I thought that myself when I read that article that talked about a Data Scientist(tm)
Maybe I am being homer and letting my emotions play into this a little too much but, after the Illinois loss, I was having a difficult time finding another victory on the schedule before this weeks game against the suckeyes. I know I might sound dumb considering we should have been able to beat Purdue, but for some reason I just felt it wasn't going to happen until now.
Now, I am a storybook kind of guy and believe (for the most part), in happy endings. After my dream last night I just had to write about it and share it with you all. I believe that this week will be the week where the program rights the ship.
The past 2 seasons minus the ND victory (which feels so long ago) have been the most trying seasons any Michigan fans or teams should have to endure. I am assuming you all feel as I do in that, this is Michigan, 3-9 followed by a potential 5-7 are utterly and completely not acceptable. (These records BTW, IMO are okay with the situation and roster at hand.)
Rich Rodriguez (hate him or love him), has endured as much bad Karma and unfair treatment then any coach I can remember off the top of my head. I think this Saturday will be the day where he finally gains that acceptance from the fan base and the majority of the media (excluding the FREEP because they blow anyways).
In my dream last night we played an instant classic coming down to the wire. The team was playing in its most collectively well played game we've seen in the past 2 years. Late in the fourth quarter Minor plows one in to put us up for good. In waning moments of the game as OSU desperately tries to win the outright Big Ten title, BG blows past Boren putting Pryor on his back causing the fumble, which is recovered by BG as well. He gets up holding the ball to the sky running off the field. Tate and the offense come out to take the victory formation, while RR gets a well deserved cooler shower on the sidelines.
In the aftermath we will receive commits from all the top guys on our board, go dominate a MAC team in the bowl game and head into next season ready to bust open and show that Michigan football is back!!!
Sorry for the rambling but I am just so damn psyched for Saturday, GO BLUE!!!
So, I was thinking about the game this Saturday and I was wondering to myself what would I sacrifice if i could guarantee a Michigan victory this weekend.
I decided that money wouldn't be part of my considerations because losing money isn't equivalent to the rage, humiliation, pain, spiritual agony that I'm trying to trade with my pagan football gods - they don't accept cash.
I decided on several things that I would choose to do if it would mystically ensure victory:
- break my leg
- piss my grandmother's (or any of my relatives) grave
- total my car
- get punched in the face
- get banned from my favorite bar
- get stabbed (just a little)
- get arrested
So, here's hoping for a great Friday night! When I get bailed out early Saturday evening, I hope to hear reports of a shocking victory in Ann Arbor.
So, tell me loyal MGoReaders, what would you give to have Michigan win?
How many of you believe in spooky, other-worldly happenings going on today?
(everybody who believes in psychokinesis, raise my hand).
No? Well tell me, how many of you at least believe in coincidences?
For you skeptics, consider:
Mark Twain was born and died on the day of two successive Halley's Comet appearances 75 yrs apart;
A falling baby was saved twice by the same man;
2 brothers were killed while riding the very same moped by the same taxi driven by the same driver - and even carrying the very same passengers;
Louis XVI, previously warned by an astrologer to stay home on the 21st day of each month, since that was not his lucky number, ended up being arrested, deposed and executed by guillotine on the 21st day of each month.*
Well, if that’s not enough for you, get ready for the next entry into the book of strange coincidences: The second “Upset of the Century.”
The OSU game on Saturday will be played on the 40th anniversary of what has been termed: the upset of the century in ’69.
Then, UM had been a college football power but recently had fallen on hard times, including, in the past 6 years, a 2-victory season and 3-victory season (like now)
Michigan was in the process of rebuilding (like now)
The game involved a coach who had recently come to Michigan (like now)
He was a young coach, in his 40s. (like now)
He was known for his teams’ running attack. (like now)
He had a conditioning program far more rigorous than any the players had been exposed to before. (like now)
He had many sideline outbursts. (like now)
He had come from outside of Michigan, from a state bordered by the major tributary of the Mississippi River (like now)
That year, UM had already lost to its other rival, MSU, on the road. (like now)
The Wolverines had been humiliated the year before in Columbus (like now)
OSU was known for its strong defense: (like now)
Nobody gave Michigan a chance: Ohio State was favored by 17 points (about same as this year’s game)
What happened in the actual game?
The Buckeyes had committed an unheard-of seven turnovers on the day, six interceptions and a fumble, which occurred on the final clinching play and involved a player named …(what do you think?)
--you guessed it
Wait, it only gets more interesting……
An article once made it widely known that Pryor was cast in the role of Superman before he played his first down at Ohio State.
What is not well known, however, is that Pryor thereby became part of another series of coincidences, later termed the notorious Superman curse. It’s a curse that’s spelled doom for the creators and producers of Superman, as well as many of its costars (Marlon Brando, Mariel Hemingway, Margot Kidder) and so-called Superman stars George Reeves, who committed suicide and Christopher Reeve, who became quadriplegic and died from its complications.*
In addition, Marlon Brando’s son, shortly after a Superman episode, shot and killed the lover of his half-sister, then claimed the shooting was not a crime.
(like Terrelle Pryor saying: “everybody kills”).
Moreover, one of the villain’s in Superman III became drug addicted, almost died in a fatal accident, then developed a demyelinating neuromuscular disorder
(Terrelle’s father has a demyelinating neuromuscular disorder).
What was the poor villain’s last name????
Hearing of all these strange coincidences, and fearing that the Superman curse will lead Terrelle Pryor to a game-ending fumble as occurred in 1969, OSU coach Jim Tressel this week has been furiously pouring over not game films but old episodes of Superman. He has the complete collection, anyway, since he always did kinda like guys wearing capes and tights.
Recently, however, rumors of a successful exorcism for a curse had spread far and wide, even to the most backward, primitive, illiterate societies on the continent..finally…even to Columbus, Ohio. It was then that Tressel learned about how Boston ended the Curse of the Bambino. Recall that the Red Sox opened Fenway park on the day the titanic sunk and after the year the team sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees, had an 85 year spell without a championship, while the Yankees won 24. Bostonians who had already suffered flashbacks of the British invasion centuries ago, were then having flashbacks about a ground ball going through the legs of Bill Buckner, leading them to blow their Championship hopes in ’86. So, they hired Father Guido Sarducci to sprinkle holy water on the Green Monster (the gargantuan left field wall) and exorcise the spirit haunting Fenway park. Father Guido told to Boston Faithful not to expect immediate results. He was right. Nothing happened for fifteen years. Finally, however, the exorcism worked, Boston won a title. The Curse of the Bambino had been vanquished.
Accordingly, in anticipation of a repeat of 1969, Tressell called Father Guido. He asked him to go to AA for an exorcism of on the eve of The Game. Father Guido agreed that an exorcism was badly needed, especially since Goss' halo had been removed from the stadium. Unfortunately, Father Guido told the OSU faithful that he has a different kind of "prior" engagement. He’s been asked by ND not only to remove the spirit of Charlie Weiss but also his body. And regrettably, Father Guido’s already paid for his equipment: 24-a foot Ryder truck.
So, it looks like OSU is as doomed as poor Charlie.
Stick a fork in ‘em.
The spirit lives.
All that we need the team to do is to write the next entry in this remarkable story of coincidences—a W in the record book for 2009.
So remind Pryor that the 21st of the month was not only a bad hair day for Louis XVI, who was arrested, deposed and guillotined on that day. Make Nov 21 a memorable day for TP too.
So Put Pryor on his Posterior!!
So, Peter King made a somewhat interesting comparison of Brady's college stats at Michigan and Brian Hoyer's (Brady's only current backup) at Michigan State. I have no problem with that, and he specifically said he is NOT saying Hoyer is the next Tom Brady. HOWEVER, I do have a bit of a problem with King elevating MSU to the status of Michigan's "Big Ten arch-rival." Rival? Fine. Arch-rival? No. Link below, if you want to weed through the MMQ.
till The Game.
Is there such a thing as off season bulletin board material? If so this ought to motivate the players and coaches as they work at building this program. Bob Hunter in the Columbus Dispatch (http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/11/23/osufb_hun...):
Put it this way: Ohio State-Michigan has suddenly begun masquerading as an OSU-Toledo game, a switch not without a touch of irony considering the Wolverines lost to Toledo this season.
But the rivalry is tottering not simply because Michigan has had an embarrassment or two, or because of an unprecedented five consecutive OSU wins in the series, or because Michigan has just finished the season 3-9, or even because the Buckeyes hammered their hapless rivals 42-7 yesterday in Ohio Stadium.
It is tottering because the Wolverines looked so weak yesterday that it's hard to imagine they're looking at a quick fix. This is a team so bad that even the rivalry couldn't lift it up, and this is a rivalry that injects so much emotion in the game that it sometimes makes mediocre teams look pretty good.
Rich Rodriguez is a good coach, but he's not Moses. After Michigan's woeful performance in the Horseshoe, it seems clear that for Rodriguez to lead his team out of the Big Ten's second division -- not even one of college football's lower-middle-class neighborhoods these days - it's going to take more than a few top recruits.
Hunter goes on to all but predict that Ohio State wins the next two meetings. And then gets in a litte dig:
Some rivalry, eh?
If this keeps up, those little gold pants Ohio State players receive for winning the Michigan game may eventually become worthless trinkets around here. They used be rare as a gold doubloon. Now they're like loose change. Fifth-year seniors have five pairs.
The Buckeyes fans are clearly enjoying things. But you have to think this kind of talk will serve as good motivation for Rich Rodriguez and the Wolverines as they work to regain their winning ways and the respect that comes with it.
File this away for the future.