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|3 hours 37 min ago||Picture on my desk||
I still have a picture of my wife and I (girlfriend at the time) at the game. The picture in the background was 42-3 on the score board. We missed the first score of the game (MSU's field goal) and were there for the next 49. Weird to look at the picture because the stadium is pre renovation and it was the Blue Out game which did not end up looking great.
|2 days 23 hours ago||I'm not suprised||
that you are the type that DEMANDS facts, yet doesn't require the same for himself.
Here is a rehash of what people have said.
In regards to Bacon and Harbaugh
- Many people have spoke to Bacon, who has spoken to Harbaugh. Bacon has relayed that Harbaugh may have some interest in coming to Michigan (roots, love of Michigan etc). This is not a gaurantee that he will come, but there is a zero chance that this is a possibility if Brandon is here. There appears to be other AD candidates that could increase the possibility of him coming here.
In regards to Beilein
- Beilein probably doesn't have a problem with Brandon, but that doesn't mean that Brandon is good for Michigan. Football and Basketball are vastly different at Michigan. Beilein started here with half empty arenas and a decade plus absense from the big dance. Before he raised expectations, getting to the dance and finishing .500 in BIG play was considered a successful career. There were no traditions that were taken down and Beilein's support from the AD (which he lauded of Martin before him when he told RR to come over) has continued. The fact that you use Beilein not leaving as your main argument for Brandon seems to be the ultimate in grasping at straws.
So how about you prove to me that Beilein would leave if we got a new AD and we could get Harbaugh if we keep Brandon, and I will consider your side.
|4 days 1 hour ago||RIP Grimey||
|4 days 4 hours ago||oh||
that makes sense. I hate politics.
|4 days 22 hours ago||Gassoff||
In an era of Hobey Baker finalists, and a slew of talent, Gassoff, a scratch player who rarely made the fourth line, had a cult following. He knew what he was there for and played it well.
All the picks from the staff are great. There really are so many great small stories about how much these players are good people. The Denard story is just amazing. It'd be great to hear more of these types of stores than the ones we usually get. How people act when no one is looking type stuff.
|5 days 45 min ago||Deflector Shields are still up||
Deflector Shields are still up
|5 days 2 hours ago||Media Emphasis on Defense||
The media is used to the old mantra that defense wins championships since defense is always consistent and offenses can stutter. None of Michigan's teams have had steller defenses and this year should be pretty similar, with I think a few more possible blocked shots.
The problem with this mantra and Michigan is that, under Beilein the last few years, the offense is as consistant as any defense out there. Able to score against long 2-3 zones, shred man to man, and move quickly against presses. So I think it is more young and suspect defense that puts Michigan lower.
|5 days 4 hours ago||Look||
If we've only lost to very good teams, then that means that we are pretty good. And if any of these teams can beat a pretty good team(us) then that must mean they are very good. And if all the teams we've lost to are very good....
|5 days 4 hours ago||*Tallest Dwarf or Little Person|
|5 days 22 hours ago||Thanks for looking that up||
I was sitting in the back, laughing nervously while everyone else laughed, hoping that no one noticed I had missed the joke.
In the words of Homer; "Haha, Mule."
|6 days 4 min ago||Easy there fella||
did the highlighter yellow kill someone in your family?
|6 days 30 min ago||I stand corrected.||
Add in a "My Child is an Honor Roll Student" and a couple stick figures and you have yourself a classy car.
|6 days 32 min ago||To me||
That looks closer to the helmet on the left than the one in Funchess' hand which appears more orange.
|6 days 1 hour ago||Personally||
I like the highlighter yellow much better than the orangy color. The yellow pops really well against the dark blue, and also matches the pants. One thing I've definetely disagreed on with some of the older crowd. (that and I also hate helmets with helmet stickers. Like putting bumper stickers on a porsche or Lamborgini).
|6 days 1 hour ago||Or||
he would recruit guys who fit his system and may be recruiting guys he sees that have potential to grow, like Jake Ryan (a three star).
Beilein does the same thing. He recruits high level talent, but only if that high level talent fits within his system. He also identifies guys that are under the radar because they also fit his system and have room to grow.
|6 days 3 hours ago||Sorry to hear that||
I had an old guy that was yelling at me at the OSU game for being in his seat. When I showed him how I was not in his seat when I sat down (he had a cusion to define where his seat was) he then complained about where me feet were directly in front of me. He then yelled "don't fuck with me" and his wife swapped seats and there was plenty of room. Very dissapointing that people are like this. It definitely took a lot away from a great day and game. Wish someone would have said something to the guy for you.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Also, Zazu reference||
I've only recently been watching the Lion King as my 2 year old son has been obsessed with it. Weird timing iwth the reference since I had not seen the movie since I saw it in the theatres however many years ago.
|6 days 22 hours ago||I always look forward to these||
This was great to see and hear about the changes. It's nice to hear the staff view the fans as fans and not the enemy. Like you said, small steps, but steps in the right direction. The ship may have already sailed, but the Hail Mary's at least show that they haven't given up.
If your friend is looking for suggestions, maybe suggest that Brandon personally take a big paycut to help reduce student ticket prices. If he earned what Martin did, then it'd reduce the student tickets (if there was 20,000 again) by $30 each for the season. Now THAT would mean something to me.
|6 days 23 hours ago||Missed Tailgate||
We've finally started a tailgate tradition with friends, wife, and my sons (son walked for first time (significant steps) on golf course last year) of having a big tailgate once a year. This year it was between Minnesota and Penn State. Minnesota had less things going on for everyone. We had a great time, but man, the weather on Saturday could not have been better for a tailgate. I love the fall, and am glad all the fans that went got to have a great time. Football is fun, and I'm glad it was fun, tailgating is fun, and I'm glad people can still go out and enjoy the games and weather.
|1 week 25 min ago||I want to do anything with Norfleet||
I can imagine him doing the same dance while waiting in line for a Pancheros Burrito.
|1 week 3 hours ago||According to Preseason||
Keep Hoke - Not Keep Hoke
There is a 0.05% that Hoke keeps his job since 8 wins seemed like minimum for him to stay.
|1 week 3 hours ago||How come||
Michigan fans are the best ever on a night like Saturday, yet referred to as fickle when they are dissapointed with the teams poor performance. I'd like to see some of this fan appriciation when they support the team when they are losing too.
Sounds like a fickle coach in how he views the fans.
|1 week 3 hours ago||I hate the fact||
that people think that a season record above 7 wins is unrealistic, especially when the BIG is as down as it is. I remember not so long ago when 9 wins, in the best conference in the nation, with one less game, was considered just an ok season.
I just don't understand why in year 4, fans are being unrealistic when Michigan continues to regress with 4 star talent. i agree that swapping coaches is bad, but staying with a bad coach is also a poor decision.
|1 week 1 day ago||Loy vaught||
I worked for a moving company in the summers during college. One of my jobs was to pack Loy Vaughts house in Grand Rapids. He was a really nice guy. A few things I remember about it was, he was funny complaining about all the strollers his wife had accumulated, and He was singing U2 off key. It was also when he his knees forced him to end his career and I remember him talking about how weird it was that he was retiring at 35 and what to do next. Really interesting experience with a great guy.
|1 week 1 day ago||Much needed boost||
For the players, fans, and coaches. I know it shouldn't, but it gives me hope. Go blue!
|1 week 2 days ago||I was thinking this||
in the post. About how I wa angry at Bando for even planting this possibility in my head. Giving me some random hope. This was presented much better than I could have ever stated, though. Bravo to the OP and Bravo to Brando if this comes to fruition.
|1 week 2 days ago||Excellent Post||
I've read all the please about how it hurts the players and all the points you've mentioned. One thing that has bothered me, that makes me think the anti protesters just don't get it, is that none of the reasons for not doing the protest are in the best interest of the fans.
The reasons the students are doing this, is that they seem to be fed up with all the increased costs piled on them while getting a crappier experience (constant adds and rawk music, and stricter rules on what you can and can't do). On top of this, now they are getting the whole, "If the team fails, you are a big reason" argument.
Why has no one said why going to the game is good for the students and fans;
It's not a hard argument to make. This is the marquee game and will be under the lights with a great atmosphere. As students your opportunities to attend football games are limited. Being part of the biggest football crowd in the nation in one of the best stadiums in the world is and should be both awesome and fun. Please don't let the administrations failings make you miss opportunities for you as a fan.
There seems to be no admittance at all from the AD, Coaches, or even players, that they have let the fans down. It always seems to be about how the fans are letting the team down. I'd have a hard time missing the start of the game, but I also wasn't treated like this as a student. I Think people's minds have been made up and nothing at this point will swing someone one way or another (outside of an announcement that DB is gone). But I am most dissapointed that it seems no one from the inside has atleast tried the argument that they understand the fans have been treated poorly, and the message is heard, and not to lose out on the good experiences that the fan should expect. For This is Michigan.
|1 week 3 days ago||Everyone has different points||
There is always going to be different levels of fandom. I care about the team, I read up on it, I watch all the games (usually recorded). But I am not nearly as die hard as a lot of fans. Outside of my student season tickets, I've never had season tickets. I make a few games a year, but have chosen other financials ahead of Michigan football. I have plenty of Michigan gear, but outside my Michigan flag and a few framed photos and degrees, my house is far from a shrine to Michigan.
Every year I have convinced myself of a BIG championship and have worked out a perfect scenario where a National Championship is a reasonable possibility. Usually atleast the BIG goal is still a possibility well into October. This year, my fanatical side is muted. Even in an exciting drive against Rutgers I was questioning whether a win would even matter this season. Something I've never ever considered. This year has turned into me playing golf where I am not really competitive and just enjoy the couple really nice shots I make in between the massive amount of poor shots in between. I care, but I mostly don't. I think this is the only way to survive a season like this. Call me fair weather, but I will be back with my unrealistic projections come August.
|1 week 4 days ago||Compare to Beilein||
I still like the way he handled the Hagerup situation and can still disagree with his coaching strategy in general. A coach doesn't have to go Brian Kelly on every misstep, however, in sports and coaching, I think there are plenty of times to get worked up.
John Beilein is as nice a guy as you can get, so when he gets worked up over calls, there is good reason for him to do so, and the refs have listened and responded. My best coach in soccer didn't do much yelling compared to other coaches, but when we weren't practicing hard, he didn't let it go on for long before we went on a "run". After the "run" we were always back to business.
Maybe Hoke does more behind closed doors, but it doesn't seem like he knows that a controlled outburst can be just what a team needs.
|1 week 4 days ago||Bo was players coach||
From books I've read (think it was specifically Lasting Lessons), Bo was a players coach who players loved when he wasn't the head guy. He was who they came to when they needed a "lighter" perspective from Woody. It sounds like Hoke was the same type of coach at Michigan in his first stint while a defensive position coach.
When Bo became the head guy, he changed his style. He no longer could be the players coach who was more friend than authoritarian. He understood his new role. This happens all the time in every business, military, etc. When you are the head guy, you don't get to be everyone's buddy. Bo was brilliant when it came to understanding the psychology of his players and how he needed to appear to them. I think he would never be the one to provide the good news of maybe a shorter practice or some other perk, delegating these to his other coaches. He knew that he was not going to get to play the nice guy anymore.
I think Hoke never transitioned from the players coach to head coach. He's still everyone's buddy and players still love him, but that does not mean that he is getting the best out of them.