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|8 hours 52 min ago||I remember being soaked to||
I remember being soaked to the bone in the student section, and I was sitting pretty high up (one of our group failed to mention he had freshman status so we were in the 90s) with the wind on us. During halftime a bunch of us huddled under a poncho and smoked cigarettes which in retrospect was probably really dumb.
|9 hours 1 min ago||Except players would have to||
Except players would have to cosy up to sponsors to get anywhere. There are sports that work mostly on a sponsorship basis, and in those sports players are herded out of high schools into prep schools so they can get noticed. The goal is to empower the players, not create an oligarchy.
The whole point of college football is to be the pinko heaven of sports. You can watch the best 1500 athletes play for relatively equally talented teams and be bombarded with ads and massive ticket prices; that's the NFL. College football is the public space: you sit on a bench on publicly granted land on the campus of a publicly owned institution with 111,000 other people sitting on benches, and you watch exhuberant young adults who picked their own schools, and the 92% of those who aren't going to be amont the 1500 best athletes still get to be one of a shrinking group of people with college degrees and good connections and no debt.
My problem is they've privatized the things that make money for administrators and price it like a capital good while trying to maintain the same communist standards for everyone else. So now we've got the prices and iniquity of a free market combined with the corrupt bureaucracy and dehumanizing unfairness of a state-controlled market. Basically they've made it the worst of both worlds.
|9 hours 18 min ago||Were those 4th years or 5th||
Were those 4th years or 5th years? Many students get through 8 semesters and then have to come back in fall for a few last credits. I needed one last class to complete my major but had enough credits to graduate so I took the one class and some BS classes to maintain my full-time student status and further de-weight the grades from my stoner sophomore year. Senioritis isn't reserved for athletes--those guys were at least spending hours and hours at the thing they planned to do after college and lots of money depended on them doing well. I watched a lot of Lord of the Rings and went to see local bands.
|11 hours 16 min ago||That game has a nickname:||
That game has a nickname: Judgement Day. Yes it was great, but not sure it qualifies.
|11 hours 17 min ago||This one definitely. It was a||
This one definitely. It was a close game until Woodson's ridiculous interception. Poor Saban.
|20 hours 31 min ago||Ungh. I hate Crispin's Day||
In other thoughts, remember when that lady was going around saying Richard wasn't crook-backed, and then they found his bones and he totally was?
That was funny. She was pretty upset about it though.
|1 day 2 hours ago||In the micro: Lewan played||
In the micro: Lewan played with a "nasty streak" in 3/4 games against MSU, and was a dick in the last. Rubbing a facemask in the ground after a guy tried to break your arm: football. The shit he was pulling against MSU last year: inexcusable, and definitely not football.
|1 day 9 hours ago||P.S.||
If you did the digital Draft Kings deal a couple weeks ago and are now like "damn I woulda done the print book!" email me.
|2 days 57 min ago||Because young players||
Because young players progress way faster than old players. And their young players were Spence and Bosa and Washington. And their old player is Bennett. Normal improvement from those guys from last year and things look ugly. Actually things were ugly last season but the defensive line was mitigated a lot by poor secondary play.
Remember when Michigan had RVB and Brandon Graham and Mike Martin and Craig Roh as their DL and we said "this should be a good DL" and then that defense went to crap? It turns out those were pretty good defensive linemen, but the rest of the defense wasn't very good so they could be mostly skipped.
OSU's guys are better than any of the guys above except Brandon Graham. Bennett's a strong candidate be the first DT off the board in next year's draft. Normal progression for Bosa and Spence gets one or both into that Brandon Graham range. And Washington is moving to 3-tech but they liked him there so much they moved a really good space-eating NT to offensive line because he wasn't needed anymore once they saw Washington.
|2 days 1 hour ago||I spent so long trying to||
I spent so long trying to find a good digital release format. Then I had this conversation with Brian:
Ultimately an unprotected PDF can go on pretty much any device--it's just under 10 MB so I even got it on my Kindle, though it's hard to read on there.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Check in with Erik in Dayton.||
Check in with Erik in Dayton. He is having a 2012 edition Latin town crier performance next week I hear.
|2 days 8 hours ago||yeah. Email me and I'll take||
yeah. Email me and I'll take care of it right away.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Where? WHERE??? DEAR GOD||
Where? WHERE??? DEAR GOD WHERE!?!?!?!?!?
(other than forgetting to put The Wave article in the table of contents)?
|2 days 22 hours ago||Capital!||
|3 days 3 hours ago||Email me. I'll just make it||
Email me. I'll just make it the new address.
|3 days 8 hours ago||Seriously going as fast as we||
Seriously going as fast as we can. There was a stupid problem that shouldn't have happened but I can't get pissed about because I really really need the guys who screwed up to not screw up the next part.
|3 days 8 hours ago||Exactly.||
|4 days 3 hours ago||Hey no offense taken--not||
Hey no offense taken--not everything we do is gonna be everyone's cup of tea. You're right we could have used this time to make other content. Since our competitive nature had us using way more personal than MGoTime to do it, we're not talking all that much content. But if you were a drinking buddy of mine AND you don't get anything out of these articles then you really should complain because I've been staying home watching video of Nebraska offensive linemen instead of hanging out or returning phone calls.
I do think you've missed the point if you think this is about drafting fantasy teams. It's not a fantasy league--it's our goofy format for the MGoBlog 2014 Big Ten Preview. You're getting this instead of "Top 20 offensive linemen in the Big Ten this year" etc. You're supposed to walk away able to watch a Wisconsin game and say intelligent things about them.
|4 days 7 hours ago||That's ridiculous. Hollis||
That's ridiculous. Hollis wanted to be in the West with like nobody but that was shot down. From appearances he did go in with an agenda to get MSU fans what they wanted, which you can't fault him for. He was also in a better position since Michigan has another rivalry it needs to protect more, and I don't doubt Rutgers and Maryland were clamoring to have Mich and OSU games.
|4 days 11 hours ago||You can help me search: it||
You can help me search: it was an interview with Hollis. They were asked to put down what was non-negotiable and Hollis has no idea what Brandon wrote but it's a good guess it was Michigan-Ohio State in same division and playing the last day of the season. Then I guess there was a dinner or something where everyone was told how the decision was to be made and they got to give input on a couple alignments and scheduling plans (9 games, protected crossovers). Then later they got back an a, b, or c schedule and rated them individually. Then they got the resulting schedules. Then Brandon supposedly complained and was told it was too late. It's hard to know what DB did since I only have
|4 days 11 hours ago||Actually he stretched the||
Actually he stretched the truth there. There were several options and several rounds. Brandon didn't voice complaint until it was too late. That's why Michigan's "thing" is having played both OSU and MSU on the road or home every year, and Minnesota's thing is just having to play two games in a row at Michigan (when Michigan played two in a row at Minnny in '02 and '03).
It wasn't just some firm in Chicago who wrote a computer program. They were given input.
|4 days 12 hours ago||Nothing new. Wojo was picked||
Nothing new. Wojo was picked for this so they'd be assured of softball questions and no follow-up when there was a dodge; at one point WoJo himself repeated the myth that Brandon should be credited for the stadium expansions when those renovations were Bill Martin's. I don't like that WoJo started with the tired coach hot seat shit because it seems like they only did that at the beginning to frame the opposition to Brandon as a reactionary tinfoil hat society. From reading this article it would seem that bloggers' biggest complaints are 7-6 seasons and fireworks. fireworks got three words on the front page of the site. So I'm really disappointed that WoJo was chosen to do this interview because he did the worst possible job anyone could do with the opportunity.
As for Dave Brandon it's his same explanations (eg he's still deluding himself that the fans he priced out and ran off really left for 50-inch plasmas) except the MSU one, where he compared MSU switching to OSU years to Minnesota playing at Michigan twice, though I totally understand this isn't the spot to scream at the big ten's idiocy for hiring "Chicago computer guys"-- Brandon is referencing a conversation that took place far later than his opportunity to do something, btw. He's building a strawman; nobody's claiming it was a conspiracy--the allegation is Dave Brandon was asleep at the wheel and allowed this to happen out of his own incompetence. There were a bunch of options they were given and DB wasn't paying attention according to Hollis.
The life after sports initiative got way too little play. It's not Dave's pet but he's behind it and this interview would have been the perfect vehicle to use it for positioning Michigan as the program that's leading the way in providing lifetime support to its athletes.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'm not saying he sucks,||
I'm not saying he sucks, though. I'm saying I have a completely different list based on how effective a guy would be in my offense, and on all the video I watched Cobb was a downhill bulldozer who got his first five yards courtesy of Epping more than his own acceleration.
That zero-to-sixty is gold to a zone running offense. By the time I got to Clement all of those guys except James and Elliot were off the board. And to me Clement looked like an exact replica of Tevin Coleman.
|1 week 1 day ago||The "political reasons" thing||
The "political reasons" thing is an incorrect assumption. Most of what I knew from Dave Brandon before was I knew someone who worked closely with Domino's corporate while he was there, and was mostly related to how he dealt with co-workers and employees--not so much about people who buy pizzas. However the spot we started from was his handling of Stretchgate, which was exemplary. You're not speaking to somebody predisposed to hate DB; you're speaking to an apostate. We were his biggest supporters, until the overwhelming facts caused a slow but definitely stark conversion.
It's not just a rich/poor thing. The old guard who are allowed close to Brandon were the first to report smoke, which nobody believed for a year until it started accumulating.
So, no, it's not politics or predisposition powering the vitriol. But we can keep checking these boxes off until you believe me that Dave Brandon being an awful AD is the reason people keep saying he's an awful AD.
|1 week 2 days ago||I'll ask my brother's||
I'll ask my brother's roommate Post if it was him. I don't know how many six-foot nine frat dudes who throw beer cans of Michigan fans there would be. It's probably Post.
|1 week 2 days ago||10 miles from Wrigley to a||
10 miles from Wrigley to a huge baseball fan is worth mentioning.
|1 week 4 days ago||Riiight. That. Damn you,||
Damn you, statistically best QB in the conference who left because he didn't want to split time with the statistically second best QB in the conference I still have!
Don't underrate Jones; he's the Junior Hemingway of that offense; the other guys are the short-range dink-n-dunk targets. And don't underestimated the combo of Smith's downfield threat and Sudfeld's downfield accuracy, especially when that makes space for Venric Mark and Corey Clement to operate. I leapt at what I thought was the best space athlete in the conference, and because of that Mark's been unfairly downgraded when before his injury he was better than Shane Wynn and more marketable than Josh Ferguson and Dontre Wilson. In retrospect I could have had both Wisconsin RBs and gotten, if not Mark or Wynn, then one of those other guys later. Or Trae Waynes. I'm somewhat less horrified at my one bad pick now that dudes like Caputo and Rush and Murray and Longa have fallen to me so late.
I totally agree this offense needs some pieces: a route-ninja slot to complement Jones, and an unguardable tight end target, and most of all a new Roberson, but where can you find a passer as efficient as Devin Gardner with the legs of Braxton Miller and the zone-read proficiency (a vastly underrated skill) of Roberson? As you've said, Braxton Miller and Devin Gardner came off the board before I even got my first pick.
Then again if I could find such things, well, with that offensive line...
|1 week 4 days ago||It's like the AP poll. I keep||
It's like the AP poll. I keep winning, and they keep underrating me because the quarterback isn't a 5-star.
Results are on the field!
The team the team the team!
Games are won in the trenches!
A bird in hand is worth two fish in a barrel!
My country tis of thee, sweet land of liberty...
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||In all fairness she was||
In all fairness she was referring to this depressing photo taken at the spring game:
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||Fine, I'll play. He||
Fine, I'll play.
He donated more than 4 Million dollars to build Mott Children's hospital, and contributed to the Michigan Stadium renovation fund before he even took the office
Being rich means you give money to charity instead of paying it as taxes. Brandon was indeed a HUGE Michigan donor, and that indeed has colored his perspective of his job at Michigan. Building Mott = good thing. Contributing to Bill Martin's Michigan Stadium upgrade, eh, Brandon was one of the people who stood most to gain from those upgrades. I don't think this makes him an especially wonderful guy that he did it. It doesn't make him a worse guy either.
He took a 3 Million Dollar pay cut
From a job he was assigned by Bain and where he was always a bad fit for a corporate culture that to be fair would have been a bad fit for most people. He wasn't long for that job though. Remember they had to change the entire pizza right after he left. His tenure as Domino's CEO, if it was proof of anything, it was that CEOs get paid WAY too much money to be spectacularly mediocre at their jobs, and that his short-term policies of cheapening the food while raising prices and Wow factors were not sustainable for that company, and certainly not a good model for Michigan.
to take over an athletic department that was hemorhaging credibility like a stuck pig. He was tasked with cleaning up his predecessor's disastrous 3,5,7 win football hire and a basketball team that after finally breaking into the tournament seemed to be sinking back into mediocrity at 15-17.
I think you're giving him credit for things he didn't really do either well or anything for. Beilein's team got better than 15-17 because he found 3-stars who were 1st round NBA draft picks. Brandong didn't get Trey Burke to come here. And while Bill Martin had his faults exposed dramatically in the coaching search, who in the world WOULDN'T have hired Rich Rodriguez in 2008? Dave Brandon's biggest role was to waste months of recruiting time when he meant to fire RR, and then do a lot of private jetting before hiring a candidate they could have had at any time.
Brandon provided strong leadership and a stronger backhand through one of the darker(albeit ridiculous) chapters in Michigan football history.
Absolutely. He handled stretchgate magnificenty. Not perfectly but I don't want to mar the statement or undermine what an excellent and honest job he did there when 99% of ADs in college football would have just told the NCAA to go screw, which would have still worked with the hapless NCAA but wouldn't have been worthy of Michigan. I don't think Bo could have handled it half as well. Or Canham. Or Duderstadt. Etc. When we do finally send Brandon packing, we should shake his hand for this at least.
He hired a coach who immediately breathed life into a program on the ropes. That coach took a 5 win/yr team to an 11-2 record and a BCS bowl win.
New coaches tend to do that. That season was flimsy at the time and appears flimsier in retrospect.
He hired Beilein's assistants.
Beilein did. Trust me on this; Dave Brandon did nothing but approve their salaries.
He hired Greg Mattison
Mattison said straight-out that he came for Hoke. Brandon deserves credit for paying him.
You've gotta give credit for Al Borges too then. Anyway Nussmeier's hire is another one of those gray areas where the PR stunt that went with it backfired, and now it's wait-n-see if he works out. He's not a slam-dunk; he wasn't going to last under Saban anyway (for reasons that we might see as positives) and a lot of the causes for optimism with Doug relate to things Brandon wasn't looking at.
He oversaw the rebuilding of Crisler Arena
Bill Martin's plans. Brandon added the fountain and some other amenities but Bill Martin deserves the lion's share of the credit for the Crisler renovation plan.
I think it is a fair assumption that Brandon has done more for Michigan athletics and the world at large than 99% of us on the board, a fact that can get lost in petty vendettas and very real differences of opinion.
Because he's been put in a position to do so by circumstances that weren't entirely his own doing. Dave operates under the assumption that he deserves his fortune, but in many ways he's a poster child for extremely lucky guys who are really pretty mediocre and cannot possibly admit it to themselves.
In this man's opinion, Brandon has made very real sacrifices and deserves a great deal more respect than he gets on this board.
You are entitled to your opinion. My opinion is that his "sacrifices" were self-serving, and that his administration of Michigan on the whole has courted the vitriol he gets from the fanbase.