...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
I was just watching various highlights of the greatness for the 3rd time and came across this video of the 'celebration' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYSPoNMWnDU&feature=player_embedded#!) in the frontpage video roundup.
While watching, I began to think about the accusation on OSU boards that Michigan players didn't shake hands, which, yeah, that's much worse than throwing cups of pee at people (notice that one is classified as 'assult' and the other not so much). Watching the video, it appears as though Michigan players lined up at midfield, presumably to shake. The 'bomb' celebration only consisted of a small number of players and much farther back towards the sideline. Only a handful of OSU players made it to midfield and most only meekly walked about halfway and turned around. Some didn't even leave the sideline. It was at this point that Michigan players ran to the endzone to celebrate with the student section.
I was on another continent and am relying on footage, but does anyone else see a bit of bullshit in this claim?
EDIT: Watching again, it definitely looks like most players did fall, but most OSU players were already walking back to the locker room in the other direction, so I think my bitching is still valid.
------Side note: I wanted to send out a sincere thanks to the other Michigan fans who joined me at the bar. We welcomed a pair of wolverine fans to our table because their tv was switched and they were suddenly without a view of the game. We had a nice time but they sneakily paid for the entire tab of myself and my two friends without so much as a peep. So to those two, thanks for the 7 beers, 2 cocktails, three shots of jameson (my ritual for good luck on crucial plays), a car bomb, and nachos. You are why our fanbase is great. Michigan was also being supported by two Oklahoma fans and a Kentucky fan.
While watching the highlights from the Ohio game, I started to wonder if Countess had intercepted that ball he had his hands on and returned it X number of yards, at what point would it have been mathematically proper to decline the penalty that resulted in the safety? With Brian always talking about how you should go for it on 4th down more frequently than most coaches are comfortable with doing, it seemed like a hypothetical this board might find interesting.
It strikes me that Countess would have to return the ball to somewhere inside the 20 in order to decline the holding penalty in the endzone. 2 points and an extra posession seems like it would be more valuable than a field goal, but less valuable than a touchdown.
What are your thoughts on what yard line Countess would have to return the ball to before you would/should decline the holding in the endzone penalty?
Big Ten network projects Brady Hoke as Big Ten coach of the year. However, Michigan does not have any all-conference players projected.
In other news, MSU online commentors are assholes.
No offense RationalMSUFan, you're alright sometimes.
I just wanted to pass along a very cool link to a project an Ohio fan did about The Game and Big Ten history seen through the rivalry:
The article is very long, but basically what the guy did is make a little cherub figurine for each year of Michigan/Ohio football history (back to the first game in 1879) and paint it to reflect the winner of The Game each year. He made many tiny details, including symbols to represent who won the Rose Bowl, whether it was the end for a coach involved, etc. Pretty cool, especially to those of you who appreciate obsessive projects and minutiae like this.
I know that there have been some threads posted about Ron Zook already, but there are a few things that I would like to discuss about him on this board.
First of all, why does no one seem to be surprised or care the Illinois lost 27-7 to Minnesota, in a game in which Illinois had 18 offensive yards in the first half? How is it possible to end up only putting up 18 yards against Minnesota in the first half?
Also, in light of Minnesota's defensive annihilation of Illinois, do Brian's defensive annihilation muppets seem ill-advised? Does our victory over Illinois look a lot less impressive in retrospect? I would say that it does.
Did Illinois get worse as the season went on or was did the quality of competition just increase? Does having a head coach probably on the way out make a team play better or worse?
Why do people say that Zook is a good recruiter? Did he ever have any top 25 recruiting classes at Illinois?
Why has Illinois' offense turned into a tire fire? Their skill position players are not bad. Does their offensive line suck?
Lastly, the longest-serving B1G coach is Kirk Ferentz. After him, the longest-serving B1G coach is now Pat Fitzgerald, who started coaching in 2006. Is this kind of turnover normal in coaching, when the shelf-life of a coach is about the same as a player?
Fitzgerald Toussaint thinks this is the most accurate toy ever for starting your children early on a promising career path.