"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."
Open Thread ... Because watching Tom Brady [hopefully] win never gets old... And never gets old to hear "Tom Brady... Michigan" on a national broadcast.
An ARTICLE at nfl.com analyzes which schools have produced the most quarterback talent for the NFL over the past 25 years. Michigan comes out tops in the B1G, finishing second only to USC. The methodology is not fully clear, but the evaluation
took into account their history of producing NFL quarterbacks over the past 25 years, the quality of signal-callers they've produced, the offense they typically run and even took a look into future a little bit to see what kind of pipeline there is for the school.
Second place in the country (really world ... really, space!) is a testament to the pedigree of the program. Granted, the article rightly notes that Tom Brady has skewed things a bit in Michigan's favor, but the rest of the list is pretty good too.
The paragraph on Michigan states:
Thanks mostly to Brady, the Wolverines might have one of the better hit rates on sending QBs to the NFL in recent years. All seven quarterbacks drafted in the past 25 years started at least one game in the NFL and four of them have thrown for more than 10,000 yards as a pro. While it's unclear if head coach Brady Hoke will keep his job much longer, it's doubtful Michigan moves away from a pro-style offense after the failed Rich Rodriguez experiment. With a big brand name and the ability to get signal-callers from any part of the country, this is one area where Michigan wins a head-to-head with its rival, Ohio State.
So pay attention QB recruiting prospects. Here you can play school and play ball. And we promise never to saddle you with the likes of Lane Kiffin.
A company that specializes in motivation and pickup (yeah, i know) but out a video featuring Brady, as kind of a metaphor or example. It was cool for me to see.
Pretty good video, have learned a lot from these guys, made a big difference in my life. Maybe some of you can get something out of it.
A lot of interesting things...
Not surprised to see Floyd "Money" Mayweather at the top or Ronaldo and Messi as 2 & 3...
but had no idea that Stafford is the 6th highest paid athlete in the world of sports. Stafford is probably not even a top 6 QB in the NFC North (kidding...sorta).
Other interesting names to most professional and collegiate fans in the state of Michigan include Tom Brady @ 7 and Calvin Johnson @ 16
Last night’s game featured a problem with New England’s back-up extra point holder. Ryan Allen (punter) got hurt on the safety and was unavailable in the 4thquarter. (NE went for 2 on their 3rdquarter TD). With Ryan Mallett, wide receivers, and other ‘hands’ type players on the bench, in steps Tom Brady to hold. This was the first time he held for an extra point since college.
This says a lot about the guy. Big game, certainly a must win, but a chance to get injured. All he needed was a knucklehead Colt with a chip on his shoulder, willing to risk a 15 yard penalty, to come crashing into Tom on a “PAT block” attempt. Tom came out for a second hold after the game was in hand. Leading by example or what!
P.S. – Ryan Mallett is rumored to be on the trading block.
I did not see this in the comments to the other post and if it is not "post worthy" fell free to delete.
Here is a BTN highlight video of "Tommy" Brady addressing the Michigan team:
(someone else has to embed I guess)
Here is the full speech with Hoke introduction - UM approved version: http://www.mgoblue.com/allaccess/?media=400277&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=tweets&utm_content=twitter_1377197787
Highlight? - His single greatest football achivement? Being Voted Michigan Captain.