"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
Tom from AA's post yesterday regarding the M Fanfare reminded me to re-post my original poll started in January.
The question: How many people know the entire lyrics to "The Victors"? HINT: The first word is not "Hail", it is "Now".
If you already voted previously, please do not vote again. Currently we are 20/33 (60%) who knew all the lyrics. Here is a good video from some M students that is worth watching.
As we try desperately to fill remaining days between now and kickoff, I thought it would be interesting to remember some of the notable blocks in Michigan history. I'll offer a few, but I'm sure there are many others which will appear as if by magic in the comments below.
Patrick Omameh vs. Notre Dame, 2010
We all remember the run, and most of us remember the block. Omameh cleared Te'o straight through the safety. Denard ran. There was much rejoicing.
Martavious Odoms vs. WMU, 2009
Broken plays are MUCH more dangerous when you've got a goddamn mountain goat rushing from the far side of the play to free you up.
Aaron Shea vs. the State of Wisconsin, 1998
Recently discussed. All your edge are belong to Aaron Shea.
Alfie Burch v. Ohio, 1991
Magicians call this misdirection; your eyes are so drawn to the shiny object shaking tacklers like whoa, you may not even notice number 7 fly into the play. Goodbye Buckeye, Hello Heisman. Much like...
Unknown Hero v. Ohio, 1997
I don't know who this is, but I've always appreciated this block. If you watch behind Woodson, some intrepid dude clears two would-be tacklers from Charles' baffles. Heisman Redux.
What else ya got?
This is a quick 2 minute update. What this post lacks in actual info. will be made up for with speed. SEC speed. Bill King’s radio show on Sirius had a 247 guy from the Alabama site. Sorry didn’t get his name.
Didn’t have much on Eddie Lacy’s recent injury, except to echo what Saban has said (he’ll be back for Michigan). Interestingly, he did discuss the turf toe injury of a while ago, saying Lacy looked slow on it during the first week of camp. By the second week he seemed to be doing better.
TJ Yeldon got a lot of work (29 carries) in the two fall camp scrimmages – believes he’s going to play extensively against Michigan. Says he looks the part physically and has been impressive. Talked a little bit about the backs behind them, didn’t say a word about Dee Hart.
They have a JUCO cornerback who looks like he’s going to step right in and play at a high level. Of course they do. Also discussed a 6’6” 250 lb. hybrid LB/DE who apparently they really like. Sorry, didn’t get the names. Again, speed. You’re not used speed like this in the B1G.
BONUS WILTFONG TALKS MICHIGAN RECRUITING: Two horse race between Auburn and Michigan for Green. A lot of people think Auburn after the recent visit, but he spent 3 days in Ann Arbor and they set the bar. Next step is an official to Michigan for the Sparty game. Didn’t sound like a decision was imminent. Who knows.
BONUS WILTFONG TEARS OF NOTRE DAME: They’re pretty screwed at CB. They have a ton of top recruits, including CBs, coming in for the night game against Michigan.
Yahoo! released on of their typical, preseason, best-of lists. MSU comes in at #9 and OSU comes in at #6. I'll leave the rest as a surprise.
Brian had the video on Brock Mealer walking unassisted yesterday, but here's a story about why he's trying to walk by himself. Brock is getting married in December and Mike Barwis is making him walk the aisle alone.
Every step is one closer to his goal of walking the full 70-yard field at BarwisMethods. Barwis has been in front of Brock every step of the way.
Last week, he looked Brock in the eye as he readied to walk nearly 30 yards.
“I already walked down the aisle once, I’m not doing it twice,” Barwis said.
“What the hell does that mean,” Brock said, laughing.
“It means I’m not standing in front of you anymore,” Barwis said. “The last thing you need is my ugly face going down the aisle with you.”
“What do I do if I fall?”
“You put your hand out like everyone else does. I don’t know what to tell you, boss. You’re at that point. It’s time to walk.”
Barwis stepped back. Brock took a moment then took his first step, cautious and calculated. Sixty steps later, he was at the wall.
“It was exhilarating,” Barwis said. “Every time something happens I feel like someone’s kicking dirt in my eye. You know I don’t cry; I’m too tough for that.”
Say what you will about the Rich Rodriguez coaching staff, but the Brock Mealer story is one of the most inspiring ones I've heard. Who knows where Brock would be without Barwis, but he most certainly wouldn't be walking.