I know that MgoBlog prides itself at being a high(er)brow message board. We try to keep content north of the intellectual Mason-Dixon line. I'm not sure how this will go, so if I get positive feedback, I'll start similar posts in the future. If not, I'll change the OP to some gif of Kate Upton or something. I think there are a lot of issues we could get into about college football and Michigan that could prompt some good debate.
Today I want to ask what your take is on the perception, and in turn reality, of the sport of football. Junior Seau has been the latest in a growing line of incidents that have created buzz about the safety of playing football. Being such a tidal society, this issue is being hammered quite a bit in the media. What are the concerns that this could either fundamentally change or even destroy the sport of American football?
If you missed the recent news, Kurt Warner has stated that he does not want his children to play football. Warner's statements are echoed by many parents today, but how prevelant a number? Prior to the last year or so, I think that number has been pretty low. Chronically cautious parents have always held their kids out of contact sports, but when does the average parent take notice of the medical information coming out linking football to depression and suicide. What has to happen before the average parent decides they would rather have their son play soccer or basketball, and forego high school football. Could this type of a movement sweep the legs from beneath the powers that are the NCAA and the NFL? Are there any other factors, such as class action suits, that could directly cripple those same powers?
So... is there such a thing as the NFL or NCAAF in 10 years? How about 50? If so, does it even resemble the game that we grew up knowing?
"The film speaks for itself," said Worthy, who left Michigan State after his junior year. "People criticize and say I may take a play off here or there; there's nobody in the NFL game today or college or all the way down to pee-wee who plays every play full speed, full-go without getting tired. It's impossible.
I think Mike Martin would not agree
Some of you might have heard Amani Toomer on Mike & Mike this morning, criticizing something Kurt Warner said yesterday on the Cowpile's radio show. I didn't realize Amani was working for NBC Sports, and like or dislike what he said, as a former player it struck me that he represents us well, like Jalen, Dhani and other Wolverines in the media.
Keep in mind, Amani and Warner probably played together with the Giants, and Amani said he is "great friends" with Warner, so this is a disagreement among friends.
Warner said, basically, he doesn't want his kids to grow up playing football even though they want to be in the NFL. He recognized football has done well for himself and his family (translated: BIG BUCKS), but the concussion situtation makes him fear for his kids.
Amani shot back, apparently in a tweet or something, that Warner should basically SHUT UP. Warner got famous and rich on football AND continues to do so, being a commentator on the NFL Network. Amani thought Warner shouldn't use his platform to "denegrate" football, pointing out that football does lots of good for people (e.g. college scholies -- unfortunately Amani didn't drop his alma mater's name when he said that). Amani had no problem with Warner's personal opinion, but Amani pointed out soccer and lacrosse have lots of concussions too yet football gets so much attention on the matter.
At first, from Greenie's teasers, it sounded like Amani was being set up to look like an idiot. But hearing him explain his position, I sort of agree with him. Easy for Warner to say now, with all his fortune, that football isn't a good thing for kids.
The Columbus Elite 11 Regional QB competition is today at 4pm. Shane Morris is competing against Ryan Burns (Stanford), Malik Zaire (Notre Dame), Matt Alviti (Northwestern), Damion Terry (MSU), Kyle Bolin (Louisville), Mitch Trubisky, and even Jalin Marshall (Ohio). Other participants of note: DeShone Kizer (2014), Tyler Wiegers (2014), and Jayru Campbell (2015). Here is a preview on ESPN:
Hopefully, Shane has a better camp than in Dallas and gets his invite today.
Also, the Columbus Nike NFTC camp is tomorrow morning. In addition to Morris, other Michigan commits participating are Taco Charlton, David Dawson, Jourdan Lewis, Mike McCray, Logan Tuley-Tillman, and Khalid Hill. Other commits of note: Ohio commits Marshall, Cameron Burrows, Billy Price, and Alex Anzalone; Sparty commit Jonny Reschke; Notre Dame commit Jacob Matuska. 2014 Michigan players to watch: Drake Harris, Damon Webb, Gary Hosey, Deon Drake, William White, & Lorenzo Collins. Preview on Scout.com:
Should be an interesting weekend as will probably be a large collection of Midwest talent competing against each other. Look forward to hearing the reports to see how our commits perform. I will try to add the twitter handles of the ESPN experts covering the events later (or if someone has them add them below) for real time updates on the competitions.
Tommy Rees wasn't charged with the felony and was instead charged with 4 misdemeanors. Calabrese was charged with 1 misdemeanor.
Rees and linebacker Carlo Calabrese were arrested after a confrontation with police who arrived at a “loud party” less than a mile from campus. Calabrese, 21, was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, while Rees, 19, faces two misdemeanor counts of resisting law enforcement and one count each of battery and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor.
According to prosecutors, Rees refused to stop running as officers pursued him. A passing cabdriver pulled over in a position to block Rees, prosecutors said, and Rees lifted his right knee into the lower chest area of an approaching officer, “knocking the wind out of him.”
The cabdriver grabbed Rees “in order to keep him from running away,” prosecutors said, and Rees was pepper-sprayed when he continued to struggle against police and the cabdriver on the pavement. That resulted in the misdemeanor battery charge for what prosecutors deemed “rude, angry or insolent” contact.
During the incident, Calabrese attempted to “intervene on behalf of Rees,” Trent said, and allegedly told officers, “My people will get you.”
Members of a crowd witnessing the incident pulled Calabrese back, according to police, but Calabrese broke free and repeated the “My people will get you” comment and subsequently was arrested. He posted $150 bond and was released.
I'm pretty sure that this wasn't posted yet. I went through the last Rees thread and no mention of charges were given. If it was, apologies and delete this.
So many late starts.