I feel good, in a different way than I expected with a win over ND that puts us at 2-0. I feel good, like it's all good. Last year it was more desperate, being at 2-0, it was a climb to acceptance that needed to be done, struggle and win or else. This year it feels like the climb is done. I've decided it's because of the team. Yesterday the men played like a team, that the parts had finally come together as one. I don't think the program has been this unified since the '08 Citrus Bowl win against Florida, but even that was different because it was Coach Carr's last game on a senior led team. The transition is complete, and it was most evident yesterday in the hallowed grounds of Notre Dame stadium, a place where the leprechauns and ghosts of legends past had risen up to bite us in the arse so many times before. A place where Brady, Henne and other fine Wolverine QB's led teams that were full of promise into that stadium only to leave defeated. Yesterday's game was a big challenge, make no mistake about it, but the team rose up like brothers, unified in their cause and beliefs, to win the day. I think yesterday a team was born, a roster of Michigan men coached by a Michigan man defeated the Fighting Irish in South bend and now move on to bigger things. I'm feeling good...
The hype train is in full swing. On College Football Final Mark May made that statement, which was qualified by "with the ball in his hands..." Then the guys made the now standard references to how he's running too much and will have to reduce that in the B10 season, etc etc. That is already a tired critique, although IME there is truth to it. "Best football player in America?" While simply amazing after two games, I wouldn't yet make that statement myself, would you?
We'll know more about our chances to start the season 6-0 next week after MSU plays ND; and we'll have a stronger indication about where we may stand in the B10.
How many think Sparty beats a down ND next week and how many think Our Lady puts the hurt on little brother?
I can see MSU has a running game; their field goal kicking is solid. But I respect ND after yesterday, see them playing opponents tough all season. What do you-all think? Anyone out there following MSU closely?
It is great to win this game but we could have open up the game when Crist was out in the first half. But give credit to ND's special team. Their punts were terrific (most within 20 yard line, a couple within 10 yard line) and made a tough start point for our offense. Of course another reason for lacking of points in 2nd Q is way too many drive-killing penalties.
This special team is really getting me worried. RS frosh and true frosh serving kicking and punting could really be a big problem when we are in another close game.
Anybody else at the game get a strange feeling when, in the 4th quarter with the game on the line, a day full of clouds lifted, the sun came out and huge rainbow appeared over the stadium? I KNOW the ND faithful took that as a sign that they were going to win the game. You know, rainbows, leprachauns, "they're magically delicious," four horsemen, Rudy, wind dies down, Lake Dawson, blah, blah, blah. So gald it didn't turn into another BS Notre Dame "legend."
The only legend out there Saturday was DR. Unbelievable performance, great win, Go Blue.
Am I just a typical homer, or did anyone else notice that some of the Irish defense were getting their hands and forearms on Denard's head, even when he was just sitting back there in the pocket (say, after a throw)?
I should go find the instances I saw in the torrent, but too lazy.