It goes without saying adding Ty is one "Great Get" for UM football. However, the more I thought about it I realized, even with a year in between original recruiting classes, just how unique having the no. 1 and no. 4 rb in the same class is. The "Pony Express" at SMU was far before stars were being placed beside player's name and I'm not certain James was among the top ten that year, even though Dickerson would have to had been among the top five.
I can recall when we got commits from Adrian Arrington and Mario Manningham in the same season, but it was actually the combination of David Terrell and Marquise Walker that gave UM two of the nation's top 15 receivers, a feat that had not been accomplished prior to then. But knowing how much we wanted this kid motivated me to do some research and although Green was the consensus no. 1, Issac was just a few places back at no. 4. Toss in Smith who came in at no. 37 and that's one hell of a haul for that season, even though Derrick and Ty are, of course, are not considered part of the same recruiting class. Fact remains just the same we landed two of the top five rbs for that particular year.
I am not certain, of course, especially with some of Bama's recent hauls, whether or not they were able to accomplish a like feat. Given that Hart was considered by many the no. 1 back in his respective senior season, then getting beaten out for the starting spot, leads me to believe they may have, indeed, pulled something similar. The only two I'm certain are of USC in their "Glory Decade" when they pulled both no. 1 Reggie Bush and according to many sites who had Lendale White at the same spot they, undoubtedly, pulled off the same accomplishment.
They will be considered part of the same graduating class, of course, unless one of them bounce for the NFL, an unlikely scenario inasmuch as Green has yet to accomplish anywhere near the numbers penciled in for him immediately after his verbal. Although Issac, due to learning a sophisticated offense along with the experience the Trojans had, he did enjoy some season ending success, particulary vs. a weak, ableit a true D1 defense against Cal. Don't know the whys or werefores, but Smith looked like the best back on our roster in the spring game. No matter how the two big names in this particular piece end up in the all-time UM record books, the reality that they both ended up wearing the winged helmet is one hell of an achievement for Brady and staff.
Many of us may have read Maureen Dowd's Op-Ed piece on ingesting too much of a weed-infused candy bar on a recent visit to CO. The folks at EDSBS reimagined Dowd's piece as written by our very own Brady Hoke after his first experience sampling some herb. Mercifully, there's no mention of Kelly Baraka or Mitch McGary in the piece.
The short spoof and the comments are worth a look. As a teaser, here's one observation from the fictional Coach Hoke:
I noticed that if I held it in for a few seconds, I felt even more euphoric, like how Mark Dantonio must feel whenever someone properly identifies where Michigan State is.
Disclaimer: There is nothing serious or newsworthy about this thread. It contains ZERO information relevant to anything. If you prefer serious discussions on Michigan football, this is definitely not the thread for you. This post simply represents an attempt on my part to make the last couple hours go by a little faster at work. Should you choose to continue, you have been warned.
Zone Left posted what I thought was a fun exercise on picking an ideal Michigan team with a list of five categories and a salary cap preventing you from picking the best of everything. That thread is here: http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/15-ideal-michigan-team
Blatantly ripping off this concept, I ask you: Exactly what would you be willing to sacrifice if the end result was a GUARANTEED 2014 Michigan Football National Championship. You have $15 dollars to select one item from each category - you may spend less, but you may not spend more. Have at it.
Loss of Body Part:
- $1 - Both arms
- $2 - Both legs
- $3 - Dominant arm
- $4 - Male organ
- $5 - Pinky Finger
- $1 - Blindness
- $2 - Eternal Poverty
- $3 - Impotence
- $4 - Eczema
- $5 - Male pattern baldness
- $1 - Full face tattoo with image of Boubacar Sissoko
- $2 - Belly button piercing with Block M charm
- $3 - Full sleeve tattoo with faces of 2008 Michigan Offensive Starters (Threet and Sheridan)
- $4 - Armband tattoo saying "Those who Stay....."
- $5 - Block M earring
Long term future of Michigan football program:
- $1 - College Football ceases to exist immediately
- $2 - No more Michigan B1G titles in your lifetime
- $3 - No more Michigan National Championships in your lifetime
- $4 - Michigan will have a losing record against MSU from 2014-2024
- $5 - Michigan will endure one season where it loses to Purdue, Minnesota, and Illinois.
- $1 - Food you prepared makes 14 football starters violently ill the day of the App State rematch, resulting in a Michigan loss.
- $2 - Caught pooping in cooler during a Michigan tailgate.
- $3 - After an evening at Skeeps, you cannot perform when you bring Kate Upton home with you
- $4 - Outjumped by Louis Nix on television
- $5 - Short on dollars, you take job as Arby's mascot for an event in Michigan Stadium
Normally I don't like doing more than one thread in a day, but this is some pretty big news.
Arizona, Northwestern and Texas A&M will not be selling the jersey numbers of star players this season. Instead, they will move to generic numbers.
Example: A&M sold thousands of #2 jerseys last year. This year, they will only sell #12. For the 12th man tradition they have.
A couple of posters on here were mentioning this topic on Twitter so I thought it'd be interesting.
Looks like the Ford Field dream is dead.