I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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|3 hours 3 min ago||There's no doubt that Brandon||
There's no doubt that Brandon loves Michigan. But that doesn't make him anything other than what the rest of us are - Michigan fans, alums, etc. If loving the school, being an alum, and doing what one thinks is best for Michigan qualifies a person to be the AD, then most of us would be reasonably solid candidates.
The point is, these are only a small part of the necessary qualifications.
The problem I have with Brandon, aside from his personality, is that his taste leans toward cheesy PT Barnum hucksterism, only we are the "suckers born every minute."
The Athletic Department should exist, first and foremost, for the students. And by that I don't mean only for the student-athletes. I mean for the student body.
Brandon treats the students is as if they didn't matter. To him, they're just a bunch of kids in maize shirts who show up too late for the stadium to look good on TV. Michigan students aren't good marketing. So he punishes them.
His treatment of the alumni fan base is barely acceptable, and his expressed opinions and actions regarding Michigan tradition are (in my opinion) shameful.
How many people did he add to a marketing staff that didn't need to be there in the first place? How many times will we have to listen to piped in crap at the stadium, see guys in jetpacks like some kind of circus, and be embarrassed by his marketing genius as shown by such stunts as skywriting over MSU's stadium?
No wonder they wanted to, and did, kick our asses.
The fact is that Dave Brandon is the Devil because he is an embarrassment. I don't care about him being a Republican, that's his business. I don't care about Bain or Domino's Pizza. That's his past.
But he has not done right by us, his fellow alumni (I was at Michigan when he was). He is an arrogant SOB who does not, and should not, run Michigan's athletic department.
|8 hours 55 min ago||I'm too old to understand the||
I'm too old to understand the meaning of any of this.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Haha! More like four weeks.||
Haha! More like four weeks.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Yeah, except that would be||
Yeah, except that would be 'palates.'
Unless you're ordering crates of the damn things delivered on pallets, Homer.
|3 days 12 hours ago||KSU 42, M 21 Hoke's third||
KSU 42, M 21
Hoke's third year ends a 7-6 disappointment.
Brandon's frantic calls to the Harbaugh brothers are not returned. RR cackles.
|4 days 2 hours ago||Simple. An automobile is||
Simple. An automobile is deadly force. One is not allowed to use deadly force unless the threat is with deadly force, or reasonably believed to be deadly force, and/or to save one's life or the life of another person.
A snowball is not deadly force, unless it's a very large snowball, etc.
So if the driver of the car hits someone, the driver is charged with a felonious assault, or worse depending on whether someone is seriously injured or killed.
The rules are the same for using the deadly force of a shotgun in the same circumstances.
|4 days 2 hours ago||These interview invitations||
These interview invitations generally don't go out unless the coach's agents have had at least some discussions with the inviting athletic department.
If the coach is truly uninterested, the invitation to interview isn't sent.
That of course doesn't mean the coach being interviewed will take the gig, for any number of reasons, but at this level there has to have been some prior contact with the agent at the very least.
UConn may or may not be all that, but it's at least a BCS level school.
|4 days 2 hours ago||You mean you don't?||
You mean you don't?
|4 days 2 hours ago||Exactly this. His record||
His record proves that he is a very good football coach. Not crazy about his antics, though.
|4 days 2 hours ago||Frankly, we are one goal line||
Frankly, we are one goal line stand against Akron away from being in the Pizza Bowl.
|4 days 2 hours ago||K State may not be a team we||
K State may not be a team we often think about, but this will not be an easy game.
Remember, we lost 4 out of our last 5 games. They won 5 out of their last 6. So they improved over the season at a greater rate than we did.
I think this will be a pretty difficult challenge, and I don't see why Tempe is somehow a less desirable venue than Florida.
Should be an interesting matchup.
|4 days 6 hours ago||Wait, you're saying Team 134||
Wait, you're saying Team 134 didn't achieve its goals with a 7-5 season?
|5 days 12 hours ago||Being a Michigan alum means||
Being a Michigan alum means you never have to utter this little white lie:
"I got into Michigan, but I chose [insert name of lesser institution] instead..."
I am pretty passionate about Michigan football, but I honestly like our reputation as a clean program with a great tradition. As long as the games are well-played, I'm reasonably happy.
I don't care at all about the BCS or national championship playoffs. That's all perception and politics. A B1G title is sufficient for me, as long as it happens reasonably often. Which of course it hasn't in a long time. That's got me a little down.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'd like to see a B1G team||
I'd like to see a B1G team win the MNC and end the SEC streak. I think they can beat Florida State. So go Bucks.
I hope that Spary still gets a Rose Bowl bid.
We of course will enjoy the Whatever Bowl.
|1 week 2 days ago||The Game brought me down off||
The Game brought me down off the ledge. I had railed against Hoke and Borges in several threads. But what we saw in The Game was a well-coached team going toe-to-toe against a talented team coached by one of the best in the college game. Maybe it all came together for the offense on Saturday like a lightning bolt, I can't say. Maybe it was just a matter of everything they'd been taught gelling.
But what we all saw was significant potential. When firing on all cylinders, this team has a great deal of potential and grit. Moreover, the team played a disciplined football game, except for the fight that erupted. This was the offense we were waiting all season to see.
I was wrong about this coaching staff. Maybe it really was just a case of needing the time and the experience of this season to put everything together.
As a result, I'm looking forward to next year. I think we're going to see a much improved team next season, with BIG championship potential. I can't wait for the bowl game.
|1 week 2 days ago||Not sure that's a good||
Not sure that's a good trade-off, since that will happen anyway by simply watching Borges' offenses.
|1 week 2 days ago||I just cracked up. Thank you.||
I just cracked up. Thank you.
|1 week 2 days ago||I know you were kidding about||
I know you were kidding about these, but they're actually kind of cool. And I generally dislike alt uniz.
|1 week 4 days ago||I can't rank it among the||
I can't rank it among the best games because I'm still trying to remove the stake that was driven into my heart at the very end.
However, I'm extremely proud of the fight and pluck our team showed, and it was a very well-played and exciting football game.
|1 week 4 days ago||It showed the potential of||
It showed the potential of the team when playing well, so yes, it did change expectations for me.
|1 week 4 days ago||I would like to see OSU play||
I would like to see OSU play for the MNC and win.
I'm tired of all the complaining about the B1G.
|1 week 4 days ago||Devin is maturing as a||
Devin is maturing as a quarterback, and let's face it, he played much of the season under very difficult circumstances with that O-line.
Yesterday's game shows his true potential.
To anyone who says he's not a great Michigan quarterback, look at the record book. He's definitely one of the best, and next year will be phenomenal.
|1 week 5 days ago||The world loves a good||
The world loves a good redemption story, and we certainly saw one today.
I was pessimistic these past few weeks as the team seemingly drifted backwards, but maybe what we saw were the ups and downs of growing pains.
|1 week 5 days ago||I agree that it's unlikely||
I agree that it's unlikely that Hoke would have replaced them absent Brandon putting his foot down. This game was redemptive in many ways for the program.
Whether a change will be made or not, there is reason for hope.
|1 week 5 days ago||It was an awesome showing.||
It was an awesome showing.
|1 week 5 days ago||Considering that our main||
Considering that our main field goal kicker was out, and that we couldn't stop OSU's offense toward the end of the game, on balance I have to think that the 2 point conversion was the right call.
Might as well go for the win in regulation.
|1 week 5 days ago||Proud of our guys. I was one||
Proud of our guys. I was one of the guys who said we didn't have a chance. I was very wrong.
|1 week 5 days ago||This was a good, close game||
This was a good, close game when I certainly didn't expect one. I think it was good coaching to get the team to play this well and not mail it in.
|1 week 5 days ago||I woke up today feeling a||
I woke up today feeling a glimmer of hope for a monumental upset. I can't explain why.
|1 week 5 days ago||Pelini's a good coach. I||
Pelini's a good coach. I don't blame him for being sick of all the speculation about his job, and the lack of support he is getting from his AD.