Sunday, December 12, 2004

Indecent Exposure (again)

I completely agree with Matt’s comments about Harrison, the football player who was arrested for indecent exposure last week. This lewd behavior not only reflects poorly on the football team but also on the university. Carr made the right move by immediately suspending Harrison from the team. Unfortunately, this is the second such event in recent weeks. Just 11 days prior, another player, Adam Stenavich, was arrested for disorderly conduct at a club in Ann Arbor. Hopefully this isn’t a trend.

Proud Tradition

Michigan Football is full of tradition. In fact, it’s one of the most storied programs in college football history. Michigan boasts 11 national championships and 42 conference titles. Michigan has more wins, at 842, than any other program. Further, Michigan has appeared in 30 consecutive bowl games, featured 3 Heisman trophy winners, and is #1 in attendance, at 107,501. Every game day, the announcer proudly states that more people are at the Michigan game than any other football game in America. It’s great to be a Michigan Wolverine :)

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Best College Football Helmets

Sports Illustrated just ran an article ranking the top ten color-only and combo college football helmets. The winged maize-and-blue helmet design is without a doubt one of the most well known and liked designs in sports. You know a football helmet design is good when other schools copy you. Below is Princeton’s helmet design. It looks awfully familiar, doesn’t it? At least they took the time and effort to change the colors.

It turns out that the design was originally conceived for Princeton by the then Tigers coach Fritz Crisler. According to Sports Illustrated, “he came up with the winged helmet design in 1935 to help his quarterback better identify his receivers downfield.” When Crisler accepted the Michigan job in 1938, he took the design with him. He just needed to change the colors from orange and black to maize and blue. It looks like we’re the ones who copied the design and changed the colors… well at least we’re the ones who made it famous.

Michigan Stadium Renovations

According to a recent article by the Michigan Daily, the Athletic Department is expected to propose major renovations to Michigan Stadium. Plans include new luxury boxes, improved seating, additional restrooms, and extra concession stands.

These improvements are much needed in my opinion. Luxury boxes command high prices and would bring in significant revenues for the athletic department. Further, crowd flow in and out of the stadium is typically slow and temporary porta-potties are frequently needed. However, when making these changes, the athletic department must ensure that they preserve the traditional Big House look and feel. These renovations should help Michigan athletics stay the leaders and best.

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Back-to-Back Rose Bowl Appearances

Iowa did us a big favor by beating Wisconsin. Wisconsin’s loss to Iowa guaranteed us a trip to the Rose Bowl. After an upsetting loss to Ohio State, Michigan now needs to prepare to play against the Texas Longhorns. How much better can this get? Michigan and Texas are two of the most successful and tradition-rich programs in college football. Both teams have tons of talent. The bowl game will be loaded with top-notch playmakers, including Texas running back Cedric Benson and linebacker Derrick Johnson, and for Michigan, wide receiver Braylon Edwards, running back Michael Hart and defensive backs Marlin Jackson, Ernest Shazor and Markus Curry.

Hopefully this year we will return with a win in Pasadena.

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Saturday, December 11, 2004

Kevin's Wolverine Fan Page Opens

I’ve been a huge Wolverine fan ever since I started going to the University of Michigan in 2002. Nothing beats being a Michigan Wolverine. Walking into the Big House with over 107,000 people screaming is an exhilarating experience. Every single football game makes me a bigger Wolverine fan (ok… maybe just the games we actually win).

My 3rd season as a Wolverine fan has been great. Who would have thought we would make it back to the Rose Bowl and win back-to-back conference championships after losing our starting quarterback and our top running back last year? While we may not be national championship contenders this year, the team certainly has the potential to make a run for it in the coming years.

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Wednesday, December 01, 2004


Kevin Stratvert

I am a student at the University of Michigan.

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