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10/16/2018 - 5:03pm A handsome win for the…

A handsome win for the Wolverines, and a crushing defeat for their oldest foe.







The average score is Michigan (2019): 18.1 - Michigan (2019): 18.3, decided by < 5 pts 17 times (30.4%)


02/28/2018 - 6:26pm another confirmation code

another confirmation code post 205841

02/28/2018 - 11:59am (No subject)

11/28/2017 - 5:32pm A sworn statement given

A sworn statement given during a deposition from a person who has no reason to commit perjury about the conversation isn't a mountain of evidence, but it certainly isn't "none."

11/07/2017 - 5:55pm (No subject)

10/05/2017 - 11:38am The subjective evaluation of

The subjective evaluation of the value of how some other people's money is spent is pretty tenuous ground on which to base a policy that restricts an entire group of people's ability to capitalize on their abilities.

10/05/2017 - 10:01am The argument that labor can

The argument that labor can self-select is only viable if the market is competitive, which is clearly is not. The NCAA/NFL have an arrangement that creates a monopolistic cartel of 130 buyers of football labor, who largely fix the price paid to labor across institutions and set that price below the average for the market. Employees are left to choose among institutions largely on differences in how nice the employee lounge is and options for "side employment."

10/05/2017 - 9:49am Former NFL players are

Former NFL players are roughly equally likely to regular Americans 25-34 to declare bankruptcy (cite). The problem is that people, in general, are bad at anticipating the future. But the sort of paternalism implied by telling a bunch of people "you aren't responsible enough to manage your finances, we'll take care of it for you" - when the reality is they do as good as anyone else - is kind of insulting to them.

09/14/2017 - 12:22pm I'd be surprised if its much,

I'd be surprised if its much, if any, cheaper to set up in Times Square. The logistics for sending a crew/set to a campus are obviously expensive, but the college itself rolls out the red carpet for that kind of TV interest and probably provides a lot of support.

In Times Square, I'd imagine the planning, permitting and costs associated with security and set up/break down (can't just park the trucks wherever) have to make that extremely expensive.

09/05/2017 - 5:08pm Also two of the two highest

Also two of the two highest risk factors associated with riding motorcycles.

01/16/2017 - 1:40pm "An Attempt To Dispel

"An Attempt To Dispel Confusion About Who Is A Dick Here"

01/12/2017 - 9:15pm Don't go out there alone when

Don't go out there alone when the Judge is dancin'

01/04/2017 - 10:59am Its actually pretty

Its actually pretty straightforward - intoxicated people cannot consent.

09/19/2016 - 2:56pm Not unlike the UC Davis

Not unlike the UC Davis protest against Katehi, the video of which I don't think many people will ever forget.

09/17/2016 - 2:26pm ESPN says some of the Temple

ESPN says some of the Temple fans turned their backs to the field during the tributes, hopefully with the ol' Marcus Hall salute too.

09/09/2016 - 10:38am And, at least given some

And, at least given some limited data, rugby isn't really any safer. I looked at this stuff a while ago and from what I've seen, the [limited] research suggests that concussion rates are higher in rugby than in football.

Rugby: 3.8 per 1000 athlete exposures (Marshall and Spencer 2001)

Football: .47 per 1000 athlete exposures (Gessel, et al 2007)

Overall: .23 per 1000 athlete exposures (Gessel, et al. 2007)

One athlete exposure is participating in a practice or competition, and this is all for US high school athletes.

09/04/2016 - 2:56pm OSU is

OSU is 16th.

16 OSU, Big Ten 85.3 75.3 33.2 85.8


08/25/2016 - 3:48pm My friend actually mentioned

My friend actually mentioned the two-games thing, but from my reading about it after that discussion, I think that was because they had started the College Football Association to act independently of the NCAA. They set it up to allow additional games to be broadcast, the NCAA didn't like that and threatened to penalize the schools who participated, which was what precipitated the lawsuit. That said, this is all happening prior to my emergence as a corporeal being circa 1983, so I don't really know.

08/08/2016 - 10:45am (No subject)

07/20/2016 - 10:51am The researchers collected

The researchers collected their data within the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), which is a long-term UM project, so this was done with original data. The National Institute on Aging supported the research along with UM.

"Ad revenue" doesn't guide decisions on research topics, since academics would never see any of it. The reason why there is a lot of work done with secondary data is because there's lots of it out there, and there are sufficient econometric and computing tools to explore it and deal with potential issues of causality.

07/20/2016 - 10:47am Though they don't investigate

Though they don't investigate that exact question, one thing they do find is that concordance in non-drinking doesn't have a positive effect on marriage quality, so I don't think the effect is quite so simple as just behaving similarly. But they do acknowledge that this contributes to the broader compatibility theories of marriage quality.

05/07/2016 - 5:18pm Hard to pick anyone but

Hard to pick anyone but Nyquist, given his Red Wings/Michigan connections and the engineering angle too.

05/04/2016 - 4:29pm  

Unfortunately, there has


Unfortunately, there has been a rise in instances where complete strangers are killing others, seemingly for sport or thrill, with no connection between the assailant and victim. This was recently discussed back in January when an individual in Tulsa posted to the Craigslist Personals, which is being investigated by police and believed to be associated with an actual homicide (not a prank).

Looking at the FBI's Crime in the United States reports over the last 10 years, I don't think its the case that the rate of unrelated murders has increased, at least not according to the FBI's data. If anything, it looks like its decreasing.

Year Total Victims Stranger Unknown Stranger% Unknown%
2014 11961 1381 5440 11.5% 45.5%
2013 12253 1281 5572 10.5% 45.5%
2012 12765 1557 5757 12.2% 45.1%
2011 12664 1481 5588 11.7% 44.1%
2010 12996 1615 5724 12.4% 44.0%
2009 13636 1676 5986 12.3% 43.9%
2008 14180 1742 6268 12.3% 44.2%
2007 14831 1924 6848 13.0% 46.2%
2006 14990 1905 6750 12.7% 45.0%
2005 14860 2070 6724 13.9% 45.2%


04/28/2016 - 9:10am I am too, but there's a gulf

I am too, but there's a gulf between saying "I don't find tattoos on women attractive" and saying something like "Why mess with perfection?" The latter implies that you feel you know better than someone else how they ought to manage their own bodies - basically the same as this:

04/28/2016 - 8:41am Because they don't care what

Because they don't care what you think?

04/22/2016 - 2:28pm I cannot believe that the

I cannot believe that the same label that had Sepultura, Glassjaw, Slipknot, Soulfly, and Mastodon is responsible for Nickelback.

03/01/2016 - 12:28pm If you aren't reading Ramzy

If you aren't reading Ramzy Nasrallah at least once in a while, you're missing out. There's a reason why Brian cites him all the time. 

02/05/2016 - 10:05am Grunge came about in the

Grunge came about in the early 90s, when the US was in recession where there was a fairly high level of unemployment, particularly for young people.

02/04/2016 - 11:11pm WHO?


01/29/2016 - 12:24pm He did get blasted pretty

He did get blasted pretty hard for it by a lot of folks, but in the Q&A he did here, he spoke about how those came to be and how they're being addressed in subsequent printings.

01/27/2016 - 4:51pm I had thought that the law

I had thought that the law had changed the way it was included, but was still part of the "points," but could not be the deciding factor - or something like that. I'm pretty removed from that part now so you may be correct.

I mean, you're right, of course, but those are 65 pretty powerful positions, as we, Texas and Rutgers have gotten a lot of very public experience with lately.

01/27/2016 - 4:11pm We consider it as part of our

We consider it as part of our criteria for admission to the University, so I think its relevant when considering who we hire to lead it, as well.

01/27/2016 - 4:06pm I linked to the report that I

I linked to the report that I drew the NCAA stats from, but the links are a bad color in the table. They provided some additional breakdown in the report:

That report includes a lot of other stuff about ethnicity in college athletics, as well as within the NCAA itself.

01/27/2016 - 3:48pm Ugh, forgot about him.

Ugh, forgot about him. Thanks, updated.

01/22/2016 - 9:05am He even gets the shimmy in

He even gets the shimmy in afterwards. Amazing.

01/21/2016 - 2:42pm If by "profit" you mean they

If by "profit" you mean they get a little walking around money to pay parking tickets and stuff, then yeah, they do alright.

01/19/2016 - 8:16pm It also hasn't helped that

It also hasn't helped that there are 18 different boxing weight classes, which means unless you're a serious boxing junkie, it can be difficult to keep track of where everyone stands and who the current champ is.

01/12/2016 - 9:37am I get the reaction against

I get the reaction against the perceived hypocrisy, but to say that if you don't like what the organization you work for does, your obligation is to quit before you can criticize it is a pretty strong position. Especially given that its the thing they've been training to do all their lives, they perceive they aren't especialy qualified to do anything else, and they only have a brief period in which they can make any money doing it.

12/16/2015 - 10:13am The pet shop

The pet shop in town!

12/06/2015 - 9:06am The opposing defense will

The opposing defense will play very differently in the closing two minutes of a close game, ceding yards to avoid giving up a big play.

12/04/2015 - 8:39am Are Axl and Slash back on

Are Axl and Slash back on speaking terms?

12/02/2015 - 3:42pm Under typical university

Under typical university endowment assumptions, the principal needs to be at least 20 times the annual draw, so to cover just Edsall's $2.1 million salary would require a $40+ million endowment. UA's doing good, but I doubt they have that kind of cash laying around to invest in UMD football.

11/30/2015 - 11:48am $44 for twin beds? That's $11

$44 for twin beds? That's $11 per athlete per night. I think we've found the way to make bowl trips profitable!

11/23/2015 - 8:39am At which point, he stared

At which point, he stared blankly for a few moments before saying, "What's nadir mean?"

11/12/2015 - 1:47pm I think Cardale and JT are

I think Cardale and JT are roommates.

10/19/2015 - 11:00am for you

09/15/2015 - 12:08pm lolrutgers indeed 

lolrutgers indeed


09/14/2015 - 11:04am Moreover, have you ever seen

Moreover, have you ever seen them in the same room together?


Didn't think so.

09/09/2015 - 6:46pm Its because its trying to

Its because its trying to force playback using Flash, which is disabled in Chrome, Firefox and others by default now as its a massive CF of security holes. When you open in a new tab, it plays it back using Webm as it supposed to.

09/09/2015 - 9:12am Some people are

The problem wasn't Dave Brandon. In fact the one constant throughout the book was the consistency of approach and personality of Dave Brandon (arrogant, abrasive, insular, student-athlete focused, business orientated above everything else).

This was from the comment I was replying to.