Tremendous! Thank you!
Mike Lantry, 1972
Like the football team, I'll be making a brief appearance this off-season before disappearing again until Fall.
The theme of the coaching search and press conferences over the last several months has centered around the idea that it's time to return the program to "Michigan Football" (demonstrative finger quotes here). Whether or not you believe that such a thing as "Michigan Football" exists and that the program has indeed drifted from that thing, the message is clear - moving forward, the team and the style of play will look different under Brady Hoke than it did under Rich Rodriguez. The question is, given our personnel (specifically a player whose name rhymes with Denard Robinson) how different will it look this year? Just how far back will Coach Hoke and his staff turn the clock? Will they force Denard into a scheme where he feels out of place, or will they shift their offensive philosophy to take advantage of his considerable talents?
I found an archival photo of Fielding H. Yost's first Michigan football team and thought it would be a great counterpoint to the "return to Michigan football" theme. Yost's 1901 team was dominant (11-0 record, 550 points scored - 0 points against) and depended on fast, efficient players to execute a "hurry up" offense to perfection. Stylistically, that sounds more like the offense we saw under Rich Rodriguez than what we should expect from new offensive coordinator Al Borges. Denard Robinson's style of play would have been a perfect fit for Yost's first "Point-a-Minute" team.
If Coach Hoke and Denard Robinson jumped into a DeLorean and turned the clock back to 1901, this modified team photo is what you might see hanging in Schembechler Hall today.
The image below is a preview only. You can get the widescreen, 4:3, iPad and mobile wallpapers at The Art. The Art. The Art!.
Tremendous! Thank you!
This is incredible. I have been hoping you would put one of these together.
Thanks monuMental, things have changed drastically since we last saw you.
It's been a long winter and this is a welcome prelude into the Spring game.
Welcome back - not that you ever left...
I love these wallpapers and I've been missing them the last 4 months. I look forward to the new season and new wallpapers. GO BLUE!!
Thanks for sharing this awesomeness.
almost doesn't fit in that collar
You've got a point. That looks rather uncomfortable.
He looks like the governor of New Jersey.
I love it!! Great work!! Can't wait to start seeing these weekly in a 140 or so days!
As of today, 143 days.
YEAH!!! I was too lazy too look at the There are... posts.
I love it!
monumental posts a wallpaper, the droid app gets released. can this day GET any better??
Someone has to make that movie where Denard goes back in time
Those sweaters are fantastic and so is the wallpaper. Thanks.
an M sweater like those in the photo. That sweater is amazing.
Also amazing: this wallpaper. It's good to see Denard spreading happiness to 1901.
Hoke looks like he is pinching a loaf.
Hoke's head is freaking awesome on that body.
I love these! I was sure to download every one last season and put them on my desktop for my home and work computers. look forward to seeing what you do this fall.
And we'll continue this from last year... because it's true!
I was having SERIOUS withdrawal. Thanks for feeding my addiction although it is a tease until the season and your weekly work starts again.
You said that they would hop in a Delorean but as we all know Denard can run through time and get back to 1901, hence the Delorean would be unneeded
Of course...Dilithium power! Surely that's what the fusion reactor made?
staring at the dead is kinda freaking me out...
BUT GO BLUE and good stuff.
More like 'Black to the Future'
for temporarily forgetting that you win the internet anytime you want to. It appears that you are only capable of 100% pure Colombian awesome.
As usual, thanks.
The football is a nice touch, didn't notice it the first time. Did it say 1901 in the original photo?
I love you... no homo
Does anyone else think that looks like Shawn Hunwick? Or do I have a serious problem?