I'm wondering if anyone is at the scrimmage and if there will be any updates here today?
can't talk......too busy stealing your secrets.........
there's that sarcastic or joke-filled-post smiley. You're gonna need it, though. Be ready.
edit: forgot my "=)"
IRISH KNOWS WE'RE GOING TO RUN THE SPREAD!
Some guy on twitter @stoney16 is at the game and giving updates. He seems like he went into today very down on the team, so take that into account...
His lack of spaces and capitalization after a period will be the death of me.
it's mike stone formerly of Stoney and Wojo. He's a jackass, has nothing positive to say about UM on the radio
seriously 97.1 never has anything good to say about U-M.
Except for Doug Karsch who hosts Michigan-affliliated radio shows. I wouldn't put the whole station down. Just turn it off at 2pm when Karsch and Anderson go off air.
That's what I always thought, too. I worked as an intern at Fox 2 in Detroit (sports department) back in undergrad, and had similar sentiments. I spoke with his roommate from MSU, who was a producer at the time for one of the Detroit radio stations, and he told me that Karsch grew up in Ann Arbor, was a lifelong Blue fan, applied to U of M and didn't get in, so he went to State, but always still rooted for Michigan and was never an MSU fan, which got him som flack in EL. Apparently, his fandom is legit, and he always wanted to go into broadcasting, and even though M doesn't have a journalism program outside of communications, he still wanted to go. He just couldn't get in.
Doug was on WTKA for years before moving to 97.1 and was very good and positive towards Michigan well before he did any Michigan stuff for pay. Stoney is ok but much better when he had Wojo for balance.
Doug is the only one I can listen to without wanting to punch the radio on that station. He's fair and usually pretty pro-M. The rest are just pathetic - Sharp too on 1130 the fan. He was going off again on Friday...saying Coach Rod invented the wingless helmets to create a diversion for all the bad stuff going on.....SERIOUSLY? What an idiot...
anyway - Stoney needs to just shut-up, especially today. Now we all have to wonder what's up with White?
Go to the school he loved after Michigan, Maryland, or pocket the out of state tuition difference and just go to State. And he kept the money. He used to have his friends and roommate from MSU call in, and they'd jazz each other. He lives in the area, and regularly plays hockey around here.
I used to listen to him on WTKA circa 1996 and 1997. He was, and is, very pro-Michigan. He routinely joked about how he went to State, but was a lifelong Michigan fan. One time he called his then-girlfriend (a Sparty) and challenged her to bet on the game without telling her that she was on the air. Her profanity laced response was heard by all as WTKA didn't have a delay then. Ahh, the good old days!
If anything, I think 97.1 has him tune down his Michigan fandom. I also think that he tries to be more professionally objective than some others on that station.
My rule for 97.1 - if they talk college football after 2:00, change the station.
That was classic local radio. I laughed my ass off that day.
For many shows later. That was good stuff.
if they talk college football after 2:00, change the station.
Unless after an MSU loss, then we get to hear Valenti flip out (again), which is sort of amusing.
For those of you who don't have a spare ten minutes, here it is condensed into about 30 seconds:
You do know that both Anderson, Valenti, and Caputo are Spartans as well? Explains a lot right there.
I like Scott Anderson despite his background. He says he does not like U of M but I have found him to be balanced. He is like many of the guys from MSU I know in college, he wanted his team to win but was not a complete ass like Valenti. The problem with Caputo is that he is just not very bright.
Dennis Fithian was at WTKA and I liked him there until he got the axe.
I wish they'd bring Fithian back. The "Different bad host every day" formula does not work well for the the WTKA afternoon show.
Word. Between Defran and those two guys who spend three hours interrupting, talking over, and kvetching at each other like two old women, afternoons on that station just aren't worth much.
Of their old morning shows, DeFran with Steve Clarke was the best one they had. But that was when I thought they were being level headed (though I think Clarke still is...the unsung hero of WTKA historically) when everyone was out for Lloyd's blood, but really he wasn't being level headed, but just bias in the other way. Because to me what makes sense is to not fire Lloyd after every loss, and not to fire Rich after 2 years. But everyone seems to have to be in opposite corners.
When was the last time you listened to Fithian? i've been listening to him (with Caputo on 97.1) over the summer and its clear to me that he has joined the anti-RichRod bandwagon.
I have caught a bit of that, and was a bit sad that Dennis has been turned.
Dennis was pretty close with the previous staff, so it's not completely unexpected for him to be anti-RR.
He's still pro-Michigan, and he was on the bandwagon full steam ahead when we were 4-0 last year.
Like most, winning cures all, and would Fithian.
I don't know what to make of Fithian these days. I give him some slack because I just can't imagine working with such a huge asshat as Caputo.
Gator is what you'd expect and want from an MSU fan. He's bias, he's no fan of Michigan, but he's level headed and not inflammatory. He doesn't like his arch-rival. He shouldn't, he went to State. But he's not a douche about it, and really, that's the way to have balance and a good show. Gator I could have a beer with, and we could razz each other. Valenti I'd just get into a big argument with, because he wouldn't be able to hang up on me in person.
his wife is a UofM grad
Stoney is in general at least neutral to UM, and I may be off, but I am pretty sure I remember him saying he has season tickets to Michigan football. I doubt he buys season tickets just to sit there and hate on the team. If I was going to comment on his college football leanings in any direction I would say he is anti-ND, that is the one thing I remember about his commentary in the past.
And lord knows I dont have a problem with anyone hating on ND, hehe
Gardner took the first snap, denard second. Probably nothing to that. Rogers opposite Floyd on D. The offense looks good, bit a handful of fumbles so far.
would like to think that the fumbles are nothing to worry about at this stage - but on the other hand, 2008 and 2009.
Depends on the manner of the fumbles, I would think. More horror punt returning? Or Center/QB exchange? If it was RB's/WR's I wouldn't be as worried as that can be fixed or "replaced" if you will.
First fumble was a bad exchange between QB and RB. Second fumble was caused by a big hit by Patterson on Smith. I didn't know that 2 was a "handful," but 2 there were.
I think I had a teacher named Peter Klima back in like 4th grade... can't remember if that was his first name. Strange.
A hockey fan, eh?
Edit: IIRC, it was Petr though...
Denard was with the 1s to begin but Devin took the first snap because the 1st team defense went against 2nd team offense at the beginning.
Just had a GREAT keeper for. 45 yard TD.
it was due to immortal speed and not shoddy linebacker play.
Was it a nobody is allowed to hit the QBs TD, or was it an actual touchdown?
Denard has apparently been impressive... I thought cell phones were not allowed but apparently I was wrong.
the corners looking? Which guys are getting the most snaps at the corner?
Thanks for the updates Mr. Klima
Drove by Ann Arbor about 5 hours ago, should have just pulled on in. Nothing but rain up here in the great north since I arrived a little bit ago.
I can think of one place I'd rather be.
Both by Tate. He overthrew one and penalty called on other. Hard to tell about DBs. The D is doing okay against the run, but a lot of middle sidelines passes going for 5-10 yards
His handle is not supposed to be a tribute to the hockey player. I've seen him mention a couple of times that Peter is his name. No relation to the hockey player.
One of the deep balls hit Jerald Robinson in the head.. should have been a TD
Jerald Robinson is another of the blue helmet crew. Saw him, Tate, and Austin White on the Big Ten Network Preview.
Don't worry—if we have a good season, Stone will break both legs, an arm, and his scrawny little sportswriter neck jumping on the bandwagon.