Zoltan Mesko Foundation donates $5000 to Hasbro Children's Hospital Miracle Wraps Mall (raffle ticket donation followup)

Zoltan Mesko Foundation donates $5000 to Hasbro Children's Hospital Miracle Wraps Mall (raffle ticket donation followup)

Submitted by ZoltanMeskoFou… on December 20th, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Hi MGoBloggers,

Tim North here with an update from the Zoltan Mesko Foundation.  I posted in October about the Celebrities for Charity x Zoltan Mesko Foundation "London Ticket Raffle" we were promoting at the time to raise inital funds for our new foundation.  I am happy to report that from the revenue we raised we have recently donated $5000 to Hasbro Children's Hopspital (link below) and another $5000 to Boston Children's Hopsital.  All the proceeds go towards efforts to help brighten the holidays for the patients and their families during a difficult time.  Please visit the link below for more info (I will be updating a link to the Boston Children's Hospital release when it is availible.)

In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, we have reached out to foundations that support the community of Newton, CT and are currently in the process of making a donation.  I will provide more information when I know more...

I know that a few MGoBlog members had specific questions in regards to the foundations and causes we are focused on supporting, and I hope this helps to give a more clear direction of where we will be headed in the future.  Again, we can't thank enough for all of your support and we encourage you to "like" us on Facebook for updates on Zoltan's weekly volutneer work (he has yet to miss a week all season) as well as future campaigns we will be launching in the near future - expected mid-January

Happy Holidays and Go Blue!

Tim North


Story link: http://www.hasbrochildrenshospital.org/HCH_News

"On December 18, 2012, football player Zoltan Mesko visited the children and families at Hasbro Children's Hospital. During his visit Zoltan presented the Hospital with $5,000 from the Zoltan Mesko Foundation to help support the Miracle Wraps Mall program.

Miracle Wraps Mall is a program that was set up for the patients of Hasbro Children's Hospital to shop during the holiday season. Miracle Wraps Mall is a mini-mall set up in the hospital, complete with a bank, store, gift-wrapping station and food court."

Scouting Report: Dionte Sykes

Scouting Report: Dionte Sykes

Submitted by Magnus on December 20th, 2012 at 8:23 AM

I wrote up a scouting report on Arizona wide receiver Dionte Sykes, one of nine 2014 receivers to hold an offer at this point.


He looks like another possession type of receiver, the kind that Brady Hoke and Al Borges seem wont to recruit.  They have gone after a few deep threat guys (James Quick, LaQuon Treadwell), but most of their offerees at the position seem to fit the mold of 6'3"/6'4" guys with big frames and not a great deal of speed.

I've always thought that it's important to have a variety of types of players at the wide receiver position to add other dimensions to your offense.  Jeremy Gallon offers things that Jeremy Jackson doesn't, for example.  I have heard that Sykes is likely to end up out west, but I have also heard that his dad really likes Michigan.  Regardless, when it comes to receiver recruiting, I think it would be very beneficial for Hoke to nab a Steve Breaston or Jeremy Gallon type of player in the 2014 class, someone who could help on special teams, run reverses, and catch wide receiver screens.

Blue Endzones at The Big House?

Blue Endzones at The Big House?

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on December 19th, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Was just thinking about this today watching a replay of the 2008 Capital One Bowl. The look of the blue Michigan endzone was outstanding. What would you think if Michigan decided to do blue endzone backgrounds with "MICHIGAN" in the same Maize lettering as there is now instead of the current, plain look?

I think it would look pretty sharp. I'm pretty sure it would be the first Navy Blue endzones in the FBS? (EDIT: justingoblue proved me to be horribly wrong)

1998 Rose Bowl

2007 Rose Bowl

2008 Capital One Bowl

CFB Most Valuable Teams -- Michigan up to #2

CFB Most Valuable Teams -- Michigan up to #2

Submitted by Ron_Lippitt on December 19th, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Texas remains the most valuable which doesn't surprise me.  I'm thrilled to see us ahead of the SEC despite their recent success.



Profile of former walkon Brad Bates (new BC AD)

Profile of former walkon Brad Bates (new BC AD)

Submitted by Leaders And Best on December 19th, 2012 at 12:08 AM

Boston Globe profile of new Boston College AD Brad Bates.  Bates was a football walkon during the Bo Schembechler era in the late 1970s.

Given the way Dave Brandon has scheduled with other ADs with Michigan ties (Jeff Long-Arkansas, Bob De Carolis-Oregon St, Warde Manuel-UConn, & Derrick Gragg-EMU), I bet we will see Boston College on Michigan's football schedule soon.


OT - PopSci on the future of the Football Helmet

OT - PopSci on the future of the Football Helmet

Submitted by Blazefire on December 18th, 2012 at 10:48 PM


Popular Science this month brings us a look at the current state of the Football Helmet, concussions, sub-concussive impacts and a possible future for the helmet.

I do have some problems with the article. It opens with a sort of cloak-and-dagger setup directed at helmet manufacturers, which I find unnecessary and ridiculous. If a given technology proves itself to be better at preventing concussions and impact related brain damage, then helmet manufacturers are going to embrace that. If they haven't thusfar, it's because their data leads them to believe it is honestly not the best way to protect players.

There is some credence to the idea that manufacturers would like to protect themselves by supporting the work they've done in the past, certianly, but they're not going to ignore relevant, reliable modern data that shows better, safer ways to go. That doesn't protect them. It shoots them in the foot and opens them to more problems later.

Once you get past the bizzare, attack laced opening, though, the rest of the article is a pretty good, pretty cool look at some new technology that might help win the battle for a better football helmet. I was aware that new research showed that twisting and rolling of the brain within the skull was much more damaging than it simply bouncing around inside, and that there had been some work on developing helmets that took advantage of this knowledge, such as giving them a stretchy "skin" that would reduce inter-crainial rotation.

I had not heard of this new technology, though, which strikes me as simple and highly effective. By placing the helmet on a somewhat independently articulated skull cap, of sorts, it can protect against heavy blows while still moving and sliding independently of the head, reducing twisting.

I'm really glad to see some innovative thinking coming to helmet design. I would like to see the NCAA and the NFHS (not to mention the NFL), do some studies on the effectiveness of this new technology. What do you think?