further adventures in Jed York being unsuited for his position
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|2 days 15 hours ago||Knowing Philly fans, my guess||
Knowing Philly fans, my guess is there is more frustrated rage than bewildered resignation.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Straight cash, homey.||
Straight cash, homey.
|1 week 6 days ago||"Little bit of money"?||
We're talking about $2 million. That's literally more money than 95% of Americans have. And that's assuming they have no other assets (e.g., retirement income) which is highly unlikely for someone making $250k.
This is not about "selling your soul" -- millions of people happily move to other great areas b/c they can get more for their dollar. It's all about what you value and the choices you have, and this family has plenty of options, much more than any reasonable "middle" class could ever hope to have. That's a great lifestyle. Not pefect, but it's comparatively great. The options are there -- they just have to choose what lifestyle they want to lead.
If this family really wants to live in Palo Alto, great. They might have family, jobs, whatever. Then it costs $2 million to live there. That's b/c where they live is highly, highly, highly coveted, which means it is highly valuable. That makes you wealthy.
|1 week 6 days ago||Who says they have (much) of a mortgage? That doesn't make sense||
I highly doubt they are highly leveraged. The writer doesn't mention that and besides, basic mortgage math doesn't suport that.
With an income of $250k (I assume pre-tax), it is basically impossible that they bought a $2 million house recently; they wouldn't be able to get the loan, as the mortgage payment & property taxes would be $9k a month (or more) -- that's $108k per year. That's not happening, esp when you've got $50k a year in tuition. They wouldn't have any money for food or clothes!
Much, much more likely is they bought the house 15-25 years ago (when they started having kids, prime home buying time) for about $500-$700k and then they rode the price appreciation, as Bay Area real estate has skyrocketed, going up 175-250% over the past 15 years. So my guess is if they sold the home for $2 million, they'd clear at least $1.6 million, if not more (as beyond price appreciation, they'd likely mostly paid off the mortgage over time).
They're wealthy. They have assets. Selling is an option, if they want to take it.
|1 week 6 days ago||Exactly -- you are paying for N CA. They're upper class||
As stated, they have an asset worth $2 million. They could sell that and take the proceeds and buy (as she points out ) a really nice house in Ann Arbor or, if you want to go even bigger (3000 square foot), in Canton, Plymouth Twp, etc for $400k. This scenario can be replicated in literally hundreds of very appealing cities across the U.S.
With the $1.6 million remaining*, they could literally live off the interest without eating the principal. If you earn 5% a year, that's $80k a year. That's the median income for Canton and 10% more than Ann Arbor.
But you want to live in Palo Alto? Fine. Then it's worth $1.6 million to do so. Only non-middle class folks (i.e., "upper class") folks have the opportunity to make those million-dollar plus decisions.
* I know I'm not taking into account taxes on the house proceeds, but I'm also assuming these folks couldn't find any work once they move, which seems very, very unlikely and that they have no retirement savings which seems even more unlikely. Also, if earning 5% seems high, fine; they can take $40k out in principal every year, which will last for 25+ years until retirement.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||We need to get Michael Shannon to read that end section...||
...of 9 paragraphs in a dark room with some ominous music in the background.
http://youtu.be/dngOH9G4UPw (Embedding unfortunately restricted by Funny or Die)
|3 weeks 2 days ago||We can schedule East Coast teams...||
...without them being in the conference. The UConn game was a perfect example of this (e.g., it allowed Derek Jeter and his hottie girlfriend Hannah Davis to easily attend).
Maryland and (especially) Rutgers is/was a mistake. The B1G is now an amalgamation of teams, some of whom occasionally play each other, when the moon phases hit.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Phil Knight is the Emperor||
He changes up the helmets and uniforms every once in awhile to get new recruits.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Search is very, very, very profitable||
I could have probably stuck a few more "very's" in there.
They dominate a key aspect of the economy, search (particular web search), like few companies dominate. They literally are a verb (let me Google that). Thus, they make billions and billions from search ads every year, as there are not many alternatives (Yahoo? AOL? Or even Bing? Please).
They are using this search cash to buy and develop anything and everything, as web searching is becoming less important (e.g., on mobile, there is less screen size to display results or you might just ask your Twitter follower or Facebook friends for the "answer" to one of your searches). That's why they bought Android, YouTube, Waze, Nest, etc, and why they are developing cable systems. They want to dominate the "Internet of Things", and use their search technology across all devices -- from refrigerators to homes to cars to phones.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||The Illini can do worse than the Stormtroopers*||
Let's look at their record: I know they lost in IV. But they won in V. Then lost again in VI. But in I, they no-showed, Then in II they won(?) over the droid army and in III they won(?) again (after switching sides)?
So that is a record of 3-2, which prorates to 7-5, which I think Illinois would take at this point.
*I might have this wrong, as I found the pre-quels hopelessly boring and confusing (e.g., so Obi-Wan is going to that planet get the Storm Troopers, i.e., Clones, to help battle the droid army and Count Dooku, who is really a double agent working for Chancellor Palpatine, aka the Emperor, who really is going to take over the Storm Troopers once there becomes an empire -- so all this means I should have been rooting for the droid army in II? Ah screw it...I wouldn't have to think of these dumb pre-quels if I did have young family members who asked about these things)
|3 weeks 6 days ago||O'Korn is effectively a 2016 recruit||
He can't play in 2015; Malzone and Gentry can.
So unless you think it is a "game" or somehow unethical for UM to recruit QBs for 2016, your post isn't even apples to apples. It's just dumb.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Old Dennis Miller joke||
Back when he was a stand-up:
"Jimmy Cracked Corn, and I don't care.......now what the hell kind of attitude is that?
|5 weeks 8 hours ago||It's now up to $125k in damages||
This fraternity may get blamed for dog & cats living together, as this continues to get assessed.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||It's part of his contract||
I agree he is a grown man. Like it or not (and he clearly doesn't), talking to the media is part of his contract.
If he just gave boring, cliche answers, he could be done in half the time and spend a heck of a lot less money on fines.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||True||
I had never really heard of the school, yet in my first week on campus, I wondered how the two guys who lived one door down in the dorm already knew all these people! They from Troy Athens and it seemed like close to 100 kids from their class had come to U of M.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, not 9 years old, but definitely 9th graders||
I have a very hard time believing 2nd graders are using PEDs. However, once they are in middle school or high-school? For sure.
For example, this study says 4.5% of 9th-graders have used steriod pills or shots without a prescription. And that's not including/considering other PEDs (e.g., Adderral).
If we have Rivals, 24/7, Scout etc ranking/sorting athletes as soon as they get to 6th or 7th grade (if not earlier), you can bet plenty of parents and kids are going to consider what they need to do to move up in the rankings and stay "competitive" to get that scholarship/make that team/etc.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||What? Where did you hear that?||
I don't understand what you mean that a non-athlete JUCO isn't on track for 4-year degree when starting at UM. I've had friends who transfered from Delta CC and WCC (after two years) and graduated in 4 years, and I don't recall them having to do anything special (beyond passing 60 credits worth of classes their junior and senior years, like normal).
Do you have a link that shows how this does or doesn't work?
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Playing time||
That's what he lost.
There's only so much you can do in practice. Game speed/effort is where you see where you weaknesses are, and practice is where you improve upon them (generally speaking).
The season is half over, and he's essentially wasted away on the bench b/c the T-Wolves need practice bodies. I'd argue he'd have gotten better, instead, playing 30-35 min a game against top-level college competition while also learning from John Belein.
And while I suppose you can argue that, I would assume playing copious game min, as the leader of an NCAA-bound team (which UM surely would be if GRIII were in A2), would be a lot more fun. A great experience that you never can get back -- college ball only comes around once. So I would assert he lost that.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||GRIII made a huge mistake, unfortunately||
And that's not Captain Hindsight. He was basically relying on two teams (Spurs, OKC) to pick him and when that didn't work out, he was off to the second round, where NBA teams do not care much about the player. If you're not basically guaranteed as a first round pick, you should not come out early, esp if you don't need the money for your family and you have a chance to be the leader of a prominent team.
His current professional situation could not be worse: he literally has not scored one point this season in a game which the Timberwolves has won. Not a single one. That's b/c he's played in 1 game in which they won, and 16 games in which they have lost (average 1.4 per game).
The T-wolves haven't sent him down to the D-Leauge, where he could actually develop and show his skills to other teams, b/c Flip Saunders said they need bodies for practice.That's got to be very frustrating.
Hopefully he can get his release from there after the season and get on a team that actually needs him.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Great video||
Guy looks like a non-drunk version of Jonathan Winters.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Because his game is||
Because his game is NBA-ready?
|8 weeks 9 hours ago||That's it||
I'm blaming Shane Morris' concussion on you. It's all connected, somehow.
|8 weeks 10 hours ago||Wait a minute||
You taught Horford in a class, and now you have a contact at his new school who is knowledgeable about the weed quality there? You are one connected dude.
|8 weeks 10 hours ago||He's not an NBA player||
He's not nearly athletic enough to play in the NBA, nor is he anything special in terms of size. That leaves skill, and he's never demonstrated NBA-level in that area (e.g., jump shot).
All that said, he still is screwing up. He definitely has enough skill/size to meaningfully contribute to a top college program. I didn't understand why he left UM, but I assumed it was b/c he saw a better opportunity to play/lead at Florida. Based on his actions, that's what opportunity he is blowing.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Don't jump off a bridge, yet||
UM's lone 2016 recruit is very likely going to be at least 7-feet (still growing, and all). Heck, the most recent game report from his local newspaper says, "“It was a great feeling,” 7-foot Medina center Jon Teske said..." so it looks like we're already there.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||At least he's not making excuses about injuries this time||
And what the heck is "the history of me"? Did he refer to himself in the 3rd-person elsewhere in his comments?
I'm getting a whiff of desperation around Tom these past few years. I think he sees his program (which was truly Top 5 elite 5-10 years ago) falling a bit behind and he's not sure how to fix it.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Why doesn't he have a Wikipedia page?||
I just checked, and the only Jim Hackett is a baseball player from 1902. For James Hackett, it's a ship builder from the 1700s.
The man was CEO of a major corporation for a long time, and now (more importantly) is the Michigan AD who successfully pulled off the coaching coup of the new century.
I don't have a Wikipedia log-in, but I'm sure someone on mgoblog does. Someone create this man a page -- he deserves to be recognized on Wikipedia.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Finally, a CEO correctly applying CEO skillz||
After Brandon took some of the worst qualities of a CEO (imperiousness, overemphasis on marketing, micro managing b/c he knew best), it's great to see a long-time CEO apply the skills that can make a CEO work in a college environment.
- He moved quickly, but wasn't in a hurry (e.g., I didn't get a sense, at all, UM was swayed by a few "leading" commentators saying, "What's taking so long?! Nebraska and Wisconsin already have a coach!"
- He correctly assessed the value of Harbaugh and didn't d*ck around with not enough money/years (if Harbaugh didn't come, it wouldn't be b/c of lack of money or control, but b/c he wanted to stay in the NFL)
- He locked down, as much as possible, the info coming out of the search.
- His couple of press conferences limited the corporate speak, and answered questions without giving away too much
I could go on. Just a wonderful job. And based on UM's past performance, quite unexpected.
|11 weeks 16 hours ago||Kawakami was reporting the Raiders wanted Kiffin fired||
Herrera (the Raiders exec) was saying Kawakami was a liar, and that no Raiders person had ever distributed an article to the press critical of Kiffin. (That's what that other woman was saying about that her paper's beat reporter had also got one).
FWIW, Kiffin was fired one week later. So I'm not exactly going to hold this against the reporter. Oakland is/was an insane organization.
|12 weeks 18 hours ago||Does this mean Ice Cube is||
Does this mean Ice Cube is going back to the jheri curl?