"(I) think about 'The Lion King,' Simba gets hit over the head and (he's told) 'the past can hurt,' " Harbaugh said Monday afternoon. "'You can either run from it or embrace it and learn from it.'
This is going to be a P. Griffin grind my gears rant.
I'm amazed at the criticism of V. Smith. Just so everyone knows he was playing on a knee that had ACL surgery 8 months before the season started. It would have been easy for him to say well my knee isn't quite right I'll take my redshirt and get back in shape, but no he fought like hell to get back on the field. Who knows if he should have played or not last year, but the fact was that he earned PT over healthier options. This should be applauded not torn apart. His internet aproval rating would have been much better served by being lazy and not even trying to play last year. How nuts is that?
The other criticism is that he's too small. Of all schools we should be the last ones to question a rb's height. Have we forgotten who we are? M. Hart and J. Morris are not all over the record books of Michigan?
I'm all for debate over who's the best rb, but you can't use last years performance from a guy playing at maybe 70-80% as your argument. Go back to those spring videos his 1st year or his play against OSU before he blew out his knee. That's a different guy than we saw last year. I may be one of the few that have seen good things in a lot of our backs when they were healthy and think we will be pleasantly surprised this year whoever emerges from the competition.
My money is on M. Shaw, I still think he has the best combo of burst and toughness, but I'm not basing that on V. Smith's performance last year. The fucking kid was a warrior and we're dissing him because he had the toughness to play on 1 leg?
Like the football team, I'll be making a brief appearance this off-season before disappearing again until Fall.
The theme of the coaching search and press conferences over the last several months has centered around the idea that it's time to return the program to "Michigan Football" (demonstrative finger quotes here). Whether or not you believe that such a thing as "Michigan Football" exists and that the program has indeed drifted from that thing, the message is clear - moving forward, the team and the style of play will look different under Brady Hoke than it did under Rich Rodriguez. The question is, given our personnel (specifically a player whose name rhymes with Denard Robinson) how different will it look this year? Just how far back will Coach Hoke and his staff turn the clock? Will they force Denard into a scheme where he feels out of place, or will they shift their offensive philosophy to take advantage of his considerable talents?
I found an archival photo of Fielding H. Yost's first Michigan football team and thought it would be a great counterpoint to the "return to Michigan football" theme. Yost's 1901 team was dominant (11-0 record, 550 points scored - 0 points against) and depended on fast, efficient players to execute a "hurry up" offense to perfection. Stylistically, that sounds more like the offense we saw under Rich Rodriguez than what we should expect from new offensive coordinator Al Borges. Denard Robinson's style of play would have been a perfect fit for Yost's first "Point-a-Minute" team.
If Coach Hoke and Denard Robinson jumped into a DeLorean and turned the clock back to 1901, this modified team photo is what you might see hanging in Schembechler Hall today.
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Don't post much, but I thought I would let everyone know that the unofficial MGoBlog app has finally made it live on Android.
You can go to your Android marketplace and search for MGODROID.
I have been running the beta version last month or so and it's way better than user your browser.
Frontline picks out the facts that they have at hand and weaves them into a story. There are several points here and not all are made equally well. This has been told in many forums. Frontline is a fairly important one in terms of exposure.
Not much new here. If I had a son I would do everything short of telling him no to get him to play a non contact sport.
Football is going the way of boxing. I don't see getting beyond some of these issues without gutting the game we all love.
We have talked about this before...but this is a good link and story that needs to be retold until we get some basic rule changes at least.
New York DB Wayne Morgan (5'11", 188 lbs) took a trip out to Michigan a few weeks ago and put Michigan in second place on his list behind Rutgers. I had put this in an update previously that Rutgers was the leader, according to his coach, because of the comfortability and familiarity.
I spoke with his coach tonight and he told me that he thinks Michigan is now tied at the top with Rutgers. Morgan was actually lifting weights in a Michigan shirt today [he also apparently power cleaned 280 today]. His coach told me that he'll be visiting Alabama [who has offered] in the next week.
However, he said that Michigan's tradition really sticks out to Wayne, the opportunity to play early, and overall what they have to offer. Being from New York, Morgan's coach told me they aren't too fond of the south because it's a whole different world down there. He's not sure when Wayne will be back out to Michigan because of costs, but he said that Michigan has really impressed Morgan and their coaching staff. He's starting to get more looks and could have some more offers soon, so we'll see what happens.