a vitally important recap of all the dumb tweets sent during the Harbaugh coaching search
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|1 week 4 days ago||It's a complicated subject||
I generally agree that adult prostitution should be legal, but it's a tough call. If you're interested, there was a recent public radio show on it,
I recommend you listen to the whole 47 minutes, and I generally came away from it thinking legalization would be worth exploring on a legal basis.
But if you're pressed for time, just listen to the last 5 minutes. There are two callers -- one who sounds a bit unhinged (which worried me about the type of "johns" these legal sex workers attract, which I hadn't given much thought), and another who makes similar points in a much more rational and thoughtful way --- it gave me pause.
|1 week 5 days ago||If true, I don't think QB choice is difficult||
There was the tweet, " Morris has a great arm. Rudock doesn't make many mistakes. Tough call."
I'm interpreting this quote a bit, but if this means Morris is more likely to turn the ball over, then I don't think it is a tough call - you definitely go with Rudock. The defense should be very good, and perhaps great, this year. When you have that, you don't want to blow a 17-13 game in the 4th Quarter with a pick-six.
Besides, it doesn't seem like (except for perhaps Jake Butt) that UM has any game-breakers that a cannon-armed Morris would be hitting anyway. Best to matriculate that ball done the field, and beat some teams 17-10 etc. If we fall behind significantly, then maybe bring in the higher risk/high reward QB. But otherwise, go with the more sure/accurate thing.
|1 week 6 days ago||Would it help if I shaved?||
You know, cleaned myself up a little?
|1 week 6 days ago||That's a great point||
Canton is a (fairly) big city and thus has some serious economic diversity to it. To generalize:
- East of Haggerty, you have older homes and even some trailer parks.
It will be interesting how these different constiuencies will affect how the city and schools are run.
Plymouth, in my experience, is not snobby at all.
|1 week 6 days ago||They aren't cities?||
They aren't cities?
|1 week 6 days ago||Are you serious? Northville is very snobby||
I have friends in Northville. I like my friends; they are nice people. I also enjoy visiting Northville -- it's beautiful. And I'll eat at Rebecca's Family Restaurant any time I have a chance.
But I've been to a few dinner parties and social events there and let me tell you, it is snob city. I heard more smack talk about public schools than I have ever heard in my life -- and Northville has great public schools! If you mention Plymouth-Canton, Livonia, etc schools, forget it.
And someone once regaled me (before I faked a phone call and left them) with how their house was going through a renovation and they can't believe some people live in houses that are less than 2,000 square feet. She was serious.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Mind...blown||
I've literally watched over a hundred UM home games -- if you would have said, "What color are Michigan's goal posts?" it would have never occured to me that they were white until just now. I would have said, "Yellow...duh!"
Is this a real-life version of that "What color is this dress" thing that was going across Facebook like wild fire a few months ago? I didn't participate in that, but maybe I should have.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||"from a roster that had more talent than 50% of the B1G"||
I'm going to need some evidence for this claim. I'll take NFL draft position ; how they did once they transfered. Anything.
I recently watched the UM-Wisky game (one of the few "highlights" from that year). I forgot how bad our offense was (or blocked it from memory). The plays were often there to be made* -- people would pop open, but Threet would regularly over/under throw them, or just not see them. The OL wasn't much better.
It's not Threet's fault. He was a RS Fr and would have made an excellent backup later in his career. But a "workable offensive system" with no QB and no OL does not exist.
* It's funny, in 2008, everyone was afraid of this new-fangled spread football. Now looking at it, you see the plays and you're like, "This looks like a typical 2015 offensive scheme."
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Advertisers are already paying that premium||
That's key -- with the huge contracts, the NFL, NBA, etc have *already* maximized (or nearly so) the money from all sources. And in the future, they still likely will get big money from advertisers. But that's already in the budget; there is only so much they can increase it.
And they can't increase it enough to account for the (likely) precipitous drop-off in cable user fees.
Oh, btw: Disney's stock is down 9% this morning. They're blaiming ESPN. If I had the skills, I'd insert the "It's Happening!!!" gif here.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Glad to help ; eyeballs aren't enough||
The issue many have is that how many Rutgers fans are there really in NYC? And even more pointedly, how many will want to spend $5/month for a sport tier in order to watch it? Eyeballs are only valuable if they are actually watching your product.
If eyeballs, on their own, were truly the most important (i.e., if advertising paid enough), they'd move the games to free TV (e.g., ABC, NBC -- which really aren't free anymore, but that's another story). But sports overlords like Goodell, Stern, Delaney, etc want more than just that -- they want to get money even from people who don't watch. And until very recently, they got it. They got it all, with both hands. "Grandma" was paying, so was everyone else, and ESPN still was in the vast majority of homes so "eyeballs" didn't get hurt that much.
But ESPN maxed out at 100 million homes in 2011; they're now at 93 million. Even before unbundling really comes out, they're getting dinged severely by cord-cutting. Grandma is next.
So many of the eyeballs are going away. And then the question is how does ESPN, etc get back the money for the huge fixed costs they've promised the NFL, NBA, etc? That's the issue. We know many MGoblog readers will pay $30/month. But who knows if you'll continue to do that all year? Maybe you'll keep it Sep-Jan for football season, then cancel it, and when Sept rolls around you'll call back up and begin again.
I don't have the answers. I just know I wouldn't want to be in charge of ESPN right now. And over the past 10-15 years, that's been one of the best jobs around -- they made a ton of dough. But those times are fast coming to an end.
|3 weeks 6 days 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.
|3 weeks 6 days 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.
|4 weeks 7 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.
|4 weeks 21 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.
|4 weeks 5 days 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.
|5 weeks 26 min 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)
|7 weeks 21 hours 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."
|8 weeks 3 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.
|9 weeks 19 hours 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.
|9 weeks 3 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.
|9 weeks 3 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.
|9 weeks 3 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.
|9 weeks 4 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.
|9 weeks 4 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.
|9 weeks 4 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.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Not zombie enough. That||
Not zombie enough. That Louisville bird looks like it should be on the Walking Dead.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Sure it wasn't their vaunted||
Sure it wasn't their vaunted Civil Engineering dept?
|9 weeks 5 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.
|9 weeks 5 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.
|10 weeks 22 hours ago||Nobody knows anything.||
True for Hollywood. True for recruiting. True for life.