Friday, November 18, 2005

U-M's Comeback Can Be Complete With A Beating Of The Buckeyes -- If Sparty Will Help

For University of Michigan football fans, it means a second chance at something they once thought was unattainable, only a month ago. For the anti-Maize and Blue folks, it's the equivalent of Jason coming back, once again, hockey death mask and all.

Each year, it seems, the Michigan-Ohio State football game takes on a different personality. It's still the best rivalry in sports, for my money, but for different reasons every time they butt helmets.

This time, Michigan, like Lazarus, or a Phoenix, can rise from the dead ashes and actually be the Big Ten's BCS Bowl representative, if it beats the Buckeyes in Ann Arbor, and if Penn State loses to Michigan State. How ironic is THAT? This one has got to kill Sparty: a win gives your team a bowl game, but it could also send U-M to a BCS Bowl. What is more prevalent there -- the bitter, or the sweet?

If anyone thought Michigan had a chance to even sniff a portion of the Big Ten championship, when it was 3-3 and looking extremely shaky, they were buried beneath the pile of naysayers who all would have been fitting stand-ins for Chicken Little.

If you had to pinpoint one moment when it started to all come back together for Lloyd Carr's crew, it was the last-second win over Penn State at Michigan Stadium. The Wolverines were seconds away from dropping to 3-4. Sales of nooses, pistols and razor blades would have gone through the roof in Ann Arbor the following day.

But the Wolves recovered, big time, and here they sit, making the Ohio State game big in more than just reputation alone.

Speaking of the Buckeyes, it sure would be nice for Carr if his boys can get this game tomorrow. The coach's armor against OSU has been chinked lately, and a win would fend off the doofuses who think there is actually somebody better suited to coach U-M than Lloyd Carr (there isn't). So win one for the Carrster, fellas -- okay?

As if the guys needed another reason to go out there and whip some Buckeye tail.

3 comments:

the sports dude said...

I have said it a million and one times this year and I will say it again - LLOYD AIN'T GOING ANYWHERE! HE WILL LEAVE WHEN HE IS READY AND ON HIS OWN TERMS! FURTHERMORE, ALL OF YOU IDIOTS OUT THERE SCREAMING FOR HIS HEAD WILL MISS HIM WHEN HE IS GONE!

There, I feel better, sorry, it is rivalry week and I always get a little fired up for it. This is a unique game once again for not only UM but for MSU as well. They knocked off Wisconsin last year for us to give us a share, will they do the same again this year?

By the time the MSU game starts the UM/OSU game should be in the fourth quarter, don't tell me John L. won't be letting his boys know exactly what is at stake - besides their chance at the Motor City Bowl that is!

And yes John L. we will send you a thank you note this year!

Later.

Sports Litter said...

The UM/OSU game doesn't appeal to me that much anymore. I disagree that it's the best rivalry in college football like you said. I gotta think Auburn/Alabama, FSU/Miami, Harvard/Yale are bigger rivalries. Not that anyone really cares about harvard or yale, but the people at school there do.

dolphinfan said...

Don't forget about OU/Texas when it comes to the nations best rilvaries. As far as MU/OSU Tressell has owned Carr.