here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
free press jihad
Well look what Bilas decided to say about Michigan Tuesday
There is an amazing lack of proportionality and perspective with regard to NCAA rules. If the allegations concerning Michigan are true, which would assume that the players making the allegations had a full understanding of what constituted countable and non-countable hours and what constituted voluntary and mandatory workouts, then Michigan is guilty of working too hard on football.
Did Bilas just write this? Another one of our antagonists comes out in our favor. Maybe Bilas is feeling guilty after the vitriol he spewed our way the last couple of years.
The article can be found here
Andrews family guilty of child abuse, children sayBy MICHAEL ROSENBERG AND MARK SNYDER
FREE PRESS INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS
The Andrews family consistently has abused their four children with excessive housework, extreme dietary restrictions, unreasonable curfews and limited cell phone and internet access, numerous children have told the Free Press.
Some of the Andrews children approached the Free Press at a weekend barbeque and described outrageous restrictions and mandatory work in excess of federal child labor laws. Child labor laws are put in place to protect children’s well being and ensure adequate free time.
The children, who did not want to be identified because they feared further repercussions from their parents, said violations occurred routinely at the direction of Mr. and Mrs. Andrews.
“It’s like so unfair,” one child said. “I have to clean my room and help with the dishes like every day. I get like no allowance and all of my friends can stay out way later than I can. My mom is so lame; she like totally goes through my emails and texts. I hate her so much. I wish you would rat her out like with that football thing my dad keeps bitching about.”
That child was one of the three Andrews children who gave lengthy, detailed, and nearly identical descriptions of the household policies to the Free Press.
“Screw off Rosenberg. Why don’t you go sit in the corner and eat all my shrimp like your douchebag buddy Snyder,” Mr. Andrews said when approached by the Free Press at the barbeque.
If Child Services investigates and concludes that the Andrews violated child labor laws and are guilty of child abuse, the children could be removed from the home and the Andrews could face lengthy jail time.
The Free Press has contacted child services and demanded a full investigation of the allegations.
Having read the article and the response, I'm pretty comfortable in knowing that the NCAA is not going to drop the hammer on Michigan. There will likely be no probation or scholarship reduction. All this is a distraction. One that will blow over soon. So why are we so upset? Why can't I get excited about the season again?
The fact is, the story is out there, and herher everyone laugh at scUM (uh .. we still went 3-9 last year). Also, everyone laugh at Tennessee, USC, PSU, and Iowa, etc., schools whose issues are, in my epinion, far more serious and pervasive than Michigan's. In fact, almost all schools have some experience with this level of "distraction". The deeper question is, why are we, as well as the national media, so concerned?
Is it because we run a squeaky clean program? Or because we never get in trouble? For those that think the issue stems from the fact that Michigan never, ever dreamed of skirting a rule prior to Rodriguez, I submit David Terrell's "3.3" GPA. Anyone that is familiar with DT knows that he was not the "bomba$$student". Something always stunk about that to me. Love it or hate it, but the puppet show that is Michigan football shows strings when you look close enough. Maybe DT was like Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting. Or, maybe something fishy was going on.
So, is it that we never get in trouble? There's no doubt that we haven't been in trouble, especially in football. But, we aren't immune to bad press. I'm a biased observer, but it seems like the press can't wait to pile on Michigan. Likely caused by years of excellence and large fanbases of our three rivals, but when Michigan does bad, for a lot of the country, the news is good. Lest anyone forget, we are not the only historical powerhouse (or the first) to lose to a D-IAA team. Just the most publicized.
IMHO, what's happening here is a boiling over of frustration. It's easy to deal with the negative when we own the Big Ten, save OSU. Things are much more personal when we're losing. However, it is important to note that, perhaps other than Notre Dame, we are the school that people love bad news about. Bad news about Michigan and ND sells.
With that backdrop, I think Bo/Gary/Lloyd is what Michigan needs. A headman that treats everyone outside of the program as a liability. An insular program that defends those inside aggressively, and keeps outsiders at bay. Also, we as a fan base, need to take a similar stance. Are we perfect? Nope. But, with the good and the bad, Michigan football is ours. As a fanbase, we need to understand that others love to tear our institution down. And we need to move on. So what that there are some silly accusations being leveled (it's not like we're paying off players, having player's get arrested, or cursing in practice). We need to be confident enough to blow it all off and move on. Stay excited for the season, and hopefully not feed the machine that will chase off RRod. To the extent that he isn't a homegrown "Michigan Man", the guy cares ... about the team, about his players, and about the institution.
Go Blue! Let's beat the Bronco's on Saturday!
I think some new t-shirt ideas are in order for Saturday's game. I'll leave the artwork to those of you that are more capable than I:
Front: Picture of Rosenberg
Back: Somebody missed the voluntary meetings
Front: I survived Torture Tuesday (perhaps with a picture of someone puking in to a waste basket)
Front: F*** Rosenberg
Back: I'm All In!
Anybody else have any other ideas?
The shocker: when asked whether players had approached him about the alleged violations or if he had uncovered the story himself, Rosenberg said that he was not approached by any players directly, past or present, but that through the course of talking with Michigan players he ascertained that the program might be in violation of NCAA rules, and follow-up interviews confirmed his suspicions.
I'll repeat that: Rosenberg said that no players came to him with reports of NCAA violations. He had to ask.
Now, from the way this article was written, any logical reader would assume that there was great dissent and unrest within the Michigan program, and that players on the team had come forward to tell the Free Press about violations. But based on Rosenberg's interview, that was not so. Not even ex-players with an axe to grind came forward with allegations, they simply corroborated the details of the Free Press' findings.
Now, this does not mean that Michigan has not broken or severely "strained" the rules. They may have. But that has not been the big story here. As we all know, the story has been that current players went to the press about violations, which many have been quick to declaim as "crybaby" behavior and signs of program discord. Based on Rosenberg's interview, that didn't happen.
I was absolutely shocked at the seeming irrelevance with which Rosenberg made this statement. It was also telling to hear the show's host remind Rosenberg that during past interviews he had admitted to being "critical" of Rodriguez, which Rosenberg acknowledged while refusing to provide specific reasons for his feelings.
Also, when asked how many current players he had interviewed on the topic of violations, Rosenberg said he could not remember(!!!).
One last note: at no point during the 20-some minute interview did Mike Rosenberg say that he'd written the story or pursued the topic for the safety or health of the athletes. I thought this would have been an easy, albeit somewhat absurd, justification for the story; to claim that it was newsworthy to protect student athletes from NCAA-banned overwork. But obviously that was so far from Rosenberg's mind and his rationale for writing this piece that he didn't think to bring it up.
Must have an existing Amazon account, watch the profanity, they require you to have your real name!
Have fun! It's already dropped from 4.5 stars to 3 stars, faster than a high school senior's Lemming rating when he signs with Michigan!
Seriously, it's petty, it's juvenile, but hey; it's all in good fun. Dude knows that 2/3 of the Michigan population that are alumni, fans, etc. now hate him anyways, and this was just his one chance to be the rat that jumps ship from the SS. Free Press.
So come one, come all, and sh*t on Rosenberg's book and be remembered forever as electronic byte's on Amazon's massive servers!!!
In all seriousness, I haven't been this pissed about the media covering Michigan in quite some time. It would be fantastic if the 'journalists' at the Freep would have read the actual NCAA rule book to determine whether or not any of these allegations regarding summer practice in fact have coaching staff present. And it really effects the credibility of those budding 'Deep Throats' that the majority of the players are either transferees, those who lost their starting position, or otherwise disgruntled refugees from the Lloyd Carr years.
The results of the last several years have been clear; excluding the personal motivation of individual players, as a TEAM, we were slow, fat, and not anywhere close to some of the elite teams in the nation. To consistently get there, the team needed to step it up a notch. No more pizza runs, no more wing runs. Work work work!