Is it worth the risk?

So Michigan wore throwbacks in their game against Notre Dame last week and pulled out a last minute win. It was a big deal for the Wolverines and the team was super-excited about it.

Apparently they were so excited, they asked to be able to keep the “legacy” jerseys they wore and the athletic director agreed.

But is that really the best idea?

After all the problems encountered by conference-mate Ohio State last season with players selling rings, jerseys and autographs, is putting this kind of temptation in front of college students in the best interest of the university?

The article I linked to has players saying that they can’t imagine their teammates will sell the jerseys because they’re so special to them.

But it also says that Michigan had planned on auctioning the game-worns and that tons of replicas of the jersey had been sold, meaning the market for the jerseys they’re giving the players is going to be high. It may prove that the offers the players receive for their jerseys are too tempting to pass up.

It seems like Michigan is taking an unnecessary risk by taking this step. Trusting the life of your program to the moral fortitude of 80 18-22 year-olds doesn’t seem like the smartest step for a college of Michigan’s stature.

The risk-reward here is so high that I can’t imagine why they’d even take the chance.

Or am I being too pessimistic?

Maybe the Ohio State and Miami debacles have left me assuming the worst and I’m looking for demons where there are none.

What’s your take?

 

Blood, Brackets, and Tears: An NCAA Basketball Wrap-Up

It is December 2010.  You’re looking over your holiday gifts lists when there’s a loud pop behind you.  You turn around to seeyourself, wearing slightly less clothing, hair mussed and eyes bloodshoot.

“I came from the future to warn you,” the apparition says.  “Beware the brackets.  UConn will win and destroy us all.”

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Your March Madness Visual Reference Guide

I would be happy to see more of this from Singler, but YMMV.

I’m jumping my usual post day by about twelve hours just so I can remind you that you can still sign up for the Ladies… Bracket Brawl right up until tipoff Thursday (12:15 EST).  Just click the link and enter the password: ladiesdotdotdot.

In the meantime, here’s a quick visual guide to some of the teams and storylines that will be occupying your TV over the next four days (at least).

Uh, that’s Duke over there.  I miss that period when they flamed out in the early rounds every year. Kyle Singler (#12) is the latest in the Duke mold of Awesome Collegiate Players With No Real Chance At A Pro Career.

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I Was There: The Ladies… do the Rose Bowl!

In a wonderful surprise, my boyfriend got us Rose Bowl tickets for Christmas. Round trip airfare was outrageous, but we had family who needed to get a car from Milwaukee to LA, so, intrepid folks that we are, we signed on for the 30-odd hour drive, bought one-way tickets home from LA (much more reasonable) and were in for attending the 2011 Rose Bowl.

Despite the Badgers losing, it was an awesome experience. I got to put my feet in the Pacific Ocean, see Hollywood and Highland, Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the Hollywood sign, eat an In and Out Burger and see a smog-free Los Angeles.

The game itself was fun, close and somewhat frustrating. Wisconsin was unable to get any defensive pressure, they inexplicably went for a pass play on a two-point conversion that would have tied the game when the run game had been effective all day, and there were too many dropped balls. Despite some sloppy play, they were in the game the whole way, which is all a fan can ask for. It was a great game to watch.

We got up about 5:30 am on gameday to make it to Pasadena for the Rose Parade. Thanks to a hookup, we parked within two blocks of the parade route and were able to stand right behind a row of chairs for a perfect view of the parade.

Follow the jump for many more pictures from the parade and the game!

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Advent Calendar of Hotness: Day 14

Sensing a serious lack of ink in our lovely ACOH – today’s hottie comes fully loaded.  For your viewing pleasure ladies – Devin Thomas.

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