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01/16/2019 - 10:34pm I can say I was relatively…

I was relatively young at the time he was governor, not yet old enough to vote in any election involving him. I have no meaningful opinions about his time in the position of governor. My politics have changed in many ways since that time as I've aged, and I've never even thought to go back and learn enough about his 3 terms to form a meaningful opinion about him during that time.

Which is a long way of saying my opinion of his performance at State are unimpacted by his time as governor.

From all evidence of his time at Michigan State, Engler is a horrible person. I would consider it unethical to say that victims who are seeking meaningful change in response to atrocious behavior are actually just seeking the spotlight or money. Apparently you disagree since you sort of concede that he is hurtful to victims but still ask for unethical behavior. So some other examples:

- Engler tried to negotiate a settlement with a victim without her lawyer present. He then lied to the victim about the behavior of other victims in negotiating settlements.

- Engler accused another victim of receiving kickbacks from attorneys involved in the lawsuits. These claims appear to be entirely unfounded

- Engler closed an account created to reimburse victims for their counseling bills, which would have left many victims with substantial bills for visits they had already gone to. When this caused blowback, he made multiple inaccurate statements to defend the action.

- Engler likely violated federal law by releasing privileged counseling records of a sexual assault victim in an attempt to undermine her statement

12/12/2018 - 8:37pm Also, you put the…

Also, you put the information in the title, so the body of post didn’t matter so much. Also, also, I will praise the messenger because this is just about the best news ever. 

12/12/2018 - 10:34am What? Temple doesn't have an…

What? Temple already has a baseball coach. Oh--football. Shit.

12/06/2018 - 12:11am This pales in comparison to…

This pales in comparison to most of the other stupid statements you've made, but just to point out the financial problems with this theory. First, $425 million is being split between approximately 500 survivors, so most of them are not receiving anything like $3 million. I don't know any details about the MSU settlement, but there may be taxes due on some of it if it's punitive, and there are legal costs unless the lawyers are working pro bono. Lastly, putting all of ones money into a single form of investment which promises Bernie Madoff sized annual returns is a terrible idea, so even if you walked away with $3 million, you would not be living on $450k per year.

I mean, all the other stuff you said was way worse, but I thought I'd just point out these problems.

11/20/2018 - 12:34pm This reminded me of how it…

This reminded me of how it almost became the SBC Michigan-Ohio State Classic for two years. Thank goodness that got killed. (

11/09/2018 - 8:31pm Not a revenge tour, but the…

Not a revenge tour, but the last time we played at Rutgers, there experience was best described as "zesty ego, rotten hive" which is, of course, an anagram of "seventy-eight to zero"

11/07/2018 - 3:52pm A post which gets more…

A post which gets more upvotes than they'll get points? You're at 14 as I write this, so I think you're already there.

11/07/2018 - 1:46pm I think it's clear the Ohio…

I think it's clear the Ohio State is much better

Ohio State beat TCU
TCU beat Iowa State
Iowa State beat West Virginia
West Virginia beat Tennessee
Tennessee beat Auburn
Auburn beat Texas A&M
Texas A&M beat Kentucky
Kentucky beat Florida
Florida beat LSU

(From if that wasn't clear)

11/06/2018 - 10:45am It would appear that…

It would appear that Harbaugh was invited to New York, but did not go:

The award had been conceded to Testaverde long ago. But to suggest a measure of uncertainty, the club had invited five other ''leading candidates'' to the ceremonies. Three proved to be good sports by actually showing up: Palmer, Bosworth and Lockbaum.

10/30/2018 - 1:56pm Aww, crap, posted the…

Aww, crap, posted the obvious response and then immediately realized I had opened tab quite a while before I had a chance to read it, and of course others had beaten me to the punch.

10/30/2018 - 1:51pm I don't know about an insult…

I don't know about an insult, but it's not a good face to have when Jim McElwain is on the staff.

10/27/2018 - 11:03pm In Franklin’s defense, they…

In Franklin’s defense, they were about to get a delay of game when he called the timeout “icing” his kicker. In his non-defense, it was because he took too long to send out the kicker. 

For anyone who didn’t watch the game, the TV crew missed that the play clock was running low and had a hysterical conversation trying to get anyone who had an idea what the hell Franklin was doing. 

10/26/2018 - 11:54pm I disagree with factoring…

I disagree with factoring intent in. In my opinion, all that does is make the targeting rules even more arbitrary and inconsistent.

Targeting as it exists currently is a mess, but the goal is to remove that form of really dangerous contact from the game, and I think it's probably decently effective at that. I don't know if it's been measured, but I suspect that contact to the head, and especially hard hits to the head, have decreased since it's been implemented. If the default becomes a 15-yard penalty, I expect that it would be very rare that officials actually bump it up to disqualification, and the rule loses much of its impact.

A different sport, but I'm partly swayed by the memory of clear-cut flagrant 2 fouls in key moments that officials wimped out on calling (I'm still bitter about the non-call against Indiana in 2013 that probably cost Michigan a co-Big Ten regular season championship). I think if you're asking officials to judge intent, particularly in a key high-pressure situation, they're going to go with the easy non-call most of the time.

10/24/2018 - 1:57pm Does your son like watching…

Does your son like watching the games on TV? If so, I think you'd be good. I took my then-5-year-old to a Cubs game this summer. It went great, he loved it, and I'd definitely think about bringing him to a football game in the near future (particularly one that's not going to be great/packed). The keys from my perspective were giving him tons of food, and being very clear with him that whenever he wanted to leave, we would leave. We arrived a little late and left a little early, but he absolutely loved the experience. I will say that one thing I hadn't given a lot of thought to is how close the seats are to the front of the section. They don't need to be that close to the field, but if there's 20 rows of people in front in your section, it may be hard to see.

10/23/2018 - 3:06pm I'm not very confident that…

I'm not very confident that a 12-1 Michigan team would get in over an 11-1 ND team that beat us. It's definitely a possibility--we will have played multiple top teams, and the committee seems to put significant value on conference championships. Plus, in 2016 we destroyed Penn State and they were still one spot above us in the CFP, so it's definitely a possibility. But I don't think I'd feel all that confident.

10/23/2018 - 11:48am I know it's just the…

I know it's just the newspaper's description, and not school's press release, but I loved the phrasing "following his 2-5 start and failure to uphold values to the school and ethical standards." That phrasing, and particularly the ordering of the reasons is just beautiful. Not hiding the fact that one of these is the reason he's fired, and one is to lower the buyout.

10/17/2018 - 9:56am Not as many as the number…

Not as many as the number tied for third.

10/15/2018 - 3:00pm I mean, did you not read the…

I mean, did you not read the title. Loose lips sink ships. MLive is clearly working with us to have State forget about the fullback position.

If you're going to include sensitive information in your posts, at least write it in a way that State scouts can't interpret it. Even better, include contradictory information immediately afterwards written for them.

The gentleman from Connecticut did, indeed, participate in the fine sporting contest among midwest teams two nights prior.

Ben Mason hurt foot ouch. No play.

10/15/2018 - 10:21am No offense, but your…

No offense, but your favorite Sandburg story has very little Sandburg in it. Other than that, it's awesome, and I plan to steal and use it widely.

Random side note, but Robert Frost's grandson, Robert Frost, II, was a professor at the School of Information until his death in 2011. He went by Bob and from my impression (having read about but never met the man), sought to downplay his famous grandfather (sounded like he just wanted to make his own reputation, which I totally understand). He donated family archive materials (books, letters, photos, etc) to the university.

10/14/2018 - 2:36pm I agree with you, 6 is high,…

I agree with you, 6 is high, though it isn’t unreasonable, and will feel more legit if we win the next two weeks. Partly, I think it was really lucky timing on our part to destroy #15 on the day that so many top teams lost. I’m guessing that many voters moved us up more than might have otherwise since they were already shaking things up so much. Had we beaten Wisconsin badly on an earlier week and barely squeaked by Northwestern this week, I think our ranking wouldn’t have been so good. 

10/14/2018 - 2:31pm That was very nice of State…

That was very nice of State to squeak in the top 25 for a week. Looking forward to beating a ranked team on the road. 

10/14/2018 - 2:27pm It would be a no-brainer…

It would be a no-brainer either way because roughing the snapper carries more yards. That said, I don’t recall seeing a holding call ever being called before the punt when it’s holding a gunner like that. Not only would it be moderately hard to figure out if it was before the punt in real time, but I think refs give the benefit to the returning team since that kind of hold doesn’t negatively impact the punt at all (just like how holds that are away from, and not impacting the play, are usually ignored, per NCAA guidance). 

10/10/2018 - 12:24pm Not much help here, except…

Not much help here, except to say that the "view from the seat" on StubHub is only taken from the general vicinity, there's not a unique picture for each row, much less for each seat, so don't use that view as guidance at all.

09/26/2018 - 5:47pm Me, too. I try to click on…

Me, too. I try to click on them every time. I mean, I always like to support Brian and MGoBlog, but if I can take money from Notre Dame’s pocket and out it in Brian’s, that’s just a bonus. 

09/26/2018 - 4:02pm Yes, although in the…

Yes, although in the interview with him, he said that was just his way of talking through his nerves and not that he would really have changed the play call at the last second.

I would have definitely assumed that they wouldn't make, much less keep, audio recordings of the coaches, but the existence means they certainly made recordings for some period of time, and makes it more likely at least some have been kept. I really loved the recording, and the interview with Moeller was just fascinating to me (as a guy who loves but doesn't really understand football in strategic way). Would be pretty awesome if there were more. I mean, what exactly did Bo say to Fielding Yost up in Football's Valhalla?

09/12/2018 - 12:05pm Haven't gotten to Michigan…

Haven't gotten to Michigan Stadium with kids yet, but having gone to other sporting events, I'm going to add 5 D and E. Go to a lesser opponent so that:

D. So it's not so painful to leave when it's time to go. Bringing kids to sports is a long-term project, if they enjoy it, you get to keep bringing them back. That means when they've hit their limit, it's time to go. If they're not going to sit through the whole game, it's better for you if it's a game you don't mind leaving.

E. So you're shelling out a reasonable amount of money for half of a game (or whatever portion they make it through).

08/31/2018 - 10:12am I mean, it's possible 5xx…

I mean, it's possible 5xx errors are more likely, but it's already 404ing if you go to this MGoBlog page

08/25/2018 - 10:26am ?

Did you miss that the…


Did you miss that the Kwame Kilpatrick comment was made hours before the Paul Manafort comment and thus was not comparing the two at all?

08/24/2018 - 4:52pm Thanks, I must have missed…

Thanks, I must have missed that announcement.

08/24/2018 - 3:13pm Is this an indication that…

Is this an indication that they won't do a show following the full season (I'm wondering that since the Rome trip was part of the Amazon Prime series last year, and I know they were debating this year but hadn't committed to it)?

08/07/2018 - 10:48am You clearly don't speak…

You clearly don't speak German, and thus must be evil. I think that's how reverse logic works, right?

"The Bart, The" was the translation of "Die Bart, Die".

07/26/2018 - 8:44pm I moved from Ann Arbor to…

I moved from Ann Arbor to Chicagoland and had Comcast in both locations. For the first year after the move, I had a terrible time with the TV, with multiple visits from technicians trying to fix our weak signal before they finally realized that the box was the problem and gave us a different one. 

The worst part of the process was calling customer service for an unusual reason. The first thing you do is enter your phone number, it turns out your area code routes you to the appropriate call center. Since I still had my 734 number, I got routed to a call center for Ann Arbor, who was pretty useful right up until they realized my address was not in their region. I was then transferred to the worst call center ever, who I could barely hear (not understand—just hear) and who could never understand me, not to mention being generally incompetent with fixing problems. Eventually the Ann Arbor call center clued me in to why I kept getting transferred and told me to just put in a fake number with a Chicago area code at the first prompt. So that solved the rerouting problem—of course it just meant that I went quickly to the terrible service. 

07/15/2018 - 12:51am Definitely this. It goes…

Definitely this. It goes along with the "know the answer before you ask the question" advice, which is excellent--the timing can be a surprise, but you should have talked a lot about marriage before getting engaged. My wife didn't want lots of input on the ring, but she knew she liked princess cut, solitaires, and didn't like yellow gold. That still left a lot of options out there, but it helped me narrow my search, and give me confidence that she'd like what I picked. I have friends who picked the ring together, which I'm glad I didn't do (and wasn't necessary since I had gotten lots of input), but I'd honestly rather the ring be a good match than it be a surprise.

Random tips that come to mind:

- If you can get her actual ring size, that's helpful. I didn't, but found a ring of hers from a similarly-sized finger, and slid it on my pinky when she wasn't looking, remembering how far it down my finger it fit. I then went to the jeweler and figured out what ring size that was. I was still modestly off, but it was better than a random guess would have been (and part of the deal from most jewelers I went to is that they resize it once for free). When in doubt, round up. It's better to have a ring that she can wear that evening, even if it's a little loose.

- I liked looking at the diamond in the super-zoom microscope and after looking at a few, you'll get a general sense for what levels of imperfection look like. But I came close to going for a diamond that was more perfect in the microscope than in real life, and I'm glad I didn't do that. You'll never look at it in a microscope again.

- This may be less important for round cut since there is a "perfect" formula for angles, but I bought a princess cut diamond, and was shocked at what a difference there was in how much "fire" the diamond had. The one I decided on almost jumped out at me with reflected light and color; I looked at others that were pretty dead in that regard. It depends a lot on the light source, and is probably less important than color or size, but unlike the super-zoom microscope, I'm glad fire played a role in my decision.

06/30/2018 - 11:06am There’s an end in 4 days.

There’s an end in 4 days.

Right before they instituted the countdown, I had skipped a day or two because it really felt like there was no point—unliked normal Risk, which still takes forever, having lots of territory was more of a disadvantage than advantage to gaining further. Once they added the end-date, it really juiced the game some, though, and I’ve found it a lot more entertaining. 

06/30/2018 - 11:03am Just noticed that I was an…

Just noticed that I was an MVP a few turns ago. Hurray!

Anyways, onwards to victory!

06/23/2018 - 2:58am Definitely would have been…

Definitely would have been cleared ahead of time. Otherwise Harbaugh springing it on CWebb on live radio would have been extremely rude. 

I remember the Fab Five, but wasn’t big into Michigan or basketball yet. As a result, my opinions aren’t that strong, but I’m glad they’ve found a way that works for CWebb to come back on campus. 

06/01/2018 - 10:52am Just fine

As is the Chrysler Center. Hooray Engin 101!

05/31/2018 - 4:49pm Upvoted for knowing MGoBlog

Upvoted for knowing MGoBlog well enough to not reply to the comment that should be changed and thus locking it in place, which I’ve seen done a few times before . . .

05/22/2018 - 10:02pm Not an audible

It wasn’t an audible, but the call had multiple options based on the defense: two runs and two passes. Moeller thought a short hitch was likely but it was built into the play that if the corner sat on the hitch, they would go to a fade.

For anyone who hasn’t heard Moeller break down the play, check it out, it’s awesome:

05/22/2018 - 3:32pm Apparently it’s not just you,

Apparently it’s not just you, the post before yours said the same thing.

05/17/2018 - 5:04pm Complain to someone else

05/14/2018 - 11:06pm Very fun

Very fun, but glad you posted the Wikipedia link—it’s not so much a castle as a palace built by a mad king who wanted to play castle. So, very enjoyable, but obviously don’t go in looking for authentic history, or at least authentic history from before the late 1800s.

05/14/2018 - 10:48pm Yes to Dachau

Dachau is so powerful, and I definitely recommend it as well.

Though when I went as a teenager, I had the most searing ugly American experience of my life. This asshole speaking American English pointed his camcorder at his toddler daughter in a stroller and said loudly, “and here’s Shelby in . . . some museum.” Seriously had no idea where he was. Ever since, when an anonymous person does something idiotic, my family just says “there goes Shelby’s dad.”

05/11/2018 - 10:43am Hadn’t thought it through

Hadn’t thought it through since the donor’s welcome to make whatever choices they want. Let’s say sure, you get money, just maybe dock it by a quarter. If you leave early for the NFL, no need, the money won’t mean much anyways. If you graduate you get $25k per year, so a grad transfer into Michigan could still get paid some, too.

05/11/2018 - 12:42am I love Harbaugh for trying to do this

How about we round up a couple of donors and they give everyone who finishes 4 years of Michigan football $100,000? I mean, it's not promised--that would be against the rules I'm sure--the donors just happen to do it each year. Would only cost a couple of million per year.

05/10/2018 - 11:30am I totally disagree. It

I totally disagree. It depends a lot on the person and the major. I knew extremely smart kids who were able to coast and others who worked extraordinarily hard, including the kid who was almost definitely the smartest in my major my year.

I do agree not to stress too much about grades, though. You’re pretty much surrounded by kids who got mostly or all As in high school. Some, but very few, will continue to do so in college. Especially in engineering, you can be very successful with the degree, particularly if you focus more on getting your work done and understanding it than you do on grades.

Do have fun, that’s an important part of college, but don’t be surprised if the work is overwhelming at times. Learning to budget your time and to start early on big projects and make consistent progress is a huge benefit, but even then there will probably be times that will feel overwhelming, especially in engineering. If you’re staying mentally healthy big picture, then that’s totally ok. And if you’re not, get connected to counseling who can do wonders with helping you figure life out.

05/10/2018 - 10:08am Passionate about computers

You mention being passionate about computers. Have you ever programmed? I ask because I have seen a lot of students who love computers but hate programming (and a lot who love computers and love programming). If you haven’t programmed before, I’d encourage you to pick up a book and try it out over the summer (and do many exercises in the book, you won’t understand the material until you use it). If you hate it, don’t give up until you’ve tried a class or two at Michigan because learning in a class is a very different experience, but it will clue you in to think about what else you might be interested in. If you enjoy it, then you’ve got a leg up in the first class or two compared to where you were before.

05/10/2018 - 9:56am Having majored in CS and taught a little in it at M

There’s no secret criteria. (In contrast to say University of Washington which, last I heard, caps the number of majors and makes you apply to get in, similar to the way the business school does at Michigan.) If you’re in the engineering program and you pass he required courses, you’ll be able to declare the major and graduate in CS. (Assuming the LS&A CS program is still available, then not being in the engineering school isn’t a problem.)

When I was there a decade ago, the first three courses were viewed somewhat as weeder courses (ENGR 101 or EECS 183, plus EECS 280 and 281). Not that the department will force you but that students may fail and thus not be able to continue or be unsuccessful and realize that it’s not for them.

05/05/2018 - 5:44am About seven episodes in

It’s entertaining, but roughly the same as rewatching the season in terms of how funny it feels. There are clearly some jokes that don’t work as well in this format (like Lindsay wacking Tobias on the airplane repeatedly isn’t as funny since we immediately see that it’s Tobias) but the plot is so much easier to follow that I’ve picked up on some jokes more easily as a result. It also gets rid of the problem that some episodes in the original format were slower since their key character couldn’t hold together an episode as well.

If someone had never seen season 4, I’d probably encourage them to watch the original format first, but I think I like the new one better for rewatching.

And unrelated to that, but just a line that’s got me disproportionately laughing today, after Buster learns that Lucille 2 is having juice at 2 in the afternoon, Lucille 2: “Honey, it's 8 a.m. somewhere.”

05/03/2018 - 12:53pm Yeah, I shouldn’t have used

Yeah, I shouldn’t have used term average. Both med schools are well above average, especially with recent increase in number of med schools but even before then. The main disagreement I’d have with previous posters is that I’d say Wayne State and Michigan State med schools are relatively comparable rather than Wayne State being well ahead of State.