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10/20/2018 - 6:19pm +1 for introducing me to a…

+1 for introducing me to a chucklefuck

10/20/2018 - 1:12pm The key difference last year…

The key difference last year was steady football. There was no random hour long break during the first quarter. And it wasn't 35 degrees.

I would think most will come back today, but they're dissimilar.

07/03/2018 - 7:48am And the Ann Arbor ward…

And the Ann Arbor ward boundaries are explicitly constructed to gerrymander out any coherent student voice. So they could still sway a mayoral election but without a serious, focused GOTV their impact on Council races is slim.

05/01/2018 - 7:20pm I (non-student adult)

I (non-student adult) frequent Fraser's. The place is disgusting and the servers are either extremely attentive or don't know you're there, but it serves a specific purpose that I'm all about. Trivia, sports, cheap beer, and not downtown.

04/09/2018 - 9:15pm A key distinction here is

A key distinction here is that Schlissel in particular, and Michigan's senior leadership generally, is not inbred like they are in East Lansing. There is no accumlated devotion to misguided hero worship because we hire nationally renonwed academic adminstrators and they find someone who's been around for 40 years drinking the kool aid. Schlissel went Princeton --> Hopkins --> Cal --> Brown. MSC was at Grinnel, UNC, Kentucky, and is now the President of the AAU itself.

Peter McPherson: MSU undergrad (and accomplished Federal appointee and private sector lawyer)

Lou Anna Simon: MSU PhD in 1974. Never left.

Engler: MSU undergrad and general good old boy politician.

The last MSU President that did not have a degree from the school left in 1992 (DiBiaggio). Michigan hasn't had a University President with a Michigan degree since at least before Robben Fleming in 1968. 

04/07/2018 - 1:48pm You and I agree.

You and I agree. I had an itchy trigger finger on the response above due to the generally ridiculous perspective of stats vis a vis wins that was being pushed.

04/07/2018 - 12:53pm This is not what WAR is,

This is not what WAR is, means, or how it's calculated or applied.

04/07/2018 - 12:52pm What do you think teams are

What do you think teams are paying their stat folks to do, exactly? Write academic papers on some derivative of WAR?

Stat guys MAY argue that a team with a lesser record is statistically "better" than a team with more wins, but statistical betterness does't win divisions. And no GM on earth is searching for the hollow victory of superiority in advanced stats.

04/07/2018 - 12:47pm This is an accurate list but

This is an accurate list but it's a little misleading. The two guys over 5.00 both played 80 years ago with four man (or fewer) rotations. I think the takeaway is that in the modern game it's effectively impossible to win 20 games with even a 4.00 looks like the last season was Pettitte in 2003.

I agree that wins are a bad stat on their own, but at some point they become directionally accurate and as a time series are relatively indicative of talent. 

04/07/2018 - 10:17am I guess every little leaguer

I guess every little leaguer might know that, but it's missing the point. (and you can make a similar claim about innovation in any field of thought...of course the chinese figured out how to make gunpowder, you just have to mix this and that. Of course geometry makes sense, Pythagoras was just codifying the obvious)

The A's were using that inefficiency to generate team wins, a notion you dismissed as passe in the mind of the Billy Beans of the world. All stats, be it OBP v BA, wins vs OPS-against, or any other stat or comparison between stats you want to use is about identifying those inefficiencies in an effort to win more games.

04/07/2018 - 9:45am This is reductio ad

This is reductio ad absurdum. The stats guys will argue until the end of time about which player is better at this, or that, or overall based on increasingly esoteric metrics that 99.9% DGAF about. But the origin of stat mania was moneyball and they, in fact, tried to earn as many team wins as possible, and did a pretty good job of succeeding. 

03/21/2018 - 10:06pm PItchers are cheap, TVs are

PItchers are cheap, TVs are large, and students are nowhere to be seen. For some, that's a successful recipe.

03/09/2018 - 9:19pm This is an extremely fatalist

This is an extremely fatalist position. Thing isn't great, thing is likely getting worse, let's accelerate the worsening and leave the most vulnerable behind because we can't do anything about it anyway. The conflicting values you speak of are: I have an ability to pay more for something than someone else, and therefore I will buy that thing for more money. Great for cars, bad for healthcare.

How about the costs to the patients? You as one person may be doing better, but everyone else that does not participate is incrementally worse...have enough of these programs and peel off enough of the country's PCPs (which are already in short supply) and you can see where this is all a problem.

My PCP is a Michigan Health doctor and my level of care seems just fine, and if having not an hour long phsysical, and getting rushed in and out of labs, means that some guy on Medicare also gets to see a doctor, that is a societally beneficial outcome that I will continue to support.

03/09/2018 - 9:05pm Come on man. This tired ass

Come on man. This tired ass trope of folks with hourly jobs or a shitty lot in life being chain smoking, drug shooting, drunk McDonald's fiends needs to die.

02/21/2018 - 9:22pm Jordan Poole should invest in

Jordan Poole should invest in poster manufacturing 

02/10/2018 - 11:49pm So by implication, a new path

So by implication, a new path (ie not more of the same) is the one who announced their candidacy almost immediately after Gulati stepped back? Makes sense.

Cordeiro may or may not be a change agent, but at a minimum he was in the race before it became a complete shitshow of a free for all. 

02/03/2018 - 2:50pm Literal: representing the

Literal: representing the exact meaning of something. In this case, it modifies and adds weight to the term "equating".

Equating: to draw an equivalency between one or more things. This is what the Freep is doing between what's going on at MSU and Michigan's investment practices. When done incorrectly, we call this comparison a false equivalency.

But, you already know all of this and preferred a vapid response instead.


02/03/2018 - 2:22pm What you've described, that

What you've described, that the Freep is "attacking the large amount of institutional secrecy in both university systems" is the literal equating of investment management practice secrecy and the secrecy involved in extensive criminal miscounduct. 

These are not the same thing, and whether or not the Freep has a genuine interest in the former, the explicit linking of the two is meant to make them similar. Michigan could be investing with Bernie Madoff and it wouldn't be similar.

02/02/2018 - 5:41pm They have nearly an entire

They have nearly an entire outpost just for the Go to Skeeps cop on duty. AAPD has an office in the parking structure about 40' from Skeeps' front door.

01/28/2018 - 5:17pm The Crain's article does not

The Crain's article does not say a word about UM. 


01/05/2018 - 9:07pm Do you recall the first half

Do you recall the first half of the Wisconsin and OSU games, during which we played approximately competent offensive football? Me too. Much of that was misdirection based, and a lot of that was counter runs out of the backfield. Our backs looked like their jerseys were made of Crisco.

While this doesn't address "how Harbaugh lost", offensive creativity is a fact and necessity.

12/10/2017 - 7:02pm I've been here for going on

I've been here for going on nine years and have ~100 points for each of those years. This is, of course, indicative of being much more inclined to reading and lurking than content production. But on the chance I have something worth starting a thread over, I'd like to think I've earned that right in through my nearly decade tenure despite not having a zillion points. Takeaway is that given the ease of acquiring points, time elapsed since joining seems like a much, much better way to filter out the assholes.

11/30/2017 - 7:29pm It's immaterial (in my

It's immaterial (in my opinion) why he only plays half the time. You should have to be twice as good to win these things if you play half as much. Not only isn't he twice as good as Mo, he's not remotely 1x as good.

11/13/2017 - 6:10pm You're not wrong, but the

You're not wrong, but the implication is that UEFA groups don't also have a bunch of crap in them...Italy finished a (relatively) close second to Spain. You can find a few Monserrat and T&T look alikes in Italy's group of Spain, Italy, Albania, Israel, Macedonia, and Liechtenstein.


10/11/2017 - 10:27pm I still have this video. Also

I still have this video. Also have the 1994 WC all star team VHS. They are both awesome and a crazy throwback.

10/11/2017 - 8:19am If there is a more

If there is a more money-centric body in world soccer than FIFA I haven't heard of it. MLS and US Soccer don't even come close to them. They are mismanaged and completely fuckakta, no question, but I'm not sure how the total apathy we witnessed last night has anything to do with the MLS money structure or some hypothetical US-owned World Cup.

10/11/2017 - 8:15am You're confusing meritocracy

You're confusing meritocracy at the individual level (which the above post was point at) and "league" meritocracy, which I don't think he was opining on. I happen to think that a full blown promotion/relegation system would be totally batty given the very different origins and money structures of our teams and leagues vs the Europeans, but 100% agree that we have a largely meritocratic player system (as one who was also a state ODP player and definitely did not make it to the big time).

10/10/2017 - 10:04pm First US Soccer fires

First US Soccer fires everyone. Then we drink. Then we watch the Russia WC turn into a debacle. And then 2022 starts. 

Tonight it's pure fury.

10/05/2017 - 4:04pm This value assignment

This value assignment approach is comparing apples to flaming bags of shit. Shooter McGavin may eat both of them but I think that's the end of their relationship.

10/05/2017 - 4:02pm Again, you are arguing

Again, you are arguing against a straw man here. I am not suggesting how they should be paid, how much they should be paid, if the NFL's revenue sharing and apportionment is at all relevant, none of this is germane to my point, a point which you've conceded. I applaud your math though, top notch stuff.

That an employer can fire you for smoking pot, or any other reason that's not related to a protected class, is beyond irrelevant to any of this. These kids can also be fired for those things (see Johnson, Nate) and I'm not sure how you got to job performance from your orignial concern that they are too immature to handle money. You're flailing for any and every bit of thread to hang on here and it feels like I'm watching a pogo stick.

10/05/2017 - 11:31am Whether or not they're

Whether or not they're currently deprived of compensation (or should be paid cash) is a perfectly reasonable debate to have. That's obviously not the point I am attempting to make.

Should I not have been offered a salaried job at 22, with more money than I'd ever had my hands on, because other people cannot manage their money? Should my employer really care if I spend it on cheetos or bonds or Iraqi currency? If I keep showing up to work and doing my job how the money gets spent isn't their issue, nor are the spending habits of the student-athletes. If they blow it, that's on them. The school can and should offer financial guidance to help them make good choices, but to deprive them of what they've rightly earned because you think they could be irresponsible based on a broad generalization and thin data, well that's damn near the definition of patronizing.

10/05/2017 - 10:25am The level of patronizing and

The level of patronizing and concern trolling in this comment almost defies belief.

09/14/2017 - 6:17pm Sidebar: I have had this very

EDIT: I see I missed the first DC comment by 5 hours, but nontheless. Stupid enough to be commented on twice.

Sidebar: I have had this very interaction with the TSA, bartenders, and Trader Joes after they questioned a Washington DC license. LIke, the capital of the damn country.

TSA: This isn't a state, I need a state issued DL

Bartender: This is fake. Never heard of the place.

TJ: Manager? Yes, hi, what is this?

09/12/2017 - 5:37pm Holy recrutiing jujitsu

Holy recrutiing jujitsu

08/03/2017 - 7:17pm Yea, you win on that point.

Yea, you win on that point. That's the cost of reading quickly.

08/03/2017 - 5:36pm This would be bad for

This would be bad for Pulisic, and by extension bad for the USMNT. If he goes to Barca he's on the bench versus the somewhat regular playing time he gets at Dortmund and his development will hit a wall.

Now if Barca want to buy him and immediately loan him out to keep playing on a first team on regular basis, by all means.

08/01/2017 - 2:30pm Responding narrowly to the

Responding narrowly to the source of electricity question. 

If you proceed, as the study in question does, with the "closest power plant" it misrepresents the actual sources of purchase in your area. Oakland County is served by DTE, which operates coal, nuclear, some gas, and some wind and solar. However, the way wholesale markets work is that at any given time your purchased (consumed) power may or may not be the DTE mix. And unequivocally it's not as simple as "I'm closest to the St Clair Shores coal plant, my fuel source is coal".

In practice the most granular level you can get to is either the utility's generation mix in non-ISO/RTO states (primarly the Southeast / Southern Company territory at this point) or the mix for your zone in an ISO/RTO. Oakland County isn't a delineated subdivsion of the energy market so you'd need to look at the smallest delineation in which OC is included. For SE Michigan, that's MISO Zone 7.

Does that help? The FERC map a post above also kind of explains the ISO/RTO system.

08/01/2017 - 1:26pm For added context to the

For added context to the above, this is what a "regional power market" means. You're talking expansive, multi-state organizations that manage wholesale electricity markets. Living in Monroe doesn't mean your Tesla runs on pure Colombian coal.

07/27/2017 - 8:36am Substantially HSR? Only if by

Substantially HSR? Only if by Chicago you mean Tokyo, Pontiac you mean Osaka, and Amtrak you mean JR. No train that takes four hours to go 250 miles (or whatever it is) is high speed rail.

While I agree that juding the Wolverine service based on unrelated lines and tranfers is a poor method, there's no reason to oversell the mediocre service Amtrak provides in Michigan.

07/27/2017 - 8:30am One man on a blog soapbox

One man on a blog soapbox isn't going to impact the national narrative or, probably, the outcome of a national level vote. On the other hand, local elections are necessarily closer in absolute terms giving a platform such as this one a relatively larger influence on the outcome, particularly as many readers probably live in Ann Arbor (I do, and found this informative, if confirmatory). Moreover, tensions are obviously extremely inflamed at the national political level but, for all of the weirdness of Ann Arbor, these are not violently partisan, split the family type disputes. And for the majority of readers who don't live here, no harm no foul, it's just a post to skip.

Bottom line, when the vote spreads are in the 100s, this is an impactful place to lobby. When they're in the 10,000s or more and across a wider geographic space, it serves no tangible end to soapbox.

07/25/2017 - 1:28pm "Better and better" helments

"Better and better" helments is, perversely, one of the conditions that has led to the present day problem. Being told the helmet reduces concussions by X %, and the physical feeling of hit bring softer and less jarring conveys a false sense of neurological safety and encourages cranial weaponization. The reason rugby players tackle properly, in addition to the rules, is because they would be more immediately destroying themselves if they treated their heads as battering rams.

In general, your point on tackling is well taken and promoting rugby style wrap up tackling, and not big hit blow up tackling (and amending/enforcing the relevant rules) is the only way to go in the long run.

07/08/2017 - 6:48pm Skyline is also simply the

Skyline is also simply the new HS for a large section of Ann Arbor, built to relieve crowding at Huron and Pioneer. It's far more like those two than it is Community, which is a place unto itself.

The bottom line is that you'll get an excellent education at any of the three main high schools here.

03/12/2017 - 1:01pm I believe state law limits

I believe state law limits the amount of security deposit you can retain (I think it's 1.5 months) so that'll be your upper limit. (MCL:

Concur on the online payment sentiments being floated and the lease term. From a practical standpoint, everyone expects a 12 month lease and it's a lot more lucrative for the landlord than eight month leases unless you think you can get away charging 40-50% more a month on the shorter lease

03/08/2017 - 10:30pm DTW --> DCA

I have probably 100 times and I've never had a 40 min wheels up to wheels down. A sampling of tomorrow's commercial departures on FlightAware show 1:03 - 1:06 flight time.

09/24/2016 - 2:58pm You're right. The result of a

You're right. The result of a game two years ago is v. important to determing relative strength this season.

04/25/2016 - 8:53pm Right after we hired RR, I

Right after we hired RR, I was sitting behind most of the OL and a chronically late Obi Ezeh in a blow off class and they were all over MGoBlog trying to figure out RR's offense. They were quite literally using MGoBlog as a playbook. Class was boring, so football it was.

Lurked for a year or so, then signed up.

06/17/2015 - 5:56pm He only sleeps every other

He only sleeps every other day, so what he means is he's on his 82nd circadian cycle.

06/10/2015 - 2:34pm Approximately zero of those

Approximately zero of those folks started there. Having worked a bit with the Redstone Arsenal folks and some other government things in Huntsville, it is a city full of Northern or otherwise non-Alabaman workers.

I get that the original comment was "not a smart person in the whole state" and that's definitively not true, but don't mistake why Huntsville is so educated. Those guys didn't go to Albama for their PhDs.

03/30/2015 - 11:30pm A million is a lot crazier

A million is a lot crazier when it doesn't start with a 20 grand bet. The dude owns two hotels on the strip so this is probably going to be a nice bonus that hardly registers on his dollar-o-meter.


edit: I see multiple people think "dude owns two..." while reading this story

02/12/2015 - 7:19am And the Washington Post

And the Washington Post caught wind of it, no doubt from here given the linked tweets in the article.…