alternate headline: man does job
The weekly roundup gets somewhat less enjoyable with each loss, but here's the chart nevertheless. I've incorporated Seth's suggestion of including last week's rankings for comparative purposes. Last week's rankings are indicated with a less opaque icon; if you can't see it at all, it's because the ranking hasn't changed much at all.
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So, we seem to have a four-tier B1G:
- Good teams: Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State
- Above-average teams: Nebraska, Minnesota, Michigan, Northwestern, Iowa, and Indiana is in this group, too, despite their schizophrenic nature (excellent offense, abysmal defense).
- Below-average teams: Illinois, Penn State
- Horrible teams: Purdue
IIRC, the ring was posted on eBay previously, and either didn't sell or the original "winnig bidder" sold it for a loss?
Sold for the asking price, $16,449.
Every week now countless fans rant about Brady Hoke's responses after games and in pressers, but lost in those threads are the responses correcting them, and thus the message never seems to get through. So I thought I'd make a post to emphasize the following point:
We as fans have a long list of reasons to be frustrated with the state of the program and coaching staff, but Brady Hoke's comments to the media should not be on that list.
Most of you have read this before, but for some reason it doesn't seem to get through.
Hoke simply cannot throw Borges, Funk or his players under the bus.
Borges, Funk and some of his players have underperformed, but for the head coach to acknowledge this in any specific form beyond his bland "We need to execute better" retorts, would be tossing said coaches and/or players under the bus to some degree. Doing so would be counterproductive for Hoke's aspirations on three fronts:
(a) Drawing what little inspiration or drive remains from Borges and Funk and the players, given they'd likely mail it in themselves if alienated, thus further sabotaging what little hope there is on offense for the remainder of this season.
(b) Attracting decent replacement coordinators (assuming that is an option he is considering) because what coordinator would come work for a coach that didn't protect him.
(c) Recruiting because many players wouldn't appreciate a coach that didn't protect them to the media.
We're all frustrated and searching for answers to the debacle we've witnessed this season, and saw signs of last season (second half Nebraska/Ohio). But expecting those answers to come from Brady Hoke's pressers in the middle of the season is shortsighted.
Hoke's performance and that of his staff are fair game. But the answers we seek won't materialize until probably some time in early January when we can judge Hoke by his actions rather than words. He will either replace Borges and Funk which will answer many of our questions as to where his mind has actually been, or he will keep them on another year and live, but more likely die by the feint hope that a year's worth of recruits, weight training, practice reps and advancement in the program will right the offense's ship.
Feel free to cry when you realize what could have been with Denard and Devin in the same backfield.
As if the game wasn't a bitter enough pill to swallow, many of us came home to horribly-timed envelope requesting our mandatory Preferred Seat "Donation" to maintain season tickets for next year. Having sold my extra Nebraska ticket for $20 ($65 for season ticket holders, $95 face, "dynamic" price $110), I started thinking...
1. What exactly happens if I don't pay my PSD? Do I lose the right to any tickets at all? Or do I just get worse tickets? Or placed at the back of the "line?" This led to the next thought...
2. What if a significant number of fans refuse to pay their PSD for next year?
Before two weeks ago, I think the expected response would be that the games will always sell out, so they would just boot you and find someone else willing to pay. But let's examine the situation...
1. Plenty of people are pissed by the PSD increase last year.
2. By all accounts, everyone on the "list" last year was able to get season tickets.
3. The coaching/team is dreadful.
4. The 2014 home schedule is stinky. (Which raises the question, which two games are going to be the two $95 premium games? Penn State and Indiana? Maryland?)
5. Given #3 and #4, it's almost guaranteed that you will pay less for a full season of tickets in the secondary market then you will if you shell out your PSD and season ticket cost.
6. Given #5, those season ticket holders that buy extra seats to sell for a profit are likely to let those extra seats go.
Given this "perfect storm," it seems likely that demand for tickets will be at an all time low, and if there was ever a time to have a PSD revolt, it is now. Can the athletic department afford to penalize everyone who refuses to pay the PSD?
[EDIT: I suppose if there's a bright side, it's that this may be the year to improve your seat tremendously]
[EDIT II: It's a sad state of our fandom and blog when a post intended to spur discussion has degenerated into a pissing match amongst fellow Michigan fans (and respected members of the board) about who the "real" fans are... ]