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06/18/2018 - 1:36pm For Father's Day, I…

For Father's Day, I accidentally gave my parents a cruise to celebrate their 40th anniversary, which is next year.

I meant to give it to them for Christmas, but the cruise company doesn't listen to directions, and sent them a welcome card, despite assurances that all mail would be sent to the billing address, not the address of the people on the cruise.  So I had to let the cat out of the bag to reassure them that someone hadn't stolen their credit card numbers to buy a cruise.

At least the location is still a secret.  So far.  I have to call the guy and see if they can at least figure that part out.  You'd think a cruise company would be used to that kind of thing.

06/15/2018 - 1:59pm Syphilis, probably.

Syphilis, probably.

06/13/2018 - 3:00pm So as not to encourage…

So as not to encourage schools to put their players on a five-year plan to get their undergrad degree.

06/13/2018 - 1:01pm I basically like the new…

I basically like the new site, but I wish there were a little more distinction between posts.  Probably too much design emphasis on the ancillary parts of a post like join date and points, and not enough on the actual post.  And I want 300 posts on one page back - and for the choice of 100 posts to at least stick.

Otherwise, I'm basically good with the design, and I really like how the front page lets you see the most recent posts all at once instead of scrolling down to see if you missed anything.

06/13/2018 - 12:55pm I have a 2014 Escape and I…

I have a 2014 Escape and I wish it had the much better interior layout of the newer Escapes while still having its own exterior styling.  I hate most of the styling changes on the Escape refresh, but the interior is a gazillion times smarter.

06/08/2018 - 3:22pm That was me til I was seven…

That was me til I was seven.  I hated mustard and loved ketchup.  I drowned my fries in ketchup.  Now I swing the other way.  There's ketchup in my fridge still, but it's there for one reason only: to cook sloppy joes with.

06/07/2018 - 2:02pm Ketchup is terrible.

Ketchup is terrible.

06/06/2018 - 12:35pm I would've been legitimately…

I would've been legitimately kind of pissed at the Pistons if they'd hired Beilein.  I mean, I'm a Pistons fan, but seriously don't go screwing up a good thing like that.

06/06/2018 - 8:58am Actually, the Geocities…

Actually, the Geocities version was one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time.

05/30/2018 - 4:37pm Sure. Then that's every

Sure. Then that's every government ever in the history of the world.

Hard for me to disagree with that.

05/30/2018 - 4:23pm Everything sounds great, but

Everything sounds great, but a government that lies about why it's taking your money is morally bankrupt.

05/30/2018 - 4:20pm Dan Gilbert, the Ilitches,

Dan Gilbert, the Ilitches, and Matty Moroun have long reminded me of the New Testament parable of the servants and the talents.  Three servants are entrusted with the master's money.  Two invest it and one buries it for safekeeping.  No points for guessing which one comes off badly in the end.

05/29/2018 - 3:14pm I'd rather take a car with

I'd rather take a car with 18mpg but that rarely brakes

I dunno.  That seems a little scary ;)

05/29/2018 - 2:30pm Of the three cars I've owned,

Of the three cars I've owned, I've still never had better gas mileage than my old V6 station wagon.  I could get that Olds with its heavy-ass gas pedal, '80s-era aerodynamics, and bitchin' spoiler, all the way up to 30 mpg if I was in cruise control and mostly going downhill.  It happened once.

Even not getting quite that high, it happily sat at around 25-26 most of the time on the highway.  Great car.

05/29/2018 - 2:23pm Turbocharged engines, as

Turbocharged engines, as everyone has been mentioning, are quite common these days.  That's because the automakers have figured out you can use them to meet MPG requirements.  They should be easy to find even in used cars.

Unfortunately, my experience with a turbo engine is that the horsepower vs. MPG numbers are now an "or" proposition instead of "and."  That is, unlike a naturally aspirated engine, you can either have the promised horsepower or the promised MPG, but not both.

05/29/2018 - 11:02am Maybe in a backward way their

Maybe in a backward way their failure will be the spark that the program needed to start to compete at the highest level.

You mean, maybe the people wearing suits will start measuring success in wins and losses and not dollars?  Doesn't seem likely.

05/21/2018 - 2:39pm Hmm.  Spreading mulch on

Hmm.  Spreading mulch on Coach's yard.  Looks like a major countable hours violation to me.  [/freep]

05/19/2018 - 8:03am Institutions aren't on the

Institutions aren't on the hook for big payouts because someone did something they couldn't have foreseen

That tends not to be the case.  Any institution whose employees do anything - this applies to universities, companies, what have you - will get sued, because that's where the money is.  

05/16/2018 - 4:13pm Why is it an awful take?  It

Why is it an awful take?  It should register.  It would be a pretty classic case of using someone else's tribulations to get rich.  It's not all that different from stolen valor, IMO.  Both are (will probably be) rare but should still be met with the deepest contempt.

05/16/2018 - 4:07pm I have a sweet Red Wings DVD

I have a sweet Red Wings DVD pack which includes five games in full, including this one.  I've watched it a couple times.  I can never really remember exactly when it was in 2OT that Yzerman scored, clock-wise (and I don't really want to), but I do know what's coming next when the Blues skate into the Wings' zone and Gary Thorne starts his call with "Gretzky had it, lost it....."

05/16/2018 - 12:25pm There are two sides to the

There are two sides to the spotlight.  Perhaps you'd like to tell the victims their presence and newsy-sounding quotes will be needed for the next five years or as long as it takes to make you feel like you've gotten your pound of flesh out of MSU?

This isn't about whether MSU has or hasn't squirmed enough, it's about getting some measure of justice, fixing the institutional problems, and then letting everyone move on with their lives.  Repeatedly bashing the public over the head with it is going to make the public damn tired of it.

05/16/2018 - 11:44am My thoughts exactly on

My thoughts exactly on Ausmus.  I always thought he got a bit of a bad rap and got criticized for decisions that there was nothing wrong with, but, uh, this is what good managing actually looks like.  Gardy knows what he's doing.

05/10/2018 - 10:06pm Oh please.  Tell us where

Oh please.  Tell us where anyone has ever been convicted based on what other people did instead of him.

05/10/2018 - 3:59pm By the way, a great example

By the way, a great example of a guy whose life was ruined by a false allegation is Brian Banks.

05/10/2018 - 12:29pm I don't really think there's

I don't really think there's a dearth of men being shamed and accused of lying in the public discourse.  Somehow we got to the point where we had to talk about "teaching men not to rape," so around that time, stereotyping basically all men as potential rapists became A-OK.

05/10/2018 - 9:54am "The statistics

"The statistics say"???

You're judging a guy and holding yourself forth as the moral arbiter of whether or not he deserves a career because of "statistics"???  Not, you know, the case itself, but whether other people raped someone??

Fuck that opinion.

05/10/2018 - 8:34am I don't believe false

I don't believe false allegations are particularly rare, but I'm not sure it matters.  If Patricia is fired because of a single accusation that never made it to trial, I stand by the statement that it would be a sorry indicator of where society is.  I sure as heck don't know how discouraging victims from coming forward plays into what I said.

05/10/2018 - 8:15am It would be a shame if so. 

It would be a shame if so.  Do you think the "ban the box" crowd would come out to defend him?  I don't, even though "you're fired because of a potential crime that you were never even tried on let alone found guilty of" would seem to be the epitome of what they're trying to put a stop to.

If Patricia is indeed fired, it would be a really sorry indication of how far we've sunk on this issue - that a single accusation that was never even repeated is enough to destroy careers.

I think Patricia will come through just fine, but in this environment you never know.

05/08/2018 - 4:39pm Definitely a case worth

Definitely a case worth debating.  Do I agree with everything, no - but it's a real discussion instead of "you obviously don't want a championship."

I'll concede that the injury history on these guys - Jackson and Griffin, mainly - is a big problem.  Can we depend on them for a full season?  I'd like to think so, but maybe not.  And I don't think that can be downplayed until they do play 82 games together.

I do think it's unfair to say Reggie doesn't take care of the ball.  He's basically middle of the road in the turnover department, actually.  He's a lousy three-point shooter, but pretty solid on twos.

Griffin is high-volume and kind of an average three point shooter, but an outstanding passer.  You can move the offense through him much more than your average (or even way above average) PF, who basically has to end up shooting in order to be useful.  I wouldn't slap this trio with the label of bad ball movement, just for Griffin alone.

I also think it's unfair criticism to say Drummond will always be what he is.  He did just improve his FT shooting so that nobody does Hack-a-Dre anymore.  I think there's more upward trajectory left in his game, and meantime having the league's best rebounder and top-ten shot-blocker is a tremendously valuable thing.

Lastly, the Pistons were tied for sixth in the league in PPG allowed, so the defense ain't half bad.  It's the offense that needs work.  A full season (I know, no guarantee) of this big three playing together should go a long way toward fixing that.

Let's face it: You can't win in the NBA by having a poor-man's version of the best teams.  You can't out-Harden Harden or out-Steph Steph.  So you have to zig when everyone else zags.  That's how the Pistons went on their last big contending (and championship) run and that's what they're doing now.  Run the game through the bigs instead of the guards.  They need a coach who can take advantage of Griffin's point-forward abilities and squeeze a lot more production out of the locked-up potential in Johnson, Kennard, and Ellenson.  It can be done.  Nobody has a ball-mover at PF like we do or a rebounder at C like we do - the new coach just has to find a way to make those mismatches work.

05/08/2018 - 3:44pm Won't you be pissed if it

Won't you be pissed if it launches sometime in the next 22 minutes.

05/08/2018 - 8:38am Bullshit.  All you are doing

Bullshit.  All you are doing is declaring that Reggie, Blake, and Andre aren't good enough and yuo have zero reasons why.  "They aren't winning with Drummond as the focal point" is not a reason.  Elite shooting can be added as complementary pieces around those guys.  Keep Reggie Bullock and you have one shooter right away.

Nobody has any reason to believe anything you say if you think you "don't have to present a case."  I certainly don't.  Your argument about "not wanting to be championship caliber" is patently garbage.

05/07/2018 - 11:26pm How about we see what happens

How about we see what happens during a full season before we decide they can't go to the playoffs?  I'm good with a 3-1 record, now let's see them play more than four games before you go "ya but zero playoff wins."  You really aren't presenting much of a case.

05/07/2018 - 5:04pm Record with Reggie: 27-18. 

Record with Reggie: 27-18.  Record without him: 12-25.  And they were 3-1 when they all played together, with the only loss being four points to Houston.

I don't know what kind of reverse Kool-Aid you're drinking, but I don't see a reason to believe you here.  And, uh, did you pay attention to Philly's attendance numbers during their tank job?

05/07/2018 - 1:57pm Disagree.  In the short term,

Disagree.  In the short term, i.e., next year, what we have is what we have.  Longer term, I think Blake and Andre plus a healthy Reggie is a formidable trio to build around.  After this next season, Ish Smith comes off the books and the team can decide to fish or cut bait on all three of Stanley Johnson, Henry Ellenson, and Luke Kennard.  Johnson will be an RFA and the other two have club options.  One more season after that and you lose two of the biggest mistakes in recent history in Leuer and Josh Smith.

2018-2019 will be a study in painful mediocrity (and in the NBA there's barely any point in trying to become an instant contender in a year anyway), but the next GM will have some real flexibility in the summers of 2019 and 2020.

I'm good with trying to have our own big three in the three that are already on the roster, and spending a couple years shedding mistakes and trying to replace them with better complementary pieces.  Don't need to burn it to the ground.  The house is in good shape, it's just that someone put ugly-ass wallpaper all over it and neglected the landscape.

05/07/2018 - 1:47pm Hmm.  An organization that

Hmm.  An organization that doesn't make the playoffs and isn't OK with that, thus leading to changes in management and leadership.  I wonder if the Red Wings are paying attention.

05/03/2018 - 7:03pm So Florida Man moved out of

So Florida Man moved out of state and took up residence in New Jersey?

05/02/2018 - 10:53am I think that applies all

I think that applies all throughout life, honestly.  Sometimes men don't want women around and sometimes women don't want men around (and the same is true for boys and girls) and that's called human nature, and why that's become morally repugnant is beyond me.

04/30/2018 - 9:33pm But I don't see a reason why

But I don't see a reason why they can't do that.  No business is ever under a legal obligation to provide its services to another, outside of a binding contract.  The Cubs have been essentially licensing views of their games to other businesses.  Now they don't want to do that.

If the rooftop businesses had a contract that the Cubs would let them sell tickets basically to Cubs games for a certain period of time, and the Cubs are blocking their views prior to the end of that contract, there could be a case of contract breaking.  Maybe there's more to the case buried in the details somewhere, but otherwise, the idea that a business can't be allowed to monopolize its own trademarked brand (which is the essence of a Cubs game) is prima facie absurd, as is the idea that an event that sells tickets can't block out non-ticket-buying customers.

That's where the Hamilton thing comes in.  They're both events that sell tickets and the purchase of a ticket gets you a very specific and unique entertainment service.  There's no court in the land that would accept the argument that the providers of that service can't limit the view to people who paid them for it.

04/30/2018 - 8:16pm I honestly have no idea what

I honestly have no idea what you mean.  The very article states that the case involves "a claim that the Cubs have unlawfully attempted to monopolize the market for watching their games in-person."  It says nothing about bar and restaurant revenue.  How is an in-person event to which you must buy a ticket a strawman argument as a comparison to an in-person event to which you must buy a ticket?

04/30/2018 - 6:44pm I have a hard time

I have a hard time understanding why monopolizing the market on watching their own event in-person should ever be considered a tort.  That's what the entire ticket system is for.  Must all productions of Hamilton take place in an open-air facility so that the tour operators aren't "monopolizing" the market for watching the show?

04/26/2018 - 7:42pm "Bring back" and "import"

"Bring back" and "import" aren't synonyms.  The Ranger is coming back, using basically the overseas version updated for American regulations, and being built in Michigan.

04/26/2018 - 2:04pm Plus they're typically the

Plus they're typically the lowest trim levels, making them less profitable at the point of sale, too.

04/26/2018 - 1:35pm What happens if gas shoots

What happens if gas shoots back up to 4 or 5 bucks a gallon and there's a recession?

The thinking - and it's not unique to Ford - is that people will just downsize to a smaller crossover instead of going all the way down to small cars.  Crossovers are getting fuel-efficient enough for them to do that.  Hybrids are on their way to that segment too.

And worse comes to worst, the thread headline is misleading as Ford is not ceasing production of these cars, just selling them in North America.  They can be brought back from overseas without having to start again from scratch.

04/26/2018 - 11:51am You don't think it's possible

You don't think it's possible to overuse the term and inure people to the idea?  For one thing, I consider it wrong to treat racism as an evil, vile, and insidious thing, and then brand the whole world with it.  The reason people label that kind of thing "divisive and not helpful" is not because they're satisfied with a "racial hierarchy."  It's because if you define a particular term as vile and evil and worthy of complete eradication, and then indiscriminately lump everything into that term, that really is not helpful.

The more power you desire to attach to a word, the more careful you have to be in using it.  Because the more indiscriminate you are in using it, the less power you attach to the word.

04/26/2018 - 11:01am Why is the idea of being

Why is the idea of being called racist so offensive?

Because, apparently, being racist is enough to cost you your football career.  Which in turn makes it worse than being a felon, at least in East Lansing.

04/22/2018 - 4:58pm Thank you.  This is the

Thank you.  This is the correct take.  UCF looks like a bunch of jackasses in my book.  All this says is, if you want to "win the national championship", play in a horseshit conference against horseshit teams, and then pull out all the stops to beat the one actual real team you play, after which you can have a dumbass banner based on the totally real concept of the transitive property of sports. 

04/17/2018 - 1:23pm Understandable, but my guess

Understandable, but my guess is you'd be in the minority.  A big part of the NFL's mass appeal is the belief in its parity, and a big part of that is that you only have to envision your team beating a tiny handful of others and boom, playoffs.

Plus, the NHL is trying, with the kind of dumb format it has now, to push rivalries.  It's been trying that for years.  First it tried a horribly unbalanced schedule, which people hated.  Now it's trying the current playoff format, and people don't like it either.  It doesn't work because the divisions are too big and even though they try to put you in the playoffs against the same teams all the time, that's not what happens.  Do it this way and I think it'd be more popular.  I can barely tell you who is in the Wings' division at the moment.  People want to be able to know that.  Simplicity helps big-time.

04/17/2018 - 12:25pm To keep brawls from

To keep brawls from happening, suspend anyone that comes off the bench during an altercation. If the batter wants to charge, he is going to be outnumbered. Will stop a lot of the nonsense.

Except that the catcher and pitcher might decide to start something knowing they have the batter outnumbered.

Honestly, I think the "brawls" are pretty much harmless.  It's a long season, 162 games, almost every day, plus traveling, for six months.  Guys need to blow off steam.  If they don't do it on the field every now and again they'll do it in the clubhouse.  The former is a lot better.  Nobody ever gets really hurt in those things, there's just a lot of shoving and yelling and maybe a little bad blood later, but it never lasts.

04/17/2018 - 12:13pm See, I'm taking the steps out

See, I'm taking the steps out of it because that's hard to tell - I mean, we all know they usually take like three or four, but I say just cocking the ball should be enough, that way, the ref only has to watch one thing.  If you're moving forward and you carry the ball like a football, that's it.  If they can call palming, they can call that too.

04/17/2018 - 12:10pm Actually, I'd double down on

Actually, I'd double down on the hockey divisions.  Make them eight of four each, just like the NFL (once Seattle joins and I'm calling them the Metropolitans because that's what they should be called.)

Adams: Bruins, Rangers, Islanders, Capitals

Patrick: Devils, Flyers, Penguins, Jackets

Selke: Canadiens, Leafs, Senators, Sabres

Norris: Wings, Preds, Blackhawks, Blues

Ziegler: Canes, Panthers, Lightning, Stars

Jennings: Wild, Jets, Avalanche, Coyotes

Smythe: Oilers, Flames, Canucks, Metros

McLaughlin: Sharks, Kings, Ducks, Knights

The top two in each division make the playoffs - period.  No wild cards.  They play each other in the first round.  The second round is Adams-Patrick, Selke-Norris, Ziegler-Jennings, Smythe-McLaughlin.  The next round is matched up again in that same order.  Or, I would not be opposed to a re-seed, as the NHL has done in the past.

The divisions are named as they were before.  The original four represented four of the six O6 "founders" (not necessarily actual founders, but builders) so two more for the last two O6 teams and two more for drivers of NHL expansion (Jennings, Ziegler.)

Oh, and games are worth three points, the way they are internationally.