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|1 day 15 hours ago||"there are actually these things called fans!"||
; exclamation point!; followed by
Passive-aggressive, and a retread of the old schtick.
Certainly, this IS David Brandon!
|1 day 15 hours ago||There's a demand curve||
thing happening with the student ticket prices.
Increased prices, along with the other factors discussed here ad nauseum, had driven down demand so much that they were actually causing a net loss of revenue. DB lowered the prices to a level where increased sales would make the decrease revenue-neutral.
What remains to be seen, for student tickets and all the rest, is when the AD prices, lowered, same or raised, actually come in to line with the market prices available via alternative vendors.
|1 day 15 hours ago||A stopped clock||
is right twice a day.
|1 day 16 hours ago||"People bitched about Brandon because Hoke didn't win . . ."||
and 300,000 people who populated M's season-ticket wait list through and after 3-9 evaporated four years into the Brandon regime.
DB's job is to keep or hire a competent FB coach and to keep the fans who pay for the AD budget from bailing, and then there's "the rest."
He failed dismally in both of the most important aspects of his job. He killed, and was continuing to kill, M football.
There is no "the rest."
|1 day 16 hours ago||"You don't get hand-holding at this level."||
Michigan's experience suggests that everyone does much better when the former coach newly appointed as an associate AD, for whatever reason, goes out of his way to help the new coach find his way around, such as when Elliot quietly intervened before Bo had a chance to carry out his threat to "get rid of those silly helmets." I don't know what Canham's role in this was.
When the outgoing head coach newly appointed as an associate AD decides, for whatever reason, to take a different tack, then the program can easily end up getting nuked for the next 7 years.
Call this "handholding" if you want, but I like it better Elliot's and Canham's way.
|3 days 13 hours ago||"Just annoyed"||
and yet here you are telling us how annoyed you are.
Were you expecting a revelation and became annoyed when there was nothing new in your eyes? Or did you click through already annoyed?
When the structure of UM football is flailing as badly as it is for as long as it has, breathlessly following speculation about what comes next is what people do. Eight years of suckage is tiring for everybody. Just hope somebody does something right before too long so that we aren't here doing this again four years from now.
Meanwhile, I suppose you'll just keep being annoyed.
|4 days 3 hours ago||"Biakabutuka,"||
|4 days 4 hours ago||Pronoun declension, etc. --||
"Whoever"/"him- or herself."
|5 days 11 hours ago||What I don't understand||
is why ALL teams had/have to wear away whites when only three or four games/week were even televised from the 1950s to the Oklahoma suit in ca. 1984?
|5 days 11 hours ago||It's||
a shit day in the neighborhood.
|1 week 1 day ago||Unfortunately,||
it only goes back to 2008.
I was hoping to match 2006 UM against Meyer's Florida team.
Of course, Gary Danielson already did this enough times to make me want to punch a cinderblock with my face. I was hoping for a better outcome.
|1 week 1 day ago||It is counterintuitive||
because the longer the transitive chain required to link one school to the other via wins, the more points accumulate.
By this logic, Michigan is only 4 points better than Notre Dame via their common opponent Northwestern, but Notre Dame, Ohio is 273 points better after requiring a chain of 24 transitive wins to connect it to Notre Dame.
I wonder if there is a way to put 2014 Michigan State up against 1904 Chicago?
|1 week 1 day ago||You're both right.||
The idea of journalism is an inspiring concept.
The current practice of journalism in the US MSM is a mess of hot sewage with occasional edible food particles floating on top.
|1 week 1 day ago||I doubt||
M fans are prepared to forgive Jimi for dissing M in his warm-up comments to the crowd at the Band of Gypsies concert on 1-1-70.
Although those comments were longer ago than Harbaugh's.
|1 week 2 days ago||Not to nit-pick,||
but I was just curious and looked it up.
The plural of "staff" is "staff," unless you are talking about music notation, in which case it is "staves (pronounced "stavz")."
|1 week 2 days ago||I didn't read the damn thing||
and it doesn't sound like I need to. If you listen in class, you can pass the test without reading the book (to clarify, I do read books) and if you read the comments, you can figure out how much, if any, you are missing by not giving media tool-bags their coveted clicks.
It sounds like Ford's criteriae for "dumpster-fire"-hood combine variables (lack of constraint by any system of law, breakdown in the fundamental functions of an educational institution, football team won-lost percentage) without any functional relationships and jumble them together until the word-salad that spews out is void of any informative or factual relevence.
I would say that, until DB was dumped, UM AD was in a dark place. The changes since indicate to me that UM has people capable of taking meaningful actions in timely fashion, and, therefor, until we find out otherwise, UM is on a trajectory to end up in fine shape with a better institutional reputation than FSU of UNC will ever get to, and with a winning program to boot. And Ford will then offer to polish our collective soul-dong, and we will turn our collective back on him and tell him to fuck off. But it won't matter because UM is bigger than anything Ford will contrive in his search for click-bait.
|1 week 2 days ago||It's not||
about having "asshats [there but for the grace of God . . .]" on the team, but whether the school and the local constabulary and justice system abort the normal function of law and order in order to support the proclivities of well-established habitual criminals, which, as far as I can see, nobody has hung on Ann Arbor yet.
Clark's case is a misfortune but, as far as I can see, not an embarrassment to the ethics of the UM AD.
|1 week 2 days ago||So many choices||
in answering this question.
Speaking of jenga:
|1 week 2 days ago||Took me||
a half-hour later.
The first-year magic combined with two preventable losses left me on the fence.
Bellomy's performance, with a 5-* QB recruit available on the roster, left me wondering if the post-November-'06 nightmare was really over. I think that is when we started hearing about how Hoke needed more time.
Time ran out for me with the '13 Akron-PSU stretch and 27-for-27. Young line and all those excuses, but I still had to wonder why these young lineman still couldn't handle Akron. No decent third-year coach could possibly turn in an unending torrent of intolerable performances like that one. Disappointing, maybe. But not wretched.
I held my breath for a Nuss miracle, but only out of respect for the idea that firing a coach before the fourth year was early-2000s ND behavior, and would only make repairing the mounting institutional damage harder in the long run.
I think that losing DB was the unexpected gift of this year, and really holds the door open to the kind of "return-to-greatness" thinking that makes me wonder if I'm not an ND fan from 15 years ago.
|1 week 3 days ago||For pure turbulence||
I would nominate either the events leading to the benching of Willis Ward in the Georgia Tech game of Oct. 20, 1934, or the events leading up to Harry Kipke's resignation as UM HFC sometime after the 1937 season.
The first gave rise to the following:
Kipke lost his job after two losing seasons after earlier bringing back-to-back MNCs to UM in 1932-3. The official reasons for his demission were given as follows in the 12/12/37 Chicago Herald Tribune:
|1 week 4 days ago||The||
Earl Bruce method.
Good for an upset win.
|2 weeks 1 hour ago||Has anyone||
consulted Steve Everitt?
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||I prefer to take a positive view||
and suppose that Schlissel is genuine man willing to speak his mind even as he continues feeding it and developing it. Of course, I'm contrasting him with the outgoing AD when I do this. So far, his actions appear to all be hitting the spot.
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||My pile||
started in the den.
I was sent in against it after losing my driver's license a few days before a court date.
I eventually found an expired passport, my original SSN card, and parts to a piano trio from a group I haven't seen in a few years.
The pile had overflowed the desktop and started reducing floor space but I don't fully blame myself. Cats were involved.
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||Aren't you||
looking past this week's opponents?
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||After actually looking at||
Cat Fancy, I discovered it to be a surprisingly deep read with a passionate and committed social mission, for instance, in it's unflinching discussions of shelters, strays, colony maintainance, TNR, and other difficult homeless pet social issues.
Kudos for the product-placement reference.
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||"We'll stay in touch"||
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||All right,||
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||I think it can be argued||
that the music degree is a square peg in a round university hole because of its teaching demands. It is tolerated in a university environment because a strong music program is seen as a necessary component of a comprehensive university environment.
Clearly, football is the same (there are elite schools with no or little music component) in its own twisted way. I think it makes perfect sense to make an analogous honest university accomodation with the indispensable history of college football.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||A solid||
liberal-arts degree, as opposed to a specialized technical degree, will open doors outside the area of subject-matter expertise, or at least that's the ideology I absorbed in the process of getting one.
Cram the football degree with secondary areas drawn from the business, teaching, management side of sports while including the liberal arts staples -- composition, sciences, history -- and I don't see why it needs to be a hollow acquisition.