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Monday Happy Hour Gazes Longingly at the Moon, Readies for Awesome Wednesday Podcast

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 at your boring ass desk job. For good measure we'll throw in a little irreverent information and commentary to help you salt away the time.  Want it in 140 characters or less, follow us on Twitter! Or you can find us on Facebook! Here's what's ON TAP:

Programing Notes:

  • We liked it so much we're doin' it again - The Eleven Brews Podcast will take place Wednesday Night at 7pm CST. For those of you who missed it, Jason from Eleven Warriors and I have begun (what we hope will be) a weekly podcast talking with some of the best and brightest Big Ten College Football minds leading up to the season kickoff. Last week's first show featured Doctor Saturday himself, Matt Hinton, and the raw animal magnetism of Black Heart Gold Pants' blogger extraordinaire, Hawkeye State. Once the audio is available again, we'll repost it so you can enjoy it in all it's glory. Our brains still hurt from the knowledge dropped on us by these too football Einsteins. As Jason said post show: "Hinton's forgotten more about Big Ten football than I've ever known." word.

This week (July 22, 2009 @ 7pm CST) Eleven Brews welcomes ESPN's Adam Rittenbeg and Penn State guru Mike from Black Shoe Diaries. We'll be peppering Rittenberg with all kinds of questions about the Big Ten and life at the WWL. Plus, we'll let Mike tell you why Penn State is one of the pre-season favorites to take the Big Ten crown. But don't worry, we'll force them to support anything they say and possibly make up facts on the spot to throw them off. Trust us, it's worth tuning in. If you missed last week's trainwreck, we can gaurantee this one will blow up like a faulty North Korean rocket on the launch pad. We be poppin'. Tune in Wednesday for the fun.

  • Coach Tressel, Boxers or Briefs? - For some unknown reason our friends at the Big Ten saw fit to provide us with press credentials to the Big Ten Football Media Kick-off in Chicago next week. Yeah. We can't believe it either. But we're really psyched about it. We've pressed our finest pokadot suit, buffed our giant red shoes to a shiny red gloss, and tuned up our little clown car for the festivities. We'll be there with baloon animals, an air horn, and a pile of questions for the coaches and players. (Don't worry Big Ten, we're professional, and actually have media experience. We're joking here).

If you've got questions for any of the coaches or players in attendance, let us know. If there's a skill set we have here at Maize n Brew, it's asking dumb questions. So email us your thoughts, concerns, or points of interest you'd like explored. When the mics are on and the coaches are a foot away, we'll try to get you some answers.  Also keep in mind if there's a media personality covering Michigan Football you'd like to ask something of, I'll try to get to that as well. Except if it's Drew Sharp. You're on your own then.

(Michigan and College Football News after the jump....)


Michigan Related Minutiae:

  • Markus cracks open the history books and rosters like a fresh coconut, and comes to the conclusion that history suggests more will leave the Michigan program before all the attrition is done. Markus tallied the numbers, specifically people leaving with eligibility remaining at West Virginia under Rodriguez reign of infamy, and the results will shock you. Especially when you realize his teams finished in the top 10 THREE TIMES!
  • Ever wonder why Michael Shaw wasn't busting off blazing runs? Off-season surgery for a sports hernia. Sports hernia might be one of the worst, nondescript injuries imaginable. But he's healthy now and if he can recapture some of that speed that made him one of the most sough after running backs in his recruiting class, Michigan is in real business this season.
  • WR Roy Roundtree sees light - The Band, Elwood! The Band!
  • Steve Brown prepares for hybrid role - Preseason Stevie Brown fluff. Stop me if you've heard it before.

  • Three Point Musings - UM Hoops takes a look at Michigan's 3-point shooting, and Beilein's success relying on the trey. Dylan's numbers show that what Beilein does with a 3 point heavy offense, specifically succeeding, isn't easily duplicated at the high-major level. Great post.

It's a Slow Day, So Here's The Rest of What's Out There:


Today marks the 40th Anniversary of mankind's first steps on the moon. Even if you're not a science buff or that into the whole space exploration thing, it's still awe inspiring.

To all those who sacrificed so much, including Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Ed White and Roger B. Chaffee who made the ultimate sacrifice, thank you. Your efforts made it possible for mankind to take its first step into a greater existence.