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|1 day 13 hours ago||Agreed - the product is fully priced||
They have sold 90,000 of them (incl students), so that's a big success, considering how expensive season tickets are.
But if there is any hiccup (e.g., God forbid, we go 2-3 more years without at least winning the B1G East, let alone the B1G title), we'll dip down, significantly.
But even with expecations sky high, season tickets are definitely not a "deal."
|3 days 17 hours ago||Well, actually that's Cazzie Russell||
Cazzie has more hardware (National Player of the year; 2-time first-team All-American; 3 B1G titles; two final fours). Glen's second best for leading UM to its only national title in record-setting fashion.
But both of them are ranked outside the top 10, for some reason, so I guess people like Zoltan Mesko are above them.
|1 week 15 hours ago||Brian is showing his current stage of parenting||
It is one of the best board books (i.e., books for kids 0-3) of all time.
And I mean that. I literally have read it over a hundred times to my kids, when they were younger.
For those who care about this sort of thing, Peggy Rathman's other, less available at Meijer/Target/etc books are top-notch as well. I particularly recommend, "Officer Buckle and Gloria."
We now return to non-kids book programming.
|1 week 15 hours ago||I still don't know what Belk is||
My guess: a tire company.
Nope. They sell "Modern. Southern." clothing, shoes and more.
|1 week 15 hours ago||Never been, but sounds right||
A Family Dollar opened about two years ago in Ypsi, just east of Downtown.
Even though it's basically brand new, it already looks like it's a couple decades old and fits in just fine (unfortunately) with the rest of the hard-scrabble, run down buildings that are its neighbors.
|1 week 6 days ago||Regular reminder: EMU subsidizes this by tens of millions||
This would be funny, if it weren't so sad, and there weren't real effects on EMU's budget (which has led to job cuts).
EMU spent $52 million (much of it on football, which basically no one watches) over the past two years from its general budget.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||UCLA is not a big name in college basketball?!||
That is crazy. They had one bad year. They are a top 5 program in the history of college basketball.
But who cares about history; let's look at next year and why scheduling UCLA should be good for our RPI:
I'm not thrilled about UM playing Furman either. But to complain about playing UCLA, a team universally expected to be better than UM, and has a history basically only exceeded by Kentucky, Kansas, NC and Duke? Get some perspective.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||"with - basically - one marquee non-conference game (Texas)."||
UCLA called -- they wanted to let you know their non-marquee program just the biggest athletics dept deal (w Under Armour) in NCAA history a couple months ago.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||He's not donating...b/c he didn't get the product he wanted||
He was most definitely buying something -- publicity & good will for himself and his wife by getting his name on the building.
Once that was off the table, so was his donation.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Not sure if this blog is the place for that argument||
To all UM season ticket holders: Spending hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on UM football is not exactly a noble cause. How about if instead UM fans donate that money to inner city schools who could use the cash? There is no need to spend tens of millions on sports; UM athletics has money coming out of every orifice.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Bernstein just did an interview, which muddies things further||
"“It was not our intention to diminish the Trotter name,” Bernstein said the day after he announced he would be withdrawing his gift after complaints about his name replacing William Monroe Trotter’s name.
So far so good.
"“When we realized that it (the gift) was not necessary for the building to be built..."
Ummm...what? Who has said the gift of $3 million was not "necessary" for the $10 million to be built? Is he saying someone from U of M came to him and said, "Look, Mark. We more money than we know what do with for this center. Why don't you take the $3 million back?"
|5 weeks 10 hours ago||This pickup makes more sense, the more you look into it||
I don't follow AAU basketball much, but like many of you, I hear how rife with bagmen, "friends", 3rd-cousins, etc all looking for a payday; all this while kids just jack up shots and don't learn the fundamentals.
I have never heard of Brooks' AAU coach, Tony Sagona, but his quote -- about knowing Belein for essentially 35 years -- made me do a quick Google
Here's the lead article:
This guy sounds like the AAU version of Belein: a guy with ethics beyond reproach who (for better for worse) focuses more on players right for his program rather than sheer athelticism.
Key quote: The Warriors "base their system around playing smart basketball: running an offense, spreading the floor, making the right pass." Based on this, I'm surprised we've never gotten a player from this group before, but it sounds like a) it has a pipeline to Notre Dame and b) doesn't necessarily have multiple Top 150-200 players every year.
In any case, glad to have Eli, and just as important, I'll think he'll stick with UM. He sounds like a Coach Belein kind of player.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Section 1||
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Shawn Crable had 28.5 TFL in a season?||
Somehow, I'd never heard that number. That's insane. Heck, Ndamukong Suh had 'only' 20.5 TFLs during his all-world senior season (though obviously he was double-teamed more) and Brandon Graham had 'only' 26 TFLs during his super-duper senior year. I remember Woodley, Branch, Harris and Hall much more from that 2007 team than Crable; heck, the biggest thing I remember from Crable in 2007 is him hitting Troy Smith out of bounds (which is obviously unfair).
...and on a related note, while Googling Mr. Crable, I learned he is now a Coordinator of Parent Engagement at an Early Child Development center in his hometown of Canton. As he states, not what you'd expect of someone who was an all-star recruit who was drafted into the NFL, but he seems to be enjoying it, as he's been there for three years now. Good luck to him.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Teddy Roosevelt, is that you?||
Teddy Roosevelt, is that you?
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Actual footage of Mitch in a pool hall in OKC|
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Not good - hustle should be his middle name||
For a guy whose appeal has been, in significant part, and his ability to hustle and scrap, he needs to be 100% full-go, all the time. He's not athletic enough to coast -- when you're a 13th man, fighting for a roster spot, you need to be all-hustle, all the time.
Carmelo et al can get away with dogging it b/c they have an elite skill (or two) such a shooting, scoring, etc -- Mitch is just another guy scrapping for playing time.
I really hope he gets fully focused and can get playing time.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||That kick was so money||
Usually for a game-winning kick, you have to wait until it goes through the uprights to be sure it's in -- but Hamilton hit that ball so well and so straight down the middle, we could start celebrating while it was on the way there.
I enjoyed it thoroughly.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Is this a story from a movie||
Is this a story from a movie that I'm not aware of?
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Calmer than you are.||
Calmer than you are.
I think he's channeling his inner Walter.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Is every kid named like an action hero now?||
I know that short, punchy names are popular now, but still, that QB list sounds like an action movie waiting to happen...(voice over)
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Why? He won't be playing football in AA then.||
He'll be in Pasadena or Miami -- somewhere like that.
Thus, he can just skip right over January-March weather in Michigan. It doesn't exist.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Good article with one correction - Jeter's a Wolverine||
They call Jeter a "near-Wolverine" -- I understand that, as he was going to play baseball with UM but signed with the Yankees instead. However, Jeter did enroll and take classes during the fall of 1992.
So whether he played for UM or not, he attended school at UM, so he's a Wolverine in my book.
|11 weeks 16 hours ago||Girls, this is Lou.||
Lou, these are girls.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||He reads minds||
That's just how good he is.
Seriously though, I know I shouldn't have any admiration for the scumbags, but I gotta admit this is quite creative. I can just imagine someone coming up with the reasoning:
- "But they're going to ask for the report. You know, a written down actual thingy!"
- "How about if we say it was just an oral presentation, not written?"
- "But couldn't an oral presentation still have a PowerPoint deck? A video recording of the meeting? Or a transcript of what he said?"
- "Nope. The report was given in the cone of silence. Pepper Hamilton doesn't even remember what he said. He was speaking in tongues."
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Definitely Brady in Connecticut||
- That's New England's turf -- they almost moved there before getting Gillette Stadium.
- Dolphins I think will be Jim Mandich.
- For Detroit, I think he will go with a Tigers jersey - Al Kaline, perhaps. If he does go with a football jersey, he should wear an Anthony Carter jersey from the Michigan Panthers.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I'd love that, but the camp is in S Florida||
Thus, I think it will be a Dolphins player. My prediction?
Jim Mandich - captain of Bo's first team, and a legend down in Miami.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||One of the things I like most||
One of the things I like most about that video is Nix saw it and thought it was genuinely funny.
I'm all for blood & guts and hatred of rivals, but some good-natured ribbing is also appreciated at times.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||That can't be the same Spencer Hall, can it?||
I know he watches college football, but he does *not* seem like the type to break down film on 4th thru 7th rd NFL draft picks. Plus, I don't think SBNation is a part of CBS (could be wrong on that).
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Blake giving proof this instant draft grades are crazy||
Here is the CBS Sports instant comment and grade:
"A CB/S who transferred from Michigan to Auburn, is a bit undersized and is inconsistent and tough to trust. He will develop into a reliable defender."
That all sounds fair, though the last part doesn't quite match (if he's undersize and inconsistent and tough to trust, how will become "reliable").
Grade? An "F"