Mike Lantry, 1972
So I get an email from a buddy today who is perhaps the most rabid, yet sane, WVU fan I've ever met. He starts into me about the new Addidas uniforms, especially the road unis.
He starts ripping on them because "they look like WVU's" road togs, and also look like Cal. He said a few other things of course pertaining to Rich Rodriguez that you could probably figure out.
Well, I guess this is to be expected. Of COURSE Rich Rod would want to look JUST LIKE the shop he came from, right? I mean things went SO well that he can't help but WANT to remember all of that! And I'm sure he had DIRECT input when these were designed and the contract changed from NIKE to Addidas. BTW, WVU and Cal use NIKE. So maybe Addias is guilty of ripping off NIKE! We have a crime here!!! Or not.
He even ripped on the home unis, which I can't figure out since they look pretty much the same as the ones before. I read about the "stripes" but I couldn't even see them.
It's better than the gold-on-gold "ensemble" WVU wore in the game against Pitt. Whoops! Shouldn't say that too loud around here! Remember? Rich Rod threw that game so he could sweep into A2. How could I forget? LOL!
Anyhow, as long as M doesn't wear Maize on Maize I don't care. And if that's the biggest criticism left over, then I'm fine with that too. It must mean real football season is getting closer!
They messed up the grades!
So I am bored off my ass at work and stumbled to espn.com to see what the "blue ribbon review" said about everyone's favorite football team! Here is the link:
I like the article (but the grades for the O and D should be Swaped. I was impressed that all of these guys are looking good and getting some positive comments from Rich Rod. I believe we go 9-3 this year... i believe that Rich Rod will get the best out of these guys... some of whom were his type of player in HS but then came to M and were molded in the old ways.
My take on what to look for this year (very, very general):
- we will be much faster at all positions, leaving the opposition in the big ten scratching their collective arsses
- a lot of the guys that were over looked under the last regime will really start to show their skill now that they are all on a level playing field
- terrance taylor being the lineman of the year now that he is svelt (sp?)
- the defense will be damn good - we all know this - but I feel that they will look just as overwhelming as the 06 d
- rich rod shutting up his critics... and showing the experts that M has more skill than what is being said
- Mike Barwis submitting a grizzly bear at Half Time with an arm bar at the 15:05 mark, this is after a few elbows and knees to the head (he tries a guiliteen hold that fails - it is a grizzley bear after all)...
Pretty general but hey just because I am bored does not mean I do not have work to do!
Look Brian I used the bulletts! (and some bold!)
* i originally meant to make this a diary but i am slowly learning this new mgoblog world. ps writing in a diary makes me feel really pretty
hear ye hear ye,
for all those who adhere to the following of Rosenberg, or probably more importantly, those who are of the typical michigan fan cloth and are extremely pessimistic and have serious doubts about Rich Rodriguez. I am here to tell you that not only are you idiots for doubting richrod so much (lets remember, he still hasn't coached a game for us) but are completely ridiculous for saying all this stupid bullshit about how he isn't a 'MICHIGAN MAN'!. what?!? i grew up in a2, wen't to all the mich games, graduated from michigan, personally KNEW Bo, and still don't understand what the hell being a 'michigan man' means. From what i've gathered, there is no precise formula to it but I do know it consists of winning a lot, and also not getting arrested. Bo set the bar high and Lloyd kept up his part.
since i've got faith in richrod being capable of accomplishing both of those extremely arduous feats, he will be a 'michigan man'. BUT SERIOUSLY, such a large contingent of michigan fans and our shitty media have taken a quick disliking to rich rodriguez for no apparent reason. The real reason? Everyone surrounding this program is so fucking scared of change they'd rather stick to the days of being a consistent 9-3 team than taking the risk of changing the direction of our program to not just win a big ten title, but a national championship title. take your heads out of your asses, change can be good. hopefully with this lawsuit being over a lot of this smoke will go away but i assume it really won't fully be gone until richrod can prove he is a winner in ann arbor.
as a lifelong fan of michigan and new follower to the richrod regime, i am behind him. don't just 'give him a chance' but actually support the guy. i fully believe richrod and our entire new staff are capable of winning us a national championship, something we all know Bo never achieved. Believe, Believe, Believe. RichRod will do great things for us, now give him a shot.
As the news from the negotiations came out this morning I felt a great sense of relief... as the next few days pass we will hear all kinds of theories, fantasies and BULL SH*T about what is going on and why it happened and "how come the president and AD did not testify?" Who cares how it went down? IT'S DOWN! It may leave a small pin sized bruise on the program, but come late August the next chapter will be written (and written well I might say). The W's and L's (or just showing that they are improving every week), and the Grady thing are much more crucial to setting the tone of the program as they move forward... as far as I AM CONCERNED this is now water under the bridge. Let us play some BALL!
I am so looking forward to seeing this new program mature this season. I feel that all of this stuff about Rich Rod, and players leaving, and the experts thinking that the cupboard is empty, and on and on... will ultimately fuel these players and coaches! NO ONE CAN MEASURE HEART and DETERMINATION...
I leave you with this - "NOTHING WORTH WHILE IS EVER EASY."
(IN THE LONG RUN WE WILL SEE ALL OF THIS WAS/IS WORTHWHILE)
Are the days of the terrorizing Michigan defenses over? It certainly appears so on the recruiting trail for linebacker and DE, where Michigan has had much success in the past. Is anybody else concerned that the heart of our defense for 2009+ is a little 3 star guy? And that there's a noticeable dearth of ANY defensive end recruits? We can have 4 star defensive backs all we like, but if we can't generate any semblance of a pass rush or anchor our defense against heavy running games (see annual foes such as Wisconsin or Ohio State), we're going to be toast.
RR's defenses at WVU were actually quite good (#15 Rush defense, #14 Pass defense, #7 total defense all for 2007, all ranked above M... in the Big East take that for what you will). I don't know what this Shafer guy is cooking up with his newfangled blitz-happy defense (*gulp*), but if this is the personnel he's satisfied to recruit, I think we're in trouble. Any comments on the future of the Michigan defense?