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Being part of the expansion to 14 teams. Going to 12 teams didn't disrupt the conference much and adds a tangible benefit for fans: the football conference championship game. There were some football scheduling issues, but that had more to do with goofy divisions priorizing an UM/OSU championship game over sane geographic rivalries. And basketball had two more single plays, but teams still had home-and-homes with the majority of the conference.
Going to 14 teams didn't add anything tangible for fans like the championship game, just the promise of future improvement due to increased revenue. In them mean time, now the football schedule will miss teams from the other division more often then they play them, and the basketball schedule has more single-plays than home-and-homes.
- The team they brought along with them was Rutgers.
|5 days 7 hours ago||Has there been anything on||
Has there been anything on away tickets? I've been considering a trip to the Utah game and have been scanning for any information about that, but I might have missed it. IIRC they've had offers in the past, have I missed any this year?
|1 week 1 day ago||If Maryland was the 12th team||
If Maryland was the 12th team added to the B1G, I think they would have had a much warmer reception. Two factors worked against them:
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||At least you live on the east||
At least you live on the east coast. For those of us in the western half of the country the game is going to be going on during prime trick-or-treating time.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||And because I love crushing||
And because I love crushing highly ranked oppenents, my second most watched is probably 2006 Notre Dame
|3 weeks 5 days ago||WolverineHistorian is great||
WolverineHistorian is great when it's the offseason and you're in the mood for some football and want to relive some great moments. I think the game I've re-watched to most is the 1997 Penn St. game, because there's nothing quite like going to a top-ranked oppenennt's stadium and completely dominating.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Wisconsin and Ohio State||
I thikn this right here sums up all the problems with the Big Ten right now, and a sign that the Dave Brandons of the world are prevalent everywhere. Why do something good for fans when atheltic departments that are already swimming in money can make some additional revenue off of non-fans?
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Can you make it like this?||
Can you make it like this?
|7 weeks 9 hours ago||Yeah, Ed Feng (Power Rank!||
Yeah, Ed Feng (Power Rank! MGoBlog Roundtable!) had an article up on Grantland today proposing a similar theory for winning your bracket pool. If you're in a 100-person pool and pick Kentucky to win you're going to have a hard time winning the pool even if Kentucky ends up winning. But if you go with a field team and they end up winning you're almost certainly getting some money.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||If Harbaugh was firmly||
If Harbaugh was firmly entrenched in the Fort Schembechler mentality he wouldn't have a steady stream of people coming in to watch practices. Isn't the rule that the probably of a secret getting out goes up by the square of the number of people who know, or something like that?
|7 weeks 2 days ago||IIRC OSU was against it too,||
IIRC OSU was against it too, so 4 of 6 were for it. But the two that were against it are the two that play hockey in multi-purpose arenas than can be used for other events if they are empty. They didn't want to keep two weekends empty when there is approximately a 50/50 chance it isn't used for either. Apparently this was enough to make everyone pick the current format.
|8 weeks 6 hours ago||OK, so I'm going to be That||
OK, so I'm going to be That Guy. Is Hatch expected to occupy one of the 13 roster spots for 4 years?
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Just curious, why is||
Just curious, why is Minnesota to sweep a HUGE deal for Michigan? Also a bit curious about the MSU sweep, although I guess it's more oriented to how RPI/Pariwise work in general. While an MSU sweep would help for next weekend, wouldn't any RPI losses if MSU fails to sweep be offset by the RPI gains due to our wins over Wisconsin?
PS Write offline and save, then paste into the browser when you're done. IIRC there might even be a way to connect blogging software directly to MGoBlog so you can save drafts and post them automatically when you are done.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Any clue if this one really||
Any clue if this one really doesn't have the New Era logo on the side? The preview doesn't show one, the M-Den preview does, but they are both New Era 59fifty hats. It would be nice to have one without the logo.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||This differs with the way I||
This differs with the way I remember it - I thought the parents moved in the 03-04 season. I had student tickets in section 17 for 02-03 (right on the aisle next to section 18) and remember a big fist fight between (IIRC) Ferris St. parents and some students in the top half of section 18. The next season (03-04) the opponent parents were on the other side of the arena, and I was in section 18 behind some random non-student Michigan fans between the students and the opponents' bench.
I might be off on some of the details there, but 03-04 was my last year with season tickets and I remember at least one season of the parents being moved.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I don't think there's much||
I don't think there's much disecting to do for the Brady Hoke tenure - he was a poor head coach who lost way to many games. This was plain for anyone to see, and only rare Michigan Man true believers were disputing his firing. I think this post is more for the Dakich's of the world who were contending that there were no complaints with the athletic department or Dave Brandon if the football team was winning more games.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||The target demographic was||
The target demographic was stated many times: the family of four from Grand Rapids that only goes to one game per year. These families are frequently going to minor league baseball games, so they thought if they made Michigan games more like minor league baseball games they would draw all the casual fans from around the state.
Of course they forgot the main reason these families go to minor league baseball games is because they are relatively cheap while Brandon was charging through the roof for Michigan tickets. Or that minor league baseball games don't feature hours of traffic backups, $50 parking fees, and get you a full seat more than a foot wide. Going to Michigan games means putting up with a lot of annoying stuff but doing it anyway because you're a die hard, but Brandon decided to change what the die hards liked to try and draw people that were never going to come anyway.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Office guy seems to have||
Office guy seems to have copied a picture Holly Anderson had on Grantland last week. Although if the guy was just taking her idea he probably would have just taken her image, maybe he just also came up with the idea on his own since it's a completely different image and editing.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Too many people have their||
Seriously, people need to watch this video, get the joke, and get on with life. It wasn't a serious threat.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||You're probably not in the||
You're probably not in the target market for this. Most people this will appeal to are already paying close to $100 for cable alone (and even more if they are getting premium channels). And probably more than $35 for high speed internet. And already have some streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc on top of it. So if these people can get most of what they use cable TV for with the Sling service, it's an easy way to save a lot of money. If you can get all the cable TV and high speed internet you need for $100, it's clear this isn't the most appealing deal, but you're in a shrinking minority. Cable bills are only going up.
|13 weeks 4 hours ago||In defense of the AD and||
In defense of the AD and football staff, I'm pretty sure no other no other fanbase needs any football sooner than our fanbase. Last year was mostly a waste as far as hope for the future is concerned, we need something material to cling to ASAP.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||FTFY||
|14 weeks 6 days ago||In Beilein we trust and all,||
In Beilein we trust and all, but I'm just not seeing it without the offense improving massively in the very near future. Right now I'm filing this in the same bin as the "What happens to Hoke if we win out" question from early October: technically it's possible, but not really.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||You mean like the "Recent||
You mean like the "Recent Posts" link near the top of the left sidebar?
|17 weeks 6 hours ago||FWIW Brian has written an||
FWIW Brian has written an official mgoblog stance on the topic. Only really old timers remember it and it isn't linked in the about bar anymore, but here it is:
There are innumerable websites on the internet for those need to see hawt chicks. It shouldn't get me in trouble in HR if I spend a few minutes checking for new Michigan news while my code compiles, but once bikini pics get involved it's a problem. Please grow up and stop it.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||https://www.reddit.com/r/Twit||
EDIT: And now the Twitter status page shows it
|18 weeks 2 days ago||I'm sure the Raiders want to||
I'm sure the Raiders want to believe they are strongly in play for Harbaugh still and have told Glazer that. But it doesn't matter because It's Happening.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||I'm sure it's possible||
I'm sure it's possible Lochman was being a good soldier while fighting Brandon on all this stuff, but...
I doubt it.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Fun note: I went back to the||
Fun note: I went back to the article with Lochman's quotes so I could snarkily paraphrase some of them in honor of his fleeting four-year relationship, but the Denard quotes have disappeared down the memory hole. But it still talks about how smart the dance contest is.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Well, you seem kinda like a||
Well, you seem kinda like a jerk, and he was in charge of finding 20 girls willing to date you, so by the end the pickings were probably kinda slim.
And given the way the last guy got treated for not being a Michigan Man and the ADs focus on getting any Michigan Man the next time, there aren't going to be many plausible candidates jumping at the chance to coach Michigan until you get to the Hokes of the world.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||What is it about Wisconsin||
What is it about Wisconsin that makes their coaches want to leave for middle of the pack programs in other leagues? First Bielema, now Andersen.