no, YOU'RE off topic
It's late July -
So let's ignore why I'm looking at 2* TX kids committed to Wake Forest - but, either way:
Since when is a 6'4" 235 QB "average size"? Wouldn't this make Culpepper, Mallett, and that fat guy from Kentucky a few years ago the only adequately sized QBs in all of football?
And he's a to-be-Senior in high school - how much bigger does he need to get before his size is no longer a "need for improvement"
No sense in rehashing that Scout swings-and-misses at times, but this is a glaring and laughable mistake for a recruiting site to make.
I guess all 6'2 200 pound signal callers might as well move to OLB already.
While not technically a diary, in the sense most diaries on the site are anyway, I’m giving thought to starting a “video diary” of sorts, with fun mash-up projects and such, over the course of the season. I’ll prepare the video and give explanations of what I was thinking when I put it together. I’m not sure what I’m going to do or use, but I’m sure I’ll come up with something. If you have any suggestions, or ideas, feel free to post them in the comments. Now, without further ado … onto the entry:
After all the positive feedback from the “Ohio State Inception” Mashup, I felt that I needed to do something bigger for my next video. This logically led to one conclusion – a hype video.
Now, my opinion of what a hype video should be may differ slightly from others, particularly the “Better Son, Better Daughter” videos (which I LOVED, don’t get me wrong), but I think a hype video should be so incredibly grand and awe-inspiring that you have nothing but goosebumps at the end. In that vein, I was watching a particularly grand and epic blockbuster the other day, and I heard a speech that has from the time I heard it, been a particular favorite of mine … and it all just clicked together.
I won’t spoil it for you, and I’ll stop boring you with words and just say …
… here’s my submission for a Michigan Football Hype Video 2011.
For App Users: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzHGdhdKxVk
Initially, just FYI - I wouldn’t expect this kind of quick turn-around from me between videos in the future. I’ve been home-sick with the flu all week, and this was an outlet for my boredom. All in-all, this took about 20+ hours to put together, though at least 6-7 of that was downloading videos.
Also, as I’m all for giving credit where credit is due, many thanks to Brian, shortsgoblue, and all those who’ve contributed to the original hype videos that came before this one. They certainly served as the genesis for my own contribution and mine certainly wouldn’t have come about without them. Additionally, kudos to everyone on YouTube who has so meticulously catalogued Michigan football highlights, specifically WolverinesHistorian and parkinggod, as well as all of those people who put together hype videos of their own, as clips were borrowed from a great many sources. The nature of such a project as this is collaborative by default, given the limited material we all have to work with, so I do appreciate the efforts of others on their own videos.
The speech, if you didn't know, is from "Armageddon" by none-other-than Mr. Michael Bay. It's the speech the president gives before the astronauts blast off to go fight the asteroid. The clip can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_sUlupV48I
Now, a word about the music, as this is always the key subject matter for discussion aside from the actual video itself. As I said above, I wanted grandeur and spectacle for my hype video, hence the “over-the-top” anthem I chose from 30 Seconds to Mars. I love the grandiose-nature of their music (having used it for my “Movies in Action 2011” Mashup I posted a month or so ago), and I felt that it fit very well with the video I was trying to make. Also, if you’ll go and read the lyrics (http://www.lyricskid.com/lyrics/30-seconds-to-mars-lyrics/vox-populi-lyrics.html) I think you’ll find they fit this season better than you’d think.
I tried to make a video equivalent to what I think this season represents – namely reclamation of things we’ve forgotten these past few years and an attempt to recapture an old identity. This is why there are so many references to the past tied into the video itself. I wasn’t a RichRod basher or anything like that, and I’m all for more creative offenses, but there’s something inexplicably comforting about a return to past glory and having someone in place who we all know respects that past as if it was his own blood. That’s why this video had to be so epic, because I just can’t escape that feeling that something epic is just around the corner.
Until then … hopefully this video keeps a sense of “epic” alive over the summer months, a summer when recruiting has abnormally slowed to a crawl, and we’re all on the edge of our seats counting down the days until the season kicks off. Hope everyone enjoyed the video.
EDIT: Also, just FYI, a poster below made this point and I wanted to make sure I wasn't making myself "look to good" by taking credit for someone's work, but the "over laid" visual effects, like Denard's running highlights on a stadium wall, old fans in a new stadium, and the old players over the new block M, those were all from an ESPN special and an award winning student-produced film on Michigan football called "Michigan Stadium - A Timeless Tradition" respectively that were used in another 2011 hype video. I didn't do those myself, unfortunately.
Here's the link to the student short: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_Yg0x3gwB0
ESPN is reporting the nfl owners have approved the CBA and are awaiting players to vote on it possibly later tonight, we might get a full nfl season!
I thought this was a good read. Might bring some people back down to Earth and lead to some good discussion.
Brandon will be patient with Hoke. He hired Hoke, after all. And Michigan doesn't want to start shuffling through coaches every few seasons.
But there's a need to show significant progress in Year 1. Here's why: the schedule in Year 2. It's brutal.
The negotiations lasted several months, but the locally based Brann's restaurant chain announced Thursday it has reached an exclusive two-year agreement with NFL superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson to promote its nine locations throughout the state of Michigan.
Johnson, an All-Pro wide receiver for the Detroit Lions last season, has signed a contract to become the official spokesperson of the Brann's Sizzling Steaks & Sports Grille chain with its four locations in the Grand Rapids area and restaurants in Holland, Portage, Muskegon and Detroit suburbs of Macomb Township and Northville.
I assume this cost quite a bit of money. It's surprising to see a chain the size of Brann's land an exlusive promotional deal with an athlete of Calvin Johnson's stature. I wonder what the deal was actually worth.
I also wonder what Bill "HUGE" Simonson thinks about this.
I know a lot of people have been asking about Aaron Burbridge lately. I spoke with his teammate Devin Funchess today and he told me that Aaron will be with him at the Big House BBQ on the 31st. I posted this in the BBQ Visitor List post, but I figured people probably aren't checking it as often now.
There isn't much new with Burbridge, he still needs to figure out his grades before anything can really happen.