There's a funny post available based on this title hiding somewhere in my head. Somehow. Someway. Probably something with a lot of pictures and photoshops of Dave Brandon's head on Garry Marshall's body, and Hoke's on Rosie Odonnell's. It would probably go viral and make me famous on the internets. If only there was something to inspire me. But this team has played so uninspired, so sloppy. So I am uninspired. When the first half came to a close under the lights, so did all semblance of football that is fun to watch. The second half of ND and all 8 quarters to follow have caused sore jaws from teeth grinding, wondering when the other shoe is going to drop, when the talent won't be enough to overcome the multitude of mistakes, when playing down to the level of our competition will backfire. It's going to happen, likely sooner than later.
The saving grace for us is that we play in the minor leagues. If you had the pleasure of watching football over last weekend, you might have seen Iowa and Minnesota battle it out for a bronze pig, or perhaps you caught the primetime matchup between Ohio State and Wisconsin. But if you were smart, you spent your time watching LSU and Georgia. The difference between the SEC and the Big Ten is not small. It's a pretty easy eye test. Sure, on any given Saturday, perhaps the Buckeyes or Badgers or Northwestern Wildcats or perhaps even our lowly Wolverines could muster up enough of something to knock off a team from the SEC. But imagine being a part of a schedule like the one Georgia has had to endure. Imagine spending each week up there in the major leagues. Hell, we are literally looking forward to the Big Ten season, like a MAC team looks forward to getting into their conference action after weathering their away game paydays across America. Speaking of the MAC, I've got Northern Illinois in a lock in the Legends if they let them in.
With each passing year, I seem to know less.
All of that being said, I really need to trust that this staff knows what it is doing, and they can see the same shit we're all complaining about. If I don't trust the staff, then we're going to have to head to that dark place that I can't even fathom going to...I can't do that yet. So...adjustments. So...less turnovers. So....dominate inferior opponents.
Get me to Sparty unscathed, and then take care of the real business. And, as always, GO BLUE.
Migrating the site to this new setup hasn't been easy. Sure, making the pictures native to the site is time consuming, and re-formatting old posts also sucks. But reliving 2010 has been absolutely brutal. It's like reading Three and Out all over again...and I am dreading the fact that I have 2009 and 2008 to get through next. And then the 2007 opener is looming large. Perhaps I should just erase those years from history? Nah...it must have made us better, stronger fans, right? Plus, perhaps the greatest tailgate of all-time occurred in 2010. It was UCONN, it was a victory, and we made food for the masses at an unmatchable level. Also, Jarrett Irons was there.
Here's a link to the game page....that's right, a game page...a not so new feature of the site that you might recognize if you've been coming here since the beginning. It seems to organize things better. I hope you enjoy it and the rest of the 2010 Season (now a clickable main link), at least from a tailgate perspective.
Be sure to click on the UMTailgate Tailgate Recap link on the page...it outlines the ridiculous amount of food that we turned out that day.
Saturday by the numbers...
10 lbs of corned beef hash
6 pounds of chicken apple sausage
100 lbs. of grilled Kraft Macaroni and Cheese...which was, by the way, really good
24 lbs. of marinated pork loin
10 lbs. of bacon and kimchee fried rice
...and that's just what came off of the grill.
For the christening of our new tailgate spot and a celebration of 10 years of tailgating these internets, I'd say things went pretty well. Couple that with the re-dedication of Michigan Stadium, Brock Mealer touching the banner, and Flash Dilithium re-introducing himself to the world...and I'd say the whole damn thing was pretty much perfect.
Thanks go out to Andrew Barnett for setting us up with the people of Kraft, and for all of his hard work making sure we had enough product to go around. Thanks to Brian and Kevin for turning that Mac and Cheese out by the ton. Thanks also to big #37 Jarrett Irons for being so accessible, so warm and welcoming, and for spending so much time talking to our group.
Here's the pictures from the Luau tailgate and Michigan's 30-10 victory over the UCONN Huskies:
By the clock it's gameday eve, and I've just returned from dollar beer nights at Packard Pub, Ann Arbor's newest watering hole. Slightly faded, but still fired up for what I am hoping will be a great weekend. Anyway, I've got some thoughts on the season I thought I'd share with you, in no particular order, and without any grammar checking....
1) Tate Forcier will start Saturday.
For now, this position is about experience. There's a place for Denard and Devin in this offense. Both will certainly play. As the season goes on, depending on our level of success, Denard may start, but Saturday's first series's belong to Tate....until he transfers that is.
2) The defense will be better than last year
That isn't necessarily saying that the defense itself is going to be better, but by virtue of the offense being improved i.e. less 3 and outs, less turnovers, etc., the defense, at least on paper and on the scoreboard, will be better.
3) Michigan will rank in the top 10 in the nation in scoring offense
And they're going to need to.
4) Michigan will beat Michigan State or Ohio State...or both.
Win or lose, I expect us to be competitive in both of these contests.
5) Michigan will start the season 6-0.
Big East bullshit, Brian Kelly's initial offering, FCS, BGSU, @ the Hoosiers, Little Brother
All no problem. See you at homecoming, Hawkeyes.
6) The leading rusher on the team will be Michael Shaw
Anybody else want to relay the "inside information" that Vinny Smith is still limping to me? I think my mom called to tell me about it this afternoon. I mean, everybody still says he's gonna play. He's probably gonna play. I just think the newly eligible Shaw is gonna play better.
7) People are going to sneak booze into those suites.
Rules be damned. If I just dropped a quarter of a million on three years of football games, your gonna have to have a gun....a big gun...to stop me from rolling in with a couple bottles of Belvedere.
8 ) Rich Rodriguez will receive a contract extension after the Wisconsin game, going into Ohio State week.
As I've stated before, they're no going to have him in limbo...that's bad for recruiting. They'll tack a year or two on to his current deal, right before OSU...because timing is everything
9) Michigan will play in the Alamo Bowl
See you in San Antonio.
10) Brock Mealer will walk to the 50 yard line and touch the GO BLUE banner.
And you will choke back tears.
There's a game tomorrow.