Hockey pet peeve: "when a teammate tips a puck in on you, which is exactly how my first collegiate goal against happened. Thanks, Copper."
Sorry if this is too far off topic for this week, but I thought it was a very interesting article. Especially when we debate the various moves Dave Brandon makes to our athletic department.
I think this is a key paragraph:
Tradition? Tradition is great where it's a sellable, marketable commodity. Alabama can sell tradition. Penn State can sell tradition. Michigan can sell tradition. At those places, tradition is the differentiation, but at the schools where it's not? They have to go in the opposite direction. And no one has done that better, or more consciously, than Nike and Oregon, which for the purposes of this conversation are essentially one and the same. Oregon's tradition at this point is the overtly embraced lack of tradition. Change.
The one thing about that is - how well does it sell when you're copying Oregon (like ASU) or Boise State (with colored fields popping up over the country)? Tradition is a brand, and so is "change." But "change" and "bucking the trend" works best if you're original. Otherwise you're just more noise.
It also makes me cringe a bit to hear that "Nike and Oregon are essentially one and the same." I'm happy Michigan doesn't have that relationship with, say, Ford's.
Anthony Standifer (right) goes in for a tackle [photo credit: Debra Edwards | The Commercial-News]
2012 defensive back commit Anthony Standifer is regarded as one of the hidden gems of Brady Hoke's current recruiting class. The Crete-Monee (IL) product is coming off an eight-tackle performance in the Warriors's 32-8 season-opening victory over Thornton Fractional South. Standifer leads a talented team that includes highly touted junior receiver Laquon Treadwell, and as he says in the following interview, he hopes to take home a state title for the Warriors after they bowed out in the third round of the playoffs last season. Here's what Anthony had to say about his goals, recruitment, and his teammate Treadwell when I caught up with him:
ACE: What have you been doing to prepare for this season? Anything different from past years now that you're a senior and you know you'll be playing in college?
ANTHONY: I've been watching game film, working out with the team and on my own, and I've been studying the other team more.
ACE: You went from being an under-the-radar recruit to choosing between Michigan and Notre Dame pretty quickly. What was that experience like for you?
ANTHONY: It was a good experience. Sometimes I liked the attention, some of the time I didn't, but i just took it day by day and made the best decision.
ACE: Your teammate Laquon Treadwell is getting a lot of attention, including from Michigan, for the class of 2013. How has he looked this fall, and have you been trying to recruit him to Ann Arbor at all? Are there any other players you've been in contact with?
ANTHONY: He has been doing real good. He keeps progressing and he knows just as much as I do about Michigan, and I'm not pressuring him to make a decision.
ACE: What are your goals for your senior season, both for yourself and for Crete-Monee?
ANTHONY: Win [the state championship], and get more interceptions and tackles than I did last year [44 tackles and nine interceptions].
Thanks to Anthony for taking the time to answer my questions. You can follow him on Twitter, username Freakyy_Chewyy (your guess is as good as mine on that one).
Here's Denard's press conference. I'm sure Heiko will have it up soon, but just couldn't help myself from posting this after watching it. I mean, he's the man.
If any of you know a good source for Iowa Tickets, please advise. (FYI, I have looked at the sticky post on tickets, but haven't seen a single thing on Iowa Tiks.)
His wonderlic score is incredible. Academic All Big Ten (America?) at Ohio.
Edit: This link within the deadspin article is to a study of QB performance vs. Intelligence. Interesting stuff.
Any nominations for a game of unfathomable sadness?
I personally believe Notre Dame is ripe for an upset - looking ahead to the Under the Lights. USF line is ND by 10, but I believe this shifty USF team can suprise and cover that spread.
BTW: Brian, is This Week in Schadenfreude returning for 2011?