As we slide into another holiday season here at MGoBlog and, perhaps more importantly to many of us, the most meaningful iteration of The Game that we’ve witnessed in a decade, I think we should take a moment to look back and reflect about how wonderful this season has been for the most part and how the spirit of community seems to live on around our shared Internet home.
When Jim Harbaugh first landed at Detroit Metro on a cold December day in 2014, I don’t know that any of us really imagined just how sudden – in relative terms – the transformation of a floundering Michigan football program would be. I don’t know that many of us thought that, in his second year, we would walk into Columbus playing for a shot at the Big Ten Championship Game and quite likely a shot in the College Football Playoff, assuming all goes well. For myself, I figured we would get there, but a mere 23 months into his tenure? My estimate was admittedly more conservative. I am rather pleased that I am wrong on that one, of course.
I think that is definitely one thing we should all be thankful for – we’re nationally relevant, we are talked about daily in mostly positive terms and we have a team that we always knew could be good, but that it would take the right guidance and the right staff. That is what we’re seeing, this rapid transformation of talent into the best that it can be, taking the program to heights that many of us took for granted in years past. Hopefully, we never take it for granted again, having seen “the other side” of the football equation now.
As for the blog itself, for as many times as I sit here and threaten to ragequit the whole modding thing for various reasons, I don’t actually pull the trigger, and the reason I haven’t to date has much to do with the community here. This blog really is a unique one in sports, full of informative content generated by the staff and users alike. It attracts the highly engaged, well-educated fans which brings the level of discussion in a lot of threads to places that many other blogs could only dream of going. This blog is fun place to be of service, and I am thankful for that opportunity to be of service.
More importantly, of course, I think we should all be thankful for each other being here, as many of us have gotten one or two other users through some hairy moments in their MGoLife or MGoFandom, and that’s more a tribute to the professional and personal resources made available by simply having the contributors that we do. There’s a certain power in that which I feel cannot be underestimated, and despite personal differences and other things which might divide some of us, we seem to come together as Wolverines at all the right moments, and that’s hard for a lot blogs – let alone organizations – to achieve.
As you sit down with family this Thanksgiving to share a meal, share stories, or in my case, psychologically prepare yourself to be upset with the Lions, take a moment to remember that even in your online life, as an MGoBlogger and Michigan fan, you have so much more to be thankful for, and who knows? Perhaps those thoughts distract you from having to listen to the same stories being rehashed at the dinner table tomorrow. After all, I know which site many of us will be on when we can no longer take the tedium of some uncle our aunt or whatnot.
Have an excellent Thanksgiving and Go Blue,
Good evening, ladies and gentlement of MGoBlog.
As you may or may not have noticed, I have been absent from the wallpaper scene this year for the most part. I've been extremely busy with both work and life and haven't had some of the free-time to do wallpapers like I would like to. Well, this week I was sent to Kentucky for work and so I have had some evening free time - so you get a wallpaper from me for "The Game." Ok, enough stupid filler "me" content, and on to the wallpaper content.
I'm constantly struck by how much of Bo is in Jim Harbaugh. I think some of it is fabricated by my mind and others in the Michigan fanbase, but I also truly believe Bo had such a lasting impression on Jim that he tries hard to emulate Bo in many areas of coaching. For this week's wallpaper, I went with the sentimental approach rather than the "Beat Ohio" chest-pounding. While I love to talk trash about Ohio State, they are not who I am focusing on this week - focusing on your rival is for little brothers. I am focusing on The Game, and on Jim Harbaugh, and on Bo - all things that make Michigan that much more MICHIGAN in my mind.
There's no way I could know this, of course, but I like to think that Jim can hear his old coach giving him advice while he roams the sideline, grinning or growling, teaching or throwing things. I just imagine him hearing Bo curse when a flag is thrown, laugh at the futility of dealing with referees, and encourage his quarterback when he's down on himself - wanting to give in to doubt. I like to think that these things fuel Jim - that they give him some sort of supernatural serenity, an unnatural peace in the midst of the chaos that is gametime. I want so desperately for Bo's words to be prophetic.
"It's gonna be Michigan again...Michigan."
Damn it, Bo. We miss you. Jim misses you. This world took you away too soon. Here's to being "Michigan again." For Bo, for Jim, for the Team, and for all of us fans. I'm thankful to be a Michigan Wolverine. I'm thankful for a forum to express my unhealthy love for this game and for the Team that plays it so well. I hope you enjoy this wallpaper.
[David Zalubowski – AP]
A week after chaos reigned in college football, this was a return to normalcy. Most conference races remained unchanged and there were relatively few upsets. I was actually able to watch the biggest result of the week in person: Houston emerged from a funk to absolutely crush Louisville – a team that may have had a path to the playoff – on Thursday night, harassing Heisman frontrunner Lamar Jackson all game en route to a comfortable 36-10 win over the Cardinals. It was a great atmosphere and even though Tom Herman might not be in H-Town for long, DT Ed Oliver will be: he was utterly dominant against Louisville – and he’s just a freshman.
Anyways, I digress. On to the week that was:
--- In one of the most unexpectedly consequential games of the season, COLORADO responded to a 24-21 third quarter deficit against WASHINGTON STATE to score 17 straight points and emerge with a big home win to help keep their Pac-12 South hopes alive. Buffaloes QB Sefo Liufau briefly exited the game with an injury but returned and turned in an excellent performance with 345 passing yards as well as 108 yards on the ground – and three rushing touchdowns; Phillip Lindsay lost a fumble in the first half but wound up with 144 yards and two touchdowns of his own. Washington State QB Luke Falk threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns himself, but completed less than half his passes and turned it over on each of the last two Cougar possessions of the game. It was an impressive win for Colorado, especially after the defense stiffened in the fourth quarter after having conceded plenty of yardage and 28 points earlier in the game. They’re now a game ahead of USC in the division with a matchup against Utah next week; they don’t hold the tiebreaker against the Trojans after having lost to USC back in early October. Washington State still controls its destiny in the North with the winner-take-all Apple Cup against Washington next week.
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That awkward moment when you're watching the Western game and 2-8 Buffalo's backup QB throws vastly better ball than TOC
Dumbass Dantonio going for 2
Another perplexing decision. Maryland, Michigan, and now this.
I think it is fair to think Dantonio needs a health exam at his point.
Dantonio pooped his pants this year.
Bye bye O'Connor. God he's fucking terrible.
O'Cunter should pay back his scholarship in full.
One more ToC shit show to sit through
I'm surprised that wasn't completed because normally when you close your eyes and heave it that works.
Out coached and out hearted. So sad.
Can't handle how bad this team is.
Yeesh, what a train wreck. I worry this season is going to have lasting negative effects.
Time to hear more bk drivel in his pressed.
Their fans are much louder than ours.
I think he knows this is the last time he's going to coach at Notre Dame stadium.
We must have the most predictable routes in America
Can the band PLEASE stop playing The Imperial March? I'm begging!
Now let's watch another team celebrate on our field once again.
VT says no bowl for you
I don't know about you guys, but I'm ready for this season to be over.
How in the flying **** did he get that first down holy ****ing **** I am melting down worse than Notre Dame with a 2nd half lead.
It's official, we are the laughing stock of the B1G. What an embarrassment of a season.
Best thing about Rutgers football - no traffic after the game.
Ash did say this would be a throwaway season...I wasn't expecting him to plan on making that a complete reality. Its like they made a conscious effort to not score this year.
224-0 (so far) against four conference rivals. Seriously, this team is embarrassing.
At least PSU didn't run up the score
Their RBs are stronger than our linemen.
The band would have left the game if they weren't forced to stay.
We should have kept Flood until we had enough money to hire a proven coach.
I swear it looks like some of our players didn't play high school ball
Matt millen is a homer douche
Even Chattanooga scored 3 on Alabama
Today was like one of those days after you broke up with your girlfriend in high school.
This is horse shit
That was a bad game.
LSU ruins thanksgiving again before it even starts.
There is no way LSU is coming back from this.
Heartless, gutless, performace
Can we get a turnover? Please?
The scarlet letter of the day is F, for Fuck
Somewhere Jeremy Foley is laughing his ass off and having a drink with Greg Stankey
After all the shit talk this LSU team looks like dog shit
O line coach needs to be punched in the Dick.
Looks like Les Miles is coaching
Sorry...but the o-line needs to be put on a Greyhound for the trip home. A plane trip does not give them enough time to think about that performance.
Just a complete collapse. So disappointing to witness.
I bet Joey Galloway and Booger are happy
Bye bye heisman
Well at least next year we play Murray and Kent state and Purdue so we can beat the hell out of them and continue with the charade of being an elite team.
Is there something stronger that someone can recommend that pure grain ? That is not doing the trick.
We are winning the TOP stat -- and we have more TOs -- oh wait, that's a bad stat to have more of, right
The O-Line should be arrested.
My 4 and 7 year old nieces could run through our Oline right now
Lamar just fumbled heisman
I'm so jealous of how well Houston holds on to the ball
When Lamar loses Heisman, it will go down as the biggest choke job in the history of Heisman winners
Just delete this thread. It makes me want to puke
When the pain returned after my vasectomy I thought that $#@! hurt. But I sit here watching the post game presser. Vasectomy wasn't $#@!
Both of the Kansas fans somehow got the goalpost down.
Watching our team try to beat Kansas is pretty sad
Boosters $#@!ing blowing phones right now to Perrin and Hermans agent
Stop calling Charlie a great man. He's a goddamn thief committing felony larceny from a State university.
snapped the goal post like they snapped it off in our ass
I miss mudholing people
Intoxication check, how hammered is everyone after that $#@!show earlier. Making my way thru a bottle of Bullitt.
Somebody get him a therapy pony.
This season is gonna give new bevo childhood leukemia.
Can we fire him before he even gets off the bus, Lane Kiffin-style?
Lane Kiffin called Charlie and told him not to get on the bus.
I'm not even gonna try to $#@! my wife tonight
---Tag me in. I've gotta lot of anger to burn off.
At this point all recruits are recommitting elsewhere. All 2 of them
If Patterson would have given Charlie an IQ test none of this would have happened
Charlie, just point your car in any direction other than Austin and keep on driving.....
"It is pleasant, when the sea is high and the winds are dashing the waves about, to watch from the shores the struggles of another" -Livy
(sorry, having trouble with the Imgur links, working on it)
In his Ticket Watch post, as a way to secure a lower price, Seth stated "especially if you can successfully hide your Michigan fandom."
I went to the MSU game without a ticket, and, without any worry that I would find one at a reasonable price.
Let's get to know our upcoming opponent the Ohio State Buckeyes!
Click on the player's name to bring up their picture. HINT: Set width to 150 when posting the image
In case you ever wondered how buckeyes were made....