The Hello Post for Mr. Loszewki!, The USA soccer team's advancement, recent recruiting news seeming more normal for a Michigan fan, the Tiger's righting the ship, and my weekend cycling trip Up North with the girlfriend (with maybe a couple flycasts interspersed). I'm a beer guy, but I think a G&T will be appropriate tonight upon our arrival in Grayling.
MGoGolfers out there,
I am going to be coming back to Ann Arbor (for the first time in a decade and a half) over the 4th of July weekend. I am planning on playing the UMGC early on Saturday, July 5th and as of yet am a single. If anyone is in town then, can get away, and wants to play $100 1-Downs (J/K), let me know I'd love the company.
I am sure most you know that the UMGC was designed by the legendary Alister MacKenzie whose designed include: Crystal Downs, Royal Melbourn (West), Pasatiempo, and a little course called Augusta National. The UMGC has been called a "Hidden Jewel" by golf writers and to my mind is one of the greatest in-town courses in the world.
I spoke with the shop and they said Saturday is wide open, so if we get more than 4 we can have a few groups of MGoGolfers should we need to.
Are we allowed to put our personal emails on a post?
Anyway, drop me a line if you're interested.
I had to share this because I literally laughed out loud. Delany starts rambling about how there is no arose Bowl if you pay players. Which made no sense.
Then he says the idea of paying players goes against the entire college experience and he couldn't see league members agreeing to it. If some did, he said, they likely would be kicked out of the conference because the move would create an imbalance among schools that could not be resolved.
That was paragraph number two. I stopped reading to share after that because it makes NO sense. Delany's is one of those guys who talks really confident and with scare scenarios but has no clue what he's actually saying. But he's Jim Delany and he sounds so confident that you almost believe him until you actually listen to what he said.
Think about that paragraph, then think about which teams in the B1G can afford to pay players. Do you REALLY think Michigan and Ohio State are ever going to be voted out of the league? Hell no. You take e top half of the schools in the B1G in terms of profit and revenue for the league and kick them out and you're left with a better version of the MAC.
I'm not for paying players...but THIS is the man leading our conference.
The article is short, give it a read. I'll post some quotes from it, though, and save my personal comments for a post below.
Brandon said that the department expects to incur about $145.9 million in expenses, giving it a surplus of about $5.2 million.
"Our projected surplus will be a little below previous years, but we'll be ample and our operating surpluses will be reinvested in the facility plans we have (over the next four years)." [Brandon]
Salaries, wages and benefits of department employees account for the largest year-over-year increase. The department budgeted an increase of $3.6 million in salaries for department personnel, making it the largest expanse at $53.2 million.
Team and game expenses are expected to increase to $23.9, up $1.4 million from the previous year, and "other operating and administrative expenses" are projected to increase by $1.1 million.
Nearly $20.4 million is budgeted for financial aid scholarships for student-athletes.
Emphasis mine in the last block quote.
It's the off-season - bear with me here (or ignore the thread).
Help me out: Am I the only one totally annoyed by people calling Ohio State "Ohio." Here's the reasons that make me feel queasy:
1. Obvs: Ohio University. It is confusing at times.
2. It's not clever. I'm all about clever, subtle jabs at other schools: such as "tOSU". Or the "We Own Penn State" chant sung to Zombie Nation at Crisler. That's clever trolling I can get behind. "Ohio" isn't really clever to me.
3. It's a schticky main-stream media non-story created at the start of Hoke's career.
4. Hoke. I can appreciate he is sincere in his Bo/Woody-isms. I hate that it's another way for people to assert an anti-intellectual label to him. Like the saying goes, if we were winning, then it would probably be ignored.
5. It's kinda disrespectful to OU. There is a school that's named Ohio in Ohio. I like them much more than OSU and therefore side with them in their spat over the use of the word.
Just had to throw that one out there. Anyone in my boat. Or am I Francis and totally need to lighten up?
UPDATE: I've appreciated the views of everyone. This is turning into an interesting topic that's more nuanced that it may initially appear. Everyone Murders (an appropriate handle for the subject) put more eloquently than I:
I've got no problem when Hoke describes OSU as "Ohio". I think it's a habit that he has, and a bit endearing because it seems like he sincerely has to choke out that word - as though choking out the whole name of "Ohio State University" (or even "Ohio State") is too hard for him to stomach. So Hoke referring to Ohio State as "Ohio" is OK by me.
When everyone else uses it, I find it confusing and a bit forced. There is a legitimate Div. I university called Ohio University, they knocked us out of the NCAA tournament one year, and their mascot famously punched and horse-collar tackled Brutus. Ohio University was founded over 60 years before OSU. Importantly, most people I've met from Ohio University dislike OSU, and look at the OSU fanbase as a bunch of meatheads. I've got some respect for Ohio University.
Consequently, for people not named Brady Hoke I'm in the call Ohio State University either "Ohio State" or "OSU" camp. (Or call them Buckeyes or "cooler poopers". Or call them "library onanists" or "patio furniture fornicators".)
I would add truck-drivers to that list as well
I received this email yesterday regarding the new UofM plates in Texas. Any fans in Texas can pre-order them now. Most of the obvious combinations are taken, but there are some good ones available.
Excerpt from the email:
The University of Michigan needs to secure 200 pre-orders before the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles can launch this official plate.
Previously registered interest to purchase this plate?
Just hearing about it now?
Then NOW is the time to ACT!!
Follow the simple steps below.The University of Michigan needs 200 Pre-Orders from supporters like you to launch this plate in Texas, and there is only a limited amount of time to reach this number.
If 200 Pre-Orders are not reached, the University of Michigan plate will not launch, and all orders/monies received will be fully refunded.