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Friday, November 24, 2006

Boy, am I lazy

Sorry for the long absence, but I've had some sleep to catch up on (and some work, and other events as well, but sleep was the most important). Here comes the weekly recap, hold on to you hats!

We'll start off with Michigan, who came up on the short end of the stick against the hated Ohio State Buckeyes, 42-39. The game was a fairly even one, and it was hard fought throughout, but two long runs by Buckeye tailbacks sealed the Wolverines' fate. 'Beanie' Wells had a 52 yard run, and Antonio Pittman had a 56 yarder, and a late 15 yard personal foul on Shawn Crable for a helmet-to-helmit hit on OSU QB Troy Smith, which sustained a late drive for the deciding touchdown, were the differences in the game. That being said, I think that Michigan played a pretty darn good game, and they may get a DESERVED rematch in the BCS title game, pending the result of the ND-USC game tomorrow (Notre Dame wins, I believe that Michigan will get the rematch). But, until that time, we will have to see.

Michigan's basketball team kept their perfect record intact with at 65-56 win over Youngstown State. Courtney Sims had 18 points to lead the way, and Brent Petway had 13 and 10 boards for the Wolverines, who will face the powerhouse that is Maryland-Baltimore County on Saturday. Oooohhh.

The Lions suck. I mean they are just terrible at this point, and they have losing down to an artform. First of all, they go to Arizona on Sunday, and decide not to score any points until the 2nd half, almost ensuring the 17-10 win that Arizona got, then we decide not to score any points for the last 3 quarters, and end up losing 27-10 to the Miami Dolphins, after we had taken a 10-0 lead in that game. If the offense plays well, the defense doesn't show up, if the defense plays well, the offense doesn't show up. Sickening. Now we have to try really really hard not to end up with the 1st pick in the draft because A)we don't NEED Troy Smith, who in my opinion will be the No. 1 draft pick B)I don't see Matt Millen being suave enough to trade the pick for multiple good offensive linemen (or 1 good o-lineman even) and C) we can't afford another top 10 pick salary on our roster. So, here's hoping on that front...

The Red Wings have had a tough time of things, losing their last three games, including the loss to Calgary on Friday. On Saturday night, they lost to Edmonton in a shoot-out, 4-3; and on Wednesday night, they fell to Vancouver, 4-3 in overtime. In addition to both of those losses, the Wings have been hit by the injury bug as of late, as well, losing backup G Chris Osgood for a month, Johan Franzen is out with a concussion, and Nik Cronwall pulled his groin, and is out. Hopefully the Wings can get back to their winning ways, starting tonight against the Blues of St. Louis.

The Pistons, however, have been on a winning streak as of late, taking care of Washington, Houston, Philly (sans Iverson, but a win is a win) and Atlanta in the past week. Finally the Pistons are flexing a bit of their muscle, and it's paying off in some big wins. Detroit is now in 2nd place in the central, just one game short of Cleveland, and I think that when it's all said and done, the 'Stones will be right near the top of the Conference again. Tonight they host the Charlotte Bobcats, and it should be a doozy.

And finally, the Arsenal drew with Newcastle 1-1 on Saturday, which is a horrible home result, as we still are 12 points adrift of the leaders Manchester United (with a game in hand). The magpies took a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute off of a counter from an Arsenal corner, and Newcastle M Kieren Dyer was not closed out in time, beating Arsenal G Jens Lehmann. Thierry Henry answered for Arsenal in the 70th minute with a beautiful free kick, but Arsenal could do no more, and the game ended in a draw. On Tuesday, Arsenal welcomed Hamburg SV into the Emirates Stadium, and sent them home with 3-1 defeat. It never looked to be easy, though, as the visitors once again took the lead. This time it was the wonderful strike from Rafael van der Vaart, curling it in off the upright, and beyond the outstretched hands of Jens Lehmann, to give Hamburg the very early 1-0 lead. Robin van Persie equalized in the 52nd minute off a great feed from Cesc Fabregas. RB Emmanual Eboue put the Gunners in the lead in the 82nd, and Julio Baptista scored his first goal for Arsenal in the 88th minute, to secure all three points for the Gunners. Arsenal face Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok stadium on saturday, a place where 1-0 defeats are traditionally in order. Hopefully Arsenal can break this current streak of tragedy, and escape with a 'W'.

And you're up to date. Sorry for the delay.

1 Comments:

Anonymous James said...

No, the Lions need Jake Long and LaMarr Woodley, not Troy Smith.

9:29 AM  

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