"True loyalty is that quality of
service that grows under adversity and expands in defeat.
We're Having Subs, It'll Be Crazy.... What a run and it ain't over yet. With Trey leading the charge, opposing defenses have no idea which other Wolverines will step up and contribute. Each game it seems to be a different contributor as we knocked off one single digit seeded team after another. Now it is up to Michigan to carry the banner of the B1G to ensure the Big East is left without a title in its final season. It has been quite a few years since we threw a Final Four party but come on over to cheer our Wolverines thru two more victories.
Defense.... As a team, they do not play it well and some individuals (Oh Canada) have no interest in playing it at all. Remember that opening round game in last years tourney where Ohio went gonzo from behind the arc? This game was a similar issue where we were leaving shooters, not just any shooters but PSU's best shooters, wide open for easy looks. Teams have also learned that applying any amount of pressure on the Wolverines will cause them to make bad passes and take bad shots. Just get up in the face of the ball handler and wait for the outlet pass. If this team has any desire to accomplish something this season, it better change its attitude. BTW, I was screaming at Stauskas about as fervently as Beilein did last night.
Monsieur Jordan.... We need you! Any semblance of a good defense and a B1G championship is dependent upon the ankle of Jordan Morgan. While the twisting ankle looked gruesome in real time and then over and over in slo-mo replay, we need a bit of antler ointment to get that ankle to full strength. The team just plays better with Morgan in the lineup and McGary coming off the bench for some tough rebounds and points. We're really down to the homestretch of the regular season with a pair of classic match-ups at Crisler. March is right around the corner so let the madness begin.
Tough Ending, New Beginning.... Another loss to a highly ranked opponent doesn't make the dissatisfaction of the season any more palatable. We still need an influx of big and fast football players to get the Wolverines to the next level. Hopefully, another superior recruiting class will bring more depth. Meanwhile, the basketball team continues to win impressively. The next couple of weeks will tell us plenty as the Wolverines head out on the road against a couple of ranked B1G teams.
Changing Seasons.... The regular season for football didn't end the way we had hoped it would but the non-conference slate for basketball is off to a great beginning. The football Wolverines will head down to Florida to play South Carolina on New Years Day in one of the several B1G/SEC bowl match-ups. Hopefully , we let all the horses out of the barn (??Borges??) while our defense plays a stellar game. Should be an exciting game and the exact opposite of last years bowl game. Speaking of up-tempo, the Wolverine basketball team seems to have all the tools including key role players to give any opponent headaches. Of course, the B1G season will tell us plenty as our top ranked teams beat up on each other. Finally, a shout out to the Wolverine volleyball team that beat top ranked opponents as it made its way to the Final Four. Go Blue!!
Down To The Wire.... We can't get any help from the rest of the B1G as Nebraska keeps pulling out games in the 4th quarter to stay tied with Michigan on top of the B1G East Division. But we need to keep taking care of business and we barely did this last week against Northwestern. Coach Hoke was right, many of us had our headlines written as it appeared our chances were slim. But this game of college football is the greatest stuff as we get to see numerous exciting games each season. Iowa now comes to town for senior day on the last home game. Despite what all the fools are saying, I'm hoping Denard is ready to go. He deserves to play in his last game in the Big House even if it is in a limited role. Why not a two QB system? It sure would make it tough for the Hawkeyes to adjust between a spread offense and a more traditional over center offense.
The Long Road Taken.... The annual RV roadtrip wasn't without its bumps in the road but a success nonetheless. With overnight stops at a campground (with a bar) in southern Wisconsin, the nearly 700 miles felt shorter but required more days away from home. Our Wolverines retained the Brown Jug with a convincing win and we were able to check another B1G stadium off our list. Everyone seems to be on the Devin bandwagon forgetting we played a crappy team. We'll need everyone healthy for this week since NW has been putting points on the board. The November home stretch is upon us and it would be exceptional to win out even if it doesn't get us to Indy. BTW, next time you see Dick, remind him it is the one with the green hose. Go Blue!!
Just Won't Stop Yappin'.... The long term memory lapse of msu fans continues despite the exciting victory by our Wolverines. Chirps of "we've won four of the last five" continue despite the fact that Michigan has won 7 of the last 11, 14 of the last 22, etc. for an overwhelming record advantage over Michigan Agricultural College. But the game nearly made my heart stop as the Wolverines drove down the field after a stalwart defensive stop to kick the winning field goal with seconds left....brunettes for everybody!! The Michigan defense continues to improve and continues to win us games. The offensive play calling continues to be a puzzlement as opposing teams put more and more players near the line of scrimmage. I'm not saying we need to throw bombs but we need to take advantage of areas of the field vacated by over-aggressive defensive alignments. Now a critical division game looms in prime time this Saturday as the Wolverines make their first trip to Lincoln. But this week, Happy Daddy! Go Blue!!
Sparty Week.... Many of us sat thru a constant rain to view another Wolverine domination as they swarmed the Illini on both sides of the ball. The offense was methodical and opportunistic while the defense again shut down all phases of their opponent. But two big weeks ahead of us as we play division foes. First, the pinheads with the short memory of football history come to town as the Wolverines seek to end sparty's current win streak. Both teams will be geared up for this battle and Michigan will need to continue their improvement from week to week. A few more QB sacks from our defense will surely get the crowd going in what should be a raucous crowd. Go Blue!!
Defensive Smackdown.... The defense continues to improve and clamped down on what BTN commentators were touting as one of the better teams in the B1G West. The pre-game became increasingly annoying as the announcers repeatedly reported that the Purdue offense was unstoppable while forgetting to emphasize that they had essentially played Eastern Michigan in all of their wins. Nevertheless, the defense stopped Purdue's ground game and harassed the QBs sufficiently to hold down the Boilermaker production. The offense was highly effective but quite conservative as Denard became the leading QB rusher in the Big Ten. Now, we are finally back to a home game and it is homecoming against Illinois. Exciting day for all of us as Scott and I work towards the Big Reveal. Be sure to come out early to enjoy the new amenities while enjoying a variety of pizza combinations.
Under Construction.... The ongoing construction of our new addition to the GarsWorld tailgate has put me way behind in the upkeep of this website. Everything will settle in soon and I'll do a better job of maintaining this site. In the meantime, get excited with anticipation.
Better Get Better.... Yeah, everyone said this would be a funky offense to try and stop but we could not even slow it down which says quite a bit about our defense. The defensive line was playing against a much smaller Air Force offensive line which just the week before lost its best lineman. Still, no penetration, no stack them up stops and almost no pressure on the QB. We got two weeks to get a lot better. And as one-dimensional as our offense was in week one, it was equally one-dimensional against Air Force. Barely ran Denard against Bama but then seem to have no other running game this week. Many in the stands were saying that Michigan didn't want to show anything for future opponents but how else do you work out the kinks. Gotta get better on all aspects.
Well, That Sucked.... We couldn't even stick around for one quarter of the game. Out of it before Frankie and company had their second overpriced beer. Refereeing and play calling in the first quarter were terrible but likely would have made no difference in the end. We were overmatched in the trenches against hopefully the best lines we will see all season. Recruiting and all, we are a couple of years away from fielding a full depth team. That depth will be tested for the entire season as we lost one of our starting corners and possibly our star tackle. But we all need to regroup as this week's opponent will be a full test of our defense. Bring your best for the home opener.
It Is Here.... It is game week and the excitement is mounting. Diehard traveling fans are packing their bags fro the trek down to JerrysWorld. Oddsmakers have us as a big underdog but a team can throw a lot of surprises into the playbook for opening week. However, it always comes down to limiting mistakes and taking advantage of the other team's miscues. We'll know a lot more about this season's team a week from now as will the entire nation. Lets show them This Is Michigan Forgodssake!!! Go Blue!!!
Spring Game 2012.... Uneventful. Denard played a handful of downs which gave other players a chance to play. Conservative play calling as no unusual plays or long passes were called. Rain threatened all day but we had a chance to get out and grill some dogs and take some pictures. Heading into the dead period for Michigan sports although a couple of teams have earned invites to the NCAAs. Check out the photo of the new graduate!!
We've Moved.... If you are still looking for us at Ann Arbor Golf & Outing. you need to get up to date and check out the maps found elsewhere in this website. After some searching, we settled on a reserved spot at Pioneer. Updated maps and directions can be found in the Tailgatin' section.
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