And found this in The Statement:
The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.
And found this in The Statement:
It's like a Brian Cook centerfold.
I get an odd "come hither" feel from the last picture.
I find Brian to be both coy and alluring in that photo. Any way you put it, it's sultry.
i prefer brian in helvetica, not color pictures.
The lace-up hockey sweater adds some spice
I have seen the same expression (as in photo #2) on Nick Sheridan's face this year.
Cheers to the Daily.
The pictures are quite bizarre, yet oddly arousing.
on the keyboard, I want my Michigan porn virgin pure.
couldn't you have at least had them include one picture of you showing us your "throwing motion"?
And then this would be the next step:
......get an effing haircut!!!!
Yeah, right, says the Deadhead Jamiemac.
Nice work.....good PR.....and, it sounds like Madej will give you unfettered access if you covered the cross country team or something.
cut your hair Brian.
The final quarter of the article reiterated for the 9001 time that newspaper are falling on hard times and that often less is written and what is written is less in-depth because of the lack of space due to lack of money and that that is partially due to the internet and the rise of bloggers. The ironic part is that they mourn the lack of space and depth* while putting a photo spread of Brian that takes up 3/4 of the 2 page article.
It's hard to feel sorry for their lack of ability to write revolutionary ideas because there isn't enough space for their genius, while they insist having a 2-page article essentially be half a page.
But I am biased against the Daily, having read it for 4 years now I can conclusively say that 95% of their sports writeup is absolutely useless. Or clipped from the AP. But that's almost the same thing really.
*Also ironic is that a lack of space (i.e. receivers beating the corner) and depth is exactly the team's problem too. As goes the newspaper industry so goes Michigan football?
While I am not a huge Daily supporter either, they are a student run paper, that doesn't have the budget issues of professional papers(no salaries, no worries about keeping subscribers). Also, many of their Michigan football stories actually get picked up by papers like the freep, who probably can't afford to hire reporters to cover the less important Michigan games anymore.
While I agree that most of the time Daily articles aren't particularly enlightening, I appreciate the hard work of these busy students. They are solidly written most of the time. Expectation can't be TOO high.
damn hippies :-)
I was distrcted by that first picture...
Was that a pick or a scratch?
possibly bad accuracy on the pick? Our QBs must be rubbing off on our bloggers.
“My game columns are written from the perspective of someone experiencing the same emotions you are,” Cook said. “Newspapers don’t do that. They experience games as sportswriters, as objectivity mavens, that sort of thing. They don’t say ‘Fuck.’ No one at a newspaper has ever screamed ‘Fuck’ at a Michigan game, and getting an opinion from someone who has done that is sort of empowering in a way.”
Me on multiple occasions at Michigan games:
"Fuck fuckitty fuck fuck fuck"
-someone at a newspaper
The sentiment is right, just not the statement itself. I wouldn't, y'know, yell that at an EPA presser when they announced new PM standards.
I think the point that's missed when talking about blogs is that it's not just the format that makes MGoBlog et al. so great, but the quality of the content. Newspaper coverage has degraded over a LONG time; to find in-depth analysis like UFR in a newspaper you'd have to go back to the 18th century, when papers published entire speeches by elected officials and broke them down (the French-language paper Le Monde still does this to a degree).
Some papers have caught on. The New York Times' coverage of the election this year on its website was on par with the popular blogs like Electoral-vote.com (though they got all their ideas from the blogs in '04).
What took the "Paper of Record" so long was that political blogging, at first, sucked balls. Most political blogs were entirely partisan, mocking the ideals of journalism, rather than living up to them. But then a new generation of bloggers came around, establishing standards, staking their reputation on the quality of their content, and thus wooing a greater audience. Even if the blogger himself was a partisan -- Election Projection is a good example -- by embracing journalistic integrity, he could create a medium truly capable of out-competing the established media.
Sports coverage will go that way eventually as well, whether they buy up the best blogs, or copycat them, because as we've seen here, there's a market for it.
Keep in mind, though, that these are not exactly the same industry. Brian provides analysis, something modern sports journalism have become REALLY crappy at, especially in comparison to resources like MGoBlog. What journalists are best at is providing news. As the article suggests, we do a lot of sitting around at things our readers never would have the time or will to sit through. We develop source relationships on our carefully guarded reputations. This doesn't mean we'll always get the scoop (for example, the McGuffie thing broke on MgoBlog before anywhere else).
I applaud this blog, not just Brian's work but the work of his readers and sources, whose source work is invaluable to the cause. But I also applaud Brian not just for his incredible analysis, but for his journalistic triage performed at a level that is simply astounding for a blog. We have editors and ombudsmen watching over our shoulders; Brian's work is pure journalism, with him staking his own credibility on every post.
So readers and posters of MgoBlog have a right to be proud to be part of this. Just remember, it's not the medium itself that makes this blog great and the sports pages of our local papers barely worthy of wrapping paper. Both mediums have their plusses and pitfalls. What makes this blog stand out is that it not only uses all of its content advantages over newspapers, but also bests them through the extraordinary quality of the content.
Daily is usually grade A garbage, but this was a nice piece.
"With journalism’s rigid, albeit necessary, commitment to objectivity..."
I get why real news stories are supposed to be objective, but here's what I don't get: why does sports coverage have to be rigidly objective?
I think about 7% of that is me
I didn't know Eddie Vedder was a Michigan fan.
You look very exotic. Was your father a GI?
Best show on TV.
how did you convince your mom to let you take the plastic off the couch?
i bet there will be a lot more than 50,000 hits today. brian cook is practically a household name now
Stories from the media covering the media.
Well, its better than a human interest piece on Stevie Brown.
OMG SHIRTLESS BRIAN
They took Brian out to drink first before the pictures were taken, hence why Brian looks the way he does. They have yet to post the ones of him naked with the Buckeye mascot.
This made me think - if there was a really hot girl who wanted to do you, but you had to wear an Ohio State shirt and every time she yelled O-H you had to yell I-O back, and this was done only a reasonable amount of times, would you do it?
I'd stuff her like OSU players stuff booster money in their pockets. :P
Oh man, Brian, you better be careful pissing off anymore fanbases (cough cough Alabama cough cough) or those pictures are going to haunt you!
ass smile-these clowns will never get it-Go Brian!
McGuffie transfer + daily photos = new skin suit plans.
That is clearly an action figure-type thing in the third photo. Much nerd love to Brian.
Nice spread dude.
Love the hockey jersey. And a pretty good article by the folks at the Daily.
So, was Jimmy Clausen going for the "Brian look" earlier this season?