|Appalachian State Mountaineers Claim Epic Upset of Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor.
||[Sep. 1st, 2007|04:05 pm]
The best thing that could have possibly happened today . . . did so.
Appalachian State defeated #5 ranked Michigan 34-32 in Ann Arbor.
I am very happy for the Mountaineers. The defeat of the Wolverines puts Appalachian State in a unique situation in college football history. It's rare that a AA school defeats a team like Michigan. For those that didn't know who Appalachian State Mountaineers were before today, well, they'll know now. They're a small school in Boone, North Carolina, and they have an elite AA football program . . . elite enough to grapple with the bigger schools, that's for sure.
How do Michigan fans deal with this reality? I expect Michigan to drop from #5 in the nation right out of the Top 25. I also expect a bunch of gloating Michigan State fans and other Michigan rivals to want to rub this one in the face. Actually, that couldn't be a more foolish move.
You see, I've been calling for the end of the joke that is Lloyd Carr in charge of college football royalty. This man has never proved to me more than the ability to loosely manage blue chip recruits that probably would have went to the school even if the program was run by a donkey.
There have been times where I was certain that Lloyd had no credibility, and the inability to take this team and stick a W over Ohio State is part of that indictment. I mean, could Lloyd have been more dense than to stick with two albatrosses for quarterbacks, consecutively, in John Navarre and Chad Henne? Blue chips my rear end! Between the two, in 6 games vs. Ohio State, these QBs have one win!
I believe the loss to Appalachian State actually is the conviction. To me, losing to a team that everyone should have seen coming, literally, that is an utter failure of Lloyd's tenure. In 2005 and 2006, Appalachian State won back to back championships at the AA level! Lloyd had all summer to shape these kids into realizing that they were playing an A-caliber school. This was not the type of school that was to be ignored!
So, laugh it up all you want. The louder the howls, the better the chance that Michigan's Mary Sue will lift a heel and kick Lloyd with it. The school might even get lucky and land a decent coach.
Or, you could be wise, like Michigan used to be, and ignore this day. Keep quiet. Let Michigan's brass continue to think it is a top notch program for football. You can reap years of benefit. There are morons afoot who will take the silence as a sign of respect.
As for college football in general, uh, I can't thank you enough, Michigan. I can skip most of this season. This saves me a lot of time.
Above all . . .
Congratulations to Appalachian State. You guys should reach new levels of celebration. You did more than enough things right. You deserve the jubilation.