spoiler alert: i linked this
I emailed him the link to Brian's long post about eating and drinking in Ann Arbor so he'd have someplace good to write about in his column next week and he wrote me back:
Jim: Thanks for the hospitality and references, I appreciate it. I've been pretty well scheduled by some folks who live there, so I'm just going with their flow. I'm sure I will enjoy the weekend.
Sent: Tue, Sep 6, 2011 10:07 pm
Subject: Ann Arbor Bar & Restaurant Review
Hope you are coming in with the GameDay crew for UTL (Under The Lights) in Ann Arbor this Sat. Here’s a link to a very complete review of local establishments for food & drink.
My son and I will be having a couple mason jars at Dominick’s Friday after golf, then dinner at the Red Hawk, then a few cold one’s at Ashley’s. See the article for reviews of each.
Yes, it is "cool" for schools to trick up the jersey and helmet design, however there is a floor with that hypothetical ceiling of wicked, fresh looks. I could be wrong, but I assume that floor is reached when you local roller deby team, the Charm City Roller Girls, is accusing you of stealing their helmet design. It was bad enough that Maryland changed jerseys post-warmup (lame) and then subjected any viewers brave enough to watch the Fighting Edsalls tangle with Miami's JV team to seizure-inducing duds. This however, is an extra helping of fail.
This just got sent along to me by an MGoBlog reader (thanks, Daniel!). It appears the Toledo Whitmer football program, home to Chris Wormley, is under investigation by the Ohio High School Athletic Association due to an "unusually high number" of transfer students on the football team, according to the Toledo Blade:
If Whitmer is found guilty, penalties could include suspension, forfeiture of games, forfeiture of championship rights, probation, public censure, denial of participation, or fines not to exceed $2,500 per occurrence, or such other penalties the association commissioner deems appropriate.
Neither Tom Snook, Whitmer athletic director, nor Joe Palka, the head coach, returned phone messages seeking comment Tuesday night.
This shouldn't affect Wormley or his playing status at all, since he's a Toledo local who's played at Whitmer for his whole high school career, while the investigation is focused on players who have joined the team since last season. Still a situation worth keeping an eye on, however, as Whitmer has started to produce a lot of Division I talent in recent years.
in the Mandel podcast: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/podcasts/stewart_mandel/listenlive.play...
he knows these teams pretty well.
Practice squad. Donovan comes full circle.
Pickerington (OH) Central DE Vidauntae "Taco" Charlton is a member of both the ESPNU 150 Watch List and the Early Top 247 for the class of 2013. The 6'6", 240-pound junior tallied over 40 tackles with 7 tackles for loss, 7 pass breakups, and 2 forced fumbles as a sophomore last year in just his second season playing defensive end. On top of early offers from Cincinnati, Purdue, Syracuse, and UCLA, Charlton has drawn interest from Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, LSU, Iowa, Wisconsin, and several other schools as his recruitment gains some serious steam.
Taco will be one of several recruits at the Notre Dame game this weekend for an unofficial visit, and he took the time to answer a few questions about his recruitment, Michigan, and, yes, his name.
ACE: I know it's early on in the process, but which schools have been in contact with you so far? Do you have an early list of favorites?
TACO: Well I have offers from Cincinnati, UCLA, Purdue, and Syracuse. I've talked to all the Big Ten schools, Notre Dame, Kentucky, Virginia, N.C. State, and more. [My] early favorites would be the teams that offered me already because they showed me a lot of love.
ACE: What's your interest level in Michigan, and who from the coaching staff has been in contact with you? What will you be looking for when you visit this weekend?
TACO: I like Michigan a lot, it's somewhere close to home and the people there love their football and that is one thing that attracts me. The coach I've talked to is Coach Singletary. This weekend I'm just looking forward to enjoying the good game, seeing how crazy the crowd is, and geting to meet some of the coaches.
ACE: Have you been in contact with other recruits who will be at the Notre Dame game? If so, who?
TACO: Nope, I haven't really talked to anyone that I know that will be at the game recruit-wise but I'll probably meet some of them while I'm there.
ACE: For people who are unfamiliar with you, describe your game. What position do you think you'd fit at best in college, and what are you working on to improve as your recruitment picks up?
TACO: Well to round it up I'm a real big guy that's athletic and can move. I am still learning the position, I've only played it for two years. Most people say I am a great pass rusher but I believe I can stop the run also. In college I will most likely be a DE and I am just working on just dominating and taking over a game with my play.
ACE: I apologize in advance for asking the question that I'm sure you get from everyone, but I think the MGoBlog readers will revolt if I don't: How did you get the name Taco?
TACO: Yeah I get that a lot. It actually came from my grandma. My mom was having me real early so my grandma used to always send cards to the hospital [saying] don't let the baby come down south and sign it Taco. So once I was born my nickname became Taco and it stuck.
Thanks to Taco for taking the time to do this interview; he's definitely a player to keep an eye on for a potential offer, perhaps in the near future, as it looks like he'll be one of the top players in Ohio in the class of '13 -- Duane Long listed him as the #3 rising junior in the state back in April. He's looked at as a raw player (again, he's only played DE for two years) with a ton of athletic upside, he impressed over the summer at Ohio State's junior camp ($, info in header), and he should be a very hot commodity as the recruiting process wears on.