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|1 day 2 hours ago||Eh, Martin left right before||
Eh, Martin left right before the whole Uniformz movement started taking off. I guarantee we'd have had a Pro Combat look if we had stayed with Nike, and Martin probably would have signed off on it. RR almost definitely would have been cool with it (he's had alternates in AZ) and Hoke obviously did too.
|1 day 2 hours ago||OTOH, they will have actually||
OTOH, they will have actually used Adidas gear, and so will be better positioned to actually comment on how well it stacks up, as opposed to high school kids responding mostly to advertising.
|1 day 2 hours ago||But you'd drop $100 if it had||
But you'd drop $100 if it had a swoosh/three stripes/puma on it? Sounds like you're more a fan of the brand than the team.
|1 day 20 hours ago||But football tickets don't||
But football tickets don't seem like a good metric - I mean, attending Michigan games while at Western doesn't make you a "Michigan" alum.
|1 day 20 hours ago||So saying "Given the choice,||
So saying "Given the choice, I would prefer to do fun thing A early, so that I may also do fun thing B" means that fun thing A must be a hassle?
|1 day 20 hours ago||I've hidden at least 3||
I've hidden at least 3 michigan themed items in geocaches in Arizona, so there's that.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Well I hope you don't||
Well I hope you don't consider yourself an Alumni, unless there's more than one of you ;)
|1 day 21 hours ago||Can you explain why it's||
Can you explain why it's different though? I mean, yes, UM Dearborn/Flint/Ann Arbor all share a president and Board of Regents - but so does the UW system! The level of "official" independence seems similar.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Does someone who went to||
Does someone who went to UW-Green Bay say they went to "Wisconsin"? Does someone who went to UM-Duluth say they went to "Minnesota"? Do grads of UIC say they went to "Illinois"? I don't think so, and I don't think they should. Hell, how often do Puerto Ricans get referred to as "Americans"? If you drive a Chevy can you say you drive a Cadillac?
It doesn't make you a bad or dumb or unsuccessful person if you went to UM-Dearborn or Flint (any more than going to UMAA makes you automatically good, smart, or successful). They are fine schools and might be a great choice for any number of reasons. I'm glad they exist. But they aren't the same thing as the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. There's a reason they get ranked separately in college rankings, and there's a reason admissions (and costs to attend) are much different between the two.
If you spent your entire college career without taking a class at UMAA, then I really don't think you went to "Michigan", any more than someone who went to State did. Certainly less then someone who took a couple years at UMAA and then went somewhere else. A college is a lot more than the name on the door and the colors on the flag. Frankly, going to Dearborn and insisting you went to "Michigan" speaks to an unpleasant sort of inferiority complex. You went to a good school, you're successful. Own it! Don't try to sell yourself as something you aren't, because you know damn well that 99% of people think of Ann Arbor when you say "Michigan", and you know damn well that you're hoping they make that erroneous assumption.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Seems like the decision||
Seems like the decision between 2 and 3 is always pretty arbitrary/subjective. I don't like handing out a bye based on that.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Yep. A bye is too huge a||
Yep. A bye is too huge a reward for a subjective difference between being ranked #2 vs #3.
|3 days 18 hours ago||I take it you really hated the movie Cinderella.||
I take it you really hated the movie Cinderella.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Why does everyone say TCU?||
Why does everyone say TCU? I've still yet to hear a convincing argument for why TCU should have gotten in ahead of the team that beat them. TCU only lost to Baylor, and that's better than losing to WVU - therefore losing to Baylor is better than being Baylor?
|3 days 18 hours ago||The "best" basketball team||
The "best" basketball team doesn't always win the NCAA tournament. Does this diminish the quality or watchability of the tournament? If all you're doing is rigging the playoff so the "deserving" teams in your subjective opinion get a shot, that's no better than just picking one "best" and being done with it, the way they used to years ago.
|5 days 52 min ago||Somehow I suspect Stafford||
Somehow I suspect Stafford would have won a few playoff games by now if he played in Denver...
|1 week 1 day ago||He basically turned Star Trek||
He basically turned Star Trek into Star Wars, so he should do a great job with the real thing.
|1 week 1 day ago||You need to recalibrate your||
You need to recalibrate your hard sci-fi part. Imperial Star Destroyers are 1 mile long and made of metal. You'd scorch the paint but most of the bulk would still be there.
|1 week 2 days ago||You're a fool if you think||
You're a fool if you think tickets are the only (or even the biggest) cost of attending games for most fans. Maybe for the fans in Ann Arbor, but the going rate for hotels in the area is over $200, with a minimum 2 night stay. And that was still true for the games you could scalp cheap seats for.
|1 week 2 days ago||I don't know - tickets||
I don't know - tickets getting more expensive does come at least in part from building (and maintaining) palaces. At some point, given the choice between gilding the toilet seats in the field hockey lockers and making it more affordable for a family to attend a game in the Big House, I'd like an AD willing to choose the latter.
|1 week 2 days ago||Brian's list of goals is:1.||
Brian's list of goals is:
|1 week 2 days ago||Fans are part of the||
Fans are part of the sustainability goal yes. But that's my point - using Brian's formulation, making fans happy is a means to a goal, rather than a goal in and of itself. And I think Brandon would have agreed with that!
The problem is that that attitude leads directly things like insanely long TV timeouts and games against tomato cans and uniformz and Rutgers in the B1G. Because when your only concern about fans is whether they produce enough cash to "sustain the enterprise", you don't really care if that revenue comes from happy, loyal Wolverines in the stands or from forcing cable companies to carry the Big Ten Network (or from giant noodles). All those dollars spend the same and "sustain the enterprise" so you can serve your only customers, the athletes.
|1 week 2 days ago||No place for "fans" in your||
No place for "fans" in your key goals? Honestly to me the only thing that justifies the huge expenditure on athletics at a place like Michigan is that it builds a sense of camaraderie and spirit for the school - particularly for students and alums. It's a big part of what holds the alumni network together and that's important for a lot of reasons. Yeah it does great things for the athletes, but you can do just as much for a fraction of the cost if you don't care about being a big league team.
|1 week 3 days ago||I could just never get over||
I could just never get over the absurdity of the monster of the week premise. It was always "Power Rangers fight hand to hand with monster and beat it up. monster grows to huge size! Power Rangers get in zords. It's ineffective! form MegaZord! It's super effective!"
|1 week 3 days ago||The individual making the||
The individual making the complaint is a woman. The gentleman involved was the guy who wrote a satirical article and got his dorm door vandalized by the woman who complained about the movie.
|1 week 3 days ago||So far the posts saying "this||
So far the posts saying "this is gonna get pulled" or "this won't end well" outnumber the actual number of responses that are even remotely offensive by about 2-1.
No politics is generally good, but I think you ought to have more faith in the commentariat here by now. Plus, this is "local news" for Ann Arbor as much as politics.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The original complaints were||
The original complaints were neither anti-war, nor that he lied, but that some Muslim students felt that the film is racist and started a petition to not show it. No comment either way on the validity of that.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||That would require people to||
That would require people to act like grown ups about things they disagree with, and we can't have that at a University, now can we? Artes, Scientia, Veritas my ass.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I mean, just because he's||
I mean, just because he's "allowed" to say it doesn't mean it's not dumb and classless to say it at a press conference about a guy who just beat your ass. Is it any worse than saying "screw that asshole"? No, but it's not any better.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Pay the extra $10 for eagle rare and thank me in the morning ;)||
Pay the extra $10 for eagle rare and thank me in the morning ;)
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Pretty sure that was his point||
Pretty sure that was his point