well that's just, like, your opinion, man
So this is it... my first diary! Thanks to those of you who requested that I get the points necessary to post this :-).
EDIT: Since photobucket was resizing my images, I changed the links over to a new site. This will look a LOT better on your monitor!
When I saw that monuMental wouldn't be posting his amazing weekly wallpapers this season, I took it upon myself to carry the torch until his triumphant return. He has since stated that he'll be creating rivalry wallpapers, so I'll take a break on those weeks. Since I've been hijacking posts to upload my wallpapers, here's a review of the ones I've created so far for those of you who've missed them:
Western Michigan "Denard vs Broncos"
Eastern Michigan "Eagle Dove"
San Diego State "Aztec Art"
...which brings us to this week's wallpaper, Minnesota's "Brown Jug Kool-Aid"
I do sort of wish that my first diary featured a better wallpaper, but I was having a difficult time adding in a background and went with the minimilistic "monuMental's penn state" look. I've noticed a lot of people commenting on the resemblance of our current 4-0 season to those of the last couple of years. Others, however, have commented on the relative down year the B1G is having and how we have a much better chance of steam-rolling through the conference than in recent years. I'm "cautiously optimistic" myself and thought we could all enjoy a big ol' jug of Kool-Aid to celebrate our success so far. Enjoy!
PS: Here's a link to my wallpaper album, if you or I miss a posting on Monday.
Ritttenberg (apparently he's spelling it with 3 t's these days) and Bennett posted their latest Big Ten power rankings, and we showed up at #3(!), behind Wiscy and Nebraska. Some little nuggets of goodness:
3. Michigan (4-0): The Wolverines are 4-0 for the third consecutive year, and there are reasons to believe this season will be different than the previous two. There are also reasons to remain concerned. Michigan beat San Diego State primarily because of its defense, which is a very encouraging sign. Craig Roh led the Wolverines' best defensive effort of the season. Denard Robinson did his thing with 200 rush yards and three touchdowns, although his mistakes in the passing game could come back to haunt UM.
I'm kind of surprised to see us ranked so high (and Indiana is worse than Minny??), but hey, I'll take it. The full rankings:
- Ohio Polytechnic Institute
- Penn State
Alright, I am stuck trying to fill out my ballot
I have MICH in....but I have one spot left at #25 for the JCB's Week 5 ballot
Actually thinking of putting ND in that slot. They are one of the best 25 teams, at least from what I've seen.....two L's, though, are tough trump cards to beat, but both USF and UM are on my ballot.
If not ND, then here are the candidates, in no particular order: Utah, USC, Washington, Temple, KState, Iowa St, Temple, TCU. NONE of them WOW me....Am I missing somebody
I dont think ND is losing again until the Stanford game, so I am thinking might as well start ranking them now.....
Usually, I toss a mid major at #25 as a tribute when I cant think of anybody else, but Temple is the only option that excites me on that front.......
Basically, who should I slot at #25. I've been stuck on this question for an hour, need help and wanna turn my ballot in and move on to other things.....
Picked up this little nugget from Stewart Mandel:
Officially, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson is leading the nation in rushing (168.7 yards per game). Ironically, that wouldn't be the case if the NCAA counted the statistics from his rain-shortened opener against Western Michigan.
Sure enough, here are Denard's rushing numbers:
v. Western: 8 for 46 yards
v. Notre Dame: 16 for 108 yards
v. Eastern: 26 for 198 yards
v. SDSU: 21 for 200 yards
Denard's average of 168.67 yards over the three games that "count" puts him in first place, ahead of Oregon's LaMichael James (153.27) and South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore (152.75). However, if the stats from the Western game had counted his average of 138 yards would only be good enough for 5th place, behind a running back named Ronnie Hillman, whom you may have heard of.
Even if you assume that the 4th quarter of the Western game was played out and Denard rushed for another 50 yards (which is by no means guaranteed as the game was well in hand by the time it was called), it wouldn't have moved him anywhere in the ranking.
As brainless as the NCAA's refusal to count the statistics in a shortened game seems, they are actually doing us a favor in at least one statistical category.
Vote for Denard Robinson for Capital One Cup Impact Performance of Week 4:
Denard is currently in 3rd place.