Brandon on more Night Games, Un-Retiring Numbers, and UTL jerseys to players

Brandon on more Night Games, Un-Retiring Numbers, and UTL jerseys to players

Submitted by M-Wolverine on September 12th, 2011 at 10:23 AM

http://www.detnews.com/article/20110912/SPORTS0201/109120324/1131/sports/Michigan-s-first-night-game-at-Big-House-might-not-be-last--thanks-to-classic

The big ticket items-

  • It went off great, and he's checking today, but he'd like to do 1 (and only 1) night game a year.
  • The players all want their jerseys from the game, and he thinks they can have them, but he has to check with compliance to see what the NCAA would say about it first.
  • He's offering the families of all the retired Michigan jerseys if they want their numbers reactivated and given the "Michigan Legends" treatment, so they're remembered.  Hoke will have the person wearing the 21 jersey read Desmond's book and give a report to the team on who he was and what he did for Michigan.

UTL: I need stories!!!

UTL: I need stories!!!

Submitted by M-Dog on September 12th, 2011 at 10:17 AM

I'm jeleaous as hell that I could not attend UTL in person.  Therefore I need to live vicariously through you.

I know how the game went, but what was the entire experience really like?  Tell me how your day (night) went.

How was Game Day?  How was it tailgating in the dark?  Did y'all burn down the town post-game?  Did bars stay open late?  Any epic hook-ups with new friends made after the game when nobody would leave?  Should we expect a boomlet of little Wolverines next June?  Was any body able to actually get home before daylight?

C'mon people, give me stories!!!  Any corresponding you-are-there video of the whole scene makes you an internet Viking. 

 

Can David Brandon or all of us chip in and get the stadium a new audio player or something?

Can David Brandon or all of us chip in and get the stadium a new audio player or something?

Submitted by Sopwith on September 12th, 2011 at 10:17 AM

For anyone who attended, did you notice just how frequently the audio was getting stuck on tracks?  I'm just a caveman and haven't progressed much since CD days, but I don't think MP3 tracks get stuck that way-- or do they?-- but the CD player or whatever they were using was constantly getting jammed in the middle of songs.  At first, I thought this might be some fancy effects by Sir Mix-a-Lot or something, but... no, it wasn't, unless they were doing it for almost every track on purpose because all the kids are doing it. 

One of you techophiles will be better suited to prescribe a solution, but for an otherwise largely impeccable production of the most exciting event I've ever seen in person (including the Braylon game and the Virginia '95 game), the persistent audio glitch seemed weirdly amateurish.

 

Great surprise turns epic

Great surprise turns epic

Submitted by adammeekhof on September 12th, 2011 at 10:16 AM

So I am going to need some advice on what to get my wife as this is what she wrote me for my surprise 30th birthday present.

Twas four months and the night before daddy’s birthday and all through the house,
Connor and mommy were stirring, even Mickey Mouse;

The presents were wrapped for daddy with care,
In hopes that he would soon be there;
Mommy and Connor were full and had just been fed,
While visions of daddy’s surprise danced in their heads;
And mommy in her shirt and Connor in his jersey,
Had just settled down from being so nervy,
When out in the driveway daddy’s car pulled in,
Connor sprang to go find out where daddy had been.
Away to the presents mommy flew like a flash,
Daddy tore open the door and saw the stash.
The balloons and presents, put daddy in disarray,
Mommy told daddy to calm down, it was okay. 
When daddy’s wandering eyes did appear,
To a stadium and a big cheer,
With a new coach so lively and stoke,
Daddy knew in a moment it must be Coach Hoke.
More rapid than eagles his players they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
Now, Roundtree! Now, Odoms! Now Kovacs, and Robinson!
On, VanBergen!  On Molk!  On Fitzgerald and Gordon!
Pick it up boys! We have big games this fall!
Now practice hard! We must win them all!
As players before big games do,
When they meet an obstacle, their momentum just grew,
So up to Ann Arbor mommy and daddy did go
With their luggage all packed, and Connor with bro.
And then, in a twinkling, daddy heard the crowd cheer,
The sight that he saw so beautiful and clear.
As mommy and daddy drew their heads around,
They saw the Wolverines on the field ready to throw down.
They were dressed in all maize and blue, from their head to their feet
And their clothes were not tarnished, they were ready to compete;
Under the lights for the first time ever
This was a sight; a Wolverine Endeavour.
The Wolverines – how they passed! Their defense was on lock!
The passes were perfect, the defense like a rock!
The Irish fought back, as they always do,
But Michigan didn’t waiver – Go Blue!
It was fourth and one, and we knew they weren’t done,
They faked a long pass and did an end run,
Mommy looked at daddy and said isn’t this fun,
Daddy was happy with excitement, a jolly thirty year old,
Mommy smiled when she saw him, they had no idea what was about to unfold.
With a click of their cleats, and Shoelace led,
The crowd hoped there was nothing to dread,
Michigan spoke not a word, but went straight to work,
They stomped the Irish, and turned with a jerk,
Laying their hands on their hearts and pointing to the sky,
And giving a nod, up to the crowd, saying good-bye.
They sprang to their lockers, Hoke gave his team a whistle,
And away the crowd went in their dismissal,
But they all heard them exclaim, as they walked out of sight,
HAIL TO THE VICTORS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!
 
I had no idea this surprise would turn into the most exciting day ever!!!

Woolfolk Status?

Woolfolk Status?

Submitted by TXmaizeNblue on September 12th, 2011 at 10:02 AM

I have not seen anything post game concerning Troy's body status.  Is this guy a China doll or just or a great player with some serious nads - playing on one repaired ankle, limping along  (at least twice that I saw) on the other ankle, arm in a cast and a bloody nose!  He looked like he came out of a mash unit standing there with is bloody nose and cast.  

Anyone know the status of the ankle and arm?  Surely he will be sitting out the Eastern game, right?  On a side note, it seems very apparent that Hoke is not going to be as open as RR was with injuries. 

Denard Robinson Action Figure - Night Game Victors Edition

Denard Robinson Action Figure - Night Game Victors Edition

Submitted by monuMental on September 12th, 2011 at 9:52 AM

Like many of you I couldn't sleep after the crazy comeback win against Notre Dame on Saturday night. I had to do something with all that excess energy so here's your season schedule wallpaper.

Like last year's Heisman Candidate Edition, the Night Game Victors Edition Denard Robinson Action Figure project was an audible. I wasn't planning to create another wallpaper until the Michigan State game (and definitely was NOT going to revisit the action figure since it almost killed me last time) but with the last minute heroics and surprisingly-great-looking-on-the-team-as-apposed-to-at-M-Den legacy uniforms it didn't feel like I had a choice. Seconds after the game ended I raised an eyebrow at my wife and she said, "I figured. Go ahead, I'm heading to bed."

My daughter offered some enthusiastic support as I was wrapping this up on Sunday (she was drawing pictures of Denard at her little desk next to mine) and my wife helped with choices for some of the details like the small parts warning and edition number.

How it was made

I started with my original Denard Robinson action figure and modified it (in Photoshop) to match the Adidas legacy uniforms. The original was based on a Tom Brady action figure and got me into a funny legal situation with some lawyers who thought I was manufacturing them. I wasn't and I don't intend to despite the protestations of my children. "Kids, that would be illegal and besides, our home-based factory is not yet fully operational."

I screen captured the action figure modifications and box creation but it turns out that my usually dependable software has an obscure bug that cost me 75% of what I had recorded. At some time in the future (or in the past if I can get the DeLorean running) I will go back and record the layer build for both versions of the action figure. It won't be as good as seeing the whole process but it will be better than nothing.

Go Blue.

The images below are previews only. You can get the widescreen, 4:3, iPad and mobile wallpapers at The Art. The Art. The Art!.


Night Game Victors Edition Denard Robinson Action Figure Preview


Night Game Victors Edition Denard Robinson Action Figure Preview

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There is no actual action figure for sale. The action figure does not exist; it was created digitally. I'm offering free downloads of the artwork for your personal use.

Band Over-amped?

Band Over-amped?

Submitted by lexus larry on September 12th, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Given the awesome event and atmosphere for the game against ND, was the band over-amped, in anyone else's opinion?  (Looking for Bando or other band alum/member inputs, thoughts and commentary.)

Not necessarily a get-off-my-lawn complaint, just, it seemed like the band would start "The Victors" or "Let's Go Blue" at a pre-set volume, and then 2-4 seconds later, it would come blasting out of the north scoreboard...and not at Spinal Tap's "11" on the amp dial, but significantly louder.

Anyone?

Denard's INTs: Bad play-calling, bad decisions, or both?

Denard's INTs: Bad play-calling, bad decisions, or both?

Submitted by Moleskyn on September 12th, 2011 at 9:46 AM

Simple question: were Denard's interceptions a result of bad play-calling, bad decisions, or both?

I haven't seen any replays, and I don't have the time to sift through video to see for myself, but I feel like Denard got really lucky on a lot of his passes. There were a handful of passes that he just chucked up to his receivers and we were fortunate enough to come down with some of them (tell me, Kirk Herbstreit, did Denard really underthrow the TD pass to Gallon on purpose?), but that also led to 2 interceptions. Does that fall more on Borges, or Denard? Obviously, it is Denard's responsibilty to make good decisions with the ball, but did he not have any other options on those plays, or was he locking in on a receiver and forcing the passes? I know Borges likes to stretch the field with the passing game, but Denard really seemed to be forcing the ball a lot, and I don't think you can expect sustained success with those kinds of throws.

The Case of the Missing Shoelace.

The Case of the Missing Shoelace.

Submitted by Firstbase on September 12th, 2011 at 9:29 AM

I find the media's lack of attention to Denard's "shoelace" story this year curious. Not long ago it was a huge angle. Given the fact that we're so litigous these days, is there is a potential shoelace liability issue that both the university and the media are trying to avoid?

Or... and I must admit I didn't notice... is Denard tying his laces or are his shoes possibly velcro only now?

 

 

Are the New Scoreboards Changing the Way You Watch the Game?

Are the New Scoreboards Changing the Way You Watch the Game?

Submitted by bluebyyou on September 12th, 2011 at 9:23 AM

I was one of those lucky enough to have been there Saturday night.  What a show - can't keep the smile off of my face. I guess the myth about the Big House being quiet is finally dispelled....my ears are still ringing.

Anyway, I was in Section 21, Row 29 around the 20 yardline, on the Michigan side of the field.  Normally, I find myself watching the action on the field and only look at the scoreboard for the opccasional replay or the stats.  Saturday, I found myself watching the scoreboards more than the field, not because I couldn't see what was taking place, but because the new displays are so detailed.  Is this happening to anyone else?

Also, in my section, the new speakers seemed terrific.  Loud and really undistorted for a large stadium.  

As for the new lighting, because the lights are stretched into a horizontal line and not a tower which creates a point source of sorts, shadowing was very subtle and really minimized.  Say what you want about Brandon, but the changes he has made to the Big House are spot on.