There are a few spots on the defense that are up for grabs this fall. I would like to know who you think will win the starting job and why. Here are the positions - weakside defensive end, both outside linebackers, and both D-tackle spots.
Many things will happen between now and September, but here's how I think it will play out at DE. Even though Van Bergen looks like he's in the lead for the DE spot, I really think Craig Roh will impress. That kid showed a relentless motor in the All-American game that reminds me of Brandon Graham. He wasn't going against chopped liver in that game either.
Because Mike Martin flashed in the backfield all year last year, I really think he earns the #1 spot at DT. Second string will be a battle, but I'm not going to give Big Will the nod just yet. I think Sagesse will use his experience to beat him out for the second spot.
As far as outside linebacker, this one is tough because there are a few frosh safeties who project at this position that could push for PT. If the spring game is any indication, Jonas Mouton and Marell Evans will start at Will and Sam. (For those of you who don't know, "Will"=Weakside Linebacker, "Mike"=Middle Linebacker, and "Sam"=Strongside Linebacker. The strength of the defense is determined by either the wide side of the field or the strength of the offensive formation. Each team does things differently, and last year the field determined the strength for the UM defense. If the ball is on the left hash, the right is the strong side, and vice versa. Determining the formation strength can get complicated, but here is a simple version: if there is one tight end and he is lined up on the left side, that is the strong side.) If I had to bet, I think J.B. Fitzgerald wins out the weakside spot because of speed. Mouton stays at Sam.
What do you think??
So i know that this is a Red Wings fan dominated forum, BUT anybody else watch the Penguins vs. Canes game?
and watch Malkins third goal.
the no look backhand shot that went right upper ninety.
if you didn't see the shot,
make sure you look up the shot on ESPN or something, it is sick nasty.
The shot in the third period changed the game. First as a shot that opened up the game,
it was a huge momentum swinger, the Canes just looked lost and the rest of the game was played in their zone it seemed like.
The game was insane throughout the first period, Crosby opened the game up, and out of the first period, Canes were up 3-2, then the second period was almost the polar opposite, Penguins scored once to even it up, but other then that nothing happened until the last 8 seconds, when Penguins scored the go-ahead goal. Then the third period penguins scored 3 more times...including the amazing shot by Malkin. This shot rivals almost all great/historic shots. it was amazing. All I know is I had been watching and I just stood up and was like holy crap, and I called my family in and made them watch it. it was impressive. and yes, I am a penguins fan. not a hard core one, and it is nothing like my fandom of Michigan. but I enjoy watching them and will cheer for them.
Demetri Martin is an awesome comedian. Check out his show on Comedy Central, or many youtube clips, or even his albums to find out more.
Here we recount a recent joke about vests.
"Vests exist to protect you from things.
A life vest protects you from drowning.
A bullet-proof vest protects you from getting shot.
A sweatervest protects you from having a girlfriend."
This bit was much too enjoyable not to post here where there is a particularly refined enmity towards all things sweatervest-y.
For those who are uninitiated, Demetri Martin offers forth a brand of "nerd humor" which
one might suspect would be popular among the mgoblog crowd. Some other examples:
A friend asks "Do you have a Plan B if this comedian thing doesn't work out?"
Martin: "Hell no! I number my plans"
Another joke about batteries:
"It's a good thing they don't have 'B' batteries. If they did, it would sound like you were stuttering when you asked for them."
Finally, a random joke:
"I wish I lived next to Carnegie Hall. Then, if someone asked me how to get to my
house, I would just say 'Practice, practice, practice, and then take a left.'"
And yes, this really doesn't have much to do with football. Other disclaimers:
this was not written by Demetri Martin. This was not written with any real
objective at all. Well, maybe one: to get you to go look up some Demetri Martin
clips and enjoy them as much as I have. Is that so wrong?
Lo Wood will be choosing his college of choice next month, if all goes to plan. His recruitment has been up and down lately, after what seemed to be a big Michigan lean. The recruiting ride took a sharp turn after Lo took a visit to Notre Dame's spring game.
He came back from the trip ranting and raving about the experience, and declared that Notre Dame was tied with Michigan. It seems that somewhere along the way the Fighting Irish have taken over the lead. This isn't a done deal, and as I said, it has been a roller coaster decision. If Lo was choosing now, it seems he would pick Notre Dame.
I fully expect the full court press to be put on by the Michigan coaches, which could result in our favor. Lo Senior's relationship with former Notre Dame players have played a role, as well as the Irish coaching staff. Several recruits have told me that it doesn't look good with Lo. They were quick to retort with a few names they are confident with, that would definitely make the fans happy. Rashad Knight was one name that came up, and it seems to look good for now.
As I said, and as we have all seen, anything can happen. This isn't over yet, but it looks like Notre Dame may have the advantage. Stay tuned...
If you bear with RichRod, don't get to carried away with the guys who leave UM, and stand behind him, by the middle of the 2010 season you will see that Michigan football is BACK!!
When RR was hear in West Virginia he took a school that was nothing and he did put WVU football on the map.
For his efforts(AND results) he was treated like crap by an AD who was envious of his ability to bring in donations, as well as a former school prez who made promises to Rich that he had no intentions of delivering on. I mean, the former prez was known for nothing at WVU other than trying to give our governors daughter a degree, without EVER attending WVU!
I know you've had some players leave, we had many leave when he first arrived in Morgantown,too.
I know that nobody was happy with the on-field results up their last fall.
But consider this, Rich could have used the on-hand talent to play power football, with a dropback passing attack,and, could have won another game or three.
He could have,but, he is not built that way. He did there what he did in Morgantown. He put his system in, even without the style of players that fit his system.
Now, many linemen starters, as I know Rich, have the option-read responsibilities down and with Forcier he is on the way with a double-threat QB.
I bet he has, or Tony(Gibson) has put up posters or board writings likw, 'Those Who Stay Will Be Champions' or something like that.
I coached basketball where Tony G, btw, played his high school football. He's a friendly sort so if you guys get the chance get close to him. Hell of a guy!
Rich left West Virginia, even though WV fans say it was a 'lateral move' (b.s., I tell them), but he left because he is a coach that wants to own a national title.
Support him guys. They'll be a lot better as this season goes along and after some experience with his new offensive backfield, starting in 2010 UM will be as good as anyone and a fixture in the NC hunt.
Good luck guys,
Hello everybody out there in the series of tubes known as the internet. Just thought I would update everyone on the happenings of UofM's Men's Club Ultimate Frisbee team, MagnUM. Bear with me, I know most of you football, basketball, and hockey junkies have never heard of Ultimate Frisbee, and are wondering why you should care. I ensure you that you will get some satisfaction out of reading on.
First, MagnUM qualified for their 9th trip to Collegiate Nationals in the last 11 years, earning the 9 seed out of 20 teams. The regional tournament was in Oberlin, OH and MagnUM came in as the top seed in the region. On Saturday of Regionals, MagnUM had a lapse in concentration and lost to the 4 seed, Illinois. Since the tournament is double elimination this set up a Sunday with games against Notre Dame (9th in the country) and Ohio State (20th in the country).
MagnUM took the Notre Dame game to what we Ultimate Frisbee players call Double Game Point. Normally games are played to 15, win by 2. This game, however, was tied at 16, and the next team to score would be the winner. MagnUM sent out a line of seniors and they came through, ending Notre Dame's season!
Next came Ohio State. The winner of this game would earn a bid to Nationals. Nationals this year is being hosted by Ohio State in Columbus. Nothing could be better for any Michigan team to eliminate Ohio State from a tournament that they would be hosting, and that is exactly what MagnUM did. The final score was 12-11 (cut short due to time constraints).
Also of note is MagnUM senior Will Neff. He is up for the Callahan Award, basically the Heisman of College Ultimate. You can watch his hype video here: http://www.magnumultimate.com/willneff
Thanks for taking the time to read this! If you feel like following the team at Nationals the tournament is Friday, May 22nd-Monday, May 25. You can follow it online at http://college2009.upa.org/