“He was on the other side of the court, screaming: ‘Good shot, Kev!’” Durant said, shaking his head in delight. “I’m thinking, this guy’s an All-American type of teammate right there.”
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|10 hours 59 min ago||I will add my two cents here||
I will add my two cents here as well, FWIW. To me, it boils down to the principle belief that Dave Brandon is eroding the relationship between students, alumni, and the football program (and Michigan Athletics at large).
This is supported by a multitude of evidence, some of which we can all link official documentation for, and some of which we cannot.
One example of the evidence I cannot document to you: what I hear from older alums, especially ones that tailgate in the parking lot adjacent to the Big House/Crisler, who have been repeatedly jostled by Brandon and who have had to fend off repeated attempts to nickle and dime them into moving their tailgate locations to Pioneer. I believe it is these small acts of disrespect that have curried the overall sentiment that Brandon is just...well, kind of a dick who doesn't care about Michigan fans unless they're worth millions.
On the student side, I can personally attest how frustrating the GA policy was from the getgo. I don't care about cell phone coverage in the stadium. In fact, I'd rather not have it, because I enjoy getting the flood of randomly timed texts after the game when I'm finally sitting down, relaxing, and relishing in the fact I just enjoyed Michigan Football. I want to sit with my friends. But what if one part of my group of friends enters later than I do? This was the case for me and it ruined my senior year game experience because, well, shit, I'm a senior and want to enjoy my last memories in the Big House as a student with my friends, not random students and 1-2 friends. No offense, random M students! It's just not the same.
Don't even get me started on the basketball ticket fiasco. I worked 20-30 hours a week the entire way through college to afford things like basketball season tickets. To have someone then say (mind you, AFTER I spent hundreds on them) that you're not actually guaranteed any of them and that you will have to ratrace against other students to make sure you get one...that's not a good way to treat your students.
So that's really the essence of it, in my mind. He's alienated every group who isn't a rich donor at some point or another, and without remorse. He's slowly eroding the culture of fandom that makes Michigan so special in the first place.
That's without mentioning any of the crap he's pulled lately. It doesn't take a genius to gather that Hoke truly is a good guy (albeit in over his head) and that abandoning him yesterday to take bullets in that press conference is just par for the fucking course for Brandon.
These are just a FEW of the reasons I think he has to go. Other posters have covered some of the other reasons; I hope I do not seem like an entitled former student here, though I would not fault you for thinking so. I feel how I feel and there's been so many occurrences with Brandon that have made me feel that way, that now I believe it's rather justified.
|20 hours 58 min ago||Thank you for bumping this.||
Thank you for bumping this.
|21 hours 32 min ago||I think there might be a way||
I think there might be a way to sign up for a temporary UMID, but don't quote me on it. I'd fiddle around a bit with the page, give it a try.
I wish there was a way to have a petition open to all Michigan fans, though.
|21 hours 58 min ago||SchrondingersCat has got you||
SchrondingersCat has got you covered. If you didn't know about it, though, just think of how many other people don't either. Spread it. It's worth adding to the pile. On it's own I doubt it's enough, though.
Maybe the mods can be super kind and bump the link (doesn't have to be my post specifically, but it'd be nice if the link doesn't get buried).
|22 hours 28 min ago||Could someone with access||
Could someone with access please send them the DB resignation petition? Just get the idea out there in case it's not in their heads already.
|22 hours 39 min ago||Remember to keep sharing it.||
Remember to keep sharing it. A huge number of people signing (like 5-10k) would be impossible not to notice. At the very least, I'm sure the Daily will eventually pick up on it.
Also, would someone mind posting something they've sent to the regents? I'm at work and can't really draft one today, but was curious to see a couple. Hopefully people are making tons of calls and sending lots of letters because without a huge amount of volume, this won't work.
As it is, it may take more to get them to listen.
|1 day 6 hours ago||The Purge||
Perhaps that could be interpreted too extremely.
|1 day 6 hours ago||No problem. I don't know how||
No problem. I don't know how many people started the letter, but they deserve the real thanks. To quote the secretary in Ferris Bueler, they're righteous dudes.
|1 day 6 hours ago||It was started somewhere||
It was started somewhere between 6-8PM this evening. To the poster above, I'm all for lawn camping if that's what it takes. I just still want to support our players.
|1 day 7 hours ago||While we're at it....sign it,||
While we're at it....sign it, don't sign it, it is up to you. But this exists, and if you have a UMID you can sign it. I'm not longer a student and I could still sign it, so it's worth a try even if you're a few years removed.
I was nervous to start a new thread on this because I rarely post on MGoBlog. I just read.
EDIT: I do not know how much this will help things, but I'm someone who really dislikes the idea of boycotting games because I still want to support our players. That said, if this gets big enough (and it's growing quickly) hopefully a media outlet will pick it up and run with it.
|1 day 13 hours ago||I read this whole post -||
I read this whole post - thanks for the insight! I came out of the woodwork because this post got me to think objectively a bit about some of the good that Brandon has done (and yes, as much as I actually do not like to admit it, there has been some).
Would you humor me by giving me your best guess at a few questions? It'd beat the hell out of the depression that is M fandom of late.
1. How is Manuel's style of "progressiveness" different from Brandon? Is he just less of a dick about...everything? Or is it just that he'd do things, like you mentioned, more along the lines of playing a b-ball game on a carrier? I suppose it's a question of what you mean by "style."
2. Do you think that Manuel won't be pulling off any interesting new events like UTL/Big Chill? I conceed that I think these are among the few things Brandon has done that I've actually liked, but at this point I'm not so sure there're a ton more moons to land on as far as big ideas go.
3. Do you know how much of the current athletic campus upgrades were planned before Brandon? Serious question, because I'm all for our athletes having the newest and best, but not if it means alienating a huge portion of our fanbase because we have to deal with all the other crap Brandon pulls. I guess I just don't know how much credit goes to Brandon for the upgrades because I'm under the impression that a lot of that was Martin.
Thanks in advance! And no worries if you don't have the time to answer, I figured if I was coming out of the woodwork now it might as well be in a neutral fashion (and no, I'm not about to defend Hoke, I just don't feel I have much to add to the discussion).
|1 day 13 hours ago||I laughed at your post and||
I laughed at your post and found it humorous, but that seems a tad unfair to Schlissel. Dude just got here and he knows nothing about football. Give him time and then reassess.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Fair enough, I'm just||
Fair enough, I'm just flusterated.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Man, I've watched (almost)||
Man, I've watched (almost) every game of ours this year (had to work twice!), but I feel like we don't usually leave THAT many shooters wide open. It's starting to stress me out, but survive and advance, I suppose.
Could also just be trying to do too much/jitters, I guess.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||In spite of our lead, our||
In spite of our lead, our defense looks a bit sub-par...Wofford has had a number of open shots that they've missed. Hopefully we're just shaking off some...uh, rust?
I'm happy with the lead, just a bit surprised at how many shooters we've left open
|33 weeks 4 days ago||A friend of mine who listens||
A friend of mine who listens to 97.1 and follows M football pretty closely thinks that Foote's opinion was a bit mis-represented in this article, FWIW.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Hey man!Your numbers are||
Your numbers are excellent, but definitely try to get that extra point on the ACT. It does make a difference, though with your extracirriculars and GPA, you're most likely going to get in.
But getting in needn't be your only goal; getting UM to fund a lot of your ridiculously high out-of-state tuition should be the ultimate goal. As someone who was fortunate enough to have their tuition here paid for (albeit in-state), I would ask Michigan if they have a representative for your region/state/area. The county in Michigan I come from, for example, maintained its UM connections through an alum that grew up there (but doesn't live there now). I have a strong feeling that the passionate, strong-willed e-mail and phone call I sent him my senior year of high school drew a lot of attention to my application and may have helped me earn a scholarship.
I was so adamant that M was my dream school and did everything I could to reach out to the few recruiters that would venture to the Upper Peninsula on UM's behalf. Perhaps this method would also help you.
Now I've just graduated (in December) and am looking for entry-level energy sector jobs involving the renewable transition, energy efficiency, consulting, and the like...it's a different animal and a challenge that can be vexing. It's sometimes tough to get enough/consistent contact with companies to the point where you have convinced them that you're someone who will achieve for them. Just need that one chance, as they say.
Best of luck and Go Blue!
|41 weeks 6 days ago||I pity those who don't read||
I pity those who don't read the Game of Thrones (or rather, ASOIAF) book series. If you think the show is detailed, you'd be amazed at the complexity of the books. It's just an all-around excellent series, IMHO.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||You have no idea how badly||
You have no idea how badly I've wanted to try In N Out for years now. I just haven't had a chance to get out West.
I don't think I've ever heard a negative review of In N Out, now that I think about it.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, you're right, and I||
Yeah, you're right, and I apologize if that comment read in a very negative way. I don't like stereotypes/generalizations either, so hopefully it didn't across as too aggressive an opinion - really it's just based off of "general" observations in my 4.5 years here. I have met tons of wonderful people here and it's been an invaluable experience regardless of the downers here and there (though I did use the word "most" regarding M students...perhaps I shouldn't have been so severe).
Nobody is perfect, but I just wish some people would possess a bit more humility/decency at times. Plus, the thread demanded I confess. It's not like I had a choice, you know.
EDIT: I also should have explained my OP a bit more in depth, but who cares.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||Had to respond just because||
Had to respond just because of #7. Yes, all the way. The patties aren't as greasy (though I sometimes like the grease), the vegetable toppings are crisp, the buns (usually) aren't soggy... what more could you want (from uber cheap food)?
|41 weeks 6 days ago||Woop! Surely there will be||
Woop! Surely there will be more optimism and debate of substance now, no?
EDIT: Funchess, FUNCHESS FOR EVERYONE
|41 weeks 6 days ago||For my part, while I do||
For my part, while I do occasionally log in to defend Michigan students against criticism, I really don't like most Michigan students.
In my experience, a vast majority (not surprisingly) are extremely spoiled and "look down" on everyone else, even other students at Michigan. This applies to them in a sports sense, too. There is little loyalty to the school amongst an alarming proportion of students. The most disappointing are the band students I have talked to this year. Half way through the season, they were hoping we would lose out so that they wouldn't have to travel to a bowl game. Yikes.
Small things reinforce this opinion on a daily basis -- such as kids leaving every plate, cup, napkin, etc. from a meal sitting at their table instead of taking the extra minute to put it on the dish room belt. After awhile, that kind of stuff gets infuriating.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||Of course! It's going to be a||
Of course! It's going to be a long 9 months regardless, but if everyone is pessimistic and miserable, it'll be intolerable (as many others have iterated already).
Though I must stress that points #1 and #6 are concepts/adaptations that the coaching staff basically MUST make offensively for us to be a dangerous team (nationally speaking) next year. We cannot have the mentality of out-talenting and running a rigid system in this post-modern age of college football; I wholeheartedly think they should stick to their system, but have some flexibility, sir!
The players, of course, must take responsibility for their performances this year as well. What does that mean? Busting ass and working together in the off-season. It isn't rocket science to say that teams that bust it (together) with the youth + talent we have generally means significant improvement the following year.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||My predictions:Michigan -||
Michigan - 38
KSU - 24
1. Michigan's coaching staff stops trying to push the power scheme so much and instead ideologically adjusts to calling what the current players run most efficiently (still in a pro style offense, but adjustable to have more or less spread/power elements depending on personel). This is a trend that continues into 2014 and provides us all much-needed hope. The prototypical example of this is the great frequency at which M tries to make the power I work, with little success. Yes, you must keep defenses honest, but there were a number of times this year where a run up the gut was ill-advised given the personel we have.
2. Derrick Green makes a strong case for starting RB in 2014 by consistently picking up 3, 4, 6 yards with a few 10+ yarders interspersed. Toussaint plays largely the role of a third down back. Smith shows a bit of that "gliding" running style from the OSU game and appears to be moving into a much-valued change of pace RB role.
3. The OL looks much more cohesive and as a result, Gardner finally has a chance to spend 60 minutes developing his progressions instead of running for his life.
4. The team and coaching staff is happy with the win but alludes to a driving will to get vengeance in 2014.
5. Devin Funchess, having finalized his move to WR with his play this year, has 80-100 yards receiving and a brilliant TD which pushes us into conversation about a potential number switch to #1. His offseason is more than enough to earn him the jersey.
6. The coaching staff pulls a Beilein and opens up their offensive philosophy for next year. They decide to expand on the "controlling tempo" principle by not just utilizing clock-control offense, but also adding the ability to run offense at multiple tempoes (i.e. no huddle). 2014 revenge tour (a la 2006) commence.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Thank you, Brian! It's been a||
Thank you, Brian! It's been a rough fall and some M fans have shamed themselves. But I hope you don't forget how many people (the vast, vast majority) greatly appreciate what you do.
I have become a more informed and passionate fan from reading your stuff over the years. For Free. That is awesome, and I've never stopped thinking that even in spite of the rough couple years we've had. Thank you!
EDIT: Thanks to the rest of the staff, too!
|44 weeks 1 day ago||Students sell them on a||
Students sell them on a Michigan Facebook marketplace, in general. I'm not sure what to expect this year but I can't think of one time the enemy has had a significant contingent of fans in the SS. The rest of the stadium, however... well, we'll see.
|46 weeks 1 day ago||Wha? I never thought I'd see||
Wha? I never thought I'd see the day when people didn't recognize haikus as a proper expression tool on MGoBlog. Don't diss on an old tradition...c'mon
Borges is not good
Execution excuse sucks
We must improve now
WTF happened to you?
Stop falling apart
(you know you still love this team, no matter how much you say you don't care if we lose anymore)
|47 weeks 1 day ago||9-3...we'll drop one more,||
9-3...we'll drop one more, but I think we're going to see an upward trend starting this week ("blah blah, it can't get any worse" -- yes it can. It can be a lot worse than 6-2)
We need to stay optimistic and stick together. All this bickering and nonsense is making us look just as foolish as the loss did.
We're forgetting the real target: Ohio State. We still have a chance to beat them.
|1 year 1 week ago||Because statistically,||
Because statistically, relative to the last decade of M b-ball, last year was an anomaly. Though I'd hope we sustain deep tourney success.
EDIT: I see what you're saying after fully re-reading your post, but I just think it takes more than 1 year to have consistency in attendance the way elite programs in CBB do. Furthermore, I haven't been defending a lack of attendance in this thread, but rather pointing out that such complaints after one phenomenal year sound silly coming from a people who would have been sitting in the completely empty Crisler (outside of the Maize Rage) a few years ago.