"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."
It took me a little while yesterday to calm down, after the Lions loss. To be fair, I'm usually in a bad mood after a loss, but this one seemed to stay with me for a little while. Perhaps it was the result of the loss, which is a date next weekend with the Saints. Or perhaps it was the fact that we gave up 6TD's to a backup QB, making his 2nd career start. Those were all good reasons to be upset, but as much as I hate to admit it, because I hate blaming this aspect of the game, but I couldn't get over the way the game was officiated. One thought kept going through my mind; it's a rare game, when the NFL owes your team an apology for more than 1 call. In my mind, and I think in the minds of any fair minded football fan, there were three calls that were absolutely butchered. The Scheffler fumble (that granted, was overturned, but still cost us a valuable challenge), the Logan fumble, and the Titus Young Touchdown catch.
I understand that the Logan fumble was a judgement call, but how the ref made that judgement, is beyond me. I'm still waiting for the replay, that shows Logan fumbled that ball. Besides getting up, then proceeding to hand the ball to the ref, I'm not sure how much more down he could have been. The Titus Young call was probably the worst direct judgement call I've seen in foootball in a long time. The ref was in great position to make that call, and he missed the hell out of it.
I'm not here to defend the Lions defense, it was attrocious, so much so, I'm not sure how much better Aaron Rodgers would have played over Flynn. Had we made a couple stops here and there, the sting would've been lessened over these calls. But never in my life, have I seen three calls get so badly butchered against one team, in a single game. Like I said earlier, it's a rare game where the NFL owes your team an apology for more than one call in a game.
Happy New Year's Day (Observed) to all!
I know it's early, but there's quite a bit going on today in the world of bowls, so I figured an early start might be warranted.
At noon on ESPNU, we will have the Ticketcity Bowl, featuring a 12-1 Case Keenum (Houston) versus 9-3 Penn State.
Incidentally, Ticketcity.com has tickets available for its own bowl, so if you're within an hour or so of Dallas and can get to a computer right now, there's still time!
I don't know what to really say about this - this might very well be the first time Houston has actually played a team of note this year, or at least a team that can actually mount a concerted effort on the defensive side of the ball. I have a feeling that offense might be a big part of this game, and if that is the case, Penn State is in trouble if they let even a few TDs happen, for the Nittany Lions have had trouble with offense, needless to say. You may laugh at me for this, but I picked Houston in this game - PSU defends well, but Houston scores just enough to best a usually pathetic PSU offense.
NOTE: If you do not have ESPNU, this will be on ESPN3.com as well.
Other games today:
1 PM, ABC - Outback Bowl - Michigan State versus Georgia
1 PM, ESPN - Capital One Bowl - Nebraska versus South Carolina
1 PM, ESPN2 - Urban Meyer (Gator) Bowl - Ohio (yes, that one) versus Florida
5 PM, ESPN - Rose Bowl - Wisconsin versus LaMichael James' Legs (Oregon)
8:30 PM, ESPN - Fiesta Bowl - Stanford versus Oklahoma State
...and don't forget:
Tomorrow at 8:30 PM, man....GO BLUE!