FWIW. Michigan doesn't seem inclined to get re-involved.
Growing up I was an airforce brat, living in multiple places until my dad finally got out and we moved to Ohio right outside of Columbus. I was in 4th grade it was the year after Michigan won its national championship. All the friends who i thought were cool liked michigan and being an outsider to the rivalry made my choice to root for the maize and blue. Even though I had a love of football i didnt get hardcore into til my later years. My first game i remember watching was John Cooper's last, and watching some of the next season when we were left with a young John Navarre. Oh the horror the 2001 and 2002 OSU Michigan game was, but then things were changed I watched all of the 2003 season every game from Chris Perry being the workhorse against MSU, to him leading us to a victory against OSU the first in 2 years, to the USC game which i could tell would be bad as soon as the ball hit Braylons ankle and the usc defender intercepted it. From 2003 season on I was hooked, I would wake up and watch game day, watch all the other games until michigan played and watch the ones after. Living in college my entire life and knowing i could not afford out of state tuition i was in a bind.
The bind was this should i choose not as good of an education to avoid going to Ohio State or should i go and just deal with it. I choose to go to Ohio State where as all my die hard OSU fans didnt. I was lucky in my first year in that my roommates were all friends and one of them happened to be a Michigan fan too. The year was memorable i got to see Guttierez get hurt the week before the first game and see Chad Henne grow, and Mike Hart just straight up dominate. Michigan ended up losing to OSU but still ended in the Rose Bowl facing Texas. Just the thought of the game and how if only the partially blocked field goal could have been fully blocked used to make me sad. As you all know the past 3 seasons with all the promise and losses to Ohio State and In all bowls except for the great dismantle of the SEC powerhouse Florida, were getting depressing. As a michigan fan i suffer through buckeye pride that is seen every where. I get shit talked consistently by my friends since they are the few who know i like michigan and pretty much get laughed at everytime michigan loses to osu. I have never been to an OSU game yet an OSU Michigan game, I regret not going to the #1 vs #2 game but hey i didnt need to be laughed while i sobbed during the late hit crable gave. This year however is different my friends/girlfriend convinced me to go to the 4 season ticket games. I probably wont enjoy the first 3 since i'll have to record michigan games and miss all the other great stuff, like flipping through the games or watching the highlights of games for the tenth time. But I will enjoy the last game when Michigan comes down, I'll be wearing all the Maize and Blue I own cheering for my team. So for the first Michigan game I'll ever go to I would love for it to be a victory, so for once i can rub in my college friends who never knew me when Michigan last one, that Michigan was the better team.
Brians last post just reminded me......I was pretty bummed out by the look of those supposed road uniforms so I did what any obsessed fans would do...I emailed Bill Martin to find out if it was true. I got an email back from some guy named Dave who was sort of dick. Of course, he didn't really answer my question, which was whether or not those were really the new road uniforms. My email to him had that picture in it...here's the email from Dave:
Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 9:31 PM
Subject: Michigan Football Uniforms
Thanks for your interest and passion for the University of Michigan football program.
The home uniform has not changed with the exception of the logo and the away uniform has been modified slightly in comparison to the Nike design that has been worn the past few seasons. The uniforms were approved last fall and have been in production well in advance of the hiring of Coach Rich Rodriguez. He was not involved and linking the design with West Virginia or him is inaccurate and unfair to do. The team's road uniform has been tweaked on numerous occasions throughout the years and this slightly modified design is no different.
We appreciate your input and feedback. I hope you are excited about the upcoming season and like the uniforms once you see them this fall.
If you are interested, here's a little history on our uniforms throughout the years:
1879 White canvas with blue stockings and a belt
1897 Canvas and blue jerseys worn
1912 All blue jerseys with no canvas introduced
1915 Numbers are added to the jerseys
1928 Yellow jersey with blue numbers worn vs. Navy
1938 Fritz Crisler brings the winged helmet to Michigan
1949 White jersey with blue numbers worn vs. Northwestern
1959-68 White numbers added on sides of winged helmet
1968 Block 'M' added on sleeve of home jerseys for one season
1969 Numbers added to the sleeve of the jersey during Bo Schembechler's first season
1974-75 White pants worn on the road
1976 Numerals taken off the sleeve and put on the shoulder of the away jerseys
1980 Names added to the back of jerseys
1994 Michigan enters into agreement with Nike as official apparel supplier
1997 Home jerseys have Block 'M' hologram on the shoulder
1997-2004 Away jerseys have Block 'M' added to sleeve and numbers displayed on shoulder
I am once again shamelessly ripping off The Dugout. If these ever become any type of popular, I'll probably quit hogging MGoBlog megabits and move them to my own site, the always entertaining Wolverine Liberation Army, at http://wolverineliberationarmy.blogspot.com. Cheap plugs!
Safety_Cone: hii Justin i wuz wonderin if u want play some video game with me
Feaginator: I would love to David, what do we have? I’ll have you know though, I am a competitor. I will beat you mercilessly. I love competition.
Safety_Cone: my mom bought me dis game its called ncaa
Feaginator: Why are you wearing a helmet?
Safety_Cone: momma doesn’t want me to fall and hurt myself again like the time I tried to chase the laser pointer and hit my head on the air conditioner
***Threet_Level_Midnite has entered***
Threet_Level_Midnite: Whats up dudes can I play
Safety_Cone: sure u can take my spot i don’t mind watching momma said i should share
*** Feaginator tosses controller to Threet_Level_Midnite
***The controller has gone over Threet_Level_Midnite and out the window
Feaginator: I threw that further than you could have. Do you want to compete? Let’s have a competition.
Threet_Level_Midnite: What are we supposed to do now?
Safety_Cone: is ok guys i have battleship, operation, and the
omega virus which talks and is super neat
Feaginator: You are drooling on yourself
***Safety_Cone has hit Feaginator over the head with the Battleship box***
Safety_Cone: not the momma! not the momma!
Threet_Level_Midnite: Chain Gailey used to do that to me
Feaginator: This is ridiculous. I’m going to play the computer.
*** Feaginator is down 76-3 at the half against Sam Houston St.***
Threet_Level_Midnite: Good work, maybe you should study the playbook
/grabs playbook from messenger bag
Feaginator: Why does your playbook say “Property of P. White” on it? And why does it have so many pages?
Threet_Level_Midnite: Most of the pages are google maps directions to Idaho St University. I think there is a message but I’m not sure what it is. What does yours look like?
*** Feaginator holds up three notecards stapled together***
Threet_Level_Midnite: First, you drew these yourself. Second, two plays are QB draws, one to the left and one to the right. Third, the last card just says “COMPETE” on it 27 times.
Feaginator: I am a competitor. I love to compete.
Safety_Cone: my playbook is on the clipboard
Threet_Level_Midnite: This sucks, I’m going to go get drunk with Carson.
Safety_Cone: want to race down the hallways
Feaginator: Yes, I would love to compete with you. I welcome the opportunity.
*** Feaginator has slipped and crashed into the fire alarm***
Safety_Cone: a winner is me!
Something I put together a little while back when I thought I was worthy of a real blog. Whoops. In any case, I think it's a nice little "fact"-finding piece. It certainly won't hold up to the scrutiny of Mgocommenters, but it's a topic worth pondering nonetheless:
Wolverines in the NFL: Draft Class of 2007
I like to keep tabs on my fellow Wolverines who have gone on to play in the NFL. So, while checking up on their stats and forecasting the upcoming season, I decided to jot down my notes and thoughts for everybody. If people like what they see then I can keep going with more players down the road. Let me know if you disagree with any projections or if you notice any errors.
UPDATE (7/17/08): Added Tyler Ecker; improved formatting
This time I looked at last year’s rookies.
Leon Hall (CB, Cincinnati)
- 2007 Stats: NFL All-Rookie team, 16 games (10 started), 68 tackles (54 solo), 5 Int, 17 PDef
- 2007 Season Review: Hall impressed at the NFL combine with a 40 time of 4.38 seconds and was drafted in the 1st round (18th overall) by the Bengals. He also showcased his skills during training camp, leaving many to believe he would be a significant contributor his rookie season. Hall did not disappoint, finishing 9th in the NFL in interceptions (1st among rookies) and 22nd in pass deflections (2nd among rookies). He also tied a Bengals record for interceptions by a rookie.
- 2008 Season Projection: By the second half of the 2007 season, Hall had supplanted Deltha O’Neal in the starting lineup. As a projected starter for 2008, look for Hall to improve in his second year. While not quite ready to make the jump to All-Pro in 2008, Hall is certainly capable of being that type of player in years to come. Playing opposite of 3rd year cornerback Johnathan Joseph, the Bengals have a solid cornerback tandem for the coming seasons.
- 2007 Stats: NFL All-Rookie team, 16 games (9 started), 127 tackles (90 solo), 2 FF, 1 FR, 5 sacks, 3 PDef
- 2007 Season Review: The Jets traded up in the draft to get Harris in the 2nd round (47th overall). He started 9 games after regular starter Jonathan Vilma went down with a knee injury in Week 8. He finished with 127 tackles, good enough for 8th in the league and 3rd among rookies.
- 2008 Season Projection: Vilma has since been traded to New Orleans making Harris the favorite to start at MLB in 2008. Harris should improve his stats now that he has an opportunity to start every Sunday.
- 2007 Stats: 1,391 KR yds (22.4 yds avg), 395 PR yds (9.4 yds avg), 1 PR TD,
- 2007 Season Review: Selected in the 5th round (142nd overall), Breaston was used primarily as the return specialist, buried on the depth chart at WR with only 8 catches for 92 yds. He was electric as a return specialist, ranking 5th in the NFL in both kick return yards and punt return yards (2nd and 1st among rookies, respectively).
- 2008 Season Projection: Expect more of the same from his return game... a top 5 return specialist in the league. Breaston also has an opportunity to move to #3 on the WR depth chart this season, allowing him to get more opportunities as a slot WR. He could provide an excellent midfield threat to compliment the downfield abilities of Boldin and Fitzgerald. If Breaston can duplicate the numbers of since departed WR Bryant Johnson (49ers), who posted 46 catches for 528 yds and 2 TDs, then it would certainly be a successful season. I expect more in the neighborhood of 30 catches for 250 yds.
- 2007 Stats: 11 games, 9 tackles (8 solo)
- 2007 Season Review: After being selected with the first pick of the 2nd round (33rd overall), Branch had an underwhelming rookie season. Limited by a hand injury early in the season, Branch didn’t see the field until Week 6. He played as a backup for the entire season. Twelve rookie DTs recorded more tackles than Branch in 2007.
- 2008 Season Projection: Branch has an opportunity to break into the starting lineup in 2008 thanks to a treadmill breaking fellow Wolverine Gabe Watson’s knee cap (!?). Still, Branch needs to show that he can be the dominant DT that he showed he could be (at times) while at Michigan.
- 2007 Stats: 14 games, 17 tackles (17 solo), 6 sacks
- 2007 Season Review: Drafted in the 2nd round (46th overall), Woodley played the 2007 season as a backup to Clark Haggans (now with the Cardinals). Woodley was impressive in limited playing time, finishing 5th in sacks among rookies in the regular season.
- 2008 Season Projection: With Haggans gone, Woodley will step into the starting lineup with James Harrison at OLB. Pittsburgh’s LBs will be the primary strength of an already good defense (fellow Wolverine Larry Foote is a starting ILB). I expect Woodley to approach 100 tackles in 2008.
- 2007 Stats: 8 games, 4 tackles (4 solo)
- 2007 Season Review: Drafted in the 6th round (207th overall), Burgess was a backup during the 2007 season, playing mostly on special teams. His 2007 season was ended early after he was placed on IR after Week 10 with a hip injury.
- 2008 Season Projection: Burgess’s role with the Ravens will not improve in 2008. He will continue to play primarily on special teams and may be forced into the lineup if injuries befall the LB group.
- 2007 Stats: DNP
- 2007 Season Review: Ecker was drafted in the 7th round (216th overall) by Washington. He did not play at all in the 2007 season. Apparently he hurt his groin in training camp and was on the IR all season.
- 2008 Season Projection: Is he still even on the team? I don’t know, but even if he is there is no way he sees the field barring several injuries. The Skins have Chris Cooley (arguable their best receiver) with backups Todd Yoder (veteran, blocking-type) and rookie Fred Davis (rookie, athletic-type). Good luck, Tyler.
There is a well known fact that in many areas of Michigan Stadium, Jumping up and screaming, and giving your friends a "high five" for a 10+ yard run would mean you would hear shouts of "Down in front!". I can remember the first time me and my brother did that on one of our trips up to Ann Arbor to watch a game. The awkward stares recieved by being the only two people showing a pulse anywhere other than the student section was creepy.
Here is a little gem I found on Yahoo sports dealing with the Kansas City Chiefs, and Arrow Head Stadium.
Re the new rules:
In practice, though, it might not be such a great idea, especially if the person responsible for coming up with the rules is an 85-year-old woman who teaches the 2nd grade and regards standing up as one of the evil things that young whippersnappers often do. Seriously, standing erect is the No. 2 item on the list of things that are prohibited:
• Standing and/or obstructing the view of other fans
Not only that, Pro Football Talk points out how seated fans can anonymously tattle on their upright counterparts:
The Chiefs also have set up a text-messaging system that allows fans who might be offended by behaviors like standing to report the situation to the powers-that-be.
I can see the down in front crowd salivating at the same ideas now.