Joe Lunardi, he of the "bracketology" running feature on ESPN has a 2006 Preview up with 7, count 'em, 7 Big Ten teams... and no Michigan, who check in at #4 in "last four out."
Where to start? Well, how about here: what? The Big Ten looks very shaky next year. If 7 Big Ten teams end up in the tournament I'll eat my hat (I don't own a hat. I'll eat your hat). If 7 Big Ten teams end up in the tournament and Michigan isn't one of them, Tommy Amaker will be on the next donkey back to Durham.
GBW's posted a top 10 QBs nationally and how Michigan stands with each. Currently pinning hopes on Mitch Mustain of Arkansas. Big names Tebow and Stafford are probably out of the picture. Neil Caudle and Zach Frazer are plans A1 and A2... sounds like TX QB Sean Hakes is plan B.
Also, showing a sense of timing almost as bad as mgoblog's basketball season preview, GBW previews... Illinois! Yow!
Upcoming: full-season hockey grades (which you may have seen in an incomplete, screwed up form a couple days ago... think of it as an ultrasound) and a small tribute to the hockey seniors.
Good news if you love Tommy Amaker. Good news if you hate Tommy Amaker. There seems to be a growing body of opinion that UM is a tournament team next year and that Amaker has assembled enough talent to demonstrate whether or not he can coach his way out of a wet paper bag.
CBS Sportsline's Gregg Doyel is the latest to chime in like so, adding Michigan to his list of ten new tourney teams for '06. Vegas odds that at some point next year CBS or ESPN shows an Amaker montage backed by "Under Pressure": pick 'em.
Hey, remember the Orange Bowl? I do. I remember screaming "throw it to Terrell, dammit!" every time Michigan did anything other than throw it to Terrell, dammit. Tom Brady remembers, too, and apparently urged the Pats to sign DT after he came on the market after a Bears career that can be fairly described as sucktastic.
This idea? Friggin' brilliant for all involved. DT now has a living breathing QB throwing to him, one who he knows quite well. NE picked up a guy, for all his attitude issue and lack of production, who has a ton of talent. Chances are that Terrell will get in line now that he's being coached by the NFL equivalent of God, Bill Belichick, and having balls tossed to him by the NFL equivalent of Jesus, Tom Brady.
Two words to sum up: Fantasy. Sleeper. (Also: giant. dork.)
TSN's posted a bunch of draft analysis as part of their "pay for this 31337 coverage" teaser, and several Wolverines are noted. Braylon, of course, along with Shazor, Baas, and Dudley, though Dudley's profile basically says "is a fullback."
Marlin Jackson is nowhere to be found on their top five cornerbacks list although he's likely to be one of the top five cornerbacks taken. Shazor and Dudley are both ranked #2 at their respective positions, though it seems like Dudley is still unlikely to be drafted. That's going to be a mistake if he's not. I know fullbacks are not exactly high in the NFL pecking order, but Dudley erased projected top 10 pick Derrick Johnson (Rose Bowl stat line: 1.5 tackles, 1 forced fumble) and any other linebacker he faced. He never caught the ball, sure, but if you've got third and two he's your man. He's well worth a late round draft pick for a team in need of a road grader.
All right, I was somewhere between somewhat and and very intoxicated while this was going on, but I remember watching news coverage of what went on in East Lansing after MSU's loss to UNC and it was... weird. There were scattered students all apparently in transit from bars to their homes, cops in riot gear, and completely unnecessary tear gas.
The RCMB has a picture-laden rant detailing what certainly sounds like a huge overreaction by the ELPD in their anticipation of another Duke 1999 fiasco. Some dude with a much better camera also has a visual summary up. My favorite:
All in all, though, it looks like MSU students got done wrong here.