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Monday, December 05, 2005

Does Nebraska Need M Zone to Fire Up its Team? Really??

Noticed from our tracker that someone on one of the Nebraska boards linked to us due to my post below. The headline of one of the comments was, "Article sent to Husker locker room!" (Exclamation point theirs, not mine). Apparently the poster wants to use the comments here on the M Zone to fire up the Huskers.

First of all, I ask Nebraska fans -- are you really offended by my comments on the original post saying your team isn't up to expectations these last two years? Do any of you really think Bill Callahan has improved your program? I'd bet if you asked the same of M fans after a losing season then a mediocre 7-4 season, they wouldn't complain, they'd agree.

Furthermore, by predicting certain victory for Michigan in my post, I'm a) supporting my team and b) basing it on what I've seen this year. Michigan lost 4 close games, all to bowl teams, two to top 10 teams in which it came down to the final minutes. In addition, we beat a top 3 team. Based on what I've seen so far, I stand by original assessment in saying that, sorry but, Nebraska stinks this year. Don't shoot the messenger, talk to your AD.

Second of all, does the Nebraska squad really need posts from some random blog to motivate your team? If so, that is really sad and just confirms how far your program has fallen in such a short time...which was the point of comments to begin with. However, I must say, I'm flattered that you give us here at the M Zone such power. Thank you.

On the positive side, I must give Husker fans props because, we've been linked to their main fan board on Rivals.com and we've yet to receive one death threat, one obscene post or anything questioning the sexual orientation of every Michigan fan. Toto, we're not in Columbus anymore.


BaggyPantsDevil said...

OK, first, everyone here is going to have to forgive me for not being overly disappointed that Michigan is going to the Alamo Bowl. San Antonio is about a days drive from me so I’ve ordered tickets and am going. This will be my first Michigan game, ever. So, I’m pretty excited about that and even though the season’s been a disappointment, this offers me a rare opportunity to actually see the team in person since they’re playing close by.

Yost, your comments were hardly offensive and entirely fact based. On a superficial level both teams look similar, once dominant powerhouses who both had disappointing seasons. But let’s look a little closer.

Michigan lost four games to teams with a combined record of 34 wins and nine loses. Nebraska lost four games to teams with a combined record of 28 wins and 16 loses. Michigan won seven games to teams with a combined record of 44 wins and 34 losses. Nebraska won seven games to teams with a combined record of 38 wins and 46 loses. Michigan played three teams with losing records and Nebraska played five teams with losing records.

And one of those teams was Division I AA, Maine! Why not just make certain you win your season opener by scheduling the Hadley School for the Blind? Playing anyone other than Division IA teams is just wrong in my book. Do I need to mention here that Michigan has gone over 73 years since last playing a non-Division IA team?

Michigan flat out had a tougher schedule and has played better teams across the board. The only question mark in this game is will any of the injured players be back.

As far as I’m concerned, you took it easy on Nebraska.

skeetskeet said...

Whatever. I don't have any beef with Nebraska now that the media and refs aren't fellating them like during Osborne's farewell tour. I know a few fans and they're fine. I'm sure the Rivals board is just as ridiculously slappy as the Michigan Rivals board, so who really cares what they do.

In the grand scheme of things, this bowl game is not all that relevant. What is relevant is whether Michigan can sack up and beat a major rival on the road next year.

Yost said...


Winning on the road in September. Hmm, what's that like again?

The King said...

If Bill Callahan can actually motivate his team by screaming, "Prove this one dude who has a blog wrong!", then he's a much better coach than I thought he was.