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07/22/2015 - 8:42pm PIB Bar List

It appears the number of bars at Put-In-Bay hasn't declined over the years:

11/15/2014 - 9:54am New Beer Grotto May Be Open By Then

The new Beer Grotto in downtown Ann Arbor may be open by then, you can sample a large variety of Michigan beers, and select those you like:

12/28/2012 - 9:33am Additional Expansion Into ACC Territory?

The Big Ten could add two to four additional ACC teams based on the resolution of the Maryland exit fees:…

10/04/2012 - 10:37pm M Alumni Roadshow At Purdue

The UM alumni association will also be hosting a tailgate prior to the game at the Buffalo Wild Wings in West Lafayette:

09/30/2012 - 3:07pm Yost Arena open house video

A short video pan of the renovated Yost Arena taken at the open house:

07/16/2012 - 9:11pm Hope it is more reliable than the last time they tried

In the late 90's the Athletic Department installed a fairly large electronic marquee along Stadium Boulevard in front of Crisler Arena, but it never seemed to work properly. They finally removed it a few years ago. Hopefully this one is more successful.

05/21/2012 - 10:39pm Bowling For Dollars

Frank The Tank's latest commentary on the SEC/Big 12 bowl and realignment:…

05/13/2012 - 9:41pm Go With The Trend

They should just go with the trend and start making a few bucks from the raw ingredient:…

05/13/2012 - 9:36pm ACC Stability

Frank The Tank makes a reasonable argument that the ACC is more stable than conventional wisdom suggests:…

04/21/2012 - 12:11am Cheryl Burnett

Hopefully she will have better recruting success than the last coach UM hired from out of the region, Cheryl Burnett. This seems to be a similar situation, hiring a coach from another part of the country with a good resume, but with no local ties.

04/05/2012 - 8:15am Summer league like Cape Cod League?

The Big Ten could form a summer baseball league similar to the Cape Cod League. It would allow the teams to still play NCAA baseball in the spring, and then continue playing in the summer. The BTN Network could broadcast the games. Potentially it would help counteract some of the recruiting advantage the southern conferences have.

04/04/2012 - 8:56pm Halfway there compromise

This proposal looks a lot like the "Frank the Tank" compromise:…

04/04/2012 - 8:27pm Remember the last time

Michigan tried hiring a nationally known women's basketball coach once before in 2003 with Cheryl Burnett, but she wasn't successful. A coach with some local recruiting connections might have a better chance. Maybe AnnMarie Gilbert at EMU is available?

04/02/2012 - 8:09pm Palace

When the Palace opened it pretty much ended Crisler being a concert venue. With the current renovation possibly it could host a few shows again.

03/12/2012 - 11:12pm Great Divide & Full Sail

Great Divide and Full Sail would be great additions to the market if they would find a distributor in Michigan. They are available in Toledo, though. 

11/26/2011 - 7:13pm Video Of The Field After The Game

11/11/2011 - 5:15pm Second Mile Foundation

This NESN article about the Second Mile Foundation explains the rumor:…

11/09/2011 - 7:08am Appropriate Autobiography Title

Jerry Sandusky picked an appropriate title for his autobiography:

09/19/2011 - 5:03pm PAC 10 Reasoning

The linked blog gives some explanation for why the PAC 10 is going after Big 12 teams:

09/19/2011 - 4:57pm Statistics

Other than ND, not that much value to the remaining prospects accusing to this NY Times blog:

09/18/2011 - 12:24pm Arrived Friday

I received my NW tickets from the UM ticket office in Friday's mail.

09/13/2011 - 6:56am Alumni Association Sponsored Tailgate

The UM Alumni Association sponsors the tailgate near Ryan Field. Information is available on their website:

09/05/2011 - 8:35am I'll Second Purdue 1995

The 1995 game against Purdue was the worst weather I've experienced at a game. The stadium was almost empty by the second half:

08/28/2011 - 4:59pm Wolvering Brewing

Wolverine State Brewing Company will be running a shuttle to the stadium this season. They are west of the stadium on Stadium Boulevard:

07/19/2011 - 10:18am Power and communication hookups

As part of the stadium renovation, they installed power and communication panels in the parking lot north of the stadium. I believe this was done for setups such as Gameday. This lot also provides good camera views of UM central campus and the stadium.

07/19/2011 - 8:03am Inside the stadium

It caused major congestion problems the last time they set up inside the stadium fence. You couldn't walk around the south end of the stadium due to the jam of spectators in front of the stage.

06/11/2011 - 7:05pm Check out Davis

Davis is a good college town a short distance West of Sacramento. It's been a few years, but Sudwerk Brewpub in Davis had pretty good lagers.

01/22/2011 - 3:06pm Ticket Sales At Crisler Arena Gate A

Ticket sales for Crisler Arena are at Gate A (the south entrance just off Stadium Blvd.). They have a sign just outside the doors noting where the ticket booth is. I believe it opens 1 hour prior to game time.

12/01/2010 - 9:14pm Sober Buckeyes

At least UM kept the Buckeyes sober this year for the game:…

11/29/2010 - 5:41pm OSU Unsportsmanlike Penalties Due To Nike Uniform Gloves

The two OSU unsportmanlike conduct penalties were due to the "O" symbol imprinted on their Nike gloves:

11/18/2010 - 11:59am The lights appear to be permanent

The lights that they put up on the stadium yesterday are not the same as the temporary lights they had up for the Iowa game. The new lights appear to be attached to the cornice at the top front of the buildings, not on the platforms on the roof. It looks like a single, low row of fixtures running most of the length of the building.

10/03/2010 - 8:57pm Tailgating At IU Was Good

We arrived about 4 1/2 hours before kickoff, and had no trouble getting to the tailgating lots just south of the stadium. The pre-game tailgates were in good form despite the rainy weather. We hung around to tailgate for an hour or so after the game, and were able to get out of the lot with no trouble then. There was some traffic downtown, but we were able to find parking easily, and had a good dinner at the Uptown Cafe before heading out of town.

Both Indiana and Purdue have excellent tailgating and a low risk atmosphere for visiting fans.

06/08/2010 - 6:09pm Other Way Around (Link)

Maybe it will be the other way around, with ND used to entice Texas:…

06/05/2010 - 8:11am Big Ten Really In The Lead? (Link)

The linked blog posits that the Pac 10 offer is really an act of desperation:

04/20/2010 - 9:41pm Value Of Expansion Candidates (link)

Discussion of how much financial value each of the potential expansion candidates bring to the conference:…

04/07/2010 - 11:11pm The cemetery across the street

from the Illinois stadium has more enthusiasm.

04/07/2010 - 11:08pm It's been a few years, but

sitting in the bleachers on a sunny day with $3 beers at the Coliseum made up for some of the lack of atmosphere.

03/09/2010 - 7:17am Bella Italia

Bella Italia has the best NY style in town:

03/02/2010 - 10:01pm Frank The Tank Analysis (Link)

The "Frank The Tank" site has a detailed analysis of the Big Ten study article:

02/15/2010 - 12:40pm Diminishing Returns

From "Frank The Tank's Blog":

"Even more importantly, there are diminishing financial returns for each school that is added after number 12. The magic of school #12 is that the Big Ten is able to stage a conference championship game at that point, where if it’s worth something close to the SEC version, such game would bring in about $15 million per year. That’s an instant $15 million pop from that 12th school without even taking into account new regular season TV revenue. The conference won’t see that type of pop from any additional schools and, in fact, it’s likely that the value of that championship game won’t change with additional members – it’s going to be worth $15 million whether the Big Ten has 12 teams or 14 teams, so each school is obviously going to take in less from that game if the conference goes up to 14 teams."…

02/14/2010 - 3:04pm Roadhouse

The Roadhouse does a pretty authentic Carolina style BBQ, the best I've had since moving back from there, but it's quite expensive.

02/14/2010 - 2:57pm Upgrades

They probably needed the money to buy a new freezer. A few weeks before RHL closed you couldn't even buy fries any more because their freezer had failed. They appear to have some new equipment now.

02/14/2010 - 2:50pm Off The Wagon

My Pepper Steak Bullet addiction is kicking back in...

01/13/2010 - 7:34am Financial Impact

"Frank The Tank's" blog makes a detailed argument that teams like Missouri and Kansas don't have enough financial impact to be seriously considered by the conference:…

01/08/2010 - 5:36pm $10 million per year

In a follow up to his original post, Frank adds some more financial details:

"At the same time, Texas, which had a best case scenario of having the most nationally televised games and a BCS bowl appearance last year under the Big 12’s unequal revenue distribution formula, still made only $12 million in TV revenue compared to the $22 million that schools like Indiana and (gulp) Illinois received just for showing up."…

12/01/2009 - 9:03pm Knight's Steakhouse

Great steaks, strong drinks, and an upbeat atmosphere (even if the decor is like going back to the 70's).

10/01/2009 - 10:27pm Ambulance

It must have taken close to 30 minutes from the time of the injury until they had her loaded into the ambulance. Having an ambulance stationed at the game would have reduced this time substantially.

09/15/2009 - 11:28pm TBDBITL North?

Eliminating the woodwind instruments from the MMB would make it appear too much like they are copying the OSU marching band. We would never hear the end of it when the scarlet horde comes north for the game.

08/29/2009 - 11:41pm Parking

The old Leopold location at least had a few parking spaces, and in the evening you could park across the street in the lot next to the law firm. The Packard and State area is a difficult place to find parking, especially when the students are back in town and the local streets are parked full.

07/29/2009 - 10:12pm Revenue

When they added the boxes, OSU increased their stadium capacity to 102,329, plus their ticket prices are somewhat higher (or maybe they get a cut from the "Hineygate" beer sales outside the stadium before the games).

"Smith, who took over as athletic director in 2005, said Ohio State would not cut any of its 36 sports, which is the highest number of teams at any school in the nation.
After the $1 increase, a football ticket would cost $63 next fall. Men's basketball tickets will go up to $27 per game for the 2009-10 season. Tickets will go up another dollar starting in the fall of 2010, Smith said."