to play football, not to play trumpet
Chantel Jennings, over at WN, wrote up a nice piece on Al Borges and how he enjoys recruiting for Michigan. Here's the link. The good parts:
“It’s Michigan -- that’s the bottom line,” Borges said. “We’re going to make people understand the advantages of coming to this university, and they go way beyond playing football. We just completely embrace that concept as a staff, and I think it resonates with the kids.”
“I love recruiting here,” said Borges, who has coached at Auburn, UCLA, Indiana and Oregon, among others. “Because it’s the best sell of any place I’ve ever coached.”
There are a few other money quotes in there, so it's worth the read, but it basically confirms what we already know about this staff: they love Michigan, they're honest, they genuinely care about the players, and they do a great job of letting the high points speak for themselves.
Also, how gorgeous does he look in these sunglasses?
(The answer: of corges Borges looks gorgeous)
Since I was bored today I thought I'd throw up a board post showing off my burgeoning collection of Michigan cards and autographed memorabilia. I've been collecting since I was a kid, and in the last 10 or 15 years I've really focused on my alma mater. These Picasa albums (which I'm always updating, so please check in every now and then!) include my Michigan autograph/relic collections from the four major sports, plus important rookies, and finally my autographed memorabilia collection I've acquired over time (either in-person or via the internet).
I'm also curious to see if there are any fellow MGoCollectors around here that would like to show off their collections and/or trade. From time to time I pick up doubles that I don't need and would be happy to get some trading going.
For now, here are links to my collection albums, which I hope some of you enjoy!:
To give you a little taste, here's a sweet card I picked up after winning a bet with a Virginia Tech fan thanks to Michigan winning the Sugar Bowl:
Bennie Oosterbaan 1955 Topps All American RC
A previous post on the board (since deleted) got me thinking about the safety of Michigan's status as the all-time winningest team. Michigan has that title by either metric: by overall wins and by winning percentage.
We recently took the winning percentage title from ND (I think somewhere around 2003 if memory serves), but have had the all-time wins for as long as I've ever been aware (and probably as long as I've been alive since I'm in my 20s).
I thought I'd see what it would take to lose the records. The all-time wins is easiest: we have 50 more wins than Texas, who's in second place. If we never won again, and Texas won every single game, it'd still take over 3.33 seasons for Texas to surpass us, assuming they play a 12 game regular season, a conference championship game, and even with a plus-one playoff system
The percentage record is not nearly as durable, not surprisingly. If we lose the first seven games and ND wins their first seven, they would have earned back the record. It'd take a fair amount more before Oklahoma could catch up to us: we'd need to lose 23 straight games and they'd need to win 23 straight games for their percentage to pass us (Texas has a higher percentage currently but has also played more games so Oklahoma's percentage catches up more quickly).
It was pointed out in comments that Boise State has a more malleable win percentage having played so few games, so I ran those numbers as well: they can actually catch up in 13 games (again, we lose that many and they win that many).
(Updated to more accurate calculations--the originals were slightly off; the change actually increases the number of games needed to catch up)
Per Tania Ganguli's Twitter, Chad Henne has signed with the Jags for two years. Adam Schefter confirms. Not the greatest team in the world, but it does give him an awesome chance to start thanks to a very questionable Blaine Gabbert.
As Schefter reported earlier, the Jags also signed WR Laurent Robinson (Dallas) for five years/$32.5 million. That at least gives him someone decent to throw to downfield. It'll be sad not to see Jake Long pass protecting for Henne anymore, but maybe he can be reunited with a former WR teammate like Manningham or Braylon.
|Targets||Ht.||Wt.||40||High School||Scout Rank||247 Rank||Rivals Rank||Commit|
|Wide Receivers (1 Offer)|
|Drake Harris||6'4"||180||Grand Rapids Cristian HS, Grand Rapids, MI||NR||NR||NR|
|Offensive Linemen (3 Offers)|
|Andy Bauer||6'5"||285||DeSmet HS, St. Louis, MO||NR||NR||NR|
|Orlando Brown||6'10"||360||Peachtree Ridge HS, Duluth, GA||NR||NR||NR|
|Damian Prince||6'7"||300||Bishop McNamara, Forestville, MD||NR||NR||NR|
|Defensive Ends (2 Offers)|
|Da'Shawn Hand||6'5"||245||Woodbridge Sr HS, Woodbridge, VA||NR||NR||NR|
|Malik McDowell||6'6"||260||Loyola HS, Detroit, MI||NR||NR||NR|
|Defensive Tackles (1 Offer)|
|Bryan Mone||6'3"||255||Highland HS, Salt Lake, UT||NR||NR||NR|
|Linebackers (0 Offers)|
|Cornerbacks (1 Offer)|
|Jalen Tabor||6'1"||170||Friendship Collegiate HS, Washington, DC||NR||NR||NR|
Given that we've almost wrapped up the 2013 class - I'll start maintaining the 2014 offer board
This has been derived from the 2013 offer board, so credit to wlubd for creating the template.
Texas SDE and Michigan offer Christian LaCouture (3*, has offers from LSU and Mizzou also) has decommitted from Texas A&M and plans on visiting Michigan sometime in the relatively near future. I'm at work now so can't go further into detail, but that's the important part.