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09/30/2014 - 4:55pm Signed.
Almost up to 8000

Signed.

Almost up to 8000

09/29/2014 - 5:19pm They pick which remix of "Who

They pick which remix of "Who Let the Dogs Out" to play during timeouts?

09/29/2014 - 3:26pm Mods...?  Ummm?  I seem to be

Mods...?  Ummm?  I seem to be stuck in Bolivia despite having a positive point total.  My posts only appear to me and would love to contribute.  Please help.  Many thanks,

09/25/2014 - 4:11pm Long thread...

Long thread...

09/23/2014 - 9:53am Not sure about all of the

Not sure about all of the regents, but I can promise that at least one (a family friend) feels the same way that nearly all of us do.

09/21/2014 - 5:29pm Excellent insight!  +1 to you

Excellent insight!  +1 to you dahblue!

(still unsure about that iphone)

09/21/2014 - 5:26pm For some reason, my posts are

For some reason, my posts are only visible to me so I'm going to entertain myself here...

"Self, how do you feel about Hoke these days?"

-Well, I have been a big supporter and I'm disappointed.  Hard to defend the product on the field (at least the offensive side.  oh, and special team...also hard to defend."

"Interesting.  So, self, are you going to get the new iphone?"

-Don't know.  Seems big and I don't really need it.

09/19/2014 - 1:29pm Well, State certainly has

Well, State certainly has done very well with some lesser regarded kids (something that Michigan has never done...what's that you say?  Jordan Kovacs? Ryan Glasgow? The immortal 3-star Mike Hart?) but don't buy the hype:

Gholston 5*
Lewis 4*
Bullough 4*
Baker 4*
Norman 4*
Sims 4*
Caper 4*
Treadwell 4*
Thomas 4*
etc, etc. etc

Look, Izzo was able to build a program due to the problems in A2.  Is Dantonio doing the same?  Maybe, but pretending that it's all 3* kids ignores some of the reality of the more highly regarded recruits they were able to pickup during the RR years.

09/18/2014 - 9:45am As Saint Dantonio might say,

As Saint Dantonio might say, "What's the problem? The kid's a playmaker!"

09/17/2014 - 12:30pm What?  A suspension for being

What?  A suspension for being offensive, but no punishment for rape?  

09/15/2014 - 3:39pm "Pedestrian" is pretty kind

"Pedestrian" is pretty kind way of putting it given narrow escapes from UTSA (which might be a tennis academy) and Nevada.

09/14/2014 - 9:11am Butt played against ND?

Butt played against ND? That's news to me.

As for Miami, I watched the game last night (after watching in person) and we looked better than on first glance. Yes, the 3 turnover stretch was terrible but we otherwise dominated as we should have. Multiple receivers looked good. Green looked good. The D looked good. This could have been Akron or UConn but it wasn't.

After last week, we know we aren't a great team but after this week I think it's clear that we are better than last year. If we continue to improve, I'm good with that...especially given all the talent and depth we've been building.

09/12/2014 - 3:50pm Maybe done at OSU, but drug

Maybe done at OSU, but drug tests aren't a big deal at MSU. Besides, we're talking about a playmaker, right?

09/11/2014 - 10:01am Well, I got an email from

Well, I got an email from Adidas offering customized "Big House" sneakers and offering $50 tickets for the games against Miami, Utah and Minnesota.  Yes, Adidas is now selling discounted Michigan tickets.  I really don't like Dave Brandon who had the "foresight" to understand that building a team takes time, but not the vision to realize that you shouldn't jack ticket prices until that team is built.

09/05/2014 - 11:29am Arizona played the United

Arizona played the United States Tennis Association and nearly lost?  Oh wait...UTSA...what the hell is that?

09/04/2014 - 12:30pm I'm surprised that the first

I'm surprised that the first game wasn't in South Bend so that they could take that homer and then cancel the second game.

#FuckND

09/03/2014 - 12:31pm A line for that game is

A line for that game is almost impossible to get right.  I think it's just as likely that State wins 20-17 as they lose 49-21.

08/31/2014 - 9:10pm Logsitics likely played a

Logsitics likely played a large role in the appearance of the student section.  Last year was the worst I've ever seen and that can be explained 100% by Dave Brandon's amazingly stupid seating policy.  

When you have to funnel ticket holders through multiple checkpoints, and then squeze them, seat by seat into numerically ordered rows...it's going to look empty in the higher rows that aren't yet full.

On the flip side, if you don't treat students like dogshit and let them sit where they want  (or where tickets indicate), you end up with students fairly spread out over the rows.  I sit on the visitors ~20 and the student section looked good, but I'm sure that there was plenty of space (just like in my section).  It's just a matter of having 30 completely empty rows (easy to see on TV) vs random empty seats all over the place (difficult to notice on TV).  Too bad Brandon didn't have someone in his crew explain the basics of event production last year; we wouldn't have lost so many future season ticket holders.

08/29/2014 - 4:32pm I think it's awesome that

I think it's awesome that someone was able to get the fat kid from Wilcats into that Vine!  Kids and technology...where will the wonders cease?

08/29/2014 - 1:32pm Number of years of Michigan

Number of years of Michigan football:  135

Tiny sample size:  5

08/28/2014 - 4:30pm I feel it moderately

I feel this a good place to counter the "Hoke can't develop talent" nonsense with a reference to Brian's notes above on Ramon Taylor and Channing Stribling.

08/27/2014 - 4:05pm Unknown walk-on brothers

Unknown walk-on brothers Glasgow turned into starters?  I thought Hoke couldn't develop talent?

08/27/2014 - 3:40pm The easiest thing DB could do

The easiest thing DB could do would be to let the "legends" numbering begin to disappear.  He doesn't have to make an announcement; he doesn't have to do anything and his jersey-cluttering stunt can be forgotten in time.  Who knows, maybe a current player will become a legend in his own number.

08/26/2014 - 2:46pm I.  I.   I let the dogs out.

I.  I.   I let the dogs out.

08/26/2014 - 10:38am All part of the "Wow Factor"!

All part of the "Wow Factor"!

08/25/2014 - 5:08pm I know he's not going to be

I know he's not going to be the feature back, but I sure want to see Wyatt do some damage out there.

08/25/2014 - 4:01pm A big difference would be the

A big difference would be the reported "hatin'" done by Urban.  Seems it would feel a little "uncomfortable" to hear a coach repeatedly ripping another program that you like.

08/22/2014 - 5:04pm Personally, I'd love it, but

Personally, I'd love it, but I don't think it's a workable idea for a stadium that can't even get it together to properly vend bottles of water.  Think about it...no matter how hot and sunny, there are barely any (if any at all) in-seat water vendors.  For an AD obsessed with squeezing every penny of revenue, you'd think they could sell more efficiently, but they don't.

If...that's a big if...they could operate concessions properly, there would still be the problem of carding.  There will be tons of under-21 adults trying to buy and most concessions are staffed by children who aren't allowed to sell booze.  Of course, we could always hire an adult concession crew and sell beer, but it'd be a change from the "community" approach.

As a guy who sold booze for a living, I think you'd probably see an uptick in drunk assholes but maybe a slight lessening of the super-drunk falling down assholes as people wouldn't have to rush the drunk so quickly before the game.  I also think it'd be safe to estimate $12/head for drink sales (roughly $1.4 million is sales) per game.  That's a lot of money and maybe enough to deal with the headaches and staffing changes that would be required.  Nearly $10,000,000 per season might even make an AD think twice about neutral site games in generic NFL cities.

08/22/2014 - 3:07pm In that NBC clip, I think one

In that NBC clip, I think one of the anchors (second person from left) said "Go Blue" during the brief post-segment banter.  Don't know who he is, but was cool.

08/20/2014 - 10:26pm Seems like whatever dumb/bad

Seems like whatever dumb/bad things we do, MSU does them even worse.  We suspend one game for DUI; they do nothing.  We kick off the team for sucker punch; they drive from jail to practice.  Our star center leaves school after a positive drug test for weed; their star linebacker sits out...but refuses to admit why.  Frustrating that the press has been focused on our issues lately.

Alas, from Joe Rexrode's Twitter:

But one thing I've come to realize is internal punishment can >>> a suspension.

Yes Joe, nothing as meaningful is "internal punishment".

08/20/2014 - 5:06pm Thanks for pointing that out,

Thanks for pointing that out, I caught a few minutes driving between meetings today.  My favorite part was one of the hosts referring to spread teams as "frisbee catching dogs".

08/20/2014 - 1:51pm tough away games at NW and

tough away games at NW and MSU...thank you, Dave.

08/19/2014 - 11:42am Maybe a return to

Maybe a return to highlighting of our own posts?

08/18/2014 - 10:36pm I wonder if OSU has any

I wonder if OSU has any "Gameday" games scheduled?  Would be nice to see some "I ain't come to play school" signs.

That said, I can't muster any hate for Braxton.  Seems kinda like a football version of Sullinger.  Want to beat him as a rival but respect the way he goes about the game.  Urban, on the other hand, I hope this causes much stress for him.

08/18/2014 - 5:06pm As a parent who is very much

As a parent who is very much into unisex names and non-traditional names, I think you're taking this one wayyyy too personally (and ignoring the history of a blog that endlessly goofs on hall-of-fame names) and maybe taking out frustration best aimed elsewhere.  If a parent names their child after a Granpa Pete; they want people to think of Pete.  If they name their kid after a highlighter-blue type of booze, then no need to feign righteous indignation after mentions of that booze.

08/18/2014 - 4:52pm I'll take the lumps (and

I'll take the lumps (and giant neg), but someone's skin is wayyyy too thin.  

Maybe "his" prior career involved selling alcohol and a person's name matching a certain type of alcohol would be an obvious connection.  Of course, a blog that likes to hall-of-fame names certainly wouldn't be in the business of tongue-in-cheek goofing on names, right?  

08/18/2014 - 3:53pm There's no way a guy named

[MOD EDIT: Redacted due to an unfortunate display of grade school humor - LSA]

08/18/2014 - 1:19pm Well, I think we opened fall

Well, I think we opened fall camp on Aug 4.  The scrimmage was on Aug 16.  That's 13 days for a new line to gel.  We play App St. on Aug. 30, which gives us 14 days from the scrimmage to see (or hope for) improvement.  

I'm sure my homerism affects my math, but 13 days isn't a long time for a new line to learn to work well as a unit.  I bet they'll be twice as good for App St (even if that still isn't great) just based on having those extra two weeks to practice.

08/18/2014 - 12:39pm Well, given that the general

Well, given that the general consensus is that the Oline was bad but improved as the scrimmage went on, wouldn't it make sense that such improvement (even if not massive) would continue over the course of a season?

08/18/2014 - 12:09pm Maybe I'm just crazy or just

Maybe I'm just crazy or just super hopeful, but given that the Oline is pretty much a new unit, I expect them to improve as the season wears on.  There is plenty of talent and even a tiny bit of experience.  Once they've had more time to play together, I bet they'll be ok.  Great?  Maybe next year, but at least "good enough" after a few games.

08/18/2014 - 12:06pm Maybe the AD just prefers the

Maybe the AD just prefers the new trend of Road & Road and they don't want to get people too excited by annoucing early.

08/17/2014 - 4:55pm I know this doesn't fit the

I know this doesn't fit the pattern of doom/ gloom here, but I read a few reports that the Oline improved as the scrimmage went on. While they seem not have gotten awesome in that short timeframe, isn't "improvement" what you want to see out of a new/young line?

08/17/2014 - 1:37pm Nothing says football like

Nothing says football like Neil diamond! At least they didn't update the playlist; that's michigan tradition right there (since 2008)

08/17/2014 - 8:57am I guess it's just gaining an

I guess it's just gaining an understanding that "water and cigarettes" are an indicator of what sells and what doesn't.  How about picture frames?  Sushi?  Insurance?  Office space? Hair salons?  The vast majority of businesses on and near Woodward are not tailored to the bottom of the barrel.  In theory, my business was one that would benefit from the Cruise, but that just isn't how it works.  When people camp out on Woodward, then sit in lawn chairs, eating and drinking from coolers, you can get a good sense of how little they send in (non-convenience store) local businesses.

The "people enjoy the cruise" argument is the only valid one as to why it should exist.  There is no local economic benefit, only cost...one that is made worse given the holiday weekend coming so soon after the Cruise.  I always felt it would be best to run the Cruise on Labor Day weekend when less people were in town and businesses always take a hit anyway.  Oh well, at least now it's just an inconvenience for me and not a massive economic loss.

08/17/2014 - 8:51am Not a shock.  The "leaders"

Not a shock.  The "leaders" of the Cruise (though they may have changed in the last couple years) always made clear to me (in person and drunkenly) that they had zero concern for locals affected.  

08/16/2014 - 8:30pm Unattributed quote that's

Unattributed quote that's also misleading. How much money do you think is generated from random tshirt sales? Not much. And what tiny portion of that goes to charity? Exactly. The cities don't even have enough money to pay for staffing and clean up.

08/16/2014 - 4:12pm I live near and used to own a

I live near and used to own a business on Woodward. The cruise cost us ~$20k each year and harmed most nearby businesses. Frankly, not many were even able to open on Saturday. There have been a number of good ideas to make the event work better for local residents and businesses but none have been implemented.

If you want a fair reading of just how little Cruise fans care about the locals, consider how much harder they're making life for the large number of people trying to clean and rebuild houses after the flood. Consider the nonexistent fundraising to help those in need. All it's doing is making life harder and dumping even more trash, without paying one cent for the privilege.

08/16/2014 - 12:32pm If art fair produced tons of

If art fair produced tons of exhaust and was packed with people who refuse to spend money at local businesses...then yes.

08/16/2014 - 12:20pm Ah, the giant white trash

Ah, the giant white trash loitering fest! I certainly appreciate old cars (and the region's history) but dream cruise is a fucking nightmare for people who live/work in the area. Further, it crushes the vast majority of businesses that rely on their customers being able to get to their business or park upon arrival. Hordes of cooler-toting mouth breathers don't spend money (except for gas), so even the "economic boon" argument is off-base. Can't wait for those folks to stop cruising...just a few more months!

08/15/2014 - 12:48pm On the flip side, kinda makes

On the flip side, kinda makes me happy that we're settling into an understanding of where the line stands and that Kalis could be living up to the billing.  Also doesn't hurt to develop backups along the way.