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07/21/2018 - 12:42am et tu, stephen

et tu, stephen

07/19/2018 - 9:14pm I scratched him because he…

I scratched him because he'll be 34 and the only guys that old I even thought about are guys with a long history with the national team. Also Ream has been pretty bad in his appearances with the USMNT. 

07/16/2018 - 2:22pm It is relatively new, and…

It is relatively new, and there are also loopholes. The most prominent is that if you have an EU passport FIFA can't stop you. Pulisic had one and went at 15. Gio Reyna is trying to do the same thing. Sargent doesn't have the right relatives to follow suit. 

07/03/2018 - 12:48am I don't have a huge problem…

I don't have a huge problem with Headlee, actually. I think it should be a little less strict but without it you would see some huge tax bills in Ann Arbor suddenly. It's the combination with Prop A that's bad. If it was inflation plus 2% or something along those lines you'd strike a balance between preventing huge spikes and completely insulating homeowners from their zoning choices. 

07/03/2018 - 12:45am Did you read the post? In…

Did you read the post? In real terms city taxes have gone down. If a significant number of people were being taxed off their property the real estate market wouldn't be so tight. Meanwhile most of the people in question have paid-off properties and enough net worth to endure an increase, which hasn't happened in any case. 

07/03/2018 - 12:42am Because he'd like to fix it…

Because he'd like to fix it and isn't explicitly running on a platform of not fixing it. 

07/03/2018 - 12:40am I don't think Taylor is a…

I don't think Taylor is a bad candidate. As I mentioned, crime is down, buildings are getting approved (at a rate that is too slow for me, but I get that there are electoral concerns), and the road stuff is getting handled. I have a couple big-picture issues with Taylor and in a world where he was up against someone who was more aggressive about adding housing I'd really think about the choice here. But he and the council party are good representatives for the city and are pushing it in the right direction.

You are correct that my contempt for Eaton outstrips my enthusiasm for Taylor.

07/02/2018 - 4:21pm ok


07/02/2018 - 4:12pm Just for the record anyone…

Just for the record anyone bitching about the fact this is not about sports is going to get banned. Get bent. 

06/28/2018 - 9:39pm The state has a mechanism…

The state has a mechanism already in place that would take care of much of that. The Headlee amendment automatically rolls back millage rates when taxable value goes up faster than inflation.…

Removing the Prop A limit would be revenue neutral because of Headlee. It would no longer protect long-time homeowners from the consequences of local zoning, though. That would encourage booming areas to build more and maybe induce some long time residents to downsize, thus increasing the efficiency of existing housing. Something like a quarter of Seattle bedrooms in single family housing areas are empty because of empty nesters. 

In Ann Arbor specifically the vast majority of the seniors who would see their taxes go up without Prop A have paid off their houses since they bought them before 1988 and could use that equity to stay in the house via a reverse mortgage or what-have-you. 

"Market forces" driving up property values is only part of the story. More of it is areas with a lot of jobs not building enough housing. 

06/28/2018 - 7:21pm Prop A limits property tax…

Prop A limits property tax increases to the rate of inflation so when a city undergoes a big spike in home values existing owners are shielded from the consequences of the housing limitation policies they generally support. Tax burden shifts to newer residents.

Older ones considering moving closer to work or downsizing or what have you are strongly discouraged from doing so because selling your house and buying one of equivalent price would result in a 50% property tax hike. 

06/28/2018 - 5:33pm the no politics rule is for…

the no politics rule is for you

I can do what I want

04/27/2018 - 5:45pm it also has clayton thorson

it also has clayton thorson 5th, soooooo

04/22/2018 - 1:03pm (No subject)

There's a patch; new site launches by the end of the month.

04/13/2018 - 5:17pm also i really did mean

also i really did mean "might." I dunno. If Nunez ends up in a bench role he'll probably play with both.

04/13/2018 - 12:21am (No subject)

yes, in a couple weeks

04/12/2018 - 3:58pm next time I'll just make up

next time I'll just make up some crap to make you feel better?

04/11/2018 - 5:34pm because i am an idiot.

because i am an idiot. section added.

04/05/2018 - 7:04pm He's done for the year.

He's done for the year.

03/23/2018 - 2:56pm They play four-out and only

They play four-out and only have one C on the court at a time, so they're a bit more modern, but the overall size and lack of shooting is similar.

03/21/2018 - 1:23pm (No subject)

to me it seems like a closeout is a closeout

03/13/2018 - 10:53am there were several edits made

there were several edits made to create this illusion 

03/03/2018 - 5:18pm (No subject)

02/21/2018 - 1:42pm Kenpom rankings

Kenpom rankings

02/16/2018 - 12:46pm Schwab is new, FWIW, and

Schwab is new, FWIW, and Matrix only puts guys with three years of track record in their rankings. 

02/15/2018 - 1:48pm this is a post discussing

this is a post discussing college basketball, a game in which shooting is a common activity. if I can't call "shooting" shooting after a school shooting, I can literally never do so. Call your congressman instead of coming with Thoughts and Prayers about usage. 

01/15/2018 - 4:13pm I don't actually have an

I don't actually have an anti-bourbon stance. I sometimes lose track of reality when I am trolling the south. 

01/05/2018 - 12:59pm (No subject)

the ! designation is in-season only. Since Solomon is listed as a sophomore it would be redundant.

01/05/2018 - 11:09am Oh. Ed says various bonkers

Oh. Ed says various bonkers things and I react to them like many people would react to a person who says things like that on a regular basis.

01/05/2018 - 11:02am I have no idea what you're

I have no idea what you're talking about. Are you conflating Ira with some doofus who emailed the show about how Don Brown sucks? Because there was an exchange there where Ira read that and I declined to engage with said doofus. That's about doofus, not Ira.

12/03/2017 - 2:23pm (No subject)


11/27/2017 - 2:42pm every o'korn related thread

every o'korn related thread was a sewer.

11/27/2017 - 2:07pm i appreciate it even if it

i appreciate it even if it was futile.

11/25/2017 - 7:16pm banned


11/20/2017 - 2:19pm dunno, at what point do you

dunno, at what point do you actually read what i wrote? 

11/01/2017 - 7:49pm "Never turn upfield"

"Never turn upfield" basically means that if someone goes by you he is gone, and if you chase him you won't catch him. You will prevent yourself from blocking someone else. 

11/01/2017 - 6:02pm that would be less of an

that would be less of an outlier if it was a percentage instead of a raw number, and that seems more appropriate since in some games you run 24 times (PSU) and in others you get 60 carries.

but yeah man

11/01/2017 - 6:00pm he got a lot of carries in

he got a lot of carries in high school so I imagine that's in their plans for the future.

10/30/2017 - 4:21pm (No subject)

Rivals posts are automatically deleted after a couple weeks.

10/26/2017 - 10:47pm While I think the recruiting

While I think the recruiting issues in year one are still hurting the team a lot the improvement on the ground is real, and I don't know how much he can do about RT. I'm tentatively off that bandwagon. 

10/18/2017 - 5:44pm (No subject)

10/17/2017 - 4:06pm (No subject)

10/16/2017 - 3:19pm on #1, I didn't think so.

on #1, I didn't think so. There were a couple of borderline hits but I thought they were from the side. 

10/14/2017 - 1:23am (No subject)

09/30/2017 - 12:20am Robert's a good dude and has

Robert's a good dude and has experienced a ton of pain in service of Illinois football. If he wants to be optimistic, fine. Being a dick to him is kicking a puppy and says bad things about you. 

09/18/2017 - 2:45pm (No subject)

09/13/2017 - 6:45pm I know I shouldn't engage you

I know I shouldn't engage you because you're just going to sealion like a mofo but Higdon is already running to the backside of that play when he cuts left, into three different DL. But do tell how his cut made sense, especially when there's a clip right after it of Isaac running it right.

09/11/2017 - 7:51pm (No subject)

09/01/2017 - 2:41pm Chesson had 35 catches for

Chesson had 35 catches for 500 yards last year and a 55% catch rate. Darboh was at a 56% catch rate. Their YPTs were fine but nothing amazing.…

08/30/2017 - 1:06pm SDE has to take on double

SDE has to take on double teams from the TE and needs to be bigger and stouter than the WDE. In Brown's defense he has to keep the viper clean becaue he's basically a safety. Flipping Gary and Winovich would be fine on the weakside and a problem on the strongside because Winovich would tend to get blown out by doubles a lot.