I sit next to a Texas A&M grad and I mentioned to him that they, seemingly, finalized the deal for Michigan to play 'Bama at Jerry World in 2012. Suffice it to say he's very, very unhappy.
He said they need to make a rule that you can't play a neutral site game in any state not represented by a conference because all they are doing is using the game as a recruiting tool and that upsets him, a lot (at which point I told him he can blame Jerry but he didn't seem to grasp that one). Beyond that, apparently Oklahoma State used to have a camp in Houston and they passed a rule that said you can't have an out of state camp (don't know if that's a Big 12 thing or a NCAA thing) and he was very upset with OK State doing that because they are just mooching off of Texas. I asked him, well, what's wrong with that? OK State is closer to Houston than Texas Tech is so should you ban them from Houston as well? What if you were an LSU fan and they had a camp in Houston, would you still support the ban? He then said that he thinks no team from outside of Texas should be able to even play in Texas unless it's against a Texas team because, get this, the state of Texas is spending it's money to educate these kids and build the stadiums so they shouldn't be supporting anyone from another state doing anything to get those kids outside of playing a Texas team...
Yeah, Texas really is its own nation...
I shall be interested to hear from Tom VH who were the kids that we had for recruiting visits for the BGSU game. I saw what appeared to be an unusually large group, made all the more unusual by the fact that I didn't recognize anybody. (My profound apologies to any recruits whom I should have recognized but didn't.)
My ignorance leads me to ask if last Saturday was somehow a very big day for 2012 kids? Can they supply tickets to 2012 kids at all? Was there some different allocation of tickets in the "recruit" area of the Stadium to a different group of kids? (It did look like a very young group.)
Michigan Monday is up at O-Zone at http://www.the-ozone.net/football/2010/Illinois/michiganmonday.html. Positive write up, and he focused on Vinopal, Demens, and Avery, saying:
The final thing I should mention was the tremendous interception by true freshman safety Ray Vinopal. He was at deep safety late in the game, and broke on a pass in the seam, sneaking in front of the receiver despite coming from behind him, and then avoided the pass interference entirely. Sure, he fumbled the interception back on the return, but it was just nice to see an instinctive move from a Wolverine playing deep down the field. It's been a while.
Overall, this game really told us nothing other than Kenny Demens should see more snaps, and Courtney Avery will probably be starting before the season is over.
One other thing: apparently someone on staff over at O-Zone needed significant surgery, and doesn't have insurance. They're raising funds at their front page. Consider giving . . . it would be a nice touch for mgoblogerati to help out.
p.s. With the new editor, how do I do block quotes? The same way as before, or is there an easier way?
edit: I didn't see a "blockquote" button between italics and numbered list, but I did use the plain text editor and it worked.
He's wearing a black tie with a Michigan polo shirt, and has a piece of white tape on the bridge of his Clark Kent glasses.
I've DVR'd all of our games, and it's interesting to look back at the TV Guide descriptions of the games. They offer a little window into how the nation views our program. Here they are for the first four weeks (all emphasis mine).
Live. Connecticut (8-5 in 2009) at Michigan (5-7). The Huskies return 17 starters from last year, led by RB Jordan Todman and LB Scott Lutrus. Michigan is coming off consecutive losing seasons under Rich Rodriguez. (Football.)
Live, Michigan at Notre Dame. The Wolverines grabbed a 38-34 win last year on a TD pass from Tate Forcier with 11 seconds left in the game. Rich Rodriguez has struggled so far as Michigan's coach, while Brian Kelley [sic] begins his first year for the Irish. (Football.)
Live, Massachussetts at Michigan. (Football)
Live, Bowling Green at Michigan. Dazzling QB Denard Robinson and the Wolverines look to cap off a perfect September against Bowling Green, which features the nation's receptions leader in Kamar Jorden. Michigan is 26-1 against current MAC teams. (Football)
A bit of a change in the storyline, no? We go from having them mention our embattled coach every time to focusing on our "dazzling QB" and talking about us like we're, well, Michigan again. (They could have mentioned that that one loss to a MAC team happened two years ago, but that's no longer part of the storyline.) The tide is turning.