"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
My brother, a local attorney and sports writer, told me that he feels the corruption of college football by money is related to the fact that there is no minor league for professional football. The problem with college football (and to some extent basketball with the rare Kobe, Lebron, like exceptions) is that there is no minor league for high school students to choose when they want to just get to work and make some money at their chosen sport rather than get a college education,. In the other big money sports, (baseball, hockey, soccer, tennis, golf) there are no barriers to going pro to make some money right away if that is your interest instead of further schooling.
The WVU Board of Governors approved the sell of beer at Mountaineer sporting events by a 10-5 vote.
So what does AD Oliver Luck think?
Luck said he was "pleased" with the approval, which he believes will adress "coarseness" in the stands and "increase civility." The policy change will go into effect as WVU prohibits smoking in public areas of the stadium and ends its practice of allowing re-entry at Mountaineer Field during games.
"I believe we have taken a step forward toward our goal of a safer, friendlier and more civil game day experience," Luck said in a prepared statement ...
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In September 2011, Michigan should wear 1948 jerseys, including matching numbers corresponding to each position. Notre Dame should do the same, but their year should be 1949. Each won a MNC in their respective years (M's was a controversial vote with ND on top of that), and each jersey is somewhat different from today's model.
Michigan would wear long sleeved jerseys with different style numbers, and could even go back to the more yellow Maize for the numbers and pants:
Notre Dame could wear long sleeve green with gold pants, as shown in this 1950 magazine:
Michigan would require one tackle to change their historically corresponding number away from 11, but no other retired numbers were used on the 1948 roster. Notre Dame would not have to change any because they have never retired a number. Long sleeves would not be much of an issue IMO, the average A2 temperature in September is somewhere between 58-(Edit:) 72 degrees and it will be a night game.
This is the best idea I can think of to bridge the gap between the RAWK music, as JeepinBen put it, and the "Get off my lawn" crowd. To put it in terms DB would understand, I think a lot of people would buy the 1948 jersey due to color changed, long sleeves and the intangibles that get fans to buy throwbacks.
Let me start off by saying, I’m not that old. I’m 24 (it feels really old compared to 2 years ago when I was graduating). Some of you might read the title and think “Get Off My Lawn” but that’s not what I’m going for. The more and more I’ve thought about the Notre Dame game this year, the more upset I get. I’ve got tickets, I’m going, I’ll love it… but it won’t feel like Michigan Football. I don’t care at all if we have a Fullback, or play a 4-3, that’s not what I mean. What I mean is the Game-day Experience. Yes, this will be the first night game, yes everyone else has night games, and yes, Prime Time exposure, etc. etc. this really seems like a net positive. But part of me thinks that with the whole thing we’ve sold out. I’m a 3rd Generation Michigan Grad, and I love that when I went to games from 2005-2009, it started just like when my mom and dad when to games in the late 70s, and when my grandparents went in the late 40s/early 50s. The Marching Band formed their block M,
the Fanfare M, they played the Victors, the team came out the Tunnel, and they looked like this:
- is that Henne? Devin? Leach?
- is that Arthur Walker, Paul Seymour, Jon Jansen, Jake Long, or Lewan?
Their seats looked like this:
Now, I can’t help but feel that we’re all of a sudden every other team in college football. We’ve got skyboxes (granted, the construction ended up looking great, and I’ve taken the tour, and they’re amazing). We’ve got Lights. We’ve got Special K and we’ve got (allegedly) Maize alternate/throwbacky/cash-grab Jerseys.
So, all the things that I (we?) have claimed to hate throughout the past few seasons we now embody.
Michigan will Take the Field and it will be OMG MAIZE JERZEYS! I CAN BUY JERZEYS?
After Michigan takes the field “I Got a Feelin’“ I know what Special K will play (I feel like every time they went to commercial in this game the damn Black Eyed Peas song played, I know that the movie has AC/DC) - Dunno if embedding is working, but Iowa 2009, when Iowa took the field: (link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsHF31w8-sU&feature=related)
The Fatcats in their Skyboxes will see the numbers, the ratings, the jersey sales and think that this was successful. And what’s next? Our old scoreboards looked like this
Will our new ones look like this?
Again, I’m excited for the night game, I’m going, I’ll love it, and I hope Denard gets 503 yards and we beat ND 77-0 (with at least 1 Mike Martin Pick 6). But part of me really likes that we’re (we were?) different. I hope to really enjoy the Night Game, but come November, on a Gray Saturday afternoon I’ll bundle up, trudge through snow and slush to my seat which looks like this
to see Michigan play in The Game, hoping the sun peeks through the clouds, and our team will look like this:
And the band will play the Victors and it’ll just feel… right
I have no idea when the rankings come out, but with our current class at 14 recruits, I have to believe we are in the top 15 for sure. What do you guys think?