The Wolverine

November 2011

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 9 of 119

������ from our readers Green And Fight November 2011 ��� Vol. 23, No. 4 ISSN 1048-9940 Editor John Borton Associate Editor Michael Spath The Editor Chris Balas Football Recruiting Editor Tim Sullivan Staff Writer Andy Reid Managing Editor Chris Riffer Contributing Editor Steve Downey Contributing Writer Ryan Tice Editorial Intern Kevin Minor Layout And Design Cory Lavalette Jeanette Blankenship Contributing Photographers Eric Bronson/ Lon Horwedel Per Kjeldsen Cover Photos Per Kjeldsen (Denard Robinson) Per Kjeldsen (Zack Novak) Publisher Stu Coman Business Manager Linda Autry Circulation Manager Gail Evans Assistant Circulation Manager Jason Jones Marketing/Merchandise Manager Beverly Taylor Director Of Advertising Dave Searcy Customer Service Specialist Cathy Jones The Wolverine is published monthly. A one-year (12 issues) subscription is $49.95. The Wolverine is printed at The Papers in Milford, Ind. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Wolverine, P.O. Box 1304, Ann Arbor, MI��� 48106. Periodical postage paid at Durham, NC��� 27702 and additional offices. For advertising or subscription information, call 1-800-421-7751 or write The Wolverine, P.O. Box 1304, Ann Arbor, MI��� 48106. The Wolverine is a publication of Coman Publishing Company, Inc., 324 Blackwell St., Suite 560, Durham, NC��� 27701. E-Mail Address: Subscription questions: Web Site: 10��� the wolverine��� ������ November 2011 Dear The Wolverine: Where do you stand? In your reporting of the MichiganMichigan State game, you said little about the obvious thuggery of some Michigan State players. In fact you applaud one of the thugs, Max Bullough, as one of the best players. His flagrant foul and the multiple fouls by the thug-in-chief, William Gholston, deserve the strongest condemnation, not applause. You do not excuse their brutish, bullying behavior by saying ��� as John Borton did in the postgame observations ��� that we have to ���handle the bullies��� and not let the brute squad get away with it. Is it your expectation that next year Michigan should fight fire with fire and become brutes and thugs as well? Do you simply gloss over such outrageous conduct as just ���being physical��� and thus excuse them this year and Michigan next year? Standing up to bullies and the brute squad is everyone���s responsibility. We need to enforce the rules to effectively penalize players and teams to eliminate this flagrant unsportsmanlike conduct. In fact we may need to get new rules ��� booth official input to on-field officials that could lead to immediate ejection and suspension from future games. Where do you stand? Will you stand up to the bullies? Keith Heck Racine, Wis. Heck, Keith, we stand with former Michigan assistant coach Jerry Hanlon, who said in part: ���That���s not what college football is supposed to be. To deliberately try to hurt another player is not what college football should be. ���If you hit him, with a good, hard, clean hit, and something happens, that���s part of the game. But to deliberately try to hurt another football player, and even ��� somebody said ��� put it out on Twitter that they���re going to do the same thing to the next quarterback they play, now that���s wrong.��� We also understand (as does Brady Hoke) that the best answer is getting a team prepared to overcome MSU physically within the rules and between the whistles. That���s where you���ll see the ultimate answer. With plays like this one on offensive lineman Patrick Omameh, Michigan State drew 13 penalties, and the Spartans could have been flagged for even more. photo by per kjeldsen Angry Over MSU Dear The Wolverine: There is no team in the country that I dislike more or respect less than Mark Dantonio���s Spartans (and I went to MSU years ago, a fact I don���t talk about much). Although upsetting that they beat Michigan again, all is not lost, and Michigan is obviously on the right track with its new coaching staff. We all knew this was a work in progress, and our 6-0 start was not expected by many, but a pleasant surprise. I believe they will rebound from this disappointing loss, and the meltdowns of the previous years are in the past. That said, regarding the Spartans ��� it���s time for Dantonio to stop whining about Mike Hart���s comments years ago. The truth is State will always be second class when it comes to Michigan football, and four consecutive wins isn���t going to change that. I hope the Big Ten/NCAA look back at the film and hand out some discipline to the Spartans (something their head coach should do, but won���t). What a dirty display of football. The truth is they were the better team, but their lack of class and discipline are

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of The Wolverine - November 2011