a terrible blight on our fine country
So not exactly a seasonal post, but saw it on the yahoo front page in a story about 2 star players who bombed the wonderlic. First, the relevant Michigan part: Schilling scored a 35, which is the 6th highest score at the combine this year. Great job!
Now, the sad part. Apparently, Patrick Peterson was one of 4 guys who scored in the single digits (ouch) along with kids from South Carolina, Florida, and Oklahoma State. No, there's no trend there. Priceless quote:
"Peterson plays like a low-test guy," one NFL decision maker told PFW on the condition he remain anonymous
The other star is Georgia's AJ Green, who scored a 12. Scouts say a higher score is more important for offensive guys who have to learn sets than for defensive guys (like Peterson) who can just react.
"He will get it," one evaluator said. "You're going to have to take it slow with him and let him start at one position and let him learn on the run. He's not going to be able to handle learning all three positions. If you ask him to be an X, Y and Z, you're setting him up for failure."
Also on the yahoo front page is a link to an article on the Dagger (yahoo bball blog) about Michigan beating UT while scoring no FT's.
GO BLUE! BEAT DOOK!
This whole Tenn mess stole the spotlight away from Vogrich and the rest of Michigan's great day. Michigan got little or no coverage today because every highlight package was of Pearl talking or the Tenn kids saying they quit.
Then all the talking heads(just as Brian predicted) used the distractions as an excuse. Were they distracted when they got out to a 6 pt lead in the 1st 15 minutes?
Right now on TCM, John Wayne in a 1953 film, according to an amazon.com editorial review,
"plays a gleefully corrupt football coach who buys players in an attempt to build up the football program overnight at a small Catholic school."
A representative quote from one of the characters in the film:
Steve Aloysius Williams: Oh, it's a fine game, football - noble game. Originated in England in 1823. An enterprising young man named William Weber Ellis - who studied for the ministry, by the way - found his team behind in a soccer game, so he picked up the ball, and ran through the amazed opponents for a thoroughly illegal touchdown. And that's how football was born - illegitimately. So, it moved to America where someone took advantage of a loophole in the rules, and invented a little formation called the Flying Wedge. So many young men were maimed and killed by this clever maneuver that President Roosevelt - Theodore Roosevelt - had to call the colleges together and ask them to make the game less brutal. He was, of course, defeated in the next election. In spite of this setback, football became an industry. The price of a good running back often surpassed the salary of a professor. And when some righteous committee unearthed this well-known fact, there was always a coach that took it on the chin. I just got tired of picking myself up.
I turned it on midway through, and thought I was watching Nick Saban in black-and-white. Four stars are out of five.
Bruce Hooley, who hosted the early afternoon "Big Show" on 97.1 with Chris Spielman and admittedly was never in the bag for OSU, was removed from the air because he had the temerity to call for harsher punishment for Jim Tressel. Maybe he can move into Kirk Herbstreit's new house in Nashville. http://www.brucehooley.com/Blog.html
I did my final shows Wednesday and Thursday of last week in the aftermath of the press conference at Ohio State announcing head coach Jim Tressel's NCAA violations in the Tattoo-Gate case. My show was pre-empted Friday by Ohio State's opener in the Big Ten Tournament. Late Friday afternoon, my attorney, Bret Adams, received a call telling me not to report to work on Monday. Mr. Van Stone said he wanted to meet with Bret to discuss re-assigning me to other duties. That's when Bret and I suggested we explore a separation that would be satisfactory to both parties.
Let's see how the voluntary five games goes for you, Jimmy.
I knew I loved this guy:
Adam Rittenberg, from ESPN's Big Ten Blog ranked QB Denard Robinson the #3 player in the Big Ten today. The only Michigan player on this top 25 list is David Molk, who checks in at #15.