|11 weeks 5 days ago||The most staggering record||
The Brady/Belichek records are amazing, won't be broken for a long time/ever, etc. But wrap your head around the fact that the single-game receptions record is held by ... a Wisconsin running back.
|17 weeks 13 hours ago||Obvious thing is obvious||
For most of the past two-plus decades, the RB coach (and, presumably, primary talent-evaluator/recruiter) was apparently not very good at his job. Hate to say this because he seems like a great guy, but results-based charting . . .
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Your acronym is fine||
i mean, it worked for KC Lopata.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||USC||
Beat Colorado at home and Washington on the road.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Based on the past two years||
The rules specifically say Minnesota defenders are allowed to target our QB's chin.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Sample comment||
from the same "two years from now" thread posted on 10/3/13: "Despite first team All-American Joe Bolden, the defense will suck due to a huge hole at NT and no lock-down corner. But the offense, led by co-Heisman favorites Shane Morris and Derrick Green, will keep us in most games."
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Depends||
On where you're going to be. "Dallas" is a huge place, and folks use it to describe a lot of different areas. But in general, you should try:
Hard 8 BBQ in Coppell. Not as good as Austin joints, but best in DFW IMHO. Note -- proclaiming a "best BBQ" anywhere (either side of Mason-Dixon) is inviting open warfare and negs, but that's the best I've had in DFW. The onion rings are ethereal.
Bob's Steak House -- if you're on expense account, there's one in Dallas (Highland Park area) and one in Grapevine, there's lot's of great steakhouses but Bob's is best in my book.
Ojeda's Mexican on Maple -- great Tex-Mex at a family-owned joint. Javier's in Highland Park is also great.
Motor and Maple Burger -- great burgers, also try Twisted Root in Deep Ellum.
Flying Fish in Preston Hollow -- love this place although it's basically a bunch of fried food; kids love the ambience and photos on the walls.
There's a billion other places, but again, depends on where you're going to be. If you're a foodie, there's a lot worse places than DFW to be.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||For many years||
I've silently admired your mod guidance and advice. On this point, unfortunately, the student cannot teach the master. I'm familiar with the difference between "Oh, Oh, Oh" and "Oy, Oy, Oy."
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Actually||
In 5 years I suspect it will be more true.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Fine, fine||
so I'm not going to get an answer to my question. I'm also seeing fog at Sun Devil Stadium, so obviously either 1) my TV has gone tits up or 2) I've seen far too many Draft Kings/Fan Duel/High voice Peyton Manning commercials today. Or it's the vodka. Yeah, it's probably the vodka.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||That's not it||
Appreciate the suggestion, but already thought of that, and that's not it. Every other channel, every commercial, everything is in English but the play-by-play on that game. Is this happening anywhere else?
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Another #source||
Steve's a friend and former neighbor of mine. I played cards with him the night before the OSU game that year; while he was disappointed with the just-completed season, he was fired up about his upcoming recruiting trips and it's safe to say "resignation" couldn't have been farther from his mind.
4 days later, his resignation was announced via boilerplate press release. As anyone who's read Endzone knows, it wasn't really a resignation, just like the many other coaches let go by Brandon.
In talking with him afterwards, he really had no idea why he was let go. He'd asked for a raise after the Final Four run (he didn't make anywhere close to the current coach's salary), and was rebuffed, and thought that might have been the beginning of the end for him. In retrospect, after reading Endzone, the reason is as obvious as it is stupefying: he was the face of Michigan soccer, and he wasn't one of Brandon's guys, so any success he had would never be attributable to Brandon.
As for why he quit coaching, the reason is simple: he loves Michigan, and wanted to raise his kids in Ann Arbor.
I don't know enough about soccer to know whether he was a great coach. I do know he combines a Harbaugh-esque love of Michigan with utmost integrity and competitive spirit. He should have been the guy who they named the stadium after following a 20-plus year career. Instead he goes down as just another example of Brandon's utter mismanagement.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Right there with ya||
Although, I was always partial to Elle myself. Could be that she was on the cover of the first swimsuit issue I ever got. I also think she'd look great in khakis and a turtleneck..
|2 years 18 weeks ago||hilarious||
cowherd just said chatsports is reporting harbaugh will announce he's taking the Michigan job on December 30.
It's the blind leading the stupid out there.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||I cannot attend||
due to living some 1200 miles from Ann Arbor. So take this request FWIW:
For anyone for whom attending would not be crippling from a financial or temporal standpoint,please do what you can to attend. Now is the time for the collective fanbase to put its money (and time) where its mouth has been for the last two months. Yes, the coaches still patrol the sidelines, but I can think of no better way to show that the invective was directed at the administration, not the players, than to pack Michigan Stadium tomorrow. Wear maize, get there early, watch the pre-game, sing the Victors at the top of your lungs, and be loud as hell.
I have to believe the players themselves would take some inspiration from seeing a nearly-full stadium (especially the student section) during pre-game. Whether that inspiration will be enough to counter the (in)effectiveness of the coaching staff is uncertain, but it's got to be better than a tent stake.
I also have a request for Mr. Hackett (who I'm certain has plenty of time to read the blog this afternoon): This strikes me as the perfect moment to kill the rawk music. Kill it dead. Do it tomorrow. I'm sure you've been attending Michigan games for decades, and you must know how much it changes the experience. If you do nothing else in your interim tenure, this act alone would stake your claim as one of the greatest ADs in history. (That last sentence is /s, but only slightly).
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Mike Jones||
|3 years 23 weeks ago||Hoke lip-reading||
Pretty sure the last thing he says is "GLANDA!!" followed by the universal "get the f*** off the field" gesture.
|5 years 42 weeks ago||not worth its own thread, but. . .||
BTN airing 1981 OSU- Stanford right now. Big tackle was just made by . . . Chris Cicero. I'll bet that kid turns out to be a bang-up lawyer and proud Bucks supporter when his playing days are done.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Other ADs||
Then there's Weidenbach Hall, and the Schembechler Building . . . and the Goss Halo (currently gathering dust in storage).
|6 years 16 weeks ago||Miles rumors||
At a holiday party in 2007, a gorup of 4 guys were discussing Miles. Each claimed to have an "inside source" that had revealed what it was Miles did to piss everyone off. Each of these guys is a Michigan alum living in AA with means to have access to/run in the same circles as UM higher-ups and/or AD personnel. Each had a completely different story as to what Miles did. The above-referenced rumor was one of them, but the others were completely unrelated. That particular rumor has certainly bounced around more than others over the years, but IMHO that is as attributable to that rumor's salaciousness as to its potential truthfulness.
I accepted at that point I would never know the real story. If Martin didn't reach out to Miles, there is a very limited group of people (Martin himself, perhaps Carr or MSC) who really know why. Unless you hear it direct from them, I wouldn't put any stock in it. Even if Brian or Bacon wrote a book about it, I'd take the info with a grain of salt unless it was backed with quotes from one or more of that small group, and the source(s) later stood by the quotes. And that ain't gonna happen.
|6 years 18 weeks ago||Meram||
Rumor has it his scalding finish to the season has him focused entirely on prepping for the MLS draft. Don't expect any further appearances in the winged helmet. Obviously, good for him, but a downer for those hoping he might be the answer to our kicking woes on Jan. 1 or beyond.
|6 years 22 weeks ago||Thanks for this thread||
I agree wholeheartedly. And it did have a significant impact on the game. First, the TD KO return was caused in large part by a low, short kick -- not sure if Hagerup would have done better, but he's been handling KOs the last few weeks for a reason. As soon as he caught the ball on the 15 without a coverage guy in sight, you knew it was trouble. The shanked punt had a big impact as well. All in all, it provided a nice teaching moment for my son (who I had "suspended" during our backyard football game yesterday for, let's just say, unsportsmanlike conduct).
One of the reasons I love Michigan (in addition to being a brainwashed lifelong fan and alum) is that we do things the right way. And it gives me confidence that our AD will make what I believe to be the right decision in retaining RR. In many places (cough, East Lansing, cough), a coach might have felt the need to bow to the UNACCEPTABLE crowd in order to keep his job, or at the very least felt that his AD wouldn't care about the shoddy discipline so long as the product on the field was good. At Michigan, it's the opposite -- I believe the coach knows that letting a player play despite the rules violation would be a bigger black mark in the AD's book than the blowout loss.
|6 years 22 weeks ago||Live sighting||
Actually saw young Lloyd in person at the soccer game yesterday. If was after the game, and he had that blissful smile on his face that I remember from earlier in the season. It was good to see it again.
|6 years 25 weeks ago||Dorrestein||
Watching this for the umpteenth time, I noticed something about Dorrestein that I didn't in any of the umpteen times I looked at the original picture pages or the non-captioned video. Dorrestein does not get "caught up in the wash" -- he affirmatively releases from the DE and turns toward the playside guys that are being pushed toward him (about 2:05). Almost like he was coached to do it. This struck me as odd, given that we've seen Omameh and Lewan repeatedly hopping on such donkeys and whipping them senseless. I never knew nothin' about OL play, but isn't the fix for this to simply continue pushing the guy in the general direction he wants to go, i.e., angled downfield? If Dorrestein had done so, the guy wouldn't have gotten to the play side either (a) as quickly or (b) only 7 yards downfield or (c) possibly not at all if Dorrestein had enough push and knocked him off his feet. Denard would've been well to the outside and presumably beyond his reach by that point.
|6 years 30 weeks ago||No||
The Black Knight had plenty of moxie, but he (quite literally) got gashed. I think we've got too many guys like that starting on D already.
BTW, I hate to be a spelling nazi, but it's Knight with a K. And as all French soldiers know, it's pronounced "ka-nig-it."
|6 years 31 weeks ago||The LB at the end||
Check how the LB at the end of the play shoots Lewan a glance as if to say, "Where the hell did that come from?"
|6 years 31 weeks ago||No, I don't know how to internet||
But I do know you can get jerseys at umsoccer.com
|6 years 32 weeks ago||#22's read||
Another difference (and the reason I don't think it would've mattered which slot was in on play 1) -- in play 1, he's immediately dropping into his deep half, which gives him the time and depth he needs to avoid the block and catch Denard on the angle. In play 2, he actually steps forward on the snap, so when he starts on his angle he gets caught up in the wash. I wonder if he got bitched out on play 1 for bailing so quick and thus being unable to catch Denard until 40 yards downfield, so when play 2 came up he's thinking, "Oh man, I gotta get upfield ASAP!"
Also, Te'o was blitzing on play 1, which meant that Omameh had to take him at the LOS, rather than getting on him five yards downfield and pushing him back.
|6 years 32 weeks ago||Great idea, but||
You mangled the lyric:
You don't tug on Superman's cape.
You don't spit into the wind.
You don't pull the mask off the ol' Lone Ranger
And you don't rush only 3 men!
|6 years 32 weeks ago||Also don't forget||
RR should get a +1 for hurdling Odoms' attempted OB cut block as he raced down the sideline -- although this might get cancelled out by a -1 on Odoms for missing the block . . .
|6 years 32 weeks ago||Kelly||
Interesting how he says he can't protect Crist more, and has to keep the zone read in the play call rotation, "because of the spread offense." I'm sure there's a segment of the domer population spouting off about how real coaches adapt their scheme to fit their personnel. Particularly since I'm fairly certain that Crist's injury happened on a zone read keeper (he got mashed in the right side of the head by (I think) Mouton at the end of the play). Hopefully, that segment is more powerful than the similar subset of Michigan fans, and Kelly gets run out of town before he gets a chance to get his own Denard coached up and on the field.
|6 years 32 weeks ago||The most amazing thing||
I'm thinking back on the last two games, and I don't remember a single pass in which I said, "Whew, we're lucky that wasn't picked off." Seems like his incompletions have either been drops, throwaways, or killing Roy Roundtree. I attribute it to the coaching -- they are either drawing up plays in which there is always a first or second read that cannot be doubled, or Denard is uber-prepared for these coverages through film work, or Denard has been drilled so thoroughly on ball security that he will always take off rather than try to force it in.
|6 years 32 weeks ago||Beautiful pic||
There's a lot of soul-dong-punching going on in that picture.
|6 years 32 weeks ago||Hate to be a spelling nazi||
But you misspelled "weakly."
|6 years 32 weeks ago||#16 running QB draw||
Anyone else get a kick out of seeing #16 running QB draws into wide open spaces in the '81 game? I expect a repeat this year.
|6 years 32 weeks ago||The amazing thing is . . .||
That quote is attributed to none other than George W. Bush. How the heck did he know about Tacopants before any of the rest of us did? I mean, I'm sure Cheney and Rove had know about Tacopants since the late seventies, and there's that photo of Rumsfield shaking hands with Tacopants in that grainy circa 1981, but I'm impressed that Bush was in on it, too.
|6 years 32 weeks ago||Disgusting||
I am so sick of coming to this board the Monday after a big win and what do we get? Another transfer!?! How many of these guys is RR going to run off before we're left with Denard, Molk, and 18 guys who aspire to be Kovacs? But then again, having re-read the original post, I see there's no link. What's your source, OP (or should I say, Melanie Collins)? Have you actually talked to Taco? I won't believe Taco's really gone until TomVH has gotten confirmation from Taco's dad (first name Nacho, I believe -- or is that our new OL recruit? Tough to keep it all straight).
|6 years 33 weeks ago||You said it||
Consider my Sparty bro-in-law. I couldn't watch the game live, so had my phone off for radio silence purposes. After I watched the game last night, I turned my phone back on. There's a text from the aforementioned SBIL, to the effect of "look at the Heisman candidate caving like a little girl at the first sign of adversity!!" I'm not sure what prompted the text -- it came in about 5 pm, and I didn't go back to try to figure out what play he was talking about. In all events, I happily replied, asking him if he cared to issue a retraction. To his credit, he acknowledged that he had a large helping of crow on his plate.
|6 years 33 weeks ago||John Thompson||
Came immediately to mind -- my 13-year-old still says he was sure I was going to throw him down the stands in excitement when Thompson scored. Same game also saw BG's big hit in the red zone. Also, Warren had the game-clinching pick against Indiana last year (how's that gum, Lynch?).
|6 years 33 weeks ago||Wonderful||
Thanks as always for the work. Two nitpicks -- in your substitution intro, you mention Mike Williams coming in. Perhaps you had the duck/juice thing on your brain, but don't you mean Mike Jones? Second, I think Obi deserved more credit on the fumble recovery -- he took on two blockers (allowing Floyd to be a free hitter), but still did not get knocked off his feet, which ultimately meant he was in position to make the recovery.
|6 years 33 weeks ago||Yeah, that's one of the main||
Yeah, that's one of the main reasons I'm having trouble believing the RABBLEGIBSONRABBLE talk going on.
|6 years 33 weeks ago||Love your work, but . . .||
Where do Shazor, Mundy, Johnny Sears, Chris Richards, etc. fit on your list?
I seriously do love your work, but this seems to be a "pattern" that has been occurring with some frequency even in the late Carr years. I'm not sure that hanging it all on Gibson makes sense.
If you're looking for the one constant in all this, it's pretty obvious -- this is all Fred Jackson's fault. (In case it's not obvious, that previous sentence is /s).
|6 years 33 weeks ago||I loved the quote.||
But I hated that the SI article referred to him as a "journeyman." He's played 3 seasons, all for the same team, and increased his catches, yards, and YPC each year. How is that a "journeyman"?
|6 years 34 weeks ago||Brady-Henson||
Anyone else remember watching the (I think) Syracuse game in (I think) 1999? Lloyd was doing his "alternate first two quarters then whoever played better plays the second half" deal (can you imagine if he had tried that with the mgocommunity on the job?), and the cameras showed Brady on the sideline as Henson directed the victory in the second half. Brady was scowling, and the announcer said, "That's the look of a quarterback who just lost his starting job."
Lessons: a) It is a TV show, and is made more watchable by injecting drama/controversy. b) those announcers will be in a different city next week, watching a different game, and no one (except some guy 10 years later on a blog) will remember their idle speculation. c) How'd that Brady kid turn out? Not saying that's what's in store for Tate, but he should note that perseverance can work in wonderful ways.
|6 years 34 weeks ago||It's simple||
I want OSU to be 11-0 every year heading into the Michigan game, to make that game as big as humanly possible. At the same time, every time I see them actually playing, I cannot help but root for the other team (with the possible exception of Sparty).
So to answer the OP's question, as I sit here right now I'm rooting for OSU. If I happen to turn on the game tonight, I'll be rooting for Marshall. After the game, I'll be grimly satisfied if OSU wins. I'll be positively giddy if they lose.
|6 years 34 weeks ago||I like the attempt at diplomacy.||
I'll always think of them as the Bo and Woody Divisions, but PSU and Nebraska really do deserve a nod as well. How about the Four Letter State Division and the 1997 National Champion(s) Division?
|6 years 34 weeks ago||I wholly support Pryor||
I wholly support Pryor talking to the media. I think he should hold a press conference on his views on society, crime and world peace every week. It would be even better if he had Maurice Clarett with him. And best of all would be if they held the press conference on the Red Neck Rocker's staircase, with the RNR himself moderating the discussion.
|6 years 34 weeks ago||Welcome to Michigan/Big Ten football||
Michigan has been a red-letter day for every B10 school since time immemorial. Perhaps it's my arrogance, but I believe that most teams get more pumped up about beating Michigan than OSU, even in years when we are down. Why? Most wins, biggest stadium, winged helmets, arrogant fans, brown jugs, whatever -- for most teams in most years, even a losing season can be deemed successful, and perhaps glorious, if you beat Michigan. So I'm not so worried about all of the new "rivalries." As the players have said about a zillion times on the CTK videos, "This is Michigan. There's always pressure to win."
Bring it on.
|6 years 34 weeks ago||Obi misspoke||
I think he meant to say that Roh is the Tim Tebrow of Michigan.
|6 years 34 weeks ago||Marve's story is an||
Marve's story is an interesting one. He requested a transfer after his freshman year, in which he split time with Jacory Harris. Perhaps he saw the writing on the wall that he wasn't going to beat out Harris, but whatever. Rumors had him going elsewhere in Florida or to the SEC (LSU in particular), then Miami said they would only grant him his LOI release if he didn't go to the SEC or another Florida school. Parents got involved, I believe legal action was threatened and/or initiated (might have just been the NCAA), and ultimately he was granted his release and transferred to Purdue.
Even more interesting, in the article linked in the mgolicious sidebar, Marve is one of the players mentioned by the now-imprisoned Miami booster as guys the booster was friends with. That same booster is peddling a tell-all book about NCAA violations involving more than 100 former Miami players. Given Joe Tiller's snake-oil comments, Danny Hope's douchebaggery following last year's game, and the triple revenge angle, I would LOVE for that book to feature some dirt on Marve, and would doubly love for advanced excerpts casting doubts on his eligibility to come out, say, November 8th.
|6 years 34 weeks ago||Wow||
Amazing that RR took 20 minutes out of fall camp (after two practices that day) to give a sit-down, film-study interview to a blogger (and not a terribly well-known blogger at that). Congrats to Mr. Filler for scoring the interview and then for actually asking insightful football-related questions. I did notice at the end he mentioned having "talked to Rita" about the gameday experience, so perhaps Filler is a family friend, but however he got the time, he absolutely nailed the interview. Great, great job.
And man, do I love RR's attitude. For those who feel that he seems more optimistic in his pressers this year, watch this interview for even more confirmation. RR clearly loves his job, loves Michigan, and is pumped up for this season. After all the BS he has been through, that is great to see.
|6 years 34 weeks ago||Is this argument necessary?||
Whether caup has inside knowledge or not doesn't really matter, does it? I think we can all agree that no one on the current roster should be wearing the #1, either because of The Team The Team The Team or because on- and/or off-field performance hasn't warranted it. If Stonum (or Roundtree, or Odoms, or someone else) has a breakout year, and The Team succeeds on the field, and RichRod still doesn't hand out the #1, then we can argue about whether he's (a) ruining a Michigan tradition or (b) a true disciple of Bo.
I think the best result would be Stonum going for over 1500 all-purpose yards, the team winning 9 games and going bowling in January, and The Team (perhaps during the Senior Class pre-camp dinner at Rich's house that I hope becomes a new and long-lasting tradition) requesting that the #1 be given out. It would also be nice if Braylon kept his mouth shut on the subject, but that's probably too much to ask.
|6 years 34 weeks ago||Marve||
Anyone else notice the list of players this guy claims to have been tight with included Marve? Given Tiller's "snake oil" comments, followed by Hope's total douchebaggedness following last year's game, I would *love* to see questions arise in mid-season about Marve's eligibility. In fact, it would be great if the story got hot around, say, November 8th.
|6 years 35 weeks ago||Ward v MSU||
I tutored Ward in English when I was a senior and he a frosh ('90-'91). Prior to the '91 two-game season-ending series at the Joe, he told me to keep my eyes peeled Friday night at the end of one of the periods (I believe it was the first) -- there was some sort of pre-game pact made between the two teams that they would have an all-out brawl at the end of the period, so they could take their suspensions in the second game which was meaningless from a conference standings perspective.
Sure enough, huge brawl ensued. Ward was right in the thick of it, and IIRC he received a triple-game misconduct -- more than any other player. When I asked him why the following week, he said a ref had grabbed him from behind in the midst of the melee, and Ward instinctively turned around, picked him up and threw him. Yeah, that'll do it.
Anyways, congrats to him on growing from that immature, somewhat goonish freshman into a guy with enough discipline and savvy to have a long, productive and rewarding NHL career. I believe he is the last athlete from my days at UM to have played professional sports, which makes me feel pretty frickin old.
|6 years 35 weeks ago||If we're really keeping with||
If we're really keeping with the times, it should be TheGame. Or perhaps theGame. Or perhaps the.game.
So many options, but I'll reiterate -- The Game refers to Harvard-Yale. Just because 98% of the county no longer cares about it doesn't mean that we can co-opt the name.
|6 years 35 weeks ago||The Game||
Not sure it's worth a thread, but I agree with the OP. It's always been the Ohio State game to me. I'm not sure when I first saw it referenced as The Game, but that moniker has certainly been given a boost by the real or perceived decimation of the rivalry. I don't like it, not because it's marketing or cheesy or whatever, but because the name is taken. The Game, for decades, has referred to Harvard-Yale. I always thought Cal-Stanford calling their rivalry The Big Game was a ripoff on Harvard-Yale. Calling Michigan-OSU The Game is more offensive than that -- it's outright plagerism.
|6 years 36 weeks ago||Well-stated, and a much||
Well-stated, and a much better argument than your OU-Nebraska analogy. As mentioned, I'm torn, but you've almost got me convinced. Unfortunately, I'm not Dave Brandon, Gene Smith or Jim Delaney, so I'm not sure that does you any good.
At the end of the day, I still believe that so long as the teams play each other every year, and neither team has an extended (and I'm talking much longer than our current swoon) fall from grace, the rivalry will be fine. After all, it's a matter of perspective -- as any Sparty knows, the UM-MSU game is the biggest game of the sporting world every year, and it's usually played in October with no B10 title implications. And the perspective of the average Michigan-OSU fan will not change regardless of when the game is played.
|6 years 36 weeks ago||"Besides, do you really want||
"Besides, do you really want to play us in a neutral-site, domed stadium in December? That would just be weird. "
Yes, that would be weird, but I'm having trouble getting over the notion of never ever ever having even the possibility of playing tOSU with the winner guaranteed a spot in the Rose Bowl/BCS Championship game. That would also be weird.
The bottom line is that no matter what happens, we'll never see a group of Michigan (or OSU) players walking off the field in Columbus or AA with roses in the mouths ever again. That's really weird.
|6 years 36 weeks ago||Umm, it's been a neutral site||
Umm, it's been a neutral site game played between two traditional powers with frequent impact on national (and, since 1995, conference) championships. It started in 1900, has been played more than 100 times, including every year since the 1930s. So saying they only became rivals when the Big 12 was created is flat wrong, and I'd like to hear what you consider "the paragon of college football rivalries" if this one isn't in the discussion.
Not trying to say it equals UM-OSU, but it's got to be in the Top 10 of college rivalries, and disparaging either its tradition or its stakes doesn't help whatever argument you're trying to make.
|6 years 36 weeks ago||FWIW, I thought it was||
FWIW, I thought it was hilarious. Although now I'm freaked out that an insider such as yourself is reporting that we will play in the Insight.com Bowl this year.
|6 years 36 weeks ago||Agreed. While I would hate||
Agreed. While I would hate to see the Michigan-OSU game moved from its traditional "Saturday before Thanksgiving, last regular season game for both schools" slot, it's overstating to say that moving it would result in an OU-Nebraska-ish "lessening" of the rivalry. Further, while OU-NU was usually the last game of the regular season for NU, they played conference games the week following in '78, '87, and '92, (i.e., pre-Big 12), and OU frequently played OSU the week after the NU game (up until '85 or so). And yet the rivalry flourished nonetheless, as did the OU-Texas rivalry, which was always played much earlier in the season.
Again, I would much prefer that Michigan play OSU on the last week of the season. But I can't say that trumps destroying the possibility that UM will ever play OSU for the B10 title/slot in the BCS Championship game (i.e., put them in the same division), and I get that the TV types want to avoid the possible "next week rematch" game. Heck, I'm not even sure I would want that -- imagine trying to follow up some of those Cooper-era upsets with another game the next week against the same team.
So I'm torn. But I do not think this is Football Armageddon, nor do I think that this will destroy the rivalry. Quite frankly, the only thing that will destroy this rivalry will be if one team or the other ceases to be an elite team over an extended period of time. So long as tOSU continues to be what it has been during the Tressel era, and UM gets back to its rightful place in the football hierarchy, the rivalry will be fine.
|6 years 36 weeks ago||This jumped out at me, too.||
This jumped out at me, too. Had the ball inside the 10 to possibly pull within a FG with 5 minutes left. Not all that different from 2006, and infinitely better than 2007, which had the same 11-point margin of victory (or would that be margin of defeat?). Anyone who watched the 2007 and 2009 games (which, I presume, is everyone here) knows that we were much more competitive in the 2009 game.
|6 years 36 weeks ago||Took me a moment, but well||
Took me a moment, but well played. Creepy, but well played.
|6 years 36 weeks ago||Wow -- great and optimistic||
Wow -- great and optimistic analogy. Just spent a few minutes combing through The Wolverine preview issue from 2004. The projected depth chart at that time listed only one of the soon-to-be Holy Triumvirate on the two-deep, and that was Long as an "or" (with Ruben Riley) at RT. QB was projected as Gutz or Clayton Richard, and TB was David Underwood or Tim Bracken or Jerome Jackson.
Of course, we know now that Long locked down the tackle spot by Game 3 (so thoroughly that Riley switched to the inside), Henne stepped up when Gutz went down (making Richard realize his future was throwing baseballs, not footballs), and some lightly-regarded diminutive true frosh from upstate NY opened some eyes in Games 3 & 4 and by Game 5 had become a four-year lock starting/non-fumbling/blitz-crushing blocking/yards-after-contact-gaining running back.
Granted, we also had guys named "Watson" and "Woodley" on the d-line, and "Jackson," "Shazor," "Mundy" and "Hall" in the secondary, and "Edwards," "Avant" and "Breaston" at WR. But the point is, we've been here before, and seen true and redshirt freshman play a significant role in leading us to the promised land. Back then, that meant a B10 Championship and Rose Bowl bid. Now, it's 8-4, or 7-5, or something like that. It can happen. It has happened. And I'm enough of a Kool-Aid drinker to say that it will happen again this year.
|6 years 36 weeks ago||Tony Anderson is a walk-on||
Tony Anderson is a walk-on from Redondo Beach. I actually sat next to him on his flight from LA just prior to the start of fall camp in 2008 (we started talking because I was wearing the M hat). Great kid, well-spoken, was incredibly excited about RichRod and convinced he would see the field soon. I've noticed him a couple of times since on special teams, but never at corner.
|6 years 37 weeks ago||Domers||
First game I clearly remember having my heart broken was listening to Bob Ufer call the Harry Oliver FG (Ufer (paraphrasing): "And the wind just died! The wind just stopped blowing!"). Believe it was '79, but could have been '80.
Then I had the privilege of being a student from '87-'90. Every year they had a player who went nuts. Those games will forever be known to me, in order, as the Tim Brown game, the Reggie Ho game, the Rocket Ismail game, and the Rick Mirer game.
The other times I remember walking out of the Stadium in stunned silence have already been mentioned -- Ricky Foggie, Carlos Huerta, Gary Russell, Troy Smith/Anthony Gonzalez. I wasn't at The Horror or the Colorado game, and the Oregon game wasn't heartbreaking so much as a three-hour dong punch.
|6 years 40 weeks ago||Jarrod Bunch||
If memory serves, Jarrod Bunch was minus one big toe due to a lawnmower accident in his youth.
|6 years 40 weeks ago||Whoa, I pity you||
I'm also a member of three bars, but was able to waive into the second and third. Three exams must have been a grind.
|6 years 40 weeks ago||Wear your lucky Michigan sweatshirt||
I wore mine for every law school exam and the Cal. bar as well. Worked like a charm. Note that it is OK to remove the lucky Michigan sweatshirt after entering the room (a room full of hundreds (maybe thousands?) of nervous people in San Jose in July can get warm, even with AC), but you will be fine so long as you both enter and exit the room wearing the lucky Michigan sweatshirt.
|6 years 47 weeks ago||Apparently||
Brad Labadie is now in charge of filling out N. Korea's roster form.
|6 years 48 weeks ago||Interesting, thanks.||
Can you (or Jamiemac) comment on "how" a source comes to be "unnamed"? I imagine in your situation, where you have repeat sources who know they can trust you not to out them, they may specifically request it. But Rosenberg's "unnameds" were likely not nearly so sophisticated in dealing with the media, which leads me to believe that Rosenberg was the one who suggested going the "unnamed" route. Do you think he first tried to get on on-the-record attributable comment, and resorted to the "unnamed" when he struck out time and time again? Or do you think he called and said, "Hey, I won't use your name, but can you tell me how many hours a week you spend on football?" If the latter, how does that square with traditional journalism ethics? Thanks again for the informative post.
|6 years 48 weeks ago||FJM/Hat Guy||
Wholly agree. Bless you, Brian, for the hat tip (pun intended) to a group that made it their passion to call out bad sports journalism/broadcasting. In my lifetime, I've followed just two blogs on a daily basis -- this one and FJM. I really miss those guys as well.
As for Hat Guy, if you read his RichRod article, after gagging and cursing you will note that he managed to slip in a food metaphor. Ken Tremendous would be proud.
|6 years 48 weeks ago||Where does media day fall on this timeline?||
IIRC, media day (when Rosenberg ambushed the freshmen into out-of-context "confirmation" of the violations) was early August. Which would suggest that the memo was leaked promptly. And no, to respond to your point in the other thread, I'm not suggesting any of the CSO or FB admins did the leaking.
|6 years 48 weeks ago||Genesis of Freep report?||
I had the same reaction as Brian when I read through the documents. But one other possibility leapt to mind, given the fact that the Freep story/NCAA allegations tied so closely to the CARA reports/job descriptions that CSO was unable to obtain -- how likely is it that someone within the dept tipped Rosenberg off to these issues? Perhaps I'm seeing a conspiracy where none exists, but it seems more than a coincidence that football admin was so obviously falling down on this particular job, and Rosenberg just happened during the same time period to launch an investigation into the seemingly trivial topics of excessive practice time/involvement of QC staff in "coaching" activities.