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05/14/2018 - 4:55pm Data?

I could flame the hell out of you, but, let's just leave it at the fact that you have no data other than your opinion. Period. And it's difficult not to be offended by your opinion. 

As an out-of-stater for both undergrad and law school, I would posit that kids from out of state may just as likely have MORE of a connection to the school, because it was a hell of a lot harder for them to get in (at least in the late 90's-- out of state standards were uniformly more difficult and had a lower acceptance rate-- I know this because I asked this specific question during my group visit to the school in the summer of 1998, and after hemming and hawing, they admitted that they have higher standards for out of state students, at least back then; this was right after they'd shown us the James Earl Jones video they used to show prospective students back then).... and wasn't the default, "hey, this is my best state school" choice for people like me, who had to rely on parents and grandparents and my own money to afford to attend undergrad, and who had to finance law school completely with loans because my family had no more money left after they'd helped put me through undergrad.

Also, your "geography" argument is also blown up by anyone who's from, say, Toledo or Northeast Indiana vs., say, Holland, MI. 

As long as you're willing to admit your opinion is pure conjecture based on some nebulous concept of "I'm from the state of Michigan, therefore I love U of M more than anyone else," then we're fine. But don't act like your opinion is based on any sort of rational data set. Thanks.

04/27/2018 - 10:34am Cosign Ozark

I cosign the Ozark recommendation. I watched it all in a weekend. Loved it. Also really, really loved "Narcos," and felt that the show improved in seasons 2 and 3. 

03/29/2018 - 11:23am LET'S GOOOO

Leaving tomorrow to fly to Dallas and drive down. Staying till Tuesday no matter what. Because we are going to win the National Championship Monday night. Let's Go Blue!!!

03/27/2018 - 3:50pm Jeez

Even more allegations here. Wow. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/27/us/william-strampel-michigan-state.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

03/26/2018 - 3:03pm Agreed

Agreed. I do coverage work for a living (not involved in this case, though). There's almost no way that an intentional acts exclusion isn't present in the policies, given when they were issued. Also, intentional criminal conduct is uninsurable for public policy reasons (in most states) and because it violates the doctrine of fortuity. So, I highly, highly doubt there is any coverage for Nasser himself.

As for MSU itself: There would likely be a duty to defend negligence allegations against the institution and any of its then-employees.The fight will be over everything else--are punitive damages covered? what about reckless disregard/willful and wanton? Is there a distinction between that and "intentional acts" as defined by the policy? And then you get into the areas where I think the biggest fight will be, a point you rightly raise: horizontal vs. vertical exhaustion of policies; which policies are triggered; which allocation method is employed among the policies. Those three issues will take time to sort out and a lot of money will be implicated. I'd look for the courts to bend over backward to reach as much insurance money as possible, including making new law in the State of Michigan to do it at the Michigan Supreme Court level if need be. 

03/16/2018 - 2:54am Needs moar

Man, I am here for this post, especially in light of 8 years of restraint. Comment more?

 

03/14/2018 - 1:46pm Yup, same

Same problem. And it meant that during Selection Sunday and the B1G tournament, I couldn't access MGoBlog, as I was using my phone to attempt to access the site. I have to think this has a decent impact on the stats for this site-- I'm willing to bet a lot of pageviews (conservatively, north of 15%) come from people on their mobile devices, especially those using iPhones or iPads. The long and short of it is, I'm not going to make a bunch of life changes to access the site through my phone; the onus is on the site to figure its shit out and rectify the issue, because right now visiting MGoBlog via iphone shuts down your entire browser in Safari. 

03/14/2018 - 1:42pm Same problem on iPhone

Same problem on iPhone using safari; have just resigned myself to the fact that I cannot access MGoBlog via the most convenient method available for me. And no, I don't want to install an adblocker on my iPhone (believe it or not, I find targeted ads to be useful, and also I'd prefer not to shut off a revenue stream for the creators of content such as MgoBlog.)

03/08/2018 - 11:52am Necessary Move

I agree with you that it's not the top rate for this, but it is still fairly steep, all things considered, for work on behalf of a public entity in the midwest. That said, given the gravity of the situation, I can understand the need to pay this type of rate. And the commenter above who said the Board should have its own counsel is 100% correct. I don't see this as unnecessary; quite the opposite. The Board, like all people and entities in the Unites States, should have its legal interests protected. And since the Board's interests do not necessarily align 100% with those of, oh, say, the Athletic Department's or the (former) University President's, I can absolutely see why it's not only prudent but necessary for the Board to have its own counsel. 

Get ready for a lot of finger pointing at MSU, among MSU people (and former MSU people), about who knew what and when, and about who did what and when. I only hope that this leads to more facts coming out, since it's less likely all stakeholders will "circle the wagons" if everyone's got counsel who represent their own interests and advise them to act that way (rather than clam up for the good of the school-- screw that. The truth needs to be uncovered and made public, all of it). 

01/29/2018 - 4:12pm Insurance law

Other commenter has it right on subrogation-- you can't subrogate against your own insured. What's far more likely is that the insurers fight tooth and nail not to pay defense costs or settlement costs for the intentional acts of Nassar himself, and then negotiate with MSU on what is covered w/r/t the institution's negligence. The insurers (plural, because this is going to touch on excess and umbrella layers of coverage, not just the primary layer) will also look long and hard at what MSU knew and when, as there are issues of prior knowledge (as in, when MSU knew or should have known that claims were likely to come, and, if they did, what they said on their annual insurance policy applications about same). Also there are probably sublimits within the policies for different types of damages (such as Title IX). All in all, it will be a brawl for many years, and the insurers won't pay a cent more than they feel they must, not only for business reasons but also for reasons of moral hazard and principle. They'll insure negligence, sure. But they don't (and cannot, by law, due to public policy considerations) insure criminal conduct. And, if it's hard to suss out what part of the claims are for criminal conduct and what part are for negligent conduct, the insurers will likely foot the bill for the entire defense, but won't pay indemnity (settlement/judgment) for anything other than the negligence of MSU employees working in the scope of their employment. 

These are just my guesses, but I will say that I practice insurance coverage law as my specialty and have for about 10 years, and this is how I see it playing out. If MSU tries to do what PSU did and fight the insurers like crazy, the insurers will go to the mat and fight like heck in court. That's what actually led to a bunch of discovery making its way into the public record in the PSU case-- it was the insurance coverage suits which brought a lot of additional stuff to light, via deposition testimony of those involved. 

01/29/2018 - 4:11pm Insurance law

Other commenter has it right on subrogation-- you can't subrogate against your own insured. What's far more likely is that the insurers fight tooth and nail not to pay defense costs or settlement costs for the intentional acts of Nassar himself, and then negotiate with MSU on what is covered w/r/t the institution's negligence. The insurers (because this is going to touch on excess and umbrella layers of coverage, not just the primary layer) will also look long and hard at what MSU knew and when, as there are issues of prior knowledge (as in, when MSU knew or should have known that claims were likely to come, and, if they did, what they said on their annual insurance policy applications about same). Also there are probably sublimits within the policies for different types of damages (such as Title IX). All in all, it will be a brawl for many years, and the insurers won't pay a cent more than they feel they must, not only for business reasons but also for reasons of moral hazard and principle. They'll insure negligence, sure. But they don't (and cannot, by law, due to public policy considerations) insure criminal conduct. And, if it's hard to suss out what part of the claims are for criminal conduct and what part are for negligent conduct, the insurers will likely foot the bill for the entire defense, but won't pay indemnity (settlement/judgment) for anything other than the negligence of MSU employees working in the scope of their employment. 

These are just my guesses, but I will say that I practice insurance coverage law as my specialty and have for about 10 years, and this is how I see it playing out. If MSU tries to do what PSU did and fight the insurers like crazy, the insurers will go to the mat and fight like heck in court. That's what actually led to a bunch of discovery making its way into the public record in the PSU case-- it was the insurance coverage suits which brought a lot of additional stuff to light, via deposition testimony of those involved. 

01/29/2018 - 4:03pm Umm...

Umm...I'm willing to bet a lot of money that there will be suits-- plural-- brought against MSU for its mishandling of rape allegations by members of the football and basketball team, and I'd bet money that Izzo and/or Dantonio will be named as individual defendants (depending on the victim). And, to the extent there's any sort of statute of limitations argument by MSU, I think the plaintiffs will have a very good argument that MSU's active and fraudulent concealment of its internal analysis, reporting, and investigation into these alleged sexual assaults has thus tolled any relevant statute of limitations. I also think a class action may be coming, or a slew of consolidated lawsuits, which tie MSU's intitutional malfeasance together across the entire administration-- i.e., a Title IX suit brought on behalf of all victims of Nassar and all victims of the football and basketball players--which would necessarily involve Izzo and Dantonio (and Hollis, and Simon, and Klages, and the MSU Title IX office, etc.)

Point being, I wouldn't hang my hat on that "no lawsuits due to bball or football" hook just yet, since I'd be shocked if those suits aren't forthcoming. Mork and Tom aren't anywhere close to being out of the woods on this. 

01/26/2018 - 11:07pm Correct

Yes, plus interviews with, I believe, the girl’s parents. And the victim herself.

01/26/2018 - 7:14pm New evidence

Yeah ESPN has new evidence/things that weren’t known on message boards. It is insane. (I watched as well.) Gang rapes by both teams.

01/11/2018 - 11:44am Keep Fighting, Ace

Ace-

I've been a fan of your work since you joined the site, and I enjoy not only your writing, but the perspective you lend to the MGoPodcast. Keep up the fight, and know that you have lots of support in the MGoCommunity. Everyone is pulling for you.

Even though I know this will be a lifelong struggle for you (and obviously, you are fully aware of that and it is likely a thought which can be overwhelming), the real enemy is losing hope.  Try to focus on the good moments you are blessed to enjoy. One great moment of transcendent joy can make an entire year's worth of pain feel worth it. Live in those moments of joy and hold on to them so they can buoy your spirits through the difficult times. And keep fighting. You can do it. 

Best,

03 Blue 07

12/15/2017 - 5:04pm Indy Star, Deadspin

Actually, there are journalists who are following this and who are not going to ever let up on MSU. Obviously, the Indianapolis Star is on it-- they broke the original story. And, Deadspin has been on this story from the jump as well. Just yesterday, Dvora Meyers of Deadspin (who's doing great work on this), took MSU to task and pulled no punches: https://deadspin.com/michigan-state-cant-bury-its-role-in-the-largest-s…

And here's their other stories on the matter: https://deadspin.com/c/larry-nassar 

And here's the Indy Star's coverage; they've been putting out stories on more or less a weekly basis about this: https://www.indystar.com/search/Nassar/

If you ask why you're not seeing this on ESPN very often or on, say, CNN or ABC/FOX/Whatever, the simple and sad answer is that Michigan State just isn't of interest to most people. It's not a big name institution. Please note that I'm not saying this is the correct decision by the media, just that it is a truism that Michigan State is not all that well-known outside of the Great Lakes region nor is it of interest to most people. It doesn't move the needle.

Most of the coverage has actually focused on USA Gymnastics, with MSU somehow avoiding a lot of scrutiny so far. I suspect that's going to change going forward. 

12/08/2017 - 2:59pm I know him

The Matt Mann you are referring to in that link has been a lawyer for about 10 years, actually. He moved to Michigan a couple years ago. And he 100%, without question, did not write this ridiculous and ignorant email. I can assure you of that. The MM I know is a Michigan grad, fergodsakes, and is not an idiot like this guy who wrote the email (clearly) is. 

12/04/2017 - 1:31pm Haloscan

I started reading the blog in late 2005, so I def remember Haloscan, though I don’t think I commented much back then. Things used to be a lot more hectic and irreverent back then. Ahh, how times change.

10/27/2017 - 1:10pm Hey now

Penn State says...hello? As bad as this is, let's keep some perspective here. 

10/24/2017 - 6:52pm Gaines

Kevin Gaines played the game of his life. Went toe-to-tow with Jay Williams. That Duke team was loaded, and M took them to OT.

That was, I believe, the first regular season game at Crisler which I attended. It was quite memorable.

10/24/2017 - 5:22pm No doubt, Bey

No doubt, Bey. Hopefully you and Chris Partlow are running shit up at Jessup, and Namond is finishing his third year of law school right about now. You made the right call by letting Bunny Colvin become his guardian. 

10/20/2017 - 4:06pm My response

My response would have simply been, "you should kill yourself immediately." And I would have meant it seriously. 

10/15/2017 - 10:30am Uhh yeah

Agree. I mean, if we had College Smokin’ Jay Cutler, this is a playoff team, even with the shitty OL. Cutler was a stud at Vandy and actually had some good mobility there as well.

10/10/2017 - 12:09pm Yes!

PREACH. 

10/02/2017 - 3:59pm You're adding to the problem

No links anywhere in this thread. I went on rollingstone.com just now, no mention of this. Point being, people usually put a link into their post when they are bearing bad news. Or good news. Or any news. 

09/13/2017 - 12:41pm 57

I'm pretty sure he was referring to the states and territories he'd visited at that point in his primary campaign, since territories do vote in presidential primaries, and he was in fact a primary candidate in a bitterly contested primary when this video was taken. But yes, a rhetorical gaffe nonetheless. http://www.fairvote.org/puerto-rico-and-other-territories-vote-in-prima…

09/11/2017 - 10:56am Illegal Pronouns?!

Illegal pronouns, huh? Haha. Please, good sir, cite me a statute in the United States, enacted by a legal body with the authority to charge someone with a crime for violating said statute, that requires the use of certain pronouns. Or, please point me to a cite to a decision from a court of competent jurisdiction which makes the law the same. 

I'll wait, counselor. 

(P.S.: there is no such law or court decision making it illegal to use the wrong pronoun alone when describing someone. If there were such a law, it would be swiftly nullified, as such a law would violate the free speech protections of the constitution, which apply to governmental action, since it would have to be issued by a branch of government to be an actual law, and since there is no SCOTUS case regarding the use of pronouns vis-a-vis a protected class.)

Or, in TL;DR: You're wrong, dude. No such law. 

09/11/2017 - 10:45am ?

I'm not sure what point your trying to make here (no sarcasm). Who says that living by the MLK creed makes one a horrible person? And please don't say a certain political party, because that's just hogwash and an untrue overgeneralization. 

09/11/2017 - 10:42am I'm with Dudeness

I'm with Dudeness, here. White guy, born to college-educated parents. Now, no doubt the following quote is true (or let's just assume it is true for sake of discussion):

"Another is that the work I've put in means less, and the work my parents put in means less, and the work their parents put in means less.  If my starting line was further ahead than others, I'm not going to apologize for the work my parents did and the sacrifices they made to make that happen, and I'm not going to apologize for the work I do to put my future kids (who don't even exist yet) ahead on the starting line too.  There are others whose starting line was further ahead than mine.  I don't care."

The point is that if your parents and grandparents put in the exact same amount of "work" and "sacrifice," but were people of color, your starting line would most likely be farther back. I don't pat myself on the back for being in the lead of a race I was born to succeed at. I didn't choose my IQ, I didn't choose my skin color or gender, I didn't choose the fact that I had two parents who both went to college, and I didn't choose the fact that I grew up in a stable household. I didn't "earn" those any more than a kid born into poverty and lack of education "earns" their starting station in life. I simply choose to acknowledge the fact that I've had it easier in this country, as did my parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents, than I (and they) would have if we had been, say, black or latino. As in, the same amount of effort would get you farther in life as a white person, and it's been that way for the entirety of this nation's history. Those advantages at every step along the way are cumulative and passed down from generation to generation, on a macro level. I don't see what the problem is with acknowledging and being grateful for this, and simultaneously recognizing that most everyone else who isn't a white male didn't start in as good of a place. And, those who came from white poverty? That's terrible, but on a macro level, they still had more opportunities than a person of color dropped into the same life situation. I'm sorry if that offends people, but it's the truth. 

09/07/2017 - 7:00pm Completely agree

I completely agree. I truly cannot stand that PSU is a part of the B1G. They should not have had a football program for a couple years; they clearly didn't learn their lesson (what with the dedication of Paterno statues LAST YEAR and whatnot). They are a disgrace to the conference, college football, and decent human beings everywhere. It is insane that over half of the fanbase more or less compartmentalizes what happened and waves it away. And it is disgusting. I hate that we are associated with them via conference affiliation. And I hate even more that those assholes apparently learned absolutely nothing from the entire experience. 

09/07/2017 - 11:00am There is so much

There is so much wrong with your comment. 1. The kid signs away Hippa when he signs his schollie paperwork. They have them sign a form for that. 2. The concept that TEAM and UNIVERSITY DOCTORS wouldn't work for the UNIVERSITY and not the patient...despite whatever hippocratic oaths are taken...is, umm, one that NFL doctors have proven to be the case time and again. 3. The number of assumptions you're making-- such as that the kid has his own doctor and that the doctor would demand the discs-- is astounding. 4. You also clearly don't have a lot of experience with litigation, do you? You think a Hipaa violation or a delay in providing imaging would have you "counting your millions"? Dude, you are wrong. Seriously, utterly wrong. Source: I'm a practicing litigator. God, I would love to defend a case like this against a plaintiff with your worldview. Settle for a few thousand? Sure. But "millions"? Lololol. 

 

09/07/2017 - 10:54am Are you serious?

Are you serious? I've had 2 MRI in the last year. Never once did they "hand the discs" to me. I had to order them, through the records department of the hospital, and then pay for them. And then they were sent to me, weeks later. 

Just because your medical provider does something a certain way doesn't mean the kid's story is "bullshit." 

09/07/2017 - 10:51am Yes.

Yes. I completely agree. I was outside in Chicago on the day Declan Sullivan died. The wind was so strong it picked me up off the ground. At 210 lbs. There is no way that kid should have been in that scissor lift. Absolutely none. It was criminal negligence and borderline manslaughter. And nothing came of it, except for a $40k OSHA fine or some shit like that, and ND offering scholarships to Sullivan's siblings. It was and is disgraceful. Justice has never been done for that death. 

I say this fully and wholeheartedly: If the exact same thing happened at Michigan, I'd want the coach-- including, yes, Harbaugh-- fired immediately. This was black and white. The kid didn't want to go up in the tower, but Kelly made him, via an intermediary who Kelly ordered directly. And it was batshit insane-- the sustained winds were in excess of 30 mph, with gusts over 50 mph during the relevant time period. Like I said, a microburst picked me up off the ground that afternoon. And I ain't small. 

I've never gotten over this, and will always be angry that there weren't really any repercussions for what I view as a criminally negligent act whereby Kelly is directly responsible for the death of an innocent student. 

09/06/2017 - 4:27pm And in Chicago

They also opened a Chicago location last year (2016) on Clark Street in northeast Lincoln Park, about a mile or so south of Wrigley Field. It's like going into a 70's time warp when you walk in, decor-wise. Lots of good beers, and the crack fries are awesome. 

09/06/2017 - 10:40am Wow

I was never big into Legos as a kid, but...man. That is so awesome. You should sell the design layout so others can emulate it. That would look so cool on my wall (or a Woodson one). 

09/01/2017 - 10:33am Ashley Schaefer

Your avatar is tremendous. Ashley Schaefer BMW, now Ashley Schaefer Kia. 

And Mammy don't like the sluts. Mammy's a good Christian woman. 

08/29/2017 - 9:58pm Yes

This is the correct comment. Fly bitches. Skeezers.

08/24/2017 - 3:52pm Did you have to ask?

Did you even have to ask? The "nanny state" dog whistle kinda gave it away, no?

08/01/2017 - 5:15pm Great work, Adam

Great work, Adam. This was an incredibly enjoyable read. 

07/13/2017 - 4:54pm Yes

Yep, agreed. Spicy BBQ is fantastic, followed by Spicy Garlic for me. I also second the poster up the thread who recommended the Desert Heat dry rub. Sometimes I'll get the tenders grilled, dry rubbed in dry heat, with sides of Spicy BBQ and Spicy Garlic for dipping and go to town. 

06/29/2017 - 11:19am Santana Moss

I'm pretty sure a famous example was Santana Moss, who Miami put on a track scholarship.

06/01/2017 - 5:15pm Rosenberg is only half

Rosenberg is only half of the duo that did it to M; Snyder is the other half, and he's still there. So I'm with the masses here. No Freep links. 

05/20/2017 - 2:45pm Eh

Eh I understand your point, but he has a collection of stuff that he doesn't want ripped and reposted. A small watermark can easily be covered. Then again, I do think that it makes the video much less watchable.

04/27/2017 - 1:44am Truth

This is true. Actually, it is certain clients who suffer most from these practices-- the ones the lackeys end up servicing. They would be better-served by, you know, the best actual lawyers who came through the firm. In time, however, the hacks/lackeys are exposed; it is a competetive industry, after all. 

04/27/2017 - 1:41am Ms. Jennings

Ms. Jennings is talented and always has been. I realize this may sound highly improbable, but if there is any way MGo could get her involved as a contributor in some way, I think it would be an asset to the site. Given that the market is now flooded with sports journalists because of these layoffs, it would seem to be a buyer's market if you are a blog looking to hire. 

04/12/2017 - 1:23pm Ditto

I was there as well. When Ortmayer scored the goal to take the lead, the entire press box moved back and forth about 4 inches due to the crowd's noise and stomping. That was the most unreal sporting event I've ever attended, along with UTL in 2012 vs Notre Dame in football. 

03/29/2017 - 1:17am Impartial observer here...

Impartial observer here...what they're trying to articulate is that it's not necessarily the content of what you say, but the way you convey it, that rubs. And you did make their point for them in the post above regarding how you say it vs. what you say. Just sayin'. 

03/17/2017 - 3:11pm Same

When Walton slipped with the ball and called that TO with under a minute left, I'm pretty sure I felt a heart murmur. Wow. 

03/17/2017 - 3:10pm Unreal

That is probably the most exciting game I've watched since the 2013 Final Four run. Probably the Kansas game. I cannot believe M was able to keep up that barrage. Incredible. This team has a ton of heart and is peaking at the right time. What a joy to watch. Go Blue!

03/17/2017 - 1:28am Grateful

He resurrected M hockey. Sad this is how it ended. I am so grateful we had him, and for so long.