"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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|3 years 9 weeks ago||More Norfleet Stalking||
Can we get a GIF of Norfleet stalking the goal line pre-kickoff? My wife characterized the look on his face as "caged lion". Can't wait for that guy to break one.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
I'd like to see that embedded with the Muppets for special occasions.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Those band kids sure know how to text||
Crusty!?! Take a look online if haven't actually been to the aquarium. It's a truly unique space still in very good condition. This $50,000, along with another grant they just won for fixing up the roof, would go a long way towards reopening of the tanks. If anything, my kids need something to do on rainy days. Think of the children!
As for it's worthiness, yes, those band kids sure know how to text. I've been following this for weeks now (and voting as much as I can), and the aquarium had been as high as 11, but the other groups are persistant, and we have fallen quite a bit.
MGoCommunity is a powerful presence on the web, and with great power comes great responsibilty. Let's do the responsible thing and beat those band kids! Please vote... often.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||History Lesson||
What do you mean "when"? Prior to Sparty's little win streak here, UM had there own. Except our streak was for six (6!) straight wins. Our only gift was Mike Hart's "Little Brother" comment in the wake of the 2007 game... a gift that keeps on giving.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Key Play||
Something happened along the way with the key play. I remember being in college (94-98), and the keys only came out on offensive 3rd downs. Now, maybe people still pulled the keys out on defensive 3rd downs, but I never heard em because we were all screaming in the student section. In fact, I never knew people pulled the keys out on defense until years later. Dumb as hell to do it on defense. Maybe it used to work in the 40's or something.
They key play on offense is a whole other thing. I also remember at least one third down, (It was a big one... Brian Griese to Woodson kind of big one) where the whole student section had their keys out, but everybody was silent. All you could hear were thousands of keys rattling away. It was like being in a quiet casino. Pretty fantastic actually.
Am I mis-remembering here, or does anybody else share this memory?
|4 years 9 weeks ago||the Band||
Maybe this has already been noted in the comments, but I'd like to add that, while I don't want the band to be miked, they kind of have to be because they're not really much of a marching band when it comes down to it. (at least not in the get the kids off their seats kind of way that Neil Diamond seems to have mastered)
I don't know. The Victors is perfect. Let's Go Blue is great. And the Blues Brothers is fine I guess, but remember that it first came around because it was a really popular, fun song at the time, and the band had a great number for it. (remember when they used to pile up at the final chorus? I haven't seen them do that in a while) Can you imagine them playing the 2011 version of that song today? Not sure what it would be, but I think the Penn State band playing Seven Nation Army comes close. They need some new material to add to their repetoire if they're going to supplant the piped in crap.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Was RR "All In" for Michigan?||
One the earliest criticisms of the hire was that RR was only using the Michigan job as a stepping stone to greater things. Was he? Did Bacon ever get the sense that RR did not want to coach at Michigan long term? If so, was that desire predetermined or did it come slowly, after he realized UM was not the right "fit" for him?
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Both were incredible||
Growing up, I assumed that over-the-top blocked field goals were the norm because of them. Tripp was a great kick returner, too.
My favorite player from childhood.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||Elvis to Desmond!||
Was that 4th quarter TD the first touchdown pass between these two as Wolverines?
|4 years 46 weeks ago||slight shift||
The slight shift from "know this" to "feel this" made me chuckle. Nobody knows nuttin.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||If Hoke = Missouri...||
At this point, I don't see Brandon as I did Martin during the coaching search of '07. (caught with his pants down while sailing the Carribean). No Brandon is to coaching search '11 as Delany is to Big Ten expansion '10.
|4 years 51 weeks ago||RR Player Support||
Anytime I've seen any of his players* (current or former, heh heh) quoted about Rodriguez, it's always in this very appreciative almost loving way. I think it's one of the things that has me pulling for RRod at Michigan. He seems to be a really genuine guy (and I did not think this of him at the beginning**) who brings in really genuine players. I hope he gets the chance to coach the team next year, and I really hope we kick some SEC butt on Jan 1.
* - This, of course, discounts the few grouches left over from Carr's last team as exceptions to the rule.
** - I'll admit, the Lion King references, the turtle neck at his first press conference, even this last bout with Josh Groban have always been a little too cringe worthy for my tastes, but it's growing on me. (Of course, none of this means anything on the football field)
- edited to remove gratuitous Harbaugh comments -
|4 years 51 weeks ago||Local Love||
Currently washing down Supino's pizza with Bells Christmas Ale. Plan to watch a G-rated movie with two kids afterwards.
Tis the season.
|5 years 6 days ago||An interesting question, hypothetically||
The unknown is how Rodriguez would have done at WVU if he'd stayed. I think it is reasonable to assume that, with Pat White and Slaton coming back, Rodriguez would've had a similar season to his near national championship team of 2007. It is also reasonable to assume that, with the weakening of the Big East since '07, his trend of 1 and 2 loss seasons would have continued as well. So the questions is: would you pick a coach with multiple 10+ win seasons in a row over a coach who has one 10 win season to his name? I have to go with Rodriguez on that one, based on resume alone. (although you can't really go wrong with either resume)
Of course, the other side of that equation would have been Carr's influence over the hire. If Carr finishes strong with a couple of Rose Bowl appearances, then he might have some more influence in the decision, and Harbaugh gets hired. If not, and his teams had fallen into mediocrity, it's possible the AD would have been looking for something new for the program. Vote for Rodriguez.
|5 years 5 weeks ago||Your comments on leather jacket wearing journalists are...||
He says so.
|5 years 10 weeks ago||He was afraid of getting a personal foul||
Quarterback faked running out of bounds. Mouton held up. (although the hit was probably worth the penalty) I had visions of Crable vs. Troy Smith on that one.
|5 years 11 weeks ago||I think...||
Door number 2.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||Albom and jihad||
Albom has been largely silent throughout the jihad. Is this why he was given access for the interview? I can't imagine Rosenberg et. al. getting it. Also, why wasn't Angelique or Wojo called to do the interview? It's not like Albom is known for doing at length interviews in print. He usually spins his talks into... well, Mateen Cleeves type stories. Seems like Rodriguez and the AD want the exposure of Albom for this article.
Also, is it just me, or does Rodriguez's talk about the empty cupboard in 2008 sting a little less than it has in the past? Less controversial and more matter of fact. Not that I've ever disagreed on this point, but the pill seems a bit easier to take now that Lloyd is officially retired from the program. Maybe time heals all wounds.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||Hand size coefficient||
Not sure how this affects the equation, but Tate's hands look HUGE in that picture compared against the other two.
Should we add a Hand Size Coefficient (Hf, Hr, Hg) to the equation? How would this affect playing time against a good pass defense (Hf = 0.95) vs. a good run defense (Hf = 0.90)? Would Tate be better on the sidelines in some circumstances?, where his tremendously sized hands could more effectively relay the play call? (Hf = 1.50) Or should we disregard this factor, and only consider brim position?
|5 years 13 weeks ago||My take as well||
And I agree that this is the compromise.
It seems to me that through all the double speak, one thing has been clear from the beginning: The Big Ten is using historic performance as an the primary indicator of conference alignment. If that is indeed the case, then of course Mich and OSU will be in separate divisions, because they are the two best teams, historically, in the conference. (Even when that formula only goes back to the addition of PSU)
Another thing, that I have only just now considered. In other conferences, your divisional record is based on your total conference W/L record, not just on your divisional W/L record, correct? If that's the case, then the outcome of The Game is still going to affect both teams chances of getting into the Conf. Championship game, right?
So for those two teams to play each other twice in a row, both teams would have to be at the top of their divisions, and still be able to sacrifice a loss en route to the championship game. When's the last time The Game followed that scenario - 2006? And how many of us were itching to get a rematch then?
|5 years 13 weeks ago||Memories are important things||
And perception is a tremendous part of how those memories are perceived.
David Brandon played football for Michigan in the early 1970's - prime time in the history of the Game, the Ten Year War, and really the defining moment of the rivalry. From 1968-1980, Michigan played Ohio State 11 times for the Rose Bowl, winner take all. (Bentley Historical - http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/umosu/osumb10.htm) 11 times in 13 years?! That's an incredible statistic. One that is part of every Wolverine fan's DNA, and yet one that, at age 34, I was nowhere close to experiencing.
By 1980, I was 4 years old. By the time I was really following football in a significant way, it was the late 1980's and Bo only had a couple years left to coach. John Cooper was really the first Ohio State coach I saw in real time. As you might guess, my entire experience of Michigan football, even as a fan, is very different than David Brandon's.
Since 1980, the Game has been played for the Rose Bowl, winner take all, only 5 times. 5 times in 30 years. From 1935 - 1968, the Game was played for the Rose Bowl, winner take all, only 6 times. So, in the 64 seasons outside of the Ten Year War, the game has met the expectations of the Game exactly the number of times it did during that 13 year stretch. So, David Brandon experienced the Game in a very unique way during a very unique period in its history, and most of the rest of us are left to ponder those times from a distance.
Now, the rivalry hasn't exactly gone away. The 30 years since the Ten Year War has produced some great Games, and the rivalry, I think, has aged quite well. 17 times, the Game has had significant implications on the Big Ten champion and Rose Bowl. (again, Bentley Historical - http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/umosu/osumb10.htm) This is the Game that I know - occasionally taking on a winner takes all persona, but much more likely to be an 'underdog ruins the season of the favorite' type thing. Again, think John Cooper.
What does this all mean for the future of the Game? Probably not much. Jim Delany is going to do what he wants. David Brandon may be towing that line, or he may actually be expressing his own memories (perceptions) of the event. Regardless, I fear that our voices may not be heard. Regardless of that, I will continue to cheer on, hopeful that we take those bastards down year in and year out.
|5 years 26 weeks ago||In the same boat but...||
My wife and I are in the same boat. Graduated from the U, lived out of state for a while, moved back home, and applied for tickets this fall with maybe 10+ points to our name.
Unfortunately, we did not receive a season ticket offer.
I did however just get an email this weekend for the "All In" ticket package. We get end zone seats, different for each game, but you get the whole season. I've not seen or heard of this before. Has anybody else?
Of course, we bought them, and are looking forward to the season. But I was a bit disappointed at not getting the season ticket offer. Not sure if I did something wrong on the application, or didn't give enough of a donation.
I am curious to know what others experiences have been. I've heard that ticket sales aren't as booming as they used to be, but that was most likely pure speculation. I've also heard of folks (non-alum even) getting tix within two years of applying. All I know is that I didn't make the cut this time around.
Happy to be "All In" though, even if I am sitting amongst a bunch of Badgers in Section 12.
|5 years 39 weeks ago||Just saw that myself||
It seems like a half-assed op-ed piece, and a really weird one at that. Did the Victor's Rally really stick in her head for a whole week? Suddenly, a pep rally at Michigan is cause for concern? And the great conclusion at the end of the article is yet another call to win more games? What gives?
It's like her editor made her write it, she didn't want to, and this is the column we get.
C'mon Detroit News, you've been better than this in recent years. Don't fall off the wagon now.
|5 years 40 weeks ago||1993 Rose Bowl||
Michigan beats Washington after getting whooped the previous year. Tyrone Wheatley runs for 235 yards on 15 (!) carries and 3 TDs as a sophomore. Wasn't he hurt, too?
Undefeated season. (sort of)
All-time best performance by one of my all-time favorite wolverines. Wish I could've been there.
|5 years 40 weeks ago||Biakabatuka||
He just kept running and running and running, and at the end of the game, few people in the stands knew exactly how many yards he'd gathered up. When the public address announced the total, the Big House blew up. Definitely memorable. Good call.
|5 years 40 weeks ago||Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.||
That PSU game remains the most dominant UM performance of my 20+ year fandom.
Game to trade?... '95 Purdue. I think I'm still defrosting.
|5 years 40 weeks ago||Low Rider - War||
Back in undergrad we invented a drink called the "Lowrider". It was a mix of blackberry brandy and Squirt. We thought it was special.
Now, whenever I hear that War song, I think of all the retching and vomiting I experienced as a result of that very bad, very misguided mixed drink.
|5 years 42 weeks ago||ARCH 322 & 442||
For all the architecture grads (and students) reading...
First year design studio is a bear. 6 credits. Late nights from week one of the semester, and the workload only gets tougher as the weeks roll on. The information isn't the hardest I had to deal with, but the workload... oh the workload! Not to mention the constant barrage of soul dong punches that accompany the endless reviews and critiques you are subjected to throughout the semester.
Easily my hardest class. The good news is, you get used to it by your 8th studio (in grad school), and they end up becoming kind of fun.
|5 years 42 weeks ago||"Coming From the Top"||
Does anybody know any history on Gene Myers? He is the Sports editor at the Freep, and has been at the paper for about 17 years. I'm curious as to his ties to the MIchigan program, college degree, and any other potential reasons that he would hate on the current iteration of Michigan football.
That, and I love a good conspiracy theory.
|5 years 42 weeks ago||Good Point||
I expect a follow-up column from Rochelle Riley any day now.