landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
A couple weeks ago, I put together a google map with all of the Michigan bars I'm aware of (and also everything from the spreadsheet that bouje has been maintaining.) The map is here.
Hopefully this will prevent the "where's the Michigan bar in Pittsburgh/Fresno/Topeka/wherever" threads that pop up every week, but if your favorite gameday hangout isn't on here, put it in the thread and let me know. I'll do my best to keep the map up to date.
and that's with them already having to raise capacity by 200 spots due to demand (the original cap filled up in 8 days)
The full story (with an obligitory Freep link warning): http://www.freep.com/story/sports/college/university-michigan/wolverines/2016/05/24/michigan-football-satellite-camp-paramus/84848808/
If you don't want to click on that, I guess I'll copy and paste the full thing:
Freep Link above.
The Money Quote:
"While they claimed financial reasons for the withdrawal, we think that having lost to Team Michigan, handily, two years in a row might have played a part in their decision," Merx told the Free Press in an email.
Well said my friend!
...days until Michigan beats the crap out of Hawaii.
Speaking of the first weekend, there is a fantastic slate of games on that opening Saturday. Before those, there are even more Thursday and Friday games than I have ever seen.
Time to start getting excited.
New video posted today is a must see for fans of classic Michigan football, and affords viewers an interesting snapshot in time of what Big Ten football was like in the early 1970s.
This was Bo Schembechler's 3rd team, and his first outright Big Ten title (8-0, 11-1) as Michigan coach. Bo would not win another outright title until 1980, but would sharing the Big 10 crown multiple times in between with Ohio State or Michigan State..
Some interesting footage as well of Michigan players like WR Bo Rather that I had not seen before.
There's some interesting sideline reactions and banter from BigTen coaches as well, like the old NFL films. Indiana's John Pont complaining about player mistakes, etc.
Michigan grad Bill Fleming adds the voice and Purdue's band adds the music.
I can't embed, so here's the link below.
Ben Kercheval (who?) over at CBS Sports posted a piece yessterday about the 16 most irreplaceable players in college football right now. #16 (which, why he didn't just go with 15 is beyond me) on the list is Michigan's De'Veon Smith. Granted, the stated premise of the article is not to list the best players, but the foundational players for a team that would most greatly affect their team should they for some reason not be able to play next season. Still, I found Smith to be a profound choice.
Yes, he's our best back. The coaching staff showed their hand a bit on Smith during the spring game, looping him in with other surefire starters and stars. Still, I feel like we're deep enough with experienced RBs to be able to fill the gap should Smith not be available. Between Isaac and Johnson, I feel confident we'd be okay at that position and our offense, though it'd look a little different maybe, wouldn't suffer much.
As far as who IS our most irreplaceable player, the name that comes to mind for me is Jourdan Lewis. Our depth at CB is not comparable to our depth at RB, and Smith is no Lewis in regards to greatness. Losing Lewis would certainly be a huge blow that would radically affect our defense. We might have to slide Peppers over into coverage (though I would imagine Stribling would take the edge and Peppers would lean closer to the inside), which would have an adverse effect on our LB depth as well. Aside from Peppers just not being as good in coverage as he is in roaming the field destroying people and blowing up screens, taking him out of the nickel role he played last year or the LB role Brown plans to use him in this year would shift our entire defense and leave us even more thin at our thinest spot.
For those reasons, I think you could make an argument for Peppers as well. But I think it'd be worse having to move him away from the middle of the field and more off to the side in coverage in addition to losing the best cover corner in the game. I'd rather have half the field locked down with Lewis and be thin at LB than have half the field locked down to a lesser extent with a player who is still growing in his coverage abilities and STILL be thin at LB.
So, who do you think is our most irreplaceable player? Did he get it right with Smith? Is it Lewis or Peppers? Or someone else?
FWIW, the top five from the article is 5. J.T. Barrett, 4. Leonard Fournette, 3. Deshaun Watson, 2. Baker Mayfield and 1. Christian McCaffrey, which I think is a pretty accurate top five. Also, I like the fact that we're the first team on this list. Shows that we have stars but also have depth and aren't reliant on one player too much.