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|1 day 9 hours ago||Empty seats||
From the number of empty seats in the stands, it looks as if you weren't the only one not to see that catch.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Excellent analysis||
Excellent analysis. This is clearly an example of the Michigan Difference.
While not surprised, I am a little disturbed how quiet we apparently were during the Michigan State game, as if we are used to losing to them. I know they had a good team, and I realize that Akron, UConn, and Iowa were much more frustrating -- but I'd like us to be angrier about losing to Sparty. I, for one, will never accept losing to Sparty.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Came here||
Came here to make that point.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I have one ticket, Section 19, Row 85||
I have one ticket, Section 19, Row 85. I'll sell for $50 to a Michigan fan.
I'll post it on the spreadsheet. However, to reach me, email me at email@example.com.
I am in Ann Arbor now and until the game, so I can meet at any reasonable time to deliver the ticket.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Well, look||
Well, look, I agree with a lot of what you all say. I'm just saying that the decision to bail on the game and sell a ticket for a loss represents a bit of an abandonment of the team while your costs are already sunk. I don't think it "teaches" the AD anything or hurts it in any direct way.
I appreciate opportunity costs and avoiding the pain of going to the game. I had my tickets on sale for while. However, I took them off because I am not willing to give them up for as little as they are going for. And I might go alone since my wife's knee may not hold up for all the walking (unless I can find someone I know without a ticket). I moved from excitement, to despair, to duty.
I think bitching about Brandon is a poor excuse for not going to this game if you already have a ticket. They are independent issues, even if selling tickets to OSU fans "sends a signal." If we were undefeated and looked great, with good chance at winning, I still would object to Brandon's tactics. As a former economics student, I understand markets and economic theory quite well. I just don't think it should minimize something that we (as UM alums and true fans) should all value highly.
Refusing to buy high and sell low . . .
|3 weeks 4 days ago||two different markets||
There are at least two different markets: the market for original purchase of tickets from the Athletic Department (including season tickets) and the secondary market (e.g. StubHub). They are obviously not entirely unrelated, but they are different. The first market is what the AD feels directly about how much it can charge for original tickets. The second market fluctuates more wildly.
A sell off of OSU tickets might have some effect on the AD (although not really, because next year's season ticket prices have been set). People turning in their season tickets next year because there are only six home games without any premium games will have a much larger effect.
You are criticizing two statements for not adding up. However, they address two different markets, not the same market, so your criticism is overstated.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Brian conflates Hoke with Brandon||
While I agree with almost everything, if not everything, Brian actually said in his post, it is not responsive to the simple comment made by Hoke in a press conference in which he was attempting, as Brian noted, not to say anything.
You don't like Brandon stupidly shitting on his fans/customers? Okay, fine. No one does. But don't shit on Hoke for having to steer around an awkward question about the fans selling their tickets to OSU fans. What is he supposed to say? He said "fickle." He means "fair-weathered," which is exactly what we are. We want to watch Michigan win, but not lose. Where is the honor in that?
Oh, we pay too much for tickets? Brandon takes advantage to our loyalty (one premised on expectations of winning) and abuses us? All true. But if we really supported our team and our school, we would be with them (players, and yes, even coaches) through thick and thin (but not necessarily at all financial cost imposed by Brandon). If you don't like the price, don't buy the tickets. The problem this week is not people refusing to buy tickets. They bought them months ago. They are selling them at a loss in order to avoid standing in support, bearing witness, whatever. They/we are being cowards. And that is Hoke's point.
Like that any better, Brian?
|3 weeks 5 days ago||313||
I was lucky enough to sit at the 45 yard line behind the Michigan bench and watch Biakabutuka carry linebackers back and forth all afternoon. Glorious.
My favorite memory that I didn't get to see live was Woody throwing the yard markers in 1971. I would have loved it if my 10-year-old self could have seen that in person.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Best post||
This is the best post I've seen in forever.
|5 weeks 53 min ago||He looked drunk?||
He looked drunk? Are you sure it wasn't the echo?
|6 weeks 15 hours ago||I agree.||
I agree. I don't care what people say. I miss those banners being there and I mentally add them to the list everytime I look up at them.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Ditto||
I was also saved by a 6 p.m. wedding that caused me to miss most of the second half.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe||
Maybe. However, I think about 17-18 of those other 20 sports wouldn't generate any significant revenue no matter how many marketing dollars you spent.
|9 weeks 13 hours ago||Interesting||
Interesting. I have heard about this game, but don't remember it. I do remember a horribly cold, rainy game in the early 80s when hardly anybody was left at the end. In fact, I left after 3 quarters, the only time I ever left before the clock ran down.
I'm sure they don't count who is there at the end of the game. However, I bet they came up with some way to imagine 100K at the beginning of the 1995 game. Maybe they were all huddled in the concessions lines waiting for hot chocolate and coffe (which incredibly is never ready).
|9 weeks 15 hours ago||Attendance||
I think the number is always supposed to be attendance. In fact, they count unpaid attendees as well (players, band, press box, etc.).
|9 weeks 15 hours ago||Brandon's imaginary friends||
Yeah, you make a good point and could be right. However, there have been a few games when based on what I saw I was surprised we were over 100K, not to mention well over that amount. I chalk it up to Dave Brandon's imaginary friends who are always standing by to be counted, if necessary.
|11 weeks 10 hours ago||Kill's seizure||
Given the news of Kill's seizure this morning and his inability to coach the game, I think the columist is appearing more prescient than doucebag.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Michigan 49-6||
Michigan 49, Minnesota 6
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Anyone have a link to the coverage map?||
Anyone have a link to the coverage map? I will be stuck in north Georgia at a wedding of a niece who is not able to follow my advice (given more than a year in advance) about bye weekends. I hope we will have it on ABC down there; not sure if I'll have access to ESPN2.
Oh, and the wedding is at 6, so thanks to whoever who decided this would be a 3:30 game. I actually think 3:30 is very good for homecoming so that there is time for all the other events of the weekend. Unfortunately, when I have been in town for homecoming, I have been stuck with noon games. A noon game this week would have been great fo rme.
|12 weeks 4 hours ago||A lot of us like to wear blue.||
A lot of us like to wear blue. Also, our alumni are not deranged like Ohio State's. I live in Ohio. I know what I am talking about.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Interestingly||
Interestingly, I remember Bo doing that on kick off returns almost all the time for a period back when I was in school. (I think undergrad, but in either event it was while I was in the Stadium.) I forget whether it was for one season only or whether it was for a longer time, but it was the standard return with two guys deep. One would catch the ball and then they would run laterally to each other and either hand off or not and then head up field.
I don't have any particular recollection whether it was particularly successful. It obviously caused a delay in time that would have to be outweighed by the potential for deception.
I also don't know if we only ran it against inferior competition. Maybe we didn't monkey with it against Ohio State, for example.
One of you ST experts should go back and check the records (if there are any) or film from the early 80s.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Current students = future alums||
The problem with your view (and those of others here) is that the students have a privilege and need to get over themselves and just be grateful. You ignore the fact that the students do not NEED the athletics, let alone pay increasingly high prices and be treated like bad boys and girls who need to be punished. The University does, always has, and should offer plenty of other activities for students, most of which are more central to the educational experience. Most college students do just fine at schools that have little or no school spirit at athletic events. You want students in the seats? Do what is necessary to encourage them to get there -- more carrots, less stick.
You would think a business guy would get that about customers. However, Brandon's customers are old, wealthy alums -- the same guys who owned the blue seats when I was in college and when the student tickets I bought were relegated to the yellow seats above and away from the court. Crisler was dead then, and it may soon be again.
More to the point, the alums that crowd the Stadium and Crisler used to be students who have fond memories of attending as students. When those alums (like me) are dead or too old to attend, will the current crop of future alums be sufficiently devoted to pay for PSD's and season tickets? I think that is increasingly unlikely.
Forgive me if I randomly picked the previous comment to reply to. This is really in response to many of the other commenters' view that the bad, bad students should just shut up and be grateful.
|13 weeks 36 min ago||Here you go.||
Here you go. Obviously, someone else's website.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||It doesn't matter what the players say.||
It doesn't matter what the players say. They're still kids. I actually have never liked seeing college kids trot out for these press conferences. Senior captains like Lewan, maybe. Otherwise, forget it. Reporters can write their stories based on what they see in the game. There is little meaningful these kids can add.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||How quickly can we schedule Texas||
How quickly can we schedule Texas for a home and home?
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Beyond awesome||
Beyond awesome. Congratulations and thanks to Brian and the entire MGoCrew.
Re the ElevenWarriors video,which was great, does anyone have a link to a more extended clip of Woody throwing the yard markers in 1971? I have looked and have never found it. I understood that that game was not televised (OSU had a subpar year that year, finishing third behind Michigan and Northwestern (!) ) and I assumed that there was no video available. Obviously there is something.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||They're not going to kick the extra point!||
"They're not going to kick the extra point! Who cares? Who gives a damn!" Oh, man. That was the walkoff I attended.
|17 weeks 6 hours ago||Yes||
Yes, additional channels do become available on ATT Uverse (or at least have in the past). If you do a search on the online guide, you will find all the games. I recall there being additional channels numbered in the 1600s that covered additional games.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Yes, a tragedy||
Yes, it was a tragedy. That was the only point I was trying to make. Bonds would have been quite amazing without the drugs. I agree he'd have had fewer HRs and possibly a lower average, but overall he had no reason to bulk up. Of course, the tragedy was created by Bonds himself and he is responsible for it.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Bonds||
He does unless you want to put your head in the sand. Bonds was an incredible hitter back when he was a skinny kid with nary a drug in him. Moreover, no one will ever convince me that the drugs helped him with hand eye coordination and his ability to draw (unintentional) walks. I also doubt that it helped with his incredible bat speed.
I'm not particularly a Bond fan (I never liked his personality) and I certainly don't like the use of steroids. However, if you want to be honest you can't ignore Bonds' incredible talent and success before drugs and the fact that the drugs don't explain everything after. The use of steroids in baseball is a plague and I don't mind them cracking down, but the cheating quotiant as it applies to that sport is (I think) a lot less than in pure endurance sports like bike racing.
Miggy is amazing, btw. I just don't care for the moralizing about Bonds anymore than I have the moralizing about Pete Rose.