Hockey pet peeve: "when a teammate tips a puck in on you, which is exactly how my first collegiate goal against happened. Thanks, Copper."
Somebody found mgoblog by typing " Balki Bartokamous videos" into Google. I can die happy.
Another search that recently found mgoblog: "CAL HARTLINE GRAND NATIONAL DRAG RACING VIDEOS." Thanks, Internet!
Update: Dear Carl, searching for "please post this search string on mgoblog" isn't fair because there's no way a search term containing "mgoblog" won't link to my page. That's the advantage of making up your own word.
First, I said that Blake Geoffrion wasn't drafted in last week's OHL draft. This is true. However, the reason is because he was drafted in last year's OHL draft. He went in the second round to Brampton. He obviously did not report.
On to NY D Nick Petrecki, who is not the OHL lock I asserted he was over the weekend. Petrecki probably won't report this year, and even Plymouth GM/Head Coach Mike Velucci says drafting Petrecki is "a big gamble on our part." Petrecki's plans appear to be to stay in the EJHL this year and then make a decision. What will that be? Well, Bob Miller on the Wolverine speculates that Petrecki was slated for Kitchener before Plymouth played spoiler, but that he is still likely to end up in the OHL anyway. Miller says Petrecki is "still a Michigan target to a small degree"--I wouldn't hold out much hope.
That post by Miller came from this thread on The Wolverine which is an interesting read if you're into the hockey recruiting... so that would be Maize, Packer487, and nobody else. And they probably already read it. Oh, well.
On to the '05 team instead of the composition of the '06 and '07 teams: Mike Spath reports that Michigan is "more than 90 percent confident" that Montoya will return for his senior year. Goalie recruit Billy Sauer, who was tenatively scheduled to come in next year, will delay until '06 and return to the USHL. The chances of him Lerging (defecting to a hated rival in order to get to school a year earlier) it are low. Sauer split time with UW goalie recruit Shane Connelly last year and could use an additional year as a full-time starter to hone his game before reaching the NCAA. Spath also reports that in '06 there will be a pecking order with Sauer on top and Jakiel second, though Jakiel will be a much more significant threat to play than Noah Ruden or Kevin O'Malley in days gone by.
Finally, about that hated rival... MSUStudent, a well respected poster on the Yost Post board I've been referencing like mad, confirms that Tom Goebel has left Michigan State, likely for Ohio State. mgoblog posted on this a while ago using an RCMB rumor as a source. MSUStudent's independent confirmation raises my confidence in the veracity of this rumor to around 99 percent.
Update: Find more OHL draft fallout at WesternCollegeHockey. He points out that OSU may have some worries about freshman sensation Tom Fritsche and that '07 UNO recruit Anthony Peluso may bolt.
Update II: Goebel's departure is official.
Bruce Feldman has an ESPN Insider blog. He's been posting on it for several months and until today had never linked to another blog. What incredibly awesome foot-blog did he bless with ESPN approval? The frequently updated, maniacally comprehensive, swashbuckling marvel of mgoblog? No? How about some heisman blog that's been updated once this month? Goddammit.
No, I'm not bitter. Not even a little.
Okay, I'm bitter. Look at this guy's top ten list:
4. Boise State
5. Texas A&M
9. Virginia Tech
What? WHAT? This isn't six years into an NCAA 2005 dynasty, bub. Boise State could win the Super Bowl and still finish 11th in the coaches poll. Texas A&M is one inconsistent Reggie McNeal and a pile of doo. He's banking both on Urban Meyer magic (UMM) turning Florida into a BCS title game participant and the lack of UMM not harming Utah in the slightest. mgoblog's new publicity strategy: obvious severe wrongosity. This will cause Bruce Feldman and others to point my blog out for being idiotic, thus garnering me traffic and power.
I will miss the feeling of being infallibly correct about everything, but sacrifices must be made. I will destroy this blog in order to save it!
BuckeyePlanet tracks OSU recruiting like a hawk with OCD, which is always handy when Michigan goes up against the Bucks for a recruit. As per usual, the two rivals are battling for a number of recruits, and one of the most important is Justin Boren. Boren is the top offensive lineman in Ohio and the state's second-ranked player overall according to Rivals. Reading the tea leaves over there... well, let's let them say it. Nevadabuck qualifies as an insider over there. Here's Nevadabuck on 2/23:
Boren will be a Buckeye.
just rehashing what I've been saying for over two months...Boren will be a Buckeye...
do you think I'm just guessing??? LOL
any more doubters out there?? LOL My info is pretty solid......
(and yes, this was a feeble attempt to boost my flagging post count)
well thanks for insuring that I won't be thrown off the site if a 18 year old kid changes his mind.....LOL
I'll stand by my predictions(they are A LOT more than just informed guesses--but I guess inside info does have its privileges, doesn't it???)
I think my "batting average" with these kids speaks for itself...LOL
Boren will be a Buckeye.
I will state on April 25th at 8:10 pm Pacific Time that Boren will be a Buckeye--
This is a very very savvy young man who is also looking at life after football---and is there ANY better business position to be in, living in Columbus, then ex-OSU football player???
He is well aware of this fact, and will make the right decision.
Hey, NevadaBuck... how do you feel today?
I'm trying to decipher between what might have been said publically(ala Farrell) with what might have been said privately--
its not exactly jiving....
What's that? A classic "insider CYA" post? What happened to "Boren will be a Buckeye LOL LOL I am so 31337"? Read between the lines, kids... Boren won't be a Buckeye. Boren is only considering one other school: Michigan.
Is this a big deal? Yes. My recruit Spidey-sense tells me that Boren is the kind of kid who can come in, redshirt, and then start for four years like Jake Long. Michigan's interior line is a crowded place for the next few years but Boren might be the best prospect of all of them. Boren--son of Mike Boren, who was a LB for Bo in the 80s--was on Rivals' initial top 50 list and will probably stay there after doing 40 reps of a Honda Civic at the AA Nike Camp. He'll definitely be ranked as one of the top five interior linemen in the country--maybe number one. To boot, his little brother is 7'8", 450 pounds. Or something like that. He's a big dude.
Celebrate, for recruitin' news has come again.
(Thanks to reader TheMile for the tip.)
Update: NevadaBuck's latest: "Just got off a phone call that was not the least bit encouraging..."
Also, another site-moderator type guy called Boren and interviewed him tonight: "In my opinion, it seems that this great lineman is going to follow in his fathers footsteps and play for Michigan."
The recruiting board has been updated.
Pittsburglive has a good article on Jerame Tuman up. Tuman hasn't exactly lit up the NFL since entering the league in '99 and now has to deal with Heath Miller, the Steeler's first rounder this year.
And now Rage Against the Machine is playing as an intro to some Pistons highlights... Zach De La Rocha, your name is hypocrisy!
Such a good boy am I...
Update 4/9: Added FB Luke Schmidt, OL Matt Carufel, OL Bartley Webb, LB Eric Gordon, LB Travis Goethel, LB Toryan Smith, CB Brantwon Bowser. Linked to free Demarco Murray video. Asserted that TE Dedrick Epps will likely commit at camp.