The trip to Illinois is the last road trip for 2011 (thank God there were only 4). A win on Saturday and we end up 2 - 2 away from Michigan Stadium.
I will be making my first trip to Illinois and, as such, would like some useful tips from those experienced MGoBloggers about parking, tailgating and the like. I realize that the Wolverines are hated down there (but honestly Iowa was not bad at all) so we will be on alert. With the 3:30p start (thanks for nothin ESPN) ... I wil have plenty of time to get there by 10a Illinois time.
Thanks for the help and .... Go Blue!
Obviously, the PSU story has been dominating the news reels, and it should - what happened at PSU is horrific in so many ways. In looking at the MGoBoard, it is obvious that there is significant interest in this story, which is appropriate, given the magnitude. But, there is not a single board topic on the front page dealing with Michigan.
Like many, I come to this site as a distraction from day to day life, as a place to discuss my favorite topic, Michigan FB. A few hours ago, I read through the grand jury findings, and I was actually sick to my stomach. While I am following this story closely, I just need a break from it for a few minutes, and a place to discuss something far lighter - out upcoming game.
I offer this thread as a place to discuss the game, with the following questions:
1. What do you WANT to see out of our team against a medium-difficulty B10 team? (Obviously, points, a win, a shutout, etc., but how about some real expectations).
2. What do you EXPECT to see out of our team this week?
My answers to start it off:
1. I WANT to see Denard complete 60+% of his passes, and to hit at least 1-2 long passes. I also want to see Denard recognize the defense and scramble for some yards.
2. I actually expect both of those things to happen, except for the 1-2 long passes. Maybe we will see 1 jump ball, and if it completes, great. I also expect to see our defense tackle better. It seems like the past 2-3 games, our team has gotten away from some of the great fundamentals that we saw during the first week. I expect that to be the focus in practice this week, and hence, I expect fundamantals to improve on both sides of the ball.
This idea was a lot more fun last week, when nobody was projecting Michigan into the TicketCity bowl. At least CBS still loves us!
Last week, I looked at 6 sources (ESPN Blogs, ESPN Schlabach, ESPN Edwards, CBS, BTN, and CFN/Scout). Four had Michigan going to the Cap1, CBS said Fiesta, and Rittenberg said Insight. For reference, here is my google doc with Week 9 projections for the other Big Ten teams, as well as for BCS games. (ignore the fact that Week 11 is already filled out - just a copy/paste so I wouldn't have to rewrite a lot of the matchups/opponents if I didn't have to).
Now, on to week 10 (which covers games through this past weekend). And yes, chart.
|Post Week 10||
|Ok State||Ok State||Stanford||Oklahoma|
|Boise St||Stanford||Boise St||Boise St|
|Capital One||Penn St||Wisconsin||Michigan||Nebraska||msu||msu|
|S Carolina||S Carolina||Georgia||S Carolina||S Carolina|
|Insight||Michigan||Penn St||Nebraska||Penn St||Nebraska||osu|
|Texas A&M||Kansas St||Texas||
|Care Care||Iowa||osu||Penn St||Illinois||Iowa||Nebraska|
Ok, I haIn summary, Rittenberg kept Michigan in the Insight; CBS kept Michigan in the Fiesta (!); Brad Edwards kept Michigan in the Cap1; CFN and Schlabach dropped Michigan from Cap1 to Outback; and BTN dropped Michigan all the way from the Cap1 to the TicketCity bowl (screw you, Dienhart!). And not that you can average this sort of thing, but seems like the Outback is a likely destination for our Wolverines. And yeah, I'd be happy with that
And last week, 4/6 had Wisco in the Rose, with the other 2 having msu and Nebraska. This week, it's 3 Wisco and 3 msu.
Anyway, if this seems interesting, I'll do it again the next few weeks until bowl selection. Also, let me know if there are other bowl projections out there worth adding. I'm not doing Joe Schmo's blog or anything, but a local or national media outlet's projections might be interesting.
EDIT: source links:
According to a Pennsylvania newspaper report, Penn State President Graham Spanier will either resign or be fired by the end of the day.
I became sick to stomach reading the grand jury document this morning. It's revolting that there are such monsters in our midst and that witnesses would respond with such incompetence. Also, I believe research shows that abusers often have a very long track-record that goes back many years. Also, such abusers typically were once abused themselves.
With what we now know, these past article from SI about Jerry Sandusky and Linebacker U. are all the more horrifying. They couldn't have known about the awful word choice at the time:
It hasn't bothered Sandusky that The Second Mile thus far has kept him from leaving Penn State. "Many people have talked to me about hiring him," says Paterno, "but Jerry's been reluctant to talk to them because of all the commitments he has in this area." A couple of head-coaching jobs at the college level have come and gone, as well as inquiries from Oakland and Tampa Bay about interviewing Sandusky to become a pro assistant. "A long time ago Jerry really wanted to be a head coach," says Dottie, "but now there are so many things going that he never mentions it anymore."
"I'm concerned about his future," says Paterno, who spent 16 years as an assistant to Rip Engle at Penn State. "I'm proud of everything that he and Dottie have done, and I certainly wouldn't like to lose him, but I'd hate to see him lose his chance to be a head coach."
"The timing hasn't been right for me or my family," says Sandusky. "It might be someday. We believe the saying, 'It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it.' Dottie and I were disappointed when we couldn't have children, but we took it as a positive thing and it gave us an opportunity to do more."
Sandusky's parents, Art and Evie, ran a recreation center in Washington, Pa., and at heart, E.J. says, Sandusky is "a frustrated playground director." E.J. remembers the kickball games his father organized in the backyard. "Dad would get every single kid involved," says E.J. "We had the largest kickball games in the United States, kickball games with 40 kids."