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|2 hours 42 min ago||Look what you did, you little||
Look what you did, you little jerk.
|19 hours 3 min ago||Yes, my degree in one of||
Yes, my degree in one of those subjects you don't care about was absolutely worth the price I paid to the University, thank you very much.
|19 hours 13 min ago||$500-1000? Ha. No way. You're||
$500-1000? Ha. No way. You're looking at about $1000-2000 easily once you factor in hotels, transportation, even the cheapo tickets.
I'm surprised how little I care about this thing. I was talking to someone yesterday and they asked me who Michigan was playing. I honestly had to think about it.
After a while, you begin to realize that unless it's the Rose Bowl or one of the other BCS-tier games, or if the matchup is noteworthy or compelling (M-Nebraska in the Alamo, for instance), these things really do not matter. At all. Hell, the MDen hasn't even bothered selling more than about two pieces of bowl crap for the non-BCS games in about ten years. Used to be any old bowl game got the full merchandising, which is why our tree has a whole section of bowl ornaments. Not anymore. The novelty is gone, and full cynicism has set in.
Long story short, no one gives a crap about a bowl sponsored by chicken wings. It doesn't make you a bad fan. It merely makes you a realistic football fan in 2013.
|19 hours 48 min ago||There is a radio feed in the||
There is a radio feed in the bathrooms...
|1 day 5 hours ago||I'm ready to eat and drink my||
I'm ready to eat and drink my way to my post-New Year's diet. LET'S DO THIS.
|1 day 6 hours ago||1) Um, that's exactly what I||
1) Um, that's exactly what I said. Moeller wasn't known as anything more than a social drinker.
2) If they were trying to let his head roll for Florida State, they waited almost four years too long to do so... And it's not like they limped through the rest of that 1991 season, either. Beat the hell out of everyone except Florida State and Washington. 10-2 with a Heisman winner and a conference championship ain't bad.
In other words, it was incompetent administration combined with a bunch of really bad coincidences that made the firing happen, not Moeller's record as coach. Bad AD at the helm of a department that had been dysfunctional and poorly managed since Bo took over (with all apologies to Bo, he was a pretty medicore AD), a new University president who didn't really have a feel for the University... Ergo, trainwreck.
|1 day 6 hours ago||The damning detail Bacon left||
The damning detail Bacon left out of the book was that the message Bo left in Ann Arbor was with the child of a well-known Michigan administrator. The poor kid forgot to tell his parent Bo called for a couple of days. It was an honest mistake with huge implications.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Won't believe it until I see||
Won't believe it until I see the FlightAware.
|1 day 11 hours ago||That part of the story is||
That part of the story is absolutely fascinating. Bo was fishing in Mexico and through a sheer comedy of errors couldn't fix it over the phone.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Moeller went into media||
Moeller went into media silence for days while the Athletic Department figured out what to do and his lawyer piddled around, and all the while ESPN played the tape every hour on the hour. Michigan let the media make the narrative, instead of letting Gary Moeller and the University do it themselves. If Michigan is ahead of the story, or even reacting in real-time, Gary Moeller probably doesn't even need to be fired. Instead, Michigan drags its feet, and an incompetent AD makes a decision he's been forced to make by ESPN.
When Red had his problem (which happened in 1994, before Moeller), he went out in front of the entire CCHA press corps at the annual awards dinner the next day, owned up to his mistake directly without whitewashing it, and everyone went on their way. No delay, no time for the media to label him an alcoholic trainwreck, and that was that. Sure, the team was winning, but Red handling it the right way made a week-long story into a 48-hour story, and that was that.
For Moeller, the way that particular incident played out essentially tarnished him forever. It wasn't fair, 8-4 seasons or not. He was Bo's anointed one. He should have been teflon. Instead, the fanbase still treats him like an off-the-field trainwreck instead of a pretty decent guy and a damn good coach who had a couple iffy seasons followed by an off-the-field incident that didn't give him a chance to let his record play out for itself.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Let's get a few things||
Let's get a few things straight:
1. Gary Moeller did not have a drinking problem. He had a bad night that just happened to be blown out of proportion because a cop leaked an audio tape. Anybody who knows Gary Moeller will tell you it wasn't indicative of any known pattern of behavior. He was a social drinker at best. The entire situation was grossly mismanaged by Michigan and Moeller's attorney, who let the media run with the story with next to no reasonable response from the University until it was too late.
Contrast that against Red Berenson's very public (and equally embarrassing) alcohol-related incident right around the same time, and it gives things a little perspective. Red handled it the right way, and so did the University. Moeller gets tarnished an alcoholic, yet people forget the Red thing even happened.
2. Harbaugh getting a DUI doesn't indicate a drinking problem.
3. The knock on Harbaugh was that his early success as a head coach wasn't seen as indicative that he could win at a place like Michigan, because he'd never coached, even as an assistant, at a place like Michigan. He had been an assistant for a long time a lower-level college program and the NFL, and winning head coach at a nothing school. Stanford took a run at him because a program like Stanford could take that risk on a guy with a name and an incomplete coaching resume. In 2007, a school like Michigan couldn't. If Bill Martin had a crystal ball, maybe. But it's not fair to characterize the situation like you have.
Though I would say that Bill Martin perhaps should have been paying closer attention to the speech Harbaugh gave at the pep rally the day before the 2007 Rose Bowl on the Santa Monica pier, because Harbaugh got onstage and gave the greatest Michigan pump-up speech this side of Bob Ufer I've ever seen in my life. It was Bo-esque in every sense of the word.
4. The problem with Harbaugh's comments about Michigan's academics weren't that they were incorrect, because initially, he was pretty much right on the money. Even if the Carty story for the Ann Arbor News was riddled with inaccuracies (and it was), every D1 program (Stanford included, btw) in one way or another is dealing with the kinds of issues Harbaugh was highlighting. The problem was he doubled down about two too many times trying to make those points. If he said it once and then backed off, that's one thing. He just went too far.
|2 days 9 hours ago||There was an outfit selling||
There was an outfit selling those wooden bleachers in the early 90s when they started taking them out (they literally intalled the plastic bleachers on top of them, and they were still there in some sections through the late 90s-early 00s, IIRC).
There was some issue with the company that sold them, though... I think it had to do with one of Bo's stepsons and it turned into this big family issue/problem with the AD, etc.
|2 days 9 hours ago||The proper argument for this||
The proper argument for this isn't the people making the pizza, it's the fact that Domino's marketing strategy at the transition out of Dave Brandon's tenure was "we know we make a shitty product." He starred in the damn advertisements. This is a guy who is unashamed about peddling cardboard with some cheese, because "we know it's bad, but it's going to get better!"
If you read the Brandon Blog these days, sounds eerily familiar...
|2 days 9 hours ago||So we have to wait four years||
So we have to wait four years before the good home games kick in. OK. Keep those PSDs and inflated ticket prices coming, sitting through Appalachian State II is just part of "The Process." Respect the WOW.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Well, if you're going to||
Well, if you're going to replace the Alumni Band...
|2 days 9 hours ago||MMB To Dallas Can Drive II:||
MMB To Dallas Can Drive II: Back to the Bus
|2 days 10 hours ago||Don't NFL paychecks get taxed||
Don't NFL paychecks get taxed by some goofy system based on the tax of where that week's game is played?
|2 days 20 hours ago||Also see "Staee", not||
Also see "Staee", not capitalizing Dantonio's name, calling OSU Ohio (or ohio), etc.
It's no better than M*ch*gan or SCum or any of that other RCMB-type garbage.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Let's face it: This is a guy||
Let's face it: This is a guy who's had a lot of success turning a perennial also-ran into a relatively consistent program, who has his in-state rival's number, a great AD who backs him up, a big-time basketball program he can use as recruiting leverage, and the chance to be at MSU what Bo is to us.
Sure, Dantonio is going to get calls. And it's nice to think that he might actually consider leaving MSU. But he's not leaving MSU. It's pretty much playing with fire.
|4 days 5 hours ago||I live in Chicago. Honestly,||
I live in Chicago. Honestly, in the months before the playoff run, Blackhawks gear was pretty much nowhere to be seen. Then, all of the sudden, they get to the series with the Wings, and as the series went on, you could see the amount of Hawks gear increase day by day. By the finals, every woman had a Kane or Toews shirsey, every guy had a hat or a jersey, and they all wanted to talk about the Hawks. And it all looked fresh off the rack.
I'm not even particularly a Wings fan. I'm just a guy who notices a bandwagon materializing before my eyes. And this was definitely a bandwagon phenomenon if I've ever seen one.
|4 days 6 hours ago||The Division Pennant:||
The Division Pennant: Otherwise known as the "Cleveland World Series."
|4 days 6 hours ago||Golden Boy, obviously.||
Golden Boy, obviously.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Uh... It wasn't a bullshit||
Uh... It wasn't a bullshit penalty. Crable made a completely boneheaded decision to go high on Troy Smith when he could have just as easily either laid off and let him throw the ball away (which he was doing), or made a less dramatic, yet legal hit instead.
As far as helmet-to-helmet calls go, it was a complete no-brainer. It's on Crable, not the official.
|4 days 8 hours ago||That's just about what the||
That's just about what the Alumni Association packages are like every time Michigan goes to Pasadena. Bowl trips can be crazy expensive.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Aw, come on. You can watch a||
Aw, come on. You can watch a Cleveland team actually win something any time you want. If you have Netflix.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Case in point:||
Kane shirseys seen in Chicago before May 2013: Zero
Kane shirseys seen in Chicago after May 2013: Approximately 150,000
|4 days 8 hours ago||Yet if Trey doesn't pick up||
Yet if Trey doesn't pick up those early fouls, Spike Albrecht never has a legitimate opportunity to non-creepily tweet Kate Upton.
|4 days 8 hours ago||I don't even like the||
I don't even like the Fratellis in The Goonies.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Amadou Ba was last seen||
Amadou Ba was last seen showing up for games at Crisler in his M varsity jacket, years after he finished school.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Because the entertainment||
Because the entertainment factor alleviates the pain of a million dong punches?
If only I had told myself that when I was watching the Gingell kick against ASU from the third row, directly lined up with the holder. Or when I sat in the Horseshoe watching the Crable hit in real time and the earth literally started moving in slow motion as the flag hit the sky. Or when Trey Burke gets all ball on the greatest block not made by Tayshaun Prince against the Pacers, and Louisville goes to the line to ice the championship.
Right. The entertainment of competing at the highest level. That's it. I feel better already.