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12/17/2011 - 10:30am Northwestern to UA

This is slightly off topic, but as I don't have thread starting privileges this thread is most relevant.

Northwestner signed with Under Armour, so look forward to awful jerseys for years to come. What struck me most was the quote from NW's AD:

"It will enhance our recruiting in all 19 of our sports."

Is this based on fact at all? I'd be curious to see before & after results with recruiting based on uniforms. In my mind, you may get a quick mention extra mention in the media the first time you have some crazy jerseys, but does that really translate to anything other than everyone thinking you have ridiculous looking jerseys? I doubt it, but then again I haven't analyzed it statistically at all.

12/17/2011 - 10:25am I think Brady should have won

I think Brady should have won it, but all of these postseason awards are a farce anyway. Even the Heisman has no criteria for how to vote, so it's all based on opinion, PR, location, etc. Granted, I think it's fine this way, at least better than letting the BCS computers decide awards, but it will lead to "controversy" at times.

12/17/2011 - 10:22am Willbe pretty cool to see WSU

Willbe pretty cool to see WSU on TV. I'm pulling for the Tartars in this one.

12/17/2011 - 10:21am Watching The Wiggles over

Watching The Wiggles over here... Those guys know how to sing!

09/13/2011 - 3:16pm I can see the chant now...

I can see the chant now... "We Are.....Wayne State"

Seriously, though, those would be sweet for WSU, for MSU, absolutely awful.

Why can't schools be subtle with their uniforms? We added the little 'M' to ours on the neck - nice and subtle, but still a change. I would hate to see what Nike would try to do to us if they still had us...Maybe brown fur on the back to simulate an actual wolverine?

08/31/2011 - 3:25pm Also makes a bit of a

Also makes a bit of a difference as to if the home and home has our home game as game 1 or game 2.

Choosing an arbitrary discount rate of 10%

Scenario 1:

Year 0: (107000 * 70) - 1000000 = 6,490,000

PV Year 1:[(107000*70) - 1000000]/1.1 = 5,900,000

PV(1) = 12,390,000

Scenario 2a:

Year 0: (107000*85) = 9095000

Year 1: 0

PV(2a) = 9,095,000

Scenario 2b:

Year 0: 0

PV Year 1: 8,268,181

PV(2b) = 8,268,181

So the difference could be as large as 4.121MM or as small as 3.295MM

Also, I am assuming there are absolutely 0 taxes involved as UM is a public institution, but perhaps a tax guy determine for sure and utilities, game day salaries, concession sales, etc. are immaterial (which may be a false assumption).

Also would have to factor in parking revenue at university lots, etc and various other game day revenue streams.

01/29/2011 - 10:07am Well, my gamertag is Telecast

Well, my gamertag is Telecast (Add me people! I need more people to play with!) but my Clan tag on COD is "HOKE" so that's my tribute. I'd change my gamertag, but have been rocking this one for 7 years, so can't get rid of it now.

01/15/2011 - 6:46pm Although the concept of

Although the concept of Hokemon has potential, this wasn't doing it for me. Definitely not when compared to the animated GIF of the brandon/miles/hoke video chat from last week.

01/15/2011 - 6:42pm I guess I will be the lone

I guess I will be the lone dissenter. I still read the Free Press. Haven't you guys seen the Lion King? All that stuff is in the past. Let's be forward looking! Every paper has its fault, including the big ones (NYT and its blatant liberal propoganda, etc.). 

I agree that Sharp is horrible but at least he offers an individual opinion (as ridiculous as it may be/usually is) but about 1/10 times he actually spits out something worthwhile.

01/15/2011 - 11:44am Addtiionally, for those of

Addtiionally, for those of you w/ XBOX Live (or your computer if you prefer) you can watch the game on ESPN3. Discovered this last night, never really used the ESPN3 functionality until now, but now that I cancelled cable, I have to resort to this for my sports needs.

01/14/2011 - 11:30am I think the best method is to

I think the best method is to simply eliminate their first/last names from the lexicon and simply use nicknames based on hair.

Thus Tidy and Bieber.

Or in a few years perhaps it will have to switch to Graying and Jagr

At any rate it will solve any Brady confusion.

01/13/2011 - 7:10pm I mean this script is cool

I mean this script is cool and I will try it and use it to an extent all people need to chill out and realize that people can have differing opinions. I agree that people being negative for the sake of being negative, without even adding anything to conversation, are useless (I think these are called "haters" or "Drew Sharps" ).

Whatever happened to the simple 3 step conversation: Listen-Analyze-Respond.  All of society has become so scared to listen to opinions other than their own. It's now officially a sin for a democrat to watch Fox News or  a Republican watch MSNBC. Whatever happened to healthy debate that doesn't automatically become a flamewar or people posting pictures of cats eating hamburgers or whatever.

01/08/2011 - 7:47pm Guys, I'm pretty sure Hoke is

Guys, I'm pretty sure Hoke is coming. They already printed up the student section shirts for next year:

01/08/2011 - 7:42pm Indeed. As was posted

Indeed. As was posted numerous times already Steve contacted Michigan to make sure he wouldn't be competing with them over Jim.

01/05/2011 - 10:34pm Seems to be Dolphins, as the

Seems to be Dolphins, as the GM is with them too:

 

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5993761&campaign=rss&source=NFLHeadlines

 

Addtionally, from the article:

Ross, who is one of Michigan's largest benefactors, was assured by a Michigan official that Harbaugh was not reciprocating interest in the college's now-vacant head coaching position.

01/05/2011 - 5:01pm Agreed! He turned around Ball

Agreed! He turned around Ball St. for goodness sakes. That is no small feat. He is a great football coach, seems to be a good guy. The same people complaining about his sub .500 record are the ones who poo-pooed Rich's losing record, attributing it to the empty cupboard, etc. No cupboard was more empty than Ball St.  I'm sure if he's hired there will be people at the airport chanting "we don't want you" - just as there were when Chizik was hired.

I'm not saying he will/should be hired, but it is a solid hire if they go that route.

01/05/2011 - 4:57pm I think that has already been

I think that has already been tried when the Tigers thought it would be a good idea to put Trammel as manager, Parrish at third, Gibby as a bench coach, etc.

I like the idea of a "Michigan Man" but strictly from the perspective that they "get" the program and understand it and respect it.

Any outsider can quickly get to this point with some effort.

12/13/2010 - 2:30pm So what do you consider to be

So what do you consider to be the worst marketing decision:

1) New B1G TEN logo/divisions

2) Halo around the Big House from '98

The uproar was loud enough to get admins to admit a mistake on the Halo...I'm guessing this won't be possible with the divs/logo due to the general stubborness of B1G Ten officials.

12/13/2010 - 2:03pm Yikes

These names are downright embarassing. Moreover, we can't even be in the Leaders - being that we're the leaders & best. I have seen so many better and different division names on this board alone, you'd think a marketing agency could come up with someone solid.

 

As for someone mentioning a Mich-Neb trophy game - this has to happen.  I think we should play for the other '97 National Championship Trophy - it would instantly be the coolest trophy game around.

10/17/2010 - 8:46am No, no booing EVER. These are

No, no booing EVER. These are young kids out there. They are very sensitive and impressionable. You will hurt their feelings and then they won't take their participation trophy seriously.

10/09/2010 - 9:21pm Unfortunate

Well, sadly this one went how I expected.  I was hopeful going into this one, but had a very strong suspicion we would get outplayed like we did today.  It sucks because it's Michigan State and we have to deal with their fans for a few days, but we are still 5-1.

We now need to put this one behind us and not let the bottom fall out of this season.  The only win I am confident in is at Purdue.  Beyond that, anything can happen.  Iowa can go either way and OSU will destroy us.  Wisco and Illinois I am still unsure about.  Overall, this can still be a solid season, provided we can win 2-3 of our remaining games.

Talk agains RR is way premature now. Just as 1 big win can't define a coach, neither can 1 bad loss (speaking only of this season).  How we respond the rest of the way will be more telling of RR than just 1 off-game.

Go Blue!

06/11/2010 - 10:41am Glad that she's alive.  Had

Glad that she's alive.  Had she died, I would've gotten way too much flak for sending my 2 year old out on a round the world sailboat trip.  I can breathe easy now.

06/11/2010 - 10:35am That logo is alright, but it

That logo is alright, but it strikes me as being too obvious, too "leet-speaky" for me.  I like the current logo, as the 11 is subtle , sort of clever even. 

Instead, I think we take a different tack.  16 teams isn't merely a "Big" conference, but more of a "Mega" conference.  So they might as well go the high school naming route and just make it the Mega-16.

02/05/2010 - 7:28am Great post

Awesome post on this one Brian. I don't always agree with your opinions on the media, but this one is spot on.

I don't think anything we say or do can get Drew to realize what a douche he is though. I seriously want to get a dozen people and just follow him around all day with camera, etc. give him the whole paparazzi treatment. I don't really know what that has to do with anything, but it seems like a good way to annoy someone and hopefully make him snap.

11/17/2009 - 12:14pm You can't arbitrarily just

You can't arbitrarily just accept 60% chance of making 4th and 2. How big is this sample size, what's the confidence interval, etc. An average alone is not necessarily statistically significant. Moreover, (and this is from a comment I read elsewhere), a more telling stat is 2 pt conversion success, not the entire population of all 4th and 2 chances ever. This percentage is, in fact, lower. You can't always simply things like this down to a decision tree like you did, you need to question the validity of the stats you are using to make your argument. There are a million factors in play here and most aren't taken into account here. Also you can't just assume that Belichek is risk-neutral, which you also do.

11/07/2009 - 4:31pm I couldn't tell, personally,

I couldn't tell, personally, if it was forward or not. Considering they gave it so much time, however, leads me to believe that the right call was made. Perhaps they have additional angles to look at? Or perhaps by viewing a certain combination of angles simultaneously, the indisputable result can be achieved.

At any rate, it is what it is. The officials did not cost us this one, regardless of that play.

09/08/2009 - 8:25am I think the music is fine.

I think the music is fine. The band is hard to hear (and IMO much more so since they moved the band to the student section). The atmosphere has been steadily declining for a while (the ridiculous "you suck" part of the song after 3rd down stops, not to mention the fact that somehow the "stop the chop" movement from the 99 or 2000 actually took hold.

It seems pretty universal that people can't hear the band - is this just due to the architecture of the stadium, or are bands at other schools just situated in better locations? Perhaps in an endzone they would be more audible?

09/29/2008 - 1:01pm Why is booing not okay, but

Why is booing not okay, but making up stats like "yards after mundy" and assigning "-1" to individual players ok?  Just wondering.

Rich probably used it as encouragment in his halftime speech anyway "Did you f--kfaces here that? They are booing you f--ks! Get out there and try, don't let go of the f--king ball and make those f--kers in the stand cheer when the final whistle blows." I can't come close to capturing Rich's use of the F-word though unfortunatly - it is legendary, but the point is don't get your panties all in a bunch about booing.

 

09/19/2008 - 12:44pm yea

Yeah, I had the distinct pleasure of living next door to Dave and Todd Howard my freshmen year.  In addition to bomb-ass dick, my personal favorite incident from that room was when Larry Foote was in the room and some girl was knocking on the door..the conversation went something like this before she was let in

 girl "let me in!"

Larry "Say 'Foote has a big dick'"

Girl (in a innocent tone) "Foote has a big dick"

Larry "And I like to kiss it"

Girl (gleefully) "And I like to kiss it!'

 

Ahh...memories

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