i like 'em both
Cam Newton without a doubt will be tough to stop, but the firepower on the opposite side of the ball is equally as good if not better. I have to go Ducks 38- Tigers 35. I guess
I like Oregon's defense a bit more than Auburn even though the tigers have Nick Fairly who is a monster (can we get a guy like that?! This is MICHIGAN!!). Just wondering who people are taking tonight.
Here's what I don't get:
We hear all the time how football=religion down south. It's more than just a game or sport for them. It's a way of life. Hell, it's bigger than life or death We, us damn Yankees, don't understand.
But now we are being told -- including by some of our own -- that we are a rabid fanbase that, in expecting our football team to live up to its historical standards, expects too much and has made the HC gig on U of M an undesirable job.
Well... which is it?
I was listening to an ESPN writer talk (don't even care what his name was) on the radio the other day about the way RR was “badly” treated when he first came to Ann Arbor. And if we’re at all honest, the “base” was divided on RR. As someone, looking back, that was not in favor of the hire ... I was listening to a guy that had absolutely no idea about Michigan football telling me about Michigan football. (So in essence this is my response to him ... not the blog.)
So where was Michigan football before RR. In 2003, we did win the B1G Ten championship. In 2006, we are 1 play away from playing for the MNC. 2007 was a huge disappointment ... because it followed on the heels of 2006, yet we still kicked Florida’s ass. We were still only 10 years removed from a National Title. The “Michigan Man” as this ESPN dude continued to regurgitate is actually a direct quote from Bo, as he was referring to Coach Fisher taking over the BB team in 1989 ... yet that’s all we hear about now as to Michigan’s coaches.
So what was it about RR that split the base ? OK. I’m old. I am pre-Bo. I had issues with Bo because he rarely put a focus into offense or special teams. He loved defense ... he built his teams based on defense. Michigan football was “3 yards and a cloud of dust”. Not very exciting ... but almost always successful. We were lousy at punting and missed FG’s cost Bo at least 2 more Big Ten titles. But, had the bowl system been the same back then ... Bo would have played in 20 straight.
But the boring offensive style all changed when Harbaugh came onboard. Suddenly we had an offense ... what fun !!! But what happened after that was beyond what anyone thought ... Michigan became QB University ! After Harbaugh we had QB after QB get drafted into the NFL ... Harbaugh, Grbac, Collins, Grease, Brady, Henson, Navarre and Henne ( 8 QB’s in 20 years) ... and Mallett was in line to follow Chad. We ran a pro style offense, so NFL bound QB’s wanted to come to Michigan. Wide receivers knew Michigan was a good choice because of the QB. We were also producing an entire roster worth of offensive lineman that went to the NFL, again because we played a pro style offense. And yet, Michigan was still expected to produce a tough, very tough defense. We bitched about any season where we lost 3 or more games, and yeah Tressel brought osu back from the Cooper days (when we owned tOSU just as bad as we owned Penn State). So Michigan football had some maintenance issues in 2007, but the “machine” itself was not broken, ... and we still had offensive weapons returning.
So, to me, when Bill Martin hired RR it was the end of QB University. Michigan didn’t need to change the football system, we just needed someone to put new paint on it, wax it, shine it up and fine tune what Bo and Moeller & Carr had made Michigan. So that is why I was one of those “base” fans that was not in favor of the RR hire. I, like everyone else had no idea what would happen ... I still thought we would win football games, even important ones. ( FWIW – it is all ancient history now ).
Go Blue !
Just something that's pretty cool... this is a snippet of ESPN's "Insider" coverage on the Michigan Coaching Situation:
3) The Michigan-bedecked plane that was in Baton Rouge for about two hours on Friday morning has since made several trips to Hilton Head -- where, according to MGoBlog.com, Lloyd Carr has a vacation home. The Carr faction is believed to be backing Hoke. 4) MGoBlog also hears from its own sources that Michigan did indeed interview Jon Gruden on Saturday, although Gruden is in Arizona working the BCS title game for ESPN Radio so it's unclear where a meeting would have taken place.
The full "insider" article can be found here: http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/features/rumors, i didn't want to copy/paste more than where MGoBlog is mentioned for fear of violating the premium info policy.
Congrats to Brian and everyone else who runs the blog, I know TomVH was quoted heavily regarding recruits on all kinds of MSM venues, congrats guys.
Just a quick question to someone who knows more then me on this situation. We currently have somewhere between 11 to 13 recruits who have been offered a scholarship. When a new coach is hired can he pull back an offer from the university to a recruit that has been offered by the previous coach staff? I've read on here that players who are committed need to wait and see if the new coach wants them in there class hence the question.
Today's "snow armageddon" in the southeast got me to thinking . . .
For those of you that live in the south, y'all know what kind of reaction there is to a predicted snow storm. For those in the north, a snow storm is an everyday occurrence and you probably laugh hysterically at the reaction of southerners. (Yes, all of the bread and toilet paper in the local Target here was gone by early evening yesterday in preparation for the 4-8 inches of snow predicted).
On my enjoyable drive into work this morning, with the roads to myself, I started comparing the physical and emotional reactions of people to approaching wintry weather compared to the reaction to coaching changes across the country. As the analysis evolved, it became pretty entertaining and I wanted to share in case you are entertained as well. What I've tried to do is match the reactions to snow storms based on geographic location to the reactions of a fan base to a coaching change at a particular school. Here's some categories I've created - please feel free to add more that you believe are pertinent, especially for schools/locations that are less extreme examples that the ones I chose:
Snow in Georgia = Coaching Change at Michigan: I think this fits. Those of you in Georgia (Atlanta, in particular) that deal with approaching snow storms know how drastically people freak out when even a hint of snow is forecasted. I think this is how the coaching change/search has gone with Michigan fans:
Everyone that freaked out about a change are analogous to southerners living in Georgia that are not used to the snow. Those that did not want a coaching change were aware that a change could occur but were emotionally unprepared and started freaking out when it became a foregone conclusion (equivalent to southerners flocking to the grocery store to get milk and bread).
Everyone that welcomed the change are analogous to northerners living in Georgia that feel comfortable in anticipation of a snow storm. Those that welcomed the coaching change believed it would be "all good" and did not worry. However, once the change came they quickly realized that they were not prepared for the fallout and became extremely nervous and began expressing their reservations. For example, Atlanteans (?) realized that getting to work from the suburbs was almost an impossible exercise, just as the coaching change at Michigan has frustrated many to the point of trying to remove themselves emotionally.
[You could probably substitute several schools here including, but not limited to, Florida(?) and USC(?)]
Snow in Michigan = Coaching Change at Eastern Michigan: You could substitute a number of schools here but I thought Eastern was the most fun. Everyone that lives in or has driven regularly in Michigan knows that snow in that state is a regular occurrence and almost all but disregarded. (As an aside, I can remember being in school up there in 1993, probably the worst winter I've experienced, and classes went on as usual. I remember walking to the Frieze Building in a -60 degree wind-chill for my 8am calculus class. And I also remember commuting to work on roads covered in ice with people driving at least the speed limit, seemingly oblivious to the ice.)
I imagine this to be the same for die-hard fans of Eastern Michigan football (are there any???). They basically expect a coaching change every 2-3 years as part of the game. Just as players graduate and new players must be recruited, so do coaches at schools like Eastern.
[Other analogous schools = Minnesota(?), Washington(?)]
Snow in Florida = Coaching Change at Penn State: This one is the most enjoyable to discuss . . . Everyone in Florida knows that it could, one day, snow there. Every Penn State fan understands that, some day, Joe Paterno will retire, be fired, or pass away on the job. Nevertheless, each year that goes by where neither happens leaves Florida residents less prepared just as it leaves Penn State fans unprepared for a change. In particular, every year, Penn State's coveted assistants get wooed by other schools (e.g. Bradley) and Penn State fans freak out that their coach-in-waiting is going to be gone. When the time actually comes, if ever, its going to be very entertaining to watch.
Snow in Canada = Coaching Change at Notre Dame: Per jHackney. Self-explanatory.