Full name: The Paul Bunyan Governor of Michigan's Wife Was
Going to Throw It Out Otherwise Trophy.
People don't get this rivalry, why the board seems to get obsessed with it, and why it means so much to take home a tacky statue from an off-highway store in West Branch.
Those Michigan fans not from Michigan, or from a part of Michigan that regularly sprays for Spartans, are often suggesting a bigger second rivalry than this one. They'll grant that game's importance goes as far as winning the Bo Division, with the Dantonio-fueled addition of protecting the purity of the game from one if its biggest dicks (see: press conferences devoted entirely to asking Michigan coaches how they plan to defeat inevitably bad officiating).
|Besides, the guy who went 4/4 vs. MSU can talk all he wants.|
That's because this thing is really for the mitten-staters: those who know what it means to be thrown into the back seat of the station wagon, to defend the middle seat arm rest, to decide who can put whose feet where, and fight to ensure the integrity of fart justice for five hours of pure Michigan hell.
Mercury Hayes, I feel you, man. That's a diary from a former MSU student who has maintained his Michigan fanhood despite four years and assorted change of East Lansinginity. There was another from ttifiblog (formerly Blue Seoul) that went into some of the stuff that'll get retread this weekend, like Narduzzi's quote, and MSU's fake mascot, and Gholston. Let's not leave out the great sin of shopping at non-campus outlets, because when 80% of a state's fans choose one local school over the other, it must mean rooting for a place you didn't graduate from isn't okay (somebody please inform the Ohioans).
I think this rivalry is done a disservice when glib reporters only focus on that time a 22-year-old made a 50-year-old analogy, and a 50-year-old was a total baby about it. Rivalries aren't just as base as hate; they're analogues for human relationships, with all of the sameness and quirks those have. In this case it's two brothers close enough in age to be competitive, and young enough to not have the maturity to appreciate each other.
The inferiority complex is bred out of inferiority; the smugness is bred out of superiority that most of us had little to do with earning. All shit talk is good and encouraged, so long as you remember nobody really believes any of it. Of course it's immature! Rivalries for athletes are motivation to excel; rivalries for sports fans are about finding an outlet for our primal child.
Weeklies. The FEI chart from dnak now includes past opponents. Suggestion: turn it 45 degrees: teams higher vertically are better, and left-right says whether it's the offense or defense doing the pulling:
MSU is off the charts defensively and just under okay on offense, which puts them with Wisconsin and Ohio State among the conference elite. Michigan's about equal with Notre Dame and a clear 2nd tier in the Big Ten. When you look at this and realize State played Illinois instead of Penn State and Purdue instead of Ohio State you get a better appreciation for how vastly different our route to Indianapolis is than theirs.
Turnover Analysis says MSU puts the lie to the "turnovers are random" assertion: their safe offense and high-pressure defense put them far to the good despite recovering just 17% of their fumbles. Purdue remains an outlier of awfulness. MSU miniprogram should have included criminal records.
Etc. Bentley event the Friday night before Nebraska.
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HOME VS. AWAY
Michigan's been worse on the road during the Hoke era, which is obvious considering he's still perfect at home. Akron was at home this year. But the road games so far have been UConn and Penn State. Ungh. Also scary: the recent history of Michigan's Halloween Horror Shows ever since I began attending my wife's family's annual Saturday-closest to-Halloween party:
- 2008: The 3-3-5-ening at Purdue was 11/1. My brother in law came in wanting to show me a pic of that billboard on his phone.
- 2009: 10/30 was the Dong Punch game vs. Illinois
- 2010: The slaughter at Penn State that turned out to be RR's death knell.
- 2011: 10/29 was the Purdue game. I was pleasant enough.
- 2012: October 27th was Nebraska.
They think I hate the party. Or Halloween in general.
WE LOVE YOU SPACE COYOTE OH YES WE DO
We don't love anyone as much as you. Except for Norfleet, and Shoe(lace). Oh Space Coyote we love you. Seriously, I think he'll be back. Anyone with the kind of passion for informing that guy has won't be able to stay away. If you're out there, SC, remember that people addressing contrary opinions while behind the internet's shroud of anonymity are seldom at their most eloquent.
Thread to discuss the discussion of the bullying being discussed. If constant repetition of the word "physical" in the media can actually destroy civilization we'll find out this week.
HAVE AN OLD LOGO
Thank GoBlue48105 for making a png we can use for things.
MGoBlog is not responsible for damage to your door caused by Dave Brandon's people kicking it in.
Brian already mentioned this on the front page but we're still dancing: Wolverine Historian's videos are back online. T3Media quietly released his YouTube account, or perhaps YouTube finally listened to all the complaints made against T3/Thought Equity Motion. Anyway goodness has triumphed! Here's what you've won:
Your Moment of Zen: