First of all, I would give anything to be able to be trained by Barwis regularly. I think the guy is incredible. However, just reading through the Dline preview from Brian and some of the other previews, what stands out is how many guys have shed bad weight (e.g. BWC) and how many others have been effectively putting on good weight. This starts with the S&C philosphy and approach in addition to diet which is possibly even a bigger factor.
Wellman and Barwis are both very talented but it could be said Wellman has been more effective during his limited time at Michigan in getting guys into playing shape. I can't imagine it is just because we shifted from heavy emphasis on Olympic lifts, it has to be more than that. Does anyone have any insight on this part of our program? Have we also changed our approach to diet as well? Is is simply better participation? Maybe it is just the effect of multiple years in the program finally creating change. Would appreciate some inside info. Thanks.
Great question asked of a fan to Kyle M:
Do you think Brady Hoke would lose some integrity if he lets Toussaint play on Saturday? My thought is he should sit out this game. Hoke needs to show some discipline to his team and send that message to them. -- Roger W. Krueger
This is a great question and I'm sure is weighing on Hoke. I personally don't feel that's the case. This incident happened well over a month ago and if Fitz has met Hoke's criteria I could see a case for the punishment being over. On the other hand, if this incident happened on a game week then I would think the kid has to sit without question. If Fitz plays we'll hear a bunch of crap from Sparty, Irish and Buckeys. But who cares. I love Hoke and completely support and trust any decision he makes. He's got plent of integrity in the bank!
Arrived yesterday in staggered shifts from different locations - everyone super excited to be here. Couple of notes:
1) DFW airport was designed by drunk Martians, not engineers. Very convoluted and difficult to maneuver around in the complex particularly if you have folks flying in on different airlines. Tiny little alleyways and if you aren't paying attention and miss your cutoff you are screwed. The rental car complex is a 15 minute bus ride significantly off the property and you think you're being taken to Siberia by the time you get there. And when you drive back in, you pay a toll.
2) Everyone super friendly and welcoming. Lots of "Michigan is arriving", "Michigan's in the house" comments as we are at bag claim and moving around. One thing we didn't take into account is that all the other ESS EEE SEE teams are on our side and pulling for us to knock off Bama. Lots of hand shakes and high fives form LSU fans, Aggie fans, Arkansas fans telling us they are Michigan fans on Saturday.
3) At Albertson's last night to stock up, there is a very attractive Texas Big Hair housewife with a cart full of enough bottled water to last till Christmas in front of us at checkout. As she is paying, she turns to us and looks us up and down and smiles sweetly and says "Roll Tide". We had a blast telling her she would be learning all about Hail To The Victors this weekend, Bama fans seem nice and friendly and not malicious just supportive and fun folks.
4) Lots of freeway construction in this town. And they don't mark things well so if you encounter any, the driver needs to pay close attention - miss one cutoff and you're lost. We are using Texas 114 going west from DFW and it's a real challenge to stay on the right highway!
5) Opted to stay in the Champions Circle complex in Ft Worth. Nice Marriott, nice Greg Norman golf course, and right across the street from Texas Motor Speedway where we have a tour and test drive scheduled tomorrow morning. Just Chili's for dinner last night watching the Cowboys game but headed to downtown Ft Worth for real Texas food with all the good rec's in hand from the folks who took the time to post earlier about local hotspots for us - thanks to all of you for making this trip even more fun.
It's 100 degrees +, pack your sunscreen and GO BLUE!
Season is just HOURS away....
ESPN (yes, I know, boo, hiss, etc. etc.) has a page summarizing D-I* (*I refuse to use the FBS/FCS titles) uniform and helmet changes.... http://espn.go.com/espn/playbook/story/_/id/8312659/uni-watch-comprehensive-preview-2012-college-football-gear-part-1
A couple of helmet changes caught my eye, they are REALLY kewl:
Rutgers is going with a "chrome" helmet, but not a smooth or glittery finish aka tUOS, but kind of like marks from swords after battle, they call them "battle scars" -- its pretty neat, up close. Whether it plays nice of TV is another matter; definitely would have been lost on a standard def TV ten years ago, but on a 52" HDTV, it should be pretty popping ..... http://media.nj.com/star-ledger/photo/2012/05/10930004-standard.jpg
Army is moving to this bizarre, "toasted" colors with brown stripe -- it's not as nice as the camoflage helmet they had a few years ago against Navy (Best. Uniform. Ever.*) (*other than one with wings), but its very eye-catching. Now, if it's still eye-catching after 3 hours, I'm not so sure. But at first blush, it's nice... .http://farm9.static.flickr.com/8293/7807948246_4a84c6a955_o.png
If you are Auburn, do you root for Alabama or Michigan?
Do you root for Alabama because, you know, "Ess Eee See!!!" and all that? Or do you root for Michigan because you would root for the University of Iran, College of Nuclear Studies before you would ever root for Alabama?
I hate to say it, but if it was Ohio State playing Alabama on Saturday, I'd have to root for Ohio State, to give the Big Ten a boost.