June 18th, 2010 at 8:31 AM ^

The best part is the email they mass-mailed to a bunch of us current students (and maybe some alumni?) which boasted that UM hasnt beaten MSU in football or basketball in 2 years. Since we haven't been favored in basketball since the early 90's, I can only assume that little brother thinks a 2-game win-streak in football (one in overtime) against the two worst UM teams in the last 40 years is worthy of a chain email.


June 18th, 2010 at 8:18 AM ^

...but it wasn't one of the designs that made the jump to the new one he has set up. 

I recall he also ran into some potential legal issues in saying "Notre Dame" and had to change it to "ND" 


June 18th, 2010 at 9:59 AM ^

I dont see why it would be an issue using Notre Dame since they are the "University of Notre Dame". Unless Notre Dame de Paris the cathedral in France is the one wanting to sue. Its kind of like those unlicensed shirts that just say "Michigan" but dont say The University of Michigan.

Either way I'd like to see the shirt make a comeback!


June 18th, 2010 at 12:53 PM ^

Haha I appreciate the neg, I should show more Irish pride. The guilt is a small price to pay for the raw amount of alcohol my body can naturally tolerate.

However, I did notice that you have no objections to my lamentation of my half jewish side. I hope that doesnt imply you're anti-semitic.


June 18th, 2010 at 11:09 AM ^

I think ND should actually make it back under Kelly.  He certainly has the best resume of any ND hire since the ill-fated George O'Leary's.  And Kelly didn't lie on his resume. 

The last twenty years, ND coaches have whined about a "recruiting disadvantage" caused by their "high academic standards."  That begs one question: Why wasn't Lou Holtz affected by this?  The same standards were in place for Holtz and those who preceded him as for the coaches who complained.  I think ND didn't want to pay the money for an elite coach with a great track record, and has paid the price for the last twenty years. 

This time, though, they got it right.  Kelly is a great hire for them.  Combined with their schedule, which is chronically top-heavy but really easy for a truly elite team after the two toughest games, ND is set up to be a perennial MNC contender as soon as Kelly gets his personnel straightened out and his system fully installed.  That schedule may get a lot easier because USC will suffer from the scholly losses.  ND is now set up so that they shouldn't lose more than one game a year starting in 2011 if Kelly is as good as he appears to be.

Thankfully, as a UM fan, I also feel that RR is a good enough coach to keep Michigan a step ahead of ND, even with a lot tougher schedule most years.  Kelly might render the shirt moot, but he won't get the upper hand in the series with Michigan.  He might help Michigan be a top five "most difficult schedule" team soon, though.

Tha Stunna

June 18th, 2010 at 12:31 PM ^

Kelly was a good hire, but it's pretty apparent that Cincy was overrated in both of their great seasons, given that they faceplanted in both of their bowl games.  A perennial MNC contender is too much to expect - althought a perennial bowl loser seems pretty reasonable.


June 18th, 2010 at 5:00 PM ^


Not defending the excuses of Davie, Ty, and Chuck, but 1 major component that has changed since the days of Lou despite their NBC contract is that ND isn’t one of a select few on TV regionally and/or nationally anymore.  I believe this to have been a huge recruiting tool in the days of Holtz. 

Ontop of that I believe the implementation of scholarship levels was just starting when Lou was heading out, thus the playing field hadn’t exactly been leveled yet.