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|6 days 20 hours ago||I really enjoyed that story!||
I really enjoyed that story! Thanks!
|1 week 4 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.
|1 week 4 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.
|1 week 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.
|1 week 6 days ago||What's RCMB?||
I'll guess that you didn't notice the satirical approach to my post.
|1 week 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.
|1 week 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.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||I'm being sad in advance.||
I'm being sad in advance. It's not hard to predict what's coming.
In the 2014 football season we will be beaten convincingly by OSU and MSU on the road; we will lose a close one to a PSU team energized by a new coach; we will lose to ND in a Why Can't We Show Up On The Road Game; and we will be upset by Some Other Team.
We'll also lose the We Don't Really Want To Be Here Bowl.
7-6 again. Hoke will be relieved of his position.
In late January, weeks after the bowl loss and following a few embarrassing public rejections from coaches we the fanbase might actually covet, a new coach will be introduced and we'll all say, "WTF?"
In April we'll all be intoxicated by the toughness and changes the new coach is touting, and delude ourselves into believing that Brandon is a coaching search genius.
Then Fall, 2015, will roll around, and the Cycle Of Tears will begin anew.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Everyone's welcome. It's a||
Everyone's welcome. It's a big pool.
I'm a Michigan alum, married to a Michigan alum, and parent of Michigan alums. I love the school and its traditions.
But I'm also the son of parents who didn't attend Michigan but still loved the school, took me to games, and showed me the way.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||A Big Plus One to you. I hate||
A Big Plus One to you.
I hate this branding BS.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I'd say there's a good chance||
I'd say there's a good chance that Congress will wade in and somehow screw this up.
It's hardly news that big-time college football is essentially a professional sport. All this labor judge did in his opinion was point out the obvious.
I've always thought the Ivy League had it right: No athletic scholarships. Students play the sports for the love of the sport.
Maybe 100,000 people won't come watch on Saturdays. So what.
|6 weeks 7 hours ago||Whaddaya expect? It was||
Whaddaya expect? It was written by Jackie Epps, a Michigan State grad!
Actually Jack is a really talented and bright guy, was a friend in my teenage years and lived down the street on Strathcona in Detroit.
He succeeded in spite of the obvious obstacles he was forced to live with: good looks, wealth, and being very intelligent.
But he never flew jets.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||He never needed one. Because||
He never needed one. Because he's telepathic.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||The "problem" isn't really a||
The "problem" isn't really a problem. The tickets are paid for. It's up to the students to decide what to do with them.
I don't think this is Brandon's fault, except in the way he handled things.
I just think he should be fired because he's a dickhead.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||It's all about the money.||
It's all about the money. Inject as much into the sport as has been done in recent years, and the inevitable result is the professionalization of the players.
It's not unfair to the players if they choose to assert whatever rights they have. They can read. They know how much the coaches and the schools make on the strength of their backsides. Nor is it unfair to the schools or fans.
Though it's still kind of a bummer, because we have to give up the mythology that many of us cling to, that it's all about the old Alma Mater, the school colors, etc.
On the other hand, at the major conference level, it's not going back to the way it was. I loved the mythology. It made being a fan of your school more personal. I think that's the reason college football is so popular. That will change.
The more I learn about what is happening inside the college game, the less interested I become.
|8 weeks 22 hours ago||Well, there was the music.||
Well, there was the music.
|8 weeks 22 hours ago||And we go 0-40 against them.||
And we go 0-40 against them. The upset of the century every single year, long past my death.
Not that losing to app state 40 times will kill me. It only has to happen one more time for the death thing.
|8 weeks 22 hours ago||The way we played last season||
The way we played last season we should be worried about them.
Why, they could be the main obstacles to our powerful run for the uhm...national championship.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I agree. TV timeouts stink.||
I agree. TV timeouts stink. If people want to watch the game on TV, let them have a delayed broadcast, with commercial breaks spliced in. The fans at the stadium see live action football without all the unnecessary BS of the extended timeouts.
That is what would distinguish the gameday experience more than anything else, and encourage fans to get off their couches and into the stadium.
As would a return to a classy Marching Band music environment without the piped-in music crap. I can't imagine anyone being deterred from attending a game because music wasn't piped in, nor can I imagine anyone actually attending a game to hear the piped in music. People want to see the game, and hear the band, or they might as well watch TV.
As to whether the students want to attend, that isn't a truly meaningful problem. Sell them the tickets, and if they don't want to show up, fine. They've wasted their money, but the coffers of the Athletic Department are still full.
The idea that somehow showing up late or not at all is a problem that should concern anyone but the students is just plain silly.
As are fake attendance figures, and the 100k people in the stands record. Who cares?
If Michigan football gets back to what it was in the past, people will come. If not, they won't. So that's another key.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||So gymnastics (judged event),||
So gymnastics (judged event), football with its judgment penalties, basketball with judgment penalties, etc., aren't sports huh?
You're belitting the world record set in a sport you don't understand at all. Yes, ice dancing combines sport and art, and so do other figure skating events, as well as other sports like gymnastics.
It's really an insult to two of Michigan's greatest athletes, period (and by that I mean the State of Michigan and the University of Michigan, where both Meryl and Charlie went to college).
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I fear the O-line coming into||
I fear the O-line coming into the season. However, there is reason for hope.
Our guys were highly regarded during their recruiting. It's not a matter of talent, it's clearly a matter of coaching and their learning curve, which is closely related to coaching.
Nussmeier can't afford to preside over an offense that was as disorganized on O-line as ours was last season if he wants a head coaching future. Hoke clearly has confidence in the guy, at least enough to dump a good friend and colleauge to make the change in coordinators. So if the line isn't getting it done, I would expect that Nuss will insist on a change in line coaches and whatever else he thinks needs to be done, quickly.
It's interesting that the Arizona O-line jumped 100 spots (!) when RR went there, but I'd guess that has something to do with his read option and blocking schemes that really do make the most out of talent on a roster.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Awesome guy, works hard, has||
Awesome guy, works hard, has fun. I love him.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||With the team's talent, and||
With the team's talent, and Nussmeier handling the OC/QB duties, the results should be much improved. I can't imagine an offense looking more disorganized and demoralized than ours last year, and I think Nuss will right that ship.
My honest belief is that they have a very good chance of winning every one of their games. Whether they can get over the road hump remains to be seen, of course.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||The English have liked the||
The English have liked the French since they formed the Entente Cordiale in 1904. But it was merely the continuation of informal good relations that began after Napoleon's defeat.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Great article. The analysis||
Great article. The analysis of what Nussmeier has done in the recent past is very convincing. It was a great hire.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||All this Rules of Bizniz||
All this Rules of Bizniz blather is interesting, but the fact is that Borges' offenses have not done well. The only sane solution is to replace the guy.
Both Hoke and Brandon appear to be sane.
If it was Hoke's idea, he certainly needed budget approval. And if Brandon's idea, he needed Hoke's cooperation.
I'm sure it was handled gracefully.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||This was an important step||
This was an important step for Michigan, for Hoke, and for Brandon to take.
First, and most importantly, they got the right person for the job. Second, the firing and replacement was handled with apparent integrity, in a way that was short, sweet, and without leaving our former OC dangling in the breeze wondering what was up.
This shows class and increased sophistication on the part of Brandon, and flexibility in Hoke. It was unexpected, and left me with a far better feeling of confidence in the future of the program.
So yes, my feeling about 2014's potential is changed. I think it'll also have a positive effect on recruiting. So it's a big win for Michigan.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Nicely played, Hoke and||
Nicely played, Hoke and Brandon.
|14 weeks 8 hours ago||As fine a person as Hoke is,||
As fine a person as Hoke is, he is not an innovator like Gus Malzahn. He's not going to engineer a miracle turnaround.
9-3 at best; 8-4 more likely; 7-5 entirely possible. Not including bowl games, of course.
If the year is a disaster, 6-6 or no bowl game, then I think Brandon will be forced to fire Hoke, and I shudder at the prospect of DB picking the next coach, after the mess he has made of the program.
You'll probably want me to define 'mess.'
By that I mean that RR should have been given another year since many of his key players hadn't become upperclassmen and all he needed was a good D coach, and the money to get one; that the drawn-out process of firing RR was not the way to handle the firing of a Michigan head coach; and that the choice was not the best one - I suspect that some potential candidates were (and will continue to be) put off by the way DB works. Speculation, I know. But successful coaches have big egos, and I know I'd be leery of how things work at Michigan.
If Hoke is let go after 2014 or 2015, we go through yet another rebuilding.
I'm not optimistic.
|14 weeks 8 hours ago||It's always been the case (as||
It's always been the case (as far as I know) that the adult campers didn't have to be UM grads, merely associated in some way with the University - and an acceptable way for non-grad family members was to join the Alumni Association.
It has never been required that all adults be UM grads. I have friends and family who attended the camp who were not UM grads, though they had UM grads in their families.
It may not have been as strictly enforced in the past, I don't know, but I was told back in the 90s that all adults had to join the Alumni Association.
I donated to Michigania as did many of my friends who attended the camp. My daughters were also counselors there. Aside from being a student, these were the best weeks of my life, by far. I may go back soon, as my daughters have expressed interest in doing it again.