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|2 days 4 hours ago||Despite my bias in favor of UM, Mowins & Joey were awful||
I had the game on, and my wife said, "That woman is terrible." I responded, "She has to keep talking, because Joey Galloway sits there for minutes at a time without saying anything."
And when Galloway did say something, it was frequently anti-UM. And yes, arguing the facemask late hit call was a bit much. I find Spielman to be very fair to UM, pretty much the same for Kirk and Smith. Joey has to go.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Hysterical!||
Elliott Mealer, for the win!
|1 week 1 day ago||Agree with Aplatypus. That's the only possible reason.||
Basically, you're keeping guys on their toes all year, and the post-season naming of captains is really just an honor to recognize those guys who were team leaders all year long.
Hopefully, it works.
|1 week 1 day ago||The greatest memory in my Michigan fandom.||
I was already 34 by the time that game had rolled around, and I'd pretty much given up ever being able to experience the perfect season/national championship combo (a trifecta if you consider Woodson's Heisman).
My mother-in-law held an annual party on New Year's Day, and she didn't follow football at all, particularly college football. There I was, with a bunch of people, and only my wife could relate to the pins and needles in my stomach. Finally, around 2:30 p.m., I said, "I'm sorry, I have to go home and watch this by myself." Her cousin's husband looked at me and said, "Dude, where ya goin?" I responded as politely as I could that this game, which could mean a national championship, was one I had to watch by myself. It would have been different if I were surrounded by a ton of Michigan fans who knew the team's history, but there's no way that casual football observers could possibly relate.
Initially, when Wazzu took the lead, I thought, "here we go, again." But then Charles picked off that pass in the end zone, and I thought we might have a shot. Then Lloyd let Brian Griese air it out to Tai Streets, not once, but twice. The defense did its usual stellar job, and when Griese connected with Jerame Tuman in tne end zone, it was clear the good guys were in the driver's seat.
Still miffed that the refs didn't call offensive pass interference when the receiver pushed Charles down on that final defensive stand, and it sure looked like he picked off the pass on the play before that, but no matter. That was a once in a lifetime experience. I remember seeing Ian Gold lead the fans in chanting, "It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine."
One mild complaint: My wife and I attended our first home game the next season at the home opener vs. Syracuse, and being the NY/NJ people that we are, we expected to see a ceremony where they raised the national championship banner, possibly with some players from the 1948 national championship team joining the captains from the '97 squad. Why didn't they put up the banner? It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience; it should be commemorated.
Anyway, GO BLUE! and thanks to the OP for putting this topic up there! I've been an avid Michigan fan since 1973, and that 1997 season was the high point.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Charcoal gray and burnt orange? Not even school colors.||
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Black cleats only. Period, amen.||
The blue pants I can deal with. Anything other than black cleats has to go.
Here's the thing: Michigan's basic uniform is the best uniform in all of sports. Why change it?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||In fairness, the teen-agers will wear them, not the fans||
Kids like flash and dash, maybe even more than tradition. The concept of "uniformz" seems like a gimmick, but the players will wear them, so they should like them...at least, to a degree.
I love all the blue, but I'm old school when it comes to the shoes. Basic black, please.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||What did the staff think of Jalen Dalton?||
I was surprised they didn't go after him more. Might not be KLS or Da'Shawn Hand, but he can play, and it never hurts to have a tall guy on the outside. Look what the Giants have done with Jason Pierre-Paul.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Maize shoes? Bring back the black shoes!||
To me, the shoes are far worse than the pants. I don't really mind the blue pants that much, but a Michigan team, a team that blocks, that tackles, that takes care of the ball, should always wear black shoes!
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Maize shoes? UM wore black shoes in 97. Won every game, too.||
What's wrong with the traditional uniform? Nothing. It's literally the best uniform in all of sports. ALL of sports, no exceptions. Why change something that works?
Less marketing, more blocking and tackling.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I have a question||
Will we beat Penn State? I'm interested in uniforms, but I'd also like to see the team win. Just food for thought.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I agree with everything but center||
If he's healthy, I'd rather see Patrick Kugler play center. Nothing like having a coach's kid making the offensive line calls.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Personally, I'd start Taco over Beyer||
6-6 at defensive end is a weapon, and Taco has Jason Pierre-Paul potential. Beyer's a nice player, and yes, he's a senior, but Taco's potential has a very high ceiling. Honestly, I'd rather see Taco on the weakside, and let him get after the QB with those long arms and legs.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||He grew up one town over from Jabrill||
Jabrill lives in Midland Park, NJ, but he's originally from East Orange, which is right next to Irvington, where Kareem is from.
There's a lot of talent in New Jersey. High school football is taken very seriously there, something that's not common knowledge in the midwest. Getting Kareem would be a nice coup. Not on the level of getting Jabrill, but very nice, nonetheless.
|4 weeks 14 hours ago||He questions that Heisman? I question Schlabach's intelligence||
Woodson was a rare force on defense, offense, and special teams. Whatever the play was, he made it. Period, end of discussion.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||RE: Blue or Big Blue||
Being from NY/NJ, "Big Blue" was always the Giants, and Michigan was simply "Blue." When you've won more games than any major college football team, you don't need to say "big." Your actions on the field speak loudly enough.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I could be wrong, but I think it was much earlier than the '90s||
I'm 51, and I'd swear I heard Keith Jackson use that phrase in the 1970s. I'm sure people who have virtually every home game on tape could review game films and come up with an answer, but believe me, I've heard that phrase most of my life, and I've been an avid UM fan since the early '70s.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||The positives: You can see the beginnings of that '97 season||
Sure, Lloyd could have managed the clock better, but we should note several points. First, the team went on the road, and "gutted out" a win in a tough spot. That would bode well for them the next season. Next, the defense held a lead. Yes, I know that Rae Carruth could have come down with the ball on that last play, but he didn't, and the defense only gave up 13 points. Not bad.
The '96 team had Jarrett Irons, David Bowens and Chuck Winters, all of whom were gone by '97, yet, the cupboard was anything but bare. By '97, there were plenty of rumblings about the block M standing for mediocrity, but few of us really recognized just how talented and tough that '97 team was, until the season was over, and much of the team's mental toughness can be traced to this '96 game against Colorado.
Just an opinion, i know, but that '96 Colorado game was a sign of things to come.
|5 weeks 13 hours ago||Actually, I don't mind that this series is ending at all.||
Few teams face the relentless pressure of having as many rivals as Michigan does. With ND departing on its own, UM will maintain the series lead while being able to focus on improvement without having to be obsessively concerned about ND. A win-win.
|5 weeks 16 hours ago||Now I know I'm one of the oldest people on this board||
When I saw the headline, I thought, "Someone put a video clip to a Frank Sinatra song?"
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Make it stop!||
I know UM didn't really recruit him, but this is ridiculous. Over the past 10 years, in-state kids have wound up playing for USC, LSU, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Penn State. Just too much.
Brady Hoke, please deliver this year. Please.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Not a UM road game, but Army (West Point) is a great venue||
I don't know if anyone on the board has ever been to a game at Michie Stadium at West Point, but it's well worth the trip. Pick a game in October, when the leaves are turning. The stadium has an upper deck on the west sideline only, so patrons in the upper deck get arguably the best view in the nation (lauded by Sports Illustrated and The Sporting News). The fans are EXTREMELY polite, which is probably because West Point is about service to the country, not about being a football factory. Tickets are inexpesnive, and plentiful, and the atmosphere is enhanced by Cadets skydiving into the stadium with the game ball, a tradition that originated at West Point, which has now become commonplace at many venues.
I know a lot of people will poo-poo the fact that it's not big-time college football, and that it's so close to New York City, but here's the thing. 1. The fact that it's not big-time gives the game a 1950s feel, something the ESPN generation should actually experience. 2. Despite West Point's proximity to NYC, the environment there is remarkably bucolic, and you'd never imagine that a major city was less than 50 miles away.
True, the stadium rarely fills up, but it's a wonderful experience nonetheless.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I'm a diehard UM fan and 35-year Jets season ticket holder||
I knew Harris was underrated on that '06 UM defense; even moreso in the NFL. Reads his keys better than anyone since Mike Singletary (yes, I'd say better than Ray Lewis), always puts himself in position to make plays, wraps up very well when he tackles, and delivers a wallop. Can drop into coverage, will occasionally make the big interception and return (Remember the 2010 playoffs, Tom Brady) and run with tight ends. Lacks top end speed, but that's not too big a factor at ILB.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Guys, I'm 51. What's a posbang?||
Sorry, to me it's still 1973. And for our football team, that might not be such a bad thing.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Go and have a great time!||
Yes, Buckeye fans can be a little intense, but keep your cool and you'll enjoy yourself. Once you're in the building, it's different. You'll have a blast. Posters such as TIMMAY are correct; there are many Buckeye fans who are very nice people, and a few who can be rude, and the same can be said for our fan base, as well. Don't get drawn into any trash talk, show respect for their tradition, and you'll be amazed how far that will go -- in almost any American sports situation.
And yes, GO BLUE! The day will come when we finally achieve VIC -- Victory in Columbus. It may occur this year, and it may not, but it will happen some day.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||What does this mean for Tyrone Wheatley, Jr's recruitment?||
Is the staff still pursuing him? If so, do they see him at tight end or defensive end?
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Fargas for Isaac? WE'LL TAKE IT!||
Fourteen years later, Michigan finally gets the player-to-be-named-later in the Justin Fargas trade. It's about time Ty Isaac went blue! Welcome aboard, Ty!
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Isaac is the player-to-be-named-later in the Justin Fargas trade||
Seriously, he's a different type of back than Green or Smith, and should give UM an additional weapon in its arsenal. Good stuff.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||People. nations and teams get knocked down. And they get back up||
Didn't mean to paraphrase Billy Taylor, but it's appropriate. So the team we root for has lost a few. Keep on rooting. Things turn around, and people turn around. Remember, not everything follows a script.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Tough, but I'll take a stab at it.||
1997 at Penn State. As one pundit put it later, "After that game, the national championship was Michigan's to lose." Arguably the most dominant performance against a national championship contender I've ever seen from Michigan. On that day, all the old comments about Michigan being too slow and not tough enough were put to rest. The Daydrion Taylor hit on Bob Christensen caught the attention of the entire football world.
1997 vs Ohio State. The team weathered a tough start, and then held off a fierce rally by Ohio. The last quarter was nerve-wracking, but that one was sooooo memorable.
1998 Rose Bowl vs Washington State. Started off like so many other disappointing bowl performances, but in one play, Charles Woodson gave our guys a reprieve. FINALLY, A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP! FINALLY, A PERFECT SEASON!
Favorite game I've been to: 1999 vs Ohio State. My wife was 7 months pregnant, and I flew out and attended the game on a press pass. Walked up to a security guard at the tunnel and asked, "Could I just look down into the tunnel?" His response: "You've got the pass, you can go wherever you like." Walked down the tunnel about two and a half hours before game time, and a couple of Ohio State players were in sweats tossing a ball around. The Big House was mostly empty, with a chilly mist in the air. After the game, I went into the postgame press conference, which was held in the Crisler Arena back then (not called Crisler Center at the time). I was standing right next to Tom Brady while he was being interviewed, and Steve Hutchinson walked up right next to me and asked Bruce Madej how the Michigan State-Penn State game turned out. Great comeback win by our guys. I still maintain that if Brady had played the entire game against Michigan State, UM would win that one, and then the bizarre defeat the following game against Illinois would have been a win -- and yes, if UM had won those two games, I'm certain they would have won the national championship. Can you imagine 2 in 3 years?