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Brian November 27th, 2012 at 4:34 PM

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Save these lockers. A few years ago Michigan redid the locker room. Where did the lockers go? Pretty much a warehouse:

We're a demolition company that does contract work for the university. A few years ago we got contracted for the locker room renovation and removed all the lockers. We were selling them for scrap metal and a UM fan almost killed us when he found out! We posted them on ebay and sold about 20 of them at $1000 each at that point.

We're getting busy (doing more UM jobs) and need to clear house on the remaining 20-30 lockers. They are full lockers, and we have working combinations for them as the university gave them to us to make taking them apart easier. We have a "letter of authenticity" which is a portion of our work contract signed by the athletic department asking us to remove them.

General numbers are going for $800-1000 and the big popular numbers for $1000-1500.

We run major shipments from here all the time and ship them in about 10 days anywhere in the USA via yellow trucking or UPS. We've been charging $200 to ship to a location with a loading dock and $250 to a residential address.

If you're interested, email [email protected].

Orson in Columbus. A must-read:

17. In summary: Ohio Stadium is brutal, gray, loud--yes, loud, by any standard--mean, cold, and constructed out of concrete bearing a few too many visible cracks for you to be totally comfortable seeing in a structure capable of holding over 100,000 people. (The ledge from the upper deck on the east and west sides had me hyperventilating.) There are grim bells, columns, and one jumbotron plastered onto the south endzone. The effect is that of a flatscreen slapped on the wall of a Roman gladiator's quarters, something very modern hanging on a wall bearing the scars of prehistoric combat.

18. Which, in cliche and reality, is totally what Michigan/ Ohio State is. I get that now after seeing it, because this is not about fun, glorious spite, or simple culture-clashes. Robots programmed this rivalry, and its only prime directives on either side is opposition. You may joke about other rivalries claiming to have been at war with Eastasia, but to either side, the war is eternal, and it is the other side that believes in obliteration of the self and will not stop chewing at the borders of the free nation of Oceania.

19. It feels old, and wears its own leather helmet while drinking scotch and staring at a gray sky. It had been a while since I'd been in the Midwest, and the thought initially filled me with a real and arbitrary sorrow. Driving through Columbus, there are all these lost things--cabbies that arrive on time, bland family restaurants with buffets and non-chain restaurant names, bells that ring in buildings ripped from a Wes Anderson movie's backlot--all these things that never existed where I'm from.

Um, okay guys. It's tough to tell which is the more bizarre thing when it comes to the coaches' half of the All Big Ten teams announced yesterday:

  • Jake Ryan, honorable mention
  • Patrick Omameh, first-team

In past years I've usually given the coaches' list more credence than the media, but putting Omameh on there is a pretty definitive indication that no coach has come within 50 feet of an All Big Ten ballot this year. They should rename it "SID's team," except then people would think of deceased infants and be sad.

Taylor Lewan and Will Hagerup made first teams and won their OL/P of the year awards. To maintain this blog's tradition of ignoring officially sanctioned Big Ten names for things I will tell you that these are the Long-Hutchinson and Zoltan-Zoltan awards, and feel slightly better about everything.

Craig Roh was second team to the SIDs and Ryan did scrape his way to second-team according to the media. Jordan Kovacs was second team to the coaches, but not the media. In his stead: Daimion Stafford!

definitely not discussing Stafford blowing a coverage so badly Bo Pelini had an aneurysm; definitely not something that has come up time and again

Micah Hyde! Johnny Adams! Josh Johnson!

/eyes roll so far back in head they explode

Positive spin! Michigan was third in total defense in the league, a mere four yards behind Wisconsin. Their haul of All-Big Ten players consists of some scattered second-team nods. Meanwhile Ohio State was seventh and had six different defenders lock down first team nods on either the coaches or media lists.

Imagine what might happen when Michigan has talented dudes. Pretty pretty good I bet.

GHOLSTONWATCH. Second team media. Four sacks on the year.

Salty. Collectively, Adam Rittenberg and Brian Bennett have bombed Hoke/Borges on twitter for the Denard/Devin thing and now they're all laying down the wood on the ABT choices:

That's not even the biggest stunner involving an Ohio State player. Buckeyes linebackerRyan Shazier did not make the first team, falling behind Michigan State's Max Bullough and Wisconsin's Chris Borland (Penn State's Michael Mauti is an understandable lock). There was talk of Shazier for Big Ten defensive player of the year after the way he blazed through the second half of the season. But that looks less likely now. (Unless the coaches want to engage in some serious trolling by naming Miller the offensive player of the year and Shazier defensive player of the year as second-teamers). Also bizarre: the coaches did not select Michigan's Jake Ryan for a first- or second-team spot. Ryan is undoubtedly one of the Big Ten's top four linebackers.

Fired up!

Quickly. One man's All Big Ten team, with the caveat that I didn't see much of Indiana or Penn State this year:

QB: Taylor Martinez, Nebraska (read too much of Ross Fulton pointing out Braxton Miller errors to give him the nod)
RB: LeVeon Bell, MSU (poor damn LeVeon Bell), Venric Mark, NW
WR: Allen Robinson, PSU, Kenny Bell, NU, Jared Abbrederis, UW
TE: CJ Fiedorowicz, Iowa
OL: punt

DL: John Simon, Johnathan Hankins (OSU), Kawaan Short (PU), Eric Martin (NU)
LB: Jake Ryan (M), Max Bullough (MSU), Ryan Shazier (OSU)
DB: Jordan Kovacs(M), Isaiah Lewis(MSU), Darqueze Dennard (MSU), Bradley Roby(OSU)

Other thing I looked up. Michigan had just 41 punts this year, which was last in the Big Ten by ten. Also despite having the second-best gross average their net was only seventh:

Rank Name Punts Avg PuntRet RetYds Touchbacks NetAvg TotYds Natl
1 Illinois 73 41.92 26 157 2 39.22 3060 24
2 Michigan St. 69 42.62 22 211 5 38.12 2941 40
3 Northwestern 59 39.61 20 86 1 37.81 2337 42
4 Purdue 67 41.88 24 179 7 37.12 2806 52
5 Indiana 71 38.25 19 86 2 36.48 2716 67
5 Wisconsin 71 40.42 26 180 5 36.48 2870 67
7 Michigan 41 42.20 17 137 5 36.41 1730 72
8 Ohio St. 61 39.69 20 128 4 36.28 2421 74
9 Nebraska 53 41.74 21 241 3 36.06 2212 80
10 Minnesota 65 38.23 19 124 5 34.78 2485 100
11 Penn St. 51 37.35 11 108 2 34.45 1905 103
12 Iowa 68 37.34 22 97 5 34.44 2539 104

Those punt returns stats aren't that bad despite seeming like they were going to be a disaster at any particular point; looks like the high touchback rate was an issue.

Scottish Premier League this baby. Tom Izzo is concerned [freep] that the Big Ten regular season title is no longer going to be an important thing, as I think everybody is. It was a big, big deal for Michigan to claim a share last year.

Once you get to 14 teams, you're playing everyone once and then missing about half the league the second time around. Schedule imbalances will lessen the importance of the regular season unless you go to 22 or more conference games, which may not be feasible.

Alternative: 19 game conference schedule.

PHASE 1: round robin.
PHASE 2: line is drawn between 7th and 8th teams in the league. Mini-leagues subsequently play round-robin. Rutgers is relegated to the Big East every year.

PROS: Absolutely fair. Winner is undisputed. Makes Big Ten title a huge important deal. Final six games for teams that make upper half would be knock-down drag out brutal free-for-all for league title. Would give top teams impregnable schedule strength. You could televise the schedule draw with Ronaldo and Messi in suits.

CONS: May cost league NCAA bids if the best team in the bottom half can't get any marquee wins in the last six games or the worst team in the top half just gets blitzed. Bottom half is just kind of sadly playing out the string. Uncertainty about final three home games may impact ticket sales negatively. Extremely distant possibility that the 8th best team 13 games in can climb all the way to the top.

In conclusion, anything that amps up the value of the regular season is good. Play For Stuff.



November 27th, 2012 at 5:19 PM ^

Does the band issue have anything to do with it being the "travelling band"?  Is there such a thing?  Or is Ohio's band really that superior at this point (I do know they are good)?  Excuse my ignorance.

I hope those lockers were desanitized.  Nobody wants locker rom MRSA.


November 27th, 2012 at 5:45 PM ^

love the way the Scottish Premier League handles the last 5 games of the year.


12 teams league, everyone plays everyone 3 times, at 33 games the top 6 and bottom 6 split and play just each other once.  The result is a 3 or 4 week period stuffed full of mostly meaningful games between the best and of the worst(relegation) of the league.


Its brilliant.


November 27th, 2012 at 7:02 PM ^

Can we get an All B1G list based on selections by Brian, Ace, and Heiko? I feel like it would be much more accurate and fair than the official pile of crap lists. It seems like the people selecting (even the coaches) don't know jack.


November 27th, 2012 at 7:54 PM ^

I peered into my crystal ball and spotted Heiko's ballot:


WR: Kyle Prater, Kyle Prater, Kyle Prater

QB: Kyle Prater

TE: Kyle Prater

RB: Kyle Prater:

OL: Kyle Prater, Kyle Prater, Kyle Prater, Kyle Prater, Kyle Prater


DE: Kyle Prater, Kyle Prater

DT: Kyle Prater, Kyle Prater

LB: Kyle Prater, Kyle Prater, Kyle Prater

S: Kyle Prater, Kyle Prater

CB: Kyle Prater, Kyle Prater


November 27th, 2012 at 7:23 PM ^

it feels a little shady/scammy (e.g. email contact of the "demolition company" relates to a travel abroad outfit...huh?).  Has anyone independently verified this with the University?  I don't trust certificates of authenticity anymore as everyone has an inkjet.


November 27th, 2012 at 7:56 PM ^

Purely a reflection of players who "look the part". No way is the OSU defense composed of 6-7 top defenders. Their pass defense was a tire fire and none of the DBs were solid. Roby is fast and athletic, but a marginal team defender. Stafford at Neb is a flippin mess at safety and Gholston is a non-factor in most games.

Mattison must be DC of the Year with "no talent" but the 3rd ranked D.


November 27th, 2012 at 10:36 PM ^

I bought one of these lockers from Brad a few years ago...If that's the guy still selling them they are legit. I know he uses his work email and works for the demolition company on the side selling them as they didn't want the university to get upset with the demo company. They weren't sure if they should be selling the lockers even though they had the right to remove them.

It looks awesome in my place i've got my kids jerseys and my jersey we wear to gamedays hanging plus some autographed gear.


Ask Halzeus too...these lockers are awesome.


December 3rd, 2012 at 6:13 AM ^

so maybe some context is in order.

Scotland's a small country, with a population about 1/10 the size of England. That means that, everything else being equal, the player pool available to fill the top twelve teams in Scotland (their SPL) is the same size as the player pool available to fill the top 120 teams in England (the top five divisions: EPL + league + Conference).

The span of team quality in the SPL is enormous. In one 12-team league you have one team (Celtic) that's of middling Champions League caliber; at the other end you've got clubs like Dundee that would probably struggle in the English fourth division. And the league's so small that before they went to this solution they were playing a quadruple round-robin. Maybe there's some charm to watching an FA Cup match between Arsenal and Ebbsfleet United, but four times per year? And always involving the same underdog?

It'd be like watching Michigan vs. Kennesaw State, four times per year every year.

I'd support the SPL idea for the B1G if I wasn't worried that it would cost a team or two a tournament berth, but in its origin it's a solution to a problem the B1G doesn't face.