April 8th, 2013 at 3:15 PM ^

I would say that some of us will not be multi-millionare athletes that can bury the disappointment of a loss with the purchase of exotic lands, cars, and women.  Please win it for those guys. 

(Yes, I'm selfish)

Darth Wolverine

April 8th, 2013 at 3:19 PM ^

I would tell them about how almost everyone is picking Louisville to win, which I am glad is happening, as it is only more motivation for M to play their asses off and win.


April 8th, 2013 at 3:21 PM ^

They know the importance of the game, so there's no reason to play that up.  If anything, they need the opposite.  I'd take a page from Bacari Alexander and give a really goofy speech to loosen them up.


April 8th, 2013 at 3:24 PM ^

"You were a popular upset pick in the first round. You weren't supposed to be able to handle Havoc. You were supposed to get manhandled by Big Men. You were supposed to get overrun by another team that plays OUR game. You were supposed to get swallowed by the zone...

"You're supposed to be outplayed tonight. Go out there and show everyone how you made it to this game."

Swayze Howell Sheen

April 8th, 2013 at 3:29 PM ^

I would mostly bring in others to do the work. For example:

- win one for the gipper speech given by dead Ronald Reagan

- the team speech via youtube, while Bo's son sits there looking at you sadly

- inches speech given by Al Pacino himself, LIVE FROM BROADWAY!

- bring in rocky's wife and have her tell them to "win" (Rocky 2), if Talia Shire is still alive and looking less "nerdy"

- have rilo kelly come in and sing and tell them to be "f***ing on"

- bring in Mr. Miyagi to do that hand thing to heal any last-minute injuries (however, don't share this with Kevin Ware)

- have Brian Cook read Eleven Swans aloud, except don't mention that the result of that game

- put a potato chip on everyone's shoulder and when they ask why, just say it looked like they needed a potato chip

- guest appearance by Jim Harbaugh who then shakes everyones' hands too excitedly

- just play the hype video and sit back and marvel

but these are just some first thoughts.



April 8th, 2013 at 3:29 PM ^

"We're starting Vogrich at PG to honor our seniors and to give Louisville some confusion.  Now go get 'em Wolvie-cuties!"

"Oh wait, wait.  Don't forget to wave to the Fab Five.  Not sure where they are sitting... just look around for four or five of them and give them a 'hey-ho thumbs up' or something.  OK?"

Go get 'em Wolvie-cuties!"


April 8th, 2013 at 3:38 PM ^

Something about how Louisville has great point guards and shooting guards and big men, but we're gonna play as a team. I'll throw in something about nobody being more important than the team. There will be players who will play for contracts and this and that, and this is really the last time they get to play for a team.

Then maybe a little confidence boost like "We're gonna win because we're a team". I would probably mention not to talk about one another or criticize one another, but to encourage one another. I should mention that after the game is over, it'll be Michigan again. Michigan (just in case they forget).

Either that or "HAI GUYZ YOLO SWAG WE ON" and crank that Roundtree.


April 8th, 2013 at 3:41 PM ^

I'd have a Cardinal, and a cage.  I'd cage the Cardinal dramatically.  Then I'd have tons of rawk music with pyrotechnics.  Then I'd release a live Wolverine to eat the Cardinal.

You see, the action of caging the Cardinal is Burke's role in running our offense, distributing the ball, creating and creating a few shots for himself.  The cage itself represent Stauskas, GRII, and THJ who will need to come together and be the bars that shut down the bird.  McGary is the Wolverine (originally would've been a big puppy, but a Wolverine just makes more sense).

I may skip the music and pyrotechnics, maybe.


April 8th, 2013 at 3:49 PM ^

With so many guys on the team considering going Pro next year, it seems a good time to remind them to play their hearts out and to cherish playing as a team with their brothers.

Soon enough, several of them will be in the NBA and playing for a new contract, new commercial deal, etc, but right now, they have the opportunity to do something special...They can write their own history tonight, and have the potential to write a legendary story that will be told for years to come.

The Team, The Team, The Team!