In this update: all hail the new live blog overlord, NCAA rules committee wants to hear from you, athletic director Dave Brandon plans on keeping the hockey world attendance record, Inside College Hockey releases their Top 10 teams list for 2012-13, and how to get your hands on Team USA jerseys of a pair of former Wolverines.
NEW LIVE BLOG OVERLORD
As I reported last week, Cover It Live is looking to suck the internet bank accounts dry with their new price gouging levels of service. This led me to seek out alternatives, and now The Michigan Daily and MGoBlog are following suit.
The most reasonable option I could find is ScribbleLive, which is similar to Cover It Live save for some cosmetic differences and a lack of scoreboard option (at least with the free trial). I felt comfortable using the setup and moderation. And for $20 per month I can host an unlimited number of events with an unlimited number of writers/moderators and an unlimited number of viewers. If I’m going to have to go the pay route, all I can say to that deal is, “Yes, please!”
Cover It Live’s cheapest alternative that would have suited this website would have cost me $50 per month and has a cap of 2,500 clicks per month (then they charge you three cents for each click over the limit, which doesn’t sound like much but if you happen to go over say 1,000 clicks, that’s $30 right there). A click is basically a viewer. However, they also double-triple-etc…-dip. If you join the chat, leave, and come back later, that would count as two clicks. Basically each time you enter the chat it’s a click. It’s not based on unique viewers. So if you happen to do this many times during a live blog, each time it counts against my total allowance. Lame.
I loved using Cover It Live, but their pricing options suck donkey balls, and I won’t have any part of it.
All hail ScribbleLive!
RULES COMMITTEE WANTS TO HEAR FROM FANS
The NCAA Ice Hockey Twitter feed sent out this tweet this morning:
The @NCAAicehockey rules committee wants to hear from you. What should we change? Tweet suggestions. #hockeyrules
So get on Twitter and fire off your suggestions to @NCAAicehockey. I’m sure you folks have more than a few suggestions on your minds.
MORE OUTDOOR HOCKEY AT THE BIG HOUSE
Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon spoke to the Wolverine Caucus in Lansing yesterday and stated he intends on holding on to the world attendance record for an outdoor hockey game.
“The NHL plans on beating our record — I hope they do,” Brandon said, playing to his crowd. “Because when they do, what do you suppose we’re going to do?
U-M set the record at 2010′s The Big Chill at The Big House against Michigan State with an announced attendance of 113,411 and a Guinness World Record certified 104,173 fans in the stands.
Now the question is who would you pick as Michigan’s opponent for the next outdoor game at Michigan Stadium?
INCH PRESEASON TOP 10
Inside College Hockey released their preseason top 10 teams and ranks Michigan #2. Bit high, eh? Says INCH:
The returning cast is talented and deep, but it’s the newcomers who’ll draw the most attention from Wolverines fans early. U.S. NDTP defenseman Jacob Trouba is a sure-fire first-round pick in next month’s NHL Draft and could be among the first 10 players selected. Forward Cristoval “Boo” Nieves is a talented forward from the New England prep ranks likely to be chosen in the draft’s first two rounds. Then there’s U.S. NTDP goalie Jared Rutledge, the heir apparent to Shawn Hunwick.
If the returning cast and incoming cast stays intact, Michigan’s obvious strength next season is their defensive corps. But, IMO, there’s too many questions right now surrounding goaltending, which is a complete unknown, and offensive output to put the Wolverines #2 on their Top 10 list.
NHL AUCTIONS TEAM USA JERSEYS
The NHL is auctioning off Team USA’s jerseys from the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, which includes the jerseys of former Wolverine and Team USA captain Jack Johnson and former Wolverine and Team USA leading scorer Max Pacioretty. Johnson’s jersey is currently up to $420 and Patch’s jersey is at $360.
Bidding ends the night of June 14. Click here to check out the auction.