A couple weeks ago, I put together a google map with all of the Michigan bars I'm aware of (and also everything from the spreadsheet that bouje has been maintaining.) The map is here.
Hopefully this will prevent the "where's the Michigan bar in Pittsburgh/Fresno/Topeka/wherever" threads that pop up every week, but if your favorite gameday hangout isn't on here, put it in the thread and let me know. I'll do my best to keep the map up to date.
This story is well-known, but if you haven't heard it yet, it's always good to relive this one during Ohio State week. As the sports editor of the Michigan Daily back in 1982, when he was down there covering the game, Bob "Wojo" Wojnowski was arrested during an incident on High Street in Columbus. The Daily photographer arrested along with him was Brian Masck, famous for taking the Heisman-pose photo of Desmond, and then suing him over it.
Read MVictors' remembrance of the High Street incident, and let this be a lesson to anyone traveling to Columbus this weekend (not that anyone is) - they're not normal down there.
Im going to be gone for the Thanksgiving holiday and won't get more than this done. I like how it turned out, but I always love feedback/suggestions. My heart's just barely in it this season, so I apologize for the drop off in wallpapers (Basketball WILL have a few ready before B1G Season). Even so, I HAD to make one for "The Game." Because OH HOW I HATE OHIO STATE...
GO BLUE. BEAT OHIO STATE.
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Enjoy and GO BLUE.
My favorite coach, and probably yours, is one of forty nominees for the 2014 Broyles Award, which goes to the nation's top assistant coach. He was one of five finalists in 2011, when I believe he deserved to win. LSU's defensive co-ordinator was named the best assistant, although Mattison's accomplishments that year were more impressive.
Congratulations to Coach Mattison.
Since we've been discussing it ad nauseum elsewhere, in bits and pieces, I thought it might be worth bringing together a unified set of thoughts on what makes a good AD in a single thread. Or actually, it is the night before thanksgiving and I am bored and everyone else in my house seems occupied. But whatever.
Some folks seem to think business acumen is essential (it is roughly a $100m+ dollar business after all); others think that experience in sports and coaching is a must. So which is it?
My model for a surprisingly good AD is Wisconsin head Barry Alvarez. He has an eye for good coaches and has repeatedly made excellent hires in football, basketball, hockey, and elsewhere. Thus, he leans towards being a sports guy, and I think lets others handle the business side of things. By the way, an excellent article of the breakdown of Wisconsin revenue can be found online here; fun to see how all the dollars break down.
But perhaps business is more important. Here's an article in 1987 our famous Don Canham on the issue: "An athletic director has to know how to arrange schedules for maximum TV and radio revenue and how to hire coaches," Canham said. "But ability to read the bottom line is more important. In 1968, the Michigan athletic budget was $2.6 million. Now [ed:1987] it's $19 million. Athletics paid its own way then, and it still does, from shoveling snow to supporting non-revenue sports."
So, what are the qualities you are looking for? Which is more important, hiring, or money? Or, what should this thread have been about on the night before Turkey day?*
* Glib answers listed here to avoid the need to post:
- "Hire Harbaugh!"
- "Another damn AD thread?"
- Some long discussion about how RR would have done with another year and more $$ for a defensive coordinator.
- "The thread should have been about Turkey, and maybe stuffing."