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01/14/2019 - 10:19am Not sure if it was a bad…

Not sure if it was a bad decision or not, but it definitely was managed as if it was a decision that the AD was hoping wasn't noticed.

I don't know if Rhonda Faehn should have a job at UM, but if the AD really thought she should, they should have managed her hiring with some clear communications about their diligence, their review of the facts, the parties with whom they consulted, including the members of the gymnastics team, and so on.

They claim they did all those things in a press release after the shit hit the fan.  Fine.  If they had said all of that before the shit hit the fan, maybe she has a job at UM today.  Instead, they tried to slip it in under cover of night and hoped no one would notice.  

This was a genuinely foolish hope.  Someone always notices eventually.  And it looked so much worse because they handled it this way.  

12/27/2018 - 7:44pm We moved back to Ann Arbor…

We moved back to Ann Arbor in 2014.  My wife and I are both Michigan natives.  That said, she's a bit less happy to be back here than I am.  She misses Hermosa, as do I.  It's just that I don't miss the taxes, real estate prices, traffic, density, etc. as much as she does.

She lived and worked between PCH and the ocean.  I lived west of PCH, but worked first in Century City, and later in DTLA, and I did not relish my 17-, then 22-mile commute, which took between 40-80 minutes each way most days.

12/26/2018 - 3:45pm None. I already have about…

None. I already have about 10 M shirts, a baseball hat, a coat, a license plate frame and 2 degrees. 

I buy one new shirt every football season and retire the rattiest one. 

I'm good. 

12/26/2018 - 10:34am HermosaBlue because I lived…

HermosaBlue because I lived in Hermosa Beach when I joined MGoBlog.

And Hermosa means beautiful, And at that point in time (summer 2008), I thought our football team had a beautiful future with Rich Rodriguez at the helm. 

The picture is sunset over Hermosa Beach. 

12/24/2018 - 9:37am I'm sick of people…

I'm sick of people complaining about roundabouts. They're simple, and people who brake in them, don't know how to enter, or change lanes in the middle of a two lane roundabout are friggin idiots. 

12/05/2018 - 8:09am Davis's teammates do not…

Davis's teammates do not trust him offensively.  No post passes or anything other than passes to swing the ball when he's up top, even when mismatched due to switching.

The other 4 feel more pressure as a result. 

We already knew this, but the team really needs Johns to develop into a rotation player. 

11/26/2018 - 12:48pm The Public Disembowelment.

The Public Disembowelment.

11/23/2018 - 9:25pm TIL that valuing academic…

TIL that valuing academic success made our fanbase toxic.

11/21/2018 - 1:17pm The way they do it is this:

The way they do it is by counting backwards from 2017, like this:

Last 10 years: 2018-2017

Last 20 years: 1998-2017

Etc.  They always include their 15-2 streak since 2001.  It's the only reason they can make that statement.  Because the first 103 years of the rivalry, M never was at a series disadvantage, leading 56-35 in 2000 (excluding ties).  Twice after OSU wins in the 1950s, the gap was 1 win, but they never took the lead.

Unless you include the post-2000 period, there is no lookback count that works in their favor.  So the whole 110 years thing is fucking pointless.  It boils down to the fact that they've won 15 of 17 since 2001, which sucks all on its own, but implies there's another 93 years of dominance that really doesn't exist for them, in fact, it goes the other way by a wide margin.

11/21/2018 - 1:14pm My grandfather (UM BS/MS/PhD…

My grandfather (UM BS/MS/PhD) and grandmother (Northwestern BA) were driving from Chicago to DC in March of 1942 for my grandfather's new job at the War Department, and took US-23 through Columbus.  My father was 6 months old at the time.

Not knowing when they might be back in Columbus, they decided to visit Ohio Stadium.  While in the stadium, my dad crapped his diaper.

My grandmother changed him at the 50 yard line and left the shitty cloth diaper in the middle of the field.  

Times have not changed.

11/21/2018 - 10:44am This is like the OSU "you…

This is like the OSU "you have to go back 110 years to find an M overall series advantage" crap.  It's 103 years of UM dominance (56-35 plus ties) followed by 17 years where OSU won 15 of 17.

11/20/2018 - 6:18pm Book has carried the ball 71…

Book has carried the ball 71 times at 3.3 ypc.  Aside from Wimbush throwing more DO's in one game vs UM than he did in all of 2017, rushing was the threat that he posed against Michigan.

Book is a very good passer, but I like our pass defense against Book, and I especially like our run defense against ND with Book at QB.

11/20/2018 - 6:14pm Gameday sign.

Gameday sign.

11/20/2018 - 1:46pm >You’d have to go back 110…

>You’d have to go back 110 years to find Michigan’s series advantage in The Game.

I hate this stat.  It boils down to a simple fact: since the start of the Tressel era, OSU is 14-2-0-1 (the 1 is the victory vacated by OSU), so call it 15-2.

Before the Tressel era, there is no period of time in which OSU had the advantage over Michigan at all.  In the 1950s, it got down to 1 victory difference 2x (after OSU's wins in 1952 and 1954).  Plus, obviously in 2000, the last year before the Tressel era, if you only looked back 1 year, the gap is M by 1.

What they're really saying when they say this 110 year crap is: we've had a good 17 year run since we hired Tressel.  No shit, sherlock.

11/20/2018 - 1:22pm In true OSU fashion, I've…

In true OSU fashion, I've seen that bumper sticker in reverse, kind of:

North until you smell it, west until you step in it. 

Which means that the driver drowns in Lake Erie en route to Ann Arbor.

11/20/2018 - 1:04pm I am reminded of this story…

I am reminded of this story from Brian about a visit to Columbus with his cerebral palsy-having friend Raffi, inter alia, way back in 2005:

11/15/2018 - 1:20pm Thanks for the HFRO…

Thanks for the HFRO reference.  I employ the SAPS analogy frequently.

I thought I heard singing.

11/12/2018 - 1:12pm My dad (age 77) and I are a…

My dad (age 77) and I are a bit behind you on this project - we've been to M wins in Ann Arbor, Evanston, East Lansing, West Lafayette (last year), Rutgers (this year).  We've got road visits planned out through 2025 to cross off the other 9 venues.

It's a bucket list item for my dad.

Rutgers College Avenue campus itself is pretty nice, though New Brunswick is not particularly impressive, IMO.  Food on Easton Ave was decent.

Not much parking near the stadium for visitors.  Parked on campus, walked around for several hours and had meals/beers pregame.  Took a bus from campus to the stadium.  The stadium is in a nice, wooded area, but it's small (53k) and was about 60% full.  About half of that was maize & blue.

Stadium experience was unimpressive.  A cross between HS frivolity and pro frippery.  Fans are unexcited for a 1-8 (now 1-9) team, and I heard several comments around the time the score hit 35-7 from RU fans that they should have stayed in the Big East.

The rivalry is alive and well, though.  The parking lot attendant told me, unsolicited, that Harbaugh was an asshole for 78-0.

11/12/2018 - 1:03pm Lord's Cricket Ground in St…

Lord's Cricket Ground in St. John's Wood (London NW8) is the home of English cricket, though there are many cricket grounds in the UK.

The Oval in Kennington (London SE11) is also particularly significant in UK cricket history.

11/05/2018 - 8:22am I know all of us, the…

I know all of us, the MGoDenizens, think of ourselves as the site's customers, but the truth of free commercial media is this:

If you are not paying, you are not the customer. You are the product being sold to the real customers, the advertisers. 

That said, yeah, I hear and echo your gripe. 

11/02/2018 - 2:19pm Sign up for YouTube TV. …

Sign up for YouTube TV.  Watch on phone.

11/01/2018 - 10:55am 1. 46, male

2. All of them,…

1. 46, male

2. All of them, usually slightly behind realtime until the second half.  I usually attend 2-3 in person, of which, one is a road game (ongoing tradition with my 77-year-old father).  We live in Ann Arbor now (after a decade on the west coast), so attending a home game isn't really a huge deal.

3. Some grief received from my wife (45, also an M grad, but indifferent to football), but after a decade of marriage, we've come to an agreement that, for 12+ Saturdays per year, including 2-3 in person, she won't bother me (and will occasionally watch with me) for that 1 game per weekend.  For home games, she'll usually go with me to the tailgate (our kids and our tailgate friends' kids are of similar ages), and sometimes to the game.  If I'm watching, I'll usually do the laundry during the game - it's easy to fold during commercials/halftime, and buys a ton of goodwill.

I have given up the NFL as part of this bargain, but honestly, giving up the Lions has been liberating.

11/01/2018 - 10:25am Marcus is awful.

I wish Sam…

Marcus is awful.

I wish Sam would stop taking calls from Jake from Ann Arbor.  I have to mute the radio every time that guy calls in.  He's just painful to listen to.

11/01/2018 - 7:58am I understand your argument,…

I understand your argument, but you also need to look at the petri dish that is the ecosystem of a college football town. 

There's a reason this happened in State College (and East Lansing, and Columbus) and not in Ann Arbor. Football made Penn State a household name, and while it's a big deal in Ann Arbor, it's not like that here.

While the local football beat ties themselves in knots trying to justify the misdeeds of the program, players and school in those towns, in Ann Arbor, we had Jim Carty exposing the "academic scandal" of independent study and the BGS degree, and Rosenberg exposing "Stretch gate."

Think about the difference in blind homerdom of the fans.  While we certainly have our share of fans that see no evil, we have a larger than average segment of fans that want to win the right way and hate any whiff of impropriety.

While I'll never say it can't happen here, the likelihood of a Paterno/Sandusky, Nasser/football-basketball rape and crime epidemic, or a Zach Smith situation is far lower here because the environmental conditions that allow misdeeds on that scale really don't exist in Ann Arbor to the degree the do in college towns where the sportsball team is the reason the college matters. 

10/22/2018 - 9:37pm Win with character. Win with…

Win with character. Win with cruelty.


10/21/2018 - 3:19pm Grant Perry cosigns this…

Grant Perry cosigns this advice.

10/18/2018 - 7:28pm Well, Thorson *is*…

Well, Thorson *is* considered a first round talent, so Lewerke must have a day 1 or day 2 draft grade since he is right behind Thorson.

10/15/2018 - 1:55pm Late to the party, am I.  I…

Late to the party, am I.  I was coming here to answer: "Wherefore art thou Brandon Peters?  Thou art Brandon Peters because his parents named him Brandon, and his father's surname is Peters."

/grammar pedantry

10/06/2018 - 7:41pm Correct. Maryland's win over…

Correct. Maryland's win over UT in Austin was last year. 

10/03/2018 - 4:51pm Delaney hated Bo. The end. 

Delaney hated Bo. The end. 

09/28/2018 - 7:52pm Huma, Two Hearted, and Norm…

Huma, Two Hearted, and Norm's Raggedy Ass migrating from the fridge to my wife's and my innards.

09/27/2018 - 3:38pm Apparently no one in…

Apparently no one in Columbus understands that "DA declined to prosecute" is an incredibly low bar for behavior of (and retention of) university personnel.

These are the same people who give UM flak about playing Brendan Gibbons between the time the police could not make a case and before the Title IX Dear Colleague letter led UM to reopen his case and expel him.  

09/27/2018 - 3:02pm And they wanted the school…

And they wanted the school to fund the project.  

08/27/2018 - 1:18pm No chance Rob Pelinka lives…

No chance Rob Pelinka lives in 626.  He's a 310 guy - Santa Monica, IIRC.

08/12/2018 - 10:46pm It was a night game if you…

It was a night game if you were watching at a sports bar near Piccadilly Circus, as I was.

08/11/2018 - 7:49pm The rhymes are Darrell's and…

The rhymes are Darrell's and the burgers are Ronald's.


08/07/2018 - 9:47am OSU bible = Urban's playbook

OSU bible = Urban's playbook

05/22/2018 - 8:12pm Desmond vs ND

September 1991
4th & 1 at the ND 25
9 mins to play.

Lloyd kicks a FG in that situation.

Mo doesn't just go for the first down, he goes for it all.

That's the difference.

05/20/2018 - 7:27pm Network

positively prescient. awesome flick.

05/16/2018 - 2:26am in fairness

if you live in a state that has coal fired electric power, your theoretical Tesla really runs on coal.

05/11/2018 - 4:55pm Reporting

When your sexual assault crisis center discourages victims from reporting actual assaults, your data may be a bit skewed.

05/03/2018 - 3:54pm Grant Newsome said it best.
04/27/2018 - 7:20pm George Carlin had a view on this

04/27/2018 - 7:18pm The truth

it was probably the part without the lying.

04/27/2018 - 1:46pm Opposite examples

Brady had terrible measurables in speed and strength and succeeded in spite of draft metrics.

Rogers and McDowell are the flip side of the coin.

Not worthy of a down vote.

04/19/2018 - 2:05pm Dunning-Kruger effect

is what that is, and MSU is neck deep in it right now.–Kruger_effect

04/17/2018 - 11:38am He probably is a dragon's

He probably is a dragon's rights activist and hates that Gary Numan has a 20-foot bronze dragon in his castle garden.

04/15/2018 - 2:07pm that's ricist.

that's ricist.

04/14/2018 - 10:54am 549

549 Packard

04/14/2018 - 6:30am $11,000 damage

to my sister's SUV in that storm.

She and her husband live in Littleton and they took turns getting their vehicles repaired.

Insurance companies set up tent cities in parking lots to do mass damage inspections and claims processing.