Big Ten's Best Linebackers: 2000s

Big Ten's Best Linebackers: 2000s

Submitted by WolvinLA2 on October 14th, 2011 at 3:31 PM

They just showed the Big Ten's best linebackers of the 2000s on BTN, maybe not for the first time, so I'm sorry if you all knew this. 

The Big Ten has had some great linebackers in the last decade, so it was a pretty good episode.  The two things that irked me the most:

No M players.  I didn't expect to see Obi Ezeh or John Thompson on there, but leaving David Harris off that list is a major error in my opinion. 

Greg Jones is #3.  Seriously.  He's above Dan Connor, AJ Hawk, Sean Lee, Chad Greenway, etc.  I was dumbfounded. 

The thing that made me happy is that I think we have a good shot at having a handful of guys on that list for the teens.

The list, from memory:

Paul Puzluzny (sp)
James Laurinitis
Greg Jones(!?)
Dan Connor
AJ Hawk
Chad Greenway
J Leman
Sean Lee
Barrett Ruud (Nebraska, pre-Big Ten)
McGaricle ?? - some guy from Northwestern I had never heard of.

Has Michigan won against MSU in a controversy?

Has Michigan won against MSU in a controversy?

Submitted by IronDMK on October 14th, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Michigan faithful, I know there have been a few games in which Michigan has lost to msu and there is some controversy in some of those games.  Granted, sometimes UM just got beat... but we can all think of a number of games that were lost with the help of some questionable actions of the referees/time keepers/etc.

My question is this: Has Michigan ever won a game in the same manner?  I cannot think of a single instance and it's not because I'm a homer.  I can't think of a single instance where this is the case.  Was there a call/no call in any game that DIRECTLY led to the game ending in our favor (not a woulda-coulda-shoulda situation).

That said, I would actually relish such a victory for the good guys.  Walk a mile in those shoes sort of thing.  Granted, I'd much rather celebrate an old fashioned kick-yo-ass victory.

How neurotic are you watching the game?

How neurotic are you watching the game?

Submitted by karpodiem on October 14th, 2011 at 12:57 PM


I'll start - you could probably generate a laundry list of diagnoses if you are familiar with the DSM IV. I cannot watch games with people who are not at least familiar with mgoblog. They just don't understand, man.

Ralphie explained it best in The Christmas Story - "In the heat of battle my father wove a tapestry of obscenities that as far as we know is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan. "

Surprise play by who tomorrow?

Surprise play by who tomorrow?

Submitted by myantoniobass … on October 14th, 2011 at 12:43 PM

This thread is predicting who will make an unexpected big play for us tomorrow?  Odoms at WR?  Cam Gordon if he's back?  Devin Gardner?

I'll go with Martavious Odoms with a big TD catch tomorrow.  He's been injured, and the three WRs in front of him have looked good.  Brian noted in the UFR his presence tips run.  But we tipped run the first few games with Jeremy Jackson at WR and whenever Denard audibles by hitting his helmet.  

I forsee #9 pulling in a big TD catch.  The senior has healed up and looked quick on those kick returns.

Which of our non-starters to date do you see making a big play tomorrow?

Favorite wins over Sparty

Favorite wins over Sparty

Submitted by WolverineHistorian on October 14th, 2011 at 11:36 AM

First the favorite Spartan thread.  Then the 10 year anniversary Spartan Bob thread.  Then the most gut-wrenching loss to Sparty thread. 

Look folks, Bo was right when he said it's easier to remember the losses than the wins but I think we're overdue for a favorite wins over Sparty thread.  We've got so much more to choose from with wins than losses.  So please post them here...please.   

Prediction-Option Worthy

Prediction-Option Worthy

Submitted by Ziff72 on October 14th, 2011 at 11:01 AM

After watching Brian's Duck video link and thinking about the game on Saturday, I think I have the wrinkle Gorgeous Al is going to drop on the Spartans.   I think we are going to midline Worthy.   Worthy wants to jump the snap and cause pain well let's just let him.   I think we use his aggressiveness and lack of football smarts against him and have Denard read him.  

This allows the Oline to get out on the talented but inexperienced LB's and block them(our strength) and solves the problem of our guards trying to handle the monster Worthy(our weakness).   This will tire Worthy and make him more hesitant to bust thru the line slowing his pass rush.

Once the Spartans adjust it will allow the other plays to work better.

There you go.   I'm still nervous we wasted our best wrinkles against Minnesota like we have in years past, but I have seen nothing so far from Borges that I am not optimistic he has something great planned.    Look for the Midline option on Saturday as my guess at one of our tweaks.

As the great Bart Scott said once.....CAN'T WAIT!!



Your vote for the most gut-wrenching loss to Sparty

Your vote for the most gut-wrenching loss to Sparty

Submitted by mGrowOld on October 14th, 2011 at 10:27 AM

I know all too well we've lost the last three games to these guys but in my lifetime there were three nut-crunching losses to MSU that are stuck in my memory like the first fat chick you hooked up in the dorms when you were too drunk to notice but not drunk enough to forget what she looked like (more on that some other time).

1978 - MSU 24 - Michigan 15

The only conference loss for one of Bo's truly great teams.  Senior QB Ricky Leach's only loss to MSU derailed Blue's march to a possible National Championship season as Kirk Gibson goes off (yes he played football too) and almost single-handedly defeats Michigan.  The term "Arrogant Asses" is born.

1990 - MSU 28 - Michigan 27

#1 ranked Michigan makes a furious comeback and has a chance to steal the win (MSU outplayed us that day by a LOT) only to have the game end on the mother of all controversial "no calls" in college football history.   Little known fact - the ref who ate his flag that day in the end zone was the high school coach the year before of the MSU defender who DIDN'T interfere with Desmond on the two point conversation attempt.

2001 - MSU 26 - Michigan 24

Spartan Bob....multiple drive extending defensive penalties against Michigan and.another insanely obvious no-call on the last play of the game leads MSU to two point victory that literally changed the rules of college football.

And besides the obvious answer "all of them" which one is yours?

Spartan Bob - 10 Year Anniversary

Spartan Bob - 10 Year Anniversary

Submitted by Everyone Murders on October 14th, 2011 at 9:26 AM

The perspicuous readers of this blog may note that the Clockgate game was actually on November 3, 2001, so the term "anniversary" may be technically incorrect.  But since MSU is on tap this weekend it seems like a fair time to discuss the Spartan Bob / Clockgate game.  In my opinion, Spartan Bob (Bob Stehlin) epitomized the noxious element of the Spartan fanbase.  They won the game (Smoker to Duckett pass), and therefore any mention of the fact that one of their officials apparently purposely cheated to give the Spartans an extra play was dismissed as "whining".  Michigan was ranked 6th in the polls at the time.

Making matters worse, Brent Musberger was calling the game.  (If you're a fan of Musberger, I apologize to you.  And I am frankly surprised that Musberger's mother reads this blog.) 

I can't think of a bigger douchebag Spartan than an adult who was proud of cheating on behalf of his team, ultimately driving a change in the "who can be a timekeeper" rule.  Hopefully Spartan Bob's not wearing that shit-eating grin after the game Saturday:

Bob Stehlin, known as "Spartan Bob," now lives in Ludlow, Mass., near his sister, who he just met for the first time in 2009. Stehlin became embroiled in controversy in the 2001 MSU-U-M game when as timekeeper he left a second on the clock before MSU's winning play.


For anybody who held grudging respect for Captain Kirk (Freep Warning)

For anybody who held grudging respect for Captain Kirk (Freep Warning)

Submitted by Maximinus Thrax on October 14th, 2011 at 7:02 AM

These quotes so perfectly encapsulate the Sparty mindset and their inability to accept their position as the number 2 team in Michigan (at least from the perspective of the local and national buzz they create) that they almost seem fake.  It's the Freep, so maybe they are.  Nonetheless, they are truly delicious.


"Or they'll root for me every game but one," said Cousins, a fifth-year senior and third-year starter. "That's when you start to realize who is with you and who is not with you.

"It's like saying ... I'm for you, but I'm not for your wife and kids. The bottom line is you're either for Michigan State and for Kirk or you're not. There is no in-between. I think this game is a perfect example of that, and that's why it's so personal."