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|3 weeks 19 hours ago||I wear my sunglasses at night...||
|5 weeks 23 hours ago||Beefcake!||
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Boka...||
Is a defenseman, not a forward.
|12 weeks 2 days 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.
|13 weeks 2 days 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.
|15 weeks 16 hours 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.
|16 weeks 19 min 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.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Now that's Perfect!|
|17 weeks 3 days 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.
|18 weeks 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."
|19 weeks 16 hours 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...
|19 weeks 17 hours 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.
|20 weeks 4 days 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.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||More like...||
The 22 years before that were excellent.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||This...||
One of the best screen captures I ever got was from Anastos's hiring. Face palm and an OMG! fail.
|44 weeks 18 hours 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!
|46 weeks 1 day 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.
|46 weeks 1 day 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.
|48 weeks 19 hours 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).
|48 weeks 19 hours 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.
|50 weeks 5 days 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.
|1 year 4 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.
|1 year 4 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.
|1 year 4 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).
|1 year 9 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.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Maybe Desmond was getting a head start on Whacking Day (May 10)||
|1 year 32 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).
|1 year 33 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.
|1 year 33 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...
|1 year 33 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.