"The amount of professionalism that he has ... there's probably not another guy in the country that would have handled it the same way," Durkin said. "He's not only one of the best coaches in the country, he's one of the best people. He absolutely has the respect of everyone -- coaches and players, alike."
"I don’t care if Jim Harbaugh is medically insane (he is), if you run the coach out of town who took your team from absolute embarrassing garbage-pail irrelevance to conference-dominating powerhouse in ZERO YEARS, you are not only stupid, you don’t care about winning."
Let's play the 'Freude. ND features above the fold in TWIS for the second straight week. If you clicked through on twitter you've already seen this but you probably want to see it again:
I cried like an asshole.......
by guilfordnd (2011-09-11 00:32:33)
......for `15 minutes in the bathroom. and i[''m still drunk. I wanted to be as positive as I could the entire game until the pass. I crumpled up after that and cried and cried like I lost a good friend or some s--- after that pass. Tonight I let the small bluegill and two other panfish that were in my aquirium into the creek down the street. I figured I can't have anymore pussies in my man cave. I will catch some fish that will be a f---ing asshole ( like a bass) where every time I feed it it will dominate, and then s--- out the remains. call me wierd but I got nothing left. I don't know what else to do. I look forward to the fall but the gets harder and harder each year.
But wait, there's more: just after I posted it I hit up my Big Ten feeds and came across We Never Graduate'srunning diary of the game. The choicest bit:
10:32 TOUCHDOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWNNNNNN IIIIRRRRRRIIIIISSSSSHHHHHH! TJ JONES ON THE CROSSING PATTERN! THE IRISH HAVE TAKEN COMPLETE CONTROL OF THIS GAME. Let’s see if ‘Nard Dog can pass them back.
Wait, let me think about that…HAHAHAHAHAHA.
The whole glorious brain-melting thing is worth your time.
Kirk Spartans, meet Branden Georgia. MSU's marketing violence uniforms have been revealed and yes they're all like LOL USF. It's hard to get exercised about this kind of thing at MSU, which changes its uniforms every few years, but I hope this is just a model thing and not a reprise of the Georgia uniforms:
I doubt it, though. That nameplate is very dark. Kirk Spartans is going to throw to BJ Spartans unless Dan Spartans can't block, and Edwin Spartans is probably going to run for a 60-yard touchdown.
Look, Nike: I give up. You're going to give people uniformz and they're often going to be playing Michigan when they wear them. Whatever. But can we at least keep the names on the jerseys? I like having names on jerseys so I can figure out what's going on better. They are a public good. Penn State is the only school that doesn't raise my ire about not having them.
McGary McGary McGary. Mitch McGary has checked in with an update on his recruitment with two encouraging parts. Part the first:
First up was Michigan. It went really well. I had a ball there. The fans just showed me so much love at the football game. Everyone talks about Michigan being a football school, but when I sat in the student section everyone just started chanting “Mitch Mc-Ga-ry” and started clapping. They definitely know their basketball at Michigan, that’s for sure. …
I would say that the part that stood out most about the visit was the fans and just how much love they showed me. I really wasn’t expecting all of that. People talk about the Cameron Crazies at Duke, but that’s how it was at Michigan too. Those fans showed me the most love of the three visits.
I still want to go to Kentucky, Maryland and Florida, but I’m not sure that I’ll get to those schools just yet. I’d like to get there, but we’ll just have to see.
Don't get me wrong, McGary said nice things about his trips to Tobacco Road and is keeping things close to the vest, but I've incremented my "this is happening" meter another inch. If he's not sure about visiting his other three finalists and Sam Webb's gut feeling is that Michigan, Maryland, and Florida were the leaders… well, the process of deduction to get from those facts to a happy place isn't complicated.
Now it's just about holding off Duke and North Carolina. No problem, right?
Also in the small world of the SYF Players AAU team, UMHoops interviews Glenn Robinson III. Optimistic spin: since he was three months premature he's three months younger than he actually is and can be expected to improve more than a baby born at the proper time. That's the ticket.
Joe Paterno was only twelve. Michigan gameday, 1938:
That's not a joke, by the way. Joe Paterno is old enough to remember this.
Etc.: Brooks has a hot tip on OSU violations! This one is totally backed with legitimate sources and is not pulled directly out of a rectum that is already inside three other rectums! The Big 12 is "done." Iowa's roster is hurting due to attrition—they may be less intimidating than we thought it would be this year. Ohio State did virtually nothing on standard downs against Toledo. Can they move the ball against Miami?
Hard to believe that Paterno is older than Michigan Stadium, but I love me that old footage. Just imagine what football will look like when we become so wisened-hopeful not like that new hugh jackman film.
"I think Hoke has changed the tide on the rivalry" ~maize and brew for me
I'm meh on MSU's jerseys. I've pretty much accepted that commemorative jerseyz are here to stay, though for MSU it's not really that different given that they change their uniform every year anyway. But can I just say that I am so very tired of those gloves that make a picture when you cross your hands to catch? Do people even catch like that? I can't see why you would. And it's a penalty to do that after a TD. So what's the point? It's totally played out. I enjoyed M's gloves on Saturday - a block M on each palm. Simple, classy, and you don't have to contort your hands into some sort of Rubik's cube to understand wtf is going on.
Denard has spent the offseason working really hard and smiling at people.
11:31 TOUCHDOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWNNNNNNNNNNN IRRRRRRIIIIISSSSSSHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! HOOOOOLLLLLYYYYYYYY MOTHER OF GOD, TOMMMMMYYYYY RREEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSS TO THEO RIDDDICK!!!!!!!! REDEMPTION! EUPHORIA! I JUST RAN AROUND THE ROOM LIKE JIMMY V LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO HUG!!!!
11:33 BRINDZA BOMBS IT OUT THE BACK OF THE ENDZONE. COME ON IRRRRRRRRIIISSSSSHHHHHHHHHH!
11:35 Michigan completes a bomb on second down. They’re in field goal range. I just swallowed my tongue.
11:37 Touchdown Michigan with two seconds left. Fade to black. I’m going to go kill myself now.
because I absolutely would not have done that if there had been internets when I was what his age probably is - I would have deleted the whole thing and drank enough alcohol to block it from memory - but that doesn't mean I didn't spread the schadenfreude out on the floor and roll in it like it was catnip.
FWIW, Sam Webb talked about McGary at length yet again on this morning's recruiting roundup, and he did not repeat his supposed "gut feeling" on McGary having a final three of Michigan, Maryland, and Florida. If he's so certain about that, why didn't he mention it again? As I said on the McGary thread, I don't think that gut feeling should be taken very seriously.
Also, to my reading, the key part of McGary's quote about the other three schools may be his use of the phrase "just yet." It's possible he can't go on any other official visits right now because his "senior year" has officially ended and he's now entered his post-grad year. According to NCAA rules, he can take five more officials during his post-grad year, but they can't start until October 15. So by saying he's not sure he'll "get to those schools just yet," it's possible he's indicating that his visits to Maryland, Florida, and Kentucky will happen but are weeks away.
In any case, it's also worth noting that McGary made unofficial visits to all of those schools earlier this year, and Maryland is still going hard after him given that their head coach and two of his assistants were at Brewster Academy today to watch him work out.
I'm guessing Harmon was a sophomore in 1938. He played (per Wikipedia, but this sounds right) from 1938 to 1940. I know he won the Heisman in 1940. Freshman didn't play until the mid-70s, so I would think he played 1938 as a sophomore.
I have no idea whether he actually got PT as a sophomore (although I would be surprised if he didn't). He probably is in this video somewhere.
I was also looking closely to see if by some chance I saw my uncle, who was a student in those years.
I agree about your comment re the clothes. I was thinking that the fashion was very familiar to me from old family photos from the late 30s. In some of my family's photos from those years, they all (the men) look like they are in Al Capone's gang, especially the uncle who went to UM.
Since you are the historian, how rare is this kind of video? I bet there are a lot of these lurking in the basements and attics of families of old (and, regrettably, deceased) alums. Have you seen many more?
"This is a program in transition, this is a program that's going back to hard-nosed, big-boy football," Brandon said. "We're in the process of putting the pieces in place to afford us to do that consistently and effectively.
Sports by Brooks needs to just stop. He's about two posts from rummaging through TP's dumpster to find a bank statement proving that TP got sushi back in 2009 and OMG didn't Dennis Talboot say he liked fish once COINCIDENCE I THINK NOT.
searching for Horace in the crowd of '98-ers. Which leads me to ask if the rest of the team was goofin' on William P. Baker, 2nd from left in the back, by all parting their hair in the middle (or near-middle) just for the team picture, when he obviously has too much of a receding hairline to match? A number of them look like this was not their normal part.
Harry Potter as student manager, no less.
Dave Brandon, please do not look at the pants at the bottom right.
I was under the impression that the word "SPARTANS" is on the back of the uniform to show what the names will actually look like since, you know, they can't use the name of a current player (even though they always use the *number* of the most recognizable player).
So I'm under the impression that the jerseys *will* have names on them.
FWIW, I think those MSU jerseys are pretty badass...except for the fact that they're nothing resembling MSU's real colors, which is beyond asinine. I mean - gold, really?!
for embracing a bare-bones lifestyle and keeping their weapons sharp? Golden helmets would be the last thing they would make for their army! It makes absolutely no sense within the context of the mythological and historical "Spartan Warrior" their football team is modeled on.
First of all, that "oh shit" moment by Rees was what John Lennon would call instant Karma. That was right after the unbelievable pass interference call on Avery in the End Zone. The one where even Herbbie had to comment that he saw no penalty. I've seen a lot of bad officiating in my days but I lost my mind on that call.
Second, I hate to admit it but I like the Spartan uni's. I agree that the gold makes no sense. But considering some of the other alternate uni's I've seen this is much better.
Last, what great old video. It helps you appreciate the tradition that Michigan has. Keep feeding us that kind of stuff.