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I think it's healthy to step back and get some perspective on a day like today. At least this prick is not Michigan's head coach:
For anyone who missed it, Sparty trailed Eastern late in the 3rd quarter. They looked abysmal. Dantonio should be pissed but it takes a real knob to do something like this. The B1G is wide open, and Michigan's for the taking.
- Michigan was the better team yesterday and if you remove the ridiculous number of turnovers, they kill the Irish.
- The offensive line looked great all game, giving Denard tons of time and opening up running lanes. Michigan probably could have ridden the O-line to victory easily. They dominated the much-heralded ND front seven.
- Borges went gimmicky far too early, IMO. The Devin Gardner pass was a nice play, but also a harbinger of things to come. The Vincent Smith HB-pass was far too cute. Hopefully looking at the film from this game will lead to more confidence and more straight-forward game planning in BIG season.
- The defense is getting much better up front and controlled the game yesterday. Tackles were spread evenly throughout the team, with the LBs and DTs accounting for a good percentage. No sacks is disappointing though.
- Desmond Morgon and Kenny Demens - They were everywhere hauling down Irish backs. Nice to see the veterans (Kovacs too) leading the defense in tackles.
- Roy Roundtree and Jeremy Gallon - Several key receptions on third down for these two.
- Elliot Mealer - Looked very good opening holes for the run game. Props to Schofield as well for superior protection on passing downs.
- Denard's Feet - Take out the 3 sacks and you get 23 carries for 111 yards, or nearly 5 yards per carry.
- Norfleet - Hard running on returns put Michigan in good field position. Still awaiting the inevitable.
Oh man, the alcohol is wearing off. I'm not sure what to do about last night. Got careless... got taken advantage of. We should have used protection. but we were... stupid. We are better than that.
Right now, there is an egg looking to attach to our collective fallopian tubes. But it's not their fault. We are smarter than that, we should have been more careful. 6 times we could have protected ourselves. 6 times! That's gotta be a record for one night.
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Okay, so I know we may be sick of snowflake threads, but I'd like to think I'm grandfathered in, after making next day threads for the past few weeks.
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Denard Robinson is our most decorated fighter pilot.
He has more planes painted on the side of his fighter than any other pilot in the history of our fine program. Last night, he flew a sortie that officially designated him the most prolific pilot in our history. The problem is, he crashed his plane into a mountain on the way back. This is not his first time crashing a plane.
It's also worth it to note that he has singlehandedly saved several missions. He can do things with an airplane that have never been done before, and won't be done since.
The plane was built well enough that we almost survived, but not quite. Some people want to see the pilot honorably discharged (not I). Others started blaming the flight controller for not steering him away from the mountain (not I). Still others are encouraged that even though we went hurtling into a mountain at 600 mph, we almost came out unscathed (I).
After tonights game it is good to see that Denard has become a leader on this team. I always hated the Tebow post game "no team will try harder" speach, but I like what Denard had to say following tonights loss.
"I want to say sorry to everybody who watched football, watched Michigan football and whoever follows Michigan football, I want to say sorry and it won't happen no more. I am going to be accountable for the rest of the season. I'll tell you that much."
Most disappointed I've been in I don't know how long, the 22 years I've been living, this is the most disappointed I've been in myself.
I hope we can put this behind us and move into B1G play and get a big win two weeks from now at Purdue.
I was curious if anyone else, especially those that went to the game, noticed the numerous plays where there were whistles being blown from the crowd? I noticed it first on a the kickoff return following ND's FG, and there was the play where the penalty was waived. WTF?!?
I am not making excuses for the loss, but it infuriated me to no end, and I felt like the refs had to have heard it, and should have started giving 15 yard penalties.Could there be any greater douche baggery than pulling that crap?
Well, that sucked. While these are fresh in my head, here are my thoughts on the game:
1. Defense - we played a great defensive game. When you turn the ball over 6 times, some of those well into your own territory, and only give up a single TD and 2 FGs, that is some damn good defense. I was especially happy with our safety and LB play against the run. Kovaks was just awesome today.
2. Defensive turnovers. I am somewhat concerned about why we are not creating fumbles on defense. Not a knock agianst our defense, which see above, but are we just not swarming the ball and tacking hard enough or is it something else? We will need to create turnovers to win the game.
3. Defensive pressure - again, see #1, but we really do need to get more pressure on opposing QBs. NDs QB situation is shit, but against teams with better QBs, allowing that much pocket time is going to hurt us.
4. Ok, the offense. I know that we put up a big 6 points, but the offense actually looked OK. Denard ran well, and Gallon continues to be - in my mind, at least - our best receiver. That kid is consistent and catches just about everything thrown his way. No, he is not going to be Megatron, but he is a great possession receiver.
5. Denard - sometimes, you just have a crappy game. This was definitely that. Let's not extrapolate too much from this. Hopefully, he will never see a LB as good as Teo again this year (until the Rose Bowl?). He just had a crappy game, and there is not more to say. Yes, we all know about the problem with INTs, and no he is not going to pick a team apart like Tom Brady, but this is nothing new. Denard will continue to save us in some games and cost us in others.
6. Fitz - he really needs to get his game back together, because he is just not impressive. Not sure, though, if it is on him or his line. Either way, if we want to have a chane to win the B10, we need to develop some non-Denard running game and fast.
OK, that's all I got. What are all of your thoughts?