And behold, I saw another rider on a blue horse, and his name was
Brian, and he unleashed unverified voracity upon a third of the earth."
This is the fourteenth entry of the 2009 MGoShirt Alert, a design project that will enable MgoBlog readers to vote for upcoming designs in the new MGoBlogStore.
I've been working on a general MGoBlog shirt since the very beginning, and have had varying degrees of success. This single design pretty much sums up my experience with this project altogether-- it's just really really hard to please a large group of people. Everyone has different expectations, and it's inevitable that nothing can make everyone happy. Even more so, trying to consciously please a specific portion of the crowd means that another portion of the group feels ignored or rejected.
MGoBlog itself means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, and trying to put together an identity for it is a delicate and near-impossible act of trying to please as many people while alienating as few as possible. I tried several different approaches. I branched one off of the logo I created for this contest itself, and some people rejected it, which is their right (I have no right to tell someone not to react to my art a certain way). I listened to many people asking for a logo based on the MGoPoints arrows, which several people then disagreed with. I even played around with the menu bar icon as a logo, but nothing really seemed right.
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So in the end, I went back to the source, and created this shirt from Brian's own avatar. And no, that doesn't mean Brian's creating his own 3-D IMAX CGI sci-fi space opera about ten-foot tall blue aliens-- Although BOY would I love to see THAT opus of sarcasm. No, this design is his own profile image, tweaked a bit for single color reproduction. There might be some licensing issues but it's really not a true block M, so I'm hoping this isn't a big deal, but if need be we can jump this hurdle when the time comes.
I'd like to think of this shirt as a celebration of the mythical half-man, half-hair creature that makes this place possible. Here's to Brian! HUZZAH!!
Time to vote. What do you guys think?
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***** Five Stars: Avatar will be the greatest cinematic moment since Strange Brew.
**** Four Stars: Avatar will be a kick ass sci-fi movie, but will re-invent nothing.
*** Three Stars: Pretty cool-- but there's no zombies, or Megan Fox. Fail.
** Two Stars: The plot seems slow, tedious. I'll stay home and read instead.
* One Star: Avatar will suck. Movies are for losers who can't afford an XBox.
As I discussed earlier today, Brian and I decided to switch things up a bit-- we're showcasing two designs today so that the initial 15 shirts can be wrapped up tomorrow. THEN, on Friday, you can look forward to the final MGOSHIRT ALERT DEATHMATCH ELIMINATION ROUND, where the top 4 shirts as voted by the MGoCommunity will be voted on again to decide which design will make its way into the MGoBlogStore. Voting begins Friday, with the final tally being taken on Sunday night.
Tomorrow will then mark the fifteenth and last entry in this shirt design project... It's time for this designer to stop being so damn productive so I can properly engage myself in the upcoming season. So look tomorrow for the final preliminary edition of-- MGoShirt Alert!
PS - NO, I will not unveil the OSU shirt, at least not for now. Perhaps I'll keep it until a very bitter loss has us all in the dumps, and not even Brian's damn kittens can make anyone smile. Perhaps then, my offensive apparel will... That is all.
Speculation ranges from added band participation to full blown RAWK music being pumped into the stadium, a la Wisconsin and Michigan State.
This, I fear.
Not sure if any of you follow Michigan Football on Facebook but yesterday they posted a video to "fire you up" before the start of the season. Set to the dulcet tones of AC/DC's "For Those About To Rock," the video showed clips from throughout Michigan's football history. (Sadly, there were not many from 2008.)
It's actually a great video and it DID fire me up even more -- seeing Desmond talk about "Should I do the pose? Should I not do it? ... F*** it" was interesting and the video, for what it was, was well done.
I am really just hoping this isn't the kind of thing they start blasting before or during games. Living in DC, I only made it up to one game last year and don't remember if this is something that is already happening, so if it is I apologize for my lack of awareness.
"The guerrilla fighter needs full help from the people
of the area. This is an indispensable condition."
--Ernesto Che Guevara
This is the thirteenth entry of the 2009 MGoShirt Alert, a design project that will enable MgoBlog readers to vote for upcoming designs in the new MGoBlogStore.
Last night, pretty much by accident, I produced the single best t-shirt design of the entire series. And of course, I immediately knew it was a foregone conclusion that this shirt could never see the light of day, for fear of legitimate legal action from the entire state of Ohio. The kind of shirt that, in the case you were caught wearing it in Columbus, would find your corpse dragged through the streets. By six-year olds. Who would later be acquitted for their acts and instead hailed as patriots. And given the keys to the city. By Jim Tressel.
So instead, I'll give you this shirt, originally submitted during the Harmon shirt post by our friend MCalibur:
Che Guevara and Rich Rodriguez have a lot in common. Both came from humble beginnings. Both became well-educated and powerful motivators of people. Both had a son named Rhett and a super-blond wife named Rita.
Okay, maybe not the last bit, but there are certainly similarities. Let's hope they stop there-- I doubt that Coach Rod wishes to be executed by the Bolivian government and strapped to the skids of a helicopter like a hunter's trophy.
Time to vote. What do you guys think?
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***** Five Stars: Coach Rod is the single best head coach we've ever had.
**** Four Stars: Great guy-- but no one holds a candle to Bo.
*** Three Stars: I'd put him just behind Fritz Crisler in the pecking order.
** Two Stars: Bump Elliot deserves more praise than this Rodriguez guy.
* One Star: Ack-- I'm registering a firecoachrod.com URL as we speak.
VOTING UPDATE: We're proud to announce that we're moving up the final voting to Friday, so you'll be able to vote on the MGoShirt finalists over the entire weekend-- and the winning design will be officially rolled out on Monday. With that being said, I originally said we'd do 15 shirts-- I still can, but I'd have to run another vote later in the day either today or tomorrow. Is that cool with all of you, or should we just go with fourteen shirts and be done with it? Talk to me MGoBlog...
Either way, tomorrow I'm going to be rolling out some very specific artwork that I probably enjoyed creating more than any other design. See you then for the final editions of MGoShirt Alert!
concomitantly makes it an achilles heal because the vitality of the team is dependent on the QB. How do you remedy the situation? Well, you have to go against the popular dogma that if u have two QBs, you don't have one. A spread coach MUST then prepare and play two QBs...thus it isn't a season ender or loss if one of the QBs goes out. This is where I think RR is ahead of the pack. Having both Tate and Denard playing at the same time is a bonus not a liability. He wants both to play throughout the season and for the coming years. Losing to PITT cost him a chance to go to the big game. Just imagine what would happen to Florida if Tebow broke his leg. I guarantee you they would no longer be the favorite to win the SEC or title. Imagine a Michigan team with two QBs perfectly capable of running the offense, with experience, and different strengths. The added bonus is that defensive coordinators have to prepare for two distinct QBs running the offense. I think as M fans we need to realize that the days of the statue QB who is protected at all costs has been replaced with dynamic QBs that are asked to run and who can be replaced if need be. The higher risk to the QB in a spread needs to be offset somehow. That is the lesson learned by RR. The only way to offset that risk is to have more than one QB ready to take the reigns that way if one goes down, the team doesn't miss a beat. What do you guys think?
Based on that success, many predict great things for MSU football.Behind the awesome aeronautical show put on by Kirk "Kissin" Cousins and Keith "Can you spare a brotha a" Nichol and the famously fiercesome Spartan defense, MSU will once again have the privilege of being some SEC's team warmup for spring practice on the 1st of January.
Alas, the numbers paint a different portrait. MSU--a power running team--gained 1692 yards on 511 carries for a not-so-impressive 3.3 ypc. MSU averaged 130.2 per game with the departed Jevon Ringer accounting for about 90% of that.
Conversely, the illustrious Spartan defense gave up 1852 yards on 450 carries for a healthly(for the opposing offense)4.1 average. MSU gave up 142.5 yards per game on the ground.A defense that gives up 4 yards per carry? Duffy would spin in his grave over such numbers!
In terms of pass defense/offense, MSU fares better. Statistically, the Spartans and their opponents were awash. MSU averaged 213.2 per game whereas they gave up 213.4. Still, giving up 213 yards per game through the air is not all that impressive, especially when you considered how much yardage the Spartans gave up on the ground.
In terms of total yardage, the Spartans were actually OUTGAINED by their opponents,355.8 to 343.5. This accomplished in one of the weakest years in Big Ten history and the likes of EMU, Florida Atlantic, and a Charlie Weis coached Notre Dame team.
It really is remarkable to see how much hype a team that was outgained by its opponents in what was a terrible year for the Big Ten, is receiving. Apparently, no one watched any of MSU's games because they were every bit as average as the numbers indicate. That is hardly a surprise because Mark Dantonio was average at Cincinnati as well.
His record at Cincinnati was an astounding 18-17! Simply awesome!(tongue planted firmly in cheek)
Sam the Eag...Er, I mean Mark Dantonio has accomplished a whole lotta mediocrity in his coaching career. In his 5 seasons as a HC coach http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Dantonio Dantonio has yet to lose less than 4 games in a season,He has lost 5, 7,5,6, and 4. He has lost 5 or more in 4 of those seasons. Yet, we are lead to believe that this is the man who will lift MSU to heights it hasn't seen since the heydey of George Webster and Bubba Smith.
Perhaps MSU will finally, FINALLY, take that step from perennial also ran to legitimate Big Ten title contender. Perhaps, but not likely. I have a hard time seeing a man who openly mocks a student athlete and the dominant program instate as being the guy to lift MSU from its 40 year doldrums.Little from his past as a head coach, indicates that MSU will be anything more than the 4-5-6-7th best team in the conference.
This question arose from the recent trend by the local MSM to predict a renaissance in MSU football under Mark Dantonio. The more bold of the MSU faithful have even dared to predict a reversal in the balance of power of college football similar to what was seen in the 1950s and the 1960s when MSU was a national power and Michigan was a middle of the pack Big 10 program.
Now it's been well-documented that MSUs rise to prominence in this era was fueled by the recruitment of African-American talent from the Jim Crow south. Segregation of southern universities and football programs provided for a vast talent pool of black players that coaches like Duffy Daugherty tapped. Once these southern schools embraced integration, this exodus of southern black talent was reduced and the MSU football program returned to being a mid-tier Big 10 program.
The conclusion we can draw from this is that MSU today is unlikely to surpass Michigan since the special social forces that assisted MSU to prominence before, no longer exist. The inherent assumption in this statement is that Michigan will more often than not, outrecruit MSU for talent based on it's higher national profile.
The contradiction to this assumption though is why wasn't this the case in the 1950s and 60s? Michigan was still Michigan in those days, yet MSU was able to draw talent from the south and Michigan appears to have not followed suit. Researching teams from that era, Michigan did not seem to be segregated as there were black players on both Bennie Oosterbaan and Bump Elliott's squads which would seem to rule out any kind of institutional racism.
I'm wondering is there are any MGoHistorians out there who can answer this question. Did Michigan fall behind MSU because we didn't embrace diversity? Our academic standards were higher for incoming athletes? Lack of institutional support for athletics? Or was it just plain bad coaching/recruiting? Does some sort of silver bullet exist to explain this dark period in Michigan football history?