Unverified Voracity Thrills At Press Conferences

Submitted by Brian on April 14th, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Droid app. The MGoDroid app has been tested and has hit the store. That link probably isn't very useful but just search for "MGoDroid" on the app store and lo, it will be there.

PRESS CONFERENCE. Is this the first college football hype video to ever prominently feature a press conference?

I'm thinking yes.

Everybody get a face tattoo. So… Mike Tyson thinks he is you but wants to be Marques Slocum:

Other than his pigeons, he’s had pet tigers over the years. I ask Tyson if he were an animal, what animal would he be?

He looks up at the tinseled ceiling. He scratches his thick neck. “I’d like to be a lion, but I think I’m a wolverine,” he says.

Wolverines: “They’re like big giant rats. They’re about 50 pounds and fearless. They fight to the death. They don’t move fast. They walk slow because they’re not afraid of nothing. That’s how I think. And they can be a little reckless.” But also, he says, “I’d like to be a lion and have lion status: to make other people do my work and get the credit for it.”

This does not qualify as one of the top thousand crazy things Mike Tyson has said, but it does qualify in the top one of weird things he's said about your favorite school's mascot. Mike Tyson, man.

We were like whatever. Denard talking about staying, talking about what his teammates said, talking about oh come on—PREPARE THE FACEPALM:

"They took me in and said, 'Man, look, we're not trying to have the team break up like it did our freshman year,'" Robinson said. "They said, 'We kind of rebelled and it was like whatever.' My teammates, they're like brothers to me, and they were like, 'Stick around. We need you to stay.'"

I hope we learned our lesson about it was like whatever, because the lesson is then you get like whatevered by Toledo argh argh argh.

E-fact: Jerry Kill is a BHGP plant. E-fact for real:

In 28 years as a football coach, Minnesota's Jerry Kill has developed an extreme dislike for unforced errors…. So the first-year Gophers coach set the accountability theme quickly.

Some players have been forced to wear brown jerseys in spring practice with the words “Minnesota Lophers” on the front and “I let my teammates down” on the back.

If that doesn't work he's going to show them Courage Wolf.

This week in the near future of Michigan Stadium. Penn State blog LBU on the PSU facebook page soliciting suggestions for piped in-music:

How about letting the Blue Band play on a more regular basis? You know, because part of what makes a college football atmosphere better than the NFL is that live marching bands provide the soundtrack with their unique fight songs. Words cannot describe how frustrating it is to listen to other college football broadcasts, hear the band play consistently, and then listen to a PSU broadcast  and constantly hear Blur's "Song 2" played after every defensive play and "Zombie Nation" after every touchdown while the Blue Band is virtually non-existent. Not that Guido D'Elia or anyone in the Beaver Stadium brass seems to give two shits, though.

This is the inevitable end state once piped in music is permitted. We have already heard "Let the Bodies hit the Floor" like Michigan Stadium is the site of a very special Smackdown taping; Special K will not stop until your spirit is dead. Constant vigilance is required.

This week in the semi-distant future of anywhere but Michigan Stadium. Not that I'm arguing David Brandon should schedule Miami (Not That Miami) instead of doing this

"We've had some preliminary discussions with Stephen Ross about whether or not it would be possible to come down here [Miami's Generic Corporate Stadium] and play a game," Brandon told the Naples Daily News. "We don't have anything scheduled, but that's something we'd consider because this is an important recruiting area for us, as well."

…but it's frustrating we've devolved college football scheduling to the point that the only things that make sense for big nonconference games are neutral sites. I don't care who or what Michigan hypothetically plays in Florida, it would be a thousand times better to have a home-and-home. I mean, how much more awesome would this upcoming Alabama game be if it was a two-game campus series? Like 250%, easy. I'm insane but I'm not flying to Miami to watch Michigan play a nonconference game.

Orson tattoo suggestions. One: refugees need your help and if Michigan helps the most Orson will write things about how Michigan is awesome. Two: if everyone puts up 50k, Orson gets a tattoo. This should obviously be a portrait of Adrien Karsten doing a black-power salute, his defiant fist gripping a 1040. With like guns and bloody roses ringing it. Now that you've envisioned this you must make it happen.

Of course Manny Diaz likes advanced stats. Bruce Feldman has an Insider article on Manny Diaz($), the former Mississippi State DC who pwned Michigan and hopped to Texas this offseason. I've mentioned more than a few times that Diaz's D does very well in advanced stats, and Diaz himself knows this:

"It is really cool to see how many people who are a lot more intelligent than I am, and who obviously have a fair amount of spare time, are starting to take the game of football and try to really break it down and get under the hood in terms of their analysis," Diaz said. "You see this with college basketball, too. They're not settling for whatever they've been force-fed, either, through mainstream stats or through mainstream media analysis. They're looking to find the story behind the story, and there's really some quality stuff out there. When I have some time, I enjoy looking for this stuff. It's not always some 'A-ha!' like you're at the oracle moment, but it is interesting. There is a lot to this game, and I am constantly fascinated by it."

He pointed Feldman to a post on Bill Connolly's new SBN blog that ranks MSU's D 12th nationally—considerably better than they did in total yardage (49th). He also mentions that red zone percentage is a dumb stat, complains about sacks counting as rush yards, and references the Bulldogs' tremendous luck when it came to fumble recoveries last year. All these things are regular hobby-horses of the stat focused. He's an internet nerd.

There's a lot more that goes into Diaz's success, but I think he's the first coordinator at a major school to advocate advanced stats. College football isn't exactly basketball and their growing Kenpom obsession, but that's a start.

Seriously? This proposal was apparently shot down or tabled or something but merely proposing it is some kind of audacity when you're facing down a massive lawsuit:

Currently, the NCAA bars companies from using an athlete’s name, image or likeness in advertisements, promotions or other ventures. That would change if the legislation gets passed.

The initial proposal, for instance, would allow game footage of current athletes to appear in TV ads, as long as the ads mention the name of the athlete’s institution. Companies could publicize sales events by saying athletes would be present to sign autographs.

In both cases, the sponsor would benefit from the athlete’s image or presence. The school would benefit with money from the sponsor. The athlete would remain unpaid.

Sam Keller and Ed O'Bannon are currently suing the NCAA for unpaid videogame representations of themselves; this would make the currently wink-wink nudge-nudge system explicit. That can't be legal, right? I mean, you can make guys sign whatever you want but at some point you can't just demand unpaid publicity rights get handed over. Do the guys on the NCAA cover even get paid? Why can they throw Tebow on the front of a box after he's out of eligibility? Amateurism make law explode.

Etc.: Get yer Crisler Arena clock. Another pointless urging for a pointless anti-trust hearing on the BCS. I have no idea who this rabbit is, but apparently it is my muppet analogue.



April 14th, 2011 at 12:50 PM ^

I wonder if the shotgun QB stretch play that led to Notre Dame getting Dilithium'd is still in the playbook.

Omameh will still be around to destroy Manti Te'o...


April 14th, 2011 at 12:51 PM ^

hahahahahahahahahahahahaha at the explanation for Brian Cook in that muppets post. God that's wonderful.

Does the man not realize how tied Brian is to Michigan sports? HAS HE SEEN US THE LAST FEW YEARS?!

Go Blue Eyes

April 14th, 2011 at 12:52 PM ^

I agree with Brian on these neutral site games.  I am fortunate in that I can plan a business trip to Dallas next year for the Alabama game and the trip really doesn't cost me beyond the ticket and the supposedly outrageous parking costs at Cowboys Stadium.  Many, many fans simply cannot do this.

To add more games like this is stupid as it takes away home games from Michigan Stadium.  And, again like Brian said, are you really going to fly down to Miami to watch Michigan play FAU?


April 14th, 2011 at 1:50 PM ^

Well, look at it this way:

Maybe a Michigan season ticket holder will find it difficult to make it to this game in Texas in addition to the 6 or 7 other home games on the schedule.

However, if Michigan practices at Skyline High School on Thursday, and Skyline is able to bring 8-10 Division I quality athletes to the game, and a few of them decide to visit Michigan, and then 1-2 of them decide to commit to Michigan.....and Michigan is able to build relationships with other local high school programs, and Stephen Hopkins gets to play in front of lots of friends and family......

.....I'm sure you'll get over it.

Go Blue Eyes

April 14th, 2011 at 4:52 PM ^

I think the odd game every 4 to 5 years in a neutral site might be a good idea for recruiting in general but too many away still takes away from the home field experience.  I can't imagine that targeting games for recruiting purposes in neutral sites (i.e. Florida or Texas) is probably not the best way to get recruits to play for your team - playing winning football will do that for you.  If you have to resort to gimmicks to recruit there are probably a lot more serious issues to worry about at that point.


April 14th, 2011 at 4:50 PM ^

From ESPN's Big Ten blog concerning the upcoming home-and-home series between Northwestern and Notre Dame:

Notre Dame still will face three Big Ten teams in both 2014 and 2018. The Irish take a break with Michigan State in 2014-15 and take a break with Michigan in 2018-19. They will face Michigan, Northwestern and Purdue in 2014 and Michigan State, Purdue and Northwestern in 2018.

Go to http://espn.go.com/blog/bigten/post/_/id/25443/northwestern-nd-reunion-makes-sense

David Brandon has an opportunity here to get a really good opponent to replace Notre Dame during those years.  If he wants to increase Michigan's recruiting exposure in the southeast and Texas, then there's a number of teams he could contact to play in a home-and-home series from the ACC, SEC and Big XII. 

On a related note, Notre Dame's current schedule for the 2015/6 series had them opening the season with Texas followed by Michigan.  That's not strategically smart scheduling for ND if they want to entertain any realistic chance of getting into the BCS championship game or a BCS bowl.  I'll be curious to see if there's not another hiatus in the Michigan-Notre Dame football series in that timeframe.

The FannMan

April 14th, 2011 at 12:59 PM ^

Easy NCAA solution:

Athletic Dept. Man in Grey Flannel Suit:  "Here you go son, this is your letter of intent that commits you to a scholarship.  Oh, yeah, I'll also need you to sign this document the NCAA requires us to have you sign.  It gives permission to use your picture and likeness." 

18 Year Old Kid on Signing Day:  "Sweet, I am going to play in college!  I have dreamed about this since I was little!  I can't believe it is finally real.  Ummm, what did you say about this other thing here?"

Athletic Dept. Man in Grey Flannel Suit :  "Oh, that.  It just let's us put your picture all over the place when you're a star."

18 Year old on Signing Day:  "Awesome!  This just keeps on getting better and better!"

Athletic Dept. Man in Grey Flannel Suit  :  "Yes it does.  Yes it does."



April 14th, 2011 at 1:01 PM ^

... is actually pretty useful. Users can click the Install button on the product website to beam the app directly to their phone. Nifty feature.

Sgt. Wolverine

April 14th, 2011 at 1:11 PM ^

"They walk slow because they’re not afraid of nothing" is fantastic.  This needs to be used more in reference to Michigan athletics.

Also, it makes me wonder: what's the SEC running from?


April 14th, 2011 at 1:22 PM ^

Correct me if I am wrong, but the person on the cover of the NCAA game has always graduated the previous season (or left for the NFL) so I would assume they do get paid.

MI Expat NY

April 14th, 2011 at 1:52 PM ^

the lawsuit is about the video game itself.  For instance, you would expect this year's EA NCAA football game to have the starting qb for Michigan be a 6-0, 193 pound black guy with amazing speed and just happens to wear number 16.  His name will be "QB #16."  He WILL NOT be named "Denard Robinson."


April 14th, 2011 at 5:05 PM ^

exactly, and how many people go online after they buy it and download the updated rosters wehre somebody did all the edits and renamed the players to who they really are.

Sadly last years was done by an OSU guy, but it still was the number one downloaded roster....It doesnt take much for somoen to change qb16 into denard robinson


April 14th, 2011 at 2:05 PM ^

Is anyone betting that after Alabama hired Saban, all their promotion was:

Saban.  Saban. Saban. SABAN!! Did we mention we hired Saban?  Saban.  Oh, by the way - Saban.


And did anyone check and see how piss poor Kenpom did on predicting the NCAA Tournament with their rankings? It has it's uses, but just saying....






April 14th, 2011 at 2:24 PM ^

I'm as big a UM fan as anyone.  Seemed a little wierd to see a Hoke team hyped with Rich Rod team clips.  I guess there wasn't a lot of video from spring practice to choose from.


April 14th, 2011 at 2:47 PM ^

I've found it very strange that the same school that is even more conservative than we are regarding uniform changes has no problem with playing massive amounts of RAWK and even a canned lion roar at its stadium.