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|9 weeks 6 days ago||Texas Hand Signs||
I used to live in Texas. Between the TTech "Guns Up!" salute, the U of T "Hook 'Em Horns!", TAMU's "Gig 'em!", TCU's Horned Frog hand sign (which I think is what you do when you raise you outer knuckles while making a fist) and god knows what Baylor does for a hand signlal, I always thought that Texans had their own set of gang signs. It's like the Crips and Bloods, but more annoying.
I never learned how SMU does a hand sign for allegedly killing five hookers. Must be complicated.
|11 weeks 16 hours ago||That moment...||
That moment when you realize you weren't the only one.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||IT'S MON-EH!||
MO-NEH! IT'S COUNT DE MO-NEH! SAY IT! SAY IT!!!
Where is the piss boy?
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Tattoo value||
I have to think that the corresponding tattoo value of those tickets also skyrockets. Time to get that "REAL National Champs 2013" tramp stamp!
|16 weeks 5 days ago||MGoLawyers||
Explain to me the conflict of interest in the case. NCAA receives a bill from Scumbag Debtor’s lawyer for having asked questions that benefited the NCAA at a bankruptcy proceeding. Assuming that there was even a client/attorney relationship between the lawyer and the NCAA (she could have been sending a bill because she is delusional), I can see the issue with retaining counsel in a bankruptcy case to ask questions while at the same time that counsel also represents the debtor. That’s a potential conflict, but one more centered on the lawyer who is dumb enough to take on both clients than the NCAA who asked for the arrangement. It seems more dumb-verging-on-shady on the NCAA's part than fraudulent (and I'd be more worried for the lawyer who thought she could represent both clients at the same time). Is the more abhorrent conflict the fact that the NCAA might have paid the legal bills in an unrelated legal proceeding for the accuser in the investigation, giving the accuser the incentive to sing whatever song the NCAA wants him to sing? That sounds more serious.
And as for gathering and using information from a bankruptcy proceeding, what would have stopped the NCAA from hiring some non-conflicted lawyer to either (i) sit in on the deposition/2004 exam/341 meeting, or (ii) even ask questions at that meeting? Isn’t bankruptcy essentially a public process? I can sit in on a day's worth of 341 meetings and find out all sorts of awesome stuff about people's financial lives. Worse comes to worse, counsel for the debtor (if they are awake…which isn’t always the case) could have asked the NCAA “And how are you a creditor in this case and/or entitled to ask questions here again?”. But if I remember correctly, 2004 exams, 341 hearings and the like are open to all “parties in interest” which is pretty damn vague. Someone who knows this stuff better than me fill me in on what I'm obviously missing.
(God…I just defended the NCAA. Must. Wash. Hands….)
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Agree||
You know...after a bit of thought, I think I agree. Unless there is some proof that this is a sociopathic Armstrong situation (topical reference!), I can imagine a situation where this spirals out of control. Especially if it was put in place in the first place to be a beard. You're 21 or 22, you're on the down-low, you're coming from a Mormon household, playing for a Catholic university that is having its best year in decades, and you look to be a top-ten pick. You've got a LOT to hide if you're gay, and maybe you do something incredibly stupid to stay closeted.
Nothing but pure speculation, but I could see that as being a plausible backdrop to this. The irony is to think how empowering it would be if he had come out this season. "Hi I'm gay and I'm going to be defensive Heisman contender." You would have to have massive stones for doing it, and I think the recognition of that courage would outweigh the obvious negatives. But no one has done it before (in college football), and it would take the right kind of kid. And T'eo may not have wanted to be that martyr.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||This is how old I am...||
There was a time when I sat at Crisler as an undergrad and cursed Purdue's Big Dog for taking the Big Ten Title away from J. Rose and company.
In a roundabout way, he may be giving it back.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||Me too!||
July 23 birthday. Are we Cancers or Leos? Always throws me off...
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Line||
How bad is the line and parking? Thanks for posting for those of us who are debating going.
|41 weeks 11 hours ago||Ring true up||
I did it with my combo undergrad/JD Michigan ring after the law firm years added some girth to my fingers. Took a couple of weeks and was done for free. Just look up their website for a contact phone number.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||One of my favorite Office||
One of my favorite Office clips. Wish I could embed on an IPad.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Some more thoughts...||
I'm a U of Mich law grad, out about 9 years. I'll echo a lot of the sentiments about the devaluation of the law profession over the course of the past few years. When I walked in the early 2000s, even with the 2001 recession, there were enough law firms jobs to go around. That's changed pretty radically since, oh, 2007 and has not really come back yet. To some extent, I think that actually cuts towards taking the best scholarship offer available, rather than going to the best prestige school. Less student loan debt means less financial pressure in the future, and, to some extent the deteriorating job market seems to cut across the tiers of law schools (that is, the job market seems pretty crappy whether you're at UCLA or at Loyola Chicago). If you had Yale or Harvard on hold while pondering a financial aid offer from Wayne (an excellent school that only suffers from, as some people have pointed out here, a lack of branding outside of Detroit), I could see putting off Wayne for either. But I don't think that Wisconsin or Iowa are so good that you should incur the full $120,000-$150,000 student loan debt (no disrespect to my fellow Badger or Hawkeye JD holders).
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Lolla '92||
Went to Lollapalooza in 1992 in Minneapolis on Harriet Island. The lineups:
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ministry, Ice Cube, Soundgarden, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Pearl Jam, Lush, Buffalo Tom. Stone Temple Pilots, Cypress Hill, House of Pain and Luscious Jackson were also involved (I think).
The Pearl Jam set was unbelievable. Ice Cube had his stage guys aiming sawed-off shotguns at the crowd. Ministry was...interesting.
Grunge and the early 90s. God I'm old. But the Peppers are playing this year, so I might have to go.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Some more options||
Alfonso's on Frenchmen Street, right above the Apple Barrell, is a very good New Orleans Italian place.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||The problem is the labor supply||
Sorry if someone has already touched upon this (between reading the article and the thread, my head hurts): Isn't the problem here the labor pool for college athletics? Assume the the NCAA and the universities are evil, profit-driven entities that want to maximize their profit on the shoulders of poor and young student-athletes (I know that after reading the piece, I don't have much of a problem doing that). Now imagine if, prior to Saturday's EMU/U of M game, the Michigan football team refused to run out of the tunnel and take the field in a once-in-a-lifetime coordinated protest against the NCAA's and Michigan's profit-driven exploitation. The protest generates headlines, ESPN interrupts it's broadcast of another equally-expoitative football game to cover it, and the word shudders for a moment at the thought of student-athletes becoming sentinent of their own exploitation.
How long would it take Brady Hoke and Dave Brandon to find 85 fairly qualified guys who would gladly take the current players' place in that tunnel? An hour? Two? How many guys would KILL to put on the maize and blue and get a free ride to the University of Michigan to play football? I'm guessing quite a few, including most of the EMU football team. Hell, how many guys would kill to play and study at EMU on a scholarship?
As long as that is the reality, I think the NCAA and its member colleges can pretty much do what they want with respect to their defense of the phyrric amaterurism ideal. As long as that labor force imbalance exists, exploitation exists. Add to that the reality that we, as fans, will root at the game and watch on TV in numbers that justify the TV and endorsement contracts no matter who you put out there (the Michigan 2008 team pretty much proves that), you have a pretty solid base for the exploitative system the article illustrates.
I'm not saying it's right. But it's reality, and it explains the current system. Now, I also think that the NCAA can come up with a system that provides a more fair treatment of that labor pool (call it a Fair Labor and Standards Act for college athletes, or even more hippie, Fair Trade Football). The article might be the first step in shaming the exploitative parties to a more mutually benefitial arrangement.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||What good is an English degree?||
Or political science (my major)? Or Art History? Outside of grad school, these classic liberal art majors are not worth much (especially in this economy). At least with a "Football Studies" degree, you can coach, become a trainer, maybe joing the marketing side of a professional program (assuming you threw in some business classes to round out the "Studies" part of the major).
I see you point that "grad school" in "Football Studies" might be limited to the NFL (and that 98% of the graduates don't "get in"). But we kinda already have this by having a School of Kinesiology and having, oh, about 80% of our student athletes in it. They're alreay majoring in sports. They might even argue that they have better job prospects than a sociology major.
I dunno. There is a practical solution to this problem that the craploads of money being banted around obfuscates. Allowing athletes to major in their sports might be a part of it.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Sorry...||
...double post. Nothing to see here. Move along.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Took my 2 year-old last year...||
...to the UMASS game. He did pretty well and my wife and I got to watch most of the game. It helped that Grandpa came along and helped with entertaining him. I got busted for bringing in contraband Cheerios by the A2 PoPo, but I found popcorn and a couple of other things that kept him from throwinig a hunger fit. Given the light crowd for UMASS, the fact that we were on aisle seats (big issue given the number of times he wanted to go potty/explore the stadium) and the decent weather, we lasted about 3 quarters before he got tired and cranky. I remember the long walk back to our car as being the most difficult part. We also brought him to the away Wisconsin game in 2009 when he was 20 months old; we sat in the nosebleeds and bonded with the Sconnie fans who treated him very well (it helps that we lost by a lot). He even started doing the Wisconsin chants, much to my chagrin.
We're going to Minnesota this year and are bringing some friends along. We're also packing the IPhone as a helpful distraction. It can be done, but I would suggest aisle seats and going to a non-packed game.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Had the exact same thought...||
I had the exact same thought during the 3rd quarter. "Man, I just dropped $80 for this crazy jersey, another $20 on a t-shirt, and $15 for a program. I wonder if I can return them?" Very glad that I'll be keeping 'em with pride.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Ok...||
...I laughed at that one. That was brilliant.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Wanna know why DB scheduled App State?||
Check out the 252 replies between this post and the earlier announcement post, plus the ESPN headline, all over who we play in (what DearGodLetItBe) a gimme game 3 years from now. It definitely generates conversation. We don't get that kind of pub when we play EMU or even UCONN. It's smart marketing. Brandon's a modern day PT Barnum (or worse, Bill Veek).
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Cold, Miserable Day||
My Junior year. Man that was a cold, miserable game. I'm proud to say that I stayed for the whole thing.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Sad Panda||
Am I the only person who feels kinda bummed thinking that the two participants in the national title game are now both mired in NCAA investigations, PLUS the winner of the NCAA Men's basketball championship has its own NCAA issues? Yeah, I know Santa isn't real*, nor is a totally compliant major NCAA program, but still, seems like EVERYONE is friggin' cheating.
Not sure if it's the crappiness of the compliance system, the increase in money (duh!) or just a historical phase (kind of like the lawless 1980s), but it puts a damper on the whole enjoyment of the game when I think "Gee, I wonder how much they paid for that running back"?
*Don't you f$#*ing tell me anything about the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy. I'll kill you where you stand!
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Really?||
Yeah, maybe I'm nuts, but I think that if Morris spends 10-18 years in the NBA, he's gonna make more than $500K a year. Juwan Howard has probably made some good bank in the last 16 or so years in the league.
And could I borrow your crystal ball that tells you what the future rookie salary contracts are going to look like post-lockout? 'Cus I would love to use it for some bets I'm placing in Vegas next week.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||I'm a T-Wolves fan||
And I would still pick LA. Did you see what happened to former Syracuse great Johny Flynn tonight? He got traded more than a dot.com stock. Granted, he's a millionaire (I think he got picked right after Rubio in '09 at the 5th or 6th spot) but he's out of the leage by next year. D-Mo may (may) get more of a career in the league by going to a good team.
We'll see what happens.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||This is good, and...||
...while I think he would have had a superb season next year, I'm not sure that the draft result (2nd round) would have been any different given the projected talent in next year's draft. Better for him to be in a hometown situation with some good mentoring opportunities than be in Minnesota in the 2012 draft as either a mid 1st round or early 2nd round pick.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||The ISR?||
Good catch. I love the ISR and took some good classes there (they actually do some interesting research on a whole host of long term social trends. Check out their projects at http://www.isr.umich.edu/home/projects/), but why this project in the midst of a cost crunch? I dunno.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Good point||
My wife is partial to TCBY.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Absolutely Correct||
You're right. Like I said, the two are not linked. I just think it's a bit strange to celebrate the (admittedly needed) renovations to Yost in the same week (day?) as the Regents again hiked tuition. It's bad optics, that's all.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||And...||
...tuition went up again today. I know, I know...the two are not linked. Just sayin'.