July 15th, 2014 at 10:15 AM ^

Have never understood this sentiment.  You can complain all you want about the non-conference scheduling, but I just have never understood how Brandon gets blamed for what the Big Ten decided to do.  Not only have we seen no information on when Brandon became aware of the MSU schedule "flip," but we also have no information on any type of response he made.

As far as I'm aware, every Big Ten member gets an equal vote in the process.  If other schools did not have a problem with the schedule, I'm not really sure what Michigan could have done besides whine and complain.  Until I see a reason to believe that Brandon was somehow involved in flipping MSU, I don't understand how he gets blamed.

Also, people do realize why MSU got flipped, right?  It's so we wouldn't have to play OSU AND PSU on the road in the same year.  I would take MSU and OSU on the road over that scenario going forward.


July 15th, 2014 at 12:30 PM ^

Yeah, I guess my point was just that it was primarily a conference-based decision.  Whether it was the right one is a totally different discussion, but I think people are just trying to group in things they don't like and throw it all on Brandon's doorstep.  With some stuff that's fine, but truly don't think this is one of them.


July 15th, 2014 at 1:27 PM ^

I should have made it clearer that my point wasn't a criticism, rather it was an opportunity to show that a lot more was going on than just Michigan getting hosed in 2014.

Quite possibly the conference schedulers presented the future plan and DB said, "Wait a minute there, we're getting hosed having to play MSU on the road in consecutive years and MSU and OSU on the road every other year."  Whereupon DB was offered the opportunity to do better without anybody else raising similar objections.  That scenario seems much more plausible than DB purposely screwing Michigan or just being a total incompetent.

It's really a one year anomaly which people should try to accept.


July 14th, 2014 at 7:20 PM ^

As a sidenote, although the New Romantic / New Wave movement of the late 70s and early 80s is perhaps an acquired taste as music goes (I am a fan), Visage was probably one of its more innovative acts. Probably best known in the US for the song "Fade To Grey", they did actually cover this song in 1978 as a single, I believe, and with some modest commercial success.


July 14th, 2014 at 4:41 PM ^

Wow that's a long way out.  By that time I'll be mGrowOld as shit and Wolverine Devotee will be able to drink legally and everything.

I'll actually be Herm when those games happen.


July 14th, 2014 at 5:06 PM ^

Actually, I am pretty sure that Herm will either be extremely Herm indeed by then or, if fortune should not be so kind, formerly Herm. I do admit some interest in seeing what the former might be like though - I don't know if I would quite be there myself though, as I will be 47 and 48 respectively in those years. 


July 14th, 2014 at 4:42 PM ^

and I'm very happy that UM has scheduled this series.

But...is anyone else looking at the dates and thinking....uhhh, okay.  When???  I hope I'm still around.

Edit:  Based on the responses above, I'm thinking the answer to my question is a definite yes.


July 14th, 2014 at 4:47 PM ^

So...the first "marquee" is Arkansas, then OU in 2025/26? Am I missing something inbetween? I wanna say VT is in there in the middle I thought.