landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
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|6 days 10 hours ago||As a parent, you're entrusted||
As a parent, you're entrusted with the well-being of your kid. Some kids are built differently than others - size, shape, hormones, reactiveness, impulsivity, smarts; and it's up to each parent to recognize where their child falls on the spectrum if those traits should impact their safety in a game setting. It's not so difficult to make a rational informed decision to allow, prohibit, or condition your child's participation in football on these variables and traits, especially if you can also compare them to the physical/mental/etc. traits of your child's anticipated competition; and take into consideration the safety measures your child's league intends to employ.
As a citizen (and a lawyer), I understand that the law presumes a standard of reasonable prudence. So I'm comfortable to presume that parents of children who play football, and the children themselves, have done their due diligence re: player safety in a reasonably prudent fashion; and have performed a reasonable risk/reward analysis. I'm OK with the fact that reasonably prudent people can draw variant conclusions; it's human nature. People are entitled to make their own informed decisions.
If the consequences of football concussions were ever proven to have a net negative societal impact, it would be a different story. But a discussion of whether children should be afforded the liberty to play football - which can be dangerous absent safe protocols - is not akin to, for example, a discussion of whether the drinking age should be reduced. We can safely leave the decision to play sports in the hands of parents and the players, themselves; lest we further devolve into a nanny state.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I never want to think about||
I never want to think about Pedo State University ever again. I hate that when 'new' information keeps popping up, it forces my attention to how the gravity of child endangerment by a state athletic department, and victimization by one of its employees, has been trivialized into 'NCAA penalties' that don't even exist anymore. I hate this thing with all my soul.
I can't understand it. Multiple people witness the horrendous and not one of them says, "F You, Sandusky; you're going to jail". The potential that Paterno's breaking silence, as early as possible, could have cratered his program was NOT a risk with a downside more valuable than the integrity of so many children's well-being. Whether breaking the silence would have even cratered Paterno's program is just an exercise in hypotheticals; but it clearly would have been better for the guy (or ANYONE) to have said, "Sandusky's a sick f**k. Take him far, far away from all things Nittany".
I can't bring myself to understand the culture of that program or its priorities or those who continue to defend it, and I never will; thank God. Nor, in light of the university's continued defensive, can I understand how any student-athlete in their right mind would still choose a PSU scholarship - to play any sport - over a similar scholarship elsewhere.
tl;dr - PSU is gross and "Happy Valley" sounds like something a pedo would come up with to lure children.
|5 weeks 11 hours ago||lock the thread. redirect||
lock the thread. redirect traffic here.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Saban isn't going anywhere.||
Saban isn't going anywhere. He's still a NC short of Bear Bryant, and he'll be in the shadow of BB until he matches him; then the question is can he overtake BB.
Right now, Saban is arguably the greatest college coach of a generation. With one or two more NCs at Alabama, barring a Joe-Pa fiasco, he'll be considered the greatest college coach of all time. You don't leave that on the table to coach the Detroit Lions.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Are there any prominent||
Are there any prominent former RBs turned head coaches to compare?
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Only now realizing our||
Only now realizing our secondary will be held down by Lewis and Clark next year. You want to make a manifest destiny joke, but it's kind of the opposite. "No one shall explore the region beyond scrimmage." Alone in the wilderness, surviving with only a Canteen, some Cole, and Peppers between them.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||B. Marshall, L. Fitzgerald,||
B. Marshall, L. Fitzgerald, W. Snead, T. Ginn, Jr. Need 2 starters and a flex for top prize! Thinking Marsh, Fitz, and Snead as flex, but Ginn is coming on strong. Thoughts?
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Anyone think it'll affect his||
Anyone think it'll affect his career? I always felt that a lot of SH's shtick is judgment-based (his raised eyebrows, use of sarcasm, patronizing, etc.). How he'll get away with that after committing the biggest faux pas in televised pageantry will be funny to watch play out.
All the WIN to the first contestant on the Feud to blurt "Colombia" as an answer. 100X the WIN to everyone Surveyed if they coordinate so "Phillipines" is the #1 answer to every question.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Metatarsoseamoid ligament, I||
Metatarsosesamoid ligament, I think. Googled it.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||Raw skillset of Steph Curry?||
Raw skillset of Steph Curry? Welcome to Michigan, Mr. Poole!
|31 weeks 6 days ago||The thing that jumps out at||
The thing that jumps out at me is his aggressiveness and decisiveness into gaps and holes as they open up. He doesn't have happy feet; he's not "bouncy". He's letting plays develop and maximizing yardage. Playing within himself and counting on his team for success. Definitive Harbaugh recruit.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||One must contemplate the||
One must contemplate the loudness of the Past before one can compare it to the Present.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||What a stupid thing to||
What a stupid thing to say.
Maryland has money. It has the gravitas of the Big Ten. It's in a perfectly good recruiting area (NJ/VA/MD/PA). So long as it has Big Ten money (and powerful donors), building a foundation the right way remains doable; and if constructed properly, a good foundation will suport tall expectations.
But Maryland fell into the trap. It plagiarized a business model, unabashedly; and as a result, all its setbacks and failures are ripe for judgment under a microscope. "We want to be like Oregon", is about as dumb a PR statement as anyone building up their identity can make; and it weakens not just Maryland, but the Big Ten. Each step in the process of "being like Oregon" draws a comparison that's either un-achievable, or distracts from success for want of an answer. Did you hire the equivalent of Chip Kelly? No? Not enough data to answer? Either way, Maryland fails; and it slows the process of foundation-building for success.
Even if you're successful, you've succesfully become Oregon 2.0, not MARYLAND.
Yet I remain confident Maryland can become an exciting contributor in the Big Ten. Maryland needs to take this advice:
1. Make smart investments in your Athletic Department. Put money in the ground, in stadia, and practice facilities. Hire Jim "MF" Hackett as a consultant. Create environments for success. Don't focus on the outer-ring until you've built something in the inner-ring.
2. Tap into what makes your fans a community, and built that up. Give it an ego and feed it. Validate it.
3. Don't measure success by net revenue, alone. People don't queue at the stadium to watch the Fighting Dollar Bills; and putting flashy uniforms on a bad team is the very definition of gilding the lily. It's an insult.
4. Be Quiet! Get in your submarine, and close up your fort. Address the media only when you have something to say about something positively handled.
5. Don't create an environment of comparison; and definitely don't plagiarize. Read Jim Harbaugh transcripts. Comparison isn't conducive to success and moving forward. Prepare well, and have faith in your preparation.
|34 weeks 11 hours ago||Barn Dances. Current and||
Barn Dances. Current and former Michigan Greeks know what's up.
|34 weeks 6 days ago||(No subject)||
|36 weeks 1 day ago||LOL. Nice to meet you, too.||
LOL. I guess I put a lot of thought and energy into everything I do, including my bumbling idiocy. Nice to meet you, too.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||I don't understand how a||
I don't understand how a "Jumpman" rebrand helps Nike at all selling football apparel; Jordan is iconic for his play and his shoes. My sense is he got the contract by bundling it with basketball.
In any event, his jerseys - if proposed as iconic in and of themselves - had a familiar tri-stripe trim at the neck and sleeves, and the numbers were either trimmed in a contrast color (white or black). The current away jerseys fit that to a T; you could trim the numbers in black and slap a Jumpman directly over the Swoosh to the right of the neck and it's positively Jordan's Bulls era template.
To do the same thing to the home jerseys would require trimming the numbers in thin contrasting color (maize/white), and adding the tri-stripe (maize-white-maize?) to the neck and sleeves.
Maybe emboss the names on the back of the jerseys in black or white, also.
With basketball, I hope to see a script Michigan jersey similar to Jordan's script Chicago; otherwise I love the Cazzie classics.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Does the playsheet actually||
Does the playsheet actually hit the ref in the back in part three?
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Another way of looking at it:||
Another way of looking at it: U-T stabilizes and has its pick of top in-state talent; meaning, Texas talent is not enrolling at OSU, Alabama, Oregon, USC, etc. One program controlling the spigot for top-talent in Texas - instead of several - is better for us, in my book. Having a top coach ourselves, that advantage is somewhat leveled; and it forces other programs to develop their own state talent, which is harder to do, and again better for us.
I'm happy to take the 3rd, 4th, and 5th best Texas guys, while getting the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd best MI guys, etc., and have them all coached by Harbaugh, et al. Let Strong coach the TX 1s and 2s at TX; and we'll beat them with everybody else.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Sophomore year at U-M. I had||
Sophomore year at U-M. I had a morning class, so I was out of my room before 8:46 when the first plane hit. I got a cup of coffee at the Union and was walking to my first class before anything was publicized. It was before cell-phones being as ubitquitous as they are now - definitely no smart-phones - so the panic went up by word of mouth, and details were not as immediate. I bumped into a group of classmates and got the news: "NYC IS UNDER ATTACK! Aren't you from NY?".
Ran to my room to turn on the TV; everyone was watching by then. Sat down just in time to see the second plane hit. I cried, man. I thought a lot of my friends were going to lose parents that day. Luckily none of them did, but we all knew someone within a degree of separation who died: police officers, volunteer firefighters, professionals who worked in the buildings. It's an emotional day.
I'm going to be a dad for the first time in December to twins, so I've been thinking a lot today about the young parents who died. There'd always been a lot of press about the money collected to help out the widows and kids who lost their spouses/parents, and that necessary income. I used to think pridefully about the generosity of those donors and how wonderful it was to see Americans come together like that; but now, all I can think about is the loss to those families. The time with their kids those new fathers were robbed of.
I'm making my way to the Bronx tonight for the Yankees game against Toronto. I've been a Connecticut transplant for the last few years (my wife is from New Haven and we just bought our first home in Norwalk). In fact, as I'm typing she just texted me to "be careful" tonight. Make no mistake, that wound is there and it's real.
While I may "be careful" and be a little more mindful of my surroundings heading in, I won't be fearful. I need to be around New Yorkers on this day. There's a togetherness I need that this day always awakens in me. I think we all feel it, and we deal with it in our own ways. We Don't Forget.
|37 weeks 8 hours ago||DOUBLE POST||
|37 weeks 8 hours ago||But is this going to be one||
But is this going to be one of those Harbaugh 'you don't know what you've got til it's gone' teaching tactics we've heard so much about?
|38 weeks 10 hours ago||I have a feeling this season||
I have a feeling this season will be reminiscent of Michigan 2005-2006. I feel like our young RBs are going to be catching a lot of screens. My first playcall is RB screen, checkdown to Butt.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||One thing to always consider||
One thing to always consider re: Utes (both at a Utes game and in general) - before assuming voracity of visual identification - especially from a distance - with respect to testimony that a single set of Utes sped to the Sac-O-Suds in a metallic, mint green, 1964 Buick Skylark convertible, shooting and killing the attendant, before speeding away in the same car; one must always consider whether he/she actually saw two different sets of Utes: the first driving the Buick, while a second set of Utes driving a metallic, mint green, 1963 Pontiac Tempest, may in fact have been the Utes who shot the attendant and sped away.
|46 weeks 1 day ago||Favorite Jims: Father-In-Law,||
Favorite Jims: Father-In-Law, Brother-In-Law, Uncle, Harbaugh, Fallon, Johns (one helluva sandwich), and Beam.
Least Favorite Jims: Dolan, Cameron (movies are too focused on spectacle for me), Taylor (music is wishy-washy, imho), and Buffett (I get it; you like cheeseburgers and margaritas. So shut up and go make me some).
|48 weeks 9 hours ago||Buddy, there are more whores||
Buddy, there are more whores inside the marble walls of Wall Street than there are in the five boroughs combined. Prostituting yourself is simply a commitment to vice instead of virtue. It stems from idolotry - and once idolotry gains traction in the cultural fabric - it becomes an endemic that can seriously screw up how an entire population perceives reality.
I said it before, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So be mindful that your eyes are open.
|48 weeks 10 hours ago||Yeah, I carried that chip on||
Yeah, I carried that chip on my shoulder for a long time. It's a fallacy.
Having money makes paying for things easier. While the ability to pay for services that enrich and simplify your life is arguably a benefit of those with money (as opposed to those without), enrichment and simplification can be obtained for free. At the end of the day, we're all just shitty human beings. How "easy" our lives are is completely dependent on choices, not on money.
In any event, there are beautiful women in every socio-economic bracket all around the world; all you have to do is look around. With respect to money buying beauty - or making it "easier" to access beautiful women - consider that money doesn't pay for genetics, but for better cosmetics. Are naturally beautiful women more attracted to men with money than without? It obviously depends on the guy; and whether the woman is convinced a relationship with that man is worth compromising whatever faults the guy has. Again, we're all just shitty human beings. Plus, beauty will always be in the eye of the beholder, anyway.
Your comment makes me think you put a price-tag on relationships; but I doubt that you legitimately feel that way. Good relationships are borne from generosity of self and one's time; and being genuine. Generosity with money fits into the equation, but only so long as the Spender is genuinely generous, and not "paying" for something in return. You'll never buy a Beautiful mate, no matter how much money you spend.
|49 weeks 6 days ago||For every problem, there's a||
For every problem, there's a solution. The solution may not be ideal, but it'll be better than an "oh well".
If you're an impacted person, the government will have to mark your file with each federal and state department reliant on any disclosed information for greater scrutiny re: record changes. With respect to personal usage of private information, such as obtaining a loan, credit reports will determine whether you're compromised; and while annoying, you would simply go through the process of disputing charges. If the government has your file marked, it's a bullet in the chamber for a faster review process.
I'm over-simplifying, but isn't this more or less where the conversation would have to start?
Ultimately, I think this report just confirms what we all kind of anticipated, unless our heads were buried in the sand. The internet and electronic filing systems are not Fort Knox. Everything stored online is as good as public, because smart a**holes growing up on computers are going to find a way to hack into stuff.
What really changes? Be as careful as you can with your personal information; and don't knowingly post compromising material online or in electronic storage. For everything else, there's a solution. If anything, it gives you greater leverage to dispute stuff; and disputing stuff often leads to being in a better position than you were before. Lawyer up and be careful out there.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||1982 Honda Accord Hatchback||
The year was 1998, and both the car and I were 16 years old. Inherited for free when my great-grandmother stopped driving. Had been sitting for three years at that point. Selling points: low mileage and free.
Car was s*** brown and rusted, interior canopy fabric had detached and ballooned down, speakers were shot, so I replaced them with a free set I picked up from a friend. A real hatchet-job cutting the replacements into the door-panel to fit.
Best Car? It got me an A+ in Physics, when our teacher asked who in the class had the least valuable car for a momentum experiment, gauging force required to push car in neutral from a dead stop. EVERY hand in the room went up and pointed at me.
Worst Car! Would stall in the middle of intersections. It was automatic transmission, but I'd have to constantly put in neutral when stopped with foot on gas, because it would stall. Totalled it in a rainstorm when the brakes gave out, I spun out, and cracked the axle and suspension against the curb. No cars or pedestrians were nearby, thankfully.
My brother and I pooled our money together and bought a 1992 Audi 100. Was a comfortable car, but all the lux computerized dashboard detail either went to shit or never worked properly. Friends and girlfriends would actually get in it. The stereo went, but it got us from point A to B.
First car I got for myself was a 2004 Honda Civic EX. BEST CAR. 200K miles later, I'm still holding on. LOTS of good memories in Black Betty.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||This is a perfect landing||
This is a perfect landing spot for DB.
Quality control is handled predominantly by the manufacturer, not the retailer; so he won't be responsible for a product. He just has to sell the seller.
There are virtually no brick and mortar toy stores competing in the US anymore, so he can just brand away and reap the benefits. Nostalgia and gimickry are both in his favor, to appeal to the Toys'R'Us Kids generation - parents now - and their children.
That backward 'R' is going to be everywhere. Jeffrey at every location. Facility upgrades. And if there's any way to charge parents and kids just to enter the store, DB will sniff it out to provide an emersive 'toy-day' purchasing experience.