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11/20/2017 - 12:32pm A friend of mine is on the

A friend of mine is on the faculty there, and took my son and I out to dinner on a college visit. At first, I wondered why we were there. Then the cheese curds came. Wow.

10/25/2017 - 3:58pm I am so sorry for your loss.

I am so sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine what that must be like. It really does put the truth that college football is just a meaningless game in sharp focus.

10/10/2017 - 9:18am We arrived at about 6:15 or

We arrived at about 6:15 or so, and parked pretty far out. I ended up getting a ride to the stadium by a friend of mine who is an officer with AAPD on her way to the end of her shift. She said that it was surprisingly quiet, and much calmer than they expected. Few if any fights, and everyone was pretty well-behaved.

As a bonus, my son got his first ride in the back of a squad car. 

09/03/2017 - 10:53am I must have been lucky

Despite the U-Verse complaint upthread, my cable experience for UM-FSU was fine. And granted I was watching a game no one cared about, but the ESPN3 stream of Cal-UNC was fine too.

07/12/2017 - 7:59am The drum line did take a

The drum line did take a request once to play at my brother's wedding reception in the League. They didn't even take the beer we offered (they were on their way to another gig.) This was 20-25 years ago, though.

07/08/2017 - 10:54pm Well said.

Well said.

07/08/2017 - 10:52pm Community

If you are interested in Community, it is by lottery to any AAPS family, so it doesn't matter where you live.

07/08/2017 - 10:51pm The one your kids attend

Any of the three (Pioneer, Huron, Skyline) will provide great educations for most kids. Each has particular strengths and weaknesses. My kids happen to go to Skyline, and both had great experiences there, but we probably would have been happy with any one of them.

There are few enough houses in the district that I would not limit by high school. Just find a place in town you like.

Saline vs. Ann Arbor: Saline has a much narrower socioeconomic band, and is correspondingly less diverse. That's not the place for us, but it might be for you. It depends on what is important to you.

Finally, if you're really that concerned, send your kids to Greenhills. I'm an engineering faculty member and a number of my colleagues' kids go there. My wife and I are fans of public education so we never really considered it.

07/08/2017 - 9:32pm Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale

With my son on a college visit at Wisconsin. Sitting on the Terrace over Lake Mendota, people watching, and sipping Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale. For Not Michigan, this isn't half bad.

04/05/2017 - 12:07pm MMB Posted the video of their

MMB Posted the video of their surprise visit to John's birthday party. Worth a watch.

01/01/2017 - 10:38pm You can engage with players

You can engage with players after a loss, as long as you say something like "Tough game, but we're behind you all the way."

01/01/2017 - 10:35pm Had the game on TV when it

Had the game on TV when it happened. Still can't quite wrap my head around it. Scorpion bar down? Sure.

11/27/2016 - 4:43pm When I saw Speight put up two

When I saw Speight put up two fingers, my reaction was: "Sure, go for it."

Basis: our D was gassed, our O had not done much in second half, and we are in their stadium with a crazy crowd. Might as well take advantage of an opportunity when we might not get another.  I wasn't upset that we kicked the extra point, but wasn't 100% sold on it.

11/26/2016 - 11:10pm Henkrick's Gin and Fever Tree

Henkrick's Gin and Fever Tree Indian Tonic. Many of them.

11/23/2016 - 12:55pm CRISPed beat me to it.  Takes

CRISPed beat me to it.  Takes zero effort, always a winner.

11/20/2016 - 10:03am Can't comment on the paycall,

Can't comment on the paycall, as i wasn't paying attention to the game that closely.

But, I like the decision to go for two. You're playing with house money, might as well let it ride.

11/20/2016 - 10:00am Why am I supposed to care

Why am I supposed to care what *any* analyst thinks at this point? We're going to play the game(s), and then we'll know. Until then, folks are just filling dead air with words.

11/12/2016 - 12:58pm One of the best P/CPs in a

One of the best P/CPs in a very long time. Thanks! I needed that.

11/02/2016 - 4:30pm Add me to the chorus.
This is

Add me to the chorus.

This is just awful.  Friday night is for high schools.

11/01/2016 - 10:07pm I"m a Cal grad, so I love The

I"m a Cal grad, so I love The Play, but for different reasons than that hopeless Stanford tour guide. Strangely, while I am fond of neither The Tree nor LSJUMB, I don't hate the instituation itself. Stanford is a fine school, their alumni/fans are generally good people, and even though Cal's been on the short end of the Big Game for years now, it's still mostly a friendly rivalry.

USC (the LA version)? I hate those guys. Everything about it. The band that only knows two songs. The fans that obnoxiously throw that "victory" sign at any provocation. That. Damn. Horse. Burn it down, and salt the ground behind you.

10/26/2016 - 11:28am When my kids were little, we

When my kids were little, we lived just southwest of the stadium. To get to games, we would walk from our house, through the Pioneer Woods, and through the PiHi parking lot.

Each season, the path would start out lush, and green. The colors would slowly change as Fall descended. By the final game of the season, the leaves were all on the ground, and you knew that winter was just around the corner.

Now, we live on the other side of town. But, I still drive back and park in the old neighborhood, so we can walk through the woods to get to the game. Early in the season midway thorugh the woods, my son, out of nowhere, said: "I forget how green this starts out."

It's a little thing, but it's an important thing.

For the Illinois game, we were doing the double-header of football and hockey, so we decided to park on campus instead so that the walk back from hockey would not be so far. Had lunch at Amer's, and walked down State to the game. His observation? "This is a really different pre-game experience."

Maybe we'll switch to campus/State Street from now on, but I don't think so. It's not "our" game that way.

10/22/2016 - 11:58pm Kudos to the MGoBlogger who

Kudos to the MGoBlogger who pointed me at the Slow's BBQ beer garden. My son and I had the double-header today: football and hockey. We were looking for food after the football game, and happened by the garden. That 'que is very very good, and the beer selections were top-notch at $6 a throw. The cornhole game in the back doesn't hurt.

10/22/2016 - 11:21pm Shortly before the Kile goal,

Shortly before the Kile goal, I looked at my son and said: "There's no way we get out of this with anything but an L." His response: "Well, a couple of individual efforts, and a little luck, and you never know." And then Kile does that. Filthy.

On the other hand, the OT looked like we were trying to kill a major. Probably down to youth, but still. I was awfully happy to get out of there with a draw.

09/18/2016 - 12:09pm I'm a Cal grad, but

I'm a Cal grad, but thankfully went to bed before that happened. It would have near killed me---because Cal's defense is bad enough that giving Texas the ball on the 20 with ~1minute to go up only seven is almost surely one in the L column.

09/17/2016 - 12:50pm Rutgers? Rutgers! Down 21-7

Rutgers? Rutgers! Down 21-7 after one to the mighty Lobos of New Mexico. (Thanks, Delany.)

09/16/2016 - 4:17pm I do too.
Before I had one, I

I do too.

Before I had one, I wondered why I'd pay actual money every month for satellite radio. Between College Sports, SXMFC, and being able to catch just about any major home-team radio broadcast, it's some of the best money I spend.

09/16/2016 - 9:22am That World Heritage Site is a

That World Heritage Site is a quality find.

08/30/2016 - 10:37pm I'm a big believer in

I'm a big believer in under-selling. Give it time. Some people get it right away. Other people take much longer to come to understand how special this place is.

When I first took my daughter to games as a pre-schooler, she was all about the kettle corn. In grade school, she was willing to stay long enough to see the band at halftime. She might have been in eighth grade before she finally stayed through an entire game. I'm still not sure she's stayed through post-game, and she's only seen drumline's step show a handful of times.

But, tomorrow we are moving her into MoJo, and tonight she posted this to her FB feed:

"I've lived in Ann Arbor my whole life and have always been a big Michigan fan, so the honor and excitement of becoming a student here hadn't really sunk in for me yet. But tonight, when I came out of the Pioneer stadium after watching the last soccer game of my brother's that I'll see in a while, I saw the block M illuminated on the back of the Big House, and I felt such a sense of pride and a feeling of belonging to this University, one of the most powerful feelings linked to beginning college that I've experienced yet. I can't wait to start the beginning of my next four years as an undergrad and the rest of my life as a Wolverine. Go Blue! 

08/23/2016 - 10:47am Nothing wrong wtih taking

Nothing wrong wtih taking some time to make this decision. It's an important one.

08/21/2016 - 9:38am It does look like Moshiri

It does look like Moshiri might be serious about spending money on the club. The West Brom keeper almost got glory at the end though.

08/19/2016 - 2:37pm Kettle Corn. Large.

Kettle Corn. Large.

That stuff is scary good.

08/17/2016 - 4:49pm That was my reaction as well.

That was my reaction as well.

05/07/2016 - 9:49pm My better half...

...plans to join my son and I driving across the state from Ann Arbor to St. Joseph to watch the former play soccer.

We are living the life here, for sure.

03/02/2016 - 11:33pm Get it done, Betsa! Go Blue!

Get it done, Betsa! Go Blue!

02/20/2016 - 6:40pm An idea so nice, I'd upvote

An idea so nice, I'd upvote it twice.

02/05/2016 - 3:56pm We have a different rule

In our house, we have a different rule. You can have it done exactly the way you want it done, OR you can let someone else do it.  You don't get both. 

Married 18 years.

02/01/2016 - 4:08pm Top 3 plus an honorable mention

All of these were at Michigan Stadium.

The first one that comes to mind: Henne to Manningham, Penn State, 2005. I took my son to the game; he had just turned five. At the time, I told him that that might be the best game he would ever see in Michigan Stadium.  So far, it has been---and he still remembers it.

Number two is probably UTL-I. It wasn't a win-on-the-last-second play, so not *quite* as dramatic, but the fact that no one wanted to go home for a good long while after it was done was something I'll never forget.

Number three: the MSU 3OT game. I took my father, who is an MSU grad. Before the game, I asked him who he was rooting for. He graciously responded, "I just want to see a good game." When MSU was up 17, I turned to him and said, "Well, sorry the game wasn't competitive." And then, THAT happened.

Honorable mention: the Big Chill.  My son, my father, and my father in law. We were too low to see much, but having the four of us there was a fond memory.

11/24/2015 - 9:54pm It does take time

I've been bringing my daughter to a game or two every year since she was five.  She is a high school senior this year.

In the beginning, she was there just for the kettle corn.  After a while, the band and pagentry were part of the deal too.  She eventually got to the point where she would stay for the whole game.

But, this year...for Michigan State...she went all out. Painted her fingernails maize and blue, serious gear, bandanna, faux-tattoos, the works. That weekend, she decided that that communal environment was an important part of the college experience she was looking for. She might end up at Michigan, or might not, but she will be connected to her school.

It can take a while, but it happens.

11/21/2015 - 9:40am Wolverine abroad

I am not in Happy Valley. Instead I am in Shanghai, having visited the SJTU-UM Joint Institute, and the six Michigan students studying there this Fall. I am having a nightcap (we are thirteen hours ahead of EST) and will be flying back to DTW via Narita at about the time most of you are thinking about bed. Go Blue!

11/01/2015 - 1:21pm Obvious was putting it mildly

My son and I were at the game. Even in real time, and even though it was in the box in a tight game, it was an easy call to make. Not sure why it wasn't called, but I won't look a gift horse in the mouth!

FWIW, we thought Louro was probably in position to make the save if it hadn't been stopped by the defender, but I haven't seen the replay yet to be sure.

10/21/2015 - 8:57am Watchable games.

The incentive? Games I want to watch. Beating up a tomato can is awfully boring.

09/17/2015 - 10:25am I missed the game

My son plays for Skyline, and they were hosting Huron last night, so we missed the game. Looking at the box score, it seems like they had their chances. Was it just an unlucky day, or something worse than that?

09/07/2015 - 6:11pm Main takeaways for a university administrator?

Now that I'm starting year three as a low-level administrator at Michigan, I've been thinking of this book as a leadership template. After all, when a professor becomes an administrator, no one tells the professor how to do the job---we are just expected to figure it out as we go. (That's not quite true: CRLT does offer some training, but I still felt like I was thrown in the deep end.) But, perhaps unsurprisingly, being a professor has next to nothing to do with being an adminsitrator.

Brian's right, these are Brandon's Lasting Lessons, but in an inverted sense. Dave really did seem to love the university, and he clearly cared about the players and the department, but he just didn't lead it well. I've started to make a list of things to learn from the book, but I'm still only about 2/3ds of the way through, so I suspect there are things that I haven't gotten to yet. But, from your perspective, what are the take-aways for someone new to a leadership role in an academic institution (vs. "the private sector.")

08/29/2015 - 10:00pm I'll put it on my list.

I'll put it on my list. I really like Schöfferhofer's Grapefruit, great summer beer.

08/29/2015 - 9:09pm One Last Saturday

My BPL team is Everton.  My son is a Spurs fan.  They played each other today in a surprisingly entertaining 0-0 draw. Tim Howard had a number of oustanding saves.

Made dinner for the flock, including this corn/chard gratin that both kids ate:

The MGoWife went to UVa, and we are now sipping Mai Tai's (the original Trader Vic recipe) and watching them play UCLA in W. Volleyball on the Pac 12 network.

Speaking of which, time for another Mai Tai.

My son plays on AA-Skyline's varsity soccer team and they play at Temperence Bedford on Thursday night. So we'll be starting the Utah game on DVR delay when we get back home.

08/23/2015 - 8:38pm As a Cal grad...

... This pleases me. The Notre Dame vs USC game is a "meteor game," as in I hope a meteor hits the stadium during the game.

08/22/2015 - 4:16pm Cal

I was a Cal undergrad, and am on the UM faculty. If they ever play, in anything, I am honor-bound to root for Cal per the Rules of College Football Fandom, as I have not taken advantage of the Faculty Exception.

So, I guess that technically makes Michigan my second team. But, I follow Michigan more closely than Cal, just due to longevity (I joined the faculty in '98) and geography.

06/24/2015 - 4:01pm I'm very disappointed...

...that no one who has taken EECS 280 in the last 10--12 years has chimed in about C++ functors' ability to mimic many of the cool things that closures can do. 

Very disappointed.

-Prof. Noble


06/06/2015 - 10:32am I've got the same head/heart

I've got the same head/heart split---pulling for Juve, expecting Barca.

02/08/2015 - 9:59pm After a day of soccer...

After a day of soccer, touring the indoor domes of Southeast Michigan, I broiled some chicken (rubbed with Detroit Spice Co. BBQ) and am now enjoying the evening with Atwater's Winterbock.  Tasty.