I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
And now for something completely different.
This one is at Eagle In Atlanta and the question are like so:
1. What member of the mainstream sports media (preferably one who covers college sports) makes your skin crawl, blood boil, forces you to change the channel or hit mute? Why?
The only guy who has actually ever forced me to mute him during a game is Bill Walton, and SAS is an instant channel-change. Those guys do the NBA, though. I have a good local answer: Detroit Free Press columnist Drew Sharp, who is one of those Finebaum guys. He spends 95% of his columns calling people losers and chokers and then puts on a sunny face when someone does something good. He's so malignant that his coverage of Michigan State pisses me off, which I think sums it up nicely. But no one knows who he is.
So the official BlogPoll answer is ABC studio "analyst" Aaron Taylor, who
- looks like a big, dumb version of Dr. Evil
- talks only out of one side of his mouth, the other portion of his face frozen in a rictus reminscent of a stroke victim's
- speaks only in idiotic platitudes about wanting it more and heart and blah blah blah.
No, ND flamers no doubt still lurking about, it has nothing to do with his alma mater.
The thing is, Craig James is almost bad and I loathed Terry Bowden when he was the ABC studio guy even though EDSBS thinks somewhat highly of him and his intelligence. ABC probably prefers the dumbest sentiments possible for its halftime show to drag in all the Rome mouthbreathers. The difference between Taylor and the rest is that it's possible to believe the others have a spark of intelligence lurking somewhere beneath the surface.
Also--and this is hard to articulate properly--his eyebrows drive me freakin' insane. I realize this makes no sense.
2. What writer, broadcaster, show, website etc. deserves more recognition? Who is someone we should all be reading, watching or listening to?
Football Outsiders. The closest thing to Bill James in the football world, their NFL stats are revolutionary, smart, and revealing. I eagerly await some sort of collegiate equivalent, and may attempt to create one in the offseason, but the stats will be theirs.
What about the penalty? Count the heads. Twelve; illegal participation; not a dead ball foul.
Dreamhost blew up so mgoboard.com is down and with it went the stylesheet. That's repaired, but BlogPoll stuff is also down now, both viewing and entering of data. If it doesn't get back up by tomorrow the voting deadline will be extended.
He was banned for this:
You really are the most stereotypical UM fan on the face of the planet.
You NEVER lose, not ever. The refs, unforced errors, and bad luck are blamed LITERALLY 100% of the time.
The refs did their best to give you this game on two OBVIOUS non-calls. Thank god for the instant replay guy, because the refs did their very best to hand you the game.
And why do your unforeced errors change the game, but ours go unmentioned? Quinn missed a million WIDE OPEN receivers. If we take unforced errors out of the equation, ND may very well have won by 30 points, so that argument is debunked too.
As for bad luck... luck favors the prepared, and UM was unarguably outcoached.
Sack up and accept a loss for once. Do you even know how pathetic this sounds for the third time in four years? Even if there was some sort of cosmic bias these past 4 years, you would still sound whiny and desperate. Score more than 10 points at home, then we'll talk about the luck of the irish.
"Notre dame did not beat Michigan, Michigan beat Michigan."
Oh, so I must have misread the scoreboard at Michigan stadium. I thought it said "ND 17 - UM 10," not "UM 17 - UM 10." Maybe I need glasses.
"Call it whining, call it being a bad sport."
Ok, I will. You're whining and being a bad sport.
Hey, at least you're still the only undefeated team with one loss.
You don't have to apologize for your inferiority, God made everyone special in their own way.
BTW, thanks for the compliment. I'll be rooting for UM the rest of the year. Here's hoping you go 11-1 and I'm looking forward to another great game next year.
You'd better get your lame excuses ready, next year's loss will be here before you know it.
I agree that your mentality is not based on rationality.
You sir, are the perfect whiny UM fan. You have never, and will never be beaten by anyone. You will simply beat yourselves or get cheated out of every unfavorable contest. This habit of denial has convinced you that losing 3 out of 4 years does not constitute any sort of pattern.
and then, finally, for having the gall to say this without any hint of irony:
Now that this has devolved into an insult contest (which I will not engage in)...
and, in short, for generally and persistently acting like a jerk. It's obvious I made the right decision since he immediately ran back to his own blog and misrepresented the situation. Read the thread, judge for yourself.
Voters, link your ballots here when you post them on your blog, or when you post drafts and would like to solicit commments.
And now the blogletting begins. If you're looking for recriminations in your media aftermath, the blogosphere is the place for you. MSR gets his nihilism on. EDSBS liveblogged the thing. (side note: "2:35 CST Stranko: Notre Dame's lack of [CENSORED*] is making this interesting... and the refs just missed some pass interference on Manningham. MGoBlog must be going nuts."... momentarily, yes, but I don't think that ball was catchable. Sort of a moment when you scream at the refs just because you need to scream at someone.)
*(a term that is banned on mgoblog. Hint: shares name with somewhat popular old punchy-kicky game, abbrev "KI".)
Yost Built brings up the review situation. The issue: why did the first sneak not get reviewed? The amazing technology of one of the guys at the Wolverine taking pictures of his television shows this:
That appears to be a touchdown. At the very least it appears to be close enough to check, you know, in case something totally disastrous happens on the next play. Yost Built also denounces the bottle-throwing by the students, which I fully agree with, though I think this is a smaller deal than some would have you believe.
IBFC chips in with some rationality and also points out the strange non-catching going on with Steve Breaston, who's had five opportunities to catch deep balls in the first two games and has not succeeded yet. He's getting open, sometimes by yards, and Henne is putting it there, but to no avail.
Speaking of Henne, both Big House Football and Rob in Madtown discuss his, um, performance on Saturday. Personally, I didn't notice Henne playing terribly during the game. I was focused more on the offensive line; review will clarify things. Joey hasn't checked in yet. Hopefully someone close to him removed all belts and shoelaces from his immediate vicinity. He did mention that he co-signs this "Open Letter to Lloyd Carr" from the Daily.
Give me my ESSENCE back! I'm pretty sure this isn't particularly funny and I know I don't USE ALL CAPS unless I am being OMG SARCASTIC, but since I'm a little close to the situation, I leave it for the reader to decide (copied in whole in case there's another NDNation purge):
Tomorrow the MIGHTY FIGHTING IRISH of the MOST REVERED COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAM IN HISTORY plays the Michigan Wolverines, who lay claim to many titles and coveted academic awards, but the CORNHOLIOS of YOST will not prevail even in their own stadium.
Knute K. Rockne of VOSS, NORWAY, a town renowned for providing famous COLLEGE LEGENDS to America, provided a foundation upon which the HOUSE OF ROCK was built. Michigan fell to the Irish last season and will bow to their masters again this year, THE BLUE AND GOLD warriors, whose loyalty to the GOLD HELMETS and their new head coach, arguably the SMARTEST LIVING HEAD COACH IN THE HISTORY OF THE GAME outside of the living legend ARA PARSEGHIAN, will be outlined against a gloriously clear SEPTEMBER SKY, but raindrops will be falling from WOLVERINE eyes in great number, a VERITABLE DELUGE of angry, bitter tears of rage. TEARS OF RAGE!!!
It will not take long tomorrow for MIGHTY NOTRE DAME to overcome the home field ADVANTAGE and find Fasano, Samardzija and OTHERS in the end zone for 6. NOTRE DAME'S running backs, including the stealth runner darIOUs Walker and rashon pOWers neal will BRUISE and cruise at will in the Michigan secondary.
Fear not, Wolverines, the IRISH will spare your women and children and will allow YOU to keep your homes. But they will be RANSACKED and your fields will be burned.
It will be a LONG and BITTER WINTER this year in Ann Arbor. The arbor will be DENUDED and Ann will have no shade come spring and the long hot SUMMER of her DISCOntent.
- Yours in Victory, MGOND (aka mkovac)
Immediate critiques: first of all, there are no colons-- be they full- or semi- -- at all, let alone enough to choke
Charlie Weis a water buffalo. Nor are there any ridiculously long parentheticals. A faked-out em dash (--) appears not at all. Nor are there any short chatty sentences. Everything is long and meandering; I usually switch between that annoying style and a short, choppy annoying style in a feeble attempt to cloak my deficiency with the language. The whole thing kind of reads like the intellectual fronts put up by... (brain reaching towards abort button, screaming NOOOOOO, making it just in the nick of time) nobody in particular, words full of sound and fury, etc., that seem somehow hollow, like the person producing them is talking in a style that approximates their idea of what intellectual discourse sounds like, whereas I actually talk like this, as hard as that may be to believe.
Garnered two replies. The first: "Well done... totally captured the essence of the man," which like sucks because you know I gots to have my 40 of essence for the game. And then there's the second, which sums up NDNation absolutely perfectly: "Awesome... Such tripe from our side is welcomed. Seems much more tolerable when you fit in the Irish into his rants." Someone should send that to the head lunatic in a frame or something.
I was going to taunt him for trying to go big and obscure with the verbiage and coming up with like, "denuded" and "deluge" and "veritable," but then I thought that was best kept to myself (OMG IRONY (OMG RECURSIVE IRONY (OMG!))).
Update: Apparently the reason it's not a very good parody of me is because it's not a parody of me at all. Rather, it's a parody of another mgo-appended personality who flames with regularity on NDNation. Typical Michigan arrogance of me to assume otherwise.