“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."
Hoke interviewed w/ bonus. Davy Rothbart got a one-on-one interview with Brady Hoke in which the man revealed he tears up at Hall and Oates songs, which is obvious in retrospect. He's just a big ol' bear. Grantland did not understand the power of the twosie and had space constraints*, so here are a couple of leftover bits from Mr. Rothbart:
Davy/Grantland: You've seen the pictures on MGoBlog of Taylor Lewan riding a "twosie" bicycle, right? What do you think of that?
Coach Hoke: [Laughing] Hey, we're happy if we can keep [the players] off of motorcycles. I'd say a twosie is okay in my book.
Hoke's favorite movies: "Silence of the Lambs. And A Few Good Men. What a powerful movie."
Hoke's favorite book: "Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell. It's the story of the U.S. Navy SEAL Team 10. A book about brotherhood, skills, and accountability."
Hoke's favorite food: "Pizza. My wife’s homemade pizza. We top it with hamburger, pepperoni, and maybe some feta cheese with some pepperoncinis. Artichoke hearts sometimes, and sliced tomatoes. My wife's sauce is the best. We have pizza night every Thursday night during football season. This year will be our 33rd year doing it. Just me, my wife, and our daughter... and then I bring the leftovers in for the defensive line the next day."
Orson will be so happy about that last bit. You may remember that Rothbart is the FOUND guy. He's got a book coming out soon with what he promises are many Ann Arbor-based tales.
*[I know, it's the internet, don't ask me.]
Come for the spelling, stay for the crotch explosions. Shutdown Fullback is M-Bama oriented and taking gratuitous shots at MSU:
I need someone to make a college football themed collectible card game.
OPPONENT: Taps three boosters, plays AARON BURBRIDGE SELF: plays NCAA CLEARINGHOUSE interrupt, taps Burbridge for three turns OPPONENT: Plays BULLCRAP ONLINE COURSES to untap Burbridge SELF: taps two unofficial visits, plays JT FLOYD
Will this aggression stand, MS paint aficionados? Mmmm?
Epic Cato June. BHGP is still running down the top 25 Ferentz wins, and I knew this one was coming: their epic beatdown of #8 Michigan in 2002. I was at that game, and did not have real good time. (Are we still saying that?)
I mention it because Iowa has gifed the most Cato June thing of all time:
Okay, it's at least top five. #1 would have to be a GIF where June celebrates like Ray Lewis after someone else made a tackle 20 yards downfield.
The past few days of mgoblog have severely diminished my productivity. I just looked at the front page and there are four or five articles that I still need to catch up on. I think Brian must have waited all summer compiling this stuff just to hit us with an unending cascade of magical rainbow that makes my head esplode. Surely they can't keep it up at this pace.
I'm here for the jokes and pop culture references.
because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties . . .
Every man at some point is gonna lose a battle. He's gonna fight and he's gonna lose. But what makes him a man, is that in the midst of that battle he does not lose himself. This game is not over, this battle is not over. So let's hear it .
he got my email address, insisted for a while that he didn't need to write it down because he never forgot anything, used it to invite me to a party, and then very obviously had no idea who i was when i turned up. (to be fair, i was wearing a hat.)
"It would be a travesty, it would be ridiculous to all of a sudden come back and get the feeling back, get the health back, feel good again and then all of a sudden go throw some other colors on my shirt and go coach."
I went to the Utah game that was way 2 close 10-7 i think..and this crap Iowa game that year. I thought I was a jinx and didn't go to any more games untill RR's 2nd year. At the time I felt like that was the worst loss in UofM history...haha we were spoiled back then
Thinking back to how I felt walking out of that 2002 Iowa game, it's really funny to think about how that moment felt like that was bad as it could possibly ever get. Getting blown out on Homecoming, not being able to stop, well, anything, getting outplayed, losing by 26(!)...
I think it was the worst home loss since the 60s, and it came the season after we got absolutely shellacked by Tennessee in the bowl game. There was a long stretch there in the 90s and early 00s where the team never lost by more than 10 (I think the ND game in '98 was 16; even the Donovan McNabb debacle was only 10), and that got completely blown up twice in a 9-game period. It was humbling.
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