in re: is GRIII on a tear
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|3 years 29 weeks ago||This is precisely why I did not want conference expansion||
Because expansion almost inevitably diminishes Ohio State and Michigan to the benefit of Iowa/Wisconsin/Penn State and the others with a dreamer's shot at a BSC bid. Michigan and Ohio State built this league. I suppose I understand the politics behind the evolve/expand or die mentality, but the Pyrrhic victory of strengthening the conference through diminishing the rivalry is a bitter pill to swallow.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Agree, this guy is exactly like Beanie||
Except he's shorter, slower, lighter, and a 3 star / #76 rated prospect in Texas versus 5 star / # 3 prospect nationally. But other than that, yeahhh.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Perhaps the greatest compliment to the Tressel era...||
is that Ohio State wasn't on the receiving end of any of the MGoBlog top Michigan plays of the decade.
|4 years 16 weeks ago||I wasn't trying to make an excuse...||
just pointing out that the most recent victories by MIchigan against a large win differential occurred during the tenture of 2-10-1 Cooper, he the master of the ultimate choke-job. Say what you want about Tressel's uber-conservative coaching philosophy, but the guy understands The Game and gets his players ready for the fight. I don't think you catch this team unawares, and although I see a fiery Michigan team hanging around for a few quarters, the talent discrepancy here will catch up with the teams by the end of the game (as was the case last year).
|4 years 16 weeks ago||I would submit...||
...that John Cooper coached the 1993, 1995, and 1996 teams. Enough said.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||No, I'm saying if you care||
No, I'm saying if you care about the argument then details matter. It's easy to say HURR HURR HURR OSU GETS !1 BEATDOWN!1!! by pointing to 2007 Florida or 2008 USC, but when you examine the losses--a 3 point loss to a USC team that despite its epic fail in Seattle remains a top 5 team with Taylor Mays and Barkley in the line-up, a 3 point loss to a 2008 Texas team that probably should have played for the national title, and a respectable loss to 2008 PSU that happened because an overeager freshman QB eschewed a first down for a chance at a 60 yard touchdown run and fumbled in the process--you see that OSU is progressing, not regressing.
You are the equivalent of a Buckeye fan that points to the 2008 beatdown of Michigan, 42-7, and says LOL MICHIGEN SUCKS AND CANT HANG WIT BUCKS!1! EVER!!#! when in reality Michigan gave a reasonably good effort in 2007, narrowly lost in 2006, and inexplicably lost in 2005 in a comeback that no one but Troy Smith saw coming.
Not every loss is created equal and careful analysis demands better than lumping them all in together.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||I hear an echo||
"Of course, the 2008 USC and Florida games are rightfully termed as smack downs, and the LSU game to a lesser extent."
|4 years 24 weeks ago||Fair points are made...||
...but I think you overreach when you say "only to be smacked down when the big guys from elsewhere roll into town." Smack down is a little much. If you're speaking literally about rolling into Columbus, no top team has manhandled Ohio State in the horseshoe during the entire Tressel era--USC won by 3 in 2009, Texas by 3 in 2005. If you are speaking about the recent string of top team losses, the last three have all been extremely close contests--USC in 2009 (3 points), Texas at the Fiesta Bowl (3 points), and PSU in the Shoe (7 points). Of course, the 2008 USC and Florida games are rightfully termed as smack downs, and the LSU game to a lesser extent.