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Submitted by Sugaloaf on March 20th, 2012 at 9:48 PM

CBS sports' College Football Page has as their first top headline:

"Ohio St.-Michigan for home-and-home in '14-15"

Which I thought was a good plan considering we're such big rivals.


Sadly, it's only a link to the newly declared MSU-Oregon series.  I can't imagine this makes anyone in Spartyland happy....



Michigan football videos: post your favorites

Michigan football videos: post your favorites

Submitted by MichFan1997 on March 20th, 2012 at 8:20 PM

I know you all do this too. During the offseason, I like to seek out my favorite Michigan football videos, just to give me a tiny slice of Michigan until September returns to us. So I thought I'd start this thread off with this video I've found from Under the Lights. Enjoy. Can't wait to see what you all post to see if anyone has any of the same favorites.

EDIT: Embed didn't work. Here's link:

OT: Michigan State football to play a series with Oregon, starting in 2014

OT: Michigan State football to play a series with Oregon, starting in 2014

Submitted by born1ntheArbor on March 20th, 2012 at 5:45 PM

OT: PSU and UW in mix for O'brien

OT: PSU and UW in mix for O'brien

Submitted by BlueinTC on March 20th, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Not real exciting stuff on this slow day.  Didn't realize he had interest in PSU until I saw this.  They may be a decent fit for him with Coach O'brien having his experience with Tom Terrific. He has two years eligible and may help PSU in their battle with ohio.

Visited PSU last weekend, going to Wisky soon.…

Bitching about recruiting rankings

Bitching about recruiting rankings

Submitted by mejunglechop on March 20th, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Maybe it's just me, but general whining about X recruits' ratings on X sites seems to be on the rise. 98% of this whining is coming from posters with no experience evaluating football talent. The overwhelming number of complaints fall in one of following categories:

  • outlier service X is CRAZY to have commit x ranked so low (they are an outlier, after all)
  • the only service that gets commit x is outlier service X which has him ranked highly (my advanced highlight film scouting skills put this on good authority).
  • commit X has offers from schools X and Y, it is CRAZY that they haven't been given X stars.

If you find yourself making these arguments stop. It's embarrassing.

Recruiting services or people like Magnus who are experienced evaluating talent are evaluating talent independently and will naturally come to different conclusions sometimes. If they all copied each other or coaches' evaluations they'd have no reason to exist.* So conclusion 1: learn to accept differences in evaluations.

Between now and signing day talent evaluators will gain the benefit of summer camps, combines and senior year film. Players will emerge, players will fail to develop and scouts both coaches and not will have more material and time to evaluate. On these bases recruits will move up and down. So conclusion 2: there are 11 months until sigining so don't get worked up about where a recruit stands on a site today.

This may all seem obvious, but it hasn't been observed and it's a point on which I'd like to see this forum distinguish itself from the general internet rabble.

*When there's a discrepancy between a site's ranking and an offer sheet, I'll side lean towards the coaches, but that doesn't mean a site's evaluation is wrong or of no vaue.

The Blockhams in "FACE PAINT"

The Blockhams in "FACE PAINT"

Submitted by Six Zero on March 20th, 2012 at 9:59 AM


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Spring Practice.

 That glorious time of year for football fans when the torch is passed
to a new set of leaders, the hunger for gossip is well fed, and
optimism is recharged, renewed, and rewarded.

This spring we have ample reason to be excited, most obviously because
we're once again coming off a successful season with a BCS win under our belt.
But, those victories are now the past, and it would be wise not to dwell on them
much longer with the national champions looming just beyond our horizon.

Still, with the sounds of pads hitting sleds echoing through the
Al Glick Fieldhouse, there's plenty of reason to be enthused.  Go Blue.

OnThursday we'll look to the ice, where East Pneumonia's favorite Michigan family will gear up for Hunwick and company as they attempt to return to the Frozen Four.

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Interesting article on George Jewett, UM's first black football player

Interesting article on George Jewett, UM's first black football player

Submitted by Sopwith on March 20th, 2012 at 9:43 AM

A quick search didn't turn up the link to this article, so...

First, the link:

We hear the name George Jewett once in a while on this board, with some of us recognizing him as the first African-American to ever play football at UM in 1890-- and the last for four decades until 1932, mostly courtesy of Fielding Yost --a story well told in a John Bacon article StephenRKass linked to last month:

Michigan Today has a interesting article linked above that just introduces you to Jewett and his accomplishments off the field as well as on.  It's not long and really, really worth a read

As you'd expect, there are some ugly stories of what he faced from opposing teams and fans who weren't, let's say, very "progressive" in their racial attitudes.  Even by 1890 standards.  But what's really interesting about the article is how accomplished the guy was.  Summary:

  • Captained the football, baseball, and debate teams at Ann Arbor H.S.
  • Graduated as high school valedictorian 
  • Spoke German, French, and Italian
  • Earned his medical degree from Northwestern in 1894, also becoming NW's first black football player 
  • Practiced medicine in Chicago before moving back to Ann Arbor to run a store on State St. called "The Valet" that pressed/cleaned clothes (evidently more lucrative than medicine back in the day)
  • Led UM to an 18-0 victory over the Amos Alonzo Stagg-led U of Chicago (the original Monsters of the Midway)
  • Scored 3 touchdowns in one half against powerhouse Oberlin, coached by John Heisman (YTH), and added another late in the game that Oberlin and Michigan still dispute to this day

He passed away after a heart attack in 1908 at age 38.  There are probably plenty of folks who live on Jewett Ave. in Ann Arbor who don't realize what a great Michigan Man their street is named for.  



Doubling Down On Ohio

Doubling Down On Ohio

Submitted by JCM26 on March 19th, 2012 at 11:23 PM
I realize there was a thread on "Ohio" recently but this is from a slightly different perspective. I just happen to live in Columbus Ohio so you can imagine the taunts and barbs coming my way every day as I most definitely identify with Michigan in my attire and at every opportunity. Today my email was virtually choked with less than friendly messages about our referring to the school down here as Ohio – after our basketball lost to Ohio University. Fellow Michigan fans I implore you to stand up and support Coach Hoke, our team, and all of Wolverine Nation by doubling down on calling the school down here Ohio. They absolutely are O-H-I-O! We can never give in on this as I can tell you from personal experience this is certainly one thing that irks buckeye fans to the core. We must stand firm and continue this for if not Coach Hoke, the coaching staff, the team, Michigan and Wolverine Nation may all lose face across America. This simply cannot happen. I responded back defiantly to each nutty email I received. If we hold our ground on this in a year or two it will all blow over as buckeye fans will lose the edge they think they now have. The example I cite for you is the aftermath of our Appalachian State loss. Immediately after that fiasco buckeye fans rode high until we beat Florida that same year. I had to suck it up but still wore my Michigan attire with pride. That Capital One bowl win over Florida was a game changer for us. Funny, winning has that effect. If we beat Ohio in November (which I believe we will) this flippant “Ohio Beat You” retort will die down to a piddle. So fellow Michigan fans I say let’s double down on referring to this school down here as Ohio. Go Blue…Beat Ohio in 2012!

New Away Jersey?

New Away Jersey?

Submitted by ATscherne on March 19th, 2012 at 10:57 PM


Did anyone else notice the new away jerseys a few of the defensive players were wearing in the first Spring video? From what I could tell, Kovacs, Morgan, Avery, and Countess were all wearing a new jersey. It was not the typical blue on white as the previous practice jerseys (three stripes) and it was not the '08-'10 or '11 jerseys either. 


They were a simplified version with only blue numbers with a maize stroke. There was no maize or blue piping around the neck or cuffs. I hope that is the direction they are planning on going with if they continue with the helmet numbers.


They could very well be a prototype jersey like they have tried in the past. But as we saw last year, the team was trying white pants as a prototype and we saw them at the MSU game. Anyway, thought I'd share.