Anyone else with me? We've been having ridiculous posts from trolls, idiots, and people who like to say "that would be telling" in the past few weeks, and it's really taking away from the quality posts on the MGoBoard.
Why does anyone care if he comes to Michigan? According to ESPN he isn't a homerun threat, he is a short, stocky power back, with quickness but lacking in speed. Isn't that what our backfield is full of now? He is what Vincent Smith was supposed to be, which supposedly is impressive but at leat Vincent used to be fast. I don't think he provides a great threat with Denard in the backfield. He is projected as more of a change of pace back...well read for yourself...this is what ESPN had to say.
Hart is a short, stocky runner with great quickness and productivity. A small explosive package. Utilizes his low center of gravity to his advantage as a runner; very difficult to get direct shot on him. Hits the hole with great downhill burst and authority. A decisive runner. Can slice back through the small cutback seams. Shows good lateral quickness and vision stretching it outside as well. Between the tackles he's difficult to wrap up cleanly. Runs with great lean and a powerful base. Absorbs the hit, keeps his balance and downhill momentum as good as any; like a pinball off tacklers at times. Runs hard and is a determined back who can move the pile and spin out of it. While he flashes good speed and burst through the second level, he is a short-strider and a bit quicker than fast. More of a back who will rip off the 10-15 yard burst than a homerun threat. Strong, sturdy and shifty but his shorter frame does bring up durability concerns and he appears to have peaked physically and maybe overall as a runner. Projects more as a change-of-pace runner who could come in and shred a tired defense with his great speed-to-power running style. Has polished hands out of the backfield to help get him more touches without having to carry the load. Overall, Hart is a great competitor and running back prospect who would be garnering more national attention if he just had a few extra inches.
Sounds like more of a Mike Hart...than a read option, td on any possession kinda guy to me.
Sam has an interview with the Scout guys on the main M targets, appearing in the Detroit News this morning. Nothing too new, Hart predicted for us, Crawford thought to have us top three, but seems promising.
I have a few questions and predictions about the maize out and loudness and I thought I would get the opinon of the MGoBoard.....
1) Do you think they will actually pass out maize shirts to everyone this year so its a true maize out? Or is it a stretch to pass out 110,000 shirts?
2) Do you think there will be enough MSU fans there wearing green to make the maize out look pretty lame?
--And heres the prediction....I think the beginning of the MSU and end (if its close) of the game might be the loudest the stadium has ever been. I just think it being a rivalry and losing two straight, the fans will feel desperate for a win. Plus the added boxes blah blah blah.... I know its not an outrageous or even relevant prediction, but I just wanted to see what everyone else was thinking.
There are times in every person's life that are special: getting your driver's license, graduation, your wedding day, the birth of a child. However, for many of us who are too young to experience many of the aforementioned events, one of those times is being on the field of the Big House during a game. Well, this past Saturday, I had the privilege, nay, the HONOR to be on the field for pre-game warm-ups. Some of you may recall me posting about this earlier before the game against BGSU, and some of you wished me to tell you how it went...so here we go.
We arrived near the Eastern Gate entrance around 11 AM. At first we didn't see who we were supposed to meet, but eventually they found us in order to give us our field passes. I was initially anticipating awesome laminated passes that hung around my neck, but I soon realized that I would be getting a Willy Wonka style "golden ticket" stuck on the back of my ticket. Regardless of the "disappointment," I will cherish this ticket forever.
We made our way to the gate to the tunnel, and at this point, my heart is pounding, my palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy, there's vomit...wait, sorry got off track there. I was excited as hell to walk through the tunnel for the first time EVER! We stopped just shy of the gate to wait for the team. After taking way too many pictures of nothing, the team finally emerged from the locker room:
Then, finally, it was our turn. Never before have I experienced such pride. Here I was, walking in the hallowed steps of such athletes as Charles Woodson and Desmond Howard, and of course, coaches like Lloyd Carr, Bo Schembechler and now Rich Rodriguez. Needless to say, I got goosebumps (goosepimples maybe?). Enjoy the vicarious experience:
We slowly (on purpose) made our way to the north endzone, where I was given the treat of watching the DL do warm-ups. As per blogger suggestions. I said NOTHING (although very hard) and instead took many pictures and a couple of vids of the players and drills. I don't know how many of you have stood less than 10 feet away from Big Will and Mike Martin, but they are HUGE!
After the joy of watching the DL do their thing, it got a bit hectic. We were being told to "move along" towards our seats by the event staff, while the offense was getting their reps in. I was trying my best to get a shot of Denard in action, but my crappy digital camera has the worst zoom quality ever. Sorry I have no evidence, but it was COOL!
Afterwards, the players all gathered in a circle (you know what's coming!), and I was literally within arm's length of such players as: Roy Roundtree, Mike Shaw, Vincent Smith, Taylor Lewan, Devin Gardner, and Denard "Dilithium" Robinson. Oh, and before I show you the vid, yes, Lewan did the "Flying Denard" routine, but sadly I missed the chance to get it on film.
If you can see from the video, Barwis was in the middle of this Circle of Awesomeness, and he's freaking intense, so if you haven't already, sell your dog, buy a wolf, and name it Barwis (BE A MAN!). Shortly after that, things got uneventful. We were told to "move along" once again, and I ran into the refs. [Side Note: I told the referee to have a "good game" and he acknowledged me. Sorry to say, but seeing as how the refereeing in that game was shit, I may be partially to blame for jinxing the man. Just sayin'....]
Now comes the summit of the experience. As we're making our way to our seats, we are literally right behind the Michigan bench area. Obviously we aren't going to be here forever, but we lingered for as long as we could until someone found us out. Not only did I get to watch the team run onto the field, but afterwards I was less than 10 feet away from the likes of John U. Bacon, GERG, and GERG's hair.
Sadly, we were found out, and we were forced to exit the field. But before I ended this personal mecca of mine, I lingered near the top of the steps to the field for one last time, in order to see the march of the "M" to the north endzone:
It was a glorious time I spent on the field, and one I will never forget. It is my wish that one day you will all be able to share in the experience I had, to stand amongst the players you root for every Saturday, and to walk in the shoes of giants through the tunnel. Watching Michigan devour a weakling MAC school like BGSU was a joy in and of itself, but that, and no other game to precede it, will ever replace the memories of the time I spent in the presence of the Leaders and the Best. Go Blue!
For more vids: http://www.youtube.com/user/UMAmaizinBlue?feature=mhum
For more pics: http://img715.imageshack.us/g/img5810g.jpg/
I purchased my tickets through the IU ticket office (in the U of M section !) and just recieved the following e-mail tonight:
IU vs. MICHIGAN - TRAFFIC ADVISORY
Due to construction on the 45/46 Bypass in the area between S.R. 37 and Walnut Street, congestion is expected on major roadways and thoroughfares leading to Memorial Stadium for the game on Oct. 2nd.
A large crowd is expected, and fans coming to Memorial Stadium are encouraged to plan ahead, arrive early, and consider all of your transit options by visiting:
The IUB traffic page featuring alternative routes to Memorial Stadium and IUB campus:
The IU Football Site:
Maps of the City of Bloomington:
Get game day traffic updates by following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/IUTraffic
The game day traffic pattern goes into effect 2 hours prior to kickoff.
Tickets are running out, but can be purchased by visiting http://www.iuhoosiers.com/ or calling 866-IUSports.
Thank you and GO HOOSIERS!