By Rights We Should Have To Play There

Submitted by Brian on August 25th, 2011 at 4:32 PM

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never heard of it

We didn't listen!

The University of Michigan football program will open the 2014 season with a match-up against Appalachian State University on Aug. 30 at Michigan Stadium. This will be the second [sic] meeting between the Wolverines and Mountaineers at Michigan Stadium.

Sorry about that error in the second sentence above. Michigan has never played Appalachian State.

If you'll excuse me, I feel like having a seizure.

Comments

BlueFordSoftTop

August 25th, 2011 at 6:40 PM ^

We could suffer ill-timed coaching attrition and consequent disruption.  Possibly due to health, vehicle accident and/or witchcraft.  A second [sic; sick] loss to ASU and I will brew up a batch of special Kool-Aid, drink thirstily and then lay down for relief.  No Dave no.  /lot already cast

WindyCityBlue

August 25th, 2011 at 6:39 PM ^

...we all seem to making the assumption that we will be good enough to beat them in 2014, let alone by 50.  I'm sure (hope) we will, but we haven't even seen how well our current coach can handle a big time program like Michigan.  If you wanted to play ASU, wait a few years to schedule them, ensure out program is heading the right direction...and do it at their place.  They deserve it. 

WindyCityBlue

August 25th, 2011 at 9:44 PM ^

Or did you forget what happened the last time?  We used the "this is Michigan" bull crap in our first meeting which resulted in probably the most embarrasing loss in NCAA football history.  "Michigan" by itself does not win games.  Good planning, coaching and execution do.  We didn't have it last meeting under Lloyd.  And until Hoke drops the "this is Michigan" rant and proves to me that he truly "gets it" and wins at Michigan, scheduling this game was a horrible decision. 

magonus

August 25th, 2011 at 7:03 PM ^

So apparently I should no longer read the internet while waiting at the deli. I almost started swearing uncontrollablyat the lady who asked how thick I wanted my sliced turkey. Seriously, the only scheduling idea worse than this was playing them the first time. I live in lansing and can't wait for all the brahs to bust out their tshirts again. I guess its time to buy stock in a tequila company, I drank enough of the damn stuff the first time

rederik

August 25th, 2011 at 7:16 PM ^

Why not? It's not like we'll treat the game like we did[n't] before The Horror, and it was only by underestimating the Mountaineers was it even possible.

Hoke will have the players he wants, we'll play like Michigan, and we'll them the way we should've back in '07. Maybe not by 50, but I think it's safe to say that as long as we don't look past them, we'll definitely emerge as The Victors.

It's an opportunity to face our demons - while I appear to be in a tiny minority, I say we go for it.

BlueFordSoftTop

August 25th, 2011 at 7:30 PM ^

Never subsides.  Still, after (should) we destroy ASU and ASU receives its payday, there ought be fewer night terrors.  You will have to get by as best you can until then.  Of course, things could grow worse afterwards.  The possibility exists.  Dave embraces that I guess.

markusr2007

August 25th, 2011 at 8:09 PM ^

Listen, for lightning to strike Michigan twice on this we would need the following ingredients on August 30, 2014:

1. Must be storied head coach's final season at Michigan ( possible, not probable)

2. Michigan must be ranked in the Top 10 teams in the nation (both possible and probable, given Michigan's nice recruiting as of late)

3. Must have 4 Heisman Trophy candidates on the roster (Henne, Long, Hart and Manningham) - (Um, let me thi...No. That will not happen again for a loooong time).

4. Must have Debord and R. English  (YYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAYY!, We Win! Sorry Appy State!)

This game is 3 years off.  Michigan football has nothing to worry about.

jmblue

August 25th, 2011 at 8:11 PM ^

I don't want to play FCS teams anymore, but if we're going to, why not take on App State again?  It would be a far more compelling matchup than any other possible FCS team.  And really, do we want that school to forever hold a 1-0 record against us?

 

markusr2007

August 25th, 2011 at 8:21 PM ^

Appy St. 2011 (redshirt?) Freshman QB Kameron Bryant?

I'm pretty sure he'll redshirt this fall with last year's backup So. QB Jamal Jackson returning for 2011

One fine day Michigan will land an obscure 2-star recruit that will rip out someone else's aorta on a sunny September Saturday for a change....

MGoShoe

August 25th, 2011 at 9:01 PM ^

....ashamed to be associated with the lot of you namby pamby whiny ass titty boys.

Good, God almighty this is disappointing.

In case you weren't aware, in The Heart of Darkness and "Apocalypse Now", Kurtz experiences The Horror and DIES.  The moral of the story is that you have to face The Horror and defeat it before it defeats you.

You are all defeated and in a stupor made of opiates and fear.

M-Wolverine

August 25th, 2011 at 9:40 PM ^

I think we should call the Big Ten and cancel the game with OSU. Because they'll spend all week talking about how we haven't beaten them in so long, and I don't think I can handle it if we lose again. Come to think of it, Brandon needs to make sure we don't play Sparty again, because if they win 4 in a row, I don't know if I'll survive another year of the Michigan media. Can we just do like T-Ball, and not keep score, and everyone plays?
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<br>When did we go from a Country that could win two world wars to one that has a hissy fit over FCS football teams?

M-Dog

August 25th, 2011 at 9:36 PM ^

Why would App State even do this?

If they need money, they can play dozens of other FBS schools that need to fill in a September home date.  They are at the top of the FCS/beginner FBS food chain.

The win over Michigan put them on the national map.  I work with a guy from App State.  I didn't even know it until after the Horror.  He said he was always ashamed to say he was from a school called "Appalachain State".  But not so after they beat us.  Today he says with pride he's from Appalachain State.  It's still the same isolated podunk school with a bad video and a worse name. 

It cannot be understated how much that victory meant to them and how it completely redefined them.  Why pop the bubble by getting pounded on national television and reminding everyone that all you really did was catch a superior team sleepwalking in its season opener?    

 

triangle_M

August 25th, 2011 at 11:20 PM ^

Finally all of these uppidy App State fans will get there comeuppance!!!  Come on sweet sweet comeuppance.

So many App State fans here, however, curiously the only time they come out and say they are App State fans is when they see a UM fan.  Other than that they are Duke and UNC pile-ons.

Steenie

August 25th, 2011 at 11:39 PM ^

"I must not fear.
<br>Fear is the mind-killer.
<br>Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
<br>I will face my fear.
<br>I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
<br>And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
<br>Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
<br>Only I will remain."
<br>Frank Herbert
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<br>Only M will remain

MGoNukeE

August 26th, 2011 at 2:34 AM ^

Many people are questioning why people are so upset about scheduling Appalachian State when their team is cupcake-caliber. Here's my reasons:

1) Bad publicity surrounding the game. There's no reason why Michigan should be encouraging the MSM and rivals to recall that god-awful game that happened 4 years ago. Seriously. None. It's even theoretically possible that publicity of this game negatively affects recruiting (a long shot, but recruiting is finnicky as it is). Publicity of the results of the game can't be good either, since winning this game by 200 points will still bring back memories of 2007.

2) Scheduling a cupcake game 3 years in advance. Any guesses as to how many cupcake games are currently scheduled for the 2013 game? ZERO. That's right; it's more important for the football team to schedule a 2014 Appalachian State game than it is to fill out the 2013 schedule or the last game in 2012. The only rationale that Appalachian State gets scheduled this early is because Michigan wants a rematch of this game after feeling sore the first time around.

This sends a message to the world that goes against everything that Hoke stands for.

The only way for Michigan to claim superiority, "be Michigan," and "get it" is if Michigan treats every cupcake game the same, whether they have won or lost to them. That means all cupcakes are to come into the Big House to receive a paycheck and get their asses kicked. That's it. Regardless of what happened in the past. This sort of special treatment is exactly what a team like Appalachian State wants to obtain from Michigan: public recognition that their team should be respected. If Michigan wants to be Michigan, this game doesn't get scheduled until it got scheduled for the 2007 season, which was like 4-5 months before kickoff.

rymgoblue11

August 26th, 2011 at 7:23 AM ^

My birthday usually falls the day of or before the 1st game. (Sept 3rd!) needless to say it was the most depressing 21st birthday of all time. I like this choice, it will be interesting.

Go Blue!

sssclub

August 26th, 2011 at 7:42 AM ^

 

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Thanks for the good news.
 

sssclub

August 26th, 2011 at 7:43 AM ^

 

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Thanks for the good news.

bronxblue

August 26th, 2011 at 7:50 AM ^

Good.  There was some jerk at the Y in downtown A2 who used to wear his ASU shirt with gold chains when he curled 25 lbs with workout gloves.  Looking forward to metaphorically wiping that smirk off his face.

M-Wolverine

August 26th, 2011 at 8:04 AM ^

It's a gusty, cool move by Dave Brandon and Michigan 41%

Not again. Isn't this how Rich Rodriquez landed in Ann Arbor? 20%

Shrug. It was special once. It's just another nonconference game this time. 39%

913 votes.

http://annarbor.com/sports/um-football/what-do-you-think-of-appalachian-states-return-in-2014-to-face-the-michigan-football-team/?cmpid=NL_DH_topicbox_headline

Same local sample, but it seems most people like it or don't care, and the whine factor is small, though apparently loud. At least around here.  I wonder if the Blog's Emo take on everything attracts the small emo/football fan segment. Or, more likely, I wonder if it has something to do with the age of the person. If THE HORROR is one of your only, or main memories of Michigan, and you have mainly experienced the last half decade, give or take, that you've just lost all confidence in Michigan and it's more something you don't want to relive. And if you're a bit older, you're more confident in Michigan being Michigan, and not dodging anyone because people might say things that hurt our feelings. Or that we might, gulp, lose.