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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.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Well, he was right about the||
Well, he was right about the private jet tour. But the jet just went directly to Ann Arbor.
|5 days 6 hours ago||I was wondering why he was||
I was wondering why he was left out of HTTV. I guess he was one of the supposed potential medical redshirts and Brian left him out because of it?
|1 week 6 days ago||I think it's stupid for the||
I think it's stupid for the same reasons Brandon's focus on expanding the brand was stupid. The marginal gain from cornering the market on college football fans in Mexico City is going to be more than offset by upsetting long time season ticket holders who don't get marquee out-of-conference games with their season tickets. This is an example of taking the main revenue sources for granted while chasing people who are never going to buy Texas tickets, and that was what started the ball rolling on getting Brandon driven out of town. Any expanding the brand that occurs won't matter if your main fan base doesn't want to buy tickets any more.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||It's way easier to justify||
It's way easier to justify the status quo rather than further expansion if they can claim no one wants gigabit. Of course people would want gigabit if it were somewhere below $300, but they'll leave that part out.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Is this going to be a||
Is this going to be a replacement for mgoblue.com? Because I.... don't like it. At least in comparison to mgoblue.com. Maybe it's because I'm an engineer, but as far as I'm concerned function >>>>> form. Give me something that's kinda ugly but makes it easy to find the information. This looks pretty, but makes it harder to find out actual information about the teams.
The worst thing I saw was the roster listing under "The Team" section for different teams. It shows 6 photos at a time, and you have to side scroll to see all the players. Not awful for the basketball team, which only has 15 members, but totally useless for the football team. Who the hell is going to scroll all the way over to Moe Ways?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||So Harbaugh is allowed to||
So Harbaugh is allowed to have only satellite camps or only camps in Michigan?
Seriously, Mullen is saying this stuff as Harbaugh is in the middle of the SMSB and Exposure U camps right here in Michigan.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I think Drupal has less to do||
I think Drupal has less to do with the server issues and more to do with the site design though. And it seems like it's the servers that are the issue here. IIRC Brian is self-hosting this site (along with his brother's site) on personally owned servers. Anyone have a clue how much it would cost to upgrade to an actual hosting service? I think that would do way more to improve reliability than switching to WordPress.
|3 weeks 5 hours ago||Is anyone here not owning it?||
Is anyone here not owning it? I don't think anyone here is disputing that the ultimate goal of the camps is to make connections and spread Michigan's recruting influence. But as long as Michigan is doing it in a way that is positive for the high schoolers and their coaches and not against NCAA rules, what's the problem? There isn't one unless you're and SEC coach trying to prevent outside coaches from making you work harder to land recruits.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||CFN is generally awful||
CFN is generally awful because they take a newspaper approach to the internet - in an age when there is unlimited space for anyone to go in depth with a team of their choosing, they expend all their resources doing 30,000 foot overviews of *every* team. As a result, you can count on them having something about your team, but it won't be nearly as good as the stuff from sites that actually focus on your team.
Way back in the day Brian reserved the Fiutakin' it tag for clueless columnists who didn't let their cluelessness get in the way of hot takes, but even that got old five years ago. And CFN is somehow still going...
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Does this mean he passed his||
Does this mean he passed his TOEFL or whatever and actually been accepted into the University? Because that seemed to be the question surrounding him. Officially signing his LOI is nice, but as far as I know you can do that before you are accepted. But maybe things are different for international players.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Man, people were doing so||
Man, people were doing so good with the No Valenti rule for a long time, but I guess something had to happen to remind everyone why it's a rule.
|5 weeks 20 hours ago||Because not everyone got the||
Because not everyone got the offer Michigan got. Adidas gave Michigan an offer that was way beyond what anyone else was getting with Nike (or anyone else), plus they guranteed Michigan would be the highest paid team for the length of the contract. Obviously they can't gurantee every team be the highest paid, but Michigan was a big enough name to make it worth the big price to make a splash and get the Adidas brand out there.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Ugh embed, let's try in the||
Never mind, it worked
|7 weeks 1 hour ago||Ack, you locked out my edit.||
Ack, you locked out my edit. But that's not what I was talking about. It was actually during the first Hoke spring practices, and here is the post I was talking about. Here is the best picture, I don't see why anyone would have a problem with this being the road uniform:
EDIT: Going through the whole album, found a couple more decent looks:
|7 weeks 2 hours ago||Back during the Rodriguez||
Back during the Rodriguez years there were some practice shots of the team trying out new white pants with the uniforms and I thought they looked.... pretty good. I'd never mess with the home uniform, but I thought they'd work well for the road uniforms. Now off to Google the archives, I'll post the pics if I can find them.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I think this image pretty||
I think this image pretty much sums up my dislike for the split M - it screams "Circa 1984" to me. I know being a Michigan fan means being a stodgy traditionalists, but it's not like we've haven't changed logos before, and the block M doesn't look like it's stuck at an arbitrary point in history.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||There are a lot of annoying||
There are a lot of annoying things about the internet, but my personal pet peeve is the need to shame anyone who likes something besides the 5 movies/TV shows/beers/restaurants Twitter has decided don't suck. Just, why?
PS: Brian, does this mean you've been on the internet for all these years and had no idea where this meme comes from?
PPS: A Royal Red Robin Burger is delicious. COME AT ME!
|8 weeks 6 days 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?
|9 weeks 2 days 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:
|10 weeks 1 day 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.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||And because I love crushing||
And because I love crushing highly ranked oppenents, my second most watched is probably 2006 Notre Dame
|11 weeks 6 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.
|14 weeks 5 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?
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Can you make it like this?||
Can you make it like this?
|15 weeks 1 day 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.
|15 weeks 2 days 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?
|15 weeks 3 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.
|16 weeks 1 day 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?
|17 weeks 6 hours 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.
|18 weeks 7 hours 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.