Mike Lantry, 1972
Hello Fellow MGoBloggers,
Some of you may be familiar with me, but if not, I'm usually that guy who posts things that attempt to make people smile, laugh, or snicker. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it falls flat, but I try my best to instill some form of humor into posts for those who may be pulling their hair out and/or stepping close to the ledge.
Now, I am currently in South Carolina staying the night before the final push to Jacksonville to watch our Wolverines beat the MSU Whatever-They-Ares, and I was extremely discouraged to see the amount of hostility and anger and emo and CC posts (my GOD, the CC posts!) that I missed in about a day's worth of driving. I now see what the board crumples into without my wit to keep it sane (I'm kidding of course...about my ability, not about the insanity; THAT'S out of control!). What's even more concerning is that the next time I should be able to post is after the game on New Year's Day.
So, as a result of my nature and my inability to post, I have a simple plea for the board in the next 36+ hours: Civility. We all have one thing in common: we love the Michigan Wolverines, with heart, soul, passion, vigor, and sometimes sweat and blood (you know who you are). It is because of this common ground that I know we can all come together on New Year's Day and make our resolution to put aside the CC talk, whether you are a RR or JH supporter, and to quit with the talk about mgopoints (1st rule about mgopoints....), and just root our hearts out for our boys in Maize and Blue.
I hope you all have a wonderful New Year. Stay safe so you have a chance to watch the game, and let's put aside our petty differences and remember our one BIG common denominator for what will surely be an amazing game to watch. Go Blue!
(Also, I don't want the blog to asplode when I'm gone, because I need something to come back to, dammit!)
I started writing this in response to Brian's post, and then decided it was getting long enough to justify a diary entry:
Re: Insane Sherid'oh faction
Sheridan has a good head on his shoulders and is not physically talented enough to play against high-major teams. IMO, he was pretty good against Toledo (both of his int's are just as much on Clemons as they are him), and pretty good against Minnesota; bad against ND and Utah; and !!!!ZOMG=death!!!! against PSU. Therefore, I am confident he will be fine this week. If Threet's not 100% for OSU, though, run for the hills (!!!)
My only worry is that RR seems to have some sort of weird unjustified mancrush on Sheridan (see sticking with him so long against Utah, yanking Threet in arguably his best game, ND), so I hope to goodness RR doesn't take two decent starts (I'm assuming N'western does go decent) from Sheridan as some sort of mandate from the Heavens that the kid should play.
Re: The insane woooo SheriQBcontroversy crowd
How about the performance of one hit wonder J. Siller from Purdue? Anybody notice the beating MSU gave him the next week? Sometimes, when I play basketball with middle school girls, I feel like I'm pretty damn good at basketball.
Re: I hate them both, rawr, rawr, rawr; Forcier = the answer
The only game Threet looked mentally incapable was against MSU. Brian posted about this, but I am starting to think they are the only team that actually planned for us. Threet never seemed "locked in" to receivers in any game except against MSU. Then I thought about it: when is the last time ANYONE who is not MSU covered any of our receivers? The wheel was always open. The seam was always open. Odoms was always open. The pump and go always worked.
The suddenly we run bubble, bubble, and MSU is jumping them all, so pump and go = td, right? Nope, cb from different receiver makes ridiculous jump on perfect pass and nails Clemons (I think?) as he's catching it. Amazing play, touchdown against any other team this year, I think.
As for Threet's accuracy issues, Brian wrote long ago for one of his "worry if" bullets for a game about mid-season 'worry if Threet's accuracy does not improve.' I remember at the time thinking that it was unlikely we see any improvement this year. I don't coach football, but I do coach sports; and I know you don't change a pitcher's delivery mid-season. I think Threet takes a big step forward in mechanics over the off season and resolves those issues (not to mention hopefully being healthy). Mentally, he's been solid in every game (sans State, who might actually just be good, discussed above).
I am excited to see what this kid does with this offense next year.