Phew... I'm still trying to calm down after the close call today against UMass. Obviously no one can be pleased with the way we played them so close. That said, I think it would be a huge overreaction to start panicking. We got a win today. Denard continued to get snaps and become more comfortable running the offense. Our running backs got involved in a real way for the first time.
We are still a young team coming off a very emotional win. The national press wrote flattering articles about Denard et al for the past week straight. I'm not surprised at all that we came out flat. Let's all take a deep breath, have a few beers and enjoy a "W," regardless of how we got it. We are 3-0. I can assure you that we will come out much sharper next week. Go Blue!
The kicking game is just not even servicable. The punter cant even catch the snap let alone just punt the ball. that gave Umass a touchdown. The missed FG that is 3 pts. So far we are -10pts in special teams. Just Imagine if we didnt recover that fumble on failed attempt on the bouncing punt by gallon... that could have led to 17pts just off of special team screw ups. These kickers are scholarship players? The kick offs are barely make it to the 5 yard line. This is a major aspect of the gm and it needs to be fixed quick especially if the game actually comes down to a FG. Cant they recruit people from the soccer team? i dont get it. This is Michigan why cant we get good kickers? I also think the Gallon experiement as Punt returner should be done also. what are your guys thoughts???
Threet just had a nice throw where he is stood in the pocket, go drilled as he let it go right on the money for a first down. Up 7-3 and driving (1 and 10 at the 15).
I think it's a little bit of nonsense/a clever BTN ploy to convince people to start watching this new series that #2 is #20 on the "Big Ten Icons" list (although, clearly, #19 Suzy Favor Hamilton belongs higher than Charles).
BUT, I have to say it's a delightful chaser for this afternoon's abomination. I'm enjoying it thoroughly.
Four years ago this weekend, ND's comeback to beat MSU inspired this:
Listen to it and you will feel better after today's way-too-close win.