Has anyone given any thought to the idea of haivng Arkansas for that game. They are a SEC team so that would carry some clout and would put RR against Petrino again which may be interesting. Mallet would undoubtedly be booed which maybe wouldn't be too unusual to him given his history in the Big House. The Petrino train should be rolling well by then and would probably have the makings of a pretty good game. any thoughts?
I have an idea for the 2010 opener
I like that idea. We would probably have to give them a future return date at Arkansas (which is fine by me). NationalChamps.Net doesn't have much info on their future schedules, but "if" it is accurate, they should have an opening.
I was hoping you'd suggest Nickelback and sharks with lasers.
And why would Mallett undoubtedly be booed? Are we Michigan fans really that prickish?
I certainly wouldn't boo Mallett. He came here, gave us his best, and moved on when the circumstances changed. How could you hold that against him?
Did he give us his best? I thought coach Carr was getting fed up with him.
I think with the way he left by not really giving Rodriquez a chance and how he acted while he was at Michigan he turned away some fans and these fans might think that Mallet caries some of the blame for what happened last year. He did not personally cause what happened but his leaving left Michigan with only Sheridan and Threet at QB and that hurt Michigan.
I'm going to take a minute to try to think of any way you could sound more selfish as a Michigan fan about a guy trying to make a career for himself.......hmmmm.......nope, Can't think of a more selfish thing to say.
Mallet personally did not cause Michigan to go 3-9 last year but with him leaving, it did leave Michigan with two QBs that have never taken a meaningful snap. I don't blame him for leaving, does not fit the system / did not like Rodriquez, but him leaving did hurt Michigan.
I live one hour from Fayetteville so I know the whole story of what happened with Mallett. I completely understand him leaving and do not blame him for leaving and coming back home to the team he grew up loving and rooting for but the general consensus that I get is that most Michiganders blame him for not staying. I do not live in MI anymore (although I wish I did) so I can not say for sure but as I read things like Freep and other websites (which in my opinion get a lower class of fanbase than this one, although a larger one) I get the impression that people do not understand. I would not boo him and as a matter of fact I will be cheering for him this year, but that does not mean that everyone feels the same way that I do.
Pardon my skepticism, but I really don't think living one hour from the University of Arkansas is sufficient qualification for knowing the whole story. I am not sure what the general consensus of Michigan fans is on this - I don't think there is one TBH - but I don't think he would be booed, at least, not so's you'd notice on TV. Some might. Not enough to make a story of it.
I'm still trying to figure out what proximity to Arkansas has to do with anything said.
I work with many fans of the Piggies and one in particular who always seems to have the inside scoop. I obviously exaggerated (unintentionally) when I said that I know the whole story but I have talked to the "insiders" around here and they all tell me the same thing. I knew before it was announced where he was going because my buddy knew that he had already been talking to Petrino and was very interested in coming down for a visit. When the news of him being arrested for public drunk or whatever the charges were I saw it on the local news not on some national news thing. I have a different point of view than most people in MI would have that is all I am saying.
IIRC, Arkansas and Texas A&M have a long term (I don't remember how long, just that its > 2 years) deal to play at the "neutral" Cotton Bowl.
They are playing both Texas and Texas A&M this year, so at least they aren't afraid to schedule Big 6 conference teams.
As I said in another thread, I just graduated and moved down to Little Rock for a new job so I would absolutely love it if we played Arkansas. I'm already hearing a little about SSSSSS EEEEEEE CCCCCCC SPPPPEEEEDDDD and its annoying as hell. (I'm getting a kick out of scaring the razorback fans about Mallet's case of fumblitus though.)
I live in Ft. Smith, How are you liking the heat?
I hate you. What part? I am from St. Joe originally. I love it there. My Dad is still in that area but the rest of my family has all moved on.
I think unbearable sums it up very nicely. Every time I walk outside I feel like I need to go take a shower, thank God for air conditioning.
Michigan has SEC speed now.
HAD, SEC speed.Just ask the following.....
Florida,Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina,and Vanderbilt. All have lost to the speedy Wolverines in the last 10 years.
I wouldn't boo Mallett. He's not ever going to be my favorite player, but it's not like he left in a classless way or anything. The only reason he's not my favorite, honestly, is because I didn't think he was nearly as good as the hype. He could throw it five miles, but he sucked at the short swing passes.
Yeah, Arkansas would be good. I would like to see Boom Malletted back in the big house. Too bad his best friend David Cone Bone would be gone by then, Mallett will be sad about that. So sad he will be ca-rying.
If we have a winning season in 2009, anger toward Mallett will largely dissipate and fans wouldn't give him too much of a hard time.
If we have another losing season in 2009, people will be pissed off and he'd receive an extremely hostile reaction.
But anyway, since Arkansas already plays at least one Texas team per year, they're not likely to want to play us.
I'd be fine playing the Razoerbacks, though as others have pointed out they might be booked with the Texas teams for the foreseeable future. I still like the idea of Boise St., since they should be a solid team and would be a nice change of pace from the ND-MAC plus occasional Pac-10 team scheduling that has been in place for years now.
As for Mallet, I really do not have any ill-will for him. He might have been a pain, but he wasn't going to be successful under RR's system, and I cannot fault him for recognizing a bad situation and moving on.
Michigan just needs to schedule an upper echelon BCS conference team or a prominent mid major such as Boise State, Utah, Fresno State, TCU, or BYU. Some teams are more attractive then others, but thats what I'm hoping for at least.
In the SEC I think every team is attractive minus Kentucky and Mississippi State.
In the ACC I think every team is attractive minus NC State, Duke, and maybe Maryland.
In the Big 12 I think every team is attractive minus Iowa State, Baylor, and maybe Kansas State.
In the PAC 10 I think every team is attractive minus Stanford, Washington, and Washington State.
In the Big East I think every team is attractive minus UConn and Syracuse.
What do you all think?
You wouldn't want to see Stanford? There's some obvious drama with Harbaugh, and they'll be a decent team by then.
After what The Tree did to USC, I'm actually a little afraid of opening with Stanford. It'd still be a good game, though.
If I could have my pick of teams in the country to open 2010 with, I dunno why, but I'd LOVE to see the 'Canes come to town.
i would actually like to see a Baylor matchup. i think it would be pretty interesting with what they did last year with a true freshman qb in robert griffin.
I'd like to see FSU because they still have a good name despite the fact that they haven't done anything in almost a decade. The win would look good and it would sorta be revenge for what I will always remember as "The Terelle Buckley pick game."
To this day, I still remember Buckley jumping the sidelilne route between Grbac and Howard and waltzing into the end zone before a lot of people had even gotten to their seats.
There was more to the game than that, such as a flea flicker and a fake field goal, but Buckley set the tone for the whole day. I know, as Yogi Berra might say, that FSU isn't FSU anymore, but it would be nice to see UM beat them handily.
Besides, I was also at the game a few years earlier when UM beat FSU, and I think the record is at 1-1. It would be nice to see UM take the "series lead."
IIRC this is Bowden's last year and the OC will take the HC spot. I think that may be a little bit too much for a debut game. Other than that I like the idea.
I was thinking that Cincy would be a good opponent, and even if we had to do a game down at Nippert it is close enough to get a very respectable amount of Wolverine fans at the game.
Unfortunately, they are already playing Oklahoma, at Fresno State, and at NC State.
Not gonna happen.