Good game by Michigan especially considering McGary sat out. Robinson and Stauskas were clutch but kudos to Morgan and Irvin. Ive been hard on Morgan but he really impressed me. Irvins gonna be a solid player and will get better as the year prgreses. If Walton can show improvement will be fine come march. GO BLUE!
Lions take on the Giants at home today. Still need a Bears and probably a Packers loss today, so feel free to discuss the Packers game in here too (they're playing the Steelers in GB).
My hopes are very low. Go Lions though.
Hopefully I can get this to embed. If not, here is the link:
Short interview and Locker Room after the tsiO game.
Adam tweeted this earlier today:
"Bill O'Brien's amended contract shows he reduced the price of an NFL buyout from $19.33 million last year to $6.48 million for this year."
Embedded in an article about Bill O'Brien leaving for the NFL, found here: http://nfl.si.com/2013/12/22/penn-state-bill-obrien-amended-buyout-nfl/
And the Freep mentioned Adam's comments:
"ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Lions are “beginning to mull candidates who could replace” Schwartz if they go down that road. One candidate Schefter mentioned was Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien..."
in an article posted a couple of hours ago, found here: http://www.freep.com/article/20131222/SPORTS01/312220087/lions-jim-schwartz-bill-obrien
The cost to fire Schwartz is $12 million. That plus the PSU buyout is a lot of money just to get O'Brien, before any salary. Is he worth it?
I would think the Lions would be better off, but they are the Lions (sigh). If / when O'Brien leaves, does PSU take a step back in their progress as the sanctions kick in?
After watching a December basketball game paint Brooklyn Maize, I was inspired to pass along a thank you.
It’s well known that Michigan has the largest living alumni base of any university. There are many of us who are proud alums and who never have to “justify” our fanhood. Being a Michigan fan came easy to me. The son of two alums (and native Michiganders) I was almost pre-destined to head to Ann Arbor after I graduated high school, despite having grown up outside Chicago. I was lucky and worked hard and managed to go to Michigan and graduate in 2009. There are many who aren’t as lucky as I was. To those of you who are fans of Michigan despite not having a degree: Thank you. You may have been questioned, demeaned even for supporting College Football’s most winning program.
Some may call you “Walmart Wolverine” in a derogatory manner because you choose to support Michigan. But guess what – Michigan doesn’t succeed without the support of everyone: Students, Alumni, Faculty, and (as Fielding Yost called them) “Friends of the University”. It’s true. Michigan Stadium doesn’t get built without non-alumni fans.
From page 190 of Soderstrom’s The Big House* “No one: no student, no alumnus, and no friend of the university would be “giving" anything to the athletic department. Rather, the athletic department would sell a bond at a given amount of interest and pay back all the money over time… it had always been a Michigan athletic tradition that no attempt would be made to secure funds from the state, like the school in East Lansing had done for its new stadium.” Yost needed investors to build the Big House, and it turns out that the first bond letter had provided a “disappointing alumni response” (Page 318)
After bonds were extended to anyone who wished to buy them, not just alumni, “by early 1927, the whole initial issue, 2000 bonds, was sold.” Yost actually angered some alumni (and students, who felt that their seats were terrible even then) by making sure that there were new seating blocks in Michigan Stadium that were specifically NOT for alumni. Yost’s appeal was as such: “’This is a State University – not a privately endowed institution. Ownership of this institution is vested not in our students, faculty, and alumni – but in the people whose taxes make it possible’ Yost would never tire of making this point” (Page 194). I’ll take Yost's point one step further – It’s not just the taxes or the tuition, but ANY support of Michigan makes you a “real” fan. Maybe you can’t afford tuition and thus aren’t an alum. Maybe you don’t live in Michigan and don’t pay Michigan state taxes. Maybe you can’t afford season tickets (which are no longer $2.50 per game like they were in the 1920s), maybe all you do is own some apparel and visit MGoBlog – both of which provide support to Michigan no matter how small. The next time someone asks you if you went to Michigan, just remember that it was fans like you (not just alums!) who gave us the greatest football stadium in the world. And remember that there can be a little inferiority complex around East Lansing, after all they needed money from the state to build their stadium.
*As an aside if you need a stocking stuffer or just a great read on Michigan’s history, I couldn’t recommend Soderstrom’s book more. Click through the MGoLink to Amazon and order it!
It has begun.
- Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque, NM)- Washington State vs Colorado State, 2pm on ESPN (ESPNEWS until KU basketball finishes up)
- Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl (Las Vegas, NV)- USC vs Fresno State, 3:30pm on ABC
- Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, ID)- Buffalo vs San Diego State, 5:30pm on ESPN
- R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (NOLA)- Louisiana vs Tulane
Let the football, snacks & drinks flow
Info on some of the sponsors. Some I had to look up, because I've never heard of 'em.