Wolverine great Marcus Ray to join the Big Ten Network.

Submitted by no joke its hoke on July 5th, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Just saw Marcus post on facebook that he is joining the Big Ten Network. It didnt say on what programs but i asked him about WTKA and he said he will still be doing stuff for them too. Congrats Marcus, i hope they dont try and muzzle him.



July 5th, 2013 at 8:08 PM ^

I'll brace myself for some flaming here, but please try not to get me wrong.

I can't think of a case in UMich history where a player got anywhere near that much mileage from a single photo. Marcus seems like a good guy and he at least had a cup of coffee in the NFL (http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/R/RayxMa20.htm), so good for him.

It's odd, though, that *he* becomes, for many, the personification of that '97 defense and (to the mouth breathers in the audience) the mythical *tough* that by some accounts magically disappeared in January '08 and reappeared in January '11. There were many better players with long NFL futures on that side of the ball in '97. Woodson, Jones, Gold, et al.

Look at the video. The ball is too high and Marcus doesn't hit him that hard. Compare it to this play (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Emt2IdTYrZg&t=0m29s) and tell me which is more immediately impactful. Sure, lots of people remember Shazor's hit, but it wasn't put on the cover of SI and Ernest is something of a forgotten man.

UM Indy

July 5th, 2013 at 8:17 PM ^

The iconic (if it's in fact reached that level) nature of the picture is less about a great hit by Ray as it is about the embarrassing position Boston was caught in. Boston did lots of shit talking before that game and didn't have a great game. The shot of him ass over tea kettle served him right.


July 5th, 2013 at 10:42 PM ^

He didn't get this gig, or the one on WTKA, for that play.  But he's the one who tells the tales of that defense.  On and off the field.  And of the coaches.  And of him getting into trouble with the coaches. 

For those who haven't heard him, check out the podcasts of the Mott fundraiser when he chats up his former teammates.  And gets them to tell their tales of their memorable plays.

And If he had some memorable plays himself, what better time to bring them up? 


July 5th, 2013 at 8:28 PM ^

I fail to see how the presence of better players on the '97 defense matters. Ray was part of an iconic play/photo from that season. When someone is a part of such a play they get remembered. What does Shazor being a forgotten man have to do with Marcus Ray?


July 5th, 2013 at 8:40 PM ^

Why is it that nothing can be discussed without someone getting their panties in a bunch? If that was the only play Ray made in his career, it was still on the cover of SI, and it is a great pic.

Why don't you start a thread about Shazor? I'll go over there and celebrate him, not tear another player down.



July 6th, 2013 at 7:14 AM ^

Other than the herd of straw men in your head, who has ever referred to the defense with a Heisman trophy winner and a bunch of pros on it as "Marcus Ray's defense"? It's a cool picture; that's it.

Mr. Yost

July 6th, 2013 at 8:46 AM ^

Ray can be better than Shazor but not as good as those other '97 defensive players that you mentioned. It just shows how good that damn defense was, 8 or 9 of those guys would've started on almost every Michigan defense since they played. They were unbelieveable. So if you put Ray at 6 or 7th best player on that team...it still doesn't mean he wasn't the best best safety Michigan's had since '97. It's not saying he IS either...but it doesn't mean anything more than that was a DAMN GOOD DEFENSE!


July 5th, 2013 at 7:43 PM ^

as long as I can still listen to him now and then on WTKA.  (Where he doesn't have to be muzzled.)  Was just listening to him the other day and smiling.


July 6th, 2013 at 7:36 AM ^

Some other info on Marcus Ray, he will be at the downtown MDen on 7/10 (not sure of the time) along with Mike Martin, Jordan Kovacs, and yes Denard Robinson to sign autographs

Mr. Yost

July 6th, 2013 at 8:52 AM ^

...will he show his bias. Ray BLEEDS blue, he says "Ohio" and HATES them with a passion, he loves Coach Hoke, he's a Michigan Man to his core. Obviously I love that, but I hope he can give an unbiased opinion and be professional in regards to all B1G teams. It's going to get annoying to have to hear about his bias anytime he speaks. Desmond does a great job, Jalen is getting better, but he does NBA too so it doesn't matter as much. Anyway...GOOD LUCK MARCUS!

Charlie Chunk

July 6th, 2013 at 9:25 AM ^

My favorite Marcus Ray comment was after he was asked about whether Staee was tough or not.  He said, "Naahh!  They're tough like scratch some skin off your arm in a pile, tough.  They're tough like gouging at your eyes in a crowd.  No they ain't tough."


July 6th, 2013 at 9:55 PM ^

The more Wolverines on BTN, the more apt I am to watch it. As it is, I barely turn it on unless Michigan is playing live or I stumble on one of the B1G classic games.