The Wolverine

September 2012

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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FROM OUR READERS SCARY SCHEDULE AHEAD September 2012 • Vol. 24, No. 2 ISSN 1048-9940 John Borton Editor 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 Jeanette Blankenship Layout And Design Cory Lavalette Contributing Photographers Lon Horwedel Per Kjeldsen Cover Photo Lon Horwedel Publisher Stu Coman Business Manager Linda Autry Circulation Manager Gail Evans Marketing/Merchandise Manager Beverly Taylor Director Of Advertising Dave Searcy Customer Service Manager Laura Kendall (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 2331, Durham, NC 27701. Periodical postage paid at Durham, NC 27702 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. and additional offices. For advertising or subscription information, call Subscription questions: Web Site: E-Mail Address: 10 THE WOLVERINE SEPTEMBER 2012 The Wolverine is published monthly. A one-year football season is about to begin. The season opener against Alabama at Cowboys Stadium is much antici- pated. Will the game be a foreteller of what we can expect from our beloved Wolverines in 2012? If Michigan wins in Arlington, then we will hope so. If Michigan loses, we will accept it as inevitable since Alabama was ranked No. 2. We know that Brady Hoke put together a memorable season in 2011. No one did him or his coaches a favor with the upcoming schedule. I know that every game on the Dear The Wolverine: If you are reading this letter, the schedule is a challenge. However, the road game and home game mix this year looks unusually tough. I do not know about you, but I believe that the schedule is a potential minefield standing in the way of success for 2012. How many think that Michigan can beat Alabama, Notre Dame, Ne- braska, and "Ohio" on the road, and MSU and Iowa at home? Purdue is pesky in West Lafayette, and North- western has not been an automatic win for years. Even Air Force can- not be considered a patsy. I will not discount victories against Illinois or Minnesota, but they say that is why they play the game (remember Ap- palachian State?). No one expects Massachusetts to win, but it sure got interesting toward the end of the last Massachusetts game during the Ro- driguez era. Michigan starts the season ranked No. 8 in the coaches poll. As in 2010, U-M looks to have a good offense with the defense again a work-in- progress because of a re-worked D- line and lack of depth at several posi- tions. Still, we know there is talent and solid coaching on the defense. This season shapes up to be one of Head coach Brady Hoke and the Wolverines will face one of the more challenging sched- ules in U-M football history this fall, kicking off with a matchup versus Alabama. PHOTO BY PER KJELDSEN tive scenario of the coming season. I like the team and I like the coaches, but I cannot say the same about the mix of the schedule. I remind the team to keep their focus on the game in front of them. If you look ahead, you might get behind. Go Blue! J. Richard Jaconette, M.D. Battle Creek, Mich. tougher schedule in the history of the pro- gram, Dr. J., with all things considered. Starting against a defending national champion, factoring in the road night games, and playing most of the toughest teams from the most formidable Big Ten ever (given the addition of Nebraska), you could say it's more than a challenge. There isn't any question that when You might be hard pressed to find a the more interesting seasons on paper, because of the makeup of the away and home games. I anticipate the be- ginning of my favorite sports time of the year. I have high hopes for a posi- Or e-mail: Letters may be edited for clarity or length. Wolverine Letters • P.O. Box 1304 • Ann Arbor, MI 48106 Be Heard! Send your letters to: Brady Hoke emphasizes winning the Big Ten this year, that's a solid focus for any Michigan fan to follow. dent when my athletically gifted brother, as a high school student, was caught drinking at a wild party and suspended from the basketball team. I do remember thinking, "You dumb … did you consider the shame to which our family is now being subjected?" Well, maybe not in those exact words. Dear The Wolverine: I remember very little of the inci- LIFE LESSONS FOR WOLVERINES

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