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ESPN Messageboards Lead to Intelligent Discourse

In the Dark Ages before a strong, Michigan blogosphere developed, the only outlet online for a fan to see others' opinion and voice his or her own were free, online message boards. Premium message boards and blogs have claimed the best posters from the ESPN.com message boards and left them a demolished wasteland with sticky caps-lock keys. I plan on venturing into these groups of partisan savages and report back with the most outlandish claims and back and forth claims of "OWNAGE!1"

In today's edition we explore the rantings and ravings of a poster who goes by the handle WCD34. He is what the local refer to as a "troll." A vagabond poster who travels from board to board bringing any intelligent discussion to halt.

In this thread he is defending Notre Dame and trying to justify his position of Michigan losing to Notre Dame. When someone mentioned that pretty much every Notre Dame offensive unit is worse than the corresponding Michigan unit, he (I assume) came back with this:

Moving on...Our RB situation is BY FAR MUCH BETTER than Michigan's. Again, it's young, but sick. Do you guys even pay attention?


Guys, we're going to have so many RB's, you're not going to be able to keep up with which one is which. And ALL OF THEM are talented. I know plenty of Irish Fans who are happy that D. Walker chose the draft. I can't wait to see the shocked looks on your faces when ND rushes for over 200 yds in Ann Arbor. :)

The dotted out section is a list of running backs who haven't really played (except for a bit of Blue & Gold game action). So his argument is that their running backs by batallion composed of totally unproven players is better than Michigan's give the ball to one of the premiere running backs in the country approach.

Let's take a look at this...

Adding up the yards that all the running backs he mentioned gained last year we get... 241 yards. Michigan's top returning back-up (Brandon Minor) has 249 yards. To get over the whole "Michigan runs more" argument, the Notre Dame running backs had 65 attempts while Brandon Minor had just 42.

So... with Michigan's primary back-up posting better numbers than the entire field of Notre Dame backs AND having a preseason Doak Walker candidate, I really can't see where he is coming from.

I understand being exciting about a good group of young studs, but to say that potential is better than a top-5 back, not to mention a few young guys with their fair share of potential, is just down right dumb. I guess that is why he's cruising around ESPN message board, and maybe why he's a Notre Dame fan (I kid...).

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