there would have to be some to wash away
Way OT: my daughter, currently in HS, is very interested in eventually becoming a large animal vet. I'm thinking that this may mean she would be better off at MSU, and not follow to UM. Sigh. Should any of you have advice on what to do, where to attend (undergrad,) please let me know. thx.
ESPNU 150 linebacker C.J. Mosley (Theodore, Ala./Theodore) says he knows of three visits he plans to take.
"Alabama, Auburn and Michigan," he said. "I will fill the last two with Stanford, Tennessee or Georgia."
Well this is surprising. I have not heard anything about us recruiting this kid. He's from Alabama, so highly doubt he'll leave the state, but hey, get 'em on campus and see what happens. Mosley is #2 inside linebacker recruit according to Rivals and has offer list from majority of SEC schools. Nice to hear LB recruiting picking up steam, with visits from Fortt and Furman on tap.
I couldn't find this posted anywhere. I'm just wondering what everyone's predictions are for this weekend?
UM - 42
WMU - 21
WMU returns 3 starters from a team that was 102nd last year in total defense and I think we'll be much improved offensively. We'll give up a couple big plays, but overall I think we dominate this game.
Is whoever in charge of the Big Ten Network biased about which “Greatest Games” make the cutting room floor? Whether they know it or not, is there some internal bias towards Ohio State, Michigan State, or, say it isn’t so, Northwestern?
When ESPN Classic once constantly ran classic college football game programming, I had friends who would immediately complain that that the producers were biased and the channel was run by [insert rival school here] alums, because they "always show Michigan losing."
I was not convinced, as obviously one comment on one statistical data point (one game) is hardly convincing proof. However, I was always curious to somehow see if there was some bias in these programming decisions, and the BTN has given us a great opportunity to do so by listing every game which they label “Big Ten’s Greatest Games.”
[Obvious side note for people not paying attention: the Big Ten Network is biased towards the Big Ten, so clearly they only show games where a Big Ten team won OOC. I wanted to see if there was any suggestion of bias towards any specific conference teams].
I was curious, and deciphered the records of every Big Ten team in the classics upcoming in season 3. As Brian notes at the top, Michigan goes 5-4 in this season’s slate of classics, with 3 of those wins coming in out of conference (OOC) games.
After seeing some anomalies, I decided to look at all three seasons the BTN has aired this show. This provided 83 data points. Of these 83 games, 25 contests were Big Ten victories in OOC games or Bowl Games.
I give you the data first to see for yourself:
|Team||Overall Record||OOC W||Big Ten Record|
What jumps out: Penn State
The shocking statistic of the day is Penn State's record. They are 11-2. Compare that to the records hovering at 0.500 for OSU and Michigan. Penn State also has 4 games selected as some of the Big Ten’s Greatest Games when they were not in the conference - '83 Sugar, '84 vs BC, '85 vs Alabama, '89 Holiday Bowl.
Also, which their two losses in great games? Iowa in 2002 and Minnesota in 1999. Apparently they have never lost any close games to the two Big Ten powerhouses...
Notable games missing:
¨ 1999 - Michigan 31, PSU 27 - Tom Brady’s 10 point comeback road victory
¨ 2002 - Michigan 27, PSU 24 - First OT game in Michigan Stadium history
¨ 2005 - Michigan 27, PSU 25 - No description necessary
¨ 2003 - Ohio State 21, PSU 20
¨ 2002 - Ohio State 13, PSU 7
Do I believe that every one of these games should have been on the list? No. But none of them? Maybe the producers are saving the top flight great games for the headline games for the upcoming BTN seasons? Quite possibly.
Other interesting stats:
¨ Most selected - Michigan, with 25 games deemed “Greatest”
¨ Participation Ribbon - Indiana, with only 6 games
¨ Best winning percentage - Penn State, 0.846
¨ Best in-conference winning percentage – Indiana, 0.833
¨ Michigan is 2-3 vs Ohio State
¨ Michigan is 3-3 vs Michigan State, however that includes losses in 1990 and 2001, which, well, are obviously very controversial losses for Michigan
¨ Indiana, though selected the fewest, was 5-1 in their 6 games in conference
The other interesting numbers were Indiana and Northwestern, going 5-1 and 7-2, respectively. Their numbers were also not bolstered by any OOC victories. However, these sparkling records without OOC help for IU and NW could simply be the facts that:
a) They do not schedule marquee OOC teams to have an opportunity for good wins, and
b) They do not go to marquee bowl games and usually do not have the talent to win when they do make it to the interesting ones
c) Many of their wins against the traditional Big Ten powers are fascinating because they are simply expected, whether appropriate or not, to be the underdog
Conclusion? At the end of the day, I do not actually think this means anything, but it was certainly interesting. The Penn State anomaly is fascinating. Is the producer of the show a Penn State alum subconsciously, or just conveniently, forgetting about a 12 year stretch of failure against Michigan? Or are the producers just trying to push the bounds of the Big Ten Network further onto the east coast market, into New York and Washington DC, by pushing Penn State?
I do not know. It does show there is not an overwhelming bias against Michigan, if anything a slight lean for Michigan. If there is a BTN bias, I am glad it is not yet leaning towards Ohio State or Michigan State. Maybe it’s a testament to Michigan's prestige to have the most games coined “Greatest” so far, as it’s always a great game for someone else when they beat the Maize and Blue, or maybe the producers know that putting games which Michigan loses on the BTN will attract viewers from the other 10 schools in the conference (to root against Michigan). The same could be said for OSU’s similar record hovering around 0.500 - when they have a "great game" on BTN, fans will watch to see them lose.
[I should note: Michigan vs Florida in the Capital One Bowl from 2008 has been on BTN several times, however this game is not listed, so there still may be some games out there which are not included in these numbers.]
At the end of the day, this is simply another interesting distraction for me, and hopefully you too... The classics are great, but I could really use some live college football. Go Blue.
My name is Gabriel Manga. I am about to start my senior year at U of M. My friend Jean-Luc Deschaine (U of M class of '09) and I are currently developing a project entitled L'Hockey Folie. Nearing the end of our studies we wanted to use some of what we have learned at U of M and through playing hockey all our lives to help children who otherwise would not have these same opportunities. Beginning in October, l’Hockey Folie will introduce the game of hockey to a group of under served children aged 6-10 from a district in Toulouse, France afflicted with high unemployment rates, poverty, and cultural isolation. By sharing a new sport with the participating young people, the project strives to enrich their lives by connecting them with a positive activity that we hope will last a lifetime.
Currently we are looking for people to donate used rollerblades, sticks, gloves, and helmets so that we can outfit these kids with the proper gear. Anything in usable condition would be greatly appreciated.
There are two ways to donate:
You can drop equipment off at our office located at :
127 Adams Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
You can e-mail us at email@example.com to schedule a time for us to come pick up your gear (so long as you live within a reasonable distance from Ann Arbor).
The donation of your equipment can have a lasting effect on the life of a child in Toulouse. Please feel free to e-mail us if you have any questions or comments. You can find out more info from our website (linked above).
Thank you and Go Blue!
Gabriel Manga&Jean-Luc Deschaine
My older brother, who is a big MSU fan, came over this weekend and was showing me something on an MSU message board.
There's this whole thread of a little black kid with Mike Hart's jersey and people photoshopping things like Dantonio holding him up and him riding a tiny bicycle and a million other things.
Anyways, as he was showing me the pictures, I saw a ton of posts referring to Michigan as "Little Brother" and like "Mike Hart, little brother".
I think it's hilarious that MSU's response to us calling them "Little Brother" is basically them saying, "Nuh-uh YOU are" or saying, "That former player who dominated us for 4 years and never lost a game to us...is short."
I'm not trying to start an MSU-bashing post here I just thought it was interesting, in a way, their response to Mike Hart's comments, 2 years later.