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06/19/2018 - 8:52pm Good point; I didn’t…

Good point; I didn’t consider to whom he finished second. My point was more of the role of the afternoon games on CBS or ABC play in the making of the Heisman candidate. I recall Manziel making some play by doing everything wrong: running around 20 yards behind the line of scrimmage, heaving a pass off his back foot, throwing a rainbow late over the middle that should have easily been intercepted. But instead of calling out all errors in the play, CBS (Verne Lundquist, I believe) just gushed like a school girl and said there’s your Heisman moment. Luck didn’t have that luxury.

06/19/2018 - 4:19pm But Luck did play on the…

But Luck did play on the West Coast and I suspect a lot of voters did not see as much of Luck as they did the SEC, ACC and BIG candidates. Just a guess, but I bet a fair number of Luck's games ended after midnight on the East Coast. If Andrew Luck put up those numbers at Alabama, Clemson or Ohio State, is he a 2-time Heisman winner?

06/18/2018 - 3:34pm Please tell me WD hid in one…

Please tell me WD hid in one of those bags over the weekend to get this picture.

05/14/2018 - 1:20pm Which may be why a something

Which may be why a something like USNews ranks Michigan in the 20's but from an admissions standpoint it is difficult to get into, espeically out of state. 

From a purely educational standpoint, the universities or colleges that have smaller classes taught by professors and not by TAs are stronger than Michigan but it does not diminish UMs appeal among applicants.

05/14/2018 - 11:59am Endowment per Student

Though UoM has billions in endowment ($10.9 for the 2017 fiscal year), their endowment per student is $197K. There is a lot of ground to make up to be as flush as the Ivies of the top liberal  arts colleges. Yale's endowment per student is $2.1 million, Harvard is $1.5 million, Princeton $2.9 million, Amherst $1.3 million, Williams $1.2.

The advantage these school have is they can be need-blind in admissions and can afford to aid any student short of millionaires.UM would still be relying on tuition and less aid to make their model work. In other words, wealthier, less diverse students.


05/14/2018 - 11:47am It's an Ivy League school from OoS admission standpoint

My son's friend was accepted to Dartmouth this year, but rejected by Michigan, and that was with a 35 ACT and impressive extracurriculars. Talking to a friend this weekend, they had 4 kids in their school admitted to the Ivies but rejected by Michigan. I'm lucky I applied in the '80s as it's laughable to think I could be admitted today as an out-of-state student. 


05/14/2018 - 11:33am Labor intensive industry

Essentially higher education is very labor intensive. The perceived "quality" of a college often comes down to the student:faculty ratio. And then to attract the best faculty, the colleges reduce their teaching load so they can focus on research or whatever their academic interest is. As a result, some of the best colleges strive for an 8:1 student/faculty ratio with professors teaching 2 classes a semester.  It makes sense (to me) that a major cost-cutting move would be to have the faculty teach more classes to more students but the perceived quality takes a huge hit. What you end up with is faculty and staff compensation makes up the majority of the budget.

05/10/2018 - 10:18am Today vs 10 years ago

Keep in mind, some players' opinions of Michigan were formed during our darkest times. They were 6-7 years old when college football was abuzz about App State beating Michigan, followed a year later by a loss to Toldedo and a 3-9 season. If today's recruits started following Michigan as a 6 year old, they only know Michigan as a .500 team. 

05/07/2018 - 12:11pm Trammell

Since you are a fan of Alan Trammell, you probably know what kind of guy he is. He was in Cooperstown a few weeks ago for his hall of  fame orientation - all inductees come during the off season to be shown around the museum and get an idea what to expect from their very emotional weekend - so Alan Trammell takes time out from his orientation and drops in on the local high school's baseball practice to talk to the kids. That, I think, really speaks to what he is all about.

05/07/2018 - 12:05pm Otesaga

The Otesaga can be pricey, though the rate includes dinner in the formal dining room (men must wear sport coats), but the Otesaga is located in town and on Otsego Lake, one block from Main Street and about a 10 minute walk to the Hall of Fame. Even if you don't stay there, go there for a drink on the veranda overlooking the lake and the 18th green of Leatherstocking golf course. There is an affordable bar and grill downstairs at the Otesaga and they have an outdoor fire table, great for a drink in the evening. I'm a big fan of being able to ditch the car and walk when on vacation so the Otesaga's location can't be beat.

05/07/2018 - 11:03am There are a few of us, but

There are a few of us, but out numbered by golden domers.

05/07/2018 - 9:54am I suppose the manure is, too.

I suppose the manure is, too.

05/07/2018 - 9:34am Dreaded Double

Double post

05/07/2018 - 8:53am Morning Milking

My father would tell the tales of growing up on the farm in the Berkshires and milking the cows in sub-zero temperatures and getting a face full of manure soaked cow tail. Maybe that's where he got his temper.

04/25/2018 - 1:55pm Bryce Canyon

Zion is certainly amazing and Angel's Landing is spectatcular and terrifying (I had to turn back at the third set of chains due to uncontrollable whimpering), riding mules through Bryce Canyon was unforgettable, especially on a cloudless spring day where it was 40 degrees at the top of the canyon and 60 degrees in the canyon. Most see the canyon from the lookouts but hiking or riding through the canyon itself gives a different perspective.

04/18/2018 - 10:30am Google Flights is my go to

Since my family travel is flexible, the airfare map is great if our vacation criteria is "some place warm". It opens a lot of great ideas that we hadn't thought of - maybe I'm just more of a visual person and like looking at maps anyway. But you can see so many alternatives. For example, if you are going to Europe, you might find one German city is half the price to fly to than another.

Since my "local" airports are about 2 hours away, I find I can drive 3-4 hours and fly from NYC, Montreal or Philadelphia for a lot cheaper than Syracuse or Albany.  A trip to Hawaii from Syracuse was $959 out of SYR but $450 round trip from Montreal.

04/11/2018 - 12:28pm It's a canal in Egypt, moran.

It's a canal in Egypt, moran.

04/09/2018 - 4:14pm Completely agree

I lived in Newport in the mid '70's as a kid and we go back several times a year (luckily we are only a 4.5 hour drive). Winters are not half bad, I raced a Laser in the frostbite fleet a few years ago - 46 boats on a Sunday afternoon in December with some of the best in the world sailing regularly. Typical temperature in winter is 45 degrees and, like you said, comfortable in the summer, especially when the sea breeze kicks in just before 1 pm.

There is a FB group called, If you grew up in Newport, RI, that is worth joining. A lot of old photos and great memories.

03/09/2018 - 3:01pm Halo effect

I don't think we can discount the halo effect from the US Women's hockey team. It must have had some impact on yourng girls watching. 

Plus there's room to do creative marketing at women's games. I was at a Colgate-Syracuse women's hockey game with a Tuesday noon start time. What could have been an attendance disaster was mitigated by bringing in no fewer than 10 elementary schools. Those kids can scream.

03/02/2018 - 8:18am Snow day

Forecast calling for 2 feet of snow and 40 mph winds. Everyone in the family has a snow day.

02/24/2018 - 6:53pm Coming through NY state?

If you are approaching the city from the north (if you cut across Canada and upstate NY), try Tarrytown. It is right at the end of the Tappan Zee bridge and easy to access. We will almost always park at the train station in Tarrytown and the Metro North  train is 38 minutes to Grand Central. You avoid city traffic and city parking. Free parking on the weekend and you can pay by mobile if you are parking during the week.

For what it is worth, I prefer to park outside the city but stay in Manhattan. Parking in the city can easily run $50+ a day. There are excellent hotels in Tarrytown for half the price of NYC but if you plan to explore the city, it is hard to beat staying in the city.

02/23/2018 - 12:00pm Bad Lip Reading

"I told you we needed a bigger boat!" 

01/26/2018 - 11:53am I doubt there is any impact on enrollment or reputation

If Penn State showed us anything, it is how little something like this impacts a school's future. I have a sister in Pennsylvania and there are a large number of people there who think the real victims are the players who had to play on PSU teams with fewer scholarship athletes.


01/24/2018 - 9:47pm My guess

The hall of fame refers to that period as the steroid era throughout the museum. My guess is that once the relatively clean players are elected from that era, the known users will be considered, with some qualifier on their plaque designating their accomplishments as being tainted by steroids.

01/24/2018 - 9:33pm Yeah, but if you shit on

Yeah, but if you shit on people who are the ones voting you in, you’ll face some headwinds getting elected.

I hear Joe DiMaggio was a bit stand-offish with the press and they kept him from being a first ballot hall of famer. Joe DiMaggio!

01/09/2018 - 9:08pm And I think I was the only

And I think I was the only one looking at Alabama having to have security protect a coach from his own player on the sideline and thinking, Nope, I’ll take our guys over this any day. Any. Day.

If the coaches bring in recruits and say, Son, we are the reigning Outback Champs, what kind of players are you going to get? Not the ones who who get fired up when you smash a runner up trophy.

01/09/2018 - 4:35pm Because prior to the Outback

Because prior to the Outback Bowl pitting two unranked 8-4 teams against each other, if you asked what you would like most to happen with this game, I think most fans would say, #1- no career ending injuries for either graduating or returning players. Aside from the playoff  bowls, all other bowl games have reverted to being what they were always intended to be: A chamber of commerce promotion to entice fans from cold weather states to come to a warm weather state and spend some money. 

It is meaningless, aside from a month of practice, and gives no indication of what to expect next year. 


01/09/2018 - 9:39am If Bama had lost last night,

If Bama had lost last night, their fan base would sound a lot like ours. 


12/10/2017 - 8:31pm The player picks what cap he

The player picks what cap he is wearing on his plaque. The plaques write up includes all the teams he played for.

11/21/2017 - 9:37pm My first concert

I saw him at the Ohio State Fair in 1972. My first concert ever. I was six years old but have vague memories of a lot of screaming girls.

11/21/2017 - 3:13pm If leaving the Big Ten...

The Big Ten makes too much sense for Michigan in all sports. However, a football-only conference would be possible that is national in scope. It could be divided among the blue blood programs that do not want to be constrained by the NCAA rules and could go as far as compensating players. Obviously, there are only 30 or so teams that could afford to participate, but college football is an arms race already. 

Perhaps two East divisions and two West divisions with about 8 teams in each dvision. The money generated would offset the additional travel and leave the original conferences for the non-revenue sports.

11/17/2017 - 4:06pm Disadvantage in 1986

In 1986, Harbaugh had Michigan driving in the red zone. The crowd was loud, Harbaugh told the refs he couldn't hear. He waitied... delay of game on the home team and loss of a time out. And it repeated several more times, with Michigan picking up 5 yard penalties when Wisconsin had no more timeouts. i don't recall, but I think Michigan picked up 10 yards in penalties before finally snapping the ball.

11/17/2017 - 10:42am It's in the logo

I think it says "Toys R Us" and the second character is backwards in the logo.

11/08/2017 - 2:36pm I thought they were named

I thought they were named after a kind of sin. That would be much cooler... and very Stanfordy.

11/01/2017 - 9:37pm It's no longer the Big 2 and

It's no longer the Big 2 and Little 8. You can expect to win 10 or 11 games a year when you only play one or two comparable teams in a season. That era is gone. We hate to admit it, but for the most part MSU has a consistently good program, Wisconsin is consistently good and even Northwestern isn't the Northwestern we once counted on beating by 70. TV money and reduced scholarships, plus a demographic shift away from the midwest forever changed what we think as the standard.

We think we are unique in the football landscape... and we are. We are a blue blood program who still believes in the concept of the student athlete in an era where being elite every year us achieved by the programs that fire their scholarship players if they aren't on the 2 deep or stock their team with players who ain't come to play school.

You know what clean programs and players look like? They have ups and downs. They can lose 5 games one year and be in the playoffs another year, then go back to a 3 or 4 loss season the next. 

09/29/2017 - 2:03pm The pain part

I was prompted by 7 years of pain, specifically the pain part. If someone said, "Word association, Rich Rodriguez... ready? Go!" My answer is Denard. Brady Hoke years: Denard.

Pain? Toledo.

09/29/2017 - 9:50am On the other hand

So Steve Bartman brought us Denard Robinson? I feel my Michigan fandom is fuller because there were 4 years of Denard. I don't remember the Toledo loss or the futility of those years unless prompted. I don't need anyone to say " 'Memba Denard?, Memba him running?"

09/28/2017 - 4:42pm At first glance

That pocket square looked like a Louisville Cardinal.

09/28/2017 - 4:41pm Not quite SMU

But Pitino hasn't killed 5 hookers. Allegedly.

09/26/2017 - 8:54pm Well, maybe if you were less

Well, maybe if you were less stern...

09/26/2017 - 8:29pm Are you taking a jibe at

Are you taking a jibe at sailing? That's hard-a-lee funny.

09/20/2017 - 9:28am So many good points

You have been getting pretty sound advice but the best is probably to go ahead and check out these other schools, whether they are the Ivies or the NESCAC or others. Something may click for your son that he never thought of before he did a tour. Here's my humble opinion:

- all colleges have a net price calculator on their website. Few people pay full price; if you make less than $150K, an ivy or private liberal arts college will likely cost less than in-state UM tuition.

-Some in the midwest may not have heard of Bowdoin, Colby, Williams but grad school admissions certainly have any any employer worth working for has, too.For what it is worth, when I say I went to Michigan, people ususally ask Michigan State? The Spartans?

- The most valuable part of my U of M education was that it was 500 miles from home. Have your son consider going to a place that is different from where he grew up. That will be the most valuable and memorable part of his education. Afterall, he is going to college to be educated, not trained.

- The classes at the small liberal arts schools are taught 100% by professors. The professors research is done by undergrads. Almost all the classes have fewer than 15 students. Your son will be in touch with his professsors for life. Consider that when calculating an ROI.

-It is hard to find school spirit quite like Michigan. Being at a place where everyone loves the school is a huge factor.

- I have heard from business school professors that an undergrad business degree is perceived less favorably than an undergrad Economics degree. Likely the most valuable path for the long term is liberal arts undergrad (from a top college or university), work experience then on to a top grad school.

- Have your son consider a semester studying abroad and ask what percent of students study abroad.

09/01/2017 - 2:20pm College credit for practice

At minimum, perhaps athletes should get credit for the huge amount of work they are doing within their sport. Obviously, only a few players will get an NFL contract but many will go on to careers in coaching high school, college or the pros. As student athletes, they put in a ton of time learning the playbook, film study, training, etc. all of which  will be useful in their professional careers. What is that worth? 6 credits? 8 credits? Maybe then their academic workload could be manageable to take classes that are not watered down.

Nobody complains if a pianist or artist spends hours practicing or sculpting for their major yet cannot handle a calculus class. Athletics is an industry and there are career paths other than being a professional athlete, for which their college practices them.

Or let's dump the whole concept of student athlete and reverse the affiliation: They are a sports team first, hired by the university to increase the university's profile and school spirit , and in return, the university allows the athletes to take free classes and receive a salary.



08/30/2017 - 3:43pm This is his first time as a

This is his first time as a ball boy. He is 15 and the minimum age is 14. There were open tryouts in June with about 600 people of all ages trying out. About 200 were called back for a second tryout, and 80 were selected to join about 200 returning ball persons.

One advantage he had was having been a baseball player before playing tennis. Very few people can throw a tennis ball the length of the court. He is having a blast and meeting a lot of new friends. The Open is a great atmosphere.

08/30/2017 - 3:30pm The Dancing With the Stars

The Dancing With the Stars winner?

What does he have to do with football?

08/28/2017 - 8:49am Good to Know

Thanks for the summary. My son is working as a ball boy at the US Open this year so I hope he has one of their matches. 

I was there on Friday, the last day of qualifying, and even if you are just a casual fan of the game, the Friday before the main draw is very entertaining. It's free, you can go to any of the matches and you can watch all the top players practice. I'm not sure there is anywhere else you can stand 10 feet behind Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer and Venus Williams while they are practicing. Great tennis and a great atmosphere.

08/02/2017 - 4:59pm Well, I didn't want to be

Well, I didn't want to be Number 2.

08/02/2017 - 4:16pm Yeah, baby!

Faustin powers his way to Michigan.

06/23/2017 - 1:52pm I hear ya, coach

I had trouble with the calculuses, too.

06/22/2017 - 11:59am Lack of competition in the Northeast

When I moved to New England as a kid, baseball was king. At least in New England, it really is Red Sox Nation. 

But Mike Hart played against lousy competition (my high school- which just switched to 8 man football) , and it worked out for him.