maybe i should have had greg howard write the brandon obit.
Per some industry insiders, the Detroit News may not be long for this world. Apollo Global Management, a large private equity company, is purchasing a majority of the assets of Digital First Media, the current owner of the News. However, the News is not among the papers being bought. That would effectively make the News an orphan and cause it to fold.
Apparently the paper was not profitable in 2014 and Apollo does not want to add it to the deal since it's dead weight.
We've got a nice beef tenderloin in the oven for later tonight, and I've been saving the first Oberon of the season for today.
What are your big Easter plans?
Edit: I'm gonna posbang you all because it's Easter. Have a good one with family and friends!
It's always great when Wolverines win in Columbus! Our women's gymnastics team placed second at the regional in Columbus today (behind UCLA), scoring a 197.00 to advance to the NCAA Championships on April 17.
This past January, a League of Legends team composed of Michigan students won their regional qualifying tournament to send them to the North American Collegiate Championship playoffs. This placed them as one of 16 teams (4 from the North, South, East, and West regions of North America) competing for a piece of the $300,000+ scholarship pool. Last week, they played their round robin of the remaining teams from the North region, going 4-2 after splitting against Robert Morris University and University of Chicago. This gets them out of the group stage and into the 8-team single elimination bracket. Their first match is a best-of-3 against Robert Morris University, broadcast live on their Twitch stream:
Robert Morris should be favored, since they're the only school that has a scholarship program for a League of Legends team, and they recruit nationwide. That being said, Michigan is one of the few teams to actually beat Robert Morris this year. Should Michigan win their regional final, they play in a live "Final Four" event no later than the end of May.
I'm a long ways away from having enough information to do a proper preview, since Riot Games isn't promoting this event a fraction the amount they promote LCS. Still, it involves Michigan; hopefully MGoBlog LoL fans can follow the event for more than one day.
A friend linked this brief article on Facebook, and I thought it might be a fun offseason hypothetical to kick around for a bit. The gist of the article is, if you could change one single play in the history of sports, what would it be?
For me, there are two close contenders. First, have us make that late field goal against OSU in the year of the tie & subsequent illegal "vote". Bo then gets the best shot he'd ever have at a national crown. Second, I'd say change the ruling on the goal review from the UMD National Championship loss in hockey back in 2011. Shawn Hunwick gets his crown, and the greatest underdog story in sports history has its perfection completion.
What do you guys think?
I just saw an article on CNN where the NCAA says it's not their job to ensure academic integrity of its member institutions. This is in response to the UNC academic scandal.
I actually somewhat agree with the NCAA here. It's the National Collegiate Athletic Association. They deal with athletics. They are not there to govern how each school runs its classes, gives out grades, etc. Ultimately, I think it should be the institution itself that makes sure its professors, administrators, students, etc. are pulling their weight and upholding academic integrity.
Students are members of all kinds of organizations (student government, fraternities, sororities, etc.). No other organization is responsible for making sure that their president of student government or their random pledge of a fraternity is going to class, actually earning his passing grade, etc. I don't really see why the NCAA should be any different.