I read this in the Chicago Tribune this morning and just wanted to share how the MSM outside the state is viewing this game.
No. 17 Michigan State (5-0) at No. 18 Michigan (5-0), a flower that sprouted from a dump.
It would have been maize-boggling a month ago to think this Big Ten Conference stinker in Ann Arbor would have implications beyond the campus police station or an NCAA appeals board.
He goes on to create an angle that equates MSU's double-digit arrests with Michigan's NCAA investigation (emphasis mine):
There was not an employee in America on a hotter seat than third-year Michigan man Rich Rodriguez, who seemed on the precipice of dismissal after misleading a storied franchise to a 5-7 record last year. If losing wasn't bad enough, Michigan was also cheating, breaking NCAA rules for practice-time limits.
Then he gives Rodriguez a backhanded compliment, using the word "genius" but ultimately saying Denard's emergence was a complete accident.
Rodriguez isn't in the clear yet — his team started 4-0 last year before collapsing — but he somehow located his career repair kit. His decision to start sophomore Denard Robinson at quarterback over last year's starter, Tate Forcier, has thus far proven to be a stroke of genius. Or, "Why didn't I think of this earlier!"
It was like stumbling into Jackie Robinson.
So in summary:
- This game sprouted from a dump
- Twenty minutes of stretching is the same as violent assault
- Rodriguez stumbled onto Denard
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