well that's just, like, your opinion, man
I'm looking for some cool stories on why it took so long for Bo's squads to fill the house. With the 1969 win versus OSU being legendary status in M Football lore which begs the question unto why it took until 1976 to regularly fill the stadium. MSU and OSU were sell outs during this timeframe, while all of the rest of the games were close to 3/4 full. I'm sure Bacon and Falk have shared their viewpoints now I would like to hear from others.
(EDIT) Still not trying to make this a term paper although I understand that there was a steady rise in attendance. Television wasn't relevant as it is today. Was it the War? Watergate? Lou Grant was on Saturday afternoons?
I just returned from the Catholic League Championship between Warren De La Salle and Orchard Lake St. Mary. During the regular season DLS routed OLSM 31-8, holding the Eaglets to under 120 yds on offense. Today the tables were turned with OLSM winning 38-0 on the strength of KJ Hamler and to a lesser degree Josh Ross.
KJ Hamler was a star on both sides of the ball. On defense he was in the pocket of DLS's best receiver all day with numerous pass break ups. On offense, unlike in their earlier match up, he was the go to target. Of 219 passing yards in the game he had 176 yards receiving on just five catches with two going for touchdowns. In the second half OLSM switched to a wishbone with Hamler on the sideline and DLS shut them down. Hamler ran out on third and long and we called it before it happened, deep out touchdown. Everyone in the stadium knew it was going there but he beat his defender like he was standing still.
Josh Ross was solid but not devastating. He probably lead the team in tackles. He had a good eye for the ball carrier and DLS was held to under 40 yds rushing. His name was called several times but I didn't see any memorable plays. This isn't meant to denegrate his skill. I'm just not sure there were opportunities for him to stand out.
On the DLS side, Michigan is recruiting Allen Stritzinger, DLS's star RB/CB. He didn't play supposedly due to injury. I heard an interesting rumor from two parents of DLS starters. They said that he sprained his ankle on September 19 against Brother Rice and he hasn't played since. They said he used to come to practice even with his injury but he hasn't been back in two weeks. They told me he doesn't want to aggravate his injury this season. He will transfer to Cass Tech for his senior year and plans to play at Michigan. These parents sounded a little frustrated by this. Their kids are both seniors and would like him out there.
Didn't see this posted. Football Study Hall with a look at how two of the best defenses in the country, Alabama and Michigan, are using the dime package to defeat the spread. Hoke left some pretty good players here to work with, but I still find it amazing how our coaching staff could do this in one offseason without any of their own players.