Looks like it will be very rainy all afternoon tomorrow. How will this affect the two teams?
I have a increased fear factor that it will hurt Michigan worse than Illinois, but just wondered what everyone else was thinking.
Stubob used to write an Ugly Game of the Week diary, typically would be a handful of ugly games for the upcoming week plus a recap of the previous week's results. This always was a good laugh.
Stubob, COME BACK!!!!!!! I need sometging to read at work on Fridays before the preview is released.
Great story on Jabrill Peppers -- 2014 CB Target from Paramus Catholic, NJ who is listed at 6'0", 205 lbs and currently plays CB, RB and WR w/ offers from 50 Div 1 schools, including Alabama, Ohio, Florida, ND and Michigan.
Jabrill survived and thrived through significant adversity, including the incarceration of his father, Terry Peppers, and the murder of his half-brother, Don Curtis.
Through it all, Jabrill managed to maintain a phone relationship with his father and they are both looking forward to his father's parole next June. Terry deeply wants to remain involved in Jabrill's life and supports him to the best of his abilities.
"Terry works five days a week at the prison unloading and loading office furniture, earning about $180 a month. He sends the money to Jabrill." [NJ.COM]
Jabrill sounds like a great person, terrific talent and a mature individual who understands that life's ups and downs come fast and furiously. Hopefully, we will see Terry attend games at the Big House cheering on his son, Michigan's future star CB.
Omameh was honored with a surprise ceremony Thursday night at the hospital for being part of the 11-member Allstate AFCA Good Works team, an award given to college football players for their community service work.
Sweating profusely, Omameh was stunned. He had known he had been named as part of the team, selected from a pool of 117 candidates and Michigan's first team member since Zoltan Mesko. He had no idea he would be presented his award in front of some of the families he helps each week, media members and around 20 teammates who showed up to help celebrate his accomplishments.
Without numerous mentions of UMich (past, present, and future ... no kidding) this would probably be too "OT" for the board:
Opinions expressed in the article (such as the one about Gardner) are not necessarily those of the OP.
Brady Hoke's older brother Jon has been position coach in the secondary for the Chicago Bears. His corps is responsible for 11 of the Bear's NFL leading 13 interceptions. There is a long article highlighting Jon Hoke in the Chicago Tribune. LINK: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-1012-bears-chicago--20121012,0,6380945.story
A few snippets from the article:
The Bears don't have a more animated position coach on staff. Hoke is firm and firmer when with players on the field in training camp. . . . It's not always an approach that works in the NFL.
"That is the way I was raised in coaching," said Hoke. . . "I had a guy tell me one time, and I do believe it: 'Encourage, correct, encourage.' ... When they come off and I am in their ear, sometimes it's correction and sometimes it's encouragement. It's always in that vein, though.
"Sometimes it's tough love. And people don't like to hear it. It's just human nature. We don't want to hear those things. But we have a wonderful group of players to coach, and we're extremely pleased with what they are doing so far."
"He does it because he cares about us and he treats everyone the same. I don't get any preferential treatment over a practice squad guy. He's hard on everybody. He's consistent all the way around."
This is only tangentially related to Brady Hoke, but you can certainly see some similarities in their coaching style.