A sobering realization

A sobering realization

Submitted by Purkinje on November 30th, 2010 at 10:49 AM

I'm sharing this with you all because I know that you like to be kicked when you're down as much as I do. We're all in this together. Or something.

 

I was talking with my cousin who goes to Eastern yesterday, and he pointed out that the Eagles scored more points against tUoOS than we did. Sure, they also gave up twenty more points when it was all said and done, but they scored 20 points. That's 13 more than we did. That's only 4 fewer than our total against tUoOS in the past three years. It's fucking embarrassing.

 

EDIT: The Michigan fanbase seems to be too antagonized to talk about tUoOS at the moment. Read on only if you would like to see many people get really angry that I noticed something.

Denard Robinson Action Figure - BigTen POY Special Edition

Denard Robinson Action Figure - BigTen POY Special Edition

Submitted by monuMental on November 30th, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Last night Denard Robinson was named the 2010 BigTen Offensive Player of the Year. Coaches and members of the media agreed that one of the nation's most explosive players was worthy of the conference's top offensive honor.

Earlier this season I created the Denard Robinson Action Figure, Heisman Trophy Candidate Edition (but not really real, lawyers). I made some modifications to the original artwork to give the action figure a "legendary" feel and to commemorate Denard Robinson's stellar season; the modifications include sepia tone on the cardboard packaging, a platinum football and special edition text.

As happy as I was with the Ohio State wallpaper, after another embarrassing loss in The Game I'd much rather see this on my desktop until the bowl game destination and opponent are announced. Once I know to which sunny location Michigan is headed (and who they'll be facing) I'll get started on a series of wallpapers for the lead-up to the game.

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!.


Denard Robinson 2010 BigTen Offensive Player of the Year Wallpaper Preview


Denard Robinson 2010 BigTen Offensive Player of the Year 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

OT: Bowl Practices if not in Bowl Game

OT: Bowl Practices if not in Bowl Game

Submitted by Hoke_Floats on November 30th, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Stewart Mandel has predicted that 71 teams will be bowl eligible and since there are only 70 spots (35 bowls) WMU will be left out.

Can WMU still have bowl practices if they are bowl eligible but not going to a bowl game?

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/stewart_mandel/11/28/bcs.bowl.projections/index.html#?eref=sihp

More speculation: Rittenberg thinks that the time table may Benefit RR

More speculation: Rittenberg thinks that the time table may Benefit RR

Submitted by michgoblue on November 30th, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Personally, I don't agree with Ritt's take on this, but he believes that the fact that DB is waiting until after the bowl could benefit RR.  Agree or disagree, Ritt is usually a level-headed guy who is not "anti-RR" or "anti-M."

http://espn.go.com/blog/bigten/post/_/id/20551/brandons-patience-could-benefit-richrod

2010 All Big 10 Teams

2010 All Big 10 Teams

Submitted by Zone Left on November 30th, 2010 at 7:42 AM

Tim didn't include the full All Big-10 Team for 2010 as voted on by the coaches.  Denard is an honorable mention, presumably because only the coaches vote for the whole team while the media also vote on Player of the Year.  Congrats to all, including David Molk (1st Team), Roy Roundtree, Jonas Mouton, and Mike Martin (2nd Team), and Steve Shilling (Honorable Mention).

Also, Ryan Kerrigan took home Defensive POY, Gabe Carimi (Wisconsin) was voted Lineman of the Year and his teammate James White is Freshman of the Year.

 

2010 All-Big Ten Conference Football Team
As selected by CONFERENCE COACHES

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE SECOND TEAM
Dan Persa, Northwestern Quarterback Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin
Mikel Leshoure, Illinois Running Back Evan Royster, Penn State
Dan Herron, Ohio State Running Back John Clay, Wisconsin
Tandon Doss, Indiana* Receiver Marvin McNutt, Iowa#
Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, Iowa* Receiver
Dane Sanzenbacher, Ohio State* Receiver
David Molk, Michigan Center Mike Brewster, Ohio State
Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State Guard Julian Vandervelde, Iowa
John Moffitt, Wisconsin Guard Justin Boren, Ohio State
Mike Adams, Ohio State Tackle Riley Reiff, Iowa
Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin Tackle D.J. Young, Michigan State
Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin Tight End Allen Reisner, Iowa
Dan Conroy, Michigan State Kicker Derek Dimke, Illinois
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE SECOND TEAM
Adrian Clayborn, Iowa Line Corey Liuget, Illinois
Cameron Heyward, Ohio State Line Karl Klug, Iowa
Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue Line Mike Martin, Michigan
J.J. Watt, Wisconsin Line Ollie Ogbu, Penn State
Greg Jones, Michigan State Linebacker Martez Wilson, Illinois
Ross Homan, Ohio State Linebacker Jeremiha Hunter, Iowa
Brian Rolle, Ohio State Linebacker Eric Gordon, Michigan State
Shaun Prater, Iowa Defensive Back Brett Greenwood, Iowa*
Tyler Sash, Iowa Defensive Back Johnny Adams, Michigan State*
Chimdi Chekwa, Ohio State Defensive Back Trenton Robinson, Michigan State*
Jermale Hines, Ohio State Defensive Back Chris L. Rucker, Michigan State*
  Defensive Back Aaron Henry, Wisconsin*
Anthony Santella, Illinois Punter Aaron Bates, Michigan State

HONORABLE MENTION: ILLINOIS: Jeff Allen, Nate Bussey, Trulon Henry, Graham Pocic, Tavon Wilson; INDIANA: Damarlo Belcher, James Brewer, Mitch Ewald; IOWA: Christian Ballard, Mike Daniels, Adam Robinson, Ryan Donahue; MICHIGAN: Denard Robinson, Stephen Schilling; MICHIGAN STATE: Edwin Baker, Kirk Cousins, Mark Dell, Joel Foreman, Charlie Gantt, Marcus Hyde, Jerel Worthy; MINNESOTA: D.J. Burris; NORTHWESTERN: Drake Dunsmore, Jeremy Ebert, Brian Peters; OHIO STATE: Devin Barclay, DeVier Posey, Terrelle Pryor, John Simon; PENN STATE: Quinn Barham, Chris Colasanti, D'Anton Lynn, Derek Moye; PURDUE: Ricardo Allen, Dwayne Beckford, Carson Wiggs; WISCONSIN: Montee Ball, Niles Brinkley, Antonio Fenelus, Peter Konz, Bill Nagy, Blake Sorensen, Mike Taylor, Ricky Wagner, Philip Welch, James White, Kevin Zeitler.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Denard Robinson, Michigan
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: James White, Wisconsin

Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honorees: Tavon Wilson, ILL; Tyler Replogle, IND; Ricky Stanzi, IOWA; Mark Moundros, MICH; Kirk Cousins, MSU; Jon Hoese, MINN; Corbin Bryant, NU; Bryant Browning, OSU; Brett Brackett, PSU; Ryan Kerrigan, PUR; Scott Tolzien, WIS.

Lifelong Hangover-In My Heart

Lifelong Hangover-In My Heart

Submitted by EZMIKEP on November 30th, 2010 at 3:59 AM

(Sorry if this is to long for the board-I don't post often and I felt like I am not a good enough writer to post in a diary compared to whats on the board these days)

 

 Yesterday one of my best friends called me to talk a bit about Michigan football as we always do every other week or so. During the conversation you could hear the frustration and disappointment in both our voices. It was just total disgust from the entire ordeal. Even after everything thats happened since OSU 2006 & App State I have never heard that "I am damn tired and almost beat" voice from either one of us. But it was there today. 

 

If there is one thing that I am sure of if they fire Rich, its that the feeling of sadness will never ever leave me. I fucking love this guy. I'll be a lifelong fan and whatever school he goes to is going to become my 2nd favorite team and I don't have a 2nd favorite team. Its Michigan. And I am not grandstanding but damn if Rich isn't the gold standard of what we consider a Michigan man to be.  It shows in the kids and anyone who can't see that is a blind fool. Has he made some mistakes since he got here? Yes and who hasn't? But none of them would have ever been blown so far out of proportion if it wasn't for the bad luck, more bad luck, timing and microscopic eye he has been under. 

 

This has been beat like a dead horse but the simple fact is its true-Rodriguez has never had anything but grief since he walked in the door. Yet he just keeps on smiling, trying to be polite and doing what is best for the program. I'd say that is pretty commendable considering I have never in my life seen a person take as much intentional sabotaging as this coach has. Sure there have been some actual shitty coaches get publicly dogged here and there but its just kisses of sunshine compared to this.

 

Violations? We all know he didn't commit any goddamn violations. He was picked apart by some classless and completely worthless so called journalists in one of the biggest hatchet jobs in college sports history. I wish we lived in a simpler world where Dave Brandon says we want a flat out apology or anyone on your payroll is never allowed near the program again. IMO their smear job alone may have cost this team and Rich a couple of wins progress just due to it affect on recruiting. And ultimately that is just one more missile in my arsenal of reasoning for keeping this man one more year. 

 

Nobody on here or anywhere can truly give good reasoning for his firing without leaving out even more reasoning for keeping him. But the Jim Harbaugh thing has made so many people lose sight, even more so than the losses. And they don't even know if the guy really wants the job or if Michigan even wants him. Everybody is in a rush as if this is it, we need to seize the day and get this guy now before he bolts etc., that the true reasoning as to why we need to wait has left out the door for even some of the biggest Rich Rodriguez supporters. 

 

Is this the only coach out there? Maybe. Maybe not. But if we are trying to make a change immediately he might be the only correct choice if a change has to happen right now. But if Rich is shown the door and Harbaugh is the guy to replace him, what happens if he fails? That is when looking at the very long term future right now becomes essential. Because if anyone here thinks we are going to be able to hand select a great coach after they see what just happened with Rich, let alone followed by an exit by one of Michigans own its a wrap and we really could tailspin for a long time just like so many fans are paranoid about. IMO Nobody worth their weight is going to want to touch the job. Why would they? With the local media slander job and the hateful part of the fanbase looming in background, if you aren't showing the college football world that you will give someone time to succeed under these conditions the lineup won't be long. Hell it wasn't in 2007 either. 

 

On the flip side, if we fire Rich Rodriguez and replace him with Jim Harbaugh and he becomes successful I will be happy to have a good coach and see Michigan win. But deep down in my heart I will also be hurt and broken hearted for what could have been as well as a bit ashamed. I'll always think "What if?" for years. What if he had one more damn year. One more year without all the bad luck, less speculation drama(because it will be what it will be-a make or brake year-no extra questions asked because they have all been asked and answered except one) and with a team that actually wasn't a bunch of babies compared to the rest of the Big 10. And if that never comes, and in the coming weeks I end up seeing Rich get shown the door I will shed more than a few tears and thats no bullshit. Because this story would truly have a sad ending. In epic media fashion to boot. 

Im sure Harbaugh if hired would give the fans a lot of hype fuel with words about wipping our rivals asses, and I have heard a lot of people saying they want that because they feel Rich doesn't show any fire or seem to care about our rivals. But I say hogwash, nobody wants those wins more than he does. But I don't see rich as the guy to go out spewing Dantonio like moronic comments with or without the product to back it up. But I think when we are ready to roll these teams and he knows it, there will definitely be some jabs, yet professional because thats who he is.  

 

People say hiring Harbaugh will unite the fanbase. Maybe in a way, but the damn fans should have already been there. 

No Way Coach Rod gets fired this year

No Way Coach Rod gets fired this year

Submitted by elhead on November 30th, 2010 at 1:25 AM

There's no need for it. Brandon is committed to doing an evaluation after the bowl game. It is already too late to fire Rodriguez. There is no harm done in letting him coach another year - especially on the money side of things. If Harbaugh wants to go pro, well then, he can make that decision. We don't want him if he is just going to do that in a few years anyway, and on the other hand if he really, really wants to come to Ann Arbor well, eff it, let him show us that. Especially the case after the way he jammed up the program a few years back.

Brian, you may have heard things from reputable sources, but I do not hear you saying that someone has told you anything with certainty.

So based on the rumors, but then looking at the time, and the bottom line, and then considering that there is absolutely no evidence that Harbaugh even WANTS to come here, I'll stick with my guns. It would be a bad decision to dump Coach Rod and go off into the unknown, especially with the price being what it is.

Additionally, I have heard it said that Brandon will not fire Coach Rod unless he has some assurance that Harbaugh wants the job. To those who say this, I ask where the f*** is your information coming from on this one? And also I will say - if Brandon is the kind of slimeball that would say on one hand that he will wait in order to evaluate, all then while putting out feelers to Harbaugh, and then conditioning what he does based on what Harbaugh says, then we all must step back and reconsider the propriety of the Athletic Director. I consider him to be a stand-up guy - but maybe I should reconsider, based on the infinite wisdom of the speculators in our midst.

It's Tuesday, and Rich is still the coach

It's Tuesday, and Rich is still the coach

Submitted by M-Wolverine on November 30th, 2010 at 1:03 AM
That may in and of itself seem like news, but for those in the media who predicted (or guessed or opined or whatever excuse word they want to use) that he was going to get fired on Monday, and Brandon was a big liar liar pants on fire, they were wrong. (Yeah, I mean you, Lynn Henning)