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10/04/2018 - 2:30pm Actually, that's not even…

Actually, that's not even close to true. Round off the $11B in endowment. It disburses 4.5% of its value each year (that's roughly the 7.5% expected nominal return less 3% inflation), so around $500M. The university took in $1.24B in net tuition last year.

08/24/2018 - 3:13pm You mean like this? 


You mean like this?


08/24/2018 - 3:11pm I'm gonna go with negligence…

I'm gonna go with negligence, possibly negligence per se under Title IX. Probably wouldn't win, but seems like it could survive an early motion to dismiss and proceed to discovery. OSU wouldn't care about potential damages (de minimus), but would greatly care about being subject to both media scrutiny and discovery. 

Not sure about about Ohio case law and rules, but spoliation is another one that could creep in here. Heck, if you were getting creative as a prosecutor and there were crimes between Zach and Courtney and Urbs deleted related text messages, you could go for obstruction of justice possibly.

That's in the first 30 seconds of thinking. 

I don't think any of those are particularly good, but if you have "no idea, [sic] what her cause of action might be" you aren't trying very hard to think of ideas. 

04/03/2018 - 11:04am MOAR MAAR MOM

Talked to MAAR’s mom last night in the hotel lobby. She was incredibly nice, justifiably proud, and would NOT stop insisting that she’s still going to come to games. She kept saying “they all say I’m not serious and that I will stop coming, but I’m going to be there.”

She had some nice stories about cooking for MAAR and his roommates and him giving her a hard time because she insisted on feeding all of them instead of leaving him a bunch of leftovers.

She, along with the Wagners and the Robinson family, handled themselves with the utmost class (I assume the same is true of the rest of the families, we just didn’t talk to them).

Tough loss, but it’s still great to be a Michigan Wolverine.

04/02/2018 - 11:04am One more thing...

I messaged Stubhub earlier, and they said that they are selling tickets right up to game time and that the pickup center will be open all the way until game time as well. (Sometimes Stubhub stops sales a few hours in advance, but not today apparently). 

So plenty of time to get tickets still!

04/02/2018 - 11:02am Frequent flyer miles

For anyone thinking about a crazy last minute trip, this is a good use of frequent flyer miles. I used 50K miles to book a ticket that would have cost $1,800 if I paid cash. Pretty good "yield" on your miles. Just booked them yesterday. 

And OP, I'll wave from my newly acquired Sec 115 / Row L seats for $250/each incl fees (and it's a mobile ticket, since I arrive at 6PM!). I'll take prayers/well wishes/sacrifices (to the gods or otherwise) for an on-time arrival for AA's CLT-SAT flight this afternoon...



04/02/2018 - 10:04am Banging a left

In Boston, this is called banging a left... and the person turning left does not wait for the courtesy of somone "allowing" them to turn left, they just "bang" the left ahead of the oncoming traffic, basically daring the oncoming guy to hit them. You lean to anticipate the move so you don't hit someone else as they bang a left in front of you. It's very common, to the point that if you DON'T bang the left, the people backed up behind the guy turning left are honking...

03/29/2018 - 7:33am “Ohio sucks”

Don’t know who they are, but they were yelling “Ohio Sucks” at Lebron every time he came by. He seemed to find it very amusing.

12/08/2017 - 1:41pm Dealing with Matt Mann

You may wish to point Matt Mann, Esquire to MCL 600.2591. 

600.2591 Frivolous civil action or defense to civil action; awarding costs and fees to prevailing party; definitions.


Sec. 2591.

(1) Upon motion of any party, if a court finds that a civil action or defense to a civil action was frivolous, the court that conducts the civil action shall award to the prevailing party the costs and fees incurred by that party in connection with the civil action by assessing the costs and fees against the nonprevailing party and their attorney.

(2) The amount of costs and fees awarded under this section shall include all reasonable costs actually incurred by the prevailing party and any costs allowed by law or by court rule, including court costs and reasonable attorney fees.

(3) As used in this section:

(a) “Frivolous” means that at least 1 of the following conditions is met:

(i) The party's primary purpose in initiating the action or asserting the defense was to harass, embarrass, or injure the prevailing party.

(ii) The party had no reasonable basis to believe that the facts underlying that party's legal position were in fact true.

(iii) The party's legal position was devoid of arguable legal merit.

(b) “Prevailing party” means a party who wins on the entire record.

11/21/2017 - 2:23pm Contracts are just a starting point for negotiations...

UM will always be able to get rid of Harbaugh, and Harbaugh will always be able to walk if he wants. In both cases, it is just a matter of what price you have to pay to do so. That is really what a contract dictates -- the alternative to staying locked together. 

So what good does a "lifetime contract" give each party? Pretty much depends entirely on what the terms are for exiting/breaching the contract. 

11/16/2017 - 2:55pm Can we agree on second most hated alumnus ever?

I mean...


11/08/2017 - 1:06pm "the R-squared almost doubles"

Dude. C'mon now. Yes, that statement is technically true, but 4% to 7%? 

08/03/2017 - 4:15pm But wouldn't that be interesting...

"Nobody is going back to look at rankings at the time of a player's commitment."

Ok, you can't complain about #content, keep publishing Drafteggedon, and then put a quote like that out there. Wouldn't that be pretty interesting to do? Might not even half to be at the time they sign, but rather correlate rankings 1 year prior to signing day, 1.5, 2.0 to eventual sucess. Sounds like the perfect project for someone around here. 

And you could do it by service to see who is the good early indicator. Seems like that would be very interesting content. 

07/26/2017 - 9:14pm Reverse ad hominem = appeal to authority

Course recommendation: intro to logic in the Philosophy department. Name has probably changed, but it is something along those lines. Pretty easy, incredibly useful. In fact, I think it has the best utility/effort ratio of any course I took at Michigan. 

For instance, in outlining logical fallacies, an important (because it is used so often) one is appeal to authority, which is preciely what ptMac does: trust me because of my qualifications, which is simply a distraction from the fact that no true argument is made. Appeal to authority is actually a sub-category of a broader set of logical fallacies whose name escapes me (sorry... 15 years since I had that class!), but is generally defined as "distractions from the the fact that they do not address the core argument." Red herrings are the same thing. 

02/03/2017 - 2:59pm Direct or indirect heat?

Those look good. Picture looks like a Big Green Egg or similar kamado-style smoker. I have one as well... so my question is, do you put these on direct heat or indirect heat (using the plate setter)? 

It sort of looks like you have a place setter in place with the legs up on your BGE, but wanted to check because I thought doing it direct may be important to get the skin to crisp up. Would love to know which way you went and thanks for passing along the recipe!

11/18/2016 - 4:16pm All your hyphens are belong to us!

All your hyphens are belong to us!

11/03/2016 - 11:26am I'd purchase one of these for $100

Would look great in my office 

11/03/2016 - 11:25am Not an attorney, but...

Is there something similar to first sale doctrine for trademarks? I think he is OK here -- this is either fair use or first sale doctrine. (the guy he bought the helmet from paid a royalty/license fee, so the University has been given its compensation, and can't dictate what you do with it after you buy it). But he would have to buy officialy licensed mini-helmets -- you couldn't get a generic blue helmet and put wings on it.



10/27/2016 - 4:28pm Rich, well educated, and with lots of young fathers...

The demographics are pretty interesting. Gender, income, and education all make sense, but I was quite suprised at how many (since it's mostly men) fathers there are here. About half. And, judging by the ages, and the brands of consumer products associated with the site, I'm guessing largely young fathers. As a young father (yep, three year old picked my avatar), makes sense to me! Anything to escape changing diapers and mediating sibling disputes!

MGoBlog: Where you go to advertise luxury cars and baby gear. 

10/25/2016 - 9:25am Wouldn't Bo be proud to hear this...

"And they are only getting more confident and more selfless and more united in what they are doing."

The Team, The Team, The Team...

09/02/2016 - 1:56pm I recommend wearing Michigan gear for races

I ran the Chicago Marathon wearing a Block M singlet from the UM Running Club and probably heard "Go Blue!" a thousand times.  Lots of people wear their names on the jersey so people can cheer for them, but the block M is way better -- I knew they were talking to me, people yell it enthusiastically, and its great to hear the support. It is simply fantastic.

Plus, I ended up running next to a guy wearing an ND singlet and got to talk lots of smack to him (this was right when we had beaten them a few years in a row, including that year). 

06/10/2016 - 8:06am Or as my four year old would put it...

Put 'em together, it just makes sense!

(Bonus upvotes for any parents that have seen Frozen enough to get that one...)

05/17/2016 - 11:06am I see what's going on here...

If you're gonna jerk off, why don't you do it at home with a moist towel? 

You're lecturing me on life? 

04/28/2016 - 10:22am I don't think this can be topped...

Bo, signed, you in it, from your dad... very jealous. 

Only way it could be better is if it was your son in the picture -- in other words, I think your DAD had the coolest thing ever. Glad it is hanging in your office, must make for great memories. 

04/26/2016 - 11:06am It's not a Porsche, but...
I'll just take it for a little spin
And maybe show it off to a couple of friends
I'll just cruise it 'round the neighborhood
Well, maybe I shouldn't
Yeah, of course I should...
04/22/2016 - 2:00pm and...

/end thread

04/22/2016 - 6:47am G

It's kind of easy when you're listening to the G-Dub sound

04/21/2016 - 8:08am I'm pretty sure...

it has 28 hours to get its load of Coors back to Ann Arbor while avoiding the cops. Was Burt Reynolds driving?


(dating myself here, although to be fair I wasn't even born in 1977)

04/20/2016 - 7:39am How are there not more upvotes for this one?

Perhaps people aren't seeing your avatar... well, I'll upvote. I laughed out loud at this one, but then again, I'm very easily amused.

04/12/2016 - 10:48am Yeah... Shaw isn't much of a data-driven guy, apparently

If he is trying to bash the South, that's pretty dumb (see below). Now, Rhode Island, on the other hand, that is a state where no one goes to Stanford (literally, at least, in the latest freshman class. It was the only state that didn't send anyone to Stanford undergrad).

From Stanford's website:


Class of 2016 by the numbers

The largest group of incoming students – 38.1 percent – graduated from California high schools.

The next top five regions represented in the class are the South (15.1 percent); international students and U.S. students who completed high school studying abroad (9.7 percent); the Mid-Atlantic (9.2 percent); Far West – Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii (8 percent); and the Mid-West (7.8 percent). The other regions are Mountain States (6.3 percent); New England (3.7 percent); and the Great Plains (1.8 percent).

04/01/2016 - 9:46am Amazing commitment to accuracy

When I saw this I was pretty impressed -- Josh Bekenstein is indeed a member of TRU's board of directors (well, I presume -- I know he is a Managing Director at Bain Capital, who partly owns TRU). 



03/24/2016 - 2:25pm +1 Up

Yeah, that gets me. 

I'll add Bridge to Terabithia from childhood. 

03/18/2016 - 11:32am Snooty? Snotty!


03/07/2016 - 3:52pm Great food if you venture out a bit

I wanted to point you towards some food options, but let's get a few things out of the way first:

* I love Fenway, and I'm a Tiger's fan. I think it is the best place in America to watch a game. Seat recommendations above all seem about right
* I'll add endorsements for the Freedom Trail if you like walking (very easy to turn it into a massive bar crawl as well) or the Duck Tours if you aren't big into walking. Both are fantastic.
* Cape/Islands: yes, very expensive, and yes, very busy. Alternative: Newburyport on Cape Ann, north of the city. You can even get there by rail if you so choose. I like Martha's Vineyard myself over Nantucket, but it's all pretty similar.
* Avoid the Fanneuil Hall area unless you like tourist traps. Nothing there of real interest other than shops and not good but expensive restaurants (exception: Wagamama, a UK-based noodle chain that is pretty good and inexpensive)
* If you like cheap food and artisan crafts, South End Market is lots of fun on the weekends. There should be food trucks aplenty (My favorite is an Asian one called Bon Me), plus artsy stuff to buy as well as all sorts of food stuffs.

OK, differentiated advice, mostly on food:
* If you want to find the best food, head to one of two places: North End, for Italian and some seafood options, and South End for everything else. There are good food options in Back Bay and elsewhere around, but I think the best -- especially if you don't want to drop big $$s -- are in North End and South End, which, incidentally, are not particularly close to each other.

* Specific recommendations: Neptune's in North End (Seafood), Mike's or Modern Pastry in North End (canoli) are classics. There are many good Italian options there. Mama Maria's is pretty solid and on a pretty little square. Moving to South End, I'd recommend Metropolis on the more affordable end. If you don't mind spending $60/person or so for dinner, both The Butcher Shop and B&G Oysters are fantastic. All are on Tremont Street. On Washington Street, Stella's is good Italian, but the real winner is Toro for tapas. No reservations and you can expect to wait for some time, but amazing food and drinks. Get the corn and a dark and stormy, and then tuck into a bunch of tapas.

* Breakfast: go to Flour Bakery. There is one in South End and one in Central Square in Cambridge (and one more I think, somewhere else). Sticky buns are what they are known for, but the place has a ton of amazing food. Sandwiches are incredible as well. If I only gave you one piece of advice, this would be it. Pretty cheap (

02/17/2016 - 1:53pm H-Y suggestion

Having been to Harvard Stadium a few times while a grad student and the Yale Bowl a number of times as well, I would offer three pieces of info:

1. The game day experience of the Harvard-Yale game is unlike any other game that either team plays. If you are going to visit, do it for H-Y or you will probably have a subpar experience. 

2. More people go for the tailgating than the game, and it's highly likely that no one will no anything about the actual football about to be played. It's like if you distilled our hate for OSU down but then subtracted all knowledge of football. But it's still fun.

3. For my money, despite having a degree from Harvard, I think that Yale has a better game day experience. Part of that is that as far as I can tell, Harvard undergrads are incapable of having fun while the Yalies seem to have no issue with it. 

Having grown up on Michigan football and then attended UM undergrad, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of tailgating and the ability to show such disdain for a rival -- although I have to say it is usually classy disdain. I've been to four H-Y games, usually dressed in Harvard gear (always with a M hat though), and never been meaningfully harassed in any way other than playful teasing, and always in good fun. Big contrast from wearing my UM geat to the Shoe and getting full beer bottles thrown at me and racial slurs thrown at my friends.

12/30/2015 - 5:10pm Not really...

Many people are "afraid" of needles because they suffer from vasovagal syncope. I should know, since I am one of them. 

Basically, one's body overreacts to stimuli (in this case, needles), causing a drop in blood pressure that can lead to fainting. In my case, it leads to naseau and some incredibly intense sweating as well. It's not fun. There is litereally nothing I can do about it. I actually developed it while at U of M, having had dozens of shots before that without incident. Then, one day at the dental school, got a little lidocaine, felt dizy/naseaus and woke up with an (entirely unncessary) oxygen mask on. 

Since it is a physiological reaction that causes the symptoms, it's pretty easy to adjust for it -- just lie down so that the drop in blood pressure doesn't cause such a severe drop in blood to the brain. 

I get the reaction whether the shot or blood draw is expertly applied or completely botched. 

FWIW, I still get all of my vaccinations and have my blood routinely drawn to check for cholesterol, etc. 

Here is more info on it:…


12/08/2015 - 9:52am Good way to search flights...

Google flights lets you search large groups of airports for both origin and destination, and then will further suggest changes to dates to get cheapest fares. If you are really flexible, it's a great tool. Check it out:;f=DTW,FNT,MBS,LAN,TOL;t=MCO,SFB,…



10/12/2015 - 1:39pm Put it all together and you get...

09/23/2015 - 3:11pm And in a slight breach of ettiquette...

... he skipped double downward facing dog and went straight to the triple dog dare.

09/15/2015 - 6:00pm My three year old agrees

Definitely a Martian. Yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip.

09/11/2015 - 1:40pm Agreed

Their food is the worst. You can find some decent international options in Amsterdam, but the native Dutch food is terrible. Boiled carrots and crap. Yuck. 

I was stuck in Eindhoven on business for the '06 OSU game, and this was before streaming. I had to "watch" it on a gamecast sort of thing. Straight misery -- and I hold the Dutch responsible for not having any frickin' sports bars I could go to to watch that game in a city with hundreds of thousands of people. 

09/11/2015 - 10:57am I always liked this one...


09/11/2015 - 10:54am Same...

Had just started the Business School's (at the time) two year program. Remember walking into the cafeteria and looking up at the stock tickers and wondering why nothing was moving. There was a small old TV in the corner up on a wall with people gathered around and I wandered over to check it out. Went back to my house in the student ghetto and we all watched TV. Had one roommate whose dad regularly worked at WTC (finance guy) and another whose dad was a civilian contractor at the Pentagon. They both heard from their fathers in early afternoon. It was a long morning for them -- it's easy to forget the panic that arose since all the telcom was down. 

09/11/2015 - 10:17am Nah, pass

I'd rather have In the Big House. Or perhaps Hail and Unite. 

(Do I really have to put the /s in here? ok, fine)


09/10/2015 - 9:22am We weren't the only ones!

Very interesting...

Petty admits to grappling with tasks such as hearing and calling the play, identifying defensive backs in coverage and identifying which player in the defensive backfield was the “mike” linebacker, the central part of the defense whose location teams base their offensive line protections on. “As crazy as it sounds, at Baylor, we did not point out the ‘mike’ linebacker,” Petty said.


09/09/2015 - 8:48pm Login-worthy

This was worthy of logging in to upvote.

I think login-worthy should be a thing:


09/09/2015 - 7:26am I think it is even more

I think it is even more pronounced than that. I think JUB loses a lot of credibility on taking every little piece of potential evidence, however tentative, and reading it in the worst possible light about DB.

DB was a pretty good CEO at Domino's. I once had a very senior partner (one of the four guys who ran the place) at Bain Capital tell me DB was his best CEO from a list of dozens of CEOs. JUB tried to take a bunch of business evidence and use it to portray DB as a moron pre-UM AD. In one example he cited the decline in the stock price. DB left in 2009 when the ENTIRE stock market was getting killed. Dominos was a highly levered entity, so it got worked over even more. And then many people give the credit for the pizza revamp to the subsequent CEO, when DB initiated it. All very sloppy, and, if you know enough to catch these things, damaging to JUB's credibility. The house naming thing is interesting and a little, let's say dorky instead of the more colorful terms that come to mind, but not that relevant, frankly. And then JUB just says that DB wanted to get involved with the alumni golf tourney, but doesn't say how (or, IIRC, his source) but says they just cancelled it and blames it on DB.

What I find confusing in all this is that there is so much GOOD (or even great) evidence that he was a terrible AD, why did JUB go outside his area of competent to try to paint DB as a bad AD? The book would have been better if he had been more balanced and just stuck to the obvious things that made him a bad AD. The bits about his focus on student athletes feels like a sop to those of us that wanted a well balanced view instead of a genuine attempt to review the pros and the cons.

DB was bad at being UM AD. JUB could have proved this without straining to include so much weak evidence.

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08/28/2015 - 8:10am OSU, por que?

I had never noticed this, but apparently OSU had little Buckeye leaves over the nameplates, one for each national championship. They ditched that this year and just put the word "Buckeyes" up there. I dislike OSU with a passion, but have to say I think that is (was) kind of cool. So: Is it just me or is that insanely stupid in the year where you'd get to add to the leaves? 

I can imagine a bunch of players saying in January, "Yeah man, and every Buckeye forever will remember this whenever they look right above their name." And then they ditch it? Man, I would have been using that ALL THE TIME if I were a coach. "Fellas, see these? These are the glory of your predecessors, marked here for all to remember for the rest of time." Blah blah. Maybe little stories about each time they won it, and then implore the current team to "add their story." Etc, etc. Seemed like it had the potential to be gold, Jerry! Gold! 

If this would have been something similar on the UM uniform, I would be majorly ticked off. On the other hand... "This change approved by David Brandon."

08/18/2015 - 8:10am I heard...

... they will actually be finishing with a milk chugging contest. AFTER the gassers. EUTM.

08/05/2015 - 7:43am Booo...

This response? From Stringer Bell? Nah. 

How about you get Wee-Bey and Stinkum out there to take back your corners? 

Man, makes me want to change my avatar to Avon Barksdale so I can straighten you out String. " Yeah, I ain't no suit-wearin' businessman like you. You know I'm just a gangsta, I suppose. And I want my corners. "