Showing posts with label B1G Conference. Show all posts
Showing posts with label B1G Conference. Show all posts

Expectations Can Kill a Team

Monday, January 6, 2014

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The moment the 2013 National Championship game ended in a loss, and Burke and Hardaway Jr. entered the NBA, I knew that Michigan fans would have a terrible time staying positive about the 2013-2014 season. I also reckoned that as soon as Michigan slipped up a couple times (Charlotte, as well as Iowa State before most viewers realized they were a Top 10 team) and couldn't beat top ranked teams (Duke and Arizona), fans would throw their hands up and say something along the lines of, ‘Seasons over, we suck.’ None of us wanted to see the defending runner-ups at 6-4 early in the season, but how many of us were truly surprised?

Op-Ed: They are who we thought they were, which makes it even worse

Sunday, December 2, 2012

If you throw Devin Gardner in at quarterback against Nebraska, or at least had him game prepared barring disaster, does he lead Michigan to victory? If a tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound? These are questions that will forever remain unanswered. But I'd sure like an explanation.

In a year that was riddled with sanctions -- which resulted in two-thirds of the Leaders Division to be eligible for the championship game -- this year would have the easiest route to victory for Michigan, they just had to survive their road schedule.

There's no need to rehash old memories of what happened in the Nebraska game. There is also no need to talk about "what-if's". Michigan lost, Michigan didn't take care of business. It's as easy as that. What I'm not okay with is what happened last night.

Now when I tell you 70-31, surely you'd think Nebraska came out and destroyed Wisconsin. Actually, Nebraska never really left the bus. Wisconsin, who didn't even win their division outright, brutally thrashed Nebraska to earn their back-to-back Big Ten Championship last night.

For Michigan fans watching as spectators of the conference, that one hurt.

It hurt for various reasons, for those who say "it should've been us" and for those who felt Wisconsin didn't belong there. The abomination that was the conference game last night sums up the lackluster year the entire conference shared. The conference has fallen so far from grace I sometimes wonder when we'll ever see a resurgence. But, I digress.

Now, we have to see Wisconsin -- a five loss team and a team that finished 4-4 before the championship game -- head to Pasadena and play in the Rose Bowl against an 11-2 Stanford team. A silly match-up that will Wisconsin is surely headed to defeat. For the Big Ten fans across the country, barf bags are available on New Years Day.

At the end of the day, whether pure luck was the cause or not. Michigan didn't take care of business. Nebraska did. The fact that Nebraska was the only team that "deserved" to be there and then getting killed in the way they did makes it all the more hard to swallow for fans of the legends division.

In short, this is a Big Ten Conference football season to forget about. All of the teams that are bowl eligible will pack up their things, head to a bowl and then try again next season.

As for Michigan fans, they will have to let this one simmer for a year. This is a wound not easily forgotten.

Monday Monologue 07.30.12

Monday, July 30, 2012

War is heating up in the Big Ten Conference. And two schools are clearly differentiating themselves from the competition. Michigan and that school in Ohio are clearly setting the pace, and you could even call it the "Big 2, Little 10". I'm not talking about football standings or even recruiting. I'm talking about player arrests.

Historically, only MSU can keep up with the big boys in that category (Credit goes to @jfish6711 for both of those).

The Cleveland Browns were sold for one billion dollars. Moving on to the next line, because sometimes the jokes write themselves.

The Big House Report may be looking to get bought out by NBC Sports. If that happens, expect them to use the same tape delay feature on this article as they use for the Olympics. Which means you should start seeing the #ThingsSofterThanSullinger top ten list in a few weeks.

Speaking of the list, the Top Ten is now called the Big Ten, and is 20% bigger! We had to change it because Letterman's lawyers were all up on my grill. That last sentence isn't true at all.

Continuing the World's Shortest Book series this week. As always, twitter contributors get credit.

Here are the Big Ten Shortest Buckeye Books:

12. "Beating Michigan" by John Cooper (@jebbe1977)
11. "How to Get Luck to go your Way" by Greg Oden (@LanceGordon)
10. “Crushing My Inner Demons” by Art Schlichter (@Honcho33)
9. "Dominating the SEC" (@CD_Tink)
8. "How to Beat Purdue in Their House" (@LanceGordon)
7. "The Winners Manual: For The Game of Life." by Jim Tressel ... Wait that book is real. Nevermind. (@Mark_Blosser)
6. "Family Ties" by Urban Meyer (@jebbe1977)
5. "How to Leave Early for the NFL"  by Maurice Clarett (@SteveCKays)
4. "Microsoft Outlook Email for Dummies"  by Jim Tressel (@LanceGordon)
3. "How To Cooperate With The NCAA" by Gordon Gee and Gene Smith (@SteveCKays)
2. "The 2012-2013 Buckeye Bowl Game Official Program" (@LanceGordon)
1. "What's a Guy Gotta Do To Get Fired Around Here?" by Gene Smith (@Mark_Blosser)

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