Favorite Moments of the RR Era

Submitted by Ezeh-E on March 22nd, 2010 at 12:57 PM

To while away the time during the off-season, I put together my top five moments of the RR era. My list has the theme of "our heart is bigger than yours and we're also faster than you are". Feel free to theme your top 5 accordingly.

If I were better at uploading content, each would be accompanied by a video. Unfortunately, a youtube link will have to suffice.

So, without further ado:

5) Denard's first play. Obvious, but it is included for the Denard/Tate manlove that follows the play as well as Tay Odom's flying ninja block on the Western Michigan D-lineman. All heart (henceforth: hart).

4) Brandon Graham knocks Glenn Winston back into 2008, and Glenn begs to be sent back to prison. This hit is amazing on a lot of levels, but the fact that it came so close to the goal-line highlights Graham's hart. He'll be missed. *Unfortunately, neither youtube nor google have this video available.
See also, the Ohio State goal-line stop: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQfcytu6ItI (7:14) Again, hart.

3) Tate's two jumping endzone plays against Indiana. I believe dude injured his shoulder either on the first one or prior to it, and he still chucks himself into the endzone for a two point conversion. Dude's got ups. Gritty ups. Hart.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igsmIi4V0EM (6:55-7:20)

2) RVB's hulk-out in the Indiana game. After making the wrong line-check that helped UM give up the 80-yard TD run, RVB is in on all three plays on the next drive.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igsmIi4V0EM (8:00-8:12)

1) Tay Odom's block in the 2008 Minnesota game. The highlight of a miserable season. Odoms sprints past a fading Shaw just to put a block on a safety about 50 yards downfield in a season where nothing was going right. Odoms winded himself just for the possibility of putting a block on somebody and helping his running back into the endzone. Hart and speed, but mainly hart.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MMosjutIyc (3:38)


Moe Greene

March 22nd, 2010 at 1:01 PM ^

Helps to remind us of the good things that have happened, and gets us to think of the highlights that have yet to happen.

I have a particular image of the Branch-Morelli hit with Roh and Big Will standing over Pryor....


March 22nd, 2010 at 1:07 PM ^

Tate to Mathews at the end. That was the first game I'd been to in person in a few years. That ending made it possible to look back and enjoy all the back and fourth that preceeded it.


March 22nd, 2010 at 1:07 PM ^

it's the 19 point comeback win over wisconsin at home. talk about an emotional roller coaster of a game. i had a friend from madison visiting, and he was looking pretty glib when the fourth quarter started. that was definitely a great moment


March 22nd, 2010 at 1:07 PM ^

I would have to add Tate's first TD pass against WMU.

Tate scrambles, buys time, motions for Hemingway to break his route, throws an accurate pass which goes for 6.

I remember getting home from that game, pulling up each QB's first TD and thinking to myself "we are going to punch the dick off of every team we play."

I was off by one year.

Kalamazoo Blue

March 22nd, 2010 at 1:20 PM ^

But the most special play for me was Tate's 30ish yard TD run early in the 4th quarter on 4th down. He made one cut, put the defender on the turf, and was off to the end zone.

You've heard the phrase "slow speed train wreck," where the a bad outcome is inevitable and it happens at an uncomfortably slow pace?

This play was like a slow speed orgasm. After he made his cut, the fantastic outcome wasn't in doubt and we had a few extra seconds to watch it unfold.

September can't get here fast enough.


March 22nd, 2010 at 1:25 PM ^

This one's easy. Last year I attended grad school in Montana and flew back for the opener against Western. Given the events of the previous season and those the week before the game, my girlfriend constantly described RR as "ruining her entire life" (she is a Michigan alumnus, I am not). It was amazing to be able to go to the game with her, cheer like crazy in the student section and chant for Rich Rod. After the game, she admitted this new brand of football may not be "all bad".


March 22nd, 2010 at 1:32 PM ^

The TD pass from Tate to tie the game against MSU last year. Even though we lost in OT, I was going bonkers at that point (in the heavy rain), especially after the first 55 minutes of that game were so brutal.


March 22nd, 2010 at 1:36 PM ^

You know I've watched the BG-Winston hit about 400 times; but I had all but forgotten just how much of a monster Graham was in the Ohio State game. Tackles for loss, hurries, sacks, he was everywhere, and just carried the D on his shoulders. Amazing performance.
Can never get enough BG.


March 22nd, 2010 at 1:51 PM ^

And I mean that in a good way. When we beat OSU and Sparty and go to a bowl game, those events will contain my favorite moments of the RR era. Everything up until then is preamble.


March 22nd, 2010 at 1:53 PM ^

That is, Forcier to Roundtree for 43 yards to the Ohio State 40 in the 4th quarter, down 11. Followed by Robinson getting 5 on first down from the Wildcat. The drive sputters and dies over the next two plays (one Denard, one Tate), but I don't care. For me, that was a vision of Tressel's nightmare in the coming years.


March 22nd, 2010 at 2:06 PM ^

The touchdown, Tate to Matthews, to win the ND game is one of my all-time favorite UM football memories because it will end up being my 5 year-old son's first memory. To this day, when he sees a Michigan football clip, picture, etc. he screams, "Touchdown.....! Greg Matthews....!"