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|5 hours 22 min ago||Re: Hackett's Waiting List||
I think that comment is a bit of smoke and mirrors and here is why: last season there was an email sent from Michigan to former ticket purchasers that if they bought a select pack of tickets that they would have the opportunity to buy season tickets this year (note, not mention of either donation or psd). I would think that there would be some traction on that and that a "list" was created from those individuals who wanted to get season tickets (probably not gigantic, though)
Most recently, Michigan has been sending the letter the OP mentioned to past ticket purchasers who have an online account with Michigan (several of my relations received it) and it indicates that the minimum donation is $150 while stating, plainly, that every effort will be made to get donors of that level season tickets. They make no guarantees but this would be a plane skywriting level error in marketing if they solicited donations, intimated the likelihood of season tickets and then pulled the carpet on it. Brandon, perhaps...Hackett, no.
So Hackett has his "list" from the 3-pack buyers last fall and pretty much all the new donors at $150 (a couple people I know have done this recently) so he's not exactly lying about it. He's just kind of not telling how he got the list to form...
FWIW, I think this is a good idea for Michigan. Despite the Harbaugh factor there is a real difference between drawing 60 k for a free spring game and 109 k (at $65 a ticket for UNLV). Brandon was not wrong about the competition being my 55 inch, recliners and bottle of Glenlivet 18 (necessary for the last several years) with a large glass. Hackett has made every effort to engage potential season ticket holders and, in the current economic climate, probably has to...
|22 hours 25 min ago||Dammit Salvatore||
I enjoy the occasional PBR.
Don't be a moran.
|5 days 15 hours ago||IDK||
With the translation of success from college to the pros that both Pete Carroll and Chip Kelly have had and the ongoing success of Nick Saban at Alabama I think there has been some bridging of the divide between college and the NFL. Obviously, HBO has an axe to grind here as an NFL "partner" (albeit a minor one).
I haven't seen so much coverage on Harbaugh going back to the NFL as much as a view that he gave AA the "hometown discount" and sheer incredulousness from shield shilling analysts that thats is such an incredible move.
|6 days 17 hours ago||Bottom Line||
Harbaugh gets paid to deliver wins. That's his job. Recruit elite players and coach them to win.
He has clearly identified this young man at that level. Ultimately, it's his responsibility to perform and he's putting his credibility as TE guru etc. on the line here.
I hope he's correct in this call. No guarantees, I suppose (see Sills, David)
|6 days 22 hours ago||Wait a minute...||
Okay, now you're just being ridiculous. You are intimating that starzzz are an objective factor?. Exactly how do you think the sites arrive at star rankings, anyway? Jeebus.
FWIW, there is a rather large difference between trusting the coaches and expecting them to do their job. Harbaugh is well compensated at $6 mil per year and part of his job description involves bringing the best talent to Michigan so he can coach them to win games. Period.
The interesting thing is that he and the staff ultimately decide what that means in terms of "best" and his job performance (like Brady Hoke's) will ultimately be determined in wins/losses. I never said "trust the coaches" but I will say, as I have said before, that it is my expectation that Harbaugh does his job and brings in talent to win games. If he wants to pin his credibility on this young man and the others he recruits, well, fair enough...it's on him.
He certainly has the track record to back up picking tight ends.
Troll on fella, troll on.
|6 days 23 hours ago||Well...||
He's going to think that there are mostly reasonable fans who look big picture at Harbaugh's success in both college and the NFL and assume he has some credibility in giving the offer. He's also going to think that there is an irrational bunch of jackass fans around who post negatively (he's going to search "three star mafia" on Brian's site) who are motivated by irrational anger at the team's performance since 1997, who feel entittled to "all the starzzzzz" and for whom Trieu, Wiltfong and top 247 lists are the only true arbiters of talent.
It is what it is. Three Star Mafia fans are the worst.
|1 week 5 min ago||This...||
|1 week 7 min ago||flies in the face?||
Yeah, because 6-6 230 lb tenth grade tight ends are just growing on trees.
I imagine he brings something to the fight.
|1 week 9 min ago||"Lack of Urgency"?||
This whole premise is ridiculous.
Have you never participted in a Live Blog?
|1 week 2 days ago||It was this guy.||
|1 week 2 days ago||@Goblin||
Kid is two years out, 6-6 and 225. Identified and offered early by a coach with a proven track record of developing tight ends for the NFL and putting them in Pro Bowls.
Didn't the whole offers and starzzz debate just get killed with fire?
|1 week 4 days ago||Jeebus||
Browns fan. I dislike these new uniforms.
OP, what the hell are you talking about..."teams with no history, no equity and no brand". That is the most ridiculous assessment of the Browns.
While Browns management have historically been legendarily inept (see Modell, Art; Policy, Carmen; Clark, Dwight; Holmgren, Paul and on and on) they retain the equity of the NFL's most loyal fanbase. These are the same fans who supported the return of the team to Cleveland (our team/our colors) whose history beyond the 64 NFL Championship and the greatest of all time Jim Brown is one only of suffering: the Drive, the Fumble and Red Right 88 to start.
The Browns could just model their modern stuff on the '64 championship gear and I'd be more than happy with that. They don't need to be Oregon.
|1 week 5 days ago||This is well said.||
The limitation of disourse in the modern classroom/lab/campus and the primacy of "offense" and politicization versus dialogue is the most serious concern in academia today.
|1 week 5 days ago||"@BAMF Re: "You don't like this country -- leave"||
Seems like what you're saying is more like if "you don't like this country in the same way that *I* or those that *I* agree with in *my* own socio-cultural and political worldview/values then you should leave".
Thematically, this somewhat rigid view of "liking" school, movie, nation dseems quite inconsistent with the historical American narrative. Just saying.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||@UMx||
Yeah, in Philly maybe.
State College and area you might as well be in the middle of nowhere. They have cable tv and internet though...
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Heh.||
Says a guy with a Wings photo in his profile. Toronto can offer him money, term and control. If Shanahan is willing to move Nonis and give Babcock personnel control this is a very different situation for him. I do not think he would come to Toronto in a million years for anything less than huge money, term and total personnel control.
The current state of the Leafs roster is, evidently, terrible but control and money might inform a different set of decisions for Babcock. That's not delusion, it's fact. Of course the Toronto media is focused on hockey; despite the brutal nature of the Leafs for a thousand years the passion of that fanbase is unmatched. I'm old enough to have lived in Windsor in the 80's and recall the 80's and early 90's Wings teams (see Larson, Reed) and the very empty Tampa like JLA. Those teams, and the Wings in general, were as bad as this generation of the Leafs. I find the arrogance of Wings fans of the current era kind of amusing given this parallel.
Bottom line, if Babcock were to come to Toronto and win he'd be sainted. He can't ever achieve anything like that in Detroit. I think he probably doesn't go to Toronto but he'd have compelling reasons to think about it.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Heh.||
Take off your Wings fan glasses. If people think Toronto won't be a realistic option or a serious factor in this thing then they are delusional. Toronto can offer roster control (by eliminating Dave Nonis) which Babcock won't ever get with Detroit and they have the ability to pay him ridiciulous amounts of money with term (neither Pittsburgh or Edmonton have these types of resources). Is that the right move? Hard to say. On the other hand, the guy who actually wins consistently with the Leafs will be sainted like a combination of Bo/Return of Harbaugh (only more sainted and twice as beloved).
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Heh.||
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Three Star Mafia||
Group of fans convinced with a religious fervor that Michigan should get "all the five stars".
|2 weeks 6 days ago||You're missing something.||
A couple things, actually. You said it yourself "great evaluator of talent"...it's funny that the opposite of your take here was often a criticism of Hoke's recruiting: "he gets 4 and 5 stars who play like 3 stars". That and the criticism about not developing talent.
Harbaugh has Hoke's 4 and 5 star classes and a record of developing NFL talent. It will be interesting to see how he makes that talent develop. He has a record of having a good eye for talent and building programs. Obviously, Michigan has offered a high volume of 4 star players in the current cycle. I'm not totally a "trust the coaches" guy but Harbaugh has a lot more credibility than any board poster or, god help me, Trieu, Wiltfong, Webb et al. in talent evaluation. It's not like "oh noes we don't have any talent...".
Complicating matters, as high profile and great as the Harbaugh hire has been...Michigan football has been crappy for almost a decade. Kids were young when Lloyd was relevant in 06 and tOSU just won a National Championship. I'd say slow your roll on expectations until Harbaugh wins 9 or 10 games next fall....
Don't be that three star mafia guy.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Heh.||
I hear honky and only one man comes to mind. George Jefferson.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||@Michology||
New guys (6/02/14) probably have less credibility discussing how things are "messed up" on the MGoBlogs. You've just become "trusted" for heaven's sake...108 points beyond being "douchey".
Also, first rule is invariably going to get you the neg party. Live and learn. Live and learn.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Hey||
That is not what we are all aboot
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Hmmmm....||
Didn' t United just sign a deal with Adidas at 75 mil BP replacing their Nike deal.
I think Nike is in talks with my beloved Manchester City tho...
|3 weeks 3 days ago||heh.||
I hope "secret" MGoBlog member JHackettAD reads that.
|4 weeks 3 hours ago||Heh.||
All your football camps are belong to us.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||@Gulogulo||
Sent to prison?
Sadly, this sort of behavior would get him the first game of the year off in East Lansing and the starting job thereafter...
|5 weeks 18 hours ago||Hmmmmmm....||
I think if Babcock wasn't going to Toronto he might mention it in the media? Or just sign the extension offered by the Wings...lot of money on that table.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Can't we all just get along?||
I think we can all agree there is one Michigan Legend jersey with a name on the back that anyone would be proud to wear.
|6 weeks 15 hours ago||@Wichita||
Temple got screwed.
31 RPI, quality win over Kansas (by 25) and only 2 bad losses.
Power 5 bias is a joke.