OTE bringing the Michigan Hate.

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The B1G blog Off Tackle Empire can be pretty fun and if you are a fan of the B1G, it’s a must-read. Through the summer they focus on each team for one week and they have a day-by-day schedule of topics that are informative (kind of) and funny. This week is Michigan week.

I hate Michigan.

This OTE post is the hate post. I love the lead photo too. It’s not the best I’ve ever read, but it’s very good and there are some good quotes that I feel compelled to pull out for your enjoyment:

When a program–even one so deserving of a long walk in the wilderness as Michigan–is “finally back on track” for the third time in 7 years, it’s pretty hard to do anything but pat them on the head and tell them that we can’t all be National Champions.

Remember, RichRod was a “proven” college coach, too. Hell, he won more FBS games than Harbaugh. And he was less of an asshole. Which is ironic, since he got run out of town for being an asshole.

Desmond Howard’s continued speaking role on television. “I can’t wait to see this team’s offense take on that team’s defense. There will be lots of tackling and offensive plays. That reminds me of my Heisman…”

You get the picture. Oh, and there is a fun Top10 list too in homage to David Letterman.

You can read the post here.

Michigan fans (ughh), don’t worry, Michigan State week is coming up. Bring on the same old schtick about felons, anger, little brothers, cows, etc.  There there, there there.

Go GREEN!!!

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Just Stopping In To Say Hi.

With the end of the bowl season (as glorious as that Cotton Bowl win was), I tend to check-out a bit until the itch starts to re-assert itself in the summer leading up to the season.  That’s why you see maybe one post a month, if that.  Distance makes the heart grow fonder kind of dealio.

So, how have you been?  What’s been going on?

NEW SPARTAN UNIFORMS FOR 2015 SEASON

I love them.  Not a big change, but a nice evolution from the new-look Nike gear from what, five years ago?  It’s clean, classic yet powerful and distinctive.Screen Shot 2015-05-06 at 12.39.31 PM

The helmet finish is still Spartan Green, but instead of metallic paint the finish is an anodized aluminum look. It’s not quite the matte look that many teams have opted for, nor is it that liquid-chrome effect either.  It’s really quite premium and a subtle difference, which I dig.

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The home uniforms are pretty much all white.  We lose the stripe on the leg and accent color on the shoulders. Likewise, the away uniforms are monochromatic as well, but in all green including my favorite, green pants.  No strips, no graphics, no bullshit.  Very classic and distinct.

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The special uniforms is an update and improvement on the ProCombat uniforms from a few years back. Nike has figured out how to effectively use Spartan Green with black and bronze to create a dark, menacing look without getting to tripped up in the “300” iconography; i’s just enough.

What do you guys think?  Love it? Hate it?  My vote: Love it.

2015 SPRING GAME

The weather was crappy (cold and raining) and yet there were still 48.000 Spartan fans in attendance.  That’s awesome. If had been a nice, sunny day, I bet 60k was possible.  Next year maybe.

What did we learn? Always tough to say. Connor Cook looked like Connor Cook. That’s a good thing.  The running back situation continues to evolve but Madre London and Gerald Holmes both looked promising as replacements for the Jeremy Langford production we’ll be missing this coming year. And I though DeAnthony Arnett looked good, I really hope this year is his year.

The offense looked good but the defense looked great.  Shilique Calhoun brought tons of pressure and simulated sacks. Riley Bullough is really coming in to his own. If the secondary can follow-up the last few year’s No Fly Zone approach, this could be the top defense in the country.

Kicking was a bit odd.  Where was Geiger? Strange.

For what it’s worth, Green won 9-3 over White.  Steak for some, franks and beans for others. Overall, really good competition and a good look at an early version of the 2015 Spartans. I can’t wait for fall!

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2015 NFL DRAFT

Trae Waynes goes #11 overall to the Vikings, and for the second year in a row, the Spartans have a first-rounder. That’s good for business right there. Congrats Trae. Waynes is a worthy successor to Darqueze Dennard.

Well-deserved respect to Jeremy Langford who went in the fourth round (#106) to the Bears, as well as Tony Lippett and Keith Mumphery who went in the fifth (#156 and #175) to the Dolphins and the Texans respectively.

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2016 RECRUITING

The Spartans are on a roll. Coach Dantonio has won a couple of B1G titles, a Rose Bowl and a Cotton Bowl as well as finishing in the top five the last two seasons. This all bodes well for recruiting. The 2016 class was growing by leaps and bounds around the spring game. The Spartans have verbal commits from two four-star guys and five three-stars guys. I don’t know how we’re pulling so much talent out of Ohio under Urban’s nose, but we are and it feels good. Beyond Ohio State, we’re getting guys that have offers to Michigan, Notre Dame, Alabama, Oklahoma, etc.  This is very good.

Messiah deWeaver looks to be an awesome pro-style QB and he is committed to being an awesome recruiter as well. Heralded wide receiver Justin Layne will give Messiah a great new target to throw to. Add in running back Abdul Adams and tight end Noah Davis as well as wide receiver Cameron Champers and we’ve got some serious skill position players on-board. Very exciting!

That’s about it for me. Have a great spring and summer and we’ll get back on this more regularly as fall camp approaches. Sparty on.

Go GREEN!!!

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