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05/23/2018 - 4:00pm The Buick ads from the last two years

Not so much the ad contents, but more the hellish little jingle they play every time.

 

You know the one.

05/23/2018 - 3:14pm The news about Joe Milton is indeed encouraging.

For Joe Milton, in in the next year or two. He will not be higher than third string this year, and I will be stunned if he does not RS.

05/02/2018 - 10:28am As a former scout, I think is great

There is really no reason for why troops couldn't have had girls from the start.

05/02/2018 - 9:11am Even if you are an engineer/performing arts/architecture major,

You don't want north campus as a freshman. The majority of your classes will still be on central, and that is where EVERYTHING you'd want to do/see/go to is.

I lived in Bursley as a freshman, and while I had good memories (it is still your freshman year at Michigan, duh) being on north and having to take the bus was definitely a bug, not a feature. In particular, riding the bus back up after a football game (or late at night after basketball/hockey) was always unpleasant. 

 

05/02/2018 - 9:07am The breakdown I always saw

was 

100% (or near it) live on campus as freshmen

50% live on campus as sophomores

12-15% live on campus as juniors/seniors. (and this number is likely lower now since they flipped selection priority after 2011-2012 school year so that sophomores pick before juniors and seniors).

I lived on campus my first three years and loved it. Burlsey, then Stockwell, then North Quad. And honestly I kinda wished I could have done it senior year too, but that was after the flipped selection priority went into effect, so I knew anything I'd get would be terrible.

08/25/2017 - 8:39am Yeah, but

almost all of his issues against Indiana were not weather related. If it was weather related, you'd mainly be criticizing him for inaccurate passes, passes getting blown off course, etc. And while that applies to a couple of his passes, the bigger issue was the dude acted like he'd never seen a pass rush in his life, and would do dumb things like bug out and run 15 yards backwards. That aint a weather issue.

04/03/2017 - 12:49pm Warde doesn't need another year to "find the best coach"

If Red returns, it is either because Warde wants him to continue coaching, or he is too scared to fire him. Either is a damning indictment of his leadership ability.

Red has been over the hill for at least 5-6 years now, if not longer, and believing that he still has the ability to lead the team would mean Warde is clueless. 

If he doesn't believe Berenson has what it takes, and has encouraged Red to step down, then not firing Red when he refuses to step down would make him gutless. 

One year can absolutely set the team back for years to come. This year probably made the rebuild take a year or two longer than it would other wise. Recruits aren't going to come and play for a garbage team that squeaks into double digit wins. Another season like that would solidify Michigan as a bottom tier team.

03/19/2017 - 11:57pm Yeah..

we can definitely debate on whether or not it's hypocritical to criticize other coaches for ref outbursts while being fans of Harbaugh, but calls are absolutely just as critical in football as in basketball. PI/Holding are almost entirely discretionary, as is the spot of the ball, and those have an enormous impact on the game, as we learned all too well.

01/30/2017 - 3:53pm Every sports writer has a line at which they will no longer

avoid speaking on politics.

 

To use godwins law, we'd expect/hope for everyone to speak out against Hitler, regardless on whether or not their media profession involves politics (although one of the sad realities of Nazi Germany is that most people didn't speak out precisely because it didn't affect their respective areas/was not their business).

 

Ace has commented sparingly on politics in his twitter account in the past. This is the first I can recall for Brian. Regardless of what you think, understanding why writers like Brian are reacting in such a manner might prove illuminating/constructive for many of us.

01/30/2017 - 12:43pm .The community seems to say...

01/30/2017 - 12:26pm Spencer Hall might not post as much at EDSBS, but when he does

boy is it a doozy.

 

Off to donate the moneyz. 

01/23/2017 - 6:01pm These are bad takes and you

These are bad takes and you should feel bad

08/26/2016 - 2:31pm Ricks>>>>>>>>>>Skeeps

A much more varied and interesting crowd. Skeeps is almost always at least 75% greek kids with zero self awareness. 

08/08/2016 - 9:26pm *Brady Hoke nods approvingly*

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02/13/2016 - 10:26pm This team is so fucking talented and so fucking lazy

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01/13/2016 - 3:23pm Obviously didn't see our oline in 2013

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12/02/2015 - 11:10am In retrospect I wish we had beaten MSU

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11/08/2015 - 1:53pm This is true

However, because we live in a western country, it is also distracting and unhelpful. It's the symbol of the Nazis and white supremacy in the west, with all apologies to its peaceful origins.

10/06/2015 - 10:41am I feel for the kid

I was friends with a lot of people who were close to him, and apparently he was a good guy and a good friend with a lot of self-awareness about how his career was going, but didn't let it get him down.

10/06/2015 - 10:39am Minor quibble

The 2012 recruiting class had already been signed the previous january, so Hoke couldn't go back in time and add a QB in response to the Nebraska game.

Doesn't mean it wasn't a stupid decision not to take a QB that year, ater taking a flier the year before. 

08/17/2015 - 9:20pm I can only speak to Notre Dame Prep

Which I believe is an amazing high school.

However, a lot of the ones you listed are good, and honestly I wouldn't go to any that are more than a 20-30 minute drive away

 

But in all honesty, if you are in a decent school district (Rochester, Ann Arbor, Bloomfield, Troy, etc) just send em to public school and pay for their college tuition down the road.

08/11/2015 - 7:19pm I mean

"The Wolverines return just 11 starters, including five on an offense that finished eighth or worse in the Big Ten in every major category last fall"

 

We return 8 on offense; the only losses were Gardner, Funchess, and Miller. 
 

and don't we return 7 on defense too? 

07/30/2015 - 8:29am Everyone here banging on about how RR's defense was his downfall

remember that when he was hired (and hired his second DC) Michigan was being incredibly stingy on assistant pay.Jeff Casteel would have followed RR except it would have meant taking a big pay cut.

 

RR nonetheless did have a number of missteaps. He actually did have a decent DC (I think) in Schafer, but Schafer was a 4-3 guy and RR had a bizarre insistance on the 3-3-5 despite not knowing anything about coaching defenseive, probably due to his cronies on the defensive coaching staff. He could have also been a bit more tactful about certain aspects of being the coach at Michigan.

 

But dear God please don't pretend that he wasn't undermined as badly as any new HC has ever been at a P5 job. Before he even coached one game he had most of the local media gunning for him due to BS like the WV document scandal and Boren transfering because RR shouted and swore (like 90% of college coaches). Lloyd and the alumni players did at best nothing to help him and at worst did crap like encouraging players to go to Sparty. The Freep created a massive controversy out of nothing with practicegate. Oh, and lets not forget the ossified husk of a roster that he was left by lloyd carr, which had a terrible back 7 on defense and something like 2 remaning starters and 6 olineman on offense.

 

You hire Jeff Casteel at the beginning and RR is probably still coach here. Heck, you hire Jeff Casteel after 2010 and RR is still coach here, at least if you removed all the off the field submarining he took.

07/10/2015 - 11:58pm Love love love it

Not the best pizza in the world, but it is pretty solid, and that amount for that price is amazing. So sad that there isn't one in Boston

05/18/2015 - 12:08pm Marital rape probably isn't a "crime" in GOT

but that's kinda irrelavent given that the GOT justice system is six degrees of f'd up by our standards (See eg: trial by combat)

If you agree to have a crime perpetuated against you ONLY BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN COERCED INTO DOING SO, it is unquestionably 100% rape. And yall are dense as all get out if you think she agreed to either the marriage or the sex of her own accord.

05/18/2015 - 12:05pm No, its pretty clear she didn't willingly marry Ramsay

Oh wow, she discussed it with Littlefinger. And what do you think would have happened had she said no to Littlefinger? Sansa is smart enough by now to know exactly what happens to people who cross Littlefinger.

 

She was forced into marriage, and the sex was essentially coerced, since refusing to consumate the marriage would likely land her in a session of Ramsay's Super Happy Flaying Fun Time. Even within the context of a coerced sexual encounter, Ramsay violently and aggressively took her and used her in ways she was not prepared for, or okay with, because he knew that she couldn't say no.

 

It was absolutely, 100% rape and the fact that you can't see that is profoundly disturbing.

03/24/2015 - 11:08pm It isn't the end of the world if you are from CA and want to

live in CA, provided it is a full ride.

 

But the job prospects are still pretty mediocre. Only about 50% of grads get full time, long term jobs that require a JD. Only 13% get the high paying, prestigious gigs popularly associated with lawyering. 20% of the class is straight up unemployed 9 months after graduating. 

01/13/2015 - 3:36pm I am a young recent grad

I would totally raise my future family in Ann Arbor. Assuming I could get a job there of course (grad school right now)

My only concern is that my love for AA is more tied up in how great my undergrad experiences there were. Would I still love it the same amount living there as a post grad, or is my fondness more due to the friends I made there and the college experiences? I don't THINK so, but who knows...

01/13/2015 - 3:35pm Double post

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01/13/2015 - 3:32pm Not to be a jerk, but

provincial is a pejorative term for people outside the city, not those inside the city who look down on provincials, fyi.

11/23/2014 - 4:38pm Charming ad hominems

I did, in fact, happen to notice that the article portrays sexual assault as a phenomenon that exists independently of greek life. I also noticed this part:  "Studies have shown that fraternity men are three times as likely to commit rape". 

So  while it is obvious that sexual assault happens outside of the greek context (a point neither myself nor anyone else was disputing) , frat bros are far more likely the commit rape, because even ones that don't encourage gang rape as an initiation ritual have plenty of misogyny baked into the system. 

In any case, none of that was present in my comment, which was about how supposed oversight of frats is a joke (see: this article, where the system did nothing or next to nothing to numerous and systemic sexual assaults from the greek system, and in fact did plenty to protect them).

I don't know why it would matter if I knew someone that went to one of those schools or not (although I do) or that you knowing a victim of sexual assault somehow invalidates my opinion if I did not (I know several, victimized in both greek and non-greek situations, and I find it incredibly offensive that you would try to wave their experiences in my face like a badge of authority).

Please try to read this post more carefully than you did my last one.

 

 

11/23/2014 - 2:34pm Yeah, no.

Did you even read the article? The current oversight provided by universites over greek life is a joke.

Sure, people might form secret organizations, but in order to grow to any degree they'd have to add more members....which would lead to discovery of the groups, and the prompt suspension/expulsion of the members.

At that point, joining a secret male organization would become more trouble than it's worth, and they'd fade away. 

10/16/2014 - 4:46pm I pry should have phrased it better

I'm including everyone after Henson too. 

10/16/2014 - 4:42pm Two points

First, no, John Navarre didn't get as much crap as Gardner gets. He definitely got a lot (and it was definitely out of proportion given that he lead the team to back to back 10-3 seasons) but while people grumbled when he struggled it never approached anything serious except when Drew Henson was on the team. 

Second, while everyone loves Denard, many people who love him trip over themselves to qualify that love with "well he may not have been a good passer, but...", questioning his ability to actually be a QB. 

 

Here are Denard's passing stats from 2010, when he had a real QB coach.

YPA: 8.8 

Yards: 2,570

Completion Percentage: 62.5%

TD/INT: 18/11

Also pretty comperable to Henne, except Denard also did this

1702 yards rushing, 6.6 yards per attempt, 14 TDS

 

But Denard was the one who was/is criticized as a terrible passer, not Henne.

 

10/16/2014 - 4:33pm I think that only helps my point

Gardner puts up equal/slightly better numbers despite the train wreck around him. Yet people wanted to replace him with Morris, despite there being nothing to demonstrate that Morris would be ready. Now why is that?

10/16/2014 - 3:30pm Hmmm

I'll give you Minor, and Toussaint seemed like he could have been good with an oline that gave him space

 

But that's what, two guys going back to 04 (given that Hart came in being what he was)? Pretty terrible track record.

10/16/2014 - 12:27pm It's pretty understandable if you think about it

Devin Gardner 2013: 

YPA: 8.6

Yards: 2960

Completetion percentage: 60.3%

TD/INT: 21-11

Chad Henne (best season, 06):

YPA: 7.6

Yards: 2508

Completion percentage: 61.9%

TD/INT: 22-8

 

So, almost identical (or better) numbers for Gardner, yet he was torn apart last year. Henne gets praised as probably the best UM qb since Henson.

I wonder what noticeable characteristic would cause one of these two to get blasted and called incompetent while the other one recieves praise.....something about Gardner (and Denard) that hasn't generally been true of UM QB's in the last 40 years...

10/03/2014 - 2:04am Actually now he is! :D

HIRE EM

10/03/2014 - 1:57am If Rich Rod had brought Casteel with him

there is a strong chance he is still coach. I say strong and not "certain" because the "Michigan Men" would have still despised him and undermined him at every turn, and because the team Lloyd left him was still going to be a rotten husk.

Dave Brandon, Brady Hoke, and the rest of the football/athletics leadership are all incompetent hacks, but this is what our program inbreeding has done to us.

09/07/2014 - 3:04am You root for the team nonetheless

It isn't their fault at the end of the day. They are mostly all top recruits who figured they'd be able to dominate their compeition. They didn't know what they were getting into. 

04/19/2014 - 1:29am Oh yes

One factor you don't see discussed enough is that over the past decade U of M has slowly been admitting more and more rich east coasters and less and less in-state students. And the in-state students they do admit anymore come from rich suburbs like west bloomfield and rochester hils (in-state tuition has skyrocketed and Michigan is terrible at offering grant aid). 

 

The out of state kids havent grown up with Michigan football in their family most of the time, and even if they follow sports all their memories of Michigan football are of mediocre teams. 

 

Because of all this, plus the skyrocketing ticket prices, many U of M students from lower income levels can't afford t ickets when they are already borrowing money for education. This means that those same disconnected rich east-coasters make up a larger percentage of the students who buy tickets, and many of them would rather get wasted outside a frat than go to the games. The sunk cost of the tickets is nothing to them; they can afford to buy and not go. If they do go, they are disinterested and spend the time socializing instead of watching the game.

03/11/2014 - 10:48pm The big question for potential applicants, then

is, to what degree is Michigan Law's slightly worse placement due to less effective placement/reputation, or to self-selection into the less sexy PI jobs? 

03/11/2014 - 10:45pm Michigan does okay at federal clerkships

(Fed Clerkships using 2012 data)

Yale: 34.7%

Stanford: 28.2%

Harvard: 17.8%

UChicago: 14.4%

Virgina: 14.3%

Duke: 12.9%

Upenn: 10.3%

Michigan: 8.5%

Columbia: 7.9%

UCberkeley: 6.7%

Northwestern: 64.4%

Cornell: 6.3%

NYU: 5.6%

Georgetown 3.7%

(http://www.lstscorereports.com/)

 

Between this data set and the big law data set, the biggest takeaway is lol Gerogetown

 

03/11/2014 - 10:37pm True true

And I don't think either one of us would say going to a top school in those regions (or a top X school with national reach) is a bad move, particularly with a scholarship

It's all the other schools that are the problem. Florida doesn't need 12 schools. Every school in Michigan except U of M (and maybe Wayne) does a horrendous job of getting their grads any kind of job, let alone a legal one. 

03/11/2014 - 8:23pm I mean, it's not that Michigan isn't a good law school

It is, and is one of 17 or so schools with national reach.

However, it does appear to be performing a tad worse than its peers in the job numbers.

03/11/2014 - 8:20pm It is possible that this is true.

However, I've met my share of big types who are equally anti-social. Sometimes more so. I don't think PI or big law people have a higher percentage of these types.

03/11/2014 - 8:18pm Only 8.5% of Michigan grads got federal clerkships

An additional 3.4 % got local or state clerkships, perhaps you saw the total number?

Gunning for dem federal clerkships is uphill sledding unless you attend a top six school in any case.

03/11/2014 - 8:13pm This is objectively wrong

Big Firm %, Class of 2012

UPenn: 66.7%

Columbia: 64.2%

NYU: 59.5%

Cornell: 57.9%

UChicago: 56.3%

UCBerkeley: 53.8%

Harvard: 53.6%

Duke: 51.1%

Northwestern: 49.2%

Virginia: 47.8% 

Stanford: 47%

University of Michigan: 43.3%

Georgetown: 31.1%

Yale: 32%

 

Anyone wondering why Harvard, Stanford, and Yale do less well than expected should know that many of their students (especially at Yale) do equally prestigious Federal Clerkships/Legal Academia/other awesome things.

Michigan really only places better than Georgetown out of the T14

03/11/2014 - 7:43pm Michigan is indeed at a disadvantage for that very reason

Most of the other schools have a large home market (NYC, Chicago, Boston, DC, SF) that they can send grads too. Michigan only has Detroit, which most U of M grads don't want to work in anyway (only 12.5% of Michigan Law grads stay in Michigan)

I've heard the law school has recently made some efforts to reform the placement office. We'll see when the new employment figures come out in April if  that worked. 

03/11/2014 - 7:40pm When you are paying 50k a year

being able to pay back your debt (i.e employment) is really the only figure that matters. USNWR's rankings are indeed flawed but their recent inclusion of employment numbers was a rare good move for them.

I mean, these are the top law schools in the county. They ALL get heavy scrutiny. And Michigan has lagged behind its peers in two very important catagories for several years now:

1. placement into long term, full time jobs for which a JD is required

and

2. placement into "big law" and federal clerkships, which are generally considered to be the most prestigious (and high paying) forms of legal employment.