...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
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- Our chances for a New Year's Day bowl rest on the health of Mr. Forcier. He was everything this offense needs at QB and really lit the fire under this offense. None of the other quarterback options looked ready to lead this team IME. Robinson looked great with his feet and roped a couple of short passes well, but he looked tentative late in the game and doesn't keep his eyes downfield when on the run. Sheridan and The Coner were abysmal, as was expected I think. I do think that RR was right in testing every option in the second half. It only further demonstrated that we have a clear #1 though.
- Our defensive starters are pretty darn good. The defensive line got great pressure on the Western QB and when our starting D-Backs were in Michigan was very effective in stopping a potent passing attack. JT Floyd demonstrated what kind of dropoff there is when starters are pulled. Donovan Warren looks much happier but needs to focus his energies better. I was impressed with the gameplan, even when we were playing off of the receivers and giving up short dink-and-dunk passes. While frustrating, this style was completely appropriate for the situation: big lead, only way to lose was to allow big plays. I didn't even really notice our safties which is probably a good sign.
- I can't really tell from this game how good our O-Line really is. I do think it is safe to say that they have picked up nicely from where they left off last season. When every single running back that touches the ball is impressive, that speaks volumes to the play of the linemen. Of course I do think that our backs were solid as well. I was especially impressed with V.Smith running hard through defenders for tough extra yards.
- The fundamentals were there. Great tackling, route running, downfield blocking, coverage by linebackers, not fumbling punts... What A RELIEF! I am very up on GERG and the rest of the coaching staff. This was a well prepared team despite all of the possible distractions.
- Zoltan Mesko really is from Space. And he wants every football here on Earth to eventually be there for him when he returns.
Every game on the schedule looks winnable now. This doesn't mean that I expect to win every game, but 8 wins sure looks doable. We need the kind of coverage we saw early in this game against ND and we need the D-Line to murder Jimmah! as a result. I love how vanilla our offense was in the second half against Western and expect that RR has many more tricks up his sleeve for Fatty Weis and Co. Add Wisky and Illinois to the probable wins, they looked terrible. Oh, and Iowa too for that matter.
I hope that everyone was able to enjoy this game and that everyone made it home safe and sound. Have a great week.
I just wanted to ask all who are attending the walk tommorow, to give Coach Rod and this team a BIG Thank You for me and all other Big Blue fans that live out of state and cannot attend.
Let him know that we all are thankful he is our leader and these kids are his army. Let them know that we have their backs by this show of gratitude.
That is all, I hope I didn't waste anyones time an this thread. I just wish I could be there to Thank them all myself.
GO BLUE !!! ALL IN !!! BEAT WESTERN !!!
Hail to the Victors Valiant, Hail to the conquering heroes, Hail , Hail to Michigan , THE LEADERS AND BEST !!!!!!!!
Who's going to the game on Saturday?
Where are your seats?
When are you getting into the big House?
I'll be there in the House by 2-2:30 wearing Maize and waving my All In towel.
Seats: Sec: 44, Row 33, Seats 17, 18
It would be cool to meet any of the true blue faithful from the greatest Blog on Earth.
Apparently Mitch Albom does not have a public e-mail. So, I went to his website. There were all of 2 topics and 5 total comments on his radio show portion of the site. Now there are 3 topics.
Notice, I was very nice to Mitch. As others have noted, when you contact a person and would like them to actually read what you wrote, pissing them off is not a good idea.
Here is the post:
Hi Mitch, Love Your Show!
I agree that a large percentage of bloggers don't provide a lot of value added.
But, some bloggers do a lot more than just cut and paste. Check out MGoBlog.com and I think you will see why the internet is gaining popularity.
Newspapers and radio shows just can't go into the depth of coverage that a blogger can (the paper would be hundreds of pages long). And, by using links to other sites, the blogger can provide an immediate source for the material so you know it is not just one person that has made stuff up.
BTW, MGoBlog is the most popular sports blog in the US (average visits per day is over 80,000 for the past year - total was 1.8 million in August). Brian spends 10-12 hours a day, seven days a week on his blog. It is his only job and his only means of making a living. He also has 2 degrees from U/M in Electrical Engineering.
Congratulations shitheads! Your story is now a topic of national discussion, you trailblazers of journalism. You Williams and Wada of the Midwest!
Considering the current state of the print media, becoming the next Woodward and Bernstein is more necessity than dream. Why not shit on your alma mater to make it happen?
After all, you're the good guys! You're doing it for the kids... Even if you're "breaking" this story a week before their season starts... adding stress and scrutiny to an already torturous regimen. Even if it's the kids that would suffer most from program-debilitating sanctions that could hinder the accomplishments of the team.
Having interacted with Snyder, I can personally attest that he is a little weasel. When confronted for quoting "I don't know nothing." out of Manningham, he proceeded to cower and giggle like a little girl.
For those living in AA, make sure to check out the latest edition of the Ann Arbor Observer. This month features a fairly thoughtful article from a publication that I never quite associated with sports journalism.
A couple interesting tidbits from Craig Ross's article, "Low Expectations":
- "Boren told me he didn't like the frenetic pace of the new offense or the running regimen imposed by Rodriquez's new conditioning coach, Mike Barwis."
- Even though Bo had more player defections his first year than did Rodriguez, it's a false comparison, because Bo's team was still stacked. "No first-year coach ever found himself with as much talent."
- Concise analysis of what to expect this year from each position group and coaching staff.
Most intriguingly, Ross quotes a "smart post" from an MGoBlogger. Ross never attributes the comment to a particular person though. I searched for the quote on this site and discovered the identity of our intelligent comrade:
I would hereby like to congratulate a2bluefan for authoring the first MGoBlog comment to made it into print. One small step for mgoblogkind, . . . .