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- DAB and the marketeers did bring back the Slippery Rock tradition after it had gone away for too long a time. They've done it up right and it gives a nice nod to tradition.
- The Bo statue. I will always be grateful that he got the first statue of a Michigan person on campus in the 197 year history of the school. While he was patting himself on the back for that when the Towsley opened, it is one where I can say it was worth it.
- As someone mentioned above, a willingness to pay, if not top dollar, high dollar for assistants in all of the major sports.
- The fun parts of the Michigan football twitter account.
- Whomever he has on speed dial at Yankee Air Museum to keep bringing the B-25 out.
- The Veteran of the game. It's a small thing and not unique to Michigan, but I look at the faces of those veterans, especially the WWII guys, who have probably rooted for Michigan their whole lives, and I appreciate that they get that moment where people can thank them for their service.
- The willingness to not only let Dennis Norfleet to request "Atomic Dog", but to play it and point out that he had requested it on the video board.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The Descent||
We start on the Sunday after the Indiana game in 2006. We end on the 2008 Citrus Bowl. We deal with all of the awfulness in the meantime. Bo's passing, the OSU game, the Quagmire, Ford passing, the Rose Bowl debacle, the Horror, Sucks Unlimited, the Mutated Sea Bass game, and finally the Citrus Bowl. It would be hard, but riveting TV.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Hmmm...||
If it's the ugliest game in program history, that 9-3 slog in West Lafayette in 1996 would be on the list, as would that horrible nightmare tie against Illinois in 1992 (the inverted pebbles game).
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Marcus Ray||
1). I have a weakness for great safety play.
2). Marcus Ray allegedly never missed Jeopardy!
3). Marcus Ray just HIT people.
Marcus Ray, Marcus Ray, Marcus Ray.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Interesting Football Note||
Teterboro Airport was used by Jerry Jones in 2002 to conduct his three hour interview with Bill Parcells before Parcells came back to coaching with the Cowboys. Its small size and proximity to East Rutherford make it a favorite of NFL owners looking to interview New York based candidates.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||No fault||
Every person has to do what is best for them, whatever the collective wishes, wants, and desires of other people are. I think we can and might be disappointed in the decision, for selfish reasons, but ultimately, you can't make someone do something they don't want to do just because it would make you happy.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Hmm...||
Well, that's an interesting way to bring Chris Webber back into the Michigan fold.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Concur||
Getting rid of the Split M and making just the Block M the one and only one logo was a great move for brand identity, so much so that the University adopted it whole sale.
Note: We should mock up what the football field looks like with the yard numbers done in Victors font.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Slippery Rock et al||
This may seem like a long list, because I really am trying to be fair and give credit where credit is due. But man, this ends up feeling like damning with faint praise.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||I'm pro-Greg Roman||
But this is only because I am his doppelganger.
|21 weeks 11 hours ago||So, if this Michigan season is really Kids in the Hall...||
This is about the only way we're going to be rid of a certain AD:
|21 weeks 3 days ago||It has become clear to me||
It has become clear to me that Brandon's strategy that has emerged since Monday is to make sure he still has the whales (big money donors) and the student-athletes (current for sure, past as much as he can) supporting him. Then he can say, with a straight face, he's doing his job and doing it well. Look at the email he sent to season ticket holders today. TWICE he referenced the 931 student athletes, which is nice perspective (and truthfully, one many Michigan fans glance over), but also shows where he's focusing. If those SA's, who already like him a lot (for the facilities upgrades, chief among them.) are still backing him, then he's doing his job and he can do some hand waving towards working on "rebuilding" relationships with the alienated groups, who will then likely be told its their fault they don't understand the vision.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||As someone...||
As someone who owns seven Michigan hockey jerseys, I'm trying to remember if I have seen Brian in a non-Nike number. Which, I wouldn't blame him.
|23 weeks 2 hours ago||That one's actually really easy...||
If you've read Bo's Lasting Lessons, you know that Bo practically wrote a Letter of Rec for him. His last two stops have been BC and Miami of Ohio, both of which have big time hockey programs as well as FBS football. This is way easier than finding a new coach.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Darn it||
The 2010 classic no block M home is such an amazing jersey. I have a #9 in it.
But this was always inevitable branding.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Hype Videos||
Hype videos are the three true outcomes of YouTube, home run, strike out, or a walk.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||Aww...||
The namesake of Michigan's pop culture quiz bowl tournament from 1995-2007. A real shame (and subdural hematomas are one of my greatest fears. Not even kidding.)
|40 weeks 14 hours ago||Brian's blog||
I, for one, look forward to the World Cup posts. I strongly believe I am not alone.
|41 weeks 10 hours ago||It has to be this concept, right?||
|41 weeks 5 days ago||Zoidberg, take it...|
|45 weeks 2 days ago||I actually have more data on||
I actually have more data on that end. Will post when I get a chance.
|45 weeks 2 days ago||Just some numbers to||
Just some numbers to consider:
In 1980, 6 games, student tickets were $8 a game, so a $48 package. Using the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI inflation index, that comes out to $135 in 2014 money (purchasing power parity.), or $22.60 a game
In 1998, 6 games (including Syracuse and Notre Dame and Michigan State), student tickets were $14.15 a game, so an $85 package. Using the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI inflation index, that comes out to $121.38 in 2014 money (purchasing power parity.), or $20.23 a game.
In 2006, coming off the "worst" Michigan season since 1984, 7 games, student tickets were $22.42 a game, so a $157 package. Using the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI inflation index, that comes out to $181 in 2014 money (purchasing power parity.), or $25.90 a game
In 2011, 8 games, student tickets were $30 a game, so a $240 package. Using the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI inflation index, that comes out to $248.36 in 2014 money (purchasing power parity.), or $31.05 a game
In 2014, with the "worst" Michigan home schedule in recorded history, 7 games, student tickets are $42.14 a game, so a $295 package.
So yeah, maybe, just maybe, the spike has been a bit rapid.
|47 weeks 16 hours ago||As one of my favorite quotes says...||
"Bobby, sometimes there is only one right choice, and you thank God when it's so clear."
|47 weeks 4 days ago||I know Mark Champion is a||
I know Mark Champion is a Spartan, but NO ONE gets angry or more conspiritorial about the refs screwing your team than Champion, which is what I want when listening to Michigan football.
|48 weeks 4 days ago||The only way this gets fixed...||
Is if you persistently email all of the places that have the wrong logo, with the links to the VP of Comms office and the correct logo. If you bug them enough, it will get fixed. Yahoo! fixed it. ESPN fixed it (Blue block M is actually better looking on white backgrounds). SI at least moved to one that was in the 20th century from their 1996 style 8-bit abomination.
|48 weeks 5 days ago||And there's Guptill||
|50 weeks 10 hours ago||That said, I'm just a little nervous...||
Does anyone else remember what happened the last time Michigan played a team nicknamed the Terriers at the Bradley Center....
Cripes, I've just made myself sad.
|50 weeks 10 hours ago||Obligatory|
|1 year 2 days ago||Mostly seconds here..||
But definitely seconding The Big House, Bo's Lasting Lessons, and especially From The Inside, which is Canham's memoir.
Natural Rivals is great and it is my understanding that John Kyrk is currently working on a book on the Yost/Stagg rivalry, which pretty much defined college football in the early 1900s.
Passing Game: Benny Friedman and the Transformation of Football by Murray Greenberg is also very interesting about the late Yost era in Michigan football.
|1 year 6 days ago||The better billboard would be||
Bank of Ann Arbor knows that Ty Law should have knocked the damn ball down.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||This is indeed that movie.||
This is indeed that movie.