a terrible blight on our fine country
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|6 days 2 hours ago||jhackney? That you?||
jhackney? That you?
|1 week 14 hours ago||ESS EE SEE||
EYE BEE DEE
|1 week 1 day ago||Harbaugh's Lasting Lessons?||
Harbaugh's Lasting Lessons?
|1 week 3 days ago||Late entry||
I know this story is no longer on the front page, but I had to add another one for posterity (since I just passed the chapter last night):
The AD not giving complementary tickets to the championship-winning teams that would be introduced in the North endzone on a weekly basis.
If they didn't purchase a ticket, these student-athletes would be escorted in, paraded into the endzone for applause, and escorted back out.
|1 week 3 days ago||Hm||
So we should condone these behaviors, because they're young men and young men do stupid things?
Should sexual assault be included in the list of stupid things that young men do, that society should accept?
From a study cited on CNN in 2013 (LINK):
For the record, I'm not suggesting SAE was shut down for something related to sexual assault. I don't know the circumstances, nor do I care. I just take issue with the "boys will do stupid things and we should accept it" response. If you rush a frat and willingly allow yourself to kicked in the balls for initiation, you probably deserve what you get. But there are no exceptions for personal responsibility and basic human decency. You even acknowledge that today's kids are likely smarter and more aware of social consequences. But that doesn't seem to faze some kids, especially in some notable fraternities (as it would seem).
I think kids today ARE different than they used to be, for countless reasons. Especially rich kids on a college campus.
|1 week 3 days ago||Lochdogg*||
|1 week 4 days ago||It's not revisionist||
His handling of "the process" at the time was embarrassing. Whether he intended to hire Miles or not, he made himself unavailable when Miles tried to contact him.
Things got leaked into the media, which then blew up any chance of hiring Miles, which led to LSU's AD basically thumbing his nose at U-M and bragging that not even Miles' alma mater is good enough to lure him away. Whether Martin had intention or not, it made U-M look bad, and very publicly.
Offering the job to Schiano (of all people), seemingly on a whim (did anyone see that coming?), and then having Schiano very publicly turn him down...another hit to the mighty Michigan program.
So we ended up with, at best, our second choice. Were we happy about it? I imagine most of were, and that wasn't the point of my post. Many would argue (and have) there were at least two better candidates ahead of RichRod (Harbaugh and Miles), so in that sense, we got our 3rd or 4th choice. RichRod fell into Martin's lap only because of his very recent falling-out at WVU and the consternation over losing to Pitt.
I didn't read Three And Out, so I'm going on my own read of events from the press, but I'm not revising history. The entire "process" was embarrassing to the University, in my opinion. It made the U-M coaching job look undesirable. The fact that we ended up with a "hot" coach at the time doesn't change that.
I'm sure I could find more to prove I'm not revising history, but do I need to?
|1 week 4 days ago||Did I read in the book||
He also has all of his signature embroidered into all his shirts?
(Aside: who folds dress shirts? Isn't that the entire points of laundering them, so they're not wrinkled? Doesn't folding them require you to iron them?)
|1 week 5 days ago||To be fair||
Martin didn't like being told he couldn't go somewhere in the stadium, or not being immediately recognized as the AD by every usher:
But on the whole, I gained more appreciation for Martin after reading this book. I was reminded that he did more than just bungle the RichRod hire.
And I would've done the same thing. "Fuck [Brandon] and his passes."
|1 week 5 days ago||Speaking of which...||
Did anyone bother to proofread this book? I understand it was a rush job, but really?
I never knew San Fran was in the AFC.
|1 week 5 days ago||Except it's not||
Because we could've had him in 2011, if we'd had an AD who was competent and only had a large but manageable ego.
|1 week 5 days ago||Sears Trophy||
We, as a University and fan base, probably don't care about it. I don't lose sleep or find myself in a bad mood because tennis finished 9th in the B1G. And no fan of another school has ever made fun of me or my school due to the track team's poor finish.
But I could see how the AD would use it a potential metric of overall program performance.
Unfortunately, as you suggest, his fixation on it was a problem. More importantly, the implementation of his fixation; shitcanning good coaches and thinking it will improve performance was a problem.
Fact is, we're never going to be Stanford, and hoping to compete with schools like that (for the Sears Trophy) on a consistent basis is somewhat of a fool's errand.
|1 week 5 days ago||So many to choose from||
I'm about 3/4 through the book. Like Nasternak, football season has cut into my reading time. Also, if I wanted to read, I'd go to school. This is quite seriously the first non-picture book I've read in 10+ years. But required reading, no doubt.
I just got past the chapter about DeBord sitting in with non-revenue sports and canning the tennis coach (Berque) because he hadn't won a B1G championship in something like 9 years. And then pushing him on a press release while he was considering the severance package, so the AD could avoid any social media storm. It was sickening. I feel bad for so many people in this book, who stayed out of loyalty, passing up other opportunities, only to get shit on by Brandon.
I lost a lot of respect for DeBord, too. How long has be been around? Wouldn't we expect him to know better, to fight for the "old" way? To quote Ocean's Thirteen, you shook Canham's hand; you should know better. He converted to a yes-man lackey for his own benefit. What a fucking sellout.
M-Hacks. Already discussed above, but fleecing the fans AND academic units to pad your financial bottom line? Unbelievable.
I truly hope Hackett has read this and formulated a plan to right a lot of Brandon's wrongs. Opening the stadium back up to the public would be a great start.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||You're new here||
It's okay. We're all new at some point.
See also: Tom Gholston.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I can 2nd this||
He's definitely a numbers guy.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I'll join you||
Not to mention, it already seems to exist (kinda):
|7 weeks 6 days ago||^ co-sign ^||
I've been a DirecTV customer off and on for 10+ years; my parents have Comcast and a friend has U-Verse (and I was formerly a U-Verse customer, as well as a Dish customer at one time). I much prefer the DirecTV user interface.
As for weather, I only lose signal in heavy downpours, which would need to actually coincide with my TV-watching. It's maybe once a quarter, and only temporarily. An overblown worry, in my opinion. If I'm watching a Triple D marathon and my signal goes out due to heavy rain, I can usually find something else to do for a few minutes.
The only annoying thing about DirecTV is the occasional soliciting phone calls, where they call repeatedly and don't leave messages. But when I finally answer to chew them out, they usually offer me a good deal on premium channels.
There was a time when DirecTV was the only way to see U-M games outside the region (via the GamePlan package). No other provider had it. But that's no longer a concern with the ABC/ESPN/BTN coverage arrangement.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||I count 11 Adidas logos on||
I count 11 Adidas logos on the white uni. That doesn't include the gloves. 11.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Walked by the group||
In front of Pizza Bob's at lunch.
Coach was asking if anybody wanted a shake.
One dude said he was lactose intolerant. Out loud, even.
That sucks, because a PB's chocolate almond shake on an official visit would seal the deal for me. It's not as cool as walking the Orange Carpet, but it's still pretty cool. Literally.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Take cover, bruh||
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Aye||
"Bless his little Alabama heart..."
|19 weeks 6 days ago||F yeah!||
Do it. I can't get enough of that movie. Need to go see it again, like, tonight.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||That's along the lines of my thinking!||
|26 weeks 5 days ago||+100||
The irony of SEC coaches complaining about recruiting disadvantages, when they're allowed by their conference to oversign, even though it's not in the best interest of student-athletes (see: Elliott Porter).
|27 weeks 12 hours ago||Perhaps||
The OP title should clarify there are spoilers lurking herein. "No Prank Pledge" doesn't really cover it.
EDIT: In fairness, the OP wasn't about WD (NTWD).
|28 weeks 3 days ago||In other frat news...||
In magazine interview, anonymous PSU frat member defends posting of nude co-eds on Facebook (CNN video):
|28 weeks 5 days ago||A righteous correction. Also,||
A righteous correction. Also, the punctuation goes inside the end quote.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||My beef||
is with people and entities trying to justify their fleecing of consumers. But I can accept that my opinion is in the minority.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Where||
Where, in any of my posts on this topic (much less, the one you're responding to), did I blame StubHub?
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Again||
I actually never said I had no intention of succumbing to a scalper's ransom. I understood that buying a ticket to the NC game against BC was going to cost more than face value. But maybe there were financial constraints in my life at that time, as a struggling graduate? Maybe I was hopeful of finding a reasonably overpriced ticket? Everyone has their reasons for the decisions they make, and I don't regret it.
Again, I'm not necessarily arguing that an individual shouldn't be allowed to request a price that reflects supply and demand, although I admit it's a slippery slope. I guess I'm arguing about making a profession of fleecing people (as a company or individual), and making it more difficult for fans to attend (at the price that was established by the venue).
You, as a fan, may choose to sell your ND ticket for a markup. Okay. But as a fan, did you buy your season tickets solely to make money by reselling them? Probably not.