2014 Winter Classic: Wings vs. Leafs preview

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The 2014 Winter Classic will be a “home game” for the Detroit Red Wings. They’ll take on the Toronto Maple Leafs, the most valuable franchise in all of hockey in an all original six showdown. It will be held at Michigan Stadium, home of UM Wolverines college football.

Like I wrote around the New Year, the Wings are the natural next host for the event, and THE BIG HOUSE would is the best venue for the next event. The Detroit Lions’ home stadium, Ford Field, is a dome and thus ineligible to host the game. Michigan Stadium previously hosted The Big Chill at the Big House vs. Michigan State and it is the current world record holder for attendance (104, 173) at a hockey game. The 2014 Winter Classic on New Year’s Day marks the first time a stadium dedicated solely to college football has hosted the Winter Classic. All five previous events were held at MLB and NFL stadiums.

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Michigan leading rusher suspended for opener vs Alabama

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For the Michigan Wolverines, tailback Fitz Toussaint will be a major player this season. He’ll be one of the top rushers in the Big Ten, but he won’t be playing in week one. Here’s what Michigan coach Brady Hoke had to say in a statement:

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Michigan Wolverines expectations in 2012: starting with Alabama Crimson Tide game

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In his first season, Michigan Wolverines coach Brady Hoke brought the big blue back from mediocrity into a BCS bowl. What can he do for an encore? It all starts with the Alabama Crimson Tide game in the season opener. Hoke answered a lot of questions at media day about the season ahead and the Bama game.

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Michigan Wolverines paint Twitter hash tag on field

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Technology moves at the speed of light. I remember the novelty of seeing a dotcom painted on a college football field. Ah yes, 2010- those were simpler times.

Now you can see social media on the gridiron. The University of Michigan will paint the field turf at Michigan Stadium with the hash tag, #GOBLUE, for the upcoming spring game.

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Michigan Stadium, Red Wings Should Host Next NHL Winter Classic

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How has “Hockeytown U.S.A.” never hosted a NHL Winter Classic? The Detroit Red Wings are one of the game’s most legendary brands and franchises. With the exception of the Montreal Canadiens, no team has a richer history and more iconic logo on their sweater.

Of course, Montreal hasn’t hosted the game either, but first things first. The Wings have the perfect venue with a track record of success for hosting outdoor hockey, exactly what the January 1 NHL event.

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Michigan Wolverines Unveil Sugar Bowl Uniforms (Pics)

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The Michigan Wolverines will wear new white road jerseys in the 2012 Sugar Bowl against the Virginia Tech Hokies.  Check out the pics above and after the jump- this is what you’ll see Jan. 3, 2012, at the Superdome in New Orleans. The Sugar Bowl logo is placed above the heart, a blue Block M on the right upper chest. There’s also two blue stripes on both sleeves and a blue neck line.

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#16 Nebraska vs. #18 Michigan: Brutally Honest Game Preview

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In both the present and the future these two teams matter much for Big Ten. The loser between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Michigan Wolverines is officially eliminated from the conference title. The winner stands as the #2 should Sparty falter down the stretch, and would grab the trip to Indianapolis in place of Michigan State. That’s the short term.

In the long run, these two programs will have to carry the league flag for awhile. There are only four big traditional powers in the Big Ten, and these two right here will need to step up while the other two (Ohio State and Penn State) are in disarray for a few years. Of course, the level of disarray and the fallout yet to come is a million times worse at PSU.

Coincidentally, the two scandalous league powers play each other this Saturday. While the two “clean” powers do battle with each other as well. I’m sure league officials are really glad now that Nebraska joined, and that Michigan seems to have turned the corner.

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Spartans’ Jerel Worthy has Bad Ass Anti-Michigan Wolverines Tattoo

Michigan State DT Jerel Worthy’s NFL Draft stock is about as high as anyone in the Spartans, or even anyone in the Big Ten. He also has a tattoo that entails everything that makes college football such an awesome game. Take a closer look and notice the tattoo’s homage to the rivalry with Michigan. What an affront it is to the Wolverines, love it!

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Michigan WR Junior Hemingway: A Movable Feast of Receiving Yards

Coming into the 2011 season, it was thought Roy Roundtree would be the go-to guy for the Michigan Wolverines receiving corps. After all, he broke the school record for single game receiving yards (246) versus the Illini last year and fell just 65 yards shy of a 1,000 yard season.

But Roundtree only has 8 grabs for 127 yards on the season and it’s senior Junior Hemingway who’s been THE GUY. Hemingway’s 26.1 yards/catch average leads the Big Ten; second in all of college football.  For Hemingway it’s been “the Old Man and the YAC” or “A Farewell to PBUs” or “For Whom the Blown Coverage tolls.”

(Tell me when to stop because I can do this all day. If Fitzgerald Toussaint were to develop into a dominating offensive weapon, watch out- I’d be dropping F. Scott Fitzgerald references all day.”
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Michigan’s Denard Robinson: Overrated, Below Average Passer

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Michigan Wolverines QB Denard Robinson is exciting and fun to watch. But he’s not a “dual threat quarterback.” That term is getting thrown around by the media way too liberally these days. Literally, it means a signal caller that can both pass and run effectively. But the way it’s applied, it really means any QB who’s a great runner.

Technically, both Denard and Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez are “single threat” QBs because both are electric runners, but neither can actually pass the ball very well.

So please stop the talk about why Denard’s just a phenomenal, transcendent type player. I’ll go into detail on why he’s extremely substandard as a thrower.

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Michigan Wolverines Stay Undefeated, Conquer Northwestern 42-24

The #11 Michigan Wolverines took to the road for the first time this season tonight. And in their trip to Northwestern‘s Ryan Field, UM quickly found themselves trailing for just the second time this season in the second half. (The first time was the Notre Dame “Under the Lights” game).

Denard Robinson, 17-26-337 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT made some really ugly throws in the first half, and Michigan trailed Northwestern 24-14 at the break. (Largely because of those Denard picks).

But then scored 28 unanswered to send a resounding message, in defeating NU 42-24.

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#11 Michigan Wolverines vs. Northwestern Wildcats: Brutally Honest Game Preview

If you ever needed any more evidence that Greg Robinson was in fact THE WORST Defensive Coordinator in college football history, look no further than what the Michigan Wolverines defense has done this year. They’ve only given up 10 whole points in their last three games, and the unit is more opportunistic and turnover-forcing (more on that here)

Sure, this unit has their two best DBs which they missed last year, but they also graduated their best defender from 2010. Personally, I knew Robinson was fired the minute I saw Illini RB Mikel Leshoure burn UM not once, but twice with the exact same wheel route in the 67-65 game. The exact same play the Illini burned Purdue the very week before.

Is the Mich defense that much better? Yes. Are they really that good? NO!

The visit to the Northwestern Wildcats will be big blue’s first time away from the big house in 2011, and their schedule has been soft. Are they a good team? Yes. Are they a top ten team in the nation? NO!

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