Fun fact of the night [and general Special Teams discussion]...
My buddy Matt who was at the NU/NU game texted me for an update after Gibbons kicked the game winner. My text back? Naturally:
In a thread that will probably have many references to brunette girls...this probably isn't the best idea...
She's definitely blonde.
I think that's even more creepy coming after the "Brunette Girls" post above yours...
Jebus, man. WTF.
It just means we'll never have to worry about ARGHHH GIBBONS YOU PUT IT THROUGH THE UPRIGHTS going back under the key matchup on game previews.
..... Be step 3 and profit be step 4?
Fun fact number two:
In the past 5 games, Michigan has given up 49 points. This is 16 LESS points than they gave up in a win against Illinois, also in 2010. They have had 3 more wins AND a loss while yielding less points than in that single win. They have also scored 170 points in that 5 game span.
(a) It's a very good development ... a good kicker is worth a lot
(b) It's a byproduct of Hoke's style of coaching ... express belief in the players and get them to work hard to be better ... kickers included.
(c) It's indicative of Hoke's attention to all the facets of the game
(d) Oh, and "brunettes"
is that it's the same kicker who only made 1/5 FG in 2010.
Maybe he didn't always think of brunettes then, maybe he just wanted gerg's beaver for himself (wow that sounds really bad).
It's the "5" there that matters. He missed a 43 yarder in his first ever attempt at Michigan Stadium as a redshirt freshman. Then made a 24 yard attempt later in that game (UConn). The next game he went 0 for 2 against Notre Dame at South Bend, attempts of 39 and 40 yards in the second half. Yanked for Broekhuizen for the final PAT in that game. Note that Michigan won both of those games.
The bottom line is we'll never know what Gibbons might have done had he been given a chance to pull it together after the Notre Dame game. Valuable experience absolutely wasted as Michigan turned to a true freshman walk-on for the rest of the regular season, with predictable results.
Gibbons didn't get another field goal attempt until the bowl game against Mississippi State, a 35 yard try on 4th and 5 in the 3rd quarter down 31-14.
are saying coaching makes a difference?
For most of the last decade, I've been in this general knee-jerk mindset that if we line up for a kick, i need to cover my eyes and fear the worst. I'm unlearning this. And it is a wonderful, beautiful thing.
That's going to make a missed field goal so much more painful.
I started watching M football in the 70s, enduring a number of game-losing last second misses.
*Two misses that had the distance in '73 vs tOSU (tie).
*A miss @ tOSU in '74 (12-10 loss)
*A miss @ Purdue in '76 (16-14 loss)
*A blocked FG vs ND in '79 (12-10 loss)
It's about time we came up on the good side of a 12-10 game.
One by one, Hoke is erasing the painful reminders of '08-'10.
I would add 2007 in there as well.
I remember that season, we went 9-0, crushed ND and beat Sparty for 4 straight. Always thought it was weird they let us play Florida in the bowl game when we only played 8 games in the regular season.
I'm all for brunettes and whatnot, but Gibbons said he was thinking about the seniors, not brunettes, for this kick. That seems like a fun fact to me.
First brunette senior to come to mind? BWC. Helll yeah. Images of BWC doing the double-biceps flex after putting on his Michigan cap when he committed. Now that's a solid thought to get you through any stressful situation.
For all the praise Ryan, Taylor, Kovacs, Washington, Floyd, Demens and Morgan are getting, let's not forget that before the season started our biggest concern was how BWC would do replacing MM. He hasn't shined, but the defense appears to be even better.
Random digression shout out to BWC!!! KEEP EATIN BIG DOG!!!!
Again, look, I'm just saying
I appreciate all the sacrifices you have made for the good of the Michigan fanbase.
Thank you. It has been extraordinarily difficult. I appreciate the acknowledgement.
Given that Kate Upton, our usual good-luck charm, is a blonde, does this mean that you're actually luckier given your status as resident brunette Kate?
Ummm yes I feel this is a given here is why
1. Natural brunette which she is also probably but notice I am owning it (went blonde while at Umich, realized this was a bad decision went back brunette while also at Umich)
2. Pretty sure our jugs are the same size but most importantly
3. actually went to/graduated from Umich
So I feel the math is thus
+100 supermodel - 50 never went to umich - 25 never went to college (probs, idk for sure on account of drunk don't care enough to Wikipedia) + 15 jugs - 15 jugs probs the same size as MgoblogKate -10 heart probably doesn't actually hurt when Michigan loses = 15.
And I feel I can beat a 15 with my overall charm. HOWEVER I KNOW SUPERMODEL BLAH BLAH but am brunette and we are winning so I think the defense rests y'all
You forgot +100 for JV, but you gotta give yourself a few + points for using The League's system.
Honestly I am not sure that you understand how many +++ points I get for drunk math
seriously. like at least 4 thousand is my opening bid
Sorry, RDT, but ever since the RDT episode I can't shake the feeling that every single "token" on this site is RDT.
honestly, I don't know what RDT means and I am too drunk to try to figure it out. I am just insanely happy to finally have an online place where I can be drunk and blindly happy and say GO BLUE and y'all will get it. downvote all you want from there.
My thoughts exactly.
he was in Bolivia?
but even Bolivians re-emerge with an alter ego...or new, future Bolivians appear.
Who knows..just me being suspicious. When something seems too good to be true, it usually is.
BTW--went to a softball game Friday--my kids got to be "bat girls" at Jim Harbaugh's old school (Univ. of San Diego). Felt good to see some softball!
I ask this honestly cuz I sense the flamebait downvoting
do we care at this point? I think they are kind of obviously incomparable.
Undefeated at home under Hoke. Lezgo!
Am I the only one who found it amusing that number 26 (Michigan State player) started celebrating after Gibbons' final kick?
I didn't notice that live, but just went to look it up after reading this. Very funny.
Is there a video of this anywhere?
Its in every highlight video of the game. when gibbons kicks, don't follow the ball.. keep your eyes on the players, and you'll see what I'm talking about
I think Gibbons coached the kickers. So, minus all of the pints again.
pints or points? either way give all the leftovers to me. GO BLUE!
Arizona just beat Washington by 5 touchdowns. They've equaled their win total from all of last season. In 2011 their only wins against BCS level competition came against UCLA and Arizona State, two teams that finished with losing records and fired their coaches at season's end. They lost 48-29 to a Colorado team that finished 3-10. This year their only losses have come against undefeated Oregon, undefeated Oregon State (by 3 points), and at Stanford (in overtime).
Their head coach has already eclipsed his win total from his first season at Michigan (but yeah, it is always about the coach, especially when a freshman placekicker struggles). The guys from his first full recruiting class (the ones who were true sophomores when he got fired and everyone said were too small and sucky to even compete in the Big Ten) have now won 80% of their games as upperclassmen. A few not-terrible performances on offense could easily have put their record at 19-1 over the last year and a half.
Hooray for hiring two good coaches in a row!
You'll get hated on by most for this but I think Rich is a great coach and found a great fit. And here's to Hoke. Someone who truly does "get" Michigan.
The Hoke-Rodriguez Rose Bowl in 2014 will be a fun one.
can only coach with one defensive co-ordinator.
Forgot to mention that his hand picked QB, that no one else wanted as a QB, is about to break the record set by another guy he hand picked as QB. His proteges will end up 1&2 on the all time rushing list ...
Me think... We, as Michigan fans, should sincerely thank all the brunette girls out there.
are welcome. I say sincerely:
it was our pleasure
Okay, RDT . . . I think you're blowing your cover.
I was thinking it; wasnt gonna say it...
Has to be first win over Staee since '07. Either that, or win #900. No two seasons removed stats pleased. Why try to ruin the day????
You know the axiom "you need the bad to appreciate the good"? Just pointing that out.
I'm not sure many of us were all:
"MAN we just beat MSU!!! What's this post? Oh noes, we did WHAT in 2008? Well now I can't appreciate the win tonight. This sucks!"
On the two month anniversary of her joining, blue_kate, for reasons that should be obvious, is now among my all-time favorite MGoUsers. Assuming of course that she is not in fact RDT. Please don't be.
I'm afraid I give her 4 fakes out of 5. The Lady doth protest too much.
Othe facts for community digestion:
- Michigan now has the 4th best pass defense in the nation after yesterday's performance, averaging 143 yards given up in the air.
- Michigan remains steady at the 10th best nationall in total defense, yielding an average of only 286 yards per game on average.
- We have the 16th best scoring defense nationally, yielding only 16 points per game average.
The only one of those which represents a decrease compared to last year to date is scording defense. Last year, we ended up 7th in the nation, but we gave up one more point per game on average than we have to date this year. There are still five games in the regular season yet. In any case, tremendous play, particularly lately.
As for the FGs, as others have mentioned, this is what a mere change in coaching style and staff can do:
FG% 2010: 28.6%
FG% 2011: 76.4%
FG% 2012 (to date): 85.6%
Incredible improvement really.
We get our 900th win and Denard is sitting at 900 rushing yards on the year.
honestly. how many people on here post their *actual* picture? and she happens to be beautiful!!
...and I happen to be beautiful as well. Just a bit plump. Hahaha... amazing what Google Imaging yourself will produce... this was 5 years, 2 kids, and 1 wife ago. Now you can't say that I didn't post a picture of myself. I still refuse to put an avatar up though. It's kind of my thing.
the combined record of the 5 opponents Michigan has beaten:
Only Air Force has a winning record
That's probably true of a lot of teams. We are responsible for five of those 24 losse, of course.
The two teams we've lost to are what, 15-0?