John Saunders made a complete ass of himself at the end of the Sports Reporters. Hit job on Michigan. He obviously knows nothing about the story at all.
Maybe he's just sad that he transferred from Michigan to Western...
Was this today? He did attend WMU, I believe. Not sure that that would really affect things, but I guess I'd have to hear what he had to say. . .
Anybody with a clip, transcript, or paraphrase?
I missed the show, can you post a video link? Is that even possible yet?
Yeah post something or tell us what he said instead of providing no information about it, otherwise this is just another pointless topic.
If there's one thing there aren't enough of on MgoBoard, it's pointless topics.
this is the same guy that called Detroit Piston's fans "thugs" after the Malice at the Palace
Saunders was dead to me after that - the man has no credibility as far as I'm concerned.
Saunders said something along the lines of "Impressive victory for Michigan yesterday, but if Rich Rodriguez doesn't get them to a bowl game he's going to be fired on the spot."
Luckily it doesn't matter because nobody watches The Sports Reporters.
John Saunders on The Sports Reporters:
"Michigan fans may have thought they hit rock bottom when they lost to Appalachian State two years ago. Lloyd Carr was out and Rich Rodriguez in as head coach. The result a 3-9 season. This week Rodriguez called it the worst of his coaching career, accused by former and current players of breaking time limits on practice. Rodriguez has a huge problem. Players are now looking around the locker room wondering who's with us and who's against us. Yesterday they blew out Western Michigan and many think Michigan will make a bowl this year. But if that doesn't happen this could be a very short stint in Ann Arbor. I think Rodriguez is a good man and I believe he was truly hurt at the implication he didn't care for his players. But hes an outsider as far as Michigan fans are concerned. And the only door to the inside comes through the winner's circle."
I watched the SR this morning and couldn't believe Saunders was being such an ass.
He's just a lazy ignorant tool and this report sounded like it was done by some intern and was then served to him along with his contractual crepe and french maid breakfast.
The "context" selected to frame this issue? App State? WTF? 3-9 and on a bit (a tiny bit) of a hot seat is one thing, but App fucking State?
not worth watching.
Oh, and Thanks jb504 for providing the transcript.
>>hint to all the noobs around here, posting transcripts is usually worthy of at least 1 MGoPoint<<
I got ya covered this time.
Saunders needs to get out of the studio more often. This habit of citing what the MSM has been spewing is short sighted (it's like he has to validate them or something). With this attitude, the 'Worldwide Leader' will become second-rate (if they haven't already).
The problem is that the casual sports fan wants to be spoon fed. They're not interested in various points of view or doing actual research. Unfortunately, when the "truth" is revealed, it's buried some place so the MSM and the Worldwide Leader can save some face ("Wut!? Us was wrong? Huh!"). It's pretty discouraging. We're mentally turning into those amorphous blob-people from WALL-E.
"But he's an outsider as far as Michigan fans are concerned."
I guess he didn't watch the game yeaterday. Between the "In Rod We Trust" signs and the "Rich-Rod-Ri-Guez" chants he would have gotten a clue - maybe.
I don't think Michigan showed any signs of division in the locker room on the football field yesterday. I do think going into this season Rodriguez needed to show signs that he was installing his system well. I think Saturday he showed that. But saying that he needs to make a bowl game or he'll be gone is a poor argument.
Sounds like a guy who didn't like seeing his alma mater get trashed yesterday.
Saunders' job isn't to be informed, it's to read a telepromter and send me back to the game after halftime.
I just watched the DVR of the game (we were at the game itself) and the announcers spent 10 minutes straight debunking the theory that the players were somehow divided.
But, here is the weirdest part. At halftime here is what John Saunders said, "...this team really pulled together in the locker room...."
And then, less than 24 hours later, he pulls a complete 180. I wonder if he ever knows what he is saying?
That was the espn party line though starting with Rittenberg's big ten blog and then working its way into every four letter story on the situation.
I would have thought that Craig James who was actually doing the game for ABC/ESPN - put an end to any of that division in the locker room nonsense to rest when he correctly stated over and over during the telecast that:
- non countable hours were not distinguished;
- everyone puts in extra work on their own;
- the article was a witch hunt;
- the complainers were disgruntled former players and/or maybe guys who are now way down on the depth chart
- the team showed no signs of being divided and all seemed genuinely together and behind Rod based upon actually being around the team and talking to players.
I had hoped that James account would have been the last of it, but I guess the Sports Reporters are above it all.