From Portage Northern.
Great to see spring practice today, but I noticed in the background of several pictures that M is still using hydraulic lifts during practices. I know that Notre Dame no longer uses these lifts after the unfortunate incident with a ND student assistant falling to his death after a lift was pulled over during a storm.
ND has since said that they will no longer use lifts, period, and instead use remote cameras, presumably for safety reasons. (http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/story/14815438/indiana-faults-notre-dame-for-hydraulic-lift-accident)
Does anyone know if hydraulic lifts are generally being phased out as an unsafe practice for FB practice, or if ND is just being proactive in avoiding any possible issue involving such lifts ever again and most schools (including M) stil use them?
So, I figured I wouldn't be a douche like the people on craigslist selling their free tickets and just give mine away. I have 7 reserved tickets for Saturday's Spring Game that are not going to be getting used. The probability of rain has caused all of the people I was going to go with to bail. I guess nobody wants to drive from the westside to potentially get rained on but me. So, I have 5 tickets in section 44 row 31 and 2 tickets for section 25 row A. If anybody would want these I will be in the Grand Rapids area tomorrow and would be willing to pass them off. If interested email me at:
First come first serve of course.
Edit: I am not going anymore either so, if someone wants them, they'd have to be around the west side of the state to get them. I should have been more clear my apologies.
searched site using auburn football as keywords an nada. Bang away if I missed it.
Link was posted at 405 pm today.
The coaches cruised around to various high schools during the spring evaluation period in stretch limo Hummer that first year, and ended up with a class that was ranked near the top nationally by just about every recruiting service. In fact, it was so successful, that in 2010 Auburn decided to ditch the Hummers and roll out in giant buses with Auburn-related images painted on the sides.
I am part of a volunteer group that mentors high school students and helps them out with their college applications. This past weekend, we took a trip down to UT and the tour guides had a texas football hype video up before they started the presentation. All the kids couldn't stop talking about how UT had it all after the tour.
I'm wondering if you guys have any youtube links to hype videos that you guys really liked (I'm already going to show them the hype video on the main page). I've been hyping up Michigan to a lot of these kids and I was in the process of sending out some info on Michigan along with a couple of hype videos.
Also, if you know about any education-related videos on youtube that are cool, feel free to share!
Ohio LB Joe Bolden (6'2", 225 lbs) was in Ann Arbor a few weeks ago with his dad and his uncle, who also happens to be his coach. He decided to take another trip back up, but this time with his mom and dad. Here's his highlight film and his thoughts on the visit.
TOM: You were just in Ann Arbor a few weeks ago, so what prompted this visit?
JOE: I didn't see as much as I wanted to last time. This time we got to drive through campus, see the classrooms, and we just got to see a lot more than last time. We go the grand tour of everything. I didn't get to see a dorm because there weren't any vacant, but I got to see the building that I would be living in.
TOM: I know you went up with your dad and uncle last time, who went with you this time?
JOE: Just my mom and dad.
TOM: What did they think of the visit. Your dad has seen campus before, but this was the first time for mom. How did she like it?
JOE: She really liked it. She really liked Coach Hoke, and Mrs. Hoke and Mrs. Mattison were actually up there so she got to talk to them for awhile too. To me she seemed pretty impressed.
TOM: Did they have questions for the coaches that they, as parents, wanted answered? I know moms can be protective sometimes.
JOE: Not really any more questions, they pretty much answered everything before I asked them. Coach Hoke without my parents even asking answered everything. We sat down for about 45 minutes and just talked about me living up there. He talked about her being a mom and obviously she's protective. He told her that if I were to choose Michigan that I'd be safe and taken care of.
TOM: So where are you at right now with the process? I know you told me last time that you think you're getting close, but what does that mean?
JOE: Right now I have it narrowed down to a couple schools that I'm very serious about, but I want to keep those quiet so I don't give anyone the wrong impression. I'm getting as much information on them as I can, and talking to as many good resources as I can.
TOM: How will you know when you're ready to decide?
JOE: I still haven't gotten the chance to sit down with my mother, father, and uncle and weigh out the pro's and con's of everything. My uncle wasn't at school today, but we'll probably sit down in the next couple days. I really don't have a timeline, it could happen tomorrow or it could happen in February. I'm not sure yet.
TOM: When you say weigh everything out, what are you thinking about with regards to each school?
JOE: Academics has always been a big part of my life. My parents have stressed school work comes before the game of football, so that's number one. If I fit into the program, if I like the coaches, and if the university has tradition, a good winning tradition.
I have been thinking about our transition to Manball and I wonder if you can just start doing Manball without becoming Manball. I imagine a few things in the transformation like:
- Hanlon walking around like Burgess Merdith in Rocky yelling in a raspy voice to the lineman that they need to "eat lightning and crap thunder"
- Running backs carrying FJ on their backs while running through drills, like Luke carrying Yoda on Dagobah, while he imparts thoughts like "be the offspring of Bo Jackson and Barry Sanders before the 4000 yard season you can"
- Lewan actually getting hurt from the cage match fight with Borges for not sufficiently drive blocking and not from training drills
I assume there is a book for how to live Manball, not sure if the board has any thoughts on what Manball requires or how to live Manball.