I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
It's always such an honor to reach out to the UM fan base. I cannot thank you all enough for your continuous support throughout the years while playing at Michigan, in addition to the various endeavors I have been involved in since my basketball career ended back in 2009. To the MGoBlog staff and all the readers out there, I just want to say thank you.
Because of your support, and the support of many others, my cause-based fashion brand, Merit, has opened up its very first retail storefront right in the heart of the UM campus (1113 South University). For those of you that don't know, every Merit purchase shapes the fate of students in need and helps send them to college. Not only do we donate 20% of all our revenue to fund college scholarships for underserved youth, but our very own education enrichment program (FATE) increases access to college by providing the tools and opportunities necessary for our students to graduate high school.
Did I mention, the product stands on its own? We've worked extremely hard to offer tees, hats, hoodies, henleys, and accessories that are incredibly fresh and provide amazing comfort.
All in all, we need your support. This is an enormous endeavor and we would like the chance to be successful and become a fabric of the UM/Ann Arbor community for many years to come. So if you can, come out and support our grand opening this Wednesday, Nov 20th at 6:30 PM. If you can't, come by some other time. Tell your friends and family too. We need all the support we can get. :) Thank you for your time and GO BLUE!
Merit Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday; 12-8pm
Didn't see this posted but really interesting story about the increasing practice of holding back basketball prospects in middle school to give them an advantage to become elite prospects. Some examples: Andrew Wiggins, Nerlens Noel, and Shabazz Muhammad. The four top rated prospects in New Jersey in 2014 & 2015 were all held back a year in middle school (including Karl Towns). The other interesting part is after some of these kids become elite, they skip their junior year to reclassify as seniors to get into the NBA earlier (Andrew Wiggins, Nerlens Noel, and Karl Towns).
Discussed at length on the Jalen Rose podcast:
Trey Burke appeared on Grantland with Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons to do a full NBA job interview:
For those who may have missed it, our own Jalen Rose made an appearance on Tosh.0 Tuesday night. Tosh was making fun of a ginger (turns out he's from Michigan) who made a video of his greatest Nerf dunks. Jalen, Spud Webb, Bill Simmons, etc all discuss the greatness of this kid's dunking ability.
It's late and I'm too tired to try to figure out how to embed, so click the link below, or if somebody wants to embed, feel free.
Heads up- For those watching at work, there are a couple of swear words, so you may want to close your office door, or turn down the volume on the speakers. Enjoy.
So, my interest was piqued, so I figured I'd share. During the halftime show for the Lakers-Clippers game, Magic congratulated Jalen on his alma mater's success. Some banter broke out, with the following dialog:
Question: Is there even a slight chance we'll see the Fab in the stands tomorrow?
Jalen: There is a slight chance. I'm working the phones right now.
A few weeks back, at the beginning of the tournament, Jalen Rose made some comments about how he hoped to reunite the Fab Five by getting tickets to watch the Wolverines play in Atlanta. Always the polarizing figure on these very pages*, this was met with mixed reaction.
Some people said things along the lines of, "Jalen, it's not about you and the Fab Five anymore. Why would you announce that you are buying courtside tickets with the rest of the Fab Five and make it all about you, you're so selfish, etc."
Personally, I like Jalen Rose and think he has been a (mostly) good representative for the University. I did not mind the comments, though I can understand why some may have felt that way.
ANYWAY, on sportcenter they asked Rose to compare the current team to the Fab Five (this is inevitable, and certainly not the fault of Jalen), and it seems like he took some of y'alls criticism to heart, specifically saying that he did not want to make the comparison because this team is special in their own way, and this final four trip is about them. Good for him.
Link? http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=9118211 Link.
* Shout out to THE_KNOWLEDGE. Pretty awesome how he picked Wichita St. in the final four.
** He didn't do it on these very pages, but obvs. he did, and is totally soaring.