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08/17/2018 - 11:47am The thing is, and I think…

The thing is, and I think Baumgardner touched on this, OSU will be fine if they fire him. Urban is a great football mind, no question of that. But OSU is a school with lots of resources, a cult like following, and talent up the Wazoo. 

I don't think they could get Stoops, but whomever they get will be high caliber. 

It makes the most sense to fire him for cause if they can and just move on. Even at the most crass level of just viewing this from a publicity angle they would look good, firm on their moral foundations, and still get a good coach. 

08/16/2018 - 10:05am Thanks, Space. 

Stuff like…

Thanks, Space. 

Stuff like this helps because I don't understand football as nearly as well as I'd like to think I understand football. :-)

08/15/2018 - 10:30am In my searches I've found…

In my searches I've found some older (after '11) Taurus SHO's. 5+ second 0-60 is up there with the muscle cars of old. 

08/15/2018 - 10:28am I'd have been happy with a…

I'd have been happy with a Marauder. 

08/15/2018 - 10:28am Cheap Speed, huh? 

 

Okay:…

Cheap Speed, huh? 

 

Okay:

'87 Corvette ZR-1. $6900, 

https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/vehicledetails.xhtml?listingId=460813194&zip=48169&referrer=%2Fcars-for-sale%2Fsearchresults.xhtml%3Fzip%3D48169%26listingTypes%3Dused%26startYear%3D1981%26sortBy%3Drelevance%26maxPrice%3D9000%26incremental%3Dall%26engineCodes%3D8CLDR%26firstRecord%3D0%26endYear%3D2019%26makeCodeList%3DDODGE%252CCHRY%252CCHEV%252CPONT%26searchRadius%3D50&listingTypes=used&startYear=1981&numRecords=25&maxPrice=9000&firstRecord=0&endYear=2019&makeCodeList=DODGE%2CCHRY%2CCHEV%2CPONT&searchRadius=50&makeCode1=CHEV&modelCode1=CORV

'96 Corvette Z06. $7595

https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/vehicledetails.xhtml?listingId=478138485&zip=48169&referrer=%2Fcars-for-sale%2Fsearchresults.xhtml%3Fzip%3D48169%26listingTypes%3Dused%26startYear%3D1981%26sortBy%3Drelevance%26maxPrice%3D9000%26incremental%3Dall%26engineCodes%3D8CLDR%26firstRecord%3D0%26endYear%3D2019%26makeCodeList%3DDODGE%252CCHRY%252CCHEV%252CPONT%26searchRadius%3D50&listingTypes=used&startYear=1981&numRecords=25&maxPrice=9000&firstRecord=0&endYear=2019&makeCodeList=DODGE%2CCHRY%2CCHEV%2CPONT&searchRadius=50&makeCode1=CHEV&modelCode1=CORV

 

There is a 300C in there too....

 

 

08/14/2018 - 2:57pm I thought that this wasn't a…

I thought that this wasn't a new thing. I remember 'helmet cams' from the 90's. 

Sacks were great.

08/14/2018 - 11:14am Amen. 

Navarre was just…

Amen. 

Navarre was just totally ripped by the fan base, because sometimes, to be honest, we can be whiny punks. 

Sure, he wasn't mobile, but he helped win us a ton of games. Sometimes I think that some people have an idea of something in their head; be it an offense (WE NEED A MODERN OFFENSE) a type of player (WE NEED A MOBILE QB!) or whatever, and if they don't get it then every good thing about what they do have is ignored and whatever bad things happened are attributed what they see as a gaping flaw. 

You know who we would do amazing with this year? Rudock. We don't need Denard or Johnny Football. We need a smart guy who knows when to cut his losses, can run an efficient O, and NOT TURN THE BALL OVER. 

With this defense, if *any* of our QB's live up to that we are going to have one hell of a fun year. Anything beyond that is bonus. 

08/14/2018 - 7:46am That I agree with. I love…

That I agree with. I love that he can laugh at himself. 

08/14/2018 - 7:46am I’m with you. That was…

I’m with you. That was almost painfully bad.

08/07/2018 - 12:13pm I remember the first time I…

I remember the first time I saw a Pacer, and noticed the Driver side door was longer than the passenger side door. That blew me away. 

Did you know it was originally supposed to have a Wankel? 

08/07/2018 - 12:11pm I let my kids drive in my…

I let my kids drive in my lap when they were younger (still do with my son). My daughter is 12 now so I may take her down to an empty parking lot some time just to try it. 

When in our sub division I let my son shift the Miata. 

08/07/2018 - 12:09pm My Mom's 84 minivan. We were…

My Mom's 84 minivan. We were loading something up and I was allowed to drive from the back yard to the front. I think I was 12. I horrified my cousin by using my left foot on the brake LOL. 

I remember when we got that Minivan. It seemed so huge. Like the ultimate trip vehicle. 

08/07/2018 - 10:34am Deal! 

That works. My son…

Deal! 

That works. My son is starting Pop Warner and my daughter Volleyball so the kids season might be a bit busy for me as well, but it would be fun to do afterward! I'll have to see a way to get you a non mgoblog contact. :-)

08/07/2018 - 10:33am I think Harbaugh honestly…

I think Harbaugh honestly believes in this. I think that the way his family is involved in the team bodes well. I think Brenda Tracy is doing good things. I think that having reporters like Baumgardner will help to keep us clean.  So I disagree with you 100%. 

That said, Brenda Tracy also visited OSU and got a good reception, and we're all human and can do stupid things. 

I'd like UM to be more transparent. I'd like them to stop being such dicks about FOIA requests. I never want this to happen to UM in any sport. 

 

08/06/2018 - 2:47pm Well said. One day, EM, I'm…

Well said. One day, EM, I'm going to figure out how to buy you a beer. 

08/06/2018 - 2:38pm Hey! Some of my best friends…

Hey! Some of my best friends have been Labrador Retrievers! Don't associate them with OSU!

08/06/2018 - 2:38pm Hey! Some of my best friends…

Hey! Some of my best friends have been Labrador Retrievers! Don't associate them with OSU!

08/06/2018 - 2:36pm This 1000%. 

Winning a…

This 1000%. 

Winning a national title, then finding out that some woman had to pay the price so that 'Johnny Awesome' could still be eligible would disgust me. 

We aren't perfect. The Gibson situation shows that. I want us to be better. But so far Harbaugh appears to be on the right course. 

08/01/2018 - 12:55pm "Not that we can afford to…

"Not that we can afford to ease up the vigilance.  There are more than a few obnoxious twits here and elsewhere saying it's things like education and integrity that hold Michigan back, and we should abandon all principles in a scorched-earth pursuit of national titles."

Amen. 

I spoke to some friends over the fourth, alumni, who were angry at Harbaugh over the trips. 'Just win! Stop all the other stuff.'. 

I can't understand that. 

I'm so happy that he does those trips, and encourages his players to work, and do extracurriculars. Having a good football program is about so much more than the W/L stat. 

Would you want to be a long term MSU fan, with a great story of coming from mediocrity to being a legit power, but always with that bad case of 'scandal heartburn' in the back of your throat? 

Would you want to be an OSU fan, with a legitimately great team, but always knowing that your head coach at least tacitly allowed a woman, and possibly her kids, to be endangered by a violent abuser? 

I wouldn't. No way. 

I think we'll get to powerhouse status in the B1G again. But so far, it looks like we are doing it the right way. 

I do think, 100%, that we need to cut down on the secrecy. That always worries me a bit. But so far, so good. 

07/31/2018 - 4:10pm I too have a soft spot for…

I too have a soft spot for the 928. 

07/31/2018 - 4:09pm Solstice and Sky. 

Solstice and Sky. 

07/31/2018 - 3:55pm Commanche!

Commanche!

07/31/2018 - 3:55pm Oh man....

Grand Wagoneer -…

Oh man....

Grand Wagoneer - with the Hemi. 

XJ Cherokee. The new Cherokee isn't bad, but it isn't the XJ. It hit the sweet spot of reliability, off road ability, and simplicity. 

Replace the Journey with an updated Pacifica crossover (you'd have to call it something else). Looking at the Venza et. al. I think the Pacifica was maybe a bit before it' time. 

Omni GLH Turbo! Except this time with a 2.0 liter blown 4 cylinder and AWD (okay, I'm reaching). 

(Queue Hart) Barracuda........

AWD Chrysler Minivan. 

Honda Prelude. 

 

07/31/2018 - 10:34am Amen. 

I've had some great…

Amen. 

I've had some great coaches over the years. They've also said some weird things. (Pee on your feet in the shower, you'll never get athletes foot...)

And while this is weird, I wonder A) How serious he is, really. Does he really not eat chicken? And B) What does it matter? It looks like they have a serious nutritionist on staff for his football players, and he doesn't meddle with her. For his own kids I'm guessing Sarah determines their diet. 

 

07/30/2018 - 10:37am I disagree. I don't think…

I disagree. I don't think they are handed a degree. The football players I ran into on campus were serious students. I'm not saying there aren't slackers, but it's not an easy row to hoe. That we have kids going through and getting their degrees and playing is a good thing. It doesn't happen everywhere.

It's a tremendous opportunity for them, no question. And a real ticket for some of the kids who may be new to college and it's academic rigors. I have zero problem with the University providing tutors, especially given the money that is made off of them. The smart ones (like Gardner) take advantage of it and get out with a Masters and no debt. That's a real benefit and something to fall back on. 

 

07/25/2018 - 3:27pm We have two Alexa and 3…

We have two Alexa and 3 plugs. I'm probably going to stop there. I don't like all the cloud stuff, and I keep Alexa's mic muted when I'm not using it. I've played around with a ton of stuff on her and honestly don't think she's worth the effort or the privacy issues. I hate arguing with a digital assistant. 

That said, the plugs are useful as I can hit the button, tell Alexa to shut off the lights in my son's room, and hut the button again. It's like being in Star Trek TOS. 

07/25/2018 - 3:22pm I Love This Podcast. 

 

I…

I Love This Podcast. 

 

I always liked Jansen, but holy crap Higdon has me all pumped up!

07/25/2018 - 1:00pm I just saw it update. YMMV

I just saw it update. YMMV

07/25/2018 - 1:00pm I'm pretty stoked about this…

I'm pretty stoked about this. I like Jansen. 

07/24/2018 - 3:29pm For a grin look at motorweek…

For a grin look at motorweek retro on youtube. 

'The (whatever) made a stirring 0-60 run of 11 seconds....' 

When I see kids turn their noses up at cars now... man. They have no idea. When my family got a 2.2 Charger we thought it was hot stuff. 

07/24/2018 - 3:24pm Okay, so I have a question…

Okay, so I have a question for you....

It seems (this is a big assed it seems...) that we have alot more HP. However, torque doesn't necessarily follow. I.E. My Jeeps had the 318 and the 4.7; both were around 230hp and 300lb/ft of torque. 

But new V6's get much higher HP, but the torque seems to lag and is lower than the HP. I thought maybe it was just the circulating mass of the engine for a V6 vs V8 wasn't as much, but then you see little engines like the ecoboosts getting great torque....

Is it because the V6's dont' have the mass and don't rev as high, whereas the V8's just have more mass, and the little blown 4 bangers don't have alot of mass but rev like crazy so F=MA they are high on the A, V8's are high on the M, and V6's are high on neither....

 

Confusing enough? :-)

07/24/2018 - 3:19pm Good Luck and God Speed Mike…

Good Luck and God Speed Mike! Thank you for your contributions to the team!

07/24/2018 - 11:01am Okay. I have to go back…

Okay. I have to go back awhile. 

 

My Five Hundred would beat many cars in the '80's with a 0-60 of 8.7. But To keep in what I think is the spirit I want to go to the sensational. So.... My 500 (0-60 8.7) would be neck and neck with an early 911: 

1964 0-100 km/h (sec): 8.7

Also, any Porsche 914; most Porsche 924's, and some Porsche 944s. 

If I got a Taurus SHO it would be on par with most of the muscle cars my uncle raced back in the day with a 0-60 of just under 6 seconds. 

I'd also beat a GT-350. 

We live in a Golden age of automobiles. 

 

0-60 figures gotten from various sources on the internet. 

 

 

07/23/2018 - 3:55pm *DONT* have a hard time with…

*DONT* have a hard time with him looking out for himself. I wish we could edit posts. 

07/23/2018 - 3:54pm You bring up a good point I…

You bring up a good point I hadn't thought of before regarding the other kid who might have sought a UM recruitment. 

 

That said, I have a hard time with him looking out for himself when the way the system is set up the school can always drop it's commitment. 

 

Early in my career I chose to leave a job once after working there a month. I felt really guilty. My Dad looked at me and said "Son, do you think if they needed to let you go for budgetary reasons they'd think twice? Take the better job'. 

07/23/2018 - 3:50pm It would have been great to…

It would have been great to have him, and see what Don Brown and Greg Mattison could do with him. But if he's that committed to going to Stanford God Speed kid. It's a great school and you'll do well. I can't get bugged by a 19 YO looking out for himself. 

Sometimes college success is about fit. And a student might find the right fit at one school and excel, while fail at another, equally rigorous school. If his fit is at Stanford then he made the right choice. 

07/23/2018 - 1:53pm Sucks for us. But Stanford…

Sucks for us. But Stanford is a fine school too, and I wish him all the luck in the world when not playing us. 

07/18/2018 - 8:20am Purely from a design…

Purely from a design standpoint:

The main thing that drives me away is *SO MUCH WHITE SPACE MY EYES HURT* That's a big thing. I can't stay on this site as long as I used to do because I start to get eyestrain and a headache. 

Otherwise; I'm down due to content. I want to read about football, and read rational things about football. MgoBlog was always a place where I felt better about Michigan athletics because the raging storms of my emotion could be settled by well reasoned arguments and analytics. Even when I didn't agree with things (I'm not a read option zealot) Brian always posted stuff that backed up his arguments very well and I respected the hell out of that. Then came the 'Whatever' post. 

That sucked. I came here looking for rational dialogue to ease the pain of a rough season. MgoBlog was *always* my place to go for reason. But at the end of last season it felt like I went to a wise mentor who always gave me the straight scoop and got dong punched with an overly emo post that was like reading the comments section in the Detroit News. 

I'm not trying to be uber negative, just honest. The politics, soccer, and stuff aren't my cup of tea, but I just ignore them. On the old site I'd go straight to the forums after glancing at the headline to see if I wanted to read it. Generally I always read unverified voracity. Always skip soccer stuff, basketball, and other things that tickled Brian's fancy but not mine. It's his site after all and I pay bupkis on a day to day basis for it. But now the layout hurts so much that I spend less time here. 

So we'll see how it changes once what I think of as the 'Football black hole' in the middle of the summer clears up. Here's hoping the eye strain goes away and Brian is feeling rejuvenated. 

07/18/2018 - 8:00am I'm definitely in this…

I'm definitely in this category. 

I'm very much grateful for this site and all the free content, but visually the old site worked better for me. The 'It looked dated' stuff never made much traction for me. A site works, or it doesn't. The old site worked in many ways, its just that the internals were creaky. I mean, it almost hurts right now to write this because there is so much damned white space it's blasting my eyes. It's like looking at a light bulb. I have to turn down my monitor brightness. 

That said, maybe, given the 'flat' Jony Ive inspired direction of so much GUI design nowadays, it wasn't an option and HUEL was using the tools they have. 

07/18/2018 - 7:53am Yes, but I'm not sure if it…

Yes, but I'm not sure if it's because: 

A) I don't like navigating the site as much. 

B) The content (it seems to me) to be more on things I don't care about (Ann Arbor politics. Soccer. Basketball a ton) and I like Football, Wrestling, and Basketball. 

C) It's slow due to football. 

07/17/2018 - 2:48pm I always wanted one. They…

I always wanted one. They look fun as hell. Can you get a stick in them anymore? 

07/17/2018 - 2:41pm What motor? 

 

Looks like…

What motor? 

 

Looks like the Chrysler version of Bumblebee. 

07/17/2018 - 2:30pm I gave you a point that won…

I gave you a point that won't register in honor of your mentioning Highlander. 

A point for you, bonnie Heather...

07/17/2018 - 12:49pm I changed my contact name in…

I changed my contact name in my phone to 'Big Daddy' just so I can see the look on my wife's face when I say 'Hello Siri!' and she responds 'Hello, Big Daddy'

07/17/2018 - 11:29am I love cars. Love them. 

I love cars. Love them. 

But here I admit I'm completely lacking. To me the Ford is just 'The Ford' (not even it's model name) and the Jeep is just 'The Jeep'. 

07/16/2018 - 9:32am Drev not contacting the kid…

Drev not contacting the kid... I'm just amazed at how things seemed to work great for him with Harbaugh elsewhere and then... not here. I wonder how much chemistry with a place can screw with someone. But while we've had issues, part of me thinks that an OL coach could like the opportunity to revivify Michigan's O line and bring it back in line with our history. 

07/11/2018 - 9:15am I love the regal Tour X

 

I love the regal Tour X

 

07/11/2018 - 9:00am Thank you..... I can't even…

Thank you..... I can't even imagine what the family is going through. I get upset just thinking about my kids being sick. 

 

07/11/2018 - 6:50am Lol. That’s the thing. I’d…

Lol. That’s the thing. I’d still be paying for maintenance. The cost of the use would

have maintenance bundled in it, and the car would be getting a Hell if a lot more use than mine does now, as well as paying for the higher cost of all the tech and programming to make the damned thing autonomous.

i’m a pass unless forced into it.

 

07/10/2018 - 4:45pm I think that there are a…

I think that there are a number of factors. A big one is that while I'm on board with you, most of the demand isn't for the big, cheap econoline with canvas interior that my aunt had for her family. 

People want big cars, but no one wants a rock bottom car anymore. For years, the first car for most people in my family was some sort of econobox (Toyota, Ford, or Chrysler) with canvas interior and carpet delete. 

Now, try to find any car that doesn't have a kick ass stereo, uber nice if not leather interior, ridiculous key fob, and infotainment system. 

They're there because that's what people buy, and the automakers are way more than happy to supply them.