Another year and another Fan Day, your brief window to meet the coaches and players that make up this year’s squad. Here’s what we learned:
While I appreciate the players and coaches making time to do stuff like this, am I the only one who feels like an hour and a half is not quite enough? It didn’t help that a) the MC announced how much time was left in the event, while reminding folks of how important the team’s time was, and; b) the clock was counting down the time left for people to clear out.
Found a Kicker?
According to the Free Press and noted by mgoblog, looks like we have Rivas’s replacement at least for “doing field goals”. His name is Jason Gringell and count me as one person who: a) knows that it takes some luck and a few close calls to win championships, especially national championships, b) realizes that difference could fall on the foot of the kicker, and; c) is anxious to see how this guy looks.
Elsewhere, looks like Carson Butler has cleared a path to contribute.
Fans couldn’t get enough of true freshman Ryan Mallett. Those planning the event anticipated the rage over the cocky Texan. He had a gated off section of his own along with “handlers”. The line to get a piece of the future M QB stretched across the field all morning (see pic above).
Penn State Punishment
For the second straight year they selected to replay the Penn State game to play on the big screen inside the stadium. I would have preferred the Notre Dame game of course but oh well. Consider it a goal of any team to not be replayed during Fan Day 2008. Speaking of punishing the ol’ Joe Paterno, after Indiana, Michigan’s longest current winning streak against a Big Ten opponent is PSU (10 years).
Section 22, Row 85, Seats 7&8
For whatever reason I don’t recall seeing these seats before. Right next to the special Regents room above Section 22 are two seats built into the wall. It’s not the best perspective on the game but still kind of cool.
They do have the benefit of a TV mounted on the ceiling in case they miss any of the action. I’ll try to figure out the story behind these seats during the season.
Here’s a few more pics from the event:
Coach Carr Signs for a Fan