WolverineNation? Really? The name is reason enough for me to not click. ESPN Ann Arbor would have been much better.
ESPN WolverineNation (ESPN Ann Arbor) is now live
the site is pretty decent for espn
WolverineNation is an F minus.
Site looks good, but the ubiquitous ~nation has me likely to stay away.
But TomVH gets an A+.
As long as they deliver the goods, they can call it "ESPN screw your mother" for all I care.
It looks like they are going to deliver the goods. If they do this right, they will have the same effect on a2dotcom, mlive, and freep as Wal-Mart has on mom and pop dime stores. I would expect to see Tigers Nation, Lions Nation, Pistons Nation, and Wings Nation in the future if they get enough clicks.
Check out the grin on Danny O's face when he says he's coming for the night game...Tom VH and his magic charm on video = priceless...
The entire thing is being operated under their RecruitingNation brand, so it makes sense for them to brand every site as "XNation". ESPN Ann Arbor implies a site like ESPN Dallas or ESPN Chicago, not what will essentially be a large college football blog.
I miss you
And it's fantastic. Looks like another must-visit site to add to the list.
mgopoints to properly reward that great Seinfeld reference.
Point of order: the word used on Seinfeld was "spectacular", not "fantastic." If this was indeed an attempt to play off of Seinfeld, then it failed.
They may as well have gone with LOLverineNation because that shit is jokes.
This is why i started my free insider trial...
It really isn't that groundbreaking of content (most of it you can find on MGoBlog) but nice to see Tom again.
Who knew Tom could write so well? His article is pretty tight.
I'll probably get insider. Tom gets stuff that others just can't.
just get an espn mag subscription. find a deal where its like 4 bucks a year, and just get that. anyone with a mag subscription gets insider free.
I bookmarked their "recruiting news" page. Thats probably the only reason I will go there, I'm sure the content on mgoblog will be superior in every other way.
Edit: I suggest that everyone watch the Shane Morris feature, that kid has a cannon! He can literally throw 35 yards behind the back, 50 from his knees, and 80 standing up.
up and running...TomVH is ESPN official. I'm assuming all tweets and mgoblog updates are over. Regardless, if he is attached to it, must be pretty informative. I'll probably sign up.
An honest question...who is our next Tom? seriously, who is that go to guy now?
Uh, that's why we have Ace "Recruiting Ninja" Anbender now...
And I'm pretty sure Tom's tweeting will continue. It may link to paywalled stuff at ESPN but I don't believe it will entirely stop.
Ace is the new Tom, but he isn't at Tom's level yet (Tom had years to network with recruits and their coaches, Ace has had a few weeks).
True and fair. Don't get me wrong, TomVH was about 95% of why I got insider. The remaining 5% is ESPN's Red Wings stuff.
Interesting..Michigan, Oklahoma and Southern Cal seem to be the only schools that have "Recruiting Nation" themed sites. I'm sure there are probably more big schools working with ESPN to create their own. Is MGoBlog (and Michigan in general) ahead of other schools in terms of recruiting news, analysis and the other things that we read on this website? I just realized I have no idea what fans of other schools do for info, analysis, etc. on their team.
Hold me TomVH
Ah...you fruit loop.
I understand the need to get paid as well as anyone, but its too bad that TomVH "sold out" and went somewhere where his content will be hidden behind a paywall. Maybe its just sour grapes because I won't get quality info for free but, in the end, the info was just not good enough to get me to pay for it. Lets be honest - the info is going to find its way here eventually anyway. No disrespect to TomVH - I'm happy for him if he's happy.
Q: What's a sellout?
A: If you're an artist and you make money, you're a sellout.
Tom is doing the same thing he did before but is making more money (or feels he has more stability, better health insurance, ect.). I don't think he sold out at all.
Yeah, sellout was definitely not the right word. That's why I put it in quotes. FWIW - I consider myself to be a "sellout" for taking the job I did out of school and working for The Man. It sucked for years and took a long time to figure that out. Maybe TomVH will feel the same way some day. Either that or he'll be rich and famous and happy.
Ironic, given your screen name.
If you'd like insider, the cheapest way is to get ESPN The Magazine, which comes with free insider. Right now there is a sale where you can get it for $3.99/year.
and make sure to enter coupon code: ldespn
They also have a free 30-day trial you can do on the website if you want...but man, 4 bucks? nice.
I purchased ESPN the mag for the $3.99 a year, but how do I then recieve my insider with my existing ESPN account?
Once you know your subscriber number (which is on the mailing address part of your magazine, and might also be in your receipt, you use that to activate Insider. If you haven't received your first issue yet, you can probably go through ESPN Customer Service to have them find your subscriber number and help you activate your Insider.
find that deal? The code above is not working for me. $15 is the lowest I found on the web.
how do you log onto the insider?
Do they have a digital version of the magazine that works for that? I ask because I am away from home pretty frequently, so a digital version is much more attractive to me than the print version.
Not that I know of, but I'm not sure. I'm guessing that you'd really just be getting this for the Insider -- so feel free to send the subscription to a friends' house or your office, perhaps -- you just need the subscriber number.
you can always access the digital version of the mag online; also there's an iPad app fwiw.
In the story recapping the UTL presser, it says Desmond was the one who requested that UM honor him? Is that common? Just stuck out to me...
I believe we were going to honor him regardless for being elected to the Hall of Fame...he chose the game to be honored at, which probably had alot to do with his Gameday schedule.
Insider account finally pays off...
The fuck you just say?
I am one of those people who could care less about recruiting until signing day.
BUT for TomVH I will donate a subscription just to increase the memberships, in the hopes he gets some recognition for being awesome.
To get espn insider for $4
Tom VH recruiting info will be worth the $4 subscription. I'll have to make a donation to my favorite site, MGOBLOG, as well!
I expect to see some mention on this site of how Hoke has changed the tide of the rivalry....
ESPN Insider and their requirement of a credit card to get access can go to hell. That was the only reason I subscribed to the damn magazine......
$4 a year is a complete no-brainer especially with the Insider. I just ordered, but the first issue can take from 8-13 weeks (an absurd range) according to the confirmation email. Bdsisme's suggestion to contact them to get the subscriber number is a very good one. Also, they give you a link that you can use to check the status of your order. That might have your subscriber number within a few days.