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|27 weeks 2 days ago||Click on something else||
This isn't below the belt. Tom Izzo is an adult, not a player, and 100% responsible for what he does during games and during pressers. I don't blame any of our fans for ridiculing him every single time fhe acts total lunatic, which is--by the year--occuring with more frequency and more awesomeness. He's coming unhinged. It's awesome. Relax.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||I get the point||
But what are you suggesting? That Brandon price the seats lower than people are willing to pay ? Look, when prices were lower, the "wine and cheese" folks still filled the stadium, because they were the ones willing to buy my student tickets for $200 a pop. Brandon isn't setting the prices--the market is.
I agree that corporate culture, coaching salaries, and other issues are gravely impacting the college fan experience. I hate that shit to death. But Brandon isn't responsible for that system; he's just living in it. Hating him for it, calling him names, or expecting him to do anything differently strikes me as misguided, mean, and naive, respectively.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||Disagree||
Charging fans six bucks for a water and 100 bucks for their Appalachian State tickets next year helps hire million-dollar coaches and make hundred-million dollar renovations to Crisler, which are are the most important drivers of program health (at least right now) and likely outweigh the risk of alienating the fans who want to pay for Michigan football at below-market rates like they did in 1980.
I certainly understand that desire--I'd like everything I buy to be cheaper, and I'd probably have season tickets if they were cheaper. But cloaking what is at its core a "dammit I want this product to be cheaper" argument in the "Dave Brandon killed my childhood" gloss seems pretty disingenuous. Cheap seats are not "the fabric of Michigan football"; cheap seats are what Don Canham did to fill the stadium before we started kicking the ever loving shit out of the Big Ten--a ritual that is, in fact, the actual fabric of Michigan football. And if there's a criticism of Dave Brandon, it's that we're not currently kicking the ever loving shit out of the Big Ten. If we were, I'm 100% positive that this guy wouldn't be writing blog posts about how Dave Brandon "doesn't get it."
|42 weeks 6 days ago||Pizza is good.||
Mani is objectively delicious. So is Cottage Inn. So is Jets. So is [Insert Other Pizza Place Not Named Hungry Howies]. Pizza is almost always good. People need to relax about lists, which are dumb, unlike pizza.
|44 weeks 5 hours ago||If I recall, Navarre reported||
If I recall, Navarre reported getting lots of nasty mail/email when he was a student. We've always had this sort of nastiness in the fan base.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||It's about time someone wrote this.||
Logical. Empirical. Efficiently written. Devastating to Gladwell's position. About time.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Renting in West Side/Campus is difficult||
Some high level advice from someone who has rented as a student and as an adult, and now owns a house in the Water Hill neighborhood (just north of the Old West Side):
1) Anything walkable (10 minutes or less) to Central Campus is either going to be old/small/expensive or new/super expensive. Almost everything is homes that have been chopped up into small units.
2) The rental options in the Plymouth corridor and the Eisenhower corridor are newer, more reasonably priced, and are marketed to the adultish/grad student/young family demographics. Most are on the UM bus lines and are within biking distance. But none of these units are walkable to Central Campus. I lived in Windemere Park for a bit, and it was pretty nice. Because many are run by big national leasing offices, you'll probably find it easier to get set up from a distance.
My recommendation: Look outside of campus and deal with the bus/commute/bike. You'll get a better deal. You'll also get more online reviews and other things that will help you decide, whereas the smaller landlords that own the CC housing are hard to get a good read on.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Most MGoBoard response possible||
I love the content on this blog. I love the passionate fan comments on this blog. I love the insightful diaries and posts on this blog.
The constant stream of purposeless peanut-gallery snark on this board is exhausting.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||College IS a stepping stone. For everyone.||
If it seems like college is a stepping stone, that's because it is. For students and for student-athletes alike. If someone offered riches and respect and a career to 20 year old me, I would left college at a speed that would have bent the laws of physics. If Clowney decides next year that his training is complete, he should leave. None of us fans should allow ourselves to get terribly emotional about this.
The argument that players no longer play for "love" of the game assumes that there was ever a period of time in recent history during which elite college players played for love of the game. The few conversations that I've had with former players suggest that is that this is nothing more than another crappy sports fan/sports media trope--part of the myth of sports culture. Elite college players and pro players (in football, at least) generally don't "love" the game. At best, they view the game as a career--i.e., a potential and/or actual source of income, respect, and life enrichment. At worst, they deeply resent the game that provides income at the cost of their mental and physical well being.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Holy crap||
This board is a tire fire this morning. Someone make it stop.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Gajic||
My brother and I have turned "Gajicccccc!" into an all-purpose word for: (i) something that is so easy it is hard; (ii) an athlete that can't seem to make the easy ones; or (iii) something that is very frustrating.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Human Foot||
You wouldn't care if Pryor sold his gold pants to buy a human foot on Ebay?
|2 years 20 weeks ago||My Fredo comparison was a joke.||
That's a nice strawman you've constructed there, Stephen. Dissent is fine. Public dialogue is fine. I don't have a problem with a famous alum criticizing the university, particularly if the goal of the criticism is improving the university.
This isn't about orthodoxy. This is about intent. More specifically, it is about Harbaugh's intent, which was, in no particular order, to prop up Stanford's reputation, make his job look harder, and make himself look better--all at Michigan's expense. This is about publicly putting your self-interest over the interests of the university, which is precisely what Harbaugh did. Go back and read his comments again. The objective is manifest. He's a snake.
Feel free to define your membership in the institution however you like. If you think that it is appropriate for a famous alum to trash the university in print solely for personal gain, ok. If you think that it is not at all disingenuous for that same alum to later publicly suggest an allegiance or a loyalty to that same institution, fine.
I don't define my membership the same way. Loyalty matters. Integrity matters.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Not this again.||
Harbaugh said what he said for the sole purpose of making Stanford and himself look better by comparison. It doesn't matter whether what he said was true or not. Being a fan, being an alum, being a member of a club requires a certain measure of loyalty that Jim Harbaugh fundamentally lacks. He's a shameless self-promoter that threw the institution under the bus in the national media so that he could make a buck, then bolted to the NFL when Michigan needed him most. He's Fredo, and it burns me to hear that he's still pretending like he's part of the family. Go Blue? Go count your NFL money and get bent Jim.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Counterpoint.||
Disclosure: I'm an associate at a top Michigan firm. Went to a lower tier top-25 school not unlike some of the schools that have you waitlisted. Have 120K in loans.
I did exactly what several of the posters above are suggesting that you do: Went to the highest ranked law school to maximize job prospects. It worked out for me, but that was in 2008. If I had graduated in 2009 with the same grades and education, I'd be screwed--massive debt and no means to pay it off.
With the market the way it is, and your job prospects a little dodgy, you'd be totally insane to make the decision I made. Take the money and go to Wayne or MSU. You going to have to work harder to earn the respect of your peers and get good job opportunities, but you'll have the financial flexibility to either: (i) make law a career that you enjoy; or (ii) quit and go back to your current profession. In short: If you go to Wayne, your worst case scenario is being an overeducated CNC machinist. If you go to Wisconsin, your worst case scenario is being an unemployed lawyer who has defaulted on his student loans.
Note: My advice would be somewhat different if you were talking about Michigan/Northwestern/Chicago v. Wayne/MSU. I think there is a large enough gap between the job prospects and reputations of these schools to justify rolling the dice and taking on the debt. At my firm, top 15 will get you in the door even if your grades are only decent. Top 50 really doesn't unless you don't also have stellar grades, which is basically the same for Wayne and MSU grads.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Meechigan Dan||
Long time listener/admirer; first (second-ish) time poster.
Look past the (kitten) jokes and snark on the banner (which have always, in one form or another, been a part of this blog) and you'll find legitimate, adult, good-faith arguments staring you in face on the front page regarding Brady Hoke, etc.
Fans (yes, even the non-athletic types) are allowed to be something short of ebullient over this hire, at least for the moment. If the mere exposure to a contrary point of view is stealing your joy, fine, but understand that the moron/child here isn't Brian. It's you: the guy throwing ad hominem on his way out the door.
Brady Hoke may turn out to be ten times the man of any author on this site, but I'll bet Brady Hoke knows how to take a (kitten) joke without having a fit. The only person throwing an interent tantrum here is you. Grow up.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Dear Dreisbach1817||
I'm not so preoccupied with losing that I'm indifferent about a head coach all but confessing to ordering a dirty hit on one of our players. The last three years appears to have deadened your sense of moral outrage. Mine, however, remains fully operational and intact. Apologies.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Poor analysis||
His "analysis" of the defense was often little more than, "I don't see too many NFL-caliber players out there"--i.e., hur hur Michiganz defense sux hur hur. While obviously true, I didn't need to hear that (or something like it) a dozen times in the second half, and certainly not when we had the football.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Infinity.||
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Hit the Pumpkin||
Not sure if they have an IPA at Jolly Pumpkin, but the beer there--mostly (strong) belgian-style beer--is really awesome. Think high-end pub fare--good burger (if ordered medium, medium-rare) with a thick slice of gooey cheese, excellent brick oven pizzas. I believe both the brewer and the chef are Grizzly Peak alums.
And, BTW, there's this:
|4 years 3 weeks ago||The Jug Sucks?||
The fact that you're even comparing the Jug to Ashley's (or, for that matter, commenting on the "service" at the Jug, as if good service is something that a reasonable patron expects and demands when at a place like the Jug) conclusively demonstrates that you do not understand the Jug, its mission, or the market that it serves. Ashley's is two properly chilled and poured measures of La Fin Du Monde in a snifter; the Jug is three lukewarm pitchers of Coors Light, throwing up in a booth, and getting a stern warning not to do it again. One isn't "better" than the other; comparing the two is a misguided and completely useless endeavor.
|4 years 32 weeks ago||Or to quote The Situation,||
Or to quote The Situation, "Damn, the kid’s sleeping right now. That’s what you get for talking sh*t."
|4 years 32 weeks ago||Boom. Headshot.||
|4 years 41 weeks ago||Compare and contrast||
Freep: "Football suspensions dip into Michigan State's depth"
SI: "Michigan State suspends eight after dorm fight."
|4 years 41 weeks ago||Classic NES machines with||
Classic NES machines with duck hunt. Total cost: About 20 bucks. Satisfaction guaranteed.
|4 years 41 weeks ago||Super Tecmo III pass plays||
Super Tecmo III pass plays for Ryan Mallett:
Up A: Bomb
Down A: Overthrown slant
Left A: Sack on three-man rush
Right A: Bomb
|4 years 42 weeks ago||I hope you have a crappy||
I hope you have a crappy holiday, tomhagan.
|4 years 42 weeks ago||Harbaugh attacked the program||
Harbaugh attacked the program and the coaching staff in the papers. He did it needlessly and selfishly--i.e., not to make Michigan better for student-athletes, but to make himself and Stanford look better by comparison. Bo would have shanked Harbaugh in his sleep.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Yes||
Beat Iowa and DSU, and you go into the heart of the schedule 6-1. Purdue is winnable. You're 7-1. Then you only need one from Illinois, Wisconsin, PSU, and OSU to end up 8-4, which I think is the magic number we need this year to put out the fire and build some recruiting momentum.
Lose to Iowa, and you need to win two of those games. That is doable, but significantly more difficult.
|4 years 51 weeks ago||Call the bluff||
They're bluffing. Talk to student legal services.