I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
Well, I did my part by emailing MSC, DB and JDelaney. Not sure if it helps, but here was my email. I even emailed some borderline creepy photos of me and the kids watchin the game.
To Whom It May Concern:
I'm sure you are getting quite a few emails these days about possibly moving the Michigan/Ohio State game (The Game). I wanted to share some background about me and my opinion on the matter for what it is worth:
I was born at Univ. of MIchigan hospital. I lived at 515 W. Hoover St. and attended Bach Elementary School. My father was a Linguistics Professor at UoM. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of having people park their cars in our yard and driveway for home games, particularly Ohio State (and Michigan State) games. My brother and I were the only 6 and 9 year olds on the block who made $150 every home game. We attended every game our Dad could get tickets for.
When I was 8 I moved to New Jersey, but came to Ann Arbor every summer and winter break. I played water polo with the Flounders and my Dad and ate lunch at the Union. I used to play against Gene Powers before he passed, because he was so old and I was so young, we were evenly matched!
After high school, I joined my brother at Michigan, where we both graduated with BS in Mechanical Engineering. I wrestled for then Coach Bahr when the current coaches McFarland and Trost were assistants. I'm a member of the alumni association, as is my brother. I now live in San Diego and my brother just over the Mason-Dixon line in Sylvania, OH. I fought with Time Warner Cable to add The Big Ten Network to their sports package and I've payed their ridiculous rates ever since so I can watch every game. I've been back for a handful of games at the Big House, but have mostly gone to the West Coast games (Oregon, Rose Bowl).
With all that being said, I hope you understand my loyalty to the University of Michigan. I'm not gonna tell you anything you don't know or haven't heard already, but I think splitting up Michigan and Ohio is a mistake. Sure, I want to beat them twice a year, every year. But not at the expense of diminishing the greatest rivalry in all of sports! A mid-October game loses much of the luster and drama. Ohio State will become just another BS rivalry game - no more important than MIchigan State or the Brown Jug. And at what cost? Do we make an extra $2 mil a year? $5 mil a year? At some point, the fans and alumni need to be more important than advertising or TV revenue.
Thank you for your time and attention. I hope you do the right thing. If not for me, for the sake of my 2 year old twins (photos from last years Game attached)
Class of 91'
EDIT: To spare the board more of 'the horror', I've removed the OMG shirtless picture.
This post is brought about by Gerald R. Ford's video stuck undeservedly in the sanctions thread.
Have any of you been on a very successful team in your athletic careers? I have been lucky enough to be on some highly regarded and successful programs and I used the love the feeling of stepping of of the bus or into the gym or on the field in uniform as a team and knowing how good we were. From the last benchwarmer to the big name guys, every guy was proud of the uniform. You would fight each other and bicker back and forth all week during practice, but on game days, it was the team and everybody else, and you had the feeling that everyone else was jealous. I would imaging that is what the guys feel when they are running out of the tunnel and slapping the banner. They are not being singled out, but are all a part of the team. After reading about Florida's struggles this year, I am hoping our guys make me proud and come together as a team. I also wish they would play that speech over the loud speakers just before the guys came out of the tunnel before every game.
On ESPN's website, they have a brief clip about the Big Ten preview ... it's done by gooe ole' Brent and Herbie. It's basically what we'd expect in terms of the content.
Though, Herbie makes the statement that Michigan is a school that has never been under NCAA investigation ... but, for the first time, UM has been under it this year. Obviously, Herbie is only meaning football ... because we'd have to consider the Basketball meltdown over the Fab 5.
Is he accurate? I would like to think that Michigan has historically had the moral high ground, but to what extent can we say this? I realize that we have probably avoided investigation by dealing with things in-house. I'm simply curious to know how to take Herbie's comment. If this is indeed the case, the current investigation would indeed seem like more of a death sentence to RichRod - to those that are more concerned about image, at least.
The 6-3, 218-pound Williams had scheduled an official visit with Michigan for the weekend of Oct. 9 before pledging to the Tar Heels. According to Michigan target Kris Frost, who is close friends with Williams and talks with him frequently, the nation’s No. 12 dual-threat quarterback prospect still plans on following through with those visits plans.
“I don’t know if we are going to be driving in the same car, but I know we are going to be up there at the same time,” Frost said.
“He’s just like me and trying to make the right decision. Him being a quarterback he had to make the decision quicker than I do, but really he is on the same track and trying to make a decision. Of course he committed, but at the same time he’s still going to make these visits, see how the atmosphere is. I believe when he goes to Michigan he’ll see how big the atmosphere is and start to like it as much as I do.”
My appologizes if someone already posted this -
OSU AD Smith felt compelled to put out a video on the web because he is getting so much pressure on moving the game. It sounds like there is some hope the powers that be may cave if the fan bases keep up the pressure.
Now that the Big 10 has finally sold out, it seems like we've reached the point where an NCAA football playoff is just about the next step in this soul-less progression toward maximizing profit. There's no point pretending that anyone with power cares about tradition. If the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry can be destroyed without even a second glance from the suits, fan input must mean nothing. And soon, the other suits will realize this: that it doesn't matter if fans and coaches like the bowl games despite the mass commercialization; they'll see the indescribable sums of money lying on the table, and a playoff will happen. So the day many of you have wished for seems just on the horizon.
As for me, the pain I feel from Delany's idiocy, his clear betrayal of the Big 10 and college football in general, is just enough to bring me over the edge; at this point, everything is already going to be different-- so bring on the playoff.
Edit: Marked OT