I'm just sayin
Mike Lantry, 1972
Sipping a cold Stone IPA...and a shot of Sparty tears. Delish...
Can't believe it was almost 10 years ago.
Hopefully this one ends better than the garbage I saw earlier today from 2001...
I forgot that Mike Hart had 1,000 yards by the 9th game that year...we can haz that this year?
Everyone was shocked that year when it was announced the game was going to be a 4:30 kickoff. I remember thinking this will be the closest thing we'll ever have to a night game at home.
Went to the game. The only good score in my end zone was the Hart touchdown in the first half. Every other critical play was in the opposite end zone.
It was very windy that day walking to the stadium. It made me very nervous for the kicking game. And even as we made our comeback, the stadium was dead silent on every single PAT. I'll never forget leaving that game. It took a long time before I fully processed what had just happened.
Our regular home uniforms look SWEET under the night sky.
You hear that, Dave Brandon? Our REGULAR uniforms. Something to keep in mind for this year's Notre Dame game.
I remember the wind that day, I had a football game starting earlier in the day and it was just huge gust after huge gust. Probably the overall windiest day I've been around for. Also, as a bit of trivia that I got from the Harrison High School folks who were in the press box watching the game where I was after my game was over, Lamar Woodley knocked Stanton out of the game in both the high school state championship Woodley's team won against Stanton's and in this game.
SHORTS WERE A BAD IDEA.
All those kids in Halloween costumes, freezing their asses off when they were already pissed that the 4:30 start was eating into the evening's planned festivities without OT... Feel like I heard from half my friends that next week that they bailed when things were bad because they were shivering so hard.
As for me, I think I did permanent damage to my vocal cords that day. This one, and that frigid night game at PSU in '06. After both games, I literally couldn't talk for a few days.
I started to get dizzy from the screaming. I remember a moment at the end of the first overtime when they went to a TV break, and the entire student section just slumped down onto the benches. We'd been bouncing and yelling for probably 45 minutes straight. Good times.
I wore a t-shirt and was so cold, but it was worth it in retrospect. My friends and I went to Ashley's after the game, and while they were waiting for a table I ran down to Steve and Barry's and bought a blue Michigan hoodie. I still think of that game every time I put it on.
.....As Henne loads up for Edwards, a jump ball and it is..........taken away by Edwards! Spectacular touchdown!
/#1 putting in work
In retrospect Michigan State probably wishes they could have found a guy who didn't have a titanium rod for a tibia in one of his legs to cover Braylon.
And a corner that wasn't 5' 9'' or somewhere close to that.
...that I had recorded on the DVR from the other day. Now this game. Both games were a classic, but both games are the reason why many of us love Carr, but he drove us bat-shit crazy. In '04, why did we have to get into desparation mode before we decided to use our weapons. In his last game, where was that offense all season? We had so much NFL talent on that team and waited until we played Florida in the Captial One Bowl before we unleashed it all. ARGH! To this day, I love Carr...but I just wonder "what if we would've used all of the NFL level talent that we had how we should've?"
When evaluating the talent level of the '07 team, I think people fixated too much on high-profile 4-year starters (who, it should be noted, missed time with injury that year) and future NFLers (Henne, Hart, Long) and paid too little attention to weak spots (an O-line otherwise devoid of mature NFL talent and several holes on defense).
Still, if you look at the early '00s, UMich routinely had Top 5 NFL talent. No question ...
Lest we forget, Hart was banged up for a good portion of that season, and Henne was essentially standing on one leg after the Oregon game and throwing with a bum shoulder for about half the year, too. The bowl game was really the first time that offense was at full-strength since early September.
Sure, it's no excuse for the serious attitude and effort problems rampant on that squad (and there were MANY), but it explains the rather anemic offensive effort. I seem to remember that was a pretty consistent part of the latter Carr teams. Dinky, crippling injuries to key skill players in September and October, healthy and rested squad for the bowl game, and the playbook magically opened up.
I also think it highlighted some depth issues on those latter squads. They had playmakers but the guys after them were rarely suitable replacements.
said the same countless times but style/attack aside, 07 was injury ridden so he gets a slight pass for that year alone and only half the year.
I think Carr just truly wanted to believe that "old school" football would never have a defense. Yet, the spread and slipping in recruiting a bit, etc just kind of snuck up on him. I think he truly thought CFB was still a game of "let the toughest team win" and especially if you have talent/execution. No other explanation for telegraphing to everyone from Purdue to THE HORROR to usc in their prime and then go all out in his last game, in my eyes.
Henne practically begged for more shotgun his entire career to no effect despite he saying he is more comfortable in it. Last game? Almost all shotgun or ability to audible to it be run or pass.
That is why it kind of bugs me when people cannot see how different our offense was in his last game as any fan (even the announcers) could see it. that is what our offense should have always been with that kind of talent and especially in 2006.
* Braylon was one of the all-time greats (at any level) with jump balls.
* Does the blog really need a post every time Braylonfest is shown on TV? At this point I'd rather see something else entertaining (e.g., UMich vs. UVa in the 1989 basketball tourney).
It is somewhat frustrating that BTN seems to limit the winningest football program and a tradition rich bball program to seemingly the same 5-6 fball games. I've seen Braylonfest, 2008 Cap One Bowl, 93 Rose Bowl more than I can count. They don't get old but is like to see a lot o other games. Hope they air some classic hockey games as well.
It's better than that years-long stretch when ESPN Classic seemed only to ever show games where we lost...
Years and years ago, I wrote down every single Michigan game I could remember seeing broadcast on ESPN Classic during their decade of showing college football games. it equalled out to about a .375 winning % for us.
Even more bizarre was how Michigan heavy that station was. Over 50 different Michigan football games broadcast. The next closest football team was Notre Dame with just under 20. I always found that pretty strange.
Yeah, it's better than nothing. But ESPN also has the excuse of having to cater to a national audience. BTN has hours upon hours of offseason airtime to fill with Michigan games and they mostly recycle the same ones.
Don't forget vs MSU 2007. Oh, btw, its on right now.
2005 vs Penn St
I agree on both counts. It feels like I see the same couple of games from every program, and they tend to skew recent. Would love some basketball and early 90's games during the summer.
This has me grinning ear to ear.
Some things we can expect to see soon.
A traditional passing attack
A traditional rushing attack
Traditional route running from wide receivers
Traditional mauling offensive lineman
A nasty pass rush
And last but not least...
I missed a relative's wedding and most of a reception as I was at this game, but there were 36, 21 and 24-yard receptions from a certain WR that were worth the grief that I took from my family as a result. In addition to that, the 224 yards from Hart and a TD from Avant helped out as well. To this day, my cousin still gets a little irritated about this and the only thing I can say is, "But...there was Braylon Edwards...."
Fun fact about that Avant catch related to me by a friend who was standing about five feet away. Watch the aftermath. He sits in the ground for a second before celebrating. That's because he was yanking a dislocated finger back into place. Himself.
And here we go!
One thing I have never understood about the BTN replay of this game is why they show the first half in its entirety and then barely show any of the second half, which was much more exciting. That does not make sense.
I think I speak for everyone when I ask.....what in the HELL is that noise during that entire game broadcast?!
Sounds like an aiprlane getting ready to take off.
I left this game early and missed the "Braylonfest" that occurred. I missed it again as I'm just seeing this post. Maybe it's better that way...
Not that I really care considering how incredible watching that in person was, but the draft pick disparity in that game was almost totally overcome by Stanton and Herrmann. And yet the latter was still better than Ron English.
We went like 10 years without really legitimate competent defensive coaching. And we still haven't changed the scheme. Herrmann was as much a 4-3 under guy as Mattison is. I.e. technique/fundamentals really do matter that much.