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11/23/2018 - 6:34pm 14B. Undercover, as in not…

14B. Undercover, as in not wet; I'll be sporting maize and blue.

Tailgating on the banks of the mighty Olentangy River. Unfortunately, most if not all of my tailgating friends and family are buckeyes. Please let this be the year I drink the celebratory beer!

11/23/2018 - 7:39am The past two years Costco…

The past two years Costco has sold a white canopy with four walls for $200. The material is thick and the frame appears to be be more durable than other cheaper canopy's I've owned. We put a patio heater inside and stay toasty warm.

If Costco has them again this year it will be in the spring when the summer displays are set up. That doesn't do you much good for Christmas but it's an option.

11/01/2018 - 6:29pm Why wouldn't Michigan match…

Why wouldn't Michigan match an offer from Maryland? He's worth it.

The players aren't paid, might as well pay the (good) coaches.

10/24/2018 - 7:15am My three year old has been…

My three year old has been to two games. She made it to halftime last year and through the third quarter this year. I taught her The Victors before the game so she was ready to clap and sing when it was played. Singing and clapping were her biggest interest, followed by watching beach balls in the croud and eating snacks she would never get at home.

10/20/2018 - 11:34pm When was the last time that…

When was the last time that happened? I looked for myself but it is too tedious on a phone.

08/15/2018 - 6:45pm Not interested unless Arnel…

Not interested unless Arnel Pineda is doing the vocals.

08/14/2018 - 9:13pm Big deal, I saw that a long…

Big deal, I saw that a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

03/31/2018 - 8:42pm Sour barrel lambic brewed by

Sour barrel lambic brewed by the Ann Arbor Brewer's Guild.

02/22/2018 - 9:39pm Game Theory

If you are planning on going for it on fourth down doesn't that open the playbook on third down? E.g. third and six would make the entire playbook available instead of only passing plays and the occasional draw play.

11/07/2017 - 6:13pm I'm a professional pilot and

I'm a professional pilot and don't fly single engine airplanes due to the risk to my career and my life. They aren't inherently unsafe but the risk/reward isn't worth it to me.

You are correct that you are much safer in an airliner than a passenger car. You might be Jeff Gordon but half of the other maniacs on the road are too busy Snap chatting to pay attention to where their two ton missile is heading.

10/20/2017 - 8:10pm Do not plug a TV or any other

Do not plug a TV or any other electronics you like into this generator. The voltage is unregulated so lulls and serges can occur which makes sensitive electronics susceptible to damage.

This generator is fine for power tools, a vacuum cleaner, etc. but not for more sensitive things.

Also, please consider others around you when you run a generator or vehicle at a tailgate. I had a bad experience several years involving someone who decided it was a good idea to run his truck continously while blasting Van Halen. The exhaust was bad enough, "Panama" at "eleven" was just torture.

09/21/2017 - 6:29pm Holy shit!

I was half way through a post facetiously making fun of the lack of hanger organization when I realized they are completely organized. Blue shirts on maize hangers, other colors on blue hangers...I have nothing.

Shine on Wolverine Devotee!

09/07/2017 - 7:00am Listen to his podcast if you

Listen to his podcast if you haven't already. He comes off as an interesting, intelligent, normal guy. Not awkward, not weird.

09/05/2017 - 9:35pm WD, what are your career

WD, what are your career aspirations? I'm guessing something in history or journalism? Apologies if you've covered this ground before.

08/01/2017 - 10:39pm That's what the kids like so

That's what the kids like so it's good.

I've bought a zipper sweatshirt, a replica football jersey for my toddler, and a replica away jersey for me. The white zipper of my sweatshirt has mysteriously turned pink but I can't blame Nike for that. The replica jerseys are okay though I haven't washed mine yet because I bought it after the season.

07/14/2017 - 9:17pm Bob Seger, Joe Cocker, Van

Bob Seger, Joe Cocker, Van Morrison all had amazing soulful voices. Seger is still great. Not sure about Morrison. Joe Cocker is dead.

06/22/2017 - 12:09am It was the sixth. Throwing at

It was the sixth. Throwing at anyone in retaliation would be dumb.

05/17/2017 - 12:32pm Android Auto is a really nice

Android Auto is a really nice app that allows you to call, text, navigate, play audio, among other things using voice recognition. It's available in some cars and as a stand alone app.

I'm sure there are other similar apps but Android Auto is what I'm familiar with and what I use.

05/06/2017 - 10:31pm Are Brady's rings sized to

Are Brady's rings sized to wear them all at the same time or are they all the same size so he has Monday through Friday rings? If they are sized to wear all at once are they worn on the same hand or separate hands?

03/14/2017 - 12:18pm The headline needs to be ammended

It should say "Never Tweet". No explanation needed. Twitter is scientific proven to be dumb.

Damn kids always stepping on my lawn while Tweeting!

02/15/2017 - 11:25am Fleck used Row the Boat to

Fleck used Row the Boat to make WMU relevant. I have no I'll will toward him. I also have no apparel with "Row the Boat" on it but that's because I'm old and prefer Brown and Gold WMU stuff which is hard to come by these days.
Lester played when the colors were Brown and Gold so maybe he'll bring it back.

02/14/2017 - 4:04pm Agreed on jobs. I don't know

Agreed on jobs. I don't know what the answer is though. There will be a market for autonomous vehicles so they are coming.

I fly airplanes for a living. Autonomous airplanes are coming too. I'm hoping they arrive the day after I (voluntarily) retire. In the mean time I'm saving my pennies.

02/14/2017 - 3:59pm Your police state comparison

Your police state comparison is a non sequitur. You have no inherent right to pilot a vehicle on a public road. You do have an inherent right to liberty and due process.

In a future with driverless Uber you don't need to own a car so you don't need insurance. Autonomous cars would cause such a small amount of injury and property damage that Uber could self-insure and certainly would choose to do so because it would be in their financial interest.

Traffic deaths increased 8% year over year in 2015 which was the largest percentage increase in 50 years and though full data isn't in for 2016 the trend is expected to continue. Drivers aren't getting less distracted.

02/14/2017 - 2:43pm Eligibility rules say you

Eligibility rules say you have five years to play four seasons. I'm sure there are other stipulations but on the face there is no consideration for age one way or the other.

I find it interesting who is and isn't protected in this country so I've read a little about it but I'm no lawyer. I'll leave it at that since it's way off topic and that's a rabbit hole that we don't need to go down.

My overall point is that while there are certainly issues with negotiating with talent that don't presently exist none outweigh the player's right to negotiate for what they can get. It's pretty clear at this point that there are a class of collegiate athletes who aren't "amateur", I say drop the pretense and work on a system that is fair.

I went to school in Kalamazoo and Bell's Oberon was my introduction to craft beer. I rarely drink the same beer twice in a row nowadays so I don't drink it often but my stuck on a desert island beer is still Two Hearted Ale. It still holds up to the best IPAs anywhere in the world.

02/14/2017 - 2:22pm Fully autonomous is the moral and efficient way to go

Right now there are 30,000+ traffic deaths in the United States every year. It is estimated that autonomous vehicles could prevent 90%+ of those deaths. That alone is reason enough to justify a fully autonomous future but the benefits are far greater than that.

Injuries and property damage would be massively reduced to a point that car insurance would only be necessary for acts of God like when a branch falls in a wind storm. Auto manufactures/transportation companies could self insure, the cost would be baked into the price.

Right now cars sit for something like 95% of their lives. In an autonomous car world the justification for owning a car becomes purely emotional for all but the most rural people. Why have a car wasting space in your garage/driveway/street when you can dial up Uber on demand. Autonomous Uber becomes much more desirable when the cost of drivers and insurance is practically eliminated. As a bonus, autonomous cars never get tired or burned out so they'd be available any time day or night. I'd love to take a car service to work and not have to worry about parking. Imagine how easy it would be to get around a big city if there weren't cars parked on every street. That space could be used for more auto/cycle/pedestrian traffic.

The case for autonomous cars is too good to be slowed down by fear of robots or the belief that humans should drive. Humans have only been driving for about 120 years and we've never really gotten very good at it. Cars were a placeholder between horses and computers. For those who still want to drive tracks will be available as long as there is a market for them.

02/14/2017 - 9:36am Federal age discrimination

Federal age discrimination law only applies to employees over the age of 40.

In my opinion, discussing the unintended consequences of paying players is missing the point. NCAA athletics is the only venture in this country that gets away without negotiating with it's talent. If every other industry can figure it out I think NCAA schools will manage as well.

02/14/2017 - 9:25am Kale should be outlawed.

Kale should be outlawed.

01/10/2017 - 9:01pm Napa is a great but expensive

Napa is a great but expensive way to learn about wine. Local tastings are the best way to go if you can find them.

Before my wife and I were married there was a wine shop near here apartment in Columbus which had tastings every Friday and Saturday nights. For $7-$9 you could taste five or six wines and often people would buy something and share it with whomever was there. We learned far more about what we liked from those sessions than we ever would have had we bought a bottle and drank it at home.

Another option is to host a wine tasting group weekly or monthly. If you can put together a fun group of people who want to learn about wine and have everyone bring a different bottle each meeting you will learn what you like quickly. The key is tasting different wines next to each other.

I'm partial to big, earthy, dry wines from Mendecino, Sonoma, and Napa. My wife has been pregnant or breast feeding for the past three years so I've been primarily on beer. I've lost most of the knowledge I had but that's a good excuse to go back to Napa.

01/05/2017 - 11:49pm I believe that to be true.

I believe that to be true.

According to the hyperlink in the first sentence the WMU Board of Trustees owns the "Row the Boat" trademark. I doubt it's for sale.

12/24/2016 - 10:12am If MSU wins three games next

If MSU wins three games next year their coach will be saying "Row the Boat" but it won't be Dantonio.

12/16/2016 - 11:49pm The problem is Moe's, a

The problem is Moe's, a Michigan apparel company, is the top center advertiser for mgoblog. To be more clear, they pay for advertising while fanatics and, presumably Dick's doesn't.

12/14/2016 - 11:19am I clipped the quote by

I clipped the quote by mistake.

12/05/2016 - 1:35pm They may have an agenda but

They may have an agenda but it's not to make the crew look good. They also have no incentive to tell the fans what they want to hear.

You hit on another point though. The fact that individual conferences select and assign officials isn't a good look. At minimum the process should be more transparent (release official grades, place higher scoring refs in high profile games, etc.), better yet officials should be managed by a third party.

12/05/2016 - 7:35am Centralized replay

Centralized replay by officials who specialize in it makes sense for a lot of reasons. The screens could be much bigger, the environment would be a quiet room instead of a loud stadium, the officials making the replay call have no interest other than getting the call right.

The last reason annoys me the most about the current system. We are asking referees to overturn calls guys on their crew or even they make. I have no doubt they want to get it right but the inherent conflict of interest looks bad. These guys share a dressing room o there is at least a little social pressure not to show up a fellow official.

12/02/2016 - 1:54pm Ball tracking is pretty

Ball tracking is pretty simple. You need three cameras with a known precise location with a view of the ball. It makes sense in tennis because the ball is always visible. The problem with using the technology in football is situations where it is needed rarely have good views of the ball.

An alternate tracking method is transponders embedded in the ball NASCAR style. I don't know what transponder locating technology looks like so can't comment on it's feasibility.

11/21/2016 - 12:22pm Hey, no politics.

Hey, no politics.

10/21/2016 - 9:28am The university sends out

The university sends out parking updates when it is necessary. If you've ever purchased tickets you are on the email list. I'm guessing you can just sign up to receive emails.

10/20/2016 - 7:18am Stop drinking and go to bed.

Stop drinking and go to bed.

10/10/2016 - 10:26am I too am interested in the

I too am interested in the answer to this. There must be a carve out that says someone who is in position to hold a supposed kick is allowed to just stand up and run around. That seems silly if true.

09/25/2016 - 1:50pm Why is it that the Lions

Why is it that the Lions always seem to find the part of the rule book that nobody knows? Calvin's TD catch that wasn't a catch and Jim Schwartz challenging a "scoring play" where the runner was obviously down 40 yards from the end zone are two example off the top of my head.

09/09/2016 - 9:52pm Prairie View A&M is an NPR

Prairie View A&M is an NPR variety show hosted by Garrison Keilor. 

09/03/2016 - 3:35pm Row the boat!

Row the boat!

08/17/2016 - 6:24pm I read the article and I

I read the article and I still don't understand the purpose of a $2 million premium for a life insurance policy. Is insurance taxed at a lower rate than inheritance?

08/09/2016 - 10:21pm Or just rotate the games

Or just rotate the games between places that have the infrastructure and allow regions to host. For instance, Detroit couldn't host alone but between Detroit,Cleveland, Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and a few college towns they could get it done with minimal capital investment. The biggest issue would be a track and field facility.

08/04/2016 - 5:34am Beware

If your experience is like mine you just signed up for an automatically updating subscription which means MLB.TV will be taking full price from your credit card next spring. If memory serves, you have to call to cancel your subscription. I paid for all of 2015 unintentionally after signing up for a late season deal in 2014.

07/27/2016 - 12:40pm While cynical, this is good

While cynical, this is good advice. You will not save money brewing your own beer and it takes a lot of time. That said, I'm not good enough at golf to play on a tour but I still get enjoyment from the game. Brewing is a hobby for people who like making things.

07/27/2016 - 12:34pm Brewer? Yes
# of batches?

Brewer? Yes
# of batches? 25-30ish
Batch size? 5.5 (enough to fill a corny keg)
Method? All grain brew in a bag, except my "bag" is a stainless screen basket.
Recipe Software? BeerSmith
Future topic ideas? Brew systems, keezer projects
Other? If you are in the Ann Arbor area look up the Ann Arbor Brewer's Guild. We hold meetings every second Friday of the month at different locations.


07/09/2016 - 7:34am eBay and Craigslist have

eBay and Craigslist have eliminated the need for garage sales.

06/15/2016 - 7:40am To clarify, I think referees

To clarify, I think referees on the field should make unsportsmanlike conduct calls just as they do now but "targeting" can be left to replay officials. In other words, the determination of kicking someone out of the game can be made by an impartial official without coaches, fans, and players influencing the decision. There is no time constraint either.

06/14/2016 - 7:00pm I'd go a step further and

I'd go a step further and give the replay official total autonomy on targeting calls. They wouldn't even have to stop the game, just buzz down once they've made a determination.