that is nice bonus change
|20 weeks 3 days ago||And us?||
So what's the consensus here? Do you think we have a bag man network in Ann Arbor?
On one hand, I say no because I hope we don't and I haven't really seen evidence of such. On the other, couldn't I just be naive with my head in the sand thinking that way?
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Marginal?||
Come on, it's more than "marginal" superiority, isn't it?
|30 weeks 2 days ago||Perspective||
This reminds me that recruiting, although important, is far from the be all, end all. Just look at QBs, for example - I am amazed how many top 10 high school QBs I have never heard of or did nothing of significance in college. What's the "success" rate of a top 10 QB, something like 25%? I feel like it should be higher, but this suggests otherwise.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||Is this a post bang?||
|32 weeks 1 day ago||yeah||
I am happy.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||No worries||
You are probably right. But remember, even if this was a playoff year, Sparty probably would have been on the outside looking in. I think Stanford would have gotten that 4th spot over them.
Of course the bowls this year showed that to be a flawed idea, but if the 4 team playoff was this year, I see it going like the pre-bowl BCS rankings: FSU, Aub., Bama and Stanford.
Just another argument to prove that we still don't have the right system.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||You are all behind.||
It is already 2014 in some parts of the world. The clock is striking midnight somewhere every 60 minutes. If you aren't drunk yet, you're slacking!
|34 weeks 6 days ago||Agree||
Sadly, I don't think you are going out on a limb with that.
I hope we are both wrong though.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||Don't listen to the naysayers.||
It's fine, bring your kid. My baby has been to the Big House, Yost and Crisler this year. My advice. (for yost and crisler):
1. You don't absolutely need a ticket.. If you have a whole family, just stack all your tickets together, hand them to the usher or fan them out to have them scan successively. Let your whole family through. Never tried that for football though.
2. Brought a backpack sized diaper bag, with bottles. No problem, can't remember if they searched it or not.
3. We have a baby bjorn thing - allowed in no problem.
4. Prepare to walk the concourse as needed.
5. It's really not that loud of a place. The crowd won't be nuts and there are no real loud intros or pyrotechnics or anything.
As long as you aren't planning on giving 100% focus to a basketball game for 40 minutes, and have no expectations of what you will actually see, it will be fun. Take some pictures. You'll remember the family event far longer than you will remember anything about the 2013 Holy Cross game (if you were to go without the kids)
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Awesome. I love this.||
Awesome. I love this.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||Kelly'd||
|36 weeks 5 days ago||Sort of agree||
Yes, unmet expectations suck. But I would rather fall short of a high standard than be so terrible as to not merit consideration to that standard.
And, Itoo have learned with age to invest far less emotional currency in the outcomes of sporting events - especially when I have risked no real currency on them.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||2008||
Although Hockey was good, football was historically awful and basketball was regular awful. 2013 was tough in relation to our expectations, but miles ahead of 2008 in raw performance.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||not as bad as it sounds||
Several of those are graduate transfers, so it's not necessarily a full-on dumpster fire over there.
But, they will be left with just 2 scholarship QBs, something we know too much about, unfortunately.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Would we?||
Would we be happy to pay $7M/year for a coach that has the track record Saban does? I know we probably don't want Saban himself, but some less-annoying version of him that still wins lots of football games?
I say definitively yes.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Uhh, what?||
I'm so confused....
|38 weeks 2 days ago||grounding?||
BGSU QB just got called for intentional grounding, he was getting pulled down by the defender and didn't get the ball back to the LOS. So, any time that a QB fumble is called an incomplete pass because his arm was going forward, couldn't intentional grounding be considered?
|38 weeks 2 days ago||90 minute||
90 minute ipa with some MACtion? Now that's a good night.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Gone||
|40 weeks 3 days ago||With just 3 buttons?||
With just 3 buttons?
|40 weeks 4 days ago||What is Jalen wearing?||
I'm not really a fashion guy, but do we now wear ties with button up long sleeve polos? What's up with that?
Then again, coming from a guy that thinks the mobster look shows you have won at life, coupled with that suit he wore on draft day, maybe that's expected.
I love the Fab 5 though, Jalen most of all. I can't talk about clothes anymore.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||But what do season ticket holders pay?||
I know that's the stated policy, but I'm not sure I know exactly what season ticket holders pay per game, and I'm a long time season ticket holder. There is a face value price listed on all the tickets ($75 or $95 for this past year, I believe). But, when I buy my tickets in April I pay something less than the sum of the face values. But, I also pay a PSD - a PSD that is not consistent throughout the stadium (and aren't some people still grandfathered in at $0 PSD in the endzones?).
So what is the minimum price with dynamic pricing - the listed face value or something else?
|41 weeks 6 days ago||Wow||
I certainly hope that this entire press conference was just coach speak, and Hoke is singing a very different tune as soon as the reporters leave the building.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||What about the reverse?||
As evidenced by this thread, there are plenty of MSU students that are UM sports fans. I have personally seen and met plenty of them and appreciate that their heart is at least in the right place
But, I have yet to find a single UM student/alum that is a Sparty fan. Thankfully, I don't think they exist.
|50 weeks 6 days ago||Georgia||
Is the best option, in my opinion.
Anyone else remember in the past when our AD said they didn't want home-and-homes with the SEC because we had too many bowl tie ins with them? Things have changed a lot since then.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||What was that at the end?||
Go Bluh? Go Blech?
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Ugh||
I always thought the best use of my seat cushion was to clearly identify where MY seat was. It was a good deterrent to the butt creep that occurs in an overly packed row of fans.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Princeton should talk to a||
Princeton should talk to a big time athletic department (ours included). Seems like athletics has no problems finding new things to spend money on.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Sam Webb||
He's talking about it right now on wtka
|1 year 17 weeks ago||But that's the fundamental problem of all polls||
I don't know of anyone who has ever been able to tell me what a poll really is. Is it:
1. A ranking of the best teams, in your opinion, where #1 should usually beat #2, #2 should usually beat #3, etc. if they were to play tomorrow.
2. A ranking of what teams have accomplished to date (schedule comes into play)
3.. A prediction of what the final standings/polls will be (schedule comes into play)
I think we all want it to be #1, but the long-standing model where we count losses, and if you lose you drop (even if you lose to a team ranked higher than you) blows that up. So, #2 and #3 are factors and schedule matters. QED.
But really, who cares in April and it just gives us something to blabber about.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Active?||
My only issue is that calling him an "active" NBA player may be a bit of a stretch at this point. As of yesterday, there was a good chance his NBA career was over.
Not sure if today's news changes those chances in either direction.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Do you feel guilty being a||
Do you feel guilty being a keynote speaker for anything?
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Thanks||
I'm really not "race card" guy, and racial issues are not a significant portion of my daily thoughts, but I do get annoyed that white basketball players are only compared to, or remind people of, other white players. Just like a black QB can only remind you of another black QB. There are 2 kinds of NFL slot receivers: white ones to remind us of Wes Welker or Ed McCaffrey, and everyone else.
Ok, no more rant, but thanks for reasonably comparing McGary to someone without considering skin color.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Funny||
I like how the guy who gives the correct reason gets tagged for trolling
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Young||
What was the story on James Young - why did he never seem to be a serious possibility or target for either UM or MSU?
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Basketball||
My biggest complaint with college basketball these days is that I have no idea what is a charge vs. a block. Commentators don't seem to know either. If someone drives the lane, makes contact with a defender, we all just look at the ref to see what the call will be this time. Seems random a lot of the time.
I notice this more when I'm watching a non-UM game where I don't have as clear of a rooting interest, and it's frustrating. And I know the B10 is all about "toughness", but the degree that offensive players can get mugged without a call is annoying.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||premium tix||
I am just a regular season ticket holder. Any way I can get the occasional premium ticket through this? Or is there any other way?
|1 year 30 weeks ago||ND||
I can't think of any either, so this shouldn't be an issue now.
Most importantly, to hell with Notre Dame.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||9 game schedule||
The knock to the 9 game schedule is the competitive imbalance: Some teams get 4 conference home games, some get 5.
Couldn't the scheduling be set up so that all teams in the same division have the same number of conference home games? The entire "leaders" division gets 5 home games one year, the "Legends" division gets 5 the next. That way there is at least an equal competitive home-away basis for getting to the B1G Championship Game.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||83 - 80||
|1 year 30 weeks ago||No Way||
The 16 seeds have 1, 3, 5 and 6 percent chance of beating their respective 1 seeds.
If that was at all realistic and roughly representative of probabilities for past years, we should have seen a 16 beat a 1 by now.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Excellent||
Thanks for doing this, it is great! Please update after NSD, if you find the time.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Doesn't matter??||
I don't think this matters too much at all, and is just a silly shell game of moving the dollars around, from the perspective of the school. OSU (and UM) attendance is dominated by season ticket holders. As a season ticket holder, I look at how much TOTAL I pay for the season ticket, and decide for myself if it is worth it to pay that much. The "face value" written on the ticket is not what I paid for it: I get a discount to that price, but then pay my PSD on top of it. The Face Value only serves me one purpose - as a starting point if I want to try and sell it to someone else. I assume OSU season ticket holders are similar.
If you buy individual game tickets to the premium games from the ticket office, this could affect you, but how many people are able to do that? You at least have to buy one of the mini-pack things, and you can then look at it the same way as a season ticket holder, looking at the total cost.
If you are NOT buying tickets from the ticket offices, you are just subject to the secondary market demand. And I don't think this changes that at all.
This WILL be a big impact to UM fans that buy the away tickets through the ticket office. Currently, for big games, those face value tickets are relatively cheap compared to the secondary market - but you get crappy seats in the visitor section. With this change it might be worh it to pay full secondary market prices and get a better seat.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Hopslam is correct.||
Hopslam is correct.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||USC||
Has anyone ever had a top-end recruiting class as good as USCs according to Rivals? They've got:
6 five stars
3 top ten
11 Rivals 100
All of those have to be a record or something.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Yup||
I said that last night, that this was compensating for something else big - like that he's gay.
In this era of wild, unsubstantiated (and irresponsible) speculation that's what I'm putting my money on.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Rivalries||
This is a bit old now, but CNNSi.com did a whole article on this very thing.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics??||
Did I read that correctly? Has Dave Brandon sold HIIMSELF?
I guess we can't complain if he sells anything else.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||We should be able to relate||
UGA fans think of GT as their annoying little brother who has fans that come out of the woodwork once per decade or so when they do something good (sound familiar?)
The difference is that GT is a better school. UGA fans are generally annoyed by those "GT nerds".
Oh, and GT is in downtown Atlanta, so not a bad place to be.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Yup.||
Exactly. I think this is a great deal for the athletes out there, especially those that married other athletes (I know of a few of those). But, I don't think their windfall will have any real meaningful negative effect on the rest of us, alumni or otherwise.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Alums/Athletes||
Anyone have any idea how likely people that are currently above the median points (20-ish or so) are NOT alums?
The athletes get a big bump, but I'm not sure there are enough of them to really change much. And, my thought is that most people above 20 points or so are alums anyways - so may not have much of an effect.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Michigan 89-62||
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Not every 6 years...||
Assuming we are in a home-and-home scheduling sort of thing, we'll play PSU/Wisc/MD/Rutgers, etc. 2 consecutive years out of every TWELVE.
Then again, trips to Happy Valley and East Rutherford only once per decade? Ok, maybe not so bad.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||#75 Jake Konopka||
He's the right tackle. I like watching Ross make him do the Neo Bullet Dodging dance.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Statues||
Just a minor point in the overall scheme of this scandal, but can we all remember that you should never build a statue of a living person?
What do they do with this thing now?
|2 years 9 weeks ago||I always thought the most||
I always thought the most confusing part is that the BCS is not for the FCS, but the FBS.
With the end of the BCS, maybe that point doesn't matter
|2 years 10 weeks ago||And now he's hyping||
And now he's hyping Rosenberg...
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Paid visits?||
Seems like there's already a process in place exactly for this - official visits.
Of course that doesn't help when mom and dad want to come, too. Nor does it address the acceleration of all aspects of recruiting, where so many kids are committing before they are even eligible to take those official visits.
And, of course every situation is different, and this may be an inappropriate sweeping generalization, but aren't you asking for problems with getting a kid from a thousand miles away when he doesn't have the means to travel back home or have his parents come and visit or see him play once in a while? Seems like it forces the kid into a potentially lonely on-campus existence that could result in a messy transfer to a closer-to-home school later.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Cards||
I fairly distinctly remember buying them from the concession stand at Crisler. Even then (as a HS student) I thought it was odd that I was buying something with current players names/faces on it. I understood why I couldn't buy a "Wheatley" #6 jersey at the time, and thought it was strange that I could get a Chris Webber basketball card.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Cards||
Those are pretty cool, I've got a set around somewhere too. I don't think I've ever seen trading cards for any other college team - seems like there's an NCAA violation in there somewhere.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||But...||
What about the 10:00 commitment? So who is that?
|2 years 14 weeks ago||No.||
Doesn't seem like relegation/promotion is appropriate for college. Players are on the field for a maximum of 4, but more likely about 2, years. A senior dominated team could easily perform well and get promoted, only to be a laughing stock the following year when all the seniors are gone and they are playing stiffer competition.
Not to mention the impact of one star player. Think about Dan LeFevour at CMU. He would have gotten CMU up to Level 1. After he left, they were 3-9 (in 2010) against MAC competition - who knows what would have happened against the more traditional B1G.
Can't promote a team when they are forbidden from returning their star players.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Curtains||
Those curtains are used all over. Breslin has one for WBB, and I think they draw more to a women's game than we do.
We should have just tried to buy the old one they used to have at the Silverdome for Pistons games. That's the biggest curtain I've ever seen, and might have been cheaper.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||It's a good thing||
He went to NU and doesn't like UM. At least he's true to his roots, and it's not like he says terrible, inflammatory things about UM. Fine by me.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||8||
Recruits that come in pairs, come in pairs...come in pairs.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Mmmm... drinking||
Just rum and coke on my way to Abu Dhabi...