Unverified Voracity, Briefly Comment Count

Brian April 8th, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Michigan Hockey Summers. (ZING!) Excellent Daily article discusses Chris Summers, named captain of next year's hockey team already, sort of buries the lead in the very last paragraph. Chris Summers sounds like a Berenson-bot in this reassuring quote:

“I think (Berenson) says it best: you’re preparing for a life after hockey,” Summers said Sunday. “There’s more to the world than just skating on the ice every day. It’s a game. It should be enjoyed. And I think that’s what a lot of players miss out on, that it should be fun.

“It’s unfortunate that it turns into a business once you get to the professional rankings, but that’s the way it is.”

That very much sounds like a guy who wants to stay. Some insider scuttlebutt confirms that but also says Summers is getting pressure from the Coyotes and is not a 100 percent lock. "80-20" was the number; I expect Summers to return.

The only time I'll ever say this. I wish this goofy Free Press error was a Drew Sharp column…


…because then its one sentence glory would be the best Sharp column ever. It's close to but not quite the best possible Sharp column. That's also one sentence, but the sentence is "I've been fired, put in a box, and shipped to Slovenia, where I will live out my days a simple goatherd."

Ways to feel old. Michigan has launched Twitter accounts for a dozen sports and plans to fill them with breaking news and stuff, which means they officially get the microblogging service better than I do. Here's the football feed.

Stop, please. Don Banks is running down NFL draft sleepers and Carson Butler features:

Only 21, the Wolverines junior opted for the draft in part because his role in Michigan's offense disappeared when head coach Rich Rodriguez brought the spread offense to Ann Arbor.

The spread offense might be 10% of the reason for Carson Butler's departure, with 90% being Carson Butler. At least Banks doesn't cite Butler's mad blocking skills, he just notes his tantalizing combination of size and speed. Too bad you can't put someone else's head on it.

(Also, the picture is of Charles Stewart, who shared #5 with Butler last year. I blame Getty, which occasionally mislabels things.)

Etc.: Michigan lands at #18 in Rivals' pre-pre-preseason basketball poll; don't know how you can even put a list together before the NBA draft deadline. Varsity Blue breaks down their basketball UFR numbers.



April 8th, 2009 at 1:19 PM ^

Reading columns like that SI one on Butler, where I know he is totally wrong from my knowledge as a Michigan fan, makes me question everything I read on other teams from the major sports media outlets. I mean, getting the wrong picture? Do a little research before posting an article.


April 8th, 2009 at 3:56 PM ^

Kinda surprised to see Kentucky left off the early early top 25 list. I expect them to be pretty solid this year. Not a final four team yet, but a top 25 team for sure.


April 8th, 2009 at 4:42 PM ^

Is the only other ranked team in that Rivals list that will be in the field with UM at the Old Spice Thanksgiving weekend. I dont think Florida State, despite the Douglass loss, will be tough as they have all sorts of talented frontcourt weapons and add a top line scorer in the recruting class.

Illinois has a great recruting class. I like them next year.

Of course, look out for IU....they have 6 of the Rivals Top 150 hitting campus.

If they get some breaks, they could contend for a .500 record in league play.

Prediction: The Hoosiers will be no worse than 5-4 at home in Big 10 play.


April 8th, 2009 at 11:32 PM ^

Slovenia is one of the richest countries in Europe, with a per capita GDP near that of most Western European countries. Not many goatherders live there, and it wouldn't be a bad place to be shipped off to. . .

I think instead you should ship him to Moldova, or Belarus. Many more sheep, and old school slavic dictators to keep him in line.