The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.
It's just ESPN.
I never miss a good opportunity to call Rittenberg & Bennett lazy trolls.
Rittenberg will go down in history as the guy who asked Brady Hoke this question. It's almost like he was perfect casting for the role of know-nothing reporter who was made to look stupid:
I believe I had suppressed that fact in my mind. I didn't want to have to try to think about us owing Rittenberg in any way for this gem.
Thank Rittenberg's ignorance and idiocy for that gem.
It will go down in history as his "The Team, The Team, The Team" moment.
for Crisler. Next
I'm confused. The extra seat is reserved for Fritz Crisler. Am I missing something here?
Now you guys have me confused. I'm just going to ride this out and agree with the person who inevitably ends with a +5.
your statement is also recursive.
i will respond to this post in a trolling manner so that way you end with the +5
EDIT: Flamebait? I was going for trolling.. can't even get this right.. mom was right, i will never amount to anything.
not part of the article. Fail.
Michigan Stadium has always had an 'extra' seatreserved for Fielding Yost
Yep, it's reserved for Crisler.
there is an SI Vault article about Crisler, that I can't link to directly but is alluded to here (http://mvictors.com/?p=661) that, as MVictors summarizes, believes the extra seat is reserved for Amos Alonzo Stagg, legendary UChicago coach of yore and Crisler's mentor. Though, I believe that the official AD line nowadays is that the seat is for Crisler and that's what most/all fans think. But as far as I can research, there has never been a definitive true, bullet-proof explanation of who the seat is for, just guesses and assumptions, one of which has hardened into quasi-fact over the years and been condoned by the AD. But really, its within the realm of possibility the seat could be for Stagg, or Yost, or even somebody completely random; wife, a child, a favorite ex-player, "promised" to a recruit, or a recruit's family member...
I do know that we can illustrate it with some degree of accuracy.
Says more about the stupidity of the rankers than it does the big house.
We are one of the best stadiums in the country let alone the B1G. Definitely a Blue hater !
Regardless of where we're at, they did a really poor job on these videos.
They don't give any reasons...
Since when does ESPN's opinion matter? The guy who wrote it probably got rejected from Michigan.
So, no offense, but I bet he could have gotten into Michigan if he wanted to.
You are probably right, but a Class of 2012 graduate at my old high school who is a legacy (father, uncle) at Michigan did not get in. Where is he going you ask? Northwestern. College admissions at the at high academic universities can be a crapshoot.
But I will just add that Adam and I went to NU's Medill School of Journalism at the same time, and I was accepted to Michigan four months before NU finally gave me an answer. My bigger point is that calling other people stupid and claiming they couldn't attend your school is always an assy move and reflects poorly on your fanbase. Adam dislikes Michigan because he's a huge NU fan, not because he holds some grudge over admissions.
Maybe the Medill School of Journalism should have taught him to journalize without so much bias. Just sayin'.
There is no such thing as an unbiased Top 10 list. Give me a freaking break.
They could have used measures such as capacity, luxury capacity, attendance/capacity, maximum recorded db levels at midfield, # of years in existance (tradition) to make an unbiased top 10 list.
And you wouldn't be talking about it. I'm not saying they made a good list. It's idiotic to put five stadiums in the country above the Big House, let alone in the Big Ten. But you only do this kind of listicle nonsense to foment controversy. There is literally no other reason to do it. Your outrage encourages them to do it again. It's sucky, but it's the Internet. There's a reason the Freep has never fired Drew Sharp, unfortunately.
I wasn't referring to this article specifically in mentioning Rittenberg's bias. He has shown an ability to be biased in a number of forums (fora?).
rank NU's high school stadium over the Big House then?
No. 10, ahead of only Purdue and Indiana, which...YEAH.
ESPN should change it's name to JOKE.
that guy looks like dantonio
like the woodchipper operator guy from the movie Fargo.
Wait, Dantonio put a guy's body through a woodchipper!?!? But he is a man of DISCIPLINE!!!
he scrupulously pored over every detail of his plan before shoving said body through a woodchipper in a most orderly and regimented fashion. It was only through years of disipline and mortification that he was able to perform such a deed while maintaining such a grim look of stern determination.
That's because I believe he is. He's also the nihilist in The Big Lebowski.
or Karl Hungus from Big Lebowski.
Posting this to the espn blog made Adam Rittenberg very happy.
For whatever reason, journalists that attended Northwestern (Wilbon, Rittenberg) seem to hate Michigan. Anyone have an idea why?
I have been told that some Northwestern fans judge U-M fans the most obnoxious in the conference.
I didn't hear reasons, but if I had to speculate I would guess it's partly because of the way we turn their stadium into a neutral site via our sheer numbers. Also because it's the one school in the Big Ten that can credibly claim to be "better" than Michigan (due to its selectivity)--and I think that gets under some U-M fans' skin and compromises their congeniality.
Well, the second part is probably true, but on TV it looks like ~9 of the Big Ten teams have a large enough travelling fan presence to turn Northwestern's stadium into a neutral site (at worst)
I asked her why Northwestern fans hate Michigan and she said she must have missed that memo. Sorry for adding absolutely nothing to this discussion.
When I was applying to college the opinions I heard reflected more of a "grass is always greener" mentality. A lot of the people I talked to in Michigan thought Northwestern was a little better and the people in Chicago thought Michigan was a little better. I concluded that they were pretty much on the same level but Michigan is a lot bigger with more departments. I almost went to northwestern for the campus alone though.
And in my experience, this mentality plays a role in some Northwestern fans' antipathy to Michigan and Michigan fans. There exists a sense of academic superiority over the rest of the Big Ten that serves as a balm against the sting of coming up short in athletics. Michigan, though, not only regularly bests the Wildcats on the field of play, but is academically superior in many ways as well.
But it's definitely the case. When I was at NU, I definitely risked getting into a shouting match if I mentioned being a Michigan fan. It's possible it has something to do with a lot of NU's biggest wins in program history were over Michigan: 1995 and 2000, specifically, but they still feel that the fanbase doesn't respect their team as an annual threat.
It doesn't go as far as Illinois's obsession with Michigan does for out-and-out jealousy, though. That shit is hilarious.