fair point that
No surprise here as we saw this in Happy Valley. http://www.mlive.com/wolverines/index.ssf/2015/11/michigan_announces_enhanced_se.html#incart_river_home
With season almost over, which UM players will appear on all BIG 1st and 2nd teams?
Butt, Lewis, Chesson, Peppers
Henry, Wormely, Rudock
Pre-season, we had none. Harbaugh effect.
Living in Ohio as I do (thank you for your sympathy) and working frequently at Ohio State University Hospitals (thank you for your sympathy), I perhaps have a glimpse into the psychology of OSU fans that some of you do not (which is good for your intestinal health). I can tell you from the 183 texts I received cussing me out for costing OSU a victory (this was the first time I openly rooted for OSU in my life), that these troglodytes are trying to rally. Having purged themselves with calls for OSU staff to be fired (not excluding Urban Meyer, seriously), they believe there is one silver lining in this cloud: the team will be motivated more than ever to beat TTUN.
There is a thread in 11 Warriors entitled:
WITHOUT THIS LOSS, TOSU WOULD OF HAVE A HARDER TIME BEATING TTUN
I call hogwash. I admit to having this thought flash through my head, but I think this is a prevalent myth in the minds of nervous fans, and rarely true.
Yeah i'm beyond disappointed about this loss like all of you guys are but, I think this loss should really light a fire under everyone's asses. We've been talking about how this team has lacked motivation and hasn't had a chip on their shoulder for the entire season. Now we got adversity and doubters who last year was the main fuel for our run. Yesterday our guys seemingly had nothing to play for and played not to lose. Against TTUN, are guys will be angry and very much doubted going into AA.
Occassionally, teams will rise up for a fired Earle Bruce or tragic Jerry Kill, but I think that people conflate such "motivating" events with the reality that those teams were good enough to play the game they did without the motivation. It didn't help us with Bo in 2006 (I was at that game), it didn't help VT yesterday win one for Beamer.
Ultimately, it comes down to match-ups, X and Os, talent and execution. This isn't some brilliant observation, I admit; I only make it because OSU, unlike what is said in the fool's post above, WAS motivated to win yesterday and had EVERYTHING to play for, but they had structural problems that prevented them from winning: average receivers, a QB that needs them to be open, a defense with SOME vulnerabilities, and a team that played absolutely no one during the season, which created a false paradigm that they were above having to give all the effort. This was confirmed in the post-game immature Elliott and Jones meltdowns. Michigan has as good a D line and a better secondary that MSU. The same structural challenges will confront OSU no matter how much more they want to win (which, is that even possible?). Our inferior LB may present an opporunity for them, yes. But will OSU motivate their way to inflicting the bad defeats seen in the RR era? No.
And jinxes aren't real, either.
Well, we needed that game to stay on our path to a potential spot in the BTCG, and we definitely held up our end of the bargain. Of course, the very next game on ABC was supremely #B1G and our rival in Columbus could have helped us out a bit and made our game against them next week a little more meaningful. Oh, if only, but alas, Michael Geiger's leg and an inexplicably bad game plan on the part of Ohio State combined for an upset.
Regarding our game specifically, however, we faced the need to win, the need for others to win and the general battle with suddenly elevated expectations and it led to some stress. Throw in the ongoing frustration with pre-snap penalties and Big Ten officiating and establishing a consistent run game deep in the conference schedule, you can see how even a 28-16 win will cause Michigan fans to occasionally reach for a "fuck" here and there.
In fact, we gave 519 fucks in this game - that's the third highest total this year, behind Indiana (a game which we pulled out of our...well....) and MSU (let's not discuss that). It was followed by the season high for "shit" - 201 of those, to be exact. The second-highest total of "damn" happened yesterday too - 105 of those. We definitely did not have complete joy at several points.
Here's the summary to date:
It should be noted now that at a point early on in the season, "Harbaugh" and "fuck" were very close in terms of their gross total in this measure, but as we've walked through the conference schedule in particular, "fuck" has taken its traditional place as the go-to profane word in our open threads for games.
Of course, they are not all bad - "fuck" came on a lot of good efforts as well, and as we pulled away, "fuck" was embedded in some very complimentary statements about Rudock and a couple other players. It was also attached to false starts, that PI call on Peppers, the normal incidents of awful officiating we've come to expect in the Big Ten and other moments.
Efficiency and pecent of total look like this:
I'll mention it now - this was the year's largest thread to date at 3,669 posts, eclipsing the Indiana thread by 59 posts. Again, limited availability of liveblogs and the fact that this was an away game add to increased participation in the open threads. This game also accounts for the second largest segment of total "incidents" of tracked words at 13.99%, right behind Indiana (14.83%). Overall efficiency was 2.29, but adjusted for the Original Six, it falls to 4.04, which has been historically consistent with stressful wins and some losses as well.
Here's how the Original Six are trending overall:
The last several weeks have proably shave uncounted years off of our collective lives - I am probably down a year now all by myself, and yes, there has been beer involved in this, sometimes something stronger. Calmer than last week....just. Definitely not by much.
The Mood Chart:
Again, life got in the way of me doing a lot of work on this, but finally I have a short week and a holiday, so I shall probably have a better way to describe this in Harbaugh Era terms next week. What it is indicating is that we're pretty active and we've been into the action though.
Just an FYI, the Big Ten Network is currently airing yesterday's Michigan/PSU game.