|A thousand words... (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)|
So I'm never going to understand this. Michigan, by contrast, offered up a 10 year disassociation ban with Chris Webber and the other players in the Ed Martin scandal, a ban which will not end until May 2013. David Brandon is on record (in the Fab Five documentary last year) that Webber will be welcomed back to Michigan after that ban ends provided he apologizes for what he did to the Michigan basketball program, which seems really unlikely. Michigan looked at what it had done wrong and fell on its sword (admittedly with its basketball program, not the football program.) Ohio State, on the other hand, is welcoming back the root cause of its problems and petitioning the White House for a pardon.
So I'm never going to understand them. Urban Meyer's a hell of a coach, a single-minded perfectionist who will not settle for anything less than perfection. And he did it, he got perfection out of an imperfect squad. Meanwhile, Michigan had a lead at the half and did exactly nothing to adjust to win the game. Think about it, the defense, the poor exhausted defense, allowed just two field goals in the second half, and they lost because Michigan forgot all of the awesome stuff they tried on offense last week. It's like they wanted to PROVE to Ohio State that they could run up the middle and Ohio State was more than happy to remind them, no you can't. And so, Ohio State pitched a second half shutout and the last mercurial moments of a storm-tossed career for Denard Robinson ended with both a stunning highlight reel run and a horrific stuff up the middle on fourth down, and then a fumble.
|Upside down... (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)|
So Orlando or Tampa for New Year's and back to where we were. I guess it is true, meet the new boss, same as the old boss.