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|1 day 13 hours ago||It wasn't a press release||
It was an actual blog post on 'Brandon's Blog' http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/brandon/spec-rel/112713aaa.html
So that's about as good an example of being (literally) "bloggerish" as I can think of.
|4 days 14 hours ago||If bowls are primarily about||
If bowls are primarily about TV revenue, why do they require all these schools to buy 7500 - 15000 tickets? These bowls were literally founded 20-80 years ago by local chambers of commerce (or their spin-offs) to get people to various, sunny locales during December. Football is a sideshow.
Now, in the last 10 years, a few bowls have been started by networks eager for programming. But just look at the websites of the bowls, http://www.sunbowl.org/
- You see "BUY TICKETS", "PARKING INFO" and "STAY IN EL PASO" - you don't even see what network the game is on listed. The primary sponsor of the page is "It's All Good. El Paso."
There's a reason 95% of bowls are in tourist (or at least warm) destinations. They are designed to fill hotels and restaurants.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Agreed - Boise State is a perfect example||
Boise State, under Chris Peterson, became one of the most successful programs in college football. When he left for UW, Boise hired Bryan Harsin, who was the OC at Boise for 5 years before he left Boise in 2010 to be the co-OC at Texas, and then a head coach at Arkansas State. I'm sure Boise is thrilled to have that option, b/c it is a link to their successful past, but Harsin also got good experience elsewhere.
Michigan hasn't had that for close to twenty years now. And it has hurt the program.
|6 days 16 hours ago||It's fine to look at two||
It's fine to look at two seasons, but we've got to get through 2014 first. If we go 8-4, or (god forbid) 7-5, next year, that's it. There is no 2015 for Hoke (unless those 8 wins include wins over both MSU and OSU).
Think of all the grumbling this year at 7-5. Our AD felt the need/pressure to make a fanboy-like blog post to settle down the fanbase and recruits. If there is ANOTHER season like 2013, a blog post, or even finally firing an asst coach, isn't going to cut it.
The challenge is everyone acknowledges that even if the team is better next year, the record might not improve much due to the more difficult schedule. But them's the breaks - we should have made more hay this year, when we had the easiest schedule I can remember for a UM team.
If UM wins 9 or more games in 2014, Hoke will surely keep his job (b/c we'll be 'back' in a NYD bowl, potentially a big one). For 2015, though, the floor for regular season wins will still be nine games, and likely at least one higher than that. Hoke and his staff aren't getting paid their big bucks to just finish in the upper half in the B1G. He's got to start seriously contending for championships, and you very likely aren't doing that at 9 or fewer wins.
But again, I will worry about 2015 in January of 2015. We've got to get through the 2014 season first.
|1 week 1 day ago||I don't see the issue for the Pac 12||
Remember, bowls are all about travel destinations -- the games are just ads/sideshows for that. The Pac-12 has:
- San Antonio, San Diego, El Paso, Las Vegas, San Francisco.
Four of those are Top 10 in the nation tourist destinations in terms of popularity. El Paso is not as popular, but I'm sure it also has its charms.
Meanwhile, the B1G stuipdly ovlerlaps its bowls on New Year's Day.
So I'm sure the Pac-12 is just fine with its bowls.
|1 week 1 day ago||You're tired already?||
I can understand being frustrated, but "tired"? You better rest up, b/c this team is incredibly young -- the most important position (PG) is a true freshman, and the best players are true sophomores, one coming off an injury. It isn't until you get to our 7th or 8th best player before you hit actual upperclassmen. Beyond all that, they're trying figure out how to replace the best player in college b-ball from last year.
As such, they are going to 'grow' in spurts. They'll not only likely continue to struggle in big games at times, but the most likely best-case scenario is they'll continue to be hot/cold for the majority of the season, before they finally get used to playing with each other & in their roles in big time moments, earn a #4/5 seed and hopefully peak at tourney time.
Heck, look at Kentucky. They have freshmen easily more talented than us, and they've already lost twice. Or more immediately, contrast our roster with Arizona - they've got the mix of talent and experience which lends itself to being #1 early in the season.
|1 week 2 days ago||Jacksonville isn't as appealing at Tempe||
Out of all the Florida locations, Jacksonville has the least tourist appeal. I've never been, but people complain about it all the time.
Except for the BCS #1 vs #2 game, these games are not based solely on ranking or fairness. They are based on tourist dollars. That's all that matters. Football is a sideshow to selling hot wings and hotel rooms at the Comfort Inn, along with making a nice fat no-show salarly for guys in ugly blazers.
All that said, it's UM football game, so I hope we win. It's a decent opponent, certainly capable of beating us. Hoke needs it the most (in a small way) to not have a worse record than last year. As far the team, we had a throughly mediocre (at best) season, so when that happens, you get the 15-20th best bowl. Sounds right to me.
|1 week 2 days ago||What? This was the bowl we were expected to be in||
I posted this in a thread about a week ago, but BWW had the slot before the Gator. This means we were going to go to the BWW, as any second/third-tier bowl would be thrilled to have a 'name' team like Michigan.
I have no idea why people thought, after we lost to OSU, that we'd be going to the Gator.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||Not a real world response||
Not sure if you have kids, but they don't listen to everything you say, even if you personally model the behavior and say it multiple times. Shocking, I know.
So a little help from the culture at large, and 'leaders of young men' like Urban Meyer, would be nice. You know, since these are "student-atheletes" representing the university, and all.
EDIT: Meant to be a response to goblue2011
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||"A non-event handled on scene"||
What does that even mean?
A 'non-event' -- people are still talking about it days later, precisely because it so rarely happens. It's by definition an 'event' ; you may not care about it, but it very untypical behavior that was very noticeable. How often has what Marcus Hall did happen at a UM (or OSU or MSU or ...) home game?
And how was it 'handled'? He had alerady been kicked out of the game (i.e., punished) when he THEN did all that nonsense (throwing helmet, kicking bench, flipping off fans). He suffered zero meaningful punishment for that. It wasn't handled at all.
His actions aren't the end of the world and aren't as bad as other behavior (e.g., off the field stuff like DUIs) -- but it still should have been punished in some small, meaningful way (e.g., suspended for 1st half of his next game). It wasn't.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||Yes I would want him suspended||
Did you see the reaction after Lewan's antics in the MSU game? A good portion of the board expected him to be suspended or punished in some way (I don't have the exact numbers but it wasn't just a couple peopple).
If Ryan/Lewan/whomever came off the bench to join a fight, threw his helmet afterward, kicked over a bench and then flipped off the fans with both middle fingers, I'd certainly want him suspended, at least for the first half of the next game.
Essentially, Hall suffered zero reprecussions for his post-fight antics, which ultimately means that's acceptable behavior (oh, Meyer did say he was 'disappointed' and Hall did get a 'public reprimand' -- I'm sure he's all torn up about what Jim Delany thinks of him). I don't think that's OK.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||Perhaps b/c they are on TV||
Perhaps b/c they are on TV and literally hundreds of thousands of people cheer them on, often wearing their jerseys to identify with them? That people name their kids after them and arraneg their entire weekends around their activities?
No on has to "tell" kids anything; they see how people react and fawn over athletes. It's up to parents to do their best and inform kids that behavior like Hall's is poor sportsmanship and is being a poor teammate, but you can't be around them all the time.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||That's life in the big city||
Hoke doesn't have 2014 as another "rebuilding" year; he has to produce. UM needs to contend for a B1G title next year for his sake.
Off the top of my head, I can't think of single football coach in the last twenty years who put together three straight mediocre to below average seasons at one of the Top 40 schools in the country and kept their job. And that's what Hoke would have achieved if he goes 8-5, 7-6, 8-5. If you have an example, I'm all ears. Perhaps Bo Pellini, but his teams at least are semi-regularly in the conf championship game (which we haven't sniffed since it started).
And I don't think four years is unreasonable. In four years, you should have most (if not all) of "your" guys, from coaches to players. If "your" guys are still delivering 5 loss seasons, esp in the 4th or 5th best conference in the country, you've got a problem. And the problem is you.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||A good reading||
If the offense delivers a Nebraska/Iowa/Northwestern/MSU stinkbomb in the bowl game (particularly if it's against a Gerg-coordinated Texas), I think the "anticipation" will be too much, and "unexpected" changes will be made.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed - 2014 is now the year||
Hoke's rolling the dice with this/putting all his chips on the table/whatever gambling metaphor you like.
Hopefully, it will be a moot point and UM will win 9 or more games next year.
My goodness I hope the App State game isn't close next year; the fan base won't be able to take an Akron-like outing (or worse). That will be the most keyed up I will be for UM to play at home against a team that's probably somewhere around 75th in the nation, ever.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||You're too optimstic - 7-5 next year is fireable||
In college football, you don't need 5 years to turn around a program. There are scores of examples of it taking less than that, and it is not as if Hoke has wanted to for resources (e.g., cash money for assts). If Hoke goes 7-5 (and perhaps even 8-4 if he loses to ND, MSU and OSU), I think it's likely he is gone. The fan base will be apopletic, whether on this blog or off.
Hopefully that won't happen, but with all of our main rivals recently having very good/great seasons, three straight years of five losses does not keep your job. Not when your AD has 110,000 seats to fill.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Appropriate movie scene, for sure||
I imagine myself in the Brad Pitt role, dry heaving, crying and repeating "No!" and "That's not true" over and over, upon hearing this news.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Urban Meyer did not kick Cam Newton off the team||
Cam Newton transferred on his own, which Meyer was fine with, b/c he had Tebow.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Good for curiousity but diff situations||
They had horrible injuries this year. To put in perspective, how do you think UM would have done if we lost Gardner (starting QB) along with Lewan, Bosch, Magnuson and Scholfied (all starting OL except the C)? There were a few more injuries than that, but basically comparable to our loss of Darboh and D Johnson.
All that said, they haven't been good at offense for a while, which is why they are probably trigger happy. But with those kind of injuries, you're not going to have much of a shot.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I don't believe this will happen - we're BWW bound||
I have seen some discrepancy on this, but I believe the BWW has the selection BEFORE the Gator Bowl. If so, they will take UM as a) we're a 'name' team and b) we haven't played in Arizona in awhile. Certainly they would select us over Minnesota.
If so, we're likely to play Texas. Aka, the Revenge of Gerg.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||The B1G has earned its bad rep||
FSU wiil get every #1 vote. Auburn will be ranked ahead OSU by a few votes, as they have far more impressive victories than OSU which will excuse their 1 loss. I don't know if Alabama will be ranked ahead of OSU (I really doubt it).
With Wisconsin losing, OSU will have zero wins over top 20 opposition. It's almost like OSU is playing in a slightly better version of the MAC.
In the end, OSU will need to beat MSU, and then have FSU or Auburn lose their championship game to have a shot at the BCS.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Have you seen FSU?||
FSU goes out and flat out dominates everyone they play, usually by 30 to 50 points. The only game that was remotely close was BC, and that was still by 2 touchdowns.
Ohio State struggles to put away Illinois and just gave up 41 pts to an offense ranked below 100.
The resumes aren't that close - FSU will easily be ranked ahead of OSU as long as both remain unbeaten.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Auburn will jump OSU||
OSU just barely beat a team they were favored by 16 pts to beat, and also there most impressive win (Wisky) looks less impressive with their loss today against PSU.
Auburn beat the #1 team and defending natl championship and the voters have a lot more respect for the SEC than B1G.
I guarantee Auburn will be ranked ahead of OSU in the human polls. In the computers, who knows? I have no idea how those computers work.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Close for a while, but then they pull away||
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Ok, that was funny. When are||
Ok, that was funny.
When are we getting up/down votes back? We need to up vote these gems.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Magnus, I understand where you're coming from...||
..as it has come up quite a bit and it feels like we're covering the same ground, but we should care b/c one of the reasons we thought UM was finally going to start competing with the big boys again is we spent the money that MGrowOld and everyone else ponies up every year in PSDs, suites, etc on coaches -- esp asst coaches Mattison (very good use of $$$) and Borges (not so much).
I suspect the nonrenewal/wait for Stubhub movement will be quite big next year, esp if we get beat bad by OSU and in the bowl game. We already know the 2014 home schedule is crap. There is no more waiting list to pick up the slack. Thus, I wonder how quickly we'll careen into Tennessee territory and start running an AD budget deficit*. If that happens, who knows if/when Borges is fired that we will spend the money to get a top asst replacement, or suddenly be subject to the right-sizing/cost control that's currently happening elsewhere at the university? That possibility is why we should care.
All-in-all, this is yet another reason I am hoping for a near-miracle and we beat OSU this weekend.*I'm assuming Ross' $100 million, like many gifts, is dedicated to certain uses and can't be used to paper over a possible operating deficit But I may be incorrect, as they haven't been specific about where that money is going.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||One my favorite scenes ever||
And appropriate for a whole host of situations.
(Funny thing about that scene: Brando improvised the slap to get a reaction out of Martino, who clearly wasn't expecting it, as you can tell by his stunned/bemused look after it).
|3 weeks 15 hours ago||Good follow-up thoughts||
A ticket is different than a car purchase, so that analogy needed some explanation. I think you did a good job.
|3 weeks 15 hours ago||Oh, we're there - it's time for a market correction||
I completely agree that if Michigan were 10-1 or 9-2, and fans thought the program was on the right track, people would 'demand' to the tickets at prices Brandon is setting. That's the assumption he used when he "dynamically" priced them (though as Brian notes, only priced them one way -- up).
However, he (and many other ADs) have priced for near-perfection. They've built palaces that people only fill at $100+ a pop if the team is very good. If the team is 7-4 (and looked ugly doing it) or 5-6 or 4-7 or etc, it's not worth their time and money.
I mean, go look at the UF/GSU game last week. I saw the "highlights" and I did a double-take -- the Swamp looked like a home Wake Forest game.
There's a market correction coming -- and it's in 2014.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||That is one huge sophomore||
He's 6 foot 5, 289 pounds right now. How big was he in 8th grade - he must have endangered people's lives with his blocks/tackles. My goodness.
Welcome to the fold.