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05/04/2018 - 1:02pm Adding seats

The system worked well and is long overdue. I can't imagine processing all those seat moves manually.

Here's how to go from 2 to 4 within the rules:

This Year: Keep your existing 2 and add a random single. Pick a single that will be attractive for resale.

2019: Move your 2+1 to 3 together during the upgrade process. Add another random single.

2020: Move your 3+1 to 4 together during the upgrade prcoess.

03/16/2018 - 11:49am solution!

I always mute the TV and listen to the Matt Shepard / Terry Mills broadcast on IMG Radio. Much better experience.  They get better access to information about Michigan too (Obviously).


Anyone else do this as well?

03/16/2018 - 11:10am radio broadcast

Did anyone have luck finding the Matt Shepard / Terry Mills broadcast last night? I usually listed to Michigan IMG radio and mute my TV and sync up the radio with what I'm seeing on TV. It's great!  But the TuneIn radio app I always use wasn't broadcasting the play by play.  Anyone have any luck finding it on another channel or app??

03/14/2018 - 2:30pm Income inequality

Sometimes bumbling idiots stumble into a bunch of money. It's a waste of time to complain about it or be envious.  Not all leaders at large companies are great people or even great leaders. Companies led by great innovators stick around, while companies led by duds crumble eventually. Cronyism happens at all levels by the way, not just at the top of the earning spectrum. Happens between politicians and CEOs, plumbers and electricians, teachers and administrators, realtors and bankers, etc. 

01/31/2018 - 4:22pm Disagree

The only thing I disagree with is:


  • Making "deleted" emails subject to FOIA; there is absolutely no excuse for Michigan's behavior in this regard.

My take: Obviously if something has been deleted and it's permanently gone ... you cannot FOIA it... because it's gone. So are you implying Michigan should not delete emails at all?  Large corporations have learned from Sony's email leak and are starting to implement email retention strategies that auto-delete all emails.  For example, my employer deletes every email after 30 days.  No exception.  We're a publicly owned company and the auditors are fine with it. I just think information security norms are going that direction.


To say there "is absolutely no excuse" for deleting emails is a little overboard. Email is just a communication tool. Just like a hallway conversation or a text or tweet or team meeting. Not all communication can be archived. 

01/26/2018 - 6:40pm Overdose

Not suicide. What they said anyway

01/26/2018 - 6:39pm 16

"16 msu football players accused of rape or violence against women" under mark dantonio

01/20/2018 - 7:55pm Good Grief MSU

Simon's comments/behaivor as seen in the video of her and the MSU gymnast in the lobby of the courthouse, then the Trustees statement from yesterday, and now Izzo's "statement" ... 

I keep thinking: "The MSU Difference"

It seems like "not doing (or saying) the right thing" is a disease that goes all the way to the top.

10/24/2017 - 4:07pm I agree with your conclusion

I agree with your conclusion the sky is not falling on the football team. This is a helpful sentiment for people who lack perspective. That email was nonsense and personal attacks are unproductive and should be ignored.

You certainly get to choose who you engage with and who you do not, but ...

Why did you, in a public setting, just tell a subset of your consumers (aside from the crazy emailer) you don't want to talk to them? This is the same Brian who consistently belittles Ed Fang. From time to time your Holier Than Thou attitude ruins the roundtable segment and Sam has to step in. Eventually, even calm and sensical people will engage with you less if they think you have zero empathy. Leaders without empathy have no followers. see: David Brandon.

You asked: what's the point? What good would it do? You know the answer! Your top line comes from your consumers reading (enduring, at times) your point of view ... so show your appreciation by listening to and interacting with them, even when you disagree. Doing so might grow your business! 

I bet 2004 Brian would have found a way to turn that email into a piece of content for your blog. Ironically, you turned it into content for your blog. which generated tons of hot take replies. including this one. OH GOD PLEASE DON'T BECOME MLIVE

09/20/2017 - 12:10pm I read it in 3 days

The pages flew by.  You get an education on what a depressed person might be feeling or thinking (and not saying) and how you can respond in a way that is helpful.  There are plenty of other lessons to be learned as well. This is one of those books where a person spends a lifetime enduring a thing, then writes a book about that thing, and the rest of us get to learn very important lessons about that thing in just a few days time. What Saunders and Bacon did is really an amazing gift.

Just want to make clear, the author is John Saunders with John U Bacon. Not John U Bacon. It is written in the first person (Saunders).  You can certainly hear Bacon coming through in the writing though.

07/27/2017 - 8:24am If it ain't broke, break it

Brian is breaking his own rule to follow an infamous Dave Brandon rule.

I wonder if the end result will be the same.

Let's just hope the politics combined with the upcoming site conversion doesn't completely ruin everything.

06/12/2017 - 7:11pm Looks modern

The mockups are nice but they look like a cookie cutter sports site or pay site. This site looking like all the other sites out there sort of feels like Coach and Four doing a renovation and turning into Great Clips. My feedback would be to improve the infrastructure behind the curtain without changing the brand. Maybe its just me. I haven't been to the new Blimpie Burger yet either. 

03/15/2017 - 11:00am It is indeed an email scam

I called the office - they are aware of it.  Delete the email.

11/22/2016 - 4:12pm Revenue problem?

Can anyone explain the "revenue has not kept pace at nearly the same rate" comment?  I thought Nike gave Michigan all of the money and I also thought that the demand for tickets spiked the day the Harbaugh hire was announced nearly two years ago. 

Given the Nike contract, Harbaugh hire and what we've heard about the upcoming TV deal it's hard to imagine a scenario where revenue growth would ever be better than it is right now....?  Right???

11/17/2016 - 1:33pm Beligian

Every time I listen to Shawn Beligian I feel like he insults my intelligence: "You know that right?" "I shouldn't have to tell you ..." "Stop, just stop".  Regardless of the topic or point of view, this is how he speaks every day. Passive aggressive. Such a polar opposite from someone like Sam Webb who is energetic, realistic, articulate, professional, etc.  Am I being too harsh on him or have others noticed this too?

10/23/2016 - 12:13am TETRAFECTA*

It's not a true TETRAFECTA but it's as close as you can get to the real thing. Here's to November 26th!!


Michigan wins and moves to 7-0

OSU ... loses to a PSU team that was embarassed by Michigan

ND ... doesn't win (but lost to teams from four different conferences so far this season!)

Sparty ... well you know


To compensate for the absence of a ND loss, can I offer you a Cubs Pennant? Or an unbeaten WMU?

08/26/2016 - 3:29pm What is your YouTube Channel name?

I was wondering when you would starting putting content on YouTube! Unless it's there and I've missed it?

04/08/2016 - 4:38pm Dissapointing

I am totally bummed about this and yes this is one of the main reasons I invested in a Lifetime membership.  I am a season ticket holder and have always used this program to get additional tickets to the home games that other friends and family wanted to attend.  I can't imagine there's a benefit the AA provides that is/was used more consistently and by more people than the Football Saturdays program.  How many people could possibly be using the job board or the True Blue travel program each and every year?

Also I cannot believe he said the demand for tickets has declined. First off, isn't there a waitlist again now? Demand is not declining for Michigan Football.  Second, for all but the garbage can games, I cannot imagine StubHub prices will ever beat Face Value as long as Jimmy is at the helm. 

His point about exclusivity probably means they are seeing a lot of these tickets resold on StubHub. Probably true, however, IMO not a reason to cancel the program. Every ticket in the stadium could potentially be sold on StubHub! No different for the AAUM tickets, it's just a fact of life. And by the way, the Athletic Department ENDORSES THE USE OF STUBHUB!! Unless they ended that relationship and I missed it.

So to me the justifications given for canceling are total horseshit.

12/11/2015 - 2:49pm Thanks

This is a much better holistic tribute to Spike and his value to the team.  Honestly I thought Brian was mailing it in (something Spike would never do) by just copying and pasting a single game column from last year.  Thanks for this. There's too much tape out there of Spike being Spike to not create this post.

09/01/2015 - 9:42pm ANSWER

We were in the same situation last season.  Go to the crisler ticket booth a couple hours before the game, hand them your normal tickets, they will hand you tickets in ADA seating in your same section.  So for us, this meant sitting in a folding chair at the top of section 20 with all the space in the world, and easy access to bathrooms.  

02/18/2015 - 11:51pm Kind of ironic?

You didn't care enough to do anything about this "problem" until it threatened your revenue. Enacting change in the name of Protecting and Maximizing The Dollar is typically criticized around here. That said, this change is for the better clearly

02/18/2015 - 11:15pm You are missing the point

This interview is not your opportunity to make someone listen to you talk, as you put it. The applicants are not interviewing for something that you have the power to give them. You don't make the final admission decision, you don't define the criteria that is used to evaluate the applicants. You play one specific role in the process and the manual is very clear about the types of things to ask and why. As great as the suggestions might be, I don't think crowd sourcing questions from the mgoboard is what the people who designed the alumni interview program had in mind. I've done several of the interviews myself and I've read their manual. In my opinion, your job is to ask the applicants how you can help them better understand Michigan by answering whatever questions they may have while representing Michigan well. You also need to uncover any significant things about the applicant that they feel weren't adequately conveyed in their application. A kid's college choice is not something to play around with. The kids should be asking more questions than you.

04/25/2014 - 1:44pm timeline?

Did Beilien learn McGary would not be allowed to play in 14-15 before or after Horford announced his departure?  If before, would Beilien tell Horford about McGary's situation?

04/25/2014 - 1:16pm Horford question

Has Horford landed anywhere?  If not, is landing at Michigan an option for him? 

Apologies for what I'm assuming is probably a stupid question.

04/10/2014 - 9:12pm He always looked upset

Good luck to him. Thankful for his contributions to Michigan

04/10/2014 - 9:06pm Rant

Every now and then we are reminded this thing really is just some guys blog

02/08/2014 - 10:37am Actual-reporting-like-substance

I don't read the blog every day, but I do remember thinking to myself recently that's it's been a while since mgoblog continued its whiny complainy narrative about how terrible the athletic department is.  


01/09/2014 - 2:30pm Nice post

Refreshing to get you back in your wheelhouse 

01/09/2014 - 12:26pm Great post

Thanks for a great post - this type of informative hard working content is what mgoblog should focus on more, in my opinion at least. 

Bonus:  we can use this post as evidence next time someone claims the Michigan tradition is lost in the eyes of recruits.

12/21/2013 - 12:26pm Come on

They literally had a question at the end where you could write about anything you wanted.

Do you expect they read your mind and craft a question specifically for you?

12/19/2013 - 12:04pm Agreed

That was my immediate reaction to the post.  DB gets criticized for making a decision that will appeal to a subset of fans that don't normally get to go to games... then DB gets criticized by ... fans.  

Last week he was unfavorably compared to Mark Hollis because Hollis (w.r.t. Rose Bowl tix) wasn't making decisions based soley on money...  

Some people just can't be pleased.


12/19/2013 - 11:48am A few reasons...

I agree with other posters.  This may not be ideal (compared to a home and home with a high quality opponent), but given the circumstances this move is not bad.  Some possible motivations:

  1. Strength of Schedule:  The other two non-conference games that year are Air Force and Cincinnati.  If we scheduled a bodybag game at the Big House then people would complain about lacking strength of schedule, especially with the new playoff system.  
  2. Appeal to fans:  Everyone knows how tough it was to get a ticket in 2012.  Dave Brandon is surely taking that into account.  Part of our fanbase that can't easily get to games regularly will be able to go, and they will go.
  3. It's not just about us fans:  IIRC the players were pumped to play in Dallas before.   
  4. In a tough spot:  With Arkansas on the schedule the next two years, other home and homes scheduled in farther out years, he needed to find a single game to fill that spot.  Not a home and home.  


12/13/2013 - 5:42pm DB bashing per usual

It would indeed be nice to have a band. However you could also view this move as a way to get as many fans into the game as possible, which you deemed favorable when mark Hollis did it with rose bowl tickets. I mean, we are so desperate to bash DB that we are actually using Mark Hollis as the poster boy? As in, mark Hollis, from "lol mark Hollis" fame? The guy that that gave Glenn Winston a vote of confidence and gave trey Burke unsolicited twitter advice? I will never think Hollis is a better option than Brandon. Deep down I bet you feel the same.

And they didn't just reseat crisler... They built a new stadium! Different seats, different number of seats, etc. they wouldnt be able to make everyone happy if they tried. And they didn't do it just because the team had improved. We all know DB plans to upgrade everything. So to imply DB was conspiring for an opportunistic money grab can't be disproven, but also, on the spectrum of reactions you could have, maybe give the guy a break once in a while.

12/09/2013 - 2:43pm It's a ploy

Michigan, K-State, Duke and Texas A&M players arrive in Tempe and Atlanta only to find out they've been duped.  Instead of playing football, they all must travel to Cheyenne to observe and judge the annual cattle air show, where the BW3 Flying Buffalos will compete against the Chick-Fil-A Parachuting Cows.  

The players will later be bused to BW3 headquarters to play with the buttons that control all the sprinkler heads in stadiums hosting all the other bowl games.

12/09/2013 - 11:20am Playing is voluntary

If at any time Devin Gardner does not like his arrangement with the university, he can end it.  My guess is that he won't do that, because he perceives value in being a student and an athlete.  He probably assumes an investment of his time now will pay off later!  Same reason anyone pursues higher education, or in his case perhaps college football, right?  Without the UM providing a platform, he does not become a million dollar man.

11/26/2013 - 4:35pm You buy the pizza when it's

You buy the pizza when it's good, you don't buy it when it's bad.  You are fickle.  That's what it means.  If you bought the pizza when it was bad, you would not be fickle, you would be constantly loyal no matter what.  

He's not saying there's anything wrong with your tastebuds.  In fact, he has said everyone agrees the pizza sucks.

11/26/2013 - 3:33pm Ways the the AD reciprocates loyalty

If you buy season tickets, you are entitled to:

  1. A seat for all games
  2. The same seat for all games (except for students, but their tickets are cheaper)
  3. Wow experiences (I say in jest, but the MMB is not insignificant)
  4. The entitlement to renew for the following year
  5. A discount off the face value price
  6. Early access to buy single game tickets
  7. Preferential access to buy road game tickets
  8. Preferential access to buy bowl game tickets
  9. Preferential access to buy tickets for other season-ticket sports
  10. Ability to specify where you want to sit in the stadium (if you pay the applicable PSD).  I've changed my seat several times, all you have to do is ask politely.
  11. Perhaps the biggest thing for me is avoiding the stress and time of having to hunt for single game tickets (more of a derived benefit than the above)

What am I missing here, regarding Loyalty?  You're complaining about "access"?  Why do you deserve access to watch the team practice??

11/25/2013 - 2:51pm Good examples

The old versions of the posters were free and were posted everywhere, but I'm guessing they were much cheaper to produce.  I think they had ads on them too right?  So maybe they were free (for the AD) to produce.  The 3-D posters are cool and they don't have ads ... that's why they are $5.

The stadium open door policy was nice while it lasted, but I understand discontinuing this perk due to the new structures they built.  There is more at risk now, if they were to just let people in and run the steps and explore: Break-ins, vandalism, overall security of new spaces.  Plus the $10 tour allows you to see the luxury boxes that you can't even get access to on gameday.

I see your point here.  I also understand the AD point of view, the $5 posters and the $10 tours.

11/25/2013 - 2:26pm Like anything in life, you

Like anything in life, you get out of it what you put into it.  I enjoy the stadium experience.  I don't have a problem paying money for things I like.  Tickets and concessions have never been free, have they?  Water is free at the Hydration Station.  I'm wondering what it is that used to be free, which was bought up, then sold to me?

11/15/2013 - 8:26am Hmph.

So what you're saying is, a current high school kid was aware of Michigan's history in football even though this blog's board would have you believe he is too young to remember last time Michigan was relevant.

How does that work?!?!

11/01/2013 - 12:43am Losing to OSU stings more

Beating Sparty is more significant than say, beating illinois, but I would rather lose to Sparty than lose to OSU (obviously), ND or even Wisconsin.

10/10/2013 - 10:08pm Ticket prices

Just curious, what does everyone think a ticket ought to cost?

10/07/2013 - 1:12pm Negativity

I guess we know why the board has become overloaded with negativity and complaints recently - that attitude is set by the site owner.

Your team plays 13 times a year and you find a way to write an entire intro about how it was dull and not good enough in a homecoming game that ended in a 29 piont win.  Come on man.

I'm also confused by "Am I a bad fan for wishing something interesting would happen?"  ...You complain about anything that can be categorized as a "wow experience".  After UTL2 Ira asked you what you thought of the stadium environment that night and you just said "I'd rather talk about the game"

10/05/2013 - 11:22am I loved the halftime

I loved the halftime shows

What part of the article bothers you?

09/26/2013 - 12:02pm I think Walt visits his

I think Walt visits his partner from Grey Matter, because he wants people to know it wasn't just the company name he contributed to.  I don't know if the huge gun in the trunk is for Grey Matter or the Nazis. Does Walt care about avenging Hank's death anymore?  Walt essentially turned himself in before getting reincentivized by the Grey Matter thing.  He knows his family hates him.

The ricin...  I could see him using it in a way that isnt revealed to us until later.

Marie won't be able to do much while she's in protective custody.  I guess she may no longer be in protective custody since at least 4-6 weeks have passed while Walt was in the cabin.  Marie still loves Skyler and the kids.  If she does get an opportunity to kill Walt she would do it.

Lydia dies.

Jesse has been slaving away for the entire time Walt is in the cabin.  Maybe Walt seeing his blue stuff on the market makes it obvious Jesse is cooking it.  Walt might think that is fitting for Jesse and leave it alone.  Jesse knows the Nazis will kill Brock if he tries to escape, so the only way he gets out is suicide, or someone else rescuing him.  Maybe the Feds find it?  It would be great to see Jesse get himself out with Chemistry ... like how they gassed the two guys in the RV in season 1 or how they killed the guys down in Mexico.  If Jesse has an opportunity to kill Walt, he kills Walt.

Fe - Iron (Blood)

Li - Lithium (Meth)

Na - Sodium (Tears)

I would end the series by showing that home video clip shot during Holly's baby shower where Walt sincerely tells Holly that her family loves her.

Walt dies.


09/04/2013 - 1:42am If my math is correct, he

If my math is correct, he gets 20 priority points for his UM degree and 313,000 points for past and present university donations...

08/31/2013 - 10:04pm They made huge changes to

They made huge changes to stadium logistics, affecting 100,000+ people, to fix what they perceived as a student attendance problem.... And it worked. Do you appreciate that at all? or does your intolerance for temporary inconvenience totally cloud your ability to appreciate the bigger picture?

08/20/2013 - 3:32pm It* did happen

*Meaning, Gibbons and the girl were in the fraternity house together.

It was the night following the 2009 Ohio game where anyone attending the game could hear the O-H-I-O going around the stadium.

Not going to conjecture about whether it was rape or not.  For those of you who are totally rejecting the entire story ... Gibbons did say that he was with the girl.

The fraternity (that Gibbons was not a member of) that it happened in was put on probation by its national organization.  

08/11/2013 - 6:41pm Glad you asked

I was wondering the same thing.

In Kalamazoo... Nothing yet

08/02/2013 - 6:57pm Website revised

Is it just me or does the website say non pocket seat cushions are allowed?