by the Smiths.
this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
HEY! OTHER THINGS! THINGS THAT ARE OTHER!
Witty: not dead yet. Freshman cornerback Adrian Witty, the last incoming recruit held up by the Clearinghouse, retook the SAT in search of a point. In the process he may have revealed why he needs another point on the SAT:
"I think I did good on it," Witty said.
Witty's missed the entirety of fall camp; if he gets in he's all but guaranteed to redshirt. If he doesn't, I believe he can prep for a semester and come in January since he's so close. The NCAA cracked down on the prep school route a couple years ago but left the window open for guys who need one or two grades, IIRC.
Paki-bomb loaded and ready to run for two yards. Did I tell you about Angry Iowa Running Back-Hating God or did I tell you?
The big injury is Jewel Hampton's right knee, which has kept him off the practice field for most of camp. Ferentz told me it's unrealistic to expect Hampton to play Sept. 5 in the season opener against Northern Iowa. The coach also didn't rule out Hampton's injury affecting his availability this season.
Hampton is "80 percent likely" to take a redshirt year according to Iowa Scout.com guy Jon Miller. Redshirt freshman Jeff Brinson, the nominal #2, missed most of camp with an ankle issue, leaving walk-on and broad comic stereotype mashup Paki O'Meara atop the depth chart.
Black Heart Gold Pants, naturally, is all over this.
Historian. This time it's a recap of Michigan's first 38-0 win over Notre Dame in two parts:
Part II is lightboxed for your perusal.
This is a different thing now. All right, Michigan's strength and conditioning program this offseason has been sweet!
"I think that's natural, particularly when you've got younger players; they're going to make a big gain in strength and conditioning from their first year to their second year. But even overall, the whole team has really bought in to what Mike and his staff are teaching down there in the weight room.
"Hopefully it'll show up on the field. Certainly, they look like they're moving around quicker, and I think their strength is certainly up from what it was a year ago."
Did I say something?
Hang the DJ. I am so down with using Morrissey as a half-serious, half-mocking approach to Michigan fandom, and sports fandom in general. There's a tag on this blog that I've used way more than I ever wanted to named "i know it's over and oh it never really began but in my heart it was so real." And next week one of your very special season preview posts is Morrissey based. (50 MGoPoints to the first person to guess which song is referenced.)
I’ve seen it happen/in other people’s lives/ now it’s happening in mine. Morrissey and contemporary Michigan continue to be made for each other, and not in the good kind of way. The joke won’t be funny once you get to the Notre Dame game, especially if Nick Sheridan as starter has to face a TAH-NOO-TAH defense unafraid to send blitzers from the corner, safety, and occasionally just running in crowds off the bench.
Son of a bitch I should have thought of that lyric last year. You haven't heard the last of this, Swindle! (You probably have.)
Schwing? Michigan's deadly 2010 hockey recruiting class looks set to get even deadlier with the news that Ontario forward Lucas Lessio has left Niagara's camp, presumably because he intends to commit to Michigan. Lessio was the #7 pick in the OHL draft and a source told the Wolverine's Michael Spath that Lessio would be the "best player to come to Michigan out of Ontario in the last decade," which would make him a more highly touted prospect than Mike Cammalleri, Brandon Burlon, Louie Caporusso, and Andrew Cogliano. Two of those guys are scoring-line NHL players and two are current or upcoming stars at Michigan. That is high praise.
As always, do not count your chickens before they show up on campus… but, yeah, Lessio has signed with St. Mikes and Yost Built diagnoses the positivity coming from Niagara's GM as Iraqi Minister of Information stuff. He actually played on Friday, picking up two goals and an assist in a 5-4 loss. It sounds like he's made his decision for justice.
Here's a Hockey News scouting report on Lessio. Summary: he good.
Etc.: Whoah. FO's ESPN insider content($) on the Big Ten predicts Michigan at 8-4… and Illinois at 4-8! Stanford decommit picks Northwestern over ND because he thinks "Northwestern has a better football program than Notre Dame." Two-part Rittenberg interview with Rodriguez: part one and part two. Dylan takes on expectations for the basketball team; personally I'll be happy with a season that ends in the second round of the NCAA tournament as long as the bid isn't in question on the last day of the regular season.
by the Smiths.
Song Reference = The Smiths - I Know it's over
Edit: Barely beaten, Good show Hemlock Philosopher
I'd buy Michigan at 8-4 if I saw some sound rationale. However, Michigan at 8-4 AND Illinois at 4-8 borders on the unbelievable. The union of two unlikely events is, predictably, difficult to swallow.
Then again, OSU went 11-2 in 2006 and played (badly) for a MNC (a year when most predicted 8-10 wins). Strange things happen.
I'm waiting for a "You Just Haven't Earned it Yet, Baby" reference, maybe surrounding the possibility of Nick Sheridan getting playing time.
No it's not "I know it's over" it's not over. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?? Germans???
"You just haven't earned it yet baby" is the winner.
"Still Ill" works because we haven't started yet.
"Bigmouth Strikes Again" looks pretty good after the latest media fiasco.
"That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore"- If this season goes up in flames.
"Queen is Dead"- If we lose again this year.
I don't know, man. "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" is pretty darn good.
I know for a fact that in the last 15 years, Northwestern has more conference championships and only one less bowl win. (1-0)
"I'll meet you at the cemetery gates."
to defeat Cincy and Fresno State this year, obviously.
I do think both games will be good ones to watch.
It has to be said that Illinois' schedule isn't exactly a walk in the park.
Love the Moz references.
After those 12 hour days, bet the players are glad "Every Day is Like Sunday" isn't Barwis' favorite.
I'm having a vision.. Iowa's predicted top 3 or 4 finish in the Big 10 is fading..
That's How People Grow Up
I sure hope it's "Irish Blood, English Heart" and references the tale of walk on running back O'Neil Swanson.
It's PAKI TIME!!!
Their OLine should allow any tailback to succeed, but we'll see how this goes.
does "any tailback" include Jimmy Potempa?
Not good enough.
That morning, my wife and I found out we were having identical twins before heading over to a friend's house for a party and to watch the game.
to leave after a stellar freshman season, and then on it will be to the next one-or-two-and-done phenom to use Red to burnish his resume for that nice fat pro paycheck to ride buses in the minors.
probably either or. but he's already used "that joke isn't funny anymore" before.
How about "angel angel down we go together" from the aptly titled album "viva hate."
"there's a place in hell for me and my friends."
or the first line of "this charming man" - "The rain falls hard on a humdrum town, this town has got me down."
How about the whole song, "What difference does it make?" "All men have secrets and here is mine so let it be known we have been through hell and high tide. I can surely rely on you." "What difference does it make? It makes none." "But no more apologies, no more apologies. I'm too tired, I'm so very tired."
Or wrt to RR - "I was looking for a job, and then I found a job. Heaven knows I'm miserable now."
And not really relevant, but I just love this song (singing it my head right now!) - "and if a double-decker bus crashes into us, to die by your side would be a heavenly way to die. And if a 10-ton truck kills the both of us, to die by your side, well the privilege, the privilege is mine."
Bonus ND Content!!! "You're the one for me, Fatty! You're the one I really, really love!"
hint: solo morrissey.
Thought "You just haven't earned it yet Baby" was a lock, but that clue changed that...how bout Viva Hate?
"I Know it's Gonna Happen Someday"
Bonus for our MSU buds.
"We Hate it When Our Friends Become Succesful"
on maladjusted - Alma Matters and Sorrow will come in the end (please no) could work.
on southpaw grammar - Do your best and don't worry (how hopeful!)
i really only know his stuff well up through maladjusted, so i'm cheating a little for some of these titles.
so there's Dear God Please Help Me; You Have Killed Me; and (i like this one) Sorry Doesn't Help.
"I think I did good on it"
Huh... well, he certainly failed the grammar portion.
but their college stuff is absolutely awful. Their projections are based almost entirely on record over the past five years. The rationale is that good teams tend to stay good and bad teams stay bad, which is probably generally true in college football, and certainly has some extremely broad predictative value, but leads to ridiculousness on an individual level like "Boston College is the 14th best team in the country in 2009".