One of the big knocks on Rivals has been the fact that they don't have a Midwest Recruiting Analyst. That has now changed and Josh Helmholdt will be the new Rivals Midwest Recruiting Analyst. He was formerly the recruting editor for the Michigan Rivals site.
I'm excited for this just because it means that the Midwest, the area where we recruit the most heavily, is getting a dedicated analyst. Now our recruits, and others, can actually get fair rankings, which hopefully means that some of them (mostly ours) will move up in the rankings.
Major OT - Waiting for flight @ JFK until 3 a.m., so top 3 "waiting until the end" Michigan memories
Since I'm stuck at JFK until at least 3 a.m. and fighting for WiFi access the past 2 hours, I figured once I got it I'd post to the forum. Lots of people are seeking a refund for their tickets and heading home, but I'm going to wait it out because I guess I'm just conditioned to not lose hope no matter how dire or wasteful. And heck, people are definitely hitting up the bars, so it might get interesting.
But as I sit here and chew on my bag of almonds (not a euphamism, I just like the option), I was thinking about all the times that I stuck around and watched UM football and basketball games until the end just because, well, you never know what might happen. Oftentimes the games ended how you expected, but every once and a while you were surprised in an epic comeback, a horrible collapse, or seeing something magical when most had turned off the television or headed out for the parking lot.
So with that intro, I ask everyone to post the most memorable times they "stuck around" until the end. Here are three for me, in no particular order.
- UM vs. Virginia (1995) - The Dreisbach game as well as Carr's first game as the head honcho at UM, all seemed lost as Virginia raced to a 17-point lead into the 4th quarter. But then the team rallied. Tiki Barber, who ran for an 81-yard TD in the 3rd quarter, was bottled up by Jarrett Irons and the rest of the defense. And Mercury Hayes pulled a pre-New Math by scoring two TDs, including one as time expired, to steal an 18-17 victory in the Big House. As a 13-year-old with little football affinity, this game may well have initiated my trek into puberty, as I seemingly aged years watching this game. This game made me a UM lifelong fan, and helped to heal the scars left from the second most memorable last-minute game the seaosn before...
- UM vs. Colorado (1994) - The game that basically got Kordell Stewart and Michael Westbrook drafted, the infamous 60+ yard heave into the endzone to steal the game for the Buffs. As the ball fell into frame, I remember my dad screaming "knock it down!" and expecting one of the 1 million Wolverines in the general region of the field to heed his cries. Alas, the Angry Michigan Secondary Hating God made an appearance, and I spent the rest of the day in a haze, asking my dad my they only rushed 3 guys when even I knew Colorado was going to throw the ball.
- UM vs. Minny (2003) - My favorite game because I was actually a student at the time. Navarre was the much-maligned QB, and while his numbers never seemed to match his performance, on this day he led the Good Guys back from 3 TDs down. From this day on, I cheered for him wherever he went, defending his career despite reality clearly disagreeing. Heck, I even cheered when the Cardinals drafted him later that year. And this wasn't one of those pushover Minny teams - they had a brusining running game and were always an above-average B1G team. This also proved to be a catalyst for the rest of the year, as UM stormed through their remaining games against ranked OSU, MSU(!), Purdue(!!) until the Rose Bowl, when USC crushed them AGAIN. But it was the last time UM beat OSU, and definitely a reminder that you should never turn off the screen if there is time still on the clock.
So I welcome everyone else to post their own memories. Heck, I've got the time.
I've been wondering this for a while now. I decided to look up the quotes we've all been so nervous about. Pipkens says:
They're only taking one nose guard and I can be that nose guard and come in and play for four years.
They told me that there's basically only a couple defensive tackles with offers and they will probably only take one interior guy.
The prospect of only taking one DT this year is scary given the lack of depth and graduating talent. However, If you parse these quotes, it seems perfectly possible that they're simply referring to two different positions, the 3-tech and a nose. Obviously the "one interior guy" from O'Brien is what's most scary about the quote, but being preceded directly by a reference to tackles (as opposed to Pipkens' use of nose guard), maybe we shouldn't be so worried. Regardless, maybe O'Brien misspoke, or mistook what the staff told them. Also, Pipkens is nose-sized and O'Brien fits better at DT. I'm hopeful and somewhat confident we'll end up with two "interior guys".
Yes, it's an old article referenced above, but I still love this quote from Pipkens:
One (factor will be) the business administration program," explained Pipkins. "I know Michigan and Michigan State are up there in that particular subject.All due respect to MSU, but Ross is a little more "up there".
I know that Scout likes to drum up business, and I always bite the hook when I see a new player pop up on the recruit/commit boxes. But I see OG Ellis McCarthy on there, and I wonder if there is any (absolutely any) chance this guy is interested in us. I haven't heard this guy's name associated with us.
Marketing ploy, or am I missing something?
Happy grilling this weekend.
After much speculation and many rumors that he would go to the Jets, Nnamdi Asomguha has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on a 5 year/60 million dollar deal. This helps sure up one of the Eagles biggest problems from last year, the secondary, and makes them an immediate Super Bowl favorite. This is the second time that a Phili sports team has swooped in and grabbed the best free agent away from a NY team's grasp (Cliff Lee), and now makes Asomguha hated to almost all NY football fans.
This from ESPN's B1G Blogger Adam Rittenberg about Greg Mattison's expectations and interactions with underperforming Will Campell.
One interesting thing about Mattison's ability to motivate by calling out.
"He's talking right to Will. Even during condition, he would call him out and say, 'We need you. We need a 3-technique. If you can't do it, you just let me know. No hard feelings.'"
Here's hoping that Mattison can put that spark into Will, IMO this will be his final legitamte chance to live up to the hype that he came in with. Thoughts?
Edit:fixed my title.