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06/19/2018 - 7:56pm I don't know how you guys…

I don't know how you guys who live in Michigan can stand it.

I'm out here in NY, and it dumbfounds me the number of Sparty fans on my various social media who are still talking trash, yucking it up about the upcoming football season, etc. They're idiots. They should be ashamed to be associated with what has gone on in E Lansing.

And I'm sure it's much worse if you actually live in the state. Mind-boggling, these people.

06/19/2018 - 7:42pm I was going to say the same…

I was going to say the same thing, 3G Blue. Then I wasn't going to say anything. 

Then I saw your join date and MGoPoints total and had to comment. So the topic that draws you out of lurkerdom is Frank Lary? I approve, my friend, I approve. 

06/18/2018 - 12:42am Completely agree about…

Completely agree about Landon. Well played by him, in my opinion.

Disagree about "long way to go" to "compete with the best." US is in a tough spot right now. But from 1994 on, we've competed with the best. We haven't been _one of_ the best, but we've definitely been competitive with them.

06/18/2018 - 12:36am Welcome to the board!


Welcome to the board!

And yes, I agree.

06/16/2018 - 2:12pm I am right there with you. …

I am right there with you. "Push the red button when you're ready to talk" or something to his partner.  Great stuff. 

06/16/2018 - 2:10pm Peru had soooo many chances…

Peru had soooo many chances. Feel for them. 

Amazing from Iceland. Never would have thought they would get the equalizer. Messi just is not a World Cup player. Shame because I'd rather see him have the game Ronaldo had. 

France might not make it out of the group. 

06/15/2018 - 7:45pm Good stuff. Thanks WD. Good stuff. Thanks WD.
06/15/2018 - 7:44pm 3 kids. Heading to Six Flags…

3 kids. Heading to Six Flags on Sunday. Drinking a Pepsi Free right now and watching a nice Adirondack sunset.

06/14/2018 - 11:48pm Hm. I don't think you could…

Hm. I don't think you could get a "significantly better" list of players from Belgium over that time span (maaaaybe if you heavily weight the GK and 2014).

Those other teams, sure, but four of those five teams won a Cup during that time frame. I think the main point was that the English side had talent but didn't even come close to winning a Cup, not that there weren't better sides. 

06/14/2018 - 7:59pm Ah, the irony of Brian…

Ah, the irony of Brian linking an article from George Mason profs.

Great piece of course. Just... the irony.

06/14/2018 - 4:25pm I doubt it was true in the…

I doubt it was true in the 70s. But now - a 4.0 is not what it used to be. Grade inflation is real. The high school I'm at now has to use a percentage system because too many kids have 4.0s.

06/14/2018 - 10:17am What year did you graduate? …

What year did you graduate? 

It's very hard to compare, but if you got 1300+ on the old SAT, frankly you could sleep harder than Michael Jackson and still come out of HS today with a GPA way higher than 3.1.

If you somehow did have a 3.1 GPA today, yeah, you wouldn't get into UM, especially engineering.

But these days for that same effort you'd much more likely be around 3.75, and that combined with a near 1500 SAT (my guess if you got in the 1300s thirty years ago) would probably get you in UM.

06/14/2018 - 8:50am Not buying it.


Not buying it.

Routinely turn down 4.0s, sure.

Routinely turn down 1500s+, no way. I have never had a student score in the 1500s who didn't get into UM if she applied. Would be a shock if that happened. 

06/13/2018 - 9:42pm I had one student apply and…

I had one student apply and get in last year. Great kid, good not amazing test scores, slight chance of making Olympics one day.

Had another apply this year and not get in, which was probably the right decision - however she did get into UNC (seemed about right to me).

It's really, really hard to compare college and college admissions now to when I went to UM (early 90s). Just one example: the SAT math sections are very different. Used to be a slow ramp up in difficulty throughout the sections. Now every question but the last one or two are very easy. I mean very easy compared to what used to be there. But the last one or two are hard. So, it's tough to compare. My gut feeling is that a) the 'harder to get the test scores necessary' is mostly shenanigans, as in my judgment the 1250-level student from the 90s seems to be pushing 1400 now and the 1300-levels from 1995 are definitely in the upper 1400s or 1500s; but also b) it's just harder for kids to learn how to study and to have time to focus on schoolwork now with SO. MUCH. STUFF. going on in their lives. My two cents as a teacher since 95 and SAT tutor since before that.

06/13/2018 - 12:37pm Not sure if serious, but…

Not sure if serious, but that's New York. I mean, the stadium's in NJ, but that's New York City they're funneling the world into.

06/10/2018 - 10:39pm Hm, if you liked Broken…

Hm, if you liked Broken Earth then I doubt my recommendations will help you much.

But if you didn't like it, then maybe try The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu? Although judging by your list, you may have read that already.

06/08/2018 - 9:05am The Great Filter isn't…

The Great Filter isn't hypothesized or implied by the Fermi Paradox. It's just one possible idea that is consistent with the (extremely) limited data that we have.

I don't think we have anywhere close to enough data to make an informed guess as to the resolution of the Paradox. If I had to guess, I'd probably put my money on the idea that life and intelligent life is surpassingly rare. People who say "There are 200 billion stars in the galaxy, there's no way that there can't be life on some of them" usually do not know anything about the probabilities that they are talking about, in my experience.

06/08/2018 - 9:01am Not even the military.

Not even the military.

06/08/2018 - 8:59am Yup. Completely agree,…

Yup. Completely agree, Stephen Don't Call Me Jr. King. NASA agents are self-interested like anyone else, and given the way NASA operates, that leads to a lot of self-aggrandizement.

06/07/2018 - 7:40pm Not following as closely as…

Not following as closely as if the US were in it - so depressing, that - but still following, of course. 

As far as storylines, I found the Israeli-Argentina friendly cancellation an interesting one.

Would love to see new blood, i.e. none of Germany/Brazil/Italy/maybe Spain/maybe Argentina in the finals. I guess we don't have to worry about Italy, so 1 down there.

06/06/2018 - 8:17pm This is what I always think…

This is what I always think of now when I think of Comic Sans.

Well, that and this one paper a colleague showed me where a 6th grader answered "Name two sports that people played in Europe during the Middle Ages" with 1000+ words detailing his opinions about spousal abuse in Ancient Greece, all Comic Sans, ALL CAPS.

06/01/2018 - 10:53pm 1. Freddie Mercury. Yeah,

1. Freddie Mercury. Yeah, I'll go with the crowd on this one.

2. Carrie Underwood. You ever see that duet with Randy Travis where he's just like laughing at how good she is? Yeah.

3 tie. Edith Piaf. The female Frank Sinatra but 800 times better.

3 tie. Steve MF Perry. Arnel Pineda is excellent, but Perry is a legend.

3 tie. Meat Loaf. No one else could do Steinman like he could do Steinman, although Celine, Bonnie Tyler, and Jessica Hendy have given it a good run.

Honorable mentions: Maria Mckee, young Stevie Nicks, Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Elvis, Daniela Mercury, Cyndi Lauper (you wouldn't be laughing if you ever heard her live).

05/30/2018 - 9:38pm Ok

Hope Warinner is building something great.

Frankly at this point, I'm not sure I would mind a 10 OL class. We've been so snake-bit/incompetent on the OL and with OL recruiting, got to do everything we can to fix it.

05/29/2018 - 8:31am Still not over the TT loss.

Still not over the TT loss. Or Klinsmann. So bitter.

05/27/2018 - 8:37pm Absolutely this. I would

Absolutely this. I would recommend AR (as long as you like it), unless you have a major, huge, giant reason to move.

05/25/2018 - 10:18pm 1) Enjoy every moment.

1) Enjoy every moment.

2) Being a parent is like playing defense in basketball. As long as you're not hopelessly out of your league, you can be at least ok on defense as long as you hustle and put in the time and effort. Same with being a parent. Just hustle and put in the time and effort, and you'll be at least ok. Maybe even good or great. So don't worry about it, and see point 1).



05/19/2018 - 5:51pm Is it really the last one?

Is it really the last one? The website lists 9 remaining nationwide, which I thought was the correct total. But the website may be out of date?

05/19/2018 - 5:48pm Because he likes basketball?

Because he likes basketball?

05/16/2018 - 9:10pm I actually agree with a lot

I actually agree with a lot of the "unpopular" opinions here, including: Taylor Lewan is a not-nice human being; Urban isn't the devil incarnate; it's not worth watching live when we go to half time like we did against MSU and South Carolina last year.

I'll add:

* I don't give a rat's ass what curlicues and fonts and shades and hues are on our uniforms.

* We should start paying the players now, on the books, and tell the NCAA to screw off.

* Title IX has severely damage college sports, both male and female.

05/14/2018 - 9:03pm Selling a kidney?

Selling a kidney?

05/11/2018 - 10:55am Pay the players

Good for Harbaugh.

As I've said before, it's past time for Michigan to stand up and be the leaders and the best. Just start paying the players on the books. Funded by donation. Straight up Fuck You to the NCAA. When they come after us, start our own league. It will be rough for a couple of years. It would be us and Hillsdale and a few others. But what would the public response be? "Shame on Michigan, how dare they pay the players who make millions for the white men in suits!" Within a few years, we'd have a great league and a permanent place on the right side of history.

05/11/2018 - 10:49am That delta v though.

That delta v though.

Smushed pilot is smushed.

05/09/2018 - 10:40am All of my work-related trips

All of my work-related trips are with half a dozen to several dozen teenagers or middle schoolers so probably not what you meant. Any downtime I have is spent either sleeping or making sure we have the proper gameplan/equipment/forms/schedule/tickets for the rest of the trip.

Also, we play a lot of Mafia on the bus.

05/08/2018 - 11:51am International Harvester Scout

International Harvester Scout with a fold-down windshield.

05/06/2018 - 10:28am To answer the OP's question

No, it's not normal. I've coached - and waaaaay back in the day, played on - many HS teams, varsity/JV/AAU/travel club etc. - and no, hazing beyond mild joking/rookies carry the towels type of stuff is not normal.

05/04/2018 - 8:55pm Chuck Bass

+1 for Chuck Bass username. 

Nothing much else to add but fwiw my wife attended UChicago for a semester about 15 years ago and hated it. Ended up at Cornell and loved it. She didn't do business though. 

05/03/2018 - 2:52pm Is it a prolonged QT

Is it a prolonged QT interval?

I haven't followed as closely as I could have. Any mention of this? I'm not a medical guy, but this is what comes to mind.

05/02/2018 - 7:31pm Let me DuckDuckGo that for you


05/02/2018 - 4:35pm Claudio Reyna by a mile, at

Claudio Reyna by a mile, at least in the sports I follow.

05/01/2018 - 7:46pm Ashley's

Yep, I'm old too.

04/30/2018 - 9:42pm Back in the early 90s, in the

Back in the early 90s, in the student section, a drunk frat bro kept falling on me from the row behind. It was getting worse and worse throughout the game. I asked his buddies to take him out, but they never did. Then finally he fell forward again, landed on the concrete and stayed there talking to people's feet. His guys didn't want to or couldn't help him, so I hauled him up and out to the concession area. I think I left him by the cider and cinnamon doughnuts stand. 

04/28/2018 - 10:38pm Get internships and real

Get internships and real world experience as soon as you can.

Find a study group.

Read about different fields. Consider IOE if you like to work with people as well as things. Consider materials science if you like chem and physics.

04/25/2018 - 11:55pm 2016 was a missed opportunity

2016 was a missed opportunity in many ways.

04/25/2018 - 8:03pm Goddamit don't even mention

Goddamit don't even mention the USMNT.





04/25/2018 - 11:06am At Denali, we got on this

At Denali, we got on this litle park van that was taking us somewhere, and the driver saw my shirt and said, "Oh man! You should have been here this morning. I had to stop and let a wolverine cross." Sigh. Missed it by that much.

Favorite is probably Grand Canyon. Although Denali would have taken first easily... alas.


04/25/2018 - 10:44am Yeah, I think OSU wasn't as

Yeah, I think OSU wasn't as devoid of talent last year as many make them out to be. It's just that Motta had them playing so far below their potential that people weren't realizing what was actually possible or what the actual talent level was.

04/23/2018 - 7:34pm Name alone

Name alone puts him on my take list. 

Maybe we could get Dido to perform at halftime with the band.

04/22/2018 - 9:07pm Welcome Michelle and

Welcome Michelle and Makailah! You've made a great choice. 

04/20/2018 - 2:31pm RIP. 


04/19/2018 - 12:37pm Well played.

Well played.