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12/02/2013 - 4:13pm  

Without the extreme


Without the extreme limitations and being forced to go to the "what is the defenses biggest weakness and can we do anything about it" prayer, this offense becomes much more diverse.

Are you suggesting that attacking a defense's weaknesses isn't a good offensive strategy? Not trying to start an argument, I just don't understand what this specific statement means.

11/26/2013 - 6:02pm  

What drives me insane are


What drives me insane are the people who take one phrase out of context and use it

So you admit that you're insane.


11/26/2013 - 4:21pm splitting hairs

Point taken, but the lack of interest in attending a game, whenever and wherever the ticket was purchased, speaks directly to demand. His second statement implies that the consumer shouldn't negotiate the value of the ticket (i.e. selling tickets to mitigate cost), regardless of how the consumer feels about what he is purchasing. I say (and I think part of Brian's point is), even a hardcore fan needs to draw the line somewhere. 

11/26/2013 - 3:05pm  

The athletic department


The athletic department doesn't set the demand. The people do...



Don't sell your ticket to the most important game of the season just because you don't like the offensive coordinator. Sack up.


Re-read your two statements and do the math: by dumping tickets (or not buying tickets), people lower the demand for tickets. Hopefully, you can figure out the rest.

11/15/2013 - 2:50pm it has become a useless forum

it has become a useless forum to spread anger and hate and you are the leader. every week you write about and talk about (on wtka) how displeased you are with the michigan offense.

Yeah, Brian. Sure this is a sports blog focused on all things Michigan football, but why do you have to comment on this historically bad offense?

10/15/2013 - 2:42pm Lions run a passing spread,

Lions run a passing spread, much like (but not as good as) New England's. 

But from the paleolithic view of "pro style", it's too novel an idea to have an RB catch passes every now and then.

12/12/2012 - 6:26pm "Billions and Billions..."

"Billions and Billions..." ... of points.

12/04/2012 - 3:44pm Brian touched on it earlier

Brian touched on it earlier in UV, but basically: MAC::B1G as B1G::SEC

12/02/2012 - 6:21pm Just think, Al has a whole

Just think, Al has a whole month to draw up one half's worth of a game plan.

11/25/2012 - 7:24pm Oregon doesn't often line up

Oregon doesn't often line up in the I, but they can (and do) run power, so it is possible for an OL to do both. And it's especially effective when power is run out of the same formation as a zone play (like Oregon does). Maybe Michigan's OL wasn't physically capable of running power (can't coach size), but at least the Ducks' OL doesn't look confused when doing either power or zone. Have to put OL mental lapses on the coaches.

11/20/2012 - 10:55am I agree on both counts: I am

I agree on both counts: I am cynical and ESPN should not be left off the hook.

Keeping the argument within the realm of sports, news media orgs don't have to be "business partners" with a team or a league to leverage bias for ratings/readership (the freep "jihad", for example). It shouldn't surprise anyone that ESPN spends a disproportionate time "reporting" on NBA basketball because they have business relationship with them.

11/20/2012 - 10:42am duh

"There's still an element of [any news media organization] that does journalism and there are some people there who are really good journalists. But above all it is a business."

07/12/2012 - 6:15pm I am suspicious of my own

I am suspicious of my own Brian.

02/29/2012 - 2:31pm Just as evident in this data

Just as evident in this data is the differential in regular season ad revenue. Winner: Football.

Also, there is only so much ad space in a given season, so how many more basketball games are there than football? Using quantitative numbers instead of percentages is misleading.

C'mon, where are all the math majors at?

01/17/2012 - 11:32am You're making a false

You're making a false assumption that when Brian says "spread guy" he means "Rich Rodriguez". Or else may I assume your "USC's pro-style working out pretty well" comment means you want Lane Kiffin at Michigan?

Brian has already gone on record he's "glad" RR is gone.

01/17/2012 - 10:29am I don't

"I don't understand the love Rodriguez's offenses get either. It seemed to me that the better B1G defenses were all over it."

Did you watch any games this season? The better B1G defenses (and VT) were all over Borges's offense, too.

12/16/2011 - 6:49pm Brian was right when he said

Brian was right when he said the NCAA is stuck in the 1950s. Nowadays, $2000 will get you only so many sports cars, tattoos, yacht rides and prostitutes.

12/07/2011 - 7:45pm Does anyone else find it

Does anyone else find it ironic that a piece about the "death of the sports interview" is on

11/26/2011 - 8:05pm nice pic

Lloyd was all over the broadcast today.

11/26/2011 - 7:50pm the spot was BS

If his knee was down before the ball crossed the plane, the ball certainly wasn't as far back as they eventually spotted it (looked like about 2 feet out). If they had spotted the ball honestly, the tip would've been touching the endzone before the snap.

10/20/2011 - 6:04pm agreed

But it's not that the MSM "forgets" the issue. They are complicit in protecting Dantonio's image (Dave Dye wrote a piece defending MSU just yesterday).

Unfortunately, no amount of thug behavior (on or off the field) will change the MSM tune until Dantonio starts losing. Winning is all that matters. So beat Sparty next year and the year after that, and so on and so on...

01/14/2011 - 1:39pm Won't disagree with you that

Won't disagree with you that people on repetitive threads are "dopes" (myself included), but even more dopey are those who take MSM opinion (or even reported facts) as canon.

But let's take "out of touch" out of it... What's a professional reporter's job? Is it not to be skeptical in their questioning? If the reporter is writing an editorial, are they not to at least acknowledge varied points of view? I've seen virtually no skepticism or varied points of view in the case of Hoke's hire.

Meanwhile, the blogs are non-professional journos who've provided skewed but fact-based and varied points of view while the MSM provided ONE (on this topic, anyway).

And the fact you're here proves even you believe that.

01/14/2011 - 12:35pm Hokemania is a good thing for Michigan, but...

... it is concerning, not only as a Michigan fan but as a sports media consumer, that I've found zero articles in the MSM questioning Hoke as a hire. Meanwhile, the only vetting he's received is in the blogosphere. Further, most of what I've read about Hoke in sports blogs is critical of his record as HC.

To be fair, I haven't read every MSM article or every blog (nor do I think it's possible), but I'd break down the Hoke-related articles I've read as such:

MSM - 100% positive

Blogs - 85% skeptical

If there was ever a doubt the mainstream media was out of touch, this phenomenon should underline it.

11/23/2010 - 5:01pm For all the "This is

For all the "This is Michigan! 8-4 is UNACCEPTABLE people" I know it's Michigan - look at the roster.

Besides the roster, I'd also point to recent history: most of the "UNACCEPTABLE" crowd are the "HIRE A MICHIGAN MAN" crowd... lest they forget The Horror under Carr's watch with a stacked, senior roster.

11/20/2010 - 6:01pm call the kettle black

People here lose their minds at the mention of any fact that might reflect poorly on the coach.

And some people will never be satisfied with Rodriguez, regardless of how much the team improves from year to year.

11/19/2010 - 12:29pm I don't think anybody's

I don't think anybody's questioning RR's job security at this point

... no one except everyone in the MSM.

11/18/2010 - 3:54pm 2 out of 7

I'm willing to bet at least two of those upsets come true. I'll put a ham sammich on the line.

11/18/2010 - 10:38am agreed

Griese's team had more success, but Brady trancends football and sports in general. He's a pop culture embassador for Michigan Football.

11/17/2010 - 11:54am I have a 3rd year comparison for ya...

... the saintly Dantonio went 6-7 in his third year including a loss to Central Michigan and the MSM still can't say enough good things about him.

11/17/2010 - 10:35am it's called "main stream" for a reason

It's writing to the lowest common denominator. Casual Michigan fans aren't hitting MGoBlog every day for their news. They're just relying on the local paper to filter important information for them.

However, with the blogosphere calling bullshit more and more on the MSM, I see these opinion pieces eventually fading away. I posted this prediction in the Sharp thread, but in case it gets deleted, I'll write it again:

Writers like Sharp will soon be relegated to the blogosphere where their merit is measured democratically and not through tenured entitlement. He'll have no editor to prop up his credibility and he'll make an effort to become more informed or his shrill screams will fade away, no one caring for the loss. You can throw Rosenberg, Henning, etc. in that group, too.

11/15/2010 - 5:40pm love women's college soccer...

...for their athleticism, of course.

11/15/2010 - 5:04pm you're right

Brandon shouldn't care. But constant negativity from the MSM will affect recruiting, which in turn, will affect wins and losses. I'm simply saying we're at the point where even wins are covered negatively. So where does it end for the MSM? 8-4 record? 9-3? Big Ten championship? National Title?

11/15/2010 - 4:47pm my bad

I guess I never heard him say that, but I believe it.

In the meantime, that sounds like a perfectly reasonable thought from East Lansing's equivalent of Jesus.

11/15/2010 - 4:12pm no kidding

What continues to make me worry isn't how this team is doing but how the MSM reacts to everything. Between DetNews and MLive, I counted 4 stories about the Michigan win against Purdue and all four of them were negative. There wasn't this much garbage in the local press after the App State game and that was the most embarrassing loss in college football history; and Rodriguez continues to have a target on him because the team failed to cover the spready by 1 point in lousy weather!

And the chasm between what I see with my own eyes and what I read in the local MSM continues to widen...

11/15/2010 - 12:39pm "it's third and seven, we

"it's third and seven, we should run it and then punt" was like being possessed by the ghost of Lloyd Carr

I believe I said something like this out loud during the game.

11/15/2010 - 11:38am true...

...but it's been 22 years since Sparty has been there and dogs don't live that long.

11/15/2010 - 11:35am can't speak for Dantonio

...but every Sparty fan I know will root against UM in every circumstance, regardless of how it affects MSU.

Which begs the existential question: if Sparty fans are more concerned about the Wolverines' fortunes than MSU's, does that make them Michigan fans?

11/14/2010 - 11:07am Only in the Rodriguez era would this be a problem

The point spread was 12 and Michigan won by 11 in lousy weather.

11/14/2010 - 12:52am GR Press is a heavily slanted

GR Press is a heavily slanted to Sparty

It's true. My buddy was a copy editor there for a while and he said they'd cheer against Michigan every week. No joke.

11/13/2010 - 5:43pm seriously

Were those two Purdue graduates?

Maybe someone made mention of how ridiculously biased they were. Went apeshit over how great an effing fieldgoal was because of a botched snap and then had muted responses to such things as Michigan intercepting a pass.

11/13/2010 - 5:31pm no kidding

The defense played fine today, but Purdue's offense literally handed them the ball a few times.

11/11/2010 - 6:03pm disagree with your use of "effect" / love rock trivia

Rule #1 in your link uses "effect" as a noun. The use in the title is as a verb as described in rule #3 and I see your point that the title could be synonymous with "How the 1967 Homecoming Dance Caused Rock History", however that's still an awkward phrasing since history isn't "caused" but "created".

Your title with "effect" as noun: "The 1967 Homecoming Dance Effect on Rock History"

The article is interesting. Before he got famous, Iggy Pop used to do shows at a roadhouse near where I grew up in the Little Traverse Bay area.

Thanks for sharing!

11/11/2010 - 5:01pm sorry, man

Their is a lot of misinterpresenting humer and sarcazm in written form unless it's really obveeus.

11/11/2010 - 4:05pm I would suggest for you...

...the handle of "CaptainObvious" if it weren't already taken.

11/11/2010 - 4:03pm forcing Forcier to become

forcing Forcier to become MacGuyver again on the game-tying touchdown

I think the MacGuyver analogy for Tate is as apt as any. The guy can put a play together with twine and paperclips. Problem is, sometimes it's just as flimsy.

11/11/2010 - 3:46pm grammar

In the title, "Effected" should be "Affected".

Bad grammer does not represent you good.

11/11/2010 - 11:10am I think he's smart.

This hypocrisy points to arrogance, if that wasn't already apparent.

11/10/2010 - 11:48am We beat Purdue and we're 3-0

We beat Purdue and we're 3-0 against teams from Indiana.

11/09/2010 - 2:21pm Michigan State is 9-1 for the

Michigan State is 9-1 for the first time in a million years and they still can't sell out their game against Purdue without resorting to two-for-one deals.

... that's probably because every Sparty fan I know cares more about Michigan losing than MSU winning.

11/09/2010 - 1:16pm unwatchable

Even when the Lions didn't win, Stafford was fun to watch. Hill made the games tolerable. Stanton makes the Lions completely unwatchable. With so much cash tied up in Stafford, this team should pray for a lockout next season.