True, but the baseline for how much was incompetence is at least "some". In anything short of a hurricane 5 turnovers is unjustifiable.
Yakety Sax Muppets
Okay, I know they're good kids, and extremely hardworking, but Gallon consistently makes poor decisions on returns; letting the ball roll and losing yardage, running it out of the endzone and not making the 20, having the ball bounce off of him, signaling for a fair catch then running. Everyone makes mistakes, but his mental play makes it seem like the guy isn't coached. He scares the hell out of me on every return.
And Rogers doing laterals on the last play of the half. C'mon, when you're relatively deep in your side of the field: knock the ball down, or if you're going to intercept, don't be throwing it around in the rain!!
That's basic last play stuff.
You can forgive lack of physical ability. The mental errors though, they're less forgivable, like that time that transvestite fooled me. But I didn't have a coach that night, or a season to prepare.
I always like to see a little rugby introduced into my football. Next we'll have the qb throwing in to the WRs at the lineout and the linebackers feeding the ball crooked into the scrums. Also: Could anybody imagine having Lewan as a tighthead prop? Dude would be turning scrums and hating donkeys forever.
But seriously, I'm okay iwth it. It means they WANTED TO WIN. I like seeing that kind of dedication to winning. I approve of doing everything you can to score. The only reason we're not saying what a great decision it was is because they didn't go all the way for the TD.
I mean, if you don't take some risk you'll never make any plays but half-back isos and screen passes, and nobody wants to watch that. Well, except Joe Paterno.
otoh, we're good enough to win ugly again.
I am almost moved to complain to the BTN about those two Purdue homer morons. Henri, calm me!
I figure this is worth re-posting here. Might come in handy over the next two weeks/months/years:
with Brian's comments re monsoons. If good weather, Michigan wins by 3 TDs. A very good overall effort, especially by the offense, all things considered.
One doesn't usually agree with sarcasm...
And preferable to "losing" muppets. I don't want to know what they're like.
They really stepped up today. It was an ugly win, but I'll take it.
ok, so my game preview was:
no turnovers = muppets / turnovers = ennui
after a game like that one, the only thing that would make sense is Henri the otter in muppet form...yeah that would be just about right
Muppets are welcome at any time after any victory. I have at least temporarily stopped bemoaning the lack of aesthetic in any W; it will probably return, but for now victory by any means tastes sweeter than ambrosia.
Also - I would be very cautious about the future use (if any) of hypnocat. 10 TO's and a driving rainstorm just initially come to mind. That's a wickedly powerful feline...
When the dogs bite,
When the bees sting,
When I'm feeling sad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don't feel so bad....
And because you can't have one without the other...
oh man...look at that pass rush... i miss it :'-(
The pass rush, yes, nice, but give me the Leon Hall plz.
That video is twelve kinds of awesome.
Videos....sssss. Plural. And, yes.
Man, why do we keep doing this? The F factor was very high and very loud (again) for this game.
I always take a win.
Pigs in Space!
Personally? Break out the Muppets in any fashion after the offense scores more than 60 or the DEFENSE HOLDS THE OTHER TEAM WITHOUT AN OFFENSIVE SCORE
Downright vintage at times out there
Go Blue, Beat Wisco!
Does anyone know the status of Mike Martin? He was not on the injury report yet did not play. We need him to compete with the Wisky run attack.
Rich Rod said he was hurt, but didn't specify how.
He's been injured for a few weeks now, first spraining one ankle during the MSU game and another a couple weeks ago. Hopefully RR was just resting him this week.
I think he was listed as probable on the injury report.
Mike Williams, and others, are listed as out. Dorrestein and Toussaint are listed as probable. Mike Martin is not on the list.
they played well....
What is the link between mgoblog and the Muppets? Sorry, but I'm relatively new here.
matter. Here's something to take your mind off any 'links'...
24. (NR) Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.), 9-0
Dr. Phillips set a state record for points scored in the regular season by a 6A team in its 56-13 route of Freedom (Orlando), highlighted by Demetrius Hart's 232 yards and three scores. On the season, the Panthers have scored 473 points and allowed a mere 61.
Yep, that's right. That ol' Hart fella signed with us not long ago...yippeeeeee! Go Blue!
and Michigan's old standards - Temptation and the Hawaiian War Chant.
A few years ago, Brian or someone else discovered Muppet versions of Temptation and the Hawaiian War Chant on the internet (these were created during the '70's for the Muppet Show, in theory because a Michigan grad was on the production team of the show.)
So we now celebrate big wins on MGoBlog with Temptation and the Hawaiian War Chant - Muppet style.
If anyone finds Phineas & Ferb doing Hail to the Victors, we'll post that too.
"Temptation" and "Hawaiian War Chant" are MMB songs that were adapted for the Muppet Show in the '70s.
Ugly win certainly, yet there is a smile on my face, a cigar in my hand, and 14 year old single malt scotch in my glass.
Hooray for finding a way to win when we're not on top of our game.....that's progress too.
They have looked much more aggressive the last 2 games and seem to be playing faster. I don't know if it will make a difference in the next 2 games, but it bodes well for next year.
...confidence comes with knowledge (like the commercial says). The defense bottomed out already, I think, and they're on the way back from the abyss now. It's all downhill from here. Er, uphill? Whatever, it's gonna get better gradually from here on out.
...that pass rush is making me misty eyed...
"There is no bad muppets" -Coach Rod
me like win
Check out the cutback move at 1:08.
Rivals has him as an undecided 5-star. Get to work Rich. Bring corn (but check with the NCAA first).
"Bring corn" sealed your +1.
And, for god's sake, make sure that chef hasn't attended any meetings with recruiting contractors and SEC coaches.
The hand-wringing going on in some corners of the UM world seem silly. We won by 11 in a sloppy, sloppy game in which we turned it over 5 times. Yes, we play like that, and we get the doors blown off against us by Wisconsin.
But many really really really good UM teams won a few games every year in very ugly fashion, against very bad teams. Obviously, when your team has established itself as good (say, UM in 2006), the narrative after a sloppy win (Ball State) is "looking ahead." (and obviously, ugly wins against bad teams was not a unique phenomenon for good UM teams - see Oregon v. Cal, last night).
Moral is: this UM team is not good yet. Which makes the last 2 wins that much better. It's a team that has come nowhere near reaching its potential (Hi, it's me, ThWard, less Turnovers please, kthanx). Thus, 7 wins? Bring on the muppets without apology, Brian.
One of Bo's weaknesses was dropping at least one game each year to an unranked nobody when we were in the top 10. Purdue 1976 and Minnesota 1977 come to mind immediately. Going back over the yearly records I could find plenty of examples. I'm not going to hold Rich to a higher standard than Bo. It's college football, this stuff happens regularly.
The conditions made offense very tough yesterday, and the defense stepped up and did the job. They played with a fire and confidence I've not yet seen this year. It's starting to look like their decision trees are finally starting to sink in and get intuitive.
These last two games are going to be a lot of fun. We're overmatched on paper in both of them, but have a good chance to take at least one of them. Go Blue!
I'll take a yackety sax win over tears of unfathomable sadness any day.
Wow, after saying that, I realize how depressing that is. This is Michigan football, and I'm settling for yackety sax. Sigh...