Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Now They're REALLY Pissing Me OFF!

Sparty Week

I had started this post one way, but now...NOW I'M PISSED.  You don't do this to the "M" and I'm shocked that the Greek Society in Ann Arbor has let us down.  I thought there was an all night vigil that guarded the "M" during Sparty week...What the hell?  What happened?  I know you can't even begin to get close to Sparty during this week or even during basketball week.  I'm extremely disappointed and calling out my nephew who's there now.  Get your collective acts together and remember why you went to Michigan - to not let Sparty fans do crap like this.  And also to remind them that this type of activity will serve them well in their future careers as fry makers and burger flippers.  This is "Alabama-ish" Sparty...And it's just wrong.



Unacceptable, Michigan Students.  

And I would expect a reciprocating response that's equally childish in its approach. Security cameras and police records be damned!!!

I hope this fires somebody up.  I hope this actually wakes BranDictator up to the fact that this is something the AD should be spending money on - protecting campus during rivalry week.  Hey, DB:  Red Alert:  ohio is away this year, but Sparty just gave all those south of the border taggers a butt-load of ideas.  Get with the program!  Protect the Cube and protect the "M"!

Originally, this is how I was going to start today:

Well…I can’t say I’m excited or looking forward to this Saturday in what I know in my heart is going to be an ass-kicking to end all ass-kickings.  I can’t be sure Michigan was ever favored over Sparty by as many points (17).  I’m not even sure where to search for such trivial info where it might be all neat and consolidated and I’m looking for anyone on the distribution that might have free time on their hands to search for a site that might track such things.  In any event, it’s going to be ugly and it’s going to be a really long, scary afternoon. Unless of course…nah…Even I’m too much of a realist at this point to dream.  With Rich Rod, we had a slugger’s chance.  I think the Borges offense had plays that somehow kept us in the game against ohio last season…With Hoke and Nuss, we have the chances of a clapping seal against a killer whale….


Not gonna’ happen.  But….We can always hope.  If you are a Michigan fan and want a feel good story before the game, Wetzel has a pretty good article on Gardner andeverything that he has accomplished and done off the field, even though theaccomplishments haven’t shown up on the field. Makes me think maybe…maybe there’s a chance…but it’s really, really slim….

After re-reading this...its sad what the MMQ has been reduced to. 

Michigan Hierarchy – What’s Next?

First, contrary to suspicious rumors that the fan who sent all these angry e-mails toBranDictator is actually the MMQ, I didn’t do it.  But still, it’s hard to believe it’s not me!

Brian at mgoblog.com does his best to summarize the “Fire Brandon & Hoke” rhetoric and the “Next Man Up” meme with who Michigan is looking at for AD and Head Coach.  AD – Jeff Long, Arkansas.  Head Coach – maybe Jim Harbaugh…but I’m having a really difficult time buying either of those guys or the entire scenario.  Jeff Long is rumored to be the next SEC Commish…And you don’t turn that gig down for Michigan’s AD.  Bates from BC is probably the more likely guy to leave and come to Ann Arbor, anyway….And Harbaugh?  Even if he’s not the coach of the 49er’s next season, pro-football is in his blood and that’s not something you just walk away from…not when Oakland is sitting there right next door.  Jim wouldn’t even have to sell the house… 

My short list? That’s tough….AD is tough because anyone established will probably only leave their current gig for Big Money and Michigan will be looking to trim the budget (which shouldn’t be difficult) vs. growing the department.  And you need to know and understand the culture of Michigan.  That’s a big pre-requisite.  Bates or the unknown guy, which, why not?  Anyone could come in and be an instant hero by “Walmarting” the ticket prices (In other words:  Roll Back!) and PSL’s for 5 years or until Michigan wins a B1G Title.  Instant hit with the fans and instant job status.  Maybe you have to cut a program or two that nobody except for those athletes is all that concerned with anyway…that’s the way it is Women’s Field Hockey and Men’s Water Polo…just sayin’.

Short list for coaching is even tougher.  It used to be a guy from Baylor or Okie State would truly look at jobs like Michigan as a destination, but those places are all legit now and have big budgets themselves.  It’s all short term anymore everywhere and if you’re successful, you’ll be rewarded.  There’s even rumors that Oklahoma is fed up with Bob Stoops losing 1-2 games a season and not being able to get back to the National Title.  Would Michigan take Bob Stoops?  If I was AD, that decision would be made in less time than it takes poop to run through a goose…. Realistically who’s the next coach?  Dunno….What’s Ogeron doing?  He seemed like he turned USC around pretty quickly after Kiffin…


The best part?  Canham thanked Ufer for the rest of his career for making that happen.  A Radio guy.   Granted, they had a lot of pull way back when people did stuff like listen to radio.  Maybe bloggers are the new radio guys? 

Final 4 Nightmares

Is it too early to start with “Two teams from the SEC in the Final 4” rhetoric?  By my math, there’s a scenario that exists where Miss State beats Ole Miss then loses to Georgia in the SEC Title and, voila:  three 1-loss SEC teams who each have a pretty good reason as to why they “should be in the Final 4.”  Yikes…that makes my stomach hurt.  The SEC should be playing 9 league games to keep stuff like this from happening and the NCAA should REALLY be sticking it’s nose in here (hard) in an effort to keep things fair.  But that’s not what the NCAA is about when there’s student athletes out there signing autographs…

Domer Tears…

To all of the wonderful domer fans that didn’t agree with the MMQ’s observation that the “the correct call was made” late the end of the Noles-domer game, “The OPI Call”, a quick refresher:

Everyone has a “pick play”.  Everyone.  (well – except for maybe Hoke and Michigan.  Hoke would probably ask what a “booger” has to do with offense) Every Defense is coached to understand the pick play when you see two or more receivers lined up in a stack or slightly separated formation to break someone open.  More often than not, the defense breaks into a zone coverage with everyone taking a spot/man and trying not to get “picked” out of their coverage.  It’s not complicated, but at the same time, it can be tricky and good offenses find ways to make it work elegantly and legally.  The key on the offensive side is to initiate “incidental” contact but not grab the defender. The defender tries to avoid contact and not interfere with the receiver.  Yes, FSU blew the coverage, but clearly the domer receiver grabbed the defender.  The call was correct.  Doesn’t matter if it’s in the first or the last minute.


Hey!  Idle Thought for Wednesday:  BranDictator for SEX…er…SEC commissioner!!  How do we get that rumor mill up and running?  They need advertising and lots of stuff broken…DB is the man for that job!!!

Death Not An Option

This is a game that a co-worker I had the pleasure of working with used to love to play.  He’d give you two options of anything to see where you stood on a particular issue.  For a while it seemed like I would get one of these a day.  And it’s not a bad exercise for the ‘ole brain….

I’ve been thinking about this for some time (maybe a year???) and I have a proposition for the readers of the blog and I’m going to encourage you to vote.  By voting for one of these scenarios, you’re saying that you’d be willing to trade for a program straight up, regardless of where’s it’s been or its history.  Mostly, I want to see what you think when it comes to where it’s going. 

So, the game is:  You have to pick one of the following programs (Football/Basketball Combined) to replace the Michigan Football/Basketball program with.  You have to vote and the winner will be the program that garners the most votes.  But you will have had the history and crap associated with that athletic program up to this point and also whatever rewards you suspect they might have waiting for them moving forward.  If I have both listed, you have to trade the Michigan Football and Basketball program.  (If I didn’t list Basketball or Football, then I consider the situation “Equivalent”, as in Michigan and Florida Basketball) 

DEATH NOT AN OPTION!!

  1.  Michigan Football/Basketball:  Disaster on the PR front with an AD that lacks any clue about his general fan base and the wants and desires of that fan base.  Luckily, he hasn’t gone out of his way to “Break” the Basketball team.  Football program hopelessly mired in tradition and the current AD has effectively screwed up two hires in a row and lost any and all credibility with any new potential hires.  New AD and Football coach imminent, but nothing close towards a decision has been made.  John B. is the latest “Wunderkind” coach and has recruits coming in from everywhere that are shooting machines.  JB has done with hoops what Oregon and others have done with football; that is, he’s built a program on the 3-Point shot and not let a pre-dominantly defensive conference get in his way to successful NCAA runs.  Just won the B1G conference outright and made a championship appearance two years ago.  This year’s squad is young and inexperienced, but full of promise.
  2. Penn State Football/Basketball:  Program mired in a distasteful debacle of child abuse and lack of institutional control by its once beloved (and still respected – in some circles) Legendary Head Coach, JoPa, that probably stayed 10 years past his time.  Received close to the death penalty from NCAA President Emmert in a “look at me” move that was designed to inflict pain on the institution, but took away opportunities for better people to do the right things.  Seems to be on the right track with a new administration, AD, and head coach.  BasketballWhat’s that?
  3. USC Football/Basketball:  Slapped with harsh penalties due to the Reggie Bush money taking scandal in addition to Basketball sanctions.  AD is a former player who by some accounts, is a control freak of the worst kind.  Head coach is un-proven, but talent is aplenty in the LA and Southern Cal area and they want to go to USC.  Sarkisian is unproven and was not super successful at Washington.  FCG Head Coach Andy Enfield hasn’t lived up to the FCG expectations that everyone was hoping for (except for the hot LA wife), but he’s starting his second year with a group of promising freshmen.  Time will tell.
  4. Florida Football/Basketball:  Football program is a joke and the laughingstock of the SEC.  Top 10 level recruiting last 4-5 years, but nothing shows up on the field, even after firing and hiring the 3rd OC by Muschamp.  Latest loss is such an embarrassment that the stadium attendance at the end of the game was estimated to be at under 15,000. Muschamp removal more than likely at the end of the season.   AD hired Urban Meyer, but has also whiffed with Ron Zook and apparently Muschamp.  But it’s the SEC and Florida can recruit itself.  So, with the right HC, the ship should be unsinkable.  Basketball on par with Michigan, a straight up trade here wouldn’t bother this fan either way.  Donovan is younger than JB and has a National Championship under his cap.
  5. Indiana Football/Basketball:  I’m throwing this in only to show that basketball schools can suffer immensely as well.  Indiana hired the latest hot-shot coach in Crean, but he suffered the humiliation of not only missing the NCAA tournament, but was then omitted from the NIT tournament as well.  With the latest pre-season polls out, the Hoosiers are no closer to turning the corner this year than they were last year.  But they may make the NIT…Football under Kevin Wilson seemed to be turning a corner, but the Hoosiers are getting hit with injuries this season.
  6. Tennessee Football/Basketball:  Once a proud football program, they have had two consecutive bad coaching hires with the third and still current coach, Davis, trying to figure out if he can make it all work in the SEC.  Tennessee’s geographic location in the SEC make it a “winter” school in a conference full of warm weather year-round alternatives for athletes that look at that kind of thing….Basketball program had “The Coach” in Bruce Pearl, but due to flimsy NCAA rules violations, fired the turn-around magician and has since wallowed in mediocrity and now has a new Head Coach for the 2014-15 season.
  7. Arkansas Football/Basketball:  Suffered through “Petrino-Gate” and “JLS Interim” era.  Stole a proven HC in Beliema, but that has yet to produce a single SEC victory.  Annually considered the “no better than 4th best” team in a 7 team division that is the toughest in all of football.  Would appear to be more competitive this year than in the last two seasons, but again, have not turned the corner.  A long non-factor in Basketball since Nolan Richardson left the program almost 20 years ago.
  8. Texas Football/Basketball:  Traditional Big12 power that has clearly fallen way down the pecking order in all of college football.  9 years removed from the last “Glory” of a National Title in 2005.  New coach Strong has proven himself in what was once considered a “weak” conference, but has yet to demonstrate any ability as a Power 5 Head Coach.  Was capable assistant at a Power 5 prior to Louisville era.  Basketball not a focus at Texas, but enjoys an occasional appearance in the NCAA
  9. Miami Florida Football/Basketball:  Has not been a football factor in over 10 seasons after being a dominant power for 20-25.  Golden appears to be a capable coach, but was hamstrung with the threat of sanctions and scholarship restrictions due to illegal recruiting practices, player payment for performance, strippers, and other shenanigans associated with a single booster.  The administration has since cleaned up the program, but is that type of booster activity exactly what made the program great to begin with?  Basketball has never really established itself as a real threat to the Tobacco Road Tough Guys and may never reach those heights.  Larranga reached the Sweet 16 two years ago, but in the ACC, it’s tough.
  10. Iowa Football/Basketball*:  Stuck in a quagmire of a situation with Head Coach Ferentz in football that has an insurmountable buy-out, is not universally loved by the fan base, but seems to find a way to get Iowa to a bowl game on a regular basis, but no always a New Year’s Day event.  It’ll be 2020 or after before a new coaching staff can come in and breathe new life into the program. Basketball guru Fran McCaffery is everyone’s favorite coach that hasn’t quite turned the corner with his squad yet, but everyone seems to be betting on the fact that it’s only a matter of time. 
*(Strongly considered putting Nebraska here as the 10th option, but I believe Iowa current situation is worse than Nebraska for avid Football and Basketball fans. Nebraska has up and coming B-Ball coach and Pelini is somewhat favorite son, but is more easily removed if and when the time comes).

Other Programs considered:  Duke Football/Hoops, UNC Hoops/Football, Nebraska Football/Hoops, and Washington Football.

Again, Death NOT an option You will need to vote for one and you can of course vote for your current situation if you are a Michigan fan.  OR, if you are not a Michigan Fan, you can vote for the situation that you think might be on a better track to recover or you can vote for a situation that you think is worse and spiraling downward.  I don’t know which one that might be…but that’s why we’re voting!!! 


I’ll leave this poll up for a while to get as many votes as possible.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

Byes Are Nice...Michigan Can't Lose

Wow – So much is happening that I can’t seem to get to it fast enough before I need to update something else!  Kind of just random thoughts thrown out here this AM.  Hoke and Brandon managed to not say anything stupid for 3 days…so there’s that.

Big News:  Archie Manning RESIGNS as one ofthe 13 committe members due to a health related issue regarding his knee surgery. 
 Between The Lines:  Archie realized what a crap-show he signed up for and certainly wanted no part of being in the middle of an Ole Miss – Miss State discussion come November.  He was going to need to excuse himself from most of the discussions, anyway, so he figured probably better to just step back.

It’s been 1001 days (I can’t believe this) since Michigan has crossed the goal line against Sparty and scored a TD.  Sparty fan just cracked a big ‘ole grin….Michigan fans all just dropped their collective jaws at that statement…and are wondering how we got where we are.  It takes time, bad coaching ,and….Here you are.  A 17.5 point dog to Little Brother.  Nice….Real nice…

Domers – YOU CHEATED!  Get over it.  Stuff all that “Leave the whistles in the pocket on the last play” crap in your collective asses and know that you’ve still got an outside shot if you just play fundamentally sound football and don’t lose.  But the call was right….LEAVE IT ALONE!  Even the head leprechaun can’tseem to let it go.  That’ll come back andhaunt you at some point, coach!


And stop abusing Twitter!  If you had been on the other side of that, you’d be calling them cheaters….deal with it.

And if you want someone to blame...try this guy.....

I mean...come on. 

Michigan needed a bye if for no other reason than to give Hoke a week off the Hot Seat…And Muschamp QUICKLY took over the #1 spot by crapping the bed against Mizzou.  This is a Mizzou team that LOST TO INDIANA and also got blanked by Georgia at home.  My guess is that Gator Fans are thinking about taking a knife to their wrists right about now and wondering how, after only allowing 120 yards of total offense, do you lose a game in such a glaring fashion?  Frankly, it all boils down to the head cat herder in such cases, and I really don’t see how Muschamp survives. 

Speaking of Michigan, is two week’s prep enough against Sparty?  After watching Sparty dismantle the Hoosiers…I’m saying no.

Tired of all the people that are trying to rally around Hoke.  Let it go….Let it go.  After watching Sparty and OSU this weekend, Michigan is LEVELS of separation away from those teams.  They are both well coached and execute without hesitation.  I’m not even sure Hoke knows what he’s looking at when he watches those guys…but he’s not even approaching their level and the gaps are getting bigger…

Know what impressed me about most of the games I watched on Saturday?  Exceptional Special Teams play….until their wasn’t.  Gatorland was a huge victim of really crappy special teams….

Huh…Muschamp and Hoke…neither one seems to pay a lot of attention to Special Teams or offense, for that matter.

The Rest of the Mess

Sparty – You really needed Beliema and the Hawgs to win that game against Satan’s Warriors two weeks ago.  Bama laid 50+ unanswered on Texas A&M and I’m wondering how I could have been so wrong about them….Pre-season polls are crap…

Miss State doesn’t play and doesn’t lose the top spot in the AP or coaches poll?  Really?  I mean, FSU played a good team and won.  They should get the #1 spot for at least a week…

Baylor has a major brain fart and forgets how to play offense for a half.  I’m not sure WVU is that good  - but it doesn’t matter, the couches are STILL BURNING in Morganton.  Baylor did their best at making them look that good.  And what do you do with the Big12 (10) now?  Is it K-State with their one loss to Auburn that you root for to make the play-off?

BTW….What happened to REALLY GREAT DEFENSES?  Actually, Gatorland has a decent one…but absolutely nothing on the other side of the ball…And Special teams absolutely suck…

Georgia suddenly looking like a force to be reckoned with…even without Gurley.  Hanging 45 on the Hogs Defense?  Impressive.

Stanford isn’t that good….I’m not sure how I missed on that one.  They had a lot of guys back…But Stanford’s coaching, which I usually sing the praises of, has been making a lot of boneheaded mistakes….Stanford losing hurts the domers chances…

Can MSU or OSU get a nod if enough teams lose?  The SEC is going to have to have some major bloodletting for either one to have a chance….It’s still feasible, but the odds are against it.  The SEC West will begin eating its own soon enough…

The 5 Stages of Slappy Fan Grief

  1.  Denial and Isolation:  Sparty – The look at us clinics that Dantonio keeps hosting aren’t having any effect.  Luckily for Sparty, the Ducks are making Sparty’s loss to them look better and better all the time.  But Sparty needs Oregon…Bad…
  2. ANGER:  MICHIGAN FAN….Still here…AIN’T LEAVING!!!!  I don’t think there’s anything else I can say here.  Gatorland:  How angry and pissed off do you have to get before someone…Anyone in the administration hear’s you and announces that they will begin a head coaching search?  You’ll lose the team, you say?  Does anyone think for a MINUTE that Muschamp hasn’t ALREADY LOST the team?
  3. Bargaining:  All the one loss teams that are trying to move up and figure out who needs to lose (and to whom) for them to even have a chance…
  4. Depression:  Michigan Fan still here – ain’t leaving.  Gatorland, welcome to depression.  There’s alcohol there in the back.  And here in the front.  Oh jeez…It’s everywhere!   Just grab a drink and reminisce about “TEBOW”. 
  5. Acceptance: God…Who knows?  Acceptance is so difficult to gauge.  You think you’ve accepted and then something happens to kick you back up into anger or depression…..

The MMQ’s Top 10

Definitely a couple of stunners over the weekend.  And one impacting the top 4:

  1. FSU- They get the 1 Spot for beating a #5 team.
  2. TIE  Ole Miss – Miss State – There can be only ONE!!!
  3. Oregon – Mariota for Heismann…
  4. Sparty – Has to keep the record clean….and maybe there’s a chance.
  5. Satan’s Warriors  -  FIRE SABAN!!!!  How can you only beat the Hawgs by 1 lousy point???
  6. Auburn….
  7. Georgia – Back in the top 10 without Gurley!
  8. Domers – Losing still knocks you down a couple notches…
  9. K-State – Snyder is as Snyder does…
  10. TCU – Who will represent the Big 12 and is it over for them?

Idle Thoughts From Saturday

- So, Game Day crowd is mad at ESPN and defending Famous Jamies…
-Everyone (but FSU fans) angry that Jameis is still playing.
-Why?
-Has he been found guilty of…anything?
-Yes, he probably had sexual relations with the wrong girl.
-Police couldn’t press charges due to the girl’s own story going back and forth…
-He signed autographs –maybe for money…
-I’m so sick of “Autograph-Gate”
-It’s annoying the hell out of me.
-A kid should be able to sell his signature if someone wants to buy it.
-PERIOD.  Stop with all the nonsense…
-Of course, he can’t.  But the UNIVERSITY CAN
-So can the NCAA….
-Brilliant….
-Gurley is probably happy.  Got through 6 games without injury and his draft stock is still up there – and probably rising….
-Does that make any sense?
-Anyone else seeing the stupidity of these rules?
-3:30 games all blow-outs…
-At least FSU-domers living up to the billing.
-Domers – you can’t do that.  Either receive or block.
-That was the first half….
-Jeez…Luck of the irish working hard tonight…
-Figures…No time left for FSU…
-WAIT!!!  Flag??!!! 
-THEY DID IT AGAIN!!!
-Cheaters…hypocrites.
-Show me a shot of B. Kelly! 
-ND Nation is probably on fire right about now...
-So many catholics all swearing at once...
-So, now there’s only 1 ACC team left...
-Others saying domers can survive this…
-Without being in a Championship game…I’m not so sure…
-Let me put it this way:  FSU wins out but loses ACC Championship Game…
-Who do you put in?
-Thought so….

The Hot Seat

Must be a lot of golfers that are avid MMQ readers out there!   Sophie Horn made the finals!  And, without further ado, this week’s HSM is another potential finalist, at least in the MMQ’s Book!  Nicky Whelan is you HSM for week #8!









GONE LIST:

  1.  Weis – I didn’t even get to mention this because of the shenanigans in Ann Arbor.
  2. Jeff Quinn – Buffalo.  I only put him on here because he got canned…he’s worthy.


Hot Seat Rank – No changes!  These guys are all in trouble….


  1. A.  Will Muschamp – Now its getting ugly
  2. Brady Hoke – It’s a foregone conclusion…   
  3. Beckman:  He’s got problems….
  4. Hazell:  Purdue beat Illinois….
  5. Norm Chow:  Hawaii. 
  6. Mike London:  Needs wins…

FMQ

I’m either going to just quit this business or stick to something I know.  I hate to report that the FMQ is heading down hill at a rather fast clip.  So many of last Saturday’s picks were a “changed my mind a the last minute” type of stuff…domers, Texas A&M….It’s just bad right now.  We need something to right the ship this weekend or this is going to be over way too fast!


Baylor (-7) @ WVU:  Take Baylor and lay the 7 for $40
LOSE….
Sparty (-15) @ IU:  Take Sparty and lay the -15 for $60
WIN!  Bank $114
Texas Tech (-13) @ Kansas:  Take Texas Tech and lay the 13 for $40
AAAAAHHHHHH….And Vegas wins….LOSE
Texas A&M (+14) @ Bama:  Take Texas A&M and the 14 for $40 (only points were taking this week!)
LOSE….Never Mess with SATAN!!!!!!
FSU (-11) vs. domers:  Take Famous Jameis and lay the 11 for $50
I was so on the fence about taking domers and points….should have fell off the other way!
LOSE.....

Starting Bank:    $450

Total Win:  $114

BANK:           $564


Friday, October 17, 2014

Bye Week - FMQ!!!

 Regents Meeting - Student Survey

The regents met and I've linked to the Daily article that covered the meeting.  Schlissel disappointed - tell us something we don't know?.  Everyone evaluating the situation - yeah, but what are you going to DO?  Time is bought....But the end may still be near for BranDictator.  The student survey is pretty damaging....

Every time I think today’s youth is wasting their time or has no clue about what is going on, my faith is renewed in them with something like this.  I’m not asking everyone to read it in its entirety, but it’s enlightening and it’s something the ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT should have issued themselves vs. Michigan’s Student Government putting this together.  It really makes me feel good about the true Michigan community and I believe it objectively points out some glaring issues that BranDictator has created over the years.

I really don’t see how BranDictator survives this.  And the only way to mend the student and fan relations is to eliminate him and whoever else he may have brought in to be his “yes” men and start fresh.  There’s been too much damage.  Again, read the report for yourself to determine your own opinion, but none of this is good for BranDictator.

Some highlights:


Students rank what’s “Important to them” for buying tickets (lower the number, more important).  SOS, Price and Tradition are the top 3!  Surprise, surprise, surprise!!!!  In other words, if it’s not broken BranDictator, you shouldn’t break it!


Looks like if you do a Pareto of the population, 80% say that student tix need to be priced under $180.  $150 gets everyone back.  And that sounds about right, when compared to the rest of the B1G.

And, when the open ended question were summarized in word bubbles....the students absolutely NAILED IT!!!!






Homecoming Is Looking Up!

But for all the wrong reasons…Indiana lost their Starting QB Sudfeld for the season and he had been “the offense” in the Kevin Wilson scheme.  Wish guys didn’t get hurt in this sport, period.  But it’s a big part of the game.  Good or bad….

Of course, I don’t know who the back-up is, but Wilson will have some time and the QB will have a couple of games under his belt by then…

The Selection Committee Plot Thickens….


The latest:  S-O-S is out (That’s Strength of Schedule – Not SAME ‘OLE SPARTY!!!).  As is margin of victory  - OUT.  As is a bunch of other valuable stuff that would make the decision on the 4th team that gets in easier.  Because I agree with Bill, I think the top 3 are going to be fairly straight forward and no brainer type picks…Its number 4 that’s going to present a whole lotta’ issues….So, in the spirit of this blog…

Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot….Why not use everything and all the data you can find???

Actually, the article is a good read and for anyone that has a team that might be sniffing at the play-offs, and especially that 4th spot in the playoffs (sparty, domers).  You may want to peruse it as part of your lunch time reading material to begin to prepare how you want to tear apart the selection committee for not using X and Y at the holiday cocktail party/beer fest where the issue may come up in conversation.  Scratch that, it will come up in conversation because that’s all you’ll be thinking about after Thanksgiving so read the article and be prepared!

A New Twist – “Hire” Instead Of “Fire”!

There are now two websites that are taking an opposite approach to the “Fire Whoever” website mania that is all over the net. “Hire Mullen” and Mullen related themes having beenpopping up in Gatorland.  Clearly, thefan base is simply fed up with Muschamp, rightly or wrongly, but as we know here in B1G country, and especially Michigan’s fanbase, well, when they’re unhappy….Its going to take something big to make them happy.  Mullen might be the guy for Florida – if the fans are already behind it.

This Week’s Picks!

All right.  Time to either Get Busy Winning or Get Busy Losing….I guess it must be some anniversary of the Shawshank Redemption because I’ve seen it on a couple of time in the past week or so.  You are what you are after 6 weeks of play, so the spreads should be pretty accurate.   I’m not super excited about any of the picks, but we’re gonna do this and we’re gonna be aggressive!  Taking points has really burned me lately…So guess where I’m going?  You got it…

Baylor (-7) @ WVU:  Something about Baylor’s defense…one week they show up…the next week, nothing.  Baylor escaped TCU with the win, but I think that was their wake-up call.  WVU still hasn’t turned the corner…at least not enough to handle keeping up with Baylor.  I can’t remember seeing an o/u number of 80 on a college game.  But I can’t touch that one, so

Take Baylor and lay the 7 for $40

Sparty (-15) @ IU:  I would have been ALL OVER Indiana and the points in this one if Sudfelt was still the QB.  Now…not so much.  Sparty covers easily in this one after their wake up call against the Boilers. 

Take Sparty and lay the -15 for $60

Texas Tech (-13) @ Kansas:  The Best looking coach in CFB is going to be loving a trip to Midwest.  It’s exactly what the doctor ordered to get on the right side of a losing season…

Take Texas Tech and lay the 13 for $40

Texas A&M (+14) @ Bama:  Let’s see.  Saban on the hot seat for not winning by a large enough margin.  Texas A&M trying to keep hopes alive.  Offense is funny…when you want to produce…you can’t.  I’ll

Take Texas A&M and the 14 for $40 (only points were taking this week!)

FSU (-11) vs. domers:  Initially, I was in  love with the domers and this spread.  Then I looked at the domers ATS numbers and lately, they’ve kind of sucked.  On top of that, Gholson was turnover free his first three games and now has 9 in his last three.  Which Gholson and domer defense shows up?  The line movement indicates a lot of love for the domers...I don't always like following the money...

Take Famous Jameis and lay the 11 for $50

No parlays...

Starting Bank:           $680
Total Bet:                   $230

Bank:                          $450

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Throw Back Thursday!

Regents Meet!

The Pizza Wars continue….Denise Illitch in her never ending fight to eliminate and banish the name “Dominos” from the entire English Language, gave a big juicy tidbit to the news yesterday that spread like wildfire on the internet and social media.  IF you haven’t seen the statement, here it is:

“The systems failed and there are a lot of issues we have to review.”

Reading between the lines:   

“Heh-heh, Dave.  I just got the most wonderful piece of news and MY bid for governor, if I so choose, or my guy that I want to back is now one up on you!”

And another source close to the Athletic Department confirmed that contact was made with 3 individuals about the AD job.  Don’t know why you’d be talking to someone without a move being eminent.

I received an e-mail from Jim G. commenting on my last post regarding Nick Roumel (I had no idea Jim and Nick were roommates!) and he also hoped that today would bring some sort of direction in the BranDictator situation:

Russ,

I had a great time at your tailgate on Saturday, hope to make another this season.


I'm glad you mentioned punt/counterpunt. Nick was my roommate freshman and senior years and afterwards we rented houses together with Ken (counterpunt).  Ken and my tickets are together, Mike Clark and John met  Ken at the Neb. game last year.


Today is a big day, Regents meeting. Maybe we will get lucky.


Jim

Maybe we will…..

I’m Really Starting to Believe All Those “This One Time At Band Camp…” Stories

Jeez…ohio is going to extreme lengths to make sure there is no sexual tension or emphasis anywhere in its Marching Band.  Maybe they will start to separate the bandsentirely and have the “male” marching band to be followed by the “female”marching band? 


EDSBS’s Spencer Hall Attended the Michigan – PSU Game…

Andwrote about it and it’s a good read.  The sort of “objective”, non-connected and nothing to win or lose sort of take on Michigan and where it currently stands.  It’s long, but again, if you’re not doing anything at lunch…

http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2014/10/14/6962339/michigan-wolverines-football-2014-penn-state-game

My take on Spencer’s take?  It’s unfortunately incredibly accurate.  Too many issues to list and they’ve all lead us to HERE…Where ever that is.  And how we get back to anything resembling Michigan Football is going to take years…maybe a lifetime at this point.  I dunno….but bringing winning and domination back to the Big House would be a good start.
 
Throw Back Thursday?  My Kids Were Shocked When I Knew What It Was


Damn kids think I’m an old man and out of touch.  Well…Maybe…

But I know what Selfie-Sunday & Man-Crush Monday are….I’m ashamed to admit that on this particular blog…But, yeah, when you have girls, you end up knowing this kind of crap.  It just goes with the territory…

So here’s a Throwback Thursday thing….It’s a Favorite ESPN commercial from my college days….I remember seeing it for the first time wondering “Why in the hell would somebody make a commercial like this and what the hell are they advertising?  This is just WRONG!!!”  And then when the tag line finally appeared…it all made sense!
It’s a classic!!!

You had to love the ESPN “Without Sports” theme they had for a while.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mid-Week Round-Up!

Brady Hoke Loves You…No Really!!!
In what continues to be a New York level PR campaign to “change the image” of Michigan and the Athletics Department (have you noticed how BranDictator has completely dropped off the radar?), Brady Hoke sent an e-mail out to everyone on the season ticket list.  He loves you… Institutionally, man!   He really does!  (The hand clap could be heard when I opened this e-mail followed by a big bear hug…)



So, the spin doctoring continues and while a “win is a win” and everyone can celebrate, I have a feeling the mood meter will plunge in East Lansing at about 7:30 PM on October 25th.   
I wonder what kind of e-mail Hoke is going to send then?
My guess is after BranDictator’s failed press tour, the PR firm simply threw their hands in the air and gave up on him, told him to go sit down in his office and never come out again.  Ever.  And if you do want to come out, you’d better raise your hand and ask for permission before you do or say ANYTHING.  Yeah…We’ve heard the last of BranDictator for the time being. 

The HALF TIME SHOW! 
Was actually pretty cool….Here in it’s entirety…

Nick Roumel Goes a Little Postal…But For Good Reason
I loved reading the Punt-Counterpunt that used to show up in the free program on home Saturdays but now resides on mgoblog.com on Friday or Saturday morning.  Nick Roumel is still doing his part, but his counter “punt” partner has changed over the years.  I asked a few people if they had seen Nick’s post prior to the Rutgers game.  Because I felt it was written in the true “Spirit of Michigan”, I’m reprinting here and linking to it, also. 
In tribute to Heiko’s brilliant deployment of his specialty, medicine, allow me to analyze the program in light of mine, employment law. Our once storied athletic department has all the hallmarks of a dysfunctional workplace.
When David Brandon took over, he cleaned house. He fired an alarming number of athletic department coaches and staff, including long term employees going back to the Don Canham years. He did this with little tolerance; employees were fired for minor and subjective offenses—or, significantly, for failure to exercise appropriate supervision over subordinate employees. I know because I and our firm represented a few of them. Sure, any new boss has the right to have his own minions, but this purging seemed to be done with little regard for employees’ loyalty, nor their valuable institutional memory.
Double standards are another feature of the dysfunctional workplace. In contrast to the scrutiny afforded lower level employees, management is free to commit a multitude of boners with no consequences. Examples are easy to tick off. Botched coaching searches resulting in the inability to land candidates that wanted to come here. Assaults on the game day tradition also turned off the fan base, like the well-documented student seating fiasco. Game day blunders ranging from the advertising noodle, to bans on water and seat cushions, the Coca-Cola ticket giveaway, to overdone productions, and unnecessary, meaningless old rock songs played ad nauseum.
Our coach, who is hired to win with integrity, doesn't win. And now the integrity part is in question. Not only does Brady Hoke’s team perform worse than the sum of its parts, but the man seemingly lied to us about Brendan Gibbons. Lying, meanwhile, is the best case scenario regarding Shane Morris. Brandon fired former star and loyal athletic department staffer Jamie Morris for allegedly lying. But maybe Brandon needs to keep Hoke around, because a classic boss is always happy to let his subordinate managers twist in the wind to take the heat.
Another classic sign of a dysfunctional workplace is micromanagement. Why does the Athletic Director attend practices, and hover during locker room meetings? Why is he the one hiring the coordinators, and not his head coach?
Ignoring customers is another symptom. Good leaders solicit input before making changes, and learn from constructive feedback. This administration plugs its ears and goes “Nyah, nyah, nyah.” To its partial credit they reversed decision on smaller issues like the noodle and seat cushions – but only after fan outcry. But why aren’t they seeking feedback before making these changes?
Retaliating against critics on the inside can be done in secret. But how do you explain such actions as taking away the press pass of John U. Bacon, who bleeds Maize and Blue, in apparent reaction to Three And Out? If they’re doing this petty garbage to journalists, imagine what they might do to anybody who dares speak against them from within.
For the most part, nothing can be done about a dysfunctional workplace. But at a public university, we have a trump card - at least theoretically. The athletic department is answerable to the President of the University and the Regents. The question will be whether they will have the courage to do the right thing and clean house, or whether they will bury their heads in the sand and do nothing.
Uncertain. Our new President, Mark Schlissel had no experience with a high profile athletic department while at Rhode Island. As such, the risk is that his ears will be bent by a select few with access. Former Texas coach Mack Brown explained that at his University, a cadre of four to five influential donors had the leaders’ ears and were able to accomplish their agendas. At Michigan, I don’t believe the power structure is that linear, but do worry whether anyone can be the change agent that is so badly needed, especially with powerful and generous donors like Stephen Ross backing Brandon.
The bottom line is that the Michigan Regents are government officials. Raise your hand if you still have faith that government officials will ever do the right thing. ... Anyone?
Fans who feel helpless can only vote with their feet. An under-100,000 attendance threatens this administration. But they believe last week’s crisis has blown over, and that the Penn State night game will provide a solid attendance figure, and then all will shortly return to normal.
Do Michigan fans have the guts to boycott? I believe that the public outcry, culminating in the impromptu rally against Dave Brandon this week, shows that people who care about Michigan football still have collective power.
With all this, the result of today’s game against the Scarlet Knights is almost superfluous. While it would be nice to win, it should not divert from the legitimate criticism that lies at Brandon’s feet. It is our duty to speak out and do what we can to end this dysfunction. That does not make us fair weather fans. When one party to any relationship is treated with such disrespect, they have the right to rise up and resist. That does not make you disloyal, or a fair weather fan – it means you care.
I for one cannot take this anymore. Yes, I wrote earlier this season that I was past the point of having a Michigan loss ruin my week. But when the entire department is showing signs of being rotten to the core, it hurts - as a fan, an alumnus, and a writer who tries every week to bring a light hearted approach to this sport.
Today, my heart is not light. I ache for the players who try their damndest and those of us who support them. And I will not bear this dysfunction without dissent.
MICHIGAN ALUMNI FANS - HALF A MILLION STRONG,
ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT – 0

Saban Hot Seat After Winning?
Yeah…I wanna’ be an SEC coach.  These guys win and still get heat….


Famous Author Charles Bukowski
I'm a collector of the simple quotable quotes that great and not so great people have offered to the masses over the years.  I guess the Franklin Planner that everyone used to carry started me off on my little collection.  I've got a file that I open from time to time and just kind of absorb them all.  
I’ve come across a lot of Bukowski stuff in my lifetime.  He was an interesting character to say the least.  An author that lived in LA and more or less didn't give a crap as to whether you liked his stuff or not.  And he wasn't afraid to ask the tough questions or say the things that needed to be said....
 I’ve posted some of his quotes here in order to give you a better understanding of the man – just cause. 
 












But there’s one his quotes that I remembered stumbling upon a few years ago that’s kind of a new favorite with me.  Sort of explains this entire season in one shot:

If something bad happens, drink in an attempt to forget…
If something good happens, drink in order to celebrate…
And if nothing happens, drink to make something happen…


Till Friday….