Thursday, April 30, 2009
DeLande is a Buckeye walk-on and this would have been his third year with the program without playing a down. He was redshirted in 2007 and did not play at all in 2008.
This lack of playing time does not bode well for Bo's future with the Bucks. I expect Coach Tressel will make a shining example about how tough and disciplined the Ohio State football program is and dismiss him from the program.
Indiana announced yesterday that senior football player Kellen Lewis has been dismissed from the IU football team for violating team rules. In the statement released through IU media relations "We are disappointed to have to make this decision, When you have expectations of those on your team that are not met, you need to do what is ultimately in the overall best interest of your program.”
In three years as Indiana’s quarterback, Lewis produced 48 passing touchdowns, over 6,000 passing yards he also ran for 17 touchdowns and over 1,600 yards. He was set to play wide reciever this season, but you just know that he would have been taking snaps at QB when they played Michigan.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
This is a magical time of the year for sports. NHL & NBA playoffs, baseball season, and College spring games and the NFL draft. There are just too many things going to avoid an unhealthy trip to the buffet palace. Put on your best Hawaiian shirt, but make sure you don't tuck it in, you will need the room.
- Morgan Trent and Terrance Taylor were drafted yesterday in the NFL draft. Terrance went in the 4th round to the Indianapolis Colts. Morgan went in the 6th round to the Cincinnati Bengals.
- The Lions had a chance to take either Laurinaitis or Maualuga in the 2nd Round. Instead they took a defensive back from Western Michigan. Ugggggggggg.
- Abilene Christian had more players picked in the NFL draft than Miami & Notre Dame.
- More the 95,000 people came out the watch the Ohio State Spring Game. Everyone that cares says that Terrell Pryor looked good. From the looks of the picture above, Coach Tressel did not. Yikes.
- The Red Wings swept the Columbus Blue Jackets in their first round NHL playoff matchup. Yeah, we own Ohio.
- Lebron James (and the Cavs) swept the Detroit Pistons in their first round NBA playoff matchup. Boo, Ohio owns us.
- Braylon Edwards is still a Cleveland Brown. At least one Ohio writer thinks this is a good thing. Given Braylon's high maintenance ego, I can't imagine this is not going to be distraction in training camp.
- Crazy finish yesterday in the NASCAR race. Michigan native Brad Keselowski wins his first Sprint Cup race (in his 5th start).
- Roger Clemens continues to flush his reputation down the toilet. This time it involves a Detroit stripper and a wannabe porn star named Abby Rode.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Oh, and he's 21 years old.
Guess the Fords didn't need stimulus dollars to get this done. If ticket prices go up I'm gonna riot.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Perhaps if it were enhanced in some way, it could qualify????
But what skills are required to succeed???
hmmmm.....treading water. pointing toes. floating.
floating. I've got it!!!! Enhanced flotation devices!!!!! THAT'S what this sport needs! Flotation enhancement!!!! But by what means???
Those of us girls out there remember this method from camp (and Judy Blume)
ok, sorry to say....it don't work!!
Luckily science has come up with implants which can go directly under the skin or under the pectoralis muscle to enhance the flotation capabilities of breasts. The key is to get saline implants, not the silicone ones because silicone has been linked to a number of medical problems. The silicone implant can break, leaking it's contents into the surrounding tissue. They no float no more.
It is also really important to find a well-trained plastic surgeon to perform the enhancement because you want them to be even, well-rounded, and of course supple (for non-pool activities).
Even better, from a competition standpoint the implants are NOT a banned substance! Enhance away ladies!!!! Make them as big as you can!!!!!!!!
Even though you won't be cheating, it is important to be able to size up the competition, so take this test (work alert) to see if you can tell the augmented from the non.
The new devices are sure to increase buoyancy making the synchronizing of the swimming thing a piece of cake!!! And maybe even your new favorite sport?????
Thursday, April 23, 2009
You may remember BC from our recent Brian Hartline post. If this site is not on your daily blog rotation, I would strongly suggest you add them.
Anyway, after I got over my disappointment that they did not have any new Howdy Doody Porn to share with us - they did however have a great expose on Shari the blonde Ohio State model wanna-be that apparently has a thing for U of M.
In October 2007 he participated in one of several Penn State football fan stomps. He had only one month left on his probation. But then he admitted to his probation officer that he had smoke pot (twice) while on probation. Including once before the Rose Bowl.
The judge was not happy... and Bowman will now serve an additional year of probation. He was promised that another "slip" will earn him 6 months in prison. To add insult to injury, Navorro had an outstanding speeding ticket and had not performed a single hour of the one hundred hours community service he was ordered. Brilliant.
Penn State Head Football Coach Joe Paterno had "no comment" -- likely because Paterno because can't seem to recall ever actually meeting or talking to Navorro Bowman. "All these players... they seem to blend together in my mind..."
Penn State fans are lighting up message boards everywhere claiming the judge assigned to the case is a most likely a "Wolverine fan with a clear anti-Penn State bias". There have been claims that the judge even wears a Michigan jersey under his robe.
Some are even suggesting that the Penn State football program should simply pack up and leave Happy Valley altogether... because the attitude towards standard football player behavior has changed so dramatically and it is "impossible to get a fair trial in this town."
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The new look Detroit Lions have the first overall pick and are expected to select Georgia QB Matt Stafford. Former Michigan players Morgan Trent, Terrance Taylor, Will Johnson, Tim Jamison and (long snapper) Sean Griffin are listed on NFL.com as potential picks. When one of these guys is taken they will extend the consecutive year streak (to 70) that a Michigan player has been drafted going back to 1939.
Last year, Michigan OT Jake Long was the first overall pick of the draft, selected by the Miami Dolphins. As the first selection Long joined former Wolverine great Tom Harmon (drafted #1 in 1941) as the only two players in school history to go with the top pick. Overall Michigan has had 43 first round picks and 364 total draftees over the years.
Edit: After looking at this wallpaper again, I have decided that it has too many images and looks too busy. I modified it HERE with only two pictures of Jake. I like it much better. Also I took out the typo (I had the word "from" twice). Duhhhhhh.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
“We are undergoing an organizational transformation right now, It’s not just about those 53 guys competing on Sunday afternoon. It’s about changing a culture within our organization and within our community that says, ‘We are going to do this the right way and we are going to start from the ground floor and we’re going to build a championship football team that year-in and year-out the people of the City of Detroit can be proud of.’ This is our representation of that.” ~ Lions GM Tom Lewand
Personally, I had no issues with the old logo. It was both fierce and cute at the same time. Maybe that was the problem. I doubt it. I really can't complain about what they have done with the new logo. It looks cool and I will buy a hat with the new logo as soon as I find one I like. Alternative logos depicting the be-heading and/or hanging of Matt Millen were rejected by focus groups.
Coming off an infamous 0-16 season is as good a time to change your image as any. The most visible change is adding eyes and teeth to Bubbles the Lion. I guess expecting a mascot to compete in the NFL without the ability to see or eat is asking for trouble.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Remember when "environmentalist" meant just recycling? It's not so simple anymore. Being an environmentalist today calls for a whole new level of green thinking — and being green includes what you buy at the grocery store to how you travel to work every day.
Looking for something cool to do ? How about helping The Nature Conservancy PLANT A BILLION trees to restore the Atlantic Forest of Brazil. One dollar equals one tree.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
But today is a day to celebrate. Twenty five years after he last played a game for Michigan - Jim Abbott's number 31 is finally being retired. I am not sure what the requirements are for having your number retired by the Michigan Baseball program, but I am glad that Jim finally got the nod.
Abbott’s uniform will be just the fifth retired in school baseball history. He will join Don Lund, Moby Benedict, Bill Freehan, and Ray Fisher. I can only imagine that Barry Larkin's #16 will have his number retired soon. Larkin was recently elected into the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
This week, MGoBlue.com has posted a nice Jim Abbott Top Ten moments feature
Friday, April 17, 2009
Red Wings 4
Blue Jackets 1
Following a Detroit playoff tradition, an octopi carcass was thrown on the ice last night. The first one landed on the ice during the 1952 Stanley Cup run, courtesy of the Cusimano brothers (they owned a Detroit fish market). If you know your cephalopods, you will know that an octopus has eight tentacles. In those days it took eight playoff wins to claim the Cup, hence the symbolism of the gesture.
The NHL has said it won't tolerate Joe Louis Arena building manager Al Sobotka picking up the slimy creatures and twirling them around while he is actually standing on the ice. Last night he may come close to violating the policy by spinning the carcass around just before stepping into the Zamboni entrance.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
The sheer volume of images that people take and post is staggering. I went out there today because I needed some inspiration for a post and knowing full well there would be a bunch of new stuff from the spring game.
My first search criteria was "michigan football" -- was entirely too ambitious. It returned 24,508 results. On the first page was this image from a flickr user called marylea. The picture is from the 2007 Notre Dame game. Yes, those are real dead wolverines on this tailgate table next to the maize and blue candy. WTF ?
A couple of pages later I ran into this awesome picture of the baddest muther-focking punter in the universe taken by flickr photog gotjenks. This picture was taken before the 2008 Orlando Bowl game against Florida.
I'm pretty sure Mesko just punched Tim Tebow in the face, kicked sand in Urban Myers mouth, and stole Percy Harvin's girlfriend before he decided to walk to the locker room listening to Romanian gangster rap.
How Zoltan manages to walk down State Street without a body guard there to protect him from screaming co-eds wanting to satisfy his every desire is beyond my ability to understand.
I then changed my search criteria to "michigan spring game" and was greeted by a much more manageable 338 images to "creep on" (my 15 year old daughter taught me that term recently and I try to use it as much as possible now). The first one was this good clear wide angle view of the stadium shot by baklein62. It gives you decent feel for how many people were actually at the game on saturday. There looks to be a lot more people in this picture that I thought when I watched the video. The weather helped. If you look close enough, I think I can see T9.
The next one to catch my eye was this gem of an Obi Ezeh fan dressed in a bear costume posted by baklein62. I am sure there is a logical explanation for fur - I am hoping for something good like "Obi is going to be as good as Mike Singletary"... but like the comment stated on the photo there is no excuse for wearing a blazer (with shorts) to a game.
Dude.... Georgia plays their games a little further down the road.
After a couple of pages of recruit stalking -- I ran across the Michigan Daily set of images from the Spring Game. As a professional sports photographer - I always appreciate the images the student photographers capture for the Daily. In my opinion, they do a much better job than the guys at the Detroit Free Press or Detroit News. This one is very solid shot of Carlos Brown leaving everyone on the field in his dust in a scene that I can only hope repeats itself 10 or 15 times this year. Yes Sru, if you close your eyes tight enough you have seen Beanie Wells do the same thing with the same colors running behind him.
The next one that caught my eye was this very tight image of the Greg Matthews touchdown catch take by Daily Photographer Sam Wolson.
I know all too well the feeling Sam was having as he was firing away with his second camera body (equipped with a shorter lens for such moments) hoping that the players would stay in his frame and the camera would focus fast enough allowing him to get the shot.
There really is nothing like it.
Little did Sam know, a couple of feet behind him, sitting in the stands was flickr photog jptrack01 firing away at the same action. You can see Sam's shoulder and lens in the corner of this image.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
After last season... 6 wins and a bowl game will be just fine with me.
I borrowed heavily from the upcoming X-Men Origins movie posters to come up with this wallpaper design.
Western Michigan is first.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, 54, was found dead this afternoon by a family friend after an apparent accident on his farm late this afternoon in Northborough, Massachusetts.
Tiiiiigers fans remember this young gun as a gangly, unique, and highly talented pitcher who would talk to the ball, groom the mound incessantly, and fling the ball past batters who "stood there like the house by the side of the road".
As a rookie in 1976, Fidrych was named American League Rookie of the Year after he posted a 19-9 record with a 2.34 ERA. He finished second in the Cy Young votes too.
His pro career, lasting 5 years in the Bigs with the Tigers ended prematurely due to injury. But that did stop him from coming back to Detroit as a team ambassador.
I was flying to Washington DC this morning. When I landed I got this text: "God Bless Harry Kalas..." It took me all of about 20 seconds to figure out that the longtime voice of my team had died. If you don't know the name, I guarantee you will recognize the voice from NFL films.
Sad day for me. Thanks for the memories Harry.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
No that spring has arrived, it is not too late to start thinking about your wife/girlfriend and her new suit for the summer.
This one is called "Walk This Way" and can be purchased for $119.00.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
The sun was shining and the sky was clear. I purposefully sat on the shady side to get 50 yard line seats...which then became sunny over time.
I would have bet that the crowd approached 35K (but the athletic dept. claims 50,000!)
Best of the Flaggers:
- Play-by-play offered up by Frank Beckmann and Jimmy Brandstater. Or should I say stand-up comedy routine???? Best comment from Brando?? When Rick Leach tossed a sweep play and was reminded that the only passing that Bo ever let him do was backwards!
- Andy Mignery leading the Yellow squad at QB. Nice touch and placement with his throws. Too bad he peaked as a QB in his mid-30s.
- Larry Foote---"not" playing, but ended up with the one-handed game winning interception
- Ron Bellamy, at QB and wide receiver. Seriously! The man busted one for 40 yards and a TD.
- James Hall, guest referee, admitting that he hadn't seen the play but was going to give it to the Blue team anyway. Brando pointed out that he was performing just like the regular referees who call the games.
- Forcier is the REAL deal. Short, but fast, the kid ran thru and around the defense. Quick, crisp passes on timing routes, into the gaps and seams where need be--seriously, I'm convinced.
- Although I'm sure Denard Robinson is looking forward to fall practice->
- Cone---big, tall, slow, inaccurate.....can you say John Navarre???
- Jack Kennedy is one of our QBs. No, really. #18 Think Doug Flutie.
- Sheridan was wandering the sidelines in a walking cast along with his uniform. That may be the closest he gets given Tate's performance.
- We are deep at running back. Carlos Brown looked good breaking one for 80 yards (at least for now while healthy), and true Freshman #2 Vincent Smith looks like the second coming of a young Jamie Morris. Look for him to see some time this fall, I'll bet
- Offensive success however meant big gaps in the defense. Hard to tell, though, because there was no tackling of the QBs allowed and the Big Dogs weren't in the game much. Brandon Graham, however, was a brick wall and made his presence known. Freshman Vladimir Emilien, wearing #5, was a stand-out and clearly has the best name for a defensive player by far.
- Senior safety/linebacker Stevie Brown was awarded the Meyer Morton Award as the senior football player that experienced the greatest development and showed the most promise during spring drills.......not sure if that's a compliment or not?
- David Molk and junior/sophomore defensive tackle Ryan Van Bergen, shared the Sophomore Award as players that displayed toughness and a strong work ethic on the field and in the locker room. Unfortunately Van Bergen left the game due to injury.....
- Despite the new additions to the stadium, the sound system still sucks. Variable clarity, generally inaudible, and dependent on the direction of the wind. Not sure how it could be worse than before, but somehow it succeeded in sucking...
Thanks to freep.com and detnews.com for the images. Check out the video highlights at mgoblue.com
Friday, April 10, 2009
History: In 1817 The University of Michigan was founded in Detroit by the governor and judges of Michigan Territory. It was known as the Catholepistemiad (an invented name mixing Greek and Latin). The original curriculum was strictly classical before adding sciences and research. The cornerstone of the university's first building, near the corner of Bates and Congress in Detroit, was laid on September 24, 1817, and within a year both a primary school and a classical academy were functioning within it.
As you might expect, the awkward name of the Catholepistemiad became a target of ridicule. Governor Cass referred to it as the "Cathole-what's its name" and thought it a "pedantic and uncouth name". Justice James V. Campbell said it was "neither Greek, Latin, nor English, [but merely] a piece of language gone mad." On April 30, 1821, Governor Cass and a couple of Judges passed a new act that changed the name of the institution to the University of Michigan and put control in the hands of a Board of Trustees consisting of 20 members plus the governor.
The University officially moved to Ann Arbor 16 years later (1837 is the same year Michigan became a state) onto a 40 acre plot now know as Central Campus. The first classes were held in 1841. Eleven men graduated in the first commencement ceremony in 1845.
Location: Located about 45 minutes west of Detroit, Ann Arbor is Michigan’s seventh largest city and the seat for Washtenaw county. It was founded in 1824 by land speculators. During the 1960s and 1970s, the city gained a reputation as an important center for liberal politics and this left-leaning culture continues today. The city's economy originally supported by manufacturing is now centered on education and high-tech. The University employs about 40,000 people in the area. Many technology companies drawn to the area by the research and development money pouring into the university. No matter how you slice it, Ann Arbor is still in Michigan which means the winters are brutally cold. If you have never lived in Ann Arbor it can be a wonderful place to call home and I would move there in a second if I convince my wife that it would not lead to my premature death via self-inflicted local sports insanity.
Nickname: We call ourselves Wolverines, and yes the wolverine is a member of the weasel family. As I have taught my kids, the wolverine is “pound for pound the most ferocious animal on the planet” and is “physically incapable of backing up”. Since the earliest days of recorded University history (as early as 1861), the students and alumni have been referring to themselves as Wolverines -- although no official reason is recorded.
General George Armstrong Custer (a Monroe Michigan native) commanded the Union Army's Michigan Calvary Brigade was known as the Wolverines in the Civil War. That turned out alright until he took his show west in a sad preview of future Rose Bowl performances.
There are lots of theories regarding how we became known as Wolverines, including a popular one involving the long running animosity and border war with Ohio. It is nice to see that things don't change much in 150 years.
While wild wolverines exist in Oregon, Montana, Washington, Colorado, Wyoming, California, and parts of Canada, there are no wild wolverines in Michigan until 2004 when scientists confirmed they saw a Wolverine in Michigan for the first time in 200 years.
Colors/Logo/Helmet/Mascot: Maize and Blue. In 1867 a group of students met and adopted blue and maize as the official school colors. However, no one actually specified the exact shades until 1912, when school officials chose fabric ribbons depicting the actual shades. And since colors were not standardized at that time, azure blue could be every shade from a pale sky blue to a deep lapis lazuli, all of which were utilized along with a variety of yellows from the palest lemon to bright gold.
Michigan has a bunch of branded logos and a lot of rules about how they are to be used. The most common theme is the block M. However nothing has become more of a symbol of the University’s athletic teams more than the winged helmet. Originally lifted from Princeton and the leather helmet designs of the time, it has developed into the most recognized brand the University of Michigan has and is used by multiple sports teams on campus.
We don’t have a cute costumed mascot character that runs around with the cheerleaders like all of the other teams we play (I am looking at you Notre Dame, Michigan State, Penn State, and Ohio State). However, in the mid-1920s we did use a mounted and stuffed wolverine as the team mascot.
In 1923, after seeing the University of Wisconsin football team bring live badgers to games, Fielding Yost decided we needed a live wolverine. Despite writing letters to 68 trappers, Yost was reportedly unable to find one. However in 1927 the Detroit Zoo got 10 wolverines and Yost made a deal for two of them named Bennie and Biff. They made their first appearance came on dedication day for Michigan Stadium in 1927. Over time Biff and Bennie grew larger and more ferocious, leading Yost to conclude, "It was obvious that the Michigan mascots had designs on the Michigan men toting them, and those designs were by no means friendly." The live wolverine experiment ended after just one season. Eventually became too vicious to remain on the campus zoo and were moved back to the Detroit Zoo.
Fight Song: The Victors is the official fight song of the University of Michigan. Written in 1898 by Louis Elbel after Michigan defeated the University of Chicago, then a national football power. John Philip Sousa called one of the best marches he'd ever heard and I don’t think you will find any un-biased person that does not rank it in the top 2 or 3 college fight songs available. On a personal note, I have found it to be quite a versatile song… as a young father I used it as a very successful bedtime lullaby and it was the first song my kids ever learned. It is the only tune I can play on a piano.
The long version of the lyrics can be found here :
We mostly just know and care about these:
Hail! to the victors valiant
Hail! to the conqu'ring heroes
Hail! Hail! to Michigan
the leaders and best
Hail! to the victors valiant
Hail! to the conqu'ring heroes
Hail! Hail! to Michigan,
the champions of the West!
You can also find the sheet music here.
Academics: No matter how you slice it, The University of Michigan is a damn good school. More than 70% of universities 200 major programs, departments, and schools ranked in the top 10 in the United States. It is currently ranked as the 26th best National University in the US News and World Report behind only Northwestern (ranked 12th) in the Big 10. Amongst public schools on the list, only Cal-Berkley, Virginia, and UCLA are ranked ahead of Michigan. The university has matriculated 26 Rhodes Scholars.
Stadium: Michigan plays home football games at Michigan Stadium. When the current renovation is complete, it will once again be the largest college football stadium in the world. Currently the official capacity is 106,201 (the extra seat is said to be "reserved" for Fielding H. Yost) – but we routinely put more than 110,000. ABC’s Keith Jackson was the first to call it “The Big House”. Michigan Stadium has witnessed over 200 consecutive crowds of greater than 100,000 - dating back to 1975. We hold the NCAA single-game attendance record at 112,118 with the 2003 game with Ohio State (yes, sadly that is also the last time we beat the bucks).
In the early 1920s, Fielding Yost formed a vision that would become Michigan Stadium. He realized with winning teams and large fan turnouts, we needed for a larger football stadium. The stadium was built on land that had been home to an underground spring. The water posed a problem to the construction, creating a surface that resembled quicksand. It was this moist ground that engulfed a crane which remains under the stadium today.
On Oct. 1, 1927, Michigan played Ohio Wesleyan in the first game at Michigan Stadium, winning 33-0. Dedication of the new stadium came three weeks later, Oct. 22, 1927, against Ohio State, in another Michigan victory. The Buckeyes had hoped for revenge from the dedication of their own stadium five years earlier when the Wolverines came away with a 19-0 victory.
Athletics: Beyond football, Michigan has 23 other varsity sports. In seven of the past 10 years, Michigan has finished in the top six of the NACDA Director's Cup. We are one of only two schools (Minnesota is the other) in NCAA history to win a national championship in the four major men’s sports (baseball, basketball, football, and ice hockey). The Wolverines have won NCAA Division I national championships in lot’s of other sports including women's field hockey, men's golf, men's gymnastics, women's softball, men's swimming and diving, men's tennis, and men's outdoor track and field. Overall we have 32 official NCAA national championships, trailing only Penn State in the Big Ten for all time titles. We however won our titles while being a member of the Big Ten.
No one will argue that it is our football program that pays the bills. The football program is among the most successful in college football history. We have the most wins, highest winning percentage, and we won the first Rose Bowl game in 1902. The Wolverine football program has claimed 11 national titles. Three Michigan football (Tom Harmon, Desmond Howard, and Charles Woodson) players have won the Heisman Trophy. We have a decent rivalry with Ohio State. I could go on an on, but suffice to say Rich Rodriguez has a decent foundation onto which he can rebuild this program.
Famous Wolverines: There are more than 425,000 living alumni of the University of Michigan. Famous alumni include the "father" of the iPod, the founder of Google, the voice of Darth Vader, and the first American to walk in space. I don’t have the time or energy to start listing famous names. You can find a great list here. Michigan has seven Nobel prize winners, eight astronauts, and one US President.
The Game: I think RR has backed off on his original commitment to make the spring game more exciting and an event. Personally I just hope the weather is nice for T9 and everyone else. I also hope that no player gets injured badly impacting the team in the fall.
Other things I want to see: I hope that the offensive line improves. I hope that Will Campbell does not crush anyone’s soul and make them transfer to Ohio State. I hope that Vlad Emilien does not impale anyone. I hope that Tate Forcier does not break in half and is half as good as everyone expects him to be.