alternate headline: man does job
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Here we go again...||
...more inane Mgoblog propaganda about how NCAA sucks, kids aren't really amatuers and they need to be paid.
I wish this blog was run by people who actually liked college football rather than these trojan horse hacks who say they love it yet constantly beat the drum on it's march towards destruction as a professional enterprise.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||This time of year...||
...I quite like the easy luxury of Cap Ferrat-St Jean. If only I could afford my own place there...
|1 year 29 weeks ago||I'm probably in the minority...||
...but I don't really mind the "years in the abyss" phases...especially if there are championships mixed in between.
Ticket prices are more reasonable during down years and (without the overbearing stress of we-need-to-win-because-we-have-a-great-team) in a perverse sort of way the games can actually be more fun. The seat in front of you might be empty so can stretch your legs out and concession and bathroom lines are much shorter.
Don't get me wrong, I want to win...but I've never really understand the mentality that craves a championship every year. It's not going to happen and you're only going to drive yourself into some kind of delusion psychosis thinking it can (i.e., Yankees fans).
I guess what I'm saying is that you need a bit of sour to really enjoy the sweet too.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||That's how I feel too.||
By most accounts the talent in the Tigers farm system is mediocre at best. They could give up their top ten prospects for all I care as long as it helps the big league club.
If anything, I was concerned that they wouldn't be able to find any bullpen help because of their general lack of attractive prospects (and the possibility that other might outbid them).
|1 year 29 weeks ago||That's...||
...probabl because you only need to worry about NL teams if you actually make the World Series. And even then you've only got to deal with one of them.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Yeah,...||
...seriously, does anybody read the Free Press anymore? What a rag.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||I'll go with the obvious..||
Maurice Ravel's "Bolero"
It's perfect for, well, you know.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||The project looks good.||
The main thing that concerns me is the talk of "accelerated timeline" and completing the entire thing in 3 years. It takes time to build unless you want to risk quality.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Newsflash...||
...You already can take a train from Ann Arbor to Detroit. It's called Amtrak and I used it many times when I was a student in Ann Arbor.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Awesome!||
Maybe my dream will come true: joining the Ivy League! Or at least it's midwest equivalent.
There's really no point in competing with the likes of the SEC anymore trying to buy top-tier talent. It sounds promising that Schlissel is already setting the stage for the future.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Hopefully,...||
...between the Regents and the new President, they'll decide to put an end to the clown show and fire Brandon. And Hoke too for that matter.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Price isn't the only factor.||
I'm not very familiar with the MLS in particular but, in general, one of the appeals of soccer is that the games are relativley quick. No TV breaks and over in the about 2 hours sometimes. And are MLS games even on TV?
Actually, probably the best way to save college football would be to severely restrict the number of games on the television. Maybe like the old days with only 1-2 on TV each season. Fans would have to attend if they wanted to watch. They wouldn't be forced to endure lengthy TV timeouts. Plus, without all the extra money of television flooding into college football, the chorus of complaints that student athletes are "exploited" would be much less damning.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||What's...||
...wrong with Ty Cobb? I worship him.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||He's not allowed...||
...to have any drinks for a year because America is a police state that must control all of its slaves, er, "citizens".
|1 year 31 weeks ago||What the hell?||
Why's he going back? If he couldn't win in Miami what's changed in Cleveland? What a flip-flopping loser. He couldn't carry the jock-strap of the likes Michael, Magic, Bird or Isiah.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||That Braves & Birds article...||
...regarding O'Bannon is stupid. You can not credibly compare the Big Ten to the Premier League because one is college student athletes while the other is a professional league.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||like, yeah,...||
|1 year 33 weeks ago||This sucks.||
The last thing Michigan needs is that illuminati priestess Madonna fucking around campus. Hopefully her cunt of a daughter gets burned at the stake and Madame Ciccone never sets foot in Michgan again.
I'm going to go find a Haitian witch doctor to place a curse on them right now.
And, oh yeah, of course I blame Brandon for all this.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||"legend" numbers...||
...are a stupid idea from a stupid athletic director and, frankly, only the mostly blindly, non-critical fan would think it's cool. And un-retiring numbers is downright heresy.
Good grief, I'm actually beginning to outright hate Michigan football for all of its dumfuckery.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||US -Russia match...||
...would be really intense with all the geopolitics currently in play.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||France...||
...didn't just lose in 2010, the players basically went on strike. It was a total debacle and national embarrassment.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||The funny thing about...||
...about the Bitcoin Bowl is that at first I thought it was in St Petersburg, Russia. Given all the sanctions and anti-dollar saber-rattling, it seemed like a real coup for Putin to land a bowl in his home town...but then I remembered there's on in Florida too.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||A percentage of profits?||
Sure, why not? But if the team should happen to lose money then maybe the kids aught to chip in a few bucks to balance the budget. That argument cuts both ways.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Given what...||
...a scam fiat currency is, it's actually kind of surprising that the Fed doesn't sponsor a "Dollar Bowl"...guess they've already got enough propaganda though.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Yeah...||
...that's what I'm wondering too. He's been starting games ok been then getting rocked on the 2nd & 3rd times through the order. Maybe he needs the rest of a few weeks off? Perhaps a trip to the DL?
I don't know...but there was some speculation that the offseason surgery messed up his offseason workout routine and that he just isn't in as good of shape as he normally would be.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||What's the...||
...most important/shocking thing that's been left out?
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Yuck...||
...I can't stand the location of the adidas logo centered above the number, looks like a fuckin circonflexe from a distance.
Frankly, I wish they'd keep their dirty logo off our jerseys but if they must, then couldn't it at least be towards the right shoulder? Maybe use it to balance out the stupid B1G logo too.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Ain't that the truth.||
Fans definitely get spoiled quickly.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||But...||
...isn't "hanging out" pretty old school in itself? That actually implies being engaged in the context.
These days it's all all about tossing up a façade via a twitter selfie about how cool & rich you are for being at the big game while all the losers are reduced to following at home.
Sigh...when I think about the evolution of sports over the past 8 years, I almost wish that I died at the same time that Bo did. It's almost like he could see the future...and knew it was time.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||I'll second the part...||
...about being careful with the times of classes scheduled. My 1st semester was a bit of a disaster because I had a lot of 1-hour gaps that left little time to do much of anything. An hour wasn't enough time to return to the dorm. And even if I didn't, by the time I'd find an empty spot to sit & study (whether on the Diag, in the library, etc.) it always felt like I had barely gotten started and then would need to pack up and head off to the next class. For me, at least, scheduling classes back-to-back was a very good strategy.
Also, avoid the 8am classes. Especially during winter.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||It's to...||
...insure that you are kidnapped. How much is the policy worth? Just in case anybody out there is trying to think up an appropriate ransom demand for friend of Colonel Angus.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||The Super Bowl sucks...||
...and should be banned.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||I don't know...||
...because, you know, in retrospect the charges against USC do seem to have been trumped up...so I almost do believe Carroll on this.
Also, although the news reports may make it seem obvious to us as fans, someone like Carroll (who is actually involved in the situation) has access to different info at the time. But whatever, it's all water under the bridge now.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Yep...||
...that's one of those unintended consequences that I've been harping on.
If student athletes are going to be considered employees and universities their employers, then why would a university willing let those employees walk away after just 4 years despite training them for a full career? The current model of 4 years of eligibility is pretty arbitrary given than a normal student can easily remained enrolled for a decade if they want.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Yeah, it's...||
...not just Michigan. It's college football that is generating less interest because it's been relentlessly fucked with in the past 10 years or so and a lot of old fans (like me) are just tired of it.
Here's a list of things to blame:
-Playoffs (and the shitty BCS before it)
-12 game seasons
-Games nearly every day of the week
-Revolting scandals like PSU and even the Gibbons/Lewan shenigans closer to home
-And even just the relentless talk of player unions & paid athletes
There's probably more...but clearly the carefree-bit-of-Saturday-afternoon-escapism-with-the-tradition-that-links-generations luster has worn off.
Oh, and factor rising ticket prices (and tuition too) in the face are a relatively stagnant ecomonic environment and, yeah, is it really any surprise that attendence and interest are beginning to suffer?
|1 year 36 weeks ago||It's a better arugment.||
If the school's are selling jerseys on a "build your own" bespoke basis then they can't be accused of "promoting" a handful of star players by pre-emptively ordering thousands of jerseys that match the numbers of star players each year.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Michigan should...||
...just use #1 for sales since they'll apparently never issue it again.
And that way, any lawsuits can be directed to Braylon since he seems to own it anyways.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Yeah,...||
...and one would think that the Navy (especially a specialist group like the SEALs) would have better things to be doing than training football players anyhow.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Good question.||
And frankly I don't even understand why college kids even need cars at all. Pretty much anything you'd want (including bars) are within walking distance of campus.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Too many great games...||
..to pick one favorite.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||I agree.||
Templates are fine for rec leagues but it's absurd that schoold with as much money as Michigan with their long history of bespoke uniform designs should be resorting to this shit.
I also don't like how it rather blatantly commercializes the student athletes by essentially parading them about as part of "Team Adidas" or "Team Nike" or whatever. This is Michigan fergodsakes!
|1 year 40 weeks ago||B1G teams deepest, darkest fantasies?||
Just the thought of Penn State creeps me out too much to even dare click that link.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Remarkably...||
...this it the Tigers best start since 1984.
Starting rotation has been amazing. They keep the runs down. The offense grinds out a run or two to get the lead. And then either:
1- starters grind out 7 innings to set up the premium bullpen arms (Joba & Nathan) to finish it out or...
2- the offensive flood gates open and the Tigers jump to a 4+ run lead and then hand it over to the lesser bullpen arms (who promptly give up 2-4 runs) while they manage to hand on.
Kind of a weird season, but I'm loving it ! 8 in a row !!!
|1 year 40 weeks ago||I tend...||
...to participate much more during the afternoon games. Evening games (hours betwee 7-10pm), it just always seems like I've got something going on and can barely catch the score let alone log in to post commentary.
I've got a hunch that I'm not alone in that.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||What???||
"Male on male rape in prison is a punchline, or worse, considered a justified punishment."
I'm assuming that you're like 2 m tall with 25 cm penis and have never had to bend over for a job promotion. There's really no joking about male-on-male rape. Or maybe you're just so ugly nobody's ever wanted to fuck your lame ass.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||What's...||
...the deal with naked old men at the gym?
|1 year 40 weeks ago||This is probably...||
...a bit of a tangent, but I recently read a piece that makes the argument that "because of its prison system, the US is the only country in the world where more men are raped than women." So, despite the usual assumptions, it's not just women who can be victims.
Sounds like prisons need a Prisoner Code of Conduct so that they punish prisoners internally (in addition to whatever legal penalties might be involved). Ok...I'm not making sense anymore & will shut up.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Easily???||
100 wins is pretty hard to come by these days. Possible, yes, but I don't think anybody accomplishes that easily any more.
Ausmus's management of the bullpen has been good but he's also enjoyed the luxury of having a team that's scored a bunch of runs and and thus afford the back-end of bullpen giving up a lot of runs too. The Tigers would probably have the best run differential in the bigs right now if the bullpen wasn't such a sieve at times.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||I'm feeling...||
...really optimisitc about this team. Even with an awkward schedule, bullpen difficulties, and a below-average version of Miggy...they've been in 1st place every day. This might be the year. Go get'em Tigers!
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Shakira is...||
|1 year 40 weeks ago||The process...||
...revealed that Brandon is either an idiot (for not moving on to a new coach sooner) or an outright sadist (for taking 2 days- 2 days!-to fire someone).
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Exactly, getsome!||
I would literally rather watch a dozen high school or division III college games than endure a single Super Bowl because I actually like to watch football games, not over-the-top marketing extravaganzas.
Brandon is going to end up with the worst legacy in Michigan AD history once it becomes apparent that he lost the core fans.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||I agree.||
The Silverdome is a lot of concrete and steel to tear down and it's not cheap to do either.
Frankly, it's probably smarter to let it sit for 10-20 years or so just in case something comes along that can use it.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||One game?||
Is that reall true?
If so, then that makes him like our version of Rudy. Except post grad, ND gave him a job as janitor and we handed him the keys to the exec corner office (commence face palm).
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Mini Super Bowls?||
"We all think of every home Michigan football game like a miniature Super Bowl."
Well that's the problem. I'm a longtime football fan but I fucking hate the Super Bowl. Hate, hate, hate it. Too much hype. Too many commercials. Too much crappy pop music. Too much nationalisic jingoism. Too much celeb bullshit and who's-who. Too much corporate douche-baggery and stupid halftime shows filled with illuminati symbolism. If that's what Michigan is then I guess I'm just not Michigan anymore.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||So if I'm reading that right...||
...then it's potentially a differance of $364 at WCC versus $2600 at UM?
Yeah, save yourself the money unless you're the kind of person who spends $20k on a handbag.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Generalizations...||
...about groups can be funny (even if they are racist) but calling out an individual like the way that Shaq did is really disappointing. Getting caught on tape saying something "off the record" is embarrassing but actively promoting (in this case via Instagram) your bullying of somebody is quite mean-spirited.
The NBA should give Shaq a lifetime ban. If fact, there's probably a whole lot of people that should be added to the NBA lifetime ban lists but that's a discussion for another time.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Well, during...||
...the last round of Harbaugh speculation, I suggested that mabye he'd come here to coach both the Lions & Wolverines. So, what the hell, why not dream of Babcock coaching both the Wings and Michigan too?
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Slick?||
Combine the "acceptable/unacceptable beliefs" trend with a national spy agency that has worked out back doors into almost every smart phone and the slope is not just slick; it's about 89 degrees steep too.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Silverdome was awesome!||
When Barry Sanders was doing his magic, it was pretty much the loudest place I've ever been to. Really intense noise in that dome.
Also, loved all the fights breaking out and even the huge haze of cigarette smoke filling the place by the second half. Gameday experiences are so sterile feeling now.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Oh, please...||
....don't act liek this isn't the most homoerotic website that you visit.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Right on!||
Somebody needs to talk some sense around here.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Well, I do believe...||
...in all conspiracy theories. Anytime something gets this much media attention (especially when everybody seems to gang up on something/someone) then you know there's something fishy involved.
I wish I had time to dig up some info on this Sterling guy but I'm too busy trying to find "proof" that the moon is really a spaceship. Anybody got any tips on that one?
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Only thing planned is...||
...Sónar in Barcelona but I'm sure I'll add some others.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||I kind of despise having wifi everywhere these days.||
Seems like every place one goes anymore there is someone bitching about the poor wifi service to the hapless waiter/bartender/hair dresser/auto mechanic/etc
I can see it now in the football stadium, one hundred thousand people groaning at the same time because the internet is down. But what a rush when they all cheer at it's return!
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Or how about option #5...||
....use the windfall to lower tuition for regular students. Like, you know, use the extra $ to pay back the U for riding their coatails for 100 years instead of upping coaches salaries and building "study" lounges for athletes with built-in everything (except blow jobs, apparently).
This shit is everything that's wrong with the world today.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||"Despite the doom and gloom..."||
Yeah, it's been kind of a weird season so far. It's felt like a struggle so far but they've been in 1st place everyday. They've avoided losing streaks but haven't really gotten hot yet either.
Cabrera is struggling but they've still found a way to win. Bullpen has been a disaster but it's really only hurt them much more in the run differential department than the win/loss category.
This is an interesting road trip with a lot of games coming up against division rivals. A real good chance to open up a lead if they can.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||What?||
"The thing is, D2 IS the amateur model that opponents of pay for play bemoan the loss of. Do these people watch the Delawares of the world? No, because watching semipro thinly veiled as amateur is more fun."
I bemoan the loss of the amatuer model and I can tell you for a fact that I watch Michigan (instead of Delaware) because I went to Michigan not because it is thinly veiled semi-pro ball.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||I'd agree that.||
It's been changing for slowly for years now which is why I've slowly been losing interest for year now too.
Still, it appears that some bigger changes are ahead, possibly drastic ones that might really destroy what we used to love.
It's probably a bit early to write a post mortem on college football but it appears to be that the fatal flaw was letting the big money of corporate television get in. I know that it sounds a bit naive but I've argued before that college football should have been broadcast for free (without advertisements) on public broadcasting networks supported by taxpayers. Most of these are public schools and it's clear that the games are often of significant interest to the general public.
That might have kept much of the really big money out. Instead, we've had corporate suits from the likes of ESPN ramping things up everywhere (more games, more bowls, Tuesday nights, etc) and flooding the game with a windfall of money that is now threatening to tear it apart.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Money printers?||
You mean the Fed?
Shit. We are doomed.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||I can see why...||
...it's a tempting idea. Mexico City is the largest city in North America. And despite the stereotypical assumptions of many, crime isn't all that bad there (certainly much safer than the border towns).
If American football is too expand geopgraphically, Mexico seems the most likely place. Having said that, I'd rather see the NFL do it than universities. The student athletes are already being forced to miss too much class because of travel and this wouldn't help the NCAA against "exploitation" arguments.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||2006 definitely feels like a turning point.||
Although I'd say it's got more to do with Bo's death than any single game. Seems like the air has been out of the program ever since then and everybody's been grasping for something and coming up short.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Careful saying that...||
"There's no evil conspiracy, just a tragic sequence of events."
The trials of Schultz, Curley and Spanier have all been continually delayed. Notice how quickly Sandusky and the football program were scapegoated and severely punished.
Meanwhile, the trials of the administrators who ostensibly played a role in the cover-up have been practically dropped from the narrative of the mainstream press. You hear a lot about Sandusky, Paterno, whether or not the sanctions on the team were too harsh. Yet, there's almost no mention of the fact that President Spanier also has top secret government clearance.
There must be some very interesting behind-the-scenes posturing going on. If things were simple then these trials wouldn't have been delayed. The full truth would have been quickly brought to light by the judicial process.
Instead, the trials have been delayed and the names of the three administrators have been dropped from the public consciousness in favor of inane debates over the legacy of Paterno. Something fishy is going on and if you're curious to know the full scale then do some research on the franklin scandal coverup in Nebraska during the late 80s.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Mgoblog...||
...does a good job of reporting information.
The editorial content, however, is another matter. It's not smart as smart as it thinks it is. Mix in a tone with a heavy dose of judgemental arrogance and it's a wonder many us still tolerate it by visiting.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||With the exception...||
...of about 300 million Americans, the entire world features universities that have no problem attracting and educating students without fielding athletic teams.
The idea that any university needs a football team or athletic department is delusional bullshit.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||That column sucks...||
...but at least he is on an aisle. It'd be worse if it was in the middle of a section.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||If the Michigan AD...||
...is so money then why can't we manufacture our own brand? Fuck the the corporate shit form Nike, Adidas, etc. At the very least, couldn't we find a local Michigan manufacturer for jerseys and shoes? If the U puts their muscle behind it that could launch a brand. Set up shop in Detroit and pay a decent wage. Why not? This is the kind of progressive thinking we need.
Having said that, if Michigan must sport the logo of a major existing brand, then I'd vote for a partnership with Ralph Lauren. He may not be noted for his sports gear (in spite of outfitting the US Olympic teams, Wimbledon, etc) but would certainly do a better job of respecting & interpreting tradition than any of the "unifomz" bullshit from other manufacturers.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||You is all...||
Easter is a pagan holiday, yo christian fools.
I'm gonna celebrate by sacrificing & eating some poor people, blood sacrifice style!. "Eostre" til I die, bitchez !!!
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Calling….||
...Avila a "bum" is a bit harsh. I'll concede that his hitting is abysmal these days but a catcher plays a big role beyond just hitting. He's (perhaps arguably) half the equation in the performance of the pitching staff. And given the success of Detroit pitching in recent years (especially the starting pitching), it's hard to fault Avila on that end of his job.
Would I like a better hitting catcher on the Tigers? Yes, of course. But where exactly do you find this perfect catcher? Of the 30 MLB catchers (presumably the 30 best in the world), who exactly do the Tigers acquire to take over this role tomorrow? If you look at it objectively then the pickings are pretty slim.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||What…||
...r u? An SDT pledge?
And no offense if you are :) I don't mean that comment pejoratively...it's just a weird thing to show up on a primarily masculine oriented football blog forum.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||I'm with OMG Shirtless on this...||
The Tigers are positioned to win the division and make the playoffs. Factor in a playofff rotation with a heavy dose of Verlander/Schezer/Sanchez and they've got as good of a chance at a title as anybody as of today, April 20th.
And on top of that, if they are now better at manufacting runs/small ball then I simply don't see how that hurts them come October when runs are at even more of a premium.
They been within a hair (or two) of winning the World Series in recent years and if they're not worth getting excited about then, frankly, you probably shouldn't waste your time watching competitive sports.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Yeah,...||
...no kidding. The early season schedule this year has been bizarre, to say the least. Between the extra off days and the postponements it's been difficult to develop the typical baseball rythym so far. In that context, I'd actually say that they'be been playing pretty well.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||We're talking about the MLB.||
A .500+ record over 20+ years is pretty damn good and making the playoffs 1 out of every 3 years is more than respectable.
Football, basketball and hockey are completely different standards of excellence.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Exactly!||
Although it's easy to frame the differances between the 2013 and 2014 Tigers as simply a change of managers, the truth is that with the personnel changes it is clear that the organization as a whole has made an adjustment to strategy.
Whether or not you like/dislike Leyland/Ausmus, to simply assume that the change in manager is the only difference in this year's team is nothing but an indication of a fan's small-mindedness.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||That's not true.||
They are in a good spot to win now but there is no reason that the "window" to win can't be extended by looking to the future with young pitchers like Robbie Ray (and Porcello and Smyly).
If it were literally only about this year (money be damned) then the Tigers would kept Fielder at 1st and signed Cano to play 2nd base. Yeah they might win the 2014 World Series but in a couple of years they'd be seriously buried under the weight of those salaries.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||And...||
...exactly how good were the Tigers before Dombrowski arrived? Illitch had owned the team for more than a decade and hadn't accomplished shit before Dombrowski came to Detroit.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Bullpen.||
Year to year, relief pitchers are always a crapshoot. That's really what the trading deadline is for. Come July the contenders can vulture the "hot" relievers from the rebuilding teams. Until then, I'm not going to sweat and will continue to trust in Dombrowski.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Ice???||
Yes, of course. But don't forget the whiskey!
|1 year 43 weeks ago||You'd have to...||
...factor in the relative cost of tickets at Nebraska over the years before it would be a fair comparison. For all I know, they aren't overpriced in Lincoln.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||I'd agree with this.||
"If you can afford it when you're good, you can afford it when you're bad."
Win or lose doesn't seem like the issue to me. The problem that I see is price. $295 is absurd, especially if the student is borrowing money to pay for their education. Tickets need to be cheap enough for students that they don't even think twice about buying them. That's how the casual fan gets hooked. But with the continuing bleak job outlook for graduates $295 is enough for a kid to get out the calculator ans start wondering if it's worth it.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||No offense...||
..but a true blue would always prefer a Jan. 1st date in Pasedena to a Jan 8th date in Phoenix, Miami, etc.
As an MGoSnob, missing out on a BCS title game doesn't bother me in the least.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||It might even be more than $295...||
...when you consider that many students are living off of borrowered money. If they should have trouble getting a job after graduation then by the time interest compounds a bit they might have paid nearly double.
Frankly, for some of these kids today, it's simply the smart move to skip the games.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Kind of a rhetorical...||
...but is there even such a thing as a secondary market if nobody buys them from the primary market? Would the University dump unsold tickets on Stubhub or maybe instead give them away to local high schoolss students or charity or whatever?
|1 year 43 weeks ago||I'll confess...||
...that I actually stopped going after the Notre Dame game of my sophmore year (except for Rose Bowls, of course). Going to the games in person just sucked up too much valuable time when I was a student.
I did, however, continue to buy season tickets. Not with an eye towards selling them but because there was also a friend who was looking for an extra ticket to the game for out-of-town buddies. I could've made a few bucks on this but I just gave them anyway gratis. Figured it was worth should I ever need to call later and ask a favor.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||I find it mind-boggling too...||
...that in the "land of the free" 18 year old adults are kept out of the NBA and forced into the college game by default.
It's crazy to think that a Kobe Bryant or Lebron James would now be untouchable to an NBA until they reached 20 years old.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||That's what...||
...a good sports bar is for. Enough noise to drown out the stupid annoucers and you're still welcome to scream yourself horse if you wish...with the added bonus of food & drink delivered upon demand.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||I disagree.||
Maybe half the reason is becaue the team isn't very but I'd argue that at least 50% of the reason is price. Generally speaking, students are drawn to cheap fun.
With all this crap about arriving before kick-off or being penalized for not being a "superfan"...frankly the whole experience sounds like an expensive pain-in-the-ass these days.
And although not quite the same, I remember back when the Detroit Tigers sucked, they had bleachers tickets for about $4/game. Lots of last-minute walk ups in the ticket lines for those. Rest of the stadium may have been near empty and the team may have sucked but the bleachers were often full and rocking.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Speaking of price point...||
...that's got to be a misprint, right? $295 is absurd for a student tickets. They were about $5/game when I was a student and, frankly, they should be free to any student who wants them. It's not as if the stadium isn't large enough for the entire student body with plenty of room left over to scalp the alumni & fans.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Scanning Mcards for attendance?||
See this is the problem, they're simply making it more of a pain-in-the-ass to go. When I was a student you bought tickets (cheap too, like $5/game) and then you go if you want or maybe swap them with friends. I suppose a few kids sold them off but given the "unofficial" general admission policy back in those days, most outsiders probably didn't come back to another game.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Scanning Mcards for attendance?||
See this is the problem, they're simply making it more of a pain-in-the-ass to go. When I was a student you bought tickets (cheap too, like $5/game) and then you go if you want or maybe swap them with friends. I suppose a few kids sold them off but given the "unofficial" general admission policy back in those days, most outsiders probably didn't come back to another game.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Are you kidding?||
Why would anybody be blaming Rodriguez in 2015 when it was clearly Lloyd Carr's fault for setting up Rodriguez to fail?
|1 year 43 weeks ago||This is pretty tasteless.||
Atlanta was burned to the ground. I don't see anything amusing about this at all.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Sadly...||
...I pretty much have to agree with you.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||I'm with you too.||
As the game changes and more money moves into it, I've nearly given up interest. Really, it's just the momentum of decades worth of interest keeping me moving forward. At some point, probably sooner rather than later, I'll totally run out of steam.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Yeah, it's sick...||
...but don't forget that snuff films are worth big bucks on the black market.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||My memory is fuzzy on this...||
...but didn't the World League of American Football already feature helmet cams 20 years ago?
|1 year 43 weeks ago||That's interesting.||
With some "playoff" teams potentially playing in two games in two consecutive weeks, what's to stop a non-playoff team from participating in two bowl games? Considering that the bowl season now stretches from mid-december to nearly mid-january?
|1 year 43 weeks ago||It's not just about money.||
Although I'd hesitate to call bowl games a "vacation" per se, they are a sort of reward for the hardwork put into creating a good season. And that reward (similar to a vaction) is not really about making money at its heart.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Am I missing something here?||
She was just a "fan"? What exactly makes her "great"?
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Yeah, it sucks.||
I can't wait until schools can start paying kids and lock them into 4 year contracts so no more of this bailing on the program after 2 seasons. Just think how awesome Michigan might have been if guys like Burke and Robinson played out their full college careers.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Aero in Michigan?||
Well, if Henry Ford himself couldn't make it happen then I'm guessing it's unlikely to ever happen in Michigan:
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Reminds me...||
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Good grief!||
Some of you follow the tweets of relatives of athletes?! Are you people sick in the head?
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Metaphors||
'dwindling but still apparent power.'
In that case, then maybe he should have used USs of A. In case you've not noticed, Soviet Russia is on the rebound.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Flight home seems very problematic.||
How long before—at, for example, U of M—the kid from Detroit is bitching that the kid from California gets an expensive flight but he doesn't? Does U of M then charter a G350 to send a kid from Washtenaw County Airport to Coleman Young (aka Detroit City) Airport?
Where does this shit stop?
|1 year 44 weeks ago||WTF? $50k loans?!||
• Athletes should be able to accept loans up to $50,000 against future earnings;
Great! So athletes can now be just like normal students and become unwitting debt slaves.
Think it sucks now "not getting paid" just wait til you're a washed up 25 year "basketall player" who's dealing with $700/month loan repayments (possibly nondischargeable) and virtually no job prospects. Fucking brillant!!!
|1 year 44 weeks ago||$500?||
"Let them have their five hundred dollars."
It's not about "$500" because if that were the case then an 18-20 year old could likely find an easier way to make $500 than grinding through the rigors of practice and classes.
The ones playing football to get paid are looking for a big score, ideally the NFL draft. As for the dirt poor ones who are trying to help their families then maybe they should skip school altogether (college isn't for everyone) and start working.
It's an interesting time for college sports. I'm hopeful it goes the direction of Ivy League non-scholarship athletes because that'd be a step in the right direction. But if the powers that be would rather blow up the whole damn thing by being greedy then I'll probably find of sad amusement in that too.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Too bad...||
...fresh dog tastes good. But then more for me!
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Ha!||
Considering some of the chemical garbage (aspartame, bisphenal a, etc) in soft drinks these days, piss is probably the least of it's problems.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||It's not about hotdogs or radio announcers per se.||
The point was that even a "good" owner like Illitch struggled at first with the Tigers. He already experience as an owner with the Wings and had grown up a baseball fan yet he still made such glaring mistakes as Ernie & the hotdogs as well as fielding a pretty shitty baseball teams for more than a decade. Today, everybody loves him because he spends money & is chasing a championship but circa 1993 or 1998 it would have been easy to hate on him as a Tiger fan.
So my point stands, give Gores some patience. He might turn out alright after all. Worse case isn't a losing record or even hiring Isiah, it's he sees the fans giving up and sells the team to Seattle, Tampa, etc.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||I had to watch that...||
...a few times before I realized it was a bird. My first thought was that it was a sniper shot blowing up the ball but that just seemed too ridiculous (even if it was a photoshop job).
|1 year 44 weeks ago||It's not just nostalgia.||
Its also that Dumar has become a sort of easy scapegoat for the difficulties in transitioning ownership. It's easy to critize him for his moves in recent years but these moves also need to be considered in relation to the difficult context where he was sometimes operating with his hands tied.
Hindsight is 20/20 but perhaps it would have been wiser for Dumars to step away at the end of the Davidson era.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Let's try some patience with Gores.||
Ownership is not as easy thing. It sometimes takes a few years to get the right people in place and see results on the court/field/rink.
It may feel like Gores is off to a rough start but let's not forget that when Illitch took over the Tigers some of his early moves included such boners as firing Ernie Harwell and dumping the Ballpark Franks in favor of some kind of sausages that I don't even remember. Of course, everybody loves Illitch now but he endured a rough transition too.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Carefull with the...||
...hating on Detroit owners. They may not always field winning teams but they are loyal to the city.
The shitty sports team owners are the ones who move their teams to warmer climes as soon as the fans stop showing up during a down season. Or likewise threaten to move their teams in an effort to extort new stadiums, better tax deals, etc.
Given some of the population trends over the years, we should all be very thankful for the Fords, Illitches and even the Gores at this point.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||At the time of the Fab 5...||
...it seemed pretty improbable that a starting lineup of freshmen could nearly win the NCAA championship but we also need to consider the context. It was a different era then and the Fab 5 were battling many senior-laden teams.
In today's context with so many younger players getting into games and then moving to the pros after a year or two, probably it's more surprising that all-freshmen teams haven't yet won a title in this era.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Also...||
...so, like, that pretty girl was really a Frey? Damn, Rob Stark totally fucked up!
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Easy now...||
...although Michigan Shirt maybe offered a bit much, it was hardly a spoiler. More of a "point of clarification" if you will. Even the most die-hard fan of the TV series will have to admit that sometimes things are lost in the translation from 100+ page books into 1 hour TV shows.
As long as it happens after the fact (or at least concurrently) then what's the harm to the discussion in citing the books as a further point of reference? Presumably you came here curious to find out more (not less). If one prefers ignorance then perhaps the internet is not the place for you.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||After the Wedding...||
...I was really curious about what happened to Edmure. Did he spend the night with his bride? Did he avoid death unlike everyone else? Was his "pretty" wife even a real Frey girl or just a set up?
Upon watching the episode a second time, I'm pretty sure that in the post-mortem scene with Ross Bolton & Walder Frey that it was casually mentioned that Edmore spent his wedding night in a dungeon. That still makes me wonder if the wedding was legitimate or not.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Glory be to the Athletic Dept of Brandon!...||
...but a rather sad day for the University. In nearly 200 years of existence, the University never saw fit to honor an individual with a stature on campus despite an impressive list of alumni. So, of course, the athletic department has to put a statue to a football coach. And given that the honored coach was noted for preaching "the team, the team, the team" the irony is disgusting.
Someday when the inevitable Dave Brandon statue graces the athletic campus, it's my sincere hope that it is favored by pigeons and that Brandon's bronzed dome will be covered in pigeon shit in perpetuity.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||A. Alfred Taubman...||
...has his name on a few things and he did jail time in "club fed". Not insider trading but alleged price fixing between his Sotheby's and rival auction house Christie's.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Got the win!||
3-0, still undefeated. The dream of 162-0 remains alive!
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Pow!||
2,000th hit on a home run! Hell yeah!
And Miggy is one of only 9 hitters to achieve 2,000 hits before his 30th birthday.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Instant replay rulings on possesion.||
Possession of a ball is one of those things where slow motion replay doesn't really help. To the naked eye it can be fairly easy to assume that a player has caught a ball (either football or baseball) but when you start slowing the video down and reviewing it frame-by-frame then it becomes really difficult to say exactly when (and if) control of the ball has been achieved.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||I don't quite...||
...agree with idea of dropping 30 reg season games but the postseason does seem to push too deep into October. I'm old fashioned so rather liked it when baseball had no playoffs and simply squared off the National and American League champs in the World Series. Also made for very tense pennant races.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Damn,...||
...that's a quick start after the delay. Now 7-2 Tigers!
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Delayed.||
Sucks cause I really hope they get this one in.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Say what?||
How is playing a lot of games a "flaw"?
I'd argue that playing every day is one of it's strengths. Gives it an almost atmospheric quality where you don't have to literally watch everything but can check in whenever you want, especiallly while doing something else.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Old news.||
Everybody already knows that the gov worked with secret Nazi collaborators to discover "invisibility" back in 1948 with the notoriuos Philadephia experiment.
Although I suppose an invisibility paint would be an improvement over the razzle-dazzle paint jobs:
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Yeah,...||
...actually it makes sense. Their mascot is a husky and Washington begins with a "W" so even the funky spelling of "dawgs" works.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Chariot races in the Colosseum?||
Assuming you mean the Colosseum in Rome then I'm pretty sure there were no chariot races there. The venue would have been much too small. I think the circus maximus would have been used for chariot races, but don't quote me on that.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Especially...||
...against division rivals.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Hell yeah!||
And still undefeated in 2014!
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Yeah...||
....I was kind of skeptical but am digging it now.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Yep,||
I'm predicting a Miggy lead off home run. That means Nathan snatches the first of 20 wins from Scherzer this year and then Max is forced to resign with the Tigers (at a discount) when he finishes the season with a 0-3 record.
A fan can dream right?
|1 year 45 weeks ago||oh...||
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Welcome...||
...to Detroit Mr. Kinsler!
|1 year 45 weeks ago||I am sad...||
...because even if Michigan goes undefeated and wins the Big Ten they'll likely be sent to the stupid playoff rather than the sacred Rose Bowl. :(
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Yep...||
...it's beyond just losing game sadness. It's more like an era of hopeless mediocrity and that is a result of the poor leadership (AD Brandon & Coach Hoke).
|1 year 45 weeks ago||I sort of agree with you.||
On the one hand, it's perfectly acceptable for the NCAA to enforce some rules regarding branding & visual clarity.
But on the other hand, the problem to me is that the NCAA is doing this because of contractual obligation with a sponsor. I'm not an NCAA hater and I do believe in the student-athlete but when they go to such lengths to protect commercial entities then it does become difficult to defend their actions in the face of the "athletes are exploited" criticisms.
If the rule was only NCAA branded mugs then fine but doing it on behalf of P*****ade is hypocritical to the student-athlete educational mission.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Probably...||
...just Verlander being annoyed with himself for tossing too many pitches and setting himself up to get the early hook. I wouldn't read anything more into than that.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||The smells are great...||
...but I have to admit that I actually miss cigarette & cigar smoke that also used to add to the mix. At least they haven't outlawed the smell of piss.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||I'm not generally...||
...a fan of autographs, but I love the idea of a "b-list" ball full of forgotten names. That's great!
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Let's hope so.||
It would be a huge plus for the lineup if Castellanos can fulfill his potential this year.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Hell...||
And Alex Gonzales of all people!
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Rally time.||
Bottom of the 9th, 3-3 tie.
Walk off time???
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Well, it's cliche & all...||
...but every game counts.
Let's not forget that they won the division by only 1 game last year. And they did that by beating up heavily on their closest rival last year, the Indians.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Big game today too.||
Gotta let those upstart Royals know who's boss. Go Tigers!
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Whoa...||
...I stand corrected again. Despite the huge investment in California, Tom & Gisele are selling the place and moving back to Boston. I guess that I don't keep up with the gossip closely enough.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Any source references...||
...on the Brookline mansion?
Gisele & Brady just built a monster homestead in California (as featured in Arch Digest) just last year so I'm surprised he'd be building a mansion in Boston too. In fact, I'm rather surprised that he would even be in Boston during the offseason.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Yeah...||
...but that might be the scariest part. Who wants to see horse anus at the airport? Artists can be so f'ed up...quite ironic that a falling piece of the horse killed the sculptor too.
And if Minnesota builds a statue featuring the apocalyptic anus of a gopher then we'll know it's another clue.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Most of you won't like this but...||
...it's quite possible that the casual fan phenomenon is corrupting and destroying college sports.
There basically was no "big time college" sports until masses of outsiders developed a strong interest via broadcast television and apparel sales. But this developement has flooded money into the college sporting landscape and the distribution of this wealth has created a lot of tension that is now threatening to destroy the current version of the game.
It can be argued that given the status of public universities, any taxpayer could have a legitimate interest in the school and the visibility of football makes it something of a lightning rod for that attention. But frankly, it'd probably be better for the nature of college sports if the interest in a particular team were returned to the province of students and local alumni (ie., no more national broadcasts or national licensing agreements).
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Yeah...||
...and anybody whose bought a Little Caesar's Pizza can probably make the same claim.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Well, sorry to be an ass but....||
"What makes you think someone who attended U of M has any more right to call themselves a Wolverine than I do, or anyone else who loves the Wolverines?"
Because the students and alumni are literally Wolverines. You can be a fan all you want but you'll still be an outsider. Not that's there's anything particularly sacred about it or worth getting your underwear in a bunch...but the facts are that you're a WMU Bronco and not a Michigan Wolverine.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Miami doesn't have a patent on "the U".||
In fact, it's common slang in many college towns to refer to the local school as "the U" as a matter of vernacular convenience.
Probably only football fans would be inclined to think of Miami as a default when thinking of "the U" in a national perspective.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Even better...||
...they could build a temp facility on the river each winter and do some ice fishing during timeouts.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Minneapolis & St Paul||
Well, after consulting google maps, apparently one only needs to cross eithe Emerald Street or 33rd Street to travel from Minneapolis to St Paul so technically that's closer than U of M's North Campus to Central Campus.
That actually came as a bit of a surprise to me as I had always thought that the U of Min was actually in St Paul because it was on the other side of the river from downtown Minneapolis. As it turns out, the river is not necessarily the border that I had assumed it was.
Learn something new everyday.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Don't forget...|
|1 year 46 weeks ago||WTF?||
Everybody knows that America was founded by an extraterrestial alien Nazi conspiracy. Like duh!
|1 year 46 weeks ago||My first thought...||
...was that this had something to do with the satnic origins of the hand signal whitch might have been an interesting controversey.
That it's just an old-fashioned motivational ploy makes it kind of a non-story. Probably half the teams in college are doing something similar.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Level playing field||
The level playing field. I don't really get why people cling to this. Why do we need to have a level playing field among universities?
Because it is sports and fairness is fundamental. It doesn't need to be universally fair, but at the least, we need fairness amongst peers (for example, within the Big Ten) otherwise the games lose legitimacy and become exhibitions (think Harlem Globetrotters or Tigers vs. Mud Hens, etc) rather than true sporting events.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||I agree...||
...and I admit that this is something that maybe I haven't been clear about in my postings.
For the record, I'm not anti-union and I do think that a union that gives the participants involved a voice in the big picture has a lot of validity.
It's the classification of the football players as employees from this ruling that is disturbing because it opens a can of worms with lots of consequences.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||It may be an ant...||
..but the IRS will eventually come after everything. And if the student-athlete/employee debate keeps putting this issue in the media spotlight then that will move it up the priority list.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||parasite...||
1. an organism that lives on or in an organism of another species, known as the host, from the body of which it obtains nutriment.
3. (in ancient Greece) a person who received free meals in return for amusing or impudent conversation, flattering remarks, etc.
If there is no college football, is there an Mgoblog? Yet what does Mgoblog contribute to college football? Best case it that it fills in some gaps of our collective knowledge base. But that could also be spun as contributing to the growing obsessiveness with college sports and placing an unnecessary burden upon the student athlete by feeding the insatiable beast that is the contemporary fan. This blog (and others too) have played a role in increasing the interest in college sports and that has brought even more money into the game. Money which furthers the corruption of the "student-athlete" model and now appears headed for collapse.
Well, it was fun while it lasted.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||I knew a few...||
...big guys too when I was a student who could've probably pulled it off.
But presumably if the football employees are on strike for one team then most likely the ohter team would be on strike too (lest they cross the picket line). This is one of the areas where unions representation in college gets very tricky. Sports leagues need a consistent baseline in order to ensure fair competitiveness.
If not the whole NCAA, at the very least within the conferences (such as the Big Ten) there needs to be a level playing field amongst all schools. Anything that the union wins for the football players at Northwestern needs to be implemented at the rest of the Big Ten too.
And on a side note, this is why a "national" playoff is so difficult to achieve. Which is why I personally (as long as the SEC is effectively playing by different rules than other conferences) prefer the old-fashioned Big Ten championships/Rose Bowls to the new model "national" championships/playoff.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||"athletic scholarships should already be taxable."||
I'd be very careful about making assumptions about how the IRS will treat scholarships in the future. Although college football revenues may be growing, government revenues are struggling.
Now that student athletes are to be reclassified as "employees" you can bet that the IRS will be looking to get a piece of the action. And frankly, given the exploding costs of tuition in recent years (and thus the rising value of scholarships) it should probably come as a surprise that the IRS hasn't already been clamping down on this.
Death & taxes y'all.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Mgoblog arrogance at it finest!||
College football players have just been legally ruled as "employees", a potential sea change in the sporting landscape of America that could lead directly to the demise of college football...and a blog that makes it living as a parasite of college football is excited about the change?
Yeah, fight the power and all...but be careful of what you wish for.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Oops,...||
...you're right. I stand corrected.
Of the 30,000 students at Michigan clearly all of them were serious scholars, none of whom would have played high school football or ever dreamed about wearing the winged helmet in Michigan Stadium. And it's not like Michigan has ever had any walk-on players make the team. Do they even offer tryouts? Probably not because who would show up.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||"What prevents....||
...players from sitting down now?"
Probably the large "labor" pool of general admission students who'd happily cross the picket line just to say they represented their school.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||It's...||
....not inflammatory, it's reasoned and intelligent. You are the one with the uncritical, yet overtly over-reactionist opinion.
As for coinage, frankly, that argument has nothing to do with sports so I don't see why you would even bring it up.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Sounds great in theory.||
But things can change a lot during a lifetime. In 2050, the healthcare obligations to a bunch of 80 year old athletes might even be enough to bankrupt a university.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Dumber than a box?||
You seem to forget that universities basically own these athletic departments. Although the athletic departments may be viewed as non-profits with a football cash cow, to the university itself the athletic department can be viewed as a self-sustaining entity that is increasingly the cause of headaches and a general distraction from their mission as educational institutions.
One doesn't need to be a genius to understand why a university might wash it's hands of it's athletic department...only as smart as a box.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Although...||
...I'm strongly against the idea of student-athletes being paid (and I firmly believe that the schools will never do it either), I do believe that there is some room for student-athletes to negotiate with universities/NCAA.
And if I were one of theses student athletes then I would probably make fewer games/shorter seasons a top priority. Too much of the "exploitation" argument revolves around money when, if we really want to improve the lives of these kids, then we should probably respect their time more.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Sorry...||
...but rapist-protecting Hoke has in now way earned the right to be spoken in the same breath as Beilin.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Yuck.||
Patriotism is great and all. And America can be a decent country at times.
Having said that, national anthems really have no place at sporting events. It just subverts the games for blatantly nationalistic propaganda that we could all really do without.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Seems unlikely, yeah,...||
...but maybe they watched the Virgin Suicides. Are we sure that these were both natural deaths? Maybe there will be more?
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Ha, funny!||
I've seriously been expecting a team to hire a sideline lawyer just for arging with refs about what constitutes possession, breaking the plane, etc. Seems like it's been inevitable for years now.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||He resided...||
...in Grosse Pointe Shores, not Grosse Pointe.
It always made me a bit sad that Buffalo didn't get a win in those 4 trips to the Super Bowl. Being that close and coming up short just doesn't really seem fair.
Anyhow, RIP Mr. Wilson.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Yeah,||
...not that I know anything but the Iglesias injury situation almost makes me think the Red Sox pulled a fast one on the Tigers with last summer's trade. Hopefully, Iggy eventually recovers and proves himself not to be a lemon.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||I can understand that perspective...||
...but Peralta did have a good season and I'm not sure there were at lot of free-agent/trade option this past offseason either so Johny might well have returned. Guess we'll just never know.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Shortstop.||
Oh man, if only Peralta hadn't gotten busted last season. Seems like the Tigers ahve been aplying one band-aid after another since that.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Yes!||
Thank you alwaystrueblue!
Finally somebody else who seems to have spent at least 5 minutes thinking about the consequences of turning student-athletes into paid employees (which is more than can be said about many of the "experts" who write for national publications yet repeat the same thoughtless clichés about exploited student athletes).
|1 year 47 weeks ago||I disagree.||
First of all, it's not the NCAA choice, it's up to the schools themselves.
As for your assertion to think that University administrators will pay players and field professional sports teams then, sorry, but you're the one being naive.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||There's a huge problem...||
...in your suggestion that that Athletic Departments seperate from Universities and subsequently treat the athletes as employees rather student-athletes: that is, those ADs would now be professional sports entities. They would wholly be in the business of running profitable teams. Some of the almot immediate consequences would be:
1- nonrevenue sports would be gone cause, like, then need to make a profit now.
2- in theory, the athletes could still be enrolled in the local school but they'd quickly realize that they are now pros and need to spend all of their time honing their craft rather than studying poetry and risk getting cut because of a hungrier 18 year old nipping at their heels.
And longer term consequences:
1-How are the NFL & NBA going to feel about these professional upstarts getting first crack at the 18 year talent? The NFL & NBA would be forced to adjust their rules (not necessarily a bad thing in my opinion) and draft younger.
2- And even if, for example, the Michigan AD found a bit of a late blooming gem like Tom Brady, do you think they'll just spend 4 years training him only to let him walk away to a "better" NFL team at that point? Not likely given the amount they've invested in him (remember, profits now matter above all else).
3- College sports thrive on the close, almost familial association of athletes with fellow students and alumni. If this is severed and the dear old alma mater is no longer represented but, oh there happens to be a pro team availalble for your dollars, how long will students and alumni maintain interest? Frankly, casual fans are of little concern because their loyalties are simply too fickle.
If the formerly "college" teams are now "pro" teams then how much longer do they respect tradtions such as playing on Saturday in deference to the NFL (and vice versa) who they'd now be ruthelessly competing against for talent and fan dollars?
Realistically, all hell would break out on the sporting landscape across America. You get the lawyers involved and probably the NFL's tightly knit cartel would shatter too. The whole sporting landscape could be re-arranged. As an example, consider Michigan. Could the Lansing Spartans, Ann Arbor Wolverines and the Detroit Lions all manage to co-exist? My hunch is that the Lions would fold. But elsewhere, maybe the opposite would happen as I could imagine, for example, the 49ers & Raiders surviving the threat from the Stanford & Berkley.
Some of you may not understand it but it is of vital importance to maintain the student-athlete model lest the whole thing go poof.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||I don't think...||
...that I called "everyone" idiots. But for the sake of clarity I was referring to the writers/journalists who keep trolling with this issue. It's been in the mainstream press almost non-stop for several years now so persistently that one might think there is an agenda revolving around the idea of destroying college sports.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Yes.||
I have been following the NCAA O'Bannon lawsuit. Depending on how that rules, some of you might be in for a unwelcome surprise.
Look, there's nothing stating that schools have to field teams at all. Even under the current relatively lucrative arrangement it's debatable how worthwile these teams are for the schools. Most of the money generated by the sprots goes to fund the sports themselves. Just look at the headaches cause by the minor incident with Gibbons. Those headaches would mulitply greatly if the athletes are compensated (and the inevitable unions, agents, lawyers, etc ) are entered into the mix.
If you want to think like a "fan" then it's easy to cry that the kids need some money. But if you want to think like someone who runs a University (a President or a Regent) then you'll begin to understand the risks and the reasons why they'd be more inclined to pick up there ball and go home rather than cave to peanut gallery demands for "professional" sports teams from their schools. Mary Sue Coleman is not Mike Illitch.
PS. I'll concede that some of the southern schools might be perfectly comfortable fielding pro teams but they'll be the exception rather than the rule.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||argh...||
This subject is becoming so boring yet idiots keep beating the drum rather than just enjoying college sports for what it is.
Anyhow, here's the thing; schools will never pay athletes because it opens far too many cans-of-worms for them with respect to running professional teams. Additionally, most schools have student bodies full of young folks who would be happy to represent the school on an athletic field (sans pay or scholarship).
Now given those circumstances, how fucking dumb to you have to be to think that schools will ever pay their players? Seriously, enough of this shit because there's games to be watched.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Yeah, it sucks.||
But bullpens tend to be crapshoots that require tweeking as the season progresses. For all the complaints about the Tigers bullpen in recent years, they've actually been pretty decent.
I'd be far more concerned if a starting pitcher is lost to surgery for the year.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||There's a billion dollars...||
...at stake so a lot of people care this year.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||I did go...||
...15/16. Fucking Dayton killed my billion dollar bracket.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Maybe.||
But the NFL can be pretty harsh on character issues too.
He needs to get his act together or he's going to end up in jail.