It's Thanksgiving week, so here's my list of things I'm thankful for (on the topic of ugly games, that is).
1. Eastern is bowl-egible. They've got a long way to go to get the third MAC bowl spot, but they can at least dream of the Famous Idaho Potao Bowl. Don't we all. Beating Northern Illinois this week would help their chances a little, but they'll need some help. Northern Illinois looks to be in the upper echelon of MAC teams, with a 6-1 conference record and winning a trackmeet against Toledo 63-60. That game featured 11 passing TDs. Bonus EMU related thankfulness: me making ESPN wonder "Why is Eastern's page getting so much traffic from Colorado?" I know Eastern is the Eagles, but they will always be the EMUs to me.
2. Florida Atlantic is down to their last two chances to end the season winless. I think I'm becoming a kinder, gentler person who wants to see them win. Unless I don't like their coach or something, like Alabama. Their next two games are against teams with 3 wins, but Troy was in that category as well and FAU lost by 27. FAU has a -24 point scoring difference, so this may be a big hill to climb for the Owls.UAB is almost as bad, with a -22 point scoring difference, but I think the competition in C-USA is better than the Sun Belt. I'm going with green bean casserole, because who likes green bean casserole?
3. The Big East. I could have written this entire column for the season with just the Big East. For example: the team currently leading is Louisville, 6-5 overall. Rutgers is tied with a conference record of 4-2, then Cincinnati and West Virginia are tied at 7-3, 3-2. I'm really hoping that Louisville beats USF and everybody else loses so there can be a 5 loss team in the BCS. There's way too many combinations at this point to figure it out, but at best, a 9-3 team is going to win the conference. This one gets the KFC Potato Bowl, because everything is in one big pile, and the end is not very good.
Now with bacon!
4. That everything looks like it's shaping up for Sparty to get fed to Oklahoma, or Oregon, or Arkansas. Karma, baby. The crazy man throwing the pie should be Chip Kelly.
There is a Michigan flag that flies outside of my front door, whipping back and forth on windy afternoons, and a different shade of maize on a rainy day. This weekend, my friends and I are retiring the flag. It is ripped at the top, and faded in the worst of ways. However, this flag is special to me. When I first flew this flag on my front porch, then on the other side of town, it was three years ago. Those days we were caught wondering if Michigan had a shot at a bowl game, or a bid to the big dance.
My fellow Michigan fans, those days, like that old flag, are gone now. We've weathered the storm. I firmly belive that starting very soon, we replace talk of a sixth or seventh win with chatter of a Rose Bowl. I believe that fans and players wont gather at Crisler to pray in unison for a tournament berth, but they will be waiting in earnest to see who we warm up against before a final four appearance. Yes, this is all just me opining, but you can start to feel it now.
Today, I don't feel nervous about Ohio in the way I have the past few years. I know that alot has happened, but for the first time in three to four years, I'm not wondering how much we're going to lose by. At no point do I consider a game won before it's even played. The good news is that this senior led football team doesn't either. This year a Michigan win wouldn't be an "upset".
And on the basketball end? I'm not predicting a Michigan win tonight. But with the growth we've seen, we're actually at a place to where beating Duke wouldn't call for a charging of the court. A win tonight would delight me, but honestly wouldn't surprise me.
We've got a great week ahead of us. And with the genuine sentiment of this blog, the Michigan faithful, and the people i spend my days around, it seems we have a great few years ahead of us, too. You can already feel it.
So this Saturday, as I fold that flag up, and three years of my avid Michigan fandom with it, I will be a little sad, a lot drunk, but a little sad. But I know that it will be time to go and buy a new one. A crisp, full-colored flag, with the richest maize and the deepest blue, and to fly it, just like the one before it, knowing there are better days ahead. Still lots of wind and rain, but maybe a few Rose Bowls, too.
And for that, I give a HAIL!
* I KNOW. COOL STORY BRO.
Just wondering if anyone has had any luck with tailgating on the golf course this year with dish network? I have a strong contingent of people joining our tailgate that want to tailgate there and are worried about any possible problems with a keg at pioneer... any suggestions or ideas are appreciated!
"I've found that it is possible to have balance between your job and your family, that there are coaches out there who are doing it," he said, according to the Sun.
"I love football," he added, according to the Sun. "It's what I am. I miss it."
It'll bring into legitimate question Meyer's sincerity about the reasons he cited for quitting his Florida gig after last season. He mentioned concerns about his health and a desire to spend more time with his wife and children, remember? But if he lands with the Buckeyes only a year later - even though he'd be an Ashtabula-born boy going home to fulfill a career dream - Meyer still will come off as more manipulative than honest regarding how he ended things with the Gators.
In my opinion, Meyer goes to Ohio. A 47 year old coach who says he "love(s) football" doesn't turn down his dream job no matter what the circumstances.
Buckeye fans think Fickle should be the coach-in-waiting but I think Meyer will bring in his own people. I suppose it's possible Meyer is interested in Fickle but I doubt it. In my opinion, Gene Smith will likely 'retire' after the NCAA sanctions are announced. If that's the case a clean slate is probalby the best thing for Meyer. New coaches are certainly part of that.
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