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07/13/2018 - 1:52pm Now, let's not be too hasty…

Now, let's not be too hasty here....

Oh, forget it.


07/10/2018 - 4:30am Yeah, well, Chuck Norris can…

Yeah, well, Chuck Norris can kill two stones with one bird.

07/04/2018 - 2:37pm The technique is called …

The technique is called "road-kill grilling."

07/04/2018 - 2:36pm I believe it's only two…

I believe it's only two syllables if spoken by a native of Georgia, USA.

06/22/2018 - 5:15pm Something tells me this was…

Something tells me this was planned, and therefore partially staged, by both sides.

Seriously, though ... Who cares? CWebb was one of the best players to ever wear Maize & Blue. Time to bury the hatchet.

Wasn't so long ago, after all, that Harbaugh was also persona non grata in these parts for some ill-considered comments about U-M.

06/22/2018 - 1:35pm This is me wearing my "not…

This is me wearing my "not surprised" face.

06/22/2018 - 9:44am I can't post them as an…

I can't post them as an embedded media link, either. I've had to save the photo I want to my computer, then upload the image file to the site. It's not as efficient, but it works.

06/22/2018 - 9:31am We have sunshine for about…

We have sunshine for about the next hour here in Southeast Michigan, so for now...


06/21/2018 - 4:08pm I also work for a company…

I also work for a company that is similarly concerned about public exposure. However, the guidance we received from Corporate Counsel was very different. We were told that attorney-client privilege would not likely hold up under discovery if anyone other than legal counsel was on the email (meaning, no cc: to Legal just to cover your ass - it won't hold water). Context (and content) is important, but we were told not to use it as a "Get Out Of Jail Free" card, literally or figuratively. 

06/21/2018 - 1:57pm +1

However, more…


However, more interesting to me is that this list tells us what we've known for a while in this state: there is some DAMN GOOD beer brewed here, and it's among the best in the country.

06/19/2018 - 4:00pm That this letter was sent is…

That this letter was sent is not at all surprising. However, there is almost no chance that it moves the BoT to act. I mean, if they haven't acted in spite of all of the things Engler has already said and done himself, why would anyone believe that they'll act because of what someone else (even the sister survivors) have to say about him?

06/17/2018 - 9:58pm Okay, Boss. I have no…

Okay, Boss. I have no opinion on this, in case anyone asks.

06/17/2018 - 11:18am My favorite Bronson movie is…

My favorite Bronson movie is Once Upon A Time In The West. Of course, it also has Jason Robards, Henry Fonda and (hubba hubba!) Claudia Cardinale. The whole picture is really well done. 

06/15/2018 - 1:10pm "A history of dismissive…

"A history of dismissive attitudes towards sexual assault..."

Absolutely true; and yet, even if I were to allow for "the world has changed since he was governor," or "maybe he's grown in the last 20 years," that would have somehow attempted to his former statements and actions into the cultural or societal context of the '80s and '90s, this is another level of fuckheadery. That's what I find so surprising. 

06/15/2018 - 12:33pm "EVERYONE knew Engler would…

"EVERYONE knew Engler would be a disaster...."

I'm not sure anyone expected it to be quite THIS bad. The guy is a train wreck and a POS.

06/15/2018 - 10:07am Is it feeling like the off…

Is it feeling like the off-season to anyone else, or just to me?

06/14/2018 - 1:43pm Now that we're in 3.0, does …

Now that we're in 3.0, does "IBD" still work?

06/13/2018 - 9:35am "Break glass in case of…

"Break glass in case of emergency..."

Last year would have (should have?) seen a lot of broken glass lying around.

06/12/2018 - 12:24pm Sparty got lost again on his…

Sparty got lost again on his way to East Lansing, didn't he?

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06/06/2018 - 8:27am I'll say it: my favorite…

I'll say it: my favorite part of the new site is the top quote: "I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I can't activate that brand."


06/06/2018 - 8:24am POSBANGs are the least of my…

POSBANGs are the least of my problems right now. I've got to get used to the new style of the comments section. It's hard to figure out who responded to whom. 

06/04/2018 - 8:29am Since you asked

What we right: he stopped wearing those "Woody Hayes" glasses.

What went wrong: he started wearing them in the first place.

What's next? Lasik.

05/25/2018 - 9:35am I'll be spending the MGoWeekend recovering from bronchitis

I've also got my son's graduation open house coming up in a week, so I'll be doing a lot of work to get ready. 

I'm definitely going to need a bang with this is all said and done.

05/24/2018 - 7:19pm To recap

That's two Brazilian women who are going to want him dead one week each month. Odds for his longevity are not in his favor. 

05/23/2018 - 8:12am This post is bad

And you should feel bad.

05/22/2018 - 8:14am Ditto

I’d been suffering from constipation as a result of my steady diet of Hungry Man dinners and Natty Light. After Eleven Warriors put some science behind proper cooler pooping techniques, I stopped busting blood vessels in my face and started busting out some healthy nug-nugs.

05/21/2018 - 10:02am It's paint, Frank

05/19/2018 - 12:08am Throat Cozy tea with honey

Bronchitis brought on by RSV really sucks.

05/17/2018 - 3:00pm Bargain hunting

You're traveling during a very popular part of the year, so definitely look at sites like if you're a member of Costco (I believe that Sam's Club has something similar). AAA Travel is also good for member discounts. There aren't usually many bargains over the holiday period, I'm afraid.

I would also compare the room rates at resorts against sites like Airbnb and VRBO. No, you're probably not going to be at a full-service resort, but the property you rent can be as nice as any hotel room (often better); it's definitely possible to find bargains, even over the holidays; and the amenities at condo developments or some rental homes are as good as you'll find at a high-end resort.

To your list of possible travel destinations, I would add Costa Rica and Panama. Both countries are exceptional.

05/17/2018 - 8:11am Also must-see


05/16/2018 - 2:24pm Half the PSU amount per victim

Using the attitude that has seemed to permeat this whole affair, I think the reason may be summed up thusly:

"At least he wasn't molesting little boys."

I was shocked that the amount was so meager; but then, I'm really not.

05/15/2018 - 6:51pm Worse still

Lincolns now have push buttons on the instrument panel for each gear. Ugh.

05/15/2018 - 3:16pm Yes

But they won't be selling sedans here. So says their CEO.

05/15/2018 - 3:11pm I also have a XT5

Haven't experienced the same issues with the UI, but I have noticed that the reverse guides in the view from the rear camera are often missing. I have to put the car into Park, then go into reverse again. 

The wireless charger is a piece of crap. It doesn't support Apple phones (what a colossal mistake); and it only supports Android phones when it feels like it. 

I also agree about the differences in UI by manufacturer. That's why I almost exclusively pick cars that I know will have CarPlay when I am renting: I don't need to learn the idiosyncracies of each vehicle's infotainment system.

05/15/2018 - 3:07pm New cars without standard Android Auto or Apple CarPlay

That's a big deal for me because of the number of cars I rent when I'm traveling on business. I don't want to pair my phone for a day or two; and most rental cars lack features such as built-in navigation, etc. 

Third-world problems, I know. But, it's a pet peeve of mine.

05/14/2018 - 1:57pm Start throwing money

I think you're very right about the OOS students being more likely to get scholarships. It also depends on the school itself. At ASU, the university president is crafting an image for the school of "The New American University" by opening its doors to as diverse a student body as can be enrolled. 

05/14/2018 - 1:38pm That's also my son's story

It wasn't a "full ride," but by bringing his total cost down to something in line with in-state rates, it made his dream of going south and west for college a reality.

05/14/2018 - 12:30pm I agree with most of this

It's certainly true that the schools to which my son applied were not of the same tier as my daughter's choices. However, and this is just my opinion, the decision whether to attend a top tier insitution for an undergraduate degree should include some measure of financial consideration. 

When my daughter originally wanted to study vocal music performance (she's a soprano) her teacher - who is a professor of vocal music performance at Western Michigan - told her that the only thing she'd be qualified for when she got her Bachelor of Music degree would be a graduate degree in Music. He also said that he'd have a very difficult time telling someone who was going to take on significant debt (i.e. more than $100K) that an undergrad degree from a school like Oberlin or Eastman would be worth it. 

My experience with schools in Michigan, however, has been that scholarship money at the public universities and colleges just isn't as widely available. Most of the other parents with whom my kids went to school have said the same. Those who have looked out of state (even as close as Toledo) have had much easier access to scholarships beyond those that were exclusively need-based. Is it a bridge too far to suggest that it's because Michigan schools just don't need to try as hard? Perhaps; but if there's a better explanation, I'd love to hear it.

But, as others have pointed out, YMMV.

05/14/2018 - 9:21am Three public universities and one private university

The private university, in Dallas (not SMU), offered him $20K/year, which lowered the total cost of attendance to about $38K/year. Still pretty steep, but in the ballpark of in-state tuition in some places.

The other schools to which he applied: Arizona State (where he is enrolled for this fall), Toledo, and Houston. ASU's Dean's Scholarship, which he was awarded, is worth $14,500 per year.

05/14/2018 - 7:37am Paying for school

I just went through this process with my son, three years after going through it with my daughter. My daughter, with a 4.15 GPA and a 31 ACT in high school, didn’t get a penny in scholarship offers to the five schools at which she applied (though she would have been eligible to apply for WMU’s Presidential Scholarship had she accepted their admissions offer). Being in-state, she decided to go to U-M; but Johns Hopkins was her dream school.

My son, for his part, only applied out of state. His resume was not nearly as good as my daughter’s: 3.4 GPA, 28 ACT. Nevertheless, each of the four schools to which he applied offered four-year, renewable scholarships, with an average of $15,000 per year. If he’d had my daughter’s grades, it would have likely been even more. I was floored. We don’t meet any socio-economic criteria, either.

The point is that colleges and universities in Michigan behave like they have a captive pool of applicants; and they probably do. Schools elsewhere seem much more generous with their resources.

05/11/2018 - 8:25am Happy Posbang!

05/11/2018 - 7:47am This is what happens

When the metaphorical family tree has too few branches.

05/10/2018 - 3:55pm Careful with that

You're liable to hurt something.

05/10/2018 - 11:12am And you would wind up penniless

Because you would get the living shit sued out of yourself, you would lose in epic fashion, and your entire life from there on would be a colossal dumpster fire.

05/10/2018 - 11:07am Looking foolish

That's the biggest issue here. The Lions didn't ask (under prevailing employment laws, may have been restricted from doing so) and Patricia didn't offer. 

What I can't shake about the DetNews article is the nagging feeling that it reads an awful lot like the Freep hit piece on Rich Rodriguez that begat Stretchgate. 

05/10/2018 - 11:03am Move over

I want to join you.

05/10/2018 - 11:02am Well within their rights

Not necessarily. The article in the Detroit News makes pretty clear that each state and Federal employment laws vary; but in general, without a conviction, the candidate is under no obligation to volunteer the information.

05/09/2018 - 8:28am Houston

Great city! My favorite area of town is probably Rice Village. Places like Local Foods and Crave Cupcakes are gems. 

I've also found a few Mexican bakeries that are off the chain. One of them is in a depressed neighborhood, but ... WOW! ... the baked goods were incredible. I always have to grab some goodies for my wife before heading to the airport.

05/09/2018 - 8:10am Hotels, restaurants, and airport suck

Amen, to that! After a while, they all begin to look exactly the same.

Then, there are those moments when you wake up in the middle of the night in a hotel room and can't quite remember which city you're in this week... That's happened to me more than a few times.