ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- On Tuesday night, University of Michigan student athletes performed in Mock Rock, an annual talent show put on for the community. The event raised nearly $90,000 for C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County and Student Athletes Leading Social Change. Here are a few of my picks for the best of the night.
Stole the Show: Taylor Lewan (football)
Not only was the 6-foot-8, 300-pound lineman dressed convincingly as a nerd (including suspenders and thick-rimmed glasses), but he also managed to take up the team's two-minute time slot before the football team even got started. But no one said a thing because (as usual) Lewan was engaging and hilarious. At one point he strutted behind emcee Dana Jacobson and managed to make his way upstage to hold her hand. Next year, the football team may just want him to stand at center stage talking. It could get straight 10's.
Best usage of spandex: men's rowing team
College athletics are full of spandex, whether it's swimming, diving, wrestling or ice hockey. But, the men's rowing team took the cake here. Other teams just wore straight speedos or spandex but the rowing team dressed theirs up with Disney-themed accessories while prancing around the stage re-enacting Pocahontas, The Little Mermaid and Tarzan. I'm a sucker for Disney. Sorry, swimmers.
Best choreography: Michigan Marching Band
This comes as no surprise. The Michigan Marching Band is a well-oiled machine that performs choreographed dances every weekend during halftime of the football games. (They were a non-scored entry in this year's event because of that fact.) But, with drum major Jeffrey McMahon disguised as Justin Bieber, the band performed a lovely array of musical and choreographic choices.
You knew this was a Michigan talent show, right?: men’s soccer team
Occasionally, teams take shots at other schools in the conference (that's a crowd pleaser). But, the men’s soccer team took it to another level as they took shots at several Michigan athletic teams. They joked about Chris Webber, Tim Hardaway Jr.'s jump shot, lacrosse becoming a varsity sport (compared the sport to underwater basket weaving) and then followed that up with "cheerleading should just become a sport then!" They were the overall low scorers of the night, with their highest individual score coming from the panel of judges: 7 (it was, of course, from their own coach).