Thank you for this. Tons of negativity on the board this morning.
Hoke for Tomorrow Still Believes
- Campbell - The big guy looked decent, even quick on his sack. He will look even better against the rest of the schedule.
- Gallon - The little guy had a big game, going for over 100 yards receiving and would have had more had Tacopants not been mirroring his routes.
- Gardner - More than at any point before, I think we saw his athleticism in this game. Cleaner routes would have opened him up for several more receptions; the tools are clearly there.
- Norfleet - This guy will be special on kick returns. Seemed to almost always on the verge of breaking it with his speed.
- Denard - Again, the dude never quit. He only completed 11 of 26 passes, but looked more fundamentally sound than last year IMO. It made me sad to see him not smiling.
Exactly! Thanks for posting.
Over the last 5 years and three different regimes, for some reason it seems our team can not get up for the big games. They didn't look as prepared as they should have been and unfortunately only one team last night had the "first game jitters." I am, however, very happy that this performance came out now, to make the players work even harder, than say, vs. MSU the last 3 years.
Did Michigan "get up" for Florida in the 2008 Capitol One Bowl?
Did UM get up for the ND game in 2009, 2010, or 2011?
Did UM get up for Ohio State in 2011? Or Nebraska, for that matter?
Did UM get up for the Sugar Bowl last season?
Being outmatched talent-wise is not the same thing as failing to get up for a game.
For many fans, "big game" = "game we lost."
because the team obviously has not cared enough to try to beat Sparty the last few years...
I missed Lewan's injury. When did it happen?
Last drive that Denard was in. Denard and the guy tackling him fell across the back of Lewan's legs in a bad way.
I needed to see that. I've just been lying in bed sad but this post made me realize we need to stick by our team. this is part of being fiercely loyal to a team
I'm really glad they scheduled this game. We got handled and really cant muster many excuses. We were without two badly-needed players but there needs to be greater leadership among the players in the offseason to make sure everyone feels accountable. We lost a key starter in Countess but that's not bad luck, that's another team playing way more physical than us.
At least now we know what our goals look like. When Hoke says he wants to "hear football", we will know what that means way more than the other teams on our schedule - save for (not coincidentally) Michigan State. If Hoke really is as good of a coach as we think, we will only get better for having played this game.
...was sitting in the stadium and hearing all of the 'Bama fans tell "BOOM!" every time a big hit was replayed on the enormo-screen. There were a LOT of big hits and they played them over....and over....and over....
Left the room at 28 - 0, but will head down to the cave to watch the game. DVR is a wonderful invention. Fast forward is even better.
Some games you can learn a lot from; this one... I'm not sure there's much constructive to gather from replaying the video. The guys will hopefully shake this off and start prepping for Air Force, and so probably should we fans.
I was also suprised the defense did not back down and I am proud to be a michigan wolverine fan! Tt shows our coach has Integrity making the decision to sit down fitz. I think once denard is more comfortable with throwing and our o line give him time and our recievers run good routes and catch the ball we will have a good big ten season! Hopefully Lewan and countess are ok !
Thanks for the good perspective. That was a hard reality check. Lot of work to do.
great post, thank you for the positivity. It is important to keep things in perspective and to make sure we all support the team moving forward
More moments to celebrate:
1. Allow 8-12 juco transfers on your team
2. give medicals to the 12 guys you replaced with those jucos
3. oversign and grey shirt the poor saps who arent the creme of the crop
4. Dont even consider suspending your starting RB for a DWI, instead just win at all costs and forget the pretentiousness of college football. Saban see's it as NFL light.
Guys, our goal is to win the B1G and see where it goes from there. Its is always going to be a crapshoot involving a ton of luck and circumstances to go further.
Anyone who wants Nick Satan and his methods to be in charge of our program and damn the torpedo's win at all costs is NOT a Michigan man.
We lost to what would be probably the 20th best team in the NFL. Their team probably has 25 baby daddy's on it who have absolutely NO intention of EVER getting much less using their college degree. They are virtually semi pro and anyone who does not see that is blind.
My cousin graduated from Bama last year and gave me a simple yet brutally obvious observation from the campus. He's never see such hot tutors spending such long hours(read party's, resteraunts etc) with their "students" and never seen them dissappear so obviously when baby momma's are visiting campus.
This might sound racist. I can assure you its not. My cousin is african american(from Kenya originally) and just see's what he see's.
We must continue to be better than to resort to the lowest measures in order to pursue some MNC or whatever. By doing so it makes our occasional victories in the face of these disadvantages 10X more meaningfull and by any measure more satisfying. Keep up the good work Coach Hoke. I support winning but not selling our soul to do so.
I was very reassured by this game.
By next week, depending on how we play vs. Air Force, I would say we are the best team in the Big 10.
We know Bielama likes to run up the score, yet UW was almost stymied by the team they were playing (some cupcake). Michigan State's offense looks pathetic besides Le'veon Bell, who is a man. Their receivers made even LESS plays against the likes of Boise State than our receivers did against Dee Milliner, Sunseri, Lester, and Clinton-Dix.
You have to admit, our D-line was not making many mistakes. They were just overpowered. Couple that with the amazing technique of Bama's line with all of their combination blocks, and really you have to think, how did anyone believe we had a chance in the first place? Bama's line looked better than even some NFL offensive lines! And that's not just because we were making them look good - they played perfect.
Gardner was able to beat Dee Milliner. DEE MILLINER the best corner in college football. Multiple times, and with his speed too. When we get to the Big 10 part of the schedule, there is not a single defense that can stop Gardner. Gallon and Roundtree looked good too.
So in short, we are probably the best team in the Big 10 right now and it's not embarrassing to lose to the likes of Alabama. Alabama will most likely massacre the SEC and return to the BCS. Thankfully we won't have to face them in the Rose Bowl.
Thanks for this optimism that is obviously lacking after the horrific night last night. I still think that even after last night we can find positives in what you just stated but also in the fact that we still have the most positive, upbeat, and most adaptive coach in the nation in Mr. Brady Hoke who will iron out the the problems on both lines. This outcome was meant to happen because it will remind Team 133 that even being humbled by Alabama by 27 points, THIS IS STILL MICHIGAN. Let us put behind this loss and find the positives of the rest of the season. GO BLUE and beat Air Force.
We wouldn't be here on MGoBlog if we didn't. It's just that we're still processing this loss, because it not only showed just how good Alabama is, but how far U-M has to go to compete at that level. That's a hard lesson to learn when we all want so much to believe that U-M is an elite team. But they're not right now.
I still think this team has a good chance at a reasonably successful season: a winning record and a bowl game. Possibly the Big Ten championship, but there are considerable roadblocks in the way of that. Our expectations, given the talent we have now, are just going to have to be more modest than perhaps we would have liked.
Can't forget the most promising aspect: Al Borges ran a bubble screen.
than the score suggested. The bubble screens, several stout defensive stops, even the passing game once Drob calmed down. There are at least 2-3 more passes that would've been complete against any other defense (either jarred loose or broken up) and plenty more that probably will go differently because we'll be able to get seperation against weaker secondaries.
I just really hope that no one sufferred any severe injuries. We could really use Countess, Lewan, Moore, etc for a run at the Big 10 Championship. I think we'll be alright the next couple weeks without em, but their injuries might not let us walk out of South Bend with a win. But with the bye week and everything there's a good chance they'll be back before the teeth of the Big 10 schedule.
find out a lot about this teams heart and toughness next Saturday. I for one can't wait.
During a lot of the game, it just seemed like they were just beating us a little bit in every matchup every play. It wasn't that we were that vastly overplayed, it was the consistancy of it. Every yard was a struggle. Hoke clearly has taught the team how to fight though. Great post
Then, I was nervous, but sure we would bounce right back. I lapsed into delusion, before reaching a quite acceptance.
I then realized that I was at a wedding reception, and my wife wanted to dance with me. In a somewhat NSFW way. Then we went home and [redacted].
I woke up realising things:
1. There are more important things than football
2. We have things to be proud of and to build on.
3. We will make it to the top. I have faith in our coaches and program.
4. I love this team.
5. My wife is a hot and naughty.
Anybody see where Shane got beat up by Cleveland St. Ignatius 49-13?
I thought I saw BWC break a couple double teams in that game, which is promising. There's a lot to improve on and a lot of work to get to that level. It was supposed to be a 'measuring stick' game, just most didn't believe(or want to believe) we were that low on the stick in comparison to bama.
Any big ten team would have gotten whipped down there...I think we still got a solid chance to bounce back and win the big ten.