So I finally broke down and tried a golf course tailgate. I have to admit, it was an awesome, and awe inspiring pre-game. My 13 y/o son (now known as "Gameboy") got to play some PS3 NCAA 11, us adults shared Jello shots and other libations with the neighbors, and everyone had a great time.
Howeva, the post game was slightly traumatic. Does the course always look like one of New Jersey's uglier landfills? Does anyone stay to cook a little dinner, or does everyone wait in a half hour long line to hit the rowdy streets of AA for a 1 to 1-1/2 hour slog to the freeways? I'd been under the impression that there were post game events galore, that the camaraderie and goodwill among tailgaters would continue into the two hour sunset after our fine victory. Nuh-uh. Did I take a wrong turn, or was that par for the course (pun intended, obvs)?
Watching the VaTech-Boise State game last night, the eerily chilling reminders of Mike Debord and LC were brutal.
How many 1st and goals from the 7-8-9 yard line were runs between the tackles? 2nd and goals went for 0 or negative yards? 3rd and goals went sailing out of the end zone, on overthrown crossing routes instead of nice fades to the corners? Just a terrible gameplan and strategy throughout. Not saying that there weren't other mistakes made, just that the scheme from the coaches seemed to minimize the opportunity to be aggressive and win, instead, biding their time so they could launch bombs with 69 seconds left, down by 3.
Debord has hit his upper limit as tight ends coach for the Seahawks, coaching a single player position. Why he was our OC will forever remain a mystery. One of my all-time favorite knuckleheaded quotes from Debord in The Wolverine season 2007 preview. Asked about the philosophy of the offense, he replied "establish the run." The next years preview, Calvin Magee responded with "score touchdowns."
I'm glad we've left Beamer-ball in the past, where it belongs...
Michigan is up to #11 in the updated Sagarin ratings. It is so early in the season as to be laughingly meaningless, but still fun to see.
We should no longer fear ND, or Wisky and PSU for that matter. A computer told me so.
Just saw this on the OS website.
Some notes as per the writer:
- Michigan looks to be back in the driver's seat for Hart.
- Patti says they were not prepared for the cold, but it "wasn't that cold".
- Michigan officials were kind enough to adorn them in Michigan gear.
- Patti has an early list of Michigan, Oregon, UNC, and FSU.
- Patti says the atmosphere was "awesome/stadium going crazy/top notch".
As every one knows safety Avery Walls was in town this past weekend for the game against U Conn. He was on an official visit with his brother, and this was his third time in Ann Arbor. He did not commit, which was not surprising or disappointing. No one felt that he would make his decision this fast.
This was however his first time in Ann Arbor for a game atmosphere. "The game was great, and the visit went great," he said. Staying for a couple days also gave him a chance to talk with the coaches more in depth, and get a feel for them. "I had a great talk with all the coaches, and Coach Hott did a great job of taking care of me and my family," Avery said.
Walls is expected to take an official visit out to Oregon on October 2nd, and one to Cal on October 9th. With that being said Avery has seen a lot of good things at Michigan, and this visit was something he really enjoyed. "This visit helped Michigan a lot. I'm going to be watching their next few games," he said.
There have been rumors that Michigan may lead for Avery, and I wouldn't doubt those rumors at this point. We all know with recruiting though, anything can happen.
Here are highlights from his first game of the season this year:
re-engineered the shell, bumper case not required.