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07/18/2018 - 1:04pm I feel that the Zingerman’s…

I feel that the Zingerman’s-is-overpriced theme is overstated.


They have great layaway terms on sandwiches.  You just have to ask.  

07/02/2018 - 2:20pm Reading that in my head in a…

Reading that in my head in a scheming Russian accent made me laugh.  


Joan Larsen is the pick.  BKfinest it.  

06/15/2018 - 1:47pm Jeebus...what a shyt-show.

Jeebus...what a shyt-show.


You know who would be a good pick to replace this idiot?  Assuming you could ever offer her enough money to come out of retirement and deal with this cluster, even for one year?


Mary Sue Coleman.  

06/13/2018 - 5:06pm Benny...bring me everyone.  …

Benny...bring me everyone.   


What do you mean everyone?


05/10/2018 - 12:19pm Broader Accomplishments

I'm a 90s kid, so by default I'm on Team MJ.  LeBron's late career bloom is, however, making this debate harder.


A couple of perhaps salient observations:


-If you are debating "who left a bigger imprint on the game of basketball", LeBron has a LONG way to go to catch MJ.  MJ and Nike created (or at least scaled to infinity) the concept of the endorsement shoe.  Jordan brand is third to Nike and Adidas in basketball shoes sold and still has cachet (at least with old sneakerheads like me).  He also went on to become a (admittedly mediocre) NBA team owner, one of the few former players to do so.  I think when you add that to his playing career, that is quite a mark on the game.  I don't see LeBron making that big of an impact during his lifetime (though I would love for him to prove me wrong).  


-LeBron has accomplished something in the negative that I find incredible:  He is one of the few examples of a child athletics prodigy who DIDN'T break down.  Think about it - he was christened "The Chosen One" when he was, what, 15?  14?  And he never got in trouble?  Never had a mental breakdown?  Even if that is the product of a good PR team, you have to admit that's remarkable, if only because the only other athlete that might fit that bill is Wayne Gretzky.  Yeah, he's petulent, switched teams in a somewhat a$$hole way, and I'm not sure I would wan to grab a beer with him.  But he has delivered on his promise for close to 20 years at the highest level.  That's something.  Given all the flameouts I've seen in my lifetime, I feel that's remarkable.      

03/26/2018 - 12:44am Matthews kinda started it

If I remember correctly, someone asked Charles right after the game about his time at Kentucky.  He could have taken a shot at Calipari and UK, but he didn't. He went out of his way to thank Coach Cal for getting him ready to play at this level.  

Then he thank Coach Beilein for taking him beyond.

I thought that was a classy, don't-take-the-bait gesture by the young man. 


03/22/2018 - 12:19am Two other options

Black Rock on South State street (South of I-94) just opened and is good for chops, tap beers and TVs. If you want relative quiet and easy parking, this might be a good option.

Hopcat brewery near Maynard and Liberty has solid bar food (burgers, wraps, nachos, etc.) and a ton of taps and TVs. Cross the street to S’keepers for a nightcap!

03/18/2018 - 2:33am Internet Lag

I watch TV at home using PS Vue. It creates a short lag relative to live TV. I’m watching the inbounds pass with my equally depressed 10 year old son when my phone buzzes. It’s my parents, who live about 600 miles away and would never call after midnight unless it’s an emergency.

I think to myself “either someone has died or something is about to happen”. Glad it was the latter. GO BLUE!!!

02/22/2018 - 11:43am Kim Jong Un...

...gets tougher questions at his press conferences.  

02/21/2018 - 11:51am I think Bama both helps and hurts (mostly hurts)

Bama is interesting because it actually disproves my thesis.  The NYT had a great article maybe a year ago showing that Bama's run in football has actually driven a ton of money/students to Bama.  They started drawing non-recruit students from New York and California by way of the scholarship funds that were boosted by their football resurgence.…

I still think that there is an upward boundary to this.  And like all market bubbles, this one may pop, leaving mostly public universities with bond debt issued to chase those rings.  

And, yeah, Robot Win Bama is boring as hell.  Impressive, but I didn't even bother to watch the Natty game.  

02/21/2018 - 10:58am College Athletics Have Jumped the Shark

I think the up-and-up arms race between colleges chasing National Championships in revenue sports is going to (or has already) create a horrible feedback effect.  The highest paid state-employee in most states is a football or basketball coach.  The weight training facilities in many of the top-tier athletic programs are re-done every five years, while the corresponding academic facilities (outside of health care) dwindle.  It just looks bad.  And while it can be economically justified under today's TV contracts, I'm not sure how much longer those contracts are going to feed the beast.     


Fans are staying home more often, e.g., the Michigan student section.    


I don't dismiss the demand for college sports.  But I have doubts that the system in place is sustainable over a 20 or 40 year horizon.  Even at Michigan.  Add in the costs of scandals, cheating, compliance, etc., and I kinda wonder if College Athletics are coming up on the natural limits of their viability.    


This is coming from a HUGE college sports fan.  

02/12/2018 - 4:36pm Black Mirror

Wasn't there a Black Mirror episode that literaly had those robots chasing down the remnants of society?  Scared the bejeezus out of me. 

02/09/2018 - 8:52am Yep

I remember that a couple of guys in my South Quad Hall streaked the Quad one of those nights in January 1994.

I also remember Starter jackets, waiting in line to register for classes in mid-Winter and Gary Moeller. Those were the days.

09/19/2017 - 7:53am Management retention

Former Corporate Bankruptcy Geek: It'll be interesting what kind of management retention order TRUs will file as part of their first-day pleadings. Normally a corporate debtor will file some motion authorizing retention bonuses for existing management to incentivize them to stay during the reorganization. Given the "market" for DB's services, I would be curious if the bonus is more than a used XBox 360.

09/19/2017 - 7:46am Whoa

I'm so sorry to read that. That is an awful set of events to go through.

07/08/2017 - 1:18pm Simpson

Having Miller and A.W. Simpson (THE expert on Cannibalism and the Law) on the same law faculty was fun.

07/07/2017 - 10:13pm Sidney and Ralph

Sidney Fine (History) and Ralph Williams (English Lit). Long live mid-90s LSA!!!

02/05/2016 - 10:39am Winter 1991, Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, MN

The main draw was Red Hot Chilli Peppers, with Smashing Pumpkins backing them up.  The real opening act was a bunch of flanneled guys from Seattle.  "Alive" was just starting to get heavy rotation on MTV.  When we got picked up by my friend's dad's after the show, I remember saying "those guys were pretty good".  

FWIW, Billy Corrigan was either drunk or high and got booed off stage.  

Caught PJ at Joe Louis last year.  Still pretty damn good.   

I'll go back to being an AARP member now...

10/15/2015 - 4:34pm Always buy the retired player's jersey

Never buy the new guy's jersey, especially if his contract is up.  


That's why my kid's name is "Bo".  

10/13/2015 - 10:24am [They are] beginning to believe...

Short version:

Long version:

09/20/2015 - 4:16pm Montage music?

We need to vote on this. "Eye of the Tiger" seems too obvious. Perhaps Journey's "Separate Ways?"

12/26/2014 - 2:57pm With or without the Brinks truck?

As Teddy KGB once wisely said:



12/09/2014 - 9:43pm At the game

Got free tickets. Feel like I overpaid.

12/09/2014 - 9:40pm The question

The question is this: How bad is Syracuse?

10/29/2014 - 3:56pm Imagine

"Imagine all the people, living life in peace [and hating on David Brandon]..."

10/15/2014 - 1:30pm I logged on just to say...

...Southlake Dragons represent!


That is all. 

10/08/2014 - 2:11pm Comparison.

The only comparison I'm making between the two is that "fired by Michigan" will be on both their career records.  Oh...and that they are both decent guys who may deserve better.  


I agree that their backgrounds (and win-loss records) prior to coming to U of M are pretty different.  As will be their post-Michigan trajectories.  Hoke is going to be an excellent mid-tier level coach in a couple of years.  RR probably has one more "big time" stop ahead of him.  


You raise a damn good point, though.  Given our resources (and the economic dependence that Athletic Department places on football), you would think that they would have had some level of success.  Football is the engine that finances and populates our top-five Athletic Department.  We HAVE to have a successful football program to keep up our other sports.  So we fund the hell out of it, have the nation's largest football stadium, etc., etc.  Given all that, why haven't guys like RR (or Hoke) succeeded here?  Is the well that poisoned?  I know it's kind of a broad question, but it seems to me that given our resources and emphasis, you almost have to TRY to fail at Michigan (and I can't accuse any coach - RR or anyone else - of doing that).    


SMH, as the kids say...

10/08/2014 - 1:51pm This.

Completely on point.  I don't care if all the "other BS stuff" that RR is pointing to is or was true, the last season was a debacle.  That Gator Bowl loss, where it looked like the players basically gave up on him, was cause enough to fire the guy.  The dude dug his own grave, even if the ground was pre-softened by Lloyd loyalists.   


I like him.  Met him once and I thought he was a very nice man.  He will do well in Arizona and maybe get one more shot at an elite program (imagine what he could do at Oregon).  I will root for him every step of the way (except when he plays us).  


But the man shat the bed during his time here.  Just like another very nice, very good man named Brady Hoke is doing now.  The results will be the same.    

10/02/2014 - 7:07pm Why...why are there copies of

Why...why are there copies of the Style section all over the floor?  

05/08/2014 - 10:54am Wedding song?

In some interview I read years ago, Sting said that he's baffled when he hears that someone used EBYT as a wedding song.  "Really?  Have you read the lyrics?" 

04/06/2014 - 11:30am Define "ran"...

I was more in the "waddle" mindset. Still, beautiful weather and a nice stroll.

11/20/2013 - 9:00pm Texas Heat

Definitely a better ballpark for the long ball, but that guy is going to melt in the mid-July Texas heat.  As a big man who lived in Dallas, I speak from experience. 

07/19/2013 - 12:42pm Ergo...

I was in heaven. 

07/18/2013 - 6:00pm It's just a process...

It's a sad day in many respects, but it's also just a process.  At the end of the day, whether an agreement is reached with pensions or the bondholders or both, Detroit should have more cash flow to meet the basic health and safety obligations it owes to its citizens.  That's not a bad thing; the question is how do you get there.  I hope Orr, Jones Day and Snyder have a plan. 

Orange County came out better.  I don't think City of Valejo is doing that well, post bankruptcy.  I'd be curious to see if there are any strong examples of a city going through this process and coming out super-awesome-better 3-5 year afterwards.

What's my insane theory for fixing up Detroit?  Glad you asked.  Tie up immigration reform with urban renewal.  If you are here illegally, but pay your taxes and are free of criminal offenses, you get instant amnesty if you move to Detroit, buy property and start a business for a minimum of 5 years.  Or, if you are in Mexico and face an 8 year wait to get here legally, you get to jump to the front of the line if you committ yourself to moving to Detroit for 5 years, buying property as part of the bargain.  I have no idea if it would work or even if it would legal or feasible, but it might mean an instant tax base, which is what the city desperately needs.  Just one idiot's thoughts...       


06/14/2013 - 2:24pm I just finished the same book

I was really torn about it.  Some of his facts were fudged, some of his analysis was wrong-ish, but when you hold up his narrative and put it all together, it's accurate.  And devastating.  I work in Detroit, but live in Ann Arbor.  I've seen it get better in the past ten years (at least in the central business corridor), but it's got a long way to go. 

Today's EM meeting with creditors could be a first step.  But even that process will take 3-4 years, at a minimum. 

03/12/2013 - 1:08pm Texas Hand Signs

I used to live in Texas.  Between the TTech "Guns Up!" salute, the U of T "Hook 'Em Horns!", TAMU's "Gig 'em!", TCU's Horned Frog hand sign (which I think is what you do when you raise you outer knuckles while making a fist) and god knows what Baylor does for a hand signlal, I always thought that Texans had their own set of gang signs.  It's like the Crips and Bloods, but more annoying.    

I never learned how SMU does a hand sign for allegedly killing five hookers.  Must be complicated.    

03/04/2013 - 4:29pm That moment...

That moment when you realize you weren't the only one. 

02/12/2013 - 4:28pm IT'S MON-EH!


Where is the piss boy?

01/24/2013 - 10:51am Tattoo value

I have to think that the corresponding tattoo value of those tickets also skyrockets.  Time to get that "REAL National Champs 2013" tramp stamp! 

01/23/2013 - 4:57pm MGoLawyers

Explain to me the conflict of interest in the case.  NCAA receives a bill from Scumbag Debtor’s lawyer for having asked questions that benefited the NCAA at a bankruptcy proceeding.  Assuming that there was even a client/attorney relationship between the lawyer and the NCAA (she could have been sending a bill because she is delusional), I can see the issue with retaining counsel in a bankruptcy case to ask questions while at the same time that counsel also represents the debtor.  That’s a potential conflict, but one more centered on the lawyer who is dumb enough to take on both clients than the NCAA who asked for the arrangement.  It seems more dumb-verging-on-shady on the NCAA's part than fraudulent (and I'd be more worried for the lawyer who thought she could represent both clients at the same time).  Is the more abhorrent conflict the fact that the NCAA might have paid the legal bills in an unrelated legal proceeding for the accuser in the investigation, giving the accuser the incentive to sing whatever song the NCAA wants him to sing?  That sounds more serious.     

And as for gathering and using information from a bankruptcy proceeding, what would have stopped the NCAA from hiring some non-conflicted lawyer to either (i) sit in on the deposition/2004 exam/341 meeting, or (ii) even ask questions at that meeting?  Isn’t bankruptcy essentially a public process?  I can sit in on a day's worth of 341 meetings and find out all sorts of awesome stuff about people's financial lives.  Worse comes to worse, counsel for the debtor (if they are awake…which isn’t always the case) could have asked the NCAA “And how are you a creditor in this case and/or entitled to ask questions here again?”.  But if I remember correctly, 2004 exams, 341 hearings and the like are open to all “parties in interest” which is pretty damn vague.  Someone who knows this stuff better than me fill me in on what I'm obviously missing.     

(God…I just defended the NCAA.  Must.  Wash.  Hands….) 

01/16/2013 - 7:03pm Agree

You know...after a bit of thought, I think I agree.  Unless there is some proof that this is a sociopathic Armstrong situation (topical reference!), I can imagine a situation where this spirals out of control.  Especially if it was put in place in the first place to be a beard.  You're 21 or 22, you're on the down-low, you're coming from a Mormon household, playing for a Catholic university that is having its best year in decades, and you look to be a top-ten pick.  You've got a LOT to hide if you're gay, and maybe you do something incredibly stupid to stay closeted. 


Nothing but pure speculation, but I could see that as being a plausible backdrop to this.  The irony is to think how empowering it would be if he had come out this season.  "Hi I'm gay and I'm going to be defensive Heisman contender."  You would have to have massive stones for doing it, and I think the recognition of that courage would outweigh the obvious negatives.  But no one has done it before (in college football), and it would take the right kind of kid.  And T'eo may not have wanted to be that martyr.     

01/10/2013 - 6:16pm This is how old I am...

There was a time when I sat at Crisler as an undergrad and cursed Purdue's Big Dog for taking the Big Ten Title away from J. Rose and company. 

In a roundabout way, he may be giving it back. 

10/25/2012 - 7:54pm Me too!

July 23 birthday. Are we Cancers or Leos? Always throws me off...

08/11/2012 - 6:19am Line

How bad is the line and parking? Thanks for posting for those of us who are debating going.

08/06/2012 - 10:06pm Ring true up

I did it with my combo undergrad/JD Michigan ring after the law firm years added some girth to my fingers. Took a couple of weeks and was done for free. Just look up their website for a contact phone number.

07/04/2012 - 8:16pm One of my favorite Office

One of my favorite Office clips. Wish I could embed on an IPad.

04/22/2012 - 10:26pm Some more thoughts...

I'm a U of Mich law grad, out about 9 years. I'll echo a lot of the sentiments about the devaluation of the law profession over the course of the past few years. When I walked in the early 2000s, even with the 2001 recession, there were enough law firms jobs to go around. That's changed pretty radically since, oh, 2007 and has not really come back yet. To some extent, I think that actually cuts towards taking the best scholarship offer available, rather than going to the best prestige school. Less student loan debt means less financial pressure in the future, and, to some extent the deteriorating job market seems to cut across the tiers of law schools (that is, the job market seems pretty crappy whether you're at UCLA or at Loyola Chicago). If you had Yale or Harvard on hold while pondering a financial aid offer from Wayne (an excellent school that only suffers from, as some people have pointed out here, a lack of branding outside of Detroit), I could see putting off Wayne for either. But I don't think that Wisconsin or Iowa are so good that you should incur the full $120,000-$150,000 student loan debt (no disrespect to my fellow Badger or Hawkeye JD holders).

The frustrating thing is that the market could change in three years (it's happened before; there were small luls in the mid 80s and 90s that were followed by hiring booms), but I have a sinking feeling that the profession as a whole has gone through a restructuring which de-emphasizes route tasks done by junior lawyers.

I'll echo the sentiments below about treating law school as a job. More importantly, I would think of it as an investment whose ROI is difficult to gage. Your students loans (and their interest) will be your buy in; what you get out of it will be determined by some many factors, least of which might be your effort. Being the risk-adverse guy that I am, I would invest (bet?) with the least amount of my own money given the variables in play. I can completely respect the argument of prestige (and it has never hurt me to put Michigan Law on my resume), but I wonder if things have changed so much in the profession that the incredibly high tuition is not worth it, at least on your dime.

My two cents...

04/11/2012 - 1:51pm Lolla '92

Went to Lollapalooza in 1992 in Minneapolis on Harriet Island.  The lineups:

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ministry, Ice Cube, Soundgarden, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Pearl Jam, Lush, Buffalo Tom.  Stone Temple Pilots, Cypress Hill, House of Pain and Luscious Jackson were also involved (I think).

The Pearl Jam set was unbelievable.  Ice Cube had his stage guys aiming sawed-off shotguns at the crowd.  Ministry was...interesting. 

Grunge and the early 90s.  God I'm old.  But the Peppers are playing this year, so I might have to go.

12/15/2011 - 1:43am Some more options

Alfonso's on Frenchmen Street, right above the Apple Barrell, is a very good New Orleans Italian place.
<br>The Praline Connection, also on Frenchmen Street, is good for soul food and New Orleans basics like red beans and rice.
<br>I thought a muffuletta from Central Grocery on Decatur was a good hangover cure. And I will vouch for Coops anytime. That's a solid place.
<br>Cool Story Bro Moment: I was in NOLA couple of weekends ago and ran into the Wolfman, the guy who plays the violin in downtown Ann Arbor during the summer wearing a Wolfman mask. He apparently winters in NOLA. I was wearing a Michigan sweatshirt when I spotted him outside of Cafe du Mond. He nodded at me and started playing The Victors. It was a nice random moment. If you see him down there, drop a dollar in his bucket and say "Go Blue!"

09/15/2011 - 8:30pm The problem is the labor supply

Sorry if someone has already touched upon this (between reading the article and the thread, my head hurts):  Isn't the problem here the labor pool for college athletics?  Assume the the NCAA and the universities are evil, profit-driven entities that want to maximize their profit on the shoulders of poor and young student-athletes (I know that after reading the piece, I don't have much of a problem doing that).  Now imagine if, prior to Saturday's EMU/U of M game, the Michigan football team refused to run out of the tunnel and take the field in a once-in-a-lifetime coordinated protest against the NCAA's and Michigan's profit-driven exploitation.  The protest generates headlines, ESPN interrupts it's broadcast of another equally-expoitative football game to cover it, and the word shudders for a moment at the thought of student-athletes becoming sentinent of their own exploitation. 

How long would it take Brady Hoke and Dave Brandon to find 85 fairly qualified guys who would gladly take the current players' place in that tunnel?  An hour?  Two?  How many guys would KILL to put on the maize and blue and get a free ride to the University of Michigan to play football?  I'm guessing quite a few, including most of the EMU football team.  Hell, how many guys would kill to play and study at EMU on a scholarship?   

As long as that is the reality, I think the NCAA and its member colleges can pretty much do what they want with respect to their defense of the phyrric amaterurism ideal.  As long as that labor force imbalance exists, exploitation exists.  Add to that the reality that we, as fans, will root at the game and watch on TV in numbers that justify the TV and endorsement contracts no matter who you put out there (the Michigan 2008 team pretty much proves that), you have a pretty solid base for the exploitative system the article illustrates. 

I'm not saying it's right.  But it's reality, and it explains the current system.  Now, I also think that the NCAA can come up with a system that provides a more fair treatment of that labor pool (call it a Fair Labor and Standards Act for college athletes, or even more hippie, Fair Trade Football).  The article might be the first step in shaming the exploitative parties to a more mutually benefitial arrangement.