mesmerism! presidential assassinations! circuses on fire!
Since the last snap of the regular season, the days at MGoBlog have been (over) ripe with relentless CC chatter, prolonging each day to a near eternity. While college football has recently resumed, the run of throwaway bowl games with their tortured corporate epithets has done little to sate the senses of this Michigan faithful.
On Saturday, that will all change as we witness the final three hours of our 2010-11 season.
So with the big day nearly upon us, I ask what grand plans have you hatched for our first bowl game since Jan 1, 2008?
- Where are you watching the game?
- Who are you watching with?
- What other NYD bowl games do you plan to watch?
- Your drink of choice will be _____ ?
For me, it's
- At home, in 54" of glorious high definition.
- Typically watch the game with 2-4 other M grads who live nearby plus token appearances by my family who sometimes tolerate my viewing habits.
- I'll probably Tivo the Alabama v. Michigan St game and watch later if it's a remotely close game. Am definitely planning to watch the TCU v. Wisconsin Rose Bowl matchup live.
- A sampling of cervezas. Projected starting lineup includes: (1) Stone Brewing Co.Ruination IPA, (2) Lagunitas Brown Shugga' Ale and (3) Rogue Dead Guy Ale. Coming off the bench if the need should arise: Sam Adams Boston Lager, Corona, Heineken, and Molson Golden. If things go severely awry I have about a half a bottle of Makers Mark tucked away in the up-high cabinet.
I just turned on ESPN2, and there is a really nice documentary on about the Loyola High School football program in Detroit. It's focusing on the young men they are developing there. Nice change from the normal media representation of Detroit. I'm not from Detroit, so I don't know much about the school. They seem like great kids.
As i sit here wasting time reading articles on the interwebs, I come across a great quote from Tressel addressing rumors that he won't be returning to tOSU next year:
"This world is ever-evolving with wastes of time," he said.
I suggest we all apply the sweaters logic and put your on-topic player and CC discussions based on twitter feeds from former models, the ESPN Drama and Rumor Hour (formerly known as SportsCenter), and incredibly reliable inside sources who have been consistently incorrect for several years in a sack and bury them all in the yard or under the snow.
Until Jan. 2, when I suggest you check your MGoRumormill sources every 5 minutes.
I just happen to notice things like this, maybe it is just me.
In the DetNews there is a fluff article on Harbaugh that is a reprint from the San Jose Mercury News (http://detnews.com/article/20101230/SPORTS0201/12300434/1131/sports0201/%E2%80%98Uncontrollable%E2%80%99-urge-to-win-at-everything-drives-Jim-Harbaugh) regarding Jim's desire to win. In the article there is an anecdote about when Bo walked into his office to find Jim, 9 years old at the time, sitting in Bo's chair with his feet up on Bo's desk. While the story is amusing, it also shows how much exposure Jim must have had to the program at that young age to be so comfortable that he had his feet up on his Dad's boss' desk.
Additionally, at age 9 (having been born in 1963) he would have been intersecting the program at the same time as Dave Brandon ('70-'74). While those two would not have been hanging out in the bars at that time, I am sure any member of that team (Brandon included) would have watched Jim at Michigan very intently knowing how the old ball boy became the star QB. Particularly an alum like Brandon who has stayed in the Detroit area for his professional career and would have more access to the program when Bo was coaching.
While I previously believed there were probably back channel discussions since they were ex-players, I am only more convinced knowing this new fact that these two probably have had more than just a few casual conversations. I don't propose to know what happens to RR post-Jan 1, but I am pretty sure Brandon knows Harbaugh's position and what his choice will be. There are too many connections for this to not be the case. Either way, we will have a good coach come January.
In a pretty interesting article about the emergence of prominent black QBs this year in college football, Denard gets a nice mention as Big Ten Offensive POY:
Summary: Nebraska singed an agreement with Martinez's father in 2007 to sell athletic NU gear - Martinez committed in 2008.
Looks like you can't tade cash for your kid's commitment (Mr. Newton!), however, according to Nebraska, you can trade a contract that will make you cash for a kid's commitment.
So, you just need to launder the money through a legit business.
That makes sense.