This article leaves me speechless.
Over the Top Rod article
Rodriguez is on the hot seat. But he shouldn't be. I beg you, Bill Martin, that you don't make a Moeller slip-up if you see a few Wolverines behind bars in the next season. And I beg you, Mary Sue Coleman that you don't get chummy with your old pal Kirk Ferentz again and have him slated for the job while Rodriguez struggles to make a bowl.
might be the most ridiculous paragraph I've ever read from a news source.
He's acting like he doesn't want him fired, but all he is doing is fueling the fire. It makes me sick.
I think that because this is MSM article, we're assuming the worst and shooting the messenger. He's in agreement with us, whether it appears to also fan the flames or not.
Guys, this article actually mirrors a lot of the sentiment expressed on this website if read fully. Quotes like this one are all over the article:
"But sadly enough, if Rich Rodriguez is wrongfully fired after this season (and I mean wrongfully), it may be because of the whispers that haven't stopped since Justin Boren's supposed deterioration of "family values" in Coach Rod's camp. Bill Martin hears the whispers. So does President Mary Sue Coleman. And the media is doing a hell of a job at making them louder as of late. And that makes these rumblings worse and more dangerous than banter about just wins and losses."
I'm pretty sure that every point made in this article has already been made by Brian or another (reasonable) MGoPoster here.
Brian was the first person to compare the MSM's treatment of RR for Feagin to their virtually ignoring Dantonio's "treatment" of Winston. It's nice that mgoblog and Brian were ackowleged, and even better that Dantonio's free pass was revoked, but it would have been nicer if he had acknowleged Brian for making the comparison first.
Sounds familiar...this guy should work for the Free Press.
if you are reading this, we got your back. Please disregard all the silly rhetoric and the people trying to draw parallels between two ridiculously unrelated events (what does moeller's drunken tirade have to do with Rich Rod?).
Your getting the Kiffin treatment from the "shock and awe" media, yet, you are not a complete douchenozzle.
The FANS support you.
I don't think he's a douchenozzle in any sense of the word.
The man is 100% pure badass.
I like to imagine Rich Rod with a tuxedo T-shirt because it says I want to be formal but i'm here to party.
odds of RR actually reading this? anyone?
in the same way that he hear whispers about Obama's birth in Kenya. Both allegations have the same amount of substance.
If this halfwit dipshit Kartje had any fucking brains and actually was informed, he'd realize that Bill Martin, being as intimately close to RR's football operations as you can be without being on the staff, knows goddamn well that the reality is that RR has gone out of his way since the day he stepped onto campus to embrace the football family, especially with regard to former players. There is NO issue with "family values" with people who actually are close to the situation and have a fucking clue.
Well said. Bill Martin is also SMART enough to realize that getting rid of RR after the second season would do nothing but put the program back in the same situation we were in last year.
When are these knuckleheaded MSU loving journalists going to get a clue?
whether the guy is for or against Coach Rod, in a subtle sort of way. How much of what he writes is right and wrong and factual and how much is glitz and glamour and attention seeking?
Welcome to 21st century American "journalism," whose goal is not to ferret out the truth, wherever it may be, and report it to the citizen readers, but to present both sides of an issue as though both are equally valid, regardless of reality. The idea that a reporter would take a forthright objective stand on what is truth and what is bullshit, and report it as such, is largely dead and gone. The current situation is actually a return to our long tradition of yellow journalism of good old WR Hearst and Joe Pulitzer, with the only goal being the selling of papers and advertising space, and you do that by stoking the fires of controversy.
Wow, that has to be one of the worst articles I've ever read. If this guy knew what was really going on he would realize Rich is close to Bill Martin and Bill has no concerns about this "family values" issue.
This article can be summed up in three sentences:
If something that would never happen happens, it would be unfair. Which is why it would never happen, but I won't let that stop me from criticizing people for it now. I have column space to fill.
Reason #345213 why blogs are killing newspapers.
It's a rough time for newspapers. Blogs have better, more focused content, and Craig Newmark has killed their classifieds, which used to be a major source of revenue, all by himself. I can't imagine printed newspapers existing in their current form for very much longer, other than as quaint curios in nursing homes.
Have no one to blame but themselves
They don't sell because they've alienated intelligent people. So what if blogs are far less costly to produce? If newspaper content were anything close to the quality of 50 years ago--in which entire presidential speeches would be published instead of mere snippets, for example, or in which intellectually stimulating language and discourse were present--there would be no problem. Thrive in a niche market; there's no shame in that.
They diluted the quality of their content to sell more papers. They tailored themselves to the lowest common denominator. Unfortunately, mainstream culture is a fickle mistress; sometimes when you chase after the herd it leads you off a cliff. The newspapers have been dead to the wise for a long, long time. So long and thanks for the firepit kindling.
you DO realize that this is a blog... right?
While expressing doubts about Rodriguez over many a forum or website, or "blog" thingy, one thing retort that has always stopped me in my trax is "Who ya gonna get to replace him?"
The answer is you'd prolly have to take a chance on some nobody, or finally give in and take Brian Kelly. Expecially if you don't give Rodriguez 4-5 years. And this "family values" BS? What coach is going to want to come in if UM actually makes that some sort of hiring or resume requirement?
Really, if that "family values" thing actually becomes some sort of fixation for the next coach in the event that Rodriguez is canned early, ZOMG UM football should then be the first place where a woman is hired for coach. Maybe Martha Stewart. Hell, Schembechler Hall could be redecorated and be made ino a giant nursery all in one half-hour show.