The New Guys

Submitted by Brian on August 22nd, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Tim and Tom's departure has caused major consternation on the message board, but maybe this will help: there are new people.

Ace Anbender


Ace is the victor of the duel for the recruiting ninja job. For the past few years he's been building The Wolverine Blog into a contender in the Michigan blogosphere; before that he was writing on a daily basis for The Ace of Sports. He spent a year in there interning for The Wolverine, as well.

Ace is taking over the recruiting portions of Tim and Tom's job. Obviously, it's going to take some time for him to get up to speed, as Tom's had years to build contacts. Weekly updates are not on the table in the immediate future. We'll build up to that. Ace is also planning on chipping in hockey and other coverage.

Ace identifies himself as "Ace."

Heiko Yang

Heiko's taking over the beat reporter aspects of Tim's job: he'll go to press conferences and media availabilities and be the MGoBlog representative in the press box. Heiko spent last year covering water polo and volleyball for the Daily; he's in the midst of getting an MD/PhD.

Heiko identifies himself as "Heiko."

The Mathlete

Known only by his masked alter-ego, you know the Mathlete from such posts as "Never Punt With Tebow" and "Depressing Charts About Michigan's Defense," for which I'll omit the link. He'll use his massive database of plays to post weekly interesting things.


I'm still around, of course, as is Misopogon. We are also planning on adding a couple intern sorts, one a photographer, the other an Ohio-based recruiting guy who will hit up some of the many Ohio high school games that will feature Michigan commits.

Heiko and Ace's official duties start Thursday. The Mathlete's already started. Wednesday is Tim's final rodeo on the site and Tom has already departed. Thanks to both for their efforts the past couple years.



August 22nd, 2011 at 1:31 PM ^

All right.  This has been bugging me for far too long and I can't take it anymore:

--How do you pronounce Misopogon?  I always seem to catch myself saying it like "Mee-soh-po-gan" but that seems completely wrong and silly.   I've been trying to say "Meh-sop-ah-gahn" in place of it but that also looks silly.  And it sounds like a name for a polygon.

I can haz help from the MGoCommunity?


August 22nd, 2011 at 1:38 PM ^

When people post the garbage the other Ace is spewing, they can't just say "Ace says...blah blah blah"


A new nickname will need to be created. I will enjoy watching the evolution of the name.


August 22nd, 2011 at 1:38 PM ^

Welcome gentlemen! Thanks again to Tim and Tom, have thouroughly enjoyed your posts. Thanks for all your hard work. Big shoes to fill, but sounds like Brian has done a good job filling them, Go Blue!


August 22nd, 2011 at 1:39 PM ^

Haha. Thanks everyone! I sold Brian on the premise that I would provide periodic coverage of my thesis. Also, yes, that he could have a seat on my thesis committee. 


August 22nd, 2011 at 2:11 PM ^

It appears that Magnus will be updating recruiting stats this fall over at TTB. He posted the other day that Sione Houma had a 112 yard day on 16 carries in his schools 44-16 victory in their season opener. He also had a 95-yard TD return on a kickoff. There's your first FNL update!

a non emu

August 22nd, 2011 at 1:43 PM ^

Welcome Ace, Heiko and The Mathlete! Have loved The Mathlete's contributions to the blog in the past, and am glad we'll see more frequent posts from him. The Wolverine Blog has been my number 2 M related blog for a while now, so I am really happy that Ace is on board as well. Heiko, unfortunately haven't had a chance to read too much of your work so far, but I am sure you'll do an awesome job!

Again, hearty welcomes all around.