gambling establishment etc
I won't be at the game and would really like to see the pre-game activities. Does anyone know if it will be on TV? Maybe Big Ten Network? I highly doubt ABC will show it.
I was just paging through my SI NFL preview when I ran across a quote I thought was worth sharing, and I love to see this guy get some positive publicity. The context- Justin Tuck describing the Eagles response to giving up 12 sacks in their first meeting.
From the first snap of that second game, all we saw was seven man protection, with wide receivers chipping. That's not something you don't see much of at all, and the best guy, by far, was Jason Avant- the most annoying person I've ever run into on a football field. He did something on almost every snap to knock us off our rush.
It has hit me as I watched the Shortsgoblue hype video for the 400th time today that tomorrow may be the most important opener in my lifetime. I have been going to games since the mid-80s and we have certainly had some big games to open the year in that timespan but nothing with the implications of Saturday. I have vague memories of games against ND where both teams were ranked high, and we always seemed to find a way to lose. Plus much clearer memories of games like that super hot day against UVA where Ron Bellamy had the greatest drop in UM history followed shortly by Mercury Hayes with his silly catch in the corner of the end zone. Still while those games were important, and could often set the tone for the season, a loss was only a passing thing, it wasnt the end of the world there was always next week. Though when Lloyd went on that run where the team was eliminated from the national title hunt like five years in a row by the end of September that certainly wasnt cool. In the end though, we could absorb it and move on and still think we were going to the Rose Bowl.
This year is so completely different in so many ways. This is just my personal opinion but I really see this game as the turning point of the whole year. Not because it is first, but because I can't seem to get a handle on how good UConn actually is. I know they will be decent and should put up a good fight, I just wonder about what it will say about us in the long run. My general feeling is that most of the games this year are sort of predetermined...BGSU, UMass, Indiana on one side, OSU, Wisconsin and Iowa on the other. With a number of the others as toss ups. Doing the math I dont see a great record but I do see progress. Still one game will make a difference, and while I dont think a win says a ton about us, I have a sinking feeling that a loss is pretty much the death knell of the Rodriguez era at UM barring some crazy upsets against heavy favorites later in the year.
I didnt set out to be a downer, and I have all the hope in the world that we are going to win, but a loss would be a real blow. Still no matter what happens I will be in the stadium every week and I will scream my head off, and I will stand until my legs hurt and maybe just maybe the team will give me something to remember. That's all I can ask. And should things go poorly, I will still cheer because no matter who the coach is, those players gave everything they had on the field and deserve our support...
It's been 1,384 days since Bo.
I'm sick of 3-9. I'm sick of home for the holidays. I'm sick to death of these ESPN 'experts' claiming that we won't start a new opening day winning streak. I'm sick of Holtz' lisp. Hell, listening to the Toledo game, I'd be just as well not driving back to my home state at the asscrack of dawn tomorrow. We don't have a chance.
I'm sick of ennui. I'm sick of repeated posts about our secondary. I'm sick of seeing a fucking otter every time I get online to check on my favorite distraction. I'm sick of 'There are...' posts. Sick of neg bombs, sick of non-qualifiers and defections. I'm sick of Michigan not being a powerhouse, sick of being an afterthought. I'm sick to my stomach.
Tomorrow is a new day. The first new day since four interceptions. The first new day since stretching became a crime against humanity. The first new day since wings were earned. And what a day it will be. 65 degrees and windy. Football season.
Tomorrow is a new stadium. It's a new chance. For our team. For Brock. For our program. It's a chance to make room on the bandwagon, not only for those 'experts' at ESPN, but for the 49% of Michigan Stadium that has lost their faith. That yearns for 6-6. Tomorrow is a new beer. (I finished all of mine early tonight, so as not to miss the alarm...)
Tomorrow I will get free water, a really expensive program, and an opportunity to lose my mind the first time I hear The Victors.
Our players are scattered throughout Ann Arbor. They're more pumped than we are, most won't sleep. The chip on our shoulders is a whole fucking block to them. Each and every one of them carries it like Atlas. If the Freep angers us, it must turn their entire world red. They will be ready.
So will I.
Hey y'all, in case you haven't noticed, I love college pick em. I do it on Yahoo where you can do it with the spread, but I like ESPN more for confidence. I took the liberty of making an ESPN group: http://games.espn.go.com/cpickem/en/frontpage
Group Name: MGoBloggers
Feel free to join!
And if you are interested in joining the Yahoo group I made earlier:
the more, the merrier!