Former MIami (NTM), Colorado, Northern Illinois and Indiana football coach Bill Mallory passed away today at the age of 82. Mallory is the all-time leader in wins at Indiana and spent 13 years coaching the Hoosiers.
Notable to Michigan fans for having sons Mike, Doug and Curt, all of whom played football in Ann Arbor. Mike and Doug Mallory were team captains. Curt Mallory also spent 3 seasons as an assistant coach.
Happy Friday MgoCommunity.
My wife and I welcomed our first child last week, a healthy boy, 6 lb, 11oz. He was due May 31, but he surprised us by showing up early. At 37, I am definitely savoring the experience in a way I'm not sure I was mature enough to appreciate in my 20s. I was hoping he would be born into a world where Michigan is the defending National Champs in basketball, but at least his first football game with dad will be watching Michigan/ND. If I knew how, I would post a picture. Can't believe I've been on here nearly 8 years and have no idea how to post a photo.
Also spending a lot of time at home with nothing to do. Anyone have any funny, inspiring, interesting stories about their children? Or something you want to brag about? Or any good advice? Or just anything worth reading in betweeen naps and food.
We had another pretty good night (I hope I can keep typing that indefinitely). While nobody quite knows what the heck OSU is trying to do and with an inevitable confrontation with Nebraska looming, we are in great position. Just check out the map if you need any convincing:
If you need any more convincing, check out that scoreboard:
Caveat: Pretty much all metrics on the leaderboard are either meaningless (territories) or misleading (players/stars). Still, though, it's nice to be at the top of something, right?
Please click the link below to get your assignments for the day.
The "Blue Alliance" has been re-dubbed the "Allied Forces" and now consists of Michigan, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Florida, and Texas. If you aren't using the website to get orders, then please refrain from attacking any territories controlled by our allies.
If you are a relatively new reddit user, please check the game page to ensure that you are not being flagged as a bot. If you are flagged you will see a text box like the one below. If you are flagged as a bot, your turns will not assist our chances to win (although you can still accumulate turns so you can level up stars). If you see this box, then follow the hyperlink to fill out the survey, but ALSO message /u/bakonydraco directly on reddit to get the issue sorted out.
Instructions to Join:
To join all you need to do is go to reddit.com/r/cfb and create an account if you don't already have one. Next, set your flair to Michigan. You can do this by clicking "Select Flair" on the right side of the cfb subreddit. Finally, you can join and play the game at https://vote.redditcfb.com/cfbrisk.php.
If you want to discuss the game in deeper detail and strategize with us, you can join our discord server found here: https://discord.gg/TcZBTcj. We usually announce plans of what we want to attack/defend in the evenings, but we discuss strategy all day. Be warned though, there will be a vetting process to join the discord as we have had some mole issues from OSU. Even if you don’t pass the vetting process, we can still provide less-secret instructions in the general chat so that you can still help us towards our goals until we can fully 100% trust you.
Instructions as to how to play:
At the beginning of the game. Every team was assigned one single territory, and so every territory is now named after that team. When you go to select an action in the game, you'll see option such as:
"Defend Buffalo", "Attack Penn State", "Attack Kent State".
This means that we border the location that was originally assigned to Penn State and Kent State. If you choose to attack Penn State, you will attempt to take that piece of land next round. Defend Buffalo, means that we currently own Buffalo's original homeland, and defending Buffalo means putting your stars towards keeping Buffalo from being taken.
After you submit what you're doing for the day, just sit back at wait! At Midnight EST all of the picks from all of the teams go in, and a random number generator selects a winner for each territory. Then it all happens again tomorrow.
Full instructions/explanations are available HERE
Here's today's map:
Land of 10--Michigan is expecting more than 23 TD passes from Shea Patterson this year.
After just 9 TD passes last year, that would certainly be MORE than welcome.
Lots of blame for last years painful passing game was put on the QBs, the receivers, and the O Line, in other words, the players. Not much was placed on the coaching. I personally don't think that was completely fair. The passing game looked dysfunctional most of the time. And wouldn't the coaching share some of the blame for that? Seems they should....
Either way, forgetting last year would be good. 23 TD passes would do it for many fans.
26 second video of Shea Patterson's first TD pass in college: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETaXvRgM4gc Yes, that was his first TD pass in college.
May we see this type of excitement in some plays this year at Michigan!
....days until Pierre Woods (LB 2002-2005) watches his 2018 Michigan Wolverines intimidate and POUND Notre Dame in South Bend!
And so the countdown begins....
Tennessee linebacker Darrin Kirkland, Jr. is going the grad transfer route and leaving Tennessee. He was originally committed to Michigan in the 2015 class before signing with the Volunteers. He had 111 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, and 1 interception in 2015 and 2016 combined, but he missed 2017 with an injury. He was committed to the Brady Hoke regime, so I'm not sure whether the current staff has any interest, but I thought it was noteworthy, anyway.
UPDATE: So now it seems as if he's not transferring.
100 days until kickoff vs. Notre Dame. Michigan is slightly favored by another betting outlet, BetOnline.
Other notables there:
State favored by 26 over Utah St
Wisconsin favored by 33 over Western Kentucky
Ohio St favored by 38 in their really tough match up with Oregon St ;-)
Penn St favored by 23.5 over Appalachian St.
Nebraska favored by 20.5 over Akron
Iowa favored by 14 over Northern Illinois
It looks like Michigan has the toughest match up of all big name teams in the BIG 10 on opening weekend.
Two other games that should be great ones that weekend: Auburn vs Washington on Saturday afternoon, before the Michigan night game. And on Sunday night, LSU vs. Miami, at AT&T Stadium, Dallas (JerryLand).