landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
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.
New video posted today is a must see for fans of classic Michigan football, and affords viewers an interesting snapshot in time of what Big Ten football was like in the early 1970s.
This was Bo Schembechler's 3rd team, and his first outright Big Ten title (8-0, 11-1) as Michigan coach. Bo would not win another outright title until 1980, but would sharing the Big 10 crown multiple times in between with Ohio State or Michigan State..
Some interesting footage as well of Michigan players like WR Bo Rather that I had not seen before.
There's some interesting sideline reactions and banter from BigTen coaches as well, like the old NFL films. Indiana's John Pont complaining about player mistakes, etc.
Michigan grad Bill Fleming adds the voice and Purdue's band adds the music.
I can't embed, so here's the link below.
Ben Kercheval (who?) over at CBS Sports posted a piece yessterday about the 16 most irreplaceable players in college football right now. #16 (which, why he didn't just go with 15 is beyond me) on the list is Michigan's De'Veon Smith. Granted, the stated premise of the article is not to list the best players, but the foundational players for a team that would most greatly affect their team should they for some reason not be able to play next season. Still, I found Smith to be a profound choice.
Yes, he's our best back. The coaching staff showed their hand a bit on Smith during the spring game, looping him in with other surefire starters and stars. Still, I feel like we're deep enough with experienced RBs to be able to fill the gap should Smith not be available. Between Isaac and Johnson, I feel confident we'd be okay at that position and our offense, though it'd look a little different maybe, wouldn't suffer much.
As far as who IS our most irreplaceable player, the name that comes to mind for me is Jourdan Lewis. Our depth at CB is not comparable to our depth at RB, and Smith is no Lewis in regards to greatness. Losing Lewis would certainly be a huge blow that would radically affect our defense. We might have to slide Peppers over into coverage (though I would imagine Stribling would take the edge and Peppers would lean closer to the inside), which would have an adverse effect on our LB depth as well. Aside from Peppers just not being as good in coverage as he is in roaming the field destroying people and blowing up screens, taking him out of the nickel role he played last year or the LB role Brown plans to use him in this year would shift our entire defense and leave us even more thin at our thinest spot.
For those reasons, I think you could make an argument for Peppers as well. But I think it'd be worse having to move him away from the middle of the field and more off to the side in coverage in addition to losing the best cover corner in the game. I'd rather have half the field locked down with Lewis and be thin at LB than have half the field locked down to a lesser extent with a player who is still growing in his coverage abilities and STILL be thin at LB.
So, who do you think is our most irreplaceable player? Did he get it right with Smith? Is it Lewis or Peppers? Or someone else?
FWIW, the top five from the article is 5. J.T. Barrett, 4. Leonard Fournette, 3. Deshaun Watson, 2. Baker Mayfield and 1. Christian McCaffrey, which I think is a pretty accurate top five. Also, I like the fact that we're the first team on this list. Shows that we have stars but also have depth and aren't reliant on one player too much.
Hey, New Jersey! We're coming for your trumpeters and tuba players, too! The Paramus satellite camp will also feature band directors from the Michigan Marching Band. Oh, and also our cheer and lacrosse coaches. Satellite camps for them, too.
We're coming for everyone, New Jersey. Everyone.
As many of you know, the Ozone, an OSU fan website, has an article every Monday during the season about Michigan. This is one of those "know your enemy" things. I hadn't been over to their site since December, but wandered over this morning. Lo and behold, they have a long article on Michigan.
Being that content is sparse right now, I went ahead and linked to the article. Tony Gerdeman opines that while Michigan has improved, they aren't in the National Title discussion . . . just yet. Here is the key premise why:
Can they run the ball and can they stop the run against a skilled team that loves to run the ball?
On the offensive side of the ball, Gerdeman says this:
A year ago Michigan averaged over 5 yards per carry in a game against a P5 opponent just once – 5.04 yards against Indiana, who allowed 5.23 yards per carry to everyone else last season. They averaged 4.89 yards per carry against Florida. Over a season that would’ve ranked 33rd in the nation a year ago. It’s fine, but not, ‘Hey, wow, look at this!’ The offensive line is better and 5-star running back Kareem Walker will help, but can they take that 4.2 yards per carry average from last year and add at least another yard to it? Of the last eight national champions, five of them averaged over 5.5 yards per carry.
On the defensive side, the article points out:
The Wolverines finished No. 16 in the nation in run defense last year, allowing just 122.23 yards rushing per game. Against teams ranked in the top 30 in rushing, however, they allowed 338 yards per game on the ground. Sure, that was just two opponents – Indiana and Ohio State, but they also happened to be the two teams on Michigan’s schedule that could actually run the ball.
Lastly, he really wonders about the back 7 defensively, outside of Peppers and Lewis. And boils our season down to the 3 tough away games: MSU, Iowa, and OSU.
My speculation has centered on the QB. But reading this, I have to admit, it raises questions for me. First, how will the OL and RB corps do in improving the running game? Can Drevno bring Michigan to the level Stanford was at on the ground, or are we still another year or two off? Second, how will the LB group and the secondary outside of Lewis perform? I'm very confident in the DL. Less so for anyone else not named Peppers or Lewis.
Anyway, it is something else to read for those of you who are bored and looking for more on Michigan football. Oh, and I apologize for putting up two threads in a row on the board.
Tom Brady is appealing the Federal Court ruling on a 4 game suspension.
I won't rehash the linked article, but at least some lawyers feel Brady has unusually strong reasons that the appeal might be heard.
imhe, part of this has to do with Brady's reputation. And it underscores how strong of a competitor he is.