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02/09/2019 - 9:02am Northwood University in…

Northwood University in Midland, MI is SVSU's rival.  They play each other in the "Axe Bowl", which is such a big deal that this game was streamed nationwide on ESPN3 in 2018.  SVSU beat Northwood 31-10 after consecutive losses to Ferris State and Grand Valley State the weeks before. 

No doubt many on this forum night have watched the SVSU Cardinals play the Northwood University Timberwolves as a warm-up for the Michigan vs Penn State game, if they knew the Axe Bowl was being streamed.  


02/05/2019 - 4:22pm A couple of comments…

A couple of comments suggested law as a possibility.  A career in the law presents significant challenges and expenses.

Getting a law degree would likely require two more years of college and then an additional three years of law school.  Tuition at many law schools will exceed $50K per year. U of M law school is currently $57K for in-state tuition.  So tuition to complete college and law school alone may cost over $200K.  

Admission to a top tier law school is very competitive.  Unless the applicant is in the top 10% in LSAT score and GPA from a well-regarded university, admission to a top law school is unlikely.  Graduates from lower tier law schools have limited job prospects.  Pass rates for state bar exams from some law schools fall below fifty percent.

Compensation for new attorneys varies widely.  For every well-compensated, new associate at a large law firm there may be ten recent law school graduates scrambling to find positions.  Associates at top law firms may be expected to work more than 60 hours per week, which strains work-life balance.  Studies suggest less than a quarter of law school graduates go to work for large firms.  Up to half the law school graduates do not pursue a career practicing law in the long term.  

11/02/2018 - 8:55pm Final score Michigan 90 …

Final score Michigan 90  Northwood 58

09/04/2018 - 2:52pm There are reports that the…

There are reports that the Patriots released Amara Darboh today, possibly due to the fact Darboh is undergoing surgery.  Let's hope Darboh recovers soon.

08/20/2018 - 12:37pm Final score, Michigan 82…

Final score, Michigan 82 Madrid Generals 72

08/20/2018 - 12:35pm Michigan is up by 13, 80-67,…

Michigan is up by 13, 80-67, with under a minute left

08/20/2018 - 12:34pm Michigan up by nine, 74-65…

Michigan up by nine, 74-65 with 2:30 left

08/20/2018 - 12:28pm With five minutes left in…

With five minutes left in 4th quarter, Michigan holding on to a 70-61 lead.

08/20/2018 - 12:25pm At the end of the 3rd…

At the end of the 3rd quarter, Michigan is up 11, 62-51.

06/30/2018 - 4:12pm Harbaugh has repeatedly…

Harbaugh has repeatedly stated he runs his football team as a meritocracy.  There are only so many spots on the team.  The competition to remain on Harbaugh's team continues throughout the year.  As new players join the team, some others will inevitably lose their spots.  No player, particularly a walk-on, should expect that because they were told that they survived a cut to "be on the team" that they are assured a spot going forward.  

Hopefully, with the passage of time your friend's son will get over his disappointment and be grateful for the opportunity to participate as part of the team and the wonderful experiences he enjoyed as a result.  

01/17/2018 - 2:23pm Bobby Flay's Burger Palace

Not the place for wings, but there is a Bobby's (Flay) Burger Palace at University of Maryland about 1/2 mile from the Xfinity Center that may you might consider for you and your daughter.


11/07/2017 - 2:44pm Bortenschlager game time decision

An article in today's Baltimore Sun reports Max Bortenschlager is currently a game-time decision against Michigan.  Ryan Brand is likely the next QB up if Bortenschlager is out.…


11/05/2017 - 11:40am Bortenschlager left Rutgers game with shoulder injury

Baltimore Sun reports Maryland sophomore quarterback Max Bortenschlager couldn’t finish Saturday’s game after an apparent shoulder injury.  Sophomore walk-on Ryan Brand finished the Rutgers game and was 8 for 12 passing for 68 yards.  Redshirt junior quarterback Caleb Henderson, who transferred to Maryland from North Carolina, may also be the next man up in case Max Bortenschlager is not available for the Michigan game.  

At this time it is unclear who will play QB for Maryland next week.

05/18/2017 - 3:15pm Thanks for the suggestion.  I

Thanks for the suggestion.  I have been tested for hyperparathyroidism twice and this is not my problem, but  it is worth checking for those with repeated kidney stone episodes.  

I have also have had five Litholink 24 hour urine collections and analysis while efforts continued to modify my urine chemistry to reduce stone formation.  These tests confirmed I have hyperoxaluria (excess oxalate in the urine).  

I agree that Toradol is very effective for kidney stone pain or other urinary tract pain.  This was also the pain killer favored when I had a recent prostatectomy.  However, if you have impaired kidney function, Toradol is contraindicated because it may contribute to renal failure.  

05/18/2017 - 12:58pm I am a patient at the U of M

I am a patient at the U of M Nephrology Clinic.  Dr. Patel there is an expert on kidney stone formation.  He is working with me to reduce the occurence of my kidney stones.

There are different chemical compositions for kidney stones and different factors that contribute to stone formation.  

My stones are calcium oxalate.  Too much oxalate in the urine that may contribute to stone formation can come from the individual body chemistry and/or diet.  In my case, the meical advice boils down to: (1) limiting oxalate in diet (from sources including spinach, strawberries, nuts and certain beers), (2) keeping well hydrated to dilute the materials that may form stones, (3) taking certain medications to modify the composition of my urine, and (4) increasing the acidity in my urine to help keep stone forming materials dissolved in the urine.  

Some people have uric acid based kidney stones that have a very different causation and treatment.

Age is another factor.  I had kidney stones that showed on x-rays for a decade before these passed and became a painful problem.  

So keep hydrated and watch your diet and hopefully you will never experience kidney stones.

05/18/2017 - 12:40pm I also have been told it is

I also have been told it is important to take the pain medication before the pain is too bad or it will be less effective in controlling the pain.

I have been prescribed hydrocodone, oxycodone and other opiates for kidney stone pain.  While opiates may alleviate the kidney stone pain, the constipation that comes later from the opiate use may also be quite painful.

For me, Toradol (Ketorolac) given to me in the hospital for kidney stone pain was more effective than opiates in controlling the pain and had fewer unpleasant side effects

05/18/2017 - 12:13pm I have had many kidney stones

I have had many kidney stones over the years.  My last stone was 13 mm and had to be broken up and removed via laser lithotripsy.  Because my left kidney has atrophied due to an earlier blockage, I know a stone may not only be painful but could cause permanent damage if not passed promptly.  

A 5 mm stone will pass in most cases, but is large enough that in some cases it may not pass without intervention. If the pain continues too long you may want to explore ureteroscopy with a urologist.  Also, you may want to monitor your blood pressure.  My systolic pressure has reached 200 due to kidney stone pain.

The advice you received to drink plenty of fluids and use a heating pad is helpful.  Are you taking Flomax or the generic version Tamsulosin?  This medication may help facilitate passing your kidney stone.

Good luck.

03/05/2017 - 2:24pm Peppers 40 time

Peppers also runs 4.47 in the 40.

03/03/2017 - 10:50am Braden

Braden ran a 5.04 second 40. which is fairly fast for OL. 

03/01/2017 - 10:17am I agree with those that note

I agree with those that note urban areas in Florida are a particularly hazardous area to learn to ride.  Older and distracted drivers often will not see a motorcyle, so defensive driving skills are essential.  

Also, consider that sudden tropical rain storms are a common occurrence in Florida.  Riding a motorcycle or scooter in the rain or wet roads is very hazardous particularly for a new rider due to the reduced traction and visibility.

Let's try to quantify some of the risks of a new rider on a motorcycle.

For motorcycle riders, their first 30 days are about four times more risky than their entire second year, said Matthew Moore, vice president of the Highway Loss Data Institute. “It’s most likely inexperience. Operating a motorcycle is a fairly complex task.”  For example, he said, pulling out on a hill requires a half-dozen actions: balancing on one foot, braking to keep the bike from rolling back, shifting gear, feathering the throttle, watching for traffic and releasing the clutch.

An institute study showed 22 percent of nearly 57,000 collision claims from 2003 to 2007 occurred in the first 30 days after an insurance policy took effect. The claim rate dropped one-third in the second month and almost two-thirds after six months.


Riders learning at middle age may be at greater risk.…


I have encountered most of the dangerous situations in the linked article below.  A motorcycle training course is helpful for the basics, but does not usually adequately prepare a rider to react properly in emergency situations.…


02/17/2017 - 12:12pm Boston Herald published an

Boston Herald published an artilce with their suggestions for actors to play Tom Brady:

Matt Damon

Chris Carmack

Chris Pratt

Alexander Skarsgård

Chris Evans

Chris Pine

Check the linked article for photo comparisons.…

10/14/2016 - 8:45pm I agree with those that

I agree with those that suggest much can go wrong with your plans.  For example, the base may slide or shift under load even if heavily weighted (what is the coefficient of friction) creating different dynamics and potentially damaging the building and/or your goods.  Are you well insured?

Moving your own stuff is one thing.  Being responsible for moving a future tenant's goods creates potential liabilities that you may need to consider.   

If you want to try this project, do some research to benefit from others experiences.…

08/12/2016 - 7:48am Roster for Nojima Sagamihara Rise

The link above is to the roster for the team in Japan including Gardner and Gallon.

Some interesting facts:

Gallon (#13) listed at 173 centimeters (5'8") and 83 kilograms (186 pounds) is taller than several players on the team.  The shortest is a running back listed at 160 centimeters (5'3") and 62 kilograms (137 pounds).

Gardner (#98) is listed at 193 centimeters (6'4") and 98 kilograms (215 pounds).

Gardner's offensive linemen on his new team average 6 feet tall and 256 lbs.

The only other quarterback on the roster is 175 cm (5'9") tall and 78 kilograms (172 pounds).

08/12/2016 - 7:10am Background on X League in Japan

According to Wikipedia:

"Americans are often recruited to play for X League (founded as Japan American Football League) teams, with a strict rule of four per team. No more than two foreign players per team are allowed on the field of play at a time."

So it appears if Gardner and Gallon are on the field all the other players for their team will be Japanese.

I found another article that suggests something about the quality of play and lifestyle of the players in this league in an article about Demetrius Eaton, a former Northwestern linebacker.…

Gardner and Gallon are great representatives for Michigan.  I too wish them the best.



07/23/2016 - 12:48pm Different types of intellectual property

I cannot resist trying to correct this misinformation.  Patents, trademarks and copyrights are very different types of intellectual property rights.  Comments by Chris E at the link may be helpful in understanding the differences.…

Patents generally may be obtained for a limited period of years (often 20 years from filing) from a national or regional patent office for novel, non-obvious and useful compositions, processes or articles of manufacture.  No one could patent a color as it is not patentable subject matter.  There are also design patents, but suffice it to say these to not apply to this discussion either.

A trademark generally covers a name or symbol that is used to identify a product or source of product or services.  A party may apply for a trademark on a logo or name for example.  There is no time limit on the trademark.  Local authorities will decide whether a trademark is sufficiently unique and whether it has been infringed.  Jordan has lost a trademark case in China related to the "Jumpman" trademark for example, but the Jumpman trademark remains valid in the US.  

It is very difficult to get a trademark on a color alone, but a particular color or color combination may be an element of a trademarked logo or taken together with other features to find a trademark violation due to confusion this may cause for customers as to the source of goods or services.

Copyrights are another type of intellectual property protection that cover artistic expressions for example in a written work or a piece of art.  

A party may be able to trademark or copyright a specific shade of yellow in a logo or athletic apparel which is apparently what Nike did.  There is a legal question whether this is sufficiently unique that the intellectual property is defensible against infringement.  Rather than litigate the matter, which would be costly and time consuming, Adidas used a different shade of yellow in its uniforms for Michigan.  

The "Maize" color used by Michigan in its uniforms has varied over the years and may continue to do so.   

06/12/2016 - 8:18am In recent years, about 75% of

In recent years, about 75% of the applications to Michigan are from non-residents, but non-residents account for only about 50% of the undergraduates.  FWIW, this suggests admission from the non-resident pool may actually be more competitive than for Michigan residents.

Your nephew's grades and ACT are above the median statistics for students admitted to Michigan Engineering, which recently were 33 for the ACT and 3.9 for the HS GPA.  Some sources suggest that while Engineering admissions have higher medians than LSA admissions for accepted students, that Engineering admissions may focus more on grades and test scores rather than other criteria.  This may bode well for your nephew's admission.  There may be particular emphasis on math grades, test scores and achievements during the admission process, so it is important your nephew excel in these areas.

In addition to other extracurricular activities, it may be helpful if he had an internship, participated in a summer educational program related to technology or engineering or had other experience to show his strong interest in engineering and science.  

Has he visited the Michigan campus and made contacts in the Engineering program?  It may be helpful for him to take a tour and talk to students and others associated with the program.  Below is a link to information on tours and a contact for the Recruitment and Admissions Counselor, Michael Oelke.  It may be helpful for your nephew to communicate and develop a relationship with this Counselor.  For example, he might communicate to Mr. Oelke his strong interest in an undergraduate Engineering program at UofM and inquire what he may do to better prepare and improve his chances for admission.     

I also agree with the comments that suggest he may be best served by developing study habits now to succeed in a very competitive engineering program.  I know several students who were admitted to Michigan Engineering, but later transferred to a less demanding/competitive major.

04/24/2016 - 12:12pm Agree to disagree to disagree

It is way too premature in my opinion to suggest Harbaugh is on a short leash or will be on a hot seat unless he beats OSU and MSU soon.  

Harbaugh has had one season as Michigan's coach.  His team thrashed Florida in the bowl game and should have beaten MSU except for a fluke play on a punt on the last play of the game.  His team has shown more player development in one year than Hoke's teams did in four.  His only losses were at home to two teams that finished in the top 6 and away to another team in the top 20.      In their bowl game which was in essence a home game for Florida, Michigan looked like a top ten team.  

You only lobby to change coaches if you believe you can do better.  Who has it better at this point?  Nobody. 


04/19/2016 - 12:50pm MINI Cooper S Convertible

2005 MINI Cooper S convertible in Cool Blue Metallic

It performs well enough to be fun to drive and is relatively inexpensive to own.  The more upright seating position than in may convertibles is a plus for my 60+ year old body.

01/09/2016 - 10:48pm Football talent by state

Florida high schools have the best yield in terms of FBS signees from their pool of football players.  Michigan has only about 1000 fewer players in high school football than Florida, but has only about 20% of the signees in football that Florida does.  Almost 1 of every 100 football players in Florida becomes an FBS signee.  

Texas and California have the most high school players that become FBS signees.  Texas has about four times as many football participants as Michigan and about 6 times the number of FBS signees.  California has about 2.5 times as many football players and almost 4 times the number of signees.

Ohio has about 10% more football participants than Michigan, but produces slightly less than double the number of FBS signees. 

There is also data available for participation in both football and other high school sports by state that might aid an analysis of how much dilution may occur due to some of the best athletes focusing on other sports.

12/01/2015 - 11:36am Don,The federal budget is


The federal budget is about $3.6 trillion.  Giving $820 million to Michigan for research may be a worthwhile expenditure, but it is about 0.02% of the federal budget.  So what about the other 99.98% of federal spending?

Consider Medicare fraud waste and abuse as just one example.

"Medicare has no official estimate of the amount of money lost to fraud each year, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation refers to estimates of 3-10 percent of all health care billings. In 2011, Medicare expenditures totaled approximately $565 billion. If the FBI percentages are applied to this amount, the cost of Medicare fraud for the 2011 fiscal year was anywhere from $17-57 billion." 

A direct donation to Michigan is more attractive to me than paying more taxes, even if perhaps 0.02% of my taxes will go to research at U of M.  To put it another way, if I pay $100,000 in taxes then $20 may go to U of M.

12/01/2015 - 9:05am Gratitude

My Michigan degree has improved the quality of life for my family and me.  I am pleased to have the opportunity to give back.  I gave $2500 in appreciated stock to U of M this year, which reduces my income tax by about half the amount.  I am confident Michigan will spend this more wisely than the federal government would.

07/14/2015 - 3:44pm Try

You may set search parameters on with maximum you are willing to pay and maximum mileage and see what pops up within a given distance.

I did a search near my location for under $5000 and mileage below 50,000.  A 2004 Pontiac Bonneville with 12,465 miles came up at a dealer near Saginaw, Michigan with a list price of  $3995 plus sales tax and other fees.  It has cloth seats, but many other options.

There was also a 2002 Geo Prizm (made by a joint venture between Toyota and GM) and powered by a Toyota engine with less than 44,000 miles for $4,000 at a dealer in Grand Blanc.

There was a 2006 Chevrolet HHR LT with 41,390 miles at an auto seller near Flint listed for $3995.


02/01/2015 - 12:36pm Bill Nye is not a scientist

Bill Nye makes his living making science entertaining for the masses.  As a graduate of MIT with a BS in Chemistry, my advice is to look for a more authoritative expert in science than Bill Nye, who was trained as a mechanical engineer almost four decades ago and makes his living as an entertainer. 

The NY Times recently reported a more sophisticated experimental analysis by a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon.  His experiments confirmed that the observed reduced pressure could be due to weather conditions.  The conclusions of this analysis were confirmed by a professor at MIT.…

Since there is no record by the NFL of the pressures measured by the official prior to the game, it is impossible to make meaningful comparisons or to draw definitive conclusions.  Time to move on.