Tennessee is not recruiting well just because they got 18 dudes
This might be pushing the limits of legitimate game week content, but this was a fun distraction for me, so it might be fun for others, too.
The challenge is to assemble the best possible starting roster of current and former Michigan players to play one season right now (in the shape they're likely in today). Assume that no one's injured and feel free to be creative with positions.
I'm probably forgetting some guys, but the toughest spots for me were tight end (couldn't bring myself to include Carson Butler), fullback (?), and safety (surprise, surprise).
QB Tom Brady
RB Mike Hart
WR Braylon Edwards
WR Mario Manningham
WR Steve Breaston
TE Kevin Koger
OT Jake Long
OG Steve Hutchinson
C David Molk
OG David Baas
OT Jeff Backus
DE Brandon Graham
DT Alan Branch
DT Mike Martin
DE James Hall
LB LaMarr Woodley
LB David Harris
LB Dhani Jones
CB Leon Hall
CB Morgan Trent
S Charles Woodson
S Marlin Jackson
K Jay Feely
P Zoltan Mesko
KR Denard Robinson (needed an excuse to get him in)
Yours in procrastination,
EDIT: By the way, this would be a totally respectable NFL starting lineup, wouldn't it?
In addition to yeterday's 100 update featuring Kyle Kalis (22), Eric Magnuson (44), Ondre Pipkins (53), and Royce Jenkins-Stone (97), a few Michigan commits made the 250 list in the update. They are James Ross (158), Joe Bolden (184), and Terry Richardson (214).
A few days ago someone posted a thread about tailgate music and one user (forgive me, I forgot his name) had an amazing list compiled. I took his as a "foundation" and added some more songs. For those who need some tunes for Saturday and have Spotify, try out my list: sackc26 on Spotify called "Official Tailgate Mix 2011".
I have also left it "open" so anyone can add songs they think would be a good fit. So far, there are 152 tracks covering 10 hours with artists ranging from the Pixies to Toto, to Eminem. Unfortunately, Spotify only has two versions of "The Victors" and they are horrible.
I just thought I'd toss it out there as it's a good mix that I figured the MGoBlog community would enjoy. Feel free to subscribe and add as you wish.
EDIT: Here is the link: http://open.spotify.com/user/sackc26/playlist/35XplThrVynfwoA8pMMvfC
Not sure it adds any super insight that readers of this site don't already have, but as the one Detroit columnist that doesn't reflexively make Michigan fans cringe, he's worth a read.
They're not new quotes, but it's good to see the players seem to be dealing with the transition.
I asked Hoke if Robinson truly wanted to be known as a passer, even though he ran for an NCAA-record 1,702 yards last season.
"Oh, yeah, he wants to be one of the great Michigan quarterbacks," he said. "And so does (backup) Devin Gardner. They're both doing a tremendous job of learning and understanding what a Michigan quarterback is, the tradition and what you represent."
"Sometimes coaches are standoffish and hard to approach," senior center David Molk said. "Coach Hoke is not like that at all. He's just a great guy that you can put your arm around and say, 'Hey, how you doing?'"
Also related, but not worthy of a 2nd post-
"I came here under Lloyd (and) that first season we beat Florida (in the Capital One Bowl), but still that wasn't a great hurrah season because we should have been better," Molk said recently. "And then Coach Rod came in and we had three of maybe the poorest seasons in the last decade, two decades.
"So (we're) stepping through that, realizing, it's time."
I don't know if anyone has seen this yet., but Park n Party has come to Ann Arbor (as well as East Lansing). For a slight upcharge, they will reserve a space for you at one of several lots around the stadium. These include Cubs AC for $17 per space, Berkley Ave for $50 a space, Ann Arbor Golf and Outing for $40-50 per space and Fingerle lumber for $35 per space. They will also do RV space reservations.
You can check them out at: www.parknparty.com
See you all at the game