Rough weekend for Detroit

Tuesday, 18 October 2011, 14:07 | Category : College, Football, MLB, NFL
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University of Michigan Wolverines, UofM, Michigan State Spartans, MSU, rivalry

This was a big weekend for Detroit sports fans.  With Brady Hoke coaching the Wolverines, the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry is interesting again.  The Tigers were fighting to stay alive in the ALCS for a chance to return to the World Series.  Even the Lions have worked their way to relevance and had a real shot at going 6-0 (yes, 6-0, not 0-6).  But nothing went as planned.

Everyone in the state of Michigan is either aligned with the Michigan Wolverines or the Michigan State Spartans.  It can be a bitter rivalry at times.  State suffers from the “little brother” syndrome (thanks for that one, Mike Hart).  Growing up about 20 minutes from Ann Arbor, I am naturally a Wolverine fan.  I really hate it when one of their major rivals beats them four years in a row.  State had a chance to do that, but I felt they were overrated and that Hoke had gotten this team moving in the right direction.  Unfortunately, the Spartans were able to pull out the win.

State won by two touchdowns, but the game was a lot closer than that.  Let these two teams play a 5 game series against each other and it could end either way.  However, that’s not how things are done.  State earned the victory and now UofM no longer controls it’s own destiny.  On top of winning out the rest of their games (which will not be all that difficult besides Nebraska and maybe Illinois), they need State to lose at least two (fortunately they play Wisconsin and Nebraska these next two weeks).  Ever since moving out of Michigan I root for State when they aren’t playing Michigan, but now I have to root against them so that Michigan can make it to the conference championship.

Later Saturday night I turned to the Tigers to help me get over the crushing defeat.  I knew winning two straight games in Texas would be a long shot, but if they won the first, then anything could happen.  The Tigers got off to a 2-0 lead early and things looked promising.  Then the third inning happened.  Sure there was at least one bad call that eventually led to more runs in that inning, but even if everything that could’ve just as easily gone the Tigers’ way happened, it still would not have made up the difference of 10 runs.

Sunday sealed the deal on the crappy weekend.  The Lions’ perfect season was ended by the 49ers and ended in this mess between Schwartz and Harbaugh.

It took me some time, but now I’m looking at the glass half full.  Regardless of whether Michigan makes it to the Big Ten Championship or not, Hoke has turned the team around and has given us plenty to look forward to in the future.  And if the Wolverines win the conference, I’d prefer State to take it.

Detroit should be proud of what the Tigers were able to accomplish this season.  I think it’s safe to say they over performed and made it to the ALCS.  We got to watch them embarrass the Yankees (yet again).  Also, I think I’d prefer to lose now than lose to the Cardinals in the World Series again.  That would be just too painful.  And Verlander still has a chance to win awards.

As for the Lions, we should be proud of what they’ve been able to accomplish.  They are 5-1!  I don’t think anyone really expected them to go undefeated, and they lost a non-division game.  This really isn’t all that significant.  Plus, now we can watch the Schwartz-Harbaugh incident over and over.

All in all, Detroit, things could be a lot worse.  Suck it up and get geared up for this weekend.

Get Ready!

Saturday, 20 August 2011, 9:32 | Category : College, Football
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Now I’m really excited for this season to begin!

Change of the Tide

Monday, 30 May 2011, 21:05 | Category : College, Football
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Jim Tressel retires, Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio St head coach, Jim Tressel, retired today amid the NCAA investigations do to violations he and members of the Ohio St football team made.  (To get the full story read this.)  This comes as great news to Michigan fans and probably around the rest of the Big Ten as well.

Five months ago when news of the violations first came to light, I was shocked when the NCAA only gave a five game

Ohio St Buckeyes crying fans

There's more of this to come in Columbus

suspension at the beginning of next season to the players involved.  Not only were they allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl (especially when a co-champion of the Big 10 was left out of a BCS bowl), the toughest of those five games will most likely be Michigan State and only one game will be played away from Columbus.  But now the NCAA is looking further into Terrelle Pryor and benefits he received.  So I suppose it’s possible the school could be stripped of its 2010 victories.

It wasn’t until some emails came to light that showed Tressel knew these violations had taken place and failed to inform his superiors that he sort of apologized and he was given a slap on the wrist with a two game suspension by the university.  Even though Tressel volunteered to take the same five game suspension as his players, the punishment still was not enough.  Ohio St probably should have fired him on the spot to show that winning wasn’t the most important thing to them.  But I guess not all universities have the integrity BYU does.

Tressel is always spoken about with the utmost respect by the media, which is why I was so surprised to find out that this was not the first time he has run-ins with the NCAA.  While at Youngstown State, the university was stripped of scholarships because of his program. Now Tressel is finally doing the honorable thing by stepping down.

University of Michigan Wolverines fans

I hate to celebrate before the season evens begins, but I can't help but to feel like things are looking up.

While the Michigan-Ohio St rivalry has been a heated one over the years, Ohio St has dominated with Tressel at its helms (ouch, that hurt to say).  But things are looking up in Ann Arbor.  The firing Rich Rodriguez and hiring of Brady Hoke as head coach (who an assistant at Michigan earlier in his career and has been successful as head coach at other schools) has restored hope to what has historically been a very proud program.  Ohio St’s current turmoil is just icing on the cake.

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