a terrible blight on our fine country
After I saw Denard take that speed option to the house I was nagged by the feeling I had watched this before but not quite. I finally figured out what I was watching and I went to the Youtubes. I found 2 interesting things.
1. Go to 0:50 of this video. I guarantee we'll be seeing this play soon. This is the exact play we ran except it was from the shotgun. Koger will have a walk in TD in the next few weeks. If you watch the whole video they have some other plays I think we'll see soon. They have a QB counter trey from the gun at the 2:30 minute mark that would look great with Denard. I think you see in this video how much Osborne influenced the current spread craze.
2. I went back and watched a Tommie Frazier highlight package. Can you see Denard in there? I think the running style with the combo of power and speed is pretty similar and his throwing motion is pretty dead on.
A lot of talk everywhere about the offensive transition, Manball, RR's offense, Spread etc. Eveyone has an opinion on what we should be doing, but I wonder if this year may change Hoke's and Borges's feelings on what they should be running and wether or not Borges can come up with up with an entirely new offense?
It's clear from Hoke's background that he is willing to allow his coordinators run the show with a lot fo freedom. He has run all sorts of different offenses in his 10 years as a head coach.
Borges has been around forever, appears pretty flexible and pretty smart.
So my thinking is is that our #1 QB for the next 3 years is likely going to be a guy who's best asset is his legs. Over the course of those 3 years Borges is going to continue to tinker with his offense and I wonder after those 3 years when Shane Morris probably takes control of the offense we are not some type of hybrid offense somewhere between Wisconsin, Stanford and Oregon.
Do you think after a couple of years Borges and Hoke embrace the spread or do you think we'll end up like we were with most of the runs out of the I with a pro style passing game and it will look like we picked up where we left off with Henne, Hart and Manningham?
I think some form of the spread is here to stay and they'll add some power elements and we'll look like ND's offense a little bit when Shane gets here. I think Borges is like a kid in a candy store trying to figure out all the different type of plays that work now that he has a guy like Denard.
I might kill Brian by using the name Debord, but is it possible we'll look like the Debord Citrus Bowl offense against Florida in 3 years? Everyone seemed to enjoy that offense.
The report said the victim "sustained bruises on his neck from this event."
At about 10:25 a.m., two males were witnessed "wrestling on the ground" in the South Oval, according to the police report. The primary witness is a university employee who declined to comment, but said in the police report that Berry was muttering things such as "I don't know what is going on around me." The report said Berry "appeared confused and disoriented and was unable to tell me his name."
The middle-aged woman said that the student on the ground had attacked another student. The student on the ground, who was later identified as Jaamal Berry, was clearly out of sorts and appeared to be quite disconnected from his surroundings."Discuss.
Last week the Ohio Supreme Court issued a scheduling order in ESPN's case against Ohio State for not turning over documents. ESPN claims that a number of public records request have not been honored by OSU. Among the missing records are emails involving Sarniak, records regarding NCAA violations, and others.
The scheduling order sets a timetable for the case to be decided over the next few months. Because a many-months crawl to justice would be too quick for OSU, the university recently tried to slow things down.
Yesterday, OSU asked the Ohio Supreme Court to refer the case to mediation. If the court agreed, then the scandal-hungry media company and the scandal-plagued university would try to resolve things amicably with a powerless neutral person to help facilitate the dialogue. As you could imagine, mediation has a wonderful chance of making both sides extremely happy. /s
ESPN must respond to OSU's recent request on Monday. Presumably, ESPN will oppose mediation, mainly because there remain fundamental differences between both sides over the scope and effect of FERPA (the federal student privacy law). ESPN thinks it doesn't apply to emails about NCAA violations, and OSU disagrees. Based on the letters from both sides that appeared in yesterday's filing, the two sides have no chance of meeting in the middle. ESPN would undoubtedly leave mediation without the smoking guns it so desperately seeks.
I view Ohio State's request for mediation as having two main objectives: (1) to take this fight out of the public eye; and (2) to prolong the process. Dragging things out is in OSU's interest because it increases ESPN's costs and it also promises that any revelations from the mysterious documents (if they ever see the light of day) will be old news once they emerge.
This would be a wonderful opportunity for the Ohio Supreme Court to punt, so to speak. While I don't think there's much merit to the mediation request due to the intractable FERPA issue, I would never underestimate an elected official's aversion to making a controversial decision.
Yes, these judges are elected. Long live democracy.
[edit: as always, the court documents can be found at this link]
It is quite a surprise we are all here. After the performance of the offense and defense at various times against the Fighting EMUs I expected the worst heading into a game with a talented San Diego State. SDSU’s mascot is the Aztecs. These violent lots of people from history were neighbors to the Mayan civilization. Being so close to 2012, I began thinking Saturday against the Aztecs was a bad omen. If we played like we did versus the Fighting EMUs against this bunch, at the very least there would be a sacrifice of one of our former Aztec coaches.
HOKE also gave fuel to SDSU’s fire because of the way he left. He sent them a text, put on his Sony Walkman and looped the Proclaimers’ smash hit, “I would walk 500 miles.” It left a sour taste in the mouths of many Aztecs and they were ready to stuff MANBAWW FOOTBAWW down HOKE’s throat. But it turned out that HOKE went from being an Aztec to being a Tlaxcalan with the help of his coordinators Cortez and Pedro de Alvarado in the conquering of SDSU.
I wanted to attend this game but the realities of reality would not allow for it. If I were to descend into Ann Arbor for any game at any time, I would not return. I would end up waking on a park bench to a police officer with a cattle prod. Out of respect to my job that pays, I stayed home and watched it on the tele. My roommates thought it would be an excellent day to drop cleaning day at the exact time as the Michigan game. I reminded them that nothing takes precedence over my 3-3 ½ hours of joy I get out of a whole week by shot putting the vacuum cleaner onto Farmington Road. The point was made and the game began.
Pre-Rage Pic of Roomy and Vacuum Cleaner: I think it is a Dyson:
I could not fathom the start that I witnessed. Michigan jumped out to a 14-0 nothing lead quicker than Gorgeous Borges fixes his hair in the morning. The way this game was going, I could enjoy a wonderful trip from my trusty suitcase and enjoy the colors on the screen hoping that a double rainbow appears at midfield. Lou Holthsss would appear and Mike Martin would eat him like a bowl of Luck Charms. Luckily I didn’t take my doctor’s approved amount of blotter or else I would I would be writing from a room full of rubber pads and foam razor blades. The momentum ceased immediately after the numbers 14 dotted the scoreboard.
The defense fought SDSU into a stalemate for most of the game forcing three turnovers. This started prompting the question on many minds if these turnovers were made out of skill or luck. It seems that this year the defense has as many turnovers as Bret Bielema has steaks in his jock strap. All the guessing and analyzing can be done by the professional stat guys in our MGoBlog community, but the fact is that no one really knows. We all know the defense is at least one shade better than the defense last year and that might mean you can pin the answer on that, but Michigan has also being playing with fire the whole year so far with all but one team in the field position battle. EMU and SDSU entered Michigan territory many times luckily coming away with very little. It was like the man and his wife who hung around grizzlies for an extended time period. It seemed fun, dangerous, and amazing that a grizzly didn’t swipe a piece of their fuckin taint and guzzle it down with a side of salmon eggs and fresh spring water until they became the main course one evening as we received a bone chilling feeling listening to their blood curdling screams until their larynx became dessert. Not a scene I want repeating in my head ever again. Michigan’s defense is paying the same game, but with pre-pubescent black bears for opponents save maybe Notre Lame. Eventually we might get a big ole bear swat that deflates our jubilation at the current moment. Maybe not. Maybe Mattison has installed true grit into his players and the bending is all part of the plan as long as he blitzes like bipolar hell banshees until the opponents QB shits the bed like Lindley did this past Saturday. We won’t know until further into the season as we test ourselves against a larger talent pool.
John Wayne Mattison's True Grit Secret Blitz Play:
Offense? Well we have Denard Robinson who sprinkles diamonds on his food because even his shit sparkles. That is unless he passes. Denard sparked the Wolverine offense with his legs once again and helped the team to a 28-7 victory with another 200 yard rushing game. There is no doubt that he is a special human and we all feel like associate doctors watch him surgically disembowel opponents from stadium seating with RAWK theme music. There is one brighter spot that has emerged from an offense that only possessed a Denard Maglite last year that was beaten and thrown around as if sociopathic 6th graders got a hold of a kitten. Vincent Smith is the epitome of a true Wolverine this year. The man who is often confused for a TLC little person show character that runs like a bull moose and fights like a wiry wolverine. This is hopefully a viable option the whole year. There was no other option than Denard last year, and our opponents knew that. He was ran into the ground last year carrying the offense on his shoulders, a tough task to do with a donkey kicking Lewan that sends Chinese Buffets scrambling to lock their doors when he walks down the street. Again, time will tell if Smith will continue to be an option down the road and if Denard’s passing game make’s Dick Cheney’s heart beat more than our opponents. (Dick, I still want fuchsia colored boa back if you are reading this. Until then, I refuse to be bunk mates again if there is another intercontinental emergency or bad Michigan season.)
Never before seen Vincent Smith recruiting video:
With that said we face another opponent that should seriously consider heading up a powerful community college league for a farm program of the USFL. The LOLophers looked like a competitor in their game against USC and then fell apart quickly afterwards. It is bad when your program reminisces about the glory days of Glen Mason. I predict a big win with big Denard numbers again. I will sleep well, but anxiously for the season ahead. I can take care of the anxiety with whisky, codeine, and some glue, but I cannot fix the wrinkles Gorgeous Borges and John Wayne Mattison face ahead. Let the B1G season begin by playing some whack-a-Lolopher and gaining some momentum for the same beginning with a different ending.
P.S. For a sure winning bet on a big game this weekend in Madison, place your bets on the team in red and white.
Title says it all. It's on right now on BTN.