Life Without Money In Detroit’s Survival Economy

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Jerry Hebron harvests Swiss chard at the Oakland Avenue Urban Farm in Detroit’s North End, where locals can volunteer in exchange for fresh produce. Photographer: Sean Proctor/Bloomberg When her car broke down, Halima Cassells didn’t have $400 to fix it. But she had logged hours in her Detroit neighborhood time bank by babysitting, and that time yielded a repair. When she was pregnant in

National Geographic: 6 Unexpected Cities For The Food Lover

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Photo: Selden Standard  Move over, Milan. Get a taste for some surprising food destinations with this neighborhood guide to the best eats on (almost) every continent. NORTH AMERICA DETROIT, UNITED STATES Wait, Detroit? Yes. The city better known as a center for automakers and manufacturing is revving its culinary motors. Best Neighborhood for a Food Frenzy The city’s oldest surviving

First Comes Whole Foods, Now Comes Trader Joe’s To Detroit?

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Tyrone Wheatley accepts Jaguars’ running backs coach job

January 16, 2017 by  
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Another Michigan coach goes elsewhere

The University of Michigan is in need of another coach for its football team.

It was announced Monday that running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley is set to take on the same role for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL.

The former Michigan running back becomes the second coach to leave Michigan’s staff after Jedd Fisch left to be the offensive coordinator at UCLA back in December.

As pointed out by Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press, Wheatley has worked with new Jacksonvile Jaguars’ Head Coach Doug Marrone in the past. He worked with him at Syracuse from 2010-12 and then again with the Buffalo Bills from 2013-14.

Wheatley had been the running backs coach for the Wolverines since Jim Harbaugh took over as head coach in 2015. Now Harbaugh will have to find yet another replacement on his coaching staff.

Chuck Filliaga Talks His Recruiting Process and Decision To Attend Michigan

January 16, 2017 by  
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We caught up with Michigan’s recent offensive tackle commit.

Last Saturday, several recruits announced their college decision live during the U.S. All-American game. One of them was four-star OL, Chuck Filiaga, who had Michigan in his final group of three schools. He posted his announcement later that day on Twitter.

The 6-foot-6, 335-pound lineman was an important recruit for Jim Harbaugh to land after Isaiah Wilson selected Georgia. The Texas native is ranked No. 98 according to 247Sports and the 14th ranked player in the state.

Maize n Brew caught up with the latest 2017 Michigan commit a week after his announcement to find out more about his recruiting process and decision to attend Michigan.

1. When did your offer come from Michigan?

“My offer from Michigan came I think middle of junior year.”

2. What impressed you the most about Ann Arbor and the campus?

“What impressed me was the stadium. But aside from that was the academics mostly what interested me was the business school. But as a whole was the brother hood that was built there I felt very comfortable there.”

3. How would you describe Coach Harbaugh?

“Coach Harbaugh is a great guy. He's in it for the team, he would do anything for his guys. He's a hard worker and he has a great coaching staff working with him too.”

4. Which coach(s)helped the most in getting a feel for the program and school?

“This ones going to have to be all of the coaches they're all involved even for the ones that don't play their position.”

5. How would you describe your first time in The Big House?

“There's a reason they call it the Big House. Gameday experience was amazing, so many people in one place. But very beautiful campus.”

6. What was the overall reason you picked Michigan and when did you know that was the right choice?

“The overall reason was the academics I mean I can get great football, anywhere but the academics was most important to me. But what also helped it the most was the players.”

7. What other school(s) were you highly considering and what made you decide on Michigan?

“It was Oklahoma and I knew Michigan was a fit on my official visit. It was a long talk between me and the parents evaluating the schools when it came down to my final 3.”

8. What has been your overall biggest accomplishment in high school?

“My overall high school accomplishment would have to be winning state.”

9. What does being a college student-athlete mean to you?

“Being a college student-athlete is the same as high school, but with a higher level of education. It requires more focus and sacrifices, so that you can do what you want to accomplish.”

10. What do you look forward to when it comes to college and playing football at Michigan?

“I look forward to soaking everything in. Enjoy my time.”

With his size and strength, he could very well be part of the group in this class that see’s a lot of early playing time next year.

Michigan Swept at Minnesota

January 15, 2017 by  
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The Wolverines are downed easily at Mariucci

Minnesota 5 - Michigan 2

Minnesota 4 - Michigan 2

Coming into the weekend the Wolverines needed to do everything right if they were going to get a win at Mariucci. They never came close to a win, in fact, the Gophers took care of business like you would expect a first place team to do against a team near the bottom of the conference standings.

Friday and Saturday night at Mariucci gave us the same old stuff we’ve seen all year; goaltending was great, defensive zone play was shoddy and their offensive possessions were so short that Minnesota coasted in both games once they took the lead. During the second period of the Saturday game, the Wolverines got three shots on goal. Three! You can’t win games playing like that.

Michigan is now 1-5-0 in conference play and 8-11-1 on the year. In their 5 conference losses the Wolverines haven’t looked competitive and are being outscored 28-14 in Big Ten play.

The fast-paced transition style of play that Red Berenson has coached at Michigan for the last three decades doesn’t work with this team. They have a group of bigger forwards who would be more suited to grinding and they should be playing like that, but if the coaching staff hasn’t changed their philosophy after 20 games there’s no hope at all that a change will come now.

Report: Tyrone Wheatley set to accept job with Jacksonville Jaguars

January 15, 2017 by  
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The Wolverines may have to replace their running backs coach.

Michigan may need to fire back up a hiring cycle.

According to a report from The Sporting News’ Alex Marvez, running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley is set to accept a job on Doug Marrone’s staff with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL.

Sam Webb of The Michigan Insider says that while no final decision has been made, Wheatley is contemplating the move.

This comes days after the reports emerged that Wheatley was interested in the head coaching vacancy at Western Michigan, who elected to hire Tim Lester to the position.

Wheatley has been the running backs coach under Jim Harbaugh in his two seasons in Ann Arbor and has ties to the NFL and Marrone, having worked under him with the Buffalo Bills and at Syracuse.

Wheatley of course is also a former star running back with the University of Michigan, playing in Ann Arbor from 1991-94.

This story is developing.

Michigan ends losing streak, defeats Nebraska 91-85

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Mortiz Wagner, Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton have big days for the Wolverines

The Michigan men’s basketball team returned home to Ann Arbor to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers after experiencing a two-game skid which saw the Wolverines lose to Maryland and Illinois. Michigan was able to end the losing streak as it defeated Nebraska, 91-85.

Michigan was in a consent battle throughout the game against Nebraska. The Wolverines were able to beat the pesky Cornhuskers due to their “Big Three” (Zak Irvin, Derrick Walton and Mortiz Wagner) having big time games.

Wagner started out hot shooting wise for Michigan, as he scored 14 of his career high 23 points in the first half. He kicked off his career day with a three and also took out some frustration on the rim against Nebraska.

While Wagner cooled off after the first-half, which saw Michigan lead Nebraska 40-36 at halftime, Irvin and Walton picked up the slack. Especially late in the game.

It seemed like the Wolverines were about to let the game slip through their fingers, just like they did against the Virginia Tech Hokies. However, Walton scored 11 points in three and half minutes for Michigan after Nebraska pulled within four of the Wolverines’ lead.

In the last minute of the game, Irvin hit 6-of-6 free throws while Walton sunk 4-of-4 freebies. Irvin finished with 21 points and Walton finished wit 20. The trio scored 70.3 percent of Michigan’s points.

Against Illinois and Maryland, Michigan’s perimeter defense was poor. But against Nebraska, it was on point. Especially in the first half. The Wolverines held the Cornhuskers to only three attempts beyond the arc in the first 20 minutes.

Although, Michigan’s perimeter defense let up in the second-half against Big Red, the Wolverines’ ability to get to the free throw line and not foul helped them secure their second conference win of the season. Michigan went 26 of 30 from the free throw line while Nebraska was a mere 4 of 5.

The Wolverines defense was once again, not great. But at some point, their opponents will stop shooting blistering percentages from 3-point land. Until then, Michigan will have to whether the storm of non-existent defense and try to win with its high-octane offense. Which the Wolverines were able to do against the Cornhuskers.

According to KenPom, this was Michigan’s most likely win among its remaining games of the season. After the Cornhuskers, the Wolverines will face its likely to win against opponent, the Wisconsin Badgers, when they visit Madison on Tuesday night.

Fire Tom Anastos. Immediately.

January 13, 2017 by  
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UPDATE (1/15): After this past weekend, MSU has now lost 9 in a row, is 4-15-1, and outscored 43-18 over that period. 

Rarely does the ES post about the Spartan ice hockey team, but now is the time.  Sorry, this is an ugly post, but my Green & White pride demands it.


This evening, at the $20 million restored Munn Ice Arena, MSU got whipped again, 5-2, against mighty Penn State.  Sorry, coach, the restoration was NOT a "game changer" with you in charge. MSU is now 4-13-1 overall, has not won in its last 7 games, being outscored 33-13 in that period of time. Can we reach our 10-23-4 record from a year ago?  The ES doubts it.

My, my how the mighty have fallen.  Let's share some comments from the master to prove the point.

The ES with Ron Mason, Dec 2015
In mid-Dec. 2015, the ES went to Reno's and it just so happened to be the Tom Anastos show.  The ES bellied up to the back bar instead of listening to Anastos' drivel...  guess who popped into the seat next to him?  The late, great Ron Mason - greatest collegiate hockey coach of all-time. Here's where the conversation went:

ES: "Howdy, coach! Welcome back to town! We miss you."
RM: "Thanks so much. It's good to be back, although it's a little cold."
ES: "No shit. Aren't you down in Florida these days?  What're ya doing?"
RM: "Yeah, I'm off West Palm Beach.  I've got a fishing boat and go deep-sea fishing every day."
ES: "What do you catch?"
RM: "Maybe some swordfish, [some other fish I can't remember].  I couldn't do it when I was working, but I do it every day now."
ES: "Awesome. Take advantage of retirement. What do you think of our hockey team these days?"
RM: "It's sad and unfortunate.  To see that program I helped build up to be one of the best year-in-year out, and now that legacy is ruined. I'm glad to be fishing."
ES: "I couldn't agree more.  I miss your teams. You been to Munn since they redid it?"
RM: "It's great.  Too bad we don't have a hockey team good enough to deserve it.  We don't even fill the place any more."
ES: "I know. When you were coaching, I had to scalp tickets to get in.  Maybe we should just talk about fishing?"

etc, etc.

Uhhhhh, yeah.  Ron Mason is turning in his grave right now seeing how this hockey team is stinking it up.  I have had several conversations with a few other Spartan hockey alumni who believe the same thing.

*ES at the MSU/Minny game
on the glass, Dec. 9
Let's just consider the home games this season:

Oct. 21. Denver. L, 1-2. Attendance: 5,419
Oct. 22. Denver. L, 1-3. Attendance: 3,003
Oct. 28. Princeton, W, 6-2. Attendance: 3,079
Nov. 4. Michigan Tech. W, 3-2 OT. Attendance: 3,339
Nov. 5. Michigan Tech. L, 1-5. Attendance: 4,038
Nov. 10. Ferris State. L, 1-4. Attendance: 3,169
* Dec. 9. Minnesota. L, 2-4. Attendance: 5,869
Dec. 10. Minnesota. L, 2-4. Attendance: 5,420
Dec. 18. Northeastern. L, 2-6. Attendance: 3,536
TOTAL: 2-7. Score: 19-32. Average Attendance: 4,097

Of 6,450 capacity at Munn, the Spartan hockey team is averaging 63.5%... or, with an average ticket price of $15 (between $10 and $22), that's a loss of an average of $35,295 per game.  Under Mason, the Big Green Hockey Machine was sold out for 323 games in a row (from 1985 to 2004).

And, in the Pairwise rankings, Michigan State is ranked #50 out of 60, behind #49 Arizona State, #48 Colgate, #47 Sacred Heart, #45 Mercyhurst, #44 Bentley, and our mighty #35 U.S. Military Academy (Army).  Thank the Lord we are ranked ahead of #55 Alabama-Huntsville (for now).

Don't wait until the end of the season, Mr. Hollis.  This team is getting worse, not better.  Unfortunately, the Anastos hire did not work out - he should have stuck to pushing papers.  Why wait?  This marriage is over.

So, who would be interim coach?  Get a player to coach the team; or,  Kevin Miller, since he's in town.  Or, anyone named Miller.  Good God.

Sharpen that axe and let it fall.  It's time to start OVER.  Immediately. It's embarrassing.

Fan Poll: What’s the biggest reason you’re a fan?

January 13, 2017 by  
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Where did it all begin for you?

I would like to take this opportunity and quickly introduce myself. I joined the team as a Staff Writer early this month and the news about the opportunity was a fantastic way to start 2017. I look forward to the future fan interactions and if you have a comment or suggestion, please share them.

Here's my quick story in two sentences. I’m a Michigan native and spent many fall Saturdays at The Big House, then attended Xavier University on a golf scholarship where I also met my beautiful wife. We live in the bluegrass state where I've successfully converted some of my in-laws to be maize and blue fans. The end.

From time-to-time, we will be doing poll questions to interact with the fan base. So here it goes:

Question: What's the biggest reason you're a Michigan fan?

Everyone has a reason and story behind why they’re are a fan. My reason, similar to many who voted, is very simple and it's because of how I was raised. My grandfather became a season ticket holder in 1969 after his father had tickets in the early 1950’s. He started taking me in the early 1990’s and we parked every game day in the same backyard off Berkley Avenue.

I attended many games through that decade and spending fall Saturday’s in The Big House is where some of my favorite memories were made growing up as a kid in Michigan. My father was a Norte Dame grad and fan, but never pushed hard for me to become an Irish fan, because he knew it would never happen. My passion grew over time and continued after leaving for school in yes, Ohio, where I was the minority as a Michigan fan among my college buddies. Anytime I get back to the mitten for a game or to see family, the worst part is having to drive through Ohio.

Poll Results

Thank you to all reading this who voted on the Twitter poll and I enjoyed reading all the great responses. While this may be a harder question for some to answer, here are the final results.

Below are a few of my favorites.

Like my wife and many others, she became a fan by marriage. We've gone to a few games and I remember taking her by Michigan Stadium when we started dating to make a stop in the M Den for some gear before the 2005 Rose Bowl game.

Others turn fans the minute they enter this world. The new parents buy the gear, watch the games together, attend games, teach the traditions and sing the marching band songs.

For others, it’s because of a relationship in their life or other influential reasons they decide to cheer for the maize and blue, like we saw in the responses to my poll.

The several living generations that cheer for Michigan started out one day a fan, somehow, someway. Anytime I meet people who support the team, it’s always interesting to hear how they became a Michigan fan and the story behind the decision to join one of the best fanbases in all of sports.

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