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06/19/2018 - 11:23pm So you're saying something…

So you're saying something good came from the Rich Rod years? 

06/19/2018 - 8:33am Wisconsin will probably win…

Wisconsin will probably win the Big Ten West again, then get beat by Michigan or Ohio State in Indianapolis, but it is easier to pick the Big Ten West victor.  In the East, Michigan, Ohio State, and Michigan State all have a possiblity to win.

06/15/2018 - 4:30am I had to go through Brian's…

I had to go through Brian's post again, because I completely missed the mention and link to a story about MSU (at the very end of the post) https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2018/06/11/essay-emerging-culture-patronage-michigan-state#.Wx6NVPl9Xw0.twitter

The sad thing is that there are so many things wrong with leadership at MSU that most people are in the "not this shit again" mode and move on.  For the taxpayers in Michigan, the students, faculty, and staff at MSU, though, they are potentially saddled with these crony appointments, high salaries and benefits for years to come. 

06/15/2018 - 4:05am Yes, and Belein's family…

Yes, and Belein's family connection to WWII and the movie Saving Private Ryan was discussed at that time.

06/14/2018 - 6:10am I remember that 2013 haul of…

I remember that 2013 haul of Olinemen. It was heralded as one of the top or if not the top in the nation, and on paper, it was. Six highly ranked recruits.  The only one to still be around for a full career was Kugler, and he never came close to playing at the level most expected of him. Many thought he would be a 2-3 year starter and likely all Big Ten candidate by the end of his Michigan career.

06/14/2018 - 12:12am Best wishes for a full…

Best wishes for a full recovery and opportunity for him to continue to impress both on and off the basketball court.

06/12/2018 - 10:04am I'm guessing you meant to…

I'm guessing you meant to say "overrated."  

06/11/2018 - 6:40am Out hit a Scott Frost…

Out hit a Scott Frost coached team.

06/09/2018 - 10:57pm From the article: "Harbaugh…

From the article: "Harbaugh hasn't had anyone who is close to the level Patterson over the last three years."

I beg to differ.  Jake Rudock was performing at a very high level in 2015, especially at the end of the season.  

06/08/2018 - 3:25am Windows sucks.

Windows sucks.

06/08/2018 - 3:23am Use that Michigan degree to…

Use that Michigan degree to make enough money to hire yourself a chauffeur: problem solved.

Or, buy yourself a house with a garage, or a remote start for your car.

06/08/2018 - 3:05am Gray sounds like an…

Gray sounds like an excellent addition to the class! I can't wait to see him in the Maize and Blue.

06/07/2018 - 11:11pm Hey, Nebraska is probably…

Hey, Nebraska is probably one of the better academic schools in the US east of the Rockies, west of the Mississippi, and north of Kansas.

06/06/2018 - 11:53pm Here's a video of the last…

Here's a video of the last 20 seconds of the race.  

https://twitter.com/NCAATrackField/status/1004556546515169281

06/06/2018 - 11:38pm Congratulations to Mr…

Congratulations to Mr. Flanagan!!!  Way to represent the Maize and Blue!

06/06/2018 - 11:38pm Congratulations to Mr…

Congratulations to Mr. Flanagan!!!  Way to represent the Maize and Blue!

06/06/2018 - 11:38pm Congratulations to Mr…

Congratulations to Mr. Flanagan!!!  Way to represent the Maize and Blue!

06/06/2018 - 11:31pm Made the mistake of seeing…

Made the mistake of seeing what Sparties had to say over at RCMB (before the news than Beilein was staying).  The consensus seemed to be

1) they hoped Beilein would take the Pistons job--not that Beilein is very good (he's just lucky) and that it would make Izzo's job a lot easier--no--it's not that at all;

2) Beilein wants the Pistons job because he's jealous of all the publicity Harbaugh gets;

3) his agent is behind this to get more money out of Michigan (which could be partially true, except Beilein doesn't have an agent).

So, Beilein's a no-good, jealous money grubber (oh and he changes jobs all the time as well).

 

06/06/2018 - 3:30pm Not that I ever thought he…

Not that I ever thought he wouldn't be back, but whoo hoo!!!

06/04/2018 - 7:02am It saddens me to see how many

It saddens me to see how many Michigan fans don't understand the way the Harbaughs use the phrase "Who's got it better than us? Nobody!"

Jack used this phrase when his boys were growing up as a way to encourage them and find a positive way to view the situation, like when their mother needed to use the car and Jim and John got to (not had to) walk to school.  Obviously a lot of people had it better than them in a literal sense, owning more than one car, but that's not what the phrase means when used by the Harbaughs.

 

06/01/2018 - 11:13pm Yes, I'm old.

Jim Smith

Dennis Franklin

Mike Lantry

Gordon Bell

06/01/2018 - 7:39am If you're old enough, you

If you're old enough, you might remember brands like Willys, Nash, Packard, DeSoto, Checker, REO, and AMC still on the road.

06/01/2018 - 7:39am If you're old enough, you

If you're old enough, you might remember brands like Willys, Nash, Packard, DeSoto, Checker, REO, and AMC still on the road.

05/26/2018 - 7:59pm Though set during WW I,

Though set during WW I, another Bogart film worth watching is The African Queen.  Of course it's less about war and more about the relationship between the Bogart and Hepburn characters.

05/26/2018 - 8:19am I think I read that same

I think I read that same source, but it seemed to be a writer just going by class and star rating from high school, IOW, not really solid information.  The only source I saw that seemed based on real information had Swenson as a possible second string RT behind a player the class behind him, so passed up by a younger player.  There is also a new JC transfer to throw into the mix, 6'9" 315  David Swaby.

Obviously it's too soon to say, but so far there's no indication that Swenson is likely to start any time soon.

05/24/2018 - 8:44pm Painting.  A broken pipe

Painting.  A broken pipe flooded the family room.  Tore out and threw away thewet carpet and pad and figured I might as well paint before I install the new flooring. Trying to decide between vinyl and carpeting.

05/21/2018 - 10:12pm Queen put on one hell of a

Queen put on one hell of a show.  I remember their concert at the Saginaw Civic Center in 1977.  Thin Lizzy was the warm up band, and I had seats on the ice (covered with boards), as it was hockey season and in the Saginaw Gears home arena. 

05/21/2018 - 9:09am Hang in there Ace.  I have an

Hang in there Ace.  I have an autoimmune disease as well, though it has been mostly in control until the last few years. I tend towards overweight instead of under, but when I get really sick I lose weight.  Several years ago I was in really bad shape and was getting quite thin.  Everyone kept complimenting me on how good I looked.

Know that we are all pulling for you and hope that the surgery and new medications do the trick!  

05/20/2018 - 10:27pm Casablanca
Lord of the Rings

Casablanca

Lord of the Rings trilogy

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

I had forgotten about Princess Bride until it was mentioned, but that is one of my all time favs as well.

 

05/17/2018 - 9:52pm Also, in that Utah game, two

Also, in that Utah game, two of the three interceptions (including the pick six) were because of wrong or poorly run routes by the receivers.  The ball was where it was supposed to be, but the receiver was not.

http://www.mlive.com/wolverines/index.ssf/2015/09/jim_harbaugh_blaming_…

 

05/17/2018 - 4:32pm "It shows you can't trust

"It shows you can't trust anyone." As does your user name.

05/17/2018 - 6:55am When I first saw the title, I

When I first saw the title, I thought you were talking about JV or Freshman football teams, like Michigan used to have back in the 60s and 70s.

05/15/2018 - 9:06am I'm not sure if it'll make

I'm not sure if it'll make you feel any better, but it happened in the pm, not the am.

05/14/2018 - 10:55pm Chopin.  The wife had oral

Chopin.  The wife had oral surgery today, and she's enjoying relaxing music in the background.

05/14/2018 - 7:52am Since most students apply to

Since most students apply to and get accepted at more than one university, schools like MSU accept a lot more students than actually enroll.  The schools develop statistics to make a calculation of what percentage of acceptance letters they send out will enroll.  Throw a scandal into the mix, and that calculus has to be adjusted, and nobody really knows to what extent the scandal will limit enrollees.

Long story short, almost certainly MSU sent out a lot more acceptance letters (lowered their standards slightly) than in the past with expectation that a higher percentage of accepted students will decline to come to MSU. 

05/10/2018 - 9:02pm This is the best advice. An

This is the best advice. An advisor in the program your wife wants to transfer into will be able to answer.  The liklihood is that if any credits are transferrable they would be electives, limited to a course or two, and even then would most likely be dependent on someone at Michigan going over the syllabus and course description to make sure they are comparable to something Michigan offers. 

05/09/2018 - 12:21pm While you're in NYC, be sure

While you're in NYC, be sure to check out Niagra Falls!

05/09/2018 - 11:57am Warning: Old man rant to

Warning: Old man rant to follow.

I miss the pre smart phone and wi-fi days. Social interaction with those in physical proximity, in say an airport, seemed to be more common then.  Even if someone were reading a book or working a crossword puzzle, everybody around could see what the person was engaged in.  For example, I've been involved in conversations when I was reading a book (or someone else was) about the book, author, or genre.  It made for a convenient conversation starter.

05/09/2018 - 9:30am I'm not a coffee drinker, so

I'm not a coffee drinker, so #1 doesn't apply to me, but I was about to post something similar to your points 2 & 3.  Use the opportunity to get an experience you wouldn't otherwise have, plus it's a least a small attempt at fighting the "McDonaldization of society."

http://sociology.morrisville.edu/readings/SOCI101/Mcdonaldization-excerpt.pdf

05/07/2018 - 11:57am Just dpn't ref any games that

Just dpn't ref any games that MSU Trustee Mitch Lyons is attending.  He's on trial for assauling a ref at a middle school girl's basketball game.

http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2018/05/msu_trustee_assaulted_referee.html

05/05/2018 - 8:39pm There was a hazing incident

There was a hazing incident in Oklahoma involving football players at the school district superintendent's house.  The superindentent's son is one of the four players charged with rape by instrumentation.  Oh, and school officials waited over a month and a half to report the incident to police.

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/bixbyinvestigation/charges-filed-in-bixby-sex-assault-investigation-related-to-football/article_87cf73ee-b66a-55ef-b3a9-65a82d65f22f.html

It's horrible what these four young men did, but it certainly seems like there should be jail time for some of the adults involved in the cover up.

05/04/2018 - 8:31pm My oldest daughter started

My oldest daughter started kindergarten early then skipped third grade. She never went to pre-school--I worked nights and weekends and took care of the children at home until they started school. She now has a PhD.  I've talked to her recently about any regrets she had about being moved up two grades, and the only thing she said was a problem is that when she started grad school, she was the only one under 21 so couldn't hang out with everyone else.

As far as skipping ahead a grade for your son, I would say just make sure he is able to handle the social aspects.  Our next child skipped kindergarten (different school system and they didn't allow early entry to kindergarten) and went right into first grade.  The baby of the family (wife says she's the smartest of the three) was tested and not allowed to start kindergarten early--I'm sure it had more to do with her social skills than intellectual. She will have her Master's degree in EE/Computer Science next week and will probably make more money than the rest of us put together (she already makes more money than I do).

04/27/2018 - 7:30pm At my local Sam's I can get a

At my local Sam's I can get a 1/4 Nathan's hotdog and 32 oz drink for $1.60 + tax, and most of the Sam's brand stuff is the same as a national brand (sounds like Kirkland is as well).  Just as an example, I know a few years ago whatever the Sam's brand laundry detergent was, it was Tide. I don't really have a point of comparison between Costco and Sam's though because we don't yet have a Costco in my area.

04/24/2018 - 2:34pm I was a student at UM-Flint

I was a student at UM-Flint when the station started and had a professor who didn't comment on WUMF as an option, but he did say they were sure to use different colors for the WF than the UM to avoid it being referred to as W-FUM (as he said, "fee fi fo fum").  I also recall that he spent a summer in England looking at how they did their Open University using television.  I don't know if any of that ever translated to what they did at the station or not.

04/21/2018 - 4:12pm Just be aware, though, that

Just be aware, though, that some of the measurables at individual college pro days, especially the 40 times, are notoriously unreliable: hand timed by a coach who has a stake in creating buzz for his players. 

04/20/2018 - 6:34pm I have to believe the

I have to believe the availability of on-line classes also makes it easier to schedule around practices and games.

04/19/2018 - 12:21pm It has big shoulders.

It has big shoulders.

04/18/2018 - 3:44am Don't ignore smaller

Don't ignore smaller airports.  Occasionally there are great deals in or out of them.  I've also seen people claim they were able to get better deals flying internationally flying out of Canada than the US.  Also, as at least one other poster suggested, use whatever search site, Kayak, Google, to find the best deal but purchase through the airline itself (and realize that Soutwest flights are not included in those sites) to avoid possible headaches later.

Southwest does not charge to check bags but most of the other airlines do. I genrally do not check a bag and have found often the airlines that do charge will offer to check a bag for free at the gate.  The only catch is it has to be a carry-on size to begin with, but it can still make travelling easier not having to hassle with an extra bag for connecting flights.  I always make sure my chargers, prescriptions, other essentials are in my small shoulder bag.

04/15/2018 - 12:05am Just curious, what two

Just curious, what two decades worth of headlines are you talking about?  Yes, a lot has come out in the past year or so, but just as an example, there was far more publicity and headlines about Payne and Appling befriending a little girl with cancer and what pillars of the community they were than anything negative about them or any other basketball players. Yes, there were people who did know (or at least should have known) some of what was going on, but they covered it up.  Almost none of the sexual assaults and abuses that are leading to all this current public outcry were making headlines until recently.

 

 

04/14/2018 - 11:38pm The defense will be fine. The

The defense will be fine. The offense will mostly be a year older with new ideas / new coaches who spent the off season examining what went wrong last year. I have have much greater confidence in new eyes being able to analyze what went wrong in a way that would have been difficult to do if all the same coaches were involved.

The receiving staff will be another year older and experienced as will the returning Olinemen and QBs. Last year was a weird anomaly of inexperienced players and coaching missteps on the offensive side of the ball. There's every reason to believe things will be different this year.