The Greatest Michigan/SEC Games – ‘08 vs. Florida

Lloyd’s last game. The 2008 Capital One Bowl. Chad Henne passed for 373 yards and three touchdowns. Tim Tebow threw three and rushed one in. Henne hit Adrian Arrington (153 yards receiving) for the winning score with 4:12 left to go up 38-35. A K.C. Lopata FG with 2:21 left closed out the scoring. Michigan turned the ball over four times, and still won, while Florida didn’t turn it over once.

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My Favorite Michigan Memories

Technically I have been a Michigan fan my entire life. Even before I was aware of what football was I was donned in Maize and Blue, much to the dismay of the Spartan side of my family (who make up a higher percentage than I like to admit). While I technically was a Michigan fan from birth, wore Michigan apparel, and rooted for Michigan when they were on TV, I did not become a true fanatic until 1997. 1997 was the first year I followed every game intensely and could actually rattle off the names of a majority of the team. My fanaticism only intensified in 2001 after my family moved from Michigan to Tennessee. My arrival happened to coincide with the year Michigan played Tennessee in the Capital One Bowl, which Michigan promptly lost 45-17. Suffice it to say the week after that bowl game was not a pleasurable experience. Nothing tests your fan hood like being banished to a state far away from your home team. No one I knew talked Michigan sports, there was no mention of Michigan on the radio or in the newspaper, Michigan was too far away to attend any spring games or games in the fall. If I wanted to read or hear anything about Michigan I was forced to go online which is what first brought me into contact with Michigan recruiting coverage and UMGOBLUE.com. This site along with streaming WDFN online were my lifeline to all things Michigan related.

Top 3 Michigan Memories

#1 Michigan vs Penn State 1997 (W 34-8) – The game itself was memorable enough, from Glen Steele’s sack to start the game to Chris Howard running over the Penn State defense. What I remember most is running around the house the next day after seeing Michigan ranked #1 in the country.

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The 4th Wolverine End-Around

MGoBlue recently caught up with Colton Christian:

"Before I went to East Asia I worked out with a coach at home named Pete Knoll. I workout with him when I’m at home. I was only at home for a month before I left for training for the AIA trip — we trained for a week before East Asia in Ohio just outside of Dayton. Now that I’m back, I’m getting on weightlifting programs and improving on other skills, like shooting."

In a bit of good news, Stanley Cup Champion and Michigan Alum Steve Kampfer told the Detroit News he plans on bring the cup back to Ann Arbor and Yost.

ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg ranked Michigan’s defensive line 5th in the Big Ten:

“This is a projection pick, but I think Michigan’s defensive front takes a significant step forward this season. Senior tackle Mike Martin is a bona fide NFL prospect and will lead the way, and players like Ryan Van Bergen and Craig Roh should be among the primary beneficiaries of the new defense under coordinator Greg Mattison. Michigan needs to build depth with Jibreel Black, Will Campbell and others, but there’s great potential here.”

GBMWolverine’s spring evaluation of Craig Roh. Maize ‘n Brew recently did a quick write-up on Desmond Howard. Thomas Rawls has been told that he won’t be redshirted. Jack Miller’s ready to go. Lloyd Carr is not surprised in the slightest that Brady Hoke has been cleaning up in recruiting.

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The End-Around 2

On Darius Morris:Darius Morris

So it is now official, Morris is going pro after only two seasons as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan.  First analysis on his decision.  Although I believe if he had stayed another season he would have been drafted higher, I can only wish him the best and I believe he will be a solid back-up guard in the right team’s rotation.  Nobody wants to see another Ernest Shazor situation.  For what it is worth, Morris continues to climb every time ESPN’s Chad Ford updates his mock draft.  He currently projects Morris to be drafted 23rd by the Houston Rockets.  ESPN’s Doug Gottlieb said a few weeks ago that Morris should go pro if is given indication that he will be drafted in the Top 20, otherwise he should spend the off-season working on his jump shot. Andy Katz now has Michigan as a loser following the deadline to enter the draft.  He predicted they would have been a Top 15 team next season if not for the surprising decision.

Now for the aftermath and how it effects Michigan Basketball for the 2011-2012 season. 

Gary Parrish of CBSSports has Michigan 20th ….while Andy Katz has them 23rd:

The Wolverines would have been much higher but took a hit when Darius Morris unexpectedly decided to stay in the draft. Tim Hardaway Jr., is back; so, too, are Jordan Morgan, Zack Novak, Stu Douglass, Jon Horford and Matt Vogrich. Michigan will tussle with Wisconsin behind Ohio State in the Big Ten. But losing Morris takes a creator off the floor.

Michigan and Bradley will play a home and home the next years with Bradley. That means Bradley will visit Ann Arbor this upcoming season and the Wolverines will return the favor the following year.

Paul Zeise wonders if the University of Pittsburgh is becoming a reservoir for other program’s malcontents (Cullen Christian & Ray Vinopal mentioned).

Jamie Samuelsen believes that Lloyd Carr should be elected into the College Football Hall of Fame … And I agree.

David Brandon says he won’t gloat over Ohio State’s current situation.

Future Wolverine O-Lineman Tony Posada is looking to shine at this week’s Florida State Championship Track Meet.

Angelique Chengelis recently highlighted five potential difference makers for the Michigan Football team heading into next season.

Chad Henne says that Jim Mandich’s last words to him were confidence building.

And to close things out today, check out Zac & Jill Moon’s Wedding Entrance, a true must-see:

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