Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
Michigan vs. osu
I heard this on WRIF this morning. Apparently there is an OSU tradition of jumping in Mirror Lake during the week leading up to the game. Last year, some environmentalists decided to test the water over the course of the evening's festivities. The verdict? It's probably no surprise, but people do in fact pee in the lake. Ammonia ppm's went from 5 to 42 and the temp went up 3 degrees. And here we all thought Columbus was a shitty town...
Ugh. I guess it's just now setting in, but really? It's hurting my head to be reminded of things like 'John Navarre was the last QB to beat OSU'. REALLY?
it's gotta stop. this isn't a rivalry right now. We've got to have this win on saturday. I've been down recently, and finding myself getting apathetic with regards to the team's performance.
I feel like this team and the fan base are displaying a kind of 'battered-wife syndrome'. We've been beaten down so much that we just accept an imminent loss until we're rebuilt and able to contend. Well, we were losing to OSU even when we were 'built', so that needs to go out the window.
This team needs to step the f*** up this weekend and make it happen. Get focused and rip it on saturday. Have some confidence. People seem mopey and distracted right now. That's totally unacceptable. Rich needs to bring these kids together and get them jacked.
A win over OSU and a solid win in a low-level bowl game would completely rejuvenate the program and ease the pressure off of Rich so he can get this team ready to contend in the Big Ten next fall.
here's to hoping this incredulous streak of losing to OSU ends on saturday. it's got to. where's the sense of urgency?
Just for fun -
I was just curious what type of trash talk you guys thought would be flying at Boren during the OSU game this year from our players.
I mean, I suppose they always could just "keep quiet and let their pads do the talking", but that usually doesn't happen in football right?
Anyway, my bet would be on copious use of the term "fat bitch".
Someone recently posted "when are we going to beat OSU again? and I got to thinking: what advantages do they currently have? What advantages do we currently have? Here's what I came up with, feel free to supply your own:
More money because they're willing to sell their soul
An established successful Big Ten champion coach
A whole team recruited by, and suited to their current coach
A better home state to recruit from, with no legitimate in-state challenger
More instances of recent success
More talent and experience currently.
More innovative coach
Much better uniforms/helmet
Better strength and conditioning
Both can recruit nationally
Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see any institutional reason that OSU should own us long-term. Sure they have more in-state talent and less competition for it, but we've been able to steal some good players from Ohio and they rarely can do that in Michigan. I think both teams will be dragged down by the perceived weakness of the Big Ten, as long as we have the BCS. The migration of the American population from the Northeast and Midwest to the Southeast and Southwest will continue to be damaging long-term to the clout of Midwestern schools, but as long as Michigan can keep mining Florida we should be fine.
ohio state's 1969 football team was dubbed by the media as the "greatest college football team of all time".
Michigan was in the process of rebuilding with a new coach.
We all know how that turned out.
BTW, M is ranked #10 in the Big10 in Pass Offense (ugh!)
BUT, osu is ranked #11 (yes, really!!)
K/O returns: M #2, osu #7
Total O: M #10, osu #7
Total D: M #10, osu #2 (ouch!)
Turn Overs: M #8 (-.57) osu #1 (1.57)
Let's hope Brian's theory that TO's are random turns in our favor Saturday.