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09/21/2018 - 6:50pm Let's go by school:

Kansas …

Let's go by school:

Garden City CC - Player died in his dorm after workouts, medical personnel were called as soon as possible. Not the same situation.

Maine - Player died on the field, medical personnel were called as soon as possible. Not the same situation.

Northwestern - Player died on the field, medical personnel were called as soon as someone noticed there was a problem. Not the same situation.

Cal - Player died on the field, medical assistance wasn't provided, and the university accepted liability. Similar situation, and I would be fine if Cal's team was given a death penalty.

Rice - Player died after practice due to an undiagnosed disease, and medical personnel were called as soon as possible. Not the same situation.

Maryland - Player died in the hospital after showing signs of heat stroke for over an hour before anyone thought to call an ambulance. He wasn't even taken off the field for 34 minutes from when his symptoms first showed up. That's straight up gross negligence towards the safety of a student-athlete.

Look, I don't care if your school pays recruits. I don't care if your coach has consensual relationships with cheerleaders or administrative assistants. But I do care if you can't take medical issues with your players seriously. If you hire a coaching staff who won't take the health and well-being of student-athletes seriously, you don't deserve to have a team.

09/21/2018 - 6:18pm Normally I think the death…

Normally I think the death penalty isn't a reasonable response, but here the university is responsible for the death of a student-athlete. They've shown themselves incapable of being in charge of the well-being of football players. Why should Maryland be given a second chance?

09/18/2018 - 4:11pm If he's worried about where…

If he's worried about where he slots in this draft among QBs, what about 2020 when he's potentially behind Tagovailoa, Haskins, and Fromm?

08/26/2018 - 2:14pm Who can we lose to the NFL…

Who can we lose to the NFL besides Perry? Schoenle if he comes out of nowhere for like 1500 yards and 15 TDs?

08/24/2018 - 12:31pm I guess I don't understand…

I guess I don't understand the point of having lists like this so early. Signing day 2021 is what, 2 1/2 years away at this point? 0% chance the top 100 list looks anything like this by then. Half of the kids in the 2021 high school graduating class haven't even hit puberty yet.

08/23/2018 - 9:36am The sad thing is it won't…

The sad thing is it won't affect their reputation at all. 30 days from now, after he's served his suspension and is back on the sidelines coaching, only a dwindling minority of people will care enough to remember this charade.

If their reputation was actually at stake, they would have done something meaningful. But they know that continuing to have a team contending for national titles every year washes away a lot of sins in most peoples' eyes.

08/22/2018 - 8:39pm Yeah, it's shitty, but not…

Yeah, it's shitty, but not surprising. I guarantee you that if the roles were reversed and it was Harbaugh under investigation, there would be seedy pockets of Michigan fans doing the same thing. Shitty people exist everywhere, especially when they can hide behind twitter handles.

08/22/2018 - 12:41pm Last I checked, recruiting…

Last I checked, recruiting is a part of coaching in college, so while quite a few coaches could win with Alabama's talent, very few can acquire talent like he does.

At the end of the day, Saban has 6 national championship rings, so it's nearly impossible to overrate him. Dude straight up gets results better than anyone else currently coaching.

08/15/2018 - 11:41am I don't work for the Big 3,…

I don't work for the Big 3, but my thoughts on Tesla are that they just aren't affordable to the average person. Sure, they're pretty fast, but only really when you get to the top of the line models. A base Model 3 starts at $49k and does 0-60 in 5.1 seconds. I can walk onto any Chevrolet lot and buy a Camaro 1SS for $37k that does 0-60 in 4 seconds. Plus I can take my Camaro on a road trip anywhere the hell I want and not worry about spending 30 minutes at a supercharger every time I want to fill up or having to take a different route than I want just to make sure I'm not too far from a place to plug in.

I'd love to have a Tesla, don't get me wrong. I'm just currently in the market for a car under $20k and that's not Tesla territory. I assume a very large percentage of America is also not Tesla's target market because $50k for a car is still a lot when 75% of people in this country have annual household incomes under $100k before taxes.

08/15/2018 - 10:43am I hate listings that lie…

I hate listings that lie about the model.

The ZR-1 wasn't produced in 1987. The only years the C4 came in ZR-1 form were 1990-95.

The Z06 wasn't part of the lineup until the C5s were around, and even then their first year was 2001.

08/15/2018 - 10:36am Gotta be extra careful with…

Gotta be extra careful with buying them, a lot of them ended up heavily modified and then returned to stock.

I nearly bought a 2004 about two weeks ago, but had to back off because one of the previous owners bolted on a turbo and had to notch the frame rail to fit the compressor housing. The dealer subsequently tried their best to return it to stock. At least for me, it just wasn't worth the worry about how structurally sound it was if one were to get in an accident, not to mention an insurance company could tell me to get lost if they deemed it totaled due to having an altered frame.

Regardless, they're fun as hell to drive.

08/07/2018 - 5:20pm Brandon Herron's two…

Brandon Herron's two-touchdown performance from his LB spot against WMU that resulted in being a career backup.

08/07/2018 - 5:17pm I was really confused as to…

I was really confused as to what you meant by things being connected, and whoops, I realized I had originally replied to the wrong post. I meant to reply to ramenboy's post about hacking into a dam, and was referring to how, at least in nuclear plants, you can't actually hack in and change the plant configuration.

Anyway, yes, it was a cascading failure due to the grid being connected everywhere and the systems that are supposed to alert operators of cascading failures didn't react appropriately due to some buggy software. Too much demand and not enough supply will cause basically all power generators to fail into a safe mode to protect against mechanical failure.

08/07/2018 - 1:58pm The power grid is extremely…

The power grid is extremely flimsy, but it's also something that's kind of difficult to make extremely secure. I work in the commercial nuclear power business, and I've talked to folks that maintain electrical grids; the only suggestion for some enhanced security of the grid itself is to turn back time and run the wires underground. But it's too late for that in cities (where you'd have to spend a fortune to dig up sidewalks/streets) and can't be used in locations with active fault lines. And it still doesn't solve the possibility of someone hacking into a control system and flipping breakers remotely where possible.

Speaking from experience only with nuclear facilities, but plant control systems are intentionally not hooked up to the network so that it is impossible to remotely force the plant into a dangerous configuration. I have no idea if other plants (hydro, gas, wind, etc.) have the same type of air-gapped system or not.

08/07/2018 - 1:47pm I remember just playing a…

I remember just playing a lot of cards with my parents via candlelight, since I was 18 at the time.

On an interesting note, I was later an intern at the Fermi 2 NPP in Newport, MI, and at one point they had a few of us interns go to the simulator as part of a tour. I asked what it was like to be in the control room when the blackout happened, and the guy operating the simulator at the time laughed and said it was such a big deal that they actually saved the logs and programmed it into the system as part of training. Then he triggered it and seemingly every alarm and warning light sounded; I couldn't imagine how chaotic it was to be in there at the time. It's a good thing that a loss of offsite power is a well-understood scenario and all plants are designed to enter a safe shutdown if it happens.

08/06/2018 - 11:44am 1000% chance that James…

1000% chance that James Franklin was frantically calling every OSU commit 15 seconds after McMurphy's facebook post to negatively recruit.

08/03/2018 - 9:52pm He doesn't have to wait out…

He doesn't have to wait out the clause, all the clause says is that if he takes another job in sports media, ESPN doesn't have to pay him the rest of his contract. Apparently his lawyer even states that if he were to start "brentmcmurphy.com" that it would be considered sports media and they'd be off the hook. Hence the release via social media instead, where he can continue using all of his contacts but has no financial backing for his stories.

08/02/2018 - 11:26pm I wouldn't lump the Duke…

I wouldn't lump the Duke case in there, given that it turned out the woman lied about the entire thing.

Everything else I'm on board with. Every conference has its warts.

08/02/2018 - 7:37pm As good as Quinn is, I don't…

As good as Quinn is, I don't think he's necessarily in the "best player in college hockey [...] and it's probably not going to be close" category, at least not like Eichel was, or Jack Hughes would have been had he accelerated high school. There are a few other guys that will challenge for that: Brady Tkachuk (though totally not worth the 4th overall pick, he's still really good), Oliver Wahlstrom (*sheds tear*), and Joel Farabee (overshadowed a bit by fellow linemates Wahlstrom and Jack Hughes, but every bit deserving of his top-15 draft slot). He will be, by far, the best player who doesn't play in Boston though.

07/31/2018 - 7:53pm McSorely is a gym rat? I bet…

McSorely is a gym rat? I bet he's a white guy.

07/31/2018 - 7:43pm Honda did sort of bring back…

Honda did sort of bring back the CRX in the form of the CR-Z, though it is somewhat compromised with the hybrid powertrain. It's actually what I drive right now, and though it does ultimately have very little power (112 hp from the gas engine and 14 hp from the electric motor), it's pretty peppy around town because the electric motor brings 58 ft-lbs of torque instantaneously and the car is still pretty light at 2670 lb with the 6-speed (which is actually delightful to shift compared to my old WRX).

Honda still should have dropped the K20 from the Civic Si [197 hp] in it; without the weight of the battery packs/electric motor, and with 70 extra horsepower on the top end, it'd be an absolute riot.

07/31/2018 - 4:22pm Regarding affordable…

Regarding affordable Porsches, you can get a brand new Cayman for under 60k, about the same price as a Corvette. When the 944 came out, it cost just under $19k in 1982, about the same price as the Corvette at the time.

The original 914, at $3500 in 1970, is probably the last 'affordable' Porsche that you could buy new that isn't also a SUV.

07/31/2018 - 3:11pm There are a lot of mid…

There are a lot of mid-engined cars, but they're mostly supercars that are so far out of my price range. The only affordable truly mid-engined cars (i.e., the S2000 is technically mid-engine since the engine sits between the front and rear wheels, but let's be honest, it's a front-engined car) are Fieros, MR2s, Caymans, and Elises. Maybe some old imported cars that were never originally sold in the US like the Honda Beat if you know where to look.

07/31/2018 - 1:42pm I'm a fan of small, light,…

I'm a fan of small, light, and nimble vehicles, so three stand out for me:

Honda S2000

Toyota MR2

And, if I were a masochist who wants to rebuild rotaries on the regular, the twin-turbo version of the Mazda RX-7

07/27/2018 - 3:42pm Are you implying that our…

Are you implying that our defense is better than Alabama's? Or does "great D" and "very good D" mean the same thing to you?

07/27/2018 - 3:40pm He's also competed on the…

He's also competed on the PBA tour, and bowled a 300 in competition once.

07/26/2018 - 1:09pm I guess the question is, do…

I guess the question is, do people like Harbaugh and Beilein factor into this average? Harbaugh's salary of $7 million factored over 368 positions means he alone accounts for $19k of that average.

If coaches count, then taking a look at the next highest earning coaches in the department, Brown, Drevno, and Hamilton combined for $3.6 million, and Beilein is at $2.84 million. Add those 5 in with Harbaugh and we're already at $13.44 million; averaged over 368 positions and we're at $36k.

368 positions at $100k each is $36.8 million in compensation, so the other 362 positions in the AD would average (36.8m - 13.44m)/362 = $64k a year. That's not nearly as bad as this looks. The real question is, what is the reason for the increase of 115 people in 7 years?

07/24/2018 - 6:38pm The little 4-bangers with…

The little 4-bangers with lots of torque is strictly because turbocharged engines tend to have a lot of torque. The turbos on those cars are sized to come on boost fairly early; the 2005 WRX I had made full boost around 3500rpm. It also didn't have much of a top end, since the stock turbo wasn't efficient at high revs. So you get a lot of low end torque and some high end horsepower. A current example of this is the Civic Type R, which is a heavily turbocharged (22.8 psi) 2 liter that makes a peak power of 306 hp at 6500 rpm, but peak torque is 295 ft-lbs at 2500 rpm.

V8s have lots of torque because you have twice as many 'bangs' per revolution of the crankshaft than a 4-cylinder. They, generally, don't rev as high, so it's easier to tune a flat powerband as you don't have to span as large of a rev range (though flat-plane cranks like the Mustang GT350 and the Ferrari 488 can rev to the moon since they're inherently more balanced, and some four cylinders are real bad at going too far up the tach, like the Subaru boxers).

I think the reason you don't see 6 cylinders having significant torque figures is that they're generally not supercharged/turbocharged like their 8- and 4-cylinder brethren are. Most 6s end up in commuter cars, minivans, and small SUVs where they can be efficient in traffic. You don't need torque in those situations, and the horsepower comes from the efficiency at the top of the rev range that older models didn't have. The only boosted 6s I can think of are the Porsche flat-6, GM LFs (Cadillac XTS/CTS/ATS-V) and the Nissan V-series. All of those have similar torque-vs-horsepower as other boosted engines.

Overall, the higher horsepower you're seeing these days is primarily due to efficiency at high revs and, in general, engines that can rev out a bit further. The C4 Corvette had a redline of about 5500; the newest Corvettes can go up to 6500. Given the same torque, at redline, an engine at 6500rpm makes 18% more horsepower than one at 5500. Looking at the specs, the Gen-II LT1 engine in the C4 Corvette made about 300 hp at 5200 rpm and 340 ft-lbs at 3400 rpm. The newest (non-supercharged) Gen-V LT1 in the current Corvettes makes 455 hp at 6000 rpm and 460 ft-lbs at 4600 rpm. 52% increase in power, 35% increase in torque.

07/24/2018 - 12:28pm It's great to look back at…

It's great to look back at some of the cars I always wanted as a child and see how terribly outdated their performance is.

One fun example is that the 1993 Corvette ZR-1 and the 1990-92 Lamborghini Diablo both did 0-60 in 4.4 seconds, which is still pretty fast, but that's now attainable by the Dodge Durango SRT (which, while a 60k SUV, is still a SUV).

It's also great to look at the progress in model lines.

- The 1995 Mustang Cobra R hit 60 in 5.1 seconds. By 2013 the V6 version of the Mustang was also at 5.1.
- The 1993 Camaro Z28 was at 5.5 seconds. The slowest Camaro you can get now is at 5.4.
- The aforementioned 1993 Corvette ZR-1, at 4.4 seconds, would get walked by any new Corvette (the Stingray is the slowest at 3.7). The newest ZR-1 is at an incredible 2.9.

Even the legends can't compare from a pure performance aspect to the latest "budget" supercars. For example, the holy grail, the 1994 McLaren F1, a car which fetches $15+ million whenever an auction comes up, takes 3.1 seconds to hit 60. The new BMW M5 takes 2.9; the Porsche 911 Turbo takes 2.6. The F1 is actually the second-slowest 0-60 road car that McLaren has ever released, surpassed in slowness by only the 540C (3.4).

07/17/2018 - 11:48am I absolutely always name my…

I absolutely always name my cars. I use female names which are somewhat derived from the type of car it is. I've personally owned four different cars: 1998 Pontiac Grand Am (Amber), 2000 Pontiac Grand Am GT (Gertrude), 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX (Roxanne), and now a 2011 Honda CR-Z (Cheryl).

My wife also names her cars for as long as I've known her, but she generally uses male names (or at least gender-neutral): 2000-ish Mercury Cougar (John, obviously), 2005 Kia Rio (Duran, again obviously), and now a 2016 Subaru Forester (Ash).

07/12/2018 - 1:49pm Also a reminder that tonight…

Also a reminder that tonight they're just going until the first 3 players are eliminated. Tomorrow they'll go from 6 to 3, and Saturday will be the final night of the ME.

07/12/2018 - 1:07pm He's not actually an alum,…

He's not actually an alum, just a fan.

06/26/2018 - 3:31pm Haha, that's not a phrase I…

Haha, that's not a phrase I've uttered very often. There are some that take it a bit too far (a quick google search that I will not do at work can certainly back that up), but in general I'm fine with however a woman naturally, or unnaturally, looks.

I did state that I would drive the hell out of those cars. But that doesn't mean they're not over the top. I've seen many, many drivers that I would be legitimately scared of if they had 700+ hp under their right foot. Hell, I was that driver in my younger years. It's more about giving the general public access to cars that can move so fast, so quickly, that I don't trust their reaction times to avoid serious incidents.

06/26/2018 - 2:32pm When I think of "over the…

When I think of "over the top" cars, I think of the ones that are designed with no real purpose. The Jeep Cherokee Trackhawk is an example. You take an engine designed for a passenger car with 707 hp and put it in a Jeep that was designed as an off-road vehicle and it doesn't make sense. You've made both worse (though, in all honesty, I'd still drive the hell out of the Trackhawk). Same with the old F150 Lightnings, Ram SRT-10, and Silverado SS. They're interesting, but over the top because you've defeated the purpose of a truck

Additionally, things that are stupid overpowered for street car use. The fact you can buy a Challenger with 800 hp or a Corvette with 755 hp from the factory for a not-exorbitant amount of money (at least compared to other super-high-powered cars like the various Lamborghinis, McLarens, etc. with 700+, or the Koenigseggs and Bugattis with 1000+) is ridiculous to me, especially if you plan to do any daily driving with them. There's no place for them on the street as it's literally impossible to use more than about 15% of the car's potential within the laws of the road. Don't get me wrong, I love those cars and that you can get warranties on them, but that doesn't make them reasonable vehicles.

06/22/2018 - 1:30am I live an hour north of…

I live an hour north of Eugene, and Hop Valley, while decent, is probably only the 5th or 6th best brewery in Eugene alone (I'd put it behind at least Oakshire, Ninkasi, Elk Horn, and Falling Sky), not to mention what's available elsewhere in Oregon.

I'd highly recommend anyone who loves beer that hasn't made it to the PNW to do so immediately. I've traveled many places and tried a lot of different breweries, and the density of fantastic places here is nuts, especially if you find yourself in Portland or Seattle.

I've got a road trip planned starting a week from today that will take my wife and I through Montana, south into Denver for 5 days, and then back to Oregon via SLC and Boise. Once we're done with this trip, we'll have been to 13 of the top 25 breweries on this list, and I've already had ~40 of the top 58 beers they list. This list is missing a lot of great places - off the top of my head, I'd throw Modern Times (I went to their San Diego location, but there's a taphouse in Portland too), pFriem (45 minutes east of Portland), Fremont (Seattle), and Crux (Bend) on this list easily.

05/29/2018 - 2:24pm I've got a round trip commute

I've got a round trip commute of about 5 miles, and now that the weather has turned nice in Oregon, I've started biking to work again. Fuel economy isn't a huge concern, especially since I still have my Honda CR-Z that I bought back when I was driving ~60 miles round trip for work back in Pennsylvania. It's what we use for the most part when doing relatively local travel without the dog, and it'll get a sold 35-40mpg on the highway as long as I keep speeds reasonable. For longer trips, or those involving the dog/other people/large items, we use our Forester since my wife can't drive the Honda; that SUV can generally pull around 27-28 unless we take it into the mountains.

05/29/2018 - 2:15pm While turbocharged engines

While turbocharged engines used to be the realm of performance vehicles, everybody's making small turbo engines now - Ford has their Ecoboost, Chevy has the LFV, all of the Asian manufacturers have varying turbo 4s. It's a practical way to meet all of the emissions requirements without saddling the buying public with 60 hp gutless cars.

05/29/2018 - 12:30pm McPhee played a lot of other

McPhee played a lot of other teams like a fiddle leading up to and during the expansion draft. He picked up an incredible number of picks and prospects as part of deals to ensure he picked certain players that either opened up cap space or avoided certain unprotected players. Too many owners/GMs got scared of how the draft was going to go that they put too much stock into the here and now and not to the future.

Other teams just made some boneheaded decisions in who they protected. Florida let Marchessault go despite being their top goal scorer so they could protect a few middling guys; St. Louis decided to protect Reaves, an enforcer, instead of Perron, and now Reaves is on Vegas anyway; Boston decided that an older, less talented Kevan Miller was more important than Colin Miller, who turned out to be the best offensive contributor on Vegas' blueline.

The rules aren't going to change when Seattle's expansion draft comes up, but if you think Seattle is going to have any immediate success even approaching what Vegas has done, you're going to be surprised. This was a masterclass in using leverage to build a competitive team, and the rest of the league learned the hard way.

05/24/2018 - 9:20am Sorry, I was kind of looping

Sorry, I was kind of looping in the AHL with the NHL on the weight and nutrition aspect, since as you said he'd be under supervision from the NHL team; I was mainly referring to the OHL with that comment, since that's always an option that some NHL clubs may be biased towards.

Sure, the AHL is a wonderful place to develop, but if I'm an NHL team and draft Quinn in the top 10, I'm drafting him because he's probably the second best defenseman in the draft, and if he's not immediately ready to contribute on the NHL level I don't want to burn a year of RFA simply tossing him into the AHL. Maybe that's my bias that the NCAA is a perfectly fine place to let a player develop for free. I'd hope that Quinn knows and understands this, and only signs if he's more or less guaranteed significant NHL time. Otherwise the rookie pay scale limits of $70k/year in the AHL vs. the $925k/year in the NHL (because, as a top 10 pick, he's basically guaranteed the rookie max) makes the free year of development pretty tempting. Unless he hates the academic side of college life, which I've never heard a peep about regarding him or anyone else in his family.

05/23/2018 - 7:00pm If I'm Jack, I'd probably

If I'm Jack, I'd probably just go ahead and start accelerating now. It opens more doors without closing any. He can delay graduation and still go back to the NTDP in the fall (since the NTDP requires attendance in high school), he can finish school and still go to college even if Quinn is off to the NHL/AHL, or he can jump into the OHL and not have to worry about finishing school while playing/training for the draft.

My best guess for Quinn is that he stays in college another year, beacuse right now he's probably too small for an entire NHL season's worth of physicality - though he did show well at the World Championships, he was heavily protected from playing against other teams' top lines. Weight training and nutrition at Michigan is much better than what he'd get with anywhere that's not in the NHL, and teams generally don't want to be bringing first round picks along slowly and waste a year of RFA time. But there are always owners/GMs/etc. who will strongly push him away from college and into a "you should be playing 60+ games a season with no academic distractions" lifestyle, whether that be OHL, AHL, or NHL, as short-sighted as that may be given the success of various college players.

I do think it's great that their dad isn't pushing them in any direction; he gave both Jack and Quinn the opportunity to go play in the OHL if they wanted to instead of joining the NTDP. Too many parents in all sports these days try to make decisions based on their own best interests instead of what the kids want.

05/23/2018 - 2:47pm It would have been peak

It would have been peak Michigan hockey summer for Wahlstrom to get drafted by a team like Vancouver or Edmonton and told to go to Cape Breton in the QMJHL. It would have been Trevor Lewis part 2.

If Wahlstrom does slip to Edmonton at 10, I could see him joining the NHL immediately, as he's widely considered to have the best shot amongst eligible prospects, some think on par with Laine's when he was drafted. Edmonton could use someone besides McDavid and Draisaitl who can score goals, and he could slot in nicely at wing alongside Nugent-Hopkins.

05/23/2018 - 9:00am Figure here is as good a place as any, but

Figure here is as good a place as any, but disappointingly for us Oliver Wahlstrom chose BC instead of Michigan. Oh well, still a chance of Jack Hughes deciding to play with his brother in college I suppose!

05/17/2018 - 3:02pm Priority Selection's updated

Priority Selection's updated rankings actually have Duke 2nd now. Luke Hughes, who I'd have to guess is likely a Michigan lean if he goes the college route, is 10th. Two other US skaters are on the list, both committed to B1G teams - Dylan Gratton (PSU) and Matthew Argentina (ND).

Also they're all still too young to determine whether or not they'll actually be top-10 in the NA skater rankings come the 2021 NHL Draft they're eligible for.

05/16/2018 - 12:15pm If Bakanov didn't bother even

If Bakanov didn't bother even trying to get into the OHL draft this year, I don't see him going anywhere besides Michigan, unless he eviscerates the USHL and starts getting nudged in other directions for 2019.

As for the mini puck wizard, Perfetti has about 0.1% chance of ever suiting up for Michigan. Just like basically every highly ranked Ontario kid that's committed before him - Marner (though he may not have ever actually verbally committed, he used the scholarship offer to swing his draft spot to London), Domi, Marcantuoni, Lessio, probably some others I'm forgetting about.

05/15/2018 - 7:13pm While certainly quite

While certainly quite positive, I don't think either of this is really new news, except that there was an outside shot of Wahlstrom going to Europe or reporting to Cape Breton in the QMJHL. Nice to hear he'll be deciding soon; as a top-10 draft prospect, I'm sure both BC and Michigan would really like to know whether or not he'll be on the roster as soon as possible for scholarship reasons.

Hughes has pretty much always been projected to either spend another year with the NTDP or enroll at Michigan. His situation probably depends on where Quinn ends up in the draft and whether his NHL team wants him right away - my completely uneducated guess is, if Quinn goes to a team like Detroit who has had success with NCAA players staying in college for development and he spends his sophomore year in Ann Arbor, that Jack does whatever he needs to do over the summer and shows up at Michigan in the fall. Doubly so if Wahlstrom picks Michigan, because the two of them were dynamite together on the U18 team, and Hughes is going to need a winger who can take advantage of his playmaking skillset to hold onto his current #1 draft projection for 2019. I'm not sure that Michigan's current roster for next season has that type of player on it.

05/15/2018 - 12:42pm Watch this video (from 2009,

Watch this video (from 2009, and cars are even safer today) and tell me you want your old rigid frame vehicle in a crash.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPF4fBGNK0U

05/15/2018 - 12:38pm The push for more automation

The push for more automation and computer controlled everything. Electronics, in general, aren't noted for their reliability, and automating everything makes it feel like you're driving an appliance instead of a car.

Also that very few new car offerings at reasonable rates offer an intoxicating driving experience. The cheaper cars that handle well are woefully underpowered (BRZ/86, Miata, etc.) - for a hair over $30k you can get a Camry with a 300hp V6, but the best you can do on a $25k 86 is a 205hp 4-banger. Other companies reserve the "track day" type of cars for the top of the line versions only. For about $37k you can get a 455hp Camaro 1SS that handles like a barge, but if you want a Camaro that actually takes corners reasonably well you have to get the 650hp version that goes for north of $60k.

05/10/2018 - 12:04pm Terry Bradshaw is the second

Terry Bradshaw is the second best QB in NFL history. 4-0 in the Super Bowl, 2 SB MVPs.

05/09/2018 - 1:33pm I had a week long training in

I had a week long training in Idaho Falls last year, and was the only representative from my company there, so I had a lot of free time on my own in the evenings. I found what was essentially the only good beer bar in the town (it's a heavily Mormon population there, so drinking establishments aren't extraordinarily prevalent) and popped over there after dinner on the Monday. I had a fantastic time talking with the bartender, and he gave me an entire itinerary for my Friday afternoon since the training ended before lunch that day and I didn't fly out until Saturday morning.

I ended up taking a quick little road trip out to Jackson based on his recommendation, and along the way stopped at Melvin Brewing in Alpine, WY, and it's still the best time I've ever had at a brewery (and I've been to a lot, by my count north of 200). I was the only patron there, the beer was phenomenal, the bartender was totally awesome, the views from their back porch are astounding, and one of the owners/brewmasters gave me an impromptu full tour of the entire place where we just shot the shit about all things beer related for about an hour. So if you're ever in the Jackson or Idaho Falls area for any reason, stop at Melvin (they also operate out of Thai Me Up in Jackson if you don't want to drive to the production facility in Alpine).

05/08/2018 - 10:20pm I go to local breweries/beer bars, sit at the bar,

I go to local breweries/beer bars, sit at the bar, and talk to bartenders about suggestions for food and drinks, and sometimes for other interesting places to check out. I've found some awesome places this way that I otherwise would never have visited. My wife and I also do this during some vacations, helps you feel a bit more local I think.