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05/30/2018 - 8:46am MHNet

Michigan Hockey Net's original incarnation Michigan Hockey Rules! dates back to 1997 on Geocities.  I imagine many these days have no idea what Geocities is and how big Geocities was back in the day.  I don't remember exactly off hand when I made the switch to my own domain.  Always tried to stay on top of the news and game recaps, but also incorporating features such as archiving The Red Berenson Show (when WTKA wasn't able to in those days), posting video highlights (in the days before YouTube), CoverItLive live blogs (believe I was the first to do this when I attended a game in the Soo), getting threatened to be sued by Paula Weston (true story), and helping open the door for blogs to get credentials to Michigan athletic events (major THANK YOU to former hockey SID Matt Trevor for that).  It was a good run while it lasted but life took over and now I'm a Florida Man.

05/30/2018 - 8:46am MHNet

Michigan Hockey Net's original incarnation Michigan Hockey Rules! dates back to 1997 on Geocities.  I imagine many these days have no idea what Geocities is and how big Geocities was back in the day.  I don't remember exactly off hand when I made the switch to my own domain.  Always tried to stay on top of the news and game recaps, but also incorporating features such as archiving The Red Berenson Show (when WTKA wasn't able to in those days), posting video highlights (in the days before YouTube), CoverItLive live blogs (believe I was the first to do this when I attended a game in the Soo), getting threatened to be sued by Paula Weston (true story), and helping open the door for blogs to get credentials to Michigan athletic events (major THANK YOU to former hockey SID Matt Trevor for that).  It was a good run while it lasted but life took over and now I'm a Florida Man.

05/30/2018 - 8:46am MHNet

Michigan Hockey Net's original incarnation Michigan Hockey Rules! dates back to 1997 on Geocities.  I imagine many these days have no idea what Geocities is and how big Geocities was back in the day.  I don't remember exactly off hand when I made the switch to my own domain.  Always tried to stay on top of the news and game recaps, but also incorporating features such as archiving The Red Berenson Show (when WTKA wasn't able to in those days), posting video highlights (in the days before YouTube), CoverItLive live blogs (believe I was the first to do this when I attended a game in the Soo), getting threatened to be sued by Paula Weston (true story), and helping open the door for blogs to get credentials to Michigan athletic events (major THANK YOU to former hockey SID Matt Trevor for that).  It was a good run while it lasted but life took over and now I'm a Florida Man.

05/30/2018 - 8:46am MHNet

Michigan Hockey Net's original incarnation Michigan Hockey Rules! dates back to 1997 on Geocities.  I imagine many these days have no idea what Geocities is and how big Geocities was back in the day.  I don't remember exactly off hand when I made the switch to my own domain.  Always tried to stay on top of the news and game recaps, but also incorporating features such as archiving The Red Berenson Show (when WTKA wasn't able to in those days), posting video highlights (in the days before YouTube), CoverItLive live blogs (believe I was the first to do this when I attended a game in the Soo), getting threatened to be sued by Paula Weston (true story), and helping open the door for blogs to get credentials to Michigan athletic events (major THANK YOU to former hockey SID Matt Trevor for that).  It was a good run while it lasted but life took over and now I'm a Florida Man.

05/30/2018 - 8:46am MHNet

Michigan Hockey Net's original incarnation Michigan Hockey Rules! dates back to 1997 on Geocities.  I imagine many these days have no idea what Geocities is and how big Geocities was back in the day.  I don't remember exactly off hand when I made the switch to my own domain.  Always tried to stay on top of the news and game recaps, but also incorporating features such as archiving The Red Berenson Show (when WTKA wasn't able to in those days), posting video highlights (in the days before YouTube), CoverItLive live blogs (believe I was the first to do this when I attended a game in the Soo), getting threatened to be sued by Paula Weston (true story), and helping open the door for blogs to get credentials to Michigan athletic events (major THANK YOU to former hockey SID Matt Trevor for that).  It was a good run while it lasted but life took over and now I'm a Florida Man.

05/30/2018 - 8:46am MHNet

Michigan Hockey Net's original incarnation Michigan Hockey Rules! dates back to 1997 on Geocities.  I imagine many these days have no idea what Geocities is and how big Geocities was back in the day.  I don't remember exactly off hand when I made the switch to my own domain.  Always tried to stay on top of the news and game recaps, but also incorporating features such as archiving The Red Berenson Show (when WTKA wasn't able to in those days), posting video highlights (in the days before YouTube), CoverItLive live blogs (believe I was the first to do this when I attended a game in the Soo), getting threatened to be sued by Paula Weston (true story), and helping open the door for blogs to get credentials to Michigan athletic events (major THANK YOU to former hockey SID Matt Trevor for that).  It was a good run while it lasted but life took over and now I'm a Florida Man.

01/21/2018 - 5:35pm Wheatley

To add to your list, Tyrone Wheatley is the running backs coach for Jacksonville.

06/28/2017 - 2:47pm (No subject)

03/15/2017 - 6:41am Milstein retracts tweet
01/22/2017 - 11:08pm Elite goalie recruit?

I've been out of the hockey loop, but according to the DetNews article St. Cyr is draft eligible this summer.  If he's an elite goalie recruit, shouldn't he at least be ranked by NHL Central Scouting?  Recently released Midterm Rankings don't even have him listed among the 31 North American goalies ranked.

12/14/2016 - 8:27am As a former Yooper...

As a former Yooper who lived in Marquette for about 15 years, I'll give my two cents...

I've been to Houghton a few times and my family was looking at a job there earlier this year but that fell through.  Beautiful area and would love to go back to the U.P.

Winters are harsh, yes.  But I'll give you the Jim Harbaugh advice--attack winter with an enthusiam unknown to mankind.  Winters are long, cold, and sometimes you might not have a sunny day for weeks.  You can either sit inside and complain and get depressed or you can learn to get outdoors and enjoy the white stuff.  I bought a pair of snowshoes and would take my dogs out on zero degree days in the middle of a snow storm and they loved it (and so did I).  Snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, hockey, whatever...find something to do.

In terms of finding a place, most of the U.P. is safe.  In Marquette I never really worried about a "bad side" to town.  Maybe areas I wouldn't live in because they're more student housing/rentals, but that's about it.  It really is the type of place you never have to lock your doors or worry about it if you forget.

One thing I would suggest is definitely thinking about country/small town vs. "city" living (I use that term loosely because Houghton is only like 7,500 population).  When I first moved back to Marquette I lived 20 miles south out in the woods.  Lovely area, however totally inconvenient.  Everything I wanted to do was in town, from shops, doctors, going kayaking on the lake or whatever.  Cell phone coverage isn't always good outside of town and no high speed internet in many small areas, too.  If you have kids, schools are a lot further away.  In small towns, schools don't have the amenities or budgets that schools in Houghton do.  That's not to say they are bad but something to think about.  I know Marquette schools had more options than say the schools in Gwinn.  Not to mention in winter, that 20 mile drive can become a LOT longer and more dangerous when you're driving home through a winter storm.  I would suggest living closer to work than further away until you're used to the area and conditions.  Highly recommend a vehicle with four-wheel drive.

08/07/2016 - 11:28am #79

There's a freshman offensive tackle named Greg Robinson.  Can they put "GERG" on the back of his jersey?

07/02/2016 - 2:39pm Leonard Taylor now a 3* on Scout

When Taylor committed to Michigan in April they called him a 4-star.  Most recent article on his visit to Notre Dame on June 21 called him a 4-star.  But now if you click on his profile he's a 3-star.  Not sure why the drop, but it doesn't seem to be a mistake that he was left off the Scout 300 list. 

06/04/2016 - 1:38pm I figured...

I figured what's why Alabama was sending coaches to his satellite camps after the recent Harbaugh-Saban spat--not to coach, but to spy for any infractions and cry foul.

04/28/2016 - 4:37pm Life skill

"Eli has made me some fire fried chicken and mac and cheese. The source seems to be pretty unreliable"

Because putting this in the microwave for two minutes counts as cooking...

01/26/2016 - 7:18pm Piledriver
12/10/2015 - 12:53pm Depending on the recruiting service

Rivals and Scout both have Walker as the #2 RB recruit.  Tavien Feaster (Clemson commit) is #1.

03/09/2015 - 7:18pm Michigan co-favorite for 4-star OT EJ Price

http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2015/03/auburns_gus_malzahn_battling_m.html

Still sounds like it'll be tough to beat Auburn since he's visited it so much already, but the article says he was born and grew up in Michigan and has family there and didn't move south until 2011.

11/02/2014 - 3:51pm There were some doubters

Living in Jacksonville now, when I read user comments on local media and blog websites during the preseason, there were definitely fans who felt the Jaguars should have cut Denard.   Same fans who gave up on him last season due to his fumbling issues (even though he was playing with an injury that caused some of those ball security issues).  Basically they thought he couldn't win the backup role, that he wasn't cut out to be a RB, and the Jags should cut their losses with him.  Glad to see the Jags coaching staff saw otherwise!

11/01/2014 - 8:17am Did you go trick or treating with this guy?

10/03/2014 - 5:05pm Morgan was a RichRod recruit

Desmond Morgan committed when RichRod was still coach.

"“I made the decision in my mind late Sunday evening, told my dad and then called coach (Rich) Rodriguez at 6 p.m. Monday,” said Morgan, who was selected as an all-state special mention honoree in Division 1-2 and earned a spot on The Press’ All-Area team. “Coach Rodriguez is a great guy and very down to earth. He’s personable, easy to talk to and not just a great football coach."

Granted, RichRod never got to coach him, but he did recruit him.

10/03/2014 - 6:31am Kris Frost

Though he wasn't officially committed, he was about to commit to Michigan when RichRod got fired.  I remember a TomVH article or blurb in which Frost said he was "99 percent" going to Michigan before the coaching change.

09/30/2014 - 7:53pm I'll give you five good reasons...
09/13/2014 - 4:03pm Stream

http://www.haotivi.com/468

08/08/2014 - 2:05pm I wear my sunglasses at night...

07/25/2014 - 9:47am Beefcake!

07/25/2014 - 3:16am Boka...

Is a defenseman, not a forward.

06/04/2014 - 1:55pm The passenger

Alexa (Lexi) Dannemiller was just named a tri-captain for the 2014 volleyball team a few weeks ago.  Yeah, great leadership shown in this situation...

Disappointing all around.  Not just Glasgow behind the wheel while intoxicated, but all the individuals who literally piled in that vehicle should have known better and it's sad that not one of them stopped Glasgow from driving.

05/28/2014 - 9:48am Not according to Weber

From Mike Weber's Twitter:

" it isn't fake a coach on the Ohio state staff sent it through direct message"

Also, where has Silverman denied it (I doubt he could publicly say anything since it involves a recruit)?  It's Jeremy Birmingham from 11W that's claiming it's a fake made by some U-M fan and that anything official from OSU always has Urban's signature on it:

"Whichever UM fan made that Sports Illustrated cover for @mikeweber25 did a nice job - it’s a good looking fake, but not official OSU entry."

Believe who you want.  I'll take the side of the recruit says he got it via DM from an OSU coach.

05/16/2014 - 4:16pm Jacksonville

The whole paragraph from that blog on the best case scenario:

"The best case for Bortles' rookie season is for him to firmly establish himself as the starter over Henne in the preseason. It won't be hard to do. He also needs to force Caldwell's hand into prematurely starting their plan for him as the teams quarterback. Some, like Caldwell, think he should sit. Personally, I think he should play early because that is the best way to fix his issues. Bortles is the quarterback of the future, so I don't think there's much use in putting it off."

While I appreciate this guy's optimism for Bortles, I think he has already forgotten history and wants it to repeat itself.  Apparently he's already forgotten how Blaine Gabbert turned out (JAX 1st round pick in 2011, thrust in to action early, got beat up as a rookie--sacked 40 times--and ended up a huge bust).  Even if Henne struggles, there's a reason why Jacksonville doesn't want to start Bortles right off the bat and this is it--they don't want to repeat the mistake.

I agree with the previous poster that Henne hasn't been surrounded by a lot of talent in the NFL.  Jacksonville was terrible last season and Henne wasn't even expected to start.  Gabbert got injured (but prior had thrown just 1 TD to 7 INTs) and then the team opted to start Henne over him when he returned.  Chad did what he could with what he had to work with (which wasn't much), but ultimately he's seen as a stopgap QB.  He'll be given every opportunity this season to start and try to turn it around before Bortles takes over as the Jags QB of the future.

05/10/2014 - 8:47am Henne/Bortles

Living in Jacksonville now and somewhat following the team since December, not everyone was happy with the Blake Bortles pick.  From what the local media said, it was about a 50/50 split among cheers/boos at the Jags draft party when the pick was announced.  Jacksonville just disposed of former first round bust Blaine Gabbert (10th overall in 2011) to San Fran, so you can understand why they are weary of this selection.  The Jags have a lot of needs, not everyone is sold on this year's QB crop, but they opted to take Bortles, who some believe is a Gabbert clone.  Gabbert was rushed in to action when he was drafted and it failed miserably.

It seems like when a GM takes a QB very early in the draft, that's a big risk.  You're going to build your team around that guy and if he's a bust, fans are going to call for your head.  They have a lot riding on the Bortles selection and they don't want to make the same mistake with Bortles that they made with Gabbert.  So ideally Henne will be the starter this year to give Bortles time to adjust and learn and be more prepared to take over.

05/08/2014 - 6:53am Now that's Perfect!
04/29/2014 - 1:52pm Recruiting

Mike Babcock's son...also named Michael Babcock...plays in the USHL and is committed to play at Merrimack.  So he has some experience with college recruiting from the parents point-of-view.  I don't think he'll have any problems transitioning to recruiting players if he were to end up behind the Michigan bench.  When you carry the resume he does and add to it the weight the Michigan program carries, it's a win-win if you're a top recruit.

04/24/2014 - 9:28pm Lloyd Carr called it

In 2011, when asked about a potential BCS playoff format, Carr said:

"I was in New York a month ago for the College Football Hall of Fame and I talked to some important people that said in the next 10 years or so, there could be a group of prominent schools with large budgets and stadiums that could break away from the NCAA and play their own schedule. There could be anywhere from 60-65 teams that would break away and play their own schedule and then have a playoff."

04/18/2014 - 4:09pm The Gator Bowl did the opposite

They decided to recognize the 70 year tradition of the Gator Bowl by dumping the Gator Bowl name and renaming it the TaxSlayer Bowl (who had been the bowl sponsor).  Because nothing says excitement like the TaxSlayer Bowl...

http://news.wjct.org/post/gator-bowl-renamed-taxslayer-bowl-new-game-day-set

04/18/2014 - 3:23pm It's the latter...

If the way they've been begging Michigan hockey fans with e-mails, Groupon deals, etc... to buy hockey tickets the past few seasons is any indication, then I feel this is only the beginning for football attendance woes.

Hockey used to be an guaranteed sell out with massive waiting list every season.  But years of increased ticket prices + horrible home nonconference schedules + b-ball comeback drove fans away (and, of course, the past two seasons haven't helped matters though attendance was declining before that happened).  They finally fixed the horrible schedule part this past season.  Now they need to win some games again.

But it's the same story for football... high prices + struggling team + horrible home schedule is a recipe for no one buying tickets.  Winning can cure some of the problems, but at the end of the day, for the price they're paying, fans want to see high-profile teams play at Michigan Stadium, not Jerryworld.  I don't see attendance woes getting better until they play a home schedule that's worth forking over the money.

Call it a bit of a fan revolt, but with more folks living on tight budgets these days, I don't think fans are going to just give the university their money freely and take whatever they feed them as opponents anymore.  But maybe that's what it'll take for the athletic department to get the message.

04/07/2014 - 10:32am Liking it, too

I know the initial reaction is disbelief and hate towards the decision, however I'm fine with it and I'll wait until the story comes out on why it happened, too.  The Wrestling Observer or one of the more reliable rags had a story that a few years ago Taker pitched losing to Lesnar at Mania and it got shot down.  For all we know, Taker could have decided to end the streak and go out that way, so I'm not going to blame WWE/creative for making that decision until more comes out on it.  If the above story was true, then I'm thinking Taker wanted to pass the torch on to Brock for a while and he's going out on his terms.  It certainly shocked the hell out of everyone and got everyone talking, that's for sure.

Brock may be part-time, but he's still got a lot of years ahead of him, he's a huge name, and this kind of monumental victory plays right in to his character.  It's a lot more believeable to me that someone with his credentials in wrestling and UFC ends the streak.  Kind of hard to complain about Brock being part-time, too, when Taker was a once-a-year attraction.  Maybe they're going to keep pushing Brock as the Beast and have him fill that attraction role at the major shows (kind of like they have been but now they got more ammo to back it up with this win).  The important thing now is where do they go with Brock from here.

03/23/2014 - 4:44pm More like...

The 22 years before that were excellent.

11/10/2013 - 9:25am This...

One of the best screen captures I ever got was from Anastos's hiring.  Face palm and an OMG! fail.

10/25/2013 - 2:31pm OT: Name the NCHC championship weekend

The NCHC put up for a vote four names for their championship weekend.  The choices:

1) NCHC Frozen Faceoff

2) NCHC Final Faceoff

3) National Collegiate Hockey Championship

4) NCHC Fabulous Four

I think the choice is FAAAABULOUS, er.... obvious.  Vote here!

10/10/2013 - 12:59pm Making an amendment to my prior post

Since I can't edit it again, the two guys who told me they paid $815 for their tickets left out the detail it was for two season tickets, not one.  So now I have to play damage control and reverse the argument.  Ugh.  That averages to about $23/ticket per game for end zone seats, which is still a bit steep for the end zone but more reasonable than $45/ticket.

But for those who can't afford season tickets or are only looking to take in a game here or there, yeah, it's grossly high to buy a single game ticket at regular price.  I posted three examples of that on Twitter earlier.  For instance, if I want to buy a center ice area ticket online for the Niagara game, it's $42 ($30 ticket, $2 fee, plus another $10 order charge).  $10 order charge for one ticket?  Really? (to their credit, someone from U-M said they will look in to the fees because even they admitted that seemed steep--woo, success!). I know, StubHub, blah blah... I'm just looking at what U-M is charging for the price of the ticket, not what you can find on StubHub.  If you walk up to the door to buy a ticket at the window, you're going to pay quite a bit.

It's just sad to see what was once always sold out and had thousands on a waiting list have no waiting list and struggle to pack the old barn. To go from like 2,000 fans on a waiting list to zero in a decade's time...there's a problem in there somewhere.  They can't even sell out what should be an easy sell out against Boston College.  Two of the biggest programs in college hockey going at it. 7,000 fans attended their game at Yost in 2005.  Now they're offering last minute deals to try to sell it out.

Look at last season, too. Michigan opened CCHA play with a big series against Miami at Yost. They had 5,000 fans at the Friday game (well below sold out) and just over 4,000 Saturday. There was a football game at Nebraska that night, but still that's embarassingly low for such a big hockey game. And just like football games, the student section is hardly ever filled at the start of games and if you saw any games on TV last year there's typically a big empty section or half section on one end.

I talked to one person within the hockey program the other year about it and he realizes the stands are getting more empty at the start of each year, too. He realizes ticket prices are going up and people can't afford to go to games as much anymore.  The decline has been ongoing for the past handful of years. There's definitely a problem and they haven't done anything to stop the bleeding.

10/10/2013 - 11:28am My ranting

Has been more so about WHY they're in this deal making specials to begin with.  We are facing BOSTON COLLEGE tonight.  You go back to like 2005 when they came to Yost and that was a huge game, fans excited, JMFJ crushing players and taking Cory Schneider's mask off with a shot.  Place was packed and loud.  6,982 was the attendance that night.

Fast forward to today and Michigan opens up the regular season against the Eagles and I'm STILL getting "special deals" in my e-mail box from U-M trying to sell out tonight's game.  Why are we at this point?  Michigan used to have like 2,000 people on a waiting list for season hockey tickets.  Now that list is nonexistant (despite a reduced capacity) and they can't sell out the season opener against #4 Boston College.

The special deals they've been sending out (the $25 + ticket to NTDP game) isn't what's my problem.  The problem is if you go to MGoBlue.com/tickets and look up the price of one regular price ticket tonight before they started sending out these deals, it would cost you $53 for one center ice ticket and $38 or $48 for one end zone seat at regular price (which includes $13 in fees).

Fans who bought a ticket already or bought season tickets, do they get a refund for the now available special offer?  No.  As some are starting to realize, why buy season tickets and shell out $40-50/game when you can go on StubHub and find a ticket for $10 (end zone) or $20 (sideline)?

Michigan hockey used to be the hottest ticket in town.  But over the past 5+ years of raising prices while offering a crappy non-conference schedule and losing many fans in the process, they're practically begging fans to come back.  I'm tired of seeing them ruin what was once so great and pricing fans out.

EDIT: I'll add in one more thing. Two fans who bought season tickets in the end zone paid $815. That's for 18 games and does not include playoffs. Average it out and they're paying $45 per game for end zone seats, which is ridiculously high for hockey.  Why isn't the athletic department offering more incentives to buy or renew season tickets? What's the point of buying season tickets when you can just get them on StubHub for $10/game or wait until U-M offers a special ticket deal (like the BC packaged w/ free ticket to NTDP game)? Loyal season ticket holders are paying full price while last minute buyers are getting discounts. Something's not right about that.

09/27/2013 - 1:45pm Like I said on Twitter a few days ago...

I think half of that column of mine is going to be out-of-date by the time the magazine hits mailboxes (Christian Meike had his USHL rights traded from Cedar Rapids to Sioux City if you missed that one, too).

09/27/2013 - 1:40pm That's the way it goes

The news of Walsh going to Mississauga has been known for about a week now.  It was only made official today.

Unfortunately, this is the way it goes in hockey recruiting.  Tough loss for Michigan to lose their top rated defensive recruit so late in the recruiting cycle.  U-M returns seven defensemen next year (provided none leave early), but there's definitely a lack of star power and a few of them I would be worried about if we have to play them every game.

There's only one blue liner with the NTDP who is not committed (and he's suppose to be pretty good), though I don't know if there's any mutual interest.  Otherwise, the coaches will probably have to mine the junior leagues for an overager or diamond in the rough.

BTW, you listed 2015 recruit Nick Boka as a forward, but he's a defenseman.

09/08/2013 - 1:55pm ESPN

Replace "TomVH" with "ESPN" and you nailed it.  ESPN decided to dump all their Recruiting Nation forums without explanation (just a "we're shutting down the forums August 26!" note).  As a member, these are the days that decision really sucks because Tom and crew would be posting visitor reactions and tidbits all day.  Now we get nothing and have to wait until at least Monday for Tom's article to be posted, all the while my Twitter feed is full of visitor reaction teasers from other pay sites.  ESPN really dropped the ball on this, IMO.

07/30/2013 - 5:55pm The banner

Yes, there was a banner hanging at the top of the south end zone bleachers I think showing Steve Shields record and what Turco was at.  I have a photo of it somewhere.  I'll have to try finding it.

07/30/2013 - 1:20pm Student broadcasting

I don't think WOLV-TV has aired in a game in a while. They used to broadcast all the games that weren't picked up by FSD, Comcast Local, and the other networks. But I think it's a rights issue with one of the contracts Michigan has that prevents them from doing so (which is also what has prevented MGoBlue from streaming nontelevised games online in recent years).

I'm pretty sure the students at WCBN-FM still broadcast hockey games, though.

07/30/2013 - 12:55pm WOLV-TV

Don't remember the play-by-play guy's name off hand, but the game was broadcast on WOLV-TV...back when they were able to broadcast like every home game (and I can't recall for sure but I think a lot were also streamed online for free via MGoBlue at one point).

06/27/2013 - 1:45pm The always reliable CNN is reporting...

That Boston police have located and impounded a silver SUV with Rhode Island registration that's believed to be linked to the 2012 double murder and they believe Hernandez was renting the SUV at the time of those murders.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/27/us/nfl-hernandez/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

05/06/2013 - 12:06pm Maybe Desmond was getting a head start on Whacking Day (May 10)