Michigan football players at my Thanksgiving table

Michigan football players at my Thanksgiving table

Submitted by FabFiver5 on November 22nd, 2010 at 12:20 PM

So it looks as if I'll be having at least 5 or 6+ U-M football players at my Thanksgiving table on Thursday. And I have now have to help my parents cook ALL THE DAMN FOOD THAT WILL BE NEEDED TO FILL THE STOMACHS of Mike Martin, JB Fitzgerald, Steve Watson, Renaldo Sagesse, Jibreel Black and possibly others.

Mike Martin's family is friends of ours and we had them over for Christmas dinner last year. With the OSU game being after Thanksgiving this year, the players obviously won't all be with their families to celebrate the holiday. Since the team has practice Thursday morning, some of the guys will be coming to my parents' house for the meal afterward.

So far, we have 3 turkeys and one spiral ham planned in addition to approximately 137 side dishes. But I'm thinking we need another meat/main course. Anyone have suggestions? I was thinking a beef roast in the slow cooker or some center cut BBQ pork chops on the grill.

What would you feed massive Michigan linemen? A little help here!

EDIT: I'll post pictures of the aftermath/table devastation next week.

This bulls*[email protected] streak (osu) and the years that have passed

This bulls*[email protected] streak (osu) and the years that have passed

Submitted by Thatguy2525 on November 22nd, 2010 at 11:13 AM

This might be a little OT, but I just wanted to hear everyone else's stories about this bullshit streak.

My younger daughter is currently 7 years old and has never seen us beat tOSU. After last years game she asked me "dad, are we ever gonna beat them?" I just looked at and said one day and tried to explain that before she was born we used to always beat them (then I got to thinking, nah). She looked at me like I was an idiot. My older daughter has really never seen us win either. She is 11 and it's shitty that we have only won three games since they were both born and two of them were years they were born, so that doesn't count as they were not old enough to realize it.

What makes it bad is that we live in Dayton, Ohio and all she sees is that shit day in and day out and believe it or not....lol, they teach their kids to be just as trashy as they are. I was born in Michigan and bleed blue and my poor kids were born here in this shitty state, but have raised them right as they are true blue.

I just think it's sad that our younger generation have no clue that we were once year in and year out always a top 10 school. This makes me sad and hope that we start to pick it up as the years progress.

Now that I think about, we've only won 3 times since I've been married. Maybe I need to rethink this marriage thing if we don't win in next year or so.

Monday OSU Hate Thread

Monday OSU Hate Thread

Submitted by JeepinBen on November 22nd, 2010 at 10:58 AM

There's a lot of chatter on the board today, blah blah State, blah blah MSM guy says X - he's stoopid!

Guess what, it's Ohio State week. Every year, the last game of the year, so many times for the Big Ten Title. 

The board mobilized this summer when there was a chance that The Game could move, well guess what, get pumped, because The Game is here. 

Ohio is the worst state ever, they suck, I hate them with every fiber of my being, and we cannot forget that. 

 

 

  • A guy in a bar leans over to the guy next to him and says, “Wanna hear a Buckeye joke?” The guy replies, “Well, before you tell that joke, you should know something. I am 6′ tall, 200 lbs. and I am an Ohio State graduate. The guy sitting next to me is 6’2″, 225 lbs., and he is an Ohio State graduate. The guy right next to him is 6’5″, 250lbs., and he is also an Ohio State graduate. Now, you still wanna tell me that joke?” The first guy says, “No, not if I’m going to have to explain it three times.”
  • It was reported that the Ohio Football Coach Jim Tressel will only be dressing 40 players for the Michigan game …the rest of the players will have to dress them selves.
  • Did you hear that the Ohio State University library burned to the ground? All five books in the library were completely destroyed and the football team is really upset by the fire; they hadn’t colored in two of the books yet.
  • Q: What does the average Ohio State University student get on his SAT? A: Drool.
  • Q: How do you get an Ohio State Graduate off your front porch? A: Pay him for the pizza.
  • Q: What did the OSU grad say to the Michigan grad? A: “Welcome to McDonald’s. May I take your order please?”
  • Q: Why is ice no longer available at Ohio State football games? A: Because the senior who knew the recipe finally graduated.
  • A young man hired by a supermarket reported for his first day of work. The manager greeted him with a warm handshake and a smile, gave him a broom and said, “Your first job will be to sweep the store.” But, I’m a OSU graduate,” the young man replied indignantly, “I even played football there!” “Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t know that,” said the manager. “Here, give me the broom, I better show you how”.
  • Two Ohio State football players were hootin’ and hollerin’ while partying on campus when a bartender asked them why they were celebrating. The smart one said proudly that they had just finished a jigsaw puzzle and it only took them two months. “Two months?!” exclaimed the bartender. The Buckeye proudly replied, “Yeah, the box said 4 – 6 years!”
  • A Buckeye football player was almost killed today in a tragic horse back riding accident. He fell from the horse and was nearly trampled to death. Luckily, the manager of the Wal-Mart came out and unplugged the horse.
  • A little boy and his mother were walking through an Ohio cemetery when they came upon a headstone that read: “Here lies an OSU graduate and a good man.” The little boy asked his mother, “Mommy, why did they bury two people in there?”
  • Coaches Jim Tressel and Lloyd Carr are walking down the beach talking about the rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan. As they are walking, Lloyd trips over something in the sand. Upon closer inspection it turns out to be a genie’s lamp. “Who disturbs me?” asked the genie. Jim and Lloyd both say they did. “You will each get one wish,” said the genie. Jim offers to go first. “I want an impenetrable wall built around the entire state of Ohio so that none of those stupid Michiganders can ever get in. I want it as far down into the ground as it is high and I want it to be completely sealed in so that we can finally have our peace!” The genie grants the wish to Jim and his is instantly whisked away to his new paradise. The genie now tells Lloyd he’ll grant him one wish. Lloyd says, “Fill it with water.”

Jokes found on the interwebs - add yours and your stories of why you hate OSU

Only an 11% chance UM will finish with a better record next season

Only an 11% chance UM will finish with a better record next season

Submitted by Logan88 on November 22nd, 2010 at 10:44 AM

That is according to Phil Steele's 2010 preview magazine.

In the last 8 seasons, teams who finished the season with 4 net close wins (UM currently has 4 wins by a TD or less and 0 losses by a TD or less)  had a worse record the following season 78% of the time (28 out of 36 teams), 11% finished with the same record (4 of 36) and only 11% (4 of 36) finished with a better record the next season.

Pretty sobering stastic, isn't it?

 

(Cue the "So you're saying there's a chance ?!?!?" clips)

Sending Little Brother to Rose Bowl

Sending Little Brother to Rose Bowl

Submitted by michWolves2580 on November 22nd, 2010 at 10:22 AM
http://espn.go.com/blog/bigten/post/_/id/20170/big-ten-race-update-week… In all likelihood, Wisconsin will win at home next week vs Northwestern and State should win against Penn State (although they've never won in Happy Valley.) If both those games turn out like they should... by us winning against OSU...... We Send michigan state to the rose bowl. UGH

Progress and the "if only" moments

Progress and the "if only" moments

Submitted by coachclen on November 22nd, 2010 at 9:54 AM

 

I will start this thread by offering a small preface: Though the tone of this thread may dictate otherwise, for the past three years, I have been a relatively staunch Rodriguez supporter. I have generally thought that he has not gotten a fair shot since day one, and that people have been all too quick to criticize the man just because he is something “different” than what most Michigan fans are used to.

With all that being said, I must admit that even though we have seen progress on the field in terms of victories, I’m not convinced that we have seen true progress with the program as a whole. And what is worse, as I read the hundreds of comments on the beloved MGOboard, I have the sinking feeling that many in our fan base are losing touch with reality. Too harsh, you say? Maybe. But, many of the comments I see have had a common theme lately: “what if” or “if only”. Let’s review some of the more popular “If only” moments from the last three years.

2008

  • If only Rich had slowly transitioned UM’s offense to the spread, Michigan would have been more equipped offensively and probably could have beat Toledo, Purdue, and Northwestern.
  • If only Rich had reached out to more of Lloyd’s players, attrition would have been minimized and a defense that underachieved would have bought in more. Combined, Michigan wins more games.
  • If only Scott Shafer would have been competent, a defense that many thought would carry the team in 2008 would have been better.
  • If only the offense wouldn’t have been so bad, the defense wouldn’t have had short fields, and thus could have performed better.
  • If only our offensive players would have felt more comfortable in the system, they wouldn’t have had as many turnovers.
  • If only our special team units didn’t turn the ball over….
  • If only we convert a two-point attempt against Utah, we’re tied in the final minutes.
  • If only Steven Threet hadn’t thrown an interception in the end zone against Toledo, that game is a W.
  • If only we had covered one of the two receivers on Purdue’s hook and ladder, we hang on to win.
  • If only there wasn’t a blizzard/monsoon, we would have beat Northwestern.

2009

  • If only Tate wouldn’t have gotten banged up.
  • If only Michigan’s offense performed all game long the way it did in the final minutes against MSU, Michigan wins easily in regulation.
  • If only Rich had played Tate on the final drive against Iowa, we would have upset the Hawkeyes.
  • If only Roy Roundtree scores on the long pass at Illinois, Michigan never loses momentum and wins handily.
  • If only Michigan held on to their 14 point lead against Purdue…..
  • If only Michigan had been ready for an onside kick against Purdue…..
  • If only Michgan hadn’t missed a PAT against Purdue…….

2010

  • If only Denard doesn’t toss two INT’s in the end zone against MSU, it is a whole different game.
  • If only we had a kicker, special teams would help offset the decimated defense.
  • If only we could have wrapped up on third down against Iowa, we would have had a chance to tie
  • If only Robert Boldin doesn’t get hurt, we are able to beat PSU
  • If only we had more depth, we’d be able to compete with elite big ten teams
  • And the list goes on…….

 

Now maybe I went a bit overboard. And some of the “if only” moments are legitimate statements and some could probably never been avoided. But, let's be real people. The bottom line is that we don’t live in a world of ifs. The real world is based on results. And, on the flip side of all of the “if onlys” I listed, there are a handful that went our way (if only Weiss ran out the clock in 09, etc……I could easily present a list of "if only" moments that would lead to a 7-27 record in the last three years.)

At what point does Rich Rodriguez become responsible for not turning these “ifs” into reality? In three years we are 15-20. We are seeing the same special teams breakdowns we saw in year one.  We have witnessed 9 games in which Michigan has lost by 17 or more (Lloyd Carr had 3 such games in his entire career). We have an offense that has taken a leap, yet disappears in key moments against quality teams (And let’s be honest, a great deal of that leap is a direct result of Denard) . We have a defense that may very well finish 120th by next week.

Progress? Sure. Enough? I don’t think so. Next year? Potential, but only if Rich can turn these “if only” moments into reality. And to this point, his record speaks for itself. 

OT: Does the B10 get 2 teams in the BCS?

OT: Does the B10 get 2 teams in the BCS?

Submitted by rbgoblue on November 22nd, 2010 at 1:42 AM

Not entirely OT because it could drastically affect Michigan's bowl slotting.

Assuming the 10 BCS slots, 7 are currently filled by

Pac 10: Oregon (1)
SEC: Auburn (2)
Non-BCS: TCU (3)
Big 10: Wisconsin (7)
Big 12: Oklahoma St (9)
ACC: Virginia Tech (16)
Big East: Pittsburgh (NR)
 
That leaves 3 spots open with the viable contenders being:
 
Boise State (4)
LSU (5)
Stanford (6)
Ohio State (8)
Michigan State (10)
 
What are the chances that the Big 10 gets the snub sending Boise, LSU, and Stanford to BCS bowls leaving OSU to the Capital One Bowl and MSU to the Outback?