Patrick Hruby is doing God's work.
Did anyone else sort of wonder about the Eagles calling a timeout at the end of the first quarter yesterday?
The situation: Atlanta was driving into a howling wind and had just gotten stuffed on third and short, bringing up a fourth and one at about the Philly 30. Atlanta has a decision to make now, and it's my instinct as someone who's watched a lot of football that the correct decision is to go for it, even without taking the wind into account. (Sorry, Jay Feely.) It's obviously correct to go for it with the wind in your face. So the Eagles call a timeout to basically force the Falcons to do the right thing according to my hypothetical game theory. Falcons run Duckett off-tackle, first down. They eventually bog down in the red zone and settle for a field goal anyway.
What were the chances that you'll stop a fourth and one? Ten percent? Twenty percent? Probably not even that high. Put the ball on the kicker's leg if you have the opportunity. Mora said later that they were going for it anyway, but at least give the opposing coach the opportunity to make a mistake.
The NCAA started providing a mess of downloadable statistics this year. When everything is boring in the summer I plan on breaking some of that info down and trying to draw some conclusions. I hope to theoretically prove that you should never punt once you pass your opponent's 50. Definitely not from the 35, Lloyd.
There isn't a lot of movement for Michigan recruits.
Michigan commits on the list:
22. Kevin Grady
37. Marques Slocum
45. Mario Manningham
49. Antonio Bass
83. Cory Zirbel
94. Nic Harris
92. Terrance Taylor
98. James McKinney
That's quite a haul. Not a lot of movement for UM recruits, though. Bass moved up a bit, Grady down a little. Everyone else is very near where they were before.
Update: Right, "commit" isn't quite the right word since Harris and McKinney aren't technically commits. Make that recruits.
Here. Harris is no Willie Williams, that's for sure.
WDFN is reporting that Daniel Horton has been arrested on domestic assault charges. Football season starts in 7 months.
Claims that it's likely the capacity will not end up reduced. Who knows at this point. Putting the boxes up on both sides of the stadium will severely restrict UM's ability to expand in the future... basically any new seats will be in the endzone, which gets a big thurms down from me. Maybe they'll add a few more rows.