Needs more cowbell.
So apparently you can bet on everything now, including where various coaches will be coaching next year. Just figured I would share this so that everybody who knows a cousin who waited on a secret AD insider (we can't say who it was because my cousin might lose his $5/hour waitering gig if he committed such a massive breach of trust, but you would be super impressed if we did say who it was) can now take their inside information straight to the bank.
At least on the site mentioned in the article (bodog.com), Harbaugh is a 1/1 favorite to remain at Stanford, 3/2 to coach in the NFL next year, 3/1 to take the Michigan job, and 5/1 to take over for JoePa in Happy Valley.
Rodriguez's odds are pretty much down the middle with a lean toward getting the axe (1/1 payout to stay and 5/7 to go).
Some other interesting prop bets in the article as well (Wannstache, Heisman, UO and Auburn this weekend) so that even those of us who don't know gossipy people in the service industry may be able to make a buck as well. Good luck to all bettors.
I figured with all of the bust/Dee Hart stories the past couple of days nobody would really care, but I recently had an interview for a job here in New York that reminded me how ingrained sports can be in one's life.
It was a pretty typicl interview - a couple of technical questions along with the usual get-to-now-you stuff. Toward the end, the interviewer asked me the most important question of all: Should RR be given another year at UM. My point was given the youth of the program and the school's patience with guys like Amaker and Ellerbe, RR needed at least one more year as well as a strong vote of confidence by the administration. There was a moment of silence, and then the guy said he agreed though he hadn't followed the situation that closely because...he was an Auburn grad and was dealing with his own media circus. We then commiserated for a couple of minutes about the vagaries of media coverage, fandom, and how hard it is to be a fan so far away from your school, and the interview seemed to end on a high note.
So that got me thinking, has anyone else in the MGoCommunity had a similar experience? Has your college sport allegiance ever enhanced or hindered a job prospect or relationship? I'm just really curious.
It's been over 12 months since this story about Harbaugh and BathroomGate, but I still find it hilarious. I imagine a massive HD screen to watch film and a high-tec X's and O's white board right next to the shitter.
From August 2009:
The Stanford athletic department is facing a multi-million revenue shortfall. Fundraising has cratered. Team budgets are being sliced. More than 20 jobs have been eliminated through layoffs and buyouts, and at least one sport (fencing) is in danger of being cut.
So by all means, build the football coach a private bathroom.
Harbaugh's response to austerity measures:
“It was something I’d asked for,’’ Harbaugh said. “It cuts down on drag.’’
$70,000? I don't care what anyone says, that is going to be one nice bathroom to spend lots of time.
The following is a "documented transcript" of a recorded conversation between Rich Rodriguez and David Brandon: As an MGoBlogger who believes in the importance of other random mgobloggers having access to the truth, I'm publishing this conversation's transcript:
RR: Hey David, you said you wanted to see me?
David Brandon: Yes, yes come on in, have a seat… are you hungry?
RR: I think I’m alright, Rita’s making her famous Nacho dip tonight for an appetizer, and you know how she gets if she finds out I’ve already eaten…
DB: Yea yea, I know... why get Domino's when you have Nacho Dip at home, i get it.
RR: Yeah, I mean I’m more of a Pizza House kinda guy but your point stands…
RR: That was a joke, tough crowd! Is it me or is it getting hot in here?
DB : Ah, good one Rich! You had me there for a minute!
RR: Anyway, you wanted to see me?
DB: Yes, I had a question for you, and I need you to answer honestly.
RR: You know me David, I’m a straight shooter. Say, would you turn the AC on or something, I’m boiling over here.
DB: Well… my question for you is, do you think I look like Chris Fowler?
RR: Well, not really, but if you did, I’d say like a more established, successful version. Nothing against Chris Fowler, he’s nice and all, but if there’s any resemblance, I’d say he looks like you, not the other way around.
DB: Good point! Thanks Rich, I knew you’d give it to me straight.
RR: Anytime. Seriously, it’s hot in here… I’m sweating like a sinner in church over here… are these seats heated?
DB: Haha, so you’re feeling like your seat is hot, ‘eh?! Get it?
DB: It’s a joke! Yes, I’ll turn down the heat on your seat...new amenity I installed. Listen, I know what I’ve told the media, but really I’m just having fun with them. Particularly, those clowns over at MGoBlog. Have you ever been on that site?
RR: Me? Nah, David you know I don’t listen to any of those bloggers... all that stuff is poison, but it can’t hurt you if you don’t swallow it.
DB: Agreed, but if you’re ever on it… my handle is profitgoblue.
RR: Handle? Listen, I know you’re going to do what’s best for the program, and I respect your decision, no matter what it is. Just know, that from day one, I've tried my best to become a Michigan Man, and I want to be here for the long haul, and win championships here at Michigan.
DB: Well, thank you Rich. Come over here though, and check this site out, seriously.
RR: Ah, alright.
DB: How about this thread “Could DB have possibly done worse here…” Let me click on that one… WHAT? Captain Obvious doesn’t trust me? He DISLIKES me? Ahhh… let’s skip this one… let’s go to one that’s about you…
RR: I really don’t think we should concern ourselves…
DB: Ah, c’mon, it’ll be fun! How about this one?
RR, DB: Boobies!!!
DB: Who is that?!
RR: I think that’s the girl who sings that California Girls song. My daughter loves her!
DB: I love her too but geez, they remake every song nowadays...
RR: Hey David, I’ve got to head out now before I’m in the dog house… are we all set here?
DB: Yes, but before you go, just know one thing… The job is yours, and that hasn’t changed at all in my mind at any point this season. Just promise me one thing… promise me you’ll help me by putting an end to this chatter. Quite frankly, it’s tiring.
RR: Next year…? I’m only focused on our next bowl game… but believe me, you will not regret this. You're going to be a big part of something special. Have a good night Dave.
DB: Night Coach.