maybe i should have had greg howard write the brandon obit.
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|5 weeks 12 hours ago||Bauer||
Nike did ruin Bauer for a while in the early 2000's. However, Bauer was carved out of Nike by a private equity firm in 2008 and things really turned around after that. To Nike's credit, they had actually started the turnaround before the sale, but to make consumers believe it, you had to get the swoosh off the product. The Bauer brand in the hockey community had huge value, but when combined with Nike, it lost a lot of credibility. The PE firm that bought Bauer added a few additional sports brands to the copmany, including Easton's baseball division and Maverik lacrosse. The Company is now public and trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange. I worked on the transaction to carve Bauer out from Nike and toured a few of their mfg and testing facilities. I was surprised by the level of sophistication that went into designing, testing, and manufacturing all of their products. For a while after the carve-out, Bauer focuesed exclusively on serious hockey players. They got rid of rollerblades and low-end Sports Authority type skates and sold primarily through the specialty dealers (brick and mortar and online). They've since added the Nexus product line which is at a lower price point, but their primary focus remains the kid/adult that plays hockey multiple times a week, not the parent that skates 2x per year.
I'm not 100% sure about this, but I believe Nike's only hockey gear these days are uniforms. Nike has gotten out of the hockey equipment business,
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Isn't transfer is a bit of a misnomer for Hogan?||
I don't know much about Hogan, but I got the impression he would have already graduated from Stanford, so he'd be coming in as a grad student. If I'm right about this, wouldn't that be a much easier situation to deal with from the admissions side?
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Kids||
I have a son who just turned 5 a few days ago. Nothing in this world matters more to me than him. I know I'm far from impartial, but little boys of this age are incredible. They're a perfect combination of starting to understand things in the world but stlll innocent. Trying to be independent, but will still give you a hug out of the blue. I can't imagine what it's like for his family - just heartbreaking. I wish them all the best in this tough time.
The juxtaposition of the huge football players with little kids always gives me a sense of security. Like the big guys can somehow make things better. I hope Chad took some comfort from their visit.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Dierdorf and Brandstatter||
I was driving across the state during the game and got to listen to most of the game on the radio. I never really liked Dierdorf when he was doing NFL games. However, I thought he did a pretty good job today. It seemed like he was very comfortable being a homer with perhaps a little more freedom to speak his mind than he had during NFL games There were a few times when the game was pretty much out of reach that the banter got a little too cute. All in all, I think their debut was solid.
|46 weeks 3 days ago||Golf analogy||
Michigan football games used to be the Masters. A gratifying in-person experience that was truly unique.
Over the last handful of years, it's become random tournament in the middle of July that has a different sponsor every four years.
I've been to the Masters once and walked out of there feeling like the #1 goal the organizers had was to make it a special experience for their patrons. Clearly, they are monetizing the event with the TV deal and the handful of corporate sponsorships. However, every interaction you have as a paying customer is one of them trying to provide you with good value, not extract every last dollar. I very clearly remember being pleasantly surprised by this on more than one occasion.
The fact that the Masters is different is what makes it a great in-person event. Michigan football is now like most other sporting events I can attend. That being said, the band is still awesome and I give them credit for keeping some of the pageantry of game day afternoons alive.
|50 weeks 4 days ago||McQuaid||
I thought I was the only McQuaid alum on here, but guess not.
For those not from Rochester, Mercy is the same school the produced Abby Wambach. They're known for having a solid athletic program.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Lamborghini||
Is this the movie where at the end they need to drive to a college to submit an application in time? However, they get stuck behind a slow moving police car on a two lane road which is going to cause them to be late. The guy driving then does an SAT-like problem in his head to realize that if he slows down even more, the guy driving the Lambo behind him will get impatient, try to pass, get pulled over by the cop thus allowing them to speed up and get to the college on time.
If that is the movie, I think about that scene way too often. If not, carry-on...
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Completely agree||
That is the most nervous I remember ever being watching a sporting event. I still get nervous watching replays of the game.
I used to play in a few rec basketball leagues and every now and then would be in a position where I needed to hit a free throw to ice the game/push into overtime/etc. In those instances that had absolutely zero importance, I was happy when I hit the rim. I can't imagine having the national title on the line. Completely clutch.
His post-basketball life has been the opposite of clutch.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Son's B-Day Party||
Scheduled for prime college football viewing time (1:30-3:30 central) at a venue that doesn't have TVs. My wife was willing to push the party to the bye weekend. I feel a little bad for the other dads that are fans of other schools, but not that bad.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Shout!||
I was genuinely surprised to hear (while watching on TV) that they were playing Shout! before the final play (I think I have my timing correct). I am coming to grips with the fact that the majority of sports fans around the country need to have their eardrums blasted to be entertained, but this really seemed like an inappropriate time for a participation song like that. Does the PA operator just stick to a predetermined playlist/schedule, situation be damned. It was like they had assumed the game in Q4 would be out of hand and they needed to play a bad wedding song to liven up the place. Given the circumstances, the music choice seemed really off.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||"That kid is unbelievable"||
Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but...
The tone in Moeller's voice was one of true appreciation. It sounded a lot like how I will quietly comment to my wife on something my son does that surprises me. It includes love, being pleasantly surprised, and appreciation that this person is in your life. It really shows the coach/player connection that we on the outside can't turly appreciate.
I have always loved this play for a variety of obvious reasons, but that audio clip just made it that more special to me.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Musical chairs||
The lead-in discussion regarding the formations is a slap-in-the-face reminder of the crazy adjustments the players and coaching staff had to endure last year. Our starting quarterback finished the season as our starting running back. Starting WR finished as starting QB. Starting RB finished on the sideline in a cast (thank you Don McLean). The fact that we were even competitive in the bowl game is kind of amazing and a testament to all involved.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Hoke Hair||
All I see in that picture is Mitch McGary Sr. Or is Mitch Brady Jr.?
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Jerryworld||
I took a tour of Jerryworld last year. As part of the tour, you have the opportunity to go down on the field and throw a football around (for as long as you want, it's actually pretty awesome). We were there during the day and played catch for a solid hour and I was shocked at how difficult it was to pick up a thrown ball when looking back at the windows at either end of the stadium. Also, the place is so large that you get a very disoriented feeling anytime you look up or into the distance, particularly while running. It's an amazing place that is simply huge. However, from my very limited experience it seems like an awful place to play (or watch) a basketball game and I wouldn't be surprised to see both teams struggle.
I'd be curious to see if the various shooting stats at Jerryworld are any different than at other domes.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Fairport||
I grew up in Fairport went to McQ, parents taught (mom still does) at RIT. Attended many hockey games at RIT growing up including their D-III national championship run in 1984-85(?). The fans were awesome back then - student section was called the Corner Crew and they taught me most of the swear words and a few other concepts I didn't understand at the time.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||In Chicago...||
you see Big Ten flags hanging from apartments all over the place. Two years ago after they had beaten us, there was an MSU flag hanging with the "S" backwards. It helped ease the pain a tiny bit.
|3 years 3 days ago||Be honest with yourself||
Are you the kind of person who will do whatever it takes to get to your desired goal? If not, go to the name school (assuming Temple will open doors). The prestige will buy you access you won't get from other places. If you're truly ambitious, save the money and trust that you won't quit until you get to where you want.
I'm in a field with tons of MBAs. The majority are from top 10 schools, but I come across a number guys who don't have an MBA and went to random midwest directional school and are incredibly successful. They opened doors for themselves through hard work and determination. The rest of us worked hard, but at some level, the name on our diploma helped grease the skids.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||My two favorite||
are getting Drew Hensen's autograph (for my sister, I swear) and taking a picture with LaVell Blanchard after his senior season and thanking him for sticking through all the tough times. (I had to look up how to spell LaVell and the first google link brought me back to mgoblog)
|3 years 48 weeks ago||Chicago||
I don't know a ton about lacrosse, but I do know that it has gotten significantly more poplular in the Chicago area over the last few years. A number of my co-workers have kids who have picked up the game at the HS and club levels and it sounds like the numbers in the youth programs are increasing each year. It would seem that the addition of Michigan to the national scene will help spur futher growth of the sport in the midwest and we should be able to get a (near) first mover advantage when it comes to snagging these kids with increasing skill levels.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||This is exactly what popped into my mind||
I think the picture is of a 1984 Regal GN. My family bought a 1984 Buick LeSabre and there was one of these in the showroom at the time. I tried to get my Dad to buy it, but it's not much of a family car. This thing was pretty expensive in its day, but it hauled a**. More rare is the LeSabre Grand National. I didn't even know this existed until I saw one at a car show a few years ago. The Regal is a better looking car.
|4 years 7 weeks ago||Other sports||
Baesd on my limited research, it seems like roughly 25%-35% of teams in other D-1 sports get to play in an NCAA playoff. If you make the analogy that bowl games are like the playoffs for D-1 football, it seems reasonable to think that this percentage should be generally consistent for FBS football. In 2010, 70 of 120 teams played in a bowl game, or 58%. If you ratchet that back to the 35% level, you would end up with 42 teams playing in 21 bowl games, elminating 14 bowls.
I don't think may fans would miss 14 bowls and the players would have the same oportunity as their colleagues in other sports to participate in a post season.
|4 years 7 weeks ago||Investment Banking||
I'm a 2003 Ross grad who applied for the class of 2002, was rejected, reapplied for class of 2003, was waitlisted, and then finally got in off the waitlist. My GMAT scores and undergrad GPA were more than adequate, but my 5 years of work experience was only ok at best. I did not follow the advice below, but if I had it to do all over again, I would.
There are all sorts of paths into business school, but the one that I think guarantees the highest likelihood of success is to spend a 2-3 years as an analyst at an investment bank. It's a tough life right out of undergrad but you actually learn a ton (from my experiences of interacting with others) and become very marketable to many different types of employers when walking out of business school. Further, most banking analysts end up at b-school at Harvard, MIT, Wharton, Columbia, etc. with not nearly as many heading to Ann Arbor. Ross continues to seek to up its reputation with Wall St. and one way of doing that is attracting the analysts that will someday be the MD's making hiring decisioins. Having that banking pedigree on your application will be a big asset as you compete with others for a spot in the class. It doesn't matter if you don't want to pursue a long term career in banking, just get in, get the experience and name on the resume, and get out.
Also, in your essays, make it very clear how having an MBA will help you meet your career goals. The admissions committee wants to know that you're not just looking for a place to spend a few years and instead this degree is part of a larger plan that you have and the MBA is a critical component of that.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Upstate NY cheers?||
I grew up going to games at RIT in the early 80's and the students there belted out many of the same cheers back then. I have no idea if they stole them from Cornell, came up with them on their own, or they came from yet another school in the region. When I went to my first game at Yost in 2001-2002, I was surprised to recognize so many of the cheers - now I kind of know why.
|4 years 15 weeks ago||Passion and recruiting||
The love for the school and the program that BH showed yesterday was important. If he gets that excited and emotional talking to a room full of reporters hidden behind cameras, I have to imagine that he has the ability to be fairly compelling in a family room with a recruit and his parents. I'm certainly not a salesman, but I have to do my share of convincing of others in my job. I know that I am much more successful in convincing others when my heart is in what I'm pitching. RR grew to embrace Michigan and our traditions and busted his ass (as far as i can tell) to give us his best, but it isn't the same as what BH presented. What I took away from BH yesterday, was an enthusiasm that has the potential to be infectious with all constituents. Assuming it is well received by recruits, it could be a pivotal component of his ultimate success, Obviously, that's a big if, but I think it is shortsighted to simply dismiss what we saw yesterday as just good PR.
|4 years 26 weeks ago||Don't follow my lead||
I went into the MBA application/interview process completely unprepared thinking GMAT and grades were all that mattered. I thought I was a shoe-in based on the quantitative items plus being a legacy of two Michigan MBA parents. At the time I was applying, the only reason I wanted an MBA was so I could get a good job at the back end. I wanted to go to Michigan because I loved visiting Ann Arbor growing up, loved Michigan sports and knew the school was a top program. In my interview, I was caught off guard by the depth of the questions around why an MBA and why Michigan. Looking back on it now, I was a moron. My only excuse is it was 1999 and there was still asymmetry of information in the world and I was on the side that didn't have all the info.
I ended up getting turned down the first year I applied and was crushed. The following year, I reapplied with a few new essays and no new interview and was waitlisted. It wasn't until I rewrote one of my essays that created a compelling and detailed argument as to why an MBA would help me achieve my goals and why Michigan was the right place. That finally got me in. My 2 years in b-school were far and away the most fun 2 years of my life.
The point being, show the interviewer a path that you'd like to take and be sure to include why a Michigan MBA will help you reach your goal. Good luck.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||RIT||
My guess is that I'm the only mgoblog reader who grew up going to RIT hockey games in the 1980's. My father left a position at UofM to join the faculty at RIT in the mid-1970s. He's now retired, but my mother still teaches there. Aside from Triple A baseball, RIT hockey was the best thing going in town. They were D-III back then and had a few seasons where they were completely dominant and won at least one NC, maybe two. I don't follow them at all now, but was excited to see them in the tournament and shocked to see them make the frozen four. As one poster noted, I thought they looked much slower than their competition.
I know the experience at Yost is something very special, but I swear that RIT's home rink (Ritter Memorial Ice Arena) has an equally impressive environment. The physical building is pretty ugly, but the fans are awesome. It holds around 2,000 people and can be deafening at times. I learned a lot about hockey going to those games and wouldn't trade the experience for anything. It was the best $4 you could spend.
RIT's win to get to the Frozen Four was labeled by the Rochester paper as the single biggest win in Rochester collegiate sports history. RIT hockey is the only D-I program in the city and the rest of the school's sports are all D-III.
It's too bad that the run had to end and I would be surprised to see them back next year, but it was fun to root for a familiar underdog. Not sure why I wrote all this other than I'm not sure when I'll be able to combine Michigan and RIT again.
|5 years 21 weeks ago||Is it ok for me to feel bad for Weis?||
I actually feel a pang of sorrow for Weis. Here's a guy who loves ND and loves ND football. This was obviously a dream job for him. I understand that he was compensated very well for his troubles and this comes with the coaching territory. However, on a human level, I keep coming back to feeling bad for the guy.
|5 years 23 weeks ago||shouldn't be an issue||
To put it in perspective, I've never given walking around with a beer a second thought. I think a prior poster said it best, don't be "that guy" who draws attention to himself, stumbles in traffic, screams at people, throws beers, etc. Have one for me as I'm missing my first home OSU game in a while.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Redshit||
IMO, a redshirt for Gardner would be ideal but may not be realistic. RR has been emphatic that Robinson is a QB, but isn't that being driven by the fact that after Tate, the QB cupborad is pretty bare? If Gardner proves to be a solid option as a freshman, doesn't it make sense to have Tate start with Gardner as a back up and then move Robinson to a skill position? Robinson has proven that he has crazy speed but he may not be QB material at this level.
Actually, if you're playing this game, you could come up with a scenario whereby Tate ends up as the odd man out. If Gardner is as good as billed, he could win the starting position with Tate as a back up.
Can Robinson catch punts??
|5 years 27 weeks ago||Tacopants is my favorite||
but ThreetSheridammit captured the true essence of a specific situation better than any other word - ever.
GERG makes me laugh everytime. Although, I actually missed the origin of that one, so I'm a little out of the loop and feel like Michael Scott fake-checking e-mail on his cell phone in front of the Stamford office gang.