here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
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|44 weeks 4 days ago||Seat Cushions||
As much as I distrust the AD in situations like this, I wonder if the "no cushions" policy posted on the web site was a trial balloon, or just a mistake. The reason I tend to think it was a mistake was that the handbook mailed with my season tickets less than two weeks later has the same wording as the "revised" policy, allowing foam cushions. And my tickets came in a week or so after others on the blog reported receiving their tickets. Yes, it is possible the AD poneyed up major money to have the slick booklets reprinted in a few days time, but it seems more likely someone goofed.
Also, the revised policy was issued in less than 24 hours. Normally the DB trial balloons have a half life longer than that.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||So, it's not just the students.||
I'm old enough that I understand your third bullet point completely. I have had season tickets since my freshman year. I bought them for 11 years when I lived in Minnesota, even though I only made it to a couple of games a year. I bought season tickets because the enjoyment of being at the game, the fans, the band, the tailgates, were all far better than watching the game on TV.
But, the relentless pressure from the athletic department to squeeze every nickle from the fans so they can build indoor rowing facilities, plus the added security hassles each year, plus the advent of HDTV noted above, combined with all the traditional hassles of long lines to the bathrooms, traffic before and after the game, etc. have greatly diminished the enjoyment of being at the game and increased the attractiveness of staying home and watching it on TV.
The one day seat cushion ban that wasn't (last month) forced me, once again, to ask why I lay out close to $2K for four season tickets. The answer, to this point, is that I would really miss seeing and hearing the band, I would miss the chance to bring my granddaughter to one or two of the exhibition (non-cpnference) games, and perhaps I would miss tailgating. So I'll probably keep buying, for a while.
But eventually I won't, as age and inconvenience win out over nearly 50 years of enthusiasm. Will my son, also an alum, pick up my tickets? Neither of us knows.
And that's the issue facing the athletic department. The wait list for season tickets is gone. Dave Brandon hires marketing "experts" to generate "game day excitement" like canned music, rocket men and flyovers, but the number of people buying, students and non-students, continues to decline.
I suspect by next year there will regularly be empty spaces in several areas of the stadium, not just the student section.
|49 weeks 4 days ago||Next Year||
Blankets are still allowed, so next year it will be blankets. Then they will set up blanket rental booths so you can rent a blanket for a game if it gets cold.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||Check with the Umpire||
I believe the center will check with the umpire before the first snap of the game to make sure he's OK with adjusting the ball (rotate to align laces, etc.). Then he's good to go for the rest of the game.
Has anyone looked at the PSU offense to see what adjustments their center made when he approached the ball?
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Too Much Emotion?||
I would submit that part of our problem on Saturday, particularly with Denard's first two interceptions, was playing with too much emotion, trying to force plays that were not there. Football is a funny game, where being too "up" is as bad as being too flat.
And, of course, learing to control the "up" comes with experience. Hopefully we learned from that last week and will be able to play within the system next week.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||John Pollack||
About a month ago I had a similar conversation with someone from the Michigan School of Architecture (not a student.) Similar comments as Mr. Pollack, plus a couple new ones like "It doesn't fit in with the neighborhood." (What?) And a general distain for anything made of brick, which was too boring. Of course, he hadn't been to a game in years, didn't know much about football and didn't seem to be aware that the Athletic Department had a whole bunch of new buildings of similar style spread acorss the south end of the main campus.
The best approach for Mr. Pollack and is ilk is to ignore them. They will go away, or more correctly find another big project (that they didn't design) to attack.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Club Seats||
I toured the suites and club seats when they had the open house. The suites were very nice in terms of amenities, luxury, what have you, but they are still suites, not really different from suites at any of a number of other venues. If that's the way I want to watch a Michigan game I will stay home and watch on my TV.
But the club seats were great. Once I hit the lottery (it will take a while, since I don't buy tickets) that's where I would spend some money. Wonderful sight lines, sheltered from the worst of the weather but still out in the weather, and comfortable seats. Glad to hear the folks in the seats were yelling like the rest of us.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Tate||
A point of clarification. In the first half, Tate had the headphones on and was signaling in plays. That's the job of the third string QB. So it was no big shock to him that we didn't go in when Denard when down. With Denard out, Tate became the second string. Jack Kennedy then put on the headphones and Tate was warming up.
Jack Kennedy kept the headphones the rest of the game, my guess is the coaches wanted him to get some time signaling plays since he may need to it again this season. At that point all Tate could do is watch, with TV cameras poking in his face. If it were me I would want to deck a camera man. Instead, he put a towel around his face. Not the best option, but a whgole lot better than belting someone.
Thanks to TomVH for an excellent job. Tate will stay, Tate will play, and at some point he and we will be very glad he's here.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||It will always be THE GAME to me.||
Dave Brandon and I are the same age, class of 1974. For me, and I'm sure for him, OSU will always be the most important game of the year. Mr. Brandon is a very smart guy, but in this case I think he has let his personal viewpoint interfere with his analytical ability.
KSmooth is correct, as time passes and a greater portion of the general population doesn't know if it was Bo or Woody who coached Michigan, the OSU game will just be another contest between two good programs.
"The Victors" was written after a stirring Michigan victory. Michigan fans know the opponent was the University of Chicago. Most of the rest of the college football world doesn't know and doesn't care. Rivals change, or in the case of Chicago, go away. Rivalies must be important or eventually they just become another game.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||Very Few Audibles||
One of the most striking things about that game is the pace from breaking the huddle till the ball is snapped. Not much reading the defense and adjusting, it's nearly all "Here we come, try and stop us." Of course some of this is the number of option plays called and run. But a lot of it is a simpler playbook and an emphasis on execution.
The game has changed.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Never Mind the AD||
Here are e-mail addresses for Mary Sue Coleman and each regent. http://www.regents.umich.edu/about/regents.html Suggest you devote most your energies there. They were the ones that killed off naming rights to the Ohio State game a few years ago.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Water Bottles at Michigan Stadium||
With 70 or so responses to this string most of the points have been covered. But a couple of items:
Free water - 20 drinking fountains and 48 concession stands is not enough for 109,000 people. That's 68 locations, or 1,600 people per location. No matter what assumptions you make about the number of people needing water and how long it takes for them to get their 9 oz. glass, there is simply not enough time from gates open till end of the game to take care of everyone who needs water on a 90 degree day.
Security - If anyone ever decides to do something horrible at a major sporting event, it will not be on a hot day when the fans are wearing shorts, t-shirts and not much else. Instead, it will be on a cold, rainy, windy day when everyone is dressed for the weather, including ponchoes and heavy coats. Never mind a water bottle, on a rainy day in October you could bring in an AK-47 without anyone noticing. Banning water bottles in the name of security is nonsense.
Done Deal? - Remember when Michigan and Ohio State announced naming rights for the game? That decision was changed after a major outpouring of rage from fans and alums. The same thing can happen here if we keep up the pressure. Never mind complaining to the athletic department, they've made their decision. The complaints need to go to Mary Sue Colemen and the regents. Don't give up, it's not over yet!
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Big 10 Reputation||
I guess I don't agree that the Big 10 falls in the category of Undecided.
One result of the Big 10 expansion "study" that a lot of people are not looking at is the major change in attitude toward the league itself. When the possibility of expansion was first discussed the general reaction seemed to be "Why would another school want to join the Big 10?" Then people started looking a little deeper and all of a sudden it was "Holly Cats the Big 10 is paying out $20 million per member and is making more than the SEC! I'd like a piece of that action!"
Since this is the United States, where "Who makes the big bucks?" is at least as important as who won the most bowl games, the public view of the Big 10 has changed from Rust Belt Has Been to Big Dog Dollar Machine. And that would have happened even if they didn't add Nebraska.
I'd say the Big 10 comes out a Winner.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||SEC Expansion||
Remember, the SEC just signed their new TV contract with ABC/ESPN and don't have their own network. So there is no real financial incentive to expand, in fact, expansion would seem to dilute the per school payout, which like the Big 10 is distributed evenly.
That's why I don't understand the Texas A&M move to the SEC story, there's lots of benefits to T&M, but where's the payout for the SEC? I think it's just A&M trying to leverage Texas for a few bucks. I guess we'll find out in a day or two.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||I agree with you and Bo, but...||
I am no fan of ND, not by a mile. But, if they will join the Big 10 as an equal, they bring a lot to the party in terms of eyeballs, and thus dollars for the BTN and the next TV contract. ND, as an equal, no special deals, has to be the ultimate goal for the Big 10.
The question becomes how to make that happen. One option is to raid the Big East, take a couple of teams to increase BTN footprint and destroy the remainer of the Big East, leaving ND truely independent. This is a bit of a risk, and also makes the Big 10 look like the bad guy, which is something we avoided in the case of the Big 12 and Nebraska.
The other is to bide our time, wait for the Big East to boot ND (highly unlikey) or for the ACC to begin poaching Big East members.
My guess is the Big 10 plays the waiting game. We have a really nice 12 team conference right now, with a playoff to keep Joe Pa happy. We can afford to wait.
|4 years 7 weeks ago||Remote Announcers?||
So I'm curious, does the BTN do games where the announcers are somewhere in a studio, not actually in the press box? Or was it just my suspicious nature?
|4 years 7 weeks ago||Softball on B10 Today||
A few others commented on lack of crowd noise. I don't think the announcers were at the game, I think they were doing a play by play from a studio someplace, based on what was shown on the screen. I called my sister, who was at the game and sitting near the press box, described the two announcers (suits, white shirt on him with a tie) and there was no one in the press box fitting their descriptions. Then late in the came there was a checked swing appeal and he said they would have to wait for the ruling, whereas if he was anywhere near the field they would be able to see the third base umpire make the call.
I guess the decision to put the game on the BTN was a last minute deal, since they could not be sure that Michigan, the only Big 10 team in the regional, would be playing today unit they beat Notre Dame yesterday.
I'm glad they put it on TV, but wish they had spent a few more dollars to fly someone to Ann Arbor.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||2nd Vote for Michigan Union||
Family friends had the wedding and reception at the Union, up on the second floor. Not a large space, maybe enough for 100 people. I hadn't been in the Union in a while and was plesently surprised. Food was fine, atmosphere was great. Worth checking out.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||Free Press Reader Numbers?||
Is there anyone out there with access to Free Press readership data? The information is compiled and provided to advertisers and their agencies. Someone in the MGoBlog world must be able to get their hands on the numbers. I'm sure that readership is declining, along with lots of other things in southeast Michigan, but how is the Free Press doing versus the News, or the Oakland Press?
It sure would be nice to know if the six month boycott of the Free Press was having any measurable impact.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Try the Detroit News||
Try this link, much more balanced and gives you what you need to know.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||A Little Bit Different Point of View||
I am a Michigan alum who chose Michigan for both athletics and academics. The 1969 OSU game had a big impact on deciding that I would go to Michigan and not Michigan Tech, where I probably could have played football.
I am now retired, living in Ann Arbor, where many of my neighbors are current or former professors or administrators. What is interesting to me is that my neighbors have no idea how important athletics are to many of their students, or how much impact athletic success has toward recruiting students. They are kind of embarrassed about the entire sports program, talk fondly about former President Duderstadt, who was pretty negative about college athletics, and are convinced that it is their professorial excellence that makes Michigan what it is.
Fortunately, Mary Sue Coleman "gets it." She understands the importance of athletic excellence as part of the overall mix.
|4 years 36 weeks ago||Glass is Half Full||
You are obviously a glass is half full kind of guy. I like that, I try to be like that, and one of the reasons I love this blog is that same kind of thinking.
But, man, sometimes it's tough to be that way. Four plays from inside the one is bad. And three of those were the same play, with the fourth the same to the other side, but with Minor instead of Brown. Where was the quick pitch, the option read, the tight end pass? Where was Denard, maybe even a sneak? What's that definition of insanity?
I'll feel better tomorrow. I've seen a few games like this in 39 years and I know "This too shall pass."
My glass is half full. But it was a lot fuller a month ago.
|4 years 38 weeks ago||Reduction in Canned Music?||
Was it my imagination or was there a significant reduction in canned music this week? I'm not even sure I heard "Sweet Caroline!" Or was I just so focused on the fact that Jack Kennedy had a chance to get on the field that I blocked out everything else?
|4 years 41 weeks ago||Name Change?||
Do you think we could get him to change his name? Add an N and he would be Wil Hangerup. Is that a great name for a punter, or what?
|4 years 42 weeks ago||And it took 3 tries||
And it took him three tries to get Rich Rod.
Martin's management of facilities and finances* has been very good. The new stadium design is exceptional, and it looks like he's going to get everything sold, somewhat to my surprise.
His PR skills need some work: "We don't think we're doing anything wrong, but we're going to investigate" and "I didn't know, but now I do, so now I'm concerned." (Those are not direct quotes, but they are pretty accurate in terms of context.)
And I think Mary Sue Coleman gets a lot of credit for landing Rich Rod. I really hope she doesn't get the NCAA job, we really don't need the turmoil.
*Edit - And let's remember he was brought in to solve the financial issues, when he did exceptionally well.
|4 years 42 weeks ago||Thanks for the info||
So they have time to show the names and faces, but not time for Carl to say their names? I guess I don't quite follow that logic.
I hope there is no ulterior motive, like getting rid of Carl and replacing him with a screaming homer. Anyone who has been to Minnesota or Northwestern knows that would be awful.
|4 years 42 weeks ago||Sorry I missed the earlier post||
Sorry I missed the earlier post. As you say, no one seems to have an answer. We can rule out technical problems, since it's been that way for 3 weeks now, we can rule out concern that Rich Rod would get booed. I guess they want to do it this way, but I still wonder why.
|4 years 42 weeks ago||Mortgage Liens||
Mortgage and other loan liens are public records, available to anyone who takes the time to look at them. I suspect this reporter got an idea to look these up and came to an editor with the "hot" story. In contrast to what happened at the Free Press, someone at the News made sure all angles were covered, including contacting a credible third party expert (who told them it was not that big a deal) as well as talking to the bank, which then disclosed the fact that most of the loans have been re-sold.
You can legitimately question why the story was run at all, but you must admit that it was written in a pretty objective manner, at least for a newspaper.
|4 years 42 weeks ago||Offense UFR and Defense UFR||
So, as I understand the analysis, we have an offense that cannot be stopped (give or take a few freshman mistakes) and a defense that cannot stop others (give or take a few good players and some lousy play calls by opposing coaches.) Is this how everyone else understands it?
So, for the rest of the season we need to be prepared for 6-8 lead changes per game and make sure we always bet the over on total points scored.
Sounds like fun, particularly compared to last year.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||UberSchadenfreude||
UberSchadenfreude pretty well says it all, taking maximum delight in the misfortunes of others.
Although I have to admit I like Rivalpocalypse too.