Stadium Journey: Michigan Stadium

We as Michigan fans have always had a sense of pride whenever we walk around Ann Arbor on game day.  We hear the planes flying, people laughing, and footballs being thrown around.  Whether you park on the golf course across the street, in Pioneer High School’s parking lot, or on someone’s lawn and pay, we all just can’t wait to get inside the biggest college football stadium in the NCAA.  Yeah, we hold the right to state we have a big home, and have had the biggest hockey game, which I must add we won convincingly.  Nevertheless, most of us are so focused on minimal elements that make up our home, and as Michigan fans, we hold this place dearly.  I was recently approached by an individual from Stadium Journey who scours the country and does very thorough reviews on stadiums across the nation.  I would have to say, speaking for us all, before I even read it, I didn’t know exactly what to expect.  After reading what Paul Swaney wrote, I felt even more empowered to be a Wolverine fan and a UMGoBlog staff member because while we may be biased to a team, the great review we got, and even kind words, made me feel as a Wolverine fan, well, valued.

So with all this said I would like all of you to take the time to head on over to Stadium Journey and read everything they had to say, and even if you feel they may have missed out on something, please comment.  If you believe they did a great job, please state that as well.  Lastly, don’t be hesitant to see any other venues they have reviewed because obviously we all like to travel to other places to watch games, and this great website could be a great asset in assisting you to ensure you know exactly what to expect.

If you need anything, as always, email me at josh at umgoblue.com or message me on twitter @TheRealHag

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Eleonore Rocks: Mott Children’s Hospital

Over the years many people have been touched by the University of Michigan health care system.  Of course being from Michigan, now living in Missouri, I even have my own story.  Nevertheless, while you may read mostly sports articles about football, lacrosse, softball, or even hockey from us, most of those individuals go on to do even greater things in life that we often may not ever hear about.  Moreover, the University of Michigan does even more than we ever dreamed of in many aspects, and some of you who are reading this can agree with the technology they incorporate, and especially with how innovative they try to be everyday.  Just a cut above the rest is how I try to view them.  My story started as I was already out of school, my brother in his Senior year in high school, a star athlete on both sides of the ball in the Ann Arbor area.  After a win one Saturday morning, like after every game mostly, numerous players would head out to eat as a team, and while heading home, something was just not in their favor, as a car backed out, the driver of their vehicle going too fast at that time, swerved, the car rolled, everyone remained inside but one individual who was thrown from the car.

Protocol from such an impact that they had is to ensure no internal injuries were sustained, and while the individual thrown from the vehicle soon found out he was paralyzed from the waist down, my brother was about to find out something that was possibly going to take his life as well.  While at the hospital, the children’s hospital, they spotted something, which they thought was on his heart at first, but soon found out it was a softball sized tumor growing around his esophagus.  It was so big that if they didn’t do something about it soon, he was running a chance of slowly dying and his airway being cutoff.  Basically being choked slowly to death.  Now, you would have to know my brother, so stubborn, such apart of any team he was involved with that he talked it over with my parents, that against the directions and remarks from the doctors, he continued and finished his season playing football with this tumor around his esophagus, still growing, and finished the season All-State.  Not to mention he also had to gigantic elbows from elbow bursitis from getting hit so much, and they didn’t want that getting any worse either.  Yet he went on to win many awards, and right as the last game ended in the playoffs, he went in for surgery the very next day.  It was a success, and now because of how successful it was, he is now serving proudly in the Marines and protecting our country everyday since 2007.

So why all this about the new hospital, and even Eleonore Rocks?  Well, the triathlon team I am apart of takes in donations throughout our season as a 501 (c)(3) and we then donate in various ways and put strict stipulations on how that money will be spent, or we even donate chairs.  The purpose of our team is to donate in support of terminally ill children around the country in various regions.  The main focus on this article is because the Mott Children’s Hospital is a place I want to give back and I want to ensure they understand they are appreciated, not only because we are fans, but because we appreciate everything they do in trying to ensure the health of our loved one’s no matter what state they are in.  What I am asking is donations in my name, as they will go for this donation to Mott’s, which I am trying to setup and have been in contact with numerous individuals there already, and the best thing about this donation is the fact that once the triathlon season ends here soon, Andy Potts will be available.  For those of you who are triathletes know who this amazing athlete is, and we will be planning on ensuring that he can make it there for this donation and event as well since he was a tremendous athlete for the University of Michigan, and is still a tremendous professional triathlete to this day.  As the time nears closer I will post the date when this happens, but until then, donations can be made by going to this link for my donation page and you can choose ANY amount you want to donate, as we were looking to donate chairs to the NICU unit.  As I said, as it gets closer, I can give more information because it would be great to have some of you even meet Andy!  Until then, any questions, concerns, comments, please email me at josh@umgoblue.com or message me on Twitter @TheRealHag

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Andy Potts: Eleonore Rocks

Many individuals have made their way into the triathlon world to have fun, reach goals, or even compete.  Moreover, in some cases we have those few individuals who want to make a difference that are driven not only from their success, but also from their experience from people that are very close and dear to them.  This was the case for University of Michigan alum, Andy Potts.

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The Bet: Michigan vs Nebraska

We all make bets, we all do things we probably shouldn’t.  Well, I quite possibly did something that made many people’s day today at work.  In fact, I am sure many of you, our fans, and Michigan fans alike, will enjoy the overall comical nature of this bet I made with my Operations Manager at work weeks ago.  Normally at work it’s very busy on the shift I was working on, and while making his rounds, Mike the Husker fan, we will call him, usually comes by to see how we are doing and chats with us all.  Sometimes the nature of the conversation is football, and in one of the instances it just so happened to be the Michigan and Nebraska football game.  Now, I saw such a great opportunity in this and knew I had to take it because I felt pretty confident in our abilities, even though the past few seasons the Wolverines had collapsed late in the season.  Continue reading “The Bet: Michigan vs Nebraska”

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Coach Biography: Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison

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Birthdate: November 15, 1949

Coaching Experience: Nearly 40 years with stints at every level.

After graduating from The University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1971, Mattison coached two high school programs in Wisconsin; at Riverdale (Muscoda, WI) from ‘71-73 and at Logan (La Crosse, WI) from ‘74-75.

In 1976, Mattison started his college coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Illinois. After that, he had short stays at Cornell (‘77), Northwestern (‘78-80), Western Michigan (with Jack Harbaugh – ‘82-86) and with Navy (‘87-88). Then Mattison got his first "big" gig at Texas A&M as their defensive line coach from ‘89-91. While at A&M, Mattison fielded one of the country’s best defenses for three years in a row. In 1989 the Aggies were #13 in total defense, in 1990 they were #19 and in 1991 they were the top rated defense in the country allowing only 222 yards per game. Ann Arbor was Mattison’s next stop where he would coach the defensive line and serve as defensive coordinator during his final two seasons with the Wolverines from ‘92-96. While at coordinator in 1995, UM ranked 11th in total defense (allowed 286 ypg.) and ranked third in rushing defense (90 ypg.) In 96, the Wolverines gave up only 15.2 points per game, which ranked 8th in the country. From 1997 to 2004 Mattison was at Notre Dame where he was the d-line coach and recruiting coordinator. Finally from 2005-07, he was named co-defensive coordinator with Charlie Strong at Florida. In ‘06 his defense led the Gators to the SEC and National Titles. During that National Title game UF’s defense held Ohio State to an amazing 82 total yards, resulting in a dominant 41-14 victory.

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