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|1 week 2 days ago||I understand the desire for||
I understand the desire for this, but with so much attention on player safety and compensation for athletes, I can't see it happening in the current environment. I think you'd have to cut back the regular season by at least a couple of games. With 128 FBS teams, that would be 128 lost games to accommodate 20 additional playoff games. The revenue hit would need to be made up through revenue sharing on the playoff games - I don't think the math works.
|1 week 5 days ago||I only listened for a short||
I only listened for a short time this morning, but I thought Sam was doing some major backpedaling.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Not buying it||
The media is being played like a violin. This is a very complex negotiation with a lot of moving parts.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||We've been playing football||
We've been playing football at Michigan for 135 years. I don't think there are any "old-timers" that can answer that question. Best response so far is the guy who did the research on the 1934 team.
This reminds me of "best of" and "worst of" lists that purport to cover the history of a thing, then everything on the list is from the last decade.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||You lost me at calling Jason||
You lost me at calling Jason Gay "some yob at the WSJ." You can disagree with the article but I find Gay and the WSJ some of the finest journalism outside of MGoBlog.
Personally I agree with the sentiment expressed in the WSJ article and I am extremely pleased with President Schlissel so far. Without over-analyzing or reading too much into his remarks, as is wont to do around here, he is right that we are an academic institution first and athletics are for entertainment. It's what separates us from the Ohio States of the world. That is not to say that we can't be competitive on the football field. Stanford and Notre Dame come to mind. We are, after all, Leaders and Best, and I am confident we will keep an appropriate balance.
|5 weeks 22 hours ago||It is my livelyhood too.||
It is my livelyhood too. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), it is not my livelihood.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Student seating based on how||
Student seating based on how many credits had been accumulated was a tradition that put the most experienced student fans together in one section. The waiting list for season tickets was a tradition that placed value on being a season ticket holder. No advertising in the stadium was a tradition that contributed to the focus on the game and pageantry. Student section creativity (cowbell, ad hoc cheers, the wave, and many others that have come and gone) were traditions that added to the fun and excitement of attending a game, now largely stamped out by too much non-stop noise. The band being the only source of music in the stadium was a tradition that has now been marginalized by pre-recorded music (although I do like the fact that the band is now amplified, which is kind of necessary in a stadium our size). Finally I believe that the quality of leadership in the Atheltics Department, including the values espoused by Canham, Schembechler, and for generations before them, were a tradition that have been embarrassingly ignored by Brandon and his "if it ain't broke, break it" mantra.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Fair enough, we don't all see||
Fair enough, we don't all see it exactly the same way.
I stand by the quote. As to B1G scheduling, he should carry more sway as the AD of Michigan (fergawdsakes) than was demonstrated by the outcome. Maybe the B1G doesn't like him either? As to ND, I think he got blindsided and reacted badly, thereby widening the chasm. Probably just the fact that he was blindsided could be seen as a failure, but he definitely failed to appropriately manage the situation thereafter.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||You may not agree with all of||
You may not agree with all of these, which is fine, but it's a partial list of issues that come to mind that have, either directly or indirectly, had a negative impact on traditions and contributed to unwelcome changes in the game day experience:
- Student Seating Debacle
- Attempting to maximize revenue from ticket pricing and licensing to the point that (1) our waiting list has been destroyed, and (2) student attendance declined, thereby resulting in the Student Seating Debacle
- Advertising in the stadium
- Pre-recorded music that marginalizes the band and infringes on student section creativity. I don't recall if this started under Martin or not, but it has almost certainly expanded under Brandon. In any case, he has the ability to change it and he hasn't so that's on him.
- Distractions that, used in moderation, can be fun, but used every Saturday cheapen the experience (i.e., fireworks, flyovers, jet pack dudes, eagles, parachutists, t-shirt cannons, etc.)
- Espousing an "in your face" arrogance that is neither flattering nor currently justified (i.e, chicken dances, skywriting, etc.). I'm OK when players occasionally get carried away with this stuff, but having it come from the University administration is disturbing.
- Mismanaging scheduling to such a blatant degree that we could end up with the piece of crap we have this year, including but not limited to the Appy State rescheduling absurdity, moving MSU and OSU to away games in the same year for what appears to be forever, and losing the ND game for what appears to be forever. One might argue that Brandon had no control over the latter two. If that's true, then he's weak and we don't need him. Maybe ND would have rescheduled us in a few years instead of OSU if we hadn't tried to publicly humiliate them?
Sorry, I need to get back to work now and I'm getting angrier just writing this...
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I would add, "Respect the||
I would add, "Respect the traditions." Stop trying to fix things that aren't broken. Leave some breaks in the non-stop noise between plays that allow people to converse and the students to be creative. Stop trying to make each Saturday a cheap spectacle - our traditions are enough of a spectacle.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Over 11,000 now||
Over 11,000 now
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Parents||
U-M parents also have a uniqname if they access their students' accounts through Wolverine Access.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Again, I am not a lawyer, but||
Again, I am not a lawyer, but subparagraph (iii) in Brandon's contract sounds fairly broad and relevant to the current circumstances.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||I do not draft these||
I do not draft these agreements for a living, but I negotiate deals for a living. Unless the definition of cause in the contract is extremely weak, the University should be able to use the recent meltdown as a reasonable threat of termination for cause, which then would likely set in motion a negotiation that either ends in a settlement or litigation - and probably neither side wants to litigate. In any case, it really shoudn't matter what it costs to get rid of these two.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||This contract does not||
This contract does not include the 2012 extension.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Not true||
This is absolutely not true. The two regents that I know personally - one a former classmate, and one a business colleague - are die hard supporters of everything Michigan and avid football fans. They understand full well how football is part of the Michigan DNA - although only part of it, which is something that some "causual" posters don't get.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Exactly right||
DB wanted to extend his contract before MSC retired, because MSC was a DB supporter. The Regents allowed this to happen, but inserted a buyout clause. They are concerned that any high profile coach would not want DB peering over their shoulder, watching game film, in the locker room, etc. Expect the firing order to be DB, then BH.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Are you serious?||
Miami couldn't move the ball at all on us when we didn't hand them good field position. Do you actually believe Hoke was purposely not playing with urgency so we would score with no time left? If so you have a lot more confidence in the guy than I do.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Stinging criticism on target||
What happened on 4th down wasn't the worst of it. The fact is that the entire last possession of the first half was played without any urgency to score. We had the ball with something like 4 minutes on the clock on Miami's side of the field. If we'd have managed the clock better in the first two minutes, the 4th down thing with a minute left probably wouldn't have happened. Instead, the tempo was as if there was no time constraint at all. I watched in disbelief as Gardner let the play clock run down to single digits on snap after snap. Hoke was either lost or has no killer instinct. Can anyone imagine Urban Meyer or Nick Saban wasting an opportunity to score in that situation, especially when we had to give the ball back to Miami to start the second half? I have been patient but I am rapidly losing confidence in our HC's ability to manage a game.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks for the quote, I won't||
Thanks for the quote, I won't read a Rosenberg article.
Spencer is low profile, but a tremendous asset for Michigan. He knows quality young men and women, having served previously as the director of recruitment for the Air Force Academy. Clearly he and Rodriguez were not on the same page, so I agree that it's encouraging to hear him saying good things about the quality of our football recruits as people, not just athletes.
This is not a backhanded slap at Rodriguez. He brought in some great kids that represented Michigan well, too. It's just no secret that Rodriguez wanted more leeway than the University was prepared to give.
|18 weeks 9 hours ago||Great opinion piece in the||
Great opinion piece in the WSJ Monday by Dave Revsine (including Michigan reference). Here's a link, although it's paywalled:
Bottom line is pay for athletes is not a new issue at all, having been debated for over 100 years. This is just a new chapter. My prediction is we will get through this with no significant changes to intercollegiate athletics, and amateurism being preserved in a broad sense of the word.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||My two cents||
Sit in the north end zone, and don't buy tickets that are more than 10 rows from the portal, and stay close to the aisle. You can count on game days in September being really hot, and younger kids will get restless and be up and down the whole game. Being near the portal will be easier to get out for refreshments and bathroom breaks. Plus there is a grassy hill outside the north endzone that is a great, cooler place to relax in and let the kids run around. Personally I would recommend section 36, which is a small section that doesn't extend all the way to the field. As a point of reference, row 69 is the first row down inside section 36.
Hope this helps, and have fun!
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Well I suppose I could put 4||
Well I suppose I could put 4 on StubHub
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Would bet two tickets to Appy||
Would bet two tickets to Appy State that the AD and the (accurate) perception of growing restlessness in the fan base is behind this. I am not against it at all, and I hope it generates some positive buzz.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Regent (dis)approval||
Spoke to a regent today who is absolutely against this nonsense. Not sure if that view is representative of the group.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Regent (dis)approval||
Spoke to a regent today who is absolutely against this nonsense. No idea if that view is representative of the group.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Leaders and best||
Leaders and best
|24 weeks 6 days ago||I know what you mean||
I should probably start referring to them as "new potatoes"
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Canham||
That's probably what they said about Don Canham, too, back in the day. Brandon is doing exactly the same thing Canham did, only in a different era. I agree that winning will make Brandon's crap entirely more palatable.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Got the same e-mail||
I wanted to reply that I have two for sale for the "Home Opener" as well, and for a lot less than $40 per ticket. Unfortunately it was from a no-reply address.