I GIVE UP ON HATING WISCONSIN
As reported by Dave Biddle (@davebiddle). According to his twitter profile, he is "a sports journalist who covers Ohio State Buckeyes football and basketbal for Bucknuts.com."
"Could be some bad news on the horizon for OSU football. Hopefully none of this is true. Will report back when I know more."
"Possible improper benefits. Players meeting with compliance officials today."
EDIT: Just to keep all the relevant info in one spot... subsequent tweets:
"Word is a tattoo artist was giving out free tats in exchange for autographs from OSU players. Again, nothing has been confirmed."
"Just talked to a current player and he is denying that any of this is true. Says he would know about it b/c it would be 'locker room talk.'"
"OSU's sports information department is also denying that any players met with compliance officials today."
Because of the opponent? Because of the CC rumors? Because I caused my parents to get a divorce (they said it wasn't my fault but gosh how couldn't it be)?
FreepTweet (Ht: Michigan Insider)
Michigan's ticket sales for Gator Bowl currently... about 7,000. Ticket allotment was 12,500
I blame Urban Meyer and the guy who wouldn't let me merge on 275 this morning.
Edit: and Juggalos.
Edit: and parents who don't get their kids GI Joe aircraft carriers for Xmas.
I think I lead the league in hijacked threads. Today I got hijacked into the classic blame Lloyd or blame RR. All the usual arguments were recycled.. I had this debate with a few guys at work and I would like to propose my theory.
Conventional wisdom has Michigan divided into the Old School(Lloyd Camp) and the New School (RR Camp). I don't think this is actually the case. I think we have splintered into many groups and I think most of the RR haters hated Lloyd as well.
Hate the Coach Guy (15%)- He's the guy that hated Lloyd Carr and his stodgy ways and begged for the spread, and now wants RR gone because it's unacceptable we're Michigan. He's the "No Excuses" guy who is very angry and likes to call sports talk radio and thinks he would settle for 5 NC's in 10 years and a 8-2 record against OSU as his baseline.
Don't follow it Close, but the Freep had it in the paper, so it must be true and I'll talk like I know something at the gym guy(20%)- These guys don't follow it all that closely. They watch the big games on tv but if they miss oh well. They are Michigan fans because Mich was always good when they grew up, but are thinking of switching to the Spartans if things don't turn around soon. These are guys you throw facts at and their eyes glaze over.
WTF My Fucking World is off it's Fucking Axis (40%)- I'd put this group as the ex alumni who are pretty passionate fans and generally reasonable in that they bitch about the coach after losses and are happy about wins but in the end they support the team. They are used to 8-9-10 wins and Big Ten Championships every couple of years as a birth rite. They were for the most part willing to give RR a chance, but due to 05, The Horror, 0-3 vs MSU and 0-7 vs OSU, investigation, etc.... they are not sure if the sun is going to rise, much less if RR is right for the job. Some are still willing to give RR a chance some are done, but all can't fathom another year of hearing shit from MSU and OSU fans without killing someone.
Leave the Coach Alone(15%)- They support Michigan thru thick and thin. Whoever the coach is they support. They tend to be more contrarian in their views, because unless you win the NC most people bitch about the coach. They like to use stats and comparisons to other teams to get their point heard. They find themselves defending the coach even when they want him fired, because of the overboard nature of college football fans.
We're Great, We Suck(10%)- This undecided group is more reactionary and tend to be overjoyed at victory and decimated by defeat. Depending on what day you catch them on they may or may not want the coach fired and they may be more prone to the outlandish in a desperate attempt to wrap their minds around a loss. These are the "Put Mallett in for Henne" Denard for Heisman 1 week, Bench Denard the next" crowd.
Did I miss any groups?
Nearly 40 Mississippi State players donated portions of their gift cards, from their bowl gift bags, to buy presents to be distributed to children in need across the state of Mississippi.
They went shopping for the kids at a local Wal-Mart.
“Going to a New Year’s Day bowl is a great reward for our kids, and the gifts and other perks that go with it are nice,” head coach Dan Mullen said. “But this time of year is really about giving more than it is about getting, and for our players to do this for kids around the state of Mississippi is really a special deal.”
Several players will deliver the gifts to charities near their hometowns after the Bulldogs dismiss for the Christmas holiday following Tuesday’s practice. Charities include Mississippi Children’s Cancer Clinic in Jackson, Tupelo Children’s Mansion, the Boys and Girls Club of Starkville and The Father’s Child Ministry, an inner-city ministry in Columbus which is run by former Bulldog football player Edward Yeates.
Very comparable to our players and the great things they do for C.S. Mott.
simulating dilithium is like buying pyrite.
Well, I hate to report this, but there are some rumors floating around on the message boards that the "Michigan Robot", may have some issues surrounding his recruitment. It is behind a pay wall (BotBall Insider.com), so I cannot see the entire thread, but apparently, Michigan Robot may have been influenced by an "escort", during some of his recruiting visits to Ann Arbor.
It looks like a couple of Michigan Robotics Graduate students are to blame for this controversy. They created and set up this "escort" with the "Michigan Robot," without any knowledge of the situation by the Michigan coaching staff. They students stated: "We were bored and lonely, and we couldn't get any real girls to talk to us, so we made one ourselves." "And when we heard UofM had a chance to land "Michigan Robot" as a recruit, so we just thought maybe this could be the best way, we could help out the team."
Right now, the coaching staff has is not commenting on the situation, until they can gather more information. Below is a picture of the alleged escort this article is referencing.