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|2 days 4 hours ago||Me too. History is filled||
Me too. History is filled with teams that were great despite relatively low talent, and rarely were they great for long. Putting together elite teams without elite talent is *hard*, and especially hard when you lose a bunch of multiyear starters from your team strength.
I don't think they'll be bad though, just merely very good instead of elite like last year. I think the closest analog is probably Wisconsin, who also consistently puts together good teams despite mediocre recruiting thanks to program stability and coaching. But Wisconsin rarely finishes in the top 5 (only once in the last decade, 2006, and only in one poll), and only slightly more often in the top 10. They're usually in the top 25 though, which is good for that level of recruiting. The top 10 years are the exception, not the norm, and I expect things to be similar for MSU.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Just signed up and I'm||
Just signed up and I'm playing around, found one feature suggestion quickly: It would be nice if we could filter stocks by conference.
|1 week 21 hours ago||I have a Moto X and I'm very||
I have a Moto X and I'm very happy with it. It's much smoother and has a lot better battery life than the Galaxy Nexus I replaced. And the voice commands are very handy. Only potential issue is future support - Motorola has only guranteed 18 months of updates, and they phone is already a year old. But it's available for cheap right now with the X+1 coming out soon.
|1 week 1 day ago||Either Michigan is a lot||
Either Michigan is a lot better than 2011, or the Italian teams are a lot worse, but the previews I read predicted these types of scores. UMHoops specifically mentioned that Notre Dame was beating the same teams by similar scores a week earlier. The next game is the only one that was expected to be a challenge.
|1 week 2 days ago||I wonder what MSU's redshirt||
I wonder what MSU's redshirt percentage was back in Dantonio's first few years. It's one thing to redshirt most of your freshmen when almost your entire two-deep is filled with known-quantity upperclassmen you personally recruited and spent a few years developing. It's another when you're hoping the new guys might be better than the leftovers of the previous coach's classes. I doubt Dantonio started off redshirting 12% of the freshman right off the bat, but I have been wrong before.
|1 week 2 days ago||I was about to post the same||
I was about to post the same thing, but you got to it before I found the link. Here is the Brian's original post about SHORYUKEN pass defense for more detail.
|1 week 3 days ago||In case he wasn't, it's||
In case he wasn't, it's located here
|1 week 3 days ago||Hasn't Brian been promising||
Hasn't Brian been promising an upgrade to a newer version of Drupal for like forever? One that has a mobile website module with it? Seems like it's getting kinda late in the offseason for an upgrade like that.
|1 week 4 days ago||Brian said there ran 90%||
Brian said there ran 90% inside zone drills during warm-ups, but he says nothing about during the actual scrimmage. But Space Coyote did a write up on the scrimmage, and here is what he had to say:
Emphasis mine, but it does seem a little bit like the spent more time working on the thing that needs the most work.
|1 week 4 days ago||Nothing will ever purge the||
Nothing will ever purge the sting of that defeat. Ever. App St. wants to play us because because they are moving up the FBS this year, and there is no better way to make the jump than to remind everyone of that one time they were nationally relevant. Whether or not they beat us doesn't really matter as long as they are back in the spotlight again. No other opponent would put them back in the media spotlight nearly as much as a rematch of The Horror.
|1 week 4 days ago||OSU and MSU are conference||
OSU and MSU are conference rivals with respectable teams. We're going to have to play them every year, and beating them will actually prove something. The App St. game was completely avoidable and here is no margin of victory that will stop people from talking about that one time we lost to them.
|1 week 5 days ago||It has nothing to do with the||
It has nothing to do with the opinion of the media. It has everything to do with not being able to enjoy the usual previews in anticipation of the season without everyone having a convenient excuse to dredge up memories of the worst single week in Michigan football history.
|1 week 5 days ago||Memories of the absolute||
Memories of the absolute horse shit preparation and performance by Lloyd Carr and his staff would slowly fade into the background unless there was a reason for all of the media outlets to reminisce about it at the same time. And DB provided the reason.
|1 week 5 days ago||I'd be very surprised if this||
I'd be very surprised if this is the only oral history of The Horror. And I'm sure ESPN.com and SI and a half dozen other CFB sites will have retrospectives too. And I can't wait for College GameDay to have a segment about it. Anybody got an over/under on the number of times the FG block will be replayed during the game broadcast? What a way to get Michgan fans pumped up for the start of college football season.
But at least we'll have a Wow Experience. Thanks DB!
|1 week 6 days ago||That investigation is||
|2 weeks 1 day ago||No, I'm out of state and I'm||
No, I'm out of state and I'm not going to be able to make it to any games this year, and no one I know is interested in the non-Penn St. games.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe you got a different||
Maybe you got a different email than me, but mine only offered the season tickets if I purchased the "Michigan Football Fan Choice Pack". The pack:
Emphasis mine. How long until they just start giving away App St tickets?
|5 weeks 3 days ago||You'll go to Costco||
This is great. I've tried expressing this same idea before, but I've never been able to do it as concisely and clearly as you do here. I might need to borrow this in the future.
|6 weeks 21 hours ago||I agree that DB needs to try||
I agree that DB needs to try to fill those seats. But the problem is the things he is doing to attract people aren't working, and in the mean time he is discouraging long time customers. The bunch of Miley Cyrus tweens aren't going to pay astronomical prices to get crammed into a stadium for four hours and then sit forever in traffic on the way home because there is rock music in between plays and fireworks at the end. That stuff works at minor league baseball games because those games are relatively cheap and easy entertainment for the family as long as there is something to make everyone in the family happy. If he wants to attract the casual fans, he needs to set the prices at a level that doesn't discourage the non-die hards. Otherwise, he needs to stop all the crap that is ruining the experience that made the die hards love the games in the first place.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I'm assuming it's way cheaper||
I'm assuming it's way cheaper to play the bad bad teams, since everyone else wants to avoid the RPI hit as well. So I suppose it depends on whether the people in charge of scheduling prioritize a few RPI slots or next quarter's revenue statement.
|7 weeks 13 min ago||The Brabbs Game||
Haven't been to very many games since I graduated, but the best game when I was a student was the Brabbs game. Crazy back and forth game with a tense, improbable, last second finish. Not the most important or anything from my time there, but definitely the best.
|7 weeks 21 hours ago||I agree that it should be||
While would prefer the the color-coded version, the biggest advantage the old recruiting board had going for it was that it was updated frequently and had it's own front-page link. The key was you could get a relatively recent 10,000 ft overview of the recruting situation all the time. If this post was perma-linked and updated occasionally, it would be 90% of the old board right off the bat, which would be great.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||This reminds me, the site||
This reminds me, the site should really bring back the old recruit tracking chart. Maybe I'm just getting old, maybe I'm not paying enough attention as I used to, maybe it's because recruiting updates now cover multiple years, but I had a much easier time keeping track of all the recruits when Mr. Blue, Data, and Nefarious Eduardo were helping me out.
|11 weeks 3 hours ago||I still don't see how this||
I still don't see how this argument relates when the access is controlled. I see how the first amendment issues apply if I film a player walking down a public street, but that doesn't seem to relate if I can't get access to film the player playing a game without paying the schools first. The TV stations wouldn't be paying the schools millions of dollars for access if the players weren't playing a game, and the players think they are being anticompetitively restricted from a larger share of those milliions.
|11 weeks 3 hours ago||(No subject)||
But this isn't a public event, it's a private event with television companies are paying millions of dollars for access in order to film and broadcast it. Until competing companies can show up and film for free I don't really think this applies here.
|11 weeks 3 hours ago||Once a player voluntarily||
Isn't this where the whole digression into the Sherman Antitrust Act comes in? While the players are "voluntarily" signing their rights away, they are doing it because the NCAA is anticompetitively taking away their other options.
|12 weeks 5 hours ago||This isn't my idea, someone||
This isn't my idea, someone else mentioned it in another post on this topic. But I think one of the big factors in the decreases demand is the change from season ticket waiting lists to the donation points system. Ten years ago when I graduated, I signed up for the season ticket waiting list even though I was moving across the country. Supposedly the waiting time on the list was 20+ years, and if I waited until I moved back to the area (or could afford to buy tickets just to fly back for the best games) I would never make it to the top of the list. And this rewarded loyalty from ticket buyers - if you made it to the top of the list, you better buy or else you might never get another change. And if you had tickets, renewing got you better seats, and if you didn't renew you might never get another chance to buy them.
Now the wait list is gone, and season tickets are given out based on donations. If the product is bad you can save money on tickets, and if you ever change your mind you can just put the money you saved towards donations and get your tickets back. Loyalty means jack squat if someone else donates more money. And behold, all customer loyalty has been lost.
And IIRC this change was done under Martin, so this isn't all Brandon's fault. Although he hasn't done anything to make the situation better.
(I don't know if the article goes over this stuff, but the site is crashed and I can't read it yet. But I'm assuming it's similar to all the other arguments that have been on this site before).
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Are there really casual||
Are there really casual sports fans that think the US has a realistic chance to win the World Cup? And how many of those casual fans are going to bother to read a profile of Klinsmann?
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks for that||
The full quote:
Yeah, outside of head-in-the-sand homers I don't see the problem with that.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||I think the lack of a||
I think the lack of a basketball/hockey preview has something to do with it. Last year still had a goal of $30,000, but it offered a basketball/hockey preview along with the football preview, and the $30 combo package was by far the most popular option. This year has only the football preview, and now the $15 package is the most popular option. That's going to cut into the contributions no matter how much malaise is going on. Add in the general malaise that follows a 7-6 year and a chunk of procrastinators waiting until the last second and you're going to get lower totals.