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07/21/2018 - 7:09am For anybody that thought…

For anybody that thought Harbaugh didn’t have the same passion towards the game last year, because of his changed demeanor on the sideline- just listen to that podcast.  Guy is wired to try to win at everything that can be won in life.

07/20/2018 - 3:29pm Here's a vote for dining…

Here's a vote for dining wherever you first dined with her.  Awwwww how sentimental.  Brownie Points: earned.

07/20/2018 - 3:27pm Only if Chicken Broccoli…

Only if Chicken Broccoli Bake is on the menu!

07/16/2018 - 7:15pm Probably one of Mark…

Probably one of Mark Dantonio’s assistant coaches.  He will probably need a fall guy as the investigations continue.

07/16/2018 - 3:04pm And there were two…

And there were two preparations of the world famous CBB:

1.  Rice cooked separately.  The CBB is then served over rice.

2. The rice is cooked inside the CBB.

Option #2 was the hands down winner.  

07/15/2018 - 6:23am Every girl and every…

Every girl and every relationship is different. Take the advice that you see hear that fits with what you know about her.

Personally, I think straight up asking her what she wants can be a bit lazy. Chances are, she is/was ready for engagement before you were, and accordingly, if she wanted to provide direct input on the ring, she would have on her own! I agree with the other poster; leverage one of her close friends or family members that can also keep their trap shut. In my case, I felt like I knew her well enough to pick it out in my own.

I worry about online retailers.  I’m sure their pricing is better, but the reality is there can be a lot of variability in the diamond for a given certification level. Being the analytical nut job that I am, I worked with the jeweler and a microscope to learn how to grade the diamonds myself.  I got pretty good at it.  In that way, I could try to make sure I was getting a stone that was very close to the next grade up.

One of my favorite things I did early on was I asked the jewelry to bring our the worst and best diamonds they had of the same carat size.  It really put into perspective how much the quality of the diamonds can range.  

On price; I paid cash and agree with others to be careful in incurring debt for this purchase.  That said; I probably took a larger chunk out of my savings then I initially planned. I haven’t regretted it.  The only piece of advice I’d give is keep in mind the more expensive the rock, the more expensive the insurance policy.

I think the general attitude today is to weigh carat size more heavily than the other C’s.  I disagreed.  I like knowing my wife has a quality piece of jewelry on her hand that her and I know wasn’t cheap, but isn’t some 3 carat monstrosity that feels like an unnecessary statement of wealth towards others.

I went with platinum.  Frankly the upcharge wasn’t much because my wife has such a tiny finger.  Haven’t regretted it- white gold needs to get dipped (perhaps once a year) and is a combination of a bunch of metals.  Platinum or yellow gold are much more pure.

Oh; lastly, I designed the setting myself.  It is relatively simple but I can say she is the only girl in the world who has this setting; which got me plenty of brownie points.

Congratulations on your upcoming engagement!



07/13/2018 - 8:35pm Kraftmaid*

waiting on that…


waiting on that edit button...

07/13/2018 - 8:34pm Ask your Kitchen rep at Lowe…

Ask your Kitchen rep at Lowe’s for the contact info for the rep from KitchenAid/Masco.

I wasn’t impressed with their quality either... but the squeaky wheel got the grease in this case.  I was the squeaky wheel until they caved in.

07/13/2018 - 1:13pm Victory!!!


07/12/2018 - 9:46am Alright, got it, we are…

Alright, got it, we are always going to have a 2 party system.  If that is the case, can we have one party that completely aligns with my beliefs, and another party that doesn't (call that party the bad party).  

Then I would feel better.

In the meantime these known sacrifices while voting suck.

07/03/2018 - 2:35pm No participation trophy, but…

No participation trophy, but I did hear all the participants will get championship rings which say day #2 (the day Sparty got booted from this thing)

06/28/2018 - 1:44pm The conversation on their…

The conversation on their discord channel around game strategy and general football talk has been a good distraction in the doldrums of the summer off (no?) topic season.

06/27/2018 - 2:40pm But here is to hoping that…

But here is to hoping that 7th day is a glorious post.

06/27/2018 - 12:48pm Shake and Bake!  Lets do…

Shake and Bake!  Lets do this!

06/26/2018 - 10:21pm I thought he also said a…

I thought he also said a year at best.

06/23/2018 - 3:55pm I was skeptical at first,…

I was skeptical at first, but this game has been very thought provoking and fun since I joined it about 11 days ago.  The team that has led/coordinated our attack is very impressive: they’ve built quite the infrastructure!  If we win, it will because we were more coordinated and better organized than the rest.

There is extra weight on players who’ve commented on the CFB subreddit page for an extended period of time.  Since we have an awesome MGoBlog, this disadvantages us. As a result, the more that participate, the better.

06/18/2018 - 6:27am I’m in one star purgatory…

I’m in one star purgatory but oh well, all the more reason to beat these bastards who changed the rules mid-way to favor the other times.

Michigan against the world.

06/15/2018 - 3:00pm I gotta have it.  Wait, we…

I gotta have it.  Wait, we are talking about ice cream, right?

06/12/2018 - 4:20pm When that happened to me,…

When that happened to me, somehow I was still set as team chaos.  Try selecting Michigan as your flair again.

06/12/2018 - 4:04pm Umich1 = umich1997



Umich1 = umich1997


for extremely large values of 1.

06/09/2018 - 4:15pm First, congratulations to…

First, congratulations to the team on getting 3.0 launched! A lot of work, I’m sure.

The only thing I have to say is that I used to visit the site/app 15 times a day. It might be a quick check for new posts and message board topics, and done in 30 seconds - but because I could efficiently check in an elevator or when I had a short window, I would.

Now it feels like I need to allocate at least 5 minutes to check the site for new blog posts, diaries, or key message board movement.  As a result, I’m only checking it 3 times a day; when I feel like I have 5+ minutes to give.

The good news is that it is probably much healthier for me personally.  The bad need is, I’m sure Brian would like to maintain that traffic. 

05/31/2018 - 7:07pm 42-13

How could a 42–13 loss to Ohio State and third place in the division ever be referred to as smashing expectations? I’m dumbfounded.

The last time Michigan smashed expectations was 2006, but that still resulted in a loss to OSU.

The last time Michigan smashed expectations and beat OSU was 1997. 20+ years ago.

2011 was a season of fortuitous bounces. We almost botched beating MSU despite their horrific team that year. Notre Dame was a gift from the football Gods.

With this schedule, predicting 10-2 is essentially predicting that this Michigan team is the best one in 20 years. It could happen- the coaching and talent is there- but a season like that is only lost in the month of May, not won. A long road ahead to achieve that kind of success.

05/31/2018 - 6:12am 6-6

I’m not drinking the Kool-ade anymore until I see results on the field. The schedule is brutal.

This team has potential but it’s going to take an incredible level of dedication, preparation, and luck from now until the end of November to have a strong season.

05/26/2018 - 3:01pm Errr...

Master Beta-ers?

05/23/2018 - 9:04pm Kia Soul Hamsters

I wouldn't get caught dead in one, but loved the commercials.

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05/23/2018 - 2:46pm Contradicts itself

Lewerke isn’t any good, but without him, MSU only wins 6 games?

Which one is it?

05/22/2018 - 4:26pm The victors waltz

Because it’s a great tune and it meant we won.

Bring it back!

05/09/2018 - 11:44am Cool story, Bro

This morning on my business flight, I sat next to a former Tigers starter that is currently with Toledo.

Generally, I’m boring. I don’t like staying out all night with a group. Solo or with colleagues, I’ll go to a nice restaurant and get a good meal. If I’m solo, I still sit at a table vs. the bar. After dinner, back to the hotel room to work work work.

Last year, I told my colleagues my desire to go visit all B1G campuses when Michigan is NOT playing them. We were in DC, so we walked around Maryland’s campus and saw a basketball game. The gates to their football field were open, so we walked around the end zones as well. Cool experience.

05/04/2018 - 11:05am Taking it too far

MSU is a community of 55,000+ people and at most, probably 100 people enabled this to happen. To have shame and judge the vast majority of the community is unfortunate and unnecessary.

That said, MSU leadership’s actions have not indicated that they are going to enact structural change to make sure nothing happens again. They need some oversight from somebody (Feds, State, NCAA, I don’t care) to help institute change. In my observation, the students and faculty recognize the need for change and want it.

04/18/2018 - 1:26pm Strictly speaking public relations

I can’t fathom how much MSU has totally shit the bed in responding to this tragedy. They’ve been completely inept.

And then I remind myself of the Shane Morris issue. Very different in terms of magnitude and how systemic of a problem MSU seems to have, but the Michigan PR folks totally botched that one too.

I guess in conclusion I’m shocked at how easy it is for people in the profession to do the wrong thing when the right things seem so damn obvious.

04/11/2018 - 8:06pm Me too!

One of my earliest childhood memories, and not in a good way.

04/11/2018 - 12:09pm Two thoughts

1) I'd LOVE to see this happen

2) I want whatever you are having.  Full of optimism!

04/10/2018 - 8:50pm Except Nassar was involved with the athletic program

They construct logical arguments to the extent you’d think a Spartan would!

04/09/2018 - 7:52pm Do you ever wish

After a bad referring call, that the team runs a couple crossing routes and "meet at the umpire?"

I don't know what the equivalent would be for the NCAA, but lets do that.

04/09/2018 - 7:10pm This...100% This.

I try to not judge the victims in any of this, because as a male, and somebody who hasn't ever been a victim of sexual assault, I really can't relate to their state of the emotions at the time. But going forward, you can only hope all of these cases at MSU, in Hollywood, etc. will motivate victims to go to the police and let this get settled in the court of law in a fair and just way.

Part of that, as a society, is to let the legal system do its job, and not crucify either party until a judgement is reached. As a people, we are not very good at doing that. But these issues should be dealt with promptly, by the right people, with both sides having their day in court.  

04/09/2018 - 7:07pm Assuming the <what seems like endless> allegations are true...

They both receive 100% of the blame. This is amounting to a cultural catastrophe.  Izzo and Dantonio are responsible for the players they recruit and mentor once they reach campus.  The MSU administration is responsible for the health and safety of all members of the community. Failure all around.

04/07/2018 - 7:42pm One more thing

Sarah Harbaugh is a saint!

04/07/2018 - 7:34pm Agreed

Entire team gave their best against Ohio State. The entire locker room after that loss was crushed.

Perhaps it was creative editing, but only Gary appeared to have the same reaction to the loss to MSU.

04/07/2018 - 7:31pm One thought not yet mentioned

This team really was young. That isn’t bullshit. I would have never thought before the opener and the first HOME game that the coaching staff would have to ask the team if they were scared or intimated. I doubt Harbaugh would ever say something like that to a senior-led team. This offseason will play a big role in their growth.

Also, I can’t believe how much the team is reading the press and listening to the outside. I cringed every time Harbaugh said “you play for the #7 team in the country.” Alas, they didn’t for long.

I’m not naive, if I were on the team, I’d probably listen to talk radio and read about myself too. But I guess I’d be arrogant enough to not give a fuck what people thought, unless it was my team, my family, or my coach. As much as things seem obvious to the keyboard warriors, the reality is we don’t know shit without being at practice or on the sideline.

04/07/2018 - 7:21pm This sums it up for me

Pep knows his shit.

04/02/2018 - 11:32pm I don’t know about all the others

But definitely a missed travel call in those final 2 seconds. I counted 6 steps! /s

04/02/2018 - 11:08pm Look at Kenpom

Nobody is close to this Villanova team.

04/02/2018 - 10:58pm Every thing you said is valid

Except our D doesn’t suck.

04/02/2018 - 10:30pm They didn’t last game

Take it in and Go Blue!

04/02/2018 - 10:29pm More of this please

04/02/2018 - 10:22pm Go Blue!

Win the Game! No place I’d rather be than the second half of the national championship game! Win the next 20 minutes!

03/31/2018 - 7:51pm Surface

At the rim. Not at half court.

03/31/2018 - 7:43pm Best part

Was watching the students go “no Duncan don’t shoot that.....YES!”

03/31/2018 - 7:39pm I don’t care how bad the refs are.

We are Michigan. They are fucking Loyola Chicago. Get. It. Done.

03/31/2018 - 7:19pm Fix one of these 3

Turnovers, free throw discrepancy, shooting.