Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
All things Michigan
[Ed: bump for epic and because I'm still waiting for my video to convert. UFR ETA 5:30?]
Troy Woolfolk Injured
I wonder to myself
Could life ever be sane again
As many of us looked forward to the season, we hoped against hope for some sort of improvement in the defense. That hope was shattered on a Tuesday afternoon in fall practice. A dislocated ankle ended his season before it ever got started. Brian used the dreaded "just jump already" tag.
antidaily summed up the feelings of many in one simple picture
Michigan 30, Connecticut 10
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Take me out tonight
where there's music and there's people
who are young and alive
After the long off-season, the moment was finally here. The defense forced a three and out and Denard Robinson led the team onto the field. What followed can best be summed up by Wolv84 in the Liveblog;
I have this insanely stupid grin on my face right now.
And if a double-decker bus
crashes in to us
to die by your side
is such a heavenly way to die
Michigan 28, Notre Dame 24
A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours
A rush and a push and the land that
we stand on is ours
It has been before
so it shall be again
In a game that seemed destined to end in a frustrating loss like so many before in this series, Michigan pulled it out. The Wolverines overcame a 95 yard touchdown pass to a Notre Dame tight end. They overcame a botched call that awarded Notre Dame a touchdown. Denard Robinson led his teammates on an epic 72 yard drive, capped off by a tremendous throw to Roy Roundtree on the penultimate offensive play.
That smile disarmed skepticism.
I was going to let my skepticism overwhelm, to wait until it was obvious that 2010 was not going to be 2009, but I lasted two games. I'm in the tank again.
Ooh, I think I'm in love
Ooh, I think I'm in love
Ooh, I think I'm in love
Michigan 42, Massachusetts 37
Who and what to blame?
anything is hard to find
when you will not open your eyes
when will you accept yourself?
Dave from the Liveblog took this to heart.
why the negativity guys? we knew this was our defense. Denard's meteoric rise to beasthood does not change our defensive expectations
Meanwhile, others like Mike were calling for Greg Robinson to be fired before it was cool.
Gamore weighs in:
I sat in my room and I drew up a plan
but plans can fall through as so often they do
and time is against me now
Michigan 65, Bowling Green 21
What Difference Does It Make?
So what difference does it make?
it makes none
In a game where all three quarterbacks scored touchdowns and combined to go 23/26, it really didn't matter which quarterback played.
In any case, it certainly looks like Michigan is more loaded at quarterback than they've ever been.
Jordan A - "All three quarterbacks looked excellent"
While we constantly reminded ourselves "this is Bowling Green", watching 3 quarterbacks lead the team to 721 yards was impressive. After hearing that Denard Robinson was not seriously injured, mgobloggers were able to step back from the ledge. The Big Ten season loomed and hope was high.
Michigan 42, Indiana 35
These Things Take Time
These things take time
I know that I'm
the most inept that ever stepped
Ben Chappell's +27 performance was the second-best overall QB performance of the year, and he now has three top-40 games.
Great effort by the kids on D today. I just wanted to start a thread to give it up for the guys who played defense today. It wasn't their best game but they played their butts off and gave all they had for the university we love. They could've given up 50 points today but they gave up 35, and that was good enough to win.
At this point, most of us knew what we were dealing with. The defense doesn't have much talent. While there were some knee-jerk reactions, most of the blog's users understood that the defense was very young and there was no quick fix.
Michigan State 34, Michigan 17
Stop Me If You Think That You've Heard This One Before
Stop me, oh, stop me
Stop me if you think that you've heard this one before
Michigan lost to the Michigan State Spartans for the third time in a row, for the first time in 40 years. As for mgoblog users,
The pain was enough to make a shy, bald, Buddhist reflect and plan a mass murder
Iowa 38, Michigan 28
That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
Well, I'm afraid it doesn't make me smile
I wish I could laugh
but that joke isn't funny anymore
it's too close to home
and it's too near the bone
kb (liveblog) - "I need a good joke – not defense related"
Warren Goon (liveblog) – "the field goal kicking is beyond a joke – how is it even possible that it's that bad?"
The Mathlete predicted a Michigan win while other prognosticators all suggested that the game would be very close. (except for mistersuits, who was deadon).
Penn State 41, Michigan 31
Suffer Little Children
Over the moor, take me to the moor
Dig a shallow grave
And I'll lay me down
I'm not even going to quote these threads. It was a depressing moment in Michigan history.
It's always darkest before the dawn.
Michigan 67, Illinois 65
Is It Really So Strange?
Oh, is it really so strange?
I say no, you say yes
(But you will change your mind)
We saw a game that necessitated the creation of Communist Football's fantastic list of Records Broken In Illinois Game. Was this strange? You say yes, but I say no. You will change your mind. With an offense this good and a defense this bad, this isn't really so strange.
Picture from Blazefire
I pride myself on being reasonable in most situations, but in this game I said "I HATE EVERYONE" (after the first wheel route) and "I LOVE EVERYONE" (after the Gallon pass that was eventually called back on holding) in the liveblog. In the end, all that needs to be said is in the Illinois Game: Your Favorite Moment thread.
UM browser themes. Dig it.
With UConn knocking on our door and with the with the wolverines preparing for another big debut, I cannot but think that our current record is 0-0 and the sky is the limit. Yes, I do believe that probabilities kick into action at this stage, but that in no way means we should look at the cup as half empty rather than half full.
Michigan has a chance and its a pretty good one this year, these kids have proved that it is possible to make something out of nothing and the 2008 team is the embodiment of that. I live in Jordan, that is a 13 hour flight from Ann Arbor, I thought I wanted to go watch a game to see who this new coach is, and how he will lead our team, and I did, I decided to watch his first Big 10 opener, THE Wisconsin game!!
Michigan was down big in the first half, I was sitting next to my friend’s dad, who bleeds and lives for the Maize and Blue, he looks at me and says “Nasser, should we just leave?”, I could never leave a Michigan game, I have to wait for that final whistle, so my answer was, “sir, we stay, and we see history either way, either Michigan has its worst loss ever or it has it biggest comeback ever, either way we’re watching history in the making!” So we stayed and we watched and we won, and we cried and I will always thank the likes of Threet, Mathews, Brandon Graham, McGuffie, and off course Rich Rod for that memory. The true hope that I had going into that game was to see the wolverines win, but really, you remember what that team was made of, freshmen, transfers and walk-ons. I’m not even sure we had enough scholarship players to field a team. But who cares, those players played their hearts out and won. In 2009, I saw these things in many of the new players, Tate wanted to win so bad, Robinson works so hard to make it, those DBs bleed Maize and Blue and the same applies to everyone else on this team. They signed up for a roller-coaster ride and they are having the time of their lives.
I’m not the ultimate optimist, but I’d love to be, but the real reason I am writing this is to bring up an important point. Rich Rod is bringing out the best in Michigan ( I know what a lot of people will say, Winning is what is best at Michigan!!) But Michigan really is about heart, about pushing the limits and making miracles happen, yes we might lose a game or 2 or 9 in the process, but that should in no way shoot down our pride and the pride of a great great program. And should in no way belittle a coach who really is putting his heart and soul into this job.
He is not intentionally losing and he’s not stupid that he doesn't know the formula for winning, its just that everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Think about it, he takes over and a bunch of players leave the team, including a future Heisman candidate at QB, an All-American OL, a bunch of great receivers and an All-Star graduating class. Michigan was going to walk into rebuilding mode regardless of a change of coach, add to that the extra player attrition and are left with something that resembles a 1-AA team, I’m pretty sure that if we would’ve played App State again in 2008, that with the players we had on the team they would have actually had a better poll of talent, and THAT was Rich Rod’s inheritance.
So as to stay focused on what is to come, and more hopeful than many, I go back to that Wisconsin game and believe with every little beat in my heart that Michigan today can still be a miracle team and Rich Rod can bring out the heart in those players. In no way can I boldly predict whether or not Michigan will win today, next week or in November, but I will tell you this, I am pretty sure those players and that coaching staff will die just for a W, and those my friends are the true Michigan men.
Hail to the Victors and GO BLUE
http://nmajali.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d1n6brq (Players celebrating after the final whistle)
Essentially, Fiutak thinks we're gonna win 7 games and RR is gonna get canned.
OK, so this has been discussed on here before some in terms of how terrible the sports talk radio shows are in the Detroit area. My question is this: Are there ANY good options for me to listen to on my drive home? I cannot stand the hacks on 97.1 and 1130 with Sharp makes me want to put a gun in my mouth. I can't get 1050 for some reason (I get better reception of 1050 in the Lansing area than I do in Royal Oak, go figure). Do I just have to stick to music? Or is there a decent sports talk show on somewhere?