Michigan Ohio State
Per a tweet from Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio has changed the schedule on the wall to something with a little bit of a Brady Hoke-ism. This is the kind of stuff that makes the rivalry fun IMO...
@PDBuckeyes In OSU team meeting room for #SigningDay, schedule on wall for 2012 lists "that team up north" instead of Michigan.
Early lines out: Michigan's favored by 8.5 and betting at -110 at the Wynn. I'll be curious to see what the weather forecast does for the O/U. Currently it's expected to be a high of 52o with showers.
One more article before I turn in for the night. This one comes from Doug Harris of the Dayton Daily News:
I was talking before the football season to University of Dayton defensive coordinator Landon Fox, who once was a graduate assistant under Brady Hoke, about whether he felt the new Michigan head coach could flip the Ohio State rivalry in the Wolverines’ favor.
Fox had no doubts.
“He’s a great recruiter. And once you get players, the rest is easy,” he said.
I was skeptical then, but I’m not anymore after watching the Wolverines’ implausible win against Notre Dame last Saturday when they scored two touchdowns in the final 72 seconds.
Yes, they still have issues on defense, but that’s not likely to last. Hoke has assembled the nation’s No. 3 recruiting class for 2012, and I imagine the Wolverines have gotten a significant jump with juniors for 2013.
ESPN basically gave them a one-hour commercial after that prime-time game, frequently going back during “SportsCenter” for live look-ins. And announcers Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit marveled at how the 114,000 fans wouldn’t leave.
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I am sure that every Michigan fan has had at least one vision of what a Victory today might look like. Let's have a positive thread on this board. No need for haters to tell us how we are going to go down in defeat, just want to hear your visions of how Michigan grabs the victory!
Mine vision of the game sees it close in the Third QTR after Michigan initially took an early lead and then allowed OSU to tie it up before the half. Denard has a long run and a long pass play in the Third QTR, and OSU seems rattled going into the 4th down 10pts. They grab a FG with about 10min to play before Michigan has a sustained TD drive on the ground w/ a few short passes. Up 14 with 5min to play. OSU drives for a TD but the clock is on M's side and they win in 34-27. Go Blue!
"I've discovered that numerous peak performers use the skill of mental rehearsal of visualization. They mentally run through important events before they happen."
- Charles A. Garfield
Quotes About Visualization
"Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blue print, and begin to build."
- Robert Collier
"When confronted with a situation that appears fragmented or impossible, step back, close your eyes, and envision perfection where you saw brokenness. Go to the inner place where there is no problem, and abide in the consciousness of well-being."
- Alan Cohen
First, my original email (short and to the point):
And now the response:
Thank you for your note on the importance of Michigan-Ohio State football game. President Coleman and other university leaders have asked me to respond on their behalf.
I want to assure you that no one understands the tradition of this Big Ten football rivalry more than Athletic Director David Brandon. He has experienced this legendary rivalry first hand as a player, as a fan and supporter of the athletic program and as a U-M regent.
Expansion of the Big Ten is certain to bring some changes. We know there will be a conference championship game in 2011 and we expect to soon learn the details of the divisional alignment. Clearly we would like to have Michigan and Ohio State play the last game of the season for the Conference Championship (as has happened so many times in the past). However, based on a 12 Team - two division conference with a championship game format, in order for this to happen in the future both teams will have to play their way into the championship game. Which, we hope happens many times!
Certainly one of the priorities of the Big Ten commissioner and the Big Ten athletic directors is preserving the traditional rivalries, like Michigan-Ohio State and Michigan-Michigan State. This will continue to be a driving principle...as will creating competitive balance between the two divisions.
Just like the renovations to the Big House, we believe the Big Ten can move forward and make improvements while maintaining the traditions that are so important to fans.
This does not sound good IMHO. I told him we wanted to have Michigan-OSU be the last game of the regular season. And he responded by saying they are hoping Michigan-OSU can play in the title game every year, but change is inevitable. Maybe I didn't explain myself well enough, or maybe this is just not going to end well. Anyways, I suggest you guys keep flooding the AD with emails, and when you do make it clear that Michigan-OSU need to be on the same side and play the last weekend of the regular season. No excuses!
So my douchebag friend grew up in Owosso a huge MSU fan, but recently got a job in his wife's hometown of Hell....I mean Columbus, OH.
So now my douchebag friend is apparently a huge MSU fan AND OSU fan. Talk about stupid.
Anyways, he kept texting me while I was at work about how Michigan sucks and both of his schools are going to bowl games and Michigan has zero chance, so I called him afterwards and it was getting pretty heated.
Then Forcier somehow, some way took over my body for about 10 seconds and I blurted out, "Put your Facebook where your mouth! Let's bet on the game -- Michigan wins and your status has to say, "Go Blue! Hail to the Victors!" and if Ohio State wins my status will say, "Go Bucks!" and then some not-as-cool saying similar to "Hail to the Victors".
I know this is a pointless post. I'm sorry for wasting your time.
But while I'm typing I should say this... while I'm semi-regretting actually betting on the game, I'm sick of you fairweather fans. Cheer for your team. Still wear your Michigan shirts. Don't try to closet the fact you're a Wolverine. If Michigan is your team, let Michigan be your team. ALL IN FOR MICHIGAN. GO BLUE!