Player Attitudes, Social media and media access

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vixblue
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Player Attitudes, Social media and media access - Tuesday, December 03, 2013 11:34 AM
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Does it bother anyone how critical the players were of the fan base?  it almost seems like they had an attitude against us for complaining about the coaching and offensive struggles.  I can understand an "us against the world" mentality but it seems the players these days seem more vocal and critical about the unhappy fan base.  Lewan and Gardner seem to be the most vocal.  I cannot remember players voicing their opinions this much under RR or Carr.
 
 
i realize that facebook, twitter and the local media's fascination with putting a microphone in front of an emotional teenager/young man.  But it seems there is too much access to these players.  Thoughts?

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Re:Player Attitudes, Social media and media access - Tuesday, December 03, 2013 12:04 PM
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Go back and re-read all of the threads that were posted on this site the week leading up to the Ohio game.  I think I saw one or two that showed support for the team.  Everything else painted a picture of gloom and doom.   If the players read this forum, and I'm guessing that many of them do, I can see where their "us against the world" mentaility came from.  The only ones who thought they had a shot at beating Ohio was themselves.
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Re:Player Attitudes, Social media and media access - Tuesday, December 03, 2013 12:22 PM
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vixblue


Does it bother anyone how critical the players were of the fan base?  it almost seems like they had an attitude against us for complaining about the coaching and offensive struggles.  I can understand an "us against the world" mentality but it seems the players these days seem more vocal and critical about the unhappy fan base.  Lewan and Gardner seem to be the most vocal.  I cannot remember players voicing their opinions this much under RR or Carr.


i realize that facebook, twitter and the local media's fascination with putting a microphone in front of an emotional teenager/young man.  But it seems there is too much access to these players.  Thoughts?

 
Welcome to America, 2013. Everyone has an opinion ... and if you don't agree with someone else's opinion, they are wrong and you are right. There's no middle ground anymore. It used to be if a fan base boo'ed, it was generally accepted that the participants/coaches didn't like it, and you didn't normally ask about it. Now we (I say "we" because I'm a member of the media and I've done it, too) ask the participants/coaches what they think about it, how it makes them feel, what's their gut reaction, etc.
 
Fans feel like they have a right to boo, players feel like they are the ones laying it all on the line and shouldn't be boo'ed.
 
(Also, under the coaches you mentioned, Twitter and Facebook were in their infancy. With social media, and especially with Twitter, access to players is much, MUCH easier. Don't like how DG played, then you can blast his Timeline and he'll probably see it.)

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Re:Player Attitudes, Social media and media access - Tuesday, December 03, 2013 12:38 PM
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It depends.  I think players and coaches all have a 'right' to speak their mind.  It might not always be a good idea, but I wouldn't fault someone for sticking up for themselves.  However, if you're currently running with a 7-5 record and losing to rivals like OSU and MSU, don't be surprised if you take a little heat.
 
In short, don't like all the negativity?  Then stop sucking.

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Re:Player Attitudes, Social media and media access - Tuesday, December 03, 2013 12:48 PM
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Go back and re-read all of the threads that were posted on this site the week leading up to the Ohio game.  I think I saw one or two that showed support for the team.  Everything else painted a picture of gloom and doom.   If the players read this forum, and I'm guessing that many of them do, I can see where their "us against the world" mentaility came from.  The only ones who thought they had a shot at beating Ohio was themselves.

 
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Re:Player Attitudes, Social media and media access - Tuesday, December 03, 2013 1:28 PM
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You think they read this garbage? Lol doubt it........lots of better stuff on the net for a young man.

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Re:Player Attitudes, Social media and media access - Tuesday, December 03, 2013 2:04 PM
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Jsj..you better believe they go online and see what the world is saying about them. They're teens and young kids in the spotlight for 5-6 months a year, of corse they want to know what people think.

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Re:Player Attitudes, Social media and media access - Tuesday, December 03, 2013 2:42 PM
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They may not read it religiously, but I can say for a fact that many of the players and coaches are aware of what's being said about them.
"Character wins in life and character wins on the football field." — Michigan coach Brady Hoke. 

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Re:Player Attitudes, Social media and media access - Tuesday, December 03, 2013 2:50 PM
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Granted twitter and Facebook were in their infancy under rr and Carr, but having players do post game interviews and giving the media such access I think has gotten worse. Shame on UM for forcing Devin to face the media after a heart breaking loss. He is not a professional player that is getting paid. They should let him have privacy.

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Re:Player Attitudes, Social media and media access - Tuesday, December 03, 2013 2:51 PM
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Granted twitter and Facebook were in their infancy under rr and Carr, but having players do post game interviews and giving the media such access I think has gotten worse. Shame on UM for forcing Devin to face the media after a heart breaking loss. He is not a professional player that is getting paid. They should let him have privacy.

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Re:Player Attitudes, Social media and media access - Tuesday, December 03, 2013 2:53 PM
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And even if they're not reading this site, there's still plenty of negative press to go around.  They pick up the paper and read "they stink".  They turn on the local sports talk show on the radio and hear "they stink".   Their Twitter and Fakebook pages scream "they stink".  The local car dealer puts up a billboard that says "they stink or you get a free car".  When all they hear for weeks is "they stink" do you really expect them to thank the fans for all their support after the game? 
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Re:Player Attitudes, Social media and media access - Tuesday, December 03, 2013 4:15 PM
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It  took us Internet fans to get them fired up to play their best game of the season.  Guess I know what I'll be doing all next season.
 
 
 
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Re:Player Attitudes, Social media and media access - Tuesday, December 03, 2013 4:35 PM
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If I were them I would be more pissed that their fellow classmates can't bother to go to the games or that for the most part Michigan stadium on a Saturday is where you will find 113000 of the quietest fans in college football. I have been in stadiums that only sit 60000-70000 that bring more excitement than us. I finally got my wife to go to a Michigan game this year and I won't forget about the only thing she said the whole game was "why is it so quiet"

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Re:Player Attitudes, Social media and media access - Tuesday, December 03, 2013 9:27 PM
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You don't want to get boo'd?  Play better and coach better.  Complaining about it on Twatter won't fix anything.  And I highly doubt anybody in the stadium was booing the players-they were booing the coaches.  Welcome to big boy football.

 

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Re:Player Attitudes, Social media and media access - Tuesday, December 03, 2013 9:34 PM
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All this team does is talk talk talk. Shut up and play football.

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Ohio St.'s actions are not unlike their lower intestine: stinky and loaded with danger.


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Re:Player Attitudes, Social media and media access - Tuesday, December 03, 2013 10:38 PM
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TK23Blue

And I highly doubt anybody in the stadium was booing the players-they were booing the coaches.

99% of anyone who knows anything was definitely booing Borges/Funk.
 
If the players really thought about it, they'd realize that the fans booing the coaches--coaches who BTW threw the same players under the bus several times over the last 6 weeks--are actually concerned about the players.
 
I guess when rich, old, fat guys blame kids for their own failings it sends a message to the team that the people running the show are above reproach.