The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.
A couple weeks ago, I put together a google map with all of the Michigan bars I'm aware of (and also everything from the spreadsheet that bouje has been maintaining.) The map is here.
Hopefully this will prevent the "where's the Michigan bar in Pittsburgh/Fresno/Topeka/wherever" threads that pop up every week, but if your favorite gameday hangout isn't on here, put it in the thread and let me know. I'll do my best to keep the map up to date.
The inferiority complex of the Spartans goes national. Even though the article presents a compelling case in favor of their performance the past several years, the Spartans still can't get beyond the shadow of Michigan.
Am I the only one who finds it odd that teams all over the nation, and even some of the historically middle/lower B10 teams, have been able to recruit/develop excellent RB's, yet Michigan hasn't had one since 2007?
Minnesota had Cobb, Indiana had Colman, and teams like Wisconsin, MSU, and OSU have had a steady stream of good to great RB's.
I love Smith's heart and his abilitiy to generate YAC, but it seems his vision and speed are nowhere near up to the standard for the position. I know that some of this -- ok a lot of this -- falls upon the OL, but not ALL of it is, as was illustrated by Drake Johnson's ability to actually generate a running attack. Yes, when he was starting the OL was improving, but there has to be more to it than that, no?
Remember when Denard would shred teams on the ground -- despite a "weak OL" -- and nobody else could gain any yards? Yes, Denard was a special runner, a "once-in-a-decade talent," but he is proof that the holes were there.
My point? I don't know. Maybe it's to point the finger at Fred Jackson, and to say that he completely lost his ability to judge RB talent -- although he was pretty high on Thomas Rawls who became a new man once he left Ann Arbor. Or maybe it's to vent my frustration concerning a position which other teams seem to have no trouble finding and developing talent, yet Michigan seems incapable of late. Heck, that Juco transfer RB that Utah threw in for a carry or two look significantly better than anyone on Michigan's roster currently.
I just watch other programs from FCS to P5 run the ball think how nice it would be to have a RB that actually had some speed (doesn't have to be Ty Wheatley 2.0, just normal P5 starting RB speed), some quickness (doesn't have to Barry Sanders 2.0, just normal P5 starting RB quicks), some vision (not Laveon Bell vison, normal P5 starting RB vision), and some ability to burst through a hole -- no matter how infrequently they might appear. I think that Harbaugh and Co, are one it, and this is a merely a hangover from the down times of late.
About last night:
100% different "feel" to the team from an organizational standpoint -- no "derps," no clock issues, no WTF?!? -- just too many costly mistakes.
Guys used to go insane when Hoke would say, "we didn't execute ..." and would point to all the "little basic things" (like counting to 11) that his teams couldn't do. Last night was a real "we didn't execute ..." game. Guys were in position to make plays, they just didn't. The game was very winnable, and I for one am pleased that we can already see significant improvement in the preparedness and organization of the team.
I've not posted anything for a long time, so I apologize for the rambling. Any thoughts?
Looks like a beautiful fall day for Harbaugh's home opener. According to the Internets, it's going to be 71 and sunny in Ann Arbor come next Saturday. We won't be baking in an 85-degree oven. Let's hope that forecast doesn't change any.
did my eyes and ears deceive me yesterday or did Ross Taylor-Douglas, the positional nomad, get in at RB yesterday?
Let's not forget to be fans and give some positive support to our team. What did you find encouraging and praiseworthy from last night's close loss to a tough team on the road? I'll start us off by saying that Peppers was terrific in getting past blocks and tackling in space. Can't wait to see him develop and make plays!