"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."
Tonight in the 3rd quarter of the Raider/Charger game, Woodson picked up a Danny Woodhead fumble and returned it for a TD. It ties him with Darren Sharper and Rod Woodson for the most defensive TDs in NFL history at 13 each.
Replay started at 11. I watched this in a bar with bad audio, so I'm going through the Mike Patrick Experience at the moment. I am nauseated thus far.
Minnesota's about to score their first TD and I forgot that Leidner got the world's most generous spot on a 3rd down run in the red zone for a first down.
Inspired by the Great T-Shirt Debate of 2013, I've decided to completely revamp the format. But first, let me share with you some great t-shirts I found over at MinnGoBlog's t-shirt store.
Minnesota Football, Play Like a Campion Today
... BAK to the Future
... Win one for the Killer
... No Epping Way
Snake Plsek, I thought he was dead
and from the Seinfeld-inspired section of the store,
Minnesota Football, Folks are Talking about our Botticelli Shoes
Ski-U-Mah Harbison, no wait, he sounds made up
Our Lady of Blessed Acceleration, don't fail me now.
* When you finally grab the momentum in a game, you want to hit the gas and build on it. UofM did just that by taking the 2nd half kickoff and going 75 yards in 9 plays, to extend a 7 point halftime lead to 14. Considering it takes Minnesota ~10 minutes per drive to score, that meant that they would have to be perfect to come back. They weren't.
We're putting the band back together
* The band will be back together when Jake Ryan comes back. For now, the defense is doing their best to bring back the tradition of Michigan defense. Once again, the Michigan defense prevented the opposition from scoring a rushing touchdown.
* It's a rather large band with an impressive horn section, as 23 players recorded a defensive stat. Desmond Morgan, once again, led the way with 10 total tackles. JR3 had 9, plus a fumble recovery.
* Minnesota only passed 21 times, so it was not a big week for QHs and sacks.
* If there is one complaint, it's that we only tallied 3 TFLs on 41 Minnesota rushing attempts. However, once they did cross the line, they didn't get far, averaging only 3.3 YPC, with a long of 18 yards.
We're on a Mission from Gard (NOW THAT'S A T-SHIRT!!!)
* ZERO TURNOVERS. Hallelujah!
* The "inaccurate" Devin Gardner was 13 of 17, for 235 yards and a TD. Let's see, that's 76% completion percentage, 18.1 YPC and 13.8 YPA, but he's inaccurate? I've heard Big Ten Network announcers better than that bozo Ed Cunningham.
* Gardner only ran 7 times for 17 yards, but he did have a rushing TD.
It's a model made before catalytic converters so it'll run good on regular gas. What do you say, is it the new Bluesmobile or what?
* Fitz had 78 yards on 17 carries, and 2 TDs. More importantly, he only lost 1 yard all day. Is it the new Bluesmobile or what? Frankly, after going through four weeks of multiple negative rushing plays, I'll take it.
* Green added 23 yards on 10 carries and another TD.
Four Fried Chickens and a Coke
* The four returning linemen joined with newcomer, Chris Bryant, to provide an effective rushing attack. Michigan only fumbled one snap, something that we were all worried about, and gave up only one sack. It was really nice not watching our center get pushed back five yards on nearly every play.
* Besides the 9 yard sack, our o-line only gave up 4 yards worth of TFL's to Minnesota.
And some dry white toast please
* Wile was back to normal, providing all the excitement of dry white toast. He averaged 51.7 yards on three punts, that netted an average of 45.7 yards.
Your women. I want to buy your women. The little girl, your daughters... sell them to me. Sell me your children!
* Norfleet returned two kicks for 52 yards total, and recorded a tackle on special teams.
* Dileo returned two punts for 13 yards and caught 1 pass for 12 yards.
Orange whip? Orange whip? Three orange whips.
* The excitement was provided by three wide receivers, particularly Funchess, who caught 7 balls for 151 yards and a TD.
* Chesson had three catches as he increasingly becomes a larger part of the offense, and Gallon had two grabs.
Cook County Assessor's Office
* Minnesota was called for 6 penalties to our two.
* There was one drive we had in which penalty flags were thrown on long Michigan gains. My heart sunk, but fortunately, both calls were on the Gophers.
* I was a little leary going into the game, as these officials just sound like Gophers: Roggeman, Krogstad, and Riepenhoff. Wasn't that the starting frontline of the '79 Minnesota basketball team?
I hate Illinois Nazis
* If you're going to make a Blues Brothers-inspired T-Shirt about one of our longstanding rivals, how is this NOT the shirt?
* This is the announcers section, but I already discussed them. That was a brutal game to listen to. Minny-Tebow for Heisman!
Minnie the Moocher
* Minnesota almost matched us, with 16 first downs to our 17. They also converted 8 of 15 third downs, but couldn't get us off the field either, as we went 10 for 13.
Besides being a huge UofM football fan, my dad was a big fan of John Belushi's. He would have a Mass said every year on the anniversary of Belushi's death. Dad was extremely protective of his kids, not allowing us to see or hear anything R-rated. However, he made an exception for John Belushi. There were two movies that mattered when I was a kid, Animal House and Blues Brothers. One year for Christmas, Dad bought us "The Best of Belushi" video that had his best SNL skits. While other kids were learning the Beastie Boys and Run DMC raps, I was memorizing Belushi's "Luck of the Irish" SNL News bit (Let's talk about the bad luck of the Irish, all right? How about this, POTATO FAMINE!! How about that? It scares them, doesn't it? Well, it should.) So with that as a backdrop, I can still honestly say, I think Dad would look at that T-Shirt and ask, "Why is Joe Paterno praying on that shirt?"
These two pictures were taken yesterday approximately 1:40 away from kickoff. The top picture is the alumni section and the bottom picture is the corresponding student section. One is full and one is approximately 25% empty. A lot of people both here on the board and in the stands are asking why this is happening and looking for answers on how to stop it.
Student attendance is a problem that is new (to Michigan anyways) and using positive reinforcement (The Hail program) didn't work. Negative reinforcement (General Admission) appears to also not be working if the goal is to get students to the games on time. And make no mistake from my perspective - I WANT the students to show up. They are loud, they are enthusiastic and they make the entire gameday environment better when they are there in force. But, I'd rather they were there from the beginning of the game and not midway into the first quarter to make their presence felt.
Here is my proposal on how to remedy this rather new student attendance issue:
- Discontinue general admission. Students have always had seating assigned based on their class and this should not change. Freshman should get the least desirable seats and Seniors should be rewarded. It was that way when my dad was there in the late 40's, for me in the late 70's and it should be that way now. General admission, in my opinion, is a mistake and should be ended.
- Stop discounting the price of student tickets. Students should pay the same rate as the rest of us for the seat and if that is too expensive for the student (or their parents) to afford then they always have the option of not purchasing them. This should weed out those who buy them without truly wanting to use them.
- Allow students unfettered rights to buy and sell tickets to anyone that wants to buy them. The free market will then determine if those seats have value and for how much. And if they are going to pay the same price as me to buy the seat, they should have the same freedom I do to sell that ticket for whatever the market says it's worth and to anyone who wishes to buy it. I sold two extra seats to the Notre Dame game for $300 each. I sold the same two tickets to Akron for $20 each. Give the students the same freedom as I have to buy and sell their seat.
We have fantastic students who make the Big House loud and an extremely difficult place to play for opposing teams (just ask Notre Dame). And I don't believe "punishing" them through general admission will make them show up for games earlier or in greater numbers. But making them pay the market rate for their seat might make those who arent really sure about football think twice before buying. And letting them sell that seat to whoever wants it is only fair.
EDIT: GoBlue20111 accurately points out the flaw in my proposal in that it depends on somebody holding mulitiple seats as I do to be able to sell one ticket at a profit while still attending the game. And students don't hold multiple seats so my idea wouldnt really fix anything for less attractive games. Mods can leave the post up or take it down if they chose - my idea is flawed and I see that now. The problem is real though and while my solution may not solve it we are need to acknowledge it exists.
No Wheaties were harmed (or eaten) in the creation of this thread. My thoughts: Devin + Devin = Good. OL improved a bit. JR III solid game. No TOs, yea! Commence...