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Eastern Michigan Vs. Toledo in Pictures

November 28, 2014
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So the season has come down to this. I don’t have too many words to say about this season other than I hope next season is much better. I think we will have something special in Reggie Bell as long as he stays healthy. Hopefully the line will be better next year but I’m not counting on that. Anyway, pictures.

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I was waffling on whether or not I would stay for the full game. It was a pretty cold one out there but I figured I was already cold and I wasn’t going to get much colder, so I stuck it out. Anyway, I will return next year for another fun season of EMU football.

2014 EMU Football Season Whimpers to a Close

November 28, 2014

There it is Eagle Nation. The season has mercifully come to an end, and for the fourth time in the last five years Eastern Michigan finishes with a 2-10 record. In fact, since the firing of Jeff Genyk, EMU has a record of 14-58.

The 2014 season began with a hard fought 31-28 win over Morgan State, a team that ended 7-5, but did make the FCS playoffs. Here’s an interesting question, if EMU were in the FCS would they have made the playoffs?

When EMU’s non-conference season moved to playing FBS teams, they lost to Florida, Old Dominion, and Michigan State by a combined score of 155-17. EMU led off the MAC season with a loss to Akron, and headed into a homecoming matchup with the Buffalo Bulls.

The Buffalo game marked the high point of the EMU season, with an explosive offensive performance by Reggie Bell and their second win of the year. Eastern couldn’t maintain momentum, and dropped a game at UMass the following week.

The next week, EMU was at home against eventual MAC West champion Northern Illinois. Eastern played what might have been their best football game of the year, but still fell short to NIU, 28-17.

Then came the collapse. The hard-fought, heartbreaking loss at home to NIU completely deflated the Eagles, and for the rest of the season the team played what would at best be described as uninspired football.

Despite the continued, relentless enthusiasm of Chris Creighton, 2014 EMU football pretty much ended after the Northern Illinois loss.

An early post-mortem of the season is pretty bleak. There are a few positives, but still many holes to be filled. This was supposed to be a rebuilding year, and it certainly was. The way the season ended dampens a bit of the excitement the fan base felt about the program. At this point, EMU fans want to see tangible results on the field. I hope the offseason is marked by football talk, about recruits and strategy, not by gimmicks and slogans.

Positives:

Reggie Bell is a player worthy of building a program around. As a redshirt freshman, he showed remarkable talent and poise. Bell needs to improve his accuracy, but many his problems should be cured by maturity and experience. On defense, the linebacking corps of Great Ibe, Hunter Matt, and Anthony Zappone returns intact. Darius Jackson and Ian Erickson should be a capable running back duo.

Negatives:

So many. The offensive line fell apart. The receiving corps was inadequate. The secondary was vulnerable to give up the big play at any time. The coaching staff was at times overmatched and unprepared. Gaudy attendance numbers aside, fan support was alarmingly low.

Prognosis:

EMU is Factory Town, at least for the foreseeable future. Creighton will continue his rebuilding mission, no doubt with his innate unbending enthusiasm. Patience is required for this mission. There is a lot of work to be done just to get The Factory producing competitive football. Another long season appears to be on the horizon. Odds are that by next August, however, we will have selective amnesia — optimistic over Bell, and seduced by an entire offseason of Creighton’s irrepressible optimism.

In the words of Albert Einstein: “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” Eagle Totem will be here, hoping and questioning along the way.

EMU vs Toledo Rockets open thread

November 28, 2014

Game day!

Mercifully this is the last game of the season, because I don’t know how much more of this garbage I can stand to watch, and I know many of you feel the same way. Normally I tell you to review our coverage for the week before you start your drinking, but since basketball season is underway and I’m pretty much over this football season, there’s no real coverage to read; also, you may need the fortification to help you through what threatens to be yet another Bleak Friday game. Read more…

Senior Day

November 28, 2014

This afternoon’s football game against the Toledo Rockets will be Senior Day — the final home game — for 18 players. Those who didn’t transfer to EMU committed early in the Ron English era, matriculating in 2010 and 2011. They came here despite English’s 0-12 season in 2009. Whether they started for 3+ seasons like Lincoln Hansen or never appeared in a single game, like Garrett Parker, they have given of themselves for years, they are all EMU Eagles, and we thank them. Read more…

Rochester College Warriors preview

November 26, 2014

As of Friday, Division I teams were 129-0 against non-Division I teams this season. The gap here is much larger than the FBS/FCS gap (which, after all, are all Division I teams — it’s just a question of how many scholarships they give and what the post-season looks like). I firmly believe that games against non-Division I opponents should only be counted as scrimmages or exhibitions, not as games.

With that said, EMU is going to count this one as a game — one of four “games” against non-Division I opponents — so let’s at least take a minute or two to know who the Eagles will be up against.

Game details

  • EMU vs Rochester College
  • Wednesday, November 26, noon Eastern Time
  • Convocation Center, Ypsilanti, MI
  • No television broadcast; streaming video at Eagle All-Access ($)
  • Radio: EMU broadcast on 89.1 WEMU-FM (online)
  • Live stats: EMU Sidearm Stats

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MAC Blogger Roundtable, week 14

November 26, 2014

MAC Blogger Roundtable imageIt’s time for the MAC Blogger Roundtable. Each week one of the bloggers covering the MAC (links are on the right sidebar) poses several questions, to be answered by the others. This week’s host is the Ball State blog Over The Pylon.

1) Black Friday looks to be not only a day of super low prices, but also the West shaking itself out between NIU, WMU, and Toledo. Does Western Michigan spring the upset and hope like hell Eastern stuns Toledo for PJ Fleck to row to Ford Field? Does NIU once again exert their dominance? WHAT HAPPENS?!? Read more…

Wallpaper Wednesday – In Anticipation of the Dunk

November 26, 2014
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Since Raven Lee was made the MAC West player of the week, I figured that would make a good wallpaper for this week. I was going to do one of his dunk pictures but they didn’t translate well to the orientation needed for a wallpaper, so I used one of the leadups to the dunk.
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Hope you enjoy it.

Random Musings — Stealing Bell’s Brewery Edition

November 24, 2014

When there are abundantly more riveting topics than can be covered in one standard article, it’s time for drastic measures. It’s time for another edition of our award-winning Random Musings segment.

  • EMU Basketball swept the weekend and won the EMU Showcase with wins over Youngstown State, UNC-Greensboro, and Longwood. Not exactly a Who’s Who of NCAA powerhouses, but credit to Rob Murphy and the Eagles for taking care of business at home. EMU is off to a 5-0 start, and should continue to fill up on empty calories with the next two games against Rochester and Marygrove. EMU will be tested soon enough, with four on the road to follow.
  • The question mark for Raven Lee heading into the season was consistency. He has emphatically answered that question in the first five games. Lee is playing like an All-MAC guard, shooting at a high percentage, not just from three, but also from the line. When EMU needs points, Lee can put the ball on the floor and either score or draw a foul. The fact that he seems to be able to do this at will puts him with the best in the MAC.

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Longwood Lancers preview

November 23, 2014

In their third and final game of the weekend, EMU will host the Longwood Lancers. Due to short turnaround time (one day) between games, stats in this preview may not reflect the Lancers’ performance yesterday against Youngstown State.

Game details

  • EMU vs Longwood
  • Sunday, November 23, 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Convocation Center, Ypsilanti, MI
  • No television broadcast; streaming video at Eagle All-Access ($)
  • Radio: EMU broadcast on 89.1 WEMU-FM (online); Longwood broadcast on 92.9 WVHL-FM (online)
  • Live stats: EMU Sidearm Stats

This is the second game of the day, following a noon tipoff for UNC Greensboro vs Youngstown State.
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Eastern Michigan Vs University of North Carolina – Greensboro in Pictures

November 22, 2014
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So it was night two of the EMU Showcase and Eastern Michigan was facing off against the Spartans of UNC-Greensboro. I will admit, it was pretty disconcerting seeing a team called the Spartans in a yellow and blue color scheme. Anyway, the Eagles didn’t look as flat as they did last night. I think they pretty much led the whole game (or pretty close to the whole game). They even got a few dunks in.

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At any rate, enjoy the pictures.