I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
I can't find any previous mention of this on the board—Demar Dorsey is not listed on the roster for Louisville, and since the Cardinals have already started fall camp I'd assume this means he's not going to be playing ball there. Which in turn suggests his academic and other issues were of concern to more schools than just Michigan. I haven't come across any other info about the guy, either. Maybe this means he's headed to some JC.
If this isn't of interest to some of you because he's not a Wolverine, fine. I found the whole saga interesting regardless of the outcome.
Watch as the amazing Lamar Woodley knifes through our offensive line like substance. Marvel as Mat Stafford is destroyed by a series of brutal blitz packages, thus ensuring we have to draft a new QB within 5 years because the current one is dead/broken/in a coma.
Get your hopes up when Calvin Johnson or House of Spears does something amazing. Feel hopeful for a few minutes until Johnson's catch is called back by a hold or the Steelers convert on 3 and 19 because the secondary is crap.
Bet on which member of the Lions organization will be busted for DUI in a fast food drive through next.
Listen to in studio commentary by Matt Millen and ask yourself yet again "How does this man keep finding work?"
At the end of the day, walk away suddenly optimistic about Michigan football, because "Hey it could be worse."
Seriously though the Lions have actually made some decent personnel moves and I'm excited to see this game. Plus I miss football, I watched at Hall of Fame game the same way a crack addict eyes an 8 ball. I need it man. I can't quite get my hopes up though, as the Lions excel at underachieving.
So what are you guys looking to see in the 1st quarter when the 1st stringers are in? I'm hoping for:
1. Creation of a pocket for Stafford to throw from.
2. 3.3 yards per carry on the run game.
3. Suh to renact the bathroom scene from Midgeville, Georgia. With Big Ben playing the roll of the college girl.
I don't mean to steal Boyz n da Pahokee's thunder, and I'm sure he'll comment on here with the youtube link, but here's day 23.
It features a "holy-shit-denard-to-roundtree-spread-quarterbacks-shouldn't-be-able-to-throw-like-that-especially-on-the-run-denard-is-a-god-i-can't-wait-for-the-season throw" about 25 seconds in.
Camp is here! The summer is shrinking…. The coaches are drilling… and the players are sweating. The season opener is just over three weeks away, and a new chapter will be written. So why are you still wearing the student shirt from 2005?
Once again, it’s my privilege to present to all of you the second round of the MGoShirt 2010 Season Line, as designed by yours truly and produced exclusively by Underground Printing in conjunction with our very own MGoBlog.
As an MGoBlog exclusive, we’re rolling out the wolverine’s share of the line today, allowing all of you maize and blue faithful to get the very first glimpse of these new designs and imagine yourself walking down State Street sporting this unique Michigan apparel. And, yes, conveniently enough, these very same shirts are immediately available for purchase at the MGoStore! Remember, the title of every shirt is an active link directly to the catalog entry for that product. You can shop as soon as you see the shirt if you'd like.
AND a special offer is being made today—Underground has created Special Deal for those that want to own the full MGoShirt Alert 2010 collection. Buy all 10 shirts (or any 10 shirts - mix and match your favorites) and get them for $150 (25% off!). MGoStore has also heard your prayers and is now offering multiple shirts in the coveted American Apparel option-- you asked for it, you got it!
So enough with the Billy Mays bit—let’s get to the shirts:
We’ve got options this year, kids—whether you’re a shoelace guy or an Our Man Tate loyalist, you can rest easy knowing that the other guy is ready to step in and deliver at a moment’s notice. This shirt allows the wearer to clearly identify himself as a number 5, with his second choice of quarterback emblazoned on the back.
DESIGNER INSIDER: We toyed with simply choosing one QB over the other, but in the end the front and back concept works really well. I must disclose that the guys at UGP wrote these, and even looked up the correct spelling of midi-chlorians-- I will say that I love the way everything’s worded. Both sides read easily, and jump off the shirt.
For all of the number 16’s in the crowd, here is the alternate. Dilithium on the front, Midi-chlorians on the back. I understand this seems to be the current consensus of the blog, and whatever happens Denard’s gotta get on the field.
DESIGNER INSIDER: I’m pleased with both of these. I wanted a fun typeface, something that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Because this QB battle is sure to become serious enough in the next few weeks.
The Blue Album. No matter what Rivers ever does with the rest of his career, he still can’t take that one away from me. Dude, they really named the album after Hurley?
DESIGNER INSIDER: I’ve always rooted for that certain linebacker who wears #8… he’s come such a long way and I have to believe that he’s going to get something done this year. I can’t be the only one… can I?
Vlad Tepes, Dracul, the very impaler of souls and eater of hope, is coming off a very quiet redshirt season that allowed his knee to heal. It’s time to consume the blood of the innocent and hang their heads on stakes at the thirty-five yard line. I’ll let you all guess what part of that statement is actually true, and what’s just funny Internet stuff.
DESIGNER INSIDER: I’ve seen this image of the real, historical Vlad before, but once I actually got to work on it, I was surprised at how not terrifying he really seemed to be. This historical depiction looks more like the guy who gives you rental skates at the outdoor rink than a ruthless, heartless dictator. If you ask me.
Vader keeps the ball vertical, no spin, laces out. The Dark Side of the force puts a big focus on great ball control skills, I guess. Sure, it’s a Yoda quote, but I just wanted to do something Vader-esque again, and the quote fit.
DESIGNER INSIDER: This is based on the scene in Empire right after Luke loses his hand—I know the zone read doesn’t typically require Tate or Denard pitching the ball, but it just seemed to look so right in conjunction with the pose, so I kept it.
The kid in the #9 jersey with the dreads and the consistent herculean effort—you know who I’m talkin’ about—he gives slot ninjas everywhere a good name. Well, a ninja is only as good as his gear. This guy is well armed and clearly ready to play with more than a few ‘hard edges.’
DESIGNER INSIDER: enjoyed watching Tay work so hard the past two years and look forward to seeing him continue the trend this season. I originally tried to get the dreads involved but it just took away from the design. I’m beginning to think UGP should just sell entire sets of maize and blue ninja suits with #9’s on their front and back, but that’s another story. Certainly one of my favorites.
I tried to look back to see where it came up exactly, but at some point during last year’s rollout this slogan came to surface, and I always wanted to revisit it. It’s the same slot ninja that I put together last year, but with the true shout-out to all our boyos from Pahokee. Who knows? If enough of us sport this shirt on primetime TV, we could truly cement the Pahokee-Ann Arbor pipeline connection. DO IT FOR THE TEAM!
DESIGNER INSIDER: Fun, a little goofy, almost looks like a legitimate kid’s shirt—that’s all by design. I also wanted to do a white shirt, because as of now everything I’ve done for MGoStore has been a maize or blue shirt. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I try to keep diversity in my UM wardrobe, and right now the colors are winning handily over the whites and grays.
So there you go—another healthy batch of MGoShirt goodness that are guaranteed to make the next three weeks feel like 6 hours. Okay, not really—but at least you’ll know you’ve got the merch you need for the opening tailgate. Shop, buy, wear with pride, and YELL AS LOUD AS YOU CAN when the game starts!! And don’t forget—if you’re interested in loading up your closet with some high quality MGoApparel, Rishi and UGP have made it possible with the MGoShirt Alert special offer! Simply go to the store and put 10 shirts into your cart, and the special offer will take the discount off for you!
I'm not sure what next week will bring in the 2010 MGoShirt Alert-- stay tuned. Three weeks til kickoff!
Anybody else notice that everyone is loving the fact that our program is down and kicking us while we're down seems to be the in vogue thing to do these days. I personally was listening to 97.1 yesterday and Valenti was giddy at the fact that Turner left. I won't rehash it, but I am making a mental list of people I would love to hear after we go 8-4 this year. Am I crazy? Is anyone else doing this? I wish I could wake up tomorrow and it would be 8 a.m. Saturday September 4.
Hello everyone, Six Zero here with another installment of:
SIX QUESTIONS WITH MGOSTORE
Inspired by the official site’s “Two Minute Drill” series and TomVH’s famous Q&A segments with potential recruits, this weekly feature highlights some of the more famous personalities here at MGoBlog. Without pulling back the infamous veil of blog anonymity, we’ll get to know some of your favorite posters better and possibly shed some light on their definition of why it’s so darn Great, To Be, A Michigan Wolverine.
The MGoStore is alive. It actually senses your UM apparel needs and makes all of our maize and blue wishes come true. And when it’s not reading the minds of Wolverine fans across the globe, it likes to surf the Internet, and actually is an avid reader and member of MGoBlog. It’s a big fan of UFR, and loves any reference of the Muppets.
Actually no, the store is not sentient… BUT its very owner does maintain a profile and presence here on the blog, and does interact with the rest of us from time to time. So it’s my pleasure to spotlight Rishi Narayan in this exclusive interview:
1. Rishi Narayan, the mastermind behind MGoStore and ultimately Underground Printing as a whole. You’ve already told the Ann Arbor News about how Underground started upon your graduation from UM, but tell us, who where you when you originally launched the business and what was your vision then, and where does it all stack up to what UGP is today?
Although I'd love to take credit, Brian is obviously the mastermind behind the MGoStore, he always has been. We are just working really hard to legitimize it, make it something other than a site that sells a couple shirts here and there.
When we started the business, my partner Ryan Gregg and I were just two engineering students who figured out quickly they didn’t want to be typical engineers. Underground (then it was called A-1 Screenprinting, first in the phone book!) was initially just a way to try something else out because we were bitten by the entrepreneurial bug. Although I love shirts, it wasn't the love of shirts that got us going, it was the need to figure out a different path OTHER than working as an engineer.
Where does that stack up to what UGP is today? Well we definitely aren't engineers (although somehow I got roped into getting a masters in ChE). Honestly, we just really love entrepreneurship and small business. Our growth is just our way to keep things interesting, new opportunities and avenues. We obviously love t-shirts, but it really could have been anything for us, our ultimate goal is really to make something of this little college startup.
How then, did Underground Printing get involved with MGoBlog? Describe the partnership that culminated in MGoStore.
We obviously have known and loved MGoBlog for a long time and thought that we would be a great fit running Brian's store. However, somehow I missed the time period when Brian switched from Spreadshirt to the other company that shall remain nameless and felt like we missed an opportunity.
However, I was introduced to Brian by email through a friend of a friend (thanks James Jarvis if you are reading this). He had heard of us through the grapevine and specifically because of our sponsorship of the student section at Yost (which we would still do this day if Adidas hadn't taken it back away from us). I guess we agreed it was a good fit and the rest is history.
2. Some people may not realize that MGoBlog is just one of the many facets of UGP-- You guys not only produce UM gear for the good people of Ann Arbor and beyond, but also field similar operations in such non-partisan locations like West Lafayette, Minneapolis, Madison, Champaign, Bloomington, Evanston, ahem, East Lansing, and others. You’ve even expanded into non-conference territories such as Morgantown, Lexington and Pittsburgh! Dude, are you taking over the world?
No, we just really love college life. Note that you didn't say Columbus, and you never will. We made that decision we decided to open up stores.
Amen, brother. For each of these locations, are you looking to specialize in school culture shirts for each perspective school (like MGoStore), or is the role more akin to a custom screenprinter for fraternities, sororities, and other local organizations?
We really feel that our bread and butter will always be custom printed apparel. However, we are beginning to build up our retail presence as well, and shirts with local "flair", like MGoStore shirts, are a big part of that.
Gotta heart the Flair. One of UGP’s claim to fame is doing the on-field championship shirts for the Steelers when LaMarr finished off Kurt Warner for their last Super Bowl victory. How was that deal put together? Any other big projects on the horizon?
That was through our relationship with Reebok/Adidas. When we first started, before we had developed our store model, it was all about printing more shirts for bigger customers. We have been printing for Reebok for about 6 years now, and as we have grown we have printed for Superbowls, World Series, NBA Finals, etc. It's fun, and cool to be a "part" of it all, but printers that specialize in that are essentially always betting. You live and die by the hot market print.
We decided it wasn't worth getting bigger like most printers...if we were going to print 40,000 shirts, we would prefer it be for 400 customers rather than 4, which is the basis of our store model. So our big projects now revolve around opening stores, although we are currently working on some relationships with former Michigan greats, much like our relationship with Jalen Rose.
3. The MGoStore is thriving, and one of your products was even featured on a History Channel program. What are the best-selling shirts in the line, and if you don’t mind, what’s your personal favorite?
That was awesome, I was pumped when I heard about that. Ironically enough, the kid who was on that show wearing the shirt sent us an email shortly after and told us that he is a history major currently, so being on the History Channel in an MGoBlog shirt was basically the perfect for him.
Worst State Ever is hands down the best seller ever, even after all these years. All the anti-Ohio shirts are pretty popular (shocking), as is Mascots and Catch and Release.
My favorite is Space, Bitches. Because it so perfectly illustrates Michigan domination. I also really love Free the Fab Five because I have this dream that one day everyone will reconcile and we will get our banners and wins back, and we can get a reunion in Crisler.
4. Tell me about your recent purchase of Moe Sport Shops, how did that come about? What is changing and what is staying the same?
Getting involved with a campus institution like Moe's is one of the coolest things we've been able to be a part of. We met Buddy through a mutual acquaintance and hit it off right away. The Van de Wege's are some of the nicest people we've ever met and Buddy is a class act. We starting tossing around a lot of ideas about our places on campus and how we could work together to do something really special that no one else was doing.
Through Underground we've been able to take care of our customers with custom printing and new, fresh retail items like MGoBlogStore and American Apparel brand Michigan Apparel. Our goal is to expand the reach of the store while keeping it "Moe's" by respecting the past and putting a lot of energy into continuing the legacy moving forward. As Buddy likes to tell people, "we've handed the baton to next generation."
In preparation for the coming football season we'll be looking to rearrange somethings so that Moes can carry more styles and items than ever before. Buddy started the process with the addition of a "Kid's Room" a few years back and we're working with him to complete the vision (We talk almost daily and he stops in often to talk to us and old customers). The new improvements should not only allow us to carry more inventory, but begin the transition of adding some MGoStyles to the staple of Adidas, Champion and Retro Brand. UGP will continue to carry the full line up with some of the most popular styles being added to Moe’s for the fall!
5. Obviously, Underground Printing is what you do for a living, and I’m sure you’re a busy man. But what do you like to do for fun on your own time?
This question is sorta depressing, I dont have a lot of interesting extra-curriculars to talk about. I'm a tennis player, trying to get into running (although it’s pretty boring) I am in involved in a few other companies in town (BTB Burrito, Good Time Charley's, and the BTB Party Bus), which takes a lot of extra time. And I am heavily vested in TV, I love TV.
Yes, I too am a fan of this ‘television.’ Describe the perfect meal.
One word: Nachos.
6. The beauty of that answer is in its simplicity. Can you explain why you are a Michigan fan?
I'll be honest - it really came to fruition for me in college. I was born in West Lafayette, and after Michigan Basketball still find myself rooting for Purdue Basketball (love me some Gene Keady). My family moved to East Lansing and my dad is a professor at Michigan State. But I was never really a state fan, I loved the Fab Five and loved my all time favorite wolverine (don't want to ruin question 10). But the decision to come to Michigan was driven by academics and big ten campus feel...I didn't even apply to State. That is where I fell in love with the school, the town, the culture, and the tradition ...most importantly the tradition. I like to think that even though I wasn't an orientation leader I can give a pretty good tour of campus.
Finally, who's your all-time favorite Wolverine?
I knew this was coming, I would say MaliVai Washington. Why? 1) No other MGoProfile's gave the small sports any love and I am a tennis fan 2) I grew up in the Lansing Area and everyone was gaga over Todd Martin, but it was all about Mal for me. 3) I really wanted to say Rumeal Robinson, but I changed my mind. Even just being accused of swindling your mom is just not right.
There you have it. Legitimate proof that T-shirt & merchandising czars are people too. Rishi seems like one of us because he IS… he’s sat in the student sections, he’s walked the Diag, and he’s even lived through the Horror.
The MGoStore will be updated today with more shirts from the MGoShirt Alert, and later today I’ll be unveiling them in a second exclusive premier post. AND I’m told I can share a little secret with you—Rishi has put together a special offer on the Store that I’m sure you’ll all want to check out. Look for that post later today!
The season will soon be here, my friends, and MGoProfile will go on hiatus for the course of the 2010 schedule and the rest of the calendar year. So there’s only two more profiles left… and who will they be?? Stop by next week to find out who’ll be the next MGoProfile!!