MGoUsers are amazing - Hope for Pahokee Kickstarter Daily Update (13 days remaining to pledge)

MGoUsers are amazing - Hope for Pahokee Kickstarter Daily Update (13 days remaining to pledge)

Submitted by Butterfield on September 13th, 2012 at 1:58 PM

In less than 24 hours, Martavious Odoms' Hope for Pahokee Community Garden Kick Starter has raised approximately $4,000 dollars (from 99 new backers).  It's now nearly at $20,000, with Tae specifiying an ultimate goal of  $35,000.  Since I've been watching, this is the biggest jump the campaign has received in any 24 hour period and I'm pretty sure we can thank the generosity of this community for a large chunk of that. 

For those of you who don't know how KickStarter works, it is all or nothing - if the 35k mark isn't achieved, no money will be pledged to Hope for Pahokee as a result of this effort.  So if you have the means and the desire, you can truly make a difference and help out one of our very own at the same time.  Several posters in the previous thread mentioned alternative ways they would try to get the word out and hopefully those will help Tae bring this home as well!

I wanted to post this update mainly to make sure this pledge drive stays near the top of MGoBoard; hopefully having a daily update post won't offend anyone.  If it does, particularly if it offends figures of authority on the site, I apologize and please feel free to remove. 

Link to the Kick Starter:  


VIDEO: Michigan Defense vs. Air Force Every Snap and Jake Ryan Interview

VIDEO: Michigan Defense vs. Air Force Every Snap and Jake Ryan Interview

Submitted by Thorin on September 13th, 2012 at 12:49 PM

So. Many. Snaps. Did we win? Are Bolden and Ross starting this week? I have no idea. My eyes are bleeding.


Auburn Gets Play Calls Stolen

Auburn Gets Play Calls Stolen

Submitted by Ziff72 on September 13th, 2012 at 9:35 AM

You would have thought Loeffler would have learned to be a little more decpetive with his play calls after Northwestern stole them from us back in the day.    I bet on MSU so I loved watching Auburn do their best job of channeling Debord on offense.    Hopefully Scott comes up with something quick or he'll be 1 and done at Auburn. 

Who should wear Ron Kramer's #87 Saturday?

Who should wear Ron Kramer's #87 Saturday?

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on September 13th, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Just like I posted a thread last week on who your #47 should be, who do you think should wear Ron Kramer's #87 Saturday? 

He will become the 3rd Michigan Football Legend. A 2-time All-American in football in 1955 & 1956. Kramer also played basketball and track at Michigan. He was a team captain in basketball. Kramer was the scoring leader in both football in basketball, he collected 9 varsity letters in 3 sports which was the maximum at the time due to freshmen not being eligible. 

Kramer passed away at age 75 on September 11, 2010- the day of the Michigan-ND game. In that game, Denard Robinson rushed for the longest TD run in ND stadium- 87 yards. Ron Kramer's number was #87. 

I think a really good choice would be either Jeremy Gallon or Devin Funchess. Funchess may be a knee jerk reaction to last week's performance, but Kramer once was quoted saying he "hopes another great young player wears #87 at Michigan someday".


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:,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 ( ) 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. 

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.