a terrible blight on our fine country
Hey Knowledge - When is Rex Ryan coming over?
Rex Ryan's season just ended, when does RR call and when will this crazy soap opera be over?
How's my topic title? Enough info.
KNOWLEDGE? Where are ya pal?
So I was at Spawn of M Zone and he had a good piece on the sideline skermish in the first quarter. Does anyone have inside info on what happened. It looks as though it was one of the SC guys. Do they roam a little too much on the sideline? Seems as though Barwis should be the only one with ability to roam the sideline. Even then, he should let the coaches coach. I love what he is doing for the program but that did not do much for it Sat. Again I KNOW NOTHING of what went on, but who is the adult?
I have never been a big believer in sports "curses," but I can't help but notice a particular trend that has occurred in the last couple of years. Let me lay out the scenario first:
It was Novemeber 17th, 2006, about thirty hours prior to Michigan facing The Nameless Terror in arguably the biggest game in the rivalry's history: both teams undefeated, ranked #1 and #2. Michigan had defeated all odds by coming off an extremely disappointing 2005 season to get to this point, and while pressure was building on Lloyd Carr as he had only one win against The Demon of the Ancient World, there was still a feeling of confidence for the Maize & Blue faithful.
And it was at this time that our beloved leader passed.
And somewhere in a different dimension, all the Angry michigan-football-hating-gods had a wild party to celebrate. The party got out of hand, the police were called, and this manifested itself in the form of a giant black hole eating up an entire galaxy, trillions of extra-terrestrial lives were lost...
...and This happened:
yet another loss to DOTAW and Nameless Terror, another loss in the Rose Bowl. Then, in a chance for redemption, one of the most hyped Michigan teams in recent memory with a bonified Heisman candidate RB, a future first overall pick at LT, a 4th year starter at QB, and a couple of future NFL receivers, Michigan lost to arguably the lowest rated team they have ever faced.
Then Oregon finished off a four game losing streak for the first time in... how long?
Then BAM! Wisconsin and Nameless Terror again.
And my point is, Michigan is now 12-13 since Bo's passing, so I ask: when was the last time Michigan had this bad a record over a 25-game stretch? Maybe I'm crazy, but I just want to throw it out there.
So I was watching the game again tonight as I was at a wedding for the last three quarters Saturday. I know this has been posted about 10,000 times this year but it finally sunk in watching this game. This team is YOUNG. I know, most of you are rolling your eyes and wondering where the heck I have been. I have been watching the last 8 games just like you all, but it finally was clear this Sunday night. The best part of it all is that this is not an excuse and only a reason for excitement! The future is so dang bright. I cannot wait!
If you read my one and only diary entry you will know that I have been a fan for 29 years of my 29 year life. This is the most excited I have ever been for UM football. The next 10 years and more are going to be awesome!(this off season is going to be looooooong) I played DIII football(started on the O-line my last two years). I say this because the o-line for this team will be the fun part to watch over the next 4 years! They are coming together quite nicely and once all these skill (the heavies will alwasy have more skill when it comes to the ladies though)players are actually able to just PLAY instead of think and play, LOOK THE F OUT! The defense is another story.....but when we start putting 48 on people the defense will be able to relax once a game.
Who else would like to see Cissako(sp?) touch the ball about once or twice a series on offense? He is going to be good.
Maybe this is me grasping at straws in desperation, or maybe the mythical world of intanglibles and superstitions isn't really all that mythical or superstitious, but I've noticed something lacking this season. I don't mean a competent quarterback. I'm talking about something else here.
I'm talking about kittens! This season has seen a distinct lack of kittens on MGoBlog. Even the ef'n Garfield cartoons posted in the previews are sans cat. Sure, the kittens didn't always work, but things were never ever quite this bad before.
I'm in favor of brining back the harmless things that may or may not help out a little bit. All the old school cry babies whining about the lack of a pro style offense can get bent. That's not the problem. We need kittens.
The previews aren't the same without me reaching the end, reading the word "intangibles", seeing something of otherworldly cuteness, and guiltily fighting off a smile so my co-workers don't come running over to see what I'm laughing at once again. No amount of explaining would be able to reconcile to them why my favorite football blog has pictures of small adorable fuzzy animals every week. They wouldn't get it.
If nothing else, bring them back because kittens just make people happy. In times as dire as these, we could use a little more happy. We could use more kittens.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve spoken to a number of people
who’ve been wanting to place blame on the success – or lack thereof – of Michigan’s football team
this season. Those who are casual football fans or network pundits blame Rich
Rodriguez – his spread offense is too big of a change for a pro-style team.
Those who know a bit more about Michigan football blame Lloyd Carr – he left
the cabinet dry with only two starters returning on offense and plenty of
out-of-shape players. But who is really to
blame? To take a logical look at the situation, let’s start from a novel place.
Check who exactly makes up the Michigan
offense, and then let’s start looking at blame.
Capital One Bowl Starting Line-Up:
Skilled Positions: Mario Manningham(jr); Carson
Butler(jr); Chad Henne(sr); Mike Hart(sr); Mike
Massey(sr*); Adrian Arrington(sr*)
Line: Jake Long(sr); Adam Kraus(sr); Justin Boren(so); Steve
Schilling(so); Alex Mitchell(sr*)
* Still had remaining eligibility
Initial 2008 Starting Line-Up Before Transfers and Early
Departures (accounting for 3-receiver set):
Skilled Positions: Mario Manningham(sr); Carson
Butler(sr); Ryan Mallett(so); Brandon Minor(jr); Greg Matthews(jr); Adrian
Line: Jeremy Ciulla(sr); Mark Ortmann(sr*); Justin
Boren(jr); Steven Schilling(jr); Alex Mitchell(sr)
Actual Starting Line-Up For Toledo (Using 3-receiver set):
Skilled Positions: Greg Matthews(jr); Kevin Koger(fr);
Steven Threet(fr); Sam McGuffie(fr); Toney Clemons(so); LaTerryal Savoy(jr)
Line: Perry Dorrestein(so); Mark Ortmann(sr*); David
Molk(fr); David Moosman(jr); Steve Schilling(so).
Okay. So screw “returning starters” – of which we only
started one. Let’s look at “projected starters” – players who were in the
pipeline to start but never ended up starting. Three. Three. That’s it. Yes, those who aren’t here all have their
reasons, but the fact of the matter is that we had one returning starter on offense in the Toledo game, and three people starting who would have started the day after the
Capital One bowl.
So who's to blame? You can't fault Rodriguez and his staff for coming into a program which has a roster looking like that of a low-tier Mountain West team. He's doing his best with what he has - which, as we can see, isn't much. You can't fault Lloyd Carr because although we wouldn't have had the Hart, Henne, and Longs of the world returning, we would have had a blue chip QB, a decent (read: non-sieve) offensive line, and some legit playmakers at the skilled positions. It would have been a down-ish year anyway. You can't fault the players - they didn't ask to get put in a starting position without the experience, skill, or surrounding talent to succeed. They're getting their asses busted by Barwis as the toll to merely strap on the winged helmet.
So who's to blame? Blame yourself. If you're looking to place blame here, blame yourself for taking your school's football prowess for granted, for having out-of-this-world expectations for the first year of a regime change, and for not studying your team enough to know that your expectations were out-of-this-world. We have a starting quarterback who backed up Reggie Ball at Georgia Tech (who had a 44% completion percentage in his senior year). Half of our skilled players were playing in their high school homecoming games at this time last year.Our line... it's porous at best, filled with inexperience and a lack of top-notch skill.
I've quoted Bo before in this space, but I'll do it again, "When your team is winning, be ready to be tough, because winning can make you soft. On the other hand, when your team is losing, stick by them. Keep believing." Stop being soft. Take some lumps. Keep wearing your Michigan apparel. Keep loving our tradition, our University, and our team. If you want to jump ship, I'll pack your bags for you, but don't come back when this team - and this program - rights itself. Don't boo this week when you were cheering after the Wisconsin game.
To sum things up, I turn to Mike Hart on how it feels to represent a team during tough times:
"I don't regret anything at all. I'm glad I'm on this team. This is my team. I'm the leader of this team. It's crazy to say, but deep down at the end of the [Oregon]
game, I was telling myself, 'I wouldn't rather be on any team right
now. I wouldn't rather be getting paid.' It's going to test me as a
person, a player and a leader. I've never been a part of something like this in my life. It's going to test me, and it's going to make me a better
person. I know we can turn this around. At the end of the season,
when I look back and we come out with a great record, I'm going to say, 'Don't ever quit."'