Describe your perfect Sunday.
at least it's not just us?
Hello everyone, Six Zero here with a brand new segment on MGoBlog:
That’s right—Inspired by the official site’s “Two Minute Drill” series and TomVH’s
famous Q&A segments with potential recruits, I’m here to bring you a new weekly
feature highlighting some of the more famous personalities here at MGoBlog.
Without pulling back the infamous veil of blog anonymity, we’ll get to know some
of your favorite posters better and possibly shed some light on their definition
of why it’s so darn Great, To Be, A Michigan Wolverine.
And so, without further ado, I give you the first ever MGoProfile, with none other
than the one and only TomVH! We caught up with him for this exclusive interview:
1. TomVH—our very own go-to guy when it comes to recruiting. Hello! How did you discover MGoBlog?
I was on the internet one day, and I thought to myself, "I wonder if someone out there can make reading about Michigan sports… http://splicd.com/SnolmuFgW7w/8/9 ...and boom, there was MGoBlog, my idea...er, Brian's idea.
I think I found MGoBlog the way most people have. Through word of mouth, and an abnormal obsession with sports.
2. Your contributions are easily some of the most popular posts on the blog. What is the one thing you'd like us to know about your work with the recruits?
I'm not sure if there's anything that is important to know. A lot of people ask me how/why I got into this. This all really started because I took a well paying job out of college that I eventually hated, and realized that money wasn't going to keep me interested, or happy.
Growing up, I always thought that sports could be a job, and somewhere along the way, got away from that. I took a step back, and put together a plan that could get me towards a specific goal that I wanted. I thought about what niche I would be able to fit in that would play into my strengths, and this seemed to be a good place to start. I'm sure everyone can tell that I'm not as gifted with the pen (or keyboard) as Brian, Tim, and a lot of the MGoCommunity.
I know that I'll probably never win a Pulitzer prize, which is why I focus on other areas to move closer to my goal. I'm not going to try to be something that I'm not. I've built some really good contacts, and have had some exciting conversations about potential opportunities in my future, so I'm headed in the right direction.
I’m sure you are. Do you have any favorite stories about players who have since committed to Michigan?
There's not really one story in particular that sticks out. I think, in general, it's pretty cool to have someone call you and say, "I committed to Michigan, I can't wait! Go Blue!" Not so much that they're saying it, but to know that they're living out a dream, and are genuinely excited to be playing for Michigan is neat to be a part of.
3. What's one of your favorite hobbies outside of Michigan (or college) football?
I love golf. I grew up on a golf course, and that's always been my sanctuary; the place that I can get away. Besides that, I obviously enjoy watching sports.
4. Don’t we all. What else makes TomVH tick? Describe the perfect meal.
That's pretty hard, because I love food. It would probably be easier to describe a day of eating food that I've been craving lately. Breakfast - An order of basically everything at the Dinner Bell in Mt. Pleasant. (I actually think this closed, not sure). Lunch - The medium sized steak and cheese with pizza sauce from Penn Station, and fries, with a cool 24 oz bottle of Faygo Red Pop. Dinner - Tortellini and Chicken a la creme from Kruse and Muer, along with the bread, of course. Polish that off with a piece of Bumpy cake from around the 90's, before they sold out. I might be in a coma after that day, but I would be satisfied.
5. Wow… I think went up one Adidas Replica Jersey size just reading that. Speaking of the maize and blue, can you explain why you are a Michigan fan?
I'm a Michigan fan because of my Dad. I can remember when I was 6 years old, my Aunt handed me a cup of water, and the cup happened to be a Michigan State cup. I looked at it, looked at my Dad, then to my Aunt, and gave the cup back.
Through him, I learned about Michigan sports. He was really the one that took me to games, and taught me sports in general.
One of my most memorable Michigan sporting events was sitting court side at a Michigan basketball game that was held at the Palace. Chris Webber dunked right next to us, and looked over in our general direction and smiled. Since I was young, I naturally thought he smiled at me.
6. Very cool story. With that being said, who's your all-time favorite Wolverine?
Tyrone Wheatley is my favorite Wolverine. I'm younger, so he was who I always watched as a kid, and tried to imitate when playing with friends. I actually had the chance to talk to him on the phone recently, and we exchange texts every now and then, which is unreal.
So there you have it. We’ll try to run this feature every week, at least until the start of the 2010 season. Each time we’ll highlight another of MGoBlog’s celebrated posters and ask them six tantalizing questions about themselves and their love for the Maize and Blue. Tell us what you think, who you’d like to see profiled, or even a question
you’d like to hear answered by a specific MGoBlogger. See you next week!
Describe your perfect Sunday.
Celebrating the victory over OSU the day before.
I would kill a baby giraffe for an MGoProfile on The Knowledge.
(The guy goes to Africa and kills a giraffe and then puts it on wheels and wheels it around his house in the movie for fun)
Good interview. I was interested in seeing an answer to the question, "How do you initially get in contact with the recruits?"
that should be and will remain respectfully off-limits.
"So Colonel, what is in your secret recipe?"
"Hey Batman, exactly where is the BatCave and how do I get in?"
"So Tom, how on earth do all these kids trust you?"
"Ahh, Brian, how do you grow all of that hair?"
"So Dez, is it true your mom was a lady of the night?"
We need interviews of Bouje, The Big House 500th, and of course, the King of Belch.
really though, i wouldn't mind seeing the following posters interviewed:
Misopogon, Mathlete, Jamiemac, theOtherBrian...
I'm sure I'm missing a few key guys, but those guys always provide quality content and/or rational points of view.
Uh, not always, lest you believe Archie Collins has recruits tied up in his basement.
You don't have that avatar logo on your license plate too? I saw it on one just yesterday...immediately thought of you. Hope I wasn't tailgating to read if it was you....
no, i might get one when i graduate though. (next may)
I can't wait till "Irish;" is interviewed and we learn why he became a Michigan fan...I'm also looking forward to seeing if "MGoObes;" answers exceed 1 sentence.
Great feature, and just another thing for me to waste time on while I'm at work trying to make money.
TomVH is a p-i-m-p.....
It still isn't clear - how did TomVH go about becoming an independent recruiting analyst/reporter? Like, how does one just start with that? All these kids around the country texting our man TomVH out in Arizona before they tell their parents stuff... just wondering how this happened!
the answer you're looking for is:
Facebook stalking either Anthony Fera or Bryce McNeal in fall 2008 right when they de-committed from Michigan.
Brian mentioned as such when he hired Tom.
I'm really liking this feature. It's nice to get an inside look into people's fandom and how it came to be.
that I hear them being read in Kramer's voice when he had the Merv Griffin set in his apartment?
I like this new segment. Keep them coming.
Magnus must be in your top five interview wish list, right?
My favorite question is #5. How/when did you become a Michigan fan? You should ask that on every profile.
This could be an interesting feature to add to everyone's profile. Something we could all check out to learn a little bit more about eachother.
I would like to see one on Misopogon as well.
This is exactly the kind of stuff I was talking about when I said community building things are great in the off-season. Great idea, great job, and keep it up! Still a lot of weeks till September...sigh...
This is a really cool new feature. Always great to hear background stories of people explaining how they became Michigan fans.
Ask him where he attends law school?
the reborn Sanders has reinstituted the original chocolate bumpy cake recipe. I tried it a couple weeks ago and its as good as the 80's version. I taked to a guy at the store and he said corporate is trying to find the original caramel frosted bumpy cake with devils food recipe. Sanders (now owned by Morley Candy) has reopened new stores in Birmingham, Grosse Point, Livonia, Twelve Oaks Mall, Wyandotte, and Mackinac Island.
This is fabulous news.
Excuse me while I run around my office waving my hands in the air for a time.
I like this feature. I always feel for all of the athletes and prospects that we facebook stalk here, just knowing that they are all thinking "Just once, I wish I could know where that MGoUser is from." Now, I think we have that opportunity.
Call my Agent and we can set something up. BTW nice work 6zero
phase one complete