Sep 1, 2007

Mighty Michigan Defeated by I-AA Appalachian State

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Left: Appalachian State wide reciever Dexter Jackson scoring a touchdwon in the second quarter against Michigan

I think I am going to vomit.

I simply cannot believe that the University of Michigan, the number-5 ranked team in the nation, lost to Appalachian State 34-32. At home. In the first game of the year.

This is the first time that a ranked team has ever lost to a Division 1-AA team. What an utter and complete embarassment, and what a horrible start to what could have been a championship season.

Congratulations to the Mountaineers, whose return trip to Boone, NC will be a joyous one. Appalachian State played a smart game, took advantage of numerous Michigan mistakes, and earned a well-deserved victory.

Lloyd Carr, perhaps it is time to retire. The prestige of the Michigan Wolverines football program took an incredible hit today, and it will be years before the team can shake off this ignominious defeat.

For Michigan fans like me, this is a dark, dark day. My only hope for getting rid of this football-induced headache is if the Toledo Rockets somehow manage to put the smackdown on the high-flying Purdue Boilermakers tonight.

13 comments:

blue fanatic said...

Feel your pain, brother. This was a terrible day to be a Blue fan.

Anonymous said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

You Michigan fans are the biggest losers!!!

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simsfamtrav said...

Why in the world can't Michigan learn to defend the spread offense?
What an embarrassment for the U of M and the Big Ten.

historymike said...

Blue Fanatic:

Please pass the Tylenol.

historymike said...

Anonymous:

Yes, we Michigan fans are the epitome of "loser-ness" today.

I humbly eat the proffered crow.

historymike said...

Adam:

Nice spam.

historymike said...

Simsfamtrav:

Yes, the Michigan defense was the biggest embarassment. The Michigan running game clicked, Henne was average (even with the late pick), but the defense just plain stunk.

After the first two ASU scores, Lloyd Carr should have crucified the defensive coaches. Way too many missed assignments, open receivers, and poor contain on ASU QB Armanti Edwards.

Anonymous said...

MICHIGAN SUX!!!

HumboldtsClio said...

Steve and I were both stunned when Michigan lost. Talk about awkward! To be fair, if they had to lose to a I-AA team, Appalachian State is probably a good one. I think they've won the division title two years in a row. Or something.

Northern Arizona plays them on September 15. I'm rather curious to watch it.

Anonymous said...

Big, Heavy sigh.

It was my 13 year old son's first time in the Big House.

What a memory he has to share.

(although, he loved the excitement and the crowd)

Karen

MP said...

There is one question after this crushing, humiliating loss:

What in the world does Michigan do now?

There are two possible answers:
1) Tell the team to stand tall, shake it off, and reinforce the "Michigan Tradition" of hard-nosed football, pounding running game, outstanding defense, and solid special teams.

2) Acknowledge that the "Tradition" is forever tarnished, wipe the slate clean, and try to form a completely different identity.

Honestly, I don't know if either will work. On the one hand, the defense has had holes for the last few years, Mike Hart is no "pounding" running back, and let's face it, if Appalachian State isn't intimidated by the Michigan defense or the Big House, what team will be?

On the other hand, what kind of alternative identity can Michigan establish? It seems that with athletic receivers, sleek running backs, and slightly faster defensive backs, Michigan HAS been trying to change their identity, and if that's the case, it is clearly not working. Maybe, just maybe, the Tradition died with Bo Schembechler.

Is firing Lloyd Carr the answer? Maybe, but who in the world do you replace him with? Who is available? Are these last three losses indicative of a larger problem that will take years to fix, regardless of who's the head coach?

Well, see, that's the problem. Every Michigan "enemy" is laughing mercilessly right now and they're right to do so. This is a really low point for the team, maybe the lowest point in the program's history. This will not be fixed in a week, a month, or a year. The problem is not immediately identifiable, and far more questions exist than answers for U of M.

The quickest fix for right now (maybe the ONLY fix for right now): Play like you've got nothing to lose, Michigan. Because really, that's probably accurate.

George said...

I talked before in my blog how football is a great distracter to this 15 month deployment in Baghdad, Iraq – and with my ASU winning, it was the greatest diversion I could ask for. I smiled; cheered out loud; jumped up and down; wore my ASU hat; and told anyone walking by how proud I am to be from ASU. It was a good night- and good nights are really hard to come by here…

WOW – Go Mountaineers!!!

http://georgeiniraq.blogspot.com/