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|17 weeks 5 days ago||Hmmm||
This sounds curiosly like my tailgate crew.
AAGO? Cornhole tourney?
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Last night||
A little late to the party, but:
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Yes||
It's because you don't actually receive anything for the "donation," other than the "privilege" of purchasing tickets. For IRS purposes, the charitable deduction writeoff is 80% of the PSD. This is reflected on the donation receipt.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||Christmas miracle||
That would constitute one, if I ever saw it.
|47 weeks 6 days ago||Personally, I wouldn't do it||
But it's so subtle. It's not like other pejoratives. It's an arrogant dig, at best.
But...overmoderation and suppression of speech is where we're at now. Unfortunate, but I've accepted it.
|49 weeks 3 days ago||As far as I could tell||
...it was being "corrected" last year, with entire sections unfilled for large portions of games. As someone who grew up watching U-M hockey -- even sneaking into games through the south end in the late 80s -- it's sad to see attendance waning. Granted, last year wasn't a normal year. But I truly hope this isn't a continuing trend. High ticket prices can only make it worse.
|49 weeks 3 days ago||No money trees||
But at least there's the Ticket Oak.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Actually||
I find the tall grill guy to be quite pleasant. Never heard a bad word from him.
The cashier last night, on the other hand, was a total dick. But he knew he could get away with being a dick, because people were waiting 2.5 hours in line to eat. What are they going to do, protest and leave?
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Meh||
XS baseball pants for kid ($10), visor for wife ($5), Big Chill puck ($5), I Wore 21 book ($5).
Not much else around at 9:15; mostly picked over, all good stuff gone.
Not sure it was worth the walk in the heat and standing in line for 25 minutes to pay whilst sweating my balls off in a sweltering building with no A/C or air movement. But you gotta try it at least once, I guess.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||If I spent all my time on MGoBlog in Wyoming||
I'd probably be a bit curmudgeon, too.
Having said that, I'm content with my life as an MGoBlog simpleton.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Yet another example of MGoBlog improving my life||
Laying on the couch last night after my son's baseball practice, reading MGoBlog mobile, and I see this post.
Quickly run to PC, log into fantasy baseball, see Papa Grande is the top trending player in all leagues...and still a free agent.
Pick him up, drop Benoit (who's been pretty much useless for saves so far, due in part to his sucky team). I feel like a slave to trends, but I can't see how Valverde can be much worse in terms of save production.
Thank you, MGoBlog!
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Except that||
...Valverde doesn't pitch from a windup; he always pitches from the stretch.
If your point is that Valverde gives up lots of SBs due to a slow delivery, you may be correct if talking about 2012. However, he was harder to steal on in the prior three seasons (link).
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Solich||
Without missing the point of your post, I wouldn't include Solich in that group. He's already done the big-school, climb-the-ladder thing, and he got chewed up for his trouble. Unceremoniously fired in 2003 after a 9-3 season (and a 58-19 tenure at Nebraska), for what I believe the AD called "mediocrity."
Then in 2005, he was arrested for DUI. Recall the U-M reaction to Moeller's unfortunate drinking incident, and you can understand why big-name schools might be hesitant to give him a call as their next HC. Honestly, I was a bit surprised that Ohio (NTO) didn't can him, but he seems to have continued on without any additional trouble.
In summary, the reasons why he stays are likely different than the other coaches you mention.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||"Strike a Pose"||
As I read the article this morning, I was half-wondering if I'd see MGoBlog listed as one of the defendants due to the "Strike a Pose" shirt in the MGoStore. While it might not be an exact representation of the "iconic photo," it's clearly based on that event/photo. I don't know copyright infringement law; perhaps a single-color outline doesn't qualify, or the "pose" on the shirt is noticeably different than the photo. Good for the site, obviously.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||So basically||
...you're saying we have three more home games left this season.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||If you're eating at the stadium||
...then you've apparently failed at pre-gaming.
But that's just one man's opinion.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||StubHub data 2011||
Okay, I don't know where to put this, or if it's even useful at this point. But I'm going through my massively overflowing paper inbox to make space in the den for a Christmas tree, and I want to shred these stupid StubHub receipts. So preserved here for posterity are the prices I received via the StubHub U-M Marketplace for my two seats (Section 41, Row 35) in 2011. These values represent the final payout and do not include StubHub fees.
EMU $60 (not on StubHub)
Glad I moved to A2 and can now make all the games, because it's nearly impossible to recoup the investment on tickets that face at $75+.
|2 years 1 week ago||Pre-game hype video||
I recall being very, very underwhelmed by it. Then again, it's kinda hard to top last year's, with all of the former stars touting the impressive history of the program, capped by Hoke's pièce de résistance.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Not only that||
But the Blue Lot capacity will be greatly diminished for (at least) the AFA game. Last year, the PDC contruction closed off a significant portion of the lot. This year, in addition to the PDC footprint, the Crisler renovation is taking up an even larger footprint. See http://www.mgoblue.com/genrel/060109aad.html. All those spaces will obviously be shifted elsewhere.
BTW...the PiHi grass/yard sucks.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||The game?!||
Who cares about the game weather?
|2 years 3 weeks ago||?||
Somebody actually made you pay $2 for a ticket?
Surely there's a story here.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||NSFMF||
I'm not sure this is such a sure thing. Texas A&M has been considering expansion of Kyle Field for almost 10 years. If they did, the new seating capacity of 115k would exceed the current single-game attendance record. Obviously, the expansion may never happen and they'd still need to fill the seats in football-mad Texas. But other schools are in much closer striking distance of the record than Texas A&M. With a well-timed expansion, it could happen.
One school I won't worry about for a while is...oh, wait, I've hear Bolivia isn't that nice. Nevermind.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||I'd like to see how this looks||
Care to post a pic of one of these works?
(I'm not very creative, so visual representations of interesting ideas are always appreciated.)
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Seat relocation||
From the AD website:
Therefore, if you think you'll want to relocate your seats for the upcoming season, give as much as you can on your PSD form at the beginning of the year, with an eye on the AD's giving categories ($100-499, $500-999, etc.). I gave a total of $500 last year (for a big move), and it worked. I'm trying again this year (for a much smaller move) without any extra donation; we'll see what happens.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Is it just me?||
Or is there an uncanny resemblance to Ricky Bell of the seminal R&B group Bell Biv DeVoe?
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Two more points to consider||
1. I found the most important reason to get in sooner rather than later is to get your seat assignment and start moving it (if you need to). I had terrible seats my first year -- row 7 in the SE corner. Had to stand the entire game and still couldn't see over many people in front of me (due to the shallower grade at lower rows). My son would've had no fun at all, had I brought him to a game. Obviously, seating preference is subjective, but I don't enjoy the lower rows (unless it's row 1). I like to see plays develop from a higher perspective.
So once you know where you sit, you can consider a relocation request. Maybe you have friends you'd like to sit near. But you can't do that until you're "in."
2. This year, the total price is reduced due to the fact we only have 7 home games (and only one true "premium" game). Last year, I believe I paid $980/pair; this year, only $780/pair (or something like that). So even though the schedule blows, at least you're not paying as much for it this year. It'll be much harder (and more expensive) next year when we have ND, Neb, and OSU at home.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Breaking even||
There was a lengthy discussion a while back about the season ticket price increase:
In that discussion, I noted that I didn't get face value for anything but ND/UTL, at least not by using the University's partnership through StubHub.
However, when you factor in the "discount" that you get for buying season tickets (average ~$65/game this year), I just barely broke even. They key is getting as much as you can for the MSU game.
Otherwise, like someone else said, football tickets make good gifts!
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Word to the wise||
(Although this may not apply to you, since you received a ticket offer)
My calculation of my priority points did NOT match the University's initial calculation. Not only did they not credit me with a degree (which I specified when I joined the waiting list), but they don't credit you for having past season tickets in football/hockey/basketball unless you've continued to pay for them to date.
In summary, be sure their calculation is correct when you get your first statement.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Roundabouts||
They don't improve traffic flow when 50% of drivers (including 100% of drivers over 65) don't know how to properly use them. When this is the case, they likely reduce the level of service for an intersection (as compared to the improvement that was projected prior to implementation).
And when someone ruins your day by sideswiping you or continuing around the circle from the outside lane, it definitely qualifies as "hell."
EDIT: For the record, I don't mind them. There are some great ones in DC, where people are so comfortable they don't even slow down (such as Chevy Chase Circle on Connecticut Ave.). But then there are ones like the double-roundabout at Lee Road and US-23 in Brighton that are...hellish.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Disagree||
Look who was on the ice at the end of the game (I'm not at home, so I can't verify on replay):
Z, Dats, Mule, Lidstrom, Kronwall, and one more forward (Cleary?)
Weber outheights, outweighs, and outreaches all but maybe Franzen. And I don't think I've ever seen Franzen go off on somebody, either.
The last time one of our less-established fighters tried to fight in the playoffs, Tomas Kopecky got his orbital beat in by Francois Beauchemin. We don't want that happening to our skill players.
It's just unfortunate we don't have a skilled enforcer. Big Bert is about our only hope.
Barring that, I say have somebody useless like Emmerton take a run at him. (/s)