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|3 weeks 7 hours ago||Not as close as you might think||
Sure, Jacksonville has the least fans in the NFL, and has been terrible in the last couple of years, but people forget just how truly awful the Lions are/have been: there is no comparsion - the Jaguars have a much more relevant recent history.
Lions: 1 playoff win since 1957
Jaguars: 5 playoff wins since 1996 (last one was in 2007).
Never forget -- the Lions have the worst on-field perfomance of any US team in the four big team sports over the last 50+ years. It's not a fun team to be "your" team, as any Lions fan will tell you.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Vandy is WAY more appealing than Rutgers||
- Academically: not even close. Vandy is one of the tops in the nation; Rutgers is a fine school, but it will be in the lower half of the B1G (which has many good to great schools).
- Research dollars: Vandy gets about $100 million more a year
- Sports: Vanderbilt traditionally was the dregs of the SEC in football, but has been coming on with James Franklin and has been better than Rutgers the last couple of years. In basketball, Vandy, while not great, has at least made same NCAA tourney about every other year for the past 15 years; Rutgers hasn't made it since 1991 (not mention the Mike Rice scandal).
- Cites: Nashville is, outside of Atlanta, the city you'd want to be in the south (Florida's a world of its own). Rutgers is central NJ - it has no more claim to the NYC market than UM does.
If the B1G HAD to expand, we definitely should gotten Vanderbilt over Rutgers (if that was an option). It's not even close.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||What in the hell...||
How have I missed this Keanu super clip all my life?
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Here's "proof" he is covering for a player||
Right after the game (but before the press conference where he blamed himself), Beilein talked to Tracey Wolfson from CBS about the game.
Her first question was "at the end of the game...you let 21 seconds off the clock. Why not foul quicker?"
Beielin: "Well, we were trying to..we were trying to foul the right guy as quickly as we could, but we probably could have fouled a little quicker, yes."
Nothing about 'we didn't realize it we had a foul to give' or anything. Just "quickly as we could"
Now, perhaps he misunderstood the question (after all, both of the first two times Michigan had to foul they took too long - the first one was just especially long) or perhaps he confused his team by having them focus on fouling a particular player, but I think he's covering for his team, specifically his freshmen guards.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Based on these comments, some||
Based on these comments, some people are going to need the pharmacy keys from the 'Nurse Who Loved Me' to calm down.
FWIW, one of my favorite albums of all time as well. Terrible name for a band though. But that's another thread, another blog.
|8 weeks 2 hours ago||There's other fish in the sea||
Thanks for that lovely image of Brandon and Phil Knight, but there's more options than Nike: we could go to Russell or Under Armour.
Now, Under Armour created those Maryland football uni monstrosities, but it seems weird that a humungous school like UM couldn't afford a graphic designer on staff (we have the coin) that can make sure all images put forth by the ath dept promotes whatever image Michigan's wants to promote. I'm sure we could veto dumb uniforms if we wanted to.
Whatever the case, leave Adidas - it's one thing to look bad (which we now do with alarming frequency, which is the AD's fault as much as Adidas). It's another for the jerseys to not even freakin' WORK!
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Because they are a pox on||
Because they are a pox on college basketball.
I root for the B1G, generally speaking, to do well in post-season tourneys. But I never root for Wisky b-ball. Their style of play is completely unappealing to watch and one reason it isn't emulated more is their lack of NCAA tourney success. Thus, them losing in the 1st round is a good thing - more proof that their clutch & grab, bleed the clock style of play may work to get you top 5 finishes in league play (which is a credit to Bo Ryan's coaching skill), but it's too falliable in one & done scenarios. There is too little margin for error.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Agreed: he is so full of it.||
He better alert Northwestern now that they shouldn't be spending $220 million and Michigan not to spend $250 million on non-revenue sports, etc. Also: he should inform Maryland that all that money they thought they had coming: no go.
Ask David Brandon, Mark Hollis, Gordon Gee, etc how that will all work out with a D-III model.
Man, I hope O'Bannon wins. It's time for hypocrites & blowhards like Delany to be taken down.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||When you wear these to your||
When you wear these to your gym to go workout, will you be listening to Technotronic, Young MC or C&C Music Factory on your Sony Walkman?
|9 weeks 1 day ago||How did Michigan sports go||
How did Michigan sports go from having the coolest uniforms/gear on the planet to our fans regularly having to say, as compliments, "Well, I've seen worse", "It's not terrible", "The blue hides the camo design well" or "If the sun's not out, they actually are pretty good"?
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Love the very mlive headline for Manning||
"Cincinnati players give former Roy Manning standing ovation after introduction."
Is Roy Manning an alias? Is he an imposter?
Perhaps the headline writers don't have an edit button.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||"Freshmen can't and won't learn good defense overnight"||
Anthony Davis would disagree with you.
Also, no one is asking them to be the 2nd coming Scottie Pippen, Kevin Garnett or even Aaron Craft.
But with all the constant "Game Stauskas" chatter and thrill over GRIII's sweet dunks, it can't go unremarked that they are bad (not just needing some work - Stauskas is legimately bad) at defense. Still glad they're both on the team and hope they both improve at D, but there's no use sweeping it under the rug. It's part of their game along with the 3pt bombs and 360 dunks.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Why hasn't there been a burn off?||
If MSU and WVU got together for some massive blaze off to see, once and for all, which school is the best at couch burning, I think you would be able to see the amount of smoke from space.
Vince McMahon, Donald Trump or someone needs to make this happen.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Those journalism circles have changed, and so has WSJ||
I have been reading the WSJ for close to 20 years (ever since I got a sweet student subscription deal as a UM BBA student), so I hvae some experience with it. I would say over the past ~3 years, the separation of the editorial side and new side is not nearly as clear as it once was.
I'll leave it to you to decide if that's good or bad, but in my opinion, it has definitely changed since Murdoch bought it.
To illustrate this point, see this link with some good "headlines" examples from James Fallows:
(Key quote: "As with two previous examples, here and here, bear in mind that these are news headlines, not the editorial page. Also as in the previous two cases, the play and billing of the WSJ stories (and opposed to the details in the stories themselves) are more "Republican" than in the other two papers (Post and NYT).")
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Excellent point||
Updated OP to note that.
Also I'll say, with the Cap One bowl switching from ESPN to ABC this year, its jump up in ratings was not just b/c of the networks, but b/c it had two national opponents (UGA/Neb) in a competitive, high-scoring game.
So in short, both teams and network matters. It's good to know we can draw as well, if not better, than Georgia, which is what I would suspect.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||A few things for an individual season||
- Jan 1 (or later) bowl game
- 10 or more wins
- At least 2 wins against OSU, ND (or top-tier schedule replacement, when there), MSU
- In control of our own destiny for B1G div title when we play OSU
- Competitive in bowl game
- A minimum of major off-field incidents (such as drunk driving, assaults)
- Doing well in the classroom in terms of graduation
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Hell no||
I think it will be close, as Alabama's strength on offense (running) plays into ND's strength on D, but I definitely will not be rooting for ND, even though I also dislike Saban.
To help solve this, I likely won't even watch the game except perhaps the end if it is close. I object to the BCS anyway (I'm an 8-team playoff guy), and don't think it will be a particularly exciting game, so why torture myself with two teams I dislike to boot? Life is too short.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||These uniforms make a statement.||
And that statement is...WHO wants some free PIZZA-AAAAAAA?!
Seriously, these look like uniforms you'd shoot out of T-Shirt cannon at a San Jose SabreCats game.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Glad you enjoy it||
Beyond loving the show, I'm keeping this avatar with Bearded Jack until we win a Big 10 title. Hopefully, I can change it to Happy Jack sometime in the next season or two.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Absolutely||
Three strikes (that we know of) and you should be out.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||The expansion hasn't even taken effect yet!||
I'm sorry your already tired of it, but it's going to be a topic of conversation until it happens and we see the effects. Your logic is "Hey, we'll get more money" so B1G programs can compete in terms of salaries, but why is that a slam dunk, medium/long term, with this reckless expansion?
It's all based on TV, right? Well, look at the ratings of the most recent championship games outside of the SEC. They were bad to terrible (e.g., B1G down 42%).
These championships games are the result of expansion. Why, in the future, will sports networks pay big money for games that draw 3.3's and 1.4's ratings? Why will cable customers pay for channels for games they don't care about?
You seem to think every conference will expand to 14 or 16 and that will be the end of it. I forsee there being a collapse, as these unwieldy conglomerations of institutions that have nothing to do with each other realize that not many more people attend or watch a Maryland-Purdue football game than they do a Maryland-MEAC basketball game. College football is not the NFL - people won't watch just any old teams play each other. People care about rivals and nurse grudges from decades ago (heck see Bielema complaining about a long-ago Michigan loss this week. He still hasn't gotten over it!)
Winter is coming for the sports media landscape. It's like the housing market in 2003 right now, but you can see a bubble forming that will pop. And in the meantime, Michigan fans will end up with more games against teams we don't care about (or at least I don't care about; I'd much rather play Wisconsin, Minnesota or Purdue than Rutgers or Maryland). And for what? More money for Brett Bielema, that Wisconsin could have afforded anyway, pre-expansion?
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Because a university is more than having a good football program||
At Petrino's previous job at Arkansas, he didn't just cheat on his wife, get in motorcycle accident with his mistress (an Arkansas staffer), and then initally lie to the media (and I believe his AD) about the fact he was alone when he crashed.
More importantly, he recommended his mistress be hired for her Arkansas job (the Arkansas folks didn't know they had a relationship) giving her preferential treatment for a state job. That's a huge no-no.
In short, he's not just a scum bag in his private life (which you can argue, is his own private business between him, his wife, and his girlfriend), but in his public life & with his employers as well. If I was regent of the University of Tennessee, I would think long & hard about putting such a guy in charge of one of the most important visible parts of my public institution.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Generally agree, but 2013 needs to be fixed||
I generally agree with your points, but I think you are being too flip about 2013. If it's easy to find someone to organize and put this race on, than why didn't Brandon already make the announcement that U of M (or some other organization that are apparently easy to find that runs these kinds of things) will be running the event for April 2013? That way, the 100+ charities, who have probably already put in the budgets for 2013 the $1.5 million+ they were planning to raise, could know what the situation was? Why make their lives more difficult?
Again, if Brandon & co had a problem with CFC and were sure Uof M could do a better job, fine - just say so, and more importantly, than do it and set up the alternate event. Stop having your assistant prattle on about the fact U of M now has "private events" (i.e., weddings) and that it was so difficult hosting the Big House run.
I hope sometime in December there will be an announcement of a U of M-sponsored replacement event for spring/summer 2013.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||What do you mean, "It now comes out"?||
Brandon and U of M should have spoken up earlier. They literally have people whose job it is to comment to media and various outlets.
In the original story, and in theircommunication to CFC, if Brandon and U of M had a problem with how CFC ran things, then say so. It's not hard. They can say "CFC is a fine organization, but we were not given enough clarity about how funds raised were utilized by CFC and thus we would like to organize the event ourselves to ensure the maximum amount of funds raised go to charities." Done.
Instead, Brandon sent hist asst Ablauf out there with goobledygook words that just said they'd go in another direction and that it was "a very challenging event...to fit into our stadium" This goes again to the tone deafness of Brandon (like the band incident). U of M didn't show any caring from the 100+ charities (some of which are U of M-based charities) that were counting on this event, which was less than 5 months away.
If he had an alternate plan, than state that when the CFC-run event was canceleed. More to the point, they just generally have a plan - there is nothing specific, so until something official is announced, he just cancelled a huge charity event for 2013 and didn't put anything meanginful in its place.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||That's not quite right; the race raised $1.5 million last year||
CFC had about $500k in entry fees last year (15000 runners times $33), so if they gave 25% to charity, that's $125k.
However, 10 times that amount, $1.5 million, went to 175 charities because of the race, in addition to that $125k.
Thus, I'm not sure the ~25% is a fair figure (honestly, I don't know - I can't tell how other charitable fund-raising organizations/evaluators handle this accounting). If CFC takes $375k out of the $2 million generated for the race, that means 82% of the funds raised for the race went to charities; the other 18% went to CHC for T-shirts, water, permits, rental fees, salaries, etc.
If Brandon really can run a more efficient race, that's great. But since he has not formally proposed one with a specific date (he's just talked about it generally), I can't evaluate whether U of M can do a better job or not.
One thing is for sure: those 175 charities counting on the $1 million plus for this year are scrambling because this wasn't communicated earlier by U of M.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Agreed, but glad NIU made it||
I've always hated how bowl games went from exhibitions (e.g., before ~2005, stats didn't count towards all-time records) to now supposedly being the be-all, end-all for how good a team/conference is ("See? Our conference went 6-2 in bowl games - that means we're awesome!").
I doubt NIU is one of the ~10 best teams in the country, which is sort of what the BCS is for, but there aren't any great teams this year, so why not them getting in over, say, Oklahoma, who hasn't looked that impressive themselves?
The bowls can't go back to the backroom deals of old (under which NIU would have never gotten in) because they would be exposed for being the cartel that they are and face congressional action. So they're stuck in this current version where non-BCS schools get crumbs and sometimes it blows up in the bowls (and in this case, ESPN's) face. Fine by me.
I won't be happy until there is an eight-team playoff, with the first round at home campuses, and the big bowls (and their enablers) stand in the way. I could not care less what happens to the big bowls - they're fake "nonprofits" that are a pox on the college game.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Hmmm..since they are hard up for money.||
Are they interested in becoming a member of the Big Ten?
I'm sure the BTN is not on Comcast Hattiesberg's basic package, so it's a win-win.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Louisville is MUCH bigger in bball than UMD||
Louisville has been a much more successful bball program than Marlyand. It's not even that close. Louisville is in the Top 10, all-time, in terms of NCAA tourneys, wins, final fours and winning percentage.
I mean Louisville has 9 Final Fours; Maryland has 2.
In terms of football, it's a wash. They are both very coach-dependent (well, all schools are coach-dependent, but them more than others).
You can certainly get more excited about watching UM play the Terps than Louisville; whatever floats your boat. But Louisville in basketball coming to the B1G would have been humongous in that sport (not that it would have ever happened due to academics and not being a big market). In terms of history, along with the present & near future, adding UMD is adding a second-tier player in basketball (behind MSU, UM, OSU and IU, at least).
|24 weeks 3 days ago||ACC is not quite the same as Big 10 - look at AAU||
As far as I can tell, AAU membership is REALLY important to the B1G. Clemson, NC State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Florida State and soon-to-be member Syracuse might be fine universities (certainly better than Louisville), but they are not AAU members. I think the only one of the B1G 14 not in there is Nebraska, which was a recent removal.
I do agree $ > than academics, but the $ portion for Louisville would not be that great. It doesn't add a big TV market for the all-important BTN. It DOES add an excellent b-ball program and a good football team (certainly both better than UMD and Rutgers), but the B1G has shown they really don't care about that, no matter what they say, with their recent expansion. Which is why the B1G expansion is stupid to me, but they don't care about what their fans/alums want, so it doesn't matter.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||It's funny because it's true||
It also makes me sad. But I realize we'd never, ever add Louisville, as they are not nearly strong enough academically.