I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
Are we getting another round of questions from Bacon this week that Brian gathered from us?
I just got thru the book and now I feel like I have more questions than ever. I thought Brian said he was going to plow into the defense more in his questioning because it was glossed over in the book, but last week kinda felt like the end of the series though nothing was said.
From today's Detroit News (http://detnews.com/article/20111101/SPORTS0201/111010355/Fitz-Toussaint-...):
"I love the pink locker room," Van Bergen said. "I've never had an issue with the pink locker room. I think it gives it nice décor, the Feng Shui really feels good before the game. It warms you up. It's very welcoming. I think more teams should go with pink. I have no problem with it. I think it's a great touch. It's better than the off-white, jail-cell look."
He may be the most quotable of Michigan's current linemen, and with Molk, Lewan, etc., that's saying something.
This is my absolutely favorite outside source of analysis on Michigan's play. Gerdeman writes well, and is insightful. Here is this week's money quote:
Many outsiders are still expecting the standard Michigan collapse this season, and while that might still happen, it will happen for different reasons. I'm of the opinion that from here on out any losses incurred this season will be simply because of lack of talent, and not lack of coaching. That might not seem like much, but it's significant. Coaches are finally giving this team an opportunity to win, even if they're outmanned.
Gerdeman sees alll four of our remaining games as being both winnable and losable. He sees both outcomes being just as likely as the other.
Maybe the most important thing is what Gerdeman doesn't say explicitly in his column. The clear implication is that when Michigan eventually has the same talent level as Ohio (and probably the rest of the B1G,) our coaching will give us enough of an advantage to win. To say Gerdeman is scared would be to read too much into his comments. But Michigan's coaching staff, particularly the defense, comes in for high praise.
Here is one final quote, regarding the strength our defense is becoming, and what that means for Michigan - Ohio at the end of the season:
The most you can ask from this defense is relentless effort, and that seems to be what the bulk of them are best at. That doesn't lead to plays always being made, but it does lead to key plays being made at key times, and most of the time that's all you need.
In fact, it's that ability to make the big play when it's absolutely necessary that has me baffled on whom to pick when the Buckeyes head to Ann Arbor in four weeks.
To me, a close game favors Michigan because of their ability to pull a play out of nowhere on defense. That tendency will only be multiplied by the fact that the game is in the Big House.
Go to the link, and give credit to Gerdeman. You won't regret the read.
So the best game in the Noon timeslot is Michigan 15 v. Iowa, which wins by default because it is the only game involving a ranked team on the road.
The 3:30 timeslot may even be worse, with Stanford 4 v. Oregon State as the ranked team on the road edging out Texas A&M v. Oklahoma 6 in a game with likely no BCS implications.
I believe the main reason this happened is ESPN is mad at CBS for moving the LSU v. Bama game to the 8:00 timeslot, so they decided to stick South Carolina 9 v. Arkansas 7 at 7:15 and KSU 14 v. OKST 3 at 8:00 to in a probably fruitless attempt to siphon off viewers from the most touted college football game this season.
Just another reason to hate ESPN in case you need to add to the list.
I wasn't going to bother explaining my absence (since I figured nobody would really care too too much) but when said absence is front-paged I guess I should. 8" of fresh snow took out my internet until this evening here in lovely York, PA. It also destroyed a 30' tall crabapple tree in my front yard. It is impressive the damage snow + leaves still in the trees can do.
Sorry to all that read my posts. I'll be sure to have Hoke for Tomorrow back up next Sunday, barring any unforeseen natural disasters of course.