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09/10/2018 - 2:00pm The best way to take all the…

The best way to take all the guesswork out of field goal calls would be to put a crossbar on top of the posts and require the kick to make it into the box.

That will never happen, and I don't really think it actually should, but it sure would take every last bit of judgment out of calls.

07/05/2018 - 10:36pm It is spectacular that your…

It is spectacular that your daughter works so hard to be active even though it's so difficult. It sucks when your body won't let you do things you want to do, or when it won't let you do things as well as everyone else. I hope she continues to stay as active as her limitations will allow. Hopefully she'll find something she can do and enjoy.

A supportive family makes a big difference. Believe me. Keep it up.

07/05/2018 - 1:10pm Speaking as one who has CP,…

Speaking as one who has CP, though a much less severe case than Carter's: personal mobility is a profound thing that most people (understandably) tend to take for granted. I can walk, but it looks pretty funny, and I can't cover a lot of distance on foot without wearing out. (I can also drive.) But last year I bought an adult trike, and even though I can get around by myself well enough to do regular people stuff, I can't overstate what the trike has meant to me. If you ask me to walk half a mile, you're asking a *lot* of me. But my trike rolls over the ground just like all the other bikes, and I can go miles without thinking twice. (I've been averaging a little over 10 miles a day lately, and I did 16 today, a personal best.) That might not seem like that big a deal since I can both walk and drive, but being able to cover that much ground under my own power gives a huge psychological boost that I don't think I can adequately explain. For Carter, for whom any kind of mobility is a major struggle, that chair will mean so much more than my trike means to me.

What I'm saying is that this is an incredibly good cause that will do a massive amount of good for Carter, more than I think most people can imagine.

Also, since I've talked it up so much, here's my amazing trike.


06/09/2018 - 12:48pm A site doesn't need a search…

A site doesn't need a search function to be searched.

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04/27/2018 - 1:10pm Are we sure he's not a

package deal?

04/27/2018 - 12:55pm I wonder if DJ Carton is good at

boxing out.

04/17/2018 - 3:58pm I don't care that much about meaning

I want a shorter MLB season for a more practical reason: baseball is far too sensitive to weather to start as early and run as late as it does with northern teams in the league.

04/17/2018 - 12:32pm I had to google it

Turns out he's been commissioner for TWENTY-FIVE YEARS now.

04/17/2018 - 12:06pm Okay, I'll play


Basketball: replace free throws with power plays. If a player commits a foul that would result in free throws, his team is shorthanded for one full shot clock or until the other team scores. Power plays could be timed or untimed depending on what would benefit the team that was fouled. Unlike hockey, there would be no limit to how many players one team could be down. Basketball power plays would produce more action and less standing around, and they would help cut down on the nuisance of intentional late-game fouling.

Hockey: fire Gary Bettman.

(Also, as someone else already noted, replay in all sports should be in real time. No slow motion.)

12/04/2017 - 5:05pm Ah, the haloscan days

Those were the days of pure MGoChaos. It was (mostly) fun while it lasted.

12/04/2017 - 5:02pm That would make them

texty bits.

11/14/2017 - 4:46pm I was honestly kind of stunned

to see the comments about parking in downtown Chelsea. I was happy to see rebuttals from people who don't see what the fuss is all about, but I did not expect to see so many people so adamant that parking in Chelsea is a Serious Issue.

It's also shown up in the conversation surrounding the impending move of a local business: the business is moving from the fringe of downtown with its own lot to the heart of downtown with a municipal lot directly out the back door (along with the abundant street parking and the three other lots right nearby). News of the move was met with a surprising amount of consternation from people who said it would be too hard to park at the new location.

I wish I had an iea of how to change the mindset of No Walk Is A Good Walk among able-bodied drivers.

11/14/2017 - 4:35pm I parked in a handicapped parking lot

in the shadow of Ford Field last time I went to a Lions game (at least 5 years ago now). I think I paid $40 for the privilege of being handicapped. It would be nice if they would differentiate between people who park close for the convenience and people who park close because each step is more difficult than it should be and charge the latter a bit less, but I don't think that'll ever happen.

11/14/2017 - 1:46pm Parking complaints never end.

I live west of Ann Arbor in Chelsea, a small town with a fairly vibrant downtown. Around our downtown there are four municipal parking lots, supplemented with street parking almost everywhere. All of it is free -- not a meter in sight. Though Chelsea's downtown is quite healthy (especially for a town its size), it's INCREDIBLY rare that you'd have to park more than a block from downtown at most (and often not more than half a block or so). If the lots are full, there's always street parking. I have a physical disability that makes walking a bit difficult and exhausting, so being able to minimize my walking distances is more than just a convenience for me. Except for the rarest occasions during the biggest events that draw the biggest crowds, it has not been my experience that parking in Chelsea is lacking.

And yet people still complain about parking. Able-bodied people who shouldn't have to give even a moment's thought to a brief walk from their car to their destination. People have said they prefer to avoid downtown because it's too difficult to park. Recently the idea was floated of converting one of the surface lots into a two-story structure.

If free parking within a block of the destination is not sufficient for parking complainers, then there will never be sufficient parking in any city.

Complainers are going to complain.

08/29/2017 - 5:45pm They'll have to have humans available

for the customers for whom getting out to the car would be difficult. Not everyone who orders and wants it brought right to the door does so strictly because it's more convenient.

07/26/2017 - 11:16pm Chelsea is 20 minutes from downtown A2

As a Chelsea area resident, I appreciate being not too far away from Ann Arbor but also having a bit of a buffer between my home and Ann Arbor.

07/08/2017 - 6:18pm Feast your eyes

on the awfulness of Huron football here:

When it comes to football, Huron is only very marginally better than nearby Dexter, and Dexter is utterly miserable.

05/31/2017 - 12:47pm It appears that the

"Preaching to the choir" quote might be from the tv show Blue Bloods, which he's known to be a fan of. (As used in the show it said "sissies," not "the soft.")

There's another example of his using a Blue Bloods quote in this article.

04/27/2017 - 2:04pm If you'd like to see her speak

in a casual setting, she'll be appearing this Saturday afternoon at the Midwest Literary Walk in Chelsea, about fifteen minutes west of Ann Arbor.

(If you come to the Walk, keep an eye out for me and say hi. I'll be wandering around with a couple cameras.)

08/23/2016 - 1:00pm Fish taco?


12/18/2015 - 1:31pm As one with mild CP,

I'm happy to see this story getting such extensive coverage beyond southeastern Michigan. Good kid doing great work that ends up being a benefit not just to his brother, but to a lot of people.

11/27/2015 - 3:33pm Following from a distance today,

but tomorrow evening I'll be on the job photographing Chelsea in its first-ever trip to Ford Field. I'm excited for the opportunity to shoot on the field at Ford Field, but as a Chelsea guy I'm also excited to see my hometown team on the big stage.

11/10/2015 - 7:05pm Wait, I thought

after Harbaugh was hired all Michigan head coaches were required to change their first names to Jim.

10/30/2015 - 3:33pm I had some photos published

in the Daily Mail a few weeks ago. That was interesting.

10/14/2015 - 1:43pm I saw it once.

That was one of the most depressing things I've seen on tv.

10/14/2015 - 1:41pm Here in Chelsea,

tackle football starts in 7th grade. It does not stop the high school football program from being good at football.

09/08/2015 - 2:07pm The timing of the top photo is

a little bit unfortunate for the name of his school.

08/02/2015 - 2:31pm When I was growing up,

some of my favorite books were by Bill Peet.

I don't have kids, but his books still make me smile.

07/15/2015 - 4:46pm Yes.

I learned on my parents' Dodge Stratus. My first car was a 1991 Dodge Daytona with a five speed, but someone had managed to ruin first gear, so I spent the next four+ years starting in second. That $500 car with no first gear was remarkably reliable. I still miss it.

I haven't had a standard since, but I'm hoping to get back to that the next time I need to buy a car. In the meantime, if I miss driving the way it was intended to be I go borrow my parents' Jeep Patriot.

05/29/2015 - 11:01pm Quite a wave of breweries opening

While you're waiting for those to open, come on out to the Chelsea Alehouse. The candied bacon is delicious.

05/29/2015 - 1:31pm Well, I haven't cleared ownership

with whatever other Burrills might be around. They might want to fight me for the towns.

05/29/2015 - 12:01pm Mine is an old family name.

I don't have children, but I have an unusual name.

One of my relatives back in the 1800s was named Burrill. My mom's side of the family is packed full of very British names, and mine is one of them. You may occasionally find it as a last name, but it's incredibly uncommon as a first name these days. Those familiar with past presidents of the university may recognize it as the middle name of the gentleman for whom Angell Hall was named (James Burrill Angell); it's also the first name of the doctor after whom Crohn's disease was named (Dr. Burrill Bernard Crohn). There's probably a handful of first name Burrills scattered around the country, but I've never met one.

I do enjoy having an unusual name. I don't mind having to spell it for people, though in situations where it doesn't matter -- for instance, when a barista asks for my name to write on the cup -- I'll go with my last name, which is a very common dictionary word that a surprising number of people still ask to spell when I present it as a name.

I do have a town in Rhode Island (Burrillville) and a lake and town in Australia (Burrill Lake), but I haven't visited either one...yet.

04/30/2015 - 4:14pm Chelsea, MI

The home of this fine product:

04/17/2015 - 8:40pm 1991 Dodge Daytona

It cost $500. It was a stick shift and the previous owner had let someone drive it who didn't know how to drive a stick, so first gear was destroyed. The other four gears worked fine, though, and the car ran very reliably for four years (until I ran a stop sign and got t-boned by a Buick SUV).

Being an old two-door, the doors sagged terribly. Opening them required a lot of effort pulling them up before they'd swing out. I got used to it, but once when I took it in for service I ended up getting a call from the frustrated mechanic who couldn't get the door open. When I told him he had to lift it pretty hard, he said he'd pulled the tires off the ground and it still wouldn't open. Fortunately, he did get it open eventually.

I really liked that car.

03/14/2015 - 4:35pm Or maybe


02/28/2015 - 10:47am He's so much fun to watch

12/30/2014 - 12:37pm IT H4PPENED

12/29/2014 - 10:46pm It h4ppened

10/01/2014 - 7:25pm What is football?

What is football?

09/04/2014 - 1:29pm Yes.


07/16/2013 - 1:05pm ...

"...when at the blog Seth's data had some holes..."

06/16/2013 - 2:38pm Wreck-It McGary

06/01/2013 - 1:23pm CRex

for president. This is fantastic.

04/17/2013 - 2:59pm DEATH TO TIMEOUTS

Also, every once in a while someone tries to sound smart by saying "timesout" instead of "timeouts." Can we ban that as well?

03/07/2013 - 3:02pm I think it should be called

NIT Elite.

03/04/2013 - 10:10pm The first one

is funnier from the ha ha look at their faces perspective, but as a sports photo, the second is so much better.

02/25/2013 - 12:23am Keep doing the twitter posts.

Keep doing them forever and ever.

And ever.

02/14/2013 - 7:00pm This might be my favorite

This might be my favorite feature here now.

09/04/2012 - 5:37pm Can I have your autograph?

Can I have your autograph?

06/26/2012 - 5:59pm Two things:

1: That's WAY WAY WAY over the line, and

2: Shouldn't it be "than"? The shirt conveys an entirely different message than it intends...