OT: Bachelor Party in Nashville

OT: Bachelor Party in Nashville

Submitted by Harballer on May 16th, 2012 at 8:55 AM

This weekend we are heading to Nashville for one of my friend's bachelor parties and I have never been to the area before.  We are staying on Demonbruen and I was hoping for some insight into the good bars/eateries/nightlife to go to.  Age group is Mid-20's, so we are probably looking for less of a "mellow" bachelor party and a bit more wild one.

Chicago Alumni Event Recap and News from Brandon's Blog

Chicago Alumni Event Recap and News from Brandon's Blog

Submitted by MGoShoe on May 15th, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Mark Snyder of the Freep (read at your discretion) has the recap of last night's U-M Club of Chicago event with Dave Brandon, Brady Hoke, John Beilein, and Red Berenson.


  • The Athletic Dept plans to spend an additional $250M on athletic campus improvements. Focus is on non-revenue sports and the academic center.
  • Beilein said Horford (100%) and Akunne (progressing well) will be ready for pre-season practice. He referred to Horford as having redshirted last year.
  • When challenged on why Michigan didn't lead the B1G in graduation success rate (it finished 3rd), he responded that they're addressing with teams that are lagging and pointed out MBB's 100% rate and Beilein's commitment to academic success in team management and recruiting.
  • Brandon noted that the Bama-Michigan game resulted from a specific request by Nick Saban to play Michigan that was relayed by ESPN.
  • Hoke talked about how they are trying to address concussions by teaching proper blocking and tackling technique.
  • Beilein stated he wants to take the team overseas again when he's eligible to (as early as 2014).

Folks who attended, please feel free to add any anecdotes or additional detail not reported in the linked story.

Next up, Brandon and the coaches visit the U-M Club of Phoenix on 21 Mar. See this diary for the details of the Phoenix event and the remaining AAUM 2012 Coarches Tour venues.

Separately, in the latest Brandon's Blog, Dave Brandon talks about Michigan's commitment to women's sports and Title IX and points out the incredible strides these teams have made since the late 70s. Expecially striking:

It wasn't until the 1974-75 school year that the University of Michigan established its first six women's varsity sports teams: tennis, basketball, swimming/diving, synchronized swimming, volleyball and field hockey. The original budget was $100,000. By 1995 the women's athletics budget hit $4,827,000, and today our budget for women's athletics is at $16,213,000 for 14 sports.

We are not stopping there either. We are one of two schools in the Big Ten Conference that have announced the addition of another women's varsity sport. The Wolverine women's lacrosse team will have its first official competitive season in the spring of 2014.

The big news out of this blog entry was the announcement that Michigan will...

...invest $500,000 for a curtain to be suspended from the Crisler Center ceiling. This curtain will circle the upper bowl and will help create a louder and more intimate setting and an overall improved atmosphere for crowds of 5,000 or less. And we are doing this specifically to help our women's basketball and women's gymnastics teams and their fans.

OT - Grantland on the Girl/Baseball issue from last week

OT - Grantland on the Girl/Baseball issue from last week

Submitted by JeepinBen on May 15th, 2012 at 9:49 AM


I thought this was extremely well written. Let's try to keep the politics/religion respectful, we did in the last thread.

I think Pierce hits a lot of correct notes here. I thought his "lack of justification" about baseball was quite interesting. And, of course, the kicker:

For all the theological dust they've thrown up to cover their cowardly retreat, Our Lady of Sorrows plainly and simply didn't want to lose to a girl.

Comparison Of Athletic Departments' Operating Budgets (U-M in the Black)

Comparison Of Athletic Departments' Operating Budgets (U-M in the Black)

Submitted by Everyone Murders on May 15th, 2012 at 9:13 AM

USA Today has a breakdown on Athletic Department budgets, showing who's running a surplus and who's not.  Michigan fares well, as do OSU and PSU.  MSU comes in at sixth, with NW is not ranked (due to being private, no doubt).  Iowa comes in higher than I would have guessed, but they are about the only game in town for Iowans.

Article is here: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/story/2012-05-14/ncaa-college-athletics-finances-database/54955804/1#mainstory .

Tables (taken from a Freep article - boo Freep, but credit where credit's due - http://www.freep.com/article/20120515/SPORTS06/205150442/Fiscal-study-Michigan-athletics-are-self-reliant?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Sports ) below.  The Freep article defines "subsidy" as:

Subsidies are split into four streams of allocated revenue: 1) Student fees charged for athletics, 2) direct institutional support (cash allocated to athletic department from the university), 3) direct state or government support, 4) indirect facilities and administrative support (facilities provided by university and not charged to athletic department).

Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, MSU and Indiana "subsidize" quite a bit, although I'm not quite sure what all that implies (please share any insights or theories in the comments).




School Revenue Expenses Subsidies Subsidies %
1. Texas $150,295,926 $133,686,815 $0 0%
2. Ohio State $131,815,821 $122,286,869 $0 0%
3. Alabama $124,498,616 $105,068,152 $5,235,300 4.2%
4. Florida $123,514,257 $107,157,831 $4,367,071 3.5%
5. Michigan $122,739,052 $111,844,553 $272,684 0.2%





School Revenue Expenses Subsidies Subsidies %
1. Ohio State $131,815,821 $122,286,869 $0 0%
2. Michigan $122,739,052 $111,844,553 $272,684 0.2%
3. Penn State $116,118,025 $101,336,483 $0 0%
4. Wisconsin $96,288,191 $95,623,345 $7,237,901 7.5%
5. Iowa $93,353,561 $88,057,486 $564,680 0.6%
6. Michigan State $84,510,199 $84,004,229 $3,650,280 4.3%
7. Nebraska $83,679,756 $81,916,484 $0 0%
8. Minnesota $78,924,683 $78,924,683 $7,778,861 9.9%
9. Illinois $77,863,883 $73,476,818 $3,983,640 5.1%
10. Indiana $71,017,355 $69,314,511 $2,686,769 3.8%
11. Purdue $66,202,493 $59,429,383 $0 0%
Northwestern N/A N/A N/A N/A


Why Your MGoPost Laughing at a Derelict Ohio Fan is Dumb

Why Your MGoPost Laughing at a Derelict Ohio Fan is Dumb

Submitted by MGoShoe on May 14th, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Looks like Michigan has its own mega-embarassing fan.

On the last day of April, after a nationwide search that lasted almost two years, law enforcement officials from Ohio finally nabbed “Bobby Thompson,” one of America’s most-wanted fugitives, a man suspected of stealing millions from the U.S. Navy Veterans Association, a charity whose stated mission was to help veterans and members of the U.S. armed forces. But even now that he’s behind bars, awaiting trial on a host of charges, no one knows who Bobby Thompson really is.

Late on the night of April 30, Thompson was arrested outside his residence on 72nd St. NE in Portland[, OR]. According to the U.S. Marshals, Thompson was in possession of several false American and Canadian IDs at the time. (It also should be noted that he was busted by Ohio authorities while wearing a University of Michigan sweatshirt.)

Bobby Thompson (left)/Image via U.S. Marshals

Bobby Thompson/Image via U.S. Marshals
[To the Mod who changed the ttile: The fugitive was not apprehended in Ohio.]

OT: NBA Playoffs Heat vs. Pacers 05-13-12

OT: NBA Playoffs Heat vs. Pacers 05-13-12

Submitted by Blue boy johnson on May 13th, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Don't care much for either team, but do like basketball.

I'm pulling for the Pacers since they're the underdog, but I have no problem with the Heat winning it all. Pacers only finished 4 behind Heat in the regular season but I get the feeling they have no chance.

Early impressions: Roy Hibbert is a big man. 7'2'' 260 and he looks like he might be bigger. He dwarfs Bosh.

In the earlier game, Clippers won on the road in game 7 against Memphis. Way to go Clippers!!

OT - Providence, RI

OT - Providence, RI

Submitted by sheepman on May 12th, 2012 at 1:55 PM

All right - MGOBlog friends, here is a question for you. I know how far reaching the MGBlog family goes, so I think you might give some insight (and we are hiding this from my kids' grandma's at this point, so facebook won't work).

I have been looking for an academic job around my are (UM, Toledo, BGSU, EMU, etc) and NOTHING.

However, I recently was named a finalist in an interview at Brown University in Providence. I have a family of four - 2 little kids, wife, me - and am hesitant to move them across the country, but we may have little choice. 

Question is - how is Providence? fun? beautiful? Lots to do?


OT: Friday Open Thread - Whatcha working on today? Posbang anyone?

OT: Friday Open Thread - Whatcha working on today? Posbang anyone?

Submitted by profitgoblue on May 11th, 2012 at 10:12 AM

So it looks like this might be a regular off-season thread since each of the last three Fridays I've wanted to jump out of my window here at work to put myself out of misery.

Whatcha working on today?  Any good or interesting plans for the weekend?

Me, I've got the monumental task of figuring out what to get profitgowife for Mother's Day and trying to negotiate a confidentiality agreement with an a--hole lawyer on the other side.  This weekend is filled with kids stuff, including a toddler birthday party at a playground tomorrow.  Actually, a pretty nice little Saturday.  We might make a trip to Home Depot.  Maybe Bed Bath & Beyond.  I don't know.  I don't know if we'll have enough time.