Not only did Rich Rod selfishly play Score-O at a hockey game, he nearly bankrupted the university!!!!!
Not A Banner Day For Detroit Sports Sections
Somewhere, Section 1 just went from six to midnight.
But this one wasn't nearly as good as "L'Affaire Billboard"; when I was ridiculed and had one of my Diary posts taken down for rather carefully theorizing that the Spartan-grad managers of the CBS-Outdoor advertising office had put up the "Liar Liar Vest's On Fire" billboards last winter. Not some unnamed Michigan alumnus.
A few of the MGoBlog faithful didn't want to believe it. Some of them loved the (stupid and tasteless) billboards. But Brian didn't like them, and neither did I. So I checked it out. Unlike about 800 credulous news outlets across the country.
And, as it happened, I was right, and Brian and I were vindicated. But not until I had been accused of being from the Tinfoil Hat Brigade.
This one was fall-down easy by comparison. It's just a few opinions anyway. There's not much to argue about, because the Free Press didn't offer much by way of proof in any event.
This was and is Brian's blog. Brian knows better than anybody that I haven't sucked up to MGoBlogAdministration. We've had our disagreements. But I'd write differently (and probably considerably less) if I knew that I was offending Brian's sensibilities and his outlook for his enterprise.
Oh and CONGRATULATIONS BRIAN! Welcome back to the fray.
Uhm, no you weren't. No one but you and Brian gave a shit beforehand, and no one but you and Brian gave a shit after. THAT was everyone's point, that still eludes you.
This is so totally dedicated to you:
But then we get this:
But when I saw the Freep thing this morning I thought it was totally unnecessary. I didn't post it because, Freep, man...but it took a shot that wasn't needed, not completely accurate (I'm sure it was one small part of many, many things...but every change over anywhere creates excitement), and really, beating a dead horse. He's gone. He's not coming back. Get over it Freep.
As for that painfully misguided Gopher-Guy....an ex-player said to the team right before Illinois, when they were getting cocky for going 1-1-1 against us....they don't get what they don't get. I think Minnesota can fall into that category. Though if I had to watch games at the Metrodome, my favorite thing might be the mascot too.
I went to Minnesota, and I still live up here. Your favorite thing about going to Gopher games at Metrodome would've been the fact you could walk up to the concourses and drink beer.
That's the only downer about moving to TCF (though it's easy enough to sneak in booze bottles - my group snuck in at least a dozen to the U2 show 2 weeks ago).
That's, um, super cool?
One needs a lot of alcohol to make it through Gopher football, no matter the venue.
AC, Harbaugh, and Morris.
The asshatery is overwhelming.
Section 1, FTW.
Bring it, angry ranters! Tell the bloggerati how wrong they are!
The Metrodome - what a worthless building for college football! Perfect counterpoint to that argument - its not like Goldy helps keep MN recruits at home. As a Minnesotan who came to UM for college - I can vouch that Big House football is indeed more fun that giving Goldy a high five. Perfect counterpoint to that argument! Also, its not like Goldy helps keep MN recruits at home - most of the good ones end up at Wisconsin or Iowa. I would venture a guess that winning, not mascots, keeps the kids interested.
As a child, I found 110,000 strong screaming in unision to be a hell of a lot more moving a moron in a fur suit.
A student I still remember the triple OT MSU game. Freezing my ass off because I didn't dress warmly enough (the game was supposed to end before it got cold), hoarse from 4 quarters and 2 OTs of screaming. When Braylon pointed at the student section though I screamed a hell of a lot louder than I would have for a mascot.
The whole problem with the direction of the program is cheapening it. No water bottles. No more 1 and 1s with exciting teams, a mascot, some ugly asymetric stadium (bleachers in one endzone), and maybe a constant stream of ads on the jumbotron. Sooner or later we're going to reach the point of finding the straw that breaks the camel's back and I'm going to start skipping the MAC games or something. Then maybe I'll skip the body bag games against the bottom third of the B1G. I don't know where my breaking point is, but I'm afraid we're moving in the direction of finding it.
My memories of Michigan stadium are of a clean, noncorporate enviroment that I willingly sweltered in and froze in. I have more attachment my couch and giant TV at home than I do to some NFL-lite version of Michigan. I'm not paying 210 dollars to spend 12 quarters boredly watching ads on the jumotron while we slaughter CMU, EMU, and WMU in one season.
Welcome to the get off my lawn blue haired fandom.
More seriously, I don't know how we've managed to have more people come see our football games than anyone else without a mascot. Get that fuzzy little bastard and we'll have to expand the Stadium to 200,000, I guess.
(And I really hate the asymmetrical stadium idea. If you're going to put them in, then both sides. No horseshoes).
Old is admitting that you personally witnessed the Colorado debacle. That still hurts.
After you graduated. (Damn replay cameras had the exact same angle that I did. It's worse than a Nam flashback).
with DB at the helm I think we are headed in exactly that direction...
I have a 7-year-old brother. I have brain-washed him into thinking, living, and breathing everthing that has to do with the University of Michigan. I just pulled him over and asked him a series of questions. The following is the list of questions along with his responses.
1) Do you know what a mascot is? Yes.
2) What is a mascot (asked for verification)? It's when somebody dresses up like the animal for the college.
3) Does Michigan have a mascot (again to verify he knows what he's talking about)? No.
4) Do you wish they had one? No...wait!!! It would be cool if they had a real one!
5) Like a real wolverine?? Yeah, a real one! Like the real animal.
6) Ok, but would you want someone to dress up like a wolverine? ...no...
What, is he driving at 7?
I think we should dress a real wolverine up like a football player. Problem solved. And we can throw him in on defense.
I'd prefer to have him as RB. Our new offensive philosophy will be "30 yards and a pile of mangled linebackers".
More like "30 yards and whole lot of tetanus shots."
It’s not that hard to keep kids entertained. No need for an animated mascot. Maybe something like this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Nn0UkdDArM
you're more of a one trick poney than Section 1
"Al"All media outlets..." All?
"...some missteps..." The Fr**p has only made "some missteps?" How few are some, and how many do you get to make until the sentence changes to "quite a few" or "a lot?"
"Maybe it's...focus on the good things...then (sic) to continually reach back..." Who exactly brought Rich Rod into the conversation in the first place?
Please, in your role as managing editor at the Fr**p, stop the snark aimed at U-M, and dredging up Rich Rod as the source of plaque, economic doldrums and unsightly razor rash.
We should make the little brown jug our mascot, since we pretty much have it all the time anyway.
Josh Katzenstein probably should have taken note of all the empty seats next to those preteens and toddlers at the Minnesota games. The invisible fans evidently are big fans of mascots.
I totally was that kid fifteen years ago.
I'm pretty jealous you high-fived Denard Robinson when he was five.
Great take on the Michigan tradition, gives me chills just thinking about it. Man I wish the season would start!
So wait. I thought the bearded dumb "man ball" "Michigan man" fan hated Rich and undermined the goliath he would have otherwise built. If they did hate him that much, (as is beaten senseless by Brian and some posters) is it too much of a leap to think those fans would not spend serious money to support his direction?
Then when the classic "I am not Rich" hire takes over complete with the old school Michigan roots and talking points, interest and spending suddenly awaken?
I think if we are really honest with ourselves, the Freep probably made a rational connection in the article. Save the indignation for the more obvious baseless attacks by that rag. Should they have pointed out other factors? Yeah sure. But it's the Freep and they likely nailed the biggest one.
the Board thread that Section 1 started, with 110+ responses. A nice poster who supports M Lacrosse indicates that the lions share of the delta came from a 2-3 donor avalanche of dollah bills (~$5M out of the ~$5.5M increase).
So, let's be honest with ourselves, and not let the Fr**p write stupid things without questioning them.
Or just chose to ignore?
I stated where to find the info. Reader MLAX27 presented that a couple donors put up $5M, out of the $5.3M increase reported by your friends at the Fr**p (which was then attributed to the Hoke effect, as opposed to how it actually came into place).
A mascot is needed to keep kids interested in the team? Not parents taking them to games, watching the games on TV, listening to the games on the radio? I am a fan becasue of Bo, Ufer, Leach, and AC.
PAWS is cute, but I don't think parents are taking kids to Tiger games because their kids are begging to go in order to meet him. Verlander and Miggy probably have more to do with drawing kids to the park than PAWS.
I'm not taking my kid because she's begging to see Paws, but having Paws and the other distractions there is a huge reason she, and consequently I, can make it through the whole game.
I feel you, man. Baseball is boring. But Michigan football is not. We don't need curly fries or a kid in an animal costume to distract or entertain us. But if Brandon can make a few bucks selling stuffed animals, it just might happen. So it goes. If we do submit to our corporate overlords with a mascot, than we should also have an anti-mascot and it absolutely must be the Noid.
I echo those who say the stadium alone is enough to make you a fan for life when you're a little kid.
The first time I walked inside the big house as a 5 year old, that was enough to cast a spell on me that remains to this day. (It's kind of like asking, "What is this magnificent place?") When you're in kindergarten, 100,000 people looks no different than a million.
I'm not strongly on either side of the mascot debate. With that said, I did not need a mascot to fall in love with this team. I had the shrine of college football.
1. Michigan has fans.
2. Michigan does not have a mascot.
3. Michigan does not need a mascot.
I'm a Michigan fan for the same reason as everyone else: my dad made me watch the games, and they won most of the time. Plus the helmets look cool. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to sing The Victors to my 6 week old son to get him to sleep again.
Is this guy serious?
"A 48-28 home loss to Wisconsin sits better when (insert name) Wolverine and Bucky Badger troll the sidelines waiting for the chance to throw down."
I can see it now: "Damn, were losing by four touchdowns, the hell with...oh wait a minute (Insert name) Wolverine and Buck Badger are duking it out. That's why I come to Michigan Stadium."
What a moron!
And to bring up Philly Fanatic? That's baseball. I remember that Simpsons' episode where Homer has to give up beer and goes to a baseball game. The classic line went (with Homer describing baseball): "I never realized how boring this game was before."
That Wisconsin game comment is definitely one of the most cringe-worthy sentences I've ever read.
Loved that line.
Also loved the booklet "Your spouse may be a souse."
I don't really love the idea of a mascot because I can't envision it, but I truly don't get the uproar about it. I've said this before, but kids like that sort of stuff, so why be all cynical and pissy and take that away from them? My three year old likes going to see the Tigers and going to UM basketball games with me. Her favorite parts? Paws and the merry-go-round at Comerica and halftime at Crisler. Seeing her excited about that is awesome for me and it allows me to do some things I like to do and include her. It's a win for everyone. I don't get how the presence of a mascot would negatively affect anyone other than to annoy their elitist tendencies. "I want to hold her hand and show her some beauty before all the damage is done." We should all take it easy and get over ourselves.
As for the freep article, it obvioulsy makes some silly jumps to conclusions. But, completely writing off the idea that the coaching transition has made an impact on donations is silly too. The mgoblog community is in no way representative of the UM fanbase as a whole. Rodriguez was respected and got more than a fair shake around here. The vast majority of casual fans I know thought he was a joke and needed to go. It's not unreasonable to think that may have affected people's donations to some level.