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|2 days 10 hours ago||They both learned from the||
They both learned from the master at USC.
|5 days 1 hour ago||This was covered a couple||
This was covered a couple days ago in unverified voracity.
|5 days 7 hours ago||Ugh. I just had that exchange||
Ugh. I just had that exchange between Brian and Ace in my own head. Either we get smoked in the bowl game or the Fire Devin Gardner crowd is relentless next year.
|5 days 7 hours ago||See that's the stuff that||
See that's the stuff that bugs me. He didn't work out here, we fired him. He coaches somewhere else now. I have zero problem with that.
But I have no reason to believe that Rich Rodriguez was anything other than 100% dedicated to succeeding at Michigan while he was here, and I believe he worked his ass off (albeit unsuccessfully) to achieve that.
I cannot say the same thing for Michigan. Well before his ultimate failure became inevitable, they did not seem fully invested in his (and the team's) success, and the only reason seems to be that he came from the wrong clique. Furthermore Michigan has done some petty stuff to Rodriguez during and after his firing that just seems bush league and unnecessary. That says some less than positive things about the AD at my alma mater, and I'm not proud of that.
|5 days 10 hours ago||The V-1 was not a rocket - it||
The V-1 was not a rocket - it was a pulse jet with stub wings that flew on a subsonic, mostly horizontal trajectory. They called it the "buzz bomb" due to the noise of the pulse jet. Basically a crude cruise missile (think Tomahawk).
|1 week 10 hours ago||You pay (handsomely) for||
You pay (handsomely) for football tickets and college tuition. Are you "offended" when the AD or uni asks for donations?
|1 week 1 day ago||The problem was they||
The problem was they announced the "no band" thing the same day as they revealed there were a bunch of unclaimed student seats being put up for sale. So it was pretty much a money grab, and all things considered the alumni band probably contributes a lot more to the experience than 100 random fans.
|1 week 1 day ago||Hoke seems like the kind of||
Hoke seems like the kind of guy who can get along with most decent people. I've not heard of him having bad chemistry with any of his assistants anywhere. Hoke has only worked with Borges for 5 years. It's not like we'd be asking him to dump his BFF.
|1 week 1 day ago||If you're close enough to see||
If you're close enough to see that, you're having a really good day.
|1 week 1 day ago||Could Snoop roll a joint so||
Could Snoop roll a joint so fat, even Snoop couldn't smoke it?
|1 week 1 day ago||Remind me not to eat at your||
Remind me not to eat at your house.
|1 week 1 day ago||Good points. At least in||
Good points. At least in theory, the AD is a non-profit organization that should serve the public good in some way. To me, providing more opportunities for young fans and families to experience Michigan football / basketball at a reasonable cost is much more valuable than providing incrementally nicer facilities to the non-revenue sports teams. Yes, there is value, great value, in providing athletic opportunities for scholarship athletes, but those opportunities are not improved by giving every swimmer a gold plated iPad, and if the cost of giving the swimmer a nicer natatorium is pricing families out of the Big House, well, the swimmer can swim and learn leadership and camaraderie and dedication and all those other skills in a more modest facility.
I have (somewhat) less of a problem with palaces for football and basketball because, well, the players earn that. For better or worse, people are willing to pay enough to watch them play to offset those costs. Now even that ought to have a limit - at some point you go from having top-quality facilities and equipment for your student athletes to just gilding the lily, and I think the waterfall at Bama can attest that we've swung pretty hard toward the latter.
If the non-revenue sports want nicer stuff, let them earn it, either by attracting fans or courting donors. Otherwise give them functional but non-palacial facilities and keep football and basketball affordable for the average family.
|1 week 1 day ago||Well yes you'd like to keep||
Well yes you'd like to keep your good coaches, but you'd also like to have coaches good enough to get offers they can't refuse from other institutions. And I don't think any of us would be too mad at a guy who parlayed a great run as a coordinator at Michigan into a head coaching career (as long as he'd give M a look when the head job opened up).
|1 week 1 day ago||Given your username, I think||
Given your username, I think we'd expect most thoughts to come out of your ass anyway, so don't be afraid to share ;)
|1 week 1 day ago||I think the big thing||
I think the big thing separating the MSU AD from Brandon is that Brandon seems to take fan loyalty for granted. MSU can't, particularly for football, because their fanbase is smaller and more fickle (there's that word again...).
Brandon's attitude has always come across as "I'm going to try to get away with as much as I can up to and until the point I piss off a lot of people". That's a pretty lousy way to treat your loyal fans, and an even worse way to build loyalty in the next generation. Yeah, we're loyal to Michigan, but it's easier to justify expressing loyalty with cold hard cash when you feel like the people you're chucking greenbacks at are grateful for you and return your loyalty. Instead the attitude seems to be "We're so glad you're a Michigan fan, at least until we find a Michigan fan with more money than you".
MSU is making a smart move because a) it probably doesn't cost them all that much - the tickets will still get sold, and I doubt biggish donors will get too miffed about only getting 4 tickets, and b) the upside is big - by selling to more people lower on the totem pole, you expand the number of people who might get hooked (or who are already hooked but lack big cash) who might turn into tomorrow's big donors.
Michigan athletics will probably go through hard times in the future. Maybe soon, or maybe in a few years when the bottom drops out as it's been threatening for some time. Michigan will only be able to weather that with a solid base of loyal fans who will be around a long time - and that in turn requires courting the younger, poorer crowd now that they might turn into the rich bluehairs of the next couple decades.
|1 week 1 day ago||This to me is a strong||
This to me is a strong argument to can Borges now in favor of a young hotshot. Mattison is a career DC, and in any case he'll retire before Hoke does. We can live with that, because he's really good.
On the other hand, I don't think any of us, even those labeled "Borges defenders" on this site, would consider Borges to be an "elite" OC. He can be good with the right talent, but so can a lot of coordinators.
So why not replace him with a younger OC with more upside? At worst it could be a mild downgrade during the transition. At best, he could grow into "elite" status. Furthermore, it's a chance to build a Hoke coaching tree. Young OC comes here, does a good job for a few years, heads off for a head coaching spot, comes back to take the reins when Hoke retires. Hiring "Michigan Men" is only sustainable in the future if there's a reasonable pool to choose from - by the time Hoke is gone the Moeller/Carr tree (at least those with direct Michigan connections) will have withered. We need some fresh blood in the coaching tree.
I don't have a list of names in mind, but surely there must be some young upstart amongst the lower level FBS teams or the elite FCS squads that would be worth a look.
|1 week 1 day ago||And that's an advantage of||
And that's an advantage of the new system vs no voting. There are enough "good guy" posters willing to up vote someone who was unfairly negged that trolling down voters can be offset.
|1 week 1 day ago||That adorable polar bear is||
That adorable polar bear is dead. (It's Knut, who died in 2011 at age 4. Drowned in his enclosure as a result of an encephalitis induced seizure)
|1 week 2 days ago||We finally stopped arguing||
We finally stopped arguing about RR and agreed to argue about Borges instead... Now you want to argue about Carr again?
|1 week 2 days ago||Sadly, I don't think that||
Sadly, I don't think that video is in real time. The motion of the people doesn't look "natural". Now Peppers I expect to look unnatural, but look at the people jumping around in the background, plus a dude's head that seems to "fast forward" through the bottom of the frame at 0:31.
Four FAKES out of five, but Peppers is still super fast.
|1 week 2 days ago||The argument against Hoke's||
The argument against Hoke's salary, such as it is, is not necessarily an indictment of his value to the program. Rather it's more like, "We don't need to be paying Hoke top tier money because there's no way he'd be making that much somewhere else". Nick Saban can make 'Bama pay him $7M because if they don't, someone else will.
But I doubt anybody is going to outbid Brady Hoke's current salary, and frankly I'm not sure anybody other than Michigan would have substantially outbid Hoke's SD State salary in 2011.
|1 week 2 days ago||I was not aware that the DNC||
I was not aware that the DNC had a plank regarding uniformz.
|1 week 2 days ago||Actually, considering that||
Actually, considering that many posters seem to hope DB leaves the AD by way of winning political office, I think you're wrong (at least re: the Brandon hate).
FWIW I'm no Democrat and I dislike many of Brandon's actions.
|1 week 2 days ago||I actually agree with you. To||
I actually agree with you. To me, DB's ego manifests itself when he sometimes acts like a fan (of the Ol' Blue persuasion) given the keys to the castle. I don't like this, but I don't think it affects his ability to manage the bottom line.
|1 week 2 days ago||I imagine someone who could||
I imagine someone who could self-fellate would have little need for whores.
|1 week 2 days ago||Generally speaking, most||
Generally speaking, most references to "Bain Capital" in arguments, the linked article included, can be safely replaced with "the bogeyman" without affecting the quality of reasoning.
|1 week 2 days ago||LUDICROUS SPEED... GO!!!||
LUDICROUS SPEED... GO!!!
|1 week 2 days ago||I don't think DB puts himself||
I don't think DB puts himself above the good of the AD. And the "EEEEVIL Bain Capital" ranting is annoying.
|1 week 3 days ago||Very nice! Any chance we will||
Very nice! Any chance we will get voting on the app?
|1 week 3 days ago||POSSSSSSBAAAAAAAAAANNNNNGGGGG!||