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05/25/2018 - 5:12pm Triple Paste is the most

Triple Paste is the most superiorest.  Nurses in the NICU turned us on to it.  It's more expensive, but it's worth it.

 

(But it's admittedly not as much fun to say as Boudreaux's Butt Paste.)

05/25/2018 - 2:40pm This is such a good one.  We

This is such a good one.  We made all kinds of noise when the kids were sleeping as babies, and now they'll sleep through just about anything.  I run the Vitamix most nights while they're sleeping, and they don't wake up (8 yr old and twin 3 yr olds - although the 8 yr old doesn't really count since he's deaf and doesn't wear his cochlear implant microphones when he's sleeping!).

05/21/2018 - 6:07pm Plenty of Chicagoans love

Plenty of Chicagoans love Chicago style deep-dish pizza.  It's just that it's more of a special occasion treat than your weekly order.  Chicago style thin crust (not cracker, not as chewy as NY slices) with sausage in a box cut is where it's at for take-out for pizza night.

05/21/2018 - 5:33pm Joey won 20 games or more

Joey won 20 games or more each of his first 8 years, and went to the NCAA 7 times.  He was over .500 each of his first 11 years.  He was under .500 his final two years (including bottoming out at 3-24 in his final year).  He wasn't a great coach, but he was hardly a disaster.

05/16/2018 - 6:03pm Michigan fans complain about

Michigan fans complain about officiating way too much.

03/09/2018 - 1:11pm My primary care doctor has

My primary care doctor has offered a concierge service for a few years, but I'm too cheap to pay for it.  That said, I haven't had any problems getting appointments or seeing someone at the practice.

01/25/2018 - 5:32pm When the kids were under 2,

When the kids were under 2, we had a strict no TV policy, so I did this for pretty much all games.  Every once in a while it gets spoiled, but I learned to live with it.  The worst was the awful PSU game that went into multiple OTs.  That was when I learned to pad a lot of time on the end of the games.

I really like it for football, particularly for teams that go full huddle and don't work the clock.  You can do a 30 second skip between plays, and they generally line up pretty nice to the snap of the next play.

I eventually learned that my wife (who generally doesn't like sports, but especially disdains football) would look up the outcomes of sporting events I was recording so she knew whether I was going to be happy or not.

11/28/2017 - 12:10pm This is such a bad look for

This is such a bad look for our fan base that we always come out bitching about the officiating after a loss.

10/11/2017 - 11:31am 16 years, by my

16 years, by my count.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Todd_Collins_(quarterback)

10/11/2017 - 11:30am Looks like Collins played 16

Looks like Collins played 16 years with 21 starts, but 13 of those starts were in 1997, so I guess he was a starter for a year.

10/11/2017 - 11:26am That might actually be Todd

That might actually be Todd Collins.

09/26/2017 - 4:53pm They did that at least in

They did that at least in 1992, which was the one time I went to Rick's.

09/26/2017 - 3:54pm In Chicago, it's called a

In Chicago, it's called a "Max Malortenschlager".

09/19/2017 - 10:37am This is a really effective

This is a really effective drug in many cases.  My son was involved in a trial with this, and it stopped his seizures cold.  Unfortunately, it had negative interactions with another of his medications (overworking the liver), and because it was a trial, we couldn't modify his other epilepsy meds during the trial.  We had to get off of the Epidiolex. 

 

We're currently in the process of weaning off of the other medicine so that when Epidiolex becomes generally available, we'll be able to jump right on it.

09/11/2017 - 11:20am So a big win against a

So a big win against a "power" in the opener followed by a lackluster win against an overmatched opponent can be the start of a big season?  Please, go on . . . .

05/24/2017 - 10:31am Every day.

Every day.

04/21/2017 - 11:22am The use of marijuana extracts

The use of marijuana extracts (primarily CBD oil, I beleve) is *extremely* promising in epilepsy research, but it's still in clinical trials.  My son was in one of those trials, and while we don't know for sure whether he was receiving the CBD vs. placebo, it was pretty obvious that he was getting the good stuff.  He was largely zoned out due to it (likely due to an interaction with another anti-seizure medication he takes), but his seizures stopped completely - from 10-30 a day down to zero.  Unfortunatley, it also spiked his liver usage (or something like that - not a doctor here), which was also due to interaction with another drug he's on.  Because it was a controlled study, we didn't have the option to take him off of the other drugs - we just had to leave the study.  Once it becomes available, though, we're getting him off the other drugs and trying out the CBD again.

 

With all that said, it's not necessarily the best treatment for all seizures.  Do you know what type of seizures your nephew is having?  If they're something called "Infantile Spasms" or "West's Syndrome", steroids are the most effective (gold standard in the US is typically ACTH) or Vigabatrin (don't be scared off by the vision side effects on that one).

 

Regardless, the best bet is to ensure that your nephew's parents are having him seen by a top notch children's hospital with a strong neurology department.  Mott isn't bad in the Midwest, but your best bets are probably Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago or Cincinnati Children's Hospital.  Push the doctors hard, and don't be afraid to seek second opinions if treatment is not working.  Controlling epilepsy is an art as much as it is a science, and sometimes a different doctor can make all the difference.  A good doctor shouldn't be insulted or threated by news that parents want to seek a second opinion.

04/11/2017 - 1:18pm I think I still have my

I think I still have my Subway sweatshirt from probably 1991.

Back then the 10th goal was the pizza goal - free small cheese pizza from Cottage Inn (pickup only), IIRC.  The lines were long, but it was worth it!

01/13/2017 - 11:54am Just guessing, but he

Just guessing, but he acknowledged his errors, paid his punishment, has been a model student-athlete since then, etc.  Spin it as a redemption where Michigan's tough love in kicking him off the team paid off in making him a better person.  It won't quiet all of the naysayers, but it passes the sniff test.

11/30/2016 - 5:52pm But they're not blocking his

But they're not blocking his educational opportunity at MSU.  They're blocking his ability to be immediately eligible to play football while he's there.

 

In other words, he's free to play school without restriction, just not football.

11/30/2016 - 5:49pm There are no issues with him

There are no issues with him transferring to MSU to pursue grad studies.  Just with him having immediate eligibility to play football while he's there.

08/18/2016 - 12:28pm Definitely Bo.  More iconic

Definitely Bo.  More iconic and cleaner to my mind.

08/03/2016 - 12:53am The single game play-in for

The single game play-in for WC teams is obviously a crapshoot, but it provides major incentive to win your division, and penalizes a team for sneaking in.  It's also pretty damned intense.

I love it, especially the disadvantage it puts the WC winner at in the second round.  The WC team uses its best pitcher in the WC game to try to advance, so they're now using #2 against their opponent's #1.

I also like the home field advantage determined by the All-star game.  Sure, it's a bit unfair and artificial, but it makes the game mean something to the players and fans.

You've lost me here.  An exhibition game should never have an impact on the World Series.  The managers still have getting all (or almost all) players in as their primary goal, so you end up with the mandatory players from teams who won't sniff the playoffs playing in the crucial final innings of the game.  It's terrible.

08/02/2016 - 3:12pm You dont run to first

You dont run to first differently depending on what's happening on he field.

Sure you do.  You run through the bag if it's in the infield.  You take a turn of varying degrees of aggressiveness for balls hit to the outfield, with the variance based on location of the hit, positioning of the outfielders, and arm strength of the outfielders.

You hit, they field, you're out or not, just wait and see if the ball is at the base when you get there.  And that's the action part.

That ignores the runners who are already on base who may be trying to take an extra base, it ignores the fielders' abilities to throw and apply a tag, and it ignores some players who have incredible sliding abilities (look at Javier Baez's uncanny ability to avoid tags).

When the action is not happening, even if there is strategizing that's going on during the downtime, the queues are subtle to non-existent for me.

That doesn't mean they're not there.

I find a sport is more interesting if, during the downtime, information is revealed that affects the strategizing and then the action.  In baseball, a lot of stuff happens between pitches, but I don't see that any of it tells me anything about the actual pitch.

If you're at a game, you can pick up a lot based on the positioning of the fielders, which can vary from pitch-to-pitch.  You can also see where the catcher is setting up.  That latter is even more clear on TV, plus if you have good announcers, they'll cue you into much of the strategy and what pitch options are available and likely.

I'm not saying there is no strategy involved, just that too much of it is invisible to viewers.

It's not invisible if you know what to look for.

08/02/2016 - 1:37pm The Cubs' (brief) playoff run

The Cubs' (brief) playoff run in 1984 was glorious.  It was before lights were installed in Wrigley, so the games in Chicago had to be played during the day.  I remember one my Jr. High teachers brought a radio into class so we could listen to the game.

08/02/2016 - 1:34pm Promotion that is likely

Promotion that is likely doomed to failure seems silly to me, but to each his own, I guess.

08/02/2016 - 1:30pm The phantom tag at second has

The phantom tag at second has been effectively legislated out of the game, not that it would speed up the game any more.

08/02/2016 - 12:36pm Beyond structural/contractual

Beyond structural/contractual issues, there are also major logistical issues that would get in the way.  Most (all?) minor league teams don't have the stadium and/or revenue base to support a successful major league team.  The Iowa Cubs (AAA team in Des Moines) do fine where they are and for what they are, but their stadium is small (11,500 seats and 45 skyboxes).  They could never compete in the majors.

08/02/2016 - 12:17pm I'm disappointed that this

I'm disappointed that this post didn't end with a suggestion for multiball.

08/02/2016 - 12:16pm Relegation doesn't work for

Relegation doesn't work for MLB, because the minor league teams (with the exception of independent leagues that have a much lower overall quality of play) are all affiliated with the major league teams, and the major league teams hold the contracts for the minor league players.  If the Twins were to be relegated, for example, and the best performing AAA team would be promoted, then you've either got the the major league team that owns the contracts for those AAA players pulling all of those players from that team (why would they pay the players for a team competing against them?) or they would get screwed for having a good farm system by, I dunno, cancelling all of those contracts so that they could sign directly with the new major league team.

Bottom line is that it's a mess that would never work given the structure and ties of MLB and MiLB, as neat as it sounds in theory.

07/22/2016 - 3:51pm After a loss leaving the

After a loss leaving the stadium, when encoutering a rowdy group of opposing fans, there would often be chants of "That's alright! That's OK! You're gonna work for us someday!"

07/22/2016 - 9:52am My wife's friend ordered some

My wife's friend ordered some Michigan gear online for my first son when he was born.  i was happy to be able to dress him properly, so I was excited to open the box . . .

 

. . . only to find yellow and blue clothes with WV on them.

07/19/2016 - 5:41pm I was not under the

I was not under the impression that the Big 12 cared as much about academic reputation of its members as the Big 10 does, but I don't exactly follow the Big 12 closely.  I was looking at more along the lines of athletic/geographic profile.

07/19/2016 - 4:21pm I think that Cinci is the

I think that Cinci is the obvious best choice.

I'd go with Memphis as the second.  It might end up being the Big 12's Rutgers, but it's a flagpole right in SEC territory with some decent potential that isn't too far from the traditional Big 12 footprint. 

07/14/2016 - 5:00pm I think they've already been

I think they've already been raised high enough, thank you very much.

06/03/2015 - 11:27am My roommate had Desmond

My roommate had Desmond Howard turn around in class and ask him to stop kicking his chair.

 

He's . . .  about the same age as me.

06/03/2015 - 11:22am I stood behind Jalen Rose and

I stood behind Jalen Rose and Juwan Howard in line at a Taco Bell once.

 

Also, I'm old.

01/27/2015 - 1:07pm Plank and 46

For what it's worth, while the 46 was indeed named after Doug Plank, he was retired from football by the time '85 Bears made the defense legendary.

10/22/2014 - 6:18pm Comparing flying a plane to

Comparing flying a plane to coaching a football team is not really productive - the activities are far too disparate to provide a solid analogy.  Keeping a plane in the air is hardly the same thing as calling plays.

And again, people seem to be overlooking the fact that Kill and Minnesota are successfully running a major (well, Big Ten) college football program, and with great success, when you consider Minnesota's recent history, all while dealing with Kill's epilepsy.  All this talk about having epilepsy posing a "substantial risk to the success" of the team (if I may paraphrase) is pretty much obviated by the success Kill is having running his team.

FWIW, the ADA does prohibit discrimination for conditions like epilepsy, and would require an employer to make reasonable accommodations if possible.  The way that Minnsota has dealt with Kill's epilepsy shows that such accommodations are not really that big of a deal.  I know that this discussion really didn't start from a legal perspective, but it's worth noting.

I really do admire the way the Minnesota fan base has for the most part embraced Kill and realized that his epilepsy is not an impediment to being a successful coach.  I like to think the Michigan fan base would react the same way if we hired a coach with epilepsy.

10/22/2014 - 3:25pm Minnesota managed quite

Minnesota managed quite nicely in Kill's absence last year.  Sure, they got rolled at Michigan, but still finished 8-5 (with Minnesota's talent, no small thing).  I don't think that makes Kill ineffective on game day - he's got a long-time, loyal staff.  They know, more or less, what he's going to do on gameday.  That's part of the key of managing his epilepsy - he has the proper support system.

The same would happen in the corporate world.  You have to have a succession plan in place if your CEO is incapacitated (whether from seizures or anything else), and delaying meetings is not a good succession plan.  If you've done your job right, as a head coach or as a CEO, you can handle a temporary setback like missing a meeting or a game.

Now again, I'm not arguing that Michigan should hire Jerry Kill - I don't think that's the right play.  I'm arguing that his epilepsy shouldn't be considered a risk factor in determining whether to hire him.  In his case, even more than others, since he's shown his program can successfully cope if seizures were to arise again.

10/22/2014 - 3:15pm First, he's made a lot of

First, he's made a lot of changes since last year's episode.  This is a long article, but it contains a lot of details:  http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2014/10/us/epilepsy-football-coach/index…  (Warning:  It also contains a picture of him hoisting the jug.)

Second, the same issues with sleep and stress are endemic to many (most?) high powered executive jobs.  Would you argue that a person with epilepsy should not be considered for those jobs?

10/22/2014 - 3:10pm The cancer and its treatment

The cancer and its treatment was the trigger for his epilepsy, but it's still epilepsy.  I understand he is now cancer free.  The medications he currently takes are for managing his epilepsy.

10/22/2014 - 2:47pm Is that really any different

Is that really any different than anyone in the corporate world with a leadership position?  As long as you have a plan in place for what to do if a seizure occurs during a game, or if seizure activity prevents joining a road trip, then it's managed.

10/22/2014 - 1:23pm Epilepsy

As the father to a child with epilepsy, it's very discouraging to see that people consider a managable condition to be a "risk" for a football coach hire.  I don't think Kill is the right choice for Michigan, but his epilepsy should have nothing to do with it.