The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.
Hawking wares in some other guy's stall is just kind of rude, and it detracts from what he's doing, which it shouldn't. After all, I'm no graphic artist, and I'll bet most of you aren't, either.
My designs so far are below. The first one is new, and I think my favorite of the three. It's slightly less Michigan branded (but only slightly) and identifies much more strongly with the blog. The other two are more heavily Michigan branded, but little to no blog connection (easily modified to include it). What say you?
Post your own! Post comments or suggestions! Keep voting for Six Zero's designs!
“WE NOW RETURN TO... CLASSIC LITERARY QUOTES with LLOYD CARR”
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For our next entry, I am proud to recall the words of Rudyard Kipling. The son of a transplanted British architect teaching in Bombay, ol' Rud traveled the world before settling down in Vermont, of all places. He did pass through current-day Big Ten country in 1889, although there is no record of him stopping in Ann Arbor for an American football match.
Either way, some hundred years later his work caught the eye of one Lloyd H. Carr, with this particular line becoming something of a catch phrase for the defense. I'm sure there's plenty of John Spyteks and Zach Kaufmans out there that still hear this line in their sleep. And dream of killing quarterbacks.
For the eyes, they are part of a logo set I designed over a year ago, and actually just submitted it for consideration in another minor league hockey contest. I struggled with the idea of giving this one out because it has personal value to me-- it's currently my desktop wallpaper as I type this-- but it just seemed to best match the attitude and swagger of this shirt. I played around with a tackling sled in its place, but it didn't have the same effect.
So, time to vote! What do you guys think?
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***** Five Stars: KILL! KILL! KILL! I AM CONSUMED BY RAW ANIMAL
PREDATORY INSTINCTS! BLOODLUST!! GO BLUE!!!
**** Four Stars: Looks great! I am suddenly dying for a very rare steak.
*** Three Stars: That's a nice shirt, although I'm worried about my cholesterol.
** Two Stars: It's okay, but I'm just not that hungry.
* One Star: Anyone have any broccoli?
Yesterday some of you asked if I have a portfolio, and YES, I have two in fact-- one for branding and design, and another for hand-drawn illustration. Now, are they currently online?? No. I've built a personal Flash site, and it's pretty much ready to go... but I've since decided to link my branding work out to an independent Six Zero Branding site, and have opted to wait and launch them together. Sorry... I am involved with a few hockey design sites such as Puckdrawn and Icethetics if anyone cares. Place your votes, ladies and gentlemen, and feel free to add any comments below! For tomorrow's shirt I'll be digging deep into the archives for an old take on a new phrase. See you then for another exciting round of – MGoShirt Alert!!
Now, onto the title. As far as I can tell, every person on this blog (including me) expects that Denard will play this year, with most assuming a Percy Harvin type role except that he would also pass from time to time. Some brave souls ("Denard is fast!") project him as giving Tate full competition as the starter (for the record, I don't think that will happen).
But is there a chance he would redshirt? I think there is a chance, based on the following:
1- Denard = raw
2- Remember that many schools did not recruit him as a QB, including spread offense schools-see #1 above.
3- Tate by all accounts and based upon limited video, is far more polished a QB and has far more command currently of the offense. That is a serious head start on PT.
4- We have one year of Jason Forcier to utilize. While there is no future for Jason, and I don't claim he will challenge to start, there is every reason to believe that he can be at minimum, competent in a backup role if needed.
5- Is it possible that Sherideath can be competent (nothing more) this year? I think that is quite possible.
So, putting these assumptions together, what we have is one promising Freshman QB (Tate) that is likely to start, two veteran QB's that can be competent, and one raw freshman (Denard) that needs much work on throwing motion and other fundamentals.
What this spells to me is a QB situation that is FAR above where we were last year. If we have three QB's that can be competent, that beats the zero we had last year by approximately 3-0. So following this logic, would Rodriguez then conclude that a Denard Robinson, with a redshirt year of practice under his belt, is A-far more likely to be a factor next year and in future, and B- not needed at QB due to the assumptions above? Oh, and a reminder: Pat White redshirted.
This is not necessarily the future I am predicting, but I think it is a future that is possible. What do you think?
So here is my attempt to be more analytical about the 2009 season. I am, like everyone else here, very excited to see what this year will bring for the Wolverines. I am fully behind Rich Rod and his staff and believe that they will turn the ship around. Looking at the roster gives me hope as well. It seems to me that most positions will see an upgrade through better players, more experience, and fewer nagging injuries. To really have a breakthrough season though, we will need to see several players step their game up.
Here are the top five players I expect to have a season shaping impact:
- Brandon Graham - An obvious choice when considering impact players, Graham has already reached this level of play. He is probably the only bonafied star on the team (not counting Space Emperors) and will be the player opposing offenses must account for. He plays a position that can cover for our biggest apparent weakness (safeties) by putting consistent pressure on the quarterback, allowing less time for pass plays to develop. The team will feed off of his drive-killing sacks and forced turnovers. His impact alone possibly accounts for an extra win or two.
- Tate Forcier - Again, this is an obvious choice. (Really, I'm not trying to bore you.) Watching the quarterback play last year was mostly depressing, but I really enjoyed the moments where Threet managed to get free for a surprising run. With Tate we can reasonably expect this to occur much more often which will have a huge positive impact on our offensive efficiency. I am not really expecting much more than natural talent shining through here, at least at first, but that should be enough to keep defenses guessing a whole lot more then last year. The fact that he understands the offense from High School and the spring will certainly help speed his development. So even taking into account freshman jitters, Tate should make a huge impact and account for another one or two game improvement in the win column.
- Jonas Mouton - I have been stoked about this guy's potential since his recruitment, and especially since he move to linebacker. These days, with spread offenses of all sorts getting fast little buggers the ball with enough space to run around fools, every defense needs quick linebackers that can cover someone. My memories of the last decade of Michigan Football are littered with big plays for opponents that stem from the short passing game. As a superior athlete and a converted safety, Mouton may be just the defensive answer we have been missing.
- Brandon Minor - So the fumbles and injuries are in the past right? After the way Minor finished the 2008 season, I believe so and that he may have more of an impact than any other single player on the roster. Minor should punish defenders with his hard hitting running style, while grinding out the tough first downs. He might be most effective with carries focused towards the middle of the line, maybe even lining up at fullback. Opposing defenses would be forced to pick their poison, either bringing extra defenders into the box or allowing Minor to gut them up the middle. With all of the hype about "Spread n' Shred," Minor could be the perfect counter. Not to mention this is his last go-round to impress pro scouts.
- Zoltan Mesko - Really? A Punter? Arguably no other player has the chance to impact each and every game as much as Our Venerable Space Emperor (of Space). Without his ability to put footballs into orbit, last year could have been much uglier for the Maize and Blue. Heck, if half of the turnovers on our end were instead booming Zoltan bombs, our defense would have appeared light years better and we probably would have won at least another game or two. I expect that he will average career highs across all punting statistics (except number kicked, hopefully) and suprise many when he fakes several for first downs (and at least one touchdown, you heard it here first!)
Five others I considered:
- Greg Mathews: Probably the most important player for Tate's development, Mathews has already established his ability to run crisp routes and catch tough passes. Will he be the steady target a freshman QB needs?
- Donovan Warren: I still believe that Warren has the tools to be a shutdown corner at this level. Maybe not a Woodson, but possibly a Ty Law sort.
- Martavious Odoms: We all saw how rediculously open Odoms got last year. Now he has someone that can actually hit him, even while scrambling.
- Mike Martin: Can be the disruptive force in the middle to take some of the focus away from Graham. Can have a large impact by consistently blowing up the opponents backfield.
- Steve Shilling: After a second year with Barwis and a third starting on the O-line, Shilling is ready to shine. The move to the interior of the line could help Brandon Minor by allowing him to truck some safeties instead of linebackers.
First time diary entry... go easy.
I can't help but feel like Sheridan really does seem to be in the mix and that RR is sincere when he indicates he really doesn't know who the #1 is yet.
I've seen Brian's Sheridan=Death so many times, it's hard not to have it plugged into my brain as fact, but...
If Sheridan does start or gets significant PT against WMU it would say less about the competition between the two candidates than about RRs confidence in the offense overall.
Assume Tate is more capable of making big plays and that some of those big plays will be the kind that go the wrong way. Nick on the other hand is less capable of good big plays, and I would argue bad big plays too. With a lot of good execution all around, the QB position becomes less critical and Sheridan-like mediocrity is OK.
You gotta believe Nick will be a better QB than he was last year. He's a student of the game, he's got another year of reps and knowledge and coaching under his belt, and, biggest thing: in the "countdown" videos on the U site he actually looks confident in interviews, athletic in drills and spiral-producing with his throws. In other words, “walk-on” doesn’t come to mind anymore.
So, am I predicting Sheridan will get substantial PT against WMU? Well, yes, I am and not just inconsequential PT. And it won't be because he's a better weapon but because there are a lot of much better players around him, especially the ones in front of him, and because I suspect Tate could probably gain from a little of the humility that comes from having to reflect on QB play in the bighouse vicariously.
“YOU KNOW THEM. YOU LOVE THEM. AND YET YOU FEAR THEM…
THE SLOT NINJAS!”
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For our second entry, I wanted to go with this phrase, something I have never heard anywhere outside of the MGoBlog community and yet something that I think would be well received and acknowledged by at least the more football-savvy individuals of your 107,501 best friends. The little ninja guy is drawn to capture the speed and elusive qualities of Martavious and company… On a side note, I can’t tell ya excited I am in seeing what Gallon can do. But that’s another story.
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***** Five Stars: This shirt is miraculously as good as Denard is fast.
**** Four Stars: Think healthy Carlos Brown afterburners.
*** Three Stars: Reminiscent of the above average speed of Greg Mathews.
** Two Stars: Like the winged cleats of Nick Sheridan.
* One Star: Comparable to the velocity of George Morales.
To address something that came up yesterday—Some of you expressed concern that you’d rather a maize shirt with blue artwork. Since almost all of these designs are one-color art, that’s not a problem; we’d simply change the shirt and change the printing ink. So keep in mind that if a given shirt was a big hit, it would not be difficult to offer the shirt in both navy and maize, just as the Worst State will be offered. With a few exceptions, however, all of the designs featured in the MGoShirt Alert will be maize ON blue.
Place your votes, ladies and gentlemen, and feel free to add any comments below! I’ll be revealing a new shirt tomorrow that honors a past tradition of the Lloyd Carr Wolverines. See you then for another exciting round of – MGoShirt Alert!!