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12/09/2018 - 6:56am For those people who would…

For those people who would like a bit more background information:

Tom Kowalski was longtime Detroit Lions writer for The Ann Arbor News (which ceased printing in July 2009 and was re-established as and all part of "Booth Newspapers") and

He covered the Lions football beat and was known as "Killer Kowalski." Kowalski started his Lions reporting at the Oakland Press, with one of his biggest stories being the 1982 Super Bowl in Detroit. He started covering the Lions for Booth Newspapers in 1997 and later became a key contributor to

His writing was known for its straightforward style covering the Lions franchise. 


11/22/2018 - 8:15am Just great 

Just great 

11/10/2018 - 8:30pm Sometimes he just forgets…

Sometimes he just forgets names or isn't focused on them.  It's a quirk.  He confused Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech once:  

"Beamer leans back in his chair and loosens a memory from late 2010. The Hokies of Virginia Tech, where Beamer has coached for the last 28 autumns, were preparing to play Stanford in the Orange Bowl. A few days before the Jan. 3 game, Beamer met the Cardinal head coach—Harbaugh—at an event at a restaurant in Miami.

“After we take some pictures, we start talking, just the two of us,” Beamer said. “Jim says over and over how much respect he has for Georgia Tech. He must have said it five times. I’m just looking at him like, ‘Are you serious?’

“Finally, I’m joking with him and I say I can’t wait to tell my team that you called us Georgia Tech. Because, you know, we’re Virginia Tech.”

Harbaugh then threw his infamous shark expression at Beamer: mouth agape, eyes on fire, looking poised to chomp. Harbaugh’s assistants have seen this look for years; he sometimes holds it for about 30 seconds without speaking, causing everyone in eyeshot to wonder what is flowing through his mind—if anything.

Beamer continued to lock eyes with Harbaugh for a few moments, waiting for him to say something, anything. It may have been the most uncomfortable silence of Beamer’s life.

“Well,” Harbaugh finally told Beamer. “I can’t wait to tell my players that you said you were going to play Samford, not Stanford!” He then turned and walked away."

11/03/2018 - 6:42am Awesome -- really enjoyed it…

Awesome -- really enjoyed it. 

08/30/2018 - 10:53pm "...a lot of that our…

"...a lot of that our hostility towards them is bred from familiarity." Speak for yourself.

I hate them because they were always on tv every weekend (NBC) no matter how lame their game was.  I hate them for playing Army and Navy every year and pretending that they do so because of "tradition" rather than just an easy game against players who they outweigh by 60 pounds.  I hate them because they refer to the mural as "touchdown Jesus," which seems pretty sacrilegious for a religious school.  I hate them because they are over-hyped.  I hate them because of commentators going crazy over Ron Powlus (first four-time Heisman winner!).  I hate them for automatically getting a BCS invite if they finish in the top 8 of the regular season BCS rankings because they refuse to join a conference and are independent.  I hate them for for saying they put "real gold" in their helmet paint.  I hate them because Rudy is a stupid movie (he gets a meaningless sack when Notre Dame is winning by a lot). I hate them for acting like the school's academic standards are so much higher than every other school's standards.  I hate that the College Football Hall of Fame was in South Bend and it was lame when I made an effort to go there.

I do not hate them because of familiarity.  But let's be clear: I hate them.

08/26/2018 - 7:19pm Thanks -- interesting that…

Thanks -- interesting that Jon Jansen is on the show now.  I could see him doing the show for the next thirty years.

08/18/2018 - 10:13am It is not possible to answer…

It is not possible to answer this question without knowing the other details of your league including how many teams you have, rounds of drafts and the set up (e.g., QB, 3WR, 2RB, etc.) and how points are earned.  

But to give you an idea, I ran two projections:  one with PPR and one without PPR based on 12 Teams with 1 QB 2 RB 3 WR 1 TE 1 PK 1  Flex RB/WR/TE 1  Def/ST 1  DB 1  LB  1  DL.

PPR looks to make WR about 20-30% more valuable but individual players vary.

Here are the top 15 to draft

with PPR:  1 Todd Gurley 2 LeVeon Bell 3 Alvin Kamara 4 David Johnson 5 Ezekiel Elliott 6 Antonio Brown (WR) 7 DeAndre Hopkins (WR) 8 Melvin Gordon 9 Kareem Hunt 10 Julio Jones (WR) 11 Odell Beckham Jr. (WR) 12 Keenan Allen (WR) 13 Michael Thomas  (WR) 14 Dalvin Cook 15 Leonard Fournette 

without PPR:  1 Todd Gurley 2 Ezekiel Elliott  3 LeVeon Bell 4 David Johnson 5 Alvin Kamara  6 Antonio Brown  (WR) 7 Melvin Gordon 8 DeAndre Hopkins (WR) 9 Kareem Hunt 10 Leonard Fournette 11 Dalvin Cook  12 Julio Jones (WR) 13 Saquon Barkley  14 Devonta Freeman 15 LeSean McCoy (WR)

Obviously it changes the value of RBs among RBs.  For example, Eziekel Elliot become worth almost as much as Todd Gurley without PPR (155 to 152 points) when he is 20 points behind with PPR (187 to 167 points).

For Wide Receivers, here is how it changes their overall point value:

PPR v. without PPR:

Antonio Brown 148 v. 99 DeAndre Hopkins 133 v. 93 Julio Jones 95 v. 70 LeSean McCoy 75 v. 62

These points are based on Value Based Drafting, not the actual project points they will make.

You can download excel sheets here (you have to pay for updated projections):


08/18/2018 - 9:44am What ndekett is referring to…

What ndekett is referring to is what calls Value Based Drafting. Here is an article on it:

This is the theory underlying a lot of people's advice such as draft QBs later in the draft even if they score a lot of points.

08/16/2018 - 6:59pm Someone ordered me one, and…

Someone ordered me one, and I received it two weeks ago (I think).  And then received the ones I ordered a few days ago.  Not sure that makes it any better for you, but thought you'd appreciate the answer.  Also, I know there was some concern about the books being damaged, but all three of them arrived just fine.

07/24/2018 - 4:35pm Good Bye Cruel World!

Good Bye Cruel World!

07/21/2018 - 7:56am For those interested:  7:30…

For those interested:  7:30 p.m. tonight at Riverbank Stadium at Huron High School

07/20/2018 - 3:00pm Bring a wig and wear it. …

Bring a wig and wear it.  You'll be grateful not to have all the crap and sand in your hair.  You won't be able to talk a shower.

07/18/2018 - 7:54am Professor Thom's, a main…

Professor Thom's, a main Michigan bar in NYC, rented a number of buses to take people to the game two years ago.  There was tailgating before the game too.  I would consider reaching out to Pete Levin, one of the owners, and asking if he is going to do the same thing this year.  You might enjoy connecting with a bunch of Michigan fans when going to the game.

Some notes on the game two years ago:  The trip back felt long.  Looking it up on the map now, the stadium isn't what I would consider close to New York.  It's about an hour from the City, but you hit the tunnel traffic to get into Manhattan and that can be tedious.

I thought the storm and the blowout was great because you could walk to the first row behind the Michigan bench.  That was unique and due to the circumstances, but it was fun.

If you are driving to NYC, and not trying to connect with alumni groups, I'd think about staying in the Sunset Park / Bay Ridge area  (Southern Brooklyn). There is off-street parking and the traffic would not be as bad.  You would be going across Staten Island to get to Brooklyn, not through the tunnel.  Check out the Best Western Gregory Hotel.

Finally, I'd be surprised if it was an economic trip ticket-wise and in other ways.  It's still New York and it is expensive, and it's not the greatest game in the world.  I'd opt to go to the Northwestern game first if I were down for traveling. 

07/11/2018 - 3:06pm I couldn't find the docket…

I couldn't find the docket for this case.  I did find the lawyer's facebook page:

Two hours ago, he wrote:  "I feel like William Wallace when he and his ragtag army was facing down the cream of the English army and boomm here rides in the pride of the Scottish heavy calvery. Charge!!!"

07/11/2018 - 2:58pm Here is the court's docket: …

Here is the court's docket:  LINK

07/04/2018 - 12:09pm Well, this one wasn't…

Well, this one wasn't landshark, but yes I agree.  The point was that Lorne Michaels was arguing with the writer who had fought for 35 years.  The writer got his way on his specific vision of the skit because the event was so star studded that Steven Spielberg was right there to sign off on it.  

07/04/2018 - 11:36am Do you mean "Gods and…

Do you mean "Gods and Generals?"

07/04/2018 - 11:31am Solid choice

Solid choice

07/04/2018 - 10:41am Team Chaos -- a team made up…

Team Chaos -- a team made up of players whose main team was eliminated but they still want to play.

07/04/2018 - 9:15am Took a chance and watched it…

Took a chance and watched it.  It was worth my 3 minutes.  

06/30/2018 - 8:16pm Guttenberg for inventing…

Guttenberg for inventing movable type and the printing press.

06/03/2018 - 8:54pm The Godfather

"That's all right. These things gotta happen every five years or so, ten years. Helps to get rid of the bad blood. Been ten years since the last one. You know, you gotta stop them at the beginning. Like they should have stopped Hitler at Munich, they should never let him get away with that, they was just asking for trouble."

06/03/2018 - 8:07pm youtube

A few people have put the movie, Green Street Hooligans, on youtube.  No one has ever taken it down, so it is there if you want to watch it.

05/22/2018 - 7:13pm Moeller

Moeller was solid those two years.  I could never figure out why the team did so well in 1997 except:   (1) Charles Woodson met his potential, and (2) Brian Griese suprassed what we thought was his potential.  I mean, who thought Griese was going to be All-Big Ten that year?  And to loop back to Woodson, he was a once in a generation player. 

The years before we were 9-3, 10-2, 9-0-3, 8-4, 8-4, 9-4, 8-4.  The four losses every year were painful except that we always upset Ohio State even when they were undefeated.

It also seems like the front lines on both sides were very solid, and Marcus Ray stepped it up a notch also.

Conclusion:  Yes, we still win if Moeller is coach.  The team was built in the model of a Michigan team back then, and many players stepped it up.  Players win games.  We also had a little luck, which one needs.  In 2016, that luck means the referree makes the right call and we go to the playoffs.  Who knows what happens then?

05/20/2018 - 12:48pm bargain

Yes, we have come to bargain -- with the appropriate homage to Dr. Strange.

05/18/2018 - 3:08pm I'm in

I'm in.  It'd be cool to see their stadium that way

05/17/2018 - 7:24pm why

Why not?  I haven't either, but I have looked a bunch at their stuff.  I just never dig it.  Honest question:  What is Nike not doing well?

05/17/2018 - 11:07am Old Trafford

Old Trafford for Manchester United.  It really was something to see that pitch.  You could sense the history. It opened in February 1910.  A lof of games on the same plot of land.

05/17/2018 - 11:04am meh

Here are the other teams that have been featured: the Ravens (2001), Cowboys (2002, 2008), Chiefs (2007), Bengals (2009, 2013), Jets (2010), Dolphins (2012), Falcons (2014), Texans (2015) and Rams (2016).

05/13/2018 - 6:30pm Bluey

Bluey -- upvoted.  I disagree with the article but appreciate you posting it.  180 replies and counting.  On an otherwise sleepy Sunday, you gave us something to talk about.

05/13/2018 - 4:19pm Maize_Nation:  Thanks for the

Maize_Nation:  Thanks for the response.  I took out the question since I wasn't really getting responses.  I may check out reddit.  

05/13/2018 - 2:46pm thanks

When you pick the right topic and people who know chime in, you get a great list.  MGoCrowdsourcing

05/13/2018 - 1:47pm Note

Note:  users are saying you have to start here (not at the link I have above);

Click on the part that says "Links Explored" and then start exploring those links.

05/13/2018 - 1:42pm thanks

Thanks -- I moved it down to fiction with a parenthetical.

Does semrush or ahrefs underestimate or overestimate or both?

05/13/2018 - 1:08pm update

I think you have to update your stars or karma on the left. go to the page where you vote and look for the buttons that say update. also, while I jumped to four stars for links I'm still at one star overall. probably take a few rounds to get a second star

05/13/2018 - 12:36pm seems easy

It seems easy to take pot shots at Harbaugh given last year's record and it certainly gets the clicks from pro- and anti-Michigan folks.  All over the map could also be a good thing:  it means he is harder to plan against.  But, whatever, people are going to keep writing these things unti we have an outstanding season.

05/13/2018 - 12:04pm users

For those interested, Michigan now has 1021 users for a total of 1342 stars.  Ohio State has 596 users for 895 stars. It seems like Michigan is gaining steam however, as more users join.

 I read this:  "If you simply explore all 20 links from the map page and then update your rating, you’ll jump right up to 3 stars!"

Here is a link to the 20 links:

05/13/2018 - 11:55am team chaos

Am I wrong that Team Chaos has to be the odds on favorite to win? 

05/13/2018 - 11:39am Agreed

Agreed -- I finally signed up this morning, and it is way more interesting than I thought it would be.  Any advice on how to increase my star rating is appreciated.

05/13/2018 - 8:48am Gave you an upvote for the

Gave you an upvote for the effort....Keep it up, my man.

05/10/2018 - 8:41pm Nashville

I dig Nashville, and I think it is great that they have a good hockey team given the town.  But it is hard for me not to want Winnipeg to win given how small the town is (705,000+).

With that said, the Pancake Pantry is pretty awesome:

I'm happy with either team winning.

05/07/2018 - 10:29am best hotel

If it were a regular weekend, what is the best place to stay?  The Otesaga?

05/06/2018 - 7:56pm lawsuit

Somewhat related, I saw that Chad Harbach was sued for copyright infringement over the book:

05/06/2018 - 7:43pm movie

I didn't know You Gotta Have Wa was the basis of the Tom Selleck movie "Mr. Baseball"


05/06/2018 - 6:38pm Japan Times

Japan Times agrees:

"Robert Whiting’s baseball classic, “You Gotta Have Wa,” (updated in 2009) remains the definitive text on Japanese culture seen through the lens of sport. Whiting has an engaging style, his research is exhaustive and his first-hand knowledge has ensured this book is just as entertaining now as it was when it was first published in 1989.

Examining the Japanese ideal of wa (harmony) through baseball, Whiting’s book is a must-read for anyone interested in Japan — even if you don’t know the difference between a balk and a base hit."…

05/06/2018 - 6:06pm thanks


05/06/2018 - 5:59pm Berenstain?

It might be hard for me to read that book because I read it as The Berenstein Bears (not The Berenstain Bears with an -ain at the end).  Just one of those things....

05/06/2018 - 5:56pm starting pitcher

I agree that watching a great starting pitcher makes it fun.  I'm digging the Angels but the games start a bit late.  Ohtani has been amazing.

05/06/2018 - 5:54pm Boys of Summer

Two people above listed it, but I appreciate you highlighting it as well!

05/06/2018 - 5:10pm Beat the Streak

I've been playing Beat the Streak a bit this year