I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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|6 hours 50 min ago||Yzerman is one of the players||
Yzerman is one of the players I tell my kids about. A great scorer (only Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky have ever scored more points in a season, albeit each multiple times) who became a great leader.
|5 days 15 hours ago||Better get your tickets now.||
Better get your tickets now. Minnie fans will snatch up championship game tix if the Gophs are in it.
|5 days 16 hours ago||It may be a weird and||
It may be a weird and somewhat frustrating mid-season for Michigan if trends continue. Coming into the season the question was, "Can they put things together and make the tournament?" Now, riding a blazing-hot start against a brutally challenging schedule, we ease out of football season and find ourselves in position to claim a #1 seed. So the question now is, "is this team good enough to win it all?"
|1 week 2 days ago||Good for Chad. I like seeing||
Good for Chad. I like seeing him succeed. Realistically, though, Henne's best chance for a good NFL career going forward is as a backup. Earning the starting job in what is being called "the worst QB situation in the League" is not exactly a ringing endorsement, and Henne has actually had some skill player weapons to work with.
And there's no shame in that. A good backup quarterback is a guy who has starting experience and is good enough to come in for an injured starter and win a game or two to keep a team in playoff contention. If Henne can do that (and, by his quotes, it sounds like he would enjoy the opportunity to be that kind of backup in J'Ville, which is a cinch to draft a new starter) he can build a good financial future, win a couple of football games, and stay in the NFL.
|1 week 2 days ago||Yep. I get to follow the||
Yep. I get to follow the Vikings up close here in Duluth (this year, as a Lions fan, it has been delicious) and there is no question that their QB situation has been an anchor on the entire franchise, one that will probably cost Les Frazier his job. They reached to pick Ponder and it cost them three years of mediocrity. They threw $3 million at Freeman this year, just to take a shot, and the result has been zilch.
They will not do well without a strong quarterback.
|1 week 2 days ago||The subjective "best game I||
The subjective "best game I experienced" is an entirely different argument, in my view. Objectively judging "best games" involves criteria that is quite different from our experience as fans.
When you say "favorite game," there is an accomodation for the excitement of the game, quality of play, and stakes involved, but there is also a much more visceral emotional component.
1997 OSU was, for anyone who was there, a mountain-peak event that was as amazing as any sports experience we could hope to witness. A titanic clash between two great teams. Incredible athletes all over the field, huge hits, big plays...
But aesthetically, it was quite an ugly football game. I mean, c'mon, Stanley Jackson threw a pick-six RIGHT TO Andre Weathers. Michigan had no offense. And Andy Katzenmoyer's attempt at a conversion runback was embarrassing for everybody.
And nobody cares. Because Woodson was incredible and the noise was incredible and Michigan was #1 and we were going to the Rose Bowl. Objectively, it was hideous. Subjectively, it was the greatest thing I've ever seen.
|1 week 2 days ago||I think more in terms of a||
I think more in terms of a full day of sports.
The Michigan-Ohio State game was a classic, an all-time great game in the history of the Rivalry. It was excellent from beginning to end, and the stakes were quite high for one team.
But it's hard to put it on a list of all-time great games. I think it might be on a five-deep list of "best games of this season," but that's as far as it goes. The upshot was that it was a good enough game that outsiders like Peter King were awed by it, and that the sting is reduced because it was a privilege to watch my favorite team participate in it.
I suspect the reduced "feel" of the Iron Bowl is probably due to our emotional emptiness after the Game that ended just as the other began. The fact is, the stakes were incredibly high. Auburn has an outside national title shot, and Alabama is working on all-time dynasty status (the '02 and '05 title games you list are on my short list of all-time best games as well; part of the reason is that Miami and USC respectively were pushing for all-time dynasty status themselves--Miami, people forget, had a legit shot at Oklahoma's consecutive win streak). The rivalry was already great, one of the three best in college football. There were great players involved. And, frankly, the game lived up even before the finish.
It's not like it was defense-free, and it's not like it was offense-free either. Bama and Auburn traded haymakers in all three areas of the game. Alabama's 99-yard touchdown pass was a play of the year candidate, and it got outclassed TWICE in the same game.
And the ending... I'm a bit of a historical purist when it comes to college football. I resist and resent whatever "this is the best ever" flavor of the year comes by. But that was the best ending in the history of football. Maybe sports, period.
There's no shame in a great UM-OSU game being second to that.
But that brings us back to the "day of football." Because we were a part of a very, very special afternoon of sports. And it ranks right up there with the incredible moments of October 15, 2005. That was the day of the Bush Push (a remarkable, astonishing football game with its own epic ending) but it was so much more. At almost the same moment Leinart was tumbling into the end zone, Henne was drilling Mario Manningham to beat Penn State--one team's national title dreams preserved, the other dashed, all in the space of minutes. Less remembered but not less remarkable, Wisconsin beat Minnesota on an astonishing blocked punt in Minneapolis, and an emerging West Virginia team played an OT classic with Louisville.
It was a day for the ages; in my lifetime, the best college football has ever had, in perhaps its best ever season (that day, a classic Heisman race between two exceptional athletes, finishing with the greatest game ever played in the Rose Bowl).
Yesterday was the only day that comes close. A day where winners and losers alike can step back, watch, and appreciate that they follow this incredible game.
|1 week 3 days ago||Eh. I'm not mad. Days like||
Eh. I'm not mad.
|1 week 4 days ago||I BELIEVE IN ANDREW COPP||
I BELIEVE IN ANDREW COPP
|1 week 6 days ago||When I get irritated at angry||
When I get irritated at angry fans, it is usually because they express an unhealthy sense of entitlement regarding the PERFORMANCE of the team. That somehow they have been personally insulted by what has happened on the field/court/ice.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||Are you kidding? The Michigan||
Are you kidding? The Michigan brand isn't even solid in Ann Arbor right now.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||And Saskatchewan will take||
And Saskatchewan will take it. Nice for a fanbase that really, really cares about the team.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Two division teams play each||
Two division teams play each other, two other teams play against non-playoff contenders.
So the divisional game ends in a tie and the other two lose. The worst day for any division ever? Certainly the most NFC North game ever.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Florida has two recent||
Florida has two recent national titles, including a humiliation of our arch-rival. They'll bounce back.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||By that logic, Michigan||
By that logic, Michigan fields roughly ten such players on every down.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I think Gardner suffers from||
I think Gardner suffers from poor QB coaching and a complicated, new-plays-every-week scheme that makes it hard to get proficient at staple stuff. He has shown growth in many areas this year, yet he always has more to learn as the gameplan is torn up and re-invented every week and he is pounded by the rampaging defenses that his OL can't block.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Not sure how you think that||
Not sure how you think that Al Borges will do a better job coaching Morris than Gardner. Or do you think Borges is a really good coach at heart?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Of course it has the tools.||
Of course it has the tools. Funchess has emerged as a dangerous receiver (credit the coaches for moving him!) and Gallon is much better than we could expect given his tools. We have a 5-star RB and an experienced senior RB who has proven to be capable of rushing for 1000 yards. We have two future NFL tackles, one of whom could be starting in the NFL right now if he wanted. We have young but quite talented interior linemen. And our quarterback has great physical tools, good intelligence and work ethic (nobody graduates in three years by accident) and has proven his ability to be brilliant when properly equipped.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I flipped after Nebraska,||
I flipped after Nebraska, actually. I see the problems a bit differently than others, and I think a lot of people waaaay oversimplify things and try to deal in the reality that the actual decision-makers deal with, but Michigan's production against average B1G opponents is inexcusable regardless of the actual cause.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||The offense stinks. It's not||
The offense stinks.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Why not? In cold weather with||
Why not? In cold weather with receivers that couldn't catch, Michigan needed to be able to run the ball.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Numbers don't lie. Michigan's||
Numbers don't lie. Michigan's offense has the tools to be good; it is not. There are a variety of factors that contribute to this, and lots of debate regarding why this is the case.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, Gallon has never made a||
Yeah, Gallon has never made a big catch like that.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Winston-Salem was involved in||
Winston-Salem was involved in the most controversial D-2 event of the year, the cancelled conference championship game last week which resulted from (I believe I remember this right) their QB being violently assaulted by players from the other team at a pre-game meal.
Good to see Slippery Rock in the playoffs. My local team, UMD, has made the playoffs yet again and get a home game, which I will probably brave the 20 degree high temp to attend. They are in the "region of death."
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah. I was worried about the||
Yeah. I was worried about the staff losing the team--the losses on the field are bad enough, but real program chaos is the sort of thing that #2 overall recruits decommit over, and stuff.
And while the world thinks OSU will roll all over us, I still have hope. Because the actual players are pretty good--if Michigan can catch lightning in a bottle, they can win.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||You know how sometimes the||
You know how sometimes the score doesn't tell the whole story?
This game is the definition of the principle. The picture in the dictionary, etc.
At this point, with no real goals left, disaster around every turn, and the spirit beaten out of the fanbase, this win... was a very pleasant surprise. Michigan tried to give the game away perhaps a dozen times, but somehow managed to pull it off. The upside was that, after that field goal, everything I saw was fun again.
This might be our last win this season. It's nice to get. That field goal was the stuff of legend.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Don't worry, Falk washed out||
Don't worry, Falk washed out the blood spatters after both the MSU and Nebraska games.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I had hope for M The dawn of||
I had hope for M
|3 weeks 5 days ago||It's not just the history or||
It's not just the history or the losses. It's the way the team looks-the problems with player development, the real chance of significant staff changes. Suddenly, this is not a team on the rise.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Confirmed: this year's||
Confirmed: this year's struggles do matter. He talked about having a chance to win a national championship. After UTL II, it looked like we were close; now it looks a long way away.