John Harbaugh has finally weighed in on #boogergate. You might expect an older brother to jump on the idea that his younger brother eats boogers, but not John.
#Ravens HC John Harbaugh: "My brother has never eaten a booger."— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) September 14, 2016
Like Jim's statement, that's pretty definitive. I think this serious situation warrants a new banner.
Okay, "like" might be too strong a word. But who do you want to win? I'm kinda hoping they both crap the bed en route to a Sparty squeaker, setting up our game--between two unbeatens--on the national stage.
My stance on helmet stickers has been for the idea, but against the execution. None of the stickers from Bo's era were particularly great, and we're not even using the best design from that era (which would be 75-82).
There are a couple of problems with the current stickers.
- They are too big (even though they appear to be smaller this year).
- A football on a football helmet is redundant.
The easy fix to both problems would be removing the football shape altogether. Viola.
Just for fun, Craig Barker from the Hoover Street Rag asked me to do a mock-up with the Wolverbear.
Obviously, Harbaugh likes the Bo stickers, so I'm not holding my breath for a change any time soon. It's fun to see what different designs look like.
[Ed-S: Probably going to bump this feature all year unless I forget to.]
Well, that’s one way to start a season.
Best: Roman Reign’d In
In my preseason preview, I cautioned that this column’s length is going to be much more dependent on the quality of the game compared to earlier seasons; life finds a way of limiting the number of hours you can dedicate matching animated gifs to a sporting event involving kids dangerously close to half your age or more.
While the acquitted themselves admirably against Cal to start the year, the Rainbow Warriors were basically what everyone thought they were. Hawaii has a senior QB with a career completion percentage a shade under 50%, a 19:24 TD:INT ratio, and no real mobility. They don’t really have much of a running game if the defense has any ability to hold up even momentarily at the point of attack, and if the guy throwing the ball doesn’t have good numbers, you gotta believe the guys trying to catch those balls aren’t particularly good either. Their defense last year was nestled between North Texas and Oregon St. in FEI, and that was with a couple of guys on the defensive line who were either injured or kicked off the team for this game. I balked at the 44-point spread for the sole reason that I assumed Hawaii would pick up a couple of meaningless points at the end of a blowout to “only” lose by 40.
That’s what would have happened under Carr. It’s what would have happened under Hoke. It wouldn’t have happened under RR simply because the defense would have given up some points along the way. It was about winning with “class”, about beating an inferior opponent soundly but not excessively. You showed up for the body bag games because you had to be part of the equation, the vengeful god smiting the peasants giving you tribute. That’s how Michigan did it for years, and it seemed to work out pretty well.
But Harbaugh ain’t wired like that. Now, he’s not a Steve Spurrier at Florida or an Urban Meyer at OSU, who took any opportunity to run the score up even if it meant going for 2 on your first two scores of the game. But as was his mantra at Stanford, he wants his teams with win with character, but also with cruelty. Harbaugh will put in his backups when appropriate and won’t necessarily “pick” on an opponent, but as we saw in the Citrus Bowl in which Jake Rudock was throwing bombs well into the 4th quarter of that game, he isn’t going to shrink his playbook or go on “cruise control”. He isn’t wired that way, to relent or show mercy in the patronizing way some other coaches do, and he (rightly) assumes that as long as there is time on the clock you play football.
[hit THE JUMP for complaining that a 98-yard touchdown drive should have gone better and stuff]
BUMPED SO PEOPLE CAN ASK THAT QUESTION IN A PRE-MADE THREAD TODAY - LSA
Does anyone know of Michigan bars in Vancouver, BC? I'll be up there for the weekend with my folks, and I need a place to watch the game, preferably with fellow Wolverines. I'm staying downtown (a few blocks from Canada Place), and there's plenty of sports bars, but which one?
Thanks in advance!
MOD EDIT - Repurposed to avoid clutter, but preserving OP's question to start discussion. - LSA
OP EDIT - Thanks LSA - please feel free to move to Diary (per somebody below's suggestion) or triage as needed. I only posted this because I exhausted just about all other options.