Mike Lantry, 1972
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I don't want to bash any players, the defense has already exceeded my expectations thus far. Although, I'm a bit confused about the RDE position. Banks was the starter in game 1, Roh in game 2. With Herron out, Roh moved back to LB.
This makes me wonder: If Herron is out for UMass, who will start at RDE?
I for one am really dissapointed that Will Campbell is only seeing time on special teams and short yardage situations. I would prefer to see him sub in for Martin at nose, and see Patterson at RDE along with Banks/Sagesse. Last year Sagesse did OK when subbing in from time to time. I was hoping he would get the nod this year at RDE. Thus far Patterson/Banks/Sagesse has not impressed.
If the upper classmen can't get it done, then maybe the coaches should give Black more chances at DE along with Patterson/Banks/Sagesse. One way or another, we need to get more out of the RDE position. I just don't see Roh starting at RDE against Wisconson, Michigan St. or Ohio St. and the results being good in the end (whether Herron is healthy or not).
Maybe the GERG 3 man rush is partly to blame for my concerns. Hopefully a few more 4 man rushes will be unleashed over the next few games. I'd hate to see Michigan lose out on good DL recruits simply because this team isn't getting much out of the DL thus far this season. Martin and VanBergen have worked their rear off the last two weeks with very few stats to show for it.
Anyone seeing something out of Banks\Patterson\Sagesse or Black that I'm missing?
I'm someone who has loved football all my life - played as a kid through high school, went to a football university, now I ref youth games. That said, all of us who love football should be concerned about how our sport may affect its participants, especially since Chris Henry may have gotten severe brain damage because of football. My personal opinion is that this should lead us to do a serious investigation of our sport and see how common and severe concussions are - is this severity limited to the pros? Is it because all the players are hopped up on PEDs? Is it because the NFL has a particularly long and grueling season? Or do former high school football players have some of these issues as well? The news posted on the board of a UPenn player having severe head trauma raises even more concerns.
But even before an investigation occurs, I think we ought to prepare ourselves for the fact that our sport may need to change. It won't be the end of the world - changes were made at Teddy Roosevelt's direction to save the game 100 years ago, and they can be made again. Before I list changes I think would be beneficial, I'd like you to know that I grew up on smash mouth football as a a former player in a power-I football team (albeit at split end, and mainly playing defense as a cornerback). I also played rugby union, so that may color my judgement as well. But if the game needs to open up, here are changes that I think will help.
One last aside - the two things that make football the greatest of games is the high amount of contact AND the high amount of strategy. That's what I love the most about football, and why I hope it can adapt to the 21st century. One thing I hate - the high amount of specialists. In my opinion, it's why collegiate and professional football players are less healthy than other major athletes - they are heavily conditioned for 5-8 seconds of extreme violence, and then 30 seconds of rest.
So here's my proposals - #1 is kinda crazy, 2,3,4 and 5 are related and a good idea I think, 6 & 7 intrigue me, and I think 8 is totally bats. But I wanted to get the creative juices flowing
1) Remove facemasks, return to soft pads and helmets (gives higher incentive to players to not lead with their heads)
2) Initiating head-to-head contact is an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty
3) Tackles must occur below the shoulder, the tackler must wrap up. High tackles and no wrapping up result in an unsportsmanlike conduct.
4) Unsportsmanlike conduct results in a one down "power-play" (so the offending player is suspended for a play, and the offending team plays with 10 players) and the loss of a down/replay of the down, in addition to a fifteen yard penalty from the original line of scrimmage or the dead ball spot (whichever is worse)
5) 3 unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on a player result in an ejection for the remainder of the game, 3 on a team/quarter result in a power-play for the remainder of the quarter (aka 3 strikes you're out)
6) Reduce the play clock to 15 seconds (so players have to be in better aerobic shape)
7) Re-institute substitution restrictions that existed before WWII, or at least some form of substitution restrictions, or the "iron-man" arena league rules (more on this below)
8) Teams will have 6 downs to score a touchdown (every down is goal-to-go)
Possible Substitution Rules:
1) Have a "substitution" ref on either sideline - ensuring that each team subs correctly.
2) Designate three players on the field as "platooners" who can come off and go on at anytime (on offense your center, QB, and one other). Who your platooners are will be designated before the game. Give them a bright colored armband to distinguish them easily for refs.
3) Only two other players may be changed out between plays.
4) Injury subs - if a player must be taken out who is not one of those five, he must sit out for the remainder of the quarter.
#8 is a rugby-league inspired rule. I imagine it will result in lower scoring, more punting, a higher amount of importance on field position, more field goals, and more passing. I personally think it's a bit ridiculous, but I wanted to throw it out there anyway.
All this is of course pending further study on the concussion issue. How crazy do you think the rules are? Are they implementable? Will these rules reduce/eliminate head trauma in football?
Reggie Bush took money that was offered to him by an agent. That was against the rules and he or SC should be punished for it. He did not beat up anyone, kill anyone, drink and drive with the Heisman Trophy, steal, take performance enhancing drugs, or on any way cheat on the field, nor did SC. This idea that he does not "deserve" the Heisman is completely ludicrous. As is SC returning its trophy, As is SC stripping every mention and piece of evidence from their halls that Bush ever existed, and the continuing Pat Haden tour of self-flagellation.
You can not dump the records down the rabbit hole and pretend none of this happened. It is also silly and tragic to strip away the accomplishments of the other 100 guys on those teams because a guy took money from an agent. Reggie Bush won the Heisman fair and square on the field. Perspective please. Let's not go from legitimate contrition to the overboard position that we're wiping all of this "shame" away.
To be clear, I'm fine with the NCAA sanctions, just not the stuff I'm discussing here.
I want to submit a quick fix for some issues with the app. My primary concern is the occasional thread that will crash the app. These are caused by "NULL" comments (not sure who leaves those). I also want to make sure people always leave a subject, because it looks ugly on the web page when they don't.
Other small changes include:
- Taming down the yellow background
- changing the font from 12pt to 13pt
- fixing how images look in a table (mainly the blogpoll)
- eliminating the possibility of a double/triple post for new message board topics
I'll submit this to Apple tomorrow. I don't want to put in anything major in this version, just the bug fixes above. It should be available in the store by next weekend. (Note: I might use this thread to test a couple of things)
I'm feeling a little shy about two wallpaper diary posts in one day, but got some encouragement from some experienced members so here goes.
Like many big-time college football programs, our beloved Wolverines have paid an FCS "cupcake" (UMass) lots of money ($550,000) to sacrifice themselves on the altar of massive gate receipts. The problem is that this season there have been more than a few upsets by FCS teams over their benevolent hosts and there was "the game which shall not be named" a few years ago at the Big House. I couldn't bring myself to make fun of UMass as directly as I have with previous opponents so this week's image can be interpreted as a good-natured dig at both teams.
The image below is a preview only. You can get this week's widescreen, 4:3, iPad and mobile wallpapers at The Art. The Art. The Art!.
There is also a Game 1 Wallpaper that I didn't have enough points to post. It's here for the downloading if you're already feeling nostalgic about the Connecticut game. The Husky puppy piddling in fear tested well with wives, girlfriends and small children. The Art. The Art. The Art!.