to play football, not to play trumpet
Freep piece on an in-state recruit. I read it with eyes glazed and half closed until I came to this:
"...Dantonio and his staff and a collection of OSU coaches came to watch Fragel work out. South strength and conditioning coach Geoff Tischbein suggested Fragel take off his shirt for one segment, giving the coaches a glimpse of his athletic build.
'I turned back and looked, and they were doing this,' Tischbein said, taking his cell phone out of his pocket. 'Texting. I knew it was over then.'"
One day in 2008, an iPhone in East Lansing and a Blackberry in Buckeyeville made simultaneous dingy text noises. Their message:
And thus did Fragel get his offer.
Yesterday, as I watched Michigan's awful performance against Michigan State, I wondered about who is Michigan's worst rival, Ohio State or Michigan State.
I am precluding this by mentioning that football is the most important, basketball is great, but still just a distraction from football's dead period. Also, we can leave out Notre Dame and Minnesota, the fact that Notre Dame is non-conference, Minnesota has been owned by Michigan recently, and the fact that game is not even played annually.
Call it whatever you want, heresy, channeling Gary Moeller perhaps, but I believe Michigan State is Michigan's worst rival. Maybe I say that because I live in Grand Rapids, west side of the state, where there are almost two State fans per Michigan fans, and not many of those Michigan fans really care. Or perhaps, in light of State's win in football this past year, or the debacle last night, I have a newfound passion for hating MSU this year. Also, there are not really too many Ohio State fans, that I see at least, I do not really know of any that live around here. They might live in southeast Michigan or in the Toledo area where the rivalry is seemingly most heated, but I am not really aware that many Ohio State fans exist in most of the state of Michigan.
I think that the Michigan-Ohio State bloodbath (not that I've had much experience with the rivalry) really is a tremendous rivalry, but to be honest, I believe that it is a rivalry that is based loosely on mutual respect, or at least acknowledgement for the other's program. I did actually just say that. Michigan is a better program by far, more class, dignity, intelligence, etc. but I have to say that Ohio State is a decent program. Also, I think that the Ohio State rivalry is by far the best rivalry in the state of Ohio, with Michigan fans and Ohio State fans going at it constantly. However, in the state of Michigan, particularly in West, North, and Central Michigan, even around Ann Arbor, Michigan State is a bigger rival, not by much more than the Buckeyes, but still more. The Michigan-Michigan State rivalry is based purely on the inferiority complex set on MSU by Michigan (which is not without merit, frankly it's true). Michigan State hates Michigan so passionately that it is really amazing. Michigan however, feels that State is just another win, and never gives them any credit for anything; and Michigan State takes that as an insult which only adds to the rivalry. Add to the inferiority complex the annual recruiting battles (especially in Detroit, which Michigan typically wins), the success of michigan now and in the past, and the fact that Michigan State rally does not compare with Michigan in respects to tradition, talent, history, or even fan base. Also, I could say that Michigan-Ohio State is fueled by the ESPN, SI, etc. hype on the rivalry, which is really just an excuse to fill their telecast, magazine, web site, whatever. That really just adds to the perception that Michigan-Ohio State is a bigger rivalry than Michigan-Michigan State, it is still an excellent rivalry, but I'd finally give kudos to Michigan State for once and call them a bigger rival. ESPN in particular hypes rivalries way too much, and I've heard it a few times during the North Carolina-Duke game by Dickie V, how that fits in I do not know. Rivalries are a huge thing, but they are mainly a product of the fans which goes down to the players, coaches etc. but not a national thing, moreover a localized one.
Maybe I say this because I am incredulous that State won this past year, or that they chanted Go Green, Go White, (Can't Read, Can't Write) after winning said game, followed up with a "little sister" chant, at the Big House. Or, maybe I held on to hope that Michigan would upset them last night. Maybe it was recent frustration in most of the recruiting battles in-state as of late (except William Campbell, yes...), or perhaps that I am outnumbered by State fans here in GR. I guess that most of what I am saying is a matter of present circumstance, or maybe I haven't experienced the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry for real. (Note: I have gone to the past four or five Ohio State games at home, and go to almost every home game, so I have seen the fervor in person.)
I guess what I've tried to say is that, at least right now, and around here, Michigan State is a bigger rival than Ohio State. Not by much, but still a little bigger ( at the very least, around the same).
Agree? Disagree? A matter of opinion?
(I am bracing myself for the explosion, so try not to be too vicious here, I am a fellow Michigan diehard, so insults are really not too appropriate).
Go Blue, little brother.
I was at Brother Rice for a charity boxing match last night. Long story short, Michign, OSU, and Kentucky all had fighters for the undercard matches. The boys in maize and blue shorts went 3-2. They lost both of their matches against Kentucy, but went 3-0 against Ohio State.
So, we got that going for us; which is nice.
Ohio state has thrown it's hat into the ring for 2010 QB prospect Nick Montana, son of NFL great Joe Montana. Remind you that Joe's other son is a walk on at Notre Dame.
I didn't know Nick was all that as a QB. It will be interesting to see how he does this year.
From TMZ. He not only grew up in Columbus but also attended tOSU.
Same MO as Boone. Do they actually teach this at tOSU?
Former NFL superstar Terry Glenn was arrested in Dallas last week after cops say he was running around a hotel drunk out of his mind and carrying weed -- oh, and he may have been naked.
Glenn, who was released from the Dallas Cowboys over the summer, was charged with public intoxication and marijuana possession after he was allegedly causing a disturbance at the Extended Stay Deluxe Hotel around 10:30 PM.
Sources close to the situation tell TMZ the front desk received several complaints from guests -- but one person claimed they saw Glenn lying on the floor in a hallway with his pants down.
We're also told Glenn went off on the hotel employee who called the cops, saying "You don't f**kin' know me ... I don't give a f**k what you do ... get the f**k outta here!"
Rich Rodriguez is going to be on First Take this morning which is a good sign and should be fun to see how excited he is about the recruits.
However, Jay Crawford keeps going 'aaaaand Rich Rodriguez will be joooining us?!' sounding like he is shocked that RR would go on national TV. Like he should be ashamed or something. This tOSU jackass (that didn't even go to the school) needs to go away.