Friday, October 31, 2008
History: Like many of its Big Ten brethren Purdue University was founded as a land grant college. Purdue was founded on May 6, 1869 as a land-grant university when the Indiana General Assembly, taking advantage of the Morrill Act, accepted a $150K donation and 100 acres of land from Lafayette businessman John Purdue to establish a college of science, technology, and agriculture in his name. Purdue had built his wealth during the Civil War by selling dry goods to the Union Army. An interesting side note, in order to protect his assets during the war against southern sympathizers he established the "Purdue Rifles" a volunteer protective force of about 100 trained, uniformed and armed men in and around Lafayette that guarded Confederate prisoners, rounded up deserters and maintained order. John Purdue’s grave is on campus near the Union Building.
Classes first began at Purdue on September 16, 1874 with 39 students. Purdue issued its first degree a year later. They used to have their own railroad station and today have their own airport. Today there are nearly 40,000 students on campus.
Location: Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana. It is the flagship of the six campuses within the Purdue University System, one of the largest university systems in the United States. It is situated in Tippecanoe County about 65 miles northwest of Indianapolis. The place is named in honor of General Lafayette, a French military hero who fought with the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.
I have known some nice looking Purdue grads, but this in no place to go looking for chicks. According to the 2000 US Census: for every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 137.2 males in West Lafayette. This unusual distribution can be explained by Purdue's presence; the school has large programs in several male-dominated academic fields such as engineering.
Nickname: They call themselves The Boilermakers. For years I thought it was interesting the drink my Uncle Andy liked was the same as the local college team near his house. It wasn’t until I got a little older did I realize it had nothing to do with beer and whiskey.
Before becoming the Boilermakers, Purdue’s sports teams had a bunch of silly industrial/farming names, including the surreal “Clod Mashers and Lunch Punishers from the wilds of Tippecanoe County”. Other names were the Corn Huskers, Rail Splitters, Haymakers, LogHaulers, Blacksmiths, Sluggers, Hayseeds, Pumpkin-shuckers and my personal favorite: Cornfield Sailors.
The Boilermaker nickname dates back to 1891 when a local reporter referred to the football team as “Boiler Makers” following a 44-0 whitewash of Wabash College. The title of the story was called “Slaughter of Innocents” -- which is a decent description of the 2008 Michigan Football. The next year the student newspaper (still called the Exponent) began using the name and it stuck. As far as nicknames go, this one is a true original. Purdue is the only college known as the Boilermakers, and I would rank at or near the top of all college nicknames. The Boilermaker name is a marketers dream and has come to symbolize all things Purdue, from their sports teams to their individual alumni.
Mascot: The Boilermaker Special has been the official mascot of Purdue University since 1940. It essentially is a Victorian-era railroad locomotive built on a truck chassis. The Special was originally designed to demonstrate Purdue's engineering programs. It is "street legal" and can be driven on expressways at a top speed of 65mph and it attends all of Purdue’s football games home & away. Hats bearing the logos of defeated opponents are attached to the Boilermaker Special's cow-catcher. There is a smaller version (called the X-Tra) for indoor events. The Special is operated, maintained, and funded by the unfortunately named Purdue Reamer Club.
Not to be confused, the official mascot of Purdue athletics since 1940 has been Purdue Pete. He began as a logo for the campus bookstore. He made his first physical appearance as the athletics mascot at a pep rally in 1956. Pete has lost his head a several times, literally. They lost his original paper-mache head in 1962 on the way back from Iowa City. The head was in the back of the Boilermaker Special when a strong gust of wind blew it out into the road. The crew stopped the Special and searched for hours for the head without any luck. The only thing they found was little piece of the shoulder pad.
Obviously on the recommendation by some marketing firm the university introduced an inflatable 10 foot mascot thing named Rowdy in 1997. The 10-foot-tall alter ego of Pete was kept inflated by a battery-powered blower strapped on the student who portrays him. He was made of parachute material and was supposed to represent a young boy who hopes to become a Purdue Boilermaker. Frankly, he was pretty lame and retired at the end of the 2007 season.
Colors/Logo/Helmet: In 1887 Purdue University adopted its school colors, Old Gold and Black. These distinctive colors were inspired by the brass and iron found on the steam engine Lafayette that passed through the state. Unlike Big Ten teams Iowa and Minnesota, the Purdue gold is actually gold, not yellow.
They use a “forward moving P,” as their primary logo. This logo is nice clean and basic. They have also used various versions of a train engine as an alternative logo. Again, it is a uniquely Purdue symbol and there is no confusing it with any other college logo. Plus, my nephews love trains and these logos make them happy.
Considering they have not had a ton of success as a football program, they have a pretty stable helmet history. In the early 1950’s Purdue’s helmets looked a little bit like the Michigan helmets without the wings. They went to a “numbers on the side” period in the 1960’s until they went with the current gold with a black P in the early 1970’s. However, for some reason during the last two years of the Fred Akers era they had a two-year fling with black helmets (1989 and 1990).When Drew Brees led Purdue to 2001 Rose Bowl they wore a special “Rose Bowl” version of the helmet. I think it looked great because it combined the classic Purdue style with the very special (and rare) occasion of the Rose Bowl visit. Not many teams could pull that off -- Purdue did. Unfortunately they lost to the Washington Huskies.
Fight Song: Hail Purdue! is the official fight song of Purdue University. The lyrics were written by James Morrison, to the tune set by Edward Wotawa in 1913. The song was initially titled "Purdue War Song" and was dedicated to the Varsity Glee Club, of whom Wotawa was a member. If you have ever played EA Sports NCAA Football you have heard this song, the menu system programmer has to be Purdue grad because it plays all the time.
To your call once more we rally,
Alma Mater, hear our praise;
Where the Wabash spreads its valley,
Filled with joy our voices raise.
From the skies in swelling echoes
Come the cheers that tell the tale,
Of your vic'tries and your heroes,
Hail Purdue! We sing all hail!
Hail, hail to old Purdue!
All hail to our old gold and black!
Hail, hail to old Purdue!
Our friendship may she never lack,
Ever grateful ever true,
Thus we raise our song anew,†
Of the days we've spent with you,
All hail our own Purdue.
When in after years we're turning,
Alma Mater, back to you,
May our hearts with love be yearning,
For the scenes of old Purdue.
Back among your pathways winding
Let us seek what lies before,
Fondest hopes and aims e'er finding,
While we sing of days of yore.
Alternate second verse (often sung by the Purdue All American Marching Band)
In the band we march and swagger
As we play for old Purdue.
At the halftime we do shows
No other band on Earth could do.
When we cheer the Earth will tremble
For we're known throughout the land
As the best in marching music,
We're the Boilermaker Band.
Academics: The reputation of Purdue as a top engineering school is well known. It was the first university in America to award an aviation engineering degree under the direction of the Wright brothers. Purdue was the first university in the country to offer college credit for flight training, and the first to offer a degree in aviation. Over the last ten years, Purdue has awarded more aerospace engineering degree than any other school, and awards more engineering degrees to women than any college in the country. It’s known as the cradle of astronauts, and has one of the largest international student populations of any public university in the U.S.
I find it interesting that even with it’s engineering reputation Purdue only ranks 66th in the most recent US News rankings. While not as lowly ranked as Michigan State and Indiana, they are still pretty low in the Big Ten and tied with Miami (Ohio), SMU, UConn, and Iowa. Go Figure?
Athletics: Purdue was a charter member of the Big Ten and played a central role in its creation. They have an intense rivalry with Indiana in all sports. The Boilermakers battle the Hoosiers on the football field each year to win the Old Oaken Bucket. Purdue leads the series, first played in 1925, 68-36-6. Found on a farm in southern Indiana, the oaken bucket is one of the oldest football trophies in the nation. The winner of game gets to add a bronze "P" or "I" chain link and keep the trophy until the next face-off. Ironically, the first competition in 1925 led to a 0-0 tie, resulting in the first link on the chain being an "IP."
It is good that they battle so hard with Indiana, because in over 100 years of Big Ten football the Boilermakers haven’t really battled anyone else. They have won only one non-shared conference championship (1929) and have only shared of seven others. Only two of those co-championships have taken place in the last 55 years.
But in basketball it is a different story -- Boilermaker Basketball teams have won more Big Ten Championships than any other conference school, with 27 (Men 21 and Women 6). The guys have been to two Final Fours and the ladies three. The Purdue Women won the NCAA title 1999 while the Men were voted NCAA Champs in 1932 (before the NCAA tourney). The rest of the Boilermakers teams are just plain weak. In this century, they’ve only won three Big Ten titles (two in women’s golf and one in women’s indoor track). They show no historical conference dominance in any sport. Their only other national championship in history is a 1961 title in men’s golf.
Famous alums: Purdue alumni have headed corporations, held federal offices, founded television networks, and flown through space. Purdue’s distinguished faculty have won Nobel prizes, solved long-standing riddles in science, headed government agencies, and received countless awards. Famous Purdue people include: Russell Games Slayter, inventor of fiberglass; Harold Gray, creator of Little Orphan Annie; George Peppard, movie actor; Orville Redenbacher, popcorn king; and Ruth Siems, inventor of stove top stuffing. They have a nice list of famous athletes including John Wooden, Basketball legend; Hank Stram, NFL Hall of Fame coach; Ryan Newman, NASCAR driver, and Drew Brees, Len Dawson, and Bob (you can call me Brian's Dad) Griese, NFL pro bowl quarterbacks. I would be remiss without mentioning that former Lions QB and current SEC lobbyist Gary Danielson went to Purdue. It is sad to see that a guy that went to high school in Michigan and attended a Big Ten School can be such a blow-hard against his midwestern football roots.
As I mentioned above, Purdue is known as the "Cradle of Astronauts". They have graduated 22 NASA astronauts, including the first and last men to walk on the moon. Pretty impressive. The most recognizable Purdue Space Man is Neil Armstrong. So yes, Purdue beats Michigan in the race to space -- but they have no US Presidents... White House Bitches...
The Game: Purdue is terrible, so is Michigan. Purdue's QB is pathetic, so is Michigan's. Purdue can't score, either can Michigan. Sounds like a great time, huh ? I can't wait to sit down and watch this game, if only to see Michigan punter Zoltan Mesko. He will be the best player on the field. He leads the Big Ten and is 10th nationally in punting with a career-best 44.6 yard average. Michigan is the only team in the country to have a top 10 yardage punter and sit in the top 10 in net punting (1st) and punt return yardage defense (5th). So we've got that going for us....WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOO !!!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Each week this season, we Michigan Fans believe. We truly think that Lucy will hold the football, and once and for all we will finally kick it. We are initially skeptical, then we measure carefully, then we commit and run all out......
Only to have the football pulled out from us yet again. Yet another loss, a wasted opportunity, a possible win that never was, moving ever closer to the wrong side of Michigan football history.
BUT, just like that eternal optimist, Charlie Brown, we will believe again the very next week, steadfastly believing in the goodness of a newly granted opportunity, knowing that with enough heart and gumption we really can kick the football! Michigan really will win this week!!!!!
BEAT THE BOILERS!!!!!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
• Tampa Bay CB Cato June made a season-high seven tackles against the Dallas Cowboys.
• Arizona WR Steve Breaston tied a career-high with nine receptions for 91 yards against Carolina Panthers.
• Cleveland Browns WR Braylon Edwards gained 64 yards on two receptions.
• New York Jets LB David Harris leads the team with 45 tackles. He also led the team last year with 127 tackles as a rookie.
• New Orleans Saints TE Mark Campbell grabbed two passes for 14 yards, including a one-yard touchdown catch against the San Diego Chargers.
• And on Monday night, Indianapolis Colts CB Marlin Jackson registered six tackles and forced one fumble against the unbeaten Tennessee Titans.
Not sure if this qualifies on the "Pride comes before the Fall" or "Sparty you are more pathetic than we would ever know" category. Either way, prepare yourselves to see this T-Shirt on every pizza delivery person and bartender you see in the state of Michigan for the next couple of months.
This is the last thing I am going to say about this subject until next year.
Congrats Sparty, you just:
1) Won your first game at Michigan Stadium in 18 years
2) Beat the Michigan for the first time in seven attempts
3) Beat the worst Michigan team in 40 years
4) Allowed a pathetic 2-6 football team hang in the game for 3 quarters
5) Improved your overall record against Michigan to 67-29-5
Edit: Digital billboards oh my....
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
History: The Michigan Constitution (1850 version) called for the creation of an "agricultural school". In February 1855 Michigan Governor Kinsley S. Bingham signed the bill to create The Agricultural College of the State of Michigan. This school claims the title as the nation’s pioneer land-grant institution. They actually started having classes in 1857 when they opened with three buildings, five faculty members, and 63 male students. Like most land grant schools, the original curriculum shunned classic Latin and Greek studies and focused on farming and practical training. To help offset the costs they required three hours of daily manual labor from the students. In 1859, this curriculum was deemed too elitist and the college became a two-year vocational school. A short time later the school changed its name to State Agricultural College and went back to being a four-year school and developed into the Michigan State we know and loath today.
Michigan State first admitted women in 1870, although at that time there were no female residence halls. The few women who enrolled either boarded with faculty families or made the long arduous stagecoach treks to the campus. I find this little fact ironic, because in the day, I know many male UM students that made the long arduous trek to East Lansing to find women.
Officially there have been six names of this place:
Feb. 12, 1855 :Agricultural College of the State of Michigan
March 15, 1861 : State Agricultural College
June 2, 1909 : Michigan Agricultural College
May 1, 1925 : Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science
July 1, 1955 : Michigan State University of Agriculture and Applied Science
Jan. 1, 1964 : Michigan State University
Location: MSU's sprawling campus is located in East Lansing, about three miles from the Capital of the State. Most people don’t know this, but East Lansing was a dry (no alcohol) town until the 1960s, but since then a lot has changed. If you have never been there, this campus can throw some wicked parties. Over the years there have been legendary bashes and spontaneous celebration/defeat riots (mostly after big basketball games). I would not be surprised if a flaming couch isn't a part of the town seal. Most famously, The Cedar Village area and the annual CedarFest party has become such a problem, by the city that it plans to demolish the apartments and develop the area with condos and shopping centers.
The 5200 acre campus is huge, but is considered by many as one of the nicest in the country. The W. J. Beal Botanical Garden is the oldest of its kind in the country. The campus is perched on the banks of the Red Cedar River, which is more of a creek than a river. Although it is named for the trees along the river's source, the trees are actually junipers, not cedars.
Nickname: They call themselves Spartans. The teams were originally known as Aggies until 1925. Looking to move beyond its agricultural roots, Michigan State held a contest to find a new nickname. They decided to call the teams the "Michigan Staters". Local sports writers were unhappy and went through the losing entries to find a shorter and more heroic name. They decided on the "Spartans". It stuck.
Mascot: Sparty is a campus legend in several forms: a couple of statues and a costumed cartoon version during sporting events. The original Sparty statue was dedicated on June 9, 1945. It is made of five large glazed terra cotta sections fired from red Ohio clay; these pieces were joined by mortar joints, with a poured concrete core over a steel frame. The statue stands over 9 feet tall and weighs approximately 3,000 pounds. When the statue was erected, the media claimed that it was the tallest free-standing ceramic sculpture in the world. Recently this original Sparty was moved indoors to be protected from the weather. They replaced it with a more weather friendly bronze version in 2005. Sparty is supposed to be guarded by members of the marching band, but sometimes they fall asleep.
The costumed cartoon version Sparty has been a staple at MSU athletic events since 1989. He's won the Mascot of the Year award three times and was nominated to the Mascot Hall of Fame, although it appears as if he lost to Brutus Buckeye for induction. He has been featured in ESPN commercials and this year he was honored on the cover of the NCAA Football computer game (Wii version). One has to wonder if the cartoon Sparty got his muscles from the same special vitamins that helped Tony Mandarich.
Colors/Logo/Helmet: Details are sketchy as to when Michigan State athletic teams officially began using the school colors green and white. But records of the Athletic Association of the then Michigan Agricultural College show that on April 11, 1899, the organization took steps toward adoption of a green monogram, "to be worn only by athletes who subsequently take part in intercollegiate events." It is generally thought the colors came into wide use with the arrival in 1903 of Chester L. Brewer as the school's first athletic director.
Michigan State has had a lot of different logos over the years. My favorite is the smoking/drunken auto-worker from the mid-60’s. They've gone back and forth more times than Rich Rodriguez has changed quarterbacks this year. The primary school mark now is the “classic block S” (that looks a lot like the number five to me). Over the years they have also had about 300 different versions of the Spartan logo… get it… 300.
They've also changed their helmets A LOT over the years, but the primary look as remained: green helmet with white logo. The current Spartan head design has been used on four different occasions over the years. They've also used the block "S" during two different eras, including the George Perles era where they only had the “S” on one side of the helmet (Perles came to MSU from the Pittsburgh Steelers). The fact is, since 1970 Michigan State has changed their helmet designs more times than they have beaten Michigan (11 helmet changes versus 8 victories).Fight Song: MSU's fight song was created in early 1915 and copyrighted in 1919, when the school was known as Michigan Agricultural College (M.A.C.). A cheerleader named Francis Irving Lankey, along with lyricist Arthur Sayles, created the song by combining original lyrics with the melody from an early-20th century hymn called "Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus". As Michigan State has developed from a farmer school the lyrics have also changed.
|Original MAC lyrics|
On the banks of the Red Cedar,
There's a school that's known to all;
Its specialty is farming,
And those farmers play football;
Aggie teams are never beaten,
All through the game they'll fight;
Fight for the only colors:
Green and White.
Smash right through that line of blue,
Watch the points keep growing.
Aggie teams are bound to win,
They're fighting with a vim!
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Michigan is weakening,
We're going to win this game.
Fight! Fight! Rah! Team, Fight!
Victory for M.A.C.!
|Current MSU lyrics|
On the banks of the Red Cedar,
There's a school that's known to all;
Its specialty is winning,
And those Spartans play good ball;
Spartan teams are never beaten,
All through the game they'll fight;
Fight for the only colors:
Green and White.
Go right through for MSU,
Watch the points keep growing,
Spartan teams are bound to win,
They're fighting with a vim!
Rah! Rah! Rah!
See their team is weakening,
We're going to win this game,
Fight! Fight! Rah! Team, Fight!
Victory for MSU!
Academics: Blah, blah, blah. Michigan State is one of the classic “if you can’t get into college go to State” institutions in America. I don’t think I know anyone from my high school class that applied to MSU and did not get in. Most Spartan Alumni you meet in the business world will claim that they “also got into Michigan” but chose MSU instead. My response… "sure, I got into Harvard". Nationally MSU is ranked 71st in the U.S. News and World Report school rankings, tied with Indiana, Delaware, Virginia Tech, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. This also puts them tied for for last place in the Big Ten with Indiana. But, I will admit, they do have hotter women and better bars than Ann Arbor.
Athletics: When the University of Chicago eliminated football and resigned its spot in the Big Ten in 1946, M.S.C. lobbied hard to became a member. Despite the objections of Michigan, the Spartans were allowed into the conference in 1949. Let by one of Fritz Crisler’s protégés named Clarence "Biggie" Munn it did not take long for the Spartans to become a national football power. They won various versions of a football National Championship in 1951, 1952, 1955, 1957, 1965, and 1966. Overall, they are 7-11 in bowl games and won the Rose Bowl in 1954, 1956, and 1988.
The 1966 Michigan State played Notre Dame in what was dubbed "The Game of the Century". This game remains one of the greatest and most controversial, games in college football history. The game was played in Spartan Stadium. Michigan State entered the contest 9-0 and ranked #2, while Notre Dame came to East Lansing with an 8-0 record and ranked #1. The game ended in a 10-10 tie after Notre Dame elected not to run out the clock on the final series. Both schools claimed different national championships after the season.
They also have a very strong basketball program (two national titles) led by Coach Tom Izzo. Their hockey team has three NCAA titles and is our primary rival in CCHA. The men’s soccer team also won national titles in 1967 and 1968. Looking at their women’s sports, it is pretty weak. It appears they have never won a NCAA title in anything and only claim about a dozen Big Ten titles over the years. They did go to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four in 2005, where T9 watched them lose to the Baylor Bears.
Famous alums: Michigan State University alumni number around 460,000 worldwide. For a school with that many alumni, there sure are not a lot of famous people that called Michigan State home. Famous former Spartans include actors James Caan and Robert Urich; Houston Astros owner Drayton McLane; Nobel Prize winning Doctor Alfred Hershey; former Howard Stern sidekick Jackie Martling; and every Buckeye pedophiles worst nightmare, Chris Hansen; former MLB stars Kirk Gibson and Steve Garvey. Of course every Spartan fan will jump on me if I fail to mention former NBA star Earvin "Magic" Johnson.
No US Presidents or astronauts. Losers.
The Game: For some reason I am making the trip up to Ann Arbor this weekend for the game. At a minimum it will be nice to see my parents, hang out with T9, and eat at Pizza Bob's. Against all logic, I am feeling good about this game. I know we stink on offense and suck on defense. Maybe it is my standard perspective that we always should beat them on the football field. But MSU is a lot more like Wisconsin than they are like Illinois or Penn State. I just have a calm and confident feeling. I pray I am right.
Michigan State 21
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Exhibit A---Brian Hoyer. Ok, no kidding, check out the guy's myspace page He spells the name of his school's mascot with an "E". No, really. A 6'3", 215 lb. senior from Ohio, Hoyer has a 49% completion rate this season with a QB rating of 117.09. He has 6 aerial TDs and 4 air mails to the other team. And, he's been sacked 6 times. Here's my point: sack him, rush him, pressure him, bother molest and otherwise annoy him to no end and he will fold. He averages 2 rushes a game and basically rushes the other way: -14 against Florida Atlantic, -7 against Iowa, -15 for Northwestern and Ohio State each. The guy isn't going anywhere. Blitz him. Defend the screen pass. You heard it here first Shafer.
Exhibit B ---Steven Threet. Couldn't find a myspace or facebook page for this 6'6" 230 lb. youngin' from Adrian, MI. Stevie has a 52% completion rate with 6 TDs, 3 INTs and 8 sacks. He put up 89 yards on the ground against Wisconsin and racked up 50 in Happy Valley. I call for more off tackle-misdirection rushing plays for him. They will result in big gains. Mark my words. Overall he has a QB rating of 107.81. Ugly, I know, but while he was in the game against PSU he completed 69.2% of his passes. Throw quick up and outs and bubble screens to get a flow going, then stretch the field up top to Matthews. And throw the crossing route in the soft spot of the zone. I'm telling you, that's gonna be the honey hole. BUT: I've said it, Andy's said it and I'm gonna say it again without a solid game from Threet we are done. cooked. hapless. sans rudder. adios. Pray for healing of Threet's olecranon and/or ulnar nerve. Nay---have his mommy kiss his oww-y elbow all week long.
THE RUN GAME:
Ok, stop the eye-rolling because of course Javon Ringer is the key here. The guy is a beast and a true double threat....14 rushing TDs this year so far, and an average of 6.3 yards per reception...but those big numbers came against the likes of Eastern Michigan, Florida Atlantic, Notre Dame, Indiana, and Northwestern. The Buckeyes held him to 67 yards rushing and no TDs. Iowa kept him under a C-note, and Cal allowed only 81 yards for Javon on the ground. But, not so fast Sparty: Our defense has held opponents to an average of 3.3 yards/rush and 120.9 rushing yards per game. Javon, meet the linebackers. We've got to stop him on the line and defend the screen. And the best fun fact about Javon Ringer???? He's NEVER fumbled. Never, ever while a Sparty. Javon, meet the law of averages! Cough it up buddy!!!! Noo-NAN!!! uuuhhhDROPIT! I'm calling for one crucial fumble by Javon. How beautiful for him to drop the rock and cost his team the game. Yes, when Sparty is concerned I am a spiteful sadist. So sue me.
THE FOURTH QUARTER:
First, we gotta play the whole damn game. It's deja-freakin'-Lloydball-vu-all-over-again. We've given up 57 points in the 4th quarter and have only scored 45 on our side. Not sure why the secret weapon hasn't really kicked in this season....but Sparty needs to fear the chocolate cow. I don't think that it's conditioning like it has been in the past. You don't see kids looking gassed or holding their knees. No-I think it's a concentration issue. And, honestly, a coaching issue. After the half, the coaches aren't making (any?) the right adjustments and then the wheels come right on off the bus. We've scored a measly 7 points in the third Q and given up a lop-sided 28 to the enemy. Ok, that sucks. So maybe my key to the game should really be about coming out strong in the 3rd which will then carry over mentally to the 4th???? Either way---play the whole damned game!! The only problem beyond anyone's control is mid-terms. All students had Monday and Tuesday off from school for "fall study days". Either, school will get in the way of game prep or being done with mid-terms will allow complete concentration on the game.... Coin-toss there. Either way....stay in the game dudes, K?
Overall, I think that we can win this game, but it's going to take concentration, commitment, and execution. And, as I told Andy--if even ONE of my points comes to fruition over the course of the game, I will be IMPOSSIBLE to blog with!!!! :-)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Bo did not care for Michigan State.
He always said the most bitter defeat he ever did NOT happen on the football field. In 1973, the Wolverines were again 10-0 before the Ohio State game. When that game ended in a 10-10 tie, both schools expected that Michigan would go to the Rose Bowl based on the Big Ten "no-repeat" precedent. Even Ohio State coach Woody Hayes appeared to concede defeat, "We knew we had to win this one to go (to the Rose Bowl)".
However, in a absurd 6-4 vote the Big Ten Athletic Directors decided to send Ohio State to represent the conference in the 1974 Rose Bowl. The one vote that caused Bo the most outrage was that of Michigan State Athletic Director Burt Smith (who was a Michigan graduate). It was a stunning and stupid move that eventually caused Smith to lose his job. Bo never forgot and went 17-4 against Sparty.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
• Michigan has several contributing offensive linemen in the NFL this season. #1 pick Jake Long starts for the Dophins. Jeff Backus starts for the Lions. Jonathan Goodwin starts for the Saints. Steve Hutchinson starts for the Vikings. Jon Runyan starts for the Eagles. Jon Jansen (sometimes) starts for the Redskins. David Baas is a backup for the 49ers. (You are welcome T9).
• Pittsburgh LB LaMarr Woodley made four tackles, two sacks and one fumble recovery to help the Steelers defeat the Bengals, 38-10. Woodley is in fourth place in the NFL with 7.5 sacks.
• Bengals LB Dhani Jones "only" had five tackles, but increased his league-best tackle total to 65.
• Trailing by three with three seconds remaining, Jets kicker Jay Feely connected on a season-long 52-yard field goal to send the game into overtime.
• Colts CB Marlin Jackson posted nine solo stops in a loss to the Green Bay Packers.
• Cleveland Browns WR Braylon Edwards grabbed four passes for 58 yards.
• New York Giants WR Amani Toomer caught three passes for 31 yards.
• Indianapolis Colts rookie RB Mike Hart had surgery on his right knee after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament last weekend against the Baltimore Ravens. Hart is now on injured reserve and will miss the remainder of the 2008 season.
1) He has a count-down clock installed counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the Michigan game. Cute for blogs and Senator Tressel at basketball games - but if you need a clock to remind your players when a rivalry football game starts, you are in trouble.
2) He mocks Michigan and holds a moment of silence after we lose to Appy State last year.
3) He asks his players how long they are going to "Bow down" to Michigan to motivate them before the game last year.
4) His team responds in classic fashion losing to Michigan as only Sparty can, blowing a 10 point lead with 7 minutes left.
4) He gets pissed when Michigan players hold a moment of silence after beating his team and takes a short guy swipe at Mike Hart.
Just remember... pride comes before the fall.
We may be down this year, but I guarantee you it won't take us 6 years to return...
2002: I miss Bobby Williams.
2003: Chris Perry 51 carries.
2004: Braylon Edwards owns your soul.
2005: So much for being the underdog.
2007: Little Brother game.
Monday, October 20, 2008
THOMAS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police say a Michigan man has been arrested after "receiving sexual favors from a vacuum" at a car wash. The Saginaw News reports the 29-year-old Swan Creek Township man was arrested Thursday in Saginaw County's Thomas Township, about 90 miles northwest of Detroit. Police Sgt. Gary Breidinger says a resident called to report suspicious activity at the car wash about 6:45 a.m. An officer approached on foot and caught the man in the act. The suspect, whose name wasn't immediately released, is being held in the Saginaw County Jail.