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04/19/2018 - 3:02pm Came here to say the same thing.

Matilda was my go-to UM bar while I was in law school.  Much less of a shit-show than Duffy's was.  Good beer and food, too.

03/29/2018 - 10:30am The Rogels are awesome.

I could not have afforded to attend Michigan without a scholarship they endowed.  Met him a couple times as a student - really cool dude.

07/10/2017 - 10:43am So...

I work at an OEM in a capacity in which I get to see all of our autonomous technology coming down the pipeline.  It's much closer than a lot of people think.  

Yes, in the short term you'll see deployment in areas where the robots don't need to deal with snow or other difficult weather conditions, but the technology is getting better all the time.  They'll be everywhere before too long.

06/05/2017 - 2:33pm Hire a trainer, if it's within your budget

There is some good advice above (esp. the bit about putting the baby blanket in the dog's crate), but every dog is going to be different.  What works with one dog may not work for others.

If you can afford it, I highly recommend having a dog trainer do a consultation.  We did this the last time we adopted a dog, and it was SO helpful.  (It's not quite the same as your situation, since we were introducing a new dog into our existing household of two kids and one dog.)  She came over before we brought the new dog home, met our kids and our current dog, suggested some exercises we could do with the current dog to make sure the introduction would go well, and gameplanned how to actually introduce them.  She also came over again shortly after we brought the second dog home to work with the two dogs together.  With her help, everything went smooth as butter.

If you're in the Ann Arbor area, Hannah Ashmore ( is fantastic and reasonably priced.  If not, perhaps other folks in your area can make recommendations.

04/20/2017 - 3:20pm Long-time moderate depressive here.

I've never tried medical marijuana as a treatment, so I can't comment on its effectiveness.  But if your wife is looking for treatment options aside from pharma, I highly recommend meditation.  I took a vipassana meditation class a few years ago, and it's developed into a regular practice.  I've had some breakthroughs while sitting in meditation that have totally changed how I relate to my thoughts and emotions.  It got me out of some really self-destructive cycles.

04/12/2017 - 2:59pm Santa Claus.

He's a bagman.

03/28/2017 - 3:58pm This site seems to be doing pretty well.

Per Quantcast, mgoblog had about 400k unique visitors last month, with over 7 million total page views.  (I personally accounted for a sizeable fraction of that.)

UMHoops has a much lower volume.  Over the last month--which has to be peak season for a basketball blog--they've got about 120k uniques and less than 600k views.  A typical month looks to be more like 40k uniques and around 200k page views.  It's a lot harder to make a living on advertising revenue with those numbers.

03/01/2017 - 3:08pm Is anyone else dying at the

Is anyone else dying at the thought of Jim Harbaugh, birthing coach?

2-1 odds he did the pump-you-up chest-slap move during labor.

02/28/2017 - 10:37am I'll second the rec for Hoover Street Auto.

I've been bringing my cars there for over a decade now.  They do solid work, the rates are reasonable, and they are really dedicated to keeping their customers satisfied.  Highly recommended.

02/23/2017 - 1:14pm Google Play Music

The other services may have a larger user base (Spotify) or play nice with the Apple ecosystem (Apple Music), but for pure music streaming I enjoy Google Play Music.  Their radio stations have, to my taste, the best music selection.

02/20/2017 - 2:58pm Traverse/Enclave/Acadia

We've had a couple of Chevy Traverses and really liked them.  The third row has enough room to be a realistic option when you have extra folks, or you can fold the seats down for extra storage during the rest of the time.

The Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia are the same platform, and drive essentially the same. You just get slightly different bells and whistles depending on which model and trim package you go with.  I test-drove both before buying my wife's (2016) Traverse, and liked them equally well.  In our case, we got the best bang for our buck by getting a mid-level Traverse, but that could vary depending on which features you're looking for.

01/12/2017 - 1:37pm Um.

"Michigan has a solid candidate to do Butt stuff in Ian Bunting." 

I admit, I LOLed.

11/07/2016 - 3:18pm Speight nickname proposal:

Tiny Dancer.

11/03/2016 - 3:49pm Double Post


11/03/2016 - 3:48pm *The Situation Trophy


10/20/2016 - 9:43am Yeah, take the extra time in the Chicago area.

There's not much to do in South Bend aside from visiting ND, whereas Evanston alone is Ann Arbor-sized.  When you add in the fact that you've got all of the resources of Chicago just down the road, it's a no-brainer.

I went to Northwestern Law, though the law campus is downtown so I hardly spent any time in Evanston.  The few times I was up there, campus seemed really nice - the setting on the lake is fantastic.  I would suggest staying in Evanston if possible, since you'll really want to get a feel for the area around campus.  When you want to go downtown, just hop on the purple line - it's easier than dealing with parking downtown, anyway.

(Though if you anticipate that the purpose of this trip will be more for fun than for campus visits, the inverse is true as well - it's easy enough to stay in Chicago and take the purple line up to Evanston and back.)

10/12/2016 - 1:57pm Seth. Cumong, man.

I understand your points, but we've got the #1 defense in the country, we're scoring 50 ppg, and your expectations are LOWERED?  I'll have some of whatever you were smoking this offseason.

10/07/2016 - 1:40pm Beat me to it.


10/04/2016 - 1:29pm "a dubious online casino"

Department of Redundancy Department.

09/20/2016 - 10:14am The action is out of the frame, but...

If you look at the way he's moving as he enters the frame from the left, he appears to be off-balance after disengaging from #76 and half-falling into the QB.  I don't think it was an intentional hit.

09/09/2016 - 9:47am Don't read anything into that.

If you click through and look, he only has two CB predictions, both for OSU, both made nearly a year before he committed to us.  No new predictions in the aftermath of his decommitment.

08/18/2016 - 1:07pm Spam

This guy:

08/08/2016 - 12:01pm +1, Informative


08/05/2016 - 12:23pm Not sure if serious.

I'm pretty sure that there was no way to comment for the first couple of years.

The comment section in its current incarnation is about 8 years old.  Prior to that (back in the blogspot days), the site used a system called Haloscan, which was full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.  But if I remember right, even Haloscan was implemented well after the founding of the blog.

06/29/2016 - 10:24am Spam user

05/06/2016 - 1:32pm That's why (initially) doing this through Lyft makes sense.

When a user hails a car through Lyft, the user tells you a) where they are, and b) where they're going.  Lyft/GM can make sure that they only send out the autonomous vehicles when the route between the start and finish points is well-mapped and navigable by our new robot overlords.  

As techological capabilities and mapping data improve, they can gradually increase the variety of routes to which they send out the autonomous vehicles.

04/28/2016 - 3:40pm Bump

Just a reminder - looks like this account is still active.

04/26/2016 - 8:21am Spam

(Is it just me, or has there been a sharp uptick in spam posters recently?)

04/25/2016 - 3:11pm The thing about the sheet throw...

The way the sheet arcs around behind him, it's like his rage has developed a gravitational pull that sucked the folder into orbit.

04/18/2016 - 7:54pm Michigan doing pretty well so far, I'd say.
04/18/2016 - 11:31am Thanks for the reminder that this was happening.

And good call on the $41.07.  

04/15/2016 - 11:41am Ugh.

Which is why I spent my remaining per diem at a bar on the Riverwalk before heading to the airport.

(What are they going go do, kick me out of band?)

04/11/2016 - 1:14pm "I'd prefer some sort of nuclear option . . . ."

*checks profile pic*

Color me shocked.

03/09/2016 - 7:47am Brian Wilson

I saw the Beach Boys 50th anniversary tour a couple of years ago.  Unless his condition has improved dramatically, I doubt Brian Wilson will be doing much of anything on this summer tour.

03/04/2016 - 1:53pm Spam user

02/29/2016 - 2:22pm Hmm.

"Now that I'm done with producing offspring (please, God...) I'd love to send them to a new home."

You know, pronoun antecedent basis is a helpful thing.

02/09/2016 - 3:11pm Spam, egg, sausage, and spam

...and found a couple more: elizabethdm and uqn91267

02/09/2016 - 2:39pm Spam, spam, spam, spam...

In the comments for the "how close are we" diary, there's some spam from a user named JGZ59146.  Looks like he's done the same in a few other threads as well.

02/05/2016 - 12:57pm Beaten to the punch!

I was about to say the same thing.  See, for example, this profile of Ace.  (This may also be the first public mention of Ace's ska band?)

Good idea, though.  Might be worth re-starting, since there's been some turnover in the last few years.

01/26/2016 - 8:03am My vote is for...


12/22/2015 - 11:51am 1963 Caddy

When I was in high school (early aughts), my father and I restored one of these: 

1963 Cadillac Deville Convertible

A 1963 Cadillac convertible.  (This isn't the exact car, but it's the right year, model, and color.)  I remember that the engine compartment was so big you could literally sit in it while working on the engine.

Driving that thing felt like steering a cruise ship.

12/22/2015 - 8:01am Matt Hinton used to do this...

Matt Hinton used to do an annual article on this topic, demonstrating that recruiting stars DO matter - players with better rankings are more likely to become all-Americans, get drafted, etc.  Here's one from a couple years ago.

12/11/2015 - 5:55pm Wow...

Now I know how it feels to be Internet Famous. I'll try not to let it go to my head.

12/11/2015 - 11:32am Too bad.

I was hoping they'd name it The Terrarium.

12/09/2015 - 2:30pm Thank goodness

Thank goodness we don't peddle cheap foreign-manufactured goods and licensed schlocky merchandise.



11/30/2015 - 11:00am Think they could get him as the color commentator?


11/23/2015 - 2:19pm Awful news.

May he and his family find peace.

I've got two young boys, and I can't imagine what his parents are going through.

11/16/2015 - 11:10am Per Brian on Twitter...

An automated DMCA bot sent a takedown notice based on somebody's Kathy Ireland avatar.  Brian missed the message from his host, so the whole site got taken down.

11/16/2015 - 11:07am My theory on Rudock's drastic improvement...

So he took a hit against Minnesota and hurt his shoulder, now suddenly he's on fire.

Remember this movie?

Rookie of the Year


10/08/2015 - 8:31pm Everything gets tougher after

Everything gets tougher after kids, doesn't it?