"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
With Notre Dame having played in Ireland last year and Penn State playing in Ireland in the upcoming years, I began thinking about whether or not I would want Michigan to play a game internationally. While I obviously wouldn't want to lose a home game, I personally think it would be extremely cool for Michigan to play a game internationally. An international game would allow for Michigan fans from outside of the U.S. to potentially see a game and would allow for foreigners to see Michigan play as well. Additionally, this game would allow me to do my two favorite things: travel and watch Michigan. However, that is just my opinion. What would the board think of an international Michigan football game?
Curious if anyone knows if there is some kind of list out there of what they play during warmups or during game at The Big House?
I think I remember hearing a mix of classics and todays junk being played during warmups.
I know Brian discussed the idea of not returning punts in favor of going for the block, but Kirk Ferentz recently said that Iowa may stop returning punts so he can prevent fake punts:
Ferentz is considering just sending a punt returner deep to catch the ball and do nothing else with it. Instead of sending blockers back to set up the return, the other ten players will remain at the line of scrimmage to keep the opponent from running a fake punt.
It's a bold strategy Cotton, let's see if it pays off for 'em...
On a recent trip to Liverpool to catch a LFC match I read about a certain pub by the name of The Albert which has a vast collection of scarfs from all over the world. After thinking about this I concluded no collection could be complete without a Michigan scarf. So I brought one over to The Albert which is basically on the grounds of Anfield (Liverpool's home stadium). So if anyone is in the area anytime feel free to see if you can spot the Michigan scarf and enjoy a good pint.
The Frontline documentary aired last night. Nothing new here but a compelling portrayal of the NFL. The preview was vetted on the board by wisecrakker over a month ago - but I would like to hear reaction from any of you who saw it. The lawsuit settled by the NFL is probably the best course for them. Some of the language of the settlement though now seems unpalatable given the picture drawn and story laid out by Frontline. This is from the settlement proposal...
“This agreement lets us help those who need it most and continue our work to make the game safer for current and future players. Commissioner Goodell and every owner gave the legal team the same direction: do the right thing for the game and for the men who played it,” said NFL Executive Vice President Jeffrey Pash.
That is anathama to the facts as laid out by Frontline last night. The subset of players who are or who have played since Mike Webster's disability claim was settled -where the league admitted football caused his injury - might have a larger stake than this settlement lays out.
Michigan is doing some concussion work this year. I'm not familiar with the extent of it but I remember it being mentioned in some of the many CTE threads. Hoke is forthright about letting the trainers do their job. The 2010 ND game with Dayne Crist's concussion still strikes a chord in my on going respect against ND. Regardless of the connections ... this is probably the story of our lives with regard to football and how it is played on every level. This documentary is another step. OT'd but it seems germane to any football blog.
SIAP (I'm abroad and have pretty limited internet access), but one of the male alumni twirlers (maybe a former drum major?) appeared to destroy his knee while performing in front of the student section last game. He rather heroically finished his routine on one leg, discovering by trial and error which moves he could pull off without being able to move or balance very well. Is this already well known around here? Does anybody have any additional information about it? It looked pretty bad.