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09/20/2018 - 10:51pm Ace would have written the …

Ace would have written the “Hello” post, freeing Brian to focus on the UFR.

09/20/2018 - 2:00pm  If that idiot would quit…

 If that idiot would quit talking about it, it would go away. 

Do you want that?  Should it just "go away"?

09/20/2018 - 12:22pm I don't see why we would…

I don't see why we would want to ignore the story.  You're free to simply not click on a thread about it.

09/19/2018 - 6:41pm Our AD was even surprised he…

Our AD was even surprised he retired.

09/19/2018 - 6:37pm Ensuring that they have a…

Ensuring that they have a good football team is one thing; ensuring that Urban Meyer coaches said team is another.  It's not like they were Indiana before he got there.  They could fire him, regain their dignity, and still probably be really good at football.

 

09/19/2018 - 4:29pm Well, they did fire Tressel…

Well, they did fire Tressel.  They have done the right thing sometimes.  And as their school profile has been raised (OSU is now a pretty strong school academically) I thought they wouldn’t want to be stuck with the tarnish of Meyer.  I do think U-M would have fired him.  OSU putting its head in the sand for Meyer legitimately surprises me.

09/19/2018 - 3:53pm Well, they did fire Tressel…

(Posted in wrong place.)

09/19/2018 - 3:02pm He also hired a couch that…

He also hired a couch that beat Michigan

So wins and money (and hiring winning furniture, apparently) trumps ethics?  I guess that's the case at OSU, given the Meyer situation, but it's sobering.

 

09/19/2018 - 2:56pm We beat Cooper like a drum…

We beat Cooper like a drum but would lose to Northwestern and others. Maybe that's a better tradeoff but in the end, the perception of the program wasn't much different back then than it is now, the glorious 1997 season excepted (and we followed that up by starting 0-2 in '98).

09/19/2018 - 2:51pm Ah, so you're an OSU concern…

Ah, so you're an OSU concern troll.  Got it.

09/19/2018 - 2:10pm What "bullshit" do you speak…

What "bullshit" do you speak of exactly?

 

09/19/2018 - 2:07pm The 1980s weren't all that…

The 1980s weren't all that different, either:

1980 - 10-2

1981 - 9-3

1982 - 8-4

1983 - 9-3

1984 - 6-6

1985 - 10-1-1

1986 - 11-2

1987 - 8-4

1988 - 9-2-1

1989 - 10-2

 

The 1970s were better (96-16-1) - we had the best aggregate record in all of college football that decade.  But we went 0-7 in bowl games...  

09/19/2018 - 1:55pm Do you ever give the "feels"…

Do you ever give the "feels" to Michigan?  It seems like you're always giving the psychological edge to our opponent.

09/19/2018 - 1:51pm He probably had the Jimmies…

He probably had the Jimmies and Joes already.  UCF won its conference title in 2012, '13 and '14.  Their 2015 season was a gigantic outlier.

09/19/2018 - 1:49pm Actually I'd say we're…

Actually I'd say we're pretty much at our 1990s level, 1997 excepted.  Here are our records that decade:

1990 - 9-3

1991 - 10-2

1992 - 9-0-3

1993 - 8-4

1994 - 8-4

1995 - 9-4

1996 - 8-4

1997 - 12-0

1998 - 10-3

1999 - 10-2

 

09/18/2018 - 8:55pm Ah, the impossible dream of…

Ah, the impossible dream of making the NCAA tournament under Amaker . . . I don’t miss those days.

09/17/2018 - 9:14pm Well hooray for you dude,…

Well hooray for you dude, but that's not the case for everyone.  

I have tried to go back to my seat carrying that little water cup and you know what?  Sometimes it spills, because it's a cheap little cup and not really designed to carry water down 50 steps.

Our water policy is an embarrassment, a legacy of the disastrous Brandon era.  Let's stop making it difficult/costly for our own fans to hydrate themselves.

09/17/2018 - 8:28pm My son ran up to the…

My son ran up to the concourse twice after we were seated and brought back water cups for the 3 of us in our row.

Well, your son sounds like a real gentleman . . . but what if you'd gone to the game without him?  How fun would it be to run up to the concourse yourself?

09/17/2018 - 8:26pm Wow, it's gotten even worse…

Wow, it's gotten even worse then.  The last time I ever bought water (or any other concessions) was the year they implemented this policy, and back then (2010?) they did give you the "collector" bottle (which of course was a piece of crap, just with a little Michigan Stadium sticker on it).

When we already pay a fair amount for the tickets in the first place, is it really necessary to rip us off in concessions, too?  Is that really a good policy?  As noted, I haven't bought any concessions at all for several years now - and very few other people in my section seem to do so, either.  

 

09/17/2018 - 6:17pm $4.50 for a bottle of water…

$4.50 for a bottle of water is absurd, “collector cup” or not.  That ridiculous policy should have gone with Brandon.  

09/17/2018 - 6:08pm Well, given that a game is…

Well, given that a game is 60 minutes long, you’re not going to get to four hours without a whole bunch of stoppages.

09/17/2018 - 6:07pm Well, given that a game is…

Well, given that a game is 60 minutes long, you’re not going to get to four hours without a whole bunch of stoppages.

09/17/2018 - 2:56pm Again, no - revenue from…

Again, no - revenue from those ads goes to the stadium.  

Anyway, U.S. stadiums are full of ad signage too - have you watched an NBA or NHL game?  Heck, watch MSU football and you'll see huge Muscle Milk ads behind the goal posts.  Michigan is one of the only schools in the country not to have advertising in the stadium.

The idea that TV networks need constant commercial breaks to make a profit is utter nonsense.  No one should defend that argument.  

09/17/2018 - 2:51pm No, that has nothing to do…

No, that has nothing to do with it.  The money from jersey ads goes straight to the teams.  The TV networks see none of it.  

I don't know why Americans try to rationalize this.  We are treated like utter garbage by our own networks.

 

09/17/2018 - 2:41pm Watching the World Cup this…

Watching the World Cup this past summer reinforced the sad state of American TV sports viewing.  Soccer - the world's most watched, most followed sport - manages to go without an ad break for an entire half, and fits 90 minutes of game time in less than two hours.   That is mind-blowing from our perspective, yet completely normal to people in the rest of the world.  And yes, the networks still bid top dollar (euro, pound, etc.) to broadcast pro and international soccer.  It is very much possible to make a profit while broadcasting entire halves without commercial breaks.  You just fit the ads around the game, not the other way around.  Crazy, I know. 

American TV networks couldn't have more contempt for their viewers.  It's ridiculous what they get away with.

 

09/17/2018 - 2:24pm Yeah, Tressel becoming a…

Yeah, Tressel becoming a university president was quite odd, to say the least.

09/17/2018 - 12:25pm Actually Tressel was hit…

Actually Tressel was hit with a show-cause penalty that basically ended his chances of coaching at a major program again.

09/17/2018 - 12:24pm He must be getting negative…

He must be getting negative feedback from somewhere.  The recruiting trail?

09/17/2018 - 12:21pm Registering a new account…

Registering a new account under basically the same name may not have been the winning strategy.

09/17/2018 - 12:09pm French?  Spanish?  Franish?

French?  Spanish?  Franish?

09/17/2018 - 5:59am Yes, we were very good…

Yes, we were very good defensively the last two years.  But this year we've seen some warning signs in the ND/SMU games.  I certainly don't think we should throw press man out with the bathwater, but mixing up coverages a bit more might not be a bad idea.

09/16/2018 - 10:38pm That statistic is a bit…

That statistic is a bit deceptive though, as there were something like three times where they gained enough yardage on 3rd down to go for it on 4th (and converted).

 

09/16/2018 - 10:08pm OTOH, the normal rules of…

OTOH, the normal rules of work etiquette don't really apply in sports.  If you're traded, they give you a one-way plane ticket out of town that day.  It's a harsh business.

 

 

09/16/2018 - 6:52pm I think the guarantee is…

I think the guarantee is only on the team's end - you still get paid if they decide to let you go.  If you decide to leave, that breaks the contract.

09/16/2018 - 6:30pm You don't think anyone on…

You don't think anyone on the team is 21 years old?  

09/16/2018 - 1:08pm IIRC, Speight's interception…

IIRC, Speight's interception there came on 1st down.  Cole's penalty cost us some field position but to suggest that it led to the INT is going a bit far.

 

09/16/2018 - 1:04pm Jeremy LeSueur also…

Jeremy LeSueur also committed a brutal facemask penalty on 4th down in the Spartan Bob game.

09/16/2018 - 12:53pm Probably.  The words …

Probably.  The words "overcoming adversity" are likely to be uttered at some point as well.

09/16/2018 - 12:50pm The way we play pass defense…

The way we play pass defense, we are going to get flagged for pass interference and defensive holding more than the average team.  Yesterday was extreme though.

 

09/16/2018 - 12:24pm Well, the fact that he's…

Well, the fact that he's playing at Boston College suggests that a lot of coaching staffs misjudged him.  It happens.

09/16/2018 - 12:13pm ND pretty clearly isn't a…

ND pretty clearly isn't a playoff-level team (although they have a shot at the playoff, with their schedule) and it's definitely irritating that we lost to them.  I don't know what that game says about us now, because I do think we've improved since then.  It just goes to show that opening your season in a tough road environment is a questionable move.

09/16/2018 - 11:46am Also, we scored 45 despite…

Also, we scored 45 despite our top running back sitting out.  (We did have a defensive TD, but also committed a turnover on the SMU goal line, so that basically evened out.) That's not bad.  With Higdon playing maybe we  put this game away sooner.

09/16/2018 - 10:33am SMU was also competitive…

SMU was also competitive with TCU for a half - it was 14-12 at intermission.

09/16/2018 - 12:22am Barrett was a decent runner,…

Barrett was a decent runner, but he wasn't anywhere near Denard or Braxton Miller in that regard.  Actually he was probably the least talented QB Meyer's had, outside of that last year at Florida.  They seemed to play better whenever he got hurt.

09/15/2018 - 11:28pm The OL's got to communicate…

The OL's got to communicate with him then.  That is just a killer play.  Their chances of winning probably dropped 10% from that play alone.

09/15/2018 - 11:26pm Ugh - throw the ball dude. …

Ugh - throw the ball dude.  Don't take that sack.

09/15/2018 - 11:17pm Well, one year of suck. …

Well, one year of suck.  They were 13-2 in 2014 and in the national championship game, then went 9-4 in 2015 before suddenly collapsing to 4-8 in '16.  They had a couple of nice individual games last year but also some rough ones.  I think it was his work at South Florida that got him the FSU job more than anything.

 

09/15/2018 - 11:13pm He was 7-5 at Oregon.

He was 7-5 at Oregon.

09/15/2018 - 11:07pm So, the difference in the…

So, the difference in the game is the gift TD that was really a safety.

09/15/2018 - 11:01pm We really need to learn to…

We really need to learn to not make posts about our rivals losing before the game is actually over.  Always - always - they turn it around.