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07/17/2018 - 9:59am My current car is Bucephalus.

My current car is Bucephalus.

05/23/2018 - 1:19pm Counter-counterpoint

Remember an undefeated season (1992) under Moeller, when UM had three tied games?

(This was in response to post #23.  BTW, that season ended with a Rose Bowl win.)

05/18/2018 - 10:26am Norts spews.

Norts spews.

05/13/2018 - 7:34pm "Does Dinardo's W-L record

"Does Dinardo's W-L record uniquely disqualify him from stating the obvious or anything about football?"

It's relevant although not determinative.  That's not too hard to understand

05/13/2018 - 5:36pm I was respoding to message

I was respoding to message #53, which said that Harbaugh looks "clueless," and you jumped in.  I don't know why you believe that overthrowing a wide-open receiver for what would have been a TD is meaningless.  O'Korn continually missed the mark like that in the game.  And you also failed to recognize that O'Korn failed to execute late in the game--turning what should have been a big play, with a chance to go ahead with time running out, into an INT.  "What's YOUR Deal?"

05/13/2018 - 2:41pm Add O'Korn's misses

Add O'Korn's misses throughout the rest of the OSU game--including the one with under 2:30 to go, when he had a couple of recivers wide open.  But somehow, Harbaugh is clueless?  "What's YOUR deal?"

05/13/2018 - 12:58pm "Harbaugh looks clueless

"Harbaugh looks clueless right now. "  Does he?  What are your thoughts on the plays shown in the thread titled "James Light Tweets About Jim's Great Game Plan vs Ohio State?"

05/10/2018 - 6:56pm "Back in the 90s, you weren't

"Back in the 90s, you weren't even allowed to leave your man to double team without being hit with the old illegal defense rule."  Uh, the Pistons playing "the Jordan rules" routinely sent a second player--and sometimes a third--at MJ.

05/07/2018 - 10:02am A couple of points after

A couple of points after reading the article.

First, the participant groups were small--20 in each--so some caution should be used in drawing conclusions.

Second, the article notes the same caveat that I mentioned, but then points to another study:  "You might conclude that urban parents who want to give their kids the laid-back country attitude and robust immune system that comes with growing up on a farm should be sure to provide their children a pet.

"This study doesn't really shed light on that surmise. But here's an intriguing tidbit from a 2001 study carried out at the University of Zagreb: Young adults who had a pet as a child were more empathetic, more prone to choosing helping professions, and 'more oriented toward social values' than were young adults who'd grown up without pets."


05/07/2018 - 9:54am Going on the OP's description

Based on the OP's description and question, the study isn't well-designed to establish whether being around animals produces health benefits for humans.

"German researchers recruited men under 40 whose childhoods fit one of two starkly different patterns. Either they had spent the years before they turned 15 in a city of more than 100,000 people and had never had a pet in their childhood home. Or, they spent those years on a farm that raised livestock."

Are benefits due to having the livestock, or do they result from other aspects of rural life?  A study that would be better for addressing the OP's question would feature either (a) urban living, with and without pets, or (b) rural living, with and without livestock.  So that the presence or absence of animals wouldn't be mixed up with other environmental factors.

05/05/2018 - 11:49am And he was a two-time gold

And he was a two-time gold glove winner.

05/04/2018 - 4:09pm Happy five of four?  Sounds

Happy five of four?  Sounds like a Star Trek borg character who can't count.  Huh.

05/04/2018 - 10:00am That's such great news! 

That's such great news!  Thanks for the update.

04/28/2018 - 2:07pm It'll be like Tom Brady being

It'll be like Tom Brady being drafted in the 6th round.

04/27/2018 - 3:18pm Small Wonders.  Roberta

Small Wonders.  Roberta Guaspari Tzsavaras and the East Harlem Violin Project.  Later made into a more mainstream movie (Music of the Heart) starring Meryl Streep as Tzavaras and directed by Wes Craven (YTWC).

04/27/2018 - 11:21am No.  Backups will also throw

No.  Backups will also throw a few TDs.

04/26/2018 - 7:54am The buck stops . . . over

The buck stops . . . over yonder.

04/25/2018 - 3:46pm Not quite that long.  The

Not quite that long.  The O-line in Hoke's first year was at least competent.

04/23/2018 - 12:59pm Or he could have said there's

Or he could have said there's a clear leader, and then later see the NCAA decide that Patterson has to sit out for a year, and then have to deal with follow-up questions about whether there's still a clear leader for the upcoming season.  Not an easy position for a coach.

04/23/2018 - 12:48pm Red zone efficiency and

Red zone efficiency and third-down conversions were pretty good in Harbaugh's first couple of years as HC here.  That doesn't happen without oraganization.

04/19/2018 - 2:46pm Before that:  Stevie Brown. 

Before that:  Stevie Brown.  A special teams monster who wasn't good at safety, but played well at hybrid LB.

04/16/2018 - 11:01pm Two years ago, it was 2016. 

Two years ago, it was 2016.  You were ahead of your time.

04/15/2018 - 9:47am Multiple O-line

Multiple O-line injuries--affecting the starting center, right guard, right tackle, tight end--were largely responsible for that 7-5 season.  People complained about Henne having "regressed," but he just didn't have the pass protection that he had the previous year.  The running game picked up when Long was able to get back into the lineup.

04/06/2018 - 12:20pm Firefly reference:  A very

Firefly reference:  A very special level of hell.

04/04/2018 - 1:44pm Agree.  Jumping into the

Agree.  Jumping into the defender's chest, as Brunson did, should be an offensive foul.  And yes, Simpson's defense does seem to get into the heads of opposing point guards.

04/03/2018 - 11:32am OP:  Take a look at this clip

OP:  Take a look at this clip of DiVincenzo highlights from the game, and then tell us specifically what you think Michigan should have done differently.

Everyone else:  Sorry about posting the DiVincenzo highlights.

04/03/2018 - 12:09am Being "bitterly disappointed"

Being "bitterly disappointed" is one thing.  Whining like a three-year-old is quite another.

04/02/2018 - 11:33am On informaton and belief, the

On informaton and belief, the champions of the West regional will emerge victorious.

04/01/2018 - 10:07am Les Mis tunes and basketball

Les Mis tunes and basketball rhymes are going through my head; I need to write 'em down so they'll stop.  So,

One game more:

A final game, a date with destiny,

One more display of coaching wizardry.

Our foes in prior games did fall

And now we look to win it all,

One game more.


Raise now a tribute to coach B: 

This magic run to be completed.

Tomorrow night perchance we’ll see

The final foe will be defeated . . . .

03/31/2018 - 10:19pm How about "reversion to the

How about "reversion to the mean?"

03/30/2018 - 7:09pm I choose to believe too,

I choose to believe too, after seeing Higdon in this interview clip.

03/24/2018 - 11:12pm Thank you, Charles Barkley!

Thank you, Charles Barkley!

03/23/2018 - 2:20pm When talking about effecting

When talking about effecting (i.e., bringing about) a change, "effect" is used as a verb.  When talking about the emotional affect arising from a verse, "affect" is a noun.  Both words can be used as either verb or noun.

03/22/2018 - 10:01am I'm hoping they'll run some

I'm hoping they'll run some sets to get Wagner on track early.

03/18/2018 - 11:29pm And hoping to be . . . wait

And hoping to be . . . wait for it . . . the Champions of the West.

03/18/2018 - 9:42pm Either that, or he should

Either that, or he should tune out everytime we're losing.  Maybe it'll help the comeback.  /s  Sort of.

03/17/2018 - 2:05pm 13 scholarships per team for

13 scholarships per team for men; 15 scholarships per team for women.  I don't recall women's teams redshirting frosh who aren't injured, but maybe somebody somewhere can come up with a counter-example.  I'm pretty sure that UConn doesn't do it; at least, I can't remember that team redshirting a non-injured freshman. 

03/17/2018 - 1:51pm Well, you jinxed it.  They

Well, you jinxed it.  They didn't get anywhere close to 220.  /s

03/13/2018 - 2:58pm You forgot to credit Brian

You forgot to credit Brian Bosworth for that little slogan.

03/12/2018 - 10:24am I was expecting, "Have you no

I was expecting, "Have you no sense of decency, sir?"  [History, not (current) politics.]

03/05/2018 - 11:56am Hmm, maybe free throws?

Hmm, maybe free throws?

02/24/2018 - 1:39pm Thanks for giving your

Thanks for giving your perspective.  UM with a competent O-line will be a lot of fun to watch.

02/14/2018 - 8:25pm Clingy little suckers.

Clingy little suckers.

02/12/2018 - 1:56pm "Cool, let's blindly trust

"Cool, let's blindly trust Schlissel in this matter. I'm sure he has no vested interest."

Or you could, instead, note what Schlissel noted:  UM in fact disclosed investment information.  "U-M provided Free Press reporters with 15 years of annual investment reports, copies of gift agreements and links to hundreds of other documents posted publicly on our website. Our chief investment officer, two vice presidents, and I gave extensive interviews. U-M additionally responded to several follow-up rounds of questions asked by reporters."

02/12/2018 - 9:41am "Underwhelmed" is a word. 

"Underwhelmed" is a word.

02/10/2018 - 12:07pm And BTW, my reading is fine. 

And BTW, my reading is fine.  You raised res judicata in response to someone's question about claims brought in the future by other victims.  Asserting that the question was one about res judicata was just goofy.

02/10/2018 - 12:03pm Graduated UM Law School in

Graduated UM Law School in 1996; clerked and practiced and taught since then.

Your turn:  what's your background?

02/10/2018 - 12:01pm My involvement with criminal

My involvement with criminal law was in prehearing at the Michigan Court of Appeals, where for the first few months I worked primarily on CSC cases with child victims.

If fou're saying "rape" doesn't happen unless there's penile pentration, that's . . . rather odd.

Please share your background.  I'm concerned that people who don't know better will be misled by your pronouncements about the law.

02/10/2018 - 11:22am So what makes you think that

So what makes you think that Michigan doesn't have a statute that establishes statutory rape?  Your interpretation of that is as odd as your confusion between res judicata (claim preclusion) and collateral estoppel (issue preclusion).

02/10/2018 - 11:19am Here's the relevant part of

Here's the relevant part of Michigan's first-degree CSC statute:

750.520b Criminal sexual conduct in the first degree; circumstances; felony; consecutive terms.

Sec. 520b.

(1) A person is guilty of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree if he or she engages in sexual penetration with another person and if any of the following circumstances exists:

(a) That other person is under 13 years of age.

(b) That other person is at least 13 but less than 16 years of age and any of the following: [. . . .]