Images from practice #4, courtesy of Michigan Football's FB page
As much as we all dislike MSU this week, this is a nice story. As most of you know, the team lost their defensive end Nick Bell to cancer earlier this year. To honor his teammate, Chris Relf will being wearing his #36 jersey during their game against Michigan.
MSU did something this year that they have only done two other times, that is to achieve double digit wins in a season. Previously they won 10 games in 1999 and in 1965. Having won 11 games this season and with the potential, although slim, to win a 12th game, is this the best team that Sparty has fielded in their history?
I am actually surprised that they have now done this only three times. I thought with their long history, they would have done it more often. Guess this is a testament to their mediocrity over much of the past 100 years. As a comparison, Michigan has achieved double digit wins 25 times! Guess that is why we are the Leaders and Best! Go Blue!
Illinois 6-6 vs Baylor 7-5
GOOOOOO BIG TEN
A few thoughts on the apologies that DeVier Posey and TP gave yesterday and ESPN played heavily...
1. It could not have been more annoying during DeVier's comments that he kept referring to "the ohio state university" - really took away from his apology and sounded conceited to me and someone should have coached him to avoid saying it (Buckeye Nation references, ESPN counted 9, where also annoying, but not as bad).
2. As for TP, how weird was it when he described OSU as "the greatest university in the nation"... he said it in complete apathetic monotone, clearly he barely meant it and it made it more obvious that the only thing he is sorry about is that he is getting punished. I gave the same apologies all the time when I was eight years old.
3. I was completely disappointed that TP refrained from saying something obviously stupid. He usually puts his foot in his mouth, so this must have been a coached apology. Yet, in the ESPN article OSU spokesman Shelly Poe told the AP that she did not know if it was part of their punishment or if they were compelled by coaches to do the press conference. Seems like this was decently organized and she didn't check her email/missed the memo.
4. TP may be apologizing, but on 12/22 at around 9pm he was tweeting "I paid for my tattos. Go Bucks." You would think he would be well aware that this punishment and stuff was coming down the line the next day and that he wouldn't need to tweet anything about a minor infraction like the Tattoos. His twitter account has as many deleted posts as saved posts. http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/blog/dr_saturday/post/Yes-Ohio-State-is-probing-the-NCAA-s-first-tatt?urn=ncaaf-299540
While in Cleveland over Christmas, it was interesting to get the feeling of several tOSU fans on (edit) the tattoo/memorabilia fiasco. I certainly couldn't speak for all OSU fans, but there was consensus that Pryor was a bust, and that they would just assume he move on to the NFL now, rather than come back. From the perspective of these fans, the other guys could go too.
What about Michigan fans? What is best for Michigan in this whole debacle? I suppose it would help our chances at winning next year if they all left.
Also, it now is at the point where tOSU fans are ready for Michigan to become competitive again. They complained about the stands being less than packed and less than enthused for the Big Game last month. I have to say, I was offered a ticket to the game at face value, and I passed.