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01/08/2019 - 11:06am I'm a huge fan, and excited…

I'm a huge fan, and excited to be (almost, kinda?) working on updates for them (I work for a large auto supplier as an engineering manager).

However I've only ever driven one and owning one is a back burnered pipe dream. But someday I will. Someday.

01/08/2019 - 10:16am Wendy, I'm sorry for your…

Wendy, I'm sorry for your loss! Make sure you borrow it back when your kid comes home so your clutch muscle doesn't atrophy.

However the SQ5 is a nice replacement. I've said before that I think the SQ5 and Macan are really the "Rich Person's GTI". They're the new Uber-Hot-Hatch. Glad you like it!

01/08/2019 - 10:15am Yep, VW only sells 4dr Golfs…

Yep, VW only sells 4dr Golfs now.

01/08/2019 - 9:52am They look good, they're…

They look good, they're basically a smaller (acadia sized), 5 seater Traverse.

https://www.caranddriver.com/chevrolet/blazer

01/08/2019 - 9:46am As a former 2X Wrangler…

As a former 2X Wrangler owner make sure those "Potential adventures" become real ones. An ORV sticker goes a long way.

Also - Jeep sold more Wranglers than Ford, Chevy, and Dodge sold Mustangs, Camaros, and Challengers last year. They make EXCELLENT toys. Just make sure you use it as a toy! Drop the top, leave the doors at home...

01/08/2019 - 9:44am Ergonomics are definitely a…

Ergonomics are definitely a factor: https://jalopnik.com/the-real-reason-all-these-crossovers-are-selling-like-c-1829595250

No kids for me yet, but my wife was saying that she's not looking forward to the bend and twist of car seats in my GTI. Of course, she has a new Cherokee.

01/08/2019 - 9:41am Leases are all about…

Leases are all about residual. You've got to remember that the dealer gets to sell a lease twice.

F-150 - $50K Sticker, figure your lease is $6K/year (500/month).

Ranger - $40K Sticker, Figure your lease is $6/year (500/month).

With 3 years and 36K miles, the F-150 will be worth 35K, the Ranger worth 20K. The dealer sells the F150 - they get $18K from the lease and $35K from the sale, for $53K. If they do the Ranger they get $18K from the lease and $20K from the sale - for $38K. It's easy to see how the F150 payments could go down thanks to the "second sale" value.

(BigH0use - I assume you know this, this is more a general FYI than directed at you)

 

01/08/2019 - 9:36am Read the top 25 from C&D…

Read the top 25 from C&D that I posted. People aren't buying cars as much as they're buying SUVs. They're chasing the market, correctly. Ford's best selling vehicles are the F150, Explorer, Escape, then Fusion. Fusion used to be #2. Why keep pouring resources into declining markets?

(it stinks, as a car guy. I have a fun car. I worry how long I'll be able to buy one)

12/07/2018 - 10:50am As a mechanical engineering…

As a mechanical engineering student (who had taken wood shop, and auto shop, props to high school!) I was drafted by my fraternity to rebuild the fire escape to pass code. Went to Fingerle for the fire treated lumber, they looked over my hand sketches, made suggestions, and really made the project a success. Sad to see it go, but hopefully the payout helps everyone invovled.

12/05/2018 - 4:55pm M's defense was definitely…

M's defense was definitely better at home, as they could wear white gloves and get grabby without the refs noticing. Brian pointed out a couple of instances, but the secondary definitely wore white gloves against Wisconsin and Penn State.

12/04/2018 - 11:44am The podcast used the…

The podcast used the original Trogdor audio, the longer Guitar Hero version kinda slaps?

 

12/03/2018 - 9:40am (No subject)

11/27/2018 - 4:12pm I'm hoping that with…

I'm hoping that with football season over some of these games actually get televised. BTN has like 4 channels in Chicago (Alternates for different football games), why not use them for Hockey?

11/27/2018 - 3:47pm I know, right? Hockey makes…

I know, right? Hockey makes money, doesn't it?

11/15/2018 - 12:39pm Z got a "Hook and Hold"…

Z got a "Hook and Hold" flagrant 1, where you loop your arm around someone's arm and tug. It's a point of emphasis this year for officials to look for.

Nova guy was issued a regular personal foul for the shove. Iggy was not penalized.

11/14/2018 - 4:11pm Best nickname on the team. I…

Best nickname on the team. I call him "Woods" 'cause he brings the wood.

11/14/2018 - 10:39am YES. Give me Red vs. Blue!

YES. Give me Red vs. Blue!

11/12/2018 - 1:14pm Only saw Perry out there on…

Only saw Perry out there on special teams - maybe covering a kickoff?

11/12/2018 - 1:09pm Re: Gil/Ross - won't both…

Re: Gil/Ross - won't both play next year assuming Bush goes pro? Could be a future-prep thing.

11/08/2018 - 1:28pm (No subject)

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11/07/2018 - 4:43pm (No subject)

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11/07/2018 - 10:21am FB Traps with walk ons. I…

FB Traps with walk ons. I love a good call-back

11/01/2018 - 4:27pm Thank you for no longer…

Thank you for no longer posting these at 10:30AM Central time...

10/26/2018 - 12:09pm Re: Video Review. What's a …

Re: Video Review. What's a "good goal"? are there "bad goals"

Should it be "yes goal" rather than "no goal"

10/26/2018 - 11:46am What, like I'm just going to…

What, like I'm just going to fuck up MSU's couch? like that's something to do?

 

...

 

Yeah, I fucked up MSU's couch.

10/26/2018 - 11:39am You mean this 88-80 game…

You mean this 88-80 game featuring 29 total 3 pointers wouldn't fly today?

https://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200406130DET.html

 

10/26/2018 - 11:37am I was right there with you,…

I was right there with you, I loved hockey fights as a thing. But when 3 enforcers committed suicide the same summer I had to change my tune. The players got bigger, stronger, and trained with boxers. It wasn't just the two biggest guys on a team brawling anymore.

As a goalie, I lament that at 5'11" I was already "too small" to play D1, not that I was good enough to. #TinyJesus forever.  

10/26/2018 - 11:35am The thing that kills me…

The thing that kills me about the NFL is the lack of strategic diversity. Every team (seems to, and I'm MGoBlog Football Knowledgeable) runs the same plays, has the same goals, and most games seem to be coin flips. There's some interesting stuff out there, but no Georgia Tech's just doing crazy stuff. The Wildcat was a rare exception to this in my mind.

10/25/2018 - 4:03pm Hosting a housewarming party…

Hosting a housewarming party since we moved. Had to schedule it for the bye week since she's such a stressed out fan, we often watch Michigan games at home to deal with the stress better than we would in public.

Gotta figure out the bluetooth on the new soundbar so that we can have music on for the party and football on the TV muted.

10/22/2018 - 3:45pm Where's Ace when you need…

Where's Ace when you need him!

10/19/2018 - 1:45pm IIRC () = screens

IIRC () = screens

10/18/2018 - 12:46pm SimCity fear level should…

SimCity fear level should have been "FUND" for history's sake.

Also, Civ2 or bust. Ghandi was ruthless.

10/04/2018 - 5:03pm NHLPA '93 > NHL 94

NHLPA '93 > NHL 94

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09/27/2018 - 10:45am Open it in an incognito…

Open it in an incognito window. No cookies.

09/17/2018 - 4:58pm (No subject)

09/14/2018 - 3:42pm -Black screen. Voiceover:

-Black screen. Voiceover:

"Back in high school I didn't want this life... "

-Scene a football field at sunrise

"After Coach Harbor's death in a car accident, something called me home"

 

09/13/2018 - 5:10pm Re: Ross & Gil, is this…

Re: Ross & Gil, is this somewhat an extended prep for Bush going to the NFL? Ross and Gil will be your 2 LBs next year, right?

09/07/2018 - 5:09pm Had a positive day (barely)…

Had a positive day (barely) run blocking, a super negative day pass blocking.

08/31/2018 - 12:23pm This wasn't, and shouldn't…

This wasn't, and shouldn't have been a 1 day story. But they're doing a great job of making this a 50 day story.

Don't make a 1 day story a 2 day story. This is just being handled horribly by everyone all around.

08/31/2018 - 9:57am Talking Cars Tuesday has put…

Talking Cars Tuesday has put the car cover on and winterized.

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Go Blue! Rudy wasn't only offsides, he was a criminal.

08/29/2018 - 3:25pm The line run-blocking during…

The line run-blocking during a pass play is an essential feature of RPOs

08/20/2018 - 3:41pm It's never good to send your…

It's never good to send your players to the hospital. HOWEVA, if one does go to the hospital providing the details on why, what your thinking was, and how you'll be sure not to do it again is beneficial.

Frost said "The workout was X. We were being careful by planning Y. When Z happened, our response was to..."

Picture Durkin's statement: One of our players had a seizure and convulsions after (I don't know the details, but describing the workout). He appeared to be having symptoms of heat stroke. We let him lay on the turf for 1 hour prior to calling EMS.

The whole university didn't do anything for two months after a kid died.

08/16/2018 - 4:45pm Re: Ticket Swap - Seth or…

Re: Ticket Swap - Seth or Brian could share email/phone numbers without public posting of them.

08/16/2018 - 11:17am I mean, Brian Kelley was…

I mean, Brian Kelley was responsible for a student's death (maybe 2 depending on how you classify the rape victim's suicide) and he's still got a job.

08/15/2018 - 12:14pm Making cars is hard. Making…

Making cars is hard. Making new technology is hard. Tesla is currently making cars in a tent, undergoing 3 SEC investigations, and having brand new cars lose their bumpers.

https://jalopnik.com/bumper-falls-off-brand-new-tesla-model-3-after-30-minut-1828306917

That said, there are more Chevy Bolts on the streets than Model 3s. ($1000 deposits =/= sales)

https://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-model-3-chevy-bolt-comparison-pictures-2018-4#-the-bolt-holds-its-own-so-the-verdict-is-that-its-a-tie-28

08/15/2018 - 10:36am Interesting. I copied and…

Interesting. I copied and pasted the car pictures as I used to on 2.0 and it worked

The screenshot above was uploaded using the little box above the text, between the quote and media embed buttons.

08/15/2018 - 10:09am Are you seeing something…

Are you seeing something strange? I see photos for the top 3 cars, and links for all. They're long links, but they're working for me, all in the right width, etc.

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(IE 11, hooray work laptop)

08/15/2018 - 9:51am The "OT - WSJ article on…

The "OT - WSJ article on Hackett" is literally the next post on the board. Might get more engagement about this there.

08/15/2018 - 9:40am Yeah, you're right. But I…

Yeah, you're right. But I missed yesterday and we only have so many OT days left.

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08/15/2018 - 9:39am Lots of options out there…

Lots of options out there. How about a 225HP 6M AWD German Convertible?

Used 2001 Audi TT in Naperville, IL - 489251332 - 1

https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/vehicledetails.xhtml?listingId=489251332&zip=60657&referrer=%2Fcars-for-sale%2Fsearchresults.xhtml%3Fzip%3D60657%26startYear%3D1981%26sortBy%3Drelevance%26maxPrice%3D10000%26vehicleStyleCodes%3DCONVERT%252CCOUPE%26incremental%3Dall%26firstRecord%3D50%26endYear%3D2019%26searchRadius%3D50%26transmissionCodes%3DMAN&startYear=1981&numRecords=25&maxPrice=10000&vehicleStyleCodes=CONVERT%2CCOUPE&firstRecord=50&endYear=2019&searchRadius=50&makeCode1=AUDI&modelCode1=TT

Want American Muscle? We can still have $3K for new tires:

Used 1985 Chevrolet Corvette in Gilberts, IL - 491369961 - 1

https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/vehicledetails.xhtml?listingId=491369961&zip=60657&referrer=%2Fcars-for-sale%2Fsearchresults.xhtml%3Fzip%3D60657%26startYear%3D1981%26sortBy%3Drelevance%26maxPrice%3D10000%26vehicleStyleCodes%3DCONVERT%252CCOUPE%26incremental%3Dall%26firstRecord%3D50%26endYear%3D2019%26searchRadius%3D50%26transmissionCodes%3DMAN&startYear=1981&numRecords=25&maxPrice=10000&vehicleStyleCodes=CONVERT%2CCOUPE&firstRecord=50&endYear=2019&searchRadius=50&makeCode1=CHEV&modelCode1=CORV

 

Maybe you're into cougars and plastics

Used 1985 Alfa Romeo Spider in Hinsdale, IL - 490574687 - 1

https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/vehicledetails.xhtml?listingId=490574687&zip=60657&referrer=%2Fcars-for-sale%2Fsearchresults.xhtml%3Fzip%3D60657%26startYear%3D1981%26sortBy%3Drelevance%26maxPrice%3D10000%26vehicleStyleCodes%3DCONVERT%252CCOUPE%26incremental%3Dall%26firstRecord%3D50%26endYear%3D2019%26searchRadius%3D50%26transmissionCodes%3DMAN&startYear=1981&numRecords=25&maxPrice=10000&vehicleStyleCodes=CONVERT%2CCOUPE&firstRecord=50&endYear=2019&searchRadius=50&makeCode1=ALFA&modelCode1=SPID

For me, there is no substitute. I'd go with the Boxster S:

https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/735971239/overview/