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07/13/2018 - 4:13pm What about the Neg bangs? …

What about the Neg bangs?  Bang me down you bastards.  Let's see if this thing is fully functional. 

07/12/2018 - 3:29pm If I avoid the post, how am…

If I avoid the post, how am I going to complain about it?  Flawed logic. /s

07/11/2018 - 9:58am I also remember earlier in…

I also remember earlier in the season from last year getting frustrated when Duncan would be on the court.  Now he's competing for an NBA spot.  I love when Beilein proves me wrong.  Beginning of the season Senior year Duncan and Irvin are the two I remember being the most wrong about from beginning of year to end of year "this guy needs to be not on the floor" couch evaluations.  

07/11/2018 - 9:49am Many Recruits at the top…

Many Recruits at the top believe they could be in the league now and are only going to college because of the 1 year rule.  In those cases, they are going to look where they can get paid before heading to really get paid.  Ego and confidence are huge at that point, and certain coaches for years stroke that ego.  

Beilein is a very appealing coach to play for, but probably not to the top of the top, who are looking for things Beilein has never done.  For any player that wants to get the the NBA, but might not be there yet, I can't think of a better coach. Anyone in the 50-100 recruiting range you'd think would be banging down the door to get on the team.  Not only has he gotten a lot of guys to the league, he gets them early. Many after sophomore or Junior seasons.  The market for border line NBA talent who plan to play for a few years should be huge. I think the latest class shows that these are his guys, and I expect the results to be huge. 

07/10/2018 - 3:59pm "inside trunk" and "outside…

"inside trunk" and "outside trunk" are great ways to look at it.  For me I need the "inside trunk due to 3 kids and 2 dogs.  Like them all inside.  For the few times I need anything hauled I rent a trailer from uhaul or just have the stuff delivered (have a big pile of mulch on the driveway).  A lot of people in Michigan use their trucks a lot. I just use my "inside trunk" 90% of the time compared to the couple times I need more.  I figured where I live there's more people with usage like mine.  

07/10/2018 - 1:25pm I'm definitely an SUV over a…

I'm definitely an SUV over a truck guy.  I like the fact that my dogs can ride in the back of air conditioned or heated cabin rather than the hot or cold bed.  I also feel like my stuff is secure with tinted windows and locked tailgate and my stuff all stays cleaner.  Once you add a cover to the bed, it makes it harder to get stuff in, and stuff can slide around a lot.  

I've been able to get so much stuff with my hatch and SUVs, too.  I got my front door into my explorer with a kid.  I know a lot of people love their trucks, but I just think the utility of most SUVs is better than having the large truck bed. But that's just my opinion man, and by the popularity of the silverado and F150, one not shared by a lot of folks. 

07/10/2018 - 11:15am If I were to score tickets…

If I were to score tickets for the field, can I bring blankets to sit on for the kids?  They are probably too young, but my oldest (5) really likes black panther (hasn't seen it yet) and I would love to get them on the field. 

07/10/2018 - 11:10am We have 2 SUVs and a…

We have 2 SUVs and a hatchback.  I have three kids now, so had to move to a family hauler.  I have fit a lot of things in my hatchback and SUVs.  The large opening makes it easy to load big items like when I brought mine and my wifes bikes up to Macinac in my Hatch last year.  The 3 row SUV allows me to put three across the middle with a large space for dogs when I need to transport everyone, and kids in the third row for normal driving for more space and more people if need be.  

Just like the utility of the extra wide opening and extra vertical space of the SUV/ Hatch over the standard sedan.

 

07/05/2018 - 9:33am I got a link through SI.com…

I got a link through SI.com back on one of the decimated defense articles in '10 I think.  They were amazing and so well written.  The depth was so much deeper than any of the sports sites I was going to.  It was a little weird at first, like going to your first M-hockey game, as you don't know all the inside jokes and the chants.  But maybe 6 months later I signed up.  Watching the he Lloyd Brady thread and how it organically manifested itself out of a simple comment on one picture after a win was truly one of my favorite things ever.  

06/27/2018 - 9:45am Someone was driving around…

Someone was driving around Plymouth in that a few weeks ago. 

06/27/2018 - 9:42am My stress mainly comes from…

My stress mainly comes from work.  I know I put a lot of the stress on myself because I want to do a good job and hate to disappoint.  I like my products to look good and work and feel embarrassed when there is a failure.  The other part of the stress is the fact that the company way over promises and under staffs my projects so the responsibility falls to me to make it happen. 

I had a motto that worked for me a lot in college and my first few jobs. "Things work out for me." and this let me not worry about a lot of life. The motto works not in the way of winning stuff or being super athletic or super smart, but in general, things have worked out for me.  I've always had a job. I've done well at those jobs. I got into Michigan, I did ok at Michigan. I found a wife, I have a house.  I need to focus more on this, because in general, things aren't worth the worry or stress, because in the end, things will work out.

Having three young boys is stressful too, but that's a whole different thing. 

05/31/2018 - 5:17pm Eh?

I'm pretty ok with both sides.  Poggi is bankrolling safe envorinments and education for a bunch of kids who can't afford it.  The other schools are not looking to focus on football so much that they have to recruit specifically to compete.  It's better for both sides to split up and focus on what they want to focus on.  Poggi's team will benefit from better competition. 

05/30/2018 - 1:02pm My favorite part

is the part where the guy wants to leave, but has no options, and the other guy wants him to leave, but has to keep him because he doesn't have options. 

05/29/2018 - 2:28pm I mainly drive a Ford Explorer

I get bad gas mileage, probably around 17 mpg.  However, it is a lease, and I don't live that far away so I only drive it around 10,000 miles/year.  So extra cost per year vs a car that could potentially get 30 mpg is around $640 with gas at $2.50.  For me with 3 kids, dogs, and the fact I like to drive fast (has turbo charged engine), I don't mind the additional cost I pay for gas.  I think the best in class minivan get probably mid 20's for the typ of driving I do, so the actual cost is around $470/ year.  I am happy to spend that extra money to drive the vehicle I want to.  

I work in the battery industry, and 48V is going to be big in China and Europe shortly, and the push to have them in USA probably will be right behind.  This should help with 15-20% better fuel economy, especially for driving I'm doing with lots of starts and stops. 

05/25/2018 - 3:38pm There is no simple formula

I worked for a moving company in the summers during college.  There was a good range of people there, some smart and some as dumb as rocks.  As a mover, especially loading a truck, you are tasked both mentally and physically.  You have to go into a house and look at the stuff and plan for how it's all going to fit as tightly as possible into the truck to keep things from moving around and also to fit it all.  These guys worked hard and did not make a lot to live on.  80 hour weeks lugging in 100+ degree weather can suck.  This is true of a lot of different occupations.  There is money to be made if you own your own truck, but you have to be relatively smart to do that and let me tell you, some of those guys are as dumb as a rock.

I work hard, and a lot of my success is based on that fact.  I also am above average intelligence in Math and sciences, which means engineering was easier for me (I was not doing well in SNRE) and this allowed me to go to Michigan and get a career that pays relatively well. Lucky to be born with some smarts.  Also have had no major health issues, which again, luck. My family was middle class, which allowed me to do extra curriculars when younger, focus on studies during the school year (working mainly over the summers), attending a good school, and having food to eat.  I didn't earn any of that.  I was born to that.  Luck. Just being born in America means I am ahead of the game compared to Chinese and Indian coworkers who have to come on Visas.  Again, luck. I didn't choose to be born in the USA.  

Like you said, it's complex, and anyone who ever says, just pull yourself up by the bootstraps and you can make it, or who see themselves as predestined to a fate based on birth are oversimplifying a complex issue.  There are built in advantages in this world.  To deny that is stupid. If you don't work hard, no matter what, the likelyhood you will succeed is small. 

05/25/2018 - 12:24pm I have 3 words

Give me money.

05/25/2018 - 12:13pm I guess it worked out that you had an easier life

than your wife even though you grew up poor and she was middle class, but i am guessing that this cannot be applied universally to the poor and middle class families.  

I do think there is still a massive hole in the affordability of College for Middle class families.  I consider my wife and I to be upper middle class as we both work (nurse and Engineer), and I am not sure how I will afford my 3 kids education at this rate of inflation.  Not going down that political lane.

I don still think the point of the conversation, it's easier to grow up rich and be a rich adult than it is to grow up poor and be a rich adult holds true for populations. 

 

05/25/2018 - 11:56am Only remember 1 or maybe 2 times

Black had an outright drop.  I think he batted it down trying to run before he grabbed it.  I have to imagine the freshem to sophmore leap for recievers will be big.  Crawford doesn't seem to be the answer, and I don't think he will have a late resergence in his career.  Should have kept his name as Dylan (as a fellow Dylan, I think this was his biggest mistake). 

05/25/2018 - 11:51am I figured the eyes off defense is a huge hit

I'm guessing PA is usually run with only 2 recievers out in route, with one possible extra pass down option if they aren't open.  With just 2 recievers, hopefully their is only 1 safety to read, as the other would hopefully be sucked down into run coverage. 

05/25/2018 - 11:32am Engineering undergrad

is ranked above Cornell along with some of the other BIG schools.  

05/25/2018 - 11:27am I don't consider a family that makes

less than $100,000/ year wealthy, but I also strongly disagree that it is harder for someone from that family than it is for someone that grew up poor.  The opportunity costs, connections, and all that are always greater if you grew up with more money.  Kids that are poor and are hungry in school are going to have a much harder time than a middle class student who is at least well fed.  The stresses of being poor (I did not grow up poor, this is from readings, not personal experience, I was in the middle class pool), are large. Transportation, food, housing, all get very stressful the poorer you are.

No one is arguing that poor people can't become rich and rich people can't become poor.  Ths is America, and there are plenty of stories of rags to riches. But people are stating that it is much easier to go from Riches to riches than rags to riches. 

05/24/2018 - 12:33pm I like the fact that it has a Jumpman

logo both on the shirt and also on the shirt that Harbaugh is wearing in the shirt. 

05/24/2018 - 9:32am I hate when my neighbors have cut their grass

and I haven't ( like right now).  Makes me feel like the house sticking out for not being maintained.  As soon as I cut my grass and its shorter just due to the timing of when I cut, I always feel smug, like hey, maybe you all should clean up around here.  

Read something somewhere that adult peer pressure is having to cut your grass, and that hit me like a ton of bricks. Sorry, tangent was in response to feeling superior to neighbors.  

Favorite add campaign is the Pure Michigan adds with Tim Allen.  The song, the voice pace, it just makes me feel good when I hear it and think, gosh this state has a lot of great places.  Like a feel good boost.  

Also, the Terry Crews Office Linebacker still holds up. 

05/23/2018 - 11:40am First the train accident

now the car. You are a danger to travel with.

05/23/2018 - 11:38am I have a 2007 mazdaspeed 3

And this year is the first time I've really had much issue.  The battery died and when I jumped it a second time something happened that doesn't allow it to go over 3000 rpm.  Hoping a reset of the battery will fix the computer issue.  It is such a great fun car to drive, fits a ton of stuff and people into it, is still in great condition, and has a ton of power. I'm really hoping that the turbo holds out as I'm getting close to 150,000 miles.  Love me some Mazda.

05/23/2018 - 11:34am My parents '89 Pontiac Lemans

They bought it used so my mom had a beater car in the winter in around 93. The thing was as basic as you could get with power nothing, 4 speed manual, and only one sideview mirror.  However, that thing was amazing.  It survived a bunch of Michigan winters, 3 boys learning to drive on it/ used as our summer car at 16 so we could work t get our own car, got 40 mpg easily on the highway going 80, and my parents didn't put any money into it, and it had enough room for 5 with a big hatch trunk.

 

Strong second place to my parents 1991 Isuzu Rodeo. Again, basic as you could get, but had 4WD lockable hubs, had a ton of room on the inside, and again, my parents had almost no maintenance costs (remember an exhaust manifold having to be replaced around 2001).  My dad got a great deal on a VW Jetta sport wagon, so he bought that and put it in the garage until the Rodeo died.  After 3 more years of driving the rodeo, while the Jetta sat, he finally gave up, cleaned it all up and sold the Rodeo off.  Amazing that $16,000 new lasted for close to 300,000 miles. I loved when I got a chance to drive it.  Think it still looks good.

 

 

05/22/2018 - 12:11pm Send your proof to Ace, Seth, or Brian

They are very good at verifying whether people are in the know or not without spoiling who or what the source is.

Many posters on this site have been vetted through this way without spoiling who they are.  I know UMBIG11 some sort of connection, but I have no idea how he gets his information. 

You're account did come off as a sparty troll insider account trying to build up points/ karma through the Shae will play stuff.  Verifying through mgoblog your sources would be the best route. 

05/22/2018 - 9:50am Dude, false advertising

I was searching all over for UMBIG11 to throw some knowledge on us based on your comment.  Next time just respond to hit comment to welcome him back rather than making it appear he put something down in your thread.

05/21/2018 - 2:17pm I agree with you guys

Since 2011, Michigan has won once, but been within a touchdown of winning in a; but two of the other games.  An OT loss with some questionable calls or non calls. A bad QB game, a bad 2 pt conversion call, and a horrible second half adjustment are what separate michigan going 1-6 vs 5-2.  I don't think Hoke or Harbaugh did not emphasize the importance of the game.  Michigan needs to start winning these close ones.  They did in the 90s, they need to start now.  I don't think there will be a Michigan blowout game for a while. 

05/21/2018 - 9:24am Tough call

I feel like anyone on the defense can't be chosen as the defense has high expectations at all positions.  On offense there isn't a lot of sleepers either as most obvious people are coming back. 

My pick will be Grant Perry.  I know he is a known entity, but I think he is under rated.  With much better options on the outside and hopefully a QB who can throw to them on top of an improved consistent run game, I think he will have an opportunity to really get a lot of catches.  He seems to know how to get open and make catches.  Just don't spin the ball ;). 

05/18/2018 - 10:55am pretty impressive

considering he got rid of all of his addidas gear just a few years ago and seems to buy new gear at premium pricing.  These are just the t-shirts, shirts and jerseys too.  Once you add in the shorts, shoes, sweatshirts, jackets, whatever else, it is probably a lot of new gear.

05/18/2018 - 10:49am Yeah, I'm way to cheap for this stuff

but did like the dry fit $26 nike shirts they are offering. 

I at least appriciate that a lot of the designs are basic and clean.  I love my nike polo shirt that I got.  All solid blue (I hate all the stripes and crap) with  the M logo on chest and the nike swoosh on arm.  Material is great and fits nice.  

I'm ok with paying for quality but wow, $70 t-shirts seems like an error. 

05/18/2018 - 10:39am Me too

except I watched a hockey game there, not a football game.  The seats I had were horrible for watching hockey.  It was an amazing game (4-4 Tie I believe) that I could not tell waht was going on during.  I also couldn't drink at the tailgate all day as the cops carded me even though I wasn't drinking and was only a few weeks away from my 21st bday. 

Iowa looks like it would be a fun stadium to go to. Nebraska too. 

05/15/2018 - 2:38pm Tail lights

designers of cars are horrible at placing and designing tail lights. 

On SUVs (small especially) they are all putting them way to high on the vehicle making the butt of the car look heavy. The tail lights should sit as close to the center line of the back of the vehicle as possible. 

The shape of the tail lights annoy the hell out of me.  Especially this trend of taillights that don't have the part on the quarter panel match with the part on the trunk lid.  

There are a lot of things I hate about design decisions on cars, with crazy lines coming out of nowhere or stupid looking fenders, but tail lights seem to be the most consistent worst offenders.  

05/14/2018 - 5:17pm I have been once

and also get to go back in June too.  I had a free day 1st time, getting in at around 9:30 to my hotel on the northeast side of the city.  I had time to walk to the park, walk around the park, which was beautiful and has some cool archetcture things too, walk into the city sseing churches and cool buildings and some cool memorials and statues.  I got lunch at the restaurant mentioned above, and continued sight seeing until about 3:30 when I think I took the train back to the hotel.  I think I had a map of the city from the hotel that had some tourist points on it.  Make sure to stop in random churches.  I found it to be a relatively small city, so it was great to see a lot just on foot.  Hoping to see some more this time.  Maybe get into the countryside to see some more, but I don't think I will have a car. 

05/10/2018 - 9:12pm I switched into ME

Between my sophomore and junior year. At least that switch was straight forward. A bunch of prerequisites, a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.0 in sciences. I made it in with just over a 3.0 and did fine in the engineering school. Personally I found the amount of effort to get from that B to Bplus range to the A range was not worth the amount of social time I was willing to give up.

You need to know going in that you are really going up against the leaders and best. My roommates and most friends were all brilliant. I had a friend in CS that picked up and Econ major too so he wouldn’t graduate to early. Other friends with almost perfect GPAs that went on to prestigious law schools and medical schools. It’s really cool if you are one of those people, but don’t worry if you aren’t one of those people. I was not. I struggled in chemistry and had to drop a class called woody plants. I have a great engineering career and have gotten patents and awards for my work.

College is an amazing time that will go by quick. You will work for many many years. Enjoy your time there. If you can get a top GPA that is great. If you don’t, it’s far from the end of the world. Have fun and best of luck.

05/09/2018 - 1:10pm Sorry got my small town trains mixed up

Georgetown, CO. Still 2.5 hrs away, so you need a full day. 

Was in Denver for my Grandmother's funeral and my wife and i got in in the morning so had the day to go there and into Denver.  Still a nice train. 

05/09/2018 - 12:03pm If you have a chance

I'd recommend Silverton.  It is a realy classic small town in the mountains with a cool train that goes up into the mountain further with great views. Not usre how much extra time you have.

 

 

05/09/2018 - 9:58am Having Rutgers away this year

I'm sure is a major reason.  When Rutgers plays at the Big House next year, the demand will for sure go up.

  

05/09/2018 - 9:09am O-lines do not work unless

you have all 5 guys on the same page blocking correctly.  Last year the line was much better probably because Cole was calling plays at the line. With him out at tackle, that fell on Kugler who was starting for the first time as a 5th year.  If you add in complex line calls, then you see guys leaving people unblocked with missed assignments.  

I didn't play football, but when I played soccer, by far my worst games were when I was over thinking or over analyzing.  I'm glad to hear that they are not going to do that this year.  Avreage line play with the running backs, Wide recievers, and QBs tied to this years defense is going to take this team a long way. But they need all 5 to play as a unit to be average. 

05/08/2018 - 11:23am Still wish I could have seen a backfield

with Tate and Denard in it.  Denard had a great career as a QB, however,he never had the the running back beside him that could strike fear in a defense.  With him in the back field next to Tate, who was a better thrower, and a decent enough runner, the defenses really would have been thrown into lose lose choices on who to gaurd.  Add into it, the possibility of Denard taking a handoff and still making a pass, and we would have a had a return of the mad amgicians.  Sure, the defense was going to be what it was, but atleast we could have seen an offense that would be just rediculous.  

Tate was fun to watch, so hope that if Shea wins, he's just as fun. 

05/07/2018 - 10:43am But then you get to do it

to some other poor kid who also doesn't deserve it an you are all stranger as a team because of it? /s.

 

05/02/2018 - 11:30am Fellow Engineer

I lived on the hill my freshman year (not an engineer yet), West Quad my Sophmore (decided to switch to engineering halfway through), and off campus housing on south campus my remaining three years (all in engineering).  

Personally I enjoy being on central campus. My one house was down the street from Yost, which was awesome.  Makes it way easier to attend sporting events and go to parties.  During the week, I'd usually leave early in the morning and it'd take 40 minutes to get up to north campus classes, but was nice to have a long walk to the bus stop to start the day.  I'd spend all day up there usually going to classes, ME helproom for homework, or media center for group projects.  Then go home to centtral campus for dinner.  If I had to do more work, I'd usually go to Ugli to finish up. 

Having a clear break between my work time and playtime was nice for me, and I think it helped me enjoy weekends more.  This was over 15 years ago now, so I know things have changed quite a bit in how people interact and what they do for fun.  Our gaming nights were either Bond on the 64, or harrassing a friend playing Super Mario Brothers 3 on an old NES until they gave up and handed over the controller to someone else for harrassment.  

Hopefully has a grea time wherever they are placed.  Enjoy the time there.  It goes by quick, and then you end up like me, reminiscing about the good ol days. 

05/02/2018 - 10:54am If you're gonna leave the tracks

that's the way to go. Full speed off a bridge.

05/01/2018 - 12:29pm Combo of great day and game with horrible fans

OSU 2011, we finally get a win against OSU on one the most beautifull fall saturdays in November you could have.  

My wife and I find our seats down in the the southeast corner, only to find our row packed.  The little old man next to us immeadiatly told me that he wasn't moving (we didn't ask) and to find room the other way.  My wife just had to sit on my lap while we were sitting and we both had room to stand.

A drunk buckeye girl 3 rows back somehow decided I'd be fun to harrass (we were probably youngest in the section).  I just did the whole, don't engage thing for a while, hoping she'd get board until my wife just cracked and told her to back off.  Drunk buckeye goes on to bother other people.

Everytime I'm standing, little old man is leaning into me. Not sure why, but oh well, great day, and OSU game, who cares. Eventually though he turns to me and complains about where I am standing/ sitting.  I show him that i sit down I am not on his cusion.  He then complains about my feet, which I show are right in front of me not in a wide stance. He then says" don't fuck with me" and I went off. Told him to fuck off, and go get the usher if he has a problem. I paid for my seat and I'm sitting in my seat.  My wife is crying and his wife, a saint, calms him down and switches places with him.  

After the switch (even though she was much bigger than him) there was plenty of room. People moved out of our row on other side and we had our seats to sit comfortably in.  The wife apologized for her husband and we finally won.  Great ending, but my god, what a bunch of assholes I had to deal with to get there.  Sometimes looking young in the alumni sections can be a pain in the ass.  Late 30s now, so probably not as much of an issue. 

04/30/2018 - 1:27pm I'm an idiot

I saw the Jr behind Gary's name and thought, hey I didn't know his dad had the same name.  Then, went through Devin Bush who I knew was Named after his dad, and then wow, Hudson is a Jr too.  Then I saw Winovich labeled Sr, and I had to think if he had a kid before finally realizing that the designation is for their class year and not part of their name. 

In my defense, I have been sick all weekend and Devin Bush is a Jr. 

04/30/2018 - 11:49am I like the idea that Doc Brown

tells the offense "looke, we can hold these guys to 20 points max, so you just get us 18, we'll take care of the rest of the points." followed by a sly wink and him slamming his 10 shot espresso drink. 

04/25/2018 - 10:48am Holland State Park

is my favorite park, although I'm already breaking rules by choosing a state park rather than national park.  Loved going to it growing up. 

Live in Plymouth and there are lots of great parks in the city and in the township.  Parks in general are great.  Need to head out west. 

04/24/2018 - 2:00pm I'd consider this piling on

if MSU had done anything right in this situation. If they had immediately began cleaning house and looking at how they failed, why they failed, and making sure this never happens again, then yeah, don't look for new stuff every day.

However, MSU has done nothing but obstruct, deny, and even shame victims.  The Claim the Nassar was a rogue one off is false, and the excuse that everything was handled properly within the institution and by it's employees, hiding behind the fact that the law did not prosecute, when evidence of them encouraging victims to remain silent and a push to have things changed to literring fines has been rampant.

I want MSU as an institution to do well.  I'd hate to see a rivalry that was annoying but fun, go away, but I want to see changes and people held accountable for wrong doings. It is frustrating to me to see how focused the BOT, President, and coaches are to put winning over anything else.  The students and faculty have shown their displeasure with how things have been handled.  I want to see someone up top do the same.  

04/24/2018 - 1:38pm "What about him

getting his basketball players a game on an aircraft carrier?

Now what do you think of him?"

 

MSU Board of Regents probably