TWIS is up: LINK
this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
No us this week? Interesting.
Here's a theory. Brian mentioned in the ND week TWIS that the Blame Borges! and Blame Denard! camps infighting wasn't too interesting to anyone outside of the Michigan universe. So maybe since most of the bitching consisted of "Borges is the second coming of DeBord", he didn't think it suitable for TWIS. Doesn't bother me none.
Here's some samples of what ours would've read: BORGES WHAT THE F***??!!
F*** YOU AL BORGES
If I know the play coming THEY KNOW WHAT'S COMING AL!!!!
FML I'M SO DRUNK
I forgot this:
Dare I read it???
We don't make an appearance at all in it. So, there's only pure schadenfreude in this and no reminders of all the bad we went through.
This is a stange experience. Usually I'm in a jolly mood after reading TWIS. This week, I'm just relieved.
I know, I was worried we would be featured for the 3rd time this year. I wonder what the record for most team-meltdowns is?
I was more amused by the AllBuffs message board posts. Not because of their content, but because I didn't realize Colorado had any fans left.
Man, if anyone ever feels like its getting too difficult to be a Michigan fan (or a fan of any other school), just think of Colorado and be thankful. Could you imagine being a Colorado fan and trying to mentally prepare to watch them play Oregon last week? Brutal.
I'm sure the tons of hot girls, beautiful campus, and tons of parties make it easy to forget about playing Oregon
If you're a student
Even if you're not. Beats being a Tenneesee fan I bet.
Enjoy the beauty, the girls, the parties, the hiking and skiing...and then root for Nebraska on Saturday.
my mom is a CU alum and she hates Nebraska with a burning passion, she says they were their biggest rivals. That'd be like a Michigan fan giving up on football and rooting on OSU.
We flew into Denver at night and drove to Estes Park, so just about the first piece of Colorado I saw in daylight was the Big Red of the Rockies Sport Shop.
A thousand square feet of Nebraska gear, and it's still in business after seventeen years.
It might explain why those Coloradans that are still Colorado fans hate Nebraska so much. Can you imagine the unmentionable equivalent just outside Ann Arbor?
I suppose there must be some non-alum fans of Nebraska living in CO; there must be enough to support that store's existence. I just know that my mom was glad to see Nebraska move to the Big Ten so she could root for Michigan to beat them every year now because Colorado hadn't been successful against them of late. I wonder if there are any CU alums that lurk on the board that can weigh in?
And the idea of your unmentionable equivalent made me shudder.
Somebody from Nebraska is quoted in the article as saying that "Coloradans for Nebraska" has more active members than any other out-of-state Nebraska group and that something like 200,000 different people showed up for at least one of their watch parties that year. I have no idea how many of them are Nebraska alums or were originally Nebraska natives. Nearby big cities always draw a lot of alums there for jobs and I can imagine that Denver might be next after Chicago for Nebraska grads.
As an "Ohioan for Michigan" none of this seems so alien to me.
And I concur, they really don't like Nebraska (those that actually care about sports). But I'd say it's more like giving up Illinois football and rooting for Michigan. Because I don't think Nebraska ever really cared THAT much about them, other than the divisional thing. Oklahoma...Texas...there was some hate there. But one of Nebraska faithful can correct me on that if I'm wrong.
you could be right about that, about Nebraska fans not caring as much as CU fans when it comes to the rivalry. It doesn't have the hatred of our rivalry with OSU apparently.
However, when they were in the Big 12 together, they did usually play their game the last week of the season, in "rivalry week" when we were playing OSU, so apparently the powers that be for conference scheduling felt the rivalry was important.
I sort of disagree with your Illinois analogy though, because CU won a national title about 30 years ago and until their recent collapse this past decade could usually be counted on to contend in their conference, while IL never was that type of powerhouse. But otherwise your analogy does work.
Trumped up division rivals, and let real rivalries like Nebraska-Oklahoma die.
Colorado has been marginally better (all time winning percentage .596 to .518), but it's not like they were a regularly good team. They had one really good coach (from Michigan, naturally) who made them pretty regularly good and won that title like 20 years ago. (And even that was questionable, because they won a game on the infamous "5th down" play, had worse record than the team they shared it with, and both would have been annihilated by Miami that year). So yeah, they've put up a few more good fights, but they're not really much more consequential. I guess they might remind one more of recent Iowa, but I just don't see the hatred in Iowa for us. I mean it's there, but it's not as cold blooded. Trying to think outside of who hates us...maybe the way the Washington Huskies feel about USC? Hate them, think it's a rivalry, I'm sure USC doesn't care much about them. Washington was really good around the same time, and has fallen on hard times. Similar winning percentage. Not sure how secondary teams feel about other teams in other conferences that well.
vandalism, urine bag tossing, etc against Nebraska fans before, during, and after games was common. Throwing snowballs at players during live action. Drunkeness to the point one of our games there required clearing the entire Colorado student section----AT FOLSOM FIELD.
This isn’t just about Buffs fans hating on Nebraska. They treat everyone else with the same level of contempt, such as when they threw lemons, batteries, water bottles, tennis balls, and marshmallows with coins in them at Texas Tech’s band, or the fan that used a laser pointer to blind an Oklahoma St quarterback.
No, we didn't much care for that. But not a rivalry.
Tom Osborne said when the Big 12 shifted Nebraska’s season-ending game from Oklahoma to Colorado it wasn’t well received.
“Colorado, it was sort of a self-proclaimed rivalry on their part,” Osborne said. “We didn’t have much say about it one way or the other. The Big 12 gave us the schedule so we went ahead and did it that way.
“The so-called rivalry with Colorado; that was one that was declared primarily by Colorado. They said we are their rival. Rivalries usually develop over a number of years and usually there’s a shared excellence.”
"We never really have declared anybody as a rival here because around here every game is pretty important."
I liked the video of the (War) Eagle flying out of Auburn's stadium and then deciding to return.
Pro Tip: listen for the fan in background
I can actually read a tone in that article that tells me Brian has been listening to depressing 80s music since Saturday. I'm worried about him.
The running Colorado joke is A+ but at this point I don't think any schadenfreude is being felt for that program. I'm just really, really sorry for them. It's like picking on the kid at school who everyone picks on while he knows it's coming and he accepts it. Very little joy in that.
I look at the hail mary and feel little pity. Their luck is being revisited upon then 100-fold.
I just ran out of space by the time I was like "oh right, Michigan." By that point the column was 2500 words already. I think it was because I wasn't that bent out of shape since I mean, what can you do when you've got your backup in there and he's playing that badly?
Confirmed been listening to depressing 80s music since Saturday.
PUT DOWN THE SMITHS MIXTAPE AND BACK AWAY
I agree, my own personal frustration was pretty low compared to some other losses. But you also went on a kitten picture binge on twitter, how did you not even mention that?!
Brian already awarded himself Scott Tenorman of The Week after the 'Bama loss, I guess he didn't want to have to do it again. Because nothing says emo like cat pictures.
That it was so hopeless is what made it so bad for me. Reminded me of some of the darkest moments of 2008-10, when Michigan is playing poorly, losing badly, but you know it just can't get any better, with the talent level, coaching, and relative strength of the opponent fixed. Against good teams, Michigan is one re-aggravated ulnar nerve from being at Sheridan-era-level hopelessness.
What can you do? Whinge, loudly, then drink, heavily, then vent on Internet message boards, intemperately.
Sandusky aside, the hundreds of comments claiming that Mark Emmert and Delaney conspired to make their bowl-ineligible team lose to OSU's bowl-ineligible team deserves a mention.
the way the guy in the comments section does.
I can't believe Wisco didn't make it. I was ranting about how inept Bielema was at the end of the game to let it go into OT without even trying to drive down and kick the game winning FG, and I don't even care about their team.
No Florida 'freude? Why talk about Auburn and Arkansas over a team that actually had false hope.
False hope is worse than death.
Given the fact that Florida stumbled to a 7-6 record last year and had only 71 scholarship players, I would think that having gone undefeated through week eight under a second year coach would temper some of the hand-wringing in Gainseville after a close loss to a top ten team. Auburn, on the other hand, looks to have fallen off a cliff less than two years after winning a national championship. The deepest feelings of despair are those that follow the most joyous highs.
But that assumes that SEC fans are rational, which may not be a safe assumption.
lol cant stop watching the girl in the tiger costume.
Surprised there was nothing on USC losing to Arizona.
Ummm Florida lost. Spencer should be in that there column.
Immediately after the game, while returning to the car, I had that familiar sick feeling that I've had after the home losses I've attended: OSU in 2001, TCU in 2005, K-State this year, etc.
I think I know a certain team that doesn't lose enough and a certain fan that needs to be taught the real meaning of "familiar."
What about Wisconsin?
"DL TE TE OL OL TE TE DL OL TE
....................EB"- diagram of a play Colorado should have used.
You know, if the "barge" play works for Wisconsin to to the tune of about six yards per play, and they have Montee Ball, then surely Colorado could...well...no....
Also, I assume "EB" is merely "extra back", nature and role to be determined.
Can't say I'm not relieved that we didn't have anything on there....yet also surprised no USC and no Florida
"Sunshine pumpers" is a term
Also, pedobear was always chasing me when i played Doom. This explains so much...
Damn, I was hoping South Florida would make it after Syracuse came from a 20-pt halftime deficit down 20-3 to win on a TD with 3 seconds left 37-36.
Then I remembered, USF has no fans.