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|2 weeks 4 days ago||In the old days (when I was||
In the old days (when I was at Michigan) Freshmen played ball, but on the Freshman Team. The big schools all had Freshmen teams, that were slightly less demanding than Varsity Teams, so the kids god acclimated to the University life.
It was the small schools who couldn't afford to equip, coach, and maintain Frosh teams that objected to the rule, and pushed for Freshman eligibility.
There are a lot of folks who think that Freshman eligibility is a bad idea. I can see the arguments on both sides.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I'd say that everyone has||
I'd say that everyone has united against this dumb fucking idea except the anus who came up with it.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I guess either I don't||
I guess either I don't understand this guy's upside, or we're in a world of hurt with our current QBs.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I agree with you, and I'm a||
I agree with you, and I'm a Michigan fan.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I am, too. And didn't both||
I am, too. And didn't both teams beat us last fall, one at home?
I like having new opponents to play, even if they're not known as national powers. It makes life and games more interesting.
But BYU...that would simply not be a reasonable fit for the B1G in any way. They more closely resemble the TCUs and Baylors of the world.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I like that JH is not||
I like that JH is not answering questions about individual players. He hasn't backed himself or the players into a corner with promises, expectations, etc. He seems to be saying, "Let's see what happens first. This isn't the time to be touting individuals who haven't proven anything."
The other thing I like is his remark that he doesn't know how each kid was coached on fundamentals, etc., before. He doesn't want to make judgments based on the past.
He's also saying to the team, "Look, I'm open-minded. You have a clean slate, and I really mean it. Now prove something."
He sounds like a winner not because of bluster and expectations, but because he plans on being a real-deal teacher and leader. I love that.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Despite the unbelievable||
Despite the unbelievable lameness of this enterprise, and the arrogance of its advocates, it's still a relatively free country, and this project isn't illegal. Therefore, there's a chance it'll get finished despite each and all of our opposition to it.
It will also fail, as projects of this kind inevitably do, and everyone involved will have lost their money.
I remember back in the 70s or 80s, some dumbass had the idea to create a Frank Sinatra style song about Detroit, like "New York, New York" and "Chicago." It was predictably awful, and was ignored upon its release. I doubt anyone cares about it now.
That is what will happen to this ridiculous idea, too.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||The reason Brandon was a POS||
The reason Brandon was a POS is that he made the University of Michigan Athletic Department all about him, and not all about the University or the community it serves. Everything was done to the accompaniment of self-aggrandizement.
The man couldn't answer a question without tooting his own horn. A year or two ago during one of those DAC luncheon meetings for pompous bigwigs to impress other pompous bigwigs, he had to say, and I'm paraphrasing as closely as I can remember, "Well, I know a thing or two about marketing and..." before answering the damn question. This was typical.
The man knew very little about marketing. Instead, what he knew was his own opinion, that he believed should be the opinion of everyone else in the world with a brain. A marketing person does market research and knows his firm's customers.
I've harped on this probably too much, but think about it: Dave Brandon fucking sold the title of Head Coach of Michigan Football! I mean, really. The result is this horrifying mishmash of ass sucking gobbledegook every time the head coach is introduced at an event. If I had ten million dollars to blow on Michigan, I'd donate it to the university to stop doing that.
Brandon's most pitiful shortcoming was that he made Michigan a laughingstock. Assholes do that to the institutions they serve. What amazes me is that he was given an awful lot of time to be an asshole and screw things up by two administrations and a Board of Regents who were also blind to what was going on until it became such an issue that they could no longer ignore it.
And that, as a Michigan Alum, is the most disturbing part of Dave Brandon's Era of Bullshit. No one running the show noticed - or perhaps it's more accurate to say that no one really cared as long as the dollars were rocking in.
In any event, no one did a damn thing about it until their hands were forced.
Perhaps that's what it's come to with the University. You get to be the size of a Michigan and you have a very bloated and unweildy ship that takes a long time to make a turn.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Apparently the trip took||
Apparently the trip took place at the MC5's place. The bands sometimes appeared together and were friends.
As I said, true story!
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I'm glad they're planning to||
I'm glad they're planning to execute the song.
Maybe they'll do it painlessly with a guillotine?
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Iggy and the Stooges were||
Iggy and the Stooges were originally an Ann Arbor band. In fact, they and MC5 once shared a house in the Hill and Lincoln area.
No wonder Iggy knew "Meeshigan."
I had kind of a nodding acquaintance with them because I was in bands then. But I was also a frat boy living nearby. Our house had some incredibly stupid traditions, one of which was that the older guys would come and "kidnap" the sophomores who lived in the house, take a hose and spray water on them, and then pour red brick dust clay on this bunch of wet, naked guys. I think I forgot to mention that the process involved being stripped.
This exhibition would of course take place in winter on the front lawn of the house. Wet, red, naked guys running around outside in the dead of winter. Let's gently refer to this as kind of bizarre, but also true.
The day after this happened to my group, I was approached by one of the guys in the Stooges. Evidently they'd dropped acid that night, looked out their window to observe what was going on, and couldn't believe their eyes.
There was apparently some discussion about whether this was a group hallicination, or an actual event, and no one quite understood what they were seeing. And they wanted to know if it happened.
1969 was kind of that way. Meeshigan.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||That was a great interview,||
That was a great interview, and Harbaugh came off friendly and polished, a very good guy.
I like that he had generous things to say about the conference, too.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||He's made a safe prediction.||
He's made a safe prediction. I have a riskier one, but I honestly believe it:
Michigan beats OSU and MSU and wins the B1G. Maybe we drop one unpredictably early in the season.
But Harbaugh will not lose to OSU at home. No.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Weber has buyer's remorse,||
Weber has buyer's remorse, and is making his situation worse by making a big deal out of this.
Michigan can't be screwing around with getting involved in this dispute for a lot of reasons, and if Weber is forced to sit a year, he's going to wind up a forgotten man as far as top schools are concerned.
He's stuck with OSU, and I wish him the best of luck. But we have a very good RB coming in, and I can't see Weber doing anything but getting on with it at OSU. The odd thing is that he hasn't helped himself as far as his new team's cohesion is concerned.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||The conference's reputation||
The conference's reputation certainly matters with some high-level ecruits, and will benefit Michigan as well as OSU once we get competitive.
I believe we'll find becoming more competitive happening soon.
At this point, what matters is on-the-field performance, concentration on player development, better training and coaching, and better in-game management. I'm confident our new staff will excel in those areas.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||I want to listen to Valenti||
I want to listen to Valenti about as much as I want to read Drew Sharp.
Which is to say, I'd rather turn the radio off.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||What makes an institution||
What makes an institution "worth" the outlay?
The question is entirely subjective, and different individuals might make different, but equally valid, choices.
For me, a father who sent one daughter to the University of California and two other children to Michigan, the answer is that Michigan is a great choice.
|14 weeks 2 hours ago||Mike, I was a member of the||
Mike, I was a member of the Sigma Iota chapter from '67-71 (Incidentally, one of the guys in my pledge class was Don Cohodes, maybe you're related?).
What happened recently was on another level from the obnoxious/semi-humorous monkey business we and other fraternities were notorious for back in the day.
The chapter should be at least suspended for a period of time.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Thought experiment: You're||
You're accelerating toward the speed of light in your spacecraft escaping Earth's gravity, when you look out the window and see a spacecraft with Maize and Blue trim on its nose decelerating and preparing to re-enter Earth orbit. As the Mazie and Blue-trimmed spacecraft approaches, you see Jim Harbaugh looking out his window at you.
If your spacecraft reaches the speed of light, and takes you to a planet circling Earth's nearest star, how many national championships will you be able to return to Earth to see Harbaugh win?
|15 weeks 19 hours ago||Rosenberg is an embarrassment||
Rosenberg is an embarrassment to humanity in general. So let's consider possible punishments for his willingness to speculate and...uh...stretch....the truth.
You see what I did there, right?
I shall cancel my subscription to Sports Illustrated!
Wait a second, I stopped my subscription to Sports Illustrated after I got out of middle school. Hmmm.
I will never take the Detroit Free Press seriously again!
Of course, I never took the Freep seriously in the first place. But that's because of Drew Sharp long before there was Rosenberg. So I'm stumped.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||I'd suspect that the college||
I'd suspect that the college coaching game has changed since the 80s, when Johnson last coached Miami.
And it's not like he didn't latch on to a much easier ride himself after 1999 by simply going into broadcasting at the age of 56.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||It remains to be seen how||
It remains to be seen how well this staff will work together. It has the potential.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||How little class you've||
How little class you've shown, J. Ira and Nicki Harris, in spending tem million bucks to have your names called out every time the head coach of the University of Michigan's football team does so much as make a hire, walk in the door, or fart in public.
It is my sincere hope that your names are inscribed in the J. Ira and Nicki Harris head football coach of the University of Michigan's office toilet, where they can receive the proper attention every day.
Sincerely, the BlueHills University of Michigan Alumnus Craptastic Pomposity Hater.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||It's true. Every fall, Lions||
Every fall, Lions fans revive the same false hopes and unrealizable fantasies as we have for generations.
And every so often, a couple of times in a generation or so, the Lions even get to the playoffs where they inevitably lose in the first round.
The Lions have never pounded the rock. It is Lions fans who, like Sisyphus, push the rock endlessly up the mountain, only to see it roll back down, day after day, year after year.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||And again, as always, we are||
And again, as always, we are treated to the preposterous title in the website announcement by the "J. Ira and Nicki Harris" football coach.
I hope I never meet J. Ira and Nicki Harris, because I'd tell them off for ruining something as timeless as the title of the Head Football Coach of the University of Michigan.
It ain't generosity if there are strings attached, publicity hound arrogant assholes.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||It's going to be fun again.||
It's going to be fun again. Gut-wrenching, yes; agonizing, to be sure; nail-biting and edge-of-seat, but eventually two best coaches in college football, head-to-head fun!
|16 weeks 46 min ago||Devin and Jake deserve to||
Devin and Jake deserve to catch on with the NFL.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||How correct were the media||
How correct were the media experts and talking heads about Michigan's chances of landing Harbaugh?
How accurate were the predictions they made for us last year?
How right was the media handwringing over the supposedly laughably weak Big Ten Conference?
What is at all interesting about a guessing game that takes place 7 months before a season in college football, with its senior turnover rates and talented juniors leaving for the NFL?
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Is there a point to placing a||
Is there a point to placing a market value on a college football team that will never be sold under any circumstances?
|16 weeks 1 day ago||The J. Ira and Nicki title||
The J. Ira and Nicki title again...do they really need to be plugged in every single media reference to the damned football coach?
From the press release on the Michigan site:
"I am very excited that Greg will remain here in Ann Arbor to continue coaching at this outstanding University," said Harbaugh, the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach..."
Am I alone in finding this constant plug repellent?