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|3 days 17 hours ago||Just wanted to say thanks to||
Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for the replies. I've got family coming in on a variety of long trips for this so it's good to hear the guarantee is pretty solid.
|1 week 1 day ago||Maybe people wouldn't get||
Maybe people wouldn't get quite so trashed at tailgates if they knew they could grab a beer at the stadium? As others have mentioned, I think the sorts of people who would be drunk assholes are already being drunk assholes at the game. The marginal increase in assholes would be small, and the revenue would be huge. Better than raising ticket prices or adding more ads.
|1 week 4 days ago||I'm guessing most truly||
I'm guessing most truly successful marketing experts don't ignore the fact that their most loyal customers dislike the direction of the brand. I thought every marketer learned that with New Coke. Maybe he's doing great "by the book" branding, but that's sort of the problem - Michigan is unique and many of the most loyal fans don't feel that his new direction for the Michigan brand reflects that. You can't market Michigan the same way you market a shoe brand or a minor league baseball team.
More than anything else, what bugs me about Brandon is that he's always shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you, when fans get grumpy about stuff like seat cushions, skywriting, no band in Texas, and giant noodles. Seems to suggest he's either just arrogant as hell, or a "genius" at creating a generic brand with no sense of how to manage/refresh an already unique and successful one.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Couldn't have said it better.||
Couldn't have said it better. Nothing anybody says on MGoBlog can reflect as poorly on Michigan football as what York did. It's definitely sad, but he needs to go.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The problem I have with||
The problem I have with Brian's statement is the complete lack of mention of the victim. Yeah, some of the York hate was over the top. I think the correct emotion is sorrow, rather than anger. But it's a bit disturbing that there are a number of commenters rushing to feel sorry for York over his presumed unpleasant upbringing, even suggesting he ought to keep his scholarship, and not even making a token mention of the guy with the shattered jaw.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Took him a lot longer than 28||
Took him a lot longer than 28 seconds to get that drunk and riled up. I don't feel GOOD that this might ruin his life, but he could have ended the other guy's life. If you choose to get that drunk, you're responsible for what you do while you're drunk.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I know what was going through||
I know what was going through the other guy's head - York's fist. Why all the rush to justify a flat out nasty, violent act? What about the victim? Every criminal has a reason. Doesn't mean they should escape the consequences.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||What about some sympathy for||
What about some sympathy for the guy who got his jaw caved in? York made a choice, he should accept the consequences. Those consequences ought to be severe. They certainly are for the victim, and he had no choice in the matter. "Everyone makes some dumb decisions" does nothing to shorten the victim's painful recovery. And besides, it's BS. Everyone makes dumb decisions, but very very few put someone else in a hospital through a deliberate act.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Uh, it was a charge. The||
Uh, it was a charge. The purchase price was supposed to include 2 state home games. Now it only includes one, with the option of paying extra for a ticket and driving to Chicago to see the game you already paid for.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Empty bottles are for||
Empty bottles are for TERRORISTS. Real patriots pay $4 for bottled water at a designated concession stand, brought to you by Absopure.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Hockey has far fewer fans||
Hockey has far fewer fans than football, and a much smaller number of casual fans who just keep buying season tix because they are a family heirloom. If you buy hockey tickets, it's because you really want to watch hockey. Pissing these fans off is very very dumb, and taking advantage of their passion is just nasty, and you don't have to be a reflexive DB hater to comprehend that.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, I have a hard time||
Yeah, I have a hard time believing they didn't know on Aug 6 that they were going to (or were very seriously considering) moving this game off campus.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Will you literally not be||
Will you literally not be able to tell who's who? No, but don't you think it will be a little weird to flip through the history of say Michigan vs MSU and see the uniforms wildly change year to year?
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||If winning is he only||
If winning is he only tradition that matters to you, you are a bandwagon fan, by definition. The team that wins the most games every year clearly has the best tradition, so why not just root for whoever that is?
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||Citation needed. Also, what||
Citation needed. Also, what the hell else are the players going to say? You think anyone who says they suck will ever be allowed in front of a mike again?
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||What sucks is that it's the||
What sucks is that it's the big games with the novelty uniforms. Reading a history of Michigan big games 20 years from now will be confusing as hell, because the uniforms of both teams will change every game.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||So Alabama has better||
So Alabama has better tradition than Michigan, because they win more? All teams that won seven games last year have exactly the same tradition?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Right. There's a difference||
Right. There's a difference between expecting an apology, which is reasonable, and going to court for a payday after you get the apology, which looks pretty self serving. Definitely turns your high horse into a legless pony. I won't feel bad for Shaq and Trey if they have to pay up, but I still think it's pretty frivolous (and pretty petty) for the guy to try and cash in. It was mean twitter comments fer crissake. What happened to "be the bigger person"?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I would just like to point||
I would just like to point out that your position is ridiculous and I hereby heap ridicule upon it, because it deserves it.
Wow, that was productive. Don't you just feel your shield cracking under the weight of my non-gloved blows?
Basically it's just a way to justify being an ass for the sake of being an ass. Mocking is easier and more fun than opening actual dialogue (that might require questioning YOUR OWN beliefs, yuck!), so let's build a theory to justify it. Your "mock ludicrous beliefs" works if you own a monopoly on defining "ludicrous". But in the world where people honestly sincerely believe things you think are ludicrous, if your default response is "just make fun of them" then you're going to get one of three reactions: they will immediately get defensive/aggressive, they will be shamed/annoyed into not publicly stating their beliefs as much, but will still hold them, or they'll honestly reconsider their position. The first two will be orders of magnitude more common than the third.
There's a difference between "mocking" and "satire". Good satire makes you laugh, maybe get a bit red in the face if you're the target, but makes you think. It has an honest intent to make the targets reconsider or look at things in a new way through humor. Mocking is just making someone feel bad / making yourself feel superior, and who cares what the target thinks cuz they're backward idiots amirite?
The line between "satire" and "mocking" is particularly fine when it's the powerful mocking the less powerful. Then it looks an awful lot like bullying and you're more likely to create sympathy for the target.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||It's also a pretty asshole||
It's also a pretty asshole move to demand huge sums of money from someone just because they were mean to you on twitter. Two assholes don't make a right.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||That's kid of his point||
That's kid of his point though - Irvin's shots went down at a good clip, but he didn't make many shots. If a "just a shooter" guy is killing you, you can shut him down by denying him the ball or denying him good looks. The thing that turned Stauskas into a #8 pick was his ability to create a shot even when defenses keyed on him.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||You'd think if he gets that||
You'd think if he gets that home viewing is a tough competitor these days, he find a way to use those awesomely huge video boards to show a decently useful collection of replays of on-field action, with a few highlights from other games mixed in. Instead we get pore-o-vision an ads for reting out the stadium.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Serious question: if all you||
Serious question: if all you care about are wins, then why are you a fan of Michigan? I'm not being snarky - something must make you a fan of Michigan rater than some other school. What is it? It's clearly not wins alone. What keeps you coming back in the down years that all programs go through? "Winning fixes everything" only works if you're fine with filling up the stadium with bandwagoners who flee to some other team at the first sign of adversity. I'd hope we aspire to more than that, but sadly there seem to be a lot of fans that care more about being able to lord wins over fans of other programs than anything unique to the Michigan experience.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Flip it around though - how||
Flip it around though - how do a minor league baseball atmosphere and multiple costume changes HELP create a winning tradition? Sure, I'd rather win a national championship in 12 uniforms than go 3-9 in two uniforms, but that's a false dichotomy.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||The issue is that "seeing||
The issue is that "seeing athletics as a job" is already happening, official payments happening or not. "We ain't come to play school" is a common enough attitude. I don't see how being paid is the difference - the reason you value your education above the job in admissions is that your education really is worth more. For an academically challenged but physically gifted athlete with a legit shot at the NFL? That equation is different. Allowing players to sell their image might actually incentivize a few of them to stick around for their full eligibility and get a degree.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Haven't tried it personally||
Haven't tried it personally (too damn lazy), but from all I've heard it's a decent program for the motivated weekend warrior type to get "in shape", particularly compared to people who don't work out at all. Fun, high effort, quick initial gains (as long as you don't hurt yourself).
But the workouts aren't really targeted enough to make real gains (after a point) toward any particular goal. Like you said, if you lift heavy, you want to go slow - that's how you get better at lifting, not by doing CF type exercises. I think that (and some questionably safe exercises) are what make "serious" fitness buffs sneer at it.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||She was in Tau Beta Pi||
She was in Tau Beta Pi (meaning she was a smart engineer before she got to med school). I led her electee group (sort of like a pledge group with a senior leader) - she was a sophmore at the time. She was always fit, but the difference between what she looked like then and now is ridiculous. Clearly a young lady with a hell of a lot of discipline and drive.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||It's worth noting that||
It's worth noting that Michigan brought Quantum, the 2011/12 car, out of retirement for this race. This is the same car that placed 3rd in WSC 2011 and first in ASC 2012. (Actually Michigan built two Quantums, I can't recall whether Q1 or Q2 is actually being used).
Reasoning behind this is that the American Solar Challenge rules differ from those used in the World Solar Challenge last fall. It was determined that Generation, the 2013 car, could not be easily modified to meet ASC regulations, but Quantum could.
Quantum is actually a faster car than Generation - last fall's WSC introduced several rule changes (primarily mandatory 4 wheeled configuration) that slowed the cars down.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Of course, if we were any||
Of course, if we were any good at tempo / 2 minute drill, that sequence would not have been necessary. And we may have beaten PSU.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||And our primary point is that||
And our primary point is that Brandon's objectives and deliverables don't seem to align very well with the fanbase.