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- the greatest marching band in the world has had its role reduced, replaced in some cases by the same rock music played in every other stadium.
- the whole no-advertising thing; we love talking about how "there's no advertising in the stadium," but as brian points out, the scoreboards are constantly pummeling you with twitter messages, and ticket come-ons for other sports, and 'the official hydration supplier of michigan athletics." i can turn that off at home. i can't do that in the stadium. if we have such a hard-on for money, i would happily take banner ads in the stadium over having my eardrums assaulted by non-ads for 3 1/2 hours.
|5 days 2 hours ago||give me a break, i must say.||
|5 days 2 hours ago||well, yes...||
...but only if he wraps them around his own smarmy neck.
|5 days 2 hours ago||could NOT agree more.||
i will never, never understand the whole abbreviated names thing.
|1 week 1 day ago||that burke / beilein video...||
...also shows a glimpse - a tiny one - of both horford and jordan morgan celebrating on the bench. a first, if i'm not mistaken.
|1 week 1 day ago||no, we're not baylor.||
but we might as well be.
|1 week 2 days ago||the BTT||
...i'm more excited about this year's BTT than i've ever been. the prospect of an outright regular-season AND tournament title? that's some top-level "dream season"-ing, right there.
|1 week 4 days ago||get well soon.||
i want him to be completely healthy when we slap his team around. i want him to live a long, healthy life, full of regret that he had us solved and then we started dominating him. i want him to be healthy when we leave him forlornly sitting on a golf cart, eating pizza, wondering how he's ever going to get up on us.
seriously, hope he gets better.
|1 week 5 days ago||As always,||
In Beilein we trust.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||i know i'm being dense here, but...||
...can someone explain the "his other platform was stolen" thing to me? i usually get the references, but i got nothin' on this one.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||'boooo' is right.||
honestly, in what universe is some sort of jerry-rigged schedule in which two huge rivals don't get a home-and-home every single year a good idea?
we are getting closer and closer to the point where this isn't even a 'conference' in the normal sense. more like some sort of alliance between semi-geographic independents that get together to determine a phony-baloney championship of some sort. football isn't much better.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||this is so, so simple.||
charging people $100 a pop (or more) to do something that they can do at home is fundamentally unsustainable, unless you offer them something special, and some of the things that made the first-person experience special and unique to michigan stadium have essentially gone away:
top that off with ticket price increases that far outstrip inflation and couple that with lousy lousy lousy nonconference scheduling, and here we are. the student attendance thing is just a subset of an issue that is absolutely not going to go away with a more successful football team.
i love going to the stadium, but the days of me going to three or four or five games a year are long gone. i promise you i'm not alone.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||he can do a lot.||
well, i assume he can, since i'm pretty sure fisher wasn't the only coach in the ncaa that watched tape. he's the only one that had a booster giving his players hundreds of thousands of dollars, though.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||hm.||
history has been extremely kind to steve fisher. the punishment for what happened on his watch essentially burned a huge program to the ground for the better part of a decade, but he skated scot-free.
the things that happened under his watch were, in my opinion, worthy of show-cause status from the NCAA. i lived in the same apartment complex as webber during his sophomore season, and let me tell you, there was no doubt - none - that something was going on. fisher either aided it, or chose to ignore the fact that it was happening.
his 'geez, i had no idea' stuff is offensive, but i guess he's at least consistent.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||that's not what i'm arguing.||
i think it's wrong (i don't know how yogi farrell going off is a beilein problem or a tom crean solution), but hey. whatever.
the "can't let it happen again" comment is pretty meaningless, though. nobody "let anything happen." sometimes the other guy just beats you.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||yeah.||
man, that guy has no idea what he's doing.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||what does that mean?||
who can't let it happen again? beilein? dave brandon? us, as fans? who is "letting it happen?" i need to know, NOW!
|5 weeks 5 days ago||man.||
used to be, people only jumped off the ledge when we lost a football game, but here's a group doing the same after a basketball loss. on the road. to indiana. i guess the program has come a long way, huh?
anyone that thought this wouldn't happen at some point this year was delusional. we lost by 21 at state last year and almost won the national championship. take a deep breath and relax, people.
|6 weeks 22 hours ago||absolutely...||
when i say shake-and-bake i'm referring to his ability to face someone up and still juke them to get space for a shot, but you're right - he has a spaz-out mode that can drive you crazy.
not to contradict myself, the more i think about it, the more i like the hamilton analogy. rip got free by just constant motion, which levert also does. maybe george gervin - he seemed to be able to get free for a shot at any time, too, althoguth he didn't do it by juking people. tim hardaway sr., maybe. pure but unconventional scorers, all.
|6 weeks 23 hours ago||not rip hamilton||
hamilton never had the kind of shake-and-bake that levert does...in the last couple weeks he's been doing some serious ankle-breaking on the regular.
|6 weeks 23 hours ago||stauskas' ankle||
...was only able to watch bits and pieces of this one, but one of the bits included stauskas tweaking his ankle...he waved off a sub (it was crazy), and saw that he played a full game, but did anyone mention it postgame?
|6 weeks 2 days ago||college sports||
...will look very, very different ten years from now. the money involved is too great, and the fundamental conflict inherent in their mere presence in a educational institutions, will force the entire structure to collapse under its own weight. this is just one more shot in a long war.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||hm.||
this has nothing to do with message-board morons. it has to do with casual fans - like the sparty fans, who i've heard from several times today - noticing that a michigan player was accused in some sort of sexual misconduct-type incident in 2009 but continued to play until 2013, when he was expelled, apparently for that same incident. i promise you that that's how it will be viewed. that IS how it's viewed - i've already heard it, from 'normal' people.
suggesting that the only people talking about it are the lunatic fringe is ridiculous, and suggesting that you'd somehow step back and take some sort of long view if the situation were reversed is even more so.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||fair enough.||
i agree that neither should be fired based on what we know at this moment, but i worry that further information will not exactly be kind to either. i also think that both job descriptions implicitly include good and proper stewardship of the football program, and part of that means not exposing it to questions of judgement. every program has idiots - it's how you deal with them that makes or breaks your reputation. dantonio and tressel and meyer have each failed that test on multiple occasions. i hope that brady hoke and brandon have not failed this one.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||reactionary?||
if having zero tolerance for anything resembling a coverup makes me reactionary, i guess i am.
i submit that if this exact sequence of events had happened literally anywhere else but Ann Arbor, this board would be lit up with people saying 'sparty no', 'same old columbus,' whatever. i don't know how you can deny that.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||wait, what?||
why are you shouting at me?
perhaps 'fireable offense' is too strong, but if you think that this won't be a total p.r. shitstorm, you are completely delusional. what hoke or brandon knew or didn't know or when or the specifics of the timeline will matter not one single bit, and you know it.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||a fireable offense.||
i am no fan of the athletic department from dave brandon down, but that stems from a general distaste for what could be described as one of its main functions, specifically the advancement of the michigan sports 'brand' and making it as financially self-supporting as possible. it's embarassing, but i get it. money talks, etc.
this is a different kind of embarassing. the p.r. hit is going to be unbelievable and take years to erase. renegade programs never really erase that stigma.
this disappoints me far, far more than any loss we've ever had. ever.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||izzo||
anyone notice that he was doing his 3-feet-onto-the-court BS in the first half, when sparty was on defense on that end, but not the second, when they weren't? seemed worse than usual.
LOLZ B1G refs as always, but i will never, ever understand why they let that whiney douchebag be an extra defender on the floor. such a tool.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||man, i don't know.||
a tall shooting guard that can drain it from anywhere and make his own shot off the dribble? what would he gain by sticking around? time to work on his defense?
i think he's long gone.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||offensive rebounding||
...i'm no basketball genius, but getting to the offensive glass while while slowing down the transition game seems impossible, and serves as yet another reason to kneel at the altar of beilein. at this point, you could tell me just about anything about this program and i'd believe it.
i wouldn't trade john beilein for anyone in the country. i'm not even kidding.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||bo ryan||
kills good basketball.