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This week The Ugly Game of the week hands out our very own post season awards. I may call these the Schnellys, since 1. he almost ended his career with a winless season, 2. karma is a bitch after all those years at Miami, and 3. just look at the guy:
No, wait, that's Captain Kangaroo. My mistake. Here we go:
Here clearly is the most interesting man in the world.
The "Viagra" award for inability to score is a tie between New Mexico and Florida Atlantic. New Mexico is last in red-zone efficiency, scoring at a 61% rate (Stanford leads with 63 for 64 attempts), while FlaAtl is last in total offense. Both teams are 119th and 120th in scoring offense. That's a toss-up to me. Congratulations, you both win. No, I'm not going to GIS for anything related to Viagra, at work or ever.
The "Turnstyle" award for worst defense goes to Kansas. Dead last in total and scoring defense, they've given up 50+ 4 times, and 40+ 8 times (including one in a win). Turner Gill, we hardly knew ya. Well Kansas, there's always basketball.
Worst Coach Still Employed goes to Robb Akey of the Idaho Vandals. The Vandals are 19-43 since 2007, and 2-10 this year. It's cold and lonely in Idaho, so maybe they could get Dennis Erickson back a la Billy Martin. Honorable mention goes to Rick Stockstill, coach of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, for having the best MST3K "Big McLargeHuge" name on a 2-10 team. Because I can:
Worst Combined Record in a Bowl Game goes to Florida versus Ohio State in the TaxSlayer.com (sic) bowl. Both teams are 6-6 and 3-5 in conference. Both teams are about +5 Points For/Points Against, and neither team is very good on offense. Honorable mention goes to Illinois versus UCLA for playing without coaches. I expect someone on the sidelines spinning a Twister spinner thing calling plays "Run Left! Pass Right!" Not quite what I had in mind, but it'll do:
And the award for The Worst Team in the Country goes to New Mexico, who combines their bad defense with an equally bad offense, making one wonder if they could beat themselves, and if so, how? Honorable mention goes to UNLV, who managed to lose to New Mexico by a TD. New Mexico started off the season with a 4 point loss to CSU, then got clobbered by Arkansas and Texas Tech. They took Sam Houston State to OT, scoring a game-tying TD as time expired, but had to settle for a FG in OT and couldn't stop the Bearkats (sic). The bright spot on the season was against UNLV, scoring on their first play and second drive, then missed two FG attempts, finally scoring a TD in the last minute to seal it. New Mexico does have the spectacularly named Crusoe Gongbay at running back.
Congratulations, your award is Bob Davie. Good luck with that. Footbaw!
Wisco's Konz was named to the AFCA AA team over Molk, even though he missed the last 3 games of the season. Since there are 23409348 different All-American teams, David should still make most of them but since we won't see another Michigan football game for almost a month, this gives us something to rant about.
[Ed - PGB: via MGoUser gebe659 in competing thread:
Big Ten players on the team:
OL Kevin Zeitler (Wisconsin)
C Peter Konz (Wisconsin)
RB Montee Ball (Wisconsin)
DL Jerel Worthy (Michigan State)
DL Whitney Mercilus (Illinois)
LB Lavonte David (Nebraska)
Also, WR Jordan White of Western Michigan is an All-American.]
As of today, Coach Hoke has been named coach of the year in the MAC (2008), MWC (2010) and B1G (2011). Has another coach ever received this recognition in three conferences?
Pretty heady for a fifth-year senior who was under the radar for most of his Michigan career. Besides the obvious of his two TD returns, his 8 tackles were a career high (and about a 5th of his career total). Just think what he could have done with an extra quarter of play.
Looks like a few Wolverines are up for some awards from the previous school year. It looks like we have a good chance to win in almost every category listed in this blog post, it would be a tremendous miscarriage of justice if Sullinger wins the breakout award over Denard.
I, for one, find it quite surprising that Mark Dantonio is placed in the "courageous" category alongside Brock Mealer and Jon Hoese.
2011 Michigan Basketball Banquet Awards
Bill Buntin Most Valuable Player Award: Darius Morris
Rudy Tomjanovich Most Improved Player Award: Jordan Morgan
Wayman Britt Outstanding Defensive Player Award: Stu Douglass
Steve Grote Hustle Award: Zack Novak
Thad Garner Leadership Award: Zack Novak
Travis Conlan Sportsmanship Award: Stu Douglass
Bodnar Award for Academic Achievement: Zack Novak
Gary Grant Award for Most Assists: Darius Morris
Loy Vaught Rebounding Award: Zack Novak
Award for Outstanding Free Throw Shooting: Zack Novak
Sixth Man Award: Evan Smotrycz
Iron Man Award: Zack Novak
Charge Award: Zack Novak
Nothing too surprising. I'm glad Stu was recognized for his defense - I feel so many people overlook that part of his game. He's a pretty good off-the-ball defender.
I also love that we have a "Charge Award." I'm sure Sparty loathes that.