that is nice bonus change
Are the radios highlights(Beckman and Brandy) posted anywhere after the game? I wasn't able to hear the radio broadcast, but would love to hear Beckman's calls of DRob's long run and the go-ahead TD.
I was pretty fried after the super Michigan game yesterday and chilled watching the other games. I basically focused in on the offenses except for Penn State where I tried to figure out both. The line up was as follows? Like 6 hours of really fast thumb wrestling that lasted until 1:30.
UVA v. USC
Stanford v. UCLA
Oregon v. Tennessee
PSU v. Bama
Like 6 hours of really fast and tiring thumb wrestling that lasted until 1:30.
UVA, USC, Tennessee, Bama were pure pro set every down that I watched, with some extra receivers peppered in on passing downs. Here and there, Stanford and Penn State looked like it ran a little of the spread in the Texas Tech mold but with less receivers. But not every down. Hard for me to tell but looked more pro style. UCLA ran the Indiana Pistol we saw last year, but last night it shot blanks. Ugly. Oregon was a lot like us.
I have watched a million games, but in reality you can take what I know about attacking a defense, roll it into a ball, and shove it up a fly's ass.
To me the only offense that looked like it could have competed against any of the defenses on those fields was Oregons and Michigans. Stanford and Alabama had excellent defense,s with USC right behind.
From a visual standpoint and the demands it placed on the defenses, the pro set attacks appeared to be way easier to defend. These reasons that stood out: the quarterback was rarely a regular factor running eliminating a huge worry for the defense and taking one player off the chess board, the formations were the same play to play making it less guess work, there was no legitimate threat to run on an obvious passing down and distance, and the amount of field that was being used didn't tax the defense.
Oregon on the other hand was wearing down their opponent and forcing all sorts of oddball packages and rotations.
The recurring feeling was Tennessee has to play perfect or it was 6. Like handling a plutonium rod with an egg shell coating. You got the same feeling during our game when we had the ball.
We are dealing with a continuing development period but it is looking very worth it. In light of Armani's comments this week about the offense, I have to say that I disagree with him. This style is very exciting to watch and explosive. Underdog teams like UVA and Penn State would have been better off being more unconventional.
Plus, not every team has a defense like Bamas and Ohio States, or guys like Ronald Johnson on USC where it pays to be more vanilla.
Maybe being 2-0 and watching a guy like Denard is making me a spread snob or something. But I thought the same thing last year during Tate's run as starter.
Do you other Michigan fans look at our offensive style more positively the more you watch it?
Denard is leading the nation in rushing and total yards. Michigan is 7th in rushing offense, 7th in TO margin, 14th in total offense (1st in the Big Ten).
Fifteen yards, Twenty yards,
Eighty-seven yards rushing,
All in the valley of Irish
Smoked for five hundred.
"Forward, the Wolverines!
"Charge for the goal!" he said:
Into the valley of Irish
Drove for five hundred.
"Forward, the Wolverines!"
Was there a man dismay'd?
Not tho' the Irish knew
Kelly would blunder:
His not to make reply,
His not to reason why,
His but to lose and cry:
In the valley of Irish
Burned for five hundred.
Irish to right of him,
Irish to left of him,
Irish in front of him
Volley'd and sundered'd;
Storm'd at with Shaw and Smith,
Boldly he rushed and well,
Into the jaws of Irish,
Into the mouth of Hell
Drove for five hundred.
Blurr'd all his laces bare,
Blurr'd as he went to the air,
Torching the defenders there,
Charging for touchdowns, while
All the world wonder'd:
Plunged in the misty-rain
Right thro' the line he broke;
Te'o and Fleming
Reel'd from his righteous moves
Shatter'd and sunder'd.
Then they struggled back, but not
Not for six hundred.
Irish to right of him,
Irish to left of himm,
Irish behind him
Volley'd and sunder'd;
Storm'd at with Shaw and Smith,
While defenders fell,
They that had play'd so well
Came thro' the jaws of Irish
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,
With yards of five hundred.
When can his glory fade?
O the wild game he play'd!
All the world wondered.
Honor the charge he made,
Honor the Wolverine,
Blazed for five hundred.
There were a lot of players playing lots of minutes in a tough hard hitting football game. And those players were still going strong right till the end. We eventually need to get more rotation of players, but for now, thank you Barwis and Company - and thanks for those players making the dedication.
That was an unbelievable experience, watching the game with my family, unwittingly teaching my 4yo son a bad word or three, watching Michigan rewrite the 2009 script to include the new answer to all that ails Michigan Football. Because that is what Denard Robinson is, The Answer. Not just an answer, but instead The one and only Answer that you will need right about now. Let's demonstrate:
Q. Why is the sky blue?
A. Because Denard Robinson.
Q. What is the sound of one hand clapping?
A. De-Nard Rob-In-Son.
Q. Why do Michigan fans have a shit-eating grin on their faces?
A. The answer is The Answer, and he'll be here all season, just ask away.
Seriously though, enjoy this everyone. Denard Robinson is making Michigan Football history and for the first time I can remember we have a new script.
Other things I learned:
- Rich Rodriguez is old school. To hell with the latest in game theory, he will punt on fourth down and makable in the opponents end of the field, even on 4th and 2, if he wants to. No amount me ranting about it in my living room will make him change his mind. And let's not get started on trusting the leg of Gibbons a second time. Of course there was an answer to my frustration, see above.
- Michigan now has, I believe, the toughest group of players I have ever seen play anywhere. Roy Roundtree comes back a week after serious internal bruising, gets crushed again in this game, and gets back up to catch arguably the most important ball thrown all day. Odoms took a couple wicked shots as well. Of course Denard Robinson defies what every hater has said all week, getting up time and again and channeling the beating he is receiving into pure awesome. Credit to the almighty Barwis.
- Tate looks like he has decided to be a team player. His hug with RR at the beginning of the game looked a tad scripted ("Is the camera looking yet? OK now!") but it was nice to see him with the headset on, ready to help out. Others mentioned in various comments that he was getting the team huddled up during time outs and generally was with his teammates. I am glad to see this.
- This season our defense no longer looks incompetent, it merely looks young and inexperienced. Big plays burned us over and over, but for the majority of the plays faced, the defense appeared to be improving if anything. Man this Kool-Aid tastes good...
- Cam Gordon can really hit, but he needs to improve quickly as the deep contain. One bad angle and one letting a man behind him = burn crispy twice. Future opponents are definitely going to try to exploit him.
The best-case scenario has come true through two games. Denard Robinson's amazing displays have shoved all talk about RR's hot seat and the NCAA investigation out the window, and we are looking at a probable 4-0 start (I don't like adding Indiana into that figure after last year's game). Pretty much everyone of note is healthy and I think this team is showing improvement on defense despite some issues giving up the long ball. Take away the two touchdowns totaling 148 yards and Michigan has at least an average day on defense.
It was easy after this game to get very concerned about our reliance on one player. With Denard Robinson accounting for 502 of 532 total yards on offense, what happens if he goes down? Let's not forget that the OLine is getting great push, creating holes, and protecting the QB. Let's not overlook that the receivers are getting open, catching the football, and blocking well. And most of all, take solace that in Tate Forcier we have a more than capable starter waiting in the wings, and that he appears to have adopted a team-first mentality.
Enjoy this time fellow fans.