"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
Game column coming.
The finale. WolverineHistorian has put together a highlight reel from OSU 1989, Bo's last home game:
Ha ha. Horrible quality, but this is the ND spoof AD SNL ran this weekend:
Sweet fancy fortune. The statistically inclined will look upon this as potential bad news:
Michigan entered Saturday ranked third nationally in forcing turnovers.
And the Wolverines weren't intimidated by facing one of the Big Ten's most prolific offenses Saturday, producing four more takeaways to push their season total to 23 in a 48-21 victory.
("Most prolific" against awful teams, sure, but whatever.) Michigan is now second only to Cincinnati in takeaways -- the Bearcats have 25. The theory around these parts has always been that there's very little a defense can do that consistently produces turnovers other than rush the passer. Michigan's done that extremely well -- 9th in sacks at 3.43 -- but even three and a half sacks a game can't explain 25 turnovers with almost half a season left to go. Michigan's remarkable turnaround* on defense is partially due to fortune. Against teams that can pass block, things will look considerably more grim.
One potential mitigating factor: despite having Mike Hart, Michigan has already lost eight fumbles via a combination of backups with oily hands, Mallett-related snap pratfalls, and the occasional blindsided quarterback.
*(And it has been pretty remarkable. Since Oregon, the first string D has given up 0, 9, 16, 10, and 7 points. Purdue's TD drive was five yards; Penn State had a field goal drive that started at the Michigan 35.)
Hey, buddy, leave some for the fish.
Jim Carty grumbles about Lloyd Carr's latest outburst of crotchety old-manness:
Hard to understand why he would be after whipping up on Purdue and Joe Tiller 48-21, but University of Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr was particularly cranky Saturday afternoon, especially toward our own beat writer, John Heuser.
At one point Carr accused John of asking too many questions, which would be understandable if, you know, the point of a press conference wasn't to ask questions.
Michigantailgate.net says NSFMF(!):
First off, I did not hear Carr say that Heuser was asking too many questions. It was more like "Is there anyone else who has some questions?" after Heuser machine gunned nine consecutive questions without stopping during the press conferenceâ€“possibly more. Maybe Heuser ought to just take his turn when asking questions instead of dominating the press conference scene . . .
This is accurate, as anyone who viewed MLive's own video of the PC knows. The reason Heuser got cut off is because he 1) asked a million questions all right in a row and 2) pressed Carr for injury information he was not going to give out like four times straight. If Carty is mystified about Heuser's treatment it says more about Carty and the media's thin skin than Carr.
Baseball? Yeah. A commenter pointed out this ESPN article from the summer that slipped by my radar. A uniform start date goes into effect this year, rosters are going to be much smaller, and scholarships can be no smaller than 0.25. The former will definitely help Northern teams; everyone seems crabby about the last two changes.
Etc.: The Michigan library has put together a Bo exhibit that starts the 19th.
Carr Pt 1:
Carr Pt 2:
A quick one... hockey at 5:30.
Anti-crony. Les Miles has the top defense in the country and possibly the top defensive coordinator, and this is how it came about:
Ask any player or coach, and they'll tell you Pelini couldn't be a better fit at LSU. Head coach Les Miles said he knew he'd gotten a gem when he plucked Pelini away from Oklahoma following the 2004 season.
Miles was the head coach at Oklahoma State when Pelini was at Nebraska. After watching game tape, Miles thought he'd figured out a way to expose the Cornhuskers' defense.
"But when we played them," Miles said, "they ended up using a totally different scheme. They beat us, and after that I started watching more and more of their film. He was coming up with different plans every week. Each game it evolved."
Miles knew he wanted that kind of strategist on his staff, and he was also impressed by the newspaper articles he read about the way Nebraska's players got behind Pelini and urged the administration â€“ albeit unsuccessfully â€“ to hire him as their head coach.
"Those players wanted him to be there, and that said a lot," Miles said. "At that point I had never met him, but I knew I wanted him on my staff."
This is, as I've said, slightly different than our current approach, at least on the offensive side of the ball. I've had a few
Hey, that's great, you're insane. Annette Legion, Alex Legion's mother, is bats. Seriously:
"I had no clue Kentucky was a basketball school. No clue," Annette Legion said. "But God knew."
When asked about God's interest in her son, she quietly, almost as an aside, made a startling claim.
"Me being a prophet, he has truly ordered my son's steps," she said matter-of-factly.
Ha ha, lolmsm, that must be taken out of conte--
"I'm a prophet," she said, "someone who can prophesize about your future and what's going on in your life."
Although she has more important concerns, especially now as an evangelist for a Lexington church, Legion volunteered a look into the basketball future that's sure to please the Wildcat faithful.
"The Lord has shown me: They're going to the Final Four," she said, before adding a qualifier, "providing they play together."
Was this a prophecy? A prediction? Merely wishful thinking?
"I have spoken these things into existence," she said. "It's not by accident that my son is here and now the Final Four is in Michigan."
She's moved down to Lexington, where she's "employed" at a church that has 25 parishioners. Sketchy!
Oh, the love. I linked an EDSBS parody post on the upcoming BC-ND game on the sidebar, then checked the comments at Orson's urging. Said comments are delightful because they're full of people who don't get that this daywalker pictured didn't actually write the thing, once again proving that the NDNation mentality is impossible to parody. You can write whatever crazy insanity about "Our Mother" you want, and someone has already seen your batshit and gone all-in over the top. Meanwhile...
You stay classy, South Bend.
Meanwhile, Charlie Weis answers a question about motivation:
So this is not a motivation factor?
"No, no personal motivation factor. I think the most important thing is that we have one win and we're trying to get number two. I have to be concerned with our program; I can't be concerned with theirs. I think that's really the biggest motivation driving me."
I love this; he answers this question about motivation about himself. There is no coach with a higher I:we ratio in the history of football; Weis takes all that "rah team" crap and inverts it into "rah me".
More "chemistry." Nate Fenno has an update on the scathing quotes from media day about the outgoing seniors and their complete lack of giving a crap. Brent Petway:
"There were a couple times we weren't playing too hard. There were some people who weren't giving us their maximum effort," Petway said. "When you try to be a good teammate and tell them to pick it up, it's just in people's heads that they don't want to do it."
"(Last year's seniors) were more concerned with what other people were doing instead of themselves. That was the biggest problem. ... I've already noticed in open gyms this year it's more of a winning attitude than a me attitude. If C.J. (Lee's) got the hot hand, we're going to feed the flame until the flame is dead. That's what we lacked last year."
"The coach is the nucleus and we revolve around him. If he demands more than we do ourselves, we're willing to work for it. I think we have a good connection there. I think being on the same page is key."
Worst. Coach. Ever.
Charles Woodson ...is a walking Heisman:
Robinson: So where is your Heisman nowadays?
Woodson: My mother keeps it.
Robinson: Do you ever have the urge to carry that thing around on vacation like hockey teams do when they win the Stanley Cup?
Woodson: Nah, that's not something I feel like I need to be taking anywhere. It's a pretty special trophy, but it's pretty heavy at the same time. It's good where it's at. I don't need to be riding around with that thing and then have something happen and the trophy is in the car with me. I don't need that.
Robinson: I don't know, I think if I had won the Heisman I would buy a backpack and just carry that thing around everywhere I went.
Woodson: (Laughing) Well, I'm a walking Heisman, you know?