short ESPN video on sportsmanship and Devin Gardner

short ESPN video on sportsmanship and Devin Gardner

Submitted by gobluenyc on December 2nd, 2014 at 2:03 PM

For those who haven't seen it yet, it's a nice little video on ESPN lauding Gardner and sportsmanship in general. 

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:11967563

And here's a Freep appreciation article on Gardner as well:

http://www.freep.com/story/sports/college/university-michigan/wolverines/2014/12/01/maize-n-brew-michigan-wolverines-devin-gardner/19725609/

Gardner-Morris is there a double-standard?

Gardner-Morris is there a double-standard?

Submitted by Chiwolve on September 27th, 2014 at 8:58 PM

While I continue to believe that we have some of the most knowledgeable and passionate fans in college football, I am a little confused at the amount of outrage (multiple threads calling for Hoke’s head) over the way he handled Morris today and the utter lack of outrage we have collectively shown when Devin has taken big shots, been gimpy and PLAYED AN ENTIRE QUARTER WITH A BROKEN FOOT – without being taken out (http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/various-sources-twitter-gardner-played-fourth-quarter-against-osu-broken-foot)

Let me be clear with what I’m saying here – in no way, do I condone the way Hoke and staff handled Morris today – and I think every Michigan fan (including myself) is or should be appalled with the way the situation was handled this afternoon. My question is whether we as a fan base, have shown a double-standard when it comes to big hits / injuries suffered by Gardner vs. Morris? And if so, are there any legit reasons for this? (i.e. we are fed up with Hoke, and using this as a trigger for our anger)

I know I will probably get neg-bombed to Boliva for this, but I also now I’m not the only one who feels this way as evidenced by other comments, and think it’s a discussion worth having

Best and Worst Scenarios

Best and Worst Scenarios

Submitted by massblue on September 27th, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Best possible scenario: Morris starts and performs well.  He gets better each game and UM wins 6-7 BIG games.  The record is OK, but the team shows hope for next year.

 

Worst possible scenario:  Morris performs poorly. He is replaced with Gardner after a game or two and UM wins 3-4 BIG games.  The record is terrible and there is no hope for next year.

 

Let's hope for the best.

Michigan Rushing Attack After 3 Games - No. 22 in Nation - 242 YPG & 6.3 YPC

Michigan Rushing Attack After 3 Games - No. 22 in Nation - 242 YPG & 6.3 YPC

Submitted by markusr2007 on September 14th, 2014 at 6:20 PM

For all of the questions along the OL this fall, things could be considerably worse.

242 YPG and 6.3 YPC.

I'll take it.

http://espn.go.com/college-football/statistics/team/_/stat/rushing/sort/rushingYardsPerGame

Michigan rushing attack is currently ranked in the Top 25, and incidently tied with Oregon and in good company with some other notable offenses in college football:

 

The 5.5 Million Dollar Man (TMD on Gardner)

The 5.5 Million Dollar Man (TMD on Gardner)

Submitted by JeepinBen on December 9th, 2013 at 10:23 AM

http://www.michigandaily.com/sports/how-valuable-devin-gardner?page=0,1

Analysis by The Michigan Daily shows that in direct revenues, a player like Gardner can add $5.5 million to the University per year. In free advertising alone, Gardner generating more than $8 million through media exposure over one month.

 

The current NCAA system, which prohibits monetary compensation to student athletes, makes it impossible to precisely evaluate a player’s market value. But as the debate over player compensation continues, the question is as important as ever.


We've had the "pay the players" topic of conversation here quite a few times, but this article from the Michigan Daily puts some dollar amounts on just how much some of those top tier student athletes really make for the university, and it's staggering. Michigan spends about $275K on each football player every year - but that includes the almost $9M spent on coaches' salaries. I'm all for a stipend, or an Olympic model. Still the best line I read (elsewhere, Bacon?) was how the NCAA spends millions employing people just to make sure that the students don't get a dime.

Charles P Pierce on The Game

Charles P Pierce on The Game

Submitted by JeepinBen on December 2nd, 2013 at 4:55 PM

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/10066130/ohio-state-vs-michigan-game

I find most of what Charles P. Pierce writes to be worth a read, and this column didn't disappoint.

 

Saturday afternoon, as the autumn haze burned away, there was no BCS. There were no delicate made-for-TV calculations. When and where and against whom undefeated Ohio State would be playing at the turn of the year became irrelevant within the confines of the Big House. (And may we now paraphrase the late football aficionado R.M. Nixon and point out that it is, indeed, a Big House.) Because of the way simple history can reassert itself, this game, this one right here in Ann Arbor, and later that one down in Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, solved all of college football's annual end-of-the-season conundrums. History solved all those conundrums by complicating them, and by providing the simplest answer of all to the question "Who's no. 1?"

The answer: Who the rammer-jammer hell cares? Did you see those games?

Devin Gardner featured by Trent Dilfer on ESPN

Devin Gardner featured by Trent Dilfer on ESPN

Submitted by inthebluelot on October 21st, 2013 at 9:16 AM
Each week during "The Blitz", Trent Dilfer highlights the top 5 "Dimes" of the week in the NFL and also features one outstanding college QB performance. This week is was DG to Gallon for a TD. Good on him and Go Blue! Sadly, Tom Brady was not considered as he had 0 TD passes... Again!

Targeting Rules are worthless: Devin Gardner

Targeting Rules are worthless: Devin Gardner

Submitted by inthebluelot on October 20th, 2013 at 12:05 AM
Long drive back to Grand Rapids and just now getting in the door. I wanted to both vent and get some perspective on the late hit on Gardner as he rushed for a TD in the second half of the Indiana game. Not only did the defender hit him waaaaaay late, but he launched at him and went high which drew only a personal foul. The result could have been disastrous for our team and the health of our QB, but there are absolutely ZERO consequences to this type of dirty play. We get 15 yds on the kick-off which naturally leads to the inevitable touchback anyway. There was no real penalty for IU. This rule needs to be changed and the 15 yd penalty should be assessed from the spot of the return. If they allow a touchback, they should get it on their own 10. If they return the kick for a TD, it should come back to the kicking team's 15 yd line. This would potentially provide at least some benefit to the team targeted with this type of play and perhaps eliminate that type of hit by the defender. Any other ideas on this topic?