courts be like "why is it a problem if people get money"
In response to Brian's "YOU ARE ALL TINY, TINY PEOPLE", I'm still at my 3-4 nose tackle weight. Basically I'm like Vince Wilfork, only an inch shorter, white and infinitely less talented. I'll be at the Ohio State game, and obviously want to wear MAIZE for the game. Alas, I couldn't find any shirt my size on MDEN or anywhere else. Basically, I need at minimum 4XL, but 5XL would be a safer bet.
So if anyone has anything that can help me, outside of advice on losing weight, I'd appreciate it. I'll bring Quebec's finest dark strong microbrew beer for the tailgate and after the game (provided you are of legal age).
From a media relations standpoint this story sucks. Michigan is getting dragged through the dirt and most people won't read far beyond the headline.
From a team standpoint, this is probably a huge unifying moment, the line in the sand, us against the world. Think about how angry the Mgoblog community is, and consider the fact that it wasn't your teammates that were mislead and ambushed, it wasn't your coach, the guy you work with every day, who was dragged through the mud. Your anger probably doesn't even approach the team's collective anger about the situation.
With the Athletic Dept and coaches probably instructing players not to talk to any media, there's no outlet, no way to defend their coach. Each passing day is only going to make the anger more intense, as more BS is piled on. The only way to improve the situation is going to be on the field. Come Saturday, every WMU player might as well be wearing a Snyder or Rosenberg Freep jersey. I have no doubt that Michigan will be hitting hard right out of the gate.
(Note: I'm not saying we're going to be head hunting/doing stupid things like a Crable or Butler. I think it will be a tight, focused anger. Execute, execute, execute, without pity. Also I'm told there's an ESPN article that corroborates some of this. Go Obi.)
There's been some talk about this being a distraction. While I agree that this is impacting our greater community and possibly Rich Rod himself, I doubt the players that have bought into his system (aka, the starters and key contributors) give a flying f*** about Rosenberg's allegations. Do you think they're going to take Rosenberg's side over Rodriguez's, that this story has instilled doubt into their minds? They know the results of their summer work. They know they have to avenge a 3-9 season. They know only winning will shut the critics up and will be more motivated than ever.
And on the flip side, Rosenberg, and the Freep by extension, will probably lose lots of access with regard to Michigan athletics. Good luck talking the athletes and coaches now; they probably wouldn't even admit that the sun is shining or that snow is wet to a Freep staffer (Rich Rod forces students, players, to fight, with snow!)(Follow up: anonymous players state: "I've never seen anything like this" "He just stood there and laughed")
So, to summarize: Team is Angry. Will try and use anger on the field to win the games. This strategy may work. Pad levels will be good. However, if Pad Levels are bad, this strategy also may not work. Watch the game to find out.
FUCK YOU STATE
I am so fucking filled with rage. Yeah were losing and we suck big donkey dick so lets go decapitate steve kampfer. wtf!!!!! i have lost the little to no respect i have ever had for michigan state. I dont even know what to say. FUCK YOU STATEEEEEEEEEEE