At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
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- Strength of Schedule: The other two non-conference games that year are Air Force and Cincinnati. If we scheduled a bodybag game at the Big House then people would complain about lacking strength of schedule, especially with the new playoff system.
- Appeal to fans: Everyone knows how tough it was to get a ticket in 2012. Dave Brandon is surely taking that into account. Part of our fanbase that can't easily get to games regularly will be able to go, and they will go.
- It's not just about us fans: IIRC the players were pumped to play in Dallas before.
- In a tough spot: With Arkansas on the schedule the next two years, other home and homes scheduled in farther out years, he needed to find a single game to fill that spot. Not a home and home.
- A seat for all games
- The same seat for all games (except for students, but their tickets are cheaper)
- Wow experiences (I say in jest, but the MMB is not insignificant)
- The entitlement to renew for the following year
- A discount off the face value price
- Early access to buy single game tickets
- Preferential access to buy road game tickets
- Preferential access to buy bowl game tickets
- Preferential access to buy tickets for other season-ticket sports
- Ability to specify where you want to sit in the stadium (if you pay the applicable PSD). I've changed my seat several times, all you have to do is ask politely.
- Perhaps the biggest thing for me is avoiding the stress and time of having to hunt for single game tickets (more of a derived benefit than the above)
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Kind of ironic?||
You didn't care enough to do anything about this "problem" until it threatened your revenue. Enacting change in the name of Protecting and Maximizing The Dollar is typically criticized around here. That said, this change is for the better clearly
|23 weeks 2 days ago||You are missing the point||
This interview is not your opportunity to make someone listen to you talk, as you put it. The applicants are not interviewing for something that you have the power to give them. You don't make the final admission decision, you don't define the criteria that is used to evaluate the applicants. You play one specific role in the process and the manual is very clear about the types of things to ask and why. As great as the suggestions might be, I don't think crowd sourcing questions from the mgoboard is what the people who designed the alumni interview program had in mind. I've done several of the interviews myself and I've read their manual. In my opinion, your job is to ask the applicants how you can help them better understand Michigan by answering whatever questions they may have while representing Michigan well. You also need to uncover any significant things about the applicant that they feel weren't adequately conveyed in their application. A kid's college choice is not something to play around with. The kids should be asking more questions than you.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||timeline?||
Did Beilien learn McGary would not be allowed to play in 14-15 before or after Horford announced his departure? If before, would Beilien tell Horford about McGary's situation?
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Horford question||
Has Horford landed anywhere? If not, is landing at Michigan an option for him?
Apologies for what I'm assuming is probably a stupid question.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||He always looked upset||
Good luck to him. Thankful for his contributions to Michigan
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Rant||
Every now and then we are reminded this thing really is just some guys blog
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Actual-reporting-like-substance||
I don't read the blog every day, but I do remember thinking to myself recently that's it's been a while since mgoblog continued its whiny complainy narrative about how terrible the athletic department is.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Nice post||
Refreshing to get you back in your wheelhouse
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Great post||
Thanks for a great post - this type of informative hard working content is what mgoblog should focus on more, in my opinion at least.
Bonus: we can use this post as evidence next time someone claims the Michigan tradition is lost in the eyes of recruits.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Come on||
They literally had a question at the end where you could write about anything you wanted.
Do you expect they read your mind and craft a question specifically for you?
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Agreed||
That was my immediate reaction to the post. DB gets criticized for making a decision that will appeal to a subset of fans that don't normally get to go to games... then DB gets criticized by ... fans.
Last week he was unfavorably compared to Mark Hollis because Hollis (w.r.t. Rose Bowl tix) wasn't making decisions based soley on money...
Some people just can't be pleased.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||A few reasons...||
I agree with other posters. This may not be ideal (compared to a home and home with a high quality opponent), but given the circumstances this move is not bad. Some possible motivations:
|1 year 32 weeks ago||DB bashing per usual||
It would indeed be nice to have a band. However you could also view this move as a way to get as many fans into the game as possible, which you deemed favorable when mark Hollis did it with rose bowl tickets. I mean, we are so desperate to bash DB that we are actually using Mark Hollis as the poster boy? As in, mark Hollis, from "lol mark Hollis" fame? The guy that that gave Glenn Winston a vote of confidence and gave trey Burke unsolicited twitter advice? I will never think Hollis is a better option than Brandon. Deep down I bet you feel the same.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||It's a ploy||
Michigan, K-State, Duke and Texas A&M players arrive in Tempe and Atlanta only to find out they've been duped. Instead of playing football, they all must travel to Cheyenne to observe and judge the annual cattle air show, where the BW3 Flying Buffalos will compete against the Chick-Fil-A Parachuting Cows.
The players will later be bused to BW3 headquarters to play with the buttons that control all the sprinkler heads in stadiums hosting all the other bowl games.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Playing is voluntary||
If at any time Devin Gardner does not like his arrangement with the university, he can end it. My guess is that he won't do that, because he perceives value in being a student and an athlete. He probably assumes an investment of his time now will pay off later! Same reason anyone pursues higher education, or in his case perhaps college football, right? Without the UM providing a platform, he does not become a million dollar man.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||You buy the pizza when it's||
You buy the pizza when it's good, you don't buy it when it's bad. You are fickle. That's what it means. If you bought the pizza when it was bad, you would not be fickle, you would be constantly loyal no matter what.
He's not saying there's anything wrong with your tastebuds. In fact, he has said everyone agrees the pizza sucks.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Ways the the AD reciprocates loyalty||
If you buy season tickets, you are entitled to:
What am I missing here, regarding Loyalty? You're complaining about "access"? Why do you deserve access to watch the team practice??
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Good examples||
The old versions of the posters were free and were posted everywhere, but I'm guessing they were much cheaper to produce. I think they had ads on them too right? So maybe they were free (for the AD) to produce. The 3-D posters are cool and they don't have ads ... that's why they are $5.
The stadium open door policy was nice while it lasted, but I understand discontinuing this perk due to the new structures they built. There is more at risk now, if they were to just let people in and run the steps and explore: Break-ins, vandalism, overall security of new spaces. Plus the $10 tour allows you to see the luxury boxes that you can't even get access to on gameday.
I see your point here. I also understand the AD point of view, the $5 posters and the $10 tours.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Like anything in life, you||
Like anything in life, you get out of it what you put into it. I enjoy the stadium experience. I don't have a problem paying money for things I like. Tickets and concessions have never been free, have they? Water is free at the Hydration Station. I'm wondering what it is that used to be free, which was bought up, then sold to me?
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Hmph.||
So what you're saying is, a current high school kid was aware of Michigan's history in football even though this blog's board would have you believe he is too young to remember last time Michigan was relevant.
How does that work?!?!
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Losing to OSU stings more||
Beating Sparty is more significant than say, beating illinois, but I would rather lose to Sparty than lose to OSU (obviously), ND or even Wisconsin.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Ticket prices||
Just curious, what does everyone think a ticket ought to cost?
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Negativity||
I guess we know why the board has become overloaded with negativity and complaints recently - that attitude is set by the site owner.
Your team plays 13 times a year and you find a way to write an entire intro about how it was dull and not good enough in a homecoming game that ended in a 29 piont win. Come on man.
I'm also confused by "Am I a bad fan for wishing something interesting would happen?" ...You complain about anything that can be categorized as a "wow experience". After UTL2 Ira asked you what you thought of the stadium environment that night and you just said "I'd rather talk about the game"
|1 year 42 weeks ago||I loved the halftime||
I loved the halftime shows
|1 year 44 weeks ago||I think Walt visits his||
I think Walt visits his partner from Grey Matter, because he wants people to know it wasn't just the company name he contributed to. I don't know if the huge gun in the trunk is for Grey Matter or the Nazis. Does Walt care about avenging Hank's death anymore? Walt essentially turned himself in before getting reincentivized by the Grey Matter thing. He knows his family hates him.
The ricin... I could see him using it in a way that isnt revealed to us until later.
Marie won't be able to do much while she's in protective custody. I guess she may no longer be in protective custody since at least 4-6 weeks have passed while Walt was in the cabin. Marie still loves Skyler and the kids. If she does get an opportunity to kill Walt she would do it.
Jesse has been slaving away for the entire time Walt is in the cabin. Maybe Walt seeing his blue stuff on the market makes it obvious Jesse is cooking it. Walt might think that is fitting for Jesse and leave it alone. Jesse knows the Nazis will kill Brock if he tries to escape, so the only way he gets out is suicide, or someone else rescuing him. Maybe the Feds find it? It would be great to see Jesse get himself out with Chemistry ... like how they gassed the two guys in the RV in season 1 or how they killed the guys down in Mexico. If Jesse has an opportunity to kill Walt, he kills Walt.
Fe - Iron (Blood)
Li - Lithium (Meth)
Na - Sodium (Tears)
I would end the series by showing that home video clip shot during Holly's baby shower where Walt sincerely tells Holly that her family loves her.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||If my math is correct, he||
If my math is correct, he gets 20 priority points for his UM degree and 313,000 points for past and present university donations...
|1 year 47 weeks ago||They made huge changes to||
They made huge changes to stadium logistics, affecting 100,000+ people, to fix what they perceived as a student attendance problem.... And it worked. Do you appreciate that at all? or does your intolerance for temporary inconvenience totally cloud your ability to appreciate the bigger picture?
|1 year 49 weeks ago||It* did happen||
*Meaning, Gibbons and the girl were in the fraternity house together.
It was the night following the 2009 Ohio game where anyone attending the game could hear the O-H-I-O going around the stadium.
Not going to conjecture about whether it was rape or not. For those of you who are totally rejecting the entire story ... Gibbons did say that he was with the girl.
The fraternity (that Gibbons was not a member of) that it happened in was put on probation by its national organization.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Glad you asked||
I was wondering the same thing.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Website revised||
Is it just me or does the website say non pocket seat cushions are allowed?