OT: Good article on the benefits of football

OT: Good article on the benefits of football

Submitted by StephenRKass on September 13th, 2012 at 1:31 AM

There is a good piece at the Chicago Tribune about the many benefits for youth of playing football. (LINK:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-x-0912-keilman-column-20120912,0,5928127.story.)

I really liked the article. It addresses the debate on the potential dangers of football which has been discussed here on several occasions. The author, a writer with the Trib whose 9 year old son is playing ball, ends up in a slightly different place. While the danger of serious injury and concussions is real, he ends up seeing significant benefits. These can be summed up in three areas:

  1. Teamwork. Unlike youth basketball and baseball, which can be dominated by a single great athlete, football demands teamwork. If everyone doesn't contribute, you'll lose. But there is a place for everyone to contribute.
  2. Confidence. Putting on pads and working with your teammates can do wonders in building confidence in a young boy.
  3. Toughness.  

Modern life can offer kids a pretty soft existence: parents who never pick up a paddle, snacks by the boxful, nonstop entertainment streaming through smartphones. It's easy to float through life untroubled by challenge.

These characteristics build resilience, one of the most important things a child can do.

What really matters, he says, is learning to overcome adversity.

On the football field, adversity comes with every snap. The game teaches kids that when they get knocked down, the only response is to get up.

If you're one of the ones debating whether or not to let your kids play football, I'd strongly encourage you to read the article. I have seen these benefits in my own son, and they outweigh the dangers, from my perspective.

Welcome to MGoBlog Martavious Odoms!

Welcome to MGoBlog Martavious Odoms!

Submitted by Butterfield on September 12th, 2012 at 5:38 PM

It was easy to miss unless you were looking through old threads (as I was), but Martavious Odoms (http://mgoblog.com/users/martaviousodoms ) joined our MGoCommunity a few days ago.  Here is what Tae had to say in a previous thread regarding the Hope for Pahokee Kickstarter:

"I would like to say that I'm do proud to be a graduate of the university of Michigan. I would like to take this time to thank all of the fans for the amazing support you have given me over the past four years. I also would like to thank everyone for the continued support shown off the field  for hope for pahokee and #eating. It has not been all about giving money but all of the time and support has meant more to me then any of you understand. Again I cannot thank you all enough. 

Martavious Odoms, Tae Odoms,Tae or odoms  whatever you may call me thanks.

I miss my #9 jersey and having on my wing helmet already.

So everyone who hasn't had the chance and has the means to help, you still have time! It's a great cause represented by a true Michigan Man.  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1021358459/hope-eating-from-garden-to-table-season-one?ref=live 

P.S.  We miss you out there too, Tae!

EDIT:  Tracking the kickstarter, over 700 bucks from 20 pledgers have come in during the two hours since this thread started.  Still a long way to go, though. 

Enhanced viewing of Air Force Offensive UFR

Enhanced viewing of Air Force Offensive UFR

Submitted by WolverineBlue on September 12th, 2012 at 5:17 PM

The offensive UFR for the Air Force game is now viewable with the enhanced viewer web app. The link to the launch page is (as it shall remain from here on out):


New feature: I added a minor new feature. If you click the "Show Drives" button, you can now choose between the navigable tree of drives and plays, or a graph of all the drives. The graph is just from the NCAA stats site.


No further discipline for Frank Clark

No further discipline for Frank Clark

Submitted by Butterfield on September 12th, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Title really says it all.  Hoke elaborates here:


Without knowing what non game-related penalties Clark was faced with, it's pretty hard to determine if the discipline was just right, too much or too little.  In any event, happy to have Mr. Clark back and wish the kid well on the field and off. 

MGoSuggestions: Buffalo Wild Wings or Scorekeepers

MGoSuggestions: Buffalo Wild Wings or Scorekeepers

Submitted by Darth Wolverine on September 12th, 2012 at 12:52 PM

I am looking for suggestions on where to watch the night games this Saturday. I'm coming Saturday morning from the Cleveland area, tailgating, going to the game, and then heading to a bar/restaurant for the night games.

Ira and Sam always talk about Scorekeepers (obviously because that is where they do their post game show), but I saw some reviews online about that place and many people complained about terrible service and some other stuff. I know where the BW3 (I believe it is on South State Street, might be mistaken on that though) is on campus, as I have been there before.

I want to go to a place that has a plethora of televisions with SOUND for the night game(s). I'm assuming the bars with sound will have the sound for the ND/Sparty game, which is what I really want. So, which should I go to, BW3 or Scorekeepers?

OT: Penn State: Another player leaving the program

OT: Penn State: Another player leaving the program

Submitted by robbyt003 on September 12th, 2012 at 11:19 AM



Starting wide receiver Shawney KerseyPenn State's most experienced player at the position, has left the team for "personal reasons," the Nittany Lions announced on Twitter.


As if this team wasn't bad enough already, they just got even worse.  When do we play Penn State again?  Like 3 more years?

*EDIT* Thanks Wolverine Devotee, we play them next year on the road.

Countdown to Kickoff - Day 353: Al Borges

Countdown to Kickoff - Day 353: Al Borges

Submitted by Thorin on September 12th, 2012 at 5:43 AM

It's funny how the Borges pressers used to get half as many views as Mattison's and now it's the other way around. What's the over/under on Norfleet MGoQuestions next Tuesday? I guess it doesn't matter since they'll all be cut out of the video.


What rows are the best to sit in in the Big House?

What rows are the best to sit in in the Big House?

Submitted by Matthew on September 11th, 2012 at 6:43 PM

I know this question has been asked probably numerous times, but if money is no object (within reason...I'm not dropping $5,000 on a ticket), which row or set of rows is the best to sit in?  I've been twice before but I feel you guys who go to the stadium each week will have a better idea.  I see tickets available in rows in the 40s or in the 70s.  Is 70 to far up?  Is it like the being in the upper decks at indoor arenas?

Thanks for nay help you guys can provide.  GO BLUE!