at least it's not just us?
[Ed-M: This is really board material]
I've only been able to make it to ONE Michigan Bowl game in my life, but it was a fine game at that --- the January 1, 1991 Gator Bowl.
My brother lives in Daytona Beach, and I usually visited him around NY's Day. This year, it happened that UM had beaten a woefully-coached Cooper OSU team on a last second FG by JD Carlson (why ON EARTH would a coach sent slow, David-Cone-style Greg Frye on an option on 4th and 1 from his own 29????)
UM faced Mississippi, the school that (at least then) proudly strutted out the Confederate Flag (OK...didn't that War end in something like 1865????).
Anyway, I had easy access to UM tickets so my "bro" and I (my "bro" is a dual UM/MSU grad, please don't flame me for that one) decided to go to the game, sitting in the Michigan section.
Michigan got off to a good start and a TD to go up 7-0. Ole Miss got a long FG to get to 7-3. Then, all hell broke loose, at least against the ""Rebs" (gotta love a team that names itself after the LOSING faction in a cataclismic batlle --- did you ever hear off the "Goldwaters" or "Dukasis'es"). Desmond Howard, in a preview to the 1991 Heisman, toasted a slow, white Ole Miss DB for an easy TD on a bomb.
Michigan set its modern day record for most yds in a game at something like 715 yds of total offense. If not for a few turnovers, we would have won Civil War II by more than 32 points.
I remember thinking, after the game, that we had just beat a mid-level (Minnesota in those days) B10 team.
Let's hope we can repeat some history this coming January 1st!!!!!
I don't really know how to take this, because although he's a buckeye, I typically think Herbstreit's take is meh, fairly objective. But it seems like he's on the kool-aid for us pretty hard against ND, while Desmond's enthusiasm is quite tempered.
I'm definitely in the camp with Howard, I was just a little surprised to see Herbie so high on Michigan after 1 game. Setting up his rivals for a fall maybe?
Big ups to the guy in the Desmond Howard jersey in the front row! (Right next to Sad VT Man). Go Blue!
I might just be seeing things, but does anyone else think Denard looks like Desmond? When I saw this photo on ESPN, I really saw a similarity.
(Sorry, had trouble with the hyperlink)
The comparison is easier to see if you imagine, or remove, Denard's dreads from the picture.
My apologies if this was covered sometime in the past.
Edit: Of course, both men have award winning smiles to match.
Chesney has a music video that will debut on Aug 2 on Sportscenter for "The Boys of Fall", a football themed song. It appears that Chesney will be back on ESPN's College Gameday for 2010 and this song will be featured. Based on today's appearance, I'm guessing that for College Gameday there will be some college campus images (including Michigan) that get cut into the standard "The Boys of Fall" video for use on the show.
For more established artists, opportunities to write and record music on assignment can be even more lucrative, as illustrated by Kenny Chesney, who cut "This Is Our Time" to add musical punch to ESPN's "College GameDay" — whose opening theme, Big & Rich's "Coming to Your Town," packed a Country punch of its own.
Written by Chesney and Brett James, the song sprang from a dinner that Chesney had in Nashville with ESPN producer Bill Bonnell and sports broadcasters Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musburger. "It was one of those moments of spontaneous inspiration," Chesney recalled. "We were talking about how much goes into getting on that field, what it means to those guys out there, and Bill Bonnell turns to me and says, 'You ought to write a song about it.' I asked for a cocktail napkin and started writing the verses and the chorus."
A few months later, after recording the song, Chesney stopped by the ESPN offices to let Bonnell hear it. The track was approved quickly for use in dozens of football broadcasts. "The song really captures not just the sacrifice and the full-tilt way these athletes play, but it draws a pretty incredible parallel to what it takes to make it as a musician too," Bonnell observed. "They're more similar than you'd guess — and equally intense."
FWIW, I'm not a country fan or a Chesney fan, but ESPN is clearly working that demographic for its college football coverage as evidenced by the Big and Rich and Chesney connections. I guess I'll endure it.
The classic 1991 Michigan -Notre Dame game is available as a torrent on the Ten Yard Torrents site. If you are into that sort of thing.
Oh, and anyone who wants to help my ration at Mgovideo, you can help me share the 1997 Wisconsin game or the 1993(4) Hall of Fame Bowl.