I encourage all MGoBlog season ticket holders to respond to the Athletic Department's season ticket holder survey, which should've hit your e-mail inbox on Friday. It's a surprisingly long survey (took me about 30 minutes to complete, since I provided lots of free-form comments), but it was a good opportunity to
let the AD have it provide feedback on "stadium experience" issues that are frequently discussed on this blog (e.g., piped-in music/Special K, ticket prices, scheduling/competition, and...piped-in music). If enough of us answer, we might just be heard.
Oh, and somebody please tell them (on the last question) to include an "N/A" option on future surveys -- I forgot to do this before submitting. I can't really comment on the stadium experience for disabled persons or the helpfulness of the event staff (among other things), but the survey forces you to answer questions like that.
Freakonomics just did a great bit on the true source of home-field advantage (http://www.freakonomics.com/2011/12/18/football-freakonomics-how-advantageous-is-home-field-advantage-and-why/)
To make a long story short -- the biggest source of variation (home vs. away team) comes from refs who are influenced by the crowd noise. The louder the stadium, the more the bias. This made me think back to a bunch of no-calls at the end of the Iowa game, it seems like Kinnick's advantage may have been that the refs didn't want to upset a screaming crowd that is almost right on top of them (I've heard that the seats are closer to the field than in most stadiums)
I'm planning on getting a subscription to one of the recruiting web sites leading up to National Signing Day. Last year I had a one month subscription to Rivals that was extended when I called to cancel for an additional 3 months.
Which sites are the best for info on recruits and why? 247 seems newer and I really like their Targets chart. Rivals seemed to have a bit broader coverage, and maybe more national, while Scout seems dominated by Sam Webb.
What makes these sites most valuable to you? Which seems to have the most unique and insightful writers and/or ratings?
So I was a little slow to the draw on booking a hotel for the Sugar Bowl, mainly because I figured all along that the rates in NO would be sky high and we'd just be getting a room somewhere well out of town and driving in the day of the game.
I went to do that today, and just for kicks decided to see if there was anything cheap in town. To my surprise, Super 8's website showed rooms available at a hotel only 8 miles away from the Superdome and for only $85/night, so I promptly reserved it. I was still not completely believing they had rooms though, so I called the hotel and asked if they had any rooms, to which they said they were completely sold out and made it sound like they had been for a while.
I tried doing a little research on this, and from what I've read hotels that overbook tend to be good about putting you up elsewhere and paying for it as long as you're firm about it, but I saw nothing mentioned anywhere about the legal side of it. Since I was planning on staying a good distance away anyhow, it wouldn't break my heart to stay elsewhere, especially if Super 8 picks up the tab, but I'm concerned that they are not actually obligated to do that and may, despite our best chewing out of the manager, just give us the finger and not care that there may not be an available hotel for a good 100 miles.
So my question is: Is there any law regarding this, or even universal customer service standard in the hotel industry compelling them to at least find us another place with an opening? I am sure I am not the only one worried about this matter, as even people who booked early might be liable to get shafted by the hotel if they end up getting into town later than planned or something. To be clear about this too, I did use my card to reserve the room online directly with Super 8 and I did get a confirmation e-mail with a confirmation number.
Thanks in advance.
tl;rd version: I booked a hotel room online, got a reservation for it, and am concerned I might get screwed because there is no way they should have still had rooms available. Do I have any ammo to use against the hotel if I show up and they have filled all the rooms?
Edit: Pretty much got what I needed to know, but seriously people, what makes you think I would sue the hotel? I'm not looking for a free stay here, I'm just looking to know that if the hotel tells me they don't have a room for me they won't expect me to invent one on my own the night of the 2nd. Furthermore, I defend my desire for a cheap hotel, because neither myself or anybody I am going with has the kind of money to stay someplace fancy where they won't even include the internet. I'm glad some of you made some money with your Michigan degree, but I don't even have the degree yet, so kindly go flaunt your net worth to somebody else.
The battle for the final offensive line spot is starting to really heat up. As previously posted, Jordan Diamond has Michigan in his top five. Michigan is going to get his last official visit, and since he seems to favor the school he visited most recently Michigan is in really good shape.
Another offensive line option is Kyle Dodson, 247 sports and Rivals are saying that he is trying to work out a Michigan official visit and it most likely will be his final one.
Josh Helmholdt tweeted this "The latest on 4star OT Kyle Dodson. Of interest to #Wisconsin #OhioState #Auburn #USC #Michigan #MichiganState fans http://bit.ly/vlGJwZ" followed by this "Being discussed for an official visit /// RT @NickPrice05: @JoshHelmholdt Michigan fans? Kyle Dodson?" And Clint Brewster of 247 sports posted it on the Wolverine 247 board http://michigan.247sports.com/Board/59424/Kyle-Dodson-6237572/1
Speaking of offensive line recruits, 2013 OL Logan Tuley-Tillman was recently offered by Notre Dame and Ohio State. His recruitment is really starting to blow up and he is looking like a big time prospect, so it's good Michigan got in early.
2013 reciever Jake Roh (brother of Craig) won 1st team all state for Arizona and led the state in touchdown reception (via TomVH twitter). He had a total of 49 receptions for 922 yards and 17 TDs against some good high school competition. http://www.maxpreps.com/athletes/bC0db1QN3Emvzqb1jEOQ7g/football-fall-11...
Matt McGloin allegedly knocked unconscious today after a post practice fight with Curtis Drake, a repeat offender with his second incident in less than a year. Hopefully McGloin is OK. Another black eye for PSU as their football program is spiraling out of control.
Mod Edit: I've already deleted something like 20 comments from this thread, so I'm just going to lock it. We're going to avoid Jerry Sandusky jokes. [zl]