Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
I saw a man walk yesterday. The steps looked labored and difficult. They could only be taken with the assistance of canes on each hand, but they were steps. Steps that doctors told this man he would never take again in his lifetime. This man took these steps in front of 113,000 roaring football fans and when he got to midfield, he did this.
They had to dip the banner so that he could touch it. Jumping to touch it was out of the question, but it was still as thrilling as watching all the great players of Michigan-past race out of that tunnel and leaping to touch it.
And as I watched this unfold from my seat in Section 39, the tears came. My wife looked at me and noted, "You're getting a little teary, aren't you?" I merely shrugged and said, "I'm watching a guy walk who shouldn't be, and we helped him do it...that's amazing."
I don't know Brock Mealer or anyone in the Mealer family. I had nothing to do with Brock Mealer walking on Saturday. I teared up just the same. I shed a tear for the pain and struggle that Brock must have had to endure for the past two years. I shed a tear for Shelley Mealer for all she's lost and hope that I would never have to face that kind of loss in my life. I shed a tear for the display of courage happening before my eyes. I shed a tear because it made me proud to be a Michigan Wolverine.
The past two years have been tough for Michigan fans, but it's nothing compared to what Brock Mealer and his family have had to endure. Many have said Michigan turned it's back on who we are when we hired Rich Rodriguez. To those naysayers, I want to tell them that I saw Brock Mealer walk onto the field of Michigan Stadium on Saturday. He walked to midfield and touched the banner. None of it should have been possible, but it happened. Despite what most have said, the University of Michigan is alive and well.
Impossible is Nothing. Go Blue!
According to tweet from Joe Schad
Denard Robinson and Aldon Smith are Walter Camp Players of Week
Sure to be the first of many honors for Robinson this year. FWIW, Smith, a DE from Missouri had 10 tackles, 3 TFL (2 sacks) and a QB Hurry against Illinois.
EDIT: Also, text VOTE to 345-345 to vote for Denard as the AT&T Player of the Week. Voting opened this morning.
I think all of us here owe mgoblog a big thank you both for occupying us and keeping us informed during the long, cold offseason. The difference between mgobloggers in the know and the average Michigan fan is just astounding.
Before the game, I talked to my brother (class of '95) who is and has always been a diehard football fan...but not an mgoblogger. He (like most non-mgobloggers) was telling me how we were about to start another losing season and RR was going to get fired, etc. I didn't even respond, blood just boiling, gritting my teeth. I knew, thanks to mgoblog, that we would have a kick-ass offense, and while the D might be suspect, we should be able to compensate for that on offense.
Of course, I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome, especially on defense, and don't claim to have predicted the outcome perfectly (I predicted 42-24). But, mgoblog allowed me to enter the game optimistically, knowing all of our players, rooting for our HC and looking forward to a much improved season. Thank you Brian, and the rest of the community.
-Kovacs took every snap at "SS" - M. Robinson played special teams only
-Patterson was the back-up at NT - Campbell did not play a snap on D
-DiLeo was the holder. If his redshirt is going to be burned to hold on kicks, might as well give him a shot on Punt Returns
-No Stokes at WR
-J. Jackson only true freshman to take a snap at WR
-No Cox or Hopkins at TB
Has anyone seen or have access to any photos from of the stadium yesterday?
I would love to see an overhead shot or a wide shot of the 113,000.