So I usually do not post a wallpaper until the end of the week. I try to get the time to work on it after the work that feeds the family is done. Last week I had a few people state that they really wish I had the wallpaper done at the beginning of the week so it could be enjoyed leading up to the game.
Blue Indy quickly agreed to get his work out a little quicker and was bumped in points so he could create content. Just check a couple diaries (here) below this and you can see his work for this week, and the past weeks. He has done some great work for all of the non-rivalry games.
I felt a little pressure to produce something and after taking in the Cowboys/Redskins game (my first ever NFL game) I was struggling to get some sleep. I thought it was a great opportunity to be productive and get something done.
My original idea was to take a good looking gopher and give it a Michigan branding. I was struggling to get a truly good "burn" look into the fur without it just being poorly done. The more I thought about it I figured Michigan does not really need to brand Minnesota and then there came a better idea. It's Minnesota and really deep down in their hearts they want to be a Michigan. I think every Golden Gopher fan, when no one is looking, really shows their secretive desire to be a wolverine... so much that they have the tattoo to prove it.
The picture is far from perfect but at least it is done earlier in the week.
Local high school and current home to 2012 UM commit James Ross, Orchard Lake St. Mary's, is looking to get a red field, just like Eastern Washington. That could create quite a stir!! What does everyone think? I like it!
Boyz n da Pahokee posted links to the press conference, but the transcript is also posted at mgoblue.com. Link: http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/092611aac.html
A few snippets:
Ryan Van Bergen:
(on where the defense is)
The thing that is promising is we have seen the glimpses where we can be a great defense. We have not been great all the time, we have not been great most of the time, but when we are playing well, we could be one of the best in the country. One of the things is we have to stop saying is 'we can be' and start actually being that, because there is no reason that we cannot. We have enough depth, we have enough talent, and we just have to start executing better.
(on leaving a mark in the Big 10)
Championships are won in November and our November record is not very good. We are anxious to get into the Big Ten schedule because what we do in the next two months is what will be remembered of our team forever. That is all we have left as seniors and I think our team is very focused, we kind of have tunnel vision.
(on helping Denard)
We just have to get open. That's what it really amounts to. We're not being very detailed in our execution right now; receivers running routes of different depths and dropping passes. We just have to help him out. Everyone is putting the blame on him, but it's not really all on him.
I guess we just have to get on the same page and work on our timing more and more. Every day we will practice and try to get better.
(on Koger taking blame from Denard)
It's true. Because sometimes (Denard) will take a lot on his shoulders and he'll just kind of go crazy finding the play by itself, and trying to make that hole, make that run, make a pass out of nothing, and he doesn't need to. He can rely on everyone else around him and when he does is when we play the best.
(On success in the red zone)
We've done well. We have a different more powerful running game this year. I think it got put a lot on the coaches, and Coach Borges is calling plays really well.
I've already block quoted too much . . . you should go to the link and read the presser. When not only coaches aren't taking credit, but PLAYERS are taking blame, and giving credit to others, WOW, the attitude of this team is awesome. This reminds me of a quote I read somewhere else once, which this team seems to embody:
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Michigan will play UMass again in 2012. Story here.
I would assume it will be on either 9/15 or 9/29, but that part wasn't reported.
Maybe it's just me, but does Denard seem to have lost a little speed this year? I noticed he got caught from behind a couple times against SDSU (although not on a full-on run). I just remember how fast he was last year against ND and he seems to have lost a fraction of that speed.
Here's a five word diary.