Desmond will become a permanent fixture on College Gameday this year as sort of a fourth-wheel analyst guy. I don't understand why ESPN thinks this is a good idea since his previous appearances on Gameday with Rocket "Raghib" Ismail have given me night terrors, but whatever. He can't be as bad as Mark May, the Smarminator. Also it will make for more entertainingly paranoid claims of Big Ten bias by teams nationwide.
Dear BWI Nutballs, Lyin' Lloyd Carr put Tim Massaquoi at tight end after he was asked to by none other than Tim Massaquoi:
Michigan gave him that shot. But after spring practice following his freshman year in 2001, Massaquoi, who chose U-M because of the success enjoyed by receivers such as Anthony Carter, Desmond Howard and Derrick Alexander, decided that the talent level at receiver was too great. He dropped by coach Lloyd Carr's office and proposed the move to tight end.
More on Massaquoi in today's News.
Also in the News, Angelique Chengelis displays the real bias of journalists:
Q. What has been the biggest disappointment for Michigan so far during this preseason?
A: No quarterback controversy. Who doesn't love one of those?
ME. Good God, woman, don't you remember the Henson-Brady days?
Leon Hall has snatched the pebble says MLive. Money quote:
"Before, I had goals set, but I didn't go after them so much.''
Deshawn Sims is well regarded by some dude at Scout, checking in at #11 in the country. Now if we could just get a point guard and a tall reboundy guy.
Rumors are circulating that the Pistons might break up their starting five by trading Rasheed Wallace to the Chicago Bulls for center Tyson Chandler and forward Andres Nocioni.
I have just found out on PistonsTalk.com that this rumor was made up by a 16 year old kid who regularly posts on there...
His name is Jayborne23...
Looks like Jayborne's rumor has come full circle lol.
Some of us should be getting paid by these journalists for the stuff we come up with...they just re-word posts and then print it as coming from a 'league source' :P
Jayborne23 posted on 8/23/2005 9:53:28 PM
HOLY S***, WAS I RIGHT?
Is Sheed for Chandler and Nocioni a real deal? Cause I sincerely made that s*** up. That hoopsworld article mentioned it. WHAT THE F***?
I just talked to one of my NBA sources. He said the Sheed-Chandler trade has not been discussed by the two teams. It won't happen. Sorry to get you so excited.
Ya fue desmentido, aparentemente fue un rumor iniciado por un pibe de 16 aÃ±os.
Did Anyone Die After Latest Pistons Rumor?
Let me see. What harm did writing the rumor cause?
Did someone jump off a building?
Did the Pistons shut down?
Did Rasheed Wallace read the blog and run into hiding?
No. None of this happened. What happened is some of you liked the rumored trade and debated it. And some of you did not.
I hardly think society has been altered.
The good news is this web blog [sic] is getting read. I know it has been quoted in [sic] other web sites, Tigers General Manager Dave Dombrowski is not thrilled with some of the stuff in here and geeks from around the country have used it to peddle female products and medicine to make you more user friendly to your women.
In the future if some of you are too stupid to differentiate between rumor and fact, then just turn the page.
There are some interesting posts on "GetALife.blogspot.com [sic]
Emphasis mine. I think PistonsTalk said it best:
ESPN Bruce seems to be getting his slappin' arm limber($):
They say the antiquated SEC way can't cope with these polished-up diversified schemes. Their heads will be spinning, they predict. They point to long-time Pac-10 offensive coordinator Al Borges' arrival at Auburn before last year as Exhibit A. ... And now, they predict Phase II is about to begin: Urban Legend and his glossy spread option!!! The media has also hopped on board. This has sparked a very heated, and often comical debate. In truth, it's somewhere between the Moneyball vs. Scouts beef and the great Moors/Moops debate.
Dayum! In a nutshell:
But I'm not buying the notion that the SEC is full of a bunch of cavemen with whistles around their necks, and therefore I'm a little skeptical of the takeover theory.
I give him two weeks before he calls someone shallow and facile.
(FTR: It's Moops.)
Update 8/25: Added NY DE McKenzie Matthews, noted that Myron Rolle announces September 1, linked to Steve Brown article (forced fumble an a 98 yard touchdown return!). Linked to Tim Tebow article, Det News article on the best players in the state this year featuring Patilla and Graham. Added OH OL Mark Jackson.
Editorial Opinion: no one thinks Rolle is picking Michigan, though he has done a good job of keeping it close to the vest. I doubt he ends up here, unfortunately. Link here.
We're going to kick David Letterman's ass. Ball State. 2006. Feel the lack of excitement.
The Big Ten basketball schedule was recently released. Hawkeye Hoops has the relevant section of it: a list of the opponents each team plays only once. Michigan draws one of the shorter sticks, missing delicious puffy substances Northwestern and Penn State. (Why does the Big Ten play only 16 conference games? Can't they at least go to 18? Do I really need to see Michigan destroy pushovers like
Boston University Oakland IUPUI?)
Blogspotting over heah: The Bemusement Park checks in with a Dabbler's Guide to College Football. Good for you Pac 10 fans out there. Check it out between earthquakes. Sunday Morning Quarterback drops his Big Ten preview. He picks the Hated Buckeyes with an Obviously Flawed Computation System, but he does it with panache, so it's cool. The Subsidiary... I don't even know how to describe this. It's obsessive, insane, beautiful: a theorized fall spent road-tripping across the country, catching games as often as possible, wandering about, watching bratwurst, eating football. Sweet. Eat football. And then there's this from Wannabeleader. Uh. Yeah. And stuff. (HT: Boi From Troy.) And Blah Blah Blah has some lingering concerns he'd like addressed.
O Canada, sometimes I love you. Usually this is during the opening theme of Hockey Night In Canada, but it also pops up when I read things like this:
The lockout-ridden CBC was left without camera technicians, directors, announcers and commentators for the game between the Toronto Argonauts and Edmonton Eskimos.
"We've been monitoring the chat rooms and some of the online feedback around the game and in fact the response has been fairly positive," said MacDonald. "Contrary to what some people have said in the press, a lot of fans said they enjoyed it."
Ratings actually increased. Hopefully network management is getting some "right-sizing" ideas. (HT: FO.)
Speaking of Canada, when you make an uncannily accurate comparison between the Canadian Curling Association and the NCAA, well, you get linked. The Sports Economist has your SWEEP! SWEEP! AVAST YER MATIES SWEEEEEEP action.
Sports (Graphically) Illustrated gets a well-deserved knifing from Michael David Smith, also of Football Outsiders, in the latest issue of The New Republic. Insert a lot of words about the unfortunate direction of sports media that you've heard from me before. I actually stopped reading SI before the ESPN Magazine/tabloid pressure came into being because when I got each issue I realized I was reading about the last 10 pages--you know, the "Inside the NFL/NBA/CFB" stuff--and skipping over 80 or so softball profiles of athletes who I find interesting only in the context of competition. People who are both highly paid sports professionals and, you know, not deathly boring are few and far between, like supermodel neuroscientists. I'm at a loss to explain why it seems to be the focus of an ever-expanding coverage universe that results in things like the "Budweiser Hotseat."Gag me with a spoon, as they say.
Check the comments on FO for more discussion.
The Harris Poll sucks! Okay, this is an interesting article from Dennis Dodd on the 114 voters of the Harris poll and their general unsuitability for the job at hand. Four have already resigned. Three, including Lou Holtz, are gone because of their ties to ESPN, which is apparently against this whole polling business now. The fourth is some dude who lays bricks for a living. No, that's not a joke. His connection with college football: he watches a ton of it. Sounds like he'd do a better job than Terry Bradshaw, but alas, it is not to be.