Forgive me for the embedding failure I lost my note on how to do that. This video by our good friend WolverineHistorian has me seriously even more psyched for September 1st. LETS GET THIS SEASON GOING!!!
According to this article, 5 star WR and arguably the #1 WR in the nation has Michigan in his top 5 along with Alabama, USC, Oregon, and Michigan State.
This is obviously good new, since we're in the top 5 for the #1 receiver in the country, so while there hasn't been much discussion about him on our end, maybe something happens here. I'm surprised by the inclusion of us and MSU though, because OSU and Pitt, two schools that were presumed to be the favorites for a while, were both left out.
Update: From Trieu and 11 Warriors, 3 star OT from Indiana has committed to OSU. This one is legit. I say this because earlier this year he caused a stir by tweeting he committed to OSU when he actually had no offer. Must have earned one after FNL.
Update: 2014 Top 50 LB Clifton Garrett from Illinois, who was at FNL last night and is at the BBQ this weekend just tweeted that MSU had a lead over OSU before FNL, and still has a slight lead. *Edit: Will not be at BBQ, thanks to Spartanfan for the correction.
Update: According to his twitter, Channing Stribling was invited to the Marine AA game in LA. Nice to see another recruit getting some accolades, especially one as under the radar as Stribling.
Got invited to the Marine All-American game in LA...came in unknown again...
days until Joe Bolden takes the field for the first time against the Crimson Tide.
According to "Tremendous" Derrick Green's visit may be much more just a courtesy call. No guarantees or gut feelings, but "there's a lot of smoke building with this situation".
Check it out:
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).
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.
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.
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
Not bad. Not bad at all IMO. The 1G could be a little more Maize and not gold, but other then that, I don't mind it too much.
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:
Denard Robinson also talked about his family, including a brother who died when he was 10.
Denard Robinson says it was tough to do the right things growing up on the neighborhood he grew up in
Denard Robinson says he didn't leave Michigan b/c his teammates were his brothers
Emotional Denard Robinson doing an outstanding job delivering a speech at Big Ten kickoff before a huge ball room
Denard Robinson: "I met the President of the United States. And LeBron James. And they both knew who I was." (Laughter)
Denard Robinson: "Trust me. I'm not perfect. Just ask Coach Hoke."
Denard Robinson says character is who you are when no one else is watching
Denard Robinson says "it doesn't matter where you come from. Anything is possible."
Some Big Ten schools and players passed on chance to succeed Kirk Cousins' speech but Denard Robinson accepted the challenge and delivered
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:
Video (embedded below):