Peppers at 10, which seems low.
(Note: I am not on this team however, the guys who are are almost all involved in helping out michigan athletic teams and/or active members of the maize rage. Let's send them to nationals)
This past weekend, the top intramural flag football team on campus, “Denard’s Shoelaces”, traveled to Columbus to participate in the ACIS Flag Football Midwest Championships. The winner of the tournament would receive a bid to the National Championships at West Florida University, which takes place December 29th to 31st.
The tournament format paralleled that of the World Cup; teams were divided into four pools, and after pool play, the top two teams from each pool would advance into the knockout stage. 14 teams entered the tournament from schools such as Purdue, Indiana State, Wright State, Cleveland State, Miami (NTM), Youngstown State, Northern Kentucky, Dayton, Ohio State, and of course, Michigan.
Denard’s Shoelaces’ (DS) pool opponents included OSU and Purdue. On Friday night, they defeated OSU 25-19 with timely play calls and a pick six to seal the victory. Then on Saturday morning, DS handled Purdue’s team 37-8. With a 2-0 record in pool play, the Shoelaces advanced into the knockout round, where they would first face Youngstown State.
The Penguins from YSU proved no match for DS, as fleet-footed quarterbacks (yes, a two-QB system), ballhawking safeties and superior organization powered the Laces to a 51-6 victory. DS faced a Northern Kentucky squad in the Semifinal on Sunday morning; once again, they took commanding lead early on and coasted to a 27-6 victory.
Just as Michigan routinely played Ohio State for a chance at the Rose Bowl in generations past, the Shoelaces were confronted with the Buckeyes in the Midwest Regional title game. Unfortunately, OSU defeated Denard’s Shoelaces in the rematch 34-26. They would settle for second place and no bid to Nationals. QB Paul Betcher and WR Evan Kourtjian would be named to the All-Tournament team.
HOWEVA, ACIS is now offering a free birth to Nationals to one more team. The team whose photo on the ACIS Facebook page which receives the most “Likes” will automatically qualify for Nationals. Denard’s Shoelaces already has almost 500 “Likes”; with your help, we most certainly can help keep the Michigan Flag Football team alive for Nationals. Here is the link:
Any support would be much appreciated. GO BLUE!!!
Thank you very much,
Congratulations to Will Heininger for being named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team for District 5 (Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois). A total of 15 Big Ten/Notre Dame players were named to the team. Besides Will, there were four players from Michigan State, four from Northwestern and two each from Indiana, Notre Dame and Purdue.
Always nice to see good news from the "student" side of Mchigan's student athletes.
Was a little surprised to see this hasn't been posted yet*-
MILITARY APPRECIATION: There won’t be jetpacks at the Big House, but that’s about all that will be missing from Michigan’s Military Appreciation plans on Saturday. Athletic Department officials are urging fans to arrive to the game early to participate in a card stunt project. During the national anthem, fans will hold up 65,000 cards that will combine to form an American flag. The cards will be affixed to seats in sections 1-23, circling around the south endzone from east of the 50-yard line to west of the 50-yard-line. “We’re keeping (the cards) away from the students, so they don’t turn into boomerangs,” a military representative joked on Monday. The national anthem will also feature a flyover from four F-16 fighter jets out of Pope Air Force Base in South Carolina. The jets will be launching from Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Mount Clemons, Mich. and flying south to north over the stadium — and the card stunt. The head pilot for the flyover is a Michigan graduate. Plans are to have a live video feed from the lead jet play on the stadium’s videoboards to show the card stunt from overhead. Pregame hospitality for veterans will also be held at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse. “Let me tell you, it’s awesome,” Hoke said. “We all are thankful for those who have served this country and those who are serving. “Coming from San Diego and having the relations we were able to have with the Marine corps and the Navy, it’s humbling what they do for our country and what they do for us to be able to sit here to today and get asked questions, some good and some not so good.”
So show up early!
(*Assuming it's not...Search function doesn't seem to be working, and I scrolled through 3 pages to the day before to see if it had been yet...maybe I'm just still living in a world where MGoShoe would have had this posted 5 minutes after it was reported...)
So, I have the bum luck of being in Paraguay during the Nebraska game, and in the air back to Chicago during the Ohio game. I pretty much am forgetting about seeing any of the game this Saturday.
However, I'll be on an American Airlines flight, on a Boeing 738, during the first half of the Ohio game.
I see that I can get Wi Fi on some flights. Does this include American 738's? Do any of you know how I would go about finding an ABC stream of the game while in the air? I guess this shows I'm too obsessed. Then again, if I was really obsessed, I wouldn't be out of access for the games anyway!
Seriously, help in what I need to do to watch the game while airborne would be greatly appreciated. (And I searched for that already, so please spare the "LMGTFY" thing.)
As was posted on the board below, the Big Ten removed Joe Paterno's name from the Big Ten championship trophy today.
In other league championship trophy news, the Pac-12 continued to be the Pac-12 and got all abstract and futuristic with their new trophy. Fortunately for fans of yonic symbols and sculpture, the artist took inspiration from the object that inspires men to race cars, build bridges, fight wars:
I wish I were an artist so I could make profound and deep statements about my sculpture when inside I know I just made the same thing a 15-year old boy would make if commissioned to design the trophy.
Tell me that football isn't suspiciously placed. Larry Scott even took marketing to the next level by branding the bean. Have you no shame, Larry?