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Brian August 4th, 2014 at 12:35 PM


This is what is called a face turn. Pelini should start entering stadiums with his own corn-oriented theme music.

Reduced price. Michigan has cut the waiting list fee from 500 dollars to 150 for the 2015 season. That's the one with OSU and MSU games on it. I think we've officially hit the limit of what people will pay. Also, this… this is not a good thing to title your page about buying season tickets.


Watching football is not supposed to make you feel like you're going through twoadays and want to die.

Our lack of post depth and experience: slightly less exploitable. A couple of Big Ten big guys will not take on Doyle/Donnal and company, for reasons pedestrian and mysterious. The pedestrian one: VT transfer Trevor Thompson did not get a waiver at Ohio State and will redshirt. OSU does still get fifth-year Temple transfer Anthony Lee, so not a huge blow.

The mysterious and potentially more important: MSU stretch four Kenny Kaminski has been booted permanently. The crack MSU beat will no doubt have full details on the reason for his dismissal sometime after the sun turns the Earth into a smoking cinder bereft of life, so look out for that, Titan News Network.

Kaminski got only ten minutes a game last year, but he shot 50% on threes. This is Not Bad. Izzo kind of had a conniption fit about everything else about his game, because Izzo. Without any post types in the incoming class, MSU now will rely on Branden Dawson even more than they would have normally and lack the ability to insert a defense-stretching option for times when that would be good.

Now that I put it ion paper, this is less important from a Michigan perspective. Kaminski was a changeup option that a game against Michigan does not invite.

This is an interesting thing. I can't embed this at all, but here's a fascinating graph of the evolution of NFL players' height and weight over time. As you might expect, things get larger and heavier. The interesting bit is the split.


Increasing specialization has seen a class of OL/DL types that have totally separated from people who weigh 270 pounds. 280? 290? Do not apply.

Yea, and thine bagels shall be coated in whatever toppings you desire. Michigan's compliance twitter feed is slowly morphing into Leviticus, and I'm okay with that.


Happy! Sad. Mitch McGary is doing stupid dunks on Vine.

There's another one where he flips it up to a teammate with his feet. #McGaryForUSMNT

Unfortunately, I am totally not over this. File me under sad bastard mooning at the record store in a Nick Hornby novel in re: reaction to any and all McGary things. Oh yeah I'm really happy for him it sounds like he's doing great oh I'm doing fine you know just buying these records and so sad that I feel like I'm dissolving every day no no man I'm fine.

/plays The Cure for 12 hours straight

Is there an It Gets Better for Mitch McGary withdrawal?

It's called the Big Ten for a reason. That reason is "we don't even know anymore." But we can have a reason again! Kirk Ferentz said that this could happen:

Kirk Ferentz said he could see the Big Ten going to 10 conference games. "If we're going to nine, I don't see why not," he said.

Money, probably. I am beginning to wonder about the relative value of a home and home versus two bodybag games; surely the increased interest from scheduling, say, Iowa, is now just about enough to offset the fact that you're playing a road game once TV factors in.

Rittenberg's take is cynical, but probably accurate:

How many Big Ten teams would get into the playoff with a 10-game league schedule if the higher-regarded SEC plays only eight conference contests? It's all about the playoff and it doesn't matter how you get there as long as you get there. That's how the Big Ten must approach scheduling.

I find it hard to believe that a committee is going to pick a team with an extra loss, even if it had a tougher schedule. And it's debatable whether the committee will even see it as a tougher schedule given the recent direction of the league.

If adding a tenth game induces Big Ten teams to strip out some of the very few comparison points we get before bowl season, all the committee will have to go on is reputation. That would be bad.

I am getting excited about hockey. The prospect of Copp/Compher/Larkin down the middle and the big hole on the blueline that Zach Werenski just filled combine to get me hype about what will go down at Yost this fall. Compher is tearing up the USA WJC camp going on right now:

Compher, who centered Team White’s top line between Fasching and 2015 draft prospect Kyle Connor, was arguably his side’s top player all the way through. He used his feet to take away time and space, and drew the ire of Team Blue with a hit in the corner right at the halftime horn. In the second half, the reigning B1G Freshman of the Year made a smart zone entry and executed a give-and-go with Will Butcher (COL) before finding Fasching at the doorstep for White’s second marker. …

Compher was a key cog at both ends of the rink all game long, applying pressure without the puck while showing his playmaking eyes en route to picking up two assists on the day. He worked hard behind the net for his first assist, and kicked back to the point for a secondary helper on the third White goal. The University of Michigan standout rounded out his effort with some excellent work at the left point on the power play. He nearly added a goal to his weekend resume with a shot that just missed high over the crossbar in the final minutes.

Meanwhile, Motte and Larkin combined to score a late winner against Finland.

The soccer game happened. I did not go, if you're curious. 55 bucks was about 40 too many for a friendly between a couple of teams I don't really care about. 109,000 people disagreed with that, so you got a packed Michigan Stadium and the tangible and intangible benefits of that. The broadcast must have said the words "Big House" a dozen times every 15 minutes; also the department made some money.

Hopefully that'll become something of an annual event. The cachet of having the largest stadium in the country is a natural draw for teams that can fill it. Hopefully they can figure out the turf issues.

Unfortunately the size of the playing surface is short of regulations for a real game, as was extensively discussed when Michigan Stadium was on a list of potential hosting venues for the USA's failed World Cup bid. Any real game would have to be played on a platform that sat above the actual playing field and wiped out viewing angles for big chunks of the stadium. I don't think Michigan Stadium will ever get serious consideration for a USA game because of that.

Oh man, lawyers. I mean that in a good way this time. Andy Schwarz, who was a plaintiff's witness in the O'Bannon case, has been writing big lawyerly pieces for Deadspin about the case. His latest is more of an overview of the two sides struggling to "fix" the NCAA. One, dubbed "Team Reform," thinks that the whole problem with the system is that the universities aren't funneling the profits back into the academic side. The other, dubbed "Team Market" is just like dude this is a joke now just let them get what they can.

I bring it up because Schwarz has a couple of places in the piece that sum up a ton of things I've been thinking:

I personally question the undertones of complaints that athletes may blow their payments on bling and tattoos, when we applaud college students for spending money on ephemeral activities like traveling to Florence for a semester of wine and museums, but as a member of Team Market, I am willing to entertain the possibility that deferred payments will bridge the gap between paying suppliers and pleasing consumers and result in the most popular market-produced product.  …"Fear of a Black Wallet" need not rule the country forever.

Fear of a Black Wallet! The paternalistic overtones of the arguments that start and end with "but then they'll have money" summed up in five words. They might waste their money, sure. It's being wasted now on compliance.

His sarcastic survey questions are also amazing:

This may also explain some of the surveys that we see from time to time, including even the one the NCAA presented in the recent O'Bannon litigation. The question wasn't framed as "Do you prefer watching undercompensated athletes play if it means you can rationalize your love of sports as somehow more noble than you secretly know it is?" or "Does your interest in college sports increase as more value is taken from the athletes and then ostensibly used to further more noble goals?"

I'm noticing this guy writes really long sentences now that I'm quoting him. Anyway, hardcore fans are an interesting exception to the survey trend wherein people say they'll like college sports less if it's less amateur. Guilty as charged.

Etc.: Been a lot of e-sporps about women lately. Jane comments on e-sporps about women. Michigan is favored by 35 against… them. I don't know if that makes me feel better or more terrified.



August 4th, 2014 at 12:50 PM ^

1.  What was the line...last time?  I remember -28 (or 'no line'), but 35 doesn't seem that far off.

2.  Re: weights, Is it time to talk about weight limits in football?  The OL is big because the DL is big because the OL is big...If they all were 295 it'd be the same, and the players would be a lot healthier for it. 


August 4th, 2014 at 12:59 PM ^

I don't disagree, but (1) the human body has kind of a natural limit at which you can't move much when you reach that size, so I'm guessing what we'll see is a plateau in terms of overall weight and a drop in body fat composition as guys start converting more of the weight into muscle.  


August 4th, 2014 at 12:53 PM ^

I'm happy that Mitch is doing well, but considering he was going to be suspended for smoking some weed and (yes, I get there are major differences in terms of sports and professionalism) Ray Rice is sitting for 2 games for beating a woman, I'm sad panda.

As for the soccer game, I will take the (somewhat) unpopular opinion and say this is a win for the AD.  It attracted lots of visitors, made a bunch of money, didn't really disrupt anything outside of normal A2 traffic, and does help to make the Michigan "brand" seem a bit more important and recognizable to a large chunk of the world who've never much cared about it.  Crap on Brandon as much as you want, but I'd rather have this than a basketball game on a freaking aircraft carrier any day of the week.


August 4th, 2014 at 1:10 PM ^

I don't think that's an unpopular opinion at all, even among those who are inclined to dislike Mr. Brandon's decisions.

A legitimate athletic contest, even one that is a bit of a "gimmick" (in that it was played on a surface about 2/3 the size of a real soccer field), is exactly the sort of thing that Michigan should be hosting every once in a while.  The hockey games are in the same category--yes they were gimmicks, but the key thing is that they were successful gimmicks that showed the stadium, the University and the city in a positive light.

Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), there really aren't a lot of other gimmicky things that you could do there that would accomplish the same goal as well as that soccer game did. 


August 4th, 2014 at 1:55 PM ^

I have to say I am shocked Brian didn't attend.  Don't know where he lives but I assume AA or close and to have 2 of the biggest clubs in the world - if not the 2 biggest - playing in your backyard, even if a glorified practice and to skip it as a massive soccer fan is an interesting decision.  Even if you don't have any emotional attachment to them it's the history of it being in your backyard.  Yes overpriced but skip 2 meals out and it pays for itself.  Unless he skipped it for moral reasons i.e. I won't put my money into this damn spectacle in the stadium of the team I love etc.

p.s. the attendance for Roma and Inter in Philly was horrific.  And they have a MLS team.  Yes not quite the sexiest of teams but if there were 25,000 in the stands I'd be shocked - the lower bowl was almost empty behind the goals.


August 4th, 2014 at 2:30 PM ^

I had free tickets.

It was ungodly boring. Boring soccer, boring crowd outside of tiny supporter groups. Pick the most sedate Michigan Stadium crowd you've ever heard and then remove a rooting interest from at least half of them.

There may have been 109,000 there (and that seemed like a relatively legit number, not UMAD greasepenciling) but I swear we're louder in the stands at Cass Tech for Detroit City FC matches with 3,000 of us than 109K were unless A) somebody scored or B) Ronaldo moved from Point A to Point B.

Also: They played Seven Nation Army to start the match and after each goal. Add fireworks and you've got Peak Brandon.


August 4th, 2014 at 1:18 PM ^

Also, this… this is not a good thing to title your page about buying season tickets.

Am I the only one who reads that Title Page as completely passive aggressive? You're trying to woo people that you've priced out of the market back! Maybe the best way to do that is not to try and reduce the desire to purchase football tickets down to some kind of loyalty test.


August 4th, 2014 at 1:58 PM ^

I think Rutgers will be a significantly more difficult game than App State.  So I don't think you want your wish.  Then again Akron and App State are about equal and Rutgers is probably a step above UConn (a small step) so I don't know what to wish for anymore until we return to a team that actually curb stomps crap teams more often.


August 4th, 2014 at 4:46 PM ^

dont fret over Akron...tressel is there and picked up all the star flunkies and jucos... We were playing an ohio all star team of 25 yr olds..., the M collective did a pisspoor job of realizing this.... Now if u wanna complIn about UConn then its merited....but not Akron.

party like its 1989

August 4th, 2014 at 1:52 PM ^

How dare you complain about the pitch, OUR Michigan pitch?

Seriously, I watched the game on TV, and didn't see what they had to complain about. I saw no slipping by players, no kick up of turf, and the ball seemed to move well. Whatevs.


August 4th, 2014 at 1:55 PM ^

The tix discount seems like it's just to get more ppl interested.. i.e., doesn't necessarily seem to be football-specific, since they are also cutting the interest list donation minimum for Michigan Basketball as well... and Michigan Basketball has been wildly successful over the past few years.


August 4th, 2014 at 1:59 PM ^


He used his feet to take away time and space, and drew the ire of Team Blue with a hit in the corner right at the halftime horn. In the second half, the reigning B1G Freshman of the Year made a smart zone entry and executed a give-and-go with Will Butcher (COL) before finding Fasching at the doorstep for White’s second marker. …


What sort of nefarious, alternate universe hockey uses halves?


August 4th, 2014 at 2:42 PM ^

Depending on the format of the camp just about anything can be normal. I can't speak to the USA Hockey national camps because I was never invited but I've seen plenty of regional evaluation camps use one period, two halves, ect.

They're trying to get a hold on like a thousand variables and working parts, the game itself is inconsequential.


August 4th, 2014 at 2:16 PM ^

Glad you noticed and commented on the surge of interest in e-sporps.  I think the e-sporp issue is even more important than the obkrebs that we seemed to be so crenefated by last week.


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