- Thanks to a 3-9 season and the economy, ticket sales for the 2009 football season are down right now. Not as many students bought tickets as in past years, possibly providing an indication of how ticket sales will go for non-students. I’m not too concerned, though. The athletic department really did a poor job of promoting football student season tickets, as they didn’t get the word out very far in advance. For tickets to away games, for example, they didn’t do any promotion to my knowledge, and the only reason I found out that away tickets were on sale was because I stumbled on to the page talking about it on MGoBlue. Beyond that, I’m not too concerned with ticket sales being down right now because the waiting list for season tickets is 10,000 people long. Anybody on that list would probably be more than willing to buy tickets, so I’m sure seats will be filled no matter what.
- Contrary to a report last week, Michigan is interested in hosting World Cup games in 2018 or 2022 if the United States were awarded a bid. Bill Martin was quoted on the matter and seemed intrigued.
- The men’s gymnastics team came in second-place at the NCAA Championships.
- The United States won the gold medal at the World U18 Championships, led by five Michigan commits. Goalie Jack Campbell was absolutely dominant during the tournament, as The Blog That Yost Built summarized:
Check out these numbers for our future goalie: 4-0-0 record, 0.75 goals against average, .967 save percentage, two shutouts, and zero even-strength goals allowed. He’s from the U17s playing in the World U18s and he put on a show. In international play he’s 11-0-1-0 (that’s 11 wins and an overtime loss) with a 1.04 and probably something around a .955 save percentage to go with 5 shutouts.
Offensively, Kevin Lynch and Chris Brown played great, and A.J. Treais and Jon Merrill both ended up with positive skater ratings as well. If these guys make it to Ann Arbor, meaning a pro team doesn’t sign them first, the future is very, very bright for the Michigan hockey team.
- The Wolverine Blog put together a highlight reel of Tate Forcier from the spring game.
- Zoltan Mesko is a preseason All-American on NationalChamps.net.
- Steven Threet is apparently interested in Arizona State, and Toney Clemons enjoyed his visit to Colorado.
- Former Michigan captain and current Boston Bruin Matt Hunwick had his spleen removed over the weekend. He is said to be doing fine, thankfully.