Peppers at 10, which seems low.
Walking through the United terminal at SFO, found these 2 gems on display
I was also somewhat surprised to see the 49er's history bit actually mention the hiring of Harbaugh. I suppose Jed York had no editorial control over it.
I wound up in a Woodson(hallowed be his name) youtube wormhole and it was fun to see Grbac throw right at him as a rookie. I would of advised against, but I was 14 at the time. So when you get bored; youidk dial up some Denard, Brady, Walker, Roundtree, Perry, Edwards Killfest(comes with a free Spartan helmet), Tai Streets or Forcier ND or IU. Maybe a certain game idk, I watched the Illinois game of endless scoring the other day for no reason. Although I did follow it up with the Drew Henson OSU game, nice little night on the couch(ssshh don't tell her) I do believe the title on The Blade front page was Mich(again & again). GO BLUE.
I just finished watching most of the UM-OSU game from 1997 on BigTen Network. I was at that game and really only ever watched it on TV years later when ESPN had it on as one of the greatest games. I generally rewatch parts of it every year since then when our big rivalry game comes around. I was feeling especially nostalgic today when watching it.
Woodson was an absolute beast. The guy made so many plays in that game. He clinched the Heisman in that game. He was clutch all season long but on that biggest stage he had a huge game.
Unsung hero has to be Glen Steele. The guy was getting held all game long but had 3 sacks, all in OSU territory I believe, which really stalled their drives and gave us excellent field position even though we didn't do too much with it.
Our punter had 11(!) punts. That's insane.
OSU had the ball on their 16 with 1:xx to go. I remember thinking back in the day that if the opponent has to go that far with so little time, it's not going to happen. I miss those days. Now I sit there prairie-dogging, hoping and praying that the offense somehow screws something up. With 3rd and 17 and 1:10 to go, OSU down by 6, I don't think anyone in that stadium thought OSU had a chance to win, let alone get the first down.
I miss those days and I'm very eager for that feeling to come back, where we expect to win every game. Where we expect our team to physically outmatch our opponents. Griese even said during the telecast that UM ran about 5 basic offensive plays. Can you imagine if our guys show their talents on the field and our offense is so diversified the other team has no clue as to what play is being called? We saw some of it last year, but that was hopefully just the tip of the iceberg.
Our current team probably has the perception of being offense first, but with several highly touted recruits on D, I hope our defense will dominate as much as, or even as more as, our offense does. That 1997 team awesome. But you could argue that was one of the best defensive teams Michigan ever fielded. It wasn't pretty, it wasn't flashy, but it was dominating.
I hope 10 years from now I'm watching a throwback game from 2010, 2011, or 2012, and thinking "Damn, that team was SICK." But when I'm watching that game I hope I don't feel nostalgic, because I hope we're still destroying opponents 10 years from now as well.
EDIT: If you read all of this, I commend you. I had no idea how long it was gonna be. Sorry.
The 11th Annual Mock Rock will be held tonight (Tuesday February 16th) in Hill Auditorium at 7:30PM. For those who have never been, Mock Rock is basically Michigan athletes performing skits for charity. Proceeds from this year's Mock Rock will benefit the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, 826michigan and Student-Athletes Leading Social Change (SALCS). Charles Woodson is the celebrity judge. Tickets range in price from $10 to $15
Michigan senior lacrosse player Zach Flauf during the 2009 Mock Rock
photo by Lon Horwedel