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08/30/2018 - 9:13am One bit of advice if you can…

One bit of advice if you can afford it :  get a babysitter for the same night every week.  Don't think about if you have special plans or how much the effective cost of the movie is, just get out of the house, spend time with your wife and let someone else put the kids to bed. It may seem unnecessary & experisive but a happy marriage is the most important thing you can do for a kid. Divorce is way more expensive!

It's how I ended up with 4 kids. 

08/28/2018 - 11:57am This seems to sum it up…

This seems to sum it up perfectly. Thanks for taking the time!

Oh and please get rid of the banner. Appearances matter. 

07/30/2018 - 10:28am The headline thrilled me…

The headline thrilled me...the details of the post were a fantastic letdown: "We choose to think that the site banner was inviolable"

PLEASE CHANGE THE ROBOTS. It's like a fork to the eyes every site visit.  

06/13/2018 - 12:29pm OLD!

The new site will…


The new site will probably work eventually but past history of site developments/improvements has me worried.

Clean up the view when one first  arrives to site.  It's a mess!  Terrible banner with creepy low rent robot players!!??  Have to scroll down too far to get to information. Just a jarring unpleasant view each time you visit. 

Needs an app

06/13/2018 - 12:11pm Pick a degree with the most…

Pick a degree with the most science one finds enjoyable. 

Then get to know the recruiting center. Go to job fairs and company presentations. Get a bunch of interviews as interviewing is a learned skill. Focus on summer internships to see how education and real world collide. 

One of the many great advantages of Michigan is the number of companies that recruit on campus. 


05/05/2018 - 12:01am Attended both

U of M Ross. U of C MBA

My oldest graduated from Ross last week, have a senior LS & A and and incoming U of M engineer so I am all in on Michigan

That being said your son should strongly consider U of C. If he is on the nerdy side who wants to be challenged with his academics U of C is the better choice. Michigan has more school spirit with a more vibrant social life.

The kids at Ross are smart but the classes tend to be survey style with a lot of check the box requirements. However Ross will get him a job. The placement and job focus is incredible.

My son is starting at a top Wall St firm this summer.

If that is his/your focus, Ross is fantastic.

Different choices, in the end both winning choices. It's college, find your crew and everywhere is great!

02/03/2018 - 5:01pm I think you need to shoot above 50% FTs

Manny should have fouled him on every drive. Against good coaching he can't finish the games. That is not phenomenal.

12/29/2017 - 10:56am Agreed

Agree that S&C position is overrated. Important but unlikely to vary significantly on final results. It was always my contention that Barwis hype was a negative at Michigan. Not that his methods were wrong but another example of RR arrogance that his methods would fix the outdated Michigan model. RR was tone deaf to the culture clash that results in a 3-9 season.

09/25/2017 - 4:07pm Surprised by this addition

With Speight taking a step back, next year is about as open as you will get with a major college program. Surprised they didn't push for a flip somewhere. I am not a huge recruiting guy so maybe there isn't anything but seems like you have a slightly different story to push. What's the rush?

09/19/2017 - 11:44pm 2 kids at Michigan

I graduated from Ross. I have a son a senior at Ross and a junior daughter in LS&A. The focus at Ross is far more career preparation than you will find in LS&A and with the Ivies. By career preparation, I mean lots of focus on networking, interviewing & placement. It quite impressive. He is going into his senior year with a job locked down. That is the way to spend your senior year! The resources are there for the taking in LS&A you just have to work for them a touch more.
That being said, I would say look hard at the Ivies. Their network is quite extensive esp in the East. Your education will be a bit broader than Ross with all its various survey business topics. An economic degree from an Ivy will get you a look at just about any job that you would interview for at Ross. And getting into a top MBA program with an Ivy background should be a snap if you ever felt the need to reboot your career or add that knowledge.
In the end, college choice is what you feel best about. The actual choice doesn't really matter because college is AWESOME and the correlation between long term success and colleges ranking is pretty small.

06/03/2017 - 11:21pm This is a joke right??!!

Who made you post this?

03/27/2017 - 11:16am comment not worthy of second post

damn double post

03/27/2017 - 10:50am Subscribe to all three

and read the Daily online so I will pass on your limited view of a New Yorker.  

12/22/2016 - 4:14pm Two at Michigan

A junior and a soph.  The junior was deferred as an Engineer but later admitted along with a pre-admit to Ross.  That seemed strange as pre-admit to Ross is extremely competitive.  My daughter was admitted to LS&A early action. 

There were some emotional swings with the deferral.  In the end I was surprised how excited and overjoyed I found myself when he was finally admitted.  I had to bite my tongue not to lobby too hard for Michigan and let him make the decision.  Both love it, as I did. 

I have a junior in high school up next and I am already slightly anxious for restarting the college application process. 

Congrats to everyone who made it and best of luck to all where ever they go. 

03/09/2016 - 5:02pm Mats!

Shiftless when I am Idle

03/09/2016 - 4:55pm My List

Replacements - Let It Be

My Bloody Valentine - Loveless

Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville

Beatles - Rubber Soul

Whiskeytown  - Pnuemonia

Clash - London Calling

Sufjan Stevens - Illinois

off the top of my head

10/13/2015 - 1:00pm Using a work of fiction

As an example of a real world process...unusual.

08/24/2015 - 4:19pm Just not true

Don Canham was a much bigger figure in college sport than Brandon ever was.

Here is the link to his SI feature:

11/02/2014 - 12:01pm I heard that too

I was wondering if he was going to elaborate. The ball was snapped on the next play and the moment was lost.

09/09/2013 - 10:33pm RR's culture at Michigan was to blame

as you state Magnus, Robinson's failure stems more from RR's failures than his own shortcomings as a coach.  The organizational focus on the offense and belief that a clever 3-3-5 system and an best-in-class S&C system would make give Mich a big edge on defense too would doom any D coach under RR.  The 3-3-5 was never clearly understood by the coaching staff (and certianly not the players) and the S&C program fooled the staff into thinking they could do more with less.  

09/08/2013 - 12:26am ATTENDANCE #s Reduced to 115,108 1/2

cuz Eminem was half gone.

09/14/2011 - 9:54pm I would cut Borges some slack

He or Hoke made a comment before the first game on how they have been charting DR's completion % in practice and it had improved to around 70%.  If this is accurate, then the scheme they had for the  ND game makes much more sense and we can hopefully chalk it up to a bad day at the passing offense.  

I walked away from that game thrilled but worried that Denards reads consist of him thinking he can flip a coin and keep coming up heads.  


09/11/2011 - 11:07pm and why wouldn't they play MSU under the lights?

makes for good TV and isn't that the driver.  Let's be realistic.  

09/11/2011 - 10:59pm Didn't like the jersey when they were announced

But when the ran out of the tunnel, I didn't think they looked too bad on TV.  After the kick-off, I was too into the game to really care.  Would never buy one (sorry Dave B.) but in the end, it was a whole lot of MGOBLOG about nothing.

However, everytime they had a close-up of an ND player, I kept thinking, "Man ND's throwbacks are awful, esp the helmets."

05/28/2011 - 10:12pm career stats vs a pitcher

"going by the book" based on 7 at bats.  Drives me crazy!!!

05/28/2011 - 10:07pm The Killers - Directed by John Woo

just don't get the dubbed version, which is done so poorly it distracts from the movie.  The subtitled version is one of the best, most influential "shoot em up" movies ever.  

05/22/2011 - 10:04pm Tough life being a coach

Doesn't matter what sport.  I am not sure why anyone would want to do it.  Besides being brutal personally if things don't go well, it is incredibly difficult on your family no matter how things are going.



05/21/2011 - 11:56pm nice work M-Wolverine

I never understood the Brandon Graham as evidence as that Barwis was a S&C god.  What this board fell in love with was a bunch of YouTube videos of an intense sounding coach with a great coaching voice.  So that made him out to be the guy who would produce lions where others would produce kittens.  Never made sense and yet it didn't die off until the RR was finally shown the door.  Actually lasted a few weeks longer until Barwis finally quit.

05/19/2011 - 9:32pm 11W - one quote stuck out

Barwis was the highest paid S&C coach in the nation??

One of the least sensical and often repeated pro-RR arguements was that the AD did not give RR enough money to hire a quality staff causing his downfall.  If true that Barwis was the highest paid S&C coach, maybe RR just didn't wisely allocate his resources.  

I always felt that Barwis was a detriment to RR.  Not because the was a poor coach.  I believe he was a good coach.  But RR (and many within the administration) believed that he would be a difference maker.  Having Barwis would make up for other shortcomings and in the end RR did not effectively deal with those shortcomings.  I believe even this board has now accepted that the "Barwis Advatage" was zero.  

05/19/2011 - 9:13pm a better explaination

RR was simply in over his head.  He just didn't understand what it took to run a major tradition-steeped program.  His players sensed it, the administration sensed it, the ex-players sensed it and the recruits and their families sensed it.  Too many of the quality ones stayed away.

Also I don't think Sabin was worried about the disadvatage of recruiting against a midwest coach at Michigan.  Michigan was and is a better program so anyone at MSU will always have to work harder to level the field (excepting the past three years of course).  Going to a program that has the advatages of Michigan and pays better made leaving MSU easy.

05/13/2011 - 12:05am nice work

I am surprised at the life of the "Mich didn't pay enough for RR's assistants" pro-RR red herring.  Funny how that wasn't considered an issue while Carr was a coach.

Silly that Brian gave it credence but I think that was during his late season/coaching search blue period.  The tone here is far more rational, hopefully he continues to pull out of his funk.




05/09/2011 - 8:41pm Best Comment in Months!

Sums up my feeling completely

05/03/2011 - 11:29pm The tone and momentum

all seems so positive esp. compared to the last regime.  Now Hoke just has to translate that into wins in the fall.  


04/08/2011 - 9:30pm entertaining read

fun thesis and certainly not deserving of the nitpicking of most of the commenters.  I get it and for yesterdays game, you are on to something.

03/31/2011 - 10:29pm its more simple than that

DB fired RR because RR did a horrible job of coaching while he was at The University of Michigan.  

03/31/2011 - 10:17pm Ockham's Razor

favors that the main fault was with the head coach rather than the two different D coordinators.

03/25/2011 - 2:34pm now this is a great post

almost skipped it cuz I am lazy but well worth the read!

thanks for the effort

03/25/2011 - 12:19pm the whining about the MSM

Brian and the last of pro-RR's are upset that the media has been pro-Michigan and have given Hoke a honeymoon period.  Yes, that strikes me as whining.  It also strikes me as strange since one of the arguements for support of RR was that he lost the support of the MSM, hence wasn't given a fair chance.  Enjoy the honeymoon period and understand it only lasts until the first loss.  Or maybe first lawsuit.  

03/25/2011 - 11:03am nice work Magnus

I am sorry that Brian just can't seem to get over that fact that he said Hoke had zero chance of being the Michigan coach.  

MGoBlog still remains a fantastic site but Brian's editorials post-OSU when he started to come to grip with the fact that RR was dead coach coaching, just come across as petulant.  

03/25/2011 - 10:32am homesick & playing time

I took two points from the original announcement

- he was homesick

- he looked around the field and felt that the new regime was going to emphasize a scheme that would require more speed/strength/athleticism than as a 1*/2* surprise recruit, he could provide.  Since I am trying to be positive about the D in '11, I take this as another sign that we will be better, much better.  

His new comments seem to reinforce this view.  Probably more emphasis on the second point.  

03/24/2011 - 4:11pm 3rd and Rod

I will use that in the future but promise to footnote you

03/23/2011 - 5:31pm a more interesting thread

would be why RR failed?

besides the MGOBLOG stand-bys of 

1) the freep

2) the lack of support for RR on internet and talk radio

3) and the new hot topic, Michigan was too cheap with assistants

what could it be?

Wait, now I see the reason for your fanatical devotion, with those impossible road blocks, only the offensive genius of RR could allow Michigan to outperform and win any football games.



03/23/2011 - 4:47pm of course with a better coach

who could win big 10 games at home, you would have thrilling moments more often, no?

03/23/2011 - 4:43pm actions back up words

While we will never have the transcript of what RR said, the player turnover and the repeated comments about the transition time necessary to bring in a new system (and players) support what Don has posted.  RR treatment of the Carr era players is one of the main reasons for his failure.  Oh yeah, and the fact that he doesn't care too much for D.

03/10/2011 - 4:06pm yeah I was stunned

yeah I was stunned that DB was still going on about the Barwis effect after all the issues they had at that point.


03/10/2011 - 3:42pm gains from debunking Barwis myth

While I don't doubt that Barwis was an excellent S&C guy, the whole cult around him was counterproductive.  That a S&C guy was a difference maker always seemed dubious on the face.  However, I think that the Kool-aid was consumed throughout the football program.  RR called Barwis his most important hire (At least that is how I remember it).  I had various members of the Athletic Dept., including DB,  tell me that various players were going to be world beaters once Barwis got a hold of them. 

This misplaced belief that a S&C guy could make up for coaching, recruiting and Xs and Os was one of the factors in RR's failure at Michgan.  I look forward to a program that has its focus on areas where they can gain an advantage over other teams.



03/08/2011 - 3:38pm Brady got skewered

on snarky website.  The Superficial kills Brady after a video captured him dancing at the Mardi Gras


I love Brady but this was funny.  Very funny.  


btw the website is mildly NSFW.  sorry forgot to include that at first.

02/17/2011 - 10:48am you can take it a step further

many on the board often moan about how it would have been great if DB only forced RR to hire a great DC.  

The only issue with that is that no quality DC would have accepted the job.  This would have been clearly RR's last shot and no top notch DC would want to take what would have been a one year job.  The talent did not appear to be on that side of the ball and RR's culture of offense over defense will make this year a tough job for any DC.  Hopefully the talent was just badly misused or poorly coached and Mattison can make huge strides.  Either way, he knows he has years not one year to put in his system. 

02/15/2011 - 3:11pm your comments are right on the money

I struggled to figure out why the '10 Mich running backs looked so poor.  I too kept coming back to RR's decision to feature Sam McG over Minor.  Was there a solution in front of RR that he refused to play or couldn't see?  I almost hope so because what we had in the 2010 backfield wasn't working.

02/09/2011 - 11:06am Terry Richardson - Photographer

care with his stuff.  some of it is seriously NSFW.  

crazy dude.