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|6 weeks 5 days ago||Also, to throw in my||
Also, to throw in my picks:
Funchess, Obi Ezeh (mostly because he played rugby in high school), Jake Ryan, Peppers, Woodson, Chris Perry, Denard
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Upcoming Rugby Events||
For those who enjoyed watching the 7s events in Rio, the USA Club 7s National Championship tournaments are this weekend in Colorado. This is the highest level of rugby 7s in the US - men's and women's clubs that generally have a mix of college-aged players for the summer combined with the men and women that are normally with the clubs. The midwest clubs represented are the Chicago Lions and 1823 out of Columbus. There should be a former Michigan 7s player (Sequoyah Burke-Combs) on the roster for the Seattle Saracens, who are one of the favorites to win it all. They haven't released their roster yet, but he has represented them at a couple tournaments this summer. There are men's and women's tournaments this weekend, and they'll be streamed here: http://www.therugbychannel.tv/articles/3esIKSPEQ04wcWqOGGW0ku/2016-usa-rugby-emirates-airline-club-7s-national-championships-live#!
Additionally, each year NBC/NBC Sports Network air the HSBC Sevens World Series. This is a series of ten two-day rugby 7s tournaments with international teams that happen basically November - May, with the same format as this Olympic tournament. The teams earn points based on finish at each tournament and the overall series champion is crowned based on point total at the end.
Lastly, as a few mentioned, each year NBC airs the Collegiate Rugby Championship 7s event in Philadelphia the first weekend of June. Michigan (and other Big Ten schools) compete in league-based tournaments during the spring in order to qualify for this tournament.
Just figured I'd share some opportunities to watch rugby with people that are interested. Apart from Michigan football, rugby is my biggest passion.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I went to Purdue for||
I went to Purdue for undergrad. Paying for school myself, I couldn't justify paying out of state tuition for U of M when I wasn't sure what I wanted to study coming out of high school. So I'll always have a soft spot for Purdue. At least they were good at basketball my freshman year and went undefeated at home (2010). Purdue sports are generally miserable, obviously, but basketball games are always a blast. It'll always be Michigan first, though.
|44 weeks 11 hours ago||Great piece on Lomu. Thanks||
Great piece on Lomu. Thanks for sharing that!
|48 weeks 5 days ago||It took me way too long to||
It took me way too long to realize that the shorts design is supposed to look like the waist bands from the Fab Five era shorts.
If that's the look they were actually going for, they should have just, you know, made the waist band.
|49 weeks 14 hours ago||That's what I meant to say.||
That's what I meant to say. Thanks! Math is hard sometimes.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||Your post doesn't make sense.||
Your post doesn't make sense. If Dantonio can say whatever he wants because he won, why shouldn't Hart say whatever he wanted? He was 4-0 vs State. He can call them whatever he wants - he won.
|51 weeks 2 hours ago||The manager put his hand on||
The manager put his hand on the kid's neck while the other employee was on top of him. It was brief and I probably wouldn't call it choking him, but it did seem unnecessary, especially after he had handled it so well up until that point.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Purdue (woe is me). Went to||
Purdue (woe is me). Went to Purdue for undergrad and loved my time in West Lafayette. I couldn't justify spending roughly twice as much to go out of state to Michigan when I could get a great education in-state. Needless to say the last several years of football seasons have been pretty tough.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||You can check out some Rugby||
You can check out some Rugby 7s as well if anyone goes. Team USA is missing about half their usual squad to the 15s rugby team's pre-season camp (the world cup is later this year), but there will still be some exciting players there and the game itself is very exciting.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Thanks for posting, WD.||
Thanks for posting, WD. Michigan has a good rugby program, and they deserve some recognition for their hard work (and this is being said from a guy who played at Purdue). They are quite well organized for a "club" sport, and hired a new coach this year, who seems to be a good fit. As mentioned above, it's only a club sport, but more and more schools (albeit smaller schools for the most part) are adding men's and women's rugby as varsity programs. Some bigger schools, like Cal, Penn State, BYU, among others, are already at that level or near it (Penn State is a varsity program just without the scholarships - full time training staff, nice facilities, university funded, etc.).
For those who don't know, rugby 7s is a faster version of traditional rugby union (15s rugby). It will be played in the Olympics next year and it is a very exciting sport to watch with big hits, impressive skill, and fantastic athletes. USA's national team has a qualifying tournament for the Olympics on June 13-14, which will likely be televised somewhere (probably on Universal Sports, or on their website). For those who haven't seen it before, I highly recommend you check out the Michigan team and the rest of the tournament this weekend on NBC and NBCSN. The rules will be very strange at first, but you won't regret watching!
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Surprised it took this long||
Surprised it took this long for someone to mention BC! Actually, now that I think about it, not surprised - the whole NW area is fantastic.
Our family tradition has been camping at Young State Park (or recently, alternating between there and Platte River Campground in Honor, MI) ever since my grandparents started going with my mom and her siblings when they were young (~45 years ago). Wonderful place and lots of good memories!
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Very cool! I always thought||
Very cool! I always thought Brandon Minor was fantastic - just really loved they intensity with which he ran the ball. I was so upset he didn't get to play in his last game vs Ohio State (I think it was '09 with a wrist injury) - although I'm sure he was much more upset!
|1 year 40 weeks ago||I saw their post about this||
I saw their post about this on facebook and just knew that as soon as I got on MGoBlog this post would be here. Never change, WD!
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Man, I love getting these||
Man, I love getting these daily updates, but it is NOT GOOD for my studying for my final exams! Oh well, who needs PT school when you can read coaching rumors all day?!
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Exactly my thoughts. Why give||
Exactly my thoughts. Why give a guy a deadline to make a decision while he's still in the middle of his season? Now, if it's a bit after the 49ers' season has ended, that would be more reasonable, but before December 29th, you're likely just asking to get turned down!
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Being from Indy, I'd like to||
Being from Indy, I'd like to see the Colts take him (if he falls enough in the draft - we need OL early and often) to replace a possibly retiring Reggie Wayne. Best of luck to him wherever he lands, though! The kid has serious potential!
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Great minds must... lose||
Great minds must... lose interest alike. I stopped it exactly at 1:04 as well!
|2 years 5 weeks ago||I will never pass over||
I will never pass over watching/reading anything Denard related. One of my all-time favorite Wolverines. Thanks for posting!
|2 years 6 weeks ago||I believe this question was||
I believe this question was addressed in one of the (relatively recent) front page explanation posts by Seth. I'm too lazy to look it up myself, but you could try starting there.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Hallelujah! Holy shit! Where's the||
Hallelujah! Holy shit! Where's the Tylenol?!
|2 years 17 weeks ago||I believe he was offered to||
I believe he was offered to camp with the Lions, but I'm not sure if he ever did (he played D2 or 3 college football in Ohio). He then decided to stay with rugby because his dream is to compete in the Olympics. After he decided to stick with 7s, he signed a professional contract with the Glasgow Warriors and is over there working on his game. He still makes the occasional appearance on the USA team when his club makes him available for it.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Play continues tomorrow||
Replying up here so people will see it.
They haven't released the updated matchups and times yet, but the championship rounds will be played tomorrow and will be shown on NBC Sports Network from 2-4pm eastern and NBC from 4-6pm eastern. Michigan will play their championship quarterfinal in the morning and go from there.
And to reply to your comment, yes! Having played basketball and football as well as 15s and 7s rugby, 7s is by far the most exhausting sport I've played, despite only having 7 minute halves!
UPDATE: Michigan will play Kutztown (PA) in the championship quarterfinal at 11am. Kutztown is a very strong side and will be a good test for Michigan. Full day 2 schedule can be found here: http://rugbytoday.com/college/sunday-pairings-collegiate-rugby-championship
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Rugby 7s is a hugely variable||
Rugby 7s is a hugely variable game. Relatively evenly matched teams could play multiple times and have vastly different results each time. Because the halves are so short (as said before, 7 minute halves with a running clock), random bounces of the ball and referee decisions can play big parts in the results.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Wooo! Very impressed with||
Wooo! Very impressed with Walton! Glad he played so well in such an ugly game!
|2 years 34 weeks ago||This.||
This makes me feel warm and fuzzy.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Wooooo!||
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Two weeks...||
It's amazing the difference that two weeks can have on a soul-dong! Here's to 2014!
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Really hope he can succeed||
Really hope he can succeed there! I never realized he was no longer with the Chargers, so I was hoping that this past Sunday he would have come in when Hardwick got injured. I guess that explains it!
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Agreed! I would think this||
Agreed! I would think this could send a pretty good message to recruits - not only was he very successful there, but he left Alabama to come here! Here's to 2014!