Unverified Voracity Is A Jingle Zombie

Submitted by Brian on March 26th, 2010 at 1:46 PM

At least there's that. Darren Everson has a great piece on Michigan's recent malaise and the hockey team's bounce-back that won't have much news for anyone who's lived through this year but is a great summary if you need to explain why you're sitting in the bathtub clutching yourself to someone who's not a Michigan fan.

Mary Sue Coleman shows up at the end to provide a throwaway quote, prompting a complaint from Dave Birkett about her tendency to show up in the WSJ but turn down local requests. This is probably because the WSJ asks her questions like "Do you like to win?" and local papers are more likely to ask eleven questions in a row about the threat Demar Dorsey poses to local schoolchildren. You must lie in the bed you have made.

Give me back that filet of goalie. Give me that goalie. If you've been watching the NCAA tournament you, like me, must have the bizarre Filet o' Fish jingle stuck in your head. There is but one thing as persistent this day:

Shawn Hunwick had a decision to make:

Go to Albion and become the school's first goaltender, or ...

Walk-on at Michigan. [ed: this story manages to spread one sentence over three(!) paragraphs, which must be a record.]

For the few moments the blinding television lights remained locked in on him, Shawn Hunwick played it cool.

In almost three years at Michigan, Hunwick played exactly 18 minutes of college hockey. But he never complained, never skipped, and never asked for playing time. He just kept his mouth shut, and did his job.

There is also an article from [NEWSPAPER REDACTED]. It covers exactly the same ground as the 37 other articles about Shawn Hunwick. Give me that fish.

Berenson's locked Hunwick in an electrical closet since the CCHA finals in a desperate attempt to keep his head on straight. We'll see if it works. Hunwick finds the electrical closet roomy, by the way, and thinks it's an honor to be in an electrical closet at Michigan.

Meanwhile, Louie Caporusso on avoiding that Air Force thing again:

But according to Caporusso, the formula for avoiding an early exit like last year is simply “shooting the puck on net with a purpose.”

“If we give him a lot of confidence and start building him up in our head, then it’s only going to make it harder on us,” Caporusso said. “I find if you brainwash yourself to believe that they don’t have a good goalie, you’re better off putting the puck in the net.”

The final countdown. Center Jon Horford just signed on, replacing Ben Cronin's wonky hip with a rail-thin post with some touch near the basket and good passing skills.

I don't want to steal too much of UMHoops's thunder as Michigan approaches what will be a critical couple weeks for the basketball program, but a high level overview: Michigan has two scholarships open and they may fill both of those slots despite the jam that would cause in the class of 2011. The candidates:

  • Mount Pleasant SF Trey Zeigler. Ziegler is similar to Manny Harris, but higher rated on average. He is down to a top five of Michigan, Central, State, Arizona State, and UCLA. Complicating factor: his father is the head coach at Central Michigan. Zeigler could sign up to help his dad, whose job security is shaky.
  • Detroit Denby SF Isaiah Sykes. Sykes can't shoot but he can get to the rack at will and is in the 6'5" range with long arms and a feverish desire to rebound. He has no offers after a high school career that saw three transfers; he didn't even play the first half of this season.

Michigan will obviously take Zeigler if they can get him. Sykes is the wildcard. Beilein's been to a number of his games recently, spurring both UMHoops and AnnArbor.com to get video and scouting reports on the guy. If Zeigler ends up going elsewhere—the tenuous conventional wisdom is that it's probably CMU or M—I can't imagine Beilein won't offer Sykes and end up with him.

Would Michigan take Sykes if it got Zeigler, though? Maybe. Michigan could free up another scholarship in 2011 for a post if they did not offer Laval Lucas-Perry a fifth year, and it's possible they wouldn't have to do that if someone transferred because of a lack of playing time in the aftermath of Zeigler, Sykes, Hardaway, and Smotrycz (who will push Novak from the four to the two and three) arriving. If I was Beilein I'd make my decision on Sykes independent of Zeigler.

The spring signing period starts in two weeks.

And fin. There was some hubbub in the comments when Michigan State reinstated a number of players who participated in the PREWB. Included were BJ Cunningham and Mark Dell, the highest profile participants not immediately booted. This set Dantonio up for a buffeting.

Why I can't figure. State has lost eight(!) players as a result of the PREWB, and six of them hadn't had previous run-ins with the law. This is not like Glenn Winston's reinstatement. None of the guys who are back on the team got any jail time; just about every program in the country would have done the same thing.

You can hammer Dantonio for two things here: letting Winston back on the team after months in jail after an unprovoked attack on a pair of innocent bystanders, lying about Roderick Jenrette's freshman year suspension. The actual handling of the aftermath here seems appropriate. Both guys who played in the Alamo Bowl, by the way, are gone. That wasn't on Dantonio.

While we're on Michigan State: they've got a goofily named quasi linebacker on their depth chart too. They've got a "STAR" listed and might be moving to a 3-4, or some other defense with three dedicated down lineman and an array of hybrids.

Happy trails. The Blue Gray Sky is packing it in. This site's relationship with those guys fell off a cliff after we did an article exchange before the '05 M-ND game. Mine was a description of my experience after the painful 2002 loss, after which a young child came up to me and literally said "good game, mister" as if I had fallen into Pleasantville. I added in some stuff about Notre Dame's program not being very good, which was basically true, and how this made Michigan's rivalry with them frustrating because they did things like lose two of three to Ty Willingham.

Theirs deployed "Skunkbears" and actually featured these two sentences:

Yost was but the first in a litany of men of low character to hold the reins at UM. ... Gary Moeller was frustrated that he couldn't pick Notre Dame up, drink it, and then drive into a ditch.

It was kind of like punching your brother in the arm and getting a baseball bat to the head in return. Suffice it to say there were no more article exchanges.

Even so, BGS was one of the first blogs to materialize out of the ether and when they weren't dredging up apocryphal stories about people who have been dead for 70 years, they were drafting incredibly research-heavy pieces I was jealous of. It must have been nice to have a blog with eight or so contributors; one of them could just hole up for months and come out with a precise breakdown of formations organized by down and distance. I can't find that in particular, but I did find their "Four Plays" series, which was a 2006 version of Picture Pages on steroids. They were good. They were Notre Dame fans who posted on ND Nation, but they were also good.

Etc.: Dennis Dodd says "if there were ever a coach to root for, it's Rich Rod." Is that a good thing?



March 26th, 2010 at 3:26 PM ^

"Shawn Hunwick had a decision to make: go to Albion and become the school's first goaltender, or walk on at Michigan. "

Thank you, qbqrat. That's a pet peeve of mine as well. Adrian, not Albion.


March 26th, 2010 at 2:17 PM ^

That filet of fish commercial jingle is truly awful and I think I'm gonna blame both Calipari and Kiffin for it just because most bad things come from there anyway.


March 26th, 2010 at 3:45 PM ^

When I read this on BGS' sign-off post, I couldn't help but laugh:

I think if BGS can claim anything, it's turned out to be a pretty comprehensive chronicle of the Charlie Weis era under the Dome.

That's the most depressing blogging legacy I could possibly imagine.


March 26th, 2010 at 3:27 PM ^

If ziegler goes to CMU, it is not going to be because his dads job is in jeopardy. He signed a new contract recently and the CMU community is very happy with him. This kids a really good kid, and it would not surprise me if he went to CMU. I met him when his dad first went up there and the community welcomed the family with open arms.


March 26th, 2010 at 3:35 PM ^

All kinds of folks are bashing Pope Urban for threatening to yank the Florida paper's access to the Gators, but if Brian is correct it seems as though MSC might be doing the same thing to the walking zombie corpse of the old A2 News, albeit in a much more high-minded and sophisticated manner. For some reason I'm having difficulty dredging up any sympathy for Mr. Birkett.


March 26th, 2010 at 3:52 PM ^

"Charlie proved that Notre Dame can still compete. He put the lie to the lazy, armchair conclusions about academic standards being too stringent..."

So, Charlie Weis proved that Notre Dame doesn't have stringent academic standards? Good to know!


March 26th, 2010 at 3:53 PM ^

Anybody able to find the blurb on MSU's new defense?? After Valenti and Foster had their daily make fun of Michigan hour with the 3-3-5 stuff I thought it would be funny, but when I click the link I couldn't find it.

Rush N Attack

March 26th, 2010 at 4:29 PM ^

"What about the rumored switch to a 3-4ish D?
I do see the depth chart has a new term STAR
bq. STAR 10 CHRIS NORMAN (6-1, 225, So.)
28 Denicos Allen (5-10, 215, R-Fr.)
41 Kyler Elsworth (6-1, 205, Fr.)
Is one man’s STAR another, crazier, man’s BANDIT? I see they’ve put a safety prospect and our speediest LB there."


March 26th, 2010 at 5:19 PM ^

Trey Zeigler...Complicating factor: his father is the head coach at Central Michigan. Zeigler could sign up to help his dad, whose job security is shaky.

Hmmm....shaky job security???


4-year extension for Zeigler, who has won back-to-back MAC West Titles.

Maybe a sign that Trey is going to CMU??? We will see.....


March 26th, 2010 at 6:16 PM ^

I am certain I've seen Mitch Albom match and even exceed that so-called record for extending a single sentence over multiple paragraphs. (And he probably then repeated said stretched-out sentence again later in the column.)


March 27th, 2010 at 2:57 AM ^

I found this line from the WSJ article odd:

And who knows? If they win, they might be able to transform Michigan into a hockey school, if only until football season rolls around in September.

IMO, Michigan IS a hockey school. It certainly felt that way when I went there. (Although, it probably helped that those were the late 90s when they won two national titles.)

Still, if you ask most people what the three major sports are at Michigan, I think they would include hockey.


March 27th, 2010 at 9:28 AM ^

No kidding, one would think winning the most NCAA titles in hockey (9) and the most frozen four appearances would qualify Michigan as a hockey school.

Although the average person living in Texas for example, has no recollection we are a NCAA DI hockey powerhouse. The only Michigan sport they are knowledgeable about is football.