If you're an overhyped, overpaid, pampered prize fighter, it's really tough to bare knuckle box in the alley for bread. But that's the only fight Michigan is now being offered in Football and in Basketball. They don't sell,"Humble Pie," at Whole Foods and they don't eat crow at the country club. But this coming off season Michigan gets both.
An era in Michigan Wolverine football comes to an end
I am not sure why this game got to me. It has been a long time since I have been so frustrated with a team and a game. Maybe I was in denial. Maybe I just didn't want to admit that an era in the University of Michigan's football program has come to and end. And to have it do so in such exasperating fashion nearly drove me over the edge.
Playing one of the worst teams in the Big Ten, 2-6 Purdue, Michigan coudln't find a way to hold leads of 14 points two different times and a tie game with 80 seconds left. Despite scoring 42 points on offense, the defense gave up 48 points to the Boilermakers led by a third string QB who had been playing running back. With the game on the line the defense gave up two huge trick plays and never seemed able to slow down an heretofore anemic team (Purdue hadn't scored a touchdown in 3 of their last 4 games).
Michigan repeatedly missed tackels, had penalties in key situations, and turned the ball over on special teams yet again. A defense that was supposed to be the foundation of this team entering the season has become an absolute laughing stock. They have given up five touchdowns in five games and 129 points in the last three games.
In what was clearly becoming a shootout the Michigan offense once again took a big chunk of the game off. Michigan took a 14 point lead with 5:29 to go in the first half. They didn't score again until there was 12:19 to go in the game. Purdue scored 21 unanswered points to take a 35-28 lead and Michigan would never lead again. Michigan has scored 14 points in the third quarter all year!
Despite this, and aided by a couple of big penalties by Purdue, Michigan tied the game with 1:20 left. All the defense had to do was make a stop; or even hold them to a field goal. Instead, Purdue marched down the field and used a perfectly executed hook and ladder play to score the winning touchdown.
I am not sure why I am surprised. If not for critical penalty by Wisconsin, Michigan would have managed this pattern in eight straight games.
Michigan is now assured of a losing record for the first time in forty years and will miss a bowl game for the first time in 33.
Here is what I said after the Penn State debacle:
You would be foolish to bet on Michigan these days. They simply can’t play a complete game of football. About the only way I can see them winning a game this year is against a team that turns the ball over and lets them hang around in the fourth quarter. And even then, as we saw against Toledo (Toledo!!!!), even then they are as likely to blow it as to win.
True. I honestly don't think they will win another game all season. They simply don't know how to win. And I can't seem them figuring it out this late.
Michigan's run as an elite program is over. It may be temporary as it seems likely - given his history and Michigan's ability to recruit, etc. - that once Rich Rodriguez gets his type of players into the system and developes some chemistry that they will return to their winning ways.
But right now they simply can't be considered anything but a once proud program a few years from being competitive. And that is something I have never known in my lifetime.
I guess maybe that is why I was so angry this afternoon.
The record for Michigan of most losses in a season is 7, three times, in 1934 and 1936 (1-7 both seasons under Kipke) and 1962 (2-7 under Elliott). Michigan, now at 2-7, has just tied this record, and with 3 games left this team is now all but assured that it will break this record.
This certainly has been a record-breaking season!
My earliest UM memory is watching the 70 Rose Bowl. I have been a UM fan for 38 years and this is the first losing season. I guess until know I didn't realize how good I had it. I couldn't really expect it never to happen.
Look I know everyone is disappointed in The Wolverines this season but look what did we really expect? I mean we changed the whole face of the Michigan offense and we got a new coach have only as few starters returning and do we as Michigan fan really thought we would go 2 a BSC game? well I didn't think we were going 2 be this bad but hey we do have the players yet 2 really run this offense i mean Steven Threet is not a spread QB the we will be better next year (I never thought I would ever say that wait til next year)all we need is a QB & we have recruited one & his name is Shavodrick Beaver just chill we will be back this is the University Of Michigan
Do any of you Michigan loyalists realize how many hillbilly mountain curses have been placed on the coach since he dumped the Mountaineers for the blue and maize? Ask yourself this; would a good coach who has his team on the verge of a national championship take his eye off the prize to go job hunting? Of course not. He might bring the Wolverines back to their former greatness but if he does, watch out. The Packers will be needing a new coach some day. Oh, and also, the spread offense has been figured out. By the time he recruits the right players for the spread, other coaches will be looking for something new. Any predictions on how bad Ohio State is going to beat Michigan this year?
Hillbilly mountain curses are overrated.
It's gotta be hard to curse someone when every time you open your mouth the wind whistles through your two remaining teeth. It's not like WVU called the chupacabra to come and kill our goats and our football team.
someone jumped the gun a bit?