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|3 days 22 hours ago||Welcome Ahmir||
You've chosen one of the greatest universities on the globe. Welcome to Michign
|4 days 19 hours ago||To answer the posters question||
No your information makes no diffference.
While I'd like to win both, if I must make a choice - beat Ohio State that is our last remaining rivalry. MSU will return to their 5 decade mean, if not this year then soon enough.
There is only one game. We call it "The Game" for a reason. It is the biggest rivalry in college football for a reason. There is a reason that many people, alumni or not consider this rivalry the biggest rivalry in college sports period.
So despite the last few years, there is only ONE answer to this question. Beat Ohio that is all.
|5 days 2 hours ago||How things have changed||
There was a dorm wide meeting for all new freshman the day after we moved in. The guy that ran the dorm explained to us that we were now responsible for ourselves. That the dorm adminstration was not our parents and would not be making sure we went to class , or studied, or ate our meals or look out for us in any way. Other than "...unless you are shooting up so much heroin that you are unable to get out of your room, then we'd probably call you an ambulance. But you all need to realize the only person responsible for you is you." He also advised us of the legal process required to conduct a drug raid on the dorm and indicated that the police would probably require around ten minutes to find him and show him the warrant.
Now the university is a nanny...
|6 days 20 hours ago||Hoke's rep is not to bad||
I understand that this runs in the face of the narrative, but he had a tough hill to climb. He failed to climb it, but almost any coach given the actual events probably would not have been much better off. If I'm an AD seeking to hire a coach, I look at many things. Yes Hoke did not meet expectations here, but he conducted himself well, ran the program and his staff professionally, did not tell tales after his departure, and dealt with a maelstrom of crap without losing his cool. Before you all get wound up about Shane's concussion, understand that an AD is going to look at the systems in place to track that and identify if the failure fell within Hoke's domain. It did not. That may not be a popular view, and the system was flawed and failed to allow for the circumstances, but that system was not under Hoke's control. Despite being sent before the firing squad, ordered to hold to a storyline that made him look a fool and a liar he went out there and took several for the team to, he thought, give the department time to sort things out. Even when he found out he'd been hung out to dry he never said a word in public. If I'm an AD I value that kind of discipline.
Big boy football is a very very tough row to hoe. Much tougher than anything most of us here face. Yes there are exceptions, but generally very few of us face that kind of pressure where if we screw up many close associates go down with us and potentially a lot of the young athletes who depend on us. If I'm an AD and Brady decides he wants to coach again and I'm not in the position to pick and choose between the handful of super star coaches, I'll give him a look.
I've never met Brady. Should I ever have the opportunity I hope he'll accept my handshake and thanks, because we would not be here with Harbaugh and a healing program without him. I hope he decides to coach again. He loves coaching and despite his results at Michigan, if he's careful I'm sure he can find a place where he can achieve success. That said, it's hard to strap up again when you get a shot at your dream give it everything you have and fail.
|1 week 9 min ago||While I find these characterizations rather polarized||
Brandon could have fired Hoke at any point. Hoke would have been paid for any remaining years according to the terms of his contract. Under the terms of that contract Hoke enjoyed all the necessary autonomy to do his job, but if Brandon breached that autonomy and Hoke told him to pound sand it ends up in a contract dispute. Which would have leaked and then Hoke's reputation would be sorely damaged.
It is very unlikely that any of us will ever know exactly the degree to which Brandon interfered with Hoke's coaching. Certainly there has been a good deal of vague comments from knowledgeable people with no axe to grind that suggest there was interference and it was a problem, but at this point there is no smoking gun.
Despite the disparagement he often suffers on this blog, Hoke still seems to me an honorable loyal ethical man, who I suspect simply tried to do his job and work around whatever political issues he encountered. I don't think he sold his soul, and I strongly doubt that, when he took the job, he anticipated tampering from above, if that indeed happened. It was his dream job, probably still is, and once he had it he tried to succeed while remaining true to himself and the values he ascribes to Michigan.
|1 week 23 hours ago||Generally I agree with your thoughts on gold||
and generally I subscribe to them in my own financial decisions. In anything like a convenvtional market, I would have stuck with either CDs or a savings account. Unfortunately over the last couple of years I've become convinced that the folks "managing" (if it makes any sense to use that term) the money supply, availabilty of credit, playing games to support T bill sales, and other "questionable" tactics are flying blind and have lost any sense of long term impact. I don't want to sound like I'm wearing a tin foil hat here and I'm not predicting the end of our financial institutions or anything, but I can remember double digit real inflation in my life time. CDs or a savings account won't protect against that and I can see the possibility of some pretty ugly inflation if things fall apart. If I had more confidence in the so called "safeguards" in the system, I'd be less nervous, but as I said I think to many of those folks are flying blind.
Other than currency speculation, and I doubt that any currency will be a safe harbor under those circumstances, gold has always been where money flees when people get real nervous. As I said there is a lot of emotion in gold pricing and it's hard to tell how much uncertainty is already priced in, so it's not a great answer, but under my view of current conditions and given OPs 2 year window the best I could come up with is gold.
|1 week 1 day ago||Football NC or Basketball NC||
Football NC or Basketball NC : FOOTBALL!
Football NC or BasketBall NC & Hockey NC : FOOTBALL!
Football NC or BasketBall NC & Hockey NC & every other sport at Michigan NC : FOOTBALL!
See a pattern? I love Michigan and whether it's women's softball, or soccer, or water polo or track and field, or baseball, or curling, if we had it, I'll watch it and cheer for Michigan, but for me it's Michigan football more than all of the others combined including every other professional or amateur sport and it isn't even close.
Go Blue! Beat OSU!
|1 week 1 day ago||Risk and return tend to go||
Risk and return tend to go hand in hand. Low risk produces low returns and high risk can produce high returns. This is not a given, but it is how things often work. As I read your criteria, protecting the value of your $20k is more important than a return. We are pretty well into a period of economic instabilty and there is a fair amount of government intervention both rather openly and behind the scenes in the world investment markets. There has been a fair amount of debt monatization by the US and other governments. This tends to be inflationary but has not been reflected directly in the markets because of various suppressive techniques imposed by those same governments and banks. There is currently a great deal of speculation on all investment fronts about how long these mechanisms can keep the lid on and what will happen should the lid come off.
Bottom line for you: Keep your money away from the stock market. Yes you might get a nice return, but if things get ugly 18 months from now the remaining 6 month period is unlikely to be long enough for you to recover. Under normal circumstances I'd recommend a 24 month CD or just a savings account, but there is significant inflation risk now that IMHO is likely to increase over much of your investment period, plus there is a presidential election next year and there is no telling how that might manifest in the markets. I don't generally recommend gold other than as a fractional inflation hedge of between 5%-10% of total portfolio value, but in your case I'd strongly consider and investigate buying gold. Gold is not real low right now and carries a lot of emotion in its pricing, but it is back off its highs and is a traditional store of value which at this point seems to be what you need. FWIW my primary retirement portfolio is professionally managed and managers at that firm have been accumulating gold opportunistically for quite sometime in excess of the 5%-10% I mention above.
Be sure to look at service fees and charges etc and factor that in to your cost. Shop around and get educated on the ins and outs before you chose your investment vehicle. This advice is worth exactly what you paid for it, but in your situation that is what I would do. Good Luck!
|1 week 1 day ago||In the recently linked 1981 article on Bo||
he gives insight as to why. When he talks about how it felt finally win a major bowl, he explained that it felt good, but he'd rather beat Ohio State and got more satisfaction from that win. Nothing felt better than beating Ohio State.
I understand that many people, some are even my generation who were there for the ten year war, don't understand that for the majority of us "The Game" was far and away the most important game and the primary focus every season. If Bo won the Big Ten Championship and beat Ohio State he had a triumphant successful season, and between those two goals beating OSU was far more important. A bowl win was great and he hated to lose any game, but winning a bowl was always secondary to beating Ohio State. Reverse those priorities and he'd have won more bowls.
|1 week 2 days ago||I owned a fine dining restaurant for 8 years||
I can't cook to save my soul, but I can and have tended bar. When you own a restaurant you need a "signature" drink list. So for a long time I've been experimenting with triangle drinks of all types. That hobby did not end when I sold my restaurant. So for your enjoyment here is my latest:
The dry chocolate french ginger martini
1 part Domain Canton Ginger Liquor
1 part Gray Goose Orange Vodka
1 part Dark Godiva Chocolate Liqour
1 part Dark Creme de Coco
1 1/2 parts Silver Patron
Blend in a shaker with lots of ice and shake until the steel is frosty
Pour into a cold martini glass and garnish with a slice of orange and a piece of dark chocolate.
If that is not sweet enough substitute Cointreau for the vodka
|1 week 2 days ago||Hi Asshole||
In 2006 the day before Thankgiving my beloved wife of 27 years fell in the street walking her dog. For reasons that no one has been able to determine she failed to raise her hand to protect her head and her head hit the pavement first. The EMT driving home saw her in the street and reached her in the few remaining seconds before her brain swelled and pressed on her lower brain and left her brain dead in 90 seconds. He held her as she died trying to tell him that she dropped the leash. At least she didn't die alone. I have no words to tell you what it's like not to have been with her.
Yeah it's the internet. You can say whatever the fuck you want. You are an asshole, a punk and a juvenile. I spent 27 years with her and I loved her more the day she died than the day I married her. If I thought for a moment you had any chance of being salvaged to become a worthwhile human being I'd make the effort. You are not. Of course I could be wrong. Go off somewhere and spend sometime considering that despite internet anonymity maybe saying "I'm sorry" has merit. Prove me wrong. Prove to me and so many here your not some jerk punk asshole. Or not I guess.
|1 week 2 days ago||A couple real world stories||
At a fomer company one of the engineers didn't log out or lock his system one night. A bunch of his "friends" decided to play a joke and found a dating site for soon to be released female convicts and signed him up. Wrote a real nice profile about a lonely guy that made a lot of money, owned his own house in Ca, had a lot of savings etc. Posted his photo the whole nine yards using his company email address. The poor guy comes into work to find he has a couple of hundred responses, complete with photos, many very very NSFW. Hilarious until the corporate networking folks showed up, hauled off his system, and tried to get him fired for cause. Fortunately for him he was able to prove he was not in the building nor had access to that system when the deed was done. None of the jokers stepped up and took responsibility, but it was one heck of an object lesson.
I was dating a woman in a long distance relationship. For convenience she had my work contact info as well as my personal. At one point I and a bunch of coworkers traveled to her city and she joined a bunch of us for dinner. In organizing that her email ended up in an email list with the rest of us. One day she calls me furious that I was sending her porn. One of my coworkers had picked up a virus and porn was sent to every email address in his address book, using other addresses from his address book as the sender.
This whole episode is going to hurt a lot of people. Some may deserve some misery many will not.
|1 week 3 days ago||Maybe I missed it but according to this Hoke wasn't in the room||
I think that says a great deal about how Brandon dealt with Hoke. You, the AD, are in a meeting to determine the formal statement about an on field incident, and the head coach, who reports directly to you and was present at the time, is not in the meeting. Were any of the coaches in that meeting?
What are the odds that Hoke was one of "the guys" nominiated to be tossed under the bus? If so what are the odds that Hoke knew or eventually came to know it? Mattison told all of us more than once that we didn't know what Brady had to deal with.
|1 week 3 days ago||Well not exactly||
I did A LOT of foolish crap when I was in high school. I was pretty much the class procrastinator. Well known for it actually. But selecting a college or university isn't anything like some random bull crap. I took my SATs and when they came in I applied relentlessly to the best schools available. I also applied to a couple of colleges that relations had attended. I looked at where I was accepted and, based on the school's academics, I went to the best one that I could somehow afford. That turned out to be Michigan.
The whole "they're just a kid thing" really falls apart when you talk about selecting the single greatest multiplier in their further prospects. For the record my procrastination really annoyed my parents, but had I behaved that way with regard to college they wouldn't have shaken their heads, they'd have kicked my ass until I got the message.
|1 week 3 days ago||Beat Ohio - period||
MSU's recent wins are a transient blip in Michigan's history. A blip that will return to the historic mean. Ohio State is the rival and with the end of our engagement with ND the only rival left. Never confuse statistical anomalies with history, beat Ohio.
|1 week 3 days ago||Well he has a point.||
Most of the pessimism about this season is the need for the team to climb a learning curve without an OOC schedule composed entirely of cream puffs. God know I'm among those fans, but as I've said elsewhere, if Michigan beats Utah with a solid win, all bets are off. Period.
Utah at home in a different time zone on a G'Damn Thursday night game is a very tough opener. If this team can get a clean win in that environment, pretty much all conventional wisdom about new schemes and new coaches is out the window.
I am unable to expect that win, but I can hope for it, and I can consider the impact of such a win on this season. Further I never bet against Michigan, and on September 3rd my heart will rule, and I'll be looking for a win. Screw it just win.
|1 week 4 days ago||With out question I expect (would demand were it in my power)||
that the best QB start. Period, I have every expectation that Harbaugh will start the best Qb available. I also hope that QB turns out to be Shane Morris. He did yeoman service recruiting the 2013 class. He never had the option to red shirt. Despite three QB coaches in three years he's never flinched, never complained, and worked very hard for the program.
I have no doubt that Harbaugh will pick the best QB to give the team the best chance to win. I expect nothing less from anyone on the coaching staff. I also hope that guy turns out to be Shane, for his loyalty for his effort, for his love for Michigan, I hope he is the clear winner.
|1 week 4 days ago||If you really think that preparing for 10 minutes on the air||
requires a total of 10 minutes, I have this excellent historic bridge that I can sell you very very cheap. Appearing on BTN probably requires 3-4 hours of his time. I love this. I'm as hungry for information as anyone here, but the return to Bo's attitude which conventional wisdom says is impossible in the modern era is refreshing. The press are not his friends. Nor is their desire for a sound bite they can spin in the interest of his efforts to build a team. Suck it up. We'll all find out how this season looks on September 3rd.
|1 week 4 days ago||Fortunately winning does not cure all||
WInning doesn't cure a corrupt program. Winning doesn't cure a program that doesn't graduate its athletes. There are many many many things that winning doesn't cure. The good news is that Harbaugh will never allow anything that winning won't cure with in 1000 miles of his program. He'll win as many games as possible with a program that does things in a way that brings honor to his alma mater, his team. his staff, and himself. We can ask for no more.
|1 week 5 days ago||He makes another point about Harbaugh's teams||
in support of his 9 win prediction. That Harbaugh teams win because he makes them into a team that batters their opponents until they break their opponent's will. That he did that at every stop including the 49rs. Harbaugh's teams don't need to be better man for man because his violent brutal unyielding style of football can neutralize some degree of talent disadvantage.
Taken at face value, and I'd be interested in knowledgeable opinions as to the accuracy of that characterization of Harbaugh's teams, I think I'm more hopeful about 2015. If the offensive line doesn't have to execute with near perfection in game one, then maybe our odds are better than I thought. Maybe violent imperfection can win a few games while the coaches perfect the team's play. That said he did characterize the Utah game as Michigan running into a buzz saw, so who really knows.
|1 week 5 days ago||"They were clearly NOT coached well"||
So what is your coaching experience to make that call? Football is a team sport. Maybe the RBs were coached well but problems in other parts of the offense prevented them from exceeding or even meeting expectations.
Since Wheatley says they were well coached I guess I'll accept that they were in fact well coached. He's forgotten more about coaching running backs than most of the folks here, including me, will ever have the opportunity to learn.
I know it's popular to dump the teams problems on coaching across the board, but perhaps it's not that simple.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||Transcendent excellent - while true simply didn't cover it||
Awesome editing job! Yeah even an old curmudgeon like me got some chills.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||In effect much of this was a semi-hostile presser||
Not all of it but plenty of questions that were looking for a quote. In such situations you answer the initial question to divert or direct follow up questions. If he doesn't talk much about Harbaugh he doesn't get questions about what Harbaugh should do differently or end up being portrayed as giving advice or having Michigan's reaction to Harbaughs hire compared to his hire. I agree that his firing and Harbaugh's hiring was a tender subject with Hoke, but I would characterize it as moderately bitter. Similarly he doesn't want to get into story telling about him and Jim. So he deemphasizes the closeness of their friendship.
There is also no reason at all for Hoke to do anything but support Brandon. In Hoke's terms this is "big boy" football, professionals don't tell tales in public, at least while the subjects are still breathing.
I took the RIchRod comment as saying in effect "Rich was a good coach who succeeded after he left Michigan, and I will too." He wasn't giving RichRod love and dumping on Harbaugh, he was telling us that his career is far from over.
Hoke, like any other coach would have liked another year. Given who replaced him, releasing him was clearly in the best interest of Michigan football, so I support Hackett's decision. Despite his and the team's problems last season, I hold the opinion that overall Hoke left the program better off than he found it. We have a new coach and a renewed expectation of future greatness. Dumping on Hoke at this stage is pointless and I wish him every success going forward.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Since ND is out of the picture||
we only have one rival. OSU. So 8-4 beating an undefeated OSU in "the game" then a commanding win in our bowl game.
We lose early in tough hard fought close games with Utah, BYU, Northwestern, and MSU in overtime on a ludicrously bad call. Then we run the rest of the season with blowouts against Minn, Rutgers, Indiana, PSU, and a 14+ point crushing of OSU. We win our bowl game by 31 points, gaining 250 yards on the ground and 200 yards through the air, with the 3rd string in for the entire 4th quarter. Peppers scores off an intercepetion and the defense holds our opponent to under 200 yards of total offense.
Of course, I'd really rather 15-0 but that wasn't offered as a choice.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||So You are not good enough or smart enough||
Perhaps, but I was one of the people here who wrote you off over the Brandon emails. I was wrong. You were unrelenting and focused. You did not give up and stood up to a lot of push back. As we all now know you were right.
Hard work, which you are clearly capable of, is often at least as important as talent or brilliance. I'm not saying that intellect doesn't matter. It matters and it matters a lot, but hard work matters too. One of my friends decided in our second sophomore term that he wanted to be a clinical psychologist and he wanted to attend (IIRC) the clinical psych program at SUNY, which took very few people. Rich wasn't dumb by any means, but he wasn't a genius either. Still he knew how to work and apply himself. He graduated with honors and got into SUNY.
The things you've shown all of us here, as much as you get ribbed, demonstrate that you have no problem doing in depth work on something for which you have a passion. You have drive and commitment both of which are all to often lacking. Obviously it's your choice whether or not to go to Michigan but, as an alumni, it's my unhumble opinion that the University and you would both be better if you did. I say this with deep respect.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Curious why an asshole?||
You may not like him or his views, but he's always straight on. No dodging nor ducking. He's willing to take the heat for what he says and what he does. Contraversail certainly, but that hardly makes him an asshole.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||It is entirely plausible that Hoke will do fine||
I remember watching the video of him speaking to a coaches workshop. He was comfortable, in command of his topic, and all in all pretty entertaining. Handling press conferences when things are going poorly or there have been negative or controversial events, is very different than talking about a game for which you are not responsible or providing general football commentary.
Yeah he didn't deliver here, but he truly loves Michigan and dedicated everything he had to try to restore the program. As far as has been revealed, no one here has the inside scoop on exactly what challenges he faced. He wasn't as good a coach as we hoped, but he wasn't as bad as many here believe. Besides, without Hoke we wouldn't have ended up with Harbaugh. It's been a long strange trip for Michigan football, and while it's not over, we can see the end of the tunnel.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I've been consulting for close to 40 years||
I've run/lead/managed everything from one man 90 day projects to 30+ people on projects that lasted over seven years, one is still going strong 10 years after I turned responsibilites over to the client's employees who I trained. The simple fact is that sometimes a client has mandatory requirements that are a technical mistake but, for other reasons, must be adhered to. In that case either you take their money and do the job they demand or you walk away.
It's the client's money. You have a professional responsibility to give your analysis of the upsides and downsides of their choice. Beyond that it's their call and it's your choice whether or not to accept the contract.
There are alot of legacy systems out there. Sometimes an approach that would be indefensible in an ideal world, is the only solution in the real world. Your instincts are good, but sometimes the client's knowledge about their business is more important than technical tradeoffs.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||My only option is cable - which here means Comcast||
I'm on the wrong side of a monsterous hill that blocks satellite reception. However BTN was available in a bundle of other sports channels and a couple of movie channels for $17.95 a month. Service here varies widely from excellent to criminal and the sales department is mostly a bunch of thieves, but it's has something like 99% availability and quality is fine.
FS1 just showed up at some point. I didn't know I had it until I looked into it for the Utah game. Priceing didn't change so I assume I lost some other channel I never watch.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||It's not a lack of returning offensive talent||
except for the continually discussed QB question. It's the lack of experience in a stable established offense. The offensive line has to play as a unit at speed against defenses that are used to selling out to penetration. Until the Oline can at least consistently prevent opponents getting into the back field and open holes with some frequency, opponents are going to bring it on every down. Admittedly a better passing game that burns them for selling out would help slow the defense down, but that requires solid pass blocking. It's a brand new offense and the coaches have only a very few weeks to get those guys up to speed to play a serious opponent away in the opener.
Comments on media day from the defensive players indicate that the defense is at least similar to last season, although they also talk about it being different in technique and style etc. So it's unclear how similar it really is. Still we can hope that prior defensive experience transfers to this season.
Momentum is a strange beast. Beat Utah, sweep the OOC portion of the season and man the lights will be looking bright. Lose to Utah stumble against BYU and the attitude at the start of the conference portion of the season has a whole different frame. The players need proof that they can win tough games, especially tough away games.
Then there is luck. Luck played a big part in the results in 2011. Yes Mattison rejuvenating the defense by midseason was critical, but the TO margin was huge too. I'd like to believe that our 2015 team will be able to win despite bad breaks, calls, and bounces, but I know that in close games luck is going to be disproportionately important.
So while my heart wants 15-0, and I'll hold on to that dream as long as it's mathematically possible, my head says 7-5 or 8-4 is likely, with 6-6 or 10-2 about equally possible. With a new coach, no matter how gifted, new schemes all around, and a tough OOC schedule, 6-6 may be unlikely but it's not implausible.
Go Blue win it all!