Win 902 will be remembered for a long time and Brady Hoke is clearly a bit charmed. 

While Treezy’s ridiculous catch will naturally be the play everyone remembers, that comeback required quite a couple mistakes by Northwestern and few great plays to set up Gardner’s heave and of course to win the game in overtime.  

First, let me grab my retro-spectacles to ensure my vision is 20-20.  That’s better…I can see clearly now.   For openers, Northwestern took that delay of game penalty on 4th down on the U-M 44.  They should have just punted it there and not sacrificed the five yards.  Then, with the ball at midfield, the punter hit a short, line-drive right into Gallon’s hands which is just about the worst thing that can happen.  I’m assuming that Fitz told his punter to get the ball off quickly to avoid a block, but Hoke outflanked him by setting up the return to the surprise of a few folks including Brian Griese up in the ESPN booth.   Then Treezy somehow was singled covered down the field before the lucky tip and the epic grab.  

To Michigan’s credit, props to Hoke for calling the punt return.  Heck, he even putting an extra man back there instead going with the block.  Next, after Roundtree’s grab, cheers to the offense for getting down the field and lining up so quickly to set up the spike to kill the clock.  Finally, was anyone out there really worried about Gibby’s kick?  He’s been in that situation so many times and is absolute money– we’re actually taking the guy for granted.

Misc, Misc, Misc, et cetera:

KD Dang! Is it me, or was that a bizarre formation on the final play of the game?  Brian will explain it I am certain.  In any case you can’t argue with the results:

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Snot locker! 

Cheers to you.  Once again #1000SSS did a very nice job with the Legends presentation.    But the big props goes to fans in attendance.  I wander up to the photo deck to catch the pregame activities and the roars The Ox received when Grapes announced he was at midfield was amazing.  Nicely done.  Here’s are all the #11s on the field once again:

#11 Wistert Brothers - Michigan 

Five Decades.  Speaking of the banner, Happy 50th Birthday to you—here’s ‘Lace and Treezy  and the new #11 – Capt. Jordan Kovacs — leading the way:

GO BLUE banner turns 50 - Denard Robinson, Roy Roundtree

Tweet:  mgo-Heiko noting we’ve seen this act before:

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Maintain your Dignity.  I still have a lot of respect for Pat Fitzgerald and Northwestern, and I would have been cool if he was the guy who replaced Rich Rod…but this was grass eating weird, gobble gobble turkey weird.  I spotted his sarcastic(?) little dance from the south end zone and while I was 99% sure I had to ask the dude next to me, “Is that Fitz?”  

Pat Spazgerald Did Mike Tyson bite his ear off?   And BTW that looked like a complete crap call anyway.   Maintain your dignity, homes.

Willie’s Head.  I got a little too close to Willie the Wildcat before the game and so did Brad from MBN:

Willie the Wildcat via Brad at Maize and Blue Nation 

I can confirm, as the Sklar Brothers know, that the inside of Willie’s furry head smells like Doritos, Jagermeister and broken dreams. 

Elsewhere:

Maize and Blue Nation photos and UMGoBlue photos.  Dell killed it on this one.  Walk off shot:

Devin Gardner Touchdown - Dell Callihan - UMGoBlue.com - 2012 
Does the pylon make a ‘ting!’ sound like tapping a wine glass?

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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!
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    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):

    vuvuzela

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