"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."
The odd thing to me is that the guys at Black Heart Gold pants apparently had real doubts about whether it could be pulled off at all, and whether it would look good if they did manage to pull it off. I even saw a few posts complaining that it would look like a giant bumblebee if it worked. "Bumblebee" is apparently not a desired image for the Hawkeyes.
Anyway, I thought it was interesting, and it seems to me that the same thing could be done at Michigan stadium. Alternating even and odd section numbers. The student sections could remain in Maize-out mode, and create their block M in the usual manner.
This was the pre-game imagining over at Black Heart Gold Pants. The actual version appeared pretty much like the pre-game rendition:
So, in a post about Taylor Lewan a couple of days ago, (http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/what-did-taylor-lewan-do?page=1), the basic answer given was that either he was trying to step OVER an Indiana player, or he was trying to step ON an Indiana player. Did the officials and RR & Fry ever sort this out? Is there any kind of punishment or suspension or further repercussions coming to Lewan because of this incident/non-incident?
IIRC, we got creamed at the LOS last year by State. This was caused by at least 3 things:
- Inexperienced Offensive Line.
- Loss of Molk.
- Predictability of snap count.
We obviously have a great OL. In fact, I give our OL a lot of credit for Denard's emergence, and for our team's performance. I think the Smith TD and the Toussaint run vs. BG go to the OL. Even with Denard's great ability, he has had some huge holes to run through. I think our OL will do a much better job keeping State off of Denard.
Also, with Molk snapping, and the rapport built between Molk and Denard, there is a much higher comfort level. Molk is a great center, and has been a huge part of the OL performance.
However, does anyone know what we have done to address the snap count issue? I think that State really prepared extensively for last year's Michigan game, and we got burned with their DL and LB being able to time the snap count. Do the coach's have the ability to change the predictability of the count, and will Molk and Denard be able to execute what the coaches want, so that State can't crash the line the same way this year?
Since we are sitting five games into year three, I think we have a pretty good read on what this team has become or is going to be from here on out. I remember all the predictions from when we first brought on RR as the head coach and was wondering how our progress is matching where you thought it would be good or bad. The offense has definitely surpassed anything that I thought as reasonable and I can't be more pleased. However, even after the year one defensive meltdown and the subsequent Shafer firing, I for sure thought we could at least be a middling B10 defense by now as opposed to a bottom dwelling defense in the B10.
So MGoBoard, which one of you is looking like a genius and which were way off (and I am not talking about revised predictions you just made before the start of this year, I want the RR is hired before our bowl game with Florida predictions).
Did anyone have an '09 Illinois flashback with Roundtree getting tackled at the one last Saturday at Indiana? Once we fumbled on the next play I had a deja vu moment. Thank god Indiana's defense blows.
Has there been discussion on the Board regarding both the fumble and the overthrown passes by Denard vs. Indiana? I know there were comments that our offense just didn't put the game away, but I haven't seen a thread devoted to this topic.
On the fumble, is that on DRob? On Molk? On both? On miscommunication on the play call? If we had punched it in, that would have changed on the game complexion.
I'm actually more interested in the overthrown balls. Did Denard overestimate the speed of the receivers? Does he need to work on timing more? It struck me that on those occasions, we would have scored touchdowns. Is this timing, or aim, or receivers being jammed at the LOS?
Regardless, if our receivers can get behind everyone, and DRob can drop a catchable pass just in front of them as they're going downfield, it will ratchet up the offensive effectiveness even more.
I want to be clear, I'm not complaining or kvetching about DRob in the least. However, given our lack of defensive prowess, I definitely want the offense to score a touchdown on every possible possession. One or two or three more touchdowns would have been a huge cushion, and taken away the unnneeded adrenaline in the last minute of the game.