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|1 day 23 hours ago||"Best graduation rate" shows things ain't what they used to be||
This new measure as to what's "best" kind-of irritates me.
Michigan used to be considered a great school because it was so easy to NOT graduate. Large numbers of incoming students would fail out and/or transfer elsewhere... either because it was too hard or because they couldn't figure out how to manage themselves in the unstructured environment (i.e. too much partying, not enough studying).
I graduated in 1990 and we figured out that of the 60 guys who were on our "Honors" hall in Mary Markley in 1986, over 25 of them had failed out and/or transferred... quite a few of them being friends of mine who went on to success at other schools.
Personally, I loved this part of the Michigan experience. It was a Darwinian but I felt it prepared you well for the "real world" - you're on your own kid, figure it out - sink or swim. It was one of the big things my Mom stressed to me when I went off to school - as it had been that way when she went in the 1960's. She used to remind various Ivy-league parents that Michigan might be easier to get in, but it was a lot harder to get out.
Now that these college rankings "ding" the school for such behavior so the school has clearly been managing the trend upwards. The four year graduation rate quoted in that US World article is 76%.... it was 69% in 1999 (the oldest data I can find in a quick Google search) and I'm pretty sure it was lower before that.
I suppose the other thing driving this is the absurd cost of tuititon nowadays - people probably deserve to get there money's worth and it's a pretty expensive "lesson" if you fail out.... but I still like thinking of Michigan as a place where it was hard to graduate - and I have to have some suspicion that standards get lowered somewhere along the way to help drive higher rates and keep the "business model" of high tuition in place.
Anyway, that's my "old guy" rant for the day.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||It's been so long since I visited Mecca||
Since I graduated in 1990, I'd always tailgated at the "Victory Lane" Self-service car wash at the corner of Stimson and State Street.... but that just shows how long it's been since I've been to a game in person because my understanding is that place has been gone for years.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Feel the Freekbass||
This proposal sounds like this wonderful example of what happens when you do this:
Sorry, I'm at work and couldn't remember the embed details... but I was surprised Brian didn't include this in the writeup because it's the first thing I thought of.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||I was thinking you were going to suggest||
that Brady Hoke leave to coach the Washington Redskins.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Why Did I draft this guy in my Fantasy Football draft?||
He dropped to the late second round in my draft so I convinced myself it would be "value" to pick him... even though I didn't have much faith in him.
When I got the news and texted my friend, he had but one thing to say to me:
"Sparty gotta Spart"
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Of course!||
I'm old enough to have gone to the games when you could bring your own cooler in with your own refreshments. Seems to me you may have seen a few more fights in the student section back then, but overall I don't see any problem with it. There has always been people drinking in the stadium... and I've almost always been one of them!
That said, I don't see it happening.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Pretty sure I've hit 0.11 a lot of times in my life...||
...but I never sucker punched anyone.
Getting locked up for life in jail is "ruining your life". Getting kicked out Michigan for it is "learning a lesson".
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I make distinctions in "dumb mistakes"||
Brian Griese drunkenly pissing in the alley of a bar and throwing a chair through the window is "a mistake"
Sucker punching some unaware dude and breaking his jaw is beyond "a mistake" i'm willing to have a lot of empathy for.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||And Scott Driesbach threw the pass!||
This game gets my vote... living in Virignia, it was a great Monday to go to work.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||I'm shocked!||
And I expected Urban to "respect" us!
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Catch like this in the fall!||
|1 year 36 weeks ago||One question...||
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Lockett Coverage?||
In the first half, Consistently going with man to man on their best receiver while playing 10 to 15 yards off the line was a bit puzzling.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||When do they move on to the "big money"||
If you see what they're paying for naming rights on stadiums, what would they pay for naming rights on the actual school itself?
"ACME Brand's University of <insert state here>"
"University of <insert state>, brought to you by ACME Brand"
|1 year 41 weeks ago||True.. depends on context||
Wasn't clear to me that the context of the statement applied only to recruits, but yes... and nowdays, the sports culture is so different that I think academics is probably secondary to many (if not most) recruits.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||"School to go to" may be overstating things a bit||
In those days, Michigan State certainly had the stronger atheletic program... but for academics, Michigan will still the "school to go to", at least in most fields.
I think academics is still the driver for most students deciding the "school to go to", and it was probably even more so back then.
Of course. both my parents were students in those times.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||I have neither the time or the knowledge||
to post much useful commentary, but I have always found there are plenty of people on this blog who do. Anything Brian is doing to reduce the amount of crap that one has to wade through to get to the "good" comments is something I endorse wholeheartedly.
As far as the blog being "about what it feels like to be a Michigan fan", there's a lot less we can do to control that. It's been a tough year, and I suspect some portion of the noise is related to that.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Drank a couple bottles of Robert Biale Zinfandel with my wife||
At this point I'm 45 years old and well into my "high class" drinking years. In fact, I just got back from Sydney, Australia last night so I didn't start drinking until AFTER the game and after the kids were asleep:
Both wines direct from the winery and held in my cellar:
2011 Robert Biale Zinfandel, Napa Valley, Black Chicken ($42)
Nose of berries, oak and some waxy notes. Rustic raspberry, earth, and a load of pepper and oak on the palate. Oak layers flow into complex melange of tannins and a raspberry tang. 91 points now but this will improve when the oak calms down a bit in a couple years.
2010 Robert Biale Zinfandel, Napa Valley, Aldo's Vineyard ($75)
Light red fruit and balsa nose. Black cherry and pomegranate fruit with a lot of complex brush, earth , and rustic flavors The tannins here are gentle and caressing layers. Elongated and vaguely more Bordeaux like on the finish. Not a normal full throttle Biale but I stilll like it. 90 points.
Both wines were excellent but they don't assuage the pain that whatever I watched today reminded me of Michigan Football about the same as most of the football I've since 2008. We've traded in terrible defense for terrible offeense. I love the platitudes of Brady Hoke but this season seems to show the results leave something to be desired.
Michigan fans may have impossible standards but we do know something about footballl and today's coaching performance indicates some serious problems.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Truly Painful||
Sorry for lack of anything coherent to say.
|2 years 1 week ago||Looking forward to it...||
My parents went to a screening last night put on by the University of Michigan Club of NH in Concord. Billy Taylor was there and spoke after the screening... they said it was a great documentary and "you can't miss it!".
Given there are few things on TV besides Michigan games that they'd say that about, I'm looking forward to it.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||This kind of content is what makes MGOBLOG great||
Thanks for posting...for those of us who can't make these kind of events (I'm in Ireland now), this is the kind of insight and information we get that we'd never find out from anywhere else... unveified voracity indeed!
|2 years 20 weeks ago||1990 - We had a good one!||
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Link to the HTML Primer doesn't work||
Link in the "How can I bold stuff, insert images, embed videos, etc?" FAQ above no longer works. In trying to find it, I noticed a bunchof old articles in the forums noting it was gone... but it's still here.
In my opinion, a link to the "META: Embed Refresher Course" article here would be helpful. I found an older one which ranked higher in my Google search but didn't work as it pre-dated the current software.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Day Job!||
Sorry, can't resist:
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Too Bad They Stopped Letting in Coolers...||
Too bad people can't bring in coolers with their own drinks anymore... that way the sorority girls could get drunk AT the game and be there on time.
We had this back in my freshman year of 1986, but they dropped it the next year. Of course, for the following three years we still managed to get stuff in and get to the game on time... but perhaps it's somehow totally different now.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||No way....||
This year's motto has to be "We Ate Subs. It was Crazy!"
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Fond memories of my Sr. year...||
I missed the Illinois riot because I had to go to my cousin's wedding that night. My cousin and I ended up watching the game at the reception on a tiny, portable mini-television (with like a 5 inch black and white screen) and then went totally nuts when we won. We made such a scene that it's still talked about to this day by the family.
We did make it to South University after the Seton Hall game. We blew off a brick of firecrackers in front of our house on East Ann street and then headed down there. For about 30 minutes it was awesome - everyone hugging, yelling "GO BLUE!" to each other, singing the Victors, and generally reveling in the Michigan spirit... then we saw some obviously out-of-town dude throw a newspaper vending machine through a store window and we got the hell out of there before the riot police came in!
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Uh... where's the Internet coming from?||
This model is going to have problems since you still need a broadband Internet connection... which probably comes from the cable company. So that's at least another $40-50/month before you've bought any channels... and if it's really a threat, the cable companies will change their pricing model to make Internet-only more expensive.
In the end, the wire in the ground will remain important and interfere with plans to change the model.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Even techies keep the cable...||
I agree since I work in Cloud Computing, but when I get home I just want to turn the TV on and it works. That said, I am over 40 and already on my way to irrelevance.
Brian's general point that the current business model is likely to eventually expire is accurate, I just think his timeframe is off. In addition, there's no evidence that the "content owners" won't still be the ones making money down the road. The B10/Fox enterprise can simply shift to selling the content to us directly .
The downside for us who like our B10 Football is that future likely results in us paying more for it instead of having it subsidized by people who don't watch it... and the general problem for the B10 is they'll be making less money.
But if everyone's making less money, the B10 having the infrastructure and ability to generate their own content will still put them in an advantage.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||We're Getting No Credit...||
...but we won't care when we win the game! GO BLUE!