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09/14/2018 - 12:00pm Geez that mantis thing kind…

Geez that mantis thing kind of messed me up.

08/08/2018 - 11:45am This sounds dopey, but I…

This sounds dopey, but I swear it can help your reputation at work:  Look busy and dedicated.  If you are heading somewhere, walk quickly.  Occasionally furrow your brow, carry a folder, that kind of thing. 

Of course, I would also say you should put genuine effort into your job.  But don't forget to project your good work ethic to people who may only see you occasionally or briefly during the day.

06/22/2018 - 1:49pm I gotta remember to sign on…

I gotta remember to sign on and take my turns this weekend.  I'm a four-star, my alma mater needs me!

06/03/2018 - 9:55pm Pseudointellectual checking

Pseudointellectual checking in!

06/03/2018 - 9:36am Rats, I forgot to sign on

Rats, I forgot to sign on yesterday! 

Thanks for having the Sunday assignments active before 10 am.  I defended Deep Springs college just as ordered!

06/01/2018 - 2:28pm One of the CFB off-topic

One of the CFB off-topic communities yesterday claimed UM hacked some other teams something or other.  I don't know what it is, I'm too old to understand BUT before you dismiss me I proudly rock my FOUR STAR RATING.

Anyway, I will definitely not reveal to anyone, ANYONE, even someone who spies on this group, that I was told to defend Mary Baldwin College or my delight over their Fightin' Squirrels mascot.

05/30/2018 - 9:41pm Ugh, you just made me upvote

Ugh, you just made me upvote a comment that said having Tate Forcier back would be desirable.


05/29/2018 - 9:47am I just clawed my way to four

I just clawed my way to four stars.  And you should have seen the grim smile on my face when I saw today's assignment was ATTACK OHIO STATE

05/27/2018 - 9:41am This is my personal challenge

This is my personal challenge right now.  For Mother's Day, my family completely ripped out everything in an overgrown, problematic flowerbed.  It was a lot of work and I appreciate it.  But now I have this blank plot of land, 9' by 20' on a steep slope that I have to turn into something.   Something attractive, erosion-resistant, and neglect-tolerant.  That's because every year I start the season with hope and ambition and by mid-July I'm tired of it.

We seem to be paralyzed by options.

05/25/2018 - 12:26pm Currently upvoting you like

Currently upvoting you like I'm your crazy stalker ex-girlfriend!

05/23/2018 - 2:54pm I agree

Given the absolutely disastrous track record seen around the Nasser cases, we should applaud when MSU appears to seriously address an incident of sexual assault on its campus.  But we should not accept as "unbelievable" the concept that when they do handle a case, it will only err in the direction of leniency.

I have no idea if this man's claims have merit, but the idea that no accused student  could in any way be ill-served by MSU's process is hardly "unbelievable" to me.

05/23/2018 - 11:28am Me too!

Cackled with glee when I saw today's map, too.

05/22/2018 - 11:51am THREE STARS

I updated my sub karma and other stuff and now feel INVINCIBLE!  Three stars baby!  

05/21/2018 - 3:13pm I barely know what I'm doing

I barely know what I'm doing but I go in and get my orders and make my click every weekday!

An alliance with Clemson is physically painful to me, but one does what one must

05/21/2018 - 3:10pm Good luck on your

Good luck on your recovery.

I don't know if I can get over the idea of you being in the south, the cradle of good eatin', and ingesting nothing but oranges.

05/21/2018 - 9:10am I am not sure why their

I am not sure why their postseason play was so off (suddenly, errors & cold bats) but this has still been an enjoyable team to follow.  

Whoever floated the idea that we should shitcan Hutch, that gave me the kind of laugh I don't normally get to have on a Monday morning, so thank you very much for the comedy.

05/21/2018 - 9:03am Yeah, my gut feeling is that

Yeah, my gut feeling is that if she didn't have to focus on pitching, she could have become an even better hitter.

05/16/2018 - 3:22pm Moron checking in.

Moron checking in.

My marching orders were "attack connecticut"

Okay, first challenge was remember where CT was.  Once I solved that, I saw that the territory was currently held by Ohio State.  I'd be more than happy to attack those guys.... but it doesn't give me that option.  It shows me other schools I could attack (or defend) but not OSU.

So real slow for the natural blonde:  What am I supposed to do here?

04/26/2018 - 11:48am Economics guy took a shortcut

As a squirrel has now pointed out, Economist guy sourced his tuition numbers from some third-party site which wasn't up to date 100%

EMU eliminated nonresident tuition differentials in 2016.  He may tweak his numbers going forward.

04/17/2018 - 8:22am I was recently at an event

I was recently at an event where president Schlissel was making remarks. He recalled emails he got last year from alums saying Beilein had lost his edge and should be DONE as a coach,

04/13/2018 - 12:47am I stare at those empty chair

I stare at those empty chair backs and wonder who has to die for me to get them.

Are yours chairbacks?

If so, how’s your health lately?

04/13/2018 - 12:46am I will give him the nod in

I will give him the nod in rowing. It is unwatchable (regardless of men’s or women’s) and crew afficionados will admit the same. Nothing to do with quality.

Otherwise, you are right to push back.

04/13/2018 - 12:43am This sounds pretty dismissive

This sounds pretty dismissive of a program that has been in the national spotlight for a long time AND which is unusual for its region. Most of the top softball teams in the country don’t have to travel for the first month of each season to avoid playing in snow.

11/16/2017 - 12:49pm I am headed to Louisville for

I am headed to Louisville for the weekend and am afraid we will have trouble watching the UM-Wisconsin game on Saturday.

I checked prior threads to see if there is a "UM bar" but it appears there isn't one.  If someone wants to correct that notion I am all ears.

10/18/2017 - 11:57pm Good

I wondered what her salary would be after seeing what OU was paying. I know there's a championship bonus in that deal but it still felt like a benchmark to pay attention to. Hutch absolutely deserves it.

10/04/2017 - 5:27pm Good news!

Even though I knew she wasn't going anywhere, I was antsy about this getting her signed for another 5.  Glad it's done.

They had a great weekend up in Traverse City!  Both the new freshman pitchers got some game time, and so did the other freshmen.

09/21/2017 - 11:21pm God why didn't I check here

God why didn't I check here before the Cincinnati game?

We had an evening OHare flight to catch and drive most of the way the night before. We didn't want to go into the city to the bars listed via the Alumni page, and didn't know any suburb bars. So we just stayed down in Hammond, IN at the Buffalo Wild Wings. They had no idea what channel it was on, wouldn't give us sound, repeatedly changed the channel without asking, etc.

09/13/2017 - 11:36am Utterly believable

I think there's a New Mexico periodical that has a regular feature called "One of the Fifty is Missing." Filled with stories sent in by residents who have so many tales of being elsewhere in the U.S.and revealing where they are from (or showing a driver license for some purpose) and getting the blank stare or some comment about citizenship.

09/13/2017 - 10:29am I come from jackalope country

And your Jim Delaney comment is an unfair slur on the mighty jackalope

09/10/2017 - 8:11am OSU: bringing families together

My son just left for a three month program abroad. We put him on a plane last night; he boarded about the same time the OSU game was starting.

He's not a great communicator, so I had braced myself for the fact that I probably would have to prod him at some point today to hear that he got there safely, and hope that he'd figured out his phone settings for international service.

4:30 am I start getting the texts of crowing commentary. He'd landed, turned on phone, and saw the OSU score.

08/06/2017 - 8:49am I get it, BUT

I completely understand why this may sound appealing.

Your husband wants to raise her right. He may have been putting block M gear on that baby since she was days old. He may thinking about the photos of her cute self in the Big House. Maybe in hid mind's eye, he is picturing her in the student section her freshman year, turning to a friend and saying, "you know, I went to my first Michigan game before I could walk." His horrible Domer cousins flood their Facebook feed each fall with photos of their infants & toddlers at Notre Dame games & tailgates.

I have been there and I 100% get it.

But I also think her presence can potentially cut way into your enjoyment of the experience. For all the reasons already given. I would find some other way to seal her commitment to lifetime Michigan fandom. Buy one of those exorbitantly expensive cheerleader uniforms for babies, take photos with her before you go, kiss her goodbye, and tell the sitter you'll be back after we get done kicking the stuffing out of Cincy.

04/24/2017 - 1:59pm There is much teeth gnashing

There is much teeth gnashing in Houghton

12/31/2016 - 10:55am Thanks for the update! I've

Thanks for the update! I've been away from the board and stopped in today and seeing a post from you was like a gift! I'm so glad this project continues. It's so worthwhile.

10/28/2016 - 1:46pm I think you missed something

I think you missed something with the BGS.  Uniquely amidst other LSA degrees, it does not require foreign language proficiency at the 4th semester level.  I think that increases its appeal for student-athletes.  

I don't know what language study requires now with so many more resources available digitally, but back in the dark ages when I was taking it, there were expectations for group conversation & language lab study outside of class, both of which would have been a pain to complete given practice, travel, etc.

10/11/2016 - 3:24pm The situation in East Lansing

On reddit an MSU fan was bemoaning how they've fallen from playing in a national championship playoff game just last season to etc etc.

Alabama fan stepped in to say "Playing in" was a stretch and maybe we should all go with "participated in."


It was a nice moment.

10/10/2016 - 3:58pm We are taking my child to

We are taking my child to another Big Ten school for a college visit.  

Things have taken an exciting turn as we have learned that my son's assigned admissions counselor on that campus is a UM alum who happened to play on a UM national championship softball team.  My husband is clamoring to get some quality time with her, at which point he plans to ask her 0 questions about her current employer's offerings for our son and instead grill her for as much Hutch/softball team gossip & insider perspective as possible.

09/19/2016 - 8:25am PSU, club if possible

I'm unable to edit the spreadsheet.

I'm looking for two tickets to PSU.  I'd like club tickets, if I could get them.  

I realize that club tickets are supposed to be sold on some "special" marketplace so only other club holders can acquire them.  I can offer my assurance that we are U-M fans, I'm a U-M alum & employee, I will not be rooting for PSU or wearing any PSU gear, and I have sat in club seats half a dozen times via a family friend (I have some ticket stubs somewhere as proof)

05/06/2016 - 9:25am You want something else to

You want something else to feel positive about?

Everybody's favorite bobcat mascot has No Regrets:…

04/14/2016 - 10:15pm Prices

I have taken a few of their baking/cooking classes. When locating the ingredients they used so I could remake things at home, I better understood their prices and stopped feeling gouged.

I don't have the palate to justify buying a $30 coffee cake very often (for example) but I know they aren't making money hand over fist.

01/29/2016 - 11:34am I liked Manuel's remarks.  A

I liked Manuel's remarks.  A lot.  I knew he was thoughtful; did not know he was charming.

01/01/2016 - 5:18pm I think he was also sharing

I think he was also sharing the moment with the family who helped endow the coach position. Anyway, I also thought it was neat that he left it to him. Kudos also to Rudock for making it about the team.

Those Florida fans sure left some big holes in the stadium in the second half.

12/31/2015 - 8:19pm Had to go to the ER last year

Had to go to the ER last year on Christmas Day with my son. I profusely thanked everyone there for working. Several of them said they were happy to work! Good pay, a break from relatives. But I'm still grateful.

12/31/2015 - 8:52am Here on the Alumni tour

Never been to one of these things. It's a good time, seeing Michigan fans all over the Hyatt Regency. Looking forward to kickoff lunch & pep rally today. The latter is free & open to the public. It's at the I-Drive 360 entertainment center at 2:30 pm.

PSA: It's President Schlissel's first bowl game EVER

11/28/2015 - 8:14am Endorsed

I'm with you. If this was deliberate (which I doubt) it's bush league. Let's beat them fair and square, not because they got accidental wake up calls and whatnot.

I also think it's pretty weak to make fun of how a player talks, as some have done here, especially when it's just a short casual video. It's elitist bullshit. Imperfect English is hardly confined to the buckeye team.

11/25/2015 - 8:48am I'm in serious marital

I'm in serious marital trouble.  I saw the photos on my phone last night and was like "Huh, so Harbaugh showed up!"  And my husband was all, "showed up for what?"  I explained the whole business to him and he asked why I didn't tell him about the walk ahead of time so we could go.


I had no answer.

11/24/2015 - 5:14pm When Jordan graduates I'm

When Jordan graduates I'm angling to get Grandma to come to my house.


11/23/2015 - 5:53pm Mother of son checking in,

Mother of son checking in, what a gut punch.  Well written.  And as for the comments, I'm right there with many of you.

Naturally, any thoughtful person would be sad at this news.  I think it hits parents at an entirely different level of sadness and empathy  Parent of boys, even more so.  Parents of boys that age, almost unfathomable.  That's been my experience as my child has grown, anyway.



11/08/2015 - 9:47am Happy to report...

Michigan's policy has since changed so military personnel aren't screwed on residency.

09/27/2015 - 8:47pm The Commons hotel is an

The Commons hotel is an unbeatable location. Thanks to light rail, however, you can stay farther out and still get there without parking hassles.

09/14/2015 - 10:21am I'm less of a dick than this comment suggests

Just for clarification--looking at this thread now, it appears I was correcting YOUR spelling, jblaze.  In fact I was correcting someone else's, an mgoblogger who boasted about his ability to holler at his own players and declaring a bunch of us (in another thread) an embarrassment to himself as a true die-hard fan.  It appears that comment has been deleted.

I generally don't care how you spell Rudock (and you came close anyway) but I will hold someone to a higher standard once he or she annoints himself a superior fan to the rest of us pathetic schlubs.