This is maaaaybe premature there, ESPN. Maryland #1 FWIW.
So any early bets on who the Tears of Infinite Sadness will be this week? "Pear Bryant" Charlie Weis and his loss to the Crying Children Orangemen? How about Mark "I can't bring myself to cheer for Michigan even though it means I won't win the conference title and go to the Rose Bowl for the first time in 21 years" D'Antonio getting torched by Emperor Palpatine's bi-colored stormtroopers? Mike Leach and his pirate ways sent to Davy Jones Locker by the Boomer Sooner? LSU Fan with his "2007- We can't let Les go / 2008- Please take him" schizo? So many options, and we don't even have to bring up Michigan this week!
This is one week I really look forward to the TWIS... thank God Brian has a multi-conference breakdown.
schadenfreude should be pretty great this week what with all the humiliating losses today. aside from the obvious (us), there's still michigan state, minnesota, texas tech, lsu, notre dame who were all given humiliating defeats (lsu probably the least of the group).
watching msu and texas tech be crushed made me feel a little better about our game. we were destroyed, but texas tech got it harder, while ranked #2 in the game of the week. seems like a good choice for 'tears of unfathomable sadness'
seen on another board:
"MSU's star rankings from Rivals
Our current starting lineup = 2.79 stars
Roland Martin = 4 stars
Charlie Gantt = 4 stars
Eric Gordon = 4 stars
Mark Dell = 4 stars
Brian Hoyer = 3 stars
Javon Ringer = 3 stars
Brandon Long = 3 stars
Otis Wiley = 3 stars
Ryan Allison = 3 stars
Rocco Cironi = 3 stars
Joel Nitchman = 3 stars
Kendall Davis-Clark = 3 stars
Brett Swenson = 3 stars
Oren Wilson = 3 stars
Greg Jones = 3 stars
BJ Cunningham = 3 stars
Johnny Adams = 3 stars
Jesse Miller = 2 stars
Justin Kershaw = 2 stars
Trevor Anderson = 2 stars
Dan Fortener = 2 stars
Aaron Bates = 2 stars
Joel Foreman = 2 stars
Blair White = Walk-on"
Compared to ours:
O = 3.72 stars
D = 4 stars
Total = 3.86
this is just unacceptable. How did we lose to MSU when our players have vastly superior talent? coaching and conditioning certainly arent the issue as brian has so eloquantly detailed in this blog. It is amazing that experience at key positions makes such a difference.
this just shows how quickly we will be back. this much talent can not possibly under acheive for two years in a row.
- The Michigan Difference (LSA'99)
this is the most annoying chant ever. ever:
this is a close second though:
not a result of us losing to these teams. i was just reminded of them when we had to play purdue this week and i had to listen to msu fans say 1 2 3 first down bitch last weekend.
WAH WAH boiler up
Random question I've been asking everyone since Saturday. Who wins more games the rest of the year, Michigan or Michigan State. Given that State is now start their free fall and the countdown clock is reset to 364 days, I say Michigan gets 3 wins (4,please) and MSU ends up with 1. Thoughts?
#1 - The absolutely most frustrating thing about this team has been the pass "defense". Any team that can make Hoyer look above average must be pretty bad. I have no idea if it's the scheme or the execution, but it's probably both. The 1st half of the Utah game was no aberration. When opponents have 3rd and 8, 10, or 16 (16!!!), conversions have looked easy unless there is a sack or intense pressure on the QB. My hats off to teams if they make heroic plays to move the chains, but taking 15-20 yards at will is ridiculous.
#2 - I'd recommend that when opponents have 3rd and long that UM fans remember the Seinfeld phrase "SERENITY NOW!!"
#3 - I expected the offense to be pretty rough this year, and Threet's elbow problems don't help, but I never expected UM's defense to be ranked 10th in the conference.
#4 - The zone stretch play hasn't really worked since the Notre Dame game. I looks like UM runs the ball better out of the good old-fashioned I formation. Minor doesn't seem suited for the zone stretch - he's more of a north-south runner.
#5 - While criticism is warranted, the flaming and booing of the players is disgusting. These are just kids after all, and most of them won't be going on to NFL riches. They are playing hard, so give them a break.