landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
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I can't help but think that Jim Flechtner is displeased.
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Really cant argue with the success over his tenure with the major two programs. It will be intresting to find out what happens over the next 3-5 years if the BIG 2 and little 10 come back in football, and we continue the upward move in hoops as well. Either way, a nice pay boost for sure!
In thinking back before Carl Grapentine took over the public address announcing responsibilities at Michigan Stadium in 2006, Howard King was the man behind the mic for 33 years.
Does anyone out there have an audio or video clip of his announcing? I appreciate Grapentine, but I'll always think of him as the MMB announcer and King as the guy I grew up listening to. I'm getting nostalgic and just need to hear him behind the mic again.
I don't have the patience to look through clip after clip on youtube of game footage to get a great clip of either pregame introductions or postgame announcements.
Thanks in advance if anyone knows of something on the interwebz.
Barry Tramel is a highly respected sports journalist for The Oklahoman, and I always enjoy reading his articles. In today's paper, Tramel rates from 1-68 the top nonconference schedules among the teams in the 6 major conferences.
Schools of note:
MSU #4 (rest of B10 #28+)
Oklahoma #27 (#1 B12 school)
Florida #32 (#2 SEC school - Missouri 1st at #14)
Ohio St. #46
One thing that first entered my mind was the fact that the B12 and SEC non-conference schedules are absolutely terrible (as well as most of the B10). Alabama has Michigan and nobody else. LSU's biggest game is Washington.
I know the SEC for the most part deserves its reputation as the best overall football conference based off of their bowl records and national championships (minus last year's mess), but it's sad that the top conferences have such a difficult time facing tougher competition out of their conference just to lower the risk of an early season loss and fail to be penalized for it (in terms of post-regular season rankings). I think this could be an argument for why the current system actually hurts college football in that it encourges poor non-conference scheduling.
Tramel compares this season to 1983, and it's easy to note that the strength of schedules have drastically weakened over the years. Imagine if Michigan's schedule was the norm instead of the outlier.
I realize Michigan doesn't usually have this tough of a schedule, but I hope this becomes closer to the norm than where it currently sits. I think the PAC12 scheduling contract will definitely help and may push the other conferences to follow suit.
Either way, I'm excited for this season and for the lack of cupcake games.
Karsch and Anderson (97.1 The Ticket in Detroit) had a discussion last hour about the worst sports injury seen on video. Of course, the Theismann leg comes immediately to mind, but after viewing the following beach soccer video, you might agree that this is worse...
WARNING: This is not for the weak. Scroll down past the Theismann and Malarchuk injuries.
Interesting article for the "slow season" on drug testing (marijuana) policies for Michigan Football players from M-Live's Nick Baumgartner. Article is here: http://annarbor.com/sports/um-football/brady-hoke-says-michigans-aggressive-drug-policy-is-more-for-the-safety-of-players-than-anything[email protected] .
Hoke and Brandon give some insights as to the policy, which strikes me as pretty stringent. Interesting bits include
- U-M first offense = 10% sacrifice of season
- U-M second offense = 33% sacrifice of season (not clear to me whether this is an additional 33%, or an additional 23%)
- U-M third offense = 100% sacrifice of season
- A comparison point: at Ole Miss a second positive marijuana test results in a possible forfeiture of free family tickets.
Hoke and Brandon assert that the testing is done with sufficient frequency to discourage players playing "Russian Roulette". Ricky Williams would have hated this policy. [Insert Kelly Baraka comment here.]
The article also links to an ESPN article regarding SEC policies, from whence comes the wonderful Ole Miss tidbit above: http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/8000546/sec-lenient-discipline-marijuana-investigation-says .