They are coming. Hide the mascara. I'm still waiting for the last few survey responses to roll in but, man, people hate In The Big House. This may be an effect of this blog's readership but with the vast bulk of the responses coming from the 22-34 range I'm guessing the results would not be good amongst the much older general population.
That is a show at the Blind Pig the day before the Nebraska game in November. If this is a prelude to these guys showing up inside Michigan Stadium I think my head might explode. The only consolation would the groomers getting an Ashlee Simpson reception.
HIRE THESE PEOPLE NOW. So. We have the dog groomers above inflicting their terrible garbage on Michigan Stadium, and then there's Minnesota. Land of misery and no money and people who know what they're doing when it comes to internet videos that transcend irony. Go ahead, watch this with your jaundiced eye. You'll give up your cynicism about 30 seconds in when Goldy Gopher spins his head 360 degrees:
So… I'm just saying… we should fire the entire marketing department and replace them with whoever did that. This is in no way a joke.
GODDAMMIT AGE OF IRONY. I can't even say "this is in no way a joke" without it seeming like an ironic joke. It is not.
Good times. News that the God Hates Figs lunatics will be picketing Ohio State brings back nostalgia for that one time when I was an undergraduate and they hit up Michigan for some fake outrage or another. Tactical error: holding up "M = figs" signs while wearing Kansas City Chiefs jackets. At the time, KC's quarterback was Elvis Grbac and #1 WR Derrick Alexander. A fig to fig connection, as it were, which we loudly let them know about.
Unfortunately for OSU fans, the only Buckeye on the Chiefs' roster is backup DB Donald Washington, so they'll have to come up with something else. Just pretend they're Michigan fans and you'll do fine.
Speaking of. This popped up on the tubes recently. It is an anti-anti-gay PSA that you, the wine-and-cheese-consuming Michigan fan, will be hectored with at some point in the near future:
So that's settled then. No one is ever going to say something inappropriate again. This is all your fault, double-bird guy.
That's our Nard Dog.Thomas Nardo, Iowa's newfound starter at defensive tackle and owner of the porn-iest name in the starting lineup with Shane DiBona on the sidelines, was named the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts against Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday. Nardo had himself a pretty monster day for a defensive tackle: 12 tackles, 2.0 TFL, and 0.5 sacks. He doesn't do much to help our problems keeping contain on the outside, but he's exactly the sort of plugger we need to keep from getting gashed up the middle.
This aggression will not stand, Iowa. There can only be one Nard Dog. Shotguns at noon on November fifth to settle it.
More relevantly: this Nardo kid is a fifth-year senior walk-on (sounds familiar) who "won't make anyone forget" a half-dozen Iowa DTs of the recent past but is offering "solidity to an Iowa defensive line that was looking woefully porous earlier in the year." Which… whoah. Iowa suddenly has Michigan's defensive personnel?
Apparently they also have a bomber already on par with Stanzi, so don't chalk that win up just yet. Not that any Michigan fan is chalking up a win against a Big Ten team not named Minnesota.
Stick, baby. Fresh hockey commitment Jacob Trouba is a big deal, like top-half-of-the-first round big deal, and unfortunately these days that means his commitment will be questioned until he shows up on campus. He's even been drafted by one of the more convincing OHL programs, and by "more convincing" I mean "freer with under the table payments."
Anyway. Through no fault of his own, Trouba has the profile of a flight risk. Therefore he gets to answer questions about it whenever he's interviewed. An example:
I asked if Michigan fans have a reason to feel confident that they would see him wearing Maize and Blue next year.
"Yeah they do, I'm a Michigan Wolverine," he stated, "That's why I wanted to wait this long; just so I knew, I didn't want my mind to change over a year and I really wanted to know what I wanted to do next year. I wanted to wait because I didn't want to back out on any decisions, I wanted to stick with my word. I waited until I was sure with what I wanted to do."
Prominent CHL defections usually occur because the player in question is tired of cooling his heels in a lesser league, especially Canadian Junior B. (FWIW, AHL equivalencies imply the USHL is not much worse than the CHL, if it is at all anymore.) Once a kid is locked into his final year before he'd be in college he's usually set. John Gibson is a prominent exception to that, but he was staring down a platoon (at best) with Tiny Jesus. Trouba has no such concerns since he'll probably slot right into the top pairing a la Merrill, and he's got no reason to make a college commitment after he's already been drafted by one of the league's Lane Kiffins.
So… I don't think he'll bolt. If he sticks he makes Michigan's 2012 class pretty impressive. F Boo Nieves is frequently projected as a late first-rounder. D Michael Downing was the third pick of the USHL Futures Draft and was the captain of the U17 5 Nations team. D Connor Carrick is on the NTDP and Michigan took him pretty early. Still need a goalie. Who wants to play behind Trouba? Bueller?
BONUS: While w'ere talking hockey, Michigan Hockey Net and local MGoUser Yesman221 have season previews. (Yesman is a a bit conservative with freshman deployment, FWIW.) There won't be one forthcoming from me due to football season, but Ace might have an official one.
Full cost, sort of. It sounds like the NCAA will bump scholarship awards:
A committee weighing a number of potential changes is expected to recommend that the value of individual scholarships be raised by as much as $2,000 in the top-tier Division I, moving them closer to covering the athletes' full cost of attending school. Full grants currently cover only room, board, books and tuition.
The proposal covers the gap between "full cost of attendance" and the current scholarships as long as that is less than 2k. A step in the right direction. There's also a push to allow multi-year scholarship awards, except it's apparently a push to better market the current system:
Multi-year scholarships also are seen as an athlete-welfare issue, and Swarbrick said his committee favors that proposal even though it might not bring athletes the security many expect.
"The process for nonrenewal of an annual grant probably would look just like the process for terminating a four-year grant," he told ADs. "… But we did think the statement that would be made about our commitment to student-athletes was worth doing and made this a change worth pursuing."
So… he'd like to make a statement about committing to student athletes without actually committing to student athletes. The NCAA has always been at war with the English language.
Well, yes. The entire video pretty much revolves around this idea: The equivalent of a dude saying "Let us defeat our opponents, who are less manly than we are" during an informal game of pickup is no longer to be considered juvenile schoolyard taunting (whatever you may think of it is beside the point) but is now "anti-gay" and instead grounds for violent opprobrium.
It's difficult to take the (self-appointed) High Priests of Tolerance at their word when their underlying message, however "joking," so often seems to suggest that violent behavior is the appropriate response to people saying or even thinking things they don't like.
But it's not appropriate. It's not cool. It's not funny. And it's become very tiresome to be surrounded by a bunch of humorless, self-righteous a-holes who think God put them on earth to enforce (emphasis on the "force") what they believe to be the "correct" speech and attitudes on everyone around them in the name of "tolerance." I'm sure I'll get some of that tolerant flaming directed my way for saying this, but so be it.
And as for the Westboro Baptist "Church" crowd, people should quit paying attention to them as it only invites their own brand of boorish behavior. They're trying to get attention by being jerks and, hey, guess what, it works every time. The better course of action is to ignore them rather than encourage them.
I understand your point, but I don't think it negates a word I wrote in my previous comment. And in case it wasn't clear, the way to let someone know he has unwittingly said something that may hurt someone else's feelings is not to throw a football at his head.
PSA's are not targeted at everyone in the stadium. Yeah, they might annoy some people for being preachy, but that's exactly the point they're trying to make. And in order to make that point, it's really hard to hit just the right tone without sounding preachy but still be taken seriously.
Whether people want to hear it or not, gay rights is the next (and even current) frontier of real pivotal civil rights in this country. Some of these deragatory words don't matter to young kids out there, and sadly even a lot of adults. I couldn't be happier that University is willing to take a stance to try and curb some of this behavior. The same goes with some of the messages that pop up in the NBA, since we all know sports is where this ignorance persists.
So yeah, maybe it will be boring or preachy or annoying to listen to some poorly cut message for 30 seconds at a football game where we go to escape, but just take a moment to appreciate the message it is trying to get across.
It's actually a pretty interesting juxtaposition of issues in this thread because the proponents of both issues are actually doing the same thing (just to different degrees): trying to force their subjective version of morality upon other people.
"the Spirit of Michigan...is based on a deathless loyalty to Michigan and all her ways....and a conviction that nowhere is there a better university, in any way, than this Michigan of ours" - Fielding Yost
This might be seen as nit picking, but the "God Hates Figs" folks are the ones who conduct the counter protests when the Westboro Baptist Church shows up to protest (GHF is mocking WBC with the whole thing about figs). The link is about WBC picketing Ohio State, not about GHF protesting Ohio State (although, obviously, with WBC showing up, GHF will also like show up). I just had to ask because the way Brian wrote it appears to suggest that he takes issue with GHF, as opposed to WBC (i.e. by saying "the God Hates Figs lunatics" as opposed to "the Westoboro Baptist Church lunatics"...), and I have a feeling that's a sentiment that he may not want attached to his views.
I'm so glad we have a Michigan themed rock song by some truly gnarly looking dudes. It should create more brand awareness and encourage children to become lifelong Wolverine fans, increasing our tiny fanbase. Because people do not pay attention to a football team without catchy rock music and fuzzy mascots.
Putting aside the fact this guy's a total meathead . . . it's kind of funny how arbitrary our society's standards are. In that screencap, you see many people raising a finger to the camera. Most are raising their index finger, so that's "acceptable". But one guy is raising the middle finger, which is "unacceptable." Why is that particular finger "bad"? There's no rational explanation.
Is the amount of angst that Michigan fans have about the music selections for the Big House unique to the Wolverine fan base, particularly a certain subset that read a certain blog, or is this condition something that is prevalent throughout college football?
I think its pretty widespread at Penn State as well (of course, their stadium has been turned into the full on minor league baseball experience, what with the lion roar and zombie nation/seven nation army on endless repeat).
And the thought of a video scoreboard gives ND fans the vapors.
Both those indicate that it's probably among fanbases that exault "tradition" that these issues have the greatest purchase. Probably not too much of a concern at Boise.
Some time during the Rose Bowl in 2005 I heard something about Texas fans going ballistic when their marching band played something that wasn't traditional for them... and the rumor was about halftime, not even the pregame show.
"Are you coming to bed?"
"Someone is WRONG on the internet."
The people that are doing all the PSA's that you keep seeing is a film group of students a friend of mine helped start. They are all juniors at michigan, I think they are pretty impressive for a student film group.