I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
- Member for
- 5 years 22 weeks
- View recent blog entries
- Karma value
|1 week 2 days ago||On point...||
I knew something didn't sit right with me when I read that answer, now I have a larger sense of what it was.
The price chart is the killer.
|1 week 2 days ago||For me...||
I don't know that it's the Gameday experience, as much as it is the relentless idea that Michigan athletics is something to be sold to you. I suppose it's great that I get emails thrice weekly about the women's basketball team playing at home or some such, but it's also the sort of cheesy LCD manner that they are written that makes me feel like it's minor league.
Michigan has always commoditized the experience, just read Canham's ~From the Inside~, but the difference is, and Bacon gets to this in ~Fourth and Long~ is where the money is going? Is this money that is being asked for us from every corner going towards something other than building athletics palaces on South Campus for every sport? And is that really what we need/want? It's not a value judgment, I think it's great that we want to treat our crew athletes as well as any other for instance, but you just start to wonder if that monetary capture is easy when things aren't going well.
Take the stadium, as one example. I am sure many of us here walked into the stadium on an off day, took a look around, walked on the field maybe even. But between security and monetization, you can't do that any more, but you can take the Friday tour for $10.
Take the schedule poster issue this year. Awesome 3-D lenticular schedule poster...that we want to sell to you for $5 when the traditional one has been free. (BTW, this did not go as well as hoped, given that they were giving them out to season ticket holders at the M-Den this past weekend.)
I feel like Bacon's quote is on, even if I know it's not the whole story, because I feel like the idea that the things that we like can have a price tag placed on them is the way of the world today. There were price tags in the past, but they were fewer and further between.
|4 weeks 3 hours ago||You know what, that's||
You know what, that's actually even better. In terms of the man, that's pretty much dead solid perfect.
I also like, that even if accidental, the L in the signature is pointing at west Michigan.
|4 weeks 6 hours ago||My hope||
It is my hope that whomever makes these decisions gives serious consideration to making the ship's motto "The Leaders and Best".
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Agreed, he looks like Homer||
Agreed, he looks like Homer Simpson's theory of the shifty eyed dog who is secretly the villain of the wholemove. Well done.
|7 weeks 5 hours ago||Aggh||
Friggin Reggie Ho!
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Totally worth it...||
If only for the tremendous Neil Diamond CHART!
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Ironic Lilt||
Yes. There are many great things about being a Michigan football fans, but as has been noted, there are very few major upside games for Michigan. Had Akron or Connecticut won, their programs would have had a signature victory. We would have seen replays for years, reminders from every corner of the Big Ten and beyond.
It's part of the price of being a Michigan fan, the bar is so impossibly high for what would be memorable and awesome that those changes come few and far between. When you measure yourself in national titles and Rose Bowl and Big Ten championships, but it's been a while since those things have seemed possible, the fear of the bad is going to outweigh the possibilities of the great. But that great, when it happens, is so great, it's what allows us to deal with that fear.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||No, it's cool||
I've tweeted this information out all season, nothing bad has happened.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Alas...||
Thanks to NASCAR and ABC contractual requirements, the Richmond race was airing on ABC while Michigan/Notre Dame UTL II (and UTL I two years prior) were relegated to ESPN.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Also||
355 straight games with points, six short of BYU's NCAA record of 361.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Here's why I like this||
We're not around Hoke the way the players in that room are. But my sense is that Hoke is going for one of the true rules of teaching: never be too high or too low emotionally. Young people cue emotionally off people in leadership positions. Hoke's message is clear here: There is a lot to work on, and we will work to get it (it's encoded in the discussion about the five team goals, he's taking them back to the fundamental basis for this team. They know those five goals like the back of their hand.) He's pointing out that they got one of them, but not the other four, and that is unlikely to happen to great frequency.
But if Hoke isn't a screamer, isn't crazy eyes, can you not tell that this is a frustrated man who knows he has to do better, his staff has to do better, and his players need to do better? There's a tonality there, one which is probably more familar to his players who have heard him for weeks since Fall camp started. They know this is not normal and they know what is coming.
Crazy only works in tiny doses, after a while, it's seen through. But a leader who keeps a level head, discusses where the corrections are to be had, and begins accountability with himself, that is someone who holds the room.
Will it work? Will they learn? Will Michigan play better next week? Time will tell. I'm hopeful, but cautious, because we did see some flaws today. But if you wanted Hoke to be angrier or more passionate or more downright pissed, well, that is for you to figure out why you want that.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||I cannot speak on his behalf||
But our Borges-o-Meter official probably wanted a game where Devin Gardner literally threw for six touchdowns then ascended into the heavens on a maize and blue cloud paid for by Stephen M. Ross to earn a 10. You need to have somewhere to go, I suppose.
|16 weeks 17 hours ago||Also||
The Free Press was using the Split M for the first two rounds. Just saying...
|19 weeks 1 hour ago||Sidenote||
In the footnotes, Holly notes:
Recently granted a medical hardship for that season, giving him an additional year of eligibility, Gardner won't say whether he intends to stick around Ann Arbor long enough to use it. "I've just got an eye on this season. I just want to win every game. That's really all I'm focusing on now."
Is this the first official confirmation of Devin being granted his redshirt?
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Update at 8:20||
I'm at what is basically the end of the line and I am even with first base at the Fisher.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||I tend to believe that it is,||
I tend to believe that it is, but maybe not. I do think that it's funny that the UM Health System can have a maize M on the ice with no issue, but they won't do it at center ice. Then again, the center court at Crisler is navy too, so what do I know?
|26 weeks 6 days ago||For the record||
Always, always a sucker for David Moosman jokes. Hilarious stuff.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Aggh||
Every time! Thank you!
|37 weeks 2 days ago||Infamous Bracket||
Michigan's infamous NIT would also need to include François "Papa Doc" Duvalier, Nathan Leopold, and James McDonald Vicary
|37 weeks 2 days ago||Just so you know||
Working on the 96 seed Bracket of the "Coolest Michigan alumnus/alumna" broken into four regions, Sporting, Politics/Commerce, Arts, and Science and Technology.
Why 96? Because I got to 64 and there were too many cool people to leave out. Cool being defined in my mind as "person whom you have the least shame reminding people went to Michigan", which is the essence of alumni bragging.
Oh and Moses Fleetwood Walker is on the list.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||Wow...BRIs ahoy||
And since I wondered if it applied to football, four examples:
Brady Hoke is about 31.5%
Mark Dantonio is 45%, provided you only count the pictures where we can PROVE he's angry.
Urban Meyer is 14%, but I mean, I can't even decide what emotion is on his face most of the time.
Jim Tressel is 0%. I wouldn't have believed it, but there it is.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||Every time we get a one frame||
Every time we get a one frame at a time of the student section, I look for my former students in the Maize Rage. No luck thus far, but one day...one day.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||Captain Kovacs||
Captain Kovacs is wearing $75 football gloves to cheer on the basketball team. That is all.
|43 weeks 6 days ago||Huzzah to this feature,||
Huzzah to this feature, Huzzah I say!
|1 year 2 days ago||Judgment||
Brian, you are the founder of Blogpoll and had extensive notes on the nature of how various voters in said poll built their rankings. So, what are we to do with Michigan this year?
On the one hand, they have four losses, not good. On the other hand, those four losses came, on the road/"road" to teams with four losses between them (all on Nebraska).
On the other hand, none of Michigan's eight wins stand out as being particularly good, Northwestern being arguably the most impressive, and that took a miracle and overtime.
So, while many "expected" 8-4 this year, was this a good 8-4 because of the teams Michigan lost to, or a bad 8-4 because Michigan didn't win one of the games that gave them a signature win for Team 133?
|1 year 2 weeks ago||New B1G Expansion Plan||
OK, New B1G expansion plan:
Add Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Duke, NC State, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami and Boston College to go to 24.
Create four new divisions:
Big Ten East:
Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Indiana, Purdue,
Big Ten West: Illinois, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska.
Big Ten Atlantic: Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina State, Rutgers
Big Ten Coastal: Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech.
The East and West will play against each other exclusively, the Atlantic and Coastal will do the same.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||[best Tom Servo voice]||
Seriously, The Hell?
I mean, I don't even...
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Fantastic||
So much best!
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Tate Forcier||
Tough as nails for one