i refuse to even consider this a possibility
So, I was bored this afternoon and decided to watch some games from last year and I made an observation, which some of you may be interested in, others maybe not. But, Drake Johnson has obviously torn his ACL twice and I think I know why.
Before I get into why Drake’s susceptible lets do a quick anatomy lesson. Your ACL attaches to your femur (upper leg) and tibia (lower leg) and is one of the major ligaments (attaches bone to bone) that cross your knee. Its role is to prevent your tibia from rotating independently of your femur. To illustrate, cross your right middle finger over your index finger. This is a model of how your ACL crosses over your knee joint. Next wrap your left hand around your crossed fingers and externally rotate your right hand. You’ll notice this force tightens your fingers. If instead you internally rotate your right hand, your fingers loosen and come apart. The former is a stable position for your knee, the latter an unstable one. When your feet are pointed straight ahead of your body/torso and your knees are slightly outside of your feet you are creating a stable ACL. When your feet open up it becomes difficult to track your knee outside unless your have incredible glute control and your tend to internally rotate or collapse your knee, collapse at the ankle, and lose the arch in your foot.
It looks like Drake wears ankle supports, which is a possible indication that he’s been doing this for some time. The arch you won’t see in a fully padded football player wearing cleats, but the knee you certainly can. I believe this latter foot/knee position is exactly what I see Drake doing and why he is susceptible to ACL tears and he’s allowing his feet to externally rotate which is driving his knee inward and losing torque at his knee joint and making his ACL susceptible when under high speeds/loads. But, this all starts by losing force through the hips. Here’s a few pictures that illustrates what I mean.
Notice the knee internally rotated and inside the foot and the ankle collapsing
Again here, foot externally rotated and knee internally rotated.
Again, same thing
Drake uses this strategy over and over. The vast majority of the time it is not an issue as he's obviously a high level athlete and a very strong guy. However, when he uses this strategy under high loads or speeds the ACL becomes more susceptible and eventually as his past has show will tear under the pressure. If he can learn the maintain torque through the hip, knee, ankle, and foot by pointing his toes straight ahead of him, not allowing his arch to collapse, and tracking his knee over or slightly outside of his foot, the will greatly reduce the chances of this happening.
The other day, mgoblog's Adam Schnepp wanted to see some photos of some Michigan gear from the last stint with Nike.
As I kept digging deeper, I found a lot of stuff. Since it's been painfully slow around here as it's the heart of the Dead Time i.e. July, I figured I'd make it a thread.
I prefaced the thread title with an Apparel: warning. I predict there will still be some that come in and complain.
Of at least some relevance to football is our glorious marching band. On the way home I was hunting for music and played 'Hawaiian War Chant' at a rather loud level - always good when driving an old diesel truck. I submit that is probably my favorite MMB song outside of the obvious choice of 'The Victors'.
So what is your favorite song you like to hear the band play on Saturdays at the Big House?
Since this is a rare season opener that is also the road opener for Michigan, from the pages of the Football SuperGuide, here is the complete history of Michigan in road openers.
Overall Record in road openers: 81-43-8
When road opener is also season opener: 15-5-1
Every season opener that was also the road opener-
|1885||11/7/1885||Windsor Club||W 10-0|
|1888||4/20/1888||Notre Dame||W 26-6|
|1943||9/18/1943||Camp Grant||W 26-0|
|1948||9/25/1948||Michigan State||W 13-7|
|1965||9/18/1965||North Carolina||W 31-24|
|1971||9/11/1971||#20 Northwestern||W 21-6|
|1986||9/13/1986||Notre Dame||W 24-23|
|1988||9/10/1988||#13 Notre Dame||L 17-19|
|1990||9/15/1990||#1 Notre Dame||L 24-28|
|1991||9/7/1991||Boston College||W 35-13|
|1992||9/12/1992||#3 Notre Dame||T 17-17|
|1998||9/5/1998||#22 Notre Dame||L 20-36|
I ran across an interesting article last week in NJ's local newspaper (geared towards the RU fanbase). It was an article regarding Tennessee's over-committed class last year and how they pushed out Marques Ford shortly before Signing Day in order to come below the limit on signees.
A four-star defensive end in the 2015 recruiting class, Ford had chosen Tennessee over dozens of scholarship offers from power conference programs. His official visit in January was the last step in a recruiting process that began before his junior year of high school. Ford was supposed to be able to relax in the two weeks leading up to national signing day, when his commitment to the Volunteers would become official.
But a phone call from Tennessee defensive line coach Steve Stripling two days after Ford returned home to Gibsonton, Fla., changed everything. The Volunteers had accepted more verbal commitments than they had available scholarships. With one five-star and two other four-star defensive ends already in the fold, Ford was the odd man out.
Luckily for Marques, however, he was a 4-star recruit with many power 5 offers so he was able to get picked up relatively quickly, but I could imagine how difficult of a situation this would be if the prospect is not a widely known commodity.
To give some additional color, according to 247Sports, Tennessee apparently signed 30 student athletes last year - one of them being Darrin Kirkland Jr., who was one of Michigan's star LB recruits before the Hoke implosion.
We talked about this last week, how we brought the wave from Seattle to the Big House in 1983.
This wave footage is from the '83 season, the conclusion of the Ghostbusters halftime show (that's why the marching band is wearing sheets) though I don't know the exact date/game.
EDIT: XtraMelanin correctly pointed out that Ghostbusters was released in '84. June 8, 1984 to be exact. So this had to be from the 84 season, which went to hell after Harbaugh broke his arm.