a terrible blight on our fine country
Before the final seconds on a hot September Saturday in Texas, the Crimson Tide will feel it. Doubt. At first it will be almost nothing. The ball will come out of McCarron’s hand a little too soon. He will be a quarter-step behind to present the handoff. Those speedy SEC defenders will miss a tackle. These will be shrugged off and a mental note made to correct the issue. Then, in a moment of clarity they will think “We could lose this game."
The thought will be expelled immediately by hubris but the damage will be done. The impregnable façade will reveal its flaws. Nick Saban knows this. Every coach does. This is the reason why the game is played. If it was purely formulaic then why bother? Your score is not necessarily seven hundredths of the total of your offensive yards.
We all know the stories. Goliath fell. Casey struck out. There will be triumph against all odds and the champion will go down. Broken pieces will be remade into something different and better. As the favorite must admit to the creeping malaise, so the underdog must realize the emergence of a new hope. At this moment three defensive line coaches are commencing to make a five star recruit into the man that he always might have been, precisely because it was not formulaic. Because a five star recruit can still be a work in progress, and because a walk on can be captain.
Hope finds faith among the hopeless and the haughty are made low. The opportunity for the triumph of the overlooked is exactly when the challenger believes that fate is earned and destiny is a decision. As for the Tide, they can throw out all those great backs and great quarterbacks and great defensive players throughout the country and in this conference. But there’s going to be one team that is going to play solely as a team. THE TEAM THE TEAM THE TEAM
Obviously there is a good chunk of you guys going to the game, but either way, lets hear what you plan to do all day Saturday and where you plan to watch the game. Going to college gameday? Bar for the game? Watch-party? ....
So, it is opening night. We're all going to watch South Carolina despite nobody giving a crap about South Carolina. This is supposed to involve BOOZE!, which I have selected as a user tag. What will be yoru BOOZE! of choice?
They had Dogfish Head Midas Touch on sale for $9.99 at the local store, which is actually a shockingly good price for the nectar that is Midas Touch. So good. Also, it packs a punch if your lucnh was an orange. WHOO!
In a brief article this afternoon at the Free Press, Dave Brandon shared that he is aggressively seeking to schedule big football games in the future.
Dave Brandon said today that he soon will announce games, possibly out to 2018. He implied that they’ll be against high-level opponents.
“You’ll see some matchups, particularly in the nonconference schedule, that will be a notch above some of the things we’ve done in the past.
We are taking the approach that strength of schedule is going to be important (to the new playoff selection committee). Not just for fans because they love these great matchups, it helps sell tickets and keeps interest high. Not just because the networks love it, because they get more interest around the games or the broadcasting. We really want to put our program in a position where we can be rated against the best programs in the country, so we can compete at that level.”
Apparently, they were waiting until things shook out with the relationship with the Pac-10 (and whether or not we would be playing a game vs. the Pac-10 on an annual basis.) They also waited until things were settled as to whether the Big 10 would play 8 or 9 conference games annually.
I think the excitment over the Alabama game underscores the interest fans have in playing legitimate opponents (rather than "snacky cakes.") It will be interesting to see if Brandon is willing to make less financially on an annual basis in exchange for the benefit of scheduling competitive home and home games versus marquee opponents. I personally would love to see home and home games with top 10 teams across the country. This would also allow UofM alumni from California to Florida the opportunity to see the Wolverines in the neck of the woods where they live.
I'm starting a Pick'em tournament through ESPN http://games.espn.go.com/college-football-pickem/en/frontpage, the group name is MGOBLOG password is hoke. The winner at the end of the year gets a case of Arcadia beer!
EDIT: I didn't think about those under 21, so the winner has a choice, the case of beer or a shirt from the mgoblog store!