Robert Smith on ESPN

Submitted by SFBlue on November 6th, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Did anyone else see this smug asshole on ESPN?  "Sounds like folks in Ann Arbor have their minds made up" about Rodriguez, implying imminent firing.  Yeah, we have our minds made up all right--that his offense is going to shred Big Ten defenses for years and years to come.  Coincidence he's a Buckeye?



November 6th, 2010 at 8:20 PM ^

Just curious what did he have to do with Bobby Powers..he was a LB, unless you were referring to Ricky Powers the RB?

Back to the point..Robert Smith is a true HATER. It seems no matter what, he has something slick to say towards UM (biased maybe?). It just gets annoying as an analyst, they ask him for his opinion of the game and he sums it up with "it seems like people in ann arbor have their minds made up"...What happened to "offense looked impressive for most of the game, and their D finally made a stop" ...You're analyst!! Analyze the game IF they ask you about the game!!!


November 6th, 2010 at 8:38 PM ^

Why does everyone make fun of Holtz? Seriously, sure he's old and all of that, but at least he was a great coach. but "HE COACHED NOTRE DAME" I've met tons of Irish fans in my life and they're some of the nicest. We understand what they're going through and them what we're going through. Anyway, about Lou- if he played South Upper Peninsula Michigan State by hundreds of points he would commend them for being underranked and a great team.




November 6th, 2010 at 8:44 PM ^

Hey, Ishpeming High School is having a hell of a year! Don't act like Yoopers can't play football.


I want to see southern Michigan teams come up and play a championship game in the UP in December and see how they do. Those frickin southern Michigan athletes won't know what hit them, but apparently they want to go pro without playing in the necessary conditions!


(if you subsitute southern Michigan with just southern and the UP with Michigan, you'll see what I did there)


November 6th, 2010 at 11:58 PM ^

I always get negged at least a point or two when I rip on somebody who responds to a Lou Holtz post with the typical "Are you shhhhhhure Lou Holtshhhhhh shhhhhaid that" bullshit. So dumb. People really need to find something else to rip on him about (like, how about his blind homerism).


November 7th, 2010 at 6:52 AM ^

And yes, he did a good job and was motivational, but that doesn't mean that I can't dislike his work on ESPN and blind homerism or some of the other things he's done over the years.

There is nothing wrong with liking some things and not others, life isn't just black and white.  Hell, look at Tressel. I respect him, but still loathe the Bucks.

Nosce Te Ipsum

November 6th, 2010 at 7:36 PM ^

Listening to the radio on the way home from the game you would've thought we lost. It seems that this game has gotten people even more pissed off about Rich. I can't understand it whatsoever.


November 6th, 2010 at 7:43 PM ^

Man, I just came from the game too, and the prevailing sentiment seemed to be "this puts to rest talk of RR hotseat." 

I don't get this at all.  At times, Michigan had three true freshman in the defensive backfield, turned the ball over five times, and still found a way to win. At minimum, can't we put this talk to rest after perhaps the most exciting game in the history of the Big House?


November 6th, 2010 at 10:35 PM ^

I have some less eductaed family members (morans I believe they are called from a couple posts above) that say this game proves even more why RichRod should be fired.  It just proves that no matter what the guy accomplishes, he will never win over everyone.  For the Ohio State fans, I think it is a little confusion in  the fact that they were only able to put up 17 against the Illini.  We put up more than that in just overtime alone.



November 6th, 2010 at 7:37 PM ^

He is dumb. Homeboy was like Rich rod problems with Tate blah blah soft spot in Rodriguez's heart blah blah. Stfu. It ruined a good highlight.


November 6th, 2010 at 7:39 PM ^

What do you expect in a triple overtime game? Points will be scored! Yes we know the defense sucks, yes we know the offense is bad ass, yes we know GERG will probably be gone, and yes we know Rodriguez will still be here next year.

We get it, get over it. The defense did only give up 14 2nd half points, 7 of which came from the Tate fumble. Robert Smith is a douche anyways...Go Blue


November 6th, 2010 at 7:39 PM ^

I was thinking the same thing. All I could think of was, "He is scared what this team would look like with a defense. How can I prevent that from happening?"


November 6th, 2010 at 7:41 PM ^

How did his dream of med school pan out?  The guy is just a smug "analyst" who fails miserably at hiding his biases.  He should take a cue from Spielman, who bleeds OSU but always seems to be fair in his analysis.


November 6th, 2010 at 7:45 PM ^

FUCK HIM!!!!!  FUCK HIM!!!!!  FUCK HIM!!!!!!

He never knows what the fuck he is talking about but somehow never stops talking.  During highlights, he will still be talking about a certain play a minute or two after the highlights for that game are over.  What a fucking ruhtard!


November 6th, 2010 at 7:46 PM ^

...because they know what's coming...RichRod isn't going anywhere...he's got an extra 4 weeks of practice before the bowl now...recruits need not worry about any pending NCAA investigation...

Robert Smith's credibility here is low.


November 6th, 2010 at 7:47 PM ^

And normally I don't react to tv announcers, but I swore all kinda stuff at him that is not fit for a family blog. Who the he'll does he think he is, anyway? Couldn't beat on the field, so he's going to try in the studio? #%*$&@


November 6th, 2010 at 7:48 PM ^

He's an ass.  Before the UConn game, he said something like, "Michigan fans are going to have to learn that there's no shame in losing to a team like UConn." 


November 6th, 2010 at 8:06 PM ^

Maybe he was referring to R.R. hater fans who call into sports radio shows. I've been hearing alot of them on the radio in Detroit area after this game.


November 6th, 2010 at 8:13 PM ^

but Mel Kiper has earned a spot right next to him, IMO. I was just in my car and listening to ESPN radio, Kiper was on  talking about changes he'd make to NCAA football. He suggested that teams that were 6-6 or 7-5 with a win over an FCS school should not be allowed a bowl. Claimed it cheapened the game and rewarded mediocrity. He also suggested that the NCAA do away with stopping the clock after a first down is made.

Now, I don't know what other people's opinions are, and I don't really care, but I believe that the influx of bowls over the last couple decades has been one of the reasons that CFB has become more competitive, and that more teams are fielding decent to very good teams over what there used to be with only a couple handfuls of bowl games. I think it has allowed more teams to get the extra practice needed to attain much higher levels of play, and instead of the usual suspects near the top of the charts, we now have teams that aren't usually there making strides against the big time programs. Overall, CFB is much more competitive than it used to be.

As for the clock stoppage issue, I think he wishes CFB was more like the NFL. One has to wonder when he will suggest the sudden death overtime change.


November 6th, 2010 at 9:23 PM ^

I listened to that in the car too.  At first I wasn't really offended with that idea -- after all, I usually don't bother to watch bowl games that pit two 6-6 teams against each other.  But, after reading your second paragraph, I totally agree with you -- good point.

Also, either him or Freddy Coleman DID mention that they wanted OT changed to the NFL rule, except if the first team scores a field goal, the other team gets a possession to try to match/beat it.

As for the clock stoppage issue: I don't really see why anyone would feel strongly one way or the other about it.  As long as the rule is clear, coaches should be prepared to coach their team to take advantage of the rule (i.e if the clock stoppage rule stays, coaches will call more over-the-middle passes; if it goes, they have to be more wise in determining if they have enough timeouts to throw over the middle).

Born Blue

November 6th, 2010 at 9:27 PM ^

Gotta say, most of the time I tune him out, but the artilces in the preseason might just bear him out...some.  With the new additions to the bowl season, we might actually, according to the win loss records of the past few years, end up having teams with LOSING records pay in bowl games just to round out the competition, that, IMO, is not good. as for the rest of what he said, la-la-la, can't hear you!


November 6th, 2010 at 11:26 PM ^

the other guy (coleman?) said no 6-6 teams should go.  he went further and said no 7-5 teams should go unless they beat all Div 1A teams.

i actually disagreed with just about all of their suggested ncaa rule changes.

kiper did have a really dumb comment though.  he suggested that the ncaa should make WRs have 2 feet in bounds (instead of one).  he suggested that this would help prevent blowouts by the better teams who don't need more help.  wtf?  i mean, how many tap dance receptions are made each game? one? two?  ya, that rule change would surely prevent those 40 pt blowouts.


November 6th, 2010 at 8:22 PM ^

but I was watching college football update when Smith said this and he was actually referring to the fact that many people have already made up their minds about needing to fire Greg Robinson, not Rich Rodriguez.  In fact, he was arguing that the deficiencies on defense were not all Greg Robinson's fault and that a lot of it had to do with the fact that the kids aren't yet ready to execute, but it looked like too many people had already written off Robinson.  That was really the gist of what he was saying.

Ewww.  Defending him made me feel dirty.