Denard Robinson, EJ Manuel, Kenjon Barner win Madden Bowl

Denard Robinson, EJ Manuel, Kenjon Barner win Madden Bowl

Submitted by justingoblue on February 1st, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Title pretty much says it all. The trio of draftee hopefuls becomes the first to take down three rookies from last year, Doug Martin (RB Tampa), AJ Green (WR Cincinnati), and Trent Richardson (RB Cleveland) in a game of Madden as part of the pre-Super Bowl festivities in the nineteen years since the event has been held. Picture of our favorite 2013 draftee, via M Football Twitter:

 

OT-ish: Ann Arbor Pioneer First HS to Produce Two Super Bowl Coaches?

OT-ish: Ann Arbor Pioneer First HS to Produce Two Super Bowl Coaches?

Submitted by yzerman19 on February 1st, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Would love to get the data on this from someone who knows, but Jim played QB his sohmore year before his dad go the gig at Palo Alto.  John played baseball for PiHi - what other high school can brag like AA Pi Hi this week?  

OT: Insight to HS football in Georgia (and the South)

OT: Insight to HS football in Georgia (and the South)

Submitted by YoOoBoMoLloRoHo on February 1st, 2013 at 9:09 AM
The topic of high school football quality and recruiting in SEC country has been widely debated on this board. This free Rivals article lays out a case for Georgia's rise in HS football that pertains to many programs across the South. Writer's key points with a little first-hand commentary by this Atlantan: 1. High quality HS coaches. They are well paid, but also incur high turnover with immense pressure to win. 2. Year round training. Even junior high programs have organized S&C for the entire offseason in addition to 3 weeks of spring football. 3. Focus. These programs measure themselves by their players at SEC/ACC schools in football. http://footballrecruiting.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1466822 * Although not cited in the article, Milton lost in the first round of the playoffs and is considered an OK football school. Gwinnett County schools are among the Georgia powerhouses.

Semi-OT: Toomer Blasts Ray Lewis

Semi-OT: Toomer Blasts Ray Lewis

Submitted by Everyone Murders on February 1st, 2013 at 8:46 AM

The Detroit News has a short article regarding Amani Toomer's impressions of the Ray Lewis spectacle, labeling Lewis a "caricature".  All in all I think it was good of Toomer to call Lewis out on Lewis's antics.

A theme in Toomer's comments is that in addition to Lewis's checkered past, Lewis is largely all about Ray Lewis and less so about his team.  That jibes with my impression of Lewis.

I am a big believer that people can redeem themselves, but also think that most people who do show contrition and humility.  I haven't seen much of either from Lewis, so I'm hoping he goes out with a thud rather than a bang.*  Lewis strikes me as positively unrepenetant regarding his involvement in the Atlanta murders.

On the other hand, Ed Reed seems to be on the way out of the NFL himself, and has been a model of humility.  Anyway, let's hear your thoughts on this topic since it's the off-season.

"It's definitely all about him," Toomer, a former NFL player whose Giants lost to Lewis and the Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV, told USA Today. "Once a guy goes to the center of the field, goes into the victory formation on the last play of his last home game … I just don't think the Giants or any organization I've ever been a part of, even growing up, would allow somebody to single themselves out like that.

*Insert off-color joke about Lewis's crew's victim going out with a bang. Feel bad because the victims were real and the crime horrendous. Wring hands about dilemma of including this comment. Realize the victims were stabbed rather than shot.  Hang head in shame.

OT: It's National Wear Red Day for women's heart disease awareness. [title edited]

OT: It's National Wear Red Day for women's heart disease awareness. [title edited]

Submitted by 74polSKA on February 1st, 2013 at 8:33 AM

I didn't see this posted in any previous years, so here goes.  I heard an ad for National Wear Red Day today and was curious about the program.  Heart disease is a serious concern for women and this seams like a very worthy cause.  As a Michigan fan, my pressing question of course was if Coach Hoke would break his pledge to never wear red to support a cause such as this?  Also in honor of this day, please share any stories about how this disease has effected your life. 

Edit:  I do realize that Coach Hoke would surely support this and all causes like it, even if he refuses to wear red.  This is more of a Super Bowl media week style question and a chance for MGoBloggers to remember their lost loved ones.

Edit 2:  I have changed the original title "OT: Would Hoke wear red for National Wear Red Day?" due to the accidental focus on whether or not that question is thread worthy, whether or not I'm a moron, etc.  Hopefully this thread will move off the board so we can all just gear up for the game tomorrow night.  Mods please delete if I have caused a disturbance in The Force.

OT: The Essential Smart Football Book on sale for .99

OT: The Essential Smart Football Book on sale for .99

Submitted by stephenrjking on February 1st, 2013 at 12:56 AM

If you read Brian you know how good @smartfootball is. His work is indispensable for the thinking fan, and the stuff he has on Grantland right now regarding the game this weekend is outstanding.

His book is on sale for Kindle for 99 cents, I believe through Super Bowl Sunday. Just got mine.

http://smartfootball.com/books/super-bowl-special-offer-the-essential-s…

Nebraska and Iowa will seek to continue their Black Friday games

Nebraska and Iowa will seek to continue their Black Friday games

Submitted by ChicagoB1GRed on January 31st, 2013 at 11:26 PM

http://www.omaha.com/article/20130131/HUSKERS/130139893

[EDIT]: and Wisconsin's Alvarez in a letter to Wisconsin fans said that he wants Wisconsin to play against Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska every year. Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta is quoted as strongly favoring playing vs Minnesota,  Wisconsin, Illinois,  Northwestern and Nebraska.

http://thegazette.com/2013/01/31/barry-alvarez-wisconsin-wants-to-play-iowa-minnesota-nebraska-every-year/

Why is this of interest to Michigan fans, let alone Nebraska, Wisconsin, or Iowa fans? Because its another indication the B1G  is going towards a geography-based alignment.

I've read all the threads on this forum on the subject. Its a tough, tough problem. Obviously the major history and tradition of the Big Ten are intertwined with UM and OSU, the conference leaders/legends who must be be respected, no one disagrees with that. And the other ancient instate and border rivalries that are the fabric of the Big Ten. Then you have the newcomers: first the new kings PSU and Nebraska, followed by the media/academic additions Rutgers and Maryland and who knows who after that, maybe some lacrosse schools.

How do you make it all work, balancing equally all the rivalries, power balance, media ratings, recruiting exposure, and strength of schedule? YOU CAN'T, THERE WILL BE BREAKAGE.

I think this news item is another "tell" that the B1G will go to either 2 divisions or 4 pods of East-West and to hell with who's done what and who will do in the future. UM will end up with a OSU-eastern teams marriage and NE-IA-WI-MN+IL's-etc will play in another...until we add the damn southern schools and start all over again.

Go Big Red! Hail Victors!

And meanwhile until its all redone beat Michigan again in 2013 for the Legends!

Keep voting Michigan + Denard for NCAA '14 cover

Keep voting Michigan + Denard for NCAA '14 cover

Submitted by pasadenablue on January 31st, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Please keep voting for Michigan and Denard to make it on the cover of NCAA Football 14, Ed O'Bannon's lawsuit be damned!

http://www.facebook.com/questions/10151359024297280/

We're only ~3,000 votes behind, and we're catching up.

There's no reason not to do this.  Unless I suppose you hate America.  Or don't have facebook.

 

Honestly, unless you want to see Eddie Lacy on the cover instead of Denard, go vote immediately.

 

BONUS:  The facebook page cover photo.  ND would have Manti Teo's fake girlfriend on the cover.  No wonder they lost.

OT - Skip Bayless: Let's get rid of field goals in the NFL

OT - Skip Bayless: Let's get rid of field goals in the NFL

Submitted by a2_electricboogaloo on January 31st, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Skip's at it again.  In his most recent column, he calls for the removal of field goals from football.

Field goal kicking is wildly exciting for all the wrong reasons. We regularly interrupt games to go for a ride on the equivalent of Disney's stomach-in-throat Tower of Terror. The scariest words for any fan are "wide right" or "wide left." Or, in the case of Buffalo Bills fans, "Scott Norwood."

This is why I have long proposed a change that will never, ever happen because it makes too much sense. Give place-kicking the boot.

That's right, eliminate it. Force supremely talented offensive players to keep doing what they do best: Make first downs. Fourth-and-5 at the opponent's 25? You have to GO FOR IT. And you keep going for it until you score six points or you're stopped. If you score a touchdown, you always go for the far more exciting two-point conversion.

I personally hate the idea.  I think field goals are a great part of the game, and to remove them would be to remove a traditional part of the game we all love.  But, I'm curious to hear what everyone's reaction it to this.
 
(Link here, if you want to read the res of the columnt/give Skip the page view that he so desperately craves)