Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Dissecting the President's Letter - An Introspective

Another shoe dropped yesterday, albeit not the one we have all been waiting for.  And if there’s one thing I’ve learned with Michigan, anything and everything at this great University TAKES TIME.  They do not turn anything around on a dime until all of the questions have been answered and everyone has fully covered their butt. But, at least we got a statement from the new Prez.  And, after reading it again, I found it to be very interesting.

I will admit to having a couple of “Guilty Pleasures” that I’ve developed over my lifetime.  I like taking a speed boat ride by myself at the end of the day near sunset when the lake has quieted down and the water is smooth.  I enjoy taking nostalgia trips to places like Ann Arbor or my hometown and just taking it in, remembering memories that have long since faded away.  I also enjoy old movies, and some not so old, and when they come on I just can’t turn them off.  “Cocktail” with Tom Cruise and Bryan Brown as an apprentice-mentor buddy movie set in New York and Jamaica is one of those flicks.  Don’t ask me why…But I really like the way Bryan Brown plays his character and looks at life.  And one of my favorite scenes is when he explains to his young protégé Flanagan that his greatest skill is reading between the lines…

 I like to think I’m pretty good at reading between the lines, as you learn that everyone (in power anyway) never really says what they mean.  Clearly, the Athletic Statement issued at 1:00 AM is full of crap and double speak.  So, after having read the President’s statement again this morning, I am going to dissect for any hidden meaning or an agenda that might provide some insight as to where this goes from here:

As the leader of our university community, I want to express my extreme disappointment in the events surrounding the handling of an on-field injury to one of our football players, Shane Morris. The health and safety of our entire student community, including all of our student-athletes, is my most important responsibility as university president.

Jeez – I’ve only been here since September 5th and already I’m dealing with a shit-storm of controversy surrounding the athletics of this great, academic institution.  What’s the deal?  I thought sports was secondary when it came to higher education, but I’ve got to worry about student safety, too.  Isn’t that what we have an AD for?  Yeah – Let me address that:

I have been in regular discussion regarding this incident and its aftermath with Athletic Director David Brandon and the Board of Regents. I support the immediate protocol changes that the department's initial assessment has identified. I have instructed the Athletic Department to provide me, the Board of Regents, and other campus leaders with a thorough review of our in-game player safety procedures, particularly those involving head injuries, and will involve experts from the University of Michigan Health System in assessing its medical aspects.

I spoke with Brandon on this issue, when I could finally reach him and get a straight answer, which is why my statement is so late in its forthcoming.  But please note that I didn’t issue it at 1:00 AM.    It took him forever to issue a statement, which I duh, yeah, we need to fix the problems.  Then, I contacted the regents regarding Brandon and asked what they thought.  The regents and other campus leaders told me to watch Brandon like a hawk and that he’s been operating without over-sight for quite some time.  AS a result, I’ve asked Dave to give me a thorough review of the safety procedures in addition to asking the Michigan Hospital to get involved.

Despite having one of the finest levels of team medical expertise in the country, our system failed on Saturday. We did not get this right and for this I apologize to Shane, his family, his teammates, and the entire Michigan family. It is a critical lesson to us about how vigilant and disciplined we must always be to ensure student-athlete safety. As president, I will take all necessary steps to make sure that occurs and to enforce the necessary accountability for our success in this regard.

Dave – You really screwed up here.  When is the last time you reviewed the side-line procedure?  And, seeing as how you DIDN’T make a statement that included a direct apology to Shane or the Michigan family, allow me to do this, lawyers and lawsuits be damned. You’ve been so worried about the “Brand”ing of Michigan, that it would appear that you’ve neglected one of your primary responsibilities of keeping athletes safe. I am going to start looking at everything you do and I will have someone micro-managing this department if necessary if I don’t like what I’m seeing or hearing FROM THIS POINT FORWARD.  

YOU WILL BE ACCOUNTABLE TO ME.

Our communications going forward will be direct, transparent and timely. The University of Michigan stands for the highest level of excellence in everything we do, on and off the field. That standard will guide my review of this situation and all the University's future actions.

Christ, Brandon…Your 1:00 AM press release reeked to high heaven…WTF!!!  You’ve left me no choice but to call you out here on the mat and tell the world that I’m going to hold your hand in any further developments on this mess and make sure you are responsive to the press and all of the people that are demanding straight forward answers.  NO MORE 1:00 AM PRESS RELEASES!!  What kind of way is that for a an Athletic Director of a major University to act?  Are you hearing me?  And by future actions, here’s what I mean:  They may or may not include a decision to let you go, even if it costs the University $5.5M in cold, hard cash. 

My thanks go to the many members of the University community who have taken the time to express their thoughts

And Brandon - I’m going to need a brand new F@!#$%@#$ing e-mail address because the flood of e-mails to my inbox has crashed the damn server!

So.... yeah…I think this statement was directly addressing the Brandon issue, with little or no mention of Coach Hoke, who is really becoming the sympathetic character in all of this.  

That doesn’t absolve him of his performance on the field, mind you, nor does it absolve him from making a common sense decision about Shane.  Either one of those and we certainly wouldn’t be having this discussion or dissecting a letter…from the new Prez.


But clearly, the President may have his sights set on bigger game.  If he means what he says….

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The President Speaks - No, Not THAT One...Michigan's

Well, here it is....And while it's not a sign of support, it's at least a breath of fresh air.

Sounds like he left himself a lot of room here if he sees to it that Brandon needs to go.


University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel released the following statement regarding the controversy surrounding UM quarterback Shane Morris' concussion:
As the leader of our university community, I want to express my extreme disappointment in the events surrounding the handling of an on-field injury to one of our football players, Shane Morris. The health and safety of our entire student community, including all of our student-athletes, is my most important responsibility as university president.
I have been in regular discussion regarding this incident and its aftermath with Athletic Director David Brandon and the Board of Regents. I support the immediate protocol changes that the department's initial assessment has identified. I have instructed the Athletic Department to provide me, the Board of Regents, and other campus leaders with a thorough review of our in-game player safety procedures, particularly those involving head injuries, and will involve experts from the University of Michigan Health System in assessing its medical aspects.
Despite having one of the finest levels of team medical expertise in the country, our system failed on Saturday. We did not get this right and for this I apologize to Shane, his family, his teammates, and the entire Michigan family. It is a critical lesson to us about how vigilant and disciplined we must always be to ensure student-athlete safety. As president, I will take all necessary steps to make sure that occurs and to enforce the necessary accountability for our success in this regard.
Our communications going forward will be direct, transparent and timely. The University of Michigan stands for the highest level of excellence in everything we do, on and off the field. That standard will guide my review of this situation and all the University's future actions.
My thanks go to the many members of the University community who have taken the time to express their thoughts.

Spiraling Out of Control...Deeper Into The Abyss

I was going to hold off posting until tomorrow, but so much has happened in the last 12 hours that I’m going to put one up today.  And I had no idea what to title it...So, you get what you get....

The Press Conference

The Monday Presser was downright embarrassing to the point that it made my stomach hurt from the pain that Brady must be enduring.  I almost want to just stand up and announce to the world that, 

“Brady – you’re gone.  It’s not salvageable at this point.  Let it go, man.  Just tell the truth and it will set you free.”  

Hoke was trying to make us believe that there was no concussion (that he knew of, even 48 hours after the fact) and worse, THAT HE HADN’T spoken to Dave Brandon over what has become a National News Story in that same time span.  And he also tried to make us believe that he hadn’t spoken to anyone on the medical staff and that they would be making a separate statement.  The statement part, I believed.  I believe he had been told by “someone” that there would be a medical statement.  So, there’s that.

And speaking of BranDictator, I’ve never seen him meet a microphone or a camera that he didn’t like.  So where is he helping on the spin control?  Shouldn’t this be an AD’s area of expertise?

They didn’t speak?  NOT AT ALL? NOT EVEN A “TEXT” that would be very easy to get using the FOIA? 

BS Flag!!!


Seriously?

And if THAT IS IN FACT THE ACTUAL STORY… I can fire Brandon for gross incompetence, too, for being a “hands off and not involved AD in what has become a shit-storm of an issue surrounding your football program” and your athletic department in general.

The Statement


Now we have the fact that the Athletic Depart released a statement at 1:00AM on Tuesday only confirms that BranDictator wasn’t getting his way with the medical staff and they firmly stood their ground.  

Which was: After three evaluations, there is a very good reason to believe that Morris suffered from a “probable” concussion.  My guess is that the BranDictator fought to have that word in there to at least have some wiggle room.

I’m appalled, frankly.  That Brandon would let Hoke go to the press conference and not even update him and I’m appalled that, for whatever reason, the mainstream media isn’t SEEING THE OBVIOUS MANIPULATION OF BRADY HOKE BY THE HEAD PUPPET MASTER!!!!  Yes, Brady is essentially the captain on Game Day and for that he will need to answer.  But, again, I think his fate was sealed long before the Morris hit.  

What we’re seeing now is a Chicken-Shit AD trying to figure out if he can save his own ass by putting it all on everyone else.  We’ve seen this act before…Fire anyone and everyone THAT ISN’T ME! 

And you know what really ground my gears last night?  As I was getting info via Twitter, Dave Brandon (or someone who has control over his account) actually tweeted, and I’m not making this up:  at 1:12 AM congratulating the Field Hockey Team and two individuals for making it into the Michigan Hall of Honor….REALLY????

I had to tweet back at him:  Dave, first lesson in Spin control:  Better to remain quiet and thought a fool than to tweet and remove all doubt….

I’m still sick…My stomach hurts because as Brian over at mgoblog stated…This isn’t Michigan.

And it’s certainly not the Michigan I know.  What is happening at 1000 SSS? 

The Fallout

So, we know that three would be recruits, one a 4 start defensive linemen have de-committed.  And it my opinion, that's the beginning.  Sam Webb sounded awfully low on 1050 AM this morning.  Like he knows a lot more than he's letting on....It's going to get worse...

It's probably going to get so bad...Again.

So, what are we going to do?

The Petition

https://csg.umich.edu/upetition/p/fire-brandon/

That’s the link.  Log In and sign if you want to put your money where your mouth is. 





I’ve done some small part to support the students and this effort.  Petition Signee #3268.  I’m sure that little act will get me put on a secret list…somewhere.  If I could make the 6:00 PM rally in Ann Arbor, I would be there in full game regalia, with my torch and pitchfork, insisting we march to 1000 SSS and demand that BranDictator come out of hiding and stand up for his actions.  

Strangely, I have to admit…Signing this, though I know it won’t do much good, made me feel somewhat better.  Weird….And it was interesting that in the 5 minutes it took me to log in and sign, 300 more signatures had been collected.  I know things are easier and faster in the digital age, but still…that’s a lot of signatures in 5 minutes! 

My nephew and now student messaged me and said that at 12:30, or about the time this goes to post, that he had signed and was #4157!  



Can we get to 10,00 before midnight?

The Boycott

I am seriously considering the #Boycottmaryland.  It’ll probably be well timed.  Instead of taking the opportunity to honor the seniors, like we should, people will not show up.  Late November game with a possibility of bad weather.  I’d almost rather go, honor the seniors, and then Walk out after the National Anthem.  At least this way, I would have honored the players and the Band. 

I dunno’…and Michigan isn’t giving me the answers I really, really want to hear. 

Where Does This Go Next?



I wish I knew.  Still no word from President Schlissel, who as far as I can tell still hasn’t even figured out where the stadium is yet on campus.  Sooner or later, someone will man up and ask him for a comment or to do an interview about all of this.  And sooner or later, he will have to answer the question or do said interview.  So, that’s coming.
But, in some sort of surreal scenario, I could see this happening:

In order for Michigan to bat 1.000 here, a statement from the President’s office confirming that Dave Brandon is a great AD and there was really no other way to handle this unfortunate circumstance would be Diarrhea-Icing on the Crap-Cake.  Yep, that would be just Ducky…Peachy….And so Michigan-like.  Put up tons of walls and do something that clearly nobody associated with this University wants.  And it’s possibly quite easy to picture:  Brandon advising the new President in his best “I just want to do what’s best for Michigan” voice and advise that his dismissal would result in millions of lost donations  - And Brandon certainly doesn’t want that to happen.  And neither does the New Prez.  But Mr. President, I could really use the show of support from you…Oh God….

IF that were to happen…a statement of support from the new Prez…If that were to happen…


Wow… 

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Jug is Gone...Along With Pride, Safety and Integrity

Sometimes, I get a little “Jump” on the Monday morning posts, and I had originally wrote this first paragraph sometime last week…

In case you haven’t seen it, on the sidebar is a heading with the title of “The Case Against Dave BranDictator”.  It has a collection of links to the blunders of this particular individual (though he refers to them as unquestionable “successes”) while at Michigan.  I am in search of any issues the general readers of this fine blog may un-earth and feel free to send those in.  I’m really searching for photos of BranDictator in compromising positions….naked, preferably….with farm animals…and farm instruments…and anything else you can find…

However…There is now a very large elephant in the room.  A Big One.  One that forces me to forego the witty and humorous part of the Monday Morning prose and deal with an issue head-on.  One that may force me to take back the words, “It accomplishes nothing when you fire a coach mid-season.”  Well, there is now a situation that has forced a decision on Hoke that must be made immediately.  And by making it immediately, well…something may be salvaged.    

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and Good Morning America are all leading with the Shane Morris “Incident” over ISIS, the Middle East, Obama, and the economy, as a blogger that focuses on Michigan Athletics, primarily Football, I’m left with no choice but to follow that lead.  A special hat tip to mgoblog for pulling out the link.  If you didn’t see it, here it is.



I didn’t see the hit.  I was sitting in the stadium and I had taken to reviewing all the social media at that point and was responding to the myriad of texts I had received, disgusted with what I was watching on the field.  But I did hear the crowd’s reaction, the booing (which, WHERE THE F!@#$ IS A FLAG REF!!!) and looked up to see Morris on the ground getting up shaky and I asked my daughter what happened.  She said that a Minnesota player had hit Morris right in the head.  I looked for flags and didn’t see any.  I figure it was just a clean hit that looked bad and got everyone’s attention.  I thought it was clean due to the fact that officials are so zoned in on the targeting issue in College Football.

It wasn’t until I saw the replay much later that evening that I was more shocked that a flag hadn’t been thrown.  Insert any of the numerous MMQ referee rants here, please.  And then I was even more surprised that Morris was still in the game after what was so obvious to me:  His bell had been rung.  And college rules specifically state you need to be evaluated in the event that you suspect there may be a concussion.  Hoke “claims” he never saw it.  There’s a shot where Coach Nussmeier can be seen trying to tell Morris to lay down so they could get an official’s time out and not waste a Michigan TO. 

Hoke stated in the presser that he didn’t see the hit.  How is that possible?  Are you not watching the game?  70,000 or so fans that were left in the stadium saw it.  MY DAUGHTER SAW IT.  The fans booed because there was no flag and probably because poor Shane was wondering what state he was in.  No headset means Hoke couldn’t ask any of the assistants what happened.  That’s BS. 

Now, you have a statement released by the AD last night that makes Dave Brandon complicit in this entire thing (and equally responsible, in my mind):


Tell me that doesn’t look like something written by a lawyer. 

The Michigan Daily nailed it, stating that Hoke needs to be fired immediately for his gross negligence.  I have to say that, based on what we’ve seen, I can’t disagree.  Forget whether or not Shane actually suffered from a concussion.  HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN IMMEDIATELY EVALUATED FOR A CONCUSSION AND REMOVED FROM THE FIELD OF PLAY BY THE COACHING STAFF!



It’s this loss of protocol for safety alone that Hoke should be terminated and all the other coaches reprimanded. 

I can only imagine what the parents of any future Michigan recruit are thinking right now:  Not only can’t this guy seem to be able to coach right at this moment, but he doesn’t care about the safety of his players.  Dave Brandon doesn’t care about it either as the CORRECT ACTION on Sunday would have been to make the only decision that can be made at this point:  You need to release Brady Hoke.  Instead, the statement comes out....a cowardly move by an Athletic Department that's too afraid of doing the right thing...and it may not even know what the right thing is at this point.

Which makes Brandon as guilty as Hoke in all of this.

I can’t help but wonder if Brandon is looking at Brady’s contract figuring whether or not he can manage a $1 Million shit-storm that has erupted around his football coach.  You see, if BranDictator fires Brady today, his buy-out is $3 Million.  After January 1st, 2015, it’s $2 Million.  So, for Dave ”Diamond Jim” BranDictator, there’s some money to be saved in this whole thing….And don’t think that doesn’t matter to BranDictator…

I would like you all to recall the actions of Joe Roberson and Gary Moeller after the incident that took place in 1995.  It was May, classes had wrapped up, and Head Coach Moeller went to dinner with some friends.   Due to unconfirmed circumstances, he got very drunk and was arrested for disorderly conduct and shoving a police officer.  Roberson didn’t respond immediately.  But I’m sure he gave Moeller two options.  Roberson could address it or Moeller could resign.  Moeller, with Michigan’s integrity in mind, took the high road and stepped down, leaving the integrity of Michigan in place.  I’m not saying the two events are in any way comparable – but I think we need to look at them in context.  Moeller’s was a question of image…This is a question of safety and responsibility to the players. 

This particular event has destroyed the last shred of Michigan integrity that was left.  Forget the 2-3 record and the fact that Michigan has never lost 3 games in SeptemberPresident Mark Schlissel, still in his 1st 50 days of presiding over Michigan, needs to involve himself in the recent actions of the Athletic Department IMMEDIATELY.  If for no other reason than to show that someone, ANYONE, somewhere in this University still has some semblance of control and concern for what the University of Michigan represents. 

The Daily got it right. 

Something needs to be done.  Today.  Not tomorrow.  Not after the season to “evaluate Hoke’s performance”.  Today.  And it needs to be a complete review of the entire Athletic Department that reaches all the way up to David BranDictator.  And it’s fairly obvious, at least to this fan, what needs to happen.

Unfortunately, that probably isn’t going to happen.  As was mentioned by one of the Crew at the Tailgate in the post-mortem, “Follow The Money.”  Super- Donor Stephen Ross will see to it that BranDictator’s Bacon is saved in this entire mess.  And SI’ Andy Staples also believesthat if you follow the money, and that money is coming in from Ross due to the fact that Brandon is there. 

That was before Sunday, mind you.  Even President Schlissel probably won’t have the cajones to stand up to BranDictator and throw away any future donations that might be forthcoming.

And that’s sad….

But the question of whether or not Brady Hoke should still be at Michigan should not linger.  Not unless the University wants to kiss the entire future of the football program and any promising recruits good-bye.  It’s a question of integrity.  I’m not entirely sure how Brady himself can’t look at the job he’s done up to this point and wonder how he’s going to be successful moving forward and retaining recruits.  Without the recruits…there’s no success. 

The students and the fans that were left in the 4th quarter got it right with their chants. 

“Fire Brandon.”

I don’t see how there’s any other way out of this at this point in time.  Both Brandon and Hoke have gone too far down the rabbit hole to weather this storm.  They both need to go.

Brian Cook at mgoblog.com has started a #boycottmaryland effort and while I agree that’s one thing we could do (I did the same when Michigan played Delaware a few years back when Bill Martin was AD), it’s really unfair to the players.  But, maybe we all need to consider doing something to make our voices heard.  For what it’s worth, neither my daughters or I bought concessions at the Minnesota game.  Not one extra cent from me will go to this university until something changes.  And it may mean the future of my season tickets as well.  Hell, they only cost a Coke if we all stop buying them!

It was mentioned by another one of the crew after the game that he was afraid that one day he was going to open the link I send out and he was simply going to see the statement, “F!#$@%   IT!  I Quit!”  And believe me, there have been MANY, MANY TIMES over the last few years where I’ve thought about it.  Lingered over it.  Sat at the keyboard when the words just wouldn’t leave the fingertips.  Times when I’ve decided that, “This is it.  No one reads this crap and even less people care that do read it.”  But then I think about how in the world would I deal with ALL OF THIS and, believe it or not, 
this is my way of coping



I mean….You can’t drink 24/7. 









I guess I look at it as a way for all of us to come together and know that



 IT'S NOT US…IT’S NOT OUR FAULT

Right now, this is the fault of two people and I will continue to post as long as it takes.  And then, it’ll be someone else’s turn to keep watch.  Because it may take a lifetime….

But no, I’m not going anywhere..Not yet.

The Rest of the Mess

Sparty rode over Wyoming in convincing fashion and not only are they enjoying a 1 loss season, but their most hated rival is in bigger dis-array than ever before.  But, to all the HATERZ….Please keep in mind that College Football is better when Michigan is better.  And the B1G gets a lot more respect when the Big Boys of the B1G are better.  I don’t think you want to stay on your mantra of Michigan losing every game and how wonderful that would be…that makes any chance of Sparty getting to the Final 4 that much harder.

Cincinnati losing to ohio....Same goes for you...Hatin' is as hatin' does...

The Hogs should have beat Texas A&M.  The MMQ’s Final 4 will reflect that, but I still think A&M is one of the top 4 teams in the country. 

The Seminoles also looked a little shaky against the Wolfpack but managed to come back and win the game.  Yeah, it wasn’t glamorous…and until they lose, FSU has to be in the FF.

Nebraska continues to roll and is sitting at 5-0 with a trip to East Lansing coming.  They will be tested by Sparty…

The 5 Stages of Slappy Fan Grief

  1.  Denial and Isolation:  Gamecocks are probably here…But I don’t know how they can’t be down in the depression area when the Ole Ball Coach is pretty much there….
  2. ANGER:  MICHIGAN FAN….’nuff said….
  3. Bargaining:  Texas A&M is probably here after a last second victory….
  4. Depression:  I’m going to put Razorbacks here because, damn…they were so close….
  5. Acceptance: Perdon’t, Iowa, Northwestern, Michigan, and Kansas…
The MMQ’s Top 10

Definitely a couple of stunners over the weekend.  And one impacting the top 4:

  1. Oklahoma – Just cause….
  2. FSU- they are not number 1, but still get a seat at the FF table…
  3. Oregon – Mariota for Heismann…Just cause…
  4. Texas A&M – is the team with the lowest percentage to hang in the top 4
  5. Satan’s Warriors – looking better all the time…can they survive the SEC West?
  6. Sparty – we have to keep them in the Top 10 or there’s no shot at the FF.
  7. Baylor – It’ll be one of these two coming out of the BigXII
  8. UCLA – It’s been ugly…I’m not sure how good the Pac12 is now..
  9. Auburn
  10. This hurts…domers
Idle Thoughts From Saturday

-Why do I have a bad feeling?
-Like we’re going to lose the Jug?
-I’ve seen it lost twice on this field. 
-And I didn’t like it – either time.
-Okay…The Shane Morris Show begins…
-Oh man…it’s worse than I thought.
-And I was thinking pretty bad.
-Is there anyone on this team that wants it bad enough to play with some heart?
-Less than 100 total yards and it’s nearly half time?
-This sucks….
-Great, pick 6.  This game is over…
-What just happened? 
-Well, the hit couldn’t have been that bad.  No Flag…
-Gardner in…Hey, he put together a drive!
-Maybe he should have started?
-WHY AREN’T YOU GOING FOR 2??? 
-HOKE!!! You’re three scores down!
-Can’t anyone manage a game on this team?
-We suck…that’s all there is to it.
-Winning 6 games…Close to impossible now, odds wise.
-It’s gonna be a long season.
-“Fire Brandon!” Chants from the Student Section…
-Way to go, guys!
-Morris off on a golf cart…
-Hoke leaving the field with 0:30 on the clock..
-How much worse can it get?

The Hot Seat

Hannah Furgeson edged out last week’s winner, Genevieve by one vote, putting her into the finals.  This week, the Hot Seat Mascot nominee is:  Lauren Mellor!  You know…you’d think those SI guys would find swim suits that actually fit these poor girls!







GONE LIST:

  1.  Weis – I didn’t even get to mention this because of the shenanigans in Ann Arbor.
Hot Seat Rank

Brady Hoke – It’s a foregone conclusion…         

  1. Will Muschamp:  Was not competitive against Bama…
  2. Hazell:  At least Purdue scored against the domers….
  3. Beckman:  He’s got problems….
  4. Norm Chow:  Hawaii.  The Rainbows haven’t mattered in a while.and that’s a fan base that cares.
  5. Mike London:  Needs wins…

FMQ

I won’t have a chance to up date the FMQ today. I will post an update mid week with the FMQ results.

Thanks for your patience!



Friday, September 26, 2014

Gopher Friday - The FMQ

Good Morning All! After Wednesday’s rant and the cases against BranDictator and Hoke, it’s always nice to get to a Friday and have a little fun….Even though most of this got penned Thursday evening....

I’m actually starting to enjoy putting the Friday post up more than the Monday or the midweek based on the fact that I don’t have to care about what’s happening in Ann Arbor or what the team that wears the Maize and Blue is actually doing, rather, I don’t have to think about what THEY DID and how to spin it or report it so that Hoke and company don’t look like complete doofuses – which is getting harder and harder to do.… I can just pen about any old odds and ends in the College Football World…

And speaking of writing about anything…Besure to visit Mvictors.com for all the really important “Jug” lore…It’s still the oldest trophy in college football….even though nationally it doesn’t mean squat anymore….

This was sent to me by several people and there’s no need to panic…It’s all just a farce by the Daily Currant website…But I would highly suggest that you all check the sources and read to the end of whatever link you happen to be copying…Again, “Just ‘Cause It’s On The Internet….”You know the rest.




I hope it hit EVERYONE that was reading this that it was satire when Hollis agreed to pay the salary….

I haven’t sang the praises of the defense this season as they have actually been pretty good, ranked nationally in the Top 10.  Clark is unstoppable and this is so DAMN FRUSTRATING that we don’t have any kind of offense that can score.  I’m not ready to write the entire season off (I know…Am I a slappy or what?) but I do think there’s a small glimmer of hope that maybe..MAYBE…there’s 6 wins in the remaining 8 games.  So 8-4….Yuck….But the next two losses are losses I don’t want to think about, and either way, Hoke’s goose may already be cooked.  But BranDictator is the goose I want to see go down….Nuts…7-5 and Hoke is for sure gone and maybe BranDictator before him?  Hopefully?

The Italian Stallion (Dantonio) is trying to position the B1G for a play-off berth by resurrecting the discussion that ONLY CONFERENCECHAMPIONS should get a shot at the Final 4. Well, Big D, the MMQ has been on that train ever since a non-conference champion Nebraska somehow played for the National Title and had no business being there in 2002 against an incredibly powerful Miami Team…(Wow – Look at that sentence and think for a minute that 12 years ago Miami and Nebraska played for a National Title – How times have changed.)  And AGAIN I brought out the argument – NO REMATCHES – when we all had to suffer through an SEC re-match….So, I guess what I’m trying to say is that even my worst enemy and I can agree on things…When he actually says something that makes sense.

One of the more interesting match-ups this weekend is Cincinnati and ohio….If the Bearcats can pull off the upset…That’ll be two “little” schools that can claim ownership to The State of ohio and prove that ohio can actually have successful athletic programs…Heh-heh…



Apparently, the collective Brain-Trust in Ann Arbor (and that’s stated with the ‘ole tongue FIRMLY IMPLANTED in the cheek)  has decided on a starter at QB, but only Hoke knows for sure, and made another brilliant statement, that only Hoke can make, to address the issue after the question came up in his Tuesday Presser, to wit:

“Well, you know, we’ll wait until game time with it. We’ve got an idea of what we want to do but for what’s best for us and the program and what we’re trying to get done, and that’d be the same at any other position.” 

Instead of something short, sweet and intelligent sounding: 

“Yes.  But it will be Game Time Announcement.”

Sigh….I got nothin’….

If I had to bet, we’re going to see a lot of MorrisSam Webb also has a “Gut Feeling” and if anyone listens to Sam on 1050 AM, well…Sam’s gut is usually right.  Based on that, expect a lot of mistakes, hand wringing, throwing up in the stands, and experiencing something that will probably feel a lot like death by a 1,000 cuts and then wondering who Morris’ back-up is…I have a feeling it won’t be pretty and we’re in for a long game/season and….an even longer coaching search….

Speaking of Morris, I got some feedback from the Wednesday post and someone wondered why I thought firing 1987 Senior Captain and MVP Jamie Morris was a big deal and why I made it the Number 1 Point, especially after Jamie went behind BranDictator’s back and to the press.  “Any disloyalty like that should be punished and you can’t keep a traitor on the team.”  Look:  I’m stating here and now if Jamie did something, he did it because he thought it was the right thing to do.  IF BranDictator didn’t like it, there was a way to work with Jamie and make sure it didn’t happen again or figure out what Jamie was trying to do and consider the fact that Jamie was working in the best interest of the University and the Team.  Firing Jamie, Jim Harbaugh’s team mate for 3 years and still close friend, has closed the door on ANY POSSIBILITY of getting Jim (or John) Harbaugh back on a Michigan Sideline, while BranDictator is here.  Until BranDictator is Gone, consider the discussion on JH(s) closed! 

If Charlie Strong keeps throwing kids off the team (he’s up to 9 dismissed, for those keeping score at home), he’s going to lose some credibility, and may run the risk of losing the locker room….  Not everyone can be “THAT BAD” and not working to the level that Strong thinks they need to be working.  And where are these basket cases going?  I wonder if Hoke is following their status and asking questions?  Just ‘cause they aren’t good enough for Texas…Everyone deserves a 2nd shot, I guess is what I’m saying.

This Week’s Picks!

I really hate it when “Opposite Week” ends up working out better than “being right week”, but I guess that’s what handicapping is all about.  We’ll do mix this week and follow our gut more than our head…

Arkansas (+9) @ TA&M:  I have a feeling that Bielema might just surprise some people in the SEC West this season.  I’m not buying completely into TAM yet…But I can surely see the Hogs keeping this closer than 9.
Take Arkansas and the 9 for $30

Domers @ Syracuse (+10):  This has traditionally been a tough place for opposing teams to play and the Dome may be packed and LOUD for this one.  I’m taking a flyer on the ‘Cuse just cause….
Take Syracuse and the 10 for $20

Cincinnati (+16.5) @ ohio:  It’s going to be a war and Tommy Two-tone knows a thing or two about getting angry!!!  The now infamous "SLAP!!"



I like the Bearcats and the points and yes, I will be rooting for the outright upset! 
Take Cincinnati and the 16.5 for $30

TCU (-32) @ SMU:  SMU is a greek tragedy..If there was anyway I could see SMU keeping it close…I would take the points.  But, alas…I can’t…
Take TCU and lay the 32 for $40

Wyoming (+31) @ Sparty:    Sparty hosed me with Eastern…Mea-Culpa.  I would like to say that Wyoming will cover…I believe they covered Oregon..so, yeah, I think they can cover in East Lansing. 
Take the Cowboys and the 31 for $20

Minnesota (+11.5) @ Michigan:  Wow…Looking at the ole Spreadsheet I see that I’ve only gotten Michigan right once this year…And I’ve gone both ways…Taking and laying points.  So, they are an 11.5 point favorite at home and haven’t scored an offensive TD against anyone of importance…Is that going to change Saturday?  Till you prove it…I’m taking the points.
Take the Gophers and the 11.5 for $30

PARLAY!!!

Arkansas – Cinci - TCU $30 pays 6 to 1…

Starting Bank:           $889
Total Bet:                   $200

Bank:                          $689