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Countdown to Kickoff - Day 19: ZOMG MAIZE JERSEYS
Still no Tate!!!! AARGHDSLFKJSDVLKJ! RABBLE! SPECULATION!
- Gardner looks good, making some pretty good throws in there.
- That's why we don't have Maize jerseys.
- The team looks a lot more excited this year. So much energy, especially in 94 degree heat.
I hear he is now wearing a winged, but goldenrod and teal, instead of maize and blue, helmet to indicate he's almost, but not quite, in playing shape.
But seriously, yeah, please god never ever wear Maize jerseys outside of practice. Ever.
Uh oh, now you've done it. I can feel the speculation overload storm in my bones... it's coming...
Good sleuthing, though. Nice to know he's still there.
All I have to say is that if Tate comes out against UCONN as the starter looking like a stud and it turns out RR planted him in these shots intentionally, he deserves at least a 3 year extension. Every shot we've seen from Tate so far just looks like he's so demoralized that it's almost hard to believe. Maybe I'm just a tin foil hat guy, but it would be pretty sweet if all of this was choreographed.
It's probably just a cardboard cutout. Tate has been working out in a secret underground lab all summer.
Nice catch. Not sure what to think after seeing that...
Tate has a regular winged helmet this isn't a good shot to look at. Go back and watch some of the previous video's and you will see very clearly that he has them.
He *had* a regular winged helmet. We have no official reason why his helmet does not currently have wings, but it's been confirmed that it doesn't by both BTN and, by responding to BTN's question about it, someone associated with the team. BTN was told not to read into it, but they never told that to us!
On the day 22 video in about the first 20 seconds you see Tate taking snaps and his helmet clearly has wings. Now if from day 22 to day 19 he lost them then i guess he doesn't have them. But I remember everyone reporting this before day 22 so one would assume that he either got them back or always had them.
Video editing and you:
The day 22 video was likely comprised of footage from actual day 23 and/or 24. Just as this day 19 video is comprised of footage from day 20.
The BTN pictures surfaced on day 22, at day 22's practice. Good chance something happened on day 23 that resulted in Tate losing his wings for day 22 and beyond.
...And if you study it even further, like frame by frame, you can clearly see that Tate is throwing, "back and to the left", "back and to the left", "back and to the left." And Keith Hernadez is there.
But where is the second spitter? Where is Roger McDowell?? Sadly, we may never know the real truth.
Red, if consistent with spring/prior seasons, means no contact. perhaps still "banged up" as reported when BTN was there. the maize i assume is the limited contact/don't put our QB's tits up in practice.
would diefy RR if this was all gamesmanship. see Tate & Denard run out for the first snap with only 100 of the 114,000 people in the stadium who have any idea what is about to happen.
Oooh, good eyes. Just a few frames later (right around 0:32) you can clearly see the blue helmet.
but if he is injured (red jersey) how will he "earn" his wings back? Does it mean it is off the field issues?
Great to hear the defense is stepping up!
I almost had a heart attack when Devin Gardner looked like he tweaked his knee. Bad stuff.
Me, too. Think we can get rid of the cemenet directly behind the endzone? Or maybe put down some extra carpet or something?
I don't need that kind of stress right now.
Who in MGoBlog is a carpet installer?? Or something that could help. I would offer to pay in a second. That's one of those little things that goes unnoticed when it's going good, but is a huge problem when something goes wrong :/
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Yeah if those are maize jerseys, holy hell they look like Ferris State gold. Really strange not seeing Tate much -- very interesting. Also -- does Beckman announce every practice? I always have noticed announcing but never thought it was Beckman until this video.
No, its usually one of the administrative assistants, Dusty Rutledge: http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/administrative-staff-foo...
Whats up with Tate? No ware to be found!
Probably just couldn't stand whering those awful jerseys.
Even after a full day of practice in 94 degree heat Gerg's hair looks amazing
once singlehandedly beat Jesse Owens in a bar bet race.
And Jesse Owens was in a Camaro for the race!
GERG's mane has grown 3 inches in the last week. The Silver Fox.
I once saw Greg Robinson drinking a pina colada outside Trader Vic’s. His hair was perfect!
aaaaaoooooooo Silver Fox of Ann Arbor! aaaaaoooooooo
The Maize jerseys are essentially red jerseys? No contact?
Also, so many people looked good. Denard did put one into the dirt that looked a little ugly, but at least it was at the receiver and not at the DB.
Ah, fall. That magical time of year when a young man's fancy turns to football.
he was just throwing it low so his reciever didn't get decapitated.
I wonder how much of the "lack of Tate" that we've seen is maybe a bit of gamesmanship on RR's part for the opener with UConn. Tate is obviously at practice and he is certainly getting snaps. Regardless of how Denard may have improved over the summer, at this point Tate is the only QB that has proven he can win in games actually played. That is not to say that on September 4th that Denard doesn't notch his first starting victory, but for now, it is still Tate.
RR has been doing a much better job of not letting people see what is really going on. We have a lot of anecdotal stories from players, etc, but without people in there actually watching the reps, no one really knows for sure. I like the media being blocked. It just increases the hype for 20 days from now.
I wouldn't be surprised if RR was purposely avoiding footage of Tate. I'm sure it's also not a coincidence that all we see are very zoomed in footage of people moving very quickly. Tough to follow what's actually going on, which sucks for speculation, but is pretty good for keeping pertinent information from prying eyes.
...we haven't seen a lot of Jack Kennedy either.
Was it ever confirmed what exactly "banged up" meant when he was sitting some things out last Friday?
I too think it is possible that RR is very aware of what makes these highlight clips. We know Tate is a good passer and with a solid o-line and a year stronger, likely has improved his downfield passing...and correct me if I am wrong, but uconn's secondary is pretty awful, yes? If healthy, I would think he is getting the requisite look from the coaches and snaps to have a chance to win the first snap on opening day.
This concept of operation deception is plausible. Seed planted by Troy at Big Ten Media days. Blue helemets. Only a few pics and video shots - some showing him "gassed".
Meanwhile nothing new on the wall of shame ... (There is a nice "not fumble the ball" motivational picture .)
Ok you guys talked me off the ledge about Tate. Thanks
has taught all of you RAWK DA MAYYZZE freaks a good and painful lesson. Those jerseys are hideous practice field tools, and nothing more. NEVER in the stadium. Never in the stadium.
Of course the jerseys looked terrible. That practice took place during the during the day, and Maize jerseys are designed for night games.
I would think you of all people would know the value of coordinating your apparel to the time of day.
We should break out those exact jerseys for the Notre Dame game next year. (kidding of course)
I still think if they added the practice jersey Adidas stripes on the side, they could seel a bunch to those fans who have to decide between thier jersey and something maize on game day.
We'll always wear BLUE at home, but I like the maize and would like to see it for our road jerseys. The white is pretty bland, IMO.
Tate is a little banged up to start camp? There were some grumblings about him not being 100% a couple weeks ago... If both Tate and Denard aren't fully ready for the opener, it will mean DG doesn't get to redshirt. I was hoping that he would be able to learn and study this whole year to get a better grasp of the offense.
Even if Tate were hurt and couldn't go, it doesn't burn your redshirt to stand on the sidelines READY to play. As long as Robinson didn't get hurt, you wouldn't have to play Gardner at all. If there was garbage time with a big win or, heaven forbid, a big loss, you could put Kennedy in to hand it off and soak up the clock to protect Robinson.
Love the enthusiasm in the "last play of the game" Gardner looked like V Young running it in against USC. Everyone looks really amped up, you'd swear we were coming off a undefeated season!!! The pieces of the puzzle are here now it's time to put them together and win.
Actually, I'd expect them to be more charged up if they have something to prove. I like that the defense was so charged after that one play.
Can someone make a gif of #59 after that last stop? That was phenomenal.
Really like how energetic and excited the team looks for practice. Can only mean good things come game day.
I don't know anything about the Tate situation so I am not going to speculate on that besides my gut feeling has been since April that Denard would be getting the majority of the snaps this season.
Devin Gardner looks like he is getting better everyday and it excited me very much. Even though I almost had a heart attack when he slipped on that cement.
Just a quick question. I know this is pure speculation at this point and it is too early to tell. However when they said "the defense got the better of the offense in this drill" I initially got excited thinking about an improved defense but then wondered. Are we still going to struggle inside the red zone this year? Something that plauged us last year.
Are we still going to struggle inside the red zone this year? Something that plauged us last year.
We can't have Hopkins pound it in every time in practice. That just wouldn't be fair.
i'm thinking if the maize jersey was the same maize as the pants it wouldn't be all that bad... no? okay maybe not.
LOL those jerseys are a completely different shade of Maize than everything else.
I can't get to streaming video. Could someone screenshot the maize jerseys and post a pic so I can see?
will DG's redshirt last?
The more I see him play, the more I think RR is going to have a hard time keeping him off the field the first competitive game in which Tate and Denard are both struggling.
Tate and Denard, only YOU can save Devin's redshirt.
The maize jerz look pretty bad here, but two caveats:
~ that's gold, not maize
~ hypothetical real maize jerseys should not be worn with maize pants. I think (real) maize jerseys with blue pants would absolutely rock, say, the ND night game. (maize jerseys on the road would be a waste, but would go best with white pants)
For all speculators, note that Tate is wearing a red jersey. IIRC this means injured/no contact. The other QBs are wearing the hideous maize, which I'm guessing is replacing the green jerseys, indicating limited contact.
Accordingly, I wouldn't worry too much about Tate's lack of PT in these clips being a result of some sort of punishment...instead focus your worrying on the severity of whatever his injury might be.
you can see a receiver wearing a green jersey at one point. Not sure what it means, because he got drilled pretty good when he was brought down.
Shiiiiit ... I know it's just practice, but DG looked pretty smooth there. A hell of a lot smoother than he looked in the Spring Game.
I was hoping for a video that was at least an hour long.
I didn't think it made sense that the QB's wore black jerseys the past couple videos before this one. It only looked slightly different from the blue jerseys worn by the defense. At least the gold/maize for practice is a different color to make them stand out. The black practice unis that the QB's were wearing didn't have the adidas 3 stripes down the side similarly to the gold (they're not adidas / generic).
"Countdown to Kickoff recaps a steamy Sunday at Schembechler Hall!"
Man, that intro had me expecting a much different video. . .
when one of the next lines talks about "competitive juices boiling over."
Who is doing the "air humping" at the 1:07 mark?
RS SO Linebacker from Birmingham, MI.
a dumb comment right there...
are reaaaaaally stretching to find a bright side in the lack of Tate in these videos. The "RR is holding Tate out of practice and acting like he is disciplining him to confuse our opponents!" theory is laughable, IMHO. There really are only a few possible interpretations here:
1. Tate is in the doghouse and is undergoing some tough love. The lack of wings indicate this may be true--if it was an equipment issue it surely would have been taken care of by now. Let's not forget the past comments regarding Tate's work ethic/issues by RR and Troy (which RR did not disclaim).
2. Tate is injured and able to participate. This is a definite possibility and the Maize = limited contact and red = no contact makes sense. Also, he had the shoulder injury last year and it probably wouldn't take much to re-injure it.
3. Some of both.
I can't find a positive here.
We're going to need some insight from formerwolv here.
If I had a definite answer on tate, I'd tell you, but as of right now, I don't. But do realize guys what this video is showing is probably all what the video people had. I highly doubt they were there taping practice for more than 10 or so plays.
Those maize jerseys are ugly. Let's hope that if Michigan ever uses maize jerseys, they're a different shade/texture of maize than the ones Denard/Gardner are wearing.
Let's hope that Michigan never uses maize jerseys.
Tate is still great. yo.