2011 Under the Lights
When people anxiously follow twitter accounts of Regent meetings, hoping for any sign that the current Athletic Director will be thrown to the wolves, it seems clear that his days are numbered.
If and when the (proverbial, people, let's not get carried away) guillotine falls, we hope for a competent and passionate replacement. I look forward to an introduction at a basketball halftime, where, like arch-nemesis Jim Tressel, the new AD announces: "You will be proud of your team--in the Stadium (which will have no advertising and lower ticket prices), in their uniforms (which are awesome exactly the way they are and will be the same for every game), and especially next November, on the field, led by new coach Jim Harbaugh."
Ok, maybe not exactly. But I hope for some walkbacks of the recent "innovations" shepherded into the program by DB.
However, not every "innovation" is necessarily bad. There have been good developments in the past few years that we tend not to associate with Brandon precisely because we don't associate him with good things; yet some of his decisions, like retaining John Beilein and choosing to pay football assistant coaches market prices, are unquestionably good.
DB has made night games a thing. The lights installed in the Stadium for that purpose are classy and effective. He has also worked, successfully, to bring other major events (The Winter Classic, the soccer game, etc) to the Big House. These seem to be popular moves.
We all want ticket prices to go down and stupid stunts like skywriting to stop; however, not everything has been bad. What DB-era innovations do you want to see continue?
I am sure whoever watched the Colts-Chiefs game yesterday got reminded of that 2011 UTL TD by Denard
1:23 mark in the 2011 UTL video
Trying to embed in OP for the first time, so apologies in advance if it does not work. Here are the direct links -
EDIT: The embed seems to have worked, but could not fix the starting time in second youtube embed to 1:23. Mods please fix if you can. Thanks!
My brother put together this pretty sweet highlight video for the 2011 UTL game. Fans of Explosions of the Sky or Friday Night Lights (the movie) will probably enjoy this.
It turns out that Brady Hoke sent a get well card to the ND fan who suffered a heart attack at UTL. Could we ask for a classier head coach?
Leo Staudacher told The Bay City Times (http://bit.ly/nsSFhi ) for a story published Tuesday that he got a handwritten note from Hoke on a greeting card bearing an image of Michigan’s football helmet. The note says the University of Michigan “family” was proud to care for Staudacher.
“He said, `You were in the right place,'" said Staudacher, a 69-year-old Bay City retiree.
"This isn't something that was set up by their (public relations) staff," said Staudacher, the 69-year-old Bay City retiree. "This is from a guy who cares enough about a human being to sit down with a felt pen and write a note. It's someone he doesn't know, has never met and is a Notre Dame fan, but he took the time to do it.
"If that isn't class, I don't know what is."
Oh, What a Night.
You've seen the stories on MSN and Yahoo about those small tribes somewhere in the secluded jungles of South America that continue to exist in blissful unawareness of the outside world. They have never seen a telephone. They might fear a flashlight. They do not know what jeans are.
These might very well be the only people on earth who do not know who Denard Robinson is, and even then they probably heard someone's stories at the watering hole about Michigan's amazing fourth quarter comeback against the Irish on Saturday night.
You stayed up to watch the entire game. If you were among the 114,804 luckiest people on the planet, you were actually there. And you will never, ever forget what you experienced on September 10, 2011. And, of course, now you need a shirt.
The pride you are still feeling today can now be worn with this exclusive UGP MGoShirt design. For a limited time the "OH WHAT A NIGHT" shirt can be yours, available in S-3XL for this week only. This is indeed a short run and will not be featured in the regular MGoStore or at Moe's. Just like Brian Kelly's patience and Notre Dame's BCS hopes, this opportunity will be gone before you know it!!