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|7 weeks 6 hours ago||I am a huge fan of the books||
I am a huge fan of the books - read through the whole series three times. Great writing!
|24 weeks 3 days ago||When my oldest was a senior,||
When my oldest was a senior, about 160 kids from his class at Huron HS were accepted at Michigan. But the desire to get out of the town you grew up in can be very, very strong.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||My three kids grew up in Ann||
My three kids grew up in Ann Arbor and while they love the place, they were all strongly motivated to leave town. Two choose to go to other schools, but the third decided at the last minute to go to UM. In the end, they all made the right choices.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||I'll add another vote for||
I'll add another vote for Logan. Had dinner for 6 there this Friday and everything was great. I think it is the best high end, white tablecloth place in town right now.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||If I remember correctly,||
If I remember correctly, Manny Harris got an injury that nagged him for a substantial part of the season the one time Beilein had a Midnight Madness practice.
The lack of a Midnight Madness practice never bothered me. Save the hype for the games.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||Sorry - I looked, but missed||
Sorry - I looked, but missed the earlier post. Feel free to delete.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||Zoom in using the slider at||
Zoom in using the slider at the top right. Detail goes down to each zip code.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||Jasper - I went to your web||
Jasper - I went to your web site - very nice photographs!! I am envious.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks for the comments and||
Thanks for the comments and advice. With the "no bags" rule I will leave my 300mm at home, just take my 18-200 on the camera, and hope I don't end up having to walk back to my car to drop it off.
|46 weeks 5 days ago||Why stop at one? After the||
Why stop at one? After the first one, additional ones are easy. And sometimes they keep each other busy so you can get other things done.
|46 weeks 5 days ago||As a parent of premie twins,||
As a parent of premie twins, I can relate. Serious sleep deprivation for about 6 months. It does get better - mine graduated from college this year.
|46 weeks 6 days ago||Congratulations! Welcome to||
Congratulations! Welcome to life's greatest adventure.
My advice regarding your questions:
1) Remember that your family is more important than your fandom. There will be times when the right decision is to record the game and watch it later
2) Rather than focusing on indoctrination, teach her to be a good fan. When it comes time for college, if Columbus or some other place is best for her, give her your love and support. You don't have to root for her school, but you do have to root for her.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||I'm not sure why it matters||
I'm not sure why it matters that he isn't an alum. It is an administrative position, with job responsibilities very similar to a lot of other adminstrative positions. There are a lot of administrators at UM that aren't alums, just like there are a lot of professors who didn't graduate from UM. Should every coach and administrator in the Athletic Department be a former UM athlete?
|1 year 10 weeks ago||I haven't seen any evidence||
I haven't seen any evidence that the organization is falling apart. Alumni organizations exist to help keep alums connected to their schools. They encourage you to join by providing certain services that you may or may not like or want - things like a magazine, alumni events, discounts for things like insurance, etc. If you don't like those things, don't join. I joined the Alumni Association for one reason - access to Camp Michigania. For me, that made it worth well more than the cost.
I agree that donations (above the cost of AAUM membership) are better directed elsewhere in the University. I give annually to the School I graduated from. I know I got a good education there and I feel that I am paying back for the financial support I got from UM while I was a student. I love UM sports, but refuse to donate to the Athletic Department, including PSDs - which has caused me to give up my season basketball tickets after 23 years.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||You are all missing Camp||
You are all missing Camp Michigania - the best membership benefit of the Alumni Association.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||This is a great discussion of||
This is a great discussion of Beilein's offensive strategy. I don't have any X's and O's stuff to add, but I do think it is important to acknowledge how important the unselfish team culture that Beilein, his staff, and his players have created is in making this offense work. For as long as I have been a Michigan basketball fan, a common question has been: who will put the team on his back late in a tight game. I don't worry so much about that anymore.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||When we left last Saturday,||
When we left last Saturday, there was still a small pile of left over winter crud where the plow dumped everything all winter. I am hoping it's gone by the time we get back.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||On the beach in South||
On the beach in South Carolina after a very long Michigan winter.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||No sour grapes - didn't like||
No sour grapes - didn't like him before Michigan played them and still don't like him. Two vacated final four appearances at two different schools is enough to convince me he's a cheater. And no, I wouldn't love to have him in Ann Arbor. Better to have a very good clean program than a great dirty one.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Great analysis of the pros||
Great analysis of the pros and cons of staying. What I appreciate the most is that the OP doesn't presume to tell Nik, Glenn, and Mitch what is best for them. This is a really complicated, very personal decision. I am dismayed when I read comments that speculate on college athletes personal financial circumstances (e.g., "Glenn's father was an NBA star so he doesn't need the money") or that imply that leaving is disloyal - largely because it would disappoint fans. None of us can put ourselves in their shoes and they don't owe us anything.
As a fan, I have really enjoyed watching all three of them. I would love to be able to see them play for Michigan for couple more years, but I respect whatever decisions they make, and will follow their future athletic careers wherever they end up. And whatever they decide, I am optimistic about next season.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||I started watching Big 10||
I started watching Big 10 basketball seriously during Orr years and have been a season ticketholder since the beginning of the Fisher era. I like watching disciplined, unselfish teams that play above their individual talent level. In that respect, Beilein is far superior to either Fisher or Frieder. Similar to a previous comment, I left many games during the Fisher era thinking I had seen some amazing basketball talent, but rarely that I had seen a well-coached game. Not so during the Beilein era.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||As a Michigan fan with season||
As a Michigan fan with season tickets for the past 23 years, I am very, very proud of this team. How can you not love a team as unselfish and over-achieving as they have been? Credit to the Beilein and the coaching staff for creating a great team culture. I am looking forward to next year.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||It has been a great showing||
It has been a great showing in the tournament this year for the Big 10, but we really need one of the three teams to break the drought and win the Championship to convince a lot of other folks that the Big 10 is best.
From a statistical standpoint, the Big 10 has won Kenpom's conference ratings every year since 2011 and will almost certainly win this year as well. Since 2003, the first year for Kenpom, no other conference has won the conference ratings for more than 2 consecutive years. The 4 year dominance by the Big 10 indicates a top to bottom breadth that no other conference can currently match.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Just happy to be here!||
Just happy to be here!
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Nice piece on MLive on the||
Nice piece on MLive on the players' and Beilein's reactions to 700 wins:
|1 year 19 weeks ago||We are 6 and 2 (6 of 8)||
We are 6 and 2 (6 of 8) against MSU since 2011. One more will make it 7 of 9.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I've been attending college||
I've been attending college basketball games for almost 30 years and this expansion of the media ("official") timeouts has definitely taken a lot out of the game. It used to be that coaches had to use their own timeouts to control the pace of the game. The other team is on a roll - call a timeout. Your players are looking gassed - call a timeout. Judicious use of timeouts was part of the coaching strategy of the game. Now coaches are more likely to wait a minute of two of game time for the media timeout they know is coming every 4 minutes. When coaches had to use more of their own timeouts to control the game, it was a lot less likely that both teams would have 3 timeouts left in the last couple of minutes, leading to fewer situations where the last couple of minutes took 15 minutes of real time.
Either cut down on the number of team timeouts, or count every team timeout as a media timeout as well (counting down on the number of media timeouts). Or do something more radical like 10 minute quarters with 5 minute commercial breaks a very limited team timeouts.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||What is the new spousal||
What is the new spousal membership rule?
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Plenty to do for a 5 year old||
Plenty to do for a 5 year old - I think this is the ideal age to start at Michigania. He or she will have the time of his or her life. The staff are great at keeping young lids active and entertained. You can see a sample schedule here:
|1 year 22 weeks ago||We are long time 5th week||
We are long time 5th week Michigania campers. Our kids grew up going to Michigania, but we are taking a break now that they are in college. I do miss it though and I can't recommend it enough, especially for families with young kids. They have an incredible amount of freedom there in a very safe environment. Meanwhile, parents get to go sailing, shooting, do a high ropes course, galze some pottery, or just sit and read all day. We made some great friends with fellow alums and their families.