As if I did not eat enough yesterday at the Super Bowl party I attended, it is time to step up to the buffet.
1) Larry Foote Super Bowl introduction: Anyone looking to tear down Larry Foote because he did not say "Michigan" during the player intros on NBC's Super Bowl broadcast needs to seek professional help. There is nothing wrong with giving a shout out to your high school. LaMarr Woodley said Michigan a couple of seconds right before, so if you really needed to hear it, you did. Foote now has two Super Bowl rings (and will likely get more) he can say just about anything he wants. You only need to read this quote he made during SB week to understand he clearly has no lingering animosity towards the Michigan program. If I went to a high school with a name like the DETROIT PERSHING DOUGHBOYS -- I think I would say it a lot too. That name is about as badass of a name as you can get.
2) Steve Breaston's afro: Because I failed to set my TIVO before I left the house yesterday I can't share it right now, but Steve Breaston's afro in his head shot was epic. I am grabbing the torrent of the game right now, so I will have it later today. Move over Oscar Gamble, Steve Breaston is taking over.
3) Gold Medal Bong hits: For those of you looking to mock a celebrated Olympic athlete, your time is here. Anyone looking to rip on Michigan because of the strong Michael Phelps connection, tear away. Michael Phelps is a 23 year old kid. He has 14 gold medals and more money than you. He went to a party in Columbia, SC (is this an SEC conspiracy to make the B10 look bad ???) and took a few bong hits. Get over it. He has spent the last 6 months traveling around the country so people can give him standing ovations and feel good about being an American. If he smokes pot at a party, that would put him strongly in mass cluster of average American 20 somethings. After reading his public statements in which he admitted that he made a judgement mistake, I officially continue to don't care. He still has a wheel-barrel full of gold medals and can swim faster than most of us can run.
4) Santonio Holmes: Congrats to SanAntonio Holmes for winning the Super Bowl MVP. He was the best offensive player in a Steelers uniform yesterday. The game winning catch was astounding. Congrats to THE Ohio State Buckeye football family for nabbing your first MVP trophy. Anyone looking to tear down Holmes for admitting that he sold drugs as a kid, see my comments on Michael Phelps. I don't really care. Holmes is a product of the environment he grew up in. I am glad he found a way to a better life. I am also glad I can put this buckeye sticker I have lying around to a good use.
5) Auggie Garrido: Texas baseball coach Auggie Garrido did something unique today. The winningest coach in division I college baseball history went to court and plead guilty to a DWI charge. I can't remember the last time a public figure got arrested for something and walked into court and said "guilty" without some sort of bargaining process. I spend a lot of time watching Garrido teach his kids how to become good players and better men during the college baseball season. In my opinion this is an incredibly strong lesson for him to teach: Do what is right. Take responsibility for your choices and actions. Learn from your mistakes.
6) Recruiting and National signing day: We are down to the final couple of days before high school seniors can officially sign a binding letter of intent to the college of your choice. I silently follow what is going on because I love Michigan. From all indications RR has rounded up a decent class, filling many areas of critical need. We are still in the hunt for some additional players and I hope we continue to add more talent. T9 and I will continue to hold to our policy of not talking about high school recruits until they officially put on the uniform and start practicing with the team. There is always a lot of rumors floating around these kids and I see no upside in talking about them until they are here.