After watching the Michigan vs. Michigan State game, it is quite apparent that Michigan senior left tackle Taylor Lewan has absolutely zero sportsmanship on the field or at least in this game. Precluding the game was his quote about the 2011 game in which Michigan lost:
"If somebody came up to you and hit you right in the face, would you take that personally?" he told reporters. "Yeah, I take it personally. I take it personally every single time. No one likes to get bullied and that's what they did two years ago -- they bullied us. We're not going to get bullied this year," Lewan told reporters this week.
Well, Lewan didn't live up to his billing as he and the offensive line of Michigan, the one with all those 4 and 5 star recruits, got bullied, manhandled and crushed by a well coach defensive line at three star U (coined by RCMB). After getting bullied and having his ego bubble busted, he goes on a personal vendetta to purposefully grab several defenders by the face mask and twist their helmets as noted below. It's one thing to grab a facemask on a tackle or on accident and it's another to do it with malicious intent.
IMO, Taylor Lewan is an embarrassment to not only himself, his coaches, The team The team The team and the University of Michigan but also to the concept of what it means to be a Michigan Man. As a Buckeye, I have no idea what this term means but I'm pretty sure that a Michigan Man is one of character and resolve both which were dearth in East Lansing. Notwithstanding, I know that players no matter how old they are, will have moments of weakness and no one likes losing to their rivals but as a senior and a captain that came back to Michigan to anchor a young offensive line, you have to maintain your composure on and off the field. You can't let your opponent get the better of you even if they are trash talking and throwing unseen cheap shots. Let your play speak for itself.
I might be one of the few that will say this but there are some Michigan players I like and have a lot of respect for. However, after the antics Lewan has shown on the field, I've lost all respect for him as player and a leader. Guess I'll have to go back to saying David Molk is my favorite player on their offensive line in recent years. Smh.
Following all of this long jargon, should Brady Hoke punish Lewan for his actions if the B1G office doesn't do something about? If you remember in 2011, Gholston got a suspension from the higher-ups following his unsportsmanlike conduct in the MSU vs. Michigan game. Lewan may have not punched anyone but his actions were downright deplorable and warrants some form of punishment. Hopefully, Coach Hoke can issue one and excoriates Lewan wrongdoings rather than have the guys in Chicago dish one out.
To the MgoLurkers, Mgobloggers and Mgoposters: The post is not to come across as sacrosanct as I know OSU has had their share of players who likely was involved in poor extracurriculars on the field (see Jim Sorgi), but to highlight his poor sportsmanship on the field. Moreover, no Michigan fan ever has the moral high ground to stand on because "Little Brother/Staee" did the same thing. Admit and accept that these things can and do occur at Michigan just like they do at Michigan State.