Ira opened the WTKA Countdown to Kickoff broadcast talking about how the first home game is like a family reunion. He’s spot on.
I love the opener. Everything about it. You really don’t need to have Jordans, Jeters and flyovers or even a great opponent to make it special. You just need decent weather (it was perfect) and a nice win (it was near perfect).
They whisked him to midfield immediately where he chilled until the pregame festivities got moving. This was a good plan knowing the sideline is already a zoo and a bunch of haoles would have been glomming around MJ big time.
GOATs + Woodley. Dude, we all love Woodley and he’s arguably earned legend status in these parts. But maybe he should have picked the UCF game for a triumphant return? Via mgoblue.com:
Uniform Updates. OK, obviously there are a bunch and the Uniform Timeline is updated with a few key items – more to come. Thanks for the tweets and pings.
This one was subtle – the two varieties of shoe including one that allows the linemen to tape up (called spatting) and not violate the NIKE contract by covering the logo:
The also liked that the Jumpman logo on the hip of the pants was relatively tiny:
re: the satin (don’t call me matte) finish on the helmets. Based on my detailed study via a twitter poll..
..we learned that two-thirds of you love the helmets, 12% don’t like them, and most importantly, 21% of you aren’t true Michigan fans because you don’t care about stuff like this.
I didn’t see the game on TV but I hear for those at home they looked cool. Same for the fans in the stands. From my vantage up close at pregame, they looked “ok.” I say the jury is still out. I’d like to see how they look with the helmet stickers which, my gut tells me, will return in 2016 but will feature a slight redesign.
Mood. It’s a great feeling and it’s a 92:
Via Ira and Benny’s Bakery in Saline:
History Notes. Via mgoblue.com
- Michigan’s 60-point margin of victory is the seventh largest in program history since 1920 — and the largest since 1975 when the Wolverines defeated Northwestern 69-0.
- …It is the just the fourth time in Michigan program history that U-M did not punt in a contest — the first since 2009 against Delaware State.
- …Michigan’s first game with two defensive touchdowns since Brandon Herron posted a 94-yard interception return for a touchdown — the longest in program history — and a fumble recovery for a touchdown against Western Michigan on Sept. 3, 2011.
Game Program. meh on the cover. Nice piece on the late PA announcer Howard King by Barb Cossman. Two nitpicks: 1. Looks like the Traditions section is gone – humbug! 2. Dude, looks like IMG opened the floodgates on the advertisers. The program includes dozens and dozens of tiny ads filling page after page near the back.
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