August 24th, 2013 at 11:18 AM ^

Only showed Michigan during the Clowney hit. Dammit.

It fits with their "love of all things SEC" narrative.

Here's the upside ... it's a motivation for Michigan offensive linemen to never again allow another highlight clip like that to happen.

It's like in any Clint Eastwood movie there comes a point in the story line where the Eastwood character stops being contained and reserved and decides the time has come to be ... well, to be Clint Eastwood.  Ditto Michigan offensive linemen.  The time has come to go all Clint Eastwood on opposing defensive linemen.

Roadgrader U, damnit. 


August 24th, 2013 at 12:26 PM ^

True. However, on the go ahead TD drive in the 4th, Clowney tossed Lewan to the side and blew up Denard in the backfield on an iso play. Clowney is amazing. Taylor didn't have a terrible game, but between the Ohio game and a so-so at best performance against an NFL caliber DE in Clowney, I'll bet him watching himself on film made him feel like he still has some areas where he needs improvement. Not saying that the UM tradition of O-Linemen returning for their senior years didn't have anything to do with him coming back, but I would bet he feels like he still has something to prove to himself and to his teammates/coaches. I expect him to be motivated and even better than he was last year which bodes well for our chances at having a prolific offense.


August 24th, 2013 at 12:32 PM ^

Clowney did nothing for much of that game and that was due largely to Lewan. Lewan was outstanding that game. Yeah, Clowney made a play on him. Great players do that. Anthony Munoz in his prime even gave up plays. Yours is the only post I have seen criticizing Lewan's game versus Clowney. 


August 24th, 2013 at 12:49 PM ^

This is what the Dark Ages were like, except every week. Embrace the hatefest, for it will make you stronger. The best taunts always originate from a position of long-suffering.

Think of small European countries that still remember and draw motivation from battles that happened centuries ago.


August 24th, 2013 at 1:09 PM ^

Unfortunately, like the old opening to ABC’s Wide World of Sports showing the ski jumper veering off the slope and crashing, The Hit is becoming ESPN’s constant reminder of the “agony of defeat.”
Now, if ESPN’s College Football Game Day producers were smart (and I’m not making any assumptions about that), they would be sending Tom Rinaldi and a camera crew to Pahokee, Florida.   When College Football Game Day runs on September 7, they could show a feature about the artistry of Vincent Smith and the work he and his fellow Wolverine football alums are doing for the youth of Pahokee.*
Maybe ESPN could show Vincent Smith and Kyle Kalis working in their respective art studios. And maybe 20 years from now, Vincent Smith and Jadeveon Clowney will be making joint appearances to raise money for charity, like Ralpha Branca and Bobby Thomson used to do long after Thomson’s home run “Shot Heard ‘Round The World” in the 1951 National League playoff game.
It also  might be nice to get Vincent Smith back in Ann Arbor for the Notre Dame game and make him one of the honorary Michigan captains.  Then, instead of those repetitive replays of The Hit, ESPN could keep showing Vincent Smith’s touchdown off a screen pass that got Michigan a 28-24 lead late in the first UTL game.
*Ironically, Like Vincent Smith, Vinko Bogataj, the ill-fated ski jumper from the Wide World of Sports opening, also loved to paint.  

Tim in Huntsville

August 24th, 2013 at 11:07 AM ^

I didn't realize College Gameday was on..  Thank you to the OP!

It looks like I will miss College Gameday next week as we are planning to get the plane out of the hangar and head to Ann Arbor!  It looks like I will be tailgating at Hoover and Greene!



August 24th, 2013 at 11:22 AM ^

I could have missed something, but Oregon was wearing a different uniform in every single clip in the preview of the next segment. It was actually rather disorienting and made me wonder if the fashion portion of the program will be interwoven with the Pac-12 discussion. 


August 24th, 2013 at 12:10 PM ^

Only 5 more days to college football.  Definitely going to watch USC struggle against Hawaii and and probably the USCar/UNC game or the Ole Miss game to see what their money bought them.