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Jennings' 5 moments from 2011

12/31/2011

It’s been an exciting year. Justin Bieber expanded his world dominance over tween music. The final movie in the Harry Potter series hit the silver screens. People occupied Wall Street and college campuses all over the country. And we found out Beyonce is pregnant.

Yes folks, it’s an amazing time to be alive.

But for University of Michigan athletics, it has really been an exciting year. From the hiring of Michigan football coach Brady Hoke to the honoring of former coach Lloyd Carr in the Hall of Fame, there have been events and moments worthy of an entire scrapbook.

But, rather than scrapbooking, I picked my top five Michigan sports moments from the past calendar year.

1. Grenade celebration. The Michigan football team hadn’t beaten Ohio State in 2,921 days, but when sophomore cornerback Courtney Avery got that interception the fans went crazy in anticipation. The most beautiful part of the whole game was seeing the players rush the field and the fans who followed. For what had seemed like an eternity, the Wolverines had walked off that field with their heads down after facing their rivals, but when junior quarterback Denard Robinson threw the ball into the air, it really was over -- the game, the humiliation, the winless era against the Buckeyes. And when the ball hit the field and each player fell backward like a grenade had hit, it represented a new Michigan team. That joyousness would’ve never happened the past three years, it was a celebration that could’ve only capped off this unexpected regular season. (Nov. 26, 2011)