is, however, an almost exclusively self-taught program. That doesn't seem to be what you're looking for.
The letters after my name have started many conversations and opened many doors. In some ways, the degrees and certifications are not just conversation starters -- they are part of getting your ticket punched. Plenty of folks succeed without those degrees, but for some employers and in some professional situations, having the external validation is important. Regardless, once the door is opened, you have to be able to deliver. The letters stop mattering pretty fast.
Among my academic accomplishments, the one that gets the most recognition and respect is the CFA. People who know, *really* know what it takes to earn it. In addition to the certification, it will give you confidence that you've mastered a lot. Then again, a lot of what you've mastered is investment and portfolio management related. The corporate finance, accounting, probability, statistics, etc. is all in there, but the investments part is front and center.
Good luck to you as you figure it all out -- let us know what happens!
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Larry the Cable Guy||
I liked Larry the Cable Guy's tweet last night. Something to the effect of, "I'm just glad something good happened for Tom Brady."
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Or...||
EE-moo or EE-myew?
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Agree with Others||
Great insights and will help me understand the game more. Please keep them coming!
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Memories||
Coming off an incredible football regular season, going to this game as a Freshman was yet another indicator of how great my college choice was!
As others have mentioned, still a great team that was missing that one special something to get them all the way to the top again. After one loss (I don't remember which one), when asked what went wrong, Higgins replied, "We didn't get the ball to Glen enough."