landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
I'll have a post up around 4 -- hard to squeeze into our schedule today -- but wanted to have it out there ASAP. MGoTailgate is officially happening, officially, at The North End Zone (110 S. Main) from 3-6 on Saturday.
Marlin, Cato, Todd, B-Will, Ray, and others will be there, as well as your favorite MGoBloggers and favorite SBNation editor, and your favorite MGoBlogger's baby.
There will be a suggested donation at the door for Marlin's Fight for Life Foundation.
We'd like to do some more live events this year in various cities (or at road games) that are worth visiting and have a large contingent of MGoFollowers, and I've been in contact with several former players who want to be part of such things, be it at a bar for a Q&A during an off weekend, or an away game tailgate.
The keys are sponsorship and venue. "You guys should come to my city" doesn't help, but if you think you could help organize a dig worthy of your fellow readers' shins in your city and can put us in touch with a sponsor to make it worthwhile, let me know. New York and Washington, D.C. are probably already taken care of; those Alumi Associations already have Brian out there each year.
The one we definintely want to make happen is Notre Dame, if, say, you are in with some South Bend people who'd want to make an impression on a Michigan crowd.
Email me if you think you can help, even if it's just to put us in touch with your local alumni association leader or whatnot.
[Moved to Diaries to keep folks informed]
[Update 11/13: Todd Howard is confirmed]
[Update 11/7: Talked to some former players, who are going to try to come. A lot of guys coach so if the season's over (ie they lose in the playofffs) they'll make it.]
Q: What's the exact opposite of the East Lansing experience?
A: The Evanston experience.
Northwestern fans are eminently likeable, not that you really need to be alone on a purple sea since half the seats in Ryan are going to be filled with people in maize:
The above is the t-shirt that people going on the Northwestern trip with Sports Power Weekends will receive, along with a game ticket, hotel room for two nights, transportation, gift cards, and an MGoStore discount. For Friday night's entertainment, Jared of SPW has engaged the services of…US GUYS.
There's still some spots left on the SPW trip and I highly recommend you jump on that if you're considering going to the NW game—it gets down to just $350/person if you can get three of your friends to come along.
Since we'll be there anyway we'd like to also invite any readers from Chicago to come join us at:
Which is a huge (as in we get lots of space) Michigan bar. Details-like things:
When: Friday, November 15, from 6-9PM CST.
Where: Moe's Cantina River North 155 W. Kinzie St., Chicago, IL 60654, one block north of the Chicago River between LaSalle and N Wells. M: Merchandise Mart.
What: Q&A Session with Brian, and talking with people who don't need it explained that we had a true freshman guard starting against Max Bullough, i.e. other MGoBlog readers.
RSVP below, or show up.
ALL UR RYAN FIELDS ARE BELONG TO US.
One of the best road trips of the Michigan season is just around the corner. A game at Northwestern means a trip to Chicago and once again taking over Ryan Field from the pedantic purple people who normally inhabit it. You read the title so you know what this means already: Sports Power Weekend!
Jared is offering a Nov. 15-17 package that includes two nights at the hotel, your game tickets, an invite to a Michigan fan tailgate with food, beer, and wine [confirming it's the one I think it is], transportation within Chicago, and some other throw-ins like a gift card and an MGoShirt and stuff.
Reserve a spot here! I think they start around $350/person (scale up the fewer in your group) and there's fewer than 10 left.
MGODISCOUNT: If you reserve by end of day Friday, you can enter the discount code MGoBlog in the promo code box for 5% off your purchase upon checkout.
MGoEvent? Jared invited us, and we are trying to clear our schedules, to add a live MGoBlog event on Friday for the SPW trip plus our Chicago readers—Q&A session with Brian, drinking at a bar, that sort of thing. I'll let you know by tomorrow if that's gonna come off.