FWIW. Michigan doesn't seem inclined to get re-involved.
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- Buy season tickets through the athletic department. Officially, the window is past, but based on what is out there right now, I think posters above who suggested you call the ticket office are on the right track. In general, this means making a contribution to the athletic department each year (based on what tier of seating you're in) and then buying the tickets. The advantage of this is that you know which seats you have and if you're willing to pay the donation and ticket price each year, you can keep buying them. The disadvantage is that you're beholden to the Athletic Department.
- Buy tickets in the secondary market. There are official and unofficial methods for doing this. You can buy on StubHub, anything from single games to the entire season or you can go to the stadium on gameday with cash in hand. The advantage/disadvantage of this is that you pay market price for tickets. For "good" games and "good" seasons (neither of which seem to be in abundance right now) you'll pay more.
|2 hours 34 min ago||sigh||
More than anything else, the games should be about the students. The student-athletes who compete and their classmates who cheer them on.
Us old farts may enjoy the experience because we're trying to relive the past and that's why we should (within reason) be a bigger part of footing the bill. But when the events stop being about the students, the entire thing is just about worthless.
|14 hours 51 min ago||A Long Time Ago||
It goes back a long time, but when I was in the MMB, we had pretty awful versions of all the Big Ten fight songs. And Notre Dame.
To me the distinction is in choice. When you make this sort of thing obligatory to all members of the band, then you have a problem. Outside of the formal organization, 18-22 year olds are going to do raunchy childish stuff. It is part of being 18-22.
|15 hours 44 min ago||BIOYA||
Just after that time, on a band trip, the busses were stopped and several cases of adult beverages were found and removed from bus 6. After that the Glocks were still Glocks, but there was no longer an official Glock Bus. And things were toned down quite a bit.
I marched in the '89 through '92 seasons.
I suspect the Glocks have faded into memory.
A couple times, between the OSU game and the end of the semester, when we knew it would be inside rehearsal only, a few of us went to Dominic's before rehearsal. But thinking about a full rehearsal drunk makes me think about throwing up... :)
|3 days 14 hours ago||Ha!||
I was just thinking something similar...
How many times would I have had to try to find a place to fill up the 30-gallon tank on my 22' pontoon boat? Very different world. My cousin used to work at the marina in Tawas. Hearing how much gas some boats take is eye-opening.
|1 week 3 days ago||Deeply Moved||
I am deeply moved by this piece. It is a testament to your writing and what you choose to do with your talents that these responses are what they are.
By itself, this would be a situation where this community comes together to express our condolences in this difficult time.
What you've done, though, is to take your own tragedy and use it as a way to make others realize the blessings in their lives and cause them to remember their own journeys. I know I'll hug my parents a little tighter the next time I see them. I'm truly sorry for your loss and truly appreciative that you chose this way to share with us. God bless you and your family.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||Judgment Day||
For the 1997 season I was in grad school at Carnegie-Mellon and my wife was pregnant, expecting our first in early December. We still had tickets, but I couldn't go to many games that year.
My dad had a guy that worked for him that couldn't use his PSU alumni tickets. So a week before Judgment Day I was calling my buddy to see if he could swing through Pittsburgh on the way to Happy Valley.
By the end of the game, it was obvious to me that we were the best team in the country. Woodson was electric; the entire game was spectacular. Late in the fourth quarter, every so often my friend would shout, "WE ARE" to which I'd reply "NOT GOOD".
Also in the running for me: 1991 Michigan-ND, Braylonfest, and the 1993 Rose Bowl. UTL will also always hold a special place in my heart, particularly because my wife and oldest daughter were with me that night.
Not asked but I'll answer anyway: What was the best game you attended in which Michigan lost? Answer: 1990 Michigan-Michigan State, no Pass Interferance Desmond Mugged on the 2Pt conversion game.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I don't think so...||
I'm pretty sure there's a trap door in the stage. Like you said the head moves as he's sitting on it. I don't think it is big enough to hold her.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||My Comments||
I think the Hoover Street Rag article sums it up very well.
It is pretty important to me that the wave not be done unless it is a comfortable lead. Also, I like very late Q3, maybe Q4 even. This highlights the fact that it is *not* an attempt to make noise or affect play -- it is for the entertainment of the crowd.
One of the big reasons to not do it when M has the ball is that a big play will often kill the wave.
Side note: the Michigan Marching Band does not do the wave. The band should not be bood for not doing the wave. That is reserved for old alumni not doing the wave.
With pratice, it should become second nature, much like the scene in "When Harry Met Sally" where Billy Crystal and Bruno Kirby have a conversation while they appropriately join the wave without interrupting their talk.
Also, the wave should stop for any injury.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Long Running Joke||
Not Safe for Mrs. Stephen R. Kass
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Indeed||
Yes, it was 1991. Desmond made the catch on a long pass on 4th and short, made the cover of Sports Illustrated (back when print mattered), and kicked off the campaign that ended with "Hellllllo Heisman!" by Keith Jackson on the punt return against OSU.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Agree and Disagree||
I agree with you about the XBox roll-out and how Microsoft negatively impacted PC gaming. But PC Gaming is far from dead.
I'm no longer a hard-core gamer because I have a wife, 3 kids, a dog, and a job. But my experience with Steam has been amazing. There are so many good titles to play and if you're willing to be patient, you can get them inexpensively on Steam. The longer you're willing to wait, the more you save.
I disagree that only small and indie games are out there. There are tons and tons of A-List titles out there, and MMORPGs are still best on a PC. Between high quality multi player experiences, top games in the genres I want to play, and TONS of variety, the PC is, in my opinion, the best gaming value.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Not Sure Where I Fit||
The Wii was near death and so we bought a Wii U, mostly for my son, the first Christmas it was available (18 months ago). The big problem is the self-fulfilling prophecy. Launch was bad so 3rd party game companies stopped supporting, so console sales didn't grow, so more companies stopped supporting.
I do think the problem is a bit more subtle than it is made out to be, though. The problem is that there is no XBox or PS equivalent for the two screen experience. Playing Pikmin or Lego City Undercover, it is cool because you can have the full screen on the game but look down and see the map. But playing Madden it really shines... While you're about to snap the ball, you can touch a reciever and draw a new route for him on the screen -- my son LOVES that feature.
It has to be really expensive, though, for EA to develop a fundamentally different version of their games to take advantage of the gamepad. So they're just not doing it. My son's true sporting love is soccer and he can't get the new FIFA for the Wii U. It won't be long before he truly starts jonesing for the XBox One or PS4.
And as the poster above me noted, Mario Kart 8 is great. A couple of bizarre programming choices, but in general, new tracks, new features, new powerups, 12 racers, and same old Mario Kart fun. My son pulled money out of his bank, collected old games to trade, and started negotiating with me for how much I would chip in to get it. And, to be fair, I should chip in because after I put him to bed Saturday night, i poured a Scotch and went back to racing!
Regardless, for a serious gamer and the best value -- buy a decent gaming PC, set up a Steam account, and add all the games you're interested in to your wish-list. Then wait for the sales to come. If you're willing to wait a bit to play the games, you can get tremendous value.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Cool||
If you're on the Kickstarter page, you can watch it tick up. I just saw it go from 29,950 to 29,965 to 29,980.
And now 30,060! We did it!
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks||
Thanks for sharing. I wasn't even looking for the answer. Like I said, I was prepared to risk it. Even so, it is great to see the response because people have no idea what it takes to get something like this together.
It is always easy for those who *don't* produce something to be critical of those that do. Again, my contribution is my way of saying thanks to you and the blog. Good luck with the process. It looks like pretty significant progress over the last 72 hours. Almost over the hump!
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Upped It||
I was at the $15 level, but upped my contribution over the weekend. I figure I still owe the site some for what I've consumed, let alone the fact that I plan to keep coming back in the future. Whether or not it is perfect, I'm much happier in a world with both HTTV and MGoBlog than with neither.
Also, there was at least one comment on the other thread on this topic about a more detailed accounting of where "all the money" went the last two years. I'm not exactly sure, but there aren't a ton of people getting fabulously rich at our expense if the whole KS is trying to pass the $30K threshold. I'll take the risk.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Ugh||
I started a few different posts, got a few paragraphs in, and erased them all. In addition to being not that coherent, I realized I just don't care as much right now. Not because I don't care about M football, but because I have so little time and I don't want to spend it on something I don't enjoy that much.
Thinking about football right now is a slog. Family and friends know I'm a huge fan -- as a result, I'm constantly being asked what I think about the team, the season, Hoke, Nussmeier, etc. It feels like another job sometimes.
I contributed my $15 early on expecting that the kickstarter would fund quickly like it has in the past two years. Then I figured I'd throw some money at the blog through the beveled guilt button (thinking more would then go to the blog as opposed to t-shirts I don't want).
I believe in paying my own way, so I'll probably contribute some more as the deadline gets closer -- I've been watching. And I do want the KS to succeed. There's something nice about spending time in August reading the preview and getting excited about the season.
There is an interesting sub-text going on, though. The blog has always been at the leading edge. This situation, coupled with the AD struggling to sell seats, is a reminder of where we are as a fanbase. Brandon wanted to extract the maximum dollars for a premium entertainment product. When that's your goal (instead of selling tradition and feelings), this is what you get. Several posters seem to feel the same way about the blog and preview. Careful what you wish for...
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Um...yeah.||
The damning part is that with 3 times the NFL draft potential, we still got OBLITERATED by them. Two early round NFL Tackles and negative yards. By a lot. #NOTREALLYAVICTORY
|11 weeks 13 hours ago||Yup -- West Side Chairbacks are Great||
I can vouch for this as well. I have no interest in the "club" as I never leave my seat during the game. My family doesn't mind either. The access to concessions is good, but with a limited selection. Also, by being in the "outer" part we're at the lower cost tier. This means we're between the 30 and the 35 instead of closer to the center. Not a bad trade for me.
Long story short, we're VERY happy with the WCB.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||B1G/ACC Challenge||
So is this in place of, or addition to, the B1G/ACC Challenge?
|11 weeks 6 days ago||CONGRATS!||
Congratulations indeed to all of today's graduates. My family and I drove through AA early this AM on our way to Pittsburgh and were hoping it wasn't too wet a day for the ceremonies. Regardless, I hope it is a memorable day for the graduates and their families.
On May 1st, one of my classmates posted a TBT photo of Michigan Stadium at our graduation 21 years ago! I'm now twice as old as I was that day. Hopefully, when I'm twice as old as I am today, I'm still around to wish the new class the best of luck with their futures!
|11 weeks 6 days ago||grumble grumble||
We've been trying to pick one away game to go to each year with some of our friends. Among the possibilities for 2014, Rutgers/NJ just has no appeal at all. I hope it is a good showing by both the team and the fans, I just don't have any interest.
I hope the goal of expanding the footprint truly does result in better exposure and more interest for Michigan, but I just don't see it. So many other teams I'd rather visit. As an example, when both PSU and Nebraska joined the Big Ten, one of my first thoughts was, "I'd love to go see a game there." And I have. Just not true for Rutgers. Or Maryland.
Enough rehashing all the same talking points.
Good luck and Go Blue. I guess.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Plenty of Snark||
Obviously, there's a lot of frustration and plenty of snarky comments here on the board. That being said you have two options.
Good luck with the process.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Well||
I guess DB's interpretation of "corporate buddies and higher income individuals" is "customers." It is a strategy, to be sure. I think the point, however, is that the experience is chaning becuase of it and the long-term loyalty and tradition that comes from emotionally invested fans won't be there.
The poster above, however, is right -- customers set prices. If people stopped buying, the price would fall.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Wouldn't that be...||
Negative Ann Arbor?
/bad math joke
|12 weeks 4 days ago||One for Each Calf||
One for Each Calf
|13 weeks 10 hours ago||Yup||
|13 weeks 11 hours ago||In my idiocy...||
...this is what I actually thought. I saw the thread title and was puzzled becuase I hadn't recalled hearing they were raised overseas.
This week has been too long.
|13 weeks 18 hours ago||Classy Interview||
I'm truly disappointed like many here.
But I think this is a classy interview and a classy response by Mitch. To say, "I don't agree with it, but I accept responsibility" is the best possible way he could handle this.
And the point made in the article is a really good one: How many times has this happened where a guy "decided to go pro" but didn't own up to his mistake? Mitch could have been silent on the topic. Instead he owned what he did and apologized to Michigan and Michigan fans.
No apology necessary Mitch. I loved every minute you were on the court or the bench. Thanks for all you did to help elevate Michigan Basketball to where it is today.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Dyslexics of the world...||
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Godspeed and Go Blue!||
Good luck to both. Personally, it sucks because I have no energy for the pro game and my involvement will be limited to seeing the occasional MGoBlog thread highlighting a particular stat-line, highlight, or event for these gentlemen.
But... What a ride! To me, Stauskas embodies the "it ain't braggin' if you can back it up" swagger that a top-tier team needs. Every possession made you wonder if you were about to see the beginning of another run of awesome.
As much as I'd prefer they stayed at Michigan, I never begrudge an athlete deciding to do what is best for them. In the case of GRIII, my opinion on his choice is different than his, but then again, it isn't my choice to make.
Best of luck to both on whatever path they follow. Thanks for the memories!