that makes one of us
|23 hours 3 min ago||I oopsed--that wasn't||
I oopsed--that wasn't supposed to be front paged.
You're welcome Demo!
|23 hours 7 min ago||Wheatley isn't 100% to go to||
Wheatley isn't 100% to go to Michigan. His dad made it clear that he's not pressuring his son, and while he's a Michigan fan he's approaching the process with an open mind. You can't fault him for that.
I'm guessing Roseboro only held off his announcement because it has become customary for recruits to try to time their commitments in the way that maximizes how much Ace is screwed. I'd say hours before the season would be a Level 4 trolling. Half a class agreeing to commit in a 2-day period after a Michigan-Ohio State basketball game is a 10.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Mods weigh in: starring good threads?||
When you're moderating would it be a ton of extra work when you see a thread that's particularly good (good discussion, good photoshops, important news, special analysis) etc. to put an asterisk at the end of the title, and maybe if it's getting pushed down change the posting time so it bumps back up?
The board in-season gets so crowded that I thought the good stuff (e.g. EGD's annual preview) could use some extra glitter. But since you guys would have to be doing it, I wanted to gauge whether that's feasible/worth your time.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Joel Zumaya?||
|2 days 48 min ago||"Don't like feedback"? Find||
"Don't like feedback"? Find anyone in blogging/media who likes feedback more than me.
Your feedback just sucks, is all. This site won't ever be a "Top Ten Reasons Brady Hoke's Job is On the Line" place, and nuck-nucking has been part of its id since its inception. It's also free, so if you don't like something, you can move on, and if you don't like an image you can move onto the paragraph beneath it.
Criticism implies you know something about the thing you're critiquing. You can't even accept the premise that the "pretend fantasy team" was just a vehicle, and now you're bitching about a graphic that a lot of people did like, which occurred after a jump, which article started with "If this isn't your bag skip this article."
I considered your criticsm; I find the premise of it so wholly disproved that I've chalked up your defense of it to stubborn whininess.
|2 days 1 hour ago||IT'S NOT A.... Screw it. If||
IT'S NOT A....
Screw it. If you don't care about other teams at all that's fine, but portraying this as a series about fantasy teams is so wrong and SO GORRAM IRRITATING to those of us who spent all the time and effort to put it together.
It says right on the cover it's about previewing the best players of the Big Ten. It said it right on the top every time. And with this one there is hardly a mention of who's on what team until the very bottom.
This wrap-up was literally written with the people who didn't want to read the entire series in mind. And still you complain with a complaint that demonstrates you couldn't read or completely ignored the FIRST SENTENCE of the article you're commenting on.
I don't get irritated very often with readers, but your remark is just bullshit. Things like the fact that there aren't many good linebackers in the Big Ten are things most readers will find useful in their converstations about football this season. If you just don't want to know about any team but Michigan and who Michigan plays this week that is totally cool and I commend you for finding your limit.
Just please stop barging in with your "hey guys nobody cares" shit because it's insulting to the time we put toward it for the sake of providing really in depth information on relevant things for free.
|2 days 15 hours ago||If anyone gives a damn,||
If anyone gives a damn, somebody wanted to republish this and I patched up some of the mistakes I'd made in the family history, is why there was a recent update.
|6 days 2 hours ago||Can't use Michigan, can't use||
Can't use Michigan, can't use anything that involves a player or anything Michigan might think belongs to them.
The CLC's rules are arbitrary and really come down to "I might want to make that t-shirt so you can't" or "that might offend Notre Dame because everything offends Notre Dame." The standard isn't what's copyrighted; it's what a bunch of rich, litigious hypocrites might want to be copyrighted in their wildest dreams because they can push a button any time and ruin us if we don't play by their rules.
|6 days 3 hours ago||Thing 1: CFBStats is no more.||
Thing 1: CFBStats is no more. Marty sold out. The new cfbstats will be....MGOBLOG. We're building the data now and will release it early this season as a part of the site. We've scrubbed a bit better, for example I went through all the "Superbacks" and labeled those who are tight ends (Northwestern) or slot RBs (Arizona) as such.
Thing 2: I figured out a really handy way to deal with fumbles: there's a 51% recovery rate for the offense on those. So we can conveniently assume that any fumble is "half a turnover" and treat it as such.
|6 days 4 hours ago||Yeah the statistics ruling||
Yeah the statistics ruling should be fine to cover this. We also use players' names on this site without paying them for it, because talking about people is free.
|6 days 22 hours ago||I didn't want to confuse||
I didn't want to confuse things with hots, but YES, as you and another poster pointed out, having an RB try to read three potential attackers is a recipe for bad, and in this case the offense should have hots programmed in.
Hot reads have their own problems of course. Another way coaches deal with multiple defenders is during re-MIKEs a receiver might become a blocker instead. 2008 is a horrible example of good offense but RR did a lot of that in 2008. His RBs were terrible blockers, so rather than have them try to read, they'd switch a guy's route into blocking. This was part of how RR rediscovered TEs, since he could put Martell Webb or Kevin Koger into slide pro and actually get a guy blocked, something Minor/Brown/McGuffie/Shaw couldn't do.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Lewan talked about that play||
Lewan talked about that play a year or so ago, said the way they were blocking power for that game was not to combo--they would MIKE and then the first uncovered guy to playside had him. When SC came out in an under they MIKE'd to the MLB.
The purpose was to get downfield and blow up the Mike (hopefully creating a mess for the pursuit in the process), and let Omameh deal with the first thing he sees--I'm guessing they saw as much of Omameh dragging ass out of his stance as we saw and figured the most they would get out of him is a kickout.
Having AMR solo Clowney probably seemed as ludicrous to AMR as it looked. But my understanding of Lewan's explanation is there was no combo, and it was straight-up man, not gap blocking.
|1 week 43 min ago||Well yeah the point of the||
Well yeah the point of the article wasn't that this is why Devin got sacked; it's explaining what ID'ing the MIKE is.
Though there were lots of missed slide protections. There's the famous example:
Michigan was running Power-O against an under. With the MIKE ID'ed in the C gap, Lewan had the MIKE and the TE next to him (Alex Mitropoulus-Rundus, who had played like 8 snaps all season) should have had the 5-tech, Clowney. That was a bad MIKE, compounded because the puller, Omameh, ran right by Clowney as well.
I know that was 2012 but the OL issues didn't start in 2013. The OL haven't played well but a major source of the problems Michigan's had with pass blocking was the TEs and RBs not slide protections correct, and oppponents doing lots of things to take advantage of Michigan's trouble in that area. Given that, I'm displeased that the coaches were installing all these little trick offenses but never bothered to have Devin, the leader of this offense since the Minnesota game of 2012, learn the protection scheme.
A reader above pointed out Vince Smith was MIKEing when he double-pointed. That's the last backfield player Michigan has had who's made those calls correctly.
|1 week 18 hours ago||I told Misopogal to put it in||
I told Misopogal to put it in her calendar because we're going and staying in Seattle with my cousin and his kid the same age as ours. She asked what I wanted for dinner, but I said I can't think that far ahead right now.
Figure they'll be 7 year olds by then so they'll be old enough to enjoy it.
|1 week 18 hours ago||Read your HTTVs...||
Michigan got THE WAVE from Michigan-UW.
I love this series. Dave Brandon earns a pass for the next dumbfuck thing he schedules.
|1 week 20 hours ago||Incomplete list of things in the works:||
Some other stuff too but where we have contract negotiations going on
|1 week 22 hours ago||Michigan isn't going to be in||
Michigan isn't going to be in the fooling people business this year. They need to get to mediocre at a base thing, and most practice time expenditure is on that. Every opponent has seen base stuff. The intelligence stuff will be what they install week to week--wrinkles off the base thing. Right now there's nothing an enemy will see that helps them.
|1 week 23 hours ago||Brian prepped an unverified||
Brian prepped an unverified voracity to post later and since he's working remotely he posted the thing instead of putting it in the hopper. That was at 10 so when I went to post the 10:30 article I saw the 10am post and removed the 10:30 one for half an hour.
|1 week 1 day ago||1. That's me. 2. MGoBlog||
1. That's me.
2. MGoBlog can't afford Photoshop. They won't even let you buy it anymore; you have to rent Photoshop from Adobe for a ridiculous business price. It was GiMP'ed.
|1 week 1 day ago||Ah yes, the draftosnark||
Ah yes, the draftosnark images. That was the Aceconsin Cheesebenders and Brian Cook's Flyin' Zooks if I recall.
|1 week 2 days ago||Their DL was pretty damn good||
Their DL was pretty damn good last year, but young too. Consider: Bosa was a true freshman and Spence and Washington were in their 2nd year out of high school. When you add normal progression for young guys like that, plus about 60 lbs between them, to Bennett who may be the best DT in the country this year, it gets really scary. They couldn't really use Washington as much last season because he was too small to be a 3-tech, so they had straight pluggers like Joel Hale with them.
|1 week 2 days ago||Stop downvoting him; we||
Stop downvoting him; we should have had these to you a month ago and he has every right to be pissed about it.
Blueak: I'll email you to see if we can try to track down your book order. If you filled in the form and everything you should have it by now.
UPDATE: The email address associated with your mgoblog account seems to be dead now. Can you email me then? seth@ [this site]. I need to know who you are so I can track down the order.
|1 week 3 days ago||Drew hasn't been in the press||
Drew hasn't been in the press box lately.
|1 week 5 days ago||"Lotta folks who ain't sayin'||
"Lotta folks who ain't sayin' "ain't" ain't eatin' neither."
Ain't got no problems with "ain't." Language is for accurate communication. If ain't accomplishes that, you're doing it right.
|1 week 5 days ago||Pretty much have to be.||
Pretty much have to be.
|1 week 5 days ago||Thx. Fixed. It's||
It's here: http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/meta-resource-reminder
|1 week 6 days ago||Publicly Gay on a College Football Team, and Other Hard Things||
My own take is so uncomplicated it's hardly worth repeating: don't hate. Having a take on an issue is cheap and easy. The point of discussing your take is to put your take on trial; if you're going in expecting to change others' opinions more than your own, you're doing it wrong.
The best way to really understand where you're coming from, where you sound like you're coming from, and where you shouldn't come from, is to understand a completely different way of thinking.
I've been supremely lucky to have discussed this particular issue--specifically, an out gay man on a major FBS roster--with a former college football player who profoundly disagrees with me.
He's a man who came from a terrible background, where 99% of the choices given him were bad and easy, and there was just one lifeline, one path from darkness to righteousness, one institution that was down there with him to offer a hand up, and the patience to keep offering it when he turned it down the first eight times. It's not an institution I would ever subscribe to but for that guy Christianity's rigid road was the difference between a life drowned in gangland, and a four-year starter at Michigan who's still in the NFL, and uses his fortune to put an extraordinary amount of good into the world that tried its best to throw him away.
He's learned not to discuss his views on teammate homosexuality in public, yes because any 140 characters extracted from his take will come off as narrow-minded at least and quite likely as bigoted, and that turns away fans. But it doesn't come from hatred, nor from an unwillingness to understand other people or accept other peoples' natures; it comes from seeing one code of morality, specifically a dogmatic Christian code, as absolute, and all deviation from it as temptation. This man faced temptations, and many times he chose the *only* other path. He remembers those who didn't take that path, and can't scorn them because so many are dead or good as. He mourns them and their choices. He sees everything a person is and does as this choice: the good, and the not.
Put aside who hates whom and who's trying to push whose definitions on each other and look at the players: many are profoundly, dogmatically religious Christian, because football and Christianity are two institutions in this country with such an appetite for talent that they'll scour the darkest places for human gems. But this sample grants them, as best we know, small if any immunity from the 4% of people who gay. There are 112 men coming down that tunnel. What are the odds?
Whatever arguments over a specific "gay gene" are semantic; it's practically undeniable at this point, given only the staggering number of people who identify as such, and homosexuality's incredible persistence through human history despite such ardent efforts against (they used to kill you for it!), that the gay trait is innate, and as far as innate human traits go, pretty normal.
So odds are an extremely close cross-section of men who play high-level college football are going to be more openly dogmatically religious than the norm, and at least someone on that field is, and can't help but be, gay. The odds are somebody is going to get trampled on.
We've been over this before in a hundred different skins: in this society, the will of the majority is less important than right of the individual to follow his nature, so long as that nature isn't harmful. It's not so hard to look at those two sides—the religious and the gay—and decide which should put his thing aside for the other.
It is hard to summon the requisite gratitude for him when he does. Being wrong for the right reasons doesn't make being wrong feel any better. Having it your way for centuries and then having to live with it going the other way is a hard thing to do, and those who do it with at least a measure of grace, however fumbled or misjustified, deserve gratitude for their forbearance, not scorn for their narrow-mindedness.
At this point in history the upset victory is so assured that pressing perfect agreement out of those who believe in a universal, religiously defined moral code, is merely running up the score. Either kneel the clock out (i.e. pump a fist at the passage of another inevitable yet still remarkable step forward, and move on), or else avail yourself of the generally intelligent, generally well-meaning people who disagree with you, and you may discover some incredible value in a different type of thinking.
|1 week 6 days ago||You are?!??!11??!? Email me||
Email me (seth@[this site) about that!
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||That's when they left the||
That's when they left the printer. At that point they were supposed to be heading to a mailing house we picked out because it's only a few miles from the printer. Instead they arrived in Ann Arbor several days later.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||We'll have limited||
We'll have limited distribution--- I don't know where yet.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||All my supplemental picks are||
All my supplemental picks are Buckeyes. C'mon Angry Seth's Offense Hating God. Do. Your. Worst.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The last of the pile goes out||
The last of the pile goes out tomorrow. Stand by your mailbox.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I suddenly really like||
I suddenly really like Wisconsin fans.
(still hate you bug people basketball)
|2 weeks 2 days ago||PLEEEEASE tell me the next||
PLEEEEASE tell me the next sentence from Holgo began "Take Urban Meyer, for example..."
|2 weeks 2 days ago||At this point the most likely||
At this point the most likely to bust among them seems to be:
Kalis is in every configuration except the one tweeted out, and he still started much of last year. Green is in the mix but before he breaks out he has to differentiate himself from Hayes/Drake Johnson.
Dymonte Thomas just can't cover for whatever reason. I pray they get a sophomore redshirt on him and see if they can salvage something.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I take back what I said about||
I take back what I said about not caring about uniformz.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Some time in the recent past||
Some time in the recent past the quarter of my caring about uniformz was pushed over the edge by the mountain of other 25 cent worries. I find I can't summon outrage for it anymore--just annoyance the day of. Unless the numbers and names are completely invisible (again) or they come out looking like white-legged bees (again), don't really care no more. The minor annoyance to a large number of people is probably less important to the university than the money they'll get from stupid people who buy them. Since Michigan having money instead of stupid people doesn't really harm my interests, I'll take the annoyance.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||This shit swings back and||
This shit swings back and forth through every fall. I had one inside guy say Kugler's really going to work out, and mentally put him ahead of Miller without any other confirmation.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Wow. I fixed that before you||
Wow. I fixed that before you could even post the comment (by 1 minute according to the respective timestamps).
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Answering for myself||
Are any changes coming to MGoBlog? If so, what are they?
Moving up to the latest version of Drupal and redesigning the entire site. Magazine layout. Related articles when you're in an article. Special pages for recruiting, football, basketball, hockey, and statistics (we're building our own database that we plan to make free on the web). Three new staff members (Adam's the new Heiko, David is a back-end guy who is helping us with business-running operational things, and Brian's looking at a new recruit-whisperer).
Will there come a time when the identity of upvoters and downvoters will become known to the person whose posts have been voted on?
The time is now. The place is here. The points level to view it is attainable.
Has the Fort Schembechler approach to media access made it easier for people to criticize Michigan’s athletes, because it’s rare that we get to hear them speak or read about their personal stories, so it becomes harder to empathize with them and understand what they’re experiencing?
It probably makes it harder to criticize; that's why they do it. Rich Rod granted unprecedented access to the media, and immediately there was #1 jerseygate, and uses-bad-words-gate, and soon enough there was Practicegate. EVERYONE bitches sometimes about their endeavors, especially when those endeavors take over their lives to the degree that playing football at Michigan does. You'll notice programs most notorious for refusing access to the press (MSU is a good example) get ridiculously good press. They do it because it works.
Are there any off-field, off-court or off-ice feature stories that you’d want to report on further, but that you’ve been prevented from doing so because you and your staff have been denied access? If so, what were they?
There are off-the-field stories we've all heard that we don't report on, but that's because we don't choose to report on them, and usually we don't have enough information to report on them--if you're going to damage somebody's reputation, especially a student-athlete's, you'd better make damn sure you "have it." Even when you do, a good journalist knows when a story is not worth the ink to print it. You have to be cognizant of the reaction to the story, not just put it out there. Say (just pulling this out of my ass here) that two recruits at a Michigan camp have a fight because they were both trying to hook up with the same girl; one of those recruits loses interest in the school the other is committed to, and someone at the camp passes the story along. What do we have but a rumor repeated by everyone we know at the camp, which we can't substantiate, and if it's true and we print it, it subjects those kids to derision by stupid useless people who get uppity about the sex lives of high school football players. The only stories I know that I don't print are stories I hold back because it would make me an awful person to print them.
There was only one time when someone from the university warned us that what we write could affect our access, and that was when we were tearing down Borges after the OSU game in '12 and Heiko wanted to get an interview with Borges. We tore down Borges anyway, and Heiko got the interview anyway. There was also an incident right after the Gibbons shit broke when they decided to only have "friendly" reporters come to an "informal" discussion with the coaches. That was a really stupid play by the university that made the Gibbons thing even more blown out of proportion than it was, because the Daily immediately called them out for it.
Any follow-ups or features planned on:
Stephen Loszewski's "My Wish" Experience at Michigan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bgK2Svlmao
Not that I know of.
Hunter Gandee (middle school wrestler who carried his brother 40 miles to the Michigan campus to raise awareness of cerebral palsy) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvOygdtQK9Y
Not that I know of.
The Hope for Pahokee Campaign/#Eatinghttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1021358459/hope-eating-from-garden-to-table-season-one
Not that I know of. They don't respond to direct emails so I let them do what they will on the board and leave it at that.
Zack Novak, Stu Douglass and The Michigan Hoops Revival
Of fucking course.
Alan Oaks (homered off David Price in NCAA Baseball tournament to help Michigan upset Vanderbilt in the regionals) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGMIde6FpOs
Not that I know of.
The Mealer Brothers
Probably. We get updates directly from Barwis and indirectly from former teammates. I don't feel the need to push the story; this one has told itself, and when it rings a bell we bring it up again.
Samantha Findlay (10th inning homer helps win NCAA softball championship for Michigan) http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=7964621
I covered softball at the time it was on.
Soony Saad (Big Ten Freshman Soccer Player of the Year, helped lead Michigan to Big Ten championship and now playing fr Sporting Kansas City in MLS) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfOncvDYRTg
As news dicates.
Michigan's Olympic Ice Dancers
As news dicates.
I don't believe in forcing stories just because they're positive ones about the thing we cover; journalism is about providing accurate and interesting information in thoughtful context. When there's information that people care about it's shared to a degree dictated by the context. A lot of the things you bring up most people just go "huh, that's nice." I'd rather spend my time dissecting the football team's new base play because we're going to see it probably 100 times this year at least, and there are a lot of Michigan football fans who would like to know what makes it tick and what's going on when it's run.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Nobody in this thread has||
Nobody in this thread has pointed it out yet so I want to make a quick distinction:
There is NO valid argument whatsoever over whether the egg or chicken came first. It was the egg, and no amount of talking egg- and chicken-heads given equal time by Stephen A. Smith will ever change that.
Eggs were around for millions of years before chickens. They are older than vertebrates. Your direct ancestors laid more eggs than there have ever been chickens.
But if you define an egg as an organic vessel containing a modern chicken (ie a "chicken egg,") then...the egg still wins. Because the very first chicken was just the offspring of a not-a-chicken chicken ancestor. If you follow chicken evolution, you will find a phasianid (ancient pheasant-like bird) population in (probably) southeast asia that was broken off from the rest of its species, and reproduced a bunch until the sample of genes in their pool minus those selected against in that particular environment were combined in subsequent generations to produce the embryo of the very first bird to possess all of those traits which we now reckon belong only to chickens, i.e. the very first chicken. And it is a certainty that this embryo, the offspring of two not-chickens, came out of the very first chicken egg. Egg wins.
There is no conceivable truth that matches the fact on hand concerning eggs and chickens that could in any way suggest a chicken existed before an egg.
Except one. There's a possibility that the last morphological difference in modern chicken eggs that differentiate them from not-chicken eggs came about in a mutation that occurred after the last mutation to produce a chicken (meaning the first completely anatomically modern chicken hatched from a basal form of chicken egg). That would be legit. But it's not the case; gene shift happens so ridiculously faster in animals' immune systems than it does in their eggs, so it is an almst total impossibility that the last chicken mutation occurred after the last egg mutation.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||no clue. Write to the DetNews||
no clue. Write to the DetNews and ask them.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Lots of folks have, solicited||
Lots of folks have, solicited and otherwise, suggested a membership fee. Let me say it again:
It. Will. Never. Happen.
MGoBlog seeks to be the place for the best content on Michigan sports for free, and our entire business model is built on that. That's who we always want to be. If you feel like you should pay for this stuff, or that you're really happy you didn't have to pay for this stuff when you used to not have money and now you do have money, hit up Beveled Guilt, which revenue goes directly to paying for better content.
|3 weeks 20 min ago||When did Cass Tech's cheer||
When did Cass Tech's cheer become "We ARE!" "Cass Tech!"?
It used to be "Go Cass!" "KICK ASS!"
And I thought that was one of the cooler high school cheers. Mumford's was even better:
"Say what's your name?" "Say Mustangs!"
"Gonna Live and Die for Mumford High!"
"Mustangs in the front" "Hey hey hey"
"Say what's your name?"
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I learned from Brian at like||
I learned from Brian at like 5:30 p.m. last night. Nobody tells me anything!!!
|3 weeks 1 day ago||We've bought photos off of||
We've bought photos off of UMHoops for HTTV hockey/hoops. Dustin JohnsTon is amazing. But we wouldn't poach him from Dylan.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Early on I think you both are||
Early on I think you both are correct. I got the sense that as backs get more comfortable they see more than easy reads and start adjusting to them. The first read is still the next guy on the LOS after the C on the frontside but I also know that Zone running RBs are always going on about "feel" and they see a lot of things and react instinctually.
I've emailed Vincent Smith since he ran a bunch of IZ out of the shotgun.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I can tell you exactly where||
I can tell you exactly where your copy is. It's on a truck to a mailing house somewhere between Minnesota and Ann Arbor, probably closer to the latter. From there it's only a matter of time.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||You could do much worse than||
You could do much worse than a Seth and a Cook.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||to the caved one, unless the||
to the caved one, unless he realizes the site's sudden, horrific latency isn't on his end, he'll have no idea he was moderated unless someone speaks up. To him it looks like everyone started ignoring him. This could go on for days. Really he's been moved to a different server that makes a copy of the site and also houses our extensive virus collection.
Please don't interrupt the experiment. If someone gets caved, pretend like nothing happened.
(this may not be a completely accurate description of what occurs but I want you all to believe it anyway)
|3 weeks 3 days ago||A long string of ugly stuff||
A long string of ugly stuff in the York main page comments: deleted. To recap for those upset about losing that thread:
Those were the highlights. So nobody bitch that I killed off all those comments.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I'm wearing Brian's hair.||
I'm wearing Brian's hair.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I remember being soaked to||
I remember being soaked to the bone in the student section, and I was sitting pretty high up (one of our group failed to mention he had freshman status so we were in the 90s) with the wind on us. During halftime a bunch of us huddled under a poncho and smoked cigarettes which in retrospect was probably really dumb.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Except players would have to||
Except players would have to cosy up to sponsors to get anywhere. There are sports that work mostly on a sponsorship basis, and in those sports players are herded out of high schools into prep schools so they can get noticed. The goal is to empower the players, not create an oligarchy.
The whole point of college football is to be the pinko heaven of sports. You can watch the best 1500 athletes play for relatively equally talented teams and be bombarded with ads and massive ticket prices; that's the NFL. College football is the public space: you sit on a bench on publicly granted land on the campus of a publicly owned institution with 111,000 other people sitting on benches, and you watch exhuberant young adults who picked their own schools, and the 92% of those who aren't going to be amont the 1500 best athletes still get to be one of a shrinking group of people with college degrees and good connections and no debt.
My problem is they've privatized the things that make money for administrators and price it like a capital good while trying to maintain the same communist standards for everyone else. So now we've got the prices and iniquity of a free market combined with the corrupt bureaucracy and dehumanizing unfairness of a state-controlled market. Basically they've made it the worst of both worlds.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Were those 4th years or 5th||
Were those 4th years or 5th years? Many students get through 8 semesters and then have to come back in fall for a few last credits. I needed one last class to complete my major but had enough credits to graduate so I took the one class and some BS classes to maintain my full-time student status and further de-weight the grades from my stoner sophomore year. Senioritis isn't reserved for athletes--those guys were at least spending hours and hours at the thing they planned to do after college and lots of money depended on them doing well. I watched a lot of Lord of the Rings and went to see local bands.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||That game has a nickname:||
That game has a nickname: Judgement Day. Yes it was great, but not sure it qualifies.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||This one definitely. It was a||
This one definitely. It was a close game until Woodson's ridiculous interception. Poor Saban.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Ungh. I hate Crispin's Day||
In other thoughts, remember when that lady was going around saying Richard wasn't crook-backed, and then they found his bones and he totally was?
That was funny. She was pretty upset about it though.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||In the micro: Lewan played||
In the micro: Lewan played with a "nasty streak" in 3/4 games against MSU, and was a dick in the last. Rubbing a facemask in the ground after a guy tried to break your arm: football. The shit he was pulling against MSU last year: inexcusable, and definitely not football.
|4 weeks 38 min ago||P.S.||
If you did the digital Draft Kings deal a couple weeks ago and are now like "damn I woulda done the print book!" email me.
|4 weeks 16 hours ago||Because young players||
Because young players progress way faster than old players. And their young players were Spence and Bosa and Washington. And their old player is Bennett. Normal improvement from those guys from last year and things look ugly. Actually things were ugly last season but the defensive line was mitigated a lot by poor secondary play.
Remember when Michigan had RVB and Brandon Graham and Mike Martin and Craig Roh as their DL and we said "this should be a good DL" and then that defense went to crap? It turns out those were pretty good defensive linemen, but the rest of the defense wasn't very good so they could be mostly skipped.
OSU's guys are better than any of the guys above except Brandon Graham. Bennett's a strong candidate be the first DT off the board in next year's draft. Normal progression for Bosa and Spence gets one or both into that Brandon Graham range. And Washington is moving to 3-tech but they liked him there so much they moved a really good space-eating NT to offensive line because he wasn't needed anymore once they saw Washington.
|4 weeks 16 hours ago||I spent so long trying to||
I spent so long trying to find a good digital release format. Then I had this conversation with Brian:
Ultimately an unprotected PDF can go on pretty much any device--it's just under 10 MB so I even got it on my Kindle, though it's hard to read on there.
|4 weeks 23 hours ago||Check in with Erik in Dayton.||
Check in with Erik in Dayton. He is having a 2012 edition Latin town crier performance next week I hear.
|4 weeks 23 hours ago||yeah. Email me and I'll take||
yeah. Email me and I'll take care of it right away.
|4 weeks 23 hours ago||Where? WHERE??? DEAR GOD||
Where? WHERE??? DEAR GOD WHERE!?!?!?!?!?
(other than forgetting to put The Wave article in the table of contents)?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Capital!||
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Email me. I'll just make it||
Email me. I'll just make it the new address.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Seriously going as fast as we||
Seriously going as fast as we can. There was a stupid problem that shouldn't have happened but I can't get pissed about because I really really need the guys who screwed up to not screw up the next part.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Exactly.||
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Hey no offense taken--not||
Hey no offense taken--not everything we do is gonna be everyone's cup of tea. You're right we could have used this time to make other content. Since our competitive nature had us using way more personal than MGoTime to do it, we're not talking all that much content. But if you were a drinking buddy of mine AND you don't get anything out of these articles then you really should complain because I've been staying home watching video of Nebraska offensive linemen instead of hanging out or returning phone calls.
I do think you've missed the point if you think this is about drafting fantasy teams. It's not a fantasy league--it's our goofy format for the MGoBlog 2014 Big Ten Preview. You're getting this instead of "Top 20 offensive linemen in the Big Ten this year" etc. You're supposed to walk away able to watch a Wisconsin game and say intelligent things about them.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||That's ridiculous. Hollis||
That's ridiculous. Hollis wanted to be in the West with like nobody but that was shot down. From appearances he did go in with an agenda to get MSU fans what they wanted, which you can't fault him for. He was also in a better position since Michigan has another rivalry it needs to protect more, and I don't doubt Rutgers and Maryland were clamoring to have Mich and OSU games.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||You can help me search: it||
You can help me search: it was an interview with Hollis. They were asked to put down what was non-negotiable and Hollis has no idea what Brandon wrote but it's a good guess it was Michigan-Ohio State in same division and playing the last day of the season. Then I guess there was a dinner or something where everyone was told how the decision was to be made and they got to give input on a couple alignments and scheduling plans (9 games, protected crossovers). Then later they got back an a, b, or c schedule and rated them individually. Then they got the resulting schedules. Then Brandon supposedly complained and was told it was too late. It's hard to know what DB did since I only have
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Actually he stretched the||
Actually he stretched the truth there. There were several options and several rounds. Brandon didn't voice complaint until it was too late. That's why Michigan's "thing" is having played both OSU and MSU on the road or home every year, and Minnesota's thing is just having to play two games in a row at Michigan (when Michigan played two in a row at Minnny in '02 and '03).
It wasn't just some firm in Chicago who wrote a computer program. They were given input.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Nothing new. Wojo was picked||
Nothing new. Wojo was picked for this so they'd be assured of softball questions and no follow-up when there was a dodge; at one point WoJo himself repeated the myth that Brandon should be credited for the stadium expansions when those renovations were Bill Martin's. I don't like that WoJo started with the tired coach hot seat shit because it seems like they only did that at the beginning to frame the opposition to Brandon as a reactionary tinfoil hat society. From reading this article it would seem that bloggers' biggest complaints are 7-6 seasons and fireworks. fireworks got three words on the front page of the site. So I'm really disappointed that WoJo was chosen to do this interview because he did the worst possible job anyone could do with the opportunity.
As for Dave Brandon it's his same explanations (eg he's still deluding himself that the fans he priced out and ran off really left for 50-inch plasmas) except the MSU one, where he compared MSU switching to OSU years to Minnesota playing at Michigan twice, though I totally understand this isn't the spot to scream at the big ten's idiocy for hiring "Chicago computer guys"-- Brandon is referencing a conversation that took place far later than his opportunity to do something, btw. He's building a strawman; nobody's claiming it was a conspiracy--the allegation is Dave Brandon was asleep at the wheel and allowed this to happen out of his own incompetence. There were a bunch of options they were given and DB wasn't paying attention according to Hollis.
The life after sports initiative got way too little play. It's not Dave's pet but he's behind it and this interview would have been the perfect vehicle to use it for positioning Michigan as the program that's leading the way in providing lifetime support to its athletes.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I'm not saying he sucks,||
I'm not saying he sucks, though. I'm saying I have a completely different list based on how effective a guy would be in my offense, and on all the video I watched Cobb was a downhill bulldozer who got his first five yards courtesy of Epping more than his own acceleration.
That zero-to-sixty is gold to a zone running offense. By the time I got to Clement all of those guys except James and Elliot were off the board. And to me Clement looked like an exact replica of Tevin Coleman.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||The "political reasons" thing||
The "political reasons" thing is an incorrect assumption. Most of what I knew from Dave Brandon before was I knew someone who worked closely with Domino's corporate while he was there, and was mostly related to how he dealt with co-workers and employees--not so much about people who buy pizzas. However the spot we started from was his handling of Stretchgate, which was exemplary. You're not speaking to somebody predisposed to hate DB; you're speaking to an apostate. We were his biggest supporters, until the overwhelming facts caused a slow but definitely stark conversion.
It's not just a rich/poor thing. The old guard who are allowed close to Brandon were the first to report smoke, which nobody believed for a year until it started accumulating.
So, no, it's not politics or predisposition powering the vitriol. But we can keep checking these boxes off until you believe me that Dave Brandon being an awful AD is the reason people keep saying he's an awful AD.
|5 weeks 18 hours ago||I'll ask my brother's||
I'll ask my brother's roommate Post if it was him. I don't know how many six-foot nine frat dudes who throw beer cans of Michigan fans there would be. It's probably Post.
|5 weeks 22 hours ago||10 miles from Wrigley to a||
10 miles from Wrigley to a huge baseball fan is worth mentioning.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Riiight. That. Damn you,||
Damn you, statistically best QB in the conference who left because he didn't want to split time with the statistically second best QB in the conference I still have!
Don't underrate Jones; he's the Junior Hemingway of that offense; the other guys are the short-range dink-n-dunk targets. And don't underestimated the combo of Smith's downfield threat and Sudfeld's downfield accuracy, especially when that makes space for Venric Mark and Corey Clement to operate. I leapt at what I thought was the best space athlete in the conference, and because of that Mark's been unfairly downgraded when before his injury he was better than Shane Wynn and more marketable than Josh Ferguson and Dontre Wilson. In retrospect I could have had both Wisconsin RBs and gotten, if not Mark or Wynn, then one of those other guys later. Or Trae Waynes. I'm somewhat less horrified at my one bad pick now that dudes like Caputo and Rush and Murray and Longa have fallen to me so late.
I totally agree this offense needs some pieces: a route-ninja slot to complement Jones, and an unguardable tight end target, and most of all a new Roberson, but where can you find a passer as efficient as Devin Gardner with the legs of Braxton Miller and the zone-read proficiency (a vastly underrated skill) of Roberson? As you've said, Braxton Miller and Devin Gardner came off the board before I even got my first pick.
Then again if I could find such things, well, with that offensive line...
|5 weeks 2 days ago||It's like the AP poll. I keep||
It's like the AP poll. I keep winning, and they keep underrating me because the quarterback isn't a 5-star.
Results are on the field!
The team the team the team!
Games are won in the trenches!
A bird in hand is worth two fish in a barrel!
My country tis of thee, sweet land of liberty...
|5 weeks 5 days ago||In all fairness she was||
In all fairness she was referring to this depressing photo taken at the spring game:
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Fine, I'll play. He||
Fine, I'll play.
He donated more than 4 Million dollars to build Mott Children's hospital, and contributed to the Michigan Stadium renovation fund before he even took the office
Being rich means you give money to charity instead of paying it as taxes. Brandon was indeed a HUGE Michigan donor, and that indeed has colored his perspective of his job at Michigan. Building Mott = good thing. Contributing to Bill Martin's Michigan Stadium upgrade, eh, Brandon was one of the people who stood most to gain from those upgrades. I don't think this makes him an especially wonderful guy that he did it. It doesn't make him a worse guy either.
He took a 3 Million Dollar pay cut
From a job he was assigned by Bain and where he was always a bad fit for a corporate culture that to be fair would have been a bad fit for most people. He wasn't long for that job though. Remember they had to change the entire pizza right after he left. His tenure as Domino's CEO, if it was proof of anything, it was that CEOs get paid WAY too much money to be spectacularly mediocre at their jobs, and that his short-term policies of cheapening the food while raising prices and Wow factors were not sustainable for that company, and certainly not a good model for Michigan.
to take over an athletic department that was hemorhaging credibility like a stuck pig. He was tasked with cleaning up his predecessor's disastrous 3,5,7 win football hire and a basketball team that after finally breaking into the tournament seemed to be sinking back into mediocrity at 15-17.
I think you're giving him credit for things he didn't really do either well or anything for. Beilein's team got better than 15-17 because he found 3-stars who were 1st round NBA draft picks. Brandong didn't get Trey Burke to come here. And while Bill Martin had his faults exposed dramatically in the coaching search, who in the world WOULDN'T have hired Rich Rodriguez in 2008? Dave Brandon's biggest role was to waste months of recruiting time when he meant to fire RR, and then do a lot of private jetting before hiring a candidate they could have had at any time.
Brandon provided strong leadership and a stronger backhand through one of the darker(albeit ridiculous) chapters in Michigan football history.
Absolutely. He handled stretchgate magnificenty. Not perfectly but I don't want to mar the statement or undermine what an excellent and honest job he did there when 99% of ADs in college football would have just told the NCAA to go screw, which would have still worked with the hapless NCAA but wouldn't have been worthy of Michigan. I don't think Bo could have handled it half as well. Or Canham. Or Duderstadt. Etc. When we do finally send Brandon packing, we should shake his hand for this at least.
He hired a coach who immediately breathed life into a program on the ropes. That coach took a 5 win/yr team to an 11-2 record and a BCS bowl win.
New coaches tend to do that. That season was flimsy at the time and appears flimsier in retrospect.
He hired Beilein's assistants.
Beilein did. Trust me on this; Dave Brandon did nothing but approve their salaries.
He hired Greg Mattison
Mattison said straight-out that he came for Hoke. Brandon deserves credit for paying him.
You've gotta give credit for Al Borges too then. Anyway Nussmeier's hire is another one of those gray areas where the PR stunt that went with it backfired, and now it's wait-n-see if he works out. He's not a slam-dunk; he wasn't going to last under Saban anyway (for reasons that we might see as positives) and a lot of the causes for optimism with Doug relate to things Brandon wasn't looking at.
He oversaw the rebuilding of Crisler Arena
Bill Martin's plans. Brandon added the fountain and some other amenities but Bill Martin deserves the lion's share of the credit for the Crisler renovation plan.
I think it is a fair assumption that Brandon has done more for Michigan athletics and the world at large than 99% of us on the board, a fact that can get lost in petty vendettas and very real differences of opinion.
Because he's been put in a position to do so by circumstances that weren't entirely his own doing. Dave operates under the assumption that he deserves his fortune, but in many ways he's a poster child for extremely lucky guys who are really pretty mediocre and cannot possibly admit it to themselves.
In this man's opinion, Brandon has made very real sacrifices and deserves a great deal more respect than he gets on this board.
You are entitled to your opinion. My opinion is that his "sacrifices" were self-serving, and that his administration of Michigan on the whole has courted the vitriol he gets from the fanbase.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I'll bet you 100,000||
I'll bet you 100,000 MGoPoints that Bernstein and Ilitch did it to capitalize politically on Michigan fans' distaste for the fireworks. Such things never come this far to get voted down by the regents, and those quips are too good and too targeted at the fanbase to be off-the-cuff responses.
We just witnessed a little play by two astute politicians, at the expense of another politician. This is politicians playing their games; at least this game stopped the fireworks.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Wow that wasn't staged at all||
Wow that wasn't staged at all guys.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I think everyone uses||
I think everyone uses themselves as a gauge of what's a "normal" level of wealth. People with the same annual household income as Brian can probably afford tickets every year though it means doing just one big vacation in addition to it. People with average income for this state make a lot less than that. Mortgages and car payments and food don't scale with earning power, meaning the poorer you are the bigger a difference a few thousand dollars will make.
I think it WOULD be a great event if they offered it to the public, but it's a shallow offering if they just keep it to season ticket holders. If I have a neighborhood cider pressing because everyone has apple trees in our used-to-be-an-orchard streets, and send everyone home with homemade apple cider and donuts, that's an awesome event. If I limit it only to people on the block who use my lawn guys, it's a conspicuous event that's nice for those who can attend but so mean to those who aren't invited that on the whole it's better for the neighborhood if it never happened.
With all things offensive, the party who gets to decide if it's offensive is the offended party, not the offender or an unaffiliated party. People are offended, therefore it is offensive. I think if the standard for a program of this size is to have it open to the public, then there's very good cause to wonder why Michigan went off the standard. I'm looking for other comparables. Virginia has theirs three times a year and it's public; so far Minnesota's the largest school other than Michigan to put a tag on it, and from what I can tell you could donate $5 at the door and get in, or not donate.
It's conspicuous, and there's no reason to disclude the public unless you're trying to send a message that ESPECIALLY appreciate a certain level of backer. Except Michigan has shown a bazillion times already how much they appreciate the people who give them large sums of money; they've done the worst job of any like program convincing the fans who can't speak so loudly with their limited wallets right now that they're appreciated too. You shouldn't act like their complaints are invalid, or brush them off as some unbased bias against Dave Brandon. The reason this half of the fanbase doesn't give Dave Brandon the benefit of the doubt is that he's been an utter asshole to them on so many occasions now that they expect it.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I look forward so much to Ron||
I look forward so much to Ron Utah's comments on these. Every time he's like "I wonder who's going to draft _____" and it's a guy I've drafted.
So you're saying I need a playmaker and a quarterback on par with Hackeberg & Cook (nevermind that my quaterback was statistically more effective than either of them)? Also keep in mind that Brian ends these after his first pick of the next round, and I have a compensatory pick after his last, so I have two picks in hand.
Just you wait. I grabbed skill position guys I thought wouldn't be on the board later for things that I needed, but I'm not done adding weapons.
I wish BiSB hadn't noticed Coleman. But I suggested Epping to him (Wisconsin blogs complain that they missed out on him) because I couldn't use him. As a center-returning-to-guard from the Big Ten's slowest-paced man-blocking offense, he just didn't fit what I'm trying to do. He's not Molk; he doesn't get reach blocks or go off the page. He's a little bowling ball of hate who explodes downfield and gave Minnesota a rushing attack that was better than decent. I was scouting Cobb as a plowhorse RB and realized it's Epping who gets him (and his QB) most of those manly yards. If I was running a MANBALL offense he'd be the first center I'd take in the league.
But I built my offense knowing with the 4th pick I wasn't going to get one of the two premier dual-threat guys in the league, and I knew with so few playmakers (there's between two and zero elite wide receivers in this league) trying to build a pro style offense around Cook or Hackenberg was going to end up looking like Ace's disjointed crap offense. So I Moneyball'd instead, recreating the production of Garder/Miller by building a perfect offensive line to run a ludicrous speed spread that threatens all parts of the field, and snagged two of the three safeties in the league with the skills to keep up.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||He's Not Just a Space Eater!||
He's Not Just a Space Eater! (drink). Guy played lots of 3-tech and sacked Braxton Miller twice.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||HTTV copies: The system is||
The system is Larry is emailing me the list of emails of people who did the $5 deal in chunks, and then I'm emailing those people when I can. The last chunk came at 6 pm last night and I sent those at 9:30 am this morning. So if you did the deal after 6 last night your book is coming.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Add loss of soccer, at least||
Add loss of soccer, at least for now.
I totally hear you on these, though keep in mind they're retaining a lot of DS people and according to Larry adding a lot of the things that were great about DS to DK. I'm personally after them to get the pick 'ems back.
It wasn't a buyout or corporate takeover. Draft Kings is the far larger, and the Draftstreet people were for this because they were reaching the limits of their market saturation. Unlike Michigan, they ARE a business and can't be faulted for taking an opportunity to control such a larger share of their market, and maybe inject their particular coolness into it. Think of it like Rivals buying 247--there are things that 247 does that are SO MUCH BETTER than what Rivals does and that's how they carved out a large niche in the recruiting space that only a giant like ESPN has been enter since 2002. If they bought 'em to get rid of 'em it would indeed be a sad day, but if they added crystal balls and better bloggers and boards, and the composite scores, and could afford to keep most of the scouting staff, well, that would be a good recruiting site.
Maybe that's a bad analogy. Like I said, it's not all bad here, though there are valid downsides.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Yes: So you think it's a||
Are there people who grab anything by [the oppositione party] and demonize it any way possible?
Should we pay attention to these people other than pointing from time to time that they just poison the discussion
In Michigan and in politics you should pretend those people don't exist. Especially on internet discussion boards, the tendency is to use them as the straw man for all opposition. Colter/Kos and the people who repeat what they say are useless people with invalid ideas. The WORST thing you could do is act like they represent the other side, because they don't. They represent the 33% of humanity who are fucking useless to a debate because they can't imagine any validity to someone who disagrees with them. We ignore Drew Sharp and Mike Valenti for this reason. Someone's gotta serve the dumbfucks. You shouldn't ever.
But you can't tell what's in anyone's heart. So treat everyone, even the dumbfucks, as if they aren't. Approach every debate with it stipulated that the person you're debating is coming from an earnest and well thought out position of his/her own, and only debate the best points, not the crappy ones.
So how to approach this thread:
Act like nobody's just anti-all-things-DB because that position is facially ignorant. Argue the points (It's not hallowed ground; it has a tractor buried in it and Seth threw up on it once. It is gimmicky but it's not gimmicky in place of the band on a football Saturday so who does it harm?) not where theyr'e coming from.
One aspect of it
My point is it's a crucial aspect of it that undoes the good with too much senseless bad. This movie night came right on the heels of Wisconsin's successful feel-good thing, and in copying it somebody said "but let's just limit it to the season ticket holders." Right now Michigan has a HUGE FUCKING PROBLEM with the part of its fanbase who've been priced out of being season ticket holders. It's going to piss them off to be excluded when there's a clear precedent that they shouldn't be. And the damage that will do is far greater than the pleasantness for season ticket holders.
From your points it seems the big thing I need to convince you of is that the PR problem with "REAL Michigan fans" (read: "poorer" Michigan fans) is a major problem. I think there's strong evidence, especially this year, that Michigan's support with a large segment of its fanbase has been undermined by the mercenary practices of the athletic department, and that this is ultimately bad for the school. We're not talking about equivalent 4-person families, one who chooses to spend $6 grand on season tickets and another who chooses to take the family to Europe for two weeks. The non-season-ticket holders are disproportionately young, and that makes them an important demographic to the future. They're also the group who'd most be interested in the novelty of a movie in the stadium (a greater number of bluehairs probably won't think it's worth the discomfort of sitting on a bench outdoors for that long). The students, the recent alumni, the working class non-alumni: these are important demographics to the support of a college football program, and they've been consistently shut out recently.
My interest in Michigan running smoothly is professional (I make my living from there being lots of Michigan fans) and personal (I am a HUGE Michigan fan). The latter is a shared interest with every Michigan fan. We don't want to sit in a half-empty stadium when the current students and young alums are the bluehairs. We all get a little upset when we see more Spartan gear in a store than the Michigan stuff. And we want our kids to get into this.
Think how awesome it would be for a young dad who was heartbroken when he couldn't renew his season tickets this year given the extravagent cost to see Appalachian State et al., but could still take his kids inside the stadium to watch a movie for free one day. Think of what happens a few years later when that family's deciding whether their new circumstances can afford them a Europe trip or a Michigan football game, and in the intervening years the kids did or didn't have this memory of the Big House.
It's a wasted opportunity. It's not a big deal by any stretch, but it's another pinprick in a very sore spot, and another good reason that Dave Brandon should be removed as far and fast as possible from this thing we love.
|6 weeks 37 min ago||"Chose to support the||
"Chose to support the program" is utter and complete bullshit, and goes to the heart of the widespread hatred among Michigan fans for Dave Brandon.
There are thousands and thousands of Michigan fans who would support the program if they had the means. What's it cost for a pair of season tickets in a middle-ish section these days? $3,000? $4,000? That's 10% of the average income of a family in this state. You can be a highly intelligent, hightly motivated, college-educated, responsible, non-drug-doing person and you're still more likely to not be able to afford those prices than otherwise.
I have no glee, veiled or otherwise, at ticket sales slumping. I predicted them, and the prediction came true; you shouldn't confuse that for glee. I also predict the offensive line is going to be kinda bad this year; if it would not be do you have ANY doubt that I'd be so so so happy to be wrong about that?
Michigan isn't Disney. For one it's a non-profit. For two the whole point of college football is you're trading competitive quality and seat comfort etc. for a thing that's affordable enough to be a hardfast tradition. For three it's not a corporation but a public institution. The college football team of a major state university is the front porch of that state's entire educational system. Michigan is a public trust of the people of the State of Michigan, not an entertainment conglomerate. Michigan doesn't belong to Dave Brandon; it belongs to US.
So let me state my position a litle clearer: offering a movie night is cool, and anyone complaining that they scheduled it for reasons of hallowed ground or Superbowlization should get over themselves; it's a friggin movie on a large screen. I vote for The Big Chill.
But the standard for these, as set by a fellow Big Ten program, is to make it public. Michigan's PR disaster right now is with the public. The people Michigan has been screwing over the most are the segment of die-hard Michigan fans who bought season tickets for years or would buy season tickets for years if they were in any way reasonable or feasible while, you know, still paying off college loans or saving so your daughter won't have to.
It would be a strongly positive gesture at a relatively tiny cost to invite every Michigan fan to a free movie night; instead it's a paltry gesture to people who've been recently fleeced and chose/were able to just suck it up. And when you put it in context of all the things that Dave Brandon has done while in control of this public trust to show he doesn't believe in anything public, it ends up pissing off the large number of people he's already pissed off all the way in return for small consolation to a small number of people he's pissed off somewhat less. It makes Michigan less likeable, less desirable to the people who will support it in the future, and that's how a little fucking movie night can become yet another thing that someone with an earnest, financial, and personal stake in Michigan finds appalling.
|6 weeks 11 hours ago||Dave you asshole you couldn't||
Dave you asshole you couldn't make it public like Wisconsin. When you put it behind a paywall it just makes the people on the other side more resentful. The folks who'd get the most out of it are locked out. Ultimately a few season ticket holders can enjoy it but it's the non season ticket holders who've been most angry w this AD.
I think a movie in the Big House would be cool and since it's not on top of anything else it can't hurt the experience of games. It's bad PR out of a good idea though because they couldn't resist the temptation to keep it closed from anyone who hasn't already paid $2,000 this year.
|6 weeks 11 hours ago||Here's Why||
The cynicism is because Wisconsin and who knows what other schools just did this same thing except open to the public and free. This AD has built a well-deserved reputation for hoarding all things about the program, from access to the players to access to the history to access to the building. They're deaf to anyone who's not a paying customer and they ceaselessly drive up the cost of being such beyond reason.
To offer season ticket holders an extra day of access and not anybody else when the standard is to make it public is another example of Brandon's mercenary approach and further confirmation that he sees nothing public about Michigan athletics and nothing worthwhile in the many former season ticket holders and other fans who've been unable to justify the exorbitant price tags and PSLs. It's a small boon to give the people who already feel fleeced and another slap in the face to the fans who used to be able to walk on the field and throw a football around on a summer afternoon, and now just get locked out for another thing.
Because everything Dave Brandon does is a reminder that you mean nothing to him except the dollars you can bring to him, and he gets to hold Michigan hostage from you unless you pony up.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks and that's AWESOME||
Thanks and that's AWESOME news!
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I emailed larry for you.||
I emailed larry for you.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||okay. Updated.||
okay. Updated. Link: http://mgoblog.com/sites/mgoblog.com/files/currently-current.jpg
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I disagree with the||
I disagree with the characterization of the portrayal, though I grant you that the writer not the reader is ALWAYS at fault for the readers' interpretation.
If my intent means anything, I thought I was contrasting the TV coverage of it like a warzone (zoomed out with a reporter in a box in a corner emphasizing the fear) and my mom and her sisters' interpretation of it as such, while showing my cousin was right there noting that the Israelis are laughing at the tourists running off the beach when they hear sirens, and her treatment of the Skype call as an opportunity to show off her new apartment's hardwood floors.
Then I showed which portrayal I agreed with by talking about how the war coverage was treated on the news like a sports event. The hidden message in all of that was the really important thing--the great meaning of life within this little vignette--was an adult daughter and her mother talking to each other about her new apartment.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||My dad loved babies in||
My dad loved babies in velour. He bought two velour sleepsuits for my daughter but he only got to hold her in one of them one time, since by the time she grew into the first it was already summer.
This velour thing was one of the things that set me off this past week. Every night I put her pajamas on and the sleepsuit is sitting in the drawer. I keep praying for a cold night to come before she grows out of it.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||See, I took this question as||
See, I took this question as a game that you just thoroughly enjoyed. The Game '97 I spent terrified that Ohio State would climb back in and take this beautiful thing from us. Michigan had just screwed OSU out of awesome seasons in '95 and '96, and we all felt the Big Ten was out to get us.
Braylonfest I remember finding annoying because I wasn't yet used to 3:30 starts, and because MSU was spread-'n-shredding us to death until Stanton got hurt. Then they carted the lights in and they were shining right in my eyes. The end happened so quickly it was more surreal than enjoyable for me. I walked out being like "did I really just see that?" And still terrified of zone reads. Also it was my first year not living in Ann Arbor so I didn't have my gameday down or anything.
The '98 PSU game I just enjoyed from start to finish. The student section back then was like they'd triple-cloned everyone at Yost, gave them liquor, and crammed them into a phonebooth. You could still carry in plastic bottles then so people filled their Cokes with 75% rum. During commercial breaks there were always people hiding between the rows passing a joint. And Michigan just owned them all day in the most "we are the defending national champs you not" way possible. It was so...college.
Comebacks are awesome but for 90% of those games you wanna sick up.
Last year's Game rates up there for me too despite the outcome. I was sitting with BiSD, which if you've followed that guy on Twitter you know he's the best for spur of the moment quips in-game. And that game was just awesome to behold--except when Michigan got hosed on two crucial calls and I wanted to stab things.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||The roll doesn't end. I had||
The roll doesn't end. I had to take a QB because the rules, but keep in mind that these guys all still have to pick guys who will be on the field when all these other players are.
So at the end of the day if one guy has Indiana's offense if Indiana got first dibs on their entire offensive line from anyone in the conference, and zero holes, and everyone else has at least two holes...
Still. Damn you Roberson.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||If you pledged over $50 you||
If you pledged over $50 you get a free t-shirt plus a bunch of other stuff. You should have received an email by now with a link taking you to a side page of the MGoStore where you can pick which shirt and which size and tell us where to send it.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Hang in there. We're updating||
Hang in there. We're updating the pages at UGP (the MGoStore page we sent you to). If you chose the international option on the kickstarter then you've already paid intl shipping and we'll make sure you'll get your copy--you may have to go back to the MGoStore. If you're international and you pretended to be American we will hunt you down and destroy you.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||If you're a backer you should||
If you're a backer you should have your link to your digital copy in your inbox right now.
What are you still doing here?
|8 weeks 21 hours ago||Live with the fact that you||
Live with the fact that you can't change everything, and lend your voice when someone tries to fix something. The world gets better by inches, and most people are just doing what they think they're supposed to, not trying to damage people. Cut cable if you think you can do it. Vote, I guess, but this is one of those rare both parties are equally corrupted sorts of things.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||right.||
|8 weeks 4 days ago||had a british beer at Bad||
had a british beer at Bad Brad's. Can't remember its name but it was really good so I had another. And another. I think the third was tall.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Guy out of GLYC named his||
Guy out of GLYC named his Snake Oil.
If you name it Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki then when the coast guard has to say your boat name three times...
I like "Not Just A Shooter"
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Ken Holland is way ahead of||
Ken Holland is way ahead of you on that moneyball tactic. The Red Wings shifted to college players (mostly) in their drafts after Bettman passed the "Red Wing Rules" they were using to develop players overseas.
The Red Wings try to maximize how long they can hold onto an asset.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||This is old. Until now I||
This is old. Until now I thought Henri the Otter was a reference to Le Chat Noir du internet
|9 weeks 1 hour ago||Sometimes you don't have to scratch the surface||
"Being offensive" is such watered down phrasing. It carries a suggestion that the person being offended should have a little control over their (over-)sensitivity.
So let's change "offensive" to "being an asshole" and "politically correct" to "not being an asshole." The reason to change the moniker of the Washington NFL team is because it's being an asshole.
The debate over sports teams named for Native Americans, either as groups or tribes or labels, is probably one of the shallowest debates out there. There's nothing past the surface: the teams were called a thing long enough to become a tradition to those fans because for years and years nobody gave a damn if we were being assholes to Native Americans. Our governments spent the 19th century paying people to kill Native Americans; just acting like a complete and total asshole to them by the late 20th century was a huge step up.
Finally, thanks to the Civil Rights movement, society started giving a damn about whether we were being assholes to some of our people in public spaces, and since then it's been a big hassle to pull down longstanding traditions of being assholes.
I've got a good friend--really smart guy--who's a HUGE 'skins fan. I asked him to frame the debate, since I don't have a stake personally, and just plain didn't understand the other side (I am politically anti-being an asshole, and Lions and Tigers and Wolverines are content with endangerment protections and Red Wings aren't even things, unless they're clay jugs). He said the problem with changing the name is it feels, to them, like an invasion. The analogy he used was what if somebody came to you and said your daughter's name means "person who lynches." He fully understands that it's offensive--he can't argue it at least--but it's REALLY annoying when people who aren't the child's father are coming up to him and making him feel bad for it. Maybe he will change it--people need to back off and realize he wasn't trying to offend anyone.
There's plenty of holes you can pick in his analogy, but at least it's a better argument to debate against than "Irish don't care!"
As to that, if you made a softball team called the Smelly Bloggers, I wouldn't be offended, even though I am a blogger and might resent the implication that I am smellier than the average person, because I am not easy to offend and relatively well groomed. BUT it's still being an asshole to bloggers, and by using that term you should be reasonably sure that you'll be being an asshole and will offend some bloggers. Ultimately you shouldn't be doing things that are assholey.
|9 weeks 1 hour ago||It's offseason and the trolls||
It's offseason and the trolls have been pretty well behaved lately. I'm leaning toward having some of these discussions. We've got one of the most intelligent collection of sports fans this side of Grantland. I felt bad that I nixed the Sam discussion before. Maybe it's time we start trusting the intelligence of the readership to frame debates that affect sports.
|9 weeks 1 hour ago||Boooo. If you are a Game of||
If you are a Game of Thrones TV watcher and don't expect at least one major character to be killed off in a season finale...
|9 weeks 1 hour ago||I'd put the old address in.||
I'd put the old address in. I'll leave the form open on Kickstarter until the day it ships. It's all going first class (THANK YOU DRAFSTREET!!!!) so it'll arrive days after we ship.
|9 weeks 2 hours ago||er....well...yes?Maybe a||
Maybe a better explanation is in order: his article in HTTV is about how the wants of the administrators (more money), the players (fairness), and fans (all this stuff) is putting too much strain on college football, and then suggests a way to compromise and save the sport for everybody. The part where he was outlining what the fans want was getting HUGE. So he siphoned much of that section into an article on his blog that he references in the article. Like an idiot I turned down the opportunity to have it published on MGoBlog (cause I didn't want to take away from HTTV) and SI jumped on it.
So the HTTV article is still pretty fresh, though you'll recognize parts from this article and from Fourth and Long, and from Three and Out, and from where he references MGoBlog, because all of those things are part of the big story.
|9 weeks 15 hours ago||Thanks, Congress! Signed:||
Signed: people with an Internet message board on college football that bans politics.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Nowadays the Big Ten||
Nowadays the Big Ten schedules like the SEC. Also the point I was arguing was about whether the SEC was historically better, just more ignored. Their scheduling practices back then aren't taken into account by SRS, which rates SOS by the SRS of opponents. SEC teams effectively got the same credit for beating a 7-5 Sun Belt team as Michigan got for beating a 7-5 Big Ten team because Big Ten teams didn't have MAC opponents to draw an equal number of MAC wins into their equations.
Nowadays the Big Ten is worse than the SEC. That's been discussed so much that there's little point to discussing it further, so the intrepid SEC fans looking for ways to expand the concept of SEC dominance to every aspect of daily life could glom onto SRS to prove they were always better.
Also, you know, this is a free blog with other content on it, so if you don't like content that discusses the past I'm not at all offended if you just don't read it.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||I think it's fair to publish||
I think it's fair to publish on SI what he put on the blog. This was stuff siphoned off from his big article in HTTV that covers all the parties to college football and what they're looking for and getting.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Sometime in the next few days||
Sometime in the next few days pre-orders will become available on the MGoStore. We just finalized a distribution deal but they won't know what stores they'll put it in until they sell it to those stores, and they can't do that until we get it to them.
Also we're going to do the Draftstreet Deal again. Stay tuned!
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Tenuous one. His brother Mike||
Tenuous one. His brother Mike helped put us in touch with Dennis Franklin.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Because I was going more for||
Because I was going more for the original joke (this guy thinks the phonebook is important) not the twist of irony afterward.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||We're racing to finish it||
We're racing to finish it right now. And I just had my art directors go on vacation at the worst possible time. We want to get the surveys out to the backers today or tomorrow. I did make this for the lead on Dooley's article:
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Just copying from the||
Just copying from the official roster.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Yes, I was calling out||
Yes, I was calling out MGoReaders for being exactly the kind of nerds who have opinions on freshman TEs wearing 94.
And though that particular one doesn't bother me at all (I love weird numbers) I am totally a roster numbers nerd. It's not the numbers that give the players symbolic meaning but the players who give the numbers meaning. So it's interesting to me to see which players get what jersey because for the next half a decade at least I'll likely be associating that number with that person.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Fair enough. As you may have||
Fair enough. As you may have noticed I gave some personal shout-outs to people with connections to the site.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Stewart was a safety, and||
Stewart was a safety, and mostly a backup. But yea his one moment was incredible and saved the season.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||You remember Cat?||
You remember Cat?
|10 weeks 1 day ago||So long as we're just talking||
So long as we're just talking about any old traditions, the flag on the long pole. That lived until 2003 I believe.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||No school turns down||
No school turns down character. Not having to worry about a kid wasting a spot in the class is a big deal even if you're Alabama.
As for turning away bad character, if a kid has bad downfield vision and lobs everything, AND he punches a security guard, it's easier to part ways.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Via a Sparty who should know,||
Via a Sparty who should know, MSU did not pull his offer, but they've been kind of cooly not saying much to him for a few months now. I think State feels comfortable with the quarterbacks they have and are bringing in. The main attraction with Campbell is he's the quarterback of a Michigan pipeline, but if you want to crack Cass Tech Jayru really isn't the guy to do it with. Damon Webb was.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I'm appalled by anyone on||
I'm appalled by anyone on here who's getting worked up over a decommit switching to a rival. If playing early is important to him damn right Michigan wasn't the right choice. Since he committed here Brandon Watson started looking likely to start post-Countess/Taylor if Lewis/Stribling/Peppers don't already have those down. Meanwhile ND switched to a more aggressive man defense that better fits Crawford's skillset.
He was fair about the decision, giving the Michigan coaches ample time to replace him. Wish him best of luck and be thankful that 17-year-olds aren't forced to honor meaningless decisions they made at 16.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||In this it's reversed. Ross||
In this it's reversed. Ross is smart--he reads the play well and reacts. But physically he isn't built to take on blockers. Jake Ryan is the more athletic of the two.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I think I wind up playing the||
I think I wind up playing the Indiana: start way behind because of one bad move, look really awesome all of a sudden and then just as I'm about to pull it odd I get knocked flat by some bullshit out of my control.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Because I have to pretend I||
Because I have to pretend I have a fandom limit in order for people to take me seriously, I'm going to believe you.
This ruler in my hand? Um, I'm measuring the diameter of my coffee mug. Does it look too wide to you?
|10 weeks 6 days ago||#1||
I think every locker had a jersey hanging in it. Notice how there's no plate on #1 though?
|11 weeks 3 hours ago||Actually over several weeks||
Actually over several weeks of agonizing and mad searches because we're all hypercompetitive and want to show off all this accumulated knowledge.
|11 weeks 22 hours ago||How has nobody fallen into||
How has nobody fallen into this beautiful trap I laid by listing all these awful linebackers? If Heiko was still around Santos wouldn't have lasted 5 minutes after I mentioned him.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Well you've known from the||
Well you've known from the start what the big reveal will be at the end of this series (Hint: a major character DIES OH NO!)
And with all the night's watch politics removed already, the resolution at the wall shouldn't take too much screen time to wrap up (Spoiler: a major extinct mammal DIES OH NO!)
Aria is like one scene away from where she's left at the end of that book (Spoiler: a major plotline DIES OH NO!)
Sansa's storyline in this book is wrapped up already. So is Dany's. The reaction to Oberon's death won't be felt until next book/season.
And nobody cares about the Greyjoy-Bolton storyline.
What more do they need to cover?
|11 weeks 3 days ago||I don't think mgoblog ever||
I don't think mgoblog ever tried to be first with information, especially recruiting information. We go for the final word, not the first one. And we moderate the discussion so the idiots don't poison it.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Find out Next Week. Same MGoTime, Same MGoChannel.||
Looks our DRAFTers are having a BREEZE of a time!
Will Ace take the bait and draft a quarterback who doesn't ever (have to) throw more than six yards downfield?
Will BiSB start drafting based on # of Twitter mentions?
Will Brian forget to check which positions have like no depth and start pretending Hackenberg can play them?
Is Seth about to drop a mega-whammy that turns this thing completely around and sets him up to win every round here on?
|12 weeks 3 hours ago||One good bit of news:||
One good bit of news: admissions is really tough on transfers to Michigan because they don't respect the coursework of other schools, but if there's a short list of schools that shouldn't be a problem with, USC is one of them.
Of course, I couldn't get them to transfer credits from the friggin Harvard of the Francophone world (Paris IV, La Sorbonne) so...
|12 weeks 20 hours ago||Great Debate...||
I'm not sure I'd call it a debate. More like a bunch of angry drunk dudes throwing things at one another while their safeties helplessly give chase.
|12 weeks 21 hours ago||aw||
ah, so. Was that what you were looking for BiSB?
|12 weeks 21 hours ago||I don't see anything wrong||
I don't see anything wrong with the quarterbacks. Ace, do you see anything wrong with the quarterbacks?
|12 weeks 1 day ago||1998 vs Penn State||
Student section was the loudest I've ever witnessed. PSU had a good team (they entered 1999 as FSU's only competition for potential nat champions) but time and again they would try to score in our endzone and we'd push 'em back. I think there were 3 goal line stands and PSU got 0 points out of them.
I was a freshman in that student section. You can hear us in the recording, drowning out Keith Jackson. Just a pleasureful game all day.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Henry right now is a nose||
Henry right now is a nose tackle from the one guy I was asking about the DL. That's extraordinarily tentative. Willie still has technique issues and they still want to rotate two good guys at NT, and don't yet know what in what shape they'll get Pipkins back. Probably not good.
Also the NTs will play some 3T in the natural progression of Michigan's substitutions. But see the note by Space Coyote above about technique. Will Campbell was a kinda similar player to Henry and he wound up a 3T. For now though they want someone not a freshman at nose.
I slotted Wormley because he's the one dude to emerge so far from that pile so far.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Me being cute. The T is for||
Me being cute. The T is for tackle.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||DOn't let Ace see this idea.||
DOn't let Ace see this idea. We made him write an entire preview; he shouldn't know I would have been totally okay with this.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Not brian.||
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Not an accurate portrayal||
All those people are wearing PANTS!
|12 weeks 2 days ago||That's the easiest way for||
That's the easiest way for us. Make sure to check both emails when they come though--had a problem last year of guys doing that and then they'd order two books with the same email address. So I'd be emailing "email@example.com" a million times saying "collect your stuff!" and meanwhile there would be "firstname.lastname@example.org" who showed up as a guy who double-entered his info (those get checked but not necessarily checked into).
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Weird that meijer was in your||
Weird that meijer was in your list of examples. They're a pretty transparant company for being a Walmart competitor. Costco is another company that doesn't mind saying "we pay this, we mark up to that, and we make our money how."
I guess the nature of being a blogger making a book is that I fall to the extreme of "I'll tell you my business and you can decide for yourself if it's your business."
|12 weeks 2 days ago||No Secrets.||
My accounting isn't a big secret. This year:
4% of Kickstarter: Kickstarter's take.
$16,000-$20,000 for printing it (printing more copies because we're close to getting a distribution deal)
$7,000 for the t-shirts and mailing kickstarter copies.
$10,000 production/paying authors
1st class Shipping/Sponsorship: a wash.
Post-kickstarter sales/distro: highly variable.
Profit is split 30% to me, 30% to brian, 40% to the blog. The blog is using it for the big site upgrade which is still supposed to be done by next football season.
I made about $6,000 last year on the two books together. That was almost all from football--I ended up doing the basketball book for basically free, which is why we pared it off from football this season. These take at least 1,000 hours of work from me (assigning articles/editing them all/creating layout/handling the finances/picking all photos/writing all captions/getting everyone their stuff/etc etc etc) to make one book, so it's only an efficient use of my time if we end up getting widespread distribution and selling a lot in stores. We use the kickstarter to get to a break-even point on printing and then try to sell what we printed to make it profitable.
I don't want to add my personal problems to the outcome of this Kickstarter--who really fucking cares if I'm making HTTVs and an MGoLiving, or have to get a "real" job--but since I've got adult responsibilities now I need this thing to take off this year.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||"Everyone does it" is one of||
"Everyone does it" is one of my pet-peeve fallacies. You just picked two schools on extreme opposite ends of the tenor of their recruiting, and then made a statement concerning the entirely of the field. It's like saying every dog sheds: it is true, but ignores a massive difference between a portuguese waterdog and labrador retriever that can be useful in making your dog decision.
Spinning half-truths into a negative sales pitch against a rival is common in sales, and it justifiably gives the sales guy and his company a bad reputation. When the client realizes he's been lied to, they come away feeling like the salesman's more interested in making his sale than getting the client value.
What you hope is that it comes back to bite him in the ass. Media advertising guys dogged on blogs for years: nobody takes us seriously, we'll be gone in a few years when everybody has to grow up. I still come across clients who've been told Quantcast numbers aren't trustworthy because you can't tell how many people looked at the ad, as if that makes a 728x90 on a website inferior to one in a newsletter that goes into someone's junk mail. They wouldn't be doing it if it didn't work, but long-term (and I believe Hoke and Co. will be here long-term) it tends to come around. The longer you lie, the more likely you are to be caught.
Though I agree a high school football player deciding between Michigan and Ohio State probably isn't very savvy in sorting through sales bullshit. So it goes.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Are people on an internet||
Are people on an internet message board kind of dumb? Does the Pope shit in the woods?
|12 weeks 5 days ago||I admit the Mark pick was||
I admit the Mark pick was silly, considering other backs on the board. I was planning on grabbing Drummond there and BiSB (as he's done several times in this draft) got him right before I went. That could come back to bite me or it could work out okay, but mostly it's resulted in my team getting more crap than it deserves for my strategy of drafting positions of relative weakness first.
Even the Mark pick spurred the others into drafting running backs when that's one of the least important positions. And if you watch I'll take a guy at a position and then there will be a run on what's left. Is Countess a better player than some guys on the board? He isn't. But there's a steep drop from him to a pile of cornerbacks that everyone started snatching up so they don't end up with Raymon Taylor as their best CB.
I learned last year that being at the turn position means you have a long time to wait between picks, so if you're not directing the flow of the draft you could get caught after a run. That's how I wound up with awful guards last year. So while the others are going BPA I'm picking up necessary pieces who won't be available later on, and letting the other guys fight over 6th rounders in positions where I can get a perfect scheme guy on the cheap.
BiSB's winning, and it's driving me nuts because I'll have a guy I plan on drafting and for five picks after my last people will be lining up for the position I just filled, and then BOOM Drummond, BOOM Kenny Bell, BOOM Donovan Smith.
Actually that last boom was just me trying to get Smith to jump before the snap again. I know, I'm ruthless.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Not "forced" but they send||
Not "forced" but they send out reminders to include proper titles.
M hasn't gone further that that yet. Anecdotally an MLB team has taken away press credentials for someone's paper not using the corporate sponsor's name for the stadium.
If someone wants to donate $3 million a year so Mich can always pay top dollar for a head coach, other than wondering how a single person could have that much to blow on sports fandom, whatever, yay. There is a crucial difference I see between that and asking to be recognized for it in every press release.
Can you tell where the boundary is? What won't Michigan sell to a rich egomaniac? Advertising in the stadium. But that tradition was about drawing a line: this university is a public institution of the state of Michigan, and no matter how much money you have you don't get to distract the other people from the football and the band and the experience they came for. Now that tradition is a bare token, a single building left standing in the middle of a total devastation.
I think of Bo, who dared the NCAA to come after him for letting the walk-ons eat with the team despite NCAA regulations that prohibited it. He thought it repugnant to tell the guys who didn't have a scholarship that they're less worthy of food than the recruited guys when everyone had to practice as long and work as hard. Dave Brandon was one of those guys. But he totally missed the lesson about why you shouldn't do anything to exacerbate differences between people that come down to luck, that the same earnest effort entitles you to the same bench and tray as the guy on scholarship and NFL fast track.
Part of what informs my opinion--my bias perhaps--is that I grew up around a very large range of wealth, from Pontiac to Southfield to Birmingham for those who know metro Detroit. If there's ever a great equalizer between born rich and born poor it's being a kid eating the same cafeteria food. Kids are just worse at the shitty things we do more subtly as adults. So some (far from a majority) of the rich kids would always be trying to separate themselves. Is your backpack a Jansport? Oh that's not a North Face jacket is it? My dad's car has mobile! They tried to have seating for themselves in the cafeteria and you had to donate two fruit rollups if you wanted in. Like I said: bad at it. But the cruelest thing they did was they'd offer fruit rollups or Ecto Cooler juice boxes or a cool michigan trapper keeper to whoever will do such and such thing that is embarrassing. Like call the kid "master." It sickened me to watch kids take the deal. How could dignity be a thing you sell for a trapper keeper?
So if you don't agree with me fine. I respect that to some people words are easily ignored and what's a little hardship in press release comprehension next to money so the next time there's a Casteel situation the AD won't offer him a pittance then whine about the evil of the coach pay market. Your argument is valid. Just know that mine is too, and that it comes from a sincere distaste, not loyalism.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||No because the readers would||
No because the readers would find that hilarious every time they saw it and it would make a profoundly ironic statement. Plus our site cuts names short so they'd just know me as "The State Street..."
I'll send you the insertion order. We do demand upfront payment though.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||You do realize I'm not Brian||
You do realize I'm not Brian right?
When have I shut down disagreement? Do you remember my reaction to M-Wolverine's ban? It's still on the board, along with many many many examples of engaging with critics and encouraging more.
There's a reason I share Brian's sentiments about what is appropriate to sell and what should be above money. For one, he hired me to be his business manager, implying, I hope, a level of trust that I will never sell something that would damage our integrity.
We shouldn't be proud or lucky that someone has $3 million to give and the best thing they can think to do with it is give it to an organization that has so much money they have to invent insane things to do with it. We should have an AD who understands, intuitively, that language isn't something that's his or Michigan's or anybody's to sell.
How is the offensive coordinator of the football team different than an academic chairmanship that was endowed? It seems intuitive. How often is Doug Nussmeier mentioned in the media? Way more than an academic seat. One is using your money to substantively improve the university, and one is just advertising.
I sell advertising. I know what its purpose is and how it can be effective, and I challenge our sponsors to engage readers in a way that shows how the advertiser will benefit you, not shout at you. Slapping your name on a thing is shouting. Shouting is obnoxiousness. Selling off the right to shout at all the other fans is whoring yourself.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||State won't play a neutral||
State won't play a neutral site game? Did they inquire about doing it on Saturn?
|12 weeks 6 days ago||FUck, it, sign a home and||
FUck, it, sign a home and home. Worst that can happen is two repeats of Dallas in a way better place than Dallas.
|13 weeks 2 hours ago||Excuse me but this||
Excuse me but this paragraph:
Takes a special kind of psychopath to create. To take that money you have to think that any kind of dollars are more important than clarity of communication. If someone wants to give to the university and add their name to an adjective, the response should be "Absolutely not because it makes the University of Michigan look like a whore."
|13 weeks 4 hours ago||Any season before 2012 was||
Any season before 2012 was Maple Street Press, and they refused to share how many copies they sold. From the royalty checks it appeared to be 20,000, but that was with a national distribution deal. There have only been three kickstarters and three that I've published, and the first one was coming off an 11-win season and BCS Bowl victory.
Are you sure about the competition? We are friendly with The Wolverine, who took it in the teeth this year when the alumni association decided not to send members a copy anymore. They're also a very different animal, from content to layout to structure. I've bought that thing every year since 2000, and recommend it to every Michigan fan, but it's still really just a very large program. And the Lindy's book last year--which let's admit, was pretty bad--is now combining Michigan with Michigan State.
The RR years coincided with a massive growth in readership for MGoBlog. Actually the coaching search for RR kicked it off, followed by record and steady growth for those three years. Part of that was saturating the market, part of that was when the whole controversy of that period--nothing generates readership like an angry, ongoing debate between apparently entrenched enemies. The coaching search for Hoke was the peak, with another short peak around the time Kalis committed.
Understand, there are readers who've been here since before Rich Rod who will buy the book if Michigan goes 1-11 and then announces a name sponsor for it. Speaking personally, I am both one of, and profoundly appreciative of anyone who is still a Michigan fan after a Belle Tire 1-11 season. I'm also aware of the fact that not everyone is like us.
So I guess what I'm saying is thank you for sticking around, both for my livelihood and for showing me that I'm not the only nutjob around here.
|13 weeks 19 hours ago||The first one did indeed||
The first one did indeed shoot up faster. The second one got their quicker because there were two magazines. This is a considerably less interesting football team, and the site's numbers have reflected it. Anyway the good news is kickstarters make their money at the beginning and the end.
I would stress that it's very important we hit the goal this year of all years. I can say no more on that yet. But I do have an extra incentive:
JOHN U BACON is in. His article's 90% done--it takes off from where 4th and Long left off to discuss all the changes happening in the basic structure of college football and predicts where it will be when it all shakes out.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||What the hell it is we're doing...||
BiSB and Ace covered it. I'll reiterate:
|14 weeks 15 hours ago||Those are important||
Those are important questions. However, I was thinking of scrapping those tests in place of drawing a 3D image of what I think his vocal chords look like based on the position of his trachea, and then making sweeping statements about his ability to communicate using speech.
|14 weeks 22 hours ago||I don't know how you can say||
I don't know how you can say that when so many homo sapiens have neanderthal genes. I agree that he is bipedal. What really stands out is that enlarged cranium. What's the brain weight to body weight ratio? It's gotta be a new record for species.
|14 weeks 22 hours ago||Grant Perry (WR #1) has the||
Grant Perry (WR #1) has the standard directional Michigan schools offer list and interest from Indiana.
|14 weeks 22 hours ago||You have to expand the level||
You have to expand the level of hype with the level of how much people followed recruiting. Both were the 2nd pro-style QB to the prevailing scouting substances. But there weren't Elite 11 camps, etc. to gauge these guys on, nor was there a massive recruiting industry.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Hey you found the joke.||
Hey you found the joke.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||They opened up that offense||
They opened up that offense plenty in 2006. In 2007 Henne was too hurt to be much use by the ND game. And first halfs in 2005 were generally good offense but Michigan would go into a shell as soon as they got that 10 point lead, running Hart left every play until Hart got hurt.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I used more than stars.||
I used more than stars. You'll note one is the top of one group and the other the bottom of the next group, which reflected the rankings where either straddled that line between 4 and 5 stars. The difference was the fan reaction. Morris: trepidation over his senior season and lingering effects of mono. Gardner: leaping gazelles we've got ourselves a Vince Young for whenever Denard is done.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||It wasn't that set in stone||
It wasn't that set in stone but yeah he was the heir apparent after a redshirt year then a season as Navarre's backup with spotted seasoning. He got hurt in fall practice and that lingered (though he still served as holder), while Henne beat out Clayton Richard. Michigan lost to ND that year partly because of nightmare officiating but mostly because the offense was streamed down and super conservative so as not to wreck Henne's confidence.
Had Gutierrez not been hurt, Michigan wanted to redshirt Henne, though once Clay decided on baseball that would have ended.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I didn't chart guys whom||
I didn't chart guys whom Michigan brought in with the intention of having him try out as an athlete QB but the majority figured he'd end up a receiver or DB. That includes Denard, (friend of the blog) Diallo Johnson, and Antonio Bass. Feagin I included because he was the only QB of his year when Michigan desperately needed one. It's just too hard to place the other guys in these piles, since they weren't recruited with the same sense of "this is our quarterback of the future for this year."
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Y'all just jelly of my Shane||
Y'all just jelly of my Shane Morris-to-Dennis Norfleet screen-a-thon.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||It'll also be harder for ESPN||
It'll also be harder for ESPN to maintain a monopoly on being THE sports channel. What I expect will happen is ESPN will try to be a group provider, bundling ESPN and 2 and U and whatever all together. If it's Congress that forces the split, they'll still have to offer each separately and competitively price them. End result should be that ESPN will have to downsize and sell off a lot of its contracts.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||It's utter bullshit. The||
It's utter bullshit. The report is based on what the channels are charging the cable operators, not what their value would be on the open market. The cost of BTN is what people are willing to pay for BTN. If they make it too much people won't get it.
The whole point of unbundling is they're using bundling to way overdrive prices for channels people don't want. Severe downsizing is bound to happen because they can't go on living like they are.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||The offensive line page IS||
The offensive line page IS blank. Turn in your goddamn editorial!
|15 weeks 23 hours ago||We Must Protect the Sanctity of Amateurism!||
How can this kid ask for such an "extra benefit" like that? What about the competitve advantage it gives over Boise State's opponents whose recruits died of exposure or starved to death because their schools respect the inviolate principle of amateurism?
Isn't a free education at an outstanding institution like Boise State University, not to mention free room and board and equipment and top coaching and a chance to play in the NFL enough remuneration? How greedy can you get to ask for an advance when you're already getting all of that!
Think of the slippery slope! If the NCAA allows one school to put a roof over a kid's head before he gets to campus and feed him, then what about the next school that wants to get a recruit out of a crack-addict's house, or pay back a high school coach who takes the kid in? What happens when schools are dishing out so much money to feed and clothe and house their recruits that they can't make payments on their new $35 million practice facility for the women's equestrian team that replaced the 10-year-old $15 million one they haven't paid off yet?
And, oh man, think of how this can be abused for recruiting! We'll have SEC coaches going all around the country picking kids off the street and getting "homeless exemptions" for them. I can just imagine Spurrier ripping 14-year-olds out of crackhouses, sticking them in dorms in Columbus and enrolling them in the local high school. Saban will start feeding all of Africa just to pick the athletes he wants to bring to the United States!
The NCAA and its member conferences and schools don't have unlimited funds, no matter what multi-billion dollar TV rights deals, soaring gate prices, and licensing deals they've made and don't have to pay any taxes on. They can't just start giving handouts to kids too lazy to have parents who make enough money to feed and house them. What, do you want athletic directors taking taxis instead of separate limousines from the airport to the 5-star hotel hosting their meetings this summer?
NCAA should be about student athletes playing for the love of the sport. How dare any non-already-millionaire demand they should be able to profit from their own potential value?
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Our annual preview magazine||
Our annual preview magazine that I publish with Brian. Ace wrote the opponent previews (except ND which BiSB penned):
|15 weeks 1 day ago||2013||
|16 weeks 18 hours ago||Damned if they do and if they||
Damned if they do and if they don't. Rape is really hard to prove in a court because the nature of the crime is there's only one witness, and there's always a plausible explanation for the defense, and many victims don't want to come forward. So lots of rapes go unpunished, which is awful.
So under the White House's "I'm doing something really" instructions the schools are going around on limited evidence and picking off possible sexual assaulters, which absolutely means they will round up innocents as well as criminals who got away with it, and both will have the same case to make about the injustice.
Every way this works out is awful. I don't know what else to do. They've gone after fraternities and homeowners before, but in the case of the former they nail the national organization and the fraternity recharters as somehing else, and in the case of rental properties what good is it to charge rental property owners for undermanaged college housing?
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Running QB - / -> Spread, as||
Running QB - / -> Spread, as our fine servicemen can attest. There were a lot of extreme QB-rum teams that weren't spread offenses. Minnesota was an extremely run-with-the-QB oriented team, and they weren't very spread.
I guess I could calculate based on 3rd WR versus heavies (FB/TE etc.) targets which teams are spreading the field.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Michigan wasn't extreme but||
Michigan wasn't extreme but we ran with the quarterback a lot more than most teams. Hoke gives out hokum; his teams have yet to run anything remotely like a Carr offense, and with Shane Morris (who's pretty athletic) I don't think they will unless Speight becomes the starter too soon.
Flexibility wasn't really the problem. It was more that Borges/Hoke had no idea how to run the offense they inherited, and they badly bungled the transition to something they would know how to run.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Rutgers previews made him out||
Rutgers previews made him out to be the athletic alternative, because it fit the narrative. He wasn't Navarre, but Dodd as an offense was as passy as Notre Dame.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||It was the Tennessee game,||
It was the Tennessee game, when he was dressed for motivational purposes.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||No space. We are in the||
No space. We are in the process of moving. The "garage" is really a 1-car car port. The tiny little Sylvan Lake house we're moving out of is all boxes right now. Also: Manball.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Because I do not work on||
Because I do not work on football Saturdays. I would only go if Ace or Heiko couldn't, and then in would have to dress up as they do and be there working. When I interviewed Bob Lipson (creator of Michigan Replay) a few years ago he told me don't do a job that makes you never able to enjoy the football game.
There are few things I like more than being in the Big House and screaming for Michigan. Why give that up?
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Years ago two buddies and I||
Years ago two buddies and I went to a Mud Hens game vs Norfolk (the Mets AAA affiliate) . We had front row outfield seats and this guy was warming up (for the Tides) literally right in front of us. He looked like a stone giant--huge guy all hard lines. He was throwing so hard in his warmups that the crack of the ball hitting his warmup catcher's glove was distracting people. I've been following his career ever since.
|17 weeks 23 hours ago||The football comparisons||
The football comparisons don't take into account how far down the pecking order college hockey is from the NHL. If, say, Bill Belichick left the Patriots to coach Penn State, that would be a step down but still within the realm of "well if he wants to be one of the sport's greatest legends that's one way to go." This is more like leaving the Pats to coach Saint John's.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||When they played Seaholm I||
When they played Seaholm I had just done an article that week that mentioned Russ Bellomy's "omigod that is taking FOREVER" pass to Kerridge and Malzone had almost exactly the same throw; it arrived with zip and led his tight end downfield perfectly so he had enough time to make an easy catch with forward momemtum.
His passes have touch, which is a foreign concept to so many coaches in Michigan there's a small cottage industry for bitching about it. Rice has the oldest, stodgiest offense in the league--not surprising when a guy hired the same year as Bo just retired this year--but it was also one of the best because Malzone can hit his secondary receivers in stride.
Now think about the makeup of Michigan's roster. Gone are the guys like Dileo and Gallon who can murderate you with curls and ins at every yard marker. We've got a bunch of thunderbacks, various backfield weaponry, and a bunch of huge leapy wide receivers with a couple of route ninjas and ha-ha-puny-human-you-cannot-press-me-eat-my-slant guys. So long as Malzone can make the 50-yard throw to keep those safeties back, he's a great fit for Michigan.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||He does that for charity.||
He does that for charity. Nice dude. Froze his bantha off in that suit to come to marlin's last event.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Now you're not a low-pointer||
Now you're not a low-pointer anymore.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Yes.I've been on about this||
I've been on about this kid forever, and according to all of my high school rivalry sentiments I'm supposed to be a Rice hater. Get mini Drew Brees now before MSU steals him and beats us over the head with him.
Quick-thinking and accurate are the two things I like to hear about a quarterback. The arm's good enough. The height I can live with. I hate throwing out tautological terms but this guy isn't a gunslinger, he isn't a stud, and he isn't a blue chip--what he is to his bones is a quarterback.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Their bag men one was good||
Their bag men one was good too.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Good for them if they get||
Good for them if they get him, but with a 5-star recruit, and considering MSU won't go any more extra lengths to land one than Michigan will, I wouldn't count an April lead for much.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||not my only typo. Let's just||
not my only typo. Let's just be happy I didn't break the keyboard....yet
|17 weeks 5 days ago||We are. Actually it would||
We are. Actually it would have launched already except all of our t-shirt ideas are too negative and bitter.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||That's a pretty high pedestal||
That's a pretty high pedestal you're standing on.
The nature of a miscarriage of justice is the victim is often a guilty party. The State of Michigan could decide to use this failed drug test as proof of marijuana possession, which carries a maximum sentence of 1 year (lawyers correct me if I'm mistaken). Doing this, however, would be considered totally injust, and McGary the victim of that injustice.
The NCAA's crime is far, far greater than any McGary admitted to. Mitch did a thing (tried pot once in college) that society has judged to be somewhere between tsk-tsk and not as bad as jaywalking. You can't even claim he was letting his teammates down (like a couple former hockey players of were doing persistently) because he was only dressed for the Tennessee game as a motivational thing--he wasn't going to do anything more than root for his team from a seat. I doubt he was the only Michigan fan in the building with THC in his bloodstream, to the detriment of exactly nobody. Comparatively the NCAA decided to enforce the letter of a rule it found so draconian they had already agreed to change it, and decided that appeal with full knowledge that it meant the end of McGary's college career. Fucking with a man's life is a HORRIBLE thing to do.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||To be clear, I don't believe||
To be clear, I don't believe any of those are wrong. What's wrong is the NCAA having rules against these things that it doesn't enforce equitably. Laquon Treadwell ought to get paid to play college football, and Terrelle Pryor deserves a nice vehicle, because what they do has high value--what's bullshit is that the NCAA promises punishment to anyone who does so in the name of preventing big-money schools from having an competitive advantage, and turns a blind eye to Ohio State and Ole Miss obviously subverting the rule to gain a competitive advantage.
A kid from a poor background, who stays away from drugs and gangs, and stays in school, and jumps through a million hoops to meet NCAA academic standards, and all the while hones himself into a nationally elite athlete, well that kid ABSOLUTELY deserves to be renumerated once people are paying $150/ticket to watch him perform, and the renumeration should be at market value as established by collective bargaining by professional representatives on his behalf. That's how capitalist economies work.
The NCAA is like a corrupt and inept government: they make a communist rule to maximize their own profits, and don't enforce it because it can't be enforced, and the result is criminal behavior is reinforced and good behavior punished.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||I'm waiting for Brian Cook to||
I'm waiting for Brian Cook to respond to a comment before my "random" neg test.