|2 days 7 hours ago||Went to this game today on||
Went to this game today on account of winning free tickets. The crowd wasn't quite as small as in the picture.... but it was almost certainly no more than about 8,000. Definitely more locals with local gear on than actual fans of the game participants. And Rutgers fans probably outnumbered UNC fans 4-to-1. Way I figure it, people in North Carolina don't see Detroit as much of a vacation spot, but it's a great getaway if you're coming from New Jersey.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Your dumb.||
|5 days 18 hours ago||Grievance #1: Replacing||
Grievance #1: Replacing "faze" with "phase." "He's just going through a phase" - correct. "That doesn't phase me" - FUCKING NO. Get it right.
Grievance #2: "That kid's a stud." Fuck no, man. There's no definition of the word "stud" where "stud" means "someone who is good at football. What you're saying is you admire his virility and that he's being brought in for the purpose of breeding. As if the stalking of high school kids wasn't creepy enough.
|6 days 6 hours ago||I mean...not to necessarily||
I mean...not to necessarily take one side or the other in an argument here.... but the mafia, in case you've forgotten, is a violent murder outfit, not a mere "subset of a certain race." And as you have to actually be Italian to join, yeah, there's a little bit of a racist element to it as well. Why is it such a comparison fail - because the Mafia has been romanticized while the KKK has not?
|6 days 6 hours ago||No, but because there's no||
No, but because there's no central organizing authority, it does require a chaotic system to spontaneously arrange itself into order and symmetry.
|6 days 9 hours ago||Landing at City Airport would||
Landing at City Airport would be a bit strange, though, if Harbaugh-related.
|6 days 9 hours ago||I have this totally random||
I have this totally random t-shirt from the movie Signs, which I was folding the other day. And I laughed while doing it because on the back it says....
|6 days 10 hours ago||If the Memphis guy was that||
If the Memphis guy was that #25, he pretty much went charging in there on his own. The announcers were like "somebody better get that Memphis kid out of there, he's all by himself in there" and I thought, that's his own fault.
|6 days 11 hours ago||Good, that was ridiculous and||
Unlikely. Raiola's history is to follow up a douchey act with a defense of "they had it coming and anyway I didn't do anything wrong." The guy is a hotheaded clod and he's always been a hotheaded clod, not to mention a thoroughly ineffective run blocker. The sooner the Lions feel comfortable handing the job over to Travis Swanson, the better.
|1 week 1 day ago||It is a problem for hockey,||
It is a problem for hockey, in case you haven't noticed a renewed interest in getting fighting out of the game and a focus on blows to the head. Even then, the only people who are reporting brain issues are former enforcers. Most hockey players live to awfully ripe old ages.
As for MMA, it's brand-new, and yes, growing, but I wouldn't say by leaps and bounds; it's still not all that big. And MMA fighters don't alwayswin a match by literally knocking their opponent senseless the way boxers do. Frankly, MMA fighters spend a ton of their time not beating on each other.
|1 week 1 day ago||Forward down the field!||
Forward down the field!
|1 week 1 day ago||I was really hoping that kind||
I was really hoping that kind of thing would be left to the Sparties.
|1 week 2 days ago||He would create informative||
He would create informative thread titles.
|1 week 2 days ago||I have a brother, and||
I have a brother, and therefore uniquely qualified to talk like an expert on this topic. And the way I'd see it is: sure, I'll take your $8 million a year, which doubles my salary, and then I'll go be successful and ridiculously rich and famous at the job my brother turned down. Enjoy them apples at the Thanksgiving table.
In other words, highly competitive though brothers may be, I don't think that extends to that much pridefulness, I think it just means seeing another chance to beat him.
But then, I don't think we'd throw $8M at John Harbaugh, who hasn't coached in college since 1997. Jim is an attractive candidate in large part because of what he did at Stanford.
|1 week 2 days ago||Because 32 teams against 128||
Because 32 teams against 128 is a fair comparison?
|1 week 3 days ago||I was surprised as you, and||
I was surprised as you, and then I remembered that this is the same team that gave Jay Cutler 15.5 million, so why shouldn't they also make puzzling backup QB decisions?
|1 week 3 days ago||I laughed because it's true.||
I laughed because it's true. Also, Dan Snyder.
|1 week 4 days ago||The #1 rush defense in the||
The #1 rush defense in the league says go ahead and pound it with Forte.
|1 week 4 days ago||I sort of want him to coach||
I sort of want him to coach the team in spring practice and recruit and stuff. I know it's asking a lot.
|1 week 5 days ago||I feel like Bob Stitt is the||
I feel like Bob Stitt is the Naked Guy Banner of coaching candidates.
|1 week 5 days ago||Are they? I'd be curious to||
Are they? I'd be curious to learn the mechanics of that. I'm sort of a mutt of Western European heritage, mainly Irish and French, some German and Polish, except that the Polish part is also French in a roundabout way. I don't know where any Jewishness would've had a chance to find its way in.
|1 week 5 days ago||I'm not even close to being||
I'm not even close to being Jewish..... but sour cream forever, applesauce never.
|1 week 5 days ago||B is impossible, as a win in||
B is impossible, as a win in Chicago clinches a playoff berth. If any 11-5 team misses the playoffs, Dallas seems the most likely.
|1 week 5 days ago||I mean, after that, there was||
I mean, after that, there was nobody around to tell me to go to bed, so I forgot.
|1 week 6 days ago||Corel WordPerfect.||
|1 week 6 days ago||The playoff machine seems to||
The playoff machine seems to be under the impression that GB owns the tiebreaker even if they were to lose to TB.... but I don't think it's right. The oracle is apparently fallible. Unless I'm missing something.
|1 week 6 days ago||Good thing we're all so good||
Good thing we're all so good at that.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||Meh. I don't think they||
Meh. I don't think they exist.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||DD did flat out say the||
DD did flat out say the rotation is settled. It looks like they're letting Scherzer walk for sure. Presumably they made the qualifying offer necessary to get the draft pick when he signs elsewhere.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Every time Dombrowski tries||
Every time Dombrowski tries to land relief help it blows up on him. Krol didn't pan out too well and people complained that it wasn't enough for Fister anyway.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Top 5, heck, it sounds like||
Top 5, heck, it sounds like both are saying he'll be the highest-paid coach in the league. And deserving of every penny.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||"We had a great practice||
"We had a great practice today and we continue to work really hard."
|2 weeks 5 days ago||That Gruden thing is||
That Gruden thing is certainly a wonderful lesson in reading between the lines. "Initial contact between the parties" is a fun way of obscuring who dialed up whom.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I thought I read somewhere||
I thought I read somewhere that those can't actually be used anymore because of an NCAA rule that requires the numbers to be centered.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Nobody would pay money for a||
One would certainly think, except that Gene Keady used to spend $600 a week on hair extensions for his unbelievable bad combover. Anything is possible.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I get the impression that||
I get the impression that nobody ever delivers bad news to any member of the Davis family. That haircut and/or incredibly shitty toupee is proof of someone who long ago sent the message "criticize me and I will destroy you."
|2 weeks 6 days ago||#1, if a coach has been||
#1, if a coach has been coaching the same offense for 20 years, why would you expect it's easy for him to suddenly change that? #2, the point about "support" is totally off. It's not about Joe Schmo cheering from three-quarters of the way up the bleachers.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Ohio State fans were||
Ohio State fans were definitely this obsessed over getting Urbz, except that Urbz was conveniently unemployed when they needed a new coach and so there wasn't any need for speculation over his current job status. The moment Fickell was named interim coach they assumed he was just keeping the seat warm for Urbz.
|3 weeks 19 hours ago||Yes, it should expand to 8 to||
Yes, it should expand to 8 to protect the hurt feelings of those who got left out. Then it should expand to 16 to protect the hurt feelings of those who got left out. Then it should expand to 24 to protect the hurt feelings of those who got left out. Controversy is bad, and we should always try to avoid it by expanding the tournament.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I irrationally want to keep||
I irrationally want to keep Porcello for a very long time, which has everything to do with the fact that he started so young that if he sticks around for another 10 years (after which he'd be just 35) he'd be really high on all the Tigers' career lists.
Alas, it seems as if the possibility exists right now for a Porcello-for-Cespedes trade.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||So, out goes the centerpiece||
So, out goes the centerpiece of the Fister trade?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||You could have said the same||
And Phil Knight money is coming to Mississippi State any minute now.
Also, you just called Michigan a downgrade from Mississippi State. There's something deeply bizarre about that.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Roy Williams is more of an||
Roy Williams is more of an administrator than a coach. He can certainly assemble talent (not hard at UNC) but he doesn't do a great job of fitting the talent together or into his system. And his players don't develop a hell of a lot. What you see as a freshman is more or less what you get. I've heard it said, for example, that Nate Britt could be a bona fide star in the right system, but he's not the kind of player Roy is asking him to be, and James Michael McAdoo was going to be the next great Carolina star, but fizzled out pretty awfully.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||So I'm nowhere near as down||
So I'm nowhere near as down on the idea of Addazio as all that. Is he Plan A - hell no. Definitely not on that top tier of guys. But as a Plan B, if we swung and missed on the five or six reasonable options in Plan A (thinking Harbaugh, Miles, Mullen, Gundy, Stoops, and such) he'd be solid and very defensible - probably more so than McElwain. Addazio definitely isn't Brady Hoke - he's taken a Boston College team full of the two-star and low-three-star barrel scrapings of the northeast, which was last seen going 2-10 under Frank Spaziani, and gotten to bowl games. Beating USC in the process and putting a huge scare into FSU twice. His BC resume is much more impressive than Hoke's Ball State and SDSU work, frankly.
I'd be disappointed in getting Addazio because he's not Harbaugh, but if we swing and miss at the bigger guys, we could do much worse as a consolation prize.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||LOL. This should really help||
LOL. This should really help dispel the Nebraska players' fears that their AD is trying to hire all his Wisconsin buddies.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||It makes no danged sense to||
Whatever, I mean, the ACC/B1G Challenge is nice and all but it pales in comparison to the Washtenaw County Championship.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I don't know that such||
I don't know that such absolute terms are the truth of it. Will Muschamp "stepped down." Jim Tressel "resigned." Quite a few coaches are told "resign or be fired."
But the main answer to the question is probably this: Most coaches have loyalty bonuses of some kind, and they usually get to keep them if they're fired. If he just leaves, he doesn't get the bonus. With a contract like that, "leave or we're firing you" provides every incentive in the world to say "fine then, fire me."
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, because BC has been so||
Yeah, because BC has been so shitty the past couple years.
Addazio took Frank Spaziani's 2-10 crew, comprised in large part of the two-star and low-three star scrapings of New England and the northeast, and took them bowling, beating USC in the process and putting two huge scares into FSU.
He's not Plan A but he'd be a hell of a Plan B.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||But then, you're assuming||
But then, you're assuming that the assistants will all be fired today too, which probably isn't happening. Chances are they all stay until the new coach is hired.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Terry Foster tweeted: I||
Terry Foster tweeted: I cannot officially tell you Brady Hoke is being fired. But I can tell you that Michigan's next coach will be wearing a headset
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I think there's more to this||
I think there's more to this than it seems. FBS football among schools very similar to UAB has absolutely exploded around the South in the past decade-plus. Georgia State, Appalachian State, South Alabama, South Florida, Central Florida, ODU, Charlotte - the list of schools who see football as an important visibility investment is extremely long. And UAB doesn't have the stomach for it and is going against the grain here? Fishy. Something stinks. It's a real shame.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||To me that's the #1||
To me that's the #1 dickishness. There's no reason for that.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I gotta disagree with some||
I gotta disagree with some qualifications. This isn't the best way to handle it, but if you've already made the decision, this is the social media age - shit gets out. It always does. Even if you think it's nice and secret, the walls tend to have ears when it comes to this kind of thing and you can usually count on someone, somewhere, to leak the information out. If the players are all going to head their separate ways after the game, well, an email may not be the best way to do it, and you could at least assign a staffer to put individual names on top or something, but if the choice is between an email and letting them all find out on Facebook and spend the vacation wondering whether it's true or not, the email is the choice every time.
Edit: And all the proof anyone needs is that U-M didn't ever announce the meeting between Hoke and Hackett, it just leaked. And the OP in the "Hoke meeting with Hackett at noon" thread even says, "I hope news leaks soon after." Leaks happen all the bloody time. Better to get out in front of them as best you can.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Depending on the kind of||
Depending on the kind of night you just spent, sunrise can be pretty fucking awesome.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I'd happily watch the whole||
I'd happily watch the whole recruiting class walk out the door if it meant getting a winning head coach.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||He should go. Another year||
He should go. Another year of flipping a coin to see whether he'll catch the next pass isn't going to help his draft stock any.
|5 weeks 17 hours ago||Miami thinks those Illinois||
Miami thinks those Illinois fans are just way too into this football thing.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I have nothing. "Fire||
I have nothing. "Fire everyone" is a raindrop, not a snowflake. Time to go watch my other shitty football team with a dead man walking for a coach.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I am sick and tired of||
I am sick and tired of fourth-and-shorts and third-and-shorts being the same damn play: drop back, quick out to Funchess, who habitually drops them. Can't wait to watch this whole sorry coaching staff sent their various ways.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Yay grad school alma mater.||
Yay grad school alma mater. But on my rock-solid principle of "who needs the win more" - there's no way in hell it's a good thing if Michigan loses to a Horizon League team.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||What if they told us this||
Then by ordinary non-Hoke Michigan standards, I would expect to be 7-3 right now.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I could give it a spin,||
I could give it a spin, although KenPom doesn't do individual D-ratings. I'd have to pull them from something like Basketball Reference. I'm not sure it'd be equally as meaningful as for offense, though. Have to give it a try first and then see where it leads, I guess.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I'll never understand how||
I'll never understand how people willfully choose to live where it's disgustingly hot for eight months out of the year and you spend three months hoping your house doesn't get wiped out, but hey, to each their own.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I'd sort of buy that, but San||
I'd sort of buy that, but San Antonio will be hosting two years after Houston does.
More likely it's just that it's still really hard to sell Detroit to fancy high-rolling people who make these decisions and/or influence the decisions with huge wads of advertising dollars.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Montana used to "fixate" on||
Montana used to "fixate" on Rice, too.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||What's wrong with the punt||
What's wrong with the punt return is precisely this: Had Ross not picked up the ball and run with it, Arizona would've been credited with downing it wherever the next guy after Bethel (the guy who "had" it at the 1) picked it up. Alternatively, had Bethel grabbed it and fallen into the end zone, it would've been a touchback. Boger interpreted "possession" in a way that no referee has ever done before.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||This was more egregious than||
This was more egregious than the punt return IMO. I guess maybe you could kinda sorta, in some twisted fashion, interpret "possession" the way they did, even though they never interpret it that way in any other context.
But I don't know how much more indisputable you need the evidence to be on the Ebron spot.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||1. Tigers 2. Lions 3. M||
3. M football
5. M basketball
I'm ignoring the within ten years thing. Just a list of how I view things.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||UNC should have its||
UNC should have its accreditation put on warning or probation indefinitely, until they can prove they have their shit together and controls in place, not suspended. You can't just yank the rug out. Actual loss of accreditation would probably cause the whole school to collapse.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||LCACs were a pain in the||
LCACs were a pain in the butt. The old Austin-class boats weren't made for them and had to be rigged with special fenders, and amphib ops took extra long. Fortunately we didn't carry them on deployment. One LCU (and the LCU guys were really good dudes) and a bunch of AAVs. Damn near got killed inside an AAV when it started blowing diesel exhaust inside while I was on a "let's put the JOs in the equipment" ride. I was literally turning tissues black by coughing into them for the next couple hours.
It was pretty cool, though, all things considered. If I'd stayed in for my department head tours I would've tried like hell for a First Lt. ride on an amphib.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Nah, I'd say there's someone||
Nah, I'd say there's someone here who's just downvoting everything because he hates the military, but won't downvote the OP so that people don't figure out who he is.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||My first ship was an amphib||
My first ship was an amphib too - LPD 15. I knew a guy who used to like to create his own "entertainment on the mess decks" by going through the Marine berthings (mainly the ones further down where all he had to do was stick his head down and they'd only hear his voice) and announce "ice cream social, mess decks!"
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I want.||
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Jeez. Clark blew past no||
Jeez. Clark blew past no fewer than three blockers to fux up that play. That dude had himself a GAME.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||There's only a couple things||
There's only a couple things I can say with a straight face and actually believe them. One is that three OC's in three years will ruin our QBs. Well, Morris, mainly. He already looks lost out there. Two is that Mattison is pretty good, and I'd say pretty tough to replace given his resume, attaction to recruits, and overall ability.
I don't care about the great guy stuff or the good-at-recruiting stuff because it tends to imply that you can't find those in the next coach either. The only really worthwhile arguments for keeping a floundering coach involve clear negatives that come out of the transition and losing things you can't easily replace.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I second this. Just don't do||
I second this. Just don't do that. It comes across as tacky.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I'm'a be there anyway. I won||
I'm'a be there anyway. I won tickets at the Lions game a few weeks ago. I'd sure as hell rather see Michigan than Rutgers.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Said the guy who piled up||
Said the guy who piled up 26,000 points in about nine months.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I am showing support. You||
I am showing support. You have no idea how badly I want to beat Maryland. That's not mutually exclusive with my right to bitch and moan.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I get that not every team has||
I get that not every team has a classic, untouchable look, but every school has colors. When Oregon comes out looking like the Oakland Raiders, or Oklahoma State comes out looking like the Confederate army instead of Barry Sanders's team, or the "Scarlet Knights" decide to have a black-out, it's gotten stupid. Or when Syracuse decides to get in on the gray craze despite gray being one of the colors of their biggest rivals, it's really stupid.
Oregon wore some throwbacks a little while ago and it just looked natural. Seeing that game honestly felt a little like going from one room with a bunch of screaming attention-wanting toddlers banging on every noisemaker they can find, to another where Jimmy Buffett is playing. Even if green and gold isn't the best color combo in the world, it can still look good without resorting to attention-whoring.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I feel like the anti-hipster.||
I feel like the anti-hipster. I hated alt-unis before it was cool.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I am sick of it. Sometimes I||
I am so glad I'm not the only one who thinks that you ought to be able to know who's playing without being told, because that's pretty much the point of uniforms. Well, I never was the only one - the NFL gets it. But still.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Negged for trying to break||
Negged for trying to break first rule of MGoPoints, which is don't talk about MGoPoints.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||GET A ROOM||
GET A ROOM
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Anyway, Hermione and Harry||
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Inorite? "I don't care that||
Inorite? "I don't care that Mike Maroth is your ace pitcher. Win more."
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Interesting. This sounds||
Interesting. This sounds remarkably like the position Steve Yzerman held with the Wings under Ken Holland. An apprenticeship.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||A more than fair point. He's||
A more than fair point. He's got every right to be even more disappointed in Brandon's ouster than most others. Just disappointed that he doesn't seem willing to accept the bad with the good when it comes to fan involvement. Which I think is a very common thread in the "annoyed former player" comments. They tend to come across as saying "just shut up, pay us our money, and cheer."
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Also, I am just incredibly||
Also, I am just incredibly sick of these former players acting like only they know anything. Mealer gets even less slack than most from me on this because of the incredible amount of support he got from the fans during his time.
I'm always haranguing on how easy it is to get college players fired up about having been disrespected, and how easy it is to foment an us-against-the-world mentality. IMO this happens to be the ugly side of that. I think they're starting to believe it a little too much.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Whatever and all that. All I||
Whatever and all that. All I know is that the Michigan I grew up with was a team that methodically ground the opponent into dust 2/3rds of the time and won about half the rest of its games, and did so in front of a packed house every time. Other than the crowd, it was nice to remember for one weekend what that was like. And against a real Big Ten team, too, not these East Coast pretenders. Maybe they can do it to Northwestern, too.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||He wasn't even goodAt all||
He wasn't even good
At all the MBA stuff
Like he thought he was
He will come back and
Work harder all of next week
Oh wait no he won't
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Despite the fact that nobody||
Despite the fact that nobody likes a self-tooter......Called it.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||FSU runs a scuzzy program,||
FSU runs a scuzzy program, but man, it was hard to root for Louisville last night given how much woofing their players were doing. The ref was awfully generous in not tossing a flag at the asshole who taunted the FSU kick returner who slipped and fell.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||When I showed Brian's big||
When I showed Brian's big report to my dad, he was incredulous - not that Brandon would be that condescending and dickish, but that he'd be that dumb.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Oh, don't get me wrong, I||
Oh, don't get me wrong, I agree that she shouldn't just run with it Olbermann style, and that (as noted above) she has editors to answer to and space issues and such. And honestly if "there's not 100% certainty" was the phrase she'd actually used, I don't think I'd complain.
I just think it would've been a great deal more accurate to write one extra sentence along the lines of "MGoBlog concluded that it wasn't possible to verify the authenticity of the emails with 100% accuracy, but to the extent it was possible to do so, appeared to provide evidence to that effect."
The way it is now doesn't really do justice to the extent of the work Brian did, is all.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I was a little disappointed||
I was a little disappointed in Angelique's characterization there. I get why she wrote it that way but she could've spent a little more time on it - the way she wrote it, it sounds like Brian just published stuff and found no evidence at all of its veracity. There's certainly a preponderance of evidence; admitting that you can't be 100% certain is not the same as 0% certain, which is how it came off in the article.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Titus, with Anthony Hopkins||
Titus, with Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Angela Lansbury.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Obviously the president,||
Obviously the president, cold-hearted bureaucrat that he is, does not give a shit about the health of your liver, or whether or not you're getting enough sleep.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||You don't have to be a prick||
You don't have to be a prick about it. I had a perfectly respectful response and specifically stated that accreditation shouldn't just be yanked posthaste. Probation and prison are not the same criminal sentence, and neither is what I (or jmblue) said the same as pulling accreditation.
And you didn't answer my question, which is, what do you do about students who are closing in on an AFAM degree and don't have time to wait for you to "slowly work classes back into existence."
Actually read what people say before telling them to "sit this one out."
|8 weeks 4 days ago||I wouldn't call it||
I wouldn't call it "contrition" to the students. I'd call it Econ 101. And here's something that's probably not a coincidence:
20,000 * $175 = $3,500,000
12,000 * $295 = $3,540,000
Brandon made reference in his emails to dropping from 20,000 to 12,000 student tickets sold, so these are the facts he's using. Let's face it: He set the price to try and get back to 20,000, while breaking even on revenue. All he did was react to a shift in the demand curve, after having been beaten over the head with the proof of it.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||There is in fact one example||
There is in fact one example of a winning NFL coach leaving voluntarily for college: Al Groh. He coached the Jets to one 9-7 season before leaving for UVA.
Successful NFL coach? Up to the reader to decide. But there is your one example of a coach who had a winning NFL record one year and was in college the next.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||It could be worse. My first||
It could be worse. My first thought was to read it like DANTONIO (for) AD and I was like, ew.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||How do you prove a department||
How do you prove a department is clean if it doesn't exist?
Besides, wouldn't it also punish a number of students who are within a semester or two of receiving an AFAM degree?
No, like I said above, they shouldn't just yank accreditation, but the threat of it needs to loom a little bit.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Well, Nyang'oro probably||
Well, Nyang'oro probably could've been indicted on several counts if they'd felt like it, as it was based on just one instance of one class. But I doubt they'll bother, lest they send the message that cutting a deal to be completely honest is a sucker's bet.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Free your inner 12-year-old,||
Free your inner 12-year-old, man.
Anyway, I'm sure SACSCOC will harden up and penetrate to the bottom of this scandal.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Just wait til he's actually||
Just wait til he's actually fired. Most epic posbang ever.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Assuming you mean UNC's||
Assuming you mean UNC's professors and admin, not students with loans, yes? Truth is that Julius Nyang'oro was charged with a felony and Debby Crowder was threatened with one (and in Nyang'oro's case, it was "obtaining property by false pretenses" and they went so far as to indict him) but the charges were all dropped in exchange for their full cooperation with Wainstein's report.
Those two are the ones at the center of it all, so I doubt there's any more charges on the way.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||They absolutely were. One of||
They absolutely were. One of my favorite parts of the whole report was that once word got out to the "frat circuit", a ton of frat boys ended up with AFAM minors by accident.
The whole thing was really intended for athletes, but I think the problem was that in order to make these classes legit and capable of contributing to a GPA, they had to legitimately go into the system. And when they moved the system online, the classes were listed alongside all the other ones for easy viewing. So word got out after a year or so. There's an enormous spike in non-athlete enrollments starting about 10 years ago, right around when things would've been going online.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||I think full removal or||
I think full removal or suspension of accreditation is overly harsh. The problem is that the school would lose half its enrollment thanks to loss of federal aid funds, and there's no easy transfer provision for those students the way the NCAA has when a program is cut. But the accrediting body (SACSCOC) should damn well be up in UNC's grill. A probation of several years should be in order and whatever annoying painful oversight they have in their power should be done.
Likewise, I'm not sure nuking the whole athletic department is the way to go either, although I have a harder time arguing against that than the accreditation thing. But maybe they should lose their ability to offer scholarships for a while.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||What a shame none of these||
What a shame none of these emails were written in the spring so Brandon could wish people Happy Easter.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||This will have zero impact on||
Yeah, it's not like Nick Baumgardner works for MLive or anything.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||And you keep being you. I'm||
And you keep being you. I'm probably gonna make fun of you for it sometimes, but all the same.
BTW, the lesson I'd take from this: Know when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em. Lot of people make the opposite mistake, being stubbornly inflexible. You folded a full house thinking the other guy had a straight flush.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||http://www.csnchicago.com/big||
Starting to trickle out right now. Give it a few more hours and I think it'll be hard to miss. I'm betting this evening it's on the websites of the local papers, ESPN, SI, etc. - but no later than tomorrow.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I find it far more likely||
Oh, well, by all means, that would be OK then. Who among us hasn't freely given out usage of our name to some flunky and never checked what they do with it?
And I know that if I decided to hack into Dave Brandon's email account, all I'd do is sit around waiting until someone sends it a complaining email and then respond snarkily. Nope, can't think of a better use of illicit email access than that.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I am positive this will gain||
I am positive this will gain traction in the MSM. It already has on Twitter. Rittenberg, Mandel, Staples, et. al. have all taken notice. They'll be furiously banging away at their typewriters, mark my words. This evening you'll see the stories.
Yes, I think this speeds up the timeframe considerably. From a matter of weeks or months to a matter of days.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I suspect we will all get our||
I suspect we will all get our wish - and shortly. I'm not one for out-there predictions when it comes to the inertia-riddled bureaucracy that we're dealing with, and even more so I try not to confuse what I want to happen with what will happen.
But this just screams the kind of PR disaster that people don't survive. He's gone - and very, very soon. Just count the number of mainstream media outlets this finds its way to. And no later than this evening.
I think he's gone by Friday. If I get home from work and he's already gone, I wouldn't bat an eyelid.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||He's used to the private||
He's used to the private sector. CEOs don't have their email addresses out there for everyone to bang out frustrated emails at. Anything they actually read is either handed to them by a secretary or goes through a very unlisted address.
Now he's got to deal with having an email address that can't be hidden, being as it's a public institution and all. So he's all surprised and offended that people actually bother him, and, well, I don't know why he thinks responding from the position he's got is a good idea. But I'm not surprised that he doesn't know how to deal with it properly.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Because LordGrantham was||
Because LordGrantham was banned.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I mean, it's pretty obvious||
I mean, it's pretty obvious Baloo was burning one just about every off-screen chance he got.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Back in high school - this||
Back in high school - this being 15+ years ago - a friend of mine figured Drew Sharp was good for one decent column a month.
You have to give Sharp credit for consistency, all these years.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||And furthermore the ability||
And furthermore the ability to FOIA any damn thing one pleases no matter how trivial or huge is entirely the point.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||It's not that I think Sparty||
It's not that I think Sparty should just get over it because it happened years ago. It's that, at every turn, Dantonio insists on continuing to act like a little brother. OK, the stake thing was childish. So St. Dantonio decided to be even more childish in return. Reminds me of the kid on the playground who everyone knows has buttons you can push, and everyone pushes them just to see the outburst.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Plus I'm not too comfortable||
Plus I'm not too comfortable with the idea of sending the message that everything up to this point is not fireable yet. We're past the point of no return here. I like the idea. I think the situation with the AD throws a monkey wrench into the works, and if we had a settled situation there, then it could be easily envisioned; now, not so much. But I like it.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I like the idea, although||
I like the idea, although you've got the coach wrong; Cooper was fired after a bowl game loss. Earle Bruce is who you're thinking of.
|9 weeks 9 hours ago||I know I'm so incredibly in||
I know I'm so incredibly in the minority on this but I really did not hate that halo.
|9 weeks 17 hours ago||Nickel's worth of free||
Nickel's worth of free advice: Keep it really, really short. Don't kid yourself into thinking Schlissel will read some manifesto. Tell him the program is losing your support, fit all the reasons why onto one or two lines or at a maximum short bullet points, tell him what you want done, and above all else be succinct.
Schlissel's not going to read anyone's carefully crafted letter and think, "well, I've just been convinced." He's seen it all and knows it all by now. The more time it takes to read, the less likely he is to read it.
|9 weeks 17 hours ago||Are you serious? The very||
Are you serious? The very existence of Lions fans disproves your point.
|9 weeks 17 hours ago||I'm literally in tears from||
I'm literally in tears from laughing. I'm not even kidding. No other team knows how to do shit like this. Nobody else.
|9 weeks 17 hours ago||Only this fucking team, man.||
Only this fucking team, man. Only this team.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||There's probably a court case||
There's probably a court case to be had over that, and the school would probably lose, but this isn't the issue for it.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Nope. Sooner or later||
Nope. Sooner or later there'd be a post about adidas jockstrapz (only $19.95 at the M Den!) and the jig would be up.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I don't see a connection.||
I don't see a connection. Asserting that Hoke is actively and purposely a mean-spirited asshole (the "bad person" implication) is not at all the same as calling him incompetent.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I would feel more angar||
I would feel more angar toward Hoke's responses to the media if their questions were actual questions with the goal of finding out information, rather than designed to generate quotes to fill in the blanks of a pre-conceived narrative. Like, they'll decide they're going to write a story about how the pressure is getting to the players, so they prod for quotes that support that.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||WD posted an email sent to||
WD posted an email sent to his aunt (or a friend of his aunt, or something) purportedly from DB saying "we will be fine without you. have a nice life." in response to .... something, presumably a threat to stop coming to games / sending money / etc. Authenticity was called into question and the original email sent to DB was missing. MGoBlog FOIA'ed the email chain to find out the rest of the story.
That said, I doubt this has anything to do with that, because I think Brian would be willing to take anything resulting from that at face value.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I think this is different.||
I think this is different. You'd have known if it was a real "any news?" thread because I would've already said something assholish.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||One of my favorite parts of||
One of my favorite parts of the report was that once word of this practice got around, frat boys ended up with AFAM minors without even realizing it.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Bud Foster, polished? Uh,||
Bud Foster, polished? Uh, no.
Granted, I'm speaking from a position of incredible bias here. But there are problems with Foster. He's interviewed at a number of places - UConn, Pitt, Clemson, Auburn perhaps - and come away empty every time. Given his track record (which should be more like an A than a B+) you'd think he should've been hired at some point.
Internetz rumorz abound as to why he hasn't. Absolutely terrible interviewer, goes one story. It's even possible to find a Hokie fan who presented this story: Frank Beamer keeps sabotaging him by bringing up a severe drinking problem every time he's called for a reference. God knows where that came from or whether it's anywhere from 1% to 100% true.
As far as I can tell, Foster does want his own program (but only a major one or else the Georgia States of the world would've been all over him - he's paid much better now than he would be in the Sun Belt anyway) and has tried to get it, only to fall short every time. Given the speed at which teams were willing to give guys like Will Muschamp a shot, there must be something to this. The general feeling is that Foster would be an HC somewhere already if he were hire-able.
And he's anything but polished. If you thought the snobby grumpity-grumps reacted badly to Rich Rod.....
P.S. Foster favors a 4-2-5 defense with the fifth defensive back being labeled a "whip linebacker." Foster's very, very picky about who he puts in that role and much of his defense hinges on having a really good player there. VT's defense has declined of late and it's directly correlated to not being able to find a fit at that position. I'm not sure we have one. Chase Winovich seems a possibility, athletically, but it also depends on his ability to read plays because the whip has to be everywhere on the field. When VT's defense is at its best, you get incredibly sick of hearing the whip's name. When they can't settle on someone, the defense suffers badly.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||And the next three go by even||
And the next three go by even faster.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Oh come ON. That's some||
Oh come ON. That's some high-quality kookery right there and I say this as someone who would probably agree with most of your political stances. Dave Brandon sucks at his job and is pissing people off - that is the impetus. Everything else is tinfoil-hat crap.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||It's not really required to||
It's not really required to criticize every post in order to criticize one. ypsi wasn't accusing anyone of bias, he was accusing someone of not practicing what was preached.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Eh, I don't think the||
Eh, I don't think the training really started with Obi-Wan. He got one rudimentary lesson with a lightsaber and the extent of the rest of his training was "use the Force, Luke." It's three years between then and the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back, during which Luke wasn't doing much of anything, and barely any time at all between that and Return of the Jedi. Yoda started him basically at the beginning.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Crisler was pretty much a||
Crisler was pretty much a rock star, actually.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||So, couple months?||
So, couple months?
|10 weeks 2 days ago||For the record, any buyout of||
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Come to think of it, I can't||
Come to think of it, I can't name Alabama's AD either. And yet somehow, some way, without the AD jumping into every spotlight he sees, the Alabama "brand" is as strong as ever.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Those are two of the better||
Those are two of the better teams in the ACC Coastal. Eesh.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I have an MBA and I have no||
I have an MBA and I have no fucking clue. I think it means "we're gonna sell yogurt."
You can tell it was written by some dipshit who thinks his (or her) use of fancy words makes it important. I mean....
I do writing Englishes now?
|10 weeks 3 days ago||UNIFORMZ.||
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I agree with your take on||
I agree with your take on this. I mean, this is not to defend Brandon's tenure thus far. But if things improve, I don't care what the motive is. If he kept silent, he'd be bashed for keeping silent.
And if he's on the way out, anything good he does at the end of his tenure is likely to be kept by the next regime.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||There's only one reason to||
There's only one reason to work on it all day: Lawyers. Otherwise, a simple statement can be out in a matter of hours, if not minutes. And there's only one reason you need lawyers, and it's spelled C-Y-A.
That in itself is terrible PR.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Disagree.... if Brandon had||
Disagree.... if Brandon had said, "Student ticket prices will not go up next year," I guarantee the reaction would be, "oh, so in response to these very loud and clear complaints, your answer is 'we will literally do nothing.'"
|10 weeks 3 days ago||No offense to the||
No offense to the letter-writer, but "8-year-olds like it" is kind of a crap reason for doing swaggy uniformz. I used to really like the Carolina Panthers when I was in, oh, late elementary to middle school, because neat colors. I grew out of it within a couple years and had long since stopped caring by high school. (I do still like the colors, but didn't exactly replace my Carolina Panthers Starter jacket with another one.)
Besides, the fact that the gentleman saw Purdue and thought it was Oregon is all the more reason why Purdue was making a huge mistake. If you've done your job, anyone can turn on your game and know who's playing without needing to be told.
Also, who wants to bet that Fairfield was offered free tickets to the game as part of the incentive to make the trip, with the thought of "anything to make sure we hit 100,000"?
|10 weeks 3 days ago||So I Ain't Paying attention,||
So I Ain't Paying attention, or interested in checking to see whether it's been posted.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Brandon won't be outright||
Possibly right.... but I'm not laying down any money on that. Now that the regents are actually saying this with their own voices, I'm sure they and Schlissel (not to mention an army of lawyers and PR people) have had all the necessary discussions. Now, I'm sure the regents won't stand up in the meeting and go "fired!" but once that public meeting has been had, all for the sake of transparency you see, wink wink, there are no more barriers to Schlissel acting.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||If this were my show I||
If this were my show I wouldn't do any muppets so as not to be accused of dancing on any graves. It's one thing to call loudly for a firing and maybe even to slam the door on his butt on the way out..... but I'd stop at kicking him down the porch steps, too. I think it'd be unseemly.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Well, I know she didn't say||
Well, I know she didn't say those exact specific words. The point is that this is a regent - not a spokesman, not a "source", but an actual regent - discussing this. And not once did she say anything about Brandon's job being safe or denying there's any reason to fire him or anything that people usually do in a hot-seat situation right up until the ax actually falls. Which says everything.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||There's no way an actual,||
There's no way an actual, living, breathing regent would come out and actually say "the topic is the AD" if there were any decisions left to make regarding Brandon. Would they?
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I also noticed Cyprus knocked||
I also noticed Cyprus knocked off recent WC participant Bosnia.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||We'll know for sure if FREE||
We'll know for sure if FREE KOSOVO appears in skywriting over Belgrade.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||"How do I embiggen?".....yup,||
"How do I embiggen?".....yup, that should do it.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||College basketball teams take||
College basketball teams take on new identities every single year. I absolutely loved me some JMo. Stauskas was the kind of player where I was constantly thinking "it is so awesome that this guy is on our side." But the exciting thing about an approaching new hoops season is wondering who's going to capture our attention this year, and how? LeVert? Irvin? Donnal? Chatman? Eeeeeeeee Beilein.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Sometimes known by its||
Sometimes known by its alternative name of mitchus mcgaryus.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Oh, yeah, right, like a||
Oh, yeah, right, like a sadistic fraud of a 19th century schoolmaster was ever in Nam.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I have Lions season tickets,||
I have Lions season tickets, which I've had for a few years now, and when I got to my seat for the very first game I found I was sitting next to some old friends from growing up who have their season tickets right next to mine. Completely random and out of the blue. It's a great arrangement - not only do we now get to hang out at games, but we can occasionally swap tickets if one of us is going to be out of town for the holidays. I got to bring my dad and all my brothers to a Christmastime game a few years back; they'll get to do the same this Thanksgiving.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Lemme guess - you saw a||
Lemme guess - you saw a whale-watching tour and you were like "hold my beer and watch this."
|10 weeks 6 days ago||"Best of the UTL series"||
"Best of the UTL series" isn't saying much. I'm under 35 and think the blue pants are stupid.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||That offsides is so||
That offsides is so technically correct (the camera angle makes him look less offsides than he really is) and so never, ever called except apparently in high-profile situations where the refs are being extra picky. It's like holding. Watch any regular kickoff and you can find someone offsides by about that much.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||OK, fair enough, but I still||
OK, fair enough, but I still don't agree on the grounds that if you don't trust your backup QB even to take a basic snap, that just opens up a whole host of other issues.
|11 weeks 10 hours ago||All valid points, until we||
All valid points, until we were handing off to run down the clock, were obviously not ever going to pass, and Devin was basically hopping on one foot to reach the handoff point.
"If the kid wants to be out there then he should be" isn't a statement that should apply all the time. Good parents don't just give their kid candy every time he asks, so if Hoke has 115 sons, then maybe exercise some grown-up judgment and send Bellomy in to hand off so Devin doesn't hurt himself worse than he already is.
|11 weeks 12 hours ago||No more blue pants. It||
No more blue pants. It doesn't look like Michigan. I don't get how everyone can be like "boo Dave Brandon for destroying tradition" and then pivoting immediately to "man I love it when we change something that's been traditional since even before the winged helmets."
Besides, teams just look dumb in general when the jerseys and pants are the same color. It's a terrible look regardless of what color they use.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||I have TCU and Baylor on both||
I have TCU and Baylor on both ABC and ESPN2. Which is fucking stupid. They don't "always do that."
|11 weeks 1 day ago||The late Lord||
The late Lord MaizeAndBlueWahoo to you, heh heh.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Well by posting this,||
That's nice. I'm'a sit here inside my castle and wait til I see who's gonna win, and P.S. none of you fuckers can cross my bridge.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Ewwww.||
|11 weeks 3 days ago||The boy's from the city,||
The boy's from the city, dude.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||I have a great idea for an||
I have a great idea for an incentive: Every time he wins the Big Ten championship, he gets an all-expenses-paid New Year's Day trip to sunny So Cal. Problem solved!
|11 weeks 3 days ago||The freaking power plays are||
Contrast to when GM was in bankruptcy court and couldn't afford to keep sponsoring the fountain at Comerica, and rather than accept money from Toyota for the sponsorship (which did make an offer for it) Ilitch put up signs for all the Big 3, for free.
A huge Toyota sign in one of the single most prominent places in the whole Motor City? Ilitch understood that the perceived slap in the face to his customers (not to mention the enormous branding hit to the Detroit part of Detroit Tigers) would outweigh the hard cash. Smart business.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Why is "sucky but improving"||
Why is "sucky but improving" considered a point in Hoke's favor halfway through the fourth season? Shouldn't we be past that stage by now?
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Perhaps instead of just||
Perhaps instead of just firing off random assholery at people who criticize Hoke, you could actually try telling us exactly why you think he's a good coach and what he's done to deserve our faith in his abilities. Until you do that you're coming off as a simple-minded slappy.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Brandon's talked in the past||
Brandon's talked in the past about having to compete with the pro teams in the area for entertainment dollars. To me, that means he figures the customers are sports fans in SE Michigan.
And he's not entirely wrong. The problem is that he's making two colossal mistakes: one, that the "religious" portion of the fanbase will pay no matter what he does, and two, that the rest of the fanbase goes to Pistons games and not Michigan games because they want rawk music and a certain kind of circus and various distractions surrounding the game.
Think of when the Ford Mustang was getting watered down in the '80s and people started walking away from it, and Ford decided that was because people wanted little front-wheel-drive rice rockets like the Celica or 240SX or the Eclipse. So they hooked up with Mazda and announced the Ford Probe as the Mustang's replacement. And people flipped. They didn't want another Asian coupe with a blue oval on it, they wanted a goddamn Mustang, only they wanted one that was much better than the crap they were being served.
It's like that with Brandon. He hasn't come to that revelation yet. People don't want a thing that looks like every other thing, they want Michigan football. Homogenizing the product is stupid. Think about every successful business you can think of; they're successful for one of two reasons. Either they have a product that's so different that people will pay a premium for it, or they have the cheapest product. Any business that's failed, failed because they couldn't do either. You can be Costco or you can be Whole Foods, but you can't sell Costco shit at Whole Foods prices, which is what Brandon is trying to do.
It's not that "branding" is the wrong way to approach the program. It's that Brandon doesn't even get branding. He has no fucking clue what Michigan's brand actually is. He thinks it means putting the correct M everywhere. It has nothing to do with logos. Michigan's brand was stronger ten years ago when it used all sorts of different M's. Ford hasn't put a blue oval on a Mustang for like 15 years, and they certainly never appear on a Shelby or any other tricked-out version of the car, but those things just drip brand appeal and Ford soaks up every drop anyway. Mark my words, if Brandon were CEO of Ford, there'd be a blue oval on the very next Mustang, no pony logo, and he'd be out trying to sell the thing with 22-inch spinner rims and a tinker-toy spoiler.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Actually, I would enjoy this||
Actually, I would enjoy this one:
"Coach, after every loss you talk about going back to work in practice the following week. But all that seems to do is result in another loss. Are you planning on trying anything different this week?"
|11 weeks 6 days ago||“If you think you’re running||
I disagree with Bacon, but only a little bit. It walks like a business and quacks like a business; it's a business. But nobody ever pretended that all businesses should be run the same way. (At least, no successful CEO ever did.) You wouldn't walk into the CEO job at Zappo's and think you should run it Jack Welch-style the way he ran GE. You wouldn't run a little startup the same way you run a conglomerate. You wouldn't even assume that two companies in the exact same industry are the same. Brandon's right to try and run a business, but his understanding of his customers absolutely blows. And actually, I think he does think his customers are religious enough to suffer whatever he throws at them.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Just know that it's taking||
Just know that it's taking all my willpower right now not to make the CC: WolvinLA2 thread :P
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Eagles fans think Santa Claus||
Eagles fans think Santa Claus is horrible. Excluding this shitty two-game display Henery was 86% in three years with Philly. Jason Hanson was 82% for his career and I love me some Jason Hanson. I'd take 86%.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Henery was actually decent||
Henery was actually decent with the Eagles. They just found a rookie kicker they like better, and who's been doing very well. That's partly why I'm so damn disappointed in the Buffalo game: by all accounts Henery should've been a signing that worked out just fine.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||The cost will be up to the||
The cost will be up to the front office to figure out, I have no idea if he fits under the cap or not. Probably will next year when a zillion dollars come off the books though. As for the potential for suspension, well, what's the worst that can happen, we go back to the kicker pool again?
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Hurray former Michigan guys||
Hurray former Michigan guys and all, but Matt Prater plz.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I'll support your lonely||
I'll support your lonely voice in the wilderness. Most of my friends really liked KITH. I've never really thought awkwardness made good comedy.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Have a happy life.||
Have a happy life.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||So you know Miles's track||
So you know Miles's track record of success....and you don't want him because he's a Michigan grad?
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Nobody's saying (well - let||
Nobody's saying (well - let me speak for myself - I'm not saying) that the players should remain silent. There's nothing wrong with them sticking up for their coach, each other, and so on. There is something wrong when they cross the line and tell the fans to shut up and their opinion isn't relevant.
I pointed out the other day in criticism of Jay Feely that if it's fair to say that fans should not criticize because they've never been through what the players have been through, then it's also fair to say that Feely has no right to talk about ticket prices because he's never paid to go to a game. Neither are actually valid critiques, though.
What Cleary is saying is similar to if someone had said, "that idiot Morris. He has no experience with brain injuries, he doesn't work on them, who the hell is he to claim he should get to stay in the game?" Rightfully so, whoever said that would be negbombed beyond recognition.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Good question! Shane Morris,||
Good question! Shane Morris, for example, is certainly more knowledgeable about this stuff, wouldn't you say? So when he gets knocked the fuck out and has a concussion, but insists he can stay in the game, I say we take him at his word.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||It's a sad day when "support||
It's a sad day when "support your team" means "never criticize and never have an unapproved opinion." Just shut up, don't say anything other than "yay Michigan, yay Hoke, yay Brandon, you guys are trying so hard and you're such wonderful people."
|12 weeks 2 days ago||So because he lifts weights||
So because he lifts weights and shit, he has the right to tell other people their opinions don't matter?
Get off your priggish high horse.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||I'll make you a deal. I work||
I'll make you a deal.
I work for a car company. I work pretty hard too. I don't run sprints and lift weights, but I do put in plenty of work. It sure as hell ain't glamorous moving numbers around on spreadsheets and shit, I'd say "zero glory" sums it up pretty well.
I'll stop bitching about the team if you stop bitching about the car you drive, and every time you hear someone saying "cars should do this or do that, this car sucks, that car sucks," tell them that they should stop fucking acting like they, as a paying customer, deserve better. Don't go "wah wah the brakes failed and killed someone." Don't bitch about recalls or safety or gas mileage. Just buy a car and support it, you whining little child, and tell everyone around you to do the same. Do all that and I'll do the same for Michigan's football players.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||When did players get so||
When did players get so goddamn snotty? I don't mind one bit that they stick up for their coach but they seem to insist on crossing the line into telling the fans to fuck off. Or at best, come give us your money and cheer for us and boost our egos, but don't bother with your actual opinion.
Dave Brandon thinks this kid will make a great AD someday.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Has it registered with you||
Has it registered with you yet that Miles averages 11 wins a year? I'm wondering if you find that an acceptable reason.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||It has everything to do with||
It has everything to do with your post inasmuch as you implied that the only reason to consider Miles was that he's a Michigan grad. I gave you one more reason.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Jim Rome.||
|12 weeks 2 days ago||What about "CUZ AVERAGEZ 11||
What about "CUZ AVERAGEZ 11 WINZ A YEAR"? Is that a good reason?