"Coach Mattison told me what the Ravens were about, what he thought," Beyer said. "He definitely encouraged me. I hold his opinion in high regard."
I just wanted to pass along a very cool link to a project an Ohio fan did about The Game and Big Ten history seen through the rivalry:
The article is very long, but basically what the guy did is make a little cherub figurine for each year of Michigan/Ohio football history (back to the first game in 1879) and paint it to reflect the winner of The Game each year. He made many tiny details, including symbols to represent who won the Rose Bowl, whether it was the end for a coach involved, etc. Pretty cool, especially to those of you who appreciate obsessive projects and minutiae like this.
I know that there have been some threads posted about Ron Zook already, but there are a few things that I would like to discuss about him on this board.
First of all, why does no one seem to be surprised or care the Illinois lost 27-7 to Minnesota, in a game in which Illinois had 18 offensive yards in the first half? How is it possible to end up only putting up 18 yards against Minnesota in the first half?
Also, in light of Minnesota's defensive annihilation of Illinois, do Brian's defensive annihilation muppets seem ill-advised? Does our victory over Illinois look a lot less impressive in retrospect? I would say that it does.
Did Illinois get worse as the season went on or was did the quality of competition just increase? Does having a head coach probably on the way out make a team play better or worse?
Why do people say that Zook is a good recruiter? Did he ever have any top 25 recruiting classes at Illinois?
Why has Illinois' offense turned into a tire fire? Their skill position players are not bad. Does their offensive line suck?
Lastly, the longest-serving B1G coach is Kirk Ferentz. After him, the longest-serving B1G coach is now Pat Fitzgerald, who started coaching in 2006. Is this kind of turnover normal in coaching, when the shelf-life of a coach is about the same as a player?
Fitzgerald Toussaint thinks this is the most accurate toy ever for starting your children early on a promising career path.
In 2010, Michigan finished the season ranked 110th in total Defense giving up 450.8 yards per game. (includes the bowl game).
In 2011, Michigan ranks 16th in Total Defense giving up 317.6 yards per game. That's an improvement of 94 spots and 133.2 yards per gamer less this year than last with virtually the same players.
Greg Mattison deserves Asst. Coach of the Year and Brady Hoke deserves Coach of the Year, it's no-brainer.
THought this was interesting.
Stats are from cfbstats.com
I was eating at Pizza House last night with my family when I noticed three athletic guys sitting at a table in the corner, but none of them looked familiar.
The highlights of the game came on and someone started to sing The Victors but it didn't take hold. Then someone else started singing, "It's Great To Be A Michigan Wolverine." The whole room enthusiastically started to sing.
I looked over at the table of athletic guys. One of them was eating pizza, hunkered down, but he was pumping his fist in the air to the singing. Soon after, they left.
Fast forward to two minutes ago. I just turned on The Game on BTN and a picture of Kenny Demens flashed on the screen. It was Kenny Demens who pumped his fist and ate pizza as the room serenaded him. I didn't see anyone acknowledge him - maybe , like me, no one knew it was him. But now that I know it was him, what a great impromptu moment. I hope he enjoyed it.
This is probably a lame excuse to start a thread (OK, "definitely" not "probably"), but I'm still having that postgame warm and fuzzy feeling and hoping to keep it going by re-watching The Game on BTN right now, preferably virtually with other MGoBlog brethren with the same warm fuzzies.
Who's with me?!?!
EDIT: Is the guide lying again? Unfortunately I'm getting Mike Hall talking about basketball instead. Sigh BTN. Neg away, errbody.
EDIT2: As noted, it's on now, at least in Ann Arbor.