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03/08/2018 - 11:32am Mmm... coffee

Ace, thanks for the Beilein coffee.gif! 

04/18/2017 - 8:37am Thank you, everyone!

I appreciate everyone's thoughtful responses -- far more, and more informative, than I had hoped for, in under 24 hours!

We're going to pursue a non-profit G-Suite (Google) setup first. Mainly because at least some people have familiar with Google docs/sheets and have Gmail, and because if we went with Slack we likely would be integrating with G-Suite anyway. So we may go Slack at some point, or at least when the board members consist of people who grew up with What's App and Slack, not Compuserve and AOL. :)

04/17/2017 - 3:01pm Thanks -- do you use team drives

Like @mgowake above mentions? Appreciate the wisdom! :)

04/17/2017 - 2:49pm People using mainly personal email, some using work

I'd say 40% Yahoo mail, 20% Gmail, 20% work, 20% other (, etc.)

04/17/2017 - 2:48pm With Google, how do you transfer ownership?

May be a dumb question -- can the group "own" the docs? So when one president rolls off and the next one rolls on, you can just transfer that way?

One challenge is that most people do NOT have gmail addresses or are gmail users. Some people are using their work (!) email for it as well.

01/23/2017 - 5:16pm Erstwhile bean burritos

My first year in grad school I would grab two bean burritos and a Mountain Dew from the East U. Taco Bell and sneak it back to my study carrel as I questioned my own existence.

A couple years later, Bandito's hit the scene and had a huge bean burrito you could get for takeout for $1.95. 

And never forget Jerusalem Garden's $2 falafel. Am I dating myself?

Seoul Garden's bibimbap in hot stone bowl is the best I've had anywhere.

10/31/2016 - 1:39pm Hey, we won!

Which is cool. After last year, I'm indifferent on style points. And I'm always amused by Brian's seething hatred for MSU, cloaked in rational discourse.

10/29/2016 - 8:51pm Yes

I'll take ironic thread titles for $2000, Alex

07/25/2016 - 3:56pm I really thought that this article

Was going to be about Earl:

05/17/2016 - 9:59pm Getting NFL exposure on Fox

Which he couldn't do with ESPN. Love Spielman as an analyst, and love nothing more than his audible distress when he watches poor linebacker play.

09/07/2015 - 10:53pm Questions

The night Brandon resigned, did anything happen between his last meeting and resignation?

In Bacon's opinion, if Brian hadn't posted the email story, would Brandon have stayed as AD?

Dumb question: with the massive increase in AD staff, where did those people work?

Finally, was Rodriguez eating his Spaghettios right out of the can?

06/04/2015 - 9:08pm On softball...

Fun to watch, because of...

  • Shorter game
  • Vocal cheering from dugout
  • Underhand pitching

I don't love homerball (unless of course it's Michigan doing the dinging), and umpiring could be better (always), but dang it's fun to watch a women's softball game that matters.

02/13/2015 - 6:51pm Also, he loves the show "Hell on Wheels"

And, there is a Cracker Barrel in Yuma, AZ

01/02/2015 - 7:45pm Reminds me of the time

I heard JoePa tell a joke.

10/31/2014 - 10:15pm It's all about Brandon

It's all about Brandon putting himself, and the athletic department, above the rest of the university. He really did think he was the straw that stirred the drink.

"I’ll be looking for someone who appreciates the bond and the cultural aspects of this great athletic program and what it does for our community. I’ll be looking for somebody who wants to make the athletic program as tightly integrated a part of the overall university."

10/31/2014 - 7:23pm Ode to DAB

High end jock sniffer.

Elitist marketer who

scorned all but money.

10/31/2014 - 12:57pm DAB: An elitist who believed in elitism

He did everything he could to make Michigan elite, in his mind. Continuing to build athletic palaces, charging exorbitant fees to get the "Michigan experience", etc. I'm sure he saw himself, and his department, as above the people -- the hoi polloi are to be manipulated, not listened to. He fed the separation of athletic life from campus life. 

I'm not so naive to think that athletes aren't special and don't deserve special treatment. But Brandon basically divorced his department from the overall mission of the university. Athletics are PART of campus life; Brandon wanted athletics to be its own fiefdom where he was lord. Goodbye, DAB.

10/16/2014 - 9:36pm Strong, important message from DB

The release represents a strong forging of an important relationship with U-M students, who are an important strength of the University as it forges forward in its important mission of strong academics.

10/10/2014 - 11:43am Yes

Start with Snow Crash then this, then Cryptonomicon. If you have hours to spend, go after his latest stuff.

10/10/2014 - 11:05am I'm with the Vicky's

10/01/2014 - 9:17pm 3rd quarter offense

3rd quarter offense

generates zero net yards

At least the sun shines

09/28/2014 - 9:43pm Inexcusable

If Brandon forced the MMB to wear "I'm Thinking Arby's" hats and do a halftime tribute to Kraft, it would be 100 times more acceptable than this. This is insulting to everyone, and it was done with foresight and intention! I'm normally a fan of patience but this weekend is the final straw.

09/28/2014 - 9:10pm I never f-bomb on the board

But that's my reaction exactly. What a pile of horseshit. No mention at all of the head injury, and acts as if trainers are the ones responsible. Nussmeier for sure saw Morris woozy; not clear about Hoke. If anything I worry Nuss will be scapegoated and Fort BrandHoke refortified. F them all. Hoke is responsible and admits nothing. Not my idea of the 'Michigan Man'. Stephen Ross, are you still proud of this program?

09/28/2014 - 3:05pm Nussmeier waved for Morris to get down

From the view in section 41: After the hit and with Morris woozy, Nuss waved for Morris to go down and take an injury time out. That's when Morris waved off Nuss. Nuss clearly knew by apparently didn't have the authority or desire to pull him.

08/08/2014 - 8:59pm Pardon the heresy

But if they're doing that with the numbers, put the shadowed lines on the flying wing on the helmet as well. More consistent look.

04/18/2014 - 3:12pm $295 for crap?

Sweet Polly Purebred I had no idea student tickets were so much. Hmm, looking at the inflation adjusted price for my first ever student season ticket that included games against Notre Dame, Florida State, and tOSU, it's about $125. Student tickets should be $25 a game, max.

02/05/2014 - 6:39pm In effect, yes

Take chart with whatever players you have. Then stretch or shrink horizontally so the chart ends at 25.

02/05/2014 - 3:46pm He normalized all classes to a size of 25

That makes comparisons easier within and across years. It discounts the impact of serial SEC-style over signing but the advantages of interpretation are enormous.

02/05/2014 - 10:20am Fantastic work

The visuals really tell the story well. Just wish the story wasn't as good for tOSU!

Would be interesting to re-do past classes to account for attrition -- another version of "Never forget".

02/03/2014 - 8:18pm What's next, banning kittens?

Sad to see it go. Didn't their keg volume plummet after the new driver's license with deposit law/rule?

01/08/2014 - 11:34pm As always...

A couple Jack Daniels and all the truths come out

01/08/2014 - 8:35pm Fichtner

FWIW (not much!) his younger brother Rusty played at U-M from 88-92.

12/21/2013 - 8:38am Qualtrics is a self-serve platform

But the U may also be working with a research partner to conduct the research. On the email -- I mean embed it into the comment itself. Or your phone number. Ideally some human is going to go through and read every comment. If a customer specifically asks for a follow up in a comment, good protocol is to actually follow up. But there may be a resource issue. So if you leave your email/phone in the comment itself and you hear back then you know that a) a human read it and b) they care enough to follow up. If you don't hear back it doesn't necessarily mean that a) and b) don't apply, but it's a hint at least one of them don't.

12/21/2013 - 5:07am Who is hosting survey?

Just curious what service UM is using. Not SurveyMonkey, I hope?

Some people believe you should only survey on what you can change -- and since the marketing team isn't going to change, say, the quality of the team or the schedule, they don't ask about it on the survey. I think that's shortsighted; you have to know what's driving people's opinions even if you can't change those factors.

For those commenting in the survey, I encourage you to put your email address in one of the comments (if you don't mind not being anonymous) and ASK someone to contact you and let you know they read what you had to say. And see what happens...

12/08/2013 - 12:34am Welcome to the Board!

Now say something incendiary and selfish so you fit in.

12/08/2013 - 12:25am Yes, it is embarrassing

But not for the reasons you think.

12/08/2013 - 12:09am Great season for MSU

Well-earned trip to the Rose Bowl, and I'll be rooting for them. Glad to see the board overflowing with magnanimity!

11/25/2013 - 9:51pm 1996

3rd trip to the 'Shoe. Had seen a UM tie in '92 and loss in '94. OSU undefeated and #2. Seats down low right by the MMB. Buckeyes move the ball well in 1st half but settle for 3 FGs. Can feel tension in stands. Beginning of 3rd quarter, Griese to Streets, and a collective moan from the crowd. Michigan keeps pounding the ball, two more FGs, two girls teaching is a "Move the chains Move the chains MOVE-THE-CHAINS" chant, celebrating with band, looking up at a silent 'Shoe at the end of the game. Good times.

And of course '97, celebrating so much two bleachers broke.

11/18/2013 - 12:53pm Good work!

A few comments:

- don't sneeze at r-squareds; an r2 of 0.3 is pretty big in this limited data

- that said, outliers are driving a lot of the r2, especially Michigan :( in the guards/rushing relationship

- agree that would be fascinating to add in stars and look at all of FBS

11/09/2013 - 7:57pm Sorry, just saw this

Head down to your local spirits emporium. Buy what you can for $20. Go home, pour out half into a tall glass, consume quickly, and dump the other half on your naked eyeballs. Feel them burn for 3.5 hours before rinsing. More enjoyable than watching the game!

07/16/2013 - 8:04pm Penalties per play or PY / TY?

Seth, great stuff. Are you able to look at number of penalties per total plays (ideally broken down by offense, defense, special teams)? Would also be curious of penalty yardage per unit / yards allowed/gained per unit. May not impact the home/road splits but could lead to a re-rank of penalty proclivity within the B1G.

07/01/2013 - 2:53pm Also regarding Kenton

You just missed your opportunity to road trip there to celebrate Gene Autry Days 2013. Was Gene a native son? No, but he semi-adopted Kenton after helping to revitalize a struggling toy factory by licensing the Gene Autry cap gun. Red Rider eat your heart out!


05/17/2013 - 9:33pm First,

Good luck with the move. I'm sure things will improve.

Second, the days of TC / Emerson Fittipaldi used to make me laugh until I cried.

Third, I love reading News (never Freep) articles about the lineup change and the constant references to Chuck "The Freak". They can't call him Chuck; it's always Chuck "The Freak", with the latter part in quotes.

05/16/2013 - 1:54pm The above points

Reflect the rational side of my reaction to the schedule

05/03/2013 - 1:40pm Well here's hoping we're in the tail of the distribution

Though I did find OP's quote kind of funny:

I was pretty surprised by this as usually Football Outsiders models are some of the better ones in football.

Even on the most scientific blog in the Big 10 (TM?), the homerism such that the first reaction is to question the model, not figure out why it might be right. joeyb broke it down well -- 7 losses is basically us losing every game there's a decent chance for us to lose. But only a 1% chance of winning the Big 10? That's pessimistic, even for me.

EDIT add: Curious if they define Devin as a returning starter at QB or not. If not, that may explain some of the pessimism; these models usually give decent boosts for having a returning starter at QB.

04/23/2013 - 5:27pm Sections based on seniority, rows based on arrival time

Yes, I like this. Only downside is that it still doesn't allow groups of mixed points students to sit together ('legally').

Brian hit upon another potential solution. Nothing incentivizes like cash. So, at $300 a season ticket (4x what it cost me back in the day -- ouch). For each home game: Your ticket is scanned 30+ minutes before game time? $10 in a pot toward your next Michigan ticket purchase. 15 minutes before? $5. Less than 15 minutes? 0. $70 is a bit more than a t-shirt. Reverse-weave hoodie, at least!

04/17/2013 - 6:36pm Nerd question: software?

Mathlete, are you using Tableau, or something else? Cool stuff!

Be curious if you do a time-lapse viz that looks at only the 4* and above recruits and shows where they came from by year -- is 2002 far enough back to show the migration of where the top recruits hail from?

03/12/2013 - 10:10pm Allergies

Hard to believe I forgot something in that too-long post, but I did -- for whatever reason, the Columbus area is bad for allergies, according to a few doctors we talked to. The whole family is on Zyrtec; I only took it seasonally in Michigan.

03/12/2013 - 9:41pm Lots of good comments here

I moved to the Columbus area a few years ago after nearly 20 in Ann Arbor. We chose Dublin based on proximity to work and schools, but many of the other communities mentioned are great. I would say that Upper Arlington (and Bexley) are the "old money' parts of Columbus -- great schools, great houses, but the $ per sq ft is super-high. That's one reason we ended up in Dublin. Downside of Dublin is that it's basically a community of subdivisions; unlike Ann Arbor there's very little "there" there. If you're going to be about an hour north of Columbus, that seems about Marion-area. Delaware (the town) is a bit hipper than Marion, and further south is Lewis Center (growing suburb) or Powell, which is like Dublin but with a nicer mini-downtown.

OSU fans are everywhere. Thank goodness the principal at my kids' elementary is a U-M grad! She promised my kids wouldn't get harrassed for wearing maize and blue -- though my daughter was given a buckeye necklace her first week at school. Ouch. The thing to remember is that the Buckeyes ARE the only game in town. It's not like Michigan where fandom is split between U-M and MSU, but then most fans unite behind the Detroit sports teams. Professionally, Columbus is split between Tribe and Reds, between Browns, Bengals, and Steelers, the Blue Jackets stink, and the Crew, while great (and yellow!) are "just" MLS. So everyone rallies around the Buckeyes. Imagine the Wolverines, Spartans, Tigers, Lions, Red Wings and Pistons all rolled into one program. That's OSU. Red is everywhere. Everywhere! My recommendation would be to represent but just be prepared for some grief. 

Generally it's a great area, and it's the most active economic region in Ohio (helped by OSU and the capital, along with Nationwide, the Limited, Battelle, Ashland, Cardinal Health, and a huge Chase operation). Moneybags Les Wexner has also endowed a pretty thriving arts scene. A couple negatives -- as a semi-foodie, the restaurant scene, while flourishing, is generally meh. Much better meals available in Ann Arbor (and, I'm sure, LA). Other downside is the topography. While there are hills about 45 minutes northwest, east, and south/southeast of Columbus, the city itself is in a major flat plain that runs more or less from Toledo down through Columbus and over toward CIncinnati. Oh, and the inland water sucks. Only lakes are reservoirs and most have issues with algae bloom. No Pure Michigan, for sure.

Good luck, and Go Blue!

11/24/2012 - 7:02pm Team is a whole, not a bunch of parts

First, there is no evidence that replacing a coordinator systematically leads to better results. Sure, there are exceptions, but the overall rule is that a new coordinator does no better than the guy who got fired. Second, Borges just calls the plays -- most of them, anyway. Are the turnovers Borges's fault? The crappy blocking? The loss of two of our best running backs (assuming Denard got boo-booed in the 2nd half?). Third, we know Borges is pretty smart about football, at least based on his press conferences. And he's adaptable, trying to work with whatever parts he has at hand. Does he have a subconscious lizard brain? Who knows if it's his or Hoke's?

I love SmartFootball and the way he dissects offense. Apparently that's given everybody the ability to call a better game than a coordinator. Fans want their teams to be Legos, and if one part doesn't work, just swap it out for another one. I think teams are more organic than that, and parts aren't so easily swapped. Hoke has built this team and this is the staff HE wants. With Borges you get the good with the bad. If it was all bad, I'd be pissed. But it isn't all bad. He did call the Iowa game, after all. And the first half of the OSU game. Yeah, I know, and the trash tornado and Iowa 2011 and ND this year. So he's not perfect. If fans could armchair analyze defense as easily, they'd find Mattison hasn't been perfect, either. Should he go?

This is a TEAM, with everyone contributing to success or failure. The facile reductionism of pinning the blame on one guy is unwise, immature, and petulant. But go ahead, burn him in effigy. I'm sure the next guy will do better. Or worse.