OT: Jimmy V Foundation Auction

OT: Jimmy V Foundation Auction

Submitted by freernnur5 on July 11th, 2012 at 1:41 PM

I wanted to let people know of the Jimmy V foundation auction going on now. It is for a very good cause. There are lots of good items up for sale, but the two I wanted to highlight were Michigan related items.

First is the College Gameday experience for the Michigan vs. Alabama football game:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MICHIGAN-vs-ALABAMA-ULTIMATE-COLLEGE-FOOTBALL-EXPERIENCE-COWBOYS-STADIUM-NCAA-/170870529334?pt=US_Tickets_all_in_one&hash=item27c8ad5d36

Second is a Tom Brady Autographed helmet:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/TOM-BRADY-UNIVERSITY-MICHIGAN-SIGNED-FULL-SIZE-AUTHENTIC-HELMET-AUTO-NCAA-COA-/180919146083?pt=US_NCAA_Fan_Shop&hash=item2a1f9f1663

 

Here is a link to all the items being auctioned:

http://stores.ebay.com/V-Foundation-ESPN-Auctions?_rdc=1

Phil Steele predictions on Michigan, Ohio, & Big 10

Phil Steele predictions on Michigan, Ohio, & Big 10

Submitted by StephenRKass on July 11th, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Over at Eleven Warriors, Phil Steele gives a long interview on his process of ranking teams, along with his take on Ohio, Michigan, and the rest of the Big 10. It is a fascinating read, and gives a sense of why Steele does such a good job of predicting. (LINK:  http://www.elevenwarriors.com/2012/07/12344/12-0-is-a-possibility-chatting-with-phil-steele#more)

Of greatest interest here are his comments on Michigan. Here are a few quotes:

 Last season, Brady Hoke and the Wolverines were one of the bigger success stories in the country. Do you think that can be sustained?  

Phil Steele:  Last year, Michigan had the best case scenario. Going 11-2, that’s about as good as it can get. When you look at things a little bit closer, the bowl game (against Virginia Tech)for example, they got out first-downed 22-12, outgained 377-184, but at the end of the game, they ended up winning.

You look at the Notre Dame game, heading into the fourth quarter you’re thinking Notre Dame is going to win by 24 points. They completely dominated the game and then ended up coming up short when Denard Robinson had a touchdown pass in the final seconds.

This year the schedule gets a little bit tougher. I do think this season’s team is a little bit stronger if they can get the defensive line going.

I just don’t think they’ll overachieve like they did last year.

I have them as an underdog against Alabama, a slight underdog at Notre Dame, an underdog at Nebraska and an underdog at Ohio State. That doesn’t mean they’ll lose all of them, but I think their odds of getting 11 wins are a little more difficult.

There is more in the interview on Michigan, but you can only quote so much. The whole piece is very good. Interestingly, Eleven Warriors predicts that Michigan will beat Alabama (although, Steele begs to differ, and thinks it would be quite an upset.)

Vernon Hargreaves says Shane Morris was the best QB at the Opening

Vernon Hargreaves says Shane Morris was the best QB at the Opening

Submitted by althegreat23 on July 11th, 2012 at 12:50 PM

247 sports asked No. 1 CB Vernon Hargreaves to break down some of the players at The Opening

On Shane Morris:

"He's a baller. He was definitely the best quarterback here."

Others of note:

Alvin Bailey - "Bailey has been doing good. He makes the big catch when we need it."

Kendall Fuller- "He plays a lot like I do. He's aggressive, not a lot of balls go his way. I guess a lot of people know not to test him."

http://247sports.com/Article/Vernon-Hargreaves-the-nations-top-CB-evaluates-his-peers-80246

Gibbons named to Lou Groza Watchlist

Gibbons named to Lou Groza Watchlist

Submitted by a2_electricboogaloo on July 11th, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Brendan Gibbons has been named to the pre-season watchlist for the Lou Groza award, the award for college football's best kicker (full list here).  He is one of seven Big Ten kickers to make it on the watchlist, making up nearly a quarter of the 30 total kickers.

Just the fact that he has made it on this list, after the abysmal season he and our other goal kickers had in 2010, is a testament to how much he has improved as a player in the last two years (and a testament to how much brunette girls have improved him).

NCAA Football 13 Gameplay. Michigan vs Alabama

NCAA Football 13 Gameplay. Michigan vs Alabama

Submitted by WingsNWolverines on July 11th, 2012 at 2:15 AM

I have not yet picked up my copy of NCAAF 13 so I did some searching on youtube for gameplay on it of Michigan and low and behold I found a gameplay video of Michigan vs Alabama (at the Big House). So far watching this video i have made a few observations.

1. I still hate EA's graphics. There is no comparison to 2K in my opinion. 2k will always rule EA.

2. I still think the tackling looks bad and the players aren't fully gripping their opposition to the ground during a tackle or sack.

3. The motion however does look a lot smoother and the locomotion of the players does look more realisitc.

4. Denard still doesn't have dreads.

5. The crowd still looks horribly fake. They just do not care about crowd A I at EA.

6. Players on the sidelines still look the same as they did in NCAA 12.

7. Michigan's coach doesnt have an M on the shirt. I know it's not suppose to look like Hoke but c'mon some school threads would be nice.

8. Still see a lot of missed tackles in this game.

9. Play by play is still bad and makes you feel like you're listening to NCAA 12.

10. Studio updates are kind of cool I guess. I'm just not impressed with what I have seen so far and playing the demo I wasn't impressed either. I give it 3 out of 5.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHXaa_tNt_0

Junior Hemingway NCAA Football 13 PS3 cover

Junior Hemingway NCAA Football 13 PS3 cover

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on July 11th, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Been looking all over the internet for a Hemingway custom cover. I decided to try making one myself. I think it came out pretty well. Remember, my All-90s team is up on NCAA 13 teambuilder. Just look up my ID: WolverineDevotee.

UPDATE: Apparently, Junior approves!

Why do we sell so many tickets to our opponents?

Why do we sell so many tickets to our opponents?

Submitted by ThadMattasagoblin on July 10th, 2012 at 10:49 PM

This has been bugging me for a while, and I understand it's done as a courtesy gesture, but why do we give Ohio 15000-20000 tickets to the Big House when Ohio gives us a meager 5000 tickets to THE GAME in Columbus.  I've noticed the same thing with MSU with seeing a smaller block of Maize and Blue in their stadium than what they get in Ann Arbor.  Another example is Penn State.

META: Lost "Hello" posts for recruits who never came to UM?

META: Lost "Hello" posts for recruits who never came to UM?

Submitted by bronxblue on July 10th, 2012 at 9:39 PM

As others have noted, we are solidly in the dead period for college sports, and as such we are all trying to keep the good times going here at the blog.  Plus, it sounds like most of us are still waiting on our copy of HTTV.

With that in mind, I started to think about the inner workings of the blog, and one thing I always wondered was how "pre-written" are the Hello posts for new recruits.  I mean, there is an obvious difference in quality between the posts created for the expected signings and those that come out when a long-snapper joins the squad (NTTIAWT).  In order to have the information available to inquiring minds as soon as possible, I presume that Ace and his predecessors have pre-written at least parts of the posts beforehand, adding in a bit of context and some final notes when it becomes official.

So I was wondering, is there a repository of those Hello posts for recruits who didn't sign at UM somewhat unexpected, and if so, is anyone else dying to read some of them?  Sure, it's 100% schadenfreude, but being able to look at a bit and see what might have been, or what bullet was dodged, would be pretty insightful.  I mean, a partially-completed "Hello: Terrelle Pryor" post would be epic considering what has transpired.  Or the great lost DT class of 2008 with a pun-filled Pearlie Graves and DeQuinta Jones posts, when Jay Hopson was expected to open up the Southeast to Michigan rule.  Or the "Suck on it Ohio"-ness of the Brionte Dunn welcome page.

Again, this might drag up bad memories and all, but I think as fans sometimes we forget what might have been and revise history in the process.  Anyone else share this sentiment?

Mike Farrells awards from The Opening

Mike Farrells awards from The Opening

Submitted by robbyt003 on July 10th, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Good and bad reviews of the Michigan recruits. 

First the bad:

Taco Charlton (Bear Market Award)

This award goes to the player who lowered his stock the most from the camp. While Pickerington (Ohio) Central defensive end Taco Charlton looks the part, he really struggled. He has great size, long arms and he is very athletic. However, he is also very upright, only has an outside move and when coaches tried to teach him misdirection or crossover, he didn't grasp it well at all. He was beaten on almost every 1-on-1 rep he took.

The not so bad:

Shane Morris (Honorable Mention - Tunnel Vision Award)

Honorable mention:Warren (Mich.) De La Salle quarterback Shane Morris was clearly one of the top three quarterbacks at the event, but his team was the favorite to win it all with weapons like O.J. HowardTaquan Mizzell and Ahmad Fulwood. However, his Land Sharks team was eliminated early mainly because Morris focused on one side of the field and locked in on certain players. He has a cannon of an arm and a ton of upside, but his field vision needs to improve.

The Good:

Shane Morris (Spin It Award)

It was very clear that Warren (Mich.) De La Salle quarterback Shane Morris had the best arm at the event. He has a cannon of an arm and there's not a throw he can't make. With some of the other quarterbacks showing funky mechanics or not spinning the ball that well, it was fun to see him rear back and let it rip. He has a hose, as they say in the quarterback business.

Also an interesting part on Joe Mathis and his poor attitude.  

http://michigan.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1383918