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What is Maize And Go Blue?

August 7th, 2009 by Justin Potts


Maize And Go Blue is a blog that covers Michigan football and basketball. It was created in 2009 and is in no way affiliated with the University of Michigan.

The goal of this site is not to break the latest recruiting news or to analyze every play of each game. I’ll leave that to MGOBLOG; they’re much better at this. This site aims to provide a great resource for Michigan football and basketball history and provide some slightly opinionated and level-headed insight into what is happening on the field and hardwood.

If you’re looking for Ohio State, Michigan State or Notre Dame bashing, you’ll have to look elsewhere, because while I do hate those teams with a passion, I also respect them. I aim to uphold my journalistic credibility and sustain a professional site full of useful content.

I will give due credit for any photos or content I use, and I ask that you do the same. If you see something of yours that isn’t adequately attributed, please shoot me a comment or email and I’ll correct the oversight. Trust me, I’m not out to steal your content.

I am not a Michigan grad. Though I did get accepted to Michigan, I chose to go to Taylor University (a small school in Indiana) on a soccer scholarship. After one season, I decided to switch to club lacrosse and enjoyed some great, and very competitive, battles with much bigger Big Ten schools (thankfully not Michigan, because I wouldn’t have had it in me to try to beat them). We did beat Michigan State once and it was awesome.

I served as Head Sports Editor for the student newspaper, The Echo, for three years, while also writing for the Marion Chronicle-Tribune on the side. A big perk was getting to cover the Indianapolis Colts for two years at all home games. After two seasons, I was asked to work for the Colts’ game day public relations staff for the 2004 season.

Since graduating with a degree in sports management and public relaitons in 2005, I have worked for the Cleveland Browns and the National Hockey League. I have also worked with the National Football League’s public relations staff at Super Bowls XLI, XLIII and XLIV, as well as the 2006 NFL Scouting Combine. Currently, I work gamedays with the New York Jets’ public relations staff in addition to my full-time job with a Chicago-based marketing agency (in NYC), working on Verizon’s NFL sponsorship.

From those experiences, I have interviewed the likes of Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, Braylon Edwards,  Sheldon Souray, Ryan Miller, actor/director Kevin Smith, country singer Dierks Bentley and many, many more. I have been published on NHL.com, Askmen.com and Maxim.

As mentioned above, I didn’t go to Michigan, but my Maize and Blue blood runs deep. Both my mom and grandfather are Michigan grads. I went to my first Michigan football game when I was just 62 days old. It was the 1983 Rose Bowl and, as my parents say, I was ok the whole game, but when it ended and Michigan lost to UCLA, I started crying. That’s when they knew I was a Michigan fan and the rest is history.

I’ve been to the Big House more times than I can remember, despite never having lived in Michigan. I’ve also traveled to Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan State, Illinois, Iowa and Northwestern to support my beloved Wolverines in action.

Questions? Comments? Shoot me an email at maizeandgoblue@yahoo.com.

Thanks for visiting, and Go Blue!