Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
Can we just stick a fork in this Rosenberg BS and let it die. He is an ass who has essentially be proven wrong already so if I never hear the clowns name again I would die a happy man.
He is an ass no doubt
Couldn't have said it better myself.
What I wanna know, and what hasn't been reported, is whether or not the group of "former and current players" approached the FREEP, or whether the FREEP went on a witch hunt?
Maybe it's just Michigan's bad luck that Ann Arbor is the closest big-time football program to Detroit (Lions included).
I suspect that, like Grade Gate, the journalists were just fishing for a sensational headline to capitalize on the seasonal football fervor.
A working definition of "bad reporting" would be an article that asks more questions than it answers. Thsi qualifies. Why quote/reference the players anonymously when Clemons, et. al. seem all to willing/anxious to talk on the record? Also, Rosenberg tries to emphasize that the players stories were "detailed" and "nearly identical". Does that boother anybody else? I mean, if I were to poll five eye witnesses to any event I doubt that I would get stories that are "nearly identical". It sounds too orchestrated.
5 of the 10 probably directly contradict what he misconstrued from the other 'nearly identical' 5
I would think it is pretty obvious why most of the names were anonymous sources. When you cite guys like Boren, Wermers, O'niel, and Boren (which is pure speculation but would be my guess for some of the anonymous sources), it starts to make your "facts" look like pure bs.
I'm hoping this tabloid, circus BS just goes away too, but I'm afraid the RR/Michigan haters out there will milk this for as long as they can.
I really hope a few great leaders emerge on the team because of this, and can rally the team around this situation. If this whole thing backfires in the Freeps face, and this team goes out and wins 9 or 10 games, it'll be that much sweeter in the end.
No matter what the outcome of this "investigation" turns out to be, the haters will always be haters. They want to stay safe and warm in their 1970's era cocoon and RR doesn't fit their image of the gruff but paternalistic good guy coach. You can't argue with them either. To paraphrase the old joke about Rudy Giuliani: "Every sentence has the same three items. A noun, a verb and 3-9?. RR can reel off 5 consecutive B-10 titles and the hater will still say "yeah, but 3-9." It will always be true, but it will also be intellectually dishonest.
As to The Freep, I don't care if it bites them or the author. I am very interested to see what happens on Saturday and beyond. As frustrating and distracting as this might be, it could be a galvanizing moment for the team. The true team leaders may emerge and this tema just might use this as that added intangible.
Oh, and I'm new to this board. How am I doing so far?
Looks like you're off to a good start.
UM fans still need a place to vent where there aren't any trolls; that would be here. As for the trolls and haters, they will have a field day for awhile, but winning will shut them up, or at least get them back to normal trolling and hating.
This does, though, provide a great built-in excuse to the school in EL. When they lose to UM, it will now be because UM "cheats." Even though they apparently put in 70-plus hours a week themselves, which is about 26 more than UM allegedly puts in.
Not only did Rosenberg fail to explain that many of the hours do not count towards the 20 hour limit, he failed to mention the team's recent success in the classroom.
As quoted from a previous mgoblog post "U-M has confirmed that last year's team grade-point average is the highest in the past 20 years. It's also one of the best ever by the men who pull on the winged helmets".
Somehow this information gets left out of an article that criticizes UM's football team for spending too much time on football and endangering the student's well being in the classroom. How do you leave this information out of your story? Obviously this whole "investigation" is a last ditch effort to save the FREEP. I hope Michigan kills Western.
How to cure all of this negative media???? WIN! Just ask USC, it worked for them (Bush, Mayo?). Let me know how those "investigations are coming along.