Mike Lantry, 1972
Well, here I go trying to make my own mini-blog space. Hopefully it will be a version of the former MZone's know your foe.
First about me. I am a long time wolverine fan (circa 1978) living just across the border from South Bend, Indiana. You know, "those guys". The "Fighting Irish". I drive by the campus twice a day, too and from work. It's not as bad now, I used to drive by staduim before they rerouted traffic. My friend, a ND fan, lives in one of the few houses that you can see the Golden Dome from the state of Michigan. You get the picture.
Enough about me, here is what is going on behind enemy lines....
Well Notre Dame had their fantasy football camp where rich white guys can pay big bucks to pretend to be Rudy.
The South Bend Tribune runs the typical college town articles, unless your name is Ann Arbor News (Zing!). One of the more recent ones was the meh recruiting so far this year.
"It's shaping up as a good year, but not a great year, like last year," Lemming said. "This is going to be more of a complementary class. And that's all Notre Dame needs, really, but they need to finish strong. I think they've been slow to pull the trigger on some guys (in terms of offering scholarships). And that has hurt them."
Other than that, kids comming in for conditioning workouts like everywhere else.
I am already starting my mojo to try and score some tickets for this year's game.
If you guys haven't made your way to Jay Paterno's blog on Barack Obama's website, do so now as it is a must read. Well, not his blog, but the hilarious comments that ensue:
Jay actually responds to a few of the Penn State fans that are dogging him for blogging on a Friday morning when he should be working on improving PSU's horrifyingly bad offense. After a few responses it appears that Jay gives it up and the comment section totally explodes with mockery. We even get comments from famous guests such as Anthony Morelli, Zack Mills and Rich Rod!! Woooo!
Let me start off by saying that I don't necessarily believe in what I am about to say. I don't disagree either, however. It is simply something that crosses my mind from time to time when the bowl season comes around and people start their yearly clamoring for a playoff system. Basically, why is that people assume that the BCS system is wrong so often. The most common argument is that the game is played by people and the champion should be decided by people.
The logical fallacy, however, is that people are more skilled than computers to make the call of which teams are better than others. This is rather arrogant of us as humans. Granted humans are arrogant in general (heck some people even think that they are important enough that their actions have an impact on the global climate that has been around and developing for millions of years). The main problem with the BCS system isn't the fact that the MNC is decided by computers - the problem is the algorithms that are used to determine said champion.
What algorithm should be used to determine the national champion? I have no idea. There are, seemingly, infinite stastics that could be taken into account when determining a champion. Somewhere out there, though, I am sure a perfect formula does exist to determine a true national champion. Anytime a decision needs to be made, regardless of circumstance, math can be applied to aid in the decision and come out with the proper answer - football should be no different.
Until this golden formula is discovered we are stuck with lousy algorithms and biased humans. So heck, let's just have a playoff already - for now at least it has to be better than the alternatives.
An ongoing project I'm putting together, this is a compilation of mainstream media articles in which Michigan is baselessly and inexplicably classified as a team in ruins. I don't expect the Wolverines to be in anyone's Top 10, don't get me wrong. But if you're going to make a point of writing that Michigan is "in the 40s and falling" in your Spring Top 25, at least one line of textual support would seem appropriate.
http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=403529 Michigan “in the 40s and falling” in post-spring poll.
http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=405647 Michigan one of 5 teams “in reverse.”
http://cfn.scout.com/2/744200.html Ohio State a “likely loss,” no “almost certain wins.”
http://www.sportsline.com/collegefootball/story/10810054/3 Michigan won’t win the Big Ten, beat Ohio State, get to a January 1st bowl,or get to any bowl for that matter
I know it's early and that the Vest has 23 commits already, but is there any concern out there that we don't have enough 4 star DE's and OL in the funnel for the 09 class?
Per VB: It looks like we have 6 OL offered and 2 DT offered. We actually have 10 DE's offered at this point (9 of them are rated 4 and 5 stars). Just not sure how many of them are actually wanting to come to Michigan. Any thoughts on who we might see commit to the Wolverines in this group?
I hear fans form opposing schools all the time (mainly the sparty grads.) that fans of U of M that did not go to school at Michigan can not be fans. You have to go to or have graduated from Michigan to support or be a huge fan of them. This really pisses me off because I LOVE Mich. Football (and all sports). Not that I care because it has not changed the way I feel... I played football in High School and was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend football camp at Michigan (won the tug of war contest in '95 - i know sweet huh?). Anyway, I fell in love with the Michigan Football program. I was able to hear Bo speak, meet players, learn the tradition, etc... Unfortunately, I was not good enough to earn a "ride" to U of M (I played D3), and to lazy to get good enough grades to get accepted. Since then I have been a HUGE fan of the program...
Anyway, I wondered what some of you graduates of Michigan thought about this?
Thansk, Cougar blue
Thanks everyone for commenting on my post! Well, I have to get to Wal-Mart.. need to get my t-shirts and such for the fall... but while I am there I will double check to see if they sell MSU stuff as well... they do it was right next to the t-shirts that my Little brother wears!
Go Blue! Maybe I will see you at the Big House this Fall!