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|2 days 5 hours ago||Finally he's acknowledging||
Finally he's acknowledging the fan base's discontent over some of his policies. That's a good thing. He also acknowledges that the students hated the change in seating. Also good.
But he still insists that he needs to do thw "wow" stuff. So while he's listening to the criticism, it doesn't seem to affect his thinking. He's just too stubborn, and that's also reflected in his statements about Hoke.
I appreciate his fundraising skiills with donors. That's important. But everything else about this guy really disturbs me for some reason.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||It's conceivable. Nussmeier's||
It's conceivable. Nussmeier's plan to keep things simple and repetitive might work, and several players gained experience last year,
I'm feeling an odd combination of hope and pessimism.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I agree, ten wins should be||
I agree, ten wins should be the expectation, and maybe even eleven wins, with these players and these very high profile assistant coaches.
However, the misery of the last couple of seasons has left me feeling down about the team's chances. I sure hope I'm wrong.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||How about if I energetically||
How about if I energetically type "Fuck Dave Brandon?"
|3 weeks 1 day ago||It's all about results. Until||
It's all about results.
Until Michigan gets better results on the field, OSU's staff has the clear edge in every facet listed.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Unfortunately, for more than||
Unfortunately, for more than a decade, what they have been regularly fucking is our so-called football team.
Is the record 2-11 since 2001?
So I wouldn't call them pigfuckers. Unless we're the pigs.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I'd ask him if shit comes out||
I'd ask him if shit comes out of his ears or his asshole, or both.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Excellent post.David Brandon||
I have no idea how a man like Brandon makes millions; he's arrogant and evidently convinces himself that his ideas are brilliant, when in fact, they are garbage.
|8 weeks 4 hours ago||I have the same three, in the||
I have the same three, in the same order. And I was there in 1969, too.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Have our conference back?||
Have our conference back? Geez, I'd like to have our school back.
Brandon is the king of cheese.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Michigan has had some pretty||
Michigan has had some pretty bad ADs in recent years, but Dave Brandon takes the cake.
Can you imagine Bo or Canham agreeing to a schedule without MSU or OSU in any given year? They'd have gone nuts and threatened to leave the B1G before that would happen.
Or to a "neutral site" game? Or rescheduling Appalachian State (or even playing them in the first place, I know, not his fault, but his immediate predecessors were pretty bad, too)?
Has there been a more money-grubbing, obvious, poorly planned marketing scheme for athletics? Have the students ever been treated more poorly? Have the alums ever been treated like marks to this extent?
I'm not just honking off here. I've emailed Brandon to express my sentiments several times, and have encouraged him to read this blog to find out what people are thinking (I'm sure he hasn't).
This is a man who thinks that the problem is not having wi-fi in the stadium, instead of insane ticket prices, kicking the students in the rear end and making their football experience no fun at all, bringing in a mediocre coaching staff, and a poor schedule.
Dave Brandon has done something I thought would be impossible for anyone working at my alma mater: he's both cheesed me off, and made me a lot less interested in Michigan football.
Send him back to his fifth-rate pizza company, and hire a professional AD.
|11 weeks 5 hours ago||College football is my||
College football is my favorite sport to watch, by miles and miles.
But if this and other studies lead to proof that college football poses serious brain risks for players, then I wonder if a university has any business fielding a team, unless serious strides are made in eliminating this problem.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||This all started in Istanbul,||
This all started in Istanbul, formerly Constantinople, in chariot race days!
In fact, the Nika Riots in 531 arose out of murders of one faction's members by another faction following a race, and resulted in the deaths of thousands of people. This became a political matter, so Justinian, then Emperor, came up with a plan that resulted of the execution of about 30,000 rioters in the Hippodrome, the stadium where the chariot races took place and the whole thing started.
Their descendants are still doing their sports riots thing.
So I blame Istanbul.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||You are entirely welcome as||
You are entirely welcome as far as I'm concerned.
But hey, I'm an optimist. I say 2-10 for sure.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Thinking about recent losses||
Thinking about recent losses to MSU, OSU, and PSU, if things continue to decline on the field, we'll soon be thankful that Rutgers and Indiana are in our division along with Indiana.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||You made my day with this,||
You made my day with this, hugely funny!
|13 weeks 23 hours ago||I realize that the general||
I realize that the general consensus is that Universities somehow need what amounts to semi-pro football as a "gateway" or advertisement of the school in order to attract a student body, but the Ivies don't seem to have any problem attracting students despite a complete prohibition of athletic scholarships that has been in place in their league since the 1950s.
I read the NLRB opinion on the Northwestern petition, and was surprised to learn that the Big Ten is today even more of a professional sports league than I had ever imagined (I lived in South Quad, which was the football team dorm in 1968, and it's very clear that the players' routines have changed quite a bit since then!). That NW University did not present a shred of contradictory evidence clearly supports the players' facts, as well as the conclusion that was reached that the players are employees paid to play football (I say this as a lawyer).
I'm not making any pronouncements, but I have to question whether a University should have sponsorship of semi-professional sports as part of its mission. I have no problem with amateur athletics in which real students participate. But what's going on today is nuts.
Yes, it's good business for some schools, in terms of revenue. But there are so many compromises relating to academic integrity that I'm just not sure how I feel, despite my love of Michigan football, and despite 135 years of tradition.
I'm thinking back to how many people in the blogosphere were upset at Hoke over playing Gibbons, to the scandals happening all over the country, and I just can't turn a blind eye to this stuff.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||I'm of the belief that Denard||
I'm of the belief that Denard Robinson was the principal reason for the 11 win season in Hoke's first year. He had a special ability to put games on his shoulders and win.
What we've seen since the Nebraska game of two seasons ago when Denard went down is what we can most reasonably expect from a Hoke-coached team.
What was most telling about the coaching staff's problems was the bowl game. That BWW bowl was the single most lackluster performance I've ever seen from a Michigan team; they looked as if they were in a practice instead of a game. I put that on the coaches.
They ought to win 9 games this year. They won't. They don't play well enough on the road. That's on the coaches, too.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Try as I might, I can't look||
Try as I might, I can't look past the problems the team has had on the road in recent years, or the issues with the running game, or the defensive collapses in close contests. I didn't see any reason for optimism at the Spring Game.
Maybe they'll turn it around.
But my thought watching that scrimmage was that I was looking at something like the 2008 team.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Brady Hoke, the person, seems||
Brady Hoke, the person, seems to be a wonderful person. I don't want to see him lose his job any more than the next guy.
He's had one good year out of three, with a team led by the very dynamic Denard Robinson, who was capable of taking games over by himself.
He'll have his opportunity to redeem things this season, and if he can't get it done, I don't think there'll be much choice; he'll be replaced. No sense being frustrated over it.
|14 weeks 18 hours ago||Hoke isn't the right||
Hoke isn't the right personnel manager to lead our employee-athletes.If you look at how often our company firewall was breached last season, you have to even question our IT manager, Mattison.
Hoke should have been let go after last season.
We have a new sales manager, Nussmeier, who is supposed to be able to close a deal, but just let a good potential employee-athlete slip through his hands. So that remains to be seen.
I think if the University of Michigan Professional Football Team doesn't do well this season, Brandon, our CFO (Chief Football Officer) should be forced to retire.
Maybe we should be open to negotiating a better contract with our employee-athletes' union; if their pay and scholarships to obtain their mythical education aren't enough, perhaps some nice perks, such as time and a half for bowl games, increased vacation pay, etc., will help to motivate them.
|14 weeks 18 hours ago||Guy probably had a lot of red||
Guy probably had a big investment in red socks and underwear, and needed his new unis to match.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Dave Brandon's cluelessness||
Dave Brandon's cluelessness starts with thinking he's some kind of marketing whiz. He isn't.
He's got one of the most intelligent student bodies in the conference, and he sends out "Superfan" emails? Really? He couldn't come up with anything less juvenile, or less obvious, with that marketing brain trust he hired?
What he imagines people want, and what people actually want, are two different things.
Brandon imagined that Michigan fans were hungry to see Michigan get revenge on App State. Well, seven years has passed, and no one really cares. Brandon imagined that we'd love traveling to Dallas to get our butts handed to us at Jerryworld. He imagined that students would come out in droves to get first come, first served seating. He imagined that playing MSU away two years in a row wouldn't be a problem, and that a year without either MSU or OSU on the schedule wouldn't hurt attendance. He imagined that Brady Hoke would be a Bo-like hire, despite all evidence to the contrary that was there for anyone to see based on the man's win/loss record.
"“I have a little experience in branding,” he boasted to reporters the other day in Detroit. “In the world of branding, you build what’s called brand equity. If you look at the Big Ten, you have brand equity that’s built over decades and decades and decades."
Funny thing about branding, Brandon, it's very easy to devalue the brand with foolish shenanigans. It can happen quickly when execs become arrogant and think they know better what their customers want than the customers do. That's what happened, for example, with the US car companies who felt that they could always dictate to their customers, instead of listen to them.
2014 will showcase a team struggling to regain its lost footing, with a relatively boring schedule, and a disinterested and somewhat alienated student fan base that is being overcharged for the experience. No wonder there will be empty seats.
And this has nothing to do with Brandon, since the decision was made before his turn at the helm, but why does a public university that is supposed to be a symbol of equal opportunity, collegiality, and whatever else all that entails, have a stadium with enormously expensive luxury boxes at all? How does that jibe with the university's mission?
Having been in luxury boxes for professional functions on many occasions (though not at UM), I can say that it's the absolute worst way to see a football game, and I'm willing to bet that unlike the rest of the stadium, the luxury boxes aren't "dry" and that alchohol is served freely. What the elitiists prohibit for the masses and the great unwashed student body they liberally consume for themselves.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||I really enjoyed that story!||
I really enjoyed that story! Thanks!
|16 weeks 3 days ago||It's April, so nothing really||
It's April, so nothing really counts, but my impression is that the offense is not very efficient, and that today it made the defense look better than it is.
I get it, they're learning a new system. That's not unexpected. Still, this team looks like it would be easily taken apart by a truly good football team, even at this stage of the year.
Aside from the O-line and unimpressive run game, the quarterback play looked marginal. I sure hope that they can get a lot better by Fall, but as of now, these guys are not going to win on the road against the good teams, and might even have trouble at home.
8 wins at best. 7 more likely.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks for the info, the||
Thanks for the info, the numbers are supposed to represent total athletic department revenue, not just football revenue. I didn't make them up, they came from this site, which could have certain ones wrong, but I checked the numbers against the UM Athletic Department budget for 2012-13 and the numbers for the projected revenues and the amounts reported in this article match up pretty well:
Our football-only revenue is still subtantially behind Texas (by about $20,000,000), according to Forbes. Our football-related expenses are also behind Ohio State, Texas, and some others, according to the same article.
But I'm still not excited about universities fielding professional teams, and apparently you feel the same way.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Then what about allowing||
Then what about allowing players who sit on the bench to have the unrestricted right to transfer to another school to get playing time and more money, and play immediately, whether in or out of conference?
What about allowing the richer schools to act in a free market, and pay the players larger salaries than poorer schools? It might be hard even for wealthy Michigan to catch Alabama, Texas and Wisconsin (!):
In fact, 2012-13 revenues rank Michigan 7th, and Texas vastly outgrosses everyone, thus would be able to pay players the most:
1. Texas, $165,691,486
2. Wisconsin (!), $146,366,405
3. Alabama, $143,393,059
4. Florida, $129,505,644
5. Oklahoma, $123,805,661
6. Ohio State, $123,604,626
7. Michigan, $122,742,252
Salary caps are the solution, you say? Not so fast. Congress would have to pass a special exception to the antitrust laws to make that happen, as they did with the NFL.
College football would be a professional sport.
Now, I understand the argument about the greater fairness to the players in making it a professional sport. It makes a lot of sense, given the players' hard work and responsibilities. And in some ways, it already is.
Given the short time a college player is eligible (or would that change, too?), in fairness, you'd have to allow unlimited free agency every year, so that players could maximize their income during their playing days.
As with coaches, there'd be bonuses for certain accomplishments - league championships, bowl games, national titles, etc.
On a personal level, I kind of enjoy the myth of the D-I student-athlete, but today I recognize it for what it is. A myth.
And I seriously wonder if colleges and universities have any business sponsoring professional sports teams as part of their educational mission? For me - and this is just a personal reaction, of course - I think Michigan should not be in the business of operating a professional sports franchise, so I'd be one who advocated creating something like the Ivy League, prohibitng scholarships for players, and playing lower division athletics.
Meantime, I'll watch Michigan football with nostalgia until the day they go full-pro and pay players more than a scholarship. At that point, I won't be a fan.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||What's RCMB?||
I'll guess that you didn't notice the satirical approach to my post.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Our man Dave has arranged for||
Our man Dave has arranged for alien spacecraft to hover over the stadium at halftime and create crop circles in the field turf.
Aliens. Grays from OSU.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||If they did the sea battle on||
If they did the sea battle on Slippery Rock game morning, the field would certainly be slippery.
But I'm thinking gladiators. Great way for the Athletic Department to purge the guys who might, say, advocate a union.