You may have noticed at some point over the past few seasons that college football fanaticism, as it relates to games and records, is undergoing some changes. With the increase in available bowls, national exposure and ultimately, the whining of the Non-BCS schools for better representation, conference games are actually losing their classic importance. Big 10 teams are actually rooting for their natural rivals, because better records and performance by conference schools means a bigger piece of the pie for your school’s conference, and by extension, your school.
This is fine. It is the natural evolution of a sport in transition to pockets of intense rivalry in an almost club-like setting, to a national, well organized and intensely competitive sport. However, I believe everyone can see the day coming when the balance actually begins to tip in that direction too much. When the performance of a conference becomes so important that the next generation actually begins to become Big10 fans rather than Michigan fans. When the 10 years war loses its importance in history as Big10 vs SEC vs Pac10 takes over as the new rivalry.
This is not fine. College football should be dominated by devotion to a team, school colors, in some cases an Alma Mater or in others, the jersey you grew up cheering for with your dad on Saturday afternoons. And mark my words, that is disappearing. And it makes me sad.
But a solution does exist, in a sport much older than college football. Applause for Mr. Doubleday, if you please. Baseball has the solution. In fact, at one time, the Big10 embraced this solution. Only the conference champion went to the Rose Bowl. In baseball, only the top team in a division (wildcard excluded) goes to the playoffs, and it doesn’t matter how that division performed either. In college football, there are too many bowls, and too much politics involved in the postseason deciding process.
I’m sorry to the Non-BCS schools, but at large bids are destroying the game. They really are. I’m not saying we need a playoff or anything. In fact, a playoff based on some sort of subjective polls is a mistake. It decides nothing, as the NC game has already proven. We need to give every single bowl game a hard and fast conference alliance. This will spur intra-conference competitiveness and rivalries back to the forefront by removing the advantage gained by having a conference as a whole perform well or poorly. Furthermore, like baseball, if we then want to have an NC game (which I do), we ensure a much better mix of teams to choose from in the bowls (if it is arranged in a +1 setup). After all, if I have 6 teams from a certain conference in NC game eligible bowls, I’m pretty likely to end up choosing two of them, not because they’re the best, but because of sheer numbers.
So, football commissioners of America, lets learn from an older, unfailingly successful sport. Absolute and unflinching conference-bowl affiliations. Fewer bowls. More heated rivalries that turn areas of the country to lucrative war-zones than luke warm general affections for a conference. More good football. Less whining. Less crap.
There are a few spots on the defense that are up for grabs this fall. I would like to know who you think will win the starting job and why. Here are the positions - weakside defensive end, both outside linebackers, and both D-tackle spots.
Many things will happen between now and September, but here's how I think it will play out at DE. Even though Van Bergen looks like he's in the lead for the DE spot, I really think Craig Roh will impress. That kid showed a relentless motor in the All-American game that reminds me of Brandon Graham. He wasn't going against chopped liver in that game either.
Because Mike Martin flashed in the backfield all year last year, I really think he earns the #1 spot at DT. Second string will be a battle, but I'm not going to give Big Will the nod just yet. I think Sagesse will use his experience to beat him out for the second spot.
As far as outside linebacker, this one is tough because there are a few frosh safeties who project at this position that could push for PT. If the spring game is any indication, Jonas Mouton and Marell Evans will start at Will and Sam. (For those of you who don't know, "Will"=Weakside Linebacker, "Mike"=Middle Linebacker, and "Sam"=Strongside Linebacker. The strength of the defense is determined by either the wide side of the field or the strength of the offensive formation. Each team does things differently, and last year the field determined the strength for the UM defense. If the ball is on the left hash, the right is the strong side, and vice versa. Determining the formation strength can get complicated, but here is a simple version: if there is one tight end and he is lined up on the left side, that is the strong side.) If I had to bet, I think J.B. Fitzgerald wins out the weakside spot because of speed. Mouton stays at Sam.
What do you think??
So i know that this is a Red Wings fan dominated forum, BUT anybody else watch the Penguins vs. Canes game?
and watch Malkins third goal.
the no look backhand shot that went right upper ninety.
if you didn't see the shot,
make sure you look up the shot on ESPN or something, it is sick nasty.
The shot in the third period changed the game. First as a shot that opened up the game,
it was a huge momentum swinger, the Canes just looked lost and the rest of the game was played in their zone it seemed like.
The game was insane throughout the first period, Crosby opened the game up, and out of the first period, Canes were up 3-2, then the second period was almost the polar opposite, Penguins scored once to even it up, but other then that nothing happened until the last 8 seconds, when Penguins scored the go-ahead goal. Then the third period penguins scored 3 more times...including the amazing shot by Malkin. This shot rivals almost all great/historic shots. it was amazing. All I know is I had been watching and I just stood up and was like holy crap, and I called my family in and made them watch it. it was impressive. and yes, I am a penguins fan. not a hard core one, and it is nothing like my fandom of Michigan. but I enjoy watching them and will cheer for them.
Demetri Martin is an awesome comedian. Check out his show on Comedy Central, or many youtube clips, or even his albums to find out more.
Here we recount a recent joke about vests.
"Vests exist to protect you from things.
A life vest protects you from drowning.
A bullet-proof vest protects you from getting shot.
A sweatervest protects you from having a girlfriend."
This bit was much too enjoyable not to post here where there is a particularly refined enmity towards all things sweatervest-y.
For those who are uninitiated, Demetri Martin offers forth a brand of "nerd humor" which
one might suspect would be popular among the mgoblog crowd. Some other examples:
A friend asks "Do you have a Plan B if this comedian thing doesn't work out?"
Martin: "Hell no! I number my plans"
Another joke about batteries:
"It's a good thing they don't have 'B' batteries. If they did, it would sound like you were stuttering when you asked for them."
Finally, a random joke:
"I wish I lived next to Carnegie Hall. Then, if someone asked me how to get to my
house, I would just say 'Practice, practice, practice, and then take a left.'"
And yes, this really doesn't have much to do with football. Other disclaimers:
this was not written by Demetri Martin. This was not written with any real
objective at all. Well, maybe one: to get you to go look up some Demetri Martin
clips and enjoy them as much as I have. Is that so wrong?
Lo Wood will be choosing his college of choice next month, if all goes to plan. His recruitment has been up and down lately, after what seemed to be a big Michigan lean. The recruiting ride took a sharp turn after Lo took a visit to Notre Dame's spring game.
He came back from the trip ranting and raving about the experience, and declared that Notre Dame was tied with Michigan. It seems that somewhere along the way the Fighting Irish have taken over the lead. This isn't a done deal, and as I said, it has been a roller coaster decision. If Lo was choosing now, it seems he would pick Notre Dame.
I fully expect the full court press to be put on by the Michigan coaches, which could result in our favor. Lo Senior's relationship with former Notre Dame players have played a role, as well as the Irish coaching staff. Several recruits have told me that it doesn't look good with Lo. They were quick to retort with a few names they are confident with, that would definitely make the fans happy. Rashad Knight was one name that came up, and it seems to look good for now.
As I said, and as we have all seen, anything can happen. This isn't over yet, but it looks like Notre Dame may have the advantage. Stay tuned...
If you bear with RichRod, don't get to carried away with the guys who leave UM, and stand behind him, by the middle of the 2010 season you will see that Michigan football is BACK!!
When RR was hear in West Virginia he took a school that was nothing and he did put WVU football on the map.
For his efforts(AND results) he was treated like crap by an AD who was envious of his ability to bring in donations, as well as a former school prez who made promises to Rich that he had no intentions of delivering on. I mean, the former prez was known for nothing at WVU other than trying to give our governors daughter a degree, without EVER attending WVU!
I know you've had some players leave, we had many leave when he first arrived in Morgantown,too.
I know that nobody was happy with the on-field results up their last fall.
But consider this, Rich could have used the on-hand talent to play power football, with a dropback passing attack,and, could have won another game or three.
He could have,but, he is not built that way. He did there what he did in Morgantown. He put his system in, even without the style of players that fit his system.
Now, many linemen starters, as I know Rich, have the option-read responsibilities down and with Forcier he is on the way with a double-threat QB.
I bet he has, or Tony(Gibson) has put up posters or board writings likw, 'Those Who Stay Will Be Champions' or something like that.
I coached basketball where Tony G, btw, played his high school football. He's a friendly sort so if you guys get the chance get close to him. Hell of a guy!
Rich left West Virginia, even though WV fans say it was a 'lateral move' (b.s., I tell them), but he left because he is a coach that wants to own a national title.
Support him guys. They'll be a lot better as this season goes along and after some experience with his new offensive backfield, starting in 2010 UM will be as good as anyone and a fixture in the NC hunt.
Good luck guys,