the other ideas are on that list of Big House events, a Lions' Thanksgiving day game would be pretty damn cool. Not that it would ever happen.
Unverified Voracity Is Bringing 'Em In
Josh Langford will someday win a national title by sliding the ball between an opponent's legs
Basketball recruiting stuff. Michigan's packing in a number of visits before their upcoming Italy trip. D-III transfer Duncan Robinson is of course expected on campus this week. Joining him will be 2016 AL SG Josh Langford, who arrives Friday.
Langford is kind of a big deal, a 6'6" athlete who's in the top 20 of the 247 composite. He should get his offer while on campus, and while Michigan hasn't fared particularly well while recruiting against the Dukes and Kansases of the world—both have offered—Langford has been paying attention to what's going on in Ann Arbor($):
"It's an honor to be recruited by Michigan because I've watched Michigan on TV a lot and it was very shocking for me to be able to talk to Coach Beilein on the phone because he is one of the greatest coaches all time and one of the best skill developers in college basketball right now," Langford said. "To have them tell me that they want me to be their next wolf just makes me want to work even harder."
The last "wolf" was Nik Stauskas; like Stauskas, Langford is a 6'6" guy who can function as a quasi-point guard.
2015 MI C Seth Dugan is also scheduled to be on campus in the near future. Dugan is a late-rising seven-footer who's caught the eye of a number of Big Ten teams and just fielded a bunch of quality mid-major offers (Xavier, Davidson, Rhode Island).
Pelini level. I am now thinking of an Adidas commercial in which Kanye raps about getting on Pelini level with all the great awkward photo headshot gentlemen being really awkward. I am now sad the World Cup is over. I am now over that.
Meanwhile they just hosted 2016 OH C Jon Teske, who has become a serious priority for that class. He seemed to name Michigan his leader in a group of two:
"Michigan is recruiting me the hardest, probably, and that's why they're on top," he said. "The top two right now are Michigan and Ohio State, and I think it will come down to those two.
FWIW, OSU has center prospects in their 2014 and 2015 classes, neither of whom seems like an early-entry candidate at the moment.
In less immediate news, 2015 SC SG PJ Dozier announced a top five that includes Michigan and will be taking an official visit. Probably, anyway. Michigan may shut down 2015 recruiting after picking up a shooting guard at any time. The other schools on Dozier's list: Louisville, North Carolina, Georgetown, and South Carolina.
Dozier hasn't been on campus yet and thus doesn't have an offer. He's #31 on the composite, and his dad denies reports($) that North Carolina is a "dream school" and likely destination. This makes me believe that is in fact the case, but Michigan's got their shot. Probably, anyway.
Finally, Rivals projects they will move 2016 NJ SG Tyus Battle to five star status.
Miss you, Brimley
Anonymous, you are so boring. You hear "anonymous quotes" and you get your interest all piqued but Joe Tiller ain't around no more, so the results are as tepid as if they came from a press conference. Athlon has the dirt-type substance:
“What are they going to do new offensively? They just hired Doug Nussmeier. Where they’ve struggled, they haven’t been what they thought they’d be on the offensive line. They lost both their tackles now.”
How about anonymously describing Michigan's CFBStats page?
“I think they were very meager running the football. They struggled protecting the quarterback. The statistical things you evaluate – offensive line, rushing yards, yards per carry, they were pretty poor in those areas.”
There is an interesting bit about Michigan's current defense…
“Defensively, I don’t think they were near what they want to be. They have a great defensive coordinator, he’s a very good coach, but as the defense is designed to stop the run it’s become more of a passing league in some ways. Great, you held them to 100 yards rushing but they threw for 350 and you got beat.”
…or at least it would have been interesting if that even vaguely resembled reality. The Big Ten was a passing league in no way whatsoever. Michigan was the top team in YPA by some distance last year and finished in a tie for 23rd nationally. The top teams in passes per game are Indiana, Illinois, and Purdue. Those teams were bad. (Indiana was fun! But not, like, a contender.)
Devin Gardner’s back, so it will be interesting to see, are they building an off for Gardner for one more year or building for the future for Shane Morris or whomever they recruited?
…oh for pants' sake. What about the rest of the teams?
“They [MSU] aren’t going to miss Max Bullough as much as everybody thought. The kid who replaced him in the Rose Bowl was pretty good.”
That kid was a senior who signed a CFL contract. They let these people vote! You probably think that's a shot at the Coaches Poll; it's not. It's a shot at democracy.
Most of the rest of the comments are "this unit was good" and "they have this player" and "they no longer have this player." Whoever did this interview is no Mike Spath.
Hooray for reception. For whatever reason, cell reception took a severe turn for the worse last year. It was middling but generally acceptable for a couple years before that; last year it was impossible to get anything in or out until they installed the wifi, which was pretty iffy but at least vaguely functional.
I know it is possible for things to actually work, since my trip to Penn State featured horrific football but lovely crystal-clear LTE despite the fact that Beaver Stadium on gameday is significantly bigger than the rest of the town.
So Michigan's going to try to fix it:
U-M announced Friday that "upgraded cellular coverage at Michigan Stadium for Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility" is coming to Michigan Stadium. The new system will be tested Saturday during the International Champions Cup soccer match between Manchester United and Real Madrid in Ann Arbor.
A press release from the U-M athletic department states that "a major upgrade to the distributed antenna system (DAS)" has been made at Michigan Stadium," but adds, "It has been very difficult to build adequate capacity into the stadium due to its significant size as well as the open bowl which has limited locations for antennas."
I know that when the NHL came into town to scout for the Winter Classic they were flabbergasted at the lack of reception. Hopefully this gets Michigan up to par.
Problem: what will Brandon blame soft student ticket sales on once they fix it?
But they just gave you free food. Mmm boilerplate.
Michigan reports to fall camp with level of hunger that wasn't there a year ago, players say
I'm in a show-me state. Not Missouri. Just, like, personally.
I'm impressed you didn't shrivel into a ball and die. Brennen Beyer was 14 when The Horror happened, and he witnessed it in person like many of us:
"The field goal at the end … just shaking my head, knowing we lost that game. It was a bad feeling," said Beyer, who watched with dismay as Jason Gingell's 37-yard field goal was blocked as time expired.
I bet he's planning to do whatever he can not to relive that experience.
Might be a bit light for the GLI this year. All five Michigan-affiliated players at the WJC camp made the final cut from 42 to 27. While that's not quite the final team right there, the final roster usually doesn't deviate much. The cuts are usually the young guys they think will be key components of the next couple years. One of those guys is commit Kyle Connor, so that's a good sign for his future.
The rest: Compher, Motte, Larkin, and Downing. Compher is a holy lock after making the team last year only to break a bone in his foot, and I expect the other guys to go as well. This year's roster is deep, at least.
Also in hockey, TheScout.ca did rank Michigan commit Michael Pastujov their top available player for the upcoming OHL draft. Here's why:
1. Michael Pastjov - Poised and creative playmaker with soft hands. Strong and balanced, wide track skater. Adept at creating.
— Sean Lafortune (@SeanLafortune) August 5, 2014
With his brother already committed to the NTDP and a spot waiting for him when he reaches the right age, he should fall in the draft. Hopefully it's a long way and to some place like Barrie.
Wait, what? The last place I expected to hear anything about poor student ticket sales:
With less than a month until the season opener, Nebraska still has 1,000 of its 8,500 student football season tickets for sale.
However, athletic department spokeswoman Chris Anderson said Friday the school still expects to sell out all 8,500 student tickets. All remaining tickets are for the south end zone.
That's nuts. Nebraska is the second-smallest school in the league, but they've still got 25k students and nothing else to do in Lincoln. And their head coach may bite the head off one of their players while stroking a cat, Bond villain style. Entertainment, you have.
Etc.: Reviewing Bo's final year. The company that puts on the soccer friendlies is called "Relevent Sports," which just goes to show you that even people who intentionally name their thing something that looks like a typo every time you see it can have success. What a country.
You could do much worse than a Seth and a Cook.
I see that they tested out the improved cell reception at the soccer game. Anyone here go to that game and have any feedback on the cellular reception at the game?
According to this MLive ARTICLE, some loved it and some didn't.
I got a couple of texts through, most of them on the second attempt. Internet wouldn't load anything, though I didn't give it much time to. Didn't try to call anyone. I'd say it was a modest improvement.
so now I'll respond to you. My feedback from Saturday, sorry to say, is not positive. Although my phone displayed all sorts of wonderful bars of purported signal "strength" (with AT&T as my carrier), I had considerable trouble sending/receiving texts, going online to check rosters (who the heck was #42 for ManU, anyway?), etc. FWIW, Brian's past experience differs from mine -- I thought the reception was improved and decent during the 2013 football season, when compared to the poorer reception (comparable to Saturday's) in past years. So I guess your results may vary.
On a related note, there seemed to be some indication that they might also be testing WIFI at last Saturday's game, but there was no public WIFI to be had, at least where I was sitting. Maybe if at least some attendees had access to WIFI, that would reduce the competing cellular demand for the rest of us?
If your signal strength was fine, it sounds like the problem was more with the capacity of the network.
I think so, although I lack the technical know-how to understand what is involved in getting data to/from my phone. Can they upgrade the signal strength without doing anything to address network capacity? If so, I think they might be wasting their time.
The Big House has limited places to mount the antennas needed to increase capacity. With the single bowl design, the only places to install them would be at the top of the stadium and along the wall at field level. That leaves a huge area between with no or limited service. Once you get 10-12 rows away from the antennas, you're SOL.
Ability to send/receive texts and small data was mediocre at best. Although that's quite the upgrade from "lol nice try" which is what my phone basically told me every time I tried to last football season.
I didn't notice a difference. I couldn't receive or send texts or look up rosters on the web.
Problem: what will Brandon blame soft student ticket sales on once they fix it?
Oh noes, Brian made a funny about Dave Brandon! Everyone flip out about how everything and everyone hates Brandon without reason.
I personally would love to see Wrestlemania at the Big House, but with all the pyro and the electrical requirements I'm not sure that would fly, and that doesn't take into account the weather. But if they could pull it off, it would be epic.
I hate anonymous quotes because everyone gives them way too much credecence when, as Brian points out in these excerpts, they are typically made from low-level staff members who probably don't pay much attention to other teams save for the bare minimum to keep their jobs. I mean, I barely follow MSU sports and I knew that backup LB was also a senior. Also, you hear guys say "that team couldn't run the ball" as if that is some great insight instead of the most obivous fact in the history of all facts. So the next time we hear some source say "Player X is a cancer" or "Coach Y has lost the lockerroom", let's remember most of these guys are probably just looking at their navels when answering these questions.
People do realize that Wrestlemania is generally held at the end of March or the first week of April, dont they?
Actually, I'm proud to say I have no idea when Wrestlemania is held.
To be fair, they just held it in new Giants stadium a couple years back. Weather is always an issue outdoors, but you could do it.
One of my friends does local, semi-pro wrestling and says that the stuff you see on basic cable (like Monday night raw and the above) is garbage and the stuff that is actually a bit more impressive are the Japanese or Mexican leagues. He hates a lot of the U.S. leagues because it gives 'competitive' wrestling a bad name when it basically deloves to Jerry Springer + headlock
Awwwww! You guys!
Why did I click on the link to relive Bo's last season? Why did I want to put myself through the Notre Dame game again and as painfully, Bo getting his last Rose Bowl stolen from him by Pac 10 officials - one last time?
For those too young to have gone through it - the annual hosing of Michigan by Pac 10 officials in the Rose Bowl was one of the most frustrating things to go through ever and their last bit of insanely biased officiating took place wiping out a fake punt via a holding call that did not exist. Why the B1G allowed these games to be officiated back then by referees calling games like their children were playing is still a painful mystery to me.
It was horrible. I think I punched several holes in the drop ceiling in my Markley dorm room after coming back drenched and miserable from that Notre Dame game.
Anonymous comments are the best.
I'm fairly certain the alcohol from the first two football games in 2007 permanently wiped his name from my memory.
I mean, that seems pretty legit. However, if he actually goes #1 that would appear to be troubling for the probability of him playing in Ann Arbor. Let's hope he drops to the 2nd-4th round
Why was there less hinger in camp last year? We were 8-5 the year before. Guh.
+1 for a shot at democracy.
Maybe AT&T/ Verizon could buy season tickets for antennas and place them throughout the stadium, thereby placating Dave Brandon and creating happy fans.
Every time I read the complimentary comments made by recruits about John Beilein, I am reminded of two things: One, that when JB was hired, more than one college basketball insider said things along the lines of “Wait until you see how Beilein recruits when he's got a major platform like Michigan.” The fact that kids like Langford are considering UM is proof that those people were right.
Two, that the Detroit sportswriter who was one of the biggest promoters of hiring Beilein was none other than Michael Rosenberg. (Yeah, I know … I feel a little dirty just saying that.) But he did, and in this case, he was right.