So I was at a client this morning for a meeting with one of their technology vendors. The guy from the vendor and I were talking during a break and it turned to football, as I mentioned Michigan (never lose an opportunity to tout UM, kids!). He mentioned that he was a big college football fan, having gone to Alabama (yeah, boo) and that his son, who just started 8th grade, was invited to a Michigan camp for the youngsters. He said they got to meet Hoke, Borges, Mattison, and spent a lot of time with Devin Gardner, as the kid is a QB. He showed me pics of his kid (and many others) listening to a talk by DG, and various pics of the stadium, locker room, field, meeting rooms, trophy cases, etc.
He (the dad) was VERY impressed with DG, said he had gone through so much but turned out so well. DG apparently shared many very personal things, like how he was pretty much failing school as a freshman, but that he was taken aside and put on the right path, and how he now expects to graduate UM with both bachelor's and master's degrees, and a shiny 3.7 GPA.
Also, the son works out with Jabrill Peppers (and others, I'm sure) and will be transferring to Paramus Catholic next year. The dad is apparently good friends with one of Peppers' coaches, so there is a bit of a relationship there. Couldn't speak highly enough of Jabrill (guess they're on a first name basis) and said he's going to be a star at UM.
In summary - even Alabama fans and kids from NJ respect UM; Michigan recruits kids of high character; and GO BLUE!
Here is the UTL-2 weather (Terminal) Forecast for KARB courtesy of the USAF. Now the 48 hour forecast is only about 60% accurate so plan accordingly.
Morning: 70 deg, mostly sunny, 25% chance of rain
Afternoon: 80 deg, mostly sunny, 50% chance of rain
Evening: Mid-70s, mostly cloudy, 50% chance of rain
Kick-Off: 71 deg, mostly cloudy, 50% chance of rain.
Half-time: 68 deg, mostly clear, 20% chance of rain.
Looks like you had better keep a poncho in your back pocket just in case.
Some of the promotions for the game saturday:
Giveaways -- Maize Out Pompoms
• Maize Out pom-pons brought to you by BCBS
• LED Light-Up Bracelets brought to you by BCBS
• Maize Out
• Black Diamond Jet Team Flyover at conclusion of National Anthem
• Michigan Football Spotlight: 1st Quarter Special Announcement Event Staff Member Recognition of 50+ years of service
Senior Support Staff Presentation
• Michigan Football Spotlight: Cheerleading, Dance, Volleyball, Men's and Women's Basketball
• Final Four Volleyball Team
• Final Four Men's Basketball Team
Michigan Marching Band Halftime Show -- "Beyoncé"
• Beyoncé Intro
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/1189994/highlights/54135376Hey guys! Just updating those interested from the previous posts. Karan is off to a good start thus far this season. He rushed for 196 yards on 36 carries against 7A Palmetto. He followed that performance up with 215 yards on 21 carries against Bayshore High in Bradenton. Karan had touchdown runs of 85 yards and 15 yards. This week we have crosstown rival Booker High. Tennessee has offered and the trio of Florida power schools are picking up interest......but Karan keeps cheesing about Michigan :) Karan also holds a 4.0 GPA in honors classes which is pretty impressive. I have a few more clips from his Spring Game and a few runs from the Bayshore game. I'll be making a new premium highlight soon on Hudl! Heading up to the UTL2 this weekend and going to talk face to face with Chris Singletary....so hopefully that will progress things. Check out the film and feel free to comment fellas! Go Blue!!!!
I'm heading to the game on Saturday and would like to ask those who went two years ago or remember the details a couple of questions.
1) What time did Pioneer open up? Was it worth it to go there a few hours ahead of game time or was it full from first thing in the morning?
2) Were any of the other lots around the area (like the lumber yard) open?
3) Any good suggestions for pictures of the stadium or area before the game?
I've gone to a game or two for the last few years but they were almost all early games so I'm sure what to expect heading down for the big game.