Nobody knows a players tendencies and weaknesses better than his own teammates. Just wondering, if you were Coach Rod, would you go out of your way to go after Boren in the Ohio State game? By this I mean moreso than you would in any other situation with another team. Personally, if I were Coach Rod, I would reward any sack past Boren by inviting that player to dinner at my house with my family. But that's just me - I am into spite.
I might have a play or two to take advantage of that if Michigan gets a bit too aggressive about it.
Personally I'd be cautious about it anyway. The players are going to go after him anyway, but you don't want them doing something stupid. If you're not careful this is the kind of thing that can lead to stupid penalties.
Rodriguez and these coaches had Boren for about 8 practices. I'm not sure they know him that much more than any other coach.
I'd guess that Brandon Graham knows him pretty well.
They should kick him in the nuts
they should call him fat and stupid and ugly and give him titty twisters and poop in his mouth
Going after a player over some personal shit instead of concentrating on beating your arch rival is nothing short of sheer idiocy.
I don't disagree with you. But the issue is bound to come up in the locker room. So what you are saying is that you would completely ignore this particular aspect of the rivalry, and say nothing of it to the players. Boren's just another player on another team.
The Michigan coaching staff doesn't talk about players who don't go to Michigan.
If Michigan needs the thought of revenge against Justin Boren, for being a douchebag about legacy recruitment of his 2 star brother, to get ready to play against Ohio State, I hate to break it to you, but we've already lost the game.
I feel the same way. Let him act like an asswipe.
The thing is, players almost never "hate" their rivals the way fans do. Don't get me wrong - I'm sure they REALLY want to beat OSU, but the fact that Boren worked and sweated with some of them for two years probably makes it more likely that they like him.
disagree with you.
What I'm saying is that while, Brandon Graham may "hate" Ohio State, he almost definitely doesn't "hate", say, Brandon Saine. Or Terrelle Pryor. I played sports all my life, through college, and while there were plenty of schools I "hated", I, nor my team mates, didn't actually have any enmity against the individuals on the team.
Maybe, maybe not. If he's really a dick, they might feel very different. Regardless, I don't think it makes any sense to single him out unless there's a particular weakness in his play that they can take advantage of.
I bet the coaching staff probably would love to put it to Boren, though, considering the horseshit he threw at them.
A couple of my friends on the team don't have the most kind words to say when talking about Boren and were very, very pissed when he left. True us fans take it more seriously, but Boren is not well liked by the majority of the guys in the Michigan locker room.
how much each individual player hates another. I started 3
years on varsity at my school and lost by double digits to our biggest rival each year. I fucking hated their whole city because of the way we were treated while preparing for gametime and entering/exiting town. Not to mention how dirty they played. I played NT and can't even count how many times I got low balled or chop blocked by 2 guys going for knees. But that being said, there were also a few guys that were chill that I would meet at parties and BS with.
So I guess the moral of my story is my guess would be that teams hate the rival team, most of the players on the team, but also have people they respect on the other side. With Mich/OSU, you also have to consider how many kids come from the state of Ohio that go to both schools. Most of these kids have played with/against each other already and have prior experiences with particular players.
....like a locker room quote, but it would be silly to actually plan anything specific vs an offensive guard, no matter how offensive he may actually be.
I suspect the coaching staff ought to spend more time game-planning against Pryor.
I would think any game plan would attack the weakest part of of pOSU's Oline, defense or whatever unit is on the field. If that is Boren then so be it, a win would be bigger statement than any single hit thats laid on the field.
I present this link as evidence that boren is a complete douchenozzel and will get his ass kicked more than once in the game:
Wow, that's a really tall chick. Errrr, boren is really short. Or, she's standing on a step.
clearly you have never been part of a serious rivalry or played in a huge game if you think that members of a team don't hate the players on the other team. First, its basic psychology - ingroup (Michigan) has a strong dislike for the outgroup (Ohio State) especially during times of intense inter-group competition. Why do you think these guys in these big games are always going at it after the whistle? Because they actually do HATE each other. Second, from my experience, most of these guys are douche bags to begin with. Especially Boren who clearly is way too fat to pull off the RR Halloween costume. Bottom line: its gonna be a battle and when they have their chance to get their shots on Boren, or any other Buckeye for that matter, they're gonna take it.
I played varsity sports at Michigan.
In the heat of action, did things get chippy? Sure. Pushes and shoves? Sure. I didn't actually hate anyone I played against. You leave it on the field, and don't take it off with you. That's why you see people hug and chat after the game.
So did I. what sport?
I'm sure there are some guys out there that do actually dislike each other. I can definitely see more reason for people to dislike boren because he was a teammate and there are always teammates that you don't like, he seems like a douche, and then he transferred to the enemy. And you're right. For the most part you don't hate the opponent off the field when you aren't between the sidelines, but the original point of this post was that there will be animosity during the game. and there definitely will. Especially towards Boren
I am not challenging the experiences shared by varsity athletes on this thread, but I daresay Michigan and Ohio State football ratchets the intensity--and hatred--up a notch. For us and many others around the country, this is the biggest rivalry in all of sports.
Now, do the teams respect each other? Absolutely (I think there are statements to this effect by numerous players/coaches). And that makes for phenomenal competition on the field. But I highly doubt there is much love between the players. One reason why Tressel has been so successful has been his emphasis on the rivalry; that wears off on players.
Brandon Graham will eat him whole!
Not unless he can unhinge his jaw like a snake.
would be a complete idiot. Nothing should be discussed, nothing should be done Do nothing, say nothing, just finally beat them. Winning is all that matters, the rest is bullshit.
I'd have every player get plastic surgery to look like Mike Barwis to scare the shit out of Boren. That fat fuck left cuz he he couldnt hack the workouts. Lets use that to our advantage.
he is no different than Benedict Arnold.
A sellout is a sellout. OSU fand understand this and realize that this guy has an agenda for transferring to OSU. They don't like him. I don't like him. He is trash (by M and OSU perspectives) and should not be discussed.
the 50+ yard TD runs they have had against us the last couple years, contain Pryor because he has a better chance to beat us with his legs, and score more than 7 points.
Saying OSU fans don't like Boren is like saying Red Wing fans don't like Chelli. You may have hated him when he was the opponent, but you love to have him on your team especially if he helps you win.