Sorry for the delay…
But life sometimes gets in the way.
Game in 30:
Ref Rants: Whiskey – Tango – Foxtrot!!!
I really hate to start on a positive note, but this was the point in the game where I completely lost it. I’m not sure where true depression comes from and sinks in, but when the replay official somehow blew this call, I know it was beginning for me. The ensuing fumble REALLY pissed me off and sent me further into the pit of despair…
The Brandon Peters hit with 2 and change left in the 3rd quarter (and no call on what I thought was unnecessary roughness) was the culmination play that sent me over the brink. I think that’s when the team felt it, too. And the results on the field would seem to indicate that’s when everyone threw in the towel.
Michigan simply can’t catch a break in a season of mishaps and 2nd half disasters against teams that have a pulse. Granted, they look like world beaters against 2nd class competition, but not when matched up against worthy opponents.
Michigan had a difficult time running the ball, but that was expected against this defense. I thought there’d be a better STRATEGY of busting guys open, but that never materialized. Just running the same things you were running against potatoes for three weeks wasn’t a great plan. Peters threw okay when he wasn’t running for his life. Why can’t Michigan field a reasonably acceptable pass protection strategy with the line they have? Screens are great when you can’t block? Screen pass anyone?
I dunno. Michigan isn’t good this year and I get that. But I’m starting to wonder if anything changes (on offense) even with the return of Newsome next season. And if you’re constantly going to sacrifice QB’s to the DL or LB Sack Gods, what are you going to have left to work with? Maybe a review of Drevno’s performance is in order. But this thing also looks a lot like Harbaugh, so I don’t know if it CAN change…
With the asses of Columbus coming to town…
With something to prove…
And O’Korn in the “Position of Death”.
Sigh…Maybe they’re will be suckeyes wandering around Ann Arbor looking for Tix…
I’m not sure I can go in there and stomach this.
The Rest of the “Hot” Mess
YHMA – You Have My Attention
Wiscy: Congrats, I guess? Better competition and you’ll be toast. And I’m not sure anyone wants to be fodder for Bama as a 4-seed. But you won and Hornibrook threaded needles in the 2nd half. He has his one obligatory INT, but Michigan couldn’t capitalize.
TIYFC - Turn In Your Football Cards
Wolverines: 10 years without a ranked road win. Less than 250 yards of offense. Letting your 2nd QB get completely destroyed by an atrocious hit. Gotta do better.
Gophers: WTF? I know the road is tough. Believe me I know. But getting blanked? In Evanston? Where they don’t even care about sports? That’s a sin. I’m not sure what to say here. I guess you can still make a bowl and pull off the impossible. It’s seems that’s what teams are doing this year. And you have Wiscy HOME.
CUD – Complete, Unmitigated Disasters!!!
Okie State: Once a Big iiX contender, now just another pretender. K-State is respectable, but there’s no way you should have lost this game. Get a defense, fergodsake!!!
NCSU: Granted, Wake Forest is better, but still. You almost beat Clemson, the defending National Champs. You have to win these games...
UCLA: Close isn’t good enough and a loss to your cross-town rival got your coach canned. And Harbaugh to UCLA is the funniest thing I’ve heard all week. With the exception of Pete Finebaum talking for 5 minutes about Harbaugh to the NFL because he “can’t win” at the college level.
Iowa: First, you beat the Suckeyes with a brilliant game and everyone is talking about you and what you have become. Then, you do a very Kirk Ferentz thing and lost AT HOME to Brohm’s Boilers. Badly. Nebraska might beat you…
WWB – We Won, But…We Should Be Worried
Clemson: You beat a nice little FCS school, but South Carolina looms. Not to mention Miami, that didn’t look great, but they might have enough to take you down.
Oklahoma: In the annual beat down of the Jayhawks, Oklahoma’s QB and Heisman Hopeful Mayfield gave everyone that votes for the Heisman more reasons NOT to vote for him. If you haven’t seen it – The Crotch Grab:
And the obligatory apology after Lincoln Riley told Mayfield his punishment (not starting next game):
And the Rest
USC vs. UCLA: I already mentioned UCLA, but you have to see the hit USC’s punter Burdovich (listed at 185) puts on the returner:
The 5 Stages of Slappy Fan Grief
- Denial and Isolation –Georgia. Carryover
- ANGER –Oklahoma: Gotta be getting sick of Mayfield’s embarrassing antics. Guy’s gotta shot at the Heisman and is giving everyone reasons to find another candidate.
- Bargaining –Wiscy, Clemson, suckeyes. All hoping somebody loses.
- Depression: MICHIGAN. All alone and headed toward 8-4
- Acceptance – Everybody Else. Spoilers alive in the Acceptance Stage!
Idle Thoughts from Saturday
-Madison – snow is flying on Game Day!
-As expected, a very small crowd….
-Not surprised. 8:00 CT on a freezing day is tough for fans.
-And the immediate 11:00 AM kick doesn’t help.
-Coach is the guest picker.
-I always liked that show.
-Here we go!
-Punt Return TD…
-Special teams could be the difference
-Peters looks okay
-That’s a TD
-Even the announcers seem to think so
-It’s RIGHT THERE!
-ARE YOU F#!%$ING KIDDING ME?
-WHY HAVE REPLAY AT ALL?
-WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT?
-And Peter fumbles….
-This. Is. A. Disaster.
-This was a great opportunity.
-Wiscy will use this.
-What are we doing?
-Rushing game plan not great.
-Wiscy has adjusted. Michigan hasn’t.
-Where’s the flag on THAT HIT?
-Late and unnecessary roughness?
-I F@#$%ing hate referees.
-All of them.
-Now it’s really over.
-We’ll never beat the suckeyes.
THE MMQ’s “I DON’T NEED A COMMITTEE!”
1. CANES/Clemson – This one settled on the field. Clemson would like a Miami loss this week somehow.
2. Oklahoma – Win and they’re in…
3. Wiscy: They’re MORE deserving this week.
4. Auburn/Bama – winner will probably beat Gerogia.
Undefeateds and 1-loss Lurkers: Georgia. Needs to win to get in..
The Hot Seat
Adding Mora to the list.
We’ll keep track of who’s gone as the season progresses….
- “Holier than Thou” Hugh Freeze
- Andersen – Oregon State
- Kugler – Texas El Paso
- Tyson Summers – Georgia Southern
- McElwain – Florida.
- Butch Jones – Tennessee
- Mora – UCLA. Was on the ECOD at 4 last week.
Electric Chair of Death!
- Bielema - When your AD gets canned, you can’t be far behind
- Sumlin – Soon?
- Riley – Battled PSU fiercely, but lost.
The Hot Seat
1. Beatty – Kansas
2. Fedora – UNC
3. Lovie Smith – Illinois hands Indiana first B1G Win
4. Ruhle – Baylor
5. Taggart – May be up for the Florida Job…
1. Bill Snyder – K-State. Gotta be thinking about it…
Frost – Florida or Nebraska?
Miles – I don’t know why he’s not being considered for gigs
Brohm - Still hot for a better gig.
Who won’t leave:
Gruden – This one cracks me up every time Tennessee needs to hire a guy…
Chip Kelly – Really has to be the right job. Florida interviewed him, but no further news.
This Week In Schadenfreude
This is a must read as there are excerpts in here about a Michigan Conspiracy Theory. The guy makes a lot of great points and it does seem that we get everyone’s “Best Game” when it comes to the amount of holding calls made against Michigan, not to mention several other slights…