12. September 2015 · Comments Off on Sights and Sounds – Michigan 35, Oregon State 7 · Categories: 2015 · Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

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De'Veon Smith - Michigan Daily

“I GUESS I HIT THAT HOLE YOU NERDS!” (via Michigan Daily)

Following another Smith score to put U-M up 26-7, Harbaugh personally called for the 2 point conversion.  He gave some kind of signal to the celebrating players – it looked like a bear claw from the press box.  He sat hunched over outside the team area basically begging for Rudock and a few other guys to get the message and line up—flashing the bear claw gesture as hard as he could.

Rudock and crew eventually got the message, lined up and successfully executed the 2 point conversion to put U-M up 28-7.  On the trot back to the sideline Rudock tried to slide back to the bench with the rest of the unit but Harbaugh put his hand in Rudock’s chest—stopping him in his tracks.  There was a quick chat between QB and coach, I assume something along the lines maintaining composure even after a TD and paying attention.  After the chat, #4 delivered a pair of hearty butt slaps and Rudock went back to the bench.

Here’s the deal – Harbaugh is in absolute control (most of the time) of the sideline and what the players are doing on the field.  The only other way he’d have it is if the rules allowed him to play a snap or two.  So the coach is in charge and coaching.  Big deal, right?  Welp…it is in these parts.

Now, it’s classic college football fan to oversteer on losses and on the wins, and that’s 3X in Ann Arbor and 4X here in Saline (me).  But the team is better and actually demonstrating real toughness. Given the recent past this is step one.  Looking ahead to some of the big games you have to feel, if nothing else, Michigan Stadium is difficult place to play again.

Sights and Sounds:

  • Darker, darker, and decals.  Uniform updates includes darker maize, darker blue and decals.  More on all that here and here the full Uniform Timeline is there.

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  • Darker Maize.  So now that the uniform, for the most part, has adopted the deeper, old school maize – it’s time for the rest of the stadium to get on board.  Most notably the block M on the field and the MICHIGAN in either end zone.  The contrast is striking when looking at the players against the field graphics:

image            Memo to AD Hackett.  Other things that need to get in sync with the deep maize color:

    • The GO BLUE banner
    • The band uniforms
    • Pretty much everything fans wear
    • The goal posts?  I consulted the MVictors law-talking-guy and we agree we have some leeway here to repaint the uprights.  cc: AD Hackett.  2015 NCAA rulebook:

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  • Banner Start. Speaking of the banner, Jim Harbaugh did not touch the banner on his way out to the field.  Vid via Mark Snyder of the Freep.   Coach did slap many-a-butt on the sidelines after units returned to the sideline, but left the banner alone despite my 85% odds on him doing so.
  • Want (in darker maize naturally):

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  • New Drum Major.   Well done to that guy on your first head dip.  Nice core strength.
  • Free Peek.  BRAVO to #1000SSS on the kick ass game program cover.  And bless you for sparing us shots of  players posing in golf shirts all season.  I look forward to what they bring week-to-week.  This is an actual colorized shot from Ferry Field via the U-M Bentley Historical Library.  I’m efforting more info but I assume it’s 1920-1925-ish. [Update 9/14:  Per Greg Kinney of the Bentley “The photo is from the graduation ceremony of June 1940.  It was on the cover  of  the July 1940 issue of the Michigan Alumnus Magazine. Before 1927 you would have seen a goal post (or maybe temporary bleachers) from that view.”]  

2015 Michigan-Oregon State game program Insert joke about Dave Brandon’s great granddad trying to charge this kid 2 bits for the peek

  • 2015 <—> 1964  After surrendering an early touchdown to Oregon State, the team pitched a shutout from then on, scoring several touchdowns with the lead U-M running back finding the end zone 3 times.  Sounds familiar?    That’s how the biggest game we’ve played against Oregon State in U-M history played out, namely the 1965 Rose Bowl.  So 50 years ago this year Michigan won 34-7 after the early Beaver TD put them up 7-0. Mel Anthony tallied 3 TDs and captain Jim Conley and Bump had their Rose Bowl championship.  Here’s All-American Bill Yearby looking Chris Wormley-esque in his beastness:

Bill Yearby - 1965 Rose Bowl My money is on Michigan in this one

  • Twelve.  Prior to the once-in-a-half-century snap snafu, Michigan had twelve men on the field.  The U-M sideline caught it, called a 30 second timeout, and then the snap snafu ensued.   Props to the tweets from a few folks reminding me that 12 men beats 10 (Agreed).  A pic of the 12 fellers from upstairs:

12 men on the field - Michigan

  • Coach B in the Booth.  Nice work by coach Beilein hopping the radio booth and even showing his chops on a play-by-play call:

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Keep Ira and Sam in your thoughts.  They’ve graciously kept the WTKA phone lines open since Monday morning.  I’m pretty sure if they continue this for the entire week they qualify for sainthood.

In the aftermath of Saturday’s shutout, Ira even took the onslaught from callers on the postgame show.  Just after midnight Paul from Toledo dialed in:

Forget Engineering! (Sorry Cook.)

Update: This has pretty much gone viral.  Thanks to Lost Letterman for taking a run at the transcription:

“Yeah, this is Paul. [Inaudible] I’m headed back home. I just gotta tell you right now: That is absolutely a joke. I heard one of your sponsors: Come Get Some Burritos. Brady Hoke can grab some burritos and get the heck out of town. You got to be kidding me.

I mean here’s the deal: Devin Gardner’s got a defensive lineman number (#98), get him on the defensive line! Let’s get a quarterback in there that knows how to throw and throw to our team!

Let’s get John Beilein coaching both teams, Crisler Arena and the Big House are right next to each other. Let’s get John Beilein, Jon Horford – let’s get all those guys – Mitch McGary; I don’t care how many trees he smokes, he can score touchdowns, then get him on the field!

The Maize and Blue need to [inaudible] in a big way. You know what I’m talking about, Ira! This is a joke! I’m in Toledo, Ohio, enemy territory, we need some Ws!

What is Michigan about? Engineering? Forget engineering! Let’s win football!!!!”

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11. March 2014 · Comments Off on The Coach Was Happy (Beilein joins WTKA 3-11) · Categories: 2014 · Tags: , , ,

Beilein Wins Title

Ole!  Via BTN Brent Yarina.

Enjoy a very happy John Beilein chatting with Sam and Ira this morning on WTKA 1050AM.  They hit on many topics – the success this year, the 1-3-1 zone, the postgame celebration on Saturday, the evolution of the Crisler atmosphere (LOL), the upcoming B1G tournament and much more:

As always, you can catch all of the WTKA podcasts here.

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25. February 2014 · Comments Off on Coach Beilein Joins Sam & Ira (WTKA audio Feb 25, 2014) · Categories: 2014 · Tags: , , ,

It’s always fun to hear what the coach has to say after a big win.  This morning coach B talked about everything from the zone, his relationship with Steve Fisher, to his philosophy & history of working on the refs, to Mitch McGary’s status and much more:

As always, catch all of the WKTA podcasts here.

If you missed it, check out sights and sounds from Sunday’s big win.

04. April 2013 · Comments Off on Full John Beilein Presser (April 4, 2013) · Categories: 2013 · Tags: ,

From the Final Four, via U-M Media Relations.   As usual some good stuff out of Coach B. and I think he handled the Mike Rice question spot on.

An interview with:

COACH JOHN BEILEIN

THE MODERATOR: We’re joined now by head coach John Beilein of Michigan. We’ll start with an opening statement and then take questions.

COACH BEILEIN: It would be very obvious that the University of Michigan is so proud to be back in the Final Four. Our university, our team, all the staff that’s involved that’s worked very hard to get Michigan in this position.

We’re practicing hard. We’re looking toward to today and tomorrow’s practice. We still have a lot to do if we’re going to be successful. But we’re all engaged and going to do our best.

But on behalf of the whole university, we feel a great amount of gratitude to be back in the situation again.

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Coach Beilein.

Q. Coach, could you trace a little of your history with Coach Boeheim, what it’s like to face him now.

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A great interview with John Beilein on WTKA 1050AM this morning in the aftermath of the Duke game and of course the season.  He breaks down in detail a few situations in the final minutes of the game and of course talks to the future and how he thinks these guys will respond.  Enjoy:

As always – check out all of the WTKA podcasts here!