"It was a privilege," Gardner said Monday night at the Ufer Quarterback Club Banquet in Ann Arbor. "I don't think people understand how much of a privilege it was to not only be a quarterback at Michigan, but just to be a part of this university whether you're a student-athlete or not," "And I knew that as a sophomore in high school. I knew this was a special place."
The Michigan Men's and Women's tennis teams both played today with different results. The men lost 4-2 to #22 Illinois and the women beat Yale 4-0. With the win the Michigan women advance to the ITA National Indoor Championships for the fifth year, which is comprised of 16 teams.
Some stupid non-meltdown questions on a Sunday morning:
Did Coach Lynch spit out his gum again when we scored?
Is there some Hoosier saving that gum for a "Legends of IU Football Coaching Museum"?
Is the gum from last year up on E-Bay?
I personally wait until the Michigan Daily comes out with Sports Monday, then clip out all amazing pictures from the win and place them on my door along with the game ticket (if attended).
I then save all online photos from the Daily and the Ann Arbor News to my computer and use them as screensavers and wallpapers for the week.
What about you? How do you personally celebrate a Michigan football victory?
I had the 2007 Notre Dame game on my DVR specifically to get me through the winter months (and, occasionally, November). My wife claims that she wasn't the one who deleted it, but I'm skeptical.
This comes to mind because I've been seeing Jimmy pop up on SportsCenter recently, and I'd love to sit back and watch him fumble, quail, quiver, and crumble. But I can't.
What one game from the last five years would you like to be able to watch over and over again between now and the Spring Game? My vote goes to the bowl win over the Gators. The sheer volume of amazing plays, some of which convinced young Mr. Arrington to depart for the NFL a tad early, the raw power of our offensive unit, and beating the fastest team ever to face a plodding (hah!) Big Ten squad.
So let's compile a list of favorites, out of which we can debate a top elevten. New! Productive! Positive! Thready!
Developing a "refgate" is ND's way of illegitimating Michigan's win, which is intended to soften another uncle Charlie loss to Big Blue.
To the ND alumni, however, a loss to Michigan is a loss to Michigan, especially knowing that they blew their chance in their second to last possession when they had the lead with the opportunity to run out the clock.
[Edit: Perhaps uncle Charlie is ND's version of John Cooper. I love the smell of a 10 year winning streak in the morning.]
First the media consensus was Rich Rod needed to show improvement to keep his job. Then, he needed to make a bowl. Yesterday Pat Caputo said Rich Rod will lose his job if he loses to Western. Today, Drew Sharp suggests that Michigan not only needs to beat Western but beat them by AT LEAST 3 TDs. With each day that goes the media's demands on Rich Rod increase. As the leaders and best I say we top their petty requirements and send out a mandate that Rich Rod must cure cancer by the end of the season to keep his job.
Seriously, what the hell is everyone thinking? If Michigan fires Rich Rod mid-season who would take over? One of the guys that he brought here from WVU? No way, they are more loyal to him than they are to Michigan. If the firing comes at the end of the season and a new coach brings in a new system, then he inherits a bunch of undersized players not suited for his system and again Michigan is stuck in neutral, destined for another few years of sub-standard football. Keeping Rich Rod, even if this year doesn't go as well as hoped, is still the fastest path to redemption.