Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
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|29 weeks 22 hours ago||I don't mind this comment.||
I don't mind this comment. But we don't have to be experts in finding a new AD. We're just experts at knowing how terrible the last one was.
But remember, some of us are mudbloods, Elliot...
|29 weeks 23 hours ago||The only thing I don't like||
The only thing I don't like is how the wording makes it sound like M fans were the ones writing the caustic and condescending e-mails. Let's be clear here that while the e-mails were not exactly brimming with joy, Dave's responses were the acidic part of the interaction.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||This picture is heartbreaking||
This picture is heartbreaking to me, somehow.
|33 weeks 20 hours ago||I hear ya, man. You make a||
I hear ya, man. You make a great point. I just think that a lot of people feel that there's enough (quantitiatively and qualitatively) evidence at this point to believe those random tweets. Their Michigan fanhood is choking on the smoke of all the tiny pieces of evidence to the point where they're paranoid of stuff like this sendoff.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Brandon did say he was||
Brandon did say he was competing with your television...
oh my god
he told the truth!
|33 weeks 1 day ago||"Outstanding" relationship||
"Outstanding" relationship with the students? I can personally attest to that statement being a lie. Even last year, when this hadn't come to a head yet, very few (if not NONE, but I don't want to be so absolute) amongst my friends at Michigan had anything positive to say about Brandon. And we're talking maybe 50 other students I had this coversation with throughout last year.
Fast forward to this year, when I spent all of my Sunday night copy pasting the petition link to every M student I know. Not a single person declined to do it, and most messaged back expressing gratitude that someone had started the petition.
That isn't an outstanding relationship.
Stop politicking, Dave. It isn't going to work and we don't believe you.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Meh. I think it's cool that||
Meh. I think it's cool that they like him, but being cool to 1% of the people who love Michigan and an asshat to the other 99% means you're still an asshat.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||"...but he is learning and he||
"...but he is learning and he has the will and desire to try and make it happen."
Is it possible to both agree and disagree with that statement? I'm sure he does have the will and desire (not that it's really possible to quantify that anyway), however it's one thing to have the will and desire and another to make technical and big picture decisions that actually benefit the team's performance on the field. To CHANGE things that aren't working. I don't feel like we've really seen that out of Hoke, the whole pro versus spread punt issue being a good example of that.
|33 weeks 3 days 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.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||Thank you for bumping this.||
Thank you for bumping this.
|33 weeks 4 days 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.
|33 weeks 4 days 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).
|33 weeks 4 days 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.
|33 weeks 4 days 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.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||The Purge||
Perhaps that could be interpreted too extremely.
|33 weeks 4 days 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.
|33 weeks 4 days 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.
|33 weeks 4 days 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.
|33 weeks 4 days 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).
|33 weeks 4 days 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.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Fair enough, I'm just||
Fair enough, I'm just flusterated.
|1 year 9 weeks 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.
|1 year 9 weeks 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
|1 year 14 weeks 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.
|1 year 16 weeks 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!
|1 year 23 weeks 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.
|1 year 23 weeks 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.
|1 year 23 weeks 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.
|1 year 23 weeks 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)?
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Woop! Surely there will be||
Woop! Surely there will be more optimism and debate of substance now, no?
EDIT: Funchess, FUNCHESS FOR EVERYONE