I know the Ferns-Thompson Event isn't fresh news at this point, but ESPN posted a video of it on Oct. 30 & my MGoSearch didn't turn up any evidence of it already appearing here on the blog. I think most of you know the story, but if you'd like to see it in action, here we are. Happy Friday!
6 PM Eastern Michigan at Ohio ESPNU
7:30 PM ESPN Virginia Tech at Miami (FL)
9:15 PM ESPNU Middle Tennessee at Western Kentucky
When the team takes the field this Saturday against the Gophers in Minneapolis, it will be the first time since 1981 that the game won't be played at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
The Metrodome has had a bad reputation over the years. It's dark, it's blah, it's not the on campus stadium that makes college football feel so special. But as a Michigan fan, it's hard not to feel some kind of attachment to that building when your team has a perfect 12-0 record there. During those 12 wins, we've seen some notable moments:
*In 2003, we had the biggest comeback in school history after trailing 28-7 in the 4th quarter.
*In 1987, Jamie Morris broke the all time Michigan rushing record.
*In 1983, Steve Smith ran for a 75 yard touchdown, a school record run for a Michigan QB held until Denard Robinson arrived.
*In 2008, Nick Sheridan & company looked like a competent team.
*In 1991 and 2003, Michigan played their only 2 non-Saturday regular season games there (that I know of off the top of my head.)
*In 1989, Bo earned a share of his 13th Big Ten title there. We would get the outright title the following week beating the Buckeyes.
That dome may not have been much to look at but it certainly gave us plenty to smile about, unless your name is Tony Boles. So, with the exception of Tony's knee injury, I say to the Metrodome: Thanks for the memories. May we have as much success at Minnesota's new stadium that we had here.
Graham Spanier has been charged with a series of crimes and Curley and Schultz face new charges.
"Spanier was charged with perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children, failure to properly report suspected abuse and conspiracy. Curley and Schultz face new charges of endangering the welfare of children, obstruction and conspiracy."
This is a great article from the Boston Herald about Zoltan's work with Boston Children's Hospital. It's a great read and there is a brief video interview with Zoltan and his, umm, Space Empress.
"All she knew Tuesday night was that her daughter had been in the hospital nearly a week and needed a boost. In truth, both of them needed one. And it came in the form of the smiling, cheery, 6-foot-4, Romanian"
Zoltan already won the Ron Burton Community Service Award earlier this year from the Patriots organization and will receive the "Champion's Award" from Boston Children's. Pat's owner Robert Kraft recently gave him probably the highest praise possible for one of his players:
"In the 18 years since we established the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, perhaps no player has accomplished more in the community in such a short amount of time.”"
We can all be really proud of Zoltan and the way that he conducts himself. I'm sure he will continue to do great things in the community with the foundation that he has recently started along with Tim North. He is truly a Michigan Man and I'm so happy that he is making a difference.
This is Michigan's first game at Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium (opened in 2009, we last played there in 2008). Anyone going?
Some, probably very few, may remember my tale of woe from the Fan Day back in August. I drove in from Iowa with my 9 and 8 year old sons; the 9 year old happens to be a huge fan of #16. We got shut out in our attempt to get in the QB autograph line, though they had a great time running around on the field and getting autographs from most of the OL and DL.
Trying to offer some modicum of hope, I suggested we try at the Minnesota game, since that's the closest Michigan plays to us this year (Lincoln wasn't going to happen and, thankfully, we didn't go). So I'm taking both of them up to Mpls for the Michigan game this Saturday. I'm wondering if there's any chance of flagging down Denard after the game to get him to sign his SI cover. Is this realistic? How long would we have to wait after the game for the team to come out? If it doesn't seem to have a likelihood of success, any other suggestions for getting him to sign the SI cover (ideally it would be personalized to him, so no worry about being an eBay whore)?