Essentially, what the title says. Great writing, giving a great narrative of Denard's domination vs. ND. Definitely worth your time to read. Let's hope Denard continues the tradition Saturday.
Matt Hinton summarizes Denard's career vs. ND
Got them on the ropes, Denard... FINISH THEM!!!
it is known.
summarized in a gif..
Needs more "FLAWLESS VICTORY"
My favorite line:
"No player in college football in the last decade has inflicted as much emotional damage on a single rival."
Braylon vs MSU should be up there. He dominated them in that game
...pretty brutal for us. Without him, there was no way OSU post such a long winning streak against us.
i think we need to slow down all this Denard talk for a minute....he is great, I love him as a player, but this is not the same ND team as last year (when we should have lost) or 2 years ago (Kelly's first season). This is a good team guys, and they have what Denard hates.....a good front 7 to take away his lanes. This game is almost exclusively relied upon by Denard's arm and our receivers going up and getting the ball. Also our defense performing and not constantly shitting the bed up front would be nice....i hope to God I'm wrong and Denard busts one for 88 yards, but that front 7 looked really good the other night. Held a quality opponent to 3 points on the road. Let's not start running our mouths yet about this one, Denard still has one to go verses the Domers. In fact, let's take it one at a time and not run our mouths at all. That done us so much good lately when playing State. Speak softly, and carry a big stick.
No one cares about tempering expectations when it comes to notre dame!
I want everyone to hear me on this. It does not matter what fans say, what they expect, whether they overrreact, the extent to which they're overconfident, the predictions they make, and so on. I can say to all the world that Denard is a dominant ballbreaker and will continue to do this to ND, and it won't matter. What matters is whether or not Denard and his teammates are good enough to win Saturday night. Period. I will have nothing to do with this, but I will watch and cheer and die a little if we lose.
I don't play college football. Never did. I just love watching it, being a fan, and having fun thinkng about the outcome.
Go fucking Blue!!!
also! They dont have that Michael Floyd guy.
Notre Dame did look mighty impressive last week, but let's not forget they did the same to MSU in South Bend last year. They CERTAINLY didn't look like world beaters against purdue.
This same team's NON-INJURED secondary let jeremy gallon go up for jump balls, and couldn't figure out man coverage on a hail mary attempt. Now they are thinner, so I'll believe in their DB's when I see it.
strikes again. . .
Anyone see the Afghanistan/India cricket match? Quite an ace showing by the Afghanis!
The moment of the match was the helicopter shot employed by the stocky wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad to whip Zaheer Khan through mid-wicket for a four.
I could see Mahendra Singh Dhoni smiling wryly from behind the stumps!
Well played. Well put..and well played.
I have a feeling with all this hype about Denard being the Irish killer, its going to bite our a$$ real hard this Saturday night. I sure hope i'm wrong. But notre dame will do everything in their power to not let Denard beat them.
Because they didn't try everything the past two games?
Great article. My only quibble is with the part where he suggests that we probably can't remember what happened on the final drive last year. I think most of us actually can - since it was only three plays (and the first was an incompletion).
Speaking of going 80 yards in three plays...
That is some of the worst commentating I've ever heard in my life and I watch lions games.
Ah, makes me smile every time I hear his soul crushed when he says "Michigan's gonna score" after calling Denard a poor passer. Karma can suck sometimes...
If you slow it down, you can hear the exact moment that their hearts are torn out of their chests
Nice Ralph/Lisa/Bart reference. Kudos!
I always cringe at the end of the Gallon run where Tree nearly blocks the guy in the back.
1. He's Michigan's revenge vs ND for all the BS UM's had over the years. Reggie Ho/Tony Rice/Rocket.
2. It would be awesome if he could hang another 450-500 yards on them, He would become the "Freddy Kruger" to ND fans in which we could beat them over the heads with for a millennia.
3. The lamentation of Lou Holtz may be the sweetest tears of sadness that exists.
"....under the newly installed lights in Michigan Stadium in 2011 – if not necessarily the best version of Denard, as they saw in the former case, then at least the version who abruptly forgot everything he'd ever been coached in the latter and proceeded to turn the fourth quarter into his own personal PlayStation at the Irish's expense." - from the article
That's probably a pretty apt description. We only had the ball for about 23 minutes in the whole game, I believe, but a good portion of that came in the 4th quarter. I think Denard managed about 80% of all of his passing in the whole game in this quarter as well, and about a third of all of Michigan's rushing yards came in the fourth quarter too. After what had been a really depressing three quarters, there was definitely something almost magical about the final one in last year's game. I must say, I wouldn't mind watching a little 4th quarter domination one more time, if it came to that, or indeed, have all four quarters be like last year's fourth.
Denard’s accomplishments vs. Notre Dame are out-sized. The only other major opponent against whom he has a winning record is Nebraska (1-0). Otherwise, he’s 0-2 vs. MSU, 0-2 vs. Iowa, 0-2 vs. the SEC, 0-1 vs. Wisconsin, 1-1 vs. Ohio State. Although Michigan did win its bowl game last year, Denard’s performance itself was not so memorable.
That’s why Hinton notes that Denard’s “window for turning "exciting" into "great" is closing by the week.” That’s why Denard is no longer on most of the Heisman watch lists. He has produced a feature film’s worth of highlight-reel moments and rewritten the Michigan record book, but without a few more signature performances against opponents not named Notre Dame, you couldn’t say that he was a great quarterback, only that he was an extraordinarily exciting one.
That’s why Hinton writes: “Denard Robinson against Notre Dame is the ur-Denard from which all other versions of Denard follow and against whom they are all compared. With the possible exception of the Denard who played a nearly perfect game in the process of snapping a seven-year losing streak against Ohio State last November, the others almost always come up short. Denard against Notre Dame is the original formula. The idol to which thousands of No. 16 jerseys pay homage every weekend, hoping for a mere glimpse of what they got in South Bend in 2010, and under the newly installed lights in Michigan Stadium in 2011. . . . Since his second start at Notre Dame in 2010, that's the Denard fans have paid to see, and opposing coaches have desperately hoped they don't.”
The only thing that could make this year more outrageous than last year is if ND is trying to kick a field goal with about 20 seconds left to take a 9-point lead, and Will Campbell blocks it and Denard (playing on special teams ;) ) returns the FG for a TD.
I say we just run the train on them, and blow them out by 30. Denard gets his 400 yards of total O, and I don't risk getting a heart attack again.
Haven't you grown to love that I'm-about-to-have-a-heart-attack-but-I-know-we'll-somehow-beat-ND rush over the last 3 years?
This year I'd like to kick back, not throw my beer all over the wall, and enjoy an utter annihilation of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. To hell with Notre Dame.
That being said, I'll accept anything that ends with our score being higher than theirs, including a Wolverine avatar materializing to stop Touchdown Jesus running off tackle on the half yard line as time expires.
Not only is ND vastly overhyped, but instead of talking BCS bowl those knuckleheads are talking BCS championship game. We've played a legit BCS championshipnteam and ND certainly doesn't deserve to be in that conversation.
Saturday we'll put that to bed...again. Tears of ND fans are like manna from heaven.
This is probably the best and most accurate article I've read on Denard over the years. I love the way Hinton writes. He is fair and he gets it right from:
"Denard Robinson against Notre Dame is the ur-Denard from which all other versions of Denard follow and against whom they are all compared. With the possible exception of the Denard who played a nearly perfect game in the process of snapping a seven-year losing streak against Ohio State last November, the others almost always come up short"
"Whether you were there or watching on television, what sticks is the energy that Denard seemed to singlehandedly inject into the stadium, and especially the certainty in that moment that no one else in college football could have achieved any of it."
although notre dame poses a great defense, i believe denard will overcome and bring us a victory with both his arm and legs.