chance of bowl: 13.6%
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Zack Novak deserves to ride the bench for 1-1.5 games. He's a freshman who allowed game frustration and immaturity to cloud his judgement and pull a stupid move.
Here's video of the Michigan/OSU game. The elbow incident starts at 1:28. Watching it in real-time, the elbow looks suspect and you award Novak the red-card (THAT'S CRIMINAL JIM!). However, when you watch the slow-motion replay you see Hill sells the elbow completely. To the point he's facing the rim and then goes "oh heads go back when they get hit" and throws his head back completely, in the middle of SPAAAAAAAAACE.
If Zack Novak had been recruited from Clear-head, Indiana, there might be a better view but before Columbus police throw the cuffs on Novak, an eyebrow has to be raised about how much of this, especially when Hill claims he "warned officials and referees that Novak was going to do it," is a late sell. Shit at least Purdue's guy fell down and looked in pain. Hill just looks around for the foul. And I know Hill said he got hit. He's been sure to let every news source know how awful of a person Novak is and how bad his chin hurt. I just don't see Novak's arm stop at all (like, you know, when you connect with a hard object), a line of contact where his elbow would have been at chin-level, or any reaction from Hill except in open space when he snaps his head back to sell the hit.
Zack Novak - god have mercy on you during practice today. You deserve any punishment that would have come had you connected. I'm just not buying that he got him.
Cue MSU/OSU anger and fury!
As I was reflecting on the truly horrific season we just witnessed I was trying to think of positives to take away from this season. This led me to Molk, who I believe had a very good season as rs frosh center. I do not recall a single bad snap the entire year, which is remarkable coming from any center considering 95%+ of the snaps were to the shotgun.
Cold, quiet Monday morning here after the bitter weekend... So has anyone heard the latest on #2?
How's he doing after the game? Hurt? Actually got the concussion on the big shot as so many implied he did? Or did he just sit in light of Minor taking control of the position?
More importantly, after last week, has anything happened in Schembechler Hall since the team returned home? I suspect if he told any coaches he might have done it by now... or will he wait til today or tomorrow? I was certainly hoping to see him get in the game and get some reps and really have a chance to get a good taste of the rivalry-- certainly didn't happen.
In fact, nothing positive happened on the field to perhaps sway his motivation, but I'd like to see him stay. The 2009 SEASON HAS ALREADY BEGUN!!!!
THE SLATE IS CLEAN!! GO BLUE!
We knew the offense would blow. We knew Utah would be a tough game. And yet, I sense a great disturbance in Wolverine Nation (ha ha I made us a Nation I am cool—UN here we come!) after Saturday’s loss. Is it possible that actually watching the expected awfulness was too much for the Big Blue Boy faithful (I want to shoot the person who first called anyone Big Blue)? Alternatively, maybe the abject incompetence we witnessed was somehow different or worse than expected.
I figured the offense would be bad. I was looking for scores from short fields, broken/break away plays, and a very few actual drives. I feared offensive line troubles would make running difficult and QB troubles would force lots of short passes off action and run looks. I did not expect so many freshmen to start, however. By and large, that’s what we got—minus the break aways and the one good drive ended in a fumble.
I was happy to see that while the OL was bad it wasn’t so bad (unlike ND 2007) as to preclude actual offense. I was also happy the potential for Yakety Sax was largely unrealized—think of ND’s first offensive serious of the 2007 UM/ND cripple fight. I was very happy to see Michigan getting 7 when the opportunity presented itself and not settling for FG attempts. That was a problem for Carr. Hopefully, that ability was by design and not all random chance. In the end, Michigan played poorly and still nearly beat a pretty good team. While I’m never happy with a loss this one hardly devastated me.
The defense in the first half—that both surprised me and had me reaching for the hemlock. Any game that defense shows up in will be a tough one for this Michigan team to win. However, I think conference play will appear to heal much of what ails both Michigan and Little Brother. At least until bowl time.
My question is, for those that are upset, what were you expecting? Was the badness worse than expected or different in some critical way?