What is the “Reach” of your favorite team?

This is a really really simple post I put together last week when I compiled how many likes on Facebook each respective college program has. Some teams like USC obviously are not social media friendly while some programs may surprise you with the numbers they’ve compiled. Enjoy:

Ohio 1,260,457Facebook Likes

Florida 1,019,480

Texas 988,666

Michigan 916,217

Alabama 702,923

LSU 702,823

Kentucky 653,736

North Carolina 632,748

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Top Selling Institutions & Manufacturers (2011-2012)

The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) recently announced its rankings of top selling institutions & manufacturers for the 2011-2012 year. After coming in 4th last year, Michigan came in 5th, still far and away the leaders of the Big Ten teams. Kentucky jumped up four spots from 7th after winning the national title. O$U is not a member of the CLC.

RankUniversityConference
1TexasBig XII
2AlabamaSEC
3KentuckySEC
4FloridaSEC
5MichiganB1G
6LSUSEC
7North CarolinaACC
8GeorgiaSEC
9Notre DameIND
10OklahomaBIG XII
12Penn StateB1G
13NebraskaB1G
15WisconsinB1G
25IllinoisB1G
29PurdueB1G
39MinnesotaB1G

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Michigan Alumnus Mike Matheny Named St. Louis Cardinals Manager

Multiple outlets are reporting that Michigan Alumnus Mike Matheny will be named the new St. Louis Cardinals manager tomorrow. During his playing career Matheny earned four gold gloves and earned the nickname “The Toughest Man Alive.”

Earlier this year, Michigan Daily writer Daniel Wasserman wrote a great piece on Matheny and how he almost didn’t come to Ann Arbor at all. Mike also did an interview with MGoBlue.com this past May before the team’s banquet and said of his time at Michigan:

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Tigers ALCS Prediction

What a series against the Yankees. From the rain delay which cost Tigers ace and soon to be AL Cy Young winner Justin Verlander a 2nd start in the series, to 2 Yankee routs. It all ended yesterday with Papa Grande throwing some cheese to Alex Rodriguez, and A-rod whiffing like a 3 year old swinging a broomstick blindfolded.

The Tigers move on to Texas to take on the Rangers, who narrowly overtook them to gain home field advantage in this series.

While we all know the post season is entirely different than the regular season, the Tigers were 6-3 against Texas this season. Ironically, all 3 losses were to Alexi Ogando, who the Rangers have now relegated to the bullpen.

Both lineups are stacked, but I’ll take my chances with Verlander and Fister likely getting 2 starts each potentially. I also think the 2-3-2 format of games also favors the Tigers.

Tigers in 6.

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Michigan Finishes 15th In Directors’ Cup Standings

The Michigan Wolverines Athletic Program finished 15th in the 2010/2011 school year standings.  The Leerfield Sports Directors’ Cup gives points to the top ten programs male and female for each respective Division 1 sport.  Stanford won the Director’s Cup for the 17th year in a row. 

Other Big Ten teams: Ohio State finished 2nd, Penn State 13th, Illinois 23rd, Wisconsin 26th, Indiana 28th, Minnesota 29th, Nebraska 33rd, Michigan State 42nd, Iowa 43rd, Northwestern 46th and Purdue finished 49th.  When going the extra mile to determine the average finish by conference, the Pac-10/12? came out on top while the Big Ten was second.

Previous Michigan Finishes:

YearFinish
2009-201025th
2008-20085th
2007-20083rd
2006-20074th
2005-200624th
2004-20054th
2003-20042nd
2002-20034th

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