mesmerism! presidential assassinations! circuses on fire!
I really think with UCONN's win tonight that MICH's RPI will rise high enough that the Tournament is easily in reachwait? wut?
Still, MICH played 3 BCS teams and a fourth that won 11 games. And despite really the worst case scenario any of us could envision on D, still went bowling.
And, if I can be frank....I think this year's basketball team is better than last years. And, better than the 2008-09 outfit. Just sayin' Hockey? Frozen Four. Book It! After a Big Chill beatdown, natch.
Merry Christmas. Happy Hannakah. Merry New Year. Let The Goodt Times Roll
We're not where we want to be. But, we're one step closer. Unless its soccer, then we're exactly where we want to be.
Changed thread title. In case there are people who have a hope of seeing the sunrise. Hey, I am having one more, but no guarantees. See ya over morning coffee. Optimism better remain, yo
So with Nebraska joining the Big Ten next year - Bo Pelini will join an all star cast of Richard Craniums. The conference will have some of the biggest jerks in the college coaching ranks. Think about this group.....
Every week another "bad boy" will bring his team into Ann Arbor. The coaches alone will be entertaining - good times.
P.S. Richard Cranium = Dick head
Warning: no data analysis included.
With folks still clamoring about who is, or is not, a Michigan man, we're missing something -- we have a kingmaker, of sorts, of Michigan men. David Brandon wasn't a star under Bo, but he stayed, he played, and then went out and was successful in the world -- what all Michigan grads aspire to do. And so, with a few words like those below, David Brandon could end the debate.
"You know, a lot has been said about being a Michigan man. I think we all know that Michigan men are made, not born. Fielding Yost wasn't a Michigan man when he came here from West Virginia. Bo Schembechler wasn't a Michigan man when he came here from Ohio. But we all know Bo became THE Michigan man. And Bo Schembechler made me a Michigan man, and I've been proud to spend my entire life working in this great state.
Rich Rodriguez came to Michigan because he wanted to test himself on the biggest stage imaginable, in the Big House. Michigan men thrive on challenges, and he took on a big one. It hasn't been easy, but the team has been making progress. I think he is the best man to lead this team in 2011 and into the future.
The decision to honor and extend Rich's contract was mine. It was my choice to keep him, when we could have easily gone another direction. And so, if any of you don't think Rich Rodriguez is enough of a Michigan man, please come talk to me. I'd be happy to tell you how proud I am to have Rich Rodriguez coaching the team of FIelding Yost, Bo Schembechler, and Lloyd Carr."
and of course, the alternative:
"Rich Rodriguez is a good man and a good football coach. He has done well in trying circumstances, and we should all be proud of the effort his teams have put forth on the field, in the classroom, and in society. I know he will continue to be successful, wherever he goes. But we have decided to make a change.
I had the tremendous opportunity to attend the University of Michigan and play football under Bo Schembechler. Bo made me a Michigan man. I had some success after I left Michigan, and while I enjoyed that work, nothing could be as rewarding as giving back to the school that gave me so much. I'm delighted to be back at Michigan.
There's another fellow who played under a great coach at Michigan and went on to have some success at other places after he left Ann Arbor. And he, like me, realized that he wanted to come back and work for the greatest university in America. Ladies and gentleman, please welcome our next football coach, Jim Harbaugh*."
Whichever way he comes down, I hope he comes down forcefully (and soon!). Of course, how could I doubt the hand o' the pimp?
* Or Mike Hart, if you want to go there. Upside? Potential to break JoePa's record.
Over the last couple of years I have found myself in arguments that I'm sure many of you have with friends, neighbors, family and co workers. A complaint or argument I have heard from many of the old guard was
1. We need more size on defense, you need to stop the run like Bo and Mo and Lloyd for the Big Ten.
2. We need better recruits, Michigan should have their pick of All Americans like we used to. We used to have All-Americans playing 3rd string.(Most were smart enough to realize times are different with scholly limits and it's just a different time).
I'm not claiming to know the answer here just my observation and I'd like to hear from the Michigan family on their perceptions or actual knowlege as I think both are kinda myths.
1. As I go thru my Michigan history in my head, I was too young for the early 70's but I recall in Bo's book about the walk on D. Werner playing nose guard at 190lbs and using his quickness to disrupt the offense. When he talked about this Orange Bowl team they talked about how big Oklahoma was and all the 1st rd draft picks and how they had to fight to overcome this. When they played Auburn in the Sugar Bowl they tell the story about how Bo Jackson laughed at how small we were until he was beat to a pulp from a thousand bee stings. The most iconic players from the 80's were probably Messner and Hammerstein who were tiny for dlineman. I can't really recall a giant beef eater on defense until we got G. Watson. I'm sure we had some decent size guys on the line over time, but they never stood out that much to me. So have we really always been an undersized defense based on speed and toughness?
2. When people talk about Bo and maybe downgrade him a little bit or they are nostalgic for the old days of 10-1. I hear how Michigan just out talented and out executed other teams and Bo was not that much a "schemes" guy. I started thinking in my head of all the #1 picks and All Americans Michigan had and you know I it felt like we were a little low in that department compared to other high profile teams. I looked at our draft history and http://www.drafthistory.com/colleges/m.html#Michigan and we didn't have many players with outstanding pro careers. See if you think the same looking at our list. Many of Bo's high profile pro guys like Dierdorf and Mckenzie weren't his recruits. In his books he often talked about how he hated the "me" 1st studs like George(right) and Spielman (wrong). So I know recruiting sites weren't around, but was Bo the king of the "3 stars" and just coached the fuck out of them with the mantra The Team The Team The Team really being true? Or is this just my perception and it was just a different time? Was there any buzz that Bo had to land this Leach kid? How did Bo snake oil AC out of Florida?
I look forward to your thoughts.
I thought a few days ago Rivals dropped Dee Hart from Michigan's commit list...and now he is back on again. Does Rivals know something we don't?
Not that any of this matters except to give me a chance to say I dislike rampant speculation. We will know about Dee Hart when he is physically sitting in class.
A Tennessee paper is reporting (citing to TheWolverine.com) that Michigan and the Vols have accepted invites to the Gator. Woohoo. New Year's Day Bowl Game (if true).