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Big Ten Media Day transcript: Jim Harbaugh

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Harbaugh media day(USA Today)

Q. I think it’s always interesting how Ohio State and Michigan refer to one another. Brady used to call Ohio State “Ohio” and Urban calls them “the team up north” or “the rival.” Do you have a special adjective for your opponent, your rival?

COACH HARBAUGH: No. Ohio State in particular? Just Ohio State. But great to see everybody this morning. Glad everybody could be here. Wonderful turnout.

Q. How much have you learned from Paul Chryst and Mike Riley over the years?

COACH HARBAUGH: So much. That’s one of the exciting things about coaching in the Big Ten and knowing so many of the coaches. As you mentioned, Mike Riley, head coach at the Chargers when I was there, also Paul Chryst was a coach there and the staff. And some other connections.

Jerry Kill who a lot of competition with my dad. My dad has always said that Jerry Kill is one of the best coaches that he’s ever coached against.

Pat Fitzgerald, had a chance to spend some good time with him in Ann Arbor this summer. Really appreciated. Came over and was keynote speaker at our football camp. So a lot of friends in the Big Ten Conference.

Q. I wanted to obviously focus, there’s been a huge impact on your life in the days of Schembechler. Will you kind of incorporate those things that you will definitely keep in your system and maybe some of those aspects no way, I’m not going to do it the way that Bo Schembechler did it?

COACH HARBAUGH: Pretty much if we could do it the way Bo did it that would be something to aspire to. Not a day goes by really where I don’t think about Coach Schembechler from the time I leave my house to go to the office I live about five houses away from where Bo lived. And no matter which way I take to work, whether it’s Devonshire or Geddes or Stadium, I’ll often think well Bo probably took this right on to Washtenaw or took this left onto Hill. I know he took this left onto State Street and parked my car and walked by his statue.

Daily. I go to my office. I’ve got a picture of Bo there’s a picture of Bo and myself when we were at the Rose Bowl in ’87. And, yeah, so it’s to have his work ethic, to run the program like he ran it, yeah, those are things to aspire to.

Q. Michigan’s fan base has and will continue to be a perennial powerhouse in college football. It’s kind of one of the advantages of Michigan football. However, over the last couple of years, a little bit the attendance because of on and off the field problems, what is the team and the University doing to make sure that what is arguably the best fan section in sports, what are they doing to make sure that stays at 100%?

COACH HARBAUGH: Well, I don’t know how many things you can really do. If people don’t want to come to a game, you can’t make them come. So but doesn’t seem like we’ve had that problem at the University of Michigan as far as I can tell. So the spirit, the energy has been tremendous, I think everybody involved in Michigan and Michigan football is hungry for the 2015 season including the fan base.

Q. All of us who have good dads learned from them how to be a man. But what did you learn most from your father about coaching?

COACH HARBAUGH: My dad. I think of things like who had the most influence on me in my life, my dad, Bo Schembechler, Mike Ditka, Al Davis. With my dad, it was just he it was always my dad. He played catch with me, took me to games. And most of all, he just always believed in me. When it comes to advice whether it’s personally or professionally, he is the one I go to. Sarah and my dad and there’s others. But those two pretty much on every decision.

Q. Your return to Michigan has really reenergized people at Michigan, but it also created a buzz throughout the Big Ten. Did you expect that? And what do you think that means for the league overall and for Michigan?

COACH HARBAUGH: Well, I don’t know. I don’t know. Not striving to be creating any buzz. Just striving to coach the football team. Not trying to be popular or anything. Anyone who is popular is bound to be disliked. So just coaching football.

Q. What is John Baxter going to bring to the special teams aspect of the game? And how much time do you expect to be able to devote to that facet of the game in fall camp?

COACH HARBAUGH: He brings so much to the game. He’s been coaching 30, 40 years right here from Chicago. Great Chicago guy. You talk about the city of broad shoulders and charismatic, knowledgeable football coach at the highest level.

How much time we’re going to devote? I’ve gone through this practice schedule meticulously over the last months. And a lot. We’re going to devote a lot of time to special teams. It’s an area we feel like we can improve and that needs to be improved. And starting with Coach Baxter, feel very confident that we will. He’s just a heck of a guy to be around. Have you been around him? He’s awesome.

Q. I have to follow up on the Ditka comment since you mentioned him. What are some things you took from that experience?

COACH HARBAUGH: So many things. It’s your coach. It’s your coach. When you’re a player, your coach is it’s like family. There is your family. There is sometimes there’s a favorite teacher that you had growing up, grade school or high school. There’s sometimes a neighbor that you were very close to. Maybe somebody in the church or the clergy and your coach. And it’s so close to your family that I had a chance to spend the evening with Coach last night at his restaurant. And Diana was there and Sarah was there and it was just really, really special to be with my coach. So, in fact, I picked up a Ditka jersey from the restaurant.

Q. Did you get it autographed?

COACH HARBAUGH: No, no, he didn’t autograph it. But I’ll be proud to wear that.

Q. Coach, it seems like you have a lot of options right now at running back. Is there a particular name right now that’s especially impressed you so far?

COACH HARBAUGH: You know, that’s I’m hoping that happens. We’re at the start of camp here. And there will be plenty of license and plenty of opportunity for one, two, three of our running backs to assert themselves, come to the fore and be counted on. That we’ll be watching very closely and hoping that occurs early here in camp.

Q. When you got to Michigan in the last several months, what is the what did you definitely figure out you had to change culture wise or whatever?

COACH HARBAUGH: I really don’t have that list in front of me right now. But just how long have you been at “The Columbus Dispatch”? ’77. So I was thinking about this. Remember were you around when the Big Ten had the press caravan and go from on the bus, right? You go from that was the ’70s. You never did it?

Has anybody here ever done that, or is everybody too young? You can see why the game has gotten must have gotten a lot more popular since then. You could never get everybody here on a bus.

My favorite story. Were you there when I remember reading this. The caravan went to Columbus and reporters got out of the bus, and they have chairs and sandwiches set up on the sideline for all the reporters. And if things are weren’t going well in practice, Coach Hayes got upset and kicked everybody out of the practice. Threw a couple chairs. And all the reporters got on to their next destination a little bit earlier. I read about that. I would have loved to have been there.

Q. (Question off microphone.)

COACH HARBAUGH: Big, very big, as they all are. I don’t compare really one game to the next but it’s big. And you know, the biggest one right now is Utah. As Coach Kill talked about earlier. I mean, that’s we’ve got the same type of opponent first game on our schedule. Great team. Did not fare well against them last year. We go out this year to play them first game in college football. I believe it’s going to be the first game on September 3rd.

We’re preparing for it. We know it’s coming. And that’s where our focus is, you know, winning that game.

Q. What’s your general take of the talent level that you have to work with there? You just need to get everybody going in the right direction and things should be just fine?

COACH HARBAUGH: Well, I mean it’s like every year that your team changes, no matter what football team you’re on. And it’s a work in progress, every single season, every single year. And that’s what we’re enjoying doing. And it’s coming along.

And then you go through the winter conditioning and then the spring ball, and then the summer conditioning. And now it starts. This is the beginning, the training camp. And the rebirth of football, the rebirth of the season. And then you watch and you watch and you observe. And you can learn you can observe a lot by just watching. And I feel like I’ve been doing that. And I feel like our team is getting better every day. I really do.

Q. I saw a couple weeks ago you posted something from Paris on social media. That was you, right?


Q. What made you go there in July? Were you able to stop being a football coach? Did you take anything away from that?

COACH HARBAUGH: Yes. The most important thing, Sarah and I, we figured this out that it’s been eight years since we’ve spent more than a day just her and I and not all the kids and or some football function or some work related thing. Eight years since her and I had just spent time alone, so we decided to go there and that’s where she wanted to go. And I really enjoyed it. And yeah. Hopefully she enjoyed it.

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Michigan hoops preview: Nebraska

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Michigan (12-8, 5-3) vs Nebraska (12-7, 4-3)
Tuesday, Jan. 27 | Ann Arbor, Mich. | 7:00 p.m. EST | ESPN
64.8 Points/gm 65.3
(448-1,087) 41.2 Field Goal % 43.4 (420-967)
(163-461) 35.4 3-pt FG % 30.5 (104-341)
(238-321) 74.1 Free Throw % 71.8 (296-412)
11.9 FT Made/gm 15.6
31.9 Reb/gm 33.8
12.2 Assists/gm 10.1
9.9 Turnovers/gm 13.2
62.0 Points/gm 61.4
(459-1,050) 43.7 Field Goal % 38.0 (396-1,041)
(132-383) 34.5 3-pt FG % 30.0 (121-404)
33.8 Opp. Reb/gm 35.8
5.9 Steals/gm 6.3
1.9 Blocks/gm 3.3
Individual Leaders
Caris LeVert (14.9)*, Zak Irvin (13.6) Points/gm Terran Petteway (19.6), Shavon Shields (16.7)
Caris LeVert (4.9)*, Derrick Walton Jr (4.7) Reb/gm Shavon Shields (6.7), Terran Petteway (5.1)
*Out for season


Michigan took sixth-ranked Wisconsin to overtime on Saturday night couldn’t pull off the upset. Now, with just two days rest, the battered and bruised Wolverines host Nebraska, which is just coming off a win over Michigan State. Let’s take a look at the Huskers.

The Starters
Minutes Points FG% 3FG% FT% Reb Ast TO Blk Stl
Terran Petteway (G) 34.7 19.6 43.6 34.9 65.5 5.1 2.5 3.5 1.1 1.2
Shavon Shields (F) 36.2 16.7 46.6 22.0 84.7 6.7 2.2 2.9 0.1 1.2
Walter Pitchford (F) 27.6 6.2 37.9 31.3 43.5 4.9 0.5 1.3 0.6 0.4
Benny Parker (G) 30.4 5.5 38.5 35.7 72.9 2.1 2.0 1.4 0.1 1.6
David Rivers (F) 28.1 4.9 49.3 00.0 75.0 4.9 0.8 0.6 0.2 0.6
The Others
Minutes Points FG% 3FG% FT% Reb Ast TO Blk Stl
Tai Webster (G) 17.2 4.3 35.8 20.6 73.3 2.0 1.0 1.4 0.2 0.7
Tarin Smith (G) 16.5 4.1 45.2 25.0 64.3 1.4 0.6 0.8 0.4 0.5
Leslie Smith (F) 12.8 3.2 46.2 00.0 66.7 2.8 0.8 0.0 0.2 0.6
Moses Abraham (C) 13.2 2.3 54.5 00.0 66.7 4.3 0.1 0.8 0.7 0.3
Nick Fuller (F) 6.1 1.7 55.6 33.3 80.0 1.0 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.0
The Schedule
Date Opponent Score
Nov. 16 Northern Kentucky W 80-61
Nov. 18 Central Arkansas W 82-56
Nov. 22 at Rhode Island L 62-66 OT
Nov. 25 Omaha W 80-67
Nov. 28 Tennessee-Martin W 75-64
Dec. 1 at Florida State^ W 70-65
Dec. 7 Creighton L 55-65
Dec. 10 Incarnate Word L 73-74
Dec. 13 Cincinnati W 56-55 2OT
Dec. 22 at Hawaii* L 58-66
Dec. 23 Loyola Marymount* W 50-42 OT
Dec. 25 Ohio* W 71-58
Dec. 31 Indiana L 65-70
Jan. 5 at Iowa L 59-70
Jan. 8 Rutgers W 65-49
Jan. 11 Illinois W 53-43
Jan. 15 at #7 Wisconsin L 55-70
Jan. 20 Minnesota W 52-49
Jan. 24 Michigan State W 79-77
Jan. 27 at Michigan
Jan. 31 at Minnesota
Feb. 3 Northwestern
Feb. 7 at Penn State
Feb. 10 #5 Wisconsin
Feb. 15 at Purdue
Feb. 19 at #16 Maryland
Feb. 22 Iowa
Feb. 26 at Ohio State
Mar. 4 at Illinois
Mar. 8 #16 Maryland
*Diamond Head Classic, ^ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Like Michigan, Nebraska has an embarrassing loss this season. The ‘Huskers lost to Incarnate Word, 74-73, on Dec. 10. But they entered Big Ten play with back-to-back wins in the Diamond Head Classic and carry a winning conference record into the Crisler Center.

The Series

Michigan holds a 10-2 lead in the all-time series with Nebraska and has won the last six meetings. Michigan has won all four meetings since Nebraska joined the Big Ten and has won the last five meetings in Ann Arbor. Last season, Michigan pulled off a 71-70 victory in Lincoln — the only Big Ten team to do so — and then won 79-50 in the return trip.


• Nebraska ranks 11th in the Big Ten in scoring (65.3 points per game) and second in scoring defense (61.4).

• Nebraska ranks 10th in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (43.4) and 13th in three-poitn percentage (30.5). However, the ‘Huskers rank first in the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense (38.0) and three-point shooting defense (30.0)

• Nebraska ranks last in the Big Ten in rebounding margin (minus-2.1), assists per game (10.1), and assist-to-turnover ratio (0.8)

• Terran Petteway is the Big Ten’s second-leading scorer, averaging 19.6 points per game

• Shavon Shields is the Big Ten’s fifth-leading scorer, averaging 16.7 points per game

Merry Christmas from M&GB!

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That is all.

2012-13 Michigan basketball player preview: Glenn Robinson III

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

As we close out our individual previews on the incoming freshmen class, today we preview the highest-rated player and the first commit of the praised quintet, Glenn Robinson III.

#1 – Glenn Robinson III


6’6″, 210 pounds

Hometown: St. John, Ind.
High School: Lake Central High School
High School Stats (2011-12): 21.7 points, 7.5 reb, 4.1 assists, 2.1 steals per game
AAU: SYF Players
Projected Position(s): Small Forward, Power Forward (wing)
Committed: September 14, 2010
Major Suitors: Colorado, Valparaiso, Indiana State, Missouri State
Chances of Redshirt: 0 percent (barring injury)
Recruiting Rankings:
Rivals: 5-star – Overall: 11, position: 2
Scout: 4-star – Overall: 29, position: 8
ESPN: 5-star – Overall: 18, Grade: 97, position: 5, state: 2

Background: The similarities and differences between the recruiting roller coasters of eventual Michigan commits Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III are absolutely fascinating to recap, having intertwined at times and been polar opposites at other times. As we saw a couple days back, Mitch McGary started out as a virtual unknown big man in a small northern Indiana town that found its place on the map thanks in large part to Zack Novak. He quickly evolved and expanded his game to become one of the most coveted players in the country, garnering interest and offers from the who’s who of college basketball programs around the country. His commitment to Michigan was cause for great fanfare in Ann Arbor and for Michigan fans around the country. McGary’s last season of basketball on the high school level, however, saw him slip in the rankings from the consensus second-rated recruit to an average rank around 30th in his class – still exciting indeed, but perhaps not reason to throw a block party.

GRIII is already the best athlete on the team

Glenn “Tre” Robinson’s path was quite similar early on. He was regarded as a good high school player that would probably end up as an average contributor on a Missouri Valley Conference team. John Beilein saw something that no one else did, though, and offered Tre a scholarship at some point before his junior season began at Lake Forest. He committed shortly thereafter, probably for a combination of reasons that included him wanting to make a name for himself apart from his dad’s, a sense of belonging in Ann Arbor, and a chance to play on the Big Ten stage. Quite frankly, Michigan was by far Robinson’s most prestigious offer and he saw no reason to wait on pulling the trigger. At the time of his commitment, many questioned what Beilein was thinking, and I must even admit that I was on the wrong side of a debate with my roommate about whether or not offering Robinson was a smart move at the time.

Robinson’s sophomore season saw him average 16 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, good numbers undoubtedly, but certainly not the kind of numbers that blow you away when considering the competition level. He found himself generally regarded as a high 3-star, but he continued to grow and work on his game. As junior year rolled around and Robinson showed off his improved athleticism on his way to scoring 22 points and grabbing six rebounds per game, his stock started to climb. He grew a couple inches and measured in as one of the best athletes in his class at an offseason Under Armor event, showing off a 36-inch vertical.

Senior year arrived and Robinson continued to shoot up the boards, making it pretty easy to imagine what coaches at other big-time programs were thinking. “How did I miss this kid?” was certainly asked aloud many times while Beilein sat back watching his diamond in the rough flourish, leading his Lake Central team to its first-ever Indiana sectional title by noticeably improving all of his stats but scoring, which dropped less than half a point per game.

So while Mitch McGary turned heads on the AAU circuit playing alongside Tre under coach Wayne Brumm for SYF Players, it was Robinson who shone brightly in the last organized basketball of their high school careers, often throwing down highlight-reel dunks on unassuming opponents.

And even though Tre has now made a name for himself in high school, he still has gigantic shoes to fill in college. Many have already penciled him into the first round of next year’s NBA Draft, but Little Dog is certainly focused on setting himself apart in the Big Ten. Big Dog, Tre’s dad, was a phenomenal player at Purdue, where he averaged 30.3 points and 11.2 rebounds per game, leading the Big Ten in both categories, in his second and final season (as a junior) before being selected first overall in the 1994 Draft, the year Tre was born. He was awarded the Naismith and Wooden Awards and became the first Big Ten player to score 1,000 points in a season that year. The point is, Glenn Robinson was out of this world. And the truth is, Little Glenn is a completely different player.

In the end, Glenn Robinson III arrives at Michigan as the most heralded player since perhaps Lavell Blanchard moved across the street from Pioneer High School in 1999. He’s not his dad, but he’s out to prove that that doesn’t matter. Beilein saw something two years before anyone else did. This year, we all get the chance to see what he must have foreseen. The fanfare may have been delayed, but no more. Glenn Robinson III is a Michigan Wolverine.


What He Will Provide:

  1. 1. Athleticism: Tim Hardaway Jr., also the son of a former NBA All Star, is a good-to-very good athlete, but Glenn Robinson III will be the best athlete on this team without a doubt. The way he throws down power dunks with ease on his highlight videos is impressive to say the least, but I think his athleticism will cause the most excitement for John Beilein in the rebounding game. Robinson has been a good rebounder throughout his high school career and will be expected to be a Manny Harris-like wing who can grab a rebound above the rim and then lead the fast break. For the average fan though, Tre’s monster slams will be plenty enough.
  2. 2. Scoring: Sense a trend with this freshmen class and the scoring they can bring to the table? Tre will probably be the best of the high-powered bunch in the scoring column with his ability to drive, shoot, dunk, and get put-backs. You can also see in a couple highlights above a nice knack that Glenn has for playing the screen and reading the defender. When the defender goes over the screen and chases from behind, Robinson can put the ball on the floor and get to the rim to throw down, but when the defender goes under, he is also more than comfortable shooting the mid-range jumper off the dribble.

    Like McGary, GRIII already looks natural in the Maize and Blue

  3. 3. Versatility: This is another asset that this freshmen class should be able to provide Beilein with. Whenever a team adds five brand new players, those players should bring a variety of talents that lend their coach the ability to play in a couple different ways. This class meets the criteria, as Beilein could conceivably throw out all five at once and ably fill each position. Most of the freshmen, including Robinson, also have the ability to play a couple different positions. When Michigan wants to go smaller, Tre can play the four and stretch the defense, providing mismatches with his athleticism against bigger and slower players, but he should also be able to keep up on the defensive end with his cut 6’6”, 210-pound frame. When Beilein chooses to go big, Robinson can slide to the three and Hardaway to the two to create a lineup with four guys 6’6” or taller. Those are two vastly different looks that will both be used to exploit opponents in a multitude of ways.

What He Will Have to Work On:

  1. 1. Learning the Offense: I’m probably picking at straws here, because Robinson really does have an impressively complete game for being 18 years old, but he will have some learning to do. Everyone knows that Beilein’s offense is very complex, and even though Robinson will not be asked to handle the ball often and make the decisions that Trey Burke is tasked with, he will be asked to learn his position so that he can use his athleticism for the benefit of the team. If he struggles to learn the offense and finds himself in the wrong places, his scoring ability and athleticism will be largely wasted because Beilein’s offense relies so much on team work to succeed.
  2. 2. Handles: As I just pointed out, Tre (not to be confused with Trey I should add at some point) will not be the primary ball-handler on this team, but he will need to get his handles down so as not to get his pocket picked at the college level. We have seen Hardaway struggle at times in putting the ball on the floor, which sometimes forces him to become a one-dimensional shooter. Robinson would be wise to practice his ball-handling as often as possible so as to make himself as dynamic as possible on the offensive end of the floor.  
  3. 3. Gelling with the Vets: This is another aspect that each of the five freshmen, and to an extent all the players, will have to work on, but I think it might be most important for Robinson. Because he will be asked to probably be the third scorer on this team, he will have to mesh with Trey Burke and three other teammates on the offensive end of the court so he is getting the ball in the right places on the floor. On defense, Michigan will play mostly man, but Robinson will still need to communicate switches and helps. Right now he is the only freshman that is almost guaranteed to start from Day 1, so his chemistry with the rest of the team will be crucial to the team’s success.

Burning Question: How good is Glenn Robinson III’s shot and where will the majority of his points come from?

There is no question that Tre Robinson is a very highly-skilled player with a diverse skill set on offense. He’s going to score plenty of points, but how will those points come? He’s certainly a capable shooter, but no one is quite sure how good. We also know he can fill it up from mid-range and will be deadly around the rim, but I’ll be interested to see how his overall offensive game develops and where the majority of his shots come from.

Stat Predictions: 11.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.2 steals in 28 minutes per game.

Big Ten Champions!

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Yes, it’s a co-championship, shared with the two rivals, but it’s a championship. It means a banner in the rafters of the Crisler Center. It means a place in the Michigan and Big Ten record books. It means Novak, Douglass, Hardaway, Burke, and Morgan accomplished something Rose, Webber, Howard, King, and Jackson never did.

Not a player on this team was alive the last time Michigan won a Big Ten basketball title and John Beilein was at the helm of Division II LeMoyne College. Yet this gritty group of misfits and underdogs earned a piece of the regular season championship in the toughest conference in college basketball this season.

The Big Ten Tournament is on deck and the Big Dance will follow, but now is the time to celebrate. Congratulations to the 2011-12 Michigan basketball team. The Big Ten champions.

Michigan Man 5-Spot Week 1 Results

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Congratulations to umichfan1 for winning Week 1 of the Michigan Man 5-Spot Challenge! For his efforts, he will receive a commemorative Under the Light Game pint glass. See below for the full results. For future weeks, the leaderboard will not appear on the front page. We will announce the winner on the front page, but the weekly results will live here and overall leaderboard will live here throughout the season (over on the right sidebar).

Michigan Man 5-Spot Week 1 Results
User Name
Total Deviation Points Earned
umichfan1 129
Hazel Parker 173
the1tab 212
MaizeandGoBlue 236
Jim Mackiewicz 267
Skysdad 268
JBBond0077 268
myrick55 273
14 297
BringBack#1Jersey 303
BoMoHo 309
chris12qb 319
goblue897 319
collins1188 327 8
bluwolf77 350 7
TrueBlue88 350 7
mjwiersum 356 5
uniquenam 360 4
KevinWestMGoBlue 419 3
# 1 MICHIGAN 423 2
jnickp12 538 1

Umichfan1 was one of only three contestants to be within 100 of the correct result for each of the five questions. His largest deviation was 35 (total Michigan rushing yards – he guessed 225 and the actual result was 190).

Every single entrant overestimated Junior Hemingway’s output. Once again, umichfan1 was the closest at 21 away (he guessed 58 and the result was 37 yards). Everybody also overestimated Denard’s passing yards, but umichfan1 was only 28 away (guessed 126 and the result was 98 yards).

Users myrick55 and collins1188 were each just one away on the total number of points scored (they both guessed 45 and the result was 44).

Of course, the game was only two-and-a-half quarters long, which nobody could have predicted, so the actual results are lower than they would have been had it been a full game.

Check back on Monday for the Week 2 questions and another chance to win a great prize and build towards the grand prize at season’s end! Make sure to use the same username and email so your points will be counted together.

Lion Kim at The Masters – Round 1

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

The Masters – Round 1
Hole 1
3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Par 4 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 36 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 4 36 72
Lion Kim 3 5 4 4 4 4 4 6 3 37 5 6 3 4 4 5 3 5 4 39 76

GIVING THANKS: What I’m thankful for this season, poem style

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

One week in mid-November makes us obsess a little bit more than all the others: Ohio State week, or Buckeye week, or Hate week. Whatever you want to call it, we spend more time during the week longing for Saturday to come, more time ragging on our family, friends, and coworkers who have the unfortunate quality of being Ohio State fans, and more time telling “a Michigan fan and Ohio State fan walked into a bar…” jokes.


So I’ll spend a little more time this week writing about all things Michigan and Ohio State related. Thank goodness for Thanksgiving making this a two-day work week! I’ll publish an article every day this week, the schedule as follows:


Monday: Wisconsin recap and Ohio State preview

Tuesday: What The Game means to me

Wednesday: Why Michigan has a chance on Saturday
(Note: I apologize for not getting this up today. Our drive from New York to Tennessee for Thanskgiving  took a lot longer than expected and I haven’t yet mastered typing while driving. I’ll try to get it up either today or Friday, but the rest is still on schedule)

Thursday: What I’m thankful for this season

Friday: Michigan-Ohio State game preview


A Thanksgiving poem of all of the reasons
I’m thankful for Michigan this Twenty-ten season.

For a refurbished Big House with club seats
back to the biggest including new suites.

For keeping The Game at season’s end
when next year Nebraska joins the Big Ten.

For the NCAA ruling Rich didn’t lose control
as was claimed in allegations from those Free Press fools.

For a new AD coming from Dominos, 
a Michigan Man and disciple of Bo.

For Brock Mealer walking against all odds,
beating one percent and giving glory to God.

For Denard against UConn and his long flowing dreads,
his human Heisman pose turning all of our heads.

For 200-yard rushing and passing games
and making Shoelace a household name.

For Tate not quitting through adversity
and remaining loyal to our university.

For coming in and leading touchdown drives
and cheering on Denard and giving high fives.

For Vincent returning from an ACL tear
to be our best back with his dreadlocked hair.

For Junior finally playing an entire year
without getting injured like we all feared.

For his Braylon-like grabs and catch-and-runs
and making the Illinois game really fun.

For Roy and his impressions of Donald Duck
and proving our passing game does not suck.

For Stonum wearing his press conference glasses
and teaming up with Denard to catch lots of passes.

For 65 against the Bowling Green boys
and topping that score against Illinois.

For becoming bowl-eligible once again
and those who have stayed are true Michigan Men.

For another comeback against Notre Dame,
and Weis or Kelly…it’s all the same.

For Devin getting his feet wet for a few plays
and a QB position that’s stocked if he stays.

For David Molk anchoring the offensive line
and fighting through injuries all the time.

For Lewan looking like a young Jake Long
and for The Victors, the greatest fight song.

For Mike Martin, the incredible hulk
clogging the middle like spackle and caulk.

For youth on defense getting experience this year
to help bring us back to a defense that’s feared.

For Woolfolk’s ankle that’s healing so he can come back
next year to put our defense back on track.

For seven wins, which is more than our losses
and all of our offense’s long touchdown tosses.

So on this Thanksgiving while we eat lots of food,
let’s give thanks to our boys in the Maize and Blue.

And will them to win over Ohio State,
the team that we’re all thankful to hate.