I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is time to give up the Angry Michigan <Blank> Hating God thought process. After watching a ball in OT bounce perfectly off an Illinois defender's helmet such that Hemmingway had an easy catch, it is time to announce to the world that we believe our former issues were the work of the most evil. Bo and Ufer have finally gotten God's attention turned back on Saturday afternoons to focusing on keeping the evil Satan (who owns the soul of Jim Tressel and others who have sold out to him for his recent 2.5 years of abuse of our beloved football program) from screwing with us.
I suggest we now refer to Angry Michigan <Blank> Hating Satan in reference to placing the blame where it truly belongs and in keeping it well understood that those who hate Michigan are, in essence, EVIL!!!
At the risk of getting this thread pulled because it's a repeat, here are the highlights from Bruce Madej's Pregame Chat conducted Saturday afternoon just before the rededication ceremony. Madej actually provided some substantive answers to a handful of questions. Here's hoping they do this again sometime this season. While I posted this as it happened, many were at the game or watching it on TV without the benefit of MGoBlog in real time.
The four Q&A I selected from the chat: 1) This one is mine and its about Michigan Stadium, Crisler Arena and Yost Ice Arena scoreboards. 2) Will old Michigan Replays ever find their way to the BTN or another outlet? 3) Whether or not they plan on naming the press box after Bob Ufer. 4) Did Bruce ever discuss Big Ten expansion with Bo Schembechler?
|2:00||[Comment From MGoShoe:]||Congratulations on the completion of the renovation project and today's outstanding rededication program. AD Brandon indicated earlier this year that replacement scoreboards could be in place as early as 2011 and IU has installed six HD scoreboards at various venues this year. Do you expect the Big House to have state of the art Megatrons (like FedEx Field's new boards) in 2011? How about Yost and Crisler?|
|2:02||Bruce Madej:||2011 is not necessarily a done deal. The scoreboards have to be changed out and Brandon knows this. He also knows that if we are going to change the boards at Michigan Stadium we have to change the boards at Crisler Arena at the same time since the production studio handles both. As for YOST, that is in the process too and I would 'guess' we will see a new board within two years--if not next year at YOST. Hopefully, the boards in Crisler and Mich Stadium will be put up at the same time.|
|2:03||[Comment From CFTV]||[Are] there any plans to do anything with old episodes of Michigan Replay from the Bo/Mo/Carr era? IE: Host them on a UofM Website or air them on the Big 10 Network. Those shows are priceless and I would love to watch those old highlights. GO BLUE!!!!|
|2:05||Bruce Madej:||Old Michigan Replay episodes were run on Channel 22 on COMCAST in AA a few years ago. Right now, we are currently converting much of our archived material with the Big Ten Network. I think more discussion with the BTN will help tring to fnd a home with the old Michigan Replays.|
|2:23||[Comment From Jeremy:]||Are there any plans to name the press box after the late Bob Ufer?|
|2:24||Bruce Madej:||No plans. There was a plaque for Bob that we are trying to get placed back in the press box.|
|2:25||[Comment From Devion:]||Bruce, did you ever have discussions with Bo about expansion to 12+ teams and if so, what were his thoughts? Was he seeing the game evolve that way into mega conferences or did he like the Big Ten as it was?|
|2:27||Bruce Madej:||Bo was traditionalist--period. He wanted all games to start at 1 pm and he was not excited to see Penn State join the league---despite the fact he loved Joe Paterno. But Bo was a realist. We talked about 'super conferences' back then and he knew it was going to happen. I would love to be able to talk to Bo about the latest activities, but talking to Bo about anything was so much fun. I really, really miss the old coach.|
At MGoBlue.com, Bill Martin reminisces about his time as athletics director highlighting some of his key moments including the field hockey and softball national championships, having the Michigan football caravan pulled over by the police after the UCLA game so that a couple of folks who missed the bus could get on [read it for who], and significantly, this vignette of his last conversation with Bo:
The last time I was with Bo was on a Wednesday evening practice right before the big Michigan/Ohio State game, two days before he passed away. It was cold and dark and we were sitting in the end zone while the team was practicing. We talked about where we would be for Thanksgiving and what we'd have for dinner. It led to a discussion on what were better -- fresh or canned cranberries...
Bo's opinion on cranberries ruled the day, but it's how he felt about the Michigan Stadium expansion project that puts a fresh perspective on Saturday's stadium rededication - especially as it relates to the man most responsible for its conception, approval and completion: Bill Martin.
In April, MGoUser LB alerted us to the upcoming publication of longtime Michigan Football Equipment Manager Jon Falk's, If These Walls Could Talk.
It's now been published and should be available in local bookstores. Here's the Amazon link where it's selling for $15.61.
Falk was hired as the team’s equipment manager by Bo Schembechler in 1974 and has been one of the most trusted members of the staff for the past four decades. In his new book If These Walls Could Talk: Michigan Football Stories From Inside the Big House, written with Dan Ewald (foreword by Tom Brady), Falk shares countless stories from an insider’s perspective including:
- Bo Schembechler’s epic gridiron chess matches with Ohio State’s Woody Hayes
- Why a Michigan place-kicker was falsely accused of robbing a bank
- What lesson Tom Brady took from Falk and still uses today
- Why Falk took the shirt off of the back of a freshman during a game
- The day Falk introduced freshman phenom Anthony Carter to All-American Ron Kramer
I debated whether to post this in the Griese - Gittleson thread, or separately, and decided on the latter.
I was sitting at a golf club on Friday while my son took lessons. Of course I was in my usual Michigan shirt and hat, and reading War as they Knew it. (I know, what a homer ... and it galls me that Rosenberg wrote a compelling book.)
Anyway a guy walks up to me and introduces himself, and tells me he was a player under Bo. So I asked what years and he said on the '69 and '70 team (he injured his knees and was unable to continue). Obviously I was impressed. Here was M history standing right in front of me.
We talked for quite a while. His opinion of the current situation is a shortage in talent, which still needs to be filled by recruiting.
I asked him about the transition to Bo, and whether (wins and losses aside) he thought the transition was similar. He said Bo was very tough. After the first six months Bo really opened up on them, yelling at them a lot.
Bo was also and very detailed. This guy was a center, and Bo would ask him every day how much he weighed. He said they had him eating eight poached eggs, two steaks, and all the bananas they could eat a day (this was before Gittleson), and then have him running laps at 285 lbs.
The other thing he said was Bo would scream at you on the sidelines if you made a mistake on the playing field.
To me, the interesting thing is we all have this altruistic vision of Bo, and people (the press especially) make such a big deal about Rich's behavior on the sidelines. In reality, Bo and Rich show a similar fiery sideline demeanor, and if anything, it sounds like Rich may be more family oriented than Bo was (at least in Bo's earlier years).
P.S. One line in the book that I love:
But Schembechler had built a reputation for shutting out the media. He kept a file on individual writers—if a guy wrote something Schembechler didn't like, Schembechler would stop talking to him.
I can think of a few Freep reporters who deserve that treatment. Rich needs to employ that Lloyd stare: Sharp or Rosenberg asks a question—Rich needs to say nothing and just stare at them like Lloyd for a second, and then ask for the next question ...