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|1 day 8 hours ago||When he got done playing football,||
he became a deputy Washtenaw County Sheriff. For several years, he went to the local grade schools to speak to the kids re the role of the police in the community etc. He was always a big hit. Not sure if he is still in law enforcement or not.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Chapman was a running back.||
Because he was a bit smallish, they put him at wingback. He also ran back punts and kickoffs. Very fast guy. Because they did not throw all that much they sometimes lined up Smith at wingback also and handed the ball off to him on running plays. But Smith was first and foremost a wide receiver.
Ralph Clayton was also a great wide receiver at the time who played with Smith.
|1 week 5 hours ago||I could not agree more.||
My impression is that he feels he should be or is entitled to be consulted. It seems to get in the way, and rather deal with it the coaches have just chosen not to consider who should be a candidate.
Funny thing is I believe there was a place kicker (Wilmer?) who wore the #1 after AC. Hopefully Brady will cut through the junk and handle it. Some player deserves it; maybe Drake Harris. AC definitely deserves the recognition that goes with it.
|1 week 5 hours ago||I believe you are correct.||
However, Braylon has an habit of jumping into the discussion whenever the notion is broached it seems. I think that is why no one has received the 1 since. It may be that it has become more trouble than it is worth for the coaches, especially since they now have to award #21 every year or so. Are there 2 WR that are merit worthy every year? Maybe not.
|1 week 6 hours ago||The question then becomes||
who are you going to give the #21 to? Seems like the Legends' jerseys need or are supposed to be awarded to some player every year, or not?
At this stage of his career it seems like Gallon should be recognized for sure, but with which number? Is there some dynamic re this process?
|1 week 6 hours ago||Agreed.And||
Braylon's involvement in the number 1 jersey has over complicated it a good deal. Not that M has had anyone really merit worthy to wear it lately; but ultimately, it is a disservice to AC who was the greatest "motor wonder" in a football uniform since Tom Harmon. And he remains so.
The only Michigan player (as far as I know and that's late 50's to present) who scored touchdowns the first AND last time he touched the ball in Michigan Stadium.
|1 week 7 hours ago||Gallon gets #21;||
Drake Harris gets AC's #1.
|1 week 5 days ago||Fergodsakes!!||
Great video! Thank you!
|5 weeks 6 hours ago||In the 3rd gif||
check out Kalis on Q Wash.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||What about Ty Issac?||
He was the back that M was recruiting the same time they were recruiting Green; and, I thought Issac was the Number 1 back at the time over Green, or at least was rated higher than Green. Did that change when Issac committed to USC?
|10 weeks 6 days ago||When RichRod was here, he said||
the most important position on the OL was center; which was OK since he also said M's best lineman was Molk. When Molk got hurt, we found out how important the center position was....ditto last year with first year inexperienced center and last minute switch at the position to boot.
So, to me, Jack Miller is maybe the most important\biggest question going in to the Spring. He is reputed to have the nasty attitude favored by the coaches. He has had a couple years of back up time to learn the position. Therefore, it is a "feet don't fail me now" type deal at center.
I think it is really important that Miller is able to take charge of that position with some ernest degree of competence.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Exactly!||
Well said. Feels like we outslowed them but got it done.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Good||
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I'm talking about how they have been playing.||
Nothing more. I just think they are young and have hit both a mental and a physical wall. They have been unable to finish a game. As a team they are either going to collectively get sick of it and get their backbone up or not. Hoke would call it toughness i expect. I have not seen toughness out of this team especially lately. Chances of getting them tough in light of recent history are small. You're saying the same thing. But this goes back farther than PSU game.
Not about coaching. I think they are well coached. Not about talent. I think they are talented. It is about making up their mind not to take any more of it as a team. That comes from inside. Because they have not displayed it, chances are they won't. It ain't a water faucet.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||It doesn't matter what our attitude is.||
The question is team attitude and team performance. Both Burke and Hardaway alluded to it this week. Doesn't matter what or often they give the rah rah speech....team has to perform. Long and short...talk is cheap. We can hope M wins, but realistically smart money is with State. However poorly MSU has been playing they did not blow a 15 point lead in 10 minutes and lose to a team that had not beaten a BIG team.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||The past is prologue.||
Following the infamous 2.4 seconds at Wisconsin, the question was whether they had "learned a lesson" etc. etc. etc. Not so much. Instead, they have proven "fragile." For M to win given recent history would be quite remarkable.
State by 5 to 10. Yuuk.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Burke said it as well as anyone.||
We have no heart; we are not tough enough; we did not (cannot) finish. With 2.4 seconds left against Wisconsin (it seems like quite a while back now), Michigan's season ended. Once the defense goes, and it seems to just completely go away, the offense is instantly in a dither and lost as well.
They had a chance to win out, and now I cannot see how they avoid losing out. Scratch it off to the fact that they are so young (their best player is just in his second year for crying out loud), or to the fact the freshmen have hit the mental if not physical wall....whatever...but I just don't see how it isn't over.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I really liked the post||
and it's comparison from the prototypical to where we are now; however, FWIW, Jack Clancy was not a tight end. He was a wide receiver or "split end" as it was referred to back then. He actually started out as a running back. I believe the tight end in 1966 (Clancy's last year) was Clayton Wihite.
EDIT: Saw the note you added, and this might be a bit late, and never intended any sort of a debate in the first place, but while it is true that back then EVERYBODY blocked, including the QB, Clancy was not a blocker in any sense of the word.
First of all, he was not very big. Second, he set Michigan and Big Ten pass receiving records in 1966. Those records stood for years, and even after all these years, he remains 5th on the list All Time for receptions in a year in the Michigan record book. Even his 1965 receptions rank in the top 20 ever for Michigan (18th). There are only 2 tight ends in the records of top 20...Joppru in 2002 at 17th; and, Mandich in 1969 at 20th.
So far as I know, Clancy was the first to stay in Ann Arbor over the summer and work out. He and Vidmer, QB, worked out against Volk and Bass. They were not working on blocking. For the life of me, I cannot remember Clancy ever lining up as a tight end next to a tackle, and I was there. He was always split out....way out. Drafted by the Dolphins as a wide receiver and played very well for one year (an AFL All Star) until he hurt his knee and was done. Griese's old man was the QB for the Dolphins.
I expect that Jack would laugh like hell if he knew anyone considered him a tight end. I also expect that by your added comment above you were just being funny; which is ok of course, but not factual.
Still a great post. It provided great perspective and another view of M's status.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Go back to Bo's Team speech.||
It puts that into perspective I guess. Also underscores the Lion's inability to win...everybody was rowing their own boat.
|23 weeks 5 hours ago||Incorrect.||
Long was a GA for BO. He attended Ohio Wesleyan for undergrad. He quickly moved to athletic administration at Michigan.
There are some good stories about Long and Brady in high school when Long was pitching to then catcher Brady; more about Brady and how cool under fire he was even back then.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Yep.||
For whatever reason, In the 2nd half, Denard and Devin were not in the same backfield at the same time. Ohio knew Denard was not throwing at that point so there goes the ability to fake them out. To compound it, M ran it directly behind the interior of the line (our weakest point); and, the result was very predictable.
M basically threw away the 3rd quarter with bad play calls and turnovers. The defense played OK but allowed too much run yardage at critical times.
Seemed like M had a good chance to win, and piddled it away.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||I remember the play distinctly.||
Your mother is right. It was a kickoff after M had scored a touchdown.
The ball was just laying in the North endzone with opposing players just looking at it. The M player (can't remember who) alertly jumped on it for the touchdown. I do not remember who the player was. Navy sticks in my mind for the opponent, but that could be wrong too. It was definitely after a touchdown and on the ensuing kickoff.
Basically it was a very long onside kick. Kickoffs were free balls back then. At some point they changed the rule so it is dead (in the endzone anyway). But it used to be an onside kick whether short or long, a free ball.
Edit: The game was at M Stadium too for sure.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Hoke put it in very simple terms.||
He is not making the decision. The doctors are. Denard is either cleared to play or not based on what they say; not Hoke. As far as the coaches are concerned, per Hoke, Denard's health is the most important factor.
So if he is cleared by the docs and then actually able to grip the ball, he will play and play QB. Otherwise he won't play; period, unless it is a victory formation kneeldown or the like.
All the rest of this supposition is just that and really meaningless in the end. Magnus is right.
Edit: "Saving him" will never enter into it.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Don't you just love our coaches!?||
This is the best staff that M has had since Bo's first one. Bless their cotton pickin' maize and blue hearts, each and every one of them!
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Definitely felt like it was deja vu and||
the Conference USA (?) referees and it was the Alamo Bowl all over again.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Correct!||
This staff believes your word is your bond. It will pay dividends in the end.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||And of course we learned later||
that freshman AC came into the huddle before the play and said, "Wangs, throw the ball to me." Bo said later that the Hail Mary bomb had little chance of success against the 3 deep zone Indiana was in so he called the shorter route for AC to run it in. Amazing set of circumstances. Plus it was Bo and AC.
In retrospect, it marked a change in philosophy to a throwing QB offense. Obviously, M still ran a lot, but the die was cast. After that all UM QB's had at least a cup of coffee in the NFL. Before, not hardly at all.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Disagree re Ufer hype "making" the win significant.||
You are correct in that it was an horrible game for Michigan. The team was listless, mistake prone on offense, and seemingly bored on defense. I mean Michigan could not stop Indiana! Indiana!!
It was homecoming, and Michigan was going to tie freaking Indiana!? Holy crap! Michigan always won homecoming games. Period. So the dramatics of the end game were made even more impressive and improbable in light of the game. It was so exciting because it was so unexpected. Back then the ref's made you "finish" a game by kicking the extra point even when the clock had expired and there was nothing on it. They could not clear the field to kick the point, and after much hand wringing, they finally said the hell with it. According to Ufer, it was the first time that had ever happened.
The games you refer to were all high up on the list, but all of those were "possible" in terms of a winning result. This game was on the impossible scale because of the way it all came down and the need for a touchdown (it was too far out to attempt a field goal). Anthony had established himself as brilliant even though he was only a freshman. But even for Anthony, this was impossible.
Then you've got Bo. Bo just could not seem to come up with the game winner type play. You knew or sensed very early that Bo was gonna win or lose...obviously there are a few exceptions, but I can't think of another where Michigan needed a touchdown to win with only a few seconds left and Michigan gets it done.
So I get your ranking, but if had seen all that like I did, and Larry Reid saving the day much to Corso's chagrin, and an incredible play (I mean he was tackled and then the guy...more than one... completely whiffed), you knew then you had never seen a play like that, and you had never seen a player like that. There was no comparison. Probably won't ever be.
EDIT: Bo started the season with BJ Dickey at QB, a running QB. By this game he had switched to Wangler, a throwing QB to take advantage of AC.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||The play before AC's touchdown||
Wangler dumped it off to Larry Reid. Reid could not score and there really wasn't enough time for him to run out of bounds...he was running on the numbers. We screamed for Reid to throw the ball out of bounds, and damned if he didn't do it! The ball pretty much hit Lee Corso right in the head; and, he pretty much has not been the same since. Corso had a fit, and moments later AC made his day even worse.
Ufer exclaimed it was a game that would be talked about for another 100 years of Michigan football (it was the 100 year anniversary of Michigan football that day).
AC was the best I've seen in a Michigan uniform. He scored a touchdown on the first and last time he touched the ball in Michigan Stadium. Old guy who sat behind me said Anthony was the best since Tom Harmon, which is pretty good, but I betcha they all were thanking Larry Reid after the game.
|30 weeks 16 min ago||Exactly!||
I agree. Borges must see this and must know. Therefore, he must "know better." It is worrisome that our preparation yields predictable results, and that we seemingly are unable to adapt or "fake them out."
If we are trying to "set them up" or sandbag them by running similar plays to the variation that will trick them, I'd like to start seeing the variation that tricks them at least once in a while.
Isn't it about trusting the offense to make a play, or are we just dumbing it down in fear that they can't?
EDIT: Read the transcript of Borges' press conference; they knew what they were doing as far as playcalling (conservative) and did it on purpose. They did not want extra decision making going on during a play. Wasn't pretty but was effective....we won...which Borges said is the idea,