MGoBlog in Chicago Recap

MGoBlog in Chicago Recap

Submitted by JeepinBen on August 18th, 2017 at 9:44 AM

Last night was the UMCGC's annual football preview with Brian, Seth, Zach Eisendrath (former M football staffer) and Adam Rittenberg (ESPN). The Club of Greater Chicago put on a great event with plenty of Lou Malnati's, 312, etc. and Brian and Seth gave interesting presentations before a nice roundtable Q&A. There were about 90 attendees.

Brian went position by position discussing just how good various groups are going to be. This was a nice update from what made it into HAIL thanks to fall camp tidbits. Video examples of what players do well was also a big hit.

Seth talked Don Brown's hybrids and had a few choice videoclips to show just how he messes with defenses.

Big takeaways that I had that the board may find interesting:

  • The WRs are going to be good. Brian said maybe even a step up from last year overall, with more big mistakes thanks to youth
  • Hudson was made for this defense and should reprise most of what Peppers did on defense really well
  • Cornerback is still an open question - so expect more blitzing/QB pressure
  • Mike Onwenu is down to 360 and may end up platooning a bit with Ruiz
  • RT is a true battle
  • For the West, Brian is high on Iowa, Adam thinks its Wisconsin, then possibly Northwestern
  • Bredeson should be OK to good - he was -5 to PFF but the other two freshmen starters in the league were -16 and -25. Brian missed a great opportunity to make a "Not that Michael Jordan" joke while in Chicago.
  • Brian thinks 10-2, Seth 9-3.
  • Thank Malik McDowell for a lot of MSU's problems last year. When your best player goes 100% like they did at M (Peppers, Wormley, Butt) that trickles down. When your best player takes plays off and gets away with it (MSU) that can destroy a culture.
  • Harbaugh's as innovative in private as he is in public. We all heard about Rome, we didn't all hear about new video carts and instant film review in practice. M's now on par with elite schools when it comes to using tech & the latest and greatest teaching tools.
  • Look for info from Seth soon on a preseason kickoff event and a homecoming tailgate.

MGoBlog LIVE Thursday in Chicago/ UMCGC Football Preview

MGoBlog LIVE Thursday in Chicago/ UMCGC Football Preview

Submitted by JeepinBen on August 16th, 2017 at 11:13 AM

Here's the email from the Chicago Area Alumni Association:

Hello wolverines!! Hope you've had a great summer - wanted to let you know we are hosting our 2017 Football Preview Event again this year. Sorry for the late notice, but we hope you'll join us for a fun evening just like last year!

Check out the info here: 


2017 Michigan Football Preview Event

When: Thursday, August 17, 2016, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Where: McGuireWoods, LLP, 77 West Wacker Dr., Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60601.

Cost: $15 AAUM Member-Discounted Admission (join using promo code UNITE); $30 General Admission**

Details: Join fellow alumni and several special guest speakers for our annual preview event, as we look into the 2017 Michigan Football season. During the evening, alums will be joined by Brian Cook & Seth Fisher from, Adam Rittenberg from ESPN, and more to be named!

You'll get insights on the upcoming season and an opportunity to ask your questions. We will be providing a pizza dinner and complimentary wine/beer for the evening.


Sponsor Note: Gathering Spots and Events for the Florida Game in Dallas (M bars/tailgates etc.)

Sponsor Note: Gathering Spots and Events for the Florida Game in Dallas (M bars/tailgates etc.)

Submitted by Seth on August 10th, 2017 at 7:52 PM

The Alumni Association’s Dallas Club put together this list of places M fans can get together over Labor Day weekend in Dallas if you’re going to the opener. I’m copy-pasting this from their site. They’ve also asked Dallas people (Dallasians? Dallations? Dalls?) to share any travel tips for visiting your awful city.


Whether you're visiting from out of town or among the thousands of Michigan alumni and fans who live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the Michigan Alumni Club of Dallas welcomes you for Michigan-Florida game weekend!  There's lots to do here in the DFW "Metroplex" - but when you're ready for a break, below are a few suggestions on where to meet up with other Wolverines for food and local brews.  Check back for late-breaking updates or visit our Facebook page.


Nickel and Rye, 2523 McKinney Avenue, Dallas - Uptown's "Michigan Bar".  You know you're in friendly territory when you see a Michigan flag over the entrance and a huge Block M painted on the outdoor patio.  Nickel and Rye offers a great selection of beer from national and local breweries, including Deep Ellum Brewing Co. in Dallas.  For each pint of Deep Ellum beer you buy, Nickel and Rye and Deep Ellum will donate $2 to our scholarship fund (Thursday 8/31 through Sunday 9/3).  Nickel and Rye also features great food and an excellent selection of cocktails.  Enjoy happy hour specials from 4 PM-7 PM on Thursday and 3 PM-7 PM on Friday.  See below for other events.

Houston Street Bar & Patio, 902 Houston Street, Fort Worth - Fort Worth's "Michigan Bar".  This Fort Worth favorite features burgers, sandwiches, pizza, drink and a rooftop patio!  Happy hour runs from 3 PM-8 PM Thursday and Friday, 12 PM-6 PM Saturday and all day Sunday, with a special menu for Michigan fans Tell your server "Go Blue!" and Houston Street will donate 10% of your tab to our scholarship fund (Thursday 8/31 through Sunday 9/3).

Fox and Hound, 18918 Midway Road, Dallas - our original "Michigan Bar".  If you're staying in the north suburbs or north Dallas, this location is probably closest to you.  Full bar with lunch/dinner menu.  Huge room with multiple screens for watching the football game on Saturday if you don't have tickets.  Plenty of free parking.


Alumni Territory Season Kickoff Tailgate, Arlington Convention Center, Arlington.  The official Alumni Association tailgate featuring food, beer, wine and an appearance by the Michigan Marching Band.  Admission is $100 for adult members and includes food and a hosted bar (beer and wine).  Kids 5 and under get in free, and anyone not wishing to drink alcohol at the tailgate can purchase a "minor" tailgate ticket for $80, regardless of age.

Do-it-Yourself tailgating.  Check out these tips for doing your own tailgate at AT&T Stadium.  Labor Day in Dallas is typically sunny and HOT - be prepared with sunscreen and plenty of fluids.

Other tailgating.  The U-M Club of Dallas Facebook page may feature posts from local alumni who are organizing their own tailgate activities.  If you're a local, we encourage you to join our Facebook group and share your plans.


Humperdinks Arlington (700 Six Flags Dr, Arlington, TX) opens at 10 AM with a section for Wolverine fans. Humperdinks offers a $15 round-trip shuttle service to the stadium starting 3 hours before game time.  If their lot is full, overflow parking should be available across the street (observe posted signs). Management recommends you arrive on the early side to get a seat and sign up for the shuttle time of your choice.

Nickel and Rye, 2523 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, our Uptown Michigan bar, is opening its doors early for Michigan fans. Starting at 9 AM, get fired up for the game with brunch and drinks on the patio.


Don't have tickets to the game?  Catch it at one of our three DFW watch party locations:

Nickel and Rye, 2523 McKinney Avenue, Dallas.  Indoor and patio seating.  Nickel and Rye will donate 10% of your tab to our scholarship fund if you wear maize and blue or mention "Go Blue!" to your server.

Houston Street Bar & Patio, 902 Houston Street, Fort Worth.  Indoor and rooftop seating (only limited TV viewing on rooftop).  Houston Street will donate 10% of your tab to our scholarship fund if you wear maize and blue or mention "Go Blue!" to your server.

Fox and Hound, 18918 Midway Road, Dallas.  Indoor seating with patio break area (no TV viewing on patio). The largest and oldest Michigan bar in the DFW area, Fox & Hound features an extensive menu, full bar and plenty of big screen TVs.


Thursday, August 31

  • Nickel and Rye: Happy hour 4-7 PM. $5 burgers all night long. Live music starting at 7
  • Houston Street Bar & Patio: Happy hour 3-8 PM.  Rooftop reservations and large trays available (see flyer)

Friday, September 1

  • Nickel and Rye: Bell's Brewery pint night - keep the glass!  Happy hour 4-7 PM. Live music starting at 7. Live DJ starting at 10
  • Houston Street Bar & Patio: Happy hour 3-8 PM.  Rooftop reservations and large trays available (see flyer)

Saturday, September 2 - Game Day

  • Nickel and Rye: Opens early for brunch on the patio at 9 AM.  Watch party begins in early afternoon.  Live music starting at 7. Live DJ starting at 10
  • Houston Street Bar & Patio: Opens at 11 AM. Happy hour and watch party 12-6 PM.  Rooftop reservations and large trays available (see flyer)
  • Fox and Hound: Opens at 11 AM. Full bar with large assortment of beer. Watch party begins in early afternoon

Sunday, September 3

  • Nickel and Rye: Opens for brunch on the patio at 10:30 AM
  • Houston Street Bar & Patio: Opens at 11 AM. Happy hour all day!  Rooftop reservations and large trays available (see flyer)

OT: Gold Membership with Alumni Association

OT: Gold Membership with Alumni Association

Submitted by hopkinsdrums on July 4th, 2016 at 12:49 AM

Hello all,


For those who may know the process and its intricacies, I just did a recent grad life membership renewal with the U-M Alumni Association. One thing I can't figure out: aside from getting a card that says "Gold Member," does paying the additional $50 to get the Gold Membership added to whichever level give any additional benefit? I appreciate any input here.

U-M Alumni Event in Melbourne, Australia- November 28

U-M Alumni Event in Melbourne, Australia- November 28

Submitted by expatriate on October 16th, 2015 at 1:35 AM

With Michigan football enthusiasm at a (near) zenith, I wanted to draw attention to an event where our most distant alumni are trying to build a community.


There are roughly 400-500 Michigan alumni in Australia, according to the Alumni Association (contact information is spotty though). I thought this would be a good way to get the word out. Here's the formal announcement of our event in Melbourne (the home town of Blake O'Neill) on November 28 (which in Australia is the EVE of the Michigan-Ohio State game).

Meet Fellow U of M Alumni in Australia

We would like to invite you to join your fellow U of M alumni living and working in Australia to celebrate all things Maize & Blue on the eve of the biggest game of the year- Michigan vs Ohio State.

We hope you will join us on November 28 at "The Trunk" in Melbourne, Victoria at 2:30 PM for drinks, food, and camaraderie with other Wolverines.

For those interested in staying and watching The Game on Sunday morning (time TBD), a venue is being organised.

Go Blue! 

U of M Club of Australia


If you are in Australia or know anyone in Australia, we would love a plug. I have found that our alumni crave some kind of connection to the alma mater (which holds events in China and Singapore but not Australia). If you post on this thread we can find a way to get you the official registration info- unlike other alumni events, there is no charge. Go Blue!


-Your fellow University of Michigan Australians

Alumni association single game tickets reminder and question

Alumni association single game tickets reminder and question

Submitted by tsabesi on May 3rd, 2015 at 12:06 PM

For those that haven't seen it, the Alumni Association is selling single game tickets to members May 8 for lifetime members and May 11 for annual members.



I'm considering buying tickets this way for the first time, and I'm highlighting it to the board hoping someone will let me know the section and row these seats are usually in (I can't seem to find it on the board or interwebz). Is the alumni section the one in the first 40 or so rows in the SW corner of the endzone?


UMDC Alumni Association Auction

UMDC Alumni Association Auction

Submitted by Scrantastic on March 23rd, 2015 at 9:57 PM

Fellow MGoBloggers,


The University of Michigan Alumni Association of Washington D.C. is hosting our annual fundraiser right now.  The silent auction supports our clubs activities, but more importantly funds the scholarships that we give to deserving DC-area students who attend the University.

There are some pretty "a-maize-ing" items up for grabs right now, including a lifetime membership to the alumni association, tickets to football games this season and a variety of Michigan-related swag.  It's a completely non-profit organization and much of the money goes back to the University in the form of need-based scholarships.  

Please take the time to looks at the listings below and check back periodically as more items may be added.  Bidding ends March 31st.  Thanks and Go Blue!

Alumni Association Discussion about Student Attendance

Alumni Association Discussion about Student Attendance

Submitted by Yostal on March 3rd, 2014 at 1:16 PM

It seems like the AD is using the Alumni Association to glean some feedback about the declining student attendance numbers.  If you'd like to share your well-reseasoned two cents (and actually see some pretty reasonable takes as well.)  Check out this link:

Student Attendance Declining at Big House

MGoBlog in Chicago - Update

MGoBlog in Chicago - Update

Submitted by JeepinBen on July 17th, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Last thread on the topic from me, but a week from today the AAUM-Chicago is having their football preview event. Brian and others are featured guests and speakers.

I'll post a recap after the event, and I'll see other Chicago Wolverines there

2013 Michigan Football Preview Night with Brian Cook, Gerry Dinardo, and Sam Webb - UPDATE
When: Wednesday, July 24, 5:30-8pm
Where: Jenner & Block, LLP, 353 N. Clark, 45th Floor
Cost: $25 for Alumni Association members; $40 for non-members
Details: Join us next week for an exciting night in anticipation of Michigan's 2013 football season. Following a cocktail reception, we’ll hear from three experts on Wolverine and Big Ten football. Brian Cook (MGoBlog) will discuss a few X-factors for success in the Wolverines’ coming season; Sam Webb (WTKA & GoBlueWolverine) will talk about U of M’s incoming players and Coach Hoke’s 2014-15 recruiting; and Gerry Dinardo (Big Ten Network & 670 The Score) will discuss the Wolverines’ schedule and his view of how they'll fare in the Big Ten and nationally. Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A where our speakers will field questions from you! For more information on our panelist, visit our club's homepage.
The cost of attendance includes light appetizers, beer, and wine, and all profits from the event will go toward our club's scholarship fund for Chicago-area U of M students. Space for this event is limited, so register now!
UPDATE: Brian will be signing copies of MGoBlog's preview magazine, Hail To The Victors 2013, for attendees that purchase it.
Registration: To register, click here or call the Alumni Association at 800-847-4764.
Contact: Questions? Email Bruce Canetti at [email protected].