DE Matt Godin just got back from an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor, and I caught up with him to get his reaction. There was no commitment on this trip. Matt will take a little more time with his decision just to make sure it's right.
TOM: How was the trip?
MATT: I loved it. It was probably a 9 out of 10.
TOM: So walk me through what happened, and who you met. What made it a 9?
MATT: I came in and saw Coach Singletary in Schembechler Hall. That was my first time there, so I was blown away by that. It was awesome. Coach Singletary took me in to see Coach Montgomery, and I sat with him for awhile. He told me everything basically, how they would use me, the scheme and where they want me.
TOM: How do they want to use you on the field?
MATT: They said probably in the 5 technique, possibly playing around 290. They said that would let me stop the run, but I could still get some pass rush in too. [Ed.: This would be the strongside DE spot.]
TOM: Did you get a chance to meet with Coach Hoke and Mattison, too?
MATT: Yeah, I talked to Coach Hoke for about 30 minutes in his office. We talked about everything, and you can tell he doesn't take any crap. He's ready to bring Michigan back. He was basically telling me how they need defensive linemen, and they think I can help bring Michigan back. I talked to Coach Mattison before that, and he threw on the Ravens film to go over. It was funny because I brought one of my friends and he joked before hand that Coach Mattison would probably put the Ravens film on.
TOM: It sounds like the trip was a success then?
MATT: I absolutely loved it, a lot of it was more of what the coaches were saying and how they want to bring Michigan back. Also, at some schools you don't really see the players that much, but I walked in there and all the players were in the locker room joking around. It was a good experience, especially for my dad to be there. He's a season ticket holder for 30 years, and for him to see his son get a scholarship from the university he loves is great.
Looks like Wisconsin will be the next to start charging for spring games. I know there's rumor of Michigan doing this to benefit mott children's hospital that brian (somewhat?) confirmed along with rumor of coroporate sponsors. Not sure how I feel about this.
If you're like me, you may have found that your obsession with mgoblog (and correspondingly, twitter, facebook, etc.) has gotten to the point where your work or study performance is getting affected to a degree with which you are less than comfortable, you may find this to be a handy tool. (For Windows users only)
It's a small little script that blocks web sites temporarily. Any time you double-click it, all of the sites at the top of the file become blocked, and any time you double-click it again, those sites become available again. I plan on using it to keep me on task during work hours (after I finish this anyway) and during lunch I'll come and see if anything's been posted while I was being busy. That's the plan, anyway...
I don't claim to be an expert on scripting, but from what I can tell it appears to be pretty safe and successful when run, and other tech sites seem to advocate for it as well.
In order to add blocked websites you have to open the file in something like notepad and add the list of websites at the top of the file, save it and close it again. Make sure that you don't set the text editor as the default means of opening the file.
As always, if other users find issues with the file please let me know and I'll rescind my recommendation, but for now I'm hoping this will help (and I have a feeling I'm not alone here). See you at noonish EST!
well lets size up our contestants first, we will assume same maturaty level,
Weight- 40 pounds (18kg)
Weapons -incisor 3/3, canine 1/1, premolar 4/4, molar 1/2 for a total of 38 teeth. Claws are curved and semi-retractile.
Build- The wolverine's head is broad and rounded, with small eyes and short rounded ears. Its legs are short, with five toes on each foot; posture is considered semiplantigrade, as the metatarsal pads of the hind feet rarely contact the ground. The skull of the wolverine is robust; powerful dentition and associated musculature enable the wolverine to forage on frozen meat and bone.
Armor-Wolverine pelage is typically a thick, glossy dark brown.
Defenses-Although wolverines have well developed anal musk glands, musking appears to be used primarily as a fear-defense mechanism and is associated with cautionary raised tail posture
Temperment- Highly aggressive if cornered, documented reports of wolverines chasing grizzley bears off their kills.
Diet- mostly carnivorous
Lifestyle-completely solitary unless raising pups or mating.
Ok, and in this corner
Weight-32 pounds (14kg)
weapons- strong claws which can be up to 40mm long. small needle like teeth, extremely sharp.
Build-Despite their appearance, ratels are not badgers, but belong to a sub-family of their own, the Melllivoines. Ratels have short legs and a low body which is characteristic to Mustelids. The ratel is black on top and underneath, with a contrasting white stripe that begins just above the eyes and ends at the tip of the tail, covering the entire width of the back, from shoulder to shoulder.
Armor- oftne known to attack poisonous snakes, relying on its shaggy coat to protect it from harm.
Defenses-When threatened a ratel can feign death but usually attacks and has even been known to attack human hunters and cars. Ratels, like most mustelids, secrete foul smelling anal secretions to discourage enemies
Temperment-The ratel is omnivorous, but as a predator, uses its quickness to run down much of its prey. Squat and muscular, it always ready to defend itself, it has been known to attack animals much larger than itself such as the African buffalo, the gnu, or waterbuck (i.e.) extremely aggressive.
Diet- The ratel's favorite treats are honey and bee larva. Although it is most often found feasting on small reptiles, rodents, birds, insects and even carrion but it also eats fruits, berries, roots, plants, and eggs
Lifestyle-Generally a solitary animal but it has been observed in small groups. These groups are most likely family groups. They are very secretive and usually nocturnal, hunting at night.
O.k there you go, given all the facts i will now make my verdict.
AND THE WINNER IS>>>>>>>>> Wolverine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here is how the fight would go down..
Both wolverine and Badger catch wind of another animals kill and come running. Badger gets there first due to speed and chases off the predator, followed closely by the wolverine.
Both have their eye on the prize and both are too aggressive and stubborn to back off. The scent throwing begins, with the wolverine puffing out his tail and spraying much like a skunk, this irratates the badger causing him to do the same. Both animals are now smelly and extremely pissed off but noone injured yet.
The wolverine, after much posuring charges in and the fur starts flying. The wolverine claws are ineffectual, causing minimal damage to badger due to its course wiry fur, badgers claws only impose superficial wounds on wolverine due to its extremely thick winter fur. after much scuffeling and snarling and snapping of jaws the wolverine manages to get ahold of the bagders leg in its mouth, and its extremely powerfull jaws snap the bones like a twig. The wolverines diet of frozen meat has given it the edge. where the badger has long claws and quickness it lack the jaw strength to pose a real threat and its teath have trouble getting through the wolverines defences will the wolverines jaws and skull are built to crush through ice and bone.
It would be a hidousely nasty fight, but the ability to crush bone would give the wolverine an edge in an otherwsise almost perfectly matched fight.
So what they are saying is take a week off and we're all good. We don't want to waste a year of our time and give you 18 months of bad press over piddly bullshit. Grrrrrr.
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma's football team has been required to give players a week off from athletic training during the offseason after reporting a series of secondary NCAA rules violations.
The Sooners reported to the NCAA that four assistant coaches had improperly questioned players about their lack of participation in voluntary offseason workouts, and that some players had been working out more than the allowed eight hours per week.
The violations were included in documents released to The Associated Press on Tuesday following an open records request.
According to a letter sent to NCAA director of secondary enforcement Chris Strobel, the university started an investigation after a player refused to sign a weekly practice log and then provided Oklahoma's compliance director with a recording of defensive backs coach Willie Martinez asking why he had missed a voluntary workout.
The investigation found that receivers coach Jay Norvell and offensive line coach James Patton also discussed attendance at the workouts with players, and defensive tackles coach Jackie Shipp received reports from the strength staff on who was participating.
Oklahoma also informed the NCAA that secondary violations occurred when football players went through Pilates sessions in addition to their offseason workouts, when strength coaches observed players' independent agility training and when seven players were required to repeat a conditioning drill. All three resulted the players going over the NCAA's eight-hour weekly limit on guided offseason workouts.
Other violations included a handful of self-reported impermissible text messages and phone calls by assistant coaches to recruits and their fathers, and the team's website posting links to recruiting websites on signing day last year.
The men's basketball team, which was on NCAA probation until May and is again being investigated, also reported secondary violations resulting from two assistant coaches placing two impermissible recruiting calls apiece and three violations related to official visits by prospects.