"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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|9 weeks 6 days ago||Forgot to add . . .||
As a student who busted his butt doing odd jobs during the summer and school year to pay for extracurricular stuff (including football season tix), Brandon's comment that "mommy and daddy" pay for student football tickets as justification for jacking up prices was really, really infuriating.
And it seems like the guy who touted himself as the rags to riches son of a local egg farmer should have known better than to say something like that.
Man, that made me angry!
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Non-Revenue Sport Coaches||
Seemed like Brandon's seeming fixation on the Sears Trophy was a big problem. Do we, as a university and fan base, really care if the tennis team, or volleyball teams don't do well for a few years? Does that merit firing the coaches or chasing them away? Particularly when many of the coaches had proven track records of winning. As far as I'm concern, I expect excellence, or close to it, for Football, Men's Basketball, and Hockey. For the rest of the sports, I just hope that we're relatively competitive in the league. If a team is an absolute doormat for years and it impacts recruiting, then, fine, maybe make a coaching change. But running what appear to have been (according to Bacon) fully capable and successful coaches out after a couple of lagging seasons seemed to be incredibly unfair and short-sighted. It left the reader (ok, me) with the impression that the culture of "fear" was rampant in the athletic department.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Brooklyn Heights||
Watching shit go down out of my apartment window.
Messed up day. I initially believed there were foreign fighter jets attacking.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||How starving am I for the start of the season?||
I just watched the punting highlight reel. The whole thing.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Never posted this, but here's 2 emails that I got from Brandon||
re skywriting. I've redacted out my emails (I was polite, but expressed concern and embarassment as an alumnus), but here's how he explained the skywriting to me. Enjoy . . .
Email 2 of 2
I looked into this matter....the incremental cost per message from our "skywriter" this past weekend was just under $100 per message. We paid them under $5,000 for over 50 messages around the state.
So....welcome to my world. I am not sure where you learned about "thousands of dollars"....but it wasn't a material amount of money. Hopefully, this under $100 decision that was made in our marketing and events department won't negatively impact your view of our university.
Email 1 of 2
I am sorry you are upset over a skywriting message over East Lansing....
I don't sign off on skywriters...but I will pass your concerns on to those who do.
The idea that it cost "thousands of dollars" to skywrite "Go Blue" over East Lansing sounds incorrect to me....but I will certainly look into it.
For your information, we don't use "university funds" for anything we do. We are required to generate all of our own funds to support Michigan Athletics. Consequently, our marketing budgets for game day events are very small and we try to get creative in order to excite our fans.
I know we had a skywriter performing all over Southeastern Michigan this past Saturday prior to our game....however, where they scrolled "Go Blue" was not something I know much about.
FYI....we do have a large number of Michigan Alumni and fans in Lansing....as well as other communities around Lansing and Ann Arbor. So, if someone did suggest that they scroll a message there while doing all of their other messages around the area - I am sure there were people who were pleased with the message and had some fun with it.
Again, I am sorry this has created a big concern for you....if we ever hire a skywriter again we will consider your views carefully.
Good wishes and Go Blue!
|20 weeks 22 hours ago||90's student, so . . .||
Football: Woodson (head and sholders best player I've ever seen play at UM)
Bball: Jalen (so much swagger)
Hockey: John Madden (so much hustle, so many short handed goals)
|24 weeks 5 days ago||A crummy commercial!||
/A Christmas Story Police
|29 weeks 1 hour ago||I'm in the vast minority here . . .||
But I was never a fan of Norfleet's actions between the whistles. It came across to me (watching on tv . . .) as woofing and showboating.
He was an exciting player though. Hope he lands on his feet.
|31 weeks 4 hours ago||Ale-8-One||
Tried it recently on a business trip to Kentucky. That stuff is intense.
|31 weeks 4 hours ago||Diet Vernors||
Diet Vernors (can find it now on Long Island . . . .)
|35 weeks 6 days ago||Look at this guy over here . . . .||
He's like, "Whaddya want from me?"
|47 weeks 6 days ago||Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale||
In a plastic cup commuting home on Long Island Rail Road. HARBAUGH.
|51 weeks 3 days ago||Get well soon||
Thoughts and prayers coming your way.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Just Go With It||
Just Go With It.
Tenacious D and the Pick Of Destiny
The Heartbreak Kid
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Rutgers||
I'd guess Rutgers is one.
I'll go out on a limb and guess Temple.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Congrats||
I also have a daughter (now 4). Speaking as a fan/dad, I've learned that it is fine to not watch games live, as I'd rather spend time with my daughter than watch the game (although I watch every second on replay). That said, I now love night games because I can watch games live.
My daughter shuns M gear because, in her opinion, anything with words/logos on it is for "boys". She was singing The Victors at an early age. Let me tell you, having your kid sing the Victors is AWESOME.
Anyhow, as for advice - don't worry too much. After the first week or so, you'll get the hang of it.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Thanks.||
If the athletic dept. had included the Chicago ticket as a charge in the season ticket package, I would see it as a much, MUCH bigger problem. I do sympathize with folks who were banking on seeing 2 home games at Yost against the Spartans. Sucks.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Confused - honest question||
Is the game in Chicago part of the season ticket package?
|1 year 21 weeks ago||GO TEJAY!||
No need to excuse/apologize for OT TDF coverage. It is shaping up for a slow few weeks for UM sports and I, for one, welcome discussion here . . . .
|1 year 22 weeks ago||A couple of ideas||
If you are heading up I-75, maybe Bronner's near Frankenmuth - It is a gigantic xmas store open 365 days. Very kitchy.
Tony's is a truck stop restaurant/diner outside of Birch Run that serves gigantic portions of food. It is pretty much just diner food, but ik kitchy is what you are after, and you are driving up I-75, I'd say stop in.
Soo Locks up in the UP
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Conference Room Name (Let's not "Dave Brandon" this!)||
I would suggest something classic/vanilla, like "Wolverine Conference Room". Not flashy, but, IMHO, conference room naming at a charitable organization should not be flashy.
BTW - congrats to all of the money cannoneers!
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Douby||
was 6'3". Just wikipediaed him, and boy has he bounced around the world. . . .
|1 year 35 weeks ago||havent read it yet...||
But I'm just going to go ahead and assume that the article references Sartre.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Bells in NY (not Texas, but dammit I'm happy!)||
Bells now distributed in NY for the first time ever. Found it in my grocery on LI and just had a few pints of Kzoo Stout in Manhattan. Hail, Hail. Finally.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||C'est, "pas de deux"||
/trying to legitimize and justify my LSA French major
|1 year 39 weeks ago||The phonebooks are here!||
|1 year 39 weeks ago||So much awesome||
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Big J-Dilla Fan||
There's a Dilla event out here in NYC (Brooklyn), too. I'm glad that the Dilla Day thing is gaining some traction. He was a musical genius.
Favorite tracks/beats: Players [do yourself a favor and google/youtube how he changed "Calire" into "Players"]; Nothing Like This; F__ the Police; Let's Take It Back ; Da Rawkus (Sir Bang Version); Fantastic; The Look of Love; Climax; Fall In Love
|1 year 46 weeks ago||No sale||
LeBatard didn't sell his vote - he volunteered to vote as directed by Deadspin.
But to answer your question, I think that it was an interesting form of protest. I was all for it.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||You||