OT? - Seating switch mistake?

OT? - Seating switch mistake?

Submitted by MDave on September 10th, 2012 at 5:10 PM

So I made a seating section switch for this year.  After 5 years of being in Section 5, I moved my seats to Section 19.  I figured both sections look straight at the South goal line, but at least in Section 19, I will be able to be on the Michigan sideline, have the cheerleaders in front of me, and be able to hear the band a lot better.

All of this turned out to be true, but I wasn't very happy with a few things in my new section that put a kink in my experience against Air Force:

1) People seemed more uptight in this area.  They sat almost all the time except for big plays and big 3rd/4th downs with M on defense.  There was one loud guy a few rows behind me that kept getting dirty looks.  It just seems very quiet in the area also. 

2) No easy out.  Noticed there are 2 entrance/exits on the east side, but only 1 on the west side.  It took me 15 minutes to get out to the concourse.  In section 5, it never took me more than 1-2 minutes.

3) No easy bathrooms.  Maybe I missed the easy bathroom, but I sure didn't see one.  In section 5, there is both a men's and women's just outside and rarely have lines.

Also, I found out during the Nebraska game last year that I was sitting next to 1964 team captain Jim Conley when I was in section 5.  Wish I would have figured that out much earlier in the season.

Anyway, the point of this long post is to get recommendations/advice from other board members on their observations in this section or other sections.  Obviously this could have just been one odd game, but I want to figure out if I want to make another section switch.  Thanks in advance!

Sound system

Sound system

Submitted by ontarioblue on September 10th, 2012 at 2:07 PM

With all the money spent on the stadium renovations and scoreboards, isn't time to update the sound system for the band.  I sit on the visitor side of the field on the 10 yard line 60 rows up and I cannot hear the band during halftime at all.  On Saturday, the Air Force band with its 30 members was louder than our band with 300 members.  I really believe it is time to put live mics on the band members.  Anyone else having a tough time hearing the band?

How much does winning and losing impact a recruits choice: Derrick Green

How much does winning and losing impact a recruits choice: Derrick Green

Submitted by Chi-Blue on September 10th, 2012 at 12:18 PM

So as you read most of the recruiting talking heads it is assumed that the battle for Derrick Green's services is down to us and Auburn. If so how much does the impact of wins, loses, and general perception of where the team is headed affect the recuits choice of schools? Comparing schedules over the next little bit . . .

Michigan - 1-1


@ Notre Dame


@ Purdue


Auburn - 0-2




In case you missed it, ULM just beat #8 Arkansas. Yes John L. Smith, and yes they had their QB injured, but ULM played a really good game. That being said as schedules are looked at LSU will beat Auburn, and Arkansas will have their QB back by the time they go to Auburn. If things go as planned and we are 4-1 in through our first five, and Auburn is 1-4, does that change things for Green? What is your opinion?


Early enrollment list so far

Early enrollment list so far

Submitted by robbyt003 on September 10th, 2012 at 9:19 AM


Jake Butt announced that he IS enrolling early now.  



That means the current early enrollment list looks roughly like this:


  • Kyle Bosch
  • Jake Butt
  • Taco Charlton
  • Ross Douglas
  • Dymonte Thomas (probable)
  • Logan Tuley-Tillman



It looks likes early enrollment is becoming more and more popular every year and it will definitely help these guys see the field earlier.  

Lesser known B1G players catching your attention

Lesser known B1G players catching your attention

Submitted by Blazefire on September 10th, 2012 at 1:52 AM

So, with a couple weeks of games under our belts, a few things have started to shake out across Big Ten land. Nothing substantial yet, but at this point, if a player is going to have an impact this season, there's a good chance they've at least showed up a bit so far. That said, I'm wondering which WHO DAT B1G players have caught your eye while flipping between games during halftime or reading the wraps on Sunday. Obviously, no Michigan players are really WHO DAT to us, but include them if they are surprising you.

By team, from those I pay least attention to:

Indiana - True soph Tre Roberson, #5 QB, who actually appeared in 9 games last season, becoming ostensibly the starter by the end of the year. However, it being Indiana, I really can't claim to have noticed. This year, despite the terrible level of competition for Indiana thus far, there's been no denying Roberson, who leads his team with 378 passing yards, 124 rushing yards and a 68% completion percentage.

In true Indiana fashion, Tre suffered a broken leg in Saturday's game vs. UMass, and is done for the season. Still... impressive enough start.

Illinois - True Frosh Josh Ferguson, #6 RB. Again, level of competition questions here, but ASU ain't exactly UMass despite the loss of Vontaze Burfict, and the 3-star Running Back with a smattering of MAC and service academy offers was one of the Illini's few lone bright spots there. Through two games, the Freshman has rushed 25 times for 139 yards (5.6 per pop) and added a few receptions to go along with it. I'm not saying he's Rashard Mendenhall, but he'll be one to watch.

Iowa - Any RB at Iowa with legs is impressive, I suppose, and True Soph Damon Bullock has done a few things to get noticed. Appearing in 6 games in 2011, mostly on special teams (a total of 20 carries on offense), the wrath of the AIRBHG has basically made Bullock the defacto starter. The 2-star RB with offers to Iowa and literally nobody else has looked decent, rolling up 203 rushing yards and 82 recieving, with 2 total TD's, in Iowa's first two games. His 2.1 YPC versus Iowa State was more than alleged savior Greg Garmon could accomplish, at any rate.

Purdue - True Soph Ryan Russell, two star Defensive End. Ruseell appeared in all 13 games in his freshman season, making a decent showing of 32 total tackles, 17 solo. That's not going to make headlines though. This year, he has come alive in his first two games, putting up 11 total, including 6 solo, against even tough competition like ND. Last year he earned a total of 4.5 TFL. This year, he already has 2.5. An edge rushing terror in the making?

Minnesota - I can't claim that anyone on Minnesota's team has jumped out at me that I didn't already know. Gray has looked a little better, but he's not an unknown. Does anyone else have a suggestion here?

Penn State - The mass exodus of playmakers from Penn State has opened a hole for longtime "other contributors" to step up. Senior RB Derek Day, who also played some defense as late as last year, has shown a few good things for Penn State so far. Day, who first earned offensive stats last year, appearing in all games but earning only 7 carries for 27 yards,  has kind of become starter by default, and given the Nittany Lions at least a minor punch at RB, with 26 carries for 83 yards.  Penn state is very much by committee at this point, but the unheralded, longtime benchwarmer at least gives happy Valley fans a pair of legs on the ground, and has looked steady to date.

Any other notes from the board?


Hoke for Tomorrow Misses its Chances

Hoke for Tomorrow Misses its Chances

Submitted by Lordfoul on September 9th, 2012 at 6:01 PM


“Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.”
-Kyle Chandler
It's a good thing that Brian and others had done the analysis for this game so thoroughly beforehand, because without a script that game would have been much harder to watch.  It certainly was never comfortable as Michigan literally traded scores with AFA, never putting a comfortable margin between them.  Not that there were no opportunities to do so, Michigan just missed them, or the real and palpable "grit" of Air Force slammed the door shut in their faces. 
So when the Blue Screen of Death popped up and was followed by "Bonus Coverage" of a game being televised mere channels on the dial away, I did feel a quite natural urge to choke the bitch that was all perky and uncaring in an ESPN studio.  Thankfully the Michigan defense finished the matter and we could hold our heads a little higher than last week.
Learn from yesterday...
This game really was a crash course in missed opportunities; lucky for us not all of them were missed by Michigan.  Air Force drove inside the Michigan 20 on both of their first two possessions but came up with only three points.  The Michigan defense bent but didn't break and gave the offense a chance to put some points on the board.  
Michigan missed chances to get off the field, giving up frustrating first downs on third and medium-to-long time and again.  Brady Hoke missed a great chance at points to end the first half with some terrible clock management, ending up with a TO in his pocket. With Michigan up 14-3, Vincent Smith missed a chance to extend Michigan's drive and possibly their lead by tipping an accurate third-down pass from Denard up for an easy interception; Air Force would score a TD and keep it close for the rest of the game.
Other things we learned...
  • Denard looks like he is indeed much improved as a passer.  His throws were mostly accurate lasers and his ball placement looked very good.
  • The Devins create a bit of a problem for the opposing defense and are a wonderfully athletic duo to have. Hopefully they will be a mismatch in our favor the rest of the year.
  • Toussaint does not look ready for prime-time.  In fact, he looked slow and indecisive.
  • Troy Calhoun seems to have a problem down under.  I can't recall ever seeing anyone grab their junk so much on national television.
Live for Today…
Michigan needed all of this:
  • Funchess - Looked the part of the athletic freak mismatch, hauling in 4 passes for 106 yards and his first Michigan TD (congrats).  We may have a very special talent here.
  • Gardner - Was much improved in his routes it appeared, reeled in another TD and generally looked like a receiver.
  • Norfleet - Didn't bust one but you can feel it coming.  Ran one back to the 36 but must have ran 72 yards to get there.
  • Denard - Gets his 20 carries when he is about as big as anyone on the opposing defense; made the most of them. 200+ yards rushing and passing.  Should have had no INTs too.  Please stay healthy.
  • Troy Calhoun's Crabs - Proved just distracting enough to let Michigan escape his clutches.  Hard to clutch anything when one hand is so constantly occupied.
Hope for Tomorrow
Michigan needed this win and got it, not much else can be said.  I think they would be ready for any other hypothetical triple-option offense they might face... too bad their aren't any (not really, please let's not face that again).  The rest of the schedule is still somewhat of a mystery:  Notre Dame and Purdue couldn't figure out how to let the other team win, Nebraska went out west and got handled when it mattered, Michigan State played a directional school, Illinois got clobbered, Iowa (lol)....
The BIG championship is still right there for the taking.  Hopefully Hoke, Mattison and Co. can stiffen up this defense and work out some kinks next week.  I am ready for a shut out.
(Note: With Ace providing an immediate game summary I don't know that I will do these every week anymore.  Don't want to be a "snowflake" or whatever.)