Mike Lantry, 1972
It was four years ago tonight that Elliott Mealer was in a tragic automobile accident on the way to Christmas Eve Worship. His father David, and girlfriend Hollis, were killed instantly. Brock was paralyzed, and Elliott tore his rotater cuff. Sometimes I wonder if that injury affected his playing time at Michigan. We'll never know. Regardless, keep Elliott, Brock, their mom Shelly and brother Blake in your prayers. I suspect that Christmas Eve will always be a bittersweet day for them, in light of their loss.
I am creating this a little early because I still have some gift wrapping to accomplish, but I should be back here to man the thread (as if I had to work at it) around 8 PM.
It's that vaunted Nevada vs. Southern Miss rivalry in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, and for those of us at home with little else to do but wrap gifts on Christmas Eve, a football game is the perfect thing to at least listen to.
Further, LSAClassOf2000 and his MGoFamily wish everyone Happy Holidays and much prosperity in the new year. I've had a lot of fun here this past year, and I look forward to many more.
There were obviously a ton of HUGE plays this year, but which one stuck out the most for you? For me, the one "it" play that stands head-and-shoulders above every other play this year is the long pass down the sideline in the ND game with about 10 seconds left to Jeremy Gallon:
It's like he just disappeared altogether and reemerged at the 50 yard line.
Oh, and if anyone could give me a crash course on embedding YouTube videos on this board, I'm all ears =)
Some of these are new to me, re: Harvin and the Pouncy twins. Just based on this article Urban Meyer is a pretty slick. Well just read the article and you be the judge.
247 sports has an article about the top 25 2012 recruits in the Midwest. Of the 25, Michigan has 6 of them (Kalis, Wormley, Ross, Richardson, Strobel, an Darboh).
On Kyle Kalis they said, "The thing that stands out is just how strong he is and how dominant a run blocker he is. He also shows you that he has the athleticism to play tackle and take on the elite speed rushers on the edge.”
On Wormley, "He will be a massive human being once he gets into a college weight room. He is like Spence and Washington, but he is a bigger guy that still is pretty explosive off the snap. He has good burst and plays with good pad level." They also included his junior and senior stats, he had 90 tackles and 12 sacks as a junior and he had 85 tackles with 24 tackles for loss and 13 sacks as a senior.
On Ross, “Ross is one of the more instinctive players in the country. He always seems to be around the ball. He doesn’t waste many steps or movements in finding the ball carrier and making plays. He’s just a smart, fast football player." They included his stats from his last three years which totaled to 312 tackles and 15.5 sacks.
On Richardson, they said he has some of the best recovery speed in the country and they even made this comparison "You look at the success Blake Countess had this year for Michigan. He’s not much bigger than Terry and Terry may have more upside when it comes to being able to run.”
On Strobel, his senior stats were 68 tackles with 16 sacks and he has a GPA of 3.9.
On Darboh, they gave his stats from the last three years which showed his continued improvement. He had 1 TD as a sophomore, 6 TDs as a junior, and 11 TDs as a senior.
247 sports also has an article about Jake Raulerson's (2013 OT from Texas, he is an early 4 star on scout and the 24th player nationally on 247) interest in Michigan.
St. Louis today has an article about Jehu Chesson's decision to commit to Michigan. He says one major reason he chose Michigan is that "Iowa and Northwestern are very, very good schools, but in the end it just kind of came down to the guys in the recruiting class," Chesson said. "So I felt more comfortable with them than anything else, so I felt like that was the most important thing."
Last night was the California High School All Star Game, this game featured Michigan commit Erik Magnuson. Erik didn't have any stats because he was on the offensive line, but he was one of the captains of his team and started at left tackle (from Scott Kennedy's twitter).
Lots of big games today, none bigger that the Lions hosting the Chargers today, with a playoff spot on the line. Among the other big games today with playoff implications include.
Giants vs Jets
Philadelphia vs Dallas
Oakland vs Kansas City
San Francisco vs Seattle
Arizona vs Cincinnati
Also of interest, is that the Andrew Luck lottery got very interesting with the Colts WINNING on Thursday. Making it three teams that have two losses, going into the last two weeks of the season. The Colts have the tie breaker at this point, because their opponents winning percentage is the lowest. With the Vikings and Rams playing out the season, and the Colts playing the hapless Jaguars, the NFL draft just got real interesting. If the Rams end up with the first pick they will of course be trading out. The Vikings however, were they to lose out, would have a very interesting debate on the first pick.
Anyway, Merry Christmas to all of you, and may you enjoy a great day of football. To you Lions fans, may we all see today, what has alluded us for a decade.