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07/19/2018 - 1:37am Is it true that the Pioneer…

Is it true that the Pioneer lot is an alcohol free zone? Not enforceable, right?

07/19/2018 - 1:04am That would have been perfect…

That would have been perfect! Two nights is exactly what I want, and that location is great.

Alas, they sold out early. Drats.

07/18/2018 - 11:35pm (Overnight)


07/18/2018 - 11:34pm Is there even one meh spot…

Is there even one meh spot offering Friday and Saturday RV tailgating?

07/09/2018 - 4:24pm I agree with the code of…

I agree with the code of conduct but the spirit of scolding you are deploying is ENTIRELY counter-productive. Nobody responds well to egotism and "Shame on you!" only makes the subjects of your scolding recoil and double down. If you actually cared to use your code to make the world better, you'd find a more humble way.

06/30/2018 - 5:20pm For walk-ons, being told you…

For walk-ons, being told you have made the team is not the same thing as being told you will be on the team forever.

I feel sorry for the kids who misunderstood, but that's doesn't mean anything untoward has happened. And though the next part is untoward for me to acknowledge, it's still true that their disappointment is somewhat born of a bad assumption they made about what making the team actually meant.

Believing it was forever was a very bad assumption. 

06/14/2018 - 6:46pm The diet type does not…

The diet type does not matter if you maintain a calorie deficit. By all means move to keto if it works for your tastes and lifestyle (or if avoiding carbohydrates is in your interests for other reasons). But if it succeeds, please know that it was the calorie deficit and not the style that made the difference.

- one of your resident physician-scientists

06/13/2018 - 3:07pm I'm just grateful that this…

I'm just grateful that this is occurring *after* the roster got below 85. If the order of events were different, we'd be contending with ugly oversigning claims ... and would have to face the real possibility that the claims are correct. Yay, to orders of events mattering!

06/13/2018 - 3:03pm I ... like Detroit (to visit…

I ... like Detroit (to visit).

06/13/2018 - 1:59pm I don't know how close your…

I don't know how close your description of the student is to reality (I presume it is at least a few degrees off, since it reads as a rigid, unhappy, low-ambition caricature), but even if it's fully accurate, I'm skeptical that a thread like this will be of use to someone the posters have never met. I think it would be better to motivate the student into believing he can find a perfect fit, rather than settling for a proposed paycheck he finds acceptable. Here, the best advice is usually too old and obvious to not be trite but true: 

- Take the thing you love more than anything and become so good at it that a sufficiently large fraction of the world calls it valuable (that is undergrad concentration-independent)

- Alternatively, I think undergrad is the right time to shop around and do so with zero sense that it is even possible to be wasting time in irrelevant courses. Stop caring about the time.

This can be especially hard and valuable for 1st generation college students. I should know. I was one and it was hard for me. Roughly 2.5 years into undergrad, my GPA languished around 2.3. For a kid who had been in the top 3 of his high school class, that was hard to accept or understand. But not impossible. I just fucked around and partied too much. Never went to the library. And put minimal effort into every class. I fully deserved that grade.

But I didn't give up on my big dreams (medical school, believe it or not) or self-worth and won some sort of luck jackpot when I stumbled into intro biochemistry (Ursula Jakob). That course changed my life. Suddenly, I had a means to develop realistic hypotheses for any of the weird biological and medical questions I had. That background was a real power. And I had an apparent talent for it. Eventually finishing with a double in (a) C.M.B. and (b) Polisci. Lucky for my future, I absolutely killed it my final 2 years and raised that GPA to the 3.2 range. Typically that would be far below what is expect for medical school, but I matriculated as an MD/PhD student anyway and am now one year from securing both degrees. 

This may come off as shameless self-promotion. Though not my intent, I admit that is tacky and hopefully you guys will forgive me as telling this story without that part is hard to avoid. The real moral for me was this: Everyone can be best in the world at something. And if Michigan accepted you, the odds are in your favor that your something is a worthy one. But that doesn't guarantee that you'll find this thing of yours. I found mine the boring way - introspection and a refusal to quit.

I think that might be the best and most realistic prescription for the student described in the OP as well.

06/13/2018 - 1:34am Holy dang! Branch looks like…

Holy dang! Branch looks like an inline TE in that picture. Not easy to discriminate between him and, let's say, TWJr.

06/07/2018 - 5:46pm While organic material is…

While organic material is necessary for life (at least, the only mode of life we are familiar with), it is by no means sufficient. And organic material can be created in countless abiotic ways.


Also: more posters should be attentive to this thread's Fermi Paradox guy. It may very well be best for humanity to never discover life elsewhere, not even to discover truly harmless microscopic life. This has nothing to do with fears about super0-intelligent malevolent scifi lifeforms. This is about the odds that humanity has a long prosperous future ahead of it...and how finding any life anywhere shifts the odds between whether we are rare and lucky versus common and likely doomed.

06/07/2018 - 2:45pm Though it's objectively good…

Though it's objectively good to be nice to people -- or at the very least to not be actively offensive -- political correctness will never be a practical way to fix this about the world because its spirit of scolding is egotistical, off-putting, and naturally causes the objects of its scolding to recoil and double down.

We deserve a more humble formula than "Whereas you're wrong, I'm right, and listen here because I also know the best way for you to live."

06/07/2018 - 2:36pm I prefer a hyper-cold…

I prefer a hyper-cold Michigan winter to any variety of Michigan summer.

06/06/2018 - 8:31pm If drafted higher, I'd have…

If drafted higher, I'd have gone all-in on comparing him to Russell Wilson.

06/06/2018 - 7:46pm Information about these…

Information about these players' plea deal is not new. We learned about it a few months ago. It apparently relates to an old law wherein "seduction" is not meant by its most frequent, modern use but as a position along the spectrum between rape and assault. Apparently, at least in Michigan, it is still widely used in these situations when a rape case appears warranted but its prosecution is not a slam dunk. 

06/03/2018 - 4:01pm (I accept that) Maybe I don't understand risk

(...) but, for the last week, the map each day, in terms of progress, doesn't really match the positive summary paragraph. I feel like the last 7-10 days have brought mostly bad news, and yet the narrative remains so positive.

06/01/2018 - 2:15pm Dang...I thought this Hughes

Dang...I thought this Hughes was *the* Hughes.

05/29/2018 - 10:12am We are getting much too close

We are getting much too close to the season without the scholarship roster set at 85. As an outsider to Schembechler Hall, I have no idea whether someone is going to get told they have to go or whether we have a few that actively want to. But with M. Lawrence playing a key position for us depth wise, I really doubt any of the departures are 5th years. Which could mean the roster has been mishandled and suggests an upcoming media maelstrom. For the kids, if relevant, and for that media nuisance, for sure, this is probably going to suck.

05/28/2018 - 5:30am I think this question might

I think this question might depend the most on the OL and the quality of its coaching. And not whether Warriner is objectively excellent at it. We already know he's one of the nation's select best at coaching the line (if left to only coach the line). So he'll get us there eventually. Getting there in one season, though, probably requires that Drevno had somehow become a bad coach or actively toxic behind the scenes at Michigan. Absent that, it would be difficult to guarantee an instant leap. And without an instant OL leap, I think the rosters are too close to call.

05/24/2018 - 12:23pm But extrapolating from the

But extrapolating from the 2017 Rebel offense simply because we expect a poor Michigan OL in 2018 misses the mark in terms of context.

Ole Miss's terrible defense probably had more to do with getting blown out by Alabama than their terrible OL. We clearly don't have that problem. And, though it's so obvious that I probably needn't type it, offenses playcall differently when they are down by twenty+ than when tied or within a single score.

Even *if* Michigan's 2018 offense is similar to Ole Miss's 2017 version in personell, I see no reason to conclude there'll be similar output.

05/18/2018 - 3:56pm Rachael Denhollander, still the best chance/catalyst for justice

Her statement :

I am very grateful to have reached a settlement with MSU that reflects the incredible damage which took place on MSU’s campus. I am thankful that the litigation phase is over so that my sisters and I can move forward.

I remain deeply disappointed at the missed opportunity for meaningful reform at the University. My choice to come forward publicly against Larry, and later against the institutions that allowed him to prey on children for decades, was motivated by the need for accountability and reform, so that other little children don’t live the nightmares we lived. This is a passion all of the Sister Survivors share, and one which has not diminished or changed. “Moving forward”, for myself and many others, means continuing to advocate, call for accountability, and stand for those who have yet to have a voice. This includes continuing to advocate for desperately needed accountability and change at USAG and in the USOC. I remain disappointed that resolution was not reached with these other organizations who also enabled a serial predator for decades.

I am deeply aware that behind me and my sisters are hundreds of survivors who still have no voice. Who still have no access to the court systems because of outdated and archaic criminal and civil statutes of limitations – some of the worst in the entire country. I renew my call, therefore, for the MI House of Representatives to stand for these survivors, ask themselves “what is right?” and “What does the data truly show?”, and pass the reform package we so desperately need as a first step in legislative reform.

The litigation phase is over, but the fight for change and accountability, the fight to give survivors a voice and protect the next generation, has only just begun. We intend to stand united with, and for, ALL survivors of abuse as we work together towards these goals.

I am also deeply grateful for the journalists who worked so tirelessly to find and tell the truth so that reform can come. Please continue this fight with us. Sexual assault and the cultural and institutional dynamics that allow it to flourish are everywhere, and need to be uncovered and exposed in all their ugliness.

To everyone who has supported us and pushed with us for reform, please know how much your voices have meant to me, and to all of us, through this process. Please keep standing with us – there is so much left to be done.

05/09/2018 - 7:30pm Too bad this one can't count

Too bad this one can't count toward the conference race. Though currently tied, Michigan's closing stretch is a *lot* more challenging than Minnesota's.

05/06/2018 - 7:33am Setting a low bar, but...

If we compare this to the endless gaffe stream from MSU's BoT, president's office, AD and various coaches/staff, any administrative statement that reads as “We are sharing this information to encourage our community past and present to come forward.” is a massive success in operating like a responsible adult. So...good example of a step forward, OSU(?). 

05/05/2018 - 1:03pm Go Blue!!

Go Blue!!

04/26/2018 - 11:06pm No. Peppers isn't an odd fit

No. Peppers isn't an odd fit for an NFL defense. He's an odd fit for a defense that wants to put him 30 yards behind the line of scrimmage. He belongs over the slot - is a prototypically ideal nickel/OLB hybrid. Cleveland is bad at things. Eventually, he'll go elsewhere and thrive.

04/25/2018 - 11:00am Cop-out time

As for my favorite, I love *all* the ones I've seen, including Yosemite, Glacier, Yellowstone, Zion, the GC, Arches (most of them visited during epic [3-6 week] family road trips 15-30 years ago), but the better answer is that visiting ANY National Park during its off season is superior to visiting EVERY OTHER National Park during its peak season.

04/25/2018 - 10:51am LOVE this thread

It's not impossible that, from the full list of the United States' positive effect on the world, that protecting these places is our greatest accomplishment so far.

04/06/2018 - 4:51pm They just don't get it.

They just don't get it.

/end of thread

04/05/2018 - 6:19pm Once in the Final Four (8

Once in the Final Four (8 total appearances), Michigan has an excellent track record of getting to the championship game (7-1 in the semis; only failing to progress on its first attempt in '64) but a poor record (1-6) in the championship itself. I suspect that both of those rates are meaningful outliers nationwide.

04/05/2018 - 2:12pm I didn't know Italian Pie

I didn't know Italian Pie Distribution Engineers earned a living wage. /gif

04/04/2018 - 1:03pm Thanks for taking the time. I

Thanks for taking the time. I guess my counter-response is "Bummer."

Now that Lawrence Marshall (perhaps because he's putting it together but certainly because of depth at his critical position) seems locked into the roster, I can't think of even 1 RS-Sr that Michigan won't keep. Which makes me uncomfortable. I only like being above 85 at this point in the year when the overage is less than or equal to the number of underperforming 5th years with bachelors degrees.

Sure, younger players might genuinely choose to transfer if they can't find playing time before the end of Spring Camp. But (I'm not pointing fingers here, just speaking theoretically about coaches in general), unless the transfers are from burdgeoning stars (which [/obvs] we also don't want) it's hard for fans to discriminate between that and an oversigning coach compelling himself to cut two kids to hit the roster limit.

That doubt/those optics is/are terrrrrrible. And so far Michigan has wholly avoided them.

Maintaining that forever has always been a big hope of mine.

04/04/2018 - 9:35am I can't recall whether this

I can't recall whether this was already publicly expected or if it brings us one increment closer to the 85-man limit. If it's the latter, we are now at 87, correct? Or is it 86?

04/03/2018 - 12:37pm An exciting experiment for Father Time

I'm interested in the multi-year progression after finally acquiring an elite defense. The question is whether we can maintain it while rediscovering elite offense. That wasn't possible this year, but this was a defensive building phase that, even if relevant to offensive underachievement this year, could be irrelevant to it moving forward.

04/02/2018 - 11:39pm I enjoyed this team so much.

I enjoyed this team so much. John Beilein is a pretty special guy.

04/02/2018 - 10:09pm The Italian kid is Spike-ing

The Italian kid is Spike-ing them. We will Hancock them next half.

04/02/2018 - 8:06pm LOVE this!

GO BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

03/31/2018 - 7:16pm Computers are challenging

Double post

03/31/2018 - 7:13pm Not even the NCAA could make the mistake of logic in Step #5

1. Institution cheats
2. The cheating is sufficiently documented that they are deemed guilty and sanctioned by the governing body
3. Players flee and argue they were deliberately misled about Steps #1/2, deserving immediate eligibility
4. Institution counter argues in all caps: ERRONEOUS; WE NEVER CHEATED!
5. Governing body replies "Oh, good point."

03/30/2018 - 5:51pm I'm...I don't think they look

I'm...I don't think they look similar at all. Are you saying "Has dreads = same?"

Amen at LT, though. Not in terms of the roster trajectory but the reports, I'm strangely glad there isn't any hype there. I'd like to be able to trust the coaches and insiders and if it were happening right now, I'd trust none of it.

03/28/2018 - 6:29pm That sounds...exactly like

That sounds...exactly like Chicago sportsdom to me.

03/27/2018 - 5:56pm I don't understand how Jerry

I don't understand how Jerry York is on the list this year. I think Pearson is the early favorite, but since three of them are in the Frozen Four, I doubt it's sewed up. Maybe it should be, but OSU has been impressive as well.

03/25/2018 - 9:45pm I'll admit I'm happy Denver

I'll admit I'm happy Denver is out. They (8) and NoDak (8) are Michigan's biggest threat to being the lone all-time most national championships holder (9).

Meanwhile, topping BU tied us (25) with BC (25) for the most Frozen Fours in history. I can't recall the lead changes for that one, but I think we had it until Red trailed off in those final years while York maintained.

03/25/2018 - 9:00pm I guess I'm not first. But if

I guess I'm not first. But if these games were coin flips, it bears acknowledging that 75% and 100% are values that are different.

03/25/2018 - 6:10pm No players can enter the zone

No players can enter the zone ahead of the puck. That's the rule. This time the puck crossed the blue line with BU players still stranded in the zone. But even though the ref waived it off, the players just barely washed out just in case.

If anything, perhaps we could be upset with the ref for calling it as if it didn't leave the zone, as that changed a few players' behavior.

03/25/2018 - 6:05pm I thought it was offsides

I thought it was offsides live but not after review.

03/25/2018 - 5:34pm This game is much more

This game is much more transition heavy than normal. Fun and therefore nerve-wracking.

03/25/2018 - 5:18pm Lavigne was so slow moving

Lavigne was so slow moving across that crease.

03/25/2018 - 2:12pm I just copied/pasted the text into google


03/24/2018 - 4:56pm Agreed. Maybe we weathered an

Agreed. Maybe we weathered an early storm, getting comfortable now. Doesn't hurt that NE is now becoming sloppy. Hughes looks great. Need to capitalize.

Also: NE is a lot more goonish than I expected (and not just Stevens).