This is a pretty funny tweet:
A MICHIGAN MAN SAVORS THE MOMENT MT @McMurphyESPN: Slowest teams in seconds per play this year: Army (31.1) & Michigan (30.9)— Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) September 15, 2014
On the other hand, it does raise serious issues. What is with Michigan's tempo? One answer is that Nussmeier and Hoke aren't averse to tempo but are focusing on executing a new offense, and as the team settles in, tempo will become part of Michigan's offensive arsenal.
Another viewpoint is that there must be other teams breaking in new offenses, which have less experienced coaching staffs, as well as less good football players learning these offenses, and they are faster on a per play basis than Michigan (except for Army).
I wasn't able to find the full breakdown of each team, but it's something worth keeping an eye on, especially as it's been a topic of some interest for Brian and the rest of the MGoStaff.
John U. Bacon contributed a great story to the Detroit News regarding Michigan legend Bob Chappuis. Very much a human interest piece, but Chappuis was a very interesting human. Article is here: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120629/OPINION03/206290302/Bob-Chappuis-One-U-M-s-great-ones-from-Greatest-Generation?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Sports|p .
Among the tidbits is the fact that Chappuis's father told Chappuis that he could go to any college he wanted - other than Ohio State. A lot of the article focuses on Chappuis's service in WWII, including a story of him being shot down behind enemy lines in Italy:
he and two crewmates hid in a ditch behind some bushes while Italian soldiers marched by. One of his crewmates pulled out his knife, and motioned for them to attack. Chappuis grabbed his shoulder, pushed him down and whispered, "They've got us outnumbered 10-to-1, and they've got guns. I think you've seen too many Hollywood movies. We are staying put."
I strongly recommend the entire article. A great read for the long slow summer.
Great video of Mike Martin's draft party at Conor O'Neills. A wonderful night for one of my favorite players of the past 10 years. Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QviuR9ZxmpI , which I discovered via http://annarbor.com/sports/um-football/former-michigan-football-star-mike-martin-produces-video-of-draft-party/?cmpid=mlive-@mlive-wolverines .
In addition to the sincere happiness evident in Martin's face, his mom's face, and the shared joy of his friends and family, I'm struck by the similarity of his speaking style to President Obama's. (This is not a plug for or against Pres. Obama - MGoBlog's not the place for that, of course.)
Is there a future in politics after Martin's done feasting on QBs and RBs at the next level?
RVG deserves a lot of praise for the contributions he has made to Michigan Football. He stay committed through 2 coaching changes, started for 3 years playing everywhere on the D-Line, and worked his butt off. I remember thinking early in his carreer he was a nice player but nothing special. This year he has made numerous big plays and looks like he could be a NFL draft pick. Ryan Van Bergen is a true Michigan Man.