chance of bowl: 13.6%
A couple weeks ago, I put together a google map with all of the Michigan bars I'm aware of (and also everything from the spreadsheet that bouje has been maintaining.) The map is here.
Hopefully this will prevent the "where's the Michigan bar in Pittsburgh/Fresno/Topeka/wherever" threads that pop up every week, but if your favorite gameday hangout isn't on here, put it in the thread and let me know. I'll do my best to keep the map up to date.
I like Woodford so I drank some. And then I got to thinking: if there is a coaching change, what will the players say about coach hoke vis-a-vis the new coach. As in, "Coach Hoke was [x], but [new coach] is [y]?"
I have half a 1.75l of Woodford left so I think I am good through tommorow.
The Wall Street Journal has an article today claiming that F. Scott Fitzgerald often called Fritz Crisler to give him advice on football strategy.
The calls came “between 12 midnight and six a.m. of the night before our games—not just sometimes, but practically every eve of every home game,”
“Sometimes he had a play or a new strategy he wanted me to use,” said Crisler. “Some of the ideas Scott used to suggest to me over the phone were reasonable—and some were fantastic.”
This all happened while Crisler was coaching Princeton, but the information came from a 1956 interview with Crisler in the Michigan Daily.
The author of the WSJ article suggests that Fitzgerald may have originally given Crisler the idea to play platoon football. Elsewhere, though, the article seems to say that Fitzgerald didn't really have it figured out. His big idea may have been a sort of bizarre reverse goal-line offense, where you would bring in an extra small lineup to try to punch the ball in.
Sorry if this is a repeat, but I didn't see the article linked elsewhere on the site. The article as a whole is well worth reading, and perhaps a timely reminder that an innovative offense is not alien to Michigan tradition.
ESPN2 Cincinnati vs. USF
ESPN Boise State vs. BYU
ESPNU South Alabama vs. Troy
FS1 Oregon vs. California
Since we've moved up our hopes for Jim Harbaugh from a scientifically accurate 0.49% a month ago to 4.32% today, thought I'd throw this story out from the 49ers website. I wonder if they are trying to put a happier face on Jim Harbaugh the human. :) It's a neat piece. Actually reminds me of Steve Jobs in a way - not only due to the black turtleneck but the way many close to him view him as sort of a total hard ass - but an effective hard ass who is at the top of his profession.
Also this other story was posted 3 weeks ago here, but I glossed over it since our chances of landing Jim had not crossed over the 1% threshold yet but I re-read it yesterday and it made me want to run through a brick wall. For Tigers fan this is a guy just like Justin Verlander who wants to destroy you even in a game of checkers. The money quote, from a speech he gave the 49ers pre-season:
"I will be your alarm clock and wake you early," he said. "It can be a great temptation to rest on the field and let the opponent have a play without making him pay for every inch. I must hold his pain where it is. Mine does not matter. ... The punishment I inflict, his fatigue, and that he is up against something that he does not comprehend is everything."
Yeah maybe the pros might scoff at this stuff after 4-5 years but I can only imagine a bunch of 18-22 year olds hearing this attitude from their leader.
Ok back to our regularly scheduled - sigh - reality.