As one of the steps to make the Pro Bowl more interesting, NBC Sports is reporting that the NFL may pay out "incentives" over the course of the Pro Bowl for performance. Plus plans to possibly make the game more "game show" like. Hopefully one of those crazy Japanese gameshows where ten tons of exotic bugs are dumped on someone.
What's odd of course is that any kind of incentive for play is basically a bounty and doubly so for defensive players if you are paying them per sack, ball strip, tackle for loss, etc. It's why I find the NFL so interesting, a complete lack of morals by the management. They go scorched earth against anyone involved in a team level bounty, but the following season they talk about installing a league supported system.
That being said, it is likely a pointless gesture, in that whatever pittance the NFL bounty is, it pales beside the contract of a veteran pro bowler and I can't see a smart player risking injury just to collect a trophy and 20k.
So I had almost completely forgotten that college hockey was still going on. In what is absolutely the weirdest frozen four I have ever seen we had Yale beat Umass-Lowell 3-2 in OT and Quinnipiac is currently up 4-1 on St Cloud State with 5:00 left in the 2nd
I haven't followed college hockey as much this year with Michigan being awful, but what a weird frozen four. Four nobodies in the college hockey world with it looking like it's going to be a Yale-Quinnipiac final.
Feels like a fake championship. Anyway, just wanted to share because I don't know if we'll ever seen a frozen four this weird looking again
"On Wednesday, the team signed a fourth quarterback, Stephen Garcia, immediately placing him on the one-game injured list.
Garcia injured two fingers getting off the bus and flashing the peace sign, according to the organization."
How is that even possible?
EDIT: The story is a fake
*programming note, got busy during the holidays, sorry if anyone was looking for scouting reports. Things have slowed down now, so expect a Nebraska game wrap next week, or the week after, depending on if I feel like writing anything about the SEC non-championship exhibition game.
Winners find a way to win.
It started as a joke, but now no one can deny the awesome power that is Brady Hoke's magical golden poop. Everything he touches turns into roses. When he walks through a forest, flowers bloom in his wake. Youtube is sadly lacking in good golden poop videos, so a unicorn farting rainbows of destruction was the best I could find. I hope it's not too disturbing.
Our ND friends gave us the wonderfully self-fulfilling cliche' "Winners find a way to win, losers find a way to lose." But we'll just focus on the first half of that, and they can focus on the 2nd half, thank you very much.
Was Brady Hoke lucky that Tressel was caught lying? Maybe. Maybe he pulled a Peter Wiggin and dropped a few well placed emails. Was it luck when we fumbled on the 1 yard line against ND and Denard scooped and scored a walk in? Maybe. Maybe Hoke used his secret telekinesis.
I don't know, I don't care. At this point I'm just happy to be along for the ride.
But how else can you explain what happened?
How does a sure INT on a fake FG where no receivers went into pass patterns end up in the arms of the long snapper for a first down? How does what looks like a TD to 80% of the twitterverse get reversed in OT? How have all the great things that have happened this year happen to one team, in one year? It boggles the mind.
They say you make your own luck. They say that "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." But whether it's luck, or karmic retribution, or a secret plot by an undercover invisible agency from the future, it can't be sustained at this high of a level. So let's just enjoy it while we can.
On to the pics.
Al. Al? ALLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!
This week's love-hate relationship status with Al Borges is .... .... Love? That's odd, because during the game there were times when the needle was strongly tilted towards hate. But after a second look at the game film, the final analysis, just like the outcome of the game, is slightly positive.
Much like the Iowa game, the lack of production on offense wasn't really his fault so much as it was a combination of a lack of execution, personnel limitations, and a darn good defense.
Oh sure, there's plenty of things he could have done better and a few stinkers that make you want to pull out your hair... hmmm....nevermind. And I'll get to those in a moment, but overall, we did what we've done all year. And many of the plays should have worked.
I mean, Molk getting injured and having this
happen on two consecutive plays to kill the first drive can't really be blamed on Al. Maybe it would have been better to go under center with the backup playing, but after we've been crying all year for more shotgun, you can understand why he didn't. Luckily Molk came back in, but wasn't at 100% which probably put a dent in our selection of play calls.
And give VT credit. They played a lot of Man-Free forcing Denard to make tough passes to the outside, which frankly, we all know is not his comfort zone.
Yes, the manball mentality is frustrating especially when VT is putting 9 men in the box.
(It's 8 because Denard going backwards is not a threat to run.) But it's there to setup big plays.
With both safeties up like this, the thing you have to do is make them pay for it.
But with two defenders beating their blockers, Denard has pressure right up in his face resulting in this jump pass.
It's not Al's fault that Denard threw to the wrong guy. Roundtree had a step on his man and Jr. was getting interfered with. Despite the interception, you can't argue that it wasn't the right play call.
[ED: More after the jump.]
I have seen a number of recent Michigan football players on TV today, introducing themselves and announcing their school as part of NBC lineup reviews.
While former Buckeyes proudly say they are from "THE Ohio State University", today we had Jonathan Goodwin and David Harris recite the names of their high schools, not U of M. Even Braylon called it "(unintelligble)'s University of Michigan.
what is going on? Are we really seeing Michigan Men acting like dipshits?
This post is out of pure hatred for whatever is going on on Madison St. right now. WTF IS GOING ON AT 8:30AM ON A SUNDAY MORNING TO WAKE ME UP?!?!?!?
Can someone please tell me why it sounds as if there is a Caribbean festival going on? I'm so confused. I woke up thinking I got roofied, stripped down to my boxers and flew to Jamaica all in one night.
/I would never post this during normal sports-talking hours, I'm just livid and wish I just knew wtf is going on. Even though I would still not be able to sleep, at least I wouldn't be so confused.
/Denard Robinson is awesome.