Enough people have brought my lack of updates to my attention that I thought I had better quick throw something up. I promise more substantial posts after the Alamo Bowl and the GLI. In the meantime I've been looking after my grad school apps and working on finishing the basement of my home (putting up drywall and such). Until then, some thoughts that I've been harboring:
-The more I see of Brett Lebda, the more impressed I get. I originally thought he was a solid NHL defenseman, now I think that he's a deft puck-mover with solid top-4 potential. The Red Wings score again on a prospect.
-Michigan is screwed at the GLI. It looks like Tim Cook and Adam Dunlap will both log significant time on the blueline against Colorado College. Normally I would say that this could be overcome by a stellar performance from the Michigan goalie, but I'm not even sure who that is right now. Does anybody know if we picked either Sauer or Ruden? Or are they still rotating?
-The Tigers have of course added Kenny Rogers and Todd Jones. I really don't see how this is better than Jason Johnson and Troy Percival. Rogers isn't getting any younger, although he did have a pretty good year in a hitter's park last season. I don't think that Jones is any less of an injury risk than Percival was and I don't think that his upside is as large. My bet is that Fernando Rodney is closing by June. My point is that the Tigers never seem to learn. At this point they would be further ahead to seek value in a trade or wait a couple of years and let their young arms pan out (Verlander, Zumaya, Ledezma and Colon). If the lineup is healthy it's formidable with Polanco, Guillen, Granderson and Inge creating RBI opportunities for Ordonez, Rodriguez, Monroe, Young and (please God) Pena. Speaking of Carlos Pena, I'm predicting (for about the third straight year) he will finally have a break out season. I hope that they don't cut ties with him, the kid is a player.
Ok, that's it for tonight. I'll be back later in the week with some more commentary.