Not only can Michigan football recruit Shane Morris throw a football, but he can do at least one killer impersonation. In a recent ESPN video that featured recruits doing their best impersonations of coaches they encountered on the recruiting trail, Morris busts out his best Mark Dantonio. Watch the video (Morris’ impersonation starts at 37 seconds) in this post.
Perhaps you saw the picture posted to our BTN Facebook page Thursday. If not, you might want to do yourself a favor and click inside to see a classic photo of BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo. The photo, courtesy of Alyson B. Ryan, is of DiNardo, then a Colorado assistant, taken anywhere from 1982-1990, DiNardo’s tenure in Boulder. See the photo in this post.
Name the trick shot, Purdue basketball players D.J. Byrd and Dru Antrhop and former Boiler Ryne Smith made it a recently uploaded DJ Byrd YouTube video. Seriously, these guys got creative in the video that starts with them all hitting halfcourt shots in succession and also includes shots from the Paint Crew and from atop the railing courtside at Mackey Arena. See the video in this post.
Some fashion trends are difficult to understand. Like the glasses-wearing fad sweeping the basketball nation. Throughout the NBA playoffs, superstars like LeBron James and Russell Westbrook donned rims — often without lenses — to the postgame press conference. So, of course, others are following suit, including Iowa guard Devyn Marble. See Marble’s glasses in a HawkeyeInsider YouTube video in this post.
Juwan Howard and Jalen Rose came so close to winning the ultimate prize as members of the Fab Five at Michigan. On Thursday night, Howard, an 18-year NBA veteran, finally got to raise the championship hardware as his Miami Heat won the NBA Finals. Where does Rose fit into all of this? He’s an analyst for ESPN, so he was able to congratulate his former teammate and celebrate with him in the locker room. Watch video of it, courtesy of BigTenTracker’s YouTube page in this post.
Purdue basketball player D.J. Byrd recently shared a trick shot via his Twitter account @djbyrd21 and TwitVid.com with a promise of more to come. Not to be topped, Byrd’s former teammate Ryne Smith used his Twitter account @RyneSmith_ to send out this nifty trick shot. And the shots have continued. See all of them in this post.
On Wednesday, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo spent the day at BTN learning how we put on a live show. On Thursday, Izzo was at Wrigley Field, where he was spotted talking to Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland on the field prior to the first pitch. Oh, to be able to hear the conversation between those two coaching legends. Together, Izzo and Leyland have 2,026 wins and two world/national championships. See the picture of Izzo and Leyland, courtesy of @tigers, in this post.
Brady Hoke is an honest man. What he feels, more times than not, he says. We saw an example of it Wednesday at the Sound Mind, Sound Body camp in Southfield, Mich. Hoke, standing on a stage with other coaches, was talking about rivalries, more specifically Michigan’s three great rivals, and when he got to Michigan State, he offered brutally honest analysis, highlighted by a couple butt-kicking references — he used a different word. Watch the video, courtesy of AnnArbor.com, in this post.
Former Ohio State basketball player Mark Titus loves many things in life. Atop the list are basketball and wrestling, it would seem. The ex-Buckeye nicknamed “The Shark” incorporated those two loves into his groom’s cake, which featured Larry Bird and Shawn Michaels in a wrestling ring, all held up by a basketball with the Ohio State logo. See the cake for yourself in this post.
Perhaps you heard Spartan Stadium will have new scoreboards in 2012. Here’s a fact you probably didn’t know: The board’s video screen will be the fifth largest in the country, according to AD Mark Hollis. More important, the school says the $10 million project will give Michigan State the biggest scoreboard in Michigan. In other words, it will be bigger than anything at Michigan Stadium. It’s called a rivalry for a reason, people. See a picture of the scoreboard in this post and see more here.
Who doesn’t like a pair of Air Jordan’s? One former Big Ten football player is such a fan, the shoe makes up his birthday cake. Ex-Hawkeye Tyler Sash may have celebrated his birthday late last month, but we’re just now seeing his birthday cake, thanks to a tweet from NFL teammate and former Buckeye Jake Ballard (@NYG_J_Ballard85). See the cake in this post.
As if the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry wasn’t heated enough, Michigan recruit Logan Tuley-Tillman took it to another level. The 6-7, 300-pound offensive tackle set fire to a letter from Ohio State and posted a photo of it on Twitter, with the message: #goblue #beatohio.
Want to see Charles Woodson, Ron Dayne and Eddie George in their respective college jersey? There’s no need to check the upcoming Greatest Games schedule, because Michigan’s Desmond Howard, the 1991 Heisman winner, posted a couple WhoSay.com videos, featuring the aforementioned players, among others, in the same room. In one of the videos, Howard asks: “How many of these Heisman Trophy winners can you name?” before showing everyone in the room. Watch the video.
Indiana trailed Purdue 3-0 heading into the ninth on Friday night in the Big Ten Baseball Tournament, which meant it was time for the Hoosiers to follow baseball tradition and don the rally caps. That usually means players on the team that trails turn their hats inside out or turn them brim up so that they resemble a shark fin. But this Hoosier took it upon himself to not only wear multiple caps but also a snappy pair of glasses. It didn’t help this time as Indiana fell 3-0 to Purdue, but the Hoosiers get another chance to play Saturday.
Michigan State had already allowed seven runs in the bottom of the ninth inning in the opening game of the 2012 Big Ten Baseball Tournament on Wednesday, and with the tying run on third base, second basemen Ryan Jones bailed out the Spartans. On what looked like the game-tying hit, Jones climbed the ladder and robbed his counterpart, Nebraska second baseman Pat Kelly, of an RBI hit. The terrific catch sealed Michigan State’s 10-9 victory and put it into the winner’s bracket. The Spartans entered the inning leading 10-2. Watch the play now.
Spring football practice ended about a month ago, but IlliniProductionsHD recently published a great video of Illinois running backs coach and special team coordinator Tim Salem mic’d up during the spring. Salem, who spent the past eight seasons at Central Florida, was a natural in the segment. Watch the video in this post.
Former Fab Five member Juwan Howard played a total of three minutes through the first three games of Miami’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against Indiana. The Wolverine product made his biggest contribution of the series prior to Game 4 on Sunday, when he confronted Indiana’s Lance Stephenson during shootaround. The two needed to be separated. Watch the video of Howard confronting Stephenson.
Former Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson and other NFL rookies had a Topps photo shoot Saturday. Naturally, in the world we live in today, he tweeted photos from the shoot. Thanks, Russell. Get your first look at Wilson in the much-talked about new Seattle Seahawks uniform in this post.
Nick Mangold is an entertainer, no doubt about it. If you follow the former Ohio State center on Twitter (@nickmangold), you know this all too well. Mangold took his likable ways to another level on Tuesday night’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. If you missed it, let’s just say his upper body is a lot smoother. That’s right, Mangold had his chest waxed on national tv during a skit called “Wax On, Wax Off.” It looked painful — nothing an NFL player can’t handle, though — and, wow, was it funny. Watch the videos of the hilarious segment.
The Big Ten softball regular season comes to a close this weekend and Michigan is one of six Big Ten softball teams playing part of BTN’s softball triple-header tonight: Ohio State at Penn State, 4 p.m. ET; Purdue at Michigan, 6 p.m.; Iowa at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Full TV schedule here. Here’s a fun video from our colleagues at MGoBlue.com. So this week Michigan coach Carol Hutchins wanted to take a bit of pressure off her team by throwing batting practice using fruits and vegetables. It’s smash time!
One draft expert, ESPN’s Todd McShay, fell in love with Mike Martin before the 2012 NFL Draft. Apparently, the Tennessee Titans were fond of him, too. Tennessee selected the former Michigan defensive tackle in the third round of last week’s draft. Martin’s YouTube account, GoMikeMartin, chronicled the defensive tackle’s draft party, and it includes its share of raw emotion. Watch the video now and see more all-access draft videos in this post.
Sunday’s series finale between the Nebraska baseball team and Cal State Bakersfield was canceled following a long delay. But that doesn’t mean the teams didn’t face off. No, instead of competing inside the lines, the Huskers and Roadrunners used the space between their respective dugout and baseline to host a dance-off and trade creative improvisations. Watch the highly entertaining video in this post.
Bill O’Brien is trying to put his fingerprint on the Penn State football program. With that in mind, the first-year coach made sure his players received a new weight room. They did, and the place is nice and modern, which hasn’t always been the case at Penn State. Whereas machines littered the weight room during Joe Paterno’s regime, free weights and high tech equipment are the new thing at the Lasch Football Building. Watch a GOPSUTV YouTube tour of the new weight room in this post.
If you don’t follow @PlannedSickDays on Twitter, you might want to click the “Follow” button. Need an example of the material the Iowa blogger provides? Check out this picture of a Gopher-themed car he recently came across. In a word: Awesome.
If you’re a Michigan State or Wisconsin fan and you didn’t see Saturday night’s “Big Ten Tonight: Spring Football Report,” you missed the show’s dramatic intro. With the Spartans and Badgers wrapping up Big Ten spring action Saturday, BTN producers compiled an impressive montage that spotlighted the teams’ unforgettable 2011 meetings. From the last-second “Rocket” play in East Lansing, Mich., during the regular season to the memorable inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game, both games are well represented. See video from Michigan State and Wisconsin’s spring games in this post.