I was just digging myself out to get to the car and thought to myself.. wow.. great recruiting idea.. snow weekend from hell.
useless recruiting weekend
it's january in michigan. what do you expect?
South Florida so he can't be too cold
BTW Troll GTFO
Weather definitely makes an impression on recruits, but I think there are so many other factors they consider that to call it a bust is a bit premature. In my opinion a big snow storm is actually a lot more fun than freezing cold rain in November when you have to stand outside for an entire football game on the windy sidelines. Snow is novel to some of these kids, cold, wet rain, not so much.
Take them sledding in the arb. Have a snowball fight. Etc... They're 18 yr old kids who may have never seen snow before.
agree. a nice snowfall is much nicer to be in and much nicer to look at than icy wind and rain/sleet. i don't think this is a bad day to be in town
Ann Arbor under fresh snow is SO nice. If it doesn't get too cold, they might really like it.
that's true if that happens, but you don't know. you may be right that the weather may not be the reason why they don't come. but I don't think there's any way this snow will help.
the recruits have to fall in love with eeeeeeeee barwis, RR, and Michigan itself. With all the whiten, it's easy to be distracted.
Please be more respectful. It is proper to capitalize the name Barwis. In fact it may even be prudent to use all caps when referring to EEEEEEEE BARWIS! This will ensure he does not come to your house, pluck your still beating heart from your chest, and eat it like a ripe red apple.
"Nothing lasts forever, even cold November rain" - Axl Rose
are not exactly neandrethals. I'm sure they're well aware and have been reminded by the coaches about the unsavory Michigan winters. I'm sure they're also reminded of the fact that they have a chance to play right away for the most storied program in NCAA history, and an even better chance of being part of our glorious comeback and revolution.
The kids that are visiting know what they're up against, climate-wise. They want to see if the rest of the experience compensates for that.
A lot of those kids weren't Michigan leans to begin with, but I'm still feeling good about Denard.
I don't know Huss, I think you're giving these kids too much credit.
tell us it is snowing?
You're right. Those kids probably showed up in shorts and are just SHOCKED!
hey moron, that's not the point of this post. I didn't say they weren't aware of the weather idiot, i'm just suggesting they ain't liking it.
And you know this how? Believe it or not, sometimes people are excited to experience things they don't have at home.
You have no idea whether they are or are not liking it; you're just making shit up. Being a southerner, I can tell you that having lived in the south for several years now, people in the south view snow and cold weather a lot differently than you might think.
personally, i grew up in the south-ish and i love the snow up here
Exactly. The person who made the point that the only people who really bitch about the snow are those who grew up with the snow is exactly right.
The coaches have to address the weather with the southern players. They need to sell the snow and cold.
1. If you want to play in the NFL, you need to get used to this weather.
2. Its fun to have snowball fights!
3. You can wear bulky jackets that are both warm AND stylish.
4. Its Michigan, wait 5 minutes, the weather will change.
Triple Fat Goose 4 EVA
who cares if there is snow on the ground. these kids knew what they were potentialy getting into. its not always going to be 80+ degrees and sunny here, i'd mutch rather these kids come up here now and get a taste of real michigan weather. you also have to remember this it typically doesn't snow during the football season here.
Agree, a new snow fall is exciting and sometimes magical (that sounded really gay).
It's okay, we established on previous posts that if you follow anything you say/write with "no homo" then it negates any "gayness."
So what exactly are the coaches supposed to do, just not host any recruits in January?
Well RR should do what all great coaches do: change the climate. Why do you think the south is so warm? They have awesome coaches!
In all seriousness, I think it depends on the person. I have cousins from Miami who had never seen snow (even until the age of 20) and loved it when they visited me in NY and it finally snowed.
Then there are some who just don't like the cold- so snow or not, it wasn't going to be 75 and sunny in Ann Arbor.
It's no secret, winters in Ann Arbor can be brutal.
it's the ESS EEE SEE speed. They run so fast, the friction warms everything up. But credit the coaches for recognizing the need for speed in the ESS EEE SEE, and recruiting those players. And I totally agree that the coaches there are awesome. Just awesome. Gawdamn, do I love those awesome bastards. No homo.
Seriously, snow is nothing. Extreme cold I can understand, but snow? I had several friends from Florida, SoCal and other warm places, and they loved the snow; just hated the cold. Personally, the only ones I've heard bitch about the snow are usually from Michigan or other parts of the Midwest.
Hah! I never thought about that, but that makes sense. And of course, the kids in the south gain that speed by catching jack rabbits.
On your second point-Agreed. I remember when I was on a project in Atlanta last winter, and it "snowed" there... (very light) Everyone was excited, pretty much like kids. Snow is awesome, it's the rain that blows (no homo.)
I'm more concerned about the hockey recruits visiting in the summer months....
It's not like these kids from Florida and South Carolina are like, "Holy shit! I didn't know there was snow in Michigan!"
Besides that, they might as well experience it. I'd rather a kid say "Thanks but no thanks" now than have him say that after spending a winter or two being miserable and then transferring.
It's not a big deal.
My daughter visited AA when it was blizzarding and 10 degrees and thought it was the best place ever and ended up going to Michigan for four years. You think things are appreciably better in Columbus or Happy Valley or Champaign? Yet high quality people commit every year to cold weather schools. Take the lads out for some cross country skiing followed by some single malt and a nice meal at the Gandy.
Ann Arbor's pretty awesome in the snow. Who doesn't like making snow angels on the Diag?
Denard does not.
well hello denard, or denards spokesman.
I didn't know you knew Denard Robinson's like or dislike for making snow angels.
I stand corrected.
that's alrigt, I forgive you buddy.
I personally enjoy making snow angels in Mary Sue's front lawn - seriously, try it.
So what? Have 'em throw a snowball fight.
The coaches are good salesmen. They know that the winter and snow are a negative for the southern kids, so I'm sure they spin it into a positive. "The great thing about the winters in Ann Arbor is the brand new indoor facilities we'll have available for you, so you can practice all year round." It's not like they're walking around blocking the windows so no one can see the snow.
about the new facilities Tom. That new practice facility is going to be amazing.
Plus, I'm sure there is discussion about how in June, July and August when they are busting their asses outside, it will mostly be in the 80's instead of the 90's with 100% humidity. Offseason is for lifting weights indoors anyway, and we have Barwis and the awesome new conditioning facility digs.
The incessant whining and negativity by some posters on this board is getting insufferable. Did you honestly think that any kid coming in this week didn't know that it snows in Michigan in the winter?
It's insufferable? okay then, get lost.
Woah there buddy, saying that it is your first day on this blog I don't think it is the best introduction to tell someone to get lost, especially someone who has been in this blog for a hell of a lot longer than you have. We here like constructive criticism, present facts that support what you are saying. Do not just call someone a queer or tell them to get lost because they disagree with you. As far as snow in Michigan, Ann Arbor is absolutely gorgeous at night with the snow fall, especially on Main St. with all the lights and what not.
I was born and raised in Southern California. I love the snow, and came to Michigan to get the f*ck away from the terrible weather back there (80 degrees at Christmas!? It's sickening!).
You never know how a recruit feels about the snow.
shit, i miss a good snowball fight
bet denard and company never get those back home
"I dare say Sam Montgomery, Jayron Hosley, and Denard Robinson can't wait to be back home."
you have no idea what they are thinking
At some point in the day today, they thought "wow, its cold here"
I can guarantee this with 100 percent certainty, as I have lived in michigan my whole life, and that has crossed my mind at least once while taking the dogs out.
I bet they also thought "I gotta take a leak" or "I'm hungry". I think you missed the point that the original post was negative conjecture. perhaps I should have been more specific.
I was trying to lighten up what has become an increasingly hostile thread with humor.
So, it has probably become pretty clear to you that the habitual posters on this blog do not take well to negativity or even the hint of negativity. To be fair to you, the point you were making was harmless... would it have been nice to be 60 degrees and sunny, sure. The fact is, though, these kids expect the cold, the coaches have their standard pitches to sell the weather, other coaches will say you don't want to go there because it is so cold, etc... Some kids will listen, others will not. So goes the cycle of recruiting, year in and year out. Perhaps a slightly less negative intro "useless recruiting weekend" followed by "What was supposed to be a "huge weekend" is a bust." should be replaced with, "I hope this snow storm doesn't negatively affect our standing with the really talented southern recruits that are in town this weekend."
Back to work...
I did consider that, but I decided not to sugar coat what I meant just because a couple of bloggers think's I'm being "negative." It's like, whatever dude, we were 3-9 last year, is that being negative?
We had a decent road record.
See, that's more positive.
It's not really the "being negative". It's that:
a) he purports to know what's going through the minds of 5 kids he doesn't know
b) he suggests it's the coaches fault for hosting them in January, as if the coaches chose the weekend for these kids to come, and as if they just aren't supposed to recruit in January.
c) at the slightest hint of resistance, he starts slinging insults.
That's what sucks.
nothing personal, so relax man.
this is dumb. we've had a football program for over a hundred years and i'm fairly certain that it has snowed every winter during that time.
Maybe they wondered what it might be like to write your name in the snow.
Dude! Made me laugh, that is soooo right. Watch down Main Street, you might see a couple hanging onto a bumper for the first time, or hanging with RR in the parking lot doing doughnuts.
you guys are too optimistic. If someone commits on Monday, I'll eat my boots.
Are you seriously not aware that our big recruiting weekend is always in January? This happens every year.
We're going on week three of sub zero temps here in Anchorage and it's -62 in Fairbanks.
We'll be getting out the shorts when it gets warm enough to snow.
It's all about perspective.
WHo cares? thats why they got players being there guide for weekend. They'll talk to them abotu it. Its not like the kids werent expecting snow in MICHIGAN? lol. Would you rather see snow on ur recruiting visit, or not until ur here for 7 months then ur like damn i cant handle the snow? and before u know it its a transfer.
Plus they can have fun and have pranks on eachother having snow ball fights and all that (bonding).
= insufferable dumbass
+1 sweatervest ;)
I got to see a bunch of the football players from the south out playing in the snow at like 2 a.m. at the end of the semester. It's entertaining for them still, so why not the recruits?
These guys will not have to be scraping cars or shovelling sidewalks or trudging to class through someone else's unshovelled sidewalks this weekend. It will be the background to the trip at most. If it puts any of them out, then they were unlikely to stay long if they came here.
Last year, Florida's gymnastics team was here for Regionals. It was the day before Easter, and before they flew back home, they had an Easter egg hunt in the snow (most of them wearing flipflops). It was a big enough deal to them that it was on their official team site.
So who knows? It might make Michigan seem interesting.
Were they hot?
Just to clarify, the only shoes we here in Florida own are flip-flops.
Why has there been so much bitching about the weather? Have some posters ever been to Michigan during the winter? As TomVH pointed out, the coaches will adapt their sales pitch; we have a great recruiting staff with Rod and Co.
I hope they get full of beer tonight, haul out their tools, and write "Fuck OSU" in the snow as they unload their bladders.
Seriously, any recruit sightings so far?
I hate new people...
week-old stuff) is probably an advantage. Its going to be cold in January, might as well hope it is pretty. And a lot of southern kids have never seen snow but have dreamed of it.
Conversely, I would imagine that the coaches tell the kids how beautiful it is in the summer in Michigan, when it counts, during summer camp. Unlike the never-ending 95-100 heat with 90% humidity that the south has during the two-a-days.
All my nieces and nephews back home in the south think it is awesome their cousins get to play in the snow. It's my SILs and BILs who won't come visit in the winter.
Snow is a new type of weather, and is localized to Ann Arbor, MI. It only developed in the past year. Our old recruiting classes never saw snow because it didn't exist.
The localization of the phenomenon to Ann Arbor explains why Ohio St and Notre Dame continue to pull in highly rated classes despite being in the same region as Ann Arbor.
Charles Woodson saw snow as a child once. That's why he won the Heisman.
Dex...It;s call lake effect. All weather around here is due to the lakes. I think they're after us.
Member the weekend terrelle pryor visited? it was like 0 degrees that weekend. or maybe in the negatives? players dont care for snow, just cold.
Yeah, I know when I was in high school living at home with my parents, I just couldn't wait to get off a college campus and head back home. Regardless of the weather, I seriously doubt any of them "can't wait to get home." It's possible that the weather might not make it the best trip they've ever had, but it's still a free weekend on a college campus. They are going to parties and hanging with college kids. It could be raining dogshit outside and I still think a lot of high school kids would rather spend a weekend on campus instead of heading home and trying to sneak out the basement door without waking mom up.
Is great selection of Malt Liquor. Red Bull. Colt 45. My roomie at UM enjoyed mixing Fruit Punch Faygo with malt liquor. That was a crowd pleaser.
Was your roommate named Stew? This is random, but there was a guy who lived on my floor as a freshman that would mix fruit punch Faygo with EVERYTHING. Malt liquor, 151, cognac....you name it, he Faygo'd it.
He also did some other MORE nasty things that would put him up there as room mate from hell. He was a nice guy and smart if he opted to use his head but just didn't bother to do so all that much. He was an "athlete."
That's like 80% of people from Michigan.