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12/02/2017 - 6:57am Mike Leach

Regarding Leach, is Wazzou not fighting to keep him? Is he done there?
What an incredible storyline arc...

10/16/2017 - 4:46pm Delay of Game

Get the team aligned? O'Korn probably does adequately, but two (TWO) delays of game? No thanks

10/01/2017 - 7:54am Jingle

Does he get winner music as his casket is lowered into the ground, or sad tuba?

09/04/2017 - 10:21pm Mizzou

More Mizzou than not, to my eye. I was never confused as to whether or not we were talking about Michigan with 3 or 4 variations on a theme. Insisting on one plain maize block M wins points with the HBR/MBA crowd, but decades of the other way didn't seem to dilute "the brand" as much as single icon proponents would have many people believe.

09/04/2017 - 11:06am TB12 and C. Weis

Actually, our favorite former ND coach frequently calls Tom Brady 'Tommy.' I think it's in the sentence right after the one containing "decided schematic advantage."

07/02/2017 - 7:26am Shews

Who knew 'shews' was an old British variant of 'shows?' (So Ed Sullivan had it right after all!)

And how lame were the guns of the day that they only are listed before bells?

06/22/2017 - 4:42pm Homeland

Born in Chile many decades ago, the go-to red is Carmenere.
Of course, there have been other wines and regions. A couple faves are nice Chianti Classico Riservas and a great cab from Flora Springs in Napa Valley.

06/05/2017 - 11:18pm Bonus - Link

A commercial starring Kobe featuring Jalen Rose...

05/03/2017 - 6:03pm Thank You

I'll be here all week. Try the veal

05/03/2017 - 5:39pm Which one

Gordon Sumner, Andy Summers or Stewart Copeland?

05/02/2017 - 8:25pm Euro Trips

Honeymooning in France, driving around Nice 36 years ago in a Peugeot 205, towards Cannes, and the James Bond theme comes on the radio. I kid you not.
On business in Germany 20 years ago in a company Diesel Golf. Sticker on the IP says something about 200 kph...I ask my German coworker... he says, winter tires (tyres?), max speed 200 kph. I think I may have exceeded that suggested limit.

04/30/2017 - 9:03pm While working at GM

I was told by a co-worker I reminded her of Dr. House, and I really enjoyed the show (let alone U-M links)

01/22/2017 - 4:31pm Correction

... most of this millennium. We've had 1-2 great linemen every 2-3 classes, not every year as we did for decades ending the last millennium.

01/03/2017 - 1:40pm Talent and QB

I think UT had more pure talent across the board than either M or IU. But they also had Butch Jones and Debord.

12/04/2016 - 5:17pm MIA

I don't see Charlie "decided schematic advantage" Weis on this list!

11/20/2016 - 9:54pm You Mean Like

This is Texas, fergawdsake?

08/21/2016 - 12:53pm House Rental

On Long Lake, south of Traverse City. First day of a week-long vaca. Steaks on the grill tonight. Drinking Molson Dry and/or Alexander Keith's Pale Ale.

07/19/2015 - 8:39pm WWL

= World(W)ide Leader...the mgo derogatory term for ESPN

03/08/2015 - 10:04pm Blushing Monk

Picked up a pint for my daughter. Drank a couple Alexander Keith's Pale Ales watching the Wings game, went to the Union Woodshop for dinner here in Clarkston...had a couple Keweenaw Pick Axe blondes, then a couple Bollywood blondes with dinner.

11/24/2014 - 4:24pm Start timing is all wrong

Read this 

Even if those guys could just go laterally, it still took months of LC begging other coaches to hire Mike Debord as an ASSISTANT Line Coach and Moeller as an ASSISTANT TE Coach for the Ravens.  RR's subordinates got jobs (laterals) within weeks of January 2011...yes, even Gibson.

Coaches typically bring their own in, which is another reason LC, before he left, made sure Sailor Bill and the AD paid all the coaches an extra year salary prior to his announcing his retirement. 

Wrong butterfly...


11/20/2014 - 10:55am StubHub

I recall someone posting during August that we couldn't/shouldn't look at the prices on SH at that time, that the prices would be far different during the week of the, being a little OCD, I tracked prices...daily.  (I said I was OCD)

Our tickets could be had for prices in the teens, mostly during the DAY of the game...except for the Coke game.  I captured a screenshot of a pair of tickets for PSU for $4 each.  Otherwise, every game was available for under $20 per ticket.  This is probably earlier in the week than previous games this season.

To my mind, this exposes the flaw in the thinking of the season ticket buyer/defender...regardless of the appeal of having odd year MSU/OSU and the slightly improved OOC opponent (note I didn't say OOC opponents - plural)...there remains other B1G games against Indiana, Rutgers, Maryland, Purdue and Illinois that will appear on the schedule...for prices Blue in Lansing presented above.  Seriously.

10/28/2014 - 8:51pm Best Wishes

Saw him 15 years ago with his wife at the Summit Place Mall (soon to be torn down).
A Detroit legend.

10/28/2014 - 9:31am Punctuation!

"Stand By, Blue"
There...fixed it. And standing by, patiently awaiting an improvement to the AD staff, and football coaching staff.

10/26/2014 - 4:24pm Issue

a press release at 1:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.
Issue closed!

10/26/2014 - 2:20pm Sorry, man

Didn't want to double post, rushing to get it out there. Thanks for the assist, btw.
Edit: Note to self, MBB, not MMB!

10/25/2014 - 10:27pm MGrow's

growing fan club!
Note, RR's teams gave up 35, 26 and 34 points to MSU...Just an awful coach...lousy human, etc.
Oh, and as you already know, RR didn't have upper classmen at QB and other skill positions, let alone a $4.1M salary and $600k coordinators.
Not ordering season tickets this year is now showing itself to be my most satisfying financial decision!

10/19/2014 - 11:42am Don't forget coaches

salaries. As WD joyously presented, we doubled the pay of Pepperdine's Men's Tennis Coach. Did we require that?
I get wanting to be leaders and best, but gold plated urinals don't add value to me as a fan/buyer of football, let alone fan of other U-M athletics.
And yeah, when the well starts slowing, what then for the overpaid tennis coach...or head football coach?

10/10/2014 - 10:22am State of Colorado

The new Cradle of Coaches...or of CC Threads!

10/09/2014 - 9:31pm Paces

He walks quickly up and down the sideline. Didn't notice any purple-faced eruptions or significant/excessive amounts of clapping.

10/09/2014 - 8:14am Thank you


Very nice story, I remember it from the original posting.  I have a maize "IN ROD WE TRUST" t-shirt and a blue one, too.  He signed the maize one, always a classy guy in every encounter my son and I have had with him. 

Ignore the lame attempts at snark, and just be the fan you are. 

09/27/2014 - 8:57pm Me, too

Actually started contemplating dumping tickets ~2 years ago, but pulled the trigger this year (so to speak). Hate that it looks like such a smart move now... But, hoping this season sets things in motion for a truly elite coaching hire.

09/27/2014 - 8:32pm Truth

We didn't renew this season, after 20+ years as season ticket holders, and you're absolutely right...the internal, personal obligation to make good on that investment by going to every game drops when you imagine you'll buy tickets on the open market on a game-by-game basis. DAB has screwed things up in massive fashion, and this year's empty seats and gimmick flash sales are only the beginning.

08/15/2014 - 3:25pm Been there, done that

If you were at the Akron game last year, it's been done. Announced attendance was 107,120.
No discernable impact to the Brandon Way.

06/28/2014 - 1:16pm Thanks

Good find. As stated below, way too soon.

06/05/2014 - 2:14pm Know who else is on the Broncos Roster?

Albeit in an ongoing practice squad/injured reserve type role, zero career games in the NFL

Call Mr. Plow, that's my name, that name again is Mr. Plow!

05/02/2014 - 3:26pm Equally Surprised

I thought for sure, in January, we'd have received personal calls at dinner time from "student-athletes" imploring our continued donations (not even a low- or mid-level marketing staffer, of which we now have dozens).  Nope.  Silence.  But I WAS told my last chance via AD email, (kind of like a MLB Steve Howe last chance) the opportunity to renew my PSD was the day before the pre-sale of Man U v. Real Madrid tickets...3 months after the original due date.

I think your guesstimate is pretty accurate for the 2014 renewal period.  Don't forget, the AD had PLENTY of tickets in hand prior to the 2013 season, and couldn't GIVE them away for that game against Akron last year, even with a healthy cut in prices to buy a 4 pack, get programs, hot dogs/drinks and a 3-D poster (at least one poster, possibly 4).

No worries, mate.  Cue the humble brag bras to ride to the rescue in mere moments, telling us how they'll increase their ticket purchases  THIS year, with THIS slate of games. 

04/25/2014 - 11:00am Vacation

Took a vacation this year already with the PSD money, and we may still look for opportunities for a Wings ticket package.  And we'll still go to games, just via Stub Hub.

04/25/2014 - 10:58am PSD Rebate

Should have been the very first thing they thought of when this team was scheduled to play this slate of lousy games at home.

Leave it to Dave Brandon to ignore that little fact.

04/24/2014 - 3:56pm Did not renew


25 years



No it did not

Going the StubHub route this year.  Will save $$$.

People, please note:  During the 2013 season, the mgoblue dynamic ticket model had between hundreds and THOUSANDS** of seats available on the Thursday/Friday before the game, EVERY game.  This means that not only were plenty of seats available to add to your haul last year, but you'd have had better games to enjoy with your upgrade/increase.  Don't increase this year, because there are now even MORE tickets available, with this lousy slate.  Buy next year.

**Akron announced attendance was below 109,000, including the Ath Dept counting of every hanger on, recruit, player, band member, media member (which usually takes our tallies up over 113k).  And that was WITH the $200 for 4 seats, programs, 3D poster and hot dog inducement.


04/02/2014 - 10:06pm Continued

"You think you hate it now, wait 'til you drive it."

02/03/2014 - 8:23pm Thano's

will be/has been missed. So many haunts and dives have gone by the wayside. Character's gotta count for something, right?

01/31/2014 - 1:34pm Don't Believe It!

The AD will change their tune either when DAB is gone, or when they've had a few years of having to work to make the stadium appear full, due to declining sales of season ticket packages.

01/31/2014 - 1:31pm Absolutely Correct

The 2013 Akron game showed us that.  $200 for 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 programs and, as an added bonus/late addition, a 3D poster, too (possibly 4 posters, not sure).  And with all that, the announced/inflated attendance was 107k.  Meaning we were still short by 5000 buyers of selling out. 
2014 will be worse.  In many, MANY ways.

Read a rumor here that "recent grads" would get an invite to buy via lower cost PSD...but it's not necessarily the PSD that makes it such a lousy deal, it's the whole cost added together...with the lousy opponents factored in.

I scoff at those who made money selling tickets as well (per other post)...these people probably never lose in Vegas, either.  Like you posited, you'd have to sell ND, OSU well before the season or before the losses accumulate.

I also discount those who will now suddenly buy extra seats THIS YEAR.  There were plenty of seats available to add to your season ticket order last year...this with a schedule worth paying some money for.  Why pay this year?  Those extra seats will still be available next year, too!

01/31/2014 - 11:34am Remember

Paying for Dave Brandon's folly is not the same as buying tickets in the open market and attending.  You can still go to all the games you want, just pay less, same experience all the way around.  And you may even find a view or two that are unique that you'd never have tried otherwise!

01/31/2014 - 11:29am Same here

Stupid not to

01/31/2014 - 11:29am We're done, too

We're out.  4 tickets, purchased for far too much money, for too many years, for product and event/activities no longer commensurate with that price.

01/31/2014 - 11:28am Ding Ding Ding!

Had 2 tickets for 20+ years, added a second pair for the "kid plus other" about 15 years ago, combined 'em 12 years ago.  And have been taking a bath on either #4 or #3 and #4 for years.

We aren't buying via the AD this year.

12/03/2013 - 4:30pm IMHE

This is where DB's strategization to wring every dime out of the paying customer pockets, including students:  Many of the posters on this board, many, if not most of the fans sitting in the other 85k seats, are alums...alums who went to as many home games as they could.  Who developed the love of the game, love of the team, love for Bo, Yost, the stadium, etc.

Today's students, pushed to the fringe, won't have those memories, won't have nearly the positive glow burning within, to share this with their own kids, to establish a dream of not waiting until fall rolls around, so we can go to 6-7-8 home games again.

Today, DB thinks selling off dynamically priced Akron game packages to some family from Okemos will make lifelong fans.  Dream on...

12/03/2013 - 4:26pm As we've discussed here

My grand idea was for DB to come up with a "Loyalty Rebate" on the PSD to those of us who've held season tickets for over X years.  Didn't happen.

Agreed on the kernel of this article, nice way to present the issue.

11/27/2013 - 12:01pm Shakes fist in your direction!

NP.  Pricey stuff, and you hit the nail on the head originally.  Been doing this with the family (son, his friends, my friends, my brother, my wife)...son is a Jr in HS, so unless he's in AA, we can slide by on StubHub for 2014.