As Michigan football’s spring game approaches, head coach Jim Harbaugh is creating a bit more news than who might win the Wolverines’ quarterback competition between Cade McNamara and J.J. McCarthy.
Harbaugh invited his former quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick, to Michigan spring practice and named him the honorary captain for Saturday’s spring game. Additionally, Kaepernick spoke to the team after practice Wednesday and several pictures of him at the Wolverines’ facility were posted to Twitter.
On Detroit’s 97.1 The Ticket, new Michigan football play-by-play announcer Doug Karsch, who also hosts the midday show with Scott Anderson, revealed how he discovered the news of Kaepernick not only being at the practice facility but his role in Saturday’s spring game.
“I am preparing for the Michigan football spring game this week, been at Schembechler Hall all week, and I’m sitting in an office talking to [wide receivers coach] Ron Bellamy last night,” Karsch explained. “Down the hall, there’s some commotion… then here comes Coach Harbaugh, you can hear him, and I had my back to the door when somebody walks in the room, like right next to me, and gives the bro-hug to Ron Bellamy.
“I look up right next to me and I say, ‘Sup, Colin.’ I’m like, I don’t know you, you don’t know me. Sorry. It’s Colin Kaepernick. I was so shocked, like completely shocked, because it was so random. Suddenly, I’m in a small room and there’s Colin Kaepernick. He’s tall.”
As Anderson noted, the news was already out by the time Karsch & Anderson took the air on 97.1 The Ticket. But Karsch reported, along with several outlets later, that Kaepernick would also hold a throwing session at Michigan Stadium during halftime with several NFL free agent receivers. Which receivers will appear hasn’t been revealed.
“You gotta figure there will be some NFL scouts there,” said Karsch. “Most of the scouts are preparing for the draft, but there will be NFL people there. It completely caught me off guard, though. Did not expect it at all.”
Harbaugh coached Kaepernick for four seasons in San Francisco, compiling a 44-19 regular-season record and an NFC championship in his second season. (The 49ers eventually lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 34-31, in Super Bowl XLVII.) Kaepernick’s best two NFL seasons occurred with Harbaugh in 2013 and 2014, throwing for a combined 6,566 yards with 40 touchdown passes.
Pat McAfee Defends His Intellectual Property on Show
A YouTube user had been using videos from McAfee’s show on his own channel and monetizing them.
Intellectual property is the most important asset a content creator has in the digital space. That’s why it should not come as a surprise when Pat McAfee took to his show today to defend his.
A YouTube user named AntSlant had been acquiring video from Pat McAfee’s daily show for a while and putting it on his YouTube channel as his own content for months. McAfee has been a hot commodity and it seems that the personality may have been alerted to this activity thru potential future partners and their social searches. McAfee apparently reached out and sent a warning and today he addressed the account in what he called a little “house cleaning.”
“I have funded everything that you see (referencing his studio),” McAfee began. “Whenever you talk about stealing people’s footage, stealing people’s content and putting it up on the internet – so you can benefit from it – I don’t know how you think that the person that created, funded and paid for the content, worked their dick off, and their ass off amongst their peers and did everything – how they are the scam artists in this entire thing and not the account.”
Pat McAfee started referencing the offending account’s ability to monetize the videos. “We looked it up because we have this ability, [they] probably made $150,000 off of our content – not remixing the content, not getting in there and speaking and being a content creator – ripping content from us. Putting it together putting it up as their own videos and marketing it as if they work for us. And never reaching out to us one time. Not one time.”
The value of this content is immeasurable especially considering the account using McAfee’s IP is on the same platform (YouTube) as he is. McAfee add, “no network would just let you take their shit and profit off it. Nobody on Earth would let you do that.”
McAfee then revealed that he would partner with another YouTube account Toxic Table Edits. That account, which was doing the same thing as AntSlant, created a community around the Pat McAfee Show image. Things went differently for Toxic because when contacted by McAfee, the owner of that account responded “like a human”. Now the two will partner on future projects.
A Twitter account with the name @AntSlant did tweet shortly thereafter saying that the videos McAfee discussed had been deleted from his YouTube channel.
Upon an inspection of a YouTube account named AntSlant, the videos are no longer.
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