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07/15/2018 - 1:01am Do people actually think 2…

Do people actually think 2 months salary is a good choice?

I suppose there might be some sweet spot where that is both financially practical and not absurd, but I can't think of any. A guy who is just getting started with a career making 30-40k isn't going to have the spare cash to be able to make that work. As you say, a man who already has a good income would wind up buying something that's way too much.

If someone can scrape that kind of money together, use a varying fraction for a ring and put the rest to something else. 

07/14/2018 - 11:56pm My wife would give her left…

My wife would give her left arm for this. 

I wouldn't, but that's because I'm cheap. I've hit my head in the basement doing laundry plenty of times.

07/14/2018 - 11:54pm Had a power outage for over…

Had a power outage for over a week two years ago during the hottest week of summer. It was brutal. But we have city water and that made a big difference.

Although even in 90 degree temps cold water showers are no fun at all. But at least I could take them.

07/14/2018 - 11:50pm Good for you!

For starters,…

Good for you!

For starters, have some conversations. You two should be able to have some "hypothetical" conversations about future things, what your shared goals are, what sort of thing "hypothetically" she might like in a proposal. At least enough to gauge her feeling about the idea and general and what she likes.

Generally speaking, it's wise to have a pretty good idea what the answer will be before you ask.

Assuming you do, within reason, don't go overboard. A nice ring, sure. Don't buy the first thing you see--it's more important that you work hard to find something you believe she will enjoy than that you spend a lot, IMO. Unless you're made of money, I think it's wiser to be judicious and not spend a huge sum for something showy. 

Pay some attention to the proposal. Some of the proposal videos you find on youtube are way overboard, but if I had it to do over again I would have worked a bit harder at that. Doesn't need to be elaborate, but planned and recorded is good. 

But, most of all, pay attention to the relationship and the marriage. Rock size does not equal commitment level. It doesn't build a strong marriage. It doesn't carry you together through hard times. 

Our culture is very much obsessed with throwing money at jewelry and ceremonies and is not very good at working at the actual marriage that comes after. But a good marriage is wonderful, exciting, long-lasting. It matures and grows over time. Love deepens, memories are created, children are reared. Life is shared. Not a life of bitterness and conflict, but a rich tapestry of experience and joy. 

I can tell you that I was crazy about my wife when I proposed to her. I remained crazy throughout our six-month engagement (that was plenty of time btw). We were nuts about each other when we got married, and it was great. But our love has deepened and matured and grown since then. We have grown together. We've been through the battles and through the dark valleys of life together. We work and serve together, we rear children together, we enjoy life together. It's absolutely wonderful. And for those who claim otherwise, the physical relationship remains fantastic.

The ring will be nice. But work on that other stuff.

07/14/2018 - 5:23pm Froome is the obvious pick,…

Froome is the obvious pick, assuming he gets through the cobbles in one piece (didn't last time). He has a Giro in his legs, though, and it's been a long time since someone has been at their best after running a Giro. 

Cav is old, and while I haven't done any sort of study on it, I wonder if the rest of the field have caught up to him--one of his big advantages in his heyday was superior aerodynamics, and if other guys have mimicked his approach with better physical condition, he's got nothing to fall back on. Tough to see, but it is what it is. The young guys are really putting the old sprinters out to pasture. 

Sagan, OTOH, is in his prime and is incomparable at what he does. 


07/14/2018 - 2:47pm Only time I heard the…

Only time I heard the stadium louder (keep in mind this is pre-2005) was the '97 OSU game, and I was in the student section for that one.

My wife was worn out and asking if it was time to exit. I said, "let's see what happens on this drive." Bomb to Braylon, field goal, not decisive either way, let's see what happens next...

Onside kick.

2 hours later we were headed to the car, hoarse but happy.

07/14/2018 - 1:18pm Tomorrow will be just absurd…

Tomorrow will be just absurd, with the men's final at Wimbledon, the TdF stage going through cobbles (almost invariably a crazy day when the Tour makes such an excursion, gripping stuff) and of course the World Cup Final. 

Less known, but local: The short course off-road races at ERX in Elk River, MN. Affordable and fun. Took my kids to the first day yesterday, we had a blast. 

07/13/2018 - 1:50pm The problem with the drama…

The problem with the drama of a match like this is that it's all in the tension, not in the action. Basically waiting for someone to string a couple of mistakes together to lose their serve.

But it's still riveting. 17-16 now.

07/13/2018 - 1:38pm If they ever did institute…

If they ever did institute such a thing (chances are < 5%) it would be called the Isner rule.

07/13/2018 - 1:16pm And as I talk about Isner…

And as I talk about Isner struggling, he holds at love, and it's 12-11. 

Still 6 hours to go to match his record match. You never know.

07/13/2018 - 1:10pm Isner saves another break…

Isner saves another break point. Great game, match still going. 

I would say no end is in sight, but Isner can't keep winning these games where he goes down early forever. Either he comes up with a miracle break or Anderson is going to capitalize soon.

07/13/2018 - 12:56pm Isner gets to deuce, but…

Isner gets to deuce, but Anderson comes back with two points to level the set at 9-9. 

07/13/2018 - 12:50pm You never know. But still,…

You never know. But still, Rafa and Novak are terrific at serve returns. They'll get breaks. Hard to see Anderson or Isner even approaching the same level.

07/13/2018 - 12:44pm Isner recovers from a break…

Isner recovers from a break point in a tough game, still rolling. 8-7. He's starting to struggle a bit, though. 

The type of tennis in this match compared to what will be seen between Nadal and Djokovic could not be more different. I'm an Isner mark because he's an American and because he's tall, but either guy here will probably get demolished on Sunday.

07/13/2018 - 12:34pm Motoring onwards, on serve,…

Motoring onwards, on serve, Isner up 7-6 in the fifth. 

07/13/2018 - 12:16pm 4-3 Isner in the fifth. 

4-3 Isner in the fifth. 

This match could end in 10 minutes, or in 3 hours. Seriously. 

07/13/2018 - 12:30am Clemson had a great class…

Clemson had a great class this past year and they've otherwise been only ok, pulling in classes just outside or at the bottom of the top ten. I mean, it was obviously good enough, but we're not talking Bama or OSU here. Teams like LSU have recruited a lot better with far less to show for it.

07/13/2018 - 12:28am They're doing well, sure…

They're doing well, sure. But "next Clemson" is a bit of a stretch, even by the criteria they've provided.

1. They tout Clemson's improved recruiting (ironically, prior to this past year they only ever grazed the top ten, but they consistently hung out in the 9-13 range for most of Swinney's tenure) but PSU's listed recruiting rankings are not as good. No question they're getting some good recruits, but not quite up to Clemson's level just yet.

2. Clemson's strength is in its staff, and they recognize this, and use Moorhead as a correlation. But Moorhead is gone and there's no equivalent to Venables for the defense that I'm aware of. I'm not the PSU-dogger that many are, but I think PSU has at best the third-best staff in the division, and maybe not even that depending upon what you think of MSU's crew.

3. Fairness: this article does contrast the conference schedule, specifically the division. Clemson doesn't have the brutal competition PSU (or Michigan or Michigan State or OSU) have in the ACC. Indeed, on their run only Florida State has been a serious threat, and they've been inconsistent since Jameis Winston left. A scheduled filled with teams like Pitt and NC State and North Carolina is just not as difficult as facing the B1G East and one of Wisconsin or Iowa every year. Not even close. 

In short: The "next Clemson" has to have both the great staff and great talent pipeline (iffy on both counts for PSU) and has to have a clear path to the playoff every year. Even if PSU is growing as good as the article suggests, the clear path is just not there. The B1G East is far and away the toughest division in football, there's no way any of its teams will dominate it long-term. Not PSU, not even us, not even OSU. 

Give one of our teams Clemson's schedule and we'd have multiple playoff appearances in a five-year stretch. 

07/12/2018 - 2:37pm This is exciting stuff. 

This is exciting stuff. 

Look, the complaints a couple of months ago had legit grounds--Michigan didn't have a lot of punch in the class. But now there are key commits rolling in, and the guys in the fold look like terrific players in key spots. 

Win big this fall and things appear to be on a great track, still. If last year's on-field struggles are just a blip, the recruiting setback will be, too. 

07/11/2018 - 6:11pm I flipped to the Nadal-del…

I flipped to the Nadal-del Potro match during breaks in the soccer game and it was riveting. I nearly forgot to turn back. Spectacular stuff. 

07/11/2018 - 6:06pm Welp, the dream England…

Welp, the dream England-France final won't be happening. A pity, the historical references would've been delightful. William the Conqueror! Edward III! Henry V! Joan of Arc! John Churchill! Lord Nelson! Napoleon! The Duke of Wellington! 

Instead we'll have to focus on the soccer, which I guess is a good fallback position in a soccer tournament. 

And the uniforms, which could be good. This has been a good World Cup from a sartorial perspective, IMO the best since 1998.

07/11/2018 - 6:02pm Agreed. 


07/11/2018 - 5:59pm Not for much but the ref's…

Not for much but the ref's call on that Woodson interception was sensational. Made exactly the right call on a super-difficult-to-see play and made the dramatic first-down call with tons of flair. Maybe the best ref call I've ever seen.

07/11/2018 - 5:57pm With what we now know about…

With what we now know about head injuries, and the fact that Taylor's career ended on that play, I can't enjoy watching that hit anymore.

07/11/2018 - 1:38pm Paul Pogba is only 26. This…

Paul Pogba is only 26. This generation of French players is going to be terrific for a long time. Honestly a win here would put them ahead of schedule. 

I think the main question is who will be their coach. Hard not to think that the federation might want to defenestrate Deschamps for Zidane (if he's interested), but can't rightly do that if Deschamps wins the whole thing.

07/11/2018 - 1:26pm Wow, for all sorts of reason…

Wow, for all sorts of reason, that month in 2008 sounds really ominous.

Hope this site revamp turns sweeter, and that our season is nothing like 2008. 

Should be. The team is nothing like 2008. 

07/10/2018 - 4:08pm They had a chance, nearly…

They had a chance, nearly pulled even with Juve late this year. But then Juve had that incredible combat against Inter and Napoli spit the bit the next day and it was over. 

Juve's continued Serie A dominance is both boring and perplexing as there are a number of clubs there that really should be capable of challenging them and haven't. 

07/10/2018 - 3:13pm Thus ends one of the great…

Thus ends one of the great individual rivalries in the history of sports, Messi-Ronaldo. Two of the top five all time in their sport, playing for the two premier clubs. 

I'm a solid Messi guy, but this is sad for this reason. Be nice if someone besides Real wins the CL, though if it's Juve I might throw up a little. 

07/10/2018 - 3:00pm DR is getting a real look by…

DR is getting a real look by an NBA club for his potential as a 3-And-D guy is... astonishing. We knew he could shoot, but the defense? 

Recruits should be banging down Beilein's door every year. This is amazing. 

(Bonus: first post on the new site from mobile. It works fine.)

07/10/2018 - 1:03am Overlooked and unmentioned,…

Overlooked and unmentioned, of course, is the fact that many of these issues are identified as issues and will be (someday, eventually) worked. Now, it's perfectly legit to wonder how long that will take, as we have experience with site upgrades being *cough* behind schedule. 

I'm going to hold off on judgment until football season. Yeah, people aren't commenting as much. Some of it is just transition cost; it's not as familiar. I've been a ghost for two weeks due to other reasons, and don't always comment as much on the minor stuff. But I'm pretty sure I'll be drawn back in during football season. 

That's when we'll see how the front page works when we've got 18 million articles posted per day. And we'll see how comfortable we are with the message board (and whether some key features are in place) when we're trying to analyze QB play and celebrating (or, more noticeably, mourning) after a big game. 

07/10/2018 - 12:59am I love how Harbaugh acts…

I love how Harbaugh acts like he isn't sure if he can drive on the field or do donuts.

He's Jim Harbaugh.

He can do whatever he wants. 

07/09/2018 - 2:55pm NASCAR is not my cup of tea,…

NASCAR is not my cup of tea, generally. I've watched my fair share, but the racing is just not as entertaining. The cars are heavy and lumbering, the technology is stone-aged, the actual on-track action is often pitiful; give me Indy Cars or prototypes any day. F1, too, which has similarly dull on-track action but also has cooler tracks and better technology. I'm also a mark for short-course truck racing.

NASCAR's big advantage in-person is that at most venues you can see most of the track. That is often not possible on road or street courses. And the noise the cars make is pleasing, if oppressively loud. But it is an inferior product in my opinion.

07/09/2018 - 2:50pm Marco Etcheverry is not…

Marco Etcheverry is not walking through that door.

07/09/2018 - 1:51pm I'm just happy that there…

I'm just happy that there aren't any teams that I really feel obligated to root against. There's a total of two World Cup victories left in the field. There are entertaining players, but few (if any) villains. 

It's been several years with this "generation" of players, but I still have a hard time getting used to Belgium being such a talented and entertaining squad. They sure are entertaining, though, and my sort-of-natural preference for France (I cut my teeth watching soccer during the peak Zidane years, and perhaps the peak of my soccer fandom was Euro 2000 when the Zidane-Henry team was transcendant) aside I wouldn't mind seeing Belgium break through. They'd be deserving. 

I think this is going to be a lot of fun. I'm guessing that Croatia is too tired and that England will advance, which would be a lot of fun. I think the France-Belgium game is far more of a tossup, and has the potential to be an all-timer. Of course, in soccer, a matchup like that could easily wind up being a dreary 1-0 slogfest, because it's soccer. 

But here's to fun and entertainment and a World Cup Final that is great. 

07/09/2018 - 1:42pm I partly agree with your…

I partly agree with your analysis, at least as far as England's relatively easy path. Like Michigan, the path features a lot of winnable games (Croatia, dog-tired and depleted, seems to fall in line with this should they advance). Like Michigan, they aren't good in every phase of the game. Like Michigan, they have found one particular calling card (Michigan: defense. England: Set pieces) that is winning them games. 

I don't know if that's ugly, though. And I like them, so there's that.

06/30/2018 - 11:40pm Hannibal crossed my mind…

Hannibal crossed my mind. However, as great as he was, and as impossible as his situation was, he still ultimately lost. 

06/30/2018 - 11:34pm Ranking historical figures…

Ranking historical figures is a futile exercise to begin with, before randomly chopping off large pieces of the pantheon by randomly eliminating religious figures and certain (are we talking about kings, emperors, and prime ministers too, or just US presidents because the US hasn't had any historical impact?) heads of state. 

In any case, Ben Franklin was a great man, but one of the greatest? I don't think it diminishes someone like him to suggest that such an assertion is a vast overstatement. 

Basically any list like this is going to fall victim to personal biases and intellectual vanity. The OP appears to have pop history and recency biases. Some relate to preferences in areas like science. It's whatever one sees as important. Many want to prove their depth by picking from a wide variety of disciplines, or show off their learning by picking people who aren't as widely known. (Guilty! In that spirit I submit John Wycliffe). 

But it's impossible to evaluate the relative impacts of, say, Genghis Khan against the impact of Lenin or Julius Caesar. It's hard enough comparing like-to-like between, say, Newton and Einstein. 

So, let's throw out three names that can't possibly be evaluated as greater than others (since my real top guys all relate to my faith, let's pick some that aren't connected). 

  • Julius Caesar
  • John Wycliffe
  • Winston Churchill

But you know whatever. 

06/29/2018 - 3:11pm To wit: Argos QB Ricky Ray…

To wit: Argos QB Ricky Ray has been a solid QB in the league for 15 years. Darian Durant put together a 10-year career. Current Calgary star Bo Levi Mitchell (SMU, if you're curious) has been their starter for 5 and shows no signs of slowing down, and so has Edmonton starter Mike Reilly. 

Also telling is the past: Anthony Calvillo turned a Utah State career into an 18-year run in the CFL, winning three Grey Cups. Marcus Allen's brother Damon played for six CFL teams over an incredible 22 seasons, winning four Grey Cups and being named the CFL's most outstanding player at age 42; he retired with the most passing yards of all time in any football league, and as the third leading rusher in CFL history. 

It's not easy to break in as a starting CFL QB, but if you can do it there's a real career available.

06/29/2018 - 3:01pm I rate this plausible. 

I rate this plausible. 

06/29/2018 - 2:42pm This seems pretty…

This seems pretty significant for Gardner, even though he's basically on board as the emergency third QB while Zach Collaros is recuperating from injury. Just getting a sniff gives him a chance to catch on somewhere in the CFL, which gives him a chance to improve as a professional QB.

QB in the CFL is no joke, good ones can build solid careers and last for a decade or more. I'd be delighted if he even did enough to earn a regular backup position there next year.

06/29/2018 - 2:16am I'm not a fan of that tweet…

I'm not a fan of that tweet either, but Ace didn't say or imply "assault," and while he may be referring to many he disagrees with, he only lists one specific type of person. Given that I am discussing the very fact that tweets like that are awfully vague and could mean very unfortunate things, and that I worry that people can be falsely conflated with subjects of such tweets, I feel obligated to point out the distinction. 

06/29/2018 - 1:07am Two things:

One, some of us…

Two things:

One, some of us don't feel comfortable commenting about stuff like this because we're genuinely worried about being un-personed due to holding views that are disagreed with, and have reason to think so based upon some social media statements that are vague enough that they might mean exactly us or nothing at all like us. I consider the proprietors to be acquaintance-level friends with whom I've rejoiced over business and family success, mourned through loss, and empathized through brutal health struggles. I'd like to keep it that way.

Two, while I don't think this was a wise idea, an interesting counterpoint that could mollify some people while also having real productive value would be to have, say, Ace interview a certain leading moderate-conservative health care policy intellectual. This is obviously a huge interest of Ace's, and said policy wonk can ably discuss the other side of the issue. If done respectfully and fairly, as stated would happen for gubernatorial candidates, it could be very enlightening. And has a real chance of working due to various shared interests. 

Just thoughts. 

06/28/2018 - 3:11pm And still Belgium scores. 

And still Belgium scores. 

06/28/2018 - 3:01pm There was some debate last…

There was some debate last week regarding the potential virtue of a three-team group vs. the current four-team format.

More opportunity today to evaluate the four-team format. The best, of course, is embodied in moments like Argentina's 86th-minute goal and Germany's collapse against South Korea, as well as the action this morning where a Columbia goal abruptly put Senegal on the outside and a trailing Japan squad on the in, but only barely as ceding a goal would eliminate them. 

The bad is this afternoon, where people are discussing whether or not it is wise for Belgium and England to try to lose. 

I favor four teams. I think occasional snoozers like this are an acceptable cost for days like yesterday, and this is still better than actual corrupt bargains that are enabled by smaller groups with staggered games. But today is a data point.

06/28/2018 - 2:56pm I don't think it's possible…

I don't think it's possible to say whether there's a "vintage" team or not just yet. The World Cup is pretty unique in the way it makes the legends. What looks to be an only ok France right now could, potentially, catch on fire, score goals all over the place, and win a World Cup with a team of future legends. Same with Brazil, with Coutinho dropping guides missiles wherever he wants on the pitch and Neymar somewhat free to be himself up front. 

Your discussion of Germany as a "vintage" side last world cup is itself a pretty clear demonstration of this, because if they hadn't won nobody would think of them that way. But they did win, and in the process they are well remembered. 

The story hasn't been written yet. 

I do agree with your conclusion that there's not as big an incentive to avoid any particular bracket, but there are still teams that seem to be better equipped with talent, and those are the ones you can lose to even if they aren't playing their best. 

06/28/2018 - 2:49pm Name one. 

Not every world…

Name one. 

Not every world cup winner is the greatest team ever, but in my opinion there's no such thing as a winner that wasn't extremely deserving. 

06/26/2018 - 5:45pm Michigan football is not a…

Michigan football is not a stress-free hobby by any stretch of the imagination. Just look at the board last week, how stressed out people were by recruiting stuff in the darkest point of the offseason. 

Michigan football is fun and rewarding, but it doesn't "relieve stress."

I would take issue with the "90%" figure. I don't believe there's any evidence for it, and quite a bit of evidence against. Still, stress can be difficult.

How do I deal with it? Well, I'm not perfect. But I try to limit my stress intake. For one, I don't watch tv news networks, because those are designed to get you upset; so is talk radio, and a fair amount of partisan social media as well. Its whole purpose is to raise your stress and anger level to keep you coming back. It is possible to be informed and have an opinion without constantly getting cued into a frothing rage, and I highly recommend it.

For two, I try to spend time with my family. When I'm doing fun (or even just pleasantly meaningless) stuff with my wife & kids life just gets better. I find myself smiling more, and I feel good about it afterwards.

For three, I do try to find things that I enjoy that have nothing to do with work or life. Different hobbies for different people. But it's something I can do alone or with someone that's just carefree and fun. Even an hour or two of time just doing that is a help. 

My #1 key, though? My relationship with [topic considered verbotten on Mgoblog but closely relates to my occupation]. It's everything. Through every valley of life, through every challenge greater than myself. Nothing more important.

06/25/2018 - 4:57pm "I don't know how he lasts…

"I don't know how he lasts in the NBA."

An insightful poster recently offered several possible areas of growth that provide opportunities for Moe to carve out a solid niche in the NBA should he develop in those directions, and perhaps even turn into a good starter. Relevant quotes:

"...guard NBA 4's on the perimeter..."

"...handle 5's on the block."

" up game..."

"...shoot 40% from 3..."

Like many players, Moe has a lot of potential and a lot of things to work on. At age 20, armed with a guaranteed first-round contract and perhaps an opportunity to develop his skills in the G-League for a while, there are a couple of areas where hard work might yield real results and turn him into a guy that has a sustained career in the NBA.

Of course, right now he doesn't have all of these assets, but few guys have reached their maximum level of potential at that age, so it seems quite possible for him to grow in one or more of those areas to "last" in the NBA. Nothing is guaranteed, but he has the time and the resources to do so. It'll be fun to see how he does. 

06/25/2018 - 1:15am It's getting closer…

It's getting closer. Stadiums around the country stand empty. The blinding noon light dances through the heat rising from the steel bleachers, baking in the sun. A sole groundskeeper quietly tends to the field in one endzone, while a linebacker flings a trail of sweat as he runs one more row of stairs on the far sideline. In the empty tailgate field just visible over the grandstand, a boy in shorts and a tank-top runs around, tossing a football in the air to himself, imitating a play-by-play call of an imaginary game-winning touchdown. 

Just hidden out of view, a coach pauses a game film study to step over to the window on the field. A smile slowly crosses his lips.

Football is coming.

06/25/2018 - 12:31am Are you kidding? The old…

Are you kidding? The old Mgoblog had people taking digs at Maizen/Bluey all the time. This is exactly the same.

BTW, I really hate to say this, but Bluey's response just below is completely correct. It is pretty sad that this is the first comment in a commit post. The comments that go out of their way to namedrop him in threads in which he has not appeared are as dumb as his junk stuff.