This Ohio/Mich game is agood primer for our spring game. Perfect mix of win and areas we need to work on.
Team 133 Spring Game Open Thread
I still don't know how they overturned the Fitz touchdown. Get your cameras on the goal line! Refs apparently can't handle looking at two angles.
It would be a moot point w/out the Omameh hold on the Denard TD.
There is no way that there was INDISPUTABLE video evidence to overturn that call. The ruling on the field should have held, Touchdown, Game over!
They got the call right. That's all that matters.
You don't think he got in?
But there wasn't enought to overturn it.
Yeah, was just thinking that. On that angle they keep showing of him being "short" by freezing it when his knee is down, you can clearly see his knee keep moving towards the ground on the next frame, at which point the ball is over the line.
Oh well, glad it turned out or I would be without a TV right now.
I'm glad I was at this game and didn't have to hear Chris Spielman bash Michigan constantly. Would of had to mute the TV in the 1st quarter
I was at this game. Such a great day at the Big House. Good lord Spielman is just awful. Although after the Avery INT it is pretty awesome how Spielman is silent for the rest of the game.
I guess Shane is signing autographs in the tunnel. What a boss.
Shiner? A man after my own heart. I'll drink to that. Go Blue!
I guess we will soon see who the optimists and pessimists are on the board. Never a better litmus test than the spring game...
To be fair, Jake Ryan did breakout during last year's spring game. In all liklihood he has doing the same in practice, but the game can still show us something.
Good call on the Shiner...I'm going with Goose Island 312, saw it mentioned in one of the drinking threads and then saw it in stores and decided to give it a go...perfect for a sunny 70+ degree afternoon.
Love getting the updates here in MN. Thanks to all of you keeping us posted.
Hows the turnout looking so far? And who's bringing home the Alumni MVP Tower? I have to wait til 1am to watch the replay on BTN...
Wow with all this love for Shiner Bock you people have been away from Michigan and its breweries for way too long.
Mich breweries make some sweet stuff, Oberron is a perennial favorite of mine. However, my favorite beer has to be Shiner.
Hopefully Laquon and the rest don't judge Ann Arbor on a dreary day!
I've been drinking green tea all day!
from scratch, perfect as I sit on my porch on this dreary ann arbor day and listen to the sounds of the stadium echoing through the trees. I love spring in the ace deuce.
Who else is excited about the lacrosse game being televised as well!!!
Should be awesome.
Probably more excited for that than the spring game, actually.
At work on a Saturday morning (West Coast). At least Spring Game radio is on!
if that means anything
though Hagerup just destroyed one. Gallon and Dileo returning
And it's noon. Opening the first Amstel.
on a Saturday Morning and getting ready to watch my beloved Wolverines, Go Blue!!!
This weather is making me think its a fall Saturday. Wow I can't wait. Go Blue!
Ready to watch the Jack Kennedy show.
that would be the Jack Kennedy Experiment.
I liked the Jack Kennedy Project before they went mainstream.
Is it just me or are the numbers on the helmets a different color than the wings? Wonder why.
Numbers are stickers.
NEEDZ MOAR Pantone process!
Yes. There are actually 4 different colors of maize on the unis, which you can see on a cloudy day: Helmet wings, pants, jersey numbers, helmet numbers.
This drives me nuts. We're an elite program that brings in millions, not a backwater Jr. High School team. Dave Brandon, is it too much to ask to get it to just a single matching color?
HelmetHut did the number decals. They made two variations for Michigan to choose from, one a darker shade, the other matched to the wings. We chose the darker shade for whatever reason. Go figure.
But this year it's the opposite...
Crappy weather, low attendance. Not exacttly a recruiting poster.
Good thing our new mode of operation is to have a fully committed class before the spring game anyway.
I don't know if it's any less attendance than past years - the difference is that the edge seats (around the endzone) are wet - people are higer up on the 50 yard line this year it seems. The weather is also not very bad, much better than past years.
Yeah, I know. But just for once I'd like to see one of those 92,000 attendance games on a sunny 72 degree day that wow's some uncommitted 5-star to commit to us out of the blue. Just being greedy.
Let's get this show started
Can't wait to see what Bellomy does
can you bring them in with you?
Definitely not OMG shirtless.
Is anyone else losing audio every few seconds? Or is it just because the weather around me sucks?
I lost audio several minutes ago when I switched from ethernet to wi-fi. Been trying to reconnect ever since. I'm guessing it's heavy traffic over weather since the weather is great by me.
Doesn't need to leave house, just look in mirror.
Offensive line looks good so far. Until that BWC sighting there.
Good edge rush there by Beyer
Brandon just spoke for more than 10 seconds and I didn't want to kill myself. That's progress.
I love the plaid jacket/ maize shirt combo. Almost out of the Canham play book circa 1977.
So It's Offense vs. Defense? That doesn't seem fair XD
EDIT: I mean Blue is all offense and White is all Defense
How does the White team/Defense get to score? I would think that Countess pick should be worth some "D" points.
great step up into the pocket by Bellomy
Has a new more edgy haircut.
Damn Frank Clark has wheels!
Kerridge for Heisman
R Bellomy looks good, but you can see the dropoff in arm strength...he appears to be rather accurate
I want to see the O stretch the field so see how our safeties react
Isn't Ash supposed to be 300+ or something? Either that's a lie, or he holds his weight really well. Doesn't really look it.
I hope Frank Clark Starts.
Nice reaction and tackle by MRob
Let's go Rawls!
Great tackle by MRob. And then, Rawls with a great run.
I'll be disappointed if he doesn't get some meaningful carries this coming season---unless it means that every other backup RB is even better. Great balance, broke some tackles today too---might be that Diamond-in-the-Rough that I love seeing step up for us.
Colors of helmet stickers
And niether matches the helmet wings! Last year's were too dark, and the lighter ones this year are too light.
Hmm...not such a great tackle there by Wilson. Also, good power by Rawls.
RAWLS goes BOOM
Rawls should be starting!!!!
Was that the 1st team D that just got scored on?
Edit: Nevermind! 1st team D with a pick!
Does that mean it's really 7-0 white?
Great play by Countess though. Future #2
Mr. Woodson should give it to him now.
looks like JJackson needed to attack that ball a little more...
Throw could have gone outside a bit more too. But regardless, great coverage; Countess was in place the whole way.
Beautiful INT by Countess.
My early observations.
1. Bellomy should start
2. Robinson will win the Butkus award this year
3. Rawls should start and will win the Doak Walker this year
4. Countess is better than Woodson was.
5. We will go undefeated.
Nothing like the Spring Game to bring out the negative nancies.
I've double-checked, but I can't find any reason to doubt these predictions.
Those are implied of course.
It took you 10 whole plays in the Spring game to figure that out? I made those predictions after the first scrimmage in March. Loser.
But impressive to see bolden with the 1st unit none the less
Nice pick by Countess. Hope he has a huge year.
Wile you put it through the uprights!
What does the defense have to do to score points? The interception and first drive stop doesn't count?
Looks like they scrapped the scoring system and are just tracking actual points.
Seriously. The deck is stacked.
Maybe they have to actually score. Seems like something Hoke and Mattison would do, making the D totally shut the offense down and force some turnovers.
We're making field goals. The voice of the turtle is heard indeed.
Why is the stadium announcer live narrating the game? The people there can see it.
Ummmm blind people.
I have no idea why they do it. It's beyond annoying. We don't need live play-by-play from radio announcers in the freaking stadium. It's bad enough that they talk over everything and are inaccurate, but having Brandstatter out there throwing players under the bus is ridiculous.
This comment is not limited to today, but at what point do we start to worry a little about Gardner being our QB when Denard graduates?
That or Shane starts as a true freshman.
if and when Gardner becomes our QB when Denard graduates.
I know it's the spring game, but I have to agree. Bellomy looks better right now (given he's playing the 2nd team team) but Devin doesn't seem mentally there a lot of the time
To be fair, we have yet to see a throw downfield from RB...it appears he simply doesn't have DGs armstrength
It's ok. Devins head isn't in the game today. He's busy thinking about all the touchdowns he's going to catch against bama week one. Boom!!!
He looks a little shakey. I think it's nerves. He throws a beautiful ball in practice, and looks calm in the pocket, with good escapability when needed. I just think he's a guy that needs a lot of reps in real games.
I'm not too worried. The job won't be handed to him; he'll have to compete with Bellomy and Morris. Also, keep in mind that the offense often struggles in spring games.
Does Mattison look thinner to anyone else?
I also thought he looked thinner.
Gardner having a bit a rough time passing today so far.
Looks like he'd be a good wide receiver.
Random observations: Craig Roh looks good at his new position. He's been in the backfield quite a few times. BWC looks slimmed down and more fit but still seems to have issues with pad level.
Since when has BWC had pad level problems?
Devin is looking horrible.
7-0 white but 10-0 blue on tv? wtf?
Another bang up job of sports coverage by the BTN
Is it 'jared' wilson or ja-rod wilson? I always pronounced it the 2nd way for some reason
Devin has not looked good today, but I think it's far from time to move him away from QB at this point. Denard looked just as crappy in last year's game as well. Bellomy looks good, but you can also see the downgrade in arm strength. Would like to see what both can do stretching the field.
Love watching Lewan talk with his hands.
the yellow shoelaces bother me a little bit... i dont know why but i am distracted by them
Looks pretty good on the 2nd team D. He's gotten better.
Robinson looks like a TE
Are there a lot of blind people in attendance today?
is not good and is a little depressing. I'm not sure what they charge to get into the spring game but here in cbus its 5 dollars and they pack the place. I just can't help but think it would look much better to the recruits, if the big house were full.
The game is free to attend, BUT:
1) T-storms were predicted, so a bunch of people planning on traveling probably canceled.
2) Finals start next week and this is Michigan.
-it stormed here early this morning in SW Michigan, and the radar showed that weather making a Beilein for AA! No need to drive 2 1/2 hours to get wet at a 1-hour scrimmage when I can do it for free right here!
I think recruits are aware that the place is full when actual games are played.
NEED MOAR DENARD
Nice burst by DG
If nothing else, Fitz looks great today.
Was interested in seeing his improvement since the Sugar Bowl...ah well.
His is currently encased in bubble wrap sitting as far away from the field as possible
I think Hoke has said something like the presumed starters won't play as much. I think it was from a press conference a week or two ago
We're saved! Devin for Heisman 2013
Jeremy Gallon will win multiple Biletnikof awards before he leaves AA. Book it!
Nice catch Gallon
Devin runs well, needs to improve timing on his passes
Mattison's Mawlers swarming the ball carrier.
Fitz Toussaint great blend of power and speed..Youngstown in the Big House !
Poole getting a lot of time with the 1s and not looking bad
Gorgeous looking gorgeous as always
Hoke looks sharp today. What a man.
He is one cool customer
Roh looks huge, wish I could eat 5,000 calories a day on purpose
I will say that Gardner does seem to have good pocket presence.
Missed FG! PANIC!!!
Come on Devin. Show me something.
This is not a shot against Gardner as a qb but watching him run makes me want to see him at WR more and more. Would like to see him on the field as much as possible.
NOOOOOOOOOOO...RETURN TO BAD GIBBONS
Get a haircut hippie! This is Michigan Fergodsakes.
Michigan is going to scale back everything and run basic sets. They aren't going to risk hurting Denard. Spring Games are simple dog and pony shows. I wouldn't put any emphasis on performances....save a few surprise improved players. You just want to get through this thing without injury and gaining more scrimmage experience.
No they don't...
their trolls do though.
GIBBONS WHY YOU DON'T PUT IT THROUGH!?!
must've not been thinking about brunnettes there
He was trying, but Kate Upton kept sneaking into his thoughts.
something something something brunette girls...
Everything looks much more crisp than last years Spring Game. Maybe its just me.
Impressed with Denard(all 4 or so plays) Bellomy, Fitz, Gallon, 1st team O-line.
On the defensive side of the ball ive been impressed by Roh, Countess, and Jibreel.
It's just you.
Where is the justice?
as an aside: the notre dame game highlights remind me that I hope we don't break out a bunch of stupid "special" uniforms this year.
Brendan Gibbons looks like he has been transported to 2012 from his true home as the drummer for a 1970's jam band
GIBBONS, Y U NO THINK OF BRUNETTES?
Grudgingly admits it is sometimes necessary to have a kicker on the team.
Gasp! Another alliterative MI/WI hybrid! I've finally found you.
Looking like a running backs coach but better.
When did Hoke put Nick Sheridan in?
Hoke should know not to go for it against Mattison...
Sparty fans are going to flip about that "stubbed toe" comment
What was the comment? I'm at the game right now
The announcer said that we got off to a great start last year before stubbing their toe in east lansing.
I love seeing Cam Gordon out there...Him and Marvin Robinson can take this defense to great places if they play up to potential..Both are very athletic and play strong.
Good D stop. What does the poor D have to do to score?
Well I have to say, so far we are seeing mediocrity, just like in Ace's preview. I'm OK with it.
Protip to BTN: Brandon Moore is black. If a white guy wears 89, it's probably someone else.
Gyarmati wears 99, bro
Come on Ricky! Get the kinks worked out.
This is just getting ridiculous. MOAR DENARD
doing a good job on this drive
Are the second team receivers having difficulty getting open for DG? OR is the second team secondary living up to the practice hype and shutting it down
He sure can run though
For people at the game. Are the DB's playing really good coverage or is Devin just not throwing downfield? Can't tell from stupid tight camera angle.
Devin seriously needs to be playing WR this year, he is too freakish to be on the bench 90% of the time.
Probably just keeping it bland by design but we still have a lot to work on. I would love to see DG throw the ball but apparently no ones open.
Gardner seems shiftier/faster this year. I don't remember seeing all that from him last year.
Hesitating and is finally just going hard.
I wouldn't read too much into it. It's easy to run when you're not allowed to be tackled.
That's a terrible call!
Ooo, Wilson with a nice stick there
If only the officials at the Sugar Bowl or Iowa threw that flag.
they did take a TD away from VT. You're just being shelfish!
Downright crabby, I'd say.
Ohio St refs are demanding a review.
Don't want to show bama anything, keep'em guessing
What is going on with the voice-over in the stadium? It sounds like live commentary
I'm pretty sure it's 10-7 Blue team up. Fail BTN
Nice tan on Mr. Kennedy
Apparently Josh Furman is playing QB...
I will say this..I have been watching Spring Games for several years and know what to and what not to expect...This game is solid..I have seen some really bad Spring Games for UM over the last few years..I see alot of good things in this one.
Its a Spring Game
Jack Kennedy doesn't get red jersey protection.
Cool Team One shirts for the LAX team. Hopefully first of many
Lot of walk-ons out there right now.
This is the week 4 nfl preseason game portion of the spring game
Is not his listed 205 lbs.
Who ? ... Anyway good job, kid
I love my WR's numbered in the 90's
Hawthorne! I remember that play from UTL.
What a hit by Hawthrone!
Hawthorne making plays.
is all over the place, good job
I feel really good about our LB positions
Hawthorne's had a strange career. He's alternated between making huge plays for the first-team defense (against ND, NW) and playing with the third string.
Hawthorne and Gordon really asserting their dominance over the walk-ons. Also, BTN coverage is awful.
Water is wet
WTF does the White / D have to do to score points?
Aaaannnnddd...the I form still don't work too well
MANBALL . . . is delayed yet another year.
Well, not against the Michigan D...
Mattison lives for fourth and short.
Damn, 5 for 5
And the pulling guard tackles rawls
And now I'm sad. How long till the fall starts?
And begin over analyzing everything NOW! Go!!!
I feel strangely unfulfilled . . .
That's what she said
Damn, story of my life. I told her not to tell anybody.
Wait until the commits start pouring in
I thought we had that one locked up. Total choke job
Hawthorne looked good there near the end. Big hit, interception, goaline stand. Solid.
Desmond Morgan left the field on the cart when things wrapped up?
BTN really did jinx us! Those bastards! Hopefully it's just a couple of boo-boos...
Yep, on BTN they showed him going through the tunnel on a cart.
Lacrosse - Michigan in blue against Ohio State in red. That's the way they used to do it in football.
One uni "throwback" that I would like to see that is actually authentic is to play the Michigan-Ohio State game with both teams in their home unis - Michigan in blue and Ohio State in red.
Did we do that against Ohio? I know USC and UCLA used to do that.
Isn't that some sort of 15 yard penalty to start the game? I thought somebody (maybe USC) did that intentionally recently.
loss of one timeout for the road team and the reason why it's not done is it's against the rules
Brandon Hawthorne really impressed me at the end of the game. He was all over the field.
"Des Howard, espn, 1991 heisman trophy winner at michigan"
Hoke really emphasized an improvement in Roundtree's game so far in the presser. Roy needs to have a big year for us so that's good to hear.
For everyone like me wishing they were there at the game.
Here's a real time feed of all the fan shared images from the spring game.
hawthorne looked real good out there. wish we saw more of denard, though.
Anyone have a recap of what's happened thus far?
Recap: It was the spring game. I've seen many uglier.
And I noticed 4 things in particular:
Hoke wasn't happy with the defense--in particular, the D-Line.
Hoke only smiled once--when he got a question from Desmond.
Hoke got visably PO'd once---when he was questioned about who was his #2 QB today.
Hoke didn't point at all. Major, MAJOR disappointment to me!