Safety (or lack thereof) in Football

Safety (or lack thereof) in Football

Submitted by MGoBender on January 28th, 2013 at 10:06 PM

(I actually thought a recent topic had something worth discussing, however, the OP included something banned on these boards... Let's try this again).

A certain prominent public figure recent spoke about the future of football.

The Raven's Bernard Pollard said recently that he does not believe the NFL will exist in 30 years.

I have a few questions for discussion:

1. Would you feel OK about your son (real or theoretical) playing football? To what degree?

2. To what extent do you believe football can survive, as is?

3. What would you do to try to save the sport?


My responses:

1. I would discourage my theoretical son from playing football. While at the end of the day, it would be his choice, I'd encourage soccer or fall-ball baseball for an autumn sport. If he chose to play football, I would be a pretty worried person everyday.


2. Every year something changes and I don't think that will stop any time soon. So, no I think 10-15 years from now the game will be different.


3. I'd make hitting illegal.  If you do not attempt to wrap up with your arms and instead launch your body (whether you make contact with your shoulder or helmet), it would be a personal foul. 2 of them and you're ejected. 

Yeah, big hits are exciting. But how often do we lament the player going for the big hit and failing to bring down the ball carrier? I think we can eliminate hitting without taking too much away from the game.

Quick Poggi Update

Quick Poggi Update

Submitted by robbyt003 on January 28th, 2013 at 7:10 PM

WOLVERINENATION - the den ($$$)  If you don't have an account, you should get one.

From our good friend Tom-

Henrys dad spoke with the coaches on Friday, Henry spoke with them yesterday, and he's getting a visit from Mattison tomorrow.  Tom said it'd be very surprising for Poggi to end up at Alabama.

From the sounds of it, it was just about him going to see his friend at Alabama.  The coaches were well aware he was going, so lets end the his offer is pulled chat.

Sorry for the interruption, please go back to being excited about Derrick Green and being #1 in the polls.


OT: The SEC Perception

OT: The SEC Perception

Submitted by MGoVoldemort on January 28th, 2013 at 6:33 PM

My daughter chose to write a research paper on if, as assumed by most fans, the SEC is committing NCAA rule violations (besides minor ones that get reported) in football recruiting. As a part of the paper, she needs to get the opinions of 10-15 college football fans on the topic. I told her there would be no better place to get better educated responses than MGoBlog. So if you guys could please share your opinions, you'd really be helping her out.

Also, having all girls, I never thought one of my daughters would take an interest in this. So it means a lot to me for her to take an interest in, well, my interests. 


The two questions:

1. Do you think the SEC is committing serious NCAA rule infractions?

2. If you think so, or don't think so, what is your reasoning?


Thanks in advance!

Who are are the 2013 Walk On's for the Football team?

Who are are the 2013 Walk On's for the Football team?

Submitted by razor93 on January 28th, 2013 at 5:50 PM

I am very aware that we currently have 27 verbal commitments with full scholarship offers, but I was wondering if there we have any confirmation on any players that are walking on for 2013.  I know we have the kicker from Luthern High North, but I also heard Jack Wangler from Warren DeLaSalle is a preferred walk on also.  Any confirmation to this?

Dan Skipper to Arkansas

Dan Skipper to Arkansas

Submitted by TexanGOBLUE on January 28th, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Dan Skipper commited to Arkansas per (paywalled).

'I was surprised by the academic support staff, I think that was actually what sold me.'

Congrats to the kid on picking a school, I am sure Beilema sold him on how he put out linemen to the NFL. 


#EATING update [Ed: READ THIS!]

#EATING update [Ed: READ THIS!]

Submitted by martaviousodoms on January 28th, 2013 at 4:46 PM


I know I haven't been posting lately.  It's been a little tought trying to get things finished with the Kickstarter and garden situation and rewards.  We are moving forward though and the instalation date is set to be in 3 weeks if all goes according to plan.  It is more dificult then just putting in a garden and printing t-shirts and hoodies.  

We are also working on a video and slide show to show our progress and the steps so that is where all our focus is on right now. So we can share our process.  

And finally, I was wondering if anyone of our supporters could help me draft a cease and desist letter about our brand.  please email me at [email protected]

The hoodies had to be reprinted with some of the shirts so its taking longer and thank you for waiting we wanted them a long time ago too.

P.S.  Shout out to the Men's Basketball team on their accomplishments this year. Keep up the good work.  GO BLUE

Frank Clark's new ink

Frank Clark's new ink

Submitted by Blazefire on January 28th, 2013 at 1:46 PM

I just saw this tweet from Frank Clark. I thought you'd all like to see his new ink. Michigan players know how to do ink right (unlike Sparties), and legal (unlike TSUO).


“@umclark57: With Struggle comes Progress. From the "G" to the "M". Good afternoon

— Focused Tattoos (@FocusedTattoos) January 27, 2013


History of Michigan Players in Rivals100

History of Michigan Players in Rivals100

Submitted by 1464 on January 28th, 2013 at 12:52 PM

I went through data from Rivals to comprise a list of recruits that have committed to Michigan from their top 100 players.  Below is the full list of 44 players.  At bottom are some tables that lend context to the data.


Ryan Mallett QB ***** 4 2 2007 TX
Prescott Burgess DB ***** 6 1 2003 OH
Derrick Green (*) RB ***** 8 1 2013 VA
Chad Henne QB ***** 13 3 2004 PA
LaMarr Woodley LB ***** 14 3 2003 MI
Ondre Pipkins DT ***** 14 3 2012 MO
Brandon Graham LB ***** 15 2 2006 MI
Kevin Grady RB ***** 22 4 2005 MI
Kyle Kalis  OL ***** 22 4 2012 OH
Donovan Warren DB ***** 25 3 2007 CA
Stephen Schilling OL ***** 26 2 2006 WA
Will Campbell DT ***** 26 5 2009 MI
Gabe Watson DT ***** 33 3 2002 MI
Justin Turner DB **** 35 3 2009 OH
Marques Slocum OL **** 37 1 2005 PA
Shawn Crable DE **** 39 2 2003 OH
Carlos Brown RB **** 39 5 2006 GA
Tim Jamison DE **** 40 5 2004 IL
Darryl Stonum WR **** 41 7 2008 TX
Boubacar Cissoko DB **** 44 4 2008 MI
Jonas Mouton DB **** 45 3 2006 CA
Mario Manningham WR **** 45 5 2005 OH
Antonio Bass ATH **** 49 5 2005 MI
Dann O'Neill OL **** 49 10 2008 MI
Justin Boren OL **** 64 1 2006 OH
Henry Poggi (*) DT **** 70 5 2013 MD
Clayton Richard QB **** 71 4 2003 IN
Erik Magnuson OL **** 78 10 2012 CA
Alex Mitchell OL **** 80 3 2004 MI
Shane Morris (*) QB **** 81 4 2013 MI
Patrick Kugler OL **** 82 6 2013 PA
Cory Zirbel OL **** 83 10 2005 KY
Justice Hayes RB **** 85 3 2011 MI
Jim Presley LB **** 89 2 2003 MI
Adam Patterson DT **** 91 7 2006 SC
Toney Clemons WR **** 91 12 2007 PA
Greg Mathews WR **** 93 8 2006 FL
Matt Gutierrez QB **** 96 5 2002 CA
Ryan Mundy DB **** 96 6 2003 PA
Terrance Taylor DT **** 96 8 2005 MI
Brett Gallimore OL **** 96 10 2004 MO
James McKinney DT **** 98 9 2005 KY
Doug Dutch WR **** 98 10 2004 DC
Cullen Christian DB **** 99 8 2010 PA

* LOI yet to be signed



OL 10
DB 7
DT 7
QB 5
WR 5
RB 4
LB 3
DE 2
QB 4
DB 6
RB 8
LB 14
DT 14
OL 22
DE 39
WR 41
ATH 49
MI 13
OH 6
PA 6
CA 4
KY 2
MO 2
TX 2
DC 1
FL 1
GA 1
IL 1
IN 1
MD 1
SC 1
VA 1
WA 1
2002 2
2003 6
2004 5
2005 7
2006 7
2007 3
2008 3
2009 2
2010 1
2011 1
2012 3
2013 (*) 4


10 Game Conference Schedule Being Considered?

10 Game Conference Schedule Being Considered?

Submitted by RakeFight on January 28th, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Not sure what to make of the idea of a 10 game conference football schedule.  That would only leave 2 non-conference slots on the schedule.  I'm interested to hear people's thoughts on the probability and ramifications of such a proposal.…