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10/05/2018 - 1:30pm You are correct that race is…

You are correct that race is a bullshit term. To complete your statement, race was a concept created for division and control of the masses and for the capture of resources. Despite this reality, many cling to the concept and insist on its enforcement in the name of "justice" and "equality". 

10/04/2018 - 1:51pm You need to update your TV…

You need to update your TV watching. Organized crime is run by the Russians and Central Americans. I learned that on Law & Order so it must be true.  Besides, there is no such thing as the mafia or Cosa Nostra or whatever name you wich to give.....

09/24/2018 - 8:28pm I can’t vote on 3.0. Many…

I can’t vote on 3.0. Many others can’t either. My points are frozen. 

09/17/2018 - 10:47pm Nationals Park is the same…

Nationals Park is the same way. Camden Yards as well. 

09/14/2018 - 3:22pm HUGE respect for his mention…

HUGE respect for his mention of Sanford & Son.Jim Rockford, Kwai Chang Caine and Fred Sanford were my three role models growing up. J.J. isn't on the same level, but I'll throw in a few bonus points for Good Times. 

09/12/2018 - 4:40pm Length and footwork/speed…

Length and footwork/speed speed seem to be more important at LT. These are to counter the speed rush moves that more commonly come from elite pass rushers on that side of the line. An LT needs to be able to move his feet quickly to set up and seal off the angle of an outside speed rush. He also  should have have long, strong arms so that even when he loses a bit of outside leverage he is still able to fight the pass rusher and impede his flow to the QB. Good feet and long arms also help counter a quick DE or OLB's spin move and other moves/transitions from an inside to outside pass rush. Put another way, your LT needs to be able to quickly move his feet and/or use his long strong arms to transition from an outside seal to inside if the DE makes an initial outside pass rush move and then dives inside. The fact that a right handed QB can see what that the DE on the RT side is doing as well as the fact that the DE/OLB on that side may be a notch down as far as talent/speed means an RT can give up a little bit on both areas that LTs are asked to excel. Traditionally RTs have also been asked to run block more, so they may be a bit more of a mauler, but I'm not sure that is as true as it was years ago.


09/10/2018 - 6:47pm Have you made donuts with it…

Have you made donuts with it? 

09/10/2018 - 6:44pm Who is #1 ?!?

Who is #1 ?!?

09/05/2018 - 11:30am Yes, it was.

Yes, it was.

09/02/2018 - 9:40am I guess we know why he was…

I guess we know why he was moved from


08/27/2018 - 4:16pm My read:

Brian is about to…

My read:

Brian is about to turn 40, feels (professionally) unfulfilled and currently doesn't like his job as much as he used to. ;) Most of us go through this phase. It will pass if you let it.


I like Iowa fans as well. For a few years I went without cable/satellite and watched all of Michigan's games at a sports bar. It happened to be an official Iowa alumni watching bar. The Iowa fans were enthusiastic, polite and informed. They were some of the most sober fans I have ever met. By that I don't mean they didn't drink but rather their assessment of their own team was remarkably reasoned and well measured. There was very little homerism or fatalism. They would give you an honest and accurate appraisal of their team.

08/23/2018 - 4:24pm I like this thought exercise…

I like this thought exercise.

Who says a conference has to neatly divide in two? How about a conference with three divisions of 5 teams each?

East: Duke, Vandy, GA Tech, UVA, Wake

Central: MI, WI, NW, Notre Dame, IA

West: USC, UCLA, Stanford, Berkeley, Washington (?)

For football, each team would play 3 non-conference games + the 4 teams in their division + 2 from each other division. That's 11 games. You could get to 12 by adding another non-conference game, playing another non-division game or - because this is ostensibly about academics - just play 11 games like they did for decades. Keeping it to 4 non-division games with those split home-away would mean only one trip across the country or out west per team and one additional trip to another region.

The conference championship would be a 4 team play-off with three division winners and a wildcard. 

For basketball, home-away with each team would give you a 28 game schedule. A half dozen non-conference games/pre-season tourney games should be enough to get things going and keep it to a 34 game season. It would be a lot of travel for hoops.

For hockey, reconstitute the CCHA.

Non-revenue sports would take additional thought....which is likely beyond my interest level...

08/23/2018 - 11:45am I have 498 points (and have…

I have 498 points (and have had that many since the old site) and I can't vote either.  

08/15/2018 - 1:18pm I get my performance kicks…

I get my performance kicks on two wheels, so my "fun car" doesn't have to be fast. A good ol' American land yacht for relaxed cruising is what I am looking for. My long standing dream has been to own a car that was made in Lansing as close to the day I was born in Lansing as possible.

Something like this would fit the bill:

A convertible would be nicer, but those are five figures and can go for over $20k.

Cutlass S and Supreme models were also made in Lansing that year. Those get thrown into the "muscle car" category so can be a bit pricier and I would just prefer an 88. A friend had a '72 back in the day.

I believe Toronados were also made in Lansing that year. I love the first gen ('66-67) Toros, but am less enamored with the early 70s version. I'd take one but prefer the 88. 




08/14/2018 - 12:44pm I agree that the Harbaugh…

I agree that the Harbaugh/Little Caesar's episode wasn't one of the better episodes. Right now the show is a bit uneven. It has some great moments, but also some that are just so-so. The question is whether they are about to hit their stride and be consistently funny or have they scattered all of their good jokes over the episodes to date and are about to run out of steam completely. 

08/14/2018 - 12:39pm Thank you. Can't up vote or…

Thank you. Can't up vote or I would have just done that.

07/25/2018 - 7:19pm I would love to upvote this…

I would love to upvote this....

07/25/2018 - 7:12pm Me neither...:(

Me neither...:(

07/17/2018 - 6:19pm I should also add that this…

I should also add that this thread is unlikely to get a response from those whose site visits have slowed to < 1x/week. This thread will be buried by the time they check back in.

07/17/2018 - 6:17pm Yes, I have been visiting…

Yes, I have been visiting less. A highly detailed and accurate analysis tells me that the decrease in my visits is 40% because of light/uninteresting content, 30% because I've got other things to do and 30% because of the post reboot wonkiness.

07/17/2018 - 6:11pm At least you can vote....


At least you can vote....



07/16/2018 - 7:40pm I haven't been on the board…

I haven't been on the board much lately and haven't tracked many of the bug issues. I do know that I can't vote using either Google Chrome or on my iPhone (Safari). 

If there is any resolution to this issue that I have missed, I'd love to know what it is.

07/09/2018 - 4:50pm Their job is to make their…

Their job is to make their site profitable which means maximizing hits/readership while minimizing costs. As numerous others have pointed out, there doesn’t seem to be enough money out there to justify the approach of maximizing quality content. Therefore, the industry is now trying the combination gimmick/bullshit/economize strategy. 


07/02/2018 - 4:33pm Wow.

I grew up in Lansing…


I grew up in Lansing and while it definitely has its warts, it sounds like there is a very, very, personal story behind this. 


06/30/2018 - 7:14pm Let’s not pile on the kid…

Let’s not pile on the kid. The drama & confusion might very well have been added by the parent telling the story to the OP. It’s the old “telephone game”. 


06/27/2018 - 10:35pm No kidding. It’s at least…

No kidding. It’s at least 100%; maybe 110%. 

06/27/2018 - 11:38am Riding a motorcycle quickly…

Riding a motorcycle quickly on a twisty road is a great mental health aid. As speed increases so does the required level of concentration. As the level of focus increases, it crowds other things out of your mind. You are quickly processing a lot of visual and tactile inputs, but on a visceral level the world slows down and melts away. The occasional shot of adrenaline keeps your mind locked. At the end of the day you have a few beers with friends and talk about the ride. I take weekend day rides into the hills of WV with a few good friends and I feel amazing after those weekends. Thinking about and planning those rides is also a decent stress reliever.

Besides motorcycling, I have a cat. Studies have shown that petting a cat or dog can decrease blood pressure. Besides helping me relax, the cat also has a similar effect on my wife. Having my wife be more relaxed also has a seriously positive impact on me. ;)

06/26/2018 - 5:19pm I was born in Lansing in…

I was born in Lansing in 1971 & have always had a dream of buying a car that rolled off a line in Lansing the same day I was born. That might be difficult, so maybe same month is more realistic. The three cars made in Lansing were Cutlass, Toronado & Eighty-Eight. Going for a Cutlass 442 W-30 would be the obvious choice, but I like to do things differently. A Delta Eighty-Eight Royale Coupe would be fabulous. I used to not like the 2nd gen Toros, but in the theme of this article, over the top, they are growing on me. They are big coupes (& I love giant doors) & fairly pimptastic, so what’s not to love?

06/21/2018 - 6:36pm I too am soooo over the era…

I too am soooo over the era of ALL IPA ALL THE TIME.


06/13/2018 - 3:05pm Thank you. 

I remember when…

Thank you. 

I remember when “Standard English” was a real thing & I could speak it as well as write it. 

Now I speak & write a muddled mess like everyone else. 

06/13/2018 - 10:19am I had an ‘84 (last year of…

I had an ‘84 (last year of that body style) Regency Brougham Coupe. The doors were huge & awesome.  It had the 5L engine which was a total dog. It floated down the road & the seats were silly comfortable. With an updated or warmed up power plant, it would be a class A Interstate or Main Street cruiser. 

06/08/2018 - 1:21pm Your perception of VA Tech's…

Your perception of VA Tech's academic quality is off by a fair bit. VA Tech might not even be in the top ten of southern schools. UNC, Duke, GA Tech, UVA, Vanderbilt...that's 5 schools that are much better academically and 4 are south of VT. Schools like NC State, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Miami and others are in the same ballpark and quite possibly better than VT as well. That's just off the top of my head. All of those schools but 1 (UVA) are further south than VT.

As for how clean the football program is, I think you're off there as well. VA tech only started cleaning up its act in the late 90s after hitting a pretty low bar. According to wiki, they had 22 football player arrests in 15 months in 1997. With that much bad press, they had to do something and they tightened things down...supposedly. Remember the Vick brothers? I doubt Mike  was a saint who magically became a piece of excrement after he left Blacksburg. It took two years for Marcus to finally get permanently kicked off the team. Was academic cheating part of the Beamer era"? I don't know, but I think there is enough evidence to be skeptical of claims that the program was (or is) anything close to squeaky clean.

06/08/2018 - 12:36pm A fine question 

A fine question 

06/01/2018 - 3:28pm That's one of those bullshit

That's one of those bullshit legends that the haters always trot out. I grew up in Lansing and it was always trotted out about GM/Oldsmobile workers, yet the 2-300x per year that I went by one or more of the factory or office parking lots around Lansing, the amount of non-GM vehicles (let alone non-US brands) was nowhere near half. Even during the worst years, the employee discount was more than enough to overcome any real or perceived deficiencies. The non-GM cars you did see did tend to be older. It's harder to be choosy when you're spending <=$2000 on a car. You simply take the cleanest thing you can find.

06/01/2018 - 2:53pm Toyota and Hyundai, just to

Toyota and Hyundai, just to name two brands, have done fine in the "not performance, not luxury, not economy" brand space. In fact, half of the industry occupies that space.

05/31/2018 - 3:14pm Jalen had a smooth easy going

Jalen had a smooth easy going persona, but he had a competitive drive that should not be sold short, especially late in games.

05/29/2018 - 2:20pm Here’s another solution,

Here’s another solution, instead of driving 15k miles commuting & trying to maximize MPGs, live closer to your job. I currently put less than 3500 commuting miles per year on my car. I have never put more than 5000 commuting miles. At those levels of driving mileage & fuel prices are almost itrelevant.

It’s a choice. I’m not saying it’s easy. It gets complicated with a two income household trying to triangulate a house location. In a region like DC that is already expensive & growing you definitely will be paying a premium on the real estate side (and/or getting less SF) to live closer in. For me the price has always been worth it.

05/25/2018 - 5:17pm I upvoted and like the basic

I upvoted and like the basic point. However, as far as median family income is concenrned Michigan is a bit of an outlier here. Yes, the median family income for incoming freshmen at Michigan is substantially higher than that of the state as a whole and likely compared to most other public universities. Nonetheless, I would guess it is well below those of the other 9 schools on the list. The average Michigan student is middle to upper middle class. At those other schools is upper middle class+.

Maybe it doesn't matter though. Maybe median freshmen family income isn't the measure, but rather just the actual total number of incoming freshmen from wealthy families. Michigan may only have 15% of incoming freshmen who are truly wealthy, but that may be a similar number of freshmen as Harvard.

05/15/2018 - 4:41pm The self righteous preaching

The self righteous preaching in the Grant Newsome threads is unbelievably nauseating.  



05/15/2018 - 4:35pm 67 for the win, no contest.

67 for the win, no contest.

05/10/2018 - 7:06pm I watched a lot of basketball

I watched a lot of basketball back then. Your revisionist claims of over-the-top thuggery are like most things revisionist; untruths and exaggerations wrapped around a small kernel of truth and coated in a lot of drama. There were rules back then. Sure, some were unwritten, but there were rules. Not all hard fouls were by any means equal. For those of us who watched the game, the difference between a clean and appropriate hard foul and a dirty play or cheap shot was obvious. Admittedly judgment sometimes got blurred by the jersey the player was wearing, but that's all sports in every generation. If your passion doesn't negatively impact your objectivity from time to time, you're simply not much of a fan.

The NBA game went down hill quite a bit in the late 90s and through the early 2000s. It has largely recovered, but my Pistons-red colored glasses tell me that it has not come all the way back. I'm still an NBA fan and am watching a lot more now than I was 10 years ago, but the league hasn't gotten me back completely. Most of that is not the NBA's fault, I simply don't watch as much of anything as I used to.

05/10/2018 - 3:43pm I hate this question

because I hate both of them. 

05/10/2018 - 3:42pm Way more physical? I call

Way more physical? I call bullshit. You can't touch a superstar in today's NBA and the game is much less physical. That started with Jordan and only has gotten worse.

05/09/2018 - 4:49pm Your comment starts out

Your comment starts out discussing college football and ends with the Lions. I think there is an important distinction. My tolerance level for mistakes and my ability to hold my tongue is much greater for college football than it is for the NFL. I agree that college players "deserve a break" for under-performing, making mistakes, etc. It doesn't mean I won't criticize or call out problems, but I will do so charitably. For college coaches and administrators, I will be a bit less charitable, but still maintain some level of generosity. This is not because they deserve it, but because of what you note regarding recruits and players; criticism of the coaching staff does impact the kids on the team.

When it comes to the NFL (or any other pro sport), I try to maintain realistic expectations, but I have very little concern about being charitable to players or coaches. They're big boys cashing big checks.  It doesn't excuse being a jerk to them, but it does mean a LOT less sugar-coating.


05/09/2018 - 1:00pm My work travel has ebbed and

My work travel has ebbed and flowed. From 2006-2011 it was a couple of times per month 1-3 days. From 2012-2017 it dropped down to only a few times per year. Over the past year it has started to creep back up  to about once/month. I'm generally happy traveling in the +/- 25% (+/- 5 days/month) range. I find that is enough to make my wife miss me, but not enough to make her resent the time away.

My work is largely collaborative/team-based, so I am often travelling with co-workers and/or meeting co-workers at my destination. Evenings generally involve dinner and drinks at a restaurant with the team. My focus is on going to a good (that might mean expensive, but usually means local, interesting and tasty) restaurant and getting time to check out the town and walk around a bit. I've been lucky to generally have like-minded co-workers that enjoy good food and cities.

Sometimes dinner leads to additional drinks someplace else and a late evening, but generally I am back to my hotel room sometime between 8-10 PM. At that point it's probably been a long day, I am behind on emails and all of my other projects and I probably have an early meeting or flight the next day. I generally spend an hour or so on emails and the fall asleep with the TV on. 

When I do travel solo and am not spending much time with co-workers, it usually works similarly, but I may turn in a bit earlier. I track down an interesting local restaurant, take a longish walking route to get there and then am back to my room by 8 ish, catch up on email and other projects and go to bed.

I am usually meeting in urban centers and walking where I need to go. Thankfully I don't spend too much time at airport hotels or in suburban office parks. Occasionally a tight schedule means I have to eat at a hotel restaurant or the airport and sometimes the locations require driving everywhere, but I am usually "downtown" and prefer being able to walk. If I haven't been to the city much, I will try to find extra time to walk or drive around.

05/09/2018 - 12:01pm Even the ZXs weren't great in

Even the ZXs weren't great in that regards. In general Japanese cars were overhwelmingly rust buckets (at least in northern climates) until the late 70s. They were still a bit spotty through the early 80s, but by the mid 80s they had generally figured it out.

05/08/2018 - 6:18pm This may be breaking the

This may be breaking the rules, but growing up in the late 70s & 80s, I liked a bit older cars. In the unobtainable category, I LOVED the Lamborghini Miura. The Countach is great, but I always preferred the more flowing & organic lines of the Miura.

In the more obtainable category, I loved the original Toronado (‘66 & ‘67). One appeared parked in a driveway down the road from my house when I was in HS. It didn’t have a for sale sign, but it didn’t move for a month. I was just about to knock on the door & ask if it was for sale & it disappeared. I also really liked the first gen 2 seater Z cars (240, 260 280, not ZX). There was a ‘76 280Z for sale at a corner used car lot near my high school for $1695. I stopped & checked it out. It had fresh paint but the doors were at least 1/3 bondo as were the front quarter panels. I wondered what else the shiny paint was hiding & walked away.

05/01/2018 - 2:48pm I am an undergrad & grad

I am an undergrad & grad school alum & was in AA 89-95. I have great memories of sooo many bars:

Blind Pig/8 Ball for music & my favorite “default” bar, Dominick’s = beautiful spring days & summer is near, Rick’s for cheap drinks, boozy nights & flirty girls, Ashley’s for single malts & conversation, Charley’s for sneaking drinks underage, Scorekeepers & the Fab Five, the Brown Jug was a good place to start or end (slice from backroom) the night.

I know I am missing a few more, but thanks for indulging this trip down memory lane.

04/28/2018 - 2:22pm Bien sur

Bien sur

04/28/2018 - 1:59pm Back in the early 90s a bunch

Back in the early 90s a bunch of guys on the track team lived near there. They also had a raccoon problem. Its hide ended up hanging on the wall with a ~.22” hole in it. I’m not sure what happened to the rest of the raccoon. One of the guys who lived there was from southern OH. I am pretty sure raccoons are a staple of the diet down there, so stew is a distinct possibility.