"Rodrick Williams Jr.'s 10-month old, 2-foot-long savannah monitor named "Kill" gets the RB some strange looks when they go for walks together."
Previously: Introducing Shaq Wiggins
Tyrone (GA) Sandy Creek CB Shaq Wiggins is a member of both the ESPNU 150 Watch List and the Early 247 for the class of 2013. He has been high on Michigan throughout the early stages of the recruiting process after an outstanding performance at last summer's Sound Mind Sound Body camp in Southfield put him on the radar of several Midwest schools. Wiggins holds offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Tennesee, Cincinnati, Wake Forest, Ball State, Ohio, and Toledo, and he was in Michigan Stadium a couple weeks ago to take in the Ohio State game. I caught up with Shaq over the weekend to get the latest on his status:
ACE: How's everything going in terms of your recruitment? How many offers are you sitting on right now?
SHAQ: Still sitting on eight. A couple schools came to see me, and for the most part they want me to come to their junior days and stuff like that. I'm going to sit down and pick out some of the schools that I'm going to consider and go to their junior days.
ACE: Are there any schools that are standing out for you right now?
SHAQ: I would probably say Tennessee right now.
ACE: You had the chance to come up and visit Ann Arbor for the Ohio State game. What were your impressions of Michigan coming out of that?
SHAQ: Well, right off the bat, I mean the crowd—114,000 fans—that was pretty amazing, I never saw that before. I know Ohio State and Michigan are good rivals. They executed well against Ohio State, the play was great, the environment was great—it just makes you think more and more about being a Michigan Wolverine.
ACE: Did you get the chance to talk to the coaches while you were up on your visit? What have they had to say about your recruitment?
SHAQ: I talked to Coach Montgomery most of the time, and I talked to Coach Mallory for a little bit. They were telling me to keep focusing—this was while the season was going on—keep focusing on my style of play and just playing hard for my team and they would come to see me in the next two weeks when they come and recruit the South.
ACE: What's the status of your Michigan offer? Depending on where you look, it says you may have one or you may not.
SHAQ: Yeah, I don't know why—someone talked to me the other day [and said that] on ESPN the check was off my Michigan offer or something like that. I know I have a Michigan offer, so I don't know what the rumors are or anything like that, but I can't worry about that.
ACE: Did visiting Michigan change how you look at the school and how they fit in with the teams you're looking at right now?
SHAQ: Yeah, it definitely gives a little spark in my eye. Just looking at the freshman, Blake Countess, playing early, and the depth chart looks pretty good. So, I mean, Michigan I would say is a priority.
ACE: Looking at your season, you guys went through the regular season undefeated and got into the third round of the playoffs. How'd you feel about your team's performance this year and your performance individually?
SHAQ: My team's performance, I thought it was as good as it could get. In the last game we didn't play as well as we should have, but as a team throughout the whole season, the season was great. We played an undefeated regular season and won the regional championship, so some of the goals we set we accomplished them, and obviously the goal we set to win the state championship didn't go as planned. All we can do is come in harder next year. My season individually, you know, I never thought I would have nine interceptions in one season. I guess from all the hard work in the summertime, that's what I got.
ACE: Nine picks is obviously a very impressive number. How'd you feel you improved over the season, and what are you still working on for the next level?
SHAQ: I try and get better at every aspect of the game, especially at cornerback, I try to work at everything. But the most important thing that I want to work on is my size, a lot of people talk about my size—not that I really take offense to that, it's true, I have to get bigger, stronger for the next level in order to contribute to my team. I would probably say that's one of the main focuses of my game. Once I get a little stronger and bigger I think my game will be kind of complete and good and I'm just hoping to get better.
ACE: Now that your season is over, what are you looking at in terms of possible junior days and summer visits?
SHAQ: Yeah—hopefully Michigan again. I know I'm taking a trip to Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, and maybe one more school.
ACE: Do you have any idea in terms of a timeline about when you'd like to wrap up your recruitment?
SHAQ: I'm hoping summertime of 2012, going into my senior season, but I'm not trying to rush anything. I would like to get my recruitment over with by summer so I can just focus straight on my season.
I was recently interviewed (by a freshman girl for her English class... gotta start somewhere) about my "Pre-Gaming with Pat" videos and thought some people might be interested in reading this to learn more about how they came to be:
What gave you the idea for Pre-Gaming with Pat? When did you start doing it?
Last year before the UConn game some Michigan fans were promoting something online called "Mustaches for Michigan," so I decided to grow out my beard and get a straight razor shave into a mustache before heading down to tailgate with my friends. I thought it would be funny to film people's reactions to my mustache and maybe interview other people with mustaches, but I wasn't sure how receptive people would be to being filmed. I grabbed my Flip camera right before I walked out of my apartment and figured it would be something that I sent to a few friends, but nothing more than that. As the day went on I found that people really wanted to be on camera (mostly because they were drunk) and I ended up getting some really funny footage. I figured the video would be a lot more exciting if it featured music, so I used a song by All Out called "Lights" that I had been playing on repeat in my apartment and edited it using iMovie the next day. It's actually the first video on my Youtube page, although I've been making videos since high school. I had no expectations when I posted it; I figured some of my friends might enjoy it, but everyone seemed to like it (some people even "liked" it on Facebook). I think the only places I posted it were on my Facebook page and in a forum on MGoBlog, but people seemed to get a kick out of it.
What was the initial reaction to Pre-Gaming with Pat? How did/do you promote it?
The first one was received well, but the reaction was nothing compared to how people responded to the videos I made this year. I think the biggest reason why these videos have caught on is because I know more people on campus than I did when I made last year's video. I had to stop making pre-gaming videos last year after the first one because I joined the lacrosse team and I would've gotten the team in trouble if I continued to promote alcohol consumption, so I spent the rest of the year focusing primarily on my classes and lacrosse. I also blogged for Inside Lacrosse and made video blogs that accompanied my posts that were very similar in style to the first Pre-Gaming with Pat video (in that they featured music prominently and were a combination of interviews and action, in this case lacrosse practice or games).
By the time I moved back to Ann Arbor in the fall after graduating last spring and working at at an advertising agency in Boulder more people knew who I was (because of my lacrosse videos, how often I frequented Rick's, etc.) which helped tremendously, both with filming the videos and promoting them. After the Notre Dame "Under the Lights" video came out I didn't really have any problems getting footage, but the first two videos were difficult because people didn't know why I was filming. It's very uncomfortable to stand in a crowd of drunk college students (some of whom are underage, all of whom will want a job someday) while holding a giant camera, but as the videos became more and more popular people became more receptive to being in them.
To promote these videos I relied mostly on social media to help spread the word. Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr are the main sites that I use, and they're all amazing tools if you know how to work them. I've learned a ton about how to reach a wider audience just by trying different promotional methods on these sites. Getting the videos on sites like MGoBlog and BroBible was also extremely helpful because it helped me reach a different kind of audience beyond just college students at the University of Michigan. I really wish I didn't have to self promote, but I've learned that it's necessary at this stage of my career if I want people to see my stuff.
When you're conducting interviews, how you do go about choosing your subjects?
I tried to interview as wide of a variety of people as possible, but as the season went on that became more difficult because I realized that most of the people who were watching the videos were college students. I also broke my ankle after the fourth video, so I was forced to stay in one place and wasn't able to walk around and interview people outside of the fraternity pre-games. I tried to find people who knew a lot about Michigan football for the interviews, but I think anyone who has seen the videos knows that a lot of the humor comes from how little some people knew about the games that they were pre-gaming for.
Do you go into the day knowing which questions you want to ask?
The night before every game I would write out a few questions I wanted to ask people based on who Michigan's opponent was that week, but for the most part I would just ask questions that I thought would produce a humorous answer. My favorite question from all the videos was from the Eastern Michigan game when my friend Skyler Fulton asked an older professor at Michigan "what was it like playing for Fielding Yost?". That was a question I thought of on the spot (I would've asked it myself but I was holding the camera at the time) and while it had nothing to do with that week's game, I thought it was funny and it makes me regret not asking more spontaneous questions throughout the series.
Do you edit the videos yourself?
Yes. I use Final Cut Pro for editing and each video took six hours on average to complete. In addition to a list of questions, I went into every game with a song in mind for that week's video. That helped with knowing how much footage I had to shoot and what kinds of shots I needed to film in order to ensure that the visuals fit with the theme of the song. Youtube is very strict with copyright laws so I try to use music from up and coming artists; I'm not a huge fan of "mainstream" music and I've developed great relationships with some of the artists whose songs I've used in my videos. My favorite artist is Hoodie Allen and his brother is a freshman at Michigan, so when he visited Ann Arbor for the San Diego State game I made sure he got a cameo in that week's video, which made me look a lot cooler than I actually am. As an aspiring comedy writer I understand and appreciate the value of someone sharing my work with their friends and/or fan base, so I'm always happy to help promote talented artists and help their music reach a wider audience.
The most difficult part of editing the videos was deciding what interviews to use and which ones to leave out. There were many interviews I had to leave out that I really wanted to use because the person said something offensive or something that could've potentially hurt their personal image or future job prospects. My intent with making these videos was never to embarrass anyone or get anyone in trouble; I simply wanted to showcase how unique and awesome the pre-gaming experience at Michigan is.
What has been your most ridiculous experience through Pre-Gaming with Pat?
I think being recognized by people around town and getting positive feedback is the most ridiculous thing to me. I don't really think of myself as a performer, but I've realized that I have to do more than just write if I want to be noticed and eventually make a career in comedy. It's funny because before I decided to play lacrosse last year I was planning on focusing entirely on comedy and my career, but if I hadn't joined the team I wouldn't have met many of the people who helped make these videos a reality. Like I said before, these videos are controversial and difficult to make because people don't typically want to be filmed when they've been drinking alcohol, but the connections I've made allowed me to go to different pre-games around campus and get footage because my friends allowed me access and explained what I was doing to people who didn't know me or hadn't seen the videos.
As far as filming goes, the most ridiculous thing I saw was when I was shooting the last video of the year before the Ohio State game. I saw (and filmed) a kid who was dancing on a tabletop to Avicii's "Levels" suddenly stop, pull the trigger, vomit into a bush, wipe off his face, and resume dancing. Obviously it was something that I would never use in a video, but it all happened within a matter of seconds and I thought it was humorous that I was the only person to notice it. Whenever that song came on I always got incredible party footage, so I have take a moment and give a special shout-out to Avicii for his contribution to my videos.
Now that so many people recognize the series, do you find that people act differently around you? How so? How has the show affected you personally?
It certainly hasn't hurt my ability to meet girls at the bar, but other than that nothing has really changed. I love when people come up to me and tell me they've enjoyed something I made, but it also makes me uncomfortable because I'm not sure I deserve recognition at this point in my career.
These videos all stem from me wanting to show off one of my favorite aspects of my time as a student at Michigan, and I get the most satisfaction when someone tells me that they wish they had gone here or that they want to go here after watching them. Obviously I hope no one chooses to attend the University of Michigan solely because of my videos, but I think Michigan has a reputation amongst outsiders as not being the most fun place to go to school when in reality it has the best combination of academics, athletics, and social life of any school in the nation. I'm glad I was able to give students and alumni an opportunity to show their friends just how unique and fun our football Saturdays can be.
Do you plan to continue with the show next year now that you've graduated? What are your plans for the future? Do they involve comedy?
As of now, I have no idea. Besides showing off how awesome the pre-game experience at Michigan is, the main reason why I made these videos was to try to convince people that I'm funny. I've found that if I post a comedy sketch or a clip of me performing stand-up comedy it won't get many views, but if I show girls dancing on tabletops for thirty seconds, followed by ten seconds of me trying to be funny, followed by girls dancing on tabletops for thirty seconds, more people will be willing to watch it. I'm fully aware that the "success" of these videos is largely due to the fact that Michigan students and alumni are so passionate about their school and not because I'm funny or good at editing or any other reasons that have to do with my abilities. I'm hesitant to keep making them because I don't want to be known only as the guy who makes pre-gaming videos or as the guy who piggybacks off of the University of Michigan.
The only way I would consider continuing the series in the future would be if I could find a way to travel to a different college campus each week for a game. I'd like to start traveling more and I'm a huge college football fan, but I'm also a broke, unemployed film major, so as of now the likelihood of any of this happening is extremely slim. The only way I could foresee it working would be if I could convince a website to sponsor me and pay for my travel expenses, which I'm currently looking into. But if anyone who's reading this wants to fund it themselves, that'd be great too.
My plan right now is to stay in Ann Arbor for a few more months while my ankle heals and continue making comedy videos until I can justify moving to Los Angeles or New York. My dream job would be to write for a website like Funny or Die, but I need to work extremely hard if I'm ever going to achieve that. As far as future projects go, I'm currently filming a mockumentary called AMCULT 315: Rick's vs. Skeeps based on a fake syllabus I wrote during my senior year at Michigan. After that, I have no idea. I have a lot of projects lined up, but it all depends on who is available and which video I'm in the mood to make.
How do you deal with some of the bad press that you get? i.e. Negative comments on Youtube, etc.
I try to make myself very available and approachable online, but I don't worry about Youtube comments, or any online comments for that matter. That's not to say that I don't read them or respond to them or appreciate the feedback, but my mindset whenever I'm making anything is to try to create something that me and my friends would enjoy. While it's frustrating to make a video and see it get a great response on one site and ripped apart on another, I've learned that you can't please everyone. I just hope that people understand that I made these videos to try to capture how much fun students have on football Saturdays without hurting anyone or getting anyone in trouble, and I think that, for the most part, I succeeded in doing that.
What was your personal experience with Michigan pre-games like when you were a student?
I had a great time, and I'm glad no one was filming me. Let's leave it at that.
What's your favorite pre-gaming memory?
I don't have one specific favorite memory from pre-games as a Michigan student or as a graduate. I just love the anticipation of waking up early on a Saturday morning and knowing that I'm about to spend a few hours with my best friends before going to the biggest football stadium in the world and watching the team I've loved since I was born play for 60 minutes. It's so special to me and it gives me chills just thinking about it.
I've lived in Ann Arbor since I was three months old, but I had no idea that these kinds of pre-games existed until I transferred to Michigan from Bucknell (a small liberal arts school in Pennsylvania) in the Fall of 2009. Up until that point I had only gone to games with my Dad, and while I heard my friends who attended U of M talk about pre-games, I was amazed at how much fun they actually were. To see so many fans come together and bond before the game is incredible to watch, and I still can't believe that I was lucky enough to spend two years as a student here.
What does your family think about the series?
I'm not sure my parents fully understand what I'm trying to do career wise, so it's hard to say with them. They both enjoy watching the videos, but the fact that I'm not getting paid to do any of this concerns them. My brother is currently choosing between attending Wharton, Tuck, and Michigan to pursue his MBA and my sister goes to Harvard, so they're both making life a little more difficult for me. They have a better idea about the career path I'm trying to pursue, but until I can start supporting myself I don't think anyone in my family is going to be completely enthusiastic about what I'm doing.
Is there anything else that you think people should know about the series?
If there's one thing I've learned from making these videos, it's that you have to work with what you have. I don't have much production experience and I know just enough about my camera to get by, but I have a pretty good knowledge of college football, lots of connections on campus, and I like to think that I know what college students and recent graduates are interested in seeing. I think some people who only know my "online persona" think I have my shit together and that I know exactly what I'm doing, but none of this would have happened if I hadn't stuck a Flip camera in my pocket over a year ago.
One of my favorite quotes is "It has taken me all of my life to get to where I am now." I keep a piece of paper in my wallet with this quote written on it to remind myself that no matter what amazing or idiotic decisions I make along the way, they all matter. I have no idea what these videos will do for my career, but I'm glad that I was able to capture what pre-games are like for (not all) students at Michigan. It still amazes me that people enjoy watching them and I really hope I can continue making them in the future.
I'd like to thank everyone who has helped me, whether it was by helping me film or just sharing a video with their friends online. I hope I can continue to create content that people enjoy and I'm very grateful for all of the support I've received from people at the University of Michigan. Thanks again, and GO BLUE!
Michigan loses a commit, Indiana loses two, and otherwise there isn't much going on this week. The most notable commitment is four-star DE Faith Ekakitie going to Iowa. Action since last rankings:
11-28-11: David Cooper decommits from Indiana.
12-6-11: Dante Blackmon decommits from Indiana. Northwestern picks up Andrew Scanlan.
12-7-11: Iowa picks up Faith Ekakitie.
12-8-11: Anthony Standifer decommits from Michigan. Nebraska picks up Thomas Brown.
12-11-11: Iowa picks up Kevin Buford.
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*ESPN doesn't rate JuCos, so they are counted as unranked recruits for the sake of consistency (trust me, it makes sense when you look at the spreadsheet).
^The average of the average rankings of the four recruiting services (aka the previous four columns). The figure is calculated based on the raw numbers and then rounded, so the numbers above may not average out exactly.
On to the full data, after the jump.
Six Zero here, proud to announce the glorious return of…
This feature highlights some of the more famous personalities here at MGoBlog
and beyond. Without pulling back the infamous veil of blog anonymity, we’ll get
to know some of your favorite posters better and possibly shed some light on
their definition of why it’s so darn Great, To Be, A Michigan Wolverine.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PREVIOUS EDITIONS OF MGOPROFILE
(Scroll down to the MGoProfile section of the User-Curated HOF).
And now, my friends, I give you…
Man. Myth. Legend. Lloyd Brady.
I submit to you a young man, a seemingly random spectator who-- through no machinations of his own, mind you—found himself thrust into the spotlight of MGoBlog and beyond. Doing a simple search on MGoBlog doesn’t quite do it justice; this guy registers prominently on the search engine of your choice. The phenomenon now known as “Lloyd Brady” has, for better or worse, become a part of the common lexicon of the site and the fan base as a whole, and for all we know may go down in history with the jingling of keys and the term ‘Little Brother’ as part of the fabric of traditions that is Michigan football.
This week I was able to get in touch with arguably the most famous fan of the Michigan Wolverines, and rest assured, this is indeed legitimate. It’s my pleasure to bring you this MGoBlog exclusive interview with the one and only Lloyd Brady:
1. So first and foremost, in your own words—who or what is ‘Lloyd Brady?’
Lloyd Brady started as someone’s description of my appearances, but has kind of evolved into something more than what I look like. It has become me, kind of, as in that’s how people recognize me and people that recognize me as Lloyd Brady probably don’t know my real name so it’s me as two people in a sense.
Like, in a Bruce Wayne/Batman kinda way?
It’s hard to explain. But, when people see me and my expressions, it’s usually how they feel as well, I think. For example, last year at the Penn State game I was on TV with kind of a depressed look as we were losing and it seemed likely we were going to lose. People posted pictures and comment “This is how I feel,” and other things like that. Then, at another game that we won, I was captured on television with a huge smile and people were posting, “if Lloyd Brady is happy, Michigan must be winning”. So Lloyd Brady is me, but is also a representation of Michigan, and a feeling or sensation. I think that there is some Lloyd Brady in every Michigan fan, but I have become the representative figure of them all I guess.
Yes. You are the embodiment of Michigan Men everywhere. Whatever Lloyd Brady is feeling during any given play, we’re probably experiencing the same thing. And yet, none of uscan possibly imagine what it was like to be caught in the center of this phenomenon. Can you describe what it’s like to, well, be ‘Lloyd Brady?’
It is interesting. I didn’t really like it at first because it seemed a little weird seeing my picture and people making comments, but have learned to accept it and enjoy it now. It makes me happy to make other people happy and if meeting me or seeing me enhances someone’s Michigan experience, I guess that is what I like most about it. There are threads that people post their stories about seeing me on TV and telling their wives and kids, and now they look for me as well. It is just crazy how much attention it has gotten. I have progressed to a point that if it makes people happy, then that’s probably a good thing.
2. I’m sure we can all remember the day or at least week* when this whole thing broke. How did you find out about it?
I found out for myself actually when I was looking through MGoBlog after the game and clicked on the original Lloyd Brady thread and it was “woah, that’s me!”
As someone who wrote a little piece called “WifeDay,” I know what it’s like to have something blow up around here and grow beyond your control. At what point did you realize how big Lloyd Brady had truly become? Was there a point where you just threw in the towel and learned to live with it?
When did I realize? The Photoshop thread. I never denied it, it was just I think I took it the wrong way to start. It started as poking fun which I didn’t enjoy too much, but now it is completely different and I think I accepted it when Brian threw out something about it on the main page that he showed his support for me and that it was a good thing, not a bad thing.
Yeah, I think an epic 386-response thread would be hard to ignore. So you’re a reader of MGoBlog, then? After all this, I don’t think anyone would blame you if you boycotted us for the rest of your life. What are your thoughts on the site?
I have been a fan of MGoBlog before this started even. I love the breakdowns of Michigan sports and besides, the MGoBoard isn’t always just Michigan related threads; there’s others that keep me up to date on other sports related news as well.
I agree—even popular culture and news (like this summer’s northeastern earthquake, personally) has a way of breaking on MGoBlog for the loyal readers. So now we know, people—when Lloyd Brady needs an update on the Red Wings score, you know where he turns.
3. Does the ‘Lloyd Brady’ meme exist only as an online entity, or is it alive and well on campus also? And how has it affected you on a personal level in real life?
Lloyd Brady started online, but there are people behind all those computers and many of them attend the University of Michigan (a lot of them go here) or attend football games or some of the other sports. Yes, it is on campus, I take pictures with people at parties, bars, games. On a personal level I don’t think it has changed me much; I don’t go and exploit it and say, like, “I’m Lloyd Brady” and try and get free shots at the bar or anything. I’ve had it happen, and it’s fun to see someone on campus that recognizes me: it usually leads to a conversation of Michigan sports which I am always up for talking about. Last year, people were calling out to me or taking pictures at the Gator Bowl. It also comes up at the basketball games, hockey games, etc…
Last week while at work one of my co-workers told me he was in California for the Ohio game and said at the bar he saw me on TV and some other random person at the bar yells “Lloyd Brady!” which is crazy to think about I think.
4. Yes. You are a national ambassador for the fan base and arguably one of our biggest fans. What is gameday like for the student section’s most popular face?
Gamedays. If you ask my roommates they may hate me, but I make sure they are up and ready to go. Usually for noon games I’m not allowed to wake them up until 7 am. And later games, 9 am. On gamedays, I naturally wake up around 6 or 7 ready to go. Shower, wake people up, then go and tailgate for a while. Tailgating at Michigan is extremely different than any other campus I’ve visited. I enjoy the campus atmosphere during gamedays a lot. After some tailgating, it’s time to go to the game, usually a little earlier than other students.
Especially for you. I’m sure there’s pictures to pose for, autographs to sign, babies to kiss. What’s your secret for getting so much screen time?
I’m not sure there really is a secret, I just go be myself and enjoy the games as much as possible cheering, celebrating, doing things simply. I don’t dress up, bring signs or do anything real extreme to get on TV. I guess it’s just location and it’s a lot easier to pick me out I guess because people are looking for me.
That’s true. Let’s see a show of hands out there—as soon as ESPN cuts to the student section, who doesn’t start scanning the crowd to see if you can pick out our boy Lloyd?
5. Let’s talk more specifically about the student section. And, well, Denard. You’ll be forever immortalized celebrating with him on the wall on national television after the UConn game last year. Tell us about that moment.
It was the first game of the season. We had some hype going into the season and didn’t really know what to expect since it was about time for Rich Rod’s offense to finally take effect. Denard came out strong and Michigan won, and everyone was excited for the time being as how things were going. After the game, the players came running over and Denard jumped up into the crowd, and then the moment that was captured was me pulling him up into the crowd. And with the angle the photo catches me at, I do look like a mix between Tom Brady and Lloyd Christmas. I was the starting QB for our state championship high school team, and back then people were referencing the “Tom Brady” look-alike appearance… but the Lloyd Christmas was definitely something new.
A former athlete, and now you’re obviously a UM student. One day you’ll graduate and be on the job hunt. What would you do if the ‘Lloyd Brady’ thing came up in a job interview?
If it ever came up in a job interview-- I would actually think of showing someone in an interview maybe, give them something easy to remember me by. But, if someone else brought it up, I think I would be excited and shocked. It would give me a larger perspective to how big Lloyd Brady is known and also how many people read MGoBlog.
6. And you will forever be a part of its lore. Can you explain why you are a Michigan fan?
I was born and raised to be a Michigan fan. I have been attending games since I was 2 years old. As a child I had a Michigan helmet and played one on one tackle football against my dad and somehow won every game on some dramatic play. My sister’s first words were “Bo Schembechler;” she used to pretend to be on the phone and when you would ask her who she was talking to she would respond, “Bo Schembechler.” I actually did some volunteer work with Bo during a cancer drive for former Wolverine Tom Slade. I’ve never thought of switching loyalties or ever considered being a Spartan. When applying for college, I received my MSU packet in the mail, my parents were excited for me (well, maybe not my dad because he bleeds maize and blue). But when they handed it to me, but I didn’t even open it; instead I said “Great, I’ll go to Arizona if I don’t get into Michigan.”
Arizona? I bet that’s much more ironic now than it was, say a month ago. Finally, who is Lloyd Brady’s all-time favorite Wolverine?
Lamarr Woodley. I’ve followed him for a long, long time and it was great to see him excel at Michigan and beyond. He was a great defensive linemen and super-exciting to watch since you knew he could always get to the quarterback on every play. That whole defensive line, though, with Woodley, Branch, Watson, and Jamison, was one of the greatest D-line groups in Michigan history. Also, I guess it would make total sense if I included Tom Brady on that list as well. There are so many people that I could list … and Bo would be right up there too.
Yes. Lamarr is one of my favorites as well. And right up there on the list of many others is a man known as Lloyd Brady. Thanks so much for sitting down with us, and can we expect to see you in the Mercedes-Benz SuperDome on January 3, 2012?
Yes, I’ll definitely be going!
*THE ORIGIN OF LLOYD BRADY
The original ‘appearance’ of Lloyd Brady, at least according to national television and Michigan football, is vs. UConn, September 4, 2010. The famous DENARDING of Notre Dame takes place on Sept. 11, 2010, and LB once again makes appearances during that game as well, and I think that’s when the meme truly grows wings and prepares to take flight. He then makes a famous local appearance during the remote Colin Cowherd show in Ann Arbor, and that's when heads really start to turn. The first concrete evidence of it truly blowing up isn’t until September 22, when Shredder posts this thread professing his nigh-offensive preference for the young fan, but at that point the name still has yet to drop. For the first week and a half he is referred to simply as Tom Brady/Lloyd Christmas fan or TB/LC Lovechild. The next day there is a post by Yostlovesme concerning Cowherd’s B1G road trip in which LB is referred to simply as ‘Lloyd,’ with regards to whether or not Michele Beadle actually threw him a t-shirt during the Cowherd broadcast. The next day (Sept. 24) Blazefire writes a charming Friday-morning lovefest for all things maize and blue in which LB is again revered in a post by Block M, yet he is still not officially named.
As for who is TRULY responsible for the name, it’s hard to say, but Brian himself has admitted that he feels he is responsible for coining the nomenclature, and there is archived materials to support this. One thing is certain: It officially goes supernova on September 30. He is officially recognized by Unverified Voracity in a front-page post in which Brian starts off calling him “TomBrady/Lloyd Christmas fan, and even posts video in which he claims to see him (‘I’m saying there’s a chance at 2:02’). Just after the video, Brian refers to him as LLOYD BRADY, and throughout the rest of the thread multiple posters embrace the name, starting chronologically with LoyalBlue15 at 10:03am, who ironically calls for yours truly to design a Lloyd Brady shirt. At 10:46 mdoc answers Brian’s seemingly innocent call to begin photoshopping LB into historical situations like the stunned Okie fan meme. Not long after at 10:50am, Aquaman2342, already using it as his avatar, posts a full-size image of the Lloyd Brady Time Magazine cover which sets off the feeding frenzy. Mdoc drops another mash-up job at 11:04, thus inspiring megalomanick to start the now-legendary OT Lloyd Brady Photoshop thread at 12:30pm.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Lloyd Brady. The meme really has taken on a sort of mythical presence, and it’s easy to forget that there’s an actual guy out there who wakes up and goes to classes and lives his life when he’s not in glorious High Definition in every one of our living rooms on Saturday. As he himself said above, it’s almost like an alter-ego, except in a maize tee and blue base layer instead of a cape.
Let’s face it, Lloyd Brady is something of a celebrity within our fan base, and it’s been fun for all of us to be in on the joke, along for the ride. But it hasn’t always been fun for him—at its birth, this whole spectacle was ridiculing and almost cruel in nature before gaining an air of respectability. It’s a testament to this guy that he took it as well as he did, and even found a way to claim a sense of ownership over something that he originally had no control over.
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|Michigan Hockey: Michigan State Preview|
|12/9/11 Michigan State (10-5-1) at Michigan (8-8-2) 7:35pm (FS Detroit)|
|12/10/11 Michigan at Michigan State 6:35pm (BTN)|
It has been an uncharacteristic season in the college hockey world so far to say the least. Ferris, Ohio, and WMU are doing awesome and the MSU team who was supposed to be Bowling Green awful is about to join them in the rankings. Michigan State started the season with major question marks in all areas, but the biggest was how a team down on talent would respond with a coach who isn't really a coach. They started the season how everyone expected (2-4) and I stopped caring, they proceeded to go 8-1-1 with a sweep of WMU and a 1-0-1 series vs #2 Minnesota.
This is almost the same group we saw last year. Reimer and Wolfe are playing outstanding hockey and Mike Merrifield has broken out, scoring more points this season (13) than he did the last three combined. MSU is very deep at forward, which isn't always a good thing for them. Having fourteen forwards on the roster allows them to go deeper into the benches during games, but it has also yielded a lot of ugly +/- ratings and not very much scoring.
Althought the Spartans have outstanding numbers they are not perfect, outside of the top line the defense is not good at all. Maybe it is a result of playing with tired defensemen but it is weird to see a guy like Perlini sitting at -2 with his scoring numbers. The game will be decided by how well each teams second and third lines play, we could see Reds coaching experience be the difference here.
As well as Anastos has done with the rest of the team, Rick Comley really left him with a bare cupboard here. With Sturges being a reserve that leaves them with five defensemen and Chelios, who is listed at both forward and defense. It's great to see Sturges' hard work has payed off, as he is back on the ice after missing the last two seasons.
We should all remember Torey Krug, since he is the above average player who turns into a Norris trophy level defensemen every time he plays Michigan. He leads the top pair with Shelgren, but outside of them they see a huge drop off. Crandell and Buttery have been solid players in years past but it seems that the increased workload is to much to handle. The key to this matchup will be keeping them moving, the harder they have to work the faster they will wear down.
This is your typical MSU team, they will move the puck around the blueline, crank a shot, and crash the net. Keeping pressure on the puck is a must.
We were introduced to Will Yanakeff last season after the Big Chill. Starting his first game on a really bad MSU team, he played an outstanding game to give MSU a victory. Although it was aided by Hunwick's shenanigans he played lights out and is starting to push Palmisano for the starting spot. At this point they are still splitting so expect to see both goalies this weekend.
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Not much is changing with our forwards from week to week. They have maintained an elite scoring unit all season long, but dropped from 3rd to 6th after this past series. Im starting to worry about Zach Hyman, maybe we took draft status to much into consideration but the expectations were higher for him and he has not met them yet. Also noticeably absent is Luke Glendening who has a solid +/- rating but has not been able to find the scoring touch so far.
The key match up this weekend is going to be Michigan vs Friday and Michigan vs Road game. Neither has been kind to us this season and we need to reverse that trend to have any kind of success this weekend.
I'm not sure what to think anymore, I keep telling myself that it will get better and every week it gets worse. It's just frustrating to watch such a talented group looking so lost no matter who the opponent is game after game. The offensive strength of MSU is putting bodies in front of the net and capitalizing on rebounds, that is what we are terrible at defending. All season a lose puck in front of the net has been going in favor of the other team, and we seem to never get the 50/50 pucks. It's something that I can't explain, but I know that not having Jon Merrill isn't the reason why our veteran blueliners suddenly lost their on ice awareness.
The key to this matchup is who can control the front of the net. If Michigan can keep the Spartans off Hunwick and limit rebounds we can be alright. This is a rivalry game so it will be physical and we have seen before that one bad penalty can be the difference in the game.
Still the same as before. Nothing on film tells me that Hunwick is to blame, when he starts slipping ill be the first to say it. The key matchup is Hunwick vs himself. The Spartans are going to get after him because they know he pushes back, it cost us a game last year and they haven't forgotten.
It's hard to not predict a sweep for the Spartans, we have not preformed well on Fridays or on the road this entire season. That being said it is a rivalry game and the team who is favored doesn't always win, last years Michigan team split the season with MSU 2-2. I think we can take our first real Friday win at Yost before falling at Munn on Saturday.
In an effort to combine a playoff with the current BCS system and historical norms, I present you a format for a three week and eight team playoff that I believe will find a clear and relatively indisputable champion while maintaining the importance of regular season play both in and out of conference.
The part that will appease advocates for a +1 model:
The top four seeds according to the BCS rankings automatically qualify.
1. LSU (SEC)
2. Alabama (SEC)
3. Oklahoma State (Big 12)
4. Stanford (Pac-12)
The part that will appease fans of non automatic-qualifying/BCS conferences:
The four remaining spots will be filled by conference champions that are inside the top 14 of BCS rankings.
5. Oregon (Pac-12)
10. Wisconsin (Big Ten)
*If there are any remaining spots, the next highest team in the BCS ranking advances provided they are not from a conference already sporting two tournament teams. In this instance, it would be:
7. Boise St. (MCW)
8. Kansas State (Big 12).
Boise St., here is your chance. The Big East and ACC would not have a representative for their conference champions were not in the top 14 and nor did they have members in the top 4 otherwise.
The part that will appease fans of traditional BCS bowls:
The Rose, Sugar, Fiesta, and Orange bowls will remain with historical ties intact and will be the first round of the playoffs.
*As there isn't an ACC team available for the Orange Bowl, the highest seed available becomes the home team. That would be 2 Alabama.
The rest of the matchups are determined by first avoiding rematches and secondly by traditional tournament seeding with the highest ranked home team playing the lowest ranked at-large and so on. Two teams that are in the same conference that did not play in the regular season or conference championship are eligible to play each other immediately.
Rose Bowl (Big Ten v Pac-12): 10 Wisconsin v 5 Oregon
Sugar Bowl (SEC v ?): 1 LSU v 8 Kansas State
Fiesta Bowl (Big 12 v ?): 3. Oklahoma St v 4 Stanford
*Orange Bowl (ACC v ?): 2 Alabama v 7 Boise St
The ACC forfeits their right as an automatic qualifying conference by not producing a team that can reasonably be expected to compete for the national title. #10 Virginia Tech and #15 Clemson have 2 and 3 losses respectively.
The Big East similarly failed to produce a team ranked in the top 14 that could reasonably be expected to compete for the national title, as their highest ranked team was #23 West Virginia with 3 losses and the shared winner of the conference, Cincinatti, wasn't ranked. If West Virginia wanted in they should have taken out 1 LSU when they had a chance in out of conference play, or scheduled better teams in victory than 6-6 C-USA Marshall, FCS Norfolk State, or 2-10 ACC Maryland.
The second round, like the first, would again try to first avoid rematches and secondly reseed pairing up the highest ranked team with the lowest down the line. This means that if LSU were to play Alabama or Oregon again it'd have to be in the finals.
Assuming all favored teams win: 1 LSU v 3 Oklahoma St and 2 Alabama v 5 Oregon. In this scenario, the no rematches rule was invoked and LSU would neither face Alabama or Oregon.
Assuming all upsets: 7 Boise St v 8 Houston and 10 Wisconsin v 4 Stanford.
In the end, even the lowest-ranked team would have to secure three consecutive victories against highly ranked, BCS bowl eligible teams. This year, Wisconsin would have to take out 5 Oregon and at least 4 Stanford and 8 Houston. If they were to have done that in the regular season you can bet they'd have earned at least a top three ranking, even with two losses.
I believe that this format would please the most people. What are your thoughts? Who is left unhappy? Are there doomsday scenarios that I haven't envisioned? Any rules I should relax or implement?