|2 days 12 hours ago||Thanks||
You're right. The numbers in the chart are raw possession numbers. MTU / (MTU+OPP) = % poss in the right column. I was being lazy
|2 days 13 hours ago||Corsi explanation||
I understand the general concept of Corsi, but in the graphic there are multiple instances when the Corsi for the two teams is greater than 100%. I thought Corsi was your team's share of the total scoring opportunities (shots, blocks, misses, etc.) Could someone that knows more about these stats explain how you end up with combined corsi scores >100?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||1993 Volkswagen Corrado||
Fun, but very unreliable, little hatchback that VW sold for a handful of years in the early 90's. Becuase they didn't make many of these cars, parts were hard to find and expensive.
Found it for sale in 1997 on the Corrado Club of America website. It was in Boston, I was in Philly. I had to go up to Boston for work, so one night I drove to the Boston burbs and saw the car. Gave the guy a deposit and told him I'd be back the next weekend to pick it up. Never had a mechanic check it out...lesson learned.
I paid $12,500 for the car. Over the course of 10 months of ownership I made $2,500 of payments on the loan, put another $2,500 into the car for maintenance. Ultimately, I decided I just couldn't afford to keep the car, so managed to find a buyer who amazingly paid $12,000. After I sold the car, but before the buyer picked it up, the fuel pump failed, so I had to replace that. Day after the sale was final, I got a call from the buyer asking if there was a trick to starting the car becuase they were unable to get it to turn over.
That maintenance experience scarred me and I went as bland as possible for my car. I leased 1998 Toyota Corolla. It was boring, but gave me 0 issues over three years.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Interviews||
In addition to the great combine results, I expect scouts will be impressed with how Darboh presents himself in his interviews. He comes across as very humble, likeable, and intelligent. He has all the makings of a "character" guy.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Cleats?||
Is there a concern Harbaugh wears cleats and slips in the ring?
|29 weeks 4 days ago||Wish ball||
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|32 weeks 3 days ago||First week or so of MBA||
First week or so of MBA program at Michigan. I was standing in the checkout line in the bookstore in the basement of the Union. A kid walks in and announces to no one specific, but everyone, that a plane hit the WTC. I went to my 9:00 class and professor actually tried to teach. Second tower was hit just as class began, classes are canceled and everyone spent the day watching CNN. Just a sad but surreal day in so many ways.
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|32 weeks 5 days ago||Concussion collar||
Performance Sports Group (the parent organization of Bauer Hockey and a few other sports brands) along with some medical researchers have developed a concussion prevention collar that seems interesting, though I believe it's still in testing.
They introduced the concept last fall and released a video of the entire presentation. The video is over an hour long, but fairly interesting if you have the time. If you want to see the actual product, go to the 45 minute mark.
They started with the same idea mentioned above regarding rams and woodpeckers somehow cushioning their brain.
In very basic terms, the collar worn around the neck slightly restricts blood flow from the head back into the body. In theory, this slight build up of blood in the head acts as a cushion to the brain.
I haven't heard much about this product since the presentation was made last fall which makes me wonder whether the results of the trials weren't as promising as they hoped. It would be great if something like this could help prevent at least a portion of the head injuries that occur.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Brooks Brothers||
This was in response to the suit sub-thread. Put it in the wrong place - sorry about that.
If you're looking for a full cut suit, Brooks Brothers standard fit suits (now called Madison) are still cut the same as they have been for years. They've added some slim fit lines, but their original suits haven't really changed much. Quick tip, bring a tape measure to the store. Measure the opening of the pant leg at the bottom when the pant leg is laid flat (like you're hanging on a hanger). On a fairly typically sized guy, 8.5" will look baggy (more late-90's style), 8" will be clean, but not too tight, 7.5" will be quite tapered and more modern. It's amazing how what seems like very small changes in sizes can dramatically impact the appearance and fit.
I personally find huge discrepancies in sizing these days. I'm not sure if I'm more particular or aware of how clothes fit or if manuacturers have deviated from what were more historcial sizing measurements. I absolutely think there is some vanity in many "mall brands". If I buy 32" waist pants at Gap/Old Navy/BR, they will be loose. Lands end (not the bastion of fashion, but I think less focused on vanity), 32W will be snug. If you measure the waist of gap pants, the actual measurement almost certainly will be larger than the label.
If I find something that fits well, I tend to buy a few different colors because I very frequently walk into a store with the intent to buy and walk out empty-handed because the sizing or fits just didn't work. And I am very willing to get clothes tailored, but only as long as the cost of the tailoring will be reasonable relative to the cost of clothing item itself.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||It's not quite a complete move away from NYE games||
The actual change is they won't play on NYE when NYE is during the work week. The future dates show games being played on NYE when NYE falls on a Friday (and becomes the Federal holiday for Jan 1) or Saturday. Much better, but still not perfect.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||Subdivision vs. One-off||
My guess is that the prior post you're responding to is thinking of a situation where a builder owns the land for an entire subdivision while you're likely thinking about a one-off lot. In the case of a subdivision, the original builder will be on site working on other houses nearby. That builder could give their crews and building sites priority over any situation where there may need to be some sharing. Maybe when the sewer or electricity gets connected or paving the road in front of a particular lot?
Not positive this is what he meant, but I could see this as a potential issue.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||Interaction with players and recruits||
I was fortunate enough to see upclose Coach Harbaugh interacting with a few current players in a non-football environment a short while ago. There was no media present, just a social gathering, so it was less likely to be manufactured (though I think coach is coach, regardless of who is watching).
What I saw from Harbuagh towards his players was a very impressive combination of authority, respect, love, and humor. It was clear that Harbaugh was the boss, but it came across in a way that showed he truely cared about them. The players and coach clearly had a few inside jokes that they shared, but when coach got serious, the players got serious very quickly.
In my short interaction with Harbaugh, my biggest takeaway was how honest and upfront he is. He made it clear that everyone who works for him knows how they're doing. He specifically talked about confronting issues immediately and working to resolve that issue. If you don't improve, you're out (out of the lineup if you're a player and out of the athletic department if you're an employee).
For the right group of people, that type of honesty can be empowering. It doesn't play well with everyone, but I think for those who want to be great, they know they'll always get an honest assessment from someone who knows how to get them to where they want to be.
|39 weeks 8 hours ago||Mortgage may not be your issue||
The direct answer to your question is no, you don't have to use that builder.
However, if a builder owns a lot, he likely will only sell if you agree to use him to build your house. This gives him the opportunity to maximize the return on his investment in the land. Now if he's been sitting on the land long enough, it may be a different story and he's happy to liquidate his positiion.
I know enough about construction loans to be dangerous, but not a ton. Generally, in order to get one, you first need a licensed general contractor identified and some detailed building plans. The lender needs to be able to have the plans appraised to understand loan to value of the final product (finished house plus land). Given all the work that you need to do, it could be challenging to do all of this simultaneously if you don't control the land. Even if the builder is willing to sell the land without being GC, he likely won't want to lock himself into a drawn out design and loan application process that could take you months to get finalized.
When you work with a builder that owns the land, they usually take a deposit to lock up the land and then to draw up plans that you can use to get the construction loan. Often times, the builder will have pre-qualified the land and certain sized/price home with a lender that can grease the loan process. Also, that deposit gives them some comfort that you're not walking away from the deal and it's a deal he has more control over since he's doing the designing.
In your instance, if the builder is willing to sell without acting as GC, maybe you can buy the land first using either a home equity line or a land mortgage/loan. Once you control the land, then work with your builder of choice to pull together plans that would allow you to get a construction loan to refi the land loan.
|39 weeks 17 hours ago||Less is more||
No need for fancy graphics. Clean, crisp, and perfect for an old guy like me.
|40 weeks 15 hours ago||Wasted Fridays||
At my first job out of undergrad (mid '90s), I had a 9x80 work schedule meaning I worked 80 hours over 9 business days and then had every other Friday off. I had this for 4 years and didn't miss a single one of those Fridays off. If you ask me today what I did with those Fridays, I have absolutely no idea. That's 104 days that I was free to do whatever I wanted and as far as I can recall, I just wasted them away. I had no responsibilities beyond keeping myself bathed and fed. If I could go back and do it again, I think I would have focused on learning to play in instrument.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||So Drunk||
I was at a Cubs game for a work event. My wife and 6 yo son were doing Friday pizza night without me. They walk into the pizza place to pick up their food and see the game on TV and that it was pouring rain. My son says in complete deadpan to my wife: "Daddy is going to be so drunk again." Strangers in the place gave my wife a look that was a combination of pity and disdain. My wife then asks my son what he thinks "drunk" means and he says "wet." Of course, no one heard his follow-up explanation. Shit kids say...
(editor's note: I'm not a big drinker and have definitely never been drunk in front of my kid)
|44 weeks 1 day ago||VW Corrado||
In 1998, I bought a 1993 Volkswagen Corrado VR6 off the internet. If you don't know the car, it's a fun little hatch back (like a shooting brake), that felt fast and sounded awesome. It did have its share of tyical VW issues, though.
I lived in Philly at the time and the car was in Boston. A few buddies and I drove up to Boston and then drove back. I wasn't great with a manual transmission then, so the first few miles (and first toll booth on the Mass Pike) were a bit of an adventure.
I drove back to Philly, took the car to the local dealer to get my PA inspection. There I learned I had a bad switch for the reverse lights along with some issue with the oil pan. Had those items repaired and figured I was ready to enjoy my very "expensive" ($12.5K) toy.
That night, I was thrilled to be designated driver since it meant I could drive my car. Stopped by my GF house to pick her and her friend up. Car sputtered a bit on the way up a steep hill to her apartment. I assumed it was poor clutch work on my part. Drove back down that big hill, onto the street and then headed up the next big hill in the area. Car just dies. I'm able to get on the shoulder and am just across the street from a gas station. I'm pissed, embarassed, confused at what happened. One of the girls has AAA, so she calls them. Said it would be an hour. Girls call a friend to pick them up and go to the bar. I'll meet them later, if I get the car issue sorted out. As I'm waiting for AAA, I call the VW dealer and leave a nasty message that they must have screwed something up. While still waiting for AAA, I try to start the car, nothing. Then I look at the gas guage with the ignition on. Says I have 3/8 of a tank, but I realize I hadn't filled up since I left Boston. Gas gauge is broken and I'm out of gas. I walk across the street, buy a container of gas and fill up my car and off to the bar.
I parked in an office park garage that we always parked in without any trouble. Of course that night, a towing company decided to stake out the area and towed my car while I was in the bar.
It turned out to be a harbinger of bad things to come for that car. I spent more on repairs in the 10 months that I owned it than I did on loan payments. I was able to sell it for $12K, so ended up fine. I'll never forget that first night with the car.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Nantucket||
I've been to Nantucket a few times. It's one of those places that is truely unique, so it's worth a visit. I've never been to Martha's Vineyard, but my guess is you get a similar experience if going for only a day or two.
Hotel accommodations on Nantucket can be tough. I'd try to find a small condo or 1BR house on AirBNB or VRBO to rent in town (where the ferries come in). As another posted, rent bikes. If you're in town, you can walk to everything you need for shopping, drinks, food, but bikes get you to a number of smaller towns and beaches. There are great bike paths that keep it safe and easy.
If you can time your trip to Nantucket mid-week, you'll avoid crazy traffic getting to the Cape where the ferries depart as well as actually be able to get a reservation or table at restaurants. The Cape and Nantucket during summer weekends are packed.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||44-7 Good guys||
44-7 Good guys
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Dances with Dirt||
Not that it's all that relevant to the topic, but I ran the Dances with Dirt race the two years I was in Ann Arbor for business school (2001/2002). They have a few formats, but at a summary level, this is a 100K, 5 person relay race that takes place in and around Hell, MI. Each person runs 3 legs, covering an average of 20K. The course covers trails, roads, woods, lakes, rivers, etc. There really isn't anything that the race organizers consider out of bounds. I don't know all of the history of the race, but it certainly feels like it was a precursor to the Spartan and Muddy Buddy Races.
Some people run the race solo, which is just insane.
The race fills up immediately when registration opens, making it a very sought after event. It doesn't surprise me that some season ticketholders elected to run the race vs. go to the game.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Cable tip||
Thanks for the great videos. Looks like you have the same comcast set up as me. After you get the slow mo going you can hit the exit button to hide the progress bar at the bottom of the screen.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||I'm going to miss having them come to Chicago every other year||
1999 Penn St
|1 year 34 weeks ago||21-20 Michigan||
|1 year 40 weeks ago||March 14, 1998||
At a bar in Philly on Saturday night around 10pm. Michigan had won their opening round game in the NCAA tournament the day before. After about 2 hours of trying, I convinced my girlfriend to drive with me (in her car) from Philly to Atlanta to catch Michigan's second round game against UCLA. We left Philly around midnight, drove through the night to Atlanta. got there around 1:30pm. Scalped upper deck tickets to the two games at the Georgia Dome. First game was Kentucky vs. St. Louis. Game ends, Kentucky flans are flooding out of the place. We run to the lower level concourse, convince an older UK couple to give us their lower deck ticket stubs. Seats end up being 7 rows from the floor even with the three point line. Ashley Judd was two rows directly in front of us. Awesome seats. Game ended around 7:30, we left and were back in Philly around 6am Monday morning. I showered and went straight to work. Ride home was rough after the loss, but still a great memory of times when I had no one to worry about except me.
|1 year 52 weeks ago||Two from my 80's childhood||
1) Tahitian Treat - http://www.amazon.com/TAHITIAN-TREAT-SODA-12-pks/dp/B0002IMRTC
2) Jolt Cola - All the sugar, twice the caffeine. (or something like that)
We always had Tahitian Treat in the basement fridge. It's so sweet that I don't know that I could drink it now, but man I loved that stuff.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Bauer||
Nike did ruin Bauer for a while in the early 2000's. However, Bauer was carved out of Nike by a private equity firm in 2008 and things really turned around after that. To Nike's credit, they had actually started the turnaround before the sale, but to make consumers believe it, you had to get the swoosh off the product. The Bauer brand in the hockey community had huge value, but when combined with Nike, it lost a lot of credibility. The PE firm that bought Bauer added a few additional sports brands to the copmany, including Easton's baseball division and Maverik lacrosse. The Company is now public and trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange. I worked on the transaction to carve Bauer out from Nike and toured a few of their mfg and testing facilities. I was surprised by the level of sophistication that went into designing, testing, and manufacturing all of their products. For a while after the carve-out, Bauer focuesed exclusively on serious hockey players. They got rid of rollerblades and low-end Sports Authority type skates and sold primarily through the specialty dealers (brick and mortar and online). They've since added the Nexus product line which is at a lower price point, but their primary focus remains the kid/adult that plays hockey multiple times a week, not the parent that skates 2x per year.
I'm not 100% sure about this, but I believe Nike's only hockey gear these days are uniforms. Nike has gotten out of the hockey equipment business,
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Isn't transfer is a bit of a misnomer for Hogan?||
I don't know much about Hogan, but I got the impression he would have already graduated from Stanford, so he'd be coming in as a grad student. If I'm right about this, wouldn't that be a much easier situation to deal with from the admissions side?
|2 years 30 weeks ago||Kids||
I have a son who just turned 5 a few days ago. Nothing in this world matters more to me than him. I know I'm far from impartial, but little boys of this age are incredible. They're a perfect combination of starting to understand things in the world but stlll innocent. Trying to be independent, but will still give you a hug out of the blue. I can't imagine what it's like for his family - just heartbreaking. I wish them all the best in this tough time.
The juxtaposition of the huge football players with little kids always gives me a sense of security. Like the big guys can somehow make things better. I hope Chad took some comfort from their visit.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Dierdorf and Brandstatter||
I was driving across the state during the game and got to listen to most of the game on the radio. I never really liked Dierdorf when he was doing NFL games. However, I thought he did a pretty good job today. It seemed like he was very comfortable being a homer with perhaps a little more freedom to speak his mind than he had during NFL games There were a few times when the game was pretty much out of reach that the banter got a little too cute. All in all, I think their debut was solid.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Golf analogy||
Michigan football games used to be the Masters. A gratifying in-person experience that was truly unique.
Over the last handful of years, it's become random tournament in the middle of July that has a different sponsor every four years.
I've been to the Masters once and walked out of there feeling like the #1 goal the organizers had was to make it a special experience for their patrons. Clearly, they are monetizing the event with the TV deal and the handful of corporate sponsorships. However, every interaction you have as a paying customer is one of them trying to provide you with good value, not extract every last dollar. I very clearly remember being pleasantly surprised by this on more than one occasion.
The fact that the Masters is different is what makes it a great in-person event. Michigan football is now like most other sporting events I can attend. That being said, the band is still awesome and I give them credit for keeping some of the pageantry of game day afternoons alive.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||McQuaid||
I thought I was the only McQuaid alum on here, but guess not.
For those not from Rochester, Mercy is the same school the produced Abby Wambach. They're known for having a solid athletic program.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||Lamborghini||
Is this the movie where at the end they need to drive to a college to submit an application in time? However, they get stuck behind a slow moving police car on a two lane road which is going to cause them to be late. The guy driving then does an SAT-like problem in his head to realize that if he slows down even more, the guy driving the Lambo behind him will get impatient, try to pass, get pulled over by the cop thus allowing them to speed up and get to the college on time.
If that is the movie, I think about that scene way too often. If not, carry-on...
|3 years 23 weeks ago||Completely agree||
That is the most nervous I remember ever being watching a sporting event. I still get nervous watching replays of the game.
I used to play in a few rec basketball leagues and every now and then would be in a position where I needed to hit a free throw to ice the game/push into overtime/etc. In those instances that had absolutely zero importance, I was happy when I hit the rim. I can't imagine having the national title on the line. Completely clutch.
His post-basketball life has been the opposite of clutch.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Son's B-Day Party||
Scheduled for prime college football viewing time (1:30-3:30 central) at a venue that doesn't have TVs. My wife was willing to push the party to the bye weekend. I feel a little bad for the other dads that are fans of other schools, but not that bad.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Shout!||
I was genuinely surprised to hear (while watching on TV) that they were playing Shout! before the final play (I think I have my timing correct). I am coming to grips with the fact that the majority of sports fans around the country need to have their eardrums blasted to be entertained, but this really seemed like an inappropriate time for a participation song like that. Does the PA operator just stick to a predetermined playlist/schedule, situation be damned. It was like they had assumed the game in Q4 would be out of hand and they needed to play a bad wedding song to liven up the place. Given the circumstances, the music choice seemed really off.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||"That kid is unbelievable"||
Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but...
The tone in Moeller's voice was one of true appreciation. It sounded a lot like how I will quietly comment to my wife on something my son does that surprises me. It includes love, being pleasantly surprised, and appreciation that this person is in your life. It really shows the coach/player connection that we on the outside can't turly appreciate.
I have always loved this play for a variety of obvious reasons, but that audio clip just made it that more special to me.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Musical chairs||
The lead-in discussion regarding the formations is a slap-in-the-face reminder of the crazy adjustments the players and coaching staff had to endure last year. Our starting quarterback finished the season as our starting running back. Starting WR finished as starting QB. Starting RB finished on the sideline in a cast (thank you Don McLean). The fact that we were even competitive in the bowl game is kind of amazing and a testament to all involved.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Hoke Hair||
All I see in that picture is Mitch McGary Sr. Or is Mitch Brady Jr.?
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Jerryworld||
I took a tour of Jerryworld last year. As part of the tour, you have the opportunity to go down on the field and throw a football around (for as long as you want, it's actually pretty awesome). We were there during the day and played catch for a solid hour and I was shocked at how difficult it was to pick up a thrown ball when looking back at the windows at either end of the stadium. Also, the place is so large that you get a very disoriented feeling anytime you look up or into the distance, particularly while running. It's an amazing place that is simply huge. However, from my very limited experience it seems like an awful place to play (or watch) a basketball game and I wouldn't be surprised to see both teams struggle.
I'd be curious to see if the various shooting stats at Jerryworld are any different than at other domes.
|4 years 48 weeks ago||Fairport||
I grew up in Fairport went to McQ, parents taught (mom still does) at RIT. Attended many hockey games at RIT growing up including their D-III national championship run in 1984-85(?). The fans were awesome back then - student section was called the Corner Crew and they taught me most of the swear words and a few other concepts I didn't understand at the time.
|4 years 51 weeks ago||In Chicago...||
you see Big Ten flags hanging from apartments all over the place. Two years ago after they had beaten us, there was an MSU flag hanging with the "S" backwards. It helped ease the pain a tiny bit.
|5 years 3 days ago||Be honest with yourself||
Are you the kind of person who will do whatever it takes to get to your desired goal? If not, go to the name school (assuming Temple will open doors). The prestige will buy you access you won't get from other places. If you're truly ambitious, save the money and trust that you won't quit until you get to where you want.
I'm in a field with tons of MBAs. The majority are from top 10 schools, but I come across a number guys who don't have an MBA and went to random midwest directional school and are incredibly successful. They opened doors for themselves through hard work and determination. The rest of us worked hard, but at some level, the name on our diploma helped grease the skids.
|5 years 11 weeks ago||My two favorite||
are getting Drew Hensen's autograph (for my sister, I swear) and taking a picture with LaVell Blanchard after his senior season and thanking him for sticking through all the tough times. (I had to look up how to spell LaVell and the first google link brought me back to mgoblog)
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Chicago||
I don't know a ton about lacrosse, but I do know that it has gotten significantly more poplular in the Chicago area over the last few years. A number of my co-workers have kids who have picked up the game at the HS and club levels and it sounds like the numbers in the youth programs are increasing each year. It would seem that the addition of Michigan to the national scene will help spur futher growth of the sport in the midwest and we should be able to get a (near) first mover advantage when it comes to snagging these kids with increasing skill levels.
|6 years 6 weeks ago||This is exactly what popped into my mind||
I think the picture is of a 1984 Regal GN. My family bought a 1984 Buick LeSabre and there was one of these in the showroom at the time. I tried to get my Dad to buy it, but it's not much of a family car. This thing was pretty expensive in its day, but it hauled a**. More rare is the LeSabre Grand National. I didn't even know this existed until I saw one at a car show a few years ago. The Regal is a better looking car.
|6 years 7 weeks ago||Other sports||
Baesd on my limited research, it seems like roughly 25%-35% of teams in other D-1 sports get to play in an NCAA playoff. If you make the analogy that bowl games are like the playoffs for D-1 football, it seems reasonable to think that this percentage should be generally consistent for FBS football. In 2010, 70 of 120 teams played in a bowl game, or 58%. If you ratchet that back to the 35% level, you would end up with 42 teams playing in 21 bowl games, elminating 14 bowls.
I don't think may fans would miss 14 bowls and the players would have the same oportunity as their colleagues in other sports to participate in a post season.
|6 years 7 weeks ago||Investment Banking||
I'm a 2003 Ross grad who applied for the class of 2002, was rejected, reapplied for class of 2003, was waitlisted, and then finally got in off the waitlist. My GMAT scores and undergrad GPA were more than adequate, but my 5 years of work experience was only ok at best. I did not follow the advice below, but if I had it to do all over again, I would.
There are all sorts of paths into business school, but the one that I think guarantees the highest likelihood of success is to spend a 2-3 years as an analyst at an investment bank. It's a tough life right out of undergrad but you actually learn a ton (from my experiences of interacting with others) and become very marketable to many different types of employers when walking out of business school. Further, most banking analysts end up at b-school at Harvard, MIT, Wharton, Columbia, etc. with not nearly as many heading to Ann Arbor. Ross continues to seek to up its reputation with Wall St. and one way of doing that is attracting the analysts that will someday be the MD's making hiring decisioins. Having that banking pedigree on your application will be a big asset as you compete with others for a spot in the class. It doesn't matter if you don't want to pursue a long term career in banking, just get in, get the experience and name on the resume, and get out.
Also, in your essays, make it very clear how having an MBA will help you meet your career goals. The admissions committee wants to know that you're not just looking for a place to spend a few years and instead this degree is part of a larger plan that you have and the MBA is a critical component of that.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||Upstate NY cheers?||
I grew up going to games at RIT in the early 80's and the students there belted out many of the same cheers back then. I have no idea if they stole them from Cornell, came up with them on their own, or they came from yet another school in the region. When I went to my first game at Yost in 2001-2002, I was surprised to recognize so many of the cheers - now I kind of know why.
|6 years 15 weeks ago||Passion and recruiting||
The love for the school and the program that BH showed yesterday was important. If he gets that excited and emotional talking to a room full of reporters hidden behind cameras, I have to imagine that he has the ability to be fairly compelling in a family room with a recruit and his parents. I'm certainly not a salesman, but I have to do my share of convincing of others in my job. I know that I am much more successful in convincing others when my heart is in what I'm pitching. RR grew to embrace Michigan and our traditions and busted his ass (as far as i can tell) to give us his best, but it isn't the same as what BH presented. What I took away from BH yesterday, was an enthusiasm that has the potential to be infectious with all constituents. Assuming it is well received by recruits, it could be a pivotal component of his ultimate success, Obviously, that's a big if, but I think it is shortsighted to simply dismiss what we saw yesterday as just good PR.
|6 years 26 weeks ago||Don't follow my lead||
I went into the MBA application/interview process completely unprepared thinking GMAT and grades were all that mattered. I thought I was a shoe-in based on the quantitative items plus being a legacy of two Michigan MBA parents. At the time I was applying, the only reason I wanted an MBA was so I could get a good job at the back end. I wanted to go to Michigan because I loved visiting Ann Arbor growing up, loved Michigan sports and knew the school was a top program. In my interview, I was caught off guard by the depth of the questions around why an MBA and why Michigan. Looking back on it now, I was a moron. My only excuse is it was 1999 and there was still asymmetry of information in the world and I was on the side that didn't have all the info.
I ended up getting turned down the first year I applied and was crushed. The following year, I reapplied with a few new essays and no new interview and was waitlisted. It wasn't until I rewrote one of my essays that created a compelling and detailed argument as to why an MBA would help me achieve my goals and why Michigan was the right place. That finally got me in. My 2 years in b-school were far and away the most fun 2 years of my life.
The point being, show the interviewer a path that you'd like to take and be sure to include why a Michigan MBA will help you reach your goal. Good luck.
|7 years 2 weeks ago||RIT||
My guess is that I'm the only mgoblog reader who grew up going to RIT hockey games in the 1980's. My father left a position at UofM to join the faculty at RIT in the mid-1970s. He's now retired, but my mother still teaches there. Aside from Triple A baseball, RIT hockey was the best thing going in town. They were D-III back then and had a few seasons where they were completely dominant and won at least one NC, maybe two. I don't follow them at all now, but was excited to see them in the tournament and shocked to see them make the frozen four. As one poster noted, I thought they looked much slower than their competition.
I know the experience at Yost is something very special, but I swear that RIT's home rink (Ritter Memorial Ice Arena) has an equally impressive environment. The physical building is pretty ugly, but the fans are awesome. It holds around 2,000 people and can be deafening at times. I learned a lot about hockey going to those games and wouldn't trade the experience for anything. It was the best $4 you could spend.
RIT's win to get to the Frozen Four was labeled by the Rochester paper as the single biggest win in Rochester collegiate sports history. RIT hockey is the only D-I program in the city and the rest of the school's sports are all D-III.
It's too bad that the run had to end and I would be surprised to see them back next year, but it was fun to root for a familiar underdog. Not sure why I wrote all this other than I'm not sure when I'll be able to combine Michigan and RIT again.
|7 years 21 weeks ago||Is it ok for me to feel bad for Weis?||
I actually feel a pang of sorrow for Weis. Here's a guy who loves ND and loves ND football. This was obviously a dream job for him. I understand that he was compensated very well for his troubles and this comes with the coaching territory. However, on a human level, I keep coming back to feeling bad for the guy.
|7 years 23 weeks ago||shouldn't be an issue||
To put it in perspective, I've never given walking around with a beer a second thought. I think a prior poster said it best, don't be "that guy" who draws attention to himself, stumbles in traffic, screams at people, throws beers, etc. Have one for me as I'm missing my first home OSU game in a while.
|7 years 24 weeks ago||Redshit||
IMO, a redshirt for Gardner would be ideal but may not be realistic. RR has been emphatic that Robinson is a QB, but isn't that being driven by the fact that after Tate, the QB cupborad is pretty bare? If Gardner proves to be a solid option as a freshman, doesn't it make sense to have Tate start with Gardner as a back up and then move Robinson to a skill position? Robinson has proven that he has crazy speed but he may not be QB material at this level.
Actually, if you're playing this game, you could come up with a scenario whereby Tate ends up as the odd man out. If Gardner is as good as billed, he could win the starting position with Tate as a back up.
Can Robinson catch punts??
|7 years 27 weeks ago||Tacopants is my favorite||
but ThreetSheridammit captured the true essence of a specific situation better than any other word - ever.
GERG makes me laugh everytime. Although, I actually missed the origin of that one, so I'm a little out of the loop and feel like Michael Scott fake-checking e-mail on his cell phone in front of the Stamford office gang.
|7 years 27 weeks ago||Northwestern 2006||
That's as cold as I have ever been for a game. Wet, windy, and miserable. We had four tickets, 2 per married couple. The 2 wives said NFW and went to a bar. The other guy and me enjoyed the extra space on the bleachers, but by the second half we were sharing a single plastic tarp to avoid hypothermia. Good times!
|7 years 31 weeks ago||Away games - my experiences||
NU - I like the experience. More laid back, but easy parking, nice environment, usually plenty of room in the stadium, solid chance for a W every time.
Wisc - Tough to get tickets on game day, no real tailgating with of a more bar scene. Also, hotel locations can make logistics a little more challenging. Wisc marching band makes appearances at various bars pre game. Stadium is loud with a good student section. Post game in town is fun.
OSU - I was there once (2002, OSU NC season) and vowed never to go back. Tailgating not friendly, fans not friendly, generally less than fun experience. For 1 hour after the game, I was actually glad we lost as I would have been concerned about my safey. I had one beer poured over my head, a few other personal space violations and I'm not a taunter, by any stretch. Stadium is crazy loud and very intimidating. I was very low in the endzone section and it felt like the upper deck was going to crash down on top of us. I wished our stadium was that intimidating.
PSU - great tailgating as everyone is in one HUGE field outside the stadium. Closest to emulating the golf course, but much less pictuesque than Ann Arbor. Stadium is very impressive and loud. Fans were generally nice and post game in town was pretty fun.
Purdue - decent tailgating field, suprisingly nice campus. Stadium is good for watching games, but all the damn train themed cheers from the student section get very old, very fast...especially when you lose on a hitch and lateral.
Metrodome - not relevant anymore, but that was as sterile as sterile can be. It was very loud even though it was 3/4 full. I can't wait to see the new stadium. I'm guessing it will be a good environment, unless the game is in November. Then it will just be cold.
ND - Always have had a good time. It's how a rivalry should be. We don't really like them, but we will respect them and it's reciprocated. Tailgating is fun and it's always nice to remind people that ND stadium was designed after the big house after Michigan taught ND how to play football.
Indiana, MSU, Iowa, and Illinois are left to visit. Iowa and Illinois lined up perfectly this year, but new baby in next few weeks is making that highly unlikely.
|7 years 31 weeks ago||Actually, it's the purple line that gets you to Evanston||
Living in Chicago, I love the UM/NU games in Evanston. Like Brian said, if you went to Michigan, you must have some friends who live here. For the last 3 games at NU, we have parked in the lot near the NU swimming pool, it's right next to Lake Michigan. It is a bit of a walk to the stadium, but it's not too bad. The plusses include:
1. It's free with no parking tyrants pointing you to spots. First come, first served, set up however you please.
|7 years 31 weeks ago||I think it's fair||
to express some concern about Cissoko. We have seen numerous examples in Michigan history how poor play in the secondary has had a key part in us losing games. In my opinion, Cissoko has been the weak spot in that secondary, getting beat on numerous occasions in this short season. Piling on that concern is the celebrating when he was clearly been beat. I don't understand how that can't bug people, but maybe I'm the anal one.
|7 years 31 weeks ago||Adjustments||
For the second week in a row, the team went in at the half really struggling on defense. RRod and Gerg made the necessary adjustments in the locker room and the team played much better in the second half. Not only are they able to make the technical adjustments to their schemes, but the players are so well coached that they are able to implement the changes. That's the part that impresses me the most.
|7 years 31 weeks ago||Love the profile picture||
I had a pair of those in the 80's and wore them with my red and white CYO basketball uniform. Looked ridiculous, but I loved them. I think they're still in my parent's basement.
|7 years 32 weeks ago||I hear ya||
You make a good point on better to have him over confident than sulking. It's just a huge a pet peeve of mine when guys celebrate good plays that they actually didn't make. It means they either 1) have no idea of reality or 2) they're supremely confident in themselves. For everyone's sake, I hope it's #2 in this instance.
|7 years 32 weeks ago||Cissoko strutting||
Cissoko's -10 further justifies me yelling at the TV everytime he would cross his arms and do some sort of I Dream of Jeanie pose after an incomplete pass in his direction. There were at least 3 instances when he was flat out beat but a poorly thrown ball led to an incompletion, yet he still struck the pose. I don't mind player celebrations, but for god's sake, use some commons sense when flaunting your talents. Because Jimmah threw off his backfoot to Catholic Tacopants doesn't mean you're the baddest CB in the stadium.
As a previous poster mentioned, a positive spin is that he remained aggressive in a tough situation. My take is he has no self awareness and vastly overestimates his abilities. I hope I'm wrong.
|7 years 32 weeks ago||Maybe this was exclusive||
I think this still shot may actually be from WNDU's camera and not from ABC. I'm sure they sent a cameraman and reporter to the game given the excitement level leading up to Satruday. It makes sense that they would be standing on the ND sideline and this could very well be an exclusive.
I know very little about video and hopefully someone can add more detail, but isn't there a frame rate for video - something like 60 frames every second? Is it possible that the ABC feed and WNDU feeds were essentially a half cycle off from each other? The WNDU screen shot makes it clear that Allen stepped out, and perhaps the ABC video captures his foot the instants before and after he steps out, but the split second his heel touched the sideline wasn't captured. I have no idea if this is plausible, but seems like a possible explanation for the differences between the ABC and WNDU shots.
Another theory on which I know absolutely nothing - is there a difference between HD and the shoulder held Beta cameras that TV stations use? Could that explain the differences in the stills?
|7 years 32 weeks ago||Secondary video feeds?||
There have been a few comments, including Brian's, that there are secondary video feeds available to the replay refs beyond what is being broadcast by the network. Does anyone know anything further about this? I had been under the impression that the replay guys were working with what the network supplied. Is there a separate camera crew for the replay system that is used in addition to the network crew? Is this separate feed tied in with the video for the scoreboards?
|7 years 32 weeks ago||It's all about the money!||
I had a significant level of distrust for Madigan before I knew he was from ND. Now, that distrust is through the roof! For those of you outside of IL, in addition to these damn ND plates, Madigan has also used his power to get his daughter the IL Attorney General post.
As for getting U-M plates in IL, it's my opinion that you have missed the point that will be most influential with lawmakers - free money. These plates are all about raising extra revenue dollars at a minimal cost and effort. I have to imagine that outside of SE Michigan, the Chicago region likely has the highest concentration of Michigan alums in the world and must be fairly even in numbers with ND alum if not greater. One of my favorite parts of living in Chicago is the fact that the city is a Big 10 melting pot. I see a minimum of 4 or 5 different B10 t-shirts at the grocery store on Saturday mornings in the fall, not to mention the. It would seem like a no brainer for the state to include U-M, MSU, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, Purdue (all contiguous if you include the lake boundaries) and generate what is essentially free money. The only thing likely preventing this would be some sort of silly midwestern xenophobia.
To shoot down my own argument, I wonder how much money these things actually bring in each year - it can't be much. Maybe this really is a perfect example of the painful amount of influence ND seems to exert in the Chicago area.
|7 years 32 weeks ago||Mmmm, Rotel||
One can of Rotel mixed in with melted Velveeta and a bag of salty Tostitos is a perfect Saturday afternoon artery blocker. Try it once and you'll be hooked, I promise.
|7 years 33 weeks ago||Barwis and tackling||
I could be way off, but...
There was a point in my past when I had gotten in to pretty good shape and played a few games of pick-up tackle football with friends. I was amazed at how much easier it was to bring someone down when I had confidence that my speed and strength were going to be enough to get the job done and all I had to think about was some semblance of form.
I felt like the Michigan D tackled the same way against WMU. There was no hesitation, particularly when faced with making a tackle in space. The D seemed to react quickly and make solid tackles on play after play. It was one of the most refreshing things I've seen from a Michigan team in a while.
I'd like to see a (+1 Barwis) added to the UFR to account for this dynamic.
|7 years 33 weeks ago||Random||
I know this doesn't help with the current items and is a repeat of a prior posting, but the randomness of the collections of autographs is probably a detractor to many buyers.
I will embarrass myself for a second, but on an episode of Antiques Roadshow, an individual brought in a baseball autographed by Babe Ruth and Roger Maris. The appraiser commented that usually multiple autographs on a signle item will lead to a lower value, but this was an exception. The point being, in the future, you're probably better off going for a single autograph of prominent player rather than whoever is around and willing to sign. Easier said than done, I'm sure.
Good luck with the auction - it sounds like it's for a great cause. Unfortunately, I don't have anywhere to put stuff like this. One day, I will have a basement full of cool Michigan memorabilia, but that's a long way off.
|7 years 34 weeks ago||Orange / Gophers||
I am very interested to see what Paulus does and plan to watch the game on ESPN2. I hated him for four years at Duke but respect what he's been able to do over the last few months. He's one of those guys that if he was on a Beilein team, we'd all love him, but since he played for an evil empire, he is, in fact, evil.
|7 years 34 weeks ago||Wolf||
Wolf is a great game, but it's really designed for threesomes. Because 18 isn't divisible by 4 (I went to U-M!), each player doesn't get the same number of opportunities to be wolf, making it somewhat unfair. Also, it's tough to divide up two points among three people.
For a foursome, use approximate handicaps and make teams of two. Set a dollar limit everyone can live with (say $30) and play match play on front 9, back 9, and total. Each of the three games is worth $10 in this example. That way, each hole is simply won or lost, so total number of strokes doesn't matter, plus handicap should give everyone a fair shot. Also, with 3 games being played per round, you're guaranteed to get a payout. (settle any ties on the practice green).
|7 years 35 weeks ago||All I know||
1. I was born in Ann Arbor to parents who met at Michigan b-school. My aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother all attended Michigan. I knew nothing else while growing up. My father paid virutally no attention to professional sports, but if there was a Michigan football or basketball game on, we watched. We moved from AA when I was very young, but each summer we made annual trips back to the Detroit area to visit family. We would always swing by AA and the M-Den. I wasn't spoiled as a kid, but I always was granted one gift at the store. I still have my child sized Anthony Carter home jersey, Steve Smith away jersey, my sateen Michigan Starter jacket, Sliperly Rock pennant, among others. Each visit we'd head to the ticket office to see if we might get lucky and get tickets to a game in the fall. While my father was at the ticket window, I'd run my fingers through the carvings in the table in the ticket office lobby and horde the wallet sized schedules. My first game memory was being at the 1985 Michigan/ND game and the guys behind us got pretty drunk (I guess they sold beer at the stadium then) and spilled a beer on my program (I was crushed!). The first year I was truly engaged was 1989. I kept score for every Michigan basketball game that was on TV and kept track of the team's statistics on my Apple IIe. My dad and I celebrated like crazy when Rumeal sank his free throws. That's the only time I've celebrated a championship with my father (I was out of the house for 1997). We also watched Bo coach his last game - Bo and my dad were/are the same age and I think when Bo retired, it was a really big deal for my father, though I didn't recognize it at the time. My wife, who I met at Michigan B-School, is expecting our first kid, a son who's due in October. Sitting in my desk drawer as I type is a Michigan onesie so I can get him started on the right track this fall. It's who I am and who I always will be.
2. Technically, all 35 years of my life. Really, 20 solid years.
3. and 4. Silliness.
|7 years 42 weeks ago||Growing up, I had a Slippery||
Growing up, I had a Slippery Rock pennant on my bedroom wall directly under my Michigan pennant. IIRC, the pennant was purchased at the MDen on Main St. circa 1985.
|7 years 43 weeks ago||Hunt and Peck||
As I was reading through the horribly written offer letters on Forcier's website, I kept picturing 3 coaches standing around a computer, wearing those awesome Bike coaches shorts, unsuccessfully trying to put together two coherent sentences that didn't both start with "I think...".
|7 years 45 weeks ago||Really slow future engineers||
I don't think I've been as excited about a mixtape (sans the music) as I was about FT's since McGuffie. Hopefully this turns out a little better. It seriously looks like the video was edited to speed up FT but keep the defenses at regular speed. The track times give me some comfort that this wasn't just a case of playing against really bad competition, but damn, he made those defensive players look SLOW!
I hope I'm wrong, but I have a strong feeling that RR is going to see him catch a punt in practice, make a move, take it to the house, and then decide to blow a red shirt.
|7 years 47 weeks ago||Couldn't agree more!|
|7 years 49 weeks ago||more like $260K house!||
Assuming you're putting 20% down, that additional $12K of downpayment becomes $60K towards your house. $12K of cash, plus $48K in incremental mortgage. I'm not that familiar with Columbus, but I have to imagine $60K will buy some pretty significant upgrades (square footage, neighborhood, better schools, her dream closet, etc). Of course, this requires an extra $250/month in mortgage payment, but for a solid Michigan grad, that's nothing... Good luck!
|7 years 49 weeks ago||Save your money!||
Seriously, you will regret spending that kind of money on a wedding video for years to come. My sister-in-law just got married a few weeks ago. She had a friend set up a video camera pointed at the dance floor to capture the post-dinner fun. She watched it once, laughed at people making fools of themselves and is now done with it.
I 100% guarantee that you will watch this video once and then run to the bathroom to vomit after you realize that this was the first and last time you will ever watch your incredibly boring $11,900 video.
Other than that, congrats on the upcoming marriage.