Great video of Mike Martin's draft party at Conor O'Neills. A wonderful night for one of my favorite players of the past 10 years. Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QviuR9ZxmpI , which I discovered via http://annarbor.com/sports/um-football/former-michigan-football-star-m[email protected]erines .
In addition to the sincere happiness evident in Martin's face, his mom's face, and the shared joy of his friends and family, I'm struck by the similarity of his speaking style to President Obama's. (This is not a plug for or against Pres. Obama - MGoBlog's not the place for that, of course.)
Is there a future in politics after Martin's done feasting on QBs and RBs at the next level?
Anthony Hargrove, 8 games (Now on Packers)
Will Smith, 4 games
Scott Fujita, 3 games (Now on Browns)
Wow, very suprised to see Vilma suspended for the entire season.
In a symbolic gesture, the Tampa Bay Bucs have signed Eric Legrand, who if you all remember, was paralyzed during play against Army while at Rutgers in 2010. His story of being told he was going to be a quadriplegic on a ventilator his whole life, to now being able to stand with support resonates a lot with us Michigan fans because of Brock Mealer. Greg Schiano and the Bucs just earned a whole lot of respect from me for making this move.
This week's scouting report is on Mesquite (TX) West Mesquite wide receiver Eldridge Massington. He's 6'3", 205 lbs. and claims a 4.5 forty. Michigan has a good shot at pulling him in; however, USC is supposed to be his favorite, despite the fact that the Trojans haven't offered yet. Massington looks a little bit like David Terrell to me. Big kid, good leaper, good but not great speed. He's not quite as quick as Terrell, though.
I'm not certain what authority will be deciding whether or not college football should be banned. But the issue will be discussed on May 8 in NYC (that hotbed of college football). And Jason Whitlock will be among those opposing Malcolm Gladwell and his utopian vision and Buzz Bissinger, who believe that CFB should be banned.
Or do they? I thought I gleaned somewhere in Gladwell's comments that it would be okay to play CFB as long as the players got paid. And that's exactly what Whitlock is saying. However, as was pointed out on the last thread I posted, the players are compensated with a college education. But Whitlock says that's not enough.
I suspect that the level of discourse--and the intricacies of the subject--will not be explored as carefully and as passionately at this May 8 conference in NYC as they were in the thread here at MGoBlog( http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/malcolm-gladwell-why-college-football-should...).
Although, I must admit, the grammer police in that thread lost control; and it devolved into a grammar war, or, hopefully, a grammar spring. And I was as guilty as anyone.
Nonetheless, here is the link, and, of course, a synopsis of Mr. Whitlock's comments:
To shore up his defense, Whitlock also invokes America’s free principles, which he feels encompass the “right to act dumb” in pursuit of athletic glory or even cash. What he can’t stand is the bad faith of college leagues withholding pay from their risk-taking players. (It’s “embarrassingly hypocritical,” he grumbles.)
Just remember a debate going on a little while ago about whether UM has any guys who could go 1st round next year.
Taylor Lewan is #24 overall and 2nd rated OL.
Craig Roh #31 overall
Edit: Bodogblog pointed out that Lewan is #31 in a different CBS writer's top 32