Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Joe Pa – Mourning is Over…Let the Judgment Begin

I was going to refrain from saying anything about the Joe Pa debacle that has more or less brought a highly regarded state university to its knees in the last 4 months. I was going to let Joe’s death pass and read the wonderful obituaries about the man that was. I was going to read about what he accomplished on the field. And I would ignore the elephant in the room for now.

But, as I read through them, something just didn’t feel right. And I’ve learned when something doesn’t feel right, something isn’t right.

Yeah, Joe Pa accomplished great things. And while NO ONE should ever be measured by their failures alone, there are some failures that simply can’t be overlooked. And even though Joe’s was a sin of omission, he let that omission go on for nearly a decade. That we know about.
A decade of allowing continued evil to transpire when it could have been stopped.
A decade where he could have asked the powers that be what action they were taking.
A decade where he could have made a phone call expressing his concern…
A decade where he could have done something…
A decade…So much time…so much pain and suffering.

Joe won two National Championships in 1983 and 1986 with Sandusky by his side. Joe stood with him then and celebrated in the glory of that accomplishment. If we judged them together then, what choice do we have but to judge them together now? Joe didn’t do anything to mitigate or reduce that, really, even in the end. When he had a chance.

Do we have a choice then, to measure the man without Sandusky by his side now? Due to the simple fact that Joe Pa didn’t do anything to get us to believe that he felt anything for Sandusky’s victims. Even when it became painfully obvious that he needed to. Joe had an opportunity to stand up, do the right thing and not only show remorse over what he had done (or failed to do) but that he understood his actions and the actions of Sandusky and how painful those actions were and how much he felt for the innocents. But Joe did no such thing. And I have to blame Joe and the support group around him for not waking him up to what needed to happen. And if they don’t understand that now, well, maybe PSU is better off without them, too.

I think part of where Joe (and said support group) failed was due to his lack of comprehension of the vulgarity of the issue at hand. And how people react to that vulgarity wasn’t even the issue. If you somehow can justify the lack of moral outrage by anyone that looks at Joe’s entire “body of work” and says that “he was a good guy”, well, than I can’t really help you. Yeah, it was a great 60 year run Joe had. But what does that mean when you overlook or somehow try to balance a terrible wrong against volumes of good?

Yes, Joe did great things. But he also committed the worst sin of all.

Not caring when he should have.
Not being a leader when he needed to be.
And not looking back on that time with an understanding that it was bigger deal than Football, the University, and Penn State in general. And feeling the pain and suffering that the Sandusky victims still feel to this day.

Sorry, Joe Pa. I’ll recognize the accomplishments and nod my head when they’re brought up by PSU loyalists, but I can’t put you in the “Greatest” column any more.

I can only hope in the end that I am not in Joe Pa’s situation. I wouldn’t wish that type of trial on my worst enemies…That would be an impossible conundrum. To have to stand up and renounce someone that you have known and worked with for 30 years. I’m not even sure I could do it, either. And that’s why this is so hard…so difficult for a lot of people that know and respect the coach, the teacher and….the humanitarian.

And maybe in that place, the place where you want to believe in your family, friends and your co-workers, is where I can find Joe’s humanity. For not wanting to destroy a life that destroyed so many others…But at the same time, by taking charge, he could have saved the lives of so many more…

It’s confusing, to say the least. But, as an individual, I just can’t let it go. As a society, we can’t let it go. And maybe, that will be Joe’s lasting lesson. And some good can come out of all this.

I don’t know…But I wish I did.

Still Searching for Answers….


Monday, January 23, 2012

RIP Joe Pa

You'll be missed....

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

It's A Wrap!

I’m always a little sad when I start writing the season wrap….It’s kind of like taking the docks out of the water at the end of the summer…Another season in the books and we have to wait until next fall when it starts all over again. 230 days from last Monday night until the Kick-off Classic….230 days….

Anyway, here we go!!!

First, a question: Are you satisfied? As a Michigan Fan, you have to be a lot happier with the results of the season than you were with most of the over the counter pre-season expectations going in, unless you are a long time reader of this blog and understand that the guy writing it knows a couple of things about the team and can recognize a favorable schedule when he sees one. I predicted 10 wins and a B1G championship. Right on the first count, wrong on the 2nd. But, a BCS game and victory made up for that (Suck on that, Sparty). However, I’m not sure I can go out on that same limb next year, but more on 2012 in a minute.

As far as the overall College Football Season for 2011 goes…are you happy? Satisfied? Do we have our National Champion? The MMQ is NOT that enthralled…And I can tell you why.

Fans are expressing their discontent with the whole BCS thing and stretching games out until January 9th when the real world has already returned to the daily grind. I mean look at the MMQ – this is one of the LATEST season wraps ever by date….Check out the USAToday article for details, but games not on January 1st were not only poorly attended, but they were also some of the lowest rated TV for the bowls. Ever. (Granted, a LOT of that has to do with them being on ESPN, but a rating is a rating). A couple of snippits:

-Even with a capacity crowd in New Orleans' Superdome on Monday, average bowl attendance will hit a 33-season low. It was 49,617 through the first 34 games, down almost 3% from a year earlier.
-The BCS took a succession of TV ratings hits, the biggest to last week's Orange Bowl. West Virginia's 70-33 rout of Clemson drew just 4.5% of U.S. households, making it the lowest-rated game in the BCS' 14-year history.
-All told going into Monday, the BCS' 7.3% average on ESPN was down 10% from the 2010 season and 21% from 2009 — when its games were carried by broadcast network Fox.

That’s pretty sad and hopefully sends a message to everyone involved in this mess: New Year’s Day ONLY or a Play off, or here’s a radical idea: Both. I know it’s not quite that simple, but, JEEZ LOUISE, figure it out! People do NOT want to travel after New Year’s day and burn 3 or 4 days of Vacation on what amounts to a nothing bowl during the first week of the New Year….Sorry, but it’s true. In addition, “BCS” means nothing anymore…But a play-off, well, as long as your team is alive, you might figure out a way to watch and attend the games – In December.

But NOT a neutral play-off site based play-off and NOT using the small bowls as the pre-games to the Big One. I’m talking about a play-off format something akin to the NFL. Home Game Sellouts for the 1st and 2nd rounds would be GUARANTEED! Can you imagine what a school like Michigan, Bama, LSU or any of the big boys, could charge for tickets like that? And the money it would bring in via TV revenue alone? Sheesh! It’s a wonder that David Brandon hasn’t single handedly done it already!

And isn’t that better than playing in the Idaho Potato bowl and having your university PAY a minimum of $750,000 participation fee and another $500,000 to local hotels and restaurants? You can bet that athletic departments around the US are licking their chops at that opportunity!

Will it happen? Not right away of course. But once you go to a 4 team plus 1 format (which is going to happen! Check out Frank The Tank), it will be the opening of Pandora’s Box. Because the Big Boy’s that DON’T make it into the 4 team format will start making noise and as soon as the idea of home field advantage takes hold for first round games, well, it’ll be lights out for some of the bowls.

That’s not to say that if Michigan lost in the first round of the MMQ’s 12-16 team play-off proposal (remember this from 2009?) that they then couldn’t go to the Outback Bowl…But you can bet that if they did lose in the first round and got an Outback Bowl invite, even fewer fans would attend. Hence, the beginning of the end for Bowls will be upon us. Fans would have already blown their wad on home play-off tickets or going to someone else’s place to catch a “Meaningful Game.”

And frankly, that’s not a bad thing. It’s a hell of a lot better than handing Bama a re-match without them even earning it, fer God’s sake….If you don’t make the playoffs, well, you can still go to a bowl and get the extra practices in. But bowls and universities alike will start to hate them (the bowls) and revenue will dry up as the traditions just fade away and home play-off games and the revenue they can bring in take hold. And, if the Power conferences agree to share that home game revenue, well, it’s academic
…At least, that’s the ole MMQ’s view of the world.

Idle Thoughts From the Season

-Upon reflection, after everything was said and done, the MOST SATISFYNIG WIN OF THIS SEASON was and is the last second victory over the Domers (JEEZ I HATE THESE GUYS!) in the first ever night game at the Big House!
-Followed very closely by the satisfying thumping we put on the Suckeyes…
-And I’m really glad I was at both games with people that will remember and appreciate what we witnessed…My brother and daughter…
-Of course, my daughter might have learned some new bad words…
-But she’s been learning them anyway.
-I’m glad we discovered a defense that works…
-And I’m even more glad we were able to build an “acceptable” offense around DeRob…
-I would really, really like to have the Iowa game back…
-Sparty, well, I’d like to have it back, but we would need to completely re-do how we snap the ball…Molk’s only downfall.
-Fond memories of the Minnesota romp will live for awhile…
-That and Purdue.
-Speaking of Purdue – last two out of three over OSU? Really?
-Suckeyes must be getting sick of that...
-Meyer to OSU…That’s just bad form, Urban.
-Sorry, but it is.
-Yeah, the SEC is tough.
-I hope we give you ulcers in the B1G next year.
-But it is kind of funny…NDNation is livid over the fact that you went to OSU when they had an (imaginary) shot at you…
-Of course, they’re just going to go hire Satan now.
-Don’t believe me? Here’s the link…
-I guess they don’t know or didn’t hear that $warbuck$ just gave Kelly a 2 year extension.
-I hope Hoke continues to be a good coach and isn’t a flash in the pan…
-We’ll eventually see, but I don’t like the idea of another coaching search in the next 5 years…
-It’s too traumatic for the fans and players alike…
-But I doubt the PTB would ever make a Rodrigues mistake again…And if they did, I’m sure hoping the hire would get more universal support than Rodrigues got.
-I think I like the amplified band…To all the people that are bitching: Turn off your hearing aid.
-I also like the pumped in RAWK music. Makes it feel a little more energized.

Pre-Season Predictions and Outcomes

Well, I hate to pat myself on the back (AGAIN!), but your ole MMQ did nail down this season pretty well – for Michigan. I only screwed up Iowa and Northwestern, and I still believe that had they just shown up at Kinnick and gotten a few favorable calls or reversed TD’s and Michigan beats Iowa.

As far as the rest of the predictions, let’s take a peek (from the Pre-season Spectacular):

1. Stanford - Come on, Luck coming back is huge for that team. – This one was closer than anyone was giving me credit for…but they didn’t win the biggest games…
2. Alabama - Bowl game loss to Luck will be sweet for all other College Football Fans….Oops…heh-heh, well, at least I got one team in the title game right.
3. Boise State - Something has been eating at me and this could be the year of the mid major in the National Title game…Not that they’ll win. – HEE-hee…HAHAHAHAHA! The Boy’s State run should be over now that Kellen Moore has left the building…
4. Oregon – Come back kids have controversy and a lot of time to prepare in order to deal with it. But Luck will be too much.. – Oops…Oh well, you can’t get them all right…
5. Texas A&M – If they can get by Texas – Jeez…This had to be the biggest face plant of the year…
6. Michigan – Surprise Big 10 Champions! – Okay, so they weren’t B1G 10 champs…but they were closer than most people thought!
7. Virginia Tech – Who else can you pick from the ACC? – Clemson?
8. LSU – An extremely disappointing season for Miles… - Wow…LSU has to be considered for a national title about every three years…That’s just the way it is…
9. Wisconsin – Didn’t see Michigan coming – Well, I wish Michigan could have played them…
10. Georgia – Sleeper in the SEC. I’ve read a couple things and I like ole Richy Rich to get it right (finally) – Ooooops…Another big miss by the MMQ.

2011 Biggest Surprises:

1. Michigan – Really. No one else was giving a 1st year head coach with a lousy record any more than 8 wins this year. 9 wins was going to be incredible! 10, you were a slappy…11 with a BCS bowl victory and you would have been laughed right out of the front door of ESPN.
2. This could almost be a tie for number 1: LSU After looking at kicking two members off the team on Labor Day, not to mention all the other crap that was going on, I’m more convinced than ever that the Hatter is one of, if not the best College Coach in the game today. And Michigan let Lloyd Carr decide not to go get him…Sheesh…
3. PSU – I’m glad 2011 is in the books for this great institution and I only hope they bring someone in that can put the whole sordid affair behind him.
4. Okie State – I’ll be honest, I wasn’t buying the hype and I thought that the Laters and Longhorns would put these guys in their place….What does the MMQ know?
5. Miami Scandal…Only it wasn’t that much of a surprise, really, when it comes down to it….
6. RGB III winning the Heisman.

2011 Biggest Disappointments

1. Texas A&M
2. PSU - Yes, you can be the top in two categories with a cataclysmic event like this...
3. NCAA ruling on OSU…Should have been much, much worse….
4. Luck not winning the Heisman, not that RGB didn’t deserve it. But RGB wasn’t on anyone’s radar pre-season. Luck only has himself to blame…if he beats Oregon, he’s right there…
5. Sparty not making a BCS bowl…Oh wait, that should be in the Biggest Laughs of 2011!
6. Tennessee – will this former SEC powerhouse ever figure it out again?

Weirdest and Strangest Conference Re-alignment Developments

1. Texas A&M to the SEC…Along with Missouri. Big 12 will never be the same….
2. Pitt and Syracuse leaving the Beast in the middle of the night…
3. WVU fighting to get out of the Beast early…

Hot Seat Mascot

Just to throw another picture of Jenn in here SOMEWHERE!

Early 2012 Predictions

Well, I hate to make predictions (except when I’m right) and I’m afraid that next season may actually bring more disappointment than many Michigan fans realize. I’m actually amazed at the number of people that believe 10 wins in 2012 is a given (based on what happened this year). Sheesh…What a crappy way to make a prediction. What surprises me is how many casual fans believe that a repeat of this year should be easy now that we have the right coaching in place…To all those fans that either haven’t been paying attention or need an education, here’s some simple questions:

Did you look at the schedule?
Did you see who they’re going to have on the starting roster?
Did you see who Michigan has to play on the road?

Michigan has a plethora of incredibly tough road games….Yes, Denard is back, but they are losing a lot of key people on Defense…Especially in the middle D-Line. That’s a problem and will more than likely be a setback…

Alabama, Domers, Cornsuckers and OSU are ALL ON THE ROAD!!
(If Michigan can win two of those, I’ll be impressed.)

So, without further ado: Here’s an early peek at the season schedule in addition to the predictions associated with each game.

(Home Games in CAPS – I know, the Jerry Dome is in Dallas, but at least we’re wearing the Blue Jersey’s. Scratch that. We’re probably wearing some “one time only!” special uni….sigh…)

Satan’s Warriors in the Jerry Dome. Not the opening cream puff you’d like to have to knock the rust off, but maybe Alabama will be saying the same thing and still be drunk from winning a Mythical National Title…Question is: Does the MMQ and the faithful figure out a way to get down to Dallas on Labor Day for this one where accommodations may be available or do we just watch what will probably be massive bloodshed on the tube? That’s the question…Ask me in May.
Michigan 24-Satan’s Warriors 42

This team is NOT a pushover and could present problems to Michigan’s defense with all it’s senior leadership in the middle gone….
Michigan 41-air force – 35

UMASS – See Air Force
Michigan 35 – Umass – 27

Michigan @ Domers
I don’t like this game. B. Kelly’s back will be against the wall and the pressure will be intense. Kowing the Domers, they will have already dropped a game to either Navy, Sparty or Purdue….They will have this date circled looking not only for triple revenge against the Maize and Blue, but also for the Night Game. This is a REVENGE GAME in all capital letters! Of course, when you’re playing for revenge, you’re playing tight and we own these guys!
Domers 24 - Michigan 23

Michigan @ Purdue
Purdon’t won’t…
Michigan 37 – Purdon’t 17

Michigan hands first year head coach Beckman his first loss to Michigan…
Michigan 52 – Illini 21

Quadruple Revenge, anyone? This is one the Wolverines will have circled on THEIR calendar…
Michigan 42 - Sparty 35

@ Cornsuckers
I hate Road Revenge Games….Nebraska is going to want this one almost as bad as they will want to crush Wisconsin…
Michigan 27 – Cornsuckers 30 (OT)

@ Minnesota
If Kill is still the coach, he won’t beat Michigan this year…
Michigan 42-Gophers 24

Not as much of a threat this year, but still should not be taken lightly…
Michigan 31 – Northwestern 21

Michigan owes this team as well and will be looking at a 3 game winning streak if they can pull it off…
Michigan 24-Iowa 21

@ tosu
Michigan will have its hands full in a game that will be much bigger for OSU as it will be the Legend’s first “Big Game” in Columbus.
Michigan 24 – OSU 35

So, for those of you keeping score at home, that’s a potential 4 losses for your Wolverines in 2012 where many people are going to have them winning at least 10 games and going to a BCS bowl…Sorry, but that’s just the way the ole MMQ sees it…

As far as my Way Too Early Top 10 Predictions? Well….I guess I can do that…

1. Alabama – returning too many players and its Satan, after all.
2. USC – Barkley’s back and there’s no bowl ban this year…In fact, I don’t know anyone in the Pac 12 that can put up a challenge at this point…
3. Arkansas – They were close this year with a bunch of guys coming back and the QB will be in his third year…And look at their schedule! Bama and LSU at HOME!!! That’s a big deal…
4. LSU-See Alabama
5. West Virgina – After the Orange Bowl Statement (I know, Bowl victories are NOT momentum), I think WVU is set to make a big run next year as they head to the Big 12…2nd season QB and a lot of offense coming back. Of course they have FSU in a early pre-season matchup.
6. Oklahoma – just ‘cause it wouldn’t be a pre-season without Stoops in the top 10 somewhere….
7. Oregon – Chip Kelly’s system is a good one, even without James…
8. Michigan – This might be a little high based on what I just predicted, but I’m just saying that to expect an undefeated season in 2012 is just kidding yourself…10 wins again would be HUGE…. (DeRob in his third year)…. Maybe a B1G Championship? Not completely out of the realm of possibility…But you gotta use the ‘ole imagination.
9. FSU – they’re pissed off about 2011 and have a bunch of guys coming back. But can they get by the Moutaineers?
10. Tie - tOSU and Texas – Meyer and Mack will have surprisingly good teams next year. Only problem is one of them is playing for nothing and the other is running into two Oklahoma teams that aren’t scared of Texas anymore…


Well, the Championship Game didn’t do us any favors, and the final result for the year is dismal. I guess that just goes to show you that even when you’re trying to leverage house money, it still hurts when you lose. But ending another year in the Green indicates that we must know SOMETHING about what we’re doing! We just need to do the better stuff better and the bad stuff less….Still, $248 for the season is nothing to sneeze at…

Kind of goes without saying, right?

The NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP Satan’s Warriors vs. LMU (+1) O/U - 40
Wow…This game might make us very happy or very sad as far as the ole FMQ is concerned….
We have $232 house money that we could parlay here if we wanted…Let’s do it…The current bet is:

Take LMU and the 1 point for $75 - LOSE
Let’s add to it and take the under for $100 – WIN! Bank $190
Let’s parlay LMU winning and the under for $50 (pays 3 to 1) – LOSE…

Starting Bank: $1,058
Total Win: $190
Bank: $1,248

Enjoying the Ride....MMQ

Monday, January 9, 2012

Sugar Bowl Wrap and Other Trivia

Wow! That’s all I can say…Wow.
Did They deserve to win? Depends
Did They earn the win? Depends
Did They luck out? Depends

Depends on what? Which side of the argument you’re on, of course!

But guess what? None of it matters because THEY DIDN’T LOSE! And WINNERS (not whiners) find a WAY TO WIN!

Based on that fact alone when all the Sparty and Domer haters that come up to you for the next 6 months, you can simply put that big ole shit eatin’ grin on your face and say, “They won. That’s all that matters.”

Favorite things from the Sugar:

-Brendan Gibbons, and I quote, “Thinking about Brunettes during the big kick because that’s what Coach Hoke told me to do.” Another shot of Lucy Pinder, anyone, on behalf of Gibbons? Maybe she derserved being the Hot Seat Mascot afterall!

-Molk finding it somewhere inside of him to walk on that field for the last 60 minutes of football he would ever play. His injury was a scare and definitely could have been game changer…
-RVB playing like a warrior…
-Roundtree coming up HUGE and simply not being denied…
-Beamer's Boys making critical mistakes at critical times...I won't say they handed Michigan the game, but they didn't do themselves any favors, that's for sure.

Things I could do without:

-Internet “second guessers” calling a non-catch a catch. Change the rule if you don’t like it and review Roudtree’s catch in the Iowa game, puh-leeze before you throw stones.
-That Michigan didn’t deserve to win. Really? Did USC “deserve” to win the 1977 game? (Charles White phantom TD) And I can think of other games, too….but I’m just not going there this AM.
-That the win is somehow “tainted” because Va-Tech didn’t deserve to be there…BS....Va Tech was a worthy team and fared better than other ACC teams (see Orange bowl and Clemson, for example)
-That this wasn’t a “Great” Michigan team…I might agree with that, but
-It was a Great Team…And I think that’s the part that’s being overlooked….

Something that surprised me was that this was only the 5th time in recent history that Michigan had posted 11 or more wins. Out of curiosity and with the help of the stellar information over at the Bentley Library, I found the other seasons where Michigan had 11 or more….(I only went back to 1970)

2006 (11-2) Lost to OSU and the Rose Bowl to USC
1997 (12-0) Won the Whole Enchilada
1986 (11-1) Beat OSU and lost the Rose Bowl to ASU
1971 (11-1) Beat OSU and lost to Stanford in the Rose

Those are some pretty impressive teams…But did you notice anything in particular about the accomplishments? With the exception of 1997, all those teams either lost to OSU or the Bowl game, or in one case (2006), both.

And I can tell you this: As good as I felt about all those teams, there’s nothing that feels better than winning the last two. I don’t care what season it is.

So, I guess you can take the 11 wins, put it on the mantel, and say nice job. But for this fan, I really, REALLY appreciate the fact that tosu and the Bowl Game are part of the 11 victories. Yes, there’s one blemish on the record that I would like to erase, but there’s always next year.

Just for giggles, I looked up 10 game winning seasons (when they only played 11 games and a bowl) and this is what I came up with (when you factor in that 10-1 regular season percentage-wise is actually better than 11-2.  In my mind, that’s an equivalent stat…Yeah, I know, they play more games allowing for more error, but come on, winning 10 back in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s is still a big deal.):

1972 (10-1) Lost to OSU. Didn’t go to the Rose because of loss to OSU
1973 (10-0-1) tied OSU and didn’t got to the Rose because of THE VOTE!
1974 (10-1-0) Lost to OSU and didn’t go anywhere. Didn’t go anywhere in 73, either.
1976-77-78 (10-2) Orange (Lost), Rose (Lost) and Rose (Lost). Beat OSU in ’76 and ’77.
1980 (10-2) BEAT OSU and WON the Rose
1985 (10-2) BEAT to OSU and BEAT Nebraska in the Fiesta
1989 (10-2) BEAT OSU and lost to USC in the Rose
1991 (10-2) BEAT OSU and Lost to Washington
1998 (10-2) Lost to OSU and BEAT Arkansas in the Citrus
1999 (10-2) BEAT OSU and BEAT Alabama in the Orange
2002 (10-2) Lost to OSU and BEAT Florida in the Citrus
2003 (10-2) BEAT OSU and lost to USC in the Rose….

So, why did I do all that for you? To show you how many times in 40 seasons that Michigan won the last two. And how many times did the Wolverines win the last two? I’ll make it easy for you…Exactly three times. Four when you add in 1997. And they only beat OSU and won the Rose TWICE…

For those of you couting along at home, that's only 4 times in 40 years that Michigan has Beat OSU and won the Bowl...So, in conclusion….winning 10 was a big deal in the day of 11 regular season games. And winning the last two was even a BIGGER DEAL, in the MMQ’s humble opinion, than winning 10 or 11, for that matter.

So, please, PLEASE, I implore you…Enjoy this victory and this season! It doesn’t happen very often that we beat OSU and win the Bowl Game!

As far as the rest of the bowls, my take on all the ones that mattered:

Cotton: Arkansas sort of proved it MIGHT have belonged in a play-off, but I would have thought that a much larger margin of victory against K-state would have sent a stronger message. Of course, K-state had plenty of time to prepare and maybe the Hogs simply didn’t want to be there as bad as the Wildcats….

Orange: Holy Crap! Did Clemson even think about practicing defense? I mean, it’s one thing to not play well…But not play at all? I’m pretty sure that any BCS team would have had a field day against the defense that Clemson put on the field. And WVU did.

Sugar: Enough said, but stop with all the negatives, especially: Michigan Fans! Too many haterz out there already that will be poo-pooing this win as something less than it is. Sour Grapes and bitter biscuits, Sparty and Domer fan!

Fiesta: I don’t want to be the kicker for Stanford. In fact, why was the kicker even put in that position when you have Mr. Lucky taking the snaps from center? A freshmen kicker vs. a 3rd year (about to be a multilmillionaire) starting QB? C’mon…Even the ole MMQ knows how to call THAT one….Probably the best game of New Year’s day followed closely by the

ROSE: Okay. This game had everything, if you like offense. If you’re defense oriented, you didn’t see the 4th quarter because you had already clawed your eyes out. However, I did see it and Wiscy probably didn’t deserve to win, but they didn’t deserve to lose to Sparty and the Suckeyes, either, and based on the freakiness of 2011, I figured that Instant Karma was gonna’ help them…I don’t know why Wilson tried to down the ball with 2 seconds left. Call two plays, line up and play ‘em.

Outback: Cousins was nearly the goat (AGAIN) but Sparty met a bigger failure in critical games than Sparty ….Mark Richt may or may not be the Bulldogs head coach next year, and that season ending bowl loss after being up by 16 at the half is probably all anyone who is making the decision will point at if he’s not on the side line next year…

Gator: Yawn…I’m frankly a little pissed at the Suckeyes, and this is simply another reason to really hate them…They couldn’t even beat a Gatorland team that was easily beatable…with the former Gatorland coach on their sideline, for God’s sake…

Capitol One: Double Yawn…Someone tell the Cornsuckers that you NEED TO SHOW UP IN BOWL GAMES WHEN YOU PLAY THE SEC! 1997 doesn’t count anymore….

Alamo: Best Bowl game not on New Year’s day…I was impressed with RGB III…Really.

CHAMPS: Hahahaha….HAHAHAHAHAHA! Domers LOSE!!!!!

Biggest Bowl Statement

I kind of hate this comment that have become very “in vogue” to say by all the talking heads. It seems like everyone harps on it and tries to make each bowl that isn’t the National Title Game a “Big Deal” by stating this or that team made the biggest statement by winning their bowl. The MMQ’s version:

1. Oregon. Picking this one as the biggest statement was tough. But I think it's justified. Oregon wins it’s first BCS and it’s first Rose Bowl in 90 some years…That’s a pretty big statement and a relief for the fans…
2. Okie State – This was big deal as they won their first BCS game in addition to winning the Big 12 destination bowl against a legit team – Stanford.

Everything and everyone else is just kind of noise….I really don’t think you “build” momentum with a bowl win, but it would be an interesting statistic to analyze…

The Hot Seat

Jenn Brown will adorn the upper right of the blog for the year and I have been challenged with finding a close up photograph of the Jenn Brown Tramp Stamp tattoo. I will do my utmost to seek out this photo and have it on the blog as soon as humanly possible.  Actually, any of the readers up to the challenge?  Can anyone get a shot of that Tattoo for our blog? 

Maybe we should have a contest...that's an idle thought....

Did you think if I sent her a twitter asking for a shot of it she would respond?

We’ll do a final wrap next week with respect to hirings and firings…and how those coaches might do in the coming season.


Urban Legend Bowl (OSU vs. Florida -2.5)
Take OSU and the 2.5 for $200
-GAG! This game just sucked…That’s what I get for putting any money on either one of these teams…

ROSE BOWL Oregon vs. Wisconsin (+4.5)
Take Wiscy and the 4.5 for $75
-Jesus Tap Dancin’ Christ…Just RUN THE FINAL PLAY! LOSE…..

The FIESTA Stanford vs. Oklahoma State (-4.5)
Take Mr. Lucky and the 4.5 for $75
Mr. Lucky doesn’t win, but he covers….WIN $142.50

The OUTBACK Sparty vs. Georgia (-2.5)
Take Sparty and the 2.5 for $50
Sparty comes through for the ole FMQ – WIN - $95

The SUGAR Michigan vs. Va Tech (+2.5)
Take Michigan and lay the 2.5 for $125
Hee-hee….3 points is 3 points….WIN - $237.50

The NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP Satan’s Warriors vs. LMU (+1) O/U - 40

Wow…This game might make us very happy or very sad as far as the ole FMQ is concerned….We have $232 house money that we could parlay here if we wanted…Let’s do it…The current bet is:

Take LMU and the 1 point for $75
Let’s add to it and take the under for $100
Let’s parlay LMU winning and the under for $50 (pays 3 to 1)

So, we’re either going to have a nice tidy sum or be up a bunch (but not double….Sad Face. )

Starting Bank: $1,307
Total Bet: $250
Bank: $1057

Enjoying the Ride....MMQ

Monday, January 2, 2012

Bowl Monday and the Last Bets

Here we are! More than half way through the bowl season and I can honestly say that the only bowl game I’ve watched in its entirety (nearly) was the Alamo Bowl with Baylor and Washington. Fell asleep for part of it, but made it through most of it. And it was worth watching. Also caught part of the Domers (JEEZ I HATE THESE GUYS!) losing to FSU.

Whatever will become of the Domers?

I thought they might pull out a bowl win for their loyal fans as FSU had to be way more disappointed and pissed about not being in a BCS game than the Domers…but I was wrong (hee-hee!). Well, either way it goes for Michigan, it was a better than expected season.

But, instead of hearing about what I think might happen in the Bowl Games that Matter, I think I need to report on the last week.

What I Did On My Christmas Vacation:

Got thoroughly pissed off at the NCAA and the ruling for the suckeyes. And if I were USC, I would be leading the charge for penalty reform and trying to figure out who has what pictures of NCAA officials doing what to donkeys. In case you didn’t hear, the Suckeyes lost some additional scholarships and next year’s bowl game, taking all the pressure off Urban Legend to actually perform well. And they released it in a holiday week when the news cycles are short. Yes, Tressel got hit with a show cause which was the minimum he should have received. He LIED to everyone involved for God’s sake! The NCAA are a bunch of Chickenshits…Somebody somewhere at OSU has dirt on the NCAA…And that’s all I have to say on that.

I received and finished John U. Bacon’s book, “Three and Out”, which is more or less the story of the Rich Rod affair in Ann Arbor. First, where ever you may fall on Rich Rod, read the book. It will change your opinion. Second, without coming out and telling you what he thinks, Bacon is masterful in laying out the facts in such a way that you can easily draw several conclusions on the Rich Rod debacle. In summary:

On the Hiring of Rich Rod:
1. It’s still not clear who from the Athletic Department leaked to Kirk Herbstreit that Michigan was hiring Les Miles. That has to be the most wondered about and frustrating fact in the hiring fiasco. I have my suspicions and they haven’t changed much after reading the book from what I originally thought: Someone wanted to get a reaction from Les and have Les go on record publicly as someone that does not react well under pressure.
2. Lloyd Carr DID NOT WANT LES MILES. That much is perfectly clear. Even after Mary Sue Coleman and Sailboat Bill decided to talk to him and Les stated that if Michigan offered him the job, “I wouldn’t say no.” That’s a direct quote from the text. Mary Sue stated she would be the one to tell Lloyd that they were going to go after Les. And then suddenly, Carr swings into action and calls Rich Rod and tells him to think about the job? Then, in an effort of “non-support”, Lloyd lines up the incumbent palyers and tells them all that transfer papers are ready…While it’s not unusual, it’s certainly not a vote of confidence in Rich Rod.
3. Lloyd (and to a certain extent, Sailboat Bill) then went on to let Rich Rod publicly screw up several press conferences and certain traditions without so much as a coaching session on such matters, even though Rich had asked for several meetings with Lloyd.
4. If there is one “singular” person that is responsible for the failure of Rich Rod, it has to be Lloyd Carr. Bacon asked for several interviews (begged, in his own words) and Lloyd would not honor the request.

On Rich Rod’s Own Screw-ups:
1. Rich Rod should have kept English and the defensive staff around based on the fact that the couldn’t get his Defensive Coordinator from WVU to come to Ann Arbor.
2. The divisions in the Michigan camp became clear and the “cockroaches” did everything they could to upset the apple cart. Rich Rod didn’t go far enough with respect to catering to the “Old Guard” and traditionalists (especially the regents) when it came to understanding the politics surrounding the football program.
3. Don’t keep forcing a defense that just isn’t working…
4. Learn to say less dumb things in press conferences….

On Sailboat Bill
1. The Martin legacy as a business man is great – and frankly, echoing Bacon’s own comments, I wish it had ended there. On running an athletic department, it sucks. Not only did he not have a clue on what he was getting into when it came to hiring a coach, he DIDN’T EVEN USE THE COMMITTEE HE ESTABLISHED! Why his name is on the stadium is beyond me. That is the fault of David Brandon.
2. Martin would have more or less been let go if he hadn’t announced his retirement. Mary Sue had pretty much seen enough of Bill and his bungling of the interview process and hiring of Rich Rod, not to mention other “mishandled AD issues”.
3. Great business man, lousy AD.

On The Free Press
1. Bacon really calls out Rosenberg and Snyder. I mean, not only does he call them out, but he more or less supports the Michigan Daily’s claim that someone should be fired for the initial article that did not have supporting facts on the claims that were made with respect to the times associated with “over-practicing”.
2. In fact, Bacon went on to state that the NCAA itself “couldn’t readily answer the question as to what constituted over-practicing” other than the simple fact that coaches or paid assistants cannot be present or it’s official.
3. CARA forms are not only dumb, but THEY ARE NOT THE COACH’S RESPONSIBILTY TO SUBMIT! The Freep has repeatedly made false statements that Rich Rod and his “staff” had not completed the forms and have never corrected the statement, looking only to put additional dirt on Rich Rod’s coffin.
4. In short, he states that Rosenberg and Snyder were not only biased in their reporting, but they were obviously being fed information from someone on the inside that had access to a lot of it. Of the 7 people “indicted” in the NCAA report, 6 are no longer with the program.
5. In my own opinion: If you currently subscribe to the Freep, please stop. They are a complete fraud of news reporting.

On David Brandon and the firing of Rich Rod

1. Bacon more or less does speculate on this one with respect to “When did Dave make his decision to can Rich?” He states that if he had to put a date on it, it would have been right after the Football Bust and the Josh Brogan incident, which was pretty much the same time that the MMQ lost it…
2. Dave was smart to wait as long as possible to make sure that Rich Rod didn’t have immediate options (Maryland was VERY INTERESTED – it’s in the book) and he could have dragged half his guys with him…
3. It didn’t say what happened to Lloyd, but it did state that David needed to bring the “fractured” Michigan program back together.

In all, the tale is a good one and I have a very different opinion of Rich Rod after reading the text. Bacon doesn’t have any reason to spin it and put Rich Rod in a good light, but that’s how the story reads. The guy simply wanted to be given a chance to coach football, work through the issues he had inherited, and build a winning program in a tradition rich environment. But the deck was stacked against him from the get go and he never really had a chance. Lloyd Carr, for whatever personal reasons he had (Loyalty to Ron English and Mike DeBord?) wanted to see to it that Rich Rod would go down as the biggest mistake the Michigan Athletic Department ever made. Unfortunately, that is also a blemish on Lloyd Carr and it is something that this Michigan Man/Fan will never be able to forgive him for.

I’m sure that the collective brain trust in Ann Arbor wishes that “Three and Out” didn’t exist and that it would just go away. However, I have a feeling that the incumbent Powers That Be will be answering questions for a long time with regards to many of the facts that are contained within.

In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Athletic Department didn’t respond in some way to the text. Because it’s not going anywhere…

Idle Thoughts From The Christmas Break

-PSU is in a world of hurt and the Joe Pa legacy will take years to recover from.
-Let this be a lesson to other institutions with “untouchable” head coaches.
-It’s not always in your best interest to keep living legends around…
-Think Bo and Lloyd Carr…When they retire, get them off campus!
-I know, but that’s the way it should be…
-Too many bowls….
-Who’s playing in this one? Anyone that I care about?
-New Year’s Eve isn’t a bad day for bowls when you think about it…
-There’s not much going on during the day
-I hate New Year’s Day on Sunday…It sucks.
-Everyone is ready for COLLEGE Football on New Year’s Day..
-My mother even called asking me if she had missed something…
-And was REALLY ticked when I told her the Rose Bowl was on ESPN.
-Nope, she doesn’t have cable.
-How many days can we stretch the Bowl Season out?
-Too many….Bowls on January 9th are too late…

The Hot Seat


Jenn Brown will be the Hot Seat Mascot for the 2011 Football Season! That’s who’s picture we get to stare at, er, look at whenever I post during the off season. In a record vote (over 100 votes were cast!) Jen eked out - literally – a 2 vote victory over Lucy Pinder…Amazing when you think about it!

I will continue to comment on all the coaching hiring and firing, but for today, let’s just enjoy Jenn’s moment!


Well, I haven’t bet any bowls up to this point, but now we’re at the do or die time.

So, let’s get right to it:

Urban Legend Bowl (OSU vs. Florida -2.5)
So, let me get this straight: The team that was coached a year ago by the coach that is actually on the opposing sidelines is giving points? And it’s O-coordinator (The Big One) is leaving and going to Kansas? And it hasn’t shown any promise all year long on the offensive side of the ball? I don’t care if it is in Gatorland’s back yard, The Suckeyes are going to DESTROY Gatorland today….That has to be the gimme on the board!
Take OSU and the 2.5 for $200

ROSE BOWL Oregon vs. Wisconsin (+4.5)
The cheeseheads have been to the Grand Daddy of the All several times in the last 5 years…My guess is they are playing for some national respect and want to remind people that they were two last minute plays away from playing LSU in the Title game. I know that Wisconsin looks a lot like Stanford, but I think Wiscy might be a little better. And Russell Wilson wants to improve his draft status. If Wiscy loses, it’ll be closer than most people think…
Take Wiscy and the 4.5 for $75

The FIESTA Stanford vs. Oklahoma State (-4.5)
Wow…Here’s two teams with something to play for. This might actually be the best game going in this bowl season. I want to say take Okie State and lay the points, but Mr. Lucky and company might just be able to surprise this team…Mr. Lucky was good to me all year. I hate to get off that bandwagon…
Take Mr. Lucky and the 4.5 for $75

The OUTBACK Sparty vs. Georgia (-2.5)
Sparty getting points…in a bowl game...after losing by 41 points last year to an SEC team that was playing for pride/revenge. Hmm…Cousins last game along with a lot of other seniors. I hate to take Sparty, but something is telling me that Georgia isn’t respecting what Sparty can do.
Take Sparty and the 2.5 for $50

The SUGAR Michigan vs. Va Tech (+2.5)
These are two really even teams on paper. But they don’t play the games on paper. Va-Tech fans aren’t buying tickets which tells me the fans simply don’t believe in this team. Michigan has something to prove and is laying groundwork for next year.
Take Michigan and lay the 2.5 for $125

Satan’s Warriors will have their ears pinned back in this one. LMU has already beat them once, but this is the one that counts. Never EVER go against the Hatter with all the marbles on the line as he has bigger balls than any other coach in the collegiate ranks. My heart and head want Les to win this one just to see Satan cry at the press conference…But I also know what Satan can do to make sure that doesn’t happen…
Screw it:
Take LMU and the 1 point for $75

Starting Bank: $1,332.50
Total Win: $600
Bank: $732.50

Enjoying the Ride....MMQ