Well that’s just ducky; or, a human doing woodshop things

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My nephew Lennon turns one next week, so I thought it would be nice to make him a gift rather than buy him something from the store. I’m the kind of maker who likes to have a solid end goal to learn new things so I felt that creating a pull behind duck toy would […]

Maker Faire Detroit 3D Printing Meetup

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Maker Faire Detroit 3D Printing Meetup @i3Detroit 1481-A Wordsworth St Ferndale, MI 48220 Saturday, July 29th at 7 PM Come see 3D printers in action

Maker Faire After Party 2017!!!!

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Come to the official Maker Faire After Party at i3Detroit!!!! 7.29.17 Starts at 8 pm 1481A Wordsworth Ferndale, MI Live Music!! Come hang out, share ideas, have fun, meet people from all over  

i3 Potluck + Pig & Whiskey

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Keep i3 clean and help with our Potluck! As a non-profit organization , potluck not only help us maintain the space and keep tools organized but also a good way for members to know each other.   Enjoy a drink at Pig & Whiskey and help us expand space by tipping us! We are volunteering at […]

Harbaugh talks Grant Perry, Brad Hawkins and alternate uni’s after Friday’s satellite camp

June 3, 2017 by  
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Harbaugh shares news about Grant Perry, Brad Hawkins and alternate uni’s after Friday’s satellite camp.

Status of Grant Perry

Grant Perry is scheduled for a court date of July 17 and Jim Harbaugh confirmed on Friday his status with Michigan. “He’s back working out with the team,” Jim Harbaugh said following the satellite camp at John Carroll University.

Perry faces four charges from an incident back on October 15, 2016 outside and East Lansing bar. On December 22, he was charged with two misdemeanors for fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct from inappropriately touching a woman, a resisting/avoiding arrest felony since an officer was injured when Perry tried to avoid the arrest and also a minor in possession of alcohol.

Michigan suspended Perry after becoming aware of the incident from mid-October, then returned for the Ohio State game. He was suspended again before the Orange Bowl and missed spring practice functions once the four charges were given in December. Some of the Michigan writers confirmed this news last night.

Alternate Uniforms

The uniforms are a bit of a lighter topic that Jim Harbaugh also eluded to on Friday.

"We talked about it when we first signed up with Nike that would be something we would be interested in if they were interested in. It’s been designed.”

While Harbaugh knows what the uniforms look like since he helped in the design, its still unclear which game they will wear them, but will be at least one.

Could be an all maize look?

Brad Hawkins

Jim Harbaugh also shared a nice tid-bit that Brad Hawkins will move to safety.

This is very interesting as the incoming freshman played wide receiver. Jim Harbaugh explained this situation further last night. “What's transpired is (defensive coordinator) Don Brown got to him, Don Brown said he talked to Brad and Brad wanted to play safety. I accused Don Brown of some recruiting going on there. We haven't investigated the whole thing yet. But I think it's a little bit of both."

With satellite camps just getting started, who knows what else Jim Harbaugh will share keeping us with news to talk about in June.

Poll Time

Michigan Football will go back to alternate uniforms, per Harbaugh

June 3, 2017 by  
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After going away from the different look jerseys for a few seasons, Michigan will be showing a different uniform look at least once in 2017

Since Jim Harbaugh has taken over as Michigan football’s head coach, the Wolverines have went back to just the traditional look with their uniforms, barring the brand change to Jordan.

This season, that will change at least once.

Harbaugh told the press on Friday afternoon just that during interviews for the upcoming satellite camps at John Carroll University in Ohio.

"We talked about it (with Nike) and when we first signed up with Nike we said that's something we'd be interested in, they were interested in it. It's been designed," Harbaugh said to the media. "(They'll be used) at least once this year. I don't know, I think some people like the element of surprise. I don't know if I'm at liberty to say which game.

"But I know which game it's going to be. I don't want to steal someone else's thunder."

When Brady Hoke was still roaming the sidelines at Michigan, the alternate uniforms were a rather common occurance.

However, Michigan hasn’t suited up in any different uniform (other than slight changes to Michigan's white jerseys) since the Penn State game at the Big House in 2014.

In the contract with Adidas from 2011-14, the Wolverines had multiple alternate choices for their jerseys, including throwback looks.

A lot of the time, those uniforms were critized in a negative way by the fan base.

Harbaugh said that he helped design these new uniforms with Nike — without giving away much detail.

“It's going to happen," he said to the media Friday afternoon. "But, hey, we're partners there with Nike and they've put a lot of work into this so I won't announce it right now.

"You're not going to get anything more out of me on that."

For now, all Michigan fans can do is hope that they enjoy this new look uniform more than the most recent ones.

According to Harbaugh, he is “confident” they will.

Is the offensive line still a concern, or genuinely good?

June 2, 2017 by  
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Nick: Hey, guys. I wanted to talk about the offensive line today, and some of the implications it might have on next year’s offense.

But first off, are you coming around to the prospect of this being a good group? There’s Mason Cole at LT, Ben Bredeson at LG, Patrick Kugler presumably at C - and he looked alright in the spring game, and loads better than he did last year - plus Michael Onwenu at RG and possibly Jon Runyan at RT. Not bad, no?

Eric: They certainly have some potential. What they don’t have is a lot of game experience together. They looked good in Spring scrimmages, but that was without a lot of the blitzes, stunts and changing schemes that they will see in game situations. So I still think the o-line is an area of concern, until we see them in real action. Fortunately, the schedule (after Florida) will give them the chance to gel.

Jared: I think this group has more potential than the line we had been trotting out for the past 3 years or so, but I don’t think they would qualify as “good” just yet. Having senior Mason Cole leading the way in one of the two most important positions on the line is huge, and you can count on him like death and taxes no matter where you put him. Bredeson is probably the next best player at LG , and looks like a future pro.

I am high on Mike Onwenu at RG, mostly because he is larger than an adult cape buffalo and moves like riverdancer. Kugler should hold up well until Ruiz can come in and lock that position down for the next 3 years. The RT spot is still unsettled, but I like Jon Runyan Jr to win that spot and perform decently, at the very least. It is hard not to think about ‘what if’ scenarios for this line. Such as; what if Newsome was available, and what if we would have landed Isaiah Wilson? Regardless, this position group is trending in the right direction.

Gary: I think the offensive line will be a concern until we see it beat up on a top 10 team. That’s harsh, but Michigan fans are very insecure about it for good reason. The last time they saw their offensive line really thrash teams was probably the mid-to-late 2000’s. There have been a lot of positive things said about it in spring practices, but we have heard that before.

Mason Cole has been the bright spot since he came to Michigan, but the rest of the line has not caught up to him. I think what we have seen out of Kugler and Runyan is what we’re going to get. I really want to see Bredeson improve, Cesar Ruiz start, and Onwenu in game shape. Those young guys being competitive will be the determining factor to me, because of their ceiling.

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Andrew: The spring game was an intoxicating experience of the potential of this group, but the sobering reality is that it was just the spring game. Several instances of holes created were against mid-card depth chart reserves and that must be taken with a grain of salt. Personally, I would like to see Ruiz secure the center position because I believe he is the best center on the roster by November, although he may not be in August. The investment of game experience will pay dividends the last few weeks of the season.

The bulked up guards (as long as they can still move and pull as fast as smaller guards) of Bredeson and Michael Onwenu should be able to create running room inside that was absent last season. Running the ball in the fourth quarter is realistic this season as is the lessening risk of anxiety attacks for us fans. Pass pro is a concern, but I believe the competition at RT and the versatility of Cole at LT will allow Speight/ Peters time in the pocket.

So to answer your question, I am becoming surprisingly bullish, but I must see how the guards hold up in pass protection against elite teams.

Nick: Yeah - last year, Michigan was great at pass protection but struggled to move the line of scrimmage really well, and that was because they had guys on the interior who were more ‘athletic’ than they were ‘strong’ for their respective positions: Ben Braden and then a freshman Ben Bredeson at LG, Mason Cole at C, and Kyle Kalis at RG. Two of those guys have spent time at LT the past two seasons, which is a bad way to stock your interior line and hope for a lot of push against defensive tackles.

But this year, we might have the opposite problem. We’ve got a surplus of size - with Michael Onwenu at RG, Mason Cole back out at LT, Ben Bredeson bulking up this off-season, Jon Runyan (a left guard last year) fighting to start at RT, plus some huge freshmen, Cesar Ruiz and Chuck Filiaga, who are competing for time against a couple of the ‘smaller’ potential starters I just mentioned.

But there’s a chance that pass protection might be a problem. What do you think about that possibility, and how much could this affect the quarterback situation?

Eric: That’s a great question. Last year’s OL was really good at pass protection, and very questionable against the run. Against weaker teams they could pad some stats, but against the good teams they were not reliable. Remember, we were basically a first down or two away from salting away wins in Iowa City and Columbus. And that must have killed Harbaugh.

So a small dip on the pass protection (and counting on Speight being able to scramble a bit) for an upgrade on the run side would be be a great trade-off. But like the first question, I don’t think we know enough yet to get a great feel for if it will play out that way.

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Jared: You really lobbed that one over the plate to us, but you are exactly right Nick. Once again, having Newsome available totally changes the outlook, but we do seem to have an entire line made up of interior guys.

Maybe Filiaga comes in and is the best option at RT, but he is one of the few true tackles we have on the team. Speight does seem to be at his best when things are chaotic in the pocket, and Harbaugh loves to run the ball, so maybe this is a good thing? With somewhat of a patched together line this year it could be interesting in pass pro, especially early on. Harbaugh needs to land at least one starting caliber tackle in this years recruiting class though, because we are thin on the edges for sure.

Andrew: It’s interesting how things can flip-flop that fast, but I agree that pass protection is more of a concern in 2017. The pocket will be chaotic at times so that will force Speight to improvise. I agree Speight is at his best when doing so, but I am concerned that his great improvisational skills were due in large part to the familiarity and the amount of reps he had with Butt, Chesson, and Darboh. With so many new faces surrounding him, will he be able to replicate this success?

As the season progresses, I believe pass pro will drastically improve (assuming it starts as we are projecting) due to the chemistry across the line. Once each player learns and understands the tendencies, strengths, and weakness of each other, this cohesive unit could peak at the right time.

Nick: What’s the year Michigan really, finally produces the best offensive line in the Big Ten? And what are you hoping for in the ‘18 recruiting class as far as the offensive line is concerned?

Eric: It’s been a LONG time since they’ve been the best. Hard to put a guess there since there are going to be some other great lines in the B1G. On the recruiting side, per the last round table, not sure why we’d use 2 slots in this class on QBs when we are going to have bigger depth issues down the road at OL and somewhat at DB. Let’s get a couple of studs to grow with Ruiz, Bredeson and (hopefully) Filiaga.

Jared: Realistically, the first year that is going to be achievable is 2019. By then you will have a line made up of juniors and seniors with guys like Ruiz, Onwenu, and Bredeson as your studs. Other guys like Joel Honigford, Andrew Stueber, and Emil Ekiyor will have chances to lock down some of the other open spots. Chuck Filiaga living up to his billing will be huge, and I fully expect him to be a player.

I still think we are missing the prized LT recruit that can put this position group over the top, and I think that is the number one priority for the 2018 recruiting class (or maybe tight end). If we land a pair of contributors at tackle in this recruiting class, this will be a top 3 offensive line in the Big Ten, possibly as soon as 2018.

Andrew: Being an optimist is my cross to bear, so I will say Michigan can be an elite offensive line in 2018. The offseason addition of Greg Frey will prove to be invaluable as this group develops an identity of being smashmouth, yet versatile. As far as recruiting, I’m with Jared. One coveted LT could prove to be the catalyst that brings my optimistic vision to fruition.

Nick: And, kind of an ambiguous last question for you guys - do you expect Michigan to pass the ball more in 2017, run the ball more or stay about the same?

Having Pep Hamilton here could help boost the passing game a bit, and we have a more experienced and talented room of quarterbacks than a year ago. But, we also have an offensive line that’s a lot bigger, stronger, with a huge question mark at right tackle, and the line got a coaching upgrade of their own (with Greg Frey coming to town). What do you anticipate out of the offense?

Eric: Will answer and ambiguous questions in a roundabout way. It will be a really good sign for our line and our overall prospects if we are running more. If the running game is clicking (and we have the RB horses for it to be), Harbaugh is going to keep going to it.

Jared: I think this ends up being our best year of running the football since Denard Robinson, except this time it will be actual running backs doing all the damage on the ground. This is year 3 with both Harbaugh and Drevno coaching up the O line, a position group they were renowned for having success with at Stanford. You bring in a Greg Frey, and now you have one of the best coaching staffs in the country for developing talent on the line. I think this might be a more fundamentally sound group than we have seen in a long time, and couple that with our most impressive stable of running backs in years, and this looks like a team that is ready to run the ball down your throat.

Andrew: Michigan will be run heavy in 2017! Not to the level of an LSU who has been plagued with ineptitude at quarterback, but Michigan will seek to establish dominance on the ground. Speight is having several issues so this will ease his burden early in the season and allow him to convert easy play-action passes. Similar to how a basketball player uses a free throw to break a shooting slump, Speight can use these throws to build confidence moving forward through the season. Expect a high discrepancy early in the season between running and passing plays and the quarterback play to dictate the play calling as the season progresses.

Details on Michigan’s satellite camp tour, with now 15 total

June 2, 2017 by  
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Summer Swarm III includes 15 camps in 12 states

For Michigan fans, the first thing that probably comes to mind when you think of June is satellite camps.

Jim Harbaugh’s third June with Michigan will look far less crazy and not so much of a “sunmer swarm” tour with fewer satellite camps due to recent NCAA changes. While we know what some of the experts feel about camps from our latest roundtable, we thought it would be worth noting where and when the 15 camps Michigan’s coaching staff is attending will take place over the next 10 days.

June 2

Mercer University - Macon (GA) 9am-4pm

John Carroll University - Cleveland (OH) 7-10pm

June 3

Bowie State - Bowie (MD) 3-6pm

Sam Houston State - Huntsville (TX) 12-3pm

June 4

Old Dominion University - Norfolk (VA) 2-5pm

Valdosta State - Valdosta (GA) 3-5pm

Incarnate World/Mary Hardin-Baylor- San Antonio (TX) 1-7pm

June 5

Florida Atlantic University - Boca Raton (FL) 4:30-8pm

June 9

Tennessee State University - Nashville (TN) 1:30pm

LaGrange College - LaGrange (GA) 9am-12pm

Two additional camps were added this week in San Diego and Charlotte.

June 10

University of San Diego - San Diego (CA) 3-6:15pm

Sacred Heart - Fairfield (CT) 8am-1pm

June 11

USC - Los Angeles (CA) 8am-1pm

UCLA - Los Angeles (CA) 3-7pm

Charlotte, Charlotte (NC) 2-5pm

*Times are subject to change

Everything you need to know about Michigan vs. Purdue this year

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Hint: It’s not that it’s Bruce Springsteen’s birthday

Talk about glory days.

For years the Michigan vs. Purdue matchup was something to see. Purdue squeaked out an upset victory in West Lafayette in 2000, and then Michigan escaped with a two-point win in 2002. It has featured Wolverines blowouts — like the 28-point thrashing in 2003 or the 31-point whooping in 2012. There were must-see quarterback matchups: Tom Brady vs. Drew Brees. Drew Hensen vs. Brees. John Navarre vs. Kyle Orton.

But I guess those glory days will pass you by.

The 2017 version of this game is already being handed to the Wolverines by sportswriters and fans across the country, but here at Maize n Brew it would be irresponsible of us to write off the Boilermakers without giving them a chance to make their case (in fact, we'll be making it for them).

"How good was Purdue last season?"

Quick recap of last season: Purdue beat a few bad teams, then lost a lot. Their last seven games, to be exact. To be fair, one of those losses was by single digits (though that’s a small moral victory if there ever was one).

They were brutal, to put it plainly. How bad were they? They were in the same conversation as Rutgers and Michigan State. Like I said, brutal. But as our foes from East Lansing showed us in 2016, you can’t always judge a team based off its previous season performance.

"Quite honestly, why should I care about Purdue?"

Big Ten opener? First true road game? (And Michigan had some issues on the road last year...)

OK, OK, I realize the Boilermakers aren't supposed to put up much of a fight. But if Michigan isn't careful, it may wind up with a flashing "upset alert" icon beside its in-game score update before the afternoon is through.

It wouldn't be the first time Purdue pulled out a big game against a superior opponent (though not super recently). In 2009, a 5-7 Purdue team took down an 11-2 Buckeye squad for its only conference loss of the season. Then look at North Dakota State over Iowa in 2016, or Eastern Washington over Washington State in 2016, or Georgia Southern over Florida in 2013.

All I'm saying is be careful.

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"What’s the one thing I need to know before the Purdue game?"

You may not recognize this 2017 Boilermakers team if you knew a little about their 2016 squad (and it’s not because Michigan hasn’t actually faced them in five years).

In the middle of last season’s horrendous campaign, Purdue fired head coach Darrell Hazell and in the offseason replaced him with Western Kentucky’s Jeff Brohm. That’s right, in 2017 I’m predicting Purdue will be at least as good as Western Kentucky! Talk about bold predictions.

But Brohm brings a ton to West Lafayette, including virtually his entire Hilltoppers staff — a bunch that coached a fairly average program to a 23-5 record over the last two seasons. Coming from the Bobby Petrino coaching tree, Brohm flat-out knows how to build a high-powered scoring machine.

Oh, and Purdue's offense just happens to have some key pieces returning in 2017 to help him get started.

"Who will give the Michigan defense the most trouble?"

Let’s start with the obvious candidate and say quarterback David Blough. Purdue is the self-proclaimed "cradle of quarterbacks," according to their official athletics site, and while Blough probably won't go down in Boildermakers lore, he can still make plays.

Brohm loves to attack defenses through the air and Blough has nearly two years of starting experience under his belt. Sure, the receiving corps took a hit, losing its top four wideouts from 2016, but they have their two best tight ends coming back and brought in seven freshmen receivers. Given the fact that their defense is, let’s say, below average, Purdue will likely need to air it out in second halves this season.

If they find themselves competitive, however, remember the name Markell Jones, their top tailback. He does three things really, really well.

He has speed (just ask Michigan State):

He has vision (and athleticism):

And he has strength (or should we call this determination?):

Jones against the Michigan defensive line could be an interesting matchup. The Wolverines should still be very good with Rashan Gary, Bryan Mone, Maurice Hurst and Chase Winovich, but it won’t have the depth of eight or nine studs like it had last season. At least not early in the year.

Jones can grind, and if Purdue can keep itself in this game, he could certainly take a toll on the Michigan defense.

"Can you give me a quick overview of the defense Michigan will face?"

Of course I can! (Glad you asked.) Purdue's defense, like the rest of its team, is a fairly underwhelming unit (that's me being polite). There are some bright spots at the linebacker position and in the secondary, but without any true standout linemen, this will be a defense the Michigan running backs should shred.

The backbone of the unit will be linebackers Ja'Whaun Bentley, Danny Ezechukwu and Markus Bailey — though, again, they aren't exactly superstars. I like the idea of Chris Evans and Karan Higdon being able to scoot past the defensive line and make these linebackers chase them down. That's a favorable matchup for the Maize and Blue.

That's not to mention what will happen to Michigan's passing game if they can pound it on the ground. This could be an old fashioned "stat day" for some younger guys like Tarik Black and Donovan Peoples-Jones.

Prediction time: How badly will the Wolverines pound the Boilermakers?

Last season this matchup would have had the owner of Ruth’s Chris sweating bullets, but I can see the 2017 version being a little closer.

Closer, of course, is a relative term.

Unfortunately for Purdue, they get Michigan in the conference opener. They'll need a little more time under the new coaching staff to develop their younger talent and live up to some potential.

Michigan players will likely be distracted by the 50,000 fans in the bleachers, seemingly wondering, where are the rest of them? Purdue will score once early, maybe twice. Then the Wolverines will gain their footing and pound the Boilermakers.

Either that, or Michigan will score at will from the get-go and win 49-3. Both work just fine.

Michigan in the running to land Miami grad transfer after visit

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Offensive tackle Sunny Odogwu could be a missing piece on U-M’s line

Four of the five starting spots on Michigan’s offensive line this season appear to be locked up.

Senior Mason Cole, sophomore Ben Bredenson, redshirt senior Patrick Kugler and sophomore Michael Onwenu — from left to right — will most likely start on U-M’s front with freshman Caesar Ruiz being the first man off the bench.

The one question mark that remains is who will anchor the spot at right tackle?

Rumors are that redshirt sophomore Jon Runyan Jr. and redshirt junior Juwann Bushell- Beatty are currently fighting for that spot, but no man has stood out from the pack.

The Wolverines appear to be looking to add to the competition as they hosted Miami graduate transfer Sunny Odogwu Wednesday, a 6-foot-8, 325-pound offensive tackle.

Odogwu, who grew up in Nigeria, started four games for the Hurricanes last season at tackle before suffering a lower leg injury, which ended his year.

The massive lineman appeared in nine games as a redshirt freshman and started two games as a redshirt sophomore.

According to Scout.com, Odogwu spent the day on campus before heading to UCLA for his next visit.

Odogwu would be a big — pun intended — addition to a young offensive line in need of experience.

Along with Runyan Jr. and Bushell-Beatty, the Wolverines will bring in freshmen tackles Chuck Filiaga, Andrew Stueber and Joel Honigford this fall to potentially compete for playing time.

Michigan lost the battle for 2018 quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson to the Bruins along with 2016 tight end Chris Clark and former Michigan tight end Devin Asiasi (transfer).

One can guess that Harbaugh would love to beat Jim Mora Jr. for Odogwu’s talents.

Check out highlights from Odogwu’s time at Miami:

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