Like most of you that were in the office July 5th and 6th, I spent about 70% of my time at work reading the digital HTTV that came via email. So, what did you think? Any sections surprise you? Any predictions floor you from the round table? Any opponent previews give you a different thought about how that game will go?
The thread about whether you liked old or new forum made me think that a single place to put requests which aren't bug related in one post would be nice. Make a post and outline a feature you'd like to see. If you read it and like it, upvote it so the admin's can see the more pressing items that the community would like to see. If something is posted and there's a workaround or maybe the person didn't see it was already a feature, reply to it outlining where it is etc... Maybe one of the mods can sticky this as well so it doesn't drop off the top for a while.
I think they're working now. Thumbs up? Thumbs down?
To launch the new site we have to freeze content on this one and download it all. The site will still work today as normal but anything posted from now until the swap--comments, posts, whatever, is going to go away. If you're working on a big diary or something, save it for after launch.
NOTE: If you get yourself banned today that's going to hurt. All rules still in effect.
See you again on 3.0
I wrote a thread a couple days ago on Twitter about my health and what will be a couple-week absence. Copy-pasted because I'm feeling lazy:
A health update of sorts: I'm going to be mostly absent from writing (at least that you'll see right away) for the next couple weeks. I'm taking next week to write my articles for the preview magazine and the following week I fly to Alabama for surgery.
This should be minor and quite beneficial. I'm getting my increasingly sick gall bladder removed and having my esophagus repaired to solve my long-running issues with acid reflux. It's all part of the big-picture plan to get fully healthy. At the very least, it should make me more comfortable and improve my quality of life, and I'm quite optimistic it'll continue pushing me down the path to being asymptomatic.
I look forward to returning soon in better health, and can't say enough how much I appreciate the support and well-wishes.
May 1 - Thursday
Brian realizes that he was premature in announcing that MN WR Bryce McNeal had committed. He likely will soon though.
Yep, looks like McNeal is in based on his Myspace page.
May 2 - Friday
Unverified Voracity Seeks Novelty. There’s a picture of the $290,000 personal check that Beilein wrote to WVU for his buyout. Also, he is in on a CA PG named Darius Morris.
Mailbag: How do Rodriguez’s recruits compare to those at WVU? And will ‘M’ produce as much pro talent and if not will that hurt the brand? Will there ever be a playoff and wouldn’t it diminish the regular season?
May 5 - Monday
Recruiting update. VA RB David Wilson’s recruitment is heating up. ‘M’ is in on him, but VA Tech seems likely.
Good news from the OHL draft as both Jon Merrill and Jared Knight were both picked on what appear to be flier picks.
May 6 - Tuesday
Unverified Voracity Thinks He’s Younger than Hannah Montana. The 2010 hockey class is shaping up nicely. The basketball team now has the funding for a practice facility.
APR numbers are out. Football is down slightly, but basketball is in a dangerous place.
May 7 - Wednesday
Charlie Weis doesn’t like excuses, but all he does is make them.
Unverified Voracity Drop its H. Uh oh, Rodriguez has given #1 to JT Floyd, and Braylon isn’t happy. In hindsight, this sounds more like sarcasm, but apparently not in 2008.
Edwards, poised to be one of the dominant NFL receivers of the next ten years, is going to be a resource both financial and otherwise no matter what happens here. But there's no reason to annoy him, or annoy fans who like a tradition that dates back 30 years (Tyrone Butterfield excepted), or remove whatever small recruiting juju exists when you dangle the 1 in front of a kid who knows what it means.
May 8 - Thursday
Rodriguez has been touring as many alumni club meetings as he can, and attendee reports are gathered here.
I asked him what the strongest position group on the team is so far; I was hoping he'd reply "defensive line" or "tailback" because that'd at least confirm my hope that U-M will be kickass at something this year. He leaned back and scratched his chin and told me he'd not thought about it like that, but he'd have to say: linebackers. I was a little surprised. My girlfriend told him that I'd been expecting he'd say "defensive line." He said, "Yeah, but your boyfriend's not thinking about some of those freshmen we have coming in." How to take that? I don't know. Either the whole team blows worse than I'd feared or he's extremely impressed with that handful of four-stars he and Lloyd scored.
May 9 - Friday
A long post explaining and refuting various playoff criticisms.
May 12 - Monday
Recruiting Update. Things seemed done at QB with Newsome and Beaver; however, there are persistent rumors that Tate Forcier will still commit. Rumors almost as persistent as Brian calling him Jason. Also, Keith Nichol is transferring from Oklahoma and might end of up ‘M’ too.
May 13 - Tuesday
Unverified Voracity Remembers Wolverine Great Chris Carter. In other Michigan prep star coming home news, SG Laval Lucas-Perry is transferring from Arizona and will join the basketball program in January 2009.
May 14 - Wednesday
Banner contest time! Unfortunately, last year’s winner only lasted a few days before the Horror. The nice thing is that the post includes a screen shot of pink MGoBlog in those early days of September.
The NCAA tries to fix APR. Fails.
EDSBS Charity Bowl. I think it’s the first. Michigan leads so far.
Brian is going to be out of town for a few days. Light posting ahead.
May 15 - Thursday
Unverified Voracity Defeats Tornados and wins the charity bowl.
Orson's moral is "never get in a fundraising war with Michigan"; mine is "I really should be asking for more donations."
May 16 - Friday
May 19 - Monday
Recruiting Update. Bryce McNeal is officially committed. IL OL Michael Schofield added to the board.
Unverified Voracity Attends Other Sports because they’re all (Baseball, Softball, Men’s Track and Field, and Men’s Tennis) doing very well. Also, Braylon won the battle of the #1.
May 20 - Tuesday
May 21 - Wednesday
Mailbag. Is Michigan now a hot destination for recruits? Is OSU hotter? CMU has trouble retaining players, and how many possessions will the offense use to put up all the points they will score?
May 22 - Thursday
The All-Carr Team: Offense. This is fun look back, but here is just the first team:
QB - Drew Henson (2000)
WR - Braylon Edwards (2004)
WR - David Terrell (2000)
RB - Tshimunga Biakabutuka (1995)
FB - Chris Floyd (1997)
TE - Bennie Joppru (2002)
LT - Jake Long (2007)
LG - Steve Hutchinson (2000)
C - Rod Payne (1996)
RG - David Baas (2003)
RT - Jon Runyan (1995)
May 23 - Friday
Unverified Voracity Lists Insultees. Brian lists them all, but Cris Carter isn’t one of them.
May 26 - Monday
Memorial Day. No posting.
May 27 - Tuesday
DE - Lamarr Woodley (2006)
DE - Glen Steele (1997)
DT - Alan Branch (2006)
DT - Jason Horn (1995)
LB - David Harris (2006)
LB - Larry Foote (2001)
LB - Victor Hobson (2002)
CB - Charles Woodson (1997)
CB - Leon Hall (2006)
S - Marcus Ray (1997)
S - Jamar Adams (2007)
May 28 - Wednesday
Recruiting Update. FL LB Brandin Hawthorne added to the board. Keith Nichol is headed to MSU.
Unverified Voracity Seeks Help because MGoBlog 3.0 is coming soon!
After a few days pounding away at MGoBlog 3.0, my initial reaction is: this is going to be so cool if I don't go insane and do something rash like challenge Charlie Weis to deep-fried-butter-eating contest or try to dunk on Jason Maxiell. If you've got mad Drupal chops and can answer questions like "Images: wtf?" and "WYSIWIG editors: wtf?" and "am I going to kill performance by enabling like 600 modules, wtf?" please drop me a line.
May 29 - Thursday
Brian needs to get some things off his chest regarding sports blogs. His grievances are:
Creepily Stalking Hotties
Erin Andrews (this is specific to the first)
May 30 - Friday
So the baseball team is in the NCAA tournament. They are a #2 but actually hosting their regional. They are joined by Arizona, Kentucky, and EMU.
May 31 - Saturday
Baseball regional open thread. ‘M’ lost to Arizona and will play Kentucky in the elimination game.
Anyone else having trouble searching? It's getting nice out and I wanted to look for bbq recipes, but I just pull up a blank page when I search for anything.
I'd search to see if the search is down for a reason or another but...
SOMEONE PICK MO HURST ALREADY!!
April 1 - Tuesday
The first hello post after a flurry of commits at the end of March. Hello Teric Jones.
April 2 - Wednesday
Unverifie--YEEAAAAAGH HORRIBLE BOR-INFANT because of a great Boren-head-on-baby photoshop effort. Also, some spring football news with LBs John Thompson, Obi Ezeh, and Marell Evans getting good reviews.
April 3 - Thursday
While Isaiah Bell and Teric Jones are "under the radar" "sleepers" at this point in time, Justin Turner is "wicked sweet" and "maybe the best prospect in Ohio." He's currently #42 in the Rivals 100, and #137 at Scout.
April 4 - Friday
Unverified Voracity is Like a Free Ride. Football spring practice is way more open than it used to be. Also, it turns out the Ann Arbor News was less than ethical in its reporting on academics and ‘M’ student-athletes.
April 7 - Monday
Brian copies an EDSBS feature with Stuff Green and White People Like, including “talking about how hot the chicks are.”
Even the women will do this. It does not matter that this fan, grad, or provost might, say, be a 180 pound 5'2" woman, or, more commonly, a moderately in-shape girl with a blond dye job and a face Sarah Jessica Parker would find unpleasantly equine.
April 8 - Tuesday
Recruiting update with a brief run down on each position group. MN WR Bryce McNeal is a possibility to commit soon. NJ DE Anthony LaLota, OH RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, and AZ DE Craig Roh have been added to the board.
Brian is heading to Denver for the Frozen Four, so he gives a programming update.
April 9 - Wednesday
UV. Mario Manningham has sent a letter to NFL teams to admit that he has used marijuana but is no longer.
April 10 - Thursday
Brian is in Denver.
Mailbag. Will ‘M’ football have a night game? Which is better, Rivals or Scout?
I must confess to having considerably less experience with Scout than one might expect. I was briefly a subscriber there but let it lapse. (Subscribing to two separate recruiting websites is a bridge too far even for me.) Also, I've never gotten either site's magazine. I've leafed through a copy of The Wolverine or two and it seemed fine for something on "paper" or whatever you call it. From what I've gathered, Scout's mag is weak sauce that only exists so the U can't turn them down for press credentials and the like.
Scout and Rivals are extremely different sites. The Wolverine is amongst the most professional recruiting sites out there. Go Blue Wolverine is a cult. This isn't all bad for GBW, since the cult is based around Tom Beaver, the chief koolaid purveyor* in all of Wolverine land. Name a personality disorder and Beaver probably has it: megalomania, workaholism, ellipses fetishization, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder. Slightly over half of these are very annoying; the other half are useful.
April 14 - Monday
Game column for Michigan’s loss to Notre Dame in the Frozen Four. It’s a very poignant piece, as Brian relates his observations of Billy Sauer’s mother.
April 15 - Tuesday
A look ahead at the 2009 hockey team with possible departures, incoming freshmen, and wild stabs at line combinations.
April 16 - Wednesday
A recap of various observers from the spring game, including Craig Ross. The QBs look awful, and the Offensive Line wasn’t far behind.
Justin Boren is a communist. Past that, the threat level here is pink or orange or whatever is equivalent to "the nukes are on their way." Virtually every observer has called the offensive line a Sauer -- zing -- this spring, and when Rodriguez made the quarterbacks live for a brief period Threet was immediately knocked out with a minor injury.
April 17 - Thursday
Unverified WHAT? Voracity YEAH. Tressel is back to bringing up “gentlemen’s agreements” within the Big 10. Now Rodriguez is being asked about it again, and Brian thinks this type of journalism is terrible.
April 18 - Friday
D Mark Mitera might make the jump to the NHL. Sources seem to be split.
Mitera is staying and has been named the captain for the ‘09 team.
April 21 - Monday
Unverified Voracity Does Unusual Things at Cedar Point. Spring hype at WVU means being excited that your team is going to throw more and how much better the offense is going to be.
Hey! They're just like us. Except their team finished 50th, 5th and15th in total offense the past two years while Michigan was 55th, 38th and 68th. It's surreal to see these guys complaining about "DickFraud" (LOL!!1!) like he's Mike Debord.
Apparently EDSBS posted a picture of Mark Mangino’s for sale house and got in trouble?
April 22 - Tuesday
Wizard Hat and Snake Oil memes are dead. Roy Roundtree says switching his commitment was his choice.
Recruiting update. Fun names added: FL QB Eugene Smith, FL RB Vincent Smith, and TX QB Shavodrick Beaver. QB Kevin Newsome seems close to committing (if hints from his Myspace page are to be believed).
April 23 - Wednesday
Jake Long was the first overall pick in the NFL draft. Brian takes the occasion to run down recent ‘M’ OLs, and try to figure out why that position group got really bad around 2001/2002. Andy Moeller maybe?
Unverified Voracity Desperately Seeking RBUAS. It sounds like Newsome is likely committed, and Tate Forcier is talking to him on Myspace about going to ‘M’ together.
April 24 - Thursday
Football recruit and Mose Schrute look alike Andrew Russell challenges J Lehman for best CFB head shot.
April 25 - Friday
Saginaw native and St. Johns’ basketball player Larry Wright is transferring to be closer to family and ‘M’ seems like a fit. Looks like he ended up at OU.
April 28 - Monday
Unverified Voracity and Stuff. Bill Belicheck weighs in on Pierre Woods and proverbially scratches his head about the lack of playing time in Woods’ senior year.
April 29 - Tuesday
Recruiting update. All signs pointing to ‘M’ taking a second QB. Candidates are Shavodrick Beaver, Tate Forcier, and Geno Smith. Also TX WR Josh Gordon says he will commit to ‘M’ if he gets an offer.
April 30 - Wednesday
Informative part of the Beaver commit. Rodriguez has two athletic QBs to build his future on.