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10/31/2018 - 10:07pm The Board of Regents didn't…

The Board of Regents didn't fire Durkin. Loh fired Durkin.

10/27/2018 - 3:12pm I can't believe they didn't…

I can't believe they didn't call it. Could affect the game's outcome.

10/21/2018 - 2:28pm OSU down to11.Ha,ha.

OSU down to 11. Ha, ha.

10/20/2018 - 11:01pm Sounds like the crowd is…

Sounds like the crowd is laughing at OSU.  Me  too

10/20/2018 - 10:57pm this is really unbelievable.

this is really unbelievable.

10/20/2018 - 10:40pm Ha, ha, ha, ha.  Buckeyes,…

Ha, ha, ha, ha.  Buckeyes, start crying.

10/20/2018 - 8:28pm Why don't you wish bad…

Why don't you wish bad things on him? I mean, if not him, who?

10/20/2018 - 10:02am I was an American Culture…

I was an American Culture major. I have no idea what 1.67 E 13 is. It must have been invented after Stephen Crane and the Civil War.  But I know what zero is. It's what the red sun looks like when it's pasted in the sky like a wafer.

Come on boys, make it true!

10/13/2018 - 3:37pm Husker, No!!!

Husker, No!!!

10/13/2018 - 3:30pm Two comeback dives by…

Two comeback dives by Northwestern. In the first they converted 2 4th and 10s and settled for a field goal. In the second they went 99 yards in under 2 minutes. Now we'll see what they have in OT to avoid the disgrace of giving Neb its 1st win under Frost.

10/08/2018 - 10:55pm Ace, I hope you know how…

Ace, I hope you know how many friends you have, friends who love you and are now praying for you. "No man is a failure who has friends." -- It's a Wonderful Life.

09/28/2018 - 7:33pm On the pugilistic effects of…

On the pugilistic effects of alcohol, some years ago I took the deposition of a gentleman from hillbilly country whose medical records showed lots of injuries from bar fights. I asked him, "How many bar fights have you been in?" He looked at me and said, "Have you ever been in a bar? (pause) I guess not the kind that I go to."

He didn't even sustain the worst bar-fight injury in that lawsuit. Another guy was rendered a quadriplegic when someone hit him over the head with a beer bottle because he was hitting on the assailant's girl friend.

It's almost enough to make you swear off drinking. But I think if you stay out of the bars in that Southern Missouri town, you're probably okay.

09/23/2018 - 7:57pm I was reading this while…

I was reading this while waiting in line for a new phone outside my local Apple store and kept laughing. People must have thought I was nuts.

Back when Nebraska was in the same conference as Mizzou, people here hated them. But, so long as we keep beating them, it's hard to dislike them. (I'm thinking of you, Rutgers.)

09/23/2018 - 7:50pm If so, he probably voted us …

If so, he probably voted us  very high so his loss won't look so bad. Not that this is at all political ...

09/22/2018 - 11:23pm Ore probably could have…

Ore probably could have taken knees to win it

09/01/2018 - 10:12am Talk about a strong start,…

Talk about a strong start, this in the first paragraph: "a canvas so blank you could mistake it for Urban Meyer’s text message inbox"

08/24/2018 - 9:25pm He must have been on his…

He must have been on his meds the other night and forgot that he was supposed to say all these things.

08/17/2018 - 12:12am It sounds like Drake hasn't…

It sounds like Drake hasn't been advised of what the investigators are finding. The article quotes him saying, "I will say that the team is investigating this particular set of circumstances and I don't know all the questions they're asking or how they're going about it," Drake said. "I'm waiting until they come forward with information and we'll try to use that information to make the best decisions we can."

That certainly makes it seem like they are acting in good faith.

Also, since he is not sticking to the original two-week time frame, presumably he was told that the investigation is taking longer than they thought it would.  

Again, that sounds like the investigation is being conducted in good faith.They're going to take as long as they need to.

But as Drake said, stay tuned.  When they announce the results, we'll know whether it really is a good-faith investigation. 

08/06/2018 - 7:37pm Did anyone predict that OSU…

Did anyone predict that OSU would post records pertinent to the investigation on a website?  I think that shows some good faith on their part. 

So what's missing from the site, at least so far?  Any record indicating that Meyer reported Smith's transgressions.  The site says it will be updated as additional records become available.  You'd think that those would be high priority items, and that it wouldn't take time to find them, if they exist.  And if they do, I'd expect to see them pretty soon.  That is, unless those records would be shielded from disclosure for some reason.

08/05/2018 - 10:36pm Then why did Meyers admit…

Then why did Meyers admit that what he said was wrong?

08/05/2018 - 10:50am I looked at the articles OP…

I looked at the articles OP quoted ( and ) (sorry, I don't know how to embed a link).  

The first is about the picks of an analyst, who says he picks based on his prediction of where teams will finish the year.  As the statement OP quoted says, he dropped Michigan from No. 6 to No. 11 because of its schedule.  The second article is about the Coaches Poll, which had Michigan at No. 14.  What's unclear is whether any of the voters in that poll dropped Michigan because of its schedule.

But what I wonder is whether anyone who has Michigan lower in their rankings because of its schedule will drop Michigan anyway if it loses, as they expect, to a higher ranked team.  

08/04/2018 - 7:56pm Amazing set quotes. I would…

Amazing set quotes. I would have expected that they'd all be pretty cautious, and most were.   But at least five of them clearly think Meyer should be fired now.

08/04/2018 - 9:05am I thinkj he DID say when. …

I thinkj he DID say when.  He said he always followed reporting protocols when he learned of incidents and that he learned of this one in 2015.

08/03/2018 - 5:39pm Who on earth did he report…

Who on earth did he report it to? In other words, SOMEONE ELSE covered it up?

08/02/2018 - 6:32pm Gotcha


08/02/2018 - 6:09pm I certainly think it's…

I certainly think it's commendable that Harbaugh had her come speak to the team, but I wonder why you need to hear her message to know that you shouldn't engage in sexual violence or domestic violence.  I'm sure the culprits know it's wrong.  They just don't care.

The Book of Proverbs says not to lie.  But why?  Not just because God doesn't want you to lie,  It says if you do, you'll get in trouble.  "Honesty is the best policy."  I used to use that when I told my law students how to advise their clients not to lie, destroy documents, etc.  I'd say, don't tell them it's wrong.  Tell them they're likely to get caught and the amount of trouble they'll be in if they are.  I also hoped that my students got the message.

07/19/2018 - 12:47am You might have wondered why…

You might have wondered why Canada's never been much of a military power, but have you ever seen Canadian rules football?

07/18/2018 - 11:10pm No, 2:  On Wisconsin, which…

No, 2:  On Wisconsin, which my high school stole (I'd like to say it was vice versa, but I have to be honest).

For its alma mater, my high school stole Purdue's fight song and slowed it down.  The slower version is better.

07/01/2018 - 12:55pm I am what I am and that's…

I am what I am and that's all that I am.


I don't read every post, so I don't know, but I HOPE that lyrics from "Popeye the Sailor Man" are more common on this blog than lyrics from "La Cage aux Folles."  At least I'm doing my part.

06/26/2018 - 11:38pm Watching Michigan football…

Watching Michigan football relieves stress?  Please tell my wife.  She thinks I'm going to have a heart attack.

06/14/2018 - 7:54pm One other thing about …

One other thing about "literally: vs. "figuratively."  I belong to a national civic organization for which I had to make a talk the other day.  A staffer always writes the talks of lay members.  He gave me a text that misused "literally."  I don't have to tell you that he didn't go to Michigan.  But at least he understood when I told him that I needed to correct it.

06/14/2018 - 7:47pm I don't agree that the…

I don't agree that the meaning of "literally" has changed.  Yes, many people say it to mean "figuratively."  But that doesn't make it correct and I cringe every time I hear it.

06/14/2018 - 7:42pm I learned the correct usage…

I learned the correct usage of "begging the question" in my philosophy course taught by Abraham Kaplan.  I learned a lot more from him, too.  It's the Michigan difference.

06/14/2018 - 9:28am Not to belabor it, but this…

Not to belabor it, but this is close to what I'm saying.  St. Louis has neighborhoods in the suburbs that are  probably similar to neighborhoods that are within the city limits of Indianapolis and Columbus.  What would a comparison of the poorest 11% of those metropolitan areas to St. Louis look like?  That would be closer to an apples-to-apples comparison than what USA Today did.

06/13/2018 - 5:54pm The list is almost certainly…

The list is almost certainly skewed.  At 11% St. Louis has a much smaller percentage of its population in the central city than many other metropolitan areas do, maybe most others.  Here are some neighboring cities: the City of Kansas City, Missouri, has 23% of the population of its metropolitan area.  For Indianapolis, it's 43%, Chicago 28%, Memphis 49%, Little Rock 27%, Tulsa 42%, Des Moines 35%, Milwaukee 38%, Columbus 41%, .  

To do a fair comparison, you'd either have have to compare St. Louis to the inner 11% of other metro areas or do a comparison of metro areas.

Three Midwestern cities that aren't too far above St. Louis are Detroit (15%), Cincinnati 14%, Cleveland (19%, and lower if you include Akron and Canton).

06/13/2018 - 4:30pm The list is skewed by not…

The list is skewed by not considering the entire metropolitan area.  St. Louis, a city I know well, is No.3 on the list based mainly on crime and poverty,  But it is clear from USA Today's description that that is based just on the City of St. Louis.  Only 11% of the 2.8 million people in the St. Louis metropolitan area live in the city.  The rest of us also consider ourselves St. Louisans.  If you ask anyone who lives in the suburbs where they are from, they will say St. Louis. 

USA Today hits St. Louis for a poverty rate of 23.8%, nearly 10 percentage points above the US average.  But in the St. Louis metropolitan area as a whole, the poverty rate is only 11.4%. See  That's well below the national average.

So I wonder what this list would look like if they considered metropolitan areas rather than cities.

06/12/2018 - 8:27pm If I could upvote, I'd do it…

If I could upvote, I'd do it for your Point 4.  Maybe someone with rights would do it for me.

06/12/2018 - 8:14pm What threshold?  Will this…

What threshold?  Will this help me get there?

06/09/2018 - 10:02pm Alternating between Four…

Alternating between Four Roses Small Batch and Woodford Reserve, while sitting on my deck on a beautiful night, waiting for my chicken to finish on the barbeque and reading MGoBlog, while my wife makes last minute preparations for our daughter's bridal shower tomorrow.  What a wonderful evening.

05/17/2018 - 10:33pm San Miguel de Allende

Among the soooooo much.  Beautiful town in central Mexico, halfway between Mexico City and Guadalajara.   One of my favorite places anywhere.

05/17/2018 - 10:28pm Finally ...

Someone mentions Playa del Carmen.  We've gone there the last 5 Christmas weeks, rented a beautiful condo, my wife, two adult daughters and a miniature poodle.  This year my daughter's fiance and my niece and her husband joined us.  It's a great town, with nice beaches and great restaurants, including one of my favorite restaurants anywhere (Ooh La La, better make your reservation about three months in advance).  Also, Mayan ruins nearby, along with other interesting places for an excursion.  

04/26/2018 - 6:19pm I want Muppets!

I'm already singing along.  Temptation!

04/09/2018 - 11:06pm What are Ole Miss' grounds?

I haven't seen a report on the basis of Ole Miss' opposition.  Interesting no reporter got anyone to leak about it.

04/03/2018 - 7:19pm Encouraging

Seriously.  It was the NCAA that asked Michigan to provide additional information, not the other way around.  So it's not like Michigan asked for permission to add to its submission and the NCAA grudgingly said yes.  The NCAA had something specific in mind.  Shea's lawyer said they were asking what he considered to be the right questions.   And he thought Michigan would be able to respond in a few days. The lawyer said he's encouraged, and if he is, we should be, too.

04/03/2018 - 12:18am The Michigan Difference

Compared with what we had a right to expect, this season was phenomenal.  What a great run thru the B1G tourney and then the 1st five games of the NCAA.  I hope, after the immediacy of the disappointment wears off, the players realize what they accomplished.  They'll always be great repesentatives of the university that we -- and they -- will always love.

04/02/2018 - 11:54pm Excuse me, Mr. Calrissian

I guess you can't count either.  It was only 17 points.

04/02/2018 - 11:50pm Angrier than most?

Well, dumber than most

03/30/2018 - 12:38am Sorry, missed Mr. King’s correction

Sorry, Mr. King

03/30/2018 - 12:36am Texas Southern?

It was Texas Western, wasn’t it? Now UTEP?

03/25/2018 - 3:19pm Second Seder

We're having 30 people for our Seder, and it really doesn't matter which time slot Mich gets.  I'm in the Midwest, so maybe if it's the early start, I'll get to see the first half.  But whatever the outcome, it will give special meaning to "Dayenu" (the prayer that means, "It would have been enough")