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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Illinois Open Thread

I'm nervous. Very nervous. And why shouldn't I be? Michigan is playing a team with a spread offense, at night in a loud stadium, most likely without all-everything Mike Hart in the backfield.

Plus throw in the fact that the Illini have their backs to the wall after last weekend's loss.

Thus, while Reverse Blog Psychology requires that I continue my trend of picking U-M's opponent here, based on the above, I don't really know if his is an RBP pick or a probable outcome:

Hart-less Michigan - 21, Spread Bitches, Spread Illinois - 28

Leave your thoughts, rants, feelings and general what-not in the comments section.

*UPDATE*

Final Score: All-Heart Michigan - 27, We Love Penalties Illinois - 17

ohmygodohmygodohmygod.

That, my friends, was a HUGE victory for the 2007 Wolverines. To go into a hostile stadium at night with injuries to arguably the best RB in the country and a banged up senior QB, overcome three turnovers and a 14-3 deficit is very impressive.

More to come later but I need to wait until my heart rate drops below 175 beats per minute.

Go Blue!

71 comments:

whetstonebuck said...

Che-he! Che-ha! Che-ha-ha-ha!
Go Illini go!
Che-he! Che-ha! Che-ha-ha-ha!
Go Illini go!
Illinois! Illinois! Illinois!

Look, if you get beat by a school with the above fight song lyrics just remember to slash down the wrist and not across.

Oh yeah, make sure you're sitting in the tub. Key Play fans will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

mikeykurt said...

O.K first of all never do those lyrics again, and second you have a point to worry but dont because we do have the best or close to best recieving core in the nation.
Hail to the Victors! Go Blue!

Katie said...

GO BLUE!!! (Thank God for ABC!)


Whets, I didn't know you had such a lovely singing voice :P

Breaston154LIFE said...

Well, I disagree with what you said regarding Mike Hart. You said he will most likely not be playing, but we all know you can't keep him off the field unless you saw off both of his legs and take away his wheelchair.

whetstonebuck said...

Those who hear me say I'm channeling Elvis.

TitleIX said...

We're DOOMED today.....

A2saint said...

Add this to the mix (if you dare...) I will be able to watch this game live, the first time this year. In my family I am well known as a first class jinx (first class other things as well- but this is a topic for another blog...). This could be a problem. But I promise to switch to the food network if it appears I am causing any negative mojo.
PS anybody ever click on the little wheelchair guy next to the word verification? It's a hoot.

whetstonebuck said...

"PS anybody ever click on the little wheelchair guy next to the word verification? It's a hoot."

Aaaaiiiieeee. The voices! The voices are back.

Must...not...listen...to...the...
voices.

Da Braylon said...

you were nervous about the purdont game and look what happened. we crushed them. granted, painter is not a mobile qb and we were at home, but we still shut them down. you predicted a loss and we won. so keep predicting losses and they might keep winning. :)

Maize said...

Michigan is going to get "juiced" like Ron and Nicole! No Hart means Carlos Brown will fumble more times than he gets yards. Henne will get nailed more times by more men than Lindsay Lohan did in rehab. Mario will resort to his old self and start dropping passes only to tell Carr at the end of the game he's transferring to Notre Dame.

Illinois spread offense will make Michigan look like a joke again.

Katie said...

Maize......thank you!!

whetstonebuck said...

do dat do dat do dat do dat
do dat do dat do dat do dat

Very superstitious, writings on the wall,
Very superstitious, ladders bout to fall,
Thirteen month old baby, broke the lookin glass
Seven years of bad luck, the good things in your past.

When you believe in things that you dont understand,
Then you suffer,
Superstition aint the way

do dat do dat do dat do dat
do dat do dat do dat do dat

TitleIX said...

Stevie Wonder likes football???

wtf


GO CYCLONES

whetstonebuck said...

Stevie can't see promoting superstition.

GO VANDY!

TitleIX said...

CYCLONES

whetstonebuck said...

Yes'm.

Super G said...

No guts no glory! Forget reverse psychology! You've gone soft. The spread on this game is 1.5 points. We'll cover that no problem.

Michigan 34

Illinois 20 (only because we let them have 10 late-4th quarter points)

If Michigan loses, I'll wear orange on Sunday.

Katie said...

Super G,

NOOOOOOOOOOO....we use reverse pyschology.........Michigan is going to get CREAMED!!!!!!!


GO BLUE!!

Whets, I thought I recognized that trembling upper lip you have. I didn't know Elivs has such a range of music that he sung though!

whetstonebuck said...

Burnt orange or pumpkin orange?

whetstonebuck said...

Katie,

Thank ya, thank ya very much.

Elvis has not left the building.

surrounded in columbus said...

This is like Lucy holding the ball for Charlie Brown- when are we gonna learn? we saw all kinds of different "stuff" on offense last week. W/ Hart out, we should try all that different stuff THIS week. But we won't. Why? Because what would that prove? Last week we proved we could pass the ball w/ Hart in the game. This week we'll prove we can RUN the w/out Hart in the game. It's "the team" thing. We're Michigan- we'll quick to anyone abd cover them. We'll run the ball against twelve man fronts. We stay "our" offense regardless of personnel.

Names don't matter- only execution.

The is the same crew that didn't scout App St. They aren't going to adjust for illinois, hart's injury, or the forward pass.

TitleIX said...

POOF! go the Cyclones. :-(

whetstonebuck said...

I told you to root for Vandy. If you had listened to me that would be a smiley face.

whetstonebuck said...

Hey,

Boeckman is 7 for 7 with a TD.

I heard Chad Henne has a poster of Todd Boeckman on his wall.

TitleIX said...

oh whetstone.

Now I'm trying to decide if tOSU is that good, or Sparty is that sad.

Go WILDCATS (?)

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TitleIX said...

The Battle for the Best I-AA Loser in AA.

ugh

surrounded in columbus said...

so minnesota loses to I-AA North Dakota State, setting up next week's grudge match in A2.

look for EPSN to give it a name- something like: "Battle of the I-AA Losers" or "Battle to be the Best I-A Team in Division I-AA".

surrounded in columbus said...

T9,
very catchy use of all the "AA"'s.

maybe the game could be sponsored by, say "AAA"? certainly Lloyd could use the free maps.

whetstonebuck said...

I think the game should be sponsored by AA. Lloyd could use a little help from a Higher Power.

TitleIX said...

SiC--
I was trying to follow your lead and then you 'yipped' on the post.....

ChicagoWolverine said...

Colorado does the same gay key jingle on 3rd down. lame.

Jeffrey said...

Should be a good game for you guys today....I'm torn between my hate for M*ch*g*n and wanting them to win out until the Buckeyes pay a visit. In any case good luck I guess

surrounded in columbus said...

T9,
my bad- fixed some typos.

whetstonebuck said...

What a day. Now, if Oklahoma and LSU could pick up one more loss.

Crock said...

just watched the Florida-Kentucky game --

Gary Danielson is so in love with all things Florida - I had to "mute" the game.

TitleIX said...

No Henne, No Hart
I'm sick....

BUT
remain TRUE BLUE

GO BLUE
BEAT THE ILLINI

MGoBlue93 said...

Holy Shit... what Maize and Blue team was that lining up 5 wide receivers????

After seeing a shot of the crowd, I gotta think, Illinois hasn't beat Michigan at home since 1983, and fans are wearing Fuck Michigan shirts? Stay classy Illinois.

TitleIX said...

ANSWERED


LET'S GO BLUE

Katie said...

I realize we don't have much choice but I do love to see us passing........nice that they just ran Minor....gotta throw them off a bit........I am SOOOO nervous! OYE!!

TitleIX said...

Ron Zook is such a smug doofus...

TitleIX said...

So--Katie
isn't it interesting that it's the women who appear to be on-line right now????

MGoBlue93 said...

Who is worse? Meyer or Zook?

jwalk said...

Isn't that kind of like asking "Would you rather be deaf or blind?"

MGoBlue93 said...

I think Zook is worse... it's only a matter of time for Zook gets busted for some NCAA violations. There's no way in hell one gets a freshman class like that after the school goes 2-10, 2-9, 3-8, 1-11, 5-7 in the last five years.

Yeah, Zook can say sell the program to the kids by telling them they'll get playing time right away but I think that only goes so far.

Zook had to have made a deal with the devil and his time will come.

Katie said...

I have company from out of town, a guy who doesn't like football.(How do I have friends who don't like football????)...so I bought a new bookshelf and I am having him put it together while I watch the game...LMAO!!! He still isn't finished and it is the 3rd quarter...hee hee......

TitleIX said...

BRILLIANT Katie!

Classic TV shot of the Mendenhall family with the 'Hei$man' Shirt
and his mom will give him $1000 for 5 TDs?
Zook is way dirty
gotta be

TitleIX said...

F'n running QB and F'n Crable..

Captainron said...

my god this game is making me drink. ok, this drive is looking better. I'm still drinking though

Captainron said...

dangit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

surrounded in columbus said...

Let me say now that I was wrong. They came up w/ a whole new page to the playbook. If we lose, it won't be DeBord's playcalling.

Merrick 561 said...

I really don't know if I'm going to make it to the end of this game alive....

surrounded in columbus said...

Let me say now that I was wrong. They came up w/ a whole new page to the playbook. If we lose, it won't be DeBord's playcalling.

MGoBlue93 said...

Well, with 6:40-ish left, lets hope they don't run to the left 3x and give the ball up quickly.

Merrick 561 said...

OMG We made a Field Goal!!!

MGoBlue93 said...

We got a bit lucky in this one... giving the ball up 3 times... but holy cow, what about the play calling?!?!?!?!

GO BLUE!!!

surrounded in columbus said...

Ok. Maybe I'm sold. I'll have to look in the mirror tomorrow to be sure, but I may be sold.

TitleIX said...

BIG, TOUGH win on the road without Mike, with a highly medicated Chad (gotta be that way with a shoulder injury, ?partial separation vs. rotator cuff strain? ), and a juiced up Ryan.
Defense looked GREAT.

DeBord has been abducted by aliens. clearly.

GO BLUE!!!!

Amy said...

What a great win!! It wasn't pretty and it wasn't perfect but with all the injuries we faced I'm happy to take it!

GO BLUE!

Crock said...

every time Illinois got a penalty -

I prayed that Zook was thinking -

"I really shouldn't have voted for Florida last year"

Karma can be a wonderful thing!

Title IX - i was thinking the same thing when I saw the Hei$man shirt - tacky, dirty, and wrong.

Go Blue !!!

Hail to the Victors !!!

Super G said...

OK - OK - 27 - 17:

I didn't count on Henne being out and the first minute of the game.

Still --- all great for U of M and no reverse psychology required (thank you very much).

Go Blue,

Super G

MonkeyWrench32 said...

For Michigan's final touchdown of the game, they didn't throw rock, they didn't throw paper, they didn't even throw scissors, they threw NINJA TORNADO!

I'm still in disbelief that this ultra-conservative offense would roll that play out. Wow.

LudaChristian said...

Here's hoping we keep it rolling thru the remainder of the Big10 season (and beyond for a change). :)

Matt said...

To Illinois: take that you classless bitches. You had it coming.

Where do I start? I think we go back a year to Ron Zook voting UF #2. But then we come back to this year.

My dad had a business trip to Champaign Urbana and people told him how much they hate Michigan, but they're ok with OSU.

Then tonight at the Michigan bar I was at, there was some dickhead with an Illinois shirt flipping everyone off. I think it was when the cameraman stumbled across the douchebag wearing the Fuck Michigan shirt that I decided that these miserable fans deserve an embarrassing loss to Michigan

Jim said...

Just finished watching the game from the Tivo. I'm the first to be critical of lloyd and the staff, but I have to say...hats off. The playcalling, player discipline (though that may have been just by comparison) and, my god, the special teams! Field goals made, great kick coverage (after the opener). Illinois was battling field position all day. Really impressive win.

Jim said...

I saw the F* Michigan shirts. Honestly, it's more funny/pathetic than anything. Kind of like that idiot Chippendale from Wisconsin a few weeks back. I'm starting to feel like the Yankees here.

Merrick 561 said...

You know the F* Michigan shirts have a simple explanation probably...Everyone likes to hate the wingest (both in # AND Percentage) teams in any sport at any level.. But in the end one word shuts them up.. SCOREBOARD!

GO BLUE!!!!

Jennifer said...

was in champaign for the game, at the opposite end of the stadium from all the other michigan fans... no longer have any voice whatsoever :) the illinois fans were LOUD for the first 3/4ths of the game (or at least 1/2... i thought they started to wimp out a bit)... was a pretty sweet first away game, i've gotta say, and i loved hanging around at the end of the game with all the michigan fans and players shouting to each other. might have some sweet pictures :) go blue!!

Jessica said...

Yeah, I like how ABC couldn't show close-up shots of the crowd for most of the game unless they started looking at Michigan fans. Caught those shirts right at the beginning of the game with one of the first shots that panned over the crowd. The guy's shirt was kind of crunched up, but you could definitely tell what it said. Then they caught one dead on later in the game. Wonder if the "Fuck Michigan" store had special versions made up for Illini fans.

Oh, and Katie - I ended up with a FIANCE that doesn't like football. I still don't know how that one happened. He's coming to dread Saturdays now that we live together. I think he believes he has some chance of getting me to stop screaming at the tv. That should go away soon enough, though. A bookshelf, huh? I wonder if I can think up building projects for him to do every weekend...

Katie said...

Jessica....you need to reconsider that marriage....LMAO!

Jessica said...

Oh, he'll learn eventually. :D