I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
Mostly just a fluff piece with the same old stuff. Generally not a big fan of Mandel (he calls us Big Blue in the title) as he's just another national writer who knows less about our team than anyone on this board with 1000+ points. At least he's not bashing us or saying someone is transferring or hurt or some other crap we don't need.
I know there was a thread created yesterday to discuss the possibilities of who could/would fill in for Troy Woolfolk, but I think this topic is sufficiently different to warrant its own thread. And, FWIW, this is something I was wondering about before Troy went down.
I know in an ideal situation we would rather keep the walk-ons with the practice squad, but Kovacs definitely proved himself a sure tackler last year, if nothing else, and won himself a scholarship. So, are there any walk-ons who have the potential (either because of skill or position openings) to make an impact on the field this year, i.e., Jordan Kovacs (thanks The Oatmeal!)? I guess I'm directing this question to those who have some insider knowledge of what's going on and who's on the roster, because frankly, I don't even know who our walk-ons are.
Rivals just posted their Pre-Season All-American teams. I, for one, am very excited to see Justin Boren on the first team and Ryan Mallett on the third (:/ sarcasm). Well I hope they enjoy their current colleges more than they enjoyed their time at Michigan.
EDIT: Because most missed it, I was being sarcastic.
Now, since we found out pigs are flying, the fat lady is singing and korea is finally united. I have a small info piece about the importance of team from the RRod camp. This might help explain why some players leave like a bat out of hell and some absolutely love it here and come out Michigan Men, and the fact that you will not see any "me players" anytime soon at umich. During the offseason, the football team is broken down into little "squads" as some would call it. About 6 to 8 per squad and the squadmates rack up points for their squad, like going to motts on thursdays, volunteering, etc. They can also lose points for things like being late, missing study hours/class check etc. If your squad drops below a certain threshold, you get to enjoy something courtesy of Coach Barwis called "Torture Tuesday".
It starts promptly at 6am and ain't fun at all. It is a full hour and a half of conditioning. The activities may include 50 yard wheelbarrows, suicides, or my personal favorite "buddy carry" which involves you and your partner to carry each other on your backs doing laps around the football field. If you drop him too much you get another lap and this is usually the last activity,
Why did I mention this?
Well, to further solidify the new concept that is flourishing in umich football. I laughed when some former players blamed the "lack of family" for transfering and this could not be further from the truth. There are no star players, there are only teammates. No matter what your position, year, or ability, you are expected to pull your weight and help your teammates pull theirs.
So don't fret when we lose a player to transfer, or we don't get that star recruit. RRod wants teammates who will win for the block M, not people looking for a stepping stone to the NFL. There will be rough patches, but if we stay the course, we will be champions once again.
8 PM tonight.
This is a reminder to set your recorder.
We have lost blood this week, but as long as the team still breathes… it will continue to fight. Show me something more dangerous than a cornered wolverine.
We’re back this week with the next round of the MGoShirt 2010 Season Line, as designed by yours truly and produced exclusively by Underground Printing in conjunction with our very own MGoBlog.
As an MGoBlog exclusive, we’re keeping it light today, focusing on perhaps the most highly demanded design from the Michigan faithful. And, yes, conveniently enough, these very same shirts are immediately available for purchase at the MGoStore! Remember, the title of every shirt is an active link directly to the catalog entry for that product. You can shop as soon as you see the shirt if you'd like.
AND the special offer continues today— Buy all 10 shirts (or any 10 shirts - mix and match your favorites) and get them for $150 (25% off!). MGoStore has also heard your prayers and is now offering multiple shirts in the coveted American Apparel option-- you asked for it, you got it! Think of it this way— life will go on, and the season is far from a wash. Show your optimism by wearing a fashionable MGoShirt, and to hell with the naysayers!
Pride is worn on the sleeves of the faithful. Our shirts have sleeves.
Let’s get to the shirts:
Here it is, people… because YOU demanded it, the Hulk wears #68!!! MIKE SMASH!!!! We all know that the Hulk’s shirts always rip into shreds when he hulks out, but thanks to the new performance materials of the Adidas authentic jerseys, he can show his true colors and sport a certain uniform number.
DESIGNER INSIDER: I originally had an idea to do this shirt on a green background, but it just smelled a little too Sparty. Obviously the face looks nothing like a certain mammoth defensive lineman, and that’s by design to avoid Imperial entanglements. That’s the game we have to play,kids.
Quatre-vingt-quinze. Today's featured athlete on CTK, but Renaldo was not the first. First Alain Kashama wore the number, and made it proud. I envision a day when the #95 jersey will hold a certain stigma of honor not unlike the legendary #1 jersey, one that will be expressly reserved for large Quebecor defensive tackles from the great white north.
DESIGNER INSIDER: Tried to keep it simple. I think the last time I used Vivaldi was on my wedding invitations. Bizarre.
This next shirt, sadly but obviously, has been put on hold...
This shirt was desi—ah, no. No. STOP.
I just can’t… I don’t wanna talk about it. This… it's still a little painful and raw and fresh. I’m legitimately thinking about doing a shirt that touches on what happened, but we’ll see where that pans out. Above all else I want to be respectful to Troy-- what bothers me is that so many of us, myself included, think of what this means to the team, rather than to the player himself. Imagine how he must feel.
DESIGNER INSIDER: Maybe we can just throw his dog in the #29, and no one will notice the difference?
Two weeks, kids. Sure, this week hurt… but the season is coming. All I can suggest is to think about what Bo would say about this week. There was no crying in your beer when the ol' general was around, so why should we start now. Pick up your head, buy a shirt, wear it with pride, and remember your allegiance to the Michigan Wolverines. And don’t forget—if you’re interested in loading up your closet with some high quality MGoApparel, UGP has made it possible with the MGoShirt Alert special offer: Simply go to the store and put 10 shirts into your cart, and the special offer will take the discount off for you!