A Blog Post About Michigan From Hope College Professor Jeff Polet
For similar reasons, I'll always maintain video games peaked in the early 90s. You damn kids with your XBoxes and Wiis (Note: I'm 24).
from the article:
"My guess is that most Sparties were younger brothers who routinely got walloped by their older siblings."
Has he been speaking to Hart?
Just to be clear:
This is from his Blog. It is not an article and is purely his opinion. No investigation or interviewing was done :)
he even indicates the RichRod came in to install a spread in order to Pass.
Teams aren’t built anymore to win in Ann Arbor in late November, but to win in Orlando in January. They don’t recruit from their home bases, big strapping farm boys to Iowa, union boys to Michigan, steel mill workers to Penn State, Wisconsin linemen who milked and slaughtered cows, Minnesota players right off the lumber yard, murderers and gamblers to OSU. I guess drama majors to Northwestern. None of us can figure out why they’re in the Big Ten.
Oh, I know there are Michigan State fans out there, but I’ve never really seen the point of being one.
like the zingers, and great writer, but he is seriously misinformed on a couple things. The biggest is that RR brought a 'passing spread' to Michigan.
As of this point in the season and RR's tenure, I respectfully disagree (we'll see how it plays out). It may have been out of necessity, but Tate threw 33 passes Saturday, and I think it is likeley that the passing numbers will be substantially higher here than with RR's teams at WVU.
I believe RR came here not to duplicate what he had there. I think he came here to recruit better talent at all positions and to use it in a far more diversified way.
RR appears to be a practitoner of Continuous Improvement, who believes that if you don't obsolete your product, someone else will. I laugh when I hear the pundits comparing every M QB or QB recruit to Pat White; RR will adjust the offense to suit the talents he has. Last year's offensive malaise was due to a near total lack of talent and experince, not a failure of the scheme.
We also ran the ball 38 times. Prior to the final drive, the ratio was 37 runs to 26 passes. Yes, we will most likely pass the ball more than WVU did with White, but that's pretty easy to do - they ran it 74% of the time in 2007. Our run/pass ratio probably won't be much different from what it was under Carr.
Which is not the spread option. Those running numbers are not greatly different than Purdue's passing spread numbers at the height of their success.
And the notion that the average Michigan fan chafed at the idea of throwing the ball more sure doesn't jibe with my experience.