It is a well know meteorological fact that the three coldest geographic locations on the surface of the Earth are the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, the wilds of Kamchatka, and Rynearson Stadium on a November afternoon. Two years ago, on one such desolate November day, I put on my cold weather gear and headed to Rynearson Stadium to watch the Eastern Michigan football team battle Northern Illinois on the day after Thanksgiving. Dubbed “Bleak Friday” by yours truly, our Eagles endured the cold weather, a two win season, and a 71-3 drubbing by the Huskies of NIU.
The most depressing aspect of this particular game wasn’t the bone-chilling weather, it wasn’t the fact that we lost, or even the margin of defeat. It was the fact that I and the other brave and committed souls in that stadium saw something that was a truly bad omen for Eastern Michigan football: the team quit on Coach Ron English.
It was surprising to see this abandonment, even out of a two win team. If there is one aspect of Ron English that I think most of us can agree on, it is that he is a capable motivator. The thought that a team would quit on him was unexpected to say the least.
EMU’s opponents went 7-5 over the weekend, with two matchups of future opponents, and one game that pitted a future against a past opponent.
|Team||W||L||Total %||Conf||W||L||Conf %||Last||Next|
|Ball State||3||2||60%||MAC||1||1||50%||Lost 45-43 at Kent State||10/6 vs. Northern Illinois|
|Illinois State||5||0||100%||Missouri Valley||2||0||100%||Won 34-31 at South Dakota||10/6 vs. Southern Illinois|
|Purdue||3||1||75%||Big Ten||0||0||N/A||Won 51-41 vs. Marshall||10/6 vs. Michigan|
|Michigan State||3||2||60%||Big Ten||0||1||0%||Lost 17-16 vs. Ohio State||10/6 at Indiana|
|Kent State||3||1||75%||MAC||2||0||100%||Won 45-43 vs. Ball State||10/6 at EMU|
|Toledo||4||1||80%||MAC||2||0||100%||Won 37-17 at Western Michigan||10/6 vs. Central Michigan|
|Army||0||4||0%||Independent||N/A||N/A||N/A||Lost 23-3 vs. Stony Brook||10/6 vs. Boston College|
|Bowling Green||2||3||40%||MAC||0||1||0%||Won 48-8 vs. Rhode Island||10/6 at Akron|
|Ohio||5||0||100%||MAC||1||0||100%||Won 37-34 at Massachusetts||10/6 vs. Buffalo|
|Central Michigan||2||2||50%||MAC||0||1||0%||Lost 55-24 at Northern Illinois||10/6 at Toledo|
|Western Michigan||2||3||40%||MAC||0||1||0%||Lost 37-17 vs. Toledo||10/6 vs. Massachusetts|
|Northern Illinois||4||1||80%||MAC||1||0||100%||Won 55-24 vs. Central Michigan||10/6 at Ball State|
This week’s MAC Blogger Roundtable is hosted by…me! I am king of the roundtable, BOW DOWN BEFORE ME! MWAHAHA!!!
I did this in week 5 last year also, and six questions proved too difficult, so this year, as king, I subjected my…er…subjects…to a three-question inquisition.
The following blogs paid fealty:
Ron English did a livechat hosted by the Detroit Free Press this afternoon. There were some interesting questions, and although a lot of his answers were fairly cautious (safely worded), there are a few points where you can read between the lines. For your reading convenience, here’s a transcript of the whole thing.
Hello, Eagles fans, I’m here and ready for your questions.by Coach English 9/28/2012 7:29:00 PM 3:29 PM
Coach, great to see you. We have lots of questions in the hopper already. We’ll get going in a minute …by James Jahnke 9/28/2012 7:29:24 PM 3:29 PM
OK, let’s do this …by James Jahnke 9/28/2012 7:30:26 PM 3:30 PM
As an EMU alumni, I had/have high expectations coming into this season. With an 0-4 start, losing a tough game last week to the Spartans. What can you do to help jump start the offense and get this team on the board more?by Tom EMU08 9/28/2012 7:30:33 PM 3:30 PM
We haven’t even gotten around to previewing the men’s basketball season, but we’ve already got one injury to report.
During a drill at practice yesterday, probably around mid-day, senior forward Jamell Harris broke his left hand. After a trip to the hospital for x-rays, Harris was back on campus wearing a cast.
This injury isn’t nearly as bad as it could be. First, it’s his left hand, and Harris is right-handed. Also, rumor has it that he’ll be out four to six weeks; the season will start with an exhibition game five weeks from tomorrow, and the first non-exhibition game is another week after that. Even at that, the first game is against Rochester College, an NAIA team, with the first NCAA Division I game not coming until November 11, giving Harris a total of nearly seven weeks to recover.