spoiler alert: i linked this
Announced on @umichfootball on twitter, several of the annual spring awards were given out today.
Meyer Morton Award winner: James Ross III
The Meyer Morton Award, established by the 'M' Club of Chicago in 1925, is given to the football player who shows the greatest development and most promise as a result of the annual spring practice. Morton, a 1912 Michigan graduate, was a lawyer in Chicago from 1915-48 and served as a Big Ten football official for 23 years. In fact, Morton was the referee in the famous 0-0 tie between Notre Dame and Army played at Yankee Stadium in 1946. A member of the Chicago 'M' Club, Morton traveled to Ann Arbor to present the award for many years, and the award was named in his honor after his death in 1948.
John F. Maulbetsch Award winner: Jarrod Wilson
The John F. Maulbetsch Award is given to the freshman football candidate after spring practice on the basis of desire, character, capacity for leadership and future success both on and off the gridiron. It was established by Frederick C. Matthaei in 1954 in honor of the late John F. Maulbetsch, an All-American halfback in 1914.
Frederick Matthaei Award: Devin Gardner
The Frederick Matthaei Award is given to the junior-to-be gridder who has displayed leadership, drive and achievement on the athletic field and in the classroom. The award was established by Frederick C. Matthaei in 1968.
MGoBoard Hero (judging from the available user tags?) and security blanket TomVH has a great piece on WolverineNation (ESPN Insider, obviously, but seriously get the Magazine when it's on sale to get the year of Insider) about Michigan commits preferring recognition for their entire recruiting class as a whole, rather than high individual rankings. Probably a good call for a group that's courting the #2 and #4 guys out there, but as TomVH asserts,
[T]he commitments have already taken grasp of Bo Schembechler's famous quote: The team, the team, the team.
(The class, the class, the class?)
Pretty impressive that five guys who have been hearing that they're each among the top 150 HS players in the country can keep that in perspective and focus on the success of the whole team. It's easy to love the way the staff recruits!
The topic says it all, article for those who want to read it:
How cool would it be to keep watching Denard on a regular basis? Of course, he would have to play for the Lions, and its hard to wish that on someone I like so much.
Don't know if this has been posted on here as of yet, but one time Wisconsin commit Chance Stewart has decided to go the Western Michigan route. William White of Cass Tech decided to commit to Toledo as well. Both commits are listed on the Scout front page.
Both had BIG TEN offers, but chose to head to the MAC. Stewart still had an offer from Illinois, and White had an offer from Indiana.
I know there will be people who will think this is pretty reactionary to the Boston Marathon. Those events did prompt me to post this, but I've always thought that this topic should get some conversation.
So how safe are Michigan football games?
We all know that on any given Saturday, our favorite stadium holds more people than any other facility in the country. It's announced every gameday. Now, I'm not one to get shaky before going to the mall. I think that parents who see school shootings have reason to be concerned, but that it's hugely unlikely anything would happen to their local school. But Michigan Stadium is different. Large crowds accumulate all the time, but ours are scheduled and frequent and really, really large.
As evidence that something could happen, I give a specific example. My uncle has season tickets to Michigan football games. He also has Asberger's. He is a very smart, kind person, but also prone to erratic and very offputting behavior. Like the time he smuggled a sack of potatoes into Michigan Stadium to taunt Notre Dame fans. He shouted obsenities about the potato famine for the duration of the game. The ticket scanner wouldn't have let him in with a sack of potatoes. No problem. He just pushed them through the wrought iron fence and collected them afterwards. You can connect the dots with where I am going.
So I pose this, is it ridiculous and inflammatory to have some concern about going to football games? Will something happen? Unlikely. But could it? I guess by begging the question, I am asking for some dialogue on the subject. Should security by heightened at Michigan Stadium, not as a knee jerk reaction to current events, but as an admittance that the world is offering many more risks that it has in the past? Or is this just increased awareness of a very real but probably minimal threat?
EDIT: After going 0-5 on the the voting, I vowed not to look at this thread. I suppose I'll just throw on my tinfoil hat and take my lumps...
I didn't see this posted and the title pretty much says it all but they discuss how recruiting has blown up via social media, recruit ratings, basketball and the 2013 football class.
It's worth a listen and it's TomVH...