Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
Let me start off by saying, I’m not that old. I’m 24 (it feels really old compared to 2 years ago when I was graduating). Some of you might read the title and think “Get Off My Lawn” but that’s not what I’m going for. The more and more I’ve thought about the Notre Dame game this year, the more upset I get. I’ve got tickets, I’m going, I’ll love it… but it won’t feel like Michigan Football. I don’t care at all if we have a Fullback, or play a 4-3, that’s not what I mean. What I mean is the Game-day Experience. Yes, this will be the first night game, yes everyone else has night games, and yes, Prime Time exposure, etc. etc. this really seems like a net positive. But part of me thinks that with the whole thing we’ve sold out. I’m a 3rd Generation Michigan Grad, and I love that when I went to games from 2005-2009, it started just like when my mom and dad when to games in the late 70s, and when my grandparents went in the late 40s/early 50s. The Marching Band formed their block M,
the Fanfare M, they played the Victors, the team came out the Tunnel, and they looked like this:
- is that Henne? Devin? Leach?
- is that Arthur Walker, Paul Seymour, Jon Jansen, Jake Long, or Lewan?
Their seats looked like this:
Now, I can’t help but feel that we’re all of a sudden every other team in college football. We’ve got skyboxes (granted, the construction ended up looking great, and I’ve taken the tour, and they’re amazing). We’ve got Lights. We’ve got Special K and we’ve got (allegedly) Maize alternate/throwbacky/cash-grab Jerseys.
So, all the things that I (we?) have claimed to hate throughout the past few seasons we now embody.
Michigan will Take the Field and it will be OMG MAIZE JERZEYS! I CAN BUY JERZEYS?
After Michigan takes the field “I Got a Feelin’“ I know what Special K will play (I feel like every time they went to commercial in this game the damn Black Eyed Peas song played, I know that the movie has AC/DC) - Dunno if embedding is working, but Iowa 2009, when Iowa took the field: (link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsHF31w8-sU&feature=related)
The Fatcats in their Skyboxes will see the numbers, the ratings, the jersey sales and think that this was successful. And what’s next? Our old scoreboards looked like this
Will our new ones look like this?
Again, I’m excited for the night game, I’m going, I’ll love it, and I hope Denard gets 503 yards and we beat ND 77-0 (with at least 1 Mike Martin Pick 6). But part of me really likes that we’re (we were?) different. I hope to really enjoy the Night Game, but come November, on a Gray Saturday afternoon I’ll bundle up, trudge through snow and slush to my seat which looks like this
to see Michigan play in The Game, hoping the sun peeks through the clouds, and our team will look like this:
And the band will play the Victors and it’ll just feel… right
I have no idea when the rankings come out, but with our current class at 14 recruits, I have to believe we are in the top 15 for sure. What do you guys think?
Yes, it's a dreaded Freep link-
But it's really an article talking to players about whether U-M's recruiting will be helped by OSU's trouble (Answer: Maybe), but I was more interested in what Foote had to say-
"But that's why I got so much pride in my university. God knows we do it the right way. And just the stories I hear from other players at other places, I'm like, 'Wow!' They ask you, 'How much money you's getting?' And I'm like, 'I've never even heard of that.'
"But Michigan, we do it the right way. I know when I was there, coach (Lloyd) Carr, that was the first message in training camp: 'If I even hear of something going on, you're suspended. Then we're going to investigate.' So he kept us on our toes. We do it the right way at Michigan and that's why we're successful."
Yeah, it's not exactly "Man bites Dog" in shocking newsworthiness. But there's been a lot of talk down south (and around here) that EVERYONE does it, and all programs are inherently corrupt, and that's just the way it is. And while there will always be outliers, and bad apples, and some things going on, from the perspective of someone who was IN the program, he sees, for lack of a better phrase, a Michigan difference.
The Detroit News in the past few days has given us fine examples of what a poor headline and a great headline look like.
The first is a poor headline: poor because it's a lie. Not an exaggeration or stretching of the truth; just a twisting of the facts so many revolutions it can only be called a lie. Here is the headline from the article:
"Terrelle Pryor's guardian: QB will stay at Ohio State"
Here is what the guardian actually said:
"Burns said he spoke to Pryor two days ago. And while they did not discuss specifics about Pryor's football future*, Burns believes his godson intends to play for the Buckeyes this fall". . . ."I think he will stay in school," Burns said. "He likes football. Only time will tell. He could change his mind in a minute." "I hope he does stick it out at Ohio State."
* And here The Detroit News explicitly admits the sole subject of the article wasn't really discussed.
An accurate headline could have been, "When Forced to Give an Opinion, Pryor's Guardian Guesses that Pryor Will Play One More Year, But Really He Has No Clue"
So why lie? Maybe they've adopted an "if you can't beat 'em. . ." approach to competing with internet hyperbole. Maybe they're trying to increase revenue by tricking people into clicking on a headline that promises something it can't deliver on. Whatever the reason, the Detroit News cannot expect to maintain (or regain or whatever your opinion of its current state) its credibility if it can't even write an accurate headline.
If that headline was two steps back, today's headline on Tressel's farewell to his flock brought it one step forward:
"Disgraced Ex-Coach Jim Tressel Says Ohio State Will Beat Michigan Again"
At first that seems like more sensationalist quasi-journalism, especially when compared to the more reserved headlines from other Michigan newspapers. Here's how the Free Press, Michigan Daily, and newspaper formerly known as the Ann Arbor News title the same article:
"Jim Tressel Tells Rally of Fans: Buckeyes Will Beat Michigan Again"
"Tressel Takes Final Jab at Arch-Rival Michigan at Doorstep Rally"
"Jim Tressel Takes Parting Shot at Michigan During Fan Rally at His Home"
Having the first word and prefix in the title be "disgraced" and "ex-" is not sensationalist or misleading: that's the most relevant part of the story. Of all the things Tressel should not be doing right now, it's talking. He had his chance to talk, and he didn't. And then when he had no choice but to talk, he lied. So for Jim Tressel to open his mouth in a public forum should make any football fan want to shove a dirty, sweaty, and signed game jersey down his throat. How much should we care what Tressel says? "Disgraced" and "ex-" tell us everything we need to know and therefore they deserve the most important part of an article: the beginning.
Whether the Detroit News stumbled into credibility in the second headline or not, they're the only ones that got it right.
Links to all articles cited:
This is the second scene from the movie "No Strings Attached"
While Hoke plays it cool vis a vis Tressel and tsio, Tressel mocks UM from doorstep. I'm sure that for JT, it is his new life as a fan boy, but I hope it sticks in Brady's craw that the cheating, lying, enemy continues to jaw it up. Link here: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=6626390.