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|6 days 22 hours ago||Are you secretly Dave||
Are you secretly Dave Brandon? Your entire premise is flawed like that of a typical marketing lacky.
The parallel isn't deciding to watch the game on your TV or go to the game. The parallel is going to church versus not going to church.
Each game wasn't striving to achieve the greatest WOW factor since the prior game. It was one of 6-7 opportunities to pay tribute to your team. The prices weren't so high as to make it an economic decision. it was a devotion decision. And games in Standard Definition were always better than watching in person because you had replays and a restroom that didn't have a line and cold beer/soda in the fridge.
the issues are that athletic programs have decided to maximize profits. in the early 1990s, we had schedules that were fantastic. Even our tomato cans were real conference teams (other than one directional Michigan / MAC team). The AD wasn't affraid of paying a little to get a real team to show up.
People aren't so naive to think that a flyover makes a game against a sacrificial lamb from the MAC worth $85 plus the PSL. Pouring A1 Steak Sauce on a crappy McDonald's doesn't make it a steak. That's what athletic departments are trying to do now. And they are getting exactly what they should expect.
|1 week 5 days ago||The Game 1997. Nothing else||
The Game 1997. Nothing else is even close.
I met Lloyd Carr at a function in 2005, and asked him the game he remembers most fondly, and his choice was The Game 1997, even over the Rose Bowl a few weeks later.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||No, winning doesn't fix||
No, winning doesn't fix everything. There are a lot of schools that would have killed to have what Michigan used to have. USC and Miami are two schools that have fans show up when times are good, but when times a poor they empty out.
A streak of 100,000 fans going back alomost 40 years is about something far more lasting than just having a winning season.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Brandon trying to make each||
Brandon trying to make each football Saturday at Michigan Stadium the Super Bowl is completely off target. Each Michigan Football game was like going to church. There were traditions. Things were passed down from father to son. The music was highly integral to the experience. There were no ads.
The game day experience sucks and Brandon is entirely to blame. The sooner Brandon is fired like he was from Vlassis (the CEO gig he had before Domino's, which is the CEO gig he had where he had to admit on national TV that the product they sold to customers was garbage), the sooner things will get back to where they should be, starting with a football that doesn't just quote the historic accomplishments of it the teams that came before, but adds to those accomplishments.
|20 weeks 15 hours ago||Rooting for Steve Fisher is||
Rooting for Steve Fisher is the michigan equivalent of the buckeyes carrying of Tressel to a standing ovation. The man put the program on probation. If he didn't know what Ed Martin was doing it is only because he chose to look the other way.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||"Stocks and bonds, to me, are||
"Stocks and bonds, to me, are based on a real moneymaking activity rather than hoping others will continue to want a piece of metal."
Do you care to explain how the stock market has run ahead of business fundamentals? Maybe it has something to do with the debauchery of the currency. Which has been the single "success" story in the 101 history of the Federal Reserve.
Which brings us back to gold as the only reliable store of value in history.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||I''ve been using APMEX.com||
I''ve been using APMEX.com for several years. The service is excellent. I've never had a single issue with delivery or product quality.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||replace "Mike Hart" with||
replace "Mike Hart" with "Tyrone Wheatley" and we're good.
|31 weeks 1 hour ago||My understanding of his great||
My understanding of his great success at Vlassis had the board secretly get him on a golf course that didn't allow cell phones so they could fire him without his being warned.
If the big picture is trying to extract every last dollar from a fanbase and in return providing a poor product on the field that plays home games against very unappealing competition, I'd say he doing a wonderful job.
Next year's home schedule is incredibly terrible. He sent all of the season ticket holders a letter saying how they are holding the PSD flat for the year. Well no crap. The slate of games is an embarrassment.
the empty seats in the stadium aren't about a lack of Wow experiences or not enough fly overs, its about the fans finally beginning to reach the breaking point regarding how much is being asked of them in return for something they value. The asking price continues to rise, but there is little to no value in return.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||To quote: We expect too much||
To quote: We expect too much from football coaches these days.
When the organization he represents squeezes every last dollar they can get out of the fanbase, the expectations should be extrememly high. The ability of the football program and the AD to extract so much from the fans is built on the expectation of winning. Frankly, Hoke has had a free pass to this point when he should have taken far worse from the fans and media.
How many season ticket holders that have put up with the garbage on the field since 2003 are fickle if they decide that they are going to try and recapture some of the dollars DB & Co have sucked out of them? Hoke gave his good friend and lousy OC Al Borges a huge raise to $650k before the 2012 season. He doesn't seem to mind spending the fruits of DB's ticket price and PSD increases on his cronies that clearly don't deserve it.
To call the people that pay for everything that he is receiving fickle is crap. Some of us have decided that driving hours and spending an entire day to support this very poor football team is no longer a wise decision.
If seeing the Stadium full of Buckeyes is the wakeup call that Hoke and DB need to make some changes and start treating the fans better, then maybe more of us "fickle" fans should opt out.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||unfortunately, THJ didn't||
unfortunately, THJ didn't follow that example.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||All-American 'Staches||
The Bentley Library Football All-American page is littered with All-American 'Staches. The first two guys that came to mind when I saw the picture were Hammerstein and Messner. The Bo Years were prime years for All-American 'Staches.
Mike Hammerstein, Defensive Tackle, All-American 1985 http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fballam/aahammer.htm
Mark Messner, Defensive Tackle, All-American 1987 & 1988
|1 year 15 weeks ago||The mascot posted a still of||
The mascot posted a still of the hit on Twitter. Someone needs to 'Shop a change of uniform on the LB.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Screw The Little Guy||
M and OSU should screw the Big Ten. Grab PSU and Nebraska, get USC, Oregon, ND, Texas, Alabama, Florida and the rest of the blue blooded football elite and all go independent. Have a scheduling alliance between the big boys, negotiate our own TV deal with ESPN/Fox/the highest bidder and let all of the conferences fend for themselves without the cash cows around to support the Purdues and Indianas of the world.
The big name programs generate the revenues that the Delany-type tools exploit. Its time to take back college football from his ilk.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Wheatley was exactly like Bo||
Wheatley was exactly like Bo Jackson. Fast, powerful, home run threat with a mean streak that loved trucking over DBs. He probably cut a meaningful number of yards from his total because he would occassionally punish a DB that he probably could have juked.
I think the Minny coach, Jim Wacker, after the 1992 game (a 63-13 beatdown) described Wheatley as Superman with a #6 on his cape. (I couldn't find a game summary online).
The best way to describe him is to compare the thoughts that we have every time Denard gets into the open field and you EXPECT him to score. When Wheatley got the corner or made it to the second level between the tackles, you assumed 6 points was going on the board.
Denard is fantastic, and so was Woodson, but I honestly think Wheatley was the best Michigan football player (I'm not considering OL and DL) I have seen in the 40 years I have followed and 21 years I've had season tickets for M football.
Regarding his speed, Wheatly probably had the same or better top-end elite speed Denard has, but Denard is far more elusive and has a quicker first 10 yards.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Go easy on Buterfield. If he||
Go easy on Buterfield. If he doesn't drop the prior pass and allow the clock to stop, Mercury never gets to catch the game winner against Virgina.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Funchess should get it.||
Funchess should get it. Using the methodology that the #1 had prior to being hijacked by Braylon, Funchess is the perfect fit. Dynamic player at the position the "Legend" played.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Henson was with Jeter. I||
Henson was with Jeter. I think it was in 2003 when Henson was a late season call up for the Yankees.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||All of this discussion of||
All of this discussion of Miles ethical short comings is all hind sight as of the second coaching search (The Process). When the 2007 search was on going, no one had discussed oversigning or payments to recruit handlers.
I'm glad he didn't get hired this time around, but let's keep our facts straight.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Patience??||
Why do we need to demonstrate patience when the problem isn't personnel, rather coaching? Outside of hiring a DC for $750k vs $250k for GERG this team is significantly worse than last year.
The B1G is far worse than last year when there were three legitimate BCS bowl calier teams in OSU, Wisco, and MSU. This year, there isn't a BCS caliber team in the conference. The middle of the pack teams in the conference are far worse. And if not for a minor miracle against ND, this team has yet to be a decent opponent. Yet, outside of maybe ND and and MSU, Mich has held a significant talent advantage over every opponent.
Hoke/Borges are putting a round peg in a square hole on offense. Its painful to watch. And it is all on the coaching staff. No one else is to blame for this mess on offense this season.
7-5 with this roster versus this level of competition is underachieving. Hoke needs to beat OSU and either Illinois or Neb to have the season not deemed a disappointment.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||1997 OSU||
1997 OSU without a question.
I was at both the 1997 OSU game and the Rose Bowl that year, and the OSU was much better. I had a chance in 2005 to ask Lloyd at a speaking engagement what his most memorable game was and he said it was 1997 OSU as well.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||The only thing Michigan||
The only thing Michigan should do with a mascot is what always used to happen to visiting mascot. Getting posted. Cheerleaders carrying the fuzzy nut spread-eagled into the north goalposts and leaving him to reconsider the decisions of his life that lead to that point.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Why doesn't Dave Brandon stop||
Why doesn't Dave Brandon stop messing with the tradition. When the team starts winning again, all of this crap about revenue streams, expanding demographics will all get flushed down the crapper. winning sells jerseys. Winning sells tickets at higher prices. Winning sends the team to bowl games outside of the state of Florida.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||I'm just speculating, but I||
I'm just speculating, but I would believe that this is the waiting list being decimated by the ticket price hike and four years of poor performance. If there was enough demand, why would the AD go through the hassle of selling anything but full season ticket packages.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||I don't think that moving the||
I don't think that moving the scoreboards is a major undertaking. And relative to the cost of expanding the Stadium, this is the likely solution.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||I predict that the english||
I predict that the english language will be set back a few years on account of TP's presser.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||There is no conceivable way||
There is no conceivable way tht Fickell turns down the OSU job. He's from Columbus, played at OSU, DC'd at OSU. This is his only shot at the job. He can't walk away and hope to get the job three years later.
Did he know something, of course he did unless he orchestrated his surroundings to never know what was going on. either scenario is straight from the Tressel playbook, and should be firable offenses to an athletic department and university that places its reputation and ethics above simple W-L record. OSU has demonstrated that it values W-L more than anything else.
The sensible thing for OSU to do is leave Fickell in place until the NCAA is done administering the lashes. At that point, they could make a play for a big name coach who can assess the new competitive dynamics of the OSU job with certainty. But Fickell and the rest of the coaching staff can't be the long term answer as they are as complicit in the violations as Tressel.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||There is zero chance that he||
There is zero chance that he keeps the job after the sanctions are delivered. His role is to keep the seat warm until the smoke clears and the coaching candidates can fully review the implications of the NCAA's punishment. It is inconceivable that any coach from the Tressel staff could be retained after the laundry list of violations that have surfaced.
Not only was Tressel dirty, the staff was at least as bad. The position coaches know the players even better than the head coach. Of course, OSU has demonstrated that the university is far less important than winning football games, so just disregard what any logical university would do.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||The only positive example I||
The only positive example I can think of is Bielema for Alvarez at Wisconsin.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||I agree. 25 isn't the real||
I agree. 25 isn't the real issue, 85 total is the real issue. 25 recruits time 5 years is 125, that is still 40 over the 85 limit. That is 40 guys leaving every five years be it medical redshirts, terminated scholarships, run ins with the law or grades, but it is 40 kids that didn't finish where they started.