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Freakonomics Radio: Why Marry? (Part 1 & 2)

22 April 2014 - 12:04 PM


A couple of interesting things I learned:

-The divorce rate among married couples in the United States has actually dropped 27% since the late 1970s.
-Unmarried women 'are almost a democratic voting bloc' - and make up about a quarter of the votes in the U.S, but don't turn out relative to their married counterparts. '22 million missing votes'

Man faces $525 federal fine for refilling his soda without paying

17 April 2014 - 11:45 AM



"As I was filling my cup up, I turned to walk off and a fella grabbed me by the arm and asked me was I going to pay for that, and I told him I wasn't aware that I had to pay for that."
Lewis says he tried to pay the $0.89 right there, but wasn't allowed to. He says he wasn't given the chance to pay the cashier either.


The ticket was issued by the Federal Police Force at the VA Medical Center in downtown Charleston after Christopher Lewis refilled his soda without paying the $0.89. A hospital spokesperson called it a "theft of government property."

Statement by the medical center:


The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is fortunate to have a highly trained Federal police force to ensure the safety of our patients, visitors and employees. As Federal police they are responsible for enforcing the law. Today a Federal citation was issued for shoplifting in the VA cafeteria to an individual who stated to VA police he had not paid for refills of beverages on multiple occasions, even though signs are posted in the cafeteria informing patrons refills are not free. Shoplifting is a crime. The dollar amount of the ticket is not determined by VA as it is a Federal citation. The citation may be paid or the recipient may choose to appear in Federal court to contest it.

Excellent use of federal power :facepalm:

SI.com: Michigan 2014 spring practice

07 April 2014 - 01:25 PM

Andy Staples (SI.com): Michigan's new-look offense in need of major improvement


It is Hoke who keeps (correctly) insisting that the Wolverines play football to win championships. Given that, another season as average as the past two would likely generate some soul-searching by Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon (...) if it wants to reach the conference title game, a championship of any kind will require significant improvement from last fall's 7-6 campaign.

The statute of limitations on blaming Rich Rodriguez has passed. Hoke had little control over his first recruiting class, but he now has signed three classes in which he had a full cycle to recruit (...) Any flaws in Team 135 rest squarely on the shoulders of this staff. So, this group has to produce, and the quickest way to do that is for Nussmeier to breathe life into an offense that averaged 2.5 yards a carry during a stretch that saw the Wolverines go 2-6 in their final eight games of 2013. If Saturday is any indication, that's asking a lot of Nussmeier. (...)

Michigan opens on Aug. 30 against Appalachian State. What could possibly go wrong?

A look at our conference brothers up in Ann Arbor, who have been going through a fairly similar 'Get Back' period over most of the past decade.

If both our programs, equally under pressure, are just as good in rising to the occasion this year, we'll be meeting the Wolverines in December. That'd be cool to see -- I love the idea of a Nebraska/Michigan clash.

A look ahead at Nebraska's 2014 schedule

03 April 2014 - 12:39 PM

Sort of a spin-off from another thread where SOS was mentioned, but I thought it was interesting. We do play a lot of teams with winning records in 2013.

Here's the 2014 schedule, with 2013 records.

FAU 6-6
McNeese State FCS
@ Fresno State 11-2
Miami 9-4
Illinois 4-8
@ Michigan State 13-1 (BYE follows)
@Northwestern 5-7
Rutgers 6-7
Purdue 1-11 (BYE follows)
@Wisconsin 9-4
Minnesota 8-5
@ Iowa 8-5

There are 6 games that should be absolute gimmes here: FAU, McNeese State, Illinois, Northwestern, Rutgers, and Purdue. Of the other 6, I'd split them this way:

Michigan State

DID THEY REALLY WIN THAT MANY GAMES LAST YEAR? (all these should be expected W's)
Fresno State

That's 8 or 9 regular season wins not counting any of the three true marquee matchups...of which, neither Wisconsin nor Miami are that scary. They're programs in similar positions trying to make similar leaps as us. I think the regular season should finish with at most 2 losses, with 0 not at all outside the realm of possibility.

A 3-loss regular season would be a push, depending on where and how those three losses happen. If we finish with 2 or 3 losses, the postseason will be defining. Another '10 or '12 fizzle out to a 9-4/10-4/9-5 finish, or better.

A 4-loss regular season, while not impossible to imagine, would be very disappointing. We'd have to get swept by every marquee opponent and lose another one somewhere, or beat one of the top 3 but drop two elsewhere. I don't think it's possible to lose more than 4.

So, there are two ways this team finally makes that proverbial leap in 2014. A 1-loss regular season or better, or a 2-3 loss regular season with a conference championship and/or impressive bowl win. I don't think Bo has to make the leap this year to keep his job, that's a slightly different discussion. But I think this year is a very, very good opportunity to do so. I'd be quite disappointed if we didn't.

Richard Sherman for MMQB, on DeSean Jackson & Gang Ties

02 April 2014 - 10:20 AM

Richard Sherman (MMQB): Stardom doesn't change where you're from


I’m not going to tell you that DeSean Jackson isn’t in a gang, because I can’t say unequivocally that he isn’t. I can’t tell you whether his friends have done the things police have accused them of doing, because I wasn’t there. I can’t tell you what DeSean does with his time, because we play football on opposite ends of the country. I can only tell you that I believe him to be a good person, and if you think, say or write otherwise without knowing the man, you’re in the wrong.

I especially like the part where Sherman takes the Eagles to task for sending Riley Cooper to counseling and rewarding him with a fat contract extension.


This offseason they re-signed a player who was caught on video screaming, “I will fight every n—– here.” He was representing the Philadelphia Eagles when he said it, because, of course, everything we do is reflective of the organization. (...)

Commit certain crimes in this league and be a certain color, and you get help, not scorn. Look at the way many in the media wrote about Jim Irsay after his DUI arrest. Nobody suggested the Colts owner had “ties” to drug trafficking, even though he was caught driving with controlled substances (prescription pills) and $29,000 in cash to do who-knows-what with. Instead, poor millionaire Mr. Irsay needs help, some wrote.

But DeSean Jackson is the menace, right? (...) If only all record label owners were held to this standard, somebody might realize that Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg weren’t the bosses behind NWA. Jim Irsay lookalikes in suits were.