Forget The Three Amigos—Remember The Michigan Three

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Forget The Three Amigos—Remember The Michigan Three
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The college football season hasn't even started yet, and I am already tired of hearing about the Three Amigos, otherwise known at Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, and Tim Tebow.

By the end of the season, I will know Bradford's favorite color, what McCoy eats for breakfast, and what songs are on Tebow's iPod.

There is no questioning the talent of these three quarterbacks, but their nickname makes no sense.

All three are in the chase again this year for the Heisman Trophy. Last season, Tebow and Bradford competed against each other for a national championship. Bradford and McCoy play for teams that are members of the Big 12 South.

It appears to me that is very unlikely that the Three Amigos are actually friends.

In addition, the nickname is probably one of the most overused in sports today. Ever since the movie The Three Amigos, featuring the talents of Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Steve Martin, hit theaters in 1986, sportswriters with no imagination tag unsuspecting victims with the label.

The Denver Broncos had their version of the Three Amigos in wide receivers Ricky Nattiel, Mark Jackson, and Vance Johnson. When Patrice Evra, Ji-Sung Park, and Carlos Tevez played together for Manchester United, they were referred to as the Three Amigos.

The late wrestler Eddie Guerrero had his signature move, three consecutive vertical suplexes, called the Three Amigos. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen of the Boston Celtics referred to themselves as the Three Amigos in a commercial for ESPN.

I decided that other college football quarterbacks should to be publicized this season, and their nicknames need to be creative and logical.

Most casual college football fans believe that the Big 12 possesses the greatest collection of quarterbacks. However, most don't realize the conference with the next-best signal callers is the Mid-American Conference.

To give the MAC some much needed publicity, I have decided to refer to Andy Schmitt, Tim Hiller, and Dan LeFevour as the Michigan Three.

Schmitt is a senior quarterback at Eastern Michigan. He holds the NCAA record for most passes completed in a single game with 58.

Schmitt enters 2009 as one the hottest quarterbacks in the FBS. In his last two games, Schmitt passed for 1,000 yards. The closest member of the Three Amigos to that number is McCoy with 725 yards.

At 6'4", 238 lbs, Schmitt has the ability to sit in the pocket and fend off pass rushers as he looks for open receivers. Schmitt has shown some mobility by running for 171 yards and five touchdowns last year.

From his sophomore to his junior year, Schmitt increased his passing yardage by over 1,000 yards. Now that new coach Ron English is implementing a pro-style offense at Eastern Michigan, expect another year of improvement from Schmitt.

Hiller is a 6'5'', 228 lbs senior at Western Michigan. Hiller is only the second quarterback from WMU to throw for at 3,000 yards in a season. Hiller has an excellent opportunity to pass for at least 10,000 yards and 100 touchdowns in his career.

Known to possess a stronger arm than any member of the Three Amigos, Hiller also receives high marks for his touch and trajectory on his passes—consistently putting the ball over the receiver's correct shoulder.

Hiller has already earned a degree in sales and marketing while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

Although Hiller is recovering from a MCL injury to his left knee, expect him to have another great season running Western Michigan's West Coast offense.

Dan LeFevour is already the leading passer at Central Michigan University and could become the MAC leader in several categories.

He needs 27 touchdown passes to top Chad Pennington as the all-time conference leader. LeFevour is 383 total yards and 2,437 passing yards away from setting two more MAC records.

At 6'3'', 226 lbs, LeFevour is known for intelligence and poise in the pocket. Despite playing with a bad ankle last year, LeFevour still passed for 2,784 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2008.

In 2007, LeFevour achieved a feat none of the Three Amigos have yet accomplished. During that season, LeFevour became only the second quarterback ever to pass for 3,000 yards and run for 1,000 yards in the same year.

With two great wide receivers at his disposal, LeFevour is ready to regain the form he had two seasons ago.

As you can see, the Michigan Three can hold their own against the Three Amigos. Plus, the line to join the bandwagon of the Three Amigos is longer than the line to use the restroom at a NFL stadium at halftime.

If one supports the Michigan Three, he can stand out among the crowd of college football fans. Anyone with business experience can see the marketing opportunities associated with the Michigan Three.

Selling tee shirts of the Michigan Three would make you a "MAC Daddy".

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