Maize n Brew gives you your daily (or semi-daily) rundown of all the Michigan Football, Michigan Basketball, College Football, and College Basketball news you need to get through the tedium of your boring desk job. For good measure we'll throw in a little irreverent information, comedy and commentary to help you salt away the time until the clock strikes 5pm. We're on a Facebook and Twitter drive, so be our friend or follow us! If you don't know what that means, you're old. If you want Maize n Brew in 140 characters or less, follow us on Twitter! Or you can friend us on Facebook and become a fan of Maize n Brew on Facebook for more links. Here's what's ON TAP:
Help Wanted. Kind of. - Are you a bored college student with a journalism bent, a lawyer who is sick of his/her job, or someone with simply too much time on their hands? If you answered yes to any of those questions, do I have a proposition for you! Maize n Brewis looking for some help assembling a more regular version of the Happy Hour link round-ups during the football season. If you spend a lot of time going from link to link and think you might want to try this blogging thing yourself, we're happy to help you indulge. You don't have to be able to write Ulysses for this, just be able to string together a snarky sentence or two with each link. Email me at Maize n Brew Dave at Gmail dot Com if you're interested.
Updating the Michigan Sidebar - You might have noticed that I'm a little behind in updating my sidebar to reflect all the new and excellent Michigan sites that are out there. If you're running a site that you'd like mentioned, post the link in the comments and I'll try to get the Michigan side bar up to date.
Radio'n - I'll be appearing on WCWP Radio on Long Island tonight at 11:15 EST to talk a little Michigan football. Since it's only 10:15 my time, I figured what the hell. Plus, I love the sound of my own voice. But you already knew that. (Listen to MAIZE PANTS!). Tune in if you're in the area.
Stuff You Must Read Right Now
Johnny Returns From Exile - Our old friend Johnny from RBUAS has returned from hiatus to pen something wonderful about Denard. For those of you who are new to the Michigan blog scene, there's a reason old farts like Brian and I get all misty eyed when Johnny writes something. It's because when he's on, no one, and I mean no one, can write like he can. The thing that breaks my heart is that he doesn't have time to write more.
Describing his speed is like explaining to a blind person what colors look like or how big a mountain is. Hold this rock in your hand, only imagine a rock that your hand or a bigger hand or a million bigger hands could not close around. That’s a mountain. Something like that. His first 10 runs against Notre Dame went: 4, 2, 3, 9, 36, 6, 14, 2, 7, 87. He is like trying to hold a beach ball submerged underwater. Eventually you just lose. You are working against one of the principle dynamics of the universe: Denard Robinson is fast. If you’re behind him it won’t end well.
Keep writing Johnny. Please.
Speaking of back from the dead.... - Our buddy Yost has returned with a vengence and with the good folks from Spawn of MZone and appears to be back for good. His take on the recent transfer of Anthonty LaLota is pretty friggin funny. Same goes for you Yost, keep posting. Please.
Denard's hits of all varieties - MGoFootball breaks down all the hits that Denard Robinson has taken through two games, catagorizes them, and gives you a good idea of what type of pounding our quarterback is taking and can expect to take if his current number of carries persists. Great work and a must read.
Athletic department wants to add permanent lights to Michigan Stadium - This will be a big change for Michigan fans, but one a lot of people are excite about.
Brandon Graham Remains Awesomer than an Awesome Sundae Covered in Awesome Sauce, with Bacon - Via Ann Arbor dot Com:
"I know he's going to be there, he's staying there, he's not going anywhere. I can see that already within the team,'' Graham said on a teleconference Wednesday. "I don't see Coach Rod leaving. They're taking it one game at a time and lot of people are going to have a different perspective when they talk about Michigan.''
Stuff You Must Watch Right Now
Greatheth Lou Holth Imperthonathion Ever - I love this You Tube video so much I want to take it out to a nice dinner, have some wine, maybe take it on a moonlit walk, light a roaring fire in the fireplace, and sex it up good on a bear skin rug. It's honestly scary just how dead on this impersonation of Holtz is. It's also hysterical. Enjoy.
"It's that time when the crimson and white faithful don on their finest wifebeaters and houndstooth boxers and decide to drive their homes into Tuscaloosa. It’s tradition." You, sir, win the internetz. (HT: EDSBS)
Walk-on Tryouts Held - More than 30 students participated in tryouts for the Michigan football team Monday afternoon. Rodriguez said six or seven will receive an extended look during a two-week trial period.
Historical Context of the Notre Dame Game - Given that John Kryk, author of the definitive history of the Notre Dame-Michigan rivalry Natural Enemies, was a mere email away, and Greg at MVictors had to get his thoughts.
Michigan Football Blog: Q&A with Minutemen Nation - Maize and Blue Nation's questions and the Minutemen's answers.
UMass' Nation Talks To Michigan's Nation - Brad's answers to Minutemen Nation's Q&A on the UMass Michigan game.
The Numbers Game: UMass - The Minutemen are now ranked No. 15 in the FCS coaches poll. Ace has the rest of your numbers on UMass. In the FCS, this isn't a bad team.
Oh, Crap! Deja Vu All Over Again - MZone returns. Win.
Michigan great Ron Kramer was unmatched as athlete, person - "Ronald John Kramer died Saturday. Of course, his death would occur on a college football Saturday, his Michigan guys playing Notre Dame, the team of his close friend, Paul Hornung." Jerry Green provides a moving memorial to one of the quintessential Michigan Men.
Farewell Mr. Kramer - Craig from The Hoover Street Rag also provides a nice tribute to the late Mr. Kramer.
Upon Further Review 2010: Defense vs Notre Dame - Brian is strangely calm. This worries me.
State of Recruiting - Michigan Football Recruiting breaks down Michigan's recruiting to date for the 2011 class.
Holy - UM Tailgate has a nice take on the Notre Dame game, and sums up pretty perfectly why Notre Dame Stadium has been such a house of horrors for the Wolverines:
[T]here’s something about the place. Something is different there. It’s hard to describe. Sometimes called "luck" or "magic," and often playfully given religious metaphors. This power, this certain something, this twelfth man that Notre Dame possesses for each and every home game…it’s real. I’ve seen it. And I’m not talking about touchdown Jesus, though after staring into his eyes for the better part of 4 hours on Saturday, I know that each time I looked to the heavens for help with my team, he scrambled the signal.
The Truth about the Pocket QB - Wolverine Liberation Army for the sarcasm win.
Notre Dame: Two Videos - The Hoover Street Rag drops a pair of great videos from the weekend in South Bend.
Glenn Robinson III to Michigan - UM Hoops.com breaks down the recent commitment of Glenn Robinson III to the basketball team. He's a 6'6" wing with a lot of upside. I'm excited, especially when you think of the number of sons of former NBA players on this team.
More on Glenn Robinson III - UM Hoops.com gives you the complete rundown on GRIII's recruitment.