Unverified Voracity Finds A Mascot Comment Count

Brian July 5th, 2012 at 1:32 PM

HTTV delivery schedule. I've gotten a lot of emails about when your hands can wrap around a copy of Hail To The Victors, and the answer is "soon." The launch party was the first I'd seen of the magazines myself and we're having some teething problems when it comes to getting them in the mail in a cost-effective way. (Kickstarter's reporting mechanisms are not complicated enough to handle what we wanted to do so we did quite a bit of shoehorning.) I'm expecting this will happen very soon. If you filled out a kickstarter survey, you're good. (If you haven't: do so ASAP.)

UPDATE: Unless we don't have your shipping info, everything that doesnt get a specialty t-shirt will be going out this week. Everything with specialty shirts will be going out mid next week.

Van Bergen 2.0. That's DT commit Henry Poggi, man:

Tremendous: OK, so I have to ask if you've ever seen a picture of Ryan Van Bergen. You can't deny the resemblance.

Henry (laughs): Yes, yes I have seen a few. Actually, when my brother Jim heard that I was looking at Michigan and sent me a picture of Van Bergen on Facebook and told me I looked exactly like this guy.

Tremendous: When we first started doing the site, we did a breakdown on you and I remember Keith calling me going off about how much you looked like Van Bergen, especially with the long hair. What are the long term flow plans?

Henry: I will definitely be staying with the long hair.

Mascot model. He's got a bike, he's in a suit, he's a mascot apart.


Yeah, he's a jaguar, not a wolverine. If he's willing to be environmentally friendly and stand on the sideling clapping disinterestedly while talking about real estate, he's Michigan's man. Jaguar. Whatever.

That's all that's left. It's testament to the work Wolverine Historian has put in that he's just posted highlights of the 1995 Memphis game:

He notes you should keep an eye out for Charles Woodson's hair around the 2 minute mark.

New bowl order. In the long term, John Junker's Fiesta Bowl plunder may be a benefit for college football since it seems like it was a wakeup call to college football conferences. Slapped with a torrent of bad publicity, various commissioners descended to the war room to plan strategy, found that they had all the power, and proceeded using it. First the SEC and Big 12 decided they'd co-own a bowl, now the ACC(!) has made a power play with the Orange Bowl:

If there was any doubt that the bowls are the biggest losers in the new postseason arrangement, the new ACC-Orange Bowl deal should put that to rest.  That’s because the most significant part of it is this:

Along with the announcement that it will be aligned with the Orange Bowl, the ACC also told ESPN that it now controls the broadcast rights to the bowl, meaning that it will be taking bids on who broadcasts it, and will be taking at least 50 percent of those broadcast rights for itself.

It’s evidence of a sea change in who’s calling the shots.

“It’s a de-centralization,” one BCS source said. “Conferences taking control of their bowl games and determining who participates in the games. It’s the conferences really loaning their bowl games to us to have semifinals.”

I wonder if the Big Ten and Pac 12 are exerting the same leverage under the table with the Rose Bowl. That seems 50-50: Delany has been pretty ruthless at acquiring the money but Grandaddy don't hear too well these days, sonny, lean in so I can hear you better…

What was that again?

In other bowl rejiggeration news, we've found out what happens when the Rose or whoever loses a team to the playoff:

So when you hear the term “contract bowl” to describe the Rose, Champions and Orange bowls, it literally means those games have their own contracts with individual conferences. Hence, if they lose one of their contracted champions to the playoff, they can replace that team with any other team from that partner conference, minimum ranking be damned. The BCS is not dictating which conferences get these contracts. There’s nothing stopping one of those bowls from signing the Big East or Mountain West, but realistically it’s not going to happen.

That's Stewart Mandel, who also says that this AQ/non-AQ business that was supposed to be going away actually isn't: if the Rose is hosting a semi and the Big Ten champ doesn't make it, they have a guaranteed slot in one of the three "access" bowls that will fill out the new six-bowl red carpet lineup. No such luck for the Big East, let alone anyone else. In practice, expanding the number to 12 and going strictly on the selection committee's rankings of who are the best teams will get remotely deserving minor conference champs in most of the time.

We must protect the Rose Bowl from the horror of hosting the Pac 12 and Big Ten champions. Meanwhile… what the hell?

At least? Big 12 consultant Chuck Neinas and BCS executive director Bill Hancock have told CBSSports.com it remains uncertain how many times the Rose and Champions bowls will host semifinals. Both bowls have reasons to host less than four semifinals each over the course of the 12-year agreement. (24 semifinals in 12 years divided by six bowls = four each.)

We all know the Rose would prefer to have its Big Ten-Pac-12 matchup as often as possible. A little known codicil at the end of the current BCS deal required the Rose to take a non-BCS school only once in an eight-year period. (That was TCU in 2011).

The Big 12 and SEC own the Champions Bowl, essentially a start-up whose valuation grows by the day. The two leagues could find more money playing outside the semifinal (more often than not) with a separate rightsholder.

Protecting the Rose Bowl was priority one for the Big Ten, but this system is not the "if you're in, Rose hosts" system. It's a random rotation that will expose the Rose Bowl to potentially non-sanctified games in some years and has the potential to make the Rose the Grandaddy of Conference Runners-Up when the semifinals rotate away.

That's nuts. By handing away semifinals the Big Ten and Pac 12 are putting their faith in the Rose Bowl's brand over the cachet of the national championship… which, okay, I guess isn't surprising since that's been the MO here since home games were abandoned.

I thought the plan then was to put any game featuring a #1 or #2 ranked Big Ten/Pac-12 team in the Rose, which would have preserved its importance. Now it's mostly a consolation prize in the same way it would have been if there were home games—and the powers that be are trying to make it even more so. We must destroy this tradition in order to save it.

Walton something something. Wiggle? Rod Beard profiles 2013 PG commit Derrick Walton in the News:

"He's a point guard in the pure sense," said Scout.com recruiting analyst Sam Webb. "He had always been a pass-first point guard, but he was a pass-first, pass-second and pass-third point guard. He really had the ability to take over games offensively but was overly concerned with getting his teammates involved.

"There were times when his dad would say to him, 'I need you to go out and get it done offensively.' On the AAU circuit, they told him the same thing with the (Michigan) Mustangs. I remember he responded with seven 3-pointers in a game after he had deferred a little too much."

He probably won't have the immediate impact of Trey Burke because that's a once-in-a-decade kind of thing for anyone outside the realm of obvious one-and-done sorts, but Michigan should be able to survive a Burke departure after this year.

Sure, why not? EDSBS posts "We Are ND" for no apparent reason, which is enough of a reason for me to post it.

This serves as a reminder that we are We Are ND until such time as a pile of "In The Big House" records are burned at midfield.

Brief EA NCAA rant. Their latest gimmick is putting former stars in the uniforms of top rivals—sorry, putting people wearing certain numbers who may or may not be Tebowing but certainly aren't representations of current or former college players—and putting it on the internet to horrify people. They started with Desmond Howard in an OSU jersey and have now put Tim Tebow in a Georgia uniform.

In a nutshell, this is why I quit buying NCAA a few years ago. Instead of making an edition of the game in which receivers catch a realistic number of balls instead of dropping half of them or making a 50-yard pass actually difficult to complete, EA has spent the last decade working on stupid gimmicks and letting their franchise stagnate on a treadmill. Damn you, exclusive licensing.

Etc.: John L Smith declares bankruptcy, confirming that he is the Most Interesting Coach In The World. Purdue blog Hammer and Rails previews Michigan, asserts Boilers will lose 31-20. Notre Dame would like to beat Michigan this year. Jerry Hinnen profiles Betsey Armstrong, who will start in goal for the women's water polo team and could probably tear your arm out of its socket. Apply to be an assistant cheerleading coach. This is where your money is going.

MHN runs down hockey players who never showed up. Amazing how Jack Campbell worked out for Michigan: they get the statistically-best goalie in program history, Campbell puts up a sub-.900 save percentage in the OHL. Western College Hockey blows up Kitchener's libel threat at Slovin.



July 5th, 2012 at 1:40 PM ^

"wah wah, people like 'In the Big House', BUT IT'S NOT ALANIS MORISSETTE OR RILO KILEY SO WE CAN'T PLAY IT"

Perhaps I'm an uncultured neaderthal, but I enjoy it.


July 5th, 2012 at 2:03 PM ^

Neaderthals had a larger cranium copacity than modern human do. There is a signifigant (though no means conclusive) amount of evidence to suggest that they were indeed cultured, practicing some form of ritualized burials before homo sapiens ever did. I doubt they would have eschewed the greatest marching band music of all time ever for unimaginative RAWK music. 


July 5th, 2012 at 1:57 PM ^

"Yeah, he's a jaguar, not a wolverine. If he's willing to be environmentally friendly and stand on the sideling clapping disinterestedly while talking about real estate, he's Michigan's man. Jaguar. Whatever."

Now this is a mascot I could support! A parody of itself, like Stanford’s (the gold standard for college mascots).

French West Indian

July 5th, 2012 at 6:01 PM ^

...because an ascot is clearly the more sporting neckwear.  And instead of a suit (too corporate) a sport coat with some crazy maize & blue pattern custom designed by Lily Pulitzer would be perfect.

Or maybe just check Bill Martin's closet for a maize & blue themed sailor's outfit.  I'm sure he's got some dandies in there.


July 5th, 2012 at 3:35 PM ^

You all should have recieved an email to the email address that you used to sign up on Kickstarter with. That will give you a link for you to input the real life address to which you want the mag shipped to.

I got my email back in... like "early June" when the magazines were supposed to ship originally.


July 5th, 2012 at 2:04 PM ^

and could anyone really tell the difference between a wolverine and jaguar mascot?

I'm not sure I'm buying any of these pundit bowl championship rumors, because they seem to contradict, and not even the people putting this together seem to have any idea what they're actually doing...but if that first one is true...does it sound like we're going to have a lot more Rose Bowls in our future? If the Rose can pick ANYONE from the conference who's not in the playoff...I'm guessing that makes Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, and Nebraska super attractive...and other teams, less so.  Though it may come down to a lot of politicing; just like the bowls used to do.  I wonder if it may even help MSU's chances once, since it's been a million years since they've been there and they could sell a lot of tickets. Then causing them never to get invited again because once was enough.  That whole deal could be crazy.

Incidently, can't they just pay the former players for their likeness, and really say it IS them?

And I'm completely ok with my money going to this-


July 5th, 2012 at 2:15 PM ^

I am very excited to watch this.  I recall not being able to attend the Memphis game in '95 and thinking it would be on TV--and then not being able to find it .  I had thought that game just wasn't televised at all, but it makes sense that it was on PASS--which I wouldn't have had.  I was also under 21 in '95 so I wouldn't have been able to watch it at a bar.   Thanks WH!


July 5th, 2012 at 2:34 PM ^

like, just for fun. if he has a good source, then they're knowingly spouting falsehoods to disparage him in a way that could damage his career. as somebody mentioned already, discovery in that case would be awesome. mgolawyers?


July 5th, 2012 at 3:40 PM ^

So (from the Purdue game recap from hammerandrails) that game Michigan won 36-14 was decided only "by a couple plays."  Jeez.  Them's was some big plays, I guess.


July 5th, 2012 at 4:46 PM ^

Two things:

1) That Hammer and Rails piece was very well-written. I appreciated the liberal use of our team's stats and the fact that they did (at least a little) research. Sure, it was a little Purdue-slanted, but that's unaviodable. Overall, one of the more informed (non-MGoBlog) preview pieces I've read.

2) In The Big House will never be as bad as We Are ND. Mostly because there are no UM cheerleaders prancing around or exclusive shots inside The Big House, etc. While ITBH is ridiculous and pandering, at least it wasn't made by tasteless UM students.


July 6th, 2012 at 8:44 AM ^

Regarding the ND "cheerleaders," or more specifically, the Leprechaun.  When ND came to AFA to play us when I was a junior, they brought their full compliment of cheerleaders, along with their mascot.  The freshmen, or "Doolies" as they're called, were told by some upperclassmen to "bring me that Leprechaun."  So, a group of about 50 of them took off after him, dragged him over to the Cadet seating area, and pretty much beat the shit out of him on the way.  Big embarassment, the Cadet Wing had to issue a public apology....but it was DAMN FUNNY at the time. 

French West Indian

July 5th, 2012 at 6:09 PM ^

...is never a consolation prize.  It will always have more prestige than any BCS or playoff  game and, as Michigan Wolverines, it is our destiny to do whatever it takes to get there even if it means sending Shawn Crable to commit a late-hit penalty & tanking the OSU game.

Heinous Wagner

July 6th, 2012 at 10:31 AM ^

Who is the color commentator on that Memphis video? George soembody? The guy contributes absolutely nothing to the broadcast other than sounding a little bit like Bob Ufer.