Tennessee is not recruiting well just because they got 18 dudes
It seems that the people of Columbus are so fat that they routinely require the fire department to use special over 650 pound (!!!!) stretchers. Wow. Is this why Boren prefers living in Columbus as opposed to Ann Arbor?
I assume these people need stretchers because they rush to a fridge and break a leg (and gravy pours out).
I find something interesting in the interminable, they-just-write-themselves jokes about Charlie Weis' girth. Believe it or not, there are fatter coaches than Charlie. Mark Mangino at Kansas is quite blobular in nature, ditto Ralph Friedgen, known as "The Fridge."
Charlie even gets plenty of jokes from Michigan fans, who hold as one of their finest Jim Brandstatter - a big dude in his own right.
So why does Charlie get it so bad? I think it has to do with attitude - Mangino can pass as a jolly fat man, and the Fridge truly did wake up some echoes at Maryland and hasn't really pissed anyone off. They certainly haven't targeted anybody or called them out, with the exception of Mangino claiming BCS tampering with the refs and Ralph shilling for UnderArmor ("NOBODY BEATS US IN OUR HOUSE!")
Meanwhile, Weis came out with the Decided Schematic Advantage, countered with "multiple personnel groups from multiple formations," and continued with "I could recruit thugs and win more," "garbage time," suing his doctors, lying about whether Jimmy Clausen was going to start, "to hell with Michigan" and on and on.
I watched coach's presser today on the outlook for spring practice and it was very encouraging. At least as encouraging as it could be. I think I enjoyed it just because I was jonesin' for anything UofM football.
DISCLAIMER: I do believe that defense wins championships and is very important, but not as important with an offense like RR's.
Being one of the resident o-lineman on this board(2yrs at guard for a D3 squad..sorry, I just feel like I have to justify that I am more than an 8th grade long snapper), I feel I need to chime in to give the heavies their due. RR was very positive today on the line and it was a heart felt truth that he spoke. You could hear it in his drawl. I don't know if anyone on this blog realizes it, but the line is where the 7-9 wins will come from this coming year. Yes, I said 7-9. The wins will not come from Tate, Mike Martin, or even Zoltan....okay, maybe 3 or 4 from Zoltan. I am not dreaming here. 7-9 wins are a reality because the offensive line, the heart of the team, is going to be tougher. They have experience. The line is a unit that HAS to work together every play unlike any other positions on the field. Yes the "skilled" guys make plays but the line allows those play to develop and succeed. So this is not rocket science, most of you know that we need a good line to win games, but do you realize the importance of last year? They learned what needed to be learned for our QB to succeed....the QB with talent.....please show me a QB with talent....more talent than last year.
We all got wrapped up and are still wrapped up in the hoopla of the QB situation. Great, that is fun to talk about. But the hay is put in the barn by the o-line. We will not have 43 threads about them but know that they are more important than anything Tate, Death, or the Coner will do. Yes, in that order.
Call me whatever you want saying we will have at least 7 wins this year, but with the little I know about the inner workings of a football TEAM, as long as we stay somewhat healthy* on the front line we will be fine. And then that much better in '10. All I am asking is to keep an ear to the ground for this offensive line. You will see their improvement if you watch more than the ball. The future is bright! GO BLUE!
*of course health plays a minor roll here