I did not make this headline up
I marked this "OT" because people have complained about Sparty postings.
At first glance it's an innocuous article with Dantonio swinging at a bunch of softballs, but I think it's particularly notable for the photo. He is *smiling*. Did he finally take my advice and eat a bucket of prunes?
I Wore 21: The Legend of Desmond Howard - September 10, 2011 Release
Huh, I wonder why they chose that date? Note, this was already posted in a post about a month ago and thought it should have its own thread.
So it appears as if Scout has added some more people to their list of 5 stars. Diamond is still 9th at OT as he was before, but now with that 5th star.
Well it seems that UNC has it's own issues with players getting parking violations but they make tOSU's look like child's play...
North Carolina has released documents showing a group of North Carolina Tar Heels football players accumulated more than $13,000 in parking citations over a 3½-year period.
WTF?!?! 13 grand!!!!
An earlier thread today about which of UM's top 3 rivals ND, OSU, MSU was most beatable prompted me to suggest that the new divisional setup might eventually change Michigan fans priorities about who you most love to beat, since only MSU is in the Legends division. After all, a loss to OSU doesn't affect winning the division as much as a loss within the division. And a loss the ND has no effect on winning the B1G.
I was surprised by the one reply I got, "Yes, we want to win our division. But it's arguable which would be better: winning our division but losing to these three schools, or not winning the division but beating these three. Honestly, I'd probably take the latter, assuming MSU doesn't win the division."
I know Big Ten rivalries are more important than in other conferences. Nebraska's biggest rivalry was with Oklahoma, it paled in comparison with UM-OSU. But it was built on the fact that the winner usually determined the Big 8 title, the Orange Bowl, and maybe a NC shot. As a B1G newcomer, I'm sure Nebraska fans will feel the same way, whoever consistently blocks our path in the Legends will become our biggest rival.
What do MGoBoard members think, faced with the hypothetical "beat our 3 top rivals or win the division/B1G title" ?
And a more real-world scenario: will winning divisional games change the importance of --well, at least ND or MSU???
UPDATED: Everybody good-naturedly wacked me for confusing Legends/Leaders in original post, still suffering mental block not liking the names.
Thanks for the responses, great board
I am not wearing the Maize colored glasses today sipping Hoke's Special Kool-Aid by my UM-themed pool thinking about a Top 10 D, but am considering our current situation and some recent player comments. When considering the following, I wonder if we have a chance at the record of the biggest jump:
- We are starting from 108 out of 120 which provides a chance for a big leap
- We are returning a decent number of starters
- Huge, huge upgrade at DC
- Apparent upgrade with Defensive position coaches
- Comments like "Everyone knows their roles. Everyone knows why they've got to do this, why they've got to do that. In the old defense, we just knew this was what we were supposed to do. We really didn't understand it." from Jibreel Black seeming to indicate that we at least understand the scheme better.
I suppose the only wildcard to dramatic improvement would if the offense implodes and stresses our defense. Just getting to average provides a 50 spot boost. Allowing 350 yards a game and cracking the top 40 is a 68 position jump. Maybe that is not completely unreasonable considering spots 35-45 last year were NCST, Arizona, Illinois, Hawaii, Va Tech, Fla St, Missouri, San Diego State, Air Force, Penn State, Maryland. Granted, that is a 100 yards/game improvement from last year which would be stunning. I don't know what our upside is, I am at least feel optimistic about our chances.