"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
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|2 days 6 hours ago||1st Music I ever bought...||
The first music I ever purchased with my own money: The cassette tape of Totally Krossed Out by Kris Kross.
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||Rutgers/Kansas||
The Rutgers/Kansas game feels like a "Faces of Death" video. I kind of want to watch part of it just to see if its as bad as everyone says. I likely will also end up having nightmares for the next week because of it.
#M00PS made me laugh out loud and now requires explanation to co-workers.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||I'm in Michigan and...||
I'm sure you'll be inundated with Michigan brews but I have grown to enjoy Frankenmuth's Winter Bock. Best craft IMO in Michigan is New Holland. Dragon's Milk is just the best.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Here's mine|
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I have it but...||
...the audio is not great. You can only pick out bits & pieces of it and I was also filming the whole field so as to get the team touching the banner. I'll post it tonight since apparently its the best we can do right now.
|6 weeks 6 hours ago||Goosebumps||
All the goosebumps, all the feels...
It's oddly counter-intuitive but its the same feeling you get on that first 40-50 degree day in the Spring after a hard winter.
Well written Brian!
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Awesome!||
A much needed bit of brevity in my day. But, one quibble: "...injured Jim Harbaugh." I know what those words mean individually but I don't understand that combination.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||The things I come out of hibernation for||
I was about to post this equation but you beat me to it. I took an Astronomy class my last semester and the professor talked about this in the last week and his comment was that this equation is sort of arbitrary because the last 4 constants are pretty much based on how the user "feels" about the topic. That being said, I agree that based on the evidence of planets with liquid water, which is one of the big items for life based on what we know, it stands to reason that we are not alone in the universe but its unlikely that we've been visited.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Jim IDGAF Harbaugh||
1st, Cowherd is a tool so this was hilarious to listen to. 2nd, Harbaugh was giving short, terse answers and honestly didn't sound any different to me than his hiring presser, so it seems thats just how he is. Colin's questions were inane and rather than make any attempt to be a real journalist, he just gave up. And as for whether or not any recruits will not choose Michigan based on this interview, I imagine Jim would rather not have anyone playing for him who puts stock in a Colin Cowherd interview over what is said in recruiting discussions.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Cathartic||
As I said on twitter, this is cathartic. It really is "The Rise & Fall of Dave Brandon" and a piece which should be mandatory reading for people in positions like AD as a how-not-to. There is only one thing he oversaw that I agreed with: matte & chrome helmets. I realize I'm in the minority but I'm a huge sucker for them when they take the standard design and make that change only. But when that is literally the only thing I can say nice about an AD...not good.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||I'm Gonna Get Banned but...||
sorry, I stand up for what I believe in: Golden Grahams are #1. Cinnamon Toast Crunch leaves a grit in the milk that is just annoying. It beats out a lot of the fruity cereals, but falls behind GG and most of the chocolate ones.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Just a blast||
It's been a couple years since I've been to a Michigan hockey game, but man I'm so glad I went to this.
|47 weeks 3 hours ago||Spot On||
I totally agree with you Brian. First off, as an EE/CE grad I totally empathize with the Networks comments. That class drove me insane and yet I remember the professor fondly and had the utmost respect for him.
Regardless, I've often wondered why they don't have a major in "Professional Athletics". Let them do what they need to do on the field and then supplement it with things like basic accounting & finance type courses, a marketing/PR type course, etc...
As you've so deftly pointed out, there is a way to do this which leaves everyone better off.
|49 weeks 8 hours ago||Damn...All the good jokes are taken||
But I'll try anyway: Mark Dantonio is pissed that U of M didn't show Breast Cancer the proper respect it deserved in due time (October) and has used this as fuel to get them to kick Bye week's ass.
Also, "Year of Infinte Stupididty" is the best description I've seen. Thank you Skapanza.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||Gobsmacked!||
That's the only term I have to describe my feeling right now. (Plus its a great word :-))
First off, nice job to the crew here at MGoBlog for doing the leg work to shed as much light as possible on the legitimacy of the e-mails in questions.
Second off, like a lot of other people, I don't understand how this behavior is coming from someone who was a CEO of a decently large company. The only time you see this sort of brashness is in the Steve Jobs/Mark Cuban vein. Guys who built something from the ground up and in a sense have earned the right to not care about other people's opinions or feelings.
After reading this I wonder if Dave Brandon took over as AD and assumed the "I played for Bo" label he could affix to himself made him untouchable. Clearly there is some premise he is working under that makes him think he is "above the law" both literally & figuratively and I would be curious to know what that is.
One would think this is the last straw. I have to believe that this is going to spread quickly, as it should.
|52 weeks 10 hours ago||Co-Signed||
Agree with every part of your post, including the preface and that last point. That is the part that is really starting to grate with me.
During the NHL lockout, the owners hired a PR firm who was well known for having a mantra of "change the narrative". They worked with different political groups in the past and the idea was that if you can frame the argument in the right way you can win it every time. And that is what I see Dave Brandon doing: changing the narrative.
Its turned from "fans vs. Athletic Director" to "fans vs. Athletic Department" implying we are against the kids. And, the worst part is that the media is now beating that drum too. We all love our University, and to insinuate that being against the direction of Michigan Athletics also means you are against Michigan Athletes is insulting.
So yes, I think you've done a great job of laying out rational arguments and are absolutely calling his bluff. I would sign a petition with this letter at the head.
|1 year 2 days ago||I'm sorry||
Are we just totally disregarding McGonagall?
You want to talk about a person who treasures student safety and yet knows exactly when to get tough, when to bend the rules, etc.... She has a damn good eye for talent, clearly saying "be-damned with tradition" and having the first freshman seeker in generations.
No one would bring more stability to the role than her.
It's because she's a woman isn't it? *sigh* I was hoping we could evolve beyond this "We need a Hogwarts MAN" thing.
P.S. My only concern is the potential for accusations of impropriety what with having purchased her star player his own dope ride.
And yes, this is the exacty kind of thread we all needed today. So all the haters need to lighten the hell up.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Totally Agree||
Add my name to the list of people who agree with this article.
When a team is winning there is a "Yeah, but he's our dick/crazy person/rule bender/etc..." mentality in sports both from the team and the fans.
On the question of whether it has an effect, my opinion is that at the outset when things don't work, that causes the bad attitudes. But, there is a tipping point where the poor chemistry gets so bad it becomes a catalyst, accelerating the vicious cycle or downward spiral.
I don't know how much blame you can put on the coaching staff. 18-23 year olds are tempermental. There are times when the grudge runs so deep that any amount of coaxing and/or yelling from a 50 year old isn't going to solver the problem. It may even make it worse or cause the player to turn on the coach because player X thinks coach is taking player y's side. I do not envy any coaching staff having to deal with locker room problems in college sports.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Minnesota||
"You find yourself happy when he wins, but in the same way you're happy for your dog when he finally finds where you put his water dish."
The entire post was fantastic, but that line there did me in with the lols. Nice post!
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Ridiculous||
I do not understand the NCAA. A one year ban? That is so far beyond fair and just punishment. (Whether punishment is even necessary is a whole other argument in itself.)
At the end of the day though, I understand Mitch's decision and I wish him the best in the NBA.
Thanks Mitch. We'll always have 2013.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||You have stumbled upon another idea...||
...Forget-me-now's for all in attendance at the App State game
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Bear with me||
So, first, a caveat that I'm recalling this from memory and have little data on hand to back this up, however, I remember several years ago some radio show or another covering this exact topic.
One of the stronger theories, if I recall, was that when you start to get into the 5-7 seeds, you are usually looking at teams that finished in the top half of power conferences but didn't win it (2014: OSU, Duke) and are usually inherently flawed while in the 10-12 seeds you can end up with conference winners of non-power conferences (2014: Mercer) and a team that wins its conference outright can be more balanced and capable of exploiting the flaws of their opponent.
Obviously, Dayton is an outlier to this theory as they did not win their conference but I suppose one could point to the dreaded "hot team" or "matchups" explanations which can bandied about without needing any data to support it :-)
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Ricky Bobby||
I too have been avoiding the whole "Dave Brandon is a problem" discussion. I mean, I was for lights in the Big House and night games and I had a blast at the Big Chill. However, I read this and the replies and I just get this image of Ricky Bobby with "He sold the windshield!"
"This DJ is dangerous and inconvenient to the U of M experience, but I do love paying customers." - DB
I feel old for complaining about this...
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Thanks.||
Seriously, to all you guys who contribute and to Brian for providing a place that usually has great discussion on all things Michigan.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||$$$$||
I'm not going to attempt to interpret Brian's feelings or what he's exactly angry about.
And, I haven't paid for tickets to a U of M game since I was a student so, I can't exactly speak from experience.
However, looking at this from a purely rational standpoint, the odds are not in M's favor on Saturday. I hope to god they win. I really do. But deep down I don't think they will. Does this make me a "bad fan" because I don't believe they can overcome odds and statistics?
People selling off their tickets is unfortunate. Its sad. I thought the NW/OSU game was sad because of how much damn red was in that stadium. It can't feel great for the kids playing the game.
That being said, who are any of us to judge someone for why they choose to sell off a ticket? Bottom line, there is an economics to the whole thing and when all is said & done, going to a sporting event, be it amateur or professional, is entertainment and a distraction. If people have deemed that the entertainment they will derive from the event is not worth the money they will spend then they don't consume the product. And sorry, don't tell me its not a product. If it wasn't, then the tickets would be free, especially for students.
Just my 2 cents.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||I'm with you Brian||
The absolute chaos that a 3-9 season wrought was at least entertaining, in the same way a Shakespearean tragedy is entertaining, but still...
|1 year 47 weeks ago||What||
So, I'm having an absolutley idiotic day at work today. People are acting really strange. One of our customers seems to be going out of its way to hire morons to interface with us. One of my team members is actually thinking returning to his home town in Mexico that is not only a U.S./Mexico border town but a border between two cartel territories (Reynosa, look it up, its a fun place). So yeah.
Then, I see the board today and the Ace Williams story and I feel like the world is going crazy around me.
Or maybe I'm the crazy one and I don't realize it....Oh God.
Drew Sharp & Jason Whitlock are still morons right? That fact will be my "constant".
|2 years 1 day ago||Announcing & Game Feeling||
I will say I'm glad I wasn't the only one who noticed the passive agressive announcing we were getting when it came to Gardner.
Between the 30 yard completion that was "short" and the 1st down we got "barely" my question was did Devin sleep with the announcer's wife or run over his dog or something?
It was getting ridiculous that at every turn there would be a positive Michigan play followed by some slam against Gardner.
I know he wasn't perfect but come on, positive is positive. 1st downs are 1st downs whether they happen "barely" or not.
Also, on the negativity front, Brian did call this exactly what it was, a necessary beat down of an inferior opponent. Short of a FSU/Maryland style 63-0 drubbing (can't wait to add that to the B1G), is anything north of "Good job boys...OK, lets move on..." an appropriate response here?
|2 years 14 weeks ago||#Hernandezing||
First, Happy Anniversary!
|2 years 19 weeks ago||This is...||
Dist-URB-ing...Get it?! Get it?!?
*hangs head in shame*
*mumbles* Sorry. Its just I'm shocked no one else has said it yet.
On a serious note. It is a little weird and I would find it offputting if a coach started using a nickname for me that referred to my rear end, whether it was meant as a compliment or not.
It seems to me nicknames like that are reserved for signifcant others and...that's about it.