Thursday, July 31, 2008
Rather than produce another boring Heisman theme -- I thought I could go for something with a little more spice. I will call this one: Coach Tressel's Dirty Thirty
Special thanks to Peabody from the blog Michigan Against the World for posting the detailed history to mark this Buckeye milestone. Well done sir.
Note: if anyone can find me a picture of Kurt Wilhelm, I would be very appreciative. I can not find an image of him anywhere.
How can you tell we are getting close to the start of the college football season ? There are about a thousand stories flowing from every direction each and every day. Each major conference has held a media event and we are sliding into to last few weeks before the REAL fun begins.
Rather than post or comment on each and every nugget that I find interesting, I am going to from time to time just post a list and let the magic happen.
So, in no particular order... here we go....
- Charlie Weis eats Wrigley Field
- Somehow Jimmy Clausen makes the 2008 O’Brien Watch List
- ESPN expresses some concern about Penn State's Football program
- Miami's monster 2008 recruiting class has academic issues
- Somehow Kirk Ferentz keeps his job in Iowa
- Ron Zook is removed from the Mendenhall family christmas card list
- Almost everyone hates Ohio State -- except these guys
- Tressel's magic number hits thirty
- Helmet clash : at least they will lose once this year
- Meet the 2008 USC song girls
- Ball State's coach thinks Toldeo will do great in Ann Arbor
- Jake Long blocks too hard in practice
- West Virginia player appears to be in BIG trouble -- somehow this is going to be RR's fault
- The Mike Barwis media honeymoon continues
- Sparty is sick of Barwis and would like you to know they have a strength program too
- Playing football for Mack Brown is not all sunshine and lollypops
- Myron Rolle is not your typical college football player
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
In 1940 Tom Harmon became the first Wolverine to win the trophy. He led the nation in scoring and in his final college football game he absolutely dominated: going 11 for 12 for 151 yards and 2 TDs passing the ball, rushing for 139 yards and 2 more TDs. He also kicked four extra points and intercepted three passes as the Wolverines trounced Ohio State in Columbus 40-0. Legend has it that many of the 73,000 'shoe fans gave him a standing ovation at the end of the game. Oh, how times have changed !!
In 1991 Desmond Howard dazzled the college football nation. He scored at total of 23 TDs, including a memorable punt return against the Buckeyes ending with a iconic pose in the endzone.
Finally, in 1997 Charles Woodson became the first primary defensive player to win the Heisman. He was simply the best player in the country and led the 1997 team to an undefeated season and a National Championship.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I've said this before. College kids make mistakes. On the heels of Kevin Grady's .281, the news of Worthington blowing between a .08 and .17 on a breath test (The legal limit is .08.) is barely worth mentioning. However, it is the location of the arrest that has me chuckling...
According to the OSU police report, Worthington was cited for driving his white Cadillac Escalade 41 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone. He was stopped just outside Ohio Stadium, at the intersection of Woody Hayes Drive and Cannon Drive.
And oh yes Yost -- he does have a Buckstache....
Monday, July 28, 2008
The most interesting thing in this article from the NY Times is perhaps the last known photo of Marques Slocum in a Wolverine uniform. For those of you living under a rock (or generally ignore all comments from srudoff) -- Slocum is no longer on the Michigan football team because of "Several issues, academically and football-wise".
So long Marques --- you Big Amorous Cat...
Coach McGee's list of things an offense needs to do:
- Create mismatches : most common is slot receivers on OLBers or safeties
- Get the ball to your play makers
- Use Shotgun/so QB can see the defense
- Make the defense defend all skill players, including the QB
- Keep it simple for the O line, confused linemen can kill an offense faster than anything.
- Make the defense play in space
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Fresh off the release of Coach Jim Tressel's book The Winners Manual comes a brand new addition to the Buckeye library collection: The Troy Smith Story.
Written by Dave Biddle (from Bucknuts.com) this book promises an uncensored look and a riveting tale about an athlete that overcame all odds because of an unshakable faith in himself.
The book is scheduled for a mid-August release, but you can order your copy now and beat the rush of rabid buckeye fans looking to meet their G.E.D. reading goals.
A quick search of amazon.com identifies that there are 892 different books focused on Ohio State Football available for purchase. This impressive list includes the classic work: B Is For Buckeye: An Ohio Alphabet. With that many books available, you could fill an entire wing of TUOS's Library System as long as the patrons understand that they are only supposed to read in the library.
Personally, I think Mr Biddle's choice of title is a bit underwhelming. Such an important manuscript deserves something special. Calling this book THE TROY SMITH STORY is like calling Michigan "just another game". Here is my top ten suggestions for Mr. Biddle to spice up the title and get a couple of more copies sold. Your suggestions are also welcome.
10. Tuesdays with Tressel
9. BMOC : It’s Pretty Good to Be Troy
8. The Elbows of St. Edwards
7. My friend Maurcie
6. Ted Ginn's Dad loves me more than his own son
5. How I turned Robert Baker's $500 into a Heisman Trophy
4. 3 AND 1.... Bitches
3. Gator Bait: It is all Roy Hall's fault
2. Tarblooder to Buckeye: The Glenville goldmine
1. Wolverine Hunter: 316 yards and a clump of Turf
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Yes, I know...TUOS fans will be quick to point out that Jim Tressel's kids would own DickRod's kids.
Other items of note: The Purdue game on November 1st will be our 1,200th game. The UM/Adidas deal is an 8 year contract and actually starts on August 1st. Justin Boren is not listed as a "starter lost". You can listen in Michigan football games in Little Rock, Arkansas on KASR (92.7 on the AM dial). Michigan Replay is now called INSIDE MICHIGAN FOOTBALL. Stephen Threet is listed as the #1 QB with an "or" next to Nick Sheridan. Sam McGuffie will wear #2, (the number he wore in high school). Justin Feagan will wear #5. Michael Shaw will wear Mike Hart's #20. Boubacar Cissoko will wear #33 - and for some reason his name is not included in the pronunciation guide. Everyone in the Rodriguez family has the initials RR (Rich, Rita, Raquel and Rhett). Rich Rodriguez has records of 2-8, 1-7-1, and 3-8 in his previous "first" seasons as a head coach (yikes). He has a perfect record (1-0) against Ohio. Both Scott Shaffer (DC) and Calvin Magee (OC) will sit in the booth, not on the sidelines. There are 7 former Wolverines in the NFL Hall of Fame.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I am a very visual person and I frequently change the "desktop wallpaper" on my computer because I get bored pretty easily. My plan is to feature original Michigan wallpaper each Wednesday. If you have any ideas or completed wallpapers to share, go ahead and send them. Any wallpaper that I create will be sized at 1280x800 (which happens to be the resolution of my computer). You can click on the picture to get the full-sized image.
This week I give you Lamar Woodley in the 2006 Notre Dame Massacre. This is one of my favorite Michigan games of all-time. This fumble recovery for a touchdown put an exclamation mark on the blow-out of the #2 ranked Irish and set the tone for the memorable 2006 season.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
APPELLATION: Stags Leap District, Napa Valley
PROCESS: hand picked, hand sorted, 21 day extended maceration
AGING: 18 months in French oak
HARVESTED: October 12, 2005
PRODUCTION: 202 cases
RELEASE DATE: November 2008
TASTING NOTES: Intense wild berry aromas, dark ruby in color. Seductive entry, bright fruit with dense middle, supple tannin increasing in intensity for long, persistent finish. Broad, velvety texture, dark fruit, cassis, dry crushed stone flavors with long return. French oak integrated but not dominant, lifting the wine. Harmonious with assertive, fine grained tannins.
And, I can attest to it's wonders, after participating in a wine tasting/fundraising event this past weekend at The Chop House in Ann Arbor. Robert Ruiz, the cellar master for Twentyfour, and Gustavo Gonzales, the wine maker for Twentyfour (both from Robert Mondavi Winery) were on hand to pour and discuss the 2005 Single Vineyard Cabernet from the Stags Leap District, barrel samples of the unreleased 2006 Cabernet, and some of the last of Charles’s personal favorite - his 2001 Merlot. The Chop House will be the exclusive restaurant in Michigan to offer the amazing wines of Twenty Four which is already sold out until the 2007 vintage.
The event benefitted the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and Charles presented the hospital with a check for $10,000+ that night. Not only that but $10 from EVERY bottle sold EVER will go to benefit the hospital. Really. Every bottle. Forever.
Along with superstars from the hospital, a few of Charles' former teammates and a particular coach were in attendance. Charles Woodson was a perfect host, graciously talking with almost all of the 100 in attendance individually, signing memorabilia and taking pictures with anyone who wanted to pose with him. The clear affection between former Coach and star-player was evident as well. Oh---and The Chop House makes some amazing Kobe beef "sliders" that went perfectly with the wine!
The Detroit Free Press covered the event, and pointed out that the NFL is none to happy with Charles Woodson "touting" alcohol. They actually insisted that pictures of Charles in his NFL uniform be removed from the winery's website. Why you ask???
Well, apparently now that Roger Goodell is at the helm, the league's alcohol policy states that any interviews supporting alcohol would be seen as an endorsement and "may have a detrimental effect on the great number of young fans who follow our game."
Yeah---but those billion dollar Anheiser-Busch commercial spots during TV timeouts? No harm there, right Roger???
And, there's no way for the NFL to get a piece of Twentyfour's action so it must be banned!
Duplicatous douchery from the NFL! Imagine.....
Bottom line?? Great wine from a great Michigan champion that will benefit the new C. S. Mott's Children and Women's Hospital and a really great event held right here in Titletown!
Monday, July 21, 2008
As you can imagine, this is getting a lot of play in college football blog world.
"I cannot stand the Buckeyes and having to live in Ohio and hear those people talk about their team it drives me absolutely nuts."
I applaud and agree with Carson's heartfelt honesty.
I have three suggestions :
1) Based on some of the responses I have read here, you might want to consider an alternate NFL location (I am sure the Detroit Lions would love to find you a new home)
2) Hire a body guard. My favorite from an Ohio State Brain Surgeon named BABBAGASHUTTHEFUCKUP: If you have Molatovs, and find yourself in the vicinity, throw ‘em.
3) Stand in line.
Well... last night I found a gem. For only $1500 you can have Anthony Carter's actual Michigan Varsity Jacket. The seller (from Grand Rapids) claims that he is selling it because his daughter is getting married, I assume he needs the cash for an ice sculpture or something like that. The listing says the jacket was obtained from Mastro Auctions and comes with a Letter of Authenticity from Mastro Auctions, authentication from Mears Memorabilia Evaluation and Research Services, and a Letter of Authenticity from PSA/DNA.
As much as I would love to slap the $1500 down on the table and take it - at 5'10" and 160lbs AC's jacket is a bit too small for my frame.
Friday, July 18, 2008
A) the physics of beer pong as demonstrated by some truly industrious collegians brought to light by Adam Weiner over at http://www.popsci.com/
For the physics savants in the crowd Adam offers up an explanation of two- and three-dimensional projectile motion, utilizing the constant downward acceleration due to gravity calculated with:
Δy = v0 sinθ t – 1/2gt2
and a constant velocity once the ball is released, calculated using:
Δx = 2.4 m = v0cosθ t
B) The Instantaneous Acceleration and Force of Beer from a Beer Bong as calculated by Alec Venechuk. He calculates the instantaneous force from a double beer bong as 7.59 newtons.
No idea if that is a lot or not. Any physics phact phinders out there to help????
Or do you just not care with all them bikinis down there with their hands in the air??? WORD UP
C) for extra credit....and gosh knows how many billions of our tax dollars, straight from NASA a description of forces on a baseball
I kid you not!
Enjoy the weekend!!
It's hot and humid as all get out here, and the place is crawling with Art Fair folks..........
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
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Friday, July 11, 2008
You are welcome guys - this is going to happen from time to time as I get used to sharing the keyboard with a girl. I am sorry for the Hoff thing. I regret it.
I spend a lot of time on airplanes these days. A couple of years ago I got a generic mp3 player -- and thought I was really cool. However, nothing is more essential to passing the airplane time than my video IPOD. It did not take me long before I had figured out how to transfer movies from my DVD collection to be watched on my IPOD. I also have a pretty extensive DVD library of Michigan football games -- which I am currently converting to IPOD format. And then I discovered MGOVIDEO.COM -- and it quickly became one of my favorite sites on the net.
So here is the question, if you wanted to watch one Michigan game from the past, which would it be ???
From the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Yale University:
DeBroff BM, Pahk PJ. The ability of periorbitally applied antiglare products to improve contrast sensitivity in conditions of sunlight exposure. Arch Ophthalmol. 2003;121:997-1001
To determine whether glare-reducing products such as eye black grease and anti-glare stickers reduce glare and improve contrast sensitivity during sunlight exposure, these intrepid eye doctors found 46 subjects (52% were women) and used a Pelli-Robson contrast chart (see above right) to assess the benefits of eye-grease, anti-glare stickers, and petroleum jelly applied to the infraorbital rim. Each subject was their own control and was randomized to one of the three eye treatments.....
Eye-grease wins. Better than stickers, better than petroleum jelly
but, probably not better than this for some of you......(work warning)
Thursday, July 10, 2008
and, according to legend--the play called was a playground audible between Wangler and Carter. Wangs and AC noted that the route had been open all game (or so I've been told) and they decided to wing it......
the rest is Maize and Blue history
Inside The Winners Manual, Coach Tressel reveals key principles which apply to achieving success in life both on and off the field.
If every book, in every library, in every city, in every state, in every country was checked out and this was the last thing sitting on the shelves, I would not check it out.
There is always something ironic about an athlete or coach in the middle of his career writing a book like this. I wonder if there is a chapter dedicated to Maurice Clarett or Ray Isaac.
Maybe included in the appendix would be this or the book can be dedicated to Robert Baker ?
The Law of Karma = Whatever you do to others - will be done to you, in this or any future incarnation of your soul.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
In West Virginia there are 40,000 licensed motorcycle drivers. Sadly motorcycle fatalities represented 7 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities compared to only 3 percent of registered motor vehicles. You could purchase 20,000 nice (the special $200 kind) safety helmets for West Virginians and save countless lives -- all in the name of Rich Rodriguez.
For those of you that have been living under a rock, a vehicle driven by University of Michigan running back Kevin Grady was pulled over in Wyoming, Michigan last week. He was arrested for allegedly having a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit.
According to the ticket issued to Grady, he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.281. Michigan's legal definition of drunk is 0.08.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
If someone told me that I had exactly 1 minute and 54 seconds to explain why Ohio State fans annoy me -- I would simply point to this:
Interesting notes about this future pizza delivery specialist besides the fact he uses his mom's computer and web cam when she is out. He calls himself acedeucebuckeye. He is actually from Ann Arbor. Besides being a TUOS fan, he is a BIG Red Wings, Tigers and Pistons fan. And he is studying to become a youth pastor and is very concerned about world events.
The Black Heart Gold Pants response to the "where amazing
happens" Michigan video re-exposed the wide world of Michigan Schadenfreude to me.
Now... I know that that there are a significant number of people out there that openly cheer against the Wolverines, but it also seems to me that many of them carry cell phones with video camera these days:
Example 1 Ohio State & Penn State friends watching "the horror" at a DC bar.
Example 2 Fans at the 'shoe celebrating (not their win over Youngstown State) but Michigan's loss.
Example 3 More jubilation at the 'shoe.
Example 3 Penn State fans enjoying the horror.
Example 4 Little brother reacts with joy.
Example 5 ESPN Zone in Las Vegas.
Example 6 Oregon fan enjoying his visit to Michigan Stadium.
Example 7 Purdue Trainers re-create the horror.
And my all time favorite from YouTube video game reviewer and cartoonist theclaw2011 , Nice work kid - you have a future.
Here is hoping that Karma works its magic soon.
Monday, July 07, 2008
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Now that my power is back on (16 hours without) I've decided a) electricity is the greatest invention of the modern era, b) I'm addicted to the internets, and c) LIFE IS DAMNED GOOD HERE IN AMERICA
Thanks to all who have served, and are serving. Thanks to all who vote and participate to the fullest in the greatest political success story in the history of our planet----our democracy.
But, everything has it's price.....so as you head off into the holiday weekend, be safe, be smart, and be careful!
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Some of the regular M-zone participants have gone over to mgoblog (joshua and catie!)http://www.mgoblog.com/ now has new features which allow individuals to post their own 'diaries' as well as follow along commenting on Brian's wonderous offerings, or joining into the Beavis and Butthead streams of consciousness if you so desire.
I'm happy to keep trying here, but wanted to get community consensus.....especially if we can put up our own diaries over at mgoblog
SOOOOO....In the spirit of democracy, please cast your vote and let's see what we get!!!
To the Leaders and Best,