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01/22/2019 - 11:15am This schtick should've died…

This schtick should've died en utero. 

01/17/2019 - 6:36pm Ok, here goes.

He was…

Ok, here goes.

He was referring to Marcus Ray, who is a shitbag.

01/17/2019 - 5:40pm That's a massive assumption…

That's a massive assumption about what exactly I have and have not heard, who my sources are, and my ability to discern anecdote from actual trend. You can believe it or not, but I assure you it's more than merely anecdotal. 

01/17/2019 - 4:17pm Nope, don't mean that,…

Nope, don't mean that, thanks for trying! 

01/17/2019 - 4:15pm Of course they're more…

Of course they're more simple, that's one of the main advantages... in theory. The reality is that the components don't last super long right now because the tech is relatively new. A Corolla is still going to generally last longer with fewer issues because, even though more complex, the parts are higher quality and it's been engineered and tweaked over decades to improve even minor problems. 

The other part is that the rest of the car and its components are not necessarily great either. Fiat is largely junk, you think their electric car is magically going to turn into a becon of reliability? What it's built with, how it's engineered, and how it's assembled are going to have a greater impact on reliability than simply having less complexity on paper.

I have no doubt electric cars will surpass IC cars in overall reliability at some point, but we're not there yet, especially with so many manufacturers trying to make their vehicles as cheap as possible to maximize profits. 

 

01/17/2019 - 3:09pm Trust what you want man, but…

Trust what you want man, but JD Power is a joke. 

My source is primarily knowing numerous people that have directly worked on and repaired cars for decades. The cumulative data from places like Consumer Reports, Edmunds, etc you can get some nuggets of useful data, but that's about it. I'll trust the people that have spent their lives directly working on the machines in question.

01/17/2019 - 2:29pm As much as I want to believe…

As much as I want to believe, I've definitely become jaded and feel similar sentiments.

01/17/2019 - 1:59pm Lmao, JD Power!? Oh man, if…

Lmao, JD Power!? Oh man, if you put any stock in JD Power then I have a bridge to sell you!

01/17/2019 - 1:57pm A bit of column A, a bit of…

A bit of column A, a bit of column B. I know a number of guys who have their own auto shops. Consumer reports and whatnot have some value, but I trust cumulative real world experience directly from the guys who work on them more than anything else. 

Leaf is fine, not great, but fine. The general quality of Nissan isn't what it used to be since they got bought out. Definitely better than GM for the most part at this point. 

01/17/2019 - 1:38pm Depends what your criteria…

Depends what your criteria is. What good is range if the car costs thousands more in repairs or dies altogether in half the time? 

Prius will still be driving down the road just fine in the time you're having to buy 2 Volts because they crap out, on top of crazy repair costs because of specialized parts and training required to work on electric vehicles. Not to mention Prius will hold it's value way better. Again, if your goal is the buy and drive the car for as long as possible for as little money as possible, Toyota is going to be a much better bet.

01/17/2019 - 1:08pm The quality on those three…

The quality on those three is pretty meh, especially the Fiat and BMW which is borderline bad. The Nissan can be pretty decent if you get lucky and get a good one, same with the Chevy Volt, but I would take the Nissan over that every day. 

If the goal is to drive it for as long as possible for as little money as possible, you're much better off getting a traditional car, despite some of the advantages of an electric.

01/17/2019 - 12:03pm Third, used car prices are…

Third, used car prices are VERY LOW for electric cars. I can get a fairly new Leaf or Fiat e for $10k, and even BMW i3 for $15k.

The reason they're so cheap is because they're largely garbage! The only electric car that isn't going to be a money pit is the Prius. I wouldn't drive any of those you listed even if I got it for free.

01/17/2019 - 11:59am I've owned 6 Subaru's, 2…

I've owned 6 Subaru's, 2 currently, and was heavily involved in the tuner world with them for about a decade, so I'm pretty well versed on them.

I would get something 2011 or newer, the 2011 models were a step up in overall quality than the previous years. Don't get a turbo, just get a NA (naturally aspirated) Impreza/Forester/Legacy/Outback.

If it's coming up on 100k miles you need to make sure the 100k mile service gets done on time or HAS already been done by a shop that knows what they're doing. Check the front passenger axle boot to make sure it's not cracking or close to it (generally happens mostly in turbo models, but can happen in NA's as well and is about $200 to fix).

Manual transmission is going to last longer overall than an automatic, but if you have to replace the clutch it's going to run you about $700 because the entire engine has to be removed to do so. Auto's are decent, not great, change the tranny fluid every 60k and don't drive it like you stole it and it'll last a long time usually.

Generally they've been super reliable machines for me. I had a '95 Impreza wagon with 185k, abused it as a daily driver and never had a single problem with it other basic maintenance. Goes through snow like none-other, I'd drive circles around Jeeps and 4x4 trucks in the snow. Every model has the highest safety rating of any vehicle in their class. 

They're not as pretty as Honda or even Toyota, but they're tough and practical. Not quite on par with Toyota in terms of quality, but still easily top 10, and #1 in safety. You can visit NASIOC for tons more research and guys that know more than me; it is THE Subaru website for all things Subaru.

01/16/2019 - 5:51pm Do you know if there's…

Do you know if there's awareness of this potential issue on Harbaugh's part and if he's made any changes to help prevent it from happening? I get the whole "wanting it" thing which is absolutely necessary to be successful at that level, but if we lose a good kid just because lack of communication that seems like a problem.

01/16/2019 - 5:32pm Thread from last month.

Thread from last month.

01/16/2019 - 5:29pm ...uuuuh, yeah, that's why I…

...uuuuh, yeah, that's why I said all but 3. I think you can probably deduce that Funchess would be 1 of the 3.

01/16/2019 - 5:18pm Specifically about players'…

Specifically about players' standing on the depth chart related to injuries that might've caused some friction with certain players. Just curious because it seemed like something was up with the team in the last 1/3rd of the season. Thanks for any input,  I understand if you can't comment on the topic.

From Mr. Yost:

In addition, Harbaugh is a shitty communicator on almost everything...so HE may be benching you because he thinks you're a pussy and you should practice or play through being hurt because you're not actually injured...but he may not tell you. Now this is 2018, if you're an 18 year old black kid in today's climate...do you think it's out of the question you or your family may question if it's race if no one is being straight up? Especially when people are in your ear and undoubtedly there is someone who is going to mention it and make you think, even if you weren't thinking about it before. Again, Harbaugh has to know that's coming. 

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Mind you - in Harbaugh's defense, if you're a coach, you CANNOT say "I think you're being a pussy and you should be practicing and playing through this being hurt...and if you're truly injured, sit your ass on the bench and get out of my practice." That would be a disaster. So the communication never happens, minds wander, it's a fucking mess. In reality it's Harbaugh that's going to have to change, the kid in 2018, going on 2019, is not.

01/16/2019 - 5:06pm UMB11, can you give any…

UMB11, can you give any insight as to whether or not the communication issues between the coaches and players as been addressed?

01/16/2019 - 5:05pm Trying a bit too hard there…

Trying a bit too hard there champ. I appreciate the intent though.

01/16/2019 - 2:42pm He couldn't catch a football…

He couldn't catch a football. Do you think he would have learned how to do that under Hoke's offensive coaching staffs?

Considering all but 3 of Hoke recruited WR's turned out to be mediocre to terrible as it was... no, no I do not.

01/15/2019 - 11:16am As long as Harbaugh isn't…

As long as Harbaugh isn't constantly over-ruling the playcall because we're down 14 and goes into a shell like this year, I think it's definitely an improvement. We have the athletes and now a decent OL to be expolosive if the play calls are there. 

01/11/2019 - 12:13pm He played at Rutgers and…

He played at Rutgers and they never bothered to try to poach him?

They probably did but he was like ,"lmao, naw dog, i'm good thanks."

01/11/2019 - 12:10pm I'd be ok with that…

I'd be ok with that. Especially if it's the only way to keep Partridge around.

01/11/2019 - 11:59am Hot damn! DC-in-waiting for…

Hot damn! DC-in-waiting for when DB retires? 

Now we just need a big DL coach hire.

01/11/2019 - 10:22am That's... about right. The…

That's... about right. The overall quality of the board is approaching YouTube comment section levels.

01/10/2019 - 4:48pm Would he come even with…

Would he come even with Charbonnet in-coming?

01/10/2019 - 1:01pm Definitely sorrowful though.

Definitely sorrowful though.

01/08/2019 - 11:24am Disappointing, but totally…

Disappointing, but totally understand the guy wanting to go back home at a program of OSU's caliber to work for Day, who he of course previously worked with at BC.

01/08/2019 - 10:29am I remember one very…

I remember one very encouraging drive vs OSU where we spread the field and our receivers torched them en route for a TD. And then we didn't do that ever again in the game.

I can almost see Pep going "hey that worked great, now lets switch back to body blows! They'll never see it coming!"  FML

01/08/2019 - 10:26am Not as much when Jedd was…

Not as much when Jedd was here. His pass concepts and play calling were pretty solid. Not advocating necessarily for his re-hire, but he was light years ahead of Pep in both categories.

01/08/2019 - 10:16am "Went conservative" in a big…

"Went conservative" in a big game and lost. You mean to tell me Lloyd-ball doesn't work against the best teams in modern college football?? I'm sure there's absolutely positively unquestionably zero other examples of this ever happening throughout UM history, especially in the 2000's.  Nope, none at all.

01/07/2019 - 10:01pm 'Bama safeties getting…

'Bama safeties getting roasted by crossing routes all night. Odd because according to everyone on this blog Don Brown was the only DC who has ever struggled to stop those plays.

01/07/2019 - 9:29pm BUT HOW CAN HE CATCH IT!?!…

BUT HOW CAN HE CATCH IT!?! ONLY MICHIGAN HAS TROUBLE WITH CROSSING ROUTS DON BROWN OVER RATED CAN'T ADJUST!!N!N!

01/07/2019 - 5:32pm False. If Marcus went to a…

False. If Marcus went to a buffet there would be no food left for anyone else.

01/07/2019 - 5:30pm You mean like how Alabama…

You mean like how Alabama reached out to Warinner? 

01/07/2019 - 4:59pm You need to steel your spine…

You need to steel your spine son!

01/07/2019 - 3:17pm Don't you put that evil on…

Don't you put that evil on us man!

01/07/2019 - 2:58pm Just photoshop a giant…

Just photoshop a giant middle finger on the chest of your current avatar.

01/07/2019 - 2:56pm Is there some kind of NDA…

Is there some kind of NDA schools have in their coaching contracts about sharing "trade secrets" from other programs if they get poached? It just seems all kinds of messed up that Mattison could've been in meetings for how Brown is going to change/correct the defense, then Mattison can now take that knowledge to OSU and put them at a significant advantage.

01/07/2019 - 2:46pm I guess he really wanted to…

I guess he really wanted to be a DC again. That or he was getting pushed out - God knows why that'd do that though - and got pissed off. I'm sure he's going to be near the $2m mark, so that's a win financially. But that's a apt description, a giant middle finger to UM indeed.

01/07/2019 - 2:43pm Warinner was fired from OSU…

Warinner was fired from OSU after the 2016 season, was hired as OL coach at Minnesota for the 2017 season, then came to UM shortly thereafter as an offensive analyst but ended up taking over as OL coach when Drevno was Drevno'ed. So, not really the same thing, but I get what you're trying to say.

01/07/2019 - 1:28pm I can agree his house won't…

I can agree his house won't get torched... probably. But he'll be very unwelcome to AA for a long time and it's not going to be at all pretty how UM fans treat him going forward.

01/07/2019 - 1:21pm Did you read the article?…

Did you read the article? Have you seen UM fans? UM fans on this very board? Regardless of whatever time he put in at UM, him leaving for OSU and bringing a huge amount of insider knowledge about UM, specifically on the defense, to their arch-rival, is an absolute betrayal to most UM fans regardless of any justification you want to attempt to throw out there .

01/07/2019 - 1:10pm Mattison would leave AA,…

Mattison would leave AA, where a lot of his family is who are big UM fans, for Ohio State, the hated and arch rival?? He realizes he just burned every bridge he has with UM fans right? That he won't be able to walk down a street in AA after he retires, with his family, and not be called a traitor? Is the staff situation at UM way more toxic than any of us know? Why the hell would he do that??

Edit: guess they dont' live in AA, but the point still stands. He won't be able to walk down a street in SE Michigan without being called a traitor.

01/06/2019 - 11:46pm Brown would be devastating…

Brown would be devastating initially. We'd be fine in the long run, but still I'd rather not lose him. Just pay him whatever Temple offers.

01/06/2019 - 11:36pm What if the next DC was…

What if the next DC was Partridge?

01/06/2019 - 8:05pm You're right, but I blame…

You're right, but I blame Gboard. It changes the words I'm intending to type all the time on me because it thinks it knows what I'm typing more than I do and I'm too lazy to go into the settings and turn that option off. 

01/06/2019 - 6:55pm Huh, so this is what happens…

Huh, so this is what happens when a great coach acknowledges his shortcomings, let's go of the reigns a bit, hires a great assistant coach to fix the weak spot, lets them do their job, and then continues to be open to innovation and new/better ideas, all while not panicking when a game gets tough? I wonder if any other UM coaches could benefit from such practices...

01/05/2019 - 2:02pm Great, another season of…

Great, another season of highly underutilizing our offensive talent Carr style.

01/05/2019 - 1:24pm It's the old school "play…

It's the old school "play not to lose" philosophy, which is outdated by decades at this point, as opposed to the best modern teams that "play to win".