Every Friday on the Big Ten Blog, we'll bring you the best Big Ten-related tweets of the week.
Have you ever had Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti looking you dead in the eye and bringing the fury and fire of a thousand suns?
We have, at the Big Ten Media Days a few weeks ago. It's intense, to say the least. It's probably what quarterbacks and tailbacks have to see on a weekly basis every fall. You don't want Mauti looking at you like that.
But just when you start thinking "oh man, Michael Mauti is a super-intense guy, he's probably always like that too," along comes a reminder that he is also a 22-year-old person, and if there's one thing men of that age do best, it's goof off. Hence this picture from PSU QB Matt McGloin:
Mike Mauti eating some Cheerios before meetings.instagr.am/p/OUNq06K9_k/— Matt McGloin (@McGloinQB11) August 14, 2012
The news on Ondre Pipkins from earlier Friday morning is somewhat good news—he's got feeling in his extremities, which sure beats the alternative when it comes to spinal injuries—but still, it's awfully scary to see something like this report from AnnArbor.com's Kyle Feldscher come through on Twitter early in the morning.
Police scanner: Ambulance crews responded to Schembechler Hall minutes ago for a report of a football player with a spinal injury.— Kyle Feldscher (@KFeldscherAAcom) August 17, 2012
That was the first report of the ambulance call for Pipkins, and the intervening 43 minutes before Kyle Meinke of AnnArbor.com first tweeted the news and details on Pipkins were, for Michigan fans, filled with a level of dread that is dark and awful. Thank goodness this didn't end up worse.
Urban Meyer has always had a predilection for a certain kind of player. What? We mean the fast kind. Please put away those "yeah, ones with criminal records" jokes, folks. That's not nice.
Anyway, he heard that the Cleveland Plain-Dealer's Buckeye beat writer Doug Lesmerises had been in London covering the Olympics, and you can probably imagine what Meyer wanted to hear about:
Said hello to Urban Meyer, told him where I'd been, he asked if I watched Usain Bolt. The guy likes speed.— Doug Lesmerises (@PDBuckeyes) August 17, 2012
So, when can we start the rumors that Meyer is recruiting Bolt to Ohio State? It's worth a call, no? The guy's basically a 6'5" Joey Galloway. Who cares if he doesn't know how to play football and probably has no desire to get knocked over while he's running?
Montee Ball's still not taking contact at practice yet after his concussion, but as long as he's back by Week 1, it's reasonable to expect some more otherworldly production from the senior tailback. Case in point: according to CBSSports.com's Big Ten twitter feed, Ball was nearly peerless in his scoring in the Big Ten. Like, all of the Big Ten.
That? That's a stat for the ages.