Reasonably, one might argue that the should be a rematch in cases like ALA vs. LSU. Or one might argue that there shouldn’t. But at least one should be consistent.
However, recall what Gary Danielson said on WXYT AM Radio in Detroit, MI, December 4th about the controversy over Michigan losing out to Florida: He said:
“It wouldn't have been fair for Michigan to have to play them again..
Winning it on the field is all that matters.
There was only one team in college football that had the opportunity to play their way into that game against Ohio. Michigan had a shot.”
So, you would figure that he would be consistent and say:
it wouldn’t have been fair for Alabama to play LSU again,
that winning on the field is all that matters,
that there was only one team in college football that had their opportunity to play its way onto the field, that Alabama had its shot.
But what does he say now?
He calls for a rematch of LSU and Alabama and says that it’s inevitable
He says “fair is fair, these are the rules, there is nothing to prohibit a rematch.”
You would at least think that Danielson would recall and try to justify his apparent inconsistency. Taking his side, one might argue “look at what happened in the later bowl games in 2006—that UM lost to SC and Fla beat Ohio. But that was totally irrelevant. It was unknown at the time a decision was made about whether UM or some other team should have for the national title. In fact, we can never know what would have happened if Fla had played USC on their home turf, against USC or if MI had a rematch with OSU. If Fla played a USC team tht used players that should have been ineligible, like Reggie Bush, then FLA might have lost by 40 points. If UM played Ohio—who also had consistently cheated under Tressel’s tenure-- on a neutral field, it might have won by 40. Recall too that FLA played OSU without their only good receiver: Ginn. Urban Whiner’s team twas losing until Ginn was injured.
Indeed, one might argue that UM only lost the game in Columbus in 2006 because they didn’t have home field advantage. Tressel grew the grass to a a foot in length—called by Bo Shembechler “worst field conditions (he had) ever seen. As a result, UM defensive players like Lamarr Woodley would slip on the grass when pursuing Troy Smith (an already slippery character who had taken dirty money from a Tressel-associated booster). I don’t think Woodley would have slipped on the astro turf of a neutral field. In retrospect, we see that Woodley is far more talented. He is a multiple-time all-star on a Super Bowl winning team, while Smith is a marginal player on a USFL team in Idaho.
Moreover, consider the main difference between the head-to-head MI-OSU game in 2006 and the Ala-LSU game already played this year. The 3-point loss of Michigan in 2006 was really a tie even if you ignore Tressel’s cheating and just consider the usual advantage of a home field. The 3 point loss of Alabama to LSU was really a 6 point loss when you consider ALA’s home field advantage.
No doubt the SEC proponents—who ignore the SEC cheating and oversigning and dismissal of substandard recruits—will argue that their conference is better than the Big Ten. I suppose they are entitled to their opinion. Maybe, if the SEC is voted the by best conference, we should just have a rematch of the two top SEC teams in the title game and ignore the rest of the teams in the country. Unfortunately, most games the SEC plays are vs the SEC. Nobody really can reliably measure conference strength in such cases. Even then, nobody really knows how important conference strength should be when weighed against other factors
My point, however, is not that Alabama is unworthy. They may rightly state that their team will be the second ranked team in the BCS. But recall that UM should have been the second ranked team in 2006 according to the objective computer rankings. It also was ranked higher in one of the two human polls. And it would have been ranked higher too in the other human poll—if not for the campaign of Urban Whiner and Gary Danielson. They got voters to change their minds in the Coaches Poll, which was appointed by the SEC chairman, dominated by southern voters and other biased coaches like Tressel.
But I guess that we should take the SEC commentator, Gary Danielson, for his word when asked about whether his opinion in 2006 was influenced by his employer [CBS]. He said:
"So is everybody else's, but that's not true.”
So, Gary says “yes” but “no”.
Thanks for being so consistent, Gary.
I didn't see this posted, but I find this interesting that the Buckeyes are willing to let this guy around the program in the face of sanctions. They should be distancing themselves from the Senator.
“A fundamental vibration is excited when one such quantum of energy is absorbed by the molecule in its ground state. When two quanta are absorbed the first overtone is excited, and so on to higher overtones.”
Wikipedia - Molecular Vibration
Nebraska was the first quanta, then came The Game...
Before getting into the game, let me give my heartfelt thanks to the Buckeye fans that offered to help my cousin jump his dead battery on the golf course, only to take off when the time came to actually help out. For a few horrible seconds I thought I was going to have to reconsider my position towards Ohio. Way to uphold the stereotype, assclowns!
By halftime of The Game yesterday an all too familiar feeling had crept over me. Michigan had looked like they were about to pull away in the first quarter, only to have the game brought back to a neck-and-neck battle when Ohio flipped the narrative in the second. Only there was that one point, the tiny difference between a FG and a safety, and it loomed large in my consciousness. It looked and felt like doom.
Honestly I had little doubt that this team would rally in the second half. It was that the offense would lead the way to victory that caught me by surprise. Denard was an absolute beast, and more in-tune with the flow of the game than at any other point this season. His passes were on the money, whether screen, seams to Koger, or darts into coverage for TDs to Hemingway and Odoms. Then the waggle-like PA to Koger - gods that was nice. But through it all, that single point still weighed heavy on my mind.
After Mattison's defense very uncharacteristically gave up the quick TD to make it 37-34, Denard turned to his legs to sew things up. Following a spectacular pass and catch by Dileo, Denard tag-teamed his way down the field with Toussaint. The added run threat that Toussaint gave Michigan made the read option deadly and Denard again and again gashed the Buckeye defense. Then Toussaint scored the game sealing TD, don't even try to play like he didn't - even Spielman claimed it wasn't incontrovertible. The refs though, they must have decided before the game to keep the finish exciting if at all possible. Turning that TD over was scandalous.
No problem though, Denard has it covered! Around on the bootleg and in for the score! Ballgame! What? A HOLD??? That's not a hold! His hand is on the guys breastplate for crying out loud!!! And a personal foul?????!!! He was just blocking the play! Goddamn zebras! This isn't right you conniving criminals!!! It isn't your goddamn place to try to influence the outcome of the game! Gaaaaaaaaaa!!!
Then, after Gibbons nailed his career long, that point was just sitting there, ready to tear out our hearts again and leave us clutching our dreams as the turned to ashes. It seemed predestined. But the gods had mercy on Michigan fans everywhere, and did not allow the zebras their triumph.
And lo, the highlight package from 2003 was laid to rest for all eternity. May we never be forced to view them again during The Game.
Live for Today…
Several players/coaches should take particular pride in their accomplishments yesterday:
- The Seniors - Van Bergen. Martin. Woolfolk. Koger. Molk. Hemingway. Odoms. Heininger. Huyge. Watson. It was more than could be asked of even Michigan Men to put up with the infighting and general incompetency of the last 4-5 years. May double-digit victories including over Ohio, and (hopefully) a BCS bowl birth serve in place of a Big 10 championship. You guys rock.
- Fitz Toussaint - Denard is light-years more effective with a true home-run threat in the backfield with him. The read option becomes almost impossible to stop if read correctly. Only having 2 negative yards against Ohio in 20 carries is remarkable. It is a crime that the zebras took your TD away, go get 3 next year.
- Denard Robinson - Hands down the best performance of the season on the biggest stage. If Denard can find this level consistently nest year Michigan would have to be the odds-on favorite to win the Big 10. Clutch.
- Martavious Odoms - Odoms made plays. His double-catch for the first down was simply an amazing display of physical prowess. His TD catch after muffing the pitch from Denard was just Odoms being Odoms. This team will miss him as much as anyone.
- Al Borges - When the defense was reeling, Borges came to the rescue in a brilliantly executed second half. Michigan had an answer for every challenge, a response for every score. The final TD that was scandalously taken away was a great call. The Waggle-Like-Substance the TD before was even better. Anyone that wants to question what Borges is doing should be required to re-watch this Game first.
Also of note: Desmond Morgan and Kenny Demens - Linebackers should be leading the team in tackles, Hemingway and Koger and Dileo and Gallon - Cause Denard can only throw it - someone has to catch it, Mike Martin and RVB - Disruptive forces that will be nigh impossible to replace, Kovacs - 2 TFL on nicely timed blitzes and tenacity on the sack, Hagerup - Despite losing us 17 rushing yards and almost costing us the game, this moment will live forever for its hilarity:
Kudos to orobs for the gif.
Hope for Tomorrow
This season is officially awesome and my faith Michigan's coaching staff is sky-high. I hope these guys stick together and retire together, because if that happens I think Michigan will end up with 1-2 more MNCs and rule the Big 10. The pieces are in place for a remarkable run, both with current personnel and through top-notch recruiting. I haven't been this content since 1997 at least.
It's great - to be - A Michigan Wolverine!
Go Blue everyone, and stay safe till bowl season!
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