It came down to lack of depth. We don’t have the depth to replace the key injuries and just didn’t have the talent on defense to hang with the big boys. We were exposed. But we’ll be back with more guys. Harbaugh and crew have done a remarkable job this season with what we have. At kickoff today of the final game of the regular season we were in the B1G and even playoff discussion. Sights and sounds:
Honoring Legends: Talking with those involved, sounds like #1000SSS did a great job taking care of the families of the Legends this morning and for the game. Here’s the Oosterbaan crew including my man Ben McCready (47), godson of the great Bennie O.:
Again, the Legends program did a great thing by putting these great players in the forefront. The other bonus was building new relationships with the current families and in certain cases, with the student athletes who got to wear the coveted jerseys. McCready shared this note he received recently from Capt. Jake Ryan:
“Ben – I just wanted to write and tell you it was an honor to wear the #47 jersey at Michigan. I was excited when Coach Hoke asked me and I wanted to represent Bennie in the best way on and off the field. Thank you for such a wonderful opportunity and Go Blue! – Jake”
It was a delicate thing to do. Of course Mark Harmon didn’t make it back so I’m not sure how the Harmons feel about the whole thing. I’m good with the re-retirement and I’m looking forward to the ceremonies for Woodson (and of course Peppers).
Twenty One – Also a nice, brief acknowledgment of Desmond today. I wonder if they are going to keep the flags outside the stadium? I doubt it given they have set up permanent displays in one of the concourses:
Traditions. Michigan Marching Band tradition dictates that the drum major must toss his mace over the goal post and catch it. If he does, Michigan wins. If not, ugh:
It’s happened before I know, including before the
2007 Appalachian State game THE HORROR (back then I referred to the mace incorrectly as a ‘baton‘) but was corrected later on.
Season Ticket Holders – During the 3rd quarter, they asked the season ticket holders to stand, then remain standing based on longevity (10 years, 25 years, etc.). Nice touch (and nice marketing!). 26 here.
The King. Came to see Peppers:
And Peppers was fun to watch:
#ChadTough – Beyond the retirement of #21 (and the re-retirements), there’s no other Michigan entry in the Uniform Timeline, but props to the folks in Columbus – very cool that the Buckeyes affixed these to their helmets today:
Mood. Back to 80:
Work! Work it Girl! If you carried a camera into the media entrance, the officers asked you to take a photo to prove the camera wasn’t something evil. So naturally I pointed the camera at the officer and asked her to give me her best:
Big Nice Nut – For those who didn’t watch on TV, Big Nut and his buddy were in the first row in the south end zone:
Dead serious: I chatted up Mr. Nut and he was genuinely a nice dude. Sorry. Either way, damn you Stubhub!
For the tenth time in eleven years, Ohio State won The Game. The Buckeyes ran at will; Michigan couldn’t trust its run game enough to even use it without ample trickery. While Michigan’s 9-3 record and obvious team-wide improvement stand as a testament to the remarkable work of Jim Harbaugh, today’s game showed just how much ground the program must make up on their chief rival.
The Wolverine defense looked utterly confused and all around gassed during the game. There was no answer for the Buckeye’s zone read, and power runs. Ohio State scored on six consecutive drives, aside from the end of the first half, which put the pressure on the Wolverines offense to make plays.
The Wolverine offense was able to march the football down the field, but had troubles finishing off drives in the redzone. Michigan settled for two field goals in the game while down in the redzone.
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