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|12 hours 23 min ago||It's actually "Hear Hear!"||
It's actually "Hear Hear!"
|1 day 19 hours ago||I'm sorry. I appreciate the||
I'm sorry. I appreciate the work that went into making the video, but I don't care for the song nor do I particularly care to be reminded of the RichRod days.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Blaming seven years of mostly||
Blaming seven years of mostly crappy football on an outgoing coach seems a bit much. Our problem was that we hired two coaches that weren't that good.
|2 days 19 hours ago||The concern troll is back! Hi||
The concern troll is back!
Hi Sparty! How's that five-game losing streak feel?
|3 days 1 hour ago||Case in point: the Dominican||
Case in point: the Dominican Republic. Almost everyone would be considered black by the U.S. "one drop of blood" tradition, but people will adamantly deny having any African ancestry, no matter how visible, and claim they are "Taino Indian" or something similar. That's because they associate being black with being Haitian, and Haitians are despised as the scary foreigners next door.
|3 days 16 hours ago||Few points||
First, let's just get this out of way: the vast majority of football/basketball players at major schools are, in fact, given stuff under the table. And no, they don't get caught often - maybe one guy out of 1,000 does. Actually, even a lot of nonrevenue athletes get free stuff, too.
Second, most athletic departments aren't actually profitable. In fact, at a growing number of schools, regular students (who are already getting squeezed hard for tuiition) have to pay special athletic fees to support their athletic departments. Even at Michigan, our athletic expenditures are pretty crazy - we can clear expenses but it's not like there is a huge Scrooge McDuck moneybin where the football revenue goes. It flows back into all the money-losing sports.
Third, even for the tiny minority of athletes that have the misfortune to get no goodies under the table, they are receiving university educations worth in the neighborhood of $200-250,000. That doesn't just save them money now, it saves them money for the rest of their lives. As someone who graduated 12 years ago and is still paying my own loans, there are certainly times when I wish I had been "exploited" like athletes supposedly are. (To say nothing of the fact that many can count on getting hired by sympathetic alumni after their playing days are over.)
There are legitimate points to be made regarding health coverage for athletes (especially football players) and so forth, but on the issue of outright payment of salaries, I'm not that sympathetic. (Especially since the under-the-table payments are never going to go away; they're ingrained in the culture.)
|3 days 17 hours ago||Real-life indentured servants||
Real-life indentured servants frequently left their term of servitude homeless and destitute. College athletes, if they put in the work in the classroom, leave school with a debt-free college degree. Let's keep things in perspective here.
|3 days 17 hours ago||I like college basketball,||
I like college basketball, but for whatever reason, basketball players seem like drama queens compared to their football counterparts, even though the latter seem to have a lot more to justifiably bitch about.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Yeah, those Big East "hot||
Yeah, those Big East "hot names" haven't always come up aces - Rich Rod, Strong, Brian Kelly, Randy Edsall...
|4 days 21 hours ago||Is that what I think it is?||
Is that what I think it is?
It's a Cool Negative Guy sighting! One of the most remarkable species found on the internet. Breathtaking.
All these other optimistic creatures, talking about their undefeated football team - they don't hold a candle to Cool Negative Guy. He's a show-stopper.
|5 days 11 hours ago||OSU guys seem to all have||
OSU guys seem to all have incredible hands. They don't drop anything.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Surprised Meyer didn't call a||
Surprised Meyer didn't call a timeout before the FG. OSU had to rush its team on there and they probably weren't totally set.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Wow!||
|5 days 11 hours ago||Herbie loves to talk up every||
Herbie loves to talk up every team OSU plays. I get it - he wants to make sure they don't drop. But it's lame.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Probably not if they win.||
Probably not if they win. They get a lot of respect from the voters.
|5 days 11 hours ago||How the hell does every OSU||
How the hell does every OSU fumble miraculously bounce back to them?
|5 days 12 hours ago||Good night Sparty! 28-17||
Good night Sparty! 28-17 Maryland.
There is going to be a huge number of Michigan fans at the game next Saturday.
|5 days 12 hours ago||If Maryland can hold on||
If Maryland can hold on another 8 minutes, the MSU sell-off of tickets to next Saturday will be incredible.
|5 days 12 hours ago||He has some Tate Forcier in||
He has some Tate Forcier in him. Against a weak defense like Maryland he can be a playmaker. Against us he'll turn it over a bunch.
|5 days 12 hours ago||MSU loves to commit offensive||
MSU loves to commit offensive PI. I'm glad they're calling it now and hope it continues.
|5 days 12 hours ago||I'm glad we want to keep||
I'm glad we want to keep Michigan Stadium ad-free. There is an ad for Ollie's Bargain Outlet behind the Maryland goalposts.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Neither one of MSU/Maryland||
Neither one of MSU/Maryland feels like playing run defense.
McDowell is hurt again.
|5 days 13 hours ago||No one can hang onto the ball||
No one can hang onto the ball in this MSU game.
|5 days 13 hours ago||Whenever I switch to the||
Whenever I switch to the PSU-OSU game, I never see PSU give Barkley the ball. What's the deal?
|5 days 13 hours ago||How is that not a horsecollar||
How is that not a horsecollar on McDowell?
|5 days 13 hours ago||You thought O'Korn looked||
You thought O'Korn looked better throwing the ball than Speight? Wha?
|5 days 13 hours ago||The strangest thing about||
The strangest thing about OSU-PSU is that PSU's defense actually looks functional. I can't believe this is the same defense we completely eviscerated.
|5 days 13 hours ago||WTF was MSU doing? Did they||
WTF was MSU doing? Did they think the kicker was going to run 30 yards to the endzone?
|5 days 13 hours ago||Wow that was a bad throw by||
Wow that was a bad throw by beef jerky.
|5 days 13 hours ago||Is Tom Herman mailing it in,||
Is Tom Herman mailing it in, Durkin-style? Houston is struggling every week, it seems.