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- Any outrage over the noodle is silly. Nobody in their right minds should expect it to be a permanent fixture in the stadium.
- Snarky emails are a non-issue. Maybe they shouldn't have been sent, but Brandon is probably responding to angry/pushy emails with snark.
- The Shane Morris fiasco is Hoke's fault and not Brandon's.
- Brandon does not coach the football team.
- Ticket prices can be lowered. Ammenities can be provided or improved.
- Firing the AD because of the football team's performance is beyond a dumb idea.
- 2011 ND
- 2011 MSU
- 2012 Sugar Bowl
- 2012 Alabama
- 2013 Outbak Bowl
- 2014 PSU
|6 days 17 hours ago||Too high up the food chain||
My understanding is that UofM's athletic department operates financially independently from the university. He fires Brandon and hires Hackett. That's all he really has to do right? Maybe tell Hackett to help find a permanent AD and perhaps make sure that he is operating in the black. What more do we want?
Fandom is traveling too far up the food chain. Going from armchair quarterbacks to armchair coaches is one thing, but moving up to armchair ADs and armchair Presidents is a bit over the top. Why can't we just be fans, hope Hackett hires Harbaugh, forget about him WHEN it happens and just root some victories on Saturdays? It's less stressfull that way.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Perhaps||
If a coach resigns because of a record he is basically admitting that he is not good enough to do the job. If he is admitting that by himself then who would want to give him a chance later on?
|8 weeks 3 days ago||yes but..||
What scandals are we talking about?
Shane Morris was a Hoke problem, and the email incident is a non-issue. Am I missing something. Even the Coke issue was a Hoke problem because can we honestly expect that promotion to happen if the team was playing well?
I get that people are upset over the mistreatment, but that can be rectified by Brandon pretty easily.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Me too||
I have the same mindset. If the top candidates don't want to work for Brandon then its best to dismiss him. There is an issue, though, in that it may give the next coach a sense of power over the AD.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||If the problem is...||
If the problem is that the team is performing poorly then it is silly to think anyone other than Hoke is the main problem.
Because everyone is out for blood any small meaningless thing gets blown way out of proportion and used as reason to call for a firing.
I'm not in the save Brandon court, but I think the decision to retain or fire him should consider this:
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Why the Oregon Comparisons||
It seems that every time we roll out an alternate jersey there are comparisons to Oregon. Here are our alternate jerseys since 2011:
By my count that is a total of six since 2011, and really only one in the last two years. That’s not really Oregon-like.
Sure our home uniforms are awesome, but with the infrequency that we roll out these alternates I don’t see any issue or threat. This whole uniform thing is getting blown way out of proportion. We can debate whether or not the alternates look good, but rolling out one uniform a season does not make us anything close to Oregon.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I know||
Bill Martin will be best known for botching the Miles hire, but he was a pretty fantastic AD. He brought the program into the black and hired John Beilein.
We are all clammoring for an "ignore Michigan Man and get the best guy" approach for a new football coach and he did just that when he hired RR. Granted RR didn't last, but he was a big name coach at the time of his hire.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||A much better option||
Eliminate the chant altoghether. I don't remember when the words were added (sometime between 04 and 08 from my recollection) but they are lame. It especially is dumb when we are losing by a lot. Either eliminate the words or change to something more appropriate given the situation on the field.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||2 and 5||
Let’s look at Beilein. The knock on him coming in was that he wasn’t a good recruiter or, at least, there were doubts he could recruit at a high level. He was regarded as a top flight Xs and Os coach, and I’m not sure where the stance on player development was, but I would venture that could have been identified as a strong suit. To me this is the perfect example of the two traits that are absolutely necessary. The other three (recruiter, face of the university, and fundraiser are very far down the list).
With many coaches, recruiting at a high level has not lead to success nor has stepping in to good situations lead to success. Sure it’s nice to have the horses to compete, but if they aren’t coached properly it flat out does not matter one bit. Charlie Weis, Brady Hoke, Muschamp are just three examples of this.
Being a fundraiser or the face of the university doesn’t really do anything for the program. Sure you can desire a certain personality, but if you are a great coach it matters not how good of a speech you can give to a bunch of wealthy alumni. I would say it is important to hire someone who won’t destroy the program due to out of control infractions, but that’s pretty avoidable.
It is my opinion that game management and player development are the foundation of a good program. They will lead to success and with success comes the other three traits that you have desired. Beilein is going after top 25 recruits and shattering the worry because he is winning games due to the fact that he can develop players and call a good game.
If Hoke is fired, the 1 and 1A traits that should be required are the ability to call a good game and develop players over time. The second trait that would be desired is a strong attention to detail. The third should be a strong hatred of losing.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Tate||
If Tate learned to "play school" too and wasn't a headcase it would have been very interesting to see how he developed. He could throw very well on the run and was pretty darn accurate.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||I understand||
I understand the sentiment and do recognize the importance of history. My point was that what we do defines us rather than where we came from. Our history and ancestry is important when it comes to respecting respectable tradition and the lessons/values learned in the past, but it ought not to define us. There is an element of pride in history, and it ought to be used to motivate us to do positive things to the extent that it can motivate. When it comes to football I get the sense that history and tradition is becoming less and less of a motivator. When it comes to Michigan football it seems like there are a lot of folks who love to quote Bo and talk about the accomplishments of Yost and Crisler, but that isn’t going to bring us any victories. It could lure a couple of recruits, but if there isn’t a coaching staff or team mentality that is “win the game” then all is lost.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||What do you root for||
Do you root for a team or a program? The basis of fandom is not rooted in the program rather in the team. Being a fan is about the present not about the past. Sure we like to bring up the past to make our experience more exciting or to foster a greater connection to the program, but ultimately what it comes down to is the fact that the team that you are going to root for is not coached by Yost or Crisler or Bo. There is only one team you root for an that is the present team because anything else is impossible.
All that other stuff is nice, but you don't root for the 69 wolverines now because that is history. When times are tough you make tough decisions for the present and future and not hide in the past.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Jim Tressel or Brian Kelly||
Seriously though, both of those coaches were hired to D1 programs from D2 or D1AA and they did fine. The key is finding a coach who knows how to win and demands nothing less than excellence from his players. If there is a coach at a lower level who has his team at the top every year and has won championships I could get behind a hire like that. If we focus too much on a few big name guys we may end up having to settle if we aren't able to reel them in.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Congrats||
Congrats. Remember there is always something that has been written or that someone has done that tells you that you are parenting incorrectly. Parents are always eager to give advice because they want to help and they may have a few things that were positives in their adventure. This can overwhelm, so remember that all kids are different, with different personalities, skill sets, talents, and react to different stimuli. What works for one may not work for another. Learn to smile and nod politely.
I got my daughter a stuffed wolverine from the M Den which we named Charles. We taught her to say "go blue". She recognizes Michigan and football so when I get excited and shout during the game she says "go blue."
Indoctrination is important from a fandom perspective, but I'm going to try to leave the academic side of it out. If my daughters go to college I want them to be able to make an objective decision. We like to joke about the poor academics at other schools, but when it comes down to it success academically and professionally is on the student and not the educator.
I hope you enjoy yourself. Kids are fun to have around.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Fun||
The ND rivalry has been fun. With some exceptions, the games have been very competative and very exciting. I can't think of another team that we've consistently played that has had a higher percentage of exciting games.
It has very much been a rivalry between two equals. Say what you will of UofM's current dominance in the series, but historically and traditionally these teams are as close to equals as any two schools in the country. This is probably why there is a lot of hatred between the schools. If UofM were a Catholic school we would be ND and vice versa. Many UofM and ND fans try so hard to rationalize fundamental differences when the reality is that there isn't much of a difference.
Both schools like to take pride in the history of the game and their influence on it, and both schools have had a big influence. Why we wouldn't want to see them play with a greater frequency is beyond me. I will miss the series because without it we don't have any non-conference rivals. We will get excited about a big name opponent, but there won't be anything deeper than excitement. There is no since of rivalry when we play Washington or UCLA or VT or Florida because those schools don't mean anything to Michigan. It's more exciting to watch a game when it means more than a win or a loss.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||This makes sense||
When it comes to Michigan's rivalries I would rank OSU as the No. 1 rival but MSU as the most hated.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||True||
That extends from western Ohio through the entire states of Indiana and Illinois.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Best Case 12-0||
From what I remember from last year the game against MSU was close until our offense ineptness coupled with their great defense wore us out. I bet that if we fielded a functional offense last year's game would have been really close. I can see us winning that gamein a best case scenario.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Arm Chair||
Things were a lot nicer when we hoped for exciting matchups but didn't play armchair athletic director.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||True||
I would bet there are a lot more blue and white shirts in closets than maize. In fact I would bet that yellow shirts outside of team colors are pretty rare in comparison.
This works well for the teams with a base color that is more prevalent like white, red and black.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Comparison||
I think a lot of this thinking is the comparison of Shane to Russell. It was pretty clear that Shane was not overwhelmed in his first real appearance whereas Russell was.
What we now optimistically believe is that Shane can follow the normal progression from backup to solid starter. While he is only a sophomore and needs to improve there is hope based on his performance. It will be a step down from Shane to Gardner, but there is hope that if Devin goes down we won't lose the rest of our games.
WRT Russell he may have gotten over his experience and could be much better now than he was at Nebraska.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Important||
Eat a pasty or twelve.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||A few places||
Sleeping Bear Dunes/NW Lower Michigan is a great place to go.
My honeymoon was on Isle Royale and I can't wait to get back there. It is the least visited NP, so there aren't many people there. There is great hiking and some great views. It is very peaceful.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. If you camp check out Little Beaver Lake Campground. there are only about a dozen sites, but there is 1-1.5 mile path that leads to a quiet Lake Superior beach. You can hike along the shore for quite a ways without running into anybody. If you are not afraid of the dark make that hike at night with a clear sky.
Porcupine Mountains State Park.
Castle Rock is a quick stop and pretty neat.
Sea Shell City.
Depending on your interest in Catholicism/Christianity The Cross in the Woods at Indian River can be a nice stop.
Have lunch or dinner at The Turkey Roost in Kawkawlin.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Dam Site Inn||
The Dam Site Inn has great burgers. I went there once in college and came away impressed. It's not much to look at, but it was good.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||I disagree||
I actually think that the chemistry with that lineup may be pretty good. Burke, Stauskas, and McGary are all unselfish players. Webber is known as being a great passer and I don't see passing and selfishness from a big man. Maybe McGary and Webber cancel out. I'd replace McGary with Howard then. Glen Rice may be the wild card here.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||Thought||
Would 2013 be better if 2014 Stauskas replaced 2013 Stauskas coupled with 2012 Burke replacing 2013 Burke?
|33 weeks 5 days ago||Another thought||
1 - 2013 Burke
2 - 2014 Stauskas
3 - 1989 Tourney Rice
4 - 1993 Webber
5 - 2013 Tourney McGary
Coach - Beilein
This lineup features two deadly shooters not including Burke, great passing from at least four spots, and above average ball handling across the board.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Redshirting freshmen||
I understand that line is a very difficult position, physically, for a freshman to play which is why the vast majority redshirt their first year. However, there are situations in which there is a player that may be physically ready to play as a freshman that should play immediately. This isn't just a matter of the best players have to play, but for the future.
Bosch played as a freshman and I think that will help him out considerably for this year. I feel much more comfortable with a true sophmore than a redshirt freshman simply from a game experience perspective. Kalis probably should have played as a freshman which would most likely have made the line better last year as he would have either been a returning contributer or returning starter. If Cole is ready, I'd like to see him log minutes this year for the sake of next year.
When experience and depth are established can we go back to only playing freshmen on the line when they are ready to start.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||Valid Point||
I'm not sure why this was downvoted, but you raise a valid point. Many fans point to the rigorous academic standards at UofM as a selling point that a good education can be had here. This comes with the fact that some aren't admitted. I'm thinking that grad school admittance is a bit more difficult than undergrad admittance.
|36 weeks 20 hours ago||A few thoughts||
There is clearly a problem with the stadium not filling up. It is much more recognizable in the student section. Michigan had a problem with attendance and Canham did quite a bit of interesting things to fix it while Bo certaintly helped. In the discussion of student attendence there seems to be a few sticking points, but I think everything should be on the table.
Revenue loss needs to be considered as an option to fill up the stadium. This may be some sort of combination of lowering student ticket prices or offering "_____ days" in which a certain group of people can get into the stadium at a reduced cost. I would be partial to young families or youth groups or something like that to get a younger generation more exposure. If revenue goes down in the short term to increase attendence in the long term, it needs to be considered.
Reducing student ticket allotment should be on the table. I would consider cutting by up to 50%. This may be coupled by changing how student tickets are sold. Instead of season tickets, it could be at the door tickets that are paid for at game time. Students scan an M card at the gate and pay for and are granted admission to the game. The amount of available tickets can vary on a game by game basis as the department works to market toward individual groups.
I think changing the pricing and attendence rules are a good idea, but it is not a long term solution, as it relies on pricing and incentives rather than desire to attend. The problem is that there are empty seats, and the solution is to market those empty seats to individuals who may be able to pay and maybe giving tickets away to large groups.