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07/05/2018 - 7:59am Brian, since policy wonkery…

Brian, since policy wonkery is my day job, a few thoughts:

1. To whatever degree you want to grade on a curve, the American Society of Civil Engineers gives the entire country a "D" for roads:

2. The ASCE is, in effect, a lobbying organization for more infrastructure spending, because it means more work for civil engineers. Doesn't mean their analyses aren't worth taking into account, but it does mean that they have an economic incentive to be tough graders.

3. Thanks for calling attention to the YIMBY/NIMBY issue. This is a serious problem in many places, as you know, and so it's encouraging that Taylor has supported residential development.

4. While property taxes may have gone down from a rate perspective (i.e., the millage), it may not be accurate to say that someone's property taxes, in dollar terms, went down. For example, if your property is suddenly worth 10% more, and the property tax rate stays the same, your property taxes in dollar terms have increased. You may think this is a good thing, but to a retiree on fixed income who suddenly is paying more in property taxes due to economic forces he can't control, this is a big problem. What is gentrification? In economic terms, gentrification is often driven by property taxes going up in a low-cost neighborhood, driving out those who own their homes but can't afford the annual tax assessment. So the Michigan tax reform you describe is an attempt to rectify this. A cleaner approach is the one used in California, where property taxes are based on the last transaction for the property; i.e., if you paid $100k for your house, the property taxes are based on that, not some arbitrary assessment, until you sell the house to someone else at some point in the future.

07/02/2018 - 9:22am He reminds me of Steve…

He reminds me of Steve Breaston with his elusiveness (but not extreme speed) on the kick returns. He could be a real threat back there.

06/14/2018 - 7:50pm Kyle Shanahan FTW!


Kyle Shanahan FTW!

Wouldn't it be awesome to bring the zone read back to Michigan...a commie can dream...

06/11/2018 - 12:02pm A shame about Kareem Walker…

A shame about Kareem Walker. He showed real speed on the field. As the coach says, as one door closes, another opens.

06/06/2018 - 5:07pm I know it's hard for newbies…

I know it's hard for newbies, so here you go. My username is a 2007 reference to Lloyd Carr's inability to defend dual-threat QBs:

With the game against the Gophers out of the way, Michigan has seen its last spread offense for the year (at least until its bowl game). Although some Wolverines said they didn't care what kind of offense they played, others said they're happy to know some more traditional ones are up next on the schedule. "Thank God. We're happy about that," linebackers coach Steve Szabo said. "I call that Communist football. I'm so tired of it. Good, red-blooded Americans snap the ball, hand it to the guy and have a normal run game or pass game."

06/06/2018 - 3:04pm Thank you for collapsible…

Thank you for collapsible comment threads! And for everything else.

06/01/2018 - 12:04pm Not happening

Chrysler will soldier on.…

05/31/2018 - 7:40pm Some other Carpenter data points

Bill Greene said that along with being the first junior captain in Moeller history, he was the first freshman OL starter in Moeller history. Seems like the kind of guy whose personality and intelligence is underrated relative to his measurables.

05/31/2018 - 12:11pm Same thickness as the Schembechler/Harbaugh M hat

So, it's all good.

05/31/2018 - 12:10pm Austin Westlake High has it going on

Between their football program (which produced Drew Brees, Nick Foles, Ravens kicker Justin Tucker, and a number of other high major college players like Calvin Anderson) and their basketball program (2019 #13 player Will Baker et al.), I need to spend more time going to their games—I live five minutes away.  Same with neighbor Lake Travis High (Baker Mayfield et al).

05/30/2018 - 12:27pm I miss those Comrades

We shared a similar sense of humor.

05/29/2018 - 12:16pm Highly unlikely for 2018

These things have to be worked out more than a year in advance.

05/23/2018 - 4:22pm I like this idea

Aside from being a DCDS alum (where he won the Headmaster's Cup for being the best all-around student), the Sporting News rated him one of the smartest athletes in sports. He was Academic All-American of the Year at Duke. Michael Lewis profiled him in the New York Times as a guy who made teams better without flashy stats. Runs the analytics program with the Heat. This is the kind of guy who can identify diamonds in the rough.

Best quote from the Lewis article (which is a fabulous read in its entirety):

“I call him Lego,” Morey says. “When he’s on the court, all the pieces start to fit together. And everything that leads to winning that you can get to through intellect instead of innate ability, Shane excels in. I’ll bet he’s in the hundredth percentile of every category.”

05/23/2018 - 3:09pm Great Lakes Invitational scheduling problems

Has to do with the fact that the Pistons and the Red Wings both play at Little Caesars Arena.  Makes it harder to schedule the GLI.

05/22/2018 - 2:53pm If Jake Rudock had one more year of eligibility

We would have made it to the national championship game in 2016.

05/22/2018 - 2:25pm Good enough to be an Ostberliner

Happy trails, Comrade.

05/18/2018 - 4:04pm Da Comrade

"I call that Communist football. I'm so tired of it. Good, red-blooded Americans snap the ball, hand it to the guy and have a normal run game or pass game." — Steve Szabo, Michigan linebackers coach, 2007

05/17/2018 - 10:46am Nobody forces you to read content in the offseason

But if you're going to, something more useful than "we shouldn't talk about football until we beat MSU and OSU RAWR" would be great.

05/17/2018 - 10:31am Reading that Washington Post article re Pitino

I'm no Pitino fan -- but he makes a reasonable case that he's innocent of any criminality -- simply of doing what was "allowed" in order to steer recruits his way. The point about Dawkins shooting his mouth off, and the FBI using that to implicate Pitino, makes sense.

05/15/2018 - 9:00pm I’ll never forgive Jordan for 1990

As a loyal Pistons fan who will never forgive him for how he denigrated the Pistons and their legitimacy as champions. I still barf a little inside every time I see that Jordan logo on Michigan’s gear.

05/14/2018 - 12:47pm Amazon Season 2

I like it.  Better yet, M should do what Ole Miss does and build out its own production team:

05/08/2018 - 2:55pm Denton, TX is a noted hipster den

Jalen's hometown:

The hub of Denton’s unplugged music scene is now Dan’s Silver Leaf, a colorful dive bar in a former radiator repair shop decorated with Texas longhorn skulls. On a breezy Saturday night last March, the bar was packed with 20-somethings with straggly beards, ponytails and vintage T-shirts. They sat in stone silence as Sarah Jaffe, a 22-year-old transplant from Dallas, belted out a heartfelt ballad reminiscent of Jeff Buckley’s version of “Hallelujah.” Local music watchers were already calling her the town’s next Norah Jones. 

“People get kind of jaded because we literally have some of the best musicians in the world play here,” said Dan Mojica, the club’s silver-haired owner, who was holding court at his usual spot at the backyard bar. “We’ve set the standard so high that locals are expecting that all the time.”

05/08/2018 - 2:18pm Baffling coaching malpractice

Just hard to see why Drevno couldn't see that his concepts were too complicated for college freshmen.  He was an accomplished college OL coach at previous stops -- what happened?

05/08/2018 - 12:59pm It's funny you say that, because...

On the bench after he made that throw, the receiver said he was thinking "Please see me! Please see me!" and Shea Patterson exclaimed, "Thank God I saw that!" Here's the clip:


05/03/2018 - 3:03pm Actually we got screwed by OSU

OSU AD set up the crossover schedule.  We play Wisconsin 6 years in a row while they're good, and then get Nebraska for the next 6 years (after Scott Frost makes them good). 

05/03/2018 - 2:47pm I've wondered about this as well

And come to the same general conclusion (though Drevno made it worse by being insecure/protective of his turf and not being a team player). Warinner was run out of OSU because he was promoted to OC and was really meant to just be a great OL coach.

05/03/2018 - 8:25am There has been a lot of insider rumbling

About Drevno's politicking. You see oblique references to it every time a Michigan coach talks about how much more "collaborative" the offensive staff is now.

05/02/2018 - 7:50pm Jedd Fisch departure

I wonder if we're underestimating how much the Jedd Fisch departure magnified problems becasue Jedd was an innovative OC whereas Drevno was in over his head (plus the divisive internal politics that Drevno started to employ once Jedd was gone).

05/02/2018 - 11:32am This is correct

Also, southern protestants aren't the biggest fans of the Pope, so add that to the reasons why some SEC types hated the Rome trip. Normandy on the other hand is hard for them to hate on.

05/01/2018 - 10:31am Three hopeful OL elements

1. Warinner coaching the entire OL instead of the weird Drevno-Frey split (and also Warinner being an excellent coach)

2. Ruiz at center doing a better job of being a quarterback of the OL (primary responsibility for calling out protections on the field)

3. Hudson and Filiaga coming off redshirts -- both 4-star recruits who, in a Warinner OL, could be solid

05/01/2018 - 9:23am Very interesting

It shows up in the OP on the app, but not on a web browser (at least not on my Safari).

05/01/2018 - 9:20am Embedded video

Here's the embedded video (can't put it in the OP):

04/30/2018 - 3:04pm Ed Warinner

Worth recalling that the OL coach for Minnesota last year was...Ed Warinner.

04/30/2018 - 9:01am National, Rose, & Big Ten Champions

National Champions

1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1918, 1923, 1932, 1933, 1947, 1948, 1997

Rose Bowl Champions

1902, 1948, 1951, 1965, 1981, 1989, 1993, 1998

Big Ten Champions

1898, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1906, 1918, 1922, 1923, 1925, 1926, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1943, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1964, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004

04/27/2018 - 3:34pm Hardly

I thought Saving Private Ryan was powerful and well-done, overall. This is not about political correctness -- it's about helping every Michigan Wolverine bond over their visit to Normandy.

04/27/2018 - 11:57am A source for you, Comrade…

Retired Cpl. William Dabney, now 93, is one of two surviving members of the 320th. In 1942, he was in his second year of high school when he enlisted in the Army – and only after convincing his great-aunt to sign a document granting him permission to serve. He soon found himself training to use hydrogen-filled barrage balloons, which had thin metal cables with bombs attached that would detonate if triggered by low-flying enemy planes.

04/27/2018 - 10:05am Here's why it's on topic

The point of the trip to France is team bonding—helping the players, who come from so many different backgrounds, become brothers. If the visit to Normandy ends up ignoring the role of black regiments at D-Day, my concern is that it could detract from that effort at cohesion. That's why I published the post.

04/27/2018 - 9:52am "Supporting role"

I mean, hanging from a blimp and being a sitting duck for Nazi snipers can be called a "supporting role," I guess, but that's like saying an OG or OT only plays a "supporting role" on a football team because he doesn't personally advance the football.

In terms of numbers, black soldiers represented approximately 4 percent of the initial landing party:

Of the 31,912 troops landing on Utah Beach, approximately 1,200 were black and included troops of the remaining battery of the 320th Balloon Battalion, the 582nd Engineer Dump Truck Company, the 385th Quartermaster Truck Company, and the 490th Port Battalion with its 226th, 227th, 228th, and 229th Port Companies.

The issue is that there's a common misconception that there were no black troops at D-Day, a misconception that was furthered by Saving Private Ryan. Overall, a million African-Americans served in World War II. And given that the Michigan football team is full of talented black players, to me it seems important to make sure that the program has the opportunity to study this topic during its visit.

04/26/2018 - 6:07pm Great news comrades

Hopefully Harbaugh finally has the QB he can mold into greatness.

04/25/2018 - 10:57pm Da Comrade

And Denard would’ve broken more records. The RichRod offense with the Don Brown defense. Sigh

04/18/2018 - 8:34am Interesting Calipari stat from that article

He has finished in the top 2 in ESPN's recruiting rankings for 10 straight years. But he only has one national championship -- from his first season when it wasn't his guys.

04/18/2018 - 8:23am "Steak in a tank of piranhas"

Good nickname for a defense...the Piranhas...

04/05/2018 - 10:19am The calls weren't great

But aside from the fact that our 3 point shooting was the real reason for the loss, I'd say I've been impressed with the reffing over the course of the tournament and also the Big Ten Tournament. Aside from the title game, I thought that the reffing was even and reasonable -- letting incidental contact go, for example.

04/04/2018 - 8:59am Great article Comrade

You should post it as a separate MGoBoard post -- I think it does a lot to illustrate what we can learn from Villanova's success.

04/04/2018 - 8:34am What was amazing about the phantom calls

Was that I was in the *upper deck* at the Alamodome and it was obvious to me that there was no contact. I was wondering what the hell was going on. Now I know.

04/03/2018 - 1:18pm I agree with the OP and also the commenters

I think the defensive approach may make the players more tired.  But we also suffered from a lack of consistent shooting. Just look at the abysmal free throw stats.  Hopefully as our shooting improves through an upgrade in talent, the defense becomes less exhausting (because we're not constantly in close games).

04/03/2018 - 9:53am Tarpley wasn't the only one

IIRC, Antoine Joubert also had issues with alcohol.

04/03/2018 - 2:05am A great season Comrades

Much to be proud of—the team and its character and its effort.

04/02/2018 - 7:44pm I’m at the team send off

At the Marriott Riverwalk. The attendant at my parking lot said Michigan fans outnumber Villianova fans 15-1 at his lot.

04/02/2018 - 6:14pm I’m here

Indian dude with a maize Michigan shirt, navy shorts and sneakers, sunglasses and regular glasses hanging from his t shirt. 2nd floor