that is nice bonus change
I searched and didn't see any mention of this. During the WTKA interview Falk mentioned that his book is due out in August. I love the title - "If These Walls Could Talk". Imagine what Falk has seen over the course of his career.
Adam over at ESPN gets some quotes from coaches... Paterno Fitzgerald... nothing earth shattering.
Ok, I never paid a whole lot of attention to recruiting or the spring game; until I started reading this board a bit too religiously for my own good. So I got to thinking - how does the spring game work?
Is it like 1st team O and D vs. 2nd team O and D? Are the offense and defense comprised of elements of 1st team and 2nd team? Seems you'd want to evaluate them as a unit - maybe 1st team offense vs. 1st team defense, and 2nd team O vs. 2nd team D?
EDIT: Hooboy... I googled 'spring game' before I asked and got some generic 'It's a scrimmage.' I also went to wikipedia. I'd imagine every school does something different. So it's not that I didn't look. I was looking for an overarching strategy for the game itself - thought I might get something like that from those of you who had been or seen.
And I'm not looking for a schedule of events - I'm a bit too far away to attend, and I know I could most easily find that. So, well, thanks!
I just finished watching most of the UM-OSU game from 1997 on BigTen Network. I was at that game and really only ever watched it on TV years later when ESPN had it on as one of the greatest games. I generally rewatch parts of it every year since then when our big rivalry game comes around. I was feeling especially nostalgic today when watching it.
Woodson was an absolute beast. The guy made so many plays in that game. He clinched the Heisman in that game. He was clutch all season long but on that biggest stage he had a huge game.
Unsung hero has to be Glen Steele. The guy was getting held all game long but had 3 sacks, all in OSU territory I believe, which really stalled their drives and gave us excellent field position even though we didn't do too much with it.
Our punter had 11(!) punts. That's insane.
OSU had the ball on their 16 with 1:xx to go. I remember thinking back in the day that if the opponent has to go that far with so little time, it's not going to happen. I miss those days. Now I sit there prairie-dogging, hoping and praying that the offense somehow screws something up. With 3rd and 17 and 1:10 to go, OSU down by 6, I don't think anyone in that stadium thought OSU had a chance to win, let alone get the first down.
I miss those days and I'm very eager for that feeling to come back, where we expect to win every game. Where we expect our team to physically outmatch our opponents. Griese even said during the telecast that UM ran about 5 basic offensive plays. Can you imagine if our guys show their talents on the field and our offense is so diversified the other team has no clue as to what play is being called? We saw some of it last year, but that was hopefully just the tip of the iceberg.
Our current team probably has the perception of being offense first, but with several highly touted recruits on D, I hope our defense will dominate as much as, or even as more as, our offense does. That 1997 team awesome. But you could argue that was one of the best defensive teams Michigan ever fielded. It wasn't pretty, it wasn't flashy, but it was dominating.
I hope 10 years from now I'm watching a throwback game from 2010, 2011, or 2012, and thinking "Damn, that team was SICK." But when I'm watching that game I hope I don't feel nostalgic, because I hope we're still destroying opponents 10 years from now as well.
EDIT: If you read all of this, I commend you. I had no idea how long it was gonna be. Sorry.
My fraternity's hosting a 5-5 flag football tournament this Sunday at OosterBaan Field House starting at 10AM. Its a 32 team elimination tournament and prizes include signed footballs by Michigan football players, Charles Woosdon jerseys, hats, games, etc.
All the money raised will be donated to Bo Schembechlers Heart of a Champion Cardiovascular foundation so if you guys are in town and free, definitely sign up a team.