With the World Cup finished, NBA free agency winding down, the second half of baseball underway, and The Open looking like a one-man race, the sports calendar has finally hit a dead spot. Just six weeks from today the college football season begins in earnest, but an old staple of this time of year is missing this year.
For about the past decade, I remember counting the days until mid-July for the release of the year's new EA Sports video game about the sport we love most hear: NCAA Football. Obviously with the O'Bannon lawsuit and pay for players debate raging throughout the country, it's unclear when the series will return. I would expect some wholesale reform in college football that allows for a return of sanctioned video games someday, but for now we are stuck with last year's version. The relief of all this is that we zealots retain $60 rather than buying what's usually a highly similar product with a fresh coat of paint and new rosters. Yet, I will miss popping in the new game all the same.
What does the (for now) death of the series mean to college football and its fans this year? Some may return to past entries, but the appeal of letting EA Sports setting up mostly analagous schedules and rosters will certainly scare many away from this avenue.
Also, I hope to find some fresh roster update on the internet in the coming weeks, but this year that is exceedingly more challenging as it involves not only tracking down the correct players and inputting names, but projecting both improvements and new players. Is anyone crazy enough to do this, probably not for the whole game (yikes) but perhaps just for Michigan or even the Big Ten?
Counting down for the season to start so we can discuss real football but i need to vent for a moment and i ask to see if anybody has noticed or if its just me..First, I go to many places UM related to get different views and info..Have LOVED this place since i first took a look..The members make it great, It hasnt changed much and that is fine because it doesnt need to,It covers UM from all angles and its to me the 1st choice for UM talk.
247 keeps up with recruiting well, TTB Magnus does a good job and i appreciate that site also, Maize and Brew i have just come around to recently but i like them as well.
The thing with all i have mentioned is they keep it positive and still remain realistic with UM sports..I would recommend any of these sites for a person who enjoys UM discussion.
NOW to the place i just cant stand..I do Bleacher Report for it is a easy way to keep up with ALL things sports not just UM..I peak at OSU,MSU( both always rainbows and butterflies),Yankees,Orlando Magic (ok, i dont ever look at the Magic page) and they are always about that team and whats going on.
However if you look at the UM section it is just PURE negativity and i dont like the "Hater" thing and it gets thrown around too loose but they just hate on UM.
Let me use examples..Its once a week they make articles about Is Hoke On The Hot Seat ? (hey look they JUST wrote a new one) And they LOVE this so called QB controversey and "Michigan not recruiting as well" and tht is passed off as UM class ranking have dropped off..No shit dirtbag !! maybe its because of the small classes they have brought in to respect the numbers rule but no that is NOT mentioned..they push readers to believe its just Hoke not recruiting well...These BR writers just made an article that Funchess is not worthy of being a Biletnekoff contender...i feel the hate is real over there, please if you havnt been there dont give them the click but if you have do you feel the same ?
Sorry for the offseason post..i promise the season is close
I'm playing in a 2-day golf tournament at Firestone CC in Akron next month. My lucky golf tournament outfit is the Loudmouth Maize & Blue argyle pants/shorts that you can buy at MDen along with a Michigan shirt. I've won low gross or low net several times in this ensemble. But I'm wondering if it will be considered a bit too "in your face"/douchey to wear it down there. I'm secure & self confident enough to handle anything the wild untamed masses below the border dish out, but don't want to come across as a jerk or an asshole.
I have been watching the SEC media days this week at work with a co-worker who happens to be a Buckeyes fan, and we got into a discussion about who our favorite coaches are, excluding anyone from Michigan or Ohio State.
This discussion mostly started because of Steve Spurrier and his ability to take subtle jabs at other coaches without causing a lot of hostility. He mentioned how Saban was the greatest recruiter ever, and did not mention him as being a great coach. Some people took that as a jab at Saban for not winning more champioships with all that talent. I found it pretty funny.
We just got on the topic of other coaches we enjoy, whether it be for their personality, passion, demeanor, X's and O's, ability to get the most out of their player, etc.
Personally, I have quite a few coaches that I really like. The ones that stand out to me the most are Chris Peterson, Kevin Sumlin, Charlie Strong, Mike Leach, Dabo Swinney, Kliff Kingsbury, and David Shaw.
Obviously coach Hoke is #1, but I wanted to switch things up, and was just curious to see who, if any, you fellow mgobloggers enjoyed or followed as far as a coach goes outside of the Michigan football program.