Michigan hit as many field goals in their win against the Spartans as [Michigan] did the entire year of 2010.
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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.
Neither fun nor a fact... wait... oh God, it is a fact. 4/14 in 2010.
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.