“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
Michigan College Hockey (and Michael Spath) say that Bill Sauer is the new Marty Turco. The old Marty Turco is now with the Rangers, and the really old Marty Turco is Marty Turco.
More Jack Johnson: The previously mentioned GBW article by Brett Osbourne is up (attention GBW: spellcheck your articles; yes I am occasionally a hypocrite about this). For those doubting that Johnson will emerge from the sea wearing the winged helmet, radioactive and pissed, this is a direct quote:
"I'll be in Ann Arbor in the fall."
A defection now would be a major surprise to me, a Cammalleri-level shock. Good on yer, Johnson. Few would turn down professional riches in your position. Knock on wood.
So, that Myron Rolle kid, you know, the one that's an 8.0 student that everyone (justifiably) fawns over because he has like, athletic skillz and doctor brainz?
Well, in the Michigan recruitnik community (guilty) there seems to be mostly pessimism as regards the chances of Rolle donning the winged helmet, but whenever I read totally unconfirmed but supposedly second-hand information about him it reads like good news. Witness previous posts on the Penn State boards from one of Myron's track coaches at his school, and now this information from an Oklahoma board.
yardleysoonerfan (post count: a credible 2,900+) says in a rational and restrained fashion that passes the ol' BS detector:
Academics and college curriculums are a big factor here. He is a suberb student and has told me on more than one occassion how important this is which is one of a few reasons why he gave me the impression he was leaning toward Michigan. We'll see.
In a nutshell, that while football is obviously very important, academics and family are the two most important things to him. He is a 4.0 student from a very close, tight knit family. I just got the sense that he was leaning toward Michigan which is one of the finest schools in the nation.
Among several other things, he said they were far and away the best school academically that he is still considering and that academics are more important to him than football. You can draw your own conclusions. I asked him if he were to choose today who would it be and he didn't name any one school. Well [sic] see.
I REFUSE TO PLAY YOUR CHINESE FOOD MIND GAMES.
Er. Anyway. Rolle has been scrupulously neutral in every interview he's given so everyone is going on total speculation, but these appear to be two different sources in direct contact with the future Neuroscientist Cornerback Mayor of Everything that are under the impression that Michigan is Rolle's likely destination.
Yes, this is pretty much the definition of "for what it's worth." So: FWIW.
Did I mention I have somehow arrived at the conclusion that Taylor Mays will pick Michigan? I got nothing to back that up. I just think that. That's probably useless, but whatever. Hearsay and speculation at its finest... This Is
You're probably muttering something to yourself about the mysterious poll that's shown up on the left side of the screen. Testing is underway for some of the BlogPoll bits, one of which is going to be a sidebar based mini-poll that people can post.
Also: if you a) are a voter and b) aren't getting my emails, please email me. There are a few of you. If you aren't reading the blog and aren't getting my emails, uh, well, you're going to have to go to hell.
Now this is some quality Sitemeter spike:
No, unfortunately that's not me. That's Ian at Sexy Results. The origin of it appears to be something called "GorillaMask.net" which I've never heard of but apparently almost everyone else has. From there come links from essentially everywhere in the universe. A Hiroshima-levelling chain reaction of links. Hell, even Fire Ron Zook got into the action. As a result, Sexy Results doubled its lifetime traffic in a day. The reverberations probably won't die down for weeks. A Letterman appearance? Completely possible. And goddamn if Ian doesn't deserve it. Well done! Try to not to screw Lohan until she, you know, becomes three-dimensional again!
I spoke with Jack today. I don't have the story or interview posted yet, but I asked him point blank if there was anything Carolina could offer him to bring him away from Michigan next year and his answer was "no".
He also added that the rumor he might not attend Michigan was news to him and nothing more then a rumor.
I shiver with anticipation. Also, Pierre Maguire remains a clown.
This means I'll probably have to restrain my muttering about GBW for a while, but I'll take it.
Update 7/29: Noted that Florida, Oklahoma, and Miami lead for NV RB DeMarco Murray. Noted that Miami leads for VA RB Brandon Minor, removed QB Jake Locker(UW), QB Mitch Mustain(no longer listing us), OL Conor Smith(Ohio State). Moved Butch Lewis from OL to DT. Moved IN S Steve Brown to committed. Linked to AJ Wallace article.
Editorial Opinion: As expected, Brown committed to Michigan. Brown was under the radar a bit until the Michigan NIKE Camp, where he ran very fast in various directions and jumped high in some more. He ran a "4.39," if you believe 40 times. Before the day was out he had offers from Michigan and Notre Dame. He's in both the Rivals and Scout top 100 lists and is being generally described as a "freak" and a "stud" by people who like annoying mgoblog.
Brown is projected as a free safety and plans on wearing #2 in tribute to
Cato June Charles Woodson. Teh sweet.
Couple commits elsewhere, none particularly surprising. Smith is the son of an ex-Buckeye. Locker blipped up with one article on GBW and was never heard from again in Michigan recruitnik world. This happens a lot on GBW: a West Coast guy says he's interested like, once, and I put him on the board and he's never heard from again. In the future skepticism will increase.
AJ Wallace article doesn't sound promising. Michigan is in the running... to receive an official visit. Usually that's a death knell for a particular school's chances.
Well, Wisconsin BlogPoller Bruce Ciskie took home the latest fabulous prize package by correctly deducing that "Oklahoma +4 Moving Company" meant... well, here's Bruce (ESPN Bruce, no pooftahs!):
Congrats to Bruce Ciskie from Proctor, Minn., who correctly answered that OU +4 was "Oklahoma's average margin of victory over Texas the last five years is four points lower than the number of days it's now taken the movers to deliver your stuff." For his genius, Bruce will receive a copy of the ESPN Sports Almanac; a Romain Sato Russian nesting doll; a Starter foam Bruinhead (donated by ESPN The Mag writer Eric Adelson); an official Fox 40 referee whistle (unused!) donated by my colleague The Skunk, and a special mystery prize plucked from some unsuspecting stooge in my office.
Allow myself to introduce the five progressively Mini-er-Mes lodged inside my body.
Bruce received the fabulous prize package. His reaction: sweet. But there's no mention of the mysterious, er, mystery prize snatched from the desk of an ESPN colleague. What could it be? Chris Berman's nickname-testing card?
Mike "Shot Through The" Hart "And You're To Blame, You Give Love A Bad Name (Bad Name)"? -XXX too long.
"Pope" Urban "Planning" Meyer? -XXX mixed metaphor.
Steve "Breaston" - XXX That's actually his name.
Stuart Scott's list of rejected catchphrases?
"Cool as the other side of the sun."
"Look at me! I'm pretending to be black!"
"Boom goes the DY-NO-MITE!"
Stephen A. Smith's fan mail?
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The mind boggles!