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I'm jeleaous as hell that I could not attend UTL in person. Therefore I need to live vicariously through you.
I know how the game went, but what was the entire experience really like? Tell me how your day (night) went.
How was Game Day? How was it tailgating in the dark? Did y'all burn down the town post-game? Did bars stay open late? Any epic hook-ups with new friends made after the game when nobody would leave? Should we expect a boomlet of little Wolverines next June? Was any body able to actually get home before daylight?
C'mon people, give me stories!!! Any corresponding you-are-there video of the whole scene makes you an internet Viking.
For anyone who attended, did you notice just how frequently the audio was getting stuck on tracks? I'm just a caveman and haven't progressed much since CD days, but I don't think MP3 tracks get stuck that way-- or do they?-- but the CD player or whatever they were using was constantly getting jammed in the middle of songs. At first, I thought this might be some fancy effects by Sir Mix-a-Lot or something, but... no, it wasn't, unless they were doing it for almost every track on purpose because all the kids are doing it.
One of you techophiles will be better suited to prescribe a solution, but for an otherwise largely impeccable production of the most exciting event I've ever seen in person (including the Braylon game and the Virginia '95 game), the persistent audio glitch seemed weirdly amateurish.
So I am going to need some advice on what to get my wife as this is what she wrote me for my surprise 30th birthday present.
Twas four months and the night before daddy’s birthday and all through the house,
Connor and mommy were stirring, even Mickey Mouse;
Like many of you I couldn't sleep after the crazy comeback win against Notre Dame on Saturday night. I had to do something with all that excess energy so here's your season schedule wallpaper.
Like last year's Heisman Candidate Edition, the Night Game Victors Edition Denard Robinson Action Figure project was an audible. I wasn't planning to create another wallpaper until the Michigan State game (and definitely was NOT going to revisit the action figure since it almost killed me last time) but with the last minute heroics and surprisingly-great-looking-on-the-team-as-apposed-to-at-M-Den legacy uniforms it didn't feel like I had a choice. Seconds after the game ended I raised an eyebrow at my wife and she said, "I figured. Go ahead, I'm heading to bed."
My daughter offered some enthusiastic support as I was wrapping this up on Sunday (she was drawing pictures of Denard at her little desk next to mine) and my wife helped with choices for some of the details like the small parts warning and edition number.
How it was made
I started with my original Denard Robinson action figure and modified it (in Photoshop) to match the Adidas legacy uniforms. The original was based on a Tom Brady action figure and got me into a funny legal situation with some lawyers who thought I was manufacturing them. I wasn't and I don't intend to despite the protestations of my children. "Kids, that would be illegal and besides, our home-based factory is not yet fully operational."
I screen captured the action figure modifications and box creation but it turns out that my usually dependable software has an obscure bug that cost me 75% of what I had recorded. At some time in the future (or in the past if I can get the DeLorean running) I will go back and record the layer build for both versions of the action figure. It won't be as good as seeing the whole process but it will be better than nothing.
The images below are previews only. You can get the widescreen, 4:3, iPad and mobile wallpapers at The Art. The Art. The Art!.
This disclaimer works 50% of the time all of the time
There is no actual action figure for sale. The action figure does not exist; it was created digitally. I'm offering free downloads of the artwork for your personal use.
Given the awesome event and atmosphere for the game against ND, was the band over-amped, in anyone else's opinion? (Looking for Bando or other band alum/member inputs, thoughts and commentary.)
Not necessarily a get-off-my-lawn complaint, just, it seemed like the band would start "The Victors" or "Let's Go Blue" at a pre-set volume, and then 2-4 seconds later, it would come blasting out of the north scoreboard...and not at Spinal Tap's "11" on the amp dial, but significantly louder.
Simple question: were Denard's interceptions a result of bad play-calling, bad decisions, or both?
I haven't seen any replays, and I don't have the time to sift through video to see for myself, but I feel like Denard got really lucky on a lot of his passes. There were a handful of passes that he just chucked up to his receivers and we were fortunate enough to come down with some of them (tell me, Kirk Herbstreit, did Denard really underthrow the TD pass to Gallon on purpose?), but that also led to 2 interceptions. Does that fall more on Borges, or Denard? Obviously, it is Denard's responsibilty to make good decisions with the ball, but did he not have any other options on those plays, or was he locking in on a receiver and forcing the passes? I know Borges likes to stretch the field with the passing game, but Denard really seemed to be forcing the ball a lot, and I don't think you can expect sustained success with those kinds of throws.