I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
the team the team the team
Click above for a great article from Wojo in today's Detroit News. The article has several insights into what most of us already recognized as a good relationship (they're roommates, fergodsakes) between competitive friends. It's a really nice read on the eve of Denard Robinson's Michigan swan song.
I was especially impressed by Gardner's thoughts on his transition to being U-M's main man under center for the latter part of the season:
"It sucks the way it happened, something I'd never wish for," Gardner said of Robinson's injury. "It might have been pretty hard on him, but he didn't show it. He didn't sweat anything, and he helped me a lot. That's the thing I really commend him for. Now I'm definitely prepared for it. There's enough pressure at Michigan, so to put added pressure on myself would be insane."
Go Blue, and beat the Gamecocks! And all the best to the senior class!
This month's Michigan Today links to a terrific Jon Falk video. About five minutes of Mr. Falk's reminiscing about lessons learned from Bo and what the University of Michigan means to him. He also offers some insight as to why Brady Hoke generally avoided wearing red throughout much of his career - on Falk's first day of work he walked in wearing a red coat from Miami and was tossed from Bo's office. Later Bo explained "I don't talk to anyone in a red coat".
Mr. Falk is a beloved figure around the program, and this video underscores why that is: http://vimeo.com/39387884 .
Well, we just lost convincingly to the best team in the Big Ten. That being said, I noticed a lot of positive/neutral things in this game and I'd be curious to know what you all think as well. Please save bitching, sarcasm and FIRE RROD for other threads. This thread is meant to be a change of pace from the tsunami of negativity otherwise on the board.
That being said:
- Denard broke 2 NCAA records today: He is the first 1500/1500 NCAA QB in history, and now holds the NCAA major college single-season rushing record for a QB
- Michigan scored 28 pts in a half against Wisconsin-- perhaps we were more warmed up by then, or Denard's deep ball was finally falling? Either way, hopefully we can carry some momentum forward to next week
- The defense forced 2 turnovers against a team with 7 on the season (!)
- Drew Dileo and Darryl Stonum were returning kickoffs more so than Gallon. Following the injury to Stonum I think we see why he doesn't regularly return them, but after seeing Gallon's fumble, I think we might be seeing a turn towards the safer and more reliable Dileo.
- No disastrous picks from Denard in this game; his balls batted by Watt were unfortunate, but not dangerously thrown. The facepalm underthrown balls of the past few weeks were greatly cut down this week.
- Denard did a better job with QB draws and otherwise attempting to run when everyone was covered this week. It was a refreshing positive to see the coaching staff notice and presumably address his poor (non) running habits during designed pass plays this week.
- We were in a horrifying position at the end of the first half following Gallon's fumble inside our 30, but James Rogers baited Tolzien to throw and then picked off the pass, preventing a sure TD. Nice to see some mindgames being played by our secondary for a change; bodes well for the development. Also, way to respond! Our defense has heart/swagger this year even when things are going badly.
What else did y'all notice about the game in the positive/neutral category?
Just read this on ESPN. I think it's an amazing story:
Hamilton, who has battled drug and alcohol addiction, said it's best for him not to be around champagne. So he walked into the clubhouse to find his teammates waiting on him and holding bottles of Canada Dry ginger ale.
I know it doesn't pertain to UM or college football, but I thought I'd post it due to the principle of a team coming together to support one of its members. This was a display of selfless support from Hamilton's teammates, and it's the kind of support I'd expect to see from our guys (obviously not specifically re: alcohol/drug addiction).
Since Sunday we've been witness to what I consider to be a fairly significant shift in how RichRod does business -- a shift toward Michigan football tradition.
- Exhibit One: Late on Sunday, reporters starting tweeting up a storm about how the first day of practice would be closed to the media. After Monday night's presser, Dave Ablauf announced that would be the case for the remainder of the camp. Now this was really a continuation of what happened last year when there were internet reports about plays that were being run in practice which caused a crackdown, but the late Sunday notice did seem to throw the Michigan press for a loop. The Fort appears to be back, the gates are closed and the ramparts are manned.
- Exhibit Two: At last night's presser, RichRod announced that the seniors had recommended that he name permanent captains, that he had acted on their recommendaton (but would also have game captains) and the team had voted on their captains. Later the announcement was made that Steven Schilling and Mark Moundros were selected and approved.
- Exhibit Three: Within the past hour, RichRod sent out this tweet. You might be familiar with its sentiment: UM_CoachRod Getting ready for practice #2....THE TEAM.. THE TEAM ...THE TEAM......Keeping the MAIN THING the MAIN THING.
It certainly appears to me that RichRod has learned the value of greater incorporation of Michigan football tradition (most likely under the tutelage and strong encouragement of AD Dave Brandon). Other than achieving a won-loss record that approaches the level normally associated with Michigan football, a more complete embrace of Michigan tradition is the most important thing he can do to win over the portion of the fanbase that is disaffected.
That and pray that the NCAA doesn't add any additional penalties to Michigan's self-imposed penalties stemming from Practicegate.
Does anyone know where i can download this, mp3 format, so i can put on a CD?