Just like the title says. At 10:45 in the 2nd, Rutgers is punting from midfield. Norfleet is deep by himself. 5 guys on the line. 2 players covering each Rutgers gunner.
How in the blue fuck does this keep happening?
Decided to look at the rest of the punts.
Next punt happens at 12:58 in the 3rd. Michigan was set with only 10 men. Had to run the 11th guy onto the field.
Next punt comes at 6:42 in the 4th. They have all 11 guys on the field this time!!
So, 10 guys for 1st punt.
11 guys for second, after they noticed they were 1 short.
11 guys for third.
I guess that is progress?
As you are all aware, of course, this blog represents a highly engaged segment of the Michigan fanbase, but after a week of threads after Minnesota where people seemed to have checked out mentally, I really did begin to wonder just how many "fucks" we had left inside us.
As it turns out, we've got many left. Indeed, 484 of them across two threads which totalled 2,433 posts. Not only was it the most "fuck" so far this season by far, that is the largest total volume of post by 11 posts. What I need to do here is figure out a corrective factor for the lack of liveblogs now, which is inflating these numbers some. Plenty of seasons left for this, of course.
Here's how the normalized values stack up now:
Things are beginning to get interesting here - ND brought out the "suck", Miami (OH) was our "fire" game, things went to "shit" against Utah. After that, relative apathy for Minnesota, but Rutgers brought back the "fuck".
The efficiency trend took a quick reversal too. As you'll note from lask week, it was curving downard almost as if there was some acceptance of the situation setting in, and that was troubling to me. However, we make it clear that we still have the capacity to care greatly and deeply about this team because, well...
Not quite as mad as Notre Dame, but mad. Indeed, this game accounts for 28.77% of the total swearing that is being tracked this season. Notre Dame accounts for 21.45% to date, so half of our anger has been directed primarly at two of the six game now in the books, and I think for similar reasons.
The mood chart looks like this now:
What is truly interesting about this now, in my opinion, is that games are beginning to cluster around (0,0), which would perhaps represent the point where "acceptance" is starting to set in....or some version of learned helplessness. Not sure how you might describe it. If this is any indication, we will always have Appalachian State, right? Well, the second meeting anyway.
In the bye week after PSU, I will probably do a 2013-2014 comparison, so if there is anything you would like to see, let me know.
I know these conversations don't include us anymore but for college football fans what an amazing week in the top 20. Three Pac 12 tilts ended in great finishes (Oregon-AZ, UCLA-Utah, USC-ASU) plus the Bama-Ole Miss game, TCU-Oklahoma, ND-Stanford.
And parity is here!
List of losers in the top 6:
- #2 Oregon
- #3 Alabama
- #4 Oklahoma
- #6 A&M
Then the Utes defeated #8 UCLA
Unfortunately this helps those damn Spartans who despite a close call won.
Lower in the poll, 14 thru 19 all lost!
- #14 Stanford
- #15 LSU
- #16 USC
- #17 Wisconsin
- #18 BYU
- #19 Nebraska
The Pac 12 is eating each other as is the SEC West. This gives a huge benefit to the ACC and Big 10 teams as there is such a vast divide between the "great" and "good" teams in those conferences - there is no Washintgon State type team (which would be like 7th place in the Pac) in the ACC or Big 10 who you'd expect to knock off an OSU/FSU/MSU.
Still a long season to go but the OSU v MSU game has a chance to be a playoff play in with the ridiculous improvement in JT Barrett and no one else in the Big 10 of any value. Wiscy is mediocre (their LSU near win is looking worse by the week), Nebraska is fine as long as they dont play a death doom run defense like MSU rolls out annually now, and that's it from the West in terms of powers. Hell Rutgers may be the 3rd best team in the East at this point. And FSU already beat Clemson -- but has not looked impressive this year. They could be on upset alert but aside from a crap Florida team and ND it is difficult to figure out who. Which brings up the point ND v FSU could also be a play in game for the playoffs. Ugh.
Thinking MSU moves up 1-2 spots next week (#9ish), and OSU rockets up (#13ish) due to all the losses of teams ahead of them and their reputation. Nebraska drops a bit but since all those teams next to them also lost it wont be too bad...maybe #23. Wisconsin probably falls out of the top 25.
Best guess at pollsters top 15:
- Ole Miss
- Notre Dame (fergodsakes)
- Miss State
New Brunswick looks like Evanston but is dirtier and shittier. There was an insane amount of Michigan fans there. Definitely more than any other road game I've been to besides Northwestern or MSU. Their fans were proabably the worst of any away game I'e been to although I expected this in Jersey. Also, they need to upgrade their stadium now that they are in the big ten. I missed portions of the game because I had to wait in line for the only two bathrooms in the Michigan endzone.
I still love this university, program, and team, but I don't feel mad or upset that we lost anymore. Whether or not Michigan won or lost used to dictate my mood for the weekend and into the next week. Now, I'm just ready for the Lions game. It's not that I don't care about losing, but I just feel... used to it.
You guys feeling the same?