somehow we're only 124th
To all that have the privledge of attending this weekends game vs Nebraska I would like to pass along one man's simple advice.
In multiple places across the web you can see stories about: how great and accomodating the Nebraska fan base is when you visit Memorial Stadium. Personally I have never been, but hopefully in 2012 or 2014 I will get the chance. With that said I hope the fan base I proudly list myself in is as accomodating and welcoming to Nebraska in their first trip to Ann Arbor.
If you see someone in Nebraska gear around town this week show them why Ann Arbor is such a great place, a simple "welcome to Ann Arbor" or "welcome to Michigan" goes a long way when visiting a campus (something that is very hard to find in Ohio or at MSU). Nebraska has already been to Wisconsin, one of the nicest places in the B1G outside Ann Arbor, but as stated earlier, let's show them what makes Ann Arbor special.
I just finished my copy of Three and Out and, like many of you, I am sorting through some very conflicted feelings. First of all, I would say that I found the book is a great representation of the last 3 years with a lean toward defending RR, while still acknowledging mistakes that he made and pinpointing a few key moments that if handled differently could have made his Michigan tenure more positive and probably long-lasting.
There were several parts of the book that tugged at my emotions and changed my perceptions, and anyone that followed the program the last three years had to feel that as they read this book (both pro-RR and anti-RR). I was certainly disappointed in the way the RR hiring was handled, disappointed in the way RR handled many situations as the head coach, and disappointed in several people in key positions to support RR that did not. I agree that we are in a good position where we are today with Brady Hoke, and I am excited about the future and turning the page.
All that said, perhaps the thing that astonished me the most at the very end of the book is that John U Bacon mentions that all of the players and personnel that played in the Gator Bowl got Gator Bowl rings despite the loss. Rich Rod and his staffers were not sent rings, and John U seems to imply that it is because they were not thought to be Michigan Men. When I read that, I said out loud "Really? Unbelievable..." After all of the work that they put in, and everything that they went through as a team they don't even deserve a commemoration of their culminating game? They were the coaches of the team that got to the Gator Bowl. That isn't in question. Granted, its not like they are being denied their national championship rings, but it is still just one final jab to a coaching staff that endured many. I, for one, was extremely disappointed to read that.
(shared with Kawann Short)
Congratulations on a great performance for the senior from Whitehall, MI.
Matt Wile also won some type of award (CFPA?) for kickoff specialist of the week. 5 of 6 kickoffs were touchbacks, though I think the wind had something to do with it. But regardless, congratulations to Matt as well. Apparently RVB won this CFPA award for defensive lineman of the week. JT Floyd also wins the bodogblog Suck It Zooker award for CB's. Our cup overfloweth.
Accused of home invasion in the second degree (no one home).
Hearing date is November 16th.
[ED:BISB: Held pending confirmation]
[ED:BISB: Okay, so apparently this is a thing]
1) On a fake field goal when the ball is snapped to the holder whose knee is on the ground, why is the play not blown dead at that point?
2) On a silent snap count when the quarterback pumps his fist, why isn't false start called? Oregon's QB comes to mind here. He almost hits the ground with his fist he pumps it so vigorously.
So another week gone by and another win by the boys in the winged helmets. Hooray for nobody selecting Michigan lower than the Outback! Although now nobody is selecting Michigan in the BCS, either.
The chart shows the MNC and all BCS bowl game projections, followed by the Big Ten bowl game projections.
|Week 11||Rittenberg||Schlabach||Edwards||CBS Sports||CNNSI||BTN||CFN|
|Ok State||Ok State||Oklahoma||Ok State||Oklahoma|
|Fiesta||Nebraska||Oklahoma||Oklahoma||Ok State||Oklahoma||Ok State|
|S Carolina||S Carolina||Georgia||S Carolina||S Carolina||Georgia|
|Gator||Penn St||Penn St||osu||osu||osu||osu||Nebraska|
|Care Care||Iowa||osu||Penn St||Purdue||Penn St||Penn St||Penn St|
|New Era Pinstripe||NW||Iowa||Purdue|
|Kraft Fight Hunger||NW||NW|
|New Mexico Bowl||Iowa|
So yeah, that's a big chart. You can see Michigan bolded throughout. The big changes for U-M are that Dienhart no longer has Michigan in the TicketCity, Rittenberg elevates us from the Insight to the Outback, and Palm drops us from the Fiesta to the Outback. Potential bowl opponents include Georgia, South Carolina, and Arkansas.
Rittenberg is now the only one to have a Big Ten team earn an at-large BCS berth (Nebraska to the Fiesta). Last week, Rittenberg had msu-Rose and Wisco-Sugar, and Palm had Wisco-Rose and Michigan-Fiesta.
Everyone has Wisconsin to the Rose, except Schlabach, who sticks with msu. Speaking of msu, they're predicted in the Rose (1), Cap1 (3), Outback (1), and Insight (2). Michigan, on the other hand, is pretty much a concensus at the Cap1 (2) or Outback (5).
Of note is that several of these guys are predicting 10 Big Ten teams to be bowl eligible: Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, msu, Penn St, osu, Illinois, Iowa, Purdue, and Northwestern. There is a clear top half and botom half, but that's just crazy, man. That's why you're seeing random bowl games like New Era Pinstripe, Kraft Fight Hunger, and New Mexico Bowl. Rittenberg can't commit, so he just puts Illinois in "Other".