@umichfootball keeps tweeting photos of the new Schembechler Hall Towsley Museum. The unveiling of the statue is later tonight.
EDIT: Bo statue unveiled. Outside the building.
It should say, a football for every win. No way those are footballs "from every win"
May be even one ball from each game.
I mean, the "game balls" for wins from the 1800's look like modern Wilson footballs. Look at the ones at the bottom, they have white stitches on them and look brand new
They haven't been used in over 100 years.. Of course they look new
There's no way the footballs at the bottom are 100+ years old.
Also, pretty pretentious of us to put our total number of wins +1 on every game ball prior to the contest. Besides, that's like..... way worse karma than creating a thread before a game is over.
I realize perhaps you're not serious, but if you really do think the balls at the bottom are genuine issue from those years, take a look at the ball Willie Heston has on his knee in 1904 and then tell us it's the same shape as those in the new display:
...the coolest thing in the history of ever.
I hope they start on a second tower of footballs sooner than later.
Damn very impressive any photos of the statue yet?
in the building. Now, all we need is a 10-win season to make 2014 great.
Ten wins is not "great." 14 wins would be great. 12 might even be great if the last one was in a major bowl. 11 would be very good. But ten would not be "great."
Well, I agree with you. 10 wins wouldn't be remembered as a "great" year for MIchigan football. But considering our last two years and our expectations, 10 wins would be pretty darn great in my mind. If we only have three losses including our bowl game this coming year, that will be a big improvement and will be proof we're headed in the right direction. I'd be very happy with that.
I'm afraid 7 or 8 may be our tally this season.
Looks like somebody forgot the "fergodsakes" in photo two.
Because football number 25 from that Vine is newish and does not look like a rugby ball? No way that after every single Michigan win, someone saved a football. I'd bet you a dollar, right now.
Getting a little ahead of ourselves aren't we?
Lalalalala can't hear you.
and everyone was wondering why DB needs so much money!!!
haha... this is why...
send him your buffalo dollars, coins, ropes of gold, silver chains, whatever! He'll melt and smelt them and turn them into walls of glory!
We need all those footballs to knock down all those ducks that Oregon recruits with.
Just so everyone is aware, and particularly for those who planned to make a day of it in Ann Arbor tomorrow, I believe the announcement also mentioned that the museum will be open from 9 AM until noon tomorrow. I am pretty sure they mentioned that long lines were anticipated, so if you plan to stop there, you'll probably want to make it your first stop tomorrow.
That is awesome.
I dont know if this is a good thing or a bad thing but when I looked at the Michigan Legends picture I didnt remember Desmond Howard, Ron Kramer etc. I thought of Jeremey Gallon, Devin Funchess, Jake Ryan, Desmond Morgan, Devin Gardner, and Jordan Kovacs.
If we're quick to no-longer think of the actual legends, what chance does a new player wearing that jersey have to be remembered?
Probably because they're all adidas jerseys.... Of course! Pretty sure Tom Harmon's jersey wasn't adidas.
"There's 2 O's in Goose, boys!"
About damn time. Why not do it right before the season though?
So his announcement was actually for something pretty awesome.
You have got to love how Michigan handles this stuff. The tradition. The facilities. It's no wonder, even during the down times, that student athletes fall in love with the University of Michigan.
PS- I miss Bo. I used to complain about the same "run it up the middle" play that he loved so much. But, in hindsight, he was so much more to our University. I think they are on the right track with this "branding" finally. The Bo Brand.
Great friend of mine happens to be one of the architects on the new building. He sent me some photos from the opening today. They sort of provide better perspective than the closeup shots from the twitter feed.
My God the bottom looks like something from the future. 2034 to be exact.
Please tell your friend I think he did one kick-ass job! That looks absolutely fantastic.
Does this mean that Woodson does not get a legends jersey? If so, they are going to have to redo that whole wall. Wonder what Charles is thinking?
Really great photos!
Thanks for sharing them!
So what happens when we have so many wins this year, that vault all of the sudden becomes full?
Hopefully that's just the angle...
are they ever going to retire Woodson's jersey? and if not....WTF?!
Michigan doesn't retire numbers anymore.
He won't get a Legends designation until he finishes his degree. That's what I always hear.
That's also what's keeping Trey from getting his banner.
Trey isn't even a year removed from a program. There is nothing specifically keeping him from a banner nor guaranteeing him a banner other than time at this point.
If this is policy it is bs, we name half the buildings on campus after a billionaire convicted of felony insider trading and still put restrictions on earnest athletes who happen to get great jobs before finishing their degrees?
I agree with you larger point. However, if you're referring to Ivan Boesky, I'm unaware of any buildings named after him on campus, nor did he graduate from Michigan (briefly attended).
...has his name on a few things and he did jail time in "club fed". Not insider trading but alleged price fixing between his Sotheby's and rival auction house Christie's.
he should be yelling at a ref and standing on flat astroturf, not what looks like a packed mound of dirt. The pose he's in is oddly non-committal. At least it looks like him in the face.
That pose is iconic - Bo taking the first stride toward the nearest ref. The headset has been ripped from his head; Jon Falk's admonition to stop throwing the headsets makes him keep it in his hand.
Am I the only one that isn't blown away by the pose that was chosen for the Bo statue?
How about the iconic arms crossed? The second angle in the OP is definitely better than the first, but it still just seems a little awkward to me.
That is Bo's "COME AT ME BRO!" stance. He's smiling because no one in there right mind would ever, "COME AT HIM." Look that's the best I've got. I am dissapointed in it as well.
Wasn't the purpose of the legends jersey because they were against statues?
I guess this proves the legends jerseys are here to stay. Not sure I'd put Jordan Kovacs and Courtney Avery in the same universe as the Wistert brothers though.
I like the renovations and idea of making the place more modern. I think the footballs from every win is tacky though.
Congrats on finding SOMETHING to complain about.
but the first thing I thought of was a wall in every fraternity house on every campus full of beer cans.
Also, would be kinda cool if they had pictures of the current players winning the legends numbers under the pictures of the actual legend players
Am I the only one worried that our spartan and buckeye "friends" will try to paint Bo? If I had to see that, I think I would be sick.
They should bring back Biff the Wolverine and have him guard it.
To Bos leg. Let them try.
My company installed the footballs and they are new balls filled with expanding foam to keep them from deflating over time. Hopefully the athletic dept has to buy at least 10 balls a year for a while....
Seeing Tom Harmon's Heismann trophy up close gave me chills, very very cool to see one that close. Don't think I'm a high roller because I'm not, however I did take the official Big House tour and highly recommend it.
I think there's too much focus on the number of wins. I think it was exceptional to beat MSU and having no idea on the actual "count", the special scoreboard presentation was something I'll never forget. However, since that time, it seems like everyone knows what the count is. I'd personally rather let it go back to dormancy, they can make a special presentation for #1000 which I hope to also see in person.
To take nothing away from Schembechler, Fielding Yost also deserves a statue. In my thinking, he spearheaded the building of the stadium, he had the vision about the attendance, and that it would continue to grow, whatever plays he was innovating at the time he coached was shockingly effective on the field.
Did they leave room for #2?
...but a rather sad day for the University. In nearly 200 years of existence, the University never saw fit to honor an individual with a stature on campus despite an impressive list of alumni. So, of course, the athletic department has to put a statue to a football coach. And given that the honored coach was noted for preaching "the team, the team, the team" the irony is disgusting.
Someday when the inevitable Dave Brandon statue graces the athletic campus, it's my sincere hope that it is favored by pigeons and that Brandon's bronzed dome will be covered in pigeon shit in perpetuity.
So anyone who valued teamwork shouldn't have a statue. Because that is somehow disgusting. Okay.
The irony in your mention of the activity of pigeons in relation to statues is that it takes a pigeon brain to think that a statue of a coach somehow runs counter to the idea of team. So let's see, what does a coach coach? Yes, a team. The statue exemplifies the notion of an individual who is a team leader, not an individual apart from a team. Without a team, there is no coach. If you cannot see the nuance there, then I guess its that's the breaks when you are limited by a pigeon brain.
They'd better make room for Woodson. No way in hell he's not getting a Legends patch sometime soon.
Charles Woodson is a handsome dude. Where's all the endorsements? He should be all over the tube.
A team worthy of playing in the shadow of the name and statue.
Right now we are no closer than at the end of RichRodc Era. Perhaps farther away.
I love Brady Hoke but IMO Nuss is a coach is coach in waiting.
I also say bring on Morris. DG was both great and awful last year.
B1G Championship by 2015 is a must
Envy of this tradition drives people to burn couches.
Video of the renovated Schembechler Hall: http://www.mgoblue.com/allaccess/?media=443660
Includes interviews with several former players, including Woodson.
Bo's statue looks like MacArthur wading onshore to take back the Philippines.
From the Big House to Crisler to Schembechler Hall, Michigan continues to impress with its improvements to existing structures.* Its difficult to imagine how each structure could have been better improved.
*Yes, I am strategically excluding the new structure that is the electronic billboard outside the Big House.
I got to be honest, I was expecting the statue to be horrible. Most modern statues are, and statues of sport figures are the worst of the worst. For example, take a look at the Joe Pa statue (or ex-statue I should say.) There is WAY too much going on in that one (arm in the air, he is running at you, or away from something.) Then there is the Nick Saban one, which...wow. Kinda looks like he is clapping at a golf match. But, most importantly, Bo is not smiling. Smiling statues creep the crap out of me.