...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
So, one common thread this week has been the lack of calls on OL holding against Michigan. It seems that Martin and Roh, in particular, have often been held.
Several questions come up.
- How much of this is homerism? I think not a lot, but it is human nature to say "we was robbed!"
- Can Michigan coaches bring this to the attention of Big 10 Officials?
- Is there someone in their secret refing catacombs who reviews the tape and reprimands refs who are regularly messing up and missing holding calls?
- Do refs who mess up and miss this call much better when refing a UM game in the future?
- Will things get better by Big 10 play, when refs know that they can expect OL to hold Martin and Roh et al?
I'm thinking that the refs begin to know who the killer DL and LB are, and as the season goes on, more holding calls and penalty calls are caught. I'm also thinking that egregious tape of missed calls, both with ND and UMass, will only help us over the course of the season. Someone has to see what's been happening, and change things. In a sense, the best thing that could happen vs. BG is continued holding calls missed by the refs, leading to an over compensation in OUR FAVOR for the Big 10 season, when we really need the refs to be fair, and catching what is going on.
With the relative lack of strength in our defense, we need all the help we can get. Going through the UFR, there were at least 50 yards in missed holding penalties against UMass. This could have made a significant difference.
I'm at the tail end of a great week. My wife is pregnant with our first child and I'm on vacation visiting business schools. Obviously, Michigan's Ross is my first choice. It's a great school, the new building is fantastic (check it out if you haven't been), and its got a unique program that matches perfectly with my desired career path. I just hit "send" on the application and feel great about my chances.
Unfortunately, that's the problem. Despite every piece of positive news, I've got a very specific, overwhelming concern--will Obi Ezeh and Jonas Mouton be serviceable Big 10 linebacker this season? Add to that concerns about running backs, Mike Martin going pro after the season, and the shocking lack of depth in the secondary, and I'm legitimately worried. I spend my days concocting reasons why UMass's success shouldn't be a concern and why our defense can succeed in the Big 10.
Let's add another layer. I don't know a person dedicated or knowledgeable enough with which to watch a game. Everyone knows Denard Robinson is awesome at this point, but how many can appreciate Omameh destroying Te'o on the long touchdown against Notre Dame? This isn't an insult to others, but an indictment of my personality.
Brian had the long-standing email asking why he was a fan and why football was important. I'm starting to ask myself the same question. Last Saturday, I sat in my house screaming at the TV while the defense struggled. As my wife aptly points out, I don't take the same joy in watching the offense perform in a way I may never see again as a Michigan fan.
I always wanted someone like Donovan McNabb to wear the Maize and Blue. Now that a better player with better coaching (I really believe this) is running around making defenses look stupid, I take little joy in their successes. I almost broke my laptop when Rudolph scored his touchdown. When Michigan took the lead and eventually sealed the victory on Crist's throw out of the end zone, I was mildly satisfied.
My question to you, the fan, follows: why is football important to you? Why do you love Michigan football to the point of losing your temper, screaming at the TV, and investing your emotional happiness in 20-somethings you'll likely never meet?
I can't answer my question right now. I love Michigan football simply because I love Michigan football. "Why" is completely absent from the equation. I've got a love of my home state that somehow overrides enormous parts of my logical person and manifests itself in an intense desire to see the Wolverine's football team succeed. Is it guilt at leaving while the state struggles? Why do I care? Why do you? I think this exercise may help those of us that are struggling as the program completes (hopefully) its growing pains and become the ninja football machine we hope for late at night.
I never thought it would be a problem to sell two tickets to this game but everyone who had intrest has backed out. I had a death in the family and won't be able to make it to the game saturday, these are my season tickets section 41 row 40 seats 5 and 6 I will sell them for face value or lower.
There is one asshole that sits behind me and is always saying we should fire RR so beware.
Edit: Any advice on where I can sell these tickets if no one on here wants them?
As someone who is more of a casual fan of football, I see posts on this board that rely heavily on statistical analysis of the games. I was just wondering if coaches use the same types of analyses when preparing for games, or evaluating players, or is it something that this board has perfected because there are a lot of smart statisticians and engineer-types who just enjoy these kinds of exercises? If coaches do use these types of schematics, how do they help?
I'm scared. I won't be wearing my customized (my last name, groomsmen gift) Michigan football jersey this Saturday for the first time this season. I felt bad enough this past weekend when I forgot to wear my Block M t-shirt UNDERNEATH my jersey that I wore for UConn and ND, and we almost lost. Needless to say, this has become a mild superstition for me this season.
What are your superstitions on gameday? What lengths have you gone to ensure yours aren't broken?
An ND upperclassman throws in the towel: