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Michigan-Alabama played on Cowboys Stadium screen

NCAA Football ’13 is a sweet game on any screen. Imagine what it’s like on a 2,100-inch high-definition display. The co-hosts of “ESPNU Road Trip” found out Thursday when they played the game on the gaudy video board at Cowboys Stadium, where Michigan and Alabama meet Saturday afternoon. The hosts, Oliver Ali Nejad and Niki Noto, naturally played as Michigan and Alabama. [ Cowboys screen used for NCAA 2K13] It’s funny to think these guys were paid to do this. Any guesses on the winner? Got to say, it’s a good thing there’s less than 24 hours until we no

Did You See This? Michigan-Alabama pump-up video

The last thing we need is another reason to get excited about Michigan’s season-opening test against reigning national champ Alabama on Saturday. But we have it, and it comes in the form of a terrific pump-up YouTube video. Watch the full video in this post. [ See Michigan’s alternate uniforms for the Alabama game] And don’t forget to track all of Saturday’s action on our BTN scoreboard. Also, we’ll provide quarter-by-quarter updates on our Michigan-Alabama page. Check it out and enjoy it all Saturday afternoon. h/t

Dave Brandon invites Oklahoma boy to Ann Arbor

Perhaps you heard the story of the 5-year-old Oklahoma boy whose school forced him to turn his Michigan shirt inside out last week? If not, evidently, the shirt was against the school district’s dress code, which states only Oklahoma college apparel is allowed. Clothes from all other schools are against the current policy. The reasoning? Gangs. The boy’s mom, Shannon Barton, was not pleased with the decision. “They should really worry about academics,” she told “It wasn’t offensive. He’s five.” It’s a crazy and pathetic story, but some good came out of it all. Michigan AD Dave Brandon invited

Did You See This? Brock Mealer to walk down aisle

Brock Mealer, the brother of Michigan fifth-year senior Elliot Mealer, almost lost his life in the fatal car crash that took the lives of his father and his brother’s girlfriend on Christmas Eve 2007. Nearly five years to the day, on Dec. 22, 2012, Mealer, who was left paralyzed from the waist down in the accident, will get married. Here’s the best part: Mealer will walk down the aisle ahead his bride, Haley Frank, and he’ll do it walking unassisted, according to @stephenjnesbitt. Not bad for a guy who was given a one percent chance to walk again. [ Brock Mealer’s

Did You See This? Michigan Sugar Bowl ring

We’d seen Michigan’s 2012 Sugar Bowl rings online well before Big Ten Media Days last week in Chicago. And now we’ve seen them in-person. Take it from us, they are impressive – not to mention rather big. Michigan safety Jordan Kovacs proudly wore the ring on his right ring finger throughout the two-day event. See a close-up picture of the hardware Michigan earned with its victory over Virginia Tech in this post.

Swing Away! Softball Teams Battle for Title

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  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! No. 22 Michigan holds a game-and-a-half lead over Iowa and a two

Michigan to paint #GOBLUE on field for spring game

It was only a matter of time before this happened. On Wednesday, Michigan announced it will paint “#GOBLUE” on its field for Saturday’s spring game, which BTN will air live at noon ET and also stream live on BTN2Go. The Twitter hashtag will straddle the the 25-yard line on the northeast and southwest sides of the field. According to the release, this is believed to be the second time a hashtag will be on a college field. The other occurrence: Mississippi State painted #HAILSTATE in an end zone last fall against Mississippi. See a picture of the hashtags in

Michigan honors Novak, Douglass on Senior Night

Prior to Saturday’s game against Purdue at the Crisler Center, Michigan honored its seniors, including captains Stu Douglass (two-time) and Zack Novak (three-time). The maize and blue faithful gave the seniors a rousing standing ovation, and rightfully so. Novak and Douglass, after all, helped turn a previously struggling Michigan program, which went 15-17 in 2009-10, into the Big Ten contender it is now. The two Indiana natives went highly unheralded out of high school and made Big Ten foes pay throughout their careers. Corey Person and Ben Cronin also were honored. Watch the Senior Night ceremony now. Find more “Did You

Touring Crisler Center with Zack Novak

Our Auto-Owners Insurance Tip-off Show, with Dave Revsine, Jim Jackson and Gary Williams, was live at Crisler Center before No. 22 Michigan hosted No. 20 Indiana on Wednesday night. During the 30-minute show, we had a feature where Michigan senior Zack Novak gave us a tour of Michigan’s new facilities at Crisler Center, formerly Crisler Arena. The place is terrific — even though all of the renovations aren’t expected to be completed until next year. Watch Novak give an entertaining and insightful tour of Michigan’s new home now and be sure to go check out lot of other videos just

Did You See This? Crazy Crisler Finish

Tuesday night’s Michigan State-Michigan men’s basketball game was exactly what you would expect from a battle between heated instate rivals. The game, featuring two ranked foes, came down to the final possession at Crisler Center – the final second, to be more precise. In the end, the 19th-ranked Wolverines held off the ninth-ranked Spartans, 60-59, to tally their third consecutive victory in the series (recap). Watch the crazy and entertaining final 31.4 seconds now. Find more “Did You See This?’ videos, see other Michigan’s Best videos, and subscribe to our free “Did You See This?” free RSS feeds to get