If you think the 2014 home schedule is bad, take a look at 2016.
"There has never been a better opportunity to see a Michigan football game at Michigan Stadium," said Hunter Lochmann, Chief Marketing Officer for Michigan Athletics. "A smaller returning student ticket number has opened ticket availability and allowed us to create and offer these affordable and fan-friendly ticket offers."
I'm here to discuss the 800 pound gorilla on the right side of the Blog. We're several days into the kickstarter for HTTV 2014, and we're still sitting at around 70% funded. I don't recall the exact figures, but it seems to me that in years past, the kickstarter has been fully funded shortly after the link went up. So I'd like to ask the board, have you participated in the kickstarter in prior years and are holding back this year? If so, why? Is this just part of the general malaise that follows a 7-6 year? Is it too early in the year to be excited about football?
Didn't see anyone else post this yet... Bill Connelly, of SBNation and formerly Football Outsiders, has his way-early football preview up:
Last year he was quite optimistic, giving us a good chance at 10 wins despite his own numbers suggesting a less successful season (should've stuck with the numbers!).
This year he is again optimistic, predicting a top 15-20 finish despite getting burned last year. His optimism seems to be primarly based on his confidence that Nussmeier will be an improvement on Borges and that the O-Line can't possibly be as bad as last year.
Still, I find myself gravitating toward this team. Perhaps it's just a need to double down on last season's optimism, but I feel like last year's biggest issues -- awful offensive line play, inexperience on defense -- will be rectified to some degree. And if they are, then Michigan is suddenly flipping the field on opponents, preventing easy scores, and giving Devin Gardner (or, yes, Shane Morris) infinitely easier down-and-distance situations. Michigan was dragged pretty far down by a couple of fixable issues, and if Doug Nussmeier is able to find a rhythm for this offense, this could pretty easily be a top-15 or top-20 team again.
And if it isn't a top-20 team again, the hot seat talk could be pretty impressive in the offseason.
You would think OSU would take special care sending recruiting materials to Mike Webber after the UM "Amercian" problem. Right?
Shoutout to the bucks #gobucks ⭕️
Very cool of Gardner to volunteer as much time as he does, seems like a great kid. Also can someone please identify the other adult playing with the kids.