Yesterday on Paul Finebaum, an interesting rumor ws talked about, involving Michigan. It was stated, that Michigan coaches and Nick Saban have had discussions about Urban Meyer, and how to prepare for him. They have also made plans to meet this off season, and go over strategy. A lot of this coincides with the meeting next fall as well, but there's a mutual dislike between Saban and Meyer. I seem to recall hearing this from another source about a week ago, but can't remember where. The caller who reported this, is apparently a regular caller, who has broke quite a few stories. If this is true, it's quite interesting, and goes to show you how much the SEC dislikes Urban Meyer.
Disclaimer: I am NOT stating this as fact, just thought it was a rumor that the community would be interested in. I take every rumor I hear from SEC country with a grain of salt, as should the rest of you.
A blast from the past. I know we only talk about players that play at Michigan, but found this rumor interesting. Also, a RB I believe just flipped to Alabama this week. Thoughts?
Some "interesting" insight fom the photographer from the OTL story about paying TP for signing memorabilia.
Edit: He just spent about a minute extolling the virtues of a guy he supposedly barely knew when the OTL story was broken. I hope that something he claims in this interview doesn't jive with something that investigators have been told. He doesn't seem really good at crossing t's and dotting i's.
Edit: This guy should run for public office. In response to a question of why these players would want to hang out with him he said that he would give anyone the shirt off his back . . . but he didn't do anything improper for these players.
Edit: Claims that Michigan apologized for the misunderstanding about him entering the Big House under a false name. All they had to do was Google D Jay Talbott and they would have known he uses that name online. Is this true?
Edit: The Big Show Link. The interview is over but follow up/podcast to come. Sorry to keep beating the dead horse, but this guy repeatedly used his son as the reason he had contact with the players and a signed memorabilia collection. He was just a pawn in ESPN's attack on Ohio and none of the accusers would go on the record. He must think that Ohio fans are so angry with the NCAA/ESPN/TP right now that he can get back in their good graces.
Two separate articles today got me thinking about rooting interests, especially for parents.
First, tomorrow, the Michigan basketball team faces Bradley tomorrow. As many of you know, John Beilein's son Patrick is on the coaching staff at Bradley. There's an article on the family dynamic at the Freep (Link: http://www.freep.com/article/20111221/SPORTS06/112210390/Beilein-family-to-face-off-on-basketball-court-this-week)
The article ends with this:
Kathleen (edit: John Beilein's wife) still knows what got this family through the years and eventually to Ann Arbor. She plans to root for the Wolverines.
There also was a post from mgouser macdaddy this morning with good news. He wrote,
Little macdaddy got into Michigan last Friday. I haz happy. Would NOT have been psyched to write checks to Little Brother U.
This got me to thinking about the dilemma faced by mgoparents. Who do you root for when your child attends, or even worse, plays for, a rival team? I know of at least one mgouser who has a daughter attending Ohio in Columbus. My own daughter visited Illinois and worse, MSU. (fortunately for me, she liked neither.)
mgoblogger mgoshoe has gotten us some inside info from his son, on the sports info staff as a student at Virginia Tech. In one of the thread's, his son said he rooted for Michigan all the time EXCEPT for this one upcoming bowl game.
Some of you root for Michigan, but went to school elsewhere (MAC schools, one of you went to Pitt, etc.) I'm curious who you root for when your own school plays Michigan.
But the real questions are for mgoparents:
- Do any of you let your progeny's school of choice affect your rooting interest?
- Does your children's school of choice ever cause you to root against Michigan?
- Do any of you have children attending MSU, OSU, or ND? If so, how do the dynamics work out when Michigan plays against those teams?
- Do any of you have children who actually played on teams for rivals? (perhaps the hardest dynamic of all.)
Siblings, parents, nephews and nieces, aunts and uncles, even spouses, let alone friends, I can deal with the friendly rivalry. My sister went to Illinois, I have in-laws and nephews who went to Ohio State, and I have no problem with the rivalry.
Kids are harder. If my daughter ends up attending a rival school, I would still root for Michigan, and might rib her a bit, but it would be pretty gentle.
But man, if my son (currently playing as a kid on a DL) ever had the opportunity to play ball collegiately, and ever played against Michigan, man, I would have to root for him, as much as I love Michigan. However, no matter who he was playing for, I would only root for them against Michigan while he was a student, and would revert back to Michigan the minute he graduated.
I'm curious how those of you who have lived this have dealt with it. Especially those cursed with children choosing to go to MSU or OSU. (Did they do this to spite you? Because you were a terrible parent?)
Gino Joubert, LSU recruiting analyst says Gunner will announce his decision this week. Great get for Les and LSU...the rich get richer.
#1 QB Gunner Kiel from Indiana will pick LSU either today or Thursday according to one of my sources close to the Kiel family. If so, HUGE
I was asked a great question this morning by a co worker. Knowing that I'm a huge Michigan fan, he asked me what I'd rather have. A Lions Super Bowl win, Red Sox World Series championship, Red Wings Stanley Cup, Pistons NBA championship, or a Michigan national championship? I'd never even thought about it before, but without hesitation, I answered a Michigan national championship. Even though I'd love to see a Lions Super Bowl win, it just wouldn't compare to a Michigan championship. What are your thoughts?