Bowl Bid - 2011 Gator Bowl Wallpaper

Bowl Bid - 2011 Gator Bowl Wallpaper

Submitted by monuMental on December 6th, 2010 at 9:33 AM

This is the first in a series of wallpapers leading up to the 2011 Gator Bowl. I wanted to have a basic name-of-the-bowl-game-themed wallpaper in place while I work on the opponent-specific graphics over the next few weeks. I also might produce a state-of-the-program commentary and will hopefully finish that Denard Robinson Action Figure behind-the-scenes article I've been promising. If there's time left after all of that I'd like to write a less-hyphenated version of this paragraph.

After the bowl destination and opponent were announced yesterday I did some superficial  research on Mississippi State and was surprised at how close they played some of their highly ranked opponents (they only lost to Auburn by 3 and Arkansas by 7 in double overtime). I realize that the W-L column and game scores are statistically less significant than other data sure to appear over the next month in the writings of football minds much greater than mine, but I didn't have room for a grid of opponent points per possession adjusted for field position, strength of schedule and coach seat hotness so all you're getting on this wallpaper are the basics.

The image below is a preview only. You can get the widescreen, 4:3, iPad and mobile wallpapers at The Art. The Art. The Art!.

Bowl Bid - 2011 Gator Bowl Wallpaper Preview

All of the 2010 Wallpapers

Season Wallpaper - Denard Robinson Action Figure

Game 1 Connecticut Wallpaper - Husky Puppy Piddles in Fear

Game 2 Notre Dame Wallpaper - Touchdown Jesus Says "No Good"

Game 3 Massachusetts Wallpaper - The $550,000 Cupcake

Game 4 Bowling Green Wallpaper - Wolverine vs. Falcon

Game 5 Indiana Wallpaper - Good at Basketball

Game 6 Michigan State Wallpaper - Sibling Rivalry

Game 7 Iowa Wallpaper - Maize is Blue

Game 8 Penn State Wallpaper - The Eyes Have It

Game 8 Penn State Wallpaper - JoePa Halloween Costume

Game 9 Illinois Wallpaper - We Be Illin'

Game 10 Purdue Wallpaper - I Think We Can! I Think We Can!

Game 11 Wisconsin Wallpaper - Cheesehead Cross Stitch

Game 12 Ohio State Wallpaper - The Game

Thanksgiving Wallpaper - Turpigskin

BigTen Offensive Player of the Year

Bowl Bid - 2011 Gator Bowl

Where to find 2010 end of season strength of schedule rankings?

Where to find 2010 end of season strength of schedule rankings?

Submitted by StephenRKass on December 6th, 2010 at 5:46 AM

The BCS caliber team thread below got me wondering:  is there a 2010 end of season strength of schedule ranking?

I suppose it doesn't really matter, but I think Michigan faced some pretty good teams this year. Truly, our defense lost several games for us. In particular, our decimated defensive secondary, caused several losses. If you add Warren & Woolfolk to this year's team, we end up at least 9 - 3, and there aren't so many calls for RR & Gerg's head on a platter.

In a way, I'm fine with 7 - 5, given the circumstances. Not happy, but fine. I'm just a broken record, but 2011 is the year that will tell us a lot about RR & Michigan.

At Least We Beat One BCS Caliber Team right?

At Least We Beat One BCS Caliber Team right?

Submitted by FL_Steve on December 6th, 2010 at 2:19 AM

With UConn going to the Fiesta Bowl to take on Oklahoma, our resume might be looking a little stronger after all.

But I digress,

Hey descent match up against an other SEC team, much better than playing Mizzo in my opinion. New Years day bowl, the last one went over well. Added recruiting, hopefully Dee Hart will be on the sideline for this one (I believe he could travel with the team right, if he enrolls early? Maybe not since classes would not have started yet? Either way hopefully he will be there). Also 8-0 against Non-conference opponent last two years, lets keep the steak alive, also one last time for Denard to go dilithium this year and pad some stats.

And lets not forget about the seniors, and all the players going their first bowl game!

The Big Ten games are all on at the same time!

The Big Ten games are all on at the same time!

Submitted by pdxblue on December 6th, 2010 at 1:32 AM

Jan 1st in the am (just after lunch for those of you on the East Coast)

Jan. 1 12:00 pm Dallas Football Classic
Northwestern vs. Texas Tech
Dallas, TX ESPNU
Jan. 1 1:00 pm Outback Bowl
Penn State vs. Florida
Tampa, FL ABC
Jan. 1 1:00 pm Capital One Bowl
Michigan State vs. Alabama
Orlando, FL ESPN
Jan. 1 1:30 pm Konica Minolta Gator Bowl
Michigan vs. Mississippi State
Jacksonville, FL ESPN2

I remember when the Rose Bowl would get upset if 2 Big Ten vs Pac 10 games happened in a bowl season.  Now there are multiple Big Ten/SEC games and they all compete with each other.  Seems like poor planning. 

Do Big Ten ratings suffer as a result? 

Should the Big Ten try to to work some changes in future years?  

Fear and Loathing in Ann Arbor Volume I

Fear and Loathing in Ann Arbor Volume I

Submitted by jhackney on December 6th, 2010 at 1:28 AM

Fear and Loathing in Ann Arbor Volume I

The 2010 Regular Season

Pre UConn- MSU

Disclaimer: The following diary is a combination of a narrative for the 2010 Michigan football season excluding the Gator Bowl and a collection of work from author Hunter S. Thompson. I made minor changes to his work such as places, names, coaches, players, etc to make it relevant to our 2010 season. The work in this diary was lifted from the pages of Dr. Thompson’s work in “Hey Rube”. If you wonder what lines were his and which were mine, thank you for the compliment and then get the book. This is a trial run at my first diary. If the majority of you like the content, I shall release part two of the 2010 season. If the majority of you do not like the content, I will keep part two to myself and would appreciate FAIL pics more than pointed insults. At least I will be able to laugh AND cry at the same time.
 Enjoy...or don't!




     The autumn months are never a calm time in America. Back to work, back to football practice, etc….Autumn is a very traditional period, a time of strong rituals and the celebrating of strange holidays like Halloween and Satanism and the fateful harvest Moon, which can have ominous implications for some people.


     Ominous it was. A second half season collapse leaving us 5-7 after a 4-0 start left the Michigan family feeling like getting in line for free turkey at the homeless shelter for our first hot meal in ages only to be told that chilled peas and week old fruitcake were left once it was our turn. More grumblings came not from our tummies, but alumni, fans, and current students at the time. Also the Detroit Free Press and their head henchman of death, Rosenberg, were hellbent on sinking Michigan football into Lake Huron.

     September 4th, 2010. UConn. A kid nicknamed “shoelaces” that had the best smile east of the Mississippi takes the field as the starting quarterback. We witnessed the possible talent the year before with his blazing speed. Some of us worried of the inaccuracy and arm strength however, but this was a new season and nothing having to do with shoelaces, jockstraps, and sports bras would prevent us from feeling the overwhelming lust for the spoils of hearing Hail to the Victors with smiles all around when the clock ticked to 0:00 in the 4th quarter. Shoelace D Robinson proved his offseason training when he threw  for 186 yards, ran for 197, and garnered 2 TDs. Victory was ours and we were headed to a showdown in South Bend riding on a 30-10 victory over a favored conference champion on the grand opening of a renovated stadium that rivaled the Roman Coliseum.


     September 11th, 2010. Notre Dame, a college of hopeless alcoholics with huge egos and a weakness for mob hysteria in tense situations. They are the ones who will get angry when their lofty pregame predictions start going awry. They then guarantee some last minute fumble or shocking interception. I have seen these loonies win on some days, but lately, not often. They are the spiritual descendents of legendary old west gamblers who would bet the ranch and even their wives and daughters on one game of impossible odds that they cannot see due to denial of the mediocrity of their program. The fact remained the same though. We hate them and would hate even more to lose to the bastards. Games in South Bend can be scary, but again Shoelace D Robinson led our band of warriors to victory over the Brian Kelly led pack of degenerates. The week before’s performance against UConn was not expected again. That expectation turned out to be true. The performance of 244 yards in the air, 258 on the ground, 3 TD’s, and the last minute game winning drive shattered the expectation.  2-0. The next week? A I-AA opponent that was a sure win.


     September 18th, 2010. UMass. This game was thought of as a lock before it even started. Call your bookie and tell them you are betting your soul. There would be no way we could lose this with Shoelace D Robinson. We soon found out that Denard doesn’t play defense. Although Shoelace put up 345 total yards and 3 TD’s, I sat by the internet radio gnashing teeth on my dog’s chew toy at the possible upset of Michigan by another I-AA team. Most if not all of Michigan’s fan base went rigid with fear of “The Horror” part duex. If any innocent bystander were to walk into a house with an avid Michigan fan, they would witness something similar to watching a brain-damaged cow with wild eyes staggering crazily around in circles with its legs caving in, its spine seizing up, and its hooves lashing out in the air with Mad Cow Disease. Michigan won 42-37, but it felt more like a tie and the defense was concerning. Oh well. It is a win and seeing how we came one win short of bowl eligibility a year before, we chalked it up to our horrible luck against small teams in the Eastern Time Zone.

     September 25th, 2010. Bowling Green. Not much to say here. Every human being needs a reason to wake up, and this would be a good one for this Saturday. Many of us were curious to see how the defense would respond to its questionable performance the week before. There was an eerie feeling in the air before that game, at least on my owl farm. Most of my body was confident as a red blooded American man that just won the National Arm Wrestling competition and drove off feeling like a winner with Anne Hathaway in a blood red 1963 Chevy Impala convertible. However, I kept one eye open and fixed upon the defense anticipating a meltdown of epic proportion so that I could find the nearest sharp object and ram it into my pupil. Turns out I kept my eyesight and Meeeechigan won again with Denard able to leave early and Tater Nutz making it a record setting day for two quarterbacks in the season.


     October 2nd, 2010. Indiana. The Big Ten schedule would officially be started this day. Indiana would be the first foe. By this time we were saturated with the voices of various experts claiming that Shoelace D Robinson could not sustain his demi-god like numbers on the field. It was said repeatedly, like most news and catchy memes, that Michigan would be risking destroying Denard and QBs like him in the future faster than high schools being able to churn them out. Michigan must have two QBs, because one of them is certain to get crippled or mashed by some steroid crazed monster who weighs 388 pounds, runs faster than Deion Sanders, and is hell bent on hurting people. Once Big Ten played started, Denard would suffer a compound fracture beyond our wildest nightmares.

     Onto Indiana then. Last year’s contest was a white knuckle ride that left me scrounging for clean underwear at the conclusion.  Indiana was and rarely has been good. It shouldn’t have been that close.  If we lost this year to Chappell and his rightfully hyped passing show, I could only guarantee one thing. It would be a night in Ann Arbor of booze and violence that, 99 times out of 100, would swamp anybody that goes near it in a hurricane of fear, pain, and stupefying disasters that will haunt them for the rest of their life.  Thankfully this was not the case. Michigan wins again, but in close fashion because of the growing liability and unluckiness of the defense. I did not shart my pants this year, but I did almost choke on my gum.


     October 9th, 2010. Michigan State.  Our intellectually challenged brethren to the west in East Lansing. We lost two years in a row to these shmucks and this year would be different. The noise about falling off a cliff into a pit of shame and despair at 5-0 reached deafening levels. Not this year chaps. This year, we would beat the forces of dumb into Bolivia and become bowl eligible for the first time under our coach Rich Rodriguez. The planets aligned, the moon was in Virgo, and our eggs were counted and ready to launch at that clown disguised as a coach, Dantonio.

     The planets may have been aligned, but it wasn’t in our solar system. Michigan State brutalized us, making us look like the Chinese Crested Powderpuff pedigree of the state of Michigan. We came down like a car off a cliff from the week before’s high. There was a savage 180 degree swings between totally opposite poles like joy and fear, wild passions and violent rages, sudden love and sudden hate. Hate for Dantonio and his clown college beating us for three years in a row. Hate for Rich Rodriguez for only filling our hot air balloons with half fuel and mentioning it after we were 10,000 feet high. Hate for hate sake. Nonetheless, the whole situation, without exaggeration, was like sitting in a traffic jam on the San Diego Freeway with your windows rolled up and no air condition while Portuguese hip hop boomed out of your surround-sound speakers, animals gnawing at our necks and diseased bill collectors hammered on our doors with golf clubs. At least we got Iowa at home the next week and have deflated any lofty invincibility complexes…


Calling Monumental - bowl game wallpaper?

Calling Monumental - bowl game wallpaper?

Submitted by cjm on December 5th, 2010 at 9:58 PM
If you have any clue and history with the board you know Monumental has provided us some amazing art work each and every week of the season. If you've missed any of it check out and see some serious talent. So on to my question, Mr Monumental, any chance you put the art work for the Gator bowl sooner rather than later? I would love to stare at the wallpaper for a few weeks.

Big 10 Bowl Predictions?

Big 10 Bowl Predictions?

Submitted by 1464 on December 5th, 2010 at 9:43 PM

I think that the Big 10 has a really favorable bowl schedule, for the first time in a loooong time.  The only team that truly doesn't have a shot is MSU.  They fell on the two loss Bama grenade, which... awesome.

From there it gets much easier:

Wiscy v TCU - A pressure game for a big team like Wisconsin, but there are way more murderous opponents in BCS games.  Easier draw than Stanford (whether you like the coach or not...)  This is a can't lose game though, as we don't want a Big East team like TCU to beat a solid B10 school.

OSU v Arkansas - Another solid pull for a BCS game.  Could have been a lot worse.  I think OSU keeps with the trend and does them dirty ala Oregon from last year.

Iowa v Mizzou - Mizzou had a decent year against a very immasculated Big 12.  Their only big win was against Oklahoma.  They beat Illinois by 10 on opening day, FWIW.  Iowa didn't play Illinois.  I think Iowa is overrated, and that this is a coin flip.

Illinois v Baylor - Maybe the name Baylor just doesn't resonate with me, but I think Illinois puts on a clinic.  I haven't been a proponent of the Big 12 for a few years, and Baylor is... Baylor.  Illinois is going to be pretty solid next year, and Scheelhause (sic) can benfit from the extra practice.  Home game for Baylor.

PSU v Florida - Probably not a bad year to play Florida in a bowl game.  Losable game, but I think it's more likely a win.  Home game for Florida.

Northwestern v Texas Tech - I don't have enough data on these teams to know.  Home game for Texas Tech.  Maybe a loss?  Someone who's more knowledgable than me fill me in...

...and Michigan v MSU - (NNTMSU) I think we match up well against them.  Even when our teams lose to 1AA schools, we still can bank on beating SEC schools.  Another positive is that our team will have no distractions whatsoever going into this game.  I'm sure there won't be any extracurricular banter by the press in the weeks leading up to it.

Another thing to consider is that we play only 3 true away games (in the state of the opposing team).  That's down from the average year.  I can see the Big 10 going 7-1 or 6-2 without a doubt.  I think 5-3 is more likely.