Simple site needs some help, Fails to deliver
SALINE, MICHIGAN OCTOBER 5, 2005 As the early season troubles mount, so does the pressure on University of Michigan head football coach Lloyd Carr. Certainly the Lloyd Carr haters have been well represented on radio talk shows and message boards for a long time now, but finally someone has pulled together an anti-Lloyd website a’ la fireronzook.com, which was widely publicized during the former Florida coach’s tough times in Gainesville.
Here’s a quick review of firelloydcarr.us, which overall is pretty disappointing. Opinions of coach Carr aside, here’s my take on the site:
First off, the actual website name. The media don’t often mention the actual domain of the site, so my take is that many assume the site is simply firelloydcarr.com (as opposed to .us). I don’t blame the guy: in the fireronzook craze, a bunch of people probably bought up all the “fireCOACHNAME.com” sites. Someone owns firelloydcarr.com. So, the .us extension is a little troublesome, but he’s doing what he can.
The layout is of low quality. It looks like the guy just learned how to publish a website, and his Firelloydcarr.us banner looks as though he discovered the primary colors, and then learned how to add a drop shadow to text. Weak. Maybe a Lloyd Carr bobblehead would be better!
Then there’s the content. The guy promises a lot more, but now it is just a one page note on why the guy thinks Coach Carr should be fired from his Michigan job. One page. He cites some key stats against Michigan’s rivals and maintains that “Michigan should be competing for national championships [sic] every year”. Overall, very weak. If he really wants to dig into Lloyd Carr, he should dig through the logs of press conference info, etc., on mgoblue.com.
Next problem I have are some of his takes. He argues that Lloyd Carr’s goal is to win the Big Ten every year. For the record, the national championship is absolutely a goal of this team every year. To suggest that they care less about beating Notre Dame than, say, Wisconsin, is laughable. In addition, he cites that Michigan has a top 5 recruiting class every year (and our talent compares only to USC). While Michigan has great talent, Michigan doesn’t have a top 5 class every year, no matter whose ratings you look at. That ‘Top 5’ number is thrown around a lot, but is bogus. Not that anyone with a brain really cares.
Final take: the guy provides references to some of the stats he puts on the page. This is fine, but I’m pretty sure you don’t need to mention sources when noting things like Michigan’s bowl record and record against certain teams. It’s like me saying “Michigan 34, MSU 31 (OT)” last Saturday (Detroit Free Press). No kidding. If anything, he should just cite mgoblue.com for any stat and be done with it.