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

UMASS

@ Notre Dame

 BYE

@ Purdue

 

Auburn - 0-2

ULM

LSU

Arkansas

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

 

LINK

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?