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Friday, October 20, 2006

San Diego Compadres

Thursday's San Diego Union Tribune included this interesting article about the 1985 Michigan-Iowa contest (today 1:00 Eastern ESPN Classic) as remembered by that game's quarterbacks, Jim Harbaugh and Chuck Long. Both men are currently college football coaches; Harbaugh at the University of San Diego and Long at San Diego State.

I was particularly struck by a few items in this piece:
* Is this the last time Michigan threw for fewer than 60 yards in a game?
* How were we so close when Iowa had the ball almost twice as long as we had it, especially considering they lost only one turnover, didn't miss any field goals, and committed just three penalties?
* Why the hell was Bo concerned with the color of the freakin locker rooms?

Although recalling this game continues to provide a collective bummer for Michigan fans, it gave me reasons to become even more encouraged about our chances tomorrow (beyond the facts that we're at home, relatively healthy, and our defense has demonstrated that it could be the best we've ever had. Oh, and we're playing a team that just lost to Indiana.):
* The '85 Iowa defense was among the tops in the nation, the '06 Iowa defense is not.
* Drew Tate is a solid and dangerous quarterback, but unlike Chuck Long he won't be finishing second in voting for the Heisman Trophy.
* Though he has his faults, I am almost certain that Lloyd won't be spending emotional or physical energy on meaningless crap that has nothing to do with winning.

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