landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
Angelique Chengelis has an article in today's Detroit News regarding the kinship of Courtney Avery and Michigan legend George Jewett. Link: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121005/SPORTS0201/210050350/Michigan-s-Courtney-Avery-proud-relation-history-making-Wolverine?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Sports
I'd been ignorant of Jewett's legacy until I saw an article in March's Michigan Today. The article (http://michigantoday.umich.edu/story.php?id=8143) is well worth your time to read, as Jewett's legacy is impressive. Michigan would not have another african-american player until the legendary Willis Ward. I cannot recommend the article highly enough if you're unaware of Jewett's story.
Jewett's father was an Ann Arbor blacksmith. Not only was Jewett Michigan's (and the B1G's) first african-american player (1890!), but he was a renaissance man and powerful business presence in Ann Arbor after graduation. He was also Ann Arbor High School's 1889 valedictorian. He played for the Wolverines in 1890 and 1892, later transferring to Northwestern to become their first african-american player too. (The transfer was motivated, according to Wikipedia, due to a dispute with Michigan's Medical School dean.)
Per Chengelis, Avery did not know of his relationship to Jewett until he arrived on campus. It's a wonderful bit of history, and with all the talk of "Legacy" jerseys I doubt Avery would trade his legacy for any teammate's.
Nick Saban made some comments yesterday suggesting that the trend of increasing pace in college football is unhealthy:
I think that the way people are going no-huddle right now, that at some point in time, we should look at how fast we allow the game to go in terms of player safety," Saban said on today's SEC teleconference. "The team gets in the same formation group, you can't substitute defensive players, you go on a 14-, 16-, 18-play drive and they're snapping the ball as fast as you can go and you look out there and all your players are walking around and can't even get lined up. That's when guys have a much greater chance of getting hurt when they're not ready to play. "I think that's something that can be looked at. It's obviously created a tremendous advantage for the offense when teams are scoring 70 points and we're averaging 49.5 points a game. With people that do those kinds of things. More and more people are going to do it. "I just think there's got to be some sense of fairness in terms of asking is this what we want football to be?"
The purity of Saban's intentions aside, is this something that should be considered? Mathlete's analysis this week showed that offense is steadily increasing in recent years. I enjoy watching offense as much as anyone, but is there a point where the balance between offense and defense tips too far in one direction and is no longer good for the game?
So, there are a few games in progress or about to start:
In the NFL, the Rams are up on the Cardinals 7-3 with about 2 minutes left in the 1st quarter.
In CFB, the marquis game tonight is clearly USC vs.Utah, starting in just a moment. On CBS Sports Network, East Carolina vs.UCF started at 8 PM and it is 14-14 with the 2nd quarter having started just a moment ago. Over at ESPNU, Arkansas State and FIU are taking a 10-7 game (FIU lead) into halftime in just a moment.
I thought it better to do this in one thread to reduce clutter.
Michigan Daily: "Slippery Rock officials say they are exploring a football game at Michigan Stadium"
Edit: Just to clarify, NOT against Michigan, but against another D-II team.
Slippery Rock is looking to play a game in the Big House next year. I was the photographer who went with the Daily on this trip last Saturday (wife day) and everyone there was so excited about the possibility to play at the Big House.
I would also like to say that the hospitality that they gave us at Slippery Rock was fantastic. They treated me and our reporter incredibly well (we were basically John U. Bacon when he followed Rodriguez). We met the coach, the president, and they were all so excited to talk to us. Slippery Rock is definitely my 2nd favorite team after last weekend.
By the way, Slippery Rock lost to Kutztown 56-49 after a controversial last minute fumble near the Kutztown endzone. Slippery Rock trailed Kutztown 42-21 at the half, but rallied to gain a lead of 49-42 at one point in the 4th. Regardless of the outcome, the game was a lot of fun, and I encourage every Michigan fan to make the trip to a Slippery Rock game at least once in their lifetime.
here is this week's miniprogram. let me know if there are any necessary changes to be made. Brink was removed due to his injury, others moved up.
Really have to wonder if things can get much worse for the guy.