|5 weeks 6 days ago||Milstein retracts tweet||
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Elite goalie recruit?||
I've been out of the hockey loop, but according to the DetNews article St. Cyr is draft eligible this summer. If he's an elite goalie recruit, shouldn't he at least be ranked by NHL Central Scouting? Recently released Midterm Rankings don't even have him listed among the 31 North American goalies ranked.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||As a former Yooper...||
As a former Yooper who lived in Marquette for about 15 years, I'll give my two cents...
I've been to Houghton a few times and my family was looking at a job there earlier this year but that fell through. Beautiful area and would love to go back to the U.P.
Winters are harsh, yes. But I'll give you the Jim Harbaugh advice--attack winter with an enthusiam unknown to mankind. Winters are long, cold, and sometimes you might not have a sunny day for weeks. You can either sit inside and complain and get depressed or you can learn to get outdoors and enjoy the white stuff. I bought a pair of snowshoes and would take my dogs out on zero degree days in the middle of a snow storm and they loved it (and so did I). Snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, hockey, whatever...find something to do.
In terms of finding a place, most of the U.P. is safe. In Marquette I never really worried about a "bad side" to town. Maybe areas I wouldn't live in because they're more student housing/rentals, but that's about it. It really is the type of place you never have to lock your doors or worry about it if you forget.
One thing I would suggest is definitely thinking about country/small town vs. "city" living (I use that term loosely because Houghton is only like 7,500 population). When I first moved back to Marquette I lived 20 miles south out in the woods. Lovely area, however totally inconvenient. Everything I wanted to do was in town, from shops, doctors, going kayaking on the lake or whatever. Cell phone coverage isn't always good outside of town and no high speed internet in many small areas, too. If you have kids, schools are a lot further away. In small towns, schools don't have the amenities or budgets that schools in Houghton do. That's not to say they are bad but something to think about. I know Marquette schools had more options than say the schools in Gwinn. Not to mention in winter, that 20 mile drive can become a LOT longer and more dangerous when you're driving home through a winter storm. I would suggest living closer to work than further away until you're used to the area and conditions. Highly recommend a vehicle with four-wheel drive.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||#79||
There's a freshman offensive tackle named Greg Robinson. Can they put "GERG" on the back of his jersey?
|42 weeks 2 days ago||Leonard Taylor now a 3* on Scout||
When Taylor committed to Michigan in April they called him a 4-star. Most recent article on his visit to Notre Dame on June 21 called him a 4-star. But now if you click on his profile he's a 3-star. Not sure why the drop, but it doesn't seem to be a mistake that he was left off the Scout 300 list.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||I figured...||
I figured what's why Alabama was sending coaches to his satellite camps after the recent Harbaugh-Saban spat--not to coach, but to spy for any infractions and cry foul.
|51 weeks 4 days ago||Life skill||
"Eli has made me some fire fried chicken and mac and cheese. The source seems to be pretty unreliable"
Because putting this in the microwave for two minutes counts as cooking...
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Piledriver|
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Depending on the recruiting service||
Rivals and Scout both have Walker as the #2 RB recruit. Tavien Feaster (Clemson commit) is #1.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Michigan co-favorite for 4-star OT EJ Price||
Still sounds like it'll be tough to beat Auburn since he's visited it so much already, but the article says he was born and grew up in Michigan and has family there and didn't move south until 2011.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||There were some doubters||
Living in Jacksonville now, when I read user comments on local media and blog websites during the preseason, there were definitely fans who felt the Jaguars should have cut Denard. Same fans who gave up on him last season due to his fumbling issues (even though he was playing with an injury that caused some of those ball security issues). Basically they thought he couldn't win the backup role, that he wasn't cut out to be a RB, and the Jags should cut their losses with him. Glad to see the Jags coaching staff saw otherwise!
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Did you go trick or treating with this guy?||
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Morgan was a RichRod recruit||
Desmond Morgan committed when RichRod was still coach.
"“I made the decision in my mind late Sunday evening, told my dad and then called coach (Rich) Rodriguez at 6 p.m. Monday,” said Morgan, who was selected as an all-state special mention honoree in Division 1-2 and earned a spot on The Press’ All-Area team. “Coach Rodriguez is a great guy and very down to earth. He’s personable, easy to talk to and not just a great football coach."
Granted, RichRod never got to coach him, but he did recruit him.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Kris Frost||
Though he wasn't officially committed, he was about to commit to Michigan when RichRod got fired. I remember a TomVH article or blurb in which Frost said he was "99 percent" going to Michigan before the coaching change.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||I'll give you five good reasons...|
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Stream|
|2 years 37 weeks ago||I wear my sunglasses at night...||
|2 years 39 weeks ago||Beefcake!||
|2 years 39 weeks ago||Boka...||
Is a defenseman, not a forward.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||The passenger||
Alexa (Lexi) Dannemiller was just named a tri-captain for the 2014 volleyball team a few weeks ago. Yeah, great leadership shown in this situation...
Disappointing all around. Not just Glasgow behind the wheel while intoxicated, but all the individuals who literally piled in that vehicle should have known better and it's sad that not one of them stopped Glasgow from driving.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Not according to Weber||
From Mike Weber's Twitter:
"@LostLettermen it isn't fake a coach on the Ohio state staff sent it through direct message"
Also, where has Silverman denied it (I doubt he could publicly say anything since it involves a recruit)? It's Jeremy Birmingham from 11W that's claiming it's a fake made by some U-M fan and that anything official from OSU always has Urban's signature on it:
"Whichever UM fan made that Sports Illustrated cover for did a nice job - it’s a good looking fake, but not official OSU entry."
Believe who you want. I'll take the side of the recruit says he got it via DM from an OSU coach.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Jacksonville||
The whole paragraph from that blog on the best case scenario:
"The best case for Bortles' rookie season is for him to firmly establish himself as the starter over Henne in the preseason. It won't be hard to do. He also needs to force Caldwell's hand into prematurely starting their plan for him as the teams quarterback. Some, like Caldwell, think he should sit. Personally, I think he should play early because that is the best way to fix his issues. Bortles is the quarterback of the future, so I don't think there's much use in putting it off."
While I appreciate this guy's optimism for Bortles, I think he has already forgotten history and wants it to repeat itself. Apparently he's already forgotten how Blaine Gabbert turned out (JAX 1st round pick in 2011, thrust in to action early, got beat up as a rookie--sacked 40 times--and ended up a huge bust). Even if Henne struggles, there's a reason why Jacksonville doesn't want to start Bortles right off the bat and this is it--they don't want to repeat the mistake.
I agree with the previous poster that Henne hasn't been surrounded by a lot of talent in the NFL. Jacksonville was terrible last season and Henne wasn't even expected to start. Gabbert got injured (but prior had thrown just 1 TD to 7 INTs) and then the team opted to start Henne over him when he returned. Chad did what he could with what he had to work with (which wasn't much), but ultimately he's seen as a stopgap QB. He'll be given every opportunity this season to start and try to turn it around before Bortles takes over as the Jags QB of the future.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Henne/Bortles||
Living in Jacksonville now and somewhat following the team since December, not everyone was happy with the Blake Bortles pick. From what the local media said, it was about a 50/50 split among cheers/boos at the Jags draft party when the pick was announced. Jacksonville just disposed of former first round bust Blaine Gabbert (10th overall in 2011) to San Fran, so you can understand why they are weary of this selection. The Jags have a lot of needs, not everyone is sold on this year's QB crop, but they opted to take Bortles, who some believe is a Gabbert clone. Gabbert was rushed in to action when he was drafted and it failed miserably.
It seems like when a GM takes a QB very early in the draft, that's a big risk. You're going to build your team around that guy and if he's a bust, fans are going to call for your head. They have a lot riding on the Bortles selection and they don't want to make the same mistake with Bortles that they made with Gabbert. So ideally Henne will be the starter this year to give Bortles time to adjust and learn and be more prepared to take over.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Now that's Perfect!|
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Recruiting||
Mike Babcock's son...also named Michael Babcock...plays in the USHL and is committed to play at Merrimack. So he has some experience with college recruiting from the parents point-of-view. I don't think he'll have any problems transitioning to recruiting players if he were to end up behind the Michigan bench. When you carry the resume he does and add to it the weight the Michigan program carries, it's a win-win if you're a top recruit.
|3 years 1 day ago||Lloyd Carr called it||
In 2011, when asked about a potential BCS playoff format, Carr said:
"I was in New York a month ago for the College Football Hall of Fame and I talked to some important people that said in the next 10 years or so, there could be a group of prominent schools with large budgets and stadiums that could break away from the NCAA and play their own schedule. There could be anywhere from 60-65 teams that would break away and play their own schedule and then have a playoff."
|3 years 1 week ago||The Gator Bowl did the opposite||
They decided to recognize the 70 year tradition of the Gator Bowl by dumping the Gator Bowl name and renaming it the TaxSlayer Bowl (who had been the bowl sponsor). Because nothing says excitement like the TaxSlayer Bowl...
|3 years 1 week ago||It's the latter...||
If the way they've been begging Michigan hockey fans with e-mails, Groupon deals, etc... to buy hockey tickets the past few seasons is any indication, then I feel this is only the beginning for football attendance woes.
Hockey used to be an guaranteed sell out with massive waiting list every season. But years of increased ticket prices + horrible home nonconference schedules + b-ball comeback drove fans away (and, of course, the past two seasons haven't helped matters though attendance was declining before that happened). They finally fixed the horrible schedule part this past season. Now they need to win some games again.
But it's the same story for football... high prices + struggling team + horrible home schedule is a recipe for no one buying tickets. Winning can cure some of the problems, but at the end of the day, for the price they're paying, fans want to see high-profile teams play at Michigan Stadium, not Jerryworld. I don't see attendance woes getting better until they play a home schedule that's worth forking over the money.
Call it a bit of a fan revolt, but with more folks living on tight budgets these days, I don't think fans are going to just give the university their money freely and take whatever they feed them as opponents anymore. But maybe that's what it'll take for the athletic department to get the message.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Liking it, too||
I know the initial reaction is disbelief and hate towards the decision, however I'm fine with it and I'll wait until the story comes out on why it happened, too. The Wrestling Observer or one of the more reliable rags had a story that a few years ago Taker pitched losing to Lesnar at Mania and it got shot down. For all we know, Taker could have decided to end the streak and go out that way, so I'm not going to blame WWE/creative for making that decision until more comes out on it. If the above story was true, then I'm thinking Taker wanted to pass the torch on to Brock for a while and he's going out on his terms. It certainly shocked the hell out of everyone and got everyone talking, that's for sure.
Brock may be part-time, but he's still got a lot of years ahead of him, he's a huge name, and this kind of monumental victory plays right in to his character. It's a lot more believeable to me that someone with his credentials in wrestling and UFC ends the streak. Kind of hard to complain about Brock being part-time, too, when Taker was a once-a-year attraction. Maybe they're going to keep pushing Brock as the Beast and have him fill that attraction role at the major shows (kind of like they have been but now they got more ammo to back it up with this win). The important thing now is where do they go with Brock from here.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||More like...||
The 22 years before that were excellent.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||This...||
One of the best screen captures I ever got was from Anastos's hiring. Face palm and an OMG! fail.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||OT: Name the NCHC championship weekend||
The NCHC put up for a vote four names for their championship weekend. The choices:
1) NCHC Frozen Faceoff
2) NCHC Final Faceoff
3) National Collegiate Hockey Championship
4) NCHC Fabulous Four
I think the choice is FAAAABULOUS, er.... obvious. Vote here!
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Making an amendment to my prior post||
Since I can't edit it again, the two guys who told me they paid $815 for their tickets left out the detail it was for two season tickets, not one. So now I have to play damage control and reverse the argument. Ugh. That averages to about $23/ticket per game for end zone seats, which is still a bit steep for the end zone but more reasonable than $45/ticket.
But for those who can't afford season tickets or are only looking to take in a game here or there, yeah, it's grossly high to buy a single game ticket at regular price. I posted three examples of that on Twitter earlier. For instance, if I want to buy a center ice area ticket online for the Niagara game, it's $42 ($30 ticket, $2 fee, plus another $10 order charge). $10 order charge for one ticket? Really? (to their credit, someone from U-M said they will look in to the fees because even they admitted that seemed steep--woo, success!). I know, StubHub, blah blah... I'm just looking at what U-M is charging for the price of the ticket, not what you can find on StubHub. If you walk up to the door to buy a ticket at the window, you're going to pay quite a bit.
It's just sad to see what was once always sold out and had thousands on a waiting list have no waiting list and struggle to pack the old barn. To go from like 2,000 fans on a waiting list to zero in a decade's time...there's a problem in there somewhere. They can't even sell out what should be an easy sell out against Boston College. Two of the biggest programs in college hockey going at it. 7,000 fans attended their game at Yost in 2005. Now they're offering last minute deals to try to sell it out.
Look at last season, too. Michigan opened CCHA play with a big series against Miami at Yost. They had 5,000 fans at the Friday game (well below sold out) and just over 4,000 Saturday. There was a football game at Nebraska that night, but still that's embarassingly low for such a big hockey game. And just like football games, the student section is hardly ever filled at the start of games and if you saw any games on TV last year there's typically a big empty section or half section on one end.
I talked to one person within the hockey program the other year about it and he realizes the stands are getting more empty at the start of each year, too. He realizes ticket prices are going up and people can't afford to go to games as much anymore. The decline has been ongoing for the past handful of years. There's definitely a problem and they haven't done anything to stop the bleeding.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||My ranting||
Has been more so about WHY they're in this deal making specials to begin with. We are facing BOSTON COLLEGE tonight. You go back to like 2005 when they came to Yost and that was a huge game, fans excited, JMFJ crushing players and taking Cory Schneider's mask off with a shot. Place was packed and loud. 6,982 was the attendance that night.
Fast forward to today and Michigan opens up the regular season against the Eagles and I'm STILL getting "special deals" in my e-mail box from U-M trying to sell out tonight's game. Why are we at this point? Michigan used to have like 2,000 people on a waiting list for season hockey tickets. Now that list is nonexistant (despite a reduced capacity) and they can't sell out the season opener against #4 Boston College.
The special deals they've been sending out (the $25 + ticket to NTDP game) isn't what's my problem. The problem is if you go to MGoBlue.com/tickets and look up the price of one regular price ticket tonight before they started sending out these deals, it would cost you $53 for one center ice ticket and $38 or $48 for one end zone seat at regular price (which includes $13 in fees).
Fans who bought a ticket already or bought season tickets, do they get a refund for the now available special offer? No. As some are starting to realize, why buy season tickets and shell out $40-50/game when you can go on StubHub and find a ticket for $10 (end zone) or $20 (sideline)?
Michigan hockey used to be the hottest ticket in town. But over the past 5+ years of raising prices while offering a crappy non-conference schedule and losing many fans in the process, they're practically begging fans to come back. I'm tired of seeing them ruin what was once so great and pricing fans out.
EDIT: I'll add in one more thing. Two fans who bought season tickets in the end zone paid $815. That's for 18 games and does not include playoffs. Average it out and they're paying $45 per game for end zone seats, which is ridiculously high for hockey. Why isn't the athletic department offering more incentives to buy or renew season tickets? What's the point of buying season tickets when you can just get them on StubHub for $10/game or wait until U-M offers a special ticket deal (like the BC packaged w/ free ticket to NTDP game)? Loyal season ticket holders are paying full price while last minute buyers are getting discounts. Something's not right about that.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Like I said on Twitter a few days ago...||
I think half of that column of mine is going to be out-of-date by the time the magazine hits mailboxes (Christian Meike had his USHL rights traded from Cedar Rapids to Sioux City if you missed that one, too).
|3 years 30 weeks ago||That's the way it goes||
The news of Walsh going to Mississauga has been known for about a week now. It was only made official today.
Unfortunately, this is the way it goes in hockey recruiting. Tough loss for Michigan to lose their top rated defensive recruit so late in the recruiting cycle. U-M returns seven defensemen next year (provided none leave early), but there's definitely a lack of star power and a few of them I would be worried about if we have to play them every game.
There's only one blue liner with the NTDP who is not committed (and he's suppose to be pretty good), though I don't know if there's any mutual interest. Otherwise, the coaches will probably have to mine the junior leagues for an overager or diamond in the rough.
BTW, you listed 2015 recruit Nick Boka as a forward, but he's a defenseman.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||ESPN||
Replace "TomVH" with "ESPN" and you nailed it. ESPN decided to dump all their Recruiting Nation forums without explanation (just a "we're shutting down the forums August 26!" note). As a member, these are the days that decision really sucks because Tom and crew would be posting visitor reactions and tidbits all day. Now we get nothing and have to wait until at least Monday for Tom's article to be posted, all the while my Twitter feed is full of visitor reaction teasers from other pay sites. ESPN really dropped the ball on this, IMO.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||The banner||
Yes, there was a banner hanging at the top of the south end zone bleachers I think showing Steve Shields record and what Turco was at. I have a photo of it somewhere. I'll have to try finding it.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Student broadcasting||
I don't think WOLV-TV has aired in a game in a while. They used to broadcast all the games that weren't picked up by FSD, Comcast Local, and the other networks. But I think it's a rights issue with one of the contracts Michigan has that prevents them from doing so (which is also what has prevented MGoBlue from streaming nontelevised games online in recent years).
I'm pretty sure the students at WCBN-FM still broadcast hockey games, though.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||WOLV-TV||
Don't remember the play-by-play guy's name off hand, but the game was broadcast on WOLV-TV...back when they were able to broadcast like every home game (and I can't recall for sure but I think a lot were also streamed online for free via MGoBlue at one point).
|3 years 43 weeks ago||The always reliable CNN is reporting...||
That Boston police have located and impounded a silver SUV with Rhode Island registration that's believed to be linked to the 2012 double murder and they believe Hernandez was renting the SUV at the time of those murders.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||Maybe Desmond was getting a head start on Whacking Day (May 10)||
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Terry Mills||
Loy Vaught was my favorite Wolverine back in those days. His teammate Terry Mills had a pretty decent run with the Pistons in the early-to-mid 90s averaging about 16 points and eight rebounds over a three year period. Then in '96-97 his bio says he led the Pistons in three pointers made (175, 10th in the league) and matched an NBA record by making 13 consecutive three pointers (over a three game span).
|4 years 15 weeks ago||re: Trouba||
Yeah, was gonna say, that one about Trouba being out this weekend was not on my Twitter account as far as I can see. I retweeted Matt Slovin's tweet about Red giving him a day off of practice. Perhaps the OP misread.
|4 years 15 weeks ago||That was the expectation||
Going in to the season the defense was considered this team's strong suit. Then Merrill went down. Even with him injured, there's enough talent there they should have at least been decent. And now with him back taking up seemingly 30 minutes last night (and not allowing a goal while he was on the ice), it was brutal. I wonder if he can play all 60 minutes...
|4 years 15 weeks ago||More than just goaltending||
We've had freshman goalies in the past with fairly good results, other than perhaps Billy Sauer, who crashed and burned about about 10 games. Even then there was enough fire power to carry the team and outscore opponents. But even Billy showed his junior year he could be really good when the team in front of him is doing their job. That's not the case this year.
This year's goalies weren't highly touted and missing out on Jack Campbell and John Gibson certainly caught up to us. With recruits committing so early these days, missing out on Gibson just a few months before joining the team already puts you behind the eight ball because most of the top recruits for the following year have already committed somewhere. Same issue we got right now because the early signing period has already come and gone and most, if not all, of the top goalies for next year have already been snapped up. So don't expect any help in the crease next year, either.
However, the problem this team faces goes deeper than the goaltending (which, admittedly, has had its up and downs). All you have to do is watch Bowling Green's third goal last night in which not one, but TWO Falcons were left all alone in front of Adam Janecyk. That wasn't some one-time fluke; that's the kind of poor defensive breakdown the goalies have had to deal with all season. Maybe Shawn Hunwick can bail us out of a few of those situations, but with the guys we have now, that isn't going to happen.
The offense lacks the firepower. There's no Hensick, Porter, Tambellini, Pacioretty elite forward types. There's no one with a 110% work ethic like Ortmeyer or Hagelin flying around all game chasing loose pucks and laying the body on opponents, who the team can rally around and raise their games. The defense is still in disarray. I wonder if Red might split up Merrill and Trouba to balance out the other defensive pairings (Bennett was on the ice for four goals against last night and Moffie for three). The goaltending is, well, the goaltending.
I definitely felt it could be a down year, thinking middle of the pack CCHA. I never thought it would be this bad, though.
|4 years 15 weeks ago||Got it from...||
Shanker said he met with Peppers at his school and talked with him for a half hour or so. When another poster questioned the situation like some of you guys are (e.g. 13 months out, OSU in best position though they're #2 and little hope for Michigan fans, how Derrick Green was an OSU lock last year and now look, etc...), I guess it hit a nerve with Jared because he posted a response that came off rather rude and pissed off and it sparked a bit of a WolverineNation forum war. His reply has since been deleted (wish I had saved it).
|4 years 16 weeks ago||Henry was so strong in his interview to ESPN's folks...||
...that TomVH couldn't quote him due to language, lol. But he told them the same thing, 100 percent Michigan and not looking around.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Wrong school?||
Ishpeming is about 20 minutes west of Marquette and not on Lake Superior. I think you're thinking of Munising, which is 45 minutes east of Marquette, and I know their high school is right next to the lake.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||You think that's impressive...||
You should have seen all the yards he racked up for me in Tecmo Super Bowl.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||Live bloggin'...|
|4 years 24 weeks ago||Live blog...||
I'm at the game and live blogging at MichiganHockey.net. Feel free to follow along and chat with others!
|4 years 26 weeks ago||re: Compliance||
@umichcompliance posted that same tweet a month ago and I asked them why U-M can sell a photo of a current student-athlete at the MGoBlue Photo Store. Their answer:
|4 years 31 weeks ago||They had to...||
The Red Wings have a game scheduled Friday night at the Joe (yeah, yeah...lock out...), so they bumped it back a day (w/ NCAA approval). Sucks that the games will be played mid-afternoon rather than prime time, but I guess it's rather fitting for the last season of the GONGSHOW to end in this fashion. The NCAA Selection Show got pushed back to a 9 p.m. start due to this.
|4 years 41 weeks ago||Hello...||
|4 years 42 weeks ago||Can't wait for the sideline reporter...||
"Henry: I don't really get too nervous before games, but if I don't go to the bathroom before a game, I do get nervous. It's important to note that as long as I had a good bathroom stop, we would win. We don't have state championships for private schools in Maryland; we fight for the conference championship. We were able to win it this year and I have to say that my pre-game bathroom trip was especially epic before that one."
I can already imagine the TV sideline reporter being asked before every game, "On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate Poggi's pre-game piss performance?"
|4 years 42 weeks ago||OHL||
Drinking some OHL Kool Aid. Strong stuff!
|4 years 43 weeks ago||Yes and no||
Yes, he was Darryl Sittler's kid. No, he never panned out.
Ryan became the poster boy for leaving college early and becoming an NHL bust. Had 9-24-33 points in 35 games as a freshman, then the sophomore slump 9-9-18 in 26 games. Ryan decided to leave Michigan and pursue his pro career after that. His pro career consisted of eight teams over five years in the AHL and ECHL before quitting at the age of 25. He never played an NHL game.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||Not Patch...||
He asked when was the last time we had a Top 10 pick on the roster not named JMFJ. Patch wasn't Top 10. He went 22nd overall.
Last Top 10 before JMFJ was goalie Al Montoya in 2004 (6th overall to NYR), one year before Jack.
Eric Nystrom went 10th overall in 2002. And Mike Komisarek went 7th overall in 2001.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||For a moment...||
After everything involving Tuley-Tillman, I thought this was going to be Twitter nonsense involving Michigan State fans after Caleb Benenoch decommitted. Glad it wasn't. Good luck to both guys!
|4 years 45 weeks ago||Buying tickets||
My guess...and this is a total guess, not based off any inside info...is if you want the best seats at the Big House, you'll pony up extra money in the form of buying tickets to the GLI and related Winter Festival activities. So those who want to buy the $279 tickets would have to pay the extra, while those buying the $89 seats would not. That would negate the difference in stadium size problem as they're only asking a portion of the fans to buy tickets to the other events, not everyone.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||Red Wings say there will be a public sale||
According to the press release issued by the Red Wings earlier this week:
"Ticketing information for these events as well as the 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic (Detroit vs. Toronto – January 1 at Michigan Stadium) is being distributed to members of the Red Wings Season Ticket Holder Family this week. Information on purchasing 2012-13 Red Wings® Season Tickets and thereby gaining exclusive access to 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and 2012 Hockeytown Winter Festival seats can be obtained by calling 313-396-7575. Information regarding public on sales for all 2013 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic and 2012 Hockeytown Winter Festival events will be available later this summer. For the latest news, visit DetroitRedWings.com/2013WinterClassic"
As for having to buy tickets to other events to get Winter Classic tickets (e.g. GLI tickets), I was looking up previous Winter Classic ticket sales and came across stories of the same scam, er... deal. One person claimed to have paid close to $700 for two tickets to the event because they also had to buy tickets to the alumni game and AHL game, not to mention the ticket convenience fees. I read they didn't do that last year. Can't wait for the torch & pitchfork if they do pull that stunt again.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||Agreed, but...||
Don't forget the NHL is paying Michigan $3 million to lease Michigan Stadium for the event. U-M, of course, had to do no such thing when they hosted The Big Chill. If the NHL were to sell 100,000 tickets at $30 a piece, they would only break even. I'm not sure how much they're paying for Comerica Park for a week, too, though the Great Lakes Invitational should help offset some of those expenses.
That said, tickets are a lot steeper than I thought they would be. I wonder how this compares to previous Winter Classic ticket prices. I hope the Great Lakes Invitational ticket prices are reasonable. I think I'll be passing on the WC and going to the GLI instead.
EDIT: Just saw they posted the seating price options for the GLI on the Red Wings website, too. Tickets are MUCH cheaper... $18-38.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||This leak?||
(h/t Michael Spath and Bob Miller at The Wolverine who posted this earlier this morning)
This has been long rumored and they've pretty much done everything save officially announce it.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Answers...||
I suppose it also wasn't hard to look very, very good over the past seven years when you consider who Hunwick's competition in net was. Bryan Hogan looked like a Hall of Famer his sophomore year when he beat out the struggling Billy Sauer and put up a 1.97 GAA. But, yes, Shawn did get his second chance and, as I said, he made the most of it and came up huge many a times and deserves all the credit for carrying this team on his back. Hall of Fame worth at some point, just not yet for me.
If I pick two from that list, it's Porter and Hensick. I also think maybe Hunwick and Hagelin need to have their names withstand the test of time a little bit before I'd consider voting them in, if that makes sense. Everyone still remembers Hagelin on senior night, but that'd be like voting in Mike Legg solely for "the goal." And Hunwick, geez, he just ended his career a little over a month ago, so it's easy to get caught up in his buzz and remember all the things he did. Ask me in four or five years.
Porter - Great overall career. A player you could put out in any situation and count on. He emerged from the shadows of the other star players his senior year and led Michigan to one of their best seasons ever at 33-6-4 (T-3rd best winning percentage season, 2nd fewest losses in a season under Berenson). It was like 1996-97 all over again that also sadly ended with a disappointing NCAA semifinal loss, too (though I think you can blame that on someone's Mile High Meltdown in net, not Porter). His 33 goals his senior year is a number that many of our offensive specialists never accomplished, and he won the Hobey Baker to boot. Not just a standout on the ice, but off the ice. As I said, perhaps most importantly, he righted the ship as captain.
Hensick - Offensive wizard from the day he stepped foot at Yost. Could dazzle with the puck and put it right on his teammate's tape, too. Led U-M in scoring three of his four years, getting edged out by Tambellini his sophomore year by two points. Phenomenal senior year and should have won the Hobey. His 222 career points ranks 8th all-time at Michigan. Only player since Bill Muckalt graduated in 1998 to surpass 200 point mark, and I'll be shocked if another player of his skill level stays around long enough to do it again. Yes, had a few character issues and defensive zone issues (as in, lack of), though he worked on the latter his senior year and was even put on the penalty kill and scored a pair of shorthanded goals.
If I have to pick between the two, I go with Hensick. I understand Brian's argument about Porter's lack of personality as a player. I think the other knock is still whether Kevin was really that good or a product of others doings. Playing with Hensick would help anyone's offensive numbers (see David Rohlfs) and I think folks tend to forget his senior year he played with Chad Kolarik, who had a great senior year in his own right. Kolarik was right there neck-and-neck with Porter in scoring putting up 30-26-56 in 39 games. That's four fewer games than Porter, so based on projection they were essentially tied for the scoring lead. Kolarik could have been a Hobey finalist but he pretty much publically campaigned against it and wanted all the attention on Kevin. They were a one-two punch that fed off each other, though I tend to remember Kolarik as being the one showing more offensive flare and personality.
Hensick, despite his minor faults, you absolutely cannot deny his talent level and his production. It was off the charts. He could do all the dirty work, draw the entire opposing teams eyes on him, and setup a teammate perfectly for a goal, or he could do all the dirty work and score on his own as the video Brian posted shows. There's no question about whether he was a product of someone else's doing. He was the cog that made the machine go. If posting 222 career points isn't Hall of Fame worthy, I don't know what is.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||Tough choices...||
And I guess it all depends what you want to base it on--a player's whole career or one or two good/great seasons?
I love Shawn and his story is phenomenal. Statistically on GAA and save percentage records he should be included. However, based over the course of a whole career, it's tough. He went from walk-on who was never suppose to play, to magical run when least expected to save Michigan's NCAA tourney streak. But the following season Hunwick was actually LOSING the starting job battle to Bryan Hogan and had it not been for Hogan suffering an injury prior to The Big Chill, we might not be talking about Hunwick being included today. Shawn certainly made the most of his opportunity after that. My biggest knock would be the big rebounds he always gave up. But a good defense helps out and they certainly did that for Shawn at times, too. Hunwick stood on his head many a game, too, and never got the credit he deserved. When I think of Michigan's past great goalies, would I put Hunwick up there with Marty Turco in the first go round of voting? I can't say that I would, but I can't say that I wouldn't, either.
Jack Johnson. Can't do it. LOVE Jack and everything he's accomplished. But the two years he spent at Michigan, the Wolverines were like watching a circus freak show more than a hockey game. Fans went just to chant "Kill, Jack, Kill!" rather than cheer the team. He was obviously very talented, however more times than not Jack acted more like a fourth forward than top line DEFENSEMAN on the ice. I lost count on how many times he and Matt Hunwick left Billy Sauer out to dry due to poor decisions like pinching when they shouldn't or simply just getting beat (totally remember a game at the Joe vs. MSU where the Spartan player won a face off in the MSU zone and skated straight ahead right through Hunwick/Johnson and scored). Sauer may not have been the best goalie, but the year after Jack left I remember predicting in my season preview that it may be addition by subtraction for the U-M defense. Though only remembered for his NCAA semifinal meltdown that season, Sauer did set Michigan's single season GAA and save percentage records the year after Jack left. That speaks volumes to me.
T.J. Hensick is a definite yes from me. His attitude issues aside, the kid was phenomenal his whole career. I don't always hold his attitude against him, either. Yes, it was frustrating to watch Sauer in net his first two years when Hensick was there and perhaps T.J. shouldn't have vented his frustration on national TV during the NCAA playoffs (I remember the reporter asking him about Sauer and T.J., obviously not happy, said something like "I don't know what's going on with him."). But you can also choose to interpret it as the competitor inside him. I remember another short, uber-talented center who was a glory hound and had a feisty attitude named Mike Comrie. Hensick could have left early for the pros but chose to stay. His point total is probably one that won't be reached again by a Wolverine in the modern era of early departures. And is being a glory hound always a bad thing? The hockey team these past few years have had no standouts who could create the magic Hensick could and be a threat every time he touched the puck. I wish we had another Hensick on the team.
Kevin Porter is another yes from me. I think the problem he faced his first three years is that he was a solid winger who was always overshadowed by the likes of Hensick, Andrew Cogliano, Johnson, etc... Porter had 24-34-58 his junior year (Hensick's senior year). Any other year on any other team and you're looking at a Hobey Baker finalist for putting up stats like that. Yet that campaign in his career is totally forgotten because everyone pretty much attributed those stats to playing alongside Hensick. Porter didn't have the flash of Hensick. Maybe he didn't have any highlight reel goals. But what he was, was consistently good at both ends of the ice, and his senior year, with Hensick gone, he went from good to great, proving he wasn't just a product of Hensick. Porter scored 33 goals his senior year, a number the likes of Cammalleri, Hilbert, Tambellini, Comrie, Muckalt, and Morrison never accomplished in one season. And perhaps above all else, Porter and Chad Kolarik brought unity, leadership, and discipline to Michigan hockey once again after the two years of the JMFJ circus freak show that seemed to alienate some of the team as not feeling all inclusive on and off the ice. To me, all seemed right again with Porter captaining the ship, and the Hobey Baker Award capped it off.
Carl Hagelin, I'm sorry to say, I can't do it the first time around, either. Amazing his junior and senior years. Off the chart speed and work ethic at both ends of the ice, like Jed Ortmeyer only with skill. But offensively, Hagelin always lacked that ability to be a major scoring threat. He never had a 20 goal season and never elevated his offense to elite status like we were all waiting for. What he lacked there he made up everywhere else, but it's not enough for me to vote yes for him on the initial ballot.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||Alternate jersey||
The alternate jersey is a throwback to the 1945 jersey, which featured that "awful Wolverine."
BTW, it's worth seeing that pic just for the expression on Ted Greer's face.
|5 years 6 days ago||Dave Brandon tells Angelique...||
Per Angelique's Twitter:
"Spoke to Dave Brandon re: MMB. Said it would cost $400K to transport band (private charters), twice the cost of transporting team to Texas"
Brandon re: MMB: . "I would love to have the band there, but the cost is beyond what we can afford" said the $4.7 payout must go to ADept
Brandon is aware of the (YOUR) outrage: "I'm no happier not having our band down there than anyone else, but it's a practical reality."
Of course the Athletic Department can't afford the $400K to send the band to Jerryworld. I mean, they're only expecting an $11.38 MILLION surplus for 2012...
And sorry, folks, but a $10.98 MILLION surplus ain't gonna cut it!
|5 years 1 week ago||More Pee-Wee...||
|5 years 2 weeks ago||Nelson vs. Michigan||
"Nelson had NINE goals scored on him in the two games."
Except he didn't. Nelson lost the opener 5-2. C.J. Motte played in Game 2 of that series and lost 4-0.
Second, that series was played in October. They don't award All-American honors based on how two players faired head-to-head in one game in October.
Nelson gave up one goal or less in 8 of the last 11 games for Ferris. Helped them to CCHA regular season title and NCAA championship game. Sounds like someone I know last year, only his last name isn't Hunwick so they'll give him the honor. Nelson's got solid stats...slightly less than Shawn, but based on what FSU accomplished this season I'm not surprised by the way the voters voted.
That said, Hunwick got snubbed. There's no reason he shouldn't have at least been named West Region 2nd Team All-American over Minnesota's Kent Patterson, who was19th (!) in GAA, 48th (!!) in save percentage, and tied for 1st in shutouts. He was either shutting teams out or giving up 4+ goals per game.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||Van Ryn is another...||
IIRC, Mike Van Ryn was named a co-captain at the Dekers banquet following his sophomore year, then the whole summer drama ensued that finally ended in his leaving for the OHL/Van Ryn Rule.
I think Mike was the first captain ("C" or "A") that I recall leaving after being given the honor. Then it happened again the next year or two or something. I know it got to the point where Red finally had enough and he ended up deciding the captains later in the summer for a few years (traditionally they were announced at the Deker Awards banquet).
|5 years 3 weeks ago||The Raptor gif...||
Reminds me of a Flair Flop. Dammit, now I'm watching Flair Flops on YouTube.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Live chat...||
Shameless plug for anyone that wants to follow the game and chat with your fellow fans tonight, I got a live blog going at MichiganHockey.net (and we got a link to a live ESPNU stream that's NOT ESPN3 for those who can't get it!). Come one, come all!
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Michigan/Cornell||
It's on ESPNU and ESPN3 at 9 p.m. ET.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Hockey||
How does the cut off year of 2005 play for sports that cross over years? Like the 2004-05 hockey season, would those players be eligible since their last year was 2005? Or are we starting with the 2005-06 season? If '04-'05 players count, then I'd nominate Jeff Tambellini from the hockey team.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||Ohio majors = ...||
|5 years 9 weeks ago||New location this year!||
Due to the renovations at Yost Ice Arena, the hockey garage sale is being moved to the Indoor Track/Tennis Building. There were fliers around Yost about it this past weekend.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||TV and Live Blog||
TV: Fox Sports Detroit (and yes, their announcers are here at Yost!)
I'm at Yost, too, and got a live blog over at MichiganHockey.net for anyone that wants to follow/chat.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||By all accounts, yes!||
I was at the game live blogging but got several messages from Michigan and NMU fans about the horrid announcing throughout the evening. They referred to NMU as "UNM," Ferris State University as "State Ferris University," kept talking about Michigan's small ice rink for some reason (it's NHL size), and just sounding overall bad. Not to mention the announcers were NOT even at Yost for the event but rather at their Chicago studio (same thing with the game at Michigan State last Friday). They also presented their keys to the game and for Northern they said they needed to score goals and get shots. Thanks, Captain Obvious! Yes, they pay someone to come up with this stuff.
|5 years 11 weeks ago||Mock Rock||
There was a wrestler at Michigan named Jeff Reese, who passed away in 1999. Mock Rock was formed as a tribute to him, with proceeds going to Jeff Reese Endowed Scholarship Fund. Per MGoBlue.com, once the scholarship was fully endowed, funds now go to benefit other organizations. This year it's U-M's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Big Brother Big Sister of Washtenaw County, and Student-Athletes Leading Social Change.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||#20 for Phoenix||
Is former Michigan hockey captain Chris Summers. He got the secondary assist on the Phoenix goal.
|5 years 15 weeks ago||Too much commercialization?||
I expect commercialization... it is a pro sporting event after all. But did you not see The Big Chill at the Big House outdoor hockey game in which we sold our souls for a box of Arby's curly fries? Arby's was crammed down our throats. From the Arby's logo above the Big Chill logo to even putting the Arby's logo on the game uniform patch (including on the replica jerseys sold at M-Den!) and the big box of Arby's curly fries mascot infesting Yost Ice Arena.
The NHL has its work cut out for them if they want to go more overboard commercializing an outdoor game than Michigan did with Arby's.
|5 years 15 weeks ago||Alex Kile||
You forgot Michigan commit Alex Kile on your list. He checks in at #82.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||You gonna ride... WOOO...||
How could they not enjoy a ride on Space Mountain?
(If you're wondering why Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is in the picture, see this)
|5 years 17 weeks ago||No official visits, but...||
According to TomVH, the designated home team at a neutral site game is allowed to provide tickets to prospects, however cannot have any official visitors. The away team cannot have any official or unofficial visitors.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||Marcantuoni...||
Never actually committed to Michigan. Just said if he went the college route, he was "very likely" going to Michigan. Then it turned out to be all talk so he could get drafted by "the only team I would play for" in the OHL--Kitchener. Basically the same thing Max Domi just did...claim to be leaning Michigan just so he could end up with the OHL team of his choice.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||Breaking news!||
We got a goalie commit (finally!). U.S. NTDP U18 Team goalie Jared Rutledge just tweeted he committed to Michigan. Great pick up! Lets hope his NTDP goalie stays committed to Michigan, too.
|5 years 26 weeks ago||I am so smart! I am so smart!||
S-M-R-T! I mean S-M-A-R-T!
|5 years 26 weeks ago||Hunwick's status...||
It was crazy last night in the press box. First it was announced as a misconduct, but then the live stats page listed it as a fighting penalty (which would carry a game DQ). Then it got changed to misconduct.
Then CCHA commish Fred Pletsch, who was at the game, started looking at the video. During the second intermission he told the Michigan officials next to me "Hunwick's out." After Fred left, I double checked with them that I heard that correctly and they said yes and that it was changed to a fighting penaltly.
After the game I talk to one of the Michigan guys again and he now said Shawn was in for Saturday, that it was a misconduct and Pletsch just mixed up the penalties when talking to them. Pletsch thought Hunwick got the DQ and Luke Moffatt the misconduct, when it was the other way around.
So now we were under the impression Hunwick was back in. After interviews I went back to the press box and tried to find Pletsch so I could get some official offical word on it, but he was MIA. Then NMU sports info told us officially it's a game misconduct, so Hunwick is available tonight. However, they said, all game misconducts are reviewed by the league and the CCHA could slap a suspension on him. By the end of the night I think we decided to basically put a disclaimer that any article mentioning Hunwick's status may not be accurate by morning.
So as of Saturday morning, Hunwick is in, Moffatt is out, and Andrew Cherniwchan is out for NMU. I'm not sure why the Daily wrote their status will be decided by CCHA officials. There's nothing to decide in the case of Moffatt and Cherni. A game DQ is an automatic suspension. They're out. Moffatt will also have to be a bit more careful in these situations going forward, too, as each additional game DQ adds another game to your suspension, so if he should get another one this season he'd miss the next two games.
|5 years 30 weeks ago||Domi...||
Domi shouldn't be in the same category as Campbell and Gibson because Domi never verbally committed (Campbell) or signed a Letter of Intent (Gibson) to play at Michigan. He was only considering Michigan, but really ultimately, I guess you could say, he was really just using Michigan to get the OHL team he wanted.
But if Domi had chosen Michigan, he would have played with Indiana of the USHL rather than low-level Canadian junior hockey.
|5 years 30 weeks ago||Like JMFJ but quicker...||
Did Fred Jackson recruit this kid?
|5 years 34 weeks ago||No surprise||
I think we all gave up hope after the OHL draft, the Kingston/London rumors, and Domi's "woo Michigan" tweets disappearing.
Domi was two years away from college. Gibson was two months. Plenty of time to find a replacement, not that Michigan really needs to. They're pretty stacked with forward recruits over the next two years (10 forwards currently committed). Domi would have been icing on the cake.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Here...||
About half way down the page poster Plate of Shrimp posts a modified uniform without any numbers on it.
Then a few pages later he puts numbers on it.
And then finally after someone says to make the left arm white and right arm green, here's the final product w/ helmet that the Freep posted.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Teaser on Tim's replacement...||
Michigan Daily writer Stephen Nesbitt tweeted this morning: "For all you loyal MGoBloggers, I'm not going to spill the beans, but you're getting a capable, talented and hilarious replacement for Tim."
And no, the replacement is not him.
|5 years 40 weeks ago||Seems familiar...||
My friend wrote a column for an Indiana newspaper back on June 29 that was pretty much the same format that Reilly stole...er...used.
|5 years 40 weeks ago||So this is what the University is planning...||
|5 years 41 weeks ago||"A lot of the rude/joke comments were deleted by the mods..."||
Looks like they missed one...
That aside, I'm glad everything turned out okay for that poster's family. Wish I could say the same about the others who weren't as fortunate.
|5 years 42 weeks ago||Wrong, it has been enforced||
NC State students have gotten in trouble twice now for starting up Facebook groups encouraging specific recruits to come to NC State, first John Wall and then C.J. Leslie.
In the Wall case the student who started the group was sent a cease-and-desist order from the University to change or take down the group (he ended up changing the name of it) or face penalties such as being denied tickets and being formally disassociated from the athletic program.
Here's another article about it that also mentions Penn State shutting down a Terrelle Pryor group during his recruitment:
|5 years 42 weeks ago||Bingo||
I talked to the compliance department before I first started contacting/interviewing any recruits/family/coaches for my web site to get the ok to do it. Part of it is being considered media, but I was told I could talk to recruits and ask them questions but I cannot in any way during our contact encourage them to come to Michigan and the compliance officer said it's the same deal for Sam Webb and others. Every time I see a thread here or elsewhere saying go to so and so's Facebook and encourage them to come to Michigan, I cringe at it based on my talk with U-M compliance.
I know a few years ago before the purge the compliance department had written up what they considered a booster in social media, even going so far as to say you should not send friend requests to prospective recruits because, for instance on Facebook, when you send someone an Add Friend request, it sends that other individual an e-mail saying you want to add them. That e-mail is considered contact in their view. I realize many fans still do it anyway (not just at Michigan but everywhere) in the neverending effort to follow recruits every move, wall post, and tweet, and I really don't know how strongly the compliance office/NCAA can even monitor it. If you do it, whatever, but I don't encourage posting publicly telling everyone else to do it and drawing a lot of attention to it.
Here's the link to U-M's Who Is A Booster page, too, for reference.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||Outdoor game...||
Under the photo at the OSU link is tiny texted "PDF Schedule." In the PDF the Jan. 14 game is listed as "TBD" for location, so I'm assuming they're still in negotiations for the outdoor game. Hopefully the Buckeyes don't screw this up.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||"the episode with how they make mascot constumes is fun..."||
Better DVR that one for Dave Brandon.
|5 years 46 weeks ago||The defense didn't look very good at all...||
Whenever Alabama handed the ball off to Alexander. He was a beast that game.
Best game I've ever seen live and I had front row endzone seats to boot.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Another good article in SI...||
If this hasn't been posted yet, this is a really good read, too...
Focuses on his baseball career and how hard he worked. And he got baited in to doing an atomic sit-up.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Larry Herndon comments on Macho Man...||
ESPN Page 2 talked with Larry Herndon, who was Poffo's roommate in the minor leagues. Nothing too indepth, though he does tell how Poffo used to swing his baseball bat at a hanging car tire as a training exercise and Herndon adopted it and still uses it today.
|5 years 49 weeks ago||Yes, he did...||
Drafted by the Atlanta Braves. Herr is also head coach of the baseball team at Kent Prep School and according to his bio there teaches A.P Psychology and U.S History, in addition to coaching the hockey team.
|5 years 50 weeks ago||"It wasn't just because he played for Ann Arbor Huron..."||
I hope it wasn't just because of that because he actually played for Ann Arbor Pioneer =)
|6 years 1 week ago||Domi to Michigan...||
If he goes the college route, it will be Michigan. The Hockey News' Ryan Kennedy tweeted this morning that he talked to Max Domi last night and "he'll move to Indiana to play there if he commits to U. of Michigan."
While most, myself included, are skeptical of his intentions to go the college route based on history, Bob McKenzie later tweeted, "Max Domi, son of Tie and a very good prospect, drafted by Indiana Ice in the USHL. Was there for a visit. Expected to play there next season," so we'll see.
OHL draft will probably tell all we need to know. I hope everything comes up Milhouse. Would be a great addition to our class as we enter the BTHC.
|6 years 1 week ago||If Pearson leaves...||
I don't think the ramifications would be huge. I don't mean to disrespect Pearson as he has been a big part of the program's success, however Red will have his pick of the litter for a new assistant and will get a quality replacement. Heck, probably every Michigan hockey alumni currently involved in coaching will apply for the job (I think when the Daily talked to Bill Muckalt recently he expressed his interest in returning to A2 as a coach...he's currently head coach of New Mexico's NAHL junior team). Biggest thing will probably be getting them involved in the local recruiting circuit, but they've got a few years to work on that as Michigan has already done a great job stocking up their 2012 and 2013 classes.
As for looking further down the line, there's no guarantee that whenever Red retires Mel will be handed the head coaching job anyway, as much as fans think he will be. Michigan Tech is also Pearson's alma mater and where he was an assistant coach for several years in the 80s before joining U-M and they've tried in the past to lure him back to Houghton. I think if he goes there they expect him to be there long term to turn around the program, not be there 2-3 years waiting for Red to retire. If that's the case, there's no point in him leaving Ann Arbor. and it wouldn't really be fair to the Tech fans and program, either.
|6 years 6 weeks ago||I like the last two paragraphs of the article||
(Woody) Hayes, Bruce said, once refused to cooperate with the NCAA after it learned that the coach had given several players $20.
"No coach at Ohio State, and I mean none, has ever done more for the program on and off the field than coach Tressel," Bruce said
Hayes was handing out twenties, but Tressel has done more for the program? I wonder how much he is handing out. Hey Bruce, details please!
|6 years 7 weeks ago||BYU's stance on sex...||
Is quite the opposite of Northwestern's.
|6 years 7 weeks ago||Dum dum dum dum dum|
|6 years 8 weeks ago||I'll be shocked...||
If Kampfer moves to forward...
|6 years 8 weeks ago||Michigan's celebration...||
No joke, they did this same exact thing after they won the game tonight. It was hilarious. Hope MGoBlue puts the video up.
|6 years 9 weeks ago||Hoke took the ice||
Not sure if they showed it on TV, but Brady Hoke walked out on the ice during the first intermission and was introduced to the Yost crowd to a standing ovation and the pep band played The Victors.
|6 years 9 weeks ago||Tate zingers||
Matt Rust played the part of Tate Forcier. He was wearing a hoodie and headphones a la Tate and when asked for his bid, he said he tweeted his answer and turned over his sign to show a question mark for his bid. Bob Barker then said, "Unfortunately, we do not accept tweets. Those are ineligible, so is your NCAA status."
Link to hockey team's mock rock. Warning: Some guys in bikinis.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||Old MGoBlog thread... (UPDATED)||
It refers to a DetNews article after Boo Boo had legal trouble that doesn't exist any more, but comment #7 references the age thing.
UPDATE: Here you go... his Department of Corrections info, which shows his birthdate as 6/6/88. That means he would have been 20 years old when he entered Michigan in fall '08.
MGoBlue.com's profile of Boo Boo has his birth date as 6/6/90 (under Personal at the bottom).
Thus, he was lying about his age and all those combines, etc... he did so well at, well, he did as an overager.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||They're similar except for one thing...||
Same position, check. Same size, check. Same age... eh, not exactly? Wasn't it reported after Boo Boo was given the boot and during his legal trouble that he was actually two years older than the age he was listed as? If that was the case, it's hard to compare Richardson and Cissoko at the same stage because Cissoko was essentially an overager playing against high school kids.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||Live blog madness...||
I'm live at Yost Ice Arena for this weekend's games with a Cover It Live blog/chat going. Whether you're watching, listening, or looking for updates, stop on by and chime in!
The Michigan Daily should have theirs up soon if not already.
|6 years 11 weeks ago||MHNet live blog...|
|6 years 12 weeks ago||Still getting it, too||
On my laptop I get a warning with Chrome going to the main MGoBlog page. When using Internet Explorer I can access the main page, however when trying the board AVG gives me a "Warning: Suspected Phishing Page."
On my desktop at work, using IE it's the same thing--can access main page, but warning on the board from AVG. Using FireFox I get a "Reported Attack Page!" warning when trying to go to the main page.
|6 years 13 weeks ago||At this point...||
In the recruiting process there aren't a lot of "exciting" kids left on the board for next fall. Kids in hockey, especially the top recruits, are going off the board by their sophomore or junior year of high school, if not before then (and in our case a lot of times it then becomes a game of hold on and hope they don't go to major juniors). All the big recruits right now are committing for 2012 and beyond. For next fall you're pretty much looking at role players or trying to find a diamond in the rough instead of getting another Tambellini or Cammalleri (which we sorely need for next year!).
This isn't an exciting commit, but he could turn out to be a very important role player as our special teams have blown this season. Penalty kill has an 80.3% success rate, which is ranked #41 in the nation out of 58 teams.
|6 years 14 weeks ago||I think the entire student section...||
Needs to rev up the Dance with the lawn mower...
|6 years 14 weeks ago||The Dance...||
|6 years 14 weeks ago||Looks like Arnold wrong...||
Nagle is in net.
|6 years 14 weeks ago||Live blogging...||
At Michigan Hockey Net, too. http://michiganhockey.net
According to Jeff Arnold at AnnArbor.com, Ferris is starting Taylor Nelson in net over senior Pat Nagle, which is a total head scratcher if true. Nagle is #3 in the nation in GAA with a 1.75. Nelson has a 3.04 GAA and has only played three games.
|6 years 14 weeks ago||Berenson quotes from the Daily...||
Per Michigan Daily hockey writer Stephen Nesbitt on Twitter:
On Jacob Fallon's suspension - “Nothing to do with hockey, just behavior. He has a chance to come back next year.”
On Tristin Llewellyn's suspension - "Same situation except it's different — there is no next year for Tristin ... he's a senior."
|6 years 15 weeks ago||I was gonna guess...||
|6 years 16 weeks ago||Blackmon:||
Dreamy. Or so the guy on his left seems to think.
|6 years 18 weeks ago||Gibson was a done deal...||
I don't think the Big Chill had any effect on him. A big time goalie recruit being locked up was rumored a few weeks ago and now they finally confirmed it. It was pretty much done deal.
Part of Ohio State's problem is that they have a new coach who apparently is doing a TOTAL rebuild of the program. Before Gibson flipped, Ohio State had 15 recruits for next season. 15! Including three goalies! Something had to give and, thankfully for us, it gave in our favor.
|6 years 19 weeks ago||See GWR blog post||
85,451 is just how many scanned bar codes had been counted by the time of the on-field announcement, not the final certified number.
|6 years 19 weeks ago||Don't think there's a choice...||
I think it's the same feed on both channels. If there is a difference, however, I would say watch FSD over the BTN. I remember the BTN hockey announcers being quite dreadful to listen to the other year. I just wish they would have gotten Ken Daniels instead of Matt Shepard.
|6 years 19 weeks ago||Live stream...||
I'll have a dueling live blog with probably 50 other media outlets, too.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||Well enough is enough...|
|6 years 22 weeks ago||2 p.m. Saturday on NHL Network**||
|6 years 23 weeks ago||Nope...||
Unless someone puts it online (justin.tv), which typically doesn't happen with games on Comcast Local in A2 area as far as I know.
|6 years 23 weeks ago||Denard and gang at Yost||
Just passed by Denard Robinson and a few others walking around Yost. They know it... hockey > b-ball!
|6 years 23 weeks ago||Bowling Green on October 8||
Was the last Friday night win, 4-1.
|6 years 23 weeks ago||Still 1-1 after two...||
Notre Dame started the period strong, outshooting U-M 9-1 at one point, but Michigan finished strong and had a lot of good chances to close the stanza. Louie hit the post, Hagelin just missed Louie on a two-on-one. shots are 19-18 ND, and it's time to DANCE!
|6 years 23 weeks ago||BTN||
BTN was originally scheduled to air tonight's game, but dumped us for the Michigan State vs. Eastern Michigan basketball showdown. That's twice this season that the BTN was suppose to air a hockey game and didn't.
Shegos reffing tonight... oh joy!
|6 years 24 weeks ago||Blitzing every play||
I told my friend we might as well blitz every down, too. Rush three, give opposing QB all day to throw, give opposing receivers all day to find the hole, our secondary is gonna get shredded...again. But rush like eight, give opposing QB just seconds to throw, pray our secondary can cover a receiver for two or three seconds...I like those odds! Worst case we give up a big play and get the ball back quicker instead of painfully watching our defense failing to stop 3rd and 15s two or three times each drive.
|6 years 32 weeks ago||7th choice||
I don't know if you're trying to say he has us ranked 7th. If so, that's probably not right because that list is just alphabetically listed and not a true indication of where everyone ranks on his list.
|6 years 35 weeks ago||Not only...||
Does Tate get a plain blue helmet, but it appears RichRod has reduced him to a plain white t-shirt, too. Does he have to earn back the Michigan football shirt Renaldo's wearing? (cue next Free Press PANIC article)
|6 years 38 weeks ago||Lessio was a 2011 commit, not 2010||
He and Alex Guptill (another Ontario kid) were the 2011 commits. That class is scaring me right now... we have nine seniors this coming season (including Hogan and Hunwick) and so far only one recruit to replace them. Usually we're a bit further along at this point in the recruiting game.
|6 years 41 weeks ago||Lets see...||
Provided my sarcasm detector reading is accurate...
He's 23 years old with a few million bucks in the bank, scheduled to make another $1.65 million next season, a few years closer to free agency, and has an Olympic silver medal. Get it? And with rookie salary caps in place for entry level contracts, I don't know how much better a contract he could have gotten. I can't fault him for leaving, not that I ever expected him to stay four years.
He could have stayed and gotten his degree on time, but so what? He didn't have much left to prove at the college level and I don't think the NHL pays you extra for having a college degree, but good for him for continuing to pursue it. It's too bad we don't see these type of articles on the other guys who left early. I am curious to know how many other early departees, if any, finished their degree.
|6 years 42 weeks ago||I *love* the Drake||
How could you not like the Drake?
|6 years 42 weeks ago||Painting...||
We used Rustoleum Painter's Touch spray paint. Use contact paper that you can pick up at your local Wal-Mart or wherever for the design. Contact paper sticks to the kayak and it's easy to pull off without leaving any stickiness behind. You want to cover up all the areas you don't want to paint, i.e. the block M's were all cut out of contact paper and stuck on the kayak, then I painted, and when it dried I peeled them off and the M's are all the original kayak color left behind.
I also recommend doing it outdoors so everything in your garage doesn't end up with a nice blue haze.
I've never had any problem with paint falling off or dissolving in the water. The only paint I ever lost were scratches on the bottom from dragging it in and out of the water (no big deal since you never see that part of the kayak in the water anyway) and a few chips on the side from my paddle scraping it.
|6 years 42 weeks ago||Kayaks||
Two of the three kayaks I have owned were all yellow, so I added a little color to them. My friend did the top one and I did the bottom one (the middle photo is what the bottom kayak looked like before I painted it). Sadly I do not own either one anymore, but some day there will be another.
|6 years 42 weeks ago||Van Ryn...||
Mike had a few solid years with Florida (back-to-back 37 point seasons) where it looked like he was starting to come in to his own, but then the problem is that every time he started to live up to his potential he got whacked by injuries. TSN has the laundry list.
Most of the older injuries were more day to day, miss a game here or there stuff, with the exception of a concussion in 2004. Plus I think he had wrist surgery after that second 37 point season (IIRC he still had pain from the first one and had to go back once or twice more to tweak it).
The games he was healthy with Toronto he looked good, but then it all came to a crashing halt. The stretch of injuries from the end of 2007 to 2009 was especially brutal. Ended 2007 getting wrist surgery that ended the year for him. Came back in 2008, suffered a concussion, missed 13 games, came back for one or two games, suffered another concussion and missed another 16 games, came back for a few more games, suffered a lower body injury that caused him to miss 9 more games, came back again and tore his left MCL and remains out still today. Just horrible what he went through that season.
The person on your list of early departees that surprises me most in terms of lack of pro success is Jeff Tambellini. One of the best shots I've seen at Michigan, fast skater, and just totally dominated the end of his junior year. Tore up the AHL, yet hasn't been able to produce squat in the NHL. I always thought he was going to be a good one when he made the NHL but for some reason he just can't find any success there.
|6 years 44 weeks ago||I don't know, MSU might put up a fight... =)||
|6 years 44 weeks ago||Also...||
When Vance Bedford was at Florida (now Louisville) he was Dorsey's primary recruiter and was to be his position coach. IIRC, Bedford was also the one who called RichRod and told him to look at Dorsey after his decommit from the Gators. So it's probably the best situation for Demar to go back to Strong and Bedford.
No matter what happened in his past, I hope Dorsey takes care of business moving forward and wish him the best at Louisville.
|6 years 45 weeks ago||It looks like...||
...this guy was only focusing on the major venues. Too bad.
Yost Ice Arena. No other venue will ever top my list for a game in this state.
|6 years 45 weeks ago||Rivals interview||
USC's Rivals site posted an interview with Yruretagoyena today. It's a free article.
He still sounds very high on USC, especially the last few paragraphs.
|6 years 47 weeks ago||NSFMF?||
I was wondering why The Wolverine hadn't mentioned it yet then saw one of their editors posted on their $ board a little after 5pm:
So, what the dilly, yo? Anyone know what the Scout article said (were there quotes from Rock saying he committed)? Or is this the typical "Recruiting Site A breaks the news before Site B, so now Site B has to deny the report until they can confirm it then try to make a big deal out of it and their users can 'rah rah' their fact checking" sort of thing?
|6 years 48 weeks ago||Futures vs. Entry Draft||
Futures draft is for 1994 born players only. They may or may not join the league next season. There's only like five rounds in that draft. I think they consider them the Top 90 kids of that draft year, though obviously some top talent who are more likely major junior bound aren't picked.
The Entry draft is for all players born in 1990-94 (I'm assuming '94 since this is the first year those kids could be drafted).
EDIT: Here's the link to the Entry and Futures Draft FAQs...
|6 years 49 weeks ago||Major Junior||
The kids in Canadian major junior hockey get paid like a $50 stipend... or $300,000 under the table, depending who you ask. While it's pretty much kids 16-20 years old (like the USHL Tier-I junior hockey league in the U.S.), the NCAA considers it a professional league due to that $50 stipend they get paid.
The AHL is a higher level of play. You're basically taking the best kids from college and major junior who aren't NHL ready and sticking them in one league, with players ranging from probably 20 years old to... how old is Chelios now? He played in the league this past season, I believe.
And yes, the Spits have a pretty loaded team. Taylor Hall will most likely be the #1 pick in the NHL draft, and Cam Fowler should be a top five pick. It's also sadly where former U-M goaltender commit Jack Campbell will be playing next season.
|6 years 49 weeks ago||If Conboy and Tropp didn't face charges...||
I don't think Cormier should, either.
Cormier hit the guy who just played the puck. Normally there is a window of opportunity to hit a player who just played the puck. Now, sticking out your elbow was stupid. Totally stupid on his part. But plays like that usually result in a penalty, not a guy going in to convulsions. Cormier is not the first player to throw a elbow out like that carelessly.
Heck, JMFJ threw a VERY cheap elbow at Steve Downie a few years ago at the World Juniors (though many felt it was partly a dive, but that's beside the point), and Downie wasn't even playing the puck, just skating down ice beside him... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf5SanphHBo. Did Jack face charges over that? No. Why not, because Downie didn't go in to convulsions? It was even more cheap than what Cormier did. Are they going to start charging players for all elbows or just those that send players in to convulsions? Or gives them a concussion? Or knocks out a few teeth? What is the precedent being set here?
Compare those to what Conboy and Tropp did to Kampfer. Those two guys just mugged Kampfer from behind Bertuzzi-style. If that didn't result in charges, then I certainly don't think Cormier's elbow deserves it. At least he was playing the player with the puck.
It was awful what happened to Tam, but had he not gone into convulsions, would we even be having this discussion? Probably not, other than saying it was another cheap elbow and Cormier should be suspended a few games.
What happened certainly highlights the issue, but I still feel, at least in this case (especially when comparing to past incidents like Conboy/Tropp), that this is something that should be left to the league, not the court system.
|7 years 2 days ago||There is something seriously wrong...||
When you can say Morgan Trent got drafted but Donovan Warren did not.
|7 years 3 weeks ago||Campbell and goalies...||
Campbell's stats have also fallen off a bit since the WJC performance, too. Pull up his stats at USA Hockey's website and he's 16-11-1. His GAA, which had been sub-2.00 IIRC, is now up to 2.52 with a .904 save percentage. Wonder if the tourney went to his head a bit (I would say kind of like Al Montoya after he won the WJC).
By comparison, Andy Iles, the "lesser" of the two USA goalies, has an 18-6-1 record with 2.17 GAA and .918 save percentage.
Campbell has gotten a ridiculous amount of hype, but as you said, it's a crapshoot. Montoya was highly regarded, picked in the top 10, and he's never broken the NHL as a regular.
Michigan will be fine going forward. We always seem to be of this mindset that we must get an "uber-goalie" recruit to be a contender, but look at this year's Frozen Four...
Neither Boston College goalie was drafted.
CCHA player of the year Cody Reichard was undrafted and actually didn't do well in the USHL and played a year in the NAHL (the lesser junior league) and has excelled at Miami. Granted he's also an overager, too (23 year old sophomore). Teammate Connor Knapp was a 6th round pick and his stats are right up there with Reichard's.
RIT's Jared Demichiel is another undrafted goalie and, crap, will be 25 years old in two weeks.
Wisconsin's Scott Gudmandson (undrafted) and Brett Bennett (5th round)...Gudmandson has seen 2/3 of the playing time this season.
Not one "uber-goalie" to be found. Yes, it hurt losing out on Campbell because after this season we certainly needed someone to come in to provide more stability in net. But there are diamonds in the rough out there and hopefully the coaching staff will take a chance on one.
|7 years 6 weeks ago||Not yet...||
Traditionally the highest seed plays the early game, the theory being it gives them the advantage of having the most rest time before the championship game should they win and probably a chance to scout the other teams in the late game. Also, lets say they play the late game and the first game goes to like two overtimes or something, it can really put them at a disadvantage playing in the late game when they're the top seed and should get the advantage.
However, it was either last year or the year before that Michigan ended up the top seed and played the late game in the semifinal. Probably for TV ratings sake, though not entirely sure.
With the choice of Michigan vs. Miami or Ferris State vs. Northern Michigan, I wouldn't be surprised if Fox Sports or Big Ten Network or whoever is airing the game tries to get Mich/Miami as the late game.
|7 years 8 weeks ago||Visions of Saturday night vs. Notre Dame||
Called off goal followed by opponent scoring two quick ones and momentum shifting.
I thought Holmstrom was in the crease before the puck and bumped the goalie (even if lightly), so I had no problem with the call. But I find it funny, however, that THAT doesn't result in goalie interference. However, when Anderson does a total flop, that DOES result in goalie interference. Explain that one, refs.
I bet any other player in front of the net other than Holmstrom and that goalie interference call isn't made. It's unfortunate that he has to battle the refs on top of the other team every friggin' game. The dude's unfairly got a target on his back every time he camps in front of the net. All you gotta do is fall down and he's getting a penalty just for being there.
|7 years 8 weeks ago||Extra angles...||
It was a topic of discussion late last season after Michigan got hosed several times, but the CCHA never made it mandatory for schools to add equipment to allow all angles be available for review on televised games. I believe the equipment would cost $10-15K, though I don't know why they couldn't just get a little TV from Best Buy and run a really long audio/video cable to the production truck. But not all teams are like Michigan, where almost every home game is televised. For instance, none of Northern Michigan's home games are televised locally unless Fox Sports or Comcast comes up to do a game, which may happen once a year if they're lucky. Is it worth them spending that much money on equipment they use once a year? So it does become an expense issue.
|7 years 8 weeks ago||They only have one view...||
If you take the time to watch the overhead camera in frame-by-frame mode, you will see they made the right call *based on the evidence they were presented.* Where the puck hits on the right side of that photo you can't tell if it's the left post or inside cross bar and the puck also appears to be on the goal line (which it isn't... more on that below).
It's easy for us at home to see that side angle from behind the net which clearly showed the puck in the net, but the referees don't have the benefit of the extra angles. They made the only call they could based on what they were given.
If you want to be mad, be mad at Notre Dame for not putting the goal cam directly above the net. If it was aligned properly, the top cross bar and goal line would be on top of each other and you would have easily been able to see the puck go inside the net. Instead, it's at such an angle that the goal line appears to be inside the net and gave the impression on replay that the puck never crossed the line but was on it and you couldn't tell which post it hit.
|7 years 15 weeks ago||Moffie||
I don't think Moffie will be getting a rest next week. The official box score on MGoBlue.com says he got a 5 minute major and game misconduct (not DQ) for "Hitting from Behind."
|7 years 15 weeks ago||Because fans are trying to influence recruits||
The NCAA views this as a recruiting issue. Fans are trying to influence the decision of recruits to go to their school, which is illegal under NCAA rules. I'm pretty certain this has always been a rule before the internet and social networking sites came were popularized, so just because Facebook makes it possible so you can contact recruits doesn't make it right. Ultimately it's the fan contacting the recruit to become their friend and start sending them messages and posting on their wall, thus you are the one contacting them and trying to sway them. No different if there was no internet and you started sending them letters in the mail.
As for penalties according to the U-M compliance office...
"Penalties and NCAA actions are case by case. Much depends on the level of awareness the institution has regarding the actions of the fan/booster and that individual's proximity to the program. With the first violation, the institution would be expected to take actions that result in a reasonable expectation that there will not be repeated issues. So, if there were subsequent issues, particularly ones involving the same individual, there is a chance that the involved individual would be disassociated from the institution. Then it would have to be determined whether the booster's actions resulted in a recruiting advantage and appropriate restrictions would be placed on the program based on that analysis."
Obviously there's so many fans on Facebook befriending who knows how many recruits that it's difficult for any university to track everything. But, this isn't anything new, either. Someone mentioned the Pryor group on Facebook started by Michigan fans that got yanked. Last year a N.C. State student got in trouble for starting up a "John Wall PLEASE come to NC STATE!!!!" group and had it yanked. That student got a cease and desist order from the university compliance office and said further action could result in him being denied tickets and being formally disassociated from the athletic program if he failed to comply.
|7 years 15 weeks ago||Yeah, it is...and it's also against rules...||
Not to be a wet blanket, but more for the sake of everyone's knowledge, the compliance office considers it against NCAA rules to contact recruits, thus you could get yourself and/or the university in trouble by adding these kids as friends on Facebook and sending them e-mails and posting messages on their wall and stuff. Straight from their Booster Technology Resource guide:
"While not every facet of the “new media landscape” has been addressed by NCAA rules, there are a few things that we are certain about. One is that as a general concept, it is not permissible for an institution’s fans to attempt to influence a prospect’s selection of a college. The NCAA has stated that this guideline would prohibit fans from establishing websites, Facebook groups and the like for the purpose of attempting to sway a prospect’s decision. Also, boosters must keep in mind that the NCAA prohibits them from contacting prospects in writing regardless of the format of the communication. Therefore, messaging through MySpace, posting to a prospect’s Facebook wall, or direct messaging with a prospect through Twitter are all impermissible inasmuch as all such activities are still written exchanges directly with a prospect. Extending this further, boosters should not attempt to establish “friend” status with prospects on Facebook since an exchange of e-mails is required for such a transaction. However, it would be permissible for a fan or booster to passively follow a prospect’s Twitter updates that are available to the general public."
I see these sort of topics pop up on boards all the time as it is getting out of control. Again, not to be a wet blanket, just an important FYI before someone on here goes Facebook stalking and tells a recruit to "fuck. shit. up." again.
|7 years 15 weeks ago||Totally agree||
One of my dogs leaks fluid from her anal glands occasionally, too. We like to refer to this as "stink butt." Unfortunately, it happened a few nights ago when she was laying on my bed. Ugh! Those blankets immediately went in the washing machine. It smelled like a dead, rotting fish in my bedroom.
She also can have this happen if she starts barking at someone for extended periods of time. I've had friends come over to the house and she barks at everyone at first, but if she keeps going, the glands start stinking up the joint.
My sister's first dog had the same stink butt problem and they had the anal glands removed. If I had the money to spare for this procedure, I probably would get it done.
Another thing that can cause this is simply the food you feed them. My dog had this problem much more frequently (not to mention passed a lot more silent but deadlies) when she was on certain brands of food. These ranged from the cheaper ones like Purina to more expensive ones like Natural Balance and Solid Gold. I finally found one that has minimized both problems (NutriSource), so it's the only dry food I feed her now. If your dog has this problem a lot, you might want to consider switching brands.
|7 years 15 weeks ago||Enrollees so far...||
Since the DetNews or "other" UMich website directory stalked Jordan Dumars to find out he was enrolled, the ones officially enrolled so far for football are Stephen Hopkins, Jeremy Jackson, Austin White, and Christian Pace.
Hopefully the others can get cleared, especially MRob. Gardner would be nice, but regardless if he's an early enrollee or not, I think Tate/Denard are going to be our QB duo again and think MRob/any early "D" enrollee is of higher importance.
|7 years 16 weeks ago||What was his name?|
|7 years 17 weeks ago||Too bad...||
You won't be able to watch it unless you're at the games. Can't believe there's no TV coverage for the GLI this year.
|7 years 17 weeks ago||I'll agree to disagree||
After what Fox did, did he deserve to have a positive Michigan Daily article after the season was over? Should we condemn Fox Sports Detroit for airing a segment on Dr. Fox helping save coach Berenson's son's life a few years ago, too? Talk about second chance, propping up, blah blah... that story had no business airing, huh?
Perhaps you should go wander over to the "Bertuzzi is ON FIRE" thread, too.
|7 years 17 weeks ago||No problem with the article||
Tropp himself says he F'ed up. But rather than go to juniors or leave school and turn pro (like Conboy did), he stuck it out and now leads the nation in scoring. Good for him. Unlike Conboy, Tropp was never a dirty player before the Kampfer incident and hasn't been a dirty player since then. Hopefully he continues to stay that way and continues to make the most of his second chance. As long as he doesn't own a ski mask, he should be okay.
Besides, you make it sound as if Michigan has never played a player who has done something as bad, if not worse, than what Tropp did (ahem..Chris Fox...).