Desmond Howard Lego - The Pose

Desmond Howard Lego - The Pose

Submitted by Bakers and Best on September 6th, 2017 at 9:15 AM

For the third year in a row I spent the weeks leading up to football season buried in maize and blue Lego bricks.  This year I created a Lego version of Desmond Howard's Heisman pose.  Last year I posted about my two previous projects, a Michigan football and helmet

Two years ago I made a Lego mosaic for my sister as a wedding gift, and had wanted to do a Michigan related project for a while.

It is about 4,700 pieces, is 3.5 feet tall and 2.5 feet wide. I spent about 30 hours designing it over several weeks (gif here of the partial design progress) and then another 20 or so hours to build. 

Complete Imgur album available here, I'll also embed some below.  While not as technically challenging as the helmet and football, I think I'm most proud of this one.  It now occupies space next to my other prized Michigan possession, a signed Zoltan Mesko jersey.  

Edit: Oops double embed below. 

Desmond Howard wanted to see Greatness at Michigan

Desmond Howard wanted to see Greatness at Michigan

Submitted by Eyzwidopn on April 28th, 2016 at 11:44 AM

First post... apologies in advance for any structural mistakes.

I saw this video of Deion Sanders (http://www.nfl.com/videos/back-2-campus/0ap3000000654324/Deion-Sanders-at-FSU-I-came-here-to-be-the-best-ever) addressing his alma mater and immediately thought  back to Desmond Howard on College Gameday in 2014 discussing "greatness" at Michigan at that time (http://michigan.247sports.com/Bolt/Howard-Not-Seeing-Greatness-At-Michigan-31510579).  Desmond said that he "... went to practice this season, and I didn't see anybody who looked like they wanted to be great," and that he "didn't see one guy on that field based on his practice habits that wanted to be great. The only guy I saw who had that kind of swagger about him may have been Jabrill Peppers. They were happy, but I didn't see anybody putting in that type of effort where they wanted to be great, and that's an issue."  

I don't think it's coincidence that you have two all-time college greats talking about wanting to be "great" first.  IMO, it seems since 2006 and the fallout from "The Game" that that type of desire has been eroding in Michigan's football program.  We can debate whether it was due to coaching or players simply lacking that mindset.  I personally think it was a combination of the two.  Enter Harbaugh.  

Harbaugh doesn't want to be second best at anything and we've all witnessed how his relentless competitive nature has brought a swagger, fight and determined focus back to the program.  When Harbaugh talked about signing up to sit at the big boy table instead of the smaller one by the kitchen (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4JFqtn3Q6A), I think that was his way of talking about being great, being the best and winning all of the trophies and rivalry games.  

When you look at what Lewis, Peppers, Butt, Wormley, etc., accomplished in 1-year under Harbaugh and how they're primed for All-B10/All-American seasons, or the way the recruits immediately talk about wininng NCs and going to the NFL, you realize that "being great" mindset is taking hold again!  Populate a team, a program with that type of desire coupled with the kind of football playing student-athletes Harbaugh is bringing in and it's easy to picture Towsley Museum adding more NC and Heisman Trophies soon and often.  

Desmond Howard wanted to see it and I think this is one of the best things that Harbaugh has done for this program and the players.  Thoughts? 

 

 

ESPN GameDay in East Lansing open thread

ESPN GameDay in East Lansing open thread

Submitted by Moonlight Graham on November 8th, 2014 at 9:23 AM

No open thread created yet, so thought I'd kick things off. Sparty fans' signs are getting a lot of mileage out of Urban's late-night pizza run in Indy. Here's to GameDay being in AA for The Game next year because it's relevant to the B1G East title, and we can have our own fun. Go Blue. 

Desmond Howard reaches settlement over Heisman pose photo

Desmond Howard reaches settlement over Heisman pose photo

Submitted by Leaders And Best on April 1st, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Desmond Howard reached a settlement with the photographer of his Heisman Trophy pose after his punt return TD against Ohio State. The photographer will transfer the copyright over to Howard in exchange for a cut of the financial benefits from its future use. The photographer's lawsuit against the other defendants for the photo's unauthorized use still remains. Good for Desmond.


http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/eye-on-college-football/24510359/desmond-howard-photographer-reach-settlement-over-iconic-photo

Michigan Football Books

Michigan Football Books

Submitted by Tree on February 27th, 2014 at 8:44 PM

I've been looking for some new books to read, and the recent Jon Falk post got me thinking. I've read the more recent Michigan football books, If These Walls Could Talk, I Wore 21, Three and Out. I figured if there was anywhere that could point out a few more good UM books, it was you guys. Any advice?

Desmond Howard on PTI

Desmond Howard on PTI

Submitted by Marley Nowell on October 4th, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Turn to espn on your tv ASAP he's on after the commercial break.

Edit: here is the content

  • Gives NW a "chance" to beat ohio but their defense is suspect.
  • Storm expected: bad weather may favor NW because they like to run and throw short passes.
  • Smarter schools being successful a real trend (no mention of Michigan c'mon Desmond!)
  • Stoops shouldn't talk about SEC unless he mans up and schedules them.

Question About College Gameday

Question About College Gameday

Submitted by rob6reid on September 6th, 2013 at 8:49 PM

I have two quick questions about College Gameday. I'm a sophomore, and therefore was not here when College Gameday was in town for the 1st UTL game. Can anyone that went tell me how early you showed up, and how good your spot in the crowd was? Is it worth being there if you show up at, say, 8AM and you're behind a massive amount of people? 

Also, would my cowbell be confiscated if I were to bring it? Anyone with past college gameday expirience is welcome to share their expiriences.