Early 90s...I knew several baseball players who liked 3-foot bong hits and thus shall remain nameless.
OT: Did you know any athletes while at UM?
in the early 90s? man you can spill those names without fear of retribution.
Only notable is Kelly Dransfeldt, who played (EDIT: sporadically over the course of) 5 years in MLB.
My housemate was Bill Freehan's nephew and a student manager of the baseball team, so I met many of the baseball players.
Dransfeldt enjoyed his time in Ann Arbor immensely, and some portion of that was spent on my sofa with a 3 footer.
but they were mid to late 90's so unlikely that we knew the same guys.
One of them that I knew was Mike Cervenak. We weren't close or anything.... only knew him through a couple of the other players. Played some IM flag football together. I bring it up because there is a good story.
Mike graduated in the late 90's and had been a journeyman minor leaguer through 2008. Then a month before he turned 32, he was called up to the majors. He didn't spend a whole lot of time in the show, but he did get 2 hits on 8 plate appearances.
Is this Disney worthy?
"Dransfeldt enjoyed his time in Ann Arbor immensely, and some portion of that was spent on my sofa with a 3 footer."
one of the all-time best posts on this board
Know personally? No, but I went to an Alpha Phi date party one year and Jake Long was there with his girlfriend.....friendliest guy you'll ever meet and he was cracking jokes the whole night. Great guy.
I was OK friends with Jake in college. This is going to sound more obscure than it really is, but Adam Kraus (who was very good friends with Jake) was dating the sister of one of my good friends (and fraternity brother) so Adam and Jake would hang out at our house quite a bit. We had those stackable plastic chairs on our porch, and one night Jake laughed really hard and the chair he was sitting on just snapped. We all laughed really hard.
Many funny situations, but since they are now... A) happily married, and B) friends - these exploits will remain private.
I can assure you that the things you have seen and heard pale in comparison to what these guys did (some of it legal - none of it drug related). Now drinking... that's a different story.
Ann Arbor cops once pulled us over and determined that none of us should be driving. One cop drove us back to the apartment (off campus), followed by the other cop in the squad car. They kept the keys, which we had to pick up at the station the next day, but no report was filed.
I thought that redefined "To Protect and Serve", and as bad a rap as A2 police often (deservedly) get - I have never forgotten that.
normally I don't comment on this but how the hell is this OT?
I was on the fence about place OT on this. But since this topic really has nothing to do with the ACT of playing Michigan sports, I chose to go with OT.
Give me a break man!
I guess it really doesn't matter anyway, I just kinda laughed when I saw that, but of course you can't see my laugh through my keyboard as I type.
I was in a study group with Tyrone Wheatley. He would drive to our place in his '84 Ford Escort. He was actually pretty quiet and chill
I found it very interesting how Ty drove an old beat up Escort... while his Basketball equivelent J. Howard drove around campus in a brand new '95 Jeep Cherokee with gold colored rims and a booming system.
A few years later I found out why.
Last time I checked, J Howard was not part of the Ed Martin fiasco. Do you know something I don't?
Not a comment about Ed Martin (specifically), but a comment about Frieder/Fisher/UM B-ball being outright shady during the enture 90's (if not earlier). It wasn't until my senior year (1997) and later that the wheels started to fall off.
Ignorance was bliss from '93-'97.
So, no, I know nothing you don't know.
The Fab 5 all had "beaters". I believe Jalen was pushing a Reliant K at the time. It wasn't until I saw Tractor Traylor driving a Suburban in front of Scorekeepers that things went the Ed Martin way.
I still remember a Sportscenter leadin to a Michigan Basketball game when the allegations first came out: "You can watch the game on your TV, or the TV in the back of Tractor Traylor's car"...
Actually, we never found out why Howard drove a Cherokee, because he was never implicated in the Martin scandal. Was there another street agent out there? We'll never know. (I'm pretty sure there were a few football players with nice rides around this time, too.)
I was a TA for extreme weather. I had loads of athletes as students.
in BIO382: Mating Habits of African and Asian Felines
Cuz his mom CARLA, dat bitch da shit, i love her i think she da realest bitch alive
I had about a half hour conversation with Marques one night. Incredibly nice guy.
Willie Mitchell once jumped in the back of my car and asked me to give "my cousin Willie" a ride to class...
Makhtar Ndjae (readily admit the spelling is not even close) once kept a South Quad front door open for me at 2am when I was stumbling back to my dorm room...
I know a couple players on each the women's and men's varsity tennis teams. Pat Omameh and Matt Cavanaugh (a walk on) were in my calc group last year. Pat would always bring us fresh fruit to snack on, which was awesome. He's really smart and an incredibly humble kid so I'm rooting for him this year. I know the two pairs of skaters that were in the olympics. I'm friends with Evan Bates from middleschool and highschool so I've met his partner and his roommate is Charlie White. A friend of mine from highschool is a diver and she dated Tyler Clary who has won a few NCAA championships in swimming. That's about it.
But some interesting encounters, knowings:
Tom Brady lived downstairs from me with some other players...including Aaron Shea, who sideswiped my car in the parking lot (felt really bad about it, and was cool...but the mirror was never the same). Tai Streets picked them up once in his truck, and blocked the driveway for over 10 minutes...when I honked because I wanted to pull in, he pulled out and dropped enough curse words and slurs that he should have been embarrassed. I was for him. He may be the only player I'm not really a fan of.
Matt Elliott was in my friend's Frat, so I partied with him. Bernie Legett (is there an E on the back of that? I thought there was, but Google disagrees) used to hang out too.
Derek Jeter spent his one semester as a roommate to my friend in the dorm I had lived in.
I have a friend who's an ex-baseball player, Brian. No, not that one. Or the Other one. Lives in Cincy now, and is my source for Michigan Athletes down there.
I'm sure I've had other run-ins, but those are probably the least boring.
I met and interacted with a spate of them during my four years.
Most notably, I had classes with Elliot Mealer, Tim Miller, and Travis Turnbull. I'm sure I'll think of a few more later.
In the fall of 2006, however, I was sitting in class bored out of my mind reading MGoBlog on the laptop. I'm in the back row of an auditorium in Angell, and who comes into class late and sits down next to me but Mike Hart. Right at the moment I scrolled to an entry with a picture of him very prominently displayed. He looked at my screen and kind of chuckled a bit. I, of course, navigated back to Microsoft Word.
So, yeah, that was that.
I got beat up by Carson Butler in West Quad once.
Kidding. The only athletes I know personally are non-revenue sports players. I met Patrick Omameh when he and Kevin Koger came to my hall to hit on my Volleyball player hall mate.
Also one time I was walking through the Crisler tunnel after the women's team lost to Miami(YTM) in the Final four of the WNIT, I gave Krista Phillips a hug. Totally made my month.
Went to a BBQ where Jeff Porter, track star, was at. Great kid.
went to HS with a certain Hebrew kicker. Guy was a tool. One night, he had come over and there was a bunch of people in our room enjoying some beverages... someone left the door wide open and the RA walks in and freaks out (she was crazy)... the kicker interrupts her with "hey, how about on your way out you shut the door". Needless to say she calls DPS... I ended up getting written up and had to make/hangup posters stating the dorm alcohol policy.
That same kicker lived in a single room one floor below me. Definitely a tool from my limited number of run ins.
Mike Cammalleri and Mark Mink (hockey, duh) lived across the hall from me in the dorms in 1999-2000. They were pretty damn funny.
They used to order a ton of pizza with their "I'm an athlete and get a couple meal credits a week" cards, bring it in to our room, share it, and call random girls from the freshman directory and ask them the most f'ed up stuff.
In hind sight, I'm shocked we never got in trouble because they were using my room phone, which I'm sure would have been traceable back to me.
They were a riot.
I had the honor of sharing a 7 person house with 4 lacrosse players from 07-09 and they won the national championship both years! In fact, one of them was the best defensive player in the MCLA in the 08-09 season, Mr. Zach Elyachar.
I had a 15 person discussion that included Mike Hart, Jake Long, and Jamar Adams. They were all really friendly guys.
Living in West Quad, especially in the football area, means you inevitably knew quite a few football players.
The one I wish I didn't know is, yes, Mr. Plow. A lot of the trash that gets talked on here doesn't even begin to describe how much of a whiny brat he was. And he really, really didn't fit in at U of M.
Boren used to continuously steal our parking spot at our apartment senior year. Fucking dickhead.
than the type that steals your apartment parking space. I've had that problem before, and it almost drove (no pun) me into a murderous rage.
As any number of football players can tell you that lived in South Quad, from Bubba Paris to Ed Muransky to Anthony Carter to Paul Girgash to Karl Tech to Kurt Becker to Rich Hewlett to Lawerence Reid can tell you, WEST QUAD STILL SUCKS!
Mike Hart personally told me South Quad sucks.
he was basically legendary for tackling the shit out of my roommate's friend while Mike was supposedly down with an ankle injury.
Dugan Fife, Remy Hamilton and a slew of wrestlers (Catrabone, the Young brothers and Brandon Howe). Joe Warren was around all the time. Friends with Sweat, Shea, Tuman and big Zack.
I lived next to Trevor Pryce my freshman year.
I was driving through the parking lot by Schembechler Hall after band practice one day and Gabe Watson flagged me down for a ride. When he opened the door, he was surprised to find out I wasn't Tim Bracken who I guess had a similar car. I offered to give him a ride anyway and he was super nice. I told him that he should come out and watch on of our practices sometime and a couple days later he showed up with a few other players and watched for about 30 minutes. He also told me my voice sounded like Lloyd Carr which I thought was funny.
A little detail to add to this: He showed up for said rehearsal in a powder-blue velvet track suit.
baseball players.... even lived with a few.
Other noteworthy encounters:
Kevin Sullivan, Olympic Runner, was a Civil Engineer and we had quite a few courses together.
Had an Econ course with Eric Montross' sister who, I think was on the v-ball squad. I bring it up because it was a couple of years after Webber's time out fiasco in that final against UNC and Montross. Even though this girl (and her father and grand father) were pledged to U of M, a little part of me hated her immensely because of her brother.
Ran into some football players occasionally at the IM building in pick up hoops, most noteably Tai Streets
Shot hoops with Marty Turco after hours at the IM building once. I worked as a building supe and he was there as I was shutting things down. I certainly wasn't going to kick him out.
I'm going to go obscure for this one. I played on a championship co-ed intramural team my senior year. In our semi-final game, we played against Mickey Zitsman(sp?) and his twin brother. Mickey was a walk-on on the hoops team. Short guy, Maybe 5'6" but could shoot lights out from the three.
Lastly, I was really good friends with a kid who was on pace to make the golf team his freshmen year, but he over slept on one of his tee times. That didn't end well.
You beat me to Kevin Sullivan - I knew him from a couple of Calculus classes.
I also had a friend of mine who's roommate went to high school with a couple of the players on the women's basketball team in 95-96. Met them at a party, and totally shot down.
Billy Muckalt used to nail a girl I knew so we were pressured to hang out and drink beers. Quiet guy.
Brian Griese and I had a mutual friend so we got drunk together on several occassions.
My ex dated Tommy Brady immediately before me and she introduced us twice at Touchdowns. He couldn't have been a nicer guy considering I was dating his ex.
There are probably more I'm forgetting but those come to mind.
yes, I am very proud of that fact, however I never heard that term before. I was told that was called 1 vag of separation. My other "Peter-in laws" apparently include:
and I'm sure a few others that I don't know about.
In 1986, we called up the drum major (who shall remain nameless ) and invited him to our house for a party. He proceeded to get shit-faced and hung out on our porch by himself, slumped over in the chair.
I had my pysch lecture with Mike Martin and WIll Campbell. They are some of the largest people I ever seen and I am 6'4''.
...so I knew a boatload of athletes from classes, including Grant Bowman, David Brandt, and Drew Henson.
A lot of athletes lived in my apartment building at one time or another including Phil Brabbs and Matt Lentz, but I didn't know them.
He was in one of my Communications classes, and in my section, sophomore year. Having transferred in that year, I had no idea who he was. So we were discussing organizational behavior, and he starts talking about how a team works on the field, and I was like, "Who is this dumb jock?" I figured it out a little later - QB, football team. Uh, yeah.
Martavious Odoms, Patrick Omameh, Kenny Demens, Stu Douglass, Zach Novak, were in my 12 person summer term class. Omameh is actually very smart, good speaker, and a diligent worker. I was very impressed with his work ethic outside of football and he is one of my favorite players on the team because of that.
I met a couple basketball players at Skeeps: Lavell Blanchard, Bernard Robinson.
Lavell was standing at the bar with a very pretty girl as I was getting a beer. Introduced myself to him and the girl, found out it was his fiance. Told him, "Well done." They laughed. Talked for about 10 minutes. He was getting ready to go to Italy to play pro-ball in a few months. I asked him if he was anxious about the move since he'd grown up in Ann Arbor, went to Pioneer then U-M, never lived anywhere else. Said no, anywhere he goes with his fiance feels like home. Sappy SAPPY line, but homegirl ate it up; they were making out as I walked away. I can't help but feel a little bit responsible for most likely getting Lavell laid that night.
Ran into B-Rob as I was walking to the mens room one night. He was obviously having a GREAT time, which was pretty consistent with his reputation. Guys had a game coming up, so I asked how practice was going. With a huge grin on his face he says, "I'm getting DRUNK, boyyyy!" and dude high-fives me. Very silly kid.
Re: football captains and Lloyd, the fraternity I was in used to throw the team's pep-rally every year from our balcony on State Street. Huge reason I joined the house; very well planned - marching band, dance team, food vendors, ESPN would come. So every year for 3 years I'd meet the captains briefly, wish them a championship season, and shake Lloyd's hand. The year LeeAnn Tweeden came to the house with Fox Sports was memorable.
My senior year I asked LC if he'd sign a glossy color printout I'd run off of him on the sidelines. He signed it, "Clean your house. Coach Lloyd Carr." I hung it up in the hall-way. In a week, the house was cleaner than I'd ever seen it. In two... not so much.
if you ever want to sell that Carr picture, let me know!
I had a spanish class with Sheridan during Lloyd's last year. We weren't close but we knew each other and got along well enough. I can tell you that he was a decent guy and I really did feel for him throughout the 08 season. It's hard to see somebody you know go through that miserable season.
made it inevitable. Brandon Minor lived on my hall my freshman year (though he was rarely there...hmm...) and while I didn't know him well, they did call the police to remove his giant pet snake from the dorm halfway through the year (insert pun here). My friends were pretty good friends with Greg Matthews, as well. After a game in the Sheridan era, he texted my buddy that Michigan would win as long as he kept "catching crispy passes from nicky shay."
Also, this year one of my friends was dating Brandon Graham for a while. According to her, he was the nicest guy she knew. I met him a few times as a result, and he couldn't have been more laid back and good-natured.
I did have Mike Massey in my Stats section. He never missed class, but the GSI made attending worthwhile...
Didn't Navarre's sister used to frequent this site?
i believe it was on the livejournal umstudents community. where the user who adamantly defended him came clean and everybody collectively said 'woops'
Two stories, both reffing IM b-ball - 1) saw Harbaugh dress down one of his linemen (his IM team consisted of all tight ends and linemen) for taking a cheap shot at another player during a game (it felt really cool at the time, and showed how much the team respected Harbaugh and saw him as a leader), and 2) saw Anthony Carter goaltend a shot during a different IM game - I had never seen a person jump that high, and totally blew the call - thank cthuthlu that my partner had it together and got the call right...
My wife was a two time All American on the UM track team. I have all kinds of funny stories about her, but I would like to stay married.
Brandon Harrison was my roommate at Orientation. How's that for a first day on campus?
Russell Davis (Steelers) and Harlan Huckleby (Packers) were nice guys and very friendly to "regular people", Kurt Greer (mean SOB who was an All Pro defense lineman with the Cardinals), Rick Leach was around and none too friendly to the general student population.
Mel Owens who was a dangerous guy who went to play for the Rams and I think he may have been an All Pro. Mike Jolly (goofy looking white guy who played for the Packers), Ralph Clayton who ended up changing his name, I believe he converted to Islam and was working in the Inacomp Computer Center warehouse in the 1990's. Roosevelt Smith was next door and I think got kicked off the team -one of the many guys from Cass tech.
Brothers Mike Leoni and Tony Leoni from Flint who never saw the field and were none too sharp - they had an argument about what they would do if an Gorilla walked into their room - one said he would hit it over the head with a chair.
Mark DeSantis was in the accelerated premed program, Interflex maybe? He did football, ate and studied - had no time for anything else. Never met anyone that dedicated.
As you can imagine the West Quad BB Teams were stacked. I think Jolly ended up on the "B" squad and he could dunk as could all of the "A" squad.
Went to bschool with Fritz Henderson (baseball and ex-GM Pres) and George Foussianes Captain of the Baseball team and set the season record for home runs in the Big Ten I think. Was drafted and played in the minors for awhile. He is a business exec someplace now. Both good guys
The gorilla comment makes this post.
Kevin Cislo, former captain of our baseball team, happens to be one of my good friends. Sad he blew his shoulder out, I was totally counting on some box seats to whatever team he plays for. Now I just get to watch him coach high school baseball and football....
Really great guy though. I'm female, and I stay away from baseball players because they're generally assholes (this coming from my cousin who played college baseball as well...and is in fact, an asshole). KC is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. He was in the School of Education with me and we used to sit and make inappropriate comments about our students...
Most of the players on the Baseball and Volleyball teams, a few on the Girl's basketball team.
Steve Threet, Bryant Nowicki
Few athletes from track, gymnastics, etc.
Played some IM softball with Zoltan. He was a blast to play with and I have the honor of saying I chest bumped a 5th round drafted punter.
Worked with Tyler Ecker, Brian Thompson, Amadou Ba, and Graham Brown.
They all made me feel small(er than I am).
I was raped by Justin Boren in a South Quad bathroom.
My roommate out here up until a year ago was on the track team at Michigan, and I still hang out with the Sarantos brothers a lot (usually for volleyball).
Also, Obi Ezeh blatantly asks my brother's long time girlfriend out on a weekly basis. And asks to have sex with her, straight out. My brother is the biggest M fan I know, but no longer a fan of all the players. He was happy to hear how well Kenny Demens is doing.