Feeling Kind of Blue: Denard Robinson and Michigan Struggle Under the Bright Lights

Matt Cashore-US Presswire

The dynamic frontman took centre stage in front of a prime time audience in one of the greatest stadiums in America. An old hallowed ground where, only two years earlier, he dazzled the masses in a performance for the ages.

That heroic display seems like it took place eons ago though after an embarrassing display in front of the nation only three weeks earlier.

Out of rhythm and short of inspiration Denard Robinson and the Michigan Wolverines faltered badly in the hot Texas night against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

What better place to regain his mojo than at the venue of his signature performance to date. The scene was set for the dreadlocked hero to write his redemption song and prove his critics wrong once again.

Instead of bouncing back with a dominant display and celebrating his birthday in style among a throng of well-wishers and adoring fans, he was forced to apologize for a disastrous display.

It was Robinson’s worst performance of his career. He admitted as much after the defeat telling the press, “I want to say sorry to everybody who watched football, watched Michigan football and whoever follows Michigan football.”

It was that bad. He committed five turnovers (four interceptions and a fumble) as he threw away a golden opportunity to extend Michigan’s winning streak over Notre Dame to four games.

Instead, Irish eyes are smiling as Brian Kelly’s team heads into their bye-week with a 4-0 record, while the Wolverines are left to suffer the ignominy of a 2-2 start.

The naysayers have been queuing up to take their shots at Robinson after the senior quarterback made too many mental mistakes in the 13-6 loss.

Michigan’s performance was eerily reminiscent of the Rich Rodriguez era, a three-year span many of the Wolverine faithful are keen to forget, after five red-zone trips only registered six points on Saturday night.

However, all is not lost quite yet as Brady Hoke’s men can still win the Big Ten title, which is the team’s primary goal this season.

The Big Ten’s struggles have been well documented this year and both divisions are there for the taking. The beleaguered conference has suffered a plethora of embarrassing defeats with no clear-cut favorite yet to emerge from the middling pack.

The Wolverines are set to embark on a tour of the Midwest beginning on October 6th against Purdue, which will culminate in the annual showdown with Ohio State on the last Saturday of November.

So far Michigan looks the part of an average outfit, committing too many amateurish blunders, however, if its talented leader can find his voice then Team 133 will be California dreaming come the end of November.

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