I am surprised that this hasn't been posted yet - Mario Manningham signed a one-year contract to return to the NY Giants. Mario had a solid first few seasons with NY, and with Nicks departing, he could see a good number of targets. Here's hoping that Mario returns from his injury and has continued success in the NFL.
Secondary NFL / Michigan topic - has anyone heard anything about Braylon making a return to the league? I haven't seen anything, but I find it hard to believe that he can't land a one-year deal at the league minimum somewhere. Just curious if there is anything out these on this.
Saw this run across my twitter feed.
Okay, either that's bad lighting or I'm somewhat color blind. Looks like a mustardy yellow or still orange.
Original tweet by guy-
#Michigan quarterbacks no longer wearing orange jerseys in practice. They are now wearing Maize (not yellow) jerseys.
Here are those Maize quarterback practice jerseys that I mentioned last week ...
EDIT: Phew. I'm not color blind. Just a bad photo. Here is a MUCH better look. And they have the B1G patch on them.
Indiana Wide Receiver Isaac Griffith was in a serious water accident over Spring Break. Apparently he was caught in a rip tide, and is now in a medically induced coma to allow his lungs to function properly. His parents Shannon and Kim are at his side in the ICU, and ask prayer that Isaac's lungs would heal properly.
This is one of those reminders that there are things more important than sports rivalries.
Good MLive article on how much of a role football plays supporting university of Michigan athletcs, hardly a surprise, but interesting details of pricing, where revenue comes from and how it is utilized.
It's no secret that football is the real money maker in University of Michigan athletics.
But exactly how much revenue do the roughly 100 students and 20 coaches and staff in the program bring in?
Football accounted for at least 57 percent of athletic department revenues in 2012-13, which totaled $144 million, according to Michigan budget documents provided to the Board of Regents.
The storied program and its larger-than-life venue are what solidifies Michigan's place among the most profitable enterprises in college sports. Football cost about $23 million to operate in 2012-13, meaning it fed more than $58 million into Michigan's other 30 varsity teams.
The $82 million haul doesn't count indirect revenues, such as sponsorships, licensing and advertising agreements — which totaled $22.5 million that year — primarily made attractive by the football and basketball programs.
With top 50 Garrett Taylor's tweet stating UM is no. 1 for his signature, an announcement that he could make w/in next 2 to 3 wks, I couldn't stop but consider-despite whether he pulls for us or not- if UM has ever had this much quality depth at one time. Because it has been proven that stars do matter, I am including a list of all those with four star ratings along w/Peppers, although some will not play as such, there are 3*s that will play to the higher caliber so considering this, I don't think I would be off-base to suggest we should get 4* performance throughout. Such quality depth and individual strengths as to speed, superior size, closing speed, coverage and anticipation, etc., our coaches will able to field a back 4, at times 5,designed "theortically at least" to more-than-adequately defend any type offense we face. ^I am confining this list to those that should, barring injury,give us at minimum two years on filed contribution. I am certain I have missed a couple but when one considers the following names and none will have less than two years eligibility, it is quite impressive. As you are aware, I am unable to do paragraphs or breaks of any nature on this site, I will; therefore, merely give you the list of names in a sentence like format: ^The 13 rated at least 4*(impressive total) w/two or more years eligibility are: Peppers, Lewis, Countess, Wilson, Avery, J.Clark, D. Thomas, R. Douglass, Hill, Crawford, Kinnel and Taylor. As stated above, running out of our traditional 43, this provides a depth chart of 3 deep, all rated at 4* or above. I cannot recall a time in recent memory, although I am sure Bo may have been able to field like backfields with the extra 30 players alloted. Quite impressive, indeed.
Bucking national trends, Michigan AD Brandon is not an advocate of serving alcohol at Michigan Stadium, "Sometimes people lose track of the fact that we have to organize & manage 110,000 to 115,000 people all in one tight space, and get them in and out of there safely. I don't think serving alcohol is going to make that job any easier."