well that's just, like, your opinion, man
In their never-ending string of total awesomeness, hilarity and badassery, the authors of BHGP bring you a summer marathon as only they could do it.
If I ever go to Iowa, I'm going to follow these guys around like a sad puppy until they clue me into their genius and let me come along on some of their shenanigans. Of course, to do this one I'd have to get in some sort of shape that isn't accurately described as "flabby".
I wanted to let people know of the Jimmy V foundation auction going on now. It is for a very good cause. There are lots of good items up for sale, but the two I wanted to highlight were Michigan related items.
First is the College Gameday experience for the Michigan vs. Alabama football game:
Second is a Tom Brady Autographed helmet:
Here is a link to all the items being auctioned:
Coaches induction and Bo is currently in 3rd (by a considerable margin) to Tom Osbourne and Hayden Fry. We cannot stand for this!
Over at Eleven Warriors, Phil Steele gives a long interview on his process of ranking teams, along with his take on Ohio, Michigan, and the rest of the Big 10. It is a fascinating read, and gives a sense of why Steele does such a good job of predicting. (LINK: http://www.elevenwarriors.com/2012/07/12344/12-0-is-a-possibility-chatting-with-phil-steele#more)
Of greatest interest here are his comments on Michigan. Here are a few quotes:
Last season, Brady Hoke and the Wolverines were one of the bigger success stories in the country. Do you think that can be sustained?
Phil Steele: Last year, Michigan had the best case scenario. Going 11-2, that’s about as good as it can get. When you look at things a little bit closer, the bowl game (against Virginia Tech)for example, they got out first-downed 22-12, outgained 377-184, but at the end of the game, they ended up winning.
You look at the Notre Dame game, heading into the fourth quarter you’re thinking Notre Dame is going to win by 24 points. They completely dominated the game and then ended up coming up short when Denard Robinson had a touchdown pass in the final seconds.
This year the schedule gets a little bit tougher. I do think this season’s team is a little bit stronger if they can get the defensive line going.
I just don’t think they’ll overachieve like they did last year.
I have them as an underdog against Alabama, a slight underdog at Notre Dame, an underdog at Nebraska and an underdog at Ohio State. That doesn’t mean they’ll lose all of them, but I think their odds of getting 11 wins are a little more difficult.
There is more in the interview on Michigan, but you can only quote so much. The whole piece is very good. Interestingly, Eleven Warriors predicts that Michigan will beat Alabama (although, Steele begs to differ, and thinks it would be quite an upset.)
247 sports asked No. 1 CB Vernon Hargreaves to break down some of the players at The Opening
On Shane Morris:
"He's a baller. He was definitely the best quarterback here."
Others of note:
Alvin Bailey - "Bailey has been doing good. He makes the big catch when we need it."
Kendall Fuller- "He plays a lot like I do. He's aggressive, not a lot of balls go his way. I guess a lot of people know not to test him."
Brendan Gibbons has been named to the pre-season watchlist for the Lou Groza award, the award for college football's best kicker (full list here). He is one of seven Big Ten kickers to make it on the watchlist, making up nearly a quarter of the 30 total kickers.
Just the fact that he has made it on this list, after the abysmal season he and our other goal kickers had in 2010, is a testament to how much he has improved as a player in the last two years (and a testament to how much brunette girls have improved him).