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|1 day 18 hours ago||Credit where credit is due:||
Credit where credit is due: that's Sonny Chiba via Quentin Tarantino. It's fun to see popular culture rewrite the "word of the Lord". Wonder how often that has happened in the past 2 millenia?
|2 days 11 hours ago||That's odd, none of the||
That's odd, none of the undergrad English majors among my family and close friends, are teaching English. They're all very successful, doing things having nothing to do with their BA.
|3 days 4 hours ago||Dantonio and Meyer have to||
Dantonio and Meyer have to love facing Hoke, they get a lot of mileage of it.
|3 days 4 hours ago||I don't think anyone has to||
I don't think anyone has to apologize for preseason optimism, and even getting on the case of those who were pessimistic then, that's to be expected to an extent. But when some of us pointed out early this season that this team looked really bad in victory, and atrocious when we lost, we were still torn apart. I was called a "troll" for pointing out that the Miami win exposed this team and predicting we would lose to Utah, Rutgers would give us a game, and we'd be lucky to go 6-6. Naive optimism on my part. But that Miami game was when my maize and blue glasses fell off (they were still on after Notre Dame, sort of, because ND is a really good team).
I can always understand and accept optimism about the team. What I can't understand is the need to ignore what happens on the field and defend the coaching staff to the point of insanity: one person who has responded to this thread earlier, actually criticized me by pointing out that a coaching staff that includes Nussmeier and Mattison cannot be called incompetent. Well, I think I'll let the team's performance speak to that.
|4 days 15 hours ago||If/when MissSt regresses||
If/when MissSt regresses towards the mean, he might jump ship, because of the pressure to perform in that division. But that's not happening right now, probably not for a couple of seasons. I actually see him, a Pennsylvania native who played ball in Pennsylvania, as the next HC of PSU after Franklin crashes and burns.
|4 days 15 hours ago||I believe he was an assistant||
I believe he was an assistant at Nebraska, then went to DIII to become a HC. Maybe a calculated move on his part, seeing it as a quicker route to being a DI HC than rising through the assistant ranks. As others have implied, he's more likely to end up at a non-Power 5 school, like a MAC school. Someone will give him a shot based on his record, and those schools have a lot less to lose.
|4 days 16 hours ago||I agree but, why would Mullen||
I agree but, why would Mullen leave MissSt? I may have missed it in all of the posts about him as a potential candidate, but I cannot see one strong reason why he would give up his current hero status there to take over in Ann Arbor. Certainly not money, the boosters there will make sure that isn't a factor, to a reasonable extent, and I don't see UM offering him unreasonable compensation. He's achieving unheard of success for MSU in the toughest division in the best conference in the country.
He also just accepted an extension with not only more money, but also a new termination clause that MSU is requiring of all head coaches, which calls for potential termination if the team's APR leads to a postseason ban. Very few schools require this of their coaches. And so far, MSU is above average on APR under Mullen. So why would he come to UM? I see no upside to him making a move.
|5 days 4 hours ago||Mmmm...OK, benjy, but please||
Mmmm...OK, benjy, but please let me keep miscomprehending and thinking about Hope's roast beef curtains, OK? Thanks.
|5 days 5 hours ago||Roast beef curtains? Count me||
Roast beef curtains? Count me in.
|5 days 15 hours ago||Take a break from whatever||
Take a break from whatever you're doing to make your wife happy today, pull a coin out of your pocket and flip it. The chances that you will still be married by the time you're 50 are not much better than that. Enjoy it while it lasts, have fun raising the kids, and I hope you're emotionally and financially prepared for when it falls apart.
While my lovely GF is working a weekend shift as a nurse, I'll be reinforcing a sagging joist and rebuilding the basement stairs in the old tudor pile of bricks we bought, and smiling in anticipation of stepping into the new steam shower with her after her shift. The simple pleasures of having children old enough to basically take care of themselves and an ex-wife who is a distant speck in the rear-view mirror.
|6 days 5 hours ago||Happy little trees. The man||
Happy little trees. The man painted, on TV, on acid. Had to be.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Wild guess: you're married.||
Wild guess: you're married.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Bang me, please: the Jets||
Bang me, please: the Jets covered the spread and I won $500! Happy Friday!
|1 week 11 hours ago||What does Proppe mean by||
What does Proppe mean by "normal"? For CSG? For me, 'normal' response rates for randomly selected general population surveys is 20-30%, for surveys of listed populations with whom the surveying entity has a relationship, well over 30%. But again it depends on a lot of factors. Single digit response rates generally don't reflect a serious effort, with exceptions.
|1 week 11 hours ago||I wouldn't call 12% a||
I wouldn't call 12% a fantastic response rates among students, I'd call it a little below average. It's possible to achieve much higher rates, but it really depends on topic, timing, follow-up. I wonder if they tapped into the knowledge base at ISR for this.
|1 week 3 days ago||still pretty flexible, too||
|1 week 3 days ago||Shakey Jake (the real one)||
Shakey Jake (the real one) once told me I looked like Tom Hanks. Actually he really thought I was Tom Hanks. That was many strands of hair ago. I like to think I look like James Osterberg.
|1 week 4 days ago||So your 20,000 points mean||
So your 20,000 points mean your opinion is to be trusted more than the OP's? Give me a fucking break. It more likely means there isn't much going on in Canada.
|1 week 6 days ago||Yes, but many schools are||
Yes, but many schools are struggling to adjust to the most recent directives regarding how to interpret the mandate. And what is the punishment for failing to do so? If FSU puts procedures in place to come into compliance, then nothing will happen. And they know it.
|1 week 6 days ago||I don't know what will come||
I don't know what will come out of this. The article is much more critical of the police than the university. And the ramifications for the police? It's Florida, nothing will happen.
|1 week 6 days ago||OJ. Found a place with||
OJ. Found a place with Torpedo on draft last night and overdid it. Taking it easy tonight. But there are some beautiful beers in my fridge calling me.
|2 weeks 13 hours ago||I love Bo's hat. That's a||
I love Bo's hat. That's a block M hat. Haven't seen one for sale in years so I have to keep wearing the filthy one in my closet.
Also love the maize in the uniforms.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||...and Arizona's defense is||
...and Arizona's defense is one of the worst in the country. And Oregon had injuries on the line, though not as many, when they played MSU. Mariota is rarely a drop back pocket passer. I think he made several errors last night and left points on the board, inexperienced OL notwithstanding.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I'm only interested in ONE||
I'm only interested in ONE "clarifying fact": Arizona 31, Oregon 24. He won the fucking game, fergodssakes.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||The amazing thing was||
The amazing thing was watching Arizona's defense stop Oregon time and again, at Oregon, something the vaunted MSU defense just could not do. Wasn't the over/under like, 80 points? RichRod's team is playing better than anyone in the B1G right now.
It's hard to say what would have happened had he been given one more year here, but I don't think it's a stretch to say the team would be performing better. He has his weaknesses, but he plays his strengths really well.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||Jim Harbaugh, with or without||
Jim Harbaugh, with or without the 49ers cap?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||You're assuming that Ross'||
You're assuming that Ross' wealth equates to great power. Well, at this moment another living "alum", Valerie Jarrett, is in a pretty damn powerful position, yet she probably has a fraction of the money lost in Ross' couch.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||"Need his money" is||
"Need his money" is overstating the case, by a lot. His money is very nice indeed but by no means does the AD "need" it, it turns a profit without it.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||No. Ross didn't get to where||
Ross didn't get to where he is by betting on one horse; as someone noted in a prior post, he voiced his support for Brandon, because he likes what he sees in him, but that doesn't mean he wouldn't continue to support the department and the U if Brandon were to leave. And it also doesn't mean he wouldn't question Brandon's leadership if he saw something he didn't like.
And for such a generous honor, he doesn't throw his weight around at all, at least not in public. Can you cite a case where he has actually inserted himself into an issue at the U? Because it does happen with big donors at other schools.
Let's focus our attention on those who are underperforming and as a result making our school look bad, and not looking out for the best interests of our students. Accountability is the issue.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Mr. Roemer, my heart goes out||
Mr. Roemer, my heart goes out to you and your family this week. I know firsthand that seeing your child suffer from depression is heart-wrenching, frustrating, and so much more. It's a battle you share with him. To see him lose the battle must be an overwhelming tragedy, absolutely heartbreaking. My own son has battled those demons, he'll be 20 later this week. I'm going to see him on his birthday and in addition to hugging him a little longer than usual, I'll sit down with him and talk about what Garrick achieved as a Michigan student athlete, and we'll make a donation together.