FWIW. Michigan doesn't seem inclined to get re-involved.
Not sure if anyone has posted this but the rumor is TP tweeted another gem. This time he kept it in the family.
I just thought I would throw up Wisconsin's offensive numbers for the year to see if everyone actually realizes how good they are:
YPG - 440.3
Pass YPG - 207.6
Rush YPG - 239.9
PPG - 40.9
I get that our defense didn't play well against Wisonsin's offense this past weekend, but with 1 game left in the season, they have the 7th best scoring offense in the nation (which is better than our offense). It is almost like everyone disliking GERG and RichRod are acting surprised and shocked just so they can find something to bitch about with the team. Wait, it isn't almost like that, it is exactly like that. The Wisconsin offense is one of the best in the nation. They gained more rushing yards against us than they average and had one score more than they average. Did you really expect our horrid defense to hold them 10 or 15 points under their season average?
And before you bring out the Indiana debacle, even without that game, they are still averaging 37 points per game. That would put them at 14th in the nation right ahead of our offense.
I'll have the full conversation in tomorrow's Weekly Update, but Florida LB Ryan Petro (6'3", 205 lbs.) just left Michigan. He said, "The visit was amazing. If they were to offer I would probably commit." He'll back for an official most likely December 10th, but it's not set in stone yet.
He has his own website with highlights and info here. The coaches told him he could potentially fill an outside linebacker/safety hybrid role because of his athleticism.
Note: This isn't directed so much at the MGoBoard, as most of you are more rational than the subscribers to certain subscription sites. Those boards have been a TWIS-worthy disgrace the last 24 hours.
Where were we in August, at the start of spring practices? I felt that like most fans, I was thinking 7-5 was reasonable, and 8-4 if we stole a game or two. Keep in mind, that was when we thought that the run defense was a strength of this team behind an all B10 caliber nose guard in Mike Martin, and while our secondary was a little thin, we had some experience in Woolfolk and Floyd at the corners and reportedly, a phenom in the making in Cam Gordon at deep safety.
Since then, our top 3 corners (Turner, Woolfolk, Floyd) have either left or had season ending injuries, our difference maker (Martin) has been ineffective playing with injuries to both ankles, our deep safety (Cam Gordon) has moved to the spur position, and we are left with a thin, beat up, MASH unit that cant get off the field.
So with one game left, where are we? 7-4 and barring a miraculous upset 7-5 heading to a bowl game. Where did things go wrong? Did we really expect to beat Wisconsin? From what I've seen, the entitled Michigan fan screams, "I cant believe what RR has done to ruin my program! We were always competitive with all the teams we played. This is unacceptable! RAWR" Need we remember back to 2007, Lloyd's final season? With a senior-laden team with at least a full year of experience at every position over this year's team, we got embarrassed in our own house by a D1AA team, dominated by Oregon, and couldn't move the ball 100 yds on senior day vs OSU. The Michigan you knew and loved was a myth. The 70s and 80s aren't coming back. We are getting better and will be competitive next season, but never, regardless of who is coach, will we walk all over our entire schedule. And so, regardless of who is coach, some will never be pleased.
Stay the course. I trust our AD to make the right decision for the program. We are young and getting better. Lets let this play out and see how we fair with expectations in 2011, coming off an 8-5 season. As always, Go Blue.
I was having this conversation with the wife and her brother today. It started with this question? When has Michigan been dominate during our lifetime? Never actually, sometimes great amd mostly consistant is what I remember. My point is, why do we bash the current coaching staff when history says we haven't really done anything lately. 1 NC in my lifetime. I am not going to stop rooting or supporting the team ever. I just sit here and read this blog and like the previous post....come back from the ledge and grip reality. Have a great weekend and lets see what happens against the Buckeyes.
before the spelling Nazi gets me...its consistent not consistant.
In case anyone cares, here are my shots from the game (and other things) from yesterday.
The Pre-game shots, wandering around the stadium through the coin toss:
Shots of the game:
Shots after the game:
A panoramic shot of Michigan Stadium:
Messing around with photoshop to get an effect like they are those little electric football players:
And a shot of the F-15's that were flying around briefly before the game: