The sun was shining and the sky was clear. I purposefully sat on the shady side to get 50 yard line seats...which then became sunny over time.
I would have bet that the crowd approached 35K (but the athletic dept. claims 50,000!)
Best of the Flaggers:
- Play-by-play offered up by Frank Beckmann and Jimmy Brandstater. Or should I say stand-up comedy routine???? Best comment from Brando?? When Rick Leach tossed a sweep play and was reminded that the only passing that Bo ever let him do was backwards!
- Andy Mignery leading the Yellow squad at QB. Nice touch and placement with his throws. Too bad he peaked as a QB in his mid-30s.
- Larry Foote---"not" playing, but ended up with the one-handed game winning interception
- Ron Bellamy, at QB and wide receiver. Seriously! The man busted one for 40 yards and a TD.
- James Hall, guest referee, admitting that he hadn't seen the play but was going to give it to the Blue team anyway. Brando pointed out that he was performing just like the regular referees who call the games.
- Forcier is the REAL deal. Short, but fast, the kid ran thru and around the defense. Quick, crisp passes on timing routes, into the gaps and seams where need be--seriously, I'm convinced.
- Although I'm sure Denard Robinson is looking forward to fall practice->
- Cone---big, tall, slow, inaccurate.....can you say John Navarre???
- Jack Kennedy is one of our QBs. No, really. #18 Think Doug Flutie.
- Sheridan was wandering the sidelines in a walking cast along with his uniform. That may be the closest he gets given Tate's performance.
- We are deep at running back. Carlos Brown looked good breaking one for 80 yards (at least for now while healthy), and true Freshman #2 Vincent Smith looks like the second coming of a young Jamie Morris. Look for him to see some time this fall, I'll bet
- Offensive success however meant big gaps in the defense. Hard to tell, though, because there was no tackling of the QBs allowed and the Big Dogs weren't in the game much. Brandon Graham, however, was a brick wall and made his presence known. Freshman Vladimir Emilien, wearing #5, was a stand-out and clearly has the best name for a defensive player by far.
- Senior safety/linebacker Stevie Brown was awarded the Meyer Morton Award as the senior football player that experienced the greatest development and showed the most promise during spring drills.......not sure if that's a compliment or not?
- David Molk and junior/sophomore defensive tackle Ryan Van Bergen, shared the Sophomore Award as players that displayed toughness and a strong work ethic on the field and in the locker room. Unfortunately Van Bergen left the game due to injury.....
- Despite the new additions to the stadium, the sound system still sucks. Variable clarity, generally inaudible, and dependent on the direction of the wind. Not sure how it could be worse than before, but somehow it succeeded in sucking...
Thanks to freep.com and detnews.com for the images. Check out the video highlights at mgoblue.com