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10/13/2018 - 9:41am We are thinking of coming up…

We are thinking of coming up for a night next week to to the Tunnel of Trees. Have the colors peaked?  Will next week be too late?

10/09/2018 - 4:22pm Another example of trying to…

Another example of trying to obfuscate the problem rather than solve the problem.  Have seen it many times during my organizations of all types and sizes.  

10/08/2018 - 7:13pm Such a beautiful and…

Such a beautiful and heartbreaking statement, Ace.  Best wishes to you for good health and a long, productive life.  We will all miss you here on the blog.

10/07/2018 - 11:54am These discussions are…

These discussions are evolving in to being like political arguments.  

Everyone is moving to the extreme poles and also interpreting each other's comments in the way they want to interpret them...rather than based on what the person is actually saying.

I'm not saying you can't point out what could be improved; there is always room for constructive, politely-worded criticism.  What I am saying is that the whining about the "slow start" and/or the "doom and gloom" attitude that many had at the end of the first quarter was unwarranted and an overreaction to what was really happening on the playing field.

I'm sorry, but anyone who was taking an objective look at what was happening on the playing field should have been able to see that Michigan was dominating on both sides of the ball and, assuming that would continue (which it did), would pull away and enjoy a comfortable victory.

10/07/2018 - 10:55am I don’t understand all of…

I don’t understand all of the whining about a supposed slow start. Michigan dominated the first quarter. 

10/03/2018 - 3:41pm I can't attest to his skill…

I can't attest to his skill as a player, but as the parent of a 12th grader, I can tell you that most kids turn 18 in 12th grade.  Which would mean that most of them turn 19 in their freshman year of college. 

So, depending on his exact birthday, that would make him just a few months older than most of the kids he's playing against...if not basically the same age as other kids in 12th grade.  Not really odd or any sort of significant advantage.

09/10/2018 - 2:18pm I don't understand this…

I don't understand this obsession with focusing on the one or two positions where we may not be an "A."  This is college football.  Other than maybe a few exceptions, every team has at least a few spots where the level of play is less than optimal.

At this point, it's safe to say that we are probably better at 18 of the 22 starting positions than we were last year.  We brought back starters at RB, WR, TE, C, RG, LG, DE, LB, S and CB.  We brought in a relatively proven commodity at QB.   

I'd have to guess that most teams are not better or more experienced at 18 of the 22 starting positions than they were last year.  I think it's also a safe guess that RT will be at least equal to last year....and that at least one of the DT positions could also be equal to last year.  

That leaves us with two spots that might take a step back from the level of play that we had last year.  Not to mention that the punting game looks good so far...and kicking is bound to be about equal to last year.

Sounds like a pretty good position to be in.

08/28/2018 - 6:29pm WIN.  THE.  GAME.


08/28/2018 - 4:07pm Either the OP didn't…

Either the OP didn't actually read the article or the OP has a serious reading comprehension problem.

08/28/2018 - 2:28pm Add me to those who thought…

Add me to those who thought he looked really good in the 2017 spring game.  There were a few runs that caused everyone in my group to do the old "who is that?"

08/16/2018 - 10:20pm So sorry to hear this.  I…

So sorry to hear this.  I faced the same situation just over eight years ago.  Best friend since high school (and U of M roommate) called me from LA (I live in Detroit area) in December of 2009 to let me know he had been diagnosed with bile duct cancer.  Fast forward a few months...when I got a call from his business partner in early February of 2010;  he let me know that if I wanted to see my friend alive, I better get to LA as soon as possible.  Got on the first possible plane and ran right to the hospital to visit my friend, who I found hooked up to multiple machines, bright yellow with jaundice, etc.  He was surprised to see me and a little pissed that I was there...but I made a joke about him not making an effort to look a little better for my visit...which worked to break the tension a little bit.  What made it even more painful was that neither he nor his parents were acknowledging that his death was imminent, so I wasn't able to say "goodbye."  As I left the hospital, he told me to come back again once the doctors got everything under control and he could get out of the hospital.  Cried all the way from Cedars Sinai to LAX.  Got the call about a week later that he had passed away.  Do yourself - and your friend - a favor and get right to Miami.    My guess is that he'll get past whatever reservations he's having and will be happy to see you and grateful for your visit and love.

08/16/2018 - 12:33pm Just wait until that 4 year…

Just wait until that 4 year old Jewish girl becomes a 14 year old Jewish girl!  Oy vey!  I'd be interested in the Pistons outing...depending, of course, on the day/time and how it fits in to my schedule.  

07/09/2018 - 10:17am Yes to this.  There's an…

Yes to this.  There's an article in this morning's Detroit News reviewing the 2015 (transitional) and 2016 recruiting classes.  The hit rate on the 2016 class is incredible.  Looks like most of the class will be significant contributors to this year's team.  Very few misses.  I've been fully on the Harbaugh bandwagon since his hiring was announced...and my confidence in what he's building hasn't budged.   In five years, we'll look back at last season as being an anomaly.

07/02/2018 - 9:17pm Big ups for the 48009!  We…

Big ups for the 48009!  We've lived here since 1996.  Wouldn't live anywhere else in SE MI. 

07/01/2018 - 11:02am I got mine yesterday!  Sorry…

I got mine yesterday!  Sorry to hear about your livestock. 

06/14/2018 - 6:56am Go Maples!  My daughter…

Go Maples!  My daughter starts there this fall. Just finished up at Derby this week. 

06/13/2018 - 1:44pm I read your post and thought…

I read your post and thought maybe I had forgotten that I wrote it!  Same deal here.  PoliSci.  But then actually went to and completed law school...and now almost 25 years in to a career in marketing/advertising.

06/06/2018 - 5:09pm 1989 UM GRAD is happy to…

1989 UM GRAD is happy to have you take my money. 

05/25/2018 - 11:02am Keep in mind...

...that the wealthiest individual in Michigan is a State grad and very much a self-made billionnaire.  

05/20/2018 - 11:01pm Getting away with it...

You only think that you are. Everyone can tell that you dye your hair. Believe me.

05/14/2018 - 12:51pm Congrats to your son!

With those credentials, his dream will surely become a reality!

05/14/2018 - 12:49pm GPA and ACT Scores Don't Always Equate

I've heard many parents complaining about how their 4.0 student "doesn't test well" and thus doesn't have the ACT or SAT to gain admission to an elite school.

Many kids who don't have "elite" intelligence can get a 4.0 as a result of hard work or the grade inflation you cite.

There are also many kids who, for a variety of reasons, don't have a 4.0...but whatever challenges/obstacles they have don't prevent them from scoring very well on the ACT or SAT.

My son is an example of the latter situation.  He really struggled in our public middle school;  we live in a very highly-rated school district.  When he took the admissions test for the private school he attends, he scored at a tenth grade level on every subject.  The school's administrators told us that they had never seen a kid with such a disparity between grades and admissions test results.

His grades have improved dramatically in high school, but he scored far higher on the ACT than what you would expect from someone with his GPA.

05/14/2018 - 10:00am Gender Ratio

Not doubting you at all, but are you exaggerating even slightly?  Is the imbalance in "resume" really that pronounced between male and female candidates?

We are concentrating our search on schools that are ranked roughly between 15th and 40th.  The schools at the higher end would be reach schools...and schools at the bottom (like Boston University) would be more in the safety category.

Is this imbalance of applicant qualifications also occurring at smaller schools like Tufts, Northwestern, etc?  We are looking at smaller we are concerned that a place like Michigan might not be the right fit for our son.

Thanks for any info you can provide.

05/14/2018 - 9:40am Appreciate the suggestion, although...

...the "resume" example I gave wasn't of my son.  Was trying to make the point that a strong but not elite student (who wants to live away from home and get a traditional big-school experience) from a middle class family might view MSU as their best option.

My son is signed up for LTU's summer high school program.  Thought it would be a great way for him to explore engineering, as he doesn't know what he wants to study in college.

Good luck to your son at LTU!


05/14/2018 - 7:20am There could be many reasons...

Yes, one reason could be that they made a strategic decision to take more kids in case the bad publicity takes its toll on future application levels.

Could also be because Michigan received record applications and rejected more kids than usual.  (Don't know if this is the case, but it's possible.)

Grand Valley has been gaining momentum within the state, so maybe this is MSU's way of fending them off?

Is there a population bulge among high school aged kids right now?

Did they take smaller classes the past few years?


05/14/2018 - 6:58am Agree completely and would add...

While of course not defending any of the actions that have taken place at MSU, do we really think people are going to stop attending what is, in reality, a fine (while not elite) college?

What do you expect an in-state student with, let's say, a 3.5 GPA and a 28 ACT to do?  This is a strong student with a very good "resume"...but who is most likely not going to get in to MIchigan.  Let's say they come from a middle-class family - one who can't afford the cost of an out of state school - and prefer to stay somewhat close to home.  What are the other realistic options?  Go to an inferior school?  Bite the bullet and incur loans/costs?  

I'm guessing most of you who are making these comments don't have high school aged kids.  

My son is just finishing up 11th grade.  He is more than a 50/50 chance of getting in to Michigan...but is by no means a "slam dunk."  So, we may be faced with deciding on a "plan B" option.   We are fortunate that we can afford to send him anywhere, but is it really worth it to spend double or triple on a school like Indiana or Boston University or even, heaven forbid, Ohio State...when he could go to Michigan State and get a fine education and, after earning great grades and exam scores, be admitted to almost any graduate school?

So, what would all of you suggest to the parents of kids who don't get in to Michigan and can't or don't want to spend the extra money to send their kid out of state?  Especially given the increased amount of research showing that the costs of college are spiraling and that where you attend undergrad isn't as important as your graduate school or how you perform in your first few jobs.

05/12/2018 - 6:08pm Really?

For real?

05/12/2018 - 1:36pm So sorry.

My mother passed away at 86 over a year ago. First Mother’s Day was unsettling. Hope you get thru the day ok.

05/10/2018 - 11:15am +1

You win the internet for today.

05/07/2018 - 10:20am Downvoted?

I know we're not supposed to talk about downvotes and points, but who would downvote this comment?

One of the few times I've LOL'd at an internet comment.  

Good for you, Wichitan.  Good for you.

05/02/2018 - 3:05pm Yes to the seaplane

This is my second year going but the rest of the group has been ten times or so. The scenery and setting are truly beautiful and mostly unspoiled. Did a freshwater fishing day trip the last time I went...and the guide told us there wasn’t anyone else for miles around. Was so quiet it was actually a little eerie.

05/02/2018 - 2:41pm Alaska!

Going to Alaska with dad, brothers and nephews in July. Staying at a place called Whaler’s Cove Lodge on Killisnoo Island. Incredible remote spot.

04/30/2018 - 12:51pm I think you missed my point

Wasn't really commenting on where Shea would be drafted.

Was more trying to make the point that adding a first-round caliber QB to the team could make for an exciting season overall for the team.

In other words, we could be playing well in to 2019...when you add a first-round caliber QB to a top-five defense, plenty of returning skill players on offense, and a hopefully improved offensive line.

04/30/2018 - 12:31pm Shea

If he plays well enough to be a first-round pick, this is going to be quite an exciting season.

04/26/2018 - 2:51pm Hail!

To the MGoSponsors!

04/18/2018 - 9:07am Same here with SeatGuru

I'm obsessed. Never book a flight anymore without looking at seatguru. Living in SE MI, we are also captive/loyal to Delta.

04/18/2018 - 8:48am Calipari

Given the ranking of his recruits over the ten-year window, one could argue that his teams have underperformed. Even with the tournament performance you cite.

04/17/2018 - 8:41pm English?

Do you speak it?

04/13/2018 - 5:16pm Ugh!

Thanks for posting this.  Was out of the country for two weeks recently...and have been jammed up this would've missed the deadline without this post.

The subs are on me!

04/13/2018 - 2:06pm WD?

Shouldn’t posts like this be left to WD?

04/11/2018 - 3:08pm How dare you!

You have some nerve using logic, facts and nuance.  

Please resume only posting hot takes.

04/08/2018 - 7:38pm Interesting

He always seemed like more of a House Music guy to me.

04/01/2018 - 4:37am Yes!

But I'm still amazed that we all somehow knew to go to that corner.

03/30/2018 - 7:12pm Chag Sameach

From Shangri-La, China!

03/24/2018 - 2:34pm 15091999

Hope that works.  Thanks!  I'm in the air on the way to China!

03/23/2018 - 12:24pm It was meant to be tongue-in-cheek

Sorry if the humor didn't come through.

Every time someone posts about watching the game from somewhere even remotely exotic, they get a lot of snarky comments.  So, thought I'd just lean in to it.

Guess I failed to convey it in a way to indicate I wasn't really thinking that I was humblebragging.

03/23/2018 - 8:23am VPN

OK, can this old guy ask for further assistance?  I would normally ask my 16-year old son, but he sometimes knows less than he thinks he knows.

How do I set up a VPN?  What's the best way to go about this?


03/23/2018 - 7:54am Does it get live TV programming?

If so, can you help out a fellow MGoBlogger and let me use one of your flight allowances?

03/21/2018 - 8:28am Yes

Like sending his daughter to college.

03/20/2018 - 8:04pm My 14 Year Old Daughter is...

...demanding we drive up to Ann Arbor. She recently finished binge-watching the entire series of The Office and loved it.