Hockey pet peeve: "when a teammate tips a puck in on you, which is exactly how my first collegiate goal against happened. Thanks, Copper."
Graham Glasgow got sentenced today for his drunk driving foolishness earlier this year (ARTICLE). He drew a pretty hefty sentence for a first offense: 12 months' probation, MADD impact panel session, $800 fine, and six days of community service. He also has to abstain from alcohol and take alcohol awareness classes, and also is subject to random drug and alcohol testing.
He made a serious mistake, and he's paying a price for it. (Nothing compared to what he would have faced had anyone been hurt.) Let's hope this is a lesson learned, and that he has a great year on the field and in the classroom.
Graham Glasgow pleads guilty to a lesser charge of Operating while Visibly Impaired which is a misdemeanor with a potential penalty of 93 days in jail and a $350 fine. He will be sentenced July 14.
He admitted to drinking 10-12 beers and taking a hour and a half nap before driving to get a pizza.
MLive has an ARTICLE giving further details on Graham Glasgow's Ides of March DUI arrest. According to the report, he had a 0.13% BAC, and claimed that he had had 5 Natty Lights that evening.
Glasgow, 21 of Ann Arbor, was driving a white Chevrolet Suburban SUV on William when Officer Pat Maguire observed a woman, Alexa Dannemiller, hanging out of the front passenger window.
“As the vehicle turned, Maguire saw that there was a white female hanging from the front passenger side window,” the report stated. “She was sitting on the lap of another passenger who was in the same seat.”
Dannemiller, a Univeristy of Michigan volleyball player, was screaming at pedestrians and not wearing a seatbelt so Maguire began following the vehicle, according to the report.
He said the rear tailgate to the SUV was open and, as Glasgow continued driving, it started to open more and more with items coming out of the trunk. Eventually, the falling items started to obscure the license plate and Maguire initiated a traffic stop.
Needless to say, 0.13% BAC (i) raises a serious safety issue, and (ii) probably takes someone Glasgow's size more than five Natty Lights to achieve (although he would not be the first or the last to fib about how many drinks he had when pulled over on a night out). I'm in the camp that believes that drinking and driving is very serious, but also recognize that college kids do such things. It's probably worth noting that with the rolling party going on in the SUV Glasgow was driving, it seems like a blessing in disguise that the police intervened before anyone got hurt. One incident doesn't make a pattern, but I hope Glasgow uses this as a wake-up call and never gets behind the wheel again impaired. (All of this assumes the police report is accurate, of course.)
I suspect Glasgow will get typical first offender punishments from the judge after pleaing the case out, based on his lawyer's assertion that he expects this to be resolved quickly. And I'm sure that the dorm viking crowd will be appalled at whatever punishments the Michigan staff doles out (IIRC, it stands now at some Spring Practice suspension and missing Appy State).
Obviously there has been a great deal written about the offensive line and it is probably the biggest question mark on this team. While I feel like I've read a great deal about the offensive line in general, there doesn't seem to have been as much critique of individual players. For instance:
Glasgow: We saw him both at guard and as center, is he better at one position than the other? Clearly he had his problems with botched snaps in the middle of the season, but my sense is that by the end of the season, he had settled in at center. Did others who know more about the offensive line see improvement or did he still have less obvious flaws in his QB exchanges?
Kalis: were his challenges more with technique, knowing what he was supposed to do, speed getting off the ball? Something else?
Magnuson: seemed to have at least two challenges. First: strength (was he 285 or 295 last year, he is listed both ways in various rosters and depth charts. Second: he was learning a new position (and then had to deal with switching from the right to left side. Given the coaches willingness to switch him around so much, it seems they have a great deal of confidence in his ability to pick things up. Do people who know more about the offensive line think his challenges were more in picking up a new position, strength, something else?
Bosch: my sense is that he was playing because the coaches felt he had good technique and strength, but he just hadn't picked up enough of the offense yet.
Miller: were his challeges in the strength department, or is there something else holding him back?
I think that with either Glasgow or Kugler at center, we will be the strongest we've been since Molk left. I hope Kugler is able to step up, because then I think with Glasgow moving to guard, we'd be alright in two positions. The Magnuson injury is worrisome, because I think the biggest thing he needed was more time in the weight room. I still think he'll be the starting left tackle, he just won't be as improved as we'd hoped.
I think Bosch is going to step up and take the other guard spot and that the biggest question mark going into fall will be right tackle. For those who know more about the offensive line, how much of a question mark is it that Braden wasn't able to move inside? Obviously many others have done it, so it seems like a big red flag to me. For that reason, I think we'll see Dawson at right tackle.
I am more optimistic than many and I think that while last year's line had it's challenges with youth, Borges playcalling and constantly mucking with the line greatly exacerbated those problems. I think that we'll see more improvement than many are expecting.
Thanks for everyone who looked past my formatting fiasco and provided some of the player speciic insights I was hoping for.
WIth the presumed move towards more of an Inside-Zone Blocking Scheme who would be the best fit at the Center position?
Glasgow played well for the most part but snapping was consistently an issue. This may be correctable with more practice but I still wonder his fit in this blocking scheme. He is a bigger guy and could easily play guard. He's actually similair in size to Barrett Jones in that he's a bigger center so that's in his favor but if there were equal or better options at Center it might be best to have Glasgow at the LG position.
Jack Miller seems like a good fit for this blocking scheme but was overwhelmed last year. This blocking scheme fits his talents much better than Power. Also hIs ability to make line calls and snap the ball are probably the best of the Center candidates. He still needs to progress in technique and conditioining to really make himself a vialble candidate.
Kugler is a little of a wildcard as he was a highly rated recruit with an OL Coach father who may have even been forced into action last year if not for his torn labrum. Hopefully he has been healthy for the whole offseason program and hits the ground running in spring practice. It remains to be seen if the blocking scheme fits him well.