this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
On the front page of WN right now on the history and tradition of the Little Brown Jug.
For some reason, Rothstein kind of gets under my skin. Does anyone else feel this way?
I realize we have not been pursuing him heavily as of late, but 4* OL Adam Bisnowaty just committed to Pitt.
The tragic story from Monday about the Michigan Marching Band Trumpet player who was killed in a car accident was a forum topic earlier this week. Several people had said they'd like to know when more details were available.
The information below is from the weekly MMB e-newsletter in the section written by Scott Boerma, the Band Director:
The students and staff of the Michigan Marching Band are deeply saddened by the loss of Patrick Fleming, a 2nd-year member of our trumpet section. He was involved in a fatal car accident on his way to classes on Monday morning. Patrick had an infectious smile at all times and was a devoted member of our MMB family. His dedication to living life fully was inspiring, and he had a positive impact on all of us.
We have received a huge outpouring of calls, emails, and Facebook messages from parents, family members, friends, and colleagues throughout the country, offering their thoughts and condolences. The student president of the Michigan State University Spartan Marching Band called me this morning to tell me that a group of SMB students would like to visit one of our rehearsals this week to offer their support. It's great to know that we have so many thoughtful and caring friends out there.
The following arrangements have been made:
Monday, October 3, from 4:00-7:00pm
Visitation will take place at C&H Funeral Home - Ypsilanti
411 South Adams Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48197-5405
Tuesday, October 4, at 11:00am
The funeral will be held at The New Hope Baptist Church - Ann Arbor
218 Chapin Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48103-3390
The Michigan Marching Band's performances this Saturday in Michigan Stadium will be dedicated to Patrick, and his position in the marching drill will remain unfilled that day. The band members will wear special armbands and trumpet pins in his memory.
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
Professor Scott Boerma
Ok, here we are just hours away from the start of the newly realigned B1G conference season. The B1G in an attempt to never lose "The Game", is attempting to create the illusion of other B1G rivalry games through its use of the Constant Crossover as follows:
Illinois vs Northwestern
Indiana vs MSU
Ohio vs Michigan
Penn State vs Nebraska
Purdue vs Iowa
Wisconsin vs Minnesota
Essentially the B1G has now scheduled automatic wins for Wisconsin and MSU. I can imagine Michigan and Penn State on a 50/50 split (60/40 at best). And really ... Iowa v Purdue & Illinois v NW rates a very simple who cares (these games will likely never determine a divisional champion). Essentially, whoever made this determination has granted Wisconsin and MSU an advantage that can never be rectified from a scheduling point of view.
I know we beat on this topic during the off-season, but now this matters. There has to be a better solution, doesn't there ... ?
I know as Michigan fans we walk around on egg shells after the last few years and I understand the trepidation as we enter B1G play, but here is what I have learned from Brian the past 2 weeks.
1. On the Podcasts they have determined from using their eyes and talking to Jamiemac that the Big Ten is terrible this year. I agree. In particular MSU's oline and Nebraska's defense and passing game are much worse than expected.
2. Brian raved about the defensive performance on the UFR and on his WTKA Hour appearance. So if you believe our secondary was good or Lindley was terrible Brian thinks the secondary is good.
3. We know Brian has looked into adoption proceedings with Denard.
So........when asked abou the MSU-OSU game he said he didn't know who he was going to root for yet and when C. Ross said you have to root for OSU because of the division records Brian said we aren't winning our division this year so this year it won't really matter?
Do you think Brian is pulling a Lou Holtz here and talking up William and Mary or is he refusing to open up his heart despite what his head is telling him for fear of his heart being smashed again?
Now I know this might be a little tl;dr, and I'm normally one of the last people to praise the MSU football team, especially Dantonio, but they've done something pretty amazing this year for members of my extended family.
Earlier this year, my 11 year old cousin was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma, an agressive type of brain cancer. She began an agressive series of chemotherapy treatments, that will likely continue until July of next year. Before she began the treatments, she was a very active person, playing on a travel soccer team and various other sports. After she started treatments, her teammtes began making bracelets with her name on them similar to Livestrong bracelets, and now most of her league, friends, and family are wearing them.
So now cut to the first week of the season, when my brother, another cousin, and me are catching MSU's season opener on TV, and we notice a bunch of the MSU players and coaches wearing her bracelets on the sideline and in the game. A few minutes later, they run a bit about the Spartan player who was playing for the first time since surviving cancer, and they cut to a shot before the game of him talking to some people, lo and behold it's my 11 year old cousin with her brothers and parents. Then her parents email out to the family a bit later with the details. Both of them are MSU alumni, and she has been visiting practices and meeting with the coaches and players, who have been giving her advice and support. Here's an excerpt from the email, with names edited out for her privacy:
"Today she visited the MSU football players in their closed practice. The players and coaches were absolutely amazing with [her]. Tomorrow the conditioning coach, Coach Mannie, who is taking her under his wing, is making copies of a biography that we gave them on [her]. He told the team that each of them will have the bio of [her] in their lockers tomorrow (copy of the bio attached). In addition, he told the team that [she] was there to give them her bracelets. He told them that she is watching them play on TV and watching for the bracelets. Thus, he expected all of the team to be wearing their bracelets at this Saturday's game vs Ohio State. At the end of the practice Kurt Cousins lead the team in prayer and prayed first for our family and [her] and of course the team. He is a really amazing guy! Coach Mannie then gave [her] a beautiful necklace and bracelet that his wife picked out for her and a card signed by all the players. He told [her] that he will make sure that she is on the field before every game this season that she is able to attend. When he took [her] in the HUGE weight room where he works with the team, he gave [her] some of the cherry juice that the football players drink for her to try (we have been trying to get her to drink cherry juice and when we went in the weight room there was a sign on the coolers saying "cherry juice is only for the football players"....wow sometimes God just puts those signs in the right places) and he told her when she is done with treatment, he will personally work with her on conditioning. Last but not least he emailed us a bunch of pictures from today before we even made it all the way home. It was yet another special day with the MSU football team for [her]."
Now despite the homerism in my aunt's description, I was blown away by how the team is treating my little cousin, and I guarantee it's helping her (she's normally very shy and reserved, but her doctors have been remarking on her energy and dedication, I imagine meeting with these guys has to help that somewhat). All I know is that this year, aside from October 15, I'm going to be cheering for the Spartans.