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Michigan Football

Nate Sandals: Fans' blind faith won't always spell sorrow

BY NATE SANDALS

I didn't know it when I came to Michigan, but I doubled my sports misery.
As a lifelong Philly sports fan, I've seen teams fall short on the field, court, rink and diamond. And the fact is, Michigan fans and Philly fans are pretty much the same.
Before you ask how I could compare Michigan fans to the horror stories you hear about Philly fans, let me explain.

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Henne has sprain, slight chance to play Saturday

Chris Herring

BY JACK HERMAN

On the face of it, not much has changed. The depth chart still lists freshman Ryan Mallett as starter, and Michigan coach Lloyd Carr still says senior Chad Henne's status is day-to-day.
But judging from the tone of Carr's comments during his weekly press conference yesterday, there seems to be an ever-so-slight possibility Henne could return from injury for Saturday's game against Penn State.
"Chad Henne has got enough experience that he could play without practice," said Carr, although Henne was not listed on the two-deep depth chart.

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"Machete" ready to cut down opposition

Chris Herring

BY KEVIN WRIGHT

Redshirt junior John Thompson's stoic face broke into a slight smile as he recounted the best hit he has delivered during his three years at Michigan.
The middle linebacker collided facemask-to-facemask with Iowa running back Albert Young two years ago in Iowa City, and the hit has stuck with him to this day.
"All my life, that's what I bank on: being a hard hitter," Thompson said. "It's just adrenaline. It feels good to punish somebody."

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Strength and honor: Crowe inspires Blue

BY SCOTT BELL

Heading into Saturday's game, the usual suspects were expected to fire up the Michigan football team.
Embattled coach Lloyd Carr needed to pick up his team following an 0-2 start, running back Mike Hart needed to rally his teammates following his guarantee and defensive captain Shawn Crable needed to get his much-maligned defense back on track following two dismal performances.
But an unexpected source delivered perhaps the game's most rousing speech: Academy Award-winner Russell Crowe.

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Michigan Daily Top 10

The Michigan Daily Top 10 returns for its third installment in this young season. Each week, Daily Sports staffers will fill out ballots, with first place votes receiving 10 points, second-place votes receiving nine, and so on. The results are published with first-place votes in parentheses.
1. Southern Cal (7): The Trojans were penalized in the rankings for having a bye last week. But after watching them thrash Nebraska 49-31 on Saturday, the rest of the nation can only hope the Trojans are involved in some scandal.

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Staff picks

Jessica Boullion

Staff Picks recap: So, uh, this is a little embarrassing. LSA senior Todd Karazim is just killing the Daily football writers. And the thing is, the writers aren't even performing that poorly. Karazim has just been on fire. He was the only one this week to pick the Kentucky upset, and the only one to take Rutgers and its 53.5 points. He also nailed the Duke upset and correctly didn't trust Minnesota to beat Florida Atlantic, a team that had lost to Penn State 59-0. Bell did make something of a comeback, though, winning the week by one pick.

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Shutout

Jessica Boullion

BY DANIEL BROMWICH

'M' shakes off losses, pounds ND

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Relax, people make mistakes

Hypocrites unite! People have made mistakes - famous people!
What does that mean?
Well, we could forgive them and realize everyone makes mistakes.
But come on, what fun is that? Let's pounce. Let's act all holier than thou. It's much, much more fun that way.

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Starting, confident Mallett gets it done

Angela Cesere

BY JACK HERMAN

Early in the second quarter of Saturday's game, Michigan quarterback Ryan Mallett threw a lateral to wideout Adrian Arrington, intending to receive it back on a pass. Before he could make the catch, though, the 6-foot-7 freshman tripped, falling on the ground as the ball sailed over his head.

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Game plan

Daily sports breaks down the weekend that was

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