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Mainstream Media Disrespect
An ongoing project I'm putting together, this is a compilation of mainstream media articles in which Michigan is baselessly and inexplicably classified as a team in ruins. I don't expect the Wolverines to be in anyone's Top 10, don't get me wrong. But if you're going to make a point of writing that Michigan is "in the 40s and falling" in your Spring Top 25, at least one line of textual support would seem appropriate.
http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=403529 Michigan “in the 40s and falling” in post-spring poll.
http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=405647 Michigan one of 5 teams “in reverse.”
http://cfn.scout.com/2/744200.html Ohio State a “likely loss,” no “almost certain wins.”
http://www.sportsline.com/collegefootball/story/10810054/3 Michigan won’t win the Big Ten, beat Ohio State, get to a January 1st bowl,or get to any bowl for that matter
Max, First off, thanks for posting those articles, although its too bad you had to read all that drivel.
I could not agree more with what Callahan wrote, its a case where everybody is trying to look smart and guess this year's notre dame. Plus, throw in the debacle that has been Nebraska with their imported coach talking about culture change, and every time RR says anything about change, the catcalls have come out with forebidding sirens of alarm, 'yeah and look at what happened in Lincoln.'
Fact is this team has a boatload of talent (more so than in either of the above schools) and a coach who knows exactly what he is doing and has proved his chops in the college game in the role of head coach much more so than the coaches at the above schools.
But, none of that matters because the media meme has been set in stone: Michigan is on their way to being this year's notre dame and it serves them right for getting rid of Lloyd Carr. Neverminding of course, the school did not get rid of Carr. I'm amazed at the number of people who imply this or even outright say it, but thats getting off topic. Only quality play on the field will change the media meme. We'll find out if the team is up to the task in about seven weeks.
The media hates the whole university. It's ludicrous.