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07/18/2018 - 4:02pm He was nearly 33 and…

He was nearly 33 and sprained his knee on that play. He was outstanding at the 2002 World Cup. Really, the main problem he had was staying healthy, dude was constantly injured. Hell, even in the 2002 World Cup he missed the first match with an injury. 

07/16/2018 - 11:49am Steve is altering the deal…

Steve is altering the deal. Pray he does not alter it any further.

07/02/2018 - 5:48pm I live in one of the…

I live in one of the neighborhoods. I can't walk to the lake, but I can take a bus right to a beach. My commute is easy, I live in a place with a Metra stop in addition to L and bus access so the commute is quiet and quick. 

On taxes: it's worse in the suburbs! Basically every suburb has higher property taxes than the city proper. Higher city sales tax though.

But man, did both parties ever bone our state's finances. I know it's the thing to blame Democrats, but the thing that allowed the woefully short-funding of the pensions, which is basically 99% of our problem, was passed under one of our long stretch of Republican governors and back when the state houses were about even. 

If you have kids, the public schools in the city vary widely in quality, so you have to pay attention when you're buying to be at a decent one, sometimes the difference of one block moves you from a very good one to a crap one. 

But regardless, living in Chicago rules. 

07/02/2018 - 5:33pm Rules are pretty easy:


Rules are pretty easy:

You're allowed to discuss Ann Arbor politics in this thread.

If Brian (or one of the other approved/employed site writers like Seth or Ace, since one can assume that if they make the post, they had approval) makes a post on another political topic, you're allowed to post in that thread about that topic.

Do not post about politics anywhere else on the site.

06/26/2018 - 12:53pm Comes with four years of…

Comes with four years of Oaks aging

06/21/2018 - 11:36am Blocks with a low center of…

Blocks with a low center of gravity

05/15/2018 - 3:07pm I found "That's pretty high

I found "That's pretty high for a guy like Power, who could stick with his close-to-home junior league instead of moving to suburban Chicago" right below a picture of him in basically a Blackhawks jersey (yeah, I know, it's his junior team, but...) kinda amusing.

Woulda been more dead-on if he wore jersey number 19 with the C on the jersey. 

05/03/2018 - 12:36pm Ah yes, completely

Ah yes, completely irresponsible, trusting those hacks at...

*checks who cleared him*


05/01/2018 - 4:46pm Jourdan Lewis was 2nd in the

Jourdan Lewis was 2nd in the nation in passes defended in 2015 (before teams finally figured out "maybe stop throwing it at the guy he's defending" the following year) so sometimes it takes teams a while to figure it out and sometimes teams are just dumb. 

04/27/2018 - 6:12pm At least Shea picked a number

At least Shea picked a number that doesn't carry any history or expectations at Michigan.

04/26/2018 - 2:36pm Ultimate Browns would be

Ultimate Browns would be taking Barkley at 4 after taking Allen at 1, thereby having a QB whose accuracy problems even on short stuff would severely blunt the usefulness of a back who is so good at catching passes out of the backfield. 

04/26/2018 - 1:54pm "Also along these lines: Josh

"Also along these lines: Josh Rosen being panned for speaking his mind. Can’t have a quarterback who thinks for himself."

Wanted: quarterback who is a leader, but also follows everyone else


04/18/2018 - 1:32pm and he also has a snazzy

and he also has a snazzy green jacket from winning the Masters

04/11/2018 - 1:43pm I think they got rid of the

I think they got rid of the "you can only declare/withdraw once" thing a couple years ago when they also moved the withdrawal deadline back to after the draft combine.

04/03/2018 - 4:11pm Counterpoint: mid first

Counterpoint: mid first rounders aren't that expensive salary and bonus-wise, and by picking a guy in the first round you get a fifth year option on the guy that you don't get if you pick him in the 2nd round or later. 

04/03/2018 - 1:15am Simpson turned the NPOY's

Simpson turned the NPOY's water off, and we still got smoked. No one could hit 3s for us, not even the good shooters. What can you do? Best team won. Last two months were a blast to watch and way more than any of us could have expected in October. Kudos and thanks to all the players.

03/29/2018 - 6:30pm Far more schools with more

Far more schools with more money started being less racist and recruiting and playing black players. 



03/27/2018 - 4:55pm Calling Northwestern a

Calling Northwestern a mid-major isn't very nice.

(Seriously though, the Chicago midmajors UIC and Loyola haven't pulled anyone surprising. DePaul stinks but plays in a major conference for basketball; last guy of major recruiting relevance they got was Billy Garrett, who was a top 100 guy from Chicago.)

03/23/2018 - 2:18pm Yes, not as bad as Michigan

Yes, not as bad as Michigan but in the 270s out of 351

03/21/2018 - 5:14pm I'll go with Money Cannon

I'll go with Money Cannon over ATM

03/20/2018 - 10:16am It's the NCAA, so it's

It's the NCAA, so it's actually The Zero Dollar (Wink Wink) Man

03/19/2018 - 1:04pm KenPom's chart generator gets

KenPom's chart generator gets confused by the NIT playing four 10 minute quarters instead of 20 minute halves. So in the 'overtime' periods it's cramming the whole 3rd quarter into 1 'overtime' and 4th into the 2nd 'overtime' and is confused by the time situation. 

03/18/2018 - 1:39am Besides Poole:

Props to X/Z, who couldnt hit a shot but Gray needed 24 shot equivalents for his 23 and a few of his hoops were notably when Z wasnt on the floor. And Z led the team in rebounds to boot.

As much as Mo was maligned for his first 3 halves of the tourney, 5/9 from the floor was big. And Teske big too, defense and those 2nd half free throws.

03/15/2018 - 12:17pm I wonder if Varejao would

I wonder if Varejao would have seemed as annoying if he didn't have the Sideshow Bob hair.  

03/13/2018 - 7:04pm Penn State got waaaaay better

Penn State got waaaaay better during the season. First half of the season they didn't look particularly good at all. Which is how you do things like "lose at home to Rider" and "lose at home to this year's crap-ass Wisconsin squad"

03/13/2018 - 12:15pm Only 4 of us. OSU ain't

Only 4 of us. OSU ain't winning unless KBD goes full Glen Rice on the tourney. Purdue hasn't looked the same since Vince Edwards got hurt (and he hasn't looked the same since he came back; maybe the extra week off will help and they contend?). Izzo's shown no inclination to give the lineup with Bridges/Jackson as the 4/5 that allows his best players to play their best college positions; maybe he finally will and they manage to get past Duke. I love our team, but the looming UNC matchup seems tough and it's hard not to have the nagging feeling that the free throw shooting will cost us dearly at some point. 

03/09/2018 - 5:23pm Are we gonna have the Power

Are we gonna have the Power Towel

03/09/2018 - 2:33pm Seems like such a silly rule.

Seems like such a silly rule. It's not like we had people going by He Hate Me or Asswipe Jones or something. 

03/01/2018 - 10:53am Not according to the NCAA

Not according to the NCAA they didn't. (They had to vacate it - there was that person who was doing papers and coursework for players, plus some financial benefit shenanigans)

02/26/2018 - 3:50pm So in another year or two

So in another year or two Franz could be here to pump *clap* us up?

02/26/2018 - 2:59pm Damn near everyone under

Damn near everyone under Amaker left the program the exact same player they were when they came in, or in some cases actually worse. Very, very few examples of someone getting noticeably better. 

02/19/2018 - 1:55pm "I'm slightly worried that

"I'm slightly worried that Chris Holtmann has managed to put together a team that will get a solid NCAA seed with this pu-pu platter of available options."

I have watched a fair bit of Butler games over the years as my wife is an alum and Holtmann knows what he's doing. Will be interesting to see what his recruiting looks like at a school that has been able to recruit well in the past, but he was thrown into a weird situation at Butler and made it his own quickly and got them to the tourney his first year. 

02/13/2018 - 12:33pm Has to be written that way

Source: I am a patent attorney, comprising: a law degree and an undergraduate engineering degree, said law degree comprising a period of about three years at University of Michigan.

01/30/2018 - 2:28pm I'm surprised Northwestern's

I'm surprised Northwestern's HCA is even that good this year playing at Allstate instead of in a smaller arena on campus. 

I'd say being tied with a demoralized fanbase in Wisconsin and above only a bad Illinois team and the aforementioned "playing around an hour's drive away from campus" Northwestern squad is probably Not Good. 

01/30/2018 - 12:13pm Northwestern runs buses for

Northwestern runs buses for students to the game but for weeknight games it takes well over an hour to get there on those buses. It's like 45 minutes even in clear traffic. 

01/26/2018 - 3:46pm Painter's comments have been

Painter's comments have been gold with the Michigan games this year and his post-game last night was no exception


Q: "What were some of the things they did offensively that caused some problems?" Matt Painter: "Well, they didn't miss. Shit, there it is right there."

01/23/2018 - 2:53pm They actually appeared to

They actually appeared to know what they were doing with this coaching hire, including the staff hires under him, and their last two drafts have been pretty strong. Obviously, the 2017 one does hinge significantly on Trubisky, but he wasn't bad for a rookie this year particularly considering he had no one to throw to at all - top receivers injured in camp, then top TE's leg nearly broke off. The most dynamic receiver was actually a rookie running back. 

The Bears did hire a Notre Dame coach - they hired ND's OL coach. Considering ND might have two lineman taken in the first round of year's draft, that guy might know what he's doing.

01/12/2018 - 12:11pm Seems like practicing against

Seems like practicing against Gary/Winovich every day would be useful prep for the NFL...

01/10/2018 - 11:24am I get that they don't want to

I get that they don't want to have foul calls made on replay (god, I can't imagine how much worse replay would be if they could do that too), but they ought to allow the refs to consider it in determining who gets the ball out of bounds. If it's technically off the offensive team but the guy was fouled, don't call it an actual foul, just award the ball to the offensive team out of bounds (like a foul when a team isn't in the bonus anyway). That they have to be blind to the contact in determining who gets the ball is a replay problem in both the NBA and college.

They also should limit replay to no more than 1/2 speed or something, and time-limit it. This frame-by-frame business (1) makes the replay drag out even longer and (2) results in goofy calls like this where the ball is contacting the offensive player's hand slightly longer than the guy who poked it away due to basic shit like friction/physics. 

01/04/2018 - 10:38am Yeah, evil people who

Yeah, evil people who want/gain power are never overly sensitive dipwads with poor impulse control when they're angry in the real world. 

Oh, wait...

12/29/2017 - 11:03pm Technically it's a night

Technically it's a night school so you dont have to take timeout you dont have during the day


12/20/2017 - 5:13pm I assume under the

I assume under the deNazification laws he was banned from going to Nebraska and becoming part of the Blackshirts

12/19/2017 - 3:57pm "Guy who went to no camps" is

"Guy who went to no camps" is pretty much guaranteed to be ignored/low star rating unless the guy is a golden god. 

12/18/2017 - 6:47pm "Got Joe Moorhead the hell

"Got Joe Moorhead the hell out of our division and into a difference conference entirely. A+"

12/18/2017 - 1:41pm Let's be honest, there are a

Let's be honest, there are a vanishingly small number of schools for which "impact fullback" would even be a thing. 

He rates about 250 spots higher on the composite than Mason did and I don't think any of us are complaining about using a scholarship on him. 

12/07/2017 - 10:34am Sounds like he's mad that it

Sounds like he's mad that it is not oh so quiet on the transfer front

11/30/2017 - 6:12pm No, he's got a hose for an

No, he's got a hose for an arm

11/29/2017 - 3:23pm Not just D1 to D1, I don't

Not just D1 to D1, I don't think you can move up levels either, but they're likely to let you transfer "down" - you can't transfer from FCS or D2 to FBS without sitting out a year (unless you're a grad transfer) but they will likely let you transfer from a FBS school to a different division without sitting out. Duncan Robinson had to sit a year going from D3 to Michigan, as an example of transfering "up" requiring the year out. 

It doesn't apply to JUCO, because the rule only applies to transfers between NCAA institutions. JUCOs aren't NCAA. 

11/29/2017 - 2:07pm Sterling Manley is obviously

Sterling Manley is obviously just Archer's alter ego Chet Manley except he forgot to change the first name.

11/28/2017 - 11:43am Media, as always, you can

Media, as always, you can almost predict from just looking at basic stats. David Dowell had 5 INTs, therefore 1st team media, while the coaches relegate him to HM because his actual play was kinda meh. Lavert didn't have shiny numbers (in part because QBs simply didn't throw at him), so stuck as HM by the media.