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07/20/2018 - 4:11pm I think Chop House is a…

I think Chop House is a mixed bag. I've had some very good dinners there and some OK ones too.  Ditto for Gratzi.

The OP might help use with telling us what he prefers in the way of food.

07/20/2018 - 9:58am I'm in Section 1, Row 44…

I'm in Section 1, Row 44....between the 45 and 50 yard line that the OP thought he'd find so boring.  It isn't and you can actually see well.  Nice mix between low enough so the players look like players and high enough to see play development.

07/19/2018 - 3:52pm I fully agree with your…

I fully agree with your comments. 2018 is going to be crucial.  He has a top tier, highly experienced D, the O should be leagues better at just about every position.  If he can't produce this year, there will be lots of noise and Stadium seating will be much more readily available next Fall.

07/19/2018 - 12:30pm World Cup got me through…

World Cup got me through last week.  I also like auto racing and watch F1 races when they take place.

The NFL cranks up next week and within a couple of weeks there are exhibition NFL games.

It's also a nice time to reacquaint myself with my wife who is aware that come September, much of my spare time will be watching the tube or football Saturdays at the Big House.

07/19/2018 - 10:56am OK...I've been on here for…

OK...I've been on here for almost a decade.  Other than reducing points to a level where a poster can't start a thread, how does upvoting or downvoting accomplish anything that our written responses cannot?

07/18/2018 - 7:35pm I didn't say it was "cheap"…

I didn't say it was "cheap" to me. I suggested that Zingermans, compared to other equivalent delis of the same quality was fairly and equivalently priced.

Are there any other delis in Michigan that offer a similar product in terms of quality?

07/18/2018 - 7:00pm Normally not my thing, but…

Normally not my thing, but considering the people involved and what Austin Hatch went through and his history with U of M bbal and Beilein, it is worth watching.  I am delighted for him and his bride that they are so happy.  The poor guy deserves some good things in his life, and I think he found some.

Warning: several peeling onion opportunities.

07/18/2018 - 3:05pm You say it is pricey, but…

You say it is pricey, but that is an opinion more than fact.  Is Zingermans more expensive than some of the better delis in NY?  Nope, it isn't.

Here's the menu for Katz Deli in NY.  https://www.katzsdelicatessen.com/menu_and_local-delivery

ll take Zingermans over Katz for one reason and it is not something minor when talking about sandwiches.   Zingermans makes better rye bread, according to Saveur Magazine, the best rye bread in the US, and you can't have a good sandwich without good bread. The meats Zingermans uses are top of the line. There is a reason Zingermans is always full and it's because of the quality of its products and the customer service. On top of that, the company takes very good care of its employees.

I get that many students and others are not in a position to afford Zingermans, but it is a world class deli and I'm delighted it is located in Ann Arbor.

07/17/2018 - 6:25pm Less, although I still visit…

Less, although I still visit at least once a day. 

I believe there are websites that track traffic over time for given sites.

I'd like to think that Brian and others are working behind the scenes to make the user interface a better experience.

Nature abhors a vacuum.  Michigan has a huge fan base.  At some point, if Brian decides this is not for him, someone else will fill the void. Personally, I'd hate for that to happen because Brian has busted his ass for a long time providing us with content, but it is his call.

07/16/2018 - 3:42pm Maybe one day we will log in…

Maybe one day we will log in and all will be well.  One lesson I learned quite some time ago is the biggest way to piss people off is for them to have issues and for the powers that be to remain silent.  Airlines have largely figured this out...people can deal with issues as long as they know what is going in.

I hope Brian et al. at some point will take five minutes an give us an occasional update.  It would have been nice for our leadership to build a spreadsheet with all the problems Mgoblog users have identified and keep us updated as to fixes.

07/14/2018 - 3:41pm Prisoners cleaning garbage…

Prisoners cleaning garbage would seem to make sense.

It's Michigan, a state with one of the worst infrastructures in the US.  Dirt roads, pot holes... when you cross the line from Ohio into Michigan, you don't require the "pure Michigan" sign for notification. Strangely, polls show many Michiganders don't want to spend money to get the roads up to snuff; they haven't figured out the cost of messed up suspensions, blown tires and bent wheels.  

 

07/13/2018 - 6:12pm Depending upon your…

Depending upon your persistence level and ability to work to upper level management, that is where I head if I have a problem that I think is overlooked.  Have full documentation of your problem and objectively be reasonable in your assessment of the problem.  If you get to the right person, and your request is reasonable, you can get a good result.

07/12/2018 - 10:16am This post by Trueblue2003 is…

This post by Trueblue2003 is exactly why limiting conversation also eliminates learning. Duverger's Law...never knew that.

I get into political discussions all the time on other websites.  Sometimes one needs a bit of thick skin but with many of the people I discuss things with, it is done civilly or you find someone else to correspond with. I have learned a ton of things from people with opposing points of view.

And for those who get frazzled over certain political issues, when a senior partner in a law firm or a national sales manager decide to chew you out, they will not, most assuredly, provide a safe space to hide in.  It's a tough world out there.

07/11/2018 - 11:08pm Brian does own the site and…

Brian does own the site and can control policy but without users, this site dies and Brian is back doing computer engineering. 

What might be an alternative that is used by other sites is have an off-topic area that allows for non-sport topics.

Assuming that University of Michigan issues are fair game, and they always have been, it is impossible to avoid politics.  For instance, the Gibbons issues included items such as evidentiary standards and how the policy changed due to the Dept. of Education, or Michigan/Schlissel on diversity in the face of a state laws dealing with affirmative action or the lack thereof.  Frankly, because of the diversity of posters and the skill sets some here have, these threads are often enlightening or at the very least educational.  I don't see that as bad. No one forces anyone here to participate in a given thread.

07/11/2018 - 10:46am That was a very entertaining…

That was a very entertaining interview with the kind of insight you don't always hear.  The info on Matthew's wrist was crazy; sounds like we dodged a bullet.

07/11/2018 - 8:57am I have fierce loyalty to and…

I have fierce loyalty to and great respect for Michigan as an institution, particularly its graduate programs, but let's get real.  You can get a great education at any school in the B1G.  All public universities have raised their academic games due to the affordability of in-state U's and the number of applicants there are for every seat.  

07/10/2018 - 4:25pm I largely agree with the…

I largely agree with the subtitle you posted which is a far cry from your comment:

Autonomous vehicles will replace human driver-controlled cars to the same extent that we're all going to have flying cars, garage-sized helicopters, and jetpacks, which for decades were projected to be "just around the corner."

There are 2-3 million Uber drivers worldwide, and about 400K in the US.  There are 3-3.5 million truck drivers in the US alone.  Fleet introduction is where you will start seeing large numbers of AV's, which is why trials have been going on in several US cities for a couple of years now.

But EV's are coming and the movement is being driven by massive cost savings as well as safety.  Waymo ordering 62,000 minivans from Chrysler for use as EV's is a big deal.

https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/31/17412908/waymo-chrysler-pacifica-minvan-self-driving-fleet

 

07/10/2018 - 1:30pm Here's a few links to…

Here's a few links to consider, and I disagree about your time scale.  We are talking less than five years at this point in time.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-end-of-car-ownership-1498011001

https://medium.com/swlh/how-autonomous-driving-will-change-our-cities-4335cee7fbf1

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/ford/2018/02/27/ford-picks-miami-test-self-driving-cars/110887268/

 

07/10/2018 - 12:40pm Sorry Don, but I disagree. …

Sorry Don, but I disagree.  I've worked professionally on the IP side of AV's and the investment in capital and effort has been massive.  We have a shuttle on North Campus that is driving itself.  Cars and trucks will be next; the labor savings will justify the development costs many times over. 

It is not a niche market by any stretch...it is affordable technology, the rudiments of which are already in many cars that have been on the road for at least five years.

Some reading for you: 

https://www.fool.com/investing/2017/09/16/heres-a-realistic-timetable-for-self-driving-cars.aspx

 

07/10/2018 - 11:45am I have a high performance…

I have a high performance German sedan that combines sub-four second acceleration with luxury and I love the car.  Having said, that, it seems like the highways are SUV's and trucks.  We also have a 3/4 ton Silverado which takes the need of SUV's away.

The automotive industry seems to be heading quickly towards electric vehicles with autonomous cars waiting in the wings.  Autonomous vehicles, IMO, portend the end of the current ownership model.  I suspect many folks will pay for their cars on a use basis, particularly in urban areas, and this may alter what people prefer.

07/03/2018 - 10:57am The University of Michigan…

The University of Michigan has over 500 buildings in A2/Washtenaw County and the physical plant has a value in the billions. The University is tax exempt and with the exception of leased space pays no property taxes.  On top of that, as the University expands and buys property that was previously taxable, these properties are removed from the tax rolls.  The Pfizer acquisition is a classic example. This would seem to have a huge negative impact on the tax rolls.  Imagine what the City could do with additional tens of millions of revenue.  Bet the roads could be improved in a hurry.

07/03/2018 - 10:41am Of the various items you…

Of the various items you mentioned, you failed to include one area that for me and my boomer buds was scary as hell and loomed over us for years, and that was graduating from college or dropping out of school or not going to college and getting your ass drafted and sent to Vietnam where almost 58,000 Americans were killed and a hell of a lot more wounded. In the early '70's, the US went to a voluntary military enlistment system. 

07/02/2018 - 5:41pm Seems like I hit a sore spot…

Seems like I hit a sore spot with Millenials.  What I said was an attempt at humor.  I have two kids who are Millenials, both have graduate degrees in engineering and MD's and work 80 hour weeks as residents at U of M Hospital.

The biggest difference I see between Millenials and Boomers is opportunity.  It isn't what it once was and will probably never be that way again in an age of growing AI/robotics and lots of competition for many jobs. 

07/02/2018 - 5:01pm What makes Ann Arbor the…

What makes Ann Arbor the place that it is is the income level of the people who live there and in surrounding areas.  You can't have the abundance of restaurants and venues that provide culture without people capable of affording nice things. To assume you will have inexpensive housing in Ann Arbor seems like a dream that will be close to impossible to achieve, particularly as boomers age and look for nice places to retire, at least those folks capable of dealing with our winters and Millenials move out of the basement.  All those docs, researchers, professors, and others employed by U of M and making six figure income don't help keep housing prices down either, but that is a good thing, imo.  The alternative is lots of down on their luck cities scattered all over the Midwest.  A2 is considered a great town and part of the reason is the affluence that drives the economic engine in the City. You can't have it both ways.

Frankly, I'm disgusted with the current governance of A2.  The roads are abysmal, there is no environmental or green issue that can't be justified regardless of cost, taxes are high (your millage drop notwithstanding), and from my perspective governance just plain sucks.  A few million bucks to resurface roads doesn't get you very far.  

Maybe Christopher Taylor is the answer, but consider me to be a bit of a skeptic until proved otherwise.

07/02/2018 - 12:54pm What is the anticipated size…

What is the anticipated size of the 2019 class?  Kind of remember something having been recently posted about unexpected departures.

Welcome David Ojabo...excited to see what this kids is going to do with some serious training and coaching.

07/01/2018 - 2:59pm I'm sure it has been…

I'm sure it has been discussed, but is there a home night game this year?  I don't see an evening start time on the mgoblue schedule.  Unless it has been ruled out, a maize-out in September would be a good evening for a night game.

06/28/2018 - 6:43pm Why not have an off-season…

Why not have an off-season exception for the occasional political discussions.  Some of the best stuff I've seen on here over the years have been OT subjects, or subjects that relate to an athlete's off the field issues where some pretty bright people contribute interesting perspective to the conversation.

Or, in the alternative, have a forum for non-sport topics.

06/27/2018 - 12:15pm If the number of site visits…

If the number of site visits are down, one would think there might be a greater sense of urgency.

06/26/2018 - 12:19pm What we think is secondary…

What we think is secondary to the question of whether the NCAA's rule is anti-competitive.  The NCAA is a private institution and it can make its own rules, but the athlete has no choice and no options. I would guess that the current SCOTUS would not overturn the decision.

 

06/26/2018 - 12:11pm Time for a Harbaugh tweet to…

Time for a Harbaugh tweet to dispel this fake news?

06/21/2018 - 8:29pm  I have zero love for MSU…

 I have zero love for MSU but I find it hard to get joy out of seeing a 20 year old kid drop down in the draft relative to what would have occurred last year.

06/21/2018 - 10:21am You have to have stores…

You have to have stores where people shop. While students may be near the M-Den State Street location, a large number of people also frequent Briarwood Mall.  Enlarging the size of the Briarwood store seems like a great idea to me.  I'm sure M-Den will include the clothing lines Moe's carried when Moe's closes.

06/16/2018 - 12:13pm The lack of an app is a big…

The lack of an app is a big deal as fiddle farting with the site on a phone is a pain. I still use the link on the old app to get me to the site and select MGoboard from the dropdown menu; only problem is after each thread you can't go back to the thread list and have to repeat the process.

There is something about the new site that seems awkward; perhaps it is newness but MGoblog is not the only site I frequent and I don't feel that way about most other sites.

I'd also like to see features that allow us to put a URL for Youtube vids and have the software automatically embed same. 

06/15/2018 - 10:28am I and my family were there…

I and my family were there some years ago when visiting France.  Visiting Normandy is a very sobering experience.

I am good friends with a 96 year old veteran who landed on D-Day.  If I may share an excerpt from when he received the Legion of Honor medal a few years ago from France.

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP — On June 12, 1944, six days after D-Day, George Zwahlen landed on Utah Beach on the Cotentin Peninsula in France. He remained in Europe for the next year and a half, fought in five major battles during the course of the war and received a slew of medals, including the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and the Good Conduct Medal.

And just a couple of weeks ago, 70 years after the end of World War II, Zwahlen received the National Order of the Legion of Honor, which is the "highest honor that France can bestow upon those who have achieved remarkable deeds for France," according to the letter that accompanied the medal from the French consulate in Chicago.

God bless George and the brave soldiers who did so much to keep us free.  Truly, the greatest generation.

 

06/13/2018 - 10:25pm It is a state school that…

It is a state school that gets very little from the State of Michigan and an awful lot from the very large number of OOS and foreign students.  I suspect that the very high cost of tuition paid by OOS students is why so many of them are accepted.

06/06/2018 - 5:12pm I like the most recent post…

I like the most recent post pushes that thread to the top.  It keeps threads of high interest active and pushes threads of little interest out of sight.

Also, is there built in functionality that recognizes and formats common items like youtube videos?

06/06/2018 - 1:01pm Great news.  Had JB gone, it…

Great news.  Had JB gone, it would have painful.  I'm happy for him, for his players and for the Michigan community that he is staying.

Go Blue!!

06/06/2018 - 10:41am If you want quality and are…

If you want quality and are willing to pay a little more, OLED's are the way to go and are the gold standard.  If you want to educate yourself OP, a site like avsforum.com is a good place to start.

06/02/2018 - 7:41am As well he should.  If

As well he should.  If Beilein were to leave because of a money issue, I doubt Warde would survive as AD.

06/02/2018 - 5:09am Not the kind of news I wanted

Not the kind of news I wanted to wake up to.  Warde better not fuck this up.  Beilein doesn't have that many years left.  After what his teams have done of late, negotiations should have taken five minutes, with four of those minutes being the time it takes to write the email with a new contract attached.

With the exception of Jim Hackett, our AD's haven't done much of late that I want to remember.

05/31/2018 - 12:26pm I hope you are right but that

I hope you are right but that might well be too high and assume too much.  We are losing three very good starters/sixth man of the year in the B1G and replacing them with a youth movement.  It might take quite a while for this team to gel.  Teske is not close to being Mo offensively and Robinson's three point skills will be hard to copy.  Ditto for MAAR.

I think it will be another end of year turnaround but with a learning curve with more than a few losses along the way.  

05/26/2018 - 12:57pm So, you all need to be there

So, you all need to be there because you want to party together celebrating an event that has been long in the making?  Or is it a situation where people need to be at their "stations" slowly turning on the power and activationg functions? /s

Regardless, when (if) this event happens and the new site launches, I may find religion.

05/16/2018 - 4:17pm I see a tax increase for

I see a tax increase for those of us living in Michigan.  State school, state obligation.  Please tell me I'm wrong.

05/04/2018 - 6:37pm I have a solid understanding

I have a solid understanding of the audit process and realize, as an attorney and a CFA, it is complicated.  My comment about choosing an index fund was to satisfy your point that the metric for comparison should be market performance. I should have included a "/s."

The University should invest the money in a sound manner consistent with capital preservation and a reasonable rate of return. VC?  Really?  Not sure I'd go that way for endowment funds. The problem with using alums as investors should be obvious.  If bad investment decisions are made, you raise the potential for people to argue about impropiety/breach of fiduciary duty which is not a place you want to be.  It isn't that we don't have alums that are competent investment people, I'm concerned about the ramifications should they choose poorly.  

05/04/2018 - 4:04pm I was very clear in my

I was very clear in my comment that the two topics should NOT be equated.

05/04/2018 - 4:00pm Sounds like a plan.  Let's

Double Post.

05/04/2018 - 4:00pm Sounds like a plan.  Let's

Sounds like a plan.  Let's just use an index fund and be done with it, fiduciary responsibility notwithstanding.  Have you read Schlissel's comments on the topic?  If not, here is a link:

https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/05/04/university-m…

The Freep is a great pain in the ass but that doesn't mean they are always wrong.  In this case, from reading their article and other info, it seems that the process needs to be tightened up.

05/04/2018 - 2:55pm The two issues are very

The two issues are very different and one has nothing to do with the other. This is where the OP is off base. 

I read the Freep report and it raises questions that are concerning.  $11 billion is way too much money to not have all the i's dotted and t's crossed.  Management of the endowment should be a concern to all of us involved in the Michigan community as endowment funds benefit a vast number of programs and students.

Saying if donors don't like what is happening they should stop giving is nonsense.  Do a sound audit, if there are problems address them and let people know you are running a tight ship.

05/03/2018 - 8:45am Part of the funding problem

Part of the funding problem comese from a lack of money from Medicare, the source of the majority of funding for residencies and it has been going on for some time.

https://news.aamc.org/for-the-media/article/gme-funding-doctor-shortage/

05/03/2018 - 8:20am I'm not so sure you can

I'm not so sure you can assume that the hospitals you enumerated would be happy to expand training.  With a growing physician shortage in the US and with resources stretched thin, teaching takes time away from or at the very least can slow down one's ability to deliver healthcare.  It is part of the problem why establishing or expanding medical schools to produce more doctors takes so much time.