After reading Zirbel's comments, well gosh I'm just tickled to death.
Programming note. I've accepted the daunting task of getting up at 7AM to sit in for Sam Webb on WTKA's morning show tomorrow. I'll be on from 7-10. Wooo Mountain Dew!
Charity note. If anyone's got some spare roller hockey equipment lying around, L'Hockey Folie would like to put it to good use.
Luxury box followup! Artist's rendition of the 2025 Big House:
The Shredder explains his masterpiece:
With all the HD Jumbo screen talk(and with my boring 3rd shift) I figured I would draw it using my awesome skills. Now every one can see it. The future of the Big House. Around 2025 I am guessing. I did remove the one press box so you could see the field, so just pretend it's there. I also added seats above the HD screens and on top of the press box. Bringing the total seating to 125,000. In the year 2025 we will have be playing night games and using Maize jersey's. Welcome to the future! Great Scott!
These were not the top secret plans I referenced this morning. But they should be.
Obvious quarterback questioning. Tim's getting frustrated with the nonstop quarterback questioning at the press conferences, but none of you are going so here you go:
The art of saying nothing in 1:14. I don't think there's much chance all three QBs play equally well for anything length of time, and neither does Rodriguez, but he refuses to rule out anything. All things are possible.
Mealer okay? Elliot Mealer's shoulder was severely injured in that Christmas Eve car crash and there were some rumors that the effects of it still lingered and may be a permanent hindrance to his ability to play. Apparently that's not true:
"I've come a long ways," Mealer said. "You know, My arm is actually stronger, I think. My bad arm, so to speak, is stronger than my good arm and it's been a long ways. I still rehab it to this day, and then do a little prehab, as they call it, just to keep it loose and it helps. So it's come a long ways."
Mealer's not likely to play this year but should work himself into the playing mix in 2010.
BONUS Kevin Koger hype (the article is about Toledo-area players for M):
"Kevin Koger's had a great great offseason," said Calvin Magee, Koger's offensive coordinator and position mentor. "He's done well. He's gotten a lot stronger and a lot faster, and it's a natural progression from freshman to sophomore year.
"He's changed his body. You know, his weight's around the same. He's more lean now. So naturally, he's got more muscle on him. That allows him to be faster and he's one of those kids that committed himself to the offseason conditioning and it's going to help him a great deal."
The Revsine return. The Big Ten Network has returned from its tour of Big Ten practices and Dave Revsine has superlatives:
Best Drill: The "M" Drill at Michigan. It's the Oklahoma Drill, but with a twist. There are three layers of blocking going on – linemen going 1 on 1, then a FB or TE engaged with a LB, followed by a WR and a DB. The back with the ball then tries to run through all three levels. Very intense and really well done. …
Impact Freshman: Tate Forcier, Michigan. I think Forcier is perfect for Rodriguez's system. Throws well, particularly on the run, and he runs well. He has everything they need. Seems Rodriguez isn't quite as convinced, given his plans to play three QBs in the opener against Western Michigan, but I still think that, ultimately, Forcier will be the guy. …
Honorable Mention: Vincent Smith, Michigan. Another tiny Smith who packs some serious punch, Smith absolutely bowled over a defender in a tackling drill, then, the next time he had the ball, juked another guy out of his uniform with a great move.
All that's cool, but Michigan didn't show up on any of Revsine's top position groups, or honorable mentions. Not that you expected them to anywhere except tailback, where Revsine bizarrely goes with Michigan State as his third-place team.
You said what? Gary Barnett talked crap about Gary Moeller's substitutions. This did not end well for him.
Isn't it strange that Barnett left Northwestern for Colorado and since that event Northwestern has probably been the better program? What happened to the Buffs?
Required. Hey here's a quote by new offensive line grad assistant Cory Zirbel that contradicts those of the discontent departures and by law I must post it:
"I've had people come up to me and say, 'How can you be a part of that coaching staff?' Those people aren't true Michigan fans. ... People don't understand how I accept my role, but those people don't know.
"It's an honor. It's Michigan, always going to be Michigan. Coach Rodriguez is a great guy, presented me an opportunity, and I took it."
So there you go, family values and so forth and so on.
Coner! It took four years but someone finally mentioned David Cone in a practice recap:
Speaking of Forcier, I'm really started to warm to the way he throws the ball. It looks much better than any of the other quarterbacks. Also, David Cone has an odd throwing motion.
I think I buried the lead there.
Etc.: Herbstreit says the M-ND game is make or break for Weis, which yeah probably. GBMW has a transcript of Rodriguez's appearance on the Dan Patrick show. Michigan's replacing its media guides with online equivalents. Volleyball and women's soccer are test cases.
After reading Zirbel's comments, well gosh I'm just tickled to death.
Is the player on the Jumbotron a duck or a penguin?
Personally, I thought it was a dolphin.
I wanted to see a blue duck.
need a pop-off/sound effects guy for your broadcast? I've always thought I'd be pretty good at that.
i like that in the future, one only requires HD moon screens and scoreboards are unnecessary for the maize prevails regardless. of course this follows the 2012 mexican so perhaps these are our space overlords. of note: Zoltan is not only a punter, but a scout for the impending invasion.
while i am persistently amused by the blog, as soon as i read that Cone was mentioned, i started shaking my head knowing it was coming:
I was not let down. an LOL escaped. i hang my head in shame and retire to my Tiger Beat collection, someday hoping Soleil Moon Frye may be mine.
Brian, you better get up before 7:00 a.m. if your radio stint is from 7-10 a.m.
C'mon, Brian knows what he's doing... he's going to sleep in his van in the WTKA parking lot.
Maybe he can bunk with Matt Foley: Motivational Speaker.
Brian doesn't own a van. Perhaps the back seat of that fine car of his (a Buick?).
I like the idea of moving the block M to the 40 yard line.
the 100 or so people in the stands
Brian, with his flowing hair, having to drag himself out of bed, in order to make the early radio shift really only conjures one image:
Dr. Johnny Fever.
You might need something stronger than the Dew to keep you going. That wasnt just coffee in Fever's mug, after all.
I look forward to tuning in.
Does anyone know if you will still be able to purchase paper media guides?
I have a basketball one from last year (I'm in the background on the front and back covers!) and would like to continue to collect the hoops guides.
based on the mgoblue article brian linked (http://www.mgoblue.com/history/article.aspx?id=183678)
the online versions for women's soccer and v-ball are really well done, though, and there is the option to save as a pdf, at least. Understand about having the physical copy, though.
Its good to know that if one of the young QBs "digresses" then the other 2 will be ready to speak in turn:
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–verb (used without object) 1. to deviate or wander away from the main topic or purpose in speaking or writing; depart from the principal line of argument, plot, study, etc.
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Just don't read it. I tried, got a headache, fired off a very critical comment recommending they learn to fucking spell. It's not worth it anymore. They can't even type a frickin transcript w/o mis-spelling every other word.
Agreed. Reading should never be that much work.
Well, I guess situational QBs might work for one game. But, wouldn't it be pretty easy for ND to figure out each QBs "situation" and then defense each QB accordingly?
The Athletic Department will save an estimated $250,000 a year on cutting out paper media guides! That's a lot of paper.
It's great to hear those comments, not that the Michigan haters will care or anything.
I'd love to see a MGoBlog Radio hour, where Brian and various assorted blogger/guesthosts impart more knowledge than most talking heads do in a year.
Oh, on the Barnett comment, yes NW did better than CU after he left, but you have to give him some credit for reviving the NU program. It's impossible to overstate how bad they were before he got there. He went 39-52 in his time in Evanston. In the 15 years before he got there they were 26-147, the worst percentage in D-I by a ten games. They won 4 games only once in that time frame. Imagine if our season last year was the best season we'd had in a decade. There were serious talks about NU scrapping the program.
Oh, and to touch on another topic, I think, but am not sure, that they sold a home game to us in 1979, so that we had five home conference games, and they only had three.