2011 Under the Lights
One more article before I turn in for the night. This one comes from Doug Harris of the Dayton Daily News:
I was talking before the football season to University of Dayton defensive coordinator Landon Fox, who once was a graduate assistant under Brady Hoke, about whether he felt the new Michigan head coach could flip the Ohio State rivalry in the Wolverines’ favor.
Fox had no doubts.
“He’s a great recruiter. And once you get players, the rest is easy,” he said.
I was skeptical then, but I’m not anymore after watching the Wolverines’ implausible win against Notre Dame last Saturday when they scored two touchdowns in the final 72 seconds.
Yes, they still have issues on defense, but that’s not likely to last. Hoke has assembled the nation’s No. 3 recruiting class for 2012, and I imagine the Wolverines have gotten a significant jump with juniors for 2013.
ESPN basically gave them a one-hour commercial after that prime-time game, frequently going back during “SportsCenter” for live look-ins. And announcers Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit marveled at how the 114,000 fans wouldn’t leave.
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Stumbled across this while perusing the interwebs this morning. Any merit to what this guy is saying?
Say it isn't so.
Please say that after what happened at Ohio State, the University of Michigan isn't letting its football players keep the throwback jerseys worn in the Wolverines' last-second victory over Notre Dame.
No athletic director who pays attention to the world, and conference, around him would say "yes" to such a request.
And yet, Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon, after checking with his NCAA compliance officer, acceded to the players' wishes. They get to keep the jerseys.
While this is not a violation of NCAA rules, it is a violation of common sense.
Don't people learn?
The mess at Ohio State, which cost football coach Jim Tressel his job and seems likely to put the Buckeyes on probation, began with players trading memorabilia for tattoos.
Several Michigan players say nothing untoward is going to happen, that they will keep the jerseys forever in order to preserve the memory of their victory.
OK. That's a nice thought. But why put temptation in front of players?
Does anyone think well-heeled Wolverines boosters will resist the urge to line players' pockets with cash while getting a "legacy" jersey to frame and hang on their den walls?
Even if you believe players have the right to sell whatever they are given, the NCAA disagrees. If you want players to avoid violating rules by selling jerseys, don't give them jerseys to sell.
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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!!
I was arguing with a ND friend about which game was better. Obviously, I'm arguing that UTL was better. My ND friend thinks that USC-ND '05 was better. Am I still caught up in the moment or is the ND fan just bitter? What do you guys think? Anything I should be pointing out to him to prove the point?
Yahoo! has a great gallery of photos from the game, and from the season. The first 83 are from the ND game and the last 40 are from Western Michigan. Personally, my favorite picture is Picture #44, with Taylor Lewan lifting up Denard. If you want to see Brian Kelly looking like he want's to kill someone, check out Picture #5.
Now this isn't schadenfreude in the sense that this is a message board post I found. But for those of you who weren't at the game, you probably didn't hear this on tv. But late in the 3rd quarter, the section of Notre Dame fans that we stuck up at the top of the Big House in one of the endzones started a chant where they said "It sucks...to be...a Michigan Wolverine." Pretty funny considering it was 24-7 at they time. Spoke too soon. Woops. Anyways, does anyone else have any non-Internet related schadenfreude stories they would like to share?