Mark D'Antonio is not only recruiting nationally; he's recruiting worldwide. I can't even make this stuff up. What's next? Offering participants off the World's Strongest Man?
Sparty recruiting 26 year old Australian weight lifter for football
Well if he gets him that might move MSU up to 34th in the recruiting rankings.
I wouldn't go there... they've had "worse" classes every year and they've won the last four. Shows that stars don't mean as much as we hope they do. So lets not play the "better classes than them" card until we win a few back.
Damn.....this place really is turning into MGoTalkAboutSparty. It's certainly weird but it definitely doesn't deserve a thread, especially on a Michigan board
For every one of these supposedly non Michigan-related threads that have been cropping up as of late at a time when there is a complete dearth of relevant info concerning U of M, I read at least 10 comments such as yours sadly lamenting their existence upon the apparently sacrosanct ground that is MGoBlog. Newsflash: making fun of Ohio State, Michigan State, etc. is in fact part of what it is to be a Michigan fan. The title of the thread was quite clear, if it you found it problematic, you should not have opened and read it, and you certainly could have felt free to not comment upon it.
Again, just to be clear, as a U of M fan, I enjoy reveling in the stupid things said and done by OSU and MSU, their staffs, their players, and their fanbases. If you don't- sorry? You're in the minority, I'm guessing. While I agree these items should not take up the majority of our thread space, peppering them in here and there is hardly the impact event that many of you try to make it out to be. While I love the threads numbering one in three amounting to "Will he or won't he" re: Jordan Diamond, variety is the spice of life, and I appreciate others bringing something to the table. If you find this problematic, two possible, easy solutions- (1) do not read, or (2) create your own thread topic so we have something else to read.
or is it hear hear? whichever. i agree.
It's "Hear! Hear!," as if to say, "Please listen to what this person is saying." (The speaker himself/herself isn't the one saying it, so it wouldn't make sense for it to be "Here! here!")
When did sharing a funny story about one of our rivals get old?
Check out the Aussie's recruiting video. The standing vertical and the 20 yd dash are hilarious:
When he's running, he kind of looks like Pom Pom from Homestar Runner.
Please make this happen!
With a belly like that he can't have the greatest motor. I'd love to see him on the field trying to go a couple dozen plays against our best.
Sparties like to claim that Dantonio is in our heads, and you know what, they're right.
But there is a pretty big game on Sunday, and I'm not talking about the one people watch for the commercials. Sparty is on the menu until Sunday, and hopefully for several weeks later on the a la carte "4 in a Row" insert.
There was a time, my MGoFriends, before Dantuzzi, when it was sort of fun to talk about Sparty.
They have a very long history -- one of the most interesting in the NCAA -- of recruting "outside the box". I think mostly of Duffy Daugherty, who was a fun and funny guy, and a very good coach, whose expertise, frankly, was more in clever recruiting than in any kind of Hall of Fame level coaching.
Duffy was the guy who realized that he could raid Texas and the rest of the southland to pick up the talent that was being refused by the segregated SWC and SEC. Bubba Smith, George Webster, Gene Washington, etc. And then Duffy went to Hawaii, to grab Bob Apisa and the barefoot kicker Dick Kenney.
Fritz Crisler taught Biggie Munn, and Biggie Munn taught Duffy. Just think -- if MSU hadn't fired Duffy, Tony Dungy would have been a Spartan.
the only MSU coach I ever liked. Can you imagine Dantonio saying: "We're small, but we're slow"?
How would jimjam know? I'm sure it's just someone who's pissy about something. Good thing negs don't count!
when Duffy was coaching, but that quote was repeated somewhere in the last few years. Much like Dantonio (sarcasm), Duffy had a smile on his face most of the time and seemed to enjoy life, but that was before Bo.
Is it a proxy vote, like saying that "-1 expresses that I don't like Dantonio"? Because I know that I don't like Dantonio. But I don't mind getting neutral facts about this kind of information. I'd rather know about an MSU recruit, than not know. Doesn't imply any rooting interest.
I vaguely remember having a walk on that was a huge lifter.
just a rumor I heard a while back
You're right. Just confirmed via Twitter.
Yep, Gary Yerden. He was a preferred walk-on. I'm pretty sure he quit the team, though.
He made it to campus and left within a week or two. The Internets showed that he went to Charlotte, NC, but I don't know that he ever popped up at another school. Kid was a beast, but had very little football experience. I imagine that it was daunting for him to come in as a walk-on and try to compete against the talent at a school like Michigan.
Edit: Damn, beaten to the punch.
just cause they can bench press a house doesn't mean they can play football
ps is there really no age limit for college football?
I don't think so. As long as you have eligibility you can play. That's why guys like Brandon Weeden (29) and Chris Weinke (won the Heisman at 28) can play. I don't know about Weeden, but I'm pretty sure Weinke is a Mormon, so he came back and picked up football after his time as a missionary.
weinke played minor league baseball.
Ah, and so you are right. I thought I had heard somewhere that he was a Mormon. At any rate, I should have researched it before saying it.
Wasn't Scott Bakula in his 40's while he was leading the Texas St. Armadillos in Necessary Roughness?
Oi! :) whilst on the topic of aus, this time difference is KILLING me. Come of Kozan and Diamond, commit so I can get some sleep!
Australia is entirely peopled by criminals. And criminals cannot be trusted. And so I cannot trust you, Mark Dantonio.
and you got Magic back to try to breath some (well) Magic back one more time. Next up: Andre the Giant. Free popcorn to the first 500 who pay full price for tickets.
What in the hell are you trying to say?
What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this thread is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
You probably do have to have won a Hopwood Award to wrap your brain around that one, and all is forgiven if you cannot, but the point is that they're scraping the bottom of the barrel over there with (Urban Please Don't Hurt Me) Don'tonio, and they're now going for Aussie weightlifters to fill their more expensive seats. It was a rapper a while back, but you have to keep up to know that. So much explication kills the joke, but that doesn't always make the teller the fool.
This couldn't be any better for MSU...playing right into their wheelhouse.
My favorite parts:
Johnstone, 26, visited the midwest for three weeks in December, meeting with coaches at Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Michigan State and Saginaw Valley State.
They talked about me enrolling for fall classes, coming back to walk on. I'm definitely considering it. Michigan State is one of the best programs in the country.
Yep, right up there with those other schools he visited.
Dantonio lied. They don't recruit nationally.
They recruit INTERNATIONALLY.
D'Antonio will start recruiting live stock as well.
I think livestock would have better technique than this guy (and better discipline than is acceptable for Sparty)
Sort of OT, but I always wondered about sumo wrestlers too. It seems like their skill set (using leverage and agility) to push large men around would translate well to an OL position. If MSU has staked their flag in Australia, let's go recruit Japan!
I agree with the leverage and agility observations, but if Sparty actually got one on the field it would most likely turn out like the egg eating fiasco in The Replacements.
Apparently the “Outback Bowl” win has stirred some interest to the people down under.
D'antonio can do what he w'ants.
Use university money to travel to Austrilia
Because iocane comes from Australia, as everyone knows, and Australia is entirely peopled with criminals, and criminals are used to having people not trust them...so he is clearly in line with Dantonio recruiting.
So clearly I cannot choose the recruit in front of you.
I feel like I'm defending Sparty a lot lately but it's clear to me when people start bashing inane things that they would find awesome if Michigan did, that people are trying way to hard to make MSU look stupid.
Look, Dantonio is offering this guy a walk-on spot. Not really a big deal. He might be a real good scout team player for them and give them a look with some things. He's not offering a schollie, he's not expecting him to be the next Jake Long.
So many posters are trying to justify Sparty being stupid by saying "Arnett is a douche so I'm glad we don't have him" to making fun of a team that recruits someone for a walk-on spot when Michigan did something similar and everyone thought it was great.
In all fairness, there's only been like 1 or 2 posters who would disagree with you.
I think what's funny is the way the article is written. The kid seems very sincere, and I personally find sincerity inspiring. This whole thing has an Eagle vs. Shark feel. Read between the lines, and he's being offered an "opportunity" to walk-on. I.e., we'll let you try out along with any other student. I wish the kid well--I hope he achieves his dreams. Truth is, it's a long-shot, and the article writer seems most naive of all.
It's not that MSU is recruiting a walk-on. Nobody cares about that. The humor is that it's some random old dude from Australia who runs like Chris Farley, thinks MSU is The Emerald City, and appears to share numerous personality traits with Uncle Rico.
When I saw the video, I kept thinking it looked like a Chris Farley SNL sketch.
your summary of the situation is spot-on
I thought Russell Crowe was supposed nudge all the Aussie recruits in our direction?
Strength is great, but I've never understood the belief that being big and strong makes you a great football player. The guys he will play against are pretty strong themselves and have a lifetime of experience.
Would they doing this if they had recruited well?
If the guy is willing to travel from Australia to the US to try american football, then best of luck to him. I don't think recruiting Australia or the Pacific Rim will become common place. But whos to say there's not some beast rugby player in New Zealand, who wants to try out for UM in the future, would we ridicule him?
I think Dantonio just want to travel to Austrilia for once
I will echo the sentiment that this is a massive non-story. It's a walk-on spot for a big kid - UM does this all the time. To waste a thread on it is just dumb and neurotic.
Exactly. We only have so many threads, and we're almost to the point of tapping our reserves.
We only have a certain number threads about a school we obstensibly "don't care about" before, well, that statement loses its meaning.
Michigan recruited Mike Martin a few years back. Isn't that like recruiting the worlds strongest man who can actually play football...
I wonder if they have either of these two on their radar.
MSU is dominating us in international recruiting. Luckily, we will have the edge when it comes to galactic and inter-galactic recruiting due to our highly touted aerospace engineering program.
Mesko will punt them away
Wow another worthy?