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|52 min 47 sec ago||Bread Bowl Pasta||
Don't forget, this is the dude that thought Bread Bowl Pasta was a solid idea. Marketing is clearly not is strong suit.
|57 min 31 sec ago||Ticket prices don't pay for that||
The money from tickets is a tiny drop in the bucket compared to what they rake in from the TV contracts. That money, plus large donation is what fuels the facility upgrades. Squeezing every dime you can out of your students (and future fanbase) does nothing to the bottom line but hurt it.
|1 hour 4 min ago||I would imagine the same or worse||
If they are pressuring students for tickets, things can't be going good with regular ticket holders. If things were going swimmingly outside of the student popluation, they'd probably be fine with a bunch of non-renewals. Just take those tickets and sell them to non-students.
But considering they are pressuring students to buy, I would guess that things are going worse for the non-student crowd. So they are now desperate for someone -- anyone -- to buy tickets.
|1 hour 10 min ago||$300 is a lot of money||
I could not disagree more with the "students who don't buy student tix are not fans" mantra. $300 is a lot of dough for a college kid. Its a good chunk of dough for non-college kids too. If I'm going to spend that kind of money, I better be getting something good in return. A night game against PSU and a collection of crappy home games is not worth that. And just because you don't blindly plunk down the money for tickets doesn't mean you're not a fan. Blinding buying season tickets regardless of what you're getting in return makes you a sucker.
If you're looking to spend $300 to be a "fan", I'd much rather do a roadtrip with a bunch of friends to NW or OSU or MSU. It would be a much better memory, more fun, and a better use of the money.
|2 hours 15 min ago||Hope a lot of students don't reup||
Hopefully a lot of students won't buy students tickets. The only way to let them know the product and slate of games are crap is by speaking with your wallet. Take the $295 and go buy a TV to watch on instead.
|20 hours 46 min ago||Not really||
A lot of the top QBs are off the board already. And the ones that are left don't have much interest in Michigan. With QBs committing really early in the process, changing OCs probably hurt us a bit on getting a commitment from a top QB. Michigan will most likely have to get lucky with a late rising prospect, or take a flier on a project QB.
|20 hours 49 min ago||Couldn't be more wrong||
You couldn't be more wrong about WolverineNation having even the slightest impact on their rankings. The two groups were completely independent and having more Michigan commits in their top 150/300 was a total non factor.
|20 hours 52 min ago||Max Browne||
Also, for being Rivals #1 QB, Max Browne still hasn't been able to grab the starting QB job at USC. They just named Cody Kessler their starter and he still has two years of eligibility left. If Ricky Town proves to be a star, then Browne might not get much PT at all there.
|21 hours 1 min ago||Yes, but...||
Yes but Livingston was a proven commodity. Dude was gonna be a star before he blew out his knee. Teams were taking a chance he would get back to what he was. Even 60-75% of what he was would be serviceable. Same goes for Oden on the Heat. And J. Howard on the Heat last season was also a proven commodity. The Heat could plug him in if they needed him and knew what they were getting.
|22 hours 28 min ago||The NBA is not a learning league||
I don't know why people keep thinking "oh, he can sit and learn how to play on team X". That's not how the NBA works. Either you can contribute in your first two years, or you are out of the league and replaced by the next young hyped guy (like D. Morris). Roster spots are at a premium, practice and teaching time is limited, and coaches don't have the time to teach some green kid how to play when they are worried about trying to win 50 games a season to save their own jobs.
This is why I don't think GR3 will make it. He needs to get a lot better at a lot of things, and the NBA isn't a place to do that. The jury is out on Mitch, but he's a big, and they'll give bigs more chances than athletic 3's.
|22 hours 32 min ago||The Heat offense||
The Heat offense is the way it is because they don't have any good bigs. Not because its some special offense that seeks to eliminate bigs from scoring. Mitch would fit perfect on that team (and many others). His energy and rebouding would make him an excellent off the bench big. And when Wade/LeBron/Chalmers drive the lane, Mitch would be one of their best options at cleaning up any mess.
|2 days 2 hours ago||But here's the problem with that||
People think Hoke and co can't close on top recruits late because other than Green, they really haven't been able to. With so much riding on this season for this recruiting class, if they want to reel in more top flight recruits to finish the class, they are going to have to be able to close.
So I don't think its that the perception has changed, or that we're spoiled, its that people are realistically looking at what will likely happen based on the past few years. It doesn't look like Michigan will have the majority of its class filled by the time the season starts, so that means they are going to have to close on kids late. And by the time the results are in on the season (November), a lot of these kids will have either committed elsewhere, or Michigan will have too much ground to make up.
So its pretty likely that they'll be in scramble mode at the end of the year and have to fill out this class with 3-stars instead of the 4 and 5-stars everyone would prefer.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Its a big wait and see season for most of them||
I think Michigan is going to have their work cut out for them with this class. Whether its realistic or not, you know other coaches are telling them Hoke could be gone after another lackluster season at Michigan. The rebuilding sales pitch doesn't work anymore, and now Hoke and co. can only sell results on the field.
So they either do well on the field and turn some of these maybes into commits, or they flounder again, and fill out the class with "leftoevers." Or they get fired, and someone else finishes the class.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Not so much 7-6 as it is 27 for 27||
Not so much 7-6 as it is 27 for 27. An inability to have any sort of rushing game is death for high profile RB recruiting.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Dare To Dream: Better Than Average||
Dare To Dream: Better Than Average
|5 days 19 hours ago||Better than we use ours||
Not to bring the cold hammer of truth down on your OSU put down, but have your seen our backs lately?
|1 week 23 hours ago||Duke won the ACC Coastal, but lost conference||
You're kind of right. Duke won their division -- the ACC Coastal -- but wound up losing to FSU in the ACC title game.
But that still makes them better than Michigan as of late. In football anyways (basketball burn).
|1 week 23 hours ago||Sounds logical||
I could definitely see him transfering to an ivy or a place like Stanford. Just not sure how easy it is to transfer to a place like that.
|1 week 23 hours ago||Agreed -- except the never happy part||
I think Horford is a smart guy. He doesn't have an NBA future, and knows that he can get one year free to live in a place/environment of his choosing. So if he could go to someplace like UCLA or Stanford (just thinking of cool places I'd want to transfer to) why not do it? New environment, new experiences, why not?
|1 week 23 hours ago||No it doens't||
This can only mean that Horford decided to move on. The two things aren't tied together.
|1 week 23 hours ago||Staff has nothing to do with this||
I really doubt the staff has anything at all to do with this decision. Regardless of what may or may not be coming back, you don't tell a 5th year senior big man to kick rocks.
And on the sub 1% chance that they did tell him to kick rocks, why not just wait a few weeks until you know for sure whether or not GRIII and Mitch are coming back. This is all Horford's decision.
|1 week 23 hours ago||Nothing to do with PT||
I don't think his move has anything to do with PT. As a guy whose future is not in the NBA, Horford is in search of something else. I mean, look at this quote: "As on all journeys, new paths must be taken and intuition must be trusted." Dude is looking for another growing and learning experience.
|1 week 1 day ago||That's what I think will happen too||
If there's no progress being made as a program for the fourth straight year, there's no reason to give it a shot in year five. Because realistically, what is the benchmark he needs to hit in year five for everyone to say "oh, Hoke's the guy for us"? It would have to be a Big Ten title, and in order to get there you need to sweep MSU and OSU. And that's a really tall task.
If its another mediocre year, you may as well cut ties and let someone else inherit that roster to hit the ground running with.
|1 week 1 day ago||How many years is that anyone else's fault but Hoke's?||
Its year four, how many more years can you keep trotting out "oh...we're young." Get it done man. Any and all excuses at this point are all on Hoke.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'm not so sure||
If Michigan has another 8-4 or 7-5 type of season, do you really need a fifth year of Brady Hoke to come to a verdict on him as a head coach? I don't think you do. And with the way the roster and schedule is stacked for the 2015 season, that would give a new coach the boost he needs for success and momentum.
So it really comes down to do you think Hoke and the program can benefit (after three straight subpar seasons) from a good 2015 season, or would having a new coach create more of a benefit? If Hoke has enough momentum against him by the end of the 2014 season, and you can find a suitable replacement, it might be time for a switch.
|1 week 1 day ago||38 sounds about right||
When I clicked on the thread I thought "Hoke is probably about 40." A kind of good, not really sure what he brings to the table, would probably replace him if I could get someone better type of coach.
He's got one, maybe two seasons to prove other wise.
|1 week 2 days ago||My how quickly we forget||
I'm amazed by that too. How quickly we forget the terrible history of Lions QBs. Stafford is at least the second best QB in Lions history,and easily the best in the last 50 years. I mean, the pantheon of Lions QBs reads: Bobby Layne, Stafford, Greg Landry, Scott Mitchell.
|1 week 2 days ago||Broadcast cameras and sports||
Broadcast cameras and sports in general are harder to shoot.
|1 week 2 days ago||Brutal schedule||
That would make for a brutal schedule for Notre Dame. If they are gunning for king of SOS in the new playoff world, mission accomplished.
|1 week 2 days ago||They might have used some of them though||
Like I said above, due to the Tigers and Pistons playing the same day, pretty much all of your good sports camera guys and control room people would have been working that. Michigan spring game is #3 on that pecking order, and since spring games aren't big ratings draws they might have had a smaller budget which means they very well could have been scrambling for cheap/available labor.