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02/12/2016 - 4:41pm I love being "paid" in a

I love being "paid" in a non-transferrable currency. It's why the barter system is still the primary means of exchange across the globe. It's even better because the addition of me (i.e., one single student) to any individual class costs the bosses absolutely nothing. 

To top it all off, it's fantastic when the arguments made by the NCAA, Big Ten, and every other collegiate governing body is that I am NOT an employee. I am a student athlete, who as none of the rights or expectations of an employee.

10/31/2015 - 9:20am One argument

Well, one argument would be that it's a search without probable cause. It assumes everyone driving down a road at a particular time is guilty until proven innocent.

Of course, courts have sided with the police on this topic.

03/16/2015 - 1:10pm From the point of view of the

From the point of view of the universities, it does not cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars per student.  The 100 plus football and basketball students admitted does not mean that the university loses 100 or so paying students in their class. Thus, "tuition" is not lost, or given, or paid to these students. People talk as if the university is paying something. They are not. The marginal cost of adding a student here or there into a class is almost nothing.

The only cost to the university is the academic support staff, which given the millions of dollars generated is nothing. Just because average tuition is X does not mean that it costs the university X. The university is giving something to these tiny number of students that adds almost nothing to the cost of running the university.  It's giving something away that it already has in abundance, which is essentially a seat in a classroom.

People need to stop thinking like consumers and think like owners. From the consumer side, yes it looks like they are getting something very valuable. From the owner side, they are "paying" with something that costs them very little.

11/30/2014 - 12:19pm 2008 v. 2014

2008 v. 2014

FEI Rank:

Overall: 70 (2008) 62 (2014)

Offensive: 81 (2008) 90 (2014)

Defensive: 44 (2008) 40 (2014)


Hard to claim there is much of a difference there.

11/23/2014 - 12:01am I agree completely. I tend to

I agree completely. I tend to think that if the ball hits a guy in the body, it's within his catching radius. Too bad if the poor guy has to reach behind him a little.  That just costs him the run after the catch. It shouldn't cost him the catch.  But apparently for us, the pass has to be perfect or it's not catchable. Brady doesn't throw perfect passes every time, but if it hits his receiver in the body and they don't catch it, it's not on him.


10/18/2014 - 3:16pm Is it reasonable to expect

Is it reasonable to expect the headcoach to know about a head injury two days after the game?  Or is that too much to ask? Our meathead coach said he would have had Morris practice on Sunday after the game had it not been for his ankle. That's how plugged in he is with the health of his players. He didn't care enough to find out 2 days later!

10/03/2014 - 1:53am What could have been, if not

What could have been, if not for our self-immolation.

10/01/2014 - 4:26pm The Head and the Heart's

The Head and the Heart's "10,000 Weight in Gold"

09/30/2014 - 3:19pm I agree!  Those bums should

I agree!  Those bums should only get involved with massive organizations that  receive huge legal benefits and spend millions lobbying to get them, such as tax exemptions or having the sale of their product subsides through low cost loans, or the ability to profit off of something like a sport without paying a market determined wage.

09/28/2014 - 10:41pm How many thousands of

How many thousands of football games have been played? How many times have you seen medical staff run out on the field while the clock is running and no player is on the ground? Not once in the history of the game has medical staff run out and stopped play without first beeing prompted by others.

And for some reason you think this falls on the medical staff?

09/28/2014 - 5:07pm It is not my job to know, it

It is not my job to know, it is the guy we have paid nearly 13 million dollars' job to know! He stated in the press conference that he did not know. He didn't even know that Shane left on a cart. So how do I know that Hoke didn't know Shane was cleared, because he stated after the game that he didn't know anything about Shane's injuries.

The meathead, in his rush to protect his butt by claiming ignorance, has told us that he had no idea what was going on.

09/28/2014 - 5:01pm If he cared, like you claim,

If he cared, like you claim, he would make it his job to know. He has stated that he did not know. Thus, he does not care. Your claim that he cares is false. His actions clearly indicate that he was not interested in knowing the state of Shane's health.  It was not an important enough issue for him to care about. He even stated that he didn't know Shane left the field on a cart!  That's not evidence that the meathead cares about his players. It is evidence of indifference.

09/28/2014 - 3:58pm Yes, but this incompetence is

Yes, but this incompetence is evidence of a reckless disregard for the safety of his players.

09/28/2014 - 3:48pm Yes, it is the head coaches

Yes, it is the head coach's job to know if his players are medically cleared to play. 

09/28/2014 - 3:47pm We have paid this meathead

We have paid this meathead nearly 13 million dollars. It is his JOB to know this! Not mine! How do I know it wasn't followed? Becasue I'm 100% postive that the first thing on the protocal list is NOT continue playing quaterback as if nothing happend! 

09/28/2014 - 2:24pm You must not have kept up

You must not have kept up with college basketball experts. They have always respected Beilein's basketball IQ. 


Nobody has ever come to learn at the feet of our meathead for a coach. He has never been a respected name in coaching outside of the echo chamber that is/was Michigan football.

09/28/2014 - 1:35pm Let's

Let's see....


Beilein--widely recognized as a fantastic basketball mind and one of the best coaches in the game. Would be hired by dozens of other schools, if they had the chance.


Hoke--meathead who would not have been offered a job by ANY other BCS school besides us when we hired him.




Invalid comparison

09/28/2014 - 3:45am Yesterday

Brady Hoke's lack of leadership has disgraced this team and this university. Leaving Shane out there looking like he did is one of the most disgusting things I have ever seen on a football field. He should be ashamed of himself.

09/21/2014 - 3:03pm The difference between RR and

The difference between RR and Hoke is that not one other BCS (at the time) conference team would have hired Hoke.  Now after Hoke is gone from here, not one power 5 conference team would hire Hoke.  RR would have been hired by just about any BCS team before we did and when we let him go, RR was still in demand by BCS schools. He's already turned around a bad Arizona program. 

Nobody in the country has ever thought Hoke was a good coach besides us.

09/21/2014 - 2:43pm Not all experience is created

Not all experience is created equal. Shane going in and getting pounded, thowing a bunch of picks could just as easily break him.

09/21/2014 - 10:04am Yeah, because 2005 was such a

Yeah, because 2005 was such a great year in Michigan football history!

11/23/2013 - 4:22pm I agree, but I would add that

I agree, but I would add that it seems to me that our Athletic Department is a bloated, decrepit beached whale filled with people who have deemed themselves too good for outsiders. They treat people like crap, unless they can meet some BS standard of "Michiganess." They spend all their time talking about the past and what Michigan is. And now we've got a football program lead by big talk about the past and a Michigan potemkin village on the field. 

10/17/2013 - 10:11pm Are you saying that the kid

Are you saying that the kid playing football for free deserves to be analyzed in the same manner as the adult offensive coordinator who is paid more to do his job than (I'm guessing) almost everyone who reads this blog? 

Are you saying one backup player has as much of an effect on the offense as the offensive coordinator?

To answer your question. No I do not think it is unfair.

I also thing the leaders of any branch of the military deserve more in depth analysis than any one GI.

I also think the CEO of a company or the manager of a department deserves more in depth analysis than ony individual team member pushing paper.

10/16/2013 - 8:38am Come on, everyone!  You have

Come on, everyone!  You have to give Al credit.  It's not easy to be the author of the worst RB performance in the history of Michigan football!  It's not easy to call for your QB to spike the ball with the clock stopped on first down! It's not easy to come up with a way to not only tip your run plays, but also come up with a brilliant new way to also tell teams exactly where the run is going to go! These are innovations! This is the future of football!

10/12/2013 - 10:17pm Best part of that is that

Best part of that is that Gardner is looking at the sideline asking why. 

08/15/2013 - 1:06pm No, it simply objectifies

No, it simply objectifies women by reducing their value to how attractive they are to men.

03/17/2013 - 11:20am No, I disagree. I don't want

No, I disagree. I don't want to live in a society that lets workers kill themselves while employers hand them the opportunity.   Just because someone is willing to do something, does not make it ok and absolve everyone around them of responsibility.

Given your "logic" the miners at the Upper Big Branch mine ( that exploded killing everyone are the one's at fault because they continued to work there.  The negligence of the company doesn't matter.  They chose to continue working. They knew the dangers. It's their fault they died. Employeers can do anything they want. If an employee stays there, the employee has accepted all risk and it's the employee's fault if something bad happens to them.  There is zero reponsibility on the part of the employer. 

By your "logic" the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory tragedy (google it)  was the fault of the stupid workers who worked there. They knew the doors were locked. They continued to work there, thus they killed themselves. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory is the real victim here!



02/13/2013 - 4:52pm Are you really suggesting

Are you really suggesting that the standard by which we should judge this is whether or not YOU can fathom what someone would need money for? 

I'm shocked that you haven't be selected as supreme decider of what people need.  This would solve a lot of the world's problems. 


02/13/2013 - 2:21pm Actual Research

Here is some actual research on the topic you might want to read:


In short, these guys are not getting even close to what they would on the open market, they live just above the poverty line, and end up owing money because the scholarship does not cover everything.

See here:

"- Duke basketball players were valued at $1,025,656 while living just $732 above the poverty line and a scholarship shortfall of $1,995."


Bottom line:  They are giving a massive gift to the university by doing what they do. 


01/20/2013 - 2:47pm Webber did it at OSU, I

Webber did it at OSU, I believe it was.

12/18/2012 - 4:31pm I hate alternate uniforms. 

I hate alternate uniforms.  Let the clowns play with their makeup.

12/03/2012 - 10:41pm PAIN


08/21/2012 - 2:23pm Yeah, Pete Carroll has no

Yeah, Pete Carroll has no experience with paying players, having spent so much time in the college game. I don't know what the Seahawks were thinking putting........  oh wait...

03/05/2012 - 4:47pm The fallout after the Fab

The fallout after the Fab Five era happend for one reason, hiring Brian Ellerbe.  That was a monumentally poor decision. 

We act as if schools never have NCAA investigations and sanctions.  They do and they don't hurt the school one bit, if the school doesn't shoot itself in the foot.  How much is the one year bowl ban going to hurt Ohio?  Not one bit. 

The fallout was our doing. Not Chris Webber's or Taylor's or Traylor's.  It was Goss hiring a guy that had no buisness coaching high school kids, much less a major college program.  Had we hired a competent coach the long years in the wilderness would not have happend.  NCAA investigations don't have to distroy your program. I say that because the almost never do.  What's Baylor ranked right now?  Have they had any problems?

Brian Ellerbe (and Tom Goss' decision to hire him) did the damage.   

01/11/2012 - 11:12am Ask Barry Sanders if NFL guys

Ask Barry Sanders if NFL guys can takle in space.  Or if 6 NFL guys can takle in a phone booth.

03/14/2011 - 7:56pm I've never read anything that

I've never read anything that suggested Howard, King, and Jackson ever had anything to do with him.  So I think the first answer is no.

Michigan can have all the contact it wants with Rose, Howard, King and Jackson.

01/18/2011 - 2:02pm "Selecting on the dependent

"Selecting on the dependent variable"

Failing would be researchers since the dawn of time....

12/03/2010 - 5:22pm Dear DB,

Please end this

Dear DB,

Please end this farce.  I personally would keep RR, but if Harbaugh is going to be our next coach, what the heck is he doing wasting his time with Stanford this month?  I don't give a crap about Stanford their record or their bowl game.  A Michigan Man cares about Michigan. If he is going to be coaching Michigan next season then it should start today.  

Either way, end this, please. 

Sincerely, your loyal fan,


12/01/2010 - 7:30pm They were tied at halftime of

They were tied at halftime of the UTEP game and then in the second half they just looked dead. I think it was 10 plus minutes into the second half before they made a bucket.  I chalk it up to fatigue. 

11/30/2010 - 7:40pm Here's hoping that neither

Here's hoping that neither Denard Robinson nor Mike Martin starts.... because other players beat them out, not because they lose their job. 

10/14/2010 - 2:26pm 2011

Next year's team looks like it will be able to compete at that level:

Senior: Novak and Douglas

Junior: Morris and Vogrich

RS Soph: Morgan, McLimans

Soph: Hardaway, Smotrycz, Horford, Christian

Fresh: Brundidge, Burke (and Pointer?)

Not a bad team in my opinion.

10/12/2010 - 11:45am I'll take the home dogs...

I'll take the home dogs...

09/17/2010 - 11:08am There's plenty of Fat Tire up

There's plenty of Fat Tire up here in Indianapolis.  It's not that far a drive for you.

09/17/2010 - 8:46am I know the internet is all

I know the internet is all about screaming bloody murder about everything, but in this case perhaps it applies.

I loved these shirts and own a bunch of them already. Hopefully, the order I placed when the HE16MAN shirt first showed up will still come. 

What saddens me the most is the loss of all the future shirts. There has been some great creativity here that will now never happen. 

08/25/2010 - 5:49pm This game they shot 30.5%

This game they shot 30.5% from three, while last game they shot 38% from three.  If I recall, Coach is looking for 36% from three for it to be considered a good shooting night. 

08/22/2010 - 12:44pm When Michigan is playing

When Michigan is playing Michigan is it even possible for both the Offense and Defense to look great?  Isn't this a bit of a zero sum game?

08/12/2010 - 1:31pm The reason you don't like

The reason you don't like them is the exact reason I do like them. I like the fact that most everyone I see has no idea what my shirt is saying. 

You go to Target or god forbid Abercrombie and they sell shirts for stuff that doesn't even exist like "Sweet Joe's Trucking and Repair."

08/11/2010 - 2:45pm Hmmm...

Well in general, when one is conducting research that attempts to explain why something happened one should not fall into the trap of assuming that the result of some process tells us why it happened.  In other words, the result does not tell us why the result happened.  Assuming it does is a tautology. 

07/07/2010 - 1:26pm Becuase, obviously, men can't

Becuase, obviously, men can't cook food and where else would his wife/girlfriend be, if not the kitchen? 

05/07/2010 - 12:21pm I agree with the posters

I agree with the posters above who are wondering about whether or not a law degree is really the best path to achieving your goal of public policy advocacy.  Although, knowledge of the law surrounding health policy is important. In order to get into an organization that is currently lobbying Congress (or whomever), a law degree is not necessary. 

I also graduated from UM with a major in Pol. Sci. and now have a Ph.D. in Pol. Sci. My wife works as a women's rights advocate around the globe.  In my opinion, getting involved in public policy advocacy requires the same steps you've taken in your current career.  Get in at the ground floor somewhere, work your way up and make connections.  It would also help to get some type of advanced degree in public policy along the way, but it is not critical and I wouldn't spend a lot of money on it.  A Ph.D. in this area could help in some ways, as it would make you a more marketable "free agent" so to speak, but again not necessary.