at least it's not just us?
Shorty the Beachcomber
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|2 weeks 3 days ago||Damn!||
Those guys are ace recruiters and stellar D-coaches. Wilcox is an underrated D-Coordinator in the national conference of high speed spread offense. Lupoi is one of the best recruiters in the nation. These guys don't get their due because of the west coast bias. However, they will KILL at USC. They're a better get than Sark for USC, IMO. I wanted them to stay at UW.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I'd revise that "way better job" description..||
UCLA plays in the Rose Bowl off campus and doesn't sell out. They don't have luxury suites for boosters and their practice facilities aren't brand spankin' new/state of the art. They are in SoCal and Mora does have them on the uptick. However, UW can offer a great deal of great significance that UCLA cannot. They have a brand new stadium in the most picture-eque setting in the land, a greater ability to generate revenues now, brand new practice facilities, and the Seattle scene is what many do prefer to the LA smog and limelight. The quality between the jobs is far closer than you think.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||From a winning standpoint it hurts..||
but they don't recruit the same athletes these days. Oregon likes 'em lean and fast. UW only begun to seriously dabble with the spread this season. They may begin to target the same athletes more often going forward, but UW's lost more in-state five-star O-linemen to the Stanford's and USC's of the world, and more in-state five star QB's to the USC's and BYU than Oregon. Defenders like Taylor Mays bolted Ty Willingham's winless ways for USC as well.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Captain Obvious is obvious..||
No offense, but that has been the case since college football began on the west coast in the 1800's. Like MGrowOld said, that didn't stop men like Don James from getting the best to go there. Winning is the greatest recruiter. Just look at Stanford and Oregon and the talent they pull in these days - because they win. Sark had a tougher time because he didn't win. Washington state has produced the nation's top rated pocket QB twice in the past three national signing classes and missed out on both. This is not normal for UW. Traditionally, UW holds onto in-state talent and recruits Cali, especially So-Cal, very well. It is only when the program imploded after they fired Neuhiesel and stopped winning that their recruiting success changed. Sark sux. Good riddance!
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Agree 100%||
As a family member of many UW alumns and a Seattle-ite, I am thrilled that USC is taking Sark off our hands! There is no reason 7 to 8 wins should be where UW plateaus. Only a coach who can't win big plateaus there in Seattle. I feel for the sanity of your fandom, but just as you said, I am one of the many in this ordeal that stand to benefit greatly by keeping that lackluster dope perpetually underwhelming at the flagship football program of the conference. Personally, I hope UW steals Mora, an alumn, back. However, I think Mora has more integrity and loyalty to his players than Sark. He's an example of a great Pac-12 coach who is capable of winning like Sark never did. You guys just hired 2013 Brady Hoke!
|5 weeks 4 days ago||NO stroke!||
She does not have a neurological issue nor did she have a stroke.. the university JUST put out a video of her this week as she advertised the University's newest fundraising campaign launch.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?
If you watch this.. you can CLEARLY see that she is perfectly normal.. when sober.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||You have to admit..||
That was a helluva halftime show. However, a "school" can do this when they don't have an academic program and their marching band members can be made to drill all week North Korea style. Seriously, there's no other way to explain the practice time..
|8 weeks 4 days ago||May I just opine,||
During those early '90's the Huskies wore the best uniforms they have ever worn. I wish they'd revert to them again. So classic.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Grew up||
On those Michigan/Washington Rose Bowls. He was an incredible coach and was the first to really bring Pac Northwest football to the national forefront. He went 2-2 against Michigan in the Rose Bowl. He will be missed.
Bow Down to the Dawgfather
|9 weeks 5 days ago||That's an interesting strategy..||
Let's see how it works out for us!
|9 weeks 5 days ago||GERG||
Gerg might need to be rethought as the issue. He just held OK to 20 today when paired with Texas' offense. Maybe there was something to R2's meddling and the Mack Brown crappy players theory. Maybe.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Lots of good points..||
However, it is important to note that if we are attributing points against our defense only, and not considering points given up by the offense and bad field position then it is important to do the same across the board. Therefore, it is inaccurate to say that by taking away points given up by the offense it would automatically make our defense statistically better than other defenses before measuring it against other defenses under the same conditions. Gardner isn't the only QB to have thrown pick-six's this year. In addition, let's call it what it is and say there's been too small a sample size to predict how it will perform in Big Ten play. Finally, shabby defense or not, all we really want for Christmas is a Big Ten title at the expense of Ohio!
|12 weeks 3 days ago||??||
This is nothing more than PR damage control from the NCAA for the flack they have taken for the sanctions they unloaded upon Penn State whilst F48^ing up the Miami investigation and the continued debate about their treatment of players (stipends etc) heating up.
Giving the NCAA credit for foresight... is way too much credit.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Response||
Did I ever say you don't have a right to complain about it? I voiced my own opinion. I fought for this nation in the Middle East so you'd have that right as well. So the next time you want to win an argument on the internet and sound all big, please continue. However, I don't think you'd use that tone to my face.
Oh, and you're welcome.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||To continue..||
1. You can't blame the students for not showing up. It's simple economics that the Athletic Department is choosing to ignore. The opportunity cost is simply too high for some students and fans to attend a game against Shit-Tech U. Who feels truly proud and worth-while after spending five hours cheering for an annihilation of a third-grade math test? Some people expect more. Second and more importantly, students can only buy season tickets as a package or purchase single game tix on the open market. A season ticket in the student section itself is likely worth as much as an Ohio game ticket on the open market, so of course students are going to purchase the package and then attend the games they want to only. To solve this, the A.D. can either price the students out of the market (methinks that would be his choice if allowed), offer some competitive ticket packages that do not include shit games (so the A.D. could expect students would show up to the games they buy tickets for), or only schedule real opponents instead of pre-season kittens swimming in a bucket.
2. General Admission is all wrong. I guarantee one major reason the stands look empty at kickoff is because the new policy treats the students like cattle and ropes them in by row, taking far longer to get students into the stadium than ever before. This process creates log jams at student section gates that becomes both a massive safety hazard and a dysfunctional, frustrating experience for all participants. Once again, by creating more hoops to jump through, increasing the price (in satisfaction units) to enter the seating area, and treating students like cows, the opportunity cost for showing up to see a game becomes even higher and students become even more selective about the games they come to see. Why jump through all those hoops when you have HD and all the free snacks and bathroom breaks and no one policing your consumption or seating all game long? Bringing one donut to a student who arrives five hours before kickoff only rewards the hardcore fan with nothing better to do. It has not convinced one student who was seriously considering skipping the Akron game to show up ever, ever. The A.D. can solve this issue by making the student experience as hassle-free as possible and rewarding the general student experience rather than focusing on frivolous marketing ploys that do not effectively reach the masses.
3. The A.D. did reduce the student allotment this season by a couple thousand tickets. I think this is his ultimate design as he really wants the revenue he can get from selling a ticket to the general public rather than a student. I feel that is why the process to view a game as a student has become only more of a hazard and all-around more inconvenient, especially when compared to the experience of the average fan.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Love all of this so much, so very much..||
However, such a lawsuit would be a waste of time because in order to have legal grounds for slander and libel the accusation must be seen as a reasonable assumption. While Domers are figuratively chickens, they are not close to literally being chickens as chickens have no right to file lawsuits in American courts. Point proven easily. This whole pecker-business was settled in the famous case Hustler vs. Falwell where Falwell sued the Magazine and Larry Flint for printing a fake interview where he confessed that he lost his virginity to his mother in an outhouse. Falwell lost the suit in the US Supreme Court because it was not reasonable to assume that it was the truth. Thus, we have the right to insult one another and make outlandish jokes in America today! If Michigan called ND rape-cover-up artists then ND could sue the pants off Michigan (because it is reasonable to assume) and win unless Michigan could prove that ND covered up rapes. Those chicken-fuckers..
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Yawn||
This stuff happens is so many places. Wake me up when somebody has the balls to catch Alabama. Okie State? Who cares.
|33 weeks 5 hours ago||Incomparable||
TV audiences for football games and for storage lockers are completely different. They aren't even similar in this galaxy. The only thing comparable to the two is the medium, television. People who watch storage trash are just weird and looking to kill off their life doing nothing. People who watch football have an expectation and a standard built upon memories of history. That is why the Rose Bowl maintains its national appeal and the Big Ten Championship in Indy is not really that appealing to anyone outside of the fans whose teams are participating. Futher, it is why the NFL succeeds and the USFL and the XFL didn't. Product standards and tradtion. Don't compare sports audiences with an expectation to boring, filler programming. They don't relate.
|33 weeks 9 hours ago||Gamblin' Bowl||
As for midwest bowl games, I don't think Chicago or Indy have the national appeal for tv audiences in the dead of winter to create a bowl with great prestige. It would be hard to market the game. While it is the culture of the NFL to play in cold, northern climates, it is not the culture of college come New Years Day. TV audiences would be puzzled and not as inclined to tune a midwestern bowl game in when given the option of watching a Florida bowl game with like teams instead. Because of this, unless you supplant the Rose Bowl by providing the Big Ten champ to this new northern bowl, I don't think that audiences would buy the prestige of this midwestern game.
I think an interesting alternative site, even as oppossed to Denver, would be UNLV's new mega-stadium, if they can get it built.
Having the massive, one wall screen would be an attraction akin to the megaboard at Jerry World, which would provide the stadium with some credibility for both ticket holders and television audiences. In addition, I feel the primary use of the stadium as a college football venue, as oppossed to a traditional NFL venue that invites college teams once a year, would help the bowl game's presitige. The college game would "belong" in the stadium. Furthermore, Las Vegas around New Years Day is always a lively scene with a plethora of pageantry. This could make marketing the game very easy and further its appeal.
If a bowl game could be commissioned in the first year of this new stadium and quality teams can be incentivized to participate, I think the marketing and promotion of this game could go a long way to bringing this bowl game to the teir of bowl games just below the BCS bowl level rather quickly.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Just sayin'||
A&M opens the video on their website by describing how each university has a moment that defines its existence or sees it fall. They then state that the defining moment in the history of Texas A&M University is the remodel of their football stadium. They have fully embraced the culture of the SEC..
|35 weeks 2 days ago||RIP||
Pat Summerall, John Madden, the FOX NFL theme, and the NFC powerhouse Cowboys, 49ers and Packers rivalries, those were the ingredients to the greatest pro football enchilada the NFL ever hoped it could be. Memories for the ages. Pat was pro football's Kieth Jackson. Second to none. He will be missed.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||The healing power of sports..||
For the many thoughtful MGoBloggers out there concerned about the impact of the Fab5 coming to the game, I would like to offer this...
I think it is important to remember that sports are not just an isolated event, stuck in a crystallized prism through which we view from a distance, separated from the rest of our lives. Sports are a very real part of our lives and the lives of billions of people all over the world. These cherished moments and celebrations of contest have the ability to accomplish so much more than just a championship for a team. In perspective, winning a trophy is the least that sports can accomplish.
In 1980, a group of kids breathed a mighty gust of pride and patriotism into the bowels of a nation that was suffering a crisis of confidence. When a hockey team won a shiny medal in Lake Placid, New York, that was enough to restore a national pride that had been severely wounded by a crippled economy, gas shortages, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the Iranian hostage crisis. Our nation transcended it all.
As a nation, we mourned together and stood united as the President of the United States threw out the first pitch in the 2001 World Series. A showcase of athletes became a showcase of resolve. The same was true when U2 gave the greatest halftime performance in Super Bowl history three months later, in part due to the context of what had transpired on September 11th. The peoples of the world celebrated global freedom of ideas and mourned the loss of the innocent. It was not ever meant to just be about "the greatest show on turf" and the first year starter from Michigan. It was always so much more than Tom Brady. In fact, that is what made it so special, and so memorable.
Sports have been used as a weapon, such as when Hitler attempted to promote his aryan ideologies at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Despite the Germans winning a plethora of medals, the "Buckeye Bullet" Jesse Owens slapped aryanism in its face by becoming the runaway star of the games. Where sports had been pushed to justify racial prejudices, men like Jackie Robinson, Joe Louis and even Doug Williams in the 1980's stood as symbols of so much more than just winners of championships. Sports helps the world achieve progress through breaking down ideological barriers.
Sports have also been used to heal, and to promote dialogue between warring factions. In Israel and Palestine, football is being used as a tool to demonstrate the similarities that peoples share, rather than a competition that tears people apart. The modern Olympics and the World Cup were created to create an international dialogue and to promote understanding. At the Olympic Games this past summer in London, a Rwandan cyclist competed for the first time, proudly waving his country's flag to let the world know that Rwanda, still scarred from genocide, was a nation that stood together, Tutsi and Hutu. That young man's national team, riders of both tribes, trained by an American who was convicted of sexual crimes against a minor, is an organization built upon redemption and the restoration of personal, community, and national pride found through sport.
This national title game is so much bigger than just the boys taking the court. If it was just them, they would play locked in a gym and nobody would care. Extraordinary achievements have the ability to transcend life and to heal wounds and create dialogue, whether some folks want it or not. There is no greater time to begin the process of healing than on the very stage our University last connected and felt that bond of love with Chris Webber. He is a man. A man who sinned. Who hasn't among us? But, if Rwandans can come together to support a national cycling program in the wake of a genocide that is more recent than some silly infamous timeout call, and if Israelis and Palestinians can work together to use football to create dialogue between their peoples in an effort to curb the violence that has already claimed so many, then surely as a community we can take the step to reach out to Chris, should he appear Monday night, to say that we are glad that he came to the game and that we hope that the past will be behind us all soon. Let's take the next step forward.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Y'all are fools..||
|37 weeks 5 hours ago||Kevin Ware on Letterman||
It was good to see him in good spirits already..
|37 weeks 5 hours ago||OT for thread||
Obviously, I can't start a new one, but thought this news was relevant to the blog and Michigan venues. The NHL is announcing the Winter Classic for next year to be held as it would have this past New Year's Day.
NHL to announce '14 Winter Classic:
The National Hockey League will officially announce next season's Winter Classic at a Sunday morning press conference at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, according to an mlive.com report.
|37 weeks 8 hours ago||I'm not sure..||
Folks who get hired to positions of Head Coach and up (including AD, CEO, President of something, etc.) get hired as much for their knowledge of a particular industry as much as for their ability to perform damage control. Mike Gundy said himself that he was surprised that when he gained the Head Coaching job at Okie State that he had very little time to actually be involved in the coaching process. He stated that most of his time revolved around "putting out little fires" around the program, and then, with 120+ kids, another would arise and he would tend to that one.
These men are not only experts at protecting a program, but also at using those tools to protect themselves. Sometimes these tools are so blantantly flaunted that they think they won't be caught in a trap when they say one thing and change their mind in reaction to public outcry the next day. This is why in situations like these I tend to believe the first thing out of people's mouths, though it is by no means a fool proof rule.
I consider it highly likely that Pernetti show the President of Rutgers the video back in December, though it is also possible that he only said that in order to legitimize his response to the issue. I also consider it likely that with the current growing pressure, the President saw a way to save his job and that included denouncing Pernetti's claim that he had shown the President the video. Now, every entity with billions of dollars to its name (including a University) understands that it is better to reach private settlements under the table than to risk potentially damaging, both financially and publicly, lawsuits. Therefore, I am of the opinion that the President knew what had been going on, allowed Pernetti to lead, but worked to cover his own ass as soon as the video came to light. I believe the terminology of Pernetti's firing/resignation was negotiated like Jim Tressel's and I believe that Pernetti was promised certain benefits under the table as a negotiation tactic to prevent him from publicly souring on Rutgers and airing out any dirty laundry, to prevent him from indicting the President, and in order to take care of this matter as quickly as possible, including limiting the damage that Rutgers must control.
What lawyers say is always trash. We have to go by their word in order to catch a conflict of statements because that may be all we have in a paper trail. However, human intuition often lies in conflict with such statements. Sandusky's lawyers said what they could to get him off despite common sense and ohio's lawyers and now Miami's lawyers are saying whatever was/is necessary to limit damage control and cast a better image over their schools. It has nothing to do with a search for the truth. The profession of damage control is as old as Kings and tyrants. One seeks legitimization of their claims to power and another entity (usually spurned) seeks to undue their rule. Statues, art , money, and the sword are some of the oldest methods to contain damage and increase legitimacy. Lawyers are just the newest and best.
I don't believe a thing released by Rutgers or their representatives.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||So does..||
EMU, but that doesn't stop them from playing D-I. Why they are D-I is another debate. #Unsolved Mysteries
|38 weeks 3 days ago||?||
The only thing that would be in bad form would be to rob yourself of the opportunity to take a class that you might be interested in for any reason. What, you want to subject yourself to courses that might bore you to death because some mythical creature thinks it's in good form? Is it bad form that any UofM student wants to take John Bacon's course simply because he/she admires Bacon's writings? Just take the course if you so desire! Oh, and way to go on the double thread..
|39 weeks 4 days ago||You know you picked right...||
When your biggest upset pick was Sparty losing in their first game to Valpo.
-Nostradamus over here..
|40 weeks 4 days ago||It's all in the family||
Just a thought..
Perhaps Crean has been taking etiquette classes from brother in-law Jim Harbaugh. Harbs probably instructed Crean that this is how one must behave when they address the University of Michigan in any manner.
Methinks Crean should try hanging around John a bit more.. (the better brother)