OT: "Everyone has something" on Nick Saban (paying players)

OT: "Everyone has something" on Nick Saban (paying players)

Submitted by SteelCityMafia on July 28th, 2012 at 1:30 AM

According to the article, apparently Alabama pays their players (surprise, surprise).  Some of the more damning quotes include ""everyone has something" on the Alabama coach and that, under oath, his players would say they were being paid" and "When he was asked if Alabama players were being paid he said "Oh, come on...When you get these guys down and you get them under oath, they'll tell you that" and finished up with "...that's the way he and most of the big-time schools, particularly in the SEC, operate."

 

It's a Yahoo story, and we know their track record of digging up crap (they're just reporting on the initial interview, but hopefully they're on the phone with this agent right now).

 

Link: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/agent-ralph-cindrich-says-everyone-something-nick-saban-022255954--ncaaf.html;_ylt=ApYCThHRM_5GzXm5mP6_1J85nYcB;_ylu=X3oDMTRoN3ExMXVlBG1pdANMSVNUUyBNaXhlZCBMaXN0IEZQIEJsb2dzBHBrZwM3NTY4ZDM2ZS1jODQ0LTM1MTAtOTViZS1iOWFlZDZmOWQwNTcEcG9zAzIEc2VjA01lZGlhQkxpc3RNaXhlZExQQ0FUZW1wBHZlcgM2YTVmZWFjMC1kODViLTExZTEtYWUyYy1iNDIzMDk2YzcxOTg-;_ylg=X3oDMTFpNzk0NjhtBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANob21lBHB0A3NlY3Rpb25z;_ylv=3

SOCKS!

SOCKS!

Submitted by Section 1 on July 28th, 2012 at 12:07 AM

New MGoBlogger 707Oxford began his first MGoPost with an inquiry about the Twin City socks made famous in John U. Bacon's Three and Out :

     But before the players do any of those things, they stand in line at the equipment managers’ window to get the gear they deem most important. It’s not the $257 helmets or $330 shoulder pads or even the $150 jerseys.
     Nope. It’s the $4 socks. But not just any socks. Twin City socks—the thickest you can find.
     Center David Molk, at the front of the line, handed me a pair. They are so dense, you could wear them as slippers around the home—or fill them with water.
     “Best part of being a Michigan football player,” Molk said, holding up a pair, “is these socks.” Every one of his ­teammates—and I mean every one—agreed with that assessment.
     At dinner Molk approached linebacker Jonas Mouton, who was enjoying a huge helping of pretty much everything.
     Molk asked Mouton if he knew where his Twin City socks had gone.
     “I don’t know, man,” Mouton replied, taking a bite out of his drumstick and chewing very slowly. “Go see Big Jon.” Falk, that is, the equipment manager.
     “It’s dinner,” Molk said. “He’s not here.”
     “Go see him tomorrow,” Mouton said, picking up a roll.
     “I want them now.”
     “Guess you’ll just have to wait, then.”
     After Molk turned and walked to the back of the buffet, ticked off, Mouton leaned forward and said, “I’m wearin’ ’em.” 

Well, they are some great socks as a number of MGoBloggers -- not to mention David Molk -- have attested.  But the M socks also have a great history.

2011 was a historically weird year in the history of Michigan football uniforms.  Our host and MGoProprietor Brian observed that it called into question the very notion of "uniform":

...a steady procession of dumb ideas, some of which are not quite as awful as the others.  

Someone might have thought to offer the purely technical argument that, like, at least all of our own guys were "uniform" even though they away uniforms changed virtually every time out.  But even that's a lie; on that beautiful indian summer night in Evanston, our guys were wearing two or three different uniform jerseys when some of them figured out that the Wildcats were slowing us down by grabbing handfuls of white adidas Tech-Fit.

But back to socks; Denard showed off his Twin City Block M's against Northwestern:

There's history with those socks.  Meet Mr. Harmon; sometime punter:

 

And there's John Gabler, running hard against Duffy Daugherty's Spartan defense in 1967:

This bunch of Michigan guys up against a bunch of Ohio guys in 1968:

And this group of Michigan Men in the NCAA championship game in 1965:

You get the idea.  Of all of the dubious uniform concepts exhibited by Michigan in the last year, the socks were a universally good one.  I'd like to see Moe's offer the M socks by TCK, but it is going to be tricky; it is frankly wierd that we got away with wearing non-adidas gear in any of our games and I suspect that we won't get away with it too much in the future.  Not in Dallas, it appears.

 

 

 

 

OT-BlackShoeDiaries

OT-BlackShoeDiaries

Submitted by BILG on July 27th, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Yes, this is another PSU/Sandusky post.  Sorry, I know many of you are annoyed with this topic already, but I feel the need to post for my own sanity.  It is my first post on this subject for what it's worth.

How many of you have visited http://www.blackshoediaries.com/ since the NCAA sanctions came down?  I have to say it is truly another universe.  The shit I see over there is insane.  It really is the Joe Pa cult at its worst.  The overwhelming theme is of being slighted and victims of the NCAA.  I would post examples, but there are just too many.  You can go over to the site and pretty much every post and comment has to do with the NCAA taking their sacred football away.  From not believing the Freeh report to stil denying that it was a "football" scandal, I have never seen such a deluded group outside of scientology.

I really hope this is just the fringe of Nittany Lion fans.  These people really "do not get it."  I can't emphasize enough how bizarre and twighlight zone like it is to read through their material.  I started to question my own reality for just a moment, then snapped out of it, remembering kids were raped and their god-like worship was for a man who enabled and hid the horrific acts.

I feel it is way too early for anyone on that campus or in that community to feel "cheated" by anyone other than the prior leadership.  Their venom towards their current President and Board of directors for not "fighting" for the university's rights is ludicrous.  They still fail to realize that you lose any moral authority when you enable a child rapist for over a decade. 

It's called collateral damage, and it tends to happen in places that never challenge or question the status quo, but instead enable it through hero worship.  To me, these fans, while not guilty of the crimes or the coverup, are getting exactly what they deserve.  Were they more contrite about the scandal or focused on the victims, I would have much more sympathy.  But the fact that their precious football is still the #1 issue suggests that maybe the NCAA did not go far enough.  A four year death penalty is perhaps what they really deserved.

Denard's Speech Posted on YouTube

Denard's Speech Posted on YouTube

Submitted by zohizzle101 on July 27th, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Someone at the Big 10 Media Day has just uploaded Denard's speech on YouTube. Not sure how to embed. Didn't want to add it as a comment on the other thread since I figured that it would get burried but mods please go ahead and delete if this needs to be posted in the other thread instead

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfsCcuiyO70&feature=youtu.be

 

Denard's Speech

Denard's Speech

Submitted by MGoBender on July 27th, 2012 at 2:01 PM

First, WTF is the point of the Big Ten Network if they don't even air the student keynote speech live?

Some tweets coming out on it:

The Journey @BTNJourney

Compelling speech by Michigan QB Denard Robinson at #B1GFootball Kickoff Luncheon http://instagr.am/p/Nl-Vk0CDKR/

 

Michael Rothstein @mikerothstein

Denard Robinson also talked about his family, including a brother who died when he was 10.

 

 

Joe Schad @schadjoe

Denard Robinson says it was tough to do the right things growing up on the neighborhood he grew up in

Joe Schad @schadjoe

Denard Robinson says he didn't leave Michigan b/c his teammates were his brothers

Joe Schad @schadjoe

Emotional Denard Robinson doing an outstanding job delivering a speech at Big Ten kickoff before a huge ball room

Joe Schad @schadjoe

Denard Robinson: "I met the President of the United States. And LeBron James. And they both knew who I was." (Laughter)

Joe Schad @schadjoe

Denard Robinson: "Trust me. I'm not perfect. Just ask Coach Hoke."

Joe Schad @schadjoe

Denard Robinson says character is who you are when no one else is watching

Joe Schad @schadjoe

Denard Robinson says "it doesn't matter where you come from. Anything is possible."

Joe Schad @schadjoe

Some Big Ten schools and players passed on chance to succeed Kirk Cousins' speech but Denard Robinson accepted the challenge and delivered

 

Stephen J. Nesbitt @stephenjnesbitt

Denard Robinson: “It wasn’t easy where I came from. What made it possible was my two parents, who had nothing but gave everything.”

 

Background behind the speech:

http://espn.go.com/colleges/michigan/football/story/_/id/8203602/denard…

 


Video (embedded below):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfsCcuiyO70&feature=youtu.be

2012 Nebraska "UNRIVALED" TECHFIT Uniform

2012 Nebraska "UNRIVALED" TECHFIT Uniform

Submitted by ChuckWood on July 27th, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Nebraska will be wearing these against Wisconsin this year on Sept 29th.

Good thing they will be wearing these, that was one of the most difficult games to watch last year with all the red and white.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tI_TI23HcoM&feature=youtu.be