Today was going to be the day. The day that a stellar Michigan team, led by returning seniors Mike Hart, Jake Long, and Chad Henne as well as a slew of others was going to beat Ohio State. After years of sub-par performances and blown opportunities, they were finally going to kick the Buckeyes' asses. On their way to a BCS Championship game, no less.
At least, that's what today was supposed to be coming into this season. Hart Henne and Long stayed at UM for an extra year instead of entering the NFL draft because they had something to prove. They had things to accomplish. Above all, they had a score to settle.
Ah, what a difference 12 weeks have made. Michigan, after screwing the pooch in weeks 1 and 2, has capped off a mediocre season with a loss to their arch rivals in Scarlet and Grey.
Today's victory over the Wolverines tastes especially sweet given the trash talk coming from tailback Mike Hart ever since last year's loss to the Buckeyes. Running a measly 44 yards on 18 carries against a stout OSU defense, Hart delivered one of the worst performances of his career (and Michigan delivered one of their worst performances against the Buckeyes). Granted he isn't fully healthy and hasn't been for much of the season, but then again the same is true of Beanie Wells.
So now that it's over, what will Mike Hart have to say about today's game? I hope that for once, he may actually have learned to keep his mouth shut.
I believe this photo sums Hart's experience today perfectly. Eat it, Wolverines!