2015 Home UTL

2015 Home UTL

Submitted by MichiganPhotoRod on August 28th, 2015 at 8:01 PM

As a refresher, the great and powerful Hackett announced back in February that a home night game was being planned this season.

As of this writing, kickoff for BYU, MSU, Rutgers and OSU are TBA.

I'm liking the reasoning that, perhaps, it could be MSU this year.  How fun would that be?


EDIT: Stand corrected.  Missed the reversal announcement.

UTL II Mich/ND officially ESPN game of the week.

UTL II Mich/ND officially ESPN game of the week.

Submitted by Helloheisman on August 15th, 2013 at 9:36 PM

It's oficially official! UTL II is going to be the game of the week. It will not be on ABC due to NASCAR but it will be carried by ESPN which I think will make for the "Mush"berger and Herbie duo. Does this make us a lock for College Gameday? if so where do you think they will set up?


ND Night Game Tailgating Situation

ND Night Game Tailgating Situation

Submitted by inthebluelot on September 16th, 2012 at 4:47 PM
For all of those mgobloggers headed to South Bend this weekend, the majority of M fans will likely be parking in the White Lot just north of the stadium for tailgating purposes. With that said, here's a bit of info... Cars... $40? RVs... $120 This is a grass field, so charcoal grills are banned, but propane is ok. Shuttle service to the stadium is available since this lot is about 1.2 miles from the stadium. Gates typically open at 7:30am, however, I'm awaiting a response from the ticket office on a confirmation of this since it's a 7:30pm kick. I've talked with several of you this past weekend in the Blue Lot and it sounds like most of us will be in the White Lot on Saturday. Please feel free to stop by and let's fire-up before the game. Just listen for me playing "The Victors" at the top of every hour and come enjoy a "pop" or two with the BLC. Finally, the stadium does NOT have video replay boards because those are the work if the devil, so bring a mobile device for replay purposes. The field is also still covered in natural grass because it's only 2012 and this is the only way to slow Denard down so that their slow linebackers can keep contain. There are no plans of cutting it this week, so, that's always neat.

Petition for MSU night game next season

Petition for MSU night game next season

Submitted by TXWolverine44 on February 15th, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Saw this petition getting kicked around on the interwebs and thought I'd post to see what the board thinks. Personally, as awesome as the night game was against Notre Dame, I don't really want an entire day for sparty juggaloes to get drunk and destroy our beautiful campus. Thoughts?





Next Years Schedule

Next Years Schedule

Submitted by GRMichFan on November 29th, 2011 at 8:44 PM

I know we still have our bowl game, but was looking at next years schedule for the potential night game.  Brandon did say he wanted one a year.


To me the only reasonable option is October 20!  What a great atmosphere to end the spartie streak at 4.

Any other options?

COLUMNIST: Michigan's jersey giveaway sets dangerous precedent

COLUMNIST: Michigan's jersey giveaway sets dangerous precedent

Submitted by The Barwis Effect on September 15th, 2011 at 1:13 AM

Stumbled across this while perusing the interwebs this morning.  Any merit to what this guy is saying?

Say it isn't so.

Please say that after what happened at Ohio State, the University of Michigan isn't letting its football players keep the throwback jerseys worn in the Wolverines' last-second victory over Notre Dame.

No athletic director who pays attention to the world, and conference, around him would say "yes" to such a request.

And yet, Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon, after checking with his NCAA compliance officer, acceded to the players' wishes. They get to keep the jerseys.

While this is not a violation of NCAA rules, it is a violation of common sense.

Don't people learn?

The mess at Ohio State, which cost football coach Jim Tressel his job and seems likely to put the Buckeyes on probation, began with players trading memorabilia for tattoos.

Several Michigan players say nothing untoward is going to happen, that they will keep the jerseys forever in order to preserve the memory of their victory.

OK. That's a nice thought. But why put temptation in front of players?

Does anyone think well-heeled Wolverines boosters will resist the urge to line players' pockets with cash while getting a "legacy" jersey to frame and hang on their den walls?

Even if you believe players have the right to sell whatever they are given, the NCAA disagrees. If you want players to avoid violating rules by selling jerseys, don't give them jerseys to sell.

Click HERE to read the rest of the column. 

Jerzey Apocalypse: Revisited -OR- What if?

Jerzey Apocalypse: Revisited -OR- What if?

Submitted by MGoVillain on September 11th, 2011 at 7:05 PM

When the Under the Lights jersey design was released earlier this year, the hullabaloo, brouhaha, and hubbub was palpable and furious from one end of MGoBlog to the other. It even was quite MGoChic for a time to line up in rank and file on board post after board post as a running attendance of those that "Get It," vehemently opposing any alteration to the sacred home uniform. Granted, not everyone fell into this category. Yours truly and several other courageous souls braved this onslaught by staring straight down the barrel of banishment and mockery from the community simply to throw our voices into the fray- not for the smallest hope of prevailing glory or rationality- but rather because it was right. It was at this time too, friends, that the arrows of rebuke aimed at our Commander in Chief, David Brandon, began to reach a fever pitch with skepticism and paranoia reaching levels that had not been seen since Joseph McCarthy had been pacing the halls of this nations capital. The, well, mutiny of sorts, saw its escalation with endorsements from this blogs highest ranking officials including most notably, Brian (peace be upon him), while trickling down from there and eventually into the masses where it became a fundamental ideological principle and core tenet of those fighting to preserve the dignity and tradition of Michigan Football while halting the erosion of our identity by ravenous exploitationists that are literally scheming the corporatization of our very souls as we speak.

The outlook was dire, indeed, in those days. Our great general, Coach Hoke, had not yet led his troops into our hallowed battlefield where the ghosts of legends dwell and the smell of victory floats confidently in the air. We were reeling from 3 long years of famine and were anxiously awaiting our Michigan Moses to free us from bondage and lead us into Canaan. The Michigan we grew up knowing and loving was evaporating before our very eyes, and those dastardly jerseys (and night games to some) were the face of our eroding ideals and traditions.

Nevermind that Michigan has gone through dozens of uniforms in it's distinguished history, those damn jerseys with the ugly stripes and that phony looking old block M is taking it just too far dammit! My lawn. Get off it. 

On September 10th 2011, at approximately 8 o'clock PM, our good old boys with their cotton' pickin' maize and blue hearts screamed out of that tunnel as they have so many times before, touched the banner, and prepared for battle all the while wearing that ghastly abomination in place of the sacred home uniforms. I don't need to bore you with the details here because you know what transpired. Michigan was pummeled by Notre Dame 50-0 and immediately released a statement after the game stating emphatically that from hence forth we, Michigan, shalt not wear legacy jerseys or participate in night games forever because it's always been better with out them and this was a huge mistake and we're sorry k thx bye.

The End. Things go back to normal and the Michigan of old is the Michigan of new again. Right?

Here friends, is where I humbly pose a question: What if?

What if our leadership isn't set on destroying us from the inside out?

What if they want to see the best for Michigan, even if that means making changes to Michigan?

What if they do actually care how we, the fans, students, and alumni, feel?

What if it was possible to respect traditions while also modernizing? 

What if every change that's made wasn't contextualized as going to the heart of what it means to be Michigan? And isn't that a terribly confined view of what Michigan even is?

What if in being ambitious and thinking progressively we could still create moments that 50 years from now would be remembered as some of the greatest that ever happened?

And what if it looked something like this?: ***


Now, what if you never forget what happened on September 10, 2011? Was it worth it? Is Michigan any less Michigan-y now that we've played a night game with legacy jerseys? 

OR what if in doing something like this, from the jerseys and the atmosphere to the actual play and coaching on the field, we saw an even truer picture of what Michigan is?  

What I saw was that Michigan is unafraid to be the best.  Michigan is unafraid to make history.  Michigan sets the bar.  Michigan isnt defined by it's past- but rather Michigan is defined by it's gall in conquering the present and it's aspiration to the future.  Michigan might not always win, but Michigan doesn't back down to a challenge.  


Friends, in my humble opinion that game could not have been more perfect.  From the pageantry to the stadium renovations, to the uniforms, to unforgettable moments and to ripping out Notre Dame's heart yet again.  Michigan put on one hell of a show and I'm damn proud to be a Michigan Wolverine today.  

BUT: What if it never happened? 

What if your no doubt cherished memories from that game were replaced with memories form a typical ND- UM game with an afternoon kickoff? 

Would you be any worse off?  Probably not. You wouldn't know any better and UM beats Notre Dame in alternate universes as well-   but I do know this,  you wouldn't be better for it.  You wouldn't have the once in a lifetime experience and the memories to take.  You wouldn't be able to tell everyone about it until the day you die.  You wouldn't have been a part of this unique moment in history-  a moment where history is made.  Is that worth it? I guess that's up to you.  


Finally:  What if we do it again? 

What if Michigan makes bold decisions in the future? 

What if they're controversial and go against what you've come to know as your beloved Michigan?

Will you approach them with negativity and skepticism or will you look at them with eyes to see the possible good that may come from them?  Will you reevaluate your rigid constructs of what Michigan is to you and realize that Michigan is bigger than you can comprehend and means different things to different people around the world and that no attempt to quantify or define it can be successful? I think you should and I hope you do.  To keep Michigan the best sometimes means thinking outside the box and moving forward with thought and sense. Last night proved that it can be done well and it can be done right.  

Go Blue. 


*** These moments brought to you by Dave Brandon pissing on Michigan tradition.  


2011 Wallpaper - All That Glitters - Notre Dame

2011 Wallpaper - All That Glitters - Notre Dame

Submitted by monuMental on September 6th, 2011 at 6:55 PM

So you've probably heard by now that I won't be producing weekly schedule wallpapers this season, and some have taken that to mean that I won't be producing any wallpapers at all. However, as I was considering semi-retirement in the face of my grown-up-adult-9-to-5-then-kids-bedtime-sleep-is-important responsibilities, I set aside time to design a few rivalry game wallpapers. The Ohio State game is a given (and probably Michigan State too) and I couldn't pass up the historic night game at The Big House.

Last year I made Touchdown Jesus say "No Good", prompting concern from my young daughter over God's feelings about mocking Jesus. "No sweetie, I'm not mocking Jesus, I'm mocking Notre Dame. God enjoys this kind of thing." Several other promising and less-blasphemous ideas were left to rot in the pages of my sketchbook, including a few inspired by the saying "All that glitters is not gold." I pictured everything from a rainbow with a pot of fools good to a Notre Dame helmet peeling to reveal a rusted shell.

Like The Game, the first night game at Michigan Stadium calls for a dramatic rather than humorous image. Where Ohio State was represented by the decaying side of a planet, Notre Dame's gold is shown as a thin, blistering and cracking layer of paint.

I wrestled over whether to make the centerpiece of the image helmets or logos (you can see the back and forth in the making-of video), but I heard from several people that one of their favorite images from last season was the lump of coal block M so I tried for something similar here. I designed the block M to match the front of Michigan's legacy jerseys, while Notre Dame's legacy helmet gets a nod with the shamrock treatment similar to my vine-wrapped block M.

Some other people you should know about

The stadium photo in the background was generously provided by Scott Maez. It would have been extremely difficult to get just the right look from an illustration or a low resolution image, but Scott's photo was shot the perfect angle (and he was kind enough to share the high resolution file with me). You should check out some of Scott's other Michigan photography. He has a nice mix of games and other events going back to 2002.

I also want to point you in the direction of MGoBlog users cjm and Blue Indy who have picked up the proverbial ball where I have proverbially dropped it. Both are doing awesome work so if you need a dose of wallpaper goodness between now and my next caffeine-fueled Michigan football design binge they're your guys.

The image below is a preview only. You can get the widescreen, 4:3, iPad and mobile wallpapers at The Art. The Art. The Art!.

All that Glitters – 2011 Game 2 Preview

How it was made

I recorded the screen while I wiggled my mouse around and hoped for a miracle. Lucky for you I sped up the footage to condense a wasted weekend into just a few minutes of video. If you want to see me ruin a nice wallpaper with a happy little shamrock Watch this video.