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08/14/2018 - 9:26am If I wasn’t from Metro…

If I wasn’t from Metro Detroit and didn’t get all the inside jokes, I don’t think Detroiters would be remotely funny. And I otherwise like this kind of stuff.

With that said, the Rick Mahorn and Mort Crim episodes were two of the funniest things I’ve seen on TV in recent years. Especially the Mort episode. And I love the little details, like Sam reading Karn on the Cobb or Tootin’ Mahorn, etc. And Devereux Wigs!

08/12/2018 - 3:54am It wasn't just Martin…

It wasn't just Martin. During the Brandon era, when Yost was renovated, they did the exact same thing, flat-out trashing to the point of obliteration any piece that could be resold. I know we would have bought our bleachers if we could, and so would all of the season ticket holders around us. But Athletics 100% said no, they were not for sale, and would be destroyed. That's policy across the board.

There's a weird attitude in 1000SSS about stuff that could end up on the secondary market. They'd rather it not be out there at all than make money on it once. They could make a killing. I have a feeling there's still some residual issues around when the wooden bleachers were being sold in the 90s. Bo's stepson got caught up in a scheme to sell them off and it ended up in court.  

08/12/2018 - 3:44am Opted out this year, but now…

Opted out this year, but now seeing that Bill Murray is going to be there... Wish I'd pulled the trigger.

08/11/2018 - 7:50pm But that David Terrell…

But that David Terrell jersey is the bomb-ass...

08/11/2018 - 6:51pm I've got a jagged section of…

I've got a jagged section of stadium seating I dumpster-dived off the concourse after a basketball game when I was in school, about 3 or 4 seats. They were just sitting there in a broken-up pile during a renovation project. I picked out the smallest piece I could find and zig-zagged my way back to the dorm through the snow. Carrying six feet of bleacher could attract attention.

Next morning the Daily crime notes reported the cops showed up just a few minutes later and arrested people for doing the same thing. Next time they did renovations, they dumpstered the seats and put the equivalent of a large-scale blender to shred it all. Athletics is positively paranoid of the secondary memorabilia market.

08/11/2018 - 1:44am The other day, he posted a…

The other day, he posted a picture of a team-issue pair of shoes he claims he got from a grad assistant or trainer. So... Maybe not?

08/11/2018 - 12:13am Legit chortle.

Legit chortle.

08/10/2018 - 11:13pm Concern trolling: Check.

Concern trolling: Check.

08/10/2018 - 11:10am The Orrington? You can do…

The Orrington? You can do way better for a pregame bar, even in Evanston. Go around the corner and post up at Bat 17, Bangers and Lace, Found, take a cab down to Sketchbook or Temperance...

08/10/2018 - 10:47am This is where I'm kind of at…

This is where I'm kind of at in this situation. I've found BTN's programming to have gotten worse, not that it was that great to begin with. They have basically nothing OnDemand. I don't care about talking head shows or stuff about campus restaurants. In short, it's not a huge loss if it goes. 

08/10/2018 - 10:21am Keep in mind if you're…

Keep in mind if you're trying to schedule a flight, getting from Evanston to O'Hare on a gameday may not be particularly quick, and I'd definitely recommend against flying out of Midway. Schedule accordingly, as in late. Even if it's a 2:30 kickoff, if you don't get out of Ryan Field until around 6, you could very well not get to O'Hare until well after 7, possibly much later.

08/10/2018 - 10:11am I got conned into signing a…

I got conned into signing a contract with Comcast. Didn't realize the shady reseller guy who called me to give me a "better" deal was actually locking me in for two years at $10 more a month. Anybody ever have luck talking them into a different deal if you've got 24 months hanging over you? Can I stay with them for internet only and not have to pay the huge fine for breaking a contract?

08/09/2018 - 1:42pm Maybe take this is as a hint…

Maybe take this is as a hint that you're woefully out of your league with this barrage of hot takes on the economics of higher education.

If anything, salaries for instructors at Michigan and peer institutions have never been lower. Ever heard of contingent faculty? Those are the people universities are hiring for pennies on the dollar, with no job security and little, if any benefits, so they don't have to hire full-time professors. These are people who hold the same qualifications and pedigree as their full-time colleagues, yet are often forced to work multiple jobs, and often apply for things like public assistance because universities with multi-billion dollar endowments won't hire them as full-time employees at a livable wage.

Everyone wants their kid to go to college, but damn if they give a crap about the livelihoods of the people who teach them once they get there.

In other words, GTFO with these takes.

08/09/2018 - 1:17am Remember when your concern…

Remember when your concern trolling got so bad that Brian even went so far as to give you your own blog on his server so you'd just go away and let us discuss things without your five-page rants about Rich Rodriguez and Michael Rosenberg?

Yeah. Now you're doing it again. About the same old stuff. And now you're mixing it with some pretty sick Men's Rights crap disguised as legalese. Enough.

08/07/2018 - 11:16am They did that for years and…

They did that for years and years. Used to be the UM Club of Ann Arbor ran it (IIRC), it was in Cliff Keen the first few years I went. It was mostly practice gear, but lots of interesting things if you poked around. Then the Athletic Department took it over, had it in the Track and Tennis Building for a few years, then let it die during the RR era. It got to be kind of a fiasco. The hockey program still does theirs every spring, but that tends to be more hockey gear.

In short, it’s been done, and Athletics doesn’t seem keen on doing it again.

08/07/2018 - 3:50am My running shoes for a while…

My running shoes for a while were a pair of team-issue Adidas trainers, which were little more than a white Adidas stock shoe with maize and blue accents and a little Block M tab on the shoelaces. Got them through a family member who knew an assistant coach for a non-revenue sport back then. Honestly, they weren't anything special.

That being said, those were offered and given without being asked for. It was just a "hey, what's your shoe size?" and the next time they saw them, boom, box of shoes. Shaking people down for team gear strikes me as weird.

08/06/2018 - 4:00pm Are you new to Section 1?

Are you new to Section 1?

08/06/2018 - 12:05pm Sometimes you eat the book,…

Sometimes you eat the book, and sometimes, well, it eats you.

08/05/2018 - 9:33pm I think the change of…

I think the change of scenery was definitely needed, though the update episode on EMCC was much appreciated, if you haven't clicked over to "Season 4" on your menu.

Jason Brown is looney tunes. An absolute monster, in fact. To admit that you didn't care enough to watch enough tape before your team gets pantsed, to come to blows with your own coaching staff, to alienate your players to such a degree that they're undermining him at every turn, to let players tell you what to do and when to do it and then do it only to blame them when it fails, and quite simply, to act the way he does... And yet he keeps his job AND wins coach of the year? Yikes. I understand this is a different kind of job with different kinds of personnel, but it seems to me coaching these guys in a way that lifts them up has to be the better option. The college president admits as much, then caves when they start to win. 

In total, a weird season. Watched the whole thing and enjoyed it, but it seems to me everything with this series will be chasing Season 1 in terms of quality and material. Independence just isn't as interesting as Scooba, and Brown's act isn't as interesting to watch unravel as Buddy's.

 

08/04/2018 - 7:27pm Half of the D-1 coaches had…

Half of the D-1 coaches had Michigan in those contract clauses then. Didn't mean Michigan was ever going to hire Urban Meyer, or any of the others.

08/04/2018 - 9:17am OK, WD.

OK, WD.

08/04/2018 - 12:10am Raising objection to this…

Raising objection to this take, as per usual.

And I'll leave it at that.

08/03/2018 - 5:34pm Feel like I'm being…

Feel like I'm being gaslighted. Hard.

08/03/2018 - 3:57pm And their university…

And their university president, too.

08/03/2018 - 3:55pm Speak for yourself. Team…

Speak for yourself. Team Brian on this one when it comes to November and having to do this multiple times per year. Was planning on coming to town for Penn State. Now? Probably not.

preemptive /getoffmylawn

08/03/2018 - 1:10pm In the current academic job…

In the current academic job market, your last point is demonstrably false. These days, many lecturers are newly-minted (though often even experienced) PhDs trying to remain in the academy until they can land a tenure-track job. Across the board, many job vacancies that 10 years ago would have been filled with a tenure-track job hire are now being filled with lecturer/adjunct positions. That's her point, and it's spot on.

So more often than not, your lecturer is going to be someone with the exact same qualifications as an assistant or associate professor (PhD, publications, teaching experience, etc.), but with no benefits, less pay, and no job security. It's not a knock on their intelligence or qualifications, but rather the nature of American higher education in 2018. The tenure-track jobs simply do not exist. Contingent jobs do.

08/03/2018 - 1:05pm What did you really think… What did you really think would come out of this thread? OSU Athletic Department breaking it to the MGoBoard first?
08/03/2018 - 11:21am I agree. I'm not saying the…

I agree. I'm not saying the university should be socking the cash away in a sock drawer. What I'm pointing out is the fact that the modern American university looks far more like a corporation than an educational institution. It needs to sustain itself, but I'm not fully convinced stories like these reflect a university administration making decisions centered on its academic mission.

08/03/2018 - 11:17am If you're implying Brian…

If you're implying Brian received money for any of his political posts, you need to back it up with facts. That's a fairly serious accusation, and one which strikes me as little more than tinfoil nonsense.

And for that matter, it's Brian's site. It's free. Don't like it, don't read it.

08/03/2018 - 11:13am McMurphy signed a non…

McMurphy signed a non-compete clause that happens up in a matter of weeks, and already has a job lined up with an outlet in Chicago the second it's over. It was just bad timing as far as the Meyer story goes...

08/03/2018 - 11:10am The switch to the common app…

The switch to the common app is 100% behind the sharp increase in applications. The common app is certainly more advantageous for competitive students applying to large numbers of peer institutions, but the downside are dismal acceptance rates that can leave behind otherwise promising students who see your institution as more than another box to check next to Harvard and Chicago.

The case for lower tuition is the fact that it's a public university that keeps an 11-figure endowment, yet somehow keeps raising tuition and replacing full-time faculty with low-paid lecturers at a fraction of the price. I understand the need for endowments, but all UM has to do is look elsewhere around the Big Ten/former CIC to see peer institutions who have faced significant financial crises by following the same model (Northwestern for one). Piling up cash while pinching students and faculty, and getting dinged for poor or badly-placed investments is a bad look.

For more, see UM history professor Heather Ann Thompson's op-ed on this very topic:

https://www.freep.com/story/opinion/contributors/2018/03/19/lecturers-salary-university-michigan/428749002/

08/03/2018 - 9:30am Seems to me the university…

Seems to me the university should be less of an investment entity and more of a public educational institution, but what do I know?

08/02/2018 - 9:50pm Virtue signaling? More like…

Virtue signaling? More like taking the time to point out to people like you that the instinct to blame victims and believe your anecdotes over hard evidence is why women underreport incidences of domestic and sexual violence.

And when it comes to Lewis, I remember you consistently blaming victims, as you continue to do every time one of these types of threads comes up. Like it wasn't disgusting the first few dozen times. Enough.

08/02/2018 - 9:19pm FWIW, there's a former UF…

FWIW, there's a former UF player on Reddit claiming Meyer will resign in the next day or two. 

08/02/2018 - 8:58pm Oh, for the edit function so…

Oh, for the edit function so this could be changed to sound less like he died...

08/02/2018 - 8:07pm Just about the only place…

Just about the only place where the aggressor is usually the woman is on sports message boards. These people will never be convinced otherwise. Pure delusion.

08/02/2018 - 7:40pm Shut it down.

Shut it down.

08/02/2018 - 7:09pm The fact that she has to…

The fact that she has to spend even a millisecond defending herself against accusations of trolling OSU says everything about both college football fandom and the uphill battle of getting people to take her message seriously.

08/02/2018 - 7:04pm Your exceptions =/= the rule…

Your exceptions =/= the rule. Pointing to a single apparently false accusation, and personal experience that stands in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, is not an excuse to reframe the discussion on domestic violence. 

08/02/2018 - 3:45pm A functional MGoBlog 2.0 is…

A functional MGoBlog 2.0 is pretty much my list. I think we've seen now, with multiple threads of multiple hundreds of posts, that 3.0 is completely unmanageable for long threads with constant posts. This is going to be a mess come the football season. 

08/02/2018 - 3:41pm So, Urbz no longer down on…

So, Urbz no longer down on the farm?

08/02/2018 - 3:39pm Same deranged lawyer shit,…

Same deranged lawyer shit, different scandal. Not going to bite on this one. Sorry.

08/02/2018 - 3:02pm Jim Jordan is already using…

Jim Jordan is already using his position to discredit them. My hope is that the Urban Meyer fiasco doesn't further eclipse the fact that these victims deserve to be heard, believed, taken seriously, and given justice for what they've gone through.

08/02/2018 - 2:14pm The Ohio State band had a…

The Ohio State band had a long history of fairly rough behavior behind the scenes. It was a known culture of hazing (they had a longstanding tradition of severely mistreating, if not abusing "rookies," for one), sexism, misogyny, fairly brutish behavior, and, oh, an anti-Semitic songbook passed around to all members. Anybody close to the band world was aware of what they were like behind the scenes. (Also see: Wisconsin and Michigan State.) It wasn't OK. And OSU finally did something about it, even if it was the dreaded parent who finally got them to pay attention to what had been happening under their noses for decades. Sound familiar?

In short, Waters got rightfully canned for perpetuating a longstanding and fairly disgusting band culture. But, hey, New Section 1 wants to litigate it again on the internet. Again, sound familiar?

08/02/2018 - 1:56pm Wash Uffizi, drive me to…

Wash Uffizi, drive me to Firenze?

08/02/2018 - 1:30pm Good for you.

Good for you.

08/02/2018 - 12:18pm Did you happen to see the…

Did you happen to see the kind of deranged support the OSU band director got from his alumni, fans, etc. after he was let go? It was JoePa levels of ignorance and disgusting groupthink.

08/02/2018 - 9:26am Ask yourself, do you really…

Ask yourself, do you really need to start five threads a day?

08/01/2018 - 12:59pm ESPN is notoriously slow to…

ESPN is notoriously slow to react to stuff like this. See: Big Ben's sexual assault allegations. Took them days.

08/01/2018 - 12:00pm We're in the post-truth age…

We're in the post-truth age. Meyer keeps his job, OSU starts to win, no one cares 'round November when they're cruising towards the playoff. It's just as gross as it is predictable.