Saturday there was a first in the long history of Michigan stadium. During the pre-game of the Purdue vs. Michigan Big Ten showdown, a rocket man (Eric Scott) delivered the game ball with a jet pack strapped to his back. According to AnnArbor.com, Scott relied on hydrogen peroxide-filled tanks to propel him to the southeast end zone of Michigan Stdium.
“The game ball for the Michigan-Purdue game was delivered in a futuristic manner on Saturday: via rocket pack.
Powered by a hydrogen peroxide jet pack strapped to his back, pilot Eric Scott flew from atop of southeast end of the Michigan Stadium to above the uprights in the north end zone before circling back around and delivering the ball at midfield.
The scene seemed straight out of “The Jetsons” or “The Rocketeer,” and Michigan fans received Scott with a rousing ovation.
Scott is in the Guinness Book of World Records for speed in a rocket pack (68 mph) and distance traveled (1,500 feet) in a single flight.
How does this rocket pack work? As Scientific American.com reported earlier this year, the rocket packs consist of two cylinders of liquid hydrogen peroxide and another container of highly pressurized nitrogen gas. This forces the hydrogen peroxide into a gas generator, where it reacts violently with a catalyst made of silver to produce a stream of steam superheated to 1,370 degrees Fahrenheit (743 degrees Celsius). This hot gas vents through two nozzles, one on each side of the pack, providing an upward thrust.
It has been reported that Denard Robinson has been wearing one these rocket packs under his jersey for his first three seasons at Michigan.
10:50 – It’s a little bit chilly this morning at the Big House. It should warm up a bit though as the day goes on.
11:30 – Michigan is going pink today with the gloves and wrist bands.
11:31 – Blake Countess is warming up with the 1st team defense, it looks like today could be the first of many starts in his career.
11:53 – They just finished playing the Brady Hoke inspired...
Fitzgerald Toussaint ran for a career-high 170 yards and tied a career high with two touchdowns, leading No. 17 Michigan to a 36-14 win over Purdue on Saturday.
The Wolverines (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten) gave up a TD on the opening drive of the game, then scored 36 straight points to bounce back from their first loss of the season, two weeks ago at Michigan State.
The Boilermakers (4-4...
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- For those expecting to witness Michigan's season come tumbling down before your eyes, you'll have to wait at least another week.
Before a chilled homecoming crowd of 112,115, the Wolverines manhandled the Purdue Boilermakers 36-14 Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium.
Purdue scored on their first and last possession of the game, while Michigan sandwiched...
Jim Brandstatter delivered his message to the alumni with a smile on his face, but a trace of irritation got through. One question in particular has bothered Brandstatter recently, and he addressed that question at the Go Blue Homecoming Tailgate on Saturday. The issue: Why isn't Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson playing another position?
ANN ARBOR, Mich. If you compare scores, it could be difficult for Michigan to take Iowa seriously.
After all, the Hawkeyes are coming off a loss to Minnesota, a team that got drilled by Michigan, 58-0, in the Big Ten opener.
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The Michigan Wolverines drubbed Purdue by a final score of 36-14 and behind a potent ground game. Fitzgerald Toussaint led the charge with 170 yards and 2 TDs. Here is what Fitz, Denard Robinson, Mike Martin, Brady Hoke and more had to say after the game.
(Great photo of Mike Martin and Denard Robinson from John T. Greilick of The Detroit News)
Five Homecoming things from the land of the Purdoomed and the land of
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Fitzgerald Toussaint ran for a career-high 170 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 17 Michigan to a 36-14 win over Purdue on Saturday. The Wolverines (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten) gave up a TD on the opening drive of the game, then scored 36 straight points to bounce back from their first loss of the season, two weeks ago at Michigan State.
We all know what happened in the second half of the season the past two years and it wasn’t pretty. Both times, it was Michigan State who gave Michigan its first loss that sent the Wolverines into a downward spiral.
#18 Michigan 36 – Purdue 14
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