I'm in the liveblog, so this goes up with 2:33 to go in the 2nd quarter.
EDIT: I shall pass the bowl thread creation baton after tonight, but hopefully the rest of the BCS bowls are as entertaining as ours is turning out to be.
First, I credit Bosch with the inspiration - excellent idea, sir.
This is the Sugar Bowl Open Thread - 1st Half. I think 8:15 PM is close enough.
Hopefully, no one is upset that I put this up way too early, but I can’t wait for 8:30 PM. Obviously, I can barely wait for 6:30 PM either, but as I am already preparing for this evening, my hope is that there is some pre-game discussion as well.
Those of us stuck at work or at home for this one will hopefully appreciate the chance to chat a little bit now and then throughout the game. Those of you in New Orleans...what are you doing in the open threads? Get out there and support the Wolverines!
This is it, fellow Wolverines.
This is your Allstate Sugar Bowl Open Thread - Pre-Game Warm-Up. Actual game thread to start hopefully in the next 45 minutes or so.
8:30 PM on ESPN. Pre-game starts at 8 PM, live from the Superdome in New Orleans. Many thanks to our fellow MGoBloggers who are live at the scene for their updates.
This is the only game tonight, as it should be. Hopefully, it’s an awesome one…for us.
Deion Sanders is helping coach the defensive backs at the UA game, and was asked to give some feed back on the kids. T-Rich was the first name he mentioned:
“Number one (Terry Richardson), the (Bryson Echols) kid is playing his butt off and (Chaz Elder) as a safety has done well,” Sanders said. “The best thing about Richardson is he’s a very coachable kid. You tell him something one time and he is going to implement it. Whatever you tell him, he will do. Echols is a fighter, he’s battled in everything he’s done. These kids are sponges in that have been well-coached.”
Joe Bolden was again singled out, and this time by his linebackers coach:
Because of the nature of the position, linebackers tend not to stand out as much as skill players in this setting, but Michigan commitment Joe Bolden (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) has drawn as much praise as any on the White Team. Linebackers coach Joey McGuire of Cedar Hill High in the Dallas area loves what he has seen from the future Big Ten player.
“I love the Bolden kid,” McGuire said. “He’s one of the most instinctive kids I have seen. He’s similar to the Spence kid (Sean Spence at Miami) from the first Under Armour game in that he is so instinctive on the field. He just finds the football,”
Hearing the great news about these kids doesn't get old, and good for them that they are showing well. Go Blue!
So, for those of us unlucky enough not to be at the game, what is everyone doing to watch the game?
I like watching the games from the comfort of my own home. Bars don't always allow you to hear the game on full volume, and I like being master of the remote so that I can rewind and replay if I want. (also, having young kids at home doesn't allow for going to a sports bar). So, watching at home in the comfort of my couch on the newish big screen TV, with my wife who loves Michigan football almost as much as me.
Game day (night) meal:
My wife is making our favorite night game food - beef empenedas. Basically, ground meat cooked in a ton of tomato sauce and spices, and the baked into small puff pastries. Not only delicious, but perfect dinner to eat while watching the game on the couch. Followed by some based chocolate dessert that she will not disclose to me, that she will inevitably adorn with Michigan-related decorations (for the OSU game, she made an ice cream cake and wrote out Beat Ohio in blue and yellow M & Ms).
So, on a relatively light news day that seems to be moving excruciatingly slowly as we get closer to tonight, anyone have any good plans to share?