landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
I want to do some distribution into my network if someone has a link to an edited video. It brought a lot of attention to Nick Fairley last year once people started sending around clips of all his questionable hits. I figure extra attention to this bullshit can't hurt. Any help would be much appreciated and you suggest you send it out as well.
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
I've started this post three separate times now and the agony of defeat has left me bereft of words the first two. This time no fooling around: Rum makes words happen. Rum and bullet points... prose makes pain.
Learn from yesterday...
What can we learn from yesterday?
- That it is not indicative of how well Michigan will play, nor fare going forward. Every game remains winnable.
- That this Michigan team is still composed of personnel that does not match up well with Michigan State, especially when the wind is howling.
- That strong winds + Kirk Cousins > strong winds + Denard Robinson.
- That punting to the moon is not necessarily the best idea in a windstorm.
- That Dantonio is a good coach that hates Michigan more than anything in the whole wide world and is willing to overlook, if not coach his players to play dirty and take cheap shots at anyone in a winged helmet.
- That sometimes you can just punch a guy in a game and it's all good. No need to get hasty and eject anyone.
- That having in-laws that went to MSU, and are smart, respectable people does not seem bad at all until Michigan loses to little brother 4 years in a row and they make sure to call and rub it in even though they would be totally embarrassed if they had actually seen the game and how the representatives of their fine university conducted themselves.
- That yesterday sucked.
Live for Today…
Only two things to hang my hat on:
1. Brady Hoke – Despite everything that transpired on the field, our team looked well coached and kept their composure. There was not a whiff of retaliation and we should all be proud as fans of how classy our team was. More than anything else so far, the game yesterday showed us that this is Hoke's team, and that Michigan is still in the business of coaching young men to greatness on and off the field.
2. Michigan's Seniors – It would have been easy to let emotions take over and start taking cheap shots at the end. These guys took the high road, kudos to them. They are the ones that will bring this team back together to finish the season strong.
Hope for Tomorrow
We may look back at that game as strong medicine, a vile tonic that both humbles and gives that fire in the belly that can lead to great things. There couldn't be a better time for a bye week to regroup. Then the season begins anew, with a warm-up against Purdue before the real tests begin. Michigan was never out of the MSU game until that pick-six. They were right there to tie it up late in the 4th and are again the equal of the Spartans at least. Two weeks to coach off of that game film will yield dividends for a disciplined group such as this. Hopefully everyone can stomach the 4th loss to Sparty in a row and keep their faith in our coach. He will have Michigan a team to take pride in, and he is doing it the right way, the Michigan way.
Go Blue and stay safe.
Mark Dantonio has now coached in five Michigan-Michigan State games. If you're wondering whether UM's players have justification to start feeling a bit like a roughed-up MSU dorm-hall coed and her friends, you're right.
Inglorious stats from the past five Michigan-Michigan State games, if I gleaned the play-by-play logs accurately:
|YEAR||MSU PFs||MSU RPs||MSU UCs||MSU all 3 combined||UM all 3 combined|
PF = personal foul RP = roughing the passer UC = unsportsmanlike conduct
Basically, Dantonio's Spartans are going to play like a bunch of hooligans when Michigan plays at Michigan State -- 11 personal fouls and 3 roughing-the-passer penalties in three games played at Spartan Stadium. And in the past three Michigan games alone, the Spartans have committed 9 personal fouls, 3 roughing-the-passer penalties and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. (By comparison, Michigan has committed 2 such penalties in the past thee games, and 5 in the past 5 Michigan State games.)
All this excludes the chop-block penalty incurred late last year on Michigan State, which crushed Mike Martin's leg -- a vicous attempt to injure -- and excludes the likely suspension coming to Gholston on Monday.
Maybe we've all got it wrong, however.
Maybe Dantonio isn't modelling his football program after Jim Tressel's at Ohio State's; rather, maybe he's patterning it on Dennis Erickson's notorious Miami-Florida teams of the early 1990s. True, Saturday's total of four personal fouls and two roughing-the-passer penalties isn't nudging up next to Miami's bellwether game when it comes to notoriety -- the 1991 Cotton Bowl, when Erickson's Hurricanes were flagged 10 times either for personal fouls or unsportsmanlike conduct in a 16-penalty victory over Texas. But six ugly penalties is in the ballpark, let's not sell Gholston and co. short.
More encouragingly, Dantonio's players have only a short ways to go to match those Hurricanes' worst off-field crime incident. The Hurricanes weren't wearing ski masks or roughing up co-eds, but back in their bad-ass heyday some 40 Miami players were involved in an on-campus disturbance that could be put down only by 14 squad cars worth of cops and a police dog.
But here's where you can be proud, Sparty. When Sports Illustrated wrote an open letter to Miami's president in 1995 compelling him to shut down his renegade football program, the author cited a Miami Herald story in which it claimed -- in shocking italics! -- that "No fewer than one of every seven scholarship players on last season's team has been arrested while enrolled at your university." Hell, everyone knows the 2009 Sparties had that beat by a mile after ski-maskgate.
As for Miami's other records of notoriety, maybe next year, Hurricanes. Er, Sparties.
One thing I noticed while watching the game at home is how frequently the commentators (who truth be told were confused and less than stellar all game) talked about us being in a Wing-T offense as opposed to the Borges/magic spread we've used to good effect in most games this year. To my uneducated eye, the setup did not look that much different, but I did notice (as many have rehashed already) that the playcalling was far more deep pass and play action oriented than we are used to.
So were we actually in the Wing-T, or were the announcers wrong? What is the Wing-T anyway, and how does it compare to the spread? Could this have contributed to the issues with the offensive line all game, being in a supposedly new system?
Discuss, and forget the pain of yesterday.
For the uninitiated, Sagarin's rankings are one of the computer rankings used by the BCS. As explained on his site, the BCS uses his rankings that ignore final score (called ELO Chess), but he also publishes rankings that only take scoring margin into account (called Pure Points). Sagarin writes that the Pure Points metric is the single best predictor of future games.
This is the first week in which preaseason predictions don't bias the rankings and Michigan is ranked 10th in pure points. Last week they were ranked 9th in the same metric.
Despite the fact that I didn't even post rankings last week (sorry about that—life stuff came up), barely anything happened in recruiting outside of Purdue adding a few commits and jumping Minnesota in the standings. Action since last rankings:
10-2-11: Purdue picks up Dion Witty.
10-3-11: Purdue picks up Cameron Cermin.
10-10-11: Purdue picks up Cameron Posey.
10-12-11: Northwestern picks up Traveon Henry.
|Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings|
|Rank||School||# Commits||Rivals Avg||Scout Avg||ESPN Avg||24/7 Avg||Avg Avg^|
*ESPN doesn't rate JUCOs, so Isaac Fruechte (Minnesota), Darius Stroud and Jacarri Alexander (Indiana), and Steffon Martin and Devin Smith (Purdue) are excluded from their respective team averages.
^The average of the average rankings of the four recruiting services (aka the previous four columns). The figure is calculated based on the raw numbers and then rounded, so the numbers above may not average out exactly.
On to the full data, after the jump.
|#1 Michigan - 22 Commits|
No change for the Wolverines.
|#2 Notre Dame - 16 Commits|
No change for the Irish.
|#3 Penn State - 17 Commits|
No change for the Nittany Lions.
|#4 Ohio State - 12 Commits|
No change for the Buckeyes.
|#5 Michigan State - 14 Commits|
No change for the Spartans.
|#6 Wisconsin - 10 Commits|
No change for the Badgers.
|#7 Indiana - 19 Commits|
No change for the Hoosiers. Broken record is broken.
|#8 Northwestern - 17 Commits|
The Wildcats land FL running back Traveon Henry.
|#9 Iowa - 10 Commits|
No change for the Hawkeyes.
|#10 Purdue - 20 Commits|
The Boilermakers pick up commits from CB Dion Witty, OL Cameron Cermin, and WR Cameron Posey. They leapfrog Minnesota in a battle of teams with a ton of commits but no highly-rated recruits.
|#11 Minnesota - 21 Commits|
No change for the Gophers.
|#12 Nebraska - 7 Commits|
The Huskers stay stuck on seven recruits. I keep waiting for the week when they add a bunch of four-star recruits, and it keeps not happening.
|#13 Illinois - 9 Commits|
No change for the Illini.