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|3 days 20 hours ago||TV and arenas rules all||
You forgot we are playing in the "Progessive Legends Classic" and that there is a "Consolation Game" that has to occur beforehand at the Barclays Center, which is putting on this shindig. That's at 7:30pm on ESPNU, with our game to follow at 10pm on the Deuce.
|6 days 9 hours ago||This shows the depth of the problem||
It's the huge canary in the coal mine. MSU football for the past ~4 years has been as successful as they could have ever hoped. Yet, they still don't sell out most games. Heck, these $3.50 tickets were available earlier this week, so it's not just a "gameday dump" thing -- there are/were literally hundreds of tickets available for less than $10.
And I'm not sure how they're going to fix it -- they've overexpanded the conference, overbuilt their facilities and are completely beholden to TV contracts.
|6 days 9 hours ago||The leagues are going to have to look at it||
The timeouts are terrible. I recently went to a HS game (playoff) for the first time in years. Of course, there were no TV timeouts and it was a *much* better experience.
Now, I'm not expecting that for Div-1 football, but they've got to figure out a way to get the games to being about 3 hours. As it is now, if a game is competitive, 4 hours is more the case. And if that means there is 5-10% less ad "inventory" and thus 5-10% less money, they will have to figure out a way to make do. With pretty much every Power 5 school planning on spending literally hundreds of millions to expand their empires, they've got plenty of fat to cut.
|6 days 9 hours ago||Low stakes, low quality & bad weather equals low price||
Except for OSU the last few weeks and perhaps Wisconsin's running game, have you watched a single B1G game this year and thought, "Whoa, those guys are really good?" I know we joke about B1G football as two walruses smacking into each other, but the reality isn't a lot different these days. The skill players exist in small numbers.
I mean, if I wasn't a UM fan, I'd much rather watch Arizona-Utah (two ranked teams with good offenses that are still vying for a div title) than UM-Maryland (two thoroughly mediocre teams playing for the right to go to Quicklane Bowl).
Pair that with the fact it's been unseasonably cold for the past week, and most side streets are currently ice rinks (I skidded through one stop sign and also down one driveway this morning -- fun!), who's going to go sit outside and watch UM or MSU play teams 95% of its fans literally don't care about?
|6 days 18 hours ago||There is a time for everyone||
Bobby Bowden was a more successful coach (in his sport) than even Red (seriously, go look at his record from 1987-2000 -- it is unbelievable). But FSU was high-class medicore for a decade b/c he was allowed to hang on to long. They finally eased him out and are back to a dominant program (and if you think that's just because of the Tallhassee police, I'm sure they were lenient on the players in the 2000s just like they are in the 2010s. They difference now is they have good coaching).
The program is floundering. This will very likely be the 3rd straight year w/o a NCAA tourney. It's time to move on.
|1 week 1 day ago||But those are assets that could be claimed in a bankruptcy||
His contract was "monetized" for $15 mil (minuses taxes). Jack has (apparently) over $10 million in debts. If those assets were bought with his money, presumably they could be sold to cover the debts, in part, but it doesn't appear to be the case.
Perhaps his parents, beyond blowing it on travel and houses, just spent much of it on the interest for these loans.
I know, from the story, Jack doesn't want to criminally go after his parents but it's still going to get ugly for his family during the bankruptcy proceedings. Before all that debt is forgiven, a judge and the creditors are going to know what happened to the money that was lent.
|1 week 1 day ago||Ugh||
Sorry to hear that.
|1 week 1 day ago||What did his parents do with the money?||
Why were his parents taking out these multi-million dollar loans at such high interest rates? It says they "traveled" a lot, including to Jack's games, but that couldn't have cost that much unless they were traveling first class every time, staying at the Four Seasons and ordering the lobster tail. Even then, there still seems to be millions unaccounted for. His parents really worked him over.
Sad situation, but brings home an important truth: if you're an adult, trust no one (not your spouse, parents, 'trusted advisor') to solely take care of your money. It's your money - you need to regularly check-in and be involved.
|1 week 2 days ago||Fair enough||
|1 week 2 days ago||Why? Marketing needs to be consistent.||
That has been their slogan for over a decade. It is how they position not just UMHS, but the whole university (i.e., you can go any where to be treated for depression, bipolar disorder or childbirth anxiety. Why should you go here? Because of "The Michigan Difference", i.e., we will do a better job than anyone else.")
And again, if you look at the whole brochure (which is only two pages), you'll see there is nothing confusing about it or implying that the "Michigan Difference" in that it causes or contributes to depression, bipolar disorder, etc.
I like Twitter (use it myself) but this is the kind of silly stuff it leads to. I still maintain there was nothing bad or mistaken about this.
|1 week 2 days ago||Picture of sad painting? Why is that better?||
How is your pamphlet "better" and less "stupid"? A sculpture makes it seem less real -- a photo is more relatable. And your version still has the word "DEPRESSION" with "The Michigan Difference" on it, which a few people (I guess) seem to think makes it seem like UM causes you to be depressed. So how did you "fix" that?
Besides, the pamphlet doesn't just have what you listed; it has "University of Michigan Depression Center" in numerous places. That's the actual name of where you might go to treat it, which is the point of the brochure: letting students/UM employees know that this resource (the building and the website) exists at U of M. Look at the whole 2-page pamphlet -- it's clear.
BTW: Here's another pamphlet on "Bipolar Disorder" -- same layout. There are two pics which, in a tactful way, shows bipolar disorder often manifests itself in teens, but also can affect older people. And your race doesn't matter. It's all pretty standard; nothing real innovative, but nothing stupid or bad either.
|1 week 2 days ago||She must give herself one hour, max, to prep & write her column||
A week ago, she wrote about how the Pistons should "come home" to Detroit, based on the fact that she attended a Pistons game for the first time in years and saw that few people were there (newsflash!) and the crowd wasn't "joyful" (understandable, when you're watching Josh Smith chuck 3-pt bricks).
She literally "doesn't know where the Pistons are in the standings", but thinks they should move downtown, as that would get people to come. Perhaps if she had done 10 minutes of research, she would have seen attendance went into the tank when the team's W-L record also plummeted.
And I don't even like going to the Palace -- too far (for me) and its parking lot is terrible. But if the Pistons were 55 game winners again, people would go to Auburn Hills. And if they are/were 25 game winners, they won't go to downtown Detroit.
It was really embarrassing. I felt dumber for having read it. I hadn't read anything by her in a few months (b/c of previous bad experiences) and I sure am not going to read her "hot take" on Frank Clark.
|1 week 2 days ago||A depression pamphlet for a depression center: bad idea?||
I mean, I get it. We're all "depressed" UM not only is bad at football, but has incompetents in adminstrative positions.
But as someone who has spent a good deal of time in waiting rooms at UMHS, they have pamphlets on every topic; they have for years. I'm sure they make these available at other places around campus. To make the pamphlets clear about what they contain, they tend to have simple titles -- "Depression", "Obesity", "Down's Syndrome", etc -- that are easy to see & identify across a room. They all have "The Michigan Difference" at the bottom. Should all these be changed too, so we (apparently) don't think UM causes obesity? If so, how would you change it? With brochures, simpler is better -- you're trying to catch someone's eye.
It clearly is identified as being for a UM medical center at the top; "The Michigan Difference" is UM's long-standing tagline (e.g., that great ad where they have the girl with the robot arm, the little boy in the tub with the surgey scar on his chest) and is used frequently for UMHS to show how they can help you, http://michigandifference.org.
I understand UM has screwed a lot of things up. But I think this out-of-context "ha ha" is undeserved. I can't see how it was a "bad idea."
|1 week 3 days ago||Bonus points if you know how to correctly pronounce that||
(I didn't until I was reading a children's book to my nephews about the origins of Halloween about 5 years ago)
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I think it's closer to UNC than you think||
First, as noted by Don above, it's not true all you need to get into UM School of MTD is a kick butt performance tape; you need "traditional" academics as well.
Second, regarding UNC: while Brian isn't suggesting the LSA classes they take on the side be UNC-like shams, he is suggesting spending 40 hours at football "is" the education. That is the football players field of study. I'm not sure how much more rigorous it can get -- what "theory" classes would they cover that they aren't now? Honestly, I don't know.
And again -- I'd need to see someone really think through how employers/grad schools/society would value the degree. A football team has close to 100 people on it and there are over 100 FBS schools. There are thousands more playing football in FCS.
Contrast that with the roughly 45 schools of dance with probably 50 students in each school; there aren't more b/c having more the market/society hasn't demanded it. Would there be jobs for those 10,000+ "football" majors? We know the NFL/CFL/etc only takes a fraction. Would accreditating bodies shut down this degree if job placement stats are too low?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||So we should go the North Carolina route?||
Essentially, that's what UNC did. It wasn't accredited and was done on the sly, but those sham academic classes existed b/c the athletes were too busy with football, basketball etc -- in essence, their "real" field of study.
Beyond that, how would future employers (i.e., not the NFL or other football leagues) react to a "BA in Football"? I would assume sales organizations would be excited (as they are already -- athletes are typically self-starters, outgoing, hard working) and a few others, but what would happen if "job placement" was bad? Would a school shut down it's "football department" b/c it's degree wasn't valued, even if they did fine on the field? My guess is they wouldn't.
Additionally, what about the (presumably) thousands of athletes who are more typical students -- who literally go to Michiga to get a (traditional) education? Would they be forced by their coaches to say, "You know, if you really cared about the team, you'd drop this engineering nonsense. That way you could spend more time in the gym"?" For sure, they would. They already feel that pressure now, but I assume it would be immense in the future. I'm not sure I'm OK with that.
Interesting idea, but I'm not sold yet.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I'm in for Stoops. BTW, he's more Bo than Carr||
First, I'm in on your ranking. I literally was thinking that this morning (with the caveat I have both Harbaughs at #1, though I think both are unlikely).
Second, Stoops is more like Bo than Carr, as he has many more Top 10 finishes than Carr. Stoops' problem over the last decade was his 0-5 run in BCS bowls (similar to Bo's tough run in Rose Bowls). Stoops really didn't break it until last year (I'm not counting his win over an 8-3 UConn team in the 2011 Fiesta) when he beat Alabama -- a huge win which must be seen as a fluke or something, b/c it seems to be forgotten when Stoops and Saban/SEC West is brought up.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Those were awful -- "L.A. Steel"||
You couldn't read the numbers and, unlike our Outback Bowl nonsense, that couldn't be blamed on the sun. Additionally, why would UCLA take their traditional unis -- which are classic and signify So Cal with their sky blue and gold colors -- and make them washed out gray? It's the supposed to make them look tough?
As a bonus, the name of the color schem, "L.A. Steel" sounds like it's out of Zoolander.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Yes, I'm rooting for UM the last 3 games with no worries||
I think there are some people who actually afraid to root for UM to win these last 3 games b/c if we do, then Hoke will be retained.
Hoke won't be kept, for the reasons Brian has laid out, so I'm hoping we go 7-5 and then dominate the 7th-place ACC team (or whatever) in the Beef O'Brady's Bowl (or whatever). Whether we go 4-8 or 8-5, more change is coming. Firing Brandon has assured that, as no new AD is going to want to keep a damaged, unaccomplished coach over bringing in "their" guy.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Your math is off||
Odds of beating:
- Northwestern are 65% (I'm being optimistic, as they seem to be imploding)
- Maryland is 50% (again, I'm being generous, but this time just for kicks)
- Ohio State is 5% (at most)
Put all that together, you're looking more like a 1 in 3 chance.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Bursley is correct||
Here's the latest (as of 9:30am Eastern)
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Max not going to the Yankees was the NY Daily News||
Here's the report:
If you look at it, it makes sense. People think "Yankees=rich" but they are already up against the luxury tax, have A-Rod and his $20+mil salary coming back on the books this year, and have holes everywhere (e.g., replacing Jeter). They don't remotely have the budget to spend the close to $30 mil/year and $175+ million overall that it will take to get Max. Neither do the Tigers, for that matter (now that they have Price), so Max is going somewhere, just not Detroit or NYY.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Devin's hurt toe might explain quite a bit||
Perhaps I'm over identifying, but as a person who has hurt his toe, you tend to run/walk like an old man a good portion of the time if it is really bothering you. Perhaps that's why his speed/separation/effort seems to have noticeably declined as the season has gone on.
Of course, not sure exactly what type of injury it is and/or if you should be able to "play through it". But assuming Devin goes pro (which I am assuming) he may be able to point to this injury as the reason for his relative lack of productive and seeming lack of effort on a significant amount of plays, and thus still go in the first round.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Why not? He was very good (for his time)||
When he played, in the mid/late 80s, UM did not throw the ball much (nor did any previous UM team). Still, by the time he retired, he was third all-time in receptions (behind Carter and Mandich) and second in yards (Carter).
And FWIW, he had a decent NFL career as well, which shows he had a high-level of talent.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||But where did the resources for that help come from?||
The fans and non-football alums.
It makes complete sense Mealer is grateful to all the AD staff that helped him and his brother. But where did all the money come from for all that staff and resources? That's what he doesn't get -- the "muggles" are the ones who allow their magical land of huge student-athlete support to exist.
To put it another way: if Mealer had been signed to play football at Albion or EMU, and a similar tragic situation happened, there would not have been the staff, resources or money at Albion to do all the things that helped him and his family. Not remotely. And that's not b/c the AD of Albion is any more (or less) thoughtful than David Brandon & co.
So "the fans" helped plenty.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Oh, these are (now) are real thing||
As you might imagine, anything that iconic having to do with Christmas can be bought, now that there is internet commerce.
I don't know how long this site has been available, but a work friend of mine got one of these a few years ago (the desktop version, not the $230(!) four foot tall(!) version). Fun was had by all when he brought it in.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||And who's part of the Bill Walsh coaching tree?||
|4 weeks 2 days ago||College and NFL are only more comparable recently - $$||
Not in terms of talent (obviously), but in terms of salary & perks.
In the past, a top NFL coach not only would be competing at the highest level of the sport (a big draw for competitive guys) but also would get paid a factor of 2 or 3 times as much. Thus, a successful NFL coach leaving for college would be taking a big step down in not only competition but in money (plus, they'd have to recruit and suck up to 17-year olds). Who would do that? No one, by choice.
However, colleges have started to drop the pretense that coaches shouldn't get paid a *lot* more than any one else on campus, and salaries have soared. It used to be something notable if a college coach made $1 mil. Now, at a big program, you have to pay much more than that (e.g., Saban, who makes $6 mil, not counting perks like the boosters who just paid for his $3 mil house). Heck, Bret Bielema makes more than $5 mil a year! That's more than Jim Caldwell.
Thus, if a successful NFL coach wants to consider college, one barrier has fallen away. Past examples are fine, but aren't as relevant, b/c the environment has changed. Jim Harbaugh will make $6 mil-plus at his next coaching gig, whether it is the NY Jets or UM Wolverines. That's couch cushion money for guys like Stephen Ross.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Yes, B1G is terrible -- which makes UM being bad even sadder||
The only MSU team of recent vintage I've been impressed with was last year's team, which had an excellent defense and a competent offense, which is a recipe for big success in any conference. But beyond that? More B1G high-class mediocrity.
They had their chance against Oregon (literally the only impressive team they'll play this year) and got beat by 20. The next best team, OSU, lost to Va Tech and need multiple bad calls to beat Penn State team we beat a couple of weeks ago.
All that said, many things look like giants to an ant. UM is likely to have another losing record in this worst-in-the-Power 5 conference. That's the sad thing. It would be one thing to go 2-6 in the SEC or Pac 12. But in the B1G? Horrendous.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||One of my fave all-time scenes, but I see Hoke more as Fredo||
I mean, look at that quote. If Hoke finally lost it at a press conference, I can definitely imagine him saying something along those lines. Then, after that, he'd go on the proverbial fishing boat and never be heard from again.
Brandon is more like Barzini. Thinks he's in control, that his clever plan for expansion is foolproof and he's willing to get rid of anyone that doesn't make the most amount of money. But really, he's not the smartest guy in the room, doesn't truly understand the culture he's a part of (e.g., Barzini to drugs is like Brandon to marketing/selling every aspect of fandom) and he can be removed from the situation -- as hopefully Schlissel is Michael.
And yes, I just did compare our new prez to a cold-blooded mob leader. These are dark times, but this is the business we've chosen.