I know the attitude from this board isn't normally a good one in reference to Nick, but he came out with a pretty good piece this morning on mlive. It pretty much perfectly describes my feelings right now in the wake of Monday's result, despite not at all agreeing with Harbaugh on rooting for the B1G.
"Harbaugh doesn't need any more inspirational tactics, the guy basically dreams in motivational speeches. But for good measure, he just got one. As the Harbaugh era begins in Ann Arbor, Michigan's biggest enemy is now the top force in the game.
Maybe Harbaugh and new strength coach Kevin Tolbert add a few more bench reps to the conditioning list after Monday's result. Maybe a few more wind sprints. Add another plate on that squat rack.
"You want to be like those guys? Then get to work.""
..."So here it is. Ohio State has the makings of a college football machine at the moment. Michigan State is going through a nearly unprecedented run of success.
The trek toward the top of the mountain, for Michigan, is a long one.
But the Wolverines also have a football coach who still wears cleats.
Let the climbing begin."
Let's do this. 317 days. Go Blue.
I remember him being on campus a couple times and ready to pull the trigger with Hokes staff.
I havent seen him included in any of the recruiting updates but he tweeted something along the lines of Harbaugh being a game changer.
He is a 300lb wrecking machine with great agility for a guy his size. Just wondering if he disappeard from the radar?
Lots of conversations lately about recruiting and where the coaches come from and their backgrounds, plus talk of Urban de-emphasizing OH to a degree to go South. Durkin seems to be bringing a lot of GA flavor already - I like.
So decided to do some sleuthing and found a cool blog article I don't think has ever been posted. Some fun facts in it as follows:
ALL THE EXPECTED STATES PROVIDE THE MOST PLAYERS PER CAPITA EXCEPT FOR ONE INTERESTING EXCEPTION - MONTANA
ONE HS IN FLORIDA HAS MORE NFL PLAYERS THAN 15 STATES CURRENTLY HAVE
|1 - St Thomas Aquinas|
|Ft Lauderdale (10!)|
|T2 - Glades Central|
|Belle Garde, FL (5)|
|T2 - Glenville|
|Cleveland, OH (5)|
|T2 - Pahoke|
|Pahoke, FL (5)|
|14 schools with 4 each|
|43 schools with 3 each|
- Looking at a map of Florida, Pahoke and Belle Garde are essentially neighbors; must be some epic HS football down there.
DETROIT HAS AS MANY NFL PLAYERS AS THE MUCH BIGGER L.A. - AND NYC IS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND IN THE TOP 12?
TOP 25 STATES IN TERMS OF NFL PLAYER PRODUCTION (NOT ADJUSTED FOR POPULATION)
*D.C. is a powerhouse in its own right considering its tiny size, but couldn't decide whether it should be rolled into Maryland or Virginia so kept it independent
- MS has more NFL players than NY - guess NY kids prefer basketball
From the WSJ - Ohio State's coaches believed the key to stopping Oregon's offense was for their defense to lose weight in order to improve their endurance and increase their speed against Oregon's up-tempo offense.
Defensive players, particularly those on the defensive line were tasked to lose 5 pounds in 10 days. Players were given weight targets and weighed before the game for compliance.
The effects may have been more psychological than physical but the Ohio State's defensive believed they were leaner, lighter and faster.
It's interesting to note that a few of the comments at the end of the article were from Buckeye fans who are more obssessed with Harbaugh than they were with celebrating the national championship.