This second half of the article is paywalled, but the first part is kind of an eye-opener on how some of the players felt about this season.
Well, we've made it to the last Friday afternoon without college football coming. One week from now many of us will be itching to leave the office, out of towners like myself will have been packed up for the trip to Ann Arbor. With games next Thursday and Friday nights the season is finally here. What are you up to this final game-free weekend (Until Wife Day and Wife Day II Wife-Day-Harder)? What will you be doing almost exactly 193 hours from right now?
days for the freshmen to continue to work hard in camp and the first Game Week(!) to solidify their spots on the two deep or potentially special teams.
Also this guy
will continue to get healthy and be there for the team, the team, the team when needed.
days until this dynamic duo remind this guy:
where's The Threat when they take on CMU.
days until Jeremy Gallon and the receiving corps. look to show Central an improved passing attack.
11 days until our safeties go out there and try to become our next binky.
Also, there are 11 days until Team 134's 11 starters on offense and defense and Special Teams take the field and welcome the Chippewas to the Big House.
In case it was missed when posted a few weeks ago, wanted to provide a heads up that the U of M Club of NYC is hosting their 5th Annual Football Kickoff Party w/ Brian and TomVH a week from Thursday. All students, alumni, and M fans are welcome. Also, scroll down for bonus MBB in Brooklyn ticket info.
Date: Thursday, August 15
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost: Free for current students, $5 for AAUM members, $15 for non-members. Registration is online through Wednesday, August 14th at midnight. Day-of door pricing will be $20 for everyone.
Registration Link: http://alumni.umich.edu/event/?1a4e7538-eec6-4ad6-b392-130590de4924
Location: Professor Thom’s, 219 Second Avenue, NY (2nd Ave between 13th and 14th streets). Guests must be 21 and older.
Information: The NYC alumni club is pleased to bring back MGoBlog sports blogger Brian Cook and ESPN WolverineNation’s reporter Tom VanHaaren to NYC for our annual football season kickoff event. They will be on hand to spread their knowledge of all-things Michigan football, preview the 2013 season, and discuss the future of Michigan football in Michigan’s incoming class of HS recruits.
Questions? Club leaders will be checking this thread, so post a comment if you need more info etc. Also free free to post any questions for Brian and Tom (stay on-topic please) you would like the moderator to mix in during the Q&A portion of the evening.
Spread the word - Join the facebook event & invite your friends http://www.facebook.com/events/154623154725781/?ref=22
Bonus MBB Info:
The University of Michigan men's basketball team will return to NYC on Saturday, December 21st to play in the Barclays Center for a second straight year. Sit and cheer together with your local alumni while the team takes on Stanford in the 2nd Annual Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational. In partnership with the Barclays Center, the University of Michigan Club of NYC is pleased to extend a special discounted ticket offer to our alumni. (Students and other M fans are welcome to purchase through us as well.)
Email us for info/directions on how to purchase: [email protected]
Our Ticket Prices:
lower level center - $82.00 each – regular price is $100+fees each
lower level corners - $54.00 each – regular price is $65+fees each
lower level end zone - $42.00 each – regular price is $50+fees each
mid-level corners - $34.00 each – regular price is $40 +fees each
upper level sideline - $19.00 each – regular price is $21+fees each
We all hope / expect Green to make some impact his freshmen year, and ESPN's Luginbill agrees:
Simply put, Green is better than what Michigan has in the backfield right now and is a perfect fit for an offense that desperately wants to get back to power football and a heavy downhill run game. In addition to fitting that profile, we expect a minimal learning curve for him in the passing game and pass protection. Michigan will be better at quarterback with Devin Gardner, and Green might become Gardner's new best friend if he can take pressure off the passing game.
*edit: Corrected the spelling of Luginbill's name. Man, my vision is getting to be awful. h/t Ron Utah
Been seeing this all over lately... It's pretty epic but I haven't seen it mentioned here yet. Of course, I did not create it and I did not have anything to do with doing so.
(embed not working, so link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i50sPonzkRg&hd=1)
I didn't see any posts about this excellent event.
First, if you haven't heard about these, they are for kids in grades K-8 to interact with U-M athletes. There are a number of sports represented, with a few events yet to come. Link is here.
I really didn't know what to expect. My 2nd grade son and 6th grade daughter attended after getting a heads up from a friend back in November. The football event was yesterday, Feb. 2nd.
They had 6 stations for the kids to do different drills, 5 minutes at each station. At each station there were 4-6 football players or student managers running the drills. Then they got a water break, reset the stations to different activities, and did another rotation. Finally, they got all the players to sit behind tables with Sharpies and the kids could have one item autographed by each of the players.
Kids got to block, tackle, run, catch, throw, punt, place kick, and more. It was very well organized.
Not that you would expect anything less from Michigan players, but I was truly impressed with how positive, magnanamous, and patient the players were. It was obvious that they wanted to be there and they took time to pose for pictures and talk one-on-one with the kids.
Players of note:
- Taylor Lewan was there (in socks the whole time) floating from station to station and talking with anyone who wanted to. He was looking very trim and said he lost some weight when he had his tonsils out after the bowl game.
- Devin Gardner emceed the event with a microphone at the center of the field. He hammed it up with other players, "interviewed" the kids about what they were doing, and even lead a chorus of Happy Birthday.
- Jeremy Gallon was all smiles and took time for pictures and conversations with anyone who wanted them.
- Dennis Norfleet was a bundle of energy and motion the *entire* time. He was constantly recognizing kids for their efforts and just displayed an awesome, over-the-top personality.
- A bunch of offensive linemen were running one drill that called for the kids to jump over a couple of barriers stacked on top of each other; if a kid didn't make the leap, they'd look at each other and say, "LINEMAN!" and high-five the kid.
Here is a link to some pictures. (I ended up taking over 300, so this is just a small sample! I didn't want to post pictures where individual kids could be identified, so these are of players or large groups.)
Basketball is upcoming, but already full. I think men's and women's soccer and swimming are all coming up. I don't know exactly what those events will be like, but if they are anything like football, I can't recommend them enough.