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09/18/2018 - 4:07pm It's a real thing -- a…

It's a real thing -- a Cantonese (meaning China, not the township east of Ann Arbor) dish.

Here you go,

09/18/2018 - 4:04pm As demonstrated yesterday,…

As demonstrated yesterday, schools like UM (and Wisconsin, to a slightly lesser extent) are already swimming in money from all the TV timeouts, $6 hot dogs and $4.50 bottles of water. There is more than enough money precisely because these schools long ago discarded its "amateur nature."

Time to stop funneling the excess cash into million dollar strength & conditioning coaches and hundred million dollar-plus palatial sports complexes, and give more to the people who are actually earning it.

09/17/2018 - 6:09pm Michael Robinson later…

Michael Robinson later responded to another tweet, writing that Kelly's success at Oregon "was simply a fluke


WTF? Kelly was the OC for a couple years, before succeeding Belotti; Chip got the job b/c his offenses lit up the Pac-10 (now Pac-12). And that success continued for a few more years, before he went to the NFL.

I don't like Chip Kelly, overall, but the guy had a long record of success at Oregon. It wasn't a fluke.

09/17/2018 - 5:43pm Re Parking: Parking is…

Re Parking: Parking is expensive (and can easily cost more than $40), but you must have wanted to be relatively close to the stadium.

On the west side, near Seventh St, I saw plenty of parking for $20.

09/17/2018 - 5:38pm Why? I had some at the game …

Why? I had some at the game (a cup at one of the free stations before we went to our seats) and it was fine.

What's wrong with it (honest question)?

09/17/2018 - 5:35pm The whole thing is…

The whole thing is extravagantly overpriced.

I bought a "jumbo" hot dog for a family member yesterday -- it was $6 for a hot dog that was slightly longer than a regular one. It could not have cost more than 25 cents wholesale. It was thoroughly mediocre.

Coincidentally, I also bought a $4.50 water bottle and thought, "Not a bad deal, in comparison!" b/c it was *actually* jumbo sized at 25 oz.

I can kind of understand for-profit entities like the Lions or Disney World gouging people. But UM is nominally a non-profit. Even charging half the prices they do now would still be getting a 250-500% markup on most items. 

09/14/2018 - 4:39pm I just take pride in our…

I just take pride in our civil engineering program and its ability to pull in the recruits.

09/14/2018 - 2:56pm Tripp Welborne!
For the…

Tripp Welborne!

For the youngsters on the board, beyond having a fantastic name, that guy was a serious dude. If Hill is that good, holy smokes*. 

Also, a quick Google search shows he is the athletic director of the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. They're in a league with Andover, Exeter, and other extremely posh schools. So Tripp's done well for himself, even if his multiple knee injuries never allowed him to make it in the NFL.

* It also says something about how we haven't had a super-stud safety at UM in forever, but that's another story.

09/12/2018 - 6:56pm It's .200. And yes, that is…

It's .200. And yes, that is not good at all, so I'm not really sure if it's being used correctly here -- it seems like he means "at an OK level."

But I don't know.

09/11/2018 - 6:01pm I thought you were trying to…

I thought you were trying to make a Del Boca Vista joke, but it looks like you were not. Oh well.

09/11/2018 - 1:27pm Yes, we will have to…

Yes, we will have to disagree.

Something certainly could have happened in terms of job firings and arrests, but there are numerous instances of sexual assaults and discussion of sexual assaults caught on tape, where what seems to be clear & convincing evidence, is explained away. 

But my larger point is even if the tape clearly & unequivocally showed a rape, Perles & co knew they could get away with it in 1992 -- once they had the tape, there was no Ronan Farrow for this young woman to go to, and no large sympathetic audience that would put public pressure on the police & the trustees to do anything. That change has been a very recent development.

09/11/2018 - 1:08pm "...would have been taken…

"...would have been taken seriously by any authorities not interested in covering up the rape."

Aye, there's the rub -- the whole point is that entire huge swathes of police, administrators, politicians etc *WERE* interested in covering it up. It was just another embarrassing incident to sweep away; they thought they could get away with it, and for decades, they did.

There were far less likely in 1992 to have women in positions of power (not that they can't be complicit as well -- see Kathy Klages) and, more importantly, the larger culture had not shifted towards being more sympathetic to potential victims and listening seriously to their stories -- videotaped or not, there would have been excuses ('She was asking for it' ; 'What was she wearing' ; 'Why didn't she stop it') etc.

09/11/2018 - 12:50pm Easy -- sexual assault was…

Easy -- sexual assault was not taken seriously at that time.

I have no idea your age, but up until about the mid-2000s, sexual assault (except, perhaps of kids, though often not even then) was more treated as a "Jeez, would you stop doing that?" as opposed to a significant crime frequently enabled by the culture of an institution or group (the latter of which would take a ton of effort to change).

That's not to say rapes weren't prosecuted, but the focus was more on strangers (e.g., some "thugs" sneaking up behind a women and attacking her while jogging) rather than personal, family, workplace, academic, sports or religious settings.

Heck, it wasn't even until the #metoo movement became more prominent about a year ago that some long, long time serious scum bags got taken down.

09/11/2018 - 12:26pm That's former football coach…

That's former football coach and current trustee Perles to you.

Also, I'm going to copy the lead paragraph, because it is disgusting and descriptive of the seriousness of the "holy crap":

"Serial pedophile Larry Nassar videotaped the rape of a young field hockey player that led to her pregnancy in 1992 – and when her coach at Michigan State University complained about it to athletic director George Perles, he intervened and covered it up, according to an explosive new lawsuit filed in federal court."

09/11/2018 - 12:24pm Yeah, a vocal minority of…

Yeah, a vocal minority of poster are extremely dense on this. They can't seem to grasp that for some kids, they have no interest in certain schools and/or have a dream school from way back when. As long as that dream school isn't a tire fire (e.g., Arizona right now), that's where they go.

Just because a kid is from Michigan doesn't mean he will have any serious interest in UM, just like there are some kids in Ohio for whom UM is their dream school. It happens.

09/10/2018 - 4:17pm The only thing worse than…

The only thing worse than Yahoo's "news" coverage is the comments section accompanying those news articles.

Awful stuff.

09/10/2018 - 4:15pm Yes, what has happened to…

Yes, what has happened to that paper/site, overall? I know times are tough for media organizations, but since the transition from about 5-6 years ago, they were a pretty good site for local news -- city council, development, education, sports.

They had a site redesign (about 3 months ago) and (perhaps coincidentally) around that time, the amount and quality of the content they posted has just nose-dived. I used to be able to find 5-10 stories a day that were at least somewhat interesting; now it is 1 or 2.

Was there a mass layoff that I missed?

09/09/2018 - 7:34pm Friends with Devin Bush Sr?

Friends with Devin Bush Sr?

09/07/2018 - 3:30pm Are you posting this just to…

Are you posting this just to prove we once had a better OL and RBs than Wisconsin?

(BTW...those are sweet UW helmets).

09/07/2018 - 2:40pm Next year, there is zero…

Next year, there is zero chance Rod Allen works for FSD or the Tigers. He was already being phased out (and I'm sure would have been on even fewer broadcasts if Gibby was not impacted by health issues), so he didn't have a great standing anyway.

No way the Tigers or FSD keeps him around now.

Mario *may* have a chance to stay, if it's true Rod got Mario in a choke hold. If, however, it was more mutual pushing/shoving, and that's it -- Mario will be gone as well.

09/07/2018 - 1:12pm ..and they also play in the…

..and they also play in the demonstrably weaker B1G West. To pick just one example, UW has lost 9 of their last 10 games against Ohio State. Sound familiar?

They've lost their last 3 games (2016, 2013, 2012) against Penn State as well.

Don't get me wrong -- they are a very good program (certainly more consistent and better than UM for the last decade) b/c they have an identity, as driven by Alvarez.

But their schedule plays a big part. If they were in the B1G East, they'd be wracking up tons of 3rd and 4th place finishes.

09/06/2018 - 10:35am With Tarik out, and DPJ…

With Tarik out, and DPJ apparently being tired, that is even more evidence that DPJ shouldn't be returning kicks.

09/05/2018 - 2:01pm You mentioned you were going…

You mentioned you were going with a family, so while I am sure you could save $10 (maybe even $20) per ticket by waiting until you get to the game to buy tickets for a scalper, you'll have to weigh that monetary benefit against knowing before Saturday that you've got all your tickets, in the section you want, and won't have to worry about the hassle of finding the "right" scalper before the game.

Whenever I go with family to an SMU-type game, I use StubHub (or buy extras from friends) -- tix are still pretty cheap and I don't have to drag my son around while trying to find a good scalper.

Whenever I go with friends to the same type game, then I go the scalper route, as it's more freeform and the cheapest.

Enjoy the game!

09/05/2018 - 1:16pm You are forgetting Trente…

You are forgetting Trente Jones (though, apparently, like Bredenson he is a "swing man" who can play either. But at least has height, long arms, etc so tackle is a real possibility).

09/05/2018 - 1:07pm In this depressing post, I…

In this depressing post, I found this part kind of funny:

"Devery Hamilton decommits late in the cycle...Hamilton sees significant LT snaps for Stanford as a redshirt freshman and is now starting at guard for them."

So even Hamilton, who we expected to get and missed on, is really a guard, not a tackle?

Can we identify *ANY* actual tackles out there?

09/05/2018 - 1:05pm I agree -- like, why isn't…

I agree -- like, why isn't Andrew Steuber playing? He was a 4-star tackle recruit; he has the size. There are plenty of RS Freshmen who come in and do anywhere from "not bad" to "OK" --- why don't we at least have THAT.

08/10/2018 - 3:52pm But the burgers are RONALD'S…

But the burgers are RONALD'S!

08/08/2018 - 8:25pm That requires a lot of…

That requires a lot of honest soul-searching, self-assessment that is hard for any athlete, let alone one that is 19 or 20 years old. I don't envy it.

He literally had a crowd of 100,000 people chant his name. That's got to be hard to give up on that feeling, and on that dream and say, "Yeah...I'll just ride the pine, get a degree from a top university, and maybe transfer to a MAC school as a grad transfer."

I assume he still thinks he can play, now (e.g., "Wilton Speight ended up at school like UCLA; why not me?") and in the future.

We'll see.

08/08/2018 - 6:17pm This is just the way it is…

This is just the way it is now.

If you're an upperclassman, and you're not in the two-deep, it's likely you move on --- sooner, rather than later.

While we as fans would like to keep folks in case of injury and/or in case the starter and 1st backup's play falls off, the 3rd string (and below) players don't have time or interest in that. Better to play juco or Div 1AA, and then set yourself up for the pros or (more likely) a final season at a mid-major or lower-tier Power 5 program.

08/08/2018 - 6:13pm This is both simultaneously…

This is both simultaneously terrible...and awesome.

08/04/2018 - 10:13pm Yes, this commit won't…

Yes, this commit won't waiver. UM is his dream school.

"After writing this the information started to trickle out about how much Bajema coveted that Michigan offer. Before moving to Washington he grew up in Michigan and was raised rooting for the Wolverines. He also sent footage directly to John Beilein to get on their radar in the first place. Given all of that it quickly became evident that Michigan would be the the team to be beat if they offered. The term dream school gets overused but it seems evident that Michigan most certainly is that for Bajema."

08/03/2018 - 11:26am Too soon.

Too soon.

08/02/2018 - 4:15pm Are you threatening me?

Are you threatening me?

<insert image here, if I knew how to make it work on this new fangled website>




07/30/2018 - 8:25am Pedantic? No, it's just…

Pedantic? No, it's just someone being way wrong. "Big Blue" is a completely different team, and a professional one at that.

These are basics. Get it right.

07/11/2018 - 2:03pm 1) Kevin Wilson seems like…

1) Kevin Wilson seems like an awful human; this is just the latest example. I was little surprised, in this day an age, that OSU was able to hire him so quickly after IU and not get really any pushback, but I guess Football Uber Alles (...see what I did there?)

2) It's Zander Diamont --- I think Zander Diamond was an actor on the new version of Beverly Hills 90210.

07/10/2018 - 10:12pm Yes, on ESPN or ESPN2.


Yes, on ESPN or ESPN2.

So mark your calendars for July 28 at 9pm ET for some horse vs horse action, as the Stampeders take on the Roughriders. 

07/02/2018 - 11:17pm Denver Warren is an…

Denver Warren is an excellent pickup for the class. He also reminds me of the following:

"There are three rules that I live by: never get less than twelve hours sleep; never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city; and never get involved with a woman with a tattoo of a dagger on her body. Now you stick to that, and everything else is cream cheese."

07/02/2018 - 11:55am Yes, this firmly puts…

Yes, this firmly puts Michigan in the "2nd tier" of schools based on the more helpful average score. There are about 8 or so schools in this grouping (e.g., LSU, Clemson, FSU, Notre Dame).

The top tier is Alabama, OSU, Georgia, Oklahoma and maybe Oregon (Mario Cristobal is doing a nice job).

So essentially, I think this UM class will finish in 6-10 range, unless a number of recruits disproportionately improve their ranking *AND* we don't lose more than 1 or 2 of the top guys.

All in all, I would say things are looking really good, but there's still work to do.

06/29/2018 - 3:23pm Time to experience Regina,…

Time to "Experience Regina", Mr. Gardner!

(Have no idea how to embed)


06/27/2018 - 10:24am Yes, it is certainly more…

Yes, it is certainly more modern looking on my tablet & phone, but on my laptop and desktop, it is a travesty.

And that's just look and feel -- don't get started on usability (e.g., pasting links).

06/22/2018 - 2:23pm Interesting. I didn't see…

Interesting. I didn't see Battle in high school, but was certainly impressed by him as a college player (though he does seem more athletic that Watts, which is ironic given his "Rocket" nickname). It should be noted Battle was 130 in the country in HS, according to my quick googling.

I do agree about his shooting. He puts shot UP; he has no shame in his game.

06/22/2018 - 2:05pm Thanks for the update. I can…

Thanks for the update. I can not believe Rocket Watts is a Top 50 player.

I only saw him twice, and he certainly has a very good offensive game (with a lot of range) but he got outplayed by Brandon Wade in one of the games I saw (e.g., Wade made Watts look foolish more than once on D, plus Wade rallied his team to win while I didn't see that from Watts, as his team melted down a bit). Wade is a nice player (going to Duquesne) but basically a low 3-star, if that.

06/06/2018 - 3:16pm Ditto. This wouldn't have…

Ditto. This wouldn't have been a good move for the Pistons (why hire a 65-year old man with no experience in the league?) nor would it have been a good move for U of M.

Which is why I didn't worry about it -- two groups would have had to make a dumb decision. Not unprecedented, but unlikely.

05/23/2018 - 2:36pm Yeah this seems more like a threat...

...than it does a motivational statement.

05/20/2018 - 8:35pm Dark Knight has tons of flaws

I would never say it sucked, as Heath Ledger's performance was one of the most charismatic performances I've ever seen and he deservedly won the Oscar. There were also some great set pieces in the movie.

But overall, I thought it has numerous flaws, e.g., Maggie Gyllenhaal (who I generally like) had zero chemistry with both Bale and Eckhart; Two-Face completely got overshone by the Joker, the film was supposed to be in "Gotham" but Nolan couldn't be bothered in numerous parts to obscure buildings / landmarks that clearly identified it as Chicago, Bale's Batman voice was a bit ridiculous, and so on. I could go on, but that's a different thread.

05/11/2018 - 6:00pm That's the right attitude for Joe to have...

...and in no way is it reality.

Shea Patterson will start, barring injury. If there is an injury, it will be one of the other two QBs who is not a true freshman.

There is zero chance a very talented, but raw, freshman QB is going to start on the road, in a night game, against ND unless something has gone very, very, very, very wrong.

05/10/2018 - 9:13pm Yes, the scenario described is confusing

Transfer is only important when you haven't completed a degree (e.g., a Bachelor's) at one school and want to take your credits from one school (e.g., Washtenaw Community College) to another (e.g., U of M) so you don't have to re-take classes.

My advice: talk to a counselor at BOTH schools, write down everything they tell you, and then if you can, talk to a couple other counselors to make sure what they told you is correct. There are horror stories of people who were told something and then when they went to put it into practice, credit were lost, etc.

Good luck!

05/10/2018 - 10:02am The accuser didn't recant

That would mean she admitted she made the whole thing up; that's not what happened.  Charges were dropped when she decided she didn't want to pursue the case, which can happen when an alleged victim decides it is not worth the trauma to go to trial. This type of decision can be especially prevalent in sexual assualt cases.

Doesn't mean it happened. But I would feel a WHOLE lot better about this if the Lions knew about it and had investigated it on their own, so if/when it came up, they could refer to that due diligence and explain to their fans why they were comfortable it was not trrue and that Patricia was a good hire.

05/09/2018 - 12:24pm No way -- we are at peak ticket price

For sports, at least. For concerts, major bands / names (e.g., Taylor Switft; U2; the Eagles) have successfully experimented lately with charging $350 and up for top seats, and they get it. Which makes sense, as that's a once a year (or less) activity.

For sports, though, you typically have many, many chances except for those premimum games (e.g., MSU, OSU, ND). For a UM fan, what's the difference btw seeing WMU vs SMU? Maryland or Indiana? You can just pick one of those, and be fine with it -- which is what I typically do and I *never* pay above list price.

In theory, it would be easy for college football to start dropping ticket prices (and parking, and concessions) back to reasonableness for these interchangeable games. The challenge is the UM has taken on a ton of debt to fund all these palatial buildings around campus, not to mention they pay the football and basketball staffs tens of millions (though that can more easily adjust to market conditions). 

The true canary in the coal mine is EMU (and WMU and CMU): they each spend $20 million more per year than they take in. They can't raise any more money from tickets or TV/media revenue. They are cutting teaching staff and sports as a result.  Not saying U of M will end up with only 5,000 people attending games like EMU, but ticket revenue is not going any higher for anyone. Something needs to give.

05/07/2018 - 1:14pm Sure, start with young kids basketball

Community ed leagues or CYO, where teams are usually 3/4 grades or 5/6 grades. Sure, there is some chirping from coaches (and perhaps more from certain parents), but it really isn't too bad, and you get a chance to really help a number of kids (who are literally there to have fun) learn the game of basketball (as opposed to AAU, which is obviously a step up and very competitive).

Realize as a ref, you set the tone. Say something to the coaches like, "My partner Joe and I will do our best to keep the game flowing and be clear in our rulings. If there's something you think we missed, let us know, but be respectful and we'll discuss." Then let them know any points of emphasis from the league (e.g., hand-checking).

Then get the kids together before tip and say, "OK, we're here to have fun, get better, and compete hard at a great game, basketball. If you have a question, ask, but be respectful to us and the other team. Let's go!"

It's a good way to stay in shape, stay in the game, make a little cash, and help out the community. Do it if you have the time.