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Dr. Sap's Decals Steve “Dr. Sap” Sapardanis is back this season with his weekly postgame helmet stickers.  Sap would do a backflip if coach Hoke decided to reinstate this tradition that Bo brought to the team in 1969 (from Miami, OH, mind you). 

Until that day comes, Sap will bring you his game Champions who will be decorated, albeit virtually, with his helmet stickers.   I’ll typically toss in the Fan Award and the Editor’s Choice:

 

OFFENSIVE CHAMPION

OFFENSIVE LINE – Kind of stepping out on a limb here but, Derrick Green does not run for 137 yards and 2 TDs without some holes being created by the O-Line.  Derrick Green does not look like High School Derrick Green without the Big Uglies getting it done up front.

I realize the opponent was a MAC school that hadn’t won a game in almost 2 years, but I saw signs of progress by the Hosses in the trenches.  I had a feeling this line would show some addition by subtraction, and now that the 2 senior tackles have left, this unit is starting to gel.  Again, I’m not talking B1G Championship here – just saying that when you gain over 450 yards of offense, the guys up front are something right. Doing it in September is one thing.  Getting it done in November is another.

DEFENSIVE CHAMPION JAKE RYAN – The Manster seemed to be all over the field on Saturday. He was back to his old self – flying around, making stops and in on tackles all over the place. He is that unit’s leader and identity and needs to continue to be the sparkplug on D.
SPECIAL TEAMS DENNIS NORFLEET – His kickoff returns gave Michigan great field position in the first quarter. Those setup the offense for a couple of short fields and early scores and conversely gave Miami poor field position when Michigan’s offense was forced to punt. Sure he was in on the muffed short kick by the Redhawks, but that was offset, in my opinion, by making a tackle on one of the Wolverine kickoffs later in the game.
UNIFORM CHAMPION

M NOSEBUMPER – It’s starting to grow on me now, after having seen it for a few games. I like the look of the “M” and to be quite honest with you, the “MICHIGAN” was kind of small and tough to make out.

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Have you noticed that the NFL is doing the same thing by putting the team logos on the helmet nosebumpers?  It’s all about the Brand, right? 

Well, if you don’t like the “M” what about putting a snarling wolverine head inside of a yellow football up front?? ;)

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BOB UFER COTTON PICKIN’ FAN AWARD PAPA BUTT & HEADBUTT – References to our beloved tight end named Butt never get old.  Well done Butt family:
Papa Butt

 

EDITOR’S CHOICE YOUNG BUTT – Everything I hear about this guy behind this scenes points to one thing – this dude is pure gold.  Made a really nice athletic play on this touchdown catch over the shoulder.  Won’t be long before JBooty_88 becomes JBooty87..

Jake

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Steve “Dr. Sap” Sapardanis is back this season with his weekly postgame helmet stickers.  Sap would do a backflip if coach Hoke decided to reinstate this tradition that Bo brought to the Dr. Sap's Decals team in 1969.

Until that day comes, Sap will bring you his game Champions who will be decorated, albeit virtually, with his helmet stickers.   I’ll typically toss in the Fan Award and the Editor’s Choice (except this week b/c we sucked).

OFFENSIVE CHAMPION NO DECAL  – I get it, Funchess had over 100 yards receiving, but no points = No Decals for anybody on the offense.
DEFENSIVE CHAMPION NO DECAL  – The D played hard and was not the reason U-M lost this game, but I didn’t see any consistent play from anyone that deserved any decals.
SPECIAL TEAMS CHAMPION NO DECAL – Two missed field goals early set an ominous tone for this game. You just can’t have misses like that in big road games like this.
UNIFORM CHAMPION WHITE SOCKS – I saw several players wearing all white socks up to their knees – wonder if they read my post last game?
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That look, with the road white jerseys and white socks, is classic and timeless. Decals to all those knee-high-white-socked-M-Men!!
BOB UFER FAN AWARD THOSE WHO STAYED – To those M fans in South Bend who stayed…until the last snap (and I mean the very last snap after the pick six, cheaters).  Salute.  Next time we see each other I’m buying the bagels.

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Dr. Sap's Decals Steve “Dr. Sap” Sapardanis is back this season with his weekly postgame helmet stickers.  Sap would do a backflip if coach Hoke decided to reinstate this tradition that Bo brought to the team in 1969. 

Until that day comes, Sap will bring you his game Champions who will be decorated, albeit virtually, with his helmet stickers.   I’ll typically toss in the Fan Award and the Editor’s Choice:

OFFENSIVE CHAMPION

DOUG NUSSMEIER – Yes, it was great to see Devin Gardner look so good throwing the ball. Yes, it was great to see #1 catching touchdown passes (again). Yes, it was great to see Derrick Green and De’Veon Smith run with some authority and confidence.   But in my mind, ALL of this starts with the OC. Coach Nuss got the offense started on the right foot and for that he gets a decal for that offensive performance. May not have been tremendously complex, sophisticated or flashy, but it was simple, effective and confidence-boosting and that is exactly what Team 135 needed to start the season.

DEFENSIVE CHAMPION

GREG MATTISON – The defense just seemed and looked ready to me, today. Believe me I get it – this was Appalachian State 2014, not the 2007 version of the Mountaineers – but the defense was not lost out there. Maybe it has something to do with the talent on the field (both sides), but it looked the Michigan Defense was well-coached and well-prepared. Blitzes were effective. Players didn’t look lost. There was no confusion as to what play was going to be called, where everyone should be lined up and who was covering who. That’s coaching and Mattison deserves credit for having his team ready – more than I can say for the 2007 UM defense against Appy State.

SPECIAL TEAMS CHAMPION

BEN GEDEON – Not only did he have the presence of mind to field the blocked punt, Gedeon had the poise to not only advance the ball, he was able to make a football move to extend for the touchdown.

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When you get a gift like that, you have to take it to the house. Two plays came to mind when they were reviewing his TD: Roundtree not making it in the endzone against Illinois in 2009 and Stevie Brown’s first quarter INT against Terrell Pryor at OSU in 2008. When you don’t take advantage of plays that you should score on, instead of stepping on the opponent’s collective throat, momentum swings the other way. That didn’t happen today, and that’s a good sign.

UNIFORM CHAMPION

MAIZE & BLUE SHOES – If anyone likes the traditional UM uniform, it’s me. Blue shirt. Two-tone maize pants. White socks up to the knees and of course black shoes with white shoe-laces. Having said all that, I gotta tell ya – I liked the look of the blue shoes with the yellow sole/tread. I can live with them.

shoes

BOB UFER FAN AWARD Winner:
mustache Runner Up:  This gal.
EDITOR’S CHOICE JACK MILLER – With Molk-like command and confidence directed the offensive line all day, killed it in the postgame interview with Doug Karsch then tweeted at Kate Upton.  Nicely done.

 

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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 

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Sorry Spidey, I couldn’t even muster a Robert Frost Ufer fan award based on this.

 

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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
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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:
    MB - celebrate

     

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