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Michigan Football

Michigan had no business being ranked #4, let alone #3 in polls. Their defense gave up over 400 yards to a third* tier opponent, complete with missed tackles and a narrowly distributed offense. Notre Dame deserved to beat them, and Eastern Michigan ought to do well, too. Fun fact from Saturday’s game: Michigan used to average just 9.5 points per game by opponents. Under coach Carr? 19.5. Maybe I can help Michigan out. I figure our best recruiting effort just might be to get a new head coach who values speed and tackling ability in the secondary and can teach the line to recognize and stop the run. To that end, I’m going to give away Michigan’s playbook, right here. Attention Michigan Opponents! Here’s Carr’s playbook:

  • 70% chance they’re going to run it up the middle.
  • 15% chance they’ll throw it to their one useful receiver.
  • 10% chance they’ll throw it to their punt returner (but relax, he can’t catch anything thrown between his hands).
  • 3% chance they’ll run an option (their only “trick” play).
  • Otherwise they’re going to fumble (odds of this increase as they approach the goal line).

In any case, you can rest assured that if they don’t throw a touchdown, they’ll end up going away with a fieldgoal. So cover that receiver (just like Notre Dame did) and you’re set. Have a good game.

* Sorry Northern Illinois. You were good, but I consider Big 10’s perrenially losing schedule-fillers (Indiana, Northwestern, Penn State, Michigan State, etc) to be second tier.

New Orleans

I think Mike Davidson’s on to something. If the city’s rebuilt, the poorer people who lived there and were the most adversely affected will get priced out of it anyway. Why not just buy them off and ship them somewhere else? Nothing else will quelch their welfare-trained whining meet their needs as well.
The parts of New Orleans that people actually want to go to will be rebuilt, but let it by with corporate dollars. Hotels will repair or rebuild as the Mardi-Gras industry does. Port traffic would rebuild another part of the city, and developers looking to make gains in housing, ancillary business and industry, etc. would take care of bulldozing and rebuilding the rest as needed. Anyway, that’s my first take on it. Much as I enjoyed Mardi-Gras there, I just don’t see why I need to pay to rebuild a city bound to go through this all over again in the future.

Odometer

237,855 this morning.

Kids

Sarah’s talking much more plainly now. We still need to work on L’s and TH’s. “I don’t yike it” is cute, but I’d like to make sure she can actually pronounce those L’s too. She’s also using the potty quite a bit. We never have an.. unproductive trip to the bathroom, but we don’t always get there in time either. The other night she actually told us she needed to go while we were out driving around, and did her best to hold it until we were home. That’s pretty dang impressive for a 2 year old.
Jack’s talking more too, it’s just not English. He’s rolling over by himself too, so no more leaving him on the couch while we run to see what Sarah’s getting into.

So that’s about it for Monday morning. Time to get back to work.

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