it's a major award
Hello, all my maize and blue friends. So, to my surprise, the sun actually still did rise this morning after that heartbreaking loss, and it appears that life will indeed go on. I hate it when wives are so... right.
As devastating as the loss was, I got to experience something pretty, well, unique yesterday. As you all know, yesterday one of the most courageous people I've ever come into contact with was honored at the game. Yes, Phil Brabbs was an honorary captain and it sounds like the tailgate was a huge success. I'm hoping he sold tons of the new KICK T-SHIRT, and if you didn't get one by all means ORDER ONE RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW! I actually started working on that shirt on the floor of my living room the day after the UConn win.
But this is where it gets interesting. As miserable as it was to pour through all of the available information about the game last night, I came upon something that, quite simply, blew me away. One of my all-time favorite Wolverines was at the game yesterday, He Who Kills People. #56. LaMarr Woodley. Face painted, one of the regular joes, a true fan, etc. And there he was... wearing a shirt I designed. Gotta tell you all, it was a pretty special feeling to see him sporting THE KICK shirt on Phil's behalf in the official site's photo gallery.
I'm just wondering if anyone has come across a better online shot of him sporting 'The Kick' shirt yesterday, or perhaps took such a photo yourself. I'd really appreciate anything that clearly displays LaMarr and the shirt in plain sight, and it will likely find a treasured spot in my portfolio along with the design itself.
If anyone can find something, please post the link here, or if you have a personal picture, let me know and I'd be willing to pay for it. Thanks again everyone. REALLY wish I could have been there yesterday!
We'll move on. Hawkeyes in six days, boys. Let's put it past us. GO BLUE.
Like most Michigan fans, I was really upset following our loss yesterday. Losing to your little brother sucks. And what sucks worse is we have to wait another year to play again. However, in reading some posts on this board and others related to Michigan sports, some of you guys are completely losing it! Lets bring it back. The season is far from over!
We are through the first 6 games of our schedule at 5-1, something that most fans would have taken in a heartbeat prior to the season. Our defense has been exposed in a horrible way, but our offense, despite their lack of execution today, still is going to put up a lot of points. We turned our our worse performance today. Thats the case with any offense. Sometimes you just don't click. It sucks it came today, but in all honesty we stopped ourselves.
Looking at the remaining schedule, Illinois, Purdue, and Penn State look like very win-able games. Thats 8 wins! And who wouldn't have taken 8-4 before the season began. If we take care of business, Iowa and Wisconsin will be tough, but both teams are beatable and both games are at home. Our ceiling is still 9-3.
Far too many people are jumping off the band wagon. Fine. Just leave. You probably weren't on board to start the season anyways. Its easy to be a fan when your QB goes for 200 and 200, but I highly doubt that this team has thrown the towel in, so why are we? It's a little harder to be a Michigan fan today, but at the end of the day, I'd rather be a disappointed Michigan fan than a Sparty any day. The season is not over, fellow Wolverines. This team will not implode like last year, so as fans, lets hold it together as well. Show your true colors. Mine are going to be maize and blue.
After 3 watchings, I am still sick, but I feel good about the rest of the year. Give credit to MSU but RR had the answers the kids just didn't execute. I guarantee when Brian does the UFR he will say anywhere from 5-10 times that if the guys make a basic play or block it would have been 6. It was obvious Denard was dreadful passing but his run reads were terrible as well, Dorrestein and Shaw both completely whiffed basic blocks that Denard would have sprung for long td's. MSU's line and linebackers played well, but we had the answers , which in the long term is the more important thing even though I'm still depressed. If Iowa comes with that same gameplan they are toast.
A new commit for Michigan means we're hitting the front page. Action since last rankings:
3-14-09 Michigan gains commitment from Antonio Kinard.
10-4-10 Indiana gains commitment from Cody Latimer.
10-6-10 Wisconsin gains commitment from Denzel Doe.
10-8-10 Michigan gains commitment from Demetrius Hart. Iowa gains commitment from Melvin Spears.
10-9-10 Wisconsin gain commitment from Tyler Marz.
If you see any errors in the individual tables, please let me know. I'm tempted to move Indiana down a bit, but their averages per commit are about even with (or only very slightly behind) the teams nipping at their heels, and they have more commits.
|Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings|
|Rank||School||# Commits||Rivals Avg||Scout Avg||ESPN Avg|
Rivals rankings are on the "RR" scale, which is on a scale from about 5 to about 6.1. Unrated prospects are given a 5.1 rating, on par with the worst of any Big Ten commit last year. Scout is on the 5-star system (unranked players earn star), and ESPN uses grades out of 100 (unranked is 40 or 45).
|#1 Ohio State - 17 Commits|
No change for the Buckeyes.
|#2 Notre Dame - 20 Commits|
|George Atkinson III||S||CA||5.8||4||79|
With their higher commit numbers, Notre Dame is actually pretty close to passing Ohio State, though a deflated ranking on Scout (which hasn't rated kickers) keeps them well behind on the average at that site.
|#3 Nebraska - 13 Commits|
No change for Nebraska.
|#4 Michigan State - 16 Commits|
Nothing new for MSU.
|#5 Michigan - 11 Commits|
Yay! Michigan picks up Dee Hart finally. The MSU loss might slow down anything else from happening soon, though. I've also added Antonio Kinard, as U Recruit reports he'll join the team this winter.
|#6 Indiana - 22 Commits|
Rivals is far higher on the Hoosiers' new commit Cody Latimer than are the other two services.
|#7 Iowa - 15 Commits|
|#8 Northwestern - 13 Commits|
No change for Northwestern.
|#9 Minnesota - 15 Commits|
No changes for the LOLphers.
|#10 Wisconsin - 13 Commits|
Two new pickups for the Badgers, though neither is highly-rated.
|#11 Penn State - 4 Commits|
They have to get some commits sooner or later, right?
|#12 Illinois - 16 Commits|
Nothing new. The sites still aren't in agreement over whether Hayden Daniels is committed.
|#13 Purdue - 7 Commits|
No change for Purdue.
I'm not sure, but is this our favorite forum celebrity?
And for those glutton for punishment my pics from the game.
Considering how bad Obi Ezeh was playing today, I was expecting more of Moundros. I remember him playing against UConn, but not much after that.