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- Can Texas set aside its institutional ego and just be "another" conference member that has equal say?
- What about travel time for non-revenue sports? Sure they could pay the additional costs easily, but travel time would be a huge negative. I guess if they were in the B10 West, it would make things slightly better, plus it would give the West another anchor school.
- Obama gets elected and Reps warn that Defense spending will be "gutted". Please check defense spending in the last six years. It has not gone down.
- Similarly, Bush gets elected and Dems warn that he will gut social spending programs and education. Again, check spending numbers during the Bush years. All of these things went upward.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Desmond Howard. I was in||
Desmond Howard. I was in college at the time, so maybe a bit of nostalgia, but he had the single greatest offensive season I've ever seen a Michigan player have. Absolutely amazing.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||They basically don't have||
They basically don't have music videos on anymore. Same with VH-1. Look, I understand ratings are king and all so these networks are gonna show anything that gets ratings. But it's really disappointing to me that our culture has gone to a place where these sensational reality programs are so popular. I used to *love* the History channel. Now anything on there is so "flashy" I'll call it with constant jerky cameras, over-the-top special effects, and just general movement everywhere. I guess this is what the ADD generation needs. Of course I feel the same way about movies. Movies used to be about plot and developing characters but now any "action" movie is just non-stop action with no pretense of anything deeper. Take a look at some of the great action movies of the past - Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Terminator, Matrix, Die Hard - and they all had strong character development and a compelling plot. Now you have action movies that are basically one long car chase. Sure, there used to be car chases, but they were one scene in the movie surrounded by stuff more meaningful. Now get off my lawn.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||TWC is such garbage now. Try||
TWC is such garbage now. Try finding *acutal* weather content on that channel, I dare you. This was at issue during negotations with DirecTV last year when for a short period of time DirecTV dropped TWC after they made unreasonable demands for a "raise". TWC started this absolutely ridiculous PR camplaign saying that DirecTV didn't care about the health and welfare of its subcribers since TWC is the "go to" source of info during severe weather. The campaign went nowhere and TWC not only did not get a raise, in order to get back on the air it had to make concessions to reduce the amount of ridiculous non-weather-related programming on its channel.
From my perspective, not much has changed, however, There's hardly any weather content on during prime time when you might want to check on tomorrow's weather. Instead, they have serious "weather" programs like:
- American Super Natural (yes, this is ghosts and stuff)
- Fat Guys in the Woods
- Why Planes Crash
- Highway through Hell
When I lived in FL I used to love TWC because of the tropial (hurricanes) content. It used to be a professional source of weather and commentary, much deeper than looking at an app. No more.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I agree. Based on all the||
I agree. Based on all the focus on this interview at this site, I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop...the moment when Harbaugh just seemed like dick. It never happened. He did not seem that into it, but he basically behaved the way he normally does with the media...guarded. This is much ado about nothing. It will have absolutely zero impact on recruiting, nor should it. Recruits are going to remember their facetime with Jim an his absolute enthusiasm for all things Michigan, not how he responded to some terrible questions by Cowherd. And ending the interview the way Cowherd did was totally unprofessional. He's just pissed that Harbaugh wasn't entertaining and didn't fawn over him like they are buds or something. Cowherd's reaction is in no way fitting given how the interview went. And, really, Jim doesn't need Cowherd or ESPN's help to sell Michigan. His recent recruiting record seems to show he's doing that fine on his own. What a tool.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Good for Haylie, but it's||
Good for Haylie, but it's hardly going to pay the bills. I happened on a pro softball game last week on TV and did some reasearch as a result. The only pro league is National Pro Fastpitch. And from the FAQ, you can see player salaries:
"Average NPF player salary is approximately $5,000-$6,000 for the playing season of June, July and August."
They *do* get housing paid for as well, but overall compensation is very low.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||I figured they were making in||
I figured they were making in the $10-15 million range after expenses. Clearly so far Texas has not made out by going their own way. But their main sports (football, basketball, baseball) have not been doing very well since LHN went live. Imagine if Michigan had had its own network in recent years. I have no doubt it would have done poorly given our struggles.
Regardless, I'm jealous of LHN. I'd love to have a network devoted to U-M sports to see softball, baseball, hockey, etc. more regularly. BTN is great, but coverage of lots of sports is very lacking. You can get some of it with an extra subscription (BTN Plus), but I'm not keen on paying extra.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Which Texas blog do you||
Which Texas blog do you consider "their Mgoblog"? Couldn't find it after searching some.
On Texas to Big 10, the irony is Texas was mentioned a ton during the last round of B10 expansion. And the Big 10 Network payouts are projected to be $30.9 million in 2014-15:
Granted, the OP's article does not talk about costs in regards to the Longhorn Network, but with revenue projected to be around $26 million, Texas is no where near BTN money. And right now the PAC-12 Network is not even close to the BTN in terms of payouts:
Wonder if Texas would reconsider joining the B10? They have a lot in common with B10 schools, arguably more so than the PAC-12. The biggest issues are IMO:
|16 weeks 1 day ago||I understand the difference.||
I understand the difference. I was relying on the article that the OP linked to be accurate when it said he "committed" in 2014. Given your link, it puts everything in a different light. Looks pretty obvious he was pushed out and they used the medical "evaluation" as an excuse. I just couldn't understand the motivation to offer an injured kid in the first place and then try to put him on a medical scholly, which was not the case.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||From the article: A||
From the article:"A four-star recruit ranked the No. 32 corner in his class, Dean committed to Urban Meyer and Ohio State in early 2014, then enrolled in time for spring camp this past January. But the Buckeyes medical staff would not clear Dean to participate in practice, reportedly citing his 2013 ACL injury and other knee issues."
So OSU signed him *after* his ACL injury. Maybe he had those "other knee issues" after he signed? I agree that the differing medical diagnosises is troubling. I just wonder why offer the kid a scholly in the first place with his injury history? But looks like he was probably pushed out because it was expedient.
Recently I did some analysis of football scholly signings of various schools in the past four years and UM / MSU had in the low 80s, which makes sense given the 85 limit. OSU had 101 I think, which was comparible to LSU and some other SEC schools. Alabama was at around 105. These numbers seem pretty damning to me unless these schools just have some unusually high level of attrition.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||By "cut" what I really meant||
By "cut" what I really meant was either: 1) put someone on a medical scholarship or 2) encourage him to transfer. We all know they are being cut. It's just being called something else.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||So I get that OSU was||
So I get that OSU was oversigned and needed to free up schollys. But this Dean kid is a 4* and by all indications a good prospect. OSU has every reason to want him to succeed. Now mabye OSU needed to "cut" someone and since they figured this kid wasn't going to make it he was an obvious candidate, but my questions are:
1. Why sign him in the first place with his injury history? And if you are going to oversign, wouldn't you choose someone without his injury history?
2. Why not "cut" someone else Saban-style who had been in the program and wasn't cutting it? Why would you keep and older player with low-likelihood of impact and keep this Dean kid?
This just doesn't make sense to me. Granted, I think OSU does fishy stuff, I'm just not sold in this particular situation.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Ok, mabye I am not||
Ok, mabye I am not understanding something here, but of what benefit is it to OSU to "medical" this guy? What most here object to is using "medical redshirts" to bascially cut people who don't earn playing time. This guy *just* enrolled in January so he's clearly not had any time to compete. I guess the motivation here could be take this guy off the market? But if he *could* have helped OSU down the road, you would think they would have kept him on the roster. I see this as OSU just being extra careful here and nothing nefarious. To me this doesn't come close to the stuff that Alabama does. They "medical" guys who have spent years on campus and clearly are not going to help the team so Saban wants to free up the scholarship for someone else who *may* make an impact. This seems entirely different to me.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||These are my favorite posts.||
These are my favorite posts. Someone trying to sound all smug who doesn't even know the basic types of logical reasoning. Deductive reasoning is what Sherlock Holmes does, "reasoning from one or more statements (premises) to reach a logically certain conclusion." In other words, he starts from the top with general premisies to reach logically sound conclusions. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deductive_reasoning
Inductive reasoning is the opposite bottom-up approach and it "derives general principles from specific observations."
In this instance, the poster is saying because Calipari has some specific instances of "cheating" in his past, we can induce that the general principal is that "he's a cheater" and will cheat again.
Personally, I don't think UK is cheating anymore than the other big programs are. With the lifestyle they offer that's above board - the basically private luxury dorm, amazing facilities, girls, getting drafted, etc. - I think there's plenty to entice recruits without having to pay them or do other NCAA-prohibited things. I don't like that many of the one-and-done UK players stop going to class during the second term because they know they are not coming back, but since the NCAA / NBA force them to go to college, it's hard to blame them for skipping class once it's pretty certain they are going to make millions.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||It is very cold in space.||
It is very cold in space.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah I read someplace else||
Yeah I read someplace else that they were looking at the hands of the center-QB exchange, particularly Shane working with the center since he's a lefty. I think shortly after that Harbaugh demanded that Shane take all snaps like a righty would so the center does not have to learn to deliver the ball differently based on the QB.
|29 weeks 1 hour ago||See||
See #BrianWilliamsMisremembers for a helluva good time.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||Baxter, bark twice if you're||
Baxter, bark twice if you're in Milwaukee.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||I agree with everything you||
I agree with everything you said here except one thing:
"Regarding Harbaugh, things need to wait out until the regular season is over."
It occurred to me the other day, when the reports circulated that Hackett would be taking a shot at Harbaugh "through the 49ers", that this might mean trying to get a commitment and/or the services of Harbaugh before the season ends. From what I understand, Hackett *could* have just gone to Harbaugh without talking to the 49ers and he could have negotiated and signed him; Hackett is not part of the NFL and is not bound by their contracts. However, Harbaugh would probably have to wait until the end of the season to announce his departure in that scenario (Contract implications? Integrity issue?). However, if Hackett negotiates directly with SF and agrees to pay part or all of his buyout, SF might agree to either: an announcement that Harbaugh will be joining Michigan after the season, OR even an agreement to let him leave to coach Michigan before the season is over. SF is in a bind right now. They don't apparently want Harbaugh any longer, but the whole "Harbaugh to Michigan" thing has to make any potential trade of Harbaugh infeasible. Hackett could give SF something it badly wants while getting what Michigan wants. I can't see any other benefit in going "through" SF.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||Q: Doug, what's it like to||
Q: Doug, what's it like to watch film without the AD in the room?
|45 weeks 2 days ago||This is hilarious on many||
This is hilarious on many levels. First of all, the fact that the Athletic Director's title was sold to the highest bidder is so sad / funny - the blah blah Shephard Director of Athletics? That that even appears in the press release - and probably HAS to contractually - says everything about the current commercialism of the Michigan AD.
|45 weeks 2 days ago||Reading between the lines||
Reading between the lines Brandon is gone. Schlissel has gone out of his way to talk about needing integrity and "building a stronger connection to the univeristy community." It's obvious neither of those things happen with Brandon present. He's probably got things in motion (i.e. interviews) and won't tip his hand *directly* now, but it seems pretty obvious.
|46 weeks 3 days ago||I agree with the boycott.||
I agree with the boycott. It's similar to a situation where a totalitarian government needs to be encouraged to go so economic sanctions are put into effect. Are the sanctions perfect? No. Do the sanctions often hurt the people you are trying to help? Yes. But the only way to affect the long term change is to financially punish those in charge. Eventually they weaken some and sometimes it leads to regime change or at least a change in policy to get the sactions removed.
I agree that boycotting part of a game won't do much to hurt the AD financially. Sure there's some lost concessions revenue. But that's about it in terms of short term impact. What's more important here is the *message*. And the message is that if things don't change, *next* season you will see lots of empty seats when people don't renew season tickets. Is that enough to force out Brandon? Probably not. Because in the end, if he fires Hoke and hires a homerun coach, most people will forget their grievances. It's ironic that keeping Brandon *might* be more likely to lead to the hire that we all want. I have no doubt that it will be made clear to him if he's kept on that he needs to "make up" with the fans, which will require some policy changes, pricing changes, and an awesome head coach to rally the fans. But in the end, the boycott *could* still help. It puts the threat of empty seats next year on the table to force a better product on the field.
|47 weeks 3 days ago||Schlissel will probably||
Schlissel will probably listen to the advice of others (regents?), and that advice will probably lead to candidates already discussed here like Manuel, Bates, etc. Choosing someone with Michigan ties would be a natural to avoid "being hasseled" and truly being able to delegate and walk away. I'm sure those names have been leaked for a reason and that involves at least someone on the inside who wants to see Manuel or Bates or someone similar. I think DB *is* done, the question is just when. Probably season end. Honestly, I don't think this team will win another game. Look at the schedule and tell me who you think they will beat? Football is above all is based on complex organizing skills and this staff has shown the inability to minimally organize anything. Lesser-talented teams will (and have) beat Michigan simply because they have a head coach with basic organization skills.
I was thinking the other day about the parellels between RichRod and Hoke. How both were done in on one side of the ball; how they replaced coordinators and made them scape goats; how the new coordinators had even *worse* results. Not sure what the lesson is there, but it's pretty striking.
Anyhow, from Beilein we know a good coach can come in and succeed here. The athletic department is not *that* poisoned. A new AD can clean out some of the marketer MBA types and bring back some of the "retired" administrators to bring back some traditional perspective.
|47 weeks 3 days ago||Eh, I woudn't worry about||
Eh, I woudn't worry about that too much. Schlissel may not like how big college athletics have become, but he's unlikely to reverse the course of U-M sports revenue / fanbase growth. I know, "no politics" but think of this as an analogy:
So what do U-M athletics and the size of US government budgets have in common? They are both massive entities with momentum of their own. One person cannot come in and change those things, not without sabotaging anything else they would like to accomplish. What's more likely is that Shlissel will just choose an AD who he can delegate things to and not be involved at all. Which kinda bodes well for a polished, experienced type of AD IMO.
I don't think this really *is* a political post, but mods feel free to delete if you think it is.
|47 weeks 3 days ago||Dunno||
So here are a couple of "resources":
I can't find anything that says what powers the Regents have, even in the bylaws. Shouldn't be this hard to find out what powers a public official has, should it?
|49 weeks 6 days ago||I personally care just a||
I personally care just a *little* about the Lions. I've gotten bit so many times that the investment is minimal. Back in the late 90s when the Lions hired Bobby Ross, I thought "wow, here's a guy who won a national championship in college...surely he can turn the Lions into a winner". They had Barry Sanders and went out and got Scott Mitchell who was a promising QB and pretty hot commodity that year. So my friends and I got season tickets. I tried to support them and then this happened in 1998:
Lions come back, get to OT, then Mitchell throws a terrible pick that's returned for a TD. That was it for me. I knew then they would always be losers, would always find a way to blow games. I finished out that year as a season ticket holder, but I wasn't into it. I honestly slept at times during games they were so dull. And that was it for me. I still care a little, but it's not a big disappointment when they suck. It just is what it is. The sky is blue, the Lions will always suck.
The Lions have pretty much always been built on offense in a league where defense wins titles. Can you remember the last time the Lions had a shutdown defense? Closest I can come up with was when they had Bubba Baker back in the 80s. Their defenses always let the team down at the end of games and the offense never manages to put enough points on the board to win. It's the same old story for every road game I remember. Home is sometimes a little better, but not enough to make a really good team.
So here we are in 2014, and the same old recipe. We have a good - not great - offense in a league where D wins championships. We have a medioce defense that will never win playoff games. We know they aren't going to contend for much of anything. The only real interest in watching is like gawking at an accident...how EXACTLY will the Lions manage to lose games? And whose careers will be ruined by being associated with this franchise?
|49 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, I hear you. Every year||
Yeah, I hear you. Every year I get a little excited about the Lions. The hype train is almost believable every time, but in your heart you know better. This is hilarious:
This just tells you how little the so-called "experts" know. Have they been followig the Lions at all over the years? I could have guaranteed you they would not win this game. They rarely win on the road, especially when favored.
And to think I almost switched to DirecTV to get Lions games here in DC. Thank god I didn't spend the extra money.
|50 weeks 5 days ago||This is truly depressing. I||
This is truly depressing. I was content to wait until the Oline matured before getting rid of Hoke, but how can the *defensive* coaching be this poor? Mattision is an NFL coordinator. I know he's not a DB coach but can't he see poor technique and call out his assistants when it's happening? If this is all accurate then this staff is done. They'll be fired at the end of the season. You can't expect the D to improve if they are getting incorrect instruction in practice.
|50 weeks 5 days ago||I *wish* I were there. Most||
I *wish* I were there. Most of the summer, I didn't follow any football-related stuff, but then as the season approached I listened to the hype again. Brian's preview made me optimistic, especially on defense. But I think at the core the D still can't pressure the QB. And how can we expect them to really improve when the OLines they go against in practice are mediocre at best? This team won't get over the hump until the Oline is good again. And who knows when that will be.
Dierdorf is spot on. This team has so many flaws that were exposed on Saturday, and the same flaws as last year. The Oline is marginally improved but should improve during the year given scheme and the age of the players. And that's the key to me. But a *really* good line is probably at least two years away, two years of watching painful games.
I stepped away once before for a couple of years during the Moeller era when it became clear the team was completely disorganized and wasn't improving; it was degrading. My sanity returned when I stopped watching. I feel like we're in the same position again. I really don't think firing Hoke will accomplish anything at this stage. Let;s just let the OLine mature and see how that affects the team. Any new coach would have the same issues with the Oline. I don't think Brady is the right guy at all, but are we prepared for a new coach and new systems *again* that the players must learn? Will this really be progress? Man accepting mediocrity is hard.
|50 weeks 5 days ago||"Ties to Michigan" and the mysterious "Michigan Man"||
I really think we are screwed as fanbase for a while folks. I've been a Michigan fan since 1979, when my step-dad introduced me to Michigan football, and my passion for Michigan runs deep. But I'm reaching a breaking point, at least as far as football. Let's be honest here. Take off all rose-colored glasses and pretenses. Since Bo retired, Michigan has won exactly eight Big Ten titles, only 4 of which are outright. So in the last 25 years, that's one championship every three years or so. And none since 2004. Yes, we had that magical 1997 year, and I think for many that clouds our judgment and makes us think Michigan was more elite that it really was, even in 1990s. The 90s were filled with great OSU teams that we managed to often derail, but outside 1997 no real "great" Michigan teams.
So that's it. 25 years of mostly good to mediocre teams, with the last 8 now taking us from mediocrity to outright poor play. We are where we are. I for one have a tough choice to make. I love Michigan football like a child of mine, but it's terribly rough for me to watch them suck. I'm reaching the final grieving stage for the passing of the Michigan that once was - acceptance - but I'm not there yet. I watch these games and I'm filled with anger. All the talk, all the promises, and 2014 Michigan looks identical to 2013 Michigan. And the people in charge look clueless to fix it. And you have to wonder, is it really, solely coaching, or is there some type of cancer eating underneath all of this? Greg Mattison did not suddenly become a terrible DC, nor - if we are honest here - did Greg Robinson the moment he set foot on Michigan's campus. Yet watching Michigan's defense on Saturday was nearly identical to watching it in 2013. The problems that exist on both sides of the ball remain the same with only minimal improvement. I'm not sure what the causes are, but I suspect the infighting in the Michigan fanbase, the inability to decide what we want Michigan to be, is the root cause of the current malaise. And it's not going to get better soon I don't think. Granted we have (and will have) talent. But when there's some unwritten rule that Michigan is supposed to win a CERTAIN way and no one can even define for sure what that way is, we are in trouble. Is it the Lloyd Car way, the pro-style offense with the drop back passer and the balanced rushing attack? Is that what Michigan football is? Is it Bo's option attack, which to a certain degree RichRod brought back even though it was labeld contratry to what Michigan football really 'is all about'?
It's really discouraging to me how RichRod was treated from the moment he got to Michigan. Here he was an offensive football savant and from the moment he was hired we were always reminded he was not a "Michigan Man", which of course no one can define because it means something different to everyone who says it. He got little support and while he made his own mistakes for sure, I imagine things might have turned out differently if he had received full fan, alumni, and administration support up front (like maybe paying Casteel the less than $300k he wanted...which is peanuts compared to what we are paying Mattision). So then we turned to a backup Michigan man because we couldn't get the guy we really wanted (Harbaugh) and the other guy who maybe could have made it work (Les Miles) inspires a lot of hatred around here. So we got Brady Hoke, a .500 career coach, mainly because he's a good guy and coached here before. And shockingly, it isn't going to work out. To me this ND game was Hoke's Richrod PSU moment. The game when I and many others realized he just couldn't get it done. All optimism - at least for me - is gone. Maybe as Bronxblue says we should just let Brady get us back to mediorce+ (if he can do that) and THEN hire someone better. Who knows. I for one don't think I'll be watching this season. I can't take the pain anymore.
But *when* we go looking for a coach again, we must jettison this "Michigan Man" BS. John Beilein had no previous ties to Michigan but I think he's worked out splendidly. But based on the "ties to Michigan" criteria, he should never have been hired in the first place. Let's just all agree what we want someone of good character who is a good coach and get rid of this idea that the new coach has to somehow "get" Michigan and tell us how "great" we are, even when the evidence shows we are not anymore. We need someone to *make* us great, not sycophantically kiss our collective asses as Brady always does with his “this is Michigan” emptiness. Sadly, I think this is impossible for our current fractured fan base and the AD will have to find someone else with these mysterious "ties" to Michigan and we'll be screwed yet again. So we all must decide, can we take the pain?