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|2 days 19 hours ago||About That Winged Helmet . . .||
Princeton University, where the winged football helmet was designed by a coach named Fritz Crisler who decided to travel west to coach a team that played in Ann Arbor, Michigan, says, "Hi!"
|3 days 16 min ago||Game of Thrones Style Combat?||
Like The Mountain (Gregor Clegane) vs. The Red Viper (Oberyn Martell) in Season Four, Episode Eight?
Or Food Fight?
|3 days 4 hours ago||Like It||
For hype video music I've suggested a song by Steve Wynn, a founding member of the Los Angeles based 80s band The Dream Syndicate, from his album Static Transmission with The Miracle 3, Amphetamine.
There's a good version of Amphetamine on YouTube from a live set played at SXSW in 2011.
|3 days 5 hours ago||And This Former QB/WR Pairing|
|3 days 5 hours ago||Many Thanks||
One of the advantages of having been born when Harry Truman was President of the United States is that I've enjoyed listening to the evolution of popular music and getting introduced to music from all over the world.
While I'm no fan of country, rap or opera, and the only classical album I've ever bought was one that had a recording of the 1812 Overture, I'll give almost any kind of music a try.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Speaking Of Former College QBs . . .||
I prefer this one.
|3 days 5 hours ago||I'll Take "Things That Won't Be On My Resume" for $2,000, Alex||
When you've joined the Medicare Generation, resumes and portfolios won't be an important consideration for you.
|5 days 22 hours ago||Upvoted For The Win||
Beat me to it. Well played.
|5 days 22 hours ago||Will This Guy Be Attending?|
|6 days 9 hours ago||MGoBloggers Fighting "Word Crimes"|
|6 days 19 hours ago||Not Weird Al's Best||
You're right. Weird Al Yankovic is not for everyone, but occasionally his parodies are well-thought, nice tributes to the originals like Bob, his palindromic parody of Bob Dylan's 115th Dream. (Unfortunately, the video for Dylan's original is not available or extremely hard to find online, but the Weird Al parody captures the essence of the original.)
Of the recently released Weird Al videos, I like Word Crimes, the parody of Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines . . . For the Cunning Linguists of MGoBlog:
|6 days 19 hours ago||And So Was This Guy|
|6 days 19 hours ago||This Guy Was Pretty Good|
|1 week 22 hours ago||New College Football Rules?||
Running time. Play two sixty-minute halves. No time outs and no commercial interruptions in each half. If there are any delays caused by injury or dangerous fouls or coaches’ challenges, the referee can add stoppage time after each half.
Add yellow cards and red cards for penalties. Two yellows in a half and you sit out the rest of the half. Three yellows in a game and you’re out. Six team yellows in a half and you lose a point for each subsequent penalty.
Game tied after full time? Play two twenty-minute periods with possible stoppage time added. Game tied after 160+ minutes of play? Go to the field goal shootout. Start from the 35 and increase by five yards after each round.
(Yes. Like Speed Golf, this will never work.)
|1 week 1 day ago||I See The MGoBoard Thread Title . . .||
And I'm Thinking . . . THIS (Shows how old I am.) . . . Ladies and Gentlemen, Your Ford Motor Company Board of Directors (Standing second from left in top photo is William Clay Ford. Lee Iococca is standing to his right in the photo.)
|1 week 1 day ago||In Honor Of This Year Five Of Dave Brandon's Tenure . . .||
As Athletic Director at the University of Michigan, they'll be showing this . . .
|1 week 1 day ago||Take Away . . .||
The bleachers . . . The bathrooms . . . The stairs to your seats?
Isn't that what the airlines have been doing for years? I'm waiting for the day when, on international flights and long domestic flights, we'll be charged much extra if we want to travel in anything more than Standing Room Only Class.
|1 week 1 day ago||Like This For A Start?||
|1 week 1 day ago||And Now For Something Completely . . .||
Errr . . . PARTIALLY Different!
|1 week 1 day ago||I Pine For The Good Old Days . . .||
And the fjords of Norway. (Nudge Nudge; Wink Wink!)
|1 week 4 days ago||Russia's Women Approve Your Message And Will Welcome You||
|1 week 4 days ago||Another Good Reason For Robben Not Getting The Award||
But Seriously; Another Lesson Learned: Before you copy and paste on MGoBlog, be sure that you've added in all your corrected text. And proofread, proofread, proofread!
Apologies to Arjen Robben, Man of the Match in three of the Netherlands' wins, including the third place match. (Some have speculated that in two years, he'll be competing for the Dutch again in Brazil in the Olympics in both football/soccer -- as one of the three overage players allowed on the U-23 team -- and in non-platform diving.)
|1 week 4 days ago||Thoughts On A Memorable World Cup||
No problem with Lionel Messi getting the Golden Ball. He was the Man of the Match in Argentina’s first four matches, all of which were victories. Müller and Götze each was Germany’s Man of the Match twice, but Götze scored the most important goal of the tournament.
James Rodriguez might’ve been the only other outfield player with an argument for the Golden Ball. He was Colombia’s Man of the Match in three of their first four victories, and he scored the only goal for his national team (on a penalty kick) in their 2-1 loss to Brazil in the quarterfinals.
We’ll never know whether Neymar might’ve challenged for the award had he not suffered that injury in the quarterfinals. He’d been Man of the Match in Brazil’s two Group-Stage wins. Belgium had three different players named as Man of the Match (DeBruyne, Hazard and Vertonghen), so as exciting a player Arjen Robben is, I don’t think that he would’ve been a legitimate candidate for the award unless Belgium had advanced to the finals and he’d scored or assisted on some key goals.
For me, this was the Goalkeepers’ World Cup – lots of great, memorable performances from the men guarding the nets, including a few during penalty kick stages. No argument giving Neuer the Golden Glove.
But the best part of this World Cup for me was being able to watch most of the matches when they were being broadcast live in the United States (and that included having watched matches on the west coast and the east coast.)
While the UEFA Champions League might be a better tournament, because you’ve got teams that have been together much longer than the times that the national teams get to train together and it’s played throughout the regular season, this was a very good World Cup tournament.
Kudos to ESPN and ABC for the coverage. Now, who do I speak to about having Michigan and NFL football games telecast without commercial interruptions in each half? And will Desmond Howard and Kirk Hirbstreit be doing pre-game broadcasts from Lee Corso’s Panic Room as College Football’s Men in Letterman’s Jackets this coming season?
(As an Arsenal fan, it was nice to see Özil, Mertesacker and Podolski getting to hoist another trophy after the FA championship.)
|1 week 5 days ago||IF "Bob" Asked How It Has Gone For Brazil, You've Got An Answer|
|1 week 6 days ago||When You Misread Thread Titles . . .||
This Happens (Hail Dhani Jones!)
And This Happens
|1 week 6 days ago||So Little Time; So Much To Do||
Friday, July 10: Celebrating the 164th anniversary of Millard Fillmore’s Inauguration after Zachary Taylor’s death by filling more of my millard, and then heading to Arlo Guthrie’s house for his 67th birthday celebration and hearing the updated version of “Alice’s Restaurant.”
Saturday, July 11: Visiting Weehawken, New Jersey for the 210th anniversary commemoration of the Aaron Burr-Alexander Hamilton Duel; then stopping at Lil’ Kim’s house to deliver a 40th birthday gift and finally heading up to Boston to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s Major League debut with the Red Sox before catching a broadcast of the FIFA World Cup Third Place game between Brazil and the Netherlands.
Sunday, July 12: Stopping at Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts for the celebration of what would have been Henry David Thoreau’s 197th birthday; then flying to Windsor, Ontario to commemorate the 202nd anniversary of the United States’ invasion of Canada in the War of 1812 before catching a broadcast of the FIFA World Cup Championship game between Argentina and Germany; and then ending the day with a party at home to celebrate the 2,114th birthday of Julius Caesar. (Now, what did the Romans used to call those parties?)
Hoping that all MGoBloggers enjoy a safe and pleasant weekend.
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||Facts and Opinions||
Devin Gardner is a second-year graduate student with five years of experience and 16 starts at quarterback for the Michigan football program. He is about to enter his second season as Michigan’s starting quarterback after having had done what he says were “a lot of good things” and “some bad things” in his one full season as the starter.
I’m NOT projecting my views on others or “reading 4-year starter” into the term “5th-year senior quarterback.” I’m EXPRESSING my opinions, based in part on observations from reading comments such as yours and others on MGoBlog and elsewhere, that the term “5th-year senior quarterback” carries with it certain expectations that may be unfair to Devin Gardner, considering the results of his actual experience as a starter.
Indeed, considering on-field results and their respective supporting casts, expectations for some of his fellow Big Ten quarterbacks (Braxton Miller, Connor Cook and Christian Hackenberg) may be somewhat greater than those that Devin Gardner now faces.
I respect your views; but, considering all the variables, I have no way of correctly determining whether, based solely on his experience and physical gifts, Devin Gardner SHOULD “play very well,” or “be (a) team leader” or “captain,” or “play the best games of (his) career” and “be able to handle tremendous pressure” this coming season. However, based on observations, I believe that he COULD do all of those things . . . and I hope he does.
* My opinions probably are colored by my experiences. I’ve known lots of young attorneys who call themselves “litigators,” but who’ve had no real trial experience because they’ve been practicing at a large firm where the closest they’ve come to arguing a motion or conducting a deposition or trial has been handling research, drafting discovery requests and motion papers, writing memos and reviewing documents, without ever having met or interviewed a client or having appeared in court. If the first time they’re told to argue a motion, or handle a deposition or pre-trial conference or even conduct a trial comes during their third year as a “litigator,” chances are that they’ll be somewhat less confident than they’ll be after four years of handling those things on their own. There’s just something about in-court experience that helps to establish confidence, and that experience can’t be replicated outside the courtroom.
P.S. It's Friday, I've up-voted your posts on this matter. Hope you'll enjoy the weekend.
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||You Might Be Making My Point||
Your response might be making my point. For me, and I suspect for many college football fans, the term “Senior Quarterback” carries expectations and added pressure from fans, based on seniority rather than on actual playing time. When I’ve mentioned “pressure,” I’ve been thinking of the “pressure” that will come from Michigan football fans, not the “pressure” that Gardner has placed on himself or that the coaches have placed on him.
Not too long ago, Mark Moundros was a team captain and “Fifth-Year Senior Linebacker” for Michigan. Before his fifth season, he’d been primarily a very good special teams player and a sparingly used fullback. Depite that "Senior Linebacker" label, I doubt that anyone would have seriously expected him to become a key member of Michigan’s 2010 defense. (Although, to be fair, it might’ve been good for him that he wasn’t, because everyone stuck in that Gergian Defense unfortunately was destined to suffer humiliation.)
In Devin Gardner’s case, although I recognize that he’s going to be referred to as a “Senior Quarterback,” as a fan, I’d cut him some slack when it comes to expectations for his performance this coming season. And you’re right. I’m basing my expectations solely on his actual experience as a starting quarterback.
I agree that the coaching staff probably has placed high demands and high expectations on Gardner, because (a) he joined the Michigan football team as a highly touted dual threat quarterback, (b) he has been at Michigan for four previous football seasons of training, conditioning, practicing, film study and actual game experience as a starting quarterback, and (c) he has shown evidence of the greatness that was expected of him.
This is Devin Gardner's final season to attain whatever goals he and this coaching staff have set for him. (And based on the clips from his post-practice interview at the recent Rising Stars Shootout, he surely has a professional football career in his plans before he embarks on what might become a long and very successful career as a social worker.)
My hope is that Devin Gardner will have a special final season in his second full season as Michigan’s starting quarterback, and that he reaches the goals that he and the coaches have set for him.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Understood||
My previous post probably could have been clearer. I agree with your points, BUT . . . I still think that it’s unfair to Devin Gardner to (a) place added pressure on him and (b) heighten expectations for his performance this coming season by calling him a “senior quarterback,” when it might be more appropriate to think of him as a “second-year starter” who also might be learning a somewhat new offensive system.
I think that Gardner’s got more than enough pressure on him from sophomore Shane Morris who, if nothing else, exudes confidence, might give Brady Hoke memories of the quarterbacks who’ve led Michigan in the past and appears to be Michigan’s “quarterback of the future” (another term that can cause problems.) Let’s not forget that Morris also was the very vocal leader of his recruiting class and the first of that class to commit to Michigan, while the active leader of Devin Gardner’s recruiting class, a class that committed to the previous coaching regime, was Ricardo Miller.
Also, when I read “senior quarterback,” I think that expectations rise unfairly for Devin Gardner’s performance this coming season. I believe that there are advantages that come from game experience that are hard to replicate in practice sessions, scrimmages and film study. Less than two years ago, Gardner was working on his transition from quarterback to wide receiver. This season, he's working on adjusting to a new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
From all I’ve read and heard, I have no doubt that Devin Gardner is a good student, a talented athlete, very likeable and a warrior; but one of my concerns about him is how Brady Hoke thinks of him. Recently, Brady Hoke was interviewed by Bonnie Bernstein of Yahoo Sports. At the end of the interview, he was asked who will lead this Michigan football team. Almost without hesitation, he mentioned Jake Ryan and Frank Clark. Then he paused a bit longer before he mentioned Devin Gardner, as if he were having some doubts about Gardner’s ability to lead and might be less than enthusiastic about him. LINK
Long ago, I gave up on making predictions. I have no idea whether the Devin Gardner who starts the 2014 season for Michigan will be more like the Devin Gardner who passed for 97 yards against Connecticut and 98 yards against Iowa or 503 yards against Indiana and 451 yards against Ohio State. I hope for the latter, but I’m sometimes cautioned by the wisdom of Mel Brooks. ("Hope for the best. Expect the worst. Life is a play. We're unrehearsed." )
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Somewhat OT: Devin Gardner and The "Senior Quarterback" Label||
I think that it's unfair to place the "senior quarterback" label on Devin Gardner. Despite having been at Michigan for the past four football seasons and holding Michigan records for both total offense and passing yards in a game, Gardner still is a relatively inexperienced starting quarterback. He has had only 16 starts in his 29 games at quarterback in those four seasons. By contrast, A. J. McCarron, the last “senior quarterback” whom Doug Nussmeier coached, had played in 40 games and had 27 starts in the three seasons before his senior season at Alabama.
Compare Gardner's experience to four other quarterbacks whom Michigan will face in 2014. Penn State’s incoming sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg has had 12 starts, including a win over Michigan. Michigan State’s redshirt junior Connor Cook has had 12 starts, including wins in the Big Ten Championship and the Rose Bowl. Notre Dame’s returning starter, Everett Golson (in only his second season as a starter after having been redshirted in 2011 and suspended for 2013), has 13 starts, but one of those came in the BCS championship game. Ohio State's Braxton Miller has 33 starts in 36 games in three seasons.
True, second-year graduate student Devin Gardner is entering his fifth football season at Michigan, but based on his experience, I still find it hard to think of him as having the same experience as a “senior quarterback.” Based just on starting experience, Gardner's more like Hackenberg, Cook and Golson than he is like true "senior quarterbacks" McCarron and Miller.