In case anyone cares, here are my shots from the game (and other things) from yesterday.
The Pre-game shots, wandering around the stadium through the coin toss:
Shots of the game:
Shots after the game:
A panoramic shot of Michigan Stadium:
Messing around with photoshop to get an effect like they are those little electric football players:
And a shot of the F-15's that were flying around briefly before the game:
Read it on rivals...
As if this day couldn't get any worse.
[FA EDIT: Bumped because people keep making new threads about this despite being still on the front page of everything]
I was not happy how yesterday played out. I have been frustrated by the inefficient play that we have seen sometimes.
But we as a Michigan fan base, need to chill out. 'We' act like a bunch of whiny little girls on the school playground. And yesterday's halftime on the upper-concourse behind section five was the epitomy of why we come across as snobs and arrogant to other fan bases.
Has RR done everything perfectly? No
Have 'we' agreed with every playcall or timeout management? No
Are we sick of losing to the major players in the Big 10? Yes
But here's the bottom line: Rich Rodriguez is our coach. And until the day that he's not, if you ALL IN, you support him and the program. When some of our fans criticize/bitch/moan/complain and IT GOES ON AND ON AND ON, you are not making this situation any better.
David Brandon is the only person who will decide the future of the program so get deal with it. I have a lot of confidence in him and I support fully Coach Rod. Some of you will read this and say "WHY?" Because he's our coach God Damn It. And that's the only reason you'll ever need to know.
I don't know what the future holds but I know we will be in Columbus in six days.
P.S. I am not painting all UM fans this way because not all of us act like that.
After starting the season 5-0 before dropping games to MSU, PSU, Iowa and Wisconsin, the Michigan coaching staff remains optimistic heading into Ohio State weekend and preparing for the first bowl game of the Rich Rodriguez era. Despite today's loss, I thought people might feel a little more positive if they saw the positive dialogue going on amongst the coaching staff.
You have entered UM 7-4 Google Wave
YouDontKnowJACKson: "... so I say 'That's probably the greatest thing ever to occur in the history of Dinosaur Planet and all but can I have my sandwich now?"
TGibsSmotherCover: "LMAO. Fred Jackson you are a DELIGHT!"
HaRRd Edge: "Great story Fred. Alright, let's get started on OSU prep."
HaRRd Edge: "Yes?"
YouDontKnowJACKson: "Great story?"
HaRRd Edge: "Yes?"
MeAndHobbes: "Here we go."
YouDontKnowJACKson: "Why isn't it the greatest story?"
TGibsSmotherCover: "Easy FJ. I'm srue RR didn't mean it."
YouDontKnowJACKson: "Because, you know, it's not easy being the eternal optimist. Do you think I enjoy comparing a 5'9" running back to an asteroid set to destroy Earth unless Bruce Willis can rocket himself into space and destroy it while Steven Tyler gyrates? Do you think I enjoy that?"
HaRRd Edge: "No offense intented Fred, I just-"
YouDontKnowJACKson: "Because I do kind of enjoy those metaphors."
MeAndHobbes: "Can we move on?"
HaRRd Edge: "Agreed. Now we need to know what's necessary to keep the team's focus during a holiday week going into the Shoe. We need to send these seniors off on the right foot. What do you have planned Greg?"
TortoiseAndTheHair: "I had the strangest dream..."
YouDontKnowJACKson: "The slumbering beast awakes with the force of the Krakken..."
HaRRd Edge: "What now Greg?"
TortoiseAndTheHair: "I dreamed the dream of 113,000 soldiers. I dreamed of defensive tenacity and winning on a defensive stop. I dreamed of a torrential downpour the likes of Moses and the Old Testament and of a field of raptors in winged helmets tearing down upon a foe with an unusually large head and a hammer."
TGibsSmotherCover: "Is he speaking in elevated prose or just being dumb?"
MeAndHobbes: "Vegas would give you 2:1 odds on one of those answers."
HaRRd Edge: "That really happened Greg. We won by two against Illinois and won at Purdue."
TortoiseAndTheHair: "Could it be? Could the one they call Cameron have actually scored?"
MeAndHobbes: "Rod - I can't do this man."
TortoiseAndTheHair: "My lord! This is what it feels like to be Dorothy and find that Oz was not but a dream."
MeAndHobbes: "Rod seriously. I'm about to red ruby shoe my ass outta here and to a head coaching job..."
HaRRd Edge: "Enough Greg. How are you going to stop Pryor?"
TortoiseAndTheHair: "I'm in talks with Henson Studios of bringing my furry game puppet Jebediah to life by Thursday's team meeting."
MeAndHobbes: "What is the proper weight of resume paper?"
TGibsSmotherCover: "I CAN HAS CASTEEL?"
HaRRd Edge: "Guys, let's focus. We have two more games."
TortoiseAndTheHair: "And then we just auto-complete the recruitment process, spend 40 minutes to three hours trying to keep seniors from going to the NFL, skip pre-season training drills and we're good to go."
MeAndHobbes: "For the last time Greg: coaching is not the same as XBox."
TortoiseAndTheHair: " I been pulling the Turbo trigger all season."
HaRRd Edge: "There seems to be a significant weakness on OSU's slants to the sidelines. Pryor has a habit of overthrowing them so if we cheat the route, there might be some opportunity there for turnovers."
PinkyandtheBraithwaite: "Got it."
TGibsSmotherCover: "Whoa, who the hell are you?"
TortoiseAndTheHair: "So we live a life like a video... When the sun is always out and you never get old..."
PinkyandtheBraithwaite: "Adam Braithwaite. Safeties coach..."
MeAndHobbes: "Where the hell have you been?"
TGibsSmotherCover: "Hey Adam, are you the jackhole responsible for all these missed kicks?"
MeAndHobbes: "Here we go..."
PinkyandtheBraithwaite: "I believe that's yours Tony."
TGibsSmotherCover: "You're shitting me."
HaRRd Edge: "Pretty sure that's your unnecessarily long title on your business cards."
TGibsSmotherCover: "Hold on let me grab one."
TortoiseAndTheHair: "My name shall be passed down to generations while debating up in barber shops, young slung, hung here."
CodeRedMountainDews: "If you guys don't need anything..."
MeAndHobbes: "Talk about comin out of the woodwork..."
TGibsSmotherCover: "It's almost as if someone completely forgot to mention members of the coaching staff in these chats."
TGibsSmotherCover: "Ok so it says Tony Gibson. Assistant Head Coach (hells yeah suckas!) Defensive backs blah blah blah... Special Teams coo-sonofabitch."
HaRRd Edge: "Anyone seen Fred?"
YouDontKnowJACKson: "I'm here."
HaRRd Edge: "Why so quiet?"
YouDontKnowJACKson: " "
TortoiseAndTheHair: "Foreeeeeever young. I wanna be... Foreva young."
HaRRd Edge: "Fine. It was the greatest story ever Fred."
ScoobyDooVillain: "Is there any chance I can have a fourth guy down on the line?"
MeAndHobbes: "It's almost like the season's ending so everyone who hasn't been mentioned is coming into the chat to make an unnecessary, innocuous and obvious comment."
TGibsSmotherCover: "That user name doesn't even look like he was trying hard at this point."
MeAndHobbes: "Ok what the hell?"
YouDontKnowJACKson: "This is a greater meeting of the minds than the the Manhattan Project if the Manhattan Project was inventing bombs of giant angry robot centaurs sent back in time to prevent socialism."
HaRRd Edge: "Thank God for the state of Indiana."
MeAndHobbes: "While they're back in time do you think they could also prevent Greg from bringing furry objects on the sidelines?"
HaRRd Edge: "Time for practice."
TortoiseAndTheHair: "Has anyone seen my stuffed varmint? I need to go fire up the janitor. Vaccuuming's been a little sloppy lately."
TortoiseAndTheHair: "Did everyone put me on Ignore again?"
TortoiseAndTheHair: "I'mma get your heart racing in my skin tights jeans... Be your teenage dream tonight..."
"What we do isn't pretty," Bielema said. "A lot of places, there's a certain emphasis on being pretty and being individualized on players."
That seemed to be a shot at Michigan, especially after Bielema was asked aboutDenard Robinson's 360-yard, four-TD performance.
"For them, that's great," Bielema said. "We would never recruit to that."
Seems very bigoted to me and disrespectful to a guy that played a pretty good game and the Michigan program as a whole. I don't know why he would say anything here other than typical coach-speak (i.e. he's a great player, we struggled to contain him, yadda yadda yadda), but maybe I'm missing something.
.......2000/1500 QB in cfb history. He very well might be the first 2500/1500 QB in cfb history as well. Currently, Denard has 2228 yards passing. UM has two games left for him to add to his stats. Averaged out, Denard needs 136yds/game in the remaining two games to reach that mark. As for the next rushing milestone of 2000 yds, that is improbable, particularly given the competition UM faces next week. Currently, Denard is at 1540 yards rushing. In order to reach 2000yds on the season, he needs to average 230 yards/game. Very unlikely.
As a comparison, Cam Newton became the 8th QB to surpass 2000/1000 last week. Denard was the 9th. In order for Newton to surpass 2000/1500 and join Denard at that level, Newton needs 203 more yards rushing, with 3 more games to do it. I think he reaches that milestone.
For another comparison, now that both have played 11 games, there is this:
Player Passing yds PassTD Int Rushing yds RushTD
Denard 2228 16 10 1540 14
Newton 2038 21 6 1297 17
Kaepernick 2412 19 6 981 16
I included Kaepernick in the stats as he will be the next QB this year to reach the 2000/1000 plateau, although for him it will be the 3rd time he has reached the mark in his career. One thing to add about him is that he has also had Vai Taua, who has surpassed 1000yds rushing 3 straight years now. This is proof that having a stud RB in the backfield with you doesn't necessarily mean the QB won't get rushing yards too, which is the main reason I included his stats.