the season has truly begun now
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- 2 years 28 weeks
|16 hours 59 min ago||CJK5H||
Or did Freeze fake it?
|3 days 5 hours ago||I have 2 kids||
I started taking them to games at age 4. They are now 9 and 11 and a highlight of the year is Saturday football in AA.
They usually go to 1-2 games with me and the Mrs.
The remaining games I go with my buddies.
I used to enjoy the games with my friends more than with the kids but I tell you - as they get older (especially that past 2 years), those family Saturdays in AA are almost magical.
My point is - it's never too early to start traditions and memories like those you will be making with your son. I congratulate you.
|18 weeks 12 hours ago||Tickets||
I donated to the University this year -but not the Athletic Department.
This year I pocketed my PSD and bought a new TV.
I don't know if I will be going back - maybe just 1-2 games a year and I'll purchase the tickets on gameday or Stub Hub.
My loyalty to my school and its FB team is not correlated to the number of season tickets I buy and the number of years I buy them.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||You are correct||
You do need to pay the $500 "donation" to get back on the list for tickets but if you had already accumulated points, you would have those points applied to you account once it is reactivated.. You would have to reapply for season tickets but should you have enough points previous, your order in rises
For example, let's say you give up your tickets but you have 100 priority points. When you go to reapply for season tickets, you pay the $500 and go on the list. But, your 100 points is still there so you move up the list w.r.t. getting first crack at the available season tickets versus the person who just started donating to the AD.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||From the Department Website re. Priority Points||
Points are assigned as follows:
Line #2 - OK - I get it that it's 1/10 as valuable as a gift directly to the AD, but It still counts.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||You maybe right||
You may be right. I still plan on supoprting/donating to the school but not to the athletic department. Hopefully those donations keep my points active.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||Not Renewing||
It pains me since allot of the people who sit around me have been there for 15+ years in the same seats and we have gotten to know everyone very well.
They are good seats - I have 4 tickets, 2 and 2 with both sets on an aisle so I've always got great leg room. That's the only thing that's been keeping me from not cancelling 4+ years ago. That and the feeling in my stomach that I am abandoning the school and the players.
I do not like the direction the football program is heading nor am I happy with our beloved AD. The only way I can truly protest is to withhold my donation. I'll take my chances with StubHub. Who knows? Maybe I'll buy my old seats back and 1/2 the price.
FYI - when I called the ticket office about renewal they told me this. If you do not renew you still keep your points - they are not lost. If you have enough - chances are you will be able to get right back into the season ticket holder line without waiting.
I'm hopng things change and change soon.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||I have one other question re. Blake Bars||
I see him on the side lines but is he ever going to crack the 2 deep? Seem slike a nice kid and I would like to se him play. Any idea on how he is stacking up w.r.t. the depth chart?
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Dymonte Thomas ?||
I don't see him on your list. Is this an accident or is there something more you've seen that I am missing? Just curious.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||Not at all - but I am confused now....||
All yesterday did for me was show that the talent and grit are there to compete. The difference was that yesterday the kids were put in a position to succeed (or so it seemed to me).
Can someone please explain to me why the vast improvement between the 2 weeks? Seriously - it was like a completely different team.
I sat surrounded by Buckeye fans yesterday and quite a few of them were mumbling that next year our team could be scary good if they keep playing like they did.
I had to agree. Pay like they did yesterday and they are going to be very good - the million dollar question is what's holding them back? Seriously - without any snark can someone please tell me what happened to make yesterday's game so much more competitive?
|39 weeks 2 days ago||I never grew up hating OSU||
Being from Canada, the whole rival hate thing was never experienced until I started college. Even then, I never hated them b/c that was the Cooper years and we won.
Then the Tressell era started. I began to resent the losses. It culminated for me in 2009 when I sat in a sea of Red and listened to those OSU fans chant in our house.
That is when I finally learned to dislike Ohio State - not the school, but that fan base that feeds it's lying, cheating big business sports machine.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||I am Canadian and I was able to claim my PSD last year.||
It was the first year I could. If I'm wrong I'll just blame TurboTax.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||I said stash the pitchforks and torches until January.....||
|42 weeks 1 day ago||MGrowOld - I feel how you feel.||
But as soon as I think of not renewing my tickets, I suddenly feel guilty of even thinking that. Maybe I still cling to the hope that these problems will work out (however that will happen). I see firsthand how somebody can struggle with an idea, a concept, a move, a play and then suddenly the light clicks on and he gets it.
I must remind myself that these are still teenagers/young men doing something at a high level that I could never achieve and they are being led by a staff much more versed in their craft than I will ever be.
Although I like certain individuals on the team, I do not cheer for Michigan because of them. I (and I'd dare say we) cheer for Michigan because it is our school and the collective experiences that team represents. In my messed up rationale, giving up my tickets seems akin to turning my back on the school and I cannot do that just yet. Call me a lemming if you want.
I still enjoy game day when they are at home but watching them on TV has become an unhappy experience in our household.
I want to see improvement from this team and some indication that they are moving forward collectively. Even though my heart want results now – my head willing to be patient wait a little longer to see the expected results come to fruition. What’s eating at me is that there are no indicators showing me that we are moving in that direction. That is what worries me the most. A few individual outliers may exist on both sides of the ball but that does not make a trend.
I had posted at another place that the MSU game would not be a turning point but in my mind – this season would be. I still believe that. There are another 5 games to go in this season. I will wait until the bowl game is over and look at the entire season’s body of work before I decide whether to ask for change sooner than later.
I suggest we all collectively stash the pitchforks and torches until January and then we can pull them out then. There is still football left to play.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks for asking||
Stewie is doing quiite fine - better than us.
Seems his time machine has malfunctioned and he is stuck in January 2, 2008. He's very happy about the Capital One bowl win over the Fighting Tebows of Florida.
Brian tells me he really has high hopes for this Rodriguez guy from WVU. He thinks he is the shot in the arm this program needs.
I haven't had the heart to break it to him yet....
I fear the day when he gets it fixed and returns to our present. Things could get ugly in the Griffin household.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||I jumped the shark when I started to post||
I have been reading this blog for 6+ years and I only started posting a couple of months ago. Now I regret it. No one care about my thoughts or e-pinions - they just want me to approve of theirs. Plus many times they are better at putting thought to post than I ever will…
I think the blog content is still top notch and the comments (though I may disagree with many of them), are often informative and many times downright hilarious.
Everyone just needs to take the comments, posts et al with a grain of salt.
FWIW, I feel the board has become more jaded, divisive and combative but that comes with the territory with anything like this. It’s a victim of its own success. Once something becomes popular with the masses - it always changes and often times not for the better. Think about any other media or social outlets and how they have changed (many times for the worse) over time as more and more people (and their personalities) have become involved in them.
It's a fine line the staff has to walk between keeping things civil amongst the masses without stifling the free exchange of ideas and opinions. I personally think they have done a good job given their resources and the circumstances.
It will get better with time. I have faith in this blog's readership. The pendulum will swing the other direction and eventually equilibrium will be achieved. In the meantime, sit back and enjoy the conversations!
|42 weeks 4 days ago||I do not see this game as a turing point||
But this season is the turning point.
I support the team and the program but I rapidly losing faith in the staff. I cannot get my head around how poorly prepared that team has looked this year. To me, they look scared for the first half of the game and then defeated the during the second half.
Like the saying goes: talk is cheap - but action is expensive, There has been enough talk out of AA about the team and what they are going to do - but very little action to back it up.
Let's see how they do next week. Maybe this 3rd wake up call of a game will finally have the team ready to win in a convincing manner.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||This thread is asking for trouble||
Yes - Devin is a QB - our QB. Support him.He is in s system running plays that do not work and lining up behind a line that is not developing at all.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||If I am off - that does not||
If I am off - that does not make me feel any better.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||You know that depends...||
There are many factors that affect a player development, both internal and external to the player. Developing a player is not like baking a cake - you can't say after so much time the player is "done' or "developed".
There is no timeline for development. No player is ever developed. As long as you play the game, you develop as a player.
That is why all teams - even pro teams loaded with veterans still practice.
Ask these questions instead:
Is this staff maximizing the potential from these players that could/should be expected?
Knowing where the players lie on their development plans, are we providing them the opportunity to individually succeed on the field?
Are we planning games based on these factors so that we can still succeed on the field?
Those are the bigger questions I feel need to be asked.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||This Team is Like Building a House||
I'll try my best at an analogy. Bear with me please.
I just had a new home built this summer. Picked a reputed general contractor who talked a great game. Had sub contractors lined up to do the work for him that all came highly recommended with impeccable references. He used nothing but the best materials and best drawings.
What a clusterf**k. I'd go to the job site and find contractors tripping over each other, one group blaming another for the issues I would find - and there was the GC over in the corner with a bewildered look on his face. One sub would do something just to have it undone b/c another sub had to get in that same are to do their work. Every sub was so busy concentrating on his portion of the build they would ignore the other subs and their workload/requirements. They all worked beside each other without someone in charge stepping back and looking at the situation as a whole.
I see this team like my house was built. We are working with some of the best raw materials you can get but as long as the general isn't making sure his subs are all rowing in the same direction and working together, it’s just a big discombobulated mess. I see it on TV and in person.
Like it or not – the most successful HCs tend to be the most involved in every aspect of the team – almost bordering on control freak levels – but as I said - on all levels and aspects of the team. Brady needs to be involved in every aspect of the team; not only one and I feel that is not happening.
That why it annoys me when I see Brady pick up the headset only when we are in trouble. Stay on top of the situation from the start and maybe we wouldn't need those head set moments to begin with.
Personally, I do not like the fact Brady coaches the DL. I do not expect my GC to swing a hammer and I do not want my HC coaching a position – it means his time an attention is not being spent on the team as a whole. Hire someone competent to do that work for you and ensure he is doing it right – that is your job as a HC.
I think that is why we have not improved as the season has worn on. Brady and Co. had all summer to plan and prepare for the first couple of games. So – the result is we performed well in the first couple of games since we acted like a cohesive group.
But now – once the schedule has become increasingly fast paced and the turnaround between games is compressed, Brady cedes too much autonomy to his coaching staff to prepare for the upcoming games as they see fit. They in turn look at the micro level versus the macro. I watch the team and it seems the coaches and coordinators are all working from their own set of ideas of what they feel they need to do and/or accomplish.
This is not a formula for success long term.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||If we lose - I will be||
If we lose - I will be concerned.
As posted earlier, coaches elsewhere have done more with less in a shorter amount of time. I am a patient man but I am growing a little weary of the "just wait - you'll see" posts.
If this staff and program is as good as everyone claims/hopes on this website, then Brady and company better win on Saturday.
Same goes with the players. We have the talent and the team has the resources to be successful.
Another road loss, no matter how it occurs is another data point in a trend I do not like to see.
No excuses - no wait until next year chatter. There has been enough time to develop both the players and game plan to win on Saturday.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||RCMB Meltdown||
It's realy not that bad - nothing out of the ordinary. They are accusing us of negative recruiting, paying our players, Brady Hoke is a fat slob, something is in the water, yada, yada, yada - everything you'd expect from them.
A typical Spartan Saturday - feeling bad about their lives and crying into their bottles of Faygo.
On a brighter note - welcome to the family Mr Marshall. It is always good to grab a great talent from within the state. You will have a very successful time in AA.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Road House||
Road House I exclaimed