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Straight to Sap’s honors for that mess in Iowa City.  I added the Editor’s pick:

OFFENSIVE CHAMPION

NONE – I didn’t see one. Not Devin Funchess Manball. Not Devin Gardner. Not Fitz Toussaint. Not Derrick Green. Not Jake Butt. Not Jeremy Jackson. None.

DEFENSIVE CHAMPION

JAKE RYAN – He forced the pick-six to start the game, laid the wood later in the first half and seemed to be back to his normal, pre-injury, self. He was hitting guys like I haven’t seen a Michigan Linebacker hit guys since Ron Simpkins back in the late ‘70s.

SPECIAL TEAMS CHAMPION

RAYMON TAYLOR – Michigan didn’t block Iowa’s attempted field goal in the first half, but Taylor recovered the muff. It was momentum that you take when you are on the road in the Big Ten. I guess that momentum was blown away by all the wind in the 3rd quarter…

HUSTLER /
SPARKPLUG

JEREMY GALLON – Not a Champion, but certainly a Hustler on Saturday. I can honestly say that after the first few games of Gallon’s Michigan career I NEVER thought I’d be saying this in his senior year: “I’m gonna miss that guy.” He has truly been deserving of wearing the #21 jersey and has come to play every game this year, and last year and the year before that. His catches and toughness will really be missed next year.

ROBERT FROST UFER MAIZE & BLUE
FEDORA FAN

SCOTT MERCER – My buddy Scott made the trek from Minnesota to Iowa to watch 176 yards of total offense, 3 first downs in the second half in zero-degree wind chill. Why? Because he is a TRUE Michigan Fan.  How do I know this?  Scott was born in Nebraska and was as BIG RED as you can be.  He was so proud of his team that he invited me to watch a game with him at Memorial Stadium so I could see what big time college football was really like. I went to Lincoln and told Scott that the Huskers’ 77,000 seat stadium, loud rock music and band that wore shorts was, “nice.” I told him that if he wanted to experience the true essence what tradition is in college football, he needed to come to Ann Arbor for a game. A few years later, he did. As he walked into Michigan Stadium, the view gave him chills. During the game, he said he could feel the history and the ghosts of Michigan legends past. Oh ya – he also thought that listening to music played by a pretty cool band throughout the game was college football pageantry at its best. The best part? Scott INSTANTLY became a Michigan Fan that day in 2005 against Notre Dame. So I salute “Merce.” He took the picture below from his seats on Saturday:

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A great view. Just not a great 2nd half. Scott, “Deserved better!” to quote Lloyd Carr.

EDITOR’S PICK FRANK CLARK – He’s developing into the beast we heard about all Spring and coming out of fall camp.

Thankfully we caught Dr. Sap in a good mood Saturday despite that thing he watched on the field.  Perhaps he was cheered up by the knowledge that a Nebraska man presided over Ricky Leach’s wedding.   Here are your dekes and once again I contributed the Ufer Fan Award and Editor’s pick:

OFFENSIVE CHAMPION

DEVIN FUNCHESS MANBALL – That’s his new name – DEVIN FUNCHESS MANBALL – because that’s the only Manball I see out there right now. How many positions can this guy play? Did I hear it right? Gallon had zero catches in the 2nd half? This offense, as one-dimensional as it is, would be NOTHING without DEVIN FUNCHESS MANBALL. Can he play the slot? Can he line up in the backfield? Can he kick a 45-yard-plus field goal? DEVIN FUNCHESS MANBALL needs to have more touches – plain and simple!

DEFENSIVE CHAMPION

JAMES ROSS III – #15 in my opinion may have played his best game as a Wolverine. Some big stops on key plays that got the defense off the field is EXACTLY what you want from your linebackers – SOLID!

SPECIAL TEAMS CHAMPION

BRENDAN GIBBONS – This one was going to Wile, but you can’t miss a field goal and be the Special Teams Champ. Gibby’s bank shot gave UM its first lead in what – two games?

Brendan Gibbons

HUSTLER /
SPARKPLUG

TACO CHARLTON – I liked the hustle and energy Taco Pants, I mean, Charlton, brought to the game. Can he continue to develop in time to make an impact against the Bucks? Might be asking too much, but what other hope is there on the D-Line?

[Ed. bonus points for Taco as you can’t beat his Twitter handle.]

UNIFORM CHAMP

BLUE THERMAL BOTTOMS – Do you like the blue jersey-yellow pants- blue socks-all the way up to the knees look?

Michigan blue thermals

It’s growing on me. Maybe one game U-M will wear WHITE socks all the way up to the knees?

EDITOR’S PICK

JOE BOLDEN – Bolden laid a oak handled boomstick on a couple Huskers, once on a massive special teams block and again on defense.   Did he yell “BOLDEN!” at impact?   I assume so.  

Best I can figure, Bolden enjoys the physicality of lighting up fools and that’s ok by me. 

ROBERT FROST UFER COTTON PICKIN’ MAIZE & BLUE
FEDORA FAN

LIL FELLER – It was the first game in the big house for this guy and he took a 50-yard Wile line-drive kick off the grill during warm-ups (left).  And we’re not talking a glancing blow here.

Kid

That said, check out the physicality and toughness (right) as he quickly recovered and got down to the business of enjoying a lollipop and Michigan football.

Runner-up:  MASKED MAN:  Hey, where can I find one of these?  I’d like to wear that 24-7 over the next few weeks:

Michigan fan ski mask 

Ed.  Steve Sapardanis aka “Dr. Sap” is back with his decals. 

This week I added the Editor’s Pick & the Fan Award.  Here are the picks from Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6 and Week 7 and Week 8 and Week 9 and Week 10 and Week 11.

OFFENSE

JEREMY GALLON – I think “10-Gallon Hat” played his best and toughest game as a Wolverine on Saturday. He made several big time and clutch catches that kept drives alive and played with a level of determination that I had not seen out of him. He clearly understood the magnitude of the game and stepped up his own accordingly.

DEFENSE

FRANK CLARK – His blind-side sack on Braxton Miller in the second quarter was a TREMENDOUS hit and one that evoked memories for me of another seismic hit in a big game. In the 1979 Rose Bowl, Michigan linebacker Jerry Meter almost decapitated USC QB Paul McDonald on a similar play. I’ve put the two next to each other below – amazing how similar they look!

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SPECIAL TEAMS

DENNIS NORFLEET – I’m going with #26 here not because of his returns. It was his heads up play on OSU’s muffed punt that gave Michigan the ball. He swatted the ball towards his teammates and allowed Marvin Robinson to make the recovery for UM. He also got away with a facemask call on a kick-return tackle he made, but believe me, you will take ANY calls that go your way in Columbus because they are certainly few and far between.

[Ed. Plus there was this:]

HUSTLER /
SPARKPLUG

DENARD ROBINSON & JORDAN KOVACS – Even with one hand and recognizing the turnovers that happened, Denard is still the most electric player I’ve watched since Anthony Carter. His 67-yard TD run was electrifying and brought you out of your seat. Kovacs gave it everything he had and left it on the field on Saturday. He is a player I wish would never use up his eligibility and never leave the program because he is MICHIGAN. Note to the coaching staff: can you find a few more like him?

EDITOR’S PICK

ROY ROUNDTREE -  Was a baller out there Saturday and even went inverted:

UNIFORM CHAMP

SHORT-SLEEVE HOKE – Before we get into WHO Coach Hoke looked like by going with short-sleeves at the Horseshoe in November (his initials are Wayne Woodrow Hayes), let me tell you first-hand how cold it was in Ohio Stadium.

Sure there were flurries and yes it was 31 degrees at kickoff, but it was the wind that was making it MUCH colder than the announced temperature. I wore the following while sitting in the upper deck of the Snakepit on Saturday: two pairs of socks, thermal underwear, lined sweat pants, t-shirt, turtleneck, two sweatshirts, a hooded-sweatshirt and a full-length coat with attached hood AND I WAS STILL FREEZING!!
I don’t know how you did it, coach!

UFER MAIZE & BLUE
FEDORA FAN

how about KRYK AND DR. SAP (right)?!


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sap Ed.  Steve Sapardanis aka “Dr. Sap” is back with his decals. 

This week I added the Editor’s Pick & the Fan Award.  Here are the picks from Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6 and Week 7 and Week 8 and Week 9 and Week 10.

 

OFFENSE

DEVIN GARDNER – Let me get this right: over 300 yards passing and SIX touchdowns?   Dude looks like he’s been playing QB all season and not just 3 weeks. Hope DG saved some magic, and TDs, for next week!

DEFENSE

JAKE RYAN – Here’s why I think “manster” is such a big deal on defense: it’s not his forced fumbles or his tackles for loss. It’s the fact that offenses have to treat him much like defenses have to treat Denard – YOU MUST ACCOUNT FOR THE MANSTER! It’s that simple. When was the last time UM had a defender that the offenses had to account for? You got it, Charles Woodson. ‘Nuff said.

SPECIAL TEAMS

BRENDAN GIBBONS – Sure he scored 6 points, but the reason he gets the nod this week is his TACKLE on a 2nd quarter kickoff. And get this – it was not even his first tackle of the year! Gibby had a tackle earlier in the season. Now that’s my kind of kicker!

HUSTLER /
SPARKPLUG

DENARD ROBINSON – You had to love what Shoelace did in his last game at M Stadium! Over 120 yards of offense playing QB, TB and WR while only carrying the ball with his left hand – TOUGH! Thanks for the memories Denard!

Denard runs off the field Iowa 2012

UNIFORM CHAMP

U.S. FLAG & NUMBERS – Even though the only stickers I’d like on the UM helmets would be award decals, I’m ok with the U.S. flag and player numbers on the headgear. Did you notice that the flag and numbers are on the left side this year? Last year the flag was on the right side. Wonder if they will continue to switch sides each season?

Brendan Gibbons Helmet

UFER MAIZE & BLUE
FEDORA FAN

HFOO Guy:  Hands down, got to give it to this guy who came strong:
Honey Funchess of Oats Sign
Runner-up:  Sorry dude; any other week man.  You ran into a buzzsaw this time:
Michigan Stormtrooper

EDITOR’S PICK

JAMES ROSS III:  Nine solo tackles?  He’s JAMES ROSS IX to me.

 

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    Ed.  Steve Sapardanis aka “Dr. Sap” is back with his decals.  This week I added the Editor’s Pick & added a bit to the Fan Award.  Here are the picks from Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6 and Week 7 and Week 8 and Week 9.

    OFFENSE ROY ROUNDTREE – I’m sure most of you had the same reaction I did with Roundtree’s performance on Saturday – IT’S ABOUT TIME!! We knew he had it in him, it was just a matter of WHEN he would have his breakout game. Not only was he targeted more times against Northwestern than he was all year, he drew THREE pass interference calls – I don’t even know if Desmond had as many in one game. Welcome back, Treezy!
    DEFENSE KENNY DEMENS – He didn’t play a perfect game but he did make the tackle of his life – TWICE! It’s a play and situation you dream of as a kid growing up playing Pop Warner Football. Demens not only made the big stop to win the game on 4th Down, but he also made the stop the play before on 3rd Down! OUTSTANDING!
    SPECIAL TEAMS BRENDAN GIBBONS – We’ve called him, “Gibby” and “Lefty” but I think we should just call him “MONEY!” Eleven field goals in a row? That’s GOTTA be a Michigan record!
    HUSTLER /
    SPARKPLUG
    DEVIN GARDNER – DG was doing whatever it took to win the game yesterday. He laid out for his first score and even after Coach Hoke reminded him that the 35th President of the United States was his backup, he still kept plays and drives alive with his feet – to say nothing of the throws he was making with his right arm!
    UNIFORM CHAMP CHEERLEADERS – I guess I’ve been paying too much attention to the action on the field to realize that the U-M Cheerleaders have TWO sets of unis. The predominantly blue scheme caught my eye, but then I really liked the white outfits! I think it’s because the long white sleeves look very USC-ish, and I’m SOOOOO okay with that!

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    UFER MAIZE & BLUE
    FEDORA FAN
    Maize & Blue Bib Overall Guys – The weather was unseasonably warm yesterday, so I can’t fault the guys below for their get-up.

    I just have one question: where did they get the maize & blue striped bib overalls? I know the M-Den doesn’t sell them. Might have to ask the folks at Carhartt if they carry this style!  [Ed. Come on Sap!  Always go to Moe’s, MVictors #1 sponsor---they’ve got them]

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    [Ed. Runner up:  YOU – all those in an attendance for the roar you gave The Ox when he was announced before the game.  I got the chills.]

    EDITOR’S PICK The true gentlemen of SAE, who dominated FIJI in the 2012 Mud Bowl on Saturday.  Photo thanks to Geoff Voss:
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    Ed.  Dr. Sap is back with his decals for week 6.   This week I added the Editor’s pick, the Fan and the uniform entry.  Here are the picks from Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4 & Week 5.

    clip_image002[1]Context:  Back when Bo was coaching the Michigan Football team, he awarded decals for individual as well as TEAM accomplishments.   He also selected Champions each week.

    Not only were the obvious categories (offense, defense, special teams) selected, but Bo also made it a point to recognize the not so obvious ones – Scout Team Champions and Team Hustlers – each week.  

    Here are the picks this week:

    OFFENSE

    DENARD ROBINSON – I don’t know what else can be said about #16? Just when you think he is down, done, or hurt, Denard comes back stronger than ever! Maybe it’s the added weight/muscle? Maybe it’s the coaching staff calling plays to protect his body more? All I know is that when he came back into the game against the Illini, you could see/feel him take the team on his shoulders and WILL them to victory. That’s a sign of TRUE leader, and dare I say, true CHAMPION?

    DEFENSE

    KENNY DEMENS – The linebacker may have played his best game as a Wolverine with a key 4th down stop early in the contest and a nice interception in the second half. Nice to see that when he got to the bench, he got a hug by the head coach, and not a stuffed Wolverine shoved in his face! By the way, is he still holding on to that intercepted football?

    SPECIAL TEAMS

    BRENDAN GIBBONS – It’s not every day that your kicker gives you 9 points in a game, but it’s more than that – Gibbons is a totally different kicker. There is a calmness and confidence that just wasn’t there a few years ago – NICE!

    HUSTLER /
    SPARKPLUG

    JAKE RYAN – For those of you not familiar with the (classic) rock band Steppenwolf, check out their signature song, Born To Be Wild. I think it should be #47’s anthem. Not only does he look Born To Be Wild, he plays Born To Be Wild!  I called Ryan “manster” last week, this week he had his “motor running” all game. This dude is all over the place on defense!

    EDITOR’S PICK

    PAT OMAMEH – The guy has such a big heart and I’ve witnessed him visiting the sick children up at Mott on Thursday nights.  He shtick is not only hilarious, the kids absolutely love it.  He clearly doesn’t do this to be recognized but last week he was officially named one of the 11 FBS players on the AllState AFCA Good Works Team for his charitable work.  Props to Pat – thank him if you see him.  Want to support the group that does the Thursday visits?  Buy a shirt.

    UNIFORM CHAMP

    VIN SMITH & PINK TOUGHNESS – Vincent Smith showing how you rock the pink like a badass:

    UFER MAIZE & BLUE
    FEDORA FAN

    How you can you not give it to these guys?  Damn I want one of those sweaters.  (And BTW they had me well before they formed the human victory cigar):

    the boys

    Runner up – the couple blasting the vuvuzelas.   How did they get those past security?  (Don’t let your imagination wander on that):

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  • Ed.  Dr. Sap is back with his decals for week 5.   I added the Editor’s pick and we collaborated on the Fan award this week.  Here are the picks from Week 1 and Week 2 and Week 3 and Week 4.

    clip_image002[1]Back when Bo was coaching the Michigan Football team, he awarded decals for individual as well as TEAM accomplishments.   He also selected Champions each week.

    Not only were the obvious categories (offense, defense, special teams) selected, but Bo also made it a point to recognize the not so obvious ones – Scout Team Champions and Team Hustlers – each week.  

    OFFENSE

    DENARD ROBINSON – So it wasn’t just me.  Even Frank Beckmann said that the way Denard and the UM offense was churning out the yardage Saturday, you could put a #7 on his back and you would have thought Rick Leach was running the Michigan offense again.  Only fitting that Denard’s performance made him the All-Time Big Ten Rushing QB Leader.  When he’s healthy, Shoelace is tough to bring down – with or without his shoes on.

    DEFENSE

    JAKE RYAN – After watching #47 do his thing again, one word came to mind – MANSTER.  In the late ‘70s, Bob Ufer recalled how UM D-Tackle Chris Godfrey was called “manster” by fellow wolverine Ron Simpkins.  Why manster? He was half man, half monster. Jake Ryan – ‘nuff said!

    SPECIAL TEAMS

    DELONTE HOLLOWELL – His kickoff fumble recovery swung momentum HUGELY and quieted a crowd that has been known to help the home team pull off some major upsets against UM – just not this year!

    HUSTLER /
    SPARKPLUG

    J.T. FLOYD – Maybe it was the look sans dreads, but JT’s PBU’s stalled Purdue drives in key situations. Against a receiving corps that was widely considered the class of the conference, Floyd schooled them on coming his way.

    UNIFORM CHAMP

    MAIZE PANTS – After all these years, and uniform changes, it’s great to see the pants go essentially unchanged – are you listening adidas & DB?

    EDITOR’S PICK

    THOMAS RAWLS – One of the most epic garbage time performances in history.  Talk of the Flint native covered the first half of Sam’s WTKA morning show on Sunday

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    UFER MAIZE & BLUE
    FEDORA FAN

    MAIZE & BLUE RAINBOW HAIR DUDE – His get up was a little over the top (M tie on front and M flag on back), but you gotta like his enthusiasm. I assume he wore the tie just was in case he was invited to the Regents tailgate before the game. What I can’t figure out is the sawed off broom handle in his left pocket. What is that for? Beating back the swarming ladies? 

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    Ed.  Dr. Sap is back with his decals for week 4.   I added the Editor’s pick and Fan award again this week.  Here are the picks from Week 1 and Week 2 and Week 3.

    clip_image002[1]Back when Bo was coaching the Michigan Football team, he awarded decals for individual as well as TEAM accomplishments.   He also selected Champions each week.

    Not only were the obvious categories (offense, defense, special teams) selected, but Bo also made it a point to recognize the not so obvious ones – Scout Team Champions and Team Hustlers – each week.  

    OFFENSE

    JEREMY GALLON – While he only had three receptions for 33 yards, he seemed to always be there when Michigan needed a first down. Gallon is starting to emerge as Denard’s possession receiver.

    DEFENSE

    JORDAN KOVACS – Kovacs played another solid game, notching 5 solo tackles, 7 in total to lead the team in both categories as well as 1 tackle for loss. I wish this guy wasn’t a senior – I’d love to have him around for three more years.

    SPECIAL TEAMS

    MATT WILE – Boomed all three of his kickoffs with such efficiency that ND did not have the opportunity to return any of them – they all went for touchbacks. I’m sure Bo would have liked to have had Wile back in 1989– his kicks would have grounded Rocket Ismail, for sure.

    HUSTLER /
    SPARKPLUG

    DEVIN GARDNER – DG took some big shots during the game. Whether he was catching the ball, going up to try and make a catch, or crashing into the NBC-TV Stage, Gardner was going ALL OUT to make plays. For a guy who wasn’t thrilled about all the contact he gets playing WR, he’s taking his fair share and not letting it bother him.

    UNIFORM CHAMP

    WHITE SOCKS – Nice to see the white socks on the road again – they just look “it” with the white jerseys, especially pulled all the way up to the knees – CLASSIC!

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    MAIZE LACES – A few of the players, like Elliott Mealer and Desmond Morgan, wore yellow laces on their cleats.  I don’t think you have to be Billy Taylor to realize how cool they looked!

    EDITOR’S PICK

    JAKE RYAN -  From my vantage point #47 was an absolute monster and if rocking flowing locks counts for anything, he was an absolute magician.

    UFER MAIZE & BLUE
    FEDORA

    TO ANY MICHIGAN FAN.. who visited South Bend and had to sit in the end zone near the tunnel within the vicinity of those ridiculous Maiden speakers blasting out the sound of the Irish band:
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