spoiler alert: i linked this
(This is a repost, the first topic vanished.)
Before Spring practice I was not enthused. Then (name redacted) left to join his BABY brother, and I was even less 'thused' I was thinking 6-6, maybe even 5-7 or 4-8 if we catch a couple of injuries. I was worried about bowl streaks, and non-losing season streaks, and spartans having another excuse to riot.
Then I started watching old WVU games. And I thought, OMG PAT WHITE and STEVE SLATON are the R0X0RS! We've got a comparable slaton coming in mcguffie, and some combination of brown, minor, horn, and shaw should make RB the team's strength. Unfortunately, we have nothing close to a pat white. At least not this year.
So I was getting more depressed. But then I started watching games from before the pat white era. Before miami and va tech had left the big least. And you know what I realized? Rich Rod is a pretty darn good coach.
I saw an offensive system that was creative, deceptive, and designed to mess with opposing player's heads. I also saw relative no-names busting 60 yard runs behind the blocking of absolute no-names and i thought, barwis is a god.
(Mike Barwis. All your recruits are belong to him. Mike Barwis)
So now I'm starting to feel pretty good about the upcoming season. I don't pretend to have any BCS dreams, but a winning record and a new year's day bowl are not out of the question.
So here's the breakdown. (% chance michigan wins)
1. Utah 75%
2. Miami Ohio 95%
3. at Notre Dame 90%
4. Wisconsin 45%
5. Illinois 45%
6. Toledo 100%
7. at Penn State 55%
8. Michigan State 60%
9. at Purdue 80%
10. at Minnesota 95%
11. Northwestern 75%
12. Ohio State 5%
Best case scenario is that, with a little luck, we go into the penn state game 6-0, the world is in love with rich rod, we unexpectedly cream the nittany pickers (because WE OWN, PENN STATE), and cruise to a nail biting loss to osu. 11-1 and in the rose bowl. (yeah right)
Worst case, all the QB's suck, the O-line sucks, and we can't stop the spread. We stumble to 5 losses in conference and even trip over our own feet against utah, making it 6-6 and barely eking out a bowl bid, which we lose for the first losing season in some 4 decades.
Most likely, we'll end up around 8-4 losing one we shouldn't and wining one we shouldn't. We end up in the citrus or alamo bowl and everyone is like, 'just wait till next year!!!' (funny, the more things change, the more they stay the same)
So that's my prediction a solid 8-4 and the sky's the limit for the future.
What do you think?
Has anyone heard anything about the S&C Clinic Saturday? Is there anyone who went, it would be interesting to hear some of the info presented. (in depth info especially)
I have read on other sites that there was about 100 people, and that they will be greatly expanding the weight facilities further.
Related I found notes from the Coaches clinic in April in outline format online. (Link below) If anyone has similar (if not more info laden) from the S&C clinic it would be great.
Coaches clinic notes: http://www.scribd.com/doc/3116141/Michigan-Clinic-2008-Notes
I am going to email the guy that made these and see if he made some from the S&C clinic.
As a side note Bowling Green had an S&C clinic with Gittleson as the featured speaker: http://www.athleticstrengthandpower.com/2008/04/aaron-hillman-b.html
Well, here I go trying to make my own mini-blog space. Hopefully it will be a version of the former MZone's know your foe.
First about me. I am a long time wolverine fan (circa 1978) living just across the border from South Bend, Indiana. You know, "those guys". The "Fighting Irish". I drive by the campus twice a day, too and from work. It's not as bad now, I used to drive by staduim before they rerouted traffic. My friend, a ND fan, lives in one of the few houses that you can see the Golden Dome from the state of Michigan. You get the picture.
Enough about me, here is what is going on behind enemy lines....
Well Notre Dame had their fantasy football camp where rich white guys can pay big bucks to pretend to be Rudy.
The South Bend Tribune runs the typical college town articles, unless your name is Ann Arbor News (Zing!). One of the more recent ones was the meh recruiting so far this year.
"It's shaping up as a good year, but not a great year, like last year," Lemming said. "This is going to be more of a complementary class. And that's all Notre Dame needs, really, but they need to finish strong. I think they've been slow to pull the trigger on some guys (in terms of offering scholarships). And that has hurt them."
Other than that, kids comming in for conditioning workouts like everywhere else.
I am already starting my mojo to try and score some tickets for this year's game.
What 5 teams would you most like to see Michigan face in OOC play?
My List (In No Particular Order):
An ongoing project I'm putting together, this is a compilation of mainstream media articles in which Michigan is baselessly and inexplicably classified as a team in ruins. I don't expect the Wolverines to be in anyone's Top 10, don't get me wrong. But if you're going to make a point of writing that Michigan is "in the 40s and falling" in your Spring Top 25, at least one line of textual support would seem appropriate.
http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=403529 Michigan “in the 40s and falling” in post-spring poll.
http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=405647 Michigan one of 5 teams “in reverse.”
http://cfn.scout.com/2/744200.html Ohio State a “likely loss,” no “almost certain wins.”
http://www.sportsline.com/collegefootball/story/10810054/3 Michigan won’t win the Big Ten, beat Ohio State, get to a January 1st bowl,or get to any bowl for that matter