Unverified Voracity Checks Verascity Comment Count

Brian May 28th, 2014 at 4:42 PM

It's cotnagnous. Last week we learned that red squigglies are turned off in Ann Arbor when Mikey Weber posted a photoshop he'd been sent; this week we find out that red squigglies are also off in Columbus.

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"DEILVER." Didn't they have a WR named that recently?

And we all had a laugh at this funny old world and moved on. Except perpetually aggrieved DJ Byrnes, who rushed to his damsel's defense, sword in hand, reporting that anything without an Official Urban Meyer signature was fake. Weber, who probably didn't even notice the typos—the mind tends to gloss over such things—responded that an Ohio State coach sent it to him. So of course the thing to do in that situation is double down and call a recruit a liar.

So, there are three scenarios: 1) Stan Drayton is moonlighting as a graphics designer. 2) They're now sending out work lacking all the hallmarks of his other work. 3) Weber is fibbing to save himself some embarrassment.

Buckeye Occam's Razor insists that a Michigan fan posing as a Buckeye coach made this terribly embarrassing photoshop as a false flag operation, and that Weber is in on it. JenniferLawrenceOkay.gif.

Meanwhile in somehow less embarrassing responses to this event, the Free Press claimed Weber was vouching for the "verascity" of the photoshop. Well done, well done.

HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS SERIOUSLY YOU GUYS. Because Spellgateoff is a national crisis, The D Zone interviewed Weber about it. Weber says that minor typos on fake magazine covers are not going to impact his decision.

“Really my opinion on it is it really isn’t a big deal. I know people make mistakes. It was kind of ironic, but it isn’t something to blow out of proportion,” Weber (5-foot-10, 200-pounds) said today in an interview with The D Zone.

Come out of the bunkers, everyone. It's over. It's finally over.

Hooray, but please still redshirt. Incoming DE Lawrence Marshall is a larger man these days:

Michigan commitment Lawrence Marshall tells me that he's up to 6'4"/250 as of today.

Marshall will enroll at Michigan in a little less than a month and is considered a player who could potentially play early depending on how things shake out at defensive end.

Taco Charlton's move to SDE complicates things but Michigan still has Ojemudia behind Clark and for pants sake just redshirt somebody at some point. With Clark, Ojemudia, and Ryan sliding down for nickel duty Michigan is set at WDE.

Robinson moving up boards. Chad Ford says that Glenn Robinson III is impressing in the bits of NBA draft testing he was always going to, and that this is reviving his flagging stock:

Robinson III was one of the four or five players who helped themselves the most at the draft combine. His elite athletic abilities, a slimmed-down physique and some very solid shooting numbers in the drills all gave him a boost in the eyes of scouts. Not to mention the fact that according to multiple GMs he absolutely nailed the interviews.

So what does Robinson have to do now? Show that he can apply those skills to actual basketball.

Ah, that. Robinson did develop a highly reliable elbow jumper that NBA teams are going to like a lot, and he's been shooting it well in workouts and such. Ford says teams in the mid-first are poking around and that he should go in the 20s.

The big ol' preview. Bill Connolly previews Michigan, and hits upon a salient point:

Michigan faces only three teams projected better than 37th, and they're all on the road. The Wolverines face seven teams projected between 37th and 78th, and five of the seven are at home. And 2014 Appalachian State is in no way 2007 Appalachian State. This is about as low-variance a schedule as you'll ever see. Whether Michigan ranks 20th or 45th, the easiest result to project is about 9-3.

I would have said "about 8-4", but yeah. This is a year where being outside of that 8-4, 9-3 range would be a major shock. Unfortunately, 8-4 and 9-3 are the kind of records that keep Michigan in limbo about Hoke's future. It is what it is.

And then there's the fact that you should probably just predict 9-3 every year for accuracy's sake. Predictions are bad like that.

Latest eyerolling opportunity. Ticket sales are not going well—you can see the relative enthusiasm for Michigan football in graphic version at right, where our HTTV kickstarter is struggling to get over the hump. You know it, I know it, let's not belabor it even further. But I have to highlight this from the inevitable ticket packs (200 bucks for PSU, Miami(not that Miami), and any other game, a… deal?):

Michigan football fans can choose from three ticket-pack options with the 'Go Blue' Pack, the Fan Choice Pack and the Family Pack presented by WWJ Newsradio 950 as well as a new group sales option.

Check "ticket packs" off the list of things that haven't been sponsored yet.

Etc.: Barking Carnival has a boot camp series that will teach you football things. Gap and force responsibilities in this one. Kansas State releases Letitia Romero, so they have nothing to show for this latest PR debacle except terrible PR.

Comments

Bando Calrissian

May 28th, 2014 at 5:46 PM ^

I really can't imagine what it must be like to see the world through Hunter Lochmann's eyes. All those dollar signs and those blank spaces where "Brought to You By SuperGlo Auto Wash" should be...

pearlw

May 28th, 2014 at 6:31 PM ^

The student athletes and fans of the non-revenue sports thank him for that. See current msg board topic on continued massive renovation of athletic campus facilities. As mentioned in that board topic, alot of those facilities were below par...nice to see an increased focus on all the student athletes. Yes - they are milking football alot to pay for the other sports but its hard to argue those athletes dont deserve great facilities also.

Bando Calrissian

May 28th, 2014 at 7:09 PM ^

You know, sometimes I really wonder why people like Dave Brandon and Hunter Lochmann, who are supposedly experts on making money, are so keen to dump endless amounts of money into not just maintaining, but expanding huge segments of their Athletic Department that by definition do not (and will never) make money.

Yes, we get flashy videos about facilities upgrades, but as much as I respect those kids and their coaches, you have to wonder how smart maintaining and building new facilities for our gigantic slate of non-revenue sports will be in the long run. Do we really need all these teams, and do we really need all these new facilities to match?

pearlw

May 28th, 2014 at 7:43 PM ^

Correct...Dave Brandon's actions towards other sports show that he is trying to improve the experience for all the student athletes of every sport rather than just focusing on the ones that make money. It is a contradiction to the popular narrative that everyone loves to grab on to. He is acting as the leader of the entire athletic program as his job is.

As you so perfectly state, his actions show that he cares about the athletic progam not just the money sports. The narrative is that all he cares about is money which is contradicted continuously by his improvements in non-revenue sports. This narrative comes from fans who may only care about the revenue sports and are seeing the grab for more revenue in order to pay for improvements in the other sports which they dont look at.

BlueCube

May 28th, 2014 at 8:04 PM ^

Michigan had a huge profit. The profits are necessary to cover debt service costs for these buildings as well as planned expenditures in the future. It's not like Brandon has a huge vault equipped with a diving board so he can dive into his millions of dollars.

jabberwock

May 29th, 2014 at 1:24 AM ^

people might complain about Dave Brandon because just doing his fucking job (spending money on non revenue sports) is seen as an example of how we are "complainers", and he's really awesome!
 Could the fact that he's created a money-sucking empire of a staff to concoct hair-brained marketing schemes to generate more money than facility upgrades actually require is part of the problem?  
Hey, maybe UM can have a different mascot for EACH new facility!  I'm sure the rowing team would love it if Brandon could market a stuffed "Michigan Narwhal" to the kids.

3rdGenerationBlue

May 28th, 2014 at 8:14 PM ^

Brian - why do you keep this myth alive that Hoke's future is in doubt if the record improves this year? By your our admission they have 3 tough road games this year so 9-3 will be a solid performance and 8-4 doesn't mean the wheels are off. Michigan will have a favorable schedule and a very experienced team in 2015 so hold off on the hot seat meme until the middle of that season. BTW, if I were Meyer or Dantonio I'd tell Brian Cole and Mike Weber to read what you the MGobloggerati think of Hoke's job stability. With fans like you Michigan doesn't need rivals.

Don

May 29th, 2014 at 11:26 AM ^

I've believed that the problem of student late-arrival and non-attendance was due to insufficient true demand; too many students had bought tickets who didn't really care that much about attending. The correct response by the Athletic Dept. last year shouldn't have been the idiotic GA seating clusterfuck; it should have been a straightforward reduction of at least 25% in the size of the student section itself. A decline of 19K to 14K is about 25%.

But then there's this gem in the article:

"There has never been a better opportunity to see a Michigan football game at Michigan Stadium,” Michigan chief marketing officer for athletics Hunter Lochmann said in a statement.

I understand the marketing mentality and its compulsion to exaggerate, inflate, and hype, but it would be nice if Michigan's "chief marketing officer for athletics" betrayed even the slightest awareness of Michigan's football history. If he did, he'd recognize that obtaining Michigan football tickets was relatively easy as recently as the mid-1970s, a time that's well within the active memories of a good portion of Michigan's fanbase.

Chork

May 28th, 2014 at 8:46 PM ^

I have read where it was not from osu since their recruiting posters apparently have meyer's signature on them.  I do know if that is the case or not.  I just wanted to let you know.

bronxblue

May 28th, 2014 at 9:12 PM ^

Man, you look at the photos of guys on the 11W staff that follow recruiting and I just want to start investing in white t-shirts and stupid Ray-Ban knock-offs.