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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

04/20/2018 - 9:59am Didn't Brandon Ban those

but offered Officially Liscensed Commishion cushion's to the board?

04/20/2018 - 9:55am Agree with this

When Brady beat out Henson, it wasn't because Brady had a better arm or fast release. He won because he was better at staying in the pocket and going through his progressions.  Henson was amazing his Junior year, but he go happy feet in the pocket and would tuck to early in his freshman and sophmore years.

This is similar to safetey.  Doesn't matter what type of athlete you are if you can't read the play and react.  Kovacs was brilliant as a safety because he was so smart in reading the play.  

My big hope for Milton is that he gets that confidence in the pocket and can take advantage of his strong arm by getting through his progressions.  Having an offensive line will go a long way here. 

04/20/2018 - 9:44am His most likely competition for his second heisman

is probably Joe Milton, so that will be interesting to see how that plays out. 

04/19/2018 - 12:46pm We don't doubt you earned your degree that year

we just know that it was from State and not Michigan. Use all this evidence on your RMBC thread to show how reasonable state fans are on MgoBlog and how we are are all koolaide drinkers here.  Those are the threads that really get upvoted.  

04/18/2018 - 4:53pm What's frustrating

is that the BOT and President seem to be most concerned with MSU athletics and not with the institution itself, which is the much more important part of MSU.  Michigan sports is a monster, however, when it comes to the rest of the University, the University is in charge.  I cannot imagine Michigan athletics lasting for a long time if they were to negatively affect the rest of the University.  MSU should be focused on protecting the University. 

04/18/2018 - 4:38pm I thought this was the year

I was going in as a pessimist. Snake bitten with offensive line issues, and sometimes questionable QB play and just dropping games we need to find a way to win.  Every other year I some how convince myself that Michigan is ready to 15-0, only to fall short.  I told myself :not this year, not this time."  Then I go and read these previews. I am weak for that koolaide. 

04/17/2018 - 12:25pm But then I don't get to spin my hat around

and go

oooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAHHH!

when the kicker kicks the ball at the beginning of the game, half, and after a score. Do you really want me as a fan who attends maybe one game a year to lose this experience? /s

04/16/2018 - 3:11pm You forgot Nunez

Running jokes need to remain running until they are dead. 

04/16/2018 - 9:30am Love this community

So many knowledgable people here with a huge range of education, whether it be law, chemistry, statistics, engineering, football, basketball, history, literature.

It's fun to come here expecting to just learn about Michigan athletics, only to watch a thread delve deep into some academic tangent debate, usually involving well thought out arguments.  

Thanks for your great explanation. 

04/16/2018 - 9:25am Shane was the better leader

He made all the right calls, but for some reason, Rick is considered this great leader. Every new set of people they come upon seem to be living much better lives than what Rick is giving his people, yet Rick comes in and fucks evreything up, and people praise him for being a good guy.  Tell me you wouldn't rather be in the town the Governor set up, or living in Alexandria before Rick let all the Walkers out of the pit. 

At least living under Negan would be consistant. Rick takes stuff when he feels like it. 

Anyway, I stopped watching the show a few seasons ago when all the characters all could be interchangeable with each other.  Loved the begining when they all brought something different to the table.  Now they can all shoot, fight, hunt, track, jump start a car. Characters aren't consistent, and rules of the world are constantly broken. 

It's hard to continue with a show for this long and keep it good without having an ending in sight. I was hoping for some twist in the end where Rick's group finds out they have been the bad guys for most of the series.  Something like I AM LEGEND, (book ending not movie) except bad guys to the other people. Oh well.

04/16/2018 - 9:12am It's nice that we got to see him play

to his potential at Michigan for a while.  I am happy for all the players that make it to the NBA, but it's harder with some when you don't get to see them at full potential at UofM, or just for a short duration.  DJ Wilson, and McGary we got great tournament play, but didn't get their dominance for a whole season. Stauskus, Trey, and Wagner, we got a full year of great play.  

Just means next man up.  Hard to question Beilein's ability to develop a couple more players  to fill in.

Also think that Teske could be fine on offense if the PnR can be run succesfully similar to how Morgan wsa used.  This means the point gaurd will need to be more deadly with a spot up shot though, so not sure.  I'm sure it will be another fun team to watch.