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|27 weeks 9 hours ago||With or without the Brinks truck?||
As Teddy KGB once wisely said: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jUBbCgMWmE
|29 weeks 3 days ago||At the game||
Got free tickets. Feel like I overpaid.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||The question||
The question is this: How bad is Syracuse?
|35 weeks 2 days ago||Imagine||
"Imagine all the people, living life in peace [and hating on David Brandon]..."
|37 weeks 2 days ago||I logged on just to say...||
...Southlake Dragons represent!
That is all.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Comparison.||
The only comparison I'm making between the two is that "fired by Michigan" will be on both their career records. Oh...and that they are both decent guys who may deserve better.
I agree that their backgrounds (and win-loss records) prior to coming to U of M are pretty different. As will be their post-Michigan trajectories. Hoke is going to be an excellent mid-tier level coach in a couple of years. RR probably has one more "big time" stop ahead of him.
You raise a damn good point, though. Given our resources (and the economic dependence that Athletic Department places on football), you would think that they would have had some level of success. Football is the engine that finances and populates our top-five Athletic Department. We HAVE to have a successful football program to keep up our other sports. So we fund the hell out of it, have the nation's largest football stadium, etc., etc. Given all that, why haven't guys like RR (or Hoke) succeeded here? Is the well that poisoned? I know it's kind of a broad question, but it seems to me that given our resources and emphasis, you almost have to TRY to fail at Michigan (and I can't accuse any coach - RR or anyone else - of doing that).
SMH, as the kids say...
|38 weeks 2 days ago||This.||
Completely on point. I don't care if all the "other BS stuff" that RR is pointing to is or was true, the last season was a debacle. That Gator Bowl loss, where it looked like the players basically gave up on him, was cause enough to fire the guy. The dude dug his own grave, even if the ground was pre-softened by Lloyd loyalists.
I like him. Met him once and I thought he was a very nice man. He will do well in Arizona and maybe get one more shot at an elite program (imagine what he could do at Oregon). I will root for him every step of the way (except when he plays us).
But the man shat the bed during his time here. Just like another very nice, very good man named Brady Hoke is doing now. The results will be the same.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||Why...why are there copies of||
Why...why are there copies of the Style section all over the floor?
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Wedding song?||
In some interview I read years ago, Sting said that he's baffled when he hears that someone used EBYT as a wedding song. "Really? Have you read the lyrics?"
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Define "ran"...||
I was more in the "waddle" mindset. Still, beautiful weather and a nice stroll.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Texas Heat||
Definitely a better ballpark for the long ball, but that guy is going to melt in the mid-July Texas heat. As a big man who lived in Dallas, I speak from experience.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Ergo...||
I was in heaven.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||It's just a process...||
It's a sad day in many respects, but it's also just a process. At the end of the day, whether an agreement is reached with pensions or the bondholders or both, Detroit should have more cash flow to meet the basic health and safety obligations it owes to its citizens. That's not a bad thing; the question is how do you get there. I hope Orr, Jones Day and Snyder have a plan.
Orange County came out better. I don't think City of Valejo is doing that well, post bankruptcy. I'd be curious to see if there are any strong examples of a city going through this process and coming out super-awesome-better 3-5 year afterwards.
What's my insane theory for fixing up Detroit? Glad you asked. Tie up immigration reform with urban renewal. If you are here illegally, but pay your taxes and are free of criminal offenses, you get instant amnesty if you move to Detroit, buy property and start a business for a minimum of 5 years. Or, if you are in Mexico and face an 8 year wait to get here legally, you get to jump to the front of the line if you committ yourself to moving to Detroit for 5 years, buying property as part of the bargain. I have no idea if it would work or even if it would legal or feasible, but it might mean an instant tax base, which is what the city desperately needs. Just one idiot's thoughts...
|2 years 2 weeks ago||I just finished the same book||
I was really torn about it. Some of his facts were fudged, some of his analysis was wrong-ish, but when you hold up his narrative and put it all together, it's accurate. And devastating. I work in Detroit, but live in Ann Arbor. I've seen it get better in the past ten years (at least in the central business corridor), but it's got a long way to go.
Today's EM meeting with creditors could be a first step. But even that process will take 3-4 years, at a minimum.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Texas Hand Signs||
I used to live in Texas. Between the TTech "Guns Up!" salute, the U of T "Hook 'Em Horns!", TAMU's "Gig 'em!", TCU's Horned Frog hand sign (which I think is what you do when you raise you outer knuckles while making a fist) and god knows what Baylor does for a hand signlal, I always thought that Texans had their own set of gang signs. It's like the Crips and Bloods, but more annoying.
I never learned how SMU does a hand sign for allegedly killing five hookers. Must be complicated.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||That moment...||
That moment when you realize you weren't the only one.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||IT'S MON-EH!||
MO-NEH! IT'S COUNT DE MO-NEH! SAY IT! SAY IT!!!
Where is the piss boy?
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Tattoo value||
I have to think that the corresponding tattoo value of those tickets also skyrockets. Time to get that "REAL National Champs 2013" tramp stamp!
|2 years 23 weeks ago||MGoLawyers||
Explain to me the conflict of interest in the case. NCAA receives a bill from Scumbag Debtor’s lawyer for having asked questions that benefited the NCAA at a bankruptcy proceeding. Assuming that there was even a client/attorney relationship between the lawyer and the NCAA (she could have been sending a bill because she is delusional), I can see the issue with retaining counsel in a bankruptcy case to ask questions while at the same time that counsel also represents the debtor. That’s a potential conflict, but one more centered on the lawyer who is dumb enough to take on both clients than the NCAA who asked for the arrangement. It seems more dumb-verging-on-shady on the NCAA's part than fraudulent (and I'd be more worried for the lawyer who thought she could represent both clients at the same time). Is the more abhorrent conflict the fact that the NCAA might have paid the legal bills in an unrelated legal proceeding for the accuser in the investigation, giving the accuser the incentive to sing whatever song the NCAA wants him to sing? That sounds more serious.
And as for gathering and using information from a bankruptcy proceeding, what would have stopped the NCAA from hiring some non-conflicted lawyer to either (i) sit in on the deposition/2004 exam/341 meeting, or (ii) even ask questions at that meeting? Isn’t bankruptcy essentially a public process? I can sit in on a day's worth of 341 meetings and find out all sorts of awesome stuff about people's financial lives. Worse comes to worse, counsel for the debtor (if they are awake…which isn’t always the case) could have asked the NCAA “And how are you a creditor in this case and/or entitled to ask questions here again?”. But if I remember correctly, 2004 exams, 341 hearings and the like are open to all “parties in interest” which is pretty damn vague. Someone who knows this stuff better than me fill me in on what I'm obviously missing.
(God…I just defended the NCAA. Must. Wash. Hands….)
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Agree||
You know...after a bit of thought, I think I agree. Unless there is some proof that this is a sociopathic Armstrong situation (topical reference!), I can imagine a situation where this spirals out of control. Especially if it was put in place in the first place to be a beard. You're 21 or 22, you're on the down-low, you're coming from a Mormon household, playing for a Catholic university that is having its best year in decades, and you look to be a top-ten pick. You've got a LOT to hide if you're gay, and maybe you do something incredibly stupid to stay closeted.
Nothing but pure speculation, but I could see that as being a plausible backdrop to this. The irony is to think how empowering it would be if he had come out this season. "Hi I'm gay and I'm going to be defensive Heisman contender." You would have to have massive stones for doing it, and I think the recognition of that courage would outweigh the obvious negatives. But no one has done it before (in college football), and it would take the right kind of kid. And T'eo may not have wanted to be that martyr.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||This is how old I am...||
There was a time when I sat at Crisler as an undergrad and cursed Purdue's Big Dog for taking the Big Ten Title away from J. Rose and company.
In a roundabout way, he may be giving it back.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Me too!||
July 23 birthday. Are we Cancers or Leos? Always throws me off...
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Line||
How bad is the line and parking? Thanks for posting for those of us who are debating going.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Ring true up||
I did it with my combo undergrad/JD Michigan ring after the law firm years added some girth to my fingers. Took a couple of weeks and was done for free. Just look up their website for a contact phone number.
|2 years 52 weeks ago||One of my favorite Office||
One of my favorite Office clips. Wish I could embed on an IPad.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Some more thoughts...||
I'm a U of Mich law grad, out about 9 years. I'll echo a lot of the sentiments about the devaluation of the law profession over the course of the past few years. When I walked in the early 2000s, even with the 2001 recession, there were enough law firms jobs to go around. That's changed pretty radically since, oh, 2007 and has not really come back yet. To some extent, I think that actually cuts towards taking the best scholarship offer available, rather than going to the best prestige school. Less student loan debt means less financial pressure in the future, and, to some extent the deteriorating job market seems to cut across the tiers of law schools (that is, the job market seems pretty crappy whether you're at UCLA or at Loyola Chicago). If you had Yale or Harvard on hold while pondering a financial aid offer from Wayne (an excellent school that only suffers from, as some people have pointed out here, a lack of branding outside of Detroit), I could see putting off Wayne for either. But I don't think that Wisconsin or Iowa are so good that you should incur the full $120,000-$150,000 student loan debt (no disrespect to my fellow Badger or Hawkeye JD holders).
|3 years 11 weeks ago||Lolla '92||
Went to Lollapalooza in 1992 in Minneapolis on Harriet Island. The lineups:
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ministry, Ice Cube, Soundgarden, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Pearl Jam, Lush, Buffalo Tom. Stone Temple Pilots, Cypress Hill, House of Pain and Luscious Jackson were also involved (I think).
The Pearl Jam set was unbelievable. Ice Cube had his stage guys aiming sawed-off shotguns at the crowd. Ministry was...interesting.
Grunge and the early 90s. God I'm old. But the Peppers are playing this year, so I might have to go.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Some more options||
Alfonso's on Frenchmen Street, right above the Apple Barrell, is a very good New Orleans Italian place.
|3 years 41 weeks ago||The problem is the labor supply||
Sorry if someone has already touched upon this (between reading the article and the thread, my head hurts): Isn't the problem here the labor pool for college athletics? Assume the the NCAA and the universities are evil, profit-driven entities that want to maximize their profit on the shoulders of poor and young student-athletes (I know that after reading the piece, I don't have much of a problem doing that). Now imagine if, prior to Saturday's EMU/U of M game, the Michigan football team refused to run out of the tunnel and take the field in a once-in-a-lifetime coordinated protest against the NCAA's and Michigan's profit-driven exploitation. The protest generates headlines, ESPN interrupts it's broadcast of another equally-expoitative football game to cover it, and the word shudders for a moment at the thought of student-athletes becoming sentinent of their own exploitation.
How long would it take Brady Hoke and Dave Brandon to find 85 fairly qualified guys who would gladly take the current players' place in that tunnel? An hour? Two? How many guys would KILL to put on the maize and blue and get a free ride to the University of Michigan to play football? I'm guessing quite a few, including most of the EMU football team. Hell, how many guys would kill to play and study at EMU on a scholarship?
As long as that is the reality, I think the NCAA and its member colleges can pretty much do what they want with respect to their defense of the phyrric amaterurism ideal. As long as that labor force imbalance exists, exploitation exists. Add to that the reality that we, as fans, will root at the game and watch on TV in numbers that justify the TV and endorsement contracts no matter who you put out there (the Michigan 2008 team pretty much proves that), you have a pretty solid base for the exploitative system the article illustrates.
I'm not saying it's right. But it's reality, and it explains the current system. Now, I also think that the NCAA can come up with a system that provides a more fair treatment of that labor pool (call it a Fair Labor and Standards Act for college athletes, or even more hippie, Fair Trade Football). The article might be the first step in shaming the exploitative parties to a more mutually benefitial arrangement.
|3 years 41 weeks ago||What good is an English degree?||
Or political science (my major)? Or Art History? Outside of grad school, these classic liberal art majors are not worth much (especially in this economy). At least with a "Football Studies" degree, you can coach, become a trainer, maybe joing the marketing side of a professional program (assuming you threw in some business classes to round out the "Studies" part of the major).
I see you point that "grad school" in "Football Studies" might be limited to the NFL (and that 98% of the graduates don't "get in"). But we kinda already have this by having a School of Kinesiology and having, oh, about 80% of our student athletes in it. They're alreay majoring in sports. They might even argue that they have better job prospects than a sociology major.
I dunno. There is a practical solution to this problem that the craploads of money being banted around obfuscates. Allowing athletes to major in their sports might be a part of it.