Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
|4 days 2 hours ago||F yeah!||
Do it. I can't get enough of that movie. Need to go see it again, like, tonight.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||That's along the lines of my thinking!||
|7 weeks 3 days ago||+100||
The irony of SEC coaches complaining about recruiting disadvantages, when they're allowed by their conference to oversign, even though it's not in the best interest of student-athletes (see: Elliott Porter).
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Perhaps||
The OP title should clarify there are spoilers lurking herein. "No Prank Pledge" doesn't really cover it.
EDIT: In fairness, the OP wasn't about WD (NTWD).
|9 weeks 19 hours ago||In other frat news...||
In magazine interview, anonymous PSU frat member defends posting of nude co-eds on Facebook (CNN video):
|9 weeks 2 days ago||A righteous correction. Also,||
A righteous correction. Also, the punctuation goes inside the end quote.
|10 weeks 21 hours ago||My beef||
is with people and entities trying to justify their fleecing of consumers. But I can accept that my opinion is in the minority.
|10 weeks 22 hours ago||Where||
Where, in any of my posts on this topic (much less, the one you're responding to), did I blame StubHub?
|10 weeks 22 hours ago||Again||
I actually never said I had no intention of succumbing to a scalper's ransom. I understood that buying a ticket to the NC game against BC was going to cost more than face value. But maybe there were financial constraints in my life at that time, as a struggling graduate? Maybe I was hopeful of finding a reasonably overpriced ticket? Everyone has their reasons for the decisions they make, and I don't regret it.
Again, I'm not necessarily arguing that an individual shouldn't be allowed to request a price that reflects supply and demand, although I admit it's a slippery slope. I guess I'm arguing about making a profession of fleecing people (as a company or individual), and making it more difficult for fans to attend (at the price that was established by the venue).
You, as a fan, may choose to sell your ND ticket for a markup. Okay. But as a fan, did you buy your season tickets solely to make money by reselling them? Probably not.
|10 weeks 22 hours ago||What?||
Where in there did I say every non-direct sale is dishonest? I can understand stating your opinion/disagreement with the OP (and justifying your resale of your tickets), but don't do it by twisting my words.
|10 weeks 22 hours ago||I hope||
...my StubHub purchases aren't funding ISIS?
|10 weeks 22 hours ago||Documented cost||
That was my own term. Intended to include face value, taxes, and fees, as suggested in the article:
Granted, her situation was different, because she paid $40 (plus fees) for a ticket that faced $27 (plus fees). She should at least be able to sell them for what they truly cost, or even what she paid.
|10 weeks 22 hours ago||Actually, I'm not||
I never suggested collusion. In fact, I admitted I don't know why brokers have more access to tickets, and I suggested some possible reasons.
(In fairness, it was maracle who suggested the existence of an agreement between the venue and brokers. I have no idea if this is true or not.)
I would, in fact, be somewhat satisfied if the law applied only to brokers (i.e., businesses who make money solely on the markup of tickets sold by the venue/promoter, inhibiting the financial accessibility of fans to an event).
|10 weeks 22 hours ago||The difference is||
If you, the company, buy a widget from a supplier and mark it up, the consumer can go to another retailer for the product. That's how the market corrects over-priced goods and services. I'm not going to buy it at $100 from you if I can get the same thing for $50 from someone else.
Tickets, on the other hand, don't work that way. There's only one true "seller," that being Ticketmaster, Live Nation, or equivalent (U-M), or the venue. Any other market is inherently secondary.
Furthermore, there's a fixed number of tickets to an event, and the event is a one-time occurrence. It's not like being priced out of a new PS3 (by a "reseller"), and choosing to wait to get one later, after more are produced, possibly from a different retailer, and likely at a more reasonable price.
|10 weeks 23 hours ago||What is "legal scalping"?||
The very definition of scalping is selling a ticket to an event at a higher price than the official one.
I have absolutely no problem with someone reselling a ticket they can't use; certainly not up to the documented cost of the ticket (including any associated taxes and fees). This is exactly what they do at Camden Yards in Baltimore, where buyers and sellers can get together within the confines of the stadium and negotiate a price, up to the full price of the ticket.
I could also justify an individual asking for what they paid, even if it exceeds the full price of the ticket. To be honest, I could even justify an individual asking for a higher price, based on supply and demand for the event. What I really don't like is a company (or individual) making money solely on the premise of marking up tickets, and making it harder for fans to attend the event. That's dishonest to me.
|10 weeks 23 hours ago||You're describing the primary basis for my argument||
For whatever reason (means, contract, opportunity, etc.), brokers have more access or ability to get tickets, faster than the general public and in greater quantity. Maybe it's because they employ X number of employees who sit on Ticketmaster at 10 AM and all purchase the maximum allotment of tickets to an event, and because they have the financial means to buy hundreds of tickets in that manner (whereas I do not). I have no idea. Nevertheless, they end up with a large number of tickets, which they turn around and markup for immediate profit. I'm surprised so many people have no problem with this (as consumers), but that's why I asked for opinions, to calibrate my own.
Having said that, rather than "if it is not illegal for them why should it be for me," I would say "if it is illegal for me and in the best interest of the consumer to pay what they venue/artist/team is asking, why should they be allowed to do it?"
|10 weeks 3 days ago||You've piqued my curiosity||
Any possibility you might share those with us? Work is really boring this afternoon.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Paging Jimmy the Greek...||
What's that? He's dead?
|12 weeks 1 day ago||DUDE, GTFO||
We don't want some son of a blind officiating #$%&sucker commenting in...
That's Piotrowski, isn't it.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Ah, yes||
This reminds me of a similar discussion (debate) on this here blog, many moons ago:
F you, indeed.
I thought my road trip to LSSU in '92 was bad. It's disappointing that opposing fans now think of Yost on that level.
Boistrous is good. But there's a limit.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Second ^||
My recollection is, the opposing parents were behind the bench from 91-96, as well.
I also believe that's about when the Ugly Parents chant began. Then again, Yost didn't really have much organized fan participation (outside of end of the period and genesis of C-Ya) until the Cornell playoff series in '91.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Did the IU scoreboard really||
Did the IU scoreboard really just show an animation of Dwight Schrute during Doyle's FTs? I can't rewind my receiver to verify.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Oh, the irony||
Discussing Higdon's interest in going to medical school, and how it impacted his decision to flip.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||"Thanks for coming out"||
And the Groundhog's Day feeling persists...
|15 weeks 2 days ago||That's nice||
(No sarcasm. It was cool.)
I can't help but feel a little disappointed that our last two coaches have ended up in this role -- providing "color" commentary for recruiting and college football happenings for CBS Sports. I mean, I can understand the reason why. A coach needs to be available to fill this role (i.e., fired or retired, or both, like Mack Brown). It's just, our last two coaches have filled it, right after being fired. I wish it were somebody's else's fired coaches filling this role.
EDIT: UMxWolverines stated so simply what I was trying express, with his imbed below. Groundhog's Day, indeed.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Not to hijack the thread||
But does anyone know where or how to get a high-res file of the stiff upper lip logo, suitable for enlargement to an 18" decal?
I've scoured the internet. I previously went through this exercise to find a high-res image of the helmet. I contacted the AD (no help, as usual), M Den, Riddell, everyone I could think of. I came up with one, but it wasn't ideal for my use.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Frat fires||
Was the old SAM house at the corner of Hill and State, where Weill Hall currently sits? The house history page is currently offline. If so, knowing the property-hoarding ways of the University, it wouldn't surprise me if there was pressure on the national organization to just let it go. Of course, not helping the chapter find a new house elsewhere, that's a different story. But really, how many properties near campus would be suitable for that use and available?
|16 weeks 3 days ago||^ What he said||
Fuck Scent of a Woman. Go watch Full Metal Jacket. Or The Purge. (wait...never mind.)
I once cost my 4th grade class a recess because I put non-flushable paper towels in the toilet and didn't fess up to it. Boy were my 30-something classmates pissed.
If these frats want to get back on the right side of history, they can start by identifying the culprits.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||What are the meaningful||
What are the meaningful consequences of the national organization suspending the house? Obviously it doesn't mean the students can't continue living there. So they can't hold parties or official functions? I fail to grasp the ramifications of this "punishment." Someone help me?
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Form*||
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Late to the party||
I love IBD-bangs.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Obligatory||
"Not just a (great) shooter."
(No really, he actually said it at 2:00.)
|19 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think anyone forgets that||
It's about the only reason he got the job.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Begrudgingly, indeed||
And it's been suggested he may have survived the incident (with his job) had Bo been in town to help mitigate the fallout.
I miss Mo. Glad to see him at the presser.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Boo This Man dot gif||
Or IBD. Take your pick.
|20 weeks 16 hours ago||A few comments||
I'll enter this high in the thread, but it applies to all responses that referred me out-of-hand to the podcast.
1. I missed the podcast. I didn't see the post in all the post-Harbaugh hiring frenzy, and I probably wouldn't have listened, anyway; just don't have an hour to commit to weekly podcasts. Hell, even Sethopogon admitted further down he hasn't listened to it, and he works here. Mea culpa. However, to ensure I didn't miss anything, I listened this afternoon.
2. I don't find anything that Brian said in the podcast to diverge from what he covered in recent Searchbits. Which is to say, there's nothing new in the podcast. It's just a different way of presenting what he knows (or thinks he knows or was told by sources). Along with his opinions about it. Which is good listening for most of us.
3. The OP concerned official "word" from a source involved with the search, not more speculation (retrospective or not). Granted, Brian said in the podcast that he has "solid intel" that Mullen was Plan B, and that he would've come if Harbaugh had declined. If true, this is comforting. It's also comforting that what we thought was happening was really happening, and that common sense was finally employed in a U-M coaching search. But Brian goes on to note that he's collating information on message boards and like, assigning his own confidence level, and trying to separate the crap from the real (for the good of his readers). While many of us have confidence in Brian's assessment/sources/intel and appreciate the work he does, he's not directly involved with the search. This was the entire purpose of the OP; to compare the "real story" to what we think we know.
4. I doubt the search firm only called Mullen. We have a good idea they called Cutcliffe. And if they called Cutcliffe, I hope to God they called Stoops. Maybe I just want the satisfaction of knowing Coaches X, Y, and Z were interested, if the job had fallen to them. I'm still a bit traumatized by 2007. Getting turned down my Schiano is like that scene in Can't Buy Me Love where the orca-fat chick tells Ronald that he could've had her for $49.95. I like to think the Michigan HC job is still a big score.
5. No, the internal workings of the search don't change anything going forward. We have our #1 man, and I'm thrilled. I was jumping up and down in my living room during the press conference. I didn't present the OP because I plan to compare Harbaugh to Plan B in the future. I'm simply allowed to be curious about how it all went down (when Hackett knew Harbaugh was coming, how assured we were, if there was any chance he'd bone us after waiting a month, how serious our Plan B was, etc.), as I'm sure many others are.
In the end, it's very comforting that common sense was finally used in a U-M coaching search. I can be satisfied with that.
|20 weeks 17 hours ago||Read to the end of the OP||
There's a paragraph in there -- in parentheses -- aimed specifically at you (and Ira).
Don't care? Don't click, don't read, don't respond. Easy peasy.
|20 weeks 17 hours ago||Funny you should say that||
I originally included reference to a future JUB "tell-all" insider book on the search. But I ultimately left it out.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Nice things||
We can haz them.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Harbaugh||
...was also ibd.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Wow||
Ablauf sounds every bit the weenie that his snippy e-mails convey.
Why couldn't Hackett open the presser?
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Please, please, please||
Eliminate the "J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach" title.
No disrespect at all to Mr. and Mrs. Harris, or their significant contribution. But that's just...so many words fit here, but "Brandon" is probably the most fitting.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Beta Dog||
Like Brian said after Hoke's apology, the proper response in that situation is always FUCK YO COUCH.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Agree||
If college QBs are like lottery tickets, why wouldn't you want as many opportunities to scratch-and-win as you can get? I'm not saying you take five QBs in a class, but two is hardly unreasonable. It's not disrespectful to Malzone, or even a knock on him. If he (or Morris or Speight) turns out to be the guy, Harbaugh will recognize it and use him.
I think it would be natural for Harbaugh to evaluate the current roster and kick the tires on some elite QB recruits to start molding the team to his vision. I mean, why would he not? Dude is a rock star, riding a wave of mass hype. According to yesterday's recruiting post, recruits and decommits are big on this hire. Why not (try to) strike while the iron's hot?
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Posted from iPhone - bug?||
I found it odd that I couldn't edit my own post, as there had been no responses (on the web). Checking the mobile app, I see Grove City has responded to this post, which is again visible only on the mobile app. Is there a site bug here?
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Yes||
Someone made a comment about Mo's firing, which I agreed with. Why it was deleted, I don't know. Sure makes my post look kinda nonsensical.
EDIT: All posts are still visible on the iPhone app (from which I posted). The original post about Mo was by Grove City Wolverine at 6:44a. I don't know why his/her original post (and the response to me) aren't showing on the web.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Mo||
I, too, feel Mo's dismissal was a watershed moment for the program (as suggested by the sig...), but The Game weekend 2006 was arguably bigger.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Deck the halls!||
With (Har)baughs of horry.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Hm||
Will he wear a headset?
|22 weeks 52 min ago||Oh relax||
It was a dig at Cowherd, not you.
|22 weeks 56 min ago||Adversity||
I'm not necessarily talking about adversity with winning. I don't believe he's a quitter. I'm more talking about relationships and all the things that go along with college football (that he may or may not care for). There's an indication he may rub people the wrong way.
|22 weeks 1 hour ago||*** ********||
|22 weeks 14 hours ago||Cosign||
Not blasphemy. Maybe not popular in here, but not blasphemy.
|22 weeks 16 hours ago||Heart not in it?||
Am I the only one who has a problem with this?
IF this is truly how he feels (yes, I realize we need to consider the sources)...
IF his heart is truly in the NFL...
IF he's truly interested in seeing what NFL opportunities come available before giving U-M an answer...
Why do so many people consider him to be the savior?
I can see this having a very bad outcome, with a "savior" coach who later on down line faces adversity and says, well, I never really wanted this job, anyway.
Neg me if you want, but I'm wary.
|23 weeks 21 hours ago||Nobody knows nothin'||
Well, except for Gil Brandt.
|23 weeks 21 hours ago||Even better||
...goat cheese curds.
And he would only need to go as far north as the Tipsy Cow in Madison!
|23 weeks 2 days ago||An MSW might say...||
Wins are just a statistic.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||The point being||
Everything about the job (including the "search process") looks worse when things like this happen. It looks like the University has learned nothing from past mistakes and is simply repeating them. Next thing you know, Addazio will be "offered" and turn it down. Then it looks like we can't even poach a Plan H coach.
It doesn't matter whether the offer was made or not. This is embarrassing, and will continue to be until/unless we get our Plan A/B guy.
Hopefully, as some have postulated, this is just a smokescreen to take the pressure off our Plan A guy. But if we already know our Plan A guy isn't coming, this may get worse before it gets better.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Because||
Perception is reality. Once Miles and Schiano turn you down, people begin to wonder what's wrong with the job. Same thing when a house has been on the market too long.
|24 weeks 13 hours ago||I'll take mine||
120,000 per month for 25 months.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Really?||
Stoops is on my personal short list, so I'd request video of said tie-eating if it happens.
And if you can get mGrowOld's wife to juggle lemons in the background, all the better. I'd donate my MGoPoints to the charity of your choice.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Pelini||
Won at least 9 games for the last 7 years. I don't see how anyone with reasonable expectations would label him an ineffective hire.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||If all that happens||
And no attractive, qualified, suitable candidates remain, then U-M needs to seriously consider an interim HC, a la Luke Fickell at OSU in 2011. No sense in committing 3-4 years to a suboptimal candidate when you can wait a year and make a better decision.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||The (mostly rhetorical) point||
The (mostly rhetorical) point of my response being, popular reception of an OP probably shouldn't be the biggest factor in the determination of whether it's taken down. Which is not to say rabble-rousing and poorly-substantiated posts should be allowed to stand.
For the most part, I agree with the gut feeling of the mods.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||So||
At what point should a post/diary be considered "not well received"? When 50% of the responses are in disagreement (perhaps violently so) or snarky? 75%? When the first poster says "this will end well" or posts popcorn.gif?
Or is the mod evaluation intended to be more qualitative and subjective, like, this discussion/idea/proposal is "below" a Michigan Man?
I've seen a post removed one week (due to a 50-50 split of support, along with seemingly constructive discussion) that was endorsed a couple weeks later simply due to a change in the wind of prevailing public opinion. It conveys a sense of inconsistency and groupthink.
But...as many here have suggested, this is Brian's world, and we're just squirrels tryin' to get a nut. Or, at least *I* am.
(Note: I take no issue with removal of a post/diary that wasn't well-constructed and/or substantiated.)
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Not joking||
My personal experience with Ablauf doesn't lead me to believe he's a good guy. Nothing but a Brandon protege. Every bit as snarky.
|29 weeks 19 hours ago||The only question?||
There shouldn't be any question. No new AD candidate is going to be sold on the job knowing he'll be asked to fire the football coach his first week/month on the job. IF we don't have a new AD hired and on the job by 11/30 (or earlier if we go the Earle Bruce route), I expect Hackett to do the deed and clean the slate for the incoming AD. Otherwise, the U looks like a bunch of weenies afraid to do the deed.
Like another poster (Ypsituckyboy?) said, this guy fired thousands of people at Steelcase, including the best man at his wedding. He should have no problem firing an underperforming J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family head football coach during his short term as steward of the AD.
|29 weeks 22 hours ago||Statue or medal?||
Is there some sort of MGoBlog Medal of Fan Valor or Meritorious Service Award that can be bestowed upon this brave young man?
Is there a nomination form to complete?
|29 weeks 2 days ago||Editors?||
The Freep had editors, too. That didn't stop them from allowing their staff to publish inaccurate content that was based on a lack of journalistic integrity.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||No, no||
Don't suggest that. That's below us (/s). Previous rational discussion of the idea was moderated and purged:
Bad timing, I guess. Escape velocity apparently hadn't been achieved.
|30 weeks 2 hours ago||dafuq.gif||
Time to raise the points threshold for posting.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||The players may not quit on Hoke||
But he's already shown on several occasions that he's quitting on them:
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Site blocked||
My former employer blocked MGoBlog about a year before I left (~2011). I never knew if it was a security-related thing, or because they noticed that a network user was accessing a non-work related website several times a day.
It goes without saying, that contributed to my search for a new job.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Perhaps||
The press corps is learning that Hoke press conferences are a waste of their time.
(I'm sorry. I'm not usually this snarky. I blame Brandon.)
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Absolutely||
He's usually pretty good about clarifying things, too.
(Is /s really needed here?)
|31 weeks 4 days ago||My apologies||
I was simply referring to a comment earlier in the discussion about whether Omega Psi Phi was an IFC organization. By "traditional," I meant having a physical house, being part of the IFC, etc. When I was a freshman at another B1G school, I had a couple friends in the Omega Psi Phi circle, and the organization didn't have a house (maybe they do at U-M, I don't know). I was also a member of APO, which calls itself a fraternity but wouldn't ever be confused with an actual Greek fraternity.
I admit, I don't know much about IFC or the Greek system in general, but I see now that Omega Psi Phi is part of the National Pan-Hellenic Council.
So again, no offense intended by the comment.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||Carr rules aside||
I was wondering over the weekend, how does a football player have time to rush a frat and participate in associated activities (like...step shows), in between practice, film, meals, strength training, offseason conditioning, and school/studies*?
I would ask the same question if it were a traditional Greek frat. Is it not uncommon for football players to be a in frat?
(*And yes, I still subscribe to the student-athlete fallacy.)
|31 weeks 4 days ago||Agreed||
Some things, like "hotness" should probably be deemphasized. See: Rodriguez, Rich (2007).
Also, it's both amusing and sad that the constituents of this blog would probably have as good of a chance crowdpicking our next coach (based on well-reasoned analysis such as this) as would our AD.
|31 weeks 5 days ago||And Carr was right up front with it||
"Braylon needs to find the page I'm on and get there." (Or something to that effect)
Whether the Gardner rumor is true or not, it's clearly a good thing he stayed.
|31 weeks 5 days ago||Meyer||
On what are you basing a score of 5 for "chances of accepting job"? He's coaching at his dream school, in the state where he grew up. It seems about as likely as Dantonio accepting the job.
|32 weeks 22 hours ago||Survey questions||
Not being a student, I don't want to skew the results by submitting false answers just to see the questions (I know, how noble). Having administered a few online surveys in my time, I know how annoying this is, to say nothing of receiving incomplete surveys.
Can an MGoStudent taking the survey kindly repost the questions here? I'm interested to see what's being asked.
|32 weeks 22 hours ago||How about||
Build Me Up Buttercup?
Would you feel differently if that were cued up?
|32 weeks 23 hours ago||Flyover||
Actually, somebody already tried to organize "Fire Brandon" skywriting. It was deleted by the mods:
The entire discussion was deleted along with the OP, but one of the proposed justifications was that such a stunt would hurt recruiting. Making the players feel bad may have also been proposed.
|32 weeks 23 hours ago||Everyone knows?||
I suspect many folks here can't make that assumption. On what basis do you make it? Based on comments on this blog, which represent a small and vocal portion of the fanbase? There certainly hasn't been any action resulting from said unhappiness (unless you count shameless attempts by the AD to hide behind student-athletes and pit them against the fanbase).
Call me a pessimist, but until the AD is gone, I put no stock in "unhappiness." Like others have said, change sometimes requires unpleasant choices and collateral damage.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||The noodle||
I was doing some "research" about the noodle for my treatise to President Schlissel on why I'd welcome a new AD. I came across an article on AnnArbor.com, where Dave Ablauf is quoted as such:
Well, yes, Dave, you probably would find it amusing. Because you and your boss are tone-deaf to the priorities of the fanbase.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||By that definition||
Not renewing one's season tickets (due to the increasing prices, crappy schedule, crappy stadium "wow" experience, crappy AD, etc.) would be considered a boycott...and by extension (not yours), a big FU to the players.
I suspect many here would reluctantly agree -- given extensive discussions on the topic over the past 2-3 years -- that not renewing one's season tickets is, unfortunately, about the only recourse we (as loyal and invested fans) have to voice our displeasure to the tone-deaf AD.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Shrug||
And pout on TV about how hurtful the chants are to him and his family.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Something definitely doesn't look right||
Brandon specifically noted, during one of the bitchy responses during his snarky PR tour of local TV stations, that he had much higher priority things to do after the 1 a.m. press release, like meeting with our 931 (or whatever number he constantly cites) student-athletes.
Why would he need to urgently meet with all of "his" sports teams and student-athletes -- that aren't otherwise causing problems and aren't under any sort of scrutiny or crisis -- at a time when the program and University are under national scrutiny for what happened on the football field? Do you suppose he makes it a point to meet with all 931 student-athletes each week?
I mean, yes, you're right, there's no hard evidence that he "commanded" student-athletes to support him and the football team in a time of personal and team crisis. But when's the last time all of the teams dropped what they're doing to give the football team a touch-feely "sendoff" to a road game against a would-be division bottom-feeder?
"Commanded" may not be the right word. Maybe, strongly encouraged. Either way, it looks suspect.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||In before delete|
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Trying to win?||
Except we weren't.
See Brian's column from Monday:
After they kicked deep (instead of trying an onside) down 30-14 with 7:27 to go in the 4th, I turned to my friend and said, wow, Hoke just conceded the game.
(To say nothing about the offensive tempo, which is glacial whether the team is tied 0-0, down 30-14, or down 31-0. Down by 3-4 scores against ND, they were breaking huddles with 10 seconds left on the play clock. Trying to win? Nyet.)
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Ugh||
The entire interview was sickening. Hoke came off as banal, defensive, evasive, sarcastic, and condescending. I'm even more disgusted now than I was before.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Meh||
Gemini pretty much sucks now that they only run one train. That's like corn flake without the MILK!
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Deja vu||
Wait...I'd swear I've seen this ego thing before from the Hoke staff.
"What about running a bubble screen?"
"No questions about bubble screens."
"Even if a cornerback is 10 yards off your receiver?"
"We don't take easy yards. Next question."
|33 weeks 2 days ago||GuaranSHEED?||
Why are people saying this? We have absolutely NO assurance at this point that such a move is going to happen, or is even being considered by the administration.
Money talks (see: Stephen Ross and his endorsement). In the grand scheme of things, the 10,000-student UPetition and "Concussion Spring/March on Schlissel's House" are gnats for DB to swat away.
I want DB gone as much as the next person -- and I'm just as embarrassed by the poor portrayal of my alma mater in the media -- but how and when did we move from hope to assurance?
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Agreed - Mods, please edit the title||
The original article said nothing about the Regents meeting, only Schlissel having a "communication meeting" that may cover the subject. It's been over two hours, and things apparently haven't changed (or there's been no update/clarification). The title needs to be updated accordingly.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||Funny how that works||
Pretty soon, even skywriting "Fire Brandon" might be acceptable!
|33 weeks 6 days ago||Helmet||
Gardner's helmet came off. He's required to sit one play.
As for playing Morris hurt on a run play, co-sign.
|34 weeks 18 hours ago||Anything that brings us closer||
And skywriting the message is beneath us.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Do let us know how he responds||
If my past interaction with him is any indication, you should get a terse, uninformed, condescending response.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Suggestions||
Yeah, don't do that, either. It would scare away the recruits and is "beneath" a Michigan Man.
Writing a letter to the Regents is the much more effective and classy thing to do.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||This ^||
This is exactly why I disagree with the contentions being offered (including those in recently deleted threads) that "DB is very aware" of what the fanbase thinks of him and the silly/stupid things he's doing to ruin the product that Michigan fans hold so dear.
I think the opposite is true. The man's ego is so large, he truly thinks he can do no wrong. Look at how he responds to those who contact him (at least, the ones who aren't major donors); he's condescending and downright bitchy. I can personally attest that communications from others in the AD reflect this bitchy posture. No company, save maybe Comcast, treats its customers this way and expects them to remain loyal. And make no mistake, that's exactly what we are to him: customers, not supporters.
Even if he were aware of what the fans think of him and his actions, does anyone think he really cares? As you noted, he's far too proud and stubborn to let that affect him.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Just bumped to second page||
No content concerning St. Sam's prognostications would ever be deleted, unless it was redundant.
The shelf life of productive discourse, on the other hand, is subject to the prevailing winds of groupthink.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||So...||
Suppress all discourse by removal (effectively, censorship).
There was no discussion of politics or religion. It was completely on-topic. Controversial and provocative, perhaps. Not entirely inappropriate, considering the past actions of the AD. If anything, a medium for fans to voice their varying opinions about the AD and what should be done.
This is over-moderation, and the reason why I (personally) don't care to contribute to the board as often. It's unfortunate.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Price quote request submitted||
If they take it seriously, I would consider coordinating the Kickstarter/GoFundMe effort (although there are probably more qualified MGoUsers to do it).
Interestingly, the website for the company that Brandon paid for the troll skywriting in E.L. is now unsupported/unclaimed.
|1 year 3 days ago||Hmmm||
This sounds curiosly like my tailgate crew.
AAGO? Cornhole tourney?
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Last night||
A little late to the party, but:
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Yes||
It's because you don't actually receive anything for the "donation," other than the "privilege" of purchasing tickets. For IRS purposes, the charitable deduction writeoff is 80% of the PSD. This is reflected on the donation receipt.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Christmas miracle||
That would constitute one, if I ever saw it.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Personally, I wouldn't do it||
But it's so subtle. It's not like other pejoratives. It's an arrogant dig, at best.
But...overmoderation and suppression of speech is where we're at now. Unfortunate, but I've accepted it.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||As far as I could tell||
...it was being "corrected" last year, with entire sections unfilled for large portions of games. As someone who grew up watching U-M hockey -- even sneaking into games through the south end in the late 80s -- it's sad to see attendance waning. Granted, last year wasn't a normal year. But I truly hope this isn't a continuing trend. High ticket prices can only make it worse.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||No money trees||
But at least there's the Ticket Oak.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Actually||
I find the tall grill guy to be quite pleasant. Never heard a bad word from him.
The cashier last night, on the other hand, was a total dick. But he knew he could get away with being a dick, because people were waiting 2.5 hours in line to eat. What are they going to do, protest and leave?
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Meh||
XS baseball pants for kid ($10), visor for wife ($5), Big Chill puck ($5), I Wore 21 book ($5).
Not much else around at 9:15; mostly picked over, all good stuff gone.
Not sure it was worth the walk in the heat and standing in line for 25 minutes to pay whilst sweating my balls off in a sweltering building with no A/C or air movement. But you gotta try it at least once, I guess.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||If I spent all my time on MGoBlog in Wyoming||
I'd probably be a bit curmudgeon, too.
Having said that, I'm content with my life as an MGoBlog simpleton.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Yet another example of MGoBlog improving my life||
Laying on the couch last night after my son's baseball practice, reading MGoBlog mobile, and I see this post.
Quickly run to PC, log into fantasy baseball, see Papa Grande is the top trending player in all leagues...and still a free agent.
Pick him up, drop Benoit (who's been pretty much useless for saves so far, due in part to his sucky team). I feel like a slave to trends, but I can't see how Valverde can be much worse in terms of save production.
Thank you, MGoBlog!
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Except that||
...Valverde doesn't pitch from a windup; he always pitches from the stretch.
If your point is that Valverde gives up lots of SBs due to a slow delivery, you may be correct if talking about 2012. However, he was harder to steal on in the prior three seasons (link).
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Solich||
Without missing the point of your post, I wouldn't include Solich in that group. He's already done the big-school, climb-the-ladder thing, and he got chewed up for his trouble. Unceremoniously fired in 2003 after a 9-3 season (and a 58-19 tenure at Nebraska), for what I believe the AD called "mediocrity."
Then in 2005, he was arrested for DUI. Recall the U-M reaction to Moeller's unfortunate drinking incident, and you can understand why big-name schools might be hesitant to give him a call as their next HC. Honestly, I was a bit surprised that Ohio (NTO) didn't can him, but he seems to have continued on without any additional trouble.
In summary, the reasons why he stays are likely different than the other coaches you mention.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||"Strike a Pose"||
As I read the article this morning, I was half-wondering if I'd see MGoBlog listed as one of the defendants due to the "Strike a Pose" shirt in the MGoStore. While it might not be an exact representation of the "iconic photo," it's clearly based on that event/photo. I don't know copyright infringement law; perhaps a single-color outline doesn't qualify, or the "pose" on the shirt is noticeably different than the photo. Good for the site, obviously.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||So basically||
...you're saying we have three more home games left this season.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||If you're eating at the stadium||
...then you've apparently failed at pre-gaming.
But that's just one man's opinion.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||StubHub data 2011||
Okay, I don't know where to put this, or if it's even useful at this point. But I'm going through my massively overflowing paper inbox to make space in the den for a Christmas tree, and I want to shred these stupid StubHub receipts. So preserved here for posterity are the prices I received via the StubHub U-M Marketplace for my two seats (Section 41, Row 35) in 2011. These values represent the final payout and do not include StubHub fees.
EMU $60 (not on StubHub)
Glad I moved to A2 and can now make all the games, because it's nearly impossible to recoup the investment on tickets that face at $75+.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Pre-game hype video||
I recall being very, very underwhelmed by it. Then again, it's kinda hard to top last year's, with all of the former stars touting the impressive history of the program, capped by Hoke's pièce de résistance.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Not only that||
But the Blue Lot capacity will be greatly diminished for (at least) the AFA game. Last year, the PDC contruction closed off a significant portion of the lot. This year, in addition to the PDC footprint, the Crisler renovation is taking up an even larger footprint. See http://www.mgoblue.com/genrel/060109aad.html. All those spaces will obviously be shifted elsewhere.
BTW...the PiHi grass/yard sucks.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||The game?!||
Who cares about the game weather?
|2 years 38 weeks ago||?||
Somebody actually made you pay $2 for a ticket?
Surely there's a story here.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||NSFMF||
I'm not sure this is such a sure thing. Texas A&M has been considering expansion of Kyle Field for almost 10 years. If they did, the new seating capacity of 115k would exceed the current single-game attendance record. Obviously, the expansion may never happen and they'd still need to fill the seats in football-mad Texas. But other schools are in much closer striking distance of the record than Texas A&M. With a well-timed expansion, it could happen.
One school I won't worry about for a while is...oh, wait, I've hear Bolivia isn't that nice. Nevermind.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||I'd like to see how this looks||
Care to post a pic of one of these works?
(I'm not very creative, so visual representations of interesting ideas are always appreciated.)
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Seat relocation||
From the AD website:
Therefore, if you think you'll want to relocate your seats for the upcoming season, give as much as you can on your PSD form at the beginning of the year, with an eye on the AD's giving categories ($100-499, $500-999, etc.). I gave a total of $500 last year (for a big move), and it worked. I'm trying again this year (for a much smaller move) without any extra donation; we'll see what happens.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Is it just me?||
Or is there an uncanny resemblance to Ricky Bell of the seminal R&B group Bell Biv DeVoe?
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Two more points to consider||
1. I found the most important reason to get in sooner rather than later is to get your seat assignment and start moving it (if you need to). I had terrible seats my first year -- row 7 in the SE corner. Had to stand the entire game and still couldn't see over many people in front of me (due to the shallower grade at lower rows). My son would've had no fun at all, had I brought him to a game. Obviously, seating preference is subjective, but I don't enjoy the lower rows (unless it's row 1). I like to see plays develop from a higher perspective.
So once you know where you sit, you can consider a relocation request. Maybe you have friends you'd like to sit near. But you can't do that until you're "in."
2. This year, the total price is reduced due to the fact we only have 7 home games (and only one true "premium" game). Last year, I believe I paid $980/pair; this year, only $780/pair (or something like that). So even though the schedule blows, at least you're not paying as much for it this year. It'll be much harder (and more expensive) next year when we have ND, Neb, and OSU at home.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Breaking even||
There was a lengthy discussion a while back about the season ticket price increase:
In that discussion, I noted that I didn't get face value for anything but ND/UTL, at least not by using the University's partnership through StubHub.
However, when you factor in the "discount" that you get for buying season tickets (average ~$65/game this year), I just barely broke even. They key is getting as much as you can for the MSU game.
Otherwise, like someone else said, football tickets make good gifts!
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Word to the wise||
(Although this may not apply to you, since you received a ticket offer)
My calculation of my priority points did NOT match the University's initial calculation. Not only did they not credit me with a degree (which I specified when I joined the waiting list), but they don't credit you for having past season tickets in football/hockey/basketball unless you've continued to pay for them to date.
In summary, be sure their calculation is correct when you get your first statement.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Roundabouts||
They don't improve traffic flow when 50% of drivers (including 100% of drivers over 65) don't know how to properly use them. When this is the case, they likely reduce the level of service for an intersection (as compared to the improvement that was projected prior to implementation).
And when someone ruins your day by sideswiping you or continuing around the circle from the outside lane, it definitely qualifies as "hell."
EDIT: For the record, I don't mind them. There are some great ones in DC, where people are so comfortable they don't even slow down (such as Chevy Chase Circle on Connecticut Ave.). But then there are ones like the double-roundabout at Lee Road and US-23 in Brighton that are...hellish.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Disagree||
Look who was on the ice at the end of the game (I'm not at home, so I can't verify on replay):
Z, Dats, Mule, Lidstrom, Kronwall, and one more forward (Cleary?)
Weber outheights, outweighs, and outreaches all but maybe Franzen. And I don't think I've ever seen Franzen go off on somebody, either.
The last time one of our less-established fighters tried to fight in the playoffs, Tomas Kopecky got his orbital beat in by Francois Beauchemin. We don't want that happening to our skill players.
It's just unfortunate we don't have a skilled enforcer. Big Bert is about our only hope.
Barring that, I say have somebody useless like Emmerton take a run at him. (/s)
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Wanted: Enforcer||
Lack of injury -- irrelevant. Intent to injure is the key here.
Role of enforcers -- sadly, this was also my thought as I was cursing the TV after the clock expired. Unfortunately, no one on the ice at the time was capable of sizing up with cheap-shot Shea. I found myself longing for the days of Stu Grimson, Joey Kocur, and Marty McSorley. Shea would absolutely be watching his back if those guys were around.
Don't get me wrong -- I think the game is better without goons. But if the league is going to take this inconsistent, asinine policy on this type of activity, then maybe we need to carry one on the bench to protect our skill players.
I've never seen Ericsson fight, but he's definitely got the size. I think Big Bert could bring the noise, although he's getting a little long in the tooth for fighting.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Nice||
Agree with beenplumb -- this is pretty damn funny.
Would be even better with some sort of "was Crosby the vic?" element.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||No||
Once they're up for sale, anyone can buy them.
The OSU fan attendance in 2009 was a different story, likely attributable to the availability of the "All In" packages (as well as reduced expectations for the team). All an Ohio fan had to do that year was purchase the package, which was probably a bargain for The Game. They could then sell the other tickets to recoup some funds.
In general, I suspect the anecdotal phenomenon you describe is partly due to the rising price of attendance (parking, ticket price, and PSD). Some fans may be staying home and watching the non-premium games on TV and hoping to recoup money by selling those tickets. But again, you can't control who buys them on StubHub. Most local fans are content to take their chances at the stadium (in a buyer's market), but out-of-towners probably want more assurance that they'll get in.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Well...||
Capacity of the Eugene O'Neill Theater (where you saw your show) is 1,102. It's located on Broadway, in Manhattan, one the most expensive places to live and play in the country. I suspect the average salaries are much higher, too. I'm not sure we can draw too many applicable comparisons here.
But yes, supply and demand. And perhaps a captive season ticket holder base. Or at least limited choices (endure endless price increases...or refuse, lose the seats you've had for X years, and go to the end of the line if you want them again).
|3 years 7 weeks ago||$70 for the entire season? Or a game?||
I sold several games on StubHub last year (since I live out of the area and sat with friends for most of the games I attended), and at no time did I receive face value ($70) for the non-premium games (even before paying the 15% StubHub commission):
ND $214 ea
EMU $30 ea (to friends; StubHub was even lower)
SDSU $50 ea
Minn $60 ea
Purdue $60 ea
Nebraska: $79 ea (face $85)
I also tried to "package" the crap games with premium games, with no takers.
With only one premium game, this year is going to royally suck.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||I don't follow||
How is DB holding back on selling season tickets? Season tickets are available to anyone on the priority points list, last I knew. In fact, over the past couple years, lots of people (including myself) have been surprised at how few points it took to receive a renewable season ticket offer. If the waiting list has been satisfied and eliminated, what else should be done?
As others in this thread have previously noted, the season ticket price equates to an average of about $65/ticket. To me, that says you get a price break of you buy season tickets.
The "All In" packages filled a specific need for the University, allowing fans to have season tickets without obligating the University to renew them (at a time when the AD was banking seats due to stadium renovations and impending capacity reduction).
(At this point, I'll resist the urge to offer my unrelated comments on the abundance of unused ADA-compliant seating areas.)
In closing, I suspect the anecdotal depletion of the season ticket waiting list is a fair indicator of the trend in season ticket renewals. DB is reaching the point where he's turning people off and they're choosing not to renew.
But look on the bright side: as least he doesn't do it like a dick (see: Mark Hollis).
|3 years 7 weeks ago||I'd be right there with you||
...if it didn't mean giving up my seats, losing priority points, and starting all over again.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Not to be THAT guy||
...but a search on "Jordan Canzeri" yields not one, but two recent board posts on this topic (16 hours and 22 hours ago).
And I say that with full disclosure that I loathe this site's search function/algorithm. I rarely seem to find what I want when I use it.
Anyway, just advice to avoid future flare-ups.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Look on the bright side||
With the new federal funding announced last year, trains between Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo will be able to increase their top speed from 60 to 79 mph! $150M to save 30 minutes!
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Long trip||
Detroit to East Texas? Hopefully you met a "train gf" like this lucky dog:
|3 years 17 weeks ago||What?||
A discussion of the greatest U-M goalie in history, and no mention of my all-time favorite, #24 Warren Sharples?
Er, okay. Maybe it's just me.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Big win||
Outshot and outplayed, but a W.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Once you go Blue you don't go back||
The Beav, Kevin Newsome, Dee Hart, Anthony Fera, D.T. Jones, and Pearlie Graves would like to have a word with you.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Really?||
Did you happen to see the reactions from Coupons and Bell after their last two games?
Lose B1G Champ game -> whine about Michigan
Win bowl game -> whine about Michigan
And like others said, it's way bigger than footbaw.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||No wins of consequence||
I'm not for or against her -- nor do I care about her endorsements -- but she *is* the first woman to win an Indy Car race and the highest finishing woman in Indy 500 history.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||And like that||
|3 years 19 weeks ago||Penn St. factions rearing their ugly heads||
I'm appalled by the level of outward, public disdain for this potential hire from Brandon Short and the Letterman's Club. This makes the factions over the RR hire look like a minor disagreement. He's even threatening to sabotage the program by encouraging recruits to decommit; that's unfreakingbelievable to me, no matter how displeased you are over the hire. Cut off your nose to spite your face? From ESPN (emphasis mine):
|3 years 19 weeks ago||And #3 Okie State lost to...||
...6-6 Iowa St. Does this make Okie St. average, too?
We can play this "but they lost to so-and-so" game with almost every team, but it still makes no sense. The transitive property of mathematics doesn't apply to sports.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Woooo Go Blue!||
From the corner of Girod and Rampart, tailgating three blocks from the Dome.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Geography fail||
Make that Missouri (miz-ER-uh).
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Chicago straight through!||
Considered starting a similar thread at 0800, when I was leaving Chicago in the rain/snow and all amped up. Was thinking something like "Road trip, bitches."
|3 years 20 weeks ago||If we've learned anything this year||
...it's that money talks, and historic rivalries walk.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||NSFMF||
Gotta put in a word for my main man Mo.
Technically, the first bowl he coached was the 1988 Hall of Fame Bowl, while Bo was recovering from heart bypass surgery. Of course, he won that one, too (28-24 over 'Bama).
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Or Lloyd?||
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Mods please delete||
EDIT: I have no idea how I made a blank post. I didn't even have the app open. Butt-posting? Who knows. Sorry, all. Mods, please delete.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||Music||
Note that I didn't actually specify my view of the piped-in music in the OP; I simply noted that readers can share theirs via the survey. The subject of piped-in music has been discussed at length in this space, and there seems to be quite a bit of consternation about it.
Personally, I don't mind the music as a supplement to the band; when used in moderation, it can enhance the stadium experience. It's the selection (see my post below about Fill/Build Me Up Buttercup) and gross overuse that I object to.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||Scheduling||
I doubt the AD has much influence over the conference portion of the schedule. That was set by the conference, and given the difficulty splitting the teams into semi-competitive divisions (and preserving rivalries, etc.), this was probably last on the conference's list of considerations for each school.
However, the AD does have lots of sway over the non-conference portion of the schedule, and U-M does prefer to alternate ND and MSU. But playing Bama in Texas and ND away meant they should've considered a home opponent with a higher profile than AFA and UMass.
I agree that, in the long run, it would be nice to split up Nebraska and Ohio (assuming they both stay competitive).
It'll be interesting to see if there's a spike in non-renewals this year.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||Oh, my bad||
BUILD me up.
I guess I need to bone up on the list of Oldies That Are Inappropriately and Inexplicably Played at High-Intensity Sporting Events.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||Music||
Sweet Caroline is actually #3 on my list of song annoyances, behind Fill Me Up Buttercup (really?) and the ridiculous overuse of Seven Nation Army. In the 3rd quarter against ND coming out of a TV timeout: okay. Several times in the 1st quarter against Minnesota (so I was told): not okay. I don't want to be Penn State.
I, too, shared my displeasure with next year's home schedule, as well the need to pay $70 per ticket to see the likes of EMU.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||Because||
Smith has proven to this point that he's definitely not an idiot...
|3 years 23 weeks ago||eBay||
Sell to an anonymous bidder for top auction dollar instead of finding a fellow M fan to buy.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||$500+ now||
Yeah, that <$400 fare is long gone.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||Daily CHI-NOLA Amtrak schedule||
Southbound: depart CHI 8 p.m., arrive NOLA 3:32 p.m. next day
Northbound: depart NOLA 1:45 p.m., arrive CHI 9 a.m. next day
Currently $230 R/T (coach).
Tempting. But I think I'd rather drive and save 5 hours each way.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||Driving Chicago-New Orleans 1/1||
Can anyone recommend a reputable ride share board? Checked U-M Club of Chicago, but no activity.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||Nope||
U-M beat Utah on 9/21/02 and didn't play again until 2008. Meyer was coaching BGSU in 2002 and was hired as the Utes' coach on 12/12/02.
U-M beat BGSU in 2000 (under Gary Blackney), and Meyer took over for the 2001 season.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||Agree||
But when any random Dick can go in and delete "selling" entries, it kind of sours you on using it. Cleaning it up (deleting old games, etc.) is one thing; deleting legit offers is bush league.
BTW, I'm looking to trade my Nebraska tix (currently on StubHub) for OSU (plus cash). Check the spreadsheet. If it's still there. :(
|3 years 30 weeks ago||This is incorrect||
According to the Gregg Reference Manual, you should consider the sound (not the spelling) of the following word. Use a before consonant sounds, including sounded h, long u, and o with the sound of w (as in one). Ex: a CPA.
Use an before all vowel sounds except long u and before words beginning with silent h. Ex: an IRS, an SRO, an MBA.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Technically, yes||
But having tailgated at PiHi for the first time last week -- for 9 hours -- I never saw a cop, much less any enforcement of this policy. Bottle scavengers made a killing, I might add. PiHi/AAPS would be stupid to enforce it, as no one would park there anymore (at least no one who enjoys a tasty cocktail) and they would lose that income. I suspect it's more of a CYA issue than anything else.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Is the THIRD video still wrong?||
FYI -- I think you meant to link the sweet-ass knife-move TFL that Hawthorne made. You say the video is fixed, but it still shows Hawthorne getting blocked by a lineman and not making any contribution to the play.
Otherwise, stellar job, as usual. Love UFR day. Well...at least when we win.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Freddie Milons||
He was terrifying in the 2000 Orange Bowl. I'd swear he was faster then Denard, as sacrilegious as that might be to suggest. Certainly changed direction quicker.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Did you read the entire thread?||
As Section 1 noted earlier, the OSU fan turnout at the 2009 game was confounded by the AD's decision to sell non-renewable season ticket packages for approximately $400 each. For an OSU fan looking to witness a likely beatdown in the Big House (following the dismal performance in 2008), that's a reasonable price, and they could attempt to sell the other marquee games (ND, etc.).
|3 years 47 weeks ago||New source of revenue: movie showings||
Cars 2 opens today. I'd totally take my kids to Yost for that.
(And yeah, taking pictures of the oversize HD scoreboards with a blurry 4-megapixel phone seems akin to dumbing down an HDTV with component cable input. But I still appreciate it!)
|3 years 47 weeks ago||ND plate||
I believe you would need to be an ND alumnus and apply through the ND alumni association to get that plate. You didn't make any such indication in your OP.
And while we're on the subject, allow me renew my objection to ND being the only outstate school to have an IL plate:
|3 years 50 weeks ago||To that end||
...whining about ANY non-MGoBlog issue on MGoBlog is not going to result in much change. If you believe the OP should stop whining about this issue (which is, of course, on topic), then to be consistent, all users should stop whining about pretty much all issues in this forum.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Posted from iPhone||
At least Kue is getting shown the door, per ESPN.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||DetNews quote||
I'm amused by how the News reported this development:
If you gotta leak something (which I'm not convinced of), at least do it to the Freep so they're wrong...yet again.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Ugh||
Yet another unfavorable anecdote about the V-Club. When I signed up for the new waitlist, I sent all of my information: years of graduation, etc., because I wanted those 5 points. I also sent information about my season tickets in college, but those don't count unless you keep buying them year after year. Nevertheless, my first membership statement last year said 2 points. I was like, what? They supposedly fixed it after I contacted them, but reading stories like yours doesn't instill confidence in their recordkeeping.
Keep in mind that the giving year is from July to June, so they probably don't feel all that inclined to update points until June 30:
Granted, if you made a contribution (large or otherwise) in January to improve your point standing for the upcoming season, you'd understandably want your total to be credited properly before they start making decisions about season tickets. Now that you've sufficiently worried me, I'll be contacting the V-Club on Monday.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Priority points/preferred seating waitlist||
I can't find proof, but I believe the University switched to the priority point system circa 2005. At least, that's the year they imposed PSDs. Before the new system, I believe the waitlist was just a straight list, and it's probably true that large donations enabled you to bypass it. I was on the old list for about five years and was never directly informed by the AD about the new priority point system. So basically, I paid to get added to the old system, lost that money, and got to start at zero again. When I inquired with them, they said all people on the waitlist were notified. Another unsigned response. Warm fuzzies.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Reverse that||
5 points for being an alum, 10 for being a letterwinner:
But yeah, it seems like you should get more consideration for dropping all that money and time at the University.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Agree||
I'm with you on this. The personal correspondence that I've received from the Victors Club leaves a lot to be desired. Yes, I'm only one of thousands of Victors Club members. And yes, my annual contribution isn't one of the largest. But it's significant for me. Regardless, the least they could do is, you know, actually sign their e-mails with a name.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Leaving Saturday AM from the CHI||
...with no tickets in hand.
A bit leery, since I also did that in '98 and ended up watching from a TGIFridays near the Fleet. Sad puppy.
Of course, I was a penniless recent graduate back then. Hopefully things will be different this time, as long as the UMD demand doesn't make things difficult. And as long as sulking UND fans don't stick around in droves to player-hate from the sidelines...and flick-off more college student-athletes on national TV.
Please keep the ticket updates coming!
EDIT: Anybody know anything about club level at the Xcel?
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Student v. Alumni||
This is true; I was a sophomore when the Fab Five hit campus. The hate mail angle is new and shocking to me, and I'm ashamed that we have alumni who felt (and/or feel) that way. I mean, to go to school at one of the most liberal, diverse schools in America, in one of the most liberal-thinking cities in America, and still think that way. I guess I was naive.
However, for someone to say that the surrounding talent was a sideshow is simply ignorant. I'm too lazy to do a lot of research on this (I'm going to rely on this article, which I assume is appropriately substantiated by accurate recruiting data...from 1991), but Howard was the #5 ranked H.S. player in the country that year (with a polished post game), Rose was #8, King #18, and Jackson #48. I don't see how even the most ignorant, racist fan can call that a sideshow. Much less, could they hold onto that belief when Jalen was running the show most games.
In the end, I guess I'm not so surprised that we have a faction of ignorant, racist fans, but that Bacon extended this to include "most" fans. To me, "most" implies the majority or more. I need more convincing before I believe that's true, because no one in my circles -- student or otherwise -- conveyed such a belief.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Bacon||
Bacon's book might be enlightening, as long as he doesn't say (or actually think) more things like this (emphasis is mine):
“[The Fab Five] stirred up a lot of controversy, but at the time the two most sympathetic figures were head coach Steve Fisher, a truly nice guy who seemed to be a hapless victim of his own recruiting success, and Webber, the most polished of the bunch, due partly to his private school background. To many fans, the rest of the Fab Five were just a bunch of clueless, classless clowns who didn't belong on a college campus.”
Really? Are you kidding me?
Did anyone else think this? If so, I was completely out of touch with the dynamics of the Fab Five as a 19-y/o student-fan. For my money, I wanted the ball in Jalen's hands in crunch time, Juwan was the most "polished," and I occasionally thought that Webber, with arguably the most God-given talent, was the most prone to inconsistency and lapses in judgment. But that's another discussion altogether. My point is, I hope Bacon is more in touch with the dynamics of the RR era than he was with the Fab Five (as suggested by this ridiculous quote).
|4 years 7 weeks ago||USCHO message boards||
"People who write about the NFL draft are probably the dumbest people putting words in sentences outside the USCHO.com message board."
Amen to that. Reading that stuff, I get dumber by the minute. It's like watching an episode of Jersey Shore.
(Of course, it doesn't help when USCHO writes a pointless article that suggests U-M has an edge over the clear favorite due to historical series record. Is Snyder writing for USCHO now?)
Unfortunately, there's a segment of college hockey fans -- largely WCHA-bred scUM-haterz -- who can't seem to accept the idea that the puck was in the net, preponderance of evidence be damned.
"The enzone replay clearly shows the puck was in the net."
"So? The refs had no access to or authorization to use that angle."
"Yet, the puck was in the net. You're suggesting that we ignore the fact that the puck was in the net?"
"You can't tell. It could've been hovering in the air, above the line."
"Do you have a bullet, so I can just shoot myself, now?"
Sad, really. The time is so much better spent here.
|4 years 8 weeks ago||Physics of Hockey||
I actually attended a colloquium on the Physics of Hockey back in 2009, by Alain Hache, a physicist/researcher at Moncton University. The website (and information about the book) is here.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Ego||
Because if there was an interview that proved that he was egotistical or otherwise cast him in a negative light, the school's official athletics website would surely be the place to find it.
(I'm not offering any assessment on his character or ego here. Just noting the silliness of your comment. I've seen enough of your posts to know that you're not that naive.)
|4 years 9 weeks ago||High road||
"I've seen a lot of pieces claiming Hill took the high road."
The "high road" would've been to say nothing at all, since the documentary wasn't about Duke or Grant Hill.
Submitting a full-length op/ed in the NY Times (which was apparently shortened) and ending it with "proud we never lost to the Fab Five" isn't really the high road.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Think again||
No, it's really not that easy. E-mails deleted from your desktop client are usually preserved somewhere on a server.
So Tress isn't stupid for not deleting the e-mails (actually, he may have done so, I don't know), but he's arguably stupid for thinking they weren't discoverable by his employer.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||Maybe not easy, but doable||
Actually, this was my first thought, too. If you can transplant an entire house (ever see the two out-of-place Victorians on Huron Parkway near Washtenaw?), it seems conceivable that you could carefully excavate the trees and their root systems, remediate the soil, and re-plant them. But I'm not a forester, so I have no idea if it's too late for such a response.
I have no idea what the cost would be. But I'm sure that Auburn could raise enough "Save the Trees" donations to defray the cost. To save the trees would be a giant F U to Alabama (and mouth-breathing bottom-feeders everywhere).
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Oversigning||
This probably isn't a newsflash to anyone, considering we're talking about an ESS EEE SEE school, but am I reading this correctly? SCAR has 31 commits in this class?
I assume "others" are greyshirts, transfers, etc.
EDIT: Beaten to the punch by ish. My bad. Here's a kitteh for V-Day.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Whinning||
Is that, like, a cross between whining and winning? Maybe whining about winning?
That said, I agree on the points. Their intended purpose is often forgotten.
META: Posted with IE (for the first time since the Great Malware Disaster).
|4 years 17 weeks ago||Seniors||
Basketball seems to be the one sport where lack of seniors probably means the least. Last year, Kentucky had three seniors, but none of them got appreciable playing time (11, 8, and 3 mpg). We all know that most of UK's production came from very talented underclassmen. To be precise, three freshmen (35, 30, 24), a soph (21), and a junior (33).
I'm making NO insinuation that we should or want to be like UK. I'd need to go take a shower just for implying that. Point is, talent and size (underclassmen or not) trump seniors.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||Error with points||
I also had this experience. I thought I had way more points than they credited me, which was confirmed when I got my first renewal form in November. Mainly, they hadn't credited me with having a degree (5 points), even though I submitted all that information when I joined the waitlist.
I was also under the impression (or hope) that my season tickets in college would count. However, only consecutive seasons to present count.
Nevertheless, I got two renewable tickets in Blue tier (row 6...not that great) with only 2 points. I have no idea if it'll be that easy this year, but with the schedule, I suspect not.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||Co-sign||
I saw Jack Kennedy for the first (and only?) time during the 2009 spring game. This was, of course, the game that would go on to populate the "Weapon of Choice" video for Tate Forcier. However, as my buddy and I sat in the warm sun of the north endzone, we were both impressed by the play of QB #18. He looked fast...quick. He was making good decisions. I had to look in my program to find out who he was. Jack Kennedy...walk-on. Hmm. Looks pretty good for a walk-on, I thought.
Of course, they were playing our defense, but still.
I didn't know of Jack Kennedy until that day, and I've definitely never understood the people who make fun of him (as an earlier poster noted). Granted, I've never seen him play in a game situation against top competition, but the kid can play ball.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||Craptastic||
I'll co-sign that. All but one review is scathing, and the other one is clearly sarcastic.
It's unfortunate that so many people haven't caught onto the fact that Sharp is simply a shock jock. I'm sure he's aware that he has no competence or talent, but he feeds off of the reaction that he incites in the fanbases of all Michigan-based teams. If only people would simply ignore him, he might go away.
PROTIP: It helps to stop reading the paper that gainfully employs him.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||Oversigning||
They don't care because no top-dog recruit from Anytown High School thinks he'll be the one who'll underperform and get shown the door to make room for the next lottery-ticket 4-star. The fearlessness of youth.
And the comments from the SEC (mainly 'Bama) mafia on oversigning.com make me want to vomit. I don't want to potentially overreach with a poorly-chosen analogy, so I'll just say that their defense of oversigning at their schools is laughable. Mostly, they just point out that the site is run by an OSU fan and claim that he's just a sore loser because his team can't compete with the SEC.
Apparently, many SEC fans haven't fully evolved yet.