Boston Globe profile of new Boston College AD Brad Bates. Bates was a football walkon during the Bo Schembechler era in the late 1970s.
Given the way Dave Brandon has scheduled with other ADs with Michigan ties (Jeff Long-Arkansas, Bob De Carolis-Oregon St, Warde Manuel-UConn, & Derrick Gragg-EMU), I bet we will see Boston College on Michigan's football schedule soon.
Popular Science this month brings us a look at the current state of the Football Helmet, concussions, sub-concussive impacts and a possible future for the helmet.
I do have some problems with the article. It opens with a sort of cloak-and-dagger setup directed at helmet manufacturers, which I find unnecessary and ridiculous. If a given technology proves itself to be better at preventing concussions and impact related brain damage, then helmet manufacturers are going to embrace that. If they haven't thusfar, it's because their data leads them to believe it is honestly not the best way to protect players.
There is some credence to the idea that manufacturers would like to protect themselves by supporting the work they've done in the past, certianly, but they're not going to ignore relevant, reliable modern data that shows better, safer ways to go. That doesn't protect them. It shoots them in the foot and opens them to more problems later.
Once you get past the bizzare, attack laced opening, though, the rest of the article is a pretty good, pretty cool look at some new technology that might help win the battle for a better football helmet. I was aware that new research showed that twisting and rolling of the brain within the skull was much more damaging than it simply bouncing around inside, and that there had been some work on developing helmets that took advantage of this knowledge, such as giving them a stretchy "skin" that would reduce inter-crainial rotation.
I had not heard of this new technology, though, which strikes me as simple and highly effective. By placing the helmet on a somewhat independently articulated skull cap, of sorts, it can protect against heavy blows while still moving and sliding independently of the head, reducing twisting.
I'm really glad to see some innovative thinking coming to helmet design. I would like to see the NCAA and the NFHS (not to mention the NFL), do some studies on the effectiveness of this new technology. What do you think?
Michigan Football's Facebook Page posted a simple question:
Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down.
I went through and tallied 665 of the comments. That's not all of them, but after a while the percentages stayed the same, so I'm saying this is a SCIENTIFICALLY SOUND representation of the FB page's population. It took far too long to go through 650+ so I decided not to keep going through the now 3000 comments. Like I said, the percentages started holding pretty strong around n=300, so should be representative. I ignored trolls and unrelated posts.
|Helmets: Yes! Uniforms: No!||154||23.1%|
|Helmets: No! Uniforms: Yes!||18||2.7%|
I had other categories as well, such as "Sarcasm" and "slappy." The former of which generally disliked the jerseys, the later of which said "anything Blue wears is good" so I did not include them in the "Like" category.
Representative "Like" Comment
SWAGG! Matt finish to the helmets!! And the jersey is to fly!
Representative "Dislike" Comment
Next thing we are going to do is make a dubstep knockoff of the Victors
Representative Pro-Helmet, Anti-Jersey Comment
Helmet ok. Jersey looks horrible. Go back to the traditional jersey.
Representative "Meh" Comment
Representative Anti-Helmet, Pro-Jersey Comment
helmet looks awful and the shirt looks a little better
BONUS: Sarcasm Comment
You want a good idea? Yellow Jersey and blue numbers
Kinda fun to laugh at. I wouldn't take this too seriously, except that the M Football FB page is usually full of slappies that will "Like" anything that is posted, so I thought this was a funny enough to share.
I just received my bowl tickets for the game against South Carolina and I have a question for some former and current students with bowl experience. How easy is it for one to move around. I'm a senior and got placed into the upper deck and was curious how easy it would be to move to a lower section. Any feedback would be great.
So, I haven't been to Eleven Warriors, one of the better Ohio blogs, for about a month, or before the game in Columbus. I happened to run over, and whaddaya know, they have a full column by Johnny Ginter focusing on Rich Rodriguez and Michigan.
I guess this is what you can expect when they are going through a bowl ban and have nothing to write about in terms of Ohio football. The piece has been up for a day or so, is about Michigan, and actually references mgoblog and Brian several times. For some of you, it will be an interesting read.
I'm not going to put a whole bunch of quotes in: if you're interested, go to the link. If you're not, well, I didn't waste your time. Basically, Ginter goes through the whole thing of Rodriguez being a decent coach who made some missteps, was never given a real chance by Michigan, being both mistreated and having some rotten luck.
However, I'll put in two quotes that were intriguing.
So now you have a choice, Buckeye fans. Do you root for the guy, knowing that each successive victory angers the Wolverine fanbase in a vague, irritating way? Or do you root against him, forcing him to walk the earth as a shadow, forever branded with the mark of Cain that is Michigan football?
You can link to see which way Ginter goes.
The other quote is from a Michigan fan in the comments, regarding our blog:
You could send MGoBlog into a complete meltdown with this post. Not because it is in any way inflammatory; it isn't. But because anything related to Rodriguez now seems to divide Michigan fans. Through no fault whatsoever of Brian Cook (always fair to Rodriguez, and sometimes critical of Rodriguez such as when Brian Cook was about the first person anywhere to doubt the wisdom of Greg Robinson), the mostly anti-Rodriguez MGo readership -- with many notable exceptions -- sort of convulses in a denial of service attack whenever Rodriguez's name comes up.
I kind of agree with this analysis, and can see why Brian wants to just roll his eyes, disappear, and put his fingers in his ears when RR comes up . . . "LA LA LA LA LA LA I Can't hear you LA LA LA LA have you gone away yet LA LA LA LA LA."
Hopefully we'll be able to have rational and non-meltdown discourse on RR at some point in the future.
One thing for sure (unrelated to the Eleven Warriors Blog) is a terrible legacy of RR: his recruiting, even for the different "spread" scheme, has set Michigan back, and left Hoke at a disadvantage. It irks me to have heard the "cupboard bare" complaints about Carr, when Hoke and Mattison and Borges have not complained once (that I've seen) about the players they inherited, but have made do and coached them up.