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Ed Tipper was born in Detroit on August 3rd, 1921. Born into the false prosperity of the 1920s and grew up in the Great Depression as a part of the so called “Greatest Generation.” Although he spent part of his childhood in Ireland, he spent most of his youth in the city of Detroit. In High School he was the Captain of the football team, class president, but had "spotty grades" and was known for getting into mischief. He aspired to attend the University of Michigan, but didn't get in. So instead he worked at a department store doing deliveries.
On December 7th, 1941 he was visiting Dearborn Village with a friend to see history on Henry Ford when the bus stopped - the driver made an announcement and turned on the radio - Pearl Harbor had been attacked. Ladies in the bus started crying and Ed Decided instantly to join the Marines. The Marines turned him down, due to having a severe overbite, so instead he joined the US Army and volunteered for the paratroopers.
He trained at Tocca, became a bazooka man, and became a part of what would become the famous Easy Company of the 506th within the 101st Airborne. He trained for over 2 years before finally seeing combat on June 6th, 1944 - D-Day. He landed behind enemy lines and helped take out German positions that were firing onto Utah beach. He would see action every day from June 6 up until the Battle for Carentan, which begun on June 10, 1944.
In Carentan, Ed Tipper and his fellow paratroopers were ordered to clear the houses. On the very first house that Ed came to he kicked in the door. They were under orders to throw grenades into the house before entering, but he was out of grenades from fighting in the preceding days so he went in gun first and looked for Germans. The house was empty as he made his way to the back door and peered out into the back yard of the house. Seeing a shed, he called out if anyone was inside and when he got no response he put 3 shots into it. He made his way back to the front of the house when the Germans sprung their trap.
At once, mortar shells started dropping on their side of Carentan. 8 to 10 paratroopers were instantly wounded. Shrapnel hit all over Ed Tipper. His right eye was gone, both legs were broken, and he had dangerous shrapnel in his left knee, right hip, and left elbow.
Fellow paratroopers, Joe Liebgott and Harry Welsh risked their lives as the shells rained down to stop Ed's wounds from bleeding his life away. His wounds were so severe that it required a year of hospitalization and the men of Easy Company thought that he died. In fact, when he stopped by in 1945 to visit fellow paratrooper Floyd Talbert's parents, Floyd told his parents that it had to be an impersonator, because he was still having nightmares from having seen Ed Tipper die from an exploding mortar shell before his eyes.
While recovering from his wounds, Ed Tipper started thinking about his failed dream of attending the University of Michigan and became determined to make something of his life that had been spared. So he applied and was rejected a 2nd time. He set up an interview with an admission's officer to ask what he could do to get in. When the University official saw him in a wheel chair with two damaged legs, a damaged arm, and a missing eye from having fought in Normandy - he gained admission almost instantly on the promise that he would work hard at his studies.
He fulfilled that promise, making the most of his dream at the University of Michigan by earning high marks. He then went to the University of Northern Colorado to get his masters. He was told that he would never make it as a teacher, having only 1 eye, as the kids would misbehave more...he says that never happened. He regained use of his legs and arm - although not to the same extent as pre-war times.
He was of the rank Sergeant when he was wounded in Normandy, still suffers from occasional WWII related nightmares, and has received the "Legion of Honor" medal from France for his fighting from June 6 - 10, 1944.
Ed Tipper taught for over 30 years, he is faithfully married, and has a very successful daughter that is his pride and joy. His memory is fading away as he enjoys retired life in Colorado.
If you have ever seen the mini-series Band of Brothers, Ed Tipper’s character is seen in the first 3 episodes. He also features heavily in the documentary for the miniseries titled “We Stand Alone Together.”
I hear a few people calling the BigTen behind the times, even Sean and Terp on 96.1 made a few sarcastic jokes at the start of the day about the BigTen not being progressive and how this move is so shocking for this conference. I don't know what these people could possibly be thinking. There isn't anything further from reality.
The BigTen is at the forefront more so than any other conference out there. Case in point:
1) The BigTen was the first NCAA conference to initiate Instant Replay for football games. Now all conferences have copied the success of the BigTen and implemented it to the point where it is an NCAA wideregulation.
2) The BigTen was the first conference to start its own TV network and force its way into the market. The financial success has set up the conference nicely in the future and other conferences are now once again set up to play copy cat as they try to create their own network.
3) The BigTen from top to bottom has the best academics in the FBS (Div1A). The BigTen is the only FBS conference to have all of its members ranked in Newsweek's Top 100 Universities and the CIC is a powerhouse of Research on the Global scale. This conference + the University of Chicago have always put academics and research as a strong priority within the schools. The BigTen is at the forefront of academic research there is no dispute about that.
4) Canham is the first AD to act like a modern AD....$$$ Once again, the BigTen at the forefront of the modern era.
5) The BigTen has the three largest college football stadiums...#1, #2, and #3 in capacity...always pushing to new heights.
6) The BigTen has the strongest history and one of the most progressive revenue sharing programs of any conference. Other conferences are changing over to the BigTen style of having a strong revenue sharing program. In terms of money in a conference, no one is more progressive.
7) Now apparently the BigTen is making the push in creating super conferences if you believe the rumors of a 14 or 16 school conference. If so...other conferences will most definately follow suit and once again the BigTen will be on the cutting edge of the trends in football.
I wrote into the show and made these points, I don't know if they read it, because I had other appointments and couldn't listen any more. However, we have a very proud conference history of being the leaders that bring about change nationwide. Even the 3 yards and a cloud of dust still existing today is a bunch of tripe...the BigTen has many unique offenses like Purdue's 'basketball on turf' and Northwestern's spread. Heck even, 'conservative' Carr had some spectacular years of passing offensive stats and games.
Berenson turned around a struggling UofM program and turned them into the most consistent program in NCAA history, finishing in 1st or 2nd place in 18 of the last 20 CCHA regular seasons.
It is hard to argue against his 23 straight winning seasons and his 20 straight NCAA playoff appearances, which is an all time historical NCAA record...and counting. Berenson also won the NHL coach of the year with the Saint Louis Blues in the 1980-81 season, proving that he can get the job done at all levels.
Head to Head comparisons:
Ron Mason > 36 seasons with 3 CCHA teams
Red Berenson > 26 seasons with 1 CCHA team
Ron Mason > 924 wins (25.6 a year)
Red Berenson > 698 wins (26.8 a year)
Ron Mason > 24 NCAA playoff appearances
Red Berenson > 20 NCAA playoff appearances
Ron Mason > 8 Frozen Four Appearances
Red Berenson > 10 Frozen Four Appearances
Ron Mason > 2 NCAA Titles
Red Berenson > 2 NCAA Titles
Ron Mason > Longest NCAA appearance streak: 9 seasons
Red Berenson > Longest NCAA appearance streak: 20 seasons
Ron Mason > Longest streak without a losing seaon: 13 (with LSSU and BGSU, 11 at MSU)
Red Berenson > Longest streak without a losing seaon: 23
Ron Mason > NCAA Hockey Coach of the year 1992
Red Berenson > NCAA Hockey Coach of the year 2008
EDIT: I failed with my table, so I just switched to this awkward format.
Tomorrow, be as loud as you can at the game. As loud or louder than you were at the Notre Dame game. Let this team know that we love and support it. I almost blacked out at the Notre Dame game from screaming and stomping my feet and clapping. The blue hair next to me had ear plugs in and was still covering his ears and giving me dirty looks. Give our team the advantage.
Reasons to love this program and look forward to the future:
1) We went from a quiet stadium to one of the loudest in the conference. People at the MSU and Iowa games, commented that it was no where near as loud as the Notre Dame game at Michigan Stadium.
2) This team is supposedly 16 scholarships short of the limit, which is a huge disadvantage. This shortage will eventually be filled and when this gap is filled, some will be quality players and starters.
3) We have the most players in the BigTen with 3 or more years of eligibility left. This means that in 2011 and 2012 we will most likely have the most experienced team in the league, which will set us up for a run at the Rose Bowl at that time.
4) For all of the whining about 3 star players in this years recruiting class, I see some solid players getting added to an already strong foundation. Some of our recruits are lights out amazing. Would you trade any HS QB in the nation for Devin Gardner? I see about 4 guys in this class with the potential to be future all conference players (Gardner, Marvin, Miller, Hagerup).
5) The media has attacked coach Rod and he is still standing with the control of his team. The media has invented BS stories (shredding papers), used unethically written stories written by someone who publicly admitted that he wanted Rod fired (hours), printed mountain out of a mole hill stories without doing any research to disprove the crap (Tiller) and etc.... All while giving our in-state rival's coach all of the benefit of the doubt on everthing blowing the positives out of proportion.
6) This team is better than lat year and will be even better next year. How many players do we actually lose of note? Brandon Graham, Warren, Minor, and Brown. Well, we have a lot of young talented RBs and Brown and Minor are injured enough that I don't think we will miss much of a step at that position. Sure we will miss Graham, but the Dline could actualy get stronger. Lolata and Campbell were 2 highly sought after recruits and will be playing. Martin is a beast and will be back. I think Roh will improve and VanBergen is a solid contributor. Warren leaving would be rough, but we have Woolfork, Floyd and Turner still here.
7) The QB play should only get better and we will have 3 options next year -- someone will rise to be a solid performer.
If any of you think that I am over optimistic....I got negbanged for saying that I thought we would finish 5-7 before the season and picking MSU to win after the 4-0 start.
If you are the type of fan who booed Navarre and are now ripping on these kids, feel free to consider changing allegiences to another team. This team will develop into a great team if we give it time and support. No one can develop a winner with the media and the fans against it...no one. Stand behind the team and coaches win or lose tomorrow.
The stats within the series:
-3 clutch performances in close games
-Passing TDs: 14
-Passing Yards: 880
-Completions/Attempts: 79/120 (66%)
Henne's worst game in the series was 2006, where he went 11 of 17 for 140 yards with 3 TDs and 0 INTs in a 31-13 victory. His stats could have been much more impressive had Lloyd Carr not called off the dogs and went to conservative play calling. In example, Carr only called 1 passing play in the final 26 minutes and 22 seconds of game time, with only a total of 4 passing plays called in the final half.
Henne's best game would have to be the 2007 comeback game on the road. Henne braved severe should pain and injury to comeback and make clutch throws to gain 211 yards with 4 TDs and 1 INT in the victory.
I posted this on the ESPN board a year and a half ago. A few Spartans argued me tooth and nail over it, but they refused to name anyone who might be better within the series, which is a tacit way of agreeing with me.
Can anyone think of a QB who might have performed better within the series?
P.S. I am still cheering for Henne with the Miami Dolphins.
Michigan scores very well in these position ratings, however Lindy projects us to finish 7th in the BigTen overall. I find this a bit odd. So I personally calculated every team's average position group rating according to Lindy and compared it to their projected order of finish.
Here are the results:
1. Ohio State 2.75
2. Penn State 5.25
3. Michigan State 5.25
4. Illinois 6.75
5. Wisconsin 5.875
6. Iowa 5.0
7. Michigan 3.375
8. Northwestern 7.75
9. Minnesota 5.875
10. Purdue 9.75
11. Indiana 8.375
I really find this striking. Lindy's believes that Michigan is the 2nd most talented team in the BigTen according to the positional group ratings, yet they have us finishing 7th in the conference. This seems a bit perplexing, especially with Illinois finishing 3 spots above UofM in order of finish, but averaging nearly 3.5 spots below us in positional talent.
The one area where they rate us the lowest is QB, which is understandable with 2 true freshman and a walk-on competing for the job. However, they still rated us 8th overall in QB play. Yet Wisconsin is ranked 10th in QBs, but still 5th overall. In fact UofM was rated higher than Wisconsin in 7 of 8 talent groupings (Special Teams, UofM finished 1 spot below Wisconsin), yet Wisconsin is projected to finish overall 2 spots higher in 5th.
Where Michigan ranks in conference by position according to Lindy:
8th QB, 1st RB, 2nd WR, 3rd OL, 3rd DL, 4th LB, 4th DB and 2nd ST.
Is it fair to give your 2nd most talented team in the BigTen a 7th in the conference finish and a 47th in the nation finish? I don't think so, even with a Freshman QB. Perhaps they overrated our positional talent, but they also could have nasty 3-9 taste in their mouth biasing the overall finish.
Of course Lindy's could be way off in their positional talent rankings for the conference, but if they are accurate, it should be a sign of positive potential for the 2009 season.
I had been worried of a 5-7 season, but I am starting to think that if QB play improves along with the turnover ratio that we could be looking closer to 8 wins.
P.S. Lindy's in preseason individual awards (which granted are meaningless) also gives us THREE 1st team All-Conference Defense, ONE 2nd team All-ConferenceDefense and THREE 2nd team All-Conference Offense.
P.P.S. If I gave out too much of Lindy's info, I will happily edit some out upon request.