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|4 weeks 12 hours ago||We know that we don't have an||
We know that we don't have an athletic director with one lick of experience in an athletic department. That is the issue. There are many options with experience and instead, if you believe the tweets, we landed on a retiree with no direct experience. That's what we know, and it's frustrating when considering Michigan's resources and options.
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||I believe that in this thread||
I believe that in this thread we're discussing the implications of what Bruce Feldman and others have said is true - that Hackett is the permanent AD. I don't care if the search takes a long time and he's interim for awhile. But to just hand over the reins to him because he's already settled in the office and Schlissel doesn't want to deal with athletics is what bothers me (also a hypothetical, granted).
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|4 weeks 12 hours ago||You know who might be even||
You know who might be even more different than Dave Brandon? An actual Athletic Director with experience being a successful Athletic Director! Of which there are many with Michigan ties! Why should we be in the position of 'hoping for the best' when we can just HIRE the exact description of what want???
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||There's also no evidence to||
There's also no evidence to say that this is a GOOD thing. Just the virtue of not being Dave Brandon does not qualify someone to be athletic director. We should not have to hope and pray that it works out. Haven't we done enough of that recently?
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||You know who else isn't||
You know who else isn't Brandon? Me, you, and most other human beings on the planet. "I'm Not Dave Brandon" shouldn't be the best statement on the resume of the person hired to run one of the largest athletic departments in the country tasked with making a critical football coach hire. There are so many other options out there that have actual experience working in an athletic department - or even as Athletic Directors!!! - that also aren't Dave Brandon. Come on, we deserve better than to hire someone that's not DB and hope he works out. If this is true, it's like the Hoke hire. Lazy. Schlissel has told us that he'd rather do anything else other than worry about athletics, and he's proving that he's a man of his word with this.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Congrats on making it to the||
Congrats on making it to the ToC! A friend of mine who was a 1-day winner in the 90s has great stories from his experience on the show and we enjoy rewatching his episodes every year. His interviews with Alex were particularly cringeworthy.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||What if universities turned||
What if universities turned "Athletic Performance" into a major, like "Clarinet Performance" or "Modern Dance Performance" are? The athletes could be seen as merely fulfilling graduation requirements, not acting as employees. I've long thought this was a good idea just for the reason that universities wouldn't have to deal with putting window-dressing on the academic pursuits of athletes. Football is a form of entertainment just like dance or music, so why not make it a major, right?
|48 weeks 6 days ago||Having memories of my parents||
Having memories of my parents at my current age makes me feel old. It doesn't seem so long ago that they were my age, and NOW look at them!
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Well, okay then. Still, a||
Well, okay then. Still, a bunch of mouth-breathers at a (gasp) chain restaurant are still of more value than an indoor rowing facility or bigger parking lot that is empty most of the time. I point your attention to the new Arbor Hills shopping center on Washtenaw, across the street from the Whole Foods. It appears to be a great success so far. Something like that would be great to have on State Street!
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Agreed. If it were on||
Agreed. If it were on Central Campus and to be used for something like a new academic building or new dorm, then fine. But to provide more breathing room for a few hundred kids in non-revenue sports? Not necessary. The tax implications are also very important, like you said. With the city recently making over a million on the sale of the old Y property to a private developer, hopefully they're more open to taking this on.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||It would be nice to have a||
It would be nice to have a stronger commercial corridor in State Street, extending unbroken from downtown south to Briarwood Mall. Mixing in some residential would be important, though. I would just be unhappy if it damaged the attractiveness of downtown Ann Arbor at all, though. Growth outside of the immediate downtown can be good, but only if you bring in new people to support it and don't gut out the downtown in the process.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||I'd be happy for this one to||
I'd be happy for this one to go to private development, in the vein of mixed-use residential and commercial. Now that I live in the area, I'm less impressed by University facilities that I can't use, and more interested in things like shopping and businesses that I can frequent. Not to mention having a tax-paying entity there is of more use to the residents of Ann Arbor.
I've heard that the university would use it to extend their athletic campus (meh), or their commuter parking lot (meh).
|1 year 9 weeks ago||The chart that shows no||
The chart that shows no distinct advantage for an offense that plays fast (ie, no huddle) brings up what I always think about when people on this blog exclaim, "getting to the line late means you can't adjust to defenses!!" Which is, "well, getting to the line late means that it's harder for a defense to adjust to *you*." It seems like getting to the line late would be at-worst a wash for an offense. At best, since the offense is the side that's running a scripted play, giving the D as little time to adjust (because the odds that they happen to pick the right scheme to defend are definitely <100%) could be a good thing. Am I way off here?
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Every time I read something||
Every time I read something like this:
"The offensive line turned the protection, but Fitz didn’t get a chance to hear them. They turned it late, and Fitz didn’t hear them, so that leaves the guy unblocked."
It makes me wonder how that play would look in the UFR if Devin hadn't clued us in to that series of events. How many plays have wrinkles, miscommunications, etc, that may be chalked up to "Al Borges is fat and stupid," or RPS -1 or what have you, on this site. After reading the above I struggle with how big of a grain of salt I should take the UFRs and game analyses.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Got it, thanks! Mine says||
Got it, thanks! Mine says "/beta" in that spot, not Xfinity or Comcast, so I didn't suspect that it was what I needed to click. Thanks again.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||For some reason, I'm not||
For some reason, I'm not seeing Comcast or XFinity in the list of providers, having just downloaded the BTN2GO app this morning. Are people having success with this?
|1 year 28 weeks ago||You couldn't smooth a silk||
You couldn't smooth a silk sheet if you had a hot date with a babe...
I lost my train of thought.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Keep in mind, all that was||
Keep in mind, all that was "according to DetroitSportsRag.com sources". This isn't necessarily a news report.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||My wife has had surgery for||
My wife has had surgery for trigger finger on both hands. The doctors tried cortisone shots both times before surgery, but that treatment only lasted a couple of weeks at best. I suspect they'll give that a shot with you, also. If that doesn't work, the surgery is not fun. It's outpatient with a local anesthetic, but the recovery is very difficult. Lots of pain, can't get it wet, have to worry about the incision getting infected, and have zero use of that hand for a good 4-6 weeks. My wife still has some pain after almost a year on the second hand she had done. The first one had great results. In both of her cases, the scar is about an inch long in the palm of her hand. Best of luck to you, and I hope you have someone who can help you with things since you'll be one-handed for awhile!
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Tap Room?||
|1 year 33 weeks ago||The 9-1-1 call might be even||
The 9-1-1 call might be even more entertaining, if that's how we're treating this as a society (not a criticism, thank goodness it turned out as well as it did so that people feel comfortable laughing at some aspect of it). Link to the call partway down on this page:
|1 year 34 weeks ago||The second one looks like a||
The second one looks like a photoshop of the first. Everything is literally identical except for the text. My bet is the first was real (or at least really written), and the second a photoshop.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||The more dangerous, heavy||
The more dangerous, heavy radiation travels quite a bit slower than the speed of light, so 13 minutes doesn't apply to that. But still, yeah, there's no escaping the initial electron stuff.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||ISS Capt Chris Hadfield||
ISS Capt Chris Hadfield (Canadian Astronaut) is a fantastic follow on Twitter - I highly recommend it if you want to see amazing pictures of Earth and videos like those above on a daily basis, live from the space station.
|2 years 1 week ago||Is BTN not the official||
Is BTN not the official mouthpiece for B1G?
|2 years 1 week ago||Would you match up Ohio and||
Would you match up Ohio and ULM with other teams to create 'good football'? the majority of teams are mediocre or worse. There are no matchups other than teams that are ranked that would create 'good football' in your opinion. If you're really so concerned about good football, skip college sports altogether and watch the NFL. If two 'bad' teams like Ohio and ULM are evenly matched, it could be great football! Maybe an offensive shootout! Or yes, maybe a turnover-laden mistake-fest. But as long as the teams are somewhat evenly matched, I don't care what level they play at, it could be a close, competitive, fun game. And bowl season tries to make somewhat even matchups. Count me in.
|2 years 1 week ago||Aside from possible negative||
Aside from possible negative financial impacts to certain schools, which is their business, I've never understood why we as fans object to more football. America is the land of excess, so why in the world would fans be upset about having more football available to watch during an otherwise dead period of time when many of us don't have to be at work, it's cold outside, and.... FOOTBALL. I just don't get it.
Diluted value? I have no idea how the Rose Bowl is diluted because I watched the Pinstripe Bowl or whatever the week before. The $18M payout of the Rose Bowl sure isn't diluted. I am thrilled that I am offered a large number of bowl games, and if any of them don't strike my fancy, I simply won't tune in and will watch whatever godawful special holiday programming is on the other channels. Be careful what you wish for, football fans. More football is still more football.
It's not like in the non-conference portion of the season when good teams COULD be playing other good teams. There are only so many good teams to go around now, and yes, some of the matchups feature mediocre-at-best teams. So? Bowl season presents a whole lot more in the way of even matchups than the non-conference.
Besides, who are we to begrudge thousands of college kids -- who we all supposedly bemoan that they don't get paid -- a nice little vacation during winter break? Let em have their trip to Disney or whatever, and if the only negative outcome is that their AD is a little more in the red because of other issues, then so be it. That's my opinion on this.
I will rue the day when the complainers get their way, and instead of watching Texas Tech v Minnesota, I have to watch some 2-hour special of The Voice or some crap. God forbid we watch Texas Tech v Minnesota. Worst. Thing. Ever.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Ball State with Brady Hoke as||
Ball State with Brady Hoke as coach, right?
|2 years 3 weeks ago||I use the iHeartRadio app,||
I use the iHeartRadio app, which works great to listen to WTKA live or any number of other stations on my iPhone 5.