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THE BLOCKHAMS ARE COMING.
THE BLOCKHAMS™ is an online comic strip devoted to the life and culture of Michigan fans, as told in the adventures of one multi-generational family and their loyalty to the maize and blue.
Created by soon-to-be outed MGoBlog user "Six Zero," THE BLOCKHAMS™ is to be an ongoing series, with two editions published per week. Every Tuesday it will run on the pages of www.mgoblog.com, the web's premiere Michigan athletics blog and information portal; and every Thursday will see a new strip on the site's own domain, www.theblockhams.com. For the sake of archiving and full catalog reading, each Tuesday strip will also be posted on the official site as well.
Despite previously teasing a January 1st start date, series creator Six Zero has opted to hold the series launch until January 3rd, the date of the team's actual bowl game and pending destruction of the Virginia Tech Hokies. As such, www.theblockhams.com will not be activated until its official launch date.
Although the surname 'Blockham' is obviously a not-so-subtle reference to the familiar 'Block M' brand that represents Ann Arbor's exceptional institution, the series is not affiliated in any way with the University of Michigan and/or its athletic department. The series' creator invites anyone to pronounce the name "Blockham" however they would like, but he phonetically says it as "BLOCK-ums."
At its best, THE BLOCKHAMS™ will be a fun distraction to anyone who loves comics, but it should certainly be understood that the series is a strip about Michigan sports for Michigan fans created by a Michigan fan. There will be inside jokes, obscure trivia and references, and even the occasional criticism. And it will show little mercy to Sparty and Ohio.
For more information on the upcoming release of THE BLOCKHAMS™, please keep a close eye on www.mgoblog.com posts by Six Zero. Business partners interested in advertising opportunities should express an interest on related posts, and further arrangements will be made for direct contact.
THE BLOCKHAMS™ arrive on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Go Blue!
Scott Loeffler has built up a rather impressive list of underclassmen he has tutored for the NFL, including the latest NFL QB sensation - Tim Tebow.
Currently Scott is under consideration as OC at LSU: http://www.nola.com/lsu/index.ssf/2011/01/lsu_football_former_florida_co.html
Hopefully at some point in the future he'll come home to Michigan just as Brady Hoke has.
Coming into this season it was almost a forgone conclusion that Cam Gordon was going to be the starting Sam backer but after a rash of injuries and Jake Ryan establishing himself as a playmaker what does his role become next season? If he is really as good as the offseason reports say he sounds like a player who should be on the field. I wonder if he would switch over to Will and challenge Desond Morgan for his spot or just become a Utility backer and start rotating in.
Michael Spath over at Rivals has a great article on how we finish the recruiting class at Michigan. (Link: http://michigan.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1308899) He basically contrasts whether we recruit for areas of greatest need, or areas where the best athletes are available.
For details on who Spath recommends, go to the link. The one common element on both lists is Garnett. Regardless of whether we recruit for need or best available, Garnett is on the list.
Honestly, I would be thrilled to have ANY of the five athletes highlighted by Spath sign with Michigan, especially if headlined by Garnett.
I strongly agree with Spath that the OL needs to be a point of emphasis. These unsung heroes are the foundation of a successful offense. We are extremely fortunate on the (lack of) injuries this year.
If you do the math, we really should be recruiting five guys on the OL EVERY SINGLE YEAR. It may be ok to have 3 or 4 occasionally, especially if you know the quality one year is down, and you have a bumper crop the following year. However, having only two guys left in the class of 2013 and two left in the class of 2014 is potentially disastrous. Look at the depth chart! Not counting incoming freshmen, we have a total of eight guys on the offensive line, and one of those is Mealer, who has rarely, if ever, seen the field. We are just a couple key injuries away from an analagous situation to the decimated secondary of two years ago. Having five committed already, plus Williams at TE, is great. Having Garnett would be even better.
The other area I agree with as an area of need is receiver, whether WR or TE or both. We are a bit thin there, IMHE, and have to have another receiver.
There is one thing in Spath's analysis I find . . . intriguing. The prevailing wisdom is that Michigan will sign 28 in the incoming class of 2012. Spath only looks at three, which would give us a class of 26. Does Early Entry and losing Dunn to Ohio play havoc with signing 28?
Kalis: First Team
Funchess: Second Team
RJS, Richardson, Mario-O (can't spell last name), Wormley Honorable Mention
Banner (unlikely I know): First Team
Wright: Second Team
Pharoh Brown: Honorable Mention
Diamond (who knows?): Honorable Mention