|No, I didn't mean to insert a "Happy birthday" GIF here--it's time for some Alison Brie!|
I have no plans of stopping anytime soon either thanks to the support of readers like you. I'm also thankful for my co-author, Jeff, who's provided some quality content himself, and made sure at times that this blog had more than one post per week. It's great to have another voice that's just as passionate about Michigan sports and collecting as I am, and I hope that partnership continues into 2013. On a related note, if any other collectors would like the opportunity to chime in with some guest posts this year, please let me know and I'll see what we can do!
So thanks again to all of you who have made this second blog project of mine, one that covers a school and hobby near and dear to my heart, worth it. Here's to a 2013 of great collecting and blogging!
Alright, with all that out of the way, it's time to get down to business. Even as I write this post, Michigan and South Carolina are both in Tampa, Florida preparing to square off at 1 pm EST in the Outback Bowl. #18 Michigan finished the regular season 8-4, a bit of a letdown after a fantastic 2011, but the Wolverines look to finish strong against yet another SEC bowl opponent in enemy territory. #10 South Carolina ended the year at 10-2 with its only losses at the hands of good LSU and Florida squads.
This will be only the third all-time meeting between the teams, and that's one feature of bowl games that I can certainly appreciate. Consider this one the rubber match as the teams have split the series to-date. It will be interesting to see how the Wolverine offense continues to grow with underclassman Devin Gardner at the helm due to Denard Robinson's lingering injury issues. "Shoelace" will be Michigan's wild-card, however, as he could appear at pretty much any position on the field at this point, including rumors of kick return duties. The Wolverines will need all the help they can get against a talented SC squad highlighted by stud DE Jadeveon Clowney, who's simply been a sack machine and TFL wiz for the Gamecocks.
For myself and my fellow Wolverines fans, here's hoping that Brady Hoke and Denard Robinson have some of the magic of last year up their sleeve as they battle the myth of total SEC superiority. LET'S GO BLUE!