further adventures in Jed York being unsuited for his position
Football has begun for the weekend, USF comes to Heinz Field for Pitt's (possibly) last Big East opener.
Wine for me tonight, maybe a Kalamazoo Stout or a Guinness Foreign Extra in a bit. What's everyone else drinking/thinking of tonight?
As you all probably know by now, SDSU utilized an interesting way of playcalling this past Saturday where, instead of using odd hand gestures and yelling a lot, they held up large cards with pictures of those who had left the program for greener pastures (read: Michigan...duh). Now it appears that fans and mgobloggers weren't the only ones to notice this innovative method. In a stunning move, Dave Brandon has announced today (in a secret press conference that I was lucky enough to have been invited to) that Michigan will begin using the same tactic beginning immediately.
Okay, now before everyone gets all ANGAR and DAVEBRANDONRABBLEPIZZARABBLE, allow me to asplode your heads, for I am privvy to not only the people whose faces will be used on these cards, but also the strategies that will be implemented with each card! You can all thank me later but before that, I'm pleased to announce:
Michigan's Face Card Strategies Idea That They Borrowed from SDSUTM
As you all remember, Tony Gibson was Michigan's Defensive Backs/Special Teams Coach for 3 seasons under Rich Rodriguez. His departure has thus made him eligible for the Michigan Face Cards. When Michigan's defense sees this card, they are to immediately give any and all possible receivers at least a 10 yard cushion off the line of scrimmage (this may also apply to defensive line players since you never know when one of those scrappy tackles will break off for a quick slant).
Cornerbacks are also encouraged to completely ignore the receiver they're covering after about 2 yards and just turn and run downfield like hell is chasing them (for reference on how this technique looks when done properly, see footage from the 2010 PSU game).
[NOTE: If this Face Card is shown on a kick or punt return, the returner is expected to muff the ball, or otherwise fumble it on the run if he accidentally caught it the first time.]
When Michigan's defense sees this Face Card, they are encouraged to "Embrace the Change", and ponder this deeply. However once the ball is snapped, cornerbacks should work on providing enough coverage to make the opposing QB think long enough in the hopes that he'll be sacked, which is pretty likely to happen...if you have players named Woodley, Branch, Jamison and/or Burgess. If not, then just try really, really hard.
However, if this Face Card is shown against a spread team with a mobile quarterback, then just lay down to die, and pray that it's over soon.
Greg "GERG" Robinson
When the defense sees Greg Robinson's beautiful flowing locks with his face underneath staring back at them, they must immediately switch into a 3-3-5 (hell, so does the offense because, I mean, this 3-3-5 thing must work somewhere, right?). Players are also expected to play well out of position and look extremely confused, and if they do so, they'll likely be rewarded by a sideline hug from Mr. Snuggles the Fun-Time Football Beaver.
Also, if you bring this Face Card into your local participating hair salon, you'll receive 20% off your next haircut or perm (new customers only, subject to change, void where prohibited, not valid on dreadlocks).
When the RR Face Card is shown on offense, expect a zone-read, and also expect Denard to run the ball regardless of anything else (this includes wide open receivers, multiple LB spies, and 5 foot brick walls across the width of the field Wile E. Coyote-style). It is also recommended to have a new RB in the backfield every new time this is shown.
This Face Card also holds other possibilities. If a position is in dire need (aka - has little to no depth), a player from that position is required to do one of the following wen seeing the RR Face Card: 1) become severely injured for the rest of the season, 2) leave the program, or 3) become ineligible to play for any other other reason (academics is a good one). This Face Card will also signify to the MMB that it is time to play a Josh Groben song.
BONUS: When a new drive begins, flip a coin. If the coin is heads, go three-and-out. If tails, bust off a huge 80+ yard run by Denard in an insane comeback against ND.
Lloyd Carr's Face Card is actually quite specific yet simple. Here's the breakdown:
1st Down: I-Formation, Zone-Left Run
2nd Down: I-Formation, Zone-Left Run
3rd Down: I-Formation, Zone-Left Run
4th Down: Punt (but only if it's ≥ 4th and inches AND you're not within the opponents 20 yd. line, in which case, kick a field goal)
Well, there you have it folks! Michigan's Face Card Strategies Idea That They Borrowed From SDSUTM. I don't know about you, but I can't WAIT to see these bad boys in action. I'm sure Minnesota won't know what hit them this Saturday. Go Blue!
As my 'joined' date suggests I've been a pretty regular user (and infrequent poster) for almost a year now, and a regular reader / follower for even longer. I've been attending Michigan football games for over five years since my days of visiting U of M football games in the students' section of the Big House (I'm a Grand Valley graduate, but having spent my freshman year at U of M - Flint, had their equivalent of an M-Card which granted me access to the student section. I digress). I made it to the SDSU game this past weekend and, for the first time ever, stayed to watch the band play as people were filing out of the stadium. To my surprise, closing off their post-game show, the band played "Temptation", followed by the announcer saying "...and you can't have one without the other", proceeded by the Hawaiian chant we are so wont to see posted here on MGoBlog after glorious Michigan victories.
This particular bit of diction from the announcer was of course more than familiar to me as a regular MGoFanatic, and caused me to wonder, "Did that announcer just totally rip-off Brian?" If so, that's hilarious and awesome, but I couldn't be sure if he's always done it, and Brian's useage of it is an homage to the announcer. So, which is it? I'm genuinely curious.
My apologies if this is common knowledge or has been previously discussed. As mentioned above, this was my first time staying to listen to the band after the game - I usually just leave.
On the front page of WN right now on the history and tradition of the Little Brown Jug.
For some reason, Rothstein kind of gets under my skin. Does anyone else feel this way?
I realize we have not been pursuing him heavily as of late, but 4* OL Adam Bisnowaty just committed to Pitt.
The tragic story from Monday about the Michigan Marching Band Trumpet player who was killed in a car accident was a forum topic earlier this week. Several people had said they'd like to know when more details were available.
The information below is from the weekly MMB e-newsletter in the section written by Scott Boerma, the Band Director:
The students and staff of the Michigan Marching Band are deeply saddened by the loss of Patrick Fleming, a 2nd-year member of our trumpet section. He was involved in a fatal car accident on his way to classes on Monday morning. Patrick had an infectious smile at all times and was a devoted member of our MMB family. His dedication to living life fully was inspiring, and he had a positive impact on all of us.
We have received a huge outpouring of calls, emails, and Facebook messages from parents, family members, friends, and colleagues throughout the country, offering their thoughts and condolences. The student president of the Michigan State University Spartan Marching Band called me this morning to tell me that a group of SMB students would like to visit one of our rehearsals this week to offer their support. It's great to know that we have so many thoughtful and caring friends out there.
The following arrangements have been made:
Monday, October 3, from 4:00-7:00pm
Visitation will take place at C&H Funeral Home - Ypsilanti
411 South Adams Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48197-5405
Tuesday, October 4, at 11:00am
The funeral will be held at The New Hope Baptist Church - Ann Arbor
218 Chapin Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48103-3390
The Michigan Marching Band's performances this Saturday in Michigan Stadium will be dedicated to Patrick, and his position in the marching drill will remain unfilled that day. The band members will wear special armbands and trumpet pins in his memory.
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
Professor Scott Boerma