Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
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|54 min 59 sec ago||Serious?||
Does my sarcasm meter need fixing again or are you serious? Can't tell. I assume sarcasm because nobody is that dumb.
|1 week 1 day ago||no||
What is wrong with you, man? This is the internet - this is no place for rational, calm thought. It means something, and that something is almost certainly one of the following:
1. All three are going pro, and they are taking Caris with them.
2. All three are returning,
3. Mitch McGary is leaving Michigan to accept a job as senior executive of State Farm (see the last pic);
4. Shane Morris will start on opening day because Devin Gardner has conceded that he is a terrible quarterback, leader and human being; we will have negative rushing yards because after Derrick Green, Smith and Hayes all transfer to Ohio, we are forced to start Bellamy at RB.
I am fairly certain it is #4, but I suppose that #1 is equally possible.
|1 week 4 days ago||schedule||
If we and sparty are both ranked going into the game, I very seriously doubt that they schedule it for noon. Look at Sparty's home schedule - we are their only home game with enough juice to warrant a night game matchup (OSU in in November, and there is a B10 preference against night games in November). So, I think that game likely ends up at night.
As for Rutgers, I wasn't proposing that they would decide based upon religion - more about $$ - I guess there are so many Michigan alum in NYC area that the game will sell out regardless, so my point is probably moot, but my thought was that given the large Jewish Northeastern alum base of both schools, they would try to make it a late game to try to increase ticket demand. You are probably right that it will not be taken into account though.
|1 week 4 days ago||Night games||
So we are confirmed for night games at ND and at home against PSU. Any other likely candidates on the schedule for night games?
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||Brandon||
So his announcement was actually for something pretty awesome.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||totally agree||
I had the exact same feeling throughout the entire season. Something was just . . . broken, for lack of a better word, with this team. I have some thoughts on this, all being total speculation:
1. Complete lack of senior leadership.
Lewan was a great football player, and made a totally selfless decision by coming back. That said, his actions throughout this season have been anything but those of a senior captain or a leader. The OL was perhaps the worst of the clusterfuck, and some of that has to be on the leaders of the line.
2. Poor offensive coaching
I don't want to pile on the Borges hate here - in fact, I was probably one of his most vocal defenders on this site until the day that he was fired, but hearing some of the quotes out of practice this year, it is obvious that Borges tried to do too much with a relatively young group of players. Nuss' simplified approach may be just what this team needs.
3. Empty cupboard at key spots
2011 was a good year largely because what was left of RR's early decent recruiting classes were upperclassmen. As those players transitioned off the team the poor 2009, 2010 and 2011 recruiting and attrition left us with holes at key spots, most notably on OL. The holes in the line-up really killed us on offense, and certainly didn't help in a few defensive spots.
4. Talented youth
Aside from a few notable exceptions, the remaining RR players on the roster - the upperclassmen - were lower ceiling, lower talent players. Great program guys, sure, but not excatly the stuff that championship teams need. The Hoke players, at least according to the recruiting services, are far more talented and higher ceiling types, but they are still young and inexperience. This make-up forced us to play many more young kids at key spots, instead of working them in slowly. youth is never a recipe for success in football.
Fortunately, for us, issue #2 has been rectified and Nuss looks like he could fix our troubled offense. #3 and #4 are also taking care of themselves. We may still see one more season of youth on the line, but less so than last season, and none in 2015. As to #1, the players that Hoke has been bringing in all fit the Pattern (TM), so I expect that over the next year, any leadership void will quickly be filled.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Himym||
I have to admit that I love this show. My wife and I were really bummed that it was going off. That said, I also kind of liked the ending. It gave the viewers the rest of the story for all of the characters, and then teased the ending that many fans wanted all along - ted and Robyn ending up together. I, for one, like when shows that I watch are wrapped up neatly and in the way that the fans wanted.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||Go blue||
Earlier this week, I was getting pretty down on this match up, likely as a result of the sports media's incessant love of Tennessee. Now I keep flashing back to that post about how deadly Beilein is when he has a week to prepare, and I am getting pretty confident.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Seriously?||
You would rather lose and not get to the finals than face Sparty? Come on, that's just sad. We have the talent to hang with them. If our shooters are on, we can beat anyone. Not saying that we will , but we can.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||transfer||
Any word on that? To me, a guy who was with Nuss for a few years at Bama, even if only as a back-up, is probably good enough to walk in and start.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||tourney||
So I have about an hour and a half before all of my productivity at work ends. I actually bought a TV for my office just so that I could watch the tourney while pretending to get some work done during commercials. Sadly, the firm would probably frown upon a cooler and beer, or a small BBQ indoors.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Braylon||
There are always a ton of teams that struggle with the salary cap, and teams always need a decent WR who can stretch the field. I see Braylon at a point in his "career" where he would likely have to accept the league minimum, so for a team with a need, he presents an option that has potential upside and very little downside.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||sad but likely true||
I can't fathom how a guy with his athletic gifts could be such a complete bust. For years, I attributed his lack of success to being a stretch-the-field wideout on teams with crappy QBs. Think of the number of great WRs who have gone to teams with poor QB play and done nothing - Larry Firtzgerald and Santonio Holmes are just two recent examples. I still think that this is part of it, but I also suspect that work ethic played a large part, as well.
Braylon would have been best served to go to a team with a strong QB and a disciplinarian coach - the NY Giants, for example, with Eli and Coughlin, would have been a better fit than the circus that is the Jets.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Experience||
Perhaps most important is that he has a few years of experience playing in the system that we will now be running.
|5 weeks 8 hours ago||Wow||
I really didn't expect to be so nervous at the end of a noon game to open the BTT. Happy that we got our crappy game out of the way and that it didn't end up hurting us. Go kick some ass tomorrow and get back on track.
|5 weeks 8 hours ago||3s||
Note to our team - you are permitted to go inside of that 3-point line. There is no rule against it. Try it. closer shots are easier to make.
|5 weeks 8 hours ago||walton||
thank you. about f-ing time we hit one of those.
|5 weeks 8 hours ago||refs||
I am all for bitching about refs, but the calls in this game are not bad. We are fouling too much. simple as that. The refs are largely getting the calls right. Our defense today has been BAD and we have just gone cold on offense. That is the one concern about being a team that relies on outside shooting so heavily - you can always have a cold spell, and if that spell lasts too long or comes against a decent team, you might not recover in time to salvage victory.
|6 weeks 8 hours ago||Awesome stuff||
BiSB, this was easily the best thing I have read on this blog since the Bo tribute. This is not to take away from the many awesome pieces posted here - there are many - but that piece was simply awesome. You perfectly captured (1) J-Mo's career, and (2) what is so f'ing great about college sports.
|6 weeks 13 hours ago||Sick||
Me, my wife and both of my little kids have the flu. Sick as hell , so likely not going to be a fun weekend! I take comfort in being outright big ten champs in bball though.
|6 weeks 13 hours ago||Spring ahead||
Hate to burst your bubble but we don't gain an hour this weekend we lose one. I mix them up all the time also.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||vacating||
Well, then I propose that we voluntarily vacate the 2008 FB season based upon the allegations and "major" violations associated with stretching-gate. We can even be generous and throw in 2009, so that our bowl streak remains intact,
|10 weeks 1 hour ago||Assumptions||
Yours are not correct.
|10 weeks 5 hours ago||No||
I don't necessarily prefer a game in a neutral site over a game in AA under all circumstances. But, for a one off event, I can see the many benefits that a game like this provides. I also see the many benefits of a top flight game in Ann Arbor. It isn't a binary decision - home game or neutral site game. Since both have benefits, having a mix of the two seems like a nice way to realize the benefits of both. I like the idea of scheduling a game like this, but I also advocate for bringing some better teams to the Big House.
Final point - while I have said that I like the ida of this game, I only like it as a one-off type of thing. I would never want this to become a regular thing.
|10 weeks 6 hours ago||premiums||
We pay an annual premium, but that figure is based upon the number of events, the types of events, etc. So, yes, while we do not have a line item for the premium associated with each game, the total premium is significantly higher or lower based upon the number of games. It's no different than if your family took our an auto policy. You pay a single premium regardless of the number of vehicles. But, if you had one vehicle, you premium could be $1,500, whereas for 4 vehicles, it would be over $5,000 (all numbers made up).
On the revenue items, I am surprised at how small of a figure that amounts to.
On your final point, I suspect that our difference of opinion relates to our views on these types of games. While you note that "if the money is a close call, the next question is whether it is more attractive to play a nuetral-field circus show, or a home-and-home with the same caliber opponent. I side with Brian", I would choose playing the neutral-field circus. Sadly, Michigan football has fallen so far from being relevant on the minds of so many kids that we recruit. These games, circus-like or not, do help keep our name out there. ESPN - where most kids watch their daily sports coverage- has a vested interest in hyping our game (and even our program) when we are the kick-off prime time game. If the RR years have taught us anything it is that media coverage (positive vs. negative) and perception can really help or hurt a program.
|10 weeks 6 hours ago||seriously?||
We don't get $100 per ticket. We get around half of that.
Not all 109,000 in the stadium pay for their tickets - the paying number is actually below 100k.
our expenses for hosting the game are considerable - like hunders of thousands of dollars, perhaps over a million.
you ignore the increased media attention, hype and possibly sales of Kickoff classic merchandise. Also, I like being the game day game of the week, featured in prime time nationally. Most of our home openers don't generate this much expected hype. Hype and being nationally televised in big spots helps recruiting. Recruiting is important.
|10 weeks 6 hours ago||fair point||
That's a fair complaint. If I were a student or season ticket holder, this would bother me, as well. But, keep in mind that season ticket holders really do only represent a small fraction of the total fanbase. As a national university, a very large number of our alum are scattered over the 50 states, and even within the state of Michigan, only a small percentage have season tickets.
Again, though, your point is certainly fair with respect to season ticket holders who do have to miss out on a game.
|10 weeks 6 hours ago||not so fast there . . .||
The problem with Brian's desconstruction is that it is not accurate. No disrespect to the proprietor of this fine blog, but his numbers miss several large ticket items:
1. Insurance - the cost per game for the university to insure an event of the size of a Michigan home game is well over $100,000. I don't have exact figures, but the premium is likely several times that amount, alone.
2. Staff - most of the staff that works on game day - venders, food staff, ushers, parking attendants, etc. - are paid per diem or hourly. No game means no pay. Given the number of game day staff, likely over 1000, this is likely a six figure savings, as well.
3. Merchandising - Brian mentions missed revenue from merchandising. I think this is wrong. The Jerry'sworld contract provides that we get a dedicated vender at the game. Why do we believe that the university will sell more M logo stuff at a home game than at a neutral site game? Sure, only 1/2 of the fans are Michigan fans (as opposed to the likely 80-85%), but I expect that the fans traveling to the game in Dallas are more likely to but a Michigan t-shirt than the fan at the Big House, mand of whom attend several games a year. Also, if they win, the university will sell a ton of 2017 Kickoff classic shirts, which would not happen for a standard home game.
|10 weeks 7 hours ago||slow clap||
I agree with every single word you wrote here.
I expect that the cost of traveling to the game in Dallas is a fraction of the cost of hosting a game at the Big House. So even if the revenue is roughtly similar,the net profits will be way bigger from the Jerryworld game.
Also, so many people around here complain about the cupcake non-conference schedule, but when we fnially schedule a big time game, people still find a reason to bitch because it is not at the Big House. Teams like Florida don't do one offs on the road, so any Big House game would involve an away game during a subsequent season. Then people would bitch about the lack of home games.
Personally, as a die hard Michigan fan, I don't think that there is a better atmosphere on game day than the Big House and Ann Arbor. But, the current landscape of college football is that many, many people love these types of games. I bet if you polled the team, over 75% would vote in favor of this.
Then, add in the media factor and exposure. We are guaranteed to be the prime time, nationall televised, College Gameday game for opening weekend, giving us national exposure, some relevance and cool factor for recruits? How is that a bad thing. If this game is played in the Big House or the Swamp, you lose some of the media hype of being called Kickoff Classic or whatever other stupid name Jerry decides upon.
As a traditionalist who maintains a well manicured lawn and would appreciate if the young whippersnappers would please not walk on it, I do get the hand wringing and overall dislike of these types of spectacles. But, we don't live in the 1970's, 80's or even 90's, so we may as well accept where things are today and try to enjoy games like this.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||faith||
But maybe that's the problem. Maybe she doesn't have faith in his ability at this stage in life to make the right choices. She knows her son better than any of us, so if she doesn't believe that he is mature enough at this time to make the right choices - perhaps his own conduct has given her a reason to have this concern - then who are we to doubt her. Everyone needs to grow up at some point, but at 18, some kids are just not there yet. As a parent, if she recognizes this, I applaud her for doing everything that she can to put her son in the best position to avoid making what could possibly be life-altering negative decisions.