View from the Sidelines: The aftermath of a tipping point

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Ethan Sears November 25th, 2018 at 12:45 AM

COLUMBUS — “Wish I could have got a couple wins in it,” Tyree Kinnel said, four minutes into the most excruciating press conference of his life. “That’s the toughest part, I guess. I’m gonna have to sleep on it for the rest of my life, that I did not get a win in this game.”

 

Then his voice cracked.

 

“Other than that,” he continued, ultimately keeping composure, “I’m blessed to be here.”

 

It’s not easy to lose this game under any circumstance. In this specific circumstance, it couldn’t have been any harder.

 

[After THE JUMP: column]

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View from the Sidelines: On Jim Harbaugh's futile effort to praise Rutgers

View from the Sidelines: On Jim Harbaugh's futile effort to praise Rutgers Comment Count

Ethan Sears November 11th, 2018 at 2:13 PM

I’m writing this — a football column on Michigan’s 42-7 win over Rutgers, in Piscataway — from the Crisler Center press box. And, well, the basketball game was more competitive. If you didn’t think it would be, you probably either overestimated the basketball team, or underestimated how terribly bad the Scarlet Knights are at playing football.

 

Jim Harbaugh tried his best to praise Rutgers after the game. He really, truly, tried his hardest. After being asked a question about the large contingent of Michigan fans that showed up in New Jersey, he turned it around to praise Scarlet Knights’ fans, and by proxy, the Scarlet Knights.

 

“Rutgers has a — that was a good — I thought their home fan base was really good,” Harbaugh said. “The team was really improved and competitive. That’s a competitive football team. They did as good a job of anybody at containing our running game and also really impressed with their young backs. And they run hard, those guys. Quarterback looked good, too. He made some real plays. That was a competitive game. Knew it would be, going in. We saw the way they played Northwestern. Saw the way they played Indiana. That’s a team that’s very close to breaking through and winning multiple games, consecutive games. Rob does a really good job with the team. Thought they had a really good plan offensively and defensively.”

 

Let’s parse this.

 

[After THE JUMP: Some parsing]

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