MEANWHILE. In Michigan.
— FRANK PONCE (@CoachFrankPonce) August 29, 2014
Just …. wow.
Corey Lynch, the man who secured the All-Time Upset, was on the Unpackin’ It radio show today with Bryce Johnson. He was asked by Bryce to discuss the best part about beating Michigan (“The cherry on top of my career”) and was there any downside to it at all.
Superman then just …. wow …
In an oral history posted at espn.com today, Lynch went even harsher.
Just …. wow.
One of the attractions of college football is the belief that every team, all the athletes and coaches, and all the fans are just one big episode of Full House. No grudges. No rivalries. No bullies. No egos. Promises always kept. Hugs all around at the end of the day. That’s fantasy, and most everyone should know it, but few want to admit it. To suggest so makes you a hater or “not a real fan” or something.
Lynch has always seemed to be one to speak his mind. He doesn’t shy away from expressing his perspective. It’s what made him a leader.
But dude, come on, the timing …..
App State debuts as an FBSer at the site of the greatest upset in FBS football. Lotta emotion expected. Uh-lot. But this time Michigan is prepared. This time App State isn’t as accomplished. This time it will be different. Or so goes the conventional wisdom. We just won’t know until they play the game. Some Michigan fans are expecting a blowout – 50-6, UM? Even last year’s App-Georgia game wasn’t that lopsided. Then again, the Bulldogs weren’t haunted. It was just another game. This one isn’t. O/U – Margin of victory – 24 points.
Here are our thoughts. What are yours?
Spread the offense
How quickly will the red shed the green?
Is the Coach Satt system set?
And you are …..?
Patience is a virtue and dammit we want it now!
Yet some people are expressing mixed feelings about an App State-Michigan round 2. Take for instance these two folk, the coach and the quarterback who won round 1.
Michigan may also be a tad regretful, given the drumbeat of low attendance stories slung out every few weeks centering often on this game. Even today, less than 48 hours from kickoff, it isn’t a sellout.
As one UM tweeter tweeted – “Who scheduled a rematch? Awful. Stomp App State, and you’re supposed to. It smacks of petty revenge. Lose and become a laughing stock again.”
That’s the Michigan side.
For App State, this game is about grabbing the nation’s sports microphone and giving it a GIVE ‘EM HELL! yeah! That chance doesn’t come often, and maybe never again.
Every major site is having some sorta retrospective on the game. Saturday morning every college YOUR AD HERE pregame show will give a shoutout to the contest, then and now. From noon until 3 every game being broadcast via telly or radio will have announcers giving an occasional update specific to App State-Michigan score, often whimsical. And regardless of the outcome, every YOUR AD HERE recap show will give a shoutout to the rematch.
If App State wins, those shoutouts will be measured in weeks (uh-gin). Lose, and BOOM! it’s over. Normalcy resumes.
SI won’t care about Campbell at App State. That score won’t be name dropped during any ABCCSBNBCESPN broadcasts also in progress. College GameDay won’t trifle with finding camel graphics.
Barring a Boise State re-enactment fantasy come true, the national sports microphone won’t return to Boone until 2017 at the earliest. That is when the all-important inaugural “multiple of 10 anniversary” sets in, and everyone gets to reminisce over redux, my god.
To recap – For playing the rematch, App State gets brief national attention and a phat $1M paycheck (more than double the $400K paid back in 2007).
It ain’t about sentiment. It’s all about C.R.E.A.M. Dollah dollah bills y’all.
Some other remembrances are making the rounds. This one, simply called The Horror, is all kinds of wonderful.
So, coach, does what happened in 2007 make the game Saturday any more difficult?
Wolverine coach Brady Hoke today spoke on the big rematch this Saturday. Heck of an asterisk, huh?
It won’t be the same App team, by far.
In 2007, App State was coming off a second consecutive national title. It had a future two-time Walter Payton award winner at quarterback, the school’s future all-time leading rusher at running back, and the school’s future all-time leader in scoring via boot kicking the ball. Throw in a defensive back who had a knack for big plays, a freshman who became a magnet for interceptions, and a wide receiver with Barry Allen speed.
Dude, that roster was stacked.
The 2014 edition of the Mountaineers has yet to show as many strengths. If anything, it’s the biggest collection of unknowns in recent memory.
One comment from Coach Satterfield has stuck with us since reading it last spring.
Roughly two-thirds of the roster will have never been in a college football game. That’s not necessarily a crippling concern, but does indicate uh-lot of unknown unknowns for a program coming off its first losing season since Jurassic Park was released.
Also unlike 2007, Michigan ain’t overlooking a thang this time. If anything August 30, 2014 has been all caps, underlined, triple exclamation mark, double circled in red since its scheduling. For the next five days every replay of THE KICK IS BLOCKED! is one more match added to an inferno of motivation.
This isn’t just a game. It’s a reckoning!
Give ‘em hell!
Critch time. “It would be hard for anybody to vastly improve on the numbers he had, but he expects to.”
Meet the backup QB. “Taylor has been really impressive this fall camp and we feel comfortable in his capability to run our offense.”
Reviewing the receiving corps. “We have a lot of young receivers, but they’re talented, and this bunch plays extremely hard.”
And a linebacker preview. “On the mark talent-wise but will enter the season needing improved health and consistency.”
“We should go to the Rose Bowl!” ESPN gives shoutout to the ATU. (Scroll down)
Speaking of the ATU and its heroes. LeGreedy still gettin’ in done.
Sun Belt season starts Wednesday. Big time baby!
More things change. /deep sigh
Kilgore closing in on starting spot. Oh yeah!
McCray maneuvers. FUMBLE!
Clawson to Edwards. Same roster, different city.
App State opens its inaugural FBS season at the Big House in less than a week! Last time the Mountaineers and Wolverines tangled, a packed house of 109,208 witnessed the All-Time Upset!
Expected crowd for the 2014 rematch? Uh, not so many.
It’s come to this – Michigan is hocking tickets on …. Living Social?
We shant mock, simply because we wonder about attendance at The Rock this season.
For the first time that we can remember, the mothership hasn’t produced any articles hyping attendance at the recent Fan Fest or season tickets sales. There’s also the odd nature of three season tickets types – full, half and flex (aka. a la carte).
We aren’t snarking. Do what ya gotta do to sell tickets. Especially considering that, for the first time in school history, every home game will be available on a small screen near you – “As part of that relationship, all six App State football home games are currently slated to appear on an ESPN outlet this season (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews or ESPN3).”
In the age of man caves and HD home television, what kinda hit, if any, will App State take on home attendance? Drop $100 and a day traveling from Charlotte to sit among +20,000, or take three hours to watch App-Campbell in your living room chair with no line at the restroom?
So we ask ….
“Minor” – “Cox, a sophomore who led the Mountaineers in rushing last season, had surgery on his meniscus last week, and has not practiced all this week. Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield said the surgery was minor and did not rule out the possibility that Cox could play in the Aug. 30 game against Michigan. “We hope so,” Satterfield said. Terrance Upshaw is up next on the depth chart if Cox can’t play.” App State has long tradition of playing Belichick with injuries, but missing a week of practice ain’t the most optimistic of details.
RIP – “On August 15, 2014, the Lord welcomed Ned Reeves Trivette home. Dougherty’s untimely death in 1964 placed Ned in a position of responsibility for the fiscal and physical affairs of Appalachian. For the next 25 years, Ned helped facilitate the transformation of a teacher’s college into a university of more than 11,000 students. After serving the University for over thirty years, the administration announced that the new food services building on the west side of campus overlooking the scenic Duck Pond would be named Ned and Maxine Trivette Hall.”
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