also duty-free guys falling over and grabbing their shins
Let's say that Michigan wins it all this year. Crazy? Well if you bet on it today you'd probably be wealthy enough to pay for the movie production and secure the rights to the movie. I'm sure Bill Martin would come up with a quick 7-8 figure package deal overnight from a yacht in the Caribbean! Tasty!
But say Michigan won and a movie was made about this team and or about this year.......I mean what a year.......you lose to App St. Beat the former National Champions.....get a new coach but hes still kinda sorta dating his ex......it looks like infidelity and the ex wants some child support that daddy owes......and theres this crazy military like trainer guy and so on and so on....I thought I would start an open thread/diary to compare actors to player and actors to coaches. There are some obvious facial similarities here. So I will start off with the Coaching Staff. I will use the site IMDB to compare the actor and the MGOBLUE site to the coach and or player. One of the things I'm finding is that everyone is in agreeance that Harry Dean Stanton should play a retiring Lloyd Carr. Why this is I do not know? I was trying to think of opposing coaches or rivalry coaches..... I mean who would play Charlie Weis? Or sweatervest? These are tough questions to answer.......
Guest Appearance as Mike Barwis:
"The more physical attack will come under a new play-caller. Weis, who helped
guide the New England Patriots to three Super Bowls, has turned the
play-calling duties over to Haywood."
quote from Tom Coyne Assosicated Press
departure from the man who according to the national media (NBC)
announcers invented football, came up with the West Coast Offense,
cured cancer, and invented the modern forward pass.
Since i'm sure Weis spends no time with the defense, what does weis
do. Hand over his playbook after implementing his offesne in practice ,
which any guy who can dissect the NFL can give you. Well at least he's
good with the media and doesn't put his foot in his mouth. Oh wait to
hell with michigan. At least he inspirational. Um ok maybe not.
So the guy who led the New England offesne to 3 Super Bowls can't
even be counted on to beat Navy? Maybe like all of Notre Dame the hype
outweighs production and don't tell anybody but Bill Belichek is pretty
good and New England has been better (offensively) since he left.
However with Notre Dame will rebound with 8-9 wins because of Cupcake rich schedule and Weis will be considered a genius for putting aside his ego to let his offensive coordinator take over and everyone dies a little inside once more.
Information has value. Well aware of this, Coach Carr and his predecessors kept almost all information about the football team secured deep in a sub-basement of Schemblecher Hall behind a steel door with a left-handed combination lock. Fort Schemblecher. Sun-Tzuians should be proud of the minuscule amount of information our opponents could gather in order to “know” us. Just ask Florida.
On the other hand, Coach Rodriguez is giving away information like Santa passing out presents at an orphanage—there is something for everybody—videos, audios, pressers, one-on-ones, photo-ops, and lord knows what else. It’s feel good city for those who smoke, snort, or shoot Michigan football information, for Schemblecher Hall suddenly seems to have glass walls. The vault appears to be empty. And dusty.
Why is he squandering all this information when this has been the traditional time to start filling the vault for a new season? Rodriguez is a seasoned and successful coach who knows what he is doing. He is not running open practices for altruistic reasons. He is not running open practices for self-aggrandizement. He is not running open practices to satisfy your or my curiosity. He is running open practices to better win football games by spreading disinformation. There are smoke and mirrors on the practice field. Rather than burying his stock of information on the fifty-yard line in an old dill pickle jar, he is investing it in the information market with the expectation of increasing its value. He is trying to trick ‘em to get a leg up on ‘em.
What does this mean? In previous years we got little to no information. Now we have it coming out of our ears. The problem is all we learn is reliable but probably not truthful. We are getting smoked and mirrored, tricked, disinformated, and led astray along with Utah and Notre Dame. What we see and hear now is not going to be what we get. The only way to even come close to determining what we will see on the 30th is to wait until the game starts. Zontan may line up under center. We may have three quarterbacks in the game at the same time. Who knows? I have been saying that I don’t have any idea how Michigan will do this year, but that I am sure that they will be exciting. I am revising that upwards to exciting and surprising.
"...and it was refreshing last week to hear his players talk about the Oct. 25 clash
at Michigan Stadium." Refreshing??? That is ALL Sparty talks about, thinks about and wetdreams about.
Take your beatings and countdown clock back to E.L.; go to Rick's, burn some couches, trash your campus and spend the weekend in the clink.
From the Freep, via ESPN...
ESPN.com's Andy Rittenberg has found that even as the Spartans prepare for the
upcoming season, they have the Oct. 25 game against Michigan on their minds.
"I do not want to go through my whole college career without beating my rival
school," senior running back Javon Ringer said to ESPN. "That would be
The Spartans have not
beaten Michigan since 2001. Michigan State led 24-14 in the fourth quarter last
season but gave up two touchdowns to lose in East Lansing.
"It's imbedded in our minds and our
memories," safety Otis Wiley told ESPN. "We were close last year, been close in
all of our encounters. We need to be on top this year. We have the people and we
have the talent to do that.
"It's our top
priority right now. We want that one, and we want it bad."
Poor little brother, why must you obsess?
Here, for all who care to read (that includes both of you) are my current college football thoughts on the verge of a new season.
- With expansion to twelve regular season games and potentially one bowl game and one conference championship game, isn’t the yardstick of the “Ten-Win Season” getting a little watered down? Since everyone is playing their version of a MAC school for that extra game, we’ve moved the marker that used to be a nine-win season to a ten-win season. This is like gradeflation. I’m now calling it “recordflation.”
- With all the resources available at newspapers, why can’t they afford to have a beat-writer and an analyst (who actually analyzes interesting things?) Blogs have taken on many topics & issues that are pretty interesting, done some really good work. This blog especially. But a newspaper would have the resources to do it in a more rigorous and comprehensive fashion. How often has a blogger given up going further than 2001 because “data isn’t readily available”? This is in no way a knock on bloggers, they do great work with the tools they have, but mere confusion on my part at more traditional media outlets.
- Then again, they employ people like Drew Sharp, which is equally baffling. (Yes, that was a cheap shot. No, I’m not above a cheap shot.)
- Why do we, the fans, allow the farce that is the Coach’s poll? Here’s a guy who has a laser-like focus on the next opponent. He’s obsessive-compulsive to begin with, already likely skimps on time with his family. Sometimes sleeps in the filmroom… and we expect him to keep track of 25-30 games, arrange the teams in a sensible/rational order, not be political, file it Saturday or Sunday, *after* he’s just coached a game, possibly a night game, taped a coach’s show, and travelled? In reality, this gets handed off to a flunky with some macro-direction, and we should end the charade.
- What exactly would a modern athlete have to do to get his jersey retired? Look at Charles Woodson. Dominant, key to a National Championship, never lost to OSU, the first ever to win the Heisman as a primarily defensive player. His resume is impeccable, except that he didn’t stay for a fourth year. Almost any player even approaching that level as a junior would leave for the NFL. So what would a jersey-retiring resume look like? Are we just done retiring numbers?
- What will constitute basic success or failure for this upcoming season? Some years, this is a lot like the Supreme Court’s definition of pornography… “I can’t define it but I know it when I see it.” This season I think it’s pretty clear-cut. No bowl is a failure. Squeaking into a bowl game is par. Success is a bowl game plus anything extra: ND beatdown part IV, making Dantonio slap himself, JoePa flat-out retiring right after losing to us for the umpteenth time in a row, or a bowl win. Extreme success is me not dropping my newborn son as I use him for a prop describing how we gave OSU a freakin red-a$$ beatdown.
Surrounded by a sea of sugarcane, this poverty-ravaged town on the southeastern edge of Lake Okeechobee always has been one of the country's most fertile football areas.
It's a place where players chase rabbits from burning brush to gain speed, college coaches begin recruiting trips and Friday nights produce future NFL stars. Football is the main diversion in Belle Glade, aka "Muck City," a place so depressed it lacks a big discount store and even a movie theater.
Now football is being threatened.
When U.S. Sugar Corp. -- the nation's largest sugarcane producer -- agreed in June to sell its nearly 300 square miles of farmland to the state for $1.75 billion, the deal was touted as an environmental victory for the government's ongoing Everglades restoration project. But for the community, it's a big blow.
In what is already one of the country's poorest areas, about 1,700 U.S. Sugar employees will lose their jobs when the transfer to the state is consummated in six years. The rest of the local economy, which mostly supports U.S. Sugar and its employees, will also suffer.
"The only thing most people around here know how to do is grow sugar and play football," 70-year-old resident Jack Brown said. "Without sugar, there will be no football."
The town of about 15,000, which got its nickname from its soil's black muck, has football talent just as rich.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor, Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes and dozens of other current and former NFL players call Belle Glade home. The four major programs in the area -- Glades Central, Pahokee, Glades Day and Clewiston -- have combined to win 17 state championships. Glades Central, the best of the four, has won six titles.
Pahokee, eight miles north along the lake's shore, produced Arizona Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin among others. Glades Central and Pahokee have combined to send 48 players into professional football.
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