...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
It's official. Michigan and Uconn have agreed to a home and home series with Uconn coming to the big house for the home opener in 2010 and Michigan going to Connecticut for a 2013 match up.
"UConn has reached an agreement with Michigan on a home-and-home series that will see the Huskies travel to Ann Arbor in 2010 and the Wolverines head to Rentschler Field in 2013, according to sources with knowledge of the negotiations."
I was really hoping we could get someone a little better - but I guess this is better than Duke. At least this should be a very winnable game.
here is the rivals link for all of those with access:
I'm a grad student at Illinois and finished being an undergrad at Michigan. People ask me from time to time whether I was cool with going to Illinois considering the ongoing Michigan-Illinois rivalry, which I was completely unaware of. Apparently Illinois fans think they have a rivalry with Michigan. One random fellow in a video store told me something along the lines of "we don't like those colors in here". (These are the exceptions, not the rule, over my year here. The remarks also seem to be mainly a way to start a conversation, not a threat or anything.)
My question is, have other Michigan fans had similar experiences going to Big Ten schools that are not Ohio State or Michigan State? And how would you all define a rivalry?
For instance, I'd say that we only have "rivalries" with Ohio State, Michigan State, and Notre Dame, in that order. Does this one-sided definition of rivalry come up a lot for other schools?
An article by Pat Forde. It's one of his typical dread pieces. He's terribly wrong with some of the things he says, but it's ESPN.
It's mostly about the normal stuff for this coming season; erasing last year's memories, QB play, defense growing up in time.
I've put together a Google Calender of the Fall Michigan athletic events in all sports. I figured I would share it.
Right now, it just has all the home events (exception: Football has their entire schedule on there). Sports included are: Football, Women's Soccer, Field Hockey, Volleyball. Some men's soccer are there; they haven't released their schedule but other teams do have Michigan scheduled, so that's where those are from. I update this calender throughout the year, so once basketball, hockey, swimming, tennis, etc release their calenders, I'll update them.
The reason for only home games is that I try to attend as many as possible and including all games makes it a little cluttered... but I'm willing to add away games if enough people are interested.
Just a quick note to those of you living in the S.E. Michigan area who might get to Frankenmuth on occasion (or those outside of the area if you're planning a trip to Bronner's there). The FBC has just reopened as of July 1st, over a decade after being destroyed by fire and subsequent tornado.
They only opened on July 1st, so they're kind of still getting going, but the building is fantastic. A four story, full function brewery with fantastic looking food. I didn't know it had opened, so when I stopped in, I was already full from lunch, but the food looked great.
I had their Red Ale (Red Sky in the Morning), and my wife had FBC Heffewisen, both of which were excellent. I sampled the others, and the English IPA stands out in my mind for being quite hoppy without being bitingly bitter.
The bartender provided samples all the other brews, and showed us their plans for the future, including some awesome giant take home bottles with aluminum handles that they'll distribute in as soon as they get their distribution license. Right now they can only brew and serve on site.
Just thought you guys might enjoy that.
Bruce Feldman has listed the 10 biggest fan bases in his opinion in his latest mailbag on ESPN. This is the order:
1. Notre Dame
2. Ohio State
4. Penn State
Michigan at 9 seems very low to me. I think I would put us in the top 5 but I could be wrong. What do you all think?