We're nearly a week away, and I know a lot of you love the wallpapers posted on this here blog. I'm always excited to update my background each season (sometimes multiple times per season), and this year's batch of backgrounds hasn't disappointed.
What I want to know is, what wallpaper are you going with for kickoff? Personally, I'm rocking this gem from Blue and Joe:
Post which wallpaper you're going with. If you haven't changed yours yet, then you have 7 days to get it together! Those posted to the board/diaries for reference:
[And if you have Michigan-themed wallpaper in your house, then go ahead and share that too: OT season is almost over.]
I took a quick trip to Virginia this week and bought a book from the airport bookstore like I sometimes do. They had a Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child for only $9.99. I've never read any of those books before but I did watch the Jack Reacher movie on HBO this summer and it wasn't horrible, so I figured, "why not."
(It's worth pointing out that Jack Reacher in the books is 6' 5", 250 pounds whereas in the movie, he was played by Tom Cruise who is not 6' 5" nor 250 pounds.)
In this particular Reacher novel, he's wandering the vast wasteland of Nebraska during the winter. One family of no-good, ne'er do-wells has taken over the one-stop-sign town. The three Duncan brothers have set up a trucking syndicate engaged in some illicit activities. To protect their vast trucking enterprise, they hired 10 former Nebraska Cornhusker offensive linemen. These guys are all described as being 6'6" to 6'7" and 300+ pounds. Every 20-30 pages or so, Reacher takes out one of the former Cornhusker lineman. First, it's a kick to the knee that crushes the kneecap and damages ligaments. Then, he pops a guy in the elbow breaking his arm. Another time, Reacher is able to get the Cornhusker lineman to wedge his SUV between a rock outcropping. Reacher lets the oil out of the SUV unbeknownst to the lineman who proceeds to damage his automobile to the point where it explodes. And in one amazing scene, he waits in a farmhouse as one after another lineman enters only to be greeted by a wrench to the back of the head. Having been knocked out, Reacher hog ties his victims with duct tape.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, finding it just long enough to fill 10 hours of a round-trip coast-to-coast trip. If you enjoy schadenfreude related to former Nebraska Cornhusker lineman, I highly recommend this book.
P.S. the name of the book is "Worth Dying For."
Was checking ESPN's UM football site and happened to see this combination of banner ad and headline story/photo. Thoughts?
Seth’s new series about football concepts and terminology yielded comments from several MGoBloggers who played the game. It made me curious: how many folks on the Board have played or coached football?
I have watched football since I was a very young kid and I’m very passionate about Michigan football (and the San Diego Chargers). However, I have never played nor coached. That’s why I love learning the mechanics of the game because the gritty details are new education for me. We also like to get to the stadium really early for most games to catch the warm-ups.
Did you play or coach football? Please freely relive any glory days, or just share what you love about the game.
While checking MGoBlue.com today I came across the list of promotions and giveaways for this season's home games.
Below are the announced promotions for the season opener against Hawaii:
• Honorary Captain -- Michael Jordan
• Flyover -- Two USAF aircraft from the 435th Fighter Training Squadron and 169th Fighter Wing will conduct the flyover at the conclusion of the national anthem. The two lead pilots -- Lt. Col. Michael "Vito" Ferrario and Lt. Col. Jason "Ugly" Earley -- are 1996 U-M College of Engineering graduates.
• Michigan Marching Band Halftime Show -- "The Recruit" - with some help from a good friend, the MMB uses some unique methods to recruit a five-star piccolo player.
• Big Ten Championship Recognition -- Michigan men's cross country and women's track and field will be recognized for winning Big Ten championships.
Of note for the rest of the season (http://www.mgoblue.com/promotions/fbl-gameday.html):
- There will be a parachute jump into the stadium for the UCF and Wisconsin game.
- Announced Honorary Captains: MJ (Hawaii), Rich Eisen (UCF), Bobby Kotick (Colorado), Hank Aaron (Illinois),
- There appears to be no Pom Poms planned, as I know this is a source of great debate on the MGoBoard.
...days until Jason Avant witnesses a massacre.
Jason played wide receiver from 2002 to 2005 and was terrific. Many liken him to Marquise Walker with acrobatic catches and soft hands (seen below).
During Jason's sophomore season (as the n umber two receiver behnd Braylon), he caught forty-seven passes for seven-hundred-seventy-two yards. His senior season saw over one-thousand yards. Jason was a candidate for the Biletnikoff award during his junior and senior seasons. He also earned honorable mention All-American and was the team's MVP in his senior year. In the NFL, he saw time with the Eagles, Panthers, and Chiefs.
Only eight more days, MGoFriends.