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|6 days 2 hours ago||Close friend lives in Menlo Park||
Bought their house in the 1970s for about $80k. It's on a postage stamp lot but has a back yard ( a big deal in Menlo). Because of the proposition that caps proprty taxes at a small percentage of the sales price of the house she can't afford to move, but did add a addition so has four bedrooms and a full and 3/4s bath. THe most recent appraisal was just north of $3 million.
She does people's nails as a sub contractor at a local salon. Works about 45 hours a week. She's middle class through and through. Yes she could sell her house and move elsewhere, but her extended family live there.
The ultimate value of your house is NOT a measure of what econmonic class you faill in.
We can argue about divisions between lower and middle class, but if you have to work to pay your bills or fund your retirement you are not weathy.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Against my better judgement...||
I find that I have some points to make.
1: This is Brian's blog and he is free to do with it as he pleases. However, rolling in the destruction of Brandon and relishing his destruction serves (in my opinion) no positive outcome. Brandon is in the past, and the argument that we need to be sure Michigan never forgets rings hollow in the face of the personal hatred that flows throughout his post. For God's sake Brian you won let it go.
2: At one point in my life I dated a woman whose mother was an unyielding destructive force in her family. Upon her mothers's death she arranged for her and her siblings to stay at the cemetery after their mother was buried so that they could pee and the dance on their mother's grave. "Failure" has that sense about it.
3: Brandon did a lot of damage. Inside the athletic department he made waves and dealt with various employees in ways that many of us view negatively. That said every executive has to make hard choices, and it's easy for us to disagree. I have a hard time believing that Brandon ever intended to harm Michigan athletics.
4: As some point in Brian's rant he besmirches Brandon's understanding of his Michigan experience. Based on various comments of his fellow athletes, they would disagree. They attest to his commitment to help younger players to adjust to the program and that he was always there for them.
Bottom line. Brandon is NOT the anti-Christ. Yeah he made many mistakes. Some so obviously stupid that they are utterly indefensible, but they hardly require his crucifixion. Brandon did some good things, some bad things and some astonishingly arrogantly stupid things, but I'm pretty sure his intentions with regard to the program and his alma mater were always good.
Brian, you won. You've ground your hated enemy beneath the treads of the internet tank that is mgoblog. You have vanquished your enemy and can hear the lamentations of his women. What more do you want? Let it go. The legacy of that victory is that it will be a long time before anyone at the athletic department takes the fan base for granted. Nothing is served by looking back. Nothing is served by conflating Brady's history at Michigan with Brandon's. Nothing. In the best interests of Michigan athletics in general and Michigan football in specific it is time to move on.
|1 week 5 days ago||Despite the outrage expressed about LOIs here||
If they are not a 5* then it is highly unlikely that they'll get a scholarship if they don't sign an LOI. Simply put if you won't sign the LOI then why should I believe you'll actually show up in the fall? Now it's perfectly reasonable for the student to arrange that the scholarship and LOI are signed at the same time, but if he's not willing to bind himself then why should the school give him a scholarship.
An out of state scholarship at the University of MIchigan is worth something around $200K and at Michigan athletes who perform beneath expectations do not get cut. The school makes a bet on the outcome and pays either way. I find it hard to view them as being exploited.
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||Given the exposure that mgoblog got during the Brandon purge||
it seems fairly certain that members of the CSG would be familiar with this blog. If not one has to ask if they are remotely aware enough of campus life to represent the students.
This is only my opinion for course, but given that Brandon approached the CSG to assist him to increase student involvement, I would expect that every member would at least spend the time to get a basic understanding of the drivers surrounding the issue. It seems highly unlikely that they would not be exposed to the blogs existence.
If these guys had written a new song and using their own resources arranged to publicize it to see if it became popular, I'd have no problem with their efforts. Personally I think it's an amazingly stupid idea, but they are welcome to waste their time and resources as they choose, or not depending on the outcome.
That is not what happened here. They tried to leverage Weiss's position on the CSG to use university resources to pay to implement a vaguely stated concept and push through its adoption. At that point they opened themselves up to a public response, which could take various forms.
Many people here loved the demonstrations against Brandon for what they perceived as stupid and harmful abuse of his position. Very few people suggested that Brandons opposition work through channels to get their concerns addressed. Similar, if much lesser, abuse of position occured here, with similar, if much lesser, consequences.
If nothing else, it seems likely that all the members of the CSG will consider public reaction to their notions of how to use university resources. If so then they have all learned a valuable lesson.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||Room got a little dusty||
must have gotten some in my eye.
I sang in the glee club for three years. At the end of the fall and spring concerts we always invited any former glee club member in the audience to join us on stage to sing the yellow and blue. Can a current student indicate if that is still true?
Having a a sixty or seventy year old stand next to me and perform that song with us really gave me a special sense of the tradition that bound decades of generations of Michigan alumi together.
For the record, I still remember the words to Laudes.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Just maybe it's time to give the Hoke hate a rest||
There were a large number of factors that suggested any coach hired in 2011 would face very difficult challenges. Hoke wanted the job so badly that he signed up for a job for which there were few top coaching talents waiting in line.
He gave everything he had to the job. Recruited at the top level and unltimately failed to succeed in his fourth year. That is terribly sad and too much of the fallout landed on a bunch of players who gave their all to a losing season.
Still, none of those guys have a bad word to say about Hoke. Consider that without Hoke, Harbaugh would not be here. Consider that if Harbaugh has early success a lot of that success will be because of Hoke's recruiting. Consider that across the board in what has been the most merciless assaults on his personal character and competence by an enraged fans base, Hoke has never been anything other than gracious
The man gave Michigan his very very best and made tough decisions in an attempt to advance the program. I rather doubt that many of you have ever worked 100 hour weeks month in and month out and failed anyway. Yes he was well paid, but you can't ask more from anyone than everything he or she had to give.
He's not just a "nice guy". He is a man of honor, grace, and integrity. Whether in success or failure those attributes, which he taught his players by example, is deserving of your respect.
The words that Harbaugh spoke about building on the foundation of the coaches that preceded him, mentioning Hoke by name, were not just PR. They were real. If the coach that we all look to, to be the savior of Michigan football respects Brady Hoke's efforts at Michigan, can any of us do less.
Let it go. Look forward not back and remember that Harbaugh has a tough hill to climb. Lets all try to give him time to climb it.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||This young man is a class act||
Best of luck Mr. Bellomy. Thanks for all your hard work. May you find success throughout your life.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Your paraphrase of 8 doesn't do it justice||
You left out a very important part "I promisie you we will win and GROW together".
A special place and a special time - but also a very special opportunity.
Hope he comes.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||The son of a close friend has a full ride for his Phd at State||
He is also a walk on for two of their varsity sports. While his coaches are trying to deal with the notion that neither of them are in a position to dictate his options, his scholarship status does not effect either of the teams of which he is a member. Is that because he is a graduate student or are the counting rules more complex than just "every scholarship counts?
|6 weeks 20 hours ago||This QB fixation is a strange thing...||
In the pros it makes sense to trade for an experienced QB while you bring your roster QBs forward. College ain't the pros. College football or maybe Michigan football is not about grabbing some guy for a year to bollster a season. Michigan football is about building a program into something that regularly produces championship seasons and in that process turns young players into quality men.
First of all I think that the current roster of QBs have enough talent that if the Oline gets things together Harbaugh will get one of them into at least enough shape to field a decent offense. Even if I'm wrong, I'd rather the coaches focus on bringing the team along. If that means a marginal year so be it. I'm tired of bandaids. I want all of us, coaches. players, and fans to buy in to building a championship program and not worrying about any single season.
Of course this is all fantasy. These decisions belong to our head coach. If Harbaugh wants to bring in a QB from another program it's his choice.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Two comments from the previously linked article by Jim about Jay||
"I draw the longer straw," Harbaugh said. "There's a difference between being 24 and 50 in the way you see the world. He's most helpful to me. He's young, academic and his perspective enlightens me.
"One time, I asked, 'Do guys give you a hard time about working for your uncle, automatically look at that as the reason you got the job?' His response was: 'It's my responsibility to not give them the opportunity to confirm that suspicion.'
I suspect that Jay will not function solely as the TE coach but will assist Jim in any number of ways. From Jay's response above I have no doubt that he be at minimum the 2nd hardest working coach on MIchigan's staff, assuming his father can out work him.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||In order of importance||
Oline - New schemes new terminology new audibles Oline play is critical for the offense to function.
QB - Same list as for the Oline
Safety - there is plenty of talent coming back for the Dline line backers and corners. Safety is the toughest on the defense.
If the Oline performs the RBs and WRs and the QB have a far easier time. If the QB can climb the learning curve the offense will be at least ok. So it comes down to the defense being tough enough to keep the team in it while the offense gels and all the positions but safety have more than enough returning talent to get the job done.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Folks here consistently ignore the impact of system changes||
Based on Space Coyote's write up on Harbaugh's offensive tendencies the new offense seems likely to be sufficiently different from Nussmeier's that things are pretty much starting from scratch yet again. It's unrealistic to expect the offense to have internalized the new offense so that they can play at game speed in game 1.
Mattison's staying hopefully will help the defense adjust to the changes more quickly than otherwise. At this point none of us really know the learning curve that they will have to climb but we can hope that it's a variation on what they've been learning and not totally new. If so we can reasonably expect the defense to be solid from game 1 and maybe even take the step to exceptional at some point in the season.
I'm not worried about the QB as much as I am about how quickly the offensive line can execute the new blocking schemes at game speed. If that takes more than a couple of games the QB is going to get damaged again. Maybe Harbaugh will run some sort of hybrid between what he really wants and what Nussmeier did last year. Maybe he'll just bite the bullet and take some early losses while the offense comes up to speed.
Probably drop at least 2 OOC games and at least 2 in conference. Based on where they fall in the schedule and assuming everyone is healthy I'd say that we are more likely to beat OSU than MSU and that we have a solid shot at OSU. I have every confidence that by game twelve both the offense and defense will have fully internalized the new system(s) and be at peak. Harbaugh will be ready for Meyer, I'm not so sure that Meyer will be ready for Harbaugh.
So my "prediction" is 8-4 and a bowl win with a 5-7 floor if the learning curve is to great and an 11-1 ceiling if everything breaks the right way and lighting strikes. If they start conference play 4-0 (maybe a 5% chance IMHO) then anything is possible including making the playoffs.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Excellent news!||
Hopefully this will minimize the learning curve for the defense and help the defensive coaches come up to speed on the strengths and weaknesses of the defensive players.
Coach Mattison - I very glad you were offered and that you decided to stay!
|6 weeks 3 days ago||except on at least two occasions||
he has expressed dismay that the financial independence of the athletic department "separates" the athletic department and the student athletes from the rest of the univeristy.
Only after those comments and the fallout with various alumi and others did he start to talk about the advantages of a self funding althletic department.
Maybe, after a lifetime in academia, he's had an epiphany in four or so months. Color me skepical. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to believe this spin, but I need to see at least five years of action that live up to this. In the meantime...
|7 weeks 2 days ago||It's hard for me to believe that both the coach and the player||
didn't want this to work out.
Bosch is a talent and the team has already lost one offensive lineman. Harbaugh would only impose stipulations that he felt were necessary for the success of both the team and for Bosch. It is unlikely that we'll ever know the details. Whilie this is probably the best result for both the team and for Bosch, it's sad that it turned out this way.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Mattison spoke about 3-4 vs 4-3 in one of his early pressers||
I don't have the link handy but IIRC it was in 2011. He explained that to run a 3-4 you were betting that you could recruit a nose guard with a very select set of skills and that you needed to recruit that player on a regular basis. He indicated that he felt that those players were always going to be rare in any graduating high school class and it was a bad idea to plan your defense around getting one of two or three guys. He felt that the 4-3 was a better fit for the college and that you could build a top defense without relying on getting such a specificly taleented player.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Think about the opportunity to work with the very very best||
None of these guys need to polish a resume, Every one of them is viewed as elite. Assuming the money is right, they get to collaorate with the very best. They get to push each other and stretch each other and create a coaching environment where each of them is surrounded by an unmatched, perhaps unmatchable, level of talent, creativity, and experience. This at an institution which can commit unmatcahed resources. Literally a once in a lifetime opportunity.
I can see how none of them would view this as a step down.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I think most of you are not asking the right question||
Had Harbaugh not come there was no single coach who was "plan B". It is pretty clear that it was Harbaugh as #1 followed by a bunch of guys, all of whom were potential plan Bs. The ultimate choice would have been the result of conversations and negotiations with multiple coaches. I ASSUme that most of the coaches mentioned here were members of that bunch, and probably a couple of others who have not been mentioned.
Will we ever know who "plan B" was? Probably not. Hackett doesn't seem the type to let the plan B list leak. This will be yet another area of speculation, which will hopefully fade away as Harbaugh coaches his teams to ever greater success.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Reasonable expectations||
A great deal will come down to how different the offense and defense will be compared to 2014. Clearly the offense scheme will again be brand new. That, probably means, new terminology alterations in how various plays are blocked, alterations in audibles, etc. How long will it take the coaches to teach this to the offense so that it is internalized and the players can just act or react and not have th think about it? The added experience will certainly help, but that is mitigated by how much new they must learn.
The impact of another new offesne on the QBs is more profound. Once again none of the QB's have any experience with the offense they will be required to run. I have no doubt each of them will improve fundmentals under Harbaugh, but how quickly can they learn the new offense? The secondary effect of this is that it will be very very difficult to prepare both the starting QB, whomever that turns out to be, and a back up who can step in if required by injury. In 2011, the vast majority of pratice snaps had to go to Denard to get him ready and even in games were there was room on the score board he stayed in because he needed the in game snaps. Devin didn't see the ball much. The team will be a similar situation in 2015, who ever starts will play a lot of whatever garbage time is available. So there won't be a ready backup for a lot of the season.
If Mattison is retained and it may be possible to avoid significant changes in terminology. The defense will be new but if the players don't have to climb a communication learning curve they should be able to get up to playing speed more quickly than if everything is brand new.
There is plenty of talent on this team. If the oline can continue to progress from their performance at the end of last season there will be hole to run through and time to pass. unfortunately, given a new offense, they are unlikely to be up to playing speed at the beginning of the season and the first couple of games lack cup cakes for opponents.
Expecting 10+ wins means that the team climbs the learning curve very very quickly, or you expect to run the table in conference play. Realistically that probably requires a pretty good dose of luck, both in terms of the roll of the ball and staying injury free.
Eight regular wins with an improving team whose play, intensity, and cohesion improves through the season would be a very good start and a reasonable expectation. Bad luck with injuries, calls, and the roll of the ball could easily knock that down to six. If the team gels early and has some good luck 10+ is certainly possible, but expecting that is asking for disappointment.
Then there is the Harbaugh "factor". In a very real way the guy is already a legend. In a very real way he embodies the culture of winning that Michigan enjoyed for most of its history. The perception is that the job of head coach at MIchigan is made for Jim Harbaugh. That he is fulfilling his legacy. You take a bunch of talented athletes who desperately want to win and an immensely talented coaching legend who can and will make them believe that together anything is possible, and anything becomes possible. Great coaches create teams that find ways to win games they aren't "supposed" to win. That's pretty much who Harbaugh is.
It is unreasonable to "expect" a Big Ten championship or a shot at the playoffs in 2015, but under the circumstances it's not impossible.
So I'll take eight wins with solid progress to set things up for 2016, hope for 10+, and believe like all the rest of us that we have a shot at it all.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||It is unlikely in the extreme||
that Lloyd will ever comment in any significant way on Three and Out. If we learn about his side of that period it will probably come from family after he is no longer with us, and that is in my opinion a very long shot as well. Carr has never washed his linen in public and probably never will.
Carr has been a tremendous benefit to the program. Maybe it was a strange path to get Harbaugh here, but he's here with full buy in from all the various parties that matter. Carr helped make that happen. He and Harbaugh are clearly on the same page, and Jim's comments about turning to Carr, among others, for advice and support puts the past in the past where it belongs.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||As written||
It appears that should Michigan win the NC the following bonuses will be earned:
Big Ten Championship $250,000 - plays in the four team playoff - $300,000 - Wins the NC $500,000. $1,050,000 in post season play incentives.
The $300K for making the playoffs and the $500K for the national championship are independent payment despite one must make the playoffs to play for the NC.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Here in New England||
Most folks follow the NFL. Those that follow college generally follow SEC or PAC12 teams. So they have no inside info on Michigan nor, other than a couple of fellow MIchigan alums and a couple of OSU fans, do they pay much attention to the Big Ten. Despite that they all know about Michigan's recent record, Hoke getting fired, (and Rodriguez getting fired for that matter), and the current chatter about Harbaugh. I get asked about this all the time. Less often I get asked "who is that Brandon guy and why was he fired?".
1: Without exception they are all certain that Harbaugh is staying in the NFL and we are all nuts to think anything else. Because "NFL".
2: For Michigan to dig its current crater there must be a lot more wrong than just a head coach, or a coaching staff in general, and thinking that "another new head coach" will fix the problem(s) is wishful thinking at best.
3: They think it's sad and bad for football that a "great program has turned to crap".
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Welcome to the crap shoot...||
First Best of luck Mr. Clark. I would hope that if Michigan gets its coaching situation sorted out in time you'll give us another look. Michigan is an excellent school and you will be hard pressed to find one better.
So welcome to the crap shoot that is a head coaching change. Many of you desperately wanted this. Regardless of my personal feelings, I support this because I support the program, but I warned you of the obilvion that surrounds such a change.
I fear for the program in the short term. I have no doubt that eventually Michigan will sort itself out and once again regularly field top quality football teams, but I am very concerned if that will happen in this decade.
Stability is what build championship programs. We as a fan base need to look to ourselves to see if we have the tenacity to allow the program to achieve that stability.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||and so it begins...||
Say what you want negative or positive, but the genie is out of the bottle. Any head coaching change is a crap shoot.
Mr. Funchess - thanks for your efforts on behalf of the Michigan football program. I, for one, am sorry to see you leave early. Best of luck in your career.
|12 weeks 22 hours ago||When can we expect an update on this?||
Or perhaps an explanation of the source of the problem and what is being fone to correct it?
Site's broken. We can work around it, but it would be nice to have some insight into when we can expect a fix.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Dear Coach Hoke||
Thank you for your unyielding commiment to excellence on the field and off. You are an amazing man, and. I suspect, a much better coach than your record reflects. You leave the program in far better shape than you entered it. You've conducted yourself with class and required the same of your staff and players.
I'm sure you'll land on your feet an another major program. Best of luck.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Under normal circumstances||
you might not call a press conference to announce you're keeping a coach (unless there is a major contract change). The current circumstances are far from normal. Whiile I think, based on the timing of the announcement, Hoke is probably gone, I wouldn't read to much into them calling a presser to announce the decision.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||You may want to consider||
that Hackett has access to information that supports his statements about Brady. Information that is unavailable to you or anyone outside the program, that for any number of reasons he is unwilling to make public.
He hasn't said that Hoke's extraordinary performance dealing with adversity justifies his record. In fact he has said that Hoke is well aware that the team's performance is not acceptable at Michigan.
We each form our opinion based on the information available to us and our expectation of performance. It is conceivable that, if we knew what Hackett knows, we might withhold judgement on Hoke until after the season too. Perhaps that is unlikely in many cases here, but it's not impossible.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||However it goes I'll be watching to the last snap||
For God's sake this is "The Game". So many here wrote team 134 off last year and said they wouldn't bother watching. Yeah Michigan lost, but the game was worth watching. Rivalries are strange things and this is a game where either team can win no matter the record. Both teams have won big upsets in the past. Sure the odds are against a win, but they have to play the game.
I'm not going to catagorize anyone's fandom, but I will say that if you can write off this contest you don't understand this rivalry as I do. I want this win for the players. Guys who never quit through one of the tougher seasons in recent memory, deserve to beat Ohio. They haven't quit and I'm not going to quite on them.
Go Blue! Beat those guys in their own house.