So ready for tomorrow. I think I'm going to freeze myself right now so I don't have to wait for tomorrow.
Preview 2011: Wrap, Hype, Hope
It's the day before a Michigan football season, so there's an 80% chance you're about to see Bump, Canham, and Bo. Survey says…
…bingo. Three years ago I posted it up to point out just how long it had been since Michigan had to think about who would be its head coach: forty years. They'd secured an A-list candidate but whenever you're trying something new after doing one thing forever, things can go awry. They did—you may have noticed.
I thought about Bump and Bo over the summer when Ramzy at Eleven Warriors took a brief hiatus from ripping Kirk Herbstreit* to survey the new enemy in Ann Arbor. He used a certain picture, which I'll put next to what seems like the most representative image of Rodriguez on the first three pages of a generic image search. I'm not sure what that will be yet. Let's find out:
Slotting the two coaches** into the image above is left as a bloody obvious exercise for the reader.
Hoke may not have a winning record but he's got bravado. That, the knowledge he's not a Super Genius, and his magical intestines plus Denard Robinson is a pretty good start. When Hoke was hired I said "sometimes having an identity feels like having a ceiling," but thanks to Jim Tressel kindly donating his career and most of the meanest kids in Ohio to the cause that ceiling is a lot vaguer than it was in January. Let's go find it. In Pasadena, preferably.
*[Ramzy : Kirk Herbstreit :: Brian : punting from the 34]
THIS CONCLUDES the 2011 edition of the MGoBlog season preview. Every year I tell myself I'm going to get ahead of the curve and start posting these things two weeks before the season; every year something comes up and I spend this week eating microwaved dinners and staying up until 5 AM. At this point it would feel wrong to do it any other way (but I'm definitely doing it some other way next year).
The Story, 2011
- Offensive line: 4.5. Excellent if allowed to zone block, more than two injuries and it's time to panic
- Receivers: average of 3.5. Good depth, few stars, a lot rides on Hemingway.
- Running backs: 3. Six bullets (for now) instead of two; everyone's older.
- Quarterbacks: 5! Denard.
- Offensive questions: Verdict is basically last year's offense minus 5-10 Denard carries per game.
- Secondary: average of 2.5. A little depth, no freshmen, look out for Avery.
- Linebackers: average of 3. Demens bustout.
- Defensive line: average of 4. Top end is sexy except for SDE; depth is precarious.
- Defensive questions: tackling how much the GERG effect can help us. Survey says: lots.
- Special teams: average of 2. Hold on to the damn ball, and kick it between the posts.
- Ace previews Western.
- Stupid predictions: less horrible turnover margin and 8-4.
I would have bumped some fantastic diaries if doing so wouldn't caused everyone's heads to explode with word overload. If you're just dying for 3:30 tomorrow and need more, the Communist Football Almanack finishes in spectacular style, Jamiemac previews Western with prop bets a-plenty, and Michael Scarn drops a personal essay.
Now it's time for a hype video.
Here's to less drinking during UFRs. Go Blue.
I've often wondered what the question was at the particular moment that photo was taken. I'd like to think it involved the word "process."
Seriously: Can't we get the Cookie Monster back into the hype videos? That was awesome.
Whoa, that looks kind of like a penis falling out of his ass.
Thanks Brian for front-pagin' my hype vid. Much appreciated. Come on 3:30...
Is there version of, or link to, the video in a format that an iPhone can deal with? I'm getting nothing on the app and web versions of the blog. Sorry if my question betrays a lack of tech savvy.
not sure why but youtube has it restricted from being played on any mobile devices
EDIT: After a bit of research, I found that some videos are deliberately restricted from mobile viewing by their copyright owners. So it's not working because of the song being copyrighted.
best hype video out there, hands down.
That hype video is AWESOME.
The only hype video (that I've ever seen) of similar quality was the one Brian had done after the 3-8 year, although that one was quite emo (for obvious reasons). Just great, great work. Thanks.
That thing is really well done. Great stuff, anonymous internet person.
Best hype video of the year, easily. Really great work, I loved hearing Bo over an Eminem song, got my blood racing.
Great content Brian.
Could this be a unique photo?
How often does the departing coach help introduce the new coach with the athletic director and all are (1) convivial, (2) sitting on a sofa and (3) wearing suits and ties?
Voluntarily I mean. Some percentage of coaches who retire voluntarily would have been available for photos like this one. It would be much more likely for coaches who have the chance to anoint their own successor.
I'm sure there's a similar photo of Bo and Gary Moeller after Moeller took over from Bo. At the time Bo was in the AD role as well, though, so not quite the same.
That hype video was the final straw. Tonight is going to suck as far as waiting goes.
The only thing left to signal a new season is the first appearance of Michigan's #1 fan, Lloyd Brady.
That after dropping all of the knowledge this site has over the previous week - be it good, bad, terrified, optimistic - the proprietor can drop a "Go Blue" at the end and turn himself from detail-oriented, cold-hearted analyst to eight year-old, wide-eyed Michigan fan with a dream of Pasadena.
Go Blue, indeed.
I'll DEFINITELY echo the appreciation of all this week's content. There has been great work on the blog this week, and personally I wouldn't want these previews posted two or three weeks prior to the opener. I love the buildup over the course of the week, concluded with a summary post and an awesome fucking hype video. I am now so pumped for the game!
I can already hear the Brady Hoke chants from section 18.Go blue.
Nice video, good shift at 2:10. Two many fade ins on plays prior to that. So excited to see the Team get it on tomorrow. For a while, Eminem's tune and Schembechler's words seemed to sync really well. Denard = favorite athlete of all time. Hemingway is going to have a great year. A healthy determined Shaw is a damn good back. FtizT is going to break out. The defense will play their asses off and converge on the ball with hunger. Inspring.
are actually going to cause MORE drinking for me :P
Signing off my computer for the weekend...just wanted to say GO BLUE to everyone!!!
Yaup, not gettin sleep tonight
I will stay up all night doing the extra kinesiology homework I have for the holiday weekend, so I can focus on football and football only tomorrow. My wife is already dreading it.
I always feel a little silly watching those hype videos, but in spite of myself it works.
Thanks for all your work, Mr. Brian.
I know UFRs are supposed to be the calling card of the blog but the previews and predictions are my favorite things going.
This blog's calling card is the celebratory muppets.
That is all.
I was wondering were the damn hype video was. Now I am ready. The off season is over, Michigan football is here. And here we go!
Too pumped for tomorrow!
This could be a special underdog season like 1969.
What if we upset OSU, UW and Neb?
Well, given that we don't play Wisconsin in the regular season, it would mean it is in the B1G Championship Game, so that would mean quite a season indeed!
Brian, thank you for all of the hard work that feeds my addiction.
It's hard to articulate why, but I especially enjoyed this year's season preview. Excellent work and thanks for it. Go Blue.
Everyone have fun tomorrow.and do not do anything stupid. We have 12 games to get through in the next 13 weeks.
Brian I know how you feel. I.too fell I'm love with the intricacies of the spread-n-shred....to the point that I thought I would not "enjoy" Michigan football as much as I have over the last few years. Even though M was loosing, I was entranced by the strategery and excitement of it all. I honestly thought that my addiction to mgoblog would subside. Then Mattison, then Borges turned into a guy loves Denard as much as I do, now I am a card carrying Hokemaniac, and I read the blog and follow M football as close as ever. I love the kids on this team and I really hope they can stay healthy, as a group, and show us all what that can do.
I appreciate all the hard work...and the humor combined.
I trust this was one of your 5 am late nights because the secondary does have freshmen - Countess & Taylor - freshmen that will likely play.
I dont know why but its nice to hear/read Cook say Go Blue.
Wow. Major props to whoever made that video. One of the best hype videos I've seen in a while.
Excellently done. Here's to having Muppets tomorrow!
I have really enjoyed warding over the past week or so as Brian has gone from angry and disapproving of all things Hoke and Borges, to still grumpy but a not less critical, to neutral to finally seeming to be, dare i say, optimistic about the direction of the team.
I suppose that as the season approaches, Brian's true love of Michigan has overshadowed his dedication to he spread and his defensiveness about RR.
Welcome back fearless leader
Bo had it right, toe meets leather at 1:00.
I'm guessing you meant noon.
Nope. Michigan Football used to be a 1PM kickoff each and every week.
Almost all games were at 1:00. Few games were on TV, and whichever one was on, it was on at 1 (except for west coast games that obviously were 3 hours later). It really was the best time for a game.
It was also great to have to hang on the words of the PA announcer for the scores of all the other Big Ten games going on simultaneously. "At the half in Madison, . . . ."
A big Go Blue to all the faithful out there. This night is just dragging on and on, and only having MSU and TCU's respective games on TV for entertainment isn't helping much. All will be well, and to everyone who is physically at the game: I hate you.
You have set us up for the season perfectly. Especially this week.
Kudos for hiring Ace + Heiko - they are doing a fantastic job.
and now, for an excellent season.
That touching the banner photo looks pretty good and familiar....
I love that hype video, to get even more hype, I decided to listen to Temptation and some of these band songs.
"Here's to less drinking during UFRs. Go Blue."
Amen, but if the last few years have taught us anything it's that we can't have nice things (hopefully that changes with Mattison). This will be the first home game since 2006 that I won't be in the Big House for...depressing, but I'll be doing my fair share of yelling at home. For all those that are going, BE LOUD.