to play football, not to play trumpet
Hey if you're in AA and looking for something to do this afternoon head down to Oosterbahn at 1 to check out men's lacrosse vs. Notre Dame. The Irish are #2 but this is a huge opportunity for 2-0 Michigan to really turn the corner and pick up that signature win. It would be nice to get it against an archrival.
This is also the first official varsity matchup with the Irish (I believe they played in the old days when the rules of varsity vs club were much looser).
Oosterbahn can also be an extraordinarily difficult place to play for a team that has never experienced it. A lot of good teams, even superior teams, come into the fieldhouse and have trouble adjusting. For example, Michigan took highly ranked Cornell to overtime last year in Oosterbahn.
ND struggled against G'town last week, a program that has been down lately, and only came away with a 14-12 victory. So, its possible they haven't hit their stride yet and may be susceptible to an early-season upset.
Unfortunately, it won't be broadcast or streamed so you'll have to go see it for yourself.
Since the program's inception, I've made a lot of predictions that have proved to be wildly off base. But here's another one: Michigan pulls the upset 14-13! GO BLUE! BEAT THE IRISH!
This guy makes a point.
Did you ever wonder what we think of Notre Dame? Well, according to NDNation, what we feel is pure, unadulterated envy :
Since the first day the University of Notre Dame did anything worth doing on the field, Michigan has been literaly animated (anima, Latin for "life," "mind" or "soul") by a consuming envy, a second-bestness, a sure and certain knowledge that while it could have been the premier football program and university of the American midwest
Livin' in the past? You betcha:
Enter Notre Dame, which did precisely that, and which, armed with the best coach in the history of the sport, captured the imagination, not only of the region, but of the nation. As Rockne's triumphs garned headlines from coast to coast Michigan grew smaller, and its eyes grew greener and greener
Nazi reference? Check:
This need to be as good as others--this overwhelming, festering sense of inferiority leads Michigan people to ever-more-insane claims of greatness. It has long since passed the point of self-parody, and has become sad, like those really, really old ex-Nazis in retirement facilities, gibbering idiotically, shitting themselves, and repeating the delusional propaganda that first warped their minds.
For the record, I rocked the maize and blue on campus today. This was not appreciated by the locals.
EDIT: I should say that the locals are split into two very distinct camps, and have been since this summer; the "we'll be 10-2 because Weis was the only thing holding us back" camp and the "we'll be 7-5 because it's a new system and we lost a bunch of talent on offense and the defense still sucks" camp. Those two camps held firm through week 1, and exist in roughly equal numbers around here.
It is now nearly the 4th qtr, and the Domers look like they're about to get pants'd by the USC Prophylactics. I had actually hoped that ND would win this game, (I know - its not over, but right now, their D looks BAD). It would have validated the UM win in a big way. Instead, the Irish are merely living up to the chant, "OVER-RATED!" as they have under Weis.
So, two questions:
1. Even if ND wins out this season, do they get to a BCS bowl at 10-2? Or will pollsters be loathe to rank them high enough to qualify?
2. Is ND Nation going to be trying to find a way to add more BTUs to that fire under Weis?