Thursday, July 09, 2015

Thursday--July 9th, 2015

Hey everyone. Last night the UMass Football Blog went over 2 million page views. Somebody out there is interested in UMass football. A couple of years ago I said I'd do the blog until I hit the 2 million mark. I've been running the blog continuously since 2005, that's like forever in internet time.

However, I'm still having fun with the blog, Coach Whipple has us on the upswing and we're playing some interesting games in the next few years.

Let's shoot for three million.

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Matt Sparks has been picked for the Rimington Trophy Watch list. He had previously been picked in May for the same award.

Sparks, BTW was listed as 280 in the last UMass two-deep press release in November of last year, is listed at 300 in the latest roster.

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Minutemen A.D. Ryan Bamford continues to build his team as Rob Peterson has been appointed Associate Director of Athletics for Finance and Administration.

I really like UMass having professionals at the helm in athletics. That was not the case for decades in the past.

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The Notre Dame blog "Blue & Gold" looks at the Irish's history with the state of Massachusetts. Some impressive players from the Bay State have played for Notre Dame.

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A Bleacher Report writer picks UMass as the MAC's surprise team in 2015.

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Colorado sells out their rooftop terrace passes for the 2015 season.

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Former UMass great John D'Amato has named to the "Mt Rushmore" of Monsignor Farrell High School athletics.

D'Amato lettered for UMass in 1976, '77 and '78. He was first team All-Yankee Conference as a DE in 1977 and 1978. The Minutemen were Yankee Conference champions in 1977 and 1978. UMass went the FCS National Championship in 1978.

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USA Today looks at new Buffalo HC Lance Leipold.

Sporting News looks at Western Michigan's P.J. Fleck.

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

You missed Gary Wilkos on the Mt. Rushmore list. Gary was on an unbelievable tear, before he broke his neck. I have watched UMASS football for over 35 years and I would be him near the top of the list of UMASS QB's. Could he ever run and throw. It is too bad the program does not make much attempt in getting football alums involved in the program.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your continued success.You were there before the other blogs which are good as well,but you were there as a fan when wde only had aspirations of fulfilling
the natural progression of our football program.

DK

UMass74 said...

You're right! I did miss Gary Wilkos. I've blogged about him many time (use the search box in the upper left corner of the blog).

He would have been an All-American and would have held a bunch of UMass records if he had not been injured.

The Smoking Chimp said...

Congrats on the success! Your blog continues to be a "must-read" for me every day!