this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
I gave up my season tix when I moved to Chicago for my career in the 90's. Truth be told, it was one of the hardest decisions of my life. The very idea of Michigan Football not being a permanent fixture in my life. My not seeing the same smiling faces every week -- it felt foreign. Even disloyal. But my family came first so I let go of the tix.
Fast forward to today, I'm back in the Detroit area, and I'm frequently asked if I have season tickets -- and where do I sit? My answer is always the same. "I go when I like. I sit where i want." The StubHub mobile app has changed the game for me. Entirely.
With the mobile app, I can:
- Assess a wide swath of available tickets in the days leading up to the game and choose as I like based on my needs (i.e. How many? What seats? Etc.)
- Remove the commitment of purchasing whole seasons when I know quite well I won't be able to attend all the games
- Remove the scalper interaction and the threat of "invalid" tix
- And if you're slightly daring (I usually am), you can show up on game day morning and purchase last second tix at a fraction of the cost
The only hurdle to the StubHub strategy is the necessity to print the tickets. I'm told the Michigan Stadium attendants will soon be able to scan your smartphone, but for now -- there are several FedEx/Kinkos to choose from.
So other than getting to know the people around my season tickets, and having the (perceived) comfort that comes from already having tickets to each game, tell me what the advantage is to purchasing tickets ahead of time in the long-run? Am I the only one who has completely switched his thinking on this?
The depth is there, as the potential for multiple breakout campaigns up front defensively for Michigan this season.
Michigan's defensive line wasn't the team's problem in 2014, and it likely won't be in 2015 either.
But, can this group take the next step and turn into an actual force in the Big Ten, as Mattison believes it can?
Up front, things are rock solid. But there is something to address here, as the depth behind those front three need to begin proving themselves to avoid a drop-off in 2016.
For now, though, the middle of D.J. Durkin's defense is in experienced hands
The Big 12 has formed an expansion committee that comprises Gordon E. Gee (WVU), David Boren (Okla), and Ken Starr (Baylor). All three presidents are pro-expansion. It's no coincidence that Gee is leading that committee either. He has the experience from the B1G. Many analysts are expecting them to target Nebraska and BYU and think they will be at 12 or 14 teams by 2017 or 2018. However, I can't see that happening regarding Nebraska as they are hauling in record revenue with the B1G along with an academic windfall that goes with it.
However, a new report came out confirming that Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Kansas and Iowa State sought to join the Big Ten in 2010. As you know, Nebraska was added and the others were either left behind or joined the SEC. The article ends with an interesting sentence:
"If the predictions come true that the clock is ticking on the Big 12 sticking together, remember what we previously reported from two sources at Nebraska the Big Ten has done its "homework'' to evaluate Oklahoma and Kansas as potential members."
If you remember Delaney's comments. The B1G may continue to expand south and/or east with contiguous boundaries and AAU institutions. Oklahoma and Kansas certainly fit that model. David Boren has been outspoken this summer about expansion too. So, will we see another round of expansion soon? Say 2017 or 2018?
Some nice grabs by Mitchell last night at Columbus. Says on Twitter that he will not commit on this visit.