I'm dying over heah!!!!
Apparently you are...
for medical attention?
I would watch practice every day if I could. Even the walkthroughs.
Michigan football or basketball, I would literally watch practices if I could. I like sports in general but don't have anywhere close to that level of interest in any other teams or any other sports.
Only thing making me nervous are the Tigers... This inning sucks.
I was hoping to see something pop up. It would be a nice break from watching the Tigers blow another lead.
It's a scrimmage.
Let me ruin the ending for you: It ends with a 2-minute drill. No matter what happens, Michigan wins.
hoping they do a CTK tomorrow or the following day reviewing the scrimmage (hopefully 4+ minutes). I'm curious to see how Brad Keselowski (sp?) did.
Bad News: it's only 3:57, not 4+ minutes
Wahhhlp... we got out there and ran around a bit.. kids hustled. There was some good technique, and some lesser technique but all around pretty good effort.
That's not a quote. No mention of character, effort, or physicalness.
Twitter is popping up w/ a few photos
Special scrimmage guests- Brad Keselowski, Gary Moeller, Desmond Howard and Rick Leach;
Hoke and Keselowski
I saved you the trouble of telling me who Keselowski was, but now that I Googled him, I can't figure out a) why he was invited, b) why he wore business casual, and c) what the hell his relationship is with the University.
Am I supposed to know or care who this guy is?
I looked him up. He's a NASCAR driver. Since I'm a snob, I'm disappointed Hoke appears to be a NASCAR fan.
Well, he's from Ohio, so... what did you expect?
Wait how many nascar races does Ohio put on every year?...
Also looked him up. From Rochester Hills. Calls himself a lifelong fan.
I don't think that's enough to get you into a private scrimmage.
Yeah . . . I'm gonna have to ding Hoke on his NASCAR fandom . . . I mean its cars driving around in a circle . . . what am I missing?
If you would take the time to learn all aspects of stock car racing, you just might gain a little more respect for the sport. These drivers are going 200 mph, bumper to bumper, door to door with each other. A lot can happen at those speeds. On TV it doesn't look that fast, but at 200 mph a car travels the length of a football field in 1 second.
Continue . . .
....not to mention the engineering adjustments taking place during the race. I'm not a following fan, but it is every bit a sport if golf and bowling are to be granted sporting event titles.
Ok. So where do you get the details of the engineering adjustments that are made? Or is this just a wild ass assumption you're making based on what someone told you about the "sport." I work with engineering controls every day, you're going to have to come up with something with a little more teeth to convince me. Also, engineering controls has very little to do with athleticism or sport.
100 yards/s *1mi/1760 yards * 3600s/1 hr = 204.54 MPH, Yep, you are correct! Seems kind of fast when it is a football field per second.
I live in NC and got a chance to do the Richard Petty Experience for free a couple years ago...it's where you ride along with a driver for a few laps. I learned that there is no way in he11 I could do what they do at those speeds...didn't make me a fan, but I can respect what they can do.
Think of it this way: someone is going to be the champion, let it be a Michigan fan.
It is when:
A) You are the defending Sprint Cup champ, and
B) You drive for Roger Penske.
Keselowski won the Sprint Cup Championship last year, putting him at the top of his sport. He may have made more money last year than most people here will make in their entire working lives. He is an athlete who risks his life every time he "suits up." Most of all, he is a huge Michigan fan whose fandom promotes the brand.
Michigan could certainly do a lot worse than to have a champion who is a huge Michigan fan hang out and talk to the team.
... except for the "athlete" characterization.
My teammates on our high school chess team take umbrage at your... nah, just kidding. But seriously, NASCAR drivers are athletes.
I understand that NASCAR is a difficult, dangerous "sport" (based on your definition of a sport) and requires instincts and quick reactions but I don't think it requires much athletism. It's a competition on who is the best at controlling a man-made machine. When steroids don't give you a significant edge over your competition, you can't really call yourself an athlete IMO. At least it looks like a sport, poker on the other hand....
Some games require skill or ability, rather than sheer strength or speed (what we typically think of as "athleticism"). For instance, archery requires an intense amount of coordination, control, and carefully practiced skill. But you may not think of an archer as an "athlete." So, I think what we're looking at is a division between physical games that are primarily games of skill, and physical games that are primarily competitions of power. Driving racecars is clearly a physical activity, but the strength component is pretty minimal. I'd have to categorize it similarly to archery or bowling, but with an added dimension of engineering fused to it.
Do you really think any of those reasons makes him more worthy than anyone else to get into practice? Because he makes more money and risks his life of his own volition? Please.
Yes. He's a famous (I guess) fan who could be a potential donor. Other than former players/coaches, who else do think is "worthy"?
That's not the reason Tater offered. He presented him as some sort of American hero.
Celebrities are afforded the opportunity to do a lot of things closed to most of us.
Does this make him a Walmart Wolverine?
The rest of you grab the consolation prizes, stow the NASCAR exhortations/ excoriatons, the Marxist/ Lohanist debates vis a vis whether fame alone is it's own raison d'etre...
It's all ovah! !!! Wal-Mart Wolverine is the walk- off winner!
Here is a map depicting the spread of Wolverine Fans across the US since 1962
For Kmart stores shrinking! The Kmart Spartan!
He won the Nascar championship last year, is from Michigan, and has always been a Michigan fan. I seem to remember him being invited to something before. The Nascar race at Michigan International Speedway is this weekend so he was around this weekend. None of that explains the business casual though.
Also: there is an article about him up on MGoBlue from last year http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/080812aag.html
The only thing I can think of when it comes to "why" is that he's a Rochester Hills native and presumably grew up a Michigan fan. Indeed, in an MGoBlue.com feature last week, he said:
"My interest in Michigan football really started with my cousins across the street," said Keselowski. "They were huge Michigan football fans. When I was seven or eight years old, I would stay with them when my dad and mom were out of town racing [his father, Bob, was a 1997 race winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series]. We'd watch Michigan football every Saturday afternoon during the fall. That is where my love affair for Michigan football started."
He's just a fan. Like Ms. Kate Upton.
Well not quite like her.
Yeah, the words "Keselowski gif" just don't have the same ring...
Kyle or Kurt Busch visited a scrimmage in the past. Also Russell Crowe. I don't think any of them have any ties to Michigan either. Verne Troyer went to one years ago but at least he's from the state. Overall, not uncommon for a "celeb" to be there.
He is the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champion who is from Michigan and is also a huge U of M fan.
Plus NASCAR races at Michigan tomorrow. The track is actually not that far from Ann Arbor.