“On the offense last year, they had great spacing. That’s what I remember. Great spacing, great shooters, like Nik Stauskas, who’s not there right now. But they always have someone to fill the roles. They have a cutting offense, kind of hard to guard.”
Does anybody remember when Michigan was unquestionably good? When a fast start didn't lead to questions of when we would fail, but how long we would succeed? It was not that long ago. Why, in 2006, on a different forum I was a member of, started creating a record signature image at 3-0, fully expecting to see it reach at least 9-0 or 10-0 before I had to add a 1 to the other column. And guess what? It got to 11-0 before I had to do so!
It has only been three full seasons since then. And now, like then, we are undefeated, and my signature should read 5-0. But I won't do it. I'm afraid to jinx it. It's like uttering anything that even sounds like no-hitter before the 7th inning of a baseball game. You just don't do it. But in 2006, I wasn't afraid to do it.
So my question is, when can we all stop holding our collective breaths, and finally begin to believe that Michigan is no longer pretending, but is once again Michigan and can be reasonably assumed to have a good, if not great chance to win any game on the schedule?
The next three weeks will go a along way toward determining the future of the program. Most everyone thought we'd get to this point of the season with M at 4-1 or 5-0. Over the next three, if M goes 2-1 or 3-0 it will almost certainly be viewed as a successful season and the RR era will definitely be exanded. It think going 0-3 would likely mean the end of the RR era as most likely the team would end up between 5-7 and 7-5 inclusive, but would have gone 1-7 to 3-5 in the Big Ten and ended the year with a 0-7 or 2-5 record over the last seven games. That is simply not good enough.
If M goes 1-2 over the next three, that marks a middle ground and the future of the RR era will depend on the performance over the last four games. Given how well the offense has performed, unless the wheels come off in the final four games I think this will be good enough to continue the RR era.
Below is a summation of team offense and defensive ranking stats (based on 120 FBS teams):
Rushing Offense 3
Passing Offense 38
Total Offense 2
Scoring Offense 9
Rushing Defense 37
Passing Defense 120
Total Defense 102
Scoring Defense 73
I had extreme jubilation when my good friend called me a few weeks back to let me know that I would be coming with him on Saturday. They are his parent's seats and they are nice and close to the field.
Well, he called me tonight to let me know that his parents now want to go to the game(not that I blame them) and the two of us are the odd men out. I'm looking into tickets right now, but if I don't go that route, I want to at least make sure I'm in AA during game time.
The thought of being there and not being inside is killing me right now, but I'm wondering if there's another place around the stadium that would be a good place to view it. I know at Pioneer they have the big screen, are there a lot of people around there? I've been to many games, I always make sure I'm inside.
Any guidance for a disappointed wolverine would help, thanks guys........
Cool article by Mitch Albom on Lloyd's decision to leave coaching Michigan. Typical Albom article - positive, reflective and well written. Enjoy.
So I just realized that I will be in India during the Ohio State game this year. My sister is getting married there so I don't really have an option. Obviously, I tried to get her to rescind the invitations, break up with her fiance and/or have the wedding in Ann Arbor but nothing has worked so far.
I have also written multiple letters to Jim Delany asking him to move the game to an earlier point in the season because that seems like a reasonable solution and Jim Delany seems like a reasonable guy. (/too soon?)
This too seems unlikely.
Any Indian mgobloggers have solutions that ideally don't involve live streams?