- Member for
- 6 years 50 weeks
- View recent blog entries
|9 hours 32 min ago||I think you're coming from a||
I think you're coming from a perspective that's shared by most in the college athletics world and many in the business world, but is not the perspective of most, and nor is it, I would argue, the right perspective.
Whether to speak out is ultimately an ethical question, right? On one hand, being part of an organization grants you access and a unique perspective. An enemy of that organization could use that perspective to damage the org. And one perspective inside is probably not a complete picture, so if one guy is talking and everyone else is mum the public will end up with a skewed perspective. That's why it's unethical to share secrets about the goings on of your company, your school, your program, etc.
However there is a higher level of ethics than that, and here's the disconnect. The people you're arguing with are speaking to these higher moral imperatives: that when your organization is diseased to the point where it's doing harm to itself and those who are part of it, the ethical thing to do is blow the whistle.
On both levels, we seek Truth. THAT is the moral we are serving when we keep our mouths shut about what goes on in our organizations. What I mean is that silence is NOT an ethic into itself. It is taught as such because it's self-serving; instilling silence is an effective method of protecting your organization from a few facts giving out a false truth, and of saving your own ass.
In this case, the Truth is that things were very wrong inside the Michigan program. And if ANYBODY who was around that program has absolutely proven his loyalty to Michigan and should be trusted implicitly to convey Truth about what went on in there, it's Gardner. We have had some impressive people come through this program, but he stands very high among them. If he throws shade on Brady Hoke, Hoke deserves it. If he throws shade on Nussmeier, it's because it's an open secret that the players did not trust Nuss.
These facts can no longer hurt Michigan; if Gardner spoke out a year ago it could have driven off recruits and damaged the team. But now we should all want to know the Truth of what happened to make Michigan so bad in 2014. Because what we care about more than Hoke's reputation here is that no player has to go through what Gardner did again.
|11 hours 7 min ago||Thickening agent. It makes||
Thickening agent. It makes the sauce stick to the pasta.
|11 hours 39 min ago||Boo 16-team conferences.||
Boo 16-team conferences. There aren't enough games to see your rivals. 16 teams is a league, not a conference. I'm with you on having a separate division for what's now the "Power 5." That in fact is what Division 1 was supposed to be, and they've actually threatened the NCAA to make a "Division 4" with their own rules if they couldn't offer full cost of attendance stipends.
|1 day 4 hours ago||I have a toddler. I use what||
I have a toddler. I use what I've got on hand.
|2 days 7 hours ago||I heard it's a fight. TV||
I heard it's a fight. TV wants a night game, and Ann Arbor PD are like no fucking way you're going to have SPARTANS drinking in our city all day.
I'd bet it's 3:30.
|2 days 8 hours ago||When he sees holes and makes||
When he sees holes and makes holes and gets one thousand yar
|2 days 8 hours ago||They'll overnight if possible||
They'll overnight if possible or issue an e-ticket. I bought my 2012 MSU ticket from them at 3pm Friday and it was on my doorstep before we left the next morning. I think it added six bucks or something.
|2 days 8 hours ago||True. Actually I was planning||
True. Actually I was planning on it for early next week initially but the huge swing in Maryland tickets made it more relevant for this week. I had it ready yesterday but we had a flood of content yesterday and I didn't need to bump UFR down any further.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Here's your answer,||
Here's your answer, basically. They're not going to pretend like they're the only place you can buy and sell tickets. They do what they do: aggregate all the not-StubHub sites, and guarantee the tix you buy. If you want to use them for that, great. If you don't it's not like they lost business. They're our friends for a reason.
|2 days 9 hours ago||I think of all types of||
I think of all types of gambling it's hardest to lose your shirt on daily fantasy sports. I've lost more betting the guy in the row in front of me that 5 to 1 Peppers takes this one to the house. Peppers isn't returning 20% of punts so this is a bad bet. But I'm not buying the odds nor really trying to make money. I want that moment when Peppers does return one, when I'm high-fiving the whole section for calling it, and the dude is happily handing me $25 for not BELIEVING.
Gambling is dumb. It's also fun as shit.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Well put, and you're right. I||
Well put, and you're right.
I tried for a time of having the DK sponsorships be tied to JamieMac articles. As you know, Jamie got sick. And we weren't paying him (not that he'd take our money) to do it, and he still has a very good job he does a very good job of, so getting stuff in timely was a thing. Frankly there isn't anyone better than JamieMac so replicating that is impossible. But I will ping him now to see if maybe he'd do it again.
Obviously from these responses I need to figure out another way of presenting their content.
As for the visceral reaction: yeah; but I'm asking for what's a better compromise with the readers than "okay Seth you have to drop Draft Kings as a sponsor now because ESPN took $40 million or whatever to let your sponsor eye-fuck everyone who consumes ESPN."
Maybe just label the posts Fantasy Whatever. Maybe there's a better idea. Just know the difference between having DK advertise at their current level is very close to the margin of whether or not I can do MGoBlog as a living.
|2 days 9 hours ago||I think this is the most||
I think this is the most constructive idea so I'm posting my long reply to all the other suggestions under it. There isn't a color code but I can start labeling the headlines. The intent was never to trick anybody. If you don't like fantasy sports then you should skip it. If you do, and you're gonna end up trying daily fantasy anyway, let ours be the ad you click. They're paying us either way; the difference is whether you're playing against other MGoBloggers and that I try to pick a contest that's more fun and less something the people with algorithms are gaming. I am seriously, sorry for betraying you.
Why not just take donations instead of ads? If we start making levels of beveled guilt where you get something everyone else doesn't then that's great for the six-figure crowd to whom $100 or something isn't a big deal, and they don't treat it as a big deal.
But it's jolly rotten for anyone who can't afford that, which is a sizeable population. I've given to and been part of plenty of orgs that run on donations and they're huge sellouts. I can't tell you how many times I had to suck up to Mitch Albom while on the board of Volunteer Impact (and he still doesn't remember my name). The University of Michigan Athletic Department itself has to create special rooms and special meet and greets and throw names up everywhere to keep their donor base giving. It's annoying for the donors because they're constantly bombarded to give more and encouraged to play the game of one-upsmanship. It's annoying for the non-donors because they have to be bombarded with the names of people who can spend the price of their daughter's education on something like that. It's annoying for the coaches who have to smile and glad-hand these big ballers so they can go back to teaching kids to ball. The "let's let the rich pay for it so the rest can have it" model always becomes "let's let the rich have it how they want it and the rest can live in their J. Ira & Nicky Harris world."
But ads annoy. I'm Gen X; I've been inundated with ads since birth and rebeled against them too. But we also have to be realists: for half a century we got to watch TV for free because ads supported them. Michigan Replay would go to a break and you'd just have to sit there for several minutes watching GM parade their cars around before you could get back to the Brandy and Bo. The Buicks were on the same screen as the show. You changed the channel and instead of Bo there was a pickup driving over a pile of dirt and you dealt. It wasn't until cable bundles, and that they forced you to pay for the worst channel ever conceived by a non-fascist or communist nation to get the channels you actually wanted, that it got evil.
There's a transition that is going to have to happen for this to be worthwhile as a career for more than Brian. This blog started as internet obsessives who were just like "I'd rather write for basically free than not write." That was a STEAL if you read the site in 2007-2009, but if you saw Brian's apartment or Brian's car from that time (he still has the car) you'd recognize who you were stealing from. We don't want to ask readers to buy us new cars; we'd much rather earn the money to buy new cars by asking you to give a few seconds of eye-to-brain time to sponsors who won't screw you before you read 11,000 words De'Veon Smith runs.
It is now one of the premier sports sites on the internet, and is the premier site for any one team. We're not going to bring in the money the Freep does, but with far more readers than their sports section it would be nice if our staff writers could be paid like the Freep pays theirs, i.e. enough to have a middle class existence. I made less than anyone who reads this site except the students last year. I have a mortgage and a kid and a busted up driveway that I can't fix, and a widowed mom and grandma-in-law, and would like to have more kids. The model we're shooting for isn't to get rich of this--it's to be only as annoying as we have to be in order to go to bed at night without having to answer "when are you going to be done with this and get a REAL job?"
The best model for free content is to have a bunch of ads. The best way to have ads that have value to the sponsors is that they are not easily skipped. It would be highly unethical of me to take their money and then undercut it by waving readers away. What I can do though is portray them honestly, in our own words. What I can do is select them and know what they do, and only take money from those who are actually worth your while. I can put in the time and effort to translate what they want to say rather than slap them on ever lunch box. That blurs the line of content, but I also find it a more honest way of serving both the advertisers and readers.
I totally understand why Draft Kings is bringing this to the surface, because they're spending hundreds of millions right now to hit you in all the places you go for content where you can't actually talk to the dudes who sold it. I ask that you keep that in perspective. Find me another Draft Kings-sponsored media outlet who will explain why and how and from whom they're taking this money. ESPN's app makes you scroll past "Daily Fantasy" in the menu bar to get to "College Football." Grantland has videos where they're drafting entire teams. Our radio ad for Draft Kings starts: "Ace, this is an ad break in a sports-themed show, what does that mean? It means Draft Kings!"
As for Homesure Lending sponsoring UFR, that is a guy who is breaking even on his advertising and who only advertises in one place: MGoBlog. Matt is a friend going way back to when he and my brother played football together at Seaholm. He put his time in at a retail lender, saw every way they hose their clients, and built a business that works exactly not like that. He offered to sponsor UFR because he was sick of there not being UFRs when Michigan loses to Ohio State or in a bowl game. He came up with the idea of football eve because the night before the first game of the season he's so damn jittery his family has to just about throw him out of the house. He saved me more on my mortgage payment than his ads make for me.
Run down our list of advertisers. Matt. There's Kevin from the Alumni Association, who is best friends with Ira, and wants to send HTTV to every member, and who told me in his first converstation that his goal is to make Michigan Alumni association membership the best deal in the Big Ten. There's Taylor from Park n Party, who does what he does so he can live next door to the stadium and buy burger meat for Peg Canham's barbecues. There's the guy who wants to make Michigan watches, the guy who wants to make Brown Jug replicas, and the guy who wants his new coffee shop to be the place where people congregate to talk about how Beilein's frontcourt is up to 240/250 pounds each. There's TiqIQ, because they hired Jared Cooper who used to run the now-defunct Sporst Power Weekends. There's Stubbs, whose head dude is an MGoBlog fan, and their "ad" was basically to make Joe Pichey available. There's Reid and his boutique local law firm he has to fight the ways old people get screwed. There's Kenny Magee, who wanted to turn his collection of Michigan memorabelia into a shop so he can share it with people and spend his days talking to other Michigan obsessives. And of course our first and longest sponsor, Rishi from UGP, who if you were to try to build the kind of guy you want running a business from the ground up this is precisely what you'd come up with. He is also the benchmark I use to decide who we'll take money from.
Note that CokeZero, the Draft Kings of last year, is not on that list. They came to us with a dumptruck of money, but they also didn't get who you are or how to make something valuable to you. The previous year's big spender, CBS, is also not on that list. Coors isn't on that list. Volkswagon isn't on that list.
With DK I work with Larry Axelband, who has come on here and interacted any time there's been a problem with an account. He also made it $5 cheaper to get HTTV after the Kickstarter every year. He was the guy at his own daily fantasy site, and now he is one guy with a little compartment of a huge daily fantasy site. I would like to continue taking his money and making it worthwhile to him, because we are sports fans who like to play fantasy sports, and even my threadbare shirt is impossible to lose betting $3 on a team I've assembled that has a very small chance of winning. Drafting the team is the fun part anyway. If you're down with all this, seriously, I am very open to suggestions of how I can make it not suck.
Thank you for the feedback. The lines are open.
|2 days 21 hours ago||No it is the new don't||
No it is the new don't upgrade your iOS, or don't forget to wear sunscreen or look both ways before you cross the street or don't eat yellow snow. It is sage advice that can protect you from horrible things, and therefore whatever civilization you live in will emphasize it to the point where becomes cliche.
|2 days 21 hours ago||No but Utah had an Aussie||
No but Utah had an Aussie punter too.
These diagrams are meant to show the matchups. Kickers and punters largely play against themselves, and returners play against entire teams. I show the offense and defense of Michigan just so you can see who's up against whom.
|2 days 22 hours ago||I get you. But the first||
I get you. But the first sentence of the post says...
|2 days 22 hours ago||Only if Dave Brandon let you||
Only if Dave Brandon let you into Michigan Stadium for free.
Long before DK went ad blitzing they were supporting us, and they continued to do so when half the readership bolted because who wants to read about a puttering out Brady Hoke team after ND did to Michigan what Michigan just did to BYU.
We're sports fans here--fantasy sports is a no-brainer sponsor. Before we had one we had these rooms popping up on board threads. But I've been extremely careful in how we do it. We have ONE sponsor from that market. Before it was DK it was Draft Street, which Larry Axelband--our contact guy--built from the ground up. He sold that to DK and oversaw the incorporation of his play database into their system. Compare the player rating system of DK to FD one day and you'll see how effective that was.
I play these all the time but I prefer the two times a month or so when we have an MGoReadership game and I can recognize all the handles. If you think I can offset this better let me know; I wil incorporate it if I can or unless I have a very good reason not to. I think we've been very clear when Draft Kings is sponsoring that we do a thing, which is more than I can say for Grantland.
DK isn't shy about the fact that they've been in a war with FanDuel, and you're well aware of the outcome. But you should also note that while leaping from obscurity to ALL THE ADS, the only uptick in DK ad frequency on this site is they're now sponsoring a segment on the radio show.
We're trying to have our living and have our longtime sponsor, and have our readership not annoyed and have our site free. I can control what we put on this site and how, but I think it'd be unfair for us to stop doing the thing we've been doing for four years because our sponsors got huge.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Agree.||
|3 days 48 min ago||That was my call and he's||
That was my call and he's still hurt.
|3 days 49 min ago||I always do. It's the kicker||
I always do. It's the kicker and kick returner on the offense and the punter and punt returner on defense.
|3 days 58 min ago||dangit. That got past both me||
dangit. That got past both me and the DK guy twice. Fixed
|3 days 1 hour ago||I asked. They can't because||
I asked. They can't because the contest has already started. The M players are still in the late games but I checked with DK and the M players can't earn points there so no reason to have those games.
|3 days 7 hours ago||I reinstated it. I like that||
I reinstated it. I like that fans think this is the place to come to start new traditions.
|4 days 4 hours ago||I'm too lazy to scroll up and||
I'm too lazy to scroll up and plus you but thanks.
|5 days 6 hours ago||Sure. Though some I keep not||
Sure. Though some I keep not erasing because I miss them.
|6 days 2 hours ago||Yeah we were just talking||
Yeah we were just talking about it. The UNO player deserved it. He tried to choke Porter.
|6 days 2 hours ago||1 million MGoPoints to||
1 million MGoPoints to whoever can find us a recording of Ace's ska band.
|6 days 3 hours ago||BOOOOOOOOO! Just for that I'm||
Just for that I'm calling that guy right now and getting him back on.
|6 days 3 hours ago||Because you can't blow your||
Because you can't blow your nose or sniffle on the radio. So you grab some TP and clean up.
|6 days 3 hours ago||David and I made our own||
David and I made our own lists. I had 7-0 over the Avs in 2002. The last game of that whole rivalry, the follow-up to the Statue of Liberty. Chasing Roy right out of Colorado.
David had 10-1 last CCHA 2008 quarterfinals. Porter's final game. Last night of Old Yost.
|6 days 3 hours ago||Gimmicky Top Five: Most Fun Blowouts||