I love going to YouTube every once in a while to view some old and not-so-old clips of our boys in blue. Howevaaaaa, why is it that clip shows or highlight reels of our players are obligated to be backed up with rap music or RAWK (RAWK!!OMG!!RAWK) music? I actually like hearing the commentators just as much as I like seeing the video. They complement each other and put a sort of timestamp on each play. Anyone else have this same nervous tick when they watch said highlight reels?
BTW: RAWK commentary should be kept to a minimal until the first game at the Big House. They may have heard some of our shouting or seen some of our torches...
I had a theory about our little fan divide. Much of the debate seems to be centered on Lloyd(Old School) vs RR(New School), but I was thinking something different. Whenever I'm out and the topic comes up or I hear people on the radio it is not the tone I hear. The general consensus is that when we start to win this stuff will go away, I don't really think so.
I think most of the people that hate RR are the same ones that hated Lloyd and felt he was too conservative and the same ones that hated Mo because he didn't recruit enough speed on D or the ones that hated Bo because he didn't pass. We are a spoiled fan base that has grown impossibble to please with plenty of detractors who love to pile on when things are bad.
When I overhear the old guys in the gym "breaking it down" they don't know anything and as much as they hate every writer, that's still their only source of information. These guys wouldn't give a guy a pat on the back if he had a $100 taped on the back, they bitch and complain and talk about things that never existed or never will be. Michigan needs to get back to averaging 11 wins a season, they get the best recruits etc... How do you educate these people?? You can't.
Most people are uninformed miserable boobs who like to bitch, because they hate their lives. I think Michigan losing has given them a place for their voice to be heard. I think there are more people in the they like Lloyd and Rich camps than people are lead to believe.
Just my thoughts, what have you come across?? It just seems that the same guys that hated Lloyd and wanted anyone else in there, now bitch about RR, because they believe we should win the NC every other year ok maybe every 3rd year and anything else is a disaster and the coach should be fired.
In honor of Desmond's announcement today, a little something to make the day pass. There are 29 Wolverines in the College Football Hall of Fame. Name them!
i will try to keep up with rights and wrongs during the day
upvote correct answers, please. we will know if you cheated.
Per the AP
The late Pat Tillman and Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard are among the 14 newly elected members of the College Football Hall of Fame.
The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame announced its latest class Thursday at a news conference at the Nasdaq Stock Exchange in Manhattan.
Tillman played linebacker for Arizona State from 1944-97 and gave up an NFL career to enlist in the Army in 2002. He killed while serving in Iraq in 2004. Howard was a wide receiver for Michigan and won the Heisman 1991.
The newly elected Hall of Fame coaches are Barry Alvarez and Gene Stallings.
The other players in the new Hall class include Dennis Byrd of North Carolina State; Ronnie Caveness of Arkansas; Ray Childress of Texas A&M; Randy Cross of UCLA; Sam Cunningham of USC; Mark Herrmann of Purdue; Clarkston Hines of Duke; Chet Moeller of Navy; Jerry Stovall of LSU; and Alfred Williams of Colorado.
Kind of a given that he would be inducted given the Heisman and all but... well... any extra reason to post this is great:
This is just going to be fairly brief, but I really feel optimistic about the outlook for this season. First, a few brief thoughts about last season. Michigan was about 6 inches away from 6-6 (Illinois), and a few "bad bounces" away from 8-4 (MSU and Iowa). With this view, we should all be thinking that 8-4 is certainly reachable.
Let's start at the very beginning. (A very good place to start!) Back at Center, we will see David Molk, who should be fully healed from his injury. Molk is potentially an all-conference center who can anchor the line. As far as the rest of the O-line goes, I'll let people smarter than me about these things tell you more, but from what I understand, it seems like signs are good that the team will be as good or better than last season on the offensive line.
I'm not going to weigh in on Denard vs. Tate at this time. (So what if that makes me chicken!) But at the very least, we should have a QB that is better than last season's QB. Tate is healthy, and with one more year of experience and work should be better than he was last year. Denard is beginning to look like a real QB, and not just a TB who occasionally throws the ball. By all accounts the sophomore version of Shoelace should be better than the freshman version of Forcier. So barring the double gut-punch injury to BOTH QBs, we should have a better QB than last year. Also, the competition this season between the two seems more active, which should make the current starter (whomever that may be) have to work harder to stay in that role. This means that the starting QB should be improving even more than last season. In the doomsday scenario, both of the best options get injured and we have (OMG) yet another true freshman playing QB in Devin Gardner, which--let's face it--is still better than a walk-on. In all liklihood, the starting QB at Michigan should be better than last season (and doesn't that make you feel better too?)\
Ok, so Minor and Brown (and Grady) graduated...and this is maybe a little sad. But Minor or Brown was hurt almost every week and Grady rarely saw the field. It seems like the important thing to have here is depth. And this Michigan has, perhaps even in abundance. There is some experience in this system for guys like Shaw and Smith (who should be healthy again). And this gives me hope that the status quo will be maintained and this group is at least as good as last season.
This year, Michigan has lost Matthews and Savoy (who I fondly remember for those catches against Notre Dame...happy thoughts!) But Hemmingway and Stonum are back on the outside. And Odoms and Roundtree will be awesome in the slot. Maybe Koger gives us a decent middle of the field threat, you know, the one we hoped he would be last season. There is plenty of reason to be optimistic with this skill group as well.
So to summarize, the offense should be better, in just about every phase of play this season. This might even make up for not having a space emperor (of space) winning the field position battle so often. We can always hope, right?
There can be hope with this group too. Briefly, can it really be worse than last season?
You don't lose Brandon Graham and get better. But Martin, VanBergen, Roh, Campbell, and Segasse make a good nucleus for DL depth. Who will step up? It is possible that the DL is still the strength of the defense this season.
Ok seriously. It can't get worse. Right? Please? If I close my eyes and wish really hard, does that make it so? Maybe this change in scheme we heard about is really about simplifying life for the LBs...and this can be a group that doesn't kill us on Defense. It's still the off-season, so I can be optimistic. Just ask any Lions fan you know (for whom the off-season, and sometimes, the preseason, are the best times to be a Lions fan).
Again, it can't get worse, can it? The big questions to answer. Will we have a reliable deep safety that doesn't get burned at least once per game? Will we have the athletes at corner to play adequate coverage? I think that there are enough hands on deck in that position group to be effective.
So in summary, the defense might even be adequate this season. Nobody will mistake them for one of the stellar defenses of the past (see 1997) but they should make do.
I think we can all crawl back from the ledge. I can't wait for September 4th to come!...And not just because it will be my 6th anniversary! ;)
There are more picture out there ,but this chick is pretty good for Albert .