A couple weeks ago, I put together a google map with all of the Michigan bars I'm aware of (and also everything from the spreadsheet that bouje has been maintaining.) The map is here.
Hopefully this will prevent the "where's the Michigan bar in Pittsburgh/Fresno/Topeka/wherever" threads that pop up every week, but if your favorite gameday hangout isn't on here, put it in the thread and let me know. I'll do my best to keep the map up to date.
I know coach is known to be everywhere all the time. With the Heisman announcement on Saturday night I beleive it is customary that Coaches are in attendance for the announcement supporting their candidate. Soooo, is coach in NY or is he in A2 wooing all of our future 5 stars?
Pretty big money for the MAC. He should take it unless he gets a Power 5 offer, IMO.
Obviously the Orange Bowl will give us more info. But before the season started, I felt uneasy about calling this "the year" and Brian's prediction of 12-0. I got on the hype train pretty quickly of course, but in hindsight I don't think this team was as talented top to bottom as the 2006 team. A Jim Harbaugh/Don Brown coached 2006 team would have walked away with the Big Ten Title and the National Championship.
This is not my attempt at a hot-take. I do think year's defense was better than the 2006 defense. But in 2006 we had NFL caliber impact players on offense AND defense. This year's offense was a bunch of question marks. A Borges recruit at QB with no track record? (and later, we found, no viable backup in O'Korn) A hodge-podge of mediocre runningbacks and an offensive line that grew up under Funk? Compare that to the Henne/Hart/Long/Manningham/Arrington supersquad of '06. Coming into this year, the only NFL caliber player on offense we had was Butt, and I think it's a testament to the offensive genius of Harbaugh that this team ended up scoring more points than any Michigan team of the modern era.
We were clearly hoping for a '97 repeat, where an insane defease carried a mediocre offense. That could have happened, but the team was done in largely due to bad luck vs. Iowa and OSU, but mostly due to the offense's inability to show up when the defense put it in position to win (plus the fact that Urban Meyer is no John Cooper). The defense lived up to the hype--giving up 13 points @ Iowa and 17 points @ OSU should win you those games 9 out of 10 times with a solid offense. I don't buy into the idea that the defense simply fell apart late. Michigan could have salted the games away with long 3rd and 4th quarter scoring drives, but that's not what we got.
For these reason, I don't think 2017 portends as big of a drop off as anyone imagines. There will be plenty of question marks on defense, but like 2015 OSU it's hard to assess the second string when they're only playing in gargabe time. The offense will have question marks too, but if Speight pulls off a Rudockian bowl game the only game on the 2017 schedule that truly scares me is the one at Camp Randall, which will likely be a night game. My prediction: 11-1 and we beat OSU, Raback it.
I read this great piece by Greg Bishop of Sports Illustrated on the train to work this morning. Most of us football fans understand vaguely how tough the sport is on those who play it, but it's worth reminding ourselves just *how* tough it is. The article follows four players through the course of the 2016 season (one is a player Michigan/Big Ten fans will recognize, former PSU receiver Allen Robinson) and looks at how they spend their Mondays, known around the league as "Get-Right" Day.
Reading this article, a few things strike me. First, the absolute stupidity and/or greed that motivates the league to schedule Thursday night games and seek to expand the regular season to 18 games. I happen to be a Cowboys fan (sue me -- grew up in Dallas), and couldn't believe that after their traditional Thanksgiving Day game this season, the league scheduled them to play not the following Sunday (i.e., a nine-day break), but ANOTHER Thursday game the following week. That meant they played three games in a span of 12 days. That's brutal.
Second -- these guys are warriors. It's amazing what they put their bodies through. But they all seem OK with it -- the paychecks are too big and the thrill of competition to great for them to give it up voluntarily.
Some excerpts to whet your appetite:
Mondays, for any NFL player, are the equal and opposite reaction to what takes place on Sunday. For every collision there’s a chiropractor or an acupuncturist. For every sore limb there’s a yoga mat or stretching exercise. For every concussion there’s a dimmed light somewhere, to prevent the headaches. “The first thing I do on Monday morning is take stock,” says Harris. “You add up the bruises—which ones are new, which ones are worse.
Robinson awoke at his 21st-floor waterfront condominium and surveyed the physical wreckage of another Sunday afternoon. Other than some fresh bruises, he felt “fine,” which meant a sore neck and tired legs and a balky hamstring. On a pain scale of one to 10, with 10 being extreme, Robinson started his morning at a five. This late into the season, that’s basically healthy. Every NFL player, he says, is injured. It’s only a matter of degree. [...] Robinson’s Monday goal is simple: to feel human again.
Harris doesn’t reveal many details, except that the main bruise on his shin turned into a hematoma, had to be drained and then became infected, and when he arrived at Heinz Field for his game against the Chiefs yesterday, the Steelers’ doctors told him he should to go to the hospital immediately ... after the game. The team needed him to play first. Harris expected to be used sparingly, same as in Pittsburgh’s first three outings. But when right tackle Marcus Gilbert left with an injured left ankle in the second quarter, Harris played the rest of the game. [...] En route to the hospital, Harris’s wife had asked a reasonable question: Why had he played at all? Harris laughed it off as they stopped for one final cheesesteak before all the hospital grub to come. Harris is taking painkillers (he declines to provide specifics) and expects to spend somewhere between 10 days and three weeks in the hospital. He’s likely to land on injured reserve. “All worth it,” he says again. “My kids have college funds.”
I haven't seen this brought up at all so apologies if I missed it, but what is the story on Wilton's availability against FSU? Is his injury something that will be healed (somewhat) before the bowl game or is it something that requires him to shut it down to ensure he is ready to go for spring ball and next season?