"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."
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|3 hours 52 min ago||Uhm...I hate to burst your||
Uhm...I hate to burst your bubble, but Nebraska is, you know, 6-1, and Michigan is 3-4.
The only time this season Michigan will be in the same area as Nebraska is if the team travels to Nebraska to hang out with Pelini and say hello.
|3 hours 56 min ago||Impossible since I am the||
Impossible since I am the Queen of England.
|3 hours 57 min ago||I share your pain. I figured||
I share your pain. I figured we'd be in the thick of a conference race.
|4 hours 22 sec ago||Rivals? For what? Rght now||
Rivals? For what?
Rght now we're sharing worst overall record in the Big Ten with Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, and Northwestern.
Calling OSU, MSU and ND our rivals is wishful thinking!
Iowa, Maryland and Rutgers have 5-2 records, fergodsakes. PSU has 4 wins. Minnesota - yeah, Minnesota(!) - is 6-1!
Our so-called rivals are snickering up their sleeves, and I don't blame them. Does anyone seriously think for one second that Kelly would leave Notre Dame to jump into our frying pan? Or that Dantonio would come here from MSU to take on our rebuilding project?
Tressel is the president of a college now. He's not coming.
The Harbaughs and Les Miles aren't coming for a zillion reasons. So be realistic.
Here's the kind of coach who might be interested: an up-and-comer from a smaller conference who wants to take on this challenge; a coach from a school that's on the cusp of winning but can't get there because of lack of resources; or someone who's currently underpaid given market value.
Everything else is pie-in-the-sky mental masturbation.
Welcome to Illinois.
|10 hours 1 min ago||Kind of sad that we have to||
Kind of sad that we have to live in the past when thinking about this game, isn't it?
|1 day 22 hours ago||I don't want to go out on a||
I don't want to go out on a limb with this -- I'm not sure any single thing can be blamed. Could it be a factor? I think it could be, but more than that, it's a symptom of a real problem.
Again, reasonable minds can differ, and I can see the arguments on the other side, even though I disagree with them.
This may be anachronistic thinking, but I don't believe that a University is about buildings, however impressive they might be. I think it should be about students and faculty, and that the administration should be supporting them in their goals and achievements, and not be so attached to bigger, better, more expensive, newer.
In any case, the idea that the students, the alumni, the faculty and the administration share something - that, to my way of thinking, is what the academy should be about. A shared experience, shared values, and a sense of identity, community, and all that other old fashioned stuff.
When the announcer says, "Band, take the field!" and a joyful shiver goes up and down 110,000 collective spines, young and old; when The Yellow and The Blue gets played and there's a lump in however many collective throats; when we share these experiences they mean something we can all relate to. They're more important than watching the team win, in a way, though that's still important, but if the team wins, what makes it so much more meaningful is that it validates how we feel about our university experience. That it was the best. That we, too, are part of The Victors' 135 year tradition.
This is what the sky boxes, television, fireworks, Beyonce, big screens, and all the other gewgaws can't duplicate.
And this is where the people who don't get it, and will never get it, miss the point of the experience. They miss the gestalt of it.
This isn't pro football, where the team doesn't mean a damn thing other than it's in your city. This is college, where you spent the best four years of your life if you were lucky, or maybe you relate to it in another way if you weren't lucky enough to experience it. But in any case, it means something real.
Everything changes, of course. But something special might be lost and I wonder if we can ever get it back.
The honest truth is I'm not much of a sports fan. Example: I don't really care about pro sports. Going to see the Lions, Tigers or Wings isn't a big deal to me. I'd rather play music with friends, or hang out in my studio.
I'm a Michigan fan, because I love the school. Weird, but true.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Hoke is gone and is almost||
Hoke is gone and is almost irrelevant. And for the time being, Brandon is on a death watch. But I submit he'll be a lot more subdued if he stays for the rest of his tenure.
I can almost understand how this guy has been so tone-deaf, and so seduced by the dark side. He is a multimillionaire. His friends are not "regular folks." He doesn't watch a game in the stands with the hoi-polloi, nor do his guests. They interact with each other in those fucking sky boxes, isloated from everyone else. They hardly hear the band, the rawk music, or anything else. It's a social occasion, and it's different from what most of us experience at a game.
The sky boxes are a terrible place to watch a game, in my opinion, one loses completely the experience of being outdoors in a great stadium, on an equal level with the rest of the Michigan family. I've attended Lions and Red Wings games as a corporate guest in those glass-walled rooms, and they're not a great experience (to me, anyway). I think they should be demolished, but I digress.
Wait, I don't digress. Why on earth is it necessary for a university already rolling in dough to erect these elitist edifices in the first place? What is wrong with the Michigan family coming together on a Saturdy and everyone rubbing elbows with each other in a down-to-earth way?
Talk about the corporatization of the athletic department, and with the constant need to show everyone who's who, and have the most seats, and whatever other nonsense was pushed to justify this bulltshit! This is the real problem! Not only Brandon, this business of sky boxes started with his predecessor.
To me - and I realize that reasonable minds can disagree - this is emblematic of the problem with Michigan today. And I say this is a Michigan lifer, who attended the school, whose wife attended the school, whose kids attended the school, and who has given within means to the University.
The Michigan operation isn't really Michigan any more. The stadium no longer reflects my values. The athletic department is all corporate America. The team sucks.
To me, that's a shame.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Look, I don't want to imply||
Look, I don't want to imply that Brady should remain Michigan's coach. We need a great coach, and Brady isn't one. He should be at a program like Purdue, or maybe an American Conference school, that has lower expectations and where his ability to attract recruits might make a difference.
But I think the headset thing is a red herring because it's based on speculation. We have no evidence at all as to whether Brady'd be a better coach with a headset. Maybe he would. Maybe it'd be more of the same.
I doubt we disagree about the important conclusion here, namely, that Brady hasn't been a very effective head coach on gameday since 2011.
Gotta say, though, that Brady is also a stubborn fellow who acts like a dick when asked about why he doesn't wear one, or when asked about his players' health, or anything else that is actually important or relevant. The fact that he thinks he's above explaining why he does things the way he does them does not help his reputation.
|2 days 5 hours ago||It makes sense since they||
It makes sense since they have had a great week of practice, and are showing tremendous leadership.
|2 days 9 hours ago||This sort of fluff nonsense||
This sort of fluff nonsense doesn't matter. It's some guy's opinion.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Well, except that Bo knew and||
Well, except that Bo knew and liked Brady.
|4 days 3 hours ago||This is really nonsense. Who||
This is really nonsense.
Who cares if these employees support their boss? They are not picking up the tab, we are.
|4 days 3 hours ago||I'd like to see Brandon let||
I'd like to see Brandon let go, but let's remember we are talking about a guy who really has given a lot back to the school.
It should be done in a dignified way, and with the Michigan spirit of fair play and careful thought so that the University's values are demonstrated for all the world to see.
In other words, fire the fucker after having him twist in the wind publicly, the way he did with RR, and hold a press conference outlining his failings on television.
|4 days 4 hours ago||I read the survey that was||
I read the survey that was linked in the article. I always wondered if the things we express concerns about here are shared by the students.
What interested and surprised me was that the whole thing about tradition isn't just something that only the blue hairs (including me) care about. The students want less piped in music, more band, and a return to tradition.
One of the conclusions drawn was that students want the experience their parents and grandparents had!
There were no complaints of not enough cellphone coverage, or the need for better wi-fi.
There were plenty of complaints about treating the students like customers instead of part of the Michigan family, about being priced out of tickets, and about selling Michigan as a brand instead of a tradition.
My kids went to Michigan, and in the future, I want my grandkids to attend. I think they're going to want to be a part of that tradition, too. Go Blue!
|1 week 4 hours ago||To hell with Sparty.||
To hell with Sparty.
|1 week 1 day ago||I didn't like them, didn't||
I didn't like them, didn't hate them.
|1 week 1 day ago||I don't mind Hoke running an||
I don't mind Hoke running an old fashioned offensive scheme; Harbaugh ran one at Stanford, too.
The question for me isn't what scheme the team will run, it's whether they run it well. Great coaches make their offensive schemes work.
I like Hoke, and I hope he salvages something this season for his reputation, as he deserves to get a job in football after he's let go from Michigan.
|1 week 2 days ago||It's all about the Great||
It's all about the Great Beyond, man.
|1 week 2 days ago||Thanks for the chuckle! But||
Thanks for the chuckle!
But I've been in contact with Jeane Dixon, and she says Hackenburg picks us apart and we get clobbered.
The good news is that the students begin a "Down With Dave" chorus that keeps up throughout the entire game, and that the rest of the stadium joins in the chant.
Upon hearing the 80,000 fans he claims to be 102,347 chanting out calls for his removal, Dave declares himself officially too butthurt to continue as AD, moves permanently to the vacation residence in Arizona that he owns and that was featured in Architectural Digest, declares himself to be happier far away from Michigan, and makes amends with Rich Rod.
Jeane says the school immediately offers the AD position to Jon Gruden, who takes the job and offers Brady Hoke's job to Tom Brady, who turns it down but becomes QB coach. Gruden prevails on Ross to fund a 10 million buck advance to anyone named Harbaugh to become HC, but they spurn the offer.
For a few days, Michigan has no one to replace Hoke. Then Les Miles comes to the rescue.
Miles coaches for four years, wins two national titles, and retires a hero.
|1 week 2 days ago||I guess I'm old school. Which||
I guess I'm old school. Which makes sense, since I'm LSA 1971.
Much of what bugs me is how poorly the selloff is being done, without class, with bad gimmicks and cheap splash. There's such a thing as good marketing and bad marketing. This is bad. Michigan's reputation is being cheapened.
How is that a good thing?
And part of what bugs me is the fact that it isn't at all necessary to spend the dough they're spending, especially on marketing and non-revenue sports.
Marketing, let's face it, has been a complete joke.
Less than a handful attend non-revenue events, and it isn't necessary to spend tens of millions of dollars to entertain the few members of these teams with fancy facilities, compared with the needs of tens of thousands of students and 550,000 alums.
This is just for Brandon to jack off to and for bragging rights that don't mean anything.
What means something to me are the traditions of Michigan that the majority of students and alums love, and bought into in the first place. When I chose Michigan as my school, I did it because I wanted in to the tradition and, yes, the exclusivity of a great university. When my kids attended Michigan, it was because they wanted these things, too.
I don't know anyone who wants Chobani up there with University of Michigan on a banner. Nor do I know anyone who wants anything but the Band playing on game day, or advertising in the concourse of the stadium grounds, or skywriting, or Coke deals, or any of the other marketing blunders that Brandon has brought to Michigan with his poor taste and cheap tricks.
Finally, I don't want that arrogant prick being the face of the university I still love.
Down With Dave!!
|1 week 2 days ago||Like torturing detainees at||
Like torturing detainees at black sites around the world is a bad thing.
|1 week 2 days ago||Everything at Michigan is for||
Everything at Michigan is for sale. And on sale.
From the Mr. and Mrs. Scooby Dooby Head Football Coach to the flyers about football games. It's shlock, it's junk, it reflects the personality of the Athletic Department under Coupon Dave.
Since he's taken charge, the words Wal-Mart and Wolverine really do have something in common.
|1 week 3 days ago||Yeah, respectfully, I||
Yeah, respectfully, I disagree with this CSG president. I'm boycotting. I am hoping that others do, too. Brandon, Schlissel, and Ross need to get the message, and unfortunately, there isn't another meaningful way to demonstrate dissatisfaction to this administration.
|1 week 4 days ago||Again, it's what I've heard.||
Again, it's what I've heard. Nothing more. It could be completely off base as I stated in my post. I hope it is.
|1 week 4 days ago||Exactly, it would be no||
Exactly, it would be no change whatsoever.
Please understand, I'm not advocating this, and I won't like it any more than you do if it happens. I think Brandon needs to go, and if that means pissing off Ross, I'm fine with that.
All I've done is repeat what I've heard. Nothing more.
Neg me if you want to shoot the messenger, as that's all I am in this case.
|1 week 4 days ago||The man is an arrogant||
The man is an arrogant asshole, pure and simple. He's not going to do any of this. He doesn't know how.
How many dyed-in-the-wool assholes do you know that suddenly became nice guys?
|1 week 4 days ago||The endowments of the head||
The endowments of the head coach, AD, and OC are undoubtedly contractually mandated as part of the gift. So a new AD won't be able to get rid of them without exposing the university to litigation. That wouldn't be a good idea.
As to the rest of what you're suggesting, cool, but what makes you think we're getting a new AD?
|1 week 4 days ago||This is what I have heard||
This is what I have heard from someone I consider very well connected (I'm sorry, but he's a good friend and I'm not outing him):
Brandon will continue as long as he has Ross' confidence, and right now he still has Ross' confidence.
At least for 2015, Hoke will continue to coach at Michigan if Brandon is the AD.
Ross wants Harbaugh for the Dolphins.
Disclaimer: My friend is friendly with certain Regents. He could be telling me his interpretation, he could be repeating what he's heard, and he could be wrong.
People sometimes think they know what they don't know. So none of this is carved in stone. I don't know whether I'm blowing smoke repeating this or not, but it's what I'm hearing, and it's the best I can do.
|1 week 4 days ago||I think it's far more likely||
I think it's far more likely that Schlissel encouraged Brandon to tone it down, nothing more. The last thing Schlissel wants it more controversy right now, given his emphasis on integrity, etc.
The last thing I see happening is UM's president buckling to public opinion, especially when he says that he's not the kind of guy that does that. If there's a change, it's going to take place much more slowly and only after lots of planning. Don't forget, Schlissel's a numbers guy.
|1 week 4 days ago||Who can define what "culture||
Who can define what "culture change" means? In an interview with the Daily last month, Schlissel said, “I want to make sure the student-athletes get benefits from their program,” Schlissel said. “I want to make sure our athletics program operates with unquestioned integrity, with a focus on the athletes and the experience the student-athletes are having.”
I'm going to interpret "culture change" to mean that what upsets Schlissel now isn't Cokes and Skywriting, but the diminution of the University's reputation for integrity as it affects student athletes resulting from the Shane concussion. I might also speculate that he wasn't pleased with the way the information was slowly leaked over a several day period.
I'm also going to take him at his word that he thinks the students should be the focus of attention regarding football seating, etc., and that he's concerned that the students are pissed off about various things.
But this doesn't mean that he can't look a guy like Ross in the eye and also say, "Look, we need your support, and if Brandon plays ball with our views, I don't mind keeping him if that would keep you supporting our university."
One thing that isn't being said is that winning at a big time football program at all costs is relevant or necessary to this culture change he's talking about.
The point I'm trying to make is that there's an awful lot of room for interpretation in these kinds of words that are being bandied about, and they may not be interpreted by Schlissel himself the way we would interpret them.