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.
I find the media's lack of attention to Denard's "shoelace" story this year curious. Not long ago it was a huge angle. Given the fact that we're so litigous these days, is there is a potential shoelace liability issue that both the university and the media are trying to avoid?
Or... and I must admit I didn't notice... is Denard tying his laces or are his shoes possibly velcro only now?
I was one of those lucky enough to have been there Saturday night. What a show - can't keep the smile off of my face. I guess the myth about the Big House being quiet is finally dispelled....my ears are still ringing.
Anyway, I was in Section 21, Row 29 around the 20 yardline, on the Michigan side of the field. Normally, I find myself watching the action on the field and only look at the scoreboard for the opccasional replay or the stats. Saturday, I found myself watching the scoreboards more than the field, not because I couldn't see what was taking place, but because the new displays are so detailed. Is this happening to anyone else?
Also, in my section, the new speakers seemed terrific. Loud and really undistorted for a large stadium.
As for the new lighting, because the lights are stretched into a horizontal line and not a tower which creates a point source of sorts, shadowing was very subtle and really minimized. Say what you want about Brandon, but the changes he has made to the Big House are spot on.
I know the FanCam was up for a few minutes last night. Does anyone know what the deal is?
On the other side of the country, former Michigan assistant coach Jack Harbaugh watched the game with his son, Jim, the former Wolverines QB and San Francisco 49ers coach, who potentially could’ve replace Rich Rodriguez instead of Hoke in January.
“That may be the greatest football game that I’ve ever witnessed,”Harbaugh said Sunday before the Seattle-San Francisco game. “What a minute and 30 seconds. And the poise of Brady Hoke, unknown to mankind. There were 110,000 people screaming, back and forth we go, and this guy stands there and … well he did have a drop of sweat on his brow.”