"The amount of professionalism that he has ... there's probably not another guy in the country that would have handled it the same way," Durkin said. "He's not only one of the best coaches in the country, he's one of the best people. He absolutely has the respect of everyone -- coaches and players, alike."
"I don’t care if Jim Harbaugh is medically insane (he is), if you run the coach out of town who took your team from absolute embarrassing garbage-pail irrelevance to conference-dominating powerhouse in ZERO YEARS, you are not only stupid, you don’t care about winning."
"We were a team that started out 2-5 and we came out of the first weekend of conference play at 11-11. Just like everybody else we had a number of injuries that we weren’t able to overcome. But I was really proud of how the team was able to stay focused, work hard, believed, kept fighting, no quit and finished strong."
Brabbs reminder. Chicagoans: Phil Brabbs is having a fundraiser this weekend for the Indiana game, which Michigan will DOMINATE. Offer still stands on the Brabbs shirts, BTW: buy one, get five bucks off a second shirt in the (now severely reduced) MGoStore.
Insane rootability UPDATE! This is quality except for hated non-journalist Melanie Collins(!) introing it:
(Note: last time Melanie Collins was referenced on the blog the comments got very sad; just don't, hokay?)
Also: you've already seen Stonum kick the glasses up a notch this week, but what about Taylor Lewan's insane mustache tattoo?
The purpose of this:
"I mean it's the best icebreaker in the world. You go up to them," Lewan said, putting his finger in place to reveal the mustache, "'Miss, let's be serious, I just want to dance.'"
You will not be surprised to learn the idea originated in third grade. I mean:
"My friend thought it would be a cool idea to draw a mustache on (his finger)," Lewan said. " I was like 'this is the coolest thing I've ever seen in my life. I have to do this for real.'"
I love this team.
Kicking paint. Via a reader:
Injury watch. Another pair of big injuries hit the Big Ten this weekend, with Purdue QB Robert Marve and Penn State RT Lou Eliades tearing ACLs and getting knocked out for the year. Marve's replacement is a redshirt freshman who will further condemn Purdue to a terrible season; they're now down their top QB, RB, and WR and just lost to Toledo by 11. The Rockets were dead last in total offense going into the Purdue game; they put up 31 points and exceeded their season yardage average by 100. Purdue is bad. Someone should Yakety Sax the upcoming Purdue-Minnesota game.
Penn State winnability watch. Eliades's loss sends Penn State into a further bout of scrambling on the OL. They were already starting two(!) guys who played guard in 2009 at tackle. Now they're going with this guy:
Filling Eliades will be redshirt junior Chima Okoli, who is an offensive lineman for the first time in his career. Okoli was a full-time defensive lineman in high school and at Penn State until spring drills, when he reluctantly shifted to offense.
Penn State's starting tackles are now 6'3" and 6'4", and the position switch starter klaxons are blaring. Linebacker Uon the situation:
The offensive line was already having issues before this tragedy. I lost count just how many times I pounded my fist on the bar table today when PSU only had to pick up a yard or two in third down situations and got manhandled by Temple's defensive line. … I am now taking bets on just how many of our linemen are going to join ex-punter Jeremy Boone in getting swallowed by Iowa's Adrian Clayborn next week.
Normally level-headed official-journalist-type-guy Bill Kline also sounds the alarm, albeit about a different position:
Penn State's safeties are just too slow. Drew Astorino and Nick Sukay both got burned on runs, and more than once. Andrew Dailey also was beaten. Terrelle Pryor is gonna eat them up, let alone Denard Robinson of Michigan. Can you imagine those safeties trying to even touch D-Rob? He could outrun those guys wearing a NASA spacesuit.
Yeesh. He also has some critical words for Bolden ("overthrows open receivers, holds onto the ball too long, rifles it in there harder than a sledgehammer") and actually says the PSU coaches should have inserted Kevin "Michigan Fans Are Just Bitter" Newsome at some point against the Owls.
All that sounds like overreaction to me. Even so, the Penn State game has moved into the coinflip-ish band with MSU and Iowa, even at night on the road. I remain terrified of Wisconsin even if Vegas hates them.
The Freude. TWIS is up and has the usual bout of Notre Dame self-loathing. Get your laughs in now since ND's next five games should all be easy wins—Boston College is the toughest opponent in that stretch and they also feature in TWIS because they have a 70-year-old OC named "Tranquill," which is just too easy.
their defense doesnt exist. They barely beat an ND that IU could easily handle (ND couldnt dominate PU, which got killed by Toledo. You think Toledo would beat IU??). They barely beat UMass (FCS team?) at home.
They are not going to get 400 yards on IU.... let alone 700 yards.
Michigan are getting full of themselves, again. The BTN is helping.
Chappel will destroy them. Robinson will get some of his yards, but no one else will. And if they are sandbagging his injury, Tate Forcier's parents will have to take down his website after the game.
This is just one guy, obviously. Most other IU fans are hopeful but reasonable, or seem reasonable next to this guy, who also suggests that if the "referines" give Michigan the game again, IU should join the Big 12.
Holy shit - I figured there might be one or two pictures of him with cheerleaders. Nope - he apparently tried to hang out with every singe cheerleading squad he sees.
Reminds me of the athletic director at my high school who flirted with the pom team all the time. Mothers, keep your daughters away from Scott Wolf (when there isn't camera equipment, crowds, and adequate lighting around. )
That's just sad. A few down years and their attendance levels plummet 20%??? In 2008 (3-9), we still averaged 108,571 per game. In 2009, we averaged 108,983. We set a record of over 113k this season after the worst 2 year stretch since 1962-63. Fair-weather fans down there in Tallahassee, to be sure.
Also, re: mustaches... is it any coincidence that I once made up a song for my 4 year old daughter called "finger beard"? The lyrics are as follows:
My finger is your mustache and your finger is mine, my hand is your beard and your hand is mine. Finger-finger-finger-finger, hand-hand-hand-hand, finger-finger-finger-finger, hand-hand-hand-hand. My finger is your mustache and your finger is mine, my hand is your beard and your hand is mine.
There are motions and everything where I put my finger under her nose and she puts her finger under my nose. Ditto with the hands-on-chins. And it's called "finger beard" because it's easier to say than "finger mustache". And it's ironic. Too much TMBG and "Here Come the ABC's"
For my privacy, my new username is "non-Oriental non-Andrew"
Tallahassee is in the middle of nowhere, most of the alumni and fans live in live South Florida (Tampa, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale etc.). A lot of your season ticket holders make 6+ hour commutes to the games. Michigan has a top ten metro area to draw from, move campus to the UP and you wouldn't have 100K for Bowling Green games.
The 2 hour metro area for Tallahassee is a lot smaller than Ann Arbor. All of the big cities (Tampa, Orlando, Atlanta) are over 4 hours away. All that being said I was shocked at how none of the games were sell outs when I was there (2007-2009). Also the student section tickets are free and you sign up on a game by game basis, that may affect attendance some because it's less commitment than Big Ten fans who pay for full season tix.
"Are you serious ...Do people not remember Homey the Clown?
It is a nightmare to get to. No direct flights except from Charlotte and Atlanta. Tons of traffic on the interstates around there and then have to travel a long way through town to get to the stadium from the interstate.
That being said, they had no problem filling the stadium during the 80's and 90's.
Bowden's final years took a lot of starch out of that fanbase, along with UF's ascendancy during that time.
Die hards, who love Michigan and support the university and program regardless of record.
It doesnt matter if Michigan is winning or losing. It matters that they are playing.
I had a blast throughout 2008 and went to every game. No regrets and those games annually are among the best days of my, and many others, years. Call us fools if you want, but our support is more true than most. You should be thanking us for not creating an awful looking stadium scene like we saw at the Doak over the weekend.
What? So what your saying is is that a fan needs to be a die hard fan to cheer on his team. If they are not die hard fans, then they are fools? Your post makes no sense. Just because we have had two bad years, then UM fans should stop going to games and supporting our team?
I'm just trying to get what you are saying. Because to me your post is confusing.
“What the mind can conceive, the mind can achieve and those who stay will be champions.” - Bo
My kid loves her some They Might Be Giants. They might not always make sense, but they might also be great. Finger Beard is my made-up-on-the-spot one lazy Sunday afternoon homage to family-friendly TMBG.
For my privacy, my new username is "non-Oriental non-Andrew"
I'm just kiddin' around - from what I understand, if you don't know what The Wiggles are, you're a lucky dad.
I'm not knocking the finger beard song (though that title seems inexplicably obscene, for some reason.) I just thought that block-quoting it in its epic entirety on MGoBlog might be a sign of needing some adult time.
Blame Geoffrey Chaucer for the beard-obscenity nexus
An excerpt From the Miller's Tale from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales ( a high school english lit reference I having been saving for just this occasion):
And through the window she put out her hole.
And Absalom no better felt nor worse,
But with his mouth he kissed her naked arse
Right greedily, before he knew of this.
Aback he leapt- it seemed somehow amiss,
For well he knew a woman has no beard;
He'd felt a thing all rough and longish haired,
And said, "Oh fie, alas! What did I do?"
"Teehee!" she laughed, and clapped the, window to;
And Absalom went forth a sorry pace.
"A beard! A beard!" cried clever Nicholas,
"Now by God's corpus, this goes fair and well!"
This hapless Absalom, he heard that yell,
And on his lip, for anger, he did bite;
And to himself he said, "I will requite!"
Who vigorously rubbed and scrubbed his lips
With dust, with sand, with straw, with cloth, with chips,
But Absalom, and often cried "Alas!
I can understand being "cautious" about Penn St., but this is only a coin-flip game if the Michigan/Penn St. coin we are using is rigged to land on Michigan 60-70% of the time. I listened to or watched most of that TU/PSU game. Penn St.'s offense is absolutely atriocious. They could do nothing right once they got anywhere near the red zone. If Bernard Pierce did not get hurt, Temple probably would have won. Penn St.'s D has no speed and is small. Pierce was bruising through them. In fact, Temple probably should have won anyway had a few bounces gone their way and the playcalling not gone into a shell. Temple has not beaten Penn St. since 1941 so I feel like the coaches clammed up. Anyway, take it for what is worth, but Penn St. is not very good at all. They should get torched in Iowa.
I had PSU penciled in as a 'w' after their first two games, but now I'm even more certain. The only reason they have ANY chance is b/c it's a night game. Strange things can happen. Seriously though, I think we ROLL Penn State by at least three TD's.
Indiana??? Please. They're still living off one play in 2009. I bet the Ewoks still think they can take out the Death Star too. Meeeeechigan (fully-operational) wins by 21.
I'm sorry Indiana fan, but of all the teams you have beaten, all haven't won a game except for Towson who beat Coastal freaking Carolina in overtime. You're half right about one thing though, Indiana should leave the big ten... for the Mac.
There should be some sort of law on the books against trash-talking with no grounds therefor. Sure, Indiana is a nice team, but reading this load of trash is worse than listening to that UMass player call the Big House the "Little House on the Prairie." At least the UMass guy was funny about it. This Indiana person is just delusional, at best. Even if Indiana wins, this guy/gal will still be an idiot.
Isn't it interesting that everybody is sympathetic to excessive and hilarious despair on blogs and chats. Doing it is even good for the soul But nobody can tolerate false boasting and even on the off-chance of being right is does no one any good at all.
"We will do our very best to carry on the Michigan tradition of excellence... And what I ask is that everyone that's for us is for us." Michigan Football Coach Jim Harbaugh
IU's football history is sufficiently pathetic that I would think you could yank our chain without making stuff up. The Division I-A minimum attendance requirement during the Dinardo era was 15,000 per game. IU's worst attendance in the Dinardo era was 22,282 on October 30, 2004, against Minnesota. Don't get me wrong, that's pathetic, particularly considering that Minnesota was ranked and it was a beautiful day (I was there--IU pulled the upset, too). Still, IU was never within shouting distance of the bottom line number for even a single game, let alone for a season. If you have proof to the contrary, I would love to see it.
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