I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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|3 days 31 min ago||I love the guy's enthusiasm,||
I love the guy's enthusiasm, but, does anyone know if Hoke has ever changed his shirt? Man must have a closetful of those suckers. Makes sense.
And, yikes, only 1 player in the top 100. I know caveats apply, but, well, yikes. Hoke's recruiting has been his early strength & obviously Peppers was a ridiculous get, but we know what happens when recruiting starts to level off around here...
This is not a "weight joke," but, if eating sausage is what a head coach needs to do in order to get recruits, then I'm glad we've got Hoke.
And somewhere Borges cuts off another slice of Rum Ham.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Why did this thought cross||
Why did this thought cross Borges' mind?
"Well, Green seems effective, probably time to get Fitz in there. Don't want those numbers to be too gaudy."
I know fitz had a decent run or two but Green was able to get between tackles, not dance for a loss.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Of course he knows. I'm sure||
Of course he knows. I'm sure he knows how much he's paying the facilities staff. I should've been more precise: it's a very public reminder. And an extra reminder in an unavoidably public way may be the push DB needs to put his foot down.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Glad he highlighted Borges' Pay||
I'm glad Desmond highlighted the fact that Borges is the 3rd highest paid OC in the country. I would imagine that a quick reminder to DB of how much Michigan Athletics, Inc. is paying Borges will bring out the calculating CEO.
"Paying him that much? For this? Waste of my money, get out!" Brady may have a large degree of autonomy, but, I am pretty confident DB will stage some sort of intervention. That's his valuable product on the field. The no-raise in ticket prices could be a response to our horrible home schedule next year, but, they knew that schedule for a while. Think it's a mistake that announcement was timed when it was? Think if we were a 1 loss team (STAEE) they wouldn't be considering raising those prices?
|10 weeks 5 days ago||The legal issue here- A||
The legal issue here- A ticket is a license. As long as the fine print or terms & conditions said availability and conditions subject to change, then yes. In a legal sense, it is the AD's right to change the terms. Your version of how things work, not as much.
And jumping into this debate (no one cares, I know):
Saying things like "students don't need athletics" (not above poster, just read earlier) underlines the absurdity of your argument. THE STUDENTS ARE THE ATHLETES. They play for the university, i.e., its faculty and STUDENTS. Students get discounted tickets, sure. That kind of benefit is probably more of a concession to the reality that students aren't as wealthy as alumni and the students are paying members of the University the sports teams are composed of and representing (yes I know tuition doesn't go to the AD).
And when I was there, '07-'11, I saw both entirely empty and jam-packed Crisler. The thing is, since the student section is relatively small, many students that cannot get there early enough get annoyed/discouraged knowing they're relegated to the upper portion of the arena. If the environment and cheering is a substantial portion of the fun, then, it stands to reason that sitting with 3 other friends in the upper deck will not be enjoyable, yes?
Also, please keep in mind that MGoBlog is an exceptional community in its devout fanatacism (I am included here; that was not pejorative). For students that think they might want to go to a bunch of games, especially the big ones, the retail for those tix will probably begin approaching the season ticket price. Why buy a few retail when you can have tickets for all of the games and pick which ones you can/want to attend?
Also, I distinctly recall having classes that went late enough to pose a problem for getting to Crisler practically (and having a chance at a decent seat).
I'd probably stop shit-talking everyone from out of state, though. There's no reason for it and y'all look petty as hell. There is merit to remembering that someone making the choice to pay around $50k/year to go to Michigan actually cares about it.
|11 weeks 12 hours ago||I know what a medical||
I know what a medical scholarship is. I also know that, on this board, we have specifically cited instances of players being forced to transfer due to injury or not being good enough anymore.
Let's suppose, however, that you're entirely right. This still doesn't mean that players aren't forced out of a program/off scholarship to make room for other, better players. If a player hasn't done anything wrong (besides "not be good enough), and loses a scholarship because they aren't "good enough," then I think there's enough moral outrage there go around. Promise an 18 year old a scholarship to play sports, they play hard, then they still lose it.
Also, the reasonable inference from requesting medical expenses due to injury is that all of these expenses accrued after college would not be covered. Yes, as a matter of law, you're limited to a single recovery. As a matter of morality, I think that injuries incurred in service to the school/team merit the school footing the bill thereafter. These aren't NFL players that blew their savings and can't pay for care.
|11 weeks 15 hours ago||Yes. It's not either "wild||
Yes. It's not either "wild west" or "complete amateurism." Laugh as we might at the idea of regulating these sponsorships, there's no reason to think you couldn't. How? Make the school liable too.
Student athletes that are willing to market their image can submit their names to the school. Agents can then submit a bona fide sponsorship offer to the AD for X number of players. If the player is interested, the agent, AD, and player can sit down. They can make a deal for a certain promotion within reasonable parameters (compensation in relation to a scale--why not allow it to go up for each year the player is there? It incentivizes staying in school for the best players, minimizes attrition, increases graduation rates.)
Let's pretend the scale says that for each year the student is in school, they're capped at: 25% value of the scholarship, 50% scholarship, 75% scholarship, 90% scholarship cap thereafter. Yeah, there could be schools that have a slightly higher cap. It wouldn't be a significant amount, though.
Let's also say the school is the clearinghouse for the funds. The school will be a fiduciary of the students, whether or not the student actually has a deal. Nothing like the term "fiduciary duty" makes a large, compliance-sensitive organization pause before engaging in funny business. Here's another good idea: allow the universities to collect fees directly from the promoters (bids on offers, other contract fees). Those fees can be put in a trust for injured players.
Fairness? Okay. To balance it out so it doesn't turn into just a few players are getting paid, how about: we allow an agent/organization to pitch an entire team for promotions. Even if the individual players that are getting paid are on that team, their earnings will still be capped based on the scale. This will also provide some incentive not to sign 1 year max-deal.
For the record, I just thought that up. As I typed it. Stream of consciousness. If a lazy third year law student can cook that up from his couch, I am supremely confident the NCAA can work out a reasonable compromise. Also, if anyone has Emmert's number, go ahead and ring him. Pretty sure I just solved his problems. I'd like to be paid.
|11 weeks 16 hours ago||You're right, nobody forced||
You're right, nobody forced them to play. Okay, now, consider this: you have the opportunity to be the first person in your family to go to college because you're an extremely talented football player. What do you do: decline a scholarship to college because it's to play football?
The fact is, I don't know that we can fairly say "IT'S A TRAP" for players really wanting cash payments. Based on the content of this board, we've all been disgusted by the greyshirting and scholarship pulling that goes on at many major schools to clear out injured players or those that aren't up to snuff.
We pride ourselves on taking well-rounded young men for the football program; not just football skills matter, but grades and attitude (unless all of that fawning over academics has been total horseshit). How do you think it feels to be literally discarded off to the side due to injury? Turns out that all that mattered was their football talents, not any of the other character shit to which we had paid so much lipservice. Wouldn't YOU be upset that after sacrificing your body and best lifetime earning opportunity for the school, you were tossed aside and had your education pulled? Wouldn't you be bitter if you had a lifetime of knee/head/ankle/elbow/wrist pain because you gave it all to the school and they tossed you for an injury? Wouldn't you be bitter if a university with a major hospital system made you pay for the treatment that resulted from playing for that school?
I'm not saying that Michigan is necessarily guilty of these things. What I'm saying is a lot of these other schools likely are.
The kids that make the committment to play are 16-18; they see glitz and CFB glamor all over TV every week. Then they get to school and can nominally afford to go out to the movies while coaches make millions.
Whether or not YOU think it's objectively fair, you need to look at the totality of the circumstances in the PLAYERS' positions. Yeah, we're all SO morally superior because rabble rabble damn kids can't appreciate what they have. You try what they're doing in their environment, knuckling under OUR expectations. Then come back to me and say none of their complaints are valid.
|11 weeks 16 hours ago||MERP.||
Well, besides the fact that Pelini was bitching about his home crowd leaving early in the game against OSU, wherein Nebraska staged a huge comeback, yeah. I would say fans complaining about being taken to the wire by winless cellar-dwellers is CERTAINLY the same as Pelini.
Facts matter. Stupidity abounds. If you're not troubled by how this team is playing right now, I don't know what the hell you've been watching.
|11 weeks 16 hours ago||1.) Is Graham Glasgow a||
1.) Is Graham Glasgow a double amputee? If not, how can you explain his getting beat like a drum so regularly that even I can identify it as it occurs?
2.) Has Devin talked to Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn about getting his sight fixed?
3.) Would anyone like to photoshop Wild Thing's glasses onto Devin so we can all smile at least once today?
4.) Have you learned that our zone stretch plays aren't so effective? Not zone blocking, the hideous zone stretches that didn't net positive yardage all night.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||So emphatic||
I had to post it twice.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Good thing there's no true||
Good thing there's no true free market in operation here. Sports are not remotely a free market. Labor contracts, league rules,roster limits, not to mention the mandatory arbitration in many contracts.
College? Also not a free market. And even under the scholarship-as-stipend plan, it wouldn't be-fixed compensation rate. Hideous information asymmetries between universities and players. Roster limits. De facto ability of schools/conferences to exclude players.
So... Fuck your free market. Seriously. This is a painfully stupid argument.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||In 1970? Either it was a||
In 1970? Either it was a while ago or you lived in a van down by the river.
I graduated in 2010 and I was living in a house with 6 other dudes... We were still paying 600/month rent EACH. It was not a glamorous house. Ann Arbor is an expensive place to live now if you don't have a decent amount of cash. I pretty easily went through $1600/month including rent. Maybe a bit excessive, but, I guess that's my fault for having a girlfriend and going on the occasional date.
And re: having a car? Kind of essential especially when you are pressed for time. Grocery shopping? Yeah, I'm sure these guys have the time to take the bus to Meijer and haul their groceries between practice and other obligations. And they would always be on time to practice taking the bus or walking. In the crappy Michigan weather. Right.
I don't claim to have the solution here; I think everyone is remembering college with a bit too much bravado, though.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Fixed that for you.||
Not to mention
|18 weeks 5 days ago||I say this as a recent grad||
I say this as a recent grad and paradigm gameday degenerate, so I have some perspective here. Have you seen the number of Staee students that are too drunk to move before a noon/3 pm game? Pretty sure they also considered the fact that 0 Staee fans would make it to the night game...
Which makes me wonder why Brandon didn't push it harder...
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Wasn't trying to refute your||
Wasn't trying to refute your point in its entirety. Just injecting some relevant facts into the discussion. Consider that this is a report on shootings, not any and all potential transgressions, though.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Don't vindicate the Feds so||
Don't vindicate the Feds so quickly...
150 faultless shootings. That's 100%. Either they are that good, or maybe they've got better cover.
And this is coming from maybe the least likely person ever to push any sort of anti-gov't conspiracy.
|20 weeks 14 hours ago||Well, he's named Woodson||
Well, he's named Woodson Schembechler. But, probably best understood as Jordan Kovacs As Explained By Fred Jackson:
Blond, probably at the lower end of his size/weight class. But extreme athleticism, commitment, and always doing something surprising. Except he's actually terrifyingly athletic (standing high jump to the top of a 6 foot retaining wall for no reason besides he the fact he could).
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Nope.||
He'd be an awful president. University President is more than a budget-crunching, revenue-maximizing at all times job. It requires serious academic bona fides, and more importantly, they require the support of the faculty. In what universe would having a non-academic former CEO gain support of the faculty? The UVa-Dragas scenario seems to demonstrate how CEO types can seriously harm a university and seriously harm the faculty (they lost some good professors and no doubt made many more have significant doubts that could later play in to their departure).
While managing a university does involve fiscal issues, it also requires a vision for the academic future of the school; this includes heavily recruiting top professors (which MSC has continued to do, recession be damned). Professors want to move to a school for its resources, prestige, and academic culture-things MSC has done well to expand and improve. I have a hard time believing someone that is as PR focused as Brandon would embrace the issue of academic freedom before muzzling any professors that could "hurt the brand."
I'll be the first to admit that my initial apprehension about Brandon was misplaced regarding the AD job. But the AD job bears similarities to a CEO job (brand management, maximizing revenue). President of major university requires a lot more than balance sheet skills.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Not to be picky, but I||
Not to be picky, but I believe Louisiana is from Fred Jackson. Just faster.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Could Demar Dorsey have||
Could Demar Dorsey have recruited Jabrill Peppers to play under Greg Schafer?
|31 weeks 11 hours ago||Is this an insane thing to||
Is this an insane thing to do? Yes. I'm 23 and wouldn't dream of this, regardless of which generation I'm a part of.
HOWEVER, fwiw, the "phone addiction" issue is a bit broader than "damn kids and their damn technology." As new communication technology has been introduced, there's been a gulf between generations in what the appropriate way to use it is. Some people thought talking on the phone, rather than letter-writing, was uncivilized. Now, people use e-mail for things that older generations would prefer to do by phone.
Not really defending someone stupid enough to CHECK THEIR PHONE during an interview (unless their wife was about to give birth), but it's not as simple as "get off my lawn."
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Kickstarter to buy it and||
Kickstarter to buy it and return it to Rumeal? Nice gesture?
|33 weeks 5 days ago||I dislike the man due to a||
I dislike the man due to a totally senseless personal grudge, but I have to give him credit for being eminently likable on the whole. When I visited Vanderbilt's campus for undergrad after being waitlisted, the tour guide kept talking up Chancellor Gee (that was his title) and how he was always around campus. I saw him in a cafeteria, walked up, introduced myself and explained the situation, and he took down notes, my name, and gave me his personal e-mail. I corresponded with him for a while about the issue, and he was absolutely pleasant.
Personal grudge: Was told I'd get in off the waitist, didn't happen. No bother; I went to Michigan instead and he went to OSU the same year. Pretty thrilled I didn't get in to Vandy, in hindsight.
Man may be a bit of a dope with PR at times, but he's definitely a warm, personal guy that goes out of his way to meet students.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||Al Borges: America's #1||
Al Borges: America's #1 consumer of Rum Ham?
|34 weeks 6 days ago||2 quick statements:||
I'd start by quoting Gerald Ford: "Our long national nightmare is over." Then I'd abruptly conclude with:
|34 weeks 6 days ago||I did both. Horribly||
I did both. Horribly inappropriate reaction in law library. Not sorry about it for a minute.
|35 weeks 15 hours ago||I want to be embarrassed as||
I want to be embarrassed as an alumnus. I'd be lying if I didn't think after our win last night "I want to burn something." I guess the difference is that I didn't.
Only hope is that Hipster Graduate Students did it ironically.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Here's a present from the ESPN Bunny:||
This is from the ESPN homepage. I didn't want to make a new Photoshop thread, especially because I only have the picture (and no Photoshop skills).
Hoppity Hop Hop back to Columbus. Sad Craft.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Probably some sort of tiled||
Probably some sort of tiled drop ceiling.