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What's your Super Bowl pick?
I've got the Patriots over the Giant, 35-21.
Not a big NFL fan? Here's a somewhat helpful breakdown of the rosters to help you decide who to root for:
Michigan Players on Each Team
|New England Patriots||New York Giants|
|Tom Brady, QB||Mario Manningham, WR|
|Zoltan Mesko, The Emperor of Space||David Baas, C|
So 2 Michigan players on each team. Don't want to play favorites? Try this chart and choose to hate more:
Michigan Rivals on Each Team
|New England Patriots||New York Giants|
|Brian Hoyer, MSU, QB||Jake Ballard, OSU, TE|
|Sergio Brown, ND, SS||Devin Thomas, MSU, WR/KR|
|N/A||Jim Cordle. OSU, C|
|N/A||Justin Tuck, ND, DE|
|N/A||Greg Jones, MSU, LB|
There's a pretty cool article about Tom Brady on ESPN, so I figured I would share it since all this recruiting mumbo-jumbo has died down.
Some interesting tidbits:
- Apparently he calls guys 'babe'
- Everyone made way to big of a deal about the Bill O'Brien argument
- He bought his entire team Ugg slippers one year
- He now loathes the spotlight that comes with his fame
Anyways, it's well worth the read on a slow night. Michigan is also mentioned plenty of times.
I came across this photoshop of Tom Brady on Twitter and had to share it here. Credit to Twitter user @SirDRob
It would be nice if any talented MGoPhotoshoppers could put a Michigan twist on this.
Good Tom Brady article by A Changelis in the DetNews:
This piece counters the myth a bit, that Brady was underappreciated and overlooked when he was at Michigan. Mentions his 20-5 record, bowl wins over vaunted SEC opponents, how he nearly saved Lloyd's butt against MSU after Lloyd had ridden Henson too long in that game. Of course no one could see what he was about to do in the NFL -- statistically speaking, no one does what he's done. It's also worth noting that during Brady's five years in AA, there were three other QBs on the roster who would play in the NFL.
One thing that I've never seen brought up is the opening drive of the '98 Notre Dame game, Brady's first as a starter. I'm totally in the school that a game can swing entirely on one play anywhere along the way. The '98 game was in South Bend, and Brady is shoving the ball down the Domers' throats. Inside the five, about to stick it in, and Lloyd yanks Brady and puts Scott Driesbach in. Driesbach had a bit of a star-crossed career at UM, led the then biggest ever comeback against UVa in Carr's first game as HC, had some injuries IIRC, Griese took over the team in '96/'97. Driesbach landed on the backburner, even though he eventually hung around the NFL for a while. He was a senior in '98 and from somewhere right near South Bend. I guess Lloyd wanted to get the guy a touchdown in his hometown swansong. Not a bad impulse but questionable football judgment. Driesbach goes in cold and fumbles. ND drives the length of the field to score and never looks back.
EDIT: It has been poined out below that my recollection immediately above is not quite reliable. We were up 3-0, shooting to go up 10-0, Dreisbach fumbled and the game was soon tied, 3-3. We led at the half, but not by as much as the statistics might've suggested. Then we lost. This shit will happen when you get old and have watched a lot of football games, kids.
So Tom Brady is close to breaking the NFL all time single game touchdown record. Are you watching?!
Yes, I apologize that this is written by the infamous Michael Rosenberg, but this week's Sports Illustrated features a pretty good piece on Tom Brady's time in Ann Arbor and his competition with Drew Henson, back when the expectations for him were sky high at the turn of the millenium. At the very least, an interesting retrospective into the minds of Lloyd Carr, the Brady family and the Michigan fanbase. I'm curious what others think about it.
edit: I follow this blog daily and read Three and Out as well, I understand and sympathize with the strong feelings many of you have toward MR, just thought this article may be interesting to some...