Wolverines in Japan 2017 Regular Season Game 5

Wolverines in Japan 2017 Regular Season Game 5

Submitted by Carcajou on October 23rd, 2017 at 4:52 AM

Devin Gardner threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as the Nojima Sagamihara Rise outgunned the  As One Black Eagles from the Battle 9 division, 49-6. The game was played at Osaka’s Expo Flash Field in rainy conditions, due to Typhoon Lan as it reached Japan over the weekend.

The Rise led 21-0 at halftime, and Gardner (8-15-3-1) was relieved of quarterbacking duties midway through the 3rd quarter after throwing his third TD pass of the game with Nojima safely ahead 35-6.

The Rise (4-1) will next face league- leading Panasonic Impulse (5-0) in their final game of the regular season on October 29th at Yokohama Stadium.

Wolverines in Japan 2017 Regular Season Game 2

Wolverines in Japan 2017 Regular Season Game 2

Submitted by Carcajou on September 17th, 2017 at 6:39 AM

Typhoon Talim certainly played a part, but costly Devin Gardner turnovers- twice when they had reached the red zone-  and some solid play from the Obic Seagulls resulted in a 14-0 loss for the the Nojima Rise. It was their first loss of the 2017 X-League regular season.

Steady rain and intermittent wind affected game plans somewhat, as both teams tried to establish their running games. Sione Houma, who saw limited action in the season opener, carried the ball 12 times for 57 yards. His counterpart Taku Lee carried the ball 18 times for 84 yards, while Asaki Mochizuki- the other half of what has been dubbed Obic's "Thunder & Lightning" backfield- gained 48 yards on ten carries and had one TD.

Obic QB Shun Sugawara also ran seven times for 13 yards, including the first score of the game, an 8 yard run on their second possesion. Gardner picked up 47 yards on a dozen carries on the ground. Gardner was 14-28 in the air with three interceptions, while Sugawara completed 9 of 13 and no intereceptions.

On the third play of the game, Gardner was hit by DE Kevin Jackson (U of Hawaii) as he threw and the ball was intercepted by Obic DB Takeshi Miyake. When Sugawara scored on their second posession, Obic had a 7-0 lead.

Early in the second quarter, Nojima took possession at their own 4, and Gardner took them on a 12 play, 77-yard drive, mixing up runs by Houma, Takeshi Miyako, and himself, and short passes and WR screens. But on 3rd & 8 from the Seagull 19 yard-line, Gardner tried to float a screen pass to Houma. The ball was deflected and intercepted by Jackson to kill the drive, and the half ended 7-0.

Both teams started the second half with solid drives. Obic took the second half kickoff and drove 62 yards on 12 plays, with Mochizuki scoring from 11 yards out for the Seagull's second score, so it was 14-0.

After the kickoff, the Rise started from their own 10, and Gardner responded with an impressive 89 yard drive in 11 plays. On one third down play, as he was about to be tackled near the sideline Devin made a two-handed toss to a receiver to get the first down and a gain of 15. On another, Gardner used his unusually long stride to leap just past the first down marker.

Nojima drove near the Obic goal line and looked like they were about to score. But on 2nd and goal from the 6, Gardner tried to run through the middle. As he approached the goal line, he tried to reach out and put the ball across the line. The ball was knocked out, and the Seagulls recovered.

On their next possession, after  taking them near midfield, Gardner was intercepted when he tried to throw on a deep post by Seagull Safety Keizaburo Ichigawa.

Gardner seemed to be trying to do a bit too much, and his receivers seemed to lack some of the confidence and aggressivenss they had showed in their opening game against the Bulls.

Mario Ojemudia had three TFL, including two sacks.

After the game Gardner confessed that he was disappointed in his performance saying you can't expect to commit four turnovers and win such games. Houma said while he was glad to become a bigger part of the offense,"We have a lot to work on. A lot to work on."

Both teams are now 1-1. Obic players and coaches were glad to get the win, and said they expect to see the Rise again in the playoffs later in the fall.

B1G/ACC Challenge: Michigan at UNC

B1G/ACC Challenge: Michigan at UNC

Submitted by Yung Geezer on June 8th, 2017 at 10:37 AM

Reported by Jeff Goodman of ESPN.  Bring on the Tar Heels!


Notre Dame at MSU

Duke at Indiana

Miami at Minnesota

Boston College at Nebraska

Clemson at Ohio State

Louisville at Purdue

Florida State at Rutgers

Northwestern at Georgia Tech

Penn State at NC State

Maryland at Syracuse

Wisconsin at Virginia

Iowa at Virginia Tech

Illinois at Wake Forest

Michigan Field Hockey and Volleyball Score BIG Wins

Michigan Field Hockey and Volleyball Score BIG Wins

Submitted by VCavman24 on November 14th, 2015 at 10:30 PM

Lost in the football action of today was two BIG wins by the Michigan Field Hockey and Volleyball Teams.

First, in its first game of the NCAA Field Hockey tournament, #10 Michigan beat #7 Wake Forest in Chapel Hill, N.C.  Michigan lost to Wake Forest earlier in the year 3-0 in Ann Arbor, so this is a big win.  Michigan advances to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2010 and will face #2 seed North Carolina.  Michigan lost to NC 2-1 in Ann Arbor earlier in the year, but that was the same weekend as the Wake Forest game, so the result certainly could flip.  The semifinal and NCG are in Ann Arbor this year as well, so that certainly could be cool to see.

The Michigan volleyball team also ended a 4-game losing streak with a sweep at #14 Ohio State.  Michigan had lost 6 of 7 coming in, including very close losses to OSU and Penn State at home, so this win can hopefully provide some momentum going into the final weeks and (hopefully) the NCAA tournament.

Lastly, Michigan Women's Basketball team scored a 90-62 win over Binghamton.

Go Blue!

Wallpaper Season - Utah

Wallpaper Season - Utah

Submitted by jonvalk on August 19th, 2015 at 1:52 AM

Greetings again, my fellow Wolverines! Last week, I was able to drop the first official wallpaper of the season in my vintage schedule wallpaper based on a schedule card from 1969.  This week, I’m happy to bring you the wallpaper for our first opponent of the season, the Utah Utes.

In preparing to do this wallpaper, I did a good amount of research on the Ute people, for whom the team is named.  The Ute people are also the namesake of the state of Utah, itself. The word “Ute,”  in the native tongue of the Ute people, Shoshonean, means “land of the sun” or “ the high place.” The Ute people were a highly-artistic people, making all sorts of beaded jewelry for use in battle and for trade.  The Ute were also some of the earliest adopters of the horse in America (reports state as early as 1580).  They were fierce warriors and with the addition of horses, became excellent big game hunters, as well.  They were also highly spiritual, and are credited as being the first documented (by approx. 200 years) peoples to make use of a process called “mechanoluminescence” in their ceremonies.  It’s said that they would use clear quartz crystals inside of translucent buffalo hide rattles.  When rattled, the friction and mechanical stress of the crystals impacting each other would create a light that would be visible through the hide rattles.  They believed this was evidence that the spirits were being called to their ceremonies.

I had a lot of fun researching the Ute people and it reminded me of the excellent time I had when doing research for the CMU wallpaper.  I loved learning about the Chippewa and the Ute were the same experience.  That being said, I hope that we stomp them on the football field.  Respect gained for their history or not, I want them crying in defeat.

The image I used for the wallpaper below is of an actual Ute Tipi (or Teepee) on file at the Library of Congress.  I hope I did a job that is both respectful and artistically-sound. Let me know!  As always, I appreciate constructive criticism and/or suggestions for future works.  Have a wonderful day and GO BLUE!

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Utah Desktop Wallpaper


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Utah iPhone Wallpaper

- JonValk

What to Expect from Harbaugh in Year One?

What to Expect from Harbaugh in Year One?

Submitted by UFM on December 26th, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Hello MGoBlog,

This is my first time creating a forum post.  Some of you have seen me comment here and there for the last three years.  You'll know from my other posts that:  a) I'm an Ohio State fan; and b) I'm not a troll--I visit here because I love college football and respect the writers and posters on this blog.  

With the introductions out of the way let me start out by saying that I (like many other Buckeye fans) hope you guys get Harbaugh.  The B1G needs Michigan to be its traditional self.  Ohio State is only as good as the strength of its conference in many respects.  And it benefits as much as Michigan if The Game is between two ranked powerhouses that will usually decide who goes to the B1G Championship Game.  

I think Harbaugh can get you guys there more so than anyone else available.  And, from reading this board, it appears that I am not alone.  Assuming this happens, what are reasonable expectations for the Wolverines in year one?  Transition usually takes time, but we have seen programs where the transition is seamless and the new coach has early success.  Oddly, Brady Hoke was one of them in 2011.  Would be interested to hear your thoughts.  Thanks.

Other Michigan Victories Today

Other Michigan Victories Today

Submitted by VCavman24 on January 25th, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Lost in the excitement of Michigan's great win at MSU was other victories by Michigan teams today.

  • Men's tennis won 4-3 at 10th ranked Mississippi
  • #11 Women's tennis beat Virginia Tech 6-1
  • #5 Women's gymnastics beat 23rd ranked Ohio State 197.325-195.200 (that's a pretty big win)
  • #2 Men's gymanstics is currently leading #4 Stanford and #6 California in the Stanford Open

It's worth noting that gymnastics rankings are based on team averages.  The men's team is undefeated and returns an incredible amount of talent from last year's National Championship team.  They are very arguably the best team in the country.  Oklahoma is ranked #1.