I have always hated the fact that I like Herbstreit as an analyst because I am very anti-osu in everything, but I could never bring myself to dislike this guy (despite the whole Les thing) b/c he never seemed bias and will generally asses the talent of every program reasonably unlike most analyst who seem to be so bandwagon driven. But anyway way to go Herb I will continue to set aside my differences with you.
Herbstreit: "I think it's an absolute joke"
Herbstreit has consistently divorced his OSU ties when speaking about other schools, even hated rivals, and for that I give him credit. Especially when compared to Homer Domer Holtz, he provides rational discussion points and, outside of the LSU fiasco, has given UM a fair shake most of the time.
My guess is that he is a little annoyed by all of this grandstanding because, as a former player, he too had to do more than the NCAA limit to compete.
Herbie does a good job FOR ESPN. Just don't listen to the local Columbus stuff he does.
I too have never disliked Herbie. I think the only time I had a bad feeling towards him was the whole Les Miles debacle but other than that I have always felt he was the most fair and unbiased College football analyst that ESPN has. I was happy to see him start doing the Saturday night broadcasts I just wish it wasn't with Musberger.
I have always thought that Herbie was one of the best if not the best network analyst on t.v. today. I was waiting, hoping, to hear from him yesterday, but apparently they wanted to put a negative spin on it. How else do you explain how their #1 analyst to report on the biggest college football story in a while (based on coverage not on validity). My guess is they knew Herbie's opinion and didn't want to ruin their near unanimous negative press.
When will a real sports network appear that can actually challenge this joke of a "sports" network. I am so tired of the Brett Favre, Barry Bonds, T.O., Kobe... overkill on a network that is supposed to cover sports not select players that get 24/7 coverage instead of breaking down games and giving real analysis. I used to love the Edge NFL breakdown show, where they would break down game tape and show you what teams would do for the upcoming games. But that got cancelled for what? I am sure the Barry Bonds show or maybe even worse soccer.
I have really liked him ever since 1997. He was on the U of M bandwagon from the start and picked us to win every game, including against OSU, all the way to a national championship. I feel like he has always tried to be unbiased and is right when making predictions far more than most analysts (Les Miles not withstanding)
Herbie is two different people. On ESPN, he is fairly even-handed and does a pretty good job. On local radio in Columbus, he is a Buckeye loyalist. I guess he's just playing to his audience . . . nothing wrong with that.
Where he said it all seemed like a witch hunt. That's a very accurate way of describing the "article."
herbstreit is a big ten apologist, mainly. and there aren't many of those right now, so i'll take it.
now if we could just get maurice clarett to come out in support of RR...
Not second guessing per se, but it's really in the best interest of EVERYONE in the Big11 to see Michigan succeed. Without us returning to prominence, OSU, MSU, PSU, everyone, they're own programs will be hurt. They need us to do well, quickly, b/c the BigTen's rep is down, OSU needs a real rival again (which I hope we can become this year), MSU needs a big brother, and PSU needs someone to beat them 10 out of every 11 years or so. Tressel, Herbie, Brewster, they may all think this is hogwash, and it is, but the only reason they're really talking is b/c they realize they need us.
I listened to Rosendouche being interviewed on 97.1 Columbus yesterday on their website...and Hooley, the host stated that he was "good friends with Rosendouche" so I knew that they would be softballing him with easy questions...
but the first question from Herbstreit was "Why do that to 2 freshmen that didnt know they were being interviewed for your article, dont you see anything wrong with that?"
Rosendouche was a bit stunned at Herbs bluntness and he searched for an answer and finally blurted "we talked about that for hours with our editor and finally decided to run it...blabh bhabhalb"
After that it was all softballs, but it was a beautiful moment because Rosendouche didnt expect it and they didnt kiss his ass for once on radio.
I mean when Herbstreit has got your back... and Carson Butler has got your back... I mean, what else is there to say?
Now can the anti-Herbie paranoia due to his alma mater please come to an end already? This guy was saying that we deserved to be in the National Championship game in 2006 for crying out loud. If there is one way to label his bias, he's pro-Big 10. Right now, he seems biased in favor of reason. He's possibly the best guy on College Football Live.
Btw, a guy on Jim Rome was just saying that he believed that the guys ripping RR behind his back were Lloyd recruits.
I played backyard football with him. He went to my high school. He's loved OSU since he was a freshman in high school. He named his dog Woody for crying out loud. He is loyal to the Scarlet & Gray. I was one of the few loyal Michigan fans in the neighborhood. Kirk always had great respect for his rival Michigan.
Bo came to recruit him at my high school in 1988. Kirk later showed up at my varsity basketball game sporting a block M hat. I thought he was going to go to Michigan. That did not happen, of course, but it shows the respect he gives Michigan.
Herbstreit is a great analyst because he loves college football first. He knows all great rivalries are based on some level of mutual respect. Look, I HATE OSU, but I respect their program. It's how it goes where I'm from.
I've always liked him as far as OSU grads go.
by the amount and quality of people coming to Michigan's defense in the last few days. Respected journalists and enemies from that state down south and opposing coaches. I've been consumed by this story this week, almost certainly more than what is healthy, but you can really take note of who you can trust in the media and who is just a hack. Spartans, Free Press writers and ESPN cartoon characters are on the hack side of the line, and now guys like Herbie get a checkmark in my book. I'll remember this for a while.