landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
Major respect to Dave Brandon who has apprently invited the kid from Oklahoma to a game. The story where the kid was forced to take off their Michigan t-shirt because the school district is full of babies with brown diapers.
Brandon said they are inviting Barton & his parents to a Michigan football game and will put him on the big screen. Also bought him a shirt
Per Angelique, who adds that Michigan has made proposals to move the game.
Does this mean New York City? It's hard to imagine a big stadium with a big draw near UConn other than it, or perhaps ... Boston?
EDIT: more tweets with more information:
On UConn game...Brandon says w state $$ to improve stadium politics are in play. Says would need waiver from state legislature
Brandon on UConn "my attitude - let's go to state legislature to move game". Realizes this is gonna be tough to accomplish
MORE UPDATES (per Angelique):
Brandon said Meadowlands was proposed venue for UM UConn. Meadowlands was very interested, he said
Brandon said "that's not Michigan" when asked if he considered buying out UConn game. "we did a contract, they control game"
According to Nick Baumgardner and others on Twitter, Dave Brandon has announced that there will 100% be a night game in 2013 at Michigan Stadium.
Brandon says UM will host a night game in 2013
No ifs and or buts there -- UTL will return to Michigan Stadium against someone next season.
Brandon -- night game No. 2 has to be special with special opponent.
Great news after the success of the first UTL. Commence speculation on who the opponent will be.
In brief, five families in Oxford Michigan offered up their homes as collateral to help the local high school pay for smurf turf. The school is coming up 300k short in terms of its ability to pay off the 400k loan, so now these individuals may lose their homes. This includes Bill Keenist, senior VP for the Lions.
Hopefully no one gets evicted over smurf turf (I can't imagine Astroturf would want to get that kind of PR) and the school can pay it off. Also, who puts their home on the block for smurf turf? This isn't Texas people...
The Yahoo Article here lists Keenist as a donor, however the PrepZone Article is more informative otherwise.
Jauguars running back and 2011 NFL rushing champion Maurice Jones-Drew has been holding out in Jacksonville for mega millions this offseason and the teams new majority owner has been playing hardball in return. He's made public statements diminishing MJD's importance for the franchise, and stating that time is running out time for a deal to be struck. MJD in return has stated he would be open to a move to a team that "wants him" and I wondered what the odds are of the Lions being able to make a (hypothetic) successful trade package for him, and what players might (again hypothetically) move.
It's difficult to predict how many players Detroit will sign from it's preseason roster, but as things stand Detroit has so many offensive weapons that management was openly criticized for taking more in this years NFL draft. Jacksonville also has been suffering from a lack of offense even with MJD, finishing the 2011 season ranked 28th in ppg. As it stands we have 1st round RB Jahvid Best, high 2nd round RB Mikel Leshoure, RB Jerome Harrison, RB Kevin Smith, RB Keiland Williams, and return specialist RB Stefon Logan all with NFL experience in uniform. Detroit could make an offer even more attractive with some of our abundance of receiving depth. In addition to Megatron we currently have first choice WR Nate Burleson, high 2nd round pick WR Titus Young, WR Maurice Stovall, and 3 former Jacksonville WR's, in addition to rookie WR Ryan Broyles. Detroit also has 3 productive receiving TE's with 1st round pick Brandon Pettigrew, Tony Scheffler, and Will Heller.
Detroit has at least 7 legitimate receiving threats besides the top WR in the universe, and additionally has 4 versatile pass catching RB's on our roster. Would a move for MJD be a good move for Detroit? What players would make a fair, or attractive trade for him?
I think Detroit could move a lot of it's top talent for MJD and not really miss a step offensively. We've already been playing without Best and Leshoure, and even though I'm a fan of all of our receiving threats, once we have a healthy run game established again a few of them could be redundant and fighting for playing time.
In a CBS Sports story yesterday about Barkley Hill's confirmed season ending ACL tear, they referenced the Angry Iowa Running Back Hating God. Apparently the AIRBHG is in the Urban Dictionary.
Didn't Brian copyright this meme? He should have.