“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."
“I know it sounds weird, but I saw the wave, all those people…it was like nothing I’d ever seen before,” Quijano recalls. “I was hooked.”
Everyone in the student section who does the arm-wave motion to cross the streams feels a tiny bit of pride about this. The Ultras have picked Buffalo Wild Wings as the gathering place of choice for those in the mood for compatriots. That's where I watched the USA-Algeria game, so hopefully we score the winner a minute into stoppage except stoppage doesn't exist in college.
The Daily actually makes a fairly good Miracle on Ice comparison; the US got blasted 10-3 by the Soviets before the Olympics, not unlike what happened to Michigan earlier this year. Like all Miracle on Ice comparisons it's still stretched.
Heisman back in the day. The Woodson presentation:
I still remember the dorm-wide "YEAH" that erupted. People who didn't care about football must have been mystified.
Q: What is more challenging, complying with NCAA rules or SEC [ed: Security Exchange Commission] rules?
Brandon: NCAA. I spent less time with lawyers doing a billion dollar transaction than I did with the recent NCAA case. The amount of resources and effort we used from something that started as a newspaper article was huge. If you aggregate the cost, it was between 1.5 and 2 million dollars in internal costs. My understanding is there are north of 80 to 90 cases currently in the NCAA queue. We’ve created a cottage industry that is stripping resources out of the athletic departments. It’s a broken system and needs reform.
That's to the point. I'm not sure what the reform would be, but we're heading towards an era with more enforcement, not less. He also says one of the things he's learned in the first nine months is "don't read blogs," which ouch. Pimp hand don't hurt me no more.
More maniacal bits. The Mississippi State defense against LSU:
I'm not sure how relevant that is against Denard, but it sure looks like they're going to damn the torpedoes and come after him when he throws. When Jefferson breaks contain early he's got acres of space.
We're going to have a mascot contest now. Red Cup Rebellion writes a love letter to Michigan and explains how important it is that we put down their MSU since the in-state situations are analogous:
Consider the following: our universities are flagships - meaning that they're the oldest, most well endowed, widely recognized, most highly publicized, and most readily associated with the famous and influential sons and daughters within our respective states. Our universities are liberal arts oriented institutions nestled in unique, quirky, and revered college towns. We revere and contribute to the arts and humanities. A significant portion of our alumni associations are attorneys who hate their jobs. Et cetera.
Undying loyalty is offered in exchange for victory, which I'll gladly take anyway.
I am still convinced that there is an awesome 30 for 30-style documentary in the 1997 Heisman finalists and their post ceremony trajectories once their collective careers finish. Each of the four is fascinating in their own right.
Has there ever been a better final three in Heisman history? For all of the talk about the Heisman and the percentage of the NFL busts that has won the award, this has to be one of(if not THE) best classes ever. All three most likely will be hall-of -famers. I'm so glad that Woodson won, but looking back, that was some serious competition!
Why don’t universities “just say no”? The NCAA is a voluntary membership organization. Their authority comes from their members’ willingness to comply. They’re not the Justice Department. If a few high-profile institutions simply said, “We’re not doing this any more,” that would be the end of it.
There is a precedent for this, for those old enough to remember. The NCAA used to limit TV appearances to five games every two years. When I attended Michigan (1978–83), there were years when even the Notre Dame game wasn’t televised. You always got Ohio State on TV, and then one or two others.
Eventually, a couple of schools (Oklahoma being one of them), simply told the NCAA to f___ off. It went all the way to the Supreme Court, and the NCAA lost.
Michigan was facing Western Michigan at Yost at the same time as the ceremony and it was on a very tiny TV in the old press deck. We saw three people raise their arms in triumph and the crowd then began chanting "Char-les Wood-son". It was an excellent day.
I remember watching the Heisman special live. Up until Woodson won, the whole thing was just a Peyton Manning love fest. They saved his interview for last. He was the only candidate to have childhood home movies shown. He was the only candidate to have his current coach AND his high school coach interviewed during the special. Woodson, Leaf and Moss got about half the screen time Manning did. It was so nauseating. I remember saying to the TV screen, "just give Manning the trophy, already!"
When Woodson won, I had to pick my mouth up off the floor before I could cheer. I was already on high after watching the basketball team beat #1 Duke...for the third straight year.
I don't like the idea of ratting out a private conversation with David Brandon, but this can be done in the nicest way possible.
I can say, with some backup, that when he says, "Don't listen to radio, don't read blogs," he didn't mean it totally literally.
When I had the privilege of talking to him last, I asked him if (I think this is a nice little indicator) if he had seen the beautiful nighttime aerial photos of the Big House with the new lights turned on, as they had been posted on MGoBlog. He said, without the slightest hesitation, "Yeah, they are great. I think they are up on our [www.MGoBlue.com] site now; if they aren't up yet, they should be."
Uh, folks; our Athletic Director does read MGoBlog. Like, last week he was reading.
I think I understand exactly what he was saying about 'don't listen to the radio and don't read blogs.' And if you think a guy like David Brandon doesn't have a lot of time to waste, reading board-threads about Lloyd Brady, or kittens, or about what Michael Wilbon, Michael Valenti and Michael Rosenberg all had to say -- you're right.
But we have an information omnivore as our AD. A very, very smart information omnivore. He's reading. Let's try to make him proud, when he might occasionally visit MGoBlog.
I saw his comment differently. I didn't take it to mean that he didn't read mgoblog, but that he was dismissive of its content. With all due respect to other Michigan blogs, if Mr. Brandon reads Michigan football blogs, he reads MGoBlog.
But what's Mr. Brandon's problem the blog? It's fair to disagree with Brian, especially when you have firsthand knowledge of all the answers, but it doesn't seem fair to be dismissive of Brian's opinions, as that comment made it seem. I can think of two reasons why he was such a jerk.
First, I wondered if his comment was more of a 'MGoBoard'/off the cuff thing than anything else. Especially during NCAA compliance times, Brian's impassioned reason was amongst the most reasonable stuff out there (and I don't know who would beat him out), especially considering the knee-jerk talk radio stuphph get got lumped with.
Second, especially given your response, is that he sees MGoBlog as an entity that diverts from University football revenue streams. This also seems to fit in with the ridiculous clamp down on 'shoelace' shirts. Don't get me wrong, I think this is assinine, but maybe the CEO-mentality creeps in here.
Last, I think it might be his way of keeping control of a 'message.' He has no control over Brian, and Brian is especially 'dangerous' because he's smart and growing connections. Perhaps this is another CEO-artifact.
And I won't argue them with you. Just personally, I didn't get the feeling that Brandon was so automatically or comprehensively dismissive of this blog, and as I say I don't take him literally because he clearly does read...
I know I'm not the first person in this thread to say it, but fuck Payton Manning, and fuck everyone who still can't wrap the chunks of concrete they use for brains around the fact that Charles Woodson could have POSSIBLY been a better choice for the trophy.
Admiral David Glasgow Farragut (1801-1870). Aboard Hartford, Farragut entered Mobile Bay, Alabama, 5 August 1864, in two columns, with armored monitors leading and a fleet of wooden ships following. When the lead monitor Tecumseh was demolished by a mine, the wooden ship Brooklyn stopped, and the line drifted in confusion toward Fort Morgan. As disaster seemed imminent, Farragut gave the orders embodied by these famous words. He swung his own ship clear and headed across the mines, which failed to explode. The fleet followed and anchored above the forts, which, now isolated, surrendered one by one. The torpedoes to which Farragut and his contemporaries referred would today be described as tethered mines.