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- Healthy family relationships.
- My daughter back safely in a week from a 7 month deployment to the Middle East.
- My son to make better decisions.
- Holding someone publicly accountable (for abusing internet privileges with twitter, social media)
- Maintaining privacy of people, regardless of what they do.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Thank you||
Thanks . . . she is intriged by PITE. If you can email me or help research that area, it'd be awesome. Appreciate it. [email protected].
|3 days 9 hours ago||Kind of all of it||
I'm starting from square one. She has a somewhat technical rating in the Navy (Aegis Computer Network Technician). She knows from this that she doesn't want to be a computer / electrical engineer, or do IT work. But she also realizes that she probably has what it takes to be an engineer (The Navy training was pretty brutal, and making it through was an accomplishment in itself). So she needs to figure out what to do (pre reqs, whether to take the SAT or ACT or something else, what else to do to prep for admission.) She can take gen ed classes while in the Navy over the next 2 1/2 years, but needs to figure out if those credits would be accepted at all. She knows that she wants to make a difference in the world, and likes the idea of environmental engineering (having seen how the Navy and Industry often don't plan or think well in terms of the environment).
I think the GI Bill will allow her to afford to go to pretty much any place she can get accepted into. (Apparently, the law now stipulates that Vets going to college straight from the service are given in-state tuition, wherever they choose to go).
Of course, we can just look at how schools are ranked by US News and others, but sometimes, talking to people who have been in schools helps give you a feel.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Not in the toilet||
Rumblings? Be careful, Toby. Some mods keep a watchful eye. Wyatt certainly isn't in the toilet. It would have helped his career if he was able to run free and fast and loose.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Dumb but Important||
Dumb but important is a fascinating, horrifying link. Here is the relevant photo for those who are too lazy to link through (proportions are altered, and I don't know how to adjust):
|3 days 13 hours ago||Other Michigan Relevant Links||
The Harbaugh stories were great. It turns out Chase Goodbread has several other articles highlighting Michigan players.
Washington Redskins talking to Channing Stribling.
|4 days 5 hours ago||How long have you been in Bolivia?||
My son, how long have you been in Bolivia? How long have you had to reflect on anger and hatred? This is an interesting case, imhe. I know that the proprieter and many of the moderators share your disapproval of PSU and JoePa, let alone Sandusky. Still, on a somewhat serious note, I don't think anything good happens when we give in to hatred and act out of anger. I am sure there are exceptions. But they are exceptions and not the norm. I have had to learn a lot myself about not giving in to anger.
|4 days 5 hours ago||Was in Paraguay, neighboring country||
I was in neighboring country Paraguay doing service work in the slums of Asuncion. (Health and hygiene education, etc.) Had an awesome time. Was there in November, which is a comfortable time of year. Did very limited sight seeing.
Thing is, the Andes Mountains run right through Bolivia. The aforementioned Lake Titicaca has an elevation of more than 12,000 feet, so very high. To the east, there is a plain, similar to Paraguay. And to the west, it also is flat in Bolivia. So the country is bisected by a very high mountain range.
Would strongly recommend you follow Jim Harbaugh's example and find a place in the world to serve others. He goes to Peru, iirc. You could go to Bolivia. For real.
|4 days 6 hours ago||My daughter was recently in Djibouti||
My daughter was recently in Djibouti. Another country, the name of which is amusing to middle school boys.
|4 days 10 hours ago||I won't blame Drevno for OL||
I won't blame Drevno for the OL. It has been substandard for a long time. Part of this is coaching, but only part. A lot of this is the players on hand. Without a solid OL, the running game struggles, and it makes the passing game harder. In one sense, you could argue that the failure of the OL to protect Speight led to the injury against Iowa, that loss, and indirectly, to the loss vs. OSU. Whatever happened to Speight, it clearly limited his ability to stretch the field.
|5 days 7 hours ago||Scrolled looking for one poster||
I scrolled through just looking for one poster . . . umbig11. I'm guessing he knows, and is keeping his mouth shut. I'm thinking some other warm clime . . .
I'm wondering if Jimmy has enough connection to use an NFL facility. Miami comes to mind, because of the obvious . . .
|5 days 15 hours ago||Fuggetaboutit||
Forget about worrying about Mattison. The guy is incredible. He is way more hip then I am, and most of us are. The kids love him. He is a coaching and recruiting monster. His daughter and granddaughter are nearby in Tecumseh. He has job security, but isn't sitting on his laurels. His son, last I heard, was in northern Indiana (near ND?) so he is close to his other grandchild. He doesn't need the money, but it is nice. He has a great relationship with Harbaugh senior, in addition to Jim Harbaugh (and brother John). He actually was on Meyer's staff in Florida. The guy has been around, and is now settled.
The great thing is that there is no ego between him and Brown, let alone Drevno and Harbaugh. That core of guys are all professional, and they set the tone for the rest of the staff. I'll just say, it is a miracle when you have a great team of COACHES who get along and work well together. I would love for Mattison to coach for another 5 - 10 years. He will step down when he knows it is time. And it isn't time yet. Actually, between him and Brown, we can afford to have turnover in the rest of the defensive coaching staff. Either one can step in when a younger coach moves up the tree and takes a promotion elsewhere. Mattison has coached the line, linebackers, and been the DC. I have no doubt that Brown, but also Mattison, are helping out a bit with the LB group. And even if it isn't their focus, they aren't idiots about the secondary either.
Provided we get Solomon, and better yet, also get Tufele, we are entering into a golden time on the defense. We are now reloading instead of rebuilding. With one of those two, we have depth at every position on the defense, and can focus on 2018 and 2019 recruits.
|5 days 17 hours ago||Family and age||
I think this has been discussed here previously, but Mattison has the perfect gig. He loves to coach, and would go crazy at home. But he has slowed down just a tiny bit, so he can spend time with his family, who are in the Ann Arbor area. You can google it, but his wife loves for him to work (it is in his blood,) but to be around just a bit more. Lisa Roberts, his daughter, lives in Tecumseh with her husband and Mattison's first grandchild. Mattison also has a very strong relationship with Harbaugh senior. Somewhere in an interview, his wife and daughter have said, "we don't want to move, and you dragged us around forever. We'd like you to stay put."
Here's a quote from a 2011 SI article. Mattison had told Hoke and his daughter Lisa he couldn't leave Baltimore. Here is what ensued:
I don't think most of us understand the stress of constant moving. Mattison has the perfect situation.
As for why he wasn't along, who knows. I wouldn't be surprised if he was on the road with another recruit (Willie Gay? A 2018 prospect?)
|6 days 5 hours ago||Good for him||
I am happy for Wheatley. I lived out in San Gabriel in '92 and '93, and loved going to the Rose Bowl that year. Great memories. I trust there will be a good replacement.
|1 week 3 days ago||Yes, delusional||
Yes, they are delusional in Nebraska. But our fanbase has them too. Michigan has NOT been on the same level as OSU and Bama for a LONG time. We may have been better this year, but our OL was seriously lacking. And the homerism gets annoying. I will occasionally read something over at Eleven Warriors, and their fan base is also completely delusional.
|1 week 6 days ago||Very aggravated||
I am very aggravated. I don't tweet, don't have a twitter account, and am fine with that. I would never THINK of contacting a kid I don't know. Positive or negative. Heck, I have contact with 15 and 16 year olds because of my own teenagers, and even that is a bit odd. Let only kids I don't know.
However, the only way I can see to effectively deal with this is to publicly name this kind of idiot. I don't see why the names, phone numbers, employers, photos, etc., of idiots like these aren't publicized. When people are held accountable for their stupidity, it can make a difference. When you see mug shots, when there is a "walk of shame," people think twice about what they do.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Doubt it||
Jokes like that would be a professional death wish.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Insurance coverage?||
I am curious what insurance policies are available. If there was a good enough policy ($20 million if injured?) I could see JB coming back. Why? Pride!! No OSU win, no Big 10 championship, no bowl game. He definitely has "unfinished business."
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Some of them||
I would love any two of the following:
Of course, I'd prefer all of them, but really, any two of these guys would be great. More would be totally awesome.
As for the others (Gay, Collins, Becton, Leatherwood, Slaton), I'd take any or all of them, but Leatherwood and Slaton seem very unlikely (committed elsewhere, plus grades) and Gay, Collins and Becton less needed. I guess of the latter three, I'd almost say Becton, then Gay, then Collins.
I also would love for Harbaugh to pull something out of his hat at the last minute . . . a 5 star or high 4 star guy currently committed elsewhere would be awesome. Especially on the line.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||The things I want, Santa can't give||
The things I want, Santa can't give.
More stuff? Nah.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||The 3 Idiots||
Meyer, Dantonio and Saban. Want to stir the pot and scare recruits away. Also, every fanbase of a loser NFL team will ALWAYS bring up Harbaugh.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||mgoblog functionality||
I'm partially irked with mgoblog functionality.
More than that, I'm irked with the lack of communication about the plan for functionality going forward. Cumong, Brian, Seth, et. al. What are you planning to do, and when? I've kind of given up.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Is Amy Schumer an mgoblogger name?||
Or are you just filing a grievance with Amy Schumer? She did standup here in Chicago last month. I listened to her shtick on youtube. Not for me. The Tribune reviewer referenced a mother / daughter who cluelessly went together. Wow. Can't even imagine that.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Insurance?||
I'm really curious about insurance policies. For someone like Jabrill, projected to be chosen in the top 10 of the NFL draft, with pretty guaranteed bonus and salary figures, what kind of insurance on projected future earnings is available? Can you borrow at a realistic rate to pay for such a policy?
Here is the table for 2016. There should be an ability to insure for some value, based on NFL evaluation.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Remember we all are in glass houses||
I have regularly seen folks on the board ridiculing OSU and MSU for various player transgressions. Well, it happens everywhere, and is wrong everywhere. I trust that Harbaugh will do the right thing, after the matter is resolved in court. Having said that, some users need to lighten up when an athlete on an opposing team makes a mistake. I'm not suggesting that such acts shouldn't be dealt with. On the contrary, I'm suggesting that it is ludicrous to suggest that Michigan's players are all above and beyond reproach. I am aware of too many incidents at Michigan to turn a blind eye.
I do hope that Grant Perry will be exonerated, and be able to complete a degree and come back to the team. However, I fully support him being separated from the team and all team activities until this matter is fully and completely resolved.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Question on "outing" people like Bruce Feltenbarger||
So, obviously there is significant consensus that this is just wrong. That you should never ever disparage a 17 year old recruit under any circumstances.
My question: is it appropriate to "out" someone like Bruce Feltenbarger? If someone knows who this person is, is it fair game to post his picture, his home address, his phone number, etc., etc., etc. I really hate internet trolls who can do stuff like this, and really think that guys like "Bruce" should be held accountable. Should be on the receiving end of the kind of abuse he's willing to dole out over the internet.
But I know when Brian outed the student who was trying to create a new "song," there was a lot of blowback from mgousers. So my question is this. What is more important to you:
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Know you're being sarcastically humorous||
I know you're being sarcastically humorous, but this is almost beyond joking imhe. There have been too many instances of people doing nonsense like this, which I absolutely deplore. Will put a separate post up.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Several reasons for Urban Meyer||
A couple years ago, when we were recruiting Da'Shawn Hand, there was a poster who was a friend of the Hand family and his HS coaches who put up some illuminating posts. Apparently, Meyer is very personable . . . I remember the poster saying how recruit mom's loved him. His track record is undeniable, in terms of National Championships and being a winner. I have heard that he is a pretty high character guy. OSU has put a ton of guys in the NFL, which is a major motivator. For HS students, they look at what a team has done lately, and OSU has done a lot lately, a whole lot more than Michigan. Looking at the last 50 or 100 years, OSU has done very well compared to Michigan. Academically, while OSU is a bit behind Michigan, the gap has narrowed. They are a much better school than they used to be. And let's be honest: a school that is good academically is important, but not critical to many football players. And while Michigan is very good, it certainly doesn't have the same rep as Stanford, let alone Ivy league schools.
You can't automatically assume that someone is "cheating" if they are doing well in recruiting. I think it is entirely possible that there are many players who love the success at OSU, fit well with the current students and the coaching, and want to follow their dream of playing in the NFL.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||OL was disaster||
Our OL was a disaster, between coaching and talent. I always felt that we were going to struggle until 2018. Still feel that way. We will win, but I'll be shocked if we win out next year. However, by 2018, Harbaugh will be loaded with his guys at every position. The OL will no longer be a liability. With a power run game, and an embarassment of riches at QB, Michigan will be in the position of reloading. Just not there yet.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I'm among those recommending a mutual fund||
I'm among those recommending investing in a mutual fund. Since you are playing the lottery, you are open to high risk. So put your money in something that might not pay off, but might pay off big if it does. $2,600 a year is nothing to sneeze at. I don't know your age, but if you have a reasonable rate of return on your investment, and you have a good chunk of time, you could see this grow significantly. 10 years would be $26,000 saved. Amortize out what the return would be with 5%, 7%, and 10% compounding on what you put in, and I'm going to guess that you will at least double that to 50k. Instead of the lottery, you could buy a nice ride every 10 years.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||joyeux noel||
joyeux noel. true story of WW1 truce btw french germans and brits one Christmas eve in the trenches.