that is nice bonus change
There has been some discussion on this board about how it is that Brady Hoke can recruit so well and why it is that players think so much of him. There has even been some skepticism expressed that this is even true.
Much of this doubt comes from his admittedly bland and evasive demeanor in press conferences. In that arena, he often does not come off as a man you would run through a brick wall for.
But there is of course a whole different side of him that the players get to see that we don't. Read this quote from an article in The Wolverine about the team's pre-game routine, specifically the morning wake-up call:
"Even if he is not at your door, you can hear Coach Mattison screaming to wake up," Ryan said. "He's the alarm."
Mattison is docile compared to Hoke, however, who unfurls an array of measures to make sure his players' eyes are wide open.
"Coach Hoke comes in jumping on people - he will jump on me and he will pat me on my back and my neck and he'll mess with my hair," said Clark, riled but entertained. "He makes sure he wakes you up."
"I'll land right on top of him, give him a little pop [with my forearm]," Hoke confirmed. "I always do that. I don't have to wake him up, but we have fun. It's just something I've done since I was an assistant coach."
Can you imagine Urban Meyer doing something like that? If I was a player and he did it, I would call the cops.
Central Michigan held on for a 20-16 victory over the vaunted Chattanooga Mocs last night, but there was a bright spot for CMU...former UM running back Thomas Rawls rushed for 123 yards and one TD on 25 carries. He also caught 2 passes for 7 yards.
I'm really happy for the guy, glad he found a landing spot and hopefully he finishes his career strongly for the Chips.
Box score HERE
Day 1 is like Wheatley except faster.
We've all got 'em. Yes, they're necessary. No, they're not crazy.
With Michigan football kicking off tomorrow, I want to know what other members of the MGoBoard need to do before a game to help Michigan to victory.
Big, small, or unique, no tradition or ritual is insignificant. Remember, it's not crazy if it works.
Let's hear it! (unless it requires secrecy)
B1G has two games tonight and both ended victoriously. Minnesota did not look all that impressive (and barely threw to Maxxxx Williams) but they did eventually blow out their opponent.
Rutgers looked much better than i expected. Nova played pretty well and they look to have a legitimate player int RB Paul James. They are typically the team to muff a punt late to lose a game, not capatalize on one which is a nice change for them. Hopefully the B1G continues its unbeaten streak through Saturday.
These videos will help you get into the spirit. Other people posting their personal favorites would be appropriate.
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For the glory and fame. We cheer them again. Go Blue.