Petway nails threes to death metal. Seriously.
Ohio LB Sean Duggan committed to Boston College. It makes sense since he goes to a Jesuit high school, and has teammates at BC. Michigan was doing some things right with him, but it wasn't enough.
What the hell was that? Two weeks to prepare for Penn State, a walk on quarter back, an injury riddled defense and we come up with that? The entire coaching staff is to blame for this debacle. GERG ever here of blitzing? How can you not challenge a walk on? Thomas Gordon was the only player that even got close. I like many other alumni and season ticket holders demand better than this. This was one of the worst efforts I have seen in years. We deserve much , much better.
If you want to defend the staff, fine. But please don't trot out the old "It's our fanbase that disappoints me the most" line. That might be applicable at some schools, but it isn't here.
We have a great fanbase. Yes, maybe it's a little quieter than it could be on gameday, but the fact is, we turn out in larger numbers than any other fanbase in the country to see our team play. The last two years, PSU had a larger stadium than us, but we still outdrew them - we continued to sell out, while they couldn't do so even when their team went 11-2 back-to-back years. We filled up the place to watch a 3-9 team and a 5-7 team. And even after those disappointments we're still turning out this season. And by and large, this fanbase has been patient. RR has always drawn more cheers than boos when he's been announced. I can tell you that this would not happen at a lot of other schools, given how he's done. When he says we have great fans, he's not kidding. He saw what it was like at WVU. We've treated him with respect and will always do so, even if he ends up losing his job.
People aren't upset because they "aren't fans." If they weren't fans, they wouldn't care. Watching the winningest program in history go 13-19 over three seasons (4-16 in conference) is incredibly painful. It's like watching a friend battle an addiction. You hope the friend (program) will get it together, but at some point you wonder if it will happen, and if not, what can be done to bring things back to the way they were. That is a reasonable reaction. Above all, we're fans of Michigan. I would love for RR to win big here. But at the end of the day, if it's not in our program's interests for him to stay employed, so be it. Don't tell me I'm not a fan for saying that.
Just got back from the game (stayed over night in PA), and had a few random observations to share about the experience:
1-from the direction we came in, the stadium looked huge and dominated the landscape.
2-as it got dark out before the game ... the stadium structure, style, and lighting, looked very similar to a cruise ship docked at port.
3-tailgating was abundant and there were many more visibly drunk people than I expected.
4-apparently there is a uniform for all the girls ... you need to be skinny, have long brown/black hair to your mid-back, wear tight black or gray leggings (or jeans), and Uggs boots. It was quite odd really ... there seemed like there were 1,000s of girls that looked identical in this way. Maybe this is the way college girls dress when it is colder out, but I did not notice the same trend at any other game this year.
5-the lighted concession stands outside the stadium were the same as at a carnival or fair ... which added to that type of atmosphere.
6-inside the stadium, the concourses where riddled with girders that created a maze of obstacles that you can to duck under and weave in and out of. We saw two people hit their heads ... it was not attractive and was annoying.
7-the bathrooms were bad ... the worst I have been to in a while ... and the lines were silly long.
8-at our seats, the stadium looked pretty big ... but not collegiate. The student section was impressive with their white wear and pom poms.
9-the crowd did get into it at times, but seemed a bit subdued.
10-took a good hour to get out of the parking lot after game was over.
All in all, the Michigan stadium and experience is sooo much nicer, classier, and I am not at all jealous of PSU ... except maybe for their student section involvement.
Some people predicted the regular season and the bowl game, some predicted just the regular season, and some predicted both. To deal with that, I split predictions into ones that didn't account for bowl games and ones that did. "8-4 + bowl win" type predictions were applied to both categories and so did predictions of 5-7 and below. That makes the losing predictions overrepresentative, but what can you do...
Exclusively regular season: 187 total
|Record Predicted||# of predictions||% of whole|
Regular season + bowl (if 6+ wins): 168 total
|Record Predicted||# of predictions||% of whole|
Things that interested me in Table 1:
- 47% of posters predicted 8-4 or better.
- About 62% of posters predicted either 7-5 or 8-4
- 81% predicted at least 7-5
Thing from Table 2:
Very few people predicted bowl losses.
Notes: I counted 13-0 and 6-7 as also being predictions of 12-0 and 6-6, respectively. The only prediction I didn't count was gordie bell's 0-13 since it's mathematically impossible. I might have miscounted once or twice, but cut me some slack. I'm not Mathlete, people.
I'm in Chapel Hill for a trip and noticed one of the frat houses has a huge 30ft banner dedicated to Marquise Williams. Is that a recruiting violation??