Congrats to Jack Kennedy and Joe Reynolds who were on ESPN U-Nite to talk about their music video and their musical aspirations. Jack even impressed with some freestyle.
You would have thought Loeffler would have learned to be a little more decpetive with his play calls after Northwestern stole them from us back in the day. I bet on MSU so I loved watching Auburn do their best job of channeling Debord on offense. Hopefully Scott comes up with something quick or he'll be 1 and done at Auburn.
Just like I posted a thread last week on who your #47 should be, who do you think should wear Ron Kramer's #87 Saturday?
He will become the 3rd Michigan Football Legend. A 2-time All-American in football in 1955 & 1956. Kramer also played basketball and track at Michigan. He was a team captain in basketball. Kramer was the scoring leader in both football in basketball, he collected 9 varsity letters in 3 sports which was the maximum at the time due to freshmen not being eligible.
Kramer passed away at age 75 on September 11, 2010- the day of the Michigan-ND game. In that game, Denard Robinson rushed for the longest TD run in ND stadium- 87 yards. Ron Kramer's number was #87.
I think a really good choice would be either Jeremy Gallon or Devin Funchess. Funchess may be a knee jerk reaction to last week's performance, but Kramer once was quoted saying he "hopes another great young player wears #87 at Michigan someday".
Last night's radio show (commercials cut) with Brandstatter, Hoke and an interview with the UMass coach.
There is a good piece at the Chicago Tribune about the many benefits for youth of playing football. (LINK: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-x-0912-keilman-column-20120912,0,5928127.story.)
I really liked the article. It addresses the debate on the potential dangers of football which has been discussed here on several occasions. The author, a writer with the Trib whose 9 year old son is playing ball, ends up in a slightly different place. While the danger of serious injury and concussions is real, he ends up seeing significant benefits. These can be summed up in three areas:
- Teamwork. Unlike youth basketball and baseball, which can be dominated by a single great athlete, football demands teamwork. If everyone doesn't contribute, you'll lose. But there is a place for everyone to contribute.
- Confidence. Putting on pads and working with your teammates can do wonders in building confidence in a young boy.
Modern life can offer kids a pretty soft existence: parents who never pick up a paddle, snacks by the boxful, nonstop entertainment streaming through smartphones. It's easy to float through life untroubled by challenge.
These characteristics build resilience, one of the most important things a child can do.
What really matters, he says, is learning to overcome adversity.
On the football field, adversity comes with every snap. The game teaches kids that when they get knocked down, the only response is to get up.
If you're one of the ones debating whether or not to let your kids play football, I'd strongly encourage you to read the article. I have seen these benefits in my own son, and they outweigh the dangers, from my perspective.
The offensive UFR for the Air Force game is now viewable with the enhanced viewer web app. The link to the launch page is (as it shall remain from here on out):
New feature: I added a minor new feature. If you click the "Show Drives" button, you can now choose between the navigable tree of drives and plays, or a graph of all the drives. The graph is just from the NCAA stats site.