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Thursday Morning Brews: Let’s get down to business

It’s time to defeat the puns.

Minnesota v Michigan Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images

Happy Thursday, folks. Welcome to Morning Brews, myself included. Seriously, this is my first time writing one. Yay me!

While we wait for one kind of football to steep its way back into every waking moment of our Saturdays, most other people around the world insist football is actually going on right now. I mean, I guess they have a point — only during football season do we hear so many complaints about the replay booth.

As usual, there is a song referenced in this morning’s article. There are at least three clues. They may be words, phrases, or photos, and may reference lyrics, the artist, or the album. If you think you know this morning’s song, fire away down in the comments.

Let’s get down to business.

Jim Brandstatter is out as the Lions’ radio analyst, and he does NOT seem happy. He has been manning the booth for 31 years, so for WJR-AM to just “go in a different direction” is quite shocking. Then again, there’s been a recent trend towards professional sports teams and sports media outlets wanting more former players in prominent roles, and the Lions did exactly that by hiring former tackle Lomas Brown for Brandstatter’s spot. Maize n’ Brew faithful shouldn’t sweat it too much, though, because Brandstatter will still be in the booth for Michigan football games this fall, and Jim Harbaugh is all about it.

Check out The Ringer’s “One Shining Podcast” featuring none other than Duncan Robinson. Lots of cool nuggets in this one. The former Michigan standout has shown good flashes in NBA Summer League action on his way to a two-way contract with the Miami Heat, and spoke openly about his time in Ann Arbor. One thing is clear from the podcast — Beilein definitely made a stronger player and man out of Robinson over the course of his career. Not bad for a Division III transfer, huh?

Michigan’s recruiting is sizzling like a raging fire just in time for its annual “BBQ at the Big House”. In addition to the many players who’ve already committed to the Wolverines, 4-star safety Josh Sanguinetti and 4-star defensive end Mike Morris are expected to attend the event. The real cherry on top would be getting 5-stars Zach Harrison or Daxton Hill to come up, which at this point could very well be possible.

Devin Bush is upset. Last year’s rainy loss to Michigan State didn’t sit well with many Wolverines. Recently, a Michigan State video fanned the (seemingly endless) flames by tweeting this out in response to an article allegedly calling Bush the most terrifying player in college football. To his credit, Bush and the defense weren’t shabby against the Spartans last year, but they’ll need to win to stop all of those “2-8” chants from becoming “2-9” chants.

Yours truly needs to settle this once and for all. How would you rank these pizza joints, Ann Arborites? Drop your thoughts below in the comments, and if you agree with me, smash that follow button. If you don’t, well, be a man, follow me regardless, and tweet at me.