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|6 hours 57 min ago||That awful Minnesota game||
I'll never forgive Brandon and Hoke for that nadir in the history of UM football. The only benefit is I left right before the Morris injury, so I don't have an actual, physical memory of that disaster scarring me for life.
That said, I didn't have to sit in a 29-hour (!) meeting afterwards, so I won two times, I guess.
|7 hours 4 min ago||Comcast will make money a different way...||
... specifically on theme parks (they've literally recently invested billions) and internet services (you've got access, Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, YouTube, etc in HD some way). They'll also make money on TV, but not as much as before.
For ESPN, you're not typical. Literally, you (and the rest of the readers on a U of M sports blog) are a small minority, perhaps 10-20% of the cable audience. It's not just grandma's -- the vast majority of the U.S. population don't care enough about sports to pay anything close to $360/year for it. They'll find that ridiculous to even consider.
Look at how far ESPN is down this list:
ESPN is in a bad spot - they've overpaid for talent (which is why there have been so many reccent firings) and for media rights (though, like a junkie, they can't quit it; they don't yet know any other way) and they can see the wave coming to crash down on them. Disney (their parent) doesn't own the pipes (like Comcast) or the airwaves (like AT&T or Verizon).
They're plenty smart, but unbundling is the death of ESPN's current model (pay huge rights for all sports; pass on costs to customers. Repeat). They'll need to find a new one.
|10 hours 14 min ago||Why are UM b-ball tix so expensive for those crap games?||
I'm guessing for 2015, as individual tix don't go on sale for a couple months, but the past few years when UM plays a patsy or three in December, tickets are *never* cheap. I can't believe even 10,000 people want to go see U of M play Youngstown State or Bryant, but when you go to StubHub, you very rarely see tix lower than $20/seat, and usually they are much more than that.
Is there some other way to get cheap tickets to these b-ball games that I'm missing, online or in person? I've even tried scalpers on the street a couple times, and found them to be high priced as well. Then I watch the game on TV and it looks 2/3 full.
I don't get it.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Small correction - that's not a library||
Not that I want to disagree with a very large young man who I'm glad is going to go to U of M, but there's no Rackham "Library" -- it's just the Rackham "Building". It's essentially for grad student services (e.g., admissions) and has a bunch of study rooms, etc.
|6 days 9 hours ago||Why would that be enough for some people?||
I'll bet if you asked 100 casual fans and asked, "Did the Patriots use inflated footballs in their Super Bowl win?" a high percentage would say "Yes." They have no idea what actually did or didn't happen, in large part due to the ineptness and leaking of false info by Roger G and the NFL.
The Patriots (led by an all-time great game by Brady) beat an all-time great defense in the Super Bowl when there were *zero* questions about inflated footballs. Yet people are still up in arms about an issue that wasn't important to them, or the NFL, for 99.9% of its history. But here we are today, talking about this *again*!
So even if Brady personally has Bill Nye the Science Guy weigh footballs, in public, before every possession this season, while leading them to a 19-0 record and throwing for 6,000 yards, people will still believe this stupid issue is somehow relevant.
|1 week 10 hours ago||Nice call back, but not handled the same||
- First, it's Shonte Peoples
- Second, when he fired his gun at those people (who I believe he thought were car thieves, but were really cops), he didn't play a game after that. It was in Feb or Mar of 1994, and he didn't play in the fall of 1994 -- not sure if that's b/c he had already left for the pros or was kicked off the team. I think it was the former, but not sure.
- Finally, I did a quick Googling, and it seems he has turned his life around (though he doesn't have much good to say about Lloyd, FWIW)
|3 weeks 1 day ago||To be fair, he didn't say "most newspapers"||
...Zell specifically decimated the Tribune Company, which ran the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times.
While pretty much every major newspaper has had big, big challenges, the NYT, Wash Post, and WSJ etc have weathered them far better than the Tribune or LAT (who went bankrupt b/c of Zell's financial machinations and loading them up in debt in an LBO).
He's been sued by employees b/c he used their retirement money (illegally) to fund the deal, and he's been pursued by the IRS b/c he structured the deals to "avoid" paying taxes. To top that off, both those papers (and in particular the Tribune) are nothing close to as good as they were, and are now far behind the other papers I mentioned, particularly digitally.
I could go on, including the sexual harrassment by managers he brought in, but you get the idea; there were more than "management issues traced to his ownership."
|4 weeks 4 days ago||He needs to consistently be more consistent in his consistency||
I love recruiting write-ups. Rivals: "...consistently dominating on the field is something he needs to show more consistently."
I'm sure he'll get right on that, soon, when he can.
Welcome, Mr. Hawkins.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Map geek here: Warner Bros left off Hilton Head, etc||
Yes, SC is north of Georgia, but if you look at the map, the state of Georgia is mis-shapen -- it doesn't go that far east at the top part of the map.
Essentially, Google the border for Savannah and Hilton Head and compare that map to Bugs' map. His map should have had a bit of SC in the eastern part.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||He was forced to leave after a whopping one semester||
...or go on medical scholarship. Either way, that freed up his scholarship for the 2015 class (and beyond).
What is so hard about this? Are you saying the scholarship Dean would have had is left unused by the Buckeyes for the 4 years he would have been there? Getting rid of Dean allowed that scholarship to be used on another player.
Again, Meyer certainly may have cut him b/c Meyer believes, medically, it's the right thing to do. But there is no doubt they had a use for his scholarship. We don't know that for Pipkins.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||That's still a difference||
It's simple. They didn't give a scholly to Dean. They then used that scholly for someone else (who will likely have it for the next four years, instead of Dean).
For Pipkins, there is (right now) no "someone else." He also only had only one year left.
I'm not even asserting what Meyer or Harbaugh did was wrong. I'm just point out the difference.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Facts aren't similar||
The huge difference is does UM need the scholarship? For the "school to the southeast" it was a situation with a (potential) new enrollee, so giving him (or not) a scholarship made a difference. They needed the scholarship (whether that impacted their decision or not, is another question).
For Pipkins, we don't have any evidence that they needed the scholarship this year (the only year it mattered). As noted in the article, Pipkins will count towards the 85 limit (unlike the other situation) and he will only count for this year, when (as far as we know) UM is not at the limit.
Maybe that fact will change and we'll find out a month from now that UM does need to get under the limit for 2015. But that isn't a "fact" right now, from all the best info we have.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Pro Tip: Don't Google "Ron Johnson"||
The top links are all about an Senator from Wisconsin angry about the Health Care ruling.
For *our* Ron Johnson, welcome aboard.
EDIT: OK, I googled the right Ron Johnson (football). His offer list may be literally the most impressive UM has had in, like, forever. Some should do a diary on it.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Seeing a Kyrie has been||
Seeing a Kyrie has been injured every year of his (short) college and professional life, I think a backup PG in Cleveland is quite necessary.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Not surprised -- also this is not OT||
Anything to do with a UM player, former or otherwise, is on topic.
Regarding the news item, this is not surprising. Trey, unfortunately, did not improve last year. I hope he can get on a roster and find a role and up his game (e.g., improve his 3-pt shooting; his defense). Perhaps he can get on a team which already has enough scorers and Trey can settle in as a high assist, low turnover PG who can get you a burst of points occasionally.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Not zombie enough. That||
Not zombie enough. That Louisville bird looks like it should be on the Walking Dead.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Sure it wasn't their vaunted||
Sure it wasn't their vaunted Civil Engineering dept?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks to everyone for their responses||
My point is simple: when rankings get compiled and our class gets ranked (which a huge portion of MGoblog cares about, understandably), he'll go down as a 3-star. Which, again, is great for a kicker.
I think an argument can be made that 24/7, Rivals, etc underrate the importance of kickers (hence why 3-stars is the max, as they're seen as fairly interchangeable), but that's not what they do now.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||"...a 5 star kicking prospect"?||
This kid is very highly rated, but the OP should not get carried away. No kicker gets 4 stars, let alone 5.
He is a 3-star prospect, which is fantastic for a kicker. I hope we can get him.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Nobody knows anything.||
True for Hollywood. True for recruiting. True for life.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||The Extreme!|
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Perhaps he was channeling Billy the Kid|
|6 weeks 5 days ago||test|
|6 weeks 5 days ago||To be fair, he only went there one year||
That one year is quite valuable to the UT golf brand, of course, but it's interesting that UT emphasizes him going there and there's a huge story in today's NY Times "Golf's Golden Droout".
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Well...sounds like it will be||
Well...sounds like it will be easy to get cheap tickets, at least.
What a dog of a schedule. It's depressing how much UM Hockey has fallen the past 3 years.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||My parking two cents - three steps toward the door||
As others have mentioned, getting into/out of the parking lot can be real pain. As I've attended 30-40 shows there, here's my super secret plan:
- Look online at the set lists for previous shows. See if the band has a sure-fire "show's over" closer (e.g., perhaps it's Chop Suey). Then, when that song comes on, I get out of my seat (if in Pavillion) / walk down the hill (Lawn) and start walking, slowly, towards the exit. I'm still watching the show, but I'm on the move.
- Then, many bands play a 30-120 seconds long "Thank you, good night!" type jam at the end, take their bows, etc. Once I get the sense that's happening, I'm walking out of DTE like my hair is on fire. I'm serious -- walk like you're in the Olympics.
- Of course, you can skip the last song entirely (I've only done this once). Maybe you're sick of a certain song, who knows?
If you do any of this, even though it only shaves 2-3 minutes off the show, it can save you 20-40 minutes of waiting.
...and if you don't mind waiting and/or really want to see the whole show until they turn the lights on, that's completely fine. Just realize you're likely going to be stuck for 30-45 minutes. Sometimes the last song is worth it, sometimes not.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||What's up with Dartmouth? Do they have a private plane?||
This may have been covered somewhere else, but I recall when discussing one of the S CA swarm dates, the schools were local (e.g., USC, San Diego) and then Dartmouth. Now, I click on that article about the Miami camp and the schools are FIU, FAU, USF and...Dartmouth.
Is there like one coach who's just going to all the camps and has hitched a ride on the UM plane, or what? Or did someone have 100,000 frequent flyer miles that were expiring and decided to burn them? Lot of travel for a 1-AA school.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||One of my all-time faves, who wouldn't fly today||
...and not just b/c he's a rooster.
Can you imagine a cartoon for kids being released today where the main character goes around talking like a stereotypical southerner, berating others and telling them to "straighten up" and regularly (w/o provocation) whoops dogs and others over the head/on the behind with a large piece of wood?
The internet would be in an uproar.
He's still hilarious though, for kids and adults. His verbal patter is unmatched, even by Bugs.
|8 weeks 12 hours ago||Dick Vital?||
I think that was the name for the bassist in either The Cramps or The Dead Kennedys.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||What a great 10+ years of men's tennis||
From the start of Federer's reign (and he's not quite done, though he may never win another slam; I just can't believe he's world #2 this late in his career), to Nadal, to Novak, to Murray and now Stan, the level of men's play has just been great.
Glad Stan has kept working all these years, improved his game, and now is firmly in the top echelon. He may win one or two more French Opens, assuming Nadal is on the decline (as it appears) and Novak can't get over this hump.