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07/12/2018 - 2:40pm One could argue that many… One could argue that many things on mgoblog are equivalent to being waterboarded by cat urine.
07/02/2018 - 8:25am Sounds like a good guess. I…

Sounds like a good guess. I'd imagine everyone, from Urban to Larry Johnson to family to guys at his school to the general public are in his ear about OSU. But then he has the reality of what he's seen and experienced first hand at Michigan. Winovich, Paye, and Vilain at WDE, along with Gary and Kemp at SDE, are good guys. Gary and Winovich will be drafted. Looking at Mattison and Brown, you have a solid coaching staff with a proven track record of developing players. They compare better to OSU than anyone else. Plus you have more defensive ends and tackles from Michigan in the NFL than any other positions (Taco Charlton, Frank Clark, Brandon Graham, Chris Wormley, Matt Godin, along with Mo Hurst, Willie Henry, and Ryan Glasgow.)

There are a lot of good reasons to consider both schools. Obviously, I'm a fan, and see things one way. But I really think he can't go far wrong either way.

07/02/2018 - 12:28am I don't expect Harrison to…

I don't expect Harrison to end up any place but Columbus. I refuse to get my hopes up. I certainly think of Da'Shawn Hand. There are too many good players Michigan has lost out on. I'd dearly love to see that change.

06/16/2018 - 11:19am EDIT: I wish they restored… EDIT: I wish they restored the edit feature. Or if it is hidden or not intuitively obvious, make it so.
06/16/2018 - 11:18am I was kinda fine with 2.0… I was kinda fine with 2.0 and am kinda fine with 3.0. It is harder to navigate, a bit, but that could easily be me. I figure it will take a while for them to get all the bugs out, plus I know they're working on HTTV. It is pretty hard to complain too much about free content. And beyond that, it is the content I want more than site navigation, so I'm mostly ok. Maybe apathetic, but ok. I think with 3.0, I am more of a lurker and less of a poster now. I have to figure out what I need to do to put out new posts, but honestly, I am happy letting people with real news and info put up posts. No one needs my hot takes or speculative questions.
06/15/2018 - 2:38pm Looks very nice. Glad to see…

Looks very nice. Glad to see this happening. Although, I would trade it all for a good offensive line!

06/13/2018 - 3:50pm Wow. Incredible story…

Wow. Incredible story. Heartwarming, heartbreaking. This is someone you really want to see succeed in school, sports, but more than that, in life. Thanks much for sharing this.

06/12/2018 - 2:43pm I've had no problems yet…

I've had no problems yet with getting on to mgoblog at laptop. Haven't been locked out, haven't had to reset my password. I did have to clear the cache tghe first time, but that's it.

However, I have not yet succeeding in getting on mgoblog via my mobile. The trut is, I haven't really tried extensively. Instead, I figure I'll wait a while (until camp in August?) when they hopefully have more of the glitches taken care of.

I have noticed that it seems somewhat more difficult to look at posts, and I haven't tried to figure out how to put up a new post yet. Again, I'm willing to wait for the powers that be to figure this out.

06/11/2018 - 12:15pm I noticed something not on…

I noticed something not on your list or in the comments that needs to happen. It hasn't really happened, and is necessary for Michigan to win championships. What is it? Michigan needs to improve recruiting. In both football and basketball.

I am not complaining, and recruiting has definitely improved in both sports. However, if Michigan is able to recruit in the top 3 - 6 schools consistently for several years, it will bear fruit. It seems we are losing too many recruiting battles with Stanford and OSU and Alabama and Clemson, etc., etc., etc. Worse is losing recruiting battles to MSU and Wisconsin, etc. On the football front, and especially want to see improvement on the O-Line. In basketball, with difference making bigs, something very hard to find.

Other than that, I echo the comments of many:  Beat Ohio State regularly.

06/04/2018 - 9:27am Fair enough

Fair enough. But they are in a good position with Carton (and McDaniels.) And they are still in the picture with Brooks and Watts. I will gladly take where we are now.

05/31/2018 - 6:42pm Night vs. Day games

A few brief comments

  1. There's a difference between hate and prefer.
  2. I'm one for balance . . . . some night games, some noon games, some 3:30 games.
  3. The fact is, I can't attend night games in AA, because of other commitments. So I prefer day games.
  4. Even beyond that, as regards balance, I love having breakfast, walking to the stadium on a comfortable bright sunny day with the leaves falling down gently.
  5. Night games can be electric. But I think it makes more sense for Big games . . . ND, MSU, PSU, maybe Wisconsin. If you have 6 games at night, they kind of cease to be special.
05/26/2018 - 12:21pm It will happen when it will happen

It will happen when it will happen. It will be what it will be. And, tbh, at this point, I'm not expecting too much from a site upgrade. Like many things in life (new phones, new cars, new restaurants, new TV's,) the hype often far outweighs the reality. If your hopes are very high for the nirvana of websites, the perfect, beautiful, fast, easy to use, friendly, great content website, you're pretty much bound to be disappointed.

05/26/2018 - 12:21pm It will happen when it will happen

It will happen when it will happen. It will be what it will be. And, tbh, at this point, I'm not expecting too much from a site upgrade. Like many things in life (new phones, new cars, new restaurants, new TV's,) the hype often far outweighs the reality. If your hopes are very high for the nirvana of websites, the perfect, beautiful, fast, easy to use, friendly, great content website, you're pretty much bound to be disappointed.

05/26/2018 - 10:59am So many good movies

Almost all movies I liked have been named:

  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Band of Brothers
  • Das Boot
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Platoon
  • Gettysburg
  • American Sniper

There is one quiet film not on the lst which I greatly enjoyed . . . Joyeux Noel. Marvelous movie, definitely worth seeing.

I also would like to see more in the way of movies looking at World War 1, and also the Korean War.

05/26/2018 - 10:43am All about money

It is all about money.

Home games bring not only the gate, but also the resulting economics for the community, along with the crowds on campus. I guarantee every team with a passionate home base (OSU, PSU, Michigan, Nebraska, etc., along with big SEC teams, Pac10 teams, etc.,) economically would much, much prefer playing any two of Akron, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Miami of Ohio, Western Michigan, Northern Illinois, Florida International, Air Force, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Coastal Carolina, etc., etc., etc. rather than playing a top 20 team in a home and home series. The exception is made for mayble one non-conference non-body-bag game. For us, it is Notre Dame.

Someone here in economics or close to an AD should be able to provide the numbers. But right now, Michigan makes about $46,000,000 annually, In football ticket sales alone. That is around 6 mil a game. Add to that all the meals, lodging, apparel, etc., and you probably see an economic impact of about $10 - $15 million per home game. Note that this doesn't account for media rights split among the Big 10 more or less equally, regardless of where games are played.


Michigan's biggest ticket revenue season came because of the number of home games, not the quality. In 2011, the Wolverines hosted eight games for just the second time in school history. Home games at Michigan were worth an average of $5.8 million in ticket sales during the five years studied.

Michigan again had 8 home games in 2017, compared to 6 home games in 2018. That's a financial loss of approximately $20,000,000, half to UM, half to community? Easy for us sitting in arm chairs to crab about "body bag" games. But for anyone responsible for revenue streams, that is a huge income shift.

There's another reality here that we're not really talking about. The fact is, there is a huge pool of people who really barely give a rip about the team. I mean, obviously everyone who is a so-called Michigan fan "wants" Michigan to win. But cumong. There is a huge subset of students, family members, and others, who go for the party, go to get drunk, go to hang out with friends or family, go to tailgate, go for the atmosphere of being where the action is at. And honestly, that group spends just as much, maybe more, but they are not avidly following the game. (Comment:  I seem to recall Brian writing about his irritation in watching games with people who really aren't that into the game.)

And even with those who really, truly, are football fans, who know the team well, they STILL will go to games that are body bags. They may grumble about it, but they go. We may have been in danger of losing that with RichRod and Hoke and Dave Brandon. Smh. But as long as Jim Harbaugh fields a competitive team, that is winning 9 - 11 games every year, fans are going to go.

The way to fix this, of course, is for the pricing model to change more. When we can sell out games that are first rate (FSU, Florida, Auburn, USC, Texas, Stanford, ND) AND charge TWICE what it costs to go to a body bag game, then it starts to become more economically feasible to quit on body bag games. And even though more feasible, it still has a negative economic impact on the community.

05/22/2018 - 3:44am Here ya go

The first Portillo's hot dog stand known as "The Dog House" opened in 1963 on North Avenue in Villa Park. Owner and founder Dick Portillo invested $1,100 into a 6' x 12' trailer without a bathroom or running water.

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05/22/2018 - 1:28am Actually depends on the dog

I just looked at yesterdog's menu. Definitely more of a coney style dog, with all choices on the menu having either chili or kraut. Mind you, I like both, but they affect the flavor of everything. With a good enough dog (Vienna or David Berg,) you can really taste and enjoy the dog itself, through the onion and mustard. Adding kraut or chili muddies the dog flavor.

Having said that, i think Portillo's is a bit overpriced for what you get. I'll go there with the fam or for a meeting. But the reality is I can get just as good (or better!) Ital beef or hot dog at a little place a couple blocks from where I'm sitting. Some of those little places have a lot more character.

The cake is extremely chocolatey, moist, hi-cal. I haven't had it for years, but love it.

05/21/2018 - 11:12pm Yep

There's a Portillos down the street about a half mile from my office. Had lunch there yesterday, in fact. My go to healthy meal is a grilled tuna steak sandwich or tuna Caesar. But yeah, a good Ital beef, or couple of dogs with fries just hits the spot. And Portillos has some very very good chocolate cake.

You're in New York? I was in Manhattan a couple years ago, and saw a curry hot dog. Never had it, but was intriguing.

05/21/2018 - 11:06pm You're most welcome

I must admit, several years ago I was kind of mesmerized by many of those videos. He did a concert in my suburb about 7 or 8 years ago, before he exploded with Queen. I was planning to go see him at House of Blues - Chicago, and wouldn't you know it, I had a family wedding the same weekend out of town. Quite the voice.

05/21/2018 - 10:05pm Out of curiosity I was going to google "Cotton Soft Boxers"

Out of curiosity I was going to google "Cotton Soft Boxers." But my life flashed before my eyes, and I realized the horror this would wreak. Smh. Outside of small targeted purchases (4k HD TV's and accessories, airplane flights, vacation condos, service trips,) I won't do searches.

About a month ago, I was reading a review on the movie, "The Death of Stalin." In the review was the word "ruched." Being I had never heard of this word, I googled "ruched." The first hit was a clothing company named Venus. (pro-tip:  any company named "Venus" should be a red flag.) Anyway, I clicked on the Venus link, and have regretted it since. There are 100's of lingerie and bra and bralette and hosiery and sexy dress ads, which now pop up all the time. Live and learn. I guess there are worse things than Venus. But still.

05/21/2018 - 9:28pm Carolina Blue, you should be ashamed of yourself

Carolina, you are gullible. "Soon?" This is an indeterminate word. It is a weasel word. 

  • The check's in the mail.
  • Your table will be ready any minute now.
  • (My teenager) - I'm going out "for a while."
  • Mexico will pay for a wall . . . and it will be built.
  • "It depends on what the meaning of is, is."
  • "Read my lips."

I personally no longer care about when the website changes . . . but I sure don't believe it will be "soon."

As for tighty whities, they have never shown up at mgoblog for me. And I am so irritated about this kind of tracking, I won't use a personal computer to search for virtually anything.

05/21/2018 - 8:48pm Lived in Chicago area 2/3 of my life

I've lived in the Chicago area 2/3 of my life, and rarely have deep dish. I'm not exactly opposed to it, but I don't crave it. However, there are some simple junk food things I like:

  • Vienna Beef or David Berg hot dogs, Chicago style, (onions, relish, mustard, celery salt, sport peppers, with a poppy seed bun.
  • Italian beef sandwich, crusty roll, extra juice, sweet peppers on top. Portillos is good, so is Buono beef, but there are plenty of mom and pop stands. Portillos got it's start at one about 5 miles from where I live (Villa Park.)
  • Thin crust pizza with sausage. Caputos makes italian sausage fresh daily. Drips with cheese and grease. Not healthy. But tasty.
  • Gyros sandwiches. Of course these are all over the country. But Kronos here in Chicago supplies tons of the meat.

I mean there are tons of great ethnic restaurants, but I do have a soft spot for Chicago fast food.

05/21/2018 - 8:17pm Going to a Queen Extravaganza concert April 2019

I'm going to go to Queen Extravaganza with Marc Martel is in the Chicago area in April 2019. I rarely go to concerts, but want to see this. If you are interested in listening, Martel has some incredible, incredible covers of Queen songs. Here are a couple. There are many more.

Somebody to Love

Bohemian Rhapsody

Oh, and I definitely am interested in the movie. Queen brings back memories of high school days.

05/21/2018 - 3:11pm Grain shovel

Yes, use a pitchfork for mulch. But I much prefer using a grain shovel and not a snow shovel. It scoops much better than a snow shovel.

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05/21/2018 - 11:49am Why we can't have nice things

What is it with yoose peoples? What's wrong wit yoose? You a moran or somethin? Ain't ya never read Brian's rules? Go on to Bolivia, ya punk.

And if this so called Hunter Johnson is the Clemson QB, why the heck another QB? Give me a 5 star LT and maybe another couple yuge and fst linemen Warinner can develop . . . 

Now, get off my lawn, punk.

05/21/2018 - 9:57am Someone on OL

I really, desperately want someone to step up on the OL. 

  • Bushell-Beatty?
  • Newsome?
  • Hudson?

I have to go with Hudson because he hasn't really played to speak of yet. But yeah, if Warinner can turn the OL around, this will finally become a sucessful football team. Still waiting.

05/10/2018 - 3:15pm MJ

LJ is bigger and stronger. But MJ was more competitive.

I realize you have to partially look at the other guys on your team, and the style of play, and officiating, and rules, and the quality of the rest of the league. But imhe, whether LJ was playing 25 years ago, or MJ was playing today, I would take MJ, and whatever he would do with his supporting cast.

(As an aside, I especially hate the way free agents work to create super teams. Maybe I need to just get over it, but I don't like what happened in Miami, and Cleveland to some degree, and with the Warriors. Just doesn't seem fair. If MJ had been able to stack a team like that? Sheesh.)

05/10/2018 - 1:38pm Good assessment

Again, as so many have observed, so much is on the offensive line and pass protection.

Looking at our opponents, I am particularly concerned about OSU. With their defensive line, and Bosa, and the performance of our offensive line over the last 10 years, plus the game being in Columbus, it is pretty hard to predict good thngs. If our OL could just be competent, just barely good, we could win a lot. But asking our OL to be good is asking an awful lot.

05/10/2018 - 4:34am Sexism

Pure sexism. C'est la vie. Smirk at how things work.

05/09/2018 - 12:17am Theme of the Met Gala

Above, someone mentioned that the Met Gala has a theme every year. 

What was the theme of the 2018 Met Gala?

Catholicism ruled the celebrity runway thanks to the theme of Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, seeing many create mock-up religious looks.

Not that I think Tom looks good, but I suppose in some way, this is tied to the "catholic imagination." Whatever that means.

05/08/2018 - 3:48pm "Whenever Nexus resolves that . . . "

"Whenever Nexus resolves that . . . " I've learned not to get my hopes up, ever. As far as we know, Nexus could take until September to "resolve that." And if that happens, it will be pushed back until after the season. And if that happens, we'll be in the middle of basketball, so we'll have to wait 'til that's done.

Still, I guess I feel reasonably confident that Brian et al will push the button by mid-April, 2019 at the latest.

I've learned not to get my hopes up!!

05/04/2018 - 5:00pm Where are you from?

If you are in Michigan, the Michigan degree means a lot more. Plus it is a lot cheaper.

However, everywhere else, I think that Chicago has a much higher reputation. Sure, we love Michigan sports. But in many ways, that is a crappy reason to go to a school. Also, you are only going to get to know so many people in any place. The number of friends and colleagues shouldn't be a reason to go to Michigan.

Regardless, I don't think you can go terribly wrong either way. I hope your kid has visited both places enough to have a feel for what he likes.

05/03/2018 - 3:02pm Good observation!

I didn't mention Ulizio or Vastardis, nor the true freshmen (Mayfield, Hayes.) Of course, it'd be great in a way if the two guys with experience really shine. Right now, I'm not seeing it.

Regarding a grad transfer, especially what we suspect is the "firm handshake, no fifth year" kind of grad transfer. I'm kind of taking a page from the coach's book. You mention the guys who are doing well, who are being praised, who have a shot at starting or getting significant playing time. And you let your silence speak for the others. I never want to throw anyone under the bus, including Ulizio.

Have to say, I really can't understand how Ulizio was chosen as a starter last year, and how he lasted 5 games, and how he has mostly vanished since then. I don't wish the guy failure, but really don't get it. Look at this UFR chart of Brian's for Ulizio from last year:

Team Run Pass Pro
Florida -12.5 -3
Cincinnati 7.5 -3
Air Force 2 -7
Purdue 1.5 -7
MSU -5 -5
It is brutal reading Brian's write ups in the beginning of the season, and obviously Ulizio craters during MSU ("Ghost by halftime" is Brian's comment in the UFR table.)
Please, things have to be better this year. Right?
Ghost by halftime.


05/03/2018 - 1:05pm I remember that

I remember what Kalis said several years back. Smh. Really, until we see it on the field, it is all just hot air.

However, in general, I'd rather have a "good" offense and a great defense, than the other way around. I believe a functional, somewhat good offense will allow Michigan to really shine, given their defense. Maybe in future years, the OL will be able to handle a complicated offense. It seems that right now, for them to all be on the same page, with run and pass blocking, with how and when they pull, and what constraints they use, and giving the QB time, would be more than good enough.

I was very struck by an observation Magnus made in Brian's piece yesterday. Namely, they wouldn't have brought Kugler on the football staff if he didn't understand what was happening and calling things correctly at center last season. This is a real indicator that the problem wasn't primarliy with him. 

While I'm not counting on or expecting Newsome to play, if he was cleared and was good, that would be a huge help with OL depth. I also am really hoping that one of the young guys (Hudson, Steuber, Honigford, Filiaga) really steps up and shines this year. Between the existing guys (JBB, Ruiz, Onwenu, Bredeson, Runyan, Spanellis) and the new guys, I am really hoping we have a passable OL.

Lastly, looking at the depth chart by class, I think JBB is the only one leaving after next year (unless 4th year guys take a grad transfer.) What I'm really hoping for is that we have success, experience, and depth from 2019 going forward.

05/01/2018 - 10:02am You aren't kidding

That was an absolutely awesome catch. It was a great throw as well. That was not a 50/50 jump ball . . . it was on a rope and you needed a very fast receiver with great hands and balance and strength to keep off the DB. Patterson made the throw . . . can DPJ and Black and Perry make the catch?

Regarding the video production, that was very high quality. Man, I'd love to see stuff like that made all the time, every year. High resolution, good editing, good narration. Very good piece.

04/27/2018 - 1:50am Have to agree

I just watched the three Godfather movies, and Goodfellas, and Casino. I live in a heavily Italian area west of Chicago . . . names like Carmine and Schiavone and Frankie and Maria and Francesca and Comella are commonplace. The meats and cheeses are out of this world. And there are definitely plenty of moms around who dress very similarly to some of the movies. Smh. It is close to home. Still offer Italian as a language choice at the high school, and there are several parishes where the mass is still in Italian. Those are great choices.

Personally, I have really loved watching the Crown. I like to watch movies based on history, and would even watch the right History Channel series. Love to learn something new.

04/25/2018 - 4:15pm I'm behind the team and all

I'm 100% supportive of the team, and Harbaugh, and the coaching staff. But as so many others have said, I'll believe it when I see it.

  • Strength and conditioning? I remember all the exciting over Barwis some 10 years ago. I hope they really are stronger and better, but we'll see.
  • OL improvement? I have been pessimistic, doubtful, and concerned about the OL for many years. I am not sure I completely blame the coaching. It goes beyond Drevno. Still, Warriner makes me very optimistic.
  • QB & WR? I really am hoping that between Patterson, Peters, and the WR Corps, we are going to be better. But an awful lot of this goes back to pass protection being crummy.
  • OSU. I hate it, but Meyer and OSU are not sitting still. Even if Michigan improves significantly, they have to get over the hump and start actually beating OSU. The final score is what counts.

Loved reading this. Really want to see the defense be dominant. But they can't do it alone. You need every part of the team to be good. You need the OL to make a way for the RB group. And to protect the QB. And to give QB time to pass.

In a sense, the football team is the reverse of the basketball team. For years, the bball team was great offensively, but crummy defensively. They had to be good on BOTH offense AND defense. Our football team is good defensively, but until the offense is at least competent, we aren't going to beat the best teams out there.

04/24/2018 - 12:41pm I don't like MSU

I don't like MSU. I always root against them. What happened with Nassar is evil and completely deplorable. The Board of Trustees is clueless. Engler has been completely tone deaf as the interim head of the school. Sleazy things have happened with both the football and basketball teams. Stuff is regularly swept under the rug. The school and the athletic department and specific coaches need to be held accountable for their actions. And also held accountable for their LACK of action.

However. When is the point when we are just piling on? Is there a point where we are just looking for anything that is even tangentially connected to MSU, and using that to blame them for their "failure?" At what point do statements like "fire them all" and "burn the whole school down" just show bitter hatred, and not a concern for justice?

Blind hatred and a desire for vengeance and punishment sometimes aren't the best course of action. I believe the pressure on MSU will continue. And I also believe that there is a lot more that needs to happen. However, this article is one I won't use as a reason to come down more on MSU.

04/21/2018 - 8:56am Regarding Brick and Mortar

Regarding brick and mortar businesses, and the place of Amazon taking all of their business, there is a major shift, but the elimination of brick and mortar becomes problematic. The challenge is that many people WANT to shop on Amazon, but the same people WANT the ability to browse, and the warmth and community of downtown shops. When virtually all brick and mortar establishments (short of restaurants and bars) are eliminated, there is something lost.

Since we all know and love Michigan, think what would happen if the M-Den and Moe's and Van Boven's were gone. If every used bookstore and art store and jeweler and school supply was eliminated, if there were no longer any shops in Nickels Arcade. I guess it would be fine if they all became just another variation on Starbucks or McDonalds or some Asian Mexican German fusion cuisine, or some high end beauty salon. But I'm not sure about thtat.

When the only stores left to buy merchandise are Walmart, Meijers, and Target, and every former store becomes a place to buy food or drink, it will have shifted too far.

I have heard that in Manhattan on Broadway, tons and tons of former stores have been shuttered. Supposedly the rents are too high. Still, when the only places open any more are live theatre along with places to eat, part of the ambiance is simply destroyed and there is a void.

It is partially the need and sense for community. This extends to many things. There is a place for the internet, there is a place for media, but when all college classes are done online, when all sports events are consumed and watched in the comfort of your own home, something is lost. I don't know what the future will look like. But when we only become private spectators, cut off from real human interaction, the pendulum will begin to swing back the other direction.

04/19/2018 - 4:59pm The problem is in definitions

The problem is in the definition of "affluence" or "elite."

Here is a relevant article from Bloomberg:

LINK:  Yes, a Six-Figure Income Means You're Affluent

I would agree with this definition, you would not. I suppose we can agree to disagree. According to the article:

  • Households making $100,000 or more comprise the top 24.7% of American households
  • Those making $200,000 were in the top 5.6% of households
  • Membership in the infamous 1% was $423,090

If I'm understanding you correctly, affluence really marks those in the top 1% of all households. If household income of $150,000 makes you middle of the road, well, sir, we travel in very different circles. I have lived in suburbs of Chicago and of LA. While I haven't lived in NYC, to say that $150k is "middle of the road" leaves me befuddled. I mean, I have family that live a block off Central Park on the Upper West Side, who pay more for their monthly parking space than I pay for my mortgage. I have former Michigan roommates in Brooklyn who bemoan the cost of buying a place to live. I suppose in those worlds, $150,000 is a mere trifle. But the reality is that on a national, let alone global, comparison, $150,000 is nowhere near middle of the road.

04/18/2018 - 10:59pm Here are some nationwide stats

Here are a few statistics and graphs.

10 years ago, in 2009, the top 5% made $155,000 in income. That would mean approximately 50% of Michigan student families were in the top 5% of family income nationally.

According to this next graph, 4.4% of US households are at 150,000 and above in income.


One of the fallacies with the perception of affluence is to generalize based on the income of those in your neighborhood and similar circumstances. Because many communities are significantly segregated based on income, it is very easy for those in a neighborhood where the income ranges from $100,000 to $300,000 to assume they are all roughly in the "middle class." 70% would self-classify themselves as middle class. Here is a quote from Pew:

Defined by Pew as those earning 67% to 200% of the median income — $39,560 to $118,080 in 2016 — only about half of Americans can call themselves middle class. Lower-income households account for 29%, while upper-income households make up the rest, according to Pew.

Doing the math, this means 21% of households nationally in 2016 would be at $118,000 or above, are considered upper-income households. If upper-income households are defined as "affluent," that means that a significant majority of Michigan students come from affluent homes. I'm not sure at what point you would consider this "grossly overestimated," but I don't think these numbers lie. Of course, I am open to a reasoned rebuttal. Please provide some stats on what you consider affluence, and whether or not and to what degree the "average student's family" is affluent or not.

EDIT:  here are a few more factoids on "upper-middle class" and "rich." If you define "affluence" as being "rich," this suggests an income of $350,000 and above, comprising 1.8% of the population.

The upper middle class grew to 29.4% of the population in 2014, up from 12.9% in 1979, according to a new Urban Institute report. It defines this group as having household income of between $100,000 and $350,000 for a three-person family. The rich also expanded their ranks, to 1.8%, up from 0.1%.



04/18/2018 - 9:10pm Really regret what college has become

I really am saddened by the current trajectory of college costs. Back when I began at Michigan, I was able to pay for college completely between summer employment and work study and a few grants and scholarships. The student body seemed much more diverse in terms of the familial income level. Now, I get the feeling that there is much more homogeneity of wealth among the student body.

I will never forget reading an article a couple years back by a student from California who talked about being part of the "middle class." She was completely clueless about her wealth in comparison to the US, let alone the world. When I was a student, there were many UofM students who had blue collar families working in the auto industry throughout the state. I knew some students who were decidedly wealthy (flying wherever they wanted on the weekends, to go shopping in NYC or out to the beach for a day and a half.) But wealthy students were part of the mix, and didn't define the whole. When I've been on campus lately, there is more of a sense of snobby rich kids. They know they have money, and feel they can be disparaging to those who come from more humble means.

04/18/2018 - 2:40am Many good suggestions

There are many good suggestions here, which I won't repeat. But there are a few things I haven't seen so far.

  1. Credit Cards. I have both a southwest and united Visa credit card. It ends up giving you free flights now and then. Even for low volume fliers. The other thing, which I have almost never used, is that you get some free vouchers for the executive lounge, or whatever it is called with the United Visa card. This can be important if you are going through a major hub (Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, etc.) and have a chunk of time to chill out.
  2. TSA precheck. Again, if you are flying out of the UP, it doesn't matter, but here in Chicago, it can make a huge difference, saving you an hour not standing in line, at peak travel times. You basically don't have to wait in line, take off your shoes, etc.
  3. Thinking ahead about bumps. They are getting smarter and smarter about not overbooking. But on one occasion, flying out of Fort Wayne early in the morning and connecting through Detroit to Houston the day before Thanksgiving, my wife and I took three bumps each. We each scored 3 tickets most anywhere in the continental US, which was worth it at the time. Oh, and we were delayed maybe 3 hours max. (hourly flights from DET to HOU.)
  4. Legroom. 5 years ago, I was flying from Chicago to Paraguay. As it happens, there are no US carriers at all serving Paraguay. (More remote than Bolivia!) I was offered a seat upgrade for $60 in Miami that would have given me 6 inches more legroom. It would have applied to all legs of the trip. Being frugal, I declined. That was a big mistake. Being 6'3", it would have been worth $60 multiple times to have more legroom. for 8 hours of flying. Which reminds me of something else.
  5. Be wise about how cheap you are trying to go. Each of us have our price point. But for me, I've realized that spending $25 - $50 more for a flight that is non-stop, or has more room, or leaves at a more convenient time of day, is definitely worth it. It is one thing to save hundreds of dollars or more. It is another to save $25 and have a lot more grief in return.
  6. Dress nice. On several occasions, I have been bumped up to first class, and this isn't because I fly all the time. If you don't look like an unkempt schlub, and are polite, gate agents will sometimes put you in first. It isn't likely, but it will definitely never happen if you don't look like you belong there. On virtually every large flight, the first class seats are the last booked (because they cost so much more.) If you have a reservation for a flight, but no seat assignment, you have a better chance of being bumped up to first (since they have to put you somewhere, and those seats aren't assigned until right before flying.)
  7. Be nice. I missed a flight out of Norfolk because I overslept. I called in, and they put me standby on a later flight, but I was literally the first person AFTER every seat was full. Still the gate agents were great. They flew me home business class on American about an hour later, and gave me an additional flight voucher to boot. Pays to be nice.
  8. Consider checking your luggage. I hate trying to cram a suitcase in the overhead bin. It is just easier many times to check bags. Then you have much less stuff in the cabin with you. On United and Southwest, I don't pay a dime to check baqs either.

My last ace in the hole probably won't help you. But I have multiple friends and neighbors working for American and United. I have flown using one of their passes (for friends,) and ended up in first class to San Francisco, and to La Guardia. However, I'd advise against this, because you're flying with your son. If you are flying solo, and are a risk taker, can get on a flight that isn't overbooked and is expensive otherwise, using a non-rev buddy pass can be a great way to go.

04/17/2018 - 7:22pm Hope he gets help

I hope he gets help. I also hope that we will hear just a little bit more about resolution, and understand as much as we need to about what happened.

04/16/2018 - 11:58pm Love Coach Beilein

I love Coach Beilein. And I think most of his players do as well. Great teacher, great character, great preparation, great coach.

I've said it before, but I remember the wildness and lack of control under Bill Frieder. And also what happened under Steve Fisher. And of course, wandering in the wilderness after that. I'm thrilled at what coach Beilein has done for the program.

Honestly, I'd love to see Jim Harbaugh do the same kind of thing.

04/14/2018 - 1:27pm Several
  1. Grew up in Chicago, and still vividly remember the blizzard of 67. All the cars (not just those affected by snowdrifts) had snow up to the windows. They used huge front loaders to clear the streets. The piles of snow were a good 12 - 14 feet high. As it got warmer, they solidified. I still remember when it was warming up in May, that the piles of snow were yet above my head. I was wearing short sleeves, it was warm out, but the snow was still piled up.
  2. January 1978, Ann Arbor. I was a freshman. Didn't realize how rare snow days were, but we had a couple.
  3. June 1992. Was living in rural Nevada . . . first time I experienced snow in the mountain passes.
04/13/2018 - 2:38pm Engler is an idiot

Engler is an idiot, and MSU Board of Trustees is in denial. The thing is, I don't think all those who were sexually abused and harassed are going to let this die. Until they get satisfaction, until things change with the culture and with counselling of rape victims and until there is accountability for prominent individuals who are criminal in their behavior (Some on the basketball and football teams, some in the administration,) it is not going to die. The media has a hold in this, as do all the parents of athletes, along with athletes, especially gymnasts, who were abused. The pressure is not going to go away.

From a purely selfish point of view, it is best for Michigan partisans to stay out of this. Let MSU twist in the wind. Let Engler continue as he is doing, with imbecile decision making, obfuscation, prevarication, denial, blame shifting, etc., etc., etc..

The best possible thing would be for a bombshell to explode every month or two. That refocuses the anger, and highlights the fact that there has been no change, no accountability, no punishment.

04/12/2018 - 3:38pm Never had the cord

I never have had cable. Have saved a big chunk of money over the last 25 years!

Here's what I do for football games:

  1. Watch at home, those that are broadcast on ABC (or a major network channel.) That's usually a good number of games.
  2. Watch 2 - 3 at a friend's house (who has Dish, which I guess is basically cable.)
  3. Watch 1 - 2 games a year at the bar. For the cost of a burger and several beers, it is fine.
  4. Miss a couple games, because they are stinkers or I have other commitments at the same time.

It works pretty well. I have also gone to the bar to watch some basketball and some hockey games. 

The NCAA tourney was a pain. I watched the first couple games over the internet at home. One I went to the bar. And I watched the last three at a friend's house. Frankly, I was surprised that none of Michigan's games, if I remember correctly, were on CBS.

04/09/2018 - 4:26pm Very promising

One question:  Do you have any sense, or does anyone out there know, what Wagner is going to do? On the one hand, you would expect him to declare and to make the jump. On the other hand, several have said, including yourself, iirc, that he isn't a rotation player in the NBA, because of his defense, in particular. It seems like there is more reason for him to return than there would be for someone like Burke, LeVert, or this year, Bridges and Jackson.

04/09/2018 - 3:30pm Depends on my mood, and what's available

I love lots of different kinds of candy . . . for bars, I like Snickers, Almond Joy, Mounds, Heath Bar, Payday, Peanut M&Ms, Butterfingers, Reeses peanutbutter cups. I like some penny candy:  lemonheads, Brach's caramels, watermelon candy, coffee candy, butterscotch.

I enjoy dark chocolate much more now, and I also love marzipan. I think some marzipan covered with dark chocolate would be pretty good.