Hope for Pahokee #Eating Kickstarter Project Update

Hope for Pahokee #Eating Kickstarter Project Update

Submitted by Butterfield on January 2nd, 2013 at 3:59 PM

If you pledged to Martavious Odoms' #Eating Kickstarter campaign, you probably received an update via email today.  If not, here is the latest:

I know it has been awhile and everyone has been asking for updates but we didn't want to update until I had confirmed some of our plans for the Garden.  I just met with our partner Roger from Urban Greenworks about the layout of the garden and talking to the land owner about getting the land.  A big part of setting up the Garden is to get the land approved by the City as a place we can do the project and also we needed to reach an agreement with the land owners about the use of the land. 

We also drove around Pahokee through the different projects where I grew up because an important part of the Garden is involving the community.  I want each garden to be a representation of a project in Pahokee.  In the next few days and weeks we will have blue prints of how the garden will look to share and a timeline of when the garden is being planted and how we are going to do it.  We will post some of the garden plot names soon because I know people have been asking. 

Just so you all know we received all the rewards but the shirts are missed printed so we had to send them all back and get them done correctly so please stay patient with us.  We apologize for the delay.  We wanted to have them a lot sooner and this is taking a long time and we know that it can be frustrating but we are working our hardest and sometimes not everything goes according to plan and all we can do is keep working hard to get everything right.

Michigan will be _ - _ in FB next year

Michigan will be _ - _ in FB next year

Submitted by 1464 on January 2nd, 2013 at 2:20 PM

 

Saturday
08/31/13
Chippewas Central Michigan Chippewas
Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
09/07/13
Fighting Irish Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
Primetime
ABC or ESPN
Buy
Tickets
Saturday
09/14/13
Zips Akron Zips
Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
09/21/13
Huskies at Connecticut Huskies
Rentschler Field, East Hartford, CT
TBA ---
Saturday
09/28/13
--- Open Date --- ---
Saturday
10/05/13
Gophers Minnesota Golden Gophers
Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
10/12/13
Nittany Lions at Penn State Nittany Lions
Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
10/19/13
Hoosiers Indiana Hoosiers
Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
10/26/13
--- Open Date --- ---
Saturday
11/02/13
Spartans at Michigan State Spartans
Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
11/09/13
Cornhuskers Nebraska Cornhuskers
Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
11/16/13
Wildcats at Northwestern Wildcats
Ryan Field, Evanston, IL
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
11/23/13
Hawkeyes at Iowa Hawkeyes
Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
11/30/13
Buckeyes Ohio State Buckeyes
Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
12/07/13

Big Ten

Big Ten Championship Game
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
TBA ---

(stolen from http://www.fbschedules.com/ncaa-13/big-ten/2013-michigan-wolverines-football-schedule.php )

 

College football is unofficially officially over, especially on this site.  Let me be the first of many posters to make this thread.  What are your way too early predictions for next year? This year went as many posters predicted.  We had a better football team but a lesser record. 

I would really like to establish a QB with an arm.  I loved Denard, but seeing him tear it up at RB opened my eyes to the fact that he still would have been Denard at any position.  He should have been on the field for the final kickoff return of the game as well.  Hell, maybe he shoulda been out there for all of them.

I think that next year will be a good year for the Wolverines.  I still think that 2015-2016 is when we are reaping the fruits of this recruiting, so I cannot call us world beaters next year, but we should be the front runner to get to the BTCG.  Kinnick is a hard place to play, but Iowa is a tire fire.  Sparty gon' Spart.  We are likely looking at Notre Dame, Nebraska, and Ohio as defining our season.  We CAN win all those games.  We should win at least one of them.  I think that if we get a lot luck, we can go 13-0, as there are no huge threats on our schedule.  I see that 13-0 as being the same as ND or OSU this year.  Those were very soft unbeaten schedules (one of them will be cut short in a few days).  I can also reasonably see us losing 3 games, at 9-3.  So that is my likely range, and going off the schedule, the conference, the recruiting, and the players coming back, I don't see that as being overly optimistic.

Inside the Boxscore - Team 133, Game 13

Inside the Boxscore - Team 133, Game 13

Submitted by ST3 on January 2nd, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    I will start my final diary of this season by thanking Dave Brandon for another "Wow" moment. He really went retro with the throwback uniforms, to a time before jerseys had numbers. Wait, there were numbers on those uniforms? One of the first things you learn when you start preparing powerpoint charts is don't use a yellow font color on a white background. (Another thing is make your fonts large enough for your audience to see them - and yes, this is a reference to the mini-numbers on the front of the UTL jerseys.)I would have thought that a marketing genius would know that. Maybe if they had made the blue border a little wider, the number would have stood out, or at least been visible. I think the problem was getting into business with Adidas in the first place. My wife bought me a couple pair of sweatpants for Christmas, because it gets cold at the Badminton Club in January. They were made by Adidas and the tags called them, "Weekender Pants." I tried on a pair and had a strange urge to move to Florida and start playing shuffleboard. In keeping with the SitCom theme of the season, I'll share a quote from Seinfeld regarding sweatpants, "You know the message you're sending out to the world with these sweatpants? You're telling the world, 'I give up. I can't compete in normal society. I'm miserable, so I might as well be comfortable.'" That sums up Adidas and our "wow" jerseys.

Link: http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/010113aaa.html

Burst of Impetus
* I didn't take notes during the game, so I was sitting here trying to remember what big plays Michigan made to grab the momentum. Then it hit me, we didn't make any. All the big plays were made by South Carolina. Ojemudia did force a fumble, but that was about it. Wile's 52 yard field goal was a nice shot in the arm and set us up for a dramatic fourth quarter. Our longest run was 19 yards and our longest reception was 26 yards. Meanwhile, both USC QBs had passes greater than 50 yards and one had a 64 yard run.

Malachi Crunch
* Subtract the three long plays and our defense held SC to 236 yards on 50 plays. (Subtract the punt return and our Special Teams were pretty good as well.)
* Quoting me after game 1, "We held Bama to only 431 yards. They may be the best offense we face all year. If we can hold everyone else under 431, I’ll be happy." USC gained 426 yards. Am I happy? No, because we lost the game.
* We had been playing with fire all season against shaky B1G QBs. We saw what competent QBs can do against 2nd string CBs, and even then, we almost pulled it out. One more bobble on the Sanders TD and that comes back and then who knows?
* So the question is, why did we give up the big plays when we had been so good at avoiding those all season? Was it really the poor B1G QBs? Or was it the loss of JT Floyd?
* Gordon led us in tackles with 6. Ryan was next with 4. The defense was not on the field very much and the stats reflect that.
* We did manage 7 TFLs on USC's 53 plays. I'll take more of that next season.
* Demens only had 1 tackle. Campbell had 0 (did he play?) and Floyd didn't play. That's three of our five defensive leaders contributing one tackle total.

Ermahgerd Dehrnerd
* Denard carried 23 times for 100 yards. He threw once incomplete. It was nice of USC to respect his passing ability (except for the 2nd failed 2pt conversion attempt.) Did they even bother to scout us? He also caught one pass for 7 yards.
* I don't really read Bill Simmons or Grantland anymore. But one of his "things" is the Ewing Theory. In brief, it states that teams can surprise you by winning AFTER the major star leaves the team. Think of Tennessee winning the National Championship with Tee Martin after Manning graduated. Secretly, in a tiny portion of my brain, way back where my repressed memories lie, I'm hoping that Denard is the next Ewing Theory example and Gardner leads us to the promised land next season.

Ermahgerdner
* Let's hope Gardner develops some chemistry with another receiver besides Gallon. Might I suggest Funchess? Half of Gardner's 18 completions went to Gallon.

Bunches of Funchess
* Gallon had 9 receptions for 145 yards and 2 TDs. He would have been the player of the game had Michigan made a stop on USC's final drive.

And Justice for Rawls
* I noticed one of SC's O-linemen had a tattoo that read, "Justice IV All." Justice Hayes ran twice for 3 yards. Rawls didn't carry the ball.

Norf and Souf
* Norfleet returned one kick for 32 yards and made a tackle. I like his enthusiasm, but I'm worried one of these days he's going to get hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. One of the bigger questions of this off-season is going to be what they do with him, position-wise. Vincent Smith needs to be replaced.

Zonkeys
* OK, I do have a section devoted to the referees, so I guess I have to comment on our 9.99 yard first down. There are only three possible explanations. One, the chain is 10 yards, so the ball only needs to get to the end of the chain, not the linky thing on the yard-marker. Two, the official thought the yard marker was leaning out of the way and if it had been upright, it would have touched the ball. (I'm really straining as a Michigan homer to justify that call.) Three, it was a glitch in the Matrix. Did you all check the back of your necks for the data ports like I did after that play? Slight tangent, if the Matrix had been made today, I think they would be able to replace all those huge connectors with one fiber optic cable up your nose, or possibly a wireless link. Man, how technology has evolved over the years.
* I really couldn't understand the refs, and then it hit me, half of the group had bet on Michigan to cover the spread, and half had bet on USC to win outright, so they compromised and worked it out so that SC could win by 5. What else could explain the head referee COVERING HIS MOUTH while he discussed a play with the other refs. I felt like I was watching the WWE. What are you hiding?

Moar Numberz
* We had 24 first downs to their 17, and 38 minutes TOP to their 22. This was like the Indiana game a few years ago, except we were Indiana. We were grinding it out, 10 yards at a time. The problem with that is you need to be perfect. Any little holding penalty or hands-to-the-face penalty stops your drive.
* Time of possession was 10+ minutes for Michigan in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarters, but only 6:31 in the 4th quarter. Instead of tiring out their defense, I guess our offense got tired.
* Net yards rushing, M: 141, SC: 85. That usually correlates with a victory, but being -1 in TO margin and giving up the punt return TD negates that advantage.
* Clowney had 4 tackles, two TFLs, and the hit that SportsCenter is showing on a continuous loop. It must suck being an O-linemen. You stop a guy for 81 plays, have a miscommunication on the 82nd, and the D-linemen ends up on all the highlight shows and gets picked first overall in the draft next year. I'm sure Lewan and Clowney will meet again at the next level. Those are two outstanding football players. I wanted Muppets, but all I got was Bozo the Clowney.

Thanks to everybody who clicked on my Diary this season, even if it was just to get a handy link to the boxscore. Happy New Year, MGoFriends.
-ST3

META - If you were Brian, the next MGoBlog banner would feature.....

META - If you were Brian, the next MGoBlog banner would feature.....

Submitted by Butterfield on January 2nd, 2013 at 1:51 PM

The "Kneeling Denard" banner was an awesome choice for DRob's final season, especially when paired with the "This love's for gentlemen only" tagline.   Previously, the Hoke banner from last year was excellent although the "Your shoes sparkle in the moonlight fancy dancer" tagline was over my head and didn't turn up any google results. 

Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, assumes you are in the shoes of the esteemed proprietor of this here blog who is faced with an urgent need to redesign the banner ASAP.  What say you, MGoCommunity?  Who/what would be featured on the next banner and what does the tagline read?

If it were up to me, I'd go with a picture of Jake Ryan and his glorious coif coupled with a tagline along the lines of "Resting his head on a pillow made of concrete" - a lyric from Pearl Jam's "Even Flow". 

EDIT:  Wasn't even thinking along the lines of a basketball banner since it's never been done here before, but the posters who suggested it may be on to something.  A good one might be a picture of Trey Burke's (supposedly) vacated dorm room that caused panic last year with the tagline "Psych" or "Sike", however you youngsters spell it these days. 

TMD on Denard/What's your #1 Denard Memory?

TMD on Denard/What's your #1 Denard Memory?

Submitted by JeepinBen on January 2nd, 2013 at 1:26 PM

A nice article on Denard, and I think a great way to think about someone's career that just ended. As in, you can't. 4 years of memories don't fit on 2 pages.

http://www.michigandaily.com/sports/01-zach-helfand-dear-denard-1?page=0,0

As Helfand writes, we all have our "Denard Memory", ups and downs, etc. What's your #1 memory from his career?

I have to go with the ND fumble recovery TD. I was in that corner of the endzone and saw the fumble, saw him pick it up and run it right towards me and into the endzone... That's one I wont forget.

What's yours?

Ups And Downs: Season-To-Season And Historic Production Changes

Ups And Downs: Season-To-Season And Historic Production Changes

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on January 2nd, 2013 at 10:31 AM

“A HIGH-LEVEL LOOK AT OVERALL PRODUCTION”

After an afternoon of disappointment followed by reflection, I decided to take a look at the last ten years of Michigan football and conduct a little “then and now” look at it. I had most of this data already, so it was reasonably convenient for me.

I added the South Carolina data into the figuring of seasonal averages for rushing offense and defense, passing offense and defense and scoring offense and defense. I then split the ten seasons into “the previous eight” versus “the last two” and provided separate averages for these. Granted, an average of two numbers isn’t exceedingly meaningful, but it aids in approximating a few other items. More specifically, increases or decreases in productivity between the two periods. Recognizing the dangers of the “average of averages”, given that there are so many data points involved, I will accept the summary statistics as a decent approximation and a good basis for discussion.

So you can see the trends between the first two seasons with this coaching staff, I figured out the percent change along the six metric between the two years, but then I also did this for the “Hoke Era”, if you will, versus the previous eight years so it is possible to see, at a high level, some of the effects of the change.

DATA AND RESULTS:

 

SEASON

Mich Rushing Off. - Avg. Yds

Mich Passing Off. - Avg. Yds

Mich Rushing Def. - Avg. Yds

Mich Passing Def. - Avg. Yds

Mich Scoring Off. - Avg. Pts.

Mich Scoring Def. - Avg. Pts.

2003-04

172.9

270.8

116.6

180.5

35.4

16.9

2004-05

153.6

232.9

133.3

202.9

30.8

23.3

2005-06

164.6

222.7

137.3

202.8

28.8

20.3

2006-07

175.5

195.2

43.4

224.9

29.2

15.9

2007-08

164.9

220.2

156.9

178.9

27.2

21.4

2008-09

147.6

143.2

136.9

230.0

20.3

28.9

2009-10

186.2

198.3

171.9

221.4

29.5

27.5

2010-11

238.5

250.2

188.9

261.9

32.8

35.2

2011-12

221.9

182.9

131.7

190.5

33.3

17.4

2012-13

182.2

199.1

151.7

169.7

29.8

19.8

10 Year Average:

180.8

211.6

136.9

206.4

29.7

22.7

Avg. (Previous 8 Seasons):

175.5

216.7

135.7

212.9

29.3

23.7

Avg. (Last 2 Seasons):

202.1

191.0

141.7

180.1

31.6

18.6

% Change (Prev. 8 Seasons to Last 2 Seasons):

13.2%

-11.9%

4.3%

-15.4%

7.3%

-21.4%

% Change (2011-12 to 2012-13):

-17.9%

8.1%

13.2%

-10.9%

-10.5%

12.1%

 

DISCUSSION:

There shouldn’t be too much in here that you didn’t already surmise.

For one thing, in some of the numbers anyway, you will clearly note what has been called “The Denard Effect” around these parts when it comes to offensive production, particularly rushing and scoring offense.  Between this season and last, the 17.9% decrease in average rushing can be explained by injuries and by role and scheme changes in the offense. It will be interesting to revisit this analysis next year for this reason. The other thing that will not shock anyone is the drop in passing overall during the current regime, but the uptick from last year to this year, mainly due to “the Gardner effect”, if you will.

An interesting statistic to me as well is that, despite appearances, the pass defense did get better this year compared to last despite what I would term the absence of pure pass rusher, at least in my opinion. The rush defense actually took a step back statistically, although you watching the games makes that difficult to believe for me sometimes.

There are plenty of springboards for discussion in this, I believe, but I am interested in what the MGoCommunity thinks.

ADDENDUM (at the request of Blue In Seattle - excellent idea, BTW):

 

SEASON WINS LOSSES OC  DC
2003 10 3 Terry Malone Jim Herrmann
2004 9 3 Terry Malone Jim Herrmann
2005 7 5 Terry Malone Jim Herrmann
2006 11 2 Mike DeBord Ron English
2007 9 4 Mike DeBord Ron English
2008 3 9 Calvin Magee Scot Shafer
2009 5 7 Calvin Magee Greg Robinson
2010 7 6 Calvin Magee Greg Robinson
2011 11 2 Al Borges Greg Mattison
2012 8 5 Al Borges Greg Mattison

FOR THOSE OF US SUFFERING THROUGH WINTER:

Miami Dolphins to part ways with Jake Long?

Miami Dolphins to part ways with Jake Long?

Submitted by MGoVoldemort on January 2nd, 2013 at 9:55 AM
Apparently this.......is a thing. While in Miami for work, I was listening to sports talk radio, and they were all mentioning the likelihood Miami will be taking a Left Tackle in the draft. Being talk radio, I of course took it with a grain of salt. I don't follow Fins' news at all, so this was the first I'd heard rumblings of this. Curious, I looked for news on it, and sure enough, it's a likelihood Long won't be back with Miami next year. http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2012-12-19/miami-dolphins-nfl-wee… What logic is there in cutting your ALL PRO left tackle? You just drafted a QB in the first round, Jake Long shouldn't be in the conversation of cost cutting moves. This would be Millen level stupidity and then some. How often are franchise Left Tackles on the market?

Roh's role in GERG's daughter's rehab

Roh's role in GERG's daughter's rehab

Submitted by blueheron on January 2nd, 2013 at 6:10 AM

Somewhat awkward title, but it's the best I could do ...

Very touching (IMO) article on how Greg Robinson's daughter rehabbed at UMich with help from Barwis and, in a different way, Craig Roh:

http://espn.go.com/colleges/michigan/football/story/_/id/8793581/michig…

h/t Touch The Banner (http://touchthebanner.blogspot.com/2013/01/wolverine-nation-roh-fills-g…)