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04/21/2018 - 12:24pm Its interesting

I work in a factory, some odd jobs but a large portion of it is fixing automation.  So I have programmed robots, understand PLCs, conveyance and process equipment.  I feel like there's a strong future in this.  Automation makes less mistakes than people and when it works properly, can also outwork them.  But I think the call for automation of many forms is going to need technical skills to set it up and service it when it fails.

I think a large percentage of the current retail experience enjoys a bubble formed by the trough in fuel prices.  I think low fuel prices cause people to spend more on prepared/restaurant foods.

I also think it disproportionately affects Amazon, so many of their products are shipped twice, once across the Pacific Ocean, and second thru ground distribution in the US.  I think the "double handling" is going to be challenged by fuel price increases.

I think there's a career in web design, a site designer who can make things easy to use, lots of details and photos available is also going to be a skill in demand.

Also at the end of the day, I feel like its important to implant in my kids that they need to be part of the "investor class".  Which isn't a swipe at anyone on either side, but over a lifetime there's so much money to be made having a pathway into owning stocks/bonds/mutual funds.  It just requires a mindset and a little financial disciipline.

04/15/2018 - 8:01am Truly Special

Extreme respect for the man, I did one of the two which was not football.  Long distance between south campus and north campus and I doubt the parking situation is much better than it was many moons ago when it was largely open field.

Furbush also seemed to be another cog in D Brown's mastery of deception, as I recall he is primarily a guy who stands up at LB but is basically assigned to fill the 4th DL spot a second before the snap to try to mess up the OL.

03/25/2018 - 8:13am "We're On a Mission From God"

nm

02/26/2018 - 9:28pm I remember seeing Street play

he was a core part of their team.

Kudos to Bohannon, he will be mentioned right there next to Street's legacy as ''the guy who missed on purpose".

02/25/2018 - 8:55pm My obtuse take

on the road construction is that Ohio is a "swing" state, supremely valuable in the electoral college.  Somehow there's a really good lobby going on for the road construction companies...Towit:

I75 thru Dayton was under construction for a good 16 straight years.

475 thru Toledo has been under construction 5 of the last 7 years.

I75 south side of Toledo to ~MM160 was upgraded to 3 lanes and it looks like they are prepping to go further south...would not surprise me to see I75 as 

CinCinnati I-75 has had mountains moved to add additional lanes over the last 5 years.

Granted this is a small snippet of I-75 which I travel frequently by road but its mind boggling given the glacial pace of road replacements in MI.

02/23/2018 - 5:50pm Two potentials

We lost a lot of "bigger name" OL recruits.

- Devery Hamilton

- Isiah Wilson

- Emil Ekiyor

to name a couple I remember where we seemed like we seemed like we were in the drivers seat and it fell apart late.  That seems wrong.

My wild guess is that Harbaugh went to every assistant and coordinator and ask them how they planned to get better than last year and if Drevno's answer was: "we just gotta keep pumping"....then I think it might have been a poorly chosen answer.

It seems like Drev was a good-enough coach, but the recruiting seemed lacking, and in this game...its big.  It seemed like Harbaugh himself put recruiting on his personal back at first, but I don't think that  level of effort could hold up forever.  So the expectations were probably rising on each of the staff having to chip in more effort and land more 'croots, and let Harbaugh step back and assess the team needs and special projects like Shea Patterson.  Pure speculation here.

02/22/2018 - 8:25am I like it!

Welcome Trente...hope you become a name that's spoken in every household of Ann Arbor 8-)

Long way until signing day, rabbits foot and 4 leaf clovers fully engaged.  I hope he can come up for gameday in early fall on an unofficial.

02/08/2018 - 2:24pm How did Penn St

get so high on potenuse?

01/27/2018 - 7:22am Along the lines of the Freeh Report

I think you are correct that MSU is going to have to bring in an outsider to get to the bottom of their institutional fail.

01/27/2018 - 7:12am Its a slight bummer

but I'll handle this adversity and move on

I had this pipe dream that someday when retired and access to 401 funds and mortgage paid that a little tax break would be nice since the mortgage interest expense was tapped out and I would be in financial position to aspire to the club level seats.

Pipe dream has now been capped.

I think its a much bigger deal for peeps dropping what, $60k/season for a lux box (?)

01/22/2018 - 4:29pm Wet clutches last a long time

But they fall apart suddenly if they get too hot.  The slip-during shift to make it feel nice is the primary generator of heat (add to generalized heat increase from shearing the fluid with the torque converter when racing). 

Most modern (say last 10 years-ish) gasoline engines back out spark advance before the shift point to reduce the torque for a slight bit of time.  Which is good for overall life.  Most light snowplow trucks were constantly in and out of trans shops during the working seasons with old hydraulic-only controls.  With the advent of electronic controls the incidence of problems is much less.

Most modern transmissions also PWM jump up the line pressure if they measure that you are going wide open throttle as its better to have a hard shift when you're working the cage hard anyway than a soft one that could shred the clutch packs.

Talk to drag racers, don't take my word for it 8-)

01/22/2018 - 3:47pm I regard the transmission flush as obtuse thinking

Here's why.

You take the fluid that's just peachy (doesn't wear out) and put in new fluid.  Now you stirred up any accumulation of dirt/grit/swarf which had formerly settled into a quiet place out of the flow streams and introduce it to a fluid that has the propensity to pick it up and carry it from the formerly quiet place and into the working bits of your transmission....on a gross scale it can get so bad as to plug the pickup tube and lower the line pressure, clutch packs can't clamp, slip, and fall apart.

My opinion is one should change it every 30k or change it never.  I am in the latter category.  Add as required, of course, but never wholesale change.  Thus far no fails.  I have heard at least 8 stories of people who changed transmissions shortly after getting a "flush".

01/22/2018 - 9:08am Here's my opinions

Hard shift is not bad, the fluid gets squeezed out of the clutch packs as they are hydraulically applied.  Racers deliberately jump up the line pressure in a trans which makes it shift "harder".  They do this because the slip that happens before the friction material "grabs" creates heat that at some level destroys the friction material.  Less slip, less heat, overall good although your backside can certainly feel this.

A juggled or really soft shift is bad imo, there are two basic causes.  Some kind of dirt or foreign particle is occluding a fluid passage so it can't flow at the designed rate, thus impacting the clutch apply speed, OR there's a problem in the pulse-width modulated (PWM) solenoid which is controlling this electrically.  But, it shortens the life of the clutch pack in question.

Tl;dr;head spinning;technojargon;gaah

If trans problems suddenly develop there are two pathways to follow.

1) run until it dies, expect a $3-4k repair bill to replace the trans.  Not terrible if you get a 100k warranty with the new trans.

2) sell it while its still mainly working, all your problems go away.

Personally I would go with #2.  A CVT is sort of a hybrid technology that's driven by fuel economy issues but I don't consider it a technology that's known for its great durability.  Best, imo is a rear wheel drive transmission.  Generally bulletproof.

01/21/2018 - 7:44pm Ping Pong

So Warinner left OSU to goto the Gophers for presumably more coin, then jumped ship to UM for presumably more coin, then smoke of rumors to TTitans presumably for more coin.

The guy must have some bills to pay 8-)

01/12/2018 - 7:32pm my WAG

is very simple. 

Parents of kids want to see their kids play on Saturdays.

Its expensive and hard for parents of kids to get from Texas or California to the games.

01/10/2018 - 4:49am I oversimplify it to this

We definitely had flashes of brilliance.

But inability to channel that brilliance into a higher level of constant is a true sign of youth.

 

And, something went wrong in or prior to the bowl game, which, unfortunately makes the offseason a hard bitter pill to swallow.

You send the monsoon rain clouds around ann arbor this fall, or read the safety's motion correct v osu, and or keep Peters' head from clanging off the turf in Madison and I think this is a much better story.  Extrapolate that to getting another first down in columbus last year and watching Blake ONeill drive the ball into the night sky and its a really good story.

Its close.  JH's job is to channel the distaste for losing into making more plays that makes the difference in these contests.

01/08/2018 - 4:11pm If there's time

to substitute on obvious passing downs then maybe.

But to put a lightweight CB(s) back there and expect him to step up in run game defense is asking to get someone hurt imo.

I don't pretend to know anything deeper than Master Brown does and so I will step back into my cornfields and let the man do his job.

01/07/2018 - 1:03pm The absolute best

way to deal with peeps poppin' off in the media is to go beat them on the field.  Frost seems intent on making his public position right up there next to Corntonio.

I guess its good to get a few headlines when you're a new head coach in a new location so recruits at least know who you are 8-)  Its going to be a trick to get some of those Central Florida recruits to come to Lincoln and play for 4 years.

Maybe we should unleash rabid Devin Bush on them in the fall...

01/07/2018 - 12:57pm Well said, sir!

+1  to you

01/06/2018 - 8:17am If he signed on here

he would be closer to actual Canada.

This might settle him down, being closer to the homeland from which he draws strength.

01/04/2018 - 4:39am It was not the

better today than yesterday we all hoped for, that is for sure.

Agreed we have to get better at finishing games and be a 4th quarter team (as well).

DPJ reminds me of Darboh except about 2 years accelerated in the process.  I think we're going to notice a difference with T Black back at full speed.

The unintended QB carousel I hope will stop spinning.  I think the competition is going to find the best of 3 and we'll profit.  I think I want to see B Peters play with a little "dark side" anger once, it might unlock something....

The running game took a step forward this year.  Aside from the bowl game 3rd downs seemed to be generally more manageable in distance.

We gotta find another Jake Butt..."the mailman"...get open and never drop it.

01/01/2018 - 4:48pm If only I could upvote more

I would.

12/31/2017 - 9:15am How far an OL + RB can take you

I think Wisc shows without a doubt what a team can do with a stomping OL and good power back and average defense.  Obviously they practice the hell out of their running but they're going to mow down most inferior competition and be in every game against better opponents.  Their formula is pretty simple and not flashy and doesn't seem to be very much subject to boom or bust swings.  Alvarez is straight from the Hayden Fry coaching tree -- its not so hard to imagine they're kind of like Super-Iowa.

Then get a QB like Hornibrook who can start dropping dimes at certain times and you'll beat even more of those good teams.  

12/29/2017 - 8:26am Uh oh on JBB

that usually means "he gone" by his own volition, either honorably or dishonorably.

Also, for Isaac, its getting late, late.

12/23/2017 - 9:41am My grievance

is still with the men's bathroom situation on the upper level NE side of the stadium.  Rediculous lines and waiting.  Expand the restroom, the real-estate is right there, upsize the pipes and lets get back to watching some football!

Secondary grievance is the Bavarian pretzels on the west side of the stadium are an order of magnitude more pleasing than the dry hard trash served on the east side.  Can we just single-source Bavarian Pretzels (???) lol

12/23/2017 - 9:36am This poem

is thoroughly impressive.  +1 to you good sir, if only I could send more!

12/23/2017 - 9:20am Just the way he returns punts

is different than Peppers.  DPJ wil effortlessly move sideways on catching the ball, either way. 

He has such body control he takes so many hits as glancing blows and stays on his feet.

That return against OSU would have been one for the all time highlight reel if he could have found the endzone...so close...excited for more, excited to see what he can do with accurate throws and more development.

12/23/2017 - 9:15am Yeah

My hope going in was that Sugar Shane would put on a nice display....

But, I had no idea, never watching Wyoming during the season.  But Bohl's name jumps out at me because of the pure dominance of NDSU.  Amazing that guy isn't coaching at a high level program.

Then Allen is throwing darts to the end zone, CMU spooled up the turnover machine and boom....

12/22/2017 - 7:26am It seems like the Paramus connection has been lost

We have gotten a lot of their players but seems like there's little mention of them now...is that because all the great athletes have been siphoned off or (?)  I mean I haven't even seen Singleton play a down of footballl but there's very little mention of NJ players these days.

Franklin strikes me as a master manipulator first and much less of a football coach.

We could have been in this year's game with a better offense.  Basically spotting them 14 points was not a deficit that we could close.

Oh yeah: ParaMooose.  Just had to! 8-)

 

12/13/2017 - 4:51am My opinion is

you face intense competition at the QB position until you reach TB12 status.  So if you are going to get to the next level you have to work at it daily and not seek the path of lesser resistance to transfer.  I can't really think of any QB other than Russell Wilson who transferred for playing time and was rewarded with great success (and he was a baseball -> football transfer wasn't he (?))

No matter who 'wins' the QB competition the backup is 1 play away from going to lead the team.  We don't have a rock solid OL that's going to shunt all foils yet.  I was really worried when WS3 came in for the first time against Minnesota late after Rudock was impaled into the turf.  So its really valuable imo to have good backups.

Rudock, Speight, Peters and even OKorn have taken some *shots* over the last few years.  And that doesn't get into the D Gardner era.  

12/05/2017 - 8:53am My pure speculation

I think Pelini despite his good W-L record, didn't represent the university well with his Goon sideline presence.  He was colorful and they probably should have stuck with him and tried Goon Therapy or something like that.

Ultimately Eichorst may have been hired and instructed by his bosses to "deal with Pelini", which, he fired, being unable to Coach The Goon out of him.

Then, Eichorst made an obtuse hire in Riley who probably had zero personal drama but importantly, never won any significant number of games in his past history.  It was probably a no -brainer for Riley, his financial success was assured the moment he signed, and with his age, it was just like a big retirement bump.

Frost has got his work cut out for him, but I think the fans are reasonable enough to realize they need patience, when the Team gets the "dream coach", its going to take time to rebuild the recruiting and to do the best he can with the athletes (or lack thereof) that he's inherited.

See also, in the modern era, if your school fancies itself "good at football" the AD is inextricably tied to the success or failure of the head football coach...my thought is in that job you need to prioritize that the football team's road is paved for success.

12/04/2017 - 1:48am If you ask me

Osu is firmly on notice.  The last two years have been a razor's edge away from a different outcome.  Meyer's offense was built to attack what defenses lacked, but imo the entire conference has adapted to put speed on defense.  There isn't another JT barrett in the closet now.  They looked like super-IU (e.g. Kevin Wilson's IU) without Barrett.  Expectations are now sky high and my personal feeling is that U. Meijer isn't psychologically built to handle the adversity should the tide start to change for the better.

Tangential but why isn't Kevin Wilson in any coaching searches, is he truly damaged goods or was the A.D. at IU just looking to shorten his career there (ala Eichorst at Nebraska)?

12/03/2017 - 7:46am You do have to respect OSU

run blocking.  It seems like all the OL fall forward and they have a 3-5 yard gain, especiallly on 1st down.  And they can pass protect, especially late in the game when it seems like the defense is gassed.

"lights out" Hornibrook came to play against Michigan.  "bad throwing motion" Hornibrook showed up for most of last night....but...he was constantly under pressure with a blitzer in his face. 

I thought Wisc had a chance when they marched down running and passing and then were intercepted at the ~4yd line.  But those ~80 yard pass & run plays with OSU backed deep into its own end, I counted 3 of them are what stole the game away mostly.  Wisc still had a chance despite all of that.

I'm not sure about the 1 loss Bama and 2 loss OSU but it does show me OSU isn't that special against their last two teams.  Both of those could have been losses with a game winning drive...

12/02/2017 - 7:15pm There could be a

"memorandum of understanding" already signed sort of a pre contract to a real contract to give both parties some security before the resignation is official.

12/02/2017 - 7:13pm When the entire defense

is flowing, safeties, linebackers, everyone, to Saquon Barkley that makes your job easier when you can come up with a few fakes to him.

Also a different job to be a technican of X & O vs. manage a staff that mostly does that for you.  Have to find those people to do the job as good as you could...

Frost has his work cut out for him.  I'm interested to see if they will be triple option....

11/30/2017 - 12:52pm Barrett is on thin ice

A. He was injured by a damn cameraman.

B. He was injured at someone swiping at his leg attempting to tackle. (probably put the twist on his knee)

Unless he got some deer antler spray I don't think he's going to be able to play at a lot more ball especially when the teams are biggest-fastest-strongest of the season.

11/30/2017 - 12:46pm Gotcha almost

but I'm going with the "U" - Miami to pull out some weird stuff and steamroll Clemson in the ACC champion-chip game,

Re: OSU - I think it would take hanging 50+ points in a complete old-school woodshed spanking of the Sconnies to get in the cfp.

11/30/2017 - 12:32pm Wow thats complete fraud

sketchy.

Barkley is iffy too.  I thought Jon Taylor from Wisc was a better back.  He just didn't get all the hype.

11/30/2017 - 4:23am All the people

messing with him at FSU are going to be unhappy when they are forced to hire Terry Bowden in the hopes he can bring back some of his old Dad's magic.

See also: everyonceinawhile a very good coach produces a derp season, especially when preseason juggernaut #1 kills your QB on the field in the first exhibition game of the season.  Fanbases everywhere on notice to sit tight.

11/29/2017 - 4:10am Start beating OSU

and they tear themselves apart.  Consider if we had beaten OSU 13 out of 15 times.  They would be on a head coach & staff every other year I bet.

The beatings have already started, we just didn't quite get there the last 2 seasons.  But the road is being paved albeit with bricks that are set slowly and carefully.

11/28/2017 - 3:14pm Hey!

Watch whatcha say about the Dope, eh?

8-)

11/27/2017 - 5:45pm Golfers?

Is the "L" silent? 

8-)

11/27/2017 - 4:32am DMac

Needs(ed) time in the weight room.  From what I saw in the Army HS All American game (last time I actually saw him in person) he looked really thin.  Got to be able to drill those 25 yard out routes.  But a Don Brown endorsement is a very good one.

Despite not having killer stats, the fact that Peters is basically hitting everyone in the chest (except for one derp I recall on 4 & 14 to wide open McKeon) and has about 3 different speeds for the ball shows me his level of talent.  

 

11/26/2017 - 7:51pm I feel like the sun just crested the horizon

on a new era of Ohio State football.

Meyer probably knows he's effed this time around with the team he has, even against Wisconsin.  Haskins threaded some passes but from what I saw they became so much more conventional in their offense heavily reliant on RBs.  Meaning, we pretty much owned them 1st and 2nd downs, then they beat us on 3rd down passing.  Imo the Sconnies are going to tee off on that.  Barrett will probably play in Indy but he won't last long if the hits are coming fast and furious.  But trying to live off RBs isn't a recipe for a dominant offense.

So its a clever pacifier for their fanbase to plant the seed that a cameraman injured him and by God is there going to be an investigation that won't even stop at the doors of Congress.

I've had this feeling that Meyer feasted on the success of Barrett - was a perfect fit for his system as a fairly durable runner, enough threat to stop spying the RB and just enough threat to pass to really open up the run game.  Similar to a guy in East Lansing who feasted on the success of Connor Cook.

We will see.

11/26/2017 - 7:39pm It would be high on my list if I was WS3

Just the fact that they could then run and pass-pro gives a QB a lot more field-life.

The guy did a lot with what he had to work with imo.

This wouldn't be popular but consider the zag tactic that its an excellent time also to look at life ahead, become a solid backup QB and see what kind of academic improvements he could make in his career choices as a benefactor of the financial heft of the school.  If he has coaching aspirations learning a new offense could definitely benefit him.  I can't tell you what kind of injuries he has sustained but they could be starting to take a toll with 300# guys body slamming him.  As I recall he had a significant injury in high school...lacrosse related (?)

11/26/2017 - 7:30pm Yesterday

I was sure Frost was going to Fla-Gators.  He seems like he might be stepping in quicksand going to Nebraska...I bet Frost would have loved UCLA but Ch. Kelly got the nod.  Nebraska would do well to hire Pelini back again.  I bet they could deal with his raving lunatic persona again to win 9 games again every year.  Nebraska screams "trap" to me.  Impossible recruiting and nobody really wants to be compared in infinitum to Tom Osborne do they?

Fla State fans are *really* going to regret messing with J Fisher in my opinion.  He had a bad year due to their QB being killed by Bama in the opening game, but I think would have bounced back next season.

Tennessee is bound to do something stupid, whatever that may be.  It goes against the grain but they should probably see if they can hire Hoke for 1 more season as HC and try to retain what recruiting they can.  I'm not in touch with their "coaching alumni" but there's bound to be somebody hot next season.  Norvell at Memphis would be worth a hire but they're going to have to give him some time to rebuild.  Maybe they hire Frost.  He seems all calm and gracious after beating USF but he knows hes "interviewing" right now.  His mouth will probably shoot himself out of a long term HC career eventually.

EDit: Im convinced Gruden will die of natural causes long before ever taking a head coaching job again.  Why would he?  He would have to work 24x7 to prove the hype then....for now & evermore in status quo its self-maintaining....

11/26/2017 - 7:00pm My favorite

Speight moment was the TD to Chesson I think against Minnesota when he was forced into relief of Rudock.

He did a lot with a limited OL in my opinion.

I wish him well and no more serious injuries!!

11/24/2017 - 9:04pm Gruden

would be a fool to take any coaching job now...then he would have to prove he was good at it and worth the hype and bux.

11/24/2017 - 5:16pm Ya

I agree about staying in lanes, rather than running 11 yards up the field trying to  beat the Tackle on a speed rush.  That always ends badly.

I had this idea  in my mind all night long...bring out 9 OL-ish people, QB + RB, FBs out at the wide receiver spots.  Which looks stupid of course at first, but start bringing the pain against the CBs and try to soften up the edges on run run run.   The potential mismatch that could be created out there seems like it could be an advantage.  If the CBs start playing off then there's green field out there.  If they press then smash them into the field.  Seems like LBs would flow but have to pick thru trash out at the edges.  Occam's Razor says it won't work otherwise everyone would be doing it...so.  But I'd still like to see it tried.  In a potentially lopsided mismatch you need to take some risks and hit on them...

11/21/2017 - 9:01pm Have 2 together

Sec 37 Row 18.

mattofvinings @T aol dot com

I'll go for $100 ea which is less than face if you are true Blue.

Sitting with friends with better seats...

I uninstalled Tigdget.  Stuck in outer space currently.