Perhaps I'll be lampooned, but I figured I'd try to get some discussion on a slow day/week/month/summer...
I live in Columbus. Therefore, I am subject to ridicule from ohio fans. Recently, a mutual friend (who apparently has family in Michigan) claims the rivalry is "much worse" in Ann Arbor and cites being picked on and "having an ohio yard ornament/floaty shot with a shotgun in his front yard." Perhaps the latter was embellished a bit, but this leads me to my...
For those that live in Michigan or, better yet, Ann Arbor, how have you viewed the treatment of ohio fans in a hostile environment? If possible, what is the HARSHEST treatment you've seen an ohio fan experience?
Perhaps a "cool story, bro" lead-in, but I was interested in some shared insight on an ohio fan in Michigan, seeing as my role is reversed.
With every game this football season featuring a former great being honored, I might as well put this up on the board for the 2013 season. Former coach Bump Elliott has never been welcomed back to Michigan Stadium and honored. Sure, things weren't great under Bump, but he had a near-National Championship in 1964, going 9-1-0 and winning the Big Ten and Rose Bowl. He was also a player on the 1947 & 1948 National Championship teams with his brother Pete who he would eventually coach against when Michigan played Illinois.
In 1965, Michigan signed a bruiser of a running back out Northwestern High School in Detroit by the name of Ron Johnson. Johnson set single game records for rushing yards and touchdowns at 347 and 5 respectively in a 34-9 senior day drubbing of wisconsin in 1968. Those records still stand to this day. Ron Johnson is the only player from 1941-1978 to have a picture on the hallway walls of the Michigan Stadium media deck-
A sad article came out a little under a year ago about Ron and how he has Alzheimer's and lives in a residential care facility. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/19/sports/football/ex-giants-case-is-a-window-on-nfl-aid.html?pagewanted=all
Dave Brandon has said that there most likely will be a night game in 2013 at Michigan Stadium. And it being a special game, I'm sure there will be some kind of special jersey that Brandon wants the team to wear to obviously make the kids happy but sell some of them. Why not do a real 1960s Throwback uniform and welcome back Bump, Ron and any memeber of the Michigan football teams from that era who hasn't been back?
Here my concept design for what they could do-
- Helmet numbers, gray facemasks and white chinstraps. Aka the Legacy helmets.
- No jersey numbers on sleeves or shoulders.
- Long sleeve Blue adidas undershirts to simulate the baggy sleeves/long sleeves the jerseys back then had.
- Maize Block M on shoulders.
- Blue jersey with bigger Maize numbers.
- PLAIN Maize pants that resemble those worn for UTL.
- Two-tone socks. White socks with retro Michigan logo on them as seen on the blocker in front Ron Johnson in the picture aboves left leg. Blue socks underneath the White ones.
- Black shoes
Now in the picture above, you don't see the Maize block M on the shoulders. This is because this picture was taken in 1967. Sleeve Ms weren't added until 1968. As seen in the 1968 team photo-
IMO, I think it would be MUCH better to do an actual throwback uniform instead of making new ones or doing a fusion of different eras like have seen so far.
Bump Elliott is 87 and Ron Johnson is 64. Michigan already missed out on honoring LEGEND from the Mad Magician 1947 team, the late Bob Chappuis. I think Michigan should at the very least bring Bump back and honor him for all that he did in his time at Michigan as a player, assistant coach and head coach.
Would love to hear feedback on this. I just think if Michigan is going to anymore special uniforms, they need to do some kind of thing like this. Because it is sad how they have not really brought back great players from that era like Bob Timberlake, Ron Johnson etc.
Welcoming back greats, wearing TRUE throwbacks and not imaginary ones, Dave Brandon making profits from jerseys sales. Everyone wins, IMO.
Say the story on College Football Live earlier, but didn't see it posted here.
Starting Sophomore LT for Nebraska Tyler Moore is leaving the school for the fall semester and going back home to Florida. He's going to take classes at a local JC and then choose between transfering to Florida, FSU, or coming back to Nebraska.
Sorry in advance if some are PSU’d out, (Well, not too sorry; Don’t click the link!) but want to share interesting article from this morning concerning PSU/NCAA. It highlights several points that are often debated.
Article states the vast majority of Penn State trustees voiced support for the university president's acceptance of severe penalties imposed by the NCAA over the school's handling of a child molestation scandal.
To summate; Article confirms several issues about the NCAA/PSU consent decree:
- It was signed to avoid much harsher penalties that were favored and in the works by NCAA officials and members. Most NCAA board members favored the so-called "death penalty" — total shutdown of the football program — for multiple years, and even more sanctions beyond that.
- It was essentially forced on the university and was “a take-it-or-leave-it proposition" — and any leak of details would take the deal off the table."
- NCAA states the decision is not subject to appeals.
- The agreement with the NCAA would allow for changes based on the agreement of both parties.
- Trustee Ryan McCombie had agreed to "temporarily suspend" his appeal but had not agreed to withdraw it. ("to allow for sufficient time for full and deliberate review.")
Gotta get the OT stuff in soon, right? Less than 3 weeks out...
So, apparently, Ochocinco's wife found a receipt for a box of condoms and confronted him about it. He allegedly headbutted her in response. Too early for me to take sides, as anyone who's watched Hard Knocks this year knows she is kinda out there. Either he did one of the dumbest things he could ever do, or she may have actually been the one to initiate the meeting of heads. She seems like the type of girl that would do anything for payback.
For those mgobloggers in the NY tristate region, wanted to provide a heads up that the U-M Alumni Club of NY is hosting our 4th Annual Football Kickoff Party w/ MGoBlog’s Brian Cook and ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren, this Wednesday, August 15 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sign up here.
Date: Wednesday, August 15
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost: $5 for AAUM members, $15 for non-members. Registration is online only through Tuesday, August 14th at midnight. Day-of door pricing will be $20 for everyone. Pre-registered guests will receive a free drink ticket.
Location: Professor Thom’s, 219 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003 (2nd Ave between 13th and 14th). Guests must be 21 and older.
Information: The NY alumni club is pleased to bring MGoBlog sports blogger Brian Cook and ESPN WolverineNation’s reporter Tom VanHaaren to NYC for our annual football season kickoff event. They will be on hand to spread their knowledge of all-things Michigan football, preview the 2012 season, and discuss the future of Michigan football in Michigan’s incoming class of HS recruits. Preregistered guests will receive a free drink ticket.
There will be some prizes available, including a lottery for 2 tickets in the NY club's group seating for the Nov 24th Michigan vs Cornell Hockey game at MSG and two downstairs booths at Professor Thom's to watch the Alabama game.
Questions? Club leaders will be checking this thread, so post a comment if need more info etc.
[Edit... title change, since attempt 1 was a fail. lesson learned - don't abbreviate Wednesday. got it.]