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10/17/2018 - 6:11pm I'm guessing Ambry will be…

I'm guessing Ambry will be flying a higher-end airline in a year or two.

10/17/2018 - 5:29pm It has no TVs, but I love…

It has no TVs, but I love the atmosphere at Dominicks pregame on nice days.

10/09/2018 - 8:30am I've never met Ace, but I…

I've never met Ace, but I feel like this place is a community.  I'm glad to see so many people rallying around Ace, and want to second all the support described below.  I hope you get all the help you need.

09/12/2018 - 9:45am I remember Moeller's…

I remember Moeller's offenses as being explosive and fun to watch.  That may have been a function of talent -- Howard, Biakabutuka, Wheatley etc. -- as much as coaching but they were enjoyable. 

There's no way of knowing what would have happened if Moeller had stayed and Carr had significant success (not just 1997, but 1999 and 2006 was great years as well).

To me the more interesting question was whether his resignation was inevitable.  As I recall he was advised by the Dept to stay quiet.  I think if he had immediately (and convincingly) apologized, and possibly committed to some kind of alcohol counseling, the public opinion and media tide may have turned toward something like forgiveness.  

09/06/2018 - 9:50am Good column.  While last…

Good column.  While last year was disappointing reasonable (not great) QB play would have likely won us 2 or 3 of the MSU, Wisconsin, Ohio State and South Carolina games.  If Shea can get the job done, I think we still have a chance for a good season.

My only caveat is his reference to pre-Harbaugh recruiting where he cites only 2015.  Prior to that Hoke's recruiting was very good.

08/30/2018 - 7:46am A couple of responses -- I…

A couple of responses -- I don't know where the concerns about the defense came from.  Playing in a conference that showed it was one of the best in the country during bowl season the D had one bad game against Penn State, and other held up well against teams.  Yes, they gave up plays/drives here or there.  Every team does that.  I would argue that in every game but Penn State the defense put us in a position to win.

In terms of QB development I would argue that Rudock in 2015 and Speight for most of 2016 played very well, and far better than their prior accolades would lead one to expect.

08/29/2018 - 9:02pm Same

Same

08/29/2018 - 8:57pm The article says he's not.

The article says he's not.

08/29/2018 - 8:55pm I was there, and agree

I was there, and agree

07/30/2018 - 8:42pm I appreciate your passion,…

I appreciate your passion, but when you when you talk about the "complete lack of affordable housing, inadequate funding of infrastructure improvements, rising rents for long-term business tenants, and increasingly burdensome taxation rates, among other cost of living increases" I'm curious about how turning the library lot into a park would address that.  Without the core spaces development there would no contribution to the affordable housing trust fund, no tax base to fund infrastructure improvements, and a need to increase taxes to fund the park.

Btw, I've lived in this town almost all of my 50 years.  I see the changes, both good and bad.  I'm just not clear on how the proposed alternatives would be better.

07/30/2018 - 5:35pm A more relevant would be tax…

A more relevant would be tax base per capita.   Ann Arbor may have a larger tax base than Bloomfield Hills or Grosse Pointe Shores, but if they have 1/20 the population the comparison isn't apples to apples. And the $80 million train station will (if it happens) be paid for mostly by the federal government.

07/30/2018 - 5:31pm Here's my global theory of…

Here's my global theory of politics on Mgoblog.  When most of us think of politics we think of the regular diet of Meet the Press or the New York Times front page -- immigration, taxes, Mueller, a laundry list of social issues etc.  There are 1000s of places to comment on these issues on the interwebs.

By contrast, the city of Ann Arbor has an obvious connection to this blog, and discussions of its politics are a lot harder to come by.  There's at least some relationship to the status of Ann Arbor as a community to the success of the University in terms of attracting faculty, students, coaches and recruits.  

Besides, it's Brian's blog and he can do what he wants.

 

 

07/08/2018 - 10:42am I know someone who's mom is…

I know someone who's mom is widow of a LA cop and has a similar situation where she can stay in her home because of Prop 13.  How about a compromise where someone who has lived in their home for over, say, 15 or 20 years can pay lower amount but difference is a lien on the home for whenever it is sold or goes into an estate?  That would not avoid the problem of folks staying in place, but also mean that owners of two identical homes aren't paying vastly different amounts of tax for the same services.

07/03/2018 - 4:12pm There's a forum featuring…

There's a forum featuring the Mayor and 2nd Ward Council candidates (full disclosure, which I'm organizing) at the Traverwood library branch in NE Ann Arbor on July 15 at 3:30 pm.  Most of the time will be spent on questions from the audience so if you're local, and interested in these issues, please come.

06/11/2018 - 8:42pm Did not know we were in our…

Did not know we were in our David Wilson.  Went to the 2011 Sugar Bowl -- one of the craziest wins I've ever experienced.

06/11/2018 - 3:02pm The dive bars article was…

The dive bars article was hilarious, but my favorite thing about it was that it was on the library's website written by a librarian.  

05/22/2018 - 9:08am Sorry

Didn't catch it at the end of the Mulch Madness post until just now.  Mods -- feel free to delete.

05/03/2018 - 2:27pm Loved this piece

The one time I met Bo the only thing that I could think of to say was I'd played youth hockey a few times with Shemy growing up in A2.  He asked if I was any better than Shemy, and I said probably about the same.  He replied "I guess I know two guys who were never going to play for Red!" and we both laughed.  He had a great personality, and could you feel like you were talking to an old friend in a matter of minutes.

05/02/2018 - 5:27pm A few more

As they say in the Senate, I adopt the prior posters endorsements of Frasers, Ashleys and Dominicks.  I would add Conors, the Session Room, and Rappourt (up in the Plymouth Rd corridor in shopping center, but still a very cool bar).

04/12/2018 - 6:39am typo

Sorry -- "very short tie."

04/11/2018 - 9:56pm A few more things

The Seney nature preserve can be done from the car (perhaps good with the baby) and Grand Marais is pretty town

04/11/2018 - 9:54pm Marquette and Copper Harbor

A lot of this has been said but we love Marquette (great bike rides, restaurants and scenery) and Copper Harbor.  Not sure how much you can do with the young one but there are great hikes around Copper.  Houghton and Munising are also great towns. 

03/30/2018 - 8:53am Interesting

I'm glad to hear they are making changes.  That said, I don't think that the defense seemed poorly conditioned last year but if Herbert's an improvement more power to him.

03/22/2018 - 10:28am Another cat/Poole story

The local Humane Society in Ann Arbor does a yoga class with cats running around the room.  My wife is a big MBB fan, and met Jordan there last summer.  It makes sense now.

03/12/2018 - 6:55pm Not endorsing what he did

But I understood that his motivation was to protect Steve Fisher.  Again, you don't like under oath, but it wasn't like he faced any risk of prosecution if he'd said "sure, I took money."   There may be more to it, but if that's correct it's a mitigating factor.

03/12/2018 - 6:55pm Not endorsing what he did

But I understood that his motivation was to protect Steve Fisher.  Again, you don't like under oath, but it wasn't like he faced any risk of prosecution if he'd said "sure, I took money."   There may be more to it, but if that's correct it's a mitigating factor.

03/01/2018 - 9:59pm Was just in Miami Beach

Had it for the first time and loved it.

02/27/2018 - 7:19pm Duke

I recall Craig Ross saying that Carlos Boozer had a similar arrangement as Crawford, but Duke never had the same repurcussions.  Now, again, saying that someone else broke the rules is admittedly not a complete defense.

02/27/2018 - 7:11pm Follow up

My post posted twice, so since I can edit but not delete I thought would add the following.  A compromise might involve a stipend along with a signaficant insurance policy for likely NCAA prospects along with a fund that otherwise compensate players going forward with post-graduate education and other benefits for those who don't make the NBA.

02/27/2018 - 7:06pm A few thoughts

While I don't disagree entirely, I think sometimes Brian argues with strawmen.  Yes, top basketball and football players make a lot of money for their schools, and no question that that money would be better spent on those players than on waterfalls.  Here are a few thoughts:

  • Fans don't pay just to watch Bruce Bowen, but instead to watch compettive games involving players like Bowen.  Unlimited compensation could mean that handful of programs become so dominant that they are essentially the Harlem Globetrotters.
  • I think Craig Ross made this argument on the roundtable, but I think college sports popularity does require some sense that these are students who resemble the students that the fans are or once were. There may be some delusion involved but that's part of it.  If players are making into the six figures, I think they resemble players in Europe who happen to take some classes more than students who may not want to be there.  There's nothing wrong with this in theory, but the popularity of college basketball in the US is much greater than European pro ball and I wonder if explicit professionalization could reduce the appeal.

I'm not saying than the players shouldn't get more compensation than they currently do (six figures in tuition is a form of comp), but I think radical change could also kill the golden goose.

02/26/2018 - 6:41pm Now versus 30 years ago

I'll be one of the few middle-aged/old people to say that I think kids have it tougher or at least perceive it to be tougher than we did in the 80s.  My sense is that in middle/upper middle class American there's a fear that if you aren't at or near the top the economy has no place for you (that may be true although any functioning economy has to have a lot of places).  Anyway, I think in my era there was a feeling that you could be average and be fine whereas now I think some kids (perhaps boys than girls) decide that if all they can achieve is average why try?

I read an article a few years ago that some competitive colleges are becoming something like 60/40 women to men based on the applicants they receive, which from a social standpoint may be more of reward for the men than the women.

02/26/2018 - 6:40pm Now versus 30 years ago

I'll be one of the few middle-aged/old people to say that I think kids have it tougher or at least perceive it to be tougher than we did in the 80s.  My sense is that in middle/upper middle class American there's a fear that if you aren't at or near the top the economy has no place for you (that may be true although any functioning economy has to have a lot of places).  Anyway, I think in my era there was a feeling that you could be average and be fine whereas now I think some kids (perhaps boys than girls) decide that if all they can achieve is average why try?

I read an article a few years ago that some competitive colleges are becoming something like 60/40 women to men based on the applicants they receive, which from a social standpoint may be more of reward for the men than the women.

02/18/2018 - 7:20pm Yes

Muppets, s’il vous plait

02/05/2018 - 12:17pm A few thoughts

I know nothing says entitled Michigan fan like complaining about wins, but I also understand some of the disatisfaction.  This offense seems to get stuck a lot.  This may be an exaggeration, but I feel like the "10,9, 8" shot clock countdown from students started on 50 percent of our possessions before I saw anything start to develop on the offensive end.  This reminds me a bit of last football season, where we were winning games against Purdue, Cincinnati, Indiana etc. but looking so unimpressive on offense that it felt like it would eventually come back to haunt us.

Again, I'm glad that rebounding and overall defense is improved, and I feel like there we have the weapons to score more consistently with guys like Matthews, Wagner, Rahk, Poole, Robinson etc.  If that happens I really think we can play with anyone in the conference.

02/03/2018 - 6:09pm The offense today

I don't know how much was Z and how was the rest of the team and/or Minnesota, but the offense really felt ponderous today.   While I'm sure that this is based on not getting open looks earlier in the clock, but one I've noticed is how often we use the entire shot clock before launching a 3 or attacking the rim with less than 10 seconds left.  I almost would want them to take a so-so shot with 15-20 seconds on the clock to keep the other team's defense honest.

01/31/2018 - 1:43pm Lifelong fandom

My story is similar to those above -- grew up in A2, both parents affiliated with Michigan, first public events memory of the 1973 Rose Bowl snub, first song I learned to pay on the clarinet was (probably a kids version of) The Victors, etc.

01/30/2018 - 3:49pm A few thoughts

First, attendance/enthusiasm has been an issue forever.  When I was in college (and I'm dating myself here I know) the students were all in the upper bowl.  For a game around 86-87 the Daily (during a pretty good era of BB success) ran a column attacking the lower bowl denizens for never standing/cheering loudly (and often for not showing up) with a memorable line asking the worst of the wealthy fans to stop coming to games and not to send there kids here.  The column was taped to hundreds of seats pre-game.  Things were worse then than now, believe it or not.

Second, I like the suggestions in the article, and agree with expanding the Maize Rage.  Along the lines of what Brian mentioned I think that an easy way for fans to turn in their tickets to the Dept. with some assurance that they would go to Michigan fans would be a good idea.  Maybe the athletic department could connect with local high schools/middle schools to get kids/parents signed up a list for last minute, cheap tickets.  A condition of staying on the list would be that you are reasonably available to use the tickets.

One last thing -- fan enthusiasm ebbs and wanes mostly based on the team's success but also on perception.  I remember around 2004ish when Amaker lead us to the NIT championship there was a great atmosphere for the home NIT games based on how grim the previous 5-6 years had been.  I think that a lot of folks wrote this year off in advance with Zak, Derrick and DJ gone, and even though the team is better than expected it's not so much better that people are jumping on the bandwagon. 

01/11/2018 - 8:11am Things to see

This was mentioned before but the law library/quad are jewels of the campus.  I would also suggest the Union and the League for architecture/design and a campusey atmosphere.  I'm not as familar with North Campus, but the Bentley and Ford libraries are both cool facilities. 

01/09/2018 - 12:33pm Thanks for sharing -- very moving and courageous

I do feel like this site is community (a sometimes snarky one, but a community all the same), which is reflected in the earlier responses to your courageous and moving post.  I wish that I could say something beyond what has been said above, but I will say that I hope these messages (and mine) of support and concern provide some comfort and that the doctor in Alabama can provide some relief.  You are in my thoughts and prayers.

01/08/2018 - 9:22pm Hockey fights

I haven't thought about this long enough to have anything useful to add about the racial issues, but I'll say that I'm one of the perhaps minority hockey fans who thinks that fighting is overrated.  An occasional epochal fight like Lemieux-McCarty is one thing, but in general I just feel like it slows the game down.  I will say that today's game is much better than the 1970s when fighting was pro forma, and expected.

01/02/2018 - 1:05pm Brian's post

I know there are some reasonable complaints above, but Brian's post pretty much reflected where I'm coming from emotionally.  Even though the Outback Bowl was not what we were hoping for, I was looking forward to (and more to the point -- expected to) starting off 2018 on a postive note, and it wasn't to be.  I think that it's reasonable to step back a little bit, get some perspective and then inevitably get excited again for Spring practice etc rolls around.  No doubt things need to get better from the all various position groups, coaching position etc. mentioned in the comments above, and one of Michigan's strengths is its passionate fanbase, but we also have to sometimes acknowledge sports isn't just about effort, ability and preparation -- it can also be flukey.  A couple of plays go differently in the 2nd half and we win (and yes, we benefitted from some luck in the 1st half).  I'm not excusing the issues we have but to me that record of the last 3 years includes not just this year's disappoinments, and also most 2015 and 2016. 

12/29/2017 - 5:17pm 2000 Orange Bowl

I was at the game so I'm biased but the Brady pass to Aaron Shea in OT sticks in my mind.  That plus the missed PAT, which is a weird way to win but memorable.

12/27/2017 - 12:30pm My not-at-all-unique list

1. Two Hearted

2. Dark Horse Crooked Tree

3. Founders All Day IPA

12/10/2017 - 12:45pm Any chance it'll be replayed on the B10 Network?

I know that some times the B10 Network replays games shown originally on other channels but am not sure if that's based on their relationships with some networks but not others.  I went to the game, but also meant to DVR it but did not.   I don't see it currently listed so I assume it won't be on the B10 but thought Id' check if anyone knew if that was even possible.

12/04/2017 - 9:56pm Defense

My organized basketball career ended in the 5th grade so correct me if I'm missing something, but it looked like from the last 2 minutes of the first half through the first 8-10 minutes of the 2nd Diop-Tate was driving more or less at will, scoring or drawing fouls.  We finally went into a zone that seemed to keep them from driving into paint.  My question  is what took so long to change up the defense -- at one point they were on a 20-0 run.  In the last 10 minutes our defense was actually decent (it may have partially them getting colder) with our offense holding up back, but I wonder if we'd changed things up earlier if we could have held on.

11/11/2017 - 8:52pm 2nd half

I'm happy with another solid win but when Michigan took over up 28-10 I think that a bit of trepidation wasn't totally irrationale.  True the game was likely over regardless but if Michigan had one 3 and out it could have been uncomfortable at the end.

11/07/2017 - 12:05pm Great book

I’ve read it and highly recommend. One of the many heroic figures in the book — Joseph Barrs — later attended Michigan med school and became Michigan’s first varsity hockey coach.

11/05/2017 - 8:29pm Crisler

Interesting history. I knew Crisler brought the winged helmet from Princeton, but had no idea Crisler coached Gophers before then 

11/05/2017 - 8:17pm Mason

This was said below, but I think Mason's firing was one of the most inexplicable in the Big 10 in recent decades.  As I recall, they collapsed in the 2nd half of a bowl game & he was out.  Someone forgot to tell the AD that they were in a bowl game. Given the history of Gopher football prior to Mason, while producing players like Barber, Mahoney etc., I think keeping him should have been a no brainer.

10/31/2017 - 12:20pm Great book

I've read it. There's a lot more great stuff about Barrs and others involved in the events.  Strongly recommend.