Awesome dangle, but damn that was an ugly breakout.
good luck with that
INSPIRATIONAL COUNTDOWN IMAGE: 25.
I liked the koala, wallaby, and I chilled with a kangaroo a bit. There was a wombat that I quite enjoyed also.
The floor is not on fire and we need water desperately. Crisler's new floor:
I like it, and not just because there's a charge circle.
Soon to be us. Penn State fans on their version of Special K:
Penn State has been saying for years now that the piped-in commercial music has not compromised in any way the Blue Band's ability or chances to play music in the stands. I'm calling bullshit on that. Since Penn State football became The Greatest Show of Great Shows of Not-Just-JoePa in College Football or something they keep renaming to something worse, piped-in public address music has become more prominent within the gameday experience at Beaver Stadium. They are no longer just snippets of music, or pre-game warmups music when the band isn't even done with Tailgreat. Nope, Penn State now plays full songs over the PA. You know, those raucous, adrenaline-pumping classics like... Sweet Caroline?
And the poll:
Penn State fans are not down with the sickness. Ah ah ah ah ah.
Dirty. Boo Nieves did this in an international tournament against Russia: :
Dang. Nieves is consistently criticized for being a "perimeter player," FWIW, which probably means he tries stuff like this all the time instead of bulling his way to the net.
Practice highlight type substances. From Rivals and strictly FWIW since there's no pads:
Rerank. ESPN's latest 2012 re-rank sees Glenn Robinson III at #53 (up from #60) and Nick Stauskas at #85 (from #99). Their profiles don't show any updates, though—wonder if they still think Stauskas is a low-athleticism guy who can't create his own shot or whether this AAU season has changed that. The highlight videos suggest he can get to the hoop.
Mitch McGary is #3, BTW. Come on, Mitch McGary. Daddy needs a new pair of shoes.
Also rerank. Scout redid its Midwest state rankings. Your instate top 10:
|Rank||Name||Pos||City (State) High School||Ht/Wt||Verbal|
|1||James Ross||MLB||Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Marys||06/01/20||Michigan|
|2||Aaron Burbridge||WR||Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison||06/01/80||Michigan State|
|3||Danny O'Brien||DT||Flint (Mich.) Powers||06/03/90|
|4||Royce Jenkins-Stone||MLB||Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech||06/02/15||Michigan|
|5||Terry Richardson||CB||Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech||05/09/65||Michigan|
|6||Ron Thompson||TE||Southfield (Mich.)||06/04/20|
|7||Devin Funchess||TE||Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison||06/05/10||Michigan|
|8||Dennis Norfleet||RB||Detroit (Mich.) King||05/07/75||Cincinnati|
|9||Mario Ojemudia||DE||Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison||06/03/15||Michigan|
|10||Ben Braden||OT||Rockford (Mich.)||06/07/19||Michigan|
If O'Brien commits that's seven of the top ten with two of the others guys who wanted to commit but got slow-played because of grades (Burbridge) or undisclosed "things to clear up" (Thompson). They really should have taken Burbridge just to make Dantonio's head explode.
Braden's moved up and threatens to get a fourth star if he performs this fall. Only one That Guy complaint: Matt Godin is #15, which seems low for a guy with his size and offers. He's behind a CMU commit, for one, and Thompson appears to be picking between Syracuse, Indiana, and a late offer from Illinois.
Etc.: Michigan soccer enters this season ranked ninth, which is a vote of confidence in the program after they lost Justin Meram and Soony Saad—AKA all the goals—in the offseason. Hopefully that holds up. Hoke's entire opening presser. Two toned pants: ack.
Awesome dangle, but damn that was an ugly breakout.
I'm so glad our new court doesn't look like the Zubazz train wreck that NU's new court is going to look like. Thank you, Imam Brandon.
...and it doesn't have the university's url like all four versions of NU's court.
Now to fill it up with Michigan fans on a consistent basis. We need MOOOORE PIZZA!
Also: HD scoreboards will be here in the fall.
Burn it with fire, pull its arms and legs off, and push it over a cliff. Neil Diamond should never, ever be heard within the confines of any football stadium, whether it's a piped-in recording or performed live by the MMB.
Neither should Journey.
...it's performed live by...Neil Diamond?
Burn him with fire, pull his arms and legs off, and push him over a cliff.
Rich Rod is no longer the coach. "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" might have brought him to tears.
Seriously - you hear that damn song at all sorts of sporting events, and I have never understood why it is considered to be even vaguely appropriate.
Vincent Smith looked really fast in some of those shots.
I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'.
I had a similar thought - not so much fast (as in top end speed), but quick - his feet were moving very fast on some of those drills. I mentioned this in the "all weight gain / loss is good" thread - I was personally happy to see V smith drop 8 pounds. He was far quicker during his first year, when he was lighter. I understand wanting to put on weight to be able to take a hit, but at his size, the extra 8 pounds aren't going to make a difference - he is still a wee little guy. But, losing those 8 pounds make allow him to regain the shiftiness that he displayed his first year.
Being another year clear of a knee injury probably also helps a little.
Anyone notice how Fred Jackson told the other backs to watch V Smith to see how it's done during the footwork drills? I'm betting there is still a role in this offense for Smith (just please don't be short yardage, please don't be short yardage, please...).
much lighter on his feet with sharper cuts. contrast with cox whose cuts are more rounded.
where is the info coming from that Burbridge was going to commit to UM? Everyone repeats it as if common knowledge yet he commited to MSU. Hoke missed on this one.
Perhaps the fact that he had Michigan listed as his leader until the class was filling up and there were still supposedly questions about him qualifying, pushing him to commit to MSU.
Whoa: "truth" as a handle -- please tell me that's in jest, as in "wouldn't it be funny if a thoughtful, considerate guy used a name you'd expect of the biggest douchebag on historychannel.com's boards?," not as in "I'm the one guy in the world who speaks the truth," because that kind of contempt for other peoples' opinions is not very condusive to polite discussion.
To answer your question, there were multiple reports after his trip in May that Burbridge was favoring Michigan, but that he did not have a committable offer unless his grades picked up.
5/11: Mario Ojemudia commits to M, and eyes shoot toward Burbridge. TomVH got this from his coach:
I will also say that anyone that says Aaron Burbridge is an MSU lock doesn't know what they're talking about. I was told quite a bit this weekend about Mario and Aaron, and if Mario chooses Michigan [ed: Check!] then there's a chance Aaron would follow. He does have grade issues, but I don't think it's bad enough to where Michigan wouldn't take him and hope he makes it. I don't want to say too much, obviously, but there's a chance Michigan could steal those two from MSU.
5/13: SpartanMag's Paul Day got a quote from Burbridge: "Right now I feel kind of more comfortable with the [UM] coaches than I do at State."
6/20: Harrison's semester ends. Premium sites post headlines ($) that suggest Aaron's a silent Michigan commit, so long as the semester's grades are good.
7/5: No change from Aaron but it's confirmed from M's side that his offer is conditional on something, and this can be easily conjectured to fit the "grades" talk.
7/21: Burbridge coming to Big House BBQ event, but he was still figuring out his grades.
7/28: Commits to MSU.
I wish him success at Michigan State. Michigan's not for everybody.
Wow, the Crisler floor looks great. I've been complaining about it for awhile, but the new look is really sharp.
Anyone who had to watch the Red Tape commercial before the practice video, if you look really closely at the background right at the end of the commercial there's me talking to two ladies at the service desk while trapped in the Ontario (Calif.) airport during last winter's big snowstorm. Was fun watching them shoot that.
gentleman in the black suit on the left of the screen?
Misopogon's famous in TV life as well as blogging life!
to watch a commercial TWICE! So I guess you don't travel with your hard hat?
The hard hat (was actually a cheap thin plastic thing) met its demise at the tailgate for BG last year, the day before my wedding, though it was never the same after getting stamped on at the '09 OSU game.
except for the B1G crap at the free throw lines. C'mon DB - a new Go Blue would have fit perfectly there!
I just knew they were gonna put that stupid B1G logo on it. It looks dumber and dumber every time I see it. At least they didn't use cyan.
Can't post a msg board topic but didn't see this anywhere so Unverified Voracity's Hodge Podge of Goodness seemed like as good a place as any to bring light to the fact that FreakBase lives on to haunt Notre Dame:
The article is schticky but kind of fun - reminds me a bit of the Smith's Songs action from last year.
Who would Michigan be this year? Eminem seems like a decent choice what with his MI roots. Off the map for a while but a hugely anticipated return coming up (let's hope). Any others?
when the Domers come back onto the field at halftime. Break their spirit.
those poll responses were clearly scientifically engineered to engender an impartial response.
NBA and NHL games sure but do NFL games have that much piped in music?
I go to Steelers games every year (which is where I might expect PSU fans to be going) and the only songs I can remember being played are Enter Sandman at the start--which is clearly cheesy and over done but when it's December football and there are 60K drunken lunatics waving terrible towels I could give a shit--and Renegade for the defensive hype video (oddly you cannot hear the song in the video but Woodley kicks it off!);
Which everyone loves because it is awesome, who else is playing Styx?
Anyway, I don't remember much piped in music at NFL games but I probably wouldn't because I don't give a shit and am usually buying beer or peeing or worrying when these things would be playing.
In conclusion, Sweet Caroline is horrible and if it must be played should be limited to baseball games.
I used to go to a few games a year when I lived down there, it was actually pretty cool that they started an all voluntary band and gave them a section to sit in down near one of the endzones.
Don't know of any other NFL teams that do that...
I forgot about them.
Pretty good crowd there, too. I remember games in the old RFK stadium where they got the whole place rocking, was like a college atmosphere.
If only they had a better owner... Snyder is killing them.
The NHL used to be all organ music at least through the mid-eighties and at least at the Met Center in Minnesota where I grew up watching the North Stars. My first recollection of the piped in music is when the Hey Song (rock and roll part II) became popular after goals in the late eightiesor early nineties (was for sure there in 1990-1991).
..Penn State Edition is why we affectionately refer to their stadium as Bieber Stadium. Their music is godawful.
Do they still do that cheesy Lion roar?
Do they still do that cheesy Lion roar?
Watch the next game there, I'll be they play that roar at least 15x per game.
Or a mountain lion? Northwestern has that crappy Wildcat...purr?...during their games and I don't know if I'd ever go back because it made me want to file down a hardened pizza crust and shank the person who kept hitting it.
The lion roar was recorded in a restroom at a service area on the Pennsylvania Turnpike--it is the sound of a toilet flushing, played backwards.
New Crisler floor is great. Anyone have a wallpaper size picture of that?
Should go to Indiana and team up with Kiel and see if they can put some life into that program and be a proper cross division rival for MSU.
That video looks like it was filmed by Tyrion Lannister.
That first image looks a little like Mumra from Thundercats
Gardner takes off out of the shotgun on what looks like either a zone read or a play that was designed to be a QB run all the way. I can't tell b/c of the angle. Maybe my fears that Borges is only paying lip service to the idea of keeping part of last year's offense are unfounded.
make the "paint" look kinda sad?
Or that there's a wart on Crisler's penis.
was designed by a bathroom graffiti artist.