Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
It's hard to believe that the 2010 season is almost over. It feels like yesterday that I was designing the season's first wallpaper to share with my wife and one other friend. That first wallpaper, entitled "Husky Puppy Piddles in Fear," was a simple image of a dog that required very little Photoshop work; I added some snow and some yellow spots and got an excellent response from my kids. I like the symmetry in ending the season with another simple image of a dog.
The Mississippi State University official athletic web site provides some background on the bulldog mascot: "The official school mascot is an American Kennel Club registered English Bulldog, given the inherited title of 'Bully'...references to school teams and athletes as Bulldogs actually go back to early in the century, and this nickname was used almost interchangeably with both Aggies and Maroons, since at least 1905."
I like that you can read expectation, submission and awe in the dog's posture; he's looking up at the Block M with what my oldest child referred to as "crying eyes." All that was missing from the original image was an owner's tag so I added one in Photoshop. I wanted the tag to indicate that this dog was owned by Michigan football and (by extension of the metaphor) that Michigan is going to own Mississippi State on January 1; the simplest way to convey that was to etch the Block M on the tag.
Thanks for taking an interest in my art; your feedback and encouragement have helped me through quite a few long nights and creative blocks. I'm hoping to find time to produce a few more wallpapers this off-season, and then use the summer to get a head start on next year's opponent wallpapers.
The image below is a preview only. You can get the widescreen, 4:3, iPad and mobile wallpapers at The Art. The Art. The Art!.
All of the 2010 Wallpapers
Theres a rivals article that says something about Darian Cooper talking to RR and that he now has Michigan higher than previously. Obviously this couldn't have happened recently due to the silent period unless he called RR. But it seems the news is getting increasingly positive for him and we sure could use him!
Anyone with a rivals account care to summarize?
Sorry if this is not news. Im taylored.
Mike Singletary fired tonight on the plane ride home from the 49ers loss to the Rams on Sunday. Jim Harbaugh's name has already been mentioned by Chris Mortensen....this outta be interesting to see how this plays out if RR is let go by this time next week- could we see a bidding war between Michigan and the 49ers or another NFL team? This ought to be interesting to watch.
DAYS UNTIL TATE LEADS THE MOXIE OFFENSE TO VICTORY!
I'm not going to take the Harbaugh angle; instead, I find it interesting on it's own that a near lock for the #1 pick is going to go back to school for his senior season. Impressive.
"SI's Peter King reported on Football Night in America on NBC Sunday that Stanford QB Andrew Luck's "current plan" is to stay in school rather than leave for the 2011 NFL draft.