"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
I have set up an MGo Fantasy football league. Your chance to whip The Mathlete and other MGoBloggers. It's a 14 team round robin (no playoffs) over the first 13 weeks of the college football season. It is a full FBS league so that means players from all 124 teams are eligible. Not for the faint of heart. The draft will be this Sunday night. If you are interested hit me up at themathletebt at gmail dot com and I will send you an invitation as spots allow.
The board has been abuzz in the wake of FItz Touissaint's July 24 DUI arrest. In judging Fitz actions, commenters have generally fallen into one of two camps: drunk-driving hard-liners who see no room for discussion and those who take a wait and see/legal gray area approach. I've seen reasonable arguments from both sides, but don't intend to tackle the moral/legal nuance of DUI or debate how/whether Hoke's response defines not only his own character but that of the program and university. My goal is merely to put this in perspective by referencing incidents of drinking and driving from this offseason and how a variety of coaches responded. If nothing else, it's clear that a one size fitz (had to) all solution doesn't exist. For those who are interested in more points of comparison, check out this review of notable DUI incidents from the past few years.
[Edit: Or Seth's take after the Rucker incident last year, which of course is more detailed despite being a mere comment/reply to the OP.]
|Player||Team/Position||Suspension||Y U No Use Links?|
|James Sims||Kansas/RB||3 games||Leading rusher suspended for first 3 games of 2012 by new coach Charlie Weis.|
|Stanford/LB||1 game||Reinstated after an indefinite suspension stemming from February incident.|
|Cayman Shutter||Hawaii/QB||4 games||Backup quarterback will miss significant time after pleading no contest to a March DUI charge.|
|Chase Vasser||Georgia/LB||2 games||Starting LB will miss opener against Buffalo and week 2 against Mizzou.|
|Tanner McEvoy||South Carolina/QB||None||Spurrier defends a decision not to suspend backup QB for "speeding and driving after consuming alcohol while under the age of 21" charges. McEvoy transfers anyway.|
|Ohio State/DB||Kicked off team||Multiple offender. Skeptical of Meyer's decision to revoke scholarship.|
|Justin Staples||Illinois/LB||Some game time||"It could be a half, a game, or a number of games."|
|Josh Huff||Oregon/WR||Undetermined||Pleaded not guilty and trial will occur after 2012 junior season.|
We all know that the most pandemonium inducing, all out nuts with awesomeness moment last year was the UTL victory, which was of course the greatest single Michigan moment any of us has ever witnessed. However, I don't think it was really the BEST moment from last season. After all, we've been kicking ND's tail pretty well recently, with several of the games featuring ND style Yakety Sax. Had we LOST to ND, it would've been very sad that we lost our first night game in Michigan stadium. It also would've been our first loss in four years, the first year of Brady Hoke's tenure, and not a lasting pain. It would'e been a very "can't win them all" loss.
Conversely, though The Game 2011 certianly had a dramatic ending, it's drama did not even sniff UTL's level. There were several palys that made everyone's heart skip, but there was no one single, "It's this or it's nothing" play. Despite that, The Game 2011 was undoubtedly the best moment of the 2011 season. No other game had me pacing holes in my floor for the last quarter. No other game had my father visibly bemused at my nerves and consternation. And when we won, well, King Kong ain't adust mite compared to the Mutant Space Monkey that climbed off every true fan's back at that moment. A loss there would've crossed the line from soul dong punching to soul eunuch making. I would've wilted and died right there in the middle of the living room, leaving only a baren, dust gray talk hinting that once there had been a beautiful fan in bloom there. I may have honestly convinced myself that we would never win The Game again.
But win we did.
So now I ask you,do you think Bama, or any other game of the 2012 season can possibly eclipse that moment? Beating the defending National Championship to open the season would be huge, huge, but again, I think it would fall into the category of "Can't win them all", should the good guys lose.
Or how about MSU? It's been a while now. But after last year's loss, I realized something. I just didn't care as much as I do about OSU, and maybe even the bowl game. Oh, it sucked to lose, but I didn't lose any sleep over it. It's Sparty! They will ALWAYS be little brother. Maybe OSU? Go 1-0 against the new regime?
So what game, if any this season, do you think can bring that same sense of jubilation?
Perhaps I'll be lampooned, but I figured I'd try to get some discussion on a slow day/week/month/summer...
I live in Columbus. Therefore, I am subject to ridicule from ohio fans. Recently, a mutual friend (who apparently has family in Michigan) claims the rivalry is "much worse" in Ann Arbor and cites being picked on and "having an ohio yard ornament/floaty shot with a shotgun in his front yard." Perhaps the latter was embellished a bit, but this leads me to my...
For those that live in Michigan or, better yet, Ann Arbor, how have you viewed the treatment of ohio fans in a hostile environment? If possible, what is the HARSHEST treatment you've seen an ohio fan experience?
Perhaps a "cool story, bro" lead-in, but I was interested in some shared insight on an ohio fan in Michigan, seeing as my role is reversed.
With every game this football season featuring a former great being honored, I might as well put this up on the board for the 2013 season. Former coach Bump Elliott has never been welcomed back to Michigan Stadium and honored. Sure, things weren't great under Bump, but he had a near-National Championship in 1964, going 9-1-0 and winning the Big Ten and Rose Bowl. He was also a player on the 1947 & 1948 National Championship teams with his brother Pete who he would eventually coach against when Michigan played Illinois.
In 1965, Michigan signed a bruiser of a running back out Northwestern High School in Detroit by the name of Ron Johnson. Johnson set single game records for rushing yards and touchdowns at 347 and 5 respectively in a 34-9 senior day drubbing of wisconsin in 1968. Those records still stand to this day. Ron Johnson is the only player from 1941-1978 to have a picture on the hallway walls of the Michigan Stadium media deck-
A sad article came out a little under a year ago about Ron and how he has Alzheimer's and lives in a residential care facility. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/19/sports/football/ex-giants-case-is-a-window-on-nfl-aid.html?pagewanted=all
Dave Brandon has said that there most likely will be a night game in 2013 at Michigan Stadium. And it being a special game, I'm sure there will be some kind of special jersey that Brandon wants the team to wear to obviously make the kids happy but sell some of them. Why not do a real 1960s Throwback uniform and welcome back Bump, Ron and any memeber of the Michigan football teams from that era who hasn't been back?
Here my concept design for what they could do-
- Helmet numbers, gray facemasks and white chinstraps. Aka the Legacy helmets.
- No jersey numbers on sleeves or shoulders.
- Long sleeve Blue adidas undershirts to simulate the baggy sleeves/long sleeves the jerseys back then had.
- Maize Block M on shoulders.
- Blue jersey with bigger Maize numbers.
- PLAIN Maize pants that resemble those worn for UTL.
- Two-tone socks. White socks with retro Michigan logo on them as seen on the blocker in front Ron Johnson in the picture aboves left leg. Blue socks underneath the White ones.
- Black shoes
Now in the picture above, you don't see the Maize block M on the shoulders. This is because this picture was taken in 1967. Sleeve Ms weren't added until 1968. As seen in the 1968 team photo-
IMO, I think it would be MUCH better to do an actual throwback uniform instead of making new ones or doing a fusion of different eras like have seen so far.
Bump Elliott is 87 and Ron Johnson is 64. Michigan already missed out on honoring LEGEND from the Mad Magician 1947 team, the late Bob Chappuis. I think Michigan should at the very least bring Bump back and honor him for all that he did in his time at Michigan as a player, assistant coach and head coach.
Would love to hear feedback on this. I just think if Michigan is going to anymore special uniforms, they need to do some kind of thing like this. Because it is sad how they have not really brought back great players from that era like Bob Timberlake, Ron Johnson etc.
Welcoming back greats, wearing TRUE throwbacks and not imaginary ones, Dave Brandon making profits from jerseys sales. Everyone wins, IMO.
Say the story on College Football Live earlier, but didn't see it posted here.
Starting Sophomore LT for Nebraska Tyler Moore is leaving the school for the fall semester and going back home to Florida. He's going to take classes at a local JC and then choose between transfering to Florida, FSU, or coming back to Nebraska.