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06/18/2018 - 5:43pm Great catch.  They put the…

Great catch.  They put the yard numbers into the Victors font as well.

06/11/2018 - 7:45am I have read almost all of…

I have read almost all of Larson's work and he has yet to disappoint me.  Dead Wake, about the Lusitania, is also tremendous.

06/11/2018 - 7:45am I have read almost all of…

I have read almost all of Larson's work and he has yet to disappoint me.  Dead Wake, about the Lusitania, is also tremendous.

06/07/2018 - 2:11pm Iron Man 2 is far better…

Iron Man 2 is far better than people are willing to give it credit for being.

06/06/2018 - 1:12pm Is Charles Matthews the…

Is Charles Matthews the Jimmy Chitwood of this analogy?

06/06/2018 - 1:00pm Mulch Madness for all! …

Mulch Madness for all!  Bring your own pitchfork.  You should still have one in the garage from the Hoke Years.

06/06/2018 - 11:44am Wow.  He looks like someone…

Wow.  He looks like someone who wants to solve his problems with aggression.

05/31/2018 - 10:04am That poor goose

All he was trying to do was leave Detroit to fly south back to his native Canada.

05/29/2018 - 7:23pm Hooray!

We're not dead!

Sincerely, the now artisinal, small batch Hoover Street Rag.

05/23/2018 - 10:58am Funny enough

It wasn't Mount Karma, it is over 2500 days on the board without really ever posting, but it counts for a 5 star along with furious link clicking.

05/23/2018 - 9:47am Wow...

I somehow got myself up to a three star, so I hope I can continue to be useful.

05/22/2018 - 2:56pm Seth

"Pitch a Don Brown Buddy Cop Movie" is a future TWO."

I have a long memory, I will remember this was promised.  Please make sure it happens.  It's a long summer.

05/14/2018 - 1:10pm Interesting side note

Michigan State becomes the 14th and final Big Ten University to use the Common App next fall.  This means that they could have even higher levels of application than they did this year since it's one less step than previous to apply there.

Also, this is one of the leading reasons Michigan's app pool has swelled during the last decade, especially among out of state students, its now much easier to take a flier on Michigan than previously.

05/11/2018 - 7:52am If nothing else...

I like that Harbaugh has clearly been thinking about this (or delegated someone to think about this and report back to him) and he understands that it's not as simple as pay the players (the tax implications.)  I also would like to think I would feel the same about this if any other coach had discussed this issue in this manner.

05/03/2018 - 7:02am It is my understanding.

That in the new 14 team East-West, Indiana and Purdue is a protected rivalry, so they will always play.  Then they went down the list and gave each school a six-year "always play" rotation, which allows them to then do a three year set of two schools, one home, one away.  Then in years 4-6, they invert it, same rotation, one away, one home.  At the end of the six year period, they will reassess and assign new dance partners.  Do not be surprised if Michigan gets Nebraska as its new always play partner when this set is done.

05/02/2018 - 9:45pm Small thing I miss.

Back when Josh Lewin was the Tigers pxp, he would slip in at least one good Simpsons reference per game, much to Gibby's utter confusion and consternation.

04/30/2018 - 9:59pm Utah 2014

So, in addition to being soaked...

The short form, I tried to use my credit card to pay at the gate, it couldn't read the card, so I took the ticket.  When I got back to Liberty Square, soaked as I was, I took my keys and wallet out, set my keys on the top of the pay machine, paid, forgot where I put my keys, had a genuinely nice parking attendant do what he could to help us find them, swore in a way that would have made Malcolm Tucker proud, then, as I was ready to call a cab to take us back to my friend's car at the Plymouth Road park and ride, walked back down to the lobby to find my keys sitting on the top of the machine, go back to the car, and find out that we had to pay extra to leave because our grace period expired.  The lesson, as always, parking sucks.

04/30/2018 - 9:55pm Wait

There are words to Varsity besides Varsity? That's all I ever sing, like it's Mahna Mahna.

04/30/2018 - 6:15pm Paw Paw

Paw Paw is just about halfway between Ann Arbor and Evanston while driving 94.  Thus the Paw Paw Big Boy became the restaurant of choice for both the Michigan and Northwestern quiz bowl teams while attending events at the other's campus.

04/27/2018 - 3:10pm Underrated in my mind

As a teacher, I am grateful for ABC's "The Century" series.  They made a set for classrooms that go chronologically with a lot of great interviews with both the major players, but also regular people.  They are all on YouTube, I've seen them dozens of times and I always find something new in them.  (You can safely skip the first and the last ones, they didn't really know what to do with pre-World War I and they weren't sure what to do with the 1990s at the time.)

But there's also a series of 12 of the videos (also all on YouTube) that they made for the History Channel.  Those are largely thematic, but they do share many of the same interviews.  The one I would recommend is "The Evolution of Revolution: Live from Tehran", which is 16 minutes longer than the usual set, which covers both the Iranian Revolution and the Hostage Crisis.  I learned so much from this.

04/27/2018 - 3:02pm Strongly concur

I teach IR and I make extensive use of the series.

Episode 20-"Soldiers of God" is an excellent look at the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the mujahideen resistance there.

I also really liked "Good Guys, Bad Guys" in helping explain the Cold War in Africa and other nations of the developing world.

04/27/2018 - 2:50pm Strongly concur

Then watch The Known Unknown also by Errol Morris, but this time sitting down with Donald Rumsfeld.  The compare and contrast is fascinating.

04/27/2018 - 11:00am I'm so confused

Which NBA player is a Vulcan?

04/26/2018 - 8:16am Good point, however

Don't sleep on poison.  If you watch Columbo reruns from the original NBC Movie of the Week era, it seems like every wealthy Angelino had ready access to a wide array of poisons at the drop of a hat.

04/18/2018 - 5:00pm Appreciate the CK2 drop

But Victoria 2 is where it's at.

04/18/2018 - 1:55pm Quote Investigator

Concurs.

04/17/2018 - 8:09am In the Night Court Pilot...

Dan: "How did you get appointed to the bench?"
Harry: "You know Dan, that's a funny story. It was the mayor's last day in office and it was a Sunday and my name was at the bottom of the list of a 1,000 candidates. So they start calling folks starting a
t the top of the list. You see it's Sunday and no one's home. So they keep calling down the list, name by name. No one answers. Finally, they get down to the bottom of the list and voila."
Lana: "You mean you were appointed a judge because…"
Harry: "I was home."

[later in the episode]

Harry: "My name was at the bottom of that list of prospective judges because I haven't had much experience, really. But every candidate does go through a thorough screening process. And whatever anybody thinks of that list I was on it."

I argue that this sequence is one of the two greatest lines to end our introduction to a protagonist in TV history.

04/13/2018 - 11:04am Theory

Because it's peerless?

04/13/2018 - 7:08am Twitter update from last night

https://twitter.com/newampaths/status/984616353578541057

"We have had 538 donations in the @edsbs Charity Bowl so far. 150 of those are from UM. #GoBlue"

04/09/2018 - 7:43pm Well

Mine was somewhere in Oregon, but for three words:
Cascadia Subduction Zone.

I'm actually pretty good right here in Washtenaw County.

04/09/2018 - 3:04pm Query

Are you particular about the chocolate/peanut butter ratio differences between the various size and shape configurations of various Reese's offerings?

In my mind, the "penny cups" are much better than the larger offering because they have slightly more chocolate density to the peanut butter core.

Yes, this door has been opened, I have opinions.

04/09/2018 - 2:59pm Non-Chocolate Division

Haribo Happy Cola

Gummi cokes are awesome.

04/09/2018 - 2:57pm A Plain Vanilla Choice...

Except, ironically, chocolate.

Hershey's Nuggets.

The density of the chocolate is optimal over a straight bar.

The wrapping comes off easier than a Kiss.

The wrapping does provide a barrier to entry that makes overeating them less likely.

The flavor blend in the palate (which I learned about at Hershey Chocolate World last summer) is a unique blend build largely on the fresh milk used in creation.

That said, you hand me almost any candy and I'm not looking at you sideways.  Well, maybe FauxMo, but he knows why.

04/06/2018 - 8:12pm Memory lane...

Someone asked me today what my favorite Michigan athletics memory is and I utterly confused them by saying "Carl Saves Senior Night", that night in 2011 when Carl Hagelin scored with moments left in the third at Yost to tie the game on Senior Night and then scored with less than a minute left in overtime to win it.  I was told that this was a very specific memory, was there any reason for it?  I said "Because it reminds me to never count anything out until 0:00s."  Last night didn't go the right way, but sometimes, it has.

"I know that was then, but it could be again..."

04/05/2018 - 10:54pm Blerg...

Just blerg.

04/05/2018 - 10:45pm Welp...

So much for that...

04/05/2018 - 10:45pm All right boys

Time for another big penalty kill.

04/05/2018 - 10:41pm Everybody DANCS now!  

Everybody DANCS now!  

04/05/2018 - 10:21pm All right...

One period down, one goal up, only one trip to the box, and one penalty killed.

I think we're calling that a win thus far.

04/05/2018 - 10:20pm Thesis

Michigan decided to just get some clears to break up ND's rhythm late in the period. 

Hopefully, it works.

04/05/2018 - 10:08pm On the commercial bumper replay...

I still have no idea how Calderone's shot made it in, but dang, what Trenton makes, the world takes.

04/05/2018 - 10:01pm Tony CalderONE!  Go Blue Run

Tony CalderONE!  Go Blue Run DMC!

04/05/2018 - 9:52pm Good idea

Get pucks on net, hope good things happen.

Also, we have three guys from Florida.  It's a very different world of hockey.

04/05/2018 - 9:48pm Well...

So much for "Stay out of the box..."

04/05/2018 - 9:46pm Well, yes...

Script Michigan is an all-time great look.

I am happy the home whites are very classic Block M with simple striping.

Also, I do appreciate that four of the Big Ten hockey teams wear replicas of their football helmets for hockey purposes.

04/05/2018 - 9:38pm Nike has done great things since we returned to them...

But, that maize shoulder yoke is awful.  It looks cheap.  Michigan should just go with straight Navy with yellow stripes.  The classic arched Michigan with the number underneath looks good, but the yellow shoulders are awful and the TV numbers are too high.

04/04/2018 - 7:59pm Upon rewatch

I want to agree, but I also think there's something perfect about the idea of the freshman not doing the small things just right just yet.

Sophomore Jordan Poole will nail the timing.

04/03/2018 - 8:36pm [shakes head at self]

I know I've been out of touch with GIF culture over the last 18 months, but wow, this one is a revelation.  Amazing.

04/03/2018 - 8:33pm As a high school teacher,

As a high school teacher, this doesn't surprise me.

But now I've spent five minutes trying to figure out the one letter.

04/02/2018 - 6:41pm Because there is one for every occasion...
Kirk: "My God, Bones, what have I done?"
McCoy: "You did what you have to do, what you always do: turn death into a fighting chance to live."