That comment about Tresse..l. I dislike the fact that he's a classy guy, because I really want to hate him and just can't.
Just got back from Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon in Chicago ... a fan's take on things (just edited and added photos)
My buddy and I arrived at the hotel about an hour before the pre-luncheon player and coach signature sessions.
While we were wondering around killing time, we walked by a ball room where all the coaches and players were at tables being interviewed by the media. There was no one at the door at that moment (to check for a media badge), so we just strolled in. We were wearing ties and did not seem to attract any attention, so we walked about and listened in to various interviews. It was the first time I was able to see most of the Big Ten coaches and other non-Michigan players up close. I was especially excited to see JoPa, who had a nice big audience at his table.
We didn't stay long and headed off to get in line at the fan area. While in line, we noticed many of the fans with BigTen Footballs (had all 11 school logos on them) to get signatures. Seemed like a great idea to have players and coaches to all just sign one ball. Stepped out of line and went and bought a football and a mini Michiganhelmet.
Once in the team booth area, there was a stage where the BigTen Network was filming live ... they were bringing up the coaches one and two at a time for a few words. From where we were standing, we could not hear what was being said. When the coaches were done, they went to their team booths, met up with the players and met with the fans.
I think there were at least 500 people standing in various team lines. My goal was to get all 11 coaches to sign my new football ... I got 8 before time ran out. JoPa was not available for autographs, and someone said he typically was not for this event in the past.
Highlights from meeting the coaches and players:
- All the coaches were very nice, with the exception of Dantonio ... he seemed aggravated and refused to sign my ball on the way to his booth. Even in the luncheon speech Dantonio was the least outwardly positive (had a frown even when saying good things about his team).
- The most positive were RichRod, Fitzgerald, and I am sorry to say Tressel.
- I was surprised at how chummy the coaches were with each other. They seemed to gravitate to one another during the transitions from one place to another ... they were patting each other on the back and seemed to enjoy each other's company.
- The Michiganboys were great ... Troy, Mark, and Stephen were all joking with each other and having a great time.
- Ben Chappell (IU QB) went out of his way to make conversation, and was impressed with his presence.
After the sig session was over, all the players got on stage for a photo, followed by the coaches. Then at 11:30we all went into the auditorium for lunch.
Rough count was 150 or so tables with 10-12 guests at each. The room was huge. All the players and coaches were introduced and sat along one wall. There were many video screens so everyone could see what was going on.
Rece Davis was the host, he was great ... he had some great jokes and did a few impersonations between speakers. All the Big Ten coaches spoke, JoPa, was the clear favorite ... he really warmed up the room. I took a video of RichRod and JoPa that I will post later. Rich's speech was good, but nothing new. Fitzgerald was the best public speaker.
Rece said in his opening that it would not surprise him to see Kelly (ND) and Schiano (Rutgers) here next year ... but that seemed tongue in cheek.
We also heard from the Big Ten commissioner, and a few others. A Purdue player spoke on behalf of the athletes, and he did very well all things considered.
They did a fun thing at the end ... all the QBs went in the center of the room and tossed footballs to table guest with winning door prize ticket numbers ... some where real deep balls! One guy got hit in the face (but he was ok), and the Minnesota QB whiffed 3 times in a row ... the ball just fell out of his hands ... then he overthrew his table. The biggest door prize was two tickets to Rose Bowl with round-trip airfare and a stay at the Ritz.
For those that want all the details, we had salad, and a filet and chicken cutlet lunch with a slice of cheesecake to top it off.
There were 17 Michigantables and we all were given UofM Adidas visors and a block M lapel pin. The Iowafan base was the most vocal.
All in all, it was a great event. I would recommend others to attend if you have the opportunity in future years.
You can see Troy and Moundros close up in middle row at the end (see M pin)
See Rece there ... he one to left of the Red Jacket Rose Bowl guy. RichRod was third from left.
After conference, that is Tressel waiting for his ride I suppose (tan suit with back turned) ... he was just reading his Blackberry for a few minutes all by himself ... no handlers even. Seemed lonely.
You're obviously not trying hard enough.
Just go take a gander at our win-loss record against him and all the hate will come back and flow freely again.
Again, I hate the institution but the man has beaten us fairly and with class.
remember the bomb sniffing dogs of 2004.
I'll take winning with class at OSU over a certain school in Lansing and their attitude toward us.
I have to believe that finding myself alone with the vest would tempt some violent behavior. Good for you for not pushin - errr - accidentally tripping and knocking him into traffic.
I wish we played Minnesota this year (and every other year).
When you say Dantonio refused to sign your football, what exactly happened? Did he ignore you? Tell you "I'm not signing your goddamn ball"? Punch the ball out of your hand and yell "Just fucking don't talk to me, all right! Knock it off!" (Ryan Leaf)?
Make me hate him even more. (If that's possible.)
OP should've told Dantonio that he'd just been released from prison. That ball would've been signed lickety-split.
And so would have his scholarship offer.
Coach Bielema, have you gained any ground in pushing out that turd that's made you look constipated for the last six years?
I was there too. It didn't seem like the coaches were all that chummy with each other. A few had sublte jibes at each other on the podium. Rich had a great speech. Danny Hope is a f'n clown. If there was no reason to despise Purdue before, perhaps after his 'General Studies' joke indirectly at RichRod and his players, it's okay to not like the Boilermakers now. Go Blue.
that his players worked hard on school work this summer b/c they had to take real classes since Purdue doesn't have a General Studies major.
both Hope and Dantonio are ambivalent to your ubiquitousness.
Hope must have a man crush on Rodriguez.
Signed a BGS Alum.
Half of Dantonio is that he just looks straight up evil. I think the fact that Hope coaches at Purdue and still is in contention for this title says something about his blatant douchebaggery. I mean, the guy has a sweet moustache and I still think he's a dick.
There seem to be a lot of smart, well spoken, bright players on our team.
Offensive linemen in particular seem to be good students. I read somewhere about QBs, O Line and LBs (particularly MLBs) needing read and react skills, which puts a premium finding someone really smart with good reaction times.
Of course if you ask Jim Brandstatter, the linemen are the most intelligent on the team ...
I'd have to guess a general studies major at Michigan is more difficult than every major at Purdue except engineering.
One of the seniors in my Youth Ministry, Russell Bellomy from Arlington Martin HS (TX), ended up with some 17 offers including MSU and Purdue. I was glad when picked Purdue over East Lansing but the more I hear about Hope the less excited about sending a kid up there.
to call fake if you did not include photos. I read the thread before the photo edit. JK I kid I kid
Thats a great recap and this makes me want to go one year, especially next year.
edit: not to be too tangential but a BGS can be one of the most challenging degrees. I speak from experience, in my junior year if I recall I could not take any classes below the Junior level and in my senior level none lower than a senior level course and most of those required a prereq, or the profs approval after an interview and a writen test.
... in my junior year if I recall I could not take any classes below the Junior level and in my senior level none lower than a senior level course...
Wait, there are degrees you can get where this isn't true? Okay, not that most programs require it, per se... but are there that many degree programs that don't have enough upper level core courses to soak up your junior and senior years by default?
Don't get me wrong, I'm not bashing on the BGS degree program. I just disagree that a requirement to take upper level classes in your upperclassmen years signifies a "hard" degree. Seems to me that's what the baseline should be.
nice read, I assume tickets are probably pretty hard to come by for the luncheon how did you get yours?
Is a fucking asshole who will get his due this year! I hope RR gives it to him after the game just like last year when the tables were on the other side!!!!
Agreed in your assessment of Hope but I expect RR to be classier than Hope and trust that he won't sink to Hope's level. Just smile and enjoy the massacre.
In the photo with all the coaches, Hope sits right in front of RR - perfect opportunity to ring Hope's frickin' neck. RR must have been oh so tempted.
Dantonio looks so happy sitting next to uncle sweatervest. I'm surprised he's not sitting in his lap
I was surprised at how chummy the coaches were with each other. They seemed to gravitate to one another during the transitions from one place to another ... they were patting each other on the back and seemed to enjoy each other's company.
I'm surprised you think that. It seems natural they'd be comfortable with each other.
replace chummy with respect.
There's really no one else who knows what they go through, and so even if you don't exactly like all of the guys personally, at least you share common ground.
Plus, you want to be close enough to hear what they are saying to other people...
Whatever the facts, D'Antonio must live a rough life to be so unhappy all of the time. Maybe he wanted the UM job, but ended up with little brother.
Cool story, bro
Why did you photoshop in a smile on Dantonio in the coaches' photo??
Considering that he's 80, it's entirely expected, but if he ever gets an inadvertent shot from a tackler on the sidelines, I'd worry about him — broken hips are bad news for the elderly.
I think that's the closest Dantonio has ever gotten to a real smile.
thanks for the post!
he clearly has something up his butt
Great post. The two coaches I hate most are Danny Hope and Mark Dantonio, so it's good to know that my judgment has been reinforced. Those guys are tools.
Should've asked the Zooker which 1-AA division media days you should plan on attending to meet him next year.
Danny Hope seems like he should be nicer than he is, but Dantonio always struck me as an ass. I expect him to be on the hot seat a bit after this year if the Spartans struggle again, and it couldn't happen to a worse person.
JoePa looks tiny in that photo - almost like he was photoshopped in.
Also, what's up with the football player in the back dressed up like a Supreme Court justice?
Get a suit, Ferentz! This isn't an Ole Miss frat formal.
Yeah he does stick out like a sore thumb in that pic.
see Michigan just whip up on MSU this October? Dantonio just irks me to no end.