he grew a beard
Why do I have the feeling that last weeks game, on the offensive side, wasn't just a fluke? Sure, Denard Robinson is an incredible player, but he is still very young, seeing as he has only 5 career starts coming up to this game. Just as he will make breath-taking plays of pure athleticism, he will make bone-headed mistakes.
Also, why do I have the feeling that Adrian Clayborn, already seen as a 1st round draft pick, will come up with a monstorous game on saturday? Now I'm not saying this offensive line is even average, they actually do look much stronger than a year ago. However, the OL hasn't seen a defensive lineman, this year, quite as strong as clayborn, and the rest of the Iowa defensive line.
In the course of 48 hours, we will see what the Michigan football team has to offer, I just hope my feelings about this game are terribly incorrect.
In a Hegelian move to mix up the karma I am ditching the familie and going to an undisclosed cabin on a lake in southern MI whose name resembles Klingon to partake with college mates and watch the game. I dunno if it will make us win, but I think it is worth a shot after the S game.
How bout you? Any changes in the war dance? Go Meechigan!
In the Big Ten in particular, byes seem to hurt more than they help. The Big Ten's 11 teams are a combined 17-32 since 2002 when playing conference games on extra rest.
This looks free - I logged out and could still see it. Regardless this is just a teaser. Somebody at WSJ is a Wolverine.
SIAP - I google searched and paged back a few...honestly I lost my verve recently...something happened last weekend and I can't get rid of this headache.
It could, perhaps, be defined as a bunch of idiots dancing on a plane to Sweet Home Alabama, a song made famous by a band that died in a plane crash…
Irony could also be defined as follows:
A man swears under his breath and loudly and obnoxiously ridicules his team’s head coach while using demeaning rhetoric towards the state of West Virginia and towards the program for making the mistake to hire someone from such an inferior geographical region and inferior group of people.
Now, imagine this event occurring on a bench in the southwest corner of Michigan Stadium, and the man has cheered avidly all day for his maize and blue team, all while making multiple comments throughout the day about the beautiful venue steeped in history and tradition.
If you do not understand the irony, please read further.
We thankfully do not hear the belittling West Virginia rhetoric too often on the boards of mgoblog, but I am confident that we have all heard someone, somewhere, subversively or matter-of-factly, make snide, rude comments regarding the fact that our current head coach originates from the state of West Virginia.
I hear it often, and I laugh and shake my head at fans of our other rival schools who think it’s a funny joke that Rich Rodriguez was born, raised, played football and coached football in the state of West Virginia.
I do not laugh, however, when our own Michigan fans make the same snide remarks. I become frustrated and saddened, as our program’s proud history is intimately intertwined with that Wild and Wonderful state…
Fielding H. Yost, our man, our legend, the original epitome of a "Michigan Man" - who made our football tradition legendary, who oversaw 6 national championships, who designed and built our athletic campus including our beloved football stadium and hockey arena, and who gave our Athletic Department its strong identity which it maintains today - was born in West Virginia and played at WVU.
Every time a Michigan fan makes a sarcastic comment about Rich Rodriguez's West Virginian background, it is ironically ignorant - unless of course, they intended to throw Fielding Yost and the history of our program under the figurative bus too.
Now, do these things mean the current coach will be as wildly influential? I have no idea. Two data points do not equal correlation. This diary is not about his success or failure.
This diary is about our school’s history and our fans’ recognition of it, especially since we are always the first to flaunt our great history and tradition - a history and tradition footed in solid marble by Fielding H. Yost!
My plea to you is to please help educate our fan base to stop making silly remarks regarding West Virginia as some second tier state producing second tier people when the rich and beloved history of our program is based off, yes indeed, a man from West Virginia.
If you hear a Michigan fan make this mistake, simply kindly inform them of the facts about our history, as one can attempt to debate scheme, offense, recruiting, or leadership all day, but the history of the University of Michigan and its strong influences are not subject to debate.
Thanks for listening and thanks for your help!
Relevant aside: Lloyd Carr was hired from West Virginia prior to the 1980 season. Coach Carr was hired to serve under Don Nehlen when Nehlen was hired at WVU, but Carr did not stay long, as Bo Schembechler sought out his assistance only a few months later. Carr was only a coach at WVU during the offseason prior to the 1980 season.