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12/13/2018 - 1:37pm I was 16 years old.  Vividly…

I was 16 years old.  Vividly remembered watching that game on the 13-inch TV I had on my desk right next to my bed.

'88-'89-'90 is still my personal greatest sports era.  Two Bad Boys championships.  Michigan hoops championship.  Michigan in Rose Bowl.

12/11/2018 - 8:17pm Well, it was my post.  So…

Well, it was my post.  So thus the focus on my feelings.

12/11/2018 - 6:14pm At the risk of perpetuating …

At the risk of perpetuating #michiganarrogance, this sums up my concern.  My son is very quiet, a little nerdy, not in to partying.  If he ends up at MSU, my concern is whether he'd be able to find a social niche that works for him.  

12/11/2018 - 4:56pm Now that I've seen a game in…

Now that I've seen a game in person in Columbus, I completely agree.   I had no idea how much more The Game seems to mean to OSU and its fanbase than it does to Michigan (while of course acknowledging that it does mean quite a bit our team, coaches, alumni, fans, etc.).  There was an intensity I felt from the time we pulled off the highway exit in Columbus until we pulled out of town (during the 4th quarter).  I've never felt that type of intensity during any of the hundreds of Michigan home games I've attended.  

12/11/2018 - 2:08pm Was it over when the Germans…

Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

12/03/2018 - 7:35pm He really shouldn't go out…

He really shouldn't go out of the house without wearing a shirt.

12/03/2018 - 4:22pm I'm going to chime in as a…

I'm going to chime in as a long-time lower bowl season ticket holder.  And as one who also has season tickets to football...and who really believes that the only valid reason for missing a home football game is my own death.

It's very difficult to get to some of the midweek games.  I was at UNC, but a body bag 9:30PM start is not very appealing.  The occasional 6/6:30PM games are also a challenge;  with rush hour traffic, it can extend the drive from about 45 minutes to well over an hour.  Not to mention that the drive can get to 1.5 hours if it's snowy or excessively cold.

As for ensuring the seats are used if I'm not going to the game?  Many times, not going is a last-minute decision.  This virtually guarantees that the tickets will go unused.  If I make the decision earlier, I'll typically text some friends to see if they want to go.  Typically, my offer goes people don't want to make the drive, have something else going on, etc.

And I hope this doesn't make me sound like a jerk, but listing the tickets on StubHub for $15-20 just isn't worth the bother.

There's no doubt that it's a challenge to attendance that much of the basketball fan base comes from Metro Detroit.  I love that the games are quick, but then you have to balance that with the time it takes to drive, the start time of the game, weather issues, etc.

11/24/2018 - 6:46am Mainly because I’ve been…

Mainly because I’ve been checking the weather “minutely.”  Doesn’t leave much time for thread creation. 

11/23/2018 - 10:37am I’m in 6C with wife and kids…

I’m in 6C with wife and kids!  Coming down from our Thanksgiving visit to Cleveland in the morning. Go Blue!  

11/21/2018 - 12:32pm Almost as clever as MSU fans…

Almost as clever as MSU fans who refer to us as scUM.

11/21/2018 - 12:20pm We took the opposite…

We took the opposite approach.  Had our first kid when we were 32/33...and second (and last) a few years later.  Benefit is that we had made $$ and were able to travel and were more "established" once our kids came along.  Disadvantage is that we will be relatively old when we are empty-nesters.

11/21/2018 - 10:54am If you're looking for a…

If you're looking for a different steak place, people are digging Prime and Proper in Detroit.  We haven't been yet but will get there eventually.  Very expensive, so you can drain your buddy's wallet a little bit.

11/21/2018 - 10:32am When the second of our two…

When the second of our two cats passed away about seven years ago our (then 7 year old) daughter said, "Does this mean we can get a dog now?"  

This comment really warmed my heart.  

11/21/2018 - 9:09am Do you like sushi?  We don’t…

Do you like sushi?  We don’t eat it but people are raving about Adachi in Birmingham. Also Forest Grill or Phoenicia in Birmingham. SheWolf, Selden Standard, Lady of the House, all in Detroit. 

11/21/2018 - 8:21am Heading out tomorrow morning…

Heading out tomorrow morning from Birmingham (MI) to the SE suburbs of Cleveland, which is where my wife's aunt/uncle/cousins live.  This is a double bonus, as we like this branch of my wife's family.  Plus we get credit for seeing my in-laws (they come in from NY) without having to be at my in-laws' house...or having them stay at our house. 

Leaning toward heading south to Columbus for The Game but have not yet decided.  Going to The Game would necessitate taking two cars to Cleveland, as I don't think my wife and kids would join me.

Decisions.  Decisions!

11/19/2018 - 5:42pm WD's closet.

WD's closet.

11/18/2018 - 10:21am Still deciding. Will be in…

Still deciding. Will be in Cleveland for Tgiving. Wife and kids aren’t enthusiastic about going so I may go on my own. 

11/06/2018 - 12:08pm I was at the game and will…

I was at the game and will admit to nervously shifting around in my seat during those opening drives.  

Not to mention the fact that it was cold and rainy.

11/04/2018 - 5:31pm #hisusernamechecksout


11/02/2018 - 7:55pm I’m here!  Team looks really…

I’m here!  Team looks really rusty. But don’t care. Happy just to be back in Crisler. Iggy started in lieu of Livers. 

10/27/2018 - 10:41am I have a Barry Sanders "Cool…

I have a Barry Sanders "Cool Story Bro."

Just after my son was born 17 years ago (as of last week!), I was standing in that hallway outside the room that they park the babies in just after they're born.  The one with the windows...where you can find the dads hanging out and looking at their newborn child.

There was another guy standing there.  Didn't really take note of him right away, as he was about my size (I'm of average height for a Jewish guy...5'7").  At some point, we gave each other that "hey, you doing?" nod/half smile.  I turned back to look at my son and said to myself "self, I think that's Barry Sanders."  I looked back at him, and, yes, indeed, it was Barry Sanders.

My wife was next to his wife in the recovery area.  We still joke about how they had every nurse and staff member attentively waiting for them...while my wife had to wait forever just to get a cup of ice chips.  Not to mention that they had a huge group of family/friends with much so that the curtain dividing the space between my wife and his wife kept getting pushed in to our area to a degree that it kept hitting the bed in which my wife was resting.

It was a funny reminder of the status of celebrities...compared to that of regular folks like us.

As a side note, our 17 year old has just sent in his application to become a third-generation Michigan Man.  I'll be spending the next two months "clenched" in anticipation!

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.