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09/17/2018 - 12:39pm Could it be because we had…

Could it be because we had to switch to a backup punter due to injuries and they didn't want to ask too much of him?  So they are just telling him to "kick the damn ball" and not get cute with directional punting and all that?  If so, maybe unintended consequences are working out for us. 

I know Hart had a few punts last year, but he was clearly not the main guy.

09/11/2018 - 3:45pm How is it that Michigan…

How is it that Michigan State still has an Athletic Department at this point?  These people were monsters. 

There should be a whole gaggle of people in jail for life.   

09/11/2018 - 3:45pm How is it that Michigan…

How is it that Michigan State still has an Athletic Department at this point?  These people were monsters. 

There should be a whole gaggle of people in jail for life.   

09/06/2018 - 5:29pm These guys are idiots.  All…

These guys are idiots.  All they have to do is:


1)  Announce some baseball games

2)  Don't punch each other in the face

3)  Collect their huge paychecks

I know they have been trying to replace Allen for years because Mario hates him, and I love Jack & Gibby as much as anyone, but man, neither of them has ever been very good.  I know Gibby is sick, and I'm not saying get rid of him or anything, but he wasn't good even before that. 


09/06/2018 - 5:19pm Jim Price gives the exact…

Jim Price gives the exact same commentary for every game.  He's extremely repetitive, and a total homer.  I've certainly heard worse, but I'm not a big fan. 

09/03/2018 - 1:04pm It was absolutely targeting…

It was absolutely targeting against McKeon, but because he didn't go to the ground like he was hurt like the ND guy did, the officials didn't call it.   

09/02/2018 - 1:59pm Huh?  How could you miss the…

Huh?  How could you miss the fact that we ran shotgun formation for almost the entire game?   Patterson was in shotgun constantly.    Heck, the first drive of the game was almost exclusively shotgun, and Tirico talked quite a bit about how it was a change in how Michigan did things.  

09/01/2018 - 11:43pm Actually, what the box score…

Actually, what the box score shows is a team that is CAPABLE of so much more, but just didn't make plays when they needed to.  Almost none.  

The list of huge screw-ups is too big to even recount.  This is a team that came out and took a giant dump tonight.   But there is ability there.  However players are going to have to step up and make plays at big moments.  The D started to do that in the 2nd half, but the offense just never really did it.

I was SUPER impressed with McCaffery.  The game could have sunk faster than the Titanic when Patterson went out with cramps and McCaffery played really well.  But the offense falling apart any time it got inside ND's 40 was crazy frustrating.  

08/31/2018 - 5:08pm Yeah, no one in MMB calls…

Yeah, no one in MMB calls them sousaphones.  A sousaphone is technically just a type of tuba, so it isn't incorrect to call a sousaphone a tuba, it is just is a bit vague.   But since everyone knows that no one would actually march with a concert tuba, it is pretty much implied. 

08/31/2018 - 5:02pm You win the internet for…

You win the internet for today.

08/22/2018 - 12:46am Yeah, not complaining…

Yeah, not complaining because this list had to have taken a crap-load of work, but how can you possibly have a Michigan "all-name" team without Ali Haji-Sheikh?

07/18/2018 - 5:10pm I know this naming thing is…

I know this naming thing is stupid, but I have personally met Mr. Donald R. Shepherd and he is an awesome person.  He has given a TON of money to the Marching Band over the years and spend a lot of personal time interacting with band members.   As "rich dudes with stuff named after them" go, he's at the top of the list. 

07/18/2018 - 5:05pm What exactly is a …

What exactly is a "reasonable time"?  Do you have to be somewhere early on Sunday morning, like work or church? 

Personally, I don't do anything on Sunday morning except sleep, so I don't really care how late the game goes if I'm watching it on TV.  But I can understand parents not wanting their kids up till the middle of the night for the game.   

07/02/2018 - 4:28pm How about fuck you asshole…

How about fuck you asshole tears?  How do you like those jackass?

07/02/2018 - 4:25pm Yeah, I second this.  I went…

Yeah, I second this.  I went to school at Michigan, and at least 20% of the people I went to school with were total a-holes.

07/02/2018 - 12:19am The vision and balance this…

The vision and balance this kid shows in his highlight video are elite.  If he's fast enough to pull off that stuff against college players, at least some of the tine, he will be a good one.

I'm of the opinion that vision and balance are sometimes overlooked in HS RB recruits because they just out-athlete everyone they play.   



06/01/2018 - 11:49pm Video Games

Most people have no clue the effort and $$$ it takes to produce a good console video game these days. They are basically like movies.

I highly doubt this will work out.

05/23/2018 - 1:58pm Apple

Apple was a TERRIBLE investment in 1980.  They were dead money for 17 years.  You might as well have put your money in a pillow case.  If you invested in Apple in 1980, by 1997 you would have LOST money.

The time to have invested in Apple is 2003, not 1980.  They were useless as an investement before then.  In fact, the main reason I didn't, despite all the success they were having at the time, was their 2 decades of ridiculously bad performance.  Seems silly now, but 20 years ago, they were not a good company in terms of actually making money, and in fact had been on the brink of bankruptcy several times.   

05/21/2018 - 3:22pm Gall Bladder

Several members of my family are missing their gall bladders.  None of them miss it.  In fact, they all felt much better once the damn thing was gone.  One of them was sick for months before the docs figured out the gall bladder was the cause. 

Hope this will help you out!

05/17/2018 - 1:27pm Astros

As jbrandimore said, the Astros pitching coaches, along with some of their technology and ananytics staff, has revitalized JV.  Supposedly they had some super-slow-motion recording equipment there that helped JV fix a problem in his delivery that he said made a HUGE difference. 

And the spin-rate thing is big too.  Something is going on with the Astros and spin rate.  Either their coaches are really good and they are teaching some way to increase spin rate (quite possible) or they have figured out something else that may be skirting on the edge of being legal.  Every pitcher they pick up increases their spin rate when they come to Houston.  Morton's rate went up HUGE.…

05/16/2018 - 5:18pm Given his health question

the fact that he gets guarateed money even if he is cut is huge.  It sounds like even if they determine he can't go on playing, he will still bank a million+.  Not the huge 1st or 2nd round money he deserved, but he can play himself into that money if his health allows it. 

Really pulling for him. 

05/16/2018 - 3:11pm Lebron

I've never loved LeBron, but those photos show nothing.  Guys can fill out a TON between about 19-20 and 24.  He was still a kid when he started playing in the NBA. 

It's when they fill out a ton between 31 and 33 that I get suspicious.  Or when their head grows several sizes. 

05/16/2018 - 2:56pm C'mon man

Takes 10 seconds to google this.

In 1985 at the age of 44, Rose had an OBP of .395 (in over 500 plate appearances).  He was FOURTH in the entire NL in OBP.   For the advanced stats people, his offensive WAR was 1.3, though his defense was considered sub-par.

Bagging on a 44 year old who finished 4th in the league in OBP is pretty dumb IMO.  I'm not a Pete Rose fan, but anyone who can finish top 10 in anything useful at age 44 is a special player. 


05/16/2018 - 2:54pm No walks?

Not sure where this no walks things is coming from.

OBP over age 40:


40: .391

41: .345

42: .316

43: .359

44: .395

45: .316

It's true that he had zero power, but to say he too no walks is just 100% untrue.

05/16/2018 - 2:52pm negative WAR

His negative WAR is almost entirely due to his perceived poor defense, which at age 40+, well DUH.  He probably should have gone to the AL and become a DH.  He only had 3 seasons where his offensive WAR was negative--the last 2 years in Philly and his last season at age 45. 

05/16/2018 - 11:59am Security is impossible

If you hook cars to a network, someone WILL hack them.  It is 100% inevitable.  It is just a question of how much damage will occur with the hack. 

05/16/2018 - 11:56am Right

People's inability to just accept it and buy a minivan is pretty funny.  Minivan's rock when you have kids.  But no, they aren't "cool" enough.

05/15/2018 - 12:04pm Yeah

Don't try to resolve a dispute, or involve authorities of some sort.  Just shoot the other guy.

F*** me. 

05/15/2018 - 11:59am What exactly do you want?

Should the cops teleport in?  I mean, unless a cop happens to be right there to hear the shot, someone has to call in the event to 911, the dispatcher has to contact the cops, and they have to re-route to the location in question.  4 minutes is pretty quick for all that to happen. 

05/15/2018 - 11:29am Curious

why do you think the corner is the best?  I've had corner seats forever, but I've considered upgrading into the next section over.  Do you think it's just easier to recoup the PSD when reselling because it isn't so high?  If that is the case, why not endzone where it is even cheaper?

05/15/2018 - 11:24am Tough call

I had to make the same call.  I moved out of state a few years ago and have been StubHubbing my 4 seats since then.

I had seats in the corner, Row 38.  I had to decide how to upgrade this year--should I move into a higher PSD?   I decided to just move one section over one Section towards the 50 (still considered corner) & up a few rows and stay in the same PSD.  Last year I made somewhere between $600-800 even after StubHub fees because I was able to sell MSU and OSU for so much above face value, but this year I figure it will be a struggle to break even.  But as long as the team is good, the schedule next year should allow for another killing.

For years I just sold the tickets to someone for face value but once the schedule got unbalanced, people started buying them for the good season and then bailing on me the next, and I got tired of that really quick. 

05/14/2018 - 7:11pm LOL

“It comes up twice in those first 50 points that students should get rid of cleaning or laundry service subscriptions in order to save money,”

I've never had a laundry service subscription in my entire life, let alone in college.  Good grief, how spoiled do you have to be that you can't wash your own clothes?

05/14/2018 - 7:08pm I already had this talk with my wife

I love UM, but I have no intention of sending my kids there now that we no longer live in Michigan.

The value of sending them to Michigan as an out-of-state school just doesn't add up.  We have schools in-state that will be 1/4th the cost and the degree will be 80-90% as valuable.  Maybe not 100% as valuable, but the cost/value proposition is just so much better.

Obviously if I was in-state I would still look to Ann Arbor if my kids could get in.  But as an out-of-stater, I just can't justify it.  I'm not sure I can justify the cost of ANY out-of-state university any more. 

05/14/2018 - 2:17pm Sure

Everything is more complicated than what is discussed on a football blog.

But it isn't complicated to know that you probably shouldn't take out 80-100k in student loans for a degree where your expected income is 30-40K a year.

I'm not saying this is the way things SHOULD be.  I'm just saying that if you have to go massively into debt to get a job that isn't even going to pay you 50K, then you are probably going to be in a world of financial hurt for a long time. 

There are cheaper options for that degree that will end up working almost as well and won't saddle you with a lifetime of debt.  I love Michigan as much as anyone.  But I wouldn't mortgage my financial future for it.

05/14/2018 - 12:40pm Stupid parenting

Even if you have that kind of money, giving your kids that kind of cash is just dumb IMO.

The way to learn how to have fiscal sense is to live without unlimited money.  I'm not saying you should cut your kids off.  But living with that kind of "allowance" you will never develop any sense of how to actually live in the real world.

I guess they never actually plan to do that, do they?

05/14/2018 - 12:36pm Yeah

GPA is important, but is only one facet.  I was in a similar position (same grades/time frame) from a tiny rural high school with limited AP classes and I was accepted into UM so quickly that I didn't even manage to get my applications to other schools completed.   So I'm not sure exactly what situation you ran into.

I did take Calc & AP Physics and all that stuff in High School, but I imagine most people applying to Michigan did.  For me, the big win was probably my ACT score.  My SAT was nothing special (would have been a NO at almost any IVY for sure.  I sucked at the SAT Verbal) but my ACT was pretty good.  Since Michigan took either, they probably ignored my mediocre SAT. 

05/14/2018 - 12:22pm A lot of people

are really bad at math and finances.

05/11/2018 - 1:15pm I realize

no one is going to read this, but I requested North Campus (Bursley).  As you mentioned, it was the only dorm where I could get a parking pass (1990).  And my truck was my lifeline to everything I did in college. 

Unfortunately, it also meant I ended up the DD for EVERYTHING, since, duh, I had the only vehicle among my friends.  But that was ok--it meant my incredbily wasted friends always got home safely.  So yeah, I never got to drink heavily, but whatever.   Looking at the big picture of life, I'll take it.

I once got to drive my RA home so wasted he didn't even remember it.  That was pretty funny.

NCRB was great too--I spent so many hours in there playing basketball that it was my second home. 

So, yeah, living up north can suck.  I don't know if you can still get parking passes.  But I actually liked it quite a bit, and once I had tons of engineering classes, I could just ride my bike to class in the morning in about 4 minutes, which rocked.   Riding back home again--not so great.......


05/11/2018 - 1:02pm Recommendations

This is off the front page, so I don't know if you are still looking at this, but here goes.

I would recommend broadening your language exposure to help you out before you get into your more advanced CS classes.  I don't know how classes like 280 are taught now, but based on how they were taught back when I took them long ago, some OOP languages would probably help (C#/Java/C++).  A lot of my CS classes were focused on OOP design back then.  I don't know if that is still true, but my entire programming career has been in OOP programming so.......  Having self-exposure to the languages before you have to start using them in class is a great thing.   I think  I read online that 280 still uses C++. 

You really don't want to be using C++ for the first time in this class.  You want to be focusing on solving the problems, not learning the language.  C++ is NOT easy to learn.  I worked professionally in C++ for 11 years, and of all the languages I have learned, the learning curve for C++ was probably the steepest (not counting assembly, but almost no one except for the hardest core people use that directly anymore) 

If you aren't interested in digging into any of those, exposure to JavaScript would probably be a good thing just because it is used so heavily in web programming.  Just be aware that a ton of JavaScript is learning a particular framework which may be replaced in 2 years for a new one. 

05/10/2018 - 2:02pm CS

I was EE and I actually loaded up on CS classes for fun.  Hence I figued out too late that I wanted to be a CS major, but back in my day, CS wasn't part of the COE.  Luckily people still hired me for CS stuff with an EE major.

Unlike the majority of people, I actually LIKED living on North Campus, because it meant I was closer to my classes and the computer labs, but also back then the internet didn't quite yet exist so that made working on projects out of your dorm room more difficult.  You could still do it on the university network but it wasn't quite as convenient as it is now.

The best thing I did when I was in college was spend time going to TA office hours and working with the other kids there to solve some of the impossible homework problems that made up 20% of your grade.  Now, this was EE, and I'm talking about the 300 level classes, so CS won't have to deal with those classes, but it was absolutely worth it to maximize the homework % because that was sometimes the difference between getting a B+ and an A-.

Learn how hard you can push yourself and then be ready to do it.  I pulled several all-nighters getting projects done (both EE & CS), because there was no alternative.  I guess I could have started earlier, but what fun would that have been?   I had some spring semesters with 18 credits and usually found that to be too much--some class would get almost totally ignored.  But I did marching band in the fall and I wanted to keep my schedule light (12-13 credits), so that is how I did it. 


05/10/2018 - 1:50pm BS

Anyone who says college is "Incredibly Easy" didn't get an Electrical Engineering degree from UM. 


Yeah, it would have been kind of easy if I wanted to just skate by with a B- average I guess. 

05/10/2018 - 12:31pm The real issue here

is that the Lions didn't know about this before hiring him.  They should have either investigated it, determined it was not a problem and been ready to talk about it if it ever came up, or they shouldn't have hired him. 


But to not know is so Lions. 

05/09/2018 - 2:27pm Tax Law

I brought this up a few months ago and basically got told that it couldn't possibly affect anything.

I agree with you, and think it will affect other teams a lot more than Michigan.  IMO the price of tickets has been artificially inflated because you could write off the PSD.  With that gone, I suspect some people may find the pricier seats harder to stomach on a yearly basis.

I'm not saying that the tax write off was good tax policy.  I'm just saying that the price the schools charged had that benefit baked in, and we may see some change in demand now that it is gone.


05/06/2018 - 7:58pm This is a dumb take

Michigan often had to take Simpson out of tight games late because his FT shooting was a liability. He only didn't cost us games because we had MAAR & Poole to play guard late in games.

05/05/2018 - 1:34am C'mon man.

Late first round picks get 3-4 million GUARANTEED. Being a late first round pick is 1000000000000000000000000000 times better than trying to break in through the G-League.

05/04/2018 - 12:14pm I missed the start of my window

Logged in a few hours later.  Still moved my 4 seats one section towards the 50 at about the same row without leaving my donation level.  I figure same price, one section closer to the 50 can't be a bad thing. 

05/03/2018 - 3:49pm Hit

I feel like Wilson was hitting shoulder to shoulder, but being the taller man his shoulder slid up into the head region and that is what caused the damage.  Is this illegal?  Hard to say.  It certainly caused a lot of damage. 

05/03/2018 - 3:43pm NFL

I know nothing of Mo's condition. However, the NFL is super old-school. I suspect most of them hear "heart condition" and just shut down. They have no differentiation between a condition that can be mitigated and one that can't--they just assume the player is damaged goods and scratch him off the list.

NFL types don't tend to be overly nuanced.



If he was a pro-bowler they would be more willing to deal with it.  But as an unproven college player, they just don't even want to get involved. 

04/30/2018 - 9:14am Yeah

I have no ill will towards the guy, but the number of guys who have college careers like his and suddenly turn it around and have any kind of NFL career are about zero.

04/26/2018 - 2:55am Yeah

Dunno where they are going with this season, but that was pretty weak IMO.