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|5 days 22 hours ago||BRIAN: Good mailbag, but re: attrition/transition||
I think the emailer meant the transition from Carr-to-RichRod. Would make more sense given that he previously referenced moving from Hoke to a spread guy... and also because the Carr-RR transition saw heavier attrition (Mallett/Boren and a raft of other "non family values"/early entry guys).
|3 weeks 4 days ago||You say John, I say Lombardi||
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Ravens DL coach in two years.||
Just a guess.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||The only case you can make||
is based on "making decisions is hard, firing a coach and hiring a new coach involves a lot of decisions, therefore, let's retain him."
That's pretty much it. Every time I hear a rumor that UM would like to keep Hoke on, all I hear is, "MAN, firing/hiring a coach seems like a lot of work!"
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Great job, Brian.||
Brian, per usual, knocked this out of the park.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I WANT TO HUG ALL OF YOU!||
|7 weeks 4 hours ago||Got all the way through. Where do I go to pick up my||
Fandom Endurance merit badge?
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I first read this as "Dantonio AD?" as in "Dantonio for AD."||
And I just shrugged. Could be worse. Is worse.
|8 weeks 5 hours ago||This is bummer news||
But I think y'all are overstating its likely meaning. A med hardship would typically be for a 4th yr Jr., not a young player who has plenty of time to try to rehab something. It'd have to be a pretty bad injury to a young player to get a hardship (or you'd have to be a low performing Frosh/soph at Bama... zing).
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Explosion||
To each their own, man. Winning certainly has a way of brushing systemic problems under the rug. Not sure I think that's a good thing, or suggests more rational thinking about the underlying problems, but so be it.
For what it's worth: I gave up 14 years straight of season tickets before this year's shit-show, despite there being quite a bit of optimism about a 5th-year Devin, Nuss, etc. My issues were/are with the department, not (at least not just) the Ws Ls.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I get the back and forth on this.||
Those that think this is totally positive -- you're right. This is great. I hope the FB team got a boost from the energy it provided them. Lord knows they could use it.
Those that are complaining about it -- or like me, not necessarily intending to complain about it but identifying what rubs them the wrong way -- I don't think are saying it's a "bad" thing. It's just that it further cements what I guess has already become obvious: Dave Brandon views his job solely as supporting the student-athletes (good), a few big-time donors (Ok, fine), and no one else (students, alum, regular season-ticket holders) (Bummer). A further bummer when you see student-athletes sounding off with the same "us against them" mentality; as if criticism of Brandon is criticism of them.
That this thread seems to have elicited those criticisms is only because it'll be hard to comment on anything Dave Brandon-related for the next few weeks without seeing those fault lines.
But yeah; the send off was great. I'll bet you $1 if Brandon showed a touch of empathy to regular season ticketholders (rather than dismissive, "find another team to root for" attitude -- and yes, I've seen these emails elsewhere, dating back to 2010), he could fill Michigan Stadium with a send-off for the squad.
Oh well. Go Blue.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Freddie - that's exactly my issue with this, too||
Brandon's lack of empathy for the alum/fans/seasonticketholders/students is a straight bummer. By pushing this false internal narrative that the former are all out to get the student-athletes and he's protecting them? Ugh.
I fucking love Michigan athletics. I watch all UM-related things on BTN, and even pop in for non-revenue games when I'm in town. What I don't do? Enjoy Brandon crapping all over me and telling me it's just chocolate rain.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I think this is awesome. BUT||
Creating this dynamic that insulates student-athletes from the effect Brandon's decisions have on the rest of the Michigan community is potentially destructive.
This false "SUPPORT THE KIDS" backlash is troubling.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||3-3 at Halftime||
31-10 Rutgers at the final bell.
I'm tired of watching our D carry all of the load before getting their backs broken late (with the aid, likely, of a Rutgers defensive TD). But oh well. My opinion doesn't matter anyway.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I like this||
Lower Manhattan has a plurality of UM fans.
My last zip code in Chicago (60657) has UM leading... my new zip code is tied with Illinois and ND. No wonder I like it around here.
|11 weeks 1 hour ago||Never mind.||
Why bother. The man is tonedeaf.
|11 weeks 2 hours ago||At least he's pledging more transparency...||
By conditioning his interview with Channel 7 that they don't promote it...
At least it's not rolling at 1:30 am? Progress....
|11 weeks 3 hours ago||I have no reason||
Why you're confident Brandon would make a good hire given the body of work we're able to evaluate.
I also have no idea why you're confident a big-time head coach would want to come to UM with Brandon running the ship.
I mean... maybe (to both ideas), but DB's not getting any benefit of the doubt from me anymore.
|11 weeks 23 hours ago||MileHigh||
All reasonable points, but
(1) I don't think anyone on this staff has earned the right to be considered (Mattison, but age and Hoke loyalty make this a nonstarter). I suppose you could roll the dice with Nuss, but that'd have to be a helluva turnaround.
(2) One thing I'd say about Hoke -- for his many, many faults, I don't think he'd undermine the program. Then again... I thought the same about Coach Car..., so maybe you have a point here.
(3) I don't regard this as a realistic concern. This rarely -- never? -- happens.
|11 weeks 23 hours ago||The Difference||
Brady Hoke -- for his faults -- is one of the most effective sales man of the University. I think anyone can agree with that. And, as evidenced at least by some comments from commits (Newsome, etc.), some kids commit to the school, not just the coach. To be clear -- I've got no problem with kids commiting to the coach, but just because Brandon is running a clusterfuck here, let's not forgot that U of M is a dream school for many high schoolers. Some of those high schoolers just happen to play football.
So, will the instability of having Hoke remain mean kids won't be lining up? Sure, of course. But the same is true of an interim, and at least with a full-fledged "head coach" who is working his ass to turn things around, at least there's a chance that the U of M message will get out there to some kids...
With that, Brandon needs to be fired yesterday, and Hoke should be given his pink slip after OSU. I hope like hell the kids can Earle Bruce it for Hoke.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Darker Blue is going to be really backed up until the bye week,||
Which is weeks away.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Seems to me||
That criticizing Michigan fans for being stuck in the 40s AND criticizing Brandon for being too corporate is double-dipping on the UM-blasting.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Contrary to the faux backlash going on at the moment||
I don't watch only for wins. The thousands I spent on season tickets during the RR years suggests otherwise.
I watch because every representation of the institution fills me with pride; my friends make fun of me for watching UM softball, following things like Peace Corps placement of new grads, and annoyingly passing on any link to "UM is ranked X among academic institutions" or "Ann Arbor is X best place to live" lists to people. In short, I'm obsessed with Ann Arbor, U of M generally, and yes, the football team. All fill me with great pride; win or lose.
The recent trend of dissembling and obfuscating from the AD's office, however, embarrasses U of M kool-aid drinkers like me who take "Leaders and the Best" a touch too seriously.
So why won't I watch this Saturday? Simple. Because watching UM football for me isn't just about rooting for a football team (which I obviously stil will; I want these kids to win, I want them rewarded for their hard work). It's about the most nationally-known representation of the institution itself. And I'm not feeling too over the moon about the institution at the moment, so I'd rather not feel bummed out Saturday night when I could be hanging with my 2 year old son.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Hot Reverse Take, bro||
"How could incompetent person be so incompetent?!" is compelling stuff.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Boycott the redzone||
Keep our higher red zone % #1 nationally.
Also, I'm good with calls/letters to the powers-that-be
|12 weeks 2 days ago||repeat post||
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Hoke is in year 4||
Tons of "recruiting" talent on the field. 5th yr senior QB. Upgraded OC.
And loses 57-10 to ND and Utah, never reaching the end zone (or sniffing the red zone) on O.
No, losing to Utah isn't the same as losing to Toledo. But the latter was in RichRod's first year with a Threet/Sheridan at QB, and holes everywhere. And the expectations for that season were pretty damn low. This is year 4 with Hoke, following 11-2, 8-5, 7-6.
The team looks lost for long stretches of games (even Miami OH).
I like Brady Hoke. Seems like a nice dude. But in year 4, if you don't expect much, much better, than I don't know what to tell you.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Ah, 19||
That was where the gap between how much I thought knew and how much I actually knew peaked.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Jim Grobe||
|14 weeks 6 days ago||On a related note||
Re: "nonstop waking up in the middle of the night." Best to have a rule between you and the misses that what is said to each other between 2am and 7 am stays between 2 am and 7am. Me and the MgoWife had some pretty heated Veronica Corningstone-Ron Burgundy verbal fights in the middle of the night when trying to figure out why we were such terrible parents that our son wouldn't sleep; sleep deprivation does that to you.
She once told me that I looked like a blueberry. That one kind of stung.