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|11 hours 54 min ago||*gaol||
|12 hours 8 min ago||And calling it "male culture"||
And calling it "male culture" isn't the full story either. There are plenty of young women voluntarily going to these parties, getting wasted of their own volition, and then ostracizing rape victims afterwards.
|12 hours 18 min ago||I don't know, it seems a lot||
I don't know, it seems a lot more "beta" to buy friends to get girls drunk for you because you can't score alone or sober...
|12 hours 22 min ago||Let's be real here. There's a||
Let's be real here. There's a world of difference between "blowing off steam and trying to (consensually) hook up" and what happened at UVa, which was gang rape.
|12 hours 24 min ago||That might be a little far,||
That might be a little far, but certainly the entire Greek system (sororities included) has done a lot to normalize the "get plastered and have casual sex (and other stuff you wouldn't do sober)" culture that, at worst, leads to the stuff in the Rolling Stone article, but at best still results in an awful lot of regretted encounters that hurt people, even if they don't rise to the level of criminality.
|12 hours 31 min ago||Yeah this is definitely||
Yeah this is definitely something that should go to the cops, full stop. If these allegations are true, the perpetrators should be in jail, not expelled.
|12 hours 35 min ago||Serious question: is it a||
Serious question: is it a title IX violation to exclude the sororities from this suspension? Even if it isn't, is it a good idea? Because it would appear that, while the sororities weren't providing the perpetrators, they'd almost have to be aware of this and contributing to the culture at UVa that apparently normalized this behavior and discouraged victims from speaking up.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Gardner would be on Heisman||
Gardner would be on Heisman ballots if he went to OSU. His raw physical tools are at least as good as Braxton Miller. But he's been coached poorly, beat up behind terrible lines, and forced into a system that highlights his weaknesses and marginalized his strengths.
|1 day 5 hours ago||He's one of the only guys on||
He's one of the only guys on offense or special teams (other than Gardner) who appears to consistently give a shit. Poor damn Fleet indeed.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Man, wish I was there. Fandom||
Man, wish I was there. Fandom Endurance III was so fun (and my last game as a student), would love to pick up #IV. I mean, obviously it sucked at the time, but now it's a pleasant bit of nostalgia...
|3 days 14 hours ago||I get that it's free and all||
I get that it's free and all that, but it's not like Brian is posting no content. Some people would just prefer that the content be UFRs instead of "Searchbits V". I don't think it's wrong to express that politely - that's just customer feedback (it's free, but it's also Brian's full time job). I had hoped we'd get at least summarized UFRs during the bye week.
I get that watching these games kind of sucks, but I'd still prefer some info on how the players are performing since we'll see most of them next year. I've reached saturation on HARBAUGH HOT TAKEZ a long time ago, and depressing as Northwestern was it's still less depressing than reading up-to-the-minute Frank Clark news.
On the plus side, we're getting great basketball content.
|6 days 8 hours ago||There's a difference, a big||
There's a difference, a big one, between avoiding blaming the victim and racing to prove goodness by saying how horrible you feel for the victim. You're not really accomplishing much except making yourself feel/look better by taking a "strong moral stance". And in a way, that's taking advantage of the situation and the victim.
|1 week 4 days ago||Graduating seniors seems like||
Graduating seniors seems like a pretty skewed statistic. I'm not saying Hoke's done a bad job, but saying 69 for 69 while ignoring cases like Stonum and York seems to miss something.
|1 week 5 days ago||That's kind of the point.||
That's kind of the point. They are trying to co-opt the positive feelings people have for "Freedom" and "America" to get people to buy into a contrived trophy game that has little to do with either. "Jingoism" isn't quite right, since that usually implies aggression, but "flag-waving" (as a subset of argumentum ad populum) would be right on (and deliciously literal, in this case).
|1 week 5 days ago||I know. Seems like all the||
I know. Seems like all the "superfans" do these days is troll blogs and gloat about how superior they are to "fair-weather" fans.
|1 week 5 days ago||I'll have to fire up my stats||
I'll have to fire up my stats software to run a sensitivity analysis, but I have a hunch that "we suck at football" and "the coach is going to be fired" may be strongly correlated. Might even be a causal relationship!
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Ohio is younger on offense.||
Ohio is younger on offense. Even on the OL, they have only one extra year of experience. They have a first year QB who expected to ride the bench until a couple weeks before the season. They are tearing up the league. We are totally ineffective.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I mean, if that were strictly||
I mean, if that were strictly true, presumably no one would pay for the services of a track coach.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Quickness definitely seems to||
Quickness definitely seems to be key (unless you're a physical freak like Funchess). Unfortunately, other than Norfleet, we seem to be even worse at quickness than top end speed.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I don't expect Mealer to bash||
I don't expect Mealer to bash the team in public. I expect him to bash exactly nobody in public. Instead, he chose to publicly bash the group of people least responsible for the struggles.
As for conflation, I was only responding to your posts, which brought football performance into the mix. I was reading your argument to be basically, "Mealer is mad at fans for being mad at Brandon, because in Mealer's mind the only problem is that the team is playing poorly, and only the players should be accountable for that". My apologies if that's not what you meant.
I'm curious how/if you know what role Brandon and the rest of the AD had in shaping the attitudes of the players. This is an actual question, not a rhetorical device - my possibly flawed understanding was that you played for Hoke somewhere else, and I was not aware that you had direct insight into today's Fort Schembechler. I don't think Hoke himself is a totally different man, but the approach and general atmosphere at Michigan are probably rather different (no offense intended, but "This is Ball State, fergodsakes" doesn't have quite the same ring to it). I'm genuinely curious if you have that insight / source - no need to name names but I would approach your argument differently if that's the case.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Michigan hasn't been a||
Michigan hasn't been a front-runner for years. Anybody still showing up to watch this team play deserves a bit of respect.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Reader71, your post would||
Reader71, your post would make sense if Mealer was admonishing the players for playing so poorly that the AD got canned. But he was "smh-ing" the Muggles instead. I rather think he'd be even more pissed off if the Muggle ire was directed at the players (who, in your argument, are the ones actually to blame). Maybe losing at football isn't Brandon's fault directly, but he certainly deserves more blame than the fans. But to the wizards, it's all the fans' fault. I don't see a lot of personal accountability, and certainly no respect for the fans (who are supposed to be fellow students, not a different species) - maybe respect and accountability are what your coaches taught you, and good for them, but that doesn't seem to be the current palyers' attitude. Remember you aren't in THIS locker room either, so while you certainly have more experience than most of us, it may or may not really be fully relevant to what THESE players are being taught.
As an aside, I find it odd that Mealer has any particular loyalty to Brandon, who rather nastily fired the guy that helped his brother walk again, but that's one place where I really don't know exactly how it went down.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Obviously really happy for||
Obviously really happy for Drake, but everyone hating on the coaches for benching him should remember what he looked like earlier in the year - his cuts were awful. Maybe he's just starting to put it together, or still had nagging issues from the injury, but either way this is not the Drake Johnson we've seen before. Great game Drake, and congrats on getting a TD in the big house, which had to be a lifetime dream come true.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Woooooooooooooooooooooo||
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Even if that's your general||
Even if that's your general policy for random games, not cutting a break for a starter on a team specifically invited to homecoming to celebrate their 40th reunion? Damn, that's cold. At least let the guy bring a +1.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||In the "Alumni React..."||
In the "Alumni React..." post, there were three things in the comments that, if true, really, really REALLY piss me off.
1) A 1970s team alum is coming back as his team is being honored at homecoming. He got one free ticket for himself, but any guests (he was allowed only 3) had to pay $75 a ticket.
2) Apparently disabled individuals used to have valet parking available near the stadium entrance. This has been replaced by parking for box seat bigwigs. Now people with disabilities need to arrive an hour before the game, park at the golf course, take a shuttle, and then wait up to an hour after the game to take the shuttle back.
3) It was once possible to purchase lifetime Victors Club membership for some 5 figure value (this was in the 80s or 90s I think?). People who did so have consistently seen there "lifetime" benefits chipped away, in particular their Blue Lot passes have been given to box seat bigwigs and they now have to tailgate south of the golf course.
In all three cases you have extremely loyal and/or disadvantaged fans being screwed over in the name of a quick buck. This sucks, and I'm embarrassed by it.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||It's not bullshit, it's Bacon||
It's not bullshit, it's Bacon saying exactly what he knows, nothing more and nothing less. That's what responsible journalists do. (Same thing with the Carr stuff you mentioned above - Bacon had relevant quotes from reasonably believable people, he reported those quotes. He stopped short of drawing hard conclusions mostly because Carr declined to provide his side of the story).
"I just don't see how he can state that being in the film room is detrimental, ipso facto, when he has done the same thing despite having less of a duty to have ever been in there."
1) If you don't see how a boss looking over your shoulder on a regular basis, or dealing with your subordinates without you present, isn't at best distracting and at worst undermining and a signal of mistrust, I don't know what to tell you. Having effectively your biographer, who you can dismiss at any time and whose work you get to review before publishing, present is totally different.
2) "despite having less of a duty to have ever been in there" Bacon's job, with RR's blessing, was to be present for and report on the inner workings of the team. It precisely was his duty to be there. Brandon making a regular appearance implies an unwillingness to delegate and/or a desire to play fanboy. But superiors shouldn't play fanboy to their employees. It would be one thing if he showed up now and then at practice (like Schlissel) but another to make it a habit.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||WD is DB. Whole thing was a||
WD is DB. Whole thing was a false flag.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Blaming an intern would imply||
Blaming an intern would imply there's something to apply blame for. That's not DB's style - he prefers the "sorry you were offended (but clearly you're an idiot for being offended)" mode of apology.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Space, you spend a lot of||
Space, you spend a lot of pixels to draw a distinction with little difference for the average Michigan fan.
"Hoke is too dumb / incompetent to be the coach!" and "Hoke has consistently failed to demonstrate sufficient competence to be considered successful at Michigan" are clearly not identical statements, but practically speaking, are they different enough to warrant several thousand words of handwringing about the state of fandom?
And you have to consider that most of us speak in relative terms. "Hoke is dumb" may not be true, but what about "Hoke is not as 'smart' as Urban Meyer"? In results based charting land, all signs point to yes, for all practical purposes. Frankly, nobody here gives a damn whether Hoke has more football smarts than 99% of people who coach competitive football. Nor should they; we care whether he's "smarter" than the guys he lines up against. And sure, "smart" is a shorthand for a lot of other complexity, but it's not useless short hand. Do you really expect everybody to preface, "Man, Hoke sucks!" with "Even though I'm sure he's gathered a lot of football knowlege over the years and is probably better at coaching than a lot of guys at lower levels..."?
I'm pretty sure you don't mean it this way, but a lot of your responses can come off as "Hoke's not dumb, you all are just too stupid to understand how smart he really is". And that gets old. "Fan" is short for "fanatic", and frankly, some fans find it cathartic to indulge in a bit of fanaticism and get ornery when the Space Police warp in to scold them for it. "Sulking" about that fact does not make you a better, more intelligent fan: it makes you a pedant.