to play football, not to play trumpet
As I'm sure you all know, Michigan upset ranked Notre Dame in mind blowing fashion. That in its self is enough to make an amazing saturday for me. As I'm sure you also know by now, MSU lost, also in mind blowing fashion to CMU on a late field goal. And, as I'm sure you know, OSU lost to USC in yet another mind blowingly good game that was won in the final minute. I really don't know how this Saturday could've been better. It was simply perfect. All three of our biggest rivals lost and one of those teams played us. This doesn't make the Big Ten look like crap either, except for maybe MSU slightly. OSU had a good effort but came up short to my liking. MSU had a close game, but they lost to a MAC school. All in all, it was an amazing Saturday and I only see a possibility of two weekends beating this one (MSU and OSU weekends?). Thoughts on the weekend?
I am a little confused about the names that have been given to the formations that our defense has been in. Looking at how we line up, the names of positions on our depth chart, and some of the posts on the blog/board I have some of this figured out but some of the information contradicts and that's what I want to get sorted out.
Our depth chart shows a DE (Brandon Graham), a NT (Mike Martin), a DT (Ryan Van Bergen), a SLB (Stevie Brown), a MLB (Obi Ezeh), a WLB (Jonas Mouton), and an OLB (Craig Roh). This would indicate a 3-4 base, but I have been seeing it described as 4-3. Am I right in thinking this should be called a 3-4 or is there a reason for the OLB to count as a down lineman as well?
Alright, so for this question I am assuming that the answer is that I am missing something and Craig Roh is actually a lineman. Stevie Brown was lining up at the edge most of the game and I have seen this as described as the 4-3 under, but wouldn't that be 4-3 over? I thought that the under indicated that the linebackers were favoring the weak side, but SB is on the strong side...
Also, it seems that if Craig Roh should be considered a lineman while standing at the edge, Stevie Brown should be considered a lineman as well, which would really put us in more of a 5-2.
Anyway, thanks in advance.
It was the Minnesota game. Our family had decided to see this one in person, as it wasn't too far away. Good choice, as it turned out: a rare win. One reason I will remember it: my little daughter, barely old enough to understand what was going on around her, was offered a Golden Gopher necklace by some nice old Minnesota fan. The girl wouldn't touch the thing. "Wrong colors!" she yelled at the befuddled old dude. My heart swelled.
The game went about as well as a game could go last year. The offense was moving the ball, chewing up yardage with one long run after the other. The defense looked competent, aggressive, even good (a new twist for the year: a good defense!). On the day the team would rack up over 400 yards of offense. We celebrated loudly with all the other Michigan fans tucked away in the corner of the Metrodome. That's another thing I'll remember: the camaraderie of the Wolverine fans. Even in that down year (perhaps because of that down year?), there was a palpable sense of togetherness. One guy even complimented my ratty old M hat, weather-worn and falling apart from too many years of outdoor usage. "Awesome hat," he said. I was pretty sure he wasn't being facetious.
There was a single play that stood out for me to this day. In this season full of mediocrity, what I saw filled me with a kind of hope, perhaps not for now, but for the future. It was on one of the longest runs of the day, by Minor (I actually don't even recall, it may have been Shaw). As he sprinted downfield and all eyes were on him, somehow I found myself watching what the other players were doing during this small miracle of a play.
My eyes came to rest on Martavious Odoms. 5' 8" if that, all of 170 lbs. But here was this little man, sprinting downfield, actually ahead of the play, blocking one Gopher after the other, creating more room, hustling, working, trying. In this miserable season, in this one exception of a game, here was a player who was putting all of himself out there, who at least for that one singular moment exemplified what Michigan football was trying to become. In a year, for him, that was mired by fumble after fumble, loss upon loss, along came something that I had been looking for the entire year.
A Michigan Man.
Go Martavious, and Go Blue.
p.s. that video is goddamn awesome.
I may be drinking too much blue kool-aid, however, I think that this Rosenberg incident may be what this team needed. We may even be thanking him for this article by seasons end! Because, if I was a player on this team, I would be angry as hell and would want to channel that to the field. This team will have a chip on its shoulder (like it didn't already need an excuse) and will play like it.
Just my 2 pennies...
John U Bacon will be talking Michigan Football/Rich Rodriguez on MSNBC at 3:35p. Just thought I would let you all know since I saw it on a tweet.