I Guess This Is Goodbye

By · Monday, June 7, 2010 · 11:38 AM |  Share | 18 Comments 

Back in February 2006, I started Michigan Sports Center as nothing more than a hobby.  Quickly it became something much bigger, however, and ever since it has led to numerous awesome opportunities, including running Pride of Detroit, SB Nation’s Lions blog.  The newest opportunity that has come my way is to be the managing editor of SB Nation Detroit, which launched last night.  SB Nation Detroit is one of 20 regional sites that will launch as part of the SB Nation network this month, and I’m very excited about what is in store for this new venture.

Although this is an awesome opportunity and I’m pumped for it, the one down side is that effective today, I will be done updating Michigan Sports Center.  With the time I need to dedicate to SB Nation Detroit and the fact that I will be writing about U-M sports there, it was simply not feasible to continue updating MSC.  After all, as you probably noticed the last few months, I haven’t had a ton of time for MSC in the first place, so it would have been unrealistic to try to keep this blog going, update Pride of Detroit and SB Nation Detroit, and have time to worry about my classes.

It was certainly an interesting four years of Michigan sports for me to cover.  The first year of this blog, I was lucky enough to cover the 2006 football team, which just barely missed out on going undefeated in the regular season but did earn a trip to the Rose Bowl.  Then in 2007, well, it was quite the roller coaster ride.  Disaster happened when Michigan lost to Appalachian State and then was demolished a week later by Oregon.  Michigan got its season turned around, however, and was able to send Lloyd Carr, who announced his plans to retire following the Ohio State game, out a winner by beating Florida in the Capital One Bowl.

Probably the most interesting single story to follow was the coaching search that immediately began following Carr’s retirement announcement.  Every day there were new rumors about the latest hot name in the coaching search, and who could forget the Les Miles saga that Kirk Herbstreit helped create on the day of the SEC championship game?  In the end Rich Rodriguez ended up getting the job, and we all know how that has gone.  Rodriguez’s first season coincided with my first year at U-M, and to say things went poorly would be an understatement.  Then, a year later, a promising 4-0 start resulted in a 5-7 finish.  Oh, and there was practicegate and NCAA violations.  Perhaps you heard about that, too.

This blog was also around for the firing of Tommy Amaker and the hiring of John Beilein.  Beilein struggled mightily in his first season at Michigan, but season two was the highlight of my freshman year at U-M.  The basketball team upset UCLA and Duke and made a strong late-season run to make its first NCAA tournament in a long, long time.  Watching the selection show at Crisler was an absolutely awesome experience, and watching Michigan beat Clemson in the first round of the tourney was even better.  Things didn’t go according to plan this past season and the future is very uncertain with Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims gone, but there’s no denying how great the 2008-09 season was.

The hockey team was the most consistent of the big three sports during the four years of this blog.  Every year until this past season Michigan was consistently ranked near the top of the polls.  Of course, Michigan still had an amazing season this year after making an unremarkable run to the NCAA tournament, and that run would have continued to the Frozen Four had it not been for some incompetent officiating.  The Wolverines did make it to the Frozen Four once during the four years of this blog, but unfortunately they lost to Notre Dame in overtime in the semifinals.

The non-big three sports provided some memorable moments as well.  There were plenty of Big Ten titles, a few club titles (lacrosse), and one national title (men’s gymnastics team) from the non-revenue sports teams, and the success of the baseball and softball programs has been great to watch.  Who could forget the baseball team’s upset of Vanderbilt to make it to the super regional of the NCAA tournament a few years back?  And for softball, well, they’re contenders for the College World Series every year, even if they didn’t make it this season.

Overall, it has been quite the ride to cover Michigan sports these last four years.  There have been many highs and many lows, but all in all it has been very fun.  And even though my role at SB Nation Detroit will require me to cover more than just Michigan sports (I even get to write about MSU too now.  How fun!), you can bet I will still be writing about the Wolverines quite a bit.  I won’t be able to cover every little tidbit of Michigan-related news, but it’s not like there is a shortage of awesome U-M sports blogs, so I’m sure you will all manage to get by.

Anyways, I just want to say thanks to everyone that read Michigan Sports Center over these last four years (coincidentally, the site just crossed 3,000,000 views yesterday), and I hope you will check out Pride of Detroit and SB Nation Detroit.  I imagine there may be some future moments where I pop in here for a post every now and again, but to continue to follow my coverage of U-M sports, make sure to check out the Michigan football and basketball pages on SB Nation Detroit.

Thanks again for everything and Go Blue!

18 Comments

  1. pz says:

    Sorry to see you go. Thanks for all of the great work over the years, and good luck with the new gigs.

  2. Anish Joshi says:

    I ditto pz’s comments above. This site was a good place for Univ of Michigan info when it was timely and regularly updated. Now, I’ll use my rivals.com membership more and peruse scout.com more regularly to obtain Maize and Blue sports news.

    Too bad we’ll miss you future posts on conference expansion, and the past 4 years were very tumultuous for maize and blue sports.

  3. RageCage says:

    Thanks for the website it certainly provided news that I could not find or sometimes missed. I enjoyed reading the site and good luck in the future.

  4. ST says:

    I just checked out the new site, looks like a good opportunity. Thanks for all of the work and info you have provided over the past 4 years, I enjoyed visiting. I am going to miss some of the banter from the fans; it was always interesting stuff to say the least.

    I can’t wait to read your stuff about MSU; it will be a total 180 from the coverage you provided at MSC. I know that transition might be a tough one considering that you are a Michigan Man and all, but it’s been really cool to see how you have matured from HS kid with a hobby, to that of a fully fledged professional. Try to enjoy the remaining time you have left in college, trust me, that time in your life only comes along once, and good luck to you at the new site.

  5. guanxi says:

    Sorry you’re moving on, but it’s great to hear that there’s some reward for your excellent work. Good luck at SB Nation.

  6. Mike says:

    Gonna miss this blog, it was by far my favorite on Michigan sports. Also, ask mgoblog to start up with the quick hits. Loved that one especially. Good luck with your future endeavors.

  7. andrew says:

    Thanks for the memories! You were one of my UM blog mainstays. Best of luck in your new ventures.

    @Mike, perhaps he’ll be doing the quick hits at his new home!

  8. andrew says:

    A couple other notes…

    I was wondering why your blog hadn’t been updated in my iGoogle homepage lately. And..

    Any irony in the fact that the betUS.com ad at the top right of the page starts with “it ain’t over till it’s over”? =)

  9. Rb says:

    Thanks for all the great work. I feel like we all watched you grow up. Your perspective brought us all back to our high school days as die hard UM fans aspiring to get into our dream school. I’m glad your ACT was high enough so you didnt have to go to MSU. Good luck.

  10. Steve says:

    Thanks much for this work. After moving out of state, the web and this site in particular, was a major source of UM news. you will be missed. Good Luck with the new projects.

  11. J. Chatel says:

    This has been a daily site I check since its beginning… going to miss it very much. Always keeping me informed and up to date. My brother and I will miss it very much. Thanks for the hard work. GO BLUE!!!

  12. Garv says:

    Thanks for four great years of daily updates. MSC was the first UM blog site I’d found, and instantly became a morning routine. You’ve always amazed me at the depth of coverage and clear, concise manner of relaying information. Ten minutes of quick-hits always covered more than the other blogs combined. More surprising to me (and half the guys at work) was the fact you were seventeen years old while we were checking for your take on all the UM drama… Your opinions are quite often spot-on, and it was always obvious your future in journalism would outgrow this blog.

    Again Sean, thanks for keeping us tuned in. I’m bookmarking your SB Nation Detroit page for my next Wolverine fix.

  13. Bruce says:

    Thanks for putting in your tremendous effort running this site for the past 4 years. As a Michigan man stuck in Ohio, I appreciated your work. Good luck in the future.

  14. Karl says:

    Thanks for the time you put into this blog. This was the first Michigan blog that I read and was a daily stop for me. Good luck on future work sir.

  15. Jason says:

    congrats on the new opportunities…wish you the best of luck

  16. Omar says:

    Good Luck! I was a big fan of MSC and I look forward to reading your new stuff!

  17. Richard says:

    Have you thought about selling this site? Just thinking that you may be able to find some other die hard Wolverine out there who can pick up where you left off….just a thought.

  18. Cole says:

    Congrats but im lost without you

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