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The End of Michigan Wolverines Football, Indefinitely. [Sep. 24th, 2005|09:38 pm]
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[In the Moment |loss of air pressure]

9:38 PM EST

Unranked Wisconsin 23, Formerly #14 Michigan 20.

The final play, with one second to go and a TD needed with many yards to go, Chad Henne, the Michigan quarterback, took the snap in shotgun. He bobbled the ball, and he fell, ending the game without a chance to pass.

This loss should put Michigan out of the Top 25. I want them to be unranked. Here's why:

1) The Michigan offensive line fields itself with injuries, but the talent was weak to begin. I look at Michigan's blockers, and I see the results of their blockers in the NFL. They're fatbodies more than hardbodies. A blocker just can't eat and call that training. They have to lift weights. I look at flabby arms on guys like Stenavich, and I see a guy who likes to get into the cafeteria or the local diner and put on a seven plate meal. That's not an ideal blocker. That's a liability. Modern football is speed. They need to be fast.

2) Henne's not seasoned. His 'tools' are top-notch, but the brain isn't. He's also becoming a goat because of the moments like the last-second fall. It didn't help that Henne chose to throw to a stone-handed senior in Tyler Ecker on the previous play. Not having Massaquoi at 100 percent is bad, and it makes it tougher for Henne, but he should not throw to guys who cannot catch, especially if it's a crucial drive. He needs to take a page out of Doug Flutie's book. Put the ball where it can be played, and put it where it will count. Be a leader, if not a success. Don't sit there and botch the clutch. Give it a good focus when the chips are down. People will respect losers less, but losers with the more dubious finishes will receive even less respect.

3) The receivers are terrible. Avant's the only option, and every team will triple-team his ass here to the finish. The entire team's suffered a power outage from injuries, but the healthy guys and anyone on the field besides Avant just aren't ready for 1A football.

Steve Breaston will never make it to the NFL. The kid is weak in muscle tone, and he's brittle. Having a wafer frame and getting hurt with ease are out of his control, but catching the ball is in his control, but his brain and his hands leave something to be desired. He's indicative of the rest of the bunch. All receivers besides Avant show major flaws in one or more areas, and the rest of the Wolverine receiving crew don't show elite athletic prowess. They are a second-class group.

4) The Wolverine defense does not have one standout player. I don't buy what Gabe Watson or Pierre Woods sell. The Wolverine defensive unit is a similar copy of a standard Michigan collective defense. They're all 1-gear players, and they show no real physical quickness or speed. They're also very late to react to the ball. On top of that, they reach on tackles, and that's a horrible no-no. They have no standout defender to even up the rest of the bunch. It's open season on Michigan's D, and speed kills them, and it will kill them at every turn.

ESPN2's Gameday defends Michigan, but the fact remains that the free-spirit, Herbie, is right . . . the rankings are flawed. Opinion of consensus of old college football coaches reamins a horrible way to do the rankings. If anyone should be doing rankings, then it shouldn't be the old guys. It does, however, give way for the upsets, and it does give ESPN and the networks something to talk about when top teams get trumped.


[User Picture]From: patticakes73
2005-09-25 03:01 am (UTC)
At least Wisconsin has one winning football team. :/
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-09-25 03:27 am (UTC)
More power to the Badgers, but I have to throw my anti-Badgers bias aside and look at their reality. I watched that team allow points by Bowling Green, and the whole MAC is a sack of crap this year. They barely edged Michigan in their own house. I am actually happy that Wisconsin showed Michigan for the lame duck that it is this year, but they're not super-strong.

They'll have a good game against an Iowa, who is even worse, and Illinois/Northwestern, those teams will go down and like it, but Ohio State will hump Wisconsin, and pretty much everyone else this year. Michigan State's got the better team. Sparties could actually make Michigan into the mondo destructo mode.
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[User Picture]From: gjenkins05
2005-09-25 08:13 am (UTC)
They're still better than the Packers.

At least Wisconsin can run the football, and don't have 5'8" corners who get flagged every other play.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-09-25 09:07 am (UTC)

Michigan and the Lions . . . Well, I feel like the Spartans can beat the Lions, so we're all in the same boat. :D
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-10-15 11:13 am (UTC)
I have this feeling, given the loss to Northwestern, that Badgers are going to lose to Minnesota.

The defense isn't there. If Cupito doesn't suck-a-bunch, then Minn should be able to do what it did in that dramatic OT victory they had.

Mind you, Minn beat Michigan at home. However, this is an easy year to defeat the Wolverines, considering Badgers also did that.

Michigan State also almost did that.

Every game but the ones vs. the MAC have been fugly Michigan tight-spots.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-10-15 11:18 am (UTC)
I also have this feeling, given Michigan's general useless play in 2005, that the Wolverines will go down in flames against Penn State. I don't know what they've been feeding the Nittany Lions, but I remember this time, last year, people were screaming on network sports radio for Joe Pa to all but die.

I didn't think this team was going to hack Ohio State, but it appears they have their own problems.

Even the great Bo Schembechler has no clue how Michigan salvages this season. He gave a vote of little confidence in them, which is funny because he's still involved with the schoool.
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