chance of bowl: 13.6%
Saturday was my virgin voyage to East Lansing and Spartan Stadium for football. I was given two tickets in row 11 on the 45. Even though it was difficult to not be in front of the UM game I was texted constantly by friends with updates.
While driving down Harrison the traffic was stopped while someone had his dog in the middle of the road shitting.
While on campus hiking to the game I witnessed 6 humans vomiting in public(at noon), 2 fistfights, and a woman who had entered the men's bathroom and was straddling the urinal while pissing.
The men's bathrooms had an ENTER and EXIT sign but state fans were entering both locations leaving a flow of tangled bodies going both ways inside.
At halftime when everyone is trying to get somewhere (bathrooms, vendors) the entire stadium comes to a crawl. There is NOT enough room for the fans to even move but an inch at a time. I finally gave up on this more sooner than later.
More vomiting later in the men's room. At least they made it that far. We left around the end of the 3rd quarter. What a difference in venues. I don't know if I have ever witnessed a goat fuck like this before.
I don't know if I have ever seen more snaggle toothed stump farmers in my life.
Needless to say I will be GLAD to return to the Big House this weekend. Enjoying the tailgate and watching us skull waste Sparty knowing full well that after my visit to E Lansing I realized there is a distinct possibility that Darwin was correct.
Hopefully no one has started something similar, but this is the place for your Spartan hate mail. Any stories about why you can't stand the green and white or their mascot or their ever changing tradition.
Half of my family (roughly) are Spartan fans. I have no problem with any of my family regarding fandom. The rivalry only gets as intense as teasing, plus I can't blame them since they live near Lansing and some have/are working for MSU. Unfortunately almost all of the non-family MSU fans I know are the exact opposite. It's gotten much worse since Dantonio came to town. Before, MSU fans just rooted against Michigan. Now they have a sense of entitlement. It's gotten to the point where I can't wear my M gear (at least half of my wardrobe which I wear religiously, even when times have been down) without running into some sort of unprovoked conflict.
At least Buckeyes have their own state. I'm sick of stupid arguments over our unethical coach, our quiet stadium, the fact that we only win because of our quarterback, etc. I normally wouldn't promote harsh language at all (I don't judge), but I seriously hope the Wolverines beat the shit out of Sparty on Saturday. Win by any means, but please Rich, don't miss out on any opportunities to run it up as classy as possible.
Please share your own Sparty hate stories below.
Normally, Mark May is unbearable to listen to because of his constant and prevalent bias against Michigan. However, has anyone else noticed that he seems to be very pro-Michigan and pro-Denard lately? Or is it just me? If I recall correctly, I think he even got into a mild argument with Lou Holtz about how good Denard has been and how he deserves the Heisman if the voting were today. Of course, Lou was getting all agitated and fired off a bunch of words in which I could only make out "Cam Newton", but seeing Mark May actually defend a Michigan player seemed very odd.
First of all, let us all hold hands for a second and bask in the glory of a 5-0 start....
Okay, now that that's done, I wanted to comment on the amazing time my friends and I had in Bloomington yesterday. Apart from the douchey student section cheering Denard's injury (ARRRRRGH, STILL PISSED), the people at IU were friendly to us. Sure, we got the usual jeers from IU students (if I heard "Ann Arbor is a whore" once, I heard it 100 times), but it was very tame compared to Columbus (assumed) and East Lansing (experienced).
At one point, we were actually welcomed into an IU tailgate, given beer and food, and even invited to kick some IU student ass in flip cup (which we did). To be honest, we were actually treated worse by some MSU fans we ran into IN BLOOMINGTON than we were by any of the IU faithful.
Then, after an amazing tailgate, my friend and I were even further impressed by the maturity of (most of) the IU fans in the general seats. They were courteous and kind, and didn't throw any objects or verbal obscenities our way, even when we were at our "worst" (mostly cheering right behind their head on 3rd downs).
My point here is, the students may be douchey, but the overall fans were very kind and welcoming to opposing fans. I highly recommend a trip to IU in the future to anyone who may be considering going. IU is (mostly) classy. Go Blue!
There are basically three bars in Albuquerque where Michigan alumni and fans go watch games. Kind of weird, because it's not like there are tons of alumni in central NM, so we tend to get split up. As it goes, the nerds kind of end up at one place, the hoidy-toidies at another, and then the 'tweeners at another. We do not have our shit together at all and no one wants to be the organizer.
So yesterday I was at one of the places for the first time, in this sun room side of the bar which seats maybe 25 people max. There were only about 10 or so M fans in there. I sit down at a table right in front of the screen next to this guy all decked out in regalia - Woodson team jersey, cap, probably had Michigan sox on. He's from California, and ended up in NM when he got a scholarship some years back to play for the UNM football team. He's never been to a Michigan game, never been to Ann Arbor. But he was the die hard in the room, at least the most visible and animated one. When we scored our first touchdown this guy stands up and leads us all in The Victors.
Among several stories, he told me about how his second child died only a few months old and how he had been broke at the time and his cousins had helped buy a headstone, and how he had placed a Michigan jersey over the stone but then someone had come along and stolen it, and how generally fucked up that was.
The alumni seated nearby were stoic, quiet and almost staid in the great tradition. I couldn't tell if they considered this guy an embarrassment or what. I thought he was great. He told me more than once how much he would like to go to a game at Michigan Stadium, and how he had looked on E-Bay for tickets to next week's game and some season ticket holder was offering two for $1400, and how ridiculous this was, and just plain wrong it was for someone who really went to Michigan and who really loved the team to do something like that.
So we watch the game and we win and everyone starts to bail out of the place, and this elderly couple wearing Michigan sweaters and knit caps - they were both in their late 80s - come to the table and the man talks to him. He says that he is visiting from Dearborn and is a season ticket holder, and how they have friends with whom they sit and how he knows that there is a pair of tickets available for an upcoming game (I didn't catch which one they were talking about). He says that he would be glad to hook this guy up. He asks for his card and the best he could do was offer his name and cell number. So he did that and was told that the other folks with the tickets would get back with him and hook him up.
Shit happens, huh?
Yet another low-action week. Action since last rankings:
9-28-10 Notre Dame gains commitment from DaVaris Daniels.
If you see any errors in the individual tables, please let me know. I'm tempted to move Indiana down a bit, but their averages per commit are about even with (or only very slightly behind) the teams nipping at their heels, and they have more commits.
|Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings|
|Rank||School||# Commits||Rivals Avg||Scout Avg||ESPN Avg|
Rivals rankings are on the "RR" scale, which is on a scale from about 5 to about 6.1. Unrated prospects are given a 5.1 rating, on par with the worst of any Big Ten commit last year. Scout is on the 5-star system (unranked players earn one star), and ESPN uses grades out of 100 (unranked is 40 or 45).
|#1 Ohio State - 17 Commits|
No change for the Buckeyes.
|#2 Notre Dame - 20 Commits|
|George Atkinson III||S||CA||5.8||4||79|
Irish pick up DaVaris Daniels, son of
former current NFLer Phillip Daniels.
|#3 Nebraska - 13 Commits|
No change for Nebraska.
|#4 Michigan State - 16 Commits|
Nothing new for MSU.
|#5 Michigan - 10 Commits|
Ready for something to happen here plz.
|#6 Indiana - 21 Commits|
IU is pretty much done.
|#7 Iowa - 14 Commits|
|#8 Northwestern - 13 Commits|
No change for Northwestern.
|#9 Minnesota - 15 Commits|
No changes for the LOLphers.
|#10 Wisconsin - 11 Commits|
No change for Wisconsin.
|#11 Penn State - 4 Commits|
They have to get some commits sooner or later, right?
|#12 Illinois - 16 Commits|
|#13 Purdue - 7 Commits|
No change for Purdue.