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|3 weeks 6 days 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.
|3 weeks 6 days 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!
|3 weeks 6 days 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).
|7 weeks 4 days 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.
|17 weeks 2 days 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.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||So basically||
...you're saying we have three more home games left this season.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||If you're eating at the stadium||
...then you've apparently failed at pre-gaming.
But that's just one man's opinion.
|26 weeks 2 days 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+.
|36 weeks 16 hours 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.
|36 weeks 4 days 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.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||The game?!||
Who cares about the game weather?
|38 weeks 16 hours ago||?||
Somebody actually made you pay $2 for a ticket?
Surely there's a story here.
|38 weeks 5 days 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.
|42 weeks 1 day 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.)
|48 weeks 13 hours 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.
|51 weeks 4 days ago||Is it just me?||
Or is there an uncanny resemblance to Ricky Bell of the seminal R&B group Bell Biv DeVoe?
|51 weeks 4 days 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.
|51 weeks 4 days 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!
|51 weeks 4 days 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.
|1 year 4 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.
|1 year 5 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)
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Wanted: Enforcer||
Lack of injury -- irrelevant. Intent to injure is the key here.
Role of enforcers -- sadly, this was also my thought as I was cursing the TV after the clock expired. Unfortunately, no one on the ice at the time was capable of sizing up with cheap-shot Shea. I found myself longing for the days of Stu Grimson, Joey Kocur, and Marty McSorley. Shea would absolutely be watching his back if those guys were around.
Don't get me wrong -- I think the game is better without goons. But if the league is going to take this inconsistent, asinine policy on this type of activity, then maybe we need to carry one on the bench to protect our skill players.
I've never seen Ericsson fight, but he's definitely got the size. I think Big Bert could bring the noise, although he's getting a little long in the tooth for fighting.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Nice||
Agree with beenplumb -- this is pretty damn funny.
Would be even better with some sort of "was Crosby the vic?" element.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||No||
Once they're up for sale, anyone can buy them.
The OSU fan attendance in 2009 was a different story, likely attributable to the availability of the "All In" packages (as well as reduced expectations for the team). All an Ohio fan had to do that year was purchase the package, which was probably a bargain for The Game. They could then sell the other tickets to recoup some funds.
In general, I suspect the anecdotal phenomenon you describe is partly due to the rising price of attendance (parking, ticket price, and PSD). Some fans may be staying home and watching the non-premium games on TV and hoping to recoup money by selling those tickets. But again, you can't control who buys them on StubHub. Most local fans are content to take their chances at the stadium (in a buyer's market), but out-of-towners probably want more assurance that they'll get in.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Well...||
Capacity of the Eugene O'Neill Theater (where you saw your show) is 1,102. It's located on Broadway, in Manhattan, one the most expensive places to live and play in the country. I suspect the average salaries are much higher, too. I'm not sure we can draw too many applicable comparisons here.
But yes, supply and demand. And perhaps a captive season ticket holder base. Or at least limited choices (endure endless price increases...or refuse, lose the seats you've had for X years, and go to the end of the line if you want them again).
|1 year 7 weeks ago||$70 for the entire season? Or a game?||
I sold several games on StubHub last year (since I live out of the area and sat with friends for most of the games I attended), and at no time did I receive face value ($70) for the non-premium games (even before paying the 15% StubHub commission):
ND $214 ea
EMU $30 ea (to friends; StubHub was even lower)
SDSU $50 ea
Minn $60 ea
Purdue $60 ea
Nebraska: $79 ea (face $85)
I also tried to "package" the crap games with premium games, with no takers.
With only one premium game, this year is going to royally suck.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||I don't follow||
How is DB holding back on selling season tickets? Season tickets are available to anyone on the priority points list, last I knew. In fact, over the past couple years, lots of people (including myself) have been surprised at how few points it took to receive a renewable season ticket offer. If the waiting list has been satisfied and eliminated, what else should be done?
As others in this thread have previously noted, the season ticket price equates to an average of about $65/ticket. To me, that says you get a price break of you buy season tickets.
The "All In" packages filled a specific need for the University, allowing fans to have season tickets without obligating the University to renew them (at a time when the AD was banking seats due to stadium renovations and impending capacity reduction).
(At this point, I'll resist the urge to offer my unrelated comments on the abundance of unused ADA-compliant seating areas.)
In closing, I suspect the anecdotal depletion of the season ticket waiting list is a fair indicator of the trend in season ticket renewals. DB is reaching the point where he's turning people off and they're choosing not to renew.
But look on the bright side: as least he doesn't do it like a dick (see: Mark Hollis).
|1 year 7 weeks ago||I'd be right there with you||
...if it didn't mean giving up my seats, losing priority points, and starting all over again.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Not to be THAT guy||
...but a search on "Jordan Canzeri" yields not one, but two recent board posts on this topic (16 hours and 22 hours ago).
And I say that with full disclosure that I loathe this site's search function/algorithm. I rarely seem to find what I want when I use it.
Anyway, just advice to avoid future flare-ups.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Look on the bright side||
With the new federal funding announced last year, trains between Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo will be able to increase their top speed from 60 to 79 mph! $150M to save 30 minutes!