At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Less commercials (in stadium)||
I think that instead of trying to find ways to shorten the game such as the running clock after 1st downs (or when players go out of bounds), they should instead find a way to make the game shorter for those who are watching it in the stadium.
Fans at the stadium aren't watching the commercials that the broadcasts are showing to those at home, so why have them at all? Instead you could make the in-stadium experience like watching a game on a DVR.
- Start the in-stadium and tv broadcast at the same time
- Every time tv takes a timeout for commercials, don't take that timeout in the stadium and just continue playing
- After the commercial break concludes, the tv wouldn't miss any of the action, they would just broadcast the game as if it were being tape delayed slightly by the length of the commercial break.
One of the benefits is that it would create a premium for going to the game (and by their rationale, increase attendance since the at home experience would be a moderately diminished product) -- you would truly be witnessing every event live while the tv action may be behind by 5 minutes by the end of the 1st quarter, 10 minutes by half, etc.
The networks may not buy it, but it's overdue for them to throw a bone to the people actually at the games.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Moya||
I went down to the Dominican Republic 2 years ago for a bit of a "beisbol" expedition to see the Caribbean Series and by luck also had the chance to check out the Tigers training center outside of the baseball hotbed town of San Pedro de Macoris.
At 6'6" Moya looked like a man among boys out there with left-handed power and a great arm. The coaches down there were really high on him and thought he had the raw tools to make an impact in the majors someday. I've tracked his career a bit since...he was in Lakeland last year, but has some holes in his swing at this point (106k's in 93 games), but he's only 22 at this point, so still plenty to develop.
I will say, if you love baseball and are a bit adventurous, a trip to a baseball-crazy country like the Dominican is worth it...you can't go too far on the island without seeing kids playing baseball with whatever they can find even if it's just a stick and bottlecap. It's fantastic!
That being said, Lakeland is also great and a must-visit for Tigers fans.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Benefits of season tickets?||
I'd add that a Jerry Jones money grab is also very short sighted in that it further erodes the benefit of purchasing season tickets.
As was outlined a few weeks back when Seat "Donations" were due, many in the fanbase are at a tipping point with the price vs. value in purchasing season tickets when you take per game ticket cost + PSD's into account.
If the trend is for more premium games to be played in neutral sites like the Alabama and now Florida games...what is the benefit to me as a season ticket holder? Wouldn't you want to award your most loyal fans with a top notch game that helps to justify the costs they are paying for our seats?
It's not like our PSD's go down if we play 1 less home game...in effect it's a per-game increase in prices for us to most likely stay at home and watch Michigan and Florida on tv hundreds of miles away in a soulless pro stadium.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Fun facts:||
A few interesting/fun facts around that game:
- If Minnesota had won that game (and the rest of the season played out as it did), they would have gone to the Rose Bowl by way of a 4 way tie atop the standings (M, OSU, Purdue and Minnesota all would have had 2 losses in conference).
The Gophers didn't play OSU and Purdue that year and by way of the fact that they hadn't been to the Rose Bowl the longest, they would have gone.
- Although the game was moved to Friday to accommodate the Twins potential ALCS games, the Twins were eliminated earlier in the week in the ALDS, but of course, tv and travel had already been set, so the dome would have been available on Saturday after all.
- I believe MVictors had this a few years back, but Bill Martin was so upset that they had to move the game to Friday night that he wrote the Minnesota AD a check for them to build an on-campus stadium.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||39 = 27?||
This is well said and exactly what I was thinking. Beyond that, OSU needs more money because they have an incredible 39(!) varsity sports compared to Michigan's 27, so OSU needs to rely a lot more heavily on its football (and basketball) ticket revenue to fund the 12 extra sports budgets, scholarships, coaches salaries, etc.
This is not a 1:1 correlation and Brandon is just searching for an excuse to raise prices again once another "premium" football season comes along next year with ND, Nebraska and OSU come to town.
Regardless, I have resigned myself that college and pro sports are working their way to pricing fans out...it just depends on when the tipping point happens, but it's just dangerous to keep pushing yourself until you find out when you get there.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||To be fair, I'm never quite||
To be fair, I'm never quite sure how much influence that the Athletic Department has on these things. I mean, they do sign off on them, but I always felt that it's adidas that comes to them with all of the concepts.
That's the only way some of these could ever see the light of day. That blue one, with all of the adidas 3-stripes everwhere is just a walking billboard for the company. I doubt I will ever buy any adidas apparel as long as they have the contract; they just don't get the Michigan brand at all.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||It's Alabama...||
I figured they banned it because the name hit a little too close to home for most people
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Video||
Not the greatest, but follow the directions and it works:
|3 years 31 weeks ago||I have a family friend who||
I have a family friend who had a son that decided to go to MSU and the Dad refused to write the checks to the school out of principle.
I figure that you have to appreciate someone who has such an unwavering moral compass that he is able to stand up for what he believes in regardless of the circumstances.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||As of 2010- "In discussions" to return...||
I read an article from the Slippery Rock athletics website that was written about the members of their team who came to the Wisconsin game last year and the article said:
"The salute to SRU was the brainchild of UM Director of Athletics Dave Brandon, who has revived the tradition of announcing Rock football scores during Michigan home games. A special hooded sweatshirt with The Rock logo emblazoned in UM's Maize and Blue colors is also on sale through one of Michigan's licensed vendors.
Brandon has also initiated discussions about The Rock returning to The Big House to play a game, according to Lueken."
The entire article is here: http://www.rockathletics.com/news/2010/11/22/FB_1122101637.aspx
|4 years 19 weeks ago||well, if it's anything like||
well, if it's anything like football, they'll just name it the Mason-Berenson Cup.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Is anyone else having any||
Is anyone else having any problems with the CBS streaming? Mine has been saying "loading" for at least 15 minutes.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||As it is, we are at the||
As it is, we are at the critical mass of bowl games where there are barely enough eligible teams to meet the number of slots.
Last year, only 2 schools (Temple and Western Michigan) were bowl eligible, but weren't invited to a game (Western, probably because of their poor attendance figures the previous year as Brian had mentioned). All it would have taken would be for 3 schools to decline an invite based on financial considerations and these ridiculous ticket limits would have been front and center as one bowl would either have to back off on its ticket/hotel guarantees, or force the prospect of folding a few weeks before the game.
As Zone Left noted, the real issue is that the power conferences need to take a stand and prior to signing agreements with these games, they need to force a removal of these guarantees. As expansion consolidates more power to a few major conferences, one would think that a greater degree of leverage would follow because the drawing power of Big Ten bowl slot #5 is far greater than most of what the ACC, Big East, etc. can bring to the table.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||Old v. New||
Outside of Mattison, the difference isn't that great between what the previous assistants were making and the new staff. Assuming Hoke gets $1.5M, the difference between the total staff salaries would probably be rather negligible.
For the record, the top 3 assistants on Rich's staff were:
G. Robinson - $273k
T. Gibson - 224.7k
The rest of the coaches were getting about ~$185k except for Braithwaite at $135k, but you can see these (and the rest of your favorite Athletic Department personnel) here: http://www.umsalary.info/deptsearch.php?Dept=Athletics&Year=0&Campus=
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Did anyone else notice how||
Did anyone else notice how Groupon incorrectly lists the gametime as 5:30 instead of 6:30? Of course for Groupon HQ and other fellow Chicagoans like myself the tip is 5:30 Central, but last I checked Ann Arbor didn't fall into the CST.
Looks like the new CMO is at work trying to look for creative ways to fill up Crisler. As mentioned above, it's the same deal through the AD, but it does hit a different demographic of people not privvy to the Athletic Department's original messaging.
|4 years 27 weeks ago||This just reminds me of the||
This just reminds me of the time when George bought John Voight's car. I'm sure Jerry spells his name with a "G" occasionally just for fun.
|4 years 27 weeks ago||RE: Michigan Replay Music||
I remember seeing an old Michigan Replay from the early 80s on WOLV-tv that used the Across 110th Street intro, but then I believe they went away from it for a number of years before bringing it back sometime into the Carr years. This has to be a matter of public record. We really need the Athletic Department to start putting up old Michigan Replay's on mgoblue.com for our viewing pleasure.
|4 years 29 weeks ago||Guinness only counts people||
Guinness only counts people who showed up as spectators (people who bought a ticket and were present in the stadium on the day of the game plus a few other non-ticketed personnel, such as the band).
Michigan's attendance counts tickets sold (whether they showed up or not) plus the band, team, concessionnaires, ushers, media, etc. -- essentially everyone who would be present in the stadium.
As far as the original number, that figure was what Guinness used to initially certify that the record had been broken and to have the presentation on the field during the game. They were still totalling up final ticket figures at that point, but they knew that a record had been broken, so they felt comfortable announcing it and having a press release that the media picked up on. (Granted, some in the media mis-interpreted the release to be the final attendance count, but it was still a works in progress)
EDIT: Beaten by a few minutes...why do I write so much?
|4 years 29 weeks ago||Even if Patterson was||
Even if Patterson was contacted, would he really have informed anyone, let alone some random radio station? He's trying to keep his own recruiting class in place, not lose goodwill with TCU, etc. so unless an offer is in hand, no potential candidate is going to say to the media "hey, Michigan called."
|4 years 37 weeks ago||H.S. vs. College||
The high school posts are wider than the college and pro versions, so they are wider compared to what we're used to on Saturdays.
High School - 23 feet, 4 inches
College - 18 feet, 6 inches
I've also been curious how much extra distance one gets by using a tee on FG's like in the video. So, if he can kick a 60 yarder with a tee, does that equate to a 45 or 50 yarder minus the tee? Anyone with a kicking background know a rough estimate?
|4 years 37 weeks ago||Looks like Brian may need||
Looks like Brian may need to increase the MGoPoint threshhold for starting a thread again.
|4 years 37 weeks ago||Sorry you didn't get the jist||
Sorry you didn't get the jist of my comment. All I was saying is that from a financial gift standpoint, there's only so much that the university would allow you to earmark your gift for. In this case, Braylon was (correctly or incorrectly) allowed to earmark his funds to the most finite detail, which is what has created this debate.
My point was that the university would gladly allow me to make a significant contribution, but there comes a point where goodwill and generosity turns into over-involvement and meddling with the way the organization is run (be it athletics/football or whatever). I think Braylon getting over-involved with the way the coach runs his football team crosses the line by using his number scholarship leverage.
|4 years 37 weeks ago||Scholarship endowments||
For the record, the endowment for a scholarship is not $500k/year. It's a one time $500k donation that because of the University investing the money and interest on that investment allows the scholarship to continue forever.
The problem really lies with the Michigan Athletic Department allowing Braylon to stipulate to such a specific degree who would get his scholarship and essentially giving too much of a voice in the activities of a coach running a football program. Instead, the AD should have allowed the scholarship go to a Wide Receiver (and it could have even gone to a WR of the choosing of his Foundation), but letting him tie it to a specific number goes too far. I'm sure the university wouldn't let me endow a scholarship for the person who resides in my old dorm room and then get upset when the housing office selects someone who I don't deem "worthy" of the honor of residing in the hallowed halls of 5th Hamilton.
|4 years 38 weeks ago||Purdue tix||
The last time I went (around 2004), the Michigan section was behind the endzone in the open part of the horseshoe. Purdue was pretty decent and came in with only 1 loss and I already had tickets, but I approached a scalper by the basketball arena just to see what the market was like and he had a whole fistful of tickets and from "negotiating" with him, it was definitely a buyer's market.
Fast-forward to today: both teams aren't as good as they were back then, so, I doubt the game sells out (especially with an early kick time). Worst case you should be able to buy them for face at the box office if you can't negotiate your way in for less.
|4 years 42 weeks ago||Expansion||
Since it sounds like you have the data, I'm curious...what are the numbers since State joined the Big Ten in the '50s? No doubt that across the board, Michigan Athletics have been more dominant historically than MSU, but it'd be interesting to see a more apples to apples comparison.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||Licensed retailer||
It's interesting because a number of these shirts have been up for quite some time...and it's not like they're much different than the guys with the stands on the street who have ripped off a number of the designs for their own profit.
I wonder if this has more to do with who is selling them and their relationship to the University as opposed to what is being sold. To my knowledge, before buying Moe's, Underground Printing would produce t-shirts angled toward Michigan (like the MGoShirts), but never use any University trademarks. Now that they run Moe's and sell licensed material, the University has more control to threaten UGP with revoking their agreement to sell licensed product like jerseys, hats, etc. Perhaps a lawyer can speak to this more, but unless they go on a major cease and desist binge and shut down the shady push carts, then I think it's a targeted threat at a licensed retailer.
|5 years 5 weeks ago||n/a||
It's a video like this that truly captures the greatness of sport, and the reason why so many of us keep coming back.
Yes, sports may occasionally cause us agony and heartbreak, but that moment of euphoria shared with our friends and family, or complete strangers from far and wide is a thing of beauty and will never get old.
|5 years 12 weeks ago||Stadium configurations||
FA, you are my hero for bringing up the Polo Grounds. I wish that park was still around because there definitely needs to be a stadium with a small cutout that makes it 485' to center.
As for the L.A. Coliseum, they did host a Dodgers exhibition game a few years ago (attended by 115,300 people) in commemoration of the team's 50th Anniversary of their move to the west coast. (Note the giant net in left field to eliminate on the 200+ foot home run).
|5 years 15 weeks ago||n/a||
Mike Stevenson is the consummate professional.
When I heard that they were replacing the Oosterbaan astroturf back in '01, I went to him with the outlandish idea that I wanted to see if they could cut me off a piece to use as "carpet" for my dorm room. He was more than accommodating, asking for the desired dimensions we needed and even giving us the '4' from the 40 yard line as part of our piece.
Hopefully he has a happy phased-in retirement...and if he needs some turf for a dorm-sized room in his house, he knows who to call.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||Just the Facts ma'am||
And to think, I read the thread title and figured that maybe the Michigan Theater was having a "Joe Friday Night" and Judge Smails was a big fan of classic tv.
|5 years 33 weeks ago||n/a||
Keggy is the best mascot ever and it's disappointing to hear that he didn't make an appearance at such a crucial in-conference squash match, yet a man-parrot and a cartoon bear showed up to cheer on the team instead.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||BCS = Collusion||
There is no doubt in my mind that the powers that be colluded to match TCU and Boise together in the same bowl.
Look at it this way: as the current system stands, the BCS is set up to create a monopoly between the 6 major conferences and the power brokers at the 4 major bowls.
A playoff would a) force the revenue from these major bowl games to be more equitably distributed amongst all conferences instead of just the 6 BCS conferences and b) essentially reduce or eliminate the power wielded -and financial windfall- from the various bowl committees of these 4 major bowls.
Because of this, anything that could possibly spark an even more heated debate of a playoff is bad for the bowl committees, who are the ones who select the matchup.
Interestingly, the BCS could have had matchups of 1 vs. 2, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8 and 9/10 if they went Cincy/TCU and Florida/Boise. However, if (God forbid) both of the non-BCS schools won against major conferences, the push for a playoff would be heightened even more and the playoff drum would keep beating louder, which is obviously bad for the bowl games.
Instead, the Fiesta Bowl colluded with the other bowls to essentially eliminate the possibility of embarrassment faced by Oklahoma and Alabama from previous season, so they selected both Boise and TCU. Now we'll never know how good those two teams are because the bowl collusion forced them to play each other instead of major conference teams.
Again, well done BCS.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||n/a||
What the heck FA? I go into the final weekend tied with you for 3rd with 138 points and I don't even make the chart?!?...oh, it's on now! :)
|5 years 42 weeks ago||n/a||
Now that we've moved on to a discussion of the best mascots, I think Dartmouth's "unofficial" mascot deserves special mention...I mean, he has his own Wikipedia page! -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keggy_the_Keg
|5 years 42 weeks ago||"Walking Taco"||
Brian apparently never partook in the legend that is the Gordon Food Service supplied elementary school cafeteria. I found the Walking Taco to be halfway decent as far as school lunch food went (though can't say I've ever seen or heard of it being served at an actual bar/restaurant), but just don't ask me to touch the radioactive-looking Fiestada.
|5 years 42 weeks ago||22-10 in Night Games||
According to MGoBlue.com, Michigan is 22-10 in night games all time (19-4 playing on the road and 3-6 at a neutral site).
Page 4 of this week's game notes includes a list of all the games played through the years and their results. It can be found here:
Also of note, this weekend will be Michigan's 400th televised game.
|5 years 43 weeks ago||In the future, I think you||
In the future, I think you have to get the funky organ solo (at about 1:45 in the song) from the theme in there somewhere during the podcast (maybe between guests, since that's when Michigan Replay would use it is after breaks).
Bottom line: the more Across 110th Street (Instrumental) Theme, the better!
Besides the minor tweak, great job as always, guys!
|5 years 44 weeks ago||Throwbacks||
Iowa also did a throwback game a few years ago for the 75th Anniversary of Kinnick Stadium, but it wasn't just the team:
"The student-athletes for the University of Iowa and Kent State, the game officials, the sideline "Chain Gang," the UI cheerleaders, the UI Dance Squad and even the program vendors all will be outfitted with uniforms reminiscent of the 1930s."
More details can be found here:
...and game pictures:
|5 years 44 weeks ago||Lineups||
I agree with Mark that announcing the lineups was one of my favorite things leading up to the start of the game and I don't buy the reasoning that they simply don't have time.
If so, they should simply go back to announcing either the defense or offense and just switch it every other game.
Why would you want to diminish atmosphere by having people NOT cheer for their own team and favorite players/Coach Rod when they're announced?
|5 years 44 weeks ago||n/a||
I'm not sure how helpful this is, but here are a few of my thoughts to your question:
I think a player's legend grows the further they're removed from the game, so although each of the players you listed were stars in their own right while at UM, the older players end up becoming more revered at this point in time.
Some of that may be due to the target audience of a $100-ish auction. I think it's natural that as you get older (and have more disposable income to put in an auction) that you get nostalgic for the "old days", so maybe seeing a Ron Johnson or Bob Chappius item rekindles that era you grew up a fan.
The specific item can also be a drawing card, depending on its uniqueness and perceived rarity. An 8x10 of Chad Henne is more standard than say, a game program of a memorable Henne game, just like an autographed replica jersey is viewed as less "valuable" than a game-used one.
However, it's impossible to please everyone and difficult in memorabilia to know what will strike a chord with a certain group of people. Sometimes it's a surprise what ends up getting bid up and what doesn't, but I guess just live and learn and adjust accordingly.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||Wave||
I'm not a fan of the wave, but back in my youth, I seem to remember the wave being far more innovative --
after the students split the wave, the next phase was to speed up and slow down the split wave, so you'd have a fast wave going in one direction and a slow wave going in the other, or two slow waves traveling in opposite directions. It really added a new dimension when they overlapped.
Other things left behind:
Can anyone think of any other old student section "traditions" that have disappeared over the years?
|5 years 45 weeks ago||MGoBlue.com||
You should be able to get streaming radio via MGoBlue.com. Ever since UM and WJR parted ways, the Athletic Department has been offering the Beckmann/Brandstatter audio free of charge.
|5 years 46 weeks ago||Don't worry, I got the same||
Don't worry, I got the same form letter response from both Joe Parker and Marty Bodnar, so I don't think your e-mail is in vain. They probably have a tally board on the number of complaints they get for certain things within the stadium, so maybe when it reaches a certain level, then they actually address it.
It just seems like such a cop-out to me to "address" the problem by playing canned music instead of working to find more innovative ways to improve the atmosphere that actually uses the band to create positive change.
Sure, Michigan Stadium poses some unique challenges, but the atmosphere at Yost is great, and much of that comes from interplay between the band and students, so I'd think if some effort was put in to do similar for football (i.e. a "Maize Rage" type student group that create their own cheers and integrate it with what the band, cheer team, etc. are doing) then the atmosphere would instantly improve.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Agreed||
I think picking the spread adds a little more intrigue...especially for all of these lopsided games. (Besides, don't we all want to go head to head with jamiemac?)
|5 years 48 weeks ago||formerlyanonymous...||
I'm surprised you didn't select Taft. He did, after all, begin the tradition of Presidential Ceremonial First Pitches (and as legend has it, the 7th inning stretch).
His rotund figure is a downer, though.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Andrew Jackson||
Jackson may have been the biggest badass ever.
Besides being the only President to ever pay off the national debt, he also wanted strict term limits on politicians to curb corruption.
Jackson was the first President to be part of an assassination attempt being fired at twice at point blank range. Jackson then proceeded to run the guy down and beat the crap out of him with his cane.
Furthermore, Jackson dueled with a man (Charles Dickinson) who made some unflattering remarks about his wife. Dickinson took the first shot and wounded Jackson. Not flinching, Jackson fired back, killing Dickinson. The bullet that wounded Jackson was lodged within inches of his heart. He carried that bullet in his chest for the rest of his life.
He was an everyman who invited anyone to his public parties at the White House and once set out a 1,400lb block of cheese for the people.
Yeah, he did displace the Indians, but in a great moment in American history, at Jackson's own funeral, his pet parrot started swearing and had to be removed from the ceremony.
I find that to be a more exciting life than T.R., as he was the original Chuck Norris.
|5 years 49 weeks ago||N/A||
Here's an additional account of the game from Shippensburg University's magazine: http://sumag.ship.edu/smbandday.html
Of note, ESPN picked up the game for tv.
Also, I distinctly recall former P.A. announcer Howard King saying "and a score from Western Pennsylvania..." when announcing the Slippery Rock score, not central PA (as was noted above).
This really is a tradition that needs to be picked back up. With or without a ticker, I'm sure something can be done to get the score of the Slippery Rock game. Maybe I'll investigate further...
|5 years 49 weeks ago||N/A||
I really like the ideas of historical photos, retired numbers, etc. integrated as part of the new concourses. As long as they're understated and tastefully done, I think that it could really be effective in channeling the history of Michigan football that we know, but has really been lacking from the stadium itself. But, as others have said above, taking it slow and gauging fan reaction is important after the halo and such.
I also think that it would be very cool and collegiate to grow ivy on the brick facade tying the stadium into the likes of the Michigan Union, Law Quad, etc. In addition, it would integrate in with the trees and grass already within the stadium gates that makes Michigan Stadium a unique venue.
|5 years 50 weeks ago||n/a||
I think that you really have to go back to the pre-tv era to make this the most worthwhile experience since all we have to remember those really old games by are statistics and newspaper clippings. Therefore, I would choose either the first Rose Bowl Game in 1902 (complete with an old-fashioned train trip across the country) or the 1898 game against the University of Chicago that inspired "The Victors" and gave Michigan its first Western Conference Championship.
That being said, I really like the suggestion of both the 1940 Tom Harmon standing ovation in Columbus as well as the '93 Michigan-Penn State game. That goal line stand was epic and the hype surrounding that game, Penn State's first big game since joining the conference would be unreal.
I remember a lot of people worrying that PSU would come into the Big Ten and dominate like they had previously as an independent, but except for that great '94 team, it really has never materialized as such.
|5 years 50 weeks ago||Yale Bowl||
While I'm not holding out too much hope that the game would be played at the Yale Bowl, it would be fantastic if that ended up being the case, especially given that the Yale's sunken bowl design was the inspiration for the Rose Bowl as well as our very own Michigan Stadium. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:YaleBowl-Field1a.JPG)
Yale Bowl's seating capacity of 64,000+ would also be considerably larger than the 40,000 at Rentschler, although you pretty much have to drive through Hartford on your way to New Haven if you were coming from Storrs (so it would be even less of a home field if that were the case).
It is interesting that there hasn't been an "official" announcement from either school, especially given that the news broke a few weeks ago, so maybe something more considerable is being worked out.
EDIT: Also of note, the last time Michigan played at Yale (and, by extension, in the state of Connecticut) was 1938, a 15-13 Wolverine victory.
|5 years 51 weeks ago||n/A||
The bottom line is that Fritz Crisler designed the winged helmet while at Princeton, the Spaulding Sporting Goods Company used that design as a model for a line of helmets they produced and offered for sale to any team that didn't want the plain brown helmet of the day.
Michigan State was one of those schools who ordered the Spaulding model and used it for a few years before abandoning it. (however the idea that MSU "copied it" from anyone is ridiculous, they were just a loyal Spaulding customer.
In the meantime, Crisler left Princeton and brought his winged design to Michigan. (Princeton has since returned to Crisler's winged helmet, which if I say so myself, looks pretty sweet in orange and black).
|5 years 51 weeks ago||n/a||
I definitely think it was a missed opportunity with the stadium renovation to not include a Michigan Football museum on the grounds...maybe as part of the build-out into the Crisler lot when they took down a lot of that hill.
It would have been a great opportunity for fans going to the games to take a walk through and further see and feel the great history of Michigan Football.
Right now, all of that stuff is kind of locked away and hidden from view, but it would be pretty sweet to be able to walk by the Brown Jug or get your picture next to the national championship trophy, etc...
EDIT: On an unrelated note, if you're ever at the University of Chicago, their student recreation building has the first Heisman Trophy on display (awarded to Jay Berwanger) as well as old footballs and write-ups from games played against Michigan and a feature on U of C Alum Fritz Crisler. It's kind of cool to see some of the history from one of the charter members of the Big Ten (and its precursor the Western Conference) and realize how important of piece that the University of Chicago played in the Michigan tradition as its 1898 victory inspired the writing of "The Victors" and they were Michigan's chief rival of the time.
|5 years 51 weeks ago||This is ridiculous.||
This is ridiculous. Apparently the goal is to have the Men's bathroom lines as long as the women's because that's what's going to happen. Urinals cannot be placed close enough to each other to equal the efficiency generated by peeing on a wall.
When the Tigers moved from Tiger Stadium to Comerica, the same thing happened. Although the organization made a big deal about a greater amount of bathrooms, the fact that they went from the legendary pee troughs of Tiger Stadium to urinals makes the benefit of more points of relief moot. We will see the same thing happen at Michigan Stadium.
As an aside, although I cannot confirm it, I think the pee troughs were also inspiration during the writing of "Ghostbusters" when Harold Ramis says that crossing the streams is bad.
|6 years 4 weeks ago||n/a||
So it's essentially the rivalry version of last year's "Who's Now" 'competition'. Great, saved me from reading a pointless article.
I know it's summer and all, but there really has to be more to write about than which rivalry is more "now". Otherwise, take some vacation days, dude.
|6 years 4 weeks ago||Design competition||
There should be an MGoBlog season t-shirt design competition, similar to the banner where we can all vote on designs and then get shirts made for the season.
I agree that the recent shirts have been pretty bad and the fact that the Athletic Department still markets them as the "Student Shirt" is silly since there isn't even any student input in the process anymore.
|6 years 5 weeks ago||n/a||
bsb2002 is the winner of the day. Having been to my share of new stadiums and arenas, once you get beyond the "retro" facade and more bathrooms, they do generally suck.
You're further away from the action (i.e. the closest seat in Comerica's upper deck is equal in distance to the furthest seat in the Tiger Stadium upper deck), ticket prices are higher, the place caters to the uber rich, oh and taxpayers end up footing the bill. And then when a team gets sick of it, they move on to something else.
Look at Memphis. The Pyramid Arena was built in 1991. It hosted the Grizzlies from 2001-2004 before the FedEx Forum opened, with more luxury boxes. Eventually, the team will move because they're awful and attendance is atrocious and the city will be left holding the bag for 2 arenas with no other use that they're still paying down debt on.
There's a Comerica Park or Ford Field or new hockey arena in every city in America now and they all look the same, mostly because they're all built by the same 1-2 architecture firms.
Since Baltimore's Camden Yards opened in 1992, how many baseball teams have new stadiums? 19 of 32 (and 12 in the 2000s). The Twins open a new stadium next year, the Marlins in 2012, the Rays are working on their own new facility.
The Palace, built in 1988 is now one of the oldest NBA arenas! Though I give the Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment a ton of credit, since it is one of the only completely privately financed professional venues in the country, and I believe the most successful venue of its kind with all the events that go on there.
Anyway, back to the Joe, if Ilitch wants to replace the arena and asks for even a dime of public money (outside infrastructure/road improvements to the area) it would be ridiculous, especially given how much in the poor house that Detroit and the region is in right now.
Only time will tell what happens.
|6 years 6 weeks ago||n/a||
I think Virginia would be cool since it would be the 15th Anniversary of the Pigskin Classic, which at the time, was the greatest comeback in Michigan Stadium history.
Martin has said he wants something special, but he's either going to have to dole out big money or go in on a 2 for 1 or 1 for 1.
Just for old school football historians, it would be cool to either bring in Army, Navy or Harvard, Yale, since they were all the rage back in the day, so if it's really a celebration of Michigan Stadium, the historical aspect of football could be played up...maybe both teams could even wear throwback jerseys.
|6 years 6 weeks ago||n/a||
Right now, the price of tickets is already variable. The athletic department has 2 "premium" priced games per year, so the OSU game's face value is say $65/ticket and the Eastern game is maybe $50/ticket.
As was said above, the majority of the seats are sold on a season ticket basis, so very few of the premium game tickets would get sold on a game by game basis.
If you're saying that they should raise the value of the OSU ticket so it's consistent with the street value of said ticket to cut out scalper profits, maybe that's an option knowing demand is high.
The Cubs have variable pricing based upon opponent or time of the season and set their prices accordingly based upon what they perceive people would be willing to pay. (yet the scalper culture still infests itself around Wrigley)
However, since your proposal doesn't raise the actual season ticket price any, very little additional revenue is realized. On top of that, part of the reason the AD schedules low level schools is that their "appearance fee" is lower, so it may take $400k to attract Eastern to come down the road, but it would cost far more to bring in a bigger name opponent, or if you had to make a return trip to say, Oklahoma, the total revenue is far less than scheduling Eastern 2x.
|6 years 6 weeks ago||n/a||
I think it's impossible to say that Perry doesn't have the mentality of composure to close games in the future. The guy is 22 and so far has played in more major league games (24) than minor league games (14) in his career.
Give him some time to learn to locate his pitches and, you know, grow up.
|6 years 7 weeks ago||Bricks||
I agree that the bricks look comparatively cheap, and honestly, there is too much brick...or at the least, the new facade is way too plain.
They should have used some of the detailing from the original brickwork (http://krullconstruction.net/images/470_MICHIGAN_STADIUM_ROOF_POUR.JPG) with some of the flourishes above the arches and the stone/concrete/whatever trim to tie together the old with the new.
I also would have put ornate Michigan Union-style towers on each end (similar to what they have at Illinois and Northwestern).
Finally, I want to see them grow ivy in the brick walls, since not only does ivy provide a very collegiate feel and tie-in to the rest of campus, but with Ann Arbor being a tree city, having some greenery, especially on the Main Street side that towers over a block of low-rise buildings would be nice to see. (oh, and we can then watch it change color as we go through the fall).
|6 years 9 weeks ago||n/a||
I think any list of great baseball announcers begins and ends with Vin Scully. I'll tune into the Dodgers games on MLB.tv just to listen to him talk. The best part is that he does the entire game by himself so no annoying color commentator (i.e. Price, Rod Allen...or basically 95% of them in any sport) can get in the way.
|6 years 9 weeks ago||n/a||
I'd tend to say that many of the sportswriters are covering their own beat at one of the games which is a day long job in and of itself between watching the game, post game interviews and writing a story up before deadline.
Unless you're some guy sitting in a studio all day with a million channels all showing games (and even then, how many can you actually pay attention to besides highlight footage).
That's why you just need a group of people that all they do for a job is watch games, both as live action all day Saturday and the ones they miss they can watch during the week since it is, after all, their job.
But, it's the BCS, so the things that make the most sense never actually happen.
|6 years 9 weeks ago||n/a||
Seriously! Why do they even have a coaches poll? The coaches have enough to worry about on their own team on a week to week basis, recruiting and scouting future opponents to give "informed" opinions of the best teams (and without bias) is ridiculous.
Why can't the BCS adopt a system like Basketball has and just have a committee that watches tons of games and sits in a room for long periods of time debating who the best teams are. At least that would be better than silly polls that don't even include all of the D-1 coaches which would at least give us a larger sample size and hopefully reduce some bias.
|6 years 13 weeks ago||n/a||
What isn't being taken into account is that for conference games, the Big Ten has a revenue sharing plan where a portion of gate receipts are thrown into a pot and re-distributed. Since Michigan Stadium is so big, the Athletic Department would be throwing a disproportionate amount of revenue into the pot than say Northwestern and Indiana.
The same goes for non-conference games where those teams get a paycheck for showing up.
|6 years 18 weeks ago||n/a||
Did you celebrate the "Newmanium" with Kramer, Newman and Christopher Cross?
|6 years 18 weeks ago||n/a||
I find it funny that so many of the comments blame RichRod for these supposed changes. I'm pretty sure he worries more about the team than whether they play music or not.
The true venom should be spewed at Athletic Administration and the Marketing Department...they're the ones who think "atmosphere" comes in the form of free pizza.
|6 years 19 weeks ago||n/a||
I'd say go to your local CBS station's website and hopefully they will have the information on there.
For those in Chicago, I checked on CBS 2's website and they're showing the Michigan game this afternoon over the Purdue game that is airing at the same time.
Thank you, national alumni base!
UPDATE: I just checked WJZ in Baltimore, and it does appear they're showing the UNC game: http://wjz.com/sports/ncaa.basketball.wjz.2.962720.html
|6 years 19 weeks ago||n/a||
Yes, I vividly remember the early '90s Final Countdown at Pistons games and even then as a young kid, it gave me chills - especially with Ken Calvert announcing Joe Duuuuumars.
They then went away from Final Countdown for at least a few years during those awful teal unis.
I can't find an original vid, but here's Calvert introducing the "Bad Boys" at a recent reunion:
|6 years 20 weeks ago||n/a||
Essentially the NCAA has zero oversight over D-1A college football and because of that, they don't award the championship trophy.
As opposed to the Basketball Tourney, the TV networks negotiate directly with the "non-profit" bowls for tv rights and then the payouts go directly to the teams/conferences.
As said above, it is surprising that the NCAA doesn't take control of the football championship, as that would be the way to control the dough.
However, I think the current payout structure for the bowls so favors the major conferences, that there's too much resistance by the influential schools to an NCAA-led championship because they'd have to share more of the pot of money with the "non BCS" conferences. -- hence one of the reasons the BCS was stacked against the smaller schools until recently.
|6 years 20 weeks ago||n/a||
MGoBlue.com live blogged yesterday's game, too. I didn't read any of it, but it happened. FWIW.
edit: ugh. 3rd place only wins you a bronze in the Olympics.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||Update||
Here's an update of what went down last night and whether it was good or bad for Michigan. I think we can all agree that ultimately, M's chances hinge on their own performance, but teams around us losing certainly doesn't hurt.
Ohio State - Won 60-58; Bad
|6 years 21 weeks ago||n/a||
Nice Cape Girardeau name drop in there. The SE MO ST team may suck, but the Cape is a pretty cool small town.
Is there anything better to describe Tommy Amaker's tenure at UM than that Courtney Sims missed dunk? I still can't believe that Sims has actually set foot on an NBA court as a player.
Is J.C. Mathis still playing in the NBDL?
|6 years 24 weeks ago||n/a||
I do like to more "retro" away jerseys although I'd say to tweak it a little so there isn't a white space between the blue and "maize" stripe, and maybe make the maize stripe a little thinner.
I'd say no to the block M. I think the best jerseys are the ones that are the least cluttered with stuff and M should have as simple and "classic" of a design for the road jerseys as they do for the home ones...kind of like how Penn State's jerseys are very no-frills.
I think it's a shame how the Athletic Department has been bullied around a bit recently by the shoe companies to add in some of the odd looking piping just to probably try and sell a few more jerseys because they're different.
As for basketball...remember those awful late 90s jerseys with just the block M on the front. Thank you, Nike ;-) -- http://pilecki.homestead.com/Lavell_Blanchard_2.jpg
EDIT: Why not send the consensus best designs to Bill Martin and athletics? It probably wouldn't do any good, but at least we can co-sign that what we've had lately was not that great.
|6 years 25 weeks ago||n/a||
the athletic department should never have let Braylon tie his scholarship to the #1. His foundation could have put other qualifiers in there (such as the scholarship must be given to a WR, or they must have exhibited certain traits), but essentially this becomes an issue of a former player meddling into the business of the current coach and team, which is completely inappropriate.
Don't get me wrong, I think it's fantastic that Braylon wants to give back. More former players who make the big time should give back to their respective universities like he has, and endowing a scholarship is a fantastic idea. It just never should have been allowed to be tied to a jersey number.
As was said above, it seems like it's only Braylon that particularly "coveted" the number. Now after getting ripped in the media, Rodriguez will either a) never give out the number, or b) feel like he has to ask Braylon's permission and get his blessing before he passes it out to anyone.
Pretty silly, if you ask me.
|6 years 25 weeks ago||n/a||
I disagree, it was John Bacon that made me cringe with his rambling nervousness and lack of focus. I thought Brian ran circles around the host and Bacon, to paraphrase what he said in the interview, should be one of those bookish writers that stays away from the microphone.
|6 years 25 weeks ago||n/a||
What? Illinois took a kid who committed to Ohio State? Wisconsin got a guy who committed to Illinois?
What ever happened to the so-called "Gentleman's Agreement"?
I'm sure the media will pick up on that one.
|6 years 27 weeks ago||n/a||
Chitown is right that Michigan's Athletic Department puts additional money into the University's general fund that is above and beyond just paying for student-athlete scholarships.
UM is also one of the few schools who pays "market rate" for their athletic scholarships -- meaning the University charges the AD whatever the cost out of state tuition is these days for all of those Florida recruits (some schools allow the AD to pay in-state tuition for out of state athletes). Let's also not forget that UM's tuition for a public school is much higher than it's peer institutions.
Here's another fact that most people don't know: the Big Ten has revenue sharing for its conference home games, so the Michigans and Penn States and Ohio States of the conference have to essentially give gate revenue to the Indianas, Northwesterns, Purdues and Minnesotas of the conference, so even the advantage of having a large stadium does minimal good when you have to re-distribute the wealth.
All of those costs add up, and although UM does pretty well for itself in regards to licensing revenue, other schools also fatten up on in-stadium advertising.
If Michigan has to get into a bidding war for coaches, they will lose unless they sell their soul to the devil in some fashion.
|6 years 27 weeks ago||<> John Kass of the Chicago||
John Kass of the Chicago Tribune calls the phenomenon "Hopium". I mean, I wish Obama all the luck in the world, but no politician is the second coming and the media just seems to always be there to toot the horn of what is an incredibly well-run marketing machine.
|6 years 29 weeks ago||Silent Game/No Announcers||
The point about having no announcers is a good one. A few years back the NBA broadcast a "silent game" on their network that just mic-ed up the PA announcer and courtside mics.
It would be great if a similar thing was done with the college game where you could just place mics with the in-stadium PA, sounds on the field and the crowd/band so it was as if you were at the game yourself instead of watching it on a tv. Any injuries you could just include as a scrolling update across the bottom of the screen.
|6 years 29 weeks ago||N/A||
It's all marketing. Like other things football, the Athletic Department's marketing staff takes a hands-off approach and does almost nothing to promote the major revenue sports (or what they do, they don't do well). Bill Martin should be out there looking for the next Don Canham to spread the word.
Certainly things may change some now in the Rodriguez era that just would never happen under Carr, but I just don't see the marketing department ever doing enough to make the Spring Game a true "event".
The other thing to consider is the weather, which is always an iffy proposition when you're talking about early to mid April in Michigan...I have a lifetime of memories of going to early season Tigers games that were absolutely frigid.
|6 years 29 weeks ago||N/A||
he was cheering for the Buckeyes, so that must have been the pact he had to make to keep his life.
|6 years 30 weeks ago||n/a||
If you don't get BTN, there's always the live audio stream available on mgoblue.com
|6 years 32 weeks ago||n/a||
The question was about acquiring the rights in order to make a print and frame it, not to just steal it from the web and save it on the computer.
|6 years 33 weeks ago||n/a||
no, this is far worse. Here's the write-up and lyrics from the Oklahoma website. Pretty "inventive" stuff:
In 1905, Arthur M. Alden, a student in history and physiology whose father was a Norman jeweler, wrote the lyrics to the fight song, borrowing the tune from Yale University's 'Boola Boola' but improvising the words. A year later, an addition was made to it from North Carolina's 'I'm a Tarheel Born' and the two combined to form the university's fight song today. One of the most recognizable college fight songs in the country, 'Boomer Sooner' immediately evokes enthusiasm from OU fans and sends chills down the spines of those who dare to oppose them.
Boomer Sooner, Boomer Sooner
|6 years 33 weeks ago||n/a||
Does anyone know of any online tv feed like previous games? I know we can get audio from mgoblue, but certainly watching it is better. (not like too many people want to watch the Battle for Washtenaw County)
|6 years 34 weeks ago||n/a||
any way we can get a compilation of the Mangino posts?
|6 years 34 weeks ago||n/a||
I agree that more needs to be done to reproduce the old program covers. I know the M Den sells a monthly calendar with historical covers, but either making individual prints for sale or compiling them in a book would be excellent.
In an unrelated/random item: pictures 17 and 19 in the 1922 programs list Michigan home games as being on Central Time as opposed to Eastern Time. I can't find anything that shows Michigan being on central time and then years down the road changing to eastern. Hmm.
|6 years 36 weeks ago||N/A||
FYI: For the Norfolk State game, if you bring 2 canned good items to Crisler your ticket is only $1.
|6 years 36 weeks ago||N/A||
To simplify Michigan's failings this year to the fact that the Big Ten is a tougher conference to the Big East is awfully short-sighted.
I won't get into the regurgitated facts about replacing almost the entire offense as well as shoddy OL and QB play, but instead direct you to a coach with a similar career path: Urban Meyer.
Meyer was successful at smaller schools Bowling Green and Utah in conferences you would never confuse with the SEC and has been a force as Florida running a spread offense similar to Rodriguez's (of course, having the father of Gary Danielson's children at QB doesn't hurt either).
But, seriously, how many coaches in any major sport leave a highly successful team in a top league to go to another top team in a top league? I can only think of Roy Williams at Kansas/UNC in basketball.
Yeah, the season has sucked, but it's not like Michigan hasn't been in most every game they've played this year. They were up in almost every game they ended up losing. More consistent play by key positions and cutting down on silly turnovers like the muffed punt this weekend is the difference between a relatively successful first season and the one the team is having right now.
|6 years 38 weeks ago||N/A||
Let's also not forget that Butler is a false start machine on offense.
|6 years 43 weeks ago||N/A||
I think it was not even close because you had a Michigan team that had only 21 yards in the first half. There was no guarantee that the team would or could even get a first down the rest of the 4th quarter let alone mount another scoring drive if they decided to kick the extra point to go up by 2.
Sure, 10 minutes left in the 4th would be considered a lot of time if our offense isn't so Jeckyll and Hyde, but this being Michigan 2008, you have to try for points whenever you can get them.
|6 years 44 weeks ago||N/A||
it is my understanding that the practice facility will be built into the hill on the east side of Crisler where the commuter bus stop is right now.
As for renovating the arena itself, there's no reason why it couldn't be phased in over the course of a few years like the current Michigan Stadium project is now. The only issue with that would be if they wanted to gut the bowl and completely re-structure the upper Yellow seats into an upper deck that overhangs the lower bowl. (though I doubt that to be feasible).
|6 years 44 weeks ago||N/A||
To add to what chrisgocomment said, I've sat under the overhang at Camp
I think with any stadium, it's all about
|6 years 46 weeks ago||n/a||
Don't quote me on this, since it's not like I horde Athletic Department marketing materials, but I feel like they tried to do this at Crisler for select away games in the past (maybe late '90s?), but I could be wrong...
|6 years 46 weeks ago||A2 carpool||
I know this doesn't help you out this week, but if there are Chicago-area Michigan fans who travel back for home games and are interested in carpooling back to Ann Arbor for future games and splitting gas, etc, let me know.
With all of the M fans/alumni in the Chicago area, it's silly to have 2-3 people driving seperately when we can combine cars and save some money in the process.
As far as this weekend, worst case, you can take the South Shore train to the South Bend airport and either have your friend pick you up there, or I think they offer a cheap shuttle service to campus from the airport.
|6 years 48 weeks ago||n/a||
ok, north campus may be a little excessive, but if you don't plan on tailgating and just want to ditch your car somewhere, I suggest the Maynard Street parking structure right across the street from Borders. At 80-cents/hour, it would take you a long time to get up to $25 there, plus easy access to 23 and you can walk through campus if you so choose.
|6 years 50 weeks ago||N/A||
As was stated above, any Michigan game broadcast on ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 that is not already a national broadcast will be mirrored on one of the ESPN family of networks.
In the case of the Utah game, for those not in the midwest, that ABC Regional game will be broadcast on either ESPN or ESPN2 for the rest of the nation that doesn't get the regional feed on ABC.
That being said, just fly in from Oregon for the game! It is Labor Day weekend, after all.
|6 years 51 weeks ago||N/A||
I still say the best way to increase the "atmosphere" for games is to:
1) start a student football group like the Maize Rage that all sit together and are the ones to start all cheers. They can then work with the band, cheerleaders, etc. to make sure no one is stepping on each other's toes. This group would all sit together in the stadium in a reserved block of seats. In order to make it somewhat exclusive so that cell phone talking sorority girls can't show up midway through the first quarter and claim they're part of this "Maize Rage", there has to be some sort of membership requirement like attending meetings, camping out overnight at the stadium, etc.
2) all other students will sit general admission on a first come, first served basis. If other schools can use vouchers and then assign seat numbers when you walk into the stadium, we should be able to as well. This keeps all the latecomers and people who only go to games because "it's the cool thing to do" up at the top of the stadium and the people who actually know what's going on more in the action.
Since the students are the loudest part of the stadium and the Athletic Department has done little besides the phony "student" t-shirt contest to reach out to them, I say that's the first thing that needs to happen in order to really improve the atmosphere.
P.S. why does this look like one long run-on sentence? I tried to make paragraphs! Ugh.
|6 years 51 weeks ago||n/a||Yeah, I'd assume it's because of Michigan being unable to sell the local tv rights like Nebraska was able to do. So instead of in previous years when local area networks were able to pick up the rights to certain games that weren't broadcast nationally or regionally (i.e. ESPN+ football and basketball games), all of those are now on the Big Ten Network. Also, don't let the numbers fool you, with Nebraska's deal for 13 years as opposed to Michigan's 12 year deal, the difference amounts to under $1.5 million/yr, and I'm sure M's take on BTN revenues amounts to well over that.|
|7 years 4 days ago||n/a||
do these numbers from '02-04 include Miami, VaTech and Boston College before they moved to the ACC? (though BC actually moved in '05, a year after Miami and VT)
I think you almost have to split the Big East analysis into 2002-04 and 2005-Present since it's kind of comparing apples to oranges when you suddenly lose some of your top football teams.
EDIT: looks like my thought process was beaten by a few posts, but I guess the point still stands...
|7 years 1 week ago||n/a||I also heard that Knute Rockne stole his "Win one for the Gipper" speech from the movie 'Airplane', which he happened to see the night before the game.|
|7 years 2 weeks ago||N/A||
Thanks for taking the time to share the story. However, I actually think that Michigan and the Athletic Department do their part in writing about the history of the Winged Helmet (see this webpage I linked to last week from Michigan's Bentley Library: http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/helmet/mhelmet.htm)
Here's an excerpt: "Some accounts of the actual design of the new helmet have suggested Crisler came up with the idea out of whole cloth. In fact, Crisler had introduced a helmet at Princeton in 1935 that should look remarkably familiar to Wolverine fans. The winged design simply took advantage of features of a helmet the Spalding sporting goods company and advertised in the 1937 edition the Official Intercollegiate Football Guide. Crisler's 1938 innovation at Michigan was to paint the helmet maize and blue."
I just think it's a common mis-perception that people have that Michigan "invented" the winged helmet, kind of like how people don't realize that the lines "Champions of the West" in 'The Victors' is actually because of Michigan originally being in the Western Conference, the precursor to the Big Ten.
Thanks for your insight!
|7 years 2 weeks ago||You're right, the catering to||
You're right, the catering to the West Coast is ridiculous. Not to bash on those that live out there, but what percentage of the US population lives in either the Eastern or Central time zones? Over 70%?
With the game actually starting just shy of 9pm eastern, even people living on Mountain Time would still be able to watch at 7pm, so only California, Nevada, Oregon Washington and the part of Arizona that doesn't observe Daylight Savings Time would be really affected if they moved the actual start time up an hour. Except for Vegas, Nevada is a land of nothingness, Oregon doesn't have a team, Washington has the Mariners, which is like not having a team (at least this year) and Dodgers fans show up late and leave early, so it's safe to say the rest of the state is either fair-weather or will be snarled in traffic jams no matter how late the game starts.
I don't get what the networks are thinking...even if the game ended in a 3 hour, 9 inning game, it would still be pushing midnight on the east coast when the game ended.
|7 years 2 weeks ago||Berman is loud and annoying,||Berman is loud and annoying, McCarver and Buck are just annoying...which I'm used to being forced to listen to the likes of Rod Allen and Jim Price. At least they haven't had as much Yankee Stadium or Yankee love as I thought they were going to produce tonight (especially with all of the FOX hype leading up to the game)|
|7 years 2 weeks ago||N/A||
I wonder if Penn State regrets joining the Big Ten. It's not like any of their other sports have been anything to write home about, and even before Miami, BC and VaTech left the Big East, they easily could have been the power brokers of that conference had they decided in the early 90s to join the Big East (if offered entry) instead of playing second fiddle to Michigan/Ohio State.
I remember there being a lot of talk that once Penn State joined the B10 that the "Big 2, Little 8" conference pecking order would change, but save for '94 and '05, there hasn't been much special coming out of State College.
|7 years 2 weeks ago||N/A||I thought it was a given that everyone watching the home run derby would keep their tv on mute...unless you were referencing this site (which it sounds like some of you were): http://homerderby.com/|
|7 years 3 weeks ago||Freep||The Free Press has turned into such a hack publication. Their constant negativity about Michigan, Coach Rodriguez, etc. is tasteless and unprofessional. I can't believe you can call yourself a hard news source when you make a story out of some random website from a "columnist" named "RadioMan". They want to think that Blogs and alternative media don't exist so they can keep subscribers, yet they have to have someone just surfing the internet all day just looking for negative drivel to put on their site to try and increase the number of page views. Maybe I should write a story, post it somewhere, make up some random name for myself and e-mail the freep and see if they'll link to my opinion (of course, only if I write negatively about Michigan football). Brian, from this point forward, I suggest that if similar information is available elsewhere (like the Detroit News), link to those stories as opposed to the crap the Freep pushes off as actual news. Oh, and their comments section is especially annoying. Thank god for mgoblog where reasonable people can have actual discussion about Michigan football.|
|7 years 3 weeks ago||N/A||speaking of which, I think Michigan has the nation's longest streak without being shut out. I'm not sure where I can go to confirm this, but 23+ years is pretty significant.|
|7 years 3 weeks ago||weather||
...but if hell froze over, it would have been the 1995 Michigan-Purdue game in Ann Arbor that ended 5-0 that would be your selection for that. There were maybe 50,000 fans who even showed up that day, let alone stuck it out until the game was over. It was by far the worst game elements-wise I've ever been to; it was cold, windy, it snowed/sleeted/rained and when your 2 scores are a field goal and a safety, you know something has to be wrong.
|7 years 3 weeks ago||N/A||I think you have to put McNabb on the team because he was really the initial torch-bearer for all of the running quarterbacks that would forever plague Lloyd Carr's coaching tenure. We should really compile a list of all the running quarterbacks that torched Michigan in the Carr regime. I'd also include Michigan RB Ricky Powers. That fumble against Illinois in the early 90s (1992?) when all UM really needed to do was take a knee haunts me to this day. That 80 yard touchdown pass that Boston College threw on the first play of the season is the single greatest playcall ever! Every year on the first play of the season I hope Michigan will air it out like BC did, only to be disappointed by run left.|
|7 years 3 weeks ago||N/A||
btw...Princeton's football helmets with the orange wings may be cooler than Michigan's, especially with the historical significance of Crisler bringing the style to Michigan from there: http://blogs.princeton.edu/paw/WEB1031.JPG
Also, as a follow-up to the green and white winged helmets, Sparty also used to have a winged helmet design: http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/helmet/harmmsl.jpg
...and of course, the full historical article for those interested: http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/helmet/mhelmet.htm
|7 years 3 weeks ago||N/A||I guess maybe I should have posted this to the thread instead of the picture itself-- I think that was Mike Hart's high school helmet: http://cnyhsfootball.com/2003/pictures/mhart21.JPG|
|7 years 3 weeks ago||N/A||I think that was Mike Hart's high school helmet: http://cnyhsfootball.com/2003/pictures/mhart21.JPG|
|7 years 3 weeks ago||No Subject||this picture has to be the best: http://nextlevelfitness.typepad.com/photos/asap_results/dsc_0873.html|
|7 years 4 weeks ago||so...MLive has some new||
so...MLive has some new pictures on their site, but every time I try to link it here, MGoBlog's new spam filter blocks it. There's a pretty sweet picture they took from Pioneer. Even though I've been by the stadium a few times, only in this picture can you really get a grasp of how massive the thing really is.
UPDATE: I posted the picture under the "Images" section of MGoBlog.
|7 years 4 weeks ago||I've been trying to paste a||I've been trying to paste a link from mlive.com and the spam block comes on and rejects the message and tells me to enter the CAPTCHA, but once I do that, still nothing happens.|
|7 years 4 weeks ago||If I'm not mistaken, those||
If I'm not mistaken, those are numbers on the sleeve. Just the way that the picture is, the 1's make it look like it's half of a block M.
$199 is highway robbery for the jersey, though.
|7 years 4 weeks ago||It seems like every time I||It seems like every time I take pictures, someone else also gets the initiative to go over and take some as well. Mine aren't much different than Varsity Blue's (and I didn't have time to get over to the West Side), but they're something: http://picasaweb.google.com/blakecoe/MichiganStadiumRenovation62908|
|7 years 4 weeks ago||you just need to tell these||you just need to tell these people that you have plans that you made years in advance (since they do release Michigan's schedule at least a few years in advance) that you can't get out of. either that, or don't become good friends with people who seem as if they're close to getting married until they actually get married.|
|7 years 4 weeks ago||I don't have as much of a||
I don't have as much of a problem with the computers as I do with coaches voting and the bias/peer pressure to a) vote for yourself, or b) vote within your conference. Add that to the fact that these coaches are so busy that they don't even have the chance to see any of the other teams play each week besides their own (and the opponents they are scouting) and it makes you wonder why the coaches have any power in the process.
If you are to use the coaches going forward, the Coaches Poll should at least use ALL Division 1-A coaches (and not the 60-ish they use now). This would at least increase the sample size and hopefully get less biased results.
Of course, my real solution (if the BCS remains) would be to put together a NCAA Basketball-esque committee of people and have them watch tons of games each week played by the major championship contenders. Then, have them convene together to discuss the merits of each team, weigh team schedules, computer rankings, RPI, etc. and create a match-up in that way.