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|1 year 50 weeks ago||logged in just to add my +1||
logged in just to add my +1 for this. Perfectly timed.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Grbac to howard. I was||
Grbac to howard.
I was watching with my late father, and neither of us could believe a michigan team would even try something so UNconservative.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||If we MUST make a change, I||
If we MUST make a change, I wouldn't mind seeing us go with white base, maize wings outlined in dark blue, dark blue masks. I would prefer the numbers OR the stickers, but that's me.The general idea is similar to the Chargers' helms.
I would withhold judgement til I saw a pic of the metallic though.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||I have to disagree with his||
I have to disagree with his statment that we're "above them". They beat us. That simply puts them on our level. They will never ever be what Michigan is, but they had their shot and they won the game. Therefore, they are, by default, worthy competition. It beats the heck out of another Eastern Michigan beatdown, and that is how you GET history between schools.
Also, no one remembers VA Tech getting pasted by James Madison, and who would have anything to say about it if they made a home-and-home outside of hokie land? We aren't the only ones to lose a game like that. It ONLY mnatters because it was Michigan. If it wasn't Michigan, no one would remember 2 years later.
As an aside, Im always tickled by OSU fans bringing that up, as they forget their annual single digit scrapes with the like of OHIO (the bobcats) and Toledo and Cincy. One of these days.....it'll be them. Navy beat Notre Dame, Ohio will beat OSU, it's just gonna happen.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Again, I point to the raving||
Again, I point to the raving abouyr Alabama's NFL level defense last year, when they didn't face an offense ranked above something in the 80s all year except Arkansas (I think). Their defense was rated highly because Bama is so good.
Our defense was rated highly because the offenses in the B1G were just putrid and incapable of moving the ball on my old high school defense (Davison, MI, we were awful).
It's a self-fulfilling prophecy. They rotate winning programs just like other conferences do, and while they have a few programs at the top consistently for a decade or so (LSU, Bama), they also have the underachievers, like Georgia and Tennessee, then the rest, like SC, who pulled out a freak division title, much akin to Purdue or Northwestern winning one once a decade or so in the B1G. Just like us, they're top heavy, just with 4 big teams, (remember, they had more teams than we did for a while), and a bunch of middling squads, then the bottom feeders, like kentucky and vandy, and the Mississippis.
For us it's Usually Mich, OSU, Wiscy, and PSU that are perennial strong teams, with Purdue and Illinois and NW and Iowa and State making pushes every now and then, and then we get to the Indianas and gopherquest.
If you put B1G teams in the same poll places as SEC teams, and penalized them the same way, you'd see a lot more credit to Okie State losing last year on a day of tragedy, and Bama being properly penalized for blowing their big shot by dropping in the polls properly.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||The first football game I can||
The first football game I can remember is the 9-0 Michigan vs 9-0 Iowa in 85 or 86, with Jamie Morris and Jim Harbaugh. My father watched UM football every saturday it was on TV, and I was right there with him. I learned to hate Notre Dame in those years (Damn Rocket Ismael!), and saw the Desmond Howard catch as it happened.
My father remarried, to a woman with 2 daughters who decided to be Sparty fans, just for the rivalry, and the year Desmond was interfered with was horrible. We were young then, thinking that the number of items one owned pertaining to our team showed who was the greater fan.
When I grew up and joined the army, I missed most of the 97 season, but was home for the Rose Bowl, which was the last game I got to see with my father before he died.
Now, I tend to move a lot, but my children will always hear daddy shouting "Touchdown, MICHIGAN!" in his best imitation of Keith Jackson every single saturday. I have number 16 jerseys, home and away (from John Navarre, not Denard), and I wear the matching one to the team, she wears the other. If we score while she is in the room, she is not allowwed to leave until the half is over, just in case. I refuse to be responsible for any losses in my house. If it worked against Minnesota and Wisconsin, it will be upheld from now on!
My kids were shocked when I bought a red Ford Bronco this year, which I only kept a few months before trading in on something without such an objectionable color.
Michigan football is one of the constants my family is based around, providing a bit of continuity when we move so often.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||two things.... As always, I||
As always, I wish the best for Tate. I will always remember the Notre Dame drama and Illinois shootout.
Next, what is an NFL pivot?
|3 years 1 week ago||Since the line in caps was||
Since the line in caps was missed....
I do not believe it was a ploy, however, what about the kids on that team, who worked hard, practiced, and played well enough, only to get their chance at a championship yanked from them, through no fault of their own. After all, it isn't like kids in a conservative catholic school have any other choice.
|3 years 1 week ago||So, because it is not YOUR||
So, because it is not YOUR beleif, it is bullshit? Last time I went to war, it was so that people in this country could do just this very sort of thing.
That said, freedom of speech is not the same as freedom from the consequenses of saying something inflammatory.
|3 years 1 week ago||You do NOT hear about it||
You do NOT hear about it happening in conservative catholic schools more than once a decade. You hear about children protesting in schools in relatively liberal, usually public schools.
|3 years 1 week ago||Well, the Pius team took||
Well, the Pius team took their stand. They do not have any obligation to abandon it. It was known well before the championship how they felt. It was known well in advance what would happen if their opponents chose to play a girl.
I DO NOT BELIEVE THIS!!!!!!!
However, who is to say that the opposing team did not choose to play the girl in the championship, simply knowing the Pius team would then be forced to forfeit? Id guess that is something that has crossed the minds of the poor kids from Pius that were denied the chance to play for the championship they had earned a crack at.
|3 years 1 week ago||Well, to turn this on its||
Well, to turn this on its head, perhaps the school that forfeited would have a complaint. After all, they made their views known well before this girl was allowed to play.
They stuck by their rules, and no, the girl's team wins a championship by forfeit, just having her on their team, meaning they deliberately chose to deny the school with the "archaic" views a chance to play for the title.....
Not a reflection of my views, but I can see the argument. Somehow, given the context, I don't really want to call it devil's advocate.
|3 years 1 week ago||Well, to hit on the points of||
Well, to hit on the points of Bama's weak schedule, IIRC, they played something like 2 top 80 offenses last year, didn't they? Im sure I heard about that during the run up to the borefest that was the national title game.
When Big Ten defenses scored out well, it was because the offenses in the conference were awful, but when Bama scored out well (in metrics), it was because they were dominant?
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Whatever is easiest to||
Whatever is easiest to remember, the fact remains, we could go through another decade like this, and still be ahead of Ohio in the series. Restoring dominance implies being ahead.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||methinks they sold their||
methinks they sold their soul if they gave up control of their own branding.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Guiness, along with grilled||
Guiness, along with grilled pork chops, asparagus, mushrooms, and romaine lettuce. Love the lettuce on the grill.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||That's is just disappointing.||
That's is just disappointing. Sparty or not, you have to be at a really low point to do something like that. Maybe its a product of playing for golden state.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||I can't imagine any Toledo||
I can't imagine any Toledo fan thinks their coach would NOT bolt for a B1G gig if they came calling. Its a reality of being a fan of a place like that.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||Is this a reference to||
Is this a reference to something like a movie? I really don't get it.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||Huh? Really? You break one of||
Huh? Really? You break one of the bigger scandals in recent memory, and the NCAA makes it EASIER for you to move on? How is this right?
Is this really normal, and we just don't hear about it regularly? Is this happening at other schools as we speak, and it's only being reported because it's Ohio?
|3 years 24 weeks ago||So, why is it great defense,||
So, why is it great defense, when SEC offenses are down, but lousy offense when big ten defenses look good statistically?
|3 years 24 weeks ago||Well, they're also down||
Well, they're also down something like 4-5 starters and 2-3 backups on d, as well. Do that to the ravens and they'll be struggling.
The undisciplined idiocy is just adding to that.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||He's just lucky he isn't a||
He's just lucky he isn't a south american soccer player. They tend to shoot people for plays that dumb down there.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||and there it is. Sparty||
and there it is.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||really great effort, but a||
really great effort, but a good call there. Where was that call when we were looking for it?
|3 years 24 weeks ago||These guys are genuinely||
These guys are genuinely excited to be doing this game. Im glad to see and hear their enthusiasm. After weeks of Spielman crushing my fun watching UM games with his hate of our team and undying praise for all things buckeye.
That said, does anyone else feel Wisconsin did that last drive through sheer player grit, despite the work of their coaches?
That drive reminded me of UTL, when Denard was throwing prayers, and the good guys kept coming down with them.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||What would it take for us to||
What would it take for us to draw K state or WVU? As I posted before, I really don't want to take on a top 5 team yet. We're better, but Im tired of seeing a 10-15 ranked UM team getting splattered in de-facto road games in bowls against top 5 teams.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||Until this game, I didn't||
Until this game, I didn't think MSU could hang with the ducks. However, I think this team would have flipped the score in their bowl game last year. They are absolutely wicked.
Once they got their heads out of their asses after spotting them badgers 21, they have been awfully impressive.
As I type, of course, they're forgetting about that defense thing again.....
|3 years 24 weeks ago||In another year or 2, then||
In another year or 2, then let us take on the #2 team in the country in a bowl. For now, why the hell can't we draw the big least champ, or someone a little easier?
Im really damn tired of drawing matchups like USC in california, SEC teams in the florida, etc, where its a road game for us, essentially a home game for them. If they're such beasts every bowl season, I say, let's play Arkansas at Kinnick stadium or soldier field, and see how that goes.
But I'm just bitter.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||Do you think they'd still||
Do you think they'd still beat us today, if we played again in the dome in Indy? I don't. I think it's a bit more like Clemson and VaTech. Not the same teams now as they were when they played earlier in the year.