I was quickly looking over at RCMB to see how things were imploding as the day of reckoning is approaching and found this little gem.
There is a guy named "Dizzo", who is allegedly a UM grad, who started an AMA thread to answer questions from suicidal Staee fans. Now, I am always suspicious of anyone who claims to be a supporter of a rival who always hangs out at said rival’s forums. As RollDamnTide has taught us, there is a lot of entertainment value in pretending to be someone that you are not. Reading through Dizzo’s answers, I highly doubt that he is much of a Michigan fan (I mean, what UM fan would choose that name for themselves?)
But I think the questions posed by Sparties are actually pretty interesting and are worth having a REAL Michigan fan answer them. So, I am volunteering my service.
Unfortunately, I do not have an account at RCMB, and is not about to create one, hence, I am posting my answers here. Hope you find my answers more in-line with typical Michigan fans.
tOfficial Ask a Wolverine Anything about Michigan Thread
Will Jeem go for two after every score?
Is Wilton Speight good?
Will your punter wear Stickum?
A> No, Yes, God I hope so!
Q Andrew Bell>
Colorado gave Um fits for a quarter; what did they do and how did UM adjust? Buffs look like a pretty solid team now, btw.
A> That 1st Quarter of Colorado is what happens when every break goes your way during a game. Colorado came out like a gangbuster with trick plays and got a sack/fumble/TD early in the first quarter that basically limited Speight’s accuracy for rest of the game. Colorado QB also threw a 50 yard bomb on his front foot with defender crashing into him. Stuff like this is going to happen every now and then.
Michigan could have easily folded after such start, but even with Speight at less than 100%, the team methodically tore apart Colorado and ended up outscoring them 38-7 rest of the way (no real adjustments required). You also have to remember that this team is implementing a totally new defensive scheme and some mistakes early in the season is expected.
Q TVs Frank21789>
Would you say that most Michigan fans, even the pompous and Walverine-ish ones, think that the "J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach" is just a little bit much?
A> No, our alumni actually want their names attached to the program.
Do you think the Heisman hype for Peppers is justified? I'd argue that he isn't even the best player on his defense (Lewis), let alone in the whole country. Do you agree?
A> No I do not agree. Even draftniks’ like Kiper and McShay (and others) think Jabril is a transcendental talent. What he is doing with 7 – 11 different positions is almost unprecedented. You can argue that Heisman hype is not big enough.
BTW, Dizzy answered this question like this:
“I don't think it's justified at this point…”
Yeah, SURE, he is a Michigan fan…
Q stone farm 99>
will you win 7 games next year after you loose your whole team to the draft? Will Harbaull go to the NFL?
A> You guys are confused by the fact that Michigan AD does not denote redshirts in class definitions (because Harbaugh believes the fifth year has to be earned). Yes, Michigan will lose a ton of starters to draft next year, but the team left will be more than sufficient to compete for the title next year (and they are getting a lot of PT this year).
Harbaugh is not going anywhere in any forseeable future. The best indicator is his parents. His dad was the earliest to note that Harbaugh would be amenable to coming back to Michigan (a year before he got fired). He also noted that Harbaugh will sign a contract with Michigan before any reporters did.
His parents have also recently purchased a home in Ann Arbor and moved from Indiana. This is not an action of people who believe that Jim is moving any time soon.
BTW, Dizzy answered this question like this:
I think most fans would agree he could go back to the NFL at some point…
Did you actually attend college in Ann Arbor or are you just a huge true blue fan?
A Dizzy> I graduated from Michigan (Ann Arbor specifically, just to avoid the next question about Flint) if that makes a difference. Three of my cousins graduated from MSU and are diehard Spartans. Two of my other cousins are also Spartan fans, but they didn't go to the school.
A Me> University of Michigan ’93 BSE Aerospace Engineering
I don’t know of too many Michigan grad would answer this question without mentioning their major and their graduate year.
Q trash fire>
what is the malfunction with the posters at mgoblog?
A Dizzy> It's weird, but it seems every online community has some identity and attracts certain types of people. The Michigan Scout site during RR and Hoke was all sunshine and rainbow type people where anyone suggesting things sucked were harassed. MGoBlog seems to have attracted the correct-your-grammar crowd who like to argue about point out flaws with people posting. I read a lot of the content they put out and find it interesting, but can't read the message board part.
A Me> What is the line for Dizzy actually being a Michigan grad?
What does it mean when your coach offers a scholarship to a high school kid?
A> It means that if you apply yourself and progress and improve as expected (always be competing), you will have a place at University of Michigan. UM fans do not have problems with rescinding offers. The problem last year was the timing (too close to signing day). That problem seems to have been resolved this recruiting cycle.
Q Big John Studd>
How much Christian compassion does Coach Harbaugh have in his heart regarding the final score this weekend?
A> Ask Rutgers…
Q Crazy Jim9>
Did you think that Harbaugh would turn it around this quickly?
Did you think that MSU would fall so fast?
A> Yes, if you look at his previous stops, it usually takes him 2 or 3 years to turn it around with absolutely no talent around. That was not the case here. Hoke may not have been a good coach, but he recruited well and cupboard was not bare.
We all expected MSU to take a step back since losing a great QB and NFL OL is hard to recover from, but we did not expected 5 loses in a row under Dantonio, who is a good coach.
Q Green Goomba>
Why is there a basketball player on your team's football jerseys?
A> Because he is a GOAT and pays us ridiculous money to do so.
Q has been>
I think Peppers is a damn fine football player - a great athlete, NFL prospect, and one of the best in the country.
What's the over/under on the number of graphics that will show all the positions he can play?
It sounds like I'm a jealous has-been, but it is tiresome to tune in for a few minutes of michigan football only to have the announcers anoint the guy as an all-american at 22 different positions about every 2 minutes.
A Dizzo> I agree there will be too many graphics. It's really annoying that the media treats every game like people are watching for the first time and give the same info over and over. Watching Michigan basketball games the last few years you could guarantee at some point the announcers would talk about Spike Albrecht scoring a bunch of points against Louisville in the title game.
If I had the power, I'd be willing to trade the announcers not talking about Peppers at all if it meant they wouldn't talk about the punt at all or show the replay.
A Me> This guy is not even trying at this point…
Q I have alopecia>Why is Peppers on the Thorpe Award list if he's a linebacker?
He has 0 interceptions and 0 passes defended.
A> He is Peppers, Destroyer of Worlds, and Wrecker of OC’s. The question is why he is not on the list of every position awards list (other than OL).
Q Banks2Mason> How did Desmond Howard and Jalen Rose get out of UM without learning how to speak English?
A> Don't be so proud just because every MSU grad who can speak English IS working in broadcasting (that is not a typo).
Will Jabrill ever get an interception?
A> Not when opposing QB’s are turtling instead of throwing ducks.
What do you think about Trey Burke's recent comments about his time at Michigan?
A> I don’t think you will see too much push back from UM alums that football and basketball athletes deserve more benefits
Q 277Gunson> Do you think your fanbase has turned into a cult-like fanbase worshiping at the feet of Jimbo? There is no doubt that he can coach, but he is the strangest man in college football and it is scary how he is looked upon by media and u-m fans. Do level headed and intelligent u-m fans (grads) grimace at things he does?
A> Coach Harbaugh has done nothing but represent the university in the highest respect. His methods may not be typical, but he has made it clear that he will do anything and everything that benefits student athletes and the university. You cannot help but love this guy.
Q mdtizzle> Excluding the MSU-Alabama game, which win meant the most to you last year?
A> Citrus Bowl showed what a healthy team with a full year in a Harbaugh's system is capable of.
What's going on with Kenny Allen? He's handling punts, kickoffs and FGs and doens't seem to be particularly great at any of them. Outside of Peppers, seems like ST has taken a sizeable step back from last year. Your O/D are good enough to where i'ts probably a moot point, but wondering if you had any insight into the (relative) struggles in that area.
A> Kenny Allen is suffering from too much responsibility. It is not good to have a single kicker do everything. Kenny is actually having a very good punting year. It would have been nice if freshman kicker Nordin could have picked up some slack, but he has been injured all year.
Q Notorious GiB> Is your trailer a single wide or double wide?
A> Interesting that MSU fans are quite obsessed with trailers when many UM alums probably don’t even know what single wide or double wide is.
Q dubie7006> What is General Studies? Can we get some concrete examples?
iii. Since you seem to be one of seemingly very few totally sane um fans, what % chance are you thinking you come away with the win? Please don't use the rivalry emotion in this, but rather actual meaningful gameplay things.
A> General Studies is just a LIBERAL Arts degree without a major. And we go by numbers; S&P predicts 98% chance of winning. We like numbers.
Q Lunchables> Why are you pussies no longer complaining about the conference schedule being @OSU/@MSU now that MSU is a dumpster fire?
A> Because MSU is a dumpster fire…
Q SpartanRocky said>
FWIW, you guys are giving up 10 yards/punt return, on 10 returns. That's in the 100s nationally. That's why I asked. Also, your kick-off average is way down, though I see Peppers is averaging 30 yards/return on only 5 attempts. So your net punting is down, and returns are down.
A> I think punting is just fine. Kenny Allen has a very strong leg and can kick beyond coverage. And the fact that we are no longer spread punting is hurting the numbers a bit, but I think Harbaugh would rather have this then repeat what happened last year (punt protection is much better). Would UM be interested in perhaps hiring Dave Warner as their new OC for Saturday?
Q SpartanRocky> Would UM be interested in perhaps hiring Dave Warner as their new OC for Saturday?
A> If we switched coordinators for this week, I don't think it would make much of difference in the outcome this Sat.
Q Big John Studd>
In a somewhat kinda related note, which, if any UM assistants are candidates for head coaching jobs?
A> The guy who is most likely to leave is Jedd Fisch as he could get interest from both NFL and NCAA. Don Brown is not going to leave as his chances of becoming a head coach is probably behind him. Drevno is probably another 2 to 3 years away. The bigger question is how many positional coach may get poached. It would not surprise me to see Wheatley or other positional coaches get coordinator positions.