WSJ - Economists' Letter to Fed re: BCS

WSJ - Economists' Letter to Fed re: BCS

Submitted by Hardware Sushi on April 13th, 2011 at 12:25 PM

WSJ Article: DOJ Asked to Probe BCS Under Antitrust Law

I came across this article on Doc Saturday. Having a couple econ degrees, I'm always interested in how professional economists view the BCS. This basically outlines how 20 of them signed a letter to the Fed detailing their issues with the BCS and antitrust law.

The thing I took from this article is that economists, politicians, and writers like Dan Wetzel live in a hypothetical fantasy-world.

I find they want equality but not fairness. As economists, I would think they would stand along the lines of fair free-market principles - that it's most economically fair for schools more people follow (via tv ratings, tickets, bowl attendance) to be compensated more, and those followed less should be compensated less; for-profit bowls allowed to invite the candidates best for their business; etc. - and that, in my opinion, would only further separate the haves and have-nots. Dissolving the BCS doesn't mean a playoff is imminent; If bowls can invite whomever they wish, I believe we'll see even less opportunity for the Boises and Utahs (pre-Pac-12) of the world.

Thoughts? (I hope this doesn't end as a playoff vs. bcs argument, instead as a discussion of economic merit for BCS vs. dissolution)

BTN will NOT stream the spring game

BTN will NOT stream the spring game

Submitted by GoBlueInNYC on April 13th, 2011 at 12:23 PM

As promised yesterday, I emailed BTN to see if they would be streaming the Michigan Spring Game on their website like last year. I just heard back, and no dice:

Thanks for the email.  The Big Ten Network will broadcast the Michigan Spring Football Game live at noon ET on Saturday. We are unable to domestically stream games that we broadcast due to contractual obligations with our cable and satellite affiliates.  You might check our Game Finder tool and enter your zip code to find out which providers in your area carry the Big Ten Network. 

Sorry everybody, it looks like we're off to the nearest bar bright and early Saturday morning.

V. Smith Evaluations

V. Smith Evaluations

Submitted by Ziff72 on April 13th, 2011 at 10:40 AM

This is going to be a P. Griffin grind my gears rant.

I'm  amazed at the criticism of V. Smith.  Just so everyone knows he was playing on a knee that had ACL surgery 8 months before the season started.   It would have been easy for him to say well my knee isn't quite right I'll take my redshirt and get back in shape, but no he fought like hell to get back on the field.    Who knows if he should have played or not last year, but the fact was that he earned PT over healthier options.   This should be applauded not torn apart.  His internet aproval rating would have been much better served by being lazy and not even trying to play last year.  How nuts is that?

The other criticism is that he's too small.  Of all schools we should be the last ones to question a rb's height.  Have we forgotten who we are?  M. Hart and J. Morris are not all over the record books of Michigan? 

I'm all for debate over who's the best rb, but you can't use last years performance from a guy playing at maybe 70-80% as your argument.  Go back to those spring videos his 1st year or his play against OSU before he blew out his knee.   That's a different guy than we saw last year.   I may be one of the few that have seen good things in a lot of our backs when they were healthy and think we will be pleasantly surprised this year whoever emerges from the competition. 

My money is on M. Shaw, I still think he has the best combo of burst and toughness, but I'm not basing that on V. Smith's performance last year.  The fucking kid was a warrior and we're dissing him because he had the toughness to play on 1 leg?

 

 

  

Back to the Future - 2011 Spring Football Wallpaper

Back to the Future - 2011 Spring Football Wallpaper

Submitted by monuMental on April 13th, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Like the football team, I'll be making a brief appearance this off-season before disappearing again until Fall.

The theme of the coaching search and press conferences over the last several months has centered around the idea that it's time to return the program to "Michigan Football" (demonstrative finger quotes here). Whether or not you believe that such a thing as "Michigan Football" exists and that the program has indeed drifted from that thing, the message is clear - moving forward, the team and the style of play will look different under Brady Hoke than it did under Rich Rodriguez. The question is, given our personnel (specifically a player whose name rhymes with Denard Robinson) how different will it look this year? Just how far back will Coach Hoke and his staff turn the clock? Will they force Denard into a scheme where he feels out of place, or will they shift their offensive philosophy to take advantage of his considerable talents?

I found an archival photo of Fielding H. Yost's first Michigan football team and thought it would be a great counterpoint to the "return to Michigan football" theme. Yost's 1901 team was dominant (11-0 record, 550 points scored - 0 points against) and depended on fast, efficient players to execute a "hurry up" offense to perfection. Stylistically, that sounds more like the offense we saw under Rich Rodriguez than what we should expect from new offensive coordinator Al Borges. Denard Robinson's style of play would have been a perfect fit for Yost's first "Point-a-Minute" team.

If Coach Hoke and Denard Robinson jumped into a DeLorean and turned the clock back to 1901, this modified team photo is what you might see hanging in Schembechler Hall today.

The image below is a preview only. You can get the widescreen, 4:3, iPad and mobile wallpapers at The Art. The Art. The Art!.


Back to the Future - Spring Football 2011 Wallpaper Preview


Back to the Future - Spring Football 2011 Wallpaper Preview

Back to the Future - Spring Football 2011 Wallpaper Preview

Michigan vs. SDSU 2011 Named as one of Rivals best non-Conference games

Michigan vs. SDSU 2011 Named as one of Rivals best non-Conference games

Submitted by kaykaybroke on April 13th, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Rivals lists best non-conference matchups of 2011 including UM vs. SDSU

personally, I'm very  excited for this game, and looking to beat SDSU's combo of Lindley and Hillman just with Hoke's personal knowledge of that team.

Thoughs?

(Link: http://collegefootball.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1210668)

Frontline - 'Football High' - Not much new - but "good" exposure for HS injury uptick and issues...

Frontline - 'Football High' - Not much new - but "good" exposure for HS injury uptick and issues...

Submitted by Sextus Empiricus on April 13th, 2011 at 2:39 AM

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/football-high/?utm_campaign=homepage&utm_medium=bigimage&utm_source=bigimage

Frontline picks out the facts that they have at hand and weaves them into a story.  There are several points here and not all are made equally well.  This has been told in many forums.  Frontline is a fairly important one in terms of exposure.

Not much new here. If I had a son I would do everything short of telling him no to get him to play a non contact sport.

Football is going the way of boxing.  I don't see getting beyond some of these issues without gutting the game we all love.

We have talked about this before...but this is a good link and story that needs to be retold until we get some basic rule changes at least.

 

TomVH: DB Wayne Morgan Update: Michigan Moves Up

TomVH: DB Wayne Morgan Update: Michigan Moves Up

Submitted by TomVH on April 12th, 2011 at 11:05 PM

New York DB Wayne Morgan (5'11", 188 lbs) took a trip out to Michigan a few weeks ago and put Michigan in second place on his list behind Rutgers. I had put this in an update previously that Rutgers was the leader, according to his coach, because of the comfortability and familiarity.

I spoke with his coach tonight and he told me that he thinks Michigan is now tied at the top with Rutgers. Morgan was actually lifting weights in a Michigan shirt today [he also apparently power cleaned 280 today]. His coach told me that he'll be visiting Alabama [who has offered] in the next week.

However, he said that Michigan's tradition really sticks out to Wayne, the opportunity to play early, and overall what they have to offer. Being from New York, Morgan's coach told me they aren't too fond of the south because it's a whole different world down there. He's not sure when Wayne will be back out to Michigan because of costs, but he said that Michigan has really impressed Morgan and their coaching staff. He's starting to get more looks and could have some more offers soon, so we'll see what happens.