RichRod as Cinderalla Man

RichRod as Cinderalla Man

Submitted by MGoShoe on June 1st, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Maize n Brew Dave has posted a nice piece comparing RichRod to a tired boxer.

When I look at Rich Rodriguez these days I see a tired man. Not tired in the sense that he is broken, resigned, or half asleep. Tired like a boxer at the end of the fourth round, stung by a right cross he didn't see coming, and covering his noggin as he absorbs shot after shot to his mid section, waiting, praying that the final four seconds on the clock tick down and allow him a moment to collect himself. Looking at him, I get that sense. Not that he's out of fight. Far from it. He just needs a breather. A break from the constant stream of questions about CARA forms, stretching time, and his future as Michigan's head football coach. Each one a repeated jab or hook he's glanced off time and time again, but each one costing him something.

But he knows that bell is still a long way off, no matter what the clock says.

But what kind of fighter is RichRod?  Will he get off the mat when he's laid low?  Will he answer the bell after he's taken a beating?  How will he respond to the most bleak stretch of his career?

Not too long ago much was made of the Lloyd Carr's use of Ron Howard's adaptation of [the James Braddock] story, how Carr and Russell Crowe became friends because of it. But the real story is how Michigan in 2007 resembled Braddock. How they got up off the canvas and fought back. Now, the story is how Rodriguez will respond. And perhaps after three years of bitter complaints that Rodriguez and Carr have nothing in common, maybe now those complainants can find a link between the coaches.

I see a lot of Braddock in Rodriguez. He's been hurt. He's been written off. But his best fights are still ahead of him. Right now he needs a moment to gather himself, much like Braddock did. Whether Rodriguez falters like Fraizer or succeeds like Braddock remains to be seen, but he is capable of both.

Either way, come August, he will come out swinging.

Watch out UConn, watch out ND, watch out Big Ten: you're about to experience something that hasn't been seen in these parts for what seems like an eternity.

MNB's Galactic Zoltan Interview

MNB's Galactic Zoltan Interview

Submitted by MGoShoe on April 28th, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Maize n Brew Dave provides us with some seriously interesting insights from his extensive pre-draft interview with Zoltan Mesko. A sampling:

[Who's impressed in spring practice?]
There are a lot of young guys that have the potential to be something unbelievable. Justin Turner, for instance. I only see bits and pieces of practice, because I'll do my own thing indoors with the other special teamers, but when I do watch practices, Justin Turner was like white-on-rice with the receivers. He's still learning, but if he was on the receiver, it was like he knew what the receiver was doing next.
[What's your reaction to your cult hero status?]
In my wildest dreams I never would've imagined this. I don't know... maybe it's the weird name I have that people can recognize pretty easily. I guess they link it to the movie "Dude, Where's My Car" and do the Z symbol. It's unbelievable. I've seen a couple of shirts printed of me, and it's like "Wow." I don't know why people are this crazy about their punter, but I accept it with open arms and I'm so thankful to have had this experience at Michigan. I mean I was voted Homecoming King in 2008, how's that for unbelievable?

Tons of great Q&A on how Michigan conducts its practices, what the draft combine experience was like, the answer to whether or not he can hit the roof of Newsterbaan with a football, info on his relationship with Lloyd Carr, etc.

This is a must read for all MGoBlogsters.

Maize 'n Brew's Rocking it

Maize 'n Brew's Rocking it

Submitted by Nick Sparks on July 29th, 2009 at 2:51 PM

First time poster so have mercy if this isn't perfect;

Alum, longtime reader big fan, blah blah blah

But I just wanted to say that has been, in my humble opinion, providing the best up to date coverage of the Big Ten Media Days.

There's no fluff, just the stuff that matters and with some great insight as well.

If you're even on these forums in the first place you've probably already read the Stevie Brown post but just in case, I wanted to give them their props.

(I swear I am in no way affiliated with their website in some sad effort to drive traffic - my views are real)