"It's a lot easier being a drug dealer than an AAU coach" - this guy. Tell me something I don't know. I mean, don't think but have never tried either.
Starting the offense every snap video now but I probably won't finish it until tomorrow. Several people commented that the original Monster Saturday hype video was too short. Honestly, I'm not a big fan of hype videos and I did it (in 30 minutes while I was wasted using clips that were already imported into my editor) to make fun of "Monster Saturday" as well as the genre of mgohype.
Denard played great the past two weeks but took a beating and is probably VERY sore today. How do you think he heals his body? He probably takes an ice bath daily, but does anyone know if there is a hyperbaric oxygen chamber in Schembechler Hall? A lot of NFL players have them to recover (T.O., Tim Tebow, etc.) and although it may seem pretty extreme to use on a college player, HAVE YOU SEEN THIS KID PLAY!? It definitely helps with swelling and bruising. What are other sports medicine healing techniques?
Anyone with more KNOWLEDGE or inside information on this topic please reply!
"Denard Robinson gives Red Bull Wings"
Three of us went on campus with no tickets in hand, and as we made our way past the basilica, the grotto, and all other sorts of sights on ND's campus that make you begrudginly appreciate it, our chances of finding three seats together seemed to diminish.
Well, as we passed the stadium one of my friends asked if we should simply try the box office, to which I chuckled -- not a chance, I suggested. Well, as we pass by the ticket sales window, there's a very short line of seemingly happy prospectors emerging with tickets in hand. Apparently, they opened up the wheelchair section for general tickets when all the seats are not occupied by handicapped patrons. Minutes later, we have three tickets in hand at face value.
While this doesn't seem like an entirely exciting scenario, here's where my weekend was made: as we sat in our seats, I notice a good-sized guy sitting one seat down from me, wearing a "1%" shirt, and wearing a shy grin rivalled only by Denard himself.
Three and a half hours later, Brock Mealer and I had shared a few great stories, frustrations, and high fives as we cheered Michigan on to victory. On a day which we celebrated the heroes of September 11th, I had the honor of celebrating our team's win with a hero in his own right. And in twenty years, when my kids ask me about that game where Denard rushed and passed into Michigan lore, I'll tell them that it was sitting next to a true champion that made my weekend.
He told me and a couple of nearby patrons a story about Denard: last week, before the game, he asked our QB if he ever thought about cutting off his dreads in case someone tried to pull him down (a la Polamu). Denard's response?
"If they ever catch me, they can have 'em."
With any player that performs well and gets a ton of publicity and hype for such performances there tends to be some sort of anger or disgust towards that player (ex: Tim Tebow).
Obviously, Denard Robinson has been tremendously good these first two games. So good that ESPN is bringing out the hype train saying Denard is the Heisman front-runner. A group on Facebook has claimed tomorrow as "Shoes Untied like Denard Robinson Day." While I was looking at this group, I noticed some comments that belittle Denard saying he's too stupid to tie his cleats and others claim they cannot wait for him to start playing terribly so they jump off of the bandwagon.
Why such hate just two games into the year? Personally, I don't think he will be able to keep this torrid pace (hopefully he can though) but I just don't understand why there is hate already builiding up. I find it kind of sad because he is a great person, always with a smile on his face, and extremely humble.
Here is the facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/event.php?eid=144149168960694&index=1
Before the season I broke it down into 3 separate four game acts:
UMass, BG, IU and IU
Iowa, PSU, UW, OSU
UConn (W), ND (W), MSU and Purdue.
Our program came into the season with three realistic missions:
1. Play well enough for RR to keep his job so he can continue building his program.
Status: Mission virtually accomplished. Yes, there is a lot of season to go, but the expected number for RR to keep his job by evidencing "improvement" as Brandon put it (even though he didn't specify a wins total) was 6-6 and a bowl birth. UM now only needs 4 wins to accomplish this, and should be eminently achievable with the 4 expected win games and two other coin flips ahead, not to mention the chance to knock off a weaker PSU or surprise Iowa.
2. Stay relatively healthy and continue to gain experience for this incredibly young team.
Status: In progress. So far so good on the health front, and let's hope Gibbons, Cam Gordon and Denard and the rest of our young team continue to grow from their mistakes. Gibbons was, uh, nervous, Cam's angles on those two ND bombs were painful, and Denard made some obvious mistakes as well with his arm. For all the flash and yardage, we still only put up 28 points after winning the turn over battle 3-0... Also, it's painfully obvious our overall defense is not very good. Our lack of pass rush appears an obvious indication G Rob is shedding help up front to protect the secondary. But our young and gritty D has gotten the job done against two formidable foes, and can only continue to get better, especially with the two cupcake games ahead in preparation for Big10 play.
3. Shoot for the stars relative to the last two years and go 8-4 or 9-3.
Status: Half way there. 6-6 is virtually assured by simply beating the four opponents listed above we should easily beat. 7-5 requires simply winning 1 of 6 other games - 4 expected loss games and 2 coin flips (MSU/Purdue). That also seems expected and achievable. Yet after the first two seasons under RR, especially with the losses of Warren and Graham and Woolfolk this year, most conservative UM fans like myself projected 7-5 (as Brian also did), but of course, secretly hoped for the miracle that would be 8-4 or even 9-3 in this, still a rebuilding year.
8-4 will require us to probably run the table on MSU and Purdue. Purdue seems eminently winnable, but MSU is a good team, made better by having a mirthless coach who sacrifices weeks and wins in advance of the UM game to get his team ready for the only game he apparently cares about.
9-3? Run the table on our flips and squeak a win out of either PSU or Iowa. Wisconsin with it's experience and OSU just don't seem achievable this year, but one can only dream...
Amazing start to our season. We've won the first 2 of the 4 most important games. MSU is the next one. GO BLUE!!!
So, had they reviewed Jones' TD and determined he fumbled on the two, what would the ruling have been? Obviously, no touchdown. But the play was blown dead without either team having control of the ball, which remained on the field of play (ie did not roll out of the endzone for a potential touchback).
I suspect they would have awarded ND the ball at the point of the fumble, but really have no idea. Has anyone ever a similar play reviewed, and if so, what was the call?